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US OH: More Medical Uses Sought In Bill

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 24 Mar 2015 - An Ohio group backing medical marijuana is lobbying state legislators to expand an existing bill for children who suffer from seizures. Ohio Patients Cann wants to see medical marijuana become part of state law, but it would be willing to go to the ballot if necessary, said Bob Bridges of Columbus, the organization's executive director.
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US NY: Column: The War Against The War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 24 Mar 2015 - Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little. Let's not criticize the sponsoring senators - Rand Paul, R-Ky., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, DN.J. - for such a small reprieve from the War on Drugs. They've probably gone about as far as they could within the two-faced confines of our national politics.
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Colombia: Herbicide Rekindles Debate On Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 24 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Herbicide Rekindles Debate On Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 24 Mar 2015 - U.S. Program Funds Spray in Colombia Called a Carcinogen BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.backed war on drugs.
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Chronicle AM: NM Legislature Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Ban, No Jail for Junkies in WA County, More (3/23/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 20:54

A ban on civil asset forfeiture passes the legislature in New Mexico, there was a legalization demo in New Jersey and a medical marijuana rally in Tennessee, a UN agency says the herbicide used to spray Colombian coca crops causes cancer, and more.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Opposes Legalization. Attorney General Maura Healey said today that while she supported a successful decriminalization initiative a few years ago, she doesn't support legalization. "I supported the effort to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana a few years ago, and I appreciated the motivation behind that move and ultimately, the law," Healey told Boston Herald Radio. "What I oppose though now is full legalization of marijuana." She said her views were informed by discussions with her counterparts in Washington and Colorado, who told her they had not seen a drop in drug trafficking and that people came from out of state to buy marijuana. A legalization bill is pending, and the state could see two different initiative campaigns next year if the legislature fails to act.

New Jersey Legalization Advocates Smoke Out in Trenton. More than a hundred people showed up for the "Spring Smoke Out" rally at the statehouse in Trenton Saturday. Led by veteran Garden State pot activist Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion, the group toked up amid chants of "One, two, three four, smoke, smoke, smoke some more!" and demanded an end to pot prohibition.

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Idaho CBD Cannabis Oil Bill Heads for Senate Floor Vote. A bill that would allow for the use of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of epilepsy passed the Senate State Affairs Committee last Friday and now heads for a Senate floor vote. The measure is Senate Bill 1106. Another cannabis oil bill that would only allow an affirmative defense, Senate Bill 1146, also awaits a Senate floor vote.

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Bill Pre-Filed. State Rep. Dalton Honore (D-Baton Rouge) has pre-filed a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for specified medical conditions, including seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer, and the side effects of cancer treatments. The bill is House Bill 6. Last year, similar legislation failed to get out of committee in the face of opposition from law enforcement. The session begins April 13.

Tennessee Advocates in Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally. Hundreds of people showed up for the Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally and march in Johnson City Saturday. The rally comes as the state legislature considers a number of medical marijuana-related bills.

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Bolivia Lashes Out at US Anti-Drug Report. The Bolivian government rejects the State Department's anti-drug report, released last week, which said the country is not complying with international anti-drug trafficking obligations."The report is unacceptable. The only thing it does is to put more obstacles to the hypocritical call to reestablish bilateral relations. This is the double standard policy that he US has and will always have," Government ministry spokesman Hugo Moldiz said.

Ten Killed in Mexico Cartel Attack on Police. Suspected drug gang members attacked a convoy of Mexico's newly militarized police force, the gendarmerie, in Jalisco state last Thursday, leaving five policemen dead, as well as three gang members, and two bystanders. It was one of the deadliest attacks on police since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012.

UN Agency Links Herbicide Used to Spray Colombian Coca Crops to Cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a research arm of the World Health Organization, said last Thursday it had reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen. It cited what it said was convincing research showing that the herbicide creates cancer in lab animals and that it could cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans. Under a US-government supported program, Colombia has sprayed more than four million acres of land with the stuff in a bid to destroy coca crops. The Colombian government, however, expressed concern, but didn't say it was ready to stop the spraying. Eliminating cocaine "transcends" other concerns, said Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria.

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CN ON: 'More People Behind' 420 Rally

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Expositor, 23 Mar 2015 - Organizers are planning for the second annual Brantford 420 Rally on April 20 to be bigger than last year's event. The time of 4:20 and the date of April 20 are associated with marijuana use. This year's rally falls on a Monday. The inaugural event was held on a Sunday.
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Canada: Medical Marijuana Costs Soar For Vets

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Feds spent $4.3 million on pot prescriptions for ex-soldiers last year OTTAWA- The cost of providing medical marijuana to the country's injured soldiers under a Veterans Affairs program jumped to more than $4.3 million this fiscal year, an increase of 10 times what was spent last year.
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CN ON: Private Insurer Agrees To Pay For Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Waterloo University student hopes victory clears the way for others seeking coverage After a hard-fought battle, Jonathan Zaid's medical marijuana is being paid for by his private insurance company - a feat some industry insiders say is unprecedented.
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US PA: Series: PA. Reps Discuss Legalization of Medical

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Daily Review, 23 Mar 2015 - Editor's Note: This is part one of a three-part series by The Daily Review looking at the legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania. One is a Republican state senator from Lycoming County; one is the most visible Democrat in the state.
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Colombia: Weed Killer, Roundup, Reclassified As Likely Cause

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Mercury, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA: The recent labelling of the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying programme in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the US-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organisation, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it says is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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US CA: Column: Is America Ready For Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Mar 2015 - A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators, New Jersey's Cory Booker, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and Kentucky's Rand Paul, are sponsoring a bill to classify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, meaning the federal government would allow it to be used as medicine. Some critics worry that such a bill could become a "gateway law" to full legalization of recreational weed; defenders say sick patients need the pain relief best provided by marijuana.
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Colombia: Herbicide Used by U. S. in Colombia Is Linked to

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)- New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Anti-Drug Efforts Use Harmful Spray

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited what it called convincing evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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US CO: Series: Black Market Is Thriving In Colorado

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - A shrinking black market for marijuana was among the biggest benefits Colorado would realize from legalizing and regulating the drug, proponents of Amendment 64 promised in the months leading up to the state's historic decision to sanction pot's recreational use. However, the black market is thriving - and growing in new, unforeseen ways as marijuana, highly potent THC concentrates and THC-infused foods and drinks produced in Colorado make their way across the country.
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US MA: State Pushes Forward To Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 23 Mar 2015 - Beacon Hill legislators are working on a marijuana legalization proposal, in part as an effort to short-circuit an expected 2016 ballot push. Advocates have long planned an initiative petition to legalize the recreational use of the drug for adults, and political analysts have expected that measure to pass in the next presidential election year.
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Colombia: Colombia Drug Debate Revived As World-Popular

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The China Post, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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US NJ: Marijuana Protesters Light Up Across the Street From

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 22 Mar 2015 - TRENTON - More than 100 people descended upon the New Jersey Statehouse to protest laws they feel are unjust. The laws they're upset with? Marijuana laws. So far despite a medicinal program in the state of New Jersey, the crowd expressed their displeasure by coming together to exchange ideas and, to smoke.
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US CO: Series: Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 22 Mar 2015 - In Colorado, if you drive while impaired by drugs such as marijuana, you can be arrested and charged with a DUI. But the logistics of determining a driver's level of THC (marijuana's active ingredient) impairment have yet to be standardized, and there is no continuity in reporting arrest data for marijuana impairment. The state's marijuana driving impairment limits could be entirely too high. A recently released report issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is at odds with that limit. State officials also concede the toll THC takes on road safety is likely underreported and that Colorado's law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Department of Transportation aren't equipped to gather the data needed to determine a full and accurate scope of the problem.
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US CO: Series: No Tax Windfall From Medical, Retail Sales

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 22 Mar 2015 - A year ago, Colorado's governor's office had grand plans to fund programs and resources aimed at protecting public safety and health in the aftermath of legalized retail pot sales. The state anticipated a marijuana tax windfall from medical and recreational sales to pay for it all - and Gov. John Hickenlooper called for nearly $100 million for prevention and treatment programs, including a project aimed at analyzing the correlation between marijuana use during pregnancy and birth defects.
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US CO: Series: State Prevention Efforts Criticized

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 22 Mar 2015 - In one of the neatly maintained, brick buildings lining a street on the campus of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan in southwest Denver is a hive of offices where about 60 state employees focus on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems, including substance abuse and addiction. Their work in the Office of Behavioral Health is cut out for them in Colorado, home to some of the highest drug-use rates in the nation and one of the country's worst track records for public funding of mental health care, especially for youths. The state almost entirely bankrolls the office's efforts to prevent substance abuse and addiction with an $8.3 million federal grant.
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