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CN ON: 'I Am the Only Victim Here' - Medical Pot User Tells

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
The Northern Times, 19 May 2016 - Robert Neron's legal troubles started five years ago when he asked the Ontario Provincial Police in Kapuskasing to lay a charge against Health Canada. It signalled to police that Neron, a long-time user and advocate for medical marijuana, was no longer licensed to possess or grow his own cannabis at his Moonbeam residence.
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CN BC: Vancouver Issues First Business Licence To A Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 May 2016 - Vancouver has issued its first business licence to an illegal marijuana dispensary, as the city presses ahead with a landmark set of municipal bylaws in Canada aimed at regulating the sector. The Wealth Shop was granted a licence this week to operate in a shopping complex on West 10th Avenue in the tony Point Grey neighbourhood, near the University of British Columbia.
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US: House Votes For Easier Veterans Access To Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Fremont Tribune, 19 May 2016 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it's legal, marking the strongest sign yet that attitudes in Congress toward the drug are shifting along with public sentiment. The House took several other emotional votes Thursday, including approving an amendment that would ban the display of the Confederate battle flag in veterans' cemeteries and, in a particularly raucous moment, narrowly defeating another that aimed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in federal contracting.
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US MA: Hub Docs Call for More Research, Oversight on Medicinal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - Some local doctors are calling for more scientific evidence to back marijuana's medicinal value, and say close oversight is needed for pot dispensaries and prescribers to ensure that it does not get into the wrong hands. "I think there's a good place and time for use of marijuana," said Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett, a doctor at Boston Medical Center who specializes in integrative medicine. "But we haven't as a society and as a medical institution done enough to oversee how people are getting prescribed marijuana."
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US MA: Prosecutor: Driver High On Medical Weed In Fatality

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - A Webster man was driving high on medical marijuana he had just bought at a Brookline dispensary when his car careened off the Massachusetts Turnpike, slamming into the back of a parked state police SUV and killing trooper Thomas L. Clardy, authorities said yesterday. David Njuguna "had an active THC level in his blood at the time of the collision," prosecutor Jeff Travers said after the 30-year-old pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to numerous charges in the March 16 crash, including manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by negligence and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence of drugs.
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US IL: Column: Colorado's Mellow Experience On Legal Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2016 - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed a 2012 state ballot initiative to allow the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. He told voters it might "increase the number of children using drugs and would detract from efforts to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK." Spurning his advice, voters approved it. So he might be excused if, four years later, he were tempted to gaze upon the results of this experiment and say, "I told you so." In fact, Hickenlooper has done just the opposite. "It's beginning to look like it might work," he said recently.
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US IL: Defendant's Alleged Pot Use Puts Spotlight on

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 19 May 2016 - Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday decried the "proliferation" of pot use and called on authorities to prosecute to the "fullest" extent of the law a Webster man accused of being high in a crash that killed a state trooper, sparking a renewed focus on the state's marijuana laws amid a heated debate on legalization. Police said David Njuguna was driving "impaired" after visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in Brookline and had a half-burnt marijuana cigarette in his car when he slammed into trooper Thomas L. Clardy's SUV in mid-March, killing the veteran officer.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 22:13

In Oklahoma and Ohio, medical marijuana half-measures are being challenged by initiative campaigns, Oakland tries to create some racial equity in the industry, Maryland medical marijuana hits another delay, and more.

[image:1 align:left]California

On Tuesday, Oakland passed an ordinance designed to encourage minority participation in the industry. The city council unanimously approved a medical marijuana ordinance with an "equity program" that would reserve half of the city's new cannabis permits for people who live in a designated high-crime police beat in East Oakland or were imprisoned for marijuana-related crimes in Oakland in the past 10 years. But the plan is coming under fire from industry leaders who say it may actually be counterproductive to encouraging minority participation and could undercut a pot economy expected to boom if and when the state legalizes marijuana.

Louisiana

Last Wednesday, the House passed a CBD cannabis oil expansion bill. The House approved Senate Bill 271, but because it amended it, the bill must now go back to the Senate for a final vote. Last year, legislators legalized CBD cannabis oil, but only for a handful of conditions. This bill expands those conditions to include seizure disorders. No one can currently use CBD cannabis oils because the legislature is still figuring out how to regulate them.

Maryland

On Tuesday, the Medical Cannabis Commission announced continuing delays in implementing the program. The commission, which is charged with establishing the state's medical marijuana program, announced yet another delay in getting the program up and running. The state approved medical marijuana more than two years ago, in April 2014, making this one of the slowest roll-outs yet. The commission now says patients probably won't have access to medical marijuana until the late summer of 2017.

Missouri

Last Wednesday, the House rejected a medical marijuana bill. The House killed the bill on a 71-85 vote. That leaves an open path for a medical marijuana initiative whose supporters have handed in signatures and are awaiting confirmation that the initiative has qualified for the November ballot.

Montana

Last Thursday, medical marijuana supporters appealed tothe US Supreme Court. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association filed a petition with the US Supreme Court seeking to reverse a state Supreme Court decision that guts the state's once-thriving medical marijuana industry. Petitioners argue that the state Supreme Court mistakenly held that marijuana is universally illegal under federal law and point to the Obama administration's decisions to allow states to implement their own marijuana laws.

Oklahoma

Last Friday, the governor signed a CBD cannabis bill into law. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law a CBD cannabis oil expansion bill. Last year, the state approved the use of the oil, but only for people under 18. This bill removes that age restriction.

Last Saturday, medical marijuana advocates began an initiative signature gathering drive. CBD cannabis oil isn't enough for Oklahomans for Health, which began gathering signatures over the weekend for a full-blown medical marijuana initiative. The group has 90 days to gather 66,000 valid voter signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Ohio

Last Wednesday, a new poll had overwhelming support for medical marijuana. A new Quinnipiac University poll has support for medical marijuana at very high 90%. The poll comes as a restrictive medical marijuana bill is working its way through the legislature and as a medical marijuana initiative is in the signature-gathering phase. The poll also asked about support for legalization, which came in at 52%.

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Chronicle AM: Shocking CA Asset Forfeiture Poll, Oakland Addresses Racial Imbalance in Pot Industry, More... (5/18/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 20:54

Organized opposition is trying to emerge in California, legalization in Oregon is creating jobs and payrolls, Oakland attempts to redress racial imblance in the pot business, but catches some flak, and more. 

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy 

California Dems Tied to Law Enforcement Oppose Legalization Initiative. A pair of state Democratic lawmakers with "deep law enforcement ties" have come out in opposition to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) legalization initiative. Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), a former Sacramento County sheriff's official who regularly warns against drug liberalization, and Sen. Cathleen Gagliani (D-Stockton), "the Democratic senator most aligned with law enforcement," have joined with Republican colleagues to oppose the measure. The initiative is favored by many Democratic elected officials, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Oregon Legalization Creates Jobs, Payrolls. Retail cannabis employees will be paid nearly $46 million this year, and that number is set to increase in the future, according to a new report from local marijuana industry consulting firms. Legalization has also created at least 2,165 jobs, with more to come, the report said.

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Oakland Passes Marijuana Ordinance Designed to Encourage Minority Participation. The city council Tuesday unanimously approved a medical marijuana ordinance with an "equity program" that would reserve half of the city's new cannabis permits for people who live in a designated high-crime police beat in East Oakland or were imprisoned for marijuana-related crimes in Oakland in the past 10 years. But the plan is coming under fire from industry leaders who say it may actually be counterproductive to encouraging minority participation and could undercut a pot economy expected to boom if and when the state legalizes marijuana.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

New York State Senate Releases Heroin Report. The GOP-dominated body has released a report on heroin and prescription pain pill use that recommends 48 changes to state law and policy, including increased penalties for the sale and possession of opioids. The report also calls for increased prevention, treatment, and harm reduction measures. The report includes a package of bills that were expected to be passed Tuesday night. Stay tuned.

Asset Forfeiture

Southern California Poll Finds 10% Report Having Cash or Property Seized Without a Conviction. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, looked at Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, and also found that 19%o of respondents said they knew someone who had experienced the same. The poll, sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, comes as a push is underway to get a civil asset forfeiture reform bill, Senate Bill 443, through the Assembly. The bill passed the Senate last year, but was blocked in the Assembly by law enforcement lobbying. It is still alive, though, and hopes are that it can get through the Assembly this year. 

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CN BC: Weemedical Seeks To Reopen As Wellness Centre

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 18 May 2016 - Chilliwack WeeMedical Dispensary Society has until June 1 to respond to a court injunction from City of Chilliwack seeking to keep them closed permanently after two raids. Court injunction papers were served May 11, according to city officials, and WeeMedical officials were given 21 days to respond.
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CN NS: Column: Dope and Dopamine: Legalized Marijuana in Adult

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
The News, 18 May 2016 - DOPE AND DOPAMINE: LEGALIZED MARIJUANA IN ADULT USERS What do Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, D.C., and Washington state have in common? They've legalized recreational marijuana use for adults. And a total of 24 states allow medical marijuana in various ways: in New York, you cannot smoke it, although you can inhale a vapor, eat it, use a tincture or take pills. More than 12 states have decriminalized possession.
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US OH: Patients Could Get Medical Marijuana From Out-Of-State

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 18 May 2016 - As it nears a potential vote next week on medical marijuana, the Senate today made a number of bill changes, including those that seek to speed up the implementation and give Ohioans immediate access to the drug. A chief complaint of the House-passed bill among medical marijuana proponents was Ohioans would have to wait for up to two years before getting access to the drug while regulations, farms and distributors were established.
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US IL: Editorial: Impaired Driving a Danger, but Tests Must Be

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Jacksonville Journal-Courier, 18 May 2016 - Proponents of marijuana legislation often purport its safety over legal drugs, particularly alcohol. "I'd rather someone get behind the wheel stoned than drunk," more than one person has opined. The notion is cringe-worthy. Impaired is impaired and driving that way is dangerous, potentially deadly, whether it involves alcohol, marijuana or prescription medication.
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US CO: Column: Parents of MMJ Patients Celebrate Win in D49

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 18 May 2016 - Home groan Clint and Rebecca Lockwood rushed to City Hall when they heard Colorado Springs City Council was about to limit home grows to 12 plants, but Council had already adopted the ordinance. So they went home worried sick about their son, Calvin, who's severely autistic and relies on homemade CBD oil to keep his aggression under control.
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US WA: Editorial: Unmet Promises to Fund Marijuana Mitigation

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 18 May 2016 - MARIJUANA legalization in Washington state has, by some measures, been an immediate success. Criminal charges for marijuana possession have all but vanished. The once-thriving black market is being daylighted. And recreational users' wink-and-a-nod exploitation of the medical-marijuana system is gone. And legal marijuana is producing gobs of tax revenue to pay for important state services. The state budget is expected to bank an eye-popping $1.1 billion in cannabis revenue through 2018.
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US HI: Column: California To Become The Center Of Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:00
Garden Island, 18 May 2016 - The other day, in a seaside cafe here, veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock gamely fielded my attempts to catch up on a subject I have failed to appreciate for far too long: the coming end of marijuana prohibition. Earlier this month, the backers of a California initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and tech kabillionaire Sean Parker, said they had gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot. In the same week, the federal government dropped its long-standing case against Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the largest medical pot dispensary in the country.
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Chronicle AM: MD MedMJ Delay, Ohio's Bad "Good Samaritan" Bill, No Reefer Referendum for RI, More... (5/17/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 21:00

Another New England legislature fails to act on pot legalization, Maryland's long-awaited medical marijuana program is again delayed, Wisconsin's GOP attorney general wants all employers to drug test their workers, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Chances Fade for Rhode Island Referendum on Pot Policy. For six years, marijuana legalization bills have failed to even get a vote in the legislature. This year is no exception. There has been some talk of a non-binding referendum to plumb public sentiment on the issue, but it now looks like even that is going nowhere. "A referendum on this year’s ballot is unlikely," House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told The Providence Journal in an email Monday. "I am keeping an open mind on the issue and will continue to analyze it over the summer and fall."

Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission Announces Continuing Delays in Implementing Program. The commission, which is charged with establishing the state's medical marijuana program, announced Tuesday yet another delay in getting the program up and running. The state approved medical marijuana more than two years ago, in April 2014, making this one of the slowest roll-outs yet. The commission now says patients probably won't have access to medical marijuana until the late summer of 2017.

Drug Testing

Wisconsin Attorney General Wants Every Workplace to Test for Prescription Drugs. Attorney General Brad Schimel (R), championing his Dose of Reality program aimed a prescription opioid use, has called on all employers in the state to institute drug testing programs. "We have 163,000 in Wisconsin abusing opiates in some manner. We need to get them help,"Schimel said.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Ohio Legislature Considers 911 "Bad" Samaritan Law That Could Increase Overdose Deaths. As early as Wednesday,  the Ohio Senate could consider a bill, House Bill 110, that was originally designed to save lives but has been amended so badly it could do more harm than good. The original bill was modeled after laws in more than 30 states known as 911 Good Samaritan laws that provide people who call 911 to report drug overdose immunity from arrest for drug possession. The Ohio bill, which some are calling a 911 "Bad" Samaritan law, was amended in committee in ways that would make people less likely to call 911; health experts warn people could die as a result. The bill would limit the number of times people could get immunity from prosecution for reporting an overdose and it requires medical providers to give patient information to police.

Law Enforcement

Texas Trucking Company Owner Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case Against DEA. The owner of trucking company whose semi was used without permission by DEA agents in a failed Zetas sting that left the driver dead wants the US Supreme Court to take up his case. Craig Patty, the owner, had filed a $6.4 million lawsuit for damages in the 2011 incident, which led to a wild shoot-out in northwest Houston. A New Orleans-based appeals court throw out his case in March; now, Patty wants it reinstated. A Patty employee working as a DEA informer took the truck to the Mexican border, then drove a load of Zetas marijuana to Houston, where DEA and local police would swoop in and make arrests, but the truck was attacked before the bust could go down. 

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CN ON: Seeing Green

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 May 2016 - Former Mountie on the cusp of marijuana industry As he sits in the sleek, modern waiting room of National Access Cannabis, Derek Ogden can envision what his quiet education clinic in Hintonburg might some day become: A bustling dispensary for medical marijuana.
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US FL: Vote No on 2 Slams Marijuana Initiative As a Full

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 17 May 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - A group fighting a proposed amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida released its first web video Monday, attacking the measure as a fig leaf for full-blown legalization of the drug. The video from Drug Free Florida's Vote No on 2 campaign is posted on its website and isn't running as an ad on television or online. But it signals the first salvo from those opposed to Amendment 2.
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US OK: Editorial: CBD Oil

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 17 May 2016 - A Compassionate Expansion Gov. Mary Fallin signed into a law a modest expansion of a state law that allows therapeutic uses of a nonintoxicating ingredient of marijuana for a limited number of medical conditions.
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