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US HI: Ending The War On Drugs

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 01 May 2016 - With Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Coming Soon, the Debate Shifts to Decriminalizing Some Drugs Thirteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, the state is finally forging ahead with licensing marijuana dispensaries, issuing licenses to eight applicants on Friday. As it has in other states, that policy shift could usher in a new era of social norms. Back in 1973, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cannibas for recreational use. Four decades later, Oregon voters said yes to legalizing marijuana, as Colorado and Washington had already done in 2012. Twenty states and Washington, D.C., have decriminalized marijuana possession.
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CN ON: Medicinal Cannabis Facility Takes No Risks

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 30 Apr 2016 - Leamington greenhouse accounts for 10% of Canada's medicinal marijuana production Aphria, a Leamington greenhouse facility, is more heavily secured than you would expect, with locks, security cameras, and fingerprint-scanning devices at every door.
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US DC: Editorial: What Needs to Happen Before We Legalize

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 30 Apr 2016 - Congress Should Create a New Federal Research Classification for Scientists. JUNE 30 could be a red-letter day for federal policy on marijuana: The Drug Enforcement Administration has promised to decide "in the first half of 2016" whether to change the drug's status under the Controlled Substances Act. At present, it is on Schedule 1, meaning it has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse" and is among "the most dangerous drugs . . . with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence," according to the DEA. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and ecstasy; and for many people, including those who have petitioned the DEA to "reschedule" pot, marijuana simply doesn't belong in that category-because it isn't that dangerous, and because, they argue, it has medicinal uses.
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CN BC: Naturopath Offers Insight Into Cannabis As Medical Treatment

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 29 Apr 2016 - As part of the Kelowna Capital News' ongoing series looking into various aspects of medicinal marijuana, reporter Kevin Parnell interviewed naturopathic doctor Chris Spooner, who operates a naturopathic clinic in Vernon and is now working alongside Lift Resource Centre, which provides information to patients about medicinal marijuana. Spooner has been in practice for 16 years. He acquired a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Victoria before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.
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CN ON: Defence On Marijuana Charges Go Up In Smoke

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Northern News, 29 Apr 2016 - A longtime local advocate for users of medical marijuana failed to convince a Superior Court judge in Timmins that drug charges police laid against him were unconstitutional. Robert Neron argued in his own defence that recent federal court rulings, including a decision in February striking down the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations in Canada, was directly applicable to his own case.
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CN BC: Dispensary Defies Closure

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Apr 2016 - Old marijuana shop is not in compliance with new rules One of Vancouver's oldest medical-marijuana dispensaries is vowing to defy the order to lock up shop by midnight Friday after being refused under the city's new regulatory regime.
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US IL: Editorial: Seize Chance to Decriminalize Personal-Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 29 Apr 2016 - Illinois lawmakers have a solid shot of passing a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana - and of seeing Gov. Bruce Rauner actually sign that legislation. Lawmakers last year sent Rauner a bill to make possession of up to 15 grams of pot a ticketable - rather than a criminal - offense, but Rauner vetoed it, saying it would allow people to carry too much pot and that stiffer fines than $55 to $125 were warranted.
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US CA: LA Physician Arrested For Peddling Pot Recommends

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 29 Apr 2016 - The Tulare County Sheriff's Department arrested a Los Angeles obstetrician-gynecologist on Tuesday for illegally issuing medical marijuana recommendations. Dr. Howard Ragland was taken into custody for two felony warrants which were issued after an investigation by the Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel team.
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CN ON: Medical Marijuana Company Focuses On Veterans

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 28 Apr 2016 - Veterans, civilians and first responders seeking relief from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other ailments through cannabis will have a new option for help next week. Set to open Monday on Discovery Avenue in Kingston's east side, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.'s new Kingston branch is to be the company's largest in Ontario.
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BC: WeeMedical Paying Visit To Council Chambers

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 28 Apr 2016 - They just won't go away. Those behind Chilliwack's first medical marijuana dispensary-which opened on March 19, was fined by city hall from day one, shuttered by police on April 5, reopened April 15, and then raided again April 18-are coming to city council on Tuesday.
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CN BC: Vancouver's Oldest Marijuana Shop Wins Appeal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 28 Apr 2016 - The oldest medicinal marijuana dispensary in Vancouver cleared a big hurdle Wednesday in its battle to keep its doors open for its 6,000 members and continue operating on Commercial Drive. The B.C. Compassion Club, which was founded in 1997 and moved to Commercial Drive in 1998, won its appeal Wednesday from the Board of Variance, overturning an earlier decision by the city that ruled the dispensary was too close to two schools to operate under the city's new regulations for pot shops.
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CN ON: OPED: Ottawa Dithers On New Marijuana Law

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 28 Apr 2016 - As I took the first draw on my vaporizer this April 20th, I found myself shaking my head, marvelling at the fact that I am now a user of marijuana for medical purposes. Having been diagnosed in early 2015 with a rare condition known a desmoid fibromatosis, I underwent a life-saving surgery to fix my bowels, which had burst as a result of a fast growing tumour. Weighing in at 11.34 kilograms (25 pounds), the tumour, while non-metastasizing, had all the markings of cancer and was thus treated like cancer. My recovery is being followed closely by a fantastic team of doctors at the Grand River Cancer Centre.
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US OH: Medical Pot Backers Want Ballot Issue

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 28 Apr 2016 - Patients, Caregivers Say Pending Ohio Bill Has Numerous Flaws. Even if Ohio lawmakers act swiftly on pending legislation to legalize pot as medicine, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana leaders on Wednesday said they'll keep pushing to put a constitutional amendment before voters this fall.
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CN ON: 'I'm Learning To Cope'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 28 Apr 2016 - Medical Marijuana Not Only Viable Business, But Helps Those In Need Farmers' plants are sprouting up a little more green than red in Leamington, Ont., these days. Once colloquially called the ketchup capital of Canada, many farmers in the southern Ontario town were left holding their empty tomato baskets when Heinz Canada moved its business south of the border in 2014, putting 750 people out of work.
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CN ON: Marijuana Shops Crop Up On The Danforth Like ...Weeds

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Beach-Riverdale Mirror, 28 Apr 2016 - Cannabis dispensaries are - for lack of a better way to put it - springing up like weeds near Danforth and Chester avenues. In the last six months, four marijuana retailers have opened their doors along the strip.
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US CA: Column: Eye-Opening Results

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - Is there a recommended type of cannabis for relieving glaucoma? - -DIC Good question. People have used marijuana to treat the symptoms of glaucoma for years. In fact, Robert Randall, the first person to receive medical marijuana from the U.S. government, suffered from glaucoma. Elvy Musikka, one of the four people left on the program, also uses cannabis to treat glaucoma.
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US NV: Licensed To Ill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - A Down and Dirty Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada It took me a grand total of about two hours and less than $70 to get my medical marijuana card. And then I was able to go to a dispensary, buy pot, and smoke it-fully compliant with Nevada law.
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US CA: Column: What's On Barack Obama's Marijuana Schedule?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 28 Apr 2016 - A lame duck with nothing to lose but his legacy, Barack Obama is now in the peculiar position of being America's most cannabis-friendly president. He has earned this title passively: by doing nothing. Obama did nothing when Washington and Colorado legalized recreational cannabis in 2012. He did nothing when Oregon and Alaska did the same in 2014. But in 2010, when recreational marijuana was legal nowhere and when drug agents seized a record number of marijuana plants, Obama's Justice Department also did next to nothing - vague threats of jail time and some threatening letters to property owners - which, at the time, was enough to help kill legalization in California and to slow down the growth of the state's weed industry for a couple of years. Never have a few pieces of certified mail had more effect.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:46

The DEA approves a PTSD medical marijuana study, a Senate committee votes to rein in the DEA on medical marijuana, a Utah poll has very strong support for medical marijuana, and more.

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Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to prevent the DEA from undermining state medical marijuana laws. The committee voted 21-8 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. After decades of inactivity on marijuana reform, Congress has moved at lightning pace to advance marijuana reform in recent years. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana. The Committee approved similar amendments last year as well as an amendment to allow state-legalized marijuana businesses to access banks and other financial services. The Mikulski amendment is expected to pass the full Senate as well as the House. Similar amendments were passed by Congress last year and the year before.

Last week, DEA approved a Colorado-funded study on marijuana and PTSD. It's the first time the agency has given permission to use raw marijuana in a controlled clinical trial for PTSD. Enrollment in the study could begin as early as next month. The study is one of nine funded by historic grants from the Colorado Health Department, which are in turn funded by medical and legal marijuana fees and tax revenues.

Connecticut

Last week, the House approved medical marijuana for kids. The House voted overwhelmingly last week to expand the state's four-year-old medical marijuana program to include children. The bill also includes a provision to create a Board of Physicians to review requests for new ailments to be added the list of qualifying conditions, which currently lists 17 diseases or syndromes. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Iowa

On Monday, a href="http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/gop-medical-cannabis-plan-voted-down/article_f665abe6-90a0-58d9-b756-fed6c88a88d8.html" target="_blank">a CBD medical marijuana expansion bill was killed. A Republican-backed bill to expand the number of ailments for which Iowans could use CBD cannabis oil was defeated in the House Monday. Democrats said the proposal did not go far enough, while some Republicans objected to any effort to legalize marijuana, medicinal or otherwise. The bill was defeated 61-36.

Montana

On Monday, the state Supreme Court delayed enforcement of its medical marijuana rollback. The state high court said it will delay enforcement of its February ruling dramatically rolling back the state's medical marijuana program. The court said its ruling would now not go into effect until August 31. Montana activists and medical marijuana industry spokesman have said the rollback would force the closure of dispensaries and leave patients in the lurch. Supporters are also working on an initiative campaign to put a revamped medical marijuana system before the voters in November.

Utah

On Wednesday, a new poll found strong support for medical marijuana. A new Utah Policy poll has two out of three (66%) of Utahns in favor of medical marijuana, with only 28% opposed. The poll comes after the legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill this year. If the legislators are listening to their constituents, they will pass it next year.

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Chronicle AM: NH Decrim Back From the Dead, 4/20 MJ Sales Topped $37.5 Million, More... (4/27/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:33

Americans spent a lot of money on weed for 4/20, Dana Rohrabacher endorses California's AUMU pot legalization initiative, New Hampshire decrim rises from the dead, and more.

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4/20 Pot Sales Hit $37.5 Million. Americans spent more than $37.5 million on legal marijuana purchases on the 4/20 stoner holiday, according to MJ Freeway, a global cannabis business seed-to-sale tracking software provider. That's up by more than 30% over 2015.

Conservative GOP Congressman Endorses California's AUMA Legalization Initiative. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has announced his support for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) legalization initiative. "As a Republican who believes in individual freedom, limited government and states' rights, I believe that it's time for California to lead the nation and create a safe, legal system for the responsible adult use of marijuana," said Rohrabacher. He is the second California congressman to endorse the initiative. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced his support last week.

Michigan House Approves Marijuana Drugged Driving Study Bill. The House voted 107-1 Tuesday to approve House Bill 5024, which would create a commission to research and recommend a threshold for THC that would establish evidence of impaired driving. The bill now goes to the Senate.

New Hampshire Decriminalization Reemerges. The decriminalization bill had been killed, but the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12-7 Tuesday to bring decrim back to life. The committee voted to amend Senate Bill 498, which deals with discretion in sentencing, to make possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. The bill will come before the House next month.

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Utah Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Marijuana. A new Utah Policy poll has two out of three (66%) of Utahns in favor of medical marijuana, with only 28% opposed. The poll comes after the legislature failed to pass a medical marijuana bill this year. If the legislators are listening to their constituents, they will pass it next year.

Law Enforcement

Family of Florida Man Slain in Marijuana Raid Awarded $500,000. The family of Derek Cruice, who was shot in the face and killed during a small-time marijuana raid in Deltona, Florida, in March 2015, will receive $500,000 in a settlement from Volusia County. Cruice was unarmed when he was shot in his living room by a Deltona police officer. The officer was never charged with a crime.

International

Israeli Police Won't Stop Busting People for Marijuana. Even though a former police commissioner has called for the country's police to reexamine their approach to marijuana in the face of increasing acceptance of its use, police aren't taking up the suggestion. Instead, police have decided that "enforcement policies should continue as they are." One police officer said he needed to be able to bust drug users in order to get at dealers.

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