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Canada: Only 20 Bids To Grow Medicinal Pot Approved

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 19 Apr 2014 - Health Canada Doesn't Have Resources to Implement New System, Liberal MP Says OTTAWA- The federal government has received hundreds of applications from pot producers seeking to become licensed marijuana growers under the Conservatives' new scheme, but has processed fewer than two dozen so far.
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US: Pastors Reach Out On 4/20, Pot Holy Day

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 19 Apr 2014 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a "higher" power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using the unfortunate coincidence to make much bigger points.
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US MO: So Sick Kids Can Get Medical Marijuana, Families Flee

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Kansas City Star, 19 Apr 2014 - Otis Reed will soon move to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day. No hurry. One night last week, he happily chomped on string cheese and broccoli. Well, spit broccoli out anyway, the florets landing on the toy frog in his lap.
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US MT: Ban On All Marijuana Proposed For Montana Ballot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Ravalli Republic, 19 Apr 2014 - HELENA - A Billings businessman has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana. Steve Zabawa submitted the measure this week to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's office.
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US: Federal Rules Hamper Marijuana Researchers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19 Apr 2014 - Millions of ordinary Americans are now able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you're a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies post-traumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn't nearly so easy. That's because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.
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US CA: Marijuana Plays Role In Easter Messages

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Apr 2014 - Some Churches See "420" As A Means To Spread The Gospel LOS ANGELES - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how Easter shares the calendar this year with the pot lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.
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CN ON: Smitherman, Ex-Cop in Pot Venture

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 2014 - 'Complementary Strengths' Of Team Key to Growing Medical Marijuana Startup, Ex-Health Minister Says The province's former Liberal health minister, George Smitherman, is getting into the pot game with a Markham pharmacist and a former deputy chief of the Toronto police. The trio - a veritable dream team in the medical marijuana industry - secured a property in Durham Region with about 16,000 square feet of serviceable indoor growing space, said Smitherman, and is in the midst of preparing an application. The township of Uxbridge recently passed a motion granting them a "no objection" letter to accompany their application to Health Canada.
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US FL: Sheriff Cautions Against Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00
The Ledger, 18 Apr 2014 - SEMINOLE - Sheriff Bob Gualtieri helped Pinellas County struggle through the dark days of prescription drug "pill mills," when shady clinics doled out lethal opiates just for the asking. State and local authorities finally cracked down, but Gualtieri fears that legalizing medical marijuana would reopen those floodgates with a new drug of choice.
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US IL: Medical Pot Business Won't Be Cheap

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Apr 2014 - Those seeking to sell medical marijuana will need to pony up $5,000 for a nonrefundable application fee; pay $30,000 for the registration fee; and have $400,000 in liquid assets. They also will need to be able to secure a $50,000 bond. The cost to patients registering to use medical marijuana will be less than what state officials had first suggested, according to rules posted Friday by state agencies that will oversee implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
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US NJ: Column: My Vape Pen And I, A Love Story

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 18 Apr 2014 - My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I'll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly it's just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to helpme live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day. When I show her to a friend, the reaction 99 percent of the time is: "Holy shit, where did you get this and how can I get me one?" They're seriously that blown away by my vape pen. And they should be. She's that amazing.
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US FL: Push For Medical Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Apr 2014 - Referendum Supporters Mobilize With Election Six Months Away One of the hottest political campaigns of 2014 will kick into high gear this weekend as proponents of legalizing medical marijuana mobilize for a day of political organizing.
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Chronicle AM -- April 17, 2014

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Marijuana legalization initiatives are in the news, the NCAA ponders relaxing marijuana penalties, a vaporizer company wants to drug test its workers, and more. Let's get to it:

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New Approach Oregon Legalization Initiative Starts Signature-Gathering. Signature gathering began today for the New Approach Oregon legalization initiative. Backers need 87,213 valid voter signatures by July 3, and they say they are confident they will get them. Another initiative, Paul Stanford's Oregon Cannabis Tax Act initiative, is already in the midst of signature-gathering.

New Approach Oregon Legalization Initiative Gets $100,000 Donation from Fragrance Heir. Henry van Ameringen, heir to a fragrance fortune, has donated $100,000 to the New Approach Oregon legalization initiative.

Alaska Legalization Initiative Campaign Challenges Opponents. In a Wednesday morning press conference, supporters of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska stood outside a downtown Anchorage office building with a giant novelty check written out to "No on 2/ Project S.A.M." for $9,015 -- the same amount of money the alcohol lobby donated to former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy during his time in office. Kennedy is the cofounder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a national group that opposes marijuana legalization. The event served as a challenge to opponents of the Alaska measure -- a group collectively known as "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No On 2" -- to show the public the science proving that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.

Rhode Island House Panel Hears Legalization Bill. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a marijuana legalization bill. The measure, House Bill 7506, sponsored by Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence), would allow adults to possess up to one once and grow one plant, as well as establishing a system of legal marijuana commerce. The committee took no action. Click on the link to get the flavor of the testimony.

NCAA Ponders Reducing Penalties for Athletes Who Test Positive for Pot. The NCAA is mulling a proposal to reduce the penalty for a student-athlete's positive marijuana test from a full-season suspension to a half-season, according to CBSSports.com. The site's senior college football columnist, Dennis Dodd, reported that the idea, which is likely to be approved, reflects the association's view that marijuana use is not performance enhancing.

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Limited CBD Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Scott Walker (R) has signed Assembly Bill 726, which would allow the limited use of CBD cannabis oil as a treatment for seizures.

Major Medical Marijuana Industry Company Announces Drug Testing Program, But Not for Pot. OPenVAPE, a vaporizer manufacturer that bills itself as "the nation's largest cannabis brand," announced today that it will begin a drug testing program for employees. But the company won't test for the drug its products are designed to be used with; instead, it will only test for "dangerous drugs." Click on the link to read their press release.

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Drug Policy Alliance Intervenes in Case of Louisiana Man Doing 13 Years for Two Joints. The Drug Policy Alliance has filed an amicus brief with the Louisiana Supreme Court in the case of Bernard Noble, who is serving 13 years in prison for marijuana possession. "Thirteen years in prison for two joints is obscene," said Daniel Abrahamson, the lead author of the brief for the Drug Policy Alliance. "The punishment is so far out of proportion to the conduct that we really can't call it 'punishment' -- it is more like torture." Louisiana has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation.

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US IL: Gun Id Cards To Remain Open To Medical Pot Users

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 17 Apr 2014 - A proposed rule that would have barred medical marijuana patients from obtaining Firearm Owner's Identification cards has been nixed, The Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Illinois officials had posted preliminary rules for the implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program that barred medical marijuana users or their caregivers from obtaining a FOID card if they were part of the pilot program.
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US AZ: Column: Maryland And More

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 17 Apr 2014 - Somehow Still Clutching to Life, Possibly Due to the Evil Intervention of Dick Cheney, Mr. Smith Provides a News Update Editor's Note: Mr. Smith has gone from blinking to finger tapping, although he remains in the nether region of semi-function. Although he can now move two fingers on his right hand, he is still unable to breathe or eat on his own. Dick Cheney remains at his side, watching the numerous medical monitors for signs of significant deterioration or improvement. So far, Mr. Smith is still teetering.
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US CA: Column: E-Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 17 Apr 2014 - I recently quit smoking tobacco in favor of e-cigs. I also rediscovered my love for weed. I have purchased the e-cig cartridges filled with hash oil from the dispensaries. I am wondering if there is a way to safely thin hash oil for use in a standard e-cig cartridge. - -Mark
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US CO: Column: Drug-endangered Child Bill Goes Way Too Far

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 17 Apr 2014 - The Colorado legislature is wrestling with several cannabis-related issues this session. Testimony was expected this week on Rep. Jonathan Singer's House Bill 1364, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions for the purposes of the use of medical marijuana. Another bill sponsored by Sen. Frank McNulty that would establish equivalency between plant and concentrate cannabis moved out of committee, and another that would set limits for concentrated forms of hash oil and increase a ban on certain edibles that look like other foods or candies is expected to face debate.
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US OK: Editorial: Treatment of Tobacco, Pot From Theater of

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 17 Apr 2014 - TREATMENT OF TOBACCO, POT FROM THEATER OF THE ABSURD WHEN it comes to tobacco and marijuana, public policies appear headed in contradictory directions. For years, candy cigarettes have been criticized as providing children a gateway to tobacco smoking. In similar fashion, the federal government banned candy and fruit-flavored cigarettes in 2009 as part of an effort to reduce youth smoking.
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US MI: Michigan Lawmakers to Debate Roadside Saliva Tests for

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr 2014 - Some advocates of medical marijuana say they'll attend a hearing Thursday in Lansing to oppose bills that would let police use roadside saliva testing if a driver is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. But the legislator who sponsored the proposal said opponents missed the point of his bills, whose primary aim is to get repeat intoxicated drivers off the road through better communication among police.
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US CA: Mad, Man: It's 4/20 This Week-but Some Legal Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 17 Apr 2014 - Even where weed is legal-like Colorado and Washington and the 21 states that have embraced medical cannabis-marijuana businesses face unfair speech restriction Even though polls show that most Americans support the legalization of marijuana, corporate America continues to censor pot-related speech.
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Canada: Campaign Targets Pot Laws

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 17 Apr 2014 - Medical marijuana users are launching court challenges en masse, arguing Canada's pot laws are unconstitutional. At least five Nova Scotians have filed constitutional challenges in Federal Court in recent weeks. Other than some personal details being changed, the wording of the filings is identical.
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