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US FL: Editorial: Florida's Medical Marijuana Issue Not

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Bradenton Herald, 06 Nov 2014 - Opponents of the language in Amendment 2 won a somewhat surprising victory by convincing enough voters that the medical marijuana measure contained lax provisions open to abuse. Early polls showed convincing passage at around 70 percent, far more than the 60 percent required to amend Florida's constitution. But with only 57 percent of the vote, the measure failed. Still, that should send a signal to the Legislature and governor that the majority of voters do indeed want the legalization of medicinal cannabis -- but with tighter restrictions that remove loopholes.
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US DC: GOP Congress to Weigh 'Legal Pot'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The News-Item, 06 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The national marijuana legalization debate ismoving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available.
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US: Legal Toking Still Months Away In 2 States

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Nov 2014 - The Recreational Use of Marijuana Is Now Legal in Alaska and Oregon, but the Change Won't Take Effect Until Next Year. Pot-Legalization Groups Are Looking Ahead to California in 2016. PORTLAND, Ore. - Voters in the blue state of Oregon and the red state of Alaska have joined the fledgling green column of the U.S. political map by choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, but supporters are not at liberty to light up or buy their cannabis just yet.
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US FL: GOP Lawmakers Willing to Consider Medical Pot Despite

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 06 Nov 2014 - Amendment's Chief Backer Plans to Bring Cause to Legislature. The expansion of the use of medical marijuana in Florida came up short at the polls Tuesday, but the chief financial backer of the campaign says he will take his cause to the Florida Legislature in 2015 and GOP leaders said Wednesday that they are willing to listen. he will use the fact that a clear majority of voters supported the amendment to push the Florida Legislature to act.
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US CA: Pot Ordinance Becomes Effective Today

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Porterville Recorder, 06 Nov 2014 - The marijuana ordinance requiring patients cultivating their own plants to have a city-issued permit goes into effect today. "[Patients] need to submit an application starting [today]," Interim Community Development Director Jenni Byers said.
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US CO: Column: Can I Grow Pot At A Co-Op?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Westword, 06 Nov 2014 - Dear Stoner: As a medical marijuana patient, I am interested in growing my own meds, but not in or around the house, where the kids are. Do you know of something like a growing co-op that would allow me to grow somewhere else? Greenhouse Gary
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US NJ: Column: Suicide Is Not A Crazy Option

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 06 Nov 2014 - As a kid, other than the occasional mention of it in church I had never thought of suicide. That was the case until Freddie Prinze Sr, star of the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man, did it on January 29, 1977, when I was in the seventh grade. At the time I thought it was fascinating and dwelled on it for months, but I knew better than to tell anyone. Just acknowledging you think about Suicide invites being locked up by the do-gooders. I thought of it a lot. At that time I thought of it as a far-off plan - to be accomplished when I was 50 and old. (Yeah at 14 50 seemed old). I thought it was dumb that Freddie would do it when he was just 22 and hadn't lived enough of life. I thought he was rich too, since he was on TV. I thought 50 would be a good time for me to do it, after I was successful - happy, rich and famous. I'm now 50 and I only have one of those and its questionable: What is "fame?" Is it in the eye of the beholder? I don't know, but the point is I'm 50 and I contemplate about when.
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US CA: Column: High Taxes

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 06 Nov 2014 - IRS regulations are making it difficult for legal pot businesses in Colorado and Washington to make a profit, which some say is a way for the federal government to continue its war on drugs. Tax code adopted in the early 1980s holds people accountable for income taxes whether the money they make is legal or not. But, despite marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado (and potentially several other states following this week's elections), pot shop owners are not allowed to write off business deductions under the law. One Colorado business owner, who sold medical marijuana before recreational weed went legit, said he paid nearly $20,000 to the IRS last year and didn't earn a profit.
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US AZ: Column: Accommodating Accountability

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 06 Nov 2014 - The staff of Benson's only dispensary work extra-hard to serve their clientele Opened in July, and nestled in the heart of Benson, Total Accountability Patient Care (TAPC) stands alone as the community's medical marijuana dispensary.
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US DC: Pot Law Still Faces The Hurdle Of GOP Congress

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 06 Nov 2014 - Celebration quickly gave way to uncertainty on Wednesday for supporters of a voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana in the District, with the reality sinking in that when the measure reaches Capitol Hill for review, the party least likely to support it will be in charge. One conservative House Republican from neighboring Maryland immediately vowed to use all of his power to upend Initiative 71, which would allow D.C. residents and visitors to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use and would allow home cultivation of up to three plants.
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US: New Marijuana Initiatives Loom As 3 Win Approval

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
New York Times, 06 Nov 2014 - ANCHORAGE - Conservative candidates garnered majorities in many elections around the country on Tuesday, but so did efforts to legalize marijuana. And the lessons of that complex pattern - with voters in Oregon, Washington, D.C., and here in Alaska approving recreational marijuana, and in Florida supporting medical marijuana - are already being absorbed for the next wave of state voter referendums, and fights, already planned for 2016. People on both sides of the issue saw the victory in Alaska, where Republicans control most of the state government and liberal ideas rarely get much traction, as a particularly vivid signal flare.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 00:40

A medical marijuana initiative won in Guam, but the one in Florida lost despite winning a majority of the votes. There's other news, too. Let's get to it:

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Last Friday,nine Lake County patients filed a $600,000 claim for damages for warrantless raids on their gardens. The move comes two weeks after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction barring such warrantless raids. The patients claim Lake County law enforcement entered their properties and seized their goods without their consent or a search warrant. They seek recompense for their stolen goods, as well as punitive damages.

On Tuesday, Election Day was a mixed bag for local medical marijuana initiatives. Local measures to tax marijuana businesses passed in two Riverside County towns, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs, as well as in Santa Cruz city and county and Shasta Lake City. But measures to loosen restrictions on cultivation failed in Butte, Lake, Nevada, and Shasta Counties, and measures to allow dispensaries were rejected in Blythe, La Mesa, and Encinitas. The town of Weed approved dispensaries, but also approved an outdoor cultivation ban.

Florida

On Tuesday, the Amendment 2 initiative won a solid majority, but fell short of victory. Because it is a constitutional amendment, the initiative needed 60% of the vote to be approved. According to the Florida Division of Elections, with 96% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Amendment 2 had 57.52% of the vote.

Guam

On Tuesday, Guam voted approved medical marijuana. With all precincts counted, the Joaquin Conception II Compassionate Use Act of 2013 passed with 56% of the vote. The legislatively-sponsored referendum overcame both political inertia and legal challenges to make it to the ballot this year. Guam now becomes the first US territory to approve medical marijuana.

Illinois

Last Saturday, the state began a second round of patient registrations. The Illinois Department of Public Health has begun a second round of patient registrations for the state's medical marijuana program. As of last Saturday, people whose last names begin with M through Z can apply for a patient card. Patients whose last names begin with the letters A through L have been able to registers for several weeks already.

Iowa

On Tuesday, the Board of Pharmacy announced it would hold a hearing on medical marijuana. The board, which has already said the state should be moving toward allowing medical marijuana, is considering whether to make new recommendations to legislators. A board committee will meet November 17 to hear testimony. Among those addressing the committee will be long-time Iowa medical marijuana activist Carl Olsen, whose petition to the board started the ball rolling. Click on the link for meeting details.

New York

Last Thursday, New York US Representatives asked the Justice Department to let the state import high-CBD medical marijuana for sick kids. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday, they called on the Justice Department to find a way to let the state import medical marijuana to be used by severely ill children. The governor this year moved to allow some access to medical marijuana, but the state program will not be in full effect for more than a year. That's too long to wait, the lawmakers said. "Every day makes a difference for children with these severe disorders. Given this urgent public health need, we urge you to allow New York the ability to import finite and strictly controlled amounts of cannabidiol,"they wrote.

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

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Chronicle AM: Pot Legalization Trifecta, CA Sentencing Reform Passes, FL MedMJ Fails, More (11/5/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 21:36

Marijuana wins in Alaska, DC, and Oregon; medical marijuana barely loses in Florida, California defelonizes drug possession offenses, New Jersey reforms the bail system, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Legalizes Marijuana. In a trifecta for marijuana legalization initiatives Tuesday, Alaska has joined Oregon and Washington, DC, in voting to free the weed. That makes it the fourth state to do so. It won with 52% of the vote. Measure 2 allows adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (three mature). It also allows individual growers to possess the fruits of their harvest. It will set up a complete system of commercial marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution under the purview of the Alcohol Control Board -- or, if the legislature chooses to create it, a Marijuana Control Board.

Oregon Legalizes Marijuana. Oregon has become the third state to legalize marijuana. Voters Tuesday approved Measure 91, which will legalize personal marijuana possession and cultivation and set up a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. According to election results compiled by The Oregonian, with two-thirds of the votes counted, the initiative was winning with 53.7% of the vote. [Update: Measure 91 finished up with an even more impressive 55.9%.] Under Measure 91, adults 21 and over will be able to possess a half-pound of pot and grow up to four plants. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be charged with drafting regulations and overseeing implementation of the will of the voters. It will act in consultation with the state Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority.

Washington, DC, Legalizes Marijuana. Voters in Washington, DC, today overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which will make it legal for adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana in our nation’s capital. Partial election results from the DC Board of Elections Tuesday night had the initiative winning handily with around two-thirds of the vote. It was at 64.5% with 11% of precincts reporting at 10pm, the lowest figure of the day. [Update: Initiative 71 finished up with 64.7%.] That was enough for supporters to call the election. Because of District law, the initiative could address legal marijuana commerce. That is the purview of the DC city council, which has already demonstrated its friendliness to marijuana law reform by passing decriminalization earlier this year. The council is already considering a bill to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana commerce.

GOP Congressmen Threatens to Try to Block DC Legalization. Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is saying he will try to block the legalization initiative just passed by DC voters. "Actions by those in DC will result in higher drug use among teens," Harris told The Washington Post. "I will consider using all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action, so that drug use among teens does not increase." Earlier this year, Harris got the House Appropriations Committee to back a rider that would have blocked the DC city council's decision to decriminalize marijuana, but that rider didn't make it into the final DC appropriations bill.

South Portland, Maine, Votes to Legalize; Lewiston Does Not. Voters in South Portland voted 52% to 48% to approve a local legalization initiative, but voters in Lewiston did not. The measure there got only 45% of the vote. Portland, the state's largest city, passed a similar measure last year.

Massachusetts PPQs on Marijuana Legalization Pass. Non-binding public policy questions asking voters whether they approved telling their elected representatives they wanted to legalize marijuana passed in all 14 districts where they were on the ballot. Activists have been placing marijuana reform PPQs on the ballot each election since 2000, and they've never lost one. This year, most passed with more than 70% approval; the lowest passed with 54%.

Michigan Towns Split on Marijuana Initiatives. Marijuana legalization, decriminalization, or lowest law enforcement priority measures were on the ballot in 11 towns. They won in Saginaw, Berkeley, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Port Huron, and Mt. Pleasant. They lost in Lapeer, Harrison, Onaway, Frankfort, and Clare. The state's largest cities have already approved similar measures.

New Mexico Non-Binding Decriminalization Initiatives Pass Big in Bernalillo, Santa Fe Counties. Non-binding, county level decriminalization initiatives won big in the state's largest and third-largest counties. Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) voted 59% in favor, while Santa Fe County (Santa Fe) produced an impressive 73% in favor.

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Florida Initiative Wins Majority, But Not Enough to Pass. Florida's Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative was defeated in today's election, even though it won a majority of votes. Because it is a constitutional amendment, the initiative needed 60% of the vote to be approved. According to the Florida Division of Elections, with 96% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Amendment 2 had 57.52% of the vote.

Mixed Bag for California Local Initiatives. Local measures to tax marijuana businesses passed in two Riverside County towns, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs, as well as in Santa Cruz city and county and Shasta Lake City. But measures to loosen restrictions on cultivation failed in Butte, Lake, Nevada, and Shasta Counties, and measures to allow dispensaries were rejected in Blythe, La Mesa, and Encinitas. The town of Weed approved dispensaries, but also approved an outdoor cultivation ban.

Drug Testing

California Initiative to Drug Test Doctors Fails. Proposition 46, was drafted and backed by trial lawyers and was actually primarily about increasing the caps on medical malpractice liability payments. Drug testing doctors was added on after it proved popular in focus groups. Not surprisingly, Prop 46 was opposed by a powerful and deep-pocketed set of medical interests in what was one of the most expensive initiative campaigns in state history. It ended up with only 32% of the vote. [Update: With the rest of the votes counted, Prop 47 won with 58.7%, and Prop 46 lost with 32.8%.]

Sentencing Policy

California Initiative to Turn Drug Possession Felonies Into Misdemeanors Passes. Proposition 47, will change drug possession (and some other low-level non-violent offenses) from felonies to misdemeanors. It is viewed as a significant step in reducing mass incarceration and a retreat from the war on drugs. The popular vote in favor of Prop 47 comes just two years after voters approved another sentencing reform initiative, that one reforming the state's notorious "three strikes" law. Prop 47 got 57% of the vote.

New Jersey Bail Reform Initiative Passes. New Jersey voters have approved Public Question No. 1 to reform New Jersey’s bail system.  The narrowly-worded question allows judges to deny bail to dangerous individuals, but it ushers in broader bail reform because it is linked to comprehensive legislation, already signed by the governor, that overhauls the state’s broken bail system. The legislation implements wide-ranging reforms including non-monetary release options for low-risk individuals; a system under which pretrial release decisions are based on risk rather than resources; the use of risk assessments for suspects enabling courts to make individualized determinations of what conditions of release are appropriate; establishment of a pretrial services unit within the court system that will provide appropriate levels of monitoring and counseling for those awaiting trial.

Law Enforcement

NYPD Ordered to Quit Doing Marijuana "Buy Busts." The NYPD has been ordered by the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to quit doing penny ante pot "buy and bust" operations. The head of each borough's dope squad was summoned to NYPD headquarters last week and told to knock it off.  Police were told to focus on more dangerous drugs. The New York Post published the story, replete with unnamed law enforcement sources complaining about the move. 

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US FL: Medical Marijuana Amendment Fails, Needed 60 Percent

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 05 Nov 2014 - After proponents and opponents spent more than $10 million combined, after months of campaigning across the state, Florida's medical marijuana amendment has been defeated. Amendment 2 barely missed the 60 percent needed to pass, coming in at about 58 percent.
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US CA: Column: No Rules Like No Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 05 Nov 2014 - NO RULES LIKE NO RULES I'm running around South of Market with my smartphone to my ear, looking for my driver. Traffic is thick on this early fall evening and all the taxis whizzing by, with their drivers' eyes glued to the GPS display on the dash, are full.
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US MI: Column: Going Green

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
Metro Times, 05 Nov 2014 - How to Get Involved in the Marijuana Business Without Getting Your Hands Dirty The tide of change in marijuana is pretty much in evidence across the country - even the most anti-drug states are going for CBD-only or hemp farming laws - and all kinds of businesses are involved in the booming marketplace.
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US CA: Column: Ask Legalization Nation

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
East Bay Express, 05 Nov 2014 - Weeding Out Hemp Oil Hustlers. Why so-called "legal, high-CBD, hemp oil" is likely just snake oil. What is this I keep hearing about "legal," "high-CBD" "hemp oil"? Some folks online are actually asking me to help sell it.
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US OR: Oregon Voters Legalize Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
The Mail Tribune, 05 Nov 2014 - OREGON VOTERS LEGALIZE MARIJUANA Oregon has joined Washington, Colorado and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana - as long as you're 21 or older, according to Tuesday night election returns.
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US DC: Voters Approve Pot Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 05 Nov 2014 - City Joins Colorado, Washington State in Allowing the Drug "If your job is over at 5 o'clock and you want to have cannabis instead of a glass of scotch, so be it." Adam Eidinger, advocate for marijuana legalization
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US FL: Medical Marijuana Measure, One of Hottest Battles

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 05 Nov 2014 - A ballot measure that would have made Florida the 24th state to allow medical marijuana failed Tuesday as voters considered initiatives that touched on some of the most important economic and social issues facing the country. Constitutional Amendment 2, which would have granted access to the drug to Floridians with "debilitating diseases," needed 60 percent of the vote to pass. The measure mustered just 57 percent support with nearly all precincts reporting.
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