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US: Once Unthinkable, Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Getting Serious Look

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 09 May 2016 - The Supervised Injection Rooms Are Considered for "Out of Control" Problem. Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Legal Drug Dens Get Serious Consideration

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 09 May 2016 - Officials Weigh 'Heroin Havens' Where Users Can Inject Under Supervision of Doctors WHO Can Administer Antidote If Necessary Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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CN ON: They Have Burning Desire For Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 May 2016 - Weed the North. Queen's Park turned into a big puff of smoke Saturday afternoon as some 20,000 marijuana activists gathered near the King Edward VII statue, before rallying and walking in the 18th annual Global Marijuana March through the downtown core, spliffs in hand. While the federal Liberals made a campaign pledge to legalize marijuana, many of the parade-goers felt like the federal government was dragging its feet. "Thousands of people are still facing criminal charges," said event founder Neev, who refused to give his last name. "It should be legalized, it should be cheaper. It's so expensive because it's not legal yet. I appreciate the Liberals wanting to do it right, but the rollout is so slow." The Toronto event was one of the 100 marijuana parades scheduled in cities around the world.
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US OH: Editorial: Pot Bill Must Satisfy Demand

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 08 May 2016 - It looks as if legalization of medical marijuana will come this year, either through pending legislation or through two possible ballot issues to amend the Ohio Constitution. But the Ohio House is larding its bill with unpopular restrictions instead of crafting a plainly worded compromise sufficient to kill the more-extreme ballot issues. Many proponents of medical marijuana insist that smoking be one of the ways it can be used. But, unlike both ballot issues, House Bill 523 would require those with a marijuana prescription to use vaporization or other devices if they wish to inhale. The bill also would prohibit home-grown marijuana, which the ballot issues would allow in limited quantities.
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Canada: Toronto Overtakes Vancouver As Country's Cannabis Capital

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 May 2016 - Toronto has unseated Vancouver as Canada's de facto cannabis capital due to an ongoing explosion in illegal dispensaries, while officials begin shutting down dozens of shops in the West Coast city to enforce a landmark new bylaw. The owner of a cannabis consulting firm who has been tracking the rapid growth of the illicit sector following last fall's election win by the federal Liberals, who have promised to legalize the drug, says Toronto's wide-open market is now supporting more than 100 pot shops.
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Canada: Loblaw Head Wants Medical Weed Sold At His Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 06 May 2016 - Grocery pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart 'effective at managing controlled substances,' Galen Weston Jr. said Galen G. Weston wants in on the medical marijuana business. Weston, the head of the country's largest drugstore and grocery chain, said Thursday that pharmacists are well-positioned to dispense the drug in a safe manner.
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CN BC: Dispensary's Efforts to Open Are Jumping the Queue:

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 06 May 2016 - WeeMedical Dispensary Society's effort to open a marijuana dispensary in Chilliwack is akin to having "jumped the queue" ahead of legalization. That was the essence of city council's rationale in rejecting the business licence application from WeeMedical, for the second time, in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
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CN BC: Victoria Votes To Allow Selling Edibles

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - Spurred Largely by Input From Senior Citizens, Council Takes Different Approach Than Vancouver to Consumable Pot Products Senior citizens in Victoria support council's push to adopt a bylaw that allows edible pot products in medical marijuana dispensaries, despite health and safety concerns raised by the province's medical health officer, Mayor Lisa Helps says.
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CN ON: City Orders East-End Medical Pot Grower To Shut Down

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 May 2016 - Federally Licensed Grow-Op on Kenilworth Slapped With Zoning Violation After Complaints From Neighbours of Strong Smell Municipal bylaw enforcement is trying to shut down a federally licensed medical marijuana grow-op that set up shop on Kenilworth Avenue North without the city's knowledge.
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Canada: Column: Should Doctors Prescribe Pot On Demand?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - THE QUESTION My father is 84 and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The medication he has been prescribed for pain isn't working. He wants to try medical marijuana. But getting a doctor to prescribe cannabis is like pulling teeth. His doctor says there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use, even though it's legally permitted by the Canadian government. What can I do to get my father cannabis?
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Canada: Loblaw Aims To Add Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - LOBLAW AIMS TO ADD MEDICAL MARIJUANA If grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. gets its way, shoppers eventually will be able to walk out of many of its supermarkets with burgers, beer - and marijuana. Galen G. Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw, which acquired Shoppers Drug Mart two years ago, said on Thursday that the company is part of a pharmacy industry initiative to push for the sale of medical marijuana at drugstores across the country.
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US OH: Medical Marijuana Proposal Heads To Ohio House

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 May 2016 - The Ohio House could make history Tuesday by approving legislation to legalize medical marijuana. While state lawmakers have considered marijuana legislation in the past, no proposal has ever made it out of committee and to the full House for a vote.
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US OK: House Approves Bill Expanding Use of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 06 May 2016 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana. The House voted 69-14 for the measure and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.
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US CA: Pot Legalization In State Heads To Ballot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
The Signal, 06 May 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in California on Wednesday as supporters announced they have collected enough signatures to qualify a voter initiative for the November ballot. A well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker said it has collected 600,000 signatures from registered voters - far more than the 365,000 needed - - ahead of a July 5 deadline.
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Chronicle AM: Bumper Afghan Opium Crop, No Monopoly Needed for MJ Research, Says State, More... (5/5/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:57

It's harvest time in Afghanistan and the poppy crop is bountiful, the State Department says UN drug treaties don't require a NIDA monopoly on research marijuana, CBD bills get signed by the governor in Alabama and go to the governor in Oklahoma, South Dakota's internal possession law is obstructing sentencing reforms, and more.

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Massachusetts Legalization Foes Attack Marijuana Potency. The anti-legalization Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, led by Gov. Charlie Baker (R), Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D), and House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D), is set to make an issue of marijuana potency as it attempts to blunt support for the state's legalization initiative. It's a 21st Century version of former drug czar William Bennett's "not your father's marijuana."

Oregon To Allow Recreational Edibles Sales Beginning in June. The Oregon Health Authority issued draft temporary rules Wednesday that will allow the sale of marijuana edibles to recreational users at medical marijuana dispensaries beginning in June. Recreational pot shops aren't open yet, but adults who want to purchase marijuana have been able to do so at dispensaries. Now, they will be able to buy edibles there, too.

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State Department Says NIDA Monopoly on Research Marijuana Unnecessary. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty. The statement came in response to a direct request from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding whether issuing multiple licenses to grow medical marijuana was a violation of the Single Convention. The State Department's interpretation is at odds with that of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which has always maintained that the treaty only allows a single license, which is granted to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This has created what is referred to as the "NIDA monopoly on cannabis," which has stalled medical cannabis research for years.

Alabama Governor Signs CBD Medical Marijuana Bill. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) Wednesday signed into law "Leni's Law," House Bill 61, which will allow the use of CBD cannabis oil to treat people suffering from debilitating seizures. The bill is named for Leni Young, a child whose family had to move to Oregon because her CBD treatment was illegal in Alabama. The family reports a dramatic reduction in seizures since using cannabis oil.

Oklahoma Legislature Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The House Wednesday voted 69-14 to approve a bill expanding the medicinal use of CBD cannabis oils. Last year, the state approved CBD cannabis oil, but only for people under 18. This bill, which now awaits the governor's signature, removes that age restriction.

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Connecticut Bill Would Increase Penalties for Synthetic Opioids. The legislature is considering House Bill 5524, which changes the definition of narcotic substances to include fentanyl and its derivatives. This would expose fentanyl sellers to up to 15 years in prison, as opposed to the up to seven years in prison they currently face.

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South Dakota's Internal Possession Laws An Obstacle to Sentencing Reform, Report Finds. Criminal justice reforms have slowed the growth of the state's prison population, but South Dakota is still locking up too many drug offenders because of a state law that makes ingestion of a controlled substance a felony. That's the bottom line of a new report issued Thursday by the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center.

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Unemployment Benefits Drug Testing Order. Gov. Scott Walker (R) Wednesday signed an emergency order mandating drug testing for people seeking unemployment benefits. Those who refuse the drug test will have their benefits denied; those who fail it must undergo drug treatment and a job skills assessment in order to retain benefits. The rule will take effect when published later this week.

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High Yields for Afghanistan's Poppy Crop This Year; Taliban Happy. Farmers and officials in Helmand Province, the heartland of Afghan opium production, are reporting high yields thanks to abundant rainfall and the cancellation of government eradication campaigns. Taliban members were taking part in return for wages and taxes, in cash or in kind, as well as recruiting new members from among the seasonal laborers who scrape the resin from the poppy pods. "We are happy that we had a good harvest this year compared with previous years," said Abdul Rahim Mutmain, a farmer in Musa Qala district. "There is no security concern for a single laborer being checked or robbed by the police," Mr. Mutmain said. "The entire district is under Taliban control and the bulk of the harvesters are Taliban." He added, "Actually, this is the Taliban regime -- you can take your narcotics anywhere or anytime you want to sell them."

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CN BC: Council Snuffs Out Any Hope For Weed Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 05 May 2016 - Where proponents of a medical marijuana dispensary see an act of civil disobedience in defiance of unjust laws, Chilliwack city council members simply see illegal activity. And they say "no." The WeeMedical Dispensary Society opened its doors on Fifth Avenue on March 19, but even before that they were warned by city lawyers about what they were doing wrong.
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CN ON: Editorial: Full Speed Ahead For Pot Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
Orillia Today, 05 May 2016 - The Liberals' election promise to legalize marijuana use will take legislative form in about a year, but few entrepreneurs seem prepared to wait. Apparently, dispensaries are springing up like, well, buds in Toronto, just as they have in Vancouver. The CBC reports that along one stretch of the Danforth alone, three dispensaries have sprouted in recent weeks.
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CN ON: Editorial: Full Speed Ahead For Pot Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
Alliston Herald, 05 May 2016 - FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR POT INDUSTRY The Liberals' election promise to legalize marijuana use will take legislative form in about a year, but few entrepreneurs seem prepared to wait. Apparently, dispensaries are springing up like, well, buds in Toronto, just as they have in Vancouver. The CBC reports that along one stretch of the Danforth alone, three dispensaries have sprouted in recent weeks.
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CN ON: Editorial: Full Speed Ahead For Pot Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
The Mirror, 05 May 2016 - FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR POT INDUSTRY The Liberals' election promise to legalize marijuana use will take legislative form in about a year, but few entrepreneurs seem prepared to wait. Apparently, dispensaries are springing up like, well, buds in Toronto, just as they have in Vancouver. The CBC reports that along one stretch of the Danforth alone, three dispensaries have sprouted in recent weeks.
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CN ON: Editorial: Full Speed Ahead For Pot Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
The Barrie Advance, 05 May 2016 - FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR POT INDUSTRY The Liberals' election promise to legalize marijuana use will take legislative form in about a year, but few entrepreneurs seem prepared to wait. Apparently, dispensaries are springing up like, well, buds in Toronto, just as they have in Vancouver. The CBC reports that along one stretch of the Danforth alone, three dispensaries have sprouted in recent weeks.
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