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US NY: Editorial: Yes To Marijuana Ballot Measures

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Oct 2014 - Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decades later, over half the states allow at least limited medical use. Now it looks as though recreational use of the drug may follow the same path.
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US CO: Colorado 'Lab Rat' Campaign Warns Teens of Pot Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 06 Oct 2014 - Use of Cages Has Been Criticized by the State's Legal Marijuana Industry; Mocked by Some Young People DENVER-In a state where legal marijuana seemingly is everywhere, Colorado public health officials have taken an unusual approach to warning teenagers about the dangers of the drug: likening young pot smokers to laboratory animals. Concerned about a potential jump in youth marijuana use now that the state has legalized the drug for adults, Colorado is displaying three human-size cages in various communities with signs that bear provocative messages about the drug's pitfalls, as part of its "Don't Be A Lab Rat" campaign. "Does Marijuana really cause schizophrenia in teenagers? Smoke and find out," one sign says. "Subjects needed. Must be a teenager. Must smoke weed. Must have 8 IQ points to spare," reads another.
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US PA: Column: End War On Drugs With Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and although he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
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UK: Minister Urges 'War On Drugs' Rethink

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Yorkshire Post, 06 Oct 2014 - THE WAR on drugs is based on "the prejudices of yesterday" and cannot be won, Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker warned. The Lib Dem said he was interested in minimising the harm from drugs rather than continuing to prosecute addicts.
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US FL: OPED: Amendment 2 Not A Political Issue

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 06 Oct 2014 - Like most Floridians, I believe that patients should be able to adhere to their doctor's recommendations without acting in violation of the law. I'm proud to support Amendment 2 this November. It's time for Florida to join the 23 other states that acknowledge the fundamental idea that medical decisions should not be made by politicians, but by doctors in consultation with their patients. Nevertheless, the implementation of Florida's medical marijuana program ought to be done carefully and considerately. When I served as president and CEO of Limited Express and oversaw a company with $1.5 billion in revenue and over 850 retail stores nationwide, I gained valuable first-hand insight into the relationship between business and regulation. As a result of my business experience and my belief that all interests can benefit from smart policymaking, I enthusiastically accepted my invitation to join Florida for Care's Blue Ribbon Commission to help guide the implementation of Florida's medical marijuana program under Amendment 2.
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US OR: Oregon Rolls Out Legal-Pot Proposal Much Different From Washington's

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 06 Oct 2014 - PORTLAND - Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station. Unlike in Washington, Price's medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling.
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US WA: Pot Shop's Proximity To Church Stirs Protest Rally

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 06 Oct 2014 - New Store Just a Few Feet Away in Central District Open Amid Sunday Services When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle's Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church's property.
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US MD: Editorial: Md.'s Pot Paradox

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 06 Oct 2014 - Problems with state marijuana decriminalization are already apparent; legislators should fix the obvious ones but wait and see on others Maryland's legislature decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for a few reasons.
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US CO: In Colorado, A Rebranding Of Pot Inc

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 Oct 2014 - Step into a Colorado pot dispensary at random, and you'll long for the luxuries of the D.M.V. Metal bars cover windows. Vinyl signs are tacked to walls. Guys in hoodie sweatshirts greet you from behind the counter. Even the act of ordering the product itself is borderline absurd. What grown adult can respectfully walk into a store and ask for an eighth of Green Krack and a nub of Big Buddha Cheese, please?
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CN BC: Vancouver Restricts E-cigs

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 03 Oct 2014 - Vancouver City Council voted Wednesday night to place restrictions on e-cigarette use. The electronic vapourizers are now subject to the same rules as tobacco cigarettes, which means they cannot be used in public places or within six feet of doors or windows, sold to minors or advertised in any way that could reasonably be seen by minors. The decision came after two days of debate at City Hall. On Tuesday, councillors heard from Vancouver Coastal Health experts, who raised concerns about the chemicals in e-cigarettes, potentially harmful effects of second-hand vapour, as well as voicing fears that electronic-cigarette use in public spaces will renormalize smoking.
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US: Review: A Debate Full Of Smoke And Mirrors

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Oct 2014 - 'The Culture High' Explores Marijuana Decriminalization THE CULTURE HIGH Opens on Friday
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Chronicle AM: CO MedMJ Crackdown, Heroin ODs Up, Mexican Soldiers Charged in Massacre, More (10/2/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:10

A Colorado legislative panel wants to tighten up on medical marijuana, a South Carolina legislative panel studies medical marijuana, the CDC says heroin overdoses are up, a North Carolina county engages in more drug war same old-same old, and there's news from Mexico, too. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Medical Marijuana

Colorado Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana. A state legislative panel, the Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee, yesterday recommended filing legislation that would tighten up the medical marijuana caregiver system and clarify that local governments can collect taxes on recreational marijuana. The bill would require all primary caregivers to register with the state. Officials fear that their inability to track caregiver grows under the present system is helping the black market. The bill would limit caregivers to six plants per patient and limit patients to one caregiver. Medical marijuana supporters questioned why a committee charged with revenue issues was concerning itself with medical marijuana laws.

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Panel Meets Today. A joint legislative panel studying the uses of medical marijuana in the state is meeting at the Medical University of South Carolina today. It's the first of three meetings to be held around the state to gather information. The state last year approved a CBD cannabis oil bill; these meetings are designed to help lawmakers gather information and refine the state's marijuana and hemp laws.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

CDC Report Says Heroin Overdose Death Rate Doubled. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the heroin overdose death rate doubled between 2010 and 2012 in the 28 states covered in the report, but that twice as many people died from prescription opiate overdoses. The study says two things appear to be driving the increase in heroin overdoses: widespread exposure to prescription opiates and increasing rates of opiate addiction, and easier availability of heroin. Click on the link for more details.

Law Enforcement

Craven County, NC, Makes Penny-Ante Drug Roundup. After a "two-month investigation," the Craven County Narcotics Unit and the New Bern Police Narcotics Unit (CNET-the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team) rounded up 16 drug suspects this week, but the charges are less than impressive. Of the 16 people arrested in the big bust, five were charged only with possession of drug paraphernalia (which was also tacked onto nearly everyone else's charges, too), two were charged solely with failure to appear in court, and one was charged with possession of marijuana in jail. Five were charged with "possession with intent to sell" various drugs and one with "possession with intent to sell" marijuana. One person was charged with possession of meth precursors. Of the 16 arrested, only one was arrested on an actual drug trafficking charge.

International

Mexican Special Forces Grab Beltran-Leyva Cartel Head. Hector Beltran Leyva, head of the Beltran Leyva cartel since his brother Arturo was killed by Mexican marines in 2009, was captured at a San Miguel de Allende restaurant yesterday. It's another coup against the cartels for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which has also captured Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and at least two leaders of the feared Zetas cartel.

Three Mexican Soldiers Charged With Murder in Massacre of 22. Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced late Tuesday that three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of 22 people killed in Mexico state on June 30. The military originally said they were cartel members who died in a shoot-out with troops, but witnesses described them being executed after surrendering. Just last week, the Defense Ministry had charged eight of the soldiers with crimes against military justice.

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Help Track Candidates' Positions on "Vote For Marijuana" Web Site

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:43

[image:1 align:left]StoptheDrugWar.org has teamed up with Vote For Marijuana, a new web site that's building a database of all state and federal politicians and their public statements/votes/pledges related to marijuana policy. We hope you'll join the team by submitting information from your local races on the site.

Vote For Marijuana's goal (and ours) is to enable any voter to see all the local politicians running for (and holding) office, and what each politician has said and done about ending or continuing marijuana prohibition and its parts. For that we need activists from each state to help.

Visit http://www.voteformarijuana.net/getinvolved to learn how to become a Vote For Marijuana moderator in your home state, or just check out the front end and see what the system already knows about your local politicians!

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US CA: Column: H20 And 420

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 02 Oct 2014 - It's harvest time-but is the drought going to affect the flowers? Will that impact the price of flowers at the dispensaries? - -Amy Wilson Short answer: not really. Like you said, it's harvest time. There is so much cannabis in the mountains right now, it's kinda stupid. The biggest effect that the drought has had on the outdoor-marijuana industry is that more than a few unscrupulous folks feel like it's OK to steal water. They just busted a kid in Winton (near Yosemite, in Madera County) for siphoning 1.5 million gallons of water for his 100-plant garden. The 19-year-old male faces fines of $25,000 for the plants, and $18,000 for stealing the water. The cops also destroyed the plants, which is kinda fucked up, because the boy is gonna need the money to pay his fines. I feel like the authorities should have made him harvest it, sell it-and then taken his money.
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US CO: Column: What's The Deal With Colorado's Home Growing

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 02 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: Hey, can you explain what the laws are in Colorado for home cultivation of cannabis for personal consumption? Thanks. MM From Aol.com Dear MM: We've addressed this in bits and pieces over the past few years, but considering you're still on an AOL account, we'll assume you don't keep up with current events. So in a nutshell, here are the state's cultivation laws:
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US CO: Column: Eric Holder's Mixed Record on Cannabis Reform

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 02 Oct 2014 - Eric Holder tendered his resignation last week, though he will stay in office until a successor is chosen for the attorney general position. Given congressional inertia on presidential nominees, he could still fill out Obama's term, so I'm not holding my breath. I'll leave his ultimate legacy to others, but on the subject of cannabis, Holder has a mixed record. While he has never advocated for legalization or decriminalization, he is the first attorney general to publicly question whether the federal government should reevaluate its cannabis laws.
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CN ON: Hamilton Pot Activists Open Vapour Lounge

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 02 Oct 2014 - Facility Offers Safe Place for Medical and Recreational Users Hamilton's pot lovers and cannabis crusaders may have found a new home - Melan-Headz Hamilton Vape, a just-opened "vapour lounge" on Barton Street East that advertises itself as "420 friendly."
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US NJ: Column: Shaneen Allen Case Illustrates Discrepancies in Gun Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 02 Oct 2014 - The Shaneen Allen case has made a lot of people look at New Jersey Gun laws, many are happy she's not going to trial. Not me. I had hoped she would have. I previously wrote I thought a jury wouldn't convict her. Instead, thanks to the scrutiny the Ray Rice case brought to her case, the Atlantic County Prosecutors office begrudgingly accepted her into the (PTI) Pre-Trial Intervention program. I don't think this a victory; a victory would have been a "not guilty" verdict. She will soon plead "guilty" and lose her right to vote and own a gun. She will now experience what millions of other citizens (especially black citizens) suffer, "second amendment-less citizenship" for trying to protect herself.
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CN BC: Council Mulls E-Cigarette Ban

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Oct 2014 - Health. Uncertainty Over Possible Effects on Marijuana Users Pushes Vote Back Vancouver councillors are huffing and puffing over the proposal to ban e-cigarettes from wherever smoking is banned.
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US OR: Travel Sage Rick Steves To Speak In Support Of

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 07:00
Eugene Weekly, 02 Oct 2014 - With a disarming smile and a lilting baritone made for public radio, Rick Steves has been making traveling the world less frightening for the past 30 years. Through his European travel guidebooks and public radio and television programs, he has introduced Americans to a kinder, more accessible world outside of our own. This October, Steves is taking a different kind of trip - a six-day tour around Oregon to calm our nerves in regards to November's Measure 91, which would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana.
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