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Chronicle AM: VT Pot Bill Hits Wall in House, Brit Poll Has Near Majority for Pot Legalization, More... (4/11/16)

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Ted Cruz takes a states' rights line on marijuana policy, a Vermont House committee has amended the pot legalization bill beyond recognition, a counterculture icon dies, a new poll has plurality support for marijuana legalization in Great Britain, and more. 

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In Colorado, Ted Cruz Says He Would Leave State's Pot Law Alone. The Republican presidential contender told the Denver Post ahead of last Saturday's GOP caucus that as president, he would not interfere with Colorado's marijuana legalization even though he personally opposes legalization. "I think on the question of marijuana legalization, we should leave it to the states," he said. "If it were me personally, voting on it in the state of Texas, I would vote against it. The people of Colorado have made a different decision. I respect that decision." Cruz won the Colorado caucus.  

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize pot. The initiative would legalize the use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana, but will have to go back to the drawing board to come up with language that is not ambiguous. Any initiative in Arkansas this year will need 85,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Vermont Legalization Bill Hits Wall in House. The fate of the legalization bill, Senate Bill 241, is at best uncertain after the House Judiciary Committee first refused to pass even a watered-down version of it last Friday, then amended it to delete legalization and expand funding for anti-drug campaigns, provide police with more drugged driving resources, and ban potential dangerous methods of concentrating the drug. While the Judiciary's version of the bill bears little resemblance to the version passed by the Senate, it does leave the door open for Senate supporters to re-insert the deleted language if the amended version passes the House. But it is not at all clear that a majority of House members would vote for that.

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Louisiana Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced. State Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) has filed House Bill 1112, which would expand the scope of medical marijuana in the state. The state passed a restrictive medical marijuana bill last, but there has been little progress made on producing medical marijuana in the state. James' s bill would allow for the commercial production of medical marijuana and allow patients to petition state agencies to expand qualifying conditions for use of the medicine. The bill also seeks to ease the regulatory burden on marijuana by cutting state agencies out of some of the regulatory process.

Ohio Attorney Generals Okays 2nd Medical Marijuana Initiative. Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified the petition summary for a medical marijuana and industrial hemp initiative from Legalize Ohio 2016. Now, the initiative goes to the Ohio Ballot Board to determine whether it is one issue or two. Another initiative, backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, has already been approved for signature gathering. Initiatives will need 305,000 valid voter signatures by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

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Poll: Plurality of Britons Support Marijuana Legalization. A new poll from The Independent has support for legalization at 47%, with 39% opposed. The poll asked whether respondents supported a plan for licensing the sale of marijuana through shops that has been adopted by the Liberal Democrats.

No More Mr. Nice. Welsh counterculture icon Howard Marks, widely known as "Mr. Nice," has died of stomach cancer at age 70. Marks smuggled marijuana in the 1970s and 1980s before being arrested and imprisoned in the United States. His 1996 memoir, "Mr. Nice," brought him to broader public attention, and he continued to campaign for marijuana legalization until his death. 

Guatemala Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed. Deputy Alvaro Velasquez has introduced a bill that would legalize and regulate the use, possession, cultivation, distribution, and commercialization of marijuana. The bill would legalize the weed for people 18 and over and regulation would be in the hands of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance.  Velasquez is a member of the National Convergence Front, whose presidential candidate, TV comedian Jimmy Morales, won the 2015 election.

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US CA: OPED: Marijuana Pipe Dreams And The Election

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 11 Apr 2016 - There is a wise old adage which reads, "Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it." That message certainly applies to the proposed initiatives on the ballot later this year to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in California. Voters in California passed Proposition 215 almost 20 years ago, and only recently has this state established a viable method for making this product available for those who have a legitimate medical need. Recreational use, however, is an entirely different matter.
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US CA: Editorial: Shasta Lake Takes a Pragmatic Approach to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 04/10/2016 - 07:00
Record Searchlight, 10 Apr 2016 - While most of Shasta County works to restrict access to medical marijuana through bans on growing, dispensaries and collectives, Shasta Lake decided to go in another direction. The city of some 9,000 boasts the last two medical marijuana dispensaries in the county, and the City Council this past week approved a third one. The city had to slightly bend its rules to allow the dispensary to open in the former Starbucks next to Rite Aid and a tobacco shop at Shasta Dam and Cascade boulevards. The rules originally said dispensaries could be no closer than 1,000 feet from each other.
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CN AB: Growing Concern

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 09 Apr 2016 - Pot grow-op busts are way down in Alberta, with most of those smoked out now legal gardens, say cops. They also seized 13,067 pot plants province-wide last year - a whopping 234% decrease from the 43,606 confiscated in 2012, said the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).
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US CA: California's First Marijuana Czar

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Apr 2016 - Lori Ajax Will Oversee the State's First System for Regulating Medical Cannabis. but She Faces a Moving Target. SACRAMENTO - Lori Ajax has two years to set up California's first system to license, regulate and tax medical marijuana. Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed the Republican to become the first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.
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Chronicle AM: VT Legalization Bill Hits Bump, MedMJ Bills Killed in NE, SC, More... (4/8/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 21:13

A Vermont House committee has changed the tax and regulate marijuana legalization bill into a two-plant cultivation decriminalization bill, medical marijuana bills get snuffed in Nebraska and South Carolina, interest in asset forfeiture reform continues, and more.

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DEA to Review Marijuana Classification. The DEA will decide whether to reclassify marijuana "in the first half of 2016," the agency said in a letter to US senators. The agency was responding to a 2015 letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and seven other Democratic senators, who urged the federal government to make it easier to study marijuana 's medical benefits. Marijuana is currently placed in Schedule I, along with heroin and LSD, as a drug with a high abuse potential and no medical uses.

California Report Calls for Strict Rules on Growers, Drivers. The Public Policy Institute of California has released a report calling for tight regulatory oversight of legal marijuana cultivation, sales, and distribution as well as highlighting the need to ensure that drivers are not impaired. "California should err on the side of more restrictive regulation," said report co-author Patrick Murphy. But California NORML disagrees, saying that "restrictive regulations will only divert business to California's robust unregulated gray market."

Maine Court Rules in Favor of Legalization Initiative on Signatures Issue. A Kennebec County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the state may have improperly invalidated thousands of petition signatures because it rejected petitions without actually reviewing all of them. The secretary of state's office must now review all the disputed petitions and place the measure on the November ballot if it finds enough signatures were gathered. The state had invalidated more than 17,000 voter signatures because it said the notary's signatures on the petitions didn't match the signature it had on file. That was enough to disqualify the initiative.

Vermont House Committee Changes Legalization Bill to Cultivation Decrim Bill. The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday dramatically rewrote Senate Bill 241, turning the tax and regulate legalization bill into one that would only decriminalize the cultivation of up to two marijuana plants. Committee Chair Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) said it became clear that she didn't have the votes to pass the Senate version. If the new House version passes, it would have to be reconciled with the Senate version. The Senate legalization bill had no provision for home cultivation.

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Nebraska Medical Marijuana Bill Killed. The bill, LB 643, failed Tuesday night when it was filibustered on the second round of consideration and sponsor Sen. Tommy Garrett (D-Bellevue) fell three votes short of ending the filibuster.

South Carolina Senate Committee Kills Medical Marijuana Bill. The Senate Medical Affairs Committee voted 7-4 Thursday to kill Senate Bill 672, the Medical Marijuana Program Act. "This is a bad idea. It's a pathway to recreational usage," said Sen. Mike Fair (R-Greenville).

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Alaska House Committee Rewrites Asset Forfeiture Bill. The House Judiciary Committee has approved a stripped-down civil asset forfeiture bill. The originally broad-ranging bill has now been reduced to only abolishing non-criminal forfeitures, and now heads to the House Finance Committee. The Judiciary Committee said it will work on a broader reform bill for the next session, but wanted to get something passed this year.

Delaware Bill to End Civil Asset Forfeiture Filed. A bipartisan group of legislators Wednesday filed a bill to end civil asset forfeiture in the state. "In America, the government should not be able to take your property unless they can prove you did something wrong," Sen. Colin Bonini, (R-Dover) said at a news conference.

Nebraska Asset Forfeiture Bill Stays Alive. A bill to restrict property seizures from people not convicted of a crime has won second-round approval after lawmakers amended it to address law enforcement concerns. The amendments will allow state law enforcement agencies to continue to participate in the Justice Department's Equitable Sharing program, which allows local police to end-run state laws that direct seized funds into the general fund or other specified funds. Under the federal program, the feds keep 20% and the local agency gets 80%. The bill is LB 1106.

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Canada: Pharmacists See Role In Dispensing Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 08 Apr 2016 - A pharmacists' group that initially nixed the idea of dispensing medical cannabis has changed its stance, saying that pharmacists should play a "front-line role" in providing access to the drug. The Canadian Pharmacists Association says it has updated its position because of its growing concern about what it calls a "lack of clinical oversight" in the use of medical marijuana.
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CN BC: Pot Dispensaries Set Up Shop

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 08 Apr 2016 - The city is keeping an eye on Campbell River's medical marijuana dispensaries which opened their doors last week. Bylaw officers have already visited WeeMedical Dispensary Society which is offering marijuana products from a storefront on 13th Avenue but the operators say they welcome the scrutiny.
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CN BC: Police Raid Marijuana Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 08 Apr 2016 - Police raided a cannabis dispensary on Wednesday, one of two that opened in Campbell River only last week. Trees Dispensary on 14th Avenue was raided at 2 p.m. April 6 and Mounties seized all money, cannabis flower and cannabis extracts on site. Campbell River Trees branch manager Ben Hinton was detained and released without charge later in the afternoon.
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CN BC: Pot Dispensary Facing Possible Charges After Shutdown

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 08 Apr 2016 - The first medical marijuana dispensary to pop up in Chilliwack has now been nipped in the bud. A RCMP tactical team arrived at the WeeMedical shop on Fifth Avenue just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, during business hours. According to various posts on social media, customers were in the store at the time of the raid.
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CN BC: Police Raid Shutters Weed Shop

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 07 Apr 2016 - Just 18 days after opening its doors, Chilliwack's first medical marijuana dispensary is shuttered, raided by police Tuesday evening. Even before it opened on March 19, WeeMedical Dispensary was warned by City of Chilliwack lawyers it was violating business licence and zoning bylaws.
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CN ON: 'We're Basically Providing Medicine To Patients'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
The Oshawa Express, 07 Apr 2016 - Medical marijuana dispensary opens downtown Those looking to smoke up for medical reasons now have another option closer to home. To little fanfare and no buildup, the GW Weed Emporium opened its doors on Simcoe Street between King and Dundas on April 1. And it was no joke - the store's display cabinets were filled with various strains of marijuana, as well as other products - such as chocolate, honey and soda - containing THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis, and other smoking paraphernalia.
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CN BC: High On Weed's Healing Powers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 07 Apr 2016 - Kate Beaupre may not be who a lot of people picture when they imagine a medical marijuana user. In fact, the 63-year-old cancer survivor who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and ulcers hasn't tried smoking marijuana since her late 20s, and she's never tried ingesting it.
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US CA: Column: CBDs Go There. Down There

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 07 Apr 2016 - Every drug, yes, every drug, from alcohol as a rudimentary anesthetic to methamphetamine as a weight loss supplement, has medicinal applications. Cannabis retains a strange space in our medical landscape: Centuries of anecdote reinforce its therapeutic worth, yet in the United States it's still federally classified as having no medical value. Because of its legal status, it has been woefully under-researched, yet 23 states have medical marijuana laws on the books.
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US AZ: Column: Back Home

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 07 Apr 2016 - Medical Marijuana Researcher Sue Sisley Briefly Came Back to the UA for a Special Lecture on the Challenges of Conducting Weed Research Nearly two years after medical marijuana researcher Sue Sisley was fired from the UA, she returned for a special lecture on medical weed in front of a room of more than 50 people at the off-campus entity, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-an educational program for older adults.
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US CA: Column: When To Know To Say No

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 Apr 2016 - When to say no Before we start: Rest in peace, Ryan Landers.
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US: Marijuana Under Study For Reclassification As Medicine

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 07 Apr 2016 - Move Would Ease Scientific Research The Drug Enforcement Administration says it plans to decide within the next several months whether to change the federal status of marijuana, according to a letter sent to lawmakers this week.
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US CA: Column: Another One Beats The Feds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 07 Apr 2016 - If you needed more proof that boom times are here again for the medical cannabis industry - and here to stay - look no further than 15th Street in the Mission District. When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the California marijuana industry exploded. The president said medical marijuana would be left alone; people interpreted that to mean it was open season on weed. The Justice Department, which issued a memo in 2009 stating that "limited federal resources" shouldn't be used to bust cancer patients growing a handful of pot plants, as they were under Bush, only seemed to egg them on.
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CN BC: Cannabis Oil Saving Grace

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
The Morning Star, 06 Apr 2016 - Cheryl Pearson has never smoked pot. Given just months to live after finally receiving a diagnosis of stage four ovarian cancer, the Lake Country resident was at first against the use of medicinal marijuana in her treatment. But after a tumultuous ride through Canada's medical system, which for nearly four years had misdiagnosed the reasons behind the rapid decline in her health, the impairment of her motor skills and the loss of use of her bodily functions, Pearson is now a believer in medicinal marijuana.
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CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Will Only Sell To People Who Have Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:00
Sooke News Mirror, 06 Apr 2016 - Sooke is getting its first marijuana dispensary. Medijuana Dispensary will open at the corner of Sooke and Murray roads next week. It is located next to a restaurant, dentist office and some residential housing.
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