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CN ON: Medicinal Pot Users 'Left Out'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Metro, 19 Jan 2016 - Legalities mean some can no longer grow own product Suzi Strand kept a small backyard garden last summer. The Ottawa resident did not have the energy to maintain a large plot of veggies and herbs. She battles multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuralgia (commonly referred to as the "suicide disease").
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CN SN: Getting Back To Work

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 19 Jan 2016 - This is Part II of a three-part series that will delve into one local man's usage of medical marijuana after he sustained serious injuries. Part I, which was printed in the Jan. 18 edition of the Times-Herald, outlined the plethora of prescription drugs Chris Kuntz was taking before he tried medical marijuana. He has battled stigma and lost his job over the past couple of years, but claimed marijuana has him feeling as close to full health as he has in the past several months. Marijuana has Kuntz feeling close to full strength
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CN BC: Health Minister To Push For Pot Reforms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Jan 2016 - Terry Lake Set to Lobby Federal Counterparts This Week for Revisions to System, Including Face-To-Face Sales at Pharmacies and Kiosks British Columbia's Health Minister says he will use meetings with his provincial and federal counterparts this week in Vancouver to push for recreational marijuana to be sold in locations that are strictly regulated and inspected, such as special kiosks at liquor stores.
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US WA: Editorial: Take the Wheels Off Marijuana Delivery

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2016 - A thriving network of unlicensed marijuana-delivery services makes a mockery of Initiative 502's important goal of ending the black market. WASHINGTON'S landmark effort to legalize and tax marijuana, now three years old, is finally gaining steady footing. Without federal interference, 197 retail marijuana stores are operating statewide, and state regulators are running checks for underage sales. Finally, the unregulated medical-marijuana market is being folded into the licensed, regulated system.
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US MA: Police Seek Charges Against Marijuana Advocate

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2016 - Boston police are seeking criminal charges against Bill Downing, one of the state's most vocal marijuana legalization supporters, a move that his lawyer calls retaliation for his criticism of the state's regulation of the medical marijuana industry. A magistrate judge is scheduled to consider whether to approve a complaint filed by the Boston Police Department at a hearing at Boston Municipal Court in Brighton Tuesday morning. The complaint seeks multiple charges of distribution of a Class C substance, which covers THC-based products that Downing admitted he sold, as well as distribution of marijuana, according to a copy of the document.
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US IL: Expansion Of Medical Pot Plan Urged

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2016 - Petition Asks for More Illnesses on Approved List Medical marijuana advocates are mounting a petition drive and social media campaign to convince Gov. Bruce Rauner to greatly expand the program in Illinois - but the governor hasn't yet given any indication he would do so.
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Chronicle AM: CA Dems Endorse Legalization, Fed Court Upholds MedMJ Firing, More... (1/18/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 21:56

California Democrats have endorsed marijuana legalization, Bernie Sanders ties together racism and pot prohibition, a federal court upholds employers' rights to fire medical marijuana users, and more.

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At Democratic Debate, Sanders Ties Together Racism and Marijuana Prohibition. "We have a criminal justice system that is broken," he said. "Who in America is satisfied that we have more people in jail than any country on earth, including China -- disproportionately African-American and Latino. Who is satisfied that 51% of African-American young people are either unemployed or under-employed? Who is satisfied that millions of people have police records for possessing marijuana when the CEOs of Wall Street companies who destroyed our economy have no police records? We need to take a very hard look at our criminal justice system, investing in jobs and education -- not in jails and incarceration."

California Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization. On the final day of the state Democratic Party's annual convention, delegates on a voice vote approved a platform plank saying the state's Democrats "support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol."

Toledo Decriminalization Now in Effect, Despite Legal Challenge. The courts in Toledo are sentencing marijuana users to no fines and no jail time under a decriminalization measure that passed in September, even though state Attorney General Mike DeWine has challenged other portions of the law. Those sections attempted to rewrite state law regarding felony amounts of marijuana.

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New Hampshire Approves First Medical Marijuana Production Facility. The Department of Health and Human Services said last Friday that it has approved the first of three locations to grow medical marijuana and started mailing out ID cards. Some 176 Granite Staters have qualified to use medical marijuana so far.

Federal Court Okays Firing for Medical Marijuana Use. A federal district court in New Mexico has held that an employer is not obligated to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, even when the drug had been supplied to the employee by a state-legal medical marijuana program. The ruling came in the case of an AIDS patient whose job offer was yanked after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a pre-employment drug test. The court noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Asset Forfeiture

Maryland Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. Sens. Michael Hough (R-Frederick), Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery), and Robert Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) have filed Senate Bill 161, which would reform civil asset forfeiture by barring state law enforcement agencies from doing an end run around state asset forfeiture laws by handing their cases over to the federal government. The move comes as the state Senate prepares later this week to try to override a gubernatorial veto of an earlier asset forfeiture reform bill.

International

Vietnam Sentences Two to Death for Drug Smuggling. A court in the northern province of Lang Son has sentenced two people to death for selling drugs. Lurong Van Ty and Lu Thi Thuong were given the death penalty in the case; two others were sentenced to life, while other members of the smuggling ring received shorter sentences.

Ten Dead in Cartel Violence in Mexico's Michoacan. Ten people were shot and killed in Michoacan over the weekend in apparent cartel feuds. The violence-plagued states is home to at least seven drug trafficking groups: the Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos, Caballeros Templarios, Los Viagras, Jalisco Nueva Generacion, and the Gulf and Sinaloa cartels.

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CN SN: 'Marijuana Saved My Life'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Jan 2016 - SPECIAL REPORT: This is Part I of a three-part series that will delve into one local man's usage of medical marijuana after he sustained serious injuries. It hasn't been an easy road for the husband and father of two over the past couple of years. He has battled a stigma, lost his job and had been popping all kinds of pills until he found medical marijuana. A Moose Jaw man is frustrated with what he claims is an outdated stigma against the medicine he uses - marijuana.
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CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You think they can handle pot sales? What are you smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.
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CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You Think They Can Handle Pot Sales? What Are You Smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.
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US CA: Editorial: More Chaos Ahead For Medical Pot?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan 2016 - If L.A. Doesn't Start Rethinking Its Rules, the Cannabis Industry Could End Up Rewriting Them. In October, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills establishing a statewide system to regulate medicinal cannabis, he called it a long-overdue framework that would "make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system." He should have added: "Everywhere in the state, except Los Angeles," because it turns out California's strict licensing regime won't apply to the state's largest city. What's more, under the terms of the new state law, if L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.
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CN ON: LCBO Waits For Marijuana To Be Legalized

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - Give them the green light. The union that represents LCBO workers wants the retailer to start studying how it could sell marijuana. Right now, the LCBO says it won't start researching marijuana sales until the drug is actually legalized.
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CN ON: LCBO Just Mellowing Out

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - Booze chain waits for marijuana to be legalized TORONTO - Give them the green light. The union that represents LCBO workers wants the retailer to start studying how it could sell marijuana.
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CN ON: Weed Business Is Buzzing

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - While 'technically' illegal, pot dispensaries are springing up all over Toronto They line up to see God at this dimly-lit emporium in the Church and Wellesley area - then they go home and smoke it.
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Canada: Column: How The Heck Do We Legalize Marijuana?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jan 2016 - Canada Wants to Show the World How to Do It in an Orderly and Responsible Way. Good Luck With That I'm the only person I know who flunked a medical marijuana test. Now all my friends are laughing at me.
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Canada: Snuff Out Illegal Pot, Feds Told

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 16 Jan 2016 - Dispensary Crackdown Urged They're not just blowing smoke. Canada's licensed medical marijuana producers are calling on the federal government to put an end to illegal marijuana dispensaries across the country.
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US IL: Use Medical Marijuana To Help Manage Pain

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 16 Jan 2016 - I have been a practicing physician in the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years with a specialty in pain medicine. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention draws attention to the fact that Illinois must allow patients the opportunity to choose cannabis over highly addictive and sometimes deadly prescription drugs. Opioids and narcotics remain the primary drugs for treating chronic pain despite their dangerous side effects. According to the CDC, 44 people die each day from prescription drug painkiller overdose, and health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012. This epidemic is disproportionately affecting women, with a more than 400 percent increase in painkiller overdose deaths since 1999.
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US OH: New Effort On Pot Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 08:00
Dayton Daily News, 16 Jan 2016 - Group Wants Issue on Fall Ballot. Push Won't Wait to See What State Lawmakers Do. COLUMBUS (AP) - A group hoping to put a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's ballot this fall says it won't wait to see if state lawmakers act on medical marijuana and will push ahead with its proposal despite the failure of a separate effort in November.
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CN BC: Nelson's Dispensary Count Reaches Five

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 15 Jan 2016 - The City is impatiently waiting for the federal government to move ahead with marijuana legalization Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak is impatiently waiting for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow through on his promise to legalize marijuana,especially now that a sixth illegal storefront dispensary is rumoured to be moving to town.
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US OH: Legislature To Study Legalizing Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 15 Jan 2016 - GOP legislators generally opposed legalization, but some now see support growing for medical marijuana. Two former top leaders of the ResponsibleOhio group that unsuccessfully pushed to legalize marijuana in Ohio in November have now decided to team up with Ohio House leaders to seek a more modest medical-marijuana initiative.
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