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CN NS: Editorial: Too Much At Stake

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Cape Breton Post, 16 Jan 2016 - Doctor-assisted dying law shouldn't be hastily implemented The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense.
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US CA: Dispensary Foes Cry Foul Over City Email

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 16 Jan 2016 - An anti-marijuana group against a proposed Marysville cannabis dispensary ordinance claims the city is manipulating the process to favor locating a facility in a vacant building along B Street. Buck Weckman of Families Against Cannabis Trafficking cited a December email from City Manager Walter Munchheimer to City Council members as evidence of a "behind closed doors manipulation of the process ..."
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US CA: Deputy Resigns; Sheriff Outraged

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 16 Jan 2016 - A Yuba County deputy sheriff and narcotics task force agent - the subject of two criminal investigations - resigned from his position Friday, according to Sheriff Steve Durfor. When announcing the resignation of Christopher "Mark" Heath, the sheriff for the first time commented on the former deputy's alleged actions.
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Chronicle AM: Another Poll Has Legalization Majority, OH Pot Politics, Brazil Approves Ibogaine, More... (1/15/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 21:57

The drumbeat of national polls with majorities for marijuana legalization continues, one Ohio legalization effort gives up the ghost while another vows to continue, Brazil opens its doors to ibogaine, and more.

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Another Poll Has a National Majority for Marijuana Legalization. A new YouGov poll has support for marijuana legalization at 52%, up four points from the last YouGov poll in March 2015. The numbers are in line with other national opinion polls showing support for legalization consistently above 50%. Majorities of independents (66%) and Democrats (51%) support legalization, but only 36% of Republicans do.

Arizona Initiative Campaign Getting Close to Making Ballot. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol reports that has gathered nearly 150,000 raw signatures. It needs 150,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot and says it aims to collect 225,000 raw signatures to have a safety cushion.

ResponsibleOhio Calls It Quits. The group behind last year's failed "monopoly" marijuana legalization initiative is giving up the ghost. ResponsibleOhio founder Jimmy Gould said Thursday the group will not be back with another constitutional amendment and that it is also giving up efforts to pass the Fresh Start Act initiative, which would have allowed for the removal of previous marijuana convictions. Gould said the best route forward was for the legislature to enact medical marijuana. He and another ResponsibleOhio organizer are among the appointees to a state legislative task force on medical marijuana supported by the Republican House speaker.

But Another Ohio Legalization Initiative Campaign Presses Ahead. Ohioans to End Prohibition co-founder Jacob Wagner said today that it is moving forward with signature gathering for its legalization initiative. The group has some 60,000 to 70,000 raw signatures at this point and is looking for funding to continue. The group will need some 305,000 valid voter signatures by July to qualify for the November ballot.

International

Brazil Approves Use of Ibogaine. The head of the National Association of the Study of Drug Policy in Sao Paulo has approved the use of ibogaine "in a hospital environment, with medical supervision and control, meeting the exercise of the profession and the recommendations of good clinical practice, including rigorous clinical and psychiatric examinations and psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic monitoring." The move currently only applies to the state of Sao Paulo, but will be extended to the rest of the country in coming months. Ibogaine is used in the treatment of various addictions.

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CN BC: Nelson's Dispensary Count Reaches Five

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 15 Jan 2016 - The City is impatiently waiting for the federal government to move ahead with marijuana legalization Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak is impatiently waiting for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow through on his promise to legalize marijuana,especially now that a sixth illegal storefront dispensary is rumoured to be moving to town.
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US OH: Legislature To Study Legalizing Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 15 Jan 2016 - GOP legislators generally opposed legalization, but some now see support growing for medical marijuana. Two former top leaders of the ResponsibleOhio group that unsuccessfully pushed to legalize marijuana in Ohio in November have now decided to team up with Ohio House leaders to seek a more modest medical-marijuana initiative.
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Canada: Marijuana Industry Wants Illicit Dispensaries Shut Down

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jan 2016 - A trade group representing most of Canada's licensed marijuana growers is calling on the federal government to curb the ongoing surge in illegal pot shops, which began in Vancouver and has now spread to Toronto. Reacting to news that Canada's largest city now has 40 dispensaries and could see more than 100 by this spring, the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association is asking Ottawa to stop the rise of illegal marijuana stores, which operate outside the strict regulations that its commercial-scale producers must respect.
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Chronicle AM: Seattle Shrinks NJ Buffer Zones, 2nd Chance Reauth Heads for House Floor, More... (1/14/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:50

Seattle moves to ease zoning restrictions on pot businesses, Ohio GOP lawmakers form medical marijuana task force, Mexico creates marijuana debate website, and more.

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Oregon Lawmakers Propose Tweaks to Legal Marijuana Market. The joint committee on marijuana implementation has rolled out its "base bill" containing a number of modifications they hope to get passed during the 35-day short session that starts February 1. One change would end the requirement that would-be pot entrepreneurs prove they lived in the state for the past two years; another would reduce sentences for many marijuana-related offenses. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

Seattle Dramatically Reduces MJ Business Buffer Zones.The city council Monday night agreed to reduce the minimum distance between marijuana businesses and sensitive areas, such as schools, public parks, and day care centers, from 1000 feet to 500 feet in most areas, and down to 250 feet in the downtown core. The new city rules could mean up to 21 more pot shops for the city.

Medical Marijuana

Ohio Lawmakers to Form Medical Marijuana Task Force. Ohio House Republicans will later today unveil details on a new task force on medical marijuana. In November, voters rejected Issue 3, which would have included medical marijuana in a broader legalization initiative, but there is broad popular support for medical marijuana in the state. Recent public opinion polls show 85% support medical marijuana.

Asset Forfeiture

Wyoming Lawmakers File Bill to End Civil Asset Forfeiture. Members of the House Judiciary Committee have filed a bill that would require a criminal conviction before assets could be seized, effectively ending civil asset forfeiture in the state. The measure, House Bill 14, is sponsored by Reps. Mark Baker (R-Rock Springs) and Sen. Dave Kinskey (R-Sheridan). Republican Gov. Matt Mead vetoed similar legislation last year.

Drug Testing

South Carolina Lawmaker Wants to Drug Test Food Stamp Beneficiaries. Rep. Chris Corley (R-Graniteville) has filed four bills designed to tighten the screws on food stamp recipients, including one that would require them to submit to drug testing. The measure is House Bill 4412.

Law Enforcement

Family of Memphis Man Killed By Police Hogtie After Freaking Out on LSD Files Lawsuit. The family of Troy Goode has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Southhaven, Mississippi, and the Southhaven Police Department over his death after being hogtied by police when he freaked out after ingesting LSD before a Widespread Panic concert. The official autopsy report blamed his death on "LSD toxicity" (Ed: a fictional notion at least in this context), but an independent autopsy ordered by his family found that his death was caused by being hogtied, which led to breathing problems that sent his heart into cardiac arrest.

Sentencing

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Heads for House Floor. The bill was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday and now awaits a House floor vote. Its companion measure, Senate Bill 1513 awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

International

Jodie Emery Calls for Moratorium on Marijuana Arrests in Canada. There is no reason for Canadians to any longer face arrest for pot crimes, said Vancouver-based activist Jodie Emery, the wife of Canada's "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery. "Our movement is asking the Liberals to stop all marijuana arrests. We need a moratorium on marijuana arrests because money is being wasted going after people for pot and the longer we wait to really move forward on this file, the more lives will be negatively impacted."

Mexican Government Unveils Marijuana Website Ahead of National Debate. The government has launched a new Marijuana Debate web site as it prepares for a national conversation on marijuana policy later this month. The site seeks to promote "a broad and inclusive" discussion and will include links to information about marijuana legislation in 14 countries and three US states, as well as academic research and articles on all aspects of marijuana policy. The first debate will be in Cancun this month, to be followed by forums each month through April.

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CN ON: Pot Entrepreneur Joins Rush To Get Into Hot Toronto Market

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Jan 2016 - Don Briere already runs the biggest chain of illegal marijuana dispensaries in the country, with 19 locations throughout B.C. Now, he's expanding eastward, inking deals to open six pot-shop franchises in Toronto. Sent to prison for once heading British Columbia's biggest network of marijuana grow operations, Mr. Briere is just one of dozens of entrepreneurs rushing to take advantage of Toronto's rapid rise as a centre for the illegal storefront sale of cannabis.
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CN ON: MP Office Receives Package Containing Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Northumberland Today, 14 Jan 2016 - NORTHUMBERLAND - Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd wasn't in her Cobourg office when a post-New Year's present arrived last week: a plastic bag containing marijuana. Rudd is just the latest in a series of MPs across the country whom author Dana Larsen has written, including in his package a copy of his book, Cannabis in Canada: the Illustrated History, plus some of the actual topic of his book, in dried form.
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CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Stunt Goes Up In Flames

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Whitby This Week, 14 Jan 2016 - Mailing Pot to MPs Won't Have the Desired Impact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, we just don't know when. The marijuana advocates must feel like he's taking too long for their liking given the recent stunt by pot activist Dana Larsen, who sent a special package to the 184 Liberal politicians, including MPs in Durham and Northumberland. The manila envelopes sent to the MPs contains his and illustrator Patrick Dowers' new book Cannabis in Canada, the Illustrated History - as well as a gram of medical-grade marijuana.
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CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Stunt Goes Up In Flames

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Ajax/Pickering News Advertiser, 14 Jan 2016 - Mailing Pot to MPs Won't Have the Desired Impact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, we just don't know when. The marijuana advocates must feel like he's taking too long for their liking given the recent stunt by pot activist Dana Larsen, who sent a special package to the 184 Liberal politicians, including MPs in Durham and Northumberland. The manila envelopes sent to the MPs contains his and illustrator Patrick Dowers' new book Cannabis in Canada, the Illustrated History - as well as a gram of medical-grade marijuana.
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US CA: Helicopters And Pot Farms

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
The Chico News & Review, 14 Jan 2016 - Supervisors Discuss Enforcement of Measure A, Approve Amendments Yes, the county is using helicopters to generate complaints against potentially out-of-compliance medical marijuana gardens. That was a revelation at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday (Jan. 12), during discussions to evaluate the effectiveness of Measure A, the county's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, which has been in effect for a year. That revelation, however, took several attempts to be made clear.
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CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Stunt Goes Up In Flames

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Oshawa This Week, 14 Jan 2016 - Mailing pot to MPs won't have the desired impact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, we just don't know when. The marijuana advocates must feel like he's taking too long for their liking given the recent stunt by pot activist Dana Larsen, who sent a special package to the 184 Liberal politicians, including MPs in Durham and Northumberland. The manila envelopes sent to the MPs contains his and illustrator Patrick Dowers' new book Cannabis in Canada, the Illustrated History - as well as a gram of medical-grade marijuana.
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US OR: Column: Science Is Cool

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 14 Jan 2016 - (This column is heavy on science. In the next week or so, maybe I'll write something on cannabis suppositories or what happens if you eat too many medibles before spending the holidays with drunken in-laws.) LIKE MANY AMERICANS, I consider myself to be fairly smart. This is despite mountains of evidence to the contrary (see "The Stupid Stoner Moments of 2015," Cannabuzz, Jan 6). That said, there are three canna industry professionals in Portland who are so, so, so smart that I get a mild headache after speaking to them (which I attribute to having my mind blown).
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US CA: Column: More Swag, Less Schwag

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 14 Jan 2016 - Canna-Branders Prepare to Hurry Up and Wait "I'm not sure brand dilution can get any worse than it has up to now," says Chrystal Ortiz, marketing and branding coordinator for True Humboldt. True Humboldt, a co-op of local cannabis farmers, is one of several organizations trying to turn the region into a brand and realign that brand with values that will sell.
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US CA: Column: Why Legalization Could Lose

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 14 Jan 2016 - Last week, Sean Parker made an honest issue out of cannabis legalization. The former Napster and Facebook whiz kid (and current philanthropic billionaire) plunked down $500,000 towards the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a legalization measure vying for the Nov. 2016 ballot. The check was a long-awaited confirmation: It had been known as the "Parker Initiative," despite no material support from Parker until last week - and only tepid verbal approval. Along with $250,000 donations from a political action committee controlled by WeedMaps - the dispensary-finding website that serves as the "Google Maps for Pot" - and from legalization veterans Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance, to whom much of the credit for legalizing in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon are due, Parker's half-million is the biggest donation to the campaign committee called "Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana While Protecting Children."
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US CA: Column: Preemptive Prohibition

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 14 Jan 2016 - What's with all of these new cultivation bans popping up all over the place? - -Russ Tick You can thank the state Legislature for this. In the zeal to pass some sort of statewide comprehensive medical cannabis regulations last year, it somehow overlooked a provision stating that if cities and counties didn't have their own laws in place by March 1, the state would assume control. So now we have a flurry of bans, and not just for growing pot. Cities are banning all sorts of cannabis business, from storefronts to delivery services.
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US CA: Dear Stoner: Why Do Colorado Natives Call Everyone Else

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 14 Jan 2016 - Dear Stoner: The "natives" here like to throw around the word "transplant" a lot - with some vitriol, I might add. I've never heard this term where I come from (California and New York), and was wondering if it had anything to do with the weed revolution going on here. Mara G Dear Mara: That's a funny connection, and although the word "transplant" has been used to describe new residents of Colorado for decades - and certainly since long before marijuana was legalized - you just might have given it new meaning.
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Chronicle AM: Drug Policy in Obama's SOTU Speech, New England Legalization Bills Heard, More... (1/13/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:14

As New England states ponder marijuana legalization, Colorado is raking in the revenues. Plus, the president touches on drug policy in his SOTU speech, and more.

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Colorado Will Have Taken in More Than $100 Million in Adult Marijuana Taxes and Fees Last Year. Based on official figures through the end of October, the state will have collected more than $100 million on pot taxes and fees through the end of 2015. The state had already collected more than $109 million by the end of October, but some $17 million of that was for medical marijuana. Still, with the last two months of the year yet to be accounted for, and with tax revenues at $9 million for the lowest month in 2015, the state will certainly top the $100 million mark by the time everything is counted.

Massachusetts Legislative Committee Holding Hearing on Legalization Bill. The Joint Committee on the Judiciary is holding a hearing today on House Bill 1561, filed by Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge). The bill would regulate marijuana like alcohol in the state.

Vermont Senate Committee Hears Legalization Bills. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony for and against two legalization bills, Senate Bill 95, introduced last session by Sen. David Zuckerman (P/D-Chittenden) and Senate Bill 241, from Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham). If the committee decides to approve one or both bills, it must do so by January 29. In Tuesday's testimony, representatives from law enforcement expressed strong opposition to legalization, especially citing fears of stoned driving.

Medical Marijuana

Florida Initiative Hands in Signatures. It looks like Floridians will get a second chance to approve medical marijuana. United for Care, the group leading the campaign, handed in more than one million raw signatures to state officials Monday. The group needs only 683,149 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. In 2014, United for Care's initiative failed even though it won 58% of the vote. Because it was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass.

Drug Policy

President Obama Touches on Drug Policy in State of the Union Speech. The president's State of the Union speech included a call to imprison fewer people. "I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse," the president said. Obama also mentioned people who have reentered society after being imprisoned: "I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting over -- and the business owner who gives him that second chance. The protester determined to prove that justice matters, and the young cop walking the beat, treating everybody with respect, doing the brave, quiet work of keeping us safe."

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