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US WA: Canna-Bust

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 06 Jul 2016 - Little Drama, Lots of Doubts as Washington's Medical Marijuana Industry Goes Dark It's not yet clear how many patients will switch to licensed stores, versus going underground. Today is the first day on which authorities have vowed to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries which lack government-issued cannabis licenses. Our cover story this week unpacks the history of that vow. By all appearances, the day has come and gone without any major drama.
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US WA: Forced Into The Black Market

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:00
The Stranger, 06 Jul 2016 - On July 1, Washington State's medical marijuana market disappeared. Here's why the most needy patients will likely suffer. On July 1, Washington State's medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives officially closed, leaving only state-licensed recreational stores to serve patients.
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Chronicle AM: CA Init Officially Prop 64, NJ Gov Vetoes Needle Exchange Expansion, More... (7/5/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 20:48

The California marijuana legalization initiative now has an official ballot number, the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative has lots of money, Chris Christie vetoes funding for needle exchange expansion in New Jersey, and more.

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Arizona Legalization Campaign Flush With Cash. The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol handed in 100,000 more signatures than needed to qualify its initiative for the ballot last week, and it looks to have the money to campaign for it through November. Campaign finance reports filed last Friday show that the campaign has raised more than $2.2 million, with most of it coming from the Marijuana Policy Project. Anti-legalization forces operating as Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, have raised about $690,000, less than a third as much as the legalization forces.

California's Legalization Initiative Will be Proposition 64 on the November Ballot. After some weekend confusion thanks to conflicting reports from the Secretary of State's office, the matter is settled: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative will appear on the ballot as Proposition 64.

Even in Conservative San Diego County, Legalization Has Majority Support. A new San Diego Union-Tribune poll has support for marijuana legalization at 56% in the county, home to military bases and retirees. Two-thirds (67%) of Democrats supported legalization, but only 38% of Republicans did.

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Dispensaries Will Generate Millions for Hawaii, New Report Says. The Aloha State finally got around to allowing dispensaries to operate this year, and now a report from the Hawaii Dispensary Alliance says they could generate between $12 million and $38 million in revenues in their first year in operation. That figure could grow to as much as $80 million by 2018, the group said, citing an anticipated increase in patient numbers.

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New Jersey Governor Uses Line Item Veto to Kill Needle Exchange Expansion. Gov. Chris Christie (R) resorted to the line item veto to eliminate funding for the expansion of needle exchange programs. Lawmakers in both houses had approved the expansion, but Christie cut the funding for it that was contained in the budget bill sent to him last week. Advocates still hope Christie will sign the needle exchange expansion bill, but how it would be funded remains an open question.

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CN ON: Column: Vending Machines The New Pot Pushers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 05 Jul 2016 - Drug stores, the LCBO and "medical" dispensaries are scrambling to get a piece of the coming pot pie - but we're forgetting one obvious, time-tested sales venue. Vending machines. Imagine. Press "select" for kush, skunk, granddaddy purple, diesel or Acapulco gold, as if you're are choosing a Pepsi or a Wunderbar. Simple. Quick. Low overhead. Half-baked? No way, dude.
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Canada: Weed May Be Controlled Substance, Ottawa Says

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 05 Jul 2016 - Justice Minister Encourages Law Enforcement to Continue Crackdown on Cannabis Users Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government warns legalized recreational marijuana will be a strictly controlled substance - so much so that even homegrown weed may be prohibited.
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US CA: California Marijuana Exhibit Spurs Debate on

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 05 Jul 2016 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Marijuana is the focus of a history and science exhibit, "Altered State: Marijuana in California," a one-of-its-kind show at the Oakland Museum of California. Set against the backdrop of a California ballot measure this year asking voters to legalize marijuana's recreational use, the exhibition features artwork, political documents, posters, scientific displays, and multimedia exhibits to provoke debate. "We have designed an open and participatory experience to engage anyone who has an opinion or wants to learn more about the complex issues," said Sarah Seiter, associate curator of natural sciences.
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US CA: Calif. Pot Exhibit Aims for Debate on Provocative Plant

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 05 Jul 2016 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It's known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, "Reefer Madness." Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit.
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US OH: Medical Pot Raises Ethics Issues

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 05 Jul 2016 - Ohio Supreme Court Board Asked to Weigh In. Attorneys are asking whether Ohio's new medical marijuana law that bars employers from disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses applies to them.
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