Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 May 2016 - Maryland's state medical marijuana commission delivered a blow to marijuana advocates and would-be entrepreneurs last week by abruptly capping the number of businesses that can process marijuana into pills, oils and other products. The commission also gave conflicting information about when the first long-awaited growing licenses would be issued, with executive director Patrick Jameson first saying it would be late summer or early fall, then stating that licenses would come "weeks" after the evaluations of the applications are completed in early July.
The Times Herald, 22 May 2016 - Legalization Has Patients and Businesses Seeing Green Pennsylvania joined the growing list of states to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, the Medical Marijuana Act, into law on April 17. To date, 23 other states and Washington D.C. have legalized either medical marijuana, recreational marijuana or both.
The Herald, 22 May 2016 - MEDFORD, Ore. - Only a handful of medical marijuana growers have applied for Jackson County permits to keep growing on rural residential land - even though growers without permits face fines of up to $10,000 and orders to remove their plants. Most are flying under the radar, hoping to avoid detection rather than pay the $1,563 permit application fee, the Mail Tribune reported.
The Press Democrat, 22 May 2016 - SANTA CRUZ - The other day, in a seaside cafe here, veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock gamely fielded my attempts to catch up on a subject I have failed to appreciate for far too long: the coming end of marijuana prohibition. Earlier this month, the backers of a California initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and tech kabillionaire Sean Parker) said they had gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot. In the same week, the federal government dropped its long-standing case against Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the largest medical pot dispensary in the country.
Commercial Appeal, 22 May 2016 - Since 1970, when President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana has been a Schedule I drug. Congress placed it in the most restrictive category of psychoactive substances, those with no currently accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse or dependence. The upshot was a renewed ban on marijuana, except for highly restricted research purposes. I say renewed because Congress first prohibited marijuana use for non-industrial purposes in 1937. The Schedule I designation ratified the status quo, with one notable exception: The 1970 CSA in fact reduced federal penalties for cannabis possession, a bit of Nixon-era liberality few recall.
Canberra Times, 21 May 2016 - There's never been a more exciting time to be a drug policy researcher. That's the view of one, Professor Beau Kilmer, who was in Canberra this week for a conference at the National Portrait Gallery, hosted by the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy.
Orlando Sentinel, 21 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - The medical marijuana amendment is back, and the fight over the issue is poised to return to the airwaves and screens of all sizes throughout Florida. Drug Free Florida, the group that successfully fended off a similar amendment in 2014, released its first video this week attacking the new measure that will go before voters on the November ballot. The three-minute video is running online only, but it signals the start of a campaign likely to inundate the state with ads.
Toronto Star, 21 May 2016 - Sixty-four landlords have now received warning letters about renting space to tenants selling marijuana in unlicensed storefront operations across Toronto. Property owners are told they have three days to shut the businesses down or potentially face stiff fines for contravening zoning bylaws.
Toronto Sun, 20 May 2016 - The crackdown on marijuana dispensaries has begun, but advocates of the storefronts are fuming they haven't been given a chance to be heard at City Hall. On Thursday, several pro-pot people - some rooting for medical marijuana patients, others for dispensary owners - were appalled when the city's licensing committee deferred discussion on marijuana dispensaries till the end of June.
The Bulletin, 20 May 2016 - Bend city councilors decided Wednesday to expand the options for marijuana processors in the city of Bend even as they highlighted a problem with city zoning that the community development department hopes to correct this fall. Most of what the council did will bring city code into line with changes in marijuana law passed by the 2016 Legislature. Thus the code no longer defines recreational and medical marijuana separately, either for retail or manufacturing purposes.
Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2016 - Advocates Say State License Requirement Could Hurt Hundreds of Growers and Sellers With Felony Records SACRAMENTO - In 2001, Steve DeAngelo agreed to help a friend by attending the delivery of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a Maryland trailer park and verifying the quality of the product. In exchange, DeAngelo said, he was to get 10 pounds of the cannabis, which he planned to distribute to medical marijuana patients in that state, where he lived at the time. Photographs by Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times STEVE DeANGELO of Harborside Health Center, a dispensary in Oakland, was convicted of a felony drug offense in 2001. He will need a state license by 2018, and he plans to appeal if the state rejects his application.
Washington Post, 20 May 2016 - Marijuana Is the Trendy Herb for Those Who Want to Get Baked During Dinner As Matt Doherty wrapped up his cooking demonstration, a woman in the audience raised her hand to ask a question: How long would the cannabis-infused butter he had shown them how to make keep in the fridge?
Toronto Star, 19 May 2016 - Dispensaries cropping up in Toronto while marijuana remains illegal in Canada The city's crackdown on unlicensed pot dispensaries began Wednesday as Toronto police delivered warning letters to property owners across the city.
The Northern Times, 19 May 2016 - Robert Neron's legal troubles started five years ago when he asked the Ontario Provincial Police in Kapuskasing to lay a charge against Health Canada. It signalled to police that Neron, a long-time user and advocate for medical marijuana, was no longer licensed to possess or grow his own cannabis at his Moonbeam residence.
Globe and Mail, 19 May 2016 - Vancouver has issued its first business licence to an illegal marijuana dispensary, as the city presses ahead with a landmark set of municipal bylaws in Canada aimed at regulating the sector. The Wealth Shop was granted a licence this week to operate in a shopping complex on West 10th Avenue in the tony Point Grey neighbourhood, near the University of British Columbia.
Fremont Tribune, 19 May 2016 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it's legal, marking the strongest sign yet that attitudes in Congress toward the drug are shifting along with public sentiment. The House took several other emotional votes Thursday, including approving an amendment that would ban the display of the Confederate battle flag in veterans' cemeteries and, in a particularly raucous moment, narrowly defeating another that aimed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in federal contracting.
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - Some local doctors are calling for more scientific evidence to back marijuana's medicinal value, and say close oversight is needed for pot dispensaries and prescribers to ensure that it does not get into the wrong hands. "I think there's a good place and time for use of marijuana," said Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett, a doctor at Boston Medical Center who specializes in integrative medicine. "But we haven't as a society and as a medical institution done enough to oversee how people are getting prescribed marijuana."
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - A Webster man was driving high on medical marijuana he had just bought at a Brookline dispensary when his car careened off the Massachusetts Turnpike, slamming into the back of a parked state police SUV and killing trooper Thomas L. Clardy, authorities said yesterday. David Njuguna "had an active THC level in his blood at the time of the collision," prosecutor Jeff Travers said after the 30-year-old pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to numerous charges in the March 16 crash, including manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by negligence and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of drugs.
Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2016 - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed a 2012 state ballot initiative to allow the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. He told voters it might "increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK." Spurning his advice, voters approved it. So he might be excused if, four years later, he were tempted to gaze upon the results of this experiment and say, "I told you so." In fact, Hickenlooper has done just the opposite. "It's beginning to look like it might work," he said recently.
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday decried the "proliferation" of pot use and called on authorities to prosecute to the "fullest" extent of the law a Webster man accused of being high in a crash that killed a state trooper, sparking a renewed focus on the state's marijuana laws amid a heated debate on legalization. Police said David Njuguna was driving "impaired" after visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in Brookline and had a half-burnt marijuana cigarette in his car when he slammed into trooper Thomas L. Clardy's SUV in mid-March, killing the veteran officer.