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US FL: Medical Marijuana Draws Voters

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Aug 2014 - Getting young people engaged in politics is never easy, but voter-registration volunteers say the medical-marijuana amendment on November's ballot is attracting new voters who otherwise might not bother with a midterm election. Both political parties for more than a year have been knocking on doors to energize supporters who might be lured to the polls by a heated governor's race. Democrats are especially eager to avoid the usual big drop-off of turnout in non-presidential elections, which tends to hurt their party's candidates.
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US FL: OPED: Misinformation and Fear Infiltrate Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Aug 2014 - When I asked my oncologist why she wasn't more familiar with alternatives to chemotherapy and radiation to treat breast cancer, she said she was too busy to learn about natural, holistic therapies. They certainly don't teach them in medical school.
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CN ON: Medical Pot User Claims Smoking Cost Him His Job

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - David-George Oldham. Former TD employee takes case to Human Rights Commission after he says he was fired for medicating at work A former TD Bank employee in Ottawa says he was fired for using medical marijuana while on the job and he's taken his complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
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Canada: Canada's Prince of Pot Returns

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery, Canada's Prince of Pot, is expecting to be a free man come Tuesday. The marijuana activist has finished serving a four-year jail term in the U.S. for selling seeds online. He's been informed he'll be released from a privately run Louisiana detention centre - where he was being processed for deportation - and then placed on the next flight to Detroit. From there, he'll be walked across the border to Windsor, Ont., likely on Tuesday, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.
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Canada: Drugs More Deadly, Health Officials Say

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Aug 2014 - Investigators think partygoers are unaware ecstasy they are taking is mixed with more hazardous material such as arsenic, bath salt Party drugs appear to be getting more deadly and readily available, experts are warning after a rash of overdoses and deaths at music festivals this summer.
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Canada: Editorial: Drugs And Sense

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Aug 2014 - More than a week after two young adults died and 13 others were hospitalized, having ingested what Toronto police are calling "party drugs" at the VELD Music Festival, a debate on whom to blame rages on. Should the organizers have had more security, or done more to limit the all too predictable drug use? Or does the responsibility fall squarely on the people who themselves bought and ingested drugs they knew little or nothing about?
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US CA: Editorial: Cocaine Sentences That Make Sense

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug 2014 - California should do away with the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. California, like the rest of the nation, is slowly rousing itself after a generation-long binge of harsh and unthinking criminal sentences, especially for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and sale. Our morning-after realizations include the degree to which we have over-incarcerated, sending too many people to prison with too little notion of how they were supposed to change while locked up, or how they were expected to make their way in the world when they got out.
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US FL: OPED: Medical Community Opposes Amendment

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 11 Aug 2014 - Congratulations to the Florida Medical Association for passing a resolution on July 27 to oppose Amendment 2. The FMA is the latest member of the medical community to come out overwhelmingly in opposition to allowing people to buy marijuana in stores across the state based on a recommendation - not a prescription - from a doctor. It continues to baffle me that despite this strong opposition from doctors that the media reporting on this issue are not covering this angle. After all, Amendment 2 is a medical issue, or at least that is how it is advertised.
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Canada: Prince Of Pot Almost Free

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery. Marijuana activist scheduled to return to Canada Tuesday Marc Emery - Canada's Prince of Pot - is expecting to be a free man come Tuesday. The marijuana activist, who has finished serving a four-year jail term in the U.S. for selling seeds online, has been informed he'll be placed on the next flight to Detroit (from a privately run Louisiana detention centre where he was being processed for deportation) and walked across the border to Windsor, Ont., likely on Tuesday, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.
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US DC: OPED: A Former Drug Czar Weighs In On Pot And Traffic Fatalities

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Aug 2014 - At the Hudson Institute, David Murray and former drug czar John Walters have responded to my post on marijuana legalization and roadway fatalities in Colorado. It's an odd response. It includes some condescending lecturing about statistics, a complete misunderstanding of my point and criticism of me for overlooking things that my post actually addresses. Before I get to their response, I'll just reiterate that my argument isn't that roadway fatalities in Colorado have fallen because of pot legalization. My argument is this: Opponents of legalization predicted a surge in roadway fatalities due to drivers under the influence of pot. After seven months, that hasn't happened. Roadway fatalities have continued to decline. Opponents of legalization also argue that we've seen an increase in arrests for "drugged driving" and that we've also seen an increase in accidents (in Colorado and in states that have legalized medical marijuana) in which one or more drivers tested positive for pot. My argument is that these tests don't measure inebriation. Therefore, we can't say that those accidents were caused by pot, and we can't say what percentage of those new drugged-driving arrests involved drivers who were actually a threat to the other people on the road. All we can say is that as pot becomes more widely available, a larger percentage of people on the roads are testing positive for pot. It doesn't necessarily mean they were high while driving, nor that they were significant impaired while driving. As pot becomes more widely available, you would expect a large percentage of people to test positive for pot from any sample group.
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US IL: Illinois To Hold Three Town Halls On Medical Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
Southern Illinoisan, 10 Aug 2014 - CHICAGO -- As Illinois' new medical marijuana program gets underway, potential patients, growers and retailers have questions. State officials plan to hold three town hall meetings across Illinois to provide answers, particularly about the application process, which starts next month. Multiple sclerosis patient Marla Levi of Buffalo Grove plans to apply for the required ID card so she can buy marijuana legally from a state-approved dispensary. She's found that the drug helps relieve the rigidity in her legs, she said. She wants to attend one of the meetings to get more information.
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US NM: Editorial: Employers Need Final Say On Workers' Use Of Medical

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Aug 2014 - When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren't high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect - including employers. And that's what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is committed to and is required to provide under federal law. So, when a nurse practitioner started working in one of its centers and tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana, she was fired, even though she provided documentation that she is authorized to use medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Donna Smith's attorney says she did not possess or use marijuana at work and had excellent performance reviews at previous jobs.
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UK: Column: 'Safe' Cannabis Doesn't Exist, Mr Clegg

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
The Mail on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 - THE Sun newspaper, which has in the past been a keen cheerleader and bootlicker for the Blair creature, the Iraq and Afghan Wars and for David Cameron, now wants a 'rethink' on drug laws. Well, you can't rethink till you've thought in the first place. Its pretext for this irresponsible tripe is an interview with Nick Clegg, in which he claims we're too tough on drug possession. The courts, he drivels, are 'imprisoning 1,000 users a year who have not committed a crime other than possession'.
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US CA: Mendocino Pot Eradication Creates A Mystery

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2014 - Tales of mysterious men in black or camouflage dropping from helicopters into legal marijuana gardens, cutting the plants, then disappearing with nary a word to the growers, have been spreading fear among Mendocino County pot cultivators. Many believe the intruders are private, paramilitary security officers conducting vigilante anti-pot operations, but the real story likely is less intriguing, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
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CN ON: Editorial: Injection Sites Are Not The Answer

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - Last week, another study was released that concluded a supervised injection site would be a "fiscally responsible harm reduction strategy" to prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. Once again, without apology, we are going to make our position clear. No.
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US IL: Bereaved Mother Shares Dangers Of Drug Use

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Southern Illinoisan, 09 Aug 2014 - MOUNT VERNON -- Chris Marler wasn't prepared for what she found Sept. 5, 2006, in her Marion County home. She planned to have lunch with her youngest son that day, but when she came home both her sons were dead.
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US UT: Cities Take Aim At Legal Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Herald, 09 Aug 2014 - PROVO -- City mayors and a county commissioner were recently warned of the impacts the cities and county may have if recreational marijuana was ever made legal in Utah. On Thursday night at a meeting of the Utah County Council of Governments, a monthly meeting of county and city leaders, the county's Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment made a brief presentation informing the leaders of what has happened in cities and states that have already moved forward with legalizing pot.
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Canada: Party Drug Strategy Sought For Festivals

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Aug 2014 - Recent deaths prompt calls for harm-reduction policies instead of idea that substances can be banned from music events Two families are gathering for funerals this weekend, mourning after yet another Canadian music festival was hit by tragedy.
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US IL: Applications Now Online For People Seeking Medical Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 09 Aug 2014 - Seriously ill people seeking to use medical marijuana in Illinois can start filling out the application to belong to the program. Illinois officials on Friday posted the nine-page patient application online.
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US CA: From Club Drug To Trauma Cure

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Aug 2014 - As bizarre as it might seem, ecstasy seems to restructure a patient's relationship to trauma ... permanently WHEN IT COMES to psychedelics, an under-the-radar nonprofit research group is opening people's minds.
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