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US FL: Pot Fight Comes To USF Campus

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Oct 2014 - With polls close on the issue of medical marijuana, the Orlando attorney who got Amendment 2 on the November ballot traveled to the University of South Florida's campus here Tuesday to urge young people to make their voices heard. Meanwhile, USF researchers conducted a straw poll on campus to gauge how college-age voters are leaning on candidates and issues alike.
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US PA: Medical Marijuana Bill Hits Brick Wall in PA. House

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:00
The Patriot-News, 07 Oct 2014 - Leaders of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives say they aren't saying: "No, never," when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in Pennsylvania. But they are saying: "No, not yet."
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Jamaica: Pot Decriminalization Bill Drafted in Jamaica

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 07 Oct 2014 - KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - According to Jamaica's justice minister, legislation has been drafted to decriminalize marijuana on the island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a century. Mark Golding told reporters that lawmakers should make possession of 2 ounces or less a petty offense before the end of 2014. He also expects decriminalization for religious purposes to be authorized by then, allowing adherents of the homegrown Rastafarian spiritual movement to ritually smoke marijuana, which they consider a "holy herb," without fear of arrest.
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US FL: Marijuana Fight Hits TV, Streets

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 07 Oct 2014 - Coming soon to a TV near you: anti-pot ads. Coming to a parking lot near you: a pro-pot bus. As Election Day draws nearer, the two sides of the medical marijuana debate have diverged in how they're getting out the message.
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US: Review: Everything You Wanted to Know About Purple Urkle

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Oct 2014 - 'CANNABIS PHARMACY' BY MICHAEL BACKES "Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana" doesn't read like your standard medical self-help book. Take, for example, Part 3, "Varieties of Medical Cannabis." It begins in a traditional manner, by explaining why different varieties of weed might help different conditions. But it goes on to tick off their merits over 60 pages of names that sound like the track list for a '70s album: Grand Daddy Purple is "excellent for bed rest and recovery," Bubba Kush is "an outstanding choice for pain and nausea," and Haze is good for daytime use "since it results in little cognitive impairment." Each of 27 varieties is rated for ease of cultivation, aroma, taste, potency, duration, psychoactivity and other qualities.
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US WA: Column: Be Realistic on Workers and Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 06 Oct 2014 - If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado. As a teenager, Coats was in an automobile accident that left him severely disabled. Now 34, Coats is a quadriplegic who has had a state medical marijuana card since 2009. He worked as a customer service representative for Dish Network from 2007 to 2010, when Dish fired him after he tested positive for marijuana use during a random drug test. Coats sued Dish. On Tuesday, attorneys argued his case before the Colorado state Supreme Court.
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US CA: Column: Just Talking About Marijuana Can Make People Look Silly

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
The Union, 06 Oct 2014 - There's plenty of anecdotal evidence that using illegal drugs makes people stupid. The current "debate" over Measure S suggests that just talking about marijuana can make them look silly. You would think people would focus on the merits of the controversial initiative, which its backers say will clarify current regulations so that medical marijuana growers who want to be in compliance will have a clearer set of guidelines. Opponents contend the result will be more marijuana made available for illegal use and sale.
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US NY: Editorial: Yes To Marijuana Ballot Measures

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Oct 2014 - Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot The decision by California voters in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana produced a wave of similar initiatives around the country. Less than two decades later, over half the states allow at least limited medical use. Now it looks as though recreational use of the drug may follow the same path.
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US FL: OPED: Amendment 2 Not A Political Issue

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 06 Oct 2014 - Like most Floridians, I believe that patients should be able to adhere to their doctor's recommendations without acting in violation of the law. I'm proud to support Amendment 2 this November. It's time for Florida to join the 23 other states that acknowledge the fundamental idea that medical decisions should not be made by politicians, but by doctors in consultation with their patients. Nevertheless, the implementation of Florida's medical marijuana program ought to be done carefully and considerately. When I served as president and CEO of Limited Express and oversaw a company with $1.5 billion in revenue and over 850 retail stores nationwide, I gained valuable first-hand insight into the relationship between business and regulation. As a result of my business experience and my belief that all interests can benefit from smart policymaking, I enthusiastically accepted my invitation to join Florida for Care's Blue Ribbon Commission to help guide the implementation of Florida's medical marijuana program under Amendment 2.
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US OR: Oregon Rolls Out Legal-Pot Proposal Much Different From Washington's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 06 Oct 2014 - PORTLAND - Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station. Unlike in Washington, Price's medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling.
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US FL: OPED: Medical Marijuana Amendment Too Lenient

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 07:00
Bradenton Herald, 05 Oct 2014 - As your sheriff, I have a responsibility to you and our community to share my concerns regarding Amendment 2, and the consequences associated with the amendment should this pass. It is so broadly written that I encourage each of you to read the entire amendment, not just the wording on the ballot. Let me highlight some of these concerns.
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US: Review: A Debate Full Of Smoke And Mirrors

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Oct 2014 - 'The Culture High' Explores Marijuana Decriminalization THE CULTURE HIGH Opens on Friday
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Chronicle AM: CO MedMJ Crackdown, Heroin ODs Up, Mexican Soldiers Charged in Massacre, More (10/2/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:10

A Colorado legislative panel wants to tighten up on medical marijuana, a South Carolina legislative panel studies medical marijuana, the CDC says heroin overdoses are up, a North Carolina county engages in more drug war same old-same old, and there's news from Mexico, too. Let's get to it:

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Colorado Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana. A state legislative panel, the Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee, yesterday recommended filing legislation that would tighten up the medical marijuana caregiver system and clarify that local governments can collect taxes on recreational marijuana. The bill would require all primary caregivers to register with the state. Officials fear that their inability to track caregiver grows under the present system is helping the black market. The bill would limit caregivers to six plants per patient and limit patients to one caregiver. Medical marijuana supporters questioned why a committee charged with revenue issues was concerning itself with medical marijuana laws.

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Panel Meets Today. A joint legislative panel studying the uses of medical marijuana in the state is meeting at the Medical University of South Carolina today. It's the first of three meetings to be held around the state to gather information. The state last year approved a CBD cannabis oil bill; these meetings are designed to help lawmakers gather information and refine the state's marijuana and hemp laws.

Heroin and Prescription Opiates

CDC Report Says Heroin Overdose Death Rate Doubled. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the heroin overdose death rate doubled between 2010 and 2012 in the 28 states covered in the report, but that twice as many people died from prescription opiate overdoses. The study says two things appear to be driving the increase in heroin overdoses: widespread exposure to prescription opiates and increasing rates of opiate addiction, and easier availability of heroin. Click on the link for more details.

Law Enforcement

Craven County, NC, Makes Penny-Ante Drug Roundup. After a "two-month investigation," the Craven County Narcotics Unit and the New Bern Police Narcotics Unit (CNET-the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team) rounded up 16 drug suspects this week, but the charges are less than impressive. Of the 16 people arrested in the big bust, five were charged only with possession of drug paraphernalia (which was also tacked onto nearly everyone else's charges, too), two were charged solely with failure to appear in court, and one was charged with possession of marijuana in jail. Five were charged with "possession with intent to sell" various drugs and one with "possession with intent to sell" marijuana. One person was charged with possession of meth precursors. Of the 16 arrested, only one was arrested on an actual drug trafficking charge.

International

Mexican Special Forces Grab Beltran-Leyva Cartel Head. Hector Beltran Leyva, head of the Beltran Leyva cartel since his brother Arturo was killed by Mexican marines in 2009, was captured at a San Miguel de Allende restaurant yesterday. It's another coup against the cartels for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which has also captured Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and at least two leaders of the feared Zetas cartel.

Three Mexican Soldiers Charged With Murder in Massacre of 22. Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam announced late Tuesday that three soldiers have been charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of 22 people killed in Mexico state on June 30. The military originally said they were cartel members who died in a shoot-out with troops, but witnesses described them being executed after surrendering. Just last week, the Defense Ministry had charged eight of the soldiers with crimes against military justice.

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