Akron Beacon Journal, 18 May 2015 - A majority of Ohioans, 52 percent, now support legalizing marijuana. Approval is even higher for medical use, at 84 percent. Both numbers indicate a turnaround in public opinion. More, there are sound public policy reasons for moving forward with legalization, the state in a position to control quality and access, generate tax revenue and prevent users from facing criminal penalties. Still, legalization is a complex issue. Just four other states permit marijuana consumption for recreational purposes. Some moved forward after first allowing fairly widespread medical use. Once recreational use was approved, the actions of many medical consumers became something of an unintended consequence. They may have gamed the system to stick with the medical avenue, thus circumventing the tax structure and depriving the state of revenue.
Seattle Times, 17 May 2015 - After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often doublebagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these days, Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows.
New York Times, 17 May 2015 - After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these days, Chief Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows.
Dayton Daily News, 17 May 2015 - As Likely Vote Nears in Ohio, Support Comes From Unlikely Places. COLUMBUS - No matter what happens to a proposed constitutional amendment to make marijuana legal in Ohio, polls show a growing acceptance for legalization in this country - including a majority who think recreational use of marijuana should be legal.
The New Mexican, 17 May 2015 - Seemingly Innocent Items, Such As Cookies, Marshmallows Could Be Laced With Marijuana After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent.
Yakima Herald-Republic, 16 May 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO - A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other states. "A lot of eyes are on California," said Gavin Newsom, the state's lieutenant governor and a legalization proponent. "It's very different than almost any other state because of the scale and the magnitude of the change and what it will represent across the country."
Boston Globe, 16 May 2015 - A Maine legislative committee says schoolchildren should be allowed to take prescribed marijuana on school grounds if a parent or guardian administers it on campus. The Portland Press Herald reported that the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs approved the legislation on Thursday. The rule means school nurses and personnel will not be responsible for storing or administering marijuana. A parent, guardian, or caregiver would have to come to campus to administer it. The bill is going to the full state Legislature for consideration. The bill says the drug cannot be smoked and must be taken in some other form such as an oil, edible substance, or pill. (AP) - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Boston Globe, 16 May 2015 - Massachusetts health authorities Friday dramatically overhauled the process for granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, aiming to streamline the system and remove politics. Regulators from the administration of Governor Charlie Baker said the revamped licensing strips away the subjectivity and secrecy that had tainted the system under former governor Deval Patrick's tenure. Controversy surrounding the previous system sparked more than two dozen lawsuits, leaving patients without any dispensaries 21/2 years after voters approved marijuana for medical use.
Globe and Mail, 16 May 2015 - With marijuana's legal status looming over the next federal election, Margaret Wente visits the Mile-High City for a taste of what the future may hold. One outcome: 'I feel like a much nicer person' Denver is magical at dawn. Along the western horizon, the snow-capped mountains are bathed in pink from the glow of the rising sun. The sky is turning purest blue. The air is crisp and clear, and you can see forever. What a great place to get stoned. Which I intend to do, as soon as possible. In Colorado, recreational marijuana was legalized on Jan. 1, 2014. Denver now has more pot stores than it has Starbucks. Anyone over the age of 21 can walk into a store and choose from hundreds of varieties of flowers, nibbles, marijuana-infused drinks, oils, ointments and pain patches, as well as a growing array of wax and other supercharged hard-core products. There's even a sex lube for women, which promises to deliver the most mind-blowing experience of your life.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 15 May 2015 - BEND, Ore.- As state lawmakers and government officials with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission create the rules regarding recreational marijuana use in Oregon, the state is readying itself for the beginning of pot tourism. Portland likely will be the primary destination for marijuana tourism in Oregon, but Bend and Central Oregon could also see an influx with visitors combining their trips to grow sites with other amenities the region has to offer, such as the Bend Ale Trail or a vineyard-style tour.
Las Vegas Sun, 15 May 2015 - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona. A former prosecutor and potential presidential candidate, Christie has long been a staunch opponent of legalized pot use, at one time lambasting tax revenue generated from the sale of legal recreational marijuana as "blood money."
Chico Enterprise-Record, 15 May 2015 - Chico - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four medical marijuana patients against Butte County over Measure A, which regulates the physical size of cannabis grows. On Wednesday, a Butte County Superior Court judge sustained the county's demurrer challenging the sufficiency of the case, according to county counsel Bruce Alpert.
Kincardine News, 14 May 2015 - Kincardine's medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility. Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.
Chronicle Herald, 14 May 2015 - A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses. Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.
The Bulletin, 14 May 2015 - The Draw May Be Rooted in the Same Attraction to Local Craft Breweries A future Central Oregon attraction may not be another craft brewery, but a marijuana grow site where tourists can pick up samples and see how the formerly illegal cannabis plant is cultivated.
The Trentonian, 14 May 2015 - At 9 a.m. on May 27th the New Jersey Appeals Court will hold oral arguments in the most important marijuana case in New Jersey history. I'm being a little arrogant, but rightfully so because it's the truth. I'm talking about my case: State vs Forchion, 004477-12. The court must think so too, because the arguments aren't being heard in the regular appellate courtroom, but rather in the NJ State Supreme Courtroom. (PRESS RELEASE: http://tinyurl.com/ForchionPR - It's open to the public.) I've worked hard (along with my attorney John Vincent Saykanic, Esq.) for this opportunity to challenge the state marijuana laws. My family and I personally suffered for it, but now I envision a historic triumph. Activism doesn't pay - it costs, and my two decades of marijuana activism have cost me dearly. I absolutely know I'm not alone; "22,000 other persons" are arrested for marijuana each year in New Jersey and ruined by our Government, based on a LIE.
Tucson Weekly, 14 May 2015 - SCOTTSDALE - Bud is a burgeoning business in Arizona. Revenue from medical marijuana in Arizona more than tripled year-over-year in 2014, leading to a variety of individuals trying to find a fortune among the green. The Marijuana Companies is just one of the businesses trying to capitalize on the growing industry.
SF Weekly, 14 May 2015 - Lawmaking in San Francisco is a time-intensive process - except when there's an emergency, like the one Supervisor Katy Tang's office dealt with in late April. Tang - the Board of Supervisor's youngest member, who serves the Sunset District where she grew up - introduced new legislation on April 21. Usually, new laws go through a 30-day waiting period before the next step. But Tang was in a rush. "This is very timely and needed in a short period of time," Tang aide Ashley Summers wrote in an email that asked for a hearing within a week.
The Chico News & Review, 14 May 2015 - Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking to Block Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance The folks fighting Measure A were back in court Wednesday (May 13), where Judge Stephen Benson threw out their lawsuit seeking to block the medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.
Jerusalem Post, 14 May 2015 - The cause of marijuana legalization received a boost from an unlikely source on Wednesday, when Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said it is time for the government and police to reexamine their policies on the use of cannabis and study how other countries were dealing with the matter. "I think the time has come for the Israel Police, together with the state, to reexamine their stance on cannabis. I think we must sit and study what's happening around the world," he said.