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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

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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

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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

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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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US OR: Pot Legalization Vote Erupts in Name-Calling in Ore.

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 06 Sep 2014 - GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's upcoming vote on whether to legalize marijuana has generated a name-calling dispute between a congressman who wants to overhaul federal marijuana policy and a prominent district attorney who has been speaking out about the dangers of pot. The spat between U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis erupted over whether upcoming events featuring national anti-drug activist Kevin Sabet shortly before mail ballots go out to voters amounts to political activity, and whether federal funds can be used to finance the events.
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US IL: 2,000 Seek Medical Marijuana ID Cards

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Chicago Sun-Times, 06 Sep 2014 - Jim Champion was the first person to submit an application to legally use medical marijuana in Illinois. Champion led the pack of more than 2,000 seriously ill Illinoisans who have sent in applications seeking to use medical pot, according to state officials on Friday. Officials started accepting the paperwork Tuesday, beginning with letters A through L.
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Chronicle AM: OR Init Foes May Be Using Federal Funds, Infamous Anniversary, More (9/5/14)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 20:31

Are federal funds helping to oppose the Oregon initiative? Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) wants to know. Plus, Hawaii dispensary hearings loom, Charles Bowden dies, and today marks an infamous anniversary. Let's get to it:

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Oregon US Representative Calls for Federal Investigation into Use of Public Funds to Oppose Legalization Initiative. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has sent a letter to SAMSHA calling for immediate federal investigation into the possible misuse of federal funds to sponsor the "Oregon Marijuana Education Tour," which is filled with anti-legalization operatives and which comes as Oregonians prepare to vote on Measure 91, the legalization initiative. Click on the title link to read the letter and associated attachments.

Medical Marijuana

Princeton Employee on Paid Leave over Medical Marijuana Use. Princeton University campus dining manager Don DeZarn, who had been told to choose between his job and his medicine after he began legally using medical marijuana this summer, is now on paid leave as the school attempts to resolve the issue. The problem arose after DeZarn said he might use the drug while at work and school public safety officials raised concerns he could be impaired and might accidentally give a student with food allergies the wrong item (or something).

Hawaii Dispensary Task Force to Hold Public Hearings This Month. A task force created by the state legislature to address dispensary issues will hold public hearings next week in Hilo and on September 24 in Honolulu. Click on the link for more details and information about how to submit public comments.

Drug Policy

25 Years Ago Today, George HW Bush Waved a Bag of Crack on TV. Today is the 25th anniversary of President George HW Bush's infamous oval office speech escalating the war on drugs. In that speech, he waved at viewers an evidence bag containing crack cocaine that he warned had been sold in Lafayette Park, just across the street from the White House. Only later was it revealed that the dealer who delivered the crack had no idea where the White House or Lafayette Park were, and that he had to be given directions by DEA agents. Bush used the speech to ask for "more jails, more prisons, more courts, and more prosecutors" to fight the drug war, and largely got them.

Obituaries

Charles Bowden, Chronicler of the Southwest's Drug Wars, Dead at 69. Chronicler of the American Southwest and the brutal violence along the border sparked by Mexico's drug wars Charles Bowden has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at age 69. A vivid and evocative writer, Bowden's "Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America" achingly described environmental and social alienation in the Southwest (and turned your correspondent on to him), but in the last two decades he focused increasingly on the border and the drug wars. His insightful, critical, and horrifying books on the subject include "Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields," "Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family," and "A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior." Bowden is gone, but his work remains. Check it out.

International

Austrian Activists Seek Parliamentary Inquiry on Marijuana. Legalize Austria is demanding a parliamentary inquiry into its proposal to remove marijuana from the country's drug laws. The group so far has more than 20,000 signatures on a petition to that effect and is seeking 80,000 more. The move comes as the Austrian Young Greens are also on a legalization campaign.

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Costa Rica: Advocates Of Drug Policy Reform Have A New Voice In Costa

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The Tico Times, 05 Sep 2014 - LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police, says that drug policy needs to focus on health first, not criminal prosecutions, during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Costa Rica will become the first country in Central America to host a branch of the drug policy reform organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the group announced at a press conference Friday morning. The announcement took place after a week of debate on drug policies in the Americas at the Fifth Latin American and First Central American Conference on Drug Policy in San Jose. LEAP, a 13-year-old nonprofit organization of current and former law enforcement members, aims to legalize illicit drugs as a solution to the violence and corruption that has snaked its way across the Americas in the last five decades. LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police in the United States, told The Tico Times that he is excited to finally have an active branch of the group in Central America.
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CN BC: Vancouver's Addiction Ambitions, Revisited

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The Tyee, 05 Sep 2014 - What happened to North America's boldest drug policy experiment? In the late 1990s and early 2000s, drug policy pulsed at the heart of Vancouver's municipal politics. In 2002, Larry Campbell, the former RCMP officer turned chief coroner, carried his newly adopted COPE party into city hall by campaigning on a harm reduction platform. These ideas -- clean needle distribution, supervised injection sites, and methadone -- were presented as pragmatic solutions to the harms associated with drug use.
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US FL: Anti-Medical-marijuana Forces About To Spend Big

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Orlando Sentinel, 05 Sep 2014 - If John Morgan expects to match opponents' TV advertising in the medical-marijuana campaign, he might have to spend millions more of his own dollars to do so. Morgan and others supporting Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot have received thousands of campaign donations, including scores of thousand-dollar checks from businesses that could make money from it.
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US: The Business Of Pot

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The Herald, 05 Sep 2014 - 'It's A Gray Market Industry, That's Just How It Is,' Store Owner Says NEW YORK - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.
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Chronicle AM: Massive Marijuana Poll, Saudis Behead Four for Drugs, CA Defelonization Init, More (9/4/2014)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:57

Massive marijuana poll has good news, Cornhuskers ponder legalization "problems," another Florida medical marijuana poll is out, a California defelonization initiative quietly advances, another drug war death, Saudis behead four people for drug trafficking, and more. Let's get to it:

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Massive Online Polling Survey Finds 58% Support for Legalization. The online polling data company CivicScience has released the results of a massive, two-year online poll that asked more than 450,000 US adults whether they would "support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol." Some 39% said they strongly supported, and another 19% said they somewhat supported the idea. That's 58% for legalization. Support is even higher in the last three months, with 61% of recent respondents saying they favored legalization. The results are music to the ears of Marijuana Majority head Tom Angell. "This huge poll is yet another indication that marijuana legalization is officially a mainstream issue. With ending prohibition polling better with voters than most elected officials do these days, it'll be really interesting to see which 2016 contenders realize that supporting marijuana reform is good politics and which still don't get it," he said.

Nebraska Legislature to Consider "Problems" of Colorado Marijuana Legalization. Next Monday, the legislature's Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on LR 520, a resolution "to gather information about the developing problems that law enforcement is encountering since the State of Colorado legalized the sale and recreational use of marijuana." The Marijuana Policy Project is encouraging legislators to examine all the results of legalization in Colorado, not just the "problems."

Medical Marijuana

New Florida Poll Has Medical Marijuana Initiative Coming Up Just Short. A new Florida Decides poll has a majority in favor of the Measure 2 medical marijuana initiative, but not the supermajority needed to pass a constitutional amendment. The poll had support at 57%, but 60% is needed. But the poll also had 17% undecided, and if only a fraction of the undecided break in favor of the initiative, it could win. Another poll earlier this week had support at 64%.

Law Enforcement

Ohio Man Kills Himself During Marijuana Garden Raid Stand-Off. An Ashville, Ohio, man shot and killed himself after a two-hour stand-off at a property where he was growing marijuana Tuesday evening. Timothy Sturgis, 42, becomes the 32nd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Sentencing

California Defelonization Initiative Quietly Awaits Opposition. An initiative that would reduce petty drug (and other) offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, Proposition 47, is qualified for the November ballot and is now quietly waiting for a backlash to emerge. It polled at 57% in June and has $3 million in the bank. Opponents have raised only $8,000. But there are still two months left.

International

Saudi Arabia Beheads Four Foreigners for Drug Trafficking. Three Syrians and an Iranian were executed by beheading for drug trafficking offenses, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. The three Syrians were executed for smuggling "a large quantity of banned amphetamine pills" into the kingdom, and the Iranian was beheading for smuggling "a large quantity of hashish." That makes 45 executions in Saudi Arabia so far this year. It's not clear how many were for drug offenses, but the Saudis also executed four people for hash offenses last month.

Guyana Rastafaris Call for National Marijuana Commission. The Guyana Rastafari Council has called for the creation of a National Marijuana Commission. "Among the resolutions passed at the Council's last General Meeting held at the F.E. Pollard Primary School on August 24, was a call on the Government of Guyana to immediately implement the mandate of the last CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, that each CARICOM member state sets up a National Marijuana Commission to complement the Regional Marijuana Commission to look at decriminalizing marijuana for medical, religious and recreational purposes," the council said.

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Ohio Man Kills Self During Marijuana Farm Raid Standoff

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 18:55

An Ashville, Ohio, man shot and killed himself after a two-hour standoff at a property where he was growing marijuana Tuesday evening. Timothy Sturgis, 42, becomes the 32nd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

[image:1 align:right]According to the Columbus Dispatch, citing police sources, local authorities were working with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Marijuana Eradication and Clandestine Lab unit when a state helicopter spotted pot plants growing on Sturgis's property just outside Ashville.

Three detectives from the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office and the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force approached the property on foot when a spotter saw a man in dark clothing run into the woods. As the detectives drew nearer, they said Sturgis popped out of the wood, pointed an AK-47 rifle at his head, and said he was going to kill himself.

It didn't happen right away. Police said Sturgis called a friend, who in turn called Sturgis's parents, and the parents worked with law enforcement to try to achieve a peaceful end to the standoff. But at 8:17pm, detectives and deputies reported hearing a single shot. They then found Sturgis's body.

Police found seven pot plants growing in a field, 18 more growing in a basement, as well as bags and bottles of processed marijuana. They also found a variety of firearms. All 10 weapons found were found propped near windows in the house on the property, except for the one found beside Sturgis's body.

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CN BC: Residents Pledge To Continue Fight

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 04 Sep 2014 - River's Edge resident Lehann Wallace said she'll "stop at nothing" to protect her neighbourhood from a medical marijuana operation proposed for land adjacent to the quaint Nanoose Bay suburb. "We are going to do whatever it takes to stop it," Wallace told a crowd of more than 100 people Tuesday night, including fellow disgruntled neighbours, regional district officials and the CEO of Wildflower Marijuana Inc., the Vancouver-based company causing all the commotion.
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CN BC: Vancouver Police Bust Marijuana Dispensary for Selling

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 Sep 2014 - A storefront in southeast Vancouver is the third marijuana dispensary busted by police in less than three months. Today (September 2) officers executed a search warrant against Budzilla located at 2267 Kingsway.
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CN QU: Top Grit Got Rich Off Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Sep 2014 - MONTREAL - Liberal Party of Canada CFO Chuck Rifici has become a multimillionaire in just a few months thanks to his stock-traded medical marijuana company, QMI Agency has learned. Documents show Rifici's initial investment in Tweed Marijuana Inc. has so far sprouted into an $18-million bumper crop.
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Australia: OPED: A Doctor's Dilemma On Medicinal Marijuana

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 04 Sep 2014 - In recent weeks we have seen the political landscape shifting rapidly as moves to legalise medicinal cannabis in Australia gain momentum. But do we have enough evidence on both its potential long-term adverse effects and the short-term health benefits to fully inform our decisions?
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US NJ: Column: Utilize Jury Nullification to Make America Free

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 04 Sep 2014 - By design of the founders of America, U.S. citizens are the final arbiters of our nation's laws via our jury system. I don't think the founding fathers could have envisioned "America the free" becoming "America the prison country." I was jailed for saying that in 2002 - we have political prisoners in America too. The incarceration rate in America is the highest in the world: As of October 2013, it was 716 individuals per 100,000 citizens of the national population. The United States represents about 5 percent of the world's population, but it's a fact that it houses around 25 percent of the world's prisoners. We also pass more laws than any other country. Infamously gridlocked by partisan politics, Congress passed fewer than 60 laws last year that made it through the House and Senate and were signed by the president. But across the country, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed - ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits.
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US CO: Column: Dunafon an Alternative to Hickenlooper/Beauprez

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Boulder Weekly, 04 Sep 2014 - I grew up in a family with Democratic blood, and reform begins to look as disingenuous as saying fracking fluid is safe because he once sipped some. I've voted on that side of the fence more often than not. Though I've been registered as an On the other side, we have Bob Beauprez. Given independent for the last decade or so, I voted for his positions on almost everything, I couldn't vote for John Hickenlooper as governor of Colorado four this Republican candidate for governor under any circumstances. years ago. Hickenlooper's eight-year tenure as mayor of Denver had been impressive, and I was eager to see what he could accomplish as governor. That's when his past came crashing into the present. With Colorado ground-zero for the fracking debate, former geologist Hickenlooper has consistently made decisions that tend to line up with oil and gas interests and, in many people's eyes, against citizens and municipalities. He moved into the mayor's seat after creating a Denver brewing dynasty, and upon becoming governor vocally opposed the passage of Amendment 64. Hickenlooper's a bright guy, and he must know that cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol for most people - heck, his beer buddy, the president, has said as much. So Which brings us to Mike Dunafon, the mayor of Glendale since 2012 and married to the owner of Shotgun Willie's, who is also running for governor as an independent. And yes, he's perfectly aware of how crazy it sounds to be running for the highest state office without party money or affiliation.
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US CO: Column: What's The Best Setup For A Home Grow?

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Westword, 04 Sep 2014 - Dear Stoner: I'm considering growing herb for the first time this winter in my basement. Should I do a hydroponic or a soil setup? Bobby Plantaseed Dear Bobby: Hydroponic was the wave of the future in the '90s - especially in High Times, where high-tech setups were all the rage. And with good reason: You can get some great yields from hydro setups, and aside from the initial layout, they're relatively maintenance-free. There are great hydro grows out there, too: One of our good friends absolutely kills it with Sour Diesel in his.
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