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CN BC: Editorial: Up In Smoke

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 26 Mar 2014 - It is neither reasonable nor responsible to create opportunity, infrastructure and regulation for a small business sector and then rip the carpet out from under all who've gathered to make an honest go of it. The April 1 deadline rendering prior marijuana production licences obsolete is fast approaching and to date there are only a handful of new licences issued in all of Canada; there are only three in BC.
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CN BC: Column: The Challenge For Our Next Mayor

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 26 Mar 2014 - After Mayor Walter Gray decided not to run for re-election, everyone is talking about his legacy. The mayor says his legacy was the reconstruction of Bernard Avenue and "opening Kelowna for business."
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CN ON: Former PM Pushing For Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 26 Mar 2014 - MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Company applies for commercial licence in Port Colborne A former prime minister is setting out on a joint initiative. John Turner, who served as Canada's 17th prime minister from June 30 to Sept. 17, 1984, has put his support behind creation of a commercial medical marijuana grow operation in Port Colborne.
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CN BC: Injunction Puts Pot On Hold

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 26 Mar 2014 - Critics of medical marijuana plan call decision small victory Licensed medical marijuana users breathed a collective sigh of relief after a federal court handed down a last-minute reprieve which allows them to continue to grow their own pot at home.
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US MN: Dayton Says Marijuana Study Doomed

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Brainard Dispatch, 26 Mar 2014 - ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not expect his proposal to study medical marijuana to pass this year's Legislature. In a WCCO radio interview, he called changes for the plan "slim and none."
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US PA: Philly Pro-Pot Activist Sentenced

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Mar 2014 - A leading Philadelphia pro-marijuana activist was given two years' probation Wednesday in connection with a citation issued at an Independence Mall rally last summer. Chris Goldstein was also handed down a $35 special assessment and a $3,000 fine, which must be paid within 30 days.
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US CA: Sir Richard Branson Asked To Bankroll Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 26 Mar 2014 - Wouldn't be the hardest thing he's done It's not private prisons or Big Pharma that's keeping marijuana illegal in California (though no doubt both benefit big-time from drug prohibition). It's money, as in a lack of about $3 million to put a voter initiative like the ones that legalized small amounts of cannabis in Colorado or Washington (and failed here in 2010) before voters in the country's richest and most populous state. Luckily, there are some exceedingly rich people who say they like the idea of legalization. And one of them -- the magnetic Virgin Group magnate Sir Richard Branson, all $5 billion of him -- was asked in San Francisco last night, point-blank if he'd consider writing the check.
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US MD: Medical Marijuana Plan Advances

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 26 Mar 2014 - Nearly 100 medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Maryland under a bill approved Tuesday by a Senate committee. The Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 10-1 to create a medical marijuana program significantly different from the version approved by the House of Delegates. The House plan calls for 10 licensed pot growers, which would also operate all dispensaries.
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US CA: Column: Police Lobby Wants To Gut Medical Pot In California

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 26 Mar 2014 - Proposed legislation would clamp down hard on medical cannabis, but weed activists are pushing for saner reforms. In a recent interview for a Culture magazine cover story, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the one-time US Surgeon General candidate, told me he believes that FDA-approved medical marijuana products should be available in every pharmacy in America. Medical pot patients and the latest research on cannabis have convinced him of the drug's efficacy, he said, and he is advising increased medical marijuana access around the globe.
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US HI: Hawaii Lawmakers Hear About Marijuana Dangers

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Garden Island, 26 Mar 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - A group protesting the possibility of legal marijuana in Hawaii told lawmakers Tuesday that pharmaceutical companies would try to hook people on the drug. The tobacco and alcohol industries serve as examples of what could happen if cannabis is decriminalized, said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Washington-based Project SAM, which stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
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US HI: Group Lobbies Lawmakers On Pot Laws

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Mar 2014 - Hawaii Should Learn From Other States, Drug Policy Researcher Tells Legislators National marijuana policy advocates returned to the isles for a second year to urge state lawmakers to take a common-sense approach on marijuana policy that focuses on science, public health and safety rather than legalizing or demonizing the drug.
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US DC: The Pot Lobby Suits Up

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Mar 2014 - It Took Michael Correia More Than a Week After Getting His New Job to Tell His Parents He Was a Marijuana Lobbyist. "I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues," he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Association.
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US IL: Legislation to Let Kids With Epilepsy Use Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 26 Mar 2014 - SPRINGFIELD - Legislation to expand the use of medical marijuana to severely epileptic children and to lower the penalties for possession of pot for recreational purposes advanced Tuesday at the Illinois Statehouse. Three different measures got out of Democratic-led House and Senate committees with only token opposition to a Democratic-led push to go beyond last August's vote to allow only sick Illinoisans to use the drug legally on a pilot basis.
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US CO: Column: City Comes Back for Studio A64, State

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 26 Mar 2014 - City aims at A64 again After its initial attempt to shut down Studio A64 (332 E. Colorado Ave., studioa64.com) was defeated via appeal to the Planning Commission - which on Feb. 20 voted 7 to 2 in favor of the cannabis social club - Colorado Springs' Planning Department has appealed the decision to City Council, which will hear that appeal at its Tuesday, April 8, meeting.
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Chronicle AM -- March 25, 2014

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 18:31

Richard Branson speaks out on California drug policy reforms, a leading anti-drug group gives up the ghost on fighting marijuana legalization, the Canadian government is under attack from a couple of directions, and more. Let's get to it:

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Drugfree.org Gives Up on Anti-Marijuana Ad Campaign. The people who brought you "this is your brain on drugs" and similar anti-drug advertising campaigns have given up on fighting marijuana legalization. Formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the group and its CEO, Steve Pasierb, say they have rejected a request to launch a campaign against marijuana legalization because legalization "is happening in America." Here is the interview in Advertising Age where Pasierb speaks out.

Colorado Supreme Court Says Lawyers Can Work With Marijuana Businesses. The Colorado Supreme Court approved a rule change Monday that will eliminate the threat of ethics sanctions against attorneys who work with marijuana businesses. Lawyers "may assist a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by these constitutional provisions and the statutes, regulations, orders, and other state and local provisions implementing them," Chief Justice Nancy Rice wrote in the updated rule.

Delaware Poll Has Majority for Legalization, Two-Thirds for Decriminalization. A Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project finds that a narrow majority (51%) support legalizing marijuana, while an overwhelming majority (68%) support decriminalization of the possession of small amounts.

Illinois Decriminalization Bill Has Hearing Today. A bill to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana gets a hearing today in the House Restorative Justice Committee. The measure, House Bill 5708, was introduced by Rep. Kelley Cassidy (D-Chicago).

Medical Marijuana

Florida CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Senate Committee Vote. A bill to legalize a special strain of low-dose medical marijuana passed through the Senate Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Monday. Senate Bill 1030, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) would only allow patients to use extracts containing at least 15% CBD and less than 0.5% THC. The House companion bill, House Bill 843, differs in several ways. The two measures would have to be reconciled if both pass their respective chambers.

Illinois Bill to Add Seizure Disorders Gets Hearing Today. A bill that would add seizure disorders to the list of diseases and conditions for which medical marijuana is approved gets a hearing today in the Senate Public Health Committee. Filed by Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), Senate Bill 2636 will be supported in committee by testimony from Kurt Florian, president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago, as well as a family practitioner and parents of two children suffering from seizure disorders.

Drug Policy

Richard Branson Op-Ed Urges Support for California Drug Reforms. Virgin Airlines head and Global Drug Policy Commission member Richard Branson has penned an op-ed calling for support of an initiative campaign to decriminalize drug possession in California. Click on the title link to read the op-ed. Branson is also appearing this afternoon at an event in San Francisco, where Sundog Pictures will hold a special screening of its drug war documentary "Breaking the Taboo." That's at 5:30 pm at the New People Cinema on Post Street.

Law Enforcement

Pennsylvania Man Sues Philly Narcs for 13 Years of False Imprisonment. Philadelphia resident Kareem Torain has filed a lawsuit against a trio of current and former Philadephia narcotics officers, in which he claims they falsified evidence that led to him being convicted on drug charges and spending 13 years in prison. In addition to the individual narc, the lawsuit also targets the city of Philadelphia for "systemic deficiencies and deliberate indifference" that "have caused police officers, including defendant police Officers Monaghan and Reynolds, and former police Officer Walker in this case, to believe that they can violate the rights of citizens, with impunity, including the use of fraud and falsehood, without fear that their actions will be investigated." In recent years scores of drug cases have been dismissed by Philadelphia courts, and several lawsuits have been filed, claiming that narcotics officers routinely planted evidence and lied in court to secure convictions.

International

Russian Drug Czar Calls for New Plan to Combat Afghan Drug Threat. Viktor Ivanov, head of the Russian anti-drug agency, has called for the UN Security Council to address "planet scale" drug production in Afghanistan and for interested countries to create a global alliance for alternative development in Afghanistan through "forced industrialization." Ivanov is one of the Russian political leaders sanctioned as a result of the Crimea crisis, and last week, he suggested that the US was using the crisis to deliberately destroy the international anti-drug cooperation in order to hide its responsibility for the drug crisis in Afghanistan.

Canada Blocked Support for Harm Reduction at UN CND Meeting, Observers Say. Canadian diplomats in Vienna for the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting blocked harm reduction health approaches abroad that are widely practiced at home, said Canadian Drug Policy Coalition director Donald MacPherson, who attended the conference. "Historically, Canada had been a leader in this area," MacPherson noted. "A substantial amount of the scientific research validating harm reduction measures was done right here in Vancouver, and we've implemented quite robust harm reduction policies at the provincial level across Canada. It's hypocritical for us to oppose adoption of these strategies internationally, especially since this is a matter of life and death in many countries with high levels of injection drug use and HIV." Similarly, Richard Elliot, executive director of the Toronto-based Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, described the position adopted by Canada in Vienna as "profoundly stupid."

Canada Court Hearing Request for Injunction to Allow Prescription Heroin This Week. The Vancouver-based Pivot Legal Society and Providence Health Care will be in court this week to argue that participants in the SALOME study (The Study to Assess Long-term Opioid Maintenance Effectiveness) should receive an exemption from recent amendments to federal drug laws that prohibit doctors from prescribing heroin to patients for whom other treatment options have been ineffective. Pivot is representing five patients whose condition improved while in the SALOME study, operated by Providence Health, and who can no longer access the treatment now that their time in the study is over. Click on the link for more details.

Mexican Lawmakers Hit DC, NYC to Discuss Their Marijuana Reform Proposals. Legislators from the Mexican Congress and the Mexico City Assembly will be in Washington, DC, and New York City to discuss the bills they introduced to decriminalize the consumption and purchase of marijuana for personal use in Mexico City and to legalize medical marijuana countrywide. Mexico City Senator Mario Delgado and Mexico City Assembly member Vidal Llerenas, both from the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), will be in DC on March 24 and 25 and in NY on March 26 to discuss the aims of the marijuana reform proposals in Mexico. Click on the link for more details.

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Canada: Editorial: Pot Makes Doctors Anxious

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Mar 2014 - When Health Canada announced it was changing the laws governing how medical marijuana is produced and dispensed, the goal was a good one: Increase access to pot for those who legitimately need it to ease suffering from pain. However, the new rules, which go into effect on April 1, are threatening to have the exact opposite effect. That's because the vast majority of doctors - the medical professionals responsible for authorizing the use of medical marijuana - are extremely wary. In failing to take their concerns seriously, Health Canada risks reducing access to medical marijuana rather than expanding it.
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CN AB: Commercial Pot Grow Reps Unfazed By Injunction

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 25 Mar 2014 - Alberta entrepreneurs say their product will be higher quality New hope has blossomed for home marijuana growers after a federal judge's ruling, but Alberta entrepreneurs believe there will still be a budding commercial market for the drug regardless of the court's ultimate verdict.
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US CA: Supervisors Reject Pot Dispensary South Of Santa Rosa

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 25 Mar 2014 - Sonoma County supervisors rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary south of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, saying it was too close to a residential area and two school bus stops. The owner of the Sonoma County Collective, the nonprofit that wanted to set up the dispensary at 4170 Santa Rosa Ave., however, said the supervisors were simply determined to use zoning rules to prevent medical marijuana businesses from opening.
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CN NF: Drugs And Youth To Be A Top Policing Priority This Year

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Southern Gazette, 25 Mar 2014 - Burin Peninsula District RCMP Staff Sergeant Wayne Edgecombe said 'youth involvement in crime' has been added as a divisional priority for the upcoming year. Invited to meet with the Burin Peninsula Joint Town Council Wednesday evening, he acknowledged that doesn't necessarily mean just dealing with youths who have run afoul of the law, but also involves targeting how crime affects young people.
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US MN: Edu: Hemp Bill Could Benefit U Research

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Minnesota Daily, 25 Mar 2014 - College of Biological Sciences Professors Say the Bill Could Expand Crop Studies. Legislation that would authorize the University of Minnesota to perform agricultural or academic research on hemp is moving through the state Capitol this session, gaining support from some faculty members.
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