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US FL: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Deserves Support

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 15 Oct 2014 - On Nov. 4, Support Medical Marijuana Forget the politicians, self-styled experts and pollsters. Amendment 2 is about helping sick people.
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Chronicle AM: State Dept. Okay With Legalization Elsewhere, Bolivia's Morales Reelected, More (10/14/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:54

The State Department's point man on international drug affairs signals a new flexibility in US policy, Bolivia's coca farmer President Evo Morales wins reelection, the DC initiative wins more endorsements, the Florida medical marijuana initiative is in danger, and more.

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DC Initiative Picks Up Labor, Working Families Endorsements. DC's Measure 71 marijuana cultivation and possession legalization initiative has been endorsed by two labor unions and a District-based activist group. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the United Commercial Food Workers (UCFW) have come on board, citing the elimination of racially discriminatory enforcement and the removal of barriers to job opportunities. So has DC Working Families, a progressive social justice activist group.

Northern California Marijuana Summit Being Planned in Advance of 2016 Effort. Aware that a well-connected California marijuana legalization initiative is coming in 2016, some Northern California counties are laying the groundwork for a regional summit on the issue. Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo told county supervisors last week that the impending legalization initiative had led her to have discussion with other county CEOs about forming a Northern California Cannabis Summit next year. The proposed meeting would discuss possible economic, regulatory, taxation and policy implications to prepare for 2016 legalization.

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Latest Poll Has Florida Initiative at 52% -- It Needs 60% to Win. A new poll with a large sample and small margin of error has the Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative coming up short. According to the SaintPetersBlog poll, a slim majority (52%) supports the initiative, but that's not enough because, as a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% of the vote to pass. The poll sample consisted of 3,128 Florida registered voters who said they were planning to vote in the election and has a margin of error of +/- 1.8%. The poll is roughly in line with other recent surveys that have shown Amendment 2 polling in the 50s.

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State Department's Drugs Point Man Signals US Flexibility on Drug Reform. In a speech last week at the United Nations, Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield, the head of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ("drugs and thugs"), made it clear that the US is willing to embrace flexibility, up to and including drug legalization in other countries, in the face of rising calls for international drug reform. Brownfield succinctly laid out the US approach: "First,... respect the integrity of the existing UN Drug Control Conventions. Second, accept flexible interpretation of those conventions. The first of them was drafted and enacted in 1961. Things have changed since 1961. We must have enough flexibility to allow us to incorporate those changes into our policies. Third, to tolerate different national drug policies, to accept the fact that some countries will have very strict drug approaches; other countries will legalize entire categories of drugs. All these countries must work together in the international community. We must have some tolerance for those differing policies. And our fourth pillar is agreement and consensus that whatever our approach and policy may be on legalization, decriminalization, de-penalization, we all agree to combat and resist the criminal organizations -- not those who buy, consume, but those who market and traffic the product for economic gain. Respect the conventions; flexible interpretation; tolerance for national polices; criminal organizations -- that is our mantra." Click on the link to read the entirety of his remarks.

Houston Mayor Calls for "Complete Rethinking" of Nation's Drug Laws. Ten minutes into an interview with Dean Becker of the Drug Truth Network Annise Parker (D) unloaded on drug prohibition: "I agree with you that we need a complete rethinking of the nation's drug laws," she told Becker. "We have seen over and over again that outright prohibition doesn't work. We saw that in the '20s when the prohibition in this country fueled the rise of organized crime. At the same time we don't want in any way to send a message that illegal drugs are approved or appropriate, but we need to figure out a way to go to managing these drugs rather than simply saying, 'Don't do it or we are going to treat all illegal drugs the same.'" There is more; click on the title link to hear the whole thing.

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Bolivia's Coca Farmer President Cruises to Easy Reelection. Coca farmer union leader Evo Morales has easily won reelection to an unprecedented third term as Bolivia's president. He won 59.5% of the vote, more than doubling the vote total of his nearest challenger in a five-man field and obviating the need for a runoff election. Although it remains one of the hemisphere's poorest countries, Bolivia's economy has flourished under the rule of Morales and his Movement to Socialism (MAS). The US has criticized Bolivia over its coca policies, but that didn't seem to be much of an issue in the elections.

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US NY: Event Focuses On New Medical Pot Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 14 Oct 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana gathered in New York City on Sunday to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions. The event drew potential patients, policy makers and hundreds of people interested in working in the new medical marijuana industry. State lawmakers voted this year to make New York the 23rd state to authorize pot for patients with conditions including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy.
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US FL: New Pro-Medical Marijuana Radio Ad Called 'Race

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 14 Oct 2014 - A new pro-medical marijuana radio ad that ties the 1936 movie "Reefer Madness" to the outlawing of marijuana and to historic discriminatory enforcement against black people, has critics accusing the Amendment 2 campaign of pandering to black voters. Narrated by John Morgan, the ad was released last week by United For Care on urban radio stations, arguing that Amendment 2 can help right discriminatory laws if voters approve the medical marijuana initiative.
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CN SN: Editorial: An Argument Missing the Point

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 14 Oct 2014 - Justice Minister Peter MacKay said last week he's surprised by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's call to legalize marijuana. The Central Nova MP adds the statement contrasts with reports from other health organizations underlining the negative impact of the drug, particularly on the developing brains of children. That's the kind of non-sequitur we expect from government but could do without.
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CN SN: Editorial: An Argument Missing the Point

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:00
The News, 14 Oct 2014 - Justice Minister Peter MacKay said last week he's surprised by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's call to legalize marijuana. The Central Nova MP adds the statement contrasts with reports from other health organizations underlining the negative impact of the drug, particularly on the developing brains of children. That's the kind of non-sequitur we expect from government but could do without.
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Australia: ACT To Join National Medical Marijuana Trial

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:00
Canberra Times, 14 Oct 2014 - The ACT will join a Commonwealth-backed national clinical trial of medical cannabis, set to be led by the New South Wales Government. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher confirmed the territory's involvement in the trial during an official visit to China, welcoming a national approach to the issue after discussions with NSW Premier Mike Baird at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Friday.
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Chronicle AM: MO MJ Actions, CT Patients Want Buds, AL Goes After Pregnant Drug Users, More (10/13/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:31

Missouri marijuana activists are keeping things hopping, Connecticut patients want actual buds, the Washington Post continues its asset forfeiture series, the Labor Department issues proposed rules for unemployment compensation drug testing, and more.

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Show-Me Cannabis Activist Sues Missouri Narcs for Violating Sunshine Law. Aaron Malin, a member of the Missouri marijuana reform group Show-Me Cannabis, has filed suit against the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association for failing to hand over documents and information about budgets and training the group provides to narcotics officers. The lawsuit could clarify the question of whether the association is subject to the state's Sunshine Law. Malin argues that because much of the group's funding comes from dues and training paid for by members of taxpayer-funded drug task forces, it is a quasi-governmental entity and therefore subject to the law.

Columbia, Maryland, Cultivation Decriminalization Advances. The city's Disabilities Commission voted unanimously last week to endorse an ordinance that would decriminalize the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. People caught growing two plants would face only a $250 fine; seriously ill people would face no fine. The city council had asked various commissions to weigh in; the Board of Health and the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission came down against the proposal. The council will take it up at a meeting next Monday.

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Connecticut Patients Want Whole Buds, Not Ground-Up Whole Plant. State medical marijuana regulations require that the plant be ground up, and that's not sitting well with some patients and activists. Homogenizing the plant results in "the degradation of the cannabinoids, the actual essential oils that are in the flower," explained Peter Mould, executive director of Connecticut NORML, who has posted a petition at change.org (search for "medical marijuana CT") asking state regulators to allow the sale of whole buds.

Asset Forfeiture

Seized Cash Fuels Law Enforcement Spending. The Washington Post continues to hammer away at asset forfeiture. This latest in an ongoing series of articles examines what law enforcement agencies are buying with the hundreds of millions of dollars they have seized under federal asset forfeiture laws. The Post examined 43,000 annual reports from police agencies under the Justice Department's Equitable Sharing program. While some of the spending is justifiable, the Post also found seized funds paying for luxury vehicles, travel expenses, and even a clown named Sparkles. It's a long, but worthwhile read.

Drug Testing

Labor Department Issues Proposed Rule for Unemployment Compensation Drug Testing; Limits It to Job Categories Where Drug Testing is Required. The department is responding to the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which has a provision allowing states to drug test people seeking unemployment compensation. "We propose that an applicant may be drug tested by the State in order to be eligible to receive State UC if the applicant's only suitable work, as defined under the State UC law, is in a position or class of positions, i.e., an 'occupation,' for which Federal law or that State's law requires employee drug testing in that occupation," the department proposed.

Harm Reduction

Michigan Governor Signs Overdose Prevention Law. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) today signed into law a bill that requires emergency medical responders to be trained to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan). The legislation, House Bill 5407, is part of a package of bills dealing with the issue. Snyder signed them all.

Pregnancy

Two More Alabama Counties Start Charging Pregnant Women Who Test Positive for Illegal Drugs. Calhoun and Cleburne counties now join Etowah County in seeking to prosecute pregnant women who use drugs, saying the move is designed to deter them from using drugs. That's even though there is a strong consensus among the medical community that criminalizing pregnant women hooked on drugs is not good for either mother or child, because the threat of arrest may deter pregnant women from seeking adequate prenatal health care.

International

Medical Marijuana Momentum in Australia. The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) announced today that it will join in a national clinical trial on medical marijuana. It will join in trials being conducted by the New South Wales government. Nearly two-thirds of Australians support medical marijuana, according to a July poll, and both the national and various state governments are becoming more receptive.

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US FL: Make All Marijuana Legal, Says Florida Libertarian

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:00
Bradenton Herald, 13 Oct 2014 - ST. PETERSBURG -- Republican Gov. Rick Scott opposes the amendment that would make medical marijuana legal in Florida. His Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, favors it. And then there's the Libertarian candidate in the race, Adrian Wyllie, who thinks even recreational marijuana should be legal.
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US FL: Editorial: On Amendment 2: Yes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 13 Oct 2014 - Florida should become 24th state to allow medical use of marijuana Amendment 2 -- titled "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" -- is the most controversial proposal on the general election ballot.
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US DC: D.C. Council Could Delay Pot Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 13 Oct 2014 - Some Want Rules in Place First to Avoid Uncertainty D.C. voters are likely to legalize marijuana possession in the District next month. But it could be many more months, perhaps a year or more, before residents would be able to legally purchase non-medicinal marijuana.
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US FL: Edu: OPED: Medical Marijuana Amendment Concerns About

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:00
The Independent Florida Alligator, 13 Oct 2014 - On Oct. 8, Lindsay Alexander wrote a column opposing the approval of Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Alexander's concerns about Amendment 2 are misguided. I have studied Amendment 2 and many other states' medical marijuana legislation, and I can confidently say that she is mistaken about the amendment's meaning and about the consequences for our state that passing Amendment 2 will have.
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US FL: A New DUI Law With Marijuana?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 12 Oct 2014 - Two years from now, Florida police may have a new category of impairment to consider: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant. Assuming Amendment 2 passes on Nov. 4 allowing the use of medical marijuana in the state, residents would be able to treat a raft of conditions - ranging from cancer to glaucoma - with the plant.
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US DC: Simple Vote On Legalizing Pot In DC Is Not So

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 12 Oct 2014 - SIMPLE VOTE ON LEGALIZING POT IN D.C. IS NOT SO SIMPLE Contradictions Leave Even Supporters Wondering What Initiative Might Accomplish The campaigns for and against legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital are not exactly sophisticated - no targeted robo-calling, no TV commercials, no get-out-the-vote drive.
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US MD: Medical Marijuana Fees Stir MD. Debate

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 12 Oct 2014 - Advocates Say State Licensing Costs, Among Highest in U.S., Could Hurt Program, Patients With Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents.
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US CA: Measure C: Should Shasta Lake Tax Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:00
Record Searchlight, 12 Oct 2014 - SHASTA LAKE, California - Measure C would impose a sales tax on the two medical marijuana collectives in the city of Shasta Lake, 530 Collective and Queen of Dragons. The idea, originally proposed by Jamie Kerr, owner of 530 Collective, could bring the city an additional $175,000 to $200,000 in sales tax revenue a year, according to initial estimates by John Jones, the city's finance and general services manager. That translates to around a 60 percent increase in the city's annual sales tax revenue.
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US CA: OPED: Measure S Is Not a 'Sensible Solution' To

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:00
The Union, 11 Oct 2014 - Measure S: the sensible solution? Solution to what? Certainly not the problems faced by those whose complaints led to the existing county ordinance in the first place, the ordinance which Measure S proposes to replace. Setting aside for the moment the widely-held perspective that the local "medical" marijuana front is mostly a smoke-screen for huge profiteering in the recreational black market, proposed Measure S has removed any real protection afforded to neighbors related to odor, increased traffic, and crimes involving roaming "patch pirates" and deals gone wrong.
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CN NK: RCMP Suicide Stirs Treatment Debate

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Oct 2014 - Death of Mountie who smoked medicinal marijuana for PTSD highlights lack of strategy for dealing with trauma in first responders Ron Francis's family and friends filled a big white wooden church near the Saint John River on a sunny Friday - more than 250 people jammed into the pews and along the back and side walls for the RCMP corporal's funeral.
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US MD: Medical Marijuana Fees Stir Debate in Maryland

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 11 Oct 2014 - With Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana among the highest in the nation, some advocates warn that the steep costs could drive off applicants, crippling the nascent program and limiting access to treatment for tens of thousands of state residents. Prospective medical marijuana growers would have to pay $125,000 a year for a two-year license, while dispensaries would have to pay $40,000 a year, according to the recommendations of a state commission. Only one state - Illinois - is charging a higher upfront cost for growers.
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US FL: Scott, Chist Draw Differences on Medical Marijuana and

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 10 Oct 2014 - Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist leveled a host of negative charges against each other on Friday. But for the first time in the campaign, Crist and Scott traded their blows face-to-face, in the first of three debates in the final weeks of their high-stakes, big money contest. Before the debate, which was hosted by the Spanish-language Telemundo network and broadcast Friday evening, the candidates had spent some $55 million on more than 100,000 television spots savaging one another, with three out of four ads containing a negative message.
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