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US MN: Minn. Physicians Ponder Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 08:00
West Central Tribune, 04 Mar 2014 - Is marijuana an effective treatment for pain, illness and disease? It's a question many Minnesota physicians are pondering as the Legislature prepares to debate a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe some form of the drug.
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Chronicle AM -- March 3, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 22:13

DC should decriminalize tomorrow, New Mexico looks to expand its medical marijuana program, harm reduction bills move in a couple of states, Mexican police repress a pro-El Chapo demonstration, and more. Let's get to it:

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DC Decriminalization Bill Expected to Get Final Vote Tomorrow. The District of Columbia city council is expected to give final approval tomorrow to a bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of weed, with a $25 fine. It has the support of eight of 13 council members, so it should be a done deal, but stay tuned tomorrow.

Legalization Bill Introduced in Florida. State Sen. Dwight Bullard (D-Orlando) has introduced a legalization bill in the Sunshine State. Senate Bill 1562 was filed Friday. The proposal comes as Florida voters prepare to cast ballots in November on legalizing medical marijuana. Also, lawmakers are considering proposals to legalize a marijuana extract that can help some children who have a form of epilepsy and suffer from severe seizures.

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California Statewide Regulation Bill Has Support of Cops, Cities. For the first time, California law enforcement and local government associations are backing legislation to regulate the medical marijuana industry. The California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California cities are supporting Senate Bill 1262, filed by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), but the bill is opposed by friends of medical marijuana, who object to its provisions setting limits on doctors who recommend it.

New Jersey Annual Medical Marijuana Reports Out. The state Department of Health has released the 2013 Annual Report and the 2013 Biennial Report on the status of the state's medical marijuana program. The state has 1,585 active registered patients, 121 active registered caregivers, and six registered dispensaries. Both reports are at the link.

Massachusetts Caregiver Flouts Regs, Grows for More than One Patient. Longtime Bay State marijuana activist Bill Downing has gone public with his flouting of the state's medical marijuana regulations. He says he is providing medical marijuana to some 350 patients, but state regulations say he can be a caregiver for only one. Downing says it's the regulations that are in conflict with the state's medical marijuana law, not him. "The regulation violates the statute. The statute allows for caregiving. The regulation does not," he said. And the state Health Department knows what he is up to, he added.

New Mexico to Address Medical Marijuana Shortage, Adds New Conditions. Acknowledging that a shortage of medical marijuana exists in the state, the Department of Health Friday proposed increasing the number of plants and seedlings that licensed producers can grow and opening the application process to allow more producers to apply for licenses. There are only 23 licensed producers in the state, and demand is rising. Under the proposals announced Friday, producers would be able to boost their crop from a total of 150 plants and seedlings to as many as 150 mature plants and 300 seedlings. The state would also be looking to add another 12 producers to the list. The number of patients in the state jumped to more than 10,000 last year, an increase of 1,200 over the previous year. The department also announced it was adding Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases to the list of qualifying conditions to get into the program.

Solid Majority Favors Medical Marijuana in Iowa Poll. Nearly six out of 10 Iowans (59%) support legalizing medical marijuana, according to the latest Iowa Poll. But only 28% support legalization. Medical marijuana bills are introduced in the legislature every year, but have yet to go anywhere.

Harm Reduction

Overdose Reversal Drug Bill Moving in Ohio. A bill that would expand access to the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone (Narcan) remains alive after the House voted to concur in changes made to it in the Senate. Substitute House Bill 170, sponsored by Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) has an emergency clause and will go into effect immediately upon signature by Gov. John Kasich (R).

Good Samaritan 911 Bill Moving in Georgia. A bill that would provide limited immunity from prosecution on drug charges for people who seek emergency treatment for drug overdose victims has passed the House. House Bill 965, also known as the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law, now awaits action in the Senate.

Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture Reporting Bill Gets Hearing in Maryland. A bill that would require police to report the type of property seized, the crime with which it is supposedly linked, and the disposition of any related criminal cases has been heard in the Maryland Senate. Senate Bill 468, sponsored by Sen. Christopher Shank (R-Washington County), got a hearing last week in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, but no vote was taken.

International

Mexican Police Arrest 40 in Pro-El Chapo Guzman Demonstration in Culiacan. Police in Culiacan, Sinaloa, arrested about 40 people Sunday who were planning to demonstrate in support of captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. About 150 supporters had gathered at the shrine to Jesus Malverde, informal patron saint of drug traffickers, in Culiacan, and about 40 were arrested when they refused to disperse. Some shouted "Long live Chapo." More than a thousand people marched for Guzman in Culiacan last week, and police wanted to prevent a repeat of signs of public support.

Drug Reformers Head to New Zealand for Conference on Regulating Legal Highs. Drug reformers from around the globe are heading to Auckland later this month to discuss the Psychoactive Substances Act and advocate further drug reform. The Pathway to Reform conference will take place on March 20.

Conservative Norwegian MP Charged in Hash Scandal Case. Erik Skutle, the Conservative Party member of parliament who took Prime Minister Erna Solberg's seat when she took the leadership position, has been charged with hashish use in a case that has embarrassed his "zero tolerance" political party. He was charged Thursday, a day after he publicly proposed decriminalizing cannabis possession as the scandal emerged. But it looks like he will retain his seat in parliament.

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US NY: Lack Of Law On Medical Marijuana Vexing N.Y.

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 03 Mar 2014 - Parents Must Leave State to Help Stricken Children ALBANY - Wendy S. Conte, of Orchard Park, returned from Colorado a few weeks ago after renting an apartment there, getting a Colorado driver's license and setting up residency.
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US KY EDU: A Fight For Marijuana Legalization, Growing For 20

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Kentucky Kernel, 03 Mar 2014 - Jacob Shepherd's Only Memories of His Father Are From His Death During a Standoff Over Marijuana Plants in Their Garden. BRODHEAD, Ky. - It was a Sunday morning in early August, the sun shining, glazing the fields of tobacco grown tall and nearly ready for harvest. The temperature was in the low 70s, and the sky was clear, until 4-year-old Jacob Shepherd felt his family's trailer begin to shake.
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CN NS: Editorial: New Opportunity, Even If It's Unusual

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
The News, 03 Mar 2014 - Well here's an enterprise that won't fall under the traditional category in Nova Scotia. Nor is it likely medicinal marijuana will be described as a sunset industry any time soon. And that's just one of the pluses a marijuana production plant proposed for Stellarton has going for it.
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US KY: Edu: Bill Opponents Say More Research Needed on Effects

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Kentucky Kernel, 03 Mar 2014 - Rep. Robert Benvenuti, the most vocal opponent of the medical marijuana legalization bills in the Kentucky Legislature, is not the only one concerned about the growing acceptance of what is still considered a Schedule I drug under federal law. Benvenuti has called for more research on cannabis use, a sentiment echoed last week by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.
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US CA: Brown Fears Pot Will Hurt U.S. Productivity

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 03 Mar 2014 - (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure that legalizing marijuana in his state is a good idea because the country could eventually lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned. Brown (D) said he worries that if pot smoking gains more legitimacy in the nation's most populous state, it could have negative ripple effects.
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US MA: Medical Pot Shop Ads To Hit Mass.

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 03 Mar 2014 - Massachusetts viewers soon will get a hit of what's expected to be the Northeast's first marijuana-related commercial on major networks. New York-based Medical Cannabis Network has booked April airtime to advertise marijuanadoctors.com, which pairs patients with doctors who'll evaluate whether medical marijuana should be used as treatment for their serious illness or chronic pain, said founder Jason Draizin.
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US: 'Mommy Lobby' Pushes For Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 03 Mar 2014 - Parents of Children Suffering From Epilepsy Support Divisive Treatment Standing in a Wisconsin State Capitol hearing room surrounded by parents hugging their seriously ill children, Sally Schaeffer began to cry as she talked about her daughter.
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US WA: Patients Wary Over Proposals For Medical-Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 02 Mar 2014 - LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS - Proposed measures are aimed at meeting the needs of patients while tightening the medical system, but patients and advocates fear the bills would make their access to adequate, affordable medical marijuana much more difficult. State lawmakers are poised to make significant changes to Washington's medical-marijuana system.
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US PA: Pot An Election Issue?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 Mar 2014 - As Candidate Pushes Legalization, New Poll Backs Change. The billboards popped up next to Interstate 81 in Scranton and alongside I-79 in Erie late last month: "Legalize and Tax Marijuana Now!!! ... John Hanger for Governor 2014."
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US MD: Lawmakers Vow Medical Marijuana Program This Year

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2014 - Bills Would Cover Children As Well As Adults; Mothers Speak in Favor of Passage A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults. Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a failure, said they would meld their two versions into a single measure. One change they expect to make in the original bills next week is to remove provisions restricting the therapeutic use of cannabis to adults.
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US MN: Editorial: How Beneficial Is Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:00
Albert Lea Tribune, 01 Mar 2014 - The latest Minnesota Poll conducted by the Star Tribune indicated that a bare majority -- 51 percent -- of Minnesotans favor the legalization of marijuana for medical uses. We've always wondered -- what exactly are the medical properties of marijuana? We have heard that it helps control pain and nausea for those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, that it does something for glaucoma sufferers and that it calms some people suffering from mental disorders.
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US NM: Agency: More Pot Providers Needed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 01 Mar 2014 - Health Department Wants to Ease Rules SANTA FE - The state agency that runs New Mexico's medical marijuana program wants to bring more licensed producers on board and relax restrictions on how many pot plants can be grown after a survey that found the program was struggling to supply a growing number of certified patients.
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US WA: Editorial: A Lot More Than A Nuisance

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
The Herald, 28 Feb 2014 - Here's another reason you cannot keep your doctor, even you if really, really like him or her: He or she was dealing drugs. In December, Dr. Hieu Tu Le, 40, pleaded guilty to running a prescription mill out of his Everett Mall Way clinic, Northwest Green Medical, Levi Pulkkinen of SeattlePI.com reported. In his plea, Le admitted he simply sold pain pills directly to patients, ditching the charade of prescriptions. (During the lengthy DEA investigation, it was noted patients leaving the clinic never availed themselves of the pharmacy next door.)
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CN BC: Council Won't Let Delta Go To Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
Delta Optimist, 28 Feb 2014 - Civic Legislation Prohibits Growing or Selling of Medical Marijuana Delta council has approved a bylaw amendment prohibiting the production, storage, research or sale of medical marijuana anywhere in the municipality. Civic politicians unanimously agreed to grant third reading to the bylaw Tuesday following a public hearing at municipal hall.
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US GA: Dempsey Backs 'Restrictive' Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
Rome News-Tribune, 28 Feb 2014 - The Bill Would Allow for Further Research into Treating Seizure Disorders. Personal stories of frustration and lengthy deliberation led a state House committee to unanimously approve a bill that would permit medical marijuana to be grown and used in Georgia for treatment of severe seizure disorders.
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US NJ: Parents Rally at Statehouse to Clear Red Tape on

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 28 Feb 2014 - TRENTON - On Thursday, just steps away from Gov. Chris Christie's Statehouse office, a slew of desperate and distraught parents begged the administration to re-evaluate the stringent guidelines of the state's current medical marijuana law to help get the medicine their suffering children need to live a better life. "My daughter died because she didn't have a chance," said Phil Joana, whose 15-month-old daughter, Sabina Rose, died in December after suffering a 24hour Tonic clonic seizure. The baby was diagnosed with Drevet Syndrome and was in arduous process of obtaining a state issued Medical Marijuana Card when she passed away. "She only celebrated one birthday, one time putting her feet in the water and only one Christmas."
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US: Parents Pushing to Get Marijuana Extract for Children With

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 28 Feb 2014 - CHICAGO - Nicole Gross was so desperate to find relief for her son's near-constant, debilitating seizures that she moved him from Naperville, Ill., to Colorado so he could receive medical marijuana. Weeks after Chase Gross, 8, started taking a marijuana oil extract through a dropper, his mother believed she saw a dramatic decrease in the number of daily seizures he suffered, allowing him to make developmental leaps, like dressing himself and learning several new sign language words, since his condition has left him unable to speak.
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US FL: OPED: Those Who Say Smoked Pot Is Safe Just Blowing

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 28 Feb 2014 - The current ballot initiative in Florida will result in 'pot mills,' not unlike the devastating 'pill mills' that have made our state infamous. If trial lawyers and out-of-state billionaires have their way, Florida will join states like California and Colorado by creating a massive industry selling things like marijuana cookies, lollipops and candies - all in the name of "medicine." In those states, the average "medical" marijuana user is a 30-something white male with a history of drug abuse, and no history of HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or any of the conditions touted by advocates in campaign mode.
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