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US HI: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Too Hard To Obtain

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Dec 2014 - It's been almost 15 years since the law was enacted, and Hawaii still doesn't know what to do with its medical marijuana program. It's actually less of a program than a policy, and that policy is: Hawaii residents can get a prescription for the drug, but filling it is another matter. If the state had the concern that it should about maintaining the integrity of the program and quality control for the drug it provides, lawmakers would finally finish the work they started in 2000 by establishing a regulated dispensary system. The fact that it hasn't yet done so means that anyone enrolled in the program is on their own, with no reasonable way to ensure the effectiveness or safety of what they're using.
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Chronicle AM: Cuomo Just Says No, Christie Talks Mandatory Treatment, Lebanese Hash Boom, More (12/22/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:13

Cuomo rejects legalization, Christie talks treatment instead of prison, New Hampshire takes a step toward getting dispensaries going, Lebanon's hash trade is booming, and more. Let's get to it:

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New York Governor Rejects Legalizing Pot, Cites Myth. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Sunday reiterated his opposition to freeing the weed. "I do not favor legalized marijuana," he said in a radio interview. "I do believe it can be a gateway drug." The "gateway theory" is widely considered to be a myth.

South Carolina Decriminalization Bill Pre-Filed. Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) has pre-filed a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the Palmetto State. Under the bill, possession of less than an ounce would be a civil infraction with a fine of between $100 and $200 for a first offense. Fines increase with subsequent offenses. The bill is H 3117.

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California Appeals Court Rules Concentrates Qualify as Medical Marijuana. The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled last week that "concentrated cannabis" qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use. The ruling came in People v. Mulcrevy, in which medical marijuana patients and probationer Sean Patrick Mulcrevy was accused of violating his probation because he was caught in possession of cannabis oil. Concentrated cannabis "is covered by the Compassionate Use Act, and there is insufficient evidence Mulcrevy violated his probation in light of that conclusion," the appeals court held unanimously.

New Hampshire Now Taking Dispensary Applications. The Department of Health and Human Services Friday released its request for applications for people who want a shot at operating one of the four "alternative treatment centers" contemplated under the state's medical marijuana laws. The state is divided into four geographic areas; each will be allowed one dispensary.

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Christ Christie: Drug War Has Failed, Treat Addiction as an Illness, Mandatory Treatment Needed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has spoken out again on drug policy, saying the state needs to embrace a dramatically different approach to drug use and addiction. "I think what we've seen over the last 30 years is it just hasn't worked," he said. "And there are some people who make one bad choice to try drugs one time and their particular chemistry leads them to be an addict from the minute they try it. So we need to treat it as a disease. And not having mandatory incarceration for non-violent offenders but having mandatory treatment is something that's going to yield a much greater result for society in general and for those individuals in particular." There's much more at the link.

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Lebanese Hash Trade Booming in Shadow of Syrian Civil War. Distracted by the civil war next door in Syria, Lebanese security forces have for the past two years refrained from their annual hash eradication campaigns, and now, well-armed leaders of the trade are confident enough to tell troops to stay away if they don't want trouble. "We are selling hashish, and if anyone from the government tries to come close to it, we'll kill them," said Ali Shamas, a spokesman for growers and sellers. "This year we had a good year." Because of oversupply due to lack of eradication, prices have dropped dramatically, but the trade is still lucrative, Shamas said. "All of my main growers made at least half a million dollars this year," he told The Daily Telegraph. Much more at the link.

Brazil Will Study Legalizing High CBD Medical Marijuana. The Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency said Friday it is going to start discussing whether to reclassify the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD). The announcement came one day after several dozen people protested in Brazilia to demand its reclassification and less than a month after the Federal Medical Council authorized neurologists and psychiatrists to prescribe CBD to epileptic children and teens who haven't responded to other treatments.

First Medical Marijuana Trials Get Underway in New South Wales. The state government announced Sunday that it has authorized clinical trials for medical marijuana. Those will be the first ever in Australia. NSW Premier Mike Baird said he expected hundreds of people to take part in the trial, and if it is successful at relieving pain and suffering, the government would consider importing marijuana or allowing it to be grown in the state.

New South Wales Bar Association Law Committee Calls for "Radical Rethink" of Drug Policy. The bar association's Criminal Law Committee is calling for a drug summit that will "radically rethink" Australia's approaches to drug use and the drug trade. The committee said that marijuana decriminalization is a start, but that "this would not remove the black market in drugs or respond to what we had found with respect to other illicit drugs." Instead, the best way to reduce drug- and prohibition-related harms would be "to replace the black market for drugs with a form of legal availability under a highly regulated system."

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CN ON: Former Factories Could Become Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - From sugar to pot? If may take a while, but the process has begun for medical marijuana grow operations to start sprouting up in Niagara Falls. The city's committee of adjustment approved two zoning variances for the former Redpath Sugar plant on Garner Rd. and the former Kimberly Clark factory on Victoria Ave.
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CN ON: 'Residents Deserve To Have Their Voices Heard'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - Councillor unhappy with way pot proposal dealt with, mayor says proper guidelines followed Residents and councillors should have been given more information about two medical marijuana applications that went before the city's committee of adjustment, says Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni.
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US: Society Split Over Legalizing Pakalolo

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws.
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US CO: Marijuana To Kick Off Commissioners' Agenda

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 22 Dec 2014 - The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is set to take up a measure attempting to limit the number of marijuana plants in home-based grows. The proposed zoning measure was delayed Dec. 10. It proposed that the number of medical marijuana plants grown by individual caregivers be limited to 18 in a private home, 12 in an apartment or duplex and that outdoor growing be limited to agricultural zones in the county.
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US HI: Hawaii Law Lacks Clarity On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - Fourteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, there is still no legal way for patients to obtain pot without growing it themselves. The 2000 law also is silent on how the state's 13,000 patients can get the seeds for plants they are allowed to grow.
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US MA: Sites Eyed South of Boston for Medical Marijuana Sales

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 21 Dec 2014 - Four communities south of Boston could soon become the hosts of medical marijuana businesses, as groups across Massachusetts bid for the final approvals they need to enter the state's fledgling pot industry. Ermont is seeking to open a combined medical marijuana dispensary and growing facility in Quincy, while In Good Health is attempting to locate a combined facility in Brockton.
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US NY: State Proposes Rules For Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 21 Dec 2014 - New York officials on Thursday proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in July. It authorizes patients with certain diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized.
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US CA: Defendant Rolls The Dice On Pot Penalty

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec 2014 - After His Conviction on Six Felony Counts Related to Marijuana Distribution, a Father Agonizes Over Strategy. Noah Kleinman faced his moment of reckoning: Should he tell a federal judge his marijuana dispensaries were just a front to distribute bulk marijuana and make hundreds of thousands of dollars? Or stick to his claim of innocence?
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US HI: Growing Pains

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 21 Dec 2014 - Years After Hawaii's Landmark Medical Marijuana Law, Patients Still Struggle to Get the Drug Legally After allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in 2000, Hawaii was widely envisioned to be the first state that would legalize marijuana in America.
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US: Suit Shows Resistance To Legalized Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 21 Dec 2014 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Say Trafficking Up Since Colorado Allowed Sales DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.
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Canada: The Pot Stock Problem: One Company's Actions And An Industry

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Dec 2014 - Meet CEN Biotech, the company that wants to become the $5-billion king of Canada's new medical marijuana industry. But there are serious questions about its conduct in capital markets, raising concerns about the federal government's oversight of the sector. With the eyes of the world on Canada's decision to privatize medical marijuana production, how much does Health Canada know about the companies it is licensing? On June 30, in a packed conference room in Denver, Bill Chaaban - a man known to his legions of followers as "Wild Bill" - took the stage to a rousing ovation. The room was filled with investors hungry for the stock market's next big thing. And Mr. Chaaban knew how to play to a crowd.
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US FL: Medical-pot Rules To Be Rewritten Hearing Set

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Dec 2014 - The Florida Department of Health will not appeal a judge's ruling that it must write new regulations for medical marijuana and instead announced a public hearing on the matter for Orlando on Dec. 30. The hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - or perhaps later - at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive in Orlando, officials said.
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US: Lawsuit Shows Resistance To Legalization Of Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:00
Morning Journal, 20 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws.
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US: Lawsuit Reveals Staunchest Opponents Of Legalized Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 20 Dec 2014 - Social Conservatives, Law Enforcement Ready for Court Fight. DENVER - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement.
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Chronicle AM: Lebanon Ag Min Says Legalize Hash, NY MedMJ Regs, "Baby Bou Bou" Medical Bill, More (12/19/14)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:36

New York officials have released draft medical marijuana regs, and advocates aren't too impressed, Lebanon's agriculture minister says it's time to legalize it, Bolivia's president criticizes Mexico's drug war, "Baby Bou Bou" has a million-dollar medical bill, and more. Let's get to it:

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Missouri KC NORML Legalization Petition Needs Editing to Get Official Approval. The KC NORML legalization initiative petition is in for a tune-up after the secretary of state's office rejected it for minor stylistic issues, including incorrect underlining and brackets. Organizers say they will rework and resubmit shortly. There's also another Missouri legalization initiative in the works, courtesy of Show Me Cannabis, but the KC NORML initiative is less restrictive, and less restrictive than the legalization schemes in any of the states that have legalized it so far.

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New York State Issues Medical Marijuana Regulations; Advocates Not Too Impressed. The Department of Health released draft medical marijuana regulations today, but advocates say they are too tight. "New York will be one of the more restrictive programs in the country, which could inhibit patients from getting the relief they need," the Drug Policy Alliance complained. Click on the title link for details on the draft regs.

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Public Hearing Set for Orange County, NY, Misdemeanor Asset Forfeiture Ordinance. The public will have one last chance to voice objections to a local asset forfeiture already approved on a party-line vote by the county legislature. The ordinance would allow the county to confiscate assets from those convicted of even misdemeanor drug crimes. The ordinance has been criticized by defense attorneys and others not only for the misdemeanor provision, but also because it would allow for civil asset forfeiture without a criminal conviction. A public hearing is set for December 29. Click on the link for meeting details.

Law Enforcement

Family of Infant Burned by Flash-Bang Grenade in Botched Drug Raid Faces A Million Dollar Medical Bill. It has cost a million dollars so far to undo the damage done to toddler Bounkham Phonesavanh when a Georgia SWAT team member tossed a flash-bang grenade into his crib during a drug raid in which the party sought wasn't even there. Habersham County officials have refused to pay the medical bills, and the family has no means of paying them.

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Lebanese Agriculture Minister Calls for Legalization of Hash Farming. Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb called today for the legalization of marijuana so the state can benefit from hash export revenues. "We are conducting studies on [how to] organize this type of agriculture so that it becomes monitored by the state, and thus the state can buy the harvest and export it to the countries that need it," Chehayeb said in a morning interview with a local radio station. "Instead of prosecuting the farmers, let's find other solutions for them," he said. "The planting of cannabis must be organized to benefit the state and the industrial sector, and it is one way of helping the farmers." Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt made a similar call earlier this week.

Peru Eradicates Record Amount of Coca. Peruvian officials announced today that they eradicated 77,000 acres of coca crops this year, the highest total since eradication programs began in 1983. But they didn't touch the country's largest coca producing area, the valleys of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM) in south-central Peru. The UNODC says Peru is the world's largest coca producer, and the DEA says it is the world's largest cocaine producer.

Bolivian President Criticizes Mexico's "Failed" Drug War Policies. President Evo Morales said Mexico's failed model for fighting the drug war, citing the recent incident where 43 teachers' college students were disappeared and are presumed dead at the hands of corrupt police working with drug gangs. "The market for cocaine is generally in industrialized and developing countries. But… look at what is happening in Colombia, and especially how it is in Mexico," said Morales. "The recent events [in Ayotzinapa-Mexico], I still think that [the forced disappearance of the students] is a failed model, a model of free market that is unfortunately subject to the US. empire. And now there are deep problems. "We do not want to have this kind of problem in Bolivia, of organized crime. It seems that crime groups are above the state. In some regions, not even with the presence of military bases can one fight drug trafficking," he said at a graduation ceremony for National Police cadets.

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CN MB: Feds Charge Too Much For Pot, Users Say

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Dec 2014 - New rules limit medicinal producers OTTAWA'S new rules for obtaining medical marijuana are getting under the skin of some local medicinal users. Richard Barahona, 44, was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago. He tried more traditional methods of treatment but found they were either worsening his condition or not working.
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Canada: The Pot Stock Bubble

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Dec 2014 - Marijuana Inc. Part one of a two-part series on the rise of medical marijuana as big business in Canada. Inside the rush to profit from medical marijuana Dennis Arsenault couldn't believe what he was seeing. When his company, OrganiGram Inc., made its debut on the TSX Venture Exchange this summer, the shares suddenly shot up.
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US: States Sue Colorado For Making Pot Legal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Dec 2014 - LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying Thursday the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said the states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution's supremacy clause, which says federal laws trump state laws.
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