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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 20:17

A handful of dispensaries open in New York, dispensary applications are now available in Hawaii, it looks like Florida will get another chance to vote for medical marijuana, and more.

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Last Friday, a federal court okayed firing an employee for medical marijuana use. A federal district court in New Mexico has held that an employer is not obligated to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, even when the drug had been supplied to the employee by a state-legal medical marijuana program. The ruling came in the case of an AIDS patient whose job offer was yanked after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a pre-employment drug test. The court noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Arizona

As of Wednesday, Arizona GOP legislators are trying to chip away at medical marijuana access. Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) has filed House Bill 2061, which would bar pregnant women from qualifying for the medical marijuana program, and Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-Scottsdale) has filed House Concurrent Resolution 2019, which removes homeopaths and naturopaths from the list doctors who can issue medical marijuana recommendations.

California

As of Wednesday, a fix was in the works for the state's medical marijuana regulation deadline. Legislators are working to fix a provision of the medical marijuana regulation law that requires localities to pass their own rules by March 1 or face loss of regulatory control to the state. The provision has caused a stampede of cities and counties seeking to get measures in place by that date, with most of them resorting to simple bans. The Senate Finance Committee last week passed a bill to remove the date.

Florida

Last Monday, the medical marijuana initiative campaign handed in signatures. United for Care, the group leading the campaign, handed in more than one million raw signatures to state officials. The group needs only 683,149 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. In 2014, United for Care's initiative failed even though it won 58% of the vote. Because it was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass.

Hawaii

Last Tuesday, dispensary applications became available online. Applications must be submitted online and will only be accepted during the application period of Jan. 12, 2016, 8:00am Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Jan. 29, 2016, 4:30pm HST. Get the online application here. There's a $5,000 application fee. Read about dispensary license requirements here.

Missouri

On January 7, a medical marijuana initiative was approved for signature gathering. An initiative from New Approach Missouri has been approved for circulation by the secretary of state's office. The group is seeking 250,000 raw signatures to ensure it meets the requirement of 160,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. The campaign estimates it will cost $800,000 for paid signature gathering and is trying to raise funds now.

New Hampshire

Last Friday, the state approved its first medical marijuana production facility. The Department of Health and Human Services said last Friday that it has approved the first of three locations to grow medical marijuana and started mailing out ID cards. Some 176 Granite Staters have qualified to use medical marijuana so far.

New York

On January 7, the state's first dispensaries opened for business. Eight dispensaries opened in the state, a slow start to a medical marijuana program in a state with nearly 20 million people. The state has authorized another 12 to open later this month.

Last Monday, the state failed to approve PTSD and other health conditions for medical marijuana use. The state Health Commissioner determined there is not yet enough evidence of effectiveness to approve the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. The commissioner can, however, add qualifying conditions at any time and will be meeting with specialists to evaluate new scientific evidence as it becomes available.

Ohio

Last Thursday, lawmakers formed a medical marijuana task force. Ohio House Republicans unveiled details on a new task force on medical marijuana. In November, voters rejected Issue 3, which would have included medical marijuana in a broader legalization initiative, but there is broad popular support for medical marijuana in the state. Recent public opinion polls show 85% support medical marijuana.

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

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US CA: Most Ventura County Cities Move to Ban Personal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Ventura County Star, 23 Jan 2016 - Commercial medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited throughout Ventura County. Now, to meet a March 1 deadline under a new state law, six of the county's 10 cities - Camarillo, Fillmore, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks and Santa Paula - are rushing to go a step further by formally banning small-scale, personal cultivation of medical marijuana. The Ojai City Council will take up the issue in February, but currently forbids personal cultivation.
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CN ON: Pot Shop Owner Vows To Reopen

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 23 Jan 2016 - Put Police Resources to Better Uses, Vancouver-Based Entrepreneur Says, After Danforth Location Is Busted The owner of Canada's biggest chain of illegal pot shops says that, as long as Toronto police keep raiding his recreational vapour lounge, he will keep reopening the controversial franchise, adding that the public appetite for such enforcement is waning in the face of coming legalization.
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US OH: New National Player to Push Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 23 Jan 2016 - The start of 2016 brought some changes to the landscape of Ohio's marijuana legalization efforts - including the arrival of a national organization that wants Ohio to be the 24th "medical marijuana state." That group, The Marijuana Policy Project, announced this week that they are working on an initiative to legalize the drug in Ohio, and looking for an organizer to head up operations in the state. "The 2016 campaign ... is focusing only on medical marijuana, which enjoys a high level of support among Ohio voters," according to the D.C. group's website.
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US NJ: Column: Bernie Sanders Is Now On My Pot-Dar

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 23 Jan 2016 - The politics of pot has struck the Democratic Party big time, and Bernie Sanders has taken the "HIGH" road. I admit, I wasn't trying to be suckered into voting for a politician simply because he says something positive about marijuana - as I did with Senator Obama in 2008. Back then, when Obama was questioned about whether he "ever inhaled," he responded, "that was the point." This question is asked of all serious politicians, because in 1992 President Clinton claimed that he did try smoking marijuana but he did not inhale, which made the question famous. Most Americans didn't believe his answer, potheads voted for him knowing he had to lie - most of us were in the cannabis closet too. Likewise, when Americans found out Senator Obama proudly admitted that he inhaled frequently, and had even been referred to as THE CHOOM GANG leader as a youth in Hawaii ("choom" is a slang term for cannabis), we (potheads) voted for him in droves.
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Chronicle AM: Wichita "Decrim" Thrown Out, Argentina Will Shoot Down Drug Planes, More... (1/22/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:12

The Kansas Supreme Court throws out Wichita's voter-approved "decrim" ordinance on a technicality, GOP committee chairs quash medical marijuana bills in Indiana, the DEA partnered with a TSA screener in a bid to seize cash from travelers, the Argentines want to shoot down drug planes, and more.

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Key Vermont Politico Says No To Home Growing Marijuana. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears (D-Bennington) said today he would advance a marijuana legalization bill if it has majority support in his committee, but that he does not support home cultivation.

Kansas Supreme Court Throws Out Wichita "Decrim" on a Technicality. The state's high court ruled that the initiative was invalid because it was improperly filed with the city clerk, but did not address arguments by the state that the ordinance conflicted with state marijuana laws. The Wichita ordinance lessened penalties for first offense possession to a $50 fine, but was not true decriminalization because that first offense would still be a criminal infraction.

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Indiana Medical Marijuana Bills Pronounced Dead. State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) said Thursday that medical marijuana bills in the state legislature would not got a hearing this year. "They are all dead," she said. "There just isn't the appetite in the Senate for approving any kind of medical marijuana, not with the current makeup of the (50-member) Senate. You need 26 votes, and they're just not there." Parents of children suffering from epilepsy had pleaded with lawmakers to act, to no avail.

Utah Governor Signals Support for Medical Marijuana. Gov. Bob Herbert (R) said Thursday that he is not familiar with two medical marijuana bills filed this session and that he doesn't want a "Dr. Feelgood" situation, but "if there's a medicine out there that will alleviate pain and conditions and health concerns for people, if there's a medicine out there that can do that, we ought to see if we can embrace it." He added that he would prefer that Congress legalize it federally rather than leaving it up to the states to act.

Law Enforcement

DEA Hired TSA Informant to Help Steal Money From Travelers' Luggage. The agency recruited a TSA security screener to alert agents to cash in luggage that the DEA could confiscate, an arrangement that "violated DEA policy," according to the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General. The agency planned to pay the screener a cut of the cash he seized, but the Inspector General found that the screener never actually provided any actionable intelligence for seizures. Still, the DEA scheme "could have violated individuals' protection against unreasonable searches and seizures if it led to a subsequent DEA enforcement action," the OIG noted.

International

Argentina Approves Shooting Down Suspected Drug Planes. The new government of President Mauricio Macri continues to burnish its drug warrior credentials by announcing plans to begin shooting down suspected drug trafficking planes, a move the opposition called "the death penalty without trial." Macri has already decreed a "public security emergency" for a year to fight drug trafficking, which he said had led to "situation of collective danger."

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Chronicle AM: MPP Eyes OH MedMJ Init, MD Solons Override Paraphernalia Veto, More... (1/21/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 22:07

The state legislative season is now underway and marijuana-related bills are popping up in various states, Michigan ponders roadside drug testing bills, Canada's Tories bow before the inevitability of marijuana legalization, and more.

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Kansas Legislators Hold Hearing on Decrim, Hemp, and Medical Marijuana Bill. The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee met Wednesday to hear testimony on House Bill 249, which would reduce penalties for pot possession, allow the limited use of medical marijuana, and allow for a pilot project on hemp production. The measure has already passed the House.

Maryland Legislature Overrides Veto of Pot Paraphernalia Decrim. Both the House and the Senate voted today to override Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) veto of Senate Bill 517, which fixed an oversight in the state's decriminalization law. The bill removes criminal penalties for the possession of pot paraphernalia, which the original decrim bill failed to do.

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Marijuana Policy Project Eyes Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative. MPP said Wednesday it plans to put a medical marijuana initiative on the 2016 ballot. The initiative would take the form of a constitutional amendment, but has not yet been drafted.

Utah "Whole Plant" Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs) has introduced Senate Bill 73, which would create a full-fledged medical marijuana system in the state. The bill would only allow marijuana to be consumed in the forms of oils and gummies, not smoked. Another bill already filed would allow only cannabidiol.

Industrial Hemp

Missouri Hemp Bill Hearing Turns Into Debate About Possibility It Could Lead to Pot Legalization. It was supposed to be a debate about establishing a pilot program for industrial hemp production, but the discussion of Senate Bill 584 quickly devolved as representatives of law enforcement said that while they didn't oppose the bill, they feared it be the camel's nose under the tent for pot legalization. "It is no secret that many would look at a bill such as this as the first step to legalizing marijuana," said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar. No vote was taken on the bill. Similar legislation passed the House last year, but never got a Senate vote.

Drug Testing

Indiana Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Hits Snag. The Senate Pensions and Labor Committee heard an unemployment drug testing bill, Senate Bill 245, but took no vote on it after the committee chairman said it "needs some more work." The bill sponsor, Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) was unable to say how many people would be drug tested or produce any supporting data for the bill other than to say that employers in his district tell him they can't get people to take drug tests.

Michigan Bills Would Allow Roadside Drug Testing. A pair of bills, Senate Bill 207 and Senate Bill 434 would create a pilot program for roadside drug testing. The latter would authorize State Police to create a pilot program, while the former would authorize officer who are certified drug recognition experts to require drivers to submit to drug tests.

International

Scientists Call for New Approach to Evaluating Illicit Drug Policy. In an open letter released by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), scientific experts from around the globe called on governments to align illegal drug policies with community concerns -- not on reducing the availability of illicit drugs. The move comes as part of the run-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, set for April.

Canada's Tories See the Writing on the Wall for Marijuana Legalization. Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalize marijuana, and Canada's Conservative Party seems to realize it can do nothing to stop it. "The new government will legalize marijuana," Rona Ambrose, interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, said in a radio interview on Wednesday. "We know that."

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US FL: Editorial: Alternatives To Marijuana Arrests

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
The Gainesville Sun, 22 Jan 2016 - Alachua County officials are heading in the right direction by creating alternatives to arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana. The police departments of the county's municipalities and college campuses, along with officials in other counties and statewide, should get on board with such an approach.
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US KY: OPED: Medical Marijuana Not Benign It Can Poison

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 22 Jan 2016 - Recently I read a national article about a medical team that looked the other way while a patient was smoking marijuana in the bathroom. On a closer reading of the article, the medical case was from over 20 years ago. First mistake: not doing the math (we'll get to this in a minute). Second mistake: concluding that the answer is "medical" marijuana. Did you know that the two major compounds that are medicinal in marijuana are already 100 percent legal here in Kentucky?
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US KY: OPED: 'Big Marijuana' Not As Dangerous As 'War on Drugs'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 22 Jan 2016 - In a recent op-ed piece, Frank Rapier, the director of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area based in London, made a few statements that I think a great deal of Kentucky residents should take issue with. Rapier begins his column by claiming that the push for marijuana is propagated by corporations that make money off its sale.
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Canada: Avoiding a Marijuana 'Wild West'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Jan 2016 - Country's Biggest Medical Growers Say Only Licensed Firms Should Provide Pot to Recreational Users at First The biggest growers of medical marijuana in Canada want to be first in line when the market for recreational pot opens up, arguing that only they can guarantee a high-quality product that is securely distributed by mail.
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CN ON: U of G Works to Boost Pot's Medicinal Power

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 22 Jan 2016 - Goal Is to Determine Perfect 'Recipe' For Cannabis Growing GUELPH - Marijuana has been grown in a clandestine manner by a great many growers for a long time. Despite that, an optimal way of cultivating the plant to boost its medicinal properties has not be found, says a University of Guelph plant scientist who is leading the charge to perfect pot growing.
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CN BC: Firebomb Fails To Ignite

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 21 Jan 2016 - Lit jar of gasoline thrown at downtown business; suspects caught on video Neither police nor the owner of a marijuana compassion club in downtown Penticton club are tying an attempted arson at the shop Wednesday night to the business's dealings.
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CN ON: 'Either Legalize It Or Decriminalize It'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
The Oshawa Express, 21 Jan 2016 - Federal government starts the process of legalizing recreational marijuana use Canada is on the path to a legalized and regulated cannabis market, and for one UOIT professor, it's about time. "I've been hoping for this for years," Dr. Judith Grant, the director of UOIT's criminology program and an associate professor at the university, tells The Oshawa Express.
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CN BC: Fourteen Vancouver Pot Shops One Step Closer To

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 21 Jan 2016 - Fourteen applicants are one step closer to running a licensed marijuana dispensary in Vancouver as the city attempts to impose some control on the illegal retail sale of cannabis. The applicants include a current owner who acknowledges a past association with the Hells Angels, and the identity of those behind seven others remains unknown. Letters published on the city's development services website had names missing or redacted.
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CN BC: First Marijuana Shop Licence Expected In The Spring

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Vancouver Courier, 21 Jan 2016 - The City of Vancouver is still a few months away from making Canadian history by being the first municipality in this country to issue a business licence to an illegal marijuana dispensary, according to the city's chief licence inspector. That's because city staff continues to sort through applications, collect feedback from neighbours of pot shops and wait for results of appeals by applicants initially rejected under the new regulations. Many dispensary operators are also looking for or found new locations for their businesses, said Andreaa Toma, who is overseeing the regulations brought in by city council in June 2015.
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US OR: Column: Here's What 2016 Brings

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 21 Jan 2016 - IT'S 2016, and things are about to start getting REALLY good for cannabis enthusiasts. Sure, as of last October, those 21 and older could walk into an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program dispensary and purchase up to a quarter ounce of flower, seeds, or clones. And last year we held events where we could stand outside (or under a tent) and enjoy some twisted-up goodness. And right on to that. Dispensaries that sell the full range of recreational adult-use cannabis products (concentrates, topicals, edibles, etc.) will be opening any day now, and parties are about to start going off where you can smoke indoors to your heart's content. What a great time to be alive!
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US CA: Column: Super Sue Me

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 21 Jan 2016 - SUPER SUE ME Doug Benson has smoked his way to the title of America's most cannabis-friendly comedian - or, at least, the comedy world's best-known pothead. This mantle has served him well. After the success of the 2008 documentary Super High Me - in which Benson gave cannabis the Morgan Spurlock treatment and subjected his body to 30 straight days of copious cannabis use, to no measurable ill physical or mental effects - - stoner shtick has become indispensable to his act.
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: How Do I Get the Most Out of My

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 21 Jan 2016 - Dear Stoner: Can you list some shops that have a good selection of edibles? Also, can you recommend something to eat along with edibles so that they have the full effect? Gracias! Bar Hopper 62 Dear Bar Hopper: I go to a new dispensary every week for my Strain Gang review, and rarely see a shop that doesn't have some combination of candies, baked goods and drinks. But if you're looking for something beyond that, I have a few recommendations. Pure Medical Dispensary, which has three shops in Denver, sells infused olive oil and honey if you want to cook your own edibles or sex up your morning tea and toast. Rocky Mountain High makes its own line of gourmet edibles, so if you enjoy fresh cake pops and chocolate truffles or prefer something quick, like medicated breath spray, check out one of Rocky Mountain's four Denver dispensaries. And to help tame an impending gut bomb from hot wings or rib tips, go to Medicine Man Medical Market in Glendale for infused Buffalo and barbecue sauces. The place also sells infused apple butter and hot cocoa mix.
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US CA: Marysville Oks Medical Pot Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 21 Jan 2016 - City Council Also Bans Outdoor Cultivation The City Council approved regulations banning outdoor cannabis cultivation in Marysville and allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.
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