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US MD: Medical Marijuana Wins Support

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Aug 2015 - Possibility of Economic Boost From Production Facilities Is Enticing in Conservative Rural Areas of MD. Washington County is a proudly conservative place. Voters here haven't backed a Democrat for president since 1964, and same-sex marriage lost by a landslide in a referendum three years ago.
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US WY: Wyoming Police Group Plans Anti-Pot Effort

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 07:00
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 07 Aug 2015 - CHEYENNE - A Wyoming law enforcement group is planning a campaign to fight back at efforts to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police is gauging interest in starting a statewide outreach effort to inform residents on the "harmful personal and societal effects of marijuana."
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Chronicle AM: Study Supports Prescription Heroin, States Want Feds Out of MJ Policies, More (8/06/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 21:25

The DEA admits the screamingly obvious, the National Council of State Legislatures tells the feds to let states set their own pot policies, another South Florida community decriminalizes, and more.

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Finally, DEA Head Admits Heroin More Dangerous Than Marijuana. Former DEA chief Michele Leonhart just couldn't wrap her head around that notion, and her successor, Chuck Rosenberg, was struggling last week, when he conceded that marijuana is "probably not" as bad as heroin. But Wednesday, Rosenberg came clean, admitting that "heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana."

National Council of State Legislatures Passes Motion Calling for Feds to Butt Out of State Marijuana Laws. The resolution passed today declares that states should have the right to set their own marijuana and hemp policies. "States are increasingly serving as laboratories for democracy by adopting a variety of policies regarding marijuana and hemp," the preamble says, adding that "the federal government cannot force a state to criminalize cultivating, possessing, or distributing marijuana or hemp -- whether for medical, recreational, industrial, or other uses -- because doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering." Click on the link to read the resolution.

Arizona Legalization Initiative Has Already Gathered 50,000 Signatures. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Wednesday that it had already gathered 50,000 signatures to get its legalization initiative on the November 2016 ballot. The group needs 150,000 valid voter signatures by July 2016 to qualify. If gatherers keep up their current pace, they could have 300,000 or so signatures by then. They need a cushion to account for gathered signatures that are invalidated, and that would provide one.

Another South Florida Community Decriminalizes. Hallandale Beach has become the first Broward County city to decriminalize pot possession after commissioners Wednesday night approved the measure. People caught with 20 grams or less will be ticketed and fined $100 instead of being arrested. Miami-Dade County passed a similar measure in July. West Palm Beach and Palm Beach counties are also expected to vote on a similar measure.

Addiction Treatment

Important Study Finds Heroin-Assisted Treatment Benefits Users and Society. A research review published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that heroin-assisted treatment (or heroin maintenance) is effective for patients who have not responded to other treatment options, such as residential treatment or methadone. "Heroin-prescribing, as a part of highly regulated regimen, is a feasible and effective treatment for a particularly difficult-to-treat group of heroin-dependent patients," the study concluded.

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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:44

Medical marijuana got attention on the national stage this past week, medical marijuana for PTSD sufferers was at issue in two states, Florida looks poised to pass a medical marijuana initiative next time around, and more.

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Last Thursday, two congressmen asked the DOJ inspector general to look into harassment of medical marijuana providers after Congress voted to bar it. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA) sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking him to clarify whether continued prosecutions against medical marijuana providers in states where it is legal violate a successful budget rider that prevents the department from spending money to interfere in those states. "Cases such as the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington, asset forfeiture actions against dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay area, or the Lynch case now pending in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, are all instances of DOJ expending dollars it does not have the legal authority to spend," Rohrabacher and Farr write. "Consequently, we believe there is sufficient cause for your office to investigate potential violations of the Anti-Deficiency Act by the Department with regard to its prosecution and other enforcement actions against persons and businesses conducting legitimate medical marijuana activities under state law." That act makes it a crime to use federal funds for purposes not approved by Congress.

Last Friday, Chris Christie said strictly regulated medical marijuana was okay, but not legalization. The New Jersey governor and Republican presidential contender told a crowd in Cedar Falls, Iowa, that medical marijuana should be allowed through tightly regulated, state-run programs, but that he would enforce federal law on recreational marijuana. "This is a decision on medical marijuana that I think needs to be made state-by-state," Christie said. "I don't want it used recreationally, but for medical purposes, it's helpful for certain adult illness and certain pediatric illness. So where it's helpful and when a doctor prescribes it, I have no problem with it."

On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said he wasn't moving on a medical marijuana bill. A bill that would reschedule marijuana and let states set their own medical marijuana policies has some congressional support, but with only two Republican cosponsors, Rand Paul (KY) and Dean Heller (NV), Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) said the bill was not exactly a priority. "I'm going to wait until I talk to other Republican members," he told Politico.

On Tuesday, Marco Rubio said he's willing to look at medical marijuana, but not legalization. Florida senator and Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he could support medical marijuana if it went through an FDA approval process, but that he did not support full legalization. "I'm not in support of any additional intoxicants being legalized," he said at a Republican presidential forum in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, news came that the DOJ tried to mislead Congress on the impact of a medical marijuana amendment. In the days before Congress voted to approve an amendment limiting the Justice Department's ability to interfere in medical marijuana states, an internal memo obtained by Tom Angell at Marijuana.com shows that the department tried to mislead Congress by falsely claiming that the amendment could "in effect, limit or possibly eliminate the Department's ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well,' according to the document. [Emphasis added.] The memo admits that the DOJ talking points were "intended to discourage passage of the rider," but "do not reflect our current thinking." Click on the link for more.

Arizona

Last Wednesday, a state judge blocked efforts to remove limits on medical marijuana for PTSD. In a ruling Wednesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge rejected efforts by patient advocates to overturn a decision by then state health chief Will Humble that medical marijuana could be used for PTSD, but only for palliative care. Judge Crane McClennen said there was "substantial evidence" to support Humble's restrictions.

California

On Tuesday, the first legal dispensary in Santa Ana opened. South Coast Safe Access is the first and only licensed dispensary so far in the city and the country. The city's permitting system has been plagued by division and lawsuits, but now the first dispensary has arrived.

Colorado

On Saturday, veterans with PTSD lined up for free medical marijuana in a Denver protest. Hundreds of Colorado veterans lined up to receive free medical marijuana products as part of a protest against the state health board's refusal to include PTSD among conditions treatable by medical marijuana. The protest was organized by Grow4Vets. "We're tired of waiting around for the government to do something to help veterans," cofounder Richard Martin said. "We're losing over 50 American heroes every single day as a result of prescription drug overdose or suicide, and the VA's position up until this point has pretty much been let's just keep them in a drug stupor."

Florida

On Monday, a poll had support for a medical marijuana initiative above two-thirds. A new survey from St. Pete Polls has more than 68% of respondents saying they would vote for a new medical marijuana initiative if it makes the ballot. An effort last year got 58% of the vote, but failed because, as a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass. These poll results strongly suggest it will pass next time around. Click on the link for more poll results.

Michigan

Last Friday, a state panel okayed medical marijuana for autistic kids. In a 4-2 vote, the state Medical Marijuana Review Panel okayed medical marijuana for kids with severe forms of autism. Its use must be approved by two doctors, and the kids wouldn't smoke it, but would use it in edible or concentrate form.

Nevada

Last Friday, the state's first dispensary opened for business. Silver State Relief was set to open its doors today in the Reno suburb of Sparks. It's the first to open in the state, and one of two approved by city fathers.

New York

Last Friday, the state awarded five medical marijuana licenses. The Department of Health announced the names of five groups that will be allowed to sell medical marijuana in the state. Each group can open up to four dispensaries across the state. They are required to be open for business within six months, meaning patients may be able to buy it before year's end. Click on the link to see who the groups are.

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

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CN BC: So You Want To Open A Pot Shop?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 06 Aug 2015 - The City of Vancouver is holding private information sessions for current and potential pot shop operators to "learn how to make a successful medical marijuana business licence application" as it embarks on its plan to become Canada's first city to regulate the illegal dispensaries. The city is advertising the sessions on its website, saying "staff will explain everything you need to know about the new regulations and how to successfully apply for permits and licences to run a marijuana-related business."
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US IL: Editorial: Give Medical Marijuana Program a Chance to

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 06 Aug 2015 - With every day that passes, it becomes more important that Gov. Bruce Rauner sign a bill resetting the start date of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program. At the same time, if only to protect popular support for the pilot program, the governor has good reason to veto, for now, a companion bill that would add to the list of conditions for which medical pot can be subscribed. The pilot program was expected to run for about four years, enough time to evaluate whether it helps people who are ill without creating unexpected problems. But due to a number of delays, the program has yet to start, and it is scheduled to end Jan. 1, 2018. The bill on Rauner's desk would reset the start date, allowing the pilot program to get its full run.
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CN MB: Trafficking Charge Laid In Probe Of Pot Store

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - THE owner of Winnipeg's sole medical-marijuana dispensary faces drug-trafficking charges after police arrested him and shut down his business Tuesday. Glenn Allan Price, 54, was arrested at his unlicensed Main Street dispensary and is charged with drug trafficking and possession offences, as well as possession of the proceeds of crime after police issued two search warrants at his home and business. He was released from custody.
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CN MB: Getting Meds Tougher

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - Storefront filled need, advocate says DELTA 9 Bio-Tech, the only federally licensed medical-marijuana operation in Manitoba, says it has room for 200 new patients this month. Others will turn to their own stash of pot. And as a last resort, there's always the street.
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CN MB: 'They Took Everything'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 06 Aug 2015 - Charges shut down Manitoba's first medical marijuana dispensary Medical marijuana dispensary owner Glenn Price is vowing to fight his drug trafficking charges in court. Police raided Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters and closed it down on Tuesday. They arrested Price, his wife Sandra, and a customer. Only Price was charged.
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CN MB: Police Raid Pot Shop

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 06 Aug 2015 - Store owner charged with trafficking, possession Winnipeg police have moved to close a controversial medical marijuana shop in the city, going so far as to remove the sign hanging from a shingle over Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters.
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CN MB: Editorial: Legalize, Don't Prosecute, Pot Use

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - Glenn Allan Price will get his day in court, but does the prosecution of purveyors of medical marijuana really serve the public interest? Well, if you're the federal Conservative government, pursuing an out-of-touch political agenda, clearly it does. Mr. Price, owner of a recently opened, unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary on Main Street, was charged by Winnipeg police with trafficking and possession following a raid Tuesday.
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CN MB: Column: City, Police Service Mired In Reefer Madness

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 06 Aug 2015 - THERE are the obvious differences: the mountains, the sea, the climate and, of course, the housing prices. But this week, our police service officially delineated another difference between Vancouver and Winnipeg. It's an attitude. Specifically an attitude toward medical-marijuana dispensaries.
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US CO: Column: Few Answers in Cdc Report on Young Man's Death

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 06 Aug 2015 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its report on a 19-yearold male student who leapt to his death from a Denver hotel window after ingesting a marijuana cookie in March 2014. The report, "Notes from the Field: Death Following Ingestion of an Edible Marijuana Product - Colorado, March 2014," took 16 months to complete, but it seems more perfunctory than revelatory. And it leaves too many questions unanswered. (Read the full report at 1.usa.gov/1MJNbDP.)
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US CA: OPED: Cannabis Crossroads

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 06 Aug 2015 - Habitat protection, not profit, needs to guide pot ordinance We are at a crossroads in Humboldt County. We can either build on our rare good fortune of living in a place where wild ecosystems still account for most of the land, or we can continue down the well-worn path of developing and fragmenting the remaining unprotected lands.
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US CA: Column: The Weeds Of Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 06 Aug 2015 - As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy's 90-plus page report continues to make the rounds, the rave reviews keep piling up. For those who haven't been paying attention, the Gav spent months filling the commission with diverse stakeholders - including our own former Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos - and holding about a half dozen community forums and fact-gathering sessions throughout the state. The result is a massive report that outlines how a regulatory system for legalized marijuana could be designed and implemented in California.
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US CA: Column: How Much Water Does Cannabis Really Need?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 06 Aug 2015 - Cannabis, by the gallon About your recent column: Does it really take six gallons of water per day to grow a cannabis plant? - -Dro Savoire
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US CA: Column: Cannabis's No. 1 Enemy Exits

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 06 Aug 2015 - Last week, Melinda Haag, who served as the United States Attorney in San Francisco since 2010, announced her resignation effective Sept. 1. During her five years as the federal Justice Department's local prosecutor, the former corporate lawyer became the only local official I ever saw mocked in effigy. A ten-foot-tall Haag caricature was a regular sight at protests in the Bay Area in 2012 and 2013. When not in public, the Haag effigy lived at cannabis industry trade school Oaksterdam University, one of the many marijuana businesses to suffer under Haag. Oaksterdam was lucky: the business stayed open after a federal law enforcement raid.
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US AZ: MMJ/Legalization Opinion

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 06 Aug 2015 - Four Reasons Why Law Enforcement Should Support Legalizing Law enforcement was designed to protect our communities, but marijuana prohibition=ADand the drug war as a whole=ADhas become an overbearing distraction towards the maintaining of public safety. Prohibition contributes to an overall decrease in public safety and misuse of valuable resources. Here's why law enforcement across the country and around the world are pushing for marijuana legalization:
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US WA: Lawmakers' Group Discusses Legalized Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 06 Aug 2015 - U.S. Association of State Legislatures Caution Urged on Tax-Revenue Hopes Lawmakers and others from around the country attended a discussion Wednesday to learn from Washington and Colorado how best to think about legal marijuana and regulate it.
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Chronicle AM: MA Inits Filed, Pill Crackdown Hurts Patients, Yemen War Snarls Drug Trade, More (8/05/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 20:37

Competing legalization initiatives get filed in Massachusetts, pain patients face obstacles amidst the pill mill crackdown, the Yemen war is messing up the peninsular drug trade, and more.

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Two Competing Groups Filed Massachusetts Legalization Initiatives. Both the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts and the local group Bay State Repeal today filed initiatives to legalize marijuana in the state. Bay State Repeal actually filed three versions of its initiative. Click on the organization link to get details on the various proposals.

Medical Marijuana

Leaked Document Shows DOJ Misled Congress on Impact of Medical Marijuana Amendment. In the days before Congress voted to approve an amendment limiting the Justice Department's ability to interfere in medical marijuana states, an internal memo obtained by Tom Angell at Marijuana.com shows that the department tried to mislead Congress by falsely claiming that the amendment could "in effect, limit or possibly eliminate the Department's ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well," according to the document. [Emphasis added.] The memo admits that the DOJ talking points were "intended to discourage passage of the rider," but "do not reflect our current thinking." Click on the link for more.

Under-treatment of Pain

Pill Mill Crackdown Hurting Pain Patients. New Hampshire Public Radio has done a lengthy report on the impact of the pain pill crackdown on pain patients. One patient who moved to Florida reports that his pharmacy runs out of pain medications, and the pharmacy owner reported that pharmaceutical wholesalers will no longer distribute the amount of drugs he needs to serve his clients. There's much more there, too; click the link to read the whole thing.

International

Yemen War Messing Up Arabian Peninsula Drug Traffic. Saudi Arabia's four-month bombing campaign against Houthi rebels is not only killing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Yemenis, it's also choking off the supply of Middle Eastern amphetamines and hashish that have been being trafficked across the Yemen-Saudi border. Saudi border guards say the war has shut down trafficking, while Riyadh residents complain that supplies are drying up. The article also provides an overview of drug use in the region; click on the link to get it all.

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