AlterNet, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require the Whole Plant-Not Just One Oil Extract CBD-only laws are a pretext to extend marijuana prohibition under the guise of 'protecting the children.'
The Macomb Daily, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana proponents are gearing up to get pot decriminalization proposals on ballots in about a dozen cities statewide this year, including one in Macomb County. The effort comes after the Safer Michigan Coalition successfully passed similar proposals last year in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing.
Morning Journal, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana is still not legal in Ohio, but state law enforcement officials worry driving while stoned is destroying nationwide efforts to reduce fatal car crashes. Deadly collisions involving marijuana use have tripled in the last 10 years, according to a recent study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study was published Jan. 29 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Douglas County Sentinel, 23 Mar 2014 - Local family suffers after medical marijuana caught in 'political crossfire' Five-month-old Kason Jiles of Lithia Springs has a medical file more than 600 pages thick and takes seven medications for a seizure disorder.
Winnipeg Sun, 23 Mar 2014 - Pro-pot advocates marched from city hall to the legislature on Saturday to promote grow-your-own medical marijuana. After a legal reprieve Friday, a group of 25 people braved the chilly air to raise awareness of new Health Canada rules that are posed to stop people from being able to grow marijuana in private residences.
The Telegraph, 23 Mar 2014 - If you're a representative and vote against the wishes of 60 percent of your constituency and you want to get re-elected, you'd better have a cogent explanation why you think your judgment is superior to the people you supposedly represent. Saying, "it's the wrong message to send to young people" is not a cogent explanation. It's OK to be lax educating yourself about a personal issue. But when you represent other people's interests, you have a moral obligation to sufficiently educate yourself about issues you vote on.
Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - Hoping to get pot legalized in Nevada, an investment firm specializing in the fastgrowing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative's backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 22 Mar 2014 - Hawaii has yet to craft a functional law that addresses medical marijuana for chronic disease. Progress to date has been incremental but in the right direction. Last year the platform for medical marijuana moved from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health, establishing it as a mainstream medical program. SB 2574 SD 1, relating to medical marijuana, permits board-certified pain specialist physicians, oncologists, ophthalmologists and board-certified palliative care physicians to prescribe medical marijuana beginning Jan. 2. Currently, only primary care physicians are authorized to prescribe.
Athens Banner-Herald, 22 Mar 2014 - Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson, who made headlines earlier this week by saying she supported decriminalization of possession and use of small quantities of marijuana, has issued a statement to clarify her position. During a Wednesday debate with local activist Tim Denson - no relation - who is challenging Mayor Denson in the upcoming May 20 nonpartisan mayoral election, the mayor revealed publicly for the first time her stance on decriminalization of marijuana, noting that possession of small quantities for personal shouldn't create a criminal record that follows someone for the rest of their life.
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Mar 2014 - VANCOUVER - The Conservative government's plan to move medical marijuana plants out of patients' basements and into commercial facilities was dealt a significant setback Friday, after a Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so. Judge Michael Manson issued an injunction exempting patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana under the current rules, either for themselves or someone else, from new regulations that would have made the practice illegal.
Globe and Mail, 22 Mar 2014 - The Conservative government's plan to move medical marijuana plants out of patients' basements and into commercial facilities was dealt a significant setback Friday, after a Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so. Justice Michael Manson issued an injunction exempting patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana under the current rules, either for themselves or someone else, from new regulations that would have made the practice illegal.
Prince George Citizen, 22 Mar 2014 - A Prince George man who legally grows marijuana in his home for medical purposes is pleased that a federal court judge has struck down a federal ban that was set to take effect April 1. Judge Michael Manson granted an application from a group of medical marijuana patients, who asked for a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo until a constitutional challenge of the new system can be heard.
The Daily Home, 22 Mar 2014 - SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates. The Oregon Health Authority released draft rules late Wednesday for medical-pot dispensaries to follow when they open as early as next week under a new law. Although medical marijuana will be available at the dispensaries, the agency wants to ban sweets containing the drug because they could be attractive to young people.
Washington Post, 22 Mar 2014 - Millions of ordinary Americans are able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you're a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies posttraumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn't nearly so easy. That's because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 22 Mar 2014 - The non-profit Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says investors should remain wary and research pot stocks before they consider buying. Wall Street seems to be losing its appetite for pot. Marijuana stocks were high flyers - so to speak- after Colorado and Washington states legalized pot sales and several other states announced they may legalize sales or decriminalize possession. Shares in about 20 marijuana-related companies began soaring, with some gaining more than 500 percent off 52-week lows.
The Daily Courier, 22 Mar 2014 - People who grow medical marijuana at home won a reprieve Friday, but they still have to destroy most of their plants. A Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so beyond March 31, when new regulations governing production were to take effect.
Macon Telegraph, 21 Mar 2014 - ATLANTA -- As the clock ticked through the final hours of the annual state legislative session, state Rep. Allen Peake launched a last-minute but ultimately unsuccessful plan to pass his medical marijuana bill. "For these families, their reality is ... a child who is going to have one hundred seizures tomorrow," said Peake, R-Macon, author of House Bill 885, which would have decriminalized possession of a liquid medicine derived from cannabis that's used to treat pediatric seizures.
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - As the nation's only truly legal supplier of marijuana, the U.S. government keeps tight control of its stash, which is grown in a 12-acre fenced garden on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. From there, part of the crop is shipped to Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, where it's rolled into cigarettes, all at taxpayer expense.
The Palm Beach Post, 21 Mar 2014 - TALLAHASSEE - With several legislators saying they were deeply troubled by the bill, the House Budget Committee unanimously approved legislation Thursday aimed at decriminalizing the possession of lowgrade marijuana for use in treating seizures. The so-called "Charlotte's Web" measure (CS/HB 843) is getting the blessing of Republican leaders in the Legislature, with many seeing it as potentially blunting a ballot measure in November that would go much further and legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
Daily Courier, 21 Mar 2014 - In Arizona, a referendum to legalize is moving toward inclusion on a statewide ballot in 2016. Also, a bill to end felony sentencing for minor possession cases has been introduced in the Arizona House and may move forward. Based on current public opinion - a Gallup poll in October found 58 percent of Americans say it should be legalized - it's only a matter of time before it is. After decades of evidence that prohibition doesn't work, it's time to end the weed war.