Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - WAKEFIELD -- The state board that oversees physicians on Thursday temporarily suspended the licenses of two doctors, one physician for improperly prescribing medical marijuana on "multiple occasions" and a second for making opiates available to a patient who later died of an overdose. The Board of Registration in Medicine unanimously voted to suspend the licenses of Dr. John C. Nadolny, 57, and Dr. Fred J. Thaler, 60, after about two hours of closed-door hearings at the panel's Wakefield headquarters.
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - Federal securities regulators in Boston filed civil fraud charges Thursday against a company and four individuals allegedly involved in a scheme to steal from investors in a purported medical marijuana venture. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Boston, Christopher R. Esposito, 49, of Topsfield, raised more than $550,000 from investors in 2011 and 2012 in his Lionshare Ventures. He allegedly used the majority of the funds for unauthorized personal expenses, such as groceries and pet care, and then spent $75,000 to secretly take control of Cannabiz Mobile Inc. without disclosing that to investors.
NOW Magazine, 26 May 2016 - The courts continue to waste time and money prosecuting people for marijuana-related offences despite feds' promise to legalize it. Welcome to the new war on drugs. The war on the drugs is supposed to be coming to an end in Canada as far as marijuana is concerned, but you wouldn't know it from the number of pot charges still making their way through Toronto's Old City Hall courthouse. Or, for that matter, from Mayor John Tory's threat to shut down what he describes as the "alarming" number of medical marijuana dispensaries cropping up around town. It's reefer madness all over again, though the federal government has promised to establish a regime for legalized weed by spring 2017.
Toronto Star, 26 May 2016 - Of course marijuana will be legalized. Only the misplaced morality of our previous Conservative government was impeding the logic that crime will be lessened, tax largesse will be increased and consumer rights will finally be recognized. How could any reasonable person argue that alcohol should be legal but marijuana not? However, legalization does raise a tricky issue with which we have a responsibility to grapple: kids and marijuana.
The Day, 26 May 2016 - Bernie Sanders is turning to marijuana to bolster his credentials in California ahead of the crucial Democratic primary there. The Vermont senator told a rally in Santa Monica that he would vote yes on an initiative proposed for the November ballot in the state that would legalize the drug. In Riverside, he told more than 1,000 people that the 40-year U.S. war on drugs has unfairly targeted minorities, He told more than 5,000 people in San Bernardino on Tuesday that as a senator he has worked to remove marijuana from Washington's list of the most dangerous drugs.
Jerusalem Post, 26 May 2016 - First Research into Legal Cannabis Usage Revealed at International Health Conference in Jerusalem The first study on the characteristics of patients with Health Ministry permission for treatment with medical marijuana - until now an unknown field - was revealed on Wednesday at the Sixth International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy.
The Guardian, 26 May 2016 - Critics of Law Say Trade Will Simply Shift Underground Whipped Cream Chargers May Come Under Suspicion The blanket ban on the trade in legal highs which comes into force today is expected to end their sale through high street "head shops" and UK-based websites almost overnight, police and trading standards officers have said.
Portland Mercury, 26 May 2016 - Not All of Oregon Supports Legal Weed I HEARD WEED is still not happening in parts of Oregon. What's the latest? Things are coming around slowly. You know: strikes and gutters, ups and downs.
Sacramento News & Review, 26 May 2016 - Why does cannabis keep getting stronger? My tolerance isn't keeping up. - -O.G. Lyte-Waithe Eh. Who knows? It's probably because growing techniques get better and better every year, and Americans love to have the "biggest" and "the most." While most cannabis plants will contain 15 to 18 percent THC, it isn't unheard of for some growers to produce plants that have more than 20 percent THC. Last year at the High Times Cup in Denver, one strain clocked in with an amazing 31.2 percent THC. Talk about a one-hitter quitter. But here's the thing: THC is cool and all, but THC content alone does not indicate a quality cannabis strain.
Reno News & Review, 26 May 2016 - Recently we received a letter to the editor in response to Brad Bynum's report "Licensed to ill" (cover story, April 28). The letter claimed, "California medical marijuana cards are only good in California as Nevada medical marijuana cards are only good in Nevada." Pam Graber, spokesperson for the Nevada program, reports in a prepared statement:
Globe and Mail, 25 May 2016 - Liberal MP and city's former police chief criticizes dispensaries that 'don't care about the law' at conference The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada's largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a "fast buck," Bill Blair, the federal government's point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 May 2016 - Advocates Say Recreational Use Would Pay Off. New Jersey would gain at least $300 million a year in taxes if it followed the lead of four other states and legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to a report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - ENTER POT, EXIT OPIOIDS Can the legalization of one drug help decrease abuse of another drug? It's possible that medical marijuana could be used to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction that has resulted in numerous deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - Role As Medicine Remains Controversial Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania, as well as 23 other states and the District of Columbia, but there are still many questions about how exactly the drug can be used as medicine.
Dayton Daily News, 25 May 2016 - Proposal Scrapped Over Concerns About Burden on the State. COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.
Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2016 - Supervisors ADD One Month to Temporary Prohibition, Hold Off Voting on Longer Plan. Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a temporary ban on growing medical marijuana in unincorporated areas by one month, but shelved a proposed 10-month ban. Al Seib Los Angeles Times SUPERVISOR SHEILA Kuehl noted that there is a strong possibility that Californians will vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Winnipeg Sun, 24 May 2016 - OTTAWA - Health Minister Jane Philpott stood before the United Nations last month and solemnly vowed that, by the spring of next year, marijuana use would be legal and tightly regulated in Canada. Notably, she said: " We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem."
Ottawa Sun, 24 May 2016 - Opinion split down party lines More than half of Ottawans polled support a supervised injection site downtown for intravenous drug users with the young, affluent and well educated most likely to be behind the plan.
Globe and Mail, 24 May 2016 - City acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 pot shops, which could still be open in 2017 When Vancouver's marijuana bylaw came into effect, the city promised a swift crackdown that would dramatically reduce the number of illegal pot shops in the city. Operators can face fines that start at $250 a day, potentially grow to $10,000 and end in court injunctions.
Boston Globe, 24 May 2016 - Just how much marijuana is too much when getting behind the wheel? Is any amount safe? Those questions emerged anew after prosecutors alleged last week that a driver had visited a medical marijuana dispensary an hour before his car struck a State Police cruiser, killing the trooper inside.