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Israel: Marijuana Prevents Physiological, Behavioral Damage

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Jerusalem Post, 09 Sep 2014 - Experiment on Rats May Lead to Ways to Prevent Development of Ptsd in Humans Giving rats synthetic cannabinoids soon after a traumatic event can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms caused by the trauma and by reminders of it.
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US NM: County Opts For Tax, Pot Questions On Ballot

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Sep 2014 - Democrats Favor Advisory Questions Over City Issues It isn't clear they'll fit on the ballot or survive a court challenge. But two non-bonding advisory questions - one asking voters their opinion on a tax increase for mental health services, the other on reducing marijuana penalties - narrowly won County Commission approval Monday for addition to the Nov. 4 ballot.
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US NM: SF County Voters May Give Opinion On Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Sep 2014 - Commission to Consider an 'Advisory Question' For November Ballot SANTA FE - Voters in Santa Fe County, and not just those inside Santa Fe city limits, may get to weigh in on whether possession of small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized - but they won't vote to actually create a law to lower pot penalties.
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US: Series: They Fought The Law. Who Won?

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 09 Sep 2014 - Many Drivers Faced a Long Ordeal in Court to Try to Get Their Money Back From Police Mandrel Stuart and his girlfriend were on a date driving on Interstate 66 toward the District when a Fairfax County police cruiser pulled out of the median and raced after them. The cruiser kept pace alongside Stuart's old blue GMC Yukon for a while, then followed behind for several miles before turning on its flashing lights.
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US MD: Md. Tracks Pain Pills To Reduce Overdoses

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 09 Sep 2014 - Prescription Monitoring Program Is Intended to Curtail 'Doctor Shopping' "We want to use data to drive people to treatment and services." Dr. Laura Herrera of the state health department A database in Kentucky that has tracked potentially dangerous and addictive prescriptions dispensed in the state for the past 15 years has become a national model by helping significantly reduce so-called doctor-shopping for pain drugs.
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Chronicle AM: Illinois Taking Medical Marijuana Applications, WaPo Forfeiture Series, NYT on SWAT, More (9/8/14)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:53

Two majors newspapers have special reports on law enforcement related to the drug war, a staunch Kansas Republican says marijuana should be decided by the states -- not the feds -- Illinois is now taking medical marijuana business applications, Britain's Lib Dems are ready to consider drug decrim and marijuana legalization, and more. Let's get to it:

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Kansas Republican US Senator Pat Roberts Says Legalization Should Be Up to the States." [Marijuana is] not a federal issue. That's a state issue. If you want to get a Rocky Mountain high, go west. That should be for the Kansas legislature and the governor to decide, not federally," Roberts said during a campaign debate last Saturday. Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell was inspired to respond: "When a conservative Republican senator from Kansas tells the feds to let states legalize marijuana in the middle of a tight race for reelection, it's pretty clear that the days when politicians thought they needed to be as 'tough' on drugs as possible in order to get elected are over. But Sen. Roberts needs to do more than just talk about change. At the very least he should team up with Sens. Cory Booker & Rand Paul on their effort to stop federal interference with state medical marijuana laws."

York, Maine, to Vote on Possession Legalization Initiative. York will be the third Maine community to vote on marijuana reform this year. Organizers for an initiative removing penalties for simple pot possession have handed in enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. York joins Lewiston and South Portland in voting on the issue this year. Portland, the state's largest city, approved a similar initiative last year.

Los Angeles Event to Mark 100th Anniversary of First "Marihuana" Raid. Cal NORML and the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform will host a press conference marking the 100th anniversary of the nation's first "marihuana" raid in LA's Mexican Sonoratown neighborhood on Thursday, September 11 at 10 am on the steps of LA City Hall. And LA NORML will be hosting an "End the 100 Year War on Pot" party on Saturday, September 13. State and local political officials and advocates will address the failed marijuana policy that has cost California billions of dollars in arrest, prosecution and prison expenses; fueled an illegal black market and lined the pockets of violent narcotrafficantes; promoted environmentally damaging trespass grows on public and private lands; and blocked access to useful medicine, all while failing to stem drug abuse in the state and depriving it of billions in tax dollars from a legitimate industry. Click on the title link for more details.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Accepting Applications for Medical Marijuana Businesses. The state Agriculture Department is now taking applications from people who want to open dispensaries or cultivation centers. There are 22 licenses available for growers and 60 for dispensaries.

Asset Forfeiture

Washington Post Takes on Asset Forfeiture, In an ongoing series of articles, The Washington Post is taking a cold-eyed look at asset forfeiture practices and the law enforcement culture that has grown around them. The article linked to above examines a private intelligence network used by cops across the country to trade information on motorists and help them decide whom to subject to pretextual traffic stops in order to look for loot to seize. There's a lot of dirt in here, and there's more to come as the series continues.

Drug Policy

NFL, Players Union in Drug Policy Talks.The NFL and its players' union are meeting today to try to thrash out new drug policies. Marijuana use is a key topic. The league has been criticized recently for treating pot-smoking offenses by players more seriously than domestic abuse.

Prescription Drugs

Obama Administration Announces Expanded Prescription Drug Takeback Plan. The White House announced today that hospitals, pharmacies and other medical facilities will be authorized to collect unused prescription drugs, a move designed to keep the drugs out of the hands of people who may attempt to abuse or sell them. "We know if we remove unused painkillers from the home, we can prevent misuse and dependence from ever taking hold," said Michael Botticelli, the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. "These regulations will create new avenues for addictive prescription drugs to leave the house and be disposed of in a safe, environmentally friendly way."

DEA Sets Production Limits for Pain Relievers, With Big Increases for Some. In a Federal Register notice posted last Friday, the DEA released a list of dozens of Schedule I and II substances subject to production quotas next year. Twenty-two of the 63 substances will see increases in production quotas next year, including cocaine, codeine, dihydrocodeine, hydromorphone, and ephedrine. The DEA says the changes are based on public comments that quota amounts were "insufficient to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research and industrial needs of the US." Among substances seeing quota decreases are amphetamine, methamphetamine, and methadone.

Law Enforcement

New York Times Video "Retro Report" Takes on History of SWAT. As part of a video documentary series presented by the Times called Retro Report, the nation's newspaper of record examines the rise of SWAT-style policing, tracing its roots to the turmoil and tumult of the 1960s. Once rare, SWAT teams now appear ubiquitous, whether in big cities or sleepy small towns. They are now under greater scrutiny in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, making this report quite timely.

International

British Liberal Democrats to Consider Drug Decriminalization, Legal Marijuana Sales. Britain's Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in a governing coalition with the Conservatives, will consider drug decriminalization and marijuana legalization at their party conference next month. The announcement comes after a party policy paper to be debated at the conference called on the party to "adopt the model used in Portugal, where those who possess drugs will be diverted into other services." The paper also said the party "welcomes the establishment of a regulated cannabis market in Uruguay, Colorado and Washington state. These innovative approaches are still in their infancy and the data that would allow us to examine their impact are not yet available. We will establish a review to examine the impact of these schemes in relation to public health," it said.

Australia's Tasmania Reverses Course, Will Allow Medical Marijuana Trials. Tasmania's governing Liberals will support medical marijuana trials, the health minister told a parliamentary inquiry. The minister, Michael Ferguson, had rejected a bid for trials in the state just weeks ago in July. But now he has changed his tune. "We support appropriately conducted clinical trials, feeding into the existing national medicines regulatory framework," he said. "We will objectively consider any proposal regarding a trial of medicinal cannabis on a case-by-case basis."

Amnesty International Report Says Torture in Mexico Out of Control. Reported cases of torture and mistreatment by police and armed forces in Mexico have increased six-fold in the past decade, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International. The report says much of the increase was driven by the Mexican government's aggressive effort to repress drug trafficking organizations.

Top Albanian Christian Democrat Calls for Marijuana Legalization. The head of Albania's Christian Democratic Party, Zef Bushati, has called for the legalization of marijuana on his Facebook page. "Countries are okay with that," he wrote. "First USA, France and now Italy. It's business. It increases the economic level. I never knew or even imagined that cannabis was cultivated all over Albania. When I knew that I started thinking about those families that needed to feed with this kind of job." Christian Democrats have only one member in the Albanian parliament.

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US CA: Two Killed In Robbery Of Marijuana-Growing Operation In

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 08 Sep 2014 - An apparent robbery of a marijuana-growing operation in Fresno resulted in a fatal gunfight Thursday that left two suspects dead and a 15-year-old girl being used as a human shield by fleeing robbers. Two of the alleged gunmen who broke into the house in south Fresno are in custody and three remain at large, said Lt. Louis Hernandez with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.
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US FL: Editorial: Uncertainty Encircles Medical Marijuana, but

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 08 Sep 2014 - The legalization of medical marijuana has long looked like a sure thing in Florida, with polls showing overwhelming majorities in favor. But with less than two months until the state votes on a constitutional amendment to legalize it, a new statewide poll shows more uncertainty - 1 in 6 voters haven't yet considered it - than had previously been thought. This should be no surprise. In the strange world of medical marijuana, uncertainty is one of the few constants. With the narcotic still illegal under federal law, any legalization or partial legalization at the state level is itself a foray into uncertainty. Legal in the eyes of some government agencies but illegal to others, medical marijuana occupies a bizarre space in the 23 states where it is now permitted. This leads to all sorts of legal and practical conflicts, ones that Floridians will have to deal with if the amendment does receive the necessary 60 percent of votes cast in November.
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US: Legal Use Of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 08 Sep 2014 - DENVER - Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls for a Colorado satellite-television provider. So when his employer, Dish Network, asked Mr. Coats to take a random drug screen, he was not surprised when the test came back positive for marijuana. He told his bosses why, but when he got to work the following week, he said, "my card wouldn't open up the door." He was fired for violating the company's drug-free workplace rules, despite having a medical marijuana card.
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US NY: Column: Football's In the Air, and in Denver, So Is the

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 08 Sep 2014 - Marijuana Seeps into Tailgating Rituals at Mile High in Colorado DENVER - Wait. Does that glittering stadium really look like a just-landed spaceship under a blueberry sky? Or is that just because, well, y'know. ...
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US: Series: Police Intelligence Targets Cash

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 08 Sep 2014 - Reports on Drivers, Training by Firm Fueled Law Enforcement Aggressiveness During the rush to improve homeland security a decade ago, an invitation went out from Congress to a newly retired California highway patrolman named Joe David. A lawmaker asked him to brief the Senate on how highway police could keep "our communities safe from terrorists and drug dealers."
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UK: Kew Gardens Drugs Storm Over 'Intoxication Season' Of

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
The Mail on Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 - ANTI-DRUGS campaigners last night condemned an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew where speakers will discuss the uses of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The Intoxication Season is open to visitors of any age and displays plants including cannabis, the hallucinogen peyote, and poppies, which are used to make opium.
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US WA: Edibles Arriving in Stores Slowly As Pot Regulators

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 07 Sep 2014 - Legal Marijuana After Lessons Learned From Colorado, Products From Washington Entrepreneurs Get Go-Ahead. Pot-infused edibles began trickling to store shelves last month, and the sweets, snacks and drinks offer a glimpse of a diverse and maturing marketplace on the horizon - one rife with concerns for consumers and regulators.
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US: Stop And Seize

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Sep 2014 - Aggressive Police Take Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Motorists Not Charged With Crimes After the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America's highways.
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US NY: Up In Smoke

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Sep 2014 - One day in January 2007, the disgruntled ex-girlfriend of a Queens pot dealer walked unprompted into the district office of the Drug Enforcement Administration on Long Island. Sitting down with an agent, she bitterly gave vent: Her former boyfriend, the father of her child, was selling weed. As a rule, the drug agency isn't in the business of settling romantic scores, but the woman, who had shown up with her child in tow, was adamant that her onetime lover was a major player in the city's wholesale marijuana trade. A group of federal agents started looking into the man.
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Ethan Nadelmann: We Hit A Drug Policy Tipping Point

DrugSense Blog - Tue, 10/29/2013 - 16:25
The HCLU has several videos from the 2013 international drug policy reform conference in Denver on their Youtube channel.
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Hundreds of Medical Marijuana Supporters Protest Obama in Oakland as Feds Escalate War on Pot

Alternet - Tue, 07/24/2012 - 18:00
Demanding answers for unjustified federal raids and threats, patients challenged the DEA's claim that marijuana has no medical use.
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We Can't End AIDS Until We End the Drug War

Alternet - Tue, 07/24/2012 - 18:00
The end of AIDS is not just possible -- but predictably achievable -- if we end the war on drugs.
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4 Major Ways Countries Have Reduced Drug-Related Disease and Death -- Are We Americans Too Conceited to Imitate Them?

Alternet - Tue, 07/24/2012 - 00:00
Over the past two decades, a number of countries have implemented evidence-based programs that reduce the harms associated with drugs -- but the U.S. isn't listening.
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It's Not Just NYC: Across America, Only Black and Brown People Get Arrested for Pot

Alternet - Mon, 07/23/2012 - 06:00
The racial ratios of reefer roundups are as bad as New York's—if not worse—in scores of other U.S. cities.
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