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US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the State

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 14 Apr 2014 - Wasn't so long ago police officers used to kick Ed Forchion in his nether regions before they'd arrest him. Now, they ask for his autograph. In short: Things have changed for the NJWeedman. "I was at the Statehouse a few years ago, and I had a weed shirt on," Forchion recalled. "I wasn't even there to protest or anything, I just had to run into the bill room, I wanted to read something, but I was banned from the building and I ended up getting kicked in the (groin) and going to jail." Today? "When I went to pick up my city permit for next week's rally, a Trenton cop asked me for my autograph," he said. "Basically, I'm not a wacko now, not some lone dude screaming about smoking weed. Most people agree with me."
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US MI: Edu: Hash Bash Now 43 Years Strong

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Michigan Times, 14 Apr 2014 - On a sun-kissed, crisp morning as the smoke rose over the crowd of onlookers, John Sinclair started off the high noon event in the Diag alongside his fellow activists, which include Adam Brook and Baby Bri. "Where the powers want our heads to be at, [is] up their ass," says Sinclair as he turns around to see two cops talking with Adam Brook, an activist much like Sinclair, and addresses the officers with "Ah, gentleman. We hope you will obey the laws of Ann Arbor here today [haha]."
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CN BC: Medical Pot Grows Need DNV Approval

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
North Shore News, 13 Apr 2014 - Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of four or more, you'll have to check in with the District of North Vancouver and your neighbours. On Monday, District of North Vancouver council unanimously gave first reading to a bylaw that would ban medical marijuana production and distribution in the municipality.
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US: Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give Marijuana A Second Chance?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 13 Apr 2014 - Are aging baby boomers ready to rekindle a long-ago love affair with marijuana? That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit - for the first time in nearly 80 years - in a new era of medical and recreational use.
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US MD: Ready, Set, Grow

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr 2014 - Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive. Her 3-year-olds, Nicolas and Byron, already have lived longer than expected while battling as many as 30 seizures a day from Miller-Dieker syndrome, a disease that causes brain deformities. Moore hopes a marijuana extract will reduce their seizures.
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US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana Sought

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 12 Apr 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana on Friday filed notice with the Secretary of State's Office that they are trying to get it on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supporters have 90 days after filing the petition, or a determination by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to its sufficiency, whichever is later, to submit the signatures. They are required to obtain 155,216 signatures.
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CN ON: Tires Being Kicked For Medical Pot Grow-Ops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 12 Apr 2014 - A second application to house a medical marijuana production facility in Chatham-Kent is slated to come before municipal council at Monday's planning meeting. A Nova Scotia numbered company is seeking a zoning bylaw amendment to allow for the production of medical marijuana in a former auto parts manufacturing facility at 566 Riverview Dr. in Chatham.
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CN ON: One-Stop Pot Shop A First

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 12 Apr 2014 - Doctor Opens Storefront For Legal Marijuana London has become the unlikely home of Canada's first storefront one-stop pot shop. Options Clinics Canada at 790 Dundas St. will assess patients and dispense authorizations for them to buy medical marijuana online from about 12 federally licensed commercial producers.
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US CA: Marijuana's Thirst Depleting North Coast Watersheds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 12 Apr 2014 - Streams in Northern California's prime marijuana-growing watersheds likely will be sucked dry this year if pot cultivation isn't curtailed, experts say. "Essentially, marijuana can consume all the water. Every bit of it," said state Fish and Wildlife Senior Environmental Scientist Scott Bauer, who specializes in salmon recovery and is working on a study of the issue.
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US VT: Lawmakers Balk At Medical Marijuana For PTSD

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Times Argus, 12 Apr 2014 - MONTPELIER - The House Human Services Committee advanced a medical marijuana dispensary bill Friday without including post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying diagnosis for a medical marijuana card. The committee added a bit of drama to the process, however.
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US: The Man Who Transformed US Culture With Cannabis Seeds And Funk

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 12 Apr 2014 - Gary Tovar's Smuggling Operation Helped Kickstart an Industry and a Festival Los Angeles - Thirty years ago Gary Tovar ran California's largest marijuana operation, smuggling famous varieties such as Acapulco gold and Thai stick into the US and distributing Afghan seeds to growers to kickstart the homegrown industry.
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US NY: Medical Marijuana Inching Toward Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 12 Apr 2014 - ALBANY (AP) - New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill.
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US NY: Support For Some Medical Marijuana Legalization Grows

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 12 Apr 2014 - ALBANY (AP) - New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill.
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US NY: Medical Marijuana Inching Toward Legalization In N.Y.

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 12 Apr 2014 - Albany, N. Y. (AP) - New York is inching toward legalizing some form of medical marijuana as support grows in the state Legislature and is likely to become one of a handful of issues taken up when lawmakers return later this month. But it remains unclear where the drug would come from for either Gov. Andrew Cuomo's limited research program or broader, legalized use under a proposed medical marijuana bill.
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US NJ: OPED: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 12 Apr 2014 - Maryland's marijuana laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffic infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear. Across the country, states are moving to ease punishment for recreational pot use and to make medical marijuana more available. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the drug and are regulating and taxing it like alcohol. With the legislative landscape in such flux, and public opinion shifting quickly in the direction of leniency, Maryland faced a real challenge in getting its laws right. After some anguished back and forth, it did so, mostly.
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US PA: OPED: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 07:00
The Reporter, 12 Apr 2014 - Maryland's marijuana laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffific infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fifine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear. Across the country, states are moving to ease punishment for recreational pot use and to make medical marijuana more available. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the drug and are regulating and taxing it like alcohol. With the legislative landscape in such flflux, and public opinion shifting quickly in the direction of leniency, Maryland faced a real challenge in getting its laws right. After some anguished back and forth, it did so, mostly.
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Chronicle AM -- April 11, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:20

A DC marijuana legalization initiative is about to start signature-gathering, we have a trio of state pot polls, the US Sentencing Commission moves to cut drug sentences, German criminal law professors call for marijuana legalization, and more. Let's get to it:

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DC Legalization Initiative Signature Gathering to Get Underway. Signature gathering for the District of Columbia marijuana legalization initiative will begin April 23, the DC Cannabis Campaign said this week. The campaign needs 25,000 valid signatures by July 7 to qualify for the November ballot. An Alaska legalization initiative has already qualified for the ballot there; DC and Oregon now look like the best chances for more legalization initiatives qualifying for the ballot this year.

Louisiana Poll Has Support for Legalization at 44%. The 2014 Louisiana Survey has support for marijuana legalization at 44%, with 54% opposed. Support for medical marijuana was much higher, at 79%. The survey is conducted annually by the Public Policy Research Lab, or PPRL, and sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs in the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

New Hampshire Poll Has Support for Legalization at 55%. There is solid majority support for legalization in the Granite State. A new WMUR Granite State Poll found found 55% of adults in the state support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use. Only 38% oppose legalization. Support for legalization is up seven points in the last 14 months.

Rhode Island Poll Has Support for Legalization at 48%. More Rhode Islanders support legalization than oppose, but it doesn't quite have majority support just yet, according to a new Brown University poll. The survey has 47.6% supporting legalization, with 39.3% opposed.

Rhode Island Report Says State Could Generate Tens of Millions in Legal Marijuana Tax Revenue. Maybe this will get those poll numbers up. A new report from Open Doors, a local criminal justice reform group, estimates that if the state were to pass a tax and regulate legalization bill, it could gain between $21.5 and $82 million in annual tax revenues. A legal marijuana industry would also create hundreds of new jobs in the state, the report found.

Medical Marijuana

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Senate Committee Hearing, No Action Taken. The Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing held a hearing Thursday on a bill that would allow qualified patients to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of marijuana and buy it from a dispensary. But the committee took no action on Senate File 1641, tabling it until legislators return from the Easter/Passover break.

Tennessee Senate Passes CBD Medical Marijuana Study Bill. The Senate Wednesday approved a CBD medical marijuana study bill. The measure would authorize a limited, four-year study of the effectiveness of cannabis oil on certain types of intractable seizures. A vote is pending in the House.

Drug Policy

Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network Convention To Address Drug War. The largest civil rights convention of the year has the war on drugs on its agenda. A panel called "Up in Smoke: Banning of Menthol, Legalization of Marijuana & Criminalization of African Americans" will address racial justice and the war on drugs Saturday. The convention started Wednesday and continues through Monday. Click on the link for all the details.

Salvia Divinorum

Rhode Island Bill to Ban Salvia Divinorum, Jimson Weed Advances. A bill that would ban the hallucinogenic drugs salvia divinorum and jimson weed has passed the House. House Bill 7191, sponsored by Rep. Arthur Corvese (D-Providence) seeks to target unregulated substances by prohibiting them. It now goes to the state Senate.

Law Enforcement

Maine Drug War Enhancement Bill Passes House. The House approved an amended version of Gov. Paul LePage's (R) bill to respond to drug problems in the state by increasing drug law enforcement. Legislative Document 1811 was amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to add funding for drug treatment and reduce the number of new drug agents, prosecutors and judges to be hired, but is still opposed by groups like the ACLU of Maine. The bill now moves to the Senate.

NYPD's Most Sued Narc Is Off the Streets. Detective Peter Valentin of Bronx Narcotics is off the streets. Valentin, who has been sued at least 28 times since 2006, and three of his colleagues have been placed on modified duty after an Internal Affair Bureau investigation for taking part in drug raids "of dubious merit." The city has already paid out at least $884,000 to settle lawsuits sparked by Valentin's misbehavior, including a case where a nursing mother spent a week on Rikers Island after Valentin arrested her for drug possession even though she truthfully stated that the powder he found in her home was powdered eggshells, not drugs. Dozens of cases in which Valentin and his crew were involved are now in jeopardy.

Collateral Sanctions

Missouri Could End Lifetime Food Stamp Ban for Drug Offenders. Missouri is one of only 10 states that have not opted out of a lifetime federal ban on food stamps for people with drug felonies, but that could change this year. A bill to end the ban, Senate Bill 680, passed the Senate last week and appears to have bipartisan support in the House. Bill sponsor Sen. Kiki Curls (D-Kansas City) said she accepted amendments imposing some restrictions -- retaining the ban for three-time drug felons, requiring a one-year wait for eligibility -- as necessary to move the bill forward.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Votes to Reduce Guidelines for Drug Sentences. The US Sentencing Commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing guidelines for certain people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. The amendment would reduce the average sentence for drug traffickers by 11 months, by lowering the drug sentencing guidelines two levels. Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed the change during testimony before the commission last month. The amendment will go to Congress for its approval on May 1. Congress has six months to introduce and pass legislation to stop the proposed changes before they become law on November 1.

International

German Criminal Law Professors Call for Marijuana Legalization. Over 120 German professors of criminal law are supporting an initiative to legalize cannabis. They have called on the Bundestag to discuss the issue. The professors are part of the "Schildow Circle," founded two years ago by Lorenz Bollinger, professor emeritus of criminal law at Bremen University. Prime Minister Angela Merkel's coalition is skeptical.

Denmark Opens More Safe Injection Sites. Denmark's first safe injection site for hard drug users opened in October 2012. Now there are three in Copenhagen and at least one in each of Denmark's main cities. They have never had a fatal drug overdose on site.

Mexico Intra-Cartel Clashes Leave 28 Dead. At least 28 people have been killed in clashes between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel in northeastern Tamaulipas state since last weekend. Authorities described the fighting as "clashes or score-settling between criminal groups." The fighting comes after the February arrest of local Gulf Cartel leader Javier Garza, "El comandante 14."

Drug Bill in Australia's Capital Territory Will Ban New Drugs, Adjust Quantities That Trigger Dealing Charges. Under legislation proposed yesterday, Australia's Capital Territory (greater Canberra) will increase the quantity of drugs needed to trigger trafficking charges in a bid to separate out users from dealers. The amount of Ecstasy needed to trigger such charges would double, while the amount of cocaine would triple. The bill would also deal with new synthetic drugs by banning them, instead of regulating them, as neighboring New Zealand has done.

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CN ON: One Stop. Pot. London

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Apr 2014 - A London doctor opens a storefront for legal weed on Dundas St. London has become the unlikely home of Canada's first storefront one-stop pot shop. Options Clinics Canada at 790 Dundas St. will assess patients and dispense authorizations for them to buy medical marijuana online from about 12 federally licensed commercial producers.
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US NM: State Lawmaker Wants Feds To Change Border Checkpoint

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 11 Apr 2014 - State Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, has written a letter to two U.S. lawmakers asking them to consider changing the way marijuana laws are enforced at Border Patrol checkpoints in New Mexico and other border states. In the letter, which he sent to U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, McCamley argues that conflicts between federal and state laws regarding marijuana use unfairly punish medical marijuana patients. While law enforcement agents in most areas of the state make allowances for medical marijuana patients, those who must go through border checkpoints are still routinely detained and have their marijuana confiscated.
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US DC: Editorial: Half A Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Apr 2014 - Maryland Lawmakers' Leniency Toward Marijuana Goes Only So Far. MARYLAND'S MARIJUANA laws remain a work in progress. Lawmakers in Annapolis have just enacted a measure to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot, treating it as an offense on a par with minor traffic infractions. But possession of drug paraphernalia - growing equipment, scales, bongs and "roach clips" - can still land you in jail and draw a stiff fine. The logic in this arrangement may be lacking, but the trend is clear.
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