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US PA: 6 On Narcotics Squad Acquitted

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 May 2015 - After nearly a decade of U. S. scrutiny, they reveled in what they saw as full vindication. Six members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad were acquitted Thursday of federal corruption charges - a verdict the men described as "vindication" after nearly a decade of federal scrutiny surrounding their conduct.
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US: Pot Laws Pose Dilemma For Gop Presidential Hopefuls

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 15 May 2015 - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response in a recent radio interview to a question about legal marijuana was in keeping with his tough-on-crime persona. A former prosecutor and potential presidential candidate, Christie has long been a staunch opponent of legalized pot use, at one time lambasting tax revenue generated from the sale of legal recreational marijuana as "blood money."
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US CA: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Butte County Measure

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 15 May 2015 - Chico - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by four medical marijuana patients against Butte County over Measure A, which regulates the physical size of cannabis grows. On Wednesday, a Butte County Superior Court judge sustained the county's demurrer challenging the sufficiency of the case, according to county counsel Bruce Alpert.
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CN BC: Column: Let's Play Crack Shack Whack-A-Mole

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 14 May 2015 - Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin. After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.
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CN ON: AMMCan Lays Off Workers Until Health Canada Inspection

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Kincardine News, 14 May 2015 - Kincardine's medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility. Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.
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CN NS: Man To Seek Compensation After Cannabis Charges Dropped

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 14 May 2015 - A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses. Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.
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US OR: What Will Marijuana Tourism Look Like in Central Oregon?

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 14 May 2015 - The Draw May Be Rooted in the Same Attraction to Local Craft Breweries A future Central Oregon attraction may not be another craft brewery, but a marijuana grow site where tourists can pick up samples and see how the formerly illegal cannabis plant is cultivated.
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US NJ: Column: Marijuana Became Legal in Jersey on Jan. 18

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 14 May 2015 - At 9 a.m. on May 27th the New Jersey Appeals Court will hold oral arguments in the most important marijuana case in New Jersey history. I'm being a little arrogant, but rightfully so because it's the truth. I'm talking about my case: State vs Forchion, 004477-12. The court must think so too, because the arguments aren't being heard in the regular appellate courtroom, but rather in the NJ State Supreme Courtroom. (PRESS RELEASE: http://tinyurl.com/ForchionPR - It's open to the public.) I've worked hard (along with my attorney John Vincent Saykanic, Esq.) for this opportunity to challenge the state marijuana laws. My family and I personally suffered for it, but now I envision a historic triumph. Activism doesn't pay - it costs, and my two decades of marijuana activism have cost me dearly. I absolutely know I'm not alone; "22,000 other persons" are arrested for marijuana each year in New Jersey and ruined by our Government, based on a LIE.
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US CO: Column: The Golden Years Just Might Go Better With Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 14 May 2015 - So you're one of the 13 percent of Boulderites who are over 55 years of age. It's been almost a year and a half since marijuana legalization, and you've sat on the sidelines watching the experiment unfold. Maybe you tried it in college. Perhaps you weren't willing to break the law when it was illegal. You're curious but not sure how to proceed. You're not alone. The fastest-growing segment of the population to use marijuana is the (wink, wink) "older" demographic. Eight percent of people aged 50 to 64 said they had used marijuana in the last year, and those numbers are only expected to grow in the next few years.
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US CA: Column: Weeder's Digest

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 14 May 2015 - If you visit Humboldt County newspaper racks (and, since you're reading this, I assume you do) with any regularity, you've almost certainly picked up a copy of the Emerald Magazine - the glossy, colorful lifestyle monthly that popped up in Arcata couple years ago. If you've gotten used to the breezy business features it contains, brace for change. The Emerald has been boostery from the beginning, highlighting wineries, inns and other Northern California companies in the colorful pages of its issues. But the magazine has always felt a bit like it lacked an identity. With themed editions ranging from "fathers" to "desserts," the magazine apparently found a niche satisfying a common complaint that anyone in the newspaper business has gotten used to: "Why don't you ever write about good news?"
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US AZ: Column: Scottsdale Company Capitalizes on Medical

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 14 May 2015 - SCOTTSDALE - Bud is a burgeoning business in Arizona. Revenue from medical marijuana in Arizona more than tripled year-over-year in 2014, leading to a variety of individuals trying to find a fortune among the green. The Marijuana Companies is just one of the businesses trying to capitalize on the growing industry.
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US CA: Column: City Changes Rules To Ban Weed In Sunset

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 14 May 2015 - Lawmaking in San Francisco is a time-intensive process - except when there's an emergency, like the one Supervisor Katy Tang's office dealt with in late April. Tang - the Board of Supervisor's youngest member, who serves the Sunset District where she grew up - introduced new legislation on April 21. Usually, new laws go through a 30-day waiting period before the next step. But Tang was in a rush. "This is very timely and needed in a short period of time," Tang aide Ashley Summers wrote in an email that asked for a hearing within a week.
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US CA: Measure A Stands Strong

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 14 May 2015 - Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking to Block Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance The folks fighting Measure A were back in court Wednesday (May 13), where Judge Stephen Benson threw out their lawsuit seeking to block the medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.
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US CA: Column: Oily Goodness

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 14 May 2015 - I'm a 100 percent disabled veteran and I have a question about oils. I stopped using marijuana because it was a little hard on my lungs and left me short of breath sometimes. The oils with the vape pens are easier on my lungs and simpler to use. Please explain the difference in oils versus marijuana and whether the oil's safer for me to use. Thank you. - -Earl
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Two Mississippi Cops Killed in Traffic Stop Turned Drug Search

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 21:49

The two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers killed last Saturday died after a traffic stop turned into an attempted search for drugs and other contraband. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate become the 23rd and 24th persons to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

[image:1 align:right]According to the Associated Press, Officer Deen, the department's drug dog handler, stopped a car driven by Joanie Calloway for speeding. Also in Calloway's vehicle were her boyfriend, Marvin Banks, and another passenger, Cornelius Clark.

Officer Deen decided to search the vehicle and called for backup. This is the point the incident turned from a "routine traffic stop" to a drug war incident. (At a Monday eulogy for Deen, his comrades described him as an enthusiastic officer who made "many drug arrests with his dog, Tomi, at his side.")

When Officer Tate arrived, Deen told the trio to get out of the car. At that point, Banks produced a weapon and shot both officers, Deen in the face and Tate in the lower back.

Both officers were wearing bulletproof vests, but the vests did not protect them from either the head shot or the shot to the back. Both died shortly thereafter.

According to USA Today, Banks has a drug-related criminal history, an ongoing drug habit, and mental issues. He was arrested for both the sale of crack cocaine and possession of a stolen firearm in a three-month period in 2010, and possession of marijuana in 2011. In 2013, he was arrested again on crack cocaine sales charges, and last October, he was arrested for trespass at the University of Southern Mississippi. He had already done two stints on prison, and the drug charge was still pending when he was pulled over.

Banks's mother, Mary Smith, told USA Today that he smoked synthetic marijuana on a daily basis and that he had been hearing voices since being attacked and struck over the head with a pipe several years ago.

"You could tell something was wrong with him," she said. "I hate it for these families that he wasn't in his right mind."

Now, Banks is charged with capital murder, Calloway is charged with being an accessory after the fact, and Clark is charged with obstructing justice. Deen will be buried Thursday and Tate's funeral is set for Sunday.

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US OR: Editorial: Respect for the Law Should Matter at

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 13 May 2015 - Call us old-fashioned, but we're troubled by the notion that among those setting the rules for marijuana markets in Oregon is a handful of folks who have had serious run-ins with the law over weed. Surely less tarnished "experts" could have been found. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently appointed more than 30 Oregonians to a trio of committees and subcommittees that will make recommendations about what legal marijuana markets should look like when shops open next year. Many are lawyers, though there are also a county commissioner, policemen and the Clackamas County Sheriff in the group.
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CN BC: Column: Health Officer Backs Legalized Drugs

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 13 May 2015 - In her own words, Dr. Patricia Daly is a "prevention physician." What does that mean? "My main goal is to prevent the harm associated with any psychoactive substance," says the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.
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US CA: OPED: California Behind the Curve on Civil Asset

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
The Reporter, 13 May 2015 - Last month, New Mexico approved a bill banning the law-enforcement procedure allowing the seizure and sale of property alleged to have been used for criminal activities, where the property owners are not convicted or even charged with a crime, commonly known as civil asset forfeiture. The bill, HB560, requires a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited to the state, and passed both chambers with robust support from both Democrats and Republicans. Additionally, any proceeds from actual criminal convictions would be transferred to the state's general fund. Civil forfeiture (different than criminal forfeiture) ignores the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Once property is taken, it's up to the owner to prove that the property was not used in, or acquired with, criminal activity in order to get it back in expensive litigation with the government.
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US CA: Sidecar Teams Up On Marijuana Deliveries

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2015 - On-demand transportation company SideCar has partnered with Meadow, a self-described "full-service cannabis concierge," to deliver medical marijuana to patients in the Bay Area, the two San Francisco start-ups announced Tuesday. Under the arrangement, when medical marijuana card-holding patients order cannabis from one of Meadow's partner dispensaries, some of the deliveries will be made by SideCar drivers.
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US WA: Column: The People In Prison For Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 13 May 2015 - As states open up to marijuana, let's not forget those still serving hard time for possessing a plant. When I talk to my friends about the marijuana movement, most think it's a fun idea that's basically run its course.
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