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Canada: Puff Daddy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jun 2016 - Nobody blinks when moms joke about 'wine o'clock.' So why, Leah McLaren asks, do stay-at-home dads who light a doobie during playtime get accused of crossing the line? The first stoner dad I met was my neighbour, Joe. Joe is in his mid-30s, lives with his wife (a checkout clerk at our local grocery store), and is the primary carer for their two-year-old daughter.
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CN ON: Activist Rips Project Claudia

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 03 Jun 2016 - Marijuana activist Sarah Hanlon was lined up to speak at a Women Grow networking event before the Toronto pot raids happened. "I was just going to do a little speech about how positive everything was going," said Hanlon, the winner of reality series Big Brother Canada 3 and a frequent contributor to 24 Hours, before speaking at Thursday's event.
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US PA: Early Prep For Pa. Pot Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 03 Jun 2016 - Experts in Several Fields Are Getting Ready Years Ahead of Medical-Marijuana Sales. Medical marijuana won't be available in Pennsylvania for at least two years, yet politicians, academics, and entrepreneurs are already scrambling to brand themselves as industry leaders and experts.
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US CA: Wood, Mcguire State Bills To Regulate Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 03 Jun 2016 - Bills from North Coast lawmakers to tax and regulate medical marijuana advanced this week in the state capitol with bi-partisan support of the legislature. Two proposals -- tax measures from state Sen. Mike McGuire and Assemblyman Jim Wood, both Healdsburg Democrats -- won the required two-thirds majorities in their respective houses and move on for further consideration.
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Canada: Hire Signals Ottawa's Strict Line On Recreational

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jun 2016 - The Liberal government is sending further signals it plans a strict regime for recreational marijuana by hiring former public safety minister Anne McLellan to develop plans to legalize the drug. Sources confirmed that Ms. McLellan will head a federal-provincial task force that will report to Bill Blair, the Liberal MP and parliamentary secretary for justice who is in charge of the file. Mr. Blair, a former Toronto police chief, has denounced the growing number of unregulated pot dispensaries across the country.
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Chronicle AM: MI Legalizers Hand in Signatures, CA Legislature Acts on MedMJ, More... (6/2/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 21:33

Edibles come to Oregon, California legislators move on medical marijuana bills, NYC pot busts are on the increase again, Michigan legalizers hand in lots of signatures, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Arizona Grassroots Legalization Effort Gives Up the Ghost. The group Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AZMFR) has halted its signature gathering campaign after acknowledging it has failed to meet its goals. The group had positioned itself as an alternative to the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, which has already handed in signatures and awaits confirmation that its initiative has qualified for the November ballot. AZMFR says it is launching "vote no" campaign against the other initiative and will be back with another legalization effort in 2018.

Michigan Legalizers Turn in More Than 300,000 Signatures. Activists with MI Legalize Monday turned in some 345,000 signatures to state officials in a bid to get their legalization initiative on the November ballot. They only need 252,000 valid voter signatures, but some of the signatures handed in may not be counted because they were gathered more than 180 days before the turn in date. The legislature recently passed a bill limiting signature collection to 180 days, but the governor hasn't signed it yet.

Marijuana Edibles Are Now For Sale in Oregon. As of today, it is legal to purchase edibles from marijuana dispensaries. Up until now, edibles had only been available for medical marijuana patients. Under temporary rules established by the Oregon Health Authority, consumers can now purchase one edible containing up to 15 milligrams of THC per day.

New York City Marijuana Possession Arrests Creeping Up Again. Marijuana possession arrests rose by more than a third in the first quarter of 2016, even after the NYPD promised in 2014 that it was going to work to reduce them. Some 4,225 people were popped for pot in the first three months of this year, up from 2,960 during the same period last year. That's still well below the more than 7,000 arrested in the same period in 2014, but the trend is headed in the wrong direction.

Medical Marijuana

California Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Sales Tax. The Senate Wednesday approved a bill imposing a 15% sales tax on medical marijuana on a 27-9 vote. The measure, Senate bill 987, now goes to the Assembly. Critics have charged it will hurt poor patients, but bill sponsor Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) says he will amend the bill in the Assembly to ensure that low income people don't have to pay the tax.

California Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Research. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 1575, an omnibus medical marijuana bill that includes provisions easing the way for research on the plant's medicinal properties. The bill specifies that it is "not a violation of state law or local ordinance or regulation for a business or research institution with state authorization to engage in the research of medical cannabis used for the medical purposes." The bill now heads for the Senate.

California Assembly Approves "Cottage" Medical Marijuana Farms. The Assembly Wednesday approved Assembly Bill 2516, which would create a new category of cultivator license for outdoor grows under 2,500 square feet and indoor grows under 500 square feet. "We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward," said sponsor Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-North Coast). "It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations." The bill now heads for the Senate.

Drug Testing

Mississippi Welfare Drug Testing Program Screened 12,000, Got 10 Positive Drug Tests. The Mississippi law that requires drug screening for people seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds subjected some 12,000 people to screening, but found only 175 were suspicious enough to require drug testing. Of the 175 who were tested, only 10 tested positive. The figure is less than one-tenth of 1% of the number of people screened.

International

Dutch Study Finds Legalizing Marijuana Production Beneficial for Public Health and Human Rights. A study conducted for Dutch municipalities seeking regulated marijuana production has found that legalizing it would have public health benefits by reducing violent crime, corruption, fires, and quality of life issues in residential areas. Regulating marijuana should be seen as a "positive obligation to protect human rights," the researchers said.

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US OR: Be Careful With Pot Edibles That Go On Sale Thursday

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 02 Jun 2016 - BE CAREFUL WITH POT EDIBLES THAT GO ON SALE THURSDAY Health Officials Warn to Keep Them Away From Children Area marijuana dispensaries and public health officials are recommending that recreational users use caution with extracts and edibles that will be come available Thursday, especially around children.
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US CA: Column: Bye, Bye Night Sky

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 02 Jun 2016 - Light pollution in Southern Humboldt Dear neighbors, We live in a lonely place.
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US CA: Column: Suspended

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 02 Jun 2016 - Can I get an update on the Legislature? They seem to be hella busy lately. - -Eric You are correct. The Legislature has been working hella hard to get a bunch of bills out of suspense. A bill being held "in suspense"? They make it sounds so ... suspenseful. "What's gonna happen? Who knows? We will let you know right after this commercial." Anyway, there were a bunch of bills about marijuana in the suspense file. Which bills lived and which bills died? I have a list of winners:
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US MT: OPED: Let's Restore Montana's Medical Marijuana Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Montana Standard, 02 Jun 2016 - Someday you or someone you love may need safe, legal access to medical marijuana. You, or they, may have cancer, epilepsy, IBS, colitis, or Crohn's disease, Parkinson's, breast cancer, a recent heart attack, or may be a veteran or emergency worker with PTSD. In 2004, 64 percent of Montana voters passed a law creating a medical marijuana program. But access for patients seeking relief will soon disappear because of political nonsense in the 2011 Legislature. With these draconian, nonsensical laws, you and your loved ones aren't going to get what you need for pain, symptom relief, or a cure.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 21:09

Illinois' medical marijuana program is set to be extended and expanded, the Ohio legislature passes a medical marijuana bill, the Ohio medical marijuana initiative is now dead, and more.

[image:1 align:left]Illinois

Last Friday, the House approved an extension and an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program. The House voted to approve a plan to expand the state's medical marijuana program by adding PTSD and terminal illness to the program's list of qualifying conditions and by extending the program for an additional 2 ½ years. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has now come around and says he supports the bill, which still needs a final Senate vote. The measure is Senate Bill 10.

Massachusetts

Last Tuesday, the Senate voted to waive medical marijuana fees for veterans. The Senate approved a rider to the FY 2017 budget bill that would waive registration fees for veterans for qualify for the state's medical marijuana program. Other patients would still have to pay the $50 registration fee and an annual $50 renewal fee.

Ohio

Last Wednesday, the medical marijuana bill was approved by the legislature.Both houses of the legislature gave final approval to the measure, House Bill 523. The bill barely cleared the Senate on an 18-15 vote and won final approval from the House on a 67-28 vote. Gov. John Kasich (R) has said he will review the bill when it gets to his desk.

Last Saturday, the backers of a medical marijuana initiative called it quits. Faced with a medical marijuana bill approved by the legislature and awaiting the governor's signature, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced Saturday that they were ending their campaign to put an initiative on the November ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed effort decided to call it quits because "the reality is that raising funds for medical marijuana policy changes is incredibly difficult, especially given the improvements made to the proposed program by the Ohio General Assembly and the fact that the Governor is expected to sign the bill." The bill passed by the legislature will allow people with about 20 different diseases and conditions to use marijuana, but not to smoke it.

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

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CN BC: North Delta Medical Pot Shop Snuffed Out

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 01 Jun 2016 - The WeeMedical Dispensary Society's medical pot shop in North Delta has been told to butt out by Delta council - but the society's director is vowing to stay open. On Monday afternoon, Delta council voted unanimously to deny the society's appeal for a business licence to sell medical marijuana at its shop on Scott Road.
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CN ON: Editorial: Pot Law Chaos? That's On Trudeau

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Jun 2016 - The chaos in Toronto regarding the enforcement of pot laws isn't Mayor John Tory's fault, or city council's fault, or Police Chief Mark Saunders' fault. It's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's fault. He ran on legalizing pot in last year's federal election. Health Minister Jane Philpott told the United Nations on April 20 - International "Weed Day" - that the feds will introduce a law to legalize pot in the spring of 2017.
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US CA: Sheriff, Medical Marijuana Advocate Argue Success of

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Jun 2016 - SHERIFF, MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE ARGUE SUCCESS OF OUTDOOR GROW BAN, MEASURE W The existing outdoor medical marijuana ban is working. Or it's not. It depends on who you ask.
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CN BC: Pot Shops Take Hit

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 01 Jun 2016 - City Issues Injunctions - And Is Planning To Issue More The City of Vancouver has filed court injunctions to shut down 17 of 55 medical marijuana stores that have defied the city's April 29 deadline to close.
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US CA: Column: Cannabis For Life

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 01 Jun 2016 - What Five Years in Prison Taught California Former Dispensary Owner Dale Schafer, and Why He's Thinking About Getting Back into the Marijuana Biz A judge sentenced Dale Schafer to 60 months federal prison in 2008, but now the attorney and celebrity drug-war is out - and getting back into marijuana.
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US CO: Column: Lamborn Votes Against Vets' Access to Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 01 Jun 2016 - Third time was the charm for Congress to pass legislation to let Veterans Administration doctors discuss medical marijuana with patients in states where it's legal (like this one!). From a 195-222 failed House vote in 2014 to a narrower 210-213 loss in 2015, this month the House shifted to a 233-189 approval - reflecting the transformation in public opinion over those years. Among the "no" votes that failed to stop the action, co-authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs. Lamborn, who represents this veteran-laden district and sits on the House Veteran Affairs Committee, has long decried the shortcomings of what he terms "Obama's VA department." Many local vets are as familiar with those shortcomings - the bureaucratic bottlenecking of much-needed care - as they are with elected leaders' failure to effect meaningful reform. And that frustration has fueled the fight for expanded access to medical marijuana to treat the wounds of war, as detailed in the Indy's April 20 cover story "Aim to Heal."
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US DC: Column: No, Legal Weed Is Not Dumbing Down Nation's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 01 Jun 2016 - The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, nearly as many relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use. Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization, argued that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available - and irresistible - to too many adolescents."
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US CA: Ventura Police Chief Become's Face of Opposition to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 07:00
Ventura County Star, 01 Jun 2016 - As president of the California Police Chiefs Association, Ventura police Chief Ken Corney has garnered a lot of media attention for the group's and his own opposition to a November ballot measure that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana use in California. Their objections to the measure, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana 2016, include its allowing those with "serious drug felonies to have a license to run a marijuana shop," said Corney during a recent interview at his Ventura office.
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CN ON: Weed Like Some Help On Pot Laws

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 31 May 2016 - City to get blunt with feds The federal government needs to step up and put an end to the confusion surrounding the sale of pot prior to legalizing the popular drug, says Toronto's Board of Health.
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