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Chronicle AM: Global Marijuana Marches, Voters Split on Legalization in MA Poll, More ... (5/9/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 20:59

They marched for weed in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janiero, New York and Toronto, and many other cities; a Massachusetts poll shows a dead heat for legalization there, Missouri looks set to vote on medical marijuana this year, and more.

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Massachusetts Poll Shows Voters Evenly Split on Legalization Initiative. A new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll has a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana trailing narrowly, but within the poll's margin of error. The poll had support at 43%, with 46% opposed. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percentage points. This is a sobering poll result for legalization fans; initiative experts like to see support in the 60% or above range before a campaign begins.

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Medical Marijuana Local Issues on California June Ballot. Two northern California counties and two northern California cities will be voting on medical marijuana-related issues in the June 7 election. In Nevada County, Measure W would prohibit all outdoor marijuana grows and limit indoor grows to 12 plants; in Yuba County, Measure A would allow limited outdoor marijuana cultivation and Measure B would authorize one dispensary for every 20,000 residents; in Sacramento, Measure Y would impose a 5% gross receipts tax on cultivation and manufacturing businesses (requires two-thirds majority); and in Davis, Measure C would allow the city to impose a tax of up to 10% on businesses selling marijuana, although it doesn't currently allow them.

New Approach Missouri Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Hands in Signatures. Supporters of the group's medical marijuana initiative handed in some 260,000 raw signatures Sunday. They only need 167,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Even if 30% of the signatures are disqualified, campaigners would still have enough to qualify.

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Alaska Republicans Endorse Drug Testing Welfare Recipients. At its annual convention at the end of April, the state Republican Party endorsed mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients. The notion was voted in as a plank in the state party platform.

International

Global Marijuana Marches All Over the Place. This past weekend was the date for the annual world-wide Global Marijuana March, and march they did in an estimated 829 cities in 72 countries. Thousands came out in Buenos Aires, thousands more in Rio de Janeiro, thousands more in Cologne, Germany, and an estimated 20,000 in Toronto, among others. The US also saw marijuana marches in Texas and New York City, among other places.

Colombia Authorizes Use of Glyphosate for Manual Coca Fumigation. Less than a year after the country banned the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to kill coca plants, Colombia's National Narcotics Council has authorized the use of the plant-killer in manual eradication. The move comes as coca cultivation is reportedly on the rise in some parts of the country.

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CN BC: Editorial: Yes To Legalization, No To Lawlessness

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 09 May 2016 - Once upon a time, you needed a duly completed doctor's prescription to get hold of medicinal marijuana. Then a few of Canada's pot dispensaries branched into the brave new world of remote video diagnosis. No one should be surprised that some now content themselves with vague complaints of a non-specific ailment - uh, my back hurts - if they bother with the charade at all. Yes, cannabis is going to be a legal substance soon, perhaps as early as this time next year. But a great many folks appear to have forgotten that it's still very much illegal. Besides which, legalization does not mean the absence of rules - quite the opposite.
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CN ON: Grow-Op Owner Won't Fight The City

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 May 2016 - Growers Have Been Told To Solve Bylaw Standoff With City Or Leave The owner of a bar-turned-medicinal pot grow-op in east Hamilton has told tenants to "solve" a bylaw standoff with the city or get out.
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US: Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look in U.S.

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Once Unthinkable in U.S., Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Looming Marijuana Ruling Could Limit Federal Prosecutions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 09 May 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rolland Gregg and his family have fought federal marijuana charges for more than three years, arguing that the roughly 70 marijuana plants investigators found on their Washington property were for their own medicinal use and fully complied with state law. A federal jury last year convicted Gregg, his mother and his wife of growing 50 to 100 marijuana plants - amounts their attorney said are in compliance with state medical marijuana law. With prison sentences looming, they have now turned to a recent act of Congress that they say should have stopped the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting them because they were doing what their state allowed. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the DOJ disagrees with Gregg's understanding of the new law.
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US: Lawmakers Weigh Injection Sites

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Saratogian, 09 May 2016 - Citing a Surge in Overdose Deaths, Many Begin to Discuss Using Supervised "Shoot-Up Rooms" Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look in US

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Sanctioned Injection Sites Would Save Lives, Some Say

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 09 May 2016 - The idea, spurred by a rise in drug overdose deaths in the U.S., has worked elsewhere Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Sanctioned Heroin Sites Considered

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 May 2016 - Users Could Get Quick Overdose Treatments Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Once Unthinkable, Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Getting Serious Look

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 09 May 2016 - The Supervised Injection Rooms Are Considered for "Out of Control" Problem. Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Legal Drug Dens Get Serious Consideration

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 09 May 2016 - Officials Weigh 'Heroin Havens' Where Users Can Inject Under Supervision of Doctors WHO Can Administer Antidote If Necessary Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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CN ON: They Have Burning Desire For Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 May 2016 - Weed the North. Queen's Park turned into a big puff of smoke Saturday afternoon as some 20,000 marijuana activists gathered near the King Edward VII statue, before rallying and walking in the 18th annual Global Marijuana March through the downtown core, spliffs in hand. While the federal Liberals made a campaign pledge to legalize marijuana, many of the parade-goers felt like the federal government was dragging its feet. "Thousands of people are still facing criminal charges," said event founder Neev, who refused to give his last name. "It should be legalized, it should be cheaper. It's so expensive because it's not legal yet. I appreciate the Liberals wanting to do it right, but the rollout is so slow." The Toronto event was one of the 100 marijuana parades scheduled in cities around the world.
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US OH: Editorial: Pot Bill Must Satisfy Demand

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 08 May 2016 - It looks as if legalization of medical marijuana will come this year, either through pending legislation or through two possible ballot issues to amend the Ohio Constitution. But the Ohio House is larding its bill with unpopular restrictions instead of crafting a plainly worded compromise sufficient to kill the more-extreme ballot issues. Many proponents of medical marijuana insist that smoking be one of the ways it can be used. But, unlike both ballot issues, House Bill 523 would require those with a marijuana prescription to use vaporization or other devices if they wish to inhale. The bill also would prohibit home-grown marijuana, which the ballot issues would allow in limited quantities.
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Canada: Toronto Overtakes Vancouver As Country's Cannabis Capital

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 May 2016 - Toronto has unseated Vancouver as Canada's de facto cannabis capital due to an ongoing explosion in illegal dispensaries, while officials begin shutting down dozens of shops in the West Coast city to enforce a landmark new bylaw. The owner of a cannabis consulting firm who has been tracking the rapid growth of the illicit sector following last fall's election win by the federal Liberals, who have promised to legalize the drug, says Toronto's wide-open market is now supporting more than 100 pot shops.
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Canada: Loblaw Head Wants Medical Weed Sold At His Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 06 May 2016 - Grocery pharmacies, Shoppers Drug Mart 'effective at managing controlled substances,' Galen Weston Jr. said Galen G. Weston wants in on the medical marijuana business. Weston, the head of the country's largest drugstore and grocery chain, said Thursday that pharmacists are well-positioned to dispense the drug in a safe manner.
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CN BC: Dispensary's Efforts to Open Are Jumping the Queue:

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 06 May 2016 - WeeMedical Dispensary Society's effort to open a marijuana dispensary in Chilliwack is akin to having "jumped the queue" ahead of legalization. That was the essence of city council's rationale in rejecting the business licence application from WeeMedical, for the second time, in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
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CN BC: Victoria Votes To Allow Selling Edibles

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - Spurred Largely by Input From Senior Citizens, Council Takes Different Approach Than Vancouver to Consumable Pot Products Senior citizens in Victoria support council's push to adopt a bylaw that allows edible pot products in medical marijuana dispensaries, despite health and safety concerns raised by the province's medical health officer, Mayor Lisa Helps says.
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CN ON: City Orders East-End Medical Pot Grower To Shut Down

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 May 2016 - Federally Licensed Grow-Op on Kenilworth Slapped With Zoning Violation After Complaints From Neighbours of Strong Smell Municipal bylaw enforcement is trying to shut down a federally licensed medical marijuana grow-op that set up shop on Kenilworth Avenue North without the city's knowledge.
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Canada: Column: Should Doctors Prescribe Pot On Demand?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - THE QUESTION My father is 84 and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The medication he has been prescribed for pain isn't working. He wants to try medical marijuana. But getting a doctor to prescribe cannabis is like pulling teeth. His doctor says there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use, even though it's legally permitted by the Canadian government. What can I do to get my father cannabis?
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