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CN BC: B.C. Prevents Commercial Marijuana Grow-ops From

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Jun 2014 - VANCOUVER - Medical marijuana producers setting up shop in British Columbia won't be able to claim a lucrative property tax break designed for farms and other agricultural operations, the provincial government said Tuesday. Mayors in B.C. have been warning for months that commercial grow-ops could get out of paying nearly 90 per cent of their property taxes if they're lumped together with farms, even if they're operating on expensive industrial land.
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CN BC: Marijuana Farms Denied Tax Break

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2014 - Municipalities will be able to collect more revenue from growers who do not have the proper agricultural designation The B.C. government is denying medical-marijuana companies access to a property tax break intended for agriculture so that communities where the operations are located do not lose potential tax revenue.
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US OR: Joint Venture: The Corporate Face Of Legalizing Pot Has Arrived

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 07:00
The Week, 25 Jun 2014 - Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than anyone else in the state.
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Chronicle AM -- June 24, 2014

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:26

Your fearless reporter has been traveling, so the schedule is off, but the drug policy news continues. Paul Stanford calls it quits in Oregon, pot shops are coming within days in Washington, an Alabama drug task needs to reconsider its priorities (or maybe the people funding it need to reconsider theirs), and more. Let's get to it:

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Paul Stanford Pulls Plug on Oregon CRRH Initiative. Paul Stanford, the man behind the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp legalization initiatives, announced Friday that had given up the effort to qualify for the November ballot. That leaves the New Approach Oregon initiative, which is well over 100,000 signatures. It needs some 87,000 valid voter signatures to qualify, and the campaign still has another week to get more signers.

Washington State Liquor Control Board Says First Marijuana Retail Stores Will Open July 8. The board, which is charge of legal marijuana commerce, said it will issue the first licenses July 7, but that the licensees would have to spend that first day getting their product into their store tracking programs.

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Rhode Island Legislature Amends Medical Marijuana Law. The legislature has amended the state's medical marijuana law to require national criminal background checks on all caregiver applicants and the mandatory revocation of the caregiver registry ID cards for those convicted of a felony. The bill, House Bill 7610, won final approval by the Senate last Friday. It also allows landlords not to lease to cardholders who want to grow and imposes weight, plant, and seedling limits on growing co-ops.

Collateral Consequences

Missouri Governor Signs Bill to End Food Stamp Ban for Drug Felons -- With Conditions. Gov. Jay Nixon signed into a law a bill that would allow people with drug felonies to obtain food stamps, but only if they submit to drug tests and an assessment to see if they need drug treatment, which they must enroll in and complete if they are determined to need it. The bill is Senate Bill 680. The 1996 federal welfare reform law banned drug felons from obtaining food stamps, but allowed states to opt out. By now, more than 30 have.

Opiates

Federal Bill Targeting Heroin, Prescription Opiates Filed. US Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) have filed legislation that seeks to respond to rising levels of opiate use by creating a "Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force" to develop prescribing practices that aim to ensure "proper pain management for patients, while also preventing prescription opioid abuse." Along with federal agencies such as HHS, Defense, the VA, and the DEA, the task force would include treatment providers, people from pain advocacy groups and pain professional organization, and experts in pain research and addiction research. Pain advocates will be watching carefully. The bill, Senate Bill 2504, would also provide grants to expand prescription drug monitoring programs.

Law Enforcement

Texas to Spend $1.3 Million a Week on "Border Surge" Aimed at Immigrants, Drugs. Using the influx of underage immigrants across the US-Mexican border as a jumping off point, Texas authorities announced last week they plan to spend $30 million this year tightening border security, with a major emphasis on law enforcement and cutting drug flows. Gov. Rick Perry (R) has also asked President Obama to send a thousand National Guard troops, to be joined by hundreds of Texas troopers Perry is deploying to the border. What this will mean on the ground is more troopers patrolling the highways, more surveillance, more undercover operations -- in an area already sinking under the weight of the billions spent beefing up border security since 9/11.

Alabama Drug Task Force Gets Busy With Chump Change Drug Round-Up. The West Alabama Narcotics Task Force based in Tuscaloosa arrested 24 people last Friday in a round-up that "stemmed from multiple ongoing investigations." But they were almost entirely charges like "unlawful sale of marijuana within three miles of a school" ($30,000 bond), "unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia" ($5,000 bond), and "unlawful possession of marijuana" ($15,000 bond). Only five of the charges didn't involve marijuana, and of those, three were for possession of a controlled substance, two were "unlawful sale of cocaine within three miles of a school," and one was for "interfering with government operations."

International

Vietnam Upholds Death Sentences for 29 Drug Smugglers. A Vietnamese appellate court last Thursday upheld the death sentences for 29 people convicted. The court reduced one other death sentence in the case to life in prison. The sentences came in what is Vietnam's largest heroin case ever, with 89 defendants and 1.5 tons of heroin involved.

Bolivia Coca Cultivation Drops to 11-Year Low. Coca cultivation declined 9% in Bolivia last, reaching the lowest level since 2002, according to the annual Bolivian coca survey conducted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This is the third straight decline, in line with the Bolivian government's commitment to reduce production to 50,000 acres by 2015. The 2013 crop was about 55,000 acres.

British Medical Association to Debate Legalizing Marijuana. Britain's largest doctors' organization will debate a motion calling on it to legalize marijuana as its Annual Representatives Meeting continues this week after a weekend hiatus. "The current law isn't working and only by adopting a different approach can we regulate, educate and exert a level of quality control," the motion says. "Cannabis use should be treated primarily as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue."

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Canada: Journal Lights Up Debate On Pot Prescriptions

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jun 2014 - It was a discussion with a patient, who attempted suicide after failing to respond to antidepressants, which recently prompted Dr. David Juurlink of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to do something he had never done. The man explained how after years of suffering anxiety and work-related stress, and not responding to psychotropic drugs, he only felt at peace when smoking a joint during his evening walk with the dog. For the first time in his 20-year career, Juurlink, an internist and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, suggested the patient talk to his family doctor about medical marijuana. "This was a revelatory clinical encounter for me," recalls Juurlink in a commentary published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Endorsing the use of medicinal cannabis for this patient was the right thing to do." He wasn't the only one weighing in on the issue. So too did Dr. Meldon Kahan, medical director of Substance Use Service at Women's College Hospital, and Dr. Anita Srivastava, a family physician at St. Joseph's Health Centre, who also co-authored a commentary. The two opinion pieces are part of a new debate format in the CMAJ that will feature experts with opposing views.
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CN BC: Vancouver Police Search Marijuana Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 24 Jun 2014 - The Vancouver police drug squad is taking steps to shut down an East Vancouver marijuana dispensary that police feel is operating in an "unsafe" manner. Officers searched Weeds Glass and Gifts at 2580 Kingsway on Monday morning with a search warrant obtained as part of an ongoing drug investigation.
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US MN: Medical Marijuana -- What You Need To Know

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
Post-Bulletin, 23 Jun 2014 - Medical marijuana is coming to Minnesota next summer. Rather than joints or other illicit forms of the street drug, medical pot will be made into oils, vapors or pills by two Minnesota manufacturers to be chosen by the state yet this year.
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CN AB: Users Say Feds Blowing Smoke With New System

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 23 Jun 2014 - Medical marijuana consumers complaining about Health Canada's attempt to criminalize home grows Few suppliers and a lack of willing doctors are among the concerns being raised by Alberta medical marijuana users testing a new federal system for supplying the drug.
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US PA: State Store System Perfect Model For Legalized Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Jun 2014 - A wine and spirits store on Columbus Boulevard. A state Senate supporter of legalizing pot says infrastructure is already in place. Hey, Gov. Corbett. I know you're still determined to sell off the State Store system, even to the point of threatening funding for schools and other essentials if you don't get your way. The prospect of raising more than a billion dollars from selling off private liquor licenses must look irresistible in the face of a $1.4 billion budget shortfall.
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US: Changing Pot Laws Prompt Child-endangerment Review

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 22 Jun 2014 - DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids. And police officers in New Jersey visit a home after a 9-year-old mentions his mother's hemp advocacy at school.
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US FL: Local Nurseries Hope To See Green In Medical Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 22 Jun 2014 - Nursery workers scrubbed their hands and put on robes and hair nets before entering a 46-degree processing room, ready to prep organic thyme arriving on conveyors from a greenhouse with computer-controlled climate. Kerry's Nursery owner Kerry Herndon envisions them working someday with marijuana.
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US NY: Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 22 Jun 2014 - The New York Legislature voted overwhelmingly Friday to legalize marijuana to alleviate pain and other symptoms for some severely ill patients, approving a compromise reached among legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The 49-10 approval by the Senate followed the 117-13 vote earlier Friday by the Assembly. Cuomo was expected to sign it shortly.
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US WV: Entrenched In The War On Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Jun 2014 - Steep Rise in Arrests Reveals Disparities in Legal Approach Weirton, W.VA. - Taped to the wall of pride inside the Hancock County drug task force's bare-bones office, a snapshot of eight marijuana plants draped over coat hangers serves as evidence of one more small triumph in the war on weed.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's eastern townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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Vatican: Pope Speaks Against Making Drugs Legal

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 Jun 2014 - VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging in the United States and elsewhere. Francis told delegates attending a Rome drug enforcement conference that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects."
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Allows Pot Use In Rooms

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Ok With Weed

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Quebec Hospital Up In Smoke

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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CN QU: Smoke It If You've Got It

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 21 Jun 2014 - Quebec Hospital's Medics OK Marijuana Use for Patients MONTREAL - The main hospital in Quebec's Eastern Townships has put governments on the spot with its policy on pot. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists at CHUS hospital this week unanimously approved marijuana use by patients who are federally licensed to own the drug.
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