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CN BC: Ending Toddler's Seizures Matters More To Family Than Complying

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 08 Aug 2014 - The family of a two-year-old Summerland girl is willing to break the law to provide her with the cannabis oil that appears to have dramatically reduced the hundreds of seizures she was suffering daily. Kyla Williams, who has a severe seizure disorder, has shown marked improvement during the past five months while her family has been treating her with the illegal oil.
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CN AB: Clinic Offers Walk-In Weed Prescriptions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 08 Aug 2014 - Pot friendly doctors hard to find. Oasis Clinic believed to be first of its kind in Calgary Graeme Mascuich has been using marijuana to treat symptoms associated with Asperger syndrome for years. But it's just recently that the 29-year-old was able to obtain his supply of the drug through legitimate means, thanks to a Calgary clinic believed be the first in the city to offer patient evaluations for the federal medicinal marijuana program.
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Chronicle AM -- August 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:56

The legalization debate packed 'em in in Anchorage, California's medical marijuana regulation bill is going down to the wire, Massachusetts has a new substance abuse law, China executes two for drugs, and more. Let's get to it:

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Alaska Legalization Debate Draws Big Crowd. The Wilda Marston Theatre in Anchorage was packed last night as supporters and opponents of the legalization initiative, Ballot Measure 2, duked it out. Click on the link to get the flavor of the debate.

NJ Weedman Becomes a Newspaper Columnist. Longtime New Jersey marijuana activist Ed Forchion, better known as the NJ Weedman, is about to get a new platform. He announced today that he now has a new gig: columnist for the The Trentonian newspaper, where he will produce the "Cannabis Column."

Lewiston, Maine, Initiative Campaign to Turn in Signatures Tomorrow. Citizens for a Safer Maine, the organizers of the Lewiston initiative to legalize marijuana possession for adults, will turn in more than 1,250 signatures tomorrow. They need 859 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. They will also hold a media availability at 11:00am in front of city hall.

Poll Finds Strong Support for Marijuana Reform in Pennsylvania. A new poll from Keystone Analytics has strong support for marijuana reform, with 47% supporting medical marijuana and another 22% saying they supported legalization for any reason. Only 27% thought marijuana should remain illegal for all purposes. The poll has a +/- 4.4% margin of error.

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California Still Struggling with Statewide Regulation Bill. The clock is ticking on Senate Bill 1262, the last effort to regulate medical marijuana statewide still alive in the legislature. It needs to pass before month's end or it dies, but the marijuana community itself is divided over it, and it's not clear that the interests of lawmakers, law enforcement, cities and counties, and the medical marijuana industry can all be aligned. As of now, the most recent version of the bill is still supported by the police chiefs and Americans for Safe Access. But California NORML, the Drug Policy Alliance and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition oppose it unless it's amended. Click on the title link for more details.

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Substance Abuse Bill. Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 2142, which expands access to drug treatment by requiring insurers to pay for up to 14 days of inpatient care and bars them from requiring prior authorization. The bill also allows the public health commissioner to classify a drug as "dangerous" for up to a year, effectively banning its use in the state, and it creates a commission to come up with substitutes for opiates. And it has new reporting requirements on overdose deaths, infants born exposed to drugs, and for the state's prescription monitoring program. The bill is a response to increases in opiate addiction and overdose deaths in the state. But it contains no provisions explicitly protecting access to opiates for patients suffering from chronic pain.

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China Executes Two South Korean Drug Traffickers. Two South Korean citizens were executed for drug trafficking in China yesterday. They were killed after being found guilty in Intermediate People's Court in Baishan, Jilin Province of smuggling about 30 pounds of amphetamines. The two men were the first South Koreans executed in China in a decade. Along with Iran, China is one of the world's leading executioners of drug offenders.

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US MI: Column: Medicinal Pot Should Be Legal Across Country

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Monroe Evening News, 07 Aug 2014 - Last week, The New York Times published an editorial calling for the federal legalization of marijuana but suggested it should be left to individual states about whether it should be legal within their individual boundaries. The Times made a number of logical arguments, including comparing the criminalization of marijuana with the outlawing of alcohol in the Prohibition era. The Times said marijuana should be legal for recreational and medical use. It noted that arrests for marijuana far outstrip the number of arrests for more serious and more dangerous substances, including heroin and cocaine, and the enforcement tends to waste law enforcement resources that could be spent better on more serious crimes.
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CN ON: Emery Seeks 'Political Revenge'

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
View Magazine, 07 Aug 2014 - British Columbia marijuana activist Marc Emery is vowing "political revenge" on the federal Conservative government for allowing him to be extradited to the U.S. where he's just finished serving almost five years for selling marijuana seeds by mail. Emory - who will soon be returning to Canada from the Louisiana prison where he was most recently incarcerated - is coming home at a time when even the Conservatives' only polling shows the vast majority of Canadians favour legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. "The whole thing is nonsense," he told CBC News last week. "I should never have been turned over to the U.S. government. 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." While it's not clear how much of an impact his personal mission will have, if a recent poll commissioned by the Department of Justice is any indication, a majority of Canadians are on his side on the issue.
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US PA: OPED: Time To End Prohibition On Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 07 Aug 2014 - This past week, I and three members of my legislative staff flew to Denver, Colorado, to see for ourselves what the complete legalization of cannabis looks like. Given the polls, what other states are doing, and the arc of history, it seems difficult to deny that legal cannabis is coming to Pennsylvania fairly soon. We wanted to make sure we understood how it works and what Colorado did right, and wrong, in an effort to ensure we do this the right way when the time comes.
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US MI: Marijuana State Laws Will Still Be Enforced

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Tribune, 07 Aug 2014 - Advocate: 'I Just Think Voters Spoke on It. I Figured It Was Going to Pass.' Hazel Park and Oak Park voters who expected legalized marijuana after Tuesday's vote may face some disappointment. The two marijuana decriminalization ballot measures passed by voters are most likely a statement rather than a full-on legalization.
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US CA: Dry California Fights Illegal Use Of Water For Cannabis

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Aug 2014 - NICE, Calif. - An abandoned recreational vehicle was the first clue. In this hamlet two hours north of San Francisco and barely a mile from the largest natural freshwater lake in the state, the trailer sat on a hill, hidden from the main drag. Behind it rose a flimsy fence, tall enough to shield its bounty: 50 marijuana plants in hastily constructed wooden boxes. "This is common," said Michael Lockett, the chief building official here in Lake County, giving a tour of the now-derelict plot, where a pipe ran from a stream to a large water tank.
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US AZ: Column: Get A Job

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 07 Aug 2014 - Yes, the explosion of the MMJ business means there's work out there, but are there long-term careers to be had? Last week I ended with a note that legal cannabis sales between patients is exactly the kind of law we need to open up the marijuana business to the little guy.
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CN ON: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Marc (Prince of Pot) Emery is likely to throw his support behind Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau when he returns to Canada, says fellow marijuana activist Allen St. Pierre.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U. S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U. S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US NM: Worker Fired Over Medical Pot Use

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - Lawsuit Filed Against Presbyterian After Employee Loses Her Job A New Mexico nurse practitioner participating in New Mexico's medical marijuana program says in a lawsuit that Presbyterian Healthcare Services violated her rights by firing her after a drug screening.
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US: Prince of Pot Likely to Back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground Shifting Rapidly on Pot Prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Sentinel Review, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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CN ON: Chief Favours Tickets For Simple Marijuana Possession

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 07 Aug 2014 - Fines could be similar to those issued for drinking in parks If you are found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region, should you end up with a criminal record? York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe does not think so.
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CN ON: Should Pot Rules Be Softened?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Vaughan Citizen, 07 Aug 2014 - York Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says yes, but he doesn't believe in decriminalization or legalization If you're found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region should you end up with a criminal record?
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. Allen St. Pierre - executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the oldest pro-legalization group in the U.S. - knows Marc Emery from their time fighting pot laws. He says Emery's likely itching to return to the fray after serving time in U.S. prison for marijuana distribution.
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US: Prince of Pot likely to back Trudeau: Marijuana Lobby Ally

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 07 Aug 2014 - In Politics: Ground shifting rapidly on pot prohibition WASHINGTON - Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau might have an ally in Canada's Prince of Pot - whether he likes it or not. "I dare say that putting him in jail for five years did not reform him in the slightest. It only agitated him to the point where I think getting Mr. Trudeau elected as a reformer is going to be the singular thing he focuses on the most," St. Pierre said.
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