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US: Gary Johnson Says Legal Pot Will Cut Overall Drug Abuse

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 11 May 2016 - Libertarian White House hopeful Gary Johnson said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana will lead to less substance abuse overall. "I took the position I took business-wise to make the world a better place," Mr. Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, said on CNN's "New Day."
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CN ON: A Plea For Strict Pot Policy

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Packet & Times, 11 May 2016 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Calls on PM to Keep Tight Grip on Legal Marijuana The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hoping to spark up a conversation about the pending legalization of marijuana.
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CN BC: Council Continues With Bylaw Amendment Banning

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Campbell River Mirror, 11 May 2016 - City council is going ahead with making medical marijuana dispensaries illegal in Campbell River but it may still leave the door open to exceptions. A bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless legally permitted through Health Canada, was given third reading by council at its Monday meeting. That puts the bylaw just one step away from adoption which could happen in as soon as two weeks.
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South Africa: Column: What Have Our Politicians Been Smoking?

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Cape Argus, 11 May 2016 - I WAS interested - and I must admit, rather pleased - to read that about 6 000 people had taken part in a march in central Cape Town in an effort to have the law changed regarding the use of medical marijuana. The problem with people in authority seems to be a lack of understanding about "drugs" in general. Say the word "marijuana" and the official mind immediately clicks shut and thinks: "crime, dagga, violence, evil, gangsters", and so on.
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US OH: House Oks Medical Marijuana Bill

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Columbus Dispatch, 11 May 2016 - With a proposed constitutional amendment on the horizon, the House voted 71-26 on Tuesday to potentially make Ohio the 26th state to give residents legal access to medical marijuana. Some members expressed reluctance about the bill - a vote on which would have been near unfathomable just a few years ago - but after hearing of the drug's benefits and facing the prospect of a less-restrictive constitutional amendment on the November ballot, the bill was sent to the Senate. Hearings will start this morning.
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US FL: Marijuana Proponent Hopeful For Legalization

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The Palm Beach Post, 11 May 2016 - Attorney John Morgan Confident in Voter Turnout. John Morgan, the deep-pocketed attorney bankrolling the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, predicts November's election will produce the victory that eluded him two years ago.
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US RI: Bishop Tobin Just Says No to Legalization of Marijuana

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Pawtucket Times, 11 May 2016 - Fears Negative Consequences Pot Could Have on Society PROVIDENCE (AP) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop said he wants to smell holy incense, not cannabis, in Providence's cathedral and warned state lawmakers against transporting young people to "the land of oblivion" by legalizing marijuana.
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US OH: Ohio House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 May 2016 - COLUMBUS - In the biggest shift in state drug policy in decades, the Ohio House voted 71-26 on Tuesday to legalize marijuana for medical use only. The bill heads to the Senate, where hearings will begin today. Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger voiced confidence that a bill could reach Gov. John Kasich's desk before the General Assembly recesses for the summer before Memorial Day.
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US CA: What A Weed Week

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East Bay Express, 11 May 2016 - Feds Quit Assault on Harborside, Oakland Passes (Contentious) New Pot Rules, and It'll Be Marijuana and Trump Together on California's November Ballot. Oaklanders are in the middle of one of their biggest marijuana moments in city history.
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Chronicle AM: AAA Slams Per Se Marijuana Drugged Driving Laws, Brit College Hands Out Pill Test Kits, More... (5/10/16)

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In a major study, AAA finds no scientific basis for drugged driving laws that assume impairment based on THC levels, Orlando becomes the latest city to downgrade small-time pot possession, the Ohio House approves a medical marijuana bill--but no smoking--an English university begins handing out pill test kits to students, and more.

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AAA Study: No Scientific Basis for Laws Regulating Marijuana and Driving. A new study from the American Automobile Association's Safety Foundation has found that per se limits (those that base an assumption of impaired driving on a specified level of THC in one's system) are "arbitrary and unsupported by the evidence."  Six states have  per se marijuana impaired driving laws, while nine states have zero tolerance marijuana DUID laws, and the AAA calls for scrapping them. They should be replaced by police officers trained to detect impairment, with a THC test as a back-up, the automobile club said.

Orlando "Decriminalizes" Pot Possession. The city council voted 4-3 Tuesday to adopt a revised measure that makes possession of 20 grams or less of weed a violation of city code. Police officers will have the discretion to issue civil citations instead of arresting violators. The fine is $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second,  and a third offense will generate a mandatory court appearance.  Small-time pot possession remains a misdemeanor under state law.

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Ohio House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill. The House voted 71-26 Tuesday to approve a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 523. Patients under a doctor's supervision could use marijuana oils, tinctures, edibles, and vapors, but could not smoke it, nor could they grow their own.  The bill specifies 18 conditions for which medical marijuana could be used and now goes to the Senate.  Meanwhile, activists are working to get a more patient-friendly medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot.

Harm Reduction

Maryland Governor Signs Needle Access Expansion Bill. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 97, which will allow thousands of Marylanders to access life-saving needle exchange programs.  The bill passed both chambers with overwhelming support. Maryland ranks 2nd nationally in new per capita HIV infections, and needle exchanges are a proven method of reducing and preventing new infections.

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British University Handing Out Drug Test Kits to Students. In what as described as a first of its kind harm reduction effort, Newcastle University and the local Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter have joined forces to distribute drug test kits so students can check and see if they drugs they are about to consume are safe or not.  “Although drugs are illegal, statistics suggest lots of young people still use illegal drugs, and that the prevalence of this use is even higher within student communities," said SSDP President Holly Robinson.  “We recognize the safest way to take drugs is not to take drugs but, as some individuals will always choose to take them, we believe it is important to make information and services available to minimise the risks."

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US: Supervised Safe Havens For Heroin Use Get Serious Look

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Oneida Daily Dispatch, 10 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Weed Behind The Wheel

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Garden Island, 10 May 2016 - Study: No Scientific Basis for Laws on Marijuana and Driving WASHINGTON (AP) - Six states that allow marijuana use legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation's largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws.
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US: Driving Stoned Is Difficult To Gauge

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Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2016 - Study: Measuring Pot Like Alcohol in Blood Unreliable Legal blood limits for marijuana are not an accurate way to measure whether someone was driving while impaired, and can lead to unsafe drivers going free while others are wrongfully convicted, according to a new study.
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US OH: Column: Pot Laws And Attitudes Are All Over The Map

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Columbus Dispatch, 10 May 2016 - You might not like President Barack Obama's political philosophy or leadership style, but you have to admit that he is one cool president. If you're unconvinced, consider his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30. His poise and charm were on full display, and his comedic timing was impeccable.
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US FL: Orlando Approves Citations For Marijuana

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Orlando Sentinel, 10 May 2016 - Orlando on Monday became the latest Florida municipality and the first city in Central Florida to effectively decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, passing an ordinance that will allow officers to issue citations rather than make arrests. The controversial measure, which was supported by Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando police Chief John Mina, was approved by the City Council on a 4-3 vote. It will take effect Oct. 1. The measure was opposed by the two former police officers on the council, Tony Ortiz and Samuel Ings, as well as Commissioner Jim Gray. The ordinance passed both public readings by the same slim margin.
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Chronicle AM: Global Marijuana Marches, Voters Split on Legalization in MA Poll, More ... (5/9/16)

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They marched for weed in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero, New York and Toronto, and many other cities; a Massachusetts poll shows a dead heat for legalization there, Missouri looks set to vote on medical marijuana this year, and more.

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Massachusetts Poll Shows Voters Evenly Split on Legalization Initiative. A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll has a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana trailing narrowly, but within the poll's margin of error. The poll had support at 43%, with 46% opposed. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percentage points. This is a sobering poll result for legalization fans; initiative experts like to see support in the 60% or above range before a campaign begins.

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Medical Marijuana Local Issues on California June Ballot. Two northern California counties and two northern California cities will be voting on medical marijuana-related issues in the June 7 election. In Nevada County, Measure W would prohibit all outdoor marijuana grows and limit indoor grows to 12 plants; in Yuba County, Measure A would allow limited outdoor marijuana cultivation and Measure B would authorize one dispensary for every 20,000 residents; in Sacramento, Measure Y would impose a 5% gross receipts tax on cultivation and manufacturing businesses (requires two-thirds majority); and in Davis, Measure C would allow the city to impose a tax of up to 10% on businesses selling marijuana, although it doesn't currently allow them.

New Approach Missouri Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Hands in Signatures. Supporters of the group's medical marijuana initiative handed in some 260,000 raw signatures Sunday. They only need 167,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Even if 30% of the signatures are disqualified, campaigners would still have enough to qualify.

Drug Testing

Alaska Republicans Endorse Drug Testing Welfare Recipients. At its annual convention at the end of April, the state Republican Party endorsed mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. The notion was voted in as a plank in the state party platform.

International

Global Marijuana Marches All Over the Place. This past weekend was the date for the annual world-wide Global Marijuana March, and march they did in an estimated 829 cities in 72 countries. Thousands came out in Buenos Aires, thousands more in Rio de Janeiro, thousands more in Cologne, Germany, and an estimated 20,000 in Toronto, among others. The US also saw marijuana marches in Texas and New York City, among other places.

Colombia Authorizes Use of Glyphosate for Manual Coca Fumigation. Less than a year after the country banned the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to kill coca plants, Colombia's National Narcotics Council has authorized the use of the plant-killer in manual eradication. The move comes as coca cultivation is reportedly on the rise in some parts of the country.

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CN BC: Editorial: Yes To Legalization, No To Lawlessness

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Globe and Mail, 09 May 2016 - Once upon a time, you needed a duly completed doctor's prescription to get hold of medicinal marijuana. Then a few of Canada's pot dispensaries branched into the brave new world of remote video diagnosis. No one should be surprised that some now content themselves with vague complaints of a non-specific ailment - uh, my back hurts - if they bother with the charade at all. Yes, cannabis is going to be a legal substance soon, perhaps as early as this time next year. But a great many folks appear to have forgotten that it's still very much illegal. Besides which, legalization does not mean the absence of rules - quite the opposite.
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CN NF: Column: Smoke 'em - And Tax 'em - If You've Got 'em

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The Aurora, 09 May 2016 - In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors' dental programs to more than half the province's public libraries. In Prince Edward Island, the HST's up one per cent, while Nova Scotia has gone through public sector wages to eke out the barest slender slip of a balanced budget.
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CN NF: Column: Smoke 'em - And Tax 'em - If You've Got 'em

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Labradorian, 09 May 2016 - In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors' dental programs to more than half the province's public libraries. In Prince Edward Island, the HST's up one per cent, while Nova Scotia has gone through public sector wages to eke out the barest slender slip of a balanced budget.
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CN ON: Grow-Op Owner Won't Fight The City

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Hamilton Spectator, 09 May 2016 - Growers Have Been Told To Solve Bylaw Standoff With City Or Leave The owner of a bar-turned-medicinal pot grow-op in east Hamilton has told tenants to "solve" a bylaw standoff with the city or get out.
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