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US WA: Bipartisan Vow to Reconcile Medical, Recreational Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 21 Jan 2015 - Plans Introduced Lawmakers Confident of Working Together on a Solution OLYMPIA -- Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can approach issues -- like taxes, minimum wage and global warming -- with wildly conflicting views.
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CN BC: Marijuana Bylaw Bans Terrible Odours

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Langley Advance, 20 Jan 2015 - MARIJUANA BYLAW BANS TERRIBLE ODOURS Langley Township can't ban medical pot growing, but it will regulate excessive odour. A bylaw that will penalize medical pot growers for foul odours was given preliminary approval by Langley Township council.
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CN BC: Medical-Marijuana Adviser Opens Shop

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Peace Arch News, 20 Jan 2015 - Mostly Positive Reaction In White Rock, Entrepreneur Says You could say she's following in her father's footsteps. Tara Caine - daughter of Hempyz Gifts & Novelties owner and marijuana proponent Randy Caine - opened her own White Rock storefront in Five Corners Saturday, but instead of a hemp-themed retail store, the 35-year-old is working to provide public consultation and education for those who use medicinal marijuana.
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CN BC: City Signs Land Deal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 20 Jan 2015 - City signs land deal Parksville mayor Marc Lefebvre says the city secured a $20,000 non-refundable deposit from Wildflower Marijuana, a Vancouver-based company looking to set up a medical marijuana facility in the city's industrial park.
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US IL: Column: Medical Pot Is Not About Cheech & Chong or Drug

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Jan 2015 - What a shame that it's not looking good for medical marijuana in Illinois. Illinois became the 20th state to allow medical marijuana under a pilot program approved Aug. 1, 2013. Yet, the process dragged on, and former Gov. Pat Quinn left office without finalizing it. Now our current governor has said, "I'm concerned about the process," so the waiting game continues.
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US WA: OPED: Regulating Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 20 Jan 2015 - AS the Legislature moves this session to address the unregulated medical-marijuana market, all parties must agree on a common objective: safe, affordable patient access. While stakeholder concerns should be considered, they must be scrutinized and remain secondary to patient interests. As a Washington State Liquor Control Board member, I have a bias: I believe we have established a tightly regulated system that can provide high-quality, safe medical cannabis for patients, with little risk of youth access or federal intervention. While many in the medical-marijuana industry argue that a separate system could be established to do the same, the need for costly duplication must be proven. An evaluation would be hard-pressed to show that existing licensees, who have invested in good faith in our system, cannot meet the needs of medical cannabis patients.
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Chronicle AM: NY Pot Legalization Bill, DEA Gathered Metadata, Indonesia Executions Reaction, More (1/19/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:37

New York has a marijuana legalization bill, New Hampshire ponders a study of legalization, Rhode Island patients get a vapor lounge, the DEA has another means of surveilling Americans, Indonesia's resort to the death penalty for drugs stirs controversy, and more. Let's get to it:

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New York Legalization Bill Filed. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) has filed a bill to legalize marijuana. SO1747 would allow for the taxation and regulation of marijuana commerce. Notably, it also sets the age for legal marijuana use at 18, instead of the more common 21.

New Hampshire Hearing on Legalization Study Committee. A bill that would establish a study committee on marijuana legalization got a hearing today. The bill is HB 150.

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Florida Chooses Medical Marijuana Rulemakers. The state Office of Compassionate Use has selected a 12-member panel to craft rules for growing and distributing low-THC, high-CBD medical marijuana under a state law passed last year. The panel will meet during the first week of February to set up a regulatory structure for five nurseries that will be selected to grow, process, and distribute the medicine.

Rhode Island's First Vapor Lounge Opens. Rhode Island patients can now have a place where they can gather and enjoy their medicine together. The Elevated vapor lounge opened in Providence Saturday.

Asset Forfeiture

Colorado Bill Would End Civil Forfeiture. Freshman state Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) has filed a bill that would stop police from seizing assets unless the owner is convicted of a crime. Senate Bill 2015-006 would end civil forfeiture without a conviction unless there is a settlement with all parties, including the owner, to agree to give up the property. Woods said the bill is an effort to block "policing for profit."

Law Enforcement

DEA Kept Secret Metadata Database. The DEA kept a secret database of telephone metadata -- entirely separate from the NSA program revealed by Edward Snowden -- covering calls between parties in the US and ones in other countries. The information, contained in a three-page,partially-redacted affidavit from a top DEA official, was revealed in a court filing last week in a case involving trade with Iran. The DEA used "administrative subpoenas" authorized under a federal drug trafficking statute to collect the data. The program was ended in 2013. Click on the link for much more detail.

International

Fury as Indonesia Executes Six Drug Traffickers, Including Five Foreigners. As promised by President Joko Widodo, Indonesia put to death six convicted drug traffickers Sunday, including citizens of Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Vietnam. Brazil and the Netherlands reacted angrily, with both countries recalling their ambassadors from Jakarta. Brazilin President Dilma Roussef said she was "distressed and outraged" after Indonesia ignored her last minute plea for clemency. "Using the death penalty, which is increasingly rejected by the international community, seriously affects relations between our countries," the Brazilian government said in a statement. The Dutch government called the executions "terribly sad" and emphasized that it remains opposed to the death penalty. But President Widodo defended the executions in a Facebook post: "The war against the drug mafia should not be half-hearted measures, because drugs have really ruined the good life of the drug users and their families," he said.

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Canada: Focus: Municipalities Grappling With Location Of Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Law Times, 19 Jan 2015 - Issue emerges after federal government changes rules for medical production The promise of a fledgling industry about to burst onto the Canadian scene has led many to startups lining up to cash in on green gold.
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US WA: OPED: Medical-Marijuana Patients Deserve A Regulated System

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2015 - It's time for the Legislature to fold the largely unregulated medical-marijuana community into Washington's existing marketplace for growing and selling legal marijuana, writes guest columnist Chris Marr. AS the Legislature moves this session to address the unregulated medical-marijuana market, all parties must agree on a common objective: safe, affordable patient access. While stakeholder concerns should be considered, they must be scrutinized and remain secondary to patient interests.
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US OR: Oregon State University Offers A Pot Policy Class

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Capital Press, 19 Jan 2015 - Oregon's upcoming legalization of marijuana has an academic aspect to it. Talk about higher education. Oregon State University - once known as "Oregon Straight" compared to the supposedly hipper school 40 miles south - is offering a marijuana policy class this winter.
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US OR: Oregon Lawmakers Busy Filing Marijuana Bills

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
The Bulletin, 19 Jan 2015 - SALEM - Oregon legislators filed more than a dozen marijuana-related bills last week, giving early insight into how they'll tinker with a new law that will legalize recreational marijuana starting this July. The proposals show what lawmakers may do now that Oregon is the nation's fourth state to take on regulation of the federally banned drug.
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US FL: State Pot Committee Heavy With Commercial Interests

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan 2015 - Florida's rules for medical marijuana will be crafted in part by a 12-member panel that includes Winter Garden nurseryman Bruce Knox and at least eight others in position to make money from the law. The 12 make up a committee formed to help the Florida Department of Health determine how to select, license and regulate Florida companies to grow a non-euphoric cannabis, make a medicinal oil from it and sell it to patients.
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US CO: Marijuana Retailer Open In De Beque

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - The first recreational marijuana store east-bound drivers encounter after crossing the Utah-Colorado border on Interstate 70 had a steady trickle of in-state and out-of-state traffic during its opening weekend. Shoppers holding driver's licenses from Colorado, Utah, Arizona, North Dakota, and Minnesota, to name a few states, came to Kush Gardens in De Beque after the shop opened its doors for the first time Saturday morning, according to employees. By Sunday afternoon, an estimated 300 to 400 adults had visited the store, according to Stephanie Swank, a bud tender at Kush Gardens.
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US MI: State Supreme Court Hears Medical Marijuana Arguments

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Tribune, 18 Jan 2015 - Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court spent Thursday morning listening to oral arguments in three medical marijuana cases that began in Oakland County. Up first was the case of Richard Hartwick, who was accused of illegally growing and possessing marijuana in September 2011 in Pontiac.
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US MA: City Moves To Make Public Pot Smoking Criminal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
The Eagle-Tribune, 18 Jan 2015 - Police Chief, Councilor Support Criminalizing Public Pot Smoking, but Mayor Opposes It HAVERHILL - City Council is expected soon to vote on a proposal to toughen the penalty for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public, including making it a criminal offense and increasing the fine from $100 to $300.
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US IL: Green Behind The Grass

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Jan 2015 - Costs Adding Up for Medical Pot Entrepreneurs In the world of medical marijuana entrepreneurs in Illinois, there's plenty of green behind the grass. Hundreds of would-be medical marijuana growers and sellers have put millions of dollars on the line hoping for coveted state permits that were supposed to be issued by former Gov. Pat Quinn by the end of last year.
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US FL: Editorial: Lead Or Be Eclipsed On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Jan 2015 - Those who opposed last year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida raised several concerns. They feared it would allow children to get medical pot from their doctor. They feared it would be prescribed for just about anything, including a hangnail. They feared caregivers would become drug dealers. And above all else, they said it had no business as an amendment to the state constitution. In November, Amendment 2 came close to passing with 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent needed. At the time, its principal backer, Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, promised he'd be back. And Monday, he filed paperwork to start the process for placing a revised initiative on the 2016 ballot.
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US MA: Privacy Concerns Raised on Mass. Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jan 2015 - The subject line left little doubt about the contents of the e-mail sent by the Massachusetts health department. "Confirmation of Patient Certification in the Medical Use of Marijuana Online System," it stated. More than 6,800 patients received the e-mails over the past three months telling them they had been approved for the state's medical marijuana program. The e-mails contained detailed personal information - a practice specialists say constituted a clear violation of privacy standards.
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Chronicle AM: Major Asset Forfeiture Reform Move, NCAA Drug Policy Review, Indonesia Executions, More (1/16/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 22:19

Attorney General Holder announces a major civil asset forfeiture reform move, the NCAA will review its drug policies, a Vermont report on the impact of pot legalization has been released, and more. Let's get to it:

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No Marijuana Stores in Alaska's Capital Until October. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has approved a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses until October 19. City officials will not consider any land use or other permits until the moratorium expires, meaning pot businesses won't be able to grow crops or prepare for retail sales until then.

Report on Impact of Legalization in Vermont Released. Vermont could make tens of millions of dollars in marijuana revenues a year, according to a new comprehensive report released today. The report was commissioned by the state legislature and serves as a policy guide as the state considers legalization. It lays out various options for legalization.

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Georgia CBD Medical Marijuana Bill Dead. Rep. Allen Peake's House Bill 1, which would have allowed for the use of high-CBD cannabis oil to treat seizures in children, has died before even being introduced. The bill died after Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced his support for another CBD bill, which is yet to be written.

Kansas Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Topeka. Several dozen medical marijuana supporters were joined by a pair of Democratic lawmakers at a statehouse rally today to call for legalizing the medicinal use of the herb. The two legislators, Rep. Gail Finney (D-Wichita) and Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City), filed medical marijuana bills prior to the start of this year's legislative session. Similar measures have been filed since 2009, but none of them have made it to the discussion stage in committee.

Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Holder Blocks Federal Asset Forfeiture Sharing Program. In the boldest civil asset forfeiture reform move in years, Holder has barred federal agencies from participating in the Equitable Sharing asset forfeiture program, under which state and local police seeking to circumvent state asset forfeiture laws would let federal agencies "adopt" the seizures. Under the program, the police agency got up to 80% of the proceeds, while state laws typically require them to be deposited in designated accounts, such as the general fund or education funds. Click on the link for the full story.

Drug Policy

NCAA to Consider Revamping Its Drug Policy. In the wake of criticism for suspending a University of Oregon football player for pot smoking just before the collegiate national championship game, and after its Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports informally recommended it, the NCAA will examine proposed changes to its policies for testing both performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. The NCAA's standard for marijuana, for instance, it 10 times that used for airline pilots.

International

Stratfor Report on Mexican Drug Trafficking. The Austin-based private intelligence group has released a free, condensed version of its annual Mexican drug cartel report. Check it out at the link.

Indonesia Set to Execute Six Drug Convicts Sunday. New President Joko Widodo appears to be living up to his vow to not grant clemency to death row drug prisoners. The Indonesian Attorney General's Office announced Friday that it will execute six convicted drug traffickers Sunday. Widodo signed off on the executions last month.

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US CO: Could Pot Boost Local AG Industry?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00
The Cortez Journal, 16 Jan 2015 - Advocates say yes, release field report A local medical marijuana advocate says the area's agriculture industry could receive a boost if farmers were allowed to grow cannabis. Last summer, Montezuma County commissioners voted to prohibit licensed commercial grow operations, but one man is hopeful local officials will reconsider. Representing the Colorado Plateau Growers Association, Lu Nettleton recently released the group's first field and seed trials report for commercial marijuana, which reveals that cannabis could be an economic boon.
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