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US OR: Column: Here's What 2016 Brings

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 21 Jan 2016 - IT'S 2016, and things are about to start getting REALLY good for cannabis enthusiasts. Sure, as of last October, those 21 and older could walk into an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program dispensary and purchase up to a quarter ounce of flower, seeds, or clones. And last year we held events where we could stand outside (or under a tent) and enjoy some twisted-up goodness. And right on to that. Dispensaries that sell the full range of recreational adult-use cannabis products (concentrates, topicals, edibles, etc.) will be opening any day now, and parties are about to start going off where you can smoke indoors to your heart's content. What a great time to be alive!
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US CA: Column: Judgment Delivered

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 21 Jan 2016 - Can California cities and counties really ban marijuana delivery services? - -Roland A. Blount Of course they can. When it comes to marijuana, cities can pretty much do whatever they want. However, creating a ban and enforcing a ban are two different things. As we have demonstrated time and time again, when there is a battle between cannabis and prohibition, weed always wins.
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US CA: Column: Super Sue Me

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 21 Jan 2016 - SUPER SUE ME Doug Benson has smoked his way to the title of America's most cannabis-friendly comedian - or, at least, the comedy world's best-known pothead. This mantle has served him well. After the success of the 2008 documentary Super High Me - in which Benson gave cannabis the Morgan Spurlock treatment and subjected his body to 30 straight days of copious cannabis use, to no measurable ill physical or mental effects - - stoner shtick has become indispensable to his act.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: How Do I Get the Most Out of My

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 21 Jan 2016 - Dear Stoner: Can you list some shops that have a good selection of edibles? Also, can you recommend something to eat along with edibles so that they have the full effect? Gracias! Bar Hopper 62 Dear Bar Hopper: I go to a new dispensary every week for my Strain Gang review, and rarely see a shop that doesn't have some combination of candies, baked goods and drinks. But if you're looking for something beyond that, I have a few recommendations. Pure Medical Dispensary, which has three shops in Denver, sells infused olive oil and honey if you want to cook your own edibles or sex up your morning tea and toast. Rocky Mountain High makes its own line of gourmet edibles, so if you enjoy fresh cake pops and chocolate truffles or prefer something quick, like medicated breath spray, check out one of Rocky Mountain's four Denver dispensaries. And to help tame an impending gut bomb from hot wings or rib tips, go to Medicine Man Medical Market in Glendale for infused Buffalo and barbecue sauces. The place also sells infused apple butter and hot cocoa mix.
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US CA: Column: This Old Grow House

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 21 Jan 2016 - According to the latest Humboldt County Economic Index, local home sales have dipped slightly, while mortgage prices have risen. Median home prices - while at nowhere near pre-recession levels - have been climbing steadily since 2012, when your financially secure friends were snapping up starter homes for pennies on the dollar. And quite a few would-be home owners are watching those rising costs and waiting for the deus ex machina of legalization to help realize their dreams. Balloon payments garnered from a good year's harvest aren't generally factored into housing analyses, but common sense dictates that the economic vacuum created by a sharp dip in black market prices might mean quite a few former growers won't be able to keep up their home payments. And if the shape of the housing market is in question, the shape of the houses on the market is going to be equally questionable. Stories of local buildings repurposed for illegal agriculture range from the benign to the horrific. For every smart sinsemilla farmer with a low-impact garage grow, there's a renter from hell who is turning his or her landlord's property into a mildew-wracked tear down.
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US CO: First Look at the Smokin' Gun, Colorado's Next Major

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 21 Jan 2016 - The forty-foot-high Willie Nelson statue has yet to appear on the edge of Colorado Boulevard - but that could only be a matter of time. Because otherwise, the construction crew is putting the finishing touches on what promises to soon become one of metro Denver's top tourist attractions: The Smokin' Gun.
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US OR: Banks Won't Take Pot Money, But State Of Oregon Will

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
The Mail Tribune, 21 Jan 2016 - BANKS WON'T TAKE POT MONEY, BUT STATE OF OREGON WILL Banks Won't Take Pot Money, but State Can Deposit Pot Taxes Unable to use the banking system, marijuana-related businesses will deliver cash to Salem in February to make their required payments on Oregon's new 25 percent tax on recreational pot sales. The state gladly will accept the cash - and then promptly deposit it in its bank account.
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Chronicle AM: Top Cops Call for Sentencing Reform, GOP Senators Split On Reform, More... (1/20/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 22:10

GOP legislators are busy filing retrograde drug bills across the land, from chipping away at medical marijuana in Arizona to public benefits drug testing bills in several states. Meanwhile, a battle looms over federal sentencing reform.

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Missouri Legislators Face Plethora of Marijuana Bills. The legislative session has barely started, but lawmakers in Jefferson City have already filed nearly 20 bills aiming at reforming marijuana policy. The bills range from legalization and medical marijuana to barring asset forfeiture in pot cases and expunging the record of nonviolent offenses, including marijuana offenses. Click on the link to see the whole list.

Medical Marijuana

Arizona GOP Legislators Try to Chip Away at Medical Marijuana Access. Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) has filed House Bill 2061, which would bar pregnant women from qualifying for the medical marijuana program, and Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-Scottsdale) has filed House Concurrent Resolution 2019, which removes homeopaths and naturopaths from the list of doctors who can issue medical marijuana recommendations.

Fix in the Works for California's Medical Marijuana Local Regulation Deadline. Legislators are working to fix a provision of the medical marijuana regulation law that requires localities to pass their own rules by March 1 or face loss of regulatory control to the state. The provision has caused a stampede of cities and counties seeking to get measures in place by that date, with most of them resorting to simple bans. The Senate Finance Committee last week passed a bill to remove the date.

Drug Testing

Indiana Unemployment Benefits Drug Testing Bill Filed. State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) has filed Senate Bill 245, which would require people applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing if they were fired for drug use or if they work in an occupation the federal Bureau of Labor has determined is one where drug testing is common. The bill had a hearing set for today.

West Virginia Food Stamp Drug Testing Bill Advances. A bill that would require drug testing of food stamp recipients passed the Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources Tuesday and now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would only require testing of those for whom state officials had a "reasonable suspicion" were drug users. The measure is Senate Bill 6.

Sentencing

Police Chiefs, Prosecutors Urge Congress to Pass Criminal Justice Reform. More than 70 top police chiefs and prosecutors organized as Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration today called on Congress to pass sentencing reform. They are urging support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 2123). The letter comes on the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a major hearing on criminal justice reform. "Today, law enforcement leaders from across the nation join together to let our lawmakers know that reforming federal mandatory minimum sentences will help keep down crime and unnecessary incarceration. As police chiefs and prosecutors, our first priority is public safety. But we know first-hand from our experience that our country's high levels of incarceration are not making us safer," said the letter they sent out today.

GOP Split on Mandatory Minimums Threatens Sentencing Reform Bill. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is keeping mum about how he plans to proceed on the bill, which is cosponsored by several Republicans. GOP hardliners are balking, threatening passage of the measure. "I don't think it’s a healthy thing to do," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a fervent opponent of the justice bill. "If we lay off drug prosecutions, we're going to see even more murders and crimes, deaths and destruction. I think we need to slow down, be careful about this." The bill had appeared to be one of the few areas where bipartisan support could ensure passage, but now GOP support looks to be eroding.

International

Indian Has a Booming Industry Manufacturing New Psychoactive Substances. Recent raids by drug police have uncovered a domestic party drug manufacturing industry cranking out drugs by the ton. Police busted more than 1,200 pounds of mephedrone in one bust, 750 pounds in another, and more than 2500 pounds of ketamine in yet another. The drug makers are behaving like legitimate drug manufacturers, finding factories, chemists, and workers, then obtaining licenses to manufacture legitimate drugs, then cranking out party drugs.

Costa Rica Court Clears Activist of Marijuana Cultivation Charges. In a case that could be a step down the path to decriminalization, a court refused to convict Cerdas Salazar on drug trafficking charges for growing his own marijuana. Police contended he grew for sale, but provided no evidence of that. "Yes, marijuana cultivation is illegal; nonetheless, it is not a crime if it is not utilized for sale," the judge hearing the case, Carolina Leitón, said.

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CN AB: Deaths From Fentanyl Outpace Those From Homicides, Auto Wrecks

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 20 Jan 2016 - More Calgarians lost their lives to fentanyl overdoses last year than to homicide and fatal traffic collisions combined. And that is before the final number of deaths linked to the dangerous street drug in 2015 is even known.
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CN QU: Editorial: Government Should Not Endorse Or Belittle

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 20 Jan 2016 - Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, A little over a decade ago a wandering federal government stuck its finger to the wind to see what would carry them back to power in the next election. It openly dithered with the idea of decriminalizing marijuana only to make a halfhearted attempt that was doomed to fail. As a result of this irresponsible attempt to gain popular favour, police officers commonly encountered confused young people who believed that decriminalization was all but a done deal. Unfortunately, many of them now have criminal records. Considering, therefore, the still-present legal implications of its use, and considering the ever-present health implications of its abuse, I ask, sir, that your government tread carefully so as not to make light of what is a serious issue.
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Chronicle AM: Iran Hangs More Drug Offenders, VT Legalization Hearings Underway, More... (1/19/2016)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 21:57

Georgia faces a pile of marijuana bills, Boston cops go after one of the state's leading legalization activists, Vermont legalization hearings get underway, and more.

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Georgia Legislature Faces Stack of Marijuana Bills. Solons in Atlanta face no fewer than seven pieces of marijuana-related legislation as they return to work this month: House Bill 722 -- Medical Cannabis Expansion, Senate Bill 254 -- No felonies for possession of marijuana, House Bill 704 -- Industrial Hemp; House Bill 283 -- Marijuana arrests and drivers licenses, Senate Resolution 6 -- Ballot initiative for the legalization of marijuana, Senate Bill 7 -- Medical cannabis bill, and Senate Bill 198 -- Marijuana Regulations.

Boston Police Seek to Bust Activist Bill Downing Over Marijuana Sales. Boston Police have filed a criminal complaint against Downing, one of the state's most well-known marijuana legalization activists, charging him with multiple counts of marijuana distribution. A magistrate judge will decide today whether to approve the charges. Downing's attorney said the complaint is nothing but an effort to "silence the most vocal supporters of the legalization of marijuana."

Vermont Legislative Committee Holds Marijuana Legalization Hearings. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on marijuana legalization Monday at three venues across the state. Click on the link to get the flavor of the testimonies.

Drug Testing

South Dakota Welfare Drug Testing Bill Coming. Rep. Lynne DiSanto (R-Rapid City) and Sen. Betty Olson (R-Prairie City) are working on a welfare drug testing bill that would require mandatory drug testing for people applying for welfare and other cash assistance programs. Federal courts have held mandatory, suspicionless drug testing to be a search under the Fourth Amendment, so this bill could have problems if it gets passed. The bill is not yet on the legislative web site.

International

Iran Hangs Four for Drugs. Four men convicted of drug offenses were hanged at Karaj's central prison last week. They were identified as Seyed Hamid Hajian, Hossein Toutiannoush, Mostafa Jamshidi, and Mohsen Nasiri. Iran hanged hundreds of people for drug offenses last year, and this year looks like more of the same. Or does it? Last month 70 members of the parliament introduced legislation to end the practice.

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CN ON: Oh Cannabis!

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 19 Jan 2016 - Councillor fears T.O. will become pot capital of the nation 'High' risk you'll die of cardiac arrest Councillor Jim Karygiannis fears Toronto will become the weed capital of Canada. Given that the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has grown to nearly 50, the Scarborough-Agincourt politician wants the city to be included in the development of regulations needed to govern legal pot.
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US WA: Editorial: Take the Wheels Off Marijuana Delivery

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2016 - A thriving network of unlicensed marijuana-delivery services makes a mockery of Initiative 502's important goal of ending the black market. WASHINGTON'S landmark effort to legalize and tax marijuana, now three years old, is finally gaining steady footing. Without federal interference, 197 retail marijuana stores are operating statewide, and state regulators are running checks for underage sales. Finally, the unregulated medical-marijuana market is being folded into the licensed, regulated system.
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US NY: OPED: Just Saying Yes To The Politics Of Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 19 Jan 2016 - EARLIER this month, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida opened up on a subject he had once chided reporters for asking about: his daughter, Noelle, who, he said, "was addicted to drugs." In a video released by the campaign, Mr. Bush speaks plainly about his daughter's struggle, her time in jail and drug court, and her recovery. "I can look in people's eyes and I know that they've gone through the same thing that Columba and I have," he said, referring to his wife.
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US MA: Police Seek Charges Against Marijuana Advocate

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2016 - Boston police are seeking criminal charges against Bill Downing, one of the state's most vocal marijuana legalization supporters, a move that his lawyer calls retaliation for his criticism of the state's regulation of the medical marijuana industry. A magistrate judge is scheduled to consider whether to approve a complaint filed by the Boston Police Department at a hearing at Boston Municipal Court in Brighton Tuesday morning. The complaint seeks multiple charges of distribution of a Class C substance, which covers THC-based products that Downing admitted he sold, as well as distribution of marijuana, according to a copy of the document.
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US IL: OPED: Looking for a Less Potent High? End the Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2016 - Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate. They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they were in the 1960s, when the boomers formed their views on drug use? Hasn't cannabis morphed into super skunk? Aren't people who used legal painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet sliding into heroin addiction - suggesting that legally accessible drugs are a slippery slope toward the abuse of harder drugs?
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Chronicle AM: CA Dems Endorse Legalization, Fed Court Upholds MedMJ Firing, More... (1/18/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 21:56

California Democrats have endorsed marijuana legalization, Bernie Sanders ties together racism and pot prohibition, a federal court upholds employers' rights to fire medical marijuana users, and more.

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At Democratic Debate, Sanders Ties Together Racism and Marijuana Prohibition. "We have a criminal justice system that is broken," he said. "Who in America is satisfied that we have more people in jail than any country on earth, including China -- disproportionately African-American and Latino. Who is satisfied that 51% of African-American young people are either unemployed or under-employed? Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEOs of Wall Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records? We need to take a very hard look at our criminal justice system, investing in jobs and education -- not in jails and incarceration."

California Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization. On the final day of the state Democratic Party's annual convention, delegates on a voice vote approved a platform plank saying the state's Democrats "support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol."

Toledo Decriminalization Now in Effect, Despite Legal Challenge. The courts in Toledo are sentencing marijuana users to no fines and no jail time under a decriminalization measure that passed in September, even though state Attorney General Mike DeWine has challenged other portions of the law. Those sections attempted to rewrite state law regarding felony amounts of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana

New Hampshire Approves First Medical Marijuana Production Facility. The Department of Health and Human Services said last Friday that it has approved the first of three locations to grow medical marijuana and started mailing out ID cards. Some 176 Granite Staters have qualified to use medical marijuana so far.

Federal Court Okays Firing for Medical Marijuana Use. A federal district court in New Mexico has held that an employer is not obligated to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, even when the drug had been supplied to the employee by a state-legal medical marijuana program. The ruling came in the case of an AIDS patient whose job offer was yanked after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a pre-employment drug test. The court noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Asset Forfeiture

Maryland Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. Sens. Michael Hough (R-Frederick), Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) have filed Senate Bill 161, which would reform civil asset forfeiture by barring state law enforcement agencies from doing an end run around state asset forfeiture laws by handing their cases over to the federal government. The move comes as the state Senate prepares later this week to try to override a gubernatorial veto of an earlier asset forfeiture reform bill.

International

Vietnam Sentences Two to Death for Drug Smuggling. A court in the northern province of Lang Son has sentenced two people to death for selling drugs. Lurong Van Ty and Lu Thi Thuong were given the death penalty in the case; two others were sentenced to life, while other members of the smuggling ring received shorter sentences.

Ten Dead in Cartel Violence in Mexico's Michoacan. Ten people were shot and killed in Michoacan over the weekend in apparent cartel feuds. The violence-plagued states is home to at least seven drug trafficking groups: the Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos, Caballeros Templarios, Los Viagras, Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels.

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CN PI: Weed With That

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - WEED WITH THAT Author of 'Cannabis in Canada' Sends Marijuana With Book to MPs Members of Parliament from Egmont and Malpeque ridings didn't even review the literature that a British Columbia pot activist mailed to their constituency offices.
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US CO: Where Pot Pays For Schools And Sidewalks

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 18 Jan 2016 - Colorado Cities High on Benefits of Taxing Marijuana; Proceeds Go to Infrastructure, Substance-Abuse Programs The gym rats who join the still-under-construction recreation centre in central Denver will owe their workouts to weed smokers.
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CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You think they can handle pot sales? What are you smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.
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