Boston Herald, 05 Jul 2016 - Don't like the message? Well, for the folks behind a campaign to legalize the recreational use of marijuana the answer is just to shoot the messenger. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has filed a petty complaint with state campaign finance regulators, alleging that Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael violated state rules by appearing at an event sponsored by a group opposed to the pro-pot ballot question, in uniform and during work hours.
Standard-Speaker, 05 Jul 2016 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It's known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, "Reefer Madness." Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit.
Dayton Daily News, 05 Jul 2016 - Ohio Supreme Court Board Asked to Weigh In. Attorneys are asking whether Ohio's new medical marijuana law that bars employers from disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses applies to them.
The Herald, 05 Jul 2016 - THERE is no guarantee that California will vote to legalise recreational dagga in November, but political operative and father of four Daniel Conway has already staked his future on it. Conway left his job as chief of staff to Sacramento's celebrity mayor, former Phoenix Suns NBA basketball star Kevin Johnson, to help start the dagga investment company Truth Enterprises.
The Western Star, 04 Jul 2016 - All Three Parties Support Legalization, but Specifics Are Scanty Justice Minister Andrew Parsons, Opposition Leader Paul Davis, and New Democrat MHA Gerry Rogers have all smoked marijuana, and all three are in favour of legalizing it. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty of legalized weed in Newfoundland and Labrador, the picture is still very hazy.
Toronto Sun, 04 Jul 2016 - Will stigma around marijuana use hang in the air after legalization? The Toronto Sun spoke with Deepak Anand, of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, and Patricia Erickson, an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, to get their thoughts on the subject:
Globe and Mail, 04 Jul 2016 - A fear that America's obsession with security might gum up critical border travel has loomed over some of Canada's domestic-policy debates. But on two matters currently in the news - the legalization of marijuana and visa-free travel for Mexicans - the United States is proving not to be the border bogeyman that Canadian politicians and bureaucrats sometimes make it out to be. Last week, as the presidents of Mexico and the U.S. visited Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he will lift the requirement that Mexicans have a visa to visit Canada. This move caused controversy, as bureaucrats raised concerns of a "significant risk" the U.S. will see Canada as weak on security and decide to "thicken" border regulations.
The Telegram, 04 Jul 2016 - No One Knows What Legal Weed in N.L. Will Look Like Justice Minister Andrew Parsons, Opposition Leader Paul Davis, and New Democrat MHA Gerry Rogers have all smoked marijuana, and all three are in favour of legalizing it. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty of legalized weed in Newfoundland and Labrador, the picture is still very hazy.
Washington Times, 04 Jul 2016 - Illegals Aren't The Only Worry Americans Encounter With Open Borders The two groups with the most to lose with a Donald Trump victory on Nov. 8 would be the Mexican drug cartels and their Chinese suppliers. The reason is pretty simple: Mr. Trump has made securing the border his principal campaign theme. If the border is secured by a wall or some combination of means against the flood of illegal aliens and potential terrorists, then it automatically puts a major hit on the flow of narcotics across the border. If they can't get the illegals in, they can't get the dope in, either.
Manila Times, 03 Jul 2016 - CAMP DANGWA, LA TRINIDAD: Of the six Cordillera provinces, Abra has the worst problem on illegal drugs, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Cordillera Autonomous Region). PDEA-CAR spokesman Joseph Calulut said about 136 villages out of 1,176 in the region are being monitored for the narcotics trade. Among the provinces, Abra has the highest number of drug-affected barangays, followed by Baguio City.
Philippine Star, 03 Jul 2016 - President Duterte will give members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) police powers to enable them to fully operate against lawless elements and major crime syndicates in the country. AFP chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya revealed in yesterday's command conference that Duterte would issue executive orders for this purpose.
Columbus Dispatch, 03 Jul 2016 - WASHINGTON - When Sen. Rob Portman's campaign launched its first TV ads of 2016, it wasn't hard to sense a theme. The first ad focused on Portman's work to fight Ohio's drug crisis. The second told the story of Tyler Campbell, a young man from Pickerington who died of a heroin overdose. A third told of a Lakewood woman who is a recovering heroin addict. And a fourth told the story of a young woman from Carrollton who died of a heroin overdose.
Toronto Star, 02 Jul 2016 - There are plenty of legitimate concerns about marijuana use, including its effects on young people Has the Ontario government learned nothing from its decades-long struggle to find the right balance between safety and paternalism when it comes to selling alcohol? Judging by the path it seems to be going down on how to handle recreational marijuana, the answer, sadly, is no.
The Simcoe Reformer, 02 Jul 2016 - Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize pot isn't exactly giving his government the euphoric high they'd hoped for. Turns out it's way tougher to do than they anticipated. To speed things up, they've announced a traditional Liberal solution: Recycle old cabinet ministers and appoint a task force.
Chicago Tribune, 02 Jul 2016 - (AP) - Illinois' experiment with medical marijuana has earned a boost thanks to Gov. Bruce Rauner's approval of legislation extending the state pilot program for 2 1/2 years and including two more medical conditions. On Friday, medical marijuana advocates and experts called it a turning point that gives patients guaranteed access to the drug and provides confidence to those selling and cultivating it in the state. Rauner signed the measure Thursday night.
The prospects for the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative just brightened, law changes affect medical marijuana patients in Minnesota and Washington, Canada shows strong public support for freeing the weed, and more.
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Arizona Legalizers Actually Handed In 258,000 Voter Signatures. We reported yesterday that the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in some 200,000 signatures to qualify its legalization initiative for the November ballot and expressed some concern because it needs 150,000 valid voter signatures and didn't have a big cushion. Well, that cushion is bigger and our concerns are smaller. The actual number of signatures handed in was more than 258,000, meaning a whopping 40% would have to be invalidated for the initiative to fail to qualify. That happens, but not very often, so Arizona is very likely to vote on legalization this fall.
Minnesota Chronic Pain Patients Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana. As of today, intractable chronic pain that can't be controlled with existing treatments is approved for medical marijuana use. The state Department of Health added intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions effective today, the one-year anniversary of the beginning of medical marijuana availability in the state.
Washington State Folds Medical Marijuana Sales Into Adult Sales System. As of today, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana sales are combined, and only shops that have sought a special license can advise patients on medical marijuana. All medical marijuana dispensaries that are not licensed under the new scheme were to shut down by midnight last night. Only patients registered with the state will be able to avoid paying sales tax on their weed purchases.
Seven Out of 10 Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization. A new Nanos Poll has a whopping 69% either supporting or "somewhat supporting" marijuana legalization, with only 26% opposed. Some 43% fully supported legalization, while 26% somewhat supported it. Only yesterday, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced it had formed a task force to move forward with legalization and planned to file a legalization bill next spring.
South African Drug Authority Calls for Dagga Decriminalization, Not Legalization. The country's Central Drug Authority has called for marijuana to be decriminalized -- not legalized -- with strategies to reduce the harm of chronic use. "There are few data to indicate that supply reduction via criminalization is effective in reducing cannabis abuse. At the same time, there are insufficient data to indicate that the legalization of cannabis will not be harmful. The immediate focus should therefore be on decriminalization rather than legalization," executive committee member Dan Stein said.
Penticton Western, 01 Jul 2016 - The City of Penticton is moving ahead with a crackdown on storefront marijuana shops setting up in the community. The Herbal Green Apothecary, associated with the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, was the first operation served with a notice of suspension on their business licence, and on June 29, Starbuds was also given a notice.
Wisconsin State Journal, 01 Jul 2016 - A marijuana advocacy group has revived an effort to drastically reduce penalties for being caught with the drug in Monona. Members of the Madison chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are circulating a petition that supports reducing municipal fines for pot possession to $1 in hopes of placing a binding referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Toronto Star, 01 Jul 2016 - Making first move toward marijuana legalization, strict regulation looks likely Ottawa is taking the first step toward marijuana legalization with a new federal task force led by former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan.
Globe and Mail, 01 Jul 2016 - The federal government is moving toward a restrictive market for recreational marijuana, vowing to impose potency limits, controls on advertising, and strict rules over the production and sale of the drug. Ottawa has unveiled a nine-member panel to draw up Canada's new marijuana framework, sending out the clearest signal to date that it is not bowing to the demands of members of the illegal pot industry that has boomed in recent months.