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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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US CA: Column: Bye-Bye, Pot Docs?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 10 Mar 2016 - I would be interested in your commentary. First, with regard to doctor's recommendations, there is a prevailing concept that one must go to a "pot doc" and pay good money for a yearly service. In reality, there is a form (CDPH 9044) published by the Department of Public Health that may be utilized by any attending California licensed doctor (your own?) for free and it has no end date built in. There doesn't seem to be much promotion out there for something that seems simple and was the Legislature's original intent.
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US OR: Budding Industry: Five Marijuana Dispensaries Licensed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
The Mail Tribune, 10 Mar 2016 - Medford's wall against pot dispensaries crumbled last year, and cannabis entrepreneurs have wasted no time getting licenses from the state to open medical marijuana stores. "It's good to have quite a few stores in town," said Nina Crawford, a 21-year-old bud tender at the newly opened Kush Gardens at 1067 Court St.
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US AZ: Column: Meaningful Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Mar 2016 - 94 Percent of U.S. Research Is Aimed at Finding Negative Effects of Marijuana Greetings readers. This is my first article for the Tucson Weekly. My Mary Jane Doe cannabis column will be a mix of news, opinions and reviews. Sometimes all in the same article.
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US CA: Column: Not Feelin' The Bern

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 10 Mar 2016 - Marijuana advocates are not donating money to presidential campaigns at anywhere near the level of other causes, according to a recent International Business Times report. The article starts by detailing how little marijuana groups have donated to Bernie Sanders - who's advocated for legalization on the campaign trail - compared to Rand Paul, the one-time Republican candidate who's also backed marijuana reform and who hauled in $24,500 in donations at a single 2015 fundraising event in Colorado. Sanders has received $1,000 from board members of prominent national marijuana advocacy groups.
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US CA: On To The Voters

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:00
The Chico News & Review, 10 Mar 2016 - Protested Pot Ordinances Bound for the Ballot The Butte County Board of Supervisors struggled to maintain control during the public comment period at its regular meeting Tuesday (March 8), directing speakers to stick to the topic of two specific medical marijuana cultivation ordinances and making repeated pleas for civility from rambunctious audience members on both sides of the issue.
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Chronicle AM: US Signals Flexibility on International Drug Reforms, Senate Set to Approve CARA, More... (3/9/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 21:58

In the run-up to UNGASS, the US is signalling some flexibility if other countries want to decriminalize drugs, the Senate is poised to pass a bill to deal with heroin and prescription opiate use, crackdowns could be coming for unpermitted dispensaries in Los Angeles and San Diego, and more.

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Illinois Decriminalization Bill Wins Senate Committee Vote. The Senate Criminal Law Committee voted Tuesday to advance a decriminalization bill, Senate Bill 2228, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago). The bill would drop criminal penalties for possession of less than 10 grams of pot, but also set a limit at which someone can be prosecuted for drugged driving at 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. A decrim bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R); this one attempts to address his concerns by lowering the amount decriminalized, increasing the fine from $100 to $200, and by lowering the nanogram limit.

Colorado Springs Wants Its Cannabis Social Clubs to Go Away. The city council voted Tuesday night to ban "cannabis consumption clubs" despite overwhelming public support for them at the council before the vote was taken. But it isn't going to happen overnight. The council gave the clubs eight years to shut down. In the meantime, they will have to be licensed by the city and pay for the privilege of doing so.

Medical Marijuana

Los Angeles County to Crack Down on Illegal Dispensaries. The county supervisors voted Tuesday to crack down on dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. The county will create a "Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement Team" to shut down and prosecute the unpermitted operations, which have been banned since 2011.

San Diego Licensed Dispensaries Call for Crackdown on Unlicensed Ones. The Association of Cannabis Professionals, which represents licensed dispensaries, is calling on the city to shut down dispensaries operating without a license. There are an estimated 30 unpermitted dispensaries in the city, and the seven licensed ones are claiming they can't compete because of the increased costs they bear to get and stay legal. "The City of San Diego spent nearly four years developing regulations, and our members spent nearly two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, to meet the conditions needed to obtain their permits from the City of San Diego,” says Association President Chris Siegel. “But despite having jumped through all of these hoops and costs, in order to do things right, the City continues to allow unpermitted dispensaries to operate with impunity."

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Senate About to Pass Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Senators voted 83-6 to advance the bill Monday, setting the stage for a final vote sometime this week. The bill, S 524, is sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and has 42 cosponsors. It would provide support drug treatment, education, and prevention initiatives, and expanded prescription drug monitoring programs.

Harm Reduction

Iowa Senate Approves Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Bill. The Senate voted 48-0 Tuesday to approve Senate File 2218, which would allow police, fire departments, EMS programs and others to carry and use naloxone (Narcan), the opioid overdose reversal drug. The bill now goes to the House

International

Top State Department Official Gives Green Light for Other Countries to Decriminalize Drugs. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ("drugs and thugs"), told reporters at the United Nations Tuesday that it was less concerned with how countries attempted to deal with drug problems than with reducing the harms from drug use. "The issue is not precisely whether a government has chosen to decriminalize or not to decriminalize," Brownfield remarked. "It is whether the government is working cooperatively to reduce the harm of a product. A nation can reach its own determination," he added, suggesting that countries should feel free to consider removing penalties for drug use.

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US FL: Column: Marijuana Is On The March In Florida

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 09 Mar 2016 - Marijuana is on the march in Florida. Volusia County made it legal to carry small amounts last week. South Florida counties did it last year.
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US CA: Supervisors Send Butte County Marijuana Rule Changes to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 09 Mar 2016 - Oroville - Butte County voters will decide June 7 whether changes to the county's marijuana rules will go into effect. Responding to two petitions, the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to put changes to the county's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance and right-to-farm rules on the primary election ballot.
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US CO: Column: Ex-Cop Speaks Out on Behalf of Cannabis Clubs

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 09 Mar 2016 - As Colorado Springs city officials ponder the future of cannabis clubs, an argument that's often floated for doing away with them is that they make bad neighbors: Marijuana lures an undesirable crowd that causes a ruckus and disturbs the peace. Not so, says Phil McDonald, owner of the Springs Bikini Bar, which shares a wall with the Speakeasy Vape Lounge. Another club, The Lazy Lion, which was raided by federal agents late last month, is on the same block.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 03/09/2016 - 03:07
A Florida medical marijuana bill goes to the governor, a Utah medical marijuana bill gets killed, Los Angeles supervisors want to crack down on unpermitted dispensaries, so do San Diego licensed dispensaries, and more [image:1 align:right]California 

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County supes voted to crack down on illegal dispensaries. The county supervisors voted Tuesday to crack down on dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. The county will create a "Medical Marijuana Dispensary Enforcement Team" to shut down and prosecute the unpermitted operations, which have been banned since 2011.

Also on Tuesday, San Diego licensed dispensaries called for a crackdown on unlicensed ones. The Association of Cannabis Professionals, which represents licensed dispensaries, is calling on the city to shut down dispensaries operating without a license. There are an estimated 30 unpermitted dispensaries in the city, and the seven licensed ones are claiming they can't compete because of the increased costs they bear to get and stay legal. "The City of San Diego spent nearly four years developing regulations, and our members spent nearly two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, to meet the conditions needed to obtain their permits from the City of San Diego,” says Association President Chris Siegel. “But despite having jumped through all of these hoops and costs, in order to do things right, the City continues to allow unpermitted dispensaries to operate with impunity."

Florida Last Thursday, the House approved a medical marijuana bill. The House approved House Bill 307, which allows terminal patients to use nonsmokable marijuana and adds regulations for dispensing groups, patients, and doctors under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. Similar legislation is moving in the Senate. 

On Monday, the Senate approved the bill. The Senate Monday approved House Bill 307, which would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott (R).

Idaho

Last Thursday,activists halted their initiative campaign in the wake of misstated petition language. New Approach Idaho has stopped its petition campaign after the American Academy of Pediatrics objected to being identified on the front page of the petition as medical marijuana supporters. New Approach Idaho said the misrepresentation of the academy's position—it has called for rescheduling marijuana—was unintentional.

Rhode Island

Last Thursday, a bill to double dispensaries was filed. Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) has filed House Bill 7808, which would increase the number of dispensaries in the state from three to six.

South Dakota 

Last Friday, the medical marijuana initiative got a second chance. State officials will recheck the validity of signatures on the New Approach South Dakota medical marijuana initiative after proponents officially challenged an earlier count that found they came up short on signatures.  Last month, state officials disqualified the initiative after a 5% random sample found that nearly half of them were invalid. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said that her office will conduct a new 5% random sampling "in order to maintain confidence in the petition process." It's still a long shot—the group gathered 16,543 raw signatures and needs 13,871 to qualify for the ballot. That means if even 20% of the raw signatures get thrown out—not an at all unusual event—the initiative effort will fail.

Utah

Last Wednesday, lawmakers approved a resolution calling for marijuana rescheduling. Both houses of the legislature have now unanimously approved a resolution, SCR11, which calls on the federal government to reschedule marijuana after the House approved it yesterday. The resolution now goes to the governor. On Monday, a House committee killed a broad medical marijuana and tried to merge it with another one. The House Health and Human Services Committee effectively killed Senate Bill 73, backed by medical marijuana supporters, then tried to blend in some of its provisions into Senate Bill 89, which would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana products, but would also impose stricter regulations on its use. Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), sponsor of SB 73, said the compromise wasn't good enough. "It's like trying to put live organs in a cadaver and expect some kind of good outcome. It is fundamentally, functionally constructed to fail," Madsen said. "It's entirely possible they wanted it to fail all along. I don't think it's going to come close to meeting any of the needs for the people. It was a placebo bill from the beginning and was intended to torpedo my bill." Medical marijuana activists will now most likely move forward with a threatened initiative. Virginia On Monday, lawmakers approved a CBD cannabis oil bill. The House passed Senate Bill 701, which would allow the cultivation and use of two cannabinoids—CBD and THC-A—for patients suffering from severe epilepsy. The measure has already passed the Senate and now heads the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). 

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

 
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