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CN NS: Pot Dispensary Illegal, Board Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 19 Jul 2016 - The ink is barely dry Monday's Utility and Review Board decision declaring one medical marijuana dispensary illegal, but the owners of Auntie's Health and Wellness Centre are busy preparing to open their doors at 1547 Barrington St. this Friday - with or without a business occupancy permit. Owner Shirley Martineau's dispensary will focus on patients battling cancer.
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US CA: Grover Beach Marijuana Tax One Step Closer to the Ballot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 19 Jul 2016 - Grover Beach Wants to Find a Way to Tax Both Medical and Recreational Marijuana Sales in the City It Has Until Aug. 1 to Get the Measure to the County for the November Ballot It Would Charge Up to 10 Percent to Medical and Recreational Marijuana Businesses
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US CA: New Medical Marijuana Initiative to Go Before Board of

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 19 Jul 2016 - Oroville - A new medical marijuana initiative seeking to replace current Butte County marijuana laws with new regulations has gained enough signatures to move forward to the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Proponents for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce Measure gathered nearly 12,000 signatures on petitions. The Butte County Clerk-Recorder's Office verified 6,177 signatures, the number required for such an initiative to move forward, on July 11.
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US AZ: Editorial: Kids' Access to Prescription Meds Should Be

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
The Sun, 19 Jul 2016 - Same Rule Applies to Medical Marijuana Products As Well According to a May report on the Today Show, there has been a spike in children going to the emergency room after consuming edible products containing marijuana, and the show noted that doctors and police alike want to raise awareness that children can be hurt by accidentally consuming such products.
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US PA: Explaining Rules Of Legalizing Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 19 Jul 2016 - UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field. Wolf, who had adamantly backed the bill through approval by both the House and Senate, swiftly added his signature, which made the bill law.
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Chronicle AM: Federal CBD Research Bill, MO Gov Signs MJ Expungement Bill, More... (7/18/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 20:46

Officials in California's Humboldt County have approved a massive, seven-acre medical marijuana grow operation, Missouri's governor signs a bill allowing pot offenders to get their records expunged, New York's governor announces a crackdown on "synthetic marijuana," and more.

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Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Allow for Expungement of Marijuana Convictions. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 558, which will allow the expungement of records for almost all marijuana convictions in the state. People convicted of marijuana misdemeanors must wait three years, while those with felony convictions must wait for seven years.

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CBD Research Bill Filed in Senate. Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC), filed the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) last Friday. The bill would require the attorney general to determine whether CBD should be considered a separate substance from marijuana and whether it should be rescheduled or removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

California's Humboldt County Approves Massive Medical Marijuana Farm. The Emerald Triangle pot-growing county has approved its first medical marijuana grows under new regulations adopted this year. One is a quarter-acre mixed-light farm in Carlotta and the other is a seven-acre outdoor grow and processing center in Honeydew.

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New York Governor Announces Crackdown on "Synthetic Marijuana." In the wake of last week's outbreak of synthetic cannabinoid overdoses in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Monday announced aggressive enforcement actions aimed at suppressing illegal sales of the drugs. "The evolution of synthetic drugs is an alarming public health risk -- but we are on the front lines of the battle," Cuomo said in a news release. "The state will continue to identify emerging compounds that put users in danger and aggressively chase down sellers of these toxic substances." The state will vigorously pursue all civil, criminal, and administrative remedies against businesses found to be making or selling the drugs, Cuomo added.

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CN ON: Driving High

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high. In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new MPs to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside testing technology, before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.
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US PA: Sen. Daylin Leach Paves Way for Medical Marijuana in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
The Times Herald, 17 Jul 2016 - UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field. Wolf, who had adamantly backed the bill through approval by both the House and Senate, swiftly added his signature, which made the bill law.
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US OK: Medical Marijuana Petition Drive Underway

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 17 Jul 2016 - Tents flapped in the northwest Oklahoma City wind as Michael Beck and another man arrived in a pickup, ready to sign a petition seeking a state vote to legalize medical marijuana. Beck, 25, said he has never used marijuana, but he has a niece who can benefit from it and whose mother and father have moved to Colorado where it's legal.
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US FL: First Florida Medical Marijuana Ready

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 17 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Florida's first legal harvest of marijuana is stored in multiple vacuum-packed, 441-gram bags in a freezer on the outskirts of Tallahassee. Each is the result of months of careful growing, monitoring, coaxing, and finally cultivating, scores of plants in a hidden farm overseen by horticulturalists and protected by armed guards.
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US MD: Pot-law Sponsor Could Profit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 17 Jul 2016 - MD. Delegate Did Not Disclose His Connection to Dispensary Applicant The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug - a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses.
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Canada: Hemp Growers Try To Break Into Medical Market

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jul 2016 - A cousin of marijuana, the plant is reported to be effective in treating epilepsy and other ailments, Mike Hager writes Each month, Sebastian Cyr uses a specialized extraction device he describes as being "as simple as a toaster," to make a concoction that he says relieves his Lyme disease symptoms.
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CN ON: Column: Intersection Goes To Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 Jul 2016 - Multiple sclerosis sufferer Justin Loizos led a group of frustrated medical marijuana patients into a downtown intersection Friday for a smoke session, which shut down traffic. The group of about 30 protesters were diverse but united in their mission to be heard. The patients who gathered at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Sts. were protesting Bill 178, which groups medical marijuana in with tobacco products in the Ontario Smoke Free Act. This bill would prevent patients from medicating in many places and threatens the existence of cannabis lounges in the city.
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South Africa: Forbidden Drug Is A 'Miracle'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
The Star, 16 Jul 2016 - Severely Ill Patients Vouch for Medicinal Benefits of Dagga Oil AS A mother, Veronica Ellis would do anything to help her eight-year-old child, even if it meant the unthinkable: giving her a small daily dose of a forbidden drug. But she could no longer watch her once-radiant daughter, now a hollow skeleton, slipping away.
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CN BC: Sidney Marijuana Dispensary Gets A Reprieve

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Peninsula News Review, 15 Jul 2016 - Sidney's Dispensary by the Sea will not lose its business license outright and the municipality will investigate what other communities are doing about the proliferation of medical marijuana store fronts. Chris Porter, a director with the society that runs the Dispensary, says the decision by Town council Monday night to not revoke their business licence puts them in a better position. The licence is still under suspension and they cannot open their doors, but Porter said they find it positive that Councillor Erin Bremner-Mitchell has taken it upon herself to research what other cities are doing by allowing such dispensaries to operate.
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CN BC: Editorial: Take A Lead Role On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Peninsula News Review, 15 Jul 2016 - Canadian have a right to access medicinal marijuana. That was a February Supreme Court of Canada decision that has set in motion a flurry of activity in Ottawa - and in any communities across B.C. including Sidney. The court gave the federal government a deadline to come up with new legislation that would keep pace with their decision. Justin Trudeau's Liberals are now working on those laws that they say should be ready by summer, 2017. This week, the Liberals announced they would form a task force of learned individuals to hit the road and talk to Canadians as part of a public consultation requirement en route to the big changes.
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CN BC: Prince And Princess Of Pot To Attend Campbell River

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 15 Jul 2016 - The "Prince and Princess of Pot" will be in Campbell River to attend an information session July 20 in support of local marijuana dispensary Wee Medical and the issue of "reasonable access" to medical marijuana. The event will be attended by legalization activists Jodie and Marc Emery and comes on the heels of a second raid of the local marijuana dispensary.
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CN ON: Marijuana Activists Set to Stage 'Smoke-Ins' Friday

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 15 Jul 2016 - Toronto will look a lot hazier before the weekend hits: Inside sources tell 24 Hours that traffic gridlock is about to get a whole lot more congested ... with smoke. Today, marijuana advocates and frustrated cannabis users are set to stage several smoke-ins at busy intersections around the downtown core to demonstrate the desperate need for safe spaces for marijuana users.
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Chronicle AM: Congress Passes Opioid Bill, RI Gov Signs PTSD Bill, MT Init Qualifies, More... (7/14/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 20:34

Governors use their bill-signing pens in Rhode Island and North Carolina, a new poll has surprisingly strong support for marijuana legalization in Wisconsin, Montanans will vote on medical marijuana in November, and more.

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Wisconsin Poll Has Strong Majority for Marijuana Legalization. A Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday has a whopping 59% support for freeing the weed in the Badger State. The poll question asked whether pot should be "fully legalized and treated like alcohol." The level of support is up dramatically from September 2014, when voters asked a similar (but not identical) question about legalization only gave it 46% support.

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Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for the Ballot. An initiative aimed at reestablishing the state's medical marijuana system has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Wednesday. The I-182 initiative would reverse restrictions imposed by the legislature in 2011 and, after lengthy court challenges, set to go into effect on August 31. Voters had approved the state's medical marijuana system in 2004.

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow medical marijuana to be recommended for the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Congress Passes Major Heroin and Opioids Bill, But Doesn't Adequately Fund It. The Senate voted Wednesday to send opioid legislation known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to President Obama for his signature. The House voted last week 407-5 to approve CARA. The bill advances a large number of treatment and prevention measures intended to reduce prescription opioid and heroin misuse, including evidence-based interventions for the treatment of opioid and heroin addiction and prevention of overdose deaths. This bill, however, does not provide federal funding. Republican leadership have maintained that opioid funding must be appropriated through regular order and have repeatedly pledged to fund the programs authorized in CARA this year. Advocates urge Congress to deliver on this promise.

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North Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Allow Needle Exchanges. Gov. Mike McCrory (R) Monday signed into law House Bill 972, which authorizes the operation of needle exchange programs by local governments.

International

Indian MP Calls for Legalization of Recreational Drugs. MP Dr. Dharamvira Ghandi said Wednesday he is crafting an amendment to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to legalize recreational drugs. Gandhi has been working with Delhi-based lawyers and professionals on a draft of the bill. He says drug prohibition has failed. "Punitive measures to combat the supply of drugs failed miserably, as demand for drugs had exhibited an exponential growth, leading to creation of drug mafias that provided continuous supplies, regardless of the harshest provisions for punishment," he said. "It has dawned upon countries worldwide that by decriminalizing certain substances that pose minimal health risks, and by following harm reduction policies, the demand for harmful and killing medical drugs had dropped drastically, along with the offences committed. Certain Indian states are currently facing a massive drug problem, with citizens between 15-40 years of age abusing drugs, and this has caused considerable harm to society in general, and the youth in particular."

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US MD: Medical Marijuana Acceptance Urged

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 14 Jul 2016 - Morhaim Tells Advocates to Be Aggressive in Pressing State's Health Care Providers A leading architect of the state's medical marijuana program urged representatives of the fledgling industry Wednesday to pressure health care providers and hospital administrators to remove obstacles to making the drug available to patients.
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