Colorado Springs Independent, 01 Jun 2016 - Third time was the charm for Congress to pass legislation to let Veterans Administration doctors discuss medical marijuana with patients in states where it's legal (like this one!). From a 195-222 failed House vote in 2014 to a narrower 210-213 loss in 2015, this month the House shifted to a 233-189 approval - reflecting the transformation in public opinion over those years. Among the "no" votes that failed to stop the action, co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs. Lamborn, who represents this veteran-laden district and sits on the House Veteran Affairs Committee, has long decried the shortcomings of what he terms "Obama's VA department." Many local vets are as familiar with those shortcomings - the bureaucratic bottlenecking of much-needed care - as they are with elected leaders' failure to effect meaningful reform. And that frustration has fueled the fight for expanded access to medical marijuana to treat the wounds of war, as detailed in the Indy's April 20 cover story "Aim to Heal."
Washington Post, 01 Jun 2016 - The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, nearly as many relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use. Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization, argued that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available - and irresistible - to too many adolescents."
Ventura County Star, 01 Jun 2016 - As president of the California Police Chiefs Association, Ventura police Chief Ken Corney has garnered a lot of media attention for the group's and his own opposition to a November ballot measure that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana use in California. Their objections to the measure, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana 2016, include its allowing those with "serious drug felonies to have a license to run a marijuana shop," said Corney during a recent interview at his Ventura office.
Toronto Sun, 31 May 2016 - City to get blunt with feds The federal government needs to step up and put an end to the confusion surrounding the sale of pot prior to legalizing the popular drug, says Toronto's Board of Health.
New Haven Register, 31 May 2016 - MILFORD - Robert Fiore's childhood onset epilepsy is long under control, but he made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana for those under 18 in Connecticut after watching the CNN special report, "Weed," which featured the remarkable change cannabis oil made in a young girl with epilepsy suffering some 300 seizures a week. I thought, "Why not bring it to Connecticut?" Fiore said.
Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2016 - Businessman Seeks to Open Dispensaries, Share Revenue With Schools From a veranda overlooking Avalon harbor, real estate broker Mark Malan gazed at oceanfront cottages, a curved promenade and passing sailboats with brightly colored pennants.
Register Citizen, 31 May 2016 - MILFORD - Robert Fiore's childhood onset epilepsy is long under control, but he made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana for those under 18 in Connecticut after watching the CNN special report, "Weed," which featured the remarkable change cannabis oil made in a young girl with epilepsy suffering some 300 seizures a week. I thought, "Why not bring it to Connecticut?" Fiore said.
The Union, 30 May 2016 - In his search for "clarity" in his guest column, Bob Hren ought to start with the false premise on which the outdoor cultivation ban was based - that an emergency ordinance was needed to provide Sheriff Royal the additional "tools" needed to deal with "large" outdoor marijuana grows. The outdoor growing ban was part of an emergency ordinance, which amended Nevada County's Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance which had been in effect since 2012. That ordinance set limits on indoor and outdoor grows, established procedures for issuing and contesting abatement notices.
Toronto Sun, 30 May 2016 - Cannabis Culture Refuses To Be Bullied By Police Raids Pot advocates remain defiant after last week's police raids of weed shops with one Toronto dispensary even vowing to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.
Toronto Star, 30 May 2016 - In Fact, Project Claudia Will Drive Some Trade Back Into The Streets What the hell was that all about? It's a question you might have asked yourself after police Chief Mark Saunders' news conference Friday, which was hijacked by a couple of activists whose persistent questioning and arguing left virtually no room for Saunders to answer, for minutes on end.
Deseret News, 30 May 2016 - SALT LAKE CITY - Medical marijuana advocates, stymied in their recent efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, are taking the fight to the nation's capital. They are calling on Utah's congressional delegation to support a bill that would downgrade marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule II substance - something that state legislators urged Congress to do in a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake City.
Toronto 24hours, 30 May 2016 - Pot Dispensaries Still Selling Marijuana Pot advocates remain defiant after last week's police raids of weed shops with one Toronto dispensary even vowing to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.
Toronto 24hours, 30 May 2016 - We have all heard about the "grey" zone when it come to the green stuff ... so let me try to clear the air. Project Claudia will go down in history as a massive blunder for the Toronto Police Services. While officials remain ignorantly justified in the closure of almost 50 medical cannabis storefronts, the law firm representing the dispensaries thinks they have a case against the charges and the city. And I agree.
Globe and Mail, 30 May 2016 - Canada's medical marijuana fiasco came into sharp relief on Thursday when police in Toronto raided 45 illegal pot dispensaries and seized hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and its related products. Activists were outraged, the police were both apologetic and unapologetic, and, as always, the public was confused. The situation is a mess. It is now looking as though the Liberal government should have anticipated Canada's chronic confusion when it announced last month that it would wait an entire year before introducing long-promised legislation to legalize marijuana.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 30 May 2016 - Oroville - There is some agreement among people on both sides of the two marijuana-related issues going before voters June 7. Proponents and opponents of Measures G and H recognize that the two items are modifications to current ordinances that will remain in effect regardless of the outcome. However, both sides see a changing statewide attitude to marijuana and the upcoming vote may be a sign of things to come.
Boston Globe, 30 May 2016 - Massachusetts regulators are pledging to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries after several shops placed low-income patients on waiting lists for discounted products - creating delays that run afoul of state law. A Globe review found that the delays were often months long, effectively denying those low-income patients the discounts state regulations require for anyone with a verified financial hardship, with no cap on the number.
The Jamaica Gleaner, 29 May 2016 - THE GOVERNMENT is targeting annual revenue of US$2 billion from the ganja industry when regulations to govern the sector are finally in place. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley told The Sunday Gleaner of the revenue target, indicating that plans are on in earnest to establish the legal ganja industry, with regulations to govern the trade having been sent to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).
Morning Journal, 29 May 2016 - A group Saturday ended its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio's general election ballot. The Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced that organizers decided with "a heavy heart" to halt collection of signatures to get on the November ballot in the aftermath of passage this past week by state lawmakers of a medical marijuana legalization bill.
Toronto Star, 29 May 2016 - DOOBIES TO YOUR DOORSTEP It's now cheaper to have the makings of a doobie brought to your doorstep by courier than a bundle of organic lettuce. That word came from the country's largest legal cannabis company just two days before police raided dozens of the roughly 80 unlicensed dispensaries across Toronto on Thursday.