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US NY: Support For Some Medical Marijuana Legalization Grows

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 12 Apr 2014 - ALBANY (AP) - New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill.
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US NY: Medical Marijuana Inching Toward Legalization In N.Y.

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 12 Apr 2014 - Albany, N. Y. (AP) - New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill.
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US NJ: OPED: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 12 Apr 2014 - Maryland's marijuana laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffic infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear. Across the country, states are moving to ease punishment for recreational pot use and to make medical marijuana more available. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the drug and are regulating and taxing it like alcohol. With the legislative landscape in such flux, and public opinion shifting quickly in the direction of leniency, Maryland faced a real challenge in getting its laws right. After some anguished back and forth, it did so, mostly.
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US PA: OPED: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Reporter, 12 Apr 2014 - Maryland's marijuana laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffific infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fifine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear. Across the country, states are moving to ease punishment for recreational pot use and to make medical marijuana more available. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the drug and are regulating and taxing it like alcohol. With the legislative landscape in such flflux, and public opinion shifting quickly in the direction of leniency, Maryland faced a real challenge in getting its laws right. After some anguished back and forth, it did so, mostly.
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Chronicle AM -- April 11, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:20

A DC marijuana legalization initiative is about to start signature-gathering, we have a trio of state pot polls, the US Sentencing Commission moves to cut drug sentences, German criminal law professors call for marijuana legalization, and more. Let's get to it:

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DC Legalization Initiative Signature Gathering to Get Underway. Signature gathering for the District of Columbia marijuana legalization initiative will begin April 23, the DC Cannabis Campaign said this week. The campaign needs 25,000 valid signatures by July 7 to qualify for the November ballot. An Alaska legalization initiative has already qualified for the ballot there; DC and Oregon now look like the best chances for more legalization initiatives qualifying for the ballot this year.

Louisiana Poll Has Support for Legalization at 44%. The 2014 Louisiana Survey has support for marijuana legalization at 44%, with 54% opposed. Support for medical marijuana was much higher, at 79%. The survey is conducted annually by the Public Policy Research Lab, or PPRL, and sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs in the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

New Hampshire Poll Has Support for Legalization at 55%. There is solid majority support for legalization in the Granite State. A new WMUR Granite State Poll found found 55% of adults in the state support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use. Only 38% oppose legalization. Support for legalization is up seven points in the last 14 months.

Rhode Island Poll Has Support for Legalization at 48%. More Rhode Islanders support legalization than oppose, but it doesn't quite have majority support just yet, according to a new Brown University poll. The survey has 47.6% supporting legalization, with 39.3% opposed.

Rhode Island Report Says State Could Generate Tens of Millions in Legal Marijuana Tax Revenue. Maybe this will get those poll numbers up. A new report from Open Doors, a local criminal justice reform group, estimates that if the state were to pass a tax and regulate legalization bill, it could gain between $21.5 and $82 million in annual tax revenues. A legal marijuana industry would also create hundreds of new jobs in the state, the report found.

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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Senate Committee Hearing, No Action Taken. The Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would allow qualified patients to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of marijuana and buy it from a dispensary. But the committee took no action on Senate File 1641, tabling it until legislators return from the Easter/Passover break.

Tennessee Senate Passes CBD Medical Marijuana Study Bill. The Senate Wednesday approved a CBD medical marijuana study bill. The measure would authorize a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures. A vote is pending in the House.

Drug Policy

Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network Convention To Address Drug War. The largest civil rights convention of the year has the war on drugs on its agenda. A panel called "Up in Smoke: Banning of Menthol, Legalization of Marijuana & Criminalization of African Americans" will address racial justice and the war on drugs Saturday. The convention started Wednesday and continues through Monday. Click on the link for all the details.

Salvia Divinorum

Rhode Island Bill to Ban Salvia Divinorum, Jimson Weed Advances. A bill that would ban the hallucinogenic drugs salvia divinorum and jimson weed has passed the House. House Bill 7191, sponsored by Rep. Arthur Corvese (D-Providence) seeks to target unregulated substances by prohibiting them. It now goes to the state Senate.

Law Enforcement

Maine Drug War Enhancement Bill Passes House. The House approved an amended version of Gov. Paul LePage's (R) bill to respond to drug problems in the state by increasing drug law enforcement. Legislative Document 1811 was amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to add funding for drug treatment and reduce the number of new drug agents, prosecutors and judges to be hired, but is still opposed by groups like the ACLU of Maine. The bill now moves to the Senate.

NYPD's Most Sued Narc Is Off the Streets. Detective Peter Valentin of Bronx Narcotics is off the streets. Valentin, who has been sued at least 28 times since 2006, and three of his colleagues have been placed on modified duty after an Internal Affair Bureau investigation for taking part in drug raids "of dubious merit." The city has already paid out at least $884,000 to settle lawsuits sparked by Valentin's misbehavior, including a case where a nursing mother spent a week on Rikers Island after Valentin arrested her for drug possession even though she truthfully stated that the powder he found in her home was powdered eggshells, not drugs. Dozens of cases in which Valentin and his crew were involved are now in jeopardy.

Collateral Sanctions

Missouri Could End Lifetime Food Stamp Ban for Drug Offenders. Missouri is one of only 10 states that have not opted out of a lifetime federal ban on food stamps for people with drug felonies, but that could change this year. A bill to end the ban, Senate Bill 680, passed the Senate last week and appears to have bipartisan support in the House. Bill sponsor Sen. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) said she accepted amendments imposing some restrictions -- retaining the ban for three-time drug felons, requiring a one-year wait for eligibility -- as necessary to move the bill forward.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Votes to Reduce Guidelines for Drug Sentences. The US Sentencing Commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing guidelines for certain people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. The amendment would reduce the average sentence for drug traffickers by 11 months, by lowering the drug sentencing guidelines two levels. Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed the change during testimony before the commission last month. The amendment will go to Congress for its approval on May 1. Congress has six months to introduce and pass legislation to stop the proposed changes before they become law on November 1.

International

German Criminal Law Professors Call for Marijuana Legalization. Over 120 German professors of criminal law are supporting an initiative to legalize cannabis. They have called on the Bundestag to discuss the issue. The professors are part of the "Schildow Circle," founded two years ago by Lorenz Bollinger, professor emeritus of criminal law at Bremen University. Prime Minister Angela Merkel's coalition is skeptical.

Denmark Opens More Safe Injection Sites. Denmark's first safe injection site for hard drug users opened in October 2012. Now there are three in Copenhagen and at least one in each of Denmark's main cities. They have never had a fatal drug overdose on site.

Mexico Intra-Cartel Clashes Leave 28 Dead. At least 28 people have been killed in clashes between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel in northeastern Tamaulipas state since last weekend. Authorities described the fighting as "clashes or score-settling between criminal groups." The fighting comes after the February arrest of local Gulf Cartel leader Javier Garza, "El comandante 14."

Drug Bill in Australia's Capital Territory Will Ban New Drugs, Adjust Quantities That Trigger Dealing Charges. Under legislation proposed yesterday, Australia's Capital Territory (greater Canberra) will increase the quantity of drugs needed to trigger trafficking charges in a bid to separate out users from dealers. The amount of Ecstasy needed to trigger such charges would double, while the amount of cocaine would triple. The bill would also deal with new synthetic drugs by banning them, instead of regulating them, as neighboring New Zealand has done.

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CN ON: One Stop. Pot. London

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Apr 2014 - A London doctor opens a storefront for legal weed on Dundas St. London has become the unlikely home of Canada's first storefront one-stop pot shop. Options Clinics Canada at 790 Dundas St. will assess patients and dispense authorizations for them to buy medical marijuana online from about 12 federally licensed commercial producers.
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US NM: State Lawmaker Wants Feds To Change Border Checkpoint

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 11 Apr 2014 - State Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, has written a letter to two U.S. lawmakers asking them to consider changing the way marijuana laws are enforced at Border Patrol checkpoints in New Mexico and other border states. In the letter, which he sent to U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, McCamley argues that conflicts between federal and state laws regarding marijuana use unfairly punish medical marijuana patients. While law enforcement agents in most areas of the state make allowances for medical marijuana patients, those who must go through border checkpoints are still routinely detained and have their marijuana confiscated.
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US DC: Editorial: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Apr 2014 - Maryland Lawmakers' Leniency Toward Marijuana Goes Only So Far. MARYLAND'S MARIJUANA laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffic infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear.
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US WA: Pot Background Checks Here Finally Ok'd By Wary Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 11 Apr 2014 - Yearlong Effort to Get Access to FBI Database Federal Authorities Put in a Tricky Position on the Issue (AP) - After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.
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US MI: Onaway Petition Seeks To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
The Alpena News, 11 Apr 2014 - ONAWAY - A petition drive to ask Onaway voters to change city ordinances to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for adults is under way. The Committee to Reform Onaway is seeking signatures to put a question on the November ballot. It would ask voters to amend city ordinances to state "nothing in the Code of Ordinances shall apply" to the use, possesion or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana on private property, or transportation of the same amount, by anyone 21 or older. In a release, committee Treasurer Ron Langworthy said the drive is about rolling back intrusive drug laws that can ruin a person's future.
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US MI: Column: Push To Legalize Marijuana Is Gaining Important Momentum

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
The Times Herald, 11 Apr 2014 - It has been 80 years since the movie "Reefer Madness" hit the big screen. It now appears the film could play out here in River City. Any discussion of "pot" always takes me back to my days of basic training in San Antonio, Texas. Before we were allowed our first leave into town, we were required to sit through a video. The topic wasn't the perils of getting loaded on booze, spending time at gambling dens or houses of ill-repute. The video warned us about the perils of pot.
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CN ON: Uxbridge Supports Proposed Marijuana Grow Farm

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
The Uxbridge Times Journal, 10 Apr 2014 - Applicants Still Have Long Road To Approval From Health Canada UXBRIDGE -- The Township of Uxbridge will support a proposal from a group of GTA men who want to establish a medical marijuana grow facility on a 115-acre farm off Durham Road 30.
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CN BC: Local Medical Pot User Relieved

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
Oliver Chronicle, 10 Apr 2014 - Medical marijuana users say they are in a state of limbo after the latest court battle halted implementation of new laws governing pot. New federal laws that would have made it illegal for medical marijuana users to grow their own plants were set to take effect April 1.
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CN ON: Editorial: Uxbridge Medical Marijuana Farm Deserves

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
The Uxbridge Times Journal, 10 Apr 2014 - A proposal to establish a medical marijuana grow farm in Uxbridge is no doubt a harbinger of the future and the dawn of change. Regardless of whether Uxbridge ultimately becomes home to such an operation or not, evidence is growing that the marijuana plant and its derivatives offer tangible medical benefits to many patients, including those with multiple sclerosis and children who suffer life-threatening seizures.
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Canada: Health Canada To Appeal Marijuana Injunction

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
The Rocky Mountain Goat News, 10 Apr 2014 - Health Canada announced it will fight the Federal Court's injunction allowing users of medical marijuana to continue under the old regulations. The new federal regulations for marijuana for medical purposes (MMPR) came into effect last year, but were running concurrently with the old Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR), which were to expire March 31st, 2014. The old program allowed patients to grow their own marijuana or have someone grow it for them, but these grow ops were not regulated, and the government and Health Canada claim the system was open to serious abuse.
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US IL: Column: Why Do Democrats Scorn Legal Pot?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 10 Apr 2014 - Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now support the idea, and so do 2 out of 3 Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016. The party could put the issue to use against Republicans, who have no desire to be the party of weed. Can you imagine Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan endorsing legalization? Even libertarian Rand Paul declines to go that far.
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US CO: Column: CBS Slaps Down Weedmaps' Times Square Ad

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - More good news about the end of cannabis prohibition. A new PEW poll indicates that 75 percent of voters say legalization is a foregone conclusion. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who along with Rep. Jared Polis has been pushing legislation for cannabis businesses the last couple of years, is quoted as saying legalization is "game over in five years." Attorney General Eric Holder recently indicated a willingness to open a discussion with Congress about removing cannabis from its Schedule One designation, and a study of criminal statistics shows that crime didn't go up, and in some cases, went down in Colorado in the first three months of legalization. The first week in April was also when Weedmaps was planning to inaugurate a campaign in New York to help bring attention to the legalization movement in that state as well as its own website by running a 10-second advertisement that would rotate on the CBS Super Screen in Times Square. The featured link brought you to a page with information about the legalization effort alongside the best places to get baked in the Apple.
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US ID: Spokane Man Says ISP Profiled Him Due To Washington

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 10 Apr 2014 - A Spokane man says he was pulled over by the Idaho State Police on Interstate 84 last summer and accused of having marijuana solely because he had Washington license plates and had his car windows open. "At that point, my jaw just dropped," said Paul Dungan, 58. "I said 'No.' I told him, 'This is the way I cruise in the summer time ... so I don't fall asleep.' ... He said, 'I want to search your car,' and I said, 'No, you have no right to search my car.'"
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US NJ: Repeat Topics At Christie Forum

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Apr 2014 - Medical Marijuana and Pig-Gestation Crates Came Up Again After He Laid Out Plans for the 2015 Budget. FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town.
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US AZ: Column: Still Suppressing

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - In a Truly Sad Turn of Events, Our Marijuana Guy's Last Moments Included Thoughts of Kimberly Yee Editor's note (again, not really, but it's a premise): Mr. Smith continues to drift in and out of consciousness and blink out orders to Dick Cheney. Mostly Mr. Smith is tasking the former vice president with flipping the television between Duck Dynasty and pay-per-view porn. But at times he is requesting the bizarre, such as foot massages using oil from the blubber of slain baby seals and ground rhino horn to treat his gout and impotence. God save Dick Cheney ... and Mr. Smith.
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