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US CO: Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, A First

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 17 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects. The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.
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US WA: Why Does the Mayor Want to Put Your Weed Delivery Guy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
The Stranger, 17 Dec 2014 - Blame Legalization The news came during the final minutes of a two-hour city council meeting, after most people had trickled out of the room. A handful of PowerPoint slides made it plain: Mayor Ed Murray is going after marijuana.
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US: Quiet End To Medical Pot Ban

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec 2014 - The Spending Bill Passed by Congress Contains a Significant Change in the Federal Government's Policy. WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
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Chronicle AM: Teen Pot Use Not Up, Federal Police Killings Bill Filed, Mexico Mayhem, More (12/16/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:16

The Monitoring the Future teen drug use survey is out, the "CRomnibus" bill also killed highway drug use surveys, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) wants better information on police killings, a damning report is released in Mexico, and more. Let's get to it:

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Drug Use Survey Finds Teen Marijuana Use Declining Even as States Legalize. The annual Monitoring the Future survey of teen habits is out today, and it finds that legalization has not sparked an increase in teen pot smoking. The survey found that 24% of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders reported past use marijuana last, down from 26% the year before. And among 12th graders, the number who reported daily use also declined from 6.5% last year to 5.8% this year. There's much more to the survey; click the survey link to see it.

Medical Marijuana

Iowans Organize to Push for More Effective Medical Marijuana Law. The legislature this year passed a bill allowing for the use of low-THC cannabis oil to treat people with epilepsy, but that's not good enough for a new group, Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis. The group today announced it had formed to push legislators to make it possible to produce and dispense medical marijuana.

Driving

Omnibus Spending Bill Cut Funds for NHTSA Roadside Drug Use Surveys. The $1.1 trillion spending bill that has gotten so much attention over its marijuana provisions also bars the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from using funds to complete its "National Roadside Survey." It was a voluntary survey that only collected data from people willing to participate, but came under congressional criticism after a Texas TV station aired a program about a Fort Worth checkpoint where police ordered motorists off the road at random to collect samples.

Law Enforcement

Federal Bill Filed to Increase Reporting of Deadly Force by Police. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) has filed HR 5866, which would "require the Attorney General to issue rules pertaining to the collection and compilation of data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers." The bill next was not available at press time. The bill has five cosponsors -- all Democrats -- and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Drug Testing

WorkForce West Virginia Drug Testing Doesn't Find Many Dopers. In its annual report to the legislature, WorkForce West Virginia, the state's employment services program, reported that it had subjected 1,205 people to drug testing upon their seeking tuition reimbursement for employment training programs. Only 1% of them failed. No word on the cost of drug testing all those people.

International

Mexican Federal Police Accused of Collaborating With Local Cops in Case of Missing Student Teachers. In an article published over the weekend, the respected Mexican political weekly Proceso reported that federal police worked together with Iguala police in the September attack on teachers' college students that left 43 missing and presumed dead and which has sparked protests across the country. Proceso also reported that federal police likely tortured key witnesses whose testimony was critical in the federal attorney general's investigation of the case. "We have information that proves the federal government knew what was happening in the moment it was happening, and participated in it," Anabel Hernández, the lead reporter for the Proceso piece, said in an interview. "The government has tried to hide this information." There's much more at the link.

Armed Civilians Block Western Mexico Highways Seeking Crackdown on Cartels, But… Hundreds of armed men blocked highways around nine cities in the Western state of Michoacan over the weekend as a means of pressuring the government to crack down on the Knights Templar cartel. They unfurled banners calling for the arrest of cartel leaders. But at least some of the armed men were identified as members of Los Viagras, a group of gunmen who had once served as the Knights Templar's armed wing and who are now trying to displace them from the drug trade in the state.

Canadian Federal Government Loses Again in Bid to Block Home Medical Marijuana Cultivation. Health Canada earlier this year issued new medical marijuana rules that prohibited home growing and shifted production to commercial operations, but it has so far been blocked by the courts from implementing them, and now it has been blocked again. Patients won an injunction earlier this year to allow them to continue growing their own. Health Canada appealed that decision, but the Federal Court of Appeal has now upheld the injunction.

Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt Calls Again for Legal Hash in Lebanon. Veteran Lebanese power-broker Walid Jumblatt, leader of the Druze community, has renewed his call for legal hash production. "It's time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so," wrote in Arabic on his Twitter feed. He expanded his comments in an interview with Al-Jadeed TV. "Never in my life have I smoked marijuana, but I support growing cannabis for medical use and to improve the living conditions of farmers in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Let's legalize cannabis and regulate its cultivation."

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US WA: Editorial: Give Vets Access To Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
The Herald, 16 Dec 2014 - Government agencies and legislative bodies, which usually move at a slug-like pace, can act quickly, especially if no one is particularly seeking the change. The Department of Justice announced last week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the Associated Press reported. Never mind that many tribes oppose legalization and only a few have expressed interest in the marijuana industry. But the choice is there, just in case. (Which is a good thing.) In contrast, for several years now, veterans, advocacy and medical groups have petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with medical benefits, from its current Schedule 1, which means marijuana is not recognized as having any medical benefit. A reclassification would allow doctors to recommend it, veterans to use it and researchers to legally study it.
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US PA: Editorial: Wolf, GOP Should Move On Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Pottstown Mercury, 16 Dec 2014 - All the Pundits Have Been Busily Clucking About What a Rocky Road Lies Ahead for New Gov. Tom Wolf. They're right, of course. The state's financial situation is dire - and both Republicans and Democrats are playing the blame game. The new governor is sure to find himself at odds with an even more solidly Republican Legislature (thanks to gerrymandering). Inequitable school funding is a huge problem across the state. Small cities such as York are imploding into insolvency.
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US WA: Input Sought On Rules For Rural Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
The Herald, 16 Dec 2014 - The Planning Commission Will Hold a Hearing Today As It Seeks Recommendations for the County Council on Marijuana Businesses in Unincorporated Areas. EVERETT - Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.
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Canada: New Supply System Beset By Complaints

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Dec 2014 - Low supply and high prices among list of patients' concerns after production became restricted to commercial firms Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years. His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.
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CN NS: Editorial: Missing The Boat On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 16 Dec 2014 - When it comes to health care, we need to be open to new means of helping people. Medical marijuana comes with built-in controversy because it's been an illegal substance for so many decades. It's time to get rid of that stigma and have a more honest review of the potential medicinal benefits. Practical uses of the drug have been slow to catch on in the medical community, purportedly due to a lack of information - but also, some suspect, because of lingering suspicions from the level of lawmakers.
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CN ON: City Plans Pot Rules Meeting

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 16 Dec 2014 - Owen Sound has kick-started a process that could establish areas of the city where Health Canada approved medical marijuana production facilities are permitted. City council approved a staff recommendation Monday night to hold a public meeting on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment that, if approved, would allow the buildings on industrial lands that meet certain criteria.
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US: Marijuana-friendly States To Get Break From DEA

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 16 Dec 2014 - Spending Bill Ends Federal Prohibition on Medical Pot WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
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US NM: Congress Eases Up On Medical Pot Crackdowns

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
The New Mexican, 16 Dec 2014 - Budget Bill Sent to Obama Calls for Backing off State-Run Programs For the first time ever, Congress has gone on record opposing federal intervention against state-sanctioned marijuana businesses in states like New Mexico that have medical marijuana programs.
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US: Marijuana-Friendly States To Get Break From DEA

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 16 Dec 2014 - Spending Bill Ends Federal Prohibition on Medical Pot WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
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US CA: Editorial: Mixed Messages On Pot Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec 2014 - Despite 2013's Measure D, under which only about 135 existing medical marijuana dispensaries have permission to stay open in Los Angeles, the city has continued to issue tax registration certificates to new pot shops and keeps collecting business taxes from some 450 dispensaries. Talk about mixed messages. While the city attorney and Police Department are attempting to close rogue pot shops, the Office of Finance keeps cranking out new tax certificates for those same dispensaries. Even though the certificate is not a permit - and it says so right on the document - it sure feels like one; often, for instance, it can convince a landlord that the dispensary is OK with City Hall. The city collected $3.6 million in business taxes this year from dispensaries, whether they were allowed to operate or not. What's more, the finance department has only recently begun sharing the list of tax-paying pot shops with the Police Department and the city attorney, after City Council members questioned why nobody was using the tax rolls to crack down on illicit shops.
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US ME: Medical Marijuana Users Rent Downtown Bangor Space to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Bangor Daily News, 15 Dec 2014 - BANGOR, Maine - A local group of medical marijuana patients is renting a space downtown where they can smoke or ingest their medicine. A group calling itself the 13 Owls Club is renting on an hourly basis the VIP smoking area above the recently expanded hookah lounge run by the Herbal Tea & Tobacco shop in the heart of the city, Herbal Tea owner Christopher Ruhlin said during a recent interview.
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US ME: Bangor Medical Marijuana Users Can Rent Smoking Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Lewiston Sun Journal, 15 Dec 2014 - BANGOR - A local group of medical marijuana patients is renting a space downtown where they can smoke or ingest their medicine. A group calling itself the 13 Owls Club is renting on an hourly basis the VIP smoking area above the recently expanded hookah lounge run by the Herbal Tea & Tobacco shop in the heart of the city, Herbal Tea owner Christopher Ruhlin said during a recent interview.
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US PA: Editorial: Authorize Medicinal Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
The Times-Tribune, 15 Dec 2014 - If Pennsylvania House members had been asked to legalize marijuana for recreational use, their commitment to delay would be understandable. Legalization in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is a work in progress, an experiment that could guide other states in the future. But the state House and Gov. Tom Corbett have treated the legalization of medicinal marijuana as a law enforcement matter rather than the introduction of a valuable medicine to relieve suffering. That position contradicts the experiences of 21 other states where medicinal marijuana is legal and uncontroversial.
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US PA: Editorial: Medicinal Marijuana Should Be Legalized

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Standard-Speaker, 15 Dec 2014 - If Pennsylvania House members had been asked to legalize marijuana for recreational use, their commitment to delay would be understandable. Legalization in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is a work in progress, an experiment that could guide other states in the future. But the state House and Gov. Tom Corbett have treated the legalization of medicinal marijuana as a law enforcement matter rather than the introduction of a valuable medicine to relieve suffering. That position contradicts the experiences of 21 other states where medicinal marijuana is legal and uncontroversial.
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US CA: Pot Contest Grows

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 15 Dec 2014 - In a sign of the burgeoning marijuana cultivation industry and its mainstream acceptance, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend to honor the growers behind some of the finest and most powerful strains of pot in Northern California. The Emerald Cup, now in its second year in Santa Rosa, drew a record number of people and entrants to the competition to acknowledge and celebrate "the best outdoor cannabis in the world."
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US PA: Editorial: State House Should Move Quickly on Medicinal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
The Citizens' Voice, 15 Dec 2014 - If Pennsylvania House members had been asked to legalized marijuana for recreational use, their commitment to delay would be understandable. Legalization in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is a work in progress, an experiment that could guide other states in the future. But the state House and Gov. Tom Corbett have treated the legalization of medicinal marijuana as a law enforcement matter rather than the introduction of a valuable medicine to relieve suffering. That position contradicts the experiences of 21 other states where medicinal marijuana is legal and uncontroversial.
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