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US WA: Editorial: Marijuana Tug-of-war

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
The Columbian, 13 Jan 2016 - The opening of a local marijuana shop brings up some interesting issues surrounding the sale of the drug in the state. Yakima resident John Larson recently opened Sticky's Pot Shop in Hazel Dell, which is an unincorporated portion of Clark County. This violates the county's moratorium upon marijuana businesses, which were approved statewide by voters with passage of Initiative 502 in 2012. Larson, who previously had lost a court challenge against the county's moratorium, applied for a certificate of occupancy for a store that would sell "novelties, crafts, collectibles and general merchandise." There was no mention of marijuana on the application.
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Canada: Expect Strict Control Of Marijuana, Blair Asserts

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 13 Jan 2016 - Government's Point Man on Legalizing Drug Says Social, Health Concerns Will Be ' Properly Managed' Liberal MP Bill Blair wants to make it clear the growth and sale of legal marijuana in Canada will not be a free-for-all.
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US MA: 'Do I Roll It?' Lawmakers on Colo. Marijuana Mission

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 13 Jan 2016 - DENVER - Standing in a retail marijuana dispensary Tuesday, amid cannabis-infused candy and big jars of "Sour Diesel" and "Bazooka Joe," eight Massachusetts senators had some questions. "If I were to buy this, what would I do with it? Do I crush it? Roll it? Do I -" asked Senator John F. Keenan, pointing to a jar with a potent-smelling strain, his voice trailing off as if he weren't sure of the other options.
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US: Implant For Opioid Addicts Urged For Federal Approval

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 13 Jan 2016 - SILVER SPRING, Md. - A panel of medical experts recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration approve a new way of treating opioid addicts, using a slender rod implanted into the arm that delivers medicine for months at a time. Some doctors say it could help ease the national epidemic of drug overdoses. The rod is about the size of a small matchstick and delivers daily doses of buprenorphine - one of the most common medical treatments for opioid addicts - for six-month periods. In controlled doses, buprenorphine can help the body withdraw from opioid addiction, but can also itself be addictive. That risk is increased by the fact that the medicine can be taken only by mouth, requiring patients, often ill from addiction, to manage their daily dosages.
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US CA: NAACP Backs Pot Ballot Item

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 13 Jan 2016 - The California State NAACP has endorsed a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Members of the state branch of the civil rights organization backed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act during a weekend leadership retreat.
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US CA: Pot Proponents Scorn Yuba County Supervisors

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 13 Jan 2016 - Four of five Yuba County supervisors walked out of their board chambers Tuesday morning amid a barrage of vitriolic catcalls from marijuana supporters. They returned to send two cannabis-related initiatives to the voters. As expected, supervisors unanimously approved a consent agenda that included consolidating separate marijuana cultivation and dispensary initiatives with the June primary election. Matters on the consent agenda include items approved en masse.
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US CA: Butte County Supervisors Unanimously Approve Tweaks to

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 08:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 13 Jan 2016 - Oroville - The Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved changes to the county's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance Tuesday. In introducing the changes, Chief Administrative Officer Paul Hahn said they were based on what staff learned in the first full year of enforcing the ordinance approved by voters in 2014 as Measure A.
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Chronicle AM: CA NAACP Endorses AUMA, No MedMJ for PTSD in NY, Germany Moves on MedMJ, More... (1/12/16)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 21:52

The California legalization initiative picks up a big endorsement, so does the effort to legalize it in Vermont; Hawaii dispensary applications are now available online (if you've got $5,000), the German health ministry files a draft medical marijuana law, and more.

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California NAACP Endorses AUMA Legalization Initiative. Calling marijuana legalization a "civil rights issue," the California State NAACP has formally endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). "Creating a legal, responsible and regulated framework for marijuana is a predominant civil rights issue and it's long overdue," said Alice Huffman, longtime President of California State NAACP. "The current system is counterproductive, financially wasteful and racially biased, and the people of California have repeatedly called for it to be fixed. This measure will ensure that California is not unjustly criminalizing responsible adults while also ensuring that our children are protected while the State receives hundreds of millions of new dollars for vital government and community-based programs."

Poll: North Carolina Majority Opposes Legalization.A Civitas Institute poll released today had 43% of North Carolinians favoring marijuana legalization, with 53% opposed. Most of those opposed were "strongly opposed," while slightly more than half of those in favor were "strongly in favor."

Former Vermont Attorney General Backs Legalization Effort. Former state Attorney General Kimberly Cheney is publicly backing the effort to end pot prohibition in the Green Mountain State. He is featured in the first ads put out this year by the Marijuana Policy Project-backed Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. Last week, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced he was supporting tightly regulated legalization.

Medical Marijuana

Hawaii Dispensary Applications Now Available Online. Applications must be submitted online and will only be accepted during the application period of Jan. 12, 2016, 8:00am, Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Jan. 29, 2016, 4:30pm. HST. Get the online application here. There's a $5,000 application fee. Read about dispensary license requirements here.

New York Doesn't Approve Medical Marijuana for PTSD, Other Conditions -- Yet. The state Health Commissioner has determined there is not yet enough evidence of effectiveness to approve the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. The commissioner can, however, add qualifying conditions at any time and will be meeting with specialists to evaluate new scientific evidence as it becomes available.

Drug Testing

West Virginia Welfare Drug Testing Bill Approved by Interim Committee. The Joint Committee on Health and Human Resources has, with little discussion, approved a bill that would allow the drug testing of welfare recipients. The bill would require screening recipients for "reasonable suspicion" of drug use before ordering testing.

International

German Government Presents Draft Medical Marijuana Law. Last Thursday, the German Federal Health Ministry presented a detailed draft of a medical marijuana law. It would set up a state cannabis agency to regulate cultivation and distribution and would allow sales at pharmacies. Health insurers would be required to cover costs. Health organizations and other interested parties have until February 5 to comment on the draft.

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CN ON: Pot Plan For Grey Highlands

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 12 Jan 2016 - Grey Highlands council has no objections for a proposed organic medical marijuana production facility near Feversham. White Wolf Organics will form part of the agricultural operation of Osprey Organics owned by Jamie and Sandy Gott. It will be a completely independent operation from the Ice River Springs business.
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CN ON: Keep Pot Away From Teens, Researchers Urge

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Chatham Daily News, 12 Jan 2016 - Western Researchers Found Marijuana Poses Serious Consequences for Teens, but Not Adults Turns out getting stoned on marijuana carries much more dire consequences for teenagers than for adults -- at least if you're a rat and part of a new study released Monday by researchers in London.
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CN ON: City Moves Ahead On Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 12 Jan 2016 - Council won't be butting-out on proceeding with setting ground rules for medical marijuana production and sale here. Despite opposition from some councillors, the motion to enact a rejigged bylaw sheltering the city's interest went ahead as recommended by the planning advisory committee.
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CN ON: Wynne Backs Blair's Lead on Weed

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 12 Jan 2016 - Rookie MP's Backing of Proposal to Sell Marijuana in LCBO Heartens Premier The Blair roach project has won a powerful supporter. Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is pleased Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, now Scarborough Southwest MP, to lead the marijuana legalization efforts.
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US CA: Editorial: Butte County Needs to ADD Teeth to Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 12 Jan 2016 - A law without an enforced penalty doesn't have much teeth. That's a problem Butte County must rectify when it comes to its rules on growing medical marijuana. The Board of Supervisors today can fine-tune the county's medical marijuana growing ordinance. The laws were passed overwhelmingly in 2014 and implemented last year.
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US OH: Ohio Lawmakers Look Into Medical Use Of Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Dayton Daily News, 12 Jan 2016 - Hearings Across the State to Gauge Ohioans' Feelings. COLUMBUS - Ohio voters convincingly rejected the marijuana-legalization proposal on November's ballot, but state lawmakers will explore the possibility of allowing the use of pot for medical purposes only.
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US HI: State Opens Bids For Pot Dispensary Licenses

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Jan 2016 - The state Department of Health opened an 18-day bidding window today for companies interested in competing for medical marijuana dispensary licenses. This year Hawaii is joining at least 18 other states in legalizing the commercial production and distribution of medical marijuana. Under Act 241, 16 medical marijuana dispensaries will be licensed to open starting July 15.
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US CA: California DOJ Investigating Net-5 After Agent's Arrest

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 08:00
Appeal-Democrat, 12 Jan 2016 - The California Department of Justice is investigating the Yuba-Sutter drug and gang task force, NET-5, following the arrest of one of its agents. Sutter County District Attorney Amanda Hopper announced last week the task force would be audited by an outside agency following the arrest of local drug agent Christopher "Mark" Heath.
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Canada: OPED: No Excuse For Fentanyl Foot-Dragging

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Jan 2016 - If we are ever to divorce drugs from death, we must not be afraid to implement bold solutions to medical emergencies When gang violence erupted in British Columbia in 2009, the federal government acted at light speed to implement measures to contain the violence. That rapid response stands in stark contrast to the feds' lethargy in dealing with the very things the gangs were fighting over:drugs.
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CN ON: OPED: Time to Take Another Look at the 'Demon Weed'

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
Sudbury Star, 11 Jan 2016 - Along with millions of law-abiding Canadians, I may have to make an agonizing decision. The federal Liberals have promised to legalize marijuana. If they do, will I try it? I have avoided the stuff for at least 60 years. I covered courts and crime for nearly 30 years and knew many law enforcers. One cannot run on both sides of the street at the same time, so I came down on the side of law and order and resisted pot's temptations.
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CN ON: Ex-Colleague Will Lobby Blair To Restrict Field Of Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Jan 2016 - A former high-ranking colleague and friend of MP Bill Blair, the Liberal government's point man on marijuana legalization, will lobby the ex-Toronto police chief in hopes of ensuring a tightly controlled system in which only licensed firms are allowed to grow the lucrative drug. Kim Derry, a deputy chief of the Toronto Police Service under Mr. Blair, is a promoter of marijuana facility THC Meds Ontario Inc., along with George Smitherman, a former Ontario Liberal deputy premier. Mr. Blair, put in charge of the marijuana file last week, will play a key role in determining who gets to grow the product once it is legalized.
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US OK: Column: Oklahoma Pot Case Draws Interest From Former

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 08:00
The Oklahoman, 10 Jan 2016 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court justices are expected to decide in their closed door meeting on Jan. 22 whether to allow Oklahoma and Nebraska to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws. The two states claim their neighbor's licensing of growers and sellers has led their own residents to travel to Colorado to buy marijuana. That in turn has strained their own law enforcement and other resources, they claim.
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