Isthmus, 20 Apr 2016 - Dane County Pushing Municipalities to Lower Fines for Pot Possession Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has seen how possession of a small amount of marijuana can affect families in vastly different ways.
The Daily Iowan, 20 Apr 2016 - Editor's note: This editorial is a part of our drug issue. Iowa, though it may not look like it, is predominantly an industrial wasteland. The state, according to the Natural History Museum at the University of Iowa, is nearly 99 percent terraformed; few pockets of untouched earth remain. According to Iowa State University, approximately 85 percent of this land alteration has been implemented throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries for industrial agriculture, specifically row crops such as soybeans and corn.
The Pretoria News, 20 Apr 2016 - FOR THE first time in 20 years, the UN has convened a special session on "the world drug problem" amid fierce international debate about whether drug users should primarily be punished or rehabilitated. The UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs, which started yesterday and is scheduled to run until tomorrow, was called after Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala appealed to the body to revise the global approach to illegal drugs.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Apr 2016 - MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Pena Nieto said Mexico will move to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in what was seen as a stark shift for a leader who has made clamping down on all forms of drug trafficking a hallmark of his tenure. Speaking to the United Nations, Mr. Pena Nieto said Tuesday he would also raise the amount of marijuana that would be de-criminalized for personal consumption, calling its use a public health problem and urging policies that avoid punishing users.
Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr 2016 - Consumers Number About 246 Million, With the U.S. Leading the Way and Cannabis the Top Narcotic. As leaders from around the world gather in New York for what many are calling the most important summit on illegal drugs in two decades, one thing is clear: The world has a serious drug problem.
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Apr 2016 - UNITED NATIONS - The first U.N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly 20 years bristled with tension Tuesday over the use of the death penalty for drug-related offenses, as countries wrestled over whether to emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights. The outcome document adopted by member states included no criticism of the death penalty, saying only that countries should ensure that punishments are "proportionate" with the crimes.
Washington Times, 20 Apr 2016 - Nadeau: Vote Will 'Tie Our Hands' In Regulating Pot The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to impose a permanent ban on private marijuana smoking clubs, ending months of political hand-wringing over where to allow residents to consume pot.
New York Times, 20 Apr 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO - Think of it as the consumer buying guide of the future. On Wednesday, Phylos Bioscience, an Oregon biotechnology start-up, will begin offering an online interactive guide that visually portrays the genetic relationships of almost 1,000 types of cannabis, otherwise known as marijuana.
Chicago Tribune, 20 Apr 2016 - They Fear Epilepsy Medication, Whose Maker Seeks FDA OK, Could Blunt Their Movement COLUMBUS, Ohio - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.
East Bay Express, 20 Apr 2016 - Legalizing cannabis could reduce sentences and clear criminal records for millions. Here's something to toast to on the week of 4/20: Millions of Californians with an old pot crime conviction besmirching their records could see the scarlet letters vanish if voters legalize marijuana on November 8. And those in prison for cannabis offenses that are no longer considered crimes could petition for a reduced sentence.
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Apr 2016 - Cannabidiol Extract Without THC Could Undercut Movement COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.
The Witness, 20 Apr 2016 - THE United Nations is ho sting a special three day session on the global drug problem that ends tomorrow, and cannabis users around the world are hoping their favourite plant will finally be rescheduled as a controlled substance. Are scheduling would make it easier for researchers to study the plant and for doctors to prescribe it as a medicine. This includes KwaZulu Natal, where the excellent quality of cannabis cultivated in the ideal climate of places such as the Midlands and Zulu land can be given to people who suffer from painful diseases, such as cancer and lupus, or to help the many police officers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr 2016 - Race Champ Aims to Blunt the Stigma of Marijuana Users As Lazy "The World's Fastest Stoner" slowed under the Santa Monica Pier, pondering where to run. Photographs by Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times CHRIS BARNICLE, aka "The World's Fastest Stoner," smokes a joint in his van after winning the 420 Games in Santa Monica last month. "There are tons of athletes ... that are using cannabis. But because of their contracts they can't say anything," he says.
The Mercury, 20 Apr 2016 - Many at the UN General Assembly this week, not least the Latin American countries, tired of the problems borne of criminalising users, will make the case for harm-reduction programmes, writes Kerry Cullinan. FOR THE first time in 20 years, the UN has convened a special session on "the world drug problem" amid fierce international debate about whether drug users should primarily be punished or rehabilitated.
Daily Times, 19 Apr 2016 - "This is what government is supposed to look like." Just let that notion sink in for awhile. We've gotten accustomed to the opposite when it comes to politics.
The Daily Californian, 19 Apr 2016 - When you think about what greens are helping to extend California's drought, you probably don't think of cannabis, but in California, marijuana and alfalfa may have more in common than you think. California is, in fact, responsible for two-thirds of the agriculture produced in the United States and 60 percent of the marijuana found around the country, mostly originating from growers in northern California. Unsurprisingly, both these water-intensive industries greatly contribute to, and worsen, the drought that California has been facing for the past five years. The legalization of recreational marijuana use may fix the problems the industry is currently causing, but only if proper regulations are put in place to protect our state's watersheds.
The Record Herald, 19 Apr 2016 - While medical marijuana has been passed in Pennsylvania after lengthy deliberation it may be too early for celebration based on the opinions of some of the advocates close to the passage of the bill. "This is a great step forward, but there's still a ways to go," said Karen Diller, of Chambersburg, who became an advocate for medical marijuana after her daughter Karly found significant relief in a medical marijuana study.
Globe and Mail, 19 Apr 2016 - Health Minister Jane Philpott has asked her staff to work on a range of options to address Canada's epidemic of opioid abuse, including setting up a national surveillance system to monitor drug overdoses. "There's an exponential growth in the number of opioid overdose deaths," Dr. Philpott told The Globe and Mail. "It's one of the most stark examples of why we have got to find a new way forward and we have got to address this."
Gaylord Herald Times, 19 Apr 2016 - GAYLORD - It's been nearly six weeks since all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in Otsego County were raided by law enforcement officials, resulting in two arrests and an ongoing investigation. As of Friday afternoon, the execution of search warrants at nine dispensaries in Gaylord and one in Vanderbilt March 10 have been proceeded with the arrest of two men, including [name1 redacted], 45, of Gaylord, and [name2 redacted], 36, of Gaylord, though more are expected to be made, possibly by the end of the month.
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Apr 2016 - In 1998, a special session of the United Nations General Assembly agreed to set a 10-year deadline to make the world "drug free". After an embarrassing failure to achieve this goal, the deadline was extended a further 10 years, setting the world up for another inevitable failure in 2019. In the years since the use, availability and variety of illicit drugs have escalated exponentially. It is estimated by the UK charity Transform Foundation that 300 million people worldwide used illegal drugs in 2012, contributing to a global market worth $US330 billion a year.