Officials in California's Humboldt County have approved a massive, seven-acre medical marijuana grow operation, Missouri's governor signs a bill allowing pot offenders to get their records expunged, New York's governor announces a crackdown on "synthetic marijuana," and more.
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Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Allow for Expungement of Marijuana Convictions. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed into law Senate Bill 558, which will allow the expungement of records for almost all marijuana convictions in the state. People convicted of marijuana misdemeanors must wait three years, while those with felony convictions must wait for seven years.
CBD Research Bill Filed in Senate. Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC), filed the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) last Friday. The bill would require the attorney general to determine whether CBD should be considered a separate substance from marijuana and whether it should be rescheduled or removed from the Controlled Substances Act.
California's Humboldt County Approves Massive Medical Marijuana Farm. The Emerald Triangle pot-growing county has approved its first medical marijuana grows under new regulations adopted this year. One is a quarter-acre mixed-light farm in Carlotta and the other is a seven-acre outdoor grow and processing center in Honeydew.
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New York Governor Announces Crackdown on "Synthetic Marijuana." In the wake of last week's outbreak of synthetic cannabinoid overdoses in Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Monday announced aggressive enforcement actions aimed at suppressing illegal sales of the drugs. "The evolution of synthetic drugs is an alarming public health risk -- but we are on the front lines of the battle," Cuomo said in a news release. "The state will continue to identify emerging compounds that put users in danger and aggressively chase down sellers of these toxic substances." The state will vigorously pursue all civil, criminal, and administrative remedies against businesses found to be making or selling the drugs, Cuomo added.
Globe and Mail, 18 Jul 2016 - Svante Myrick, the young mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., made international headlines earlier this year when he backed a drug strategy that included the opening of a supervised-injection site. While two such facilities have existed in Vancouver for more than 13 years - and Toronto recently approved three - supervised consumption remains a controversial idea for many in North America. If approved, Ithaca's could be the first of its kind in the United States. The Globe and Mail spoke with Mr. Myrick, who recently visited Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where he toured the Insite supervised-injection site; the Providence Crosstown Clinic, where drug users who were part of a clinical trial receive prescription heroin; and other social-service providers.
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 Jul 2016 - Other Suspects Urged to Prove They're Clean WHY did the "Punisher" let alleged drug Triad boss Peter Lim live another day? The Palace could not give the exact reason, but Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar yesterday sought to assure the public that there was no double standard in the government's war against illegal drugs.
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 Jul 2016 - BANGKOK - Somsak Sreesomsong was 18 when he was jailed for selling illegal drugs. Now, turning 30, he is not yet half way through his 33-year sentence at Bangkok's high-security Klong Prem prison. Somsak was "just a kid, not a big-time dealer," his older brother Panit told Reuters after a visit to the jail. "We're also serving time, waiting for him to get out so he can help the family."
Philippine Star, 18 Jul 2016 - Mayors and other local officials have been ordered to curb the illegal drug trade in six months or else lose their power and control over the police. Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno yesterday issued the order to local government officials, warning they would be stripped of control and supervision over local police if they fail to address the drug problem in their jurisdictions.
Philippine Star, 18 Jul 2016 - "I will execute you," Dirty Rody warned suspected drug trafficker Peter Lim last Friday in Davao City. "I will finish you off." As of yesterday, Lim - one of some 400 Peter Lims in Cebu where he lives and of about 4,000 in the Philippines, according to Bureau of Immigration files - had not yet been "finished off."
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 Jul 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur - Authorities in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur province, have been receiving complaints about extortion targeting suspected drug users and pushers and threatening them with death if they failed to pay up to P50,000 each. Tandag City Alexander Pimentel said in a radio interview that some people, who have been tagged as either users or pushers, have complained of getting text messages asking them to cough up cash or risk being killed as casualties of the war on drugs.
The Calgary Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - QUESTION: I admit I probably smoke pot a bit more than I should (it's legal in our state), but now my wife is getting after me because she says I'm addicted to it and turning into the equivalent of an alcoholic. Can harmless drugs like pot really do that to you? - Z.K. ANSWER: No drug is harmless, and experts I have consulted agree that almost any drug can become addictive - including marijuana. When that happens, a person becomes more and more dependent on it, and may find it almost impossible to break away from it on their own. Gradually it ruins their life and destroys their relationships.
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high. In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new MPs to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside testing technology, before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 Jul 2016 - On July 7, Gov. David Ige signed into law what might prove to be the most important piece of economic legislation in the past 50 years. Hawaii now enjoys the best hemp law in the nation. We who have been active in bringing back hemp to agriculture believe that generations will still be saying mahalo to those who worked, some for decades, to get this law passed. Now it's time to implement it.
The Times Herald, 17 Jul 2016 - UPPER MERION - Passage of legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania marked the end of seven long, hard years of negotiation. Now that Gov. Tom Wolf has signed the measure into law, the push is on to explain the ramifications, including possible business opportunities tied to the medical marijuana field. Wolf, who had adamantly backed the bill through approval by both the House and Senate, swiftly added his signature, which made the bill law.
The Oklahoman, 17 Jul 2016 - Tents flapped in the northwest Oklahoma City wind as Michael Beck and another man arrived in a pickup, ready to sign a petition seeking a state vote to legalize medical marijuana. Beck, 25, said he has never used marijuana, but he has a niece who can benefit from it and whose mother and father have moved to Colorado where it's legal.
Orlando Sentinel, 17 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Florida's first legal harvest of marijuana is stored in multiple vacuum-packed, 441-gram bags in a freezer on the outskirts of Tallahassee. Each is the result of months of careful growing, monitoring, coaxing, and finally cultivating, scores of plants in a hidden farm overseen by horticulturalists and protected by armed guards.
Washington Post, 17 Jul 2016 - MD. Delegate Did Not Disclose His Connection to Dispensary Applicant The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug - a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses.
Philippine Star, 17 Jul 2016 - DAVAO CITY - There is hope for the hundreds of drug users who have surrendered, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ( PDEA) director general Isidro Lapena said yesterday Lapena said the large number of drug users and dealers who surrendered shows that there is hope for them for the country.
Sun.Star Cebu, 17 Jul 2016 - SO IT was all for show. He never meant one word of it. Just plain rhetoric. Before he could even retake the reins of the Cebu City Government, he had been all over the news because of his bombastic pronouncements. What was that? He offered a P50,000-reward to any law enforcement operative who killed a drug personality. Who cares if the fatality was, in the eyes of the law, still innocent because he hadn't yet been convicted in court? But hey, as long as the guy was killed in a legitimate operation, that was alright for Tomas Osmena.
Philippine Star, 17 Jul 2016 - President Duterte threatened to kill businessman Peter Lim if it will be proven that he is among the country's top drug lords. Lim had a meeting with Duterte late Friday at the regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao City.
New York Times, 16 Jul 2016 - The police raids around a gritty Brooklyn intersection were meant to show that city officials were taking charge after 33 people had been stricken by suspected overdoses of K2. But the spectacle, captured by a crush of news media, came up all but empty, without a single packet of the drug seized. The outcome of the attempted crackdown underscored the challenges the authorities face in combating K2, a potent substance that is easy to distribute and hard to regulate. Its low price and powerful high have made it popular among some homeless people, and its effects have periodically transformed patches of the city - like the one on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant where the raids were carried out - into theaters of public drug use.
Boston Globe, 16 Jul 2016 - State campaign finance officials have dismissed a complaint against the police chief of Walpole, but supporters of a ballot question to legalize marijuana now say they will take their case to the state Ethics Commission. The pro-marijuana group, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, has accused the chief of improper political advocacy on the job.
Straits Times, 16 Jul 2016 - Move targets marijuana use amid prison population boom; some drugs may be reclassified for controlled use Marijuana or methamphetamine users in Thailand may get rehabilitation rather than jail under broad changes to the country's narcotics policy. The kingdom is reviewing its zero-tolerance approach, which has caused its prison population to balloon without actually controlling the proliferation of illicit drugs.