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US PA: Senator's First-hand Marijuana Research

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 Aug 2014 - Leach Looks into Colorado Bill's Details, Samples the Product. On a state-funded trip to Denver last week, Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach aimed to study every aspect of Colorado's legal marijuana industry. Even the customer side.
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CN ON: Man Gives Up Hunger Strike

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 02 Aug 2014 - But Continues Fight for Equitable Access to Medical Pot Alexander Stewart has given up his hunger strike, but he hasn't given up the fight for more equitable access to medical marijuana. At the urging of his family, Stewart, 54, ate some soup, peaches and a slice of pizza Thursday.
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Chronicle AM -- August 1, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 20:39

The New York Times isn't done talking about marijuana, a House committee hears about stoned driving, you can comment now on Maryland's draft medical marijuana regulations, federal asset forfeiture and overdose prevention bills get introduced, and more. Let's get to it:

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New York Times Has a Week's Worth of Legalization Editorials. The Times's editorial last Sunday calling for the end of federal marijuana prohibition, Repeal Prohibition, Again, was only the beginning. Throughout this week, the "newspaper of record" has kept at it -- and there's still more to come. The other editorials printed so far are Let States Decide on Marijuana, The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests, The Federal Marijuana Ban is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia, and What Science Says About Marijuana. Still to come are editorials addressing track records and regulation. There is also a blog post providing background on the Times's decision to endorse legalization.

House Holds Hearing on Stoned Driving. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing yesterday on driving under the influence of marijuana, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Operating While Stoned," but the upshot was that the federal government has very little information about stoned driving and little basis for setting a legal limit for marijuana impairment. "No one is arguing that [driving while high is] a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that we don't have a lot of data," said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly. "[Public policy has] got to be based on science, and we need more of it." Researchers testifying before the committee agreed. Click on the hearing link to watch the whole thing.

Washington Attorney General Intervenes in I-502 Lawsuits. Attorney General Bob Ferguson yesterday moved to intervene in three marijuana lawsuits filed against the cities of Wenatchee and Fife, which have passed local ordinances barring the operation of retail marijuana outlets. An opinion released by Ferguson in January concluded that I-502 does not bar localities from banning such businesses, so it appears he will be siding with the localities.

More Michigan Towns to Vote on Marijuana Reform Measures. Three more Michigan communities have joined the list of towns and cities that will vote on municipal legalization measures. Saginaw, Clare, and Harrison all have measures that have qualified for the ballot. In Saginaw, up to an ounce would be legalized; in Clare and Harrison, up to 2.5 ounces. More than a dozen Michigan communities are expected to vote on reform measures in November.

Portland, Oregon, Moves to Tax Marijuana Before It's Even Legal. The city of Portland has created a marijuana advisory committee in anticipation of voters legalizing marijuana statewide in November. The committee is discussing where to allow pot shops, but it is also moving to create a city sales tax -- and it has to do that before the November election because the language of the New Approach Oregon initiative does not allow cities to impose taxes beyond the state tax it imposes. The thinking is that if a tax is passed before the election, it can be grandfathered in.

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Maryland Medical Marijuana Draft Regulations are Now Available -- And You Have Until Tuesday to Comment. Maryland's medical marijuana commission has released draft regulations for cultivators and physicians. The Marijuana Policy Project has some problems with them, including calls for an "unnecessary" training course on medical marijuana for all certifying physicians, mandatory drug testing for patients, and a requirement that doctors specify dosage and strain type. These are draft regulations, but the period for comment on the draft ends Tuesday. Interested parties can email the commission to register their comments.

Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act Picks Up New Cosponsor. House Resolution 4498, the Legitimate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, has picked up a fourth cosponsor, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The bill, sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act and block the act from being used against medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Sentencing

Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014 Picks Up New Cosponsor. Senate Bill 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, has picked up its 31st cosponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill would allow judges in some cases to sentence without regard to mandatory minimums, reduce mandatory minimums, and allow people sentenced for crack offenses after the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act went into effect to seek sentence reductions.

Harm Reduction

Senator Jack Reed Introduces Overdose Prevention Act. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and four Democratic cosponsors today introduced the Overdose Prevention Act, which would expand overdose prevention services and providing funding for access to the overdose reversal drug naloxone. The bill is not yet up on the congressional web site.

Asset Forfeiture

Rep. Tim Walberg Introduces Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has filed House Resolution 5212, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act. The bill would raise the standard of proof necessary for the government to seize property and reinstate due process so the government is required to  prove a property owner's involvement in criminal activity. This is the second asset forfeiture reform bill filed in as many weeks. Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) filed the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) ACT, Senate Bill 2644, which would require the government to prove with clear and convincing evidence that the property it wishes to forfeit is connected with a crime.

Law Enforcement

Justice Department Report Scolds DEA for Leaving Student in Cell for Five Days. A Justice Department report on the detention of San Diego student Daniel Chong, who was left unattended in a holding cell for five days at a DEA office there, has concluded that the DEA did not take simple measures to ensure that detainees are not forgotten. The report also slammed the agency for having the same agents who left Chong in the cell conduct the investigation into how it happened. Chong earlier received a $1.4 million payout from the DEA to settle a lawsuit he brought against the agency.

International

Russian Drug Agency Proposes Giving Social Benefits to Recovering Drug Users. In something of a surprise move, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service has proposed providing free housing, food subsidies, and home health care to help recovering drug users progress in their rehabilitation. The bill would add drug addicts to a list of categories of people considered socially vulnerable, such as senior citizens and people with disabilities. The proposal has drawn harsh criticism from opponents, who argue that it would encourage drug use.

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US FL: Column: Moms' Pot-For-Kids Campaign Seeks Help For Children

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 01 Aug 2014 - April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug's legal use. While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, also known as CBD, suggests it's a potent anticonvulsant with few dangerous side effects. That could help save the life of her son, Isaac, who has 30 seizures or so a day and suffers with kidney damage from his present treatments, she said.
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US FL: OPED: Amendment 2 Not About Relief, It's About

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 01 Aug 2014 - Proponents have argued that Amendment 2 is about providing compassionate care for people who have debilitating symptoms, pain, or are dying. But if compassionate care were what the amendment is only about, then the authors would have specifically cited non-euphoric medical weed in the amendment's language.
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US IL: Column: Medical Pot Shops Are No Big Deal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 01 Aug 2014 - You'd think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open. A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a four-year pilot program allowing patients suffering from specific maladies to obtain, with a doctor's OK, therapeutic doses of marijuana. The marijuana will be sold at dispensaries accessible only to patients.
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US FL: OPED: Implementing A Medical Marijuana Law Is Key

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 01 Aug 2014 - Despite polls showing that eight out of 10 Floridians are for it, one of the most controversial and talked-about issues this November election is medical marijuana. This is my first time saying this in a public forum but here it is: I'm for it too. I, like most voters, believe that if a doctor recommends a course of treatment to a patient - whether it's an exercise regime, a multivitamin, a new diet, or marijuana - that patient should be able to follow their doctor's orders without having to fear being arrested. Period.
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US CA: Editorial: The Medical Marijuana Mess

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 01 Aug 2014 - Nearly two decades after California voters legalized medical marijuana, legislators are as close as they've ever been to passing the first comprehensive statewide regulations for the cultivation, transportation and distribution of the drug. This is long past due. State leaders should not let another year go by without fixing the medical marijuana mess. And it is a mess. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 encouraged state leaders to implement a plan to regulate safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to patients. But they were late to act and then developed ineffective guidelines. As a result, California has a patchwork of local rules governing dispensaries, but virtually no regulations on how marijuana is grown or processed, and few consumer protections for a product that, ostensibly, is for sick people.
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US CA: County To Reconsider Marijuana Letter Policy

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Calaveras Enterprise, 01 Aug 2014 - A Calaveras County Public Health Department manager says her agency will work out a way to allow applicants for medical marijuana ID cards to retain the original copy of their doctor recommendation. Some medical marijuana advocates complained this year when the department began keeping the originals, something patients said caused problems later when they went to dispensaries.
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US FL: OPED: Voters Must Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 01 Aug 2014 - Despite polls showing that eight out of ten Floridians are for it, one of the most controversial and talked about issues this November election is medical marijuana. This is my first time saying this in a public forum but here it is: I'm for it too. I, like most voters, believe that if a doctor recommends a course of treatment to a patient -- whether it's an exercise regime, a multivitamin, a new diet, or marijuana -- that patient should be able to follow their doctors orders without having to fear being arrested. Period.
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US CA: Editorial: Mixed Messages From White House Worsen The Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Merced Sun-Star, 01 Aug 2014 - Colorado and Washington are blazing the trail, the first states to legalize recreational pot. But one thing remains the same on this new frontier the muddled, sometimes contradictory, stand on marijuana from the Obama administration. The zigs and zags in federal policy are making it more difficult for those states to make legalization work, and have also contributed mightily to California's continuing medical marijuana mess.
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Chronicle AM -- July 31, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:24

One study finds that Colorado is doing just fine with marijuana legalization, another finds that kids aren't smoking more pot in medical marijuana states, there's trouble in Albuquerque, Detroit police go on yet another well-publicized mass drug sweep, Marc Emery vows revenge, and more. Let's get to it:

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Brookings Institution Report Finds Colorado's Legalization is Succeeding. The Brookings Institution's Center for Effective Public Management today released a report on how well Colorado is managing marijuana legalization. The title of the report, "Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana is Succeeding," pretty much spells it out. "The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy," according to the report authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies. "In doing so, it has made intelligent decisions about regulatory needs, the structure of distribution, prevention of illegal diversion, and other vital aspects of its new market. It has made those decisions in concert with a wide variety of stakeholders in the state." Click on the link to read the full report.

Georgia Libertarian Party Endorses Marijuana Legalization. The Libertarian Party of Georgia says "legalize it." In a Wednesday press release, the party came out four-square for legalization. "Georgia voters should be allowed to vote on the issue", said state party chair Doug Craig. "If the voters were allowed to vote we believe they would vote to legalize. Rights should never be determined by popular vote, but polling gives us a good indication on where the public stands on the issue. As Libertarians, we support giving the public the freedom to choose. Lawmakers should study the issue and allow public input into forming a better policy that stops treating otherwise law abiding citizens as criminals."

Albuquerque Decriminalization Initiative Up in the Air After City Messes Up Signature Requirements. What a mess! The city of Albuquerque told initiative organizers they needed 11,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, so to ensure that they had a comfortable cushion, organizers turned in 16,000 signatures. Then, two days after signatures were handed in, the city said it had made a mistake, and organizers needed 14,000 signatures to qualify. The measure could still qualify, but if it comes up with more than 11,000 valid signatures, but less than the 14,000 needed to make the ballot, look for legal action.

East Lansing, Michigan, Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Turns in Signatures. The Coalition for a Safer East Lansing turned in about 2,300 signatures for its decriminalization initiative Tuesday. If they end up with enough valid signatures to qualify, the measure will go on the ballot in November. Similar efforts are afoot in more than a dozen other Michigan towns and cities.

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National Bureau of Economic Research Report Finds Medical Marijuana Has Not Led to More Teen Use. The finding comes in the working paper Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students. In fact, estimates from our preferred specification are small, consistently negative, and are never statistically distinguishable from zero," the authors said.

Drug Policy

Broad Coalition Forms to Highlight Plight of Drug War's Youngest Victims. More than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. They have all signed on to a letter of support for new policies. The signatories -- which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Working Families Organization -- are notable for their diversity in cause and focus, yet have come together around the issue of the drug war's impact on youth, at home and abroad. Click here for a full list of supporters.

Law Enforcement

Detroit Police in Yet Another Militarized Drug Blitz. In the latest in a series of mass raids under the rubric of "Operation Restore Order," heavily armored Detroit Police SWAT teams and other officers targeted the Ninth Precinct on the city's east side today. More than a hundred police were involved. The first house they hit had no drugs, the second contained some weapons and drug paraphernalia, the third resulted in the seizure of a couple dozen crack rocks.

One Seattle Police Officer Wrote 80% of Marijuana Tickets; Now, He's Off the Streets. One police officer who apparently doesn't think much of Washington's marijuana legalization law -- he wrote snide remarks on some of the tickets -- is responsible for a whopping 80% of all public pot smoking tickets written by the Seattle Police in the last six months. In one instance, Officer Randy Jokela used a coin toss to decide whom he would cite. He has been assigned to other duties while the department's Office of Professional Accountability investigates.

International

Marc Emery Vows Political Revenge on Canadian Conservatives. Out of prison in the US, but still stuck in an American deportation center awaiting his return to Canada, "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery is vowing political revenge on Canada's Conservatives. He has served nearly five years in federal prison for selling marijuana seeds after the Conservatives allowed him to be extradited from Canada. "My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home and campaign against the Conservative government," Emery said. "The whole thing is nonsense. I should never have been turned over to the US government," said the fervent Liberal supporter. Canadian elections are next year.

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CN BC: Council Takes Role In Grow Approvals

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 31 Jul 2014 - Dubious distinction or not, future medical marijuana magnates will have to go before council if they want to set up shop. On Wednesday night, city council blazed through a unanimous vote to move to the public hearing stage a draft zoning bylaw restricting where new federally licensed production facilities can go.
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US FL: Column: Support For Marijuana Will Influence Elections

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 31 Jul 2014 - Forget about Rick Scott and Charlie Crist duking it out over who makes the better governor. It's the fight over marijuana legalization that serves as the backdrop for the elections in Florida this fall. With polls showing more than 60 percent of voters support the legalization of medical marijuana, Florida may soon venture into the weeds by joining 23 other states and the District of Columbia in passing laws that make different varieties of pot partially legal.
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US NY: Cuomo Seeks Fast Track For Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 31 Jul 2014 - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday asked the state Health Department to expedite availability of medical marijuana for children suffering from epilepsy. His action was met with approval by Wendy Conte, whose daughter, Anna, 9, of Orchard Park, died 12 days after the governor signed the Compassionate Care Act into law July 5. That made New York the 23rd state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
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US FL: Medical-pot Growers Could Truck Product To Patients, Proposal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 31 Jul 2014 - TALLAHASSE - Florida marijuana dispensers could truck their product to patients, under a revised rule proposed by health regulators in advance of a workshop Friday about the state's legalization of a limited type of medical pot. Despite complaints by nursery owners, lobbyists and others at a rule-making workshop earlier this month, health officials aren't backing away from a lottery-based system to choose the recipients of the five licenses planned. The competition is drawing operators and investors from around the world.
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Canada: Reasonable Doubt: Liam McKnight And Canada's Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 31 Jul 2014 - LIAM MCKNIGHT HAS Dravet syndrome. Clinically, it is known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. It is a rare form of epilepsy that causes severe and frequent seizures. It also leads to an increase in risk of sudden death among children. There are also a number of collateral restrictions to a child's cognitive and physical development. Treatment options are limited. Prognosis is poor.
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US OK: Marijuana Petition In Pryor

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Pryor Daily Times, 31 Jul 2014 - Pryor Times - Prohibition does not work. This is the mantra of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Prohibition, which is circulating a petition to decriminalize medical marijuana. The organization assisted another advocacy group who set up a petition table in Pryor last weekend.
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US MN: Law Now Passed, Woodbury Family Explores Medical

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
Woodbury Bulletin, 31 Jul 2014 - A path Jessica Hauser never expected to be traveling is moving her and her family toward a crossroads. The journey began when the Woodbury woman's son, Wyatt, was diagnosed seven months into his young life with an epileptic condition called infantile spasms.
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US CA: Editorial: An End To Prohibition

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 31 Jul 2014 - The CN&R Has Long Championed Marijuana Legalization at the Federal Level, and Now the New York Times Agrees Readers who have been with us for a long time know that, from the CN&R's inception in 1977, we have decried the modern prohibition against marijuana and argued for the its legalization. We've consistently asked: What is worse, smoking pot or getting busted, thrown in jail and saddled with a criminal record for doing so? The answer seems obvious, and yet in 2012 more than 658,000 people were arrested nationwide for marijuana possession.
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