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US CO: Pot Sales Healing Economic Woes Of A Colorado Town

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 04 Apr 2016 - DeBEQUE, Colo. - When the oil and gas industry tanked and plans for gambling crapped out, this conservative town of ranchers and roughnecks found salvation in an unlikely place. Weed. "We are going to survive by it," said Darrel Kuhn, who owns the local liquor store, "because we sure as hell can't survive without it." He may be right. Colorado's billion-dollar marijuana industry has boosted the economies of many struggling towns. Empire, Trinidad and Parachute have all benefited from infusions of pot money. But DeBeque, on Colorado's Western Slope, owes its very existence to the cannabis trade. For generations, oil and gas money paved the roads, built the schools and beautified the parks in this town of 500 along the Colorado River. But over the last few years, plummeting fuel prices have reduced those revenues from a high of $ 260,000 annually to around $ 17,000.
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US CT: Column: Drug-Sniffing Police Dog Violates Home Privacy

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Register Citizen, 04 Apr 2016 - Should police be permitted to use a drug-sniffing dog to roam the hallways of an apartment or condominium complex to search for contraband without getting a warrant from a judge? That is the question confronted by the state supreme court this week in a case called State v. Dennis Kono. Hiding underneath that are several other considerations of importance: should the police's power to search a person's residence be any different depending on whether the residence is an apartment, condominium or free-standing house; and should the search for contraband outweigh any Fourth Amendment rights we have as citizens?
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US CT: Column: Drug-Sniffing Police Dog Violates Home Privacy

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
The Middletown Press, 04 Apr 2016 - Should police be permitted to use a drug-sniffing dog to roam the hallways of an apartment or condominium complex to search for contraband without getting a warrant from a judge? That is the question confronted by the state supreme court this week in a case called State v. Dennis Kono. Hiding underneath that are several other considerations of importance: should the police's power to search a person's residence be any different depending on whether the residence is an apartment, condominium or free-standing house; and should the search for contraband outweigh any Fourth Amendment rights we have as citizens?
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US RI: AG To Host Marijuana Legalization Forum

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Pawtucket Times, 04 Apr 2016 - PROVIDENCE (AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug. Tuesday's forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.
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US RI: Rhode Island AG to Hold Forum on Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 04 Apr 2016 - Providence (AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug. Tuesday's forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.
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US DC: Strong Religious Beliefs Linked to Lower Rates of Drug

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - For a religion in which wine plays such a central role, Christianity may prove surprisingly effective at curbing drug use, according to a study. Data analyzed by DrugAbuse.com in "Drugs and Devotion: Comparing Substance Abuse by Believers and Nonbelievers" show a correlation between religious belief and a reluctance to experiment with narcotics.
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US: Banks Won't Take Pot Industry's Stash Of Cash

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 03 Apr 2016 - Feds Don't Allow Banks to Handle Marijuana Money. DENVER - Tim Cullen's marijuana business brought in millions of dollars last year, but he's had a hard time finding a bank to take the money. He's cycled through 14 checking accounts in six years. Recently, he said, a bank closed all his personal accounts, including college savings for his 3-year-old daughter.
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US NJ: A Patient's Path To Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 03 Apr 2016 - Awful Pain, but Still She Struggled With Decision. Dana Kelley recalls the exact moment when her neurologist suggested she try medical marijuana. The retired Army Intelligence linguist said it caused her emotional upheaval and led her to question her willingness to continue living in constant pain.
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US MO: Violence In St. Louis Traced To Cheap Mexican Heroin

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - ST. LOUIS - Clara Walker, a mother of nine and grandmother of eight, was peering out the window of her home three years ago after hearing what she initially thought were gunshots from a television crime show. But at that moment, Anthony Jordan, who the authorities say was a gang enforcer known as "Godfather," was spraying gunfire on the street outside, and two bullets struck Ms. Walker, killing her.
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US: Life And High Times

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - Picture a mood-lit Las Vegas casino, at first glance indistinguishable from any other pleasure palace on the Strip: salarymen hunch over $20 blackjack tables as waitresses with plunging necklines circle the floor. Instead of bourbon-and-sodas, however, these waitresses are carrying trays full of vaporizers and water pipes. The games themselves have names that sound more like Cypress Hill songs: "Craps and Blunts," "Roll and Roulette."
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US CA: Column: A Pot Habit Can Make You A Loser

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 03 Apr 2016 - There's a new report out on longtime marijuana use. And it's bad news for habitual stoners. In summary: The more pot you smoke, the more apt you are to be a loser. And it's not so much that losers toke weed. It's that toking a lot of weed over several years turns someone into a loser. It's not really a chicken or egg thing.
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US CO: High Hopes For Marijuana Mini-Mall

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 03 Apr 2016 - Just north of the New Mexico state line, developers plan to turn Trinidad, Colo., center into a one-stop shop for pot tourism On the first day the state of Colorado allowed the sale of recreational marijuana, Chris Elkins waited two hours in the freezing cold to buy weed.
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US VA: Column: Coming Out Of The Drug-War Haze?

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 03 Apr 2016 - President Obama's recent speech on the opioid overdose epidemic offers a ray of hope that the country's approach to drugs might one day adopt what has been called the first rule of American business: When all else fails, try doing it right. Noting with considerable understatement that "treatment is underfunded," the president proposed $ 1.1 billion for expanded opioid- addiction treatment. This is a good step in the right direction. But it is still $ 50 billion less than the U. S. will spend this year alone on its current, fatally flawed policy of the war on drugs, and only onethird of what the federal government allocates to lock up drug criminals - whose incarceration accounts for half of the entire Bureau of Prisons budget.
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US PA: Editorial: Hip To Hemp

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 03 Apr 2016 - The biggest news in Pennsylvania involving marijuana is the new law authorizing its use as medicine, which was long overdue. But a bill also is pending in the Legislature that would authorize something involving the plant that is even more overdue. It would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.
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Colombia: Drug Trade Complicates Colombia's Talks to End Civil

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Apr 2016 - With Peace at Hand, Coca Farmers and Traffickers Consider Their Futures If Their Cash Crop Is Eradicated LA GABARRA, Colombia - Daniel Duarte has thick, rough hands and the burned scalp of someone who has spent more than two decades under the sun tending coca crops. Toiling over a few acres in a remote northeastern part of Colombia, Duarte says the bright green shrub is the only plant that has allowed him to feed his family, even as neighbors go broke trying to get their bulky yucca and plantain crops to market.
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US NV: OPED: Legal Pot - Bad For Nevada

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 07:00
Elko Daily Free Press, 02 Apr 2016 - Out-of-state pot industry promoters are pouring millions of dollars into Nevada to legalize recreational marijuana in this state. To qualify for the ballot, these promoters raised nearly $800,000, with 60 percent from outside Nevada - given by pot industry corporate donors from California, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Massachusetts - and including $250,000 from the Washington D.C. pro pot lobby group, Marijuana Policy Project. Nevadans need to know what this initiative is NOT. This initiative is NOT a Nevada-based libertarian "live and let live" effort to permit limited "backyard marijuana grows." Instead, the initiative will require the Nevada Department of Taxation to be radically transformed into a massive bureaucracy and become the single most powerful agency in state government.
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Chronicle AM: NE Pot Politics, DEA Drug Plane Scandal, FL Forfeiture Reform Signed, More.... (4/1/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 20:59

Marijuana politics is hopping in New England, decrim goes into effect in Tampa, the DEA gets raked for wasting tens of millions on an anti-drug plane that never flew, Florida's governor signs an asset forfeiture reform bill, and more.

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Maine Marijuana DUID Bill Killed. The House voted unanimously and without debate Thursday to kill LD 1628, which would have set a standard of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood to prove a driver was impaired on marijuana. The smack down of the bill came after concerns were raised that there wasn't science to support the limit. The effort is now dead at least until next year.

Connecticut Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Set for Next Week. State Reps. Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) and Toni Walker (D-New Haven) are hosting an information hearing on legalization next week. Candelaria is the lead sponsor of a legalization bill, House Bill 5209. The session is set for next Tuesday afternoon at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Vermont House Hears Testimony on Legalization Bill. More than 50 people testified about Senate Bill 241 at a hearing at the statehouse Thursday night. The marijuana legalization bill has already passed the Senate and has the support of Gov. Peter Shumlin (D). The first House committee vote on the bill is expected next week. If the bill passes, Vermont will be the first state to have legalized marijuana through the legislative process.

Vermont Libertarian Party Calls for Legalization Bill to Include Home Cultivation. The party says "the absence of a home growing provision will limit the bill's chances to decrease the black market" and that "legalization of marijuana is NOT all about tax revenue." The party also says that legal home cultivation "will allow Vermonters to develop their cannabis cultivation skills to support an artisan cannabis industry." The legalization bill originally contained a provision for allowing up gardens of up to 100 square feet per household, but that was stripped out after powerful politicos objected.

Decrim Goes Into Effect in Tampa, Volusia County. Marijuana decriminalization ordinances approved by governing bodies in Tampa and Volusia County, Florida, earlier this year are now in effect. In Tampa, people caught with 20 grams or less will face only a $75 ticket; in Volusia County, it's 20 grams and a $100 fine.

Asset Forfeiture

Florida Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Rick Scott (R) Friday signed into law a bill designed to reform civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, Senate Bill 1044, had been approved unanimously by both houses. It will require the seizing agency to make a "probable cause" determination that there is "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" that the seized goods were used in a crime.

Tennessee House Approves Civil Asset Forfeiture Reporting Bill. The House unanimously approved House Bill 2176, which will require annual reporting on law enforcement agency property seizures. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure in coming day.

Law Enforcement

DEA Spent $86 Million for Anti-Drug Plane It Never Used. The DEA procured the plane seven years ago to fly surveillance and counter-narcotics missions in Afghanistan and spent $86 million to upgrade it with surveillance capabilities -- four times the initial estimated cost -- but the plane has never left the ground and will likely never fly in Asia, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a scathing report. "Our findings raise serious questions as to whether the DEA was able to meet the operational needs for which its presence was requested in Afghanistan," the review said. The plane could be ready to fly next year, but the DEA pulled out of Afghanistan last year.

Sentencing

Petitioners Urge Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to Allow Vote on Sentencing Bill. Sentencing refom activists handed in more than 30,000 petitions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Tuesday demanding that he allow the Senate to vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (Senate Bill 2123). The bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses and give judges greater discretion to sentence below the guidelines.

International

IDPC Reviews What Was and Wasn't Gained at the CND. The International Drug Policy Consortium last year elaborated five main "asks" it was seeking at the looming UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs, and now, in the wake of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna last month, produced a sort of scoresheet on the progress made. It's a worthy read.

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US OH: Medical-marijuana Backers Seek Signatures

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 01 Apr 2016 - Ohio Ballot Board Gives Go-Ahead to Secure Names Before Election. A skeptical Ohio Ballot Board on Thursday gave supporters of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for the fall election.
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US CT: Union: State Shouldn't Have Fired Man for Smoking Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
The Middletown Press, 01 Apr 2016 - HARTFORD (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday on whether a state employee who was fired for smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should be reinstated. Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot in a state vehicle. He had no previous disciplinary problems since being hired in 1998 and had received favorable job evaluations, according to his labor union. He was arrested, but the charges were later dismissed.
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US CA: Legal Challenge to Ballot Arguments Against Medical Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 04/01/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 01 Apr 2016 - A supporter of Yuba County's medical marijuana dispensary initiative has filed a court action to remove portions of opposition ballot arguments against the June measure. The Yuba County Superior Court complaint filed on behalf of Terry Comer claims "false and misleading statements" were made in a sample ballot argument opposing the initiative and in a related rebuttal. Comer is one of four people listed as official proponents to Measure B on the June 7 countywide ballot.
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