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US OH: Column: Is Medical Marijuana Right For Ohio?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 03/27/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 27 Mar 2016 - Ohio may once again debate the pros and cons of marijuana this year, but not in the same context as in 2015. This time around, many believe it will focus on the medicinal use of marijuana and that use only. Currently there is talk about two different groups that may bring the medical marijuana issue into play for Ohioans. First the legislature, both House and Senate, is taking up this issue this spring and summer. Each is asking for both citizen and business input as to the merits of medical marijuana use in Ohio, and if there are any particular concerns either of those two constituencies have if our state's elected leaders should decide to pass some form of medical-related legislation.
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US: White House Drug Czar: Legalized Pot Not Ok

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
Wakefield Observer, 26 Mar 2016 - WASHINGTON - The White House's focus on treatment for drug addiction instead of criminal prosecution of addicts has not altered the Obama administration's stance on legalization of marijuana. Michael Botticelli, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, this week reiterated the administration's opposition to state efforts to legalize marijuana. He testified before a House panel examining federal and state responses to the heroin and opioid crisis.
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US KS: Garden City Marijuana Advocate Sues State Over Son's

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
Wichita Eagle, 26 Mar 2016 - Shona Banda Is Suing the State, Other Agencies She Claims They Violated Her Constitutional Rights to Parent Her Son, Treat Disease The Garden City mother who has become a face of the medicinal marijuana legalization movement in Kansas is suing the state and some of the agencies involved in questioning and removing her 11-year-old son from her home last spring after he spoke up about her cannabis use at school.
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US PA: PA. Senate: House Pot Bill Flawed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
The Times-Tribune, 26 Mar 2016 - HARRISBURG (AP) - Some key Senate backers of medical marijuana legalization are expressing concern about a marijuana bill passed by the House last week, raising the possibility of a delay in getting the drug into the hands of Pennsylvania patients suffering from conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. Senate staff and lawyers found what they say are numerous flaws in the legislation passed by the House last week.
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US PA: Senate Backers of Medical Marijuana Cite Flaws in House

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
The Citizens' Voice, 26 Mar 2016 - HARRISBURG (AP) - Some key Senate backers of medical marijuana legalization are expressing concern about a marijuana bill passed by the House last week, raising the possibility of a delay in getting the drug into the hands of Pennsylvania patients suffering from conditions like cancer and epilepsy. Senate staff and lawyers found what they say are numerous flaws in the legislation passed by the House last week. Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, who sponsored the initial bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last year, might press for changes and another vote by both chambers instead of agreeing to the House version and sending it to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.
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US FL: Scott Approves Medical Pot For Terminally Ill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 26 Mar 2016 - Sponsor Says Governor Has 'Heart & Compassion' TALLAHASSEE With Floridians poised to vote this fall on broad legalization of medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to have access to marijuana as they try to ease suffering.
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US CA: Struggling California Desert Towns Seek Bonanza With

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 03/26/2016 - 07:00
Lodi News-Sentinel, 26 Mar 2016 - DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Two years ago, in this desolate Coachella Valley town surrounded by scraggly mesquite, voters heartily endorsed marijuana as a cure for their ailing economy. For decades, Desert Hot Springs had relied on its steaming mineral waters to lure tourists to local motels for healing baths and spa treatments. But the town of 28,000 mostly suffered. A third of its residents lived in poverty, and the city filed for municipal bankruptcy in 2001. A housing bust seven years later deepened the fallout.
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Chronicle AM: New AP Poll Has 61% for Pot Legalization, PA MedMJ Bill Not a Done Deal Yet, More... (3/25/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 20:55

Sixty-one percent of respondents said "legalize it" in a new AP poll -- sort of -- Vermont's pro-legalization governor attacks the Massachusetts legalization initiative, a Georgia CBD bill dies, a drug war justice caravan begins heading from Central America to the UN in New York, and more.

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New AP Poll Has Record Support for Legalization. A new survey released today from the Associated Press and University of Chicago has a whopping 61% saying they support marijuana legalization. But there is some nuance in the poll. Some 24% of legalization supporters said it should be available "only with a medical prescription," and 43% said there should be "restrictions on purchase amounts." About a third of legalization supporters said there should be no restrictions.

Vermont's Pro-Legalization Governor Slags Massachusetts Legalization Initiative. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), who supports a carefully crafted legalization bill in his own state, is taking pot-shots at the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative next door in Massachusetts. "The [Vermont] bill's approach is in stark contrast to the one proposed in the Massachusetts referendum that will be voted on in November, which would allow edibles that have caused huge problems in other states, smoking lounges, home delivery service, and possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana. Vermont's bill allows none of that," Shumlin wrote in a blog post on his official webpage. "If Massachusetts moves forward with their legalization bill while Vermont delays, the entire southern part of our state could end up with all the negatives of a bad pot bill and none of the positives of doing the right thing." The Massachusetts folks were not impressed, with initiative campaign manager Jim Borghesani retorting that Shumlin is obsessed with edibles and is "falling into the same exaggerations when it comes to edibles that a lot of people have."

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Georgia CBD Expansion Bill Dies on Last Day of Session. A bill that would have made the state's CBD cannabis oil law workable by allowing companies outside the state to ship it into Georgia has died as the legislative session ended. The bill, House Bill 722, was defeated earlier in the session, but sponsor Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) managed to add it as an amendment to another bill in a last ditch effort to get it through. That didn't work either.

Pennsylvania State Senators Have Issues With House Version of Medical Marijuana Bill. Key senators are expressing reservations about the medical marijuana bill passed by the House last week and may press for changes that would require another vote by both chambers. It had been hoped that the Senate would simply vote to approve the House bill, but Senate bill sponsor Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) suggested the flaws in the House bill needed to be fixed first.

International

'No More Drug War' Caravan to Visit Five Impacted Countries on way to UN Session in NY. Starting in Honduras on March 28th, the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice will travel through El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States with the goal of reaching New York City on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs beginning on April 19. Made up of a diverse group of people including victims of the drug war, families who have lost relatives to violence or incarceration, human rights defenders, journalists, faith leaders, activists and others, the Caravan will travel through some of the places most affected by the war on drugs with the purpose of giving way to an inclusive, collective and open dialogue on drug policy and creating alternatives to the failed prohibitionist regime.

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Canada: Ottawa Won't Appeal Court Ruling on Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Mar 2016 - Ottawa has decided not to appeal a Federal Court ruling that struck down a ban on patients growing their own medical marijuana, and instead will rewrite its rules by the end of the summer to make cannabis more affordable and accessible to patients. Health Minister Jane Philpott told reporters outside Parliament on Thursday - the deadline for appealing last month's landmark ruling - that the government will meet the Aug. 24 deadline set by the court to update its regulations.
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Canada: Ottawa Won't Appeal Homegrown Pot Edict

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Mar 2016 - OTTAWA- The federal government will not appeal a Federal Court decision that struck down a ban on medicinal marijuana patients growing their own pot, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday. Speaking outside the Commons, Philpott said Ottawa respects the decision handed down in February.
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Canada: Gov't Won't Appeal Court Ruling on Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Mar 2016 - OTTAWA - The federal government will not appeal a Federal Court decision which struck down a ban on medicinal marijuana patients growing their own pot, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday. Speaking outside the Commons, Philpott said the government respects the February decision.
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US FL: Column: Medical Marijuana in Florida: Where Are We

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 25 Mar 2016 - Two years ago, the medical marijuana constitutional amendment was on the ballot. Even though a majority of Florida voters supported it - 58 percent - it failed to meet the 60 percent threshold needed for passage. There was a strong and well-financed opposition that relied on doomsday scenarios and scare tactics. Others who opposed the measure did so by saying the change should be done by the Legislature in statute, not by the Florida Constitution.
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US PA: Pa. Medical Marijuana Still In Flux

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 03/25/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Mar 2016 - Senate Republicans say the House passed a bill so altered that it might need reworking, further delaying its trip to Wolf's desk. A week after the Pennsylvania House of Representatives took a long-awaited vote to legalize medical marijuana, key backers are worried that the law's implementation could be slowed or even derailed by last-minute changes to the measure.
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Chronicle AM: TN Pregnant Women Drug Law Fails, AR Welfare Drug Testing Starting, More... (3/24/16)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 21:17

An asset forfeiture reform bill moves in New Hampshire, Arkansas and West Virginia advance welfare drug testing, a global commission on public health calls for drug decriminalization, and more.

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Louisiana House Committee Approves Bill to Set Up Medical Marijuana Shops. The House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday approved House Bill 446, sponsored by Rep. H. Bernard LeBas (D-Ville Platte). The bill would create a licensing scheme for the distribution of medical marijuana products. The bill now heads for a House floor vote. It must still be approved by the Senate.

More Michigan Protests Over Dispensary Raids. Dozens of patients, advocates, and supporters took to the steps of the state capitol in Lansing Tuesday to protest a new wave of raids by the Michigan State Police and local narcotics teams. Both state Sen. Coleman Young (D-Detroit) and Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) addressed the crowd.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Kentucky Senate Restores Funding for Heroin Fight. The Senate Wednesday agreed to restore $12 million in funding for anti-heroin efforts that had been proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin (R), but cut by the House last week. House Democrats had slashed the $32 million over two years proposed by the governor to $20 million. Now, the House and Senate will have to thrash out the difference in conference committee.

Asset Forfeiture

New Hampshire House Approves Bill to End Civil Asset Forfeiture. The House Wednesday approved House Bill 636, which would require a criminal conviction before assets could be seized and which would move seized goods from the drug forfeiture fund to the state's general fund. Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is threatening to veto the bill, saying that because of the state's opioid crisis, this isn't the time to eliminate law enforcement resources.

Drug Policy

Hawaii Lawmakers Take Up Resolution Urging Study on Drug Decriminalization. The House Judiciary Committee today is hearing a resolution, HCR 127, that calls on the state's Legislative Research Bureau to "conduct a study on the feasibility and advisability of decriminalizing the illegal possession of drugs for personal use in Hawaii" so that it "would constitute an administrative or civil violation rather than a criminal offense." If the resolution passes both chambers, the study would be due before year's end to be ready for next year's legislative session. The study would examine Portugal's experience with decriminalization as a possible model for the state.

Drug Testing

Arkansas Welfare Drug Testing to Begin Within Days. The head of the Department of Workforce Services, Daryl Bassett, said Wednesday that the state's welfare drug testing program would get underway within "seven to 10 days." Under the program, all applicants for government aid would be screened for possible drug use and those deemed likely to have been using drugs would have to undergo drug testing. Refusal to take the drug test will result in being denied benefits for six months. Someone who tests positive can continue to receive aid if he follows treatment and recovery plans set by state officials.

West Virginia Governor Signs Welfare Drug Test Bill. Gov. Early Ray Tomblin (D) today signed into law a bill that mandates screening of all welfare applicants for drug use and drug testing those for whom case workers have "reasonable suspicion" of drug use. Applicants who fail drug tests can continue to receive benefits as long as they enroll in drug treatment and job training programs, but a second failed test could mean loss of benefits for up to a year, and a third would earn a lifetime ban.

Harm Reduction

King County Sheriff Says He Would Not Arrest Drug Users Going to Seattle Safe Injection Site. King County Sheriff John Urquhart edged ever closer Tuesday to outright support of a safe injection site in Seattle. "I guarantee you," said Urquhart, "that if you're going into a safe injection site, you will not be arrested by any of my deputies, period." But he was careful to add that while he was "intrigued" by the success of Vancouver's InSite supervised injection facility, he is not yet ready to endorse them for Seattle.

Pregnancy

Tennessee Law That Allows Assault Charges for Pregnant Drug Users Not Renewed. The state's two-year experiment with arresting pregnant drug users is about to come to an end after the legislature failed to re-authorize the law this week. At least a hundred women have been prosecuted under the program, which has been condemned by human rights, civil rights, and pregnant women's rights advocates.

International

Leading Global Health Commission Calls for Reform of Drug Policies Worldwide. A leading global public health commission is calling for new policies that would transform our approach to drug use, addiction and control worldwide, including the decriminalization of minor and non-violent drug offenses. According to a report released this morning by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Lancet, the war on drugs and zero-tolerance policies have undercut public health across the globe and have directly contributed to many of today's most urgent public health crises, while doing little to affect drug markets or drug use. The Johns Hopkins University -- Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy calls for worldwide reform of drug policies, including: the decriminalization of minor and non-violent drug use, possession and petty sale; enactment of policies that reduce violence and discrimination in drug policing; increased access to controlled medicines that could reduce the risk of overdose deaths; and greater investments in health and social services for drug users. The report is based on an extensive review by the Commissioners of the published evidence, and on original analyses and modeling on violence, incarceration and infectious diseases associated with drug policies.

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CN ON: Exploring The 'Grey Area' Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
Parkdale-Liberty Villager, 24 Mar 2016 - A Toronto mother of three has opened up a medical marijuana shop on Parkdale's main strip on Queen Street West and a passer-by wouldn't even know it. Nestled between a flower shop and a bar, The Caylx Wellness Centre has no enlarged marijuana leaf emblazoned on the store front, its name isn't a play on words associated with weed and there's no neon lights; the go-to marketing designs for dispensaries.
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CN BC: Editorial: City Gets Short End Of The Stick

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 24 Mar 2016 - Our page one stories today about a medical marijuana dispensary opening up in Chilliwack are illustrative of the jurisdictional pickle that municipalities are often put in when other levels of government shirk or postpone their responsibilities. Federal policy in many areas is felt on the ground, and dealt with on the streets in cities and towns by municipal staff, and by mayors and councillors, the latter of whom are mostly part-time elected officials.
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CN BC: Wanted And Unwelcome

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 24 Mar 2016 - Chilliwack's new medical marijuana dispensary is welcomed by patients .. but not city hall Those behind a new marijuana dispensary just open in Chilliwack say they have been overwhelmed with support and encouragement from the general public.
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US CA: Sutter Co. Bans Outdoor Grows

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 24 Mar 2016 - Before a packed chamber hall, with strong opinions voiced from both sides of the issue, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors passed an updated urgency ordinance that significantly tightened the restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, bans all outdoor cultivation and limits any marijuana gardens to as many plants as the grower can fit in an 80-square-foot detached greenhouse.
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US CT: Editorial: Legislature Should Approve Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 24 Mar 2016 - The state legislature's Public Health Committee approved what might be considered one of the most controversial proposals put before them in decades: medical marijuana for children. The bill, which now moves to the House for a vote, would give minors with severe epilepsy and terminal illnesses access to non-smokable marijuana, but only with parental consent and the approval of two doctors. It would be prescribed in pill or liquid form. The other conditions included in the bill include cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, uncontrolled intractable seizure disorders, or irreversible spinal cord injury with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.
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US PA: Editorial: Medical Pot Suspicion Up In Smoke

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 24 Mar 2016 - Amid a long and dispiriting budget battle, Republican state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf found common ground last week on an important bill to expand the arsenal of safe drugs used to combat pain. The House passed a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 149- 43. In the process, representatives rejected a series of poison-pill amendments by misguided law-and-order advocates that would have made the bill impossible to implement in practice.
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