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US OR: Gold Hill Dispensary Explains The Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 12 Jun 2014 - Residents from Southern Oregon have flocked to Gold Hill to check out the only medical marijuana store still standing in Jackson County after a backlash against similar enterprises in other cities. Polly Whitt, a 56-year-old cancer survivor from Gold Hill, went to the store Wednesday, its third day selling marijuana to patients who have been shut out elsewhere.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:06

Congressional Democrats who voted wrong on medical marijuana catch some flak, California continues to struggle with regulating medical marijuana, while other states struggle to get bills passed. Let's get to it:

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Last Thursday, a medical marijuana advocacy group began airing TV ads targeting Democrats who voted against ending DEA interference in medical marijuana states. The group Americans for Safe Access is now running TV ads criticizing Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and other Democrats as "out of touch" for voting against a measure to bar the DEA from interfering in medical marijuana states. Wasserman Schultz was one of only 18 Democrats who voted against it while 170 Democrats voted for it.

Arizona

Last Thursday, a state court judge ordered the state to allow medical marijuana for PTSD. A state court judge has ruled that "a preponderance of evidence shows medical marijuana provides palliative benefit to those suffering from PTSD" and given the state Health Department until July 9 to accept his decision or appeal it. The department has denied all previous petitions seeking to add PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions.

California

Last Tuesday, Tulare County supervisors voted to ban all medical marijuana cultivation. The county had previously allowed cooperatives or individuals to grow up to 99 plants. The board rejected a chance to simply ban collective grows, but chose instead to ban all grows. This is just the initial vote.

Last Wednesday, the city of Riverside sued to block a medical marijuana ballot measure. The city has sued to block an initiative that would legalize and regulate a small number of dispensaries less than a month after organizers qualified it for the 2015 ballot. The initiative "goes beyond the legislative powers of the electorate" and is illegal because it would force the city to violate state and federal laws, including the federal Controlled Substances Act, the city argues.

On Tuesday, the San Jose city council approved tough restrictions on dispensaries and cultivation sites. The council's vote limits dispensaries to a handful of industrial areas making up less than 1% of the city. It also forces dispensaries to grow all their medicine in the county, limit their store hours, and bars them from selling edibles resembling candy. Medical marijuana backers say they have already collected enough signatures to put their own dispensary regulations on the ballot. It ain't over in San Jose.

Also on Tuesday, Sacramento County supervisors introduced an ordinance allowing limited indoor cultivation. Residents of unincorporated areas of the county would be able to grow up to nine plants indoors. Two months ago, the board backed a ban on all outdoor cultivation. The indoor cultivation ordinance comes up for a vote next week.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors okayed asking voters to approve a dispensary tax in November. The measure would allow dispensaries to be taxed at up to 10% of their gross sales. The county estimates it would raise about $900,000 a year, to be used to enforce marijuana dispensary and cultivation regulations.

District of Columbia

Last Thursday, the Department of Health added new qualifying conditions for patients. They are seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig's Disease, decompensated cirrhosis, cachexia or wasting syndrome, and Alzheimer's. Hospice patients will also be allowed to use marijuana. Previously, the DC program had been restricted to people suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and muscle spasticity.

Florida

On Wednesday, new polls showed strong support for medical marijuana among Florida voters. With medical marijuana on the ballot in November, a new poll shows 70% of likely voters support the constitutional amendment. Because it is a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to pass. Another poll released this week has support at 66%. "Florida's medical marijuana amendment that will be on the ballot this fall continues to appear headed for easy passage," Public Policy Polling, which did the second poll, wrote in an analysis.

Also on Wednesday, conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson kicked in $2.5 million to defeat the initiative. Billionaire casino magnate and major Republican political donor Sheldon Adelson has donated $2.5 million to the campaign to defeat the Florida medical marijuana initiative. A newly-formed group backed by Adelson, the Drug Free Florida Committee, was started by long-time GOP fundraiser Mel Sembler and his wife Betty. It has raised $2.7 million so far and its top donors have been primarily Republicans.

Massachusetts

Last Friday, the DEA was reportedly giving dispensary docs an ultimatum: quit the dispensaries or lose your license. The Boston Globe reported that DEA agents have been visiting Massachusetts doctors involved with medical marijuana dispensaries and telling them the DEA will jerk the licenses to prescribe drugs if they don't cut ties with the dispensaries. And it's working. At least two doctors have severed ties, while one gave up his DEA license, saying as a semi-retired surgeon, he didn't need it to do his job. The Globe reports this will likely slow the opening of some long-awaited dispensaries.

Nevada

On Monday, Clark County commissioners approved 18 dispensary licenses. There will soon be 18 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in unincorporated parts of Clark County, the home of Las Vegas. Nevada approved medical marijuana in 2000, but only approved dispensaries last year.

New York

On Tuesday, a key GOP senator said he will not allow a vote on medical marijuana. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco (R) said today he would not allow a vote on the Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino (D). "The Savino bill will not come out of my committee, the Finance Committee," he said. "You don't have any kind of reasonable research on the effects. You have people coming in here every day trying to ban e-cigarettes and use of tobacco in other ways." He said he and other Senate Republicans may be open to legislation that would not allow marijuana to be smoked. The session ends next Thursday.

North Carolina

On Saturday, Todd Stimson began a "March Against Fear" to generate support for medical marijuana. He is leading the 259-mile "March Against Fear" from Asheville to Raleigh to help bring attention to a pending medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1161. The bill was filed last month and is now languishing in the House Judiciary Committee. Click on the title link to join up or get more info.

Pennsylvania

On Tuesday, a medical marijuana bill got a committee hearing and stays alive. Following a hearing on Senate Bill 1182, committee members said they had been assured the bill would get a vote in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, but it will be then up to Senate leaders to decide if they will allow a floor vote. If it gets and wins a floor vote, the House would still have to pass it, or pass its own version.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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Chronicle AM -- June 11, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:34

There's money in marijuana, as Colorado keeps finding out, MPP is eyeing Massachusetts in 2016, opponents of Florida's medical marijuana initiative got a big bucks contribution from a major Republican funder, Customs and Border Patrol fires its internal affairs head, the US Embassy in Kabul can't explain what impact $7 billion in anti-drug aid there has had, and more. Let's get to it:

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Colorado Marijuana Revenues Keep Climbing. Recreational marijuana sales hit $22 million in April, with the state taking in more than $3.5 million in sales and excise taxes. With medical marijuana sales factored in, people bought more than $53 million worth of weed in Colorado in April.

MPP Opens Ballot Committee in Massachusetts, Eyes 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) opened a ballot referendum committee in Massachusetts Tuesday, a preliminary step for a marijuana legalization campaign in 2016. The formation of the committee, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts, allows MPP to begin raising and spending money in the state.

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Florida Polls Have Strong Support for Medical Marijuana Among Likely Voters. With medical marijuana on the ballot in November, a new poll shows 70% of likely voters support the constitutional amendment. Because it is a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to pass. Another poll released this week has support at 66%. "Florida's medical marijuana amendment that will be on the ballot this fall continues to appear headed for easy passage," Public Policy Polling, which did the second poll, wrote in an analysis.

Conservative Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Kicks In $2.5 Million to Defeat Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative. Billionaire casino magnate and major Republican political donor Sheldon Adelson has donated $2.5 million to the campaign to defeat the Florida medical marijuana initiative. A newly-formed group backed by Adelson, the Drug Free Florida Committee, was started by longtime GOP fundraiser Mel Sembler and his wife Betty. It has raised $2.7 million so far and its top donors have been primarily Republicans.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Still Alive. Following a Tuesday hearing on Senate Bill 1182 Tuesday, committee members said they had been assured the bill would get a vote in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, but it will be then up to Senate leaders to decide if they will allow a floor vote. If it gets and wins a floor vote, the House would still have to pass it, or pass its own version.

Methamphetamine

Michigan Bill to Restrict Meth Precursor Purchases Passes House. A bill that would require people with prior methamphetamine convictions to obtain a prescription to buy cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine has passed the House. The bill also creates a statewide database for pseudoephedrine purchases and would require buyers to show the drivers' licenses.

Opiates

New York Governor Announces Doubling of State Police Drug Team to Fight Heroin, Prescription Pill Use. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced this morning that he will add 100 investigators to the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, nearly doubling the unit's size. He also announced that the state would make the overdose reversal drug naloxone to all first responders. And he announced an education and prevention campaign involving SUNY campuses.

New England Governors to Meet Next Week on Confronting Rising Opiate Use. The six New England governors are set to meet next week at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, to forge a regional strategy in response to growing alarm over increased use of prescription opiates and heroin. Massachusetts has declared a public health emergency over opiates, and other states in the region are experiencing similar issues. [Ed: Whether any of the New England governors, or New York's governor and narcotics police, will bear in mind the needs of chronic pain patients, remains to be seen.]

Law Enforcement

Myles Ambrose, Nixon's First Drug Czar, Dies. Myles Ambrose has died at age 87. He was President Richard Nixon's first "drug czar," serving as head of the White House Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE), the precursor to the DEA, which was formed in 1973. He had come to Nixon's attention when, as head of Customs, he initiated Operation Intercept, which shut down the US-Mexico border in 1969. Ambrose appeared set to take over DEA, but was pushed aside, in part due to bureaucratic infighting and in part because of hints of scandal related to his visits to the home of a Texas banker investigated in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Customs and Border Protection Fires Its Own Head of Internal Affairs. The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has let go James Tomsheck, head of internal affairs for the agency, after claims he failed to investigate hundreds of allegations of abuse. More than 800 complaints of abuse by agents had been made during his tenure since 2006, but only 13 resulted in disciplinary actions. Tomsheck's firing by CBP head Gil Kerlikowske is part of an attempt by Kerlikowske to address widespread allegations of abuse by American border agencies. Last week, Kerlikowske set out new rules for the use of deadly force, only to be followed hours later by a Border Patrol agent shooting and killing a fleeing drug trafficker. At least 22 people have been killed by Border Patrol agents since January 2010 and many more injured.

Sentencing

New Jersey Bail Reform Bill Gets Committee Vote Today. The Assembly Judiciary is set to consider Assembly Bill 1910, which would implement widely supported reforms to the state's bail system. Under the proposed legislation, arrestees would be assessed for risk and pretrial release decisions would be based on their measured risk, not their ability to pay money bail. Companion legislation in the state Senate, Senate Bill 946, was approved by the Budget and Appropriations Committee last week.

International

Rising Afghan Opium Production Threatens Reconstruction, US Official Says. Afghanistan's record-level opium production is stoking corruption, spilling into the financial sector, and aiding the Taliban and criminal networks, all of which threaten national reconstruction, John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction, told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The US has spent $7 billion on anti-opium efforts since it invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, but "On my trips to Afghanistan in 2013 and earlier this year, no one at the Embassy could convincingly explain to me how the US government counter-narcotics efforts are making a meaningful impact on the narcotics trade or how they will have a significant impact after" the US-led combat mission ends in December," Sopko said.

Finland Greens Call for Marijuana Legalization, Drug Policy Shift From Punishment to Harm Reduction. The Finnish Green League has adopted a new manifesto on drugs that says "the focus of drug policy should be shifted from punishments to reducing adverse effects" and that "the criminal sanctions for the use of cannabis as well as the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use should be abolished." The Greens hold 10 seats in Finland's 198-seat parliament and are part of the ruling six-party "rainbow coalition" government.

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US IL: Medical Marijuana Group Seeks Support In Warren County

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Daily Review Atlas, 11 Jun 2014 - MONMOUTH - A proposed medical marijuana growing facility near Roseville does not require the support of local officials, but a Warren County landowner looking to start up the business could still benefit from it. Other cultivation center applications are expected within Illinois State Police District 14, but only one license may be granted by the state under the medical marijuana law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2013.
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US NY: Editorial: Bring Medical Marijuana To A Vote

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
The Citizen, 11 Jun 2014 - Time is running out for meaningful legislation to be passed in Albany before lawmakers break for the summer, and among the items that should be passed is allowing medical marijuana to be given to patients suffering painful and debilitating conditions. There appears to be widespread agreement in both houses to pass a bill - - and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated he'd support it - but some Republican senators, including Sen. John DeFrancisco, are holding up progress.
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US AZ: Prescott Marijuana Dispensary Strives To Eliminate Stigma

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Daily Courier, 11 Jun 2014 - PRESCOTT MARIJUANA DISPENSARY STRIVES TO ELIMINATE STIGMA, ADD LEGITIMACY PRESCOTT, Arizona - Public perception of the medical marijuana industry is rife with skepticism. And no one knows that better than Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, which operates medical marijuana dispensaries around the country. Columbia Care is the parent company of Prescott's sole dispensary, 203 Organix.
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US MI: Birmingham Commission Takes No Action On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Birmingham Eccentric, 11 Jun 2014 - Frank Carnovale describes himself as a "fearless father" and a "proud veteran." He's certainly no fan of medical marijuana. In a stinging letter to the Birmingham City Commission, Carnovale said allowing medical marijuana grow facilities to operate in the city's Rail District will turn the east side of Birmingham into a "ghetto."
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CN BC: City Fears Farm Loophole Could Cause Losses

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Richmond News, 11 Jun 2014 - Metro Vancouver directors worry municipalities could lose significant tax dollars - while the federal and provincial governments rake the money in - under a scheme that allows large-scale medical marijuana producers to apply for farm tax status even if they aren't located in an agricultural area. A new Health Canada law came into effect in April that regulates new commercial facilities that produce, process and distribute medical marijuana and prohibits production in residential homes.
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US PA: Harrisburg Hears How Marijuana Can Help

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 Jun 2014 - During the last 32 years, stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld has smoked 130,000 marijuana cigarettes - with the federal government's blessing. As jaws dropped in a Harrisburg legislative chamber filled with state senators, Rosenfeld made the remark Tuesday and then held up a silver canister containing 300 pre-rolled joints, a month's supply.
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US MI: Nipped In The Bud

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 11 Jun 2014 - The Cultivation Station Is a Successful Michigan Business. So Why Can't They Bank? Bob Diefenderfer has been operating a high-end retail garden supply store since 1998. His wife, Kristen, is vice president. They built a single shop in St. Clair Shores into the largest high-end retail garden supply chain in the state of Michigan, with seven locations throughout the lower peninsula. They have 30 employees, and provide them with Blue Cross health insurance. They pay their taxes, they say proudly, and have cultivated impeccable credit.
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US NC: Medical Marijuana Activists Visit Morganton

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
The Morganton News Herald, 11 Jun 2014 - MORGANTON, N.C. -- With the hot sun beaming on his back and sweat gathering on his forehead, Jason Humes marched along Fleming Drive carrying a skateboard in one hand and a sign in the other. Humes walked through the heat Tuesday, not for himself, but for others to have a choice - the option to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in North Carolina.
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US MN: Edu: Medical Marijuana Could Treat Pain Caused By

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:00
Minnesota Daily, 11 Jun 2014 - The health condition isn't specified in Minnesota's new law, but it could be added in the future. A group of University of Minnesota researchers is testing to see if medical marijuana can help treat chronic pain caused by sickle cell disease, but state law is putting a hitch in their study.
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Chronicle AM -- June 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 22:02

New York City residents are still getting arrested for marijuana at the rate of 80 a day, New York state residents face another year without medical marijuana passing, Philly heads for decriminalization of a sort, the Justice Department supports retroactivity for recent sentencing reforms, the Sinaloa cartel has apparently lost another key leader, and more. Let's get to it:

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Colorado Lawsuit Claims Marijuana Taxes Violate Fifth Amendment. Denver attorney Robert Corry Jr. has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an unnamed marijuana retailer arguing that paying pot taxes violates a citizen's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination since marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction to stop the state from collecting taxes and the return of all taxes collected. A similar lawsuit has been filed in Washington state by attorney Douglas Hiatt.

New York City Marijuana Arrests So Far This Year at Same Pace as Last Year. New Yorkers are still being arrested for small-time pot possession in high numbers under new Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D). According to the Marijuana Arrest Project, so far this year, NYPD is arresting an average of 80 people a day for pot possession, compared to 78 a day throughout 2013 under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R). Another constant is that blacks and Latinos continue to make up the vast majority of marijuana possession busts. They accounted for 87% of pot arrests last year and 86% so far this year. Click on the title link for more details.

Philadelphia City Council Committee Approves Decriminalization Measure. A city council committee yesterday approved a bill that would make possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana a code violation punishable by a $25 fine -- but would still give police officers the discretion to arrest. But Mayor Michael Nutter opposes the bill. His Public Safety Director, Mike Resnick, said the opposition stems the discretional arrest provision, which he said could create unfair situations. A final vote is likely next week.

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North Carolina "March Against Fear" Aims to Generate Support for Medical Marijuana. North Carolinian Todd Stimson is leading a 259-mile "March Against Fear" from Asheville to Raleigh to help bring attention to a pending medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1161. The bill was filed last month and is now languishing in the House Judiciary Committee. Click on the title link to join up or get more info.

Key New York GOP Legislator Says He Will Not Allow Vote on Medical Marijuana. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco (R) said today he would not allow a vote on the Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino (D). "The Savino bill will not come out of my committee, the Finance Committee," he said. "You don't have any kind of reasonable research on the effects. You have people coming in here every day trying to ban e-cigarettes and use of tobacco in other ways." He said he and other Senate Republicans may be open to legislation that would not allow marijuana to be smoked. The session ends next Thursday.

Clark County, Nevada, Commissioners Approve 18 Dispensary Licenses. There will soon be 18 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in unincorporated parts of Clark County, the home of Las Vegas. County commissioners approved the licenses yesterday. Nevada approved medical marijuana in 2000, but only approved dispensaries last year.

Drug Testing

Repeated School Drug Tests of Pennsylvania 10-Year-Old Provoke Scorching Editorial. The editorial board at the Pennsylvania news website PennLive has penned a strong editorial condemning the drug testing policy at the Susquenita Middle School, which has resulted in a 10-year-old girl be tested three times so far. The editorial notes that state law requires that school districts actually show there is problem and show that drug testing helps, but that Susquenita has failed to do either. "Repeatedly drug testing a trouble-free 10-year-old student like Natalie Cassell shows how ridiculous this kind of random snooping is. Innocent students are treated like criminals, while drug-using students can dodge the tests simply by deciding not to join after-school activities," PennLive noted. "At a time when school districts across the state are pleading for more state funding, surely Susquenita schools can find a better uses of money than an unproven, highly invasive program that randomly tests innocent 10-year olds.

Sentencing

Justice Department Supports Making Drug Sentence Cuts Retroactive. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that the Justice Department is formally supporting a US Sentencing Commission proposal to allow some nonviolent drug offenders currently doing time in federal prisons to seek sentence reductions. The proposal would extend sentencing reforms already approved by the commission by making them retroactive.

Smarter Sentencing Act Gains Four More Sponsors. The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013 picked up four more cosponsors Monday, three Democrats and one Republican. They are Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The measure now has 37 cosponsors, 24 Democrats and 13 Republicans. It has been sitting in the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations since January.

Prescription Opiates

Massachusetts Governor Unveils Plan to Fight Opiate Use. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) today released a $20 package of proposals to deal with "the opioid addiction epidemic" in his state. He is calling for a summit of regional governors, as well as streamlined access to treatment, better prevention measures, and "strengthening safe prescribing and dispensing practices" to "minimize diversion and misuse." That last bit is likely to raise concerns among people worried about adequate access to prescription opiates. But unlike some other state-level responses to rising levels of opiate use, Patrick's did not contain a law enforcement component. The link leads to the full press release.

International

Key Sinaloa Cartel Figure Reported Dead. Reports are emerging from Mexico that Juan Jose "El Azul" Esparragoza, a key figure in the Sinaloa cartel, has died of natural causes. After the capture of cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman by Mexican authorities earlier this year, Esparragoza and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada were viewed as the effective leaders of the cartel.

Spanish Authorities Close Down Barcelona Cannabis Club for Selling… Cannabis. A Barcelona cannabis club has been closed after police spotted a man approaching tourists and taking them to the club to score. Under Spanish law, one can grow marijuana for personal use, but not sell it. The cannabis clubs have sprung up as a way for consumers to pool their growing resources. Members pay an annual membership fee for a chance to share in the proceeds of the collectively cultivated cannabis, but they're not supposed to sell it.

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US FL: OPED: A Back Door To Recreational Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jun 2014 - Amendment 2 may be on the November ballot, but don't expect the push to change the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana to sail through. The Drug Free Florida Committee - partnering Save Our Society from Drugs and the Florida Sheriffs Association - for example, hopes to snuff out support. Orange and Seminole County Sheriffs Jerry Demings and Don Eslinger recently shared concerns with the Sentinel Editorial Board. An excerpt of the discussion appears here and on YouTube. Search "Orlando Sentinel."
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US FL: Column: Politics Coloring Medical Marijuana Debate In Florida

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jun 2014 - One of the most dangerous things Florida could do right now is dismiss new reports out of Colorado as a 2014 remake of "Reefer Madness." There are more emergency-room visits by kids and adults sickened by marijuana-laced candy. There are cases of drugged driving. And there's the story of one man who bought pot-infused candy, started talking "like it's the end of the world" and then killed his wife.
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US VI: OPED: A Line in the Sand in Our Grotesquely Expensive War

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 10 Jun 2014 - We can't go on like this. The words are familiar to parties in many dysfunctional relationships, like the one between the federal government and states that have gone their separate ways on the failed and grotesquely expensive war on drugs. Something has to give. The U.S. House recognized that with an unprecedented bipartisan vote last week to bar the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding marijuana dispensaries in states that legalized pot for medicinal uses.
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US FL: Editorial: Once Legal, Medical Pot Can Be Limited

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 10 Jun 2014 - You might have heard that Florida's proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana is a bit light on oversight. While open to debate, if Floridians approve the amendment in November, as polls say they will, lawmakers will have plenty of time to pass enabling rules and regulations to ensure our experience doesn't become that of California, where medicinal pot dispensaries allow virtually anyone to get high.
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US CO: Pot Tax Collections Booming In Colorado

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. Tax collections released Monday showed that Colorado sold about $22 million worth of recreational pot in April. That's an increase of about 17 percent from March and an increase of about 58 percent from January, the first month of retail sales.
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US PA: Marijuana: Percentages Remain, Perceptions Change

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
Herald Standard, 10 Jun 2014 - As national averages for marijuana usage continue to fluctuate, use among teens in Pennsylvania has dropped only .1 percent. According to a nationwide report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marijuana usage by the 12- to 17-year-old population has decreased from 8.2 to 7.2 percent from 2002 to 2012. While the numbers might remain in the same ballpark, officials are seeing a change in something else entirely. "There is less perceived harm in marijuana as a substance. Perception is key," said Erica Usher, prevention supervisor at the Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission (FCDAC). "Our attitudes on things are based on what we know, what we're exposed to. But that doesn't already mean it's correct or factual."
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US WA: Pot Patients Don't Always Know What They're Getting

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 10 Jun 2014 - SEATTLE - Jessica Tonani, a Seattle biotech executive, has what she calls a "broken stomach." Put politely, she doesn't digest food properly, which can cause vomiting, nausea and severe weight loss. She's had multiple surgeries, tried all the recommended treatments for her disorder and sits twice weekly for intravenous infusions.
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