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US CA: Column: Alameda County Fast-tracks Medical Pot Ban

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
East Bay Express, 13 Jan 2016 - The Recent Rash of Medical Pot Bans Strikes the East Bay. Meanwhile, Full-Scale Legalization Gets Cleared for Signature-Gathering. Alameda County medical cannabis patients, they're coming for you. California's rash of medical pot bans continues to spread in 2016 and has now reached into the historic heartland of medical cannabis law reform.
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Chronicle AM: CA NAACP Endorses AUMA, No MedMJ for PTSD in NY, Germany Moves on MedMJ, More... (1/12/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 21:52

The California legalization initiative picks up a big endorsement, so does the effort to legalize it in Vermont; Hawaii dispensary applications are now available online (if you've got $5,000), the German health ministry files a draft medical marijuana law, and more.

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California NAACP Endorses AUMA Legalization Initiative. Calling marijuana legalization a "civil rights issue," the California State NAACP has formally endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). "Creating a legal, responsible and regulated framework for marijuana is a predominant civil rights issue and it's long overdue," said Alice Huffman, longtime President of California State NAACP. "The current system is counterproductive, financially wasteful and racially biased, and the people of California have repeatedly called for it to be fixed. This measure will ensure that California is not unjustly criminalizing responsible adults while also ensuring that our children are protected while the State receives hundreds of millions of new dollars for vital government and community-based programs."

Poll: North Carolina Majority Opposes Legalization.A Civitas Institute poll released today had 43% of North Carolinians favoring marijuana legalization, with 53% opposed. Most of those opposed were "strongly opposed," while slightly more than half of those in favor were "strongly in favor."

Former Vermont Attorney General Backs Legalization Effort. Former state Attorney General Kimberly Cheney is publicly backing the effort to end pot prohibition in the Green Mountain State. He is featured in the first ads put out this year by the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. Last week, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced he was supporting tightly regulated legalization.

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Hawaii Dispensary Applications Now Available Online. Applications must be submitted online and will only be accepted during the application period of Jan. 12, 2016, 8:00am, Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Jan. 29, 2016, 4:30pm. HST. Get the online application here. There's a $5,000 application fee. Read about dispensary license requirements here.

New York Doesn't Approve Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Other Conditions -- Yet. The state Health Commissioner has determined there is not yet enough evidence of effectiveness to approve the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. The commissioner can, however, add qualifying conditions at any time and will be meeting with specialists to evaluate new scientific evidence as it becomes available.

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West Virginia Welfare Drug Testing Bill Approved by Interim Committee. The Joint Committee on Health and Human Resources has, with little discussion, approved a bill that would allow the drug testing of welfare recipients. The bill would require screening recipients for "reasonable suspicion" of drug use before ordering testing.

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German Government Presents Draft Medical Marijuana Law. Last Thursday, the German Federal Health Ministry presented a detailed draft of a medical marijuana law. It would set up a state cannabis agency to regulate cultivation and distribution and would allow sales at pharmacies. Health insurers would be required to cover costs. Health organizations and other interested parties have until February 5 to comment on the draft.

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CN ON: Pot Plan For Grey Highlands

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 12 Jan 2016 - Grey Highlands council has no objections for a proposed organic medical marijuana production facility near Feversham. White Wolf Organics will form part of the agricultural operation of Osprey Organics owned by Jamie and Sandy Gott. It will be a completely independent operation from the Ice River Springs business.
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CN ON: City Moves Ahead On Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 12 Jan 2016 - Council won't be butting-out on proceeding with setting ground rules for medical marijuana production and sale here. Despite opposition from some councillors, the motion to enact a rejigged bylaw sheltering the city's interest went ahead as recommended by the planning advisory committee.
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CN BC: Abbotsford Gets Injuction To Close Down Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Jan 2016 - A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that despite oncoming legalization of cannabis, operating a dispensary is still illegal and he's granted the City of Abbotsford an injunction to shut down a controversial pot shop. Justice Paul Walker ruled Monday that the Weeds Glass and Gifts store on Clearbrook Road violated a city bylaw by not securing a business licence.
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CN NS: Criminal Record For Marijuana Possession Would Be 'Cruel'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 12 Jan 2016 - A criminal conviction for simple marijuana possession would be "unfair" and "cruel" punishment given the federal government's stated intention to legalize the drug, a judge said Monday. "I cannot sit here and not be aware of the position taken by the federal government in Ottawa ..." Judge Warren Zimmer said, during sentencing of a Bible Hill man charged with marijuana possession.
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CN ON: Medical Marijuana For Vets

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Daily Observer, 12 Jan 2016 - Marijuana For Trauma opens its newest chapter in Ontario near Garrison Petawawa PETAWAWA - Soldiers in the Ottawa Valley now will have improved access to the care and medicine they need to deal with the trauma of combat.
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US CA: Butte County Supervisors to Consider Changes to Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 11 Jan 2016 - Oroville - Following the first year of enforcing the size of medical marijuana grows, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider making changes Tuesday. At 1 p.m., the board will hear a review of last year's enforcement, whose costs were 57 percent of the budgeted $658,346, according to a staff report. The county's expenses were further reduced by $171,175 in collected fines. However, an additional $2.76 million in uncollected fines may not be paid.
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US MA: Marijuana Dispensary Among State Senators' Stops in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 11 Jan 2016 - DENVER - Eight state senators are flying into Colorado this week for a primer on life in a state that has already legalized marijuana, in case Massachusetts voters follow suit this November and lawmakers have to decide quickly how to respond. They're poised to see a cultivation facility, tour a marijuana dispensary, and pepper top state, municipal, and law-enforcement officials with questions about the implementation of the voter-approved law. The four-day trip is being arranged and paid for by the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund, which describes itself as a nonpartisan health policy foundation.
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US HI: Column: Like It or Not, Legalizing Pot Could Be Boon

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Jan 2016 - It's been a sad week for agriculture in Hawaii - and not only because Alexander & Baldwin Inc. announced that it's closing Hawaii's last sugar plantation, the company's 36,000acre farm on Maui. The same day, longtime Hawaii island farmer Richard Ha told employees he's shutting down his Hamakua Springs Country Farms, at least for the growing of crops that people eat.
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US: Schools Across U.S. Grapple With Students' Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 09 Jan 2016 - AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to students with prescriptions for it. Medical marijuana has been legal in some states for two decades but school districts and lawmakers are only now starting to grapple with thorny issues about student use of a drug still illegal under federal law.
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US CA: Oceanside May Allow Pot Delivery

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jan 2016 - Medical Marijuana Patients' Stories Nudge Officials to Seek Rules for Such a Move. OCEANSIDE - In an unexpected turn, Oceanside officials agreed this week to move toward allowing licensed medical marijuana businesses to deliver within the city.
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US NM: Proposed Pot Rule Change Discussed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Jan 2016 - Medical marijuana producers told state health officials Wednesday that disclosing the locations of growing facilities would invite criminals to burglarize the sites, while open-records advocates countered that greater transparency will help ensure fair and effective management of the state's cannabis program. "We have a product that criminals want," said Eric Briones, founder of the Minerva Canna Group of Los Ranchos, one of 23 nonprofits licensed by the state Department of Health to grow and sell medical pot. Minerva must conduct its business in cash because banks don't take deposits from cannabis growers, he said. "We have cannabis and we have cash."
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US NY: Medical Sales Of Marijuana Start Off Slow

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 08 Jan 2016 - ALBANY - New York joined the ranks of nearly half the states on Thursday in allowing the use of medical marijuana with the opening of eight dispensaries statewide, serving a variety of tinctures, concentrates, vapors and other forms of the drug. How many patients actually received medicine from those dispensaries, however, was uncertain; several locations around the state had customers who entered, but it was not clear if any actually bought the drug, or were qualified to do so under the state's strict guidelines. On Thursday, officials at the state's Department of Health said that only 51 patients had been certified for the program thus far, though that process only began on Dec. 23 and requires the approval of a physician who has registered with the state.
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US NY: First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open in New York

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 08 Jan 2016 - ALBANY, N.Y. - New York joined the ranks of nearly half the states Thursday in allowing the use of medical marijuana with the opening of eight dispensaries statewide, serving a variety of syrups, concentrates, and other nonsmokable forms of the drug. How many patients will initially visit those dispensaries is uncertain.
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Chronicle AM: CA Init Cleared for Petitioning, Gets Donations, VT Gov Says Legalize, More... (1/7/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 23:30

It's another one of those all-marijuana news days -- the California initiative hits the ground running, New Hampshire legalization bills get filed, Canadian MPs get a pot package, and more.

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California Adult Use of Marijuana Act Initiative Can Start Signature Gathering. The AUMA is now the most viable shot at legalizing weed in California this year. It has the backing of tech billionaire Sean Parker, as well other marijuana mavens and reform movement donors. It needs 365,000 valid voter signatures by June to make the November ballot.

Contributions Start Coming in for California's AUMA Legalization Initiative. The AUMA has picked up $1.25 million in donations, including $250,000 from the Marijuana Policy Project, a matching $250,000 from Sean Parker, $250,000 from the New Approach PAC, $250,000 from Drug Policy Action (the lobbying and campaign arm of the Drug Policy Alliance), and $250,000 from the Californians for Sensible Reform committee (Weedmaps). That should cover the cost of signature gathering for the initiative.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Accuse Colorado of Acting Like Drug Cartel. Attorneys for the two states urged the US Supreme Court to let them sue their neighbor over its legal marijuana production and distribution system, accusing Colorado of creating "a massive criminal enterprise whose sole purpose is to authorize and facilitate the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana… "If this entity were based south of our border, the federal government would prosecute it as a drug cartel." The Obama administration has urged the high court to refuse to hear the case.

Trio of New Hampshire Legalization Bills Filed. Granite State lawmakers have filed not one, not two, but three bills to legalize marijuana. House Bill 1675 would legalize possession of up to 2.2 pounds of marijuana for personal consumption by adults 18 and older, and would also legalize cultivation of up to six pot plants at home. It was also allow the sale and taxation of marijuana. House Bill 1610 would legalize marijuana possession of up to two ounces for personal use by adults 21 and older, and would legalize cultivation of up to six plants at home -- limited to three mature plants at any one time. It would not allow retail sales, but would allow adults to gift up to an ounce to other adults. House Bill 1694 would legalize marijuana possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and older, and would permit home cultivation of up to six pot plants, with a limit of three mature plants at one time. The bill would allow the sale and taxation of marijuana.

Vermont Governor Calls for Legalizing Marijuana in State of the State Address. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin called on lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing and regulating marijuana in his final State of the State address today. He also declared the drug war a failure and expressed desire to continue emphasizing a health-based approach to drug policy by expanding treatment and overdose prevention programs, as well as by removing the stigma associated with drug use and addiction. With Shumlin entering his last year in office, this is a strong signal that he intends to make marijuana legalization a priority in the upcoming legislative session. "The outdated war on drugs has also failed," said Shumlin, "and there is no greater example than our nation's marijuana laws." Earlier this week, top legislative leaders downplayed the likelihood of legalization this year.

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Legalization Advocate Gary Johnson Announced Libertarian Presidential Bid. The former Republican New Mexico governor, who championed a discussion of drug legalization while in office, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. He resigned from his position as president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc. to do so.

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First New York Dispensaries Opened Today. Eight dispensaries opened in the state today, a slow start to a medical marijuana program in a state with nearly 20 million people. The state has authorized another 12 to open later this month.

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CN ON: No Kush in Tory's Future

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 07 Jan 2016 - Hoping to Follow Up a Puff of Rob Ford Kush With a Toke of Mayor-Ijuana John Tory? According to Mayor John Tory, you'd be more likely to have a gulp of juice named after him than inhale medicinal grass with his moniker.
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US CA: Column: Tick, Tock

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 07 Jan 2016 - The Fortuna City Council voted unanimously Jan. 4 (with Councilmember Linda Gardner absent) to approve the first reading of an ordinance banning almost any medical marijuana activity, including cultivation for personal use, within city limits. The city already has a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries on its books, but the expansion of the prohibitions, City Clerk Linda McGill told the Journal, was to maintain the city's local control when state regulations go into effect. The deadline for local ordinances to be in place is March 1, prompting a statewide scramble for city and county laws.
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US CA: Column: Here Come The Weed Bans

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 07 Jan 2016 - HERE COME THE WEED BANS In the heart of the Central Valley, a pair of women who dress in habits, call themselves nuns, and refer to each other as "sister" are growing marijuana in the garage of their Merced tract home.
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US CA: Editorial: Paradise: Don't Ban Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:00
The Chico News & Review, 07 Jan 2016 - The Town Council Has an Obligation to Look into the Matter Further Before Making a Hasty Decision The Paradise Town Council next week (Jan. 12) will discuss a Planning Commission recommendation to ban the cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana within town limits. But the commission gives little in the way of rationale behind making such a sweeping decision. The plant smells? Big deal.
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