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CN MB: Pipe Dream?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Jul 2015 - PIPE DREAM? A day after Winnipeg police told him to shut down, the owner of the city's first medical marijuana dispensary says he wants to meet with the mayor. But Glenn Price vows he will keep doing what he says is the right thing, dishing out prescription marijuana to Winnipeggers in need, no matter what legal repercussions may be in store for him.
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CN MB: Owner Ordered To Stop Selling Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 16 Jul 2015 - WINNIPEG police have told the man running a medical marijuana dispensary from a store on Main Street to stop selling cannabis. Nearly two weeks after Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters began selling medical marijuana at 1404 Main St., a group fighting storefront sales of pot claimed victory Wednesday when police told the store owner to stop.
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CN AB: Editorial: Increase Research On Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Fairview Post, 16 Jul 2015 - Chew em if you've got em. -That was the message this week from Health Canada, which officially changed its rules around what approved medicinal pot producers can offer. Licensed growers can now offer concentrated cannabis oil, fresh marijuana buds and leaves needed to make edible products.
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US CO: Column: Rep. Jonathan Singer, Jack's Bill and Tabor

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 16 Jul 2015 - When I interviewed Rep. Jonathan Singer last October, he was gearing up for the 2015 legislative session. It adjourned in May, and I decided to check in and find out more about what happened this time around. "It's fascinating how marijuana has threaded its way through Colorado's legislative tapestry, and it's an interesting thread," Singer, who represents House District 11, said last week at a local coffee shop. A non-user, Singer was one of only two legislators who supported Amendment 64 before its passage and has become a proponent and advocate of making legal cannabis work in Colorado.
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US CA: Column: Progress And Congress

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 16 Jul 2015 - What's up with that bill to create comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in California? Any progress? - -Willy Wonky There has been progress, but I feel like they may be making it worse. Assembly Bill 266 has been amended (again) in the Legislature and the new one is horrible. Cities and counties can still ban cannabis clubs (although Dale Gieringer, the head of CA NORML, expects this rule to be changed), the grow limits are way too small, there's a $50 per plant fee (!), yadda yadda. You can read it for yourself (http://tinyurl.com/amended266), but you may not like it very much.
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US CO: Marijuana Opponents Using Racketeering Law to Fight

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Reporter, 16 Jul 2015 - DENVER (AP) - A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it - from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the defendants agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.
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US CA: Column: SF Nixes Pop-up Cannabis Marketplaces

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 16 Jul 2015 - Last month, a collection of food trucks and vendors with portable tables under pop-up tents gathered on a strip of pavement in South of Market for a pancake breakfast. The Saturday morning meal was noteworthy enough to draw the attention of The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle, because it involved cannabis. The "loaded" pancakes were the opening ceremony for the "Get Baked Sale," a cannabis-laced food emporium that took over the space for the day. Attendees with a medical marijuana recommendation - available from doctors on-site, as always - could sample THC-laden treats until they became comatose, and buy an armload of their preferred super-strength brownies to bring home from the vendors. If you wanted a bag of regular old cannabis flower without the hassle of going to a dispensary, you could buy that, too.
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US NM: Gov. Lifts Secrecy Veil On Medical Pot Producers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Jul 2015 - Martinez Directs Change, Says Confidentiality No Longer Needed SANTA FE - The names of New Mexico medical marijuana dispensaries and their employees will soon be made public, under a directive announced Wednesday by the office of Gov. Susana Martinez.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 21:43

Medical marijuana continues to be an issue in Congress, medical marijuana programs in Illinois and New York move ahead, a federal appeals court decision hits dispensaries in the pocketbook, and more.

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Last Wednesday, House Republicans blocked a bid for more marijuana studies. Republicans in the House killed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have reclassified marijuana so laboratories could conduct "credible research on its safety and efficacy as a medical treatment." The amendment would have encouraged the DEA and the National Institutes of Health to work together to allow studies of the risks and benefits of using marijuana to treat various diseases and conditions. The amendment, sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Sam Farr (D-CA), as well as marijuana legalization foe Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), would have created a new designation in the federal drug scheduling scheme, Schedule 1R, for research.

On Monday, US senators sought information from federal agencies on progress on medical marijuana research. A group of eight United States senators Monday sent a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information about the agencies' efforts to facilitate and coordinate scientific research on medical marijuana. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

California

Last Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that dispensaries can't deduct business expenses. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that they can't take the deductions because their product is prohibited under federal law. The ruling came in the case of the embattled Vapor Room dispensary, whose owner had claimed $650,000 in business expenses in 2004 and 2005. The IRS balked, and now the appeals court has sided with the IRS.

Florida

On Monday, state officials said the CBD cannabis oil grow program had 24 applicants. Some 24 commercial plant nurseries have applied for state licenses to grow marijuana and produce CBD cannabis oil to treat epilepsy and other medical conditions. The state is divided into five regions, and only one license will be awarded for each region.

Illinois

On Monday, the first cultivation center in the state began medical marijuana production. The Ataraxia cultivation center announced that it is beginning to grow medical marijuana. The group says it thinks it is the first in the state to do so. The grow is located in Albion.

New York

Last Friday, the Department of Health said the medical marijuana distribution program had 43 applicants. Nearly four dozen companies have applied for licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana under a program approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The state Department of Health is expected to decide which applicants will get licenses sometime within the next couple of weeks.

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

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CN BC: Two-Thirds Endorse Marijuana Legalization

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Peace Arch News, 15 Jul 2015 - TWO-THIRDS ENDORSE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION B.C. has a strong appetite for marijuana reform with more than 70 per cent of respondents to a new poll urging either legalization or decriminalization. The Insights West survey found 67 per cent said they support outright legalization, 28 per cent opposed it and five per cent were undecided.
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CN BC: Appetite for Pot Reform Riding High: Poll

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Trail Times, 15 Jul 2015 - B.C. has a strong appetite for marijuana reform with more than 70 per cent of respondents to a new poll urging either legalization or decriminalization. The Insights West survey found 67 per cent said they support outright legalization, 28 per cent opposed it and five per cent were undecided.
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CN BC: B.C. Appetite for Pot Reform Riding High: Poll

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Langley Times, 15 Jul 2015 - Two-thirds of British Columbians surveyed endorse marijuana legalization B.C. has a strong appetite for marijuana reform with more than 70 per cent of respondents to a new poll urging either legalization or decriminalization.
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US NM: Editorial: State Should Abandon Its Misguided Rx Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 15 Jul 2015 - Among its benefits, medical pot smokers claim that it shuts down various pains and opens the senses. And it's only right that the state should be open about those it licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana. A lawsuit filed last week accuses the state Department of Health of violating state law by refusing to release the names or other information about people who have applied for a license to produce medical marijuana. Among the allegations: refusal to make the information public "distorts the market for medicine" and deprives residents of "information about their neighborhoods, and has the potential to promote cronyism and corruption in the awarding of valuable state licenses."
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US CO: Column: New Dispensary Focuses on Old Strains, Foria

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 15 Jul 2015 - Healing connection Robert Williamson was working his landscape and contracting business when his 6-year-old daughter started experiencing problems in her throat, to go with strong stomachaches. Physicians weren't sure of the cause, Williamson says, and he worried about the medications being recommended to him.
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US WA: Column: The Good, The Bad, The Very Ugly

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 15 Jul 2015 - An Afghanistan/Iraq vet faces a life sentence for less than an ounce. Thanks, Oklahoma. The Good Oregon has joined Alaska, Colorado, D.C., and our own great state in the Brotherhood of Ganja, officially legalizing marijuana on July 1. In several ways, the Oregonians are doing it better than us, allowing home grows (four plants each), setting the tax at 17 percent (as compared to our newly lowered but still obnoxious 37 percent excise tax), expunging the records of those with cannabis convictions, and even letting citizens fly with weed within the state. Oregon also allows the most pot per person of any of the legal states: up to half a pound of Grade A herb (eight ounces) as compared to our paltry single-ounce (or 28-gram) limit. Adults 21 and over can carry up to an ounce of cannabis and have a pound of edibles in their homes, as well as 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids. To get a sense of how much weed you can possess, the Portland Police Bureau's handy reference guide compares chronic quantities to the city's famous Voodoo donuts.
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US CA: Column: Oakland's Problem With Rogue Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 15 Jul 2015 - The City's Lax Attitude Toward Medical Cannabis Makes It Difficult to Shut Down Illegal Clubs. The City of Oakland is renowned for pioneering cannabis regulations and its policies have served as a model in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana. But Oakland's recent attempt to close an unpermitted dispensary that has flouted city laws and avoided paying thousands of dollars in permit fees has exposed a problem: The city's tolerance of medical marijuana use has made it tough for code enforcement to regulate rogue dispensaries.
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Chronicle AM: Using RICO Against Legal Cannabusinesses, Last Minute Move Kills WA Social Clubs, More (7/14/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 21:42

A novel legal tactic by marijuana foes rears its ugly head, last minute maneuvering scuttled pot social clubs in Washington state, Bernie Sanders wants cheaper Naloxone prices, Illinois' first medical marijuana grow gets underway, and more.

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Marijuana Foes Using RICO To Go After Legal Marijuana Businesses. A Washington-based "anti-crime" group, the Safe Streets Alliance, is using a federal law crafted to fight organized crime to go after marijuana businesses in Colorado. It recently forced one shop out of business after suing not just it but a laundry list of businesses associated with it, and has another lawsuit pending in southern Colorado. None of the lawsuits has been decided, but the mere filing was enough to get rid of one business.

No Marijuana Social Clubs for Washington State. In a last minute amendment to House Bill 2136, the recently passed legislation tweaking the laws around the state's marijuana industry, the legislature outlawed the establishment of marijuana social clubs. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is unhappy: "It makes it a felony to actually operate a business like this. Frankly, it's a stupid provision and I think that it's overkill," Holmes said. Holmes had been working on a model social club ordinance for Seattle. He said he was irked that the amendment was added and approved without notice.

Medical Marijuana

US Senators Seek Info from Feds on Progress on Medical Marijuana Research. A group of eight United States senators Monday sent a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information about the agencies' efforts to facilitate and coordinate scientific research on medical marijuana. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ).

First Illinois Cultivation Center Begins Medical Marijuana Production. The Ataraxia cultivation center announced Monday that it is beginning to grow medical marijuana. The group says it thinks it is the first in the state to do so. The grow is located in Albion.

Harm Reduction

Bernie Sanders Calls on State Governments to Lower Price of Opiate Overdose Reversal Drug. The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential contender says other states should emulate New York, which negotiated a price cut with the manufacturer of the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone. "The opioid abuse epidemic is a public health emergency that must be addressed, and no company should jeopardize the progress many states have made in tackling this emergency by overcharging for a critically important drug like naloxone," Sanders joined Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in saying in a letter to the National Governors Association and National Association of Attorneys General.

International

Colombia Marijuana Price Plunge Sees Farmers Switching to Coca, Avocados. Prices for Colombian marijuana have dropped by two-thirds in the past year, largely because of oversupply due to a bumper crop last year. That has farmers getting out of the pot business and looking for alternatives, including coca and avocados. Marijuana was a decent cash crop for impoverished farmers; now, they'll have to try something else.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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US CO: Chamber Stance Helped Sway Pot License Denials

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:00
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 14 Jul 2015 - Recent decisions by Glenwood Springs City Council to uphold the city liquor and marijuana licensing official's denials of two new retail marijuana shops were swayed in part by a formal position statement from the Glenwood Chamber Resort Association board. "This is a complicated subject involving the will of voters to legalize recreational marijuana; marketplace fairness and free enterprise; the unexpected consequences of marijuana legalization; and the public and social perception of Glenwood Springs as a tourist town because of the proliferation of retail marijuana outlets in our downtown core," Chamber CEO Marianne Virgili wrote on behalf of the board in a July 1 letter addressed to Mayor Michael Gamba.
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US CA: Tribal Chairman Says Group Is Following The Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 07:00
Herald and News, 14 Jul 2015 - Details of the Pit River Tribe's marijuana grow operation in Modoc County, near Alturas, have been released by tribal Chairman Mickey Gemmill Jr. He said earlier this year, the Pit River Tribe "joined the ranks of California and nearly two dozen other state governments by adopting a regulatory program that legalizes the cultivation of medical marijuana on tribal land. The tribe's decision was in response to the Oct. 28, 2014, guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice indicating that such activity would not trigger federal enforcement action, provided that measures were taken to prevent delineated conduct of concern to law enforcement.
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Canada: Lawyers Navigating Complex World Of New Marijuana Regulations

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:00
Law Times, 13 Jul 2015 - Kirk Tousaw has always been a thorn in the side of authority when it comes to the laws surrounding marijuana. His interest in the legal position of the drug dates back a long time. As a 15-year-old, he was busted for possession in his home state of Michigan.
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