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Norway: Odd Push in Drug-Averse Norway: LSD Is O.K.

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 May 2015 - OSLO - In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD. It matters little to him that the psychedelic drug has been banned here and around the world for more than 40 years. Mr. Johansen pitches his effort not as a throwback to the hippie hedonism of the 1960s, but as a battle for human rights and good health.
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US: Supreme Court Requests Advice In OK Pot Lawsuit

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 05 May 2015 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court asked Monday for the Obama administration's views on whether Oklahoma and Nebraska should be able to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws. The court sometimes asks the solicitor general - the president's advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court - for input on a case justices potentially will hear.
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US: U.S. Supreme Court Weighing Colo. Pot Suit

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Washington Times, 05 May 2015 - Neb., Okla. Say Legal Sales Affect Them DENVER - Advocates on both sides of the pot debate were busily reading the tea leaves Monday after the Supreme Court asked the solicitor general to weigh in on the two-state lawsuit against Colorado's legalized marijuana market.
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US: Court Seeks Administration Views On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 05 May 2015 - Colorado Is Being Challenged on Its Legalization Law. WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court asked Monday for the Obama administration's views on whether Oklahoma and Nebraska should be able to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws.
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US IL: Pot For Migraine, PTSD?

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Chicago Tribune, 05 May 2015 - State Advisory Panel Recommends That Drug Be Available for 11 New Conditions An Illinois panel Monday recommended allowing medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anorexia and migraine headaches, but rejected its use for anxiety and diabetes.
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US HI: New High

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 05 May 2015 - A Bill That Would Allow for the Establishment of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passes Conference Committee and Is Due for a Vote Some 15 years after medical marijuana use became legal in Hawaii, lawmakers are suddenly on the verge of permitting dispensaries to sell the drug to the 13,000 patients across the state.
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US WA: Column: Let The States Make Drug Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 05 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.
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Chronicle AM: Puerto Rico Okays MedMJ, TX Pot Bills Killed, NV Harm Reduction Bill Moves (5/4/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 22:02

The Supreme Court wants to know what the Obama administration thinks about that lawsuit over Colorado's pot law, a Hawaii dispensary bill is back from the dead and being considered today, a Nevada harm reduction bill advances, a federal drug defelonization bill is introduced, and more.

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Supreme Court Asks For Obama Administration Position on Suit Over Colorado Pot Law. The US Supreme Court today asked for the administration's views on the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado's marijuana legalization law. This signals that the high court is taking an interest in the case.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Wording of Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge last Friday rejected the proposed popular name and ballot title of a proposed legalization initiative. "The Arkansas Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis Amendment" did not mention any limits on industrial hemp or medical marijuana use, Rutledge said. Petitioners can submit a revised initiative.

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Executive Order Legalizing Medical Marijuana. Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The move comes after years of discussion in the US island territory.

Medical Marijuana

Hawaii Dispensary Bill Back from the Dead. Negotiations over the dispensary bill, House Bill 321, collapsed last Friday, but after drama over the weekend, a Senate and House conference committee is set to reconsider the bill today. Sixteen of 25 senators had asked for reconsideration after conference committee chair Sen. Josh Green refused to agree to a final version of the bill. Senate President Donna Mercado then threw him off the committee, and Kim and House Speaker Joseph Souki sent out a letter late Friday saying the bill would be reconsidered today. Click on the link for all the juicy details.

Illinois Advisory Board Votes Against Adding Anxiety and Diabetes. The board has rejected adding anxiety and diabetes to the list of qualifying conditions and diseases, but is still considering whether to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

ACLU to Sue Over Firing of Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Patient. The ACLU of Rhode Island says it plans to file a complaint against an employer who refuses to hire medical marijuana patients, even though it is legal in the state. Lawsuits challenging the firing of medical marijuana users have been turned away in California and Michigan.

Harm Reduction

Nevada Assembly Approves Bill With 911 Good Samaritan, Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug Provisions. The lower house voted last Friday to approve Senate Bill 459, a harm reduction bill containing both provisions allowing greater access to the opiate overdose reversal drug, naloxone, and provisions that would reduce -- but not remove -- penalties for those who report drug overdoses. The Senate has already approved it, but it needs one last vote there after changes in the Assembly. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) supports the bill.

Sentencing

Federal Drug Defelonization Bill Filed. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) has filed HR 2153, which would make certain federal drug offenses misdemeanors and eliminate the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity. The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, the House Energy Committee, and the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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Puerto Rico Governor Signs Executive Order Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 18:26

[This story was written in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.]

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The move comes after years of discussion in the US island territory.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Under the order, the Puerto Rico Health Department is enabled to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for health reasons. The order directs the secretary of health to produce a report laying out rules and regulations for the new system within 90 days.

"We're taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life," Gov. Garcia said in a statement. "I am sure that many patients will receive appropriate treatment that will offer them new hope."

The Puerto Rican legislature debated medical marijuana in 2013, but a final vote on that bill was never taken, and the issue was stalled until Garcia Padilla acted. He has the support of many, if not all, legislators.

"It's a step in the right direction. One of the benefits that patients say they receive the most is pain relief," said Jaime Perello, president of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives in remarks reported by the Associated Press.

Not everyone was on board, though.

Garcia Padilla's order leaves the island's drug laws in "judicial limbo," warned opposition legislator Jennifer Gonzalez.

But the Drug Policy Alliance liked what it was seeing.

"Gov. Garcia's executive order is exactly what was needed," said DPA executive director Ethan Nadelmann. "It was the right and legal thing to do given both the absence of a ballot initiative process in Puerto Rico and the inability of the legislature to pass needed legislation."

"Gov. Garcia's action is a compassionate move, and demonstrates a regard for scientific evidence," says DPA Americas policy manager Hannah Hetzer. "This will alleviate the unnecessary suffering of thousands of patients in Puerto Rico, while also generating revenue and much-needed employment."

Puerto Rico becomes the second US territory to legalize medical marijuana, after Guam. Some 23 states and the District of Columbia have also legalized it, and the federal government has signaled it is not going to interfere.

It also becomes the second Caribbean entity to legalize it, after Jamaica. In Latin America, it is also legal in Uruguay, which has legalized recreational as well, and medical marijuana crops are being grown in Chile with government approval.

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China: Breaking Bad Comes to Beijing in Factory That Pumps Out

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:00
The Guardian, 04 May 2015 - Beijing Turns Blind Eye to Chemists Whose Drugs Mimic Banned Substances At midnight in a Shanghai laboratory, a Chinese chemist who called himself Terry was eager to close the deal. In the lab itself, a bright yellow liquid whirred around in a flask, an intense smell of fumes leaving a bitter aftertaste.
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US OH: Pot Breathalyzer-like Device In Works

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 04 May 2015 - Using Saliva, the Cannibuster Would Provide Police With a Suspect's THC Level in Minutes AKRON, OHIO - Two University of Akron students are developing a mobile device similar to a Breathalyzer that will test the level of marijuana in one's system.
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US NV: Growth Industry

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 04 May 2015 - Nevada Lawmakers Get Up-Close View of Colorado's Pot Business With medical marijuana already here and full legalization on the ballot in 2016, a group of Nevada legislators took a trip to Denver last weekend to get an up close look at how the state is handling its booming cannabis market.
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US NJ: Column: Loving Trenton, Hating the Politics of Racism

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 04 May 2015 - I've been coming to Trenton-the state capital-for 20 years to protest and to utilize state services, but I never lived in Trenton. Hopefully that will be changing ASAP: I'm looking for a little spot to call home. I've been living at my mom's house for the last year and a half since returning from California. But this past year I've mingled, smoked, and schmoozed with hundreds of Trentonians. I don't know what it is about TRENTON, but I'm loving it to the point I'm attempting to live and open a business here. Last weekend I utilized one of the city's hidden jewels-the amphitheater at Mill Hill Park. What, you didn't know there was an amphitheater there?
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US NY: NY's Pot Lottery

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 07:00
New York Post, 03 May 2015 - 300 vying for five medical licenses The race is on to secure the five licenses to be granted under New York state's medical marijuana program, which takes effect in January. And the cash--crop lottery could bring in millions for the winners.
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US MA: Authorities Warn About 'Legal LSD'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 03 May 2015 - Federal authorities are cracking down on new designer drugs like N-Bomb, also known as "Legal LSD," hoping legislation aimed at making the synthetic hallucinogen illegal to possess in the Bay State will prevent more teen overdose deaths. "There's no such thing as a safe synthetic drug. One dose can kill you," DEA spokesman Anthony Pettigrew said of N-Bomb, a synthetic drug gaining popularity among teens that can appear in a variety of forms. "Anytime someone uses any synthetic drug, including N-Bomb, they're playing Russian roulette."
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US NM: Column: Marijuana Still More Popular Than Politicians

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 03 May 2015 - Right after last November's general election, in this very column, I made the contention that marijuana was more popular than either gubernatorial candidate - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrat Gary King - at least in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I made that claim based on the number of votes that (nonbinding) marijuana-decriminalization initiatives received in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties. In both counties, the pro-marijuana position got more votes than either of the candidates.
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US PA: No Foul Play, Says Veteran Officer

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 May 2015 - He Said Drug Squad Stayed Within the Law. Michael Spicer, one of six Philadelphia police narcotics officers charged in a federal corruption case, testified in his defense Friday. And with his career and his freedom in question, he sought to set a few things straight.
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CN BC: Dispensary Offers Free Joint Or Pot Cookie For Reopening

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 May 2015 - Many people strolling bohemian Commercial Drive simply smirked as they saw the dispensary's sidewalk sandwich board advertising its "grand reopening" with the offer of a free joint or pot cookie. Some climbed the stairs, passed the prominent "No Minors" sign and stepped inside Health Lifestyle's second-floor shop, where friendly staff were busy restocking the shelves Friday afternoon with glass bongs and a variety of buds, butters and edibles. The dispensary planned to hand out a free joint or cookie to any member over this weekend to celebrate reopening after a Feb. 5 police raid.
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US CA: Tending To The Issue Of Medicinal Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 May 2015 - California Lawmakers Are Considering Multiple Plans to Regulate Marijuana Shops and Growers SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for state control of the sale and cultivation of cannabis with the expectation that voters will legalize recreational use next year. Brennan Linsley
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US HI: Pot Dispensaries Measure Hangs On

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 02 May 2015 - Despite an all-out political push reinforced by some of the best-known lobbyists in the state, an effort to establish state-regulated dispensaries to distribute marijuana to legally registered patients in Hawaii remains in limbo. The measure stalled during last-minute negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers Friday and appeared to be dead, but was later revived in a last-minute procedural maneuver.
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