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CN ON: Pot Should Be Legalized, Addiction Centre Says

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 09 Oct 2014 - Selling it like alcohol seen as the most effective means of reducing the harms associated with its use TORONTO - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.
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CN ON: Time To Legalize Marijuana, Treatment Centre Urges

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Oct 2014 - Facility seeks restrictions on availability and quantity Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where and in what quantity.
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CN PI: Editorial: Time To Shine Light On Mental Illness

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 09 Oct 2014 - It's a tragic ending to a tragic yet not uncommon story. Monday, RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, whose battle with post-traumatic stress disorder made headlines across this country, ended his life. Francis, a 21-year veteran of the Mounties, was on medical leave from his job with the RCMP's J Division in New Brunswick when his death occurred.
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US IL: Council Wants Pot Shops Secure, Discreet

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Strip Club Owner's Proposed Dispensary a Hot Topic Chicago's medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries would be required to hire around-the-clock security guards and load and unload pot out of public view, under a preemptive crackdown proposed at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
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US OR: Steves Stumps For Oregon Pot Measure

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 09 Oct 2014 - PORTLAND, Ore. - Rick Steves smokes the occasional joint, but he's not arguing for marijuana legalization in Oregon just because he likes to get high. Steves, a nationally known guidebook author and host on public radio and television, said Tuesday he's convinced that marijuana prohibition in the U.S. operates solely to harm the poor and people of color, and to profit off their punishment.
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CN ON: Pot Should Be Sold Like Alcohol, Says Addiction Centre

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Oct 2014 - Canada's largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. "Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults," said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH.
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US CO: Column: Jonathan Singer an Unlikely Cannabis Advocate

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 09 Oct 2014 - Jonathan Singer is as improbable a cannabis advocate as you'll ever find. The representative for House District 11 never has been a user and certainly never intended to become a leading voice on behalf of cannabis legalization in Colorado. "If someone had told me in 2011 that three years later I would be running for re-election for a seat I didn't have," Singer, who rebelled in high school by not using cannabis, said recently. "Or that by the end of my second year that I would have helped pass a statewide tax increase on legal marijuana, I would have laughed at them.
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US CO: Column: Do I Still Need to Keep My Home Grow Under

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 09 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: I've got crews coming in to work on things like my plumbing and some minor remodeling in the coming weeks (as well as a regular pest-control guy). I've been hiding my pot from the pest guy, but should I really care about putting away my pot and pipes when people come over to work on my house? Al Bonglin
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US CA: Column: Prop. 47 Should Be Decided by Legislature, Not

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Sacramento - Proposition 47, which would reduce penalties for drug and theft crimes, is yet another initiative that should never have been on the state ballot. The Legislature and governor get paid to deal with such things. And when they do, we're usually better served.
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US NM: SF Council Affirms Lenient Pot Rules

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Oct 2014 - SANTA FE - A Santa Fe City Council majority Wednesday night reaffirmed its support for decriminalizing possession of small amounts marijuana under city code, adopting administrative procedures needed to implement a decriminalization ordinance that the council approved in a 5-4 vote Aug. 27 Three councilors - Bill Dimas, Ron Trujillo and Chris Rivera - also restated their opposition to making possession of an ounce or less of pot merely a civil infraction punishable by a fine of $25 or less.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 22:07

California cultivation fights continue, it's nail-biting time for the Florida initiative, Colorado wants to tweak its system, a Pennsylvania bill appears stalled for now, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday, a Fresno County court again upheld the county's ban on medical marijuana cultivation. The ACLU of California had challenged the county ordinance banning grows and has now been shot down for a second time. Now, the group can either pursue other related actions or file an appeal in the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The county ordinance fines violators $1,000 per plant.

On Tuesday, the ACLU of California came out against Shasta County's proposed ordinance to ban outdoor marijuana cultivation and impose new restrictions on indoor grows. The ordinance is Measure A on the November ballot. The ACLU is the first statewide group to weigh in on the measure.

Colorado

Last Wednesday, a state legislative panel recommended tightening up on medical marijuana. The Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee recommended filing legislation that would tighten up the medical marijuana caregiver system and clarify that local governments can collect taxes on recreational marijuana. The bill would require all primary caregivers to register with the state. Officials fear that their inability to track caregiver grows under the present system is helping the black market. The bill would limit caregivers to six plants per patient and limit patients to one care giver. Medical marijuana supporters questioned why a committee charged with revenue issues was concerning itself with medical marijuana laws.

Florida

On Wednesday, a new SurveyUSA poll had support for the medical marijuana initiative at 51%. Because the initiative, Amendment 2, is in the form of a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to pass. Consecutive SurveyUSA polls in the past month have showed support declining. In the last four weeks, support has dropped from 56% to 53% to 52% and now 51%. Some 15% were undecided. If the poll is correct, the undecided would have to break two-to-one in favor of the initiative for it to pass.

Pennsylvania

On Monday,officials announced that a medical marijuana pilot program was getting underway. Three children's hospitals and the Department of Health are doing a research study on the use of CBD cannabis oil in children. The project, announced in May, is now underway. A broader, but still restrictive, medical marijuana bill has passed the Senate and awaits a vote in the House.

On Tuesday, a pending medical marijuana bill got a House committee assignment. The bill, Senate Bill 1182, passed the Senate last month, but is being slowed down by Republicans in the House. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Republican members said it would have to have at least two public hearings before going to a committee vote. With only four working days left in the legislative session, that isn't going to happen this year.

South Carolina

Last Thursday, a panel studying medical marijuana met. A joint legislative panel studying the uses of medical marijuana in the state met at the Medical University of South Carolina. It's the first of three meetings to be held around the state to gather information. The state last year approved a CBD cannabis oil bill; these meetings are designed to help lawmakers gather information and refine the state's marijuana and hemp laws.

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

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Chronicle AM: Carl Sagan Pot Papers Released, Supreme Court Takes Up Highway Drug Dog Detentions, More (10/8/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 20:21

The Library of Congress unveils writings on marijuana and drug reform from astronomer Carl Sagan, pot pops up in the Oklahoma Senate race, the Supreme Court will take up the issue of how long police can detain someone on the side of the road waiting for a drug dog, the "Baby Bou Bou" SWAT raid case isn't over yet, and more. Let's get to it:

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Marijuana Policy Pops Up in Oklahoma US Senate Race. Even in Oklahoma, though that is not really a big surprise, given that Democratic contender state Sen. Constance Johnson is a leading Sooner advocate for legalization. At a debate in Stillwater with Republican contender US Rep. James Lankford, Johnson surprised no one by standing by her well-known position on pot. And Lankford surprised no one by opposing it. Click on the link to get some flavor.

Carl Sagan's Writings on Marijuana, Drug Policy in New Library of Congress Exhibit. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, has made available to the public a huge trove of astronomer and PBS "Cosmos" host Carl Sagan's papers relating to marijuana and drug policy. Sagan was a proponent of marijuana and drug reform, and Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority has penned a nice piece about the collection and its release. Click on the title link to read it.

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Restrictive Medical Marijuana Bill Gets House Committee Assignment. The bill, Senate Bill 1182, passed the Senate last month, but is being slowed down by Republicans in the House. It was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Republican members said it would have to have at least two public hearings before going to a committee vote. With only four working days left in the legislative session, that isn't going to happen this year.

Law Enforcement

Supreme Court to Rule on Roadside Detention of Motorists While Cops Await Arrival of Drug Dogs. How long can police hold a driver on the side of the road while waiting for a drug dog to arrive to do a sniff (which the Supreme Court considers not a search)? The US Supreme Court agreed yesterday to take up a case that could decide that issue. In the case, a Nebraska man was stopped for an alleged traffic infraction and ticketed by the officer 21 minutes later. But he remained detained by the officer for another six minutes, until backup arrived. The officer then used the dog to sniff the car, the dog alerted, a search ensued, and methamphetamine was found. The man pleaded guilty, but appealed, saying his detention after the ticket was written amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Oral arguments will be presented early next year. The court opinion will likely be announced by June 2015.

Family of Toddler Burned in Georgia SWAT Drug Raid Seeks Federal Charges. After a Georgia grand jury declined to indict any police officers in the botched drug raid that left toddler Bounkham "Baby Bou Bou" severely injured when a SWAT officer through a flash-bang grenade in his play pen, his family is seeking a meeting this week with federal prosecutors in hopes of getting federal charges filed. While the local grand jury failed to indict, it was highly critical of law enforcement practices in the case. "There should be no such thing as an emergency narcotics investigation," the jurors wrote in their report. Georgia US Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement that her office is looking into it. "Federal authorities have been participating in the investigation of this terrible incident, and now that a state grand jury has declined to return an indictment. We will review the matter for possible federal charges," said Yates.

International

Bolivian Presidential Candidates on Drug Policy. The PanAm Post has a nice analysis of the drug policy positions of the various candidates in the Bolivian presidential elections set for Sunday. While sitting President Evo Morales has won kudos for his coca policies, he has not undertaken any broader reform initiatives, such as drug decriminalization or legalization. Neither have any of the other candidates. The candidates are united in their "prohibitionist insanity," the article notes. Morales is expected to be reelected.

El Chapo Guzman Indicted in New York for Murders. Mexico's imprisoned Sinaloa cartel leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has been indicted for 12 murders in an indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn. He and his successor, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, were also charged with money-laundering more than $14 billion in drug profits. But don't look for him to be heading for New York any time soon; he faces numerous charges in Mexico, as well.

Mexican Drug Gang Hit Men Linked to Mass Murder of Student Teachers in Guerrero. The attorney general for the state of Guerrero said Tuesday that some of the 44 rural teachers' college students who went missing last week after clashing with police in the city of Iguala were probably executed by drug traffickers working with crooked police. Two men who identified themselves as members of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang have supposedly confessed to killing at least 17 of them. Authorities have found a mass grave containing 27 bodies. The state attorney general said it appeared local police arrested the students, then handed them over to the hit men. The students were said to be political radicals and had been protesting against local officials. This sort of repressive political violence is nothing new in Guerrero, but the mass murder is one of the largest in recent Mexican history.

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US FL: Businesses Air Concerns About Pot Amendment

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 08 Oct 2014 - Entrepreneurs like Jaime DiDomenico, owner of Sarasota-based Cool Today, have hard questions about the state constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana in Florida. Will it make their liability insurance go up? Will they be able to keep medical marijuana users off their workforce?
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US FL: OPED: Sarasota Widow's Husband First With Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 08 Oct 2014 - There is a lot of talk about medical marijuana these days. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Another 10 have authorized the so-called Charlotte's Web strain that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. This patchwork quilt of laws has led to an even more dense briar patch of rules and regulations, making it difficult to get a precise estimate of how many people are legally using marijuana medically in each state, but a cumulative figure often heard is 2.4 million and that doesn't seem far fetched. California, for example, estimates that almost 1 million Californians have the "215 card," and Michigan has well over 100,000 enrolled in that state's medical marijuana program. Those are truly amazing numbers to me because I can remember when there was just one individual allowed to use marijuana medically in the U.S. His name was Robert C. Randall and he was my late husband.
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US CO: Editorial: Governor Should Have Fought 'Reckless' Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Gazette, 08 Oct 2014 - Brew pub entrepreneur John Hickenlooper, when running for his first term as governor, had an intriguing idea. Colorado's Front Range could become the Napa Valley of high-end domestic beer. Gov. Hickenlooper is facing one of the toughest re-election fights of his political career. Several polls suggest he's in a close race against Beauprez, a former member of the U.S. House. Four years later, we're the Napa Valley of pot. It happened under the governor's watch. He clearly doesn't like the fact we're the butt of late-night drug jokes and a cautionary tale for the rest of the world. We were known for mountains, eclectic towns and outdoor adventure. Today, we're first known for a degree of marijuana lenience found nowhere else in the world. Even this year's trip to the Super Bowl became endless fodder for druggie jokes on social media and late-night TV.
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US MI: Column: East Lansing City Clerk Stalls Democracy

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 08 Oct 2014 - If you can't beat 'em at the ballot box, do it with administrative and quasi-legal shenanigans. That seems to be the way East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum have managed to keep a vote on legalizing marijuana off the East Lansing ballot this fall.
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US DC: Marijuana Offenders Could Have Records Sealed After

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 08 Oct 2014 - District residents who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. Council on Tuesday. The change is being considered amid a period of great upheaval for the city's marijuana laws, which have gone from strict prohibition to the cusp of legalization within a span of months. In March, lawmakers voted to limit the penalties for minor cases of possession to a civil fine no more serious than a parking ticket. Next month, city voters will consider whether to legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use.
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CN NK: Mountie's Death a Terrible Loss: RCMP

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 08 Oct 2014 - Force Was Working With Colleague Who Wanted to Smoke Pot in Uniform FREDERICTON - The death of RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who helped draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency first responders, is a terrible loss that underscores the need to deal with the issue, the RCMP's commanding officer in New Brunswick said Tuesday.
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UK: Cannabis Drug for MS 'Too Costly' For England but Not Wales

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 08 Oct 2014 - A drug derived from cannabis, which many with multiple sclerosis say helps ease their symptoms, has been ruled too expensive to be used by the NHS in England even though it is approved for Wales. In new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of people with the disabling disease, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says the price set by the manufacturer of Sativex (nabiximols) is too high for the benefit it gives patients. But the decision opens up the sort of "postcode lottery" that Nice was set up to end, with MS patients in Wales able to use the drug on the NHS while those in England either have to buy it themselves or go without. Some will use the illegal drug instead.
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South Africa: Dagga Is As Addictive As Heroin

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 07:00
The Times, 08 Oct 2014 - DAGGA can be as addictive as heroin or alcohol, causes mental health problems and can lead to hard drug use, according to a new study. The research, conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links the use of dagga to a wide range of harmful side effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.
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