Toronto Sun, 16 May 2016 - Hefty Fines On Way: Officials The grass soon won't look so green for Toronto's pot dispensaries. With at least 78 marijuana dispensaries operating in the city, bylaw officers will be hitting them with hefty fines for zoning bylaw violations by the end of the month, according to municipal officials.
Hartford Courant, 16 May 2016 - Time is critical as respiration depresses from a potentially lethal dose of heroin, or possibly a cocktail including other opioids. For those first on scene, they need access naloxone to quickly get the victim breathing again. Monday, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, which has seen a growing number of overdose patients, announced they will provide some municipal police departments with this drug for a year.
Merced Sun-Star, 16 May 2016 - The ordinance to allow medical marijuana and cultivation in the city of Merced is set to go before city planners this week. The city's Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 678 W. 18th St. The commission is scheduled to take public comment during the meeting.
Toronto Sun, 15 May 2016 - A west-end medicinal marijuana centre is asking the mayor for a little compassion. True Compassion Toronto (TCT), a facility where "patients treat patients" for chronic illnesses using cannabis, sent Mayor John Tory an open invitation Friday for him to come tour the facilities and see the community benefits before the city cracks down on the city's growing number of pot dispensaries.
Boston Globe, 15 May 2016 - The tomato seedlings in the urban garden were sprouting. The basketball court was filled with men in blue, gray, and brown uniforms shooting hoops and doing pushups. Inside, at vocational classes, men learned the art of tailoring a suit while a group of women studied toward their GEDs. In many ways, the South Bay House of Correction has become a microcosm of the country's evolving attitudes toward drug abuse and drug-related crimes. The facility just off Interstate 93 in Boston is a different place compared with the early 1990s, when leaders in Washington passed a stringent crime bill that authorized stiff penalties for drug crimes and nearly doubled the country's prison population.
Boston Globe, 15 May 2016 - Reports of suspected elder abuse in Massachusetts have surged over the past five years, according to state figures - a troubling increase that law enforcement and elder advocates say is fueled in part by the opioid crisis and addicted adult children exploiting parents and other relatives. Since 2011, abuse reports have climbed 37 percent, with more than 1,000 additional cases reported each of the past five years to protective services offices. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the agency that tracks and investigates abuse, recorded nearly 25,000 cases last year, but the state's numbers do not delineate how many involved opioids.
Kuwait Times, 15 May 2016 - Fed up with drug-related violence, a growing number of Mexican politicians see one potential cure: Legalizing the cultivation of opium poppies for the production of medicine. The debate has emerged in recent weeks after President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legislation in April to loosen marijuana laws by legalizing medical cannabis and easing restrictions on its recreational use. Since then, governors and congressional lawmakers have voiced their support for regulating opium poppies, which are often grown by farmers in poor areas of the country and sold to cartels as the raw material for heroin. The idea was launched by Hector Astudillo, governor of the southern state of Guerrero, which has the country's highest murder rate amid turf wars among drug cartels battling for control of the mountains where US-bound heroin is born. Astudillo, whose state is the biggest producer of opium poppies, proposed a pilot program for the crop's cultivation for medical uses. Graco Ramirez, governor of the neighboring crime-plagued state of Morelos, which is a transit route for the drug, voiced his support. "In (the northwestern state of ) Sinaloa and Guerrero, growing opium poppies is a fact of life and we must take it away from the criminals and give it to health," Ramirez said.
The Palm Beach Post, 15 May 2016 - Drugs, Booze, Food, Gambling All Lead to Changes in Brains. He was 40 years old, a father of three and an Orlando house painter, clean and sober for eight years. One night last summer, he climbed into his truck, stuck a needle in his arm and injected himself with what would be his final dose of heroin.
Chicago Sun-Times, 15 May 2016 - Authorities Are Filing More Drug-Induced Homicide Charges, but Complex Cases Show It's Hard to Decide Whether Offenders Deserve Prison or Treatment When police and paramedics arrived at her aunt's apartment in Carol Stream, Adrianna Diana told them she and her friend Christopher Houdek had cooked and shot up heroin the night before.
Daily Mountain Eagle, 15 May 2016 - One local woman is working to get an involuntary drug rehabilitation law passed in Alabama. The law, which JoAnn Hendrix is calling Jamie's Law, would provide a means for families to petition the court to order their loved one with a drug problem to be placed in an involuntary drug rehabilitation treatment program.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - For the past 10 to 15 years, every time a medical marijuana grower was raided, a spokesperson for the marijuana lobby would get in front of a camera or give a statement to a reporter saying words to the effect of "patients will suffer," or "where will my patients get their medicine?" The message discipline of the lobby was and continues to be highly effective. How could any caring person deny a patient their medicine? So, it was nothing short of miraculous on Jan. 1, 2015, when personal possession of marijuana became legal, that suddenly enough marijuana became available for massive free marijuana giveaways in several locations throughout the valley.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - Neighbors Upset About Odors, Noise, Traffic With the start of the outdoor marijuana growing season, Jackson County officials are gearing up for complaints from neighbors upset about nearby grows.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - Only a handful of medical marijuana growers have applied for Jackson County permits to keep growing on rural residential land - even though growers without permits face fines of up to $10,000 and orders to remove their plants. Most are flying under the radar, hoping to avoid detection rather than pay the $1,563 permit application fee.
The Mail Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Clay Bearnson Believed to Be the First City Councilor in the State to Own Pot Shop A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own dispensary.
Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Illinois has taken a go-slow approach to medical marijuana, limiting risk by allowing the industry to operate as a pilot program until the start of 2018. So far, so good: The highly regulated system, designed to provide relief to patients suffering from 39 specific ailments, such as cancer and Parkinson's, has operated smoothly since it started last year. Gov. Bruce Rauner, like his predecessor, Pat Quinn, hasn't rushed the process. But a policy of prudence that doesn't evolve with the evidence can wind up being overly cautious: Today some hurting Illinois residents can't get the aid they seek because of Rauner's approach.
Chicago Sun-Times, 14 May 2016 - State's High- Grade Marijuana Is in Big Demand on Black Market DENVER - If you can dream up a way to smuggle marijuana out of Colorado, chances are someone else has already tried it: Cars and trucks. Potato chip bags and jars of peanut butter. The U. S. mail.
A new Maine poll has majority support for legalization, Indonesia is about to execute more drug war prisoners, and more.
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Maine Poll Has Support for Legalization at 55%. A new Critical Insights tracking poll finds solid majority support for pot legalization six months before Maine voters head to the polls to vote on the legalization initiative from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. A question asking whether respondents whether they favored a law allowing marijuana to be "legalized, taxed, and regulated by adults 21 and over" got the 55%, but a second, more generic question, scored even higher at 59%. These poll results are similar to a March poll that had support for legalization at 54%.
Indonesia Gears Up to Execute More Than a Dozen Drug War Prisoners. Five nationals and 10 foreigners face imminent execution for drug crimes, according to local media accounts, lawyers, and activists. Last year, Indonesia attracted international condemnation for executing 12 foreigners and two Indonesians for drug crimes, but now the government of President Joko Widodo is doubling down.
Toronto Looks to Crack Down on Pot Shops. Mayor John Tory this week sent a letter to the municipal licensing committee looking for options to regulate the hundreds of pot shops that have opened in the city since the Liberals announced they were moving ahead with plans to legalize marijuana. Only two other Canadian cities, Vancouver and Victoria, both in British Columbia, have moved to regulate the dispensaries. "Left unaddressed, the number of these dispensaries will only increase," Tory wrote. "This proliferation brings with it potential health risks for individuals who patronize dispensaries where the substance for sale is completely unregulated."
The Bulletin, 13 May 2016 - The Deschutes County Commission has agreed to repeal the ban prohibiting recreational and medical marijuana businesses from operating in unincorporated parts of the county. It hasn't been an easy decision for the commissioners. It shouldn't be an easy decision given the complexities involved. But it was the right decision.
Toronto Sun, 13 May 2016 - Tory Wants to Turn Back Clock: Pot Boosters When it came to rapidly expanding Uber, Mayor John Tory was certainly opposed to standing in the way of the changing reality. "The notion that we think somehow we're going to turn back the hands of time in Toronto, Canada, I mean this is not sensible," Tory said, much to the chagrin of the taxi industry.
Toronto Star, 13 May 2016 - It used to be that pop-up stores were focused on selling seasonal items like Christmas decorations. But the latest craze is in so-called "medical marijuana dispensaries," which are popping up like weeds this spring in residential areas around the city. Bags of marijuana are among the offerings at a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver. A number of similar shops have opened in Toronto.