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US WA: Seattle Sends Warning Letters to 300 Medical-Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 Oct 2014 - Need to Be Licensed or Shut Down But State Hasn't Set Up Licensing System Yet (AP) - The city of Seattle is warning more than 300 medical-marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered.
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US DC: Column: Colorado's Pot Surprise

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 24 Oct 2014 - LoDo Wellness Center, which calls itself the largest marijuana dispensary in the trendy Lower Downtown ("LoDo") area, is a mellow place, decorated with Oriental rugs, sofas and statues of Buddha. Yet there's a moment of mild tension when you arrive: Staff members politely insist on proof that you are either older than 21 and eligible to shop in the "retail" area or older than 18 with a doctor approved "red card" for access to the private "medical" area. The latter is on the other side of a door marked "must remain locked at all times."
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Chronicle AM: NAACP & NOW Support DC Init, Pot Shop ATM Problems, Mexico Impunity, More (10/23/14):

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 20:44

Marijuana retailers face ATM problems, Seattle dispensaries get a heads up, the DC initiative wins a pair of endorsements, California's Prop 47 is drawing big bucks support, the Mexico missing student teacher story gets uglier, and more. Let's get to it:

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Pew Poll: Latinos Are Even Split on Marijuana Legalization. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that Latino voters are slightly less likely than the population as a whole to favor marijuana legalization, but are almost evenly divided in their opinions. Some 49% said marijuana should be legal, while 48% said it shouldn't. A Pew poll earlier this year found support for marijuana legalization among the general population at 53%.

Banking Network Pulls the Plug on Pot Shop ATMs. Hundreds of recreational and medical marijuana retail outlets in Colorado and Washington have had their ATMs shut down after the South Dakota-based MetaBank pulled the plug on them. MetaBank had warned ATM providers in January that the presence of such machines in marijuana retail outlets violated federal rules, but shops had remained unaffected until this week. Other retail outlets using different bank networks were still able to process transactions.

DC Initiative Wins Endorsement from NAACP, NOW Branches. The DC marijuana possession and cultivation legalization initiative, Measure 71, has picked up the endorsements of the local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Organization for Women (NOW). "The NAACP DC Branch strongly advocates to end the war on drugs, which has caused significant damage in our communities. Endorsement of Initiative 71 does not mean that the NAACP is pro marijuana, however, we view Initiative 71 as a step towards ending discriminatory drug policies." said Akosua Ali, President of the NAACP DC Branch. "Criminalization of marijuana has played a major role in the racial disparities and injustice in the criminal justice system," said Susan Mottet, president of DC NOW. "DC NOW works to end all discrimination in DC and urges the voters to pass Initiative 71 to help put an end to this tool for discrimination."

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Seattle Warns Dispensaries They Will Need Licenses, But… The city of Seattle has sent letters to 330 dispensaries operating there that they will need to be licensed by the state. The only problem is there is no such license for medical marijuana businesses. The city council had placed the requirement on hold until the state legislature decides whether and how to license dispensaries, but the letter warns that as of January 1, 2015 (or January 1, 2016 if the legislature doesn't act before then), dispensaries must have state licenses or close their doors. Click on the title link to see the letter.

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California Defelonization Initiative Picking Up Big Bucks Support. Proposition 47, he initiative that would defelonize drug possession and some other offenses, is getting generous contributions from California-based technology mavens and other business figures, but those donations are being dwarfed by the ACLU, which has contributed more than $3 million. Some of the big names include Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ($246,000); Cari Tuna, the wife of Facebook billionaire Dustin Moskovitz ($150,000), Democratic Party funder Quinn Delaney ($100,000), Hyatt Development Corporation CEO Nick Pritzer ($250,000), and app maker Sean Parker ($100,000).

International

OAS Drug Commission Meets in Colombia. The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) met in Cartagena, Colombia, yesterday and today, and addressed the consensus among countries that prison overcrowding in the Americas is a real problem, with more than 1.5 million people detained for drug offenses. The results of this initiative will be presented at the upcoming biannual meeting of CICAD that will take place in Guatemala during the third week of November.

Canadian House of Commons Report on Cannabis Harms. The Conservative-dominated House of Commons has issued a report on the harms of marijuana. It recommends raising "public awareness and knowledge of the risks and harms associated with marijuana use." Click on the link to read the report.

NACLA on Race, Class, and Cannabis in the Caribbean. The venerable North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) has published a thoughtful piece about marijuana reform in the Caribbean, The Other Side of Paradise. In in, author Kevin Edmonds cites Caribbean activists to the effect that the region must act effectively on reforms or risk losing its lucrative, but currently illicit, pot crops to imported marijuana from places where it's already legal. An interesting read.

Case of Missing Mexican Student Teachers Unveils Tight Ties Between Local Officials, Drug Gang. Mexico's top prosecutor said Wednesday that the mayor of Iguala and his wife ordered the attack on 43 radical student teachers who have been missing for a month now, and that the wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, was the "principal operator" of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, which is being blamed for disappearing the students. Jesus Murillo Karam said the mayoral couple ran the group's illegal activities out of Iguala's city hall. City hall was attacked again Wednesday by protestors demanding the return of the students, and thousands marched in Mexico City to demand justice in the case, which is turning into a national scandal epitomizing the breadth of corruption and impunity in the country. Several mass graves have been found in the area, but the bodies in them haven't been identified as those of the missing students. That raises another touchy question: Whose bodies are in the mass graves?

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US CA: Column: A Big Stick

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Oct 2014 - With law enforcement raids and private paramilitary security agencies running through Humboldt's hills enough to strike fear in the hearts of marijuana growers, one of California's previously benign regulatory agencies will soon attempt to make a splash in the marijuana world. The State Water Resources Control Board is due to begin an aggressive civil enforcement campaign against marijuana growers who are affecting water quality in Northern California.
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US FL: OPED: Yes: Benefits Would Be Far-Reaching

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 23 Oct 2014 - YES: BENEFITS WOULD BE FAR-REACHING Caregivers are now being called drug dealers by opponents of Amendment 2. As a medical consultant and a police officer's daughter, I am horrified by the comparison.
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US FL: OPED: No: Too Risky For State Businesses

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 23 Oct 2014 - NO: TOO RISKY FOR STATE BUSINESSES In recent months, many Americans, myself included, have become educated on the medicinal benefits that cannabis may provide to patients who have some terrible illnesses. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte's Web law that allows medicinal cannabis for Floridians battling illnesses such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease and various types of cancer.
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US FL: OPED: A Vote For Marijuana Is A Vote For Compassion

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 23 Oct 2014 - This November, voters all across the country will cast their ballots and make important decisions about the future of our nation. In Florida, voters will face no shortage of consequential choices. For many of my constituents, our state's medical marijuana amendment is of the greatest significance. Florida's Amendment 2 will allow voters the opportunity to answer a fundamental question about the character of our state and its people. Should patients in Florida have the ability to adhere to their doctor's recommendations without fearing criminal punishment? Should Florida's patients have access to the same treatment options that patients of other states already enjoy? Should we, as citizens, treat sick and suffering Floridians with compassion and respect?
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CN NK: RCMP's Reefer Madness

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
NOW Magazine, 23 Oct 2014 - Medpot Mountie Cpl. Ron Francis's Battle to Smoke Out RCMP's PTSD Denial Ends in Suicide Just a few weeks ago I was teaching RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis how to vaporize his medical marijuana. He promised to check back in, but we never had another virtual session. He was found dead in his Kingsclear First Nation, New Brunswick, home on Monday, October 6, apparently a suicide.
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US FL: Editorial: Constitutional Amendments

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Miami Herald, 23 Oct 2014 - AMENDMENT 1 Florida's natural environment is its bread and butter, its tourist magnet, its lush and storied history and, if voters approve this amendment, its glorious future. Amendment 1 would use existing state revenue - money that already is being paid into state coffers - and dedicate it to purchase and preserve natural areas and wildlife habitat for the next 20 years.
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US CO: Column: What's Up With The New MMJ Cards?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 23 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: I saw they are getting rid of the red card for a new, smaller card. What's up with that? Blue Over Red Dear Blue: It's true. After nearly fifteen years of listening to patients gripe about the hassle of cumbersome paper "red cards," the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has begun issuing credit-card-sized medical marijuana cards. The new design will "significantly reduce" the need for replacements, according to the CDPHE. Complete with a Colorado-seal hologram, the new cards are a welcome change that brings us up to the mid-1990s in ID-card technology.
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US CA: Medi-Pot Mess Draws Ire

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 23 Oct 2014 - Federal Official Calls on California to Regulate Medical Marijuana Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole recently warned that the federal government may step in if California doesn't implement a statewide regulatory system for the use and distribution of medical marijuana.
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US AZ: Column: Sitting Atop

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 23 Oct 2014 - The Green Halo's grow helps them serve their large clientele Tucson has spoken, and it's saying The Green Halo is the best of the best in medical marijuana dispensaries. Voted on by the general public in the Tucson Weekly's annual "Best of Tucson," The Green Halo, opened Jan. 1, 2013 as the second dispensary in Tucson and third in Arizona, has become a household name in the medical marijuana industry, and as a wholesaler of more than 50 dispensaries, its product can be found throughout the state.
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US CA: Dueling Measures

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 23 Oct 2014 - Two Medi-Pot Cultivation Items Bring Confusion to the Ballot When it comes to Measures A and B, confusion reigns supreme. That's because they're both related to the growing of medical marijuana, and proponents of each side are using similar slogans: Yes on A, No on B vs. No on A, Yes on B.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:07

There's a national "vote medical marijuana" campaign, Colorado won't ban edibles, the Florida initiative appears to be in trouble, Massachusetts patients can start registering, and more. Let's get to it:

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On Sunday, Americans for Safe Access launched a "Vote Medical Marijuana" campaign. The medical marijuana defense and advocacy group aims to educate voters ahead of next month's elections with a new 30-second online TV advertisement that aired on Sunday cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington state. The campaign also includes an interactive online voters' guide at VoteMedicalMarijuana.org. Check it out at the links.

California

Last Friday,the bell tolled for San Jose dispensaries. There is about to be a dramatic decrease in access to medical marijuana in San Jose. The city had up to 80 dispensaries this summer, but only six have permits, which means that as of last Friday, the rest must shut down. Forty-seven more have filed for permits, but 20 have been denied and 20 more remain under review. The move comes after the city passed a strict new dispensary ordinance earlier this year. An effort to challenge it with an initiative came up short.

On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa city clerk certified an initiative for the ballot. The Act to Restrict and Regulate the Operation of Medical Marijuana Businesses (ARRO) gathered well over the number of signatures necessary to make the ballot in a special election. That could be avoided if the city council approves the ARRO at its November 18 meeting. The initiative would allow up to eight dispensaries in the city.

Colorado

On Monday, the health department backed away from a proposal to ban most edibles. The Department of Public Health and Environment had told state regulators they should ban most edibles, but backed away from that idea after a firestorm of criticism.

Florida

Last Thursday, another poll had the Florida initiative coming up short. A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll had the Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative at 48% of the vote with 44% opposed and 7% undecided. Because the initiative is a constitutional amendment, it needs 60% to win. This is just the latest in a series of polls showing the initiative failing to reach that mark. Click on the link for more poll details.

Guam

On Monday,a judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the vote on a medical marijuana initiative. A US district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month's vote on a legislative medical marijuana initiative. Attorney Howard Trapp had sued to block the vote last month on the grounds that a "legislative submission" was illegal under Guam law, but the judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying that Trapp didn't have legal standing to bring it.

Massachusetts

Last Friday, the health department announced that patients can now register for state ID cards. Patients need to get them by February 1; after that date, unregistered patients will have no legal protections.

Missouri

On Tuesday, the health department announce it is about to begin taking applications to grow low-THC, high-CBD medical marijuana. People who want to grow high-CBD, low-THC marijuana for medical purposes under a new state law can begin submitting applications to the state Department of Health beginning November 3. The state will license two growers, and the window for applications is 30 days. The growers must operate as nonprofits and must produce marijuana that is less than 0.3% THC.

Oregon

Last Thursday, a circuit court judge ruled local governments can ban dispensaries. In a case brought by the town of Cave Junction, Judge Pat Wolke ruled that nothing in the state's dispensary law or another law enacted last year that let localities impose yearlong dispensary moratoriums bars them from instituting outright bans. State city and county associations had argued strenuously that local governments had that ability.

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

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Chronicle AM: UT Defelonization Proposed, TX Pot Bills Coming, Afghan Opium Fiasco, More (10/22/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:32

Texas will see marijuana reform legislation next year, "Brownie Mary" Democratic Clubs come to California's East Bay, Utah will consider drug defelonization, Afghan poppy fiasco, and more. Let's get to it:

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Marijuana Policy Project Takes Aim at Texas. The Marijuana Policy Project is working with legislators in Austin to craft a trio of marijuana reform bills to be pre-filed next month. One would decriminalize pot possession, one would allow medical marijuana, and one would be a tax and regulate legalization bill. Click on the title for more details.

California "Brownie Mary" Democratic Clubs Spread to East Bay. Pro-marijuana legalization Democrats have organized the first "Brownie Mary" Democratic Club in the East Bay area. "Brownie Mary" Rathbun was a pioneering medical marijuana activist in San Francisco in the days before Prop 215, and the clubs are a means to articulate a marijuana reform agenda in Democratic Party circles. Now, Alameda County has one. There are others in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Francisco counties.

Sentencing

Utah Could Defelonize Drug Possession, Make Other Sentencing Reforms. The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Wednesday unveiled a sweeping series of proposed criminal justice reforms, including reducing simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Other proposals would make drug sales the lowest degree felony and rework "drug free zone" statutes to focus on crimes where children are present. The proposals are expected to go before the legislature in January.

Law Enforcement

A Tale of Two Texas SWAT Drug Raids Where Officers Were Killed. Mother Jones magazine examines the results in two recent Texas SWAT drug raids that left police officers dead. In one case, the shooter was a white marijuana grower. In the other, the shooter was a black man who had a glass pipe. Guess which one got charged with murder and which one didn't. A good, provocative read; check it out at the link.

International

US Spent $7.6 Billion to Fight Afghan Opium Poppy Cultivation, But It's Now at An All-Time High. The US special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction has called into question US drug policy there after finding that, despite the US spending $7.6 billion to fight the opium trade since it invaded in 2001, the amount of land dedicated to poppy cultivation is at an all-time high of 523,000 acres. "In past years, surges in opium poppy cultivation have been met by a coordinated response from the US government and coalition partners, which has led to a temporary decline in levels of opium production," John Sopko said in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and other top US officials. "The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of those prior efforts,"he said on Tuesday. "With deteriorating security in many parts of Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases in cultivation are likely in 2014," he added.

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US FL: North Port Considers Marijuana Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 22 Oct 2014 - The cities of North Port and Venice are looking to limit medical marijuana operations within their boundaries, but are carefully looking to other communities at ways to do so. The North Port City Commission during a special meeting Tuesday was poised to pass an ordinance, but chose instead to send it to the Planning and Zoning Board for further input.
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US FL: JAX Chamber Board Officially Opposes Legalizing Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Florida Times-Union, 22 Oct 2014 - The JAX Chamber board of directors formally came out in opposition to the Florida ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medicinal marijuana. Early voting is already underway this week where voters are considering Amendment 2 on the ballot among other electoral issues and political races with the Nov. 4 election day approaching. But Tuesday, the JAX Chamber officially opposed the referendum question because of its wording "ambiguity" and, the board said, it would be bad for business, despite figures from the marijuana lobby that state otherwise.
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Canada: Opposition Says Marijuana Report Lacks Key Details

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Oct 2014 - The release of a final report on marijuana by the House of Commons health committee has opposition MPs accusing the Conservatives of whitewashing all expert advice that disagrees with the government's stand. The report summarizes a study that was controversial from the start because the committee's mandate was to look at "marijuana's health risks and harms," which prompted concerns the outcome was intended to fit with the government's political messaging against the drug.
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US CA: Column: The Weed Vote

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 22 Oct 2014 - THE WEED VOTE Power players in Sacramento are finally taking Nate Bradley's phone calls. It only took a few years, a couple billion dollars in future business potential, and as many as one million votes.
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US CA: Column: Say Hello to Oakland's Eighth Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 22 Oct 2014 - Telegraph Health Center in North Oaklanders is a great new spot. Plus, Richmond grosses nearly $1 million in pot taxes, and sungrown deals abound. Oakland's eighth medical cannabis dispensary Telegraph Health Center has a perfect acronym - THC - and a really solid collection of about twenty flowers, plus various concentrates and edibles available for patients.
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