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US OR: Oregon State University Offers A Pot Policy Class

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Capital Press, 19 Jan 2015 - Oregon's upcoming legalization of marijuana has an academic aspect to it. Talk about higher education. Oregon State University - once known as "Oregon Straight" compared to the supposedly hipper school 40 miles south - is offering a marijuana policy class this winter.
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US OR: Oregon Lawmakers Busy Filing Marijuana Bills

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
The Bulletin, 19 Jan 2015 - SALEM - Oregon legislators filed more than a dozen marijuana-related bills last week, giving early insight into how they'll tinker with a new law that will legalize recreational marijuana starting this July. The proposals show what lawmakers may do now that Oregon is the nation's fourth state to take on regulation of the federally banned drug.
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US FL: State Pot Committee Heavy With Commercial Interests

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan 2015 - Florida's rules for medical marijuana will be crafted in part by a 12-member panel that includes Winter Garden nurseryman Bruce Knox and at least eight others in position to make money from the law. The 12 make up a committee formed to help the Florida Department of Health determine how to select, license and regulate Florida companies to grow a non-euphoric cannabis, make a medicinal oil from it and sell it to patients.
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US CO: Marijuana Retailer Open In De Beque

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - The first recreational marijuana store east-bound drivers encounter after crossing the Utah-Colorado border on Interstate 70 had a steady trickle of in-state and out-of-state traffic during its opening weekend. Shoppers holding driver's licenses from Colorado, Utah, Arizona, North Dakota, and Minnesota, to name a few states, came to Kush Gardens in De Beque after the shop opened its doors for the first time Saturday morning, according to employees. By Sunday afternoon, an estimated 300 to 400 adults had visited the store, according to Stephanie Swank, a bud tender at Kush Gardens.
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US MI: State Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Arguments

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Tribune, 18 Jan 2015 - Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court spent Thursday morning listening to oral arguments in three medical marijuana cases that began in Oakland County. Up first was the case of Richard Hartwick, who was accused of illegally growing and possessing marijuana in September 2011 in Pontiac.
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US MA: City Moves To Make Public Pot Smoking Criminal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Eagle-Tribune, 18 Jan 2015 - Police Chief, Councilor Support Criminalizing Public Pot Smoking, but Mayor Opposes It HAVERHILL - City Council is expected soon to vote on a proposal to toughen the penalty for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public, including making it a criminal offense and increasing the fine from $100 to $300.
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US IL: Green Behind The Grass

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Jan 2015 - Costs Adding Up for Medical Pot Entrepreneurs In the world of medical marijuana entrepreneurs in Illinois, there's plenty of green behind the grass. Hundreds of would-be medical marijuana growers and sellers have put millions of dollars on the line hoping for coveted state permits that were supposed to be issued by former Gov. Pat Quinn by the end of last year.
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US FL: Editorial: Lead Or Be Eclipsed On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - Those who opposed last year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida raised several concerns. They feared it would allow children to get medical pot from their doctor. They feared it would be prescribed for just about anything, including a hangnail. They feared caregivers would become drug dealers. And above all else, they said it had no business as an amendment to the state constitution. In November, Amendment 2 came close to passing with 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent needed. At the time, its principal backer, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, promised he'd be back. And Monday, he filed paperwork to start the process for placing a revised initiative on the 2016 ballot.
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US MA: Privacy Concerns Raised on Mass. Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jan 2015 - The subject line left little doubt about the contents of the e-mail sent by the Massachusetts health department. "Confirmation of Patient Certification in the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System," it stated. More than 6,800 patients received the e-mails over the past three months telling them they had been approved for the state's medical marijuana program. The e-mails contained detailed personal information - a practice specialists say constituted a clear violation of privacy standards.
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Chronicle AM: Major Asset Forfeiture Reform Move, NCAA Drug Policy Review, Indonesia Executions, More (1/16/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 22:19

Attorney General Holder announces a major civil asset forfeiture reform move, the NCAA will review its drug policies, a Vermont report on the impact of pot legalization has been released, and more. Let's get to it:

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No Marijuana Stores in Alaska's Capital Until October. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has approved a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses until October 19. City officials will not consider any land use or other permits until the moratorium expires, meaning pot businesses won't be able to grow crops or prepare for retail sales until then.

Report on Impact of Legalization in Vermont Released. Vermont could make tens of millions of dollars in marijuana revenues a year, according to a new comprehensive report released today. The report was commissioned by the state legislature and serves as a policy guide as the state considers legalization. It lays out various options for legalization.

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Georgia CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Dead. Rep. Allen Peake's House Bill 1, which would have allowed for the use of high-CBD cannabis oil to treat seizures in children, has died before even being introduced. The bill died after Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced his support for another CBD bill, which is yet to be written.

Kansas Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Topeka. Several dozen medical marijuana supporters were joined by a pair of Democratic lawmakers at a statehouse rally today to call for legalizing the medicinal use of the herb. The two legislators, Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita) and Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City), filed medical marijuana bills prior to the start of this year's legislative session. Similar measures have been filed since 2009, but none of them have made it to the discussion stage in committee.

Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Holder Blocks Federal Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program. In the boldest civil asset forfeiture reform move in years, Holder has barred federal agencies from participating in the Equitable Sharing asset forfeiture program, under which state and local police seeking to circumvent state asset forfeiture laws would let federal agencies "adopt" the seizures. Under the program, the police agency got up to 80% of the proceeds, while state laws typically require them to be deposited in designated accounts, such as the general fund or education funds. Click on the link for the full story.

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NCAA to Consider Revamping Its Drug Policy. In the wake of criticism for suspending a University of Oregon football player for pot smoking just before the collegiate national championship game, and after its Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports informally recommended it, the NCAA will examine proposed changes to its policies for testing both performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. The NCAA's standard for marijuana, for instance, it 10 times that used for airline pilots.

International

Stratfor Report on Mexican Drug Trafficking. The Austin-based private intelligence group has released a free, condensed version of its annual Mexican drug cartel report. Check it out at the link.

Indonesia Set to Execute Six Drug Convicts Sunday. New President Joko Widodo appears to be living up to his vow to not grant clemency to death row drug prisoners. The Indonesian Attorney General's Office announced Friday that it will execute six convicted drug traffickers Sunday. Widodo signed off on the executions last month.

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US CO: Could Pot Boost Local AG Industry?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Cortez Journal, 16 Jan 2015 - Advocates say yes, release field report A local medical marijuana advocate says the area's agriculture industry could receive a boost if farmers were allowed to grow cannabis. Last summer, Montezuma County commissioners voted to prohibit licensed commercial grow operations, but one man is hopeful local officials will reconsider. Representing the Colorado Plateau Growers Association, Lu Nettleton recently released the group's first field and seed trials report for commercial marijuana, which reveals that cannabis could be an economic boon.
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US GA: Macon Legislator On Mission To Legalize Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Gwinnett Daily Post, 16 Jan 2015 - Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Undaunted, Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.
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CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Targeted By Mounties

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 16 Jan 2015 - RCMP lowered the boom on a new marijuana dispensary that was sailing under the radar in downtown Kelowna. Mounties raided the Kaya Clinic on Lawrence Avenue this week after receiving complaints the shop may be trafficking weed. They seized more than 12 pounds of dried marijuana and dozens of derivatives, including oils, hash, capsules, teas, honey, cookies and more.
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CN ON: Council Mulls Pot Study

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Barrie Examiner, 16 Jan 2015 - Neighbours Would Get Their Say Prior To Town Approving Any Proposed Medical Marijuana Facilities INNISFIL - Neighbours of any proposed medical marijuana production facilities in Innisfil could have their say prior to any approvals, councillors heard earlier this week.
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Canada: Health Canada Marijuana Decision Assailed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jan 2015 - Health Minister Rona Ambrose is leaving the oversight of Canada's new medical marijuana sector in the hands of U.S. regulators while the federal government sits on the sidelines, opposition critics say. As mounting problems swirl around CEN Biotech, which has applied to become Canada's largest medical marijuana producer, Ms. Ambrose has refused to answer questions regarding the controversy. Concerns about alleged misrepresentation, stock manipulation and falsified documents should be addressed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a spokesman for the minister said this week.
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US CT: Board Rejects Marijuana To Treat Tourette's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 16 Jan 2015 - Tourette's disorder, which is actually a group of related syndromes, does not have a treatment that helps all patients, and medical marijuana would be a hopeful addition to the arsenal, according to a specialist at the Yale Child Study Center. Tourette's was turned down unanimously by the Department of Consumer Protection's four-member Board of Physicians at this week's meeting, however, largely because of a lack of studies, according to Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris.
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US KS: Kansas Senator: Legalized Medical Marijuana Is

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
Wichita Eagle, 16 Jan 2015 - Legalization of medical marijuana in Kansas is inevitable, Sen. David Haley told a crowd of about 30 supporters at a rally in the rotunda of the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Haley, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, have introduced companion bills in the House and Senate, SB 9 and HB 2011, that would allow medicinal use of marijuana.
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US IA: Obit: Iowa Man Who Fought to Use Marijuana Oil on Rare Cancer Dies

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 16 Jan 2015 - DAVENPORT,IOWA (AP) - An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died. Benton Mackenzie, 49, died Monday at his home in Long Grove, near Davenport, his mother Dottie Mackenzie confirmed Tuesday.
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US MI: State Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 16 Jan 2015 - Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court spent Thursday morning listening to oral arguments in three medical marijuana cases that began in Oakland County. Up first was the case of Richard Hartwick, who was accused of illegally growing and possessing marijuana in September 2011 in Pontiac.
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Chronicle AM: OR Marijuana Moves, No More UMass Snitches, Suboxone Bottlenecks, More (1/15/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:49

Oregon marijuana regulators are going on a listening tour while consumers get organized, a Minnesota Indian reservation ponders producing medical marijuana, UMass ends its student snitch program, and more. Let's get to it:

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Oregon Liquor Control Board on Pot Policy Listening Tour. The board, which is charged with regulating marijuana as well as liquor, has set the first two stops on its statewide listening tour designed to elicit public comment on proposed rules and regulations. The first two stops will be next Thursday in Baker and Pendleton. Click on the link for event details.

NORML Forms Portland Chapter to Lobby for Marijuana Consumer Interests. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has formed a Portland, Oregon, chapter to lobby for the interests of pot smokers as the state begins drafting rules for legal marijuana there. The Portland chapter is headed by radio host and long-time marijuana activist "Radical" Russ Bellville. The group will push to ensure that pot smokers are "provided the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as adult alcohol and tobacco consumers, whenever practical."

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Minnesota Indian Tribe Okays Study on Medical Marijuana, Hemp. The tribal council for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians has approved a study what economic benefits could accrue to the tribe by allowing the production of medical marijuana and hemp. Tribal leaders weren't interested in recreational marijuana, but saw job growth and economic development opportunities in producing medical marijuana or hemp. The federal government cleared the way for Indian reservations to participate in marijuana business last month, but so far, only one tribe, the Pinole Pomos in Northern California, has announced plans to move forward.

Harm Reduction

Obstacles to Wider Use of Suboxone. The Washington Post has a nice piece on bureaucratic bottlenecks blocking the wider use of the opiate maintenance medication suboxone, which is safer than methadone. Only doctors who have been trained and approved by the DEA can prescribe it, and only to a limited number of patients. Click on the link for much more.

Law Enforcement

Supreme Court Hears Deportation Case Hinging on Whether a Sock is Drug Paraphernalia. The US Supreme Court Wednesday held a hearing in the case of Moones Mellouli, a legal permanent US resident, who was ordered deported after being caught with four Adderall pills and eventually accepting a deal to plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia -- the sock in which the pills were hidden. His is the fourth case in which the high court has looked at deportations for minor drug offenses; in the first three, the court ruled against the government. Given the incredulous tenor of the questions from the justices, it looks like the government may lose this one, too. Click on the link for more.

UMass Amherst Will Quit Using Student Snitches. The school's chancellor has ended its program allowing campus police to use students as confidential informants. The move comes after a student used as a snitch by campus cops died of a heroin overdose. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said using students as snitches is "fundamentally inconsistent with our core values."

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