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CN MB: Trudeau Backs Pot Shop, Restates Vow To Legalize

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 24 Jul 2015 - Trudeau Reaffirms Support for Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowed to legalize and regulate marijuana, if elected, removing the legal grey area surrounding Winnipeg's first medical marijuana shop.
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US WI: Column: Why Hillary Clinton Can't Just Ignore Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
The Week, 24 Jul 2015 - On Thursday, Gallup released a poll showing that 44 percent of Americans have said they've tried marijuana, the largest number the survey has ever recorded. This isn't too far off from what other polls have found (this Pew Research Center poll pegged the number at 49 percent), and given that people are being asked to admit to behavior that is illegal in most places, the true number is almost certainly higher.
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US MA: Editorial: Milk Street Medical Marijuana Facility

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 24 Jul 2015 - THE BUSINESS Improvement District in Downtown Crossing has done amazing work to revitalize the area, but the group's campaign against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in the neighborhood is misguided. Memories of the old Combat Zone seem to haunt the dispensary's opponents, but a small, highly secure medical marijuana facility poses no threat to the neighborhood's comeback. It deserves the city's approval. Patriot Care Corp., which has also won medical marijuana licenses in Greenfield and Lowell, wants to operate a small facility at 21 Milk Street. It will have no conspicuous signage, and will be open only to patients who have a medical marijuana card issued by the state. A voter referendum in 2012 authorized the cards, and the dispensaries. However one feels about the policy - this page editorialized against it - medical marijuana is now the law of the Commonwealth, and the downtown dispensary would meet the goals of a referendum that 63 percent of the state supported.
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US AZ: Column: Opinion MMJ Part I

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 24 Jul 2015 - New Rules an Update on MMJ Petition Process and DHS The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced that it will accept petitions from July 27-July 31 to add new debilitating conditions to those already approved by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The AMMA itself calls for open application periods twice a year, but the rules surrounding the process and the specific standards by which these conditions are approved or denied are largely left up to the DHS administration and these rules can be changed.
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Chronicle AM: ResponsibleOhio Fights On, GA Cop Indicted in Baby Boo-Boo SWAT Raid, More (7/23/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 21:47

ResponsibleOhio has about a week to come up with 40,000 more signatures, more Americans than ever admit smoking pot, e-sports is about to begin drug testing, a Georgia cop gets indicted for lying about probable cause in the Baby Boo Boo SWAT raid case, and more.

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Ohio Legalization Initiative Still Fighting to Get on Ballot. The ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative campaign, which state officials say came up 35,000 signatures short in its effort to get its measure on the November ballot, says it is sure it had enough valid signatures and will go to the state Supreme Court to contest the results. "There are over 21,000 voters who were incorrectly identified as invalid. We want to make sure they have their signatures count. We also see that there are 40,000 signatures that weren't reviewed," spokesman Ian James said. The group is also gathering more signatures -- it has a 10-day window to try to make up any shortfall.

Gallup Poll Finds Largest Number Yet of Americans Admitting to Having Smoked Weed. Some 44% of Americans admit to having smoked marijuana, the largest number ever record by the pollsters. When Gallup first asked the question back in 1969, only 4% admitted to having tried it. By 1985, the figure was at 33%. Gallup wasn't sure if the rising numbers reflected more people actually using marijuana or more people being comfortable admitting to it. "The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past," Gallup explained.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves DC Pot Shops, Marijuana Banking Bill. The committee today approved a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. The votes came on the financial services spending bill, which includes language removing a federal ban on regulated marijuana commerce in the District, which legalized possession and cultivation last year. The committee also approved an amendment allowing banks to provide services to marijuana businesses where they are legal.

Marijuana Policy Project Report Criticizes New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Program. In a report marking the two year anniversary of the signing into law of the state's medical marijuana program, the activist group is harshly critical of the state's failures in implementing the law. The report title pretty much says it all: Confusion, Delays, and Continued Arrests: A Two-Year Retrospective on New Hampshire's "Therapeutic Use of Cannabis" Law. Click either link to read the report.

Asset Forfeiture

Arizona ACLU Files Lawsuit Claiming State's Asset Forfeiture Laws Are Unconstitutional. The ACLU of Arizona today filed a federal lawsuit in Phoenix arguing that the laws "have created a lucrative system in which police and prosecutors are heavily incentivized to seize and forfeit property." The group says the law allows "law enforcement [agencies to] supplement their budgets without any legislative oversight." The ACLU is representing a Sun Tan Valley woman whose pick-up truck was seized after her son borrowed it and was arrested for allegedly stealing a hood ornament and putting it on the truck.

Drug Testing

Drug Testing Comes to E-Sports. The Electronic Sports League, the largest online gaming organization, has announced that it will adopt policies to keep drugs out of virtual sports. The move comes in the wake of ongoing controversy about the use of Adderall by e-sports players. A high-ranked e-sports player, Kory Friesen, ignited the commotion by not only admitting to use of the drug, but claiming it was prevalent. "We were all on Adderall," he said in a widely-copied interview.

Law Enforcement

Georgia Cop Indicted Over Baby Boo-Boo SWAT Raid. A Habersham County sheriff's deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the May 2014 raid that left a toddler severely injured by a flash-bang grenade. Nikki Autry, a special agent of the Mountain Judicial Circuit Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team (NCIS), has been indicted for lying in a search warrant affidavit and providing the same false information to obtain an arrest warrant in the case. Autry is accused of claiming that one of his informants made a meth buy at the address when the alleged meth purchase was made by someone else and lying about whether it was a "true and honorable informant." Nor had Autry confirmed there was heavy traffic in and out of the house, as he claimed. His alleged lies were the basis for a judge signing off on the "no knock" warrant that resulted in the bad raid.

International

Marijuana Cultivation on the Upsurge in Sweden. Swedish media are reporting an increasing number of marijuana cultivation busts. There were 904 pot farms reported to police last year, up fourfold from 2011, and police said they were on track for similar numbers this year.

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US KS: Arrest Affidavit Offers Look at Case Against Garden

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Wichita Eagle, 23 Jul 2015 - Marijuana advocates say the state unfairly targeted one Garden City mom for using weed to treat her medical condition. Her arrest affidavit paints a slightly different picture. Shona Banda, 38, faces five charges related to marijuana use and child endangerment after her 11-year-old son talked about her drug use during an anti-drug program at school.
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US: Senate Panel Would Allow Marijuana Vendors to Use Banks

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 23 Jul 2015 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved, by a 16-14 vote, an amendment that would effectively ease laws making it officially illegal for banks to handle money from marijuana vendors. The laws have resulted in a situation in which many marijuana vendors have typically had to use cash to conduct their business.
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US CA: Column: A Roach In The Batter

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Jul 2015 - Yeah, it's a cure-all. My buddy Jonah broke his elbow one time. He just smoked some weed. It still clicks, but it's cool. -Ben Stone in the film Knocked Up. Maybe Ben Stone and his friend Jonah were onto something. A study by Israeli scientists recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found broken bones healed faster and stronger in lab rats injected with cannabidiol (CBD), one of the non-psychoactive compounds found in marijuana. In the study, Tel Aviv University researchers injected CBD into rats with mid-femoral fractures and found the CBD made the bones stronger during and after healing. The study found the treatment was far less effective, however, when the rats were injected with a combination of CBD and THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. Sorry, Ben.
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US CA: Panel: Legalizing Shouldn't Be About Revenue

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Jul 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A blueribbon panel says curtailing the illegal marijuana market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the drug's recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source. In a 93-page report released Wednesday, the panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents a wide range of choices and competing interests involved as advocates work to bring a recreational use initiative to voters next year.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 22:48

There's medical marijuana news from the far Pacific, with Hawaii okaying dispensaries and Guam releasing draft medical marijuana regulations, plus more.

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Last Wednesday, state officials rejected medical marijuana for PTSD. Health officials voted against adding PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana. They cited scant research on the issue. "We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

Hawaii

Last Tuesday, Hawaii began moving toward licensing dispensaries. After Gov. David Ige (D) signed a bill allowing for eight dispensaries to operate in the state, state officials are moving forward with developing rules and regulations for the program. They say to they will begin accepting license applications early next year. The move comes 15 years after Hawaii became the first state to okay medical marijuana through the legislative process.

Guam

Last Thursday, the US protectorate released medical marijuana draft regulations. The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has released draft rules for the island territory's medical marijuana program. Guamanians voted to allow medical marijuana in last November's elections. The rules must be approved by the legislature. Click on the link to read the draft rules.

Michigan

Last week, Michigan cops raided medical marijuana dispensaries. Police departments in the greater Detroit area have shut down several dispensaries in the past week, in some cases bringing felony charges against the operators. Raids, arrests, and seizures took place in Shelby Township and Detroit last week. While the city has an estimated 180 dispensaries, they are illegal under the state's medical marijuana law.

On Tuesday, a state panel deferred a decision on medical marijuana for autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action on recommending whether or not autism should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The panel said it wanted more time to review the evidence.

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

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US WA: In Our View: Give Medical Pot Law Time

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
The Columbian, 22 Jul 2015 - Legislative action reconciling marijuana markets too new to appeal, modify In addition to a slate of candidates for local offices, it's likely that Washington voters this fall will decide two citizen initiatives. One, sponsored by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, would ban trafficking of endangered species and their parts. The other, from initiative king Tim Eyman, deals with his favorite subject: taxes.
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US CA: Editorial: Ban On Public Marijuana Use Makes Sense

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Journal, 22 Jul 2015 - Tucked into the city of San Mateo's new smoking rules is a portion of the ordinance that prohibits smoking of marijuana in public. The new rules received their first discussion Monday night and will likely return to the council soon for adoption. The ordinance itself is very similar to those in other cities in that it restricts smoking in multi-family units, in response to complaints about secondhand smoke. It also adds electronic cigarettes and marijuana to the definition of smoking and prohibits that in all city parks. It also prohibits smoking of marijuana on any public property. Medical marijuana can still be smoked in any home.
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CN MB: Editorial: Conservatives Losing The War On Drugs

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jul 2015 - THERE is no better evidence of the change in attitudes about marijuana than the forbearance demonstrated by the Winnipeg Police Service in connection with a man who is openly selling pot from a storefront operation. The police service issued a news release Monday saying it would not tolerate the lawless conduct of Glenn Price, who has been selling what he calls medical marijuana even though he is not licensed by Health Canada and his product has not been acquired from authorized government dispensers.
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CN MB: Pot-store Owner Opens Doors Again

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jul 2015 - 'Not Going Anywhere' Despite Police Order IN the three weeks since he started selling his product, Glenn Price of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters has had highs and lows. What he's made clear is, although police have ordered him to stop, he's not going up in smoke.
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US MI: Column: Making An Example

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 22 Jul 2015 - Last week the Detroit Medz shop on Detroit's west side was raided for "selling marijuana outside the provisions of the state medical marijuana act," says Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of the Detroit police media relations department. News reports said police found two guns, 4,100 grams (about 9 pounds) of marijuana, and arrested one person - although Lewis says two individuals were arrested that evening. Lewis says that there were complaints from the community and that police previously had made undercover buys there, although it's not clear if those undercover buys were made by people with state cards (or fake ones as has been done in the past) or by folks who just walked in with nothing to show.
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US CO: Column: Springs Dreams, Seeking Investors, PTSD, and

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 22 Jul 2015 - Smoking in the 'burbs Holland Park is joining the cannabis club scene. Springs Dreams (4157 Centennial Blvd., facebook.com/springsdreams) opened July 18 in what was for years a chiropractic office. Owner Eddie Martinez, 38, is a Springs native, and he's happy to bring a new business to the neighborhood.
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US CA: OPED: Medical Marijuana Research Needs Support of

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 22 Jul 2015 - Members of Congress are often eager to admit they're not scientists. The trouble is, they also don't like listening to scientists and have tried to keep them from shaping federal policy on issues from national defense to environmental protection to gun violence. Now, America's ignorance-is-bliss Congress has come to fear what scientists might have to say about marijuana.
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Chronicle AM: The Case of the Dead ND Student Snitch, Brit Police Force De Facto Decriminalizes, More (7/21/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 21:29

There will be an open container law for weed in Washington state, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) files a bill to expunge some federal marijuana offense records, cops in one British county effectively decriminalize small-time marijuana offenses, there's a mystery surrounding a dead North Dakota student informant, and more.

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Congressman Introduces Federal Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) today introduced a bill designed to expunge federal marijuana offenses that are no longer illegal in a number of states. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 would clear the records of those federally charged with state-legal marijuana activity and those federally charged with possession of less than an ounce. It's not yet up on the congressional web site. Activists said its effects would be mainly symbolic.

Marijuana Legalization Money Being Raised in Maine. There are two competing legalization campaigns in the state, and both are fundraising. The Marijuana Policy Project-affiliated Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $104,166 so far this year, with $50,000 coming from MPP in June, while Legalize Maine has raised $55,575.

Washington State Has Open Container Law for Marijuana. Effective September 26, drivers will be required to store their weed in the trunks of their vehicles in an unopened container, or in a part of the passenger compartment "not normally occupied or directly accessible by" the driver or passengers. That's a provision of House Bill 1276, which Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed into law on June 30. Medical Marijuana 

Michigan Panel Defers Decision on Medical Marijuana for Autism. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action on recommending whether or not autism should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The panel said it wanted more time to review the evidence.

Sentencing

Federal Prosecutors Really Want Their Mandatory Minimums. Although only a tiny fraction of federal drug crimes involve violence, federal prosecutors are demanding that their mandatory minimum sentences be left unchanged. National Association of Assistant US Attorneys head Steve Cook warns that it would be "a huge mistake" to change federal sentencing laws. "The federal criminal justice system is not broken," he added, claiming that "drug trafficking is inherently violent." Oddly enough, only 142 of more than 20,000 federal drug offenses prosecuted last year involved violence or threats of violence. Cook also wants more prisons, calling them "a good investment."

Law Enforcement

Did a North Dakota Student Get Killed After Campus Cops Turned Him Into a Snitch? The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a lengthy piece on the case of Andew Sadek, who went missing two weeks before graduation last year. His body was later found in the Red River with a bullet wound to the head and a backpack full of rocks. He had been busted for small-time marijuana sales on campus and agreed to become an informant for campus police. No one has been charged in his death, and police aren't even certain if it was a homicide or a suicide. Read the whole thing.

International

British Police Force Quits Trying to Find Small Pot Grows. The police in County Durham and Darlington are giving up on proactively tracking down small marijuana grows in a de facto move toward decriminalization. Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said police there will also offer people caught with small amounts of weed to avoid criminal prosecution by entering a program aimed at ending low-level offending. "By and large we are saying it is not the top of our list to go out and try to pick up people smoking joints on street corners but if it's blatant or we get complaints, officers will act," Hogg said. "It's about keeping people out of the criminal justice system and reducing costs, it's about being more productive with the way we approach things. It's also about seeking to prevent future use by keeping people out of prison."

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CN BC: Column: Leadership Needed On Pot Dispensary Issue

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Nanaimo News Bulletin, 21 Jul 2015 - A labelled and bagged chocolate brownie that rested between me and a 'budtender' last week represents everything wrong with B.C.'s budding marijuana dispensaries. It was an offering by a dispensary employee, made unsolicited to a non-registered, non-prescription-holding reporter. That's not supposed to happen and it raises the question of how 'Wild West' the frontier of medical marijuana has become.
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CN MB: Medical Marijuana Protesters Light Up At Police

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 21 Jul 2015 - Local medical marijuana users sparked up a "smoke-in" in front of police headquarters on Monday to show their support for a local dispensary that has been under police investigation. Glenn Price, owner of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters on Main Street, said police have been harassing him over the past week for filling medical marijuana prescriptions without a Health Canada licence.
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