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Canada: Pot Shot From NDP

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Jun 2016 - Motion Today to Have Marijuana Decriminalized OTTAWA - The New Democrats are urging the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before they legalize it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, and his government plans to get started next spring.
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South Africa: Column: The War On Drugs Has Clearly Failed

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 07:00
The New Age, 13 Jun 2016 - Decriminalising Drugs Is Straightforward; People Are Empowered With Choice ONE of the key traits of humanity is the ability to implement laws and change them as new evidence, facts and data become available, thus creating greater awareness.
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US CA: OPED: When A Doctor Abuses Drugs

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2016 - It wasn't until the state police and the DEA were sitting in my primary care office that I finally stopped denying that I was hopelessly addicted to prescription opiates. The DEA agent said, "Doc, cut the crap, we know you've been writing bad scrips." The windows in my office didn't open, otherwise I might have jumped out and fled. As it was, I was charged with three felony counts of fraudulent prescribing.
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US PA: Editorial: Treatment, Not Imprisonment

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 12 Jun 2016 - The high costs of incarceration have prompted most states and the federal government to reduce their prison populations. Now, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, there is evidence that doing so does not increase crime. Researchers analyzed prison and crime data from all 50 states between 2006, when the reform movement began, through 2014, the most recent year for which data are complete. They found that in 27 states that have decreased their prison populations, crime also has decreased.
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US HI: 'Not A Perfect Bill'

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
West Hawaii Today, 12 Jun 2016 - Legislators Field Marijuana Questions at Meeting in Pahoa Hawaii's medical marijuana dispensary law isn't perfect - far from it - - but it's a start, and the state needs to begin somewhere. That's how lawmakers characterized the up-and-coming dispensary system Thursday evening to a fired up crowd in Pahoa, many who pointed out what they called flaws in the way the law was written.
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US IL: Column: A Marijuana Reporter Walks into a Pot Shop ...

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 12 Jun 2016 - As someone who writes about marijuana for a living, it recently started to seem a little strange I hadn't actually been to the promised land of legal cannabis that Colorado has become over the past couple of years. So on Memorial Day weekend, I flew to Denver on a mission to buy weed legally.
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Canada: Will Canada Be The New Cannabis Capital?

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Jun 2016 - The Move to Legalize Marijuana Represents a Huge Market for U.S. Investors. OTTAWA - Colorado and Washington may have jumped ahead in the race to become North America's marijuana kings, but Canada is now positioned to take a lead in the booming multibillion-dollar industry.
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US OR: OPED: Take It Slow On Edible Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 11 Jun 2016 - We've reached another green-letter day in the state of Oregon's continuing experiment with legalizing recreational marijuana: Beginning Thursday, edible pot products are available for retail sale in registered medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. Not in Linn County, though: At this writing, no medical marijuana dispensary in the county legally can sell recreational marijuana, and that includes edibles intended for recreational users. Local governments throughout the county (including Linn County) have barred medical dispensaries from selling recreational pot. Voters in each of those jurisdictions will get a chance in November to decide the fate of those restrictions.
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US TX: Justices: Obtaining Evidence Illegally Doesn't Bar

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
Austin American-Statesman, 11 Jun 2016 - JUSTICES: OBTAINING EVIDENCE ILLEGALLY DOESN'T BAR SEIZURES High Court: Civil-Asset Forfeiture Is Not Subject to Criminal Court Rules. Law enforcement can seize private property that was used in the commission of a crime, even if evidence of wrongdoing was illegally obtained by police, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.
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CN ON: Pot Law Could Spark More Change

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Jun 2016 - The Trudeau government's plans to change the legal status of marijuana may have some unintended consequences, including making more potent drugs harder to find. That's according to one former dealer in London who, like the other small-time operators who make up the bulk of the city's underground sales force, sold mostly marijuana for about a year before moving on to legitimate pursuits.
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US CA: Lawsuit Seeking Protected Pot Use for Kenwood's

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 11 Jun 2016 - A Sonoma County-related lawsuit that attempted to establish the use of marijuana as a protected sacrament for use in religious ceremonies was tossed out in federal court this week. The claim that Sonoma County sheriff's officers destroyed sacramental marijuana plants belonging to a Kenwood church was dismissed after the attorney for the church failed to show up in federal court.
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US NJ: Shutdown of Trenton Police Facebook Triggers Outcry

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 11 Jun 2016 - TRENTON - Trenton Police's Facebook status is nonexistent. The department removed its Facebook page sometime Thursday amid allegations that negativity hurled at the department, partially over the arrest of a lightning rod marijuana activist, was being scrubbed from its social media page.
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Philippines: P50m Bounty Offered for Killing Duterte, Incoming

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
The Freeman, 10 Jun 2016 - Incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) head Chief Supt. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa yesterday revealed that some elements have offered rewards for killing him and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. From the initial offer of P10 million, the bounty for himself and Duterte is now higher at P50 million, he said.
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US CA: New Bid To Curtail Police Seizures

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 10 Jun 2016 - Bill Targets the Taking of People's Property Without a Conviction. SACRAMENTO - Almost a year after California lawmakers rejected legislation that would restrict police departments' ability to take cars, cash, homes and other property from suspected criminals without a conviction, the bill's author is trying again as similar efforts succeed across the country.
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US OK: Ohp Card Readers Can Seize Funds

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 10 Jun 2016 - Civil Asset Forfeitures From Prepaid Cards Prompt New Concerns Over Civil Liberties. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has purchased several devices capable of seizing funds loaded on to prepaid debit cards to aid troopers in roadside seizures of suspected drug-trafficking proceeds.
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US NM: OPED: Legalize Marijuana to Adequately Finance Medicaid

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Jun 2016 - New Mexico's Program Is a Model of Efficiency but Still Needs More Money to Function New Mexico is experiencing vast budget shortages stemming from a historically limited private-sector economy and lower than expected oil and gas revenues. Rarely, if ever, have the state coffers been sufficient to fully fund the programmatic needs for improved education, a stronger justice system and expanded but needed health care.
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Philippines: Rody Warns Lawmakers: Do Not Stand In My Way

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10 Jun 2016 - CEBU CITY-Presidentelect Rodrigo Duterte has warned lawmakers not to stand in the way of his war against drugs and criminality by conducting investigations. In a speech during his thanksgiving party on Wednesday night, Duterte said he told some congressmen, including incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, during a meeting in Davao City on Tuesday night not to make the mistake of conducting a congressional inquiry on his anticrime campaign when it gets off the ground.
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Philippines: UN Chief Slams Duterte

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 10 Jun 2016 - Ban Condemns Digong's 'Endorsement of Extrajudicial Killings' UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned incoming Philippine President Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte's apparent support of extrajudicial killings, voicing particular concern over his comments seen as justifying murdering journalists.
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Mexico: 40 Times Stronger Than Heroin, Fentanyl Enriches Drug

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 10 Jun 2016 - MEXICO CITY - The drug that killed Prince has become a favorite of Mexican cartels because it is extremely potent, popular in the United States - and immensely profitable, American officials say. Law enforcement and border authorities in the United States warn that Mexican cartels are using their own labs to produce the drug, fentanyl, as well as receiving shipments from China. Then the cartels distribute the substance through their vast smuggling networks to meet rising American demand for opiates and pharmaceuticals.
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US MA: Column: The Mind-Altering Arguments About Legal Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 10 Jun 2016 - Marijuana may soon be coming to your neighborhood. You may smell its aroma wafting over from the deck next door or from a backyard party down the block. Why, it's even possible that a cannabis cafe could open on Main Street. A question proposed for the fall ballot would make marijuana a legal recreational drug and regulate it like alcohol. Although that initiative petition faces a long-shot legal challenge and needs a second round of certified signatures, Massachusetts citizens will likely get to vote on the question in November.
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