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US CA: Court Upholds Ruling On Pot Delivery App

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 15 Mar 2016 - (AP) - A state appeals court has upheld a judge's decision to block a smartphone app that allowed people in Los Angeles to have medical marijuana delivered to them. A division of the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Monday the app by a company called Nestdrop violated a 2013 voter approved law that restricted medical marijuana facilities in the city. The three-judge panel said that law, Proposition D, also generally prohibits marijuana deliveries by vehicle. The panel upheld a lower court's decision to issue a preliminary injunction.
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Chronicle AM: British Lib Dems Adopt Marijuana Legalization, Seattle Eyes Safe Injection Site, More... (3/14/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 21:00

Britain's Liberal Democrats become the first UK political party to formally embrace marijuana legalization, a bill to recriminalize public pot smoking in Maryland advances, a Seattle task force is taking a serious look at supervised injection facilities, and more.

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Maryland House Panel Okays Making Public Pot Smoking a Crime. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to make it a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine to use marijuana in public places. That measure is House Bill 777. The committee also killed a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would have made marijuana use a right.

Massachusetts Hospital Association Opposes Legalization. The association's board of directors voted unanimously against legalizing marijuana, citing public health and safety concerns. Top elected officials of both parties, including Gov. Charlie Baker (R), Attorney General Maura Healey (D), and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) have also come out against legalization.

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Alabama CBD Cannabis Oil Bill to Get Hearing Wednesday.  "Leni's Law," House Bill 61, will get a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow for the use of CBD under a physician's care for the treatment of debilitating medical conditions. Two years ago, the legislature passed a CBD bill, but it didn't allow for any use outside of a University of Alabama study.

Michigan Dispensary Raids Spark Protests. Nearly a hundred people took to the streets outside the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post Sunday to protest raids against 10 Oswego County dispensaries two days earlier. The Straits Area Narcotic Enforcement (SANE) team led the raids, which were the second such law enforcement assault on patient access in the area in the past year.

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Political Party Formed. Cornhusker activists tired of waiting for the legislature to act have formed a political party, Legal Marijuana Now Nebraska, and are preparing a signature drive to put medical marijuana to the voters. The will need to gather 6,500 valid voter signatures by August 1 to qualify for the November ballot.

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Seattle Eyes Supervised Injection Facility. The newly-formed Seattle-King County heroin task force is look at a safe injection site as one way of addressing heroin use in the area. King County Sheriff John Urquhart said he is "keeping an open mind."

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British Liberal Democrats Formally Adopt Marijuana Legalization Platform. During its spring conference over the weekend, the Liberal Democratic Party formally adopted marijuana legalization and a regulated marijuana market. The party envisions single-purpose stores to sell marijuana. The Lib Dems become the first political party in Britain to embrace legalization.

The Colombian Defense Minister, Luis Carlos Villegas, said last Friday that the government is concerned over an increase in coca crops. Villegas conceded that there was a 40% increase between 2013 and 2014, and that there was another significant increase between 2014 and 2015. He blamed the increased profitability of the drug trade thanks to a Colombian currency devaluation, and he blamed the FARC for encouraging peasants to grow coca in the hopes of receiving development aid down the road.

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CN ON: Medical Marijuana Clinic Coming

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 14 Mar 2016 - Along with the potholes that are emerging this spring will be a new clinic that specializes in medical pot. Ronan Levy, director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics, said an exact site for the clinic remains to be confirmed, but it will likely be downtown and could be operational in a few weeks.
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US PA: Pennsylvania House Close to Vote This Week on Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 14 Mar 2016 - HARRISBURG - After months on the back burner, legislation to permit the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania is scheduled for a House vote this week. The Senate approved medical marijuana bills in September 2014 and again in May 2015, and Gov. Tom Wolf supports allowing the treatment. But the legislation, which would establish a highly regulated industry and which faced opposition from some House Republican leaders, did not fly through the House. The chamber held hearings and convened a task force to study the issue.
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US OH: Dewine Nixes Medical Pot Proposal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 14 Mar 2016 - Attorney General Noted 3 Errors in the Proposal. A medical marijuana ballot proposal aiming for the November election was dealt a setback Friday when Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition.
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US CT: Bill On Medical Marijuana For Kids Gaining Support

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 14 Mar 2016 - Linda Lloyd doesn't want to leave her home in Pawcatuck, where her 6-year-old son, Henry, attends "the best school ... he could possibly attend" and has a support network of family and friends close by. "Please don't force me to move out of state and leave my home in order to give my son a fighting chance," Lloyd told the state legislature's Public Health Committee during a hearing earlier this month.
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US OH: DeWine Rejects Medical Marijuana Proposal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 12 Mar 2016 - A medical marijuana ballot proposal aiming for the November election was dealt a setback Friday when Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition. The Marijuana Policy Project, based in Washington, D.C., submitted its petition March 3. The group would have to gather 305,291 signatures of registered voters to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall. The national organization is working through an Ohio affiliate, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.
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Chronicle AM: LatAm Leaders Call for Drug Decrim, NH House Approves Marijuana Decrim, More... (3/11/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 21:33

Three former Latin American heads of state call for drug decriminalization, the New Hampshire House votes for pot decriminalization, medical marijuana dies in the Utah legislature, but will get a vote in the Pennsylvania legislature, and more. 

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Maine Legislative Committee Rejects Marijuana DUID Bill. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 7-4 Thursday to reject a bill that sought to set a blood level limit to determine whether a driving is impaired by marijuana use. A majority of committee members voiced concern that setting a legal limit (5 nanograms per milliliter of blood) would not be an accurate measure of impairment.

Michigan Bill Could Kill Legalization Initiative Ballot Push This Year. The Senate Thursday gave fast-track approval a bill seemingly designed to thwart the MiLegalize pot legalization initiative. The bill would close a loophole that would allow initiative campaigns to count signatures gathered outside the 180-day limit, which the initiative campaign had counted on to get sufficient signatures to make the ballot. The bill is expected to win quick passage in the House and then by signed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R). The group has about 250,000 raw signatures, but needs 253,000 valid ones to qualify. It argues that the time limit for signatures can be stretched if it can prove the signatures are still valid, but passage of the bill would make that argument moot.

New Hampshire House Approves Decriminalization Bill (Again)! The House Thursday rejected a negative recommendation from its Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and passed House Bill 1631 to decriminalize the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana. This marks the seventh time the House has approved a decrim bill since 2008, but the Senate has failed to pass any of the previous bills. New Hampshire is now the only state in the region that hasn't decriminalized small-time pot possession.

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Pennsylvania House to Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill Monday. Ten months after the Senate approved Sen. Mike Folmer's Senate Bill 3, the House will finally vote on it next week.

Utah Legislature Kills CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. First, lawmakers killed an actual medical marijuana, Senate Bill 73, and Thursday, a watered-down substitute, Senate Bill 89 died as lawmakers could not come to agreement on late amendments on the last day of the session. The stage is now set for a medical marijuana initiative drive by patients and supporters frustrated with the legislature's inaction.

International

Three Latin American Leaders Call for Decriminalizing Drug Use. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Colombian President  Cesar Gaviria, and former Mexican President Felipe Zedillo have called the war on drugs "an unmitigated disaster" and urged the decriminalization of drug use. They also critique the way global anti-drug bureaucrats have conducted the run-up to next month's UNGASS on Drugs, claiming that key documents have been drafted in a way that is "neither transparent nor inclusive."

Canada Judges Wonder Why They're Still Trying Marijuana Cases. Senior prosecutors told parliamentarians Thursday that some criminal trial judges are questioning why people continue to be prosecuted for simple marijuana possession while the Liberal government moves to legalize the plant. The government is spending $4 million a year pursing small-time pot offenders, and prosecutors said they would continue to enforce the law until it changes. 

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CN ON: Edu: Homegrown Medicinal Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
The Journal, 11 Mar 2016 - There may be an increase in DIY greenhouses in the coming months as the federal court cuts into current medical marijuana laws. With permission from Health Canada and doctors, patients who suffer from chronic pain, nausea and lack of appetite due to afflictions like cancer or AIDS, can puff on some state-sponsored ganja.
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CN BC: Nipping It In The Bud

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Goldstream Gazette, 11 Mar 2016 - Proposed Colwood Bylaw Prevents Marijuana Sales A potential City of Colwood bylaw could snuff out marijuana sales before they start. In the face of potential federal changes legalizing recreational marijuana sales, the proposed bylaw, would prohibit the sale of marijuana unless licensed by Health Canada's marijuana for medical purposes regulation or conducted by a licensed pharmacy.
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CN ON: New Rules By Ontario For E-Cigs Aim To Curb Use In Youth

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 11 Mar 2016 - Local shop owners unhappy with legislation KITCHENER - The province has proposed stricter rules on the sale of e-cigarettes, as well as a sweeping ban on the use of e-cigarettes and medical marijuana in public places where smoking is already prohibited.
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Canada: Pot Magnates Eye The Big Smoke A Toronto

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Mar 2016 - More of Vancouver's illegal cannabis dispensaries are expanding their operations to Toronto, eyeing a larger market with zero regulations, especially with new bylaws on the West Coast threatening to disrupt their business. Vancouver's pot shops have grown steadily in the past several years, topping 100 before the city decided to pass bylaws designed to both regulate them and reduce their numbers.
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CN ON: Regulation Change Means No Pot Vapor On Bus

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 11 Mar 2016 - Medical marijuana users could end up in a lot of heat if they decide to light up or vaporize pot in public places, said local public health officials and area politicians. Transit chairman Jack Miller said the province is now inching toward reversing rules permitting medical marijuana users to smoke their medicine in a variety of public places.
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CN ON: Pot, Vaping Laws To Be Tightened

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Mar 2016 - E-cigarette and medical marijuana users in Ontario will soon be banned from smoking or vapourizing anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited, unless the Liberal government changes its mind - again. Premier Kathleen Wynne thinks the new rules are common sense.
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CN ON: Editorial: Finally Getting It Right

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 11 Mar 2016 - A Reversal on This Scale Is Embarrassing Call it a flip-flop, an about-face, backtracking or an embarrassing retreat. Whatever the label, Ontario's Liberal government has done the right thing by reversing itself and restricting public smoking of medical marijuana and "vaping."
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US HI: Revocation of Doctor's License Fuels Hope for Fast

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 11 Mar 2016 - Nearly 2-1/2 years after California revoked a physician's medical license for misconduct, local regulators decided Thursday to revoke his Hawaii credentials. But the chairman of the Hawaii Medical Board, which voted to yank the license of Dr. Daniel Susott, said he's hoping future cases involving Hawaii-licensed physicians disciplined in other states take less time to resolve.
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Canada: Winning Lawyer Hopes For Path Out Of Deepest Weeds On

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 08:00
The Lawyers Weekly, 11 Mar 2016 - Judge Says Restrictions Against Small-Scale Growers Unjustified The latest Charter ruling striking down the federal medical marijuana regulation regime as arbitrary and overbroad could help the Liberals implement their campaign pledge to legalize marijuana for recreational use, suggests the lawyer who has led a series of successful court challenges to Canada's cannabis laws.
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Chronicle AM: ME Legalizers Sure Over Invalidated Signatures, Civil Society Groups Sign UNGASS Letter, More... (3/10/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 22:02

A South Dakota GOP lawmaker tells the parents of sick kids they should move to another state if they want to use CBD cannabis oil, Maine legalizers are suing over disqualified signatures, the Senate passes a major bill dealing with heroin and opiates, but without funding, and more. 

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Maine Legalization Initiative Files Lawsuit Over Disqualified Signatures. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today filed a lawsuit in Kennebec County Superior Court challenging a decision by the secretary of state to disqualify more than 17,000 voter signatures because of an issue surrounding one notary's signature. That was enough to knock the measure off the fall ballot, but the campaign says the signatures should be counted because the notary's signature does indeed match the one on file and because the secretary of state acted outside his authority in rejecting the petitions. The court has 30 days to rule.

North Dakota Legalization Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering. Secretary of State Al Jaeger Wednesday approved a marijuana legalization initiative for circulation. Organizers now have until July 11 to gather at least 13,452 valid voter signatures. They say they are aiming at 20,000 to have a cushion.

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South Dakota House Kills CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. A bill that would have allowed for the use of CBD cannabis oil was killed in the House Wednesday on a 25-43 vote, with one "no" voter suggesting parents who lobbied for it should move to another state. The measure, Senate Bill 171, had already passed the Senate, and Republican Gov. Dennis Daugard had suggested he would sign it. Rep. Kristin Conzet (R-Rapid City) told people suffering seizure disorders they should move elsewhere. "I don’t like the road that we’re going down at this time," she said. "This is not a bill for South Dakota."

Heroin and Opiates

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark Opioid Bill – the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The measure now goes on to the House. CARA advances a large number of treatment and prevention measures intended to reduce prescription opioid and heroin misuse, including evidence-based interventions for the treatment of opioid and heroin addiction and prevention of overdose deaths.

White House Will Announce Funding to Fight Drug Addiction. Just hours after the Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the Obama administration said it will announce "a significant federal investment" to help fund its goals. Democrats had tried unsuccessfully to add $600 million in funding to the bill, but were blocked by Republicans.

Asset Forfeiture

Florida Poll Finds Strong Support for Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture. A new poll released by Drug Policy Action finds that 84% of registered Florida voters do not think police should be able to seize property from people who have not been convicted of a crime. And two-thirds of those polled said they would be more likely to support a presidential candidate who opposed civil asset forfeiture.  The poll comes as an asset forfeiture reform bill, Senate Bill 1044, passed out of the legislature Wednesday and awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Drug Testing

West Virginia House Overwhelmingly Approves Welfare Drug Testing Bill. The bill, Senate Bill 6, would mandate drug testing for any welfare applicant who gives state workers "reasonable suspicion" he or she is using drugs, including having a drug conviction in the previous three years. The bill has already been approved by the Senate, but that body will have to take it up again in concurrence since the House added amendments note voted on in the Senate.

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Civil Rights, Health, Faith-Based, Justice Reform Groups Call on Obama to Push to End Global Drug War. More than 225 civil rights, health, faith-based and other organizations sent a letterto President Obama Thursday calling on him to use an upcoming United Nations high-level session on global drug policies to push for a fundamental change in course away from criminalization. The letter was submitted as the UN prepares for its highest level session on drug policy since 1998 – the "UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem,"or UNGASS, scheduled for April 19-21 at UN headquarters in New York. US diplomats and drug and crime officials have played a central role in negotiations over the UNGASS Outcome Document, an official product of the meeting that will impact policy.The sign-on campaign for the letter was coordinated by David Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org.

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CN NS: Valleyas First Cannabis Dispensary Opens

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
Annapolis County Spectator; The, 10 Mar 2016 - Martin's Medical Services operating inaugural East Coast clinic in Middleton MIDDLETON - The Annapolis Valley's first professional dispenser of medicinal marijuana is open for business. Martin's Medical Services officially opened its first clinic on the East Coast on Main Street in Middleton last month and hopes to open 15 more clinics across the country this year, said David Gravelle.
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CN ON: Province Backtracks On Medical Pot Policy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 10 Mar 2016 - Public use of marijuana, e-cigarettes to be limited to 'protect people from second-hand smoke' The Ontario government is vaporizing the use of medical marijuana in public places, the Star has learned.
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