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CN ON: Growing Like A Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2016 - Business is booming for local marijuana dispensaries Jordan Chambers dropped in to the Weeds marijuana dispensary on Montreal Road recently and bought a package of cannabis-infused chocolate turtles and two coconut dreamy bars.
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CN ON: Police Raid 3 Marijuana Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 10 Aug 2016 - Danforth shop already plans to reopen in the future As governments lay groundwork for legal recreational pot next spring, Toronto police keep raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries and want the public to help them continue.
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Canada: Pot Growers Push For Oil Coverage

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Aug 2016 - Despite a Top Court Decision Giving Canadians the Right to Use Extracts, Ottawa Only Reimburses Veterans for Dried Products Despite a Supreme Court of Canada decision that gives sick Canadians the right to use medical cannabis oils, Ottawa is reimbursing the country's veterans for dried pot only, potentially pushing them to less healthy options of smoking or vaporizing the drug.
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CN BC: Sooke Mom Urges Regulations On Local Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Sooke News Mirror, 10 Aug 2016 - Kate Karassev Began an Online Poll Last Week, and Will Present It to Council A Sooke mom is afraid of a mass arrival of medical marijuana dispensaries in town and wants tougher action by district officials.
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US CA: Marijuana Dispensary Raided by Police Sues Costa Mesa

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Daily Pilot, 10 Aug 2016 - Operators of a Costa Mesa medical marijuana dispensary that was raided by police in January sued the city and its Police Department on Tuesday, alleging that officers had no right to force their way into the Harbor Boulevard storefront. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, claims that Costa Mesa police never presented a warrant during or after the search, in which they arrested employees and confiscated marijuana products.
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US CO: Column: Former Employees Speak Out Against Accused 'Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 10 Aug 2016 - Allegations without due process are nothing but allegations. And at this point, that's all there is in the case of the four medical marijuana doctors whose licenses hang in legal limbo since the state medical board suspended them last month. But as those doctors wait for their day in court, former employees of MedEval in Colorado Springs - where one of them, Dr. William Stone, practices - are speaking out against their former boss. Assistant operations manager Lisa Moss who was hired in December and quit June 30, says "it was a clinic for profit, not for patients." She describes a get-them-in-get-them-out kind of attitude toward consultations, with little regard for verification or follow-ups. "Half the time [patients] would only fill out half their intake form, then doc would just sign off on it and that's that," she tells the Indy. "And sometimes, they'd come just straight from the DMV with temporary licenses [to prove residency] and no medical history whatsoever."
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Chronicle AM: NYC MJ Arrests Rising Again, Dark Web Drug Sales Up Dramatically, More... (8/9/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 20:47

Marijuana arrest numbers are headed in the wrong direction in New York City, Ohio makes a first move toward implementing medical marijuana, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer declares war on new psychoactive substances, and more.

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New York City Marijuana Arrests on the Rise Again. After declining during the first two years of Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) administration, pot arrests are on the rise again in the Big Apple. The 9,331 people arrested on possession charges in the first half of this year is a 30% increase over the same period last year. That's not good news, but it's still nowhere near as bad as it was under Michael Bloomberg. In 2010, more than 50,000 were arrested for pot; this year, if current trends keep up, it will still be under 20,000.

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Ohio Takes First Step Toward Getting Medical Marijuana Up and Running. The state Medical Marijuana Control Program has unveiled a website with the first information on how it plans to implement the state's new medical marijuana law. Medical marijuana will not be available before September 2018, as the state works to develop rules and regulations.

South Dakota Judge Rejects Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign's Appeal. The state will not be voting on the issue this November after a state court judge denied a request from the campaign to overturn Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' finding that the group did not hand in enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. South Dakota has twice previously rejected medical marijuana at the polls -- the only state to do so.

New Psychoactive Substances

Sen. Schumer Responds to New Drugs With Old Prohibitionist "Whack-A-Mole" Strategy. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced today that he is filing a new bill that would criminalize the chemicals used to make new psychoactive substances such as synthetic cannabinoids ("Spice," "K2"), synthetic stimulants ("bath salts"), and synthetic opioids. "We need a federal hammer to nail these toxic concoctions of synthetic drugs to reverse this troubling trend… This federal legislation will ban 22 synthetic drugs, including powerful forms of fentanyl, crippling the unlawful chemists cooking up these drugs and the cartels that push them to our local stores and streets. Banning these drugs quickly will help the feds step up their game of whack-a-mole so that we can help stem the tide of synthetic drug use here in New York State and across the country."

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Dark Web Drug Sales Triple Since End of Silk Road. It's been three years since federal authorities shut down the Silk Road dark web drug sales website, but online illicit drug sales have never been higher. Drug sales have tripled since then to somewhere between $12 million and $20 million a month, while revenues have doubled, according to a study published by Rand Corporation Europe. While dark web drugs sales make up only a small fraction of all illicit drug sales, many of the transactions are for more than $1,000, suggesting that drugs are being purchased online for resale on the streets.

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Canada: Most Growers Aren't Gangsters: Advocates

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Aug 2016 - Group Warns That Overestimating the Role of Organized Crime in the Illegal Pot Industry Will Simply Perpetuate the Black Market Contrary to common RCMP wisdom, organized crime groups play a relatively small role in Canada's underground cannabis trade, and the majority of people behind the country's illegal grow operations and dispensaries are otherwise law-abiding, a group of academics and small-scale marijuana businesses have told the federal legalization task force.
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South Africa: OPED: Legalising Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 07:00
The Mercury, 09 Aug 2016 - COLORADO'S now years-long experiment with legal medical and recreational cannabis markets has been mostly positive and fascinating, and yet the federal government has been slow to rethink its decades-long prohibitionist position. We hope the Obama administration takes advantage of its historic opportunity to end or take steps towards dismantling the destructive war on pot. What an irony it would be if Obama, who has openly admitted to pot use in his early years, and who has shown great tolerance towards local legalisation laws, left office without having moved the nation away from the antiquated reefer-madness enforcement of past presidencies.
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Chronicle AM: Gallup Finds MJ Users Nearly Double in Three Years, MO MedMJ Fights On, More... (8/8/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 20:53

A Gallup poll shows a dramatic increase in admitted marijuana use by adults, a Barna poll shows little support for drug prohibition, Garden State needle exchanges are scrambling for money after their funding was vetoed, and more.

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Gallup: Number of American Adult Marijuana Users Nearly Doubles in Three Years. A new Gallup poll reports that the number of people who smoke pot has nearly doubled since 2013. That year, 7% of adults said they were current marijuana users; this year, the number jumped to 13%. It's not clear whether or to what degree the reported sharp increase is attributable to an actual increase in regular marijuana users or whether it's because people are more willing to admit their pot use in an era of growing acceptance of marijuana and spreading legalization of the herb.

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Missouri Initiative Campaign Asks Court to Overturn Invalidated Signatures. New Approach Missouri announced Monday that it will go to court this month to overturn invalidated signatures so that its medical marijuana initiative can appear on the November ballot. The campaign has enough valid signatures to qualify in every congressional district except the state's second, where local election officials invalidated more than 10,000 signatures, leaving the campaign roughly 2,200 short of the 32,337 required in that district.

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Poll: Only One-Third Thinks All Drugs Should Be Illegal. A new poll from Barna, a firm that surveys on religious issues, finds that only 32% of respondents think all drugs should be illegal. Some 40% think hard drugs should be illegal, but not marijuana, while another 13% think all drugs should be legal and regulated and another 3% believe all drugs should be legal and should not be regulated. If you add those all up, it's 56% for marijuana legalization and 16% for legalizing all drugs.

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New Jersey Needle Exchanges Are Strapped for Cash. The operators of the state's five needle exchange programs have launched an online fundraising drive this week with a GoFundMe account after a one-time federal grant has run out. Lawmakers had allocated $95,000 to cover program costs, but Gov. Chris Christie (R) line item vetoed that funding in June. "Our governor claims to be fiscally conservative and pro-life. So, how is it that he refuses to fund a simple, inexpensive, effective intervention that saves lives at significantly lower cost than the cost of medical care after a person has been infected with HIV or Hepatitis C or both?" said Diana McCague, the founder of the first underground needle exchange program in the mid-90s called The Chai Project. "Can it be that he's willing to risk the lives of human beings because they use drugs? I think 'pro-life' means pro-all-life."

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CN ON: Defiant Pot-Preneur Setting Up Shop In London

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 08 Aug 2016 - Unfazed by a recent police crackdown on illegal pot shops across Canada, an East Coast entrepreneur planning London's first marijuana dispensary insists he's ready to fire up for business. And Mal McMeekin hasn't checked in with the London police, either.
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CN MB: 'Just Like Alcohol'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 08 Aug 2016 - Pot activist aims to make 4/20 family friendly "As pot's becoming legal, why wouldn't it be like any other festival?" Steven Stairs, president of the Winnipeg 4/20 organizing committee Should the same festival offer both a "bud garden" and a bouncy castle?.
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CN ON: Lack Of Regs Leaves Hazy Situation

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 08 Aug 2016 - Ottawa officials left unsure how to handle explosion of marijuana dispensaries In marijuana dispensaries across Ottawa, customers are snapping up dried weed, cannabis brownies and hash, while authorities at every level stand by.
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US CA: Medical Marijuana Delivery Is in Nevada County;

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 08 Aug 2016 - There's no reason someone would know the vehicle across the street is delivering medical marijuana. Such deliveries, which happen in Nevada County, produce no strong odor like marijuana grows. They draw no increased traffic and lead to no formal complaints.
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CN ON: Hempfest Set To Spark Up In Moonbeam

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 06 Aug 2016 - Moonbeam - The air in this small Northern town may get a little hazy at the end of this month as the annual Hempfest festival kicks off on Aug. 22. For the last 18 years, the festival has attracted advocates and supporters of the decriminalization of marijuana, both for its recreational and medicinal uses, to the week-long music and camping event.
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