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CN BC: Medical Pot User Pleased With Court Ruling

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 16 Aug 2014 - A Prince George senior who has been using medical marijuana for years is praising a B.C. Appeal Court decision. The ruling, which declared unconstitutional the limiting of medical marijuana use to only its dried form, could open the door to use the substance in any form, including oils, butters, cookies or even steeped in or as tea.
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UK: The Kindness Of Cannabis Cultivators

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 16 Aug 2014 - Marijuana Legislation Is Being Relaxed All Over the World but Not in the UK, Where the Most Unlikely of Horticulturalists Are Taking the Law into Their Own Hands and Donating Their Crops to People in Need In the heart of Cumbria stands a two-bedroomed cottage wrapped in ivy that for half a century has been home to a lady named June. She makes a pot of tea in a cluttered kitchen brimming with fresh herbs in labelled jars, assorted saucepans and drying socks, then potters across the slate floor and into a garden. Here lies what June calls "her private retreat". An overgrown rose bush dotted with apricot-coloured blossoms creeps over a rusting bench and from one of the many ceramic plant pots comes the scent of rosemary. At the back of the garden stands a decaying shed, lost beneath a white climbing hydrangea. Nestled behind this sits a small grow tent, which June tells me contains a single cannabis plant. She pulls down the zip to reveal the hidden green leaves. "You wouldn't believe it was only one plant!"
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CN ON: 'Why Not Orillia?'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 16 Aug 2014 - In Business: Medical marijuana lounge opening downtown A medical marijuana vapourization lounge is opening in downtown Orillia. Chad McInnes, owner of The Vape Lounge, described the 97 Mississaga St. E. business as a place for people to socialize and medicate.
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Canada: Talking Point

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Aug 2014 - 'Pot Still Fails the Sniff Test' Was the Headline on a Column About Marc Emery's Return and Marijuana Legalization. Readers, Print and Digital, Got Fired Up About Letting Canadians Fire Up .. Health Canada and the majority of good doctors feel the jury is out on the purported benefits. Anecdotal evidence is not medical proof. Until this doubt is removed beyond a puff of smoke, then keep it illegal and make the penalties a deterrent and enforce it.
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US MI: Citizen-Backed Proposal on Marijuana Ordinance to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
The Cheboygan Daily Tribune, 16 Aug 2014 - Over the past 10 years, Michigan citizens have voted in favor of pro-marijuana ordinances and state laws every time they have been given the opportunity, and the Committee to Reform Onaway, CRO, is hoping the streak continues in Onaway when its citizen-initiated ballot amendment proposal goes to voters in November. The proposed amendment to the Onaway city charter, which will be placed on the November ballot, reads, "Nothing in the code of ordinances shall apply to the use, possession, or transfer of less than one ounce of marijuana, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years."
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Chronicle AM -- August 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:35

The California legislature acts on harm reduction, but kills medical marijuana regulation, Jeb Bush takes a stand on medical marijuana, New Hampshire bans a kind of synthetic cannabinoid, and more. Let's get to it:

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California Medical Marijuana Statewide Regulation Bill Dies. A controversial bill that would have imposed statewide regulations on California's multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry died yesterday in Sacramento. The bill, Senate Bill 1262, was blocked by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the effort to impose some order on the industry is now dead for another year. The bill sponsored by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) was supported by law enforcement and the state's municipalities, as well as by some elements of the state's medical marijuana community. But it was also strongly opposed by other elements of the medical marijuana and drug reform communities.

Jeb Bush Joins Opposition to Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative. Former Republican state governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has come out against Amendment 2, the state's medical marijuana initiative. "Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire," Bush said. "Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts," he added. Bush appears to be out of step with Florida voters, who are supporting the measure in the 85-90% range, according to recent polls.

Harm Reduction

Overdose Prevention, Syringe Access Bills Pass in California. Two harm reduction bills, one allowing pharmacists to dispense unlimited numbers of syringes without a prescription and the other allowing them to dispense the overdose drug naloxone, have passed the California legislature. The bills are Assembly Bill 1535 (syringes) and Assembly Bill 1743 (naloxone). They now go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

New Synthetic Drugs

New Hampshire Declares State of Emergency Over "Smacked" Synthetic Marijuana. Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) yesterday declared a state of emergency to quarantine a synthetic cannabinoid product marketed under the name "Smacked." Her action comes after 44 people reported overdosing on the stuff after smoking or ingesting it. No deaths have been reported. Officials have revoked the business licenses of three Manchester stores where the stuff has been found.

International

BC Court Rules Ban on Medical Marijuana Edibles Unconstitutional. The BC Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that it is unconstitutional to ban licensed medical marijuana users from possessing medical marijuana edibles or other products, such as creams or salves. The court ordered parliament to redraft the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow for such uses of medical marijuana. The case is Regina v. Owen Smith.

Colombian President Endorses Medical Marijuana Bill. President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday he was endorsing newly introduced legislation to allow for the medicinal use of marijuana. The bill was introduced last month by a member of the governing coalition.

WOLA Brief on Ecuador Drug Policy. The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released an issue brief, "Reforms and Contradictions in Ecuador's Drug Policy." The brief comes as a sweeping new penal code reflecting some drug reforms goes into effect and examines the complexities and contradictions of implementing the new law.

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California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Dies

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 19:58

A controversial bill that would have imposed statewide regulations on California's multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry died yesterday in Sacramento. The bill, Senate Bill 1262, was blocked by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the effort to impose some order on the industry is now dead for another year.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]The bill sponsored by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) was supported by law enforcement and the state's municipalities, as well as by some elements of the state's medical marijuana community. But it was also strongly opposed by other elements of the medical marijuana and drug reform communities.

Under the status quo, access to medical marijuana is largely determined by geography. Conservative areas of the state have tended to impose not only bans on dispensaries, but also bans on cultivation, sometimes even for personal amounts. It was not clear that SB 1262 would ameliorate that situation.

The bill also ran into problems trying to determine what entity would govern medical marijuana in the state. A competing bill from Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) would have had the state Department of Alcohol Control regulate medical marijuana, but that bill was defeated earlier.

The Correa bill originally gave control to the Department of Public Health, but was then amended to give control to the Department of Consumer Affairs. But Consumer Affairs seemed distinctly uninterested in the task; its representatives didn't bother to show up for any stakeholder meetings.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee also balked at the cost of the bill, which was estimated at $20 million to start the program. That figure, which was just released Monday, came as a bucket of cold water on bill supporters.

Now, it's back to the drawing board.

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US NJ: Mother, Christie Aides Meet

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 Aug 2014 - She Protests Weekly for Changes in the State's Medical- Marijuana Program. Two high-placed advisers to Gov. Christie recently met with a pediatric nurse who has been staging weekly rallies at the statehouse this summer to protest the rules in the medical-marijuana program that she says hurt the patients, including her severely ill 15- year- old son.
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CN BC: Wider Use Of Medical Pot Ok'd

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Aug 2014 - Top B.C. court allows non-smoked forms VANCOUVER - British Columbia's highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety are unconstitutional.
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CN ON: Emery Has High Hopes For Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 15 Aug 2014 - TORONTO- The Prince of Pot was welcomed home in Yonge-Dundas Square Thursday after serving a prison term south of the border. Marc Emery and his wife, Jodie, greeted supporters who came out to add their voices to those calling for the legalization of marijuana.
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CN AB: Cukes Are Out, Weed Is in - but Is Grow-Op Safe?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 15 Aug 2014 - Neighbours Say They Fear Operation Will Attract Unsavoury 'Segment' Of Population Stealing from Stan Swiatek's marijuana stash is probably a task best left to Tom Cruise. "It's Mission Impossible, pretty much," remarked the founder and president of Sundial Growers on the tail end of a 90-minute tour provided to Metro of his 30,000-square foot covered greenhouse, located just northwest of Airdrie.
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CN BC: Medical Marijuana Spread on Toast, Inside Cookies, Teas

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 15 Aug 2014 - VANCOUVER - British Columbia's highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional. The B.C. Appeal Court released its 2-1 decision on Thursday stating that medical marijuana access regulations infringe on the charter rights of people requiring other forms of cannabis to treat illnesses.
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Canada: Court Rulings Mark Growing Tolerance To Pot, UBC Prof

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Aug 2014 - Court rulings at the provincial and national level on medical marijuana, and on bong-shop employees involved in a dispute with police, reflect a growing tolerance for pot, says an addictions observer. Zach Walsh, an associate psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, was referring to rulings Thursday in the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
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CN BC: Let Them Eat Cannabis, B.C. Appeal Court Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 15 Aug 2014 - Limiting medical marijuana to dried variety violates Charter rights, judges find VANCOUVER- British Columbia's highest court is green-lighting medical marijuana in everything from oils and cookies to teas in a ruling that finds federal health laws limiting weed consumption to the dried variety is unconstitutional.
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US CA: Licenses For Pot Shops Shelved

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug 2014 - State Lawmakers Also Put Aside Requiring Adult Film Actors to Use Condoms. Lawmakers on Thursday shelved plans to require state licenses for medical marijuana shops and condom use by adult film actors, among dozens of other measures.
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Chronicle AM -- August 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:43

A bill to end the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity is close to becoming law in California, the US Sentencing Commission still has work to do on mandatory minimums, the 50th anniversary of America's first pot protest will be commemorated this weekend, and more. Let's get to it:

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50th Anniversary of First Pot Protest to Be Commemorated at Seattle Hempfest This Weekend. On August 16, 1964, a lone crusader named Lowell Eggemeier marched into the San Francisco Hall of Justice, fired up a joint, and puffed it in the presence of the police inspector. "I am starting a campaign to legalize marijuana smoking," he announced, "I wish to be arrested." He was promptly hauled off to jail for marijuana possession, at that time a felony. California NORML will lead a commemoration of Eggemeir's historic first step Saturday at the Hempfest in Seattle.

National Council of State Legislatures to Consider Marijuana Reform Resolution Next Week. The council's Law and Criminal Justice Committee will consider a resolution encouraging prohibiting the federal government from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have authorized either medical marijuana or adult marijuana sales and use. Click on the link to read the resolution.

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Public Hearings Set for Iowa's New CBD Cannabis Oil Law. Iowans who have something to say about the state's new law decriminalizing the possession of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil for epileptics will get a chance at a series of public hearings. They will be held in six cities: Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Mason City, Ottumwa, and Sioux City. Click on the link for times and dates, as well information on submitting comment via email or snail mail.

Harm Reduction

Federal Overdose Prevention Act Text Now Available Online. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) filed the bill, Senate Bill 2755, on July 31, and the text is now available online. The bill would create a task force to come up with ways to reduce overdose deaths. Click on the link to read the bill.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Includes More Work on Mandatory Minimums As Part of Next Year's Priorities. The Commission today approved its list of priorities for the coming year and includes "continued work on addressing concerns with mandatory minimum penalties." The Commission said it would "once again set as its top priority continuing to work with Congress to implement the recommendations in its 2011 report on federal mandatory minimum penalties, which included recommendations that Congress reduce the severity and scope of some mandatory minimum penalties and consider expanding the 'safety valve' statute which exempts certain low-level non-violent offenders from mandatory minimum penalties.

California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Assembly. The California Assembly today approved the Fair Sentencing Act, which would remove the legal disparity in the treatment of crack and powder cocaine offenders under state law. The measure, Senate Bill 1010, has already passed the state Senate. It goes back to the Senate for a pro forma concurrence vote, and then on to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The bill would remove not only sentencing disparities, but also disparities in the guidelines for probation and asset forfeiture in cases of possession of cocaine for sale. The disparities have resulted in a pattern of racial discrimination in sentencing and imprisonment in the state.

International

British Drug Minister Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana. British Drug Minister Norman Baker is calling for new drug laws that allow the use of marijuana to treatment certain medical conditions in a letter he will send to Health Minister Jeremy Hunt. Baker is a Liberal Democrat, the junior partner in the Conservative-led government. Lib Dems have a significantly softer drug policy line than the Tories, as was evidenced yet again when the Tories immediately slapped down Baker's proposal.

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CN BC: Ruling Vindicates Parents Of Sick Summerland Tot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 14 Aug 2014 - In a decision that will affect a Summerland couple's efforts to treat their daughter's seizures, the B.C. Appeal Court has ruled the federal government's restriction on allowing only dried marijuana to be used under its medical access regulations is unconstitutional. Two-year-old Kyla Williams, who has a severe seizure disorder, has shown marked improvement during the past five months while her family has been treating her with cannabis oil. The only problem is, it's illegal.
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US CA: Column: SN&R's Pot Columnist Explains Senate Bill 1262

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 14 Aug 2014 - Can you explain why people are so upset about the bill that would create top-down regulations for California's medical-marijuana industry? - -Dude Seriously, Dude, I'm not sure. It's not great, but people are losing their minds. Let's take a look.
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CN ON: Editorial: Marijuana Views Show Shift

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
The Era, 14 Aug 2014 - Does someone caught smoking marijuana on a street corner deserve a criminal record? An increasing number of police chiefs in this country, as evidenced by a recent proposal from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, say no.
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US CA: In Decaying Resort, A Pot Fight

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug 2014 - Clearlake, Calif. - Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline. Much of this city, in fact, and others nearby in Lake County, looks as if it was plucked from Appalachia - with weeds and unpaved streets, stray dogs and backyard marijuana crops.
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