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US WY: Editorial: Make Medical Marijuana Legal In Wyoming

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 16 Aug 2015 - THE ISSUE: Medical marijuana is in the news as Wyoming law officers have launched a campaign to fight a petition seeking its legalization. WE BELIEVE: While we remain opposed to recreational marijuana, we believe medical marijuana should be available in the state.
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US NM: OPED: Alternatives Offer Drug Offenders Better Future

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 16 Aug 2015 - The City Different is in a unique position, at just the right time in history, to have a small but powerful impact on how low-level drug offenders are treated, and, ultimately, on whether or not they are offered a chance at recovery. With increasing awareness of the social, economic and political effects of mass incarceration, it is more important than ever to begin thinking outside the box about the war on drugs.
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US CA: Column: Marijuana Harm Ignored in Push for Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 16 Aug 2015 - Four potential ballot initiatives completely legalizing marijuana are in the works for California's next general election, with pot advocates yet to choose the variation that will get their concerted push. But one thing for sure: Whichever one they send out for signature gathering will say nothing about the detrimental effects of the mind-altering weed, wellknown a proven demotivating factor for heavy users.
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US DC: Review: Smoke a Joint for Whatever Ails YOU? It's Not

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Aug 2015 - STONED A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana By David Casarett Current. 289 pp. $27.95 'Does medical marijuana 'work'?" That question, posed in an illuminating new book by David Casarett, a hospice physician and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, sounds simple and turns out to be anything but.
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US IL: Rauner Pushes Stricter Pot Bill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug 2015 - Governor Rewrites Measure, Which Now Returns to Lawmakers SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers to rewrite a bill aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the measure that lawmakers sent him would let people carry too much pot and sets fines too low.
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US NJ: Column: I Got Punched in the Stomach by the NJ Appeals

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 15 Aug 2015 - I lost my appeal before the NJ Appellate Court. But before I go into that disappointment, in honor of Gov. Christie's presidential run and national prominence I've renamed my "Jive Turkey Burger" "THE CHRISTIE" and added a Twinkie on the side. (http://tinyurl.com/TheChristieBurger) I am a medical marijuana patient and I'm writing this column from the Philadelphia Veterans Administration hospital where I'm receiving treatment for my painful bone cancer condition. Last year I had my most prominent and painful tumor surgically removed. MRIs and my pain level have confirmed it's back - so technically I'm no longer in remission.
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CN MB: Mounties Must Return Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Aug 2015 - MOUNTIES will have to give back the weed they seized after mistakenly raiding a grow-op, only to later learn the owner had a valid permit to grow medical marijuana. The property owner, Brandon resident Jerry Pomehichuk, suggests the incident highlights law enforcement isn't keeping up with medical-marijuana laws.
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US OH: Ohio To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug 2015 - Ohio will vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November, state officials have announced. If the measure passes, Ohio would become the first Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining four other states and the District of Columbia.
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Chronicle AM: WY MedMJ Init Underway, DOJ Investigating Police Killing of SC Teen, More (8/14/2015)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 20:23

CBD cannabis oil goes on sale in England, a medical marijuana initiative is getting underway in Wyoming, the Justice Department will look into the police killing of teenager Zach Hammond in a small-time marijuana bust, and more.

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Florida CBD Expansion Bill Filed. Sarasota state Rep. Greg Steube (R) filed a bill Thursday that would expand the state's CBC cannabis oil program. The measure, House Bill 63, would lower barriers to entry for would-be medical marijuana growers and manufacturers, particularly by removing limits on the number of manufacturers.

Wyoming Medical Marijuana Initiative Signature-Gathering Campaign Getting Underway. An initiative campaign led by Wyoming NORML is getting underway this weekend. The group is set to unveil the initiative this weekend. They will need to come up with 25,000 valid voter signatures by February to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

New Psychoactive Substances

Vermont Lawmakers Add 75 New Drugs to State's List of Controlled Substances. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules Thursday approved an amendment to the state's law on controlled substances that adds 75 new substances to the list. Most of them are synthetic cannabinoids, but the list also includes aceto-fentanyl, which is sometimes mixed with heroin.

Law Enforcement

Justice Department Will Investigate Killing of South Carolina Teen in Pot Bust. The Justice Department announced Wednesday night that it will investigate the killing of Zachary Hammond, 19, who was shot and killed by a Seneca police officer on July 26. Hammond was the driver of a vehicle whose passenger was targeted by police for selling small amounts of marijuana. Police claimed he threatened them by driving toward an officer, but Hammond's family says autopsy results show he was shot through the driver's side window from behind, suggesting that the officer was not in danger.

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First Legal CBD Cannabis Oil Goes on Sale in England. A London and Kent-based company has begun distributing "Charlotte's Web" cannabis oil in England. Authorities had approved such sales last month.

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US MD: Officials Seeking Cannabis Answers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 14 Aug 2015 - Counties Concerned About Nuts and Bolts of Medical Marijuana OCEAN CITY - County officials from across Maryland packed an information session here Thursday, seeking guidance now that entrepreneurs are scouting locations to grow and sell marijuana for medical use.
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CN BC: Grow-Op Next Door

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Langley Times, 14 Aug 2015 - Walnut Grove House With a Legal Marijuana Grow-Op Frustrates Neighbours Frustrated residents of a Walnut Grove neighbourhood say they would have been better off with an illegal grow-op instead of the licensed medicinal marijuana growing operation that operates out of a house on their street.
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US CA: Judge to Weigh Constitutionality of Yuba County Pot Rule

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 14 Aug 2015 - A Superior Court judge took under submission Thursday the question of whether Yuba County's ban on outdoor marijuana plants is a violation of the state constitution. Yuba County Judge Benjamin Wirtschafter said after listening to about 40 minutes of courtroom arguments that he will issue a ruling "within 60 days."
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Chronicle AM: OH Will Vote on Legalization, ME Welfare Drug Test Program Finds One User, More (8/13/2015)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 21:41

Ohio could be the next state to legalize marijuana, a union boss gets busted for taking bribes from dispensaries, "fake weed" is the subject of repression in Boston and New York state, Maine's welfare drug test program finds a single drug user, and more.

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Ohio Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization This November. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday afternoon that the ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization has qualified for the November ballot. Husted reported that the initiative campaign had collected 320,267 valid voter signatures; it needed 305,000 to qualify for the ballot. The initiative is controversial among marijuana legalization supporters because it creates a "monopoly" of ten allowed locations for commercial marijuana grows, which are owned by the people who funded the campaign. The initiative would also create a system of licensed marijuana processing facilities and retail outlets. And it would allow individual Ohioans to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana.

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Oakland Again Considers Licensing Medical Marijuana Farms. The city is in the process of crafting regulations and issuing licenses for medical marijuana grows, as well as other marijuana-related businesses. The city had proposed something similar in 2011, but retreated after federal prosecutors criticized the plan. But now the federal position has changed, and Oakland is ready to try again.

UFCW Official Accused of Taking Bribes from Dispensaries. Dan Rush, the executive director of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) cannabis division, has been charged in federal court with taking bribes or kickbacks to endorse potential dispensary operators. The feds accuse Rush of taking a $600,000 loan from one dispensary operator, and when he was unable to repay it, working with an attorney on "steps to provide various labor benefits to the (dispensary operator), including union support for opening dispensaries and reducing or eliminating pressure to unionize dispensary workers," the complaint says.

Oregon Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Task Force Bill. Gov. Kate Brown (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 844, which establishes a task force to research the medical and public health properties of marijuana. The task force will make a report with recommendations to the legislature on developing a medical marijuana industry that supplies patients with products that will meet their needs.

New Psychoactive Substances

New York Lawmakers Want Tougher Laws Against "Fake Marijuana." Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) imposed an emergency ban on the sale of synthetic cannabinoids, but legislators want more. "Unfortunately, it is not doing the trick," said state Sen. Jeff Stein (D-Bronx). "We need a law on the books in Albany and we need a law right now. Synthetic marijuana is dangerous and poses a very real public health threat to New Yorkers, their families and children." He's supporting a bill that would make selling more than 25 grams of the stuff a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Boston City Council Bans "Fake Weed." The city council voted Wednesday to ban the sale of synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred as "fake marijuana" or "synthetic marijuana." People caught selling the stuff will face a fine of $300, and police can now seize the drug.

Drug Testing

Maine Welfare Drug Testing Program Has Found Only One Drug User. The state began screening welfare applicants in April, but so far only one person has tested positive for drugs. The program screens all applicants for "reasonable suspicion" of drug use or if they have drug felonies, then subjects those it deems likely to be drug users to drug testing. But only 15 people have been referred to drug testing. Thirteen were blocked from receiving benefits because they didn't show up for either the initial screening or the drug test, and one tested positive. The results are in line with results from other states, whether drug screening and testing has also found very small numbers of drug users.

International

British Pot Farm Raids Decline. The number of police raids on commercial marijuana grows dropped by more than 17% last year. Observers cited law enforcement budget cuts and other factors. "Recent budget cuts appear to be reducing the amount of proactive policing that's going on," said Matthew Atha of the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit. "One of the main methods of detecting cannabis growers is police helicopters with infrared cameras and they cost a lot of money to keep in the air." This year, some British police forces have said they were going to deprioritize marijuana enforcement, but that wouldn't explain the decline last year.

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ResponsibleOhio Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for 2015 Ballot

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 18:02

This article was published in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.

[image:1 align:right]Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday afternoon that the ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot.

Husted reported that the initiative campaign had collected 320,267 valid voter signatures; it needed 305,000 to qualify for the ballot.

The initiative is controversial for creating a "monopoly" of 10 allowed commercial marijuana grows, and those spots have already been allocated to people who funded the campaign.

The initiative would also create a system of licensed marijuana processing facilities and retail outlets. And it would allow individual Ohioans to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana.

"It's time for marijuana legalization in Ohio, and voters will have the opportunity to make it happen this November -- we couldn't be more excited," said ResponsibleOhio spokesman Ian James after Husted's announcement. "By reforming marijuana laws in November, we'll provide compassionate care to sick Ohioans, bring money back to our local communities and establish a new industry with limitless economic development opportunities."

Look for extensive coverage of the initiative and the campaign from the Chronicle in coming days and weeks. In the meantime, check out our in-depth coverage of the initiative and the controversy from last month here.

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US OH: Marijuana Legalization Measure Makes Fall Ballot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 13 Aug 2015 - The stage is set for a high-stakes game of power politics as Ohioans decide whether they want to legalize the personal and medicinal use of marijuana. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified on Wednesday that ResponsibleOhio has enough valid signatures of registered voters to qualify its marijuana-legalization issue for the Nov. 3 ballot.
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CN NS: High Time For A Change

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
The Coast, 13 Aug 2015 - The sixth annual PEACE EAST festival wants to clear the air on medical marijuana. Six years in, PEACE EAST keeps growing. The three-day outdoor festival in Middle Musquodoboit is Atlantic Canada's annual epicenter for cannabis consumers, advocates and caregivers to celebrate the tireless fight against the war on drugs. There's music, lectures, workshops and plenty of chances to get inspired. And, no, it's not just some hippie fest in the woods.
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CN ON: Marijuana in City's Future?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Observer, 13 Aug 2015 - Council Will Alter Zoning Bylaw to Allow Production in Industrial Areas The production of medicinal marijuana is the future, and Pembroke wants in. On Tuesday, city council voted unanimously to include medical marijuana facilities as a permitted use within industrial zones, as listed in its zoning bylaw.
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US CA: Column: Weed's Water War

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 13 Aug 2015 - WEED'S WATER WAR This summer has been busy for law enforcement in California's Emerald Triangle, the sparsely populated rural counties where as much as 70 percent of the cannabis smoked in America is grown.
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US CO: Column: Boulder Marijuana Sales Tax Revenues on the Rise

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 13 Aug 2015 - The City of Boulder released its latest sales and use tax revenue report in July. It compares tax revenues from January to May of 2014 to the same period this year. The numbers show that Boulder is booming. Total sales tax revenue is up an impressive 6 percent from the first five months of last year, with computer-related businesses up 31 percent; Gunbarrel commercial by 20 percent; food stores and downtown Boulder by almost 11 percent each. But when it comes to marijuana, the percentage leaps are more spectacular. Together, medical and recreational marijuana make up 2.21 percent of the sales tax revenue collected by the city. That's a total for this year through May of $1,932,108.
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US NM: DEA Seizes Medical Pot After Explosion

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 13 Aug 2015 - Spokesman: Marijuana Is 'Still Illegal Under Federal Law' SANTA FE - Medical marijuana is legal in New Mexico, but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration seized and destroyed numerous pot plants from a licensed dispensary in Santa Fe after a recent explosion burned two employees.
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