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Chronicle AM: MedMJ Moves in NJ, PA; Initiative News from CA, MS, OH; Pot Sentencing Reform in LA, More (6/30/15)

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It looks like ResponsibleOhio will qualify for the November 2015 ballot, activists in California and Massachusetts move forward with their initiative campaigns, the New Jersey legislature passes a bill to let sick kids use CBD cannabis oil in school, and more. 

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California Legalization Initiative Okayed for Signature-Gathering. The Responsible Use Act has been cleared for signature-gathering. It has 180 days to collect 365,880 valid voter signatures, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The act is one of four legalization initiatives that have been filed so far this year; a fifth is expected to drop later this summer. This act would set a retail tax of $8 an ounce on dried buds.

Louisiana Governor Signs Marijuana Sentencing Reform Law. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has signed into law a bill that would reform the state's marijuana sentences—the harshest in the nation. First time possession was punishable by up to six months in jail; now the maximum will be 15 days. Second offense possession was a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; now it's a misdemeanor punishable by six months. Third time was punishable by up to 20 years; now it remains a felony, but the max is only two years.

Massachusetts Activists Release Second Draft of Legalization Initiative. Bay State Repeal has submitted a second draft of its legalization initiative for informal review by the state attorney general's office. The current draft of the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act would legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and over and envisions a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. The Bay State Repeal effort is one of two potential legalization initiatives; the other is supported by the Marijuana Policy Project.

Ohio Legalization Initiative Turns In Twice the Number of Needed Signatures. The controversial but well-financed initiative to create an oligarchy of sanctioned commercial marijuana growers as part of overall legalization scheme turned in more than 695,000 voter signatures today. ResponsibleOhio only needs 305,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. At least two other groups are seeking signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

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New Jersey Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Sick Kids to Use CBD Cannabis Oil in School. The state Senate Monday approved the bill; an identical version had already passed the House. Now it's up to Gov. Christ Christie (R) to sign it.

Compromise Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in Pennsylvania. Rep. Ron Marisco (R-Dauphin) and several cosponsors have filed House Bill 1432, which would allow for the limited use of medical marijuana. The move comes as a measure that passed the Senate, Senate Bill 3, has been stuck in the House.

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DC City Council Considers Harsher Penalties for Synthetic Drugs. The council is set to consider emergency legislation that would allow the DC Metro Police chief to temporarily close businesses that sell synthetic drugs. The move comes after the city has seen a spike in overdoses and bad reactions linked to the new synthetics. The measure would let the city close businesses for up to four days and fine them up to $10,000.

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CN MB: Cannabis Dispensary Ready To Roll

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Jun 2015 - Locally owned pot shop set to open here July 1 MEDICAL marijuana users will soon have a local joint to buy their weed. Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters, a marijuana dispensary, is set to open officially at 1404 Main St., on July 1. It's the former home of Vapes on Main, a medical marijuana cafe.
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US CA: Fisheries Panel to Hold Sacramento Hearing on Water Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 30 Jun 2015 - The devastating impact of drought and illegal marijuana cultivation on North Coast fisheries will be the focus of a state legislative committee hearing Wednesday in Sacramento, on the heels of reports that pot plants are consuming billions of gallons of water and salmon-rearing creeks are running dry. John Laird, head of California's Natural Resources Agency, and Chuck Bonham, director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will lead off the daylong hearing by the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture.
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US CA: Pot Permits Picking Up Pace

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 30 Jun 2015 - It's been eight months since the City of Porterville required residents to acquire a permit to grow marijuana for medical use, and for most of that time, only one permit had been issued. However, the permits are suddenly more popular, with 10 issued recently, according to city staff. The ordinance requiring permits was approved in October 2014 and went into effect Nov. 6. It allows medical marijuana patients to have up to 20 cannabis plants which can be located in a yard or accessory structure, or a combination of both.
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Chronicle AM: First DE Dispensary Opens, OR Pot Legalization Starts Wednesday, More (6/29/15)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 21:00

Marijuana becomes legal in Oregon this week (except for sales), Washington's legislature moves to modify pot legalization there, Delaware becomes the latest state to see dispensaries arrive, the policy folks at Rice University's Baker Center have a new drug policy report out, and more. 

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Rand Paul to Fundraise at Marijuana Industry Event in Denver Tomorrow. The Kentucky Republican junior senator will become the first presidential candidate ever to seek funds from the marijuana industry when he appears at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver tomorrow.

Oregon Legalization Goes Into Effect Wednesday, But No Sales Yet. Beginning July 1, adults 21 and older will be able to legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana in their home and up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their home. Adults may also grow up to four plants as long as they are out of public view. The regulatory structure allowing for commercial retail sales is still in the works and will not be implemented until next year--or, at best, later this year.

Washington House Passes Legalization Changes. Last Friday, the House approved House Bill 2136, which changes several features of the state's voter-approved legalization scheme. The bill replaces the three-tier tax structure with a single 37% retail excise tax. It was also amended last Friday to eliminate language that would have required a vote of residents before towns or counties could ban licensed pot businesses. The bill now moves to the state Senate.

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Delaware's First Dispensary is Open for Business. The First State Compassion Center opened last Friday in a Wilmington industrial park. This is nearly four years after the legislature approved them, but the process was stalled when Gov. Jack Markell (D) backed away in the face of federal threats. Finally, Delaware's patients have a legal place to obtain their medicine.

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Baker Institute Report on Drug Policy Calls for New Paradigm. The policy experts at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy are calling for a new paradigm in drug policy—one that doesn't rely almost exclusively on punishment. "The core strategies of the US war on drugs are eradication, interdiction and incarceration,” said William Martin, the institute’s director of drug policy studies. "After a 40-year and trillion-dollar effort, illicit drugs remain available to meet a remarkably stable demand,” Martin said. The report is Rx for a US Drug Policy: A New Paradigm.

Criminal Justice

Federal Bill to Undo "Over-Criminalization" Filed. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and 21 bipartisan cosponsors have filed HR 2944 "to improve public safety, accountability, transparency, and respect for federalism in the federal criminal law by applying the findings of the Over-Criminalization Task Force and evidence-based reforms already made in some states…" It has been assigned to the House Judiciary and House Energy and Commerce Committees.

International

Peru Ends 30-Year State of Emergency in Northern Coca-Growing Area. President Ollanta Humala announced last Saturday that the government is lifting a state of emergency imposed on the Alta Huallaga coca growing region. The announcement came the same day the government said it had captured the logistics chief of the Shining Path rebels in the area. States of emergency still exist in other coca-growing areas where the Shining Path remains a presence. At least 69,000 people were killed in the Shining Path insurgency in the 1980s, and the group remains active, although diminished, and active in the coca and cocaine trade.

Uruguay Rejects UN Criticism on Marijuana Legalization. Juan Andres Roballo, head of Uruguay's National Drug Board, said last Thursday he will present a report to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights defending his country's decision to regulate marijuana markets. "We won't go back," he said. "Uruguay has embarked on a different path. Not only have we made proposals, we have also taken effective, concrete measures in a different sense."

Bermuda Poll Finds Rising Majority Support for Marijuana Law Reforms. Nearly eight out of 10 Bermudans want marijuana either decriminalized or legalized, up from seven out of 10 last year, according to a new Profiles of Bermuda poll. Almost 40% supported decriminalization number, and another 40% supported outright legalization. The number of people who want pot prohibition on the island to continue dropped from 27% to less than 20%. Click on the link for more poll details. 

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Canada: Column: My Employer Won't Let Me Work If I Use Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Jun 2015 - Are you facing a burning issue at work? Need help navigating that mine field? Let our Nine to Five experts help solve your dilemma. E-mail your questions to ninetofive@globeandmail.com. THE QUESTION
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Israel: Prof Considered Father Of Medical Marijuana Research

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 29 Jun 2015 - Raphael Mechoulam Has Spent the Last 50 Years Studying Cannabinoid Field He's known as the father of medicinal marijuana research, but if you call Prof. Raphael Mechoulam that, he'll just laugh. But the name sticks, as he's spent the past 50 years studying the cannabinoid field and is responsible for much of what we know today.
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CN BC: 'We're A Good Neighbour': Society

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 29 Jun 2015 - B.C. Compassion Club Society appealing to Vancouver councillors to not force them to move due to new regulations After considering shutting down their operations for good in light of new regulations on medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the B.C. Compassion Club Society is going to appeal to city councillors to stay put.
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CN ON: Ex-Public Servant Opens Pot Centre In Ottawa

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Jun 2015 - A former manager in Health Canada's old medical marijuana program is expected to open Ottawa's first National Access Cannabis (NAC) centre. The company first opened its doors in Victoria, B.C. in March and will officially open a second location Monday morning at 1111 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg.
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US MD: Medical Cannabis Moving Closer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 29 Jun 2015 - With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year. The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.
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US AZ: San Luis Commission To Reconsider Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 29 Jun 2015 - SAN LUIS, Ariz. - The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday once again to decide whether to recommend the San Luis City Council approve a conditional permit for the installation of a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 June 9 to recommend denial of a conditional use permit for the proposed dispensary at 708 N. Archibald St. However, that vote did not follow the rule that requires at least a four-person majority of the seven commissioners.
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US MN: Medical Pot Sales To Begin

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 29 Jun 2015 - (AP) - This week, Minnesota will be the latest state to enter the world of medical marijuana. Patients and advocates already have changes in mind, and clinics don't start selling the medicine until Wednesday. The state has some of the tightest restrictions in the country.
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US MN: Long Drives, High Costs Likely in Latest Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 29 Jun 2015 - (AP) - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients this week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. Instead, the nation's latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil. For the qualifying patients seeking relief from pain, medical marijuana advocates and some lawmakers, Wednesday isn't the finish line, but the first step. The state's restrictive approach, unseen in the industry, is expected to mean high costs, long drives and reluctant doctors.
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US CA: Most Pot Arrests Stem From Growing Size

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Jun 2015 - OROVILLE - As the first year of Measure A enters the summer, the number of cases involving Butte County's regulation of the size of medical marijuana grows has hit 512. As of Monday, the vast majority of the cases, 402, pertain to the size of the cultivation area, according to development services director Tim Snellings. He told the Board of Supervisors during last week's meeting most of the cases involve growing areas considerably larger than the sizes set by the voter-approved measure.
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US MA: Finally, Some Can Buy Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 28 Jun 2015 - Almost 32 months after Massachusetts voters approved a new law to legalize medical marijuana, pot was sold legally last week to patients in Salem from the first dispensary to open in the state. Supporters of the law cheered the opening, saying it was a long time coming.
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US IL: Debate Swirls Around Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:00
The Journal Standard, 28 Jun 2015 - DEBATE SWIRLS AROUND BILL TO DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA IN ILLINOIS If Mike Bonds had avoided misdemeanor convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana more than 15 years ago, he believes he might have been able to enlist in the U.S. Navy.
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US CA: Editorial: Pot Cases Prove Measure A Was Necessary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 28 Jun 2015 - Butte County voters got it right during the November 2014 election. That's the obvious conclusion after the first number crunching occurred related to Measure A. The review showed that 512 cases came to light in the first six months of the new ordinance. By Butte County's count, about 40 to 50 new cases come in weekly, and the county is expecting that rate to increase as the year goes on.
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US NY: Hein And Helsmoortel Support Proposed 'Kosher' Pot Farm

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 27 Jun 2015 - SAUGERTIES - Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel have sent letters to the state in support of a proposed pot farm that the developers say will observe "kosher customs" in producing medical marijuana for Jewish patients. The two elected leaders sent almost identical letters to state officials this month, asking for approval of NY Growing Partners' application for a marijuana-growing site on a Kings Highway property owned by town resident John Mullins
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CN BC: Column: Here In Psychedelic City, Itas Zoning And

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 27 Jun 2015 - This week Vancouver City Council approved a series of recommendations aimed at regulating the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. It is a complicated issue, which is why we at the City of Vancouver have attempted to address some of your most frequently asked questions:
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US CA: Pot Raids Uncover 'Egregious' Environmental Damage in

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 27 Jun 2015 - More than 86,500 marijuana plants were seized this week during a four-day eradication operation in the heart of Northern California's Emerald Triangle, where law enforcement officials from three counties also reported finding "egregious" environmental violations. The plants, along with cash, firearms and thousands of pounds of dried pot, were confiscated from the remote Island Mountain region where Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties meet. Some 30 to 40 people - mostly law enforcement officers from the three counties' sheriff's departments, assisted by Fish and Wildlife and a handful of National Guard officers - participated in the assault on what they say were obviously illegal growing operations, most of which included more than 1,000 plants each.
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