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US CA: Netflix and Chill With Memorable Marijuana-Themed TV

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - "No, Aunt Bea and Floyd the Barber don't trade dabs while Opie and Andy are off at the ol' fishing hole." With the possible exception of pizza, there is no greater complement to marijuana than television. After all, it's called couch lock for a reason. And the love flows both ways, as the medicine has become a staple of contemporary television, inextricably linked to shows like Weeds, Broad City, The League, Parenthood and most adult-oriented animated fare. Marijuana-related storylines have also fueled memorable episodes of modern classics like The Office ('Drug Testing'; Season 2, Episode 20, available on Netflix), Freaks and Geeks ('Chokin"and Tokin,' S1, E13, Netflix) and Curb Your Enthusiasm ('Carpool Lane,' S4, E6, HBO Go), among others.
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US CA: Bong Appetit

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - A Sacramento Food Writer Revisits Least-Favorite Foods to See If They're Tastier-on Weed I wonder if everyone in Rick's Dessert Diner is also completely stoned. I contemplate this while in line, high and at ease. The child standing behind me probably didn't just smoke a bowl. But the couple in front of me, ordering two slices of cake, a cream cheese brownie and a cinnamon roll? Definitely.
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US CA: Our Writer Gets Lifted and Reviews Batman V. Superman

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - Can a Higher Perspective Change Your Mind About Art? When a major movie or new album comes out, critical consensus snowballs into cultural consciousness and soon enough we find ourselves saying things like, "I haven't seen that, but I know it's trash." We all know how we're supposed to feel about certain pieces of media, often without even seeing or listening to it. But I wanted to see if I could break free from the zeitgeist-with the help of some OG Kush.
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US CA: Column: 4/20 And The Future

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - Woot woot! Happy 4/20! How are you celebrating? - -Cuatro Veinte Siempre Woot woot yourself! I will be on the road in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying all kinds of delicious and legal cannabis products. I would also like to celebrate by recognizing everything the cannabis freedom movement has accomplished this year. Here is a partial list:
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US CA: Sacramento Medical-Cannabis Stakeholders Discuss the

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - "Is it the step everyone wants? No. But it's a step." Will California's 420-friendly voters puff, puff, pass adult legalization this year? It's no guarantee: Six years ago, California's weed-legalization initiative, Proposition 19, failed by a 53.5 to 46.5 percent vote. But this November, a new initiative, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or AUMA, will likely be on the ballot: What do cannabis insiders-the activists and pot-shop owners-have to say about this latest shot at legalization?
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US CA: On Weed, Whitewashing and How the Cannabis Industry

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - "Whiter than a Wonder Bread-and-mayonnaise-sandwich served with a side of whole milk." How white is the green rush? Extremely white. Ridiculously white. Whiter than a Wonder Bread-and-mayonnaise sandwich served with a side of whole milk. Whiter than new teeth. Whiter than the Gods of Egypt movie. Hella white.
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US CA: Edible Medical Cannabis Is Not Your Mom and Dad's

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Sacramento News & Review, 14 Apr 2016 - "DON'T leave your edibles where pets and children can get them." You've got your 'script and you're ready to rush down to your local dispensary to buy a grocery bag full of quasi-high-end edibles. It's a great time for medical cannabis patients: New and established companies have flooded the market with candies and cookies and popcorn and pretzels and lemonades and hot chocolate mixes, and it's a buyer's market to boot. But for anyone lacking edibles experience beyond that unmarked brownie consumed decades ago at a college party, it's also a potential minefield of confusion and misuse. That's why we put together this list of wrist-slapping suggestions for edible rookies.
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Chronicle AM: GOP Govs Seek Fed Permission to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients, MedMJ Moves, More... (4/14/16)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 19:25

Republican governors seek federal permission to drug test food stamp recipients, a Tennessee marijuana reform bill dies, a pair of New York medical marijuana improvement bills advance, so does the long-awaited Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Tennessee Decriminalization Referendum Bill Dies. A bill that would have let state voters weigh-in on whether the state should decriminalize pot possession is dead. The bill, which would have authorized a non-binding referendum, was killed in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

Medical Marijuana

New York Medical Marijuana Fix Bills Advance. The Assembly Health Committee Monday approved two bills aimed at improving the state's medical marijuana system. The bills, authored by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried (D-Manhattan), chair of the committee and one of the architects of the state's medical marijuana law, would double the number of companies allowed to grow and distribute medical marijuana from four to eight and would end the requirement that they be vertically integrated. The bills now head for an Assembly floor vote.

Ohio Legislature Crafts Medical Marijuana Plan. Faced with two separate medical marijuana initiative campaigns, legislators are working to craft their own medical marijuana proposal.  The bill, which is set to be announced this week, would create a medical marijuana commission to create rules within a year to regulate medical marijuana in the state. Patients with a doctor's recommendation could access raw marijuana, edibles, patches, and oils, but would not be allowed to grow their own.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill. For the second time in less than a year, the Senate has approved Senate Bill 3, which would create a medical marijuana system in the state. The House sat on the bill for months after original Senate passage, then approved an amended version of the bill. The Senate then passed that bill, but only after amending the amendments to bring it make closer to the version originally passed by the Senate. Now, it's up to the House to agree to those changes and send the bill to Gov. Tom Wolf (D).

Utah Patient Advocates Give Up on 2016 Initiative. A group calling itself Truce that had called for a medical marijuana initiative this year after the legislature killed medical marijuana bills earlier this year has given up on 2016. The group says it would have had an extremely difficult time of gathering the 102,000 valid voter signatures required to get on the ballot. The group says it is now concentrating on getting a good bill through the legislature next year.

Asset Forfeiture

Poll: Nearly Nine Out of 10 Mississippians Want to End Civil Asset Forfeiture. A poll from the Mississippi Center for Public Policy has 88% opposed to allowing police to seize and permanently forfeit property taken from people not convicted of a crime. The poll comes as House Bill 1410, which would have increased asset forfeiture transparency, was passed by the House, but gutted by the Senate, which turned it into a study bill. The House is asking for a conference committee to hash out the differences.

Drug Testing

A Dozen GOP Governors Ask Congress to Let Them Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients. The governors have sent a letter to Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), head of the House Agriculture Committee , which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—food stamps), urging him to change federal law to allow states to test program recipients. In a statement accompanying the governors' letter, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker characterized the drug testing proposal as a "common-sense reform" that will make it easier "for recipients with substance abuse to move from government dependence to true independence," but in the states that have actually done welfare drug testing, less than 1% of recipients have tested positive for drugs.

International

Poll: Iceland Far From Supporting Marijuana Legalization. Fewer than 25% of Icelanders support legalizing marijuana, according to a new MMR poll. Some 76.8% said they opposed legalization. The good news is that opposition figure is declining; five years ago, 87.3% were opposed. Older age groups were the least likely to support legalization, while young people were most likely to.

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US MI: Healers or Dealers? the Battle Between Detroit and Its

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Metro Times, 13 Apr 2016 - The Family Trees dispensary near Seven Mile and Plainview sits within eyeshot of a vacant liquor store and small storefront church, which are less than 1,000 feet away. As of April 1, that means Family Trees is breaking the law. While the business has provided marijuana to patients at the location for two years without incident, owner Reginald Venoy, like many of Detroit's dispensary operators, faces an uncertain future.
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Chronicle AM: Trump Trash Talks Mexico on Drugs, AZ Pot Legalization Init Has 200,000 Signaures, More... (4/12/16)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 20:52

The Donald returns to one of his favorite themes, Arizona legalization initiative organizers have hit the 200,000-signature mark (they need 150,000 valid ones), patients in New York protest that state's restrictive medical marijuana law, Western Australia wants to force meth users into drug treatment without having to convict them of a crime first, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Arizona Legalization Initiative Signature Drives Passes 200,000 Mark. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuna Like Alcohol in Arizona announced Tuesday that it has collected more than 200,000 raw voter signatures for its legalization initiative. The group needs 150,564 valid voter signatures by July to qualify for the November ballot.Having 200,000 raw signatures at this point means that a full quarter of them would have to be disqualified for the initiative to come up short--and it still has time to gather more. 

Medical Marijuana

Colorado Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana at School Moves. A bill that would require schools to allow students to use medical marijuana on campus has passed its legislative hurdle. House Bill 1373 was approved 10-3 by the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee and now heads for a House floor vote. State law already gives school districts the power to allow the use of medical marijuana under certain circumstances, but no district has done so.

New York Patients, Families Rally in Albany to Demand Fixes for State's Medical Marijuana Law.  Dozens of advocates gathered in Albany Tuesday to urge legislators to support a slate of bills that would amend the Compassionate Care Act, New York’s medical marijuana law. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized for being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country. Launched in January of this year, to date, only 494 of the state’s 79,000 physicians have agreed to participate and only 2,390 patients have been certified by their doctors to enroll in the program. This lackluster start is likely due to a number of barriers and restrictions in the program that make it both difficult and unappealing for physicians and patients to participate.

Drug Policy

Trump Blames Mexico for America's Drug Problems. Returning to one of his favorite themes—Mexico bashing—GOP presidential contender Donald Trump Monday warned that drugs from Mexico are "pouring into the country" and "poisoning our youth." His comments came as he defended his plan to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it. The US trade deficit with Mexico is $58 billion a year. "And that doesn’t include the drugs that are pouring into the country poisoning our youth," Trump added. "They’re poisoned with this crap. People won’t be driving their pick-up trucks through the wall or over the wall, he added. Did you ever see that? The trucks go over, they unload the drugs and then they go back. So we get the drugs and they get the money. Not very good folks. That’s going to all change."

International

French Minister Reignites Marijuana Legalization Debate. A French junior minister, Jean-Marie Le Guen, secretary of state for relations with parliament (and an MD) has reignited discussion of marijuana law reform there by saying "prohibition is not effective" and that a public health approach was needed. Le Guen clarified that he was not speaking for the government, but said the subject should be debated by the next president. His remarks did not go over well with drug reform-averse French politicians, including his fellow governing Socialists.  "And what will we do tomorrow? Will we legalise cocaine and weapons because we cannot stem the flow of weapons? That's not serious!" retorted Socialist Senator Samia Ghali. A spokesman for the government added that the Socialist Party was free to debate the issue, but the government isn't interested "neither in work nor thought."

Victoria Becomes First Australian State to Legalize Medical Marijuana. The state Parliament has passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill, making Victoria the first state in the country to approve medical marijuana. State Health Minister Jill Hennessey said children with severe epilepsy will be the first to be able to access the medications next year. The state government will set up an Office of Medicinal Cannabis to regulate the industry and educate patients and doctors about their roles and eligibility to prescribe or use medical marijuana.

Western Australia Wants to Subject Meth Users to Forced Detention, Treatment. The state's Mental Health Minister, Andrea Mitchell, said forcing meth users into drug rehab was the way to deal with the state's growing number of them. "I've got a responsibility to balance the rights of the individual with also protecting the community, and I need to do that with the burglary and the assaults and the other side of things that do tend to happen with people with a meth problem," she said. "And I also have a duty of care to protect that individual and give that individual the best possible chance of coming out of that and being a responsible citizen." The scheme would require legislative changes to allow the state to hold against their will people who have not been convicted of any crime.

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US KS: Navy Veteran to Appeal Ruling About Drug Use in

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 12 Apr 2016 - TOPEKA, Kan. - Five of a Navy veteran's children were taken into state custody because of suspected drug use and neglect, not because of his admitted use of medical marijuana, a Kansas appellate court has concluded. Rulings by a three-judge Kansas Court of Appeals panel determined "the children did not feel safe returning home" to Raymond and Amelia Schwab, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
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US PA: Editorial: Pot Bill Should Pass

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Apr 2016 - Both houses of Pennsylvania's legislature have belatedly voted to take the merciful and pragmatic step of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. The trouble is that, particularly in the House, lawmakers couldn't resist saddling the measure with overwrought restrictions reminiscent of the Rube Goldberg bureaucracy the state still imposes on another long-prohibited drug, alcohol. The state Senate can either substantially improve the legislation, which would require reapproval by the lower chamber, or largely accept it, getting the measure to Gov. Wolf's desk as quickly as possible and leaving major changes for another time. The latter course would be wiser.
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US PA: Pa. Medical Marijuana Bill Advances

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Apr 2016 - HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania lawmakers moved Monday to put final touches on a bill to legalize medical marijuana, reviving a longdebated measure that had stalled near the finish line last month. The Senate agreed to add a few technical changes to the House-approved bill. Republican leaders who control both chambers say that barring last-minute objections, the legislation could land on Gov. Wolf's desk for a signature this week.
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US PA: Vote May Be Close On Medical Marijuana Bill

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Standard-Speaker, 12 Apr 2016 - HARRISBURG (AP) - Senate backers said Monday that they hope medical marijuana legislation will get to Gov. Tom Wolf 's desk this week and start what could be a two-year process of setting up regulations for growers, dispensaries and physicians. A Senate committee approved changes to a bill that passed the House last month. Backers said they expect a final Senate vote today, followed by a final House vote on Wednesday. The Democratic governor supports the bill.
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US TN: Former Corrections Officer Gets Time

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Commercial Appeal, 12 Apr 2016 - A former corrections officer was sentenced to one year plus one day in prison and an inmate was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a scheme to smuggle marijuana into the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, the office of U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said Monday. The corrections officer, Keair Kemp, 33, of Horn Lake, and inmate Travonte Johnson, 34, of Millington, planned last year to smuggle the drug into the prison, according to a news release.
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US PA: Votes May Be Close on Medical Marijuana Bill in

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Republican & Herald, 12 Apr 2016 - HARRISBURG (AP) - Senate backers said Monday that they hope medical marijuana legislation will get to Gov. Tom Wolf 's desk this week and start what could be a two-year process of setting up regulations for growers, dispensaries and physicians. A Senate committee approved changes to a bill that passed the House last month. Backers said they expect a final Senate vote today, followed by a final House vote on Wednesday. The Democratic governor supports the bill.
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US PA: Man Pushes For Change To City Law

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Republican & Herald, 12 Apr 2016 - Requests Decriminalization of Small Amount of Marijuana A former Pottsville native Monday asked the city council to pass an ordinance to allow residents to possess "a small amount" of marijuana, "30 grams or less."
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US WA: Pot Sales Top Wine, Bread, Milk In Spokane County

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Seattle Times, 12 Apr 2016 - Hit $5 Million in March But Beer Sales Still Come Out on Top Legal marijuana sales in Spokane County topped retail sales of wine and kitchen staples such as bread and milk last year.
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US NY: Obit: Howard Marks, Drug Smuggler Turned Author, 70

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New York Times, 12 Apr 2016 - Howard Marks, an Oxford-educated drug trafficker who at his peak in the 1970s controlled a substantial fraction of the world's hashish and marijuana trade, and who became a best-selling author after his release from an American prison, died on Sunday. He was 70. His death, from colorectal cancer, which he disclosed last year, was confirmed by Robin Harvie, publisher for nonfiction at Pan Macmillan, which released Mr. Marks's final book, "Mr. Smiley: My Last Pill and Testament," in September. No other details were provided.
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US OR: Column: Councilor Plans To Stop Voting On Pot Issues

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The Mail Tribune, 12 Apr 2016 - COUNCILOR PLANS TO STOP VOTING ON POT ISSUES I would like to know why Medford Councilor Clay Bearnson is allowed to vote on all the decisions regarding the marijuana issues in the city. He has openly stated he is an active participant in the growing of marijuana and has applied for a license to sell medical marijuana. Why is this not a conflict of interest? He should recuse himself on all marijuana issues.
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