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US CA: Pot Ordinance Fate In Judges' Hands

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 11 May 2015 - Now that Yuba County's marijuana cultivation ordinance - at least for now - has moved from public hearings to the courtroom, its fate will rest more on judges than county supervisors. There still is a possible third front in the opponents' fight - that being voting booths. The process has already started for a would-be recall election against Supervisor Andy Vasquez, there have been threats against others and opponents still have the option of trying to place an initiative on the ballot.
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US VI: Nelson To Act Swiftly On Marijuana Legislation

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 11 May 2015 - Beyond Legalizing Medical Use, Senator Wants to Decriminalize Growing Small Amount for Personal Use ST. CROIX - Sen. Terrence Nelson says he intends to move forward quickly with medical marijuana legislation - and other legislation dealing with marijuana - after returning in late April from a fact- finding trip to Washington and Colorado.
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US VI: While Mapp Mum on P.R. Pot Law, Nelson Says Legalize It

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 11 May 2015 - ST. CROIX - A decision by Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla - who issued an executive order a week ago directing the Puerto Rico health department to authorize the use of some or all controlled substances or derivatives of the cannabis plant for medical use there - - brought the question of medical marijuana much closer to the territory. Government House spokeswoman Kim Jones said that V.I. Gov. Kenneth Mapp had no comment on Garcia's move.
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US NM: Officials Uneasy About Proposed Marijuana Farm Near

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 11 May 2015 - City-County Panel to Discuss Plan Tuesday ROSWELL (AP) - A proposal to turn a former dairy processing plant near Roswell into a place to grow plants, specifically marijuana, isn't getting high praise from local officials.
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US WA: End War On Drugs By Letting States Decide

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
The Columbian, 10 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted. "The war on drugs," he tells them, "has been the most immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow."
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US: Pot Retailers Fear Being Taxed Out Of Business

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 10 May 2015 - Federal Deductions Barred Legal Enterprises Hurt by an Old Law Aimed at Preventing Drug Dealers From Claiming Tax Write-Offs DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune.
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US WA: Activist Calls State Out on Safety of Recreational

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 10 May 2015 - Supporter of Medical Marijuana Doesn't Want Cannabis Patients in Same System Seated at a desk inside his downtown Seattle hotel room, Dr. Gil Mobley pulled out a sterile field surgery kit, snapped on latex gloves and pulled a mask over his face.
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US: Marijuana Merchants Face Another Federal Obstacle: High

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 10 May 2015 - DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Mr. Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune. "I had to write a check for $275,000," Mr. Nassau said. "Unbelievable."
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US HI: Editorial: Future of Pot in Hawaii Deserves Full

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 May 2015 - Very little about public policy happens in a vacuum, least of all Hawaii's belated move to fully implement its 15-year-old medical marijuana law, after letting things languish for so long. When medical marijuana became legal, Hawaii was at the front of the pack among states liberalizing controls of the drug, moving first to allow its use for relief of pain and other physical symptoms. Now the long-awaited authorization of dispensaries for the delivery of marijuana to those holding a medical prescription has been overtaken by decisions in other states to legalize it entirely.
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CN ON: Column: How Did Lisi Case Ever Get To Court?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 May 2015 - Pair Acquitted in Minor Drug Case, Which Would Have Gone Unnoticed Without the Rob Ford Connection "I'm shy." Those were the first two words offered by Sandro Lisi after he and co-accused Jamshid Bahrami were found not guilty by a judge Friday on a slew of itsy-bitsy drug charges, including trafficking in marijuana. To be precise, 288 grams of marijuana.
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US CA: Pot Poses Conundrum For GOP

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 May 2015 - Party's Presidential Hopefuls Must Choose Between Enforcing Federal Laws and Upholding State Rights. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona.
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US HI: Column: 'States' Rights' Is Best Way to End Ruinous

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 09 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.
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Chronicle AM: Fiorina on Drugs, Hawaii Dispensaries, Drugs on the UN Agenda More (5/8/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 20:47

Marijuana reforms pass the Kansas House, a dispensary bill passes the Hawaii legislature, another Ohio legalization initiative is moving, one Republican presidential contender makes some nice noises about drug policy, and more.

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Kansas House Passes Marijuana Reform Bill. The House Thursday approved a bill that would decrease penalties for small-time marijuana possession, allow for the sale of CBD cannabis oil, and set up a study for uses of industrial hemp. The measure is House Bill 2049. It now heads to the Senate.

Ohio Legalization Initiative Approved by Attorney General. Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved the ballot summary for the "Legalize Marijuana and Hemp in Ohio" initiative proposed by Better for Ohio. The group is pushing this 2015 initiative as alternative to the controversial one being run by ResponsibleOhio, which would set up a 10-grower monopoly on commercial cultivation. The ResponsibleOhio initiative is already deep into its signature-gathering campaign.

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Hawaii Legislature Approves Dispensaries. Fifteen years after it gave the go-ahead to medical marijuana, the state legislature has gotten around to approving a bill that would allow up to 16 dispensaries statewide by mid-2016. House Bill 321 was approved unanimously in the Senate Thursday and passed the House the same day on a 38-13 vote. Gov. David Ige (D) is expected to sign the bill.

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Carly Fiorina Hints at Support for Drug Decriminalization, Would Leave Legal Marijuana States Alone. GOP presidential contender Carly Fiorina staked out some progressive drug policy ground Thursday in an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board. "I would not, as president of the United States, enforce federal law in Colorado, where Colorado voters have said they want to legalize marijuana," she said, adding that she didn't personally support legalization. "I do not think they should legalize marijuana," she said. "If you look at a place like Colorado, we've sent the message that pot is just no big deal. And it's just not true." And on drug decriminalization, she had this to say: "I don't think it helps this nation to criminalize drug abuse," she said. "It is not helpful -- to the system, the community, or to a drug abuse victim -- it's not helpful to treat them as hardened criminals and throw them into jail."

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China Urges UN to "Firmly Oppose" Drug Legalization. At a UN debate in preparation for next year's UNGASS on Drugs, China took a predictably hard line stance on legalization: "In recent years, there have been voices calling for the legalization of narcotic drugs and raising doubts about the three UN Conventions on drug control and other existing international drug control mechanisms," said Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative at the world body. "This is not conducive to the healthy development of international drug control," he added.

Reformers Take on Drug Prohibition At UN. Not all countries agree with China, and global civil society is also active at the UNGASS on Drugs prep sessions. Click on the link to read Dave Borden's account of what's going on.

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CN BC: City Mulls Medical Marijuana Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
North Shore News, 08 May 2015 - Licence request sparks pot dispensary debate The City of North Vancouver is mulling a business licence application from a resident who is strongly intent on opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in the community.
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CN BC: Column: Nelson Grapples With Pot Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 08 May 2015 - City Needs a Comprehensive Plan to Deal With the Potential Influx of Marijuana-Selling Establishments According to Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak, if there's one local issue that's more polarizing than the recently overturned downtown dog ban, it's the growing concern around the implications of marijuana legalization.
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CN BC: Column: Almost Legit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 08 May 2015 - Found a smoker the other day. He was outside the safe injection site, trying to make like he was toking up, but since when do joints come with filters? "Tobacco Police! Freeze!" I said, but he bolted - for about half a block before running out of breath and taking a knee. Not a lot of drawn-out foot chases with smokers. OK, Victoria isn't quite at the point where tobacco is illegal, though it's getting there. As of this spring, the region's smoking ban is being extended to parks, playgrounds and public squares. The no-smoking zone around doorways and air intakes has gone from three metres to seven, effectively making it illegal to smoke on most downtown sidewalks. As of April 1, the only place it will still be legal to light up is the old leper colony on Bentinck Island.
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US HI: Pot Sites In Pipeline

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 08 May 2015 - Lawmakers OK a Bill That Provides for 16 Dispensaries, With Some Predicting a Look at Full Legalization Later On In its last major act of this year's session, the Legislature has sent Gov. David Ige a bill that would give thousands of medical marijuana patients access to dispensaries in Hawaii. The Senate voted unanimously and the House voted 36-13 to pass House Bill 321, which allows for 16 medical pot dispensaries across the state, including six on Oahu. The move comes 15 years after state leaders authorized the prescription and use of the drug but failed to create a dispensary system where patients could purchase it, leaving patients to cultivate the pot on their own or acquire it on the black market.
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Chronicle AM: TX MJ Legalization Bill Wins Committee Vote !); Decrim Advances in DE, IL, More (5/7/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 20:47

Holy Cow! A marijuana legalization bill wins a committee vote in Texas! Also, decrim bills are moving in Delaware and Illinois, welfare drug testing gets shot down by Democrats in Iowa, but advances thanks to Republicans in Wisconsin, and more.

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Fourth California Legalization Initiative Filed. Busy, busy. Jason Porter and Lara Marie Collinsworth have filed the 2016 California Bipartisan Decriminalization of Cannabis Act. That's the fourth so far this year, and we're still waiting for the big one to drop. This one would legalize up to five pounds for personal possession and allow a 500 square foot garden. It would also force medical marijuana into a pharmacy system. There is a handy spreadsheet on the various proposals here.

Delaware Decriminalization Bill Heads for House Floor Vote. A bill to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot has passed the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee after its sponsor, Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington), said she would revise to address law enforcement concerns. It now includes language making public pot smoking or smoking in a vehicle a misdemeanor with a maximum $200 fine. The cops still oppose it, though. The bill is House Bill 39.

Illinois Decriminalization Bill Wins Senate Committee Vote. A bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of pot passed the Senate Criminal Law Committee Wednesday. House Bill 218 has already passed the House and now heads for a Senate floor vote.

Texas House Committee Approves Legalization Bill. In a surprise move, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved an outright legalization bill on a 5-2 vote. The bill, House Bill 2165 now awaits a chance at a House floor vote.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Extension Heads for Senate Floor Vote. A bill to extend the state's long-delayed medical marijuana pilot program is now headed for a final Senate vote. House Bill 3299 passed the House last month. It would extend the program for four years after the first dispensary opens.

Texas Senate Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The Senate today approved Senate Bill 339, the "Texas Compassionate Use Act," which would allow people with severe epileptic conditions to use CBD cannabis oil. The bill now goes to the House. The House is considering a companion bill, but it has not had a floor vote yet.

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New Hampshire House Approves Synthetic Drug Bill. The House voted Wednesday to restrict synthetic drugs. The bill, Senate Bill 106, would impose fines on persons who sell synthetic drugs and fines and other penalties on businesses that sold them, but would not penalize personal possession of the substances. The bill has already passed the Senate, but was amended in the House, so it needs to go bac for a final Senate vote.

Texas Senate Approves Synthetic Drug Bill. The Senate Wednesday passed Senate Bill 1582, which would allow the state health department to designate new synthetics as "hazardous controlled substances" until the legislature has time to ban them. The bill now goes to the House.

Asset Forfeiture

Oklahoma Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. Sen. Kyle Loveless (R-Oklahoma City) today filed Senate Bill 838, the "Personal Asset Protection Act." The bill would require a criminal conviction before asset forfeiture can be undertaken. Although the bill is being filed late in the session, Loveless said it was an important issue and that he would hold an interim study to examine the issue.

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Iowa Welfare Drug Testing Defeated. Senate Democrats stood firm to defeat a welfare drug testing amendment proposed as part of a health and human services budget bill Wednesday. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote, 26-23. The Senate also rejected an amendment that would have required drug testing for lawmakers.

Wisconsin Welfare Drug Testing Bill Moves. A bill that would require some public benefits recipients to undergo drug testing was approved by the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform Wednesday. The Republican-backed measure is Assembly Bill 192

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US CA: Legislature Considering Plans to Regulate Pot Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 07 May 2015 - SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for state control of the sale and cultivation of cannabis with the expectation that voters will legalize recreational use next year. The Legislature is considering multiple - and conflicting - plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers; the billion-dollar-a-year industry is now regulated largely by local governments.
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US CA: Column: Medicinal Monopoly

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 May 2015 - Hey, what the hell is going on with the medical cannabis industry in Oregon and Washington? - -Wes Coast Business and politics. The Washington State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 5052, which will force all of the medical cannabis clubs in Washington to close so that the recreational clubs can take control of the market. The law also decreases the amount of cannabis a medical patient can possess, and the amount of cannabis that they can grow. This law is dumb and it is an insult to all of the medical patients that supported recreational legalization in Washington because they were told that I-502 (the initiative to legalize cannabis in Washington) would not affect medical cannabis users.
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