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US DC: Pot Opponent Not Ready To Roll Over

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 25 Jul 2014 - But D.C. Man Finds It's A Lonely Fight As Drug Gains Ground WASHINGTON - As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District of Columbia's November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm.
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US: Legal Marijuana Debated At National Press Club

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 25 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON- For Bill Piper, there's no doubt that the nation's war on drugs has failed, with 666,000 Americans arrested on marijuana charges last year alone. "Should they be arrested or should they not? That is the key question," said Piper, director of national affairs for the pro-legalization advocacy organization Drug Policy Alliance.
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Chronicle AM -- July 24, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 20:01

There's dollar signs coming with marijuana legalization laws, Rand Paul moves to protect medical marijuana, but it's too late for one New York girl, there's a new opiate pain reliever out there (with a twist), and more. Let's get to it:

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Could Generate $38.5 Million in Taxes in First Year, Report Says. An economic study commissioned by New Approach Oregon, the people behind the marijuana legalization initiative just approved for the November ballot, finds that legalization would produce $38.5 million in tax revenues in its first year.

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Rand Paul Files Medical Marijuana Amendment. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2569, the "Bring Jobs Home Act," that would explicitly allow states to pass medical marijuana laws despite the provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The amendment would also bar prosecutions of patients and doctors for engaging in medical marijuana activities in states where it is legal.

New York Poster Child for Medical Marijuana Dies Without Her Medicine. Nine-year-old Anna Conte, whose family has been at the center of the Empire State medical marijuana debate, has died without ever gaining access to marijuana medicines that may have alleviated her condition. Conte suffered from Dravet Syndrome, which caused her to suffer hundreds of crippling seizures every day. The state passed a medical marijuana law last month, but it won't go into effect for another year and a half.

Minnesota Names Medical Marijuana Director. The state Department of Health has named department employee Michelle Larson the first-ever director of the Office of Medical Cannabis. She is charged with managing the office's staff and creating and implementing administrative policies for things like an application process for a manufacturer and a patient registry. The state's law limits medical marijuana to eight specified diseases or conditions and does not allow for the use of smoked marijuana.

Prescription Opiates

FDA Approves Oxycodone/Naloxone Combo Pain Reliever. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new opioid pain reliever that combines oxycodone and naloxone. Targiniq ER, produced by Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, included naloxone to block the euphoric effects of oxycodone, making it less likely to be misused.

International

Poll Finds Strong Australian Majority for Medical Marijuana. A new ReachTel survey finds that nearly two-thirds of respondents support legalizing medical marijuana. Support was highest among people between 51 and 65. The poll comes as New South Wales inches toward approving medical marijuana.

Chilean Senators Propose Legalizing Marijuana Possession, Cultivation. Four Chilean senators have introduced a bill that would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, as well as for "therapeutic and spiritual reasons." The legislators include Sen. Isabel Allende Bussi, daughter of Salvador Allende, who died in the midst of a rightist military coup to overthrow him in 1973, and Juan Pablo Letelier, the son of Orlando Letelier, a Chilean politician assassinated by the Pinochet government in Washington, DC, in 1976.

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Rand Paul Files Medical Marijuana Amendment

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:58

US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today filed an amendment to Senate Bill 2569, the "Bring Jobs Home Act," that would explicitly allow states to pass medical marijuana laws despite the provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The amendment would also bar prosecutions of patients and doctors for engaging in medical marijuana activities in states where it is legal.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]The amendment, No. 3630, is not yet available on the congressional web site, but a copy has been made available to the Chronicle.

"Notwithstanding section 708 of the Controlled Substances Act or any provisions of law (including regulations), a State may enact and implement a law that authorizes the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use," the amendment says.

"No prosecution may be commenced or maintained against any physician or patient for a violation of Federal law (including regulations) that prohibits the conduct described in subsection (b) [Ed.: The paragraph above.] if the State in which the violation occurred has in effect a law described in subsection (b) before, on, or after the date on which the violation occurred."

The amendment then lists the 32 states and the District of Columbia that have laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana, including some that only allow for the use of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oils.

Senate Bill 2569 was introduced in the Senate earlier this month.

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CN BC: Vancouver Police Raid Second Marijuana Dispensary In

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 24 Jul 2014 - THE VANCOUVER POLICE Department has executed a warrant against another medicinal marijuana dispensary. The raid on Jim's Weed Lounge at 882 East Hastings Street comes less than two months after a similar police action was carried out against a Weeds Glass and Gifts at 2580 Kingsway.
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CN ON: Cops Putting Drugged Driving To Test

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Barrie Advance, 24 Jul 2014 - Const. Chris Allport is quick to judge your footwork, balance and hand movements. But he's not a local dance instructor, he's a Barrie Police drug recognition evaluator. And he's watching your every move.
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US CA: Column: Can Any Law Actually Restrain Marijuana Use?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 24 Jul 2014 - Our City Council here in Paso Robles couldn't decide last week whether to ban the delivery of medical marijuana to people within the city. The vote was a 2-2 deadlock. One councilman was absent. The delivery ban failed, but the city may still refuse to grant business licenses for delivering medical marijuana. The city attorney was to check whether the city's license ordinance covers such services. Selling medical marijuana from fixed locations in Paso Robles was banned in 2007.
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CN ON: Column: The Inequity Of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 24 Jul 2014 - The use of medical marijuana is a subject many people don't want to weigh in on. Neither did I under I heard from Alexander Stewart. Stewart, 54, has embarked on a hunger strike to draw attention to the need for better access to medical marijuana for those who have a licence from Health Canada to purchase it.
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US AZ: Column: Planning Progress

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 24 Jul 2014 - By enacting changes suggested by the Planning Commission, Tucson could finally catch-up on cannabis biz Tucson last week took a step closer to allowing some big changes in the medical marijuana world, but some of the changes suggested by the advisory Planning Commission seem unlikely to make the cut.
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US OR: Pot-card Holders May Lose Licenses

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Oregon officials say five home-based child-care centers are owned by people who have medical-marijuana cards, but the owners may soon have to give up either their pot cards or their daycare licenses. Until now, medical-marijuana card holders have been able to get day-care licenses as long as they don't use marijuana in front of children in their care, among other conditions.
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US WA: Pot Growers Scramble To Protect Their Crops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Fires a Business Setback Evacuations, Road Closures Hinder Product Delivery Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 22:26

Medical marijuana takes another step toward self-regulation, patients and supporters rally for a fired Arizona medical marijuana researcher, Illinois expands its medical marijuana program, and more. Let's get to it:

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On Wednesday, a national herbal medicine industry group issued guidelines for medical marijuana manufacturers. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) released medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines, completing its compendium of industry standards. The guidelines complement those set by American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) for the plant's identity, purity, quality and botanical properties.

Arizona

On Monday, a state court judge ruled that patients can sell to other cardholders. A Pima County Superior Court judge has thrown out charges against a medical marijuana patient who offered plants for sale to other cardholders for a $25 "donation," holding that the state's medical marijuana law is vague and can be interpreted as allowing for such activities. So far the ruling only applies to the case at hand, but local prosecutors have vowed to appeal, and a higher court ruling (favorable or otherwise) would set precedent statewide.

On Tuesday, veterans gathered at the University of Arizona to demand reinstatement of a medical marijuana researcher. The veterans gathered at the UA College of Medicine in Phoenix to protest the firing and demand the reinstatement of Dr. Sue Sisley, who was set to do FDA-approved research into medical marijuana for veterans with PTSD before she was fired. Sisley accuses political opponents of medical marijuana of being responsible for her termination.

On Wednesday, the campaign to reinstate medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley picked up steam. Veterans rallied yesterday at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in support of the medical marijuana researcher, who says she was fired because of political opposition to her research on the use of medical marijuana for PTSD in veterans. A Change.org petition seeking her reinstatement now had over 67,000 signatures (30,000 of them from Tuesday alone) and a there is also a Facebook page supporting her.

Arkansas

On Monday, the state attorney general rejected the wording of a medical marijuana initiative. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of an initiative aimed at putting medical marijuana on the 2016 ballot. The initiative is sponsored by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which tried unsuccessfully to get a similar initiative on the ballot this year.

California

Last Wednesday, a Northern California congressman called on federal prosecutors to go after "trespass" marijuana growers, not people complying with state law. US Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) sent a letter Wednesday to Northern California US Attorney Melinda Haag urging her "to focus prosecutorial and enforcement resources on trespass marijuana growers, not low-level marijuana offenders complying with state law." Hoffman called "trespass" growers "the greatest emerging threat to public safety and environmental health" in Northern California. Click on the link to read the letter in its entirety.

Last Friday, a Kern County judge ruled that a collective can appeal a court decision overturning the county's Measure G dispensary ordinance. Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman ruled that the Highway 99 Collective can appeal his earlier ruling that Measure G violated state environmental laws. Highway 99 was the only collective to comply with Measure G and had been cleared to operate under the restrictive ordinance.

On Monday, the San Bernardino city attorney called on the city council to begin studying ways of enforcing its dispensary ban -- including by allowing a small number of dispensaries. City Attorney Gary Saenz acknowledged the "futility and high cost" of attempting to eradicate dispensaries and suggested the council "move the distribution of medical marijuana from the black market to the regulated market."

On Monday, the San Jose city clerk reported that a signature-gathering campaign to protect the city's dispensaries had fallen short. That means most of the city's 80 dispensaries will have to close by next July. A restrictive ordinance passed by the city council last month limits them to less than 1% of the city's parcels.

Illinois

On Sunday, the governor signed a bill to expand access to medical marijuana. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) yesterday signed into law a bill that will expand the state's medical marijuana program by allowing people with seizure disorders to use it and by allowing minors to participate in it with parental consent. The measure is Senate Bill 2636.

New Mexico

Last Thursday, the state backed off on proposed changes to the medical marijuana program. The state Department of Health announced last Thursday that it will not move forward with proposed rule changes that included limiting the number of plants patients could grow and requiring criminal background checks for patient growers. The department said there will likely be another hearing for public comments before new rules are finalized this fall.

New York

Last Thursday, a state-level medical marijuana business alliance was formed. Albany-area medical marijuana lobbyists have formed a business alliance to jointly fight for their interests. The group is called the Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York. Members will include growers, advocates, real estate interests, and other businesses associated with medical marijuana.

Washington

Last Thursday, the UFCW said it would start representing Washington medical marijuana workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367 announced this week that it expects to represents workers at a Puyallup medical marijuana collective. The UFCW represents a variety of retail, food processing, manufacturing, and production workers, but has also been active in the medical marijuana industry and has a Cannabis Workers Rising campaign, especially in California, where it has organized numerous work sites.

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

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Chronicle AM -- July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:34

South Portland, Maine, will vote on marijuana legalization in November, medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley's campaign to be reinstated is picking up steam, Mississippi officials get an earful at a public forum on a welfare drug testing law, and more. Let's get to it:

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South Portland, Maine, Marijuana Possession Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot. Officials in South Portland confirmed today that a citizen initiative to make marijuana possession legal for adults within city limits has qualified for the November 2014 ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine, a Marijuana Policy Project affiliate, submitted more than 1,500 signatures, and just 959 valid signatures of registered city voters were required. The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure or refer it to city voters at its meeting scheduled for August 4.

Delaware House Hearing on Marijuana Decriminalization Today. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee is holding a hearing on a decriminalization bill today. The amended version of House Bill 371 would make possession of up to an ounce a civil offense, punishable only by a fine. Under current law, small time possession is a misdemeanor that can garner up to six months in jail.

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National Herbal Medicine Industry Group Issues Guidelines for Medical Marijuana Manufacture. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) today released medical marijuana manufacturing guidelines, completing its compendium of industry standards. The guidelines complement those set by American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) for the plant's identity, purity, quality and botanical properties.

Arizona Judge Rules Patients Can Sell to Other Cardholders. A Pima County Superior Court judge has thrown out charges against a medical marijuana patient who offered plants to sale to other cardholders for a $25 "donation," holding that the state's medical marijuana law is vague and can be interpreted as allowing for such activities. So far the ruling only applies to the case at hand, but local prosecutors have vowed to appeal, and a favorable higher court ruling would set precedent statewide.

Campaign to Reinstate Arizona Medical Marijuana Researcher Picks Up Steam. Veterans rallied yesterday at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in support of medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley, who says she was fired because of political opposition to her research on the use of medical marijuana for PTSD in veterans. A Change.org petition seeking her reinstatement now has 66,000 signatures (30,000 of them from yesterday alone) and a there is also a Facebook page supporting her.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Public Forum on Welfare Drug Test Law Leads for Calls to Amend It. A welfare recipient, civil liberties advocates, and Democratic politicians strong criticized the state's new law mandating drug testing for some welfare recipients at a public hearing yesterday. They called for it not to be implemented until it can be amended by the legislature. No one spoke in support of the law.

Law Enforcement

Orange County, Florida, Women Sue SWAT Team Over Violent Drug Raid. A mother and daughter are suing the Orange County Sheriff's Office after a SWAT team drug raid left a family dog dead and the daughter wounded by police gunfire inside their own home. The raid was aimed at a relative who didn't even live at the residence. Police found marijuana seeds and "drug paraphernalia" in the room where the relative had stayed, but charges against him were later dropped.

International

Bolivian President Wins Reelection as Head of Country's Largest Coca Growers Union; Vows to Expand Crop if Re-Elected as President. Evo Morales was a coca grower union leader before he was elected president of the country, and he's still a coca grower union leader. He was just reelected as head of the union, and he told union members that Bolivia needs a new law for coca production that would allow for expanded cultivation.

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US AZ: Organization Threatening To Pull Funding For U Of A Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
The Capital, 23 Jul 2014 - Medicinal marijuana Medicinal marijuana [Tribune file] The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he will pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Sue Sisley to the staff and the project. Rick Doblin told Capitol Media Services Tuesday he rejected offers by UA officials to have someone other than Sisley named as "principal investigator" for the study on whether marijuana is useful for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, said his group has four years of history with Sisley and will move its funding wherever she goes. The UA is apparently unwilling to budge, however.
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US VI: Sen. Nelson Again Pushes Medical Pot Referendum

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 23 Jul 2014 - Sen. Terrence Nelson once again is pushing for a ballot referendum involving marijuana, this time to get voters' opinions about legalizing medical marijuana in the territory. The bill will be heard in the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee at 9 a.m. Thursday on St. Croix.
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US FL: OPED: Fix Florida's Medical Marijuana Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jul 2014 - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job. The state agency held its first public hearing on rulemaking for the so-called "Charlotte's Web" law. Since their hands are tied by statute crafted by politicians, they are forced to live within those political confines, to the displeasure of all involved with the process, but more importantly, to the detriment of families who are so desperate for this treatment.
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US WA: Feds Target Growing Hash-Oil Explosions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - 8 People Charged in Blasts Over Past Year Dangerous Manufacturing Process Is Illegal The chemical process used to make hash oil - a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine - has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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US WA: Pot May Not Be Windfall For Washington State

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - A slow start to sales, high taxes and easy-to-get medical marijuana may translate to lesser-than-expected revenue from Washington state's newly legal recreational pot market, according to a report from Moody's, the credit rating agency. Marijuana for recreational use went on sale in Washington this month and is taxed three times - 25 percent each at the production, wholesale and retail levels - in addition to state and local sales taxes. Combined, the trio of taxes translate to an effective rate of 44 percent, Moody's found.
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US DC: Column: Just Say Whatever

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - Pity the Lonely Anti-Weed Crusaders, Whose Clout Has Gone Up in Smoke As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District's November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm.
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US WA: Where Does Your Legal Weed Come From?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00
The Stranger, 23 Jul 2014 - I Traveled to Eastern Washing to Visit a Bunch of Pot Farms The first place your legal pot comes from is officially a mystery. When Washington State issued licenses to grow recreational marijuana, a license given to 90 applicants so far, it included a clever "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Within the first 15 days after getting a permit, growers could source their plants anywhere, including illegal sources. After all, what other kinds of sources were there? There were no such things as legal plants yet.
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