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US WA: Before Pot Yield of Their Dreams, Constant Care for

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 29 Jun 2014 - Seattle Startup The Partners in Sodo's Auricag, Among the First 76 Licensed Growers in the State, Are Finding It's Not Easy Cultivating Marijuana on an Industrial Scale. Editor's note: This is the second story in a seed-to-sale series focusing on one pot-growing operation in Seattle as owners take their historic product from seedling to retail-store shelf.
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US PA: Medical Marijuana Closer To Legal Status

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
Daily Times, 28 Jun 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - People who need marijuana for medical conditions inched closer to being able to get the drug legally following a unanimous vote Friday in a Pennsylvania Senate committee. The Law and Justice Committee approved a bill that would allow marijuana to be grown, processed and dispensed, with oversight by a state Board of Medical Cannabis Licensing.
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US PA: Pa. Senate Panel Moves Medical Marijuana Bill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 Jun 2014 - HARRISBURG - A state Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Friday that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for patients with certain medical conditions. Sens. Daylin Leach ( D., Montgomery) and Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), who cosponsored the bill, said they anticipated its reaching the Senate floor for a vote before the legislature breaks for summer recess.
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US CA: From Pot Plot To Patient

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 28 Jun 2014 - Boyle Heights Farmers Market Will Give Medical Marijuana Users Access to the Cannabis Growers The ever-popular farmers market scene in Los Angeles could soon see the introduction of a whole new type of green - albeit targeted to a very specific consumer.
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Chronicle AM -- June 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 20:45

Things are looking good after legalization in Colorado, a medical marijuana bill moves in Pennsylvania, food stamp drug testing is on hold in Mississippi, hash battles break out in Libya, and more. Let's get to it:

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DPA Issues Report on Six Months of Legal Marijuana Sales in Colorado. Crime is down, tax revenues are up, and the marijuana industry is generating thousands of new jobs in Colorado, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. The report is Status Report: Marijuana Regulation in Colorado After Six Months of Retail Sales and 18 Months of Decriminalization.

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill. The state Senate Law and Justice Committee voted unanimously yesterday to approve Senate Bill 1182, which would allow qualified patients to obtain marijuana through dispensaries, but not grow their own. Neither could patients smoke their medicine, but they could use edibles or vaporize it. Now, the bill is on to the Appropriations Committee and, if it passes there, a Senate floor vote. Companion legislation in the House has yet to move.

Tulsa Medical Marijuana Petitioners Say Tulsa Cops Backed Off After They Went Public. Signature-gatherers for the Oklahomans for Health medical marijuana initiative report they are no longer being harassed by Tulsa Police after they went public with their complaints. Police had, on several occasions, stopped and investigated petitioners, at least twice after purportedly receiving complaints they were selling or smoking marijuana. The group hasn't had any formal response from Tulsa Police or city officials, but they are no longer being harassed, they said.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Food Stamp Drug Testing Implementation Delayed. A Mississippi law approved this year that would require food stamp applicants to be subject to drug testing is being delayed. It was supposed to go into effect July 1, but will be held up pending a public hearing set for July 22. The delay comes thanks to ACLU of Mississippi and the Mississippi Center for Justice, which challenged the start-up on grounds that it violated the state's administrative procedures law.

Methamphetamine

Michigan Governor Signs Package of Meth Bills. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) Thursday signed into law three bills increasing the criminalization of methamphetamine users and producers. One makes it a crime to purchase pseudoephedrine knowing it will be used to make meth, another makes it a crime to solicit someone else to do so, and the third specifies that the second mandates a 10-year prison sentence. Click on the link for more bill details.

International

Are the Latin American Drug Cartels on the Wane? Council on Hemispheric Affairs analyst Claudia Barrett has penned a provocative analysis suggesting the era of the cartels may be coming to an end. The piece is The Breakdown of Cartel Culture -- An Analysis.

Reductions in Coca Cultivation Don't Necessarily Mean Less Cocaine. The Global Post has a think piece on the reported decline in coca production and why it doesn't necessarily mean cocaine supplies are decreasing. Click on the link to read it.

Libya Hash Bust Sparks Deadly Battle. A hash bust in Benghazi last Saturday erupted into a pitched battle when armed gunmen attacked government forces who were destroying a major stash of hash seized from a cargo ship. At least seven people were reported killed. Government officials accused Al Qaeda of being involved.

Tunisia Will Reform Its Drug Laws. Tunisia is going to revamp its drug laws, a vestige of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dictatorship. The North African country has some 25,000 people in prison for drug offenses. Current laws don't differentiate between hard and soft drugs and require mandatory minimum prison sentences for any drug offense. A commission is expected to submit to parliament this summer an amended law that does away with the mandatory sentences of one-to-five years for drug possession.

New Zealand Poll Has Majority for Marijuana Reform. A majority of New Zealanders polled in a recent survey support reforming the country's marijuana laws. The New Zealand Herald-DigiPoll had 32% supported decriminalization and another 22% wanting it completely legalized, while 45% were opposed to any reform. Even among members of the ruling National Party, which opposes reform, 45% supported decrim or legalization.

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CN BC: Farm Tax Status Cut For Pot Growers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Richmond News, 27 Jun 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana operators in B.C. will not be allowed to claim farm tax status after the provincial government created a new business classification for the federally licensed facilities. The new classification is in response to a Health Canada law that came into effect in April that regulates new commercial facilities that produce, process and distribute medical marijuana and prohibits production in residential homes.
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US: Marijuana Legal Despite Lack Of Data

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 27 Jun 2014 - NEW YORK - New York moved last week to join 22 states in legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a diverse array of debilitating ailments, encompassing epilepsy and cancer, Crohn's disease and Parkinson's. Yet there is no rigorous scientific evidence that marijuana effectively treats the symptoms of many of the illnesses for which states have authorized its use. Instead, experts say, lawmakers and the authors of public referendums have acted largely on the basis of animal studies and heart-wrenching anecdotes.
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US: Authorities' Liability Increases As Marijuana Regulations

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 27 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Police in some medical marijuana states who once routinely seized illegal pot plants by ripping them out by their roots and stashing them away in musty evidence rooms to die are now thinking twice about the practice. From Colorado and Washington state to California and Hawaii, police are being sued by people who want their marijuana back after prosecutors chose not to charge them or they were acquitted.
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CN BC: New Marijuana Tax Rules Welcomed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Jun 2014 - Licensed grow ops to be taxed as industrial users in B.C. A local lawmaker this week welcomed the B.C. government's move to exclude federally licensed medical marijuana grow operations from the list of farm uses for taxation purposes.
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US HI: Pot Dispensaries Long Overdue, Task Force Says

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Jun 2014 - Pilot Programs Only Delay Establishment of a Viable System, One Patient Argues With 13,000 people registered for the state medical marijuana program - - among the first in the nation when formed 14 years ago - the time for pilot projects and studies has long passed, said Karl Malivuk, a registered patient.
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CN BC: Report On Pot Policy Coming Down The Pipe

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 26 Jun 2014 - City council continued to hash out their plan for regulating incoming medical marijuana grow operations. Meeting as a committee of the whole Wednesday night, the mayor and seven councillors came to a consensus that they would like to see staff bring to council a report outlining options for limiting these facilities to light industrial properties near Boundary Road or in the BCR site. In addition, staff will craft a separate zoning designation that would require all applications to come before council and trigger a public hearing.
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CN ON: Behind the Smoke: Inside a Legal Marijuana Grow-Op

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 26 Jun 2014 - Medreleaf. Metro Reporter Takes Tour of High-Tech Pot Plant in Secret Location The 55,000-square-foot warehouse in Markham is unremarkable from the outside unless you stand at the doorstep, take a deep breath and notice a faint but recognizable smell.
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CN NS: Hazy Situation

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Coast, 26 Jun 2014 - The THC Club Lives in a Grey Area for Medicinal Marijuana Users The THC Club is growing. The medicinal marijuana club that police raided last summer in Porters Lake has opened Halifax's only vapour lounge on Gottingen Street---but whether it's legal remains to be seen.
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US CA: Column: Weed World Cup

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 26 Jun 2014 - What weed would you recommend for World Cup fans? - -Fee Fah The World Cup is a thrilling international event, so I would suggest strains related to the particular countries in each match. For instance, in Algeria vs. Russia, you could try a nice Mediterranean-style hashish or kief, alongside some sort of Russian ruderalis-derived plant like Lowryder. When Ghana plays Portugal, go for one of those old-school African landrace strains like Malawi Gold or Durban Poison (yes, I know Ghana isn't anywhere near Malawi or South Africa. Work with me on this). When the Netherlands has a match, smoke some Dutch Treat or maybe some Amnesia Haze, which is a supertasty strain from the legendary Dutch grower Soma Seeds. When USA plays, you have a veritable cornucopia of options, including Trainwreck, Chemdawg and Willie Nelson. The possibilities are endless. It will be great when cannabis is legal all over the world and we can have a Weed World Cup to go with the futbol World Cup.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 02:25

A Senate companion to the successful House DEA defunding amendment has been filed, New York becomes the 23rd medical marijuana state, a CBD bill is moving in North Carolina, Rhode Island retrenches, and more. Let's get to it:

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Last Thursday, US Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker cosponsored a DEA defunding amendment in the Senate. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have cosponsored an amendment to the Justice Department funding bill that would shield medical marijuana patients and providers from the attention of the DEA in states where it is legal. The House passed such an amendment at the end of last month. While an early vote was expected, conflicts between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have caused the overall appropriation bill to be delayed.

California

Last Tuesday, the Berkeley city council moved toward permitting a fourth dispensary. The council voted to adopt regulations promulgated by the Medical Cannabis Commission that will set up a process to select a fourth dispensary for the East Bay city of 115,000. This more than three years after voters approved Measure T in 2010, which called for allowing a fourth dispensary. The commission had recommended six dispensaries, but that was too much for the council, which approved one new one in principle and said it would review the situation in a year.

On Tuesday, the Drug Policy Alliance strongly criticized the statewide medical marijuana regulation bill. Senate Bill 1262, which was set to go before the Assembly Public Safety Committee the same day, would leave thousands of patients without access to their medicine, fails to establish effective statewide regulation, and doesn't deal with edibles, the group said in an analysis posted on the California legislature's web site. The bill has already passed the Senate, but still must get through the Assembly.

Also on Tuesday, Desert Hot Springs city leaders expressed support for allowing dispensaries and were quite frank in saying it was all about the tax revenues. The city has an existing moratorium that will have to be removed. Leaders set no timeline at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Also on Tuesday, Lake County supervisors placed a restrictive cultivation measure on the November ballot. The measure would ban collective gardens and limit outdoor parcels to four plants. It is being backed by a group called the Emerald Unity Alliance.

Also on Tuesday, Santa Clara County supervisors voted for a temporary moratorium on dispensaries. The move was in response to San Jose's new regulations on dispensaries and cultivation, which supervisors fear would push them out into the county. Supervisors want time to see how to respond and will revisit the issue at an August 5 meeting.

New York

Last Friday, New York become the 23rd medical marijuana state. The state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (R) reached a last-minute compromise on medical marijuana, and the state Senate and Assembly approved the compromise bill, Program Bill 57. Gov. Cuomo says he will sign the bill into law, making New York the 23rd medical marijuana state. The bill is more limited than many patients and advocates would have preferred. It forbids smoking medical marijuana, although patients may vaporize or consume it in edibles. It also forbids using the raw plant. And it limits access to those with specified qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy.

North Carolina

Last Thursday, a limited CBD medical marijuana bill won House committee votes. A bill that would allow some patients to use a high-CBD cannabis oil was approved by the House Health Committee Wednesday and the House Finance Committee. The House approved the measure, House Bill 1220, in a floor vote on Friday.

On Wednesday, the limited CBD medical marijuana bill won a Senate committee vote. House Bill 1220 was approved by the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

Rhode Island

Last Friday, the legislature amended the state's medical marijuana law. The legislature has amended the state's medical marijuana law to require national criminal background checks on all caregiver applicants and the mandatory revocation of the caregiver registry ID cards for those convicted of a felony. The bill, House Bill 7610, won final approval by the Senate last Friday. It also allows landlords not to lease to cardholders who want to grow and imposes weight, plant, and seedling limits on growing co-ops.

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

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US CO: Column: Council Delays Recreational-Marijuana Decision

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 25 Jun 2014 - Though the city of Colorado Springs previously allocated $250,000 for a November election - which it's estimated would cost between $465,000 and $700,000 - City Council decided Tuesday to put off discussion about allowing recreational-marijuana stores and potentially refer it to a crowded April ballot in order to save money. The ultimate decision of whether to act or not will have to come by the end of next January. "When I found out the cost of this, I was in sticker shock," said Council President Keith King. "I just felt that ... I would not want to support that kind of money."
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US CA: Column: Santa Clara County Bans Dispensaries It Doesn't

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 25 Jun 2014 - The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors temporarily banned medical cannabis dispensaries from operating in the unincorporated area of the massive South Bay county, as a prelude to a total and permanent ban, reports state. County officials said the moratorium came in response to the City of San Jose's new de facto ban posing as regulations. Santa Clara County feared San Jose's regulations would push dispensary operators into unincorporated areas. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider a total ban by August 5.
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CN BC: B.C. Prevents Commercial Marijuana Grow-ops From

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Jun 2014 - VANCOUVER - Medical marijuana producers setting up shop in British Columbia won't be able to claim a lucrative property tax break designed for farms and other agricultural operations, the provincial government said Tuesday. Mayors in B.C. have been warning for months that commercial grow-ops could get out of paying nearly 90 per cent of their property taxes if they're lumped together with farms, even if they're operating on expensive industrial land.
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CN BC: Marijuana Farms Denied Tax Break

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2014 - Municipalities will be able to collect more revenue from growers who do not have the proper agricultural designation The B.C. government is denying medical-marijuana companies access to a property tax break intended for agriculture so that communities where the operations are located do not lose potential tax revenue.
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US OR: Joint Venture: The Corporate Face Of Legalizing Pot Has Arrived

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
The Week, 25 Jun 2014 - Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than anyone else in the state.
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