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US FL: Column: Take Moral, Not Political Road on Medical Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 09 Nov 2014 - Florida voters denied - barely - a political imperative to pass a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana by folks with debilitating illnesses. It falls upon the Florida lawmakers to follow a moral imperative to pass medical marijuana legislation and give relief to thousands of Floridians suffering from horrible ailments. This is reason enough to move quickly, but faith in this Legislature on this issue is hard to come by.
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US MA: Walsh Wants Tough Pot Regs

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Boston Herald, 09 Nov 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has long opposed marijuana dispensaries, told the Herald yesterday that he's hopeful there will be "tight regulations" on a pot shop that now is one step closer to opening in Boston's Financial District. "I mean, it's the law. We're going to live with the law," Walsh said. "I didn't support it in the beginning; I just thought it was too open-ended. But in saying that, it's the law today, and everything can be worked out."
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Guyana: Column: DC Marijuana Vote Will Test 'War On Drugs'

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
Stabroek News, 09 Nov 2014 - Here's the biggest irony of Tuesday's mid-term elections: the US government will continue demanding that Mexico, Colombia and other countries fight the marijuana trade as part of its "war on drugs," while Washington voters have just approved making pot legal in the US capital. Under an initiative passed by DC voters in Tuesday's elections, residents aged over 21 will be able to possess two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational consumption outside federal lands, pending congressional approval of the measure.
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US CO: The Life of a Pot Critic: Clean, With Citrus Notes

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 08:00
New York Times, 09 Nov 2014 - DENVER - Jake Browne was seated in a yellow suede chair, carefully rotating a marijuana bud between his fingers. "I'm looking for bugs, mildew, things I wouldn't want to ingest," he said, leaning forward to hold the nickel-size flower up to the light. He paused, then took a sip of water from a cup with a Miley Cyrus hologram down its side. "This looks clean," he concluded. Mr. Browne, 31, held the bud up to his nose and inhaled. Then he opened his computer. "Faint lemony sweetness," he typed, before loading the pot into a small glass pipe.
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US FL: Editorial: Defeat of Amendment 2: Marijuana Debate Not Over

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Ledger, 08 Nov 2014 - Amendment 2, Florida's A-proposed medical A-marijuana measure, failed on Election Day. And deservedly so. The state constitutional change advocated by A-Orlando lawyer John Morgan, and largely financed with $6.5 million out of Morgan's own wallet, was fraught with more holes than a fish net.
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US: Support For Legal Pot Down Off Its High

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Home, 08 Nov 2014 - Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau. A majority, 51 percent, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll. That's about where support has been since 2011, but a drop from the 58 percent who told Gallup last year they supported legalization. Last year's poll came just after Colorado and Oregon had voted to allow marijuana to be sold in stores and were in the process of setting up the market.
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US NM: Next Steps for Pot Law, Mental Health Tax in Question

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Nov 2014 - Results Are Not Binding, and It's Unclear If They Will Turn into Government Action Both advisory questions on the Bernalillo County ballot - marijuana decriminalization and a mental health tax - won big at the polls this week.
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US DC: Legalization of Marijuana Faces Uncertain Future in

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 08 Nov 2014 - Although residents of Washington voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana this week - a move that could put penalty-free pot within an hour's drive of Baltimore - the ballot initiative faces an uncertain future. The measure, which would make it legal for people over 21 to possess 2 ounces of marijuana and grow up to three plants, has triggered some concern on Capitol Hill and among Maryland authorities.
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UK: Editorial: Marijuana Milestone

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - Almost Half of American States Have Taken Steps to Legalise Cannabis. the Federal Government Should Follow BESIDES choosing lawmakers, on November 4th voters in three American states and the District of Columbia considered measures to liberalise the cannabis trade.
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UK: Column: The Marlboro Of Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00
The Economist, 08 Nov 2014 - The Legal Cannabis Industry Is Run by Minnows. As Liberalisation Spreads, That May Not Last "FRESH and fruity, right?" says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called "AK-47" under Schumpeter's nose. "Whereas with this one",-unscrewing another jar, fanning the scent up to his nostrils and closing his eyes in concentration-"I'm getting notes of dill."
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US DC: Legalization Of Marijuana In DC Heads To Congress

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Nov 2014 - Congress to Weigh in on Marijuana The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing, and sharing small amounts of the drug.
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Chronicle AM: 2016 Plans, Silk Road 2.0 Busted, Canada & Jamaica React to Marijuana Votes, More (11/6/14)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 21:50

Marijuana reform activists are already eyeing 2016, and so is former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the FBI busts the latest incarnation of Silk Road, Tuesday's vote brings some joy in Canada and Jamaica, and more. Let's get to it:

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Only 733 Days Until California Legalizes Marijuana. That's the message from the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, which is already laying the groundwork for a successful statewide marijuana legalization in 2016. Check it out.

Missouri Group Files Petition to Legalize Marijuana in 2016. The activist group Show-Me Cannabis filed a petition Wednesday for a constitutional amendment initiative to legalize marijuana in 2016. It must now undergo a review and public comment process. Once approved, supporters will have to gather 165,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Drug Policy

Drug Legalizer Gary Johnson Will Run for President (Again) in 2016. Former Republican New Mexico governor, 2012 Republican presidential nomination seeker, and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has announced he will run for president again in 2016. He picked up 1.3 million votes as the Libertarian candidate last time. He said he was running as a counter to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who he said was only half-right on the issues.

Law Enforcement

FBI Busts Silk Road 2.0. The FBI has arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly running the resurrected dark web online drug sales web site Silk Road 2.0. Blake Benthall was arrested in San Francisco Thursday. The original Silk Road allegedly generated over a billion dollars in sales before it was busted and its original operator, Ross Ulbricht, was arrested. Silk Road 2.0 was launched a year ago and allegedly was doing $8 million a month in sales, with over 13,000 different listings for controlled substances. Don't be surprised when Silk Road 3.0 pops up.

International

Canada Activists, Liberals Celebrate US Marijuana Legalization Votes. "I'm very happy today," said Vancouver activist Dana Larsen, who led the not yet successful drive for pot decriminalization in British Columbia last year. "It's pouring rain outside, but that's okay, it's sunshining in our hearts. The final argument from prohibitionists in Canada has always been, 'If you legalize it, America will punish us… they'll shut down our border.' That's always been the last refuge of the prohibitionists. [President] Obama is not even punishing his own states for legalizing it. It will definitely make it much easier [for a future Canadian government to legalize it.]" The Liberal Party was also pleased. "Last night, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC expressed their democratic will and supported the legalization of marijuana," a party spokesperson said. "A well-regulated, legal system for marijuana access promotes public safety, keeps profits out of the hands of gangs, and helps keep drugs out of the hand of children -- exactly what Liberals have been saying all along."

Jamaica Ganja Task Force Hails US Marijuana Legalization Votes. Canadians weren't the only ones smiling. Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Task Force called the legalization votes in Alaska, Colorado, and Washington, DC, "positive developments" and urged the Jamaican government to get moving. "The CCMRT, while acknowledging the Jamaican government's positive positioning on ganja law reform, urge them to move more decisively at fundamental reform so as to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind," the group said.

Mexican Mayor and Wife Arrested in Case of Missing Student Teachers. Mexican authorities announced Tuesday that they had arrested fugitive former Iguala mayor Jose Luiz Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in a pre-dawn raid in a Mexico City working class suburb. They fled after 43 radical student teachers went missing more than a month ago in the midst of anti-government demonstrations. Pineda is a accused of being the chief operative of the Guerreros Unidos drug gang, to whom the students were handed after being detained by Iguala police. The case is causing huge tremors in a country sick to death of official corruption and impunity.

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US DC: GOP Congress to Weigh 'Legal Pot'

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The News-Item, 06 Nov 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The national marijuana legalization debate ismoving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available.
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US: Legal Toking Still Months Away In 2 States

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Nov 2014 - The Recreational Use of Marijuana Is Now Legal in Alaska and Oregon, but the Change Won't Take Effect Until Next Year. Pot-Legalization Groups Are Looking Ahead to California in 2016. PORTLAND, Ore. - Voters in the blue state of Oregon and the red state of Alaska have joined the fledgling green column of the U.S. political map by choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, but supporters are not at liberty to light up or buy their cannabis just yet.
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US FL: GOP Lawmakers Willing to Consider Medical Pot Despite

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 06 Nov 2014 - Amendment's Chief Backer Plans to Bring Cause to Legislature. The expansion of the use of medical marijuana in Florida came up short at the polls Tuesday, but the chief financial backer of the campaign says he will take his cause to the Florida Legislature in 2015 and GOP leaders said Wednesday that they are willing to listen. he will use the fact that a clear majority of voters supported the amendment to push the Florida Legislature to act.
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US PA: City Eyes Drug Felon Ordinance

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The News-Item, 06 Nov 2014 - SHAMOKIN - A proposed ordinance was introduced Wednesday night that, if adopted, will ban landlords from renting properties to those convicted of felony drug charges. During a 90-minute work session, solicitor Frank Konopka presented city council with a revised landlord/tenant ordinance that he and code enforcement officer Rick Bozza have worked on for the past six months.
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US CA: Pot Ordinance Becomes Effective Today

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Porterville Recorder, 06 Nov 2014 - The marijuana ordinance requiring patients cultivating their own plants to have a city-issued permit goes into effect today. "[Patients] need to submit an application starting [today]," Interim Community Development Director Jenni Byers said.
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US CO: Column: Can I Grow Pot At A Co-Op?

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Westword, 06 Nov 2014 - Dear Stoner: As a medical marijuana patient, I am interested in growing my own meds, but not in or around the house, where the kids are. Do you know of something like a growing co-op that would allow me to grow somewhere else? Greenhouse Gary
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US CO: Column: Is The Cannabis Dialogue Out Of Control?

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 06 Nov 2014 - I had read the stories about the license plates. The profiling of Colorado drivers. Especially when using Interstate 76, the highway that connects Colorado to Interstate 80 in Nebraska. The tidal wave of quarter ounces Nebraskans were bringing back from Colorado stores and Coloradans were distributing elsewhere, swamping local highway patrols and draining their resources. Anecdotal tales of people being pulled over and searched just because of the plates. I'm happy to report that, at least in our case, and we drove more than 2,700 miles on a recent trip, with hostile Colorado plates, right up Interstate 76 to Nebraska and through cities and towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, and we weren't stopped once, or harassed by police or state troopers. Our car wasn't searched. We weren't asked about it when finding lodging. Except for friends and relatives, nobody on the road was curious about cannabis. I was almost disappointed.
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US NJ: Column: Suicide Is Not A Crazy Option

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 06 Nov 2014 - As a kid, other than the occasional mention of it in church I had never thought of suicide. That was the case until Freddie Prinze Sr, star of the 1970s sitcom Chico and the Man, did it on January 29, 1977, when I was in the seventh grade. At the time I thought it was fascinating and dwelled on it for months, but I knew better than to tell anyone. Just acknowledging you think about Suicide invites being locked up by the do-gooders. I thought of it a lot. At that time I thought of it as a far-off plan - to be accomplished when I was 50 and old. (Yeah at 14 50 seemed old). I thought it was dumb that Freddie would do it when he was just 22 and hadn't lived enough of life. I thought he was rich too, since he was on TV. I thought 50 would be a good time for me to do it, after I was successful - happy, rich and famous. I'm now 50 and I only have one of those and its questionable: What is "fame?" Is it in the eye of the beholder? I don't know, but the point is I'm 50 and I contemplate about when.
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