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US CA: Column: High Summer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 04 Aug 2016 - Summer is a fabulous time to drink your cannabis. Doing sporty things in the sun can bring up a strong thirst, and outdoor vacation activities - like purchasing an $18 inflatable raft called "The Gator" for a self-guided drift down the not-too-frigid Truckee River - can generate as much stress as they're meant to relieve. (To say nothing of a dusty roadside hike back to the car while schlepping The Gator sets up your bare tootsies for a painful journey laden with rocks and hot pavement.)
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 22:30

A second Arkansas medical marijuana initiative is still alive (one has already qualified for the ballot), Boston gets its first dispensary, Minnesota chronic pain patients now qualify for medical marijuana, and more.

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Last Friday, a medical marijuana got more time to gather signatures. Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, the group behind the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment initiative, had come up short of the 82,000 valid voter signatures required to qualify for the November ballot, but it handed in 72,000 valid signatures, qualifying it for additional time to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. Another medical marijuana initiative, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, has already qualified for the ballot.

Florida

Last Friday, medical marijuana foes got a big bucks donation from a supermarket heiress. Carol Jenkins Barnett, heir to the Publix supermarket fortune, has donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida to fight the Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative. Jenkins Barnett also donated big time to defeating the medical marijuana initiative in 2014, handing out $500,000 to Drug Free Florida that year.

Massachusetts

On Wednesday, Boston got its first dispensary. The Patriot Cares dispensary is open on Boston's Milk Street as of today. The company says it's ready for 150 patients a day and that 200 patients have already registered.

Minnesota

On Monday, chronic pain patients qualified for medical marijuana. As of August 1, the state's medical marijuana program includes people suffering from chronic pain that is not eased by traditional drugs or therapies.

South Dakota

On Tuesday, medical marijuana initiative supporters sued over signature counts. The secretary of state's office said petitions from the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion came up short on signatures, blocking the measure from going to the voters, and now, the coalition has filed a complaint alleging that signatures were not properly counted. The coalition is seeking to have the secretary of state's decision thrown out and that a local judge will order the initiative placed on the November ballot.

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

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Chronicle AM: Obama Commutes More Drug Sentences, Boston's First MedMJ Shop Opens, More... (8/3/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 21:05

Obama commutes more drug sentences, Boston gets its first dispensary, more signs of how horrid South Dakota is on marijuana, Utah SWAT deployment data, and more.

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Oregon US Attorney Prosecuting Black Teen Over One Gram of Weed. In the first federal marijuana possession prosecution in the state in five years, teenager Devontre Thomas has been charged over a gram of pot found in another student's backpack at the federal Indian School they both attended. The other teen claimed he got the weed from Thomas, and that's enough for US Attorney Billy J. Williams to charge Thomas with "knowingly and intentionally possessing marijuana." Williams is getting blowback from many, including US Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who said "situations like this are best handled by the state."

South Dakota to Prosecute Consultants for Aborted Indian Tribe Pot Grow. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday that two men who consulted with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in its effort to grow marijuana have been indicted on a range of marijuana possession charges. The tribe began to grow after the federal government signaled that tribes could do so, but destroyed its crop after federal officials raided other tribes than had entered the business and after state officials threatened to arrest non-Indians who used marijuana there. One of the consultants was hit with felony possession and is looking at up to 7 ½ years in prison, while the other, who cooperated with authorities, only got a misdemeanor charge.

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Boston Gets Its First Dispensary. The Patriot Cares dispensary is open on Boston's Milk Street as of today. The company says it's ready for 150 patients a day and that 200 patients have already registered.

South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative Supporters Sue Over Signatures. The secretary of state's office said petitions from the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion came up short on signatures, blocking the measure from going to the voters, and now, the coalition has filed a complaint alleging that signatures were not properly counted. The coalition is seeking to have the secretary of state's decision thrown out and that a local judge will order the initiative placed on the November ballot.

Law Enforcement

Utah SWAT Used Overwhelmingly for Drug Crimes. Utah is the only state to currently require reporting on SWAT deployments, and the 2015 report has just been released. SWAT was deployed 457 times in 2015, including 281 forced entries into private residences. Three-quarters of those forced entries were drug raids. The data also showed that police were more likely to use "no-knock" search warrants against drug suspects than against violent crime suspects. Go figure.

Pardons and Clemency

Obama Frees More Federal Drug Prisoners, But Time is Running Out. Some 214 federal drug war prisoners saw their prison sentences commuted Wednesday as President Obama took another step toward fulfilling his administration's pledge to use his pardon power to cut draconian drug sentences and free prisoners serving decades-long stretches for non-violent drug crimes.Those whose sentences were commuted Wednesday will walk out of prison on December 1. With Wednesday's commutations, Obama has now commuted the sentences of 562 men and women sentenced under harsh federal drug laws, including 197 people doing life for drug offenses. That's more commutations than the last nine presidents combined.

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Canada: Letter: Utilize Pharmacies

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Aug 2016 - The Globe's excellent investigative reporting on marijuana provides an important public service in highlighting the questionable quality of some medical marijuana (MM). Armed with this new evidence, it's time governments cracked down even harder on illegal "pot shops" and instead considered making MM available through pharmacies. A physician for more than 30 years, I've prescribed MM and have observed extremely positive results. These patients deserve a convenient means of accessing this legitimate medication, while also ensuring they are getting a quality product that won't jeopardize their health.
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US MA: A Boston First: Medical Marijuana For Sale

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Aug 2016 - Young women in pink and powder blue princess costumes handed out cards advertising birthday parties to wide-eyed little girls, while commuters rushed past on bustling Washington Street to catch the Downtown Crossing subway. Around the corner in a gray building with no signs other than a green awning listing 21 Milk St., executives at Patriot Care were preparing Tuesday night for a milestone. It's been a long road with more than a few bumps, but Boston's first medical marijuana dispensary is finally ready for its expected grand opening Wednesday.
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US MA: Mellow Opening Eyed For Pot Shop

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 03 Aug 2016 - 'Rush' Not Expected at City's First Facility Today's opening of the city's first pot shop in Downtown Crossing could be a mellow affair, with the owners predicting the dispensary will draw a few dozen customers with medical marijuana cards per day in its initial weeks, before slowly increasing to 90 to 100 daily customers.
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US CA: Column: A Legal Green And Dank Thumb

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 03 Aug 2016 - Dream up your legal weed garden with Oakland's celebrity author latest tome. Legalization is in the wind. Can you smell it? With less than one-hundred days until a historic California vote on adult-use of marijuana, many are wondering what they'll do if Proposition 64 passes.
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US MI: Column: Marijuana Legalization Falls Along Party Lines

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Metro Times, 03 Aug 2016 - State Rep. Jeff Irwin recently made Cannabis Business Executive's list of "100 Political Influencers in Cannabis." It's no surprise; Irwin has been the biggest cannabis supporter in our state legislature. Over the years, the Ann Arbor Democrat has introduced or supported various decriminalization or legalization bills in Lansing. And he's consistently spoken up about marijuana legalization at the annual Hash Bash. Irwin doesn't seem to care much one way or the other about being named as a political influencer on the subject.
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US CO: Column: Is Marijuana Legalization Just As Racist As

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 03 Aug 2016 - Where there's money, novelty and potential fame, people want in. For some, though, actually getting into Colorado's burgeoning cannabis industry is more difficult than for others. Take the experience of Taneesha Melvin, a 28-year-old Colorado Springs native. This spring, she says, she left her job at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in search of new employment. As a medical marijuana patient herself, Melvin figured her knowledge of strains, experience volunteering at a local dab lounge and service background positioned her well to be a budtender at one of the city's 133 dispensaries. So she dropped $150 on a background check and other licensing fees and set out on the job hunt.
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US CA: Santa Rosa Medical Marijuana Businesses Gain Access to

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 03 Aug 2016 - The Santa Rosa City Council declared Tuesday that medical marijuana support services such as testing labs and oil extraction businesses can legally be located in certain nonresidential areas of the city. The move, which takes effect immediately, opens up significant new areas of the city to the medical cannabis industry, as long as they follow a host of other regulations.
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Chronicle AM: Filipino Drug War Killings Raise Global Alarm, Legal Pot for Deficit, More... (8/2/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:52

Civil society responds as the death toll mounts in the Philippines, Massachusetts politicians endorse pot legalization, a new study finds national legalization could bring in $12 billion a year for the feds, and more.

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Study: Legal Marijuana Could Bring $12 Billion a Year to Federal Tax Coffers. A new study from the American Economic Association says the federal government could harvest up to $12 billion annually in tax revenues if marijuana were legalized nationwide. The revenue estimate is based on a 25% federal tax on retail pot sales.

Alaska Pot Board Member Fired, Alleges Governor Trying to "Subvert" Legalization. Gov. Bill Walker (R) has fired Marijuana Control Board member Bruce Schulte, and Schulte says it's because Walker and allies are trying to delay implementation of a voter-approved marijuana industry. "There's an underlying agenda to subvert the process, to delay the implementation of a legalized marijuana industry," Schulte said. "It doesn't look like the State of Alaska is really serious about making this happen." A replacement for Schulte has not been announced. Alaska approved marijuana legalization in November 2014.

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects 2018 Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected an initiative proposed by Mary Berry of Summit to legalize marijuana in the state. Rutledge said there were ambiguities in the text that need to be addressed. That initiative was aimed at 2018. A 2016 initiative from Berry, the Arkansas Cannabis Amendment, was approved for signature gathering, but failed to make the ballot.

Boston City Council President to Endorse Massachusetts Legalization Initiative. City Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson will formally endorse the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol's legalization initiative at a press event at the state capitol tomorrow. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse endorsed the initiative Monday, becoming the first mayor in the state to do so. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker (R), and other high state officials oppose the initiative.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Foes Get Big Bucks Donation from Publix Heiress. Carol Jenkins Barnett, heir to the Publix supermarket fortune, has donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida to fight the Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative. Jenkins Barnett also donated big time to defeating the medical marijuana initiative in 2014, handing out $500,000 to Drug Free Florida that year.

International

As Philippines Drug War Death Toll Mounts, Rights Groups Demand UN Denounce Killings. More than 700 suspected drug users or dealers have been killed by police or vigilantes since Rodrigo Duterte took office as president less than three months ago, and now civil society is responding. More than 300 human rights and other organizations have signed letters to the International Narcotics Control Board and UN Office on Drugs and Crime urging them to speak out against the extra-judicial violence. "We are calling on the UN drug control bodies to publicly condemn these atrocities in the Philippines. This senseless killing cannot be justified as a drug control measure," said Ann Fordham, executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), which coordinated the letter. "Their silence is unacceptable, while people are being killed on the streets day after day."

Australia's New South Wales Now Allows Doctors to Prescribe Medical Marijuana. As of Monday, New South Wales doctors can write prescriptions for medical marijuana. "People who are seriously ill should be able to access these medicines if they are the most appropriate next step in their treatment," NSW Premier Mike Baird said yesterday.

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CN AB: Pot Purveyor Eyes Calgary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Aug 2016 - Police say plan for mail-order marijuana is not legal The owner of Erbachay Health Centres was in Calgary in July, handing out business cards and flyers in hopes of getting a toehold on this side of the Rockies.
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Canada: Editorial: Medicinal Pot? Or Snake Oil

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Aug 2016 - We don't let you cook up medicines in your kitchen and dispense them on your front lawn, or brew moonshine in your garage and sell it from a storefront. There are all kinds of good reasons why governments can't allow people to do as they please when it comes to homemade pharmaceuticals and intoxicants - and there is no reason why marijuana should now be the exception to a regulatory environment designed to protect our society and keep it healthy. And yet, as a Globe and Mail investigation into the largely unregulated and illegal business of marijuana retailing has shown, government inaction has fostered a Wild West mentality where the prospect of quick profits can encourage risky practices and false advertising.
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US CA: When Smoke Settles, Will There Be Pot Ads?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 Aug 2016 - State Initiative Draws Fire for Opening Door to TV Commercials. Nearly a half-century after tobacco ads were kicked off television in the United States, an initiative in California would take a first step toward allowing TV commercials that promote a different kind of smoking - marijuana.
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US CA: Man Facing Grow Fines Sues Sutter County

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 01 Aug 2016 - A bedridden man facing fines of $1,000 per day for allegedly violating a marijuana ordinance is suing Sutter County. Roy Setzer filed his case this week in Sutter County Superior Court, trying to overturn the penalty imposed by a county hearing officer.
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US MA: Editorial: End This Unfair 'Tax' On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 31 Jul 2016 - Companies that want to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are being pressured into paying an unnecessarily high price to follow the letter of the law. The licensing process for dispensaries established under the state Department of Public Health is rightfully rigorous. But the vetting procedures also must be fair. That's not the case with a provision that requires applicants to submit de facto letters of consent from communities where they want to set up shop - the provision is being used by some local officials to elicit unreasonable payments from businesses applying for dispensary licenses. Since voters in 2012 approved legislation allowing marijuana to be grown and sold to treat certain medical conditions, just six dispensaries have opened their doors. Another 174 applications are slowly advancing through the regulatory gantlet. The Globe's Kay Lazar reported last week that one of those applicants, Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, secured an approval letter from Worcester officials only after striking a deal that calls for Good Chemistry to give the city $450,000 over three years, and then dole out $200,000 - plus 2.5 percent of its revenue - in subsequent years. A $10,000 annual contribution to public charities was thrown in for good measure.
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CN ON: What's Not in Your Pot?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 30 Jul 2016 - The Globe and Mail tested the potency of edible cannabis products, sold as medicine at Toronto dispensaries. Most did not live up to their claims, raising questions about efficacy and quality The caramel bar, cake pop and freezie all came with a big promise. Although they looked like typical junk food, the products, from cannabis dispensaries in Toronto, were billed as medication. And all were claimed to contain a potent dose of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the intoxicating effects its users seek for pain relief or to get high.
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CN ON: Brighter Moments Temporarily Closes Pot Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 30 Jul 2016 - Owner optimistic it can reopen Sept. 1 if court case goes as planned Brighter Moments Dispensary has turned off the lights - for now. The marijuana dispensary on King Street East near Ferguson Avenue was raided by Hamilton police July 21.
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US CA: Secret Marijuana Gardens Target of Eradication Campaign

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - KELSEYVILLE - This was far from the cocktail-hour networking meetings for cannabis companies, worlds away from sterile laboratories measuring THC levels and the marketing teams channeling a great entrepreneurial push fueled by California's recent embrace of the medical marijuana industry. This was the Lake County wilderness, where an orange peel, a crushed Coca-Cola can and a cairn of rocks marked a footpath leading into the chaparral-covered hills southwest of Kelseyville.
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US FL: Some Fla. Cities Slow To Welcome Pot Shops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 07/30/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 30 Jul 2016 - Dispensaries Say Local Officials Wary of New Business. As pot shops start to sprout in Florida, cities are struggling with how - or whether - to regulate the state's new marijuana industry. This week, the state's first medical-marijuana dispensary, operated by Trulieve, opened its doors to customers in Tallahassee. Health officials Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a second group, Surterra, to start distributing its cannabis products. Both marijuana operators have permission to deliver products statewide, and Surterra plans to open a dispensary next month in Tampa.
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