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US CA: Pot Market Faces Challenge

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Jul 2014 - City Attorney to Request a Temporary Restraining Order Against Boyle Heights Marijuana Sellers. The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking an injunction to stop what's being dubbed as the city's first ever cannabis-centric farmers market, which opened for business over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Chronicle AM -- July 14, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 19:38

Happy Bastille Day! And speaking of which, the US Sentencing Commission is reporting heavy public response to its proposal to make some sentencing reforms retroactive. Meanwhile, marijuana remains on the move, the good burghers of New York will pay for another drug war killing, millennials loosen up on drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

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Washington State Earns $150,000 in Excise Taxes From First Three Days of Limited Legal Marijuana Sales. Legal pot sales in Washington started last Tuesday with only a handful of shops open across the state, but by last Friday, the Washington Liquor Control Board reported that the sales had generated almost $150,000 in excise taxes alone. The excise tax is 25% imposed on producers when they sell to retailers and another 25% imposed on consumers when they buy retail. The figure doesn't include state and local sales taxes.

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Declined for First Time in May. Retail pot shops sold $21 million worth of marijuana in May, down 5% from the $22 million sold in April. The combined 4/20 celebrations and High Times Cannabis Cup that same weekend may have had something to do with the high April figures. Also, tax-free medical marijuana sales remain strong and still exceeded recreational sales in April, coming in at $32 million.

Nevada 2016 Legalization Initiative Campaign Kicks Off With Innovative Bathroom Ads. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has begun its campaign to get a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot with "bathroom-themed ads, which are scheduled to appear in restrooms at more than two dozen restaurants and bars across Las Vegas throughout July and August." The ads highlight the costs of marijuana prohibition.

South Portland, Maine, Activists Hand in Signature for Municipal Legalization Referendum. Citizens for Safer Maine, a Marijuana Policy Project affiliate, today handed in 1,521 signatures to place a legalization initiative on the municipal this November. The group needs 959 valid voter signatures to qualify. Similar efforts are underway in York and Lewiston; Portland passed a similar measure last year.

Medical Marijuana

Berkeley City Council Gives Initial Approval for Free Medical Marijuana for the Poor and Homeless. The Berkeley city council last week gave initial approval for an ordinance that would require dispensaries in the city to set aside 2% of their medical marijuana to be given away free to poor and homeless residents who are patients. A second reading is set for next month.

South Carolina Limited CBD Medical Marijuana Law Not Working. South Carolina's new law allowing for the use of high-CBD cannabis oil is stymied because no one in South Carolina is making it and federal law prohibits it being shipped across state lines. The new law does create a study committee to determine how to grow the plants and manufacture the oil in state, but it looks like that is years down the road.

North Carolina Medical Marijuana Supporters Protest at Trial of Grower. Protestors gathered in Hendersonville this morning to protest the trial of a man they say is a medical marijuana grower. Todd Stimson is charged with numerous marijuana cultivation and related offenses. His trial starts this afternoon.

Drug Policy

Poll of Millennials Finds Majority for Marijuana Legalization, One in Five for Cocaine Legalization. A new Reason-Rupe survey finds that 57% of millennials support legalizing marijuana and a surprising 22% support legalizing the use of cocaine. Majorities of millennials said people should not be jailed or imprisoned for using marijuana (83%), ecstasy (68%), cocaine (63%), or heroin (61%). Click on the link above for more top lines, cross tabs, and methodological details.

Drug Testing

Florida Governor Gives Up on Testing Some State Workers, But Not All. Gov. Rick Scott's (R) dream of imposing drug testing on all state workers has faded further after attorneys representing the state last month filed court documents conceding that nearly a thousand job classes are ineligible for drug testing. But Scott has yet to concede that his plan to force state workers to undergo mandatory suspicionless drug testing is unconstitutional, despite lower court rulings against him. He's vowing to go to the US Supreme Court.

Law Enforcement

New York City Pays $2 Million for Undercover Narc's Killing of Unarmed Man on His Mother's Doorstep. Shem Walker, 59, was shot and killed when he attempted to run off shady characters loitering on his mother's apartment building doorstep. The shady characters were undercover NYPD narcotics detectives. Walker punched one of the plain clothes narcs, who responded by shooting him three times and killing him. Now, the good burghers of New York will pay out $2.25 million to settle the family's lawsuit against the city. No criminal charges were filed against the officer.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Got 65,000 Letters Regarding Sentencing Retroactivity. The US Sentencing Commission reports that it had received some 65,000 letters regarding its plans to make the changes to drug sentencing guidelines that reduce many drug sentences retroactive. The Commission will hold a public meeting on the issue on Friday. Click on the link for more details and to read the letters.

International

Honduras President Blames US Drug Policy for Refugee Crisis. In an interview published today, President Juan Hernandez blamed US drug policy for creating violence in Central American countries and thus propelling a surge of migration toward the US. He said US anti-drug policies for generating prohibition-related violence first in Colombia and Mexico and now in Central America. "Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade," Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. "The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs. Then Mexico did it. This is creating a serious problem for us that sparked this migration."

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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries Can Serve As Society's

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 14 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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CN ON: Column: Criminal Juries Can Serve As Society's

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 14 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.
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US MI: Michigan Legislature May Take Steps on Roads, Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 14 Jul 2014 - LANSING -- The Legislature has a few session days scheduled through July and August that traditionally have been used to introduce bills and not much more. Roll call generally isn't taken and neither are any votes. But this year, that might change.
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US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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US: Pot Ads Signal New Strategy In Push To Legalize

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The News-Item, 14 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON- In the topsy-turvy world of marijuana politics, conservative Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state is the unlikely hero of the moment, lauded for trying to protect medical pot users from federal arrest. In Florida, liberal Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is portrayed as the unlikely villain, a politician willing to send sick marijuana-using patients to prison.
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US CO: Study Shows Pot Legalization Increasing Tokers'

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 14 Jul 2014 - A study by Colorado's department of revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state's Marijuana Policy Group concludes that only about 9 percent of Colorado's population uses the drug, but will go through 121.4 metric tons of it every year. The study results are 31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an older study by the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, Time reported.
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US DC: Marijuana Is At Center Of Feud In Capital

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 14 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Decriminalization in Washington D.C. Is Contested by Federal Lawmakers WASHINGTON - A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington's mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect.
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US NC: Durham Cops Lied About 911 Calls

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Week, 14 Jul 2014 - Several Durham police officers lied about non-existent 911 calls to try to convince residents to allow them to search their homes, a tactic several lawyers say is illegal. The officers targeted residences where individuals with outstanding warrants were thought to be living, and told them that dispatch had received a 911 call from that address, when no such call had been made. However, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez says the 911 tactic was never a part of official policy. Last month, the department officially banned the practice, according to a memo from Lopez.
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US CO: State And Pot Industry Work Together

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Durango Herald, 13 Jul 2014 - Trade Group Claims 10,000 Employed by Legalizing DENVER - Colorado continues to work with the cannabis industry to make sure rules and safety guidelines are in place, six months after the implementation of legal marijuana.
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US CA: Marijuana Grower Arrested for Allegedly Starting Bully

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Record Searchlight, 13 Jul 2014 - ONO - A pot grower started the Bully Fire when his rental truck, filled with supplies for his 180-plant garden, ignited high grasses, Cal Fire agents said Saturday. Freddie Alexander Smoke III, 27, of Sacramento, was arrested Friday evening following the fire's explosive growth across Platina Road west of Ono, said Cheryl Buliavac, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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CN BC: Editorial: Weed Made Respectable?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 13 Jul 2014 - Washington state's legal marijuana rollout is showing the world how pot legalization can be done. If and when legal marijuana comes to this side of the border, B.C. can learn from Washington's experience.
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Malta: Column: Let's Talk About Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Independent, 13 Jul 2014 - Luckily, most of us don't do drugs. Unfortunately this makes us think that drug legislation has nothing to do with us. As a result very few seem to be concerned with what is being proposed in the new Drug Law reform. The truth is however, that we should all be very concerned about drug-related laws because somehow or another they will, and do, affect all of us - from users, to family members, from the state of our health systems, to the state of our justice system, from higher taxes to higher insurance premiums as a result of drug-related crimes; like it or not, in one way or another, we're all affected. I'm certainly not an expert in the field and my opinion is usually based on that of real experts, like Caritas. Let's face it they work with drug users and abusers every single day and they face drug problems all the time, so compared to my little exposure in all this, their opinion should be taken by far more seriously. Having said that, it doesn't take an expert to realise that Malta's drug laws are among the harshest in Europe - some drug related crimes carry life sentences and the law makes no distinction between hard and soft drugs. So yes, even a non-expert like me can see that a change is definitely necessary; the question is 'what sort of change?'
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US WA: Medical Pot Users With Guns Target Of DEA Raids

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Yakima Herald-Republic, 13 Jul 2014 - Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic) Rows of marijuana plants grow at Dean Holcomb's farm in the Lower Valley in August, 2013. The plants, which were intended for medical marijuana use, were seized by federal agents Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)This cellphone photo shows law enforcement agents hauling off a truckload of marijuana plants from Dean Holcomb's Lower Valley farm on Sept. 24, 2014. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, from left, Larry Harvey, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, and Rolland Gregg stand in the plaza in front of the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash. The three are charged with growing marijuana at a remote farm near Kettle Falls, Wash. Each face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property. Medical marijuana advocates have cried foul, arguing the prosecution violates Department of Justice policies announced by Attorney General Eric Holder last year that nonviolent, small-time drug offenders shouldn't face lengthy prison sentences. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios) Phone: 509-577-7674 Follow me on: By Kate Prengaman / Yakima Herald-Republic
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US NY: OPED: The Children Of The Drug Wars

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 Jul 2014 - A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis CRISTIAN OMAR REYES, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon - "no matter what."
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US: In Time Of Change, DEA May Be Losing War On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - The Agency Is Firmly Against Legalization. but Many in Congress Increasingly Disagree. WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
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Ireland: Column: Recreational Hazard: The Highs And Lows Of Legalised

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Decriminalised in Brooklyn and Legal in Washington State, the Drug Has Had a Big Week in the US Buying marijuana in the United States for recreational (read: fun) purposes may be legal in two American states now but for some it is far from acceptable, as security guard Mike Boyer learned to his cost.
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Ireland: Path Cleared For Medicinal Cannabis Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 12 Jul 2014 - The outgoing Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White has removed legal impediments to the use of medicinal cannabis . In one of his final acts in the Department of Health before moving to his new role as Communications Minister, Mr White signed regulations enabling the sale of products that alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
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