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US CA: Dry California Fights Illegal Use Of Water For Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Aug 2014 - NICE, Calif. - An abandoned recreational vehicle was the first clue. In this hamlet two hours north of San Francisco and barely a mile from the largest natural freshwater lake in the state, the trailer sat on a hill, hidden from the main drag. Behind it rose a flimsy fence, tall enough to shield its bounty: 50 marijuana plants in hastily constructed wooden boxes. "This is common," said Michael Lockett, the chief building official here in Lake County, giving a tour of the now-derelict plot, where a pipe ran from a stream to a large water tank.
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US AZ: Column: Get A Job

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 07 Aug 2014 - Yes, the explosion of the MMJ business means there's work out there, but are there long-term careers to be had? Last week I ended with a note that legal cannabis sales between patients is exactly the kind of law we need to open up the marijuana business to the little guy.
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CN ON: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Marc (Prince of Pot) Emery is likely to throw his support behind Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau when he returns to Canada, says fellow marijuana activist Allen St. Pierre.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U. S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U. S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US NM: Worker Fired Over Medical Pot Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - Lawsuit Filed Against Presbyterian After Employee Loses Her Job A New Mexico nurse practitioner participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program says in a lawsuit that Presbyterian Healthcare Services violated her rights by firing her after a drug screening.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Sentinel Review, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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CN ON: Chief Favours Tickets For Simple Marijuana Possession

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 07 Aug 2014 - Fines could be similar to those issued for drinking in parks If you are found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region, should you end up with a criminal record? York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe does not think so.
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CN ON: Should Pot Rules Be Softened?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Vaughan Citizen, 07 Aug 2014 - York Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says yes, but he doesn't believe in decriminalization or legalization If you're found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region should you end up with a criminal record?
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. "I dare say that putting him in jail for five years did not reform him in the slightest. It only agitated him to the point where I think getting Mr. Trudeau elected as a reformer is going to be the singular thing he focuses on the most," St. Pierre said.
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US DC: Pot Legalization On Ballot For DC Voters In November

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 07 Aug 2014 - Sale of Marijuana Would Remain Illegal D.C. residents will vote on legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana when they head to the polls in November. The D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the ballot initiative to go before voters.
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US DC: City Voters To Decide On Marijuana Use In November

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Aug 2014 - D.C. residents will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana use in the nation's capital after elections officials decided Wednesday to place the question on the ballot. The three-member D.C. Board of Elections voted unanimously Wednesday morning to approve the ballot initiative, certifying that activists gathered the tens of thousands of voter signatures necessary to qualify for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
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US CA: Higher Authority

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 Aug 2014 - Will Anyone Agree on How to Regulate California's Medical-Cannabis Industry? Grab your medicated popcorn. August is going to be an action-packed month in California pot politics. A bill to regulate the state's vast $1.8 billion medical-cannabis industry is speeding through Sacramento on a tight, end-of-August deadline.
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US CA: Costa Mesa Council Rejects Pot Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 07 Aug 2014 - Proposal on Marijuana Dispensaries Fails to Gain Enough Votes for the Nov. 4 Ballot. It was called an excellent law, possibly one of the best in California. But such sentiment didn't sway the Costa Mesa City Council enough to put a medical marijuana proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 22:01

Medical marijuana bills pick up some support in Congress, Maryland and Minnesota issue draft rules, California continues to be a battleground, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Thursday, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported that medical marijuana has not led to more teen use. The finding comes in the working paper Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students. In fact, estimates from our preferred specification are small, consistently negative, and are never statistically distinguishable from zero," the authors said.

Last Friday, the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act picked up a new cosponsor. House Resolution 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, has picked up a fourth cosponsor, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act and block the act from being used against medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

On Monday, the Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act picked up cosponsors. The bill, House Resolution 5226, would exclude low-THC therapeutic cannabis oil from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. It was filed with three cosponsors, and picked up seven more through Monday. There are five Democrats and five Republicans now sponsoring it.

California

Last Monday, Mendocino County activists announced the formation of a new marijuana lobby. More than a hundred people met at the Laytonville Grange to form a cannabis coalition to lobby for local interests as marijuana legalization looms on the horizon and a bill to regulate medical marijuana in the state moves closer to passage. Present were some stalwarts of the Mendo scene, including Pebbles Trippet, California Cannabis Voice, and the Emerald Growers Association.

On Tuesday, the Costa Mesa city council rejected an initiative to regulate dispensaries and grows. The last-minute proposal introduced by Councilman Gary Monahan was designed as an alternative to two different citizen initiatives currently in the signature-gathering process. The two groups said they would drop their initiatives if the city placed its own alternative on the ballot. But the city has decided not to.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Clara County supervisors voted to ban dispensaries. In doing so, the board killed a late 1990s ordinance allowing cultivation in a handful of locations. The board did order staff to monitor the situation in San Jose, where there are currently about 70 dispensaries, but most are expected to be forced to close under new city rules. If the number drops below 10, the board may reconsider.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors voted to put a dispensary tax before the voters. The board said it would ask voters to approve a 7% tax on dispensary receipts. Both medical marijuana industry representatives and patients objected strongly, saying the rate was too high. There are only a handful of local governments statewide that tax medical marijuana.

Maryland

Last Friday, the Maryland medical marijuana commission issued draft regulations. The Marijuana Policy Project has some problems with them, including calls for an "unnecessary" training course on medical marijuana for all certifying physicians, mandatory drug testing for patients, and a requirement that doctors specify dosage and strain type. These are draft regulations, but the period for comment on the draft ends Tuesday. Interested parties can email the commission to register their comments.

Minnesota

On Monday, the state Health Department issued draft regulations for medical marijuana. The department issued draft rules for applications and oversight for medical marijuana manufacturers. Public comment can be made by going here. The department will also host a public meeting for people interested in the manufacturing process.

New Mexico

On Wednesday, a veteran who is a medical marijuana patient sued her employer for wrongful firing. A veteran and licensed physician's assistant who is enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program is suing Presbyterian Health Care Services after being fired for testing positive for marijuana. When she provided them with her state-issued medical marijuana card, they informed her that they did not recognize it and that her termination would stand. The lawsuit has just been filed in state court for violation of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NM Statute § 28-1-7).

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

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Chronicle AM -- August 6, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 19:31

DC will vote on legalizing marijuana possession and cultivation, two more Michigan towns vote to decriminalize, Maine's governor unveils a plan to force people with drug felonies to undergo drug tests before getting welfare benefits, an Austrian marijuana legalization initiative gets underway, and more. Let's get to it:

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DC Marijuana Initiative Makes November Ballot. The DC Board of Elections today officially certified for the November ballot an initiative that will legalize the cultivation and possession of small amounts of marijuana. DC now joins Alaska and Oregon in voting on marijuana legalization. The campaign needed some 23,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. It had turned in more than twice that number of raw signatures.

Advocates Launch Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project has formed the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana in a bid to influence the legalization debate there. The state legislature has authorized a study of the issue, but the coalition has been formed "to make sure we get the entire state talking about the potential benefits of marijuana regulation." [Editor's Note: The web site in the title link doesn't appear to be live yet, but should be soon.]

Two Detroit Suburbs Vote to Decriminalize Pot Possession. Residents of the Detroit suburbs of Hazel Park and Oak Park voted Tuesday to approve municipal charter amendments decriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Nine other Michigan cities, including Detroit, have done the same since 2010. Another dozen or so will likely vote on similar initiatives this fall.

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New Mexico Veteran Sues Employer for Wrongful Firing. A veteran and licensed physician's assistant who is enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program is suing Presbyterian Health Care Services after being fired for testing positive for marijuana. When she provided them with her state-issued medical marijuana card, they informed her that they did not recognize it and that her termination would stand. The lawsuit has just been filed in state court for violation of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NM Statute § 28-1-7).

Drug Testing

Maine Governor Announces Plan to Drug Test Convicted Drug Felons Who Apply for Welfare. Gov. Paul LePage (R) announced today that the state will start forcing people with drug felonies to undergo and pass drug tests before they can apply for or receive welfare benefits. The move is authorized under a 2011 law that had never been implemented. LePage and legislative allies had tried to pass a bill mandating drug testing for all welfare recipients, but failed. LePage is making welfare his signature issue as he runs for re-election. Both of LePage's opponents in the governor's race, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, also said they support testing for drug felons.

International

Austrian Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Gets Underway. The group Legalize! Austria today filed a parliamentary citizen's initiative to remove marijuana from the scope of the Austrian Narcotics Act, which would effectively legalize it. The measure calls for marijuana to be sold, taxed, and regulated through licensed distributors, with an exception for personal cultivation.

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US NM: State Advised To Go Slow On Pot Rules

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 06 Aug 2014 - Medical Marijuana Changes Considered SANTA FE - The New Mexico Department of Health should take its time before implementing proposed rule changes to the state's medical marijuana program, a state-appointed hearing officer has recommended.
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