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US FL: Medical-Marijuana Opponents Blast Morgan's Profane

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 03 Sep 2014 - Opponents of the medical-marijuana amendment accused chief promoter John Morgan of promoting "pot for everyone" during a profanity-laden speech caught on video last week. In the video distributed Tuesday by the Vote No on 2 campaign, Morgan is shown giving a six-minute speech in a Lakeland bar crowded with young drinkers early Friday. The group called it "John Morgan unplugged and uncensored."
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US CA: Berkeley Pushes A Boundary On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2014 - BERKELEY, Calif. - Since the birth of the Free Speech Movement half a century ago, this city has prided itself on its liberal values and policies, be they generous benefits for the needy or a look-the-other-way attitude toward marijuana use. Now, the city is bringing those policies together with a new amenity for the poor here: The marijuana will be free.
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US CA: Column: Kids Need THC, Too

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 03 Sep 2014 - Lawmakers Are Legalizing Certain Strains of Marijuana, but That Won't Be Good Enough Republicans love marijuana. Pushed by a cadre of Christian brothers from Colorado and promoted by CNN's doctor-on-television Sanjay Gupta, a strain of marijuana acceptable for suburban squares and the churchgoing set is winning friends on the right. Marijuana low in THC but high in CBD - cannabidiol, one of the many compounds in cannabis - - has real palliative value for people who medicine has failed. Specifically, it appears to treat kids with (previously) untreatable epilepsy. And best of all: It's impossible to get high off of.
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US CO: Column: State Considers New Marijuana Rules, and Realm

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Sep 2014 - Rules, Rules Everywhere On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Revenue held a public-comment hearing regarding proposed changes to its medical- and recreational-marijuana code. As it came after our deadline, we can only tell you what the department was scheduled to consider prior to our paper going to press. See future columns for updates.
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US MI: Column: Medical Marijuana, Oxycontin, Overdose Deaths

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 03 Sep 2014 - Last week, The Washington Post asked, Is medical marijuana the answer to America's prescription painkiller epidemic? The article looked at a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, titled "Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010." The study began with the reasoning that because painkiller overdose deaths continue to skyrocket in the U.S., and because medical marijuana is considered a treatment for chronic pain in states where it's legal, medical marijuana states might have lower prescription painkiller overdose rates.
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US TX: Edu: Column: Medical Marijuana Less Harmful Than

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:00
Daily Cougar, 03 Sep 2014 - The medical industry has many tools for treating pain and illness, and while America has some of the most advanced medical treatments in the world, treatment is a tricky thing and sometimes has unintended side effects. One issue that afflicts Americans in particular is reliance on painkiller prescriptions.
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US: Counterculture Mag Is 40 and Building Partnerships, Equity

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 02 Sep 2014 - (AP) - Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before. For 40 years, they've put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. "People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day," says Danny Danko, the magazine's senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.
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US: The Weed Read Branches Out

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 02 Sep 2014 - Now 40 Years Old, High Times Launching Partnerships, an App Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before. For 40 years, they've put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. "People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day," says Danny Danko, the magazine's senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.
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US IL: Medical Pot Won't Be Cheap

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 02 Sep 2014 - Experts Predict Illinois Prices Could Be Among Most Expensive in U.S., Thanks to Restrictive Rules When Jim Champion goes to a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois for the first time, his wife, Sandy, plans to take a picture to mark the victory, after years of fighting for an alternative treatment for his multiple sclerosis.
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CN ON: Editorial: Pot Biz Must Play It Straight

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Sep 2014 - The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days. Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined "Your 5-Step Primer to Investing in Pot."
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CN MB: Editorial: Pot Biz Must Play It Straight

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 01 Sep 2014 - The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days. Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined "Your 5-Step Primer to Investing in Pot."
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US FL: John Morgan: The Man Behind the Medical Marijuana Drive

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
The Ledger, 01 Sep 2014 - ORLANDO (AP) - The worst day of John Morgan's life was when his brother snapped his neck diving into a Walt Disney World lagoon while working as a lifeguard. It left him a quadriplegic. That day also set Morgan, the man behind Florida's medical marijuana ballot initiative, on a course that would make him a wealthy and locally famous personal injury lawyer.
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US CO: Legal Marijuana: What Do You Tell Your Kids?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 01 Sep 2014 - In the First Year of a 'Grand Experiment,' Parents Feel They're In an Awkward Spot. CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn't stopped. Jordan Stead
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US FL: Pot Campaign Low On Funds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 31 Aug 2014 - With the primaries over, Florida voters will be focusing on the November ballot and political action committees will be spending millions of dollars on advertising to help sway them. But on one of the major issues - the medical marijuana initiative called Amendment 2 - the primary support PAC suffers from a serious monetary disadvantage.
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US: Study: Medical Pot May Help Opiate Abuse

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug 2014 - Painkiller Overdoses Fell in States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.
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US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 31 Aug 2014 - PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.
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CN ON: Focus On Medical Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 30 Aug 2014 - Hempfest Lands in Moonbeam This Weekend MOONBEAM - The organizer of a pro-marijuana festival believes the drug should remain out of politician hands. Organizers for Hempfest Canada announced that the 16th annual celebration would not be held in Sault Ste. Marie, where it has called home for the past few years, but instead in Moonbeam. The main goal of Hempfest, which takes place this weekend, is to educate the public on the proper use of medical marijuana.
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Chronicle AM: Santa Fe Decriminalizes, New Drug Czar Nominated, NYC Heroin Deaths Rise, More (8/29/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:53

Santa Fe decriminalizes, no medical marijuana for Alzheimer's in New Mexico, NYC heroin deaths at 10-year high, new drug czar nominated, another drug war death, and more. Let's get to it:

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Santa Fe Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession. In a surprise move, the Santa Fe city council voted Wednesday night to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The move came after the Drug Policy Alliance and Progress Now New Mexico undertook a successful signature drive to put a decriminalization initiative on the ballot. Rather than have it go to a vote, the city council simply approved the ordinance instead.

NORML Endorses Alaska, DC, Oregon Legalization Initiatives. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has officially endorsed all three marijuana legalization initiatives on statewide (or District-wide) ballots this fall. "NORML's board of directors endorses these cannabis legalization measures. All three support basic tenets of reform. They differ slightly in scope and implementation based on local considerations of law, customs and polled public sentiment," the group said. Both the Oregon and Alaska initiatives envision a legalize, tax, and regulate scheme, while, because of peculiarities in local law, the DC initiative only legalizes the possession and cultivation -- but not the sale and taxation of -- small amounts of marijuana.

Alaska Conference of Mayors Opposes Legalization Initiative. The Alaska Conference of Mayors announced Thursday it had voted to oppose Measure 2, the state's marijuana legalization initiative. The mayors' group is also kicking in $5,000 to the opposition campaign. The group expressed concerns over public safety, increased enforcement costs (?), and possible effects on youth.

Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Overrides Advisory Board, Denies Medical Marijuana for Alzeimer's. The Secretary of Health yesterday denied a petition to add Alzheimer's disease to the list of qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had unanimously recommended that Alzheimer's be added. Click on the link to read some reactions.

Georgia Medical Marijuana Study Committee Holds First Hearing. The Georgia Medical Cannabis Joint Study Committee held the first of five scheduled public hearings at the state capitol yesterday. The hearings are aimed at drafting legislation to allow for the use of medical marijuana for epilepsy and other conditions. Click on the link for more details.

Drug Policy

White House Nominates Acting Drug Czar to Head ONDCP. The White House has nominated acting drug czar Michael Botticelli to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, has been acting drug czar since March, when his predecessor, Gil Kerlikowske, left to take over Customs and Border Protection. Prior to coming to ONDCP in 2012 to serve as Kerlikowske's deputy, he headed the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

Heroin

New York City Heroin Overdose Deaths at Ten Year High. Some 420 people in New York City died of heroin overdoses last year, the highest figure since the 438 recorded in 2003, according to data released Thursday by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. After peaking in 2003, the number of heroin deaths declined steadily, bottoming out at 209 in 2010. Since then, they have been steadily increasing.

Law Enforcement

Armed Orlando Man Killed in SWAT Drug Raid is Year's 31st Drug War Death. Members of Orlando SWAT team serving a drug search warrant shot and killed an armed man this morning. The man, who is as yet unnamed, becomes the 31st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. According to the Orlando Sentinel, citing police sources, the SWAT team hit an apartment on Orange Blossom Trail about 8:00am. At least two members of the SWAT team opened fire on the man as he pointed his weapon at them.

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US OR: Editorial: Brownsville Should Avoid Escalating Medical-Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Albany Democrat-Herald, 29 Aug 2014 - Recent developments in Brownsville should serve as a reminder that, even as Oregonians start to debate the merit of a ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, we still haven't ironed out all the wrinkles regarding the state's medical marijuana program. In Brownsville, Gayle and Randy Simpson announced plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary - as allowed under the state legislation authorizing such facilities. The state gave the Simpsons' operation, Green Cross Dispensary, a one-year certification back in May.
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CN BC: Pot-Smoking Businessman Awarded Cash Damages After Being Evicted

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 29 Aug 2014 - A man who filed a human rights complaint after he was kicked out of his business for smoking pot too frequently has been awarded damages. His former landlord was dinged for retaliating by preventing the man from entering the property and threatening legal action unless the tenant signed a liability waiver. According to the B. C. Human Rights Tribunal decision, Taylor Steele had been operating an electronics repair shop called WE Repair on West Broadway in Vancouver.
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