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US MA: Police Fear Increase In DUI-Marijuana With Liberalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 08 Sep 2014 - VIOLATION 'EXTREMELY HARD TO PROVE' The local law-enforcement community says it is bracing for additional DUI-marijuana cases, which are hard to prove. At issue is what they say is the potential for greater access to pot in Massachusetts because of this year's introduction of medical marijuana facilities, the 2009 decriminalization of an ounce or less of street-level marijuana, and a possible statewide ballot question to legalize it outright.
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CN ON: Whiff Of Adventure At High Park Pot Hunt

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 08 Sep 2014 - Coupons tucked away for free paraphernalia - and cheaper weed with valid prescription There's weed in them thar hills, you might say, and at high noon the hunt was on. Seekers of hidden treasure fanned out across High Park on Sunday - an assortment of marijuana enthusiasts and medicinal users who scuttled through bushes and checked under garbage bins in search of their promised bounty.
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CN ON: Trouble in 'high' park?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 Sep 2014 - Municipal candidate rips marijuana treasure hunt High Park was abuzz Sunday with pot enthusiasts searching for $25,000 worth of marijuana prizes. The second annual marijuana treasure hunt - organized by the Marijuana Info Bureau of Toronto - started at noon with participants using a map which was provided through Twitter and via test message.
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US FL: Editorial: Uncertainty Encircles Medical Marijuana, but

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 08 Sep 2014 - The legalization of medical marijuana has long looked like a sure thing in Florida, with polls showing overwhelming majorities in favor. But with less than two months until the state votes on a constitutional amendment to legalize it, a new statewide poll shows more uncertainty - 1 in 6 voters haven't yet considered it - than had previously been thought. This should be no surprise. In the strange world of medical marijuana, uncertainty is one of the few constants. With the narcotic still illegal under federal law, any legalization or partial legalization at the state level is itself a foray into uncertainty. Legal in the eyes of some government agencies but illegal to others, medical marijuana occupies a bizarre space in the 23 states where it is now permitted. This leads to all sorts of legal and practical conflicts, ones that Floridians will have to deal with if the amendment does receive the necessary 60 percent of votes cast in November.
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US: Legal Use Of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 08 Sep 2014 - DENVER - Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls for a Colorado satellite-television provider. So when his employer, Dish Network, asked Mr. Coats to take a random drug screen, he was not surprised when the test came back positive for marijuana. He told his bosses why, but when he got to work the following week, he said, "my card wouldn't open up the door." He was fired for violating the company's drug-free workplace rules, despite having a medical marijuana card.
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US IL: 2,000 Seek Medical Marijuana ID Cards

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 06 Sep 2014 - Jim Champion was the first person to submit an application to legally use medical marijuana in Illinois. Champion led the pack of more than 2,000 seriously ill Illinoisans who have sent in applications seeking to use medical pot, according to state officials on Friday. Officials started accepting the paperwork Tuesday, beginning with letters A through L.
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CN ON: Medical Marijuana Service Centre Opens Doors

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:00
Guelph Mercury, 06 Sep 2014 - GUELPH - Medical marijuana services in Guelph just moved up the mainstream health care ladder a few steps. Starting on Tuesday, the doors will open for client services at the new location of MedCannAccess Solution Centre in the Old Quebec Street Mall.
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Chronicle AM: OR Init Foes May Be Using Federal Funds, Infamous Anniversary, More (9/5/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 20:31

Are federal funds helping to oppose the Oregon initiative? Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) wants to know. Plus, Hawaii dispensary hearings loom, Charles Bowden dies, and today marks an infamous anniversary. Let's get to it:

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Oregon US Representative Calls for Federal Investigation into Use of Public Funds to Oppose Legalization Initiative. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has sent a letter to SAMSHA calling for immediate federal investigation into the possible misuse of federal funds to sponsor the "Oregon Marijuana Education Tour," which is filled with anti-legalization operatives and which comes as Oregonians prepare to vote on Measure 91, the legalization initiative. Click on the title link to read the letter and associated attachments.

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Princeton Employee on Paid Leave over Medical Marijuana Use. Princeton University campus dining manager Don DeZarn, who had been told to choose between his job and his medicine after he began legally using medical marijuana this summer, is now on paid leave as the school attempts to resolve the issue. The problem arose after DeZarn said he might use the drug while at work and school public safety officials raised concerns he could be impaired and might accidentally give a student with food allergies the wrong item (or something).

Hawaii Dispensary Task Force to Hold Public Hearings This Month. A task force created by the state legislature to address dispensary issues will hold public hearings next week in Hilo and on September 24 in Honolulu. Click on the link for more details and information about how to submit public comments.

Drug Policy

25 Years Ago Today, George HW Bush Waved a Bag of Crack on TV. Today is the 25th anniversary of President George HW Bush's infamous oval office speech escalating the war on drugs. In that speech, he waved at viewers an evidence bag containing crack cocaine that he warned had been sold in Lafayette Park, just across the street from the White House. Only later was it revealed that the dealer who delivered the crack had no idea where the White House or Lafayette Park were, and that he had to be given directions by DEA agents. Bush used the speech to ask for "more jails, more prisons, more courts, and more prosecutors" to fight the drug war, and largely got them.

Obituaries

Charles Bowden, Chronicler of the Southwest's Drug Wars, Dead at 69. Chronicler of the American Southwest and the brutal violence along the border sparked by Mexico's drug wars Charles Bowden has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at age 69. A vivid and evocative writer, Bowden's "Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America" achingly described environmental and social alienation in the Southwest (and turned your correspondent on to him), but in the last two decades he focused increasingly on the border and the drug wars. His insightful, critical, and horrifying books on the subject include "Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields," "Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family," and "A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior." Bowden is gone, but his work remains. Check it out.

International

Austrian Activists Seek Parliamentary Inquiry on Marijuana. Legalize Austria is demanding a parliamentary inquiry into its proposal to remove marijuana from the country's drug laws. The group so far has more than 20,000 signatures on a petition to that effect and is seeking 80,000 more. The move comes as the Austrian Young Greens are also on a legalization campaign.

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Costa Rica: Advocates Of Drug Policy Reform Have A New Voice In Costa

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:00
The Tico Times, 05 Sep 2014 - LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police, says that drug policy needs to focus on health first, not criminal prosecutions, during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Costa Rica will become the first country in Central America to host a branch of the drug policy reform organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the group announced at a press conference Friday morning. The announcement took place after a week of debate on drug policies in the Americas at the Fifth Latin American and First Central American Conference on Drug Policy in San Jose. LEAP, a 13-year-old nonprofit organization of current and former law enforcement members, aims to legalize illicit drugs as a solution to the violence and corruption that has snaked its way across the Americas in the last five decades. LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police in the United States, told The Tico Times that he is excited to finally have an active branch of the group in Central America.
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US FL: Anti-Medical-marijuana Forces About To Spend Big

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 05 Sep 2014 - If John Morgan expects to match opponents' TV advertising in the medical-marijuana campaign, he might have to spend millions more of his own dollars to do so. Morgan and others supporting Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot have received thousands of campaign donations, including scores of thousand-dollar checks from businesses that could make money from it.
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CN ON: Fuming Over Pot Plant

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 05 Sep 2014 - Proposed Amendments Over Zoning Bylaw That Could Allow a Medical Marijuana Business Causes Uproar INNISFIL - Even the possibility of a legal, commercial medical marijuana operation being allowed in Innisfil has some residents smoking mad.
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Chronicle AM: Massive Marijuana Poll, Saudis Behead Four for Drugs, CA Defelonization Init, More (9/4/2014)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:57

Massive marijuana poll has good news, Cornhuskers ponder legalization "problems," another Florida medical marijuana poll is out, a California defelonization initiative quietly advances, another drug war death, Saudis behead four people for drug trafficking, and more. Let's get to it:

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Massive Online Polling Survey Finds 58% Support for Legalization. The online polling data company CivicScience has released the results of a massive, two-year online poll that asked more than 450,000 US adults whether they would "support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol." Some 39% said they strongly supported, and another 19% said they somewhat supported the idea. That's 58% for legalization. Support is even higher in the last three months, with 61% of recent respondents saying they favored legalization. The results are music to the ears of Marijuana Majority head Tom Angell. "This huge poll is yet another indication that marijuana legalization is officially a mainstream issue. With ending prohibition polling better with voters than most elected officials do these days, it'll be really interesting to see which 2016 contenders realize that supporting marijuana reform is good politics and which still don't get it," he said.

Nebraska Legislature to Consider "Problems" of Colorado Marijuana Legalization. Next Monday, the legislature's Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on LR 520, a resolution "to gather information about the developing problems that law enforcement is encountering since the State of Colorado legalized the sale and recreational use of marijuana." The Marijuana Policy Project is encouraging legislators to examine all the results of legalization in Colorado, not just the "problems."

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New Florida Poll Has Medical Marijuana Initiative Coming Up Just Short. A new Florida Decides poll has a majority in favor of the Measure 2 medical marijuana initiative, but not the supermajority needed to pass a constitutional amendment. The poll had support at 57%, but 60% is needed. But the poll also had 17% undecided, and if only a fraction of the undecided break in favor of the initiative, it could win. Another poll earlier this week had support at 64%.

Law Enforcement

Ohio Man Kills Himself During Marijuana Garden Raid Stand-Off. An Ashville, Ohio, man shot and killed himself after a two-hour stand-off at a property where he was growing marijuana Tuesday evening. Timothy Sturgis, 42, becomes the 32nd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Sentencing

California Defelonization Initiative Quietly Awaits Opposition. An initiative that would reduce petty drug (and other) offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, Proposition 47, is qualified for the November ballot and is now quietly waiting for a backlash to emerge. It polled at 57% in June and has $3 million in the bank. Opponents have raised only $8,000. But there are still two months left.

International

Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Foreigners for Drug Trafficking. Three Syrians and an Iranian were executed by beheading for drug trafficking offenses, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. The three Syrians were executed for smuggling "a large quantity of banned amphetamine pills" into the kingdom, and the Iranian was beheading for smuggling "a large quantity of hashish." That makes 45 executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year. It's not clear how many were for drug offenses, but the Saudis also executed four people for hash offenses last month.

Guyana Rastafaris Call for National Marijuana Commission. The Guyana Rastafari Council has called for the creation of a National Marijuana Commission. "Among the resolutions passed at the Council's last General Meeting held at the F.E. Pollard Primary School on August 24, was a call on the Government of Guyana to immediately implement the mandate of the last CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, that each CARICOM member state sets up a National Marijuana Commission to complement the Regional Marijuana Commission to look at decriminalizing marijuana for medical, religious and recreational purposes," the council said.

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