Skip to Content

Medical Marijuana

US CA: Pot's Popularity, State Law Create Tough Times For

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 15 Jul 2014 - LOS ANGELES - Julie Shemitz watched warily as the judge asked prospective jurors whether they or anyone close to them had a card for medical marijuana. Ten hands lifted, a third of the jury pool. "Look at all those hands," the judge said.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

CN BC: Column: Pot's Positive Potential Is Hard To Ignore

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Whistler Question, 15 Jul 2014 - A few weeks ago I wrote about the eternal issue of kids and booze. Now it's time to talk about adults and pot. I am always amazed by the number of people who, at some social occasion, will puff on a joint with the caveat that their spouse doesn't know. These people either have partners without a sense of smell or they are deluding themselves.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US CA: Marijuana Advocate Pressures Yucca Valley To Allow Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Hi-Desert Star, 15 Jul 2014 - YUCCA VALLEY =AD There are no medical marijuana dispensaries in Yucca Valley. The closest one is in Palm Springs. Jason Elsasser intends to change that. On Monday, July 14, he and a few members of the Alliance for Safe Access of Yucca Valley submitted paperwork to create an ordinance allowing dispensaries in town. The ordinance calls for the town of Yucca Valley to allow two marijuana dispensaries selling to the public. The shops would have to pay a special 10 percent tax on sales, which would go to the town's general fund.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US IL: Lawmakers Expected To Finalize Medical Pot Rules Today

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 15 Jul 2014 - Lawmakers are expected to finalize rules for medical marijuana in Illinois today, allowing people to start applying to be legal users as soon as September, officials said. Interested patients should start talking to their doctors now about qualifying for the drug, Illinois Department of Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer said. If the industry develops in Illinois as expected, patients likely would be able to buy their first ounces of legal "weed" by the spring of next year.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US OK: Push For Medical Marijuana Reaches Ardmore

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Ardmoreite, 15 Jul 2014 - The establishment of a petition-signing effort for the legalization of medical marijuana has produced a buzz around Ardmore ... both good and bad. Oklahomans for Health began gathering signatures for the petition Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Ardmore Public Library. While several hundred have taken the time to sign the petition, other residents have been concerned about the group's right to have the petition on city property.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US CA: Pot Market Faces Challenge

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Jul 2014 - City Attorney to Request a Temporary Restraining Order Against Boyle Heights Marijuana Sellers. The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking an injunction to stop what's being dubbed as the city's first ever cannabis-centric farmers market, which opened for business over the Fourth of July weekend.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

Chronicle AM -- July 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 19:38

Happy Bastille Day! And speaking of which, the US Sentencing Commission is reporting heavy public response to its proposal to make some sentencing reforms retroactive. Meanwhile, marijuana remains on the move, the good burghers of New York will pay for another drug war killing, millennials loosen up on drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

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

Washington State Earns $150,000 in Excise Taxes From First Three Days of Limited Legal Marijuana Sales. Legal pot sales in Washington started last Tuesday with only a handful of shops open across the state, but by last Friday, the Washington Liquor Control Board reported that the sales had generated almost $150,000 in excise taxes alone. The excise tax is 25% imposed on producers when they sell to retailers and another 25% imposed on consumers when they buy retail. The figure doesn't include state and local sales taxes.

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Declined for First Time in May. Retail pot shops sold $21 million worth of marijuana in May, down 5% from the $22 million sold in April. The combined 4/20 celebrations and High Times Cannabis Cup that same weekend may have had something to do with the high April figures. Also, tax-free medical marijuana sales remain strong and still exceeded recreational sales in April, coming in at $32 million.

Nevada 2016 Legalization Initiative Campaign Kicks Off With Innovative Bathroom Ads. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has begun its campaign to get a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot with "bathroom-themed ads, which are scheduled to appear in restrooms at more than two dozen restaurants and bars across Las Vegas throughout July and August." The ads highlight the costs of marijuana prohibition.

South Portland, Maine, Activists Hand in Signature for Municipal Legalization Referendum. Citizens for Safer Maine, a Marijuana Policy Project affiliate, today handed in 1,521 signatures to place a legalization initiative on the municipal this November. The group needs 959 valid voter signatures to qualify. Similar efforts are underway in York and Lewiston; Portland passed a similar measure last year.

Medical Marijuana

Berkeley City Council Gives Initial Approval for Free Medical Marijuana for the Poor and Homeless. The Berkeley city council last week gave initial approval for an ordinance that would require dispensaries in the city to set aside 2% of their medical marijuana to be given away free to poor and homeless residents who are patients. A second reading is set for next month.

South Carolina Limited CBD Medical Marijuana Law Not Working. South Carolina's new law allowing for the use of high-CBD cannabis oil is stymied because no one in South Carolina is making it and federal law prohibits it being shipped across state lines. The new law does create a study committee to determine how to grow the plants and manufacture the oil in state, but it looks like that is years down the road.

North Carolina Medical Marijuana Supporters Protest at Trial of Grower. Protestors gathered in Hendersonville this morning to protest the trial of a man they say is a medical marijuana grower. Todd Stimson is charged with numerous marijuana cultivation and related offenses. His trial starts this afternoon.

Drug Policy

Poll of Millennials Finds Majority for Marijuana Legalization, One in Five for Cocaine Legalization. A new Reason-Rupe survey finds that 57% of millennials support legalizing marijuana and a surprising 22% support legalizing the use of cocaine. Majorities of millennials said people should not be jailed or imprisoned for using marijuana (83%), ecstasy (68%), cocaine (63%), or heroin (61%). Click on the link above for more top lines, cross tabs, and methodological details.

Drug Testing

Florida Governor Gives Up on Testing Some State Workers, But Not All. Gov. Rick Scott's (R) dream of imposing drug testing on all state workers has faded further after attorneys representing the state last month filed court documents conceding that nearly a thousand job classes are ineligible for drug testing. But Scott has yet to concede that his plan to force state workers to undergo mandatory suspicionless drug testing is unconstitutional, despite lower court rulings against him. He's vowing to go to the US Supreme Court.

Law Enforcement

New York City Pays $2 Million for Undercover Narc's Killing of Unarmed Man on His Mother's Doorstep. Shem Walker, 59, was shot and killed when he attempted to run off shady characters loitering on his mother's apartment building doorstep. The shady characters were undercover NYPD narcotics detectives. Walker punched one of the plain clothes narcs, who responded by shooting him three times and killing him. Now, the good burghers of New York will pay out $2.25 million to settle the family's lawsuit against the city. No criminal charges were filed against the officer.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Got 65,000 Letters Regarding Sentencing Retroactivity. The US Sentencing Commission reports that it had received some 65,000 letters regarding its plans to make the changes to drug sentencing guidelines that reduce many drug sentences retroactive. The Commission will hold a public meeting on the issue on Friday. Click on the link for more details and to read the letters.

International

Honduras President Blames US Drug Policy for Refugee Crisis. In an interview published today, President Juan Hernandez blamed US drug policy for creating violence in Central American countries and thus propelling a surge of migration toward the US. He said US anti-drug policies for generating prohibition-related violence first in Colombia and Mexico and now in Central America. "Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade," Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. "The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs. Then Mexico did it. This is creating a serious problem for us that sparked this migration."

Categories: Medical Marijuana

US: Pot Ads Signal New Strategy In Push To Legalize

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 14 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON - In the topsyturvy world of marijuana politics, conservative Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state is the unlikely hero of the moment, lauded for trying to protect medical pot users from federal arrest. In Florida, liberal Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is portrayed as the unlikely villain, a politician willing to send sick marijuana using patients to prison.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US IL: Illinois Patients Could Start Using Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 14 Jul 2014 - There's a medical marijuana law on the books in Illinois, but patients can't yet use the drug here legally. That's going to change soon. On Tuesday, lawmakers who make up the obscure but powerful Joint Committee on Administrative Rules are meeting in Chicago to discuss the rules that would implement the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US MI: Michigan Legislature May Take Steps on Roads, Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Detroit Free Press, 14 Jul 2014 - LANSING -- The Legislature has a few session days scheduled through July and August that traditionally have been used to introduce bills and not much more. Roll call generally isn't taken and neither are any votes. But this year, that might change.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US: DEA's War On Marijuana Going To Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 14 Jul 2014 - Once-Certain Support Eroding Within Congress WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US DC: Marijuana Is At Center Of Feud In Capital

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 14 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Decriminalization in Washington D.C. Is Contested by Federal Lawmakers WASHINGTON - A law to make marijuana possession in the District of Columbia punishable by only a $25 ticket, one of the laxest drug laws in the nation, has ignited a feud between Washington's mayor and a Republican House member days before it is to take effect.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

CN BC: Editorial: Weed Made Respectable?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 13 Jul 2014 - Washington state's legal marijuana rollout is showing the world how pot legalization can be done. If and when legal marijuana comes to this side of the border, B.C. can learn from Washington's experience.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US WA: Medical Pot Users With Guns Target Of DEA Raids

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Yakima Herald-Republic, 13 Jul 2014 - Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic) Rows of marijuana plants grow at Dean Holcomb's farm in the Lower Valley in August, 2013. The plants, which were intended for medical marijuana use, were seized by federal agents Sept. 24, 2013. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)This cellphone photo shows law enforcement agents hauling off a truckload of marijuana plants from Dean Holcomb's Lower Valley farm on Sept. 24, 2014. (Photo by Dean Holcomb)Dean Holcomb sits in his Yakima motel room June 27, 2014. Holcomb has been living off and on in motel rooms since he had to sell his home following a raid by law enforcement agents and their seizure of medical marijuna plants from his Lower Valley farm. Holcomb, 58, was convicted of a misdemeanor marijuna possession and will spend six months in prison. He must report to authorities July 3, 2014. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic)In this Thursday, May 8, 2014 photo, from left, Larry Harvey, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, and Rolland Gregg stand in the plaza in front of the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash. The three are charged with growing marijuana at a remote farm near Kettle Falls, Wash. Each face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property. Medical marijuana advocates have cried foul, arguing the prosecution violates Department of Justice policies announced by Attorney General Eric Holder last year that nonviolent, small-time drug offenders shouldn't face lengthy prison sentences. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios) Phone: 509-577-7674 Follow me on: By Kate Prengaman / Yakima Herald-Republic
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US CA: Marijuana Delivery Services On A Roll

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster. Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of potinfused candies and cookies.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US WA: 'Moving Marijuana Out Of The Shadows'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - SEATTLE - Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state, is known in these parts as the mother of marijuana legalization. She drafted Initiative 502, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012; the measure struck down prohibitions on recreational pot use and led to the creation of Washington's marijuana market. On Tuesday, she helped inaugurate Seattle's first legal pot retailer, buying 4 grams at Cannabis City in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood after giving a rousing speech about the evils of prohibition and the benefits of decriminalization:
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US: In Time Of Change, DEA May Be Losing War On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 13 Jul 2014 - The Agency Is Firmly Against Legalization. but Many in Congress Increasingly Disagree. WASHINGTON - For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation's war on drugs.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

Ireland: Column: Recreational Hazard: The Highs And Lows Of Legalised

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Irish Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Decriminalised in Brooklyn and Legal in Washington State, the Drug Has Had a Big Week in the US Buying marijuana in the United States for recreational (read: fun) purposes may be legal in two American states now but for some it is far from acceptable, as security guard Mike Boyer learned to his cost.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US WA: Pot's Legal - But You Probably Should Ask Your Boss

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 12 Jul 2014 - Seattle's City Attorney Apologizes for Taking Pot to Work. His Case Highlights Questions Facing Employers and Workers. On Tuesday, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes made a spectacle of being among the first to buy pot from Cannabis City, Seattle's inaugural retail marijuana shop. He bought two 2-gram bags of OG's Pearl that day: one for posterity, he said, the other for "personal enjoyment when it's appropriate."
Categories: Medical Marijuana
Syndicate content