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US NH: Column: A Short History Of The Spice Trade

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Union Leader, 21 Aug 2014 - A SPRINKLING of spice. Random thoughts about the drug spice and the crackdown in Manchester. Manchester doesn't have a spice problem, it has a drug problem. Speak to people in Bronstein Park, and it becomes clear that spice is just one patch in the tapestry of this city's drug culture.
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US NJ: Column: Emperor Chris Christie Has No Clothes!

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 21 Aug 2014 - Christie Is the Naked Emperor! Sorry for putting that image in your heads. "We the People" have won the war on marijuana, but some government officials refuse to quit. They continue to inflict arrests and destruction on the populace. Most of us already know: The government could never win its war on marijuana because "We the People" know the truth. Their laws are based on lies.
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US CO: Column: The Taxes On Recreational Pot Are Crazy!

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 21 Aug 2014 - Dear Stoner: These taxes are nuts. I just paid like $25 in tax on a quarter of bud. Colorado is going to have some shiny new schools next year, huh? Dank Dad Dear DD: While pot paving our preschools with gold-lined bricks and all classrooms having Google-headquarters-level technology doesn't seem far off given the tax rate on recreational pot, don't hold your breath. The 15 percent excise tax that voters agreed to when they approved Amendment 64 specifically covers wholesale sales from growers to dispensaries. But because the state has delayed the opening of grow-only facilities until at least the fall in favor of forcing dispensaries to grow their own supply, as they've had to do with medical cannabis, the taxes collected have been much lower than anticipated. In six months of recreational sales, with consumers buying more than $117 million worth of pot, only $3.98 million has been raised for schools through the 15 percent excise tax. Instead, the real moneymaker for the state has been through the 10 percent special excise tax on all recreational marijuana sales. That generated nearly $12 million between January and July 1, according to Colorado Department of Revenue records. Add to that the regular 2.9 percent sales tax, and the state has cleared nearly $15 million in six months on recreational pot alone. That money isn't earmarked for kids, though: It goes to law enforcement, treatment programs and local governments. (Denver has received about $1 million of that money so far.)
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Nigeria: How To Curb Illicit Drug Trade In W' Africa, By

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 21 Aug 2014 - WEST Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of the weak political system to perpetuate their trade," Obasanjo, who chairs the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD), said while presenting his report to Ghana's President John Mahama.
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US PA: Paraphernalia Penalty Can Be Worse

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Pike County Courier, 21 Aug 2014 - Paraphernalia Shops Abound In Pike, And So Do Arrests: Plastic Bags, Lighters And Wrapping Paper Can Also Lead To Charges MATAMORAS - Those plastic ziplock bags at the supermarket might look harmless. But in Pennsylvania, they can lead to serious criminal charges if found alongside a stash of drugs.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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Canada: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN ON: Smoking Pot A Personal Choice, Mulcair Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Aug 2014 - NDP Leader Says It Doesn't Make Sense To Criminalize Marijuana Users OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself.
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CN AB: Column: Pot's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 21 Aug 2014 - You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media. The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native of London, Ont., he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.
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Canada: Editorial: Smoke 'Em in Private

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Aug 2014 - At the eleventh hour, Peter MacKay, the Minister of Justice, is broaching the prospect of a marijuana bill that would verge on decriminalization. Well, better late than never. If such a bill were to become law, Canadian police would be able to ticket anyone smoking pot in public. But possession wouldn't necessarily be a crime.
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CN ON: Criminalizing Tokers 'Makes No Sense'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Fort McMurray Today, 21 Aug 2014 - OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself. Officially, the NDP's position is in favour of decriminalization, though Mulcair says more stakeholder consultation is needed to understand the implications of changing marijuana laws.
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CN ON: Criminalizing Tokers 'Makes No Sense'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 21 Aug 2014 - OTTAWA - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair he believes the decision to smoke weed is a personal one and not something with which the Criminal Code should concern itself. Officially, the NDP's position is in favour of decriminalization, though Mulcair says more stakeholder consultation is needed to understand the implications of changing marijuana laws.
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Canada: Column: An Unhealthy Dose Of Partisanship

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Aug 2014 - Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the Harper government's insistence on putting its political stamp on policies that were previously left to independent agencies or experts in the bureaucracy means that even its public service announcements (PSAs) are suspect. Where an anti-pot ad aimed at teens seems partisan and nutritional guidelines seem to go light on the sugar lobby.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:59

There will be no medical marijuana initiative in Oklahoma this year, Jeb Bush comes out against Florida's medical marijuana initiative, San Diego patients are trying a novel tack in their battle with the city, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Tuesday, Madera County supervisors adopted a revised cultivation ordinance that will dramatically increase fines for violating it. All grows must be in an enclosed 120-square foot building. The current fine is $250 for growing "outside" the ordinance; the revised ordinance increases the fine to $250 per plant.

Last Wednesday, eight San Diego patients filed a complaint against the city and the mayor charging that the city's harsh land use and other restrictions on dispensaries and collectives violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaint charges the city with violating state law with its restrictions. The complaint seeks to suspend enforcement of the city's ordinance until it is resolved.

On Tuesday, California advocates raised the alarm on an amended medical marijuana bill. A bill intended to force law enforcement to return unlawfully seized medical marijuana has been amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee to gut that language, and that has Americans for Safe Access raising the alarm. Senate Bill 1193 has been turned from a good bill into a bad one, the group says, and is asking sponsor Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to pull it. Click on the link to add your two cents.

Florida

Last Friday, Jeb Bush came out in opposition to the state's medical marijuana initiative. Former Republican state governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has come out against Amendment 2, the state's medical marijuana initiative. "Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire," Bush said. "Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts," he added. Bush appears to be out of step with Florida voters, who are supporting the measure in the 85-90% range, according to recent polls.

Hawaii

On Monday, advocates announced medical marijuana events this weekend. The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii (cofounders of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii) have announced three free public events on medical marijuana policy next weekend. "Policy Perspectives on Medical Marijuana" will take place in Oahu and Hilo, while a talk session will be held in Kona. Click on the link for more details.

Iowa

Last Thursday, the state announced public hearings about its new CBD cannabis oil law. Iowans who have something to say about the state's new law decriminalizing the possession of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil for epileptics will get a chance at a series of public hearings. They will be held in six cities: Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Mason City, Ottumwa, and Sioux City. Click on the link for times and dates, as well information on submitting comment via email or snail mail.

Minnesota

On Tuesday, a Minnesota mom has been arrested for giving her son cannabis oil too soon. Although the state this year passed a law allowing for the use of some forms of medical marijuana, it doesn't go into effect until next July. That's too long to wait for Angela Brown, who traveled to Colorado to obtain cannabis oil for her 15-year-old son. Now she is facing two criminal misdemeanors, including child endangerment. The family says it is now considering moving to Colorado so the boy can get his medicine without his mom facing prosecution.

Oklahoma

Last Saturday, organizers conceded that their initiative signature-gathering campaign would fall short. There will be no medical marijuana initiative in the Sooner State this year. Saturday was the deadline for handing in signatures, and organizers concede they don't have enough valid signatures. They vow to be back at next year.

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

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Chronicle AM: Scary Alaska Marijuana Poll, Maryland SWAT Raids, West Africa Drug Meeting (8/20/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:30

An unsettling poll in Alaska, Minnesota medical marijuana mom gets busted, there's money to be made in drug testing, Maryland SWAT teams have been busy, a West African meeting on drugs is underway, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Legalization Initiative Trails in Poll. The people trying to legalize marijuana in Alaska are in for a tough battle, if the most recent Public Policy Polling survey is any indicator. That poll, taken at the end of July and the beginning of this month, has the marijuana legalization initiative trailing, 44% to 49%. That's a reversal from PPP's last poll on the topic in May, which had the initiative leading by a margin of 48% to 45%. Neither set of numbers is likely to lead to smiling faces at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, the group behind Measure 2.

Washington Attorney General Files Brief in I-502 Lawsuit. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a brief in a lawsuit filed by would-be marijuana business operators seeking to overturn local bans on such businesses. The brief argues that nothing in the state's voter-approved marijuana legalization law overrides the authority of local governments to regulate businesses, including marijuana businesses. In other words, the attorney general is supporting the localities against the marijuana business people.

Stoner Arrested for Growing Pot. Sorry, we couldn't resist (and it's a slow news day). Charlottesville, Virginia, resident Paul Stoner has been arrested by the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force for allegedly growing $10,000 worth of marijuana. He is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possessing a handgun while in possession of more than a pound of pot.

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Mom Busted for Giving Son Cannabis Oil Too Soon. Although the state this year passed a law allowing for the use of some forms of medical marijuana, it doesn't go into effect until next July. That's too long to wait for Angela Brown, who traveled to Colorado to obtain cannabis oil for her 15-year-old son. Now she is facing two criminal misdemeanors, including child endangerment. The family says it is now considering moving to Colorado so the boy can get his medicine without his mom facing prosecution.

Drug Testing

Big Bucks to Be Made in the Drug Testing Industry, Report Says. The drug testing industry racked up $2.8 billion in sales last year and is expected to continue to grow, according to a new report from industry watcher Kalorama Information. The report, Drugs of Abuse Testing Markets, says the market is expected to crack the $3 billion mark next year. "Continued demand for testing in the workplace in sports and in government and demand for fast reliable new tests and technologies will be the catalyst for sustained growth" said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information."New drugs are also a factor."

Law Enforcement

More Than 6,500 SWAT Raids in Maryland Since 2010. According to data from the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center, which is required to be reported under a state law passed in the wake of the infamous Prince Georges County SWAT raid that killed the dogs of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo, SWAT teams in the state have been deployed more than 6,500 times in the past four fiscal years. That's 4.5 SWAT raids per day. Prince Georges County (suburban DC) carried out by far the most raids, accounting for 31% of all state SWAT raids. About 90% of SWAT deployments were to execute search warrants, but less than half of those warrants were for violent crimes. The available data doesn't separate out drug offenses.

International

Kofi Annan, Olusegun Obasanjo Meet With Ghanaian President on Drug Policy. The chairman of the West African Commission on Drugs, Olusegun Obasanjo, and its most prominent member, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, are meeting today with Ghanaian President John Mahama to discuss regional approaches to the illicit drug trade in the region. The commission earlier this summer called the drug trade a threat to West African institutions, public health, and development and urged regional governments to reform their drugs laws, including by decriminalizing drug possession.

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CN ON: Editorial: High Hopes A Political Downer?

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 20 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery may think of himself as a marijuana messiah, leading the longsuffering to deliverance from pot laws they believe unfairly punish them and restrict their freedom to smoke up. No stranger to ego, Emery may even believe he's the chosen cannabis crusader.
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US NV: Column: Doctors, Police Worry That Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 20 Aug 2014 - It's not surprising that both the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Medical Association oppose legalizing medicinal marijuana. Expanding public access to legal marijuana is bad for business. Locking people up for minor drug offenses and maintaining a monopoly on the bountiful pain-relief industry are two aspects of the status quo that law enforcement and physician groups have an interest in maintaining. Sure, they dress up their concerns in different terms. But I don't buy it.
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CN ON: Column: Post's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back in Canada

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 20 Aug 2014 - You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media. The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native of London, Ont., he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.
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CN ON: Charges Dropped, But House Still Seized

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 20 Aug 2014 - When police stormed a house on a quiet Oshawa street in August 2006, they thought they had hit the jackpot: Ounces of cocaine, Oxycotin pills, ecstasy, hashish and cash. They boasted of the bust in press releases, but almost three years later, the charges against the residents of the house were quietly dropped. Yet Denis and Margaret Deneault weren't off the hook.
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