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CN MB: Harshing Their Buzz

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - Marijuana Users' 4/20 Parade in Jeopardy Over Bylaw Change & New Insurance Requirements The man behind Winnipeg's annual 4/20 rally said a city bylaw is infringing on legal marijuana users' democratic rights by making legal assembly more prohibitive.
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US CA: Judge Allows Urgency On New Pot Ordinance To Remain

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Apr 2015 - A Yuba County Superior Court judge has denied a bid by medical marijuana growers to restore their ability to seek a voter referendum on the county's new cultivation ordinance. Judge Benjamin Wirtschafter on Friday ruled against Yuba Patients Coalition and six growers in their motion for a temporary restraining order against Yuba County. The ruling left intact an urgency designation with the ordinance that eliminated a signature-gathering period for a referendum.
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CN ON: Pot-Friendly '420 Lounge' Coming to Downtown Guelph

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 04 Apr 2015 - GUELPH-A"420 vapour lounge," where members can bring their own marijuana to smoke but not buy it, appears to be coming soon to downtown Guelph. The property at 51 Macdonell St., which was formerly DLR Clothing Guelph, is vacant. But a cardboard handmade sign is posted in the window advertising "DLR 420 Vapour Lounge, opening soon, daily 12:00-12:00."
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Chronicle AM: Reps Challenge DOJ on Dispensary Prosecutions, CO Harm Reduction Bills, More (4/3/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:18

A pair of congressmen reject the Justice Department's stance that it can still prosecute California dispensaries, an Alaska marijuana regulation bill moves, a Mississippi legalization initiative gets a boost, two Colorado harm reduction bills become law, and more.

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Alaska House Passes Marijuana Regulation Bill. The House Thursday gave final approval to House Bill 75, which clarifies the ability of localities to ban or regulate commercial pot businesses. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Florida Activist Will Help Pay for Mississippi Legalization Initiative Signatures. Jeremy Bufford, president of Florida's Medical Marijuana United, has announced he will pay $1 for each valid signature gathered for Ballot Initiative 48, the Mississippi marijuana legalization initiative. He said he would pay $2 per signature in some areas of the state where people have been reluctant to sign. The initiative campaign needs 107,216 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

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Congressmen Reject DOJ Claim It Can Still Prosecute California Dispensaries. Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), authors of the successful congressional budget amendment protecting medical marijuana in states where it is legal, have rejected Justice Department claims that it can still go after dispensaries in California. "The Justice Department's interpretation of the amendment defies logic," Farr said. "No reasonable person thinks prosecuting patients doesn't interfere with a state's medical marijuana laws. Lawyers can try to mince words but Congress was clear: Stop going after patients and dispensaries." A Rohrabacher spokesman added that "the congressman believes the amendment's language is perfectly clear and that the DOJ's self-referential interpretation is emphatically wrong."

Idaho Senate Passes CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The bill was killed in committee on Monday, but brought back to life Thursday and passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 1146 would allow for the use of CBD for "intractable seizure disorder." It won the support of all seven Democratic state senators and 15 of 27 Republican state senators.

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Colorado Governor Signs Harm Reduction Bills. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) today signed into law two harm reduction bills: SB 15-53, which expands access to the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone, and SB 15-116, under which people carrying needles would not be subject to arrest if they reveal they have them prior to being searched by police.


Indian Maoists Fund Their Fight With Marijuana. Officials in Orisha state say that Maoist militants known as Naxalites are relying on marijuana cultivation as a major source of funding. The Naxalite rebellion has festered in parts of the country for decades.

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CN BC: Finding Realeaf

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 03 Apr 2015 - Many of Kamloops' chronic pain patients have likely already met Dr. Ian Mitchell during one of his shifts in Royal Inland Hospital's emergency room. "They don't have family doctors, so they end up in the emergency room and I see them all the time," he said.
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US CA: Yuba Pot Growers Seek Court Order

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 03 Apr 2015 - Hearing Today on Bid for Referendum Yuba County medical marijuana growers are seeking a court order today to give them the goahead to submit signatures for a voter referendum on the county's new marijuana cultivation ordinance.
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US MA: A Marijuana Contingency Plan For The Legislature

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Apr 2015 - A lot of people suddenly want to know what Democratic Senator Jason Lewis thinks about marijuana. "What I say is that I have had concerns in the past about liberalizing our marijuana policy," said Lewis, the new chairman and sole member of the state Senate's Special Committee on Marijuana. "I did oppose decriminalization in 2008, and I did oppose medical marijuana in 2012, when it was on the ballot. And the reason was simply because my concern is about protecting young people."
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Chronicle AM: DOJ Says It Can Still Prosecute Dispensaries, GA Forfeiture Bill Passes, More (4/2/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:11

A Tennessee "decrim" bill moves, an Idaho CBD cannabis oil bill is back from the dead, a Georgia asset forfeiture reform bill passes, the Justice Department says it can still prosecute California dispensaries, and more.

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Tennessee Bill to Lessen Marijuana Penalties Wins Committee Vote. A bill that would make possession of up to an ounce a misdemeanor punishable only by a $100 fine was approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 873, now goes before the House Finance and Ways and Means Committee. Companion legislation, Senate Bill 1211, is set to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Under current law, possession of between a half-ounce and 10 pounds is a felony.

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Justice Department Says It Can Still Prosecute California Dispensaries. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday that the congressional ban on the agency interfering with medical marijuana in states where it is legal does not apply to California dispensary prosecutions. Patrick Rodenbush said the department does not believe the amendment to a spending bill applies to cases against individuals, but only stops Justice from "impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws."

Florida CBD Implementation Bill Faces More Challenges. A bill trying to get the state's CBD cannabis oil law, passed last year, actually implemented is now facing a new challenge: how to give black farmers a fair shot at growing the new crop. The existing law only allows farms that have been in existence for at least 30 years and that grow 400,000 plants or more to apply for one of five licenses to cultivate and distribute the crop. But hundreds of black farmers say they are being cut out of the deal because 30 years ago, they were still fighting with the US Department of Agriculture over discriminatory lending practices and weren't yet in business. The sponsor of both last year's successful bill and this year's implementation bill, Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), said he would attempt to address the issue. The bill is Senate Bill 7066.

Idaho CBD Cannabis Oil Bill is Back from the Dead. The bill, Senate Bill 1146, was killed on a tie vote in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, but the committee has agreed to reconsider it and was set to meet today for further discussion on it. If it passes the committee, it could go to a House floor vote tomorrow.

Prescription Opiates

FDA to Help Drug Makers Develop Abuse-Deterrent Opiates. "The science of abuse-deterrent medication is rapidly evolving, and the FDA is eager to engage with manufacturers to help make these medications available to patients who need them," Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA's commissioner, said in a press release. "We feel this is a key part of combating opioid abuse. We have to work hard with industry to support the development of new formulations that are difficult to abuse but are effective and available when needed." The agency also issued a document called "Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids -- Evaluation and Labeling," outlining how future studies can decide whether a new drug has abuse-deterrent properties.

Asset Forfeiture

Georgia Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes Senate. A bill that would standardize asset forfeiture procedures easily passed the Senate Tuesday. The bill is House Bill 233. It has already passed the House and now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal (R). The bill creates safeguards for owners of seized assets, requires regular accounting, and prohibits law enforcement agencies from using seized goods for anything other than law enforcement.

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