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CN ON: Column: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary Busts

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
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CN BC: Budding New Business Sprouts In Valley

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Alberni Valley News, 16 Jun 2016 - The Alberni Valley is home to a second licensed medical marijuana dispensary that officially opened its doors for business on June 1. Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary, located at 5069 Johnston Rd, aims to provide safe access to medical grade, laboratory tested cannabis products.
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US WA: Unlicensed Pot Shops Warned to Close As Deadline Looms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 16 Jun 2016 - SEATTLE (AP) - With a deadline looming for the merging of Washington's recreational and medical marijuana markets, cities around the state are warning unlicensed pot dispensaries to close up shop. July 1 marks the date when, after nearly two decades of confusion about the status of medical marijuana, the industry becomes regulated for the first time. Hundreds of pot shop workers are being certified as medical marijuana consultants, the Department of Health is preparing a voluntary registry of patients, and the Liquor and Cannabis Board has been granting endorsements enabling recreational marijuana stores to sell for medical use.
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CN MB: Column: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary Busts

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
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CN ON: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary Busts

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jun 2016 - If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May. Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.
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US CA: Column: Trip Out

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 16 Jun 2016 - My wife and I both have medical cannabis cards. If we are flying within California, shouldn't we be OK to carry cannabis and our vape with us in our carry-on or in our checked baggage? BF The answer is: Yes! As long are you stay in Cali, you are all good!
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US MD: Football Ravens Release Marijuana Backer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jun 2016 - Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe was released Wednesday, several months after he had publicly called on the N.F.L. to let players use medical marijuana to treat injuries. Though retired N.F.L. players have advocated for the use of medical marijuana, Monroe is one of the few active players who have taken that stance. Medical marijuana, he said, is safer and healthier than prescription painkillers, which can be addictive.
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US AZ: Column: This Bud's For You

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 16 Jun 2016 - Bloom Dispensary Offers Smokin' Deals for First-Time Customers and Quality Bud The Bloom medical marijuana dispensary, which has outlets across the state, has a local operation on Oracle Road across from the Tucson Mall. It's easy to find and offers plenty of parking.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Does MMJ Do Anything for Migraines?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 16 Jun 2016 - Dear Stoner: I've been dealing with migraines for years, and my prescribed medication rarely works. I've been thinking about medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. Does it do anything for migraines? Ken
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US OR: Column: Cannabis News Roundup

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 16 Jun 2016 - Let's Twist Up a Fattie... of News! Halfway There!-What's round at both ends and high in the middle? Snoop Dogg standing between two medicine balls. Also, Ohio! Governor John "Welp, I Tried" Kasich signed a bill this month to legalize medical cannabis, making the Buckeye State the 25th state. It won't go into effect for 90 days, and when it does, it will have some restrictions:
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US OR: Column: How Can Weed Still Be Illegal on a National

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 16 Jun 2016 - The Feds May Be Moving Slowly, But There's No Turning Back I keep reading articles about new states with weed programs. How is this still illegal federally? I KEEP READING about them too. Last month, Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana. Last week, it was Louisiana. As of today, 25 states and Washington, DC, have legalized weed for medical use. That's sort of more than half. By the end of this year, a true majority of states will have legalized something that is federally illegal.
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US CA: Pot For Sale?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 16 Jun 2016 - New County Initiative Poised for November Ballot Outlines Sales of Medical Marijuana The day before the primary election, on June 6, representatives from the Inland Cannabis Farmers' Association dropped off a special delivery at the Butte County Clerk-Recorder's Office. Inside more than half a dozen boxes were thousands of signatures from Butte County voters, potentially enough to get a new initiative-the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce measure (aka MC3)-on the November ballot.
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US CA: Column: Marijuana's Billionaire Bogeyman

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 16 Jun 2016 - For almost a year, American visitors to Las Vegas have been able to go to a show, dine at a celebrity chef's restaurant, drink, gamble - and legally buy cannabis. Nevada was the first state in the nation to offer "reciprocity" to medical marijuana users, meaning a physician's recommendation from, say, California - useless in trying to access medical cannabis in, say, Colorado - is enough to gain entry to the cannabis dispensary nearest your favorite casino.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 21:58

Ohio becomes the newest medical marijuana state, but you can't smoke it; a pair of contending Arkansas initiatives are coming up on a signature turn-in deadline; DPA identifies problems with New York's medical marijuana program, and more.

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As of Wednesday, a pair of medical marijuana initiative campaigns are facing a ticking clock. Two separate medical marijuana initiative campaigns have until July 8 to get enoughvoter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act of 2016 campaign says it has gathered some 70,000 signatures so far. It needs 67,000 valid ones to qualify. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 says it has 40,000 signatures; because it is a constitutional amendment, it needs 85,000 valid signatures to qualify.

Ohio

Last Wednesday, Ohio became the newest medical marijuana state. Gov. John Kasich (R) last Wednesday signed into law a medical marijuana bill that allows use of full plant material, but not in smokeable form. Under the new law, it should take up to two years for Ohioans to see the first medical marijuana dispensaries.

New York

On Tuesday, the Drug Policy Alliance scorched the state's medical marijuana program. In a new report, Assessing New York's Medical Marijuana Program: Problems of Patient Access and Affordability, the Drug Policy Alliance finds severe problems with patient and caregiver access under the program. The report, which relied on patient surveys, finds that more than half of patients and caregivers had not yet found a doctor to certify them and 60% of those had been looking for three to four months for a physicians. Also, more than three-quarters (77%) said they could not afford their medicine. DPA recommends further legislation to improve the program and urges the Health Department to provide more information about the implementation and performance of the program.

Washington

On Tuesday, a lawsuit challenging the state's folding of medical marijuana into the recreational sales system was filed. Seattle attorney and marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the July1 implementation of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, arguing that the law's folding of medical marijuana into the recreational marijuana market will cause harm to patients.

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Chronicle AM: CA ACLU Endorses AUMA, Nadelmann Testifies at Senate Hearing, More... (6/15/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 21:06

Summer is here, and the initiative campaigns are heating up, DPA head Ethan Nadelmann slams drug prohibition at the Capitol, New York legislators announce agreement on a heroin and prescription opioids package, and more.

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Arizona Anti-Legalization Group Gets Big Donation From Electric Utility. A group organized to defeat the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's legalization initiative has received a $10,000 donation from the state's largest electric utility. Arizona Public Services made the donation to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy because the company is concerned about employment law language in the measure, "especially considering the public safety aspects involved in providing reliable electric service to APS customers. But the initiative's language says "[it] does not affect the ability of employers to enact and enforce workplace policies restricting the consumption of marijuana and marijuana products by employees."

California ACLU Formally Endorses AUMA Legalization Initiative.The ACLU of California Tuesday endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). "The disastrous war on marijuana in California continues to ensnare thousands of people -- particularly young people of color -- in the criminal justice system every year," said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, criminal justice and drug policy director with the ACLU of California. "It is time to move from prohibition to regulation. AUMA will establish a controlled and regulated market for adults, significantly reduce the harm done to young people under current marijuana laws, and generate substantial revenue for drug education and for the communities most devastated by the war on drugs."

Medical Marijuana

Arkansas Initiative Campaigns Face Ticking Clock. Two separate medical marijuana initiative campaigns have until July 8 to get enoughvoter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act of 2016 campaign says it has gathered some 70,000 signatures so far. It needs 67,000 valid ones to qualify. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 says it has 40,000 signatures; because it is a constitutional amendment, it needs 85,000 valid signatures to qualify.

Washington Lawsuit Challenges New State Medical Marijuana Law. Seattle attorney and marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the July1 implementation of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, arguing that the law's folding of medical marijuana into the recreational marijuana market will cause harm to patients.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

New York Leaders Reach Agreement on Heroin, Opioids Bill Package. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they had agreed on a package of bills aimed at growing heroin and prescription opioid use in the state. The bills would mandate insurance coverage for overdose reversal drugs, ease getting insurance coverage for drug treatment, and reduce prescription limits for opioids from 30 days to seven days, among other provisions.

Drug Policy

Ethan Nadelmann Testifies at US Senate Committee Hearing. The Drug Policy Alliance head testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as part of a round table on drug policy. "The war on drugs in this country and around the world has been a monumental disaster," Nadelmann said. "We developed an addiction. It was an addiction to drug war thinking, drug war ideology, and drug war policies." Nadelmann wasn't alone in criticizing drug prohibition; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) also criticized it, saying prohibition now fuels drug cartels, just as alcohol prohibiton fueled gangsters.

International

Dutch Justice Minister Rejects Study Calling for Legal Marijuana Production. Justice Minister Ard van der Steur told members of parliament that last week's study finding legalizing pot production would have public health and human rights benefits would have no impact on his government's policies regarding cannabis cafes. The conservative government has moved to restrict them and refused to countenance creating a legal supply system for them.

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CN ON: Vape Lounge To Be 'Targeted': Owner

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - Advocate plans to file complaint if shop closed The founder of a marijuana vapour lounge on Montreal Road said he "absolutely" expects to be targeted by city bylaw when the province updates its smoking regulations.
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CN NS: Parents Seek Cannabis Oil,Treatment For Daughter

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 15 Jun 2016 - A few drops of cannabis oil on the tongue could mean the difference between life and death for young Morgan Oulton. Now aged 12, the Kentville girl has had life-long epilepsy, recently suffering severe grand mal seizures that once sent her to hospital and another time nearly drowned her in a bathtub. She has lived in a Yarmouth care facility for nine months, has autism, cognitive and behavioural problems, and is considered a flight risk.
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CN AB: Weed Counselling Regulated

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 15 Jun 2016 - City establishes rules for clinics prescribing marijuana Calgary has now begun regulating marijuana counselling services, sparking debate over fears of what the pot-peddling establishments could become.
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Chronicle AM: Report Scorches NY MedMJ Program, OH "Bad" Good Samaritan Bill Signed, More... (6/14/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 20:57

The Drug Policy Alliance has some unkind words for New York's medical marijuana program, fentanyl is killing more Kentuckians than last year, Canada won't decriminalize marijuana ahead of legalization, Indonesia prepares a new round of drug executions, and more.

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New York's Medical Marijuana Program Pretty Lame, DPA Report Finds. In a new report, Assessing New York's Medical Marijuana Program: Problems of Patient Access and Affordability, the Drug Policy Alliance finds severe problems with patient and caregiver access under the program. The report, which relied on patient surveys, finds that more than half of patients and caregivers had not yet found a doctor to certify them and 60% of those had been looking for three to four months for a physicians. Also, more than three-quarters (77%) said they could not afford their medicine. DPA recommends further legislation to improve the program and urges the Health Department to provide more information about the implementation and performance of the program.

Industrial Hemp

Petition to Deschedule Hemp Launched. A Portland attorney and a Southern Oregon environmentalist have filed a petition asking the DEA to remove industrial hemp from the federal governments list of controlled substances. The petition was filed Monday. The petition asks DEA to declare that a cannabis plant is hemp, not marijuana, it its THC level does not exceed 1%. The Oregon petition is the second hemp petition this month. The Kentucky Hemp Industries Council earlier filed a similar petition.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

Kentucky Report Sees Fentanyl Deaths More Than Tripling. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy has issued a 2015 overdose report that finds fentanyl was a factor in 420 fatal overdoses last year, up from 121 in the previous year. Fentanyl is implicated in 34% of all overdose deaths in the state. State officials said it is often consumed unwittingly by users because it is mixed with heroin.

Harm Reduction

Ohio Governor Signs "Bad" 911 Good Samaritan Law. Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed into law House Bill 110, which grants immunity from prosecution to overdose victims and people who seek help for them. But the bill contains a pair of provisions added by the Senate that critics say will discourage people from seeking help. One limits immunity to two occasions and makes it unavailable for people on parole, and the second allows medical professionals to share overdose information with law enforcement.

International

Canada's Liberals Reject NDP Call for Decriminalization Ahead of Legalization. Liberal Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said Monday the government would not support the New Democrat's proposal to quickly decriminalize marijuana while awaiting the arrival of legalization. Decriminalizing now would "give a green light to dealers and organizations to continue to sell unregulated and unsafe marijuana to Canadians," she said.

Low-THC Marijuana Based Medicines Now Legal in Macedonia. Medicines containing less than 0.2% THC can now be prescribed by doctors and purchased in pharmacies, Macedonia's agency for medicines announced Monday.

Indonesia Set to Execute 16 Drug Offenders After Ramadan. The convicts will be "immediately executed" after next month's Eid holiday, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said Tuesday. The country has not seen an execution since April 2015, but it executed 14 people that year, mostly foreigners, stoking international outrage.

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Canada: North American Cannabis Capital Soon Will Be Canada

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Jun 2016 - Pot of Gold Seen If Full Legalization Wins OK in 2017 OTTAWA, Ontario- Colorado and Washington state may have jumped ahead in the race to become North America's marijuana kings, but Canada is now positioned to take a lead in the multibillion-dollar industry.
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