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US AZ: Column: Weed Recap

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 18 Jun 2015 - So Much Going on in the World of Legalization and Medical Marijuana in Arizona Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy last week chose the new political lobbyist and communications firm Axiom Public Affairs to represent their movement against the state's recreational marijuana legalization initiative.
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US CO: Column: Coats Decision Leaves It Up to the Legislature

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 18 Jun 2015 - The Colorado Supreme Court Monday dealt the final legal blow to a Colorado man's plea to keep his job after failing a random drug test administered by his employer in 2010. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who has a medical marijuana card and uses cannabis at home to help control leg spasms, had been a customer service representative of DISH Network until the drug test, for which he tested positive for THC. Coats admitted that he was a medical marijuana patient and would continue to use the drug, so he was fired.
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US CA: Column: Take Me To Church

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 18 Jun 2015 - The city of Arcata has declared victory in its war on the megawatt. In a June 16 press release, Environmental Services Director Mark Andre announced that the city's High Energy Use Tax, implemented in 2013 to discourage indoor marijuana grows, has paid off the $600,000 it cost for Pacific Gas and Electric to incorporate the tax into its utility bill collection. The city expects to continue pulling in around $25,000 a month from the remaining 76 high energy users. That's significantly less than originally anticipated, but Mayor Michael Winkler said in a statement that the purpose of the tax is to reduce the amount of energy being used, not to collect money.
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US CA: Column: Ubers of Marijuana Stick Workers With the Risk

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 18 Jun 2015 - At about 2:30 p.m. on June 10 last year, San Francisco police pulled over Cathy Smith while she was driving on Bryant Street in SoMa, just a block away from police headquarters at the Hall of Justice. It was bad timing. Smith, who at 5-foot-2 and not quite 60 years old has the bearing of a favorite, fun aunt, had just smoked a joint in her Honda hatchback, which also had expired registration tags. After sniffing the odor of burned pot, the cop, in his first year on the force, asked Smith if she had any more cannabis on her. She did. A former operator of a SoMa medical marijuana dispensary, HopeNet, which was shut down under federal Justice Department pressure in 2012, Smith was out that day doing deliveries to her former patrons. In various forms - hash, edibles, and individually wrapped bags - she had about 8 ounces, the legal limit for medical marijuana patients in San Francisco under SFPD policy.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 20:56

The Senate sends a message to the DEA, a new study deflates fears of medical marijuana leading to increased teen pot-smoking, California continues to try to regulate its medical marijuana free-for-all, and more.

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Last Thursday, a Senate committee voted to keep the DEA out of medical marijuana states. Just a week earlier, in a series of successful amendments to the Justice Department appropriations bill, the House sent a clear message to the DEA and DOJ to stop interfering in medical marijuana states. Last Thursday, a similar message came from the Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted two-to-one today in favor of an amendment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) that prohibits the Justice Department, including the DEA, from using federal funds to interfere in the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Click on the link for more details and reaction.

On Tuesday, a study found that medical marijuana doesn't lead to increased youth use. A study published in the British medical journal The Lancet finds that allowing for the legal use of medical marijuana has not led to an increase in the number of teens using it in the US. The study relied on 24 years' worth of data from the Monitoring the Future surveys and found that while youth use levels were higher in some medical marijuana states, those higher levels of use had preceded the legalization of medical marijuana.

California

Last Wednesday, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act won a committee vote. The measure, Assembly Bill 258, would bar health providers from denying organ transplants to people solely because they are medical marijuana patients. It has already passed the Assembly, and was approved by the Senate Health Committee. It now heads for a Senate floor vote.

On Monday, members of a Santa Ana dispensary filed a lawsuit against local elected officials and police. The suit comes in the wake of a highly-publicized raid on the dispensary in which police were caught smashing surveillance cameras (oops, they missed one), making crude remarks about patients, and helping themselves to samples of the edibles. But the lawsuit alleges deeper problems, including collusion between Mayor Pulido, the police, and other elected officials to rig the dispensary permit system and harass unpermitted dispensaries.

Colorado

On Monday, the state Supreme Court ruled that employers can fire medical marijuana patients for off-duty use. The Court today affirmed lower court decisions allowing employers to fire employees for marijuana use while off-duty. The decision hinged on the state's lawful off-duty activities statute. The Court held that in order for the off-duty conduct to be considered "lawful," it must be legal under both state and federal law. The unanimous decision was not a surprise to advocates working to reform marijuana law and policy in Colorado. The case is Coats v. Dish Network. Coats is a quadriplegic who worked in customer service for Dish, but was fired after a random drug test turned up marijuana metabolites.

Delaware

Last Thursday, the legislature approved a youth CBD cannabis oil bill. The state Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 90, which would allow children with epilepsy to use CBC cannabis oil. The bill, also known as Rylie's Law after 9-year-old Rylie Maedler, who suffers from severe seizures, already passed the House and now heads to the governor's desk.

Georgia

On Monday, the state unveiled its online registry for CBD cannabis oil patients. The Department of Public Health today went live with its online registry for patients authorized to use low-THC CBD cannabis oil. Also, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis met for the first time.

South Dakota

Last Wednesday, a medical marijuana initiative was filed. A state activist has filed the explanation for a medical marijuana initiative with the state attorney general's office. Once it is reviewed and approved, proponents will then have 180 days to come up with 13, 871 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. Medical marijuana initiatives have twice been defeated in the state. Maybe the third time will be the charm.

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

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Chronicle AM: Putin Says "Nyet" to Legalization, KY Divvies Up Heroin Fight Dollars, More (6/17/05)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 20:26

Marijuana's going to be legal in Oregon next month, and a new website will help explain things, the focus is on Gov. Cuomo now that an emergency access medical marijuana has passed the New York legislature, Vermont's top jailer comes out for decriminalization of drugs, and more.

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With Legalization Looming, Oregon Regulators Launch Informational Website. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched an educational website laying out what is and isn't allowed under the state's marijuana legalization law, which is set to go into effect July 1. Check it out at the link.

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New York Early Access Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Governor's Desk. A bill that would allow early access to medical marijuana passed the Senate Monday night after already being approved in the Assembly. The move comes as a year has gone by since Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the Compassionate Use Act into law, but not one patient has yet to be able to legally obtain any. This bill would provide expedited access to seriously ill patients.

Heroin

Kentucky Legislators Ponder How to Spend $10 Million to Fight Heroin. Recently passed legislation allocated $10 million to fight heroin, and now legislators are trying to figure out where to put that money. Justice Secretary Michael Brown recommended spending it on jail treatment programs, mental health centers, transitional care for pregnant drug-using women, and faster prosecutions against heroin dealers. It will be up to the legislature to agree or not.

Drug Policy

Vermont Corrections Commissioner Calls for Drug Decriminalization. Vermont Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito has said that drug possession should be decriminalized and the war on drugs declared a failure. "Possession of drugs for personal utilization -- if somebody is not hurting anyone [else], that should not be a criminal justice matter," Pallito said. "I don't think anybody can say that putting somebody with an addiction problem through the corrections system is a good idea. We should go to the Portugal model, which is to deal with the addiction and not spend the money on the criminal justice system," Pallito said. "We spend so much money on corrections that could be done differently. The only way to do it is spend less on corrections and more on treatment." There's much more at the link.

International

Putin Opposes Drug Legalization. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he opposed drug legalization. "Of course, we must take into consideration in our current work that a range of governments have begun a true campaign on the legalization of certain types of narcotics, or so-called recreational drugs. We, of course, are against such approaches and this point of view needs to be more actively moved forward on all international platforms," Putin said during a government council meeting.

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US CO: Editorial: Want To Smoke Pot? The Boss Can Fire You

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 17 Jun 2015 - Colorado pot users have no fear of federal or local law enforcement. As of this week, they might start fearing the boss. The federal government lacks resources to enforce its laws against recreational or medical marijuana. It also lacks authority to require local or state police to enforce federal laws. But an employer can say no to drug-using employees, prohibiting them from using marijuana for any reason at any time.
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CN AB: City Moves To Regulate Pot Businesses

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 17 Jun 2015 - Calgary will look at ways to specifically regulate marijuana related businesses in an effort to get ahead of the potential proliferation of retail locations providing pot-related services - and possibly pot, itself - after council agreed unanimously to the move on Tuesday. "We don't want to end up like the Lower Mainland," Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart said, referring to the situation in the Vancouver area that has seen numerous storefronts actually dispensing marijuana in addition to selling related products and services.
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US CO: Column: Employees Take Hit From Colorado Supreme Court

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 17 Jun 2015 - Employees take hit On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court dealt a blow to medical-marijuana patients when it confirmed that employees have no legal protection against being fired for off-duty use. Upholding two lower court rulings, the 6-0 decision came after Brandon Coats - a quadriplegic medical-cannabis user who was fired by Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for pot - sued the company for wrongful termination, but lost repeatedly.
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US CA: Column: A Tectonic Shift For Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 17 Jun 2015 - With a Landslide Vote, the California Assembly Passed Sensible Medical Pot Regulations. This Is What the End of a Drug War Looks Like. California's billion-dollar medical cannabis industry stands a good chance of getting its first-ever state-level regulations this year. Assembly Bill 266 passed by a landslide vote - 62-8 - on the Assembly floor on June 4, and experts say it faces decent odds of passing the state Senate and being signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
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US WA: Column: Call Me Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 17 Jun 2015 - Comparing Pot Use to Something Else That's None of the Government's Business. Before I launch into this analogy, I would like to say that I understand how many will find it inappropriate, and that I came up with the notion while stoned out of my mind.
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US OH: Marijuana Effort In Ohio To Face Challenge

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 17 Jun 2015 - Lawmakers Move to Block Pot Legalization Plan Even If It Passes. State lawmakers are taking steps to block groups from installing private property rights in the Ohio Constitution - much like the casino owners did and the advocates for legalizing marijuana want to do this fall - and legal experts are predicting that the move will invite legal challenges.
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Chronicle AM: MedMJ Doesn't Make Kids Smoke, SD Reservation Legalizes Weed, MI Pot Poll, More (6/16/05):

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:06

There's good polling news for Michigan pot legalization campaigners, a South Dakota Indian tribe legalizes weed, a new study refutes concerns that allowing medical marijuana leads to increased teen pot-smoking, and more.

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Michigan Poll Has Solid Majority Support for Legalization. A new poll from the Glengariff Group has support for marijuana legalization at 56%, with 36% opposed. The poll comes as two different groups are about to embark on signature-gathering campaigns to put an initiative on the 2016 ballot. Click on the link for more demographic data and discussion.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Become South Dakota's First Tribe to Embrace Marijuana. In a vote taken last week, the tribe's executive committee legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land. The tribe has plans for a marijuana grow operation and for an establishment where people can buy and use pot. "Throughout Indian country, Flandreau's been trail-blazers,' Tribal President Anthony Reider said. 'We were with the casino, we were the second compacted tribe in the United States, the first and largest casino in between Atlantic City and Las Vegas, so it's something that's not new to us. We kind of like taking the forefront on issues."

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Study: Medical Marijuana Doesn't Lead to Increased Youth Use. A study published Tuesday in the British medical journal The Lancet finds that allowing for the legal use of medical marijuana has not led to an increase in the number of teens using it in the US. The study relied on 24 years' worth of data from the Monitoring the Future and found that while youth use levels were higher in some medical marijuana states, those higher levels of use had preceded the legalization of medical marijuana.

Georgia Unveils Online Registry for CBD Cannabis Oil Patients. The Department of Public Health today went live with its online registry for patients authorized to use low-THC CBD cannabis oil. Also today, the Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis meets for the first time.

Methamphetamine

Meth Precursor Bill Passes New York Senate. A bill that would limit over-the-counter cold remedy sales to not more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per package and nine grams per person per month has passed the state senate. Senate Bill 627 would also require buyers to show photo ID and sign a logbook and requires retailers to electronically submit purchase information to state police before the sale is finalized, allowing state police to block sales in real time. The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed. State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) has introduced Senate Bill 869, which would require a criminal conviction before property could be seized. Asset forfeiture has come under fire in the state, especially since the ACLU released a report earlier this year detailing abuses and revealing that cops had collected more than $100 million in seizures in the past decade.

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US KS: Banda Has First Court Appearance

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Garden City Telegram, 16 Jun 2015 - Shona Banda, the local medicinal marijuana advocate who faces multiple drug charge in addition to a child endangerment charge, had her first appearance in Finney County District Court Tuesday morning. In a brief appearance, District Magistrate Judge Ricklin Pierce forwarded the case against Banda, 37, to Chief Judge Wendel Wurst.
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US IA: Editorial: Iowans Need Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Globe-Gazette, 16 Jun 2015 - As we read the front-page story Monday about some parents who are thinking of moving to Minnesota to get medical marijuana for their children, it left us with a sickening feeling. Not as sick as the kids they want to help, but angry and deeply disappointed that our legislators, mainly House Republicans, can't see what lawmakers in our neighbor to the north could - that medical marijuana can help better than prescription medicines.
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US: Medical Use Doesn't Raise Youth Rates, Study Finds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jun 2015 - Marijuana use did not increase among teenagers in the states in which medical marijuana has become legal, researchers reported Monday. The new analysis is the most comprehensive effort to date to answer a much-debated question: Does decriminalization of marijuana lead more adolescents to begin using it?
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US CO: Workers Can Be Fired for Legal Marijuana, Colorado

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jun 2015 - DENVER - Even in one of the country's most marijuana-friendly states, smoking pot off the job and away from work can still get an employee fired. That was the unanimous conclusion of the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday, in a closely watched workplace lawsuit involving a customer service worker who uses medical marijuana to help soothe the painful spasms he has suffered since a car accident left him paralyzed. The worker, Brandon Coats, was fired from Dish Network in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana in a random drug test.
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US CO: Firms May Fire Workers for Using Weed, Colorado Court

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 16 Jun 2015 - DENVER (AP) - Pot is legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case was being watched closely by employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
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US CO: Pot's Legal In Colo., But Users Can Still Be Fired

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jun 2015 - State Justices Won't Exempt Medical Use DENVER - Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case was being watched closely by employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
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US: Study: Medical Pot Laws Don't Boost Toking

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jun 2015 - In Fact, Fewer 8th-Graders in States With Such Laws Smoke Marijuana NEW YORK (AP) - Medical marijuana laws don't trigger an increase in teen pot smoking, a new study concludes. Some opponents have said that legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana could tell young people that smoking pot is no big deal, and encourage them to experiment.
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