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US LA: La. Gears Up For Medical Marijuana Business

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
The Courier, 05 Jun 2016 - BATON ROUGE -- Growing up on a cotton farm in Missouri in the 1950s, Bill Richardson didn't know a thing about marijuana. Nobody talked about it, he never saw it and he certainly never smoked it. "I didn't inhale," Richardson, LSU's 71-year-old vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, said with a smile in a recent interview.
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US MA: Second Pot Dispensary Proposed In Gloucester

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Salem News, 05 Jun 2016 - GLOUCESTER - A Boston-based company is seeking to open a dispensary in Gloucester's Cape Ann Industrial Park on Kondelin Road, the second company to try to carve out a niche serving medical marijuana patients from across Cape Ann. Company spokesman Frank Perullo confirmed Friday that Mayflower Medicinals has an agreement in place to lease some 2,000 square feet in a part of the industrial building at 8 Kondelin Road for a medical marijuana dispensary.
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US IL: Rauner To Sign Medical Cannabis Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Belleville News-Democrat, 05 Jun 2016 - For months, Illinois' fledgling medical cannabis industry had been limping along - dogged by uncertainties over its future and hurt by disappointingly low numbers of patients whose medical conditions qualified them for state certification cards. But in the last few days, the clouds of gloom have lifted thanks to a compromise bill now awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. The measure would extend the state medical cannabis pilot program by 2 1/2 years, to July 1, 2020. It would also expand the list of qualifying conditions, to include post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illnesses, potentially adding hundreds of thousands of new patients to the state registry.
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US CA: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Is A Hazy Question

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 05 Jun 2016 - "I've spilt more than you've smoked," my brother-in-law, let's call him Marty, bragged to my husband in the throes of his addiction. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana is heading toward the California ballot in November. Marty would have been thrilled - but then, he didn't bother much with voting. My vote, too, would have been a no-brainer some years ago. Legalize it, tax it, make it safer, I would have said then, back when I felt more certain about everything, when I viewed addiction as a lack of self-discipline and personal weakness. I never dreamed it could take down an entire family.
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US CA: OPED: Questioning Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 05 Jun 2016 - "I've spilt more than you've smoked," my brother-in-law, let's call him Marty, bragged to my husband in the throes of his addiction. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana is heading toward the California ballot in November. Marty would have been thrilled - but then, he didn't bother much with voting. My vote, too, would have been a no-brainer some years ago. Legalize it, tax it, make it safer, I would have said then, back when I felt more certain about everything, when I viewed addiction as a lack of self-discipline and personal weakness. I never dreamed it could take down an entire family.
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US MA: Marijuana Facility May Come To Gloucester

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 05 Jun 2016 - Gloucester has taken a step toward joining the list of Massachusetts communities to host a medical marijuana facility. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken's office agreed not to oppose plans by Happy Valley Ventures of Newton to open a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility at the Blackburn Industrial Park. Department of Public Health regulations require a letter of support or nonopposition as part of the state application process.
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Jamaica: OPED: Don't Allow Ganja Abuse

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
The Jamaica Gleaner, 05 Jun 2016 - DON'T ALLOW GANJA ABUSE IT HAS been little over a year since the much-anticipated amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act were passed into law in April 2015 with much attendant fanfare. It is fair comment that a year is a relatively short period to critique and/or proffer any fair assessment of the legal perspective of cannabis as it relates to the current situation without offering a historical perspective on the one hand, and an anticipatory perspective on the other.
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CN MB: Prime Time

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 04 Jun 2016 - Justin Trudeau sits down with Free Press editor Paul Samyn to talk about urgent legislation, First Nations, marijuana... and Stephen Harper PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with Winnipeg Free Press editor Paul Samyn for an exclusive interview Thursday.
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New Zealand: Cannabis Harm 'Non-Physical'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Manawatu Standard, 04 Jun 2016 - Gum disease is one of the few physical health problems associated with cannabis use, according to new research on more than 1000 New Zealanders. As the most widely used illegal drug in the world, understanding the long-term effects of cannabis is a global priority. However, lead author Madeline Meier cautioned recreational users.
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New Zealand: Cannabis Harm 'Non-Physical'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Timaru Herald, 04 Jun 2016 - Gum disease is one of the few physical health problems associated with cannabis use, according to new research on more than 1000 New Zealanders. As the most widely used illegal drug in the world, understanding the long-term effects of cannabis is a global priority. However, lead author Madeline Meier cautioned recreational users.
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Chronicle AM: NM Police Defend Reverse Stings on Homeless, Israel Ponders Decrim, More... (6/3/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 21:13

Marijuana legalization remains a hot issue in New England, Albuquerque's police chief defends reverse stings targeting the homeless, the Israeli justice minister ponders decriminalization, and more.

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Massachusetts Retailers Join Opposition to Legalization. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts has come out in opposition to the legalization initiative from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The retailers said their opposition is rooted in concerns about worker safety, absenteeism, and the impact of marijuana on kids and communities.

Rhode Island Advocates Demand Vote on Legalization. Led by Regulate Rhode Island, legalization supporters gathered at the state house Thursday to call on General Assembly leaders to allow a vote on the issue. Two identical bills, House Bill 7752 and Senate Bill 2420, would legalize the drug, but they have not gotten even a committee vote, as has been the case in the legislature every year since 2011. The protestors delivered a petition with more than 1,300 signatures calling on House Speaker Nicholas Mattielo and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to finally allow votes.

Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Bill to Add PTSD Wins Committee Vote. A bill that would add PTSD to the list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions advanced out of the Assembly Oversight Committee on a 3-0 vote Wednesday. The measure now heads for an Assembly floor vote. A similar bill was approved by the Assembly last year, but died in Senate committee.

Law Enforcement

Albuquerque Police Chief Defends "Reverse Drug Stings" Targeting Homeless. Police Chief Gordon Eden has made a strong defense of his department's controversial "reversal narcotics operations" in which undercover police posed as drug dealers, sold and traded small amounts of crack and meth to homeless people, then arrested them on felony drug charges. The operations improve "quality of life" for area businesses and residents, Chief Eden said, adding that they would continue.

International

Israel Justice Minister Considers Marijuana Decriminalization. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is considering a different legal approach to people caught with small amounts of marijuana. She is considering decriminalizing small-time possession with a fine of "a few hundred shekels," but the policy is yet to be formally announced.

Cartel Battles Heating Up in Mexico's Baja California. A Sinaloa Cartel weakened by the capture and looming extradition of its leader, "El Chapo" Guzman, is facing a violent challenge from the rising Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The number of homicides in Baja California Sur in the 2014-2016 period has nearly doubled that in the 2011-2013 period, and most of the killings are linked to conflicts in the illicit drug trade.

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Chronicle AM: MI Legalizers Hand in Signatures, CA Legislature Acts on MedMJ, More... (6/2/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 21:33

Edibles come to Oregon, California legislators move on medical marijuana bills, NYC pot busts are on the increase again, Michigan legalizers hand in lots of signatures, and more.

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Arizona Grassroots Legalization Effort Gives Up the Ghost. The group Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AZMFR) has halted its signature gathering campaign after acknowledging it has failed to meet its goals. The group had positioned itself as an alternative to the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, which has already handed in signatures and awaits confirmation that its initiative has qualified for the November ballot. AZMFR says it is launching "vote no" campaign against the other initiative and will be back with another legalization effort in 2018.

Michigan Legalizers Turn in More Than 300,000 Signatures. Activists with MI Legalize Monday turned in some 345,000 signatures to state officials in a bid to get their legalization initiative on the November ballot. They only need 252,000 valid voter signatures, but some of the signatures handed in may not be counted because they were gathered more than 180 days before the turn in date. The legislature recently passed a bill limiting signature collection to 180 days, but the governor hasn't signed it yet.

Marijuana Edibles Are Now For Sale in Oregon. As of today, it is legal to purchase edibles from marijuana dispensaries. Up until now, edibles had only been available for medical marijuana patients. Under temporary rules established by the Oregon Health Authority, consumers can now purchase one edible containing up to 15 milligrams of THC per day.

New York City Marijuana Possession Arrests Creeping Up Again. Marijuana possession arrests rose by more than a third in the first quarter of 2016, even after the NYPD promised in 2014 that it was going to work to reduce them. Some 4,225 people were popped for pot in the first three months of this year, up from 2,960 during the same period last year. That's still well below the more than 7,000 arrested in the same period in 2014, but the trend is headed in the wrong direction.

Medical Marijuana

California Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Sales Tax. The Senate Wednesday approved a bill imposing a 15% sales tax on medical marijuana on a 27-9 vote. The measure, Senate bill 987, now goes to the Assembly. Critics have charged it will hurt poor patients, but bill sponsor Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) says he will amend the bill in the Assembly to ensure that low income people don't have to pay the tax.

California Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Research. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 1575, an omnibus medical marijuana bill that includes provisions easing the way for research on the plant's medicinal properties. The bill specifies that it is "not a violation of state law or local ordinance or regulation for a business or research institution with state authorization to engage in the research of medical cannabis used for the medical purposes." The bill now heads for the Senate.

California Assembly Approves "Cottage" Medical Marijuana Farms. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 2516, which would create a new category of cultivator license for outdoor grows under 2,500 square feet and indoor grows under 500 square feet. "We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward," said sponsor Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-North Coast). "It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations." The bill now heads for the Senate.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Welfare Drug Testing Program Screened 12,000, Got 10 Positive Drug Tests. The Mississippi law that requires drug screening for people seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds subjected some 12,000 people to screening, but found only 175 were suspicious enough to require drug testing. Of the 175 who were tested, only 10 tested positive. The figure is less than one-tenth of 1% of the number of people screened.

International

Dutch Study Finds Legalizing Marijuana Production Beneficial for Public Health and Human Rights. A study conducted for Dutch municipalities seeking regulated marijuana production has found that legalizing it would have public health benefits by reducing violent crime, corruption, fires, and quality of life issues in residential areas. Regulating marijuana should be seen as a "positive obligation to protect human rights," the researchers said.

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US CA: Editorial: Butte Voters Should Approve Measures G, H

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 02 Jun 2016 - Marijuana is on the Butte County ballot again this month, and there are indications that most voters are growing weary of the issue. We certainly are. A voter referendum is a powerful tool in California politics, but it can also be overused. We think we're there with the marijuana issue in Butte County, where well-heeled marijuana supporters have challenged almost every decision they don't like.
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US OR: Be Careful With Pot Edibles That Go On Sale Thursday

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 02 Jun 2016 - BE CAREFUL WITH POT EDIBLES THAT GO ON SALE THURSDAY Health Officials Warn to Keep Them Away From Children Area marijuana dispensaries and public health officials are recommending that recreational users use caution with extracts and edibles that will be come available Thursday, especially around children.
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US CA: Column: Weed's Race War Continues

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 02 Jun 2016 - One of the chief arguments against legalizing cannabis in California is that legalization is not needed. In 2010, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill decriminalizing up to an ounce of cannabis for all adults, no medical-cannabis recommendation from a physician required. Possessing under an ounce is punishable by a citation, which carries a fine of no more than $100 (plus fees) - or a less serious offense than blowing a stop sign on a bicycle.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: How Do You Make Herb Tinctures?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 02 Jun 2016 - Dear Stoner: I just got some pot brownies, and I'm not planning to ingest them for two weeks. Do you think the potency will still be the same, and if they'll be okay to eat? Can I heat them up if they go hard?Tasnim Dear Tasnim: We've talked to multiple cannabis bakeries and kitchens about the shelf life of edibles, and all of them have said that edibles are pretty hard to tarnish in terms of potency, so two weeks definitely wouldn't be long enough to harm your brownies. The "normal" ingredients in them are what you need to worry about, because they'll decay much faster on your kitchen counter than THC would. Throw the brownies in the freezer if you're scared of spoilage, but that's just to fend off mold, not THC degradation. Freezing definitely beats food poisoning - and what a waste of pot that would be!
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US OR: Column: My Bunk Is My Coffin

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 02 Jun 2016 - It's Easy to Overdo Edibles. Here's Proof. RECREATIONAL CANNABIS EDIBLES are legal in Oregon starting June 2, which is great news. To be honest, I've actually been crafting them for recreational and medical use for more than 20 years. I often get asked, "Have you ever gotten too high on edibles?" And the answer is: Of course-regular readers will recognize impulse control isn't one of my strong points.
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US CA: Column: Bye, Bye Night Sky

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 02 Jun 2016 - Light pollution in Southern Humboldt Dear neighbors, We live in a lonely place.
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US CA: Column: Suspended

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 02 Jun 2016 - Can I get an update on the Legislature? They seem to be hella busy lately. - -Eric You are correct. The Legislature has been working hella hard to get a bunch of bills out of suspense. A bill being held "in suspense"? They make it sounds so ... suspenseful. "What's gonna happen? Who knows? We will let you know right after this commercial." Anyway, there were a bunch of bills about marijuana in the suspense file. Which bills lived and which bills died? I have a list of winners:
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 21:09

Illinois' medical marijuana program is set to be extended and expanded, the Ohio legislature passes a medical marijuana bill, the Ohio medical marijuana initiative is now dead, and more.

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Last Friday, the House approved an extension and an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program. The House voted to approve a plan to expand the state's medical marijuana program by adding PTSD and terminal illness to the program's list of qualifying conditions and by extending the program for an additional 2 ½ years. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has now come around and says he supports the bill, which still needs a final Senate vote. The measure is Senate Bill 10.

Massachusetts

Last Tuesday, the Senate voted to waive medical marijuana fees for veterans. The Senate approved a rider to the FY 2017 budget bill that would waive registration fees for veterans for qualify for the state's medical marijuana program. Other patients would still have to pay the $50 registration fee and an annual $50 renewal fee.

Ohio

Last Wednesday, the medical marijuana bill was approved by the legislature.Both houses of the legislature gave final approval to the measure, House Bill 523. The bill barely cleared the Senate on an 18-15 vote and won final approval from the House on a 67-28 vote. Gov. John Kasich (R) has said he will review the bill when it gets to his desk.

Last Saturday, the backers of a medical marijuana initiative called it quits. Faced with a medical marijuana bill approved by the legislature and awaiting the governor's signature, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that they were ending their campaign to put an initiative on the November ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed effort decided to call it quits because "the reality is that raising funds for medical marijuana policy changes is incredibly difficult, especially given the improvements made to the proposed program by the Ohio General Assembly and the fact that the Governor is expected to sign the bill." The bill passed by the legislature will allow people with about 20 different diseases and conditions to use marijuana, but not to smoke it.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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