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US: Court Bars Feds From Prosecuting Medical Pot Cases

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 17 Aug 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated medical marijuana laws in those states before continuing with prosecutions.
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Chronicle AM: CA Forfeiture Bill Advances, 9th Circuit Blocks DOJ MedMj Meddling, More... (8/16/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 20:33

California is moving to reform its civil asset forfeiture system, a federal court has told the Justice Department it can't spend funds to prosecute state-compliant medical marijuana businesses, and more.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks DOJ From Going After Medical Marijuana in States Where It Is Legal. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department can't spend money to prosecute federal marijuana cases if the defendants are in compliance with state laws permitting medical marijuana production and sales. The ruling upholds the Farr-Rohrabacher amendment, passed by Congress in 2014, which prohibits the spending of appropriated funds to interfere in medical marijuana states. That amendment "prohibits DOJ from spending funds from relevant appropriations acts for the prosecution of individuals who engaged in conduct permitted by the State Medical Marijuana Laws and who fully complied with such laws," the court said.

Maryland Names Medical Marijuana Growers and Processors. The state Medical Cannabis Commission has awarded preliminary licenses to 20 companies to grow and process medical marijuana and has named the companies selected. The licenses were actually awarded on August 5, but the commission did not reveal the names of the licensees until Monday, so state officials could conduct background checks and review financial records.

Asset Forfeiture

Bipartisan Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes California Assembly. Civil asset forfeiture reform legislation authored by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and David Hadley (R-Torrance) passed the Assembly Floor by a 67-7 vote Tuesday. The bill has already passed the Senate, but must now go back for a concurrence vote. The The bill will require that in all cases where law enforcement seize cash under $40,000, that there be a conviction in the underlying criminal case, before that money flows to law enforcement coffers. The same protection would be afforded homes, land, and vehicles, regardless of value. Under current law, there is not such protection for cases sent into the federal system, and the current threshold for cash in state law is $25,000, established in 1994. The measure is Senate Bill 443.

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CN ON: Medical Marijuana Improves Child's Life: Mother

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 16 Aug 2016 - A Napanee-area marijuana facility is now able to sell its medical product to patients in need, and a mother says her son is benefitting from the development. Six-year-old Gage is able to sit up by himself, playing with a few coloured balls and his iPad while his mother, Kelly, shares their story.
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CN ON: Homegrown Weed No Threat: Producer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 16 Aug 2016 - CEO says grow-at-home marijuana doesn't compare to company's 'quality standards' SMITHS FALLS - Despite a federal decision giving Canadians the right to grow their own medical marijuana, Smiths Falls-based producer Tweed said it'll be business as usual at its converted chocolate factory here.
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CN ON: 'Grow-Your-Own' Regs Not A Threat: Producer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 16 Aug 2016 - When you grow it yourself, it is what it is, and that won't always be good." SMITHS FALLS - Despite a federal decision giving Canadians the right to grow their own medical marijuana, Smiths Falls-based pot producer Tweed said it'll be business as usual at its converted chocolate factory here.
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CN BC: Dispensary Licences Cancelled

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 16 Aug 2016 - City council has now snuffed out the business licences for two more medical marijuana dispensaries. Following a pair of special appeal hearings Monday night, council voted by identical 5-2 tallies to cancel the licences for Avitas Pharmaco and Green Essence.
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CN ON: Tweed Weed's Helping: Users

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 16 Aug 2016 - 'Shindig ' at Tweed plant celebrates medical marijuana's improved access SMITHS FALLS - Used internally and externally, marijuana has relieved some severe ills for Innisville's Robert Stevenson. Speaking from the 'vape-lounge' on a welcomed rainy Saturday at the Tweed marijuana plant's Front Yard Shindig here, Stevenson said traditional medicines didn't relieve his ailments.
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Canada: Canada Head Shop Owners Ask: Why Wait?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 16 Aug 2016 - They Choose to Ignore the Current Laws VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Cannabis Culture Lounge has everything a pothead might need to feel right at home: $3 marijuana buds, bongs for rent, bags of Skittles and Doritos for sale, and black leather couches where customers can recline in zoned-out contemplation in a pungent haze. Never mind that it is all technically prohibited by Canadian law.
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US OH: Miamisburg May Join Bans On Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 16 Aug 2016 - Six-Month Measure Needed to Evaluate Issue, City Officials Say. MIAMISBURG - Miamisburg is moving to become the latest Miami Valley community to place a temporary ban on medical marijuana. The city is considering a six-month ban on issuing and processing "any permits allowing retail dispensaries, cultivators, or processors of marijuana" in the city, according to a proposed ordinance.
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US: Cannabis Education Needed, Doctors Say

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 16 Aug 2016 - Legal Limbo Limits Training on Subject Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them.
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US MD: Md. Names Cannabis Growers, Processors

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 16 Aug 2016 - More Than 20 Companies Given Preliminary OK for Medical Pot The state has awarded preliminary licenses to more than 20 companies to grow and process marijuana in Maryland, a major step forward in the effort to make medical cannabis available to patients in Maryland.
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US MD: Companies Selected to Grow, Process Medical Pot in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Aug 2016 - Of the 15 companies cleared for cultivation, at least eight have ties to marijuana industries in other states. From page A1 Thirty businesses have won approval to grow and process medical marijuana in Maryland, regulators announced Monday, putting life into the industry more than three years after lawmakers legalized the drug for medical use.
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Australia: OPED: Australians Getting the Dope on 'Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
Canberra Times, 16 Aug 2016 - Australians are the world's heaviest users of marijuana, sharing that honour with the citizens of New Zealand and the United States. It's a kind of a pot-equivalent of the ANZUS treaty. We seem to have a lot of experience with marijuana, so it surprises me that Australia has lagged behind similar countries with socalled "medical marijuana".
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Canada: As Canada Moves to Legalize Marijuana, Shop Owners

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Aug 2016 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Cannabis Culture Lounge has everything a pothead might need to feel right at home: $3 marijuana buds, bongs for rent, bags of Skittles and Doritos for sale, and black leather couches where customers can recline in zoned-out contemplation in a pungent haze. Never mind that it is all technically prohibited by Canadian law. Still, some enthusiasts have higher hopes for the business, which opened more than a decade ago as a kind of speakeasy for marijuana smoking - long tolerated by the city's authorities. The lounge began selling marijuana after Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in November.
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Chronicle AM: Thousands March in Berlin, Denver Could See "Cannabis Cafes," More... (8/15/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 21:01

Look for marijuana legalization ads coming to Las Vegas, South Dakota continues to go after marijuana industry consultants, thousands march for pot legalization in Berlin, and more.

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Nevada Legalization Campaign Prepares $800,000 Ad Buy. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada has reserved more than $800,000 worth of advertising time slots with major news stations in Las Vegas, where three-quarters of the state's population is. The campaign supports the Question 2 legalization initiative on the November ballot. The ads will run beginning in early October and go through Election Day.

Northern Marianas Legalization Initiative Won't Be on the Ballot. A bill that would have led to a popular vote on marijuana legalization has died in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) legislature. Senator Sixto Igi-somar wanted the legislature of the US territory to move on the bill for a popular referendum, but the legislature was "too busy," he said.

South Dakota Indian Tribe Marijuana Consultant Pleads Guilty to Pot Charge. A consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to establish a marijuana resort after the federal government said Indian tribes were free to do pleaded guilty Monday to a state marijuana charge for receiving marijuana seeds sent from Amsterdam to start the tribe's crop. The tribe tore down the crop over fears the federal government spoke with forked tongue and over threats from the state government, which followed through by indicting two consultants. Consultant Jonathan Hunt is the one who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate; consultant Eric Hagen pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer says there is no evidence he ever possessed "even a gram of marijuana."

Denver Cannabis Club Initiative Campaign Hands in Signatures. The Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Committee has turned in more than 10,000 signatures for a municipal initiative that would allow for cannabis clubs where people can consume on-site. They only need 4,726 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

International

Thousand March for Marijuana Legalization in Berlin. An estimated 5,000 people took to the streets of the German capitol Saturday to call for freeing the weed. It was the 20th annual Hanfparade (hemp parade), and in this one, demonstrators marched under the banner "legalization is in the air." Marijuana is illegal in Germany though possession of small amounts is tolerated by police, and a few hundred people have been given allowances to use it for medical purposes.

New Zealand Poll Shows Strong Support for Marijuana Reforms. A poll commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation finds that nearly two-third of Kiwis want marijuana either decriminalized or legalized. One-third (33%) said legalize it, while 31% said decriminalize it. More than half (52%) said there should also be provisions for people to grow the plant themselves.

Cayman Islands Will Move Forward on Allowing CBD Cannabis Oils. Premier Alden McLaughlin said his government will push through laws to allow the importation and dispensing of CBD cannabis oils, but he warned there are no guarantees patients in the island nation will be able to obtain it. "There are still real and serious practical hurdles to obtaining and importing this drug because it remains illegal in many jurisdictions, including nearby Jamaica," he said.

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US MD: Will Cecil Go Green? Rx Pot Licenses Issued Today

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Cecil Whig, 15 Aug 2016 - Former Sheriff Janney Has Stake in Application BALTIMORE - Today marks the day when Cecil County will find out whether its future will be green, benefitting economically from the development of potential medical marijuana growing and processing facilities.
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CN AB: Health Canada Looks at 'Short Term Solution' For

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Meridian Booster, 15 Aug 2016 - As of August 24 Health Canada will now allow patients to grow a limited amount of medical marijuana. Health Canada is also allowing patients to designate someone to grow for them because they themselves may not be able to.
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US NJ: OPED: Cannabis Decision Is Cause for Muted Celebration

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 15 Aug 2016 - The Obama administration's decision to expand opportunities for scientific research of medical marijuana, while leaving cannabis classification under its longtime most-dangerous-drug status, strikes us as an important step, but hardly a solution. The decision is hopeful in that it signals an attempt to end the bureaucratic hurdles that prevent scientific study of the drug that so many advocates claim has curative powers. But leaving in place the stigma and legal problems that a Schedule I designation creates makes the administration's attempt to find some middle ground difficult to truly appreciate.
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US NJ: Weed Like A Word With You

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 15 Aug 2016 - N.J. Pols, Vets Pressure Guv to OK Pot for PTSD MILITARY VETERANS and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat posttraumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use.
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US CT: OPED: The Missing Scientific Case for Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 15 Aug 2016 - The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has just issued a helpful reminder to all Americans. In denying a petition to loosen restrictions on marijuana, the agency repeated that the drug has "no currently accepted medical use" in the U.S. This may come as a surprise, given that 25 states already allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat maladies from PTSD to Alzheimer's disease. Yet the truth is, research has yet to find firm evidence that marijuana can alleviate physical suffering.
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