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CN BC: Pot Shops Not Far Enough Away From Children: School

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jan 2016 - Vancouver's pot-shop bylaw doesn't keep storefront cannabis sales far enough away from students, a school board trustee says, and he's urging the city once again to toughen the licensing provisions. The board asked city council last June to force licensed dispensaries to keep 500 metres away from any school, but the new bylaw created a buffer zone of 300 metres.
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CN ON: Column: Dealing With Drug-Abusing Teen Not For The

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 26 Jan 2016 - DEALING WITH DRUG-ABUSING TEEN NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART Q: Our son has a drug problem. He uses marijuana daily. He continues to bring it into our home even though we ask him not to. His grades have dropped drastically and we don't like the friends he hangs out with. He argues that marijuana is harmless and uses information from the Internet to support his point of view. Clearly our arguing is going nowhere, but we don't know what to do and we don't want to kick him out of our home. What more can we do?
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Canada: Out-of-Province Parents Denied Reviews In Motherisk

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 26 Jan 2016 - 'This Is a Canada-Wide Situation,' Says N.S. Man Who Lost Custody of Child Because of Lab's Tests When William McIntyre reached out to the commission looking into child protection cases that used hair test results from the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk laboratory, he was shocked to learn that the review did not apply to him.
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US CA: Column: Atascadero's Ban on Marijuana, Celebration of

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
The Tribune, 26 Jan 2016 - Don't allow marijuana sales here. I see that the Atascadero City Council voted unanimously to ban all marijuana cultivation in the city and to continue its ban on both dispensaries and deliveries of the drug.
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CN PI: Column: Cha-Ching!

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 26 Jan 2016 - Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed. Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.
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CN NS: Column: Cha-Ching!

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The News, 26 Jan 2016 - Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed. Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.
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CN NS: Column: Cha-Ching!

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Truro Daily News, 26 Jan 2016 - Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed. Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.
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CN NS: Column: Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching!

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Cape Breton Post, 26 Jan 2016 - Colorado Raking in Taxes From Legalized Weed A pall hangs over Denver, Colorado. Lawlessness stalks its streets, while stupefied potheads loll on every corner, stoned senseless on legal weed. Well, actually, no, it's not really like that at all. Really, it's just another day.
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US CA: Trial Over Yuba Cultivation Ordinance Delayed to Summer

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Appeal-Democrat, 26 Jan 2016 - A Yuba County Superior Court jury trial on the constitutionality of the county's marijuana cultivation ordinance is being delayed until this summer. Judge Benjamin Wirtschafter approved a request by Yuba County to move the scheduled March 16 trial to July 26. A settlement conference is scheduled June 16.
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Chronicle AM: Mexico Legalization Debate Gets Underway, NH Gov Signs Heroin Bills, More... (1/25/16)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 21:55

New Hampshire's governor signs a package of heroin and prescription opiate bills, a similar package goes to the desk of the Wisconsin governor, Illinois patients seek to add more qualifying conditions, South Dakota's GOP governor rejects a welfare drug testing bill, a key Mexican politician endorses pot legalization, and more.

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Student Marijuana Group Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Against Iowa State University. A federal judge last Friday ruled that ISU administrators violated the First Amendment rights of ISU NORML by barring the group from using ISU logos on its t-shirts. ISU NORML won a permanent injunction against the university preventing it from using its trademark policy to block the group from printing shirts depicting a marijuana leaf.

Denver Social Pot Club Effort Gains New Life. A shelved ballot measure that aims at winning approval for marijuana use at some private businesses is being brought back to life by a newly formed NORML chapter. Denver NORML says it is going to take up where advocates left off. Advocates from the Vicente Sederberg law firm and the Marijuana Policy Project had begun such a ballot effort last year, but withdrew and is now seeking a potential compromise ordinance with city officials and other interested parties. But Denver NORML says it time to "get this done."

Medical Marijuana

Arizona GOP Rep Withdraws Bill to Cripple Medical Marijuana Program. State Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) has withdrawn HCR 2019, which would have barred naturopaths and homeopaths from recommending medical marijuana. Nearly 90% of all recommendations in the state are written by those health care professionals. Lawrence said he withdrew his bill after his office "received so many calls" and he actually learned about how the program works.

Georgia Lawmaker Admits Breaking State Law to Help Families Obtain CBD Cannabis Oil. Rep. Alan Peake (R-Macon) admitted last week that he has been going to other states to obtain the medicine and bring it back for patients. Under a law he sponsored last year, CBD cannabis oil is legal for people for certain diseases, but there is no provision for in-state cultivation or sales. "We made sure that families properly registered with the state got access to medical cannabis, including delivering it to them if that's the only way we can make that happen," Peake said. "Maybe at some point there is a need for civil disobedience. It comes down to, 'What would I do if it were my child?'" Peake said.

Hawaii Bill Would Bar Patients From Growing Their Own. Now that dispensaries are set to open up in the state, Rep. Marcus Oshiro (D-Oahu) has filed a bill that would prohibit patients from growing their own, instead requiring them to use the dispensaries. The bill is House Bill 1680. Patient groups don't like it.

Illlinois Petition Seeks to Prod Governor to Expand Qualifying Medical Conditions. The state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has recommended adding eight new qualifying conditions to the state's medical marijuana program. The petition is directed at Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) and the head of the state Department of Public Health, who will make the final decision. The petition currently has more than 19,000 and has been endorsed by Melissa Etheridge.

Ohio Attorney General Rejects Wording on Medical Marijuana Initiative. State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has rejected a third petition for a medical marijuana constitutional amendment. He said there were five discrepancies between the language of the proposal and its summary language.

Heroin

New Hampshire Governor Signs Heroin Bills. Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has signed into law two bills, Senate Bill 447 and Senate Bill 576 that were part of a comprehensive proposal to deal with heroin and opiate addiction she put forth last fall. The former bill creates a study commission on using naloxone more broadly, while the second increases penalties for the sale of fentanyl, requires insurance companies to use similar evaluation criteria to streamline access to drug treatment, and strengthening the state's prescription monitoring program.

Wisconsin Legislature Approves Package of Prescription Monitoring Bills. The state Senate last week gave final approval to the package, which is aimed at reducing heroin use by requiring pharmacists to register prescriptions within 24 hours and requiring police to register prescription drugs found at the scene of an overdose. The package now goes to Gov. Scott Walker (R) for his signature.

New Psychoactive Substances

Massachusetts Bill Would Criminalize More Than a Dozen New Synthetic Drugs. State Rep. Tim Whelan (R-Brewster) has cosponsored a bill that would specifically target 19 new psychoactive substances listed as controlled substances by the DEA. The possession, manufacture, and distribution of the drugs would be criminalized under the bill.

Drug Testing

South Dakota Governor Rejects Welfare Drug Testing. Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is not supporting a recently filed bill to require suspicionless drug testing of welfare recipients. He said he had not been enthusiastic about similar bills in the past, that the effort was a waste of money, and it is "somewhat insulting."

International

Israeli Likudnik MK Filed Marijuana Decriminalization Bill. Member of the Knesset Sharren Haskel (Likud) has filed a bill to decriminalize pot possession. Such bills usually come from the left of the Israeli political spectrum. "More than a million Israelis occasionally consume cannabis, and the population that uses it is mostly not a criminal population," wrote Haskel. "These are normative people from all parts of society -- academics, public representatives, and others, who consume cannabis in their leisure time."

Key Mexican Lawmaker Calls for Marijuana Legalization, Medical Access. The president of Mexico's chamber of deputies, Jesus Zambrano, is calling for both medical and recreational marijuana use to be legalized. "The topic has its international component and efforts need to be combined, particularly between the United States and Mexico, to have common rules, laws that are essentially identical, though each with its own modalities, because we are distinct, but the United States must help our country apply, for instance, legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use," said Zambrano. His was the opening salvo in a national debate on the topic that began Sunday.

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CN ON: Column: Trenton LCBO Test Store For Marijuana Sales

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 25 Jan 2016 - So, our debonair and newly-minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in his election campaign to legalize marijuana. His fellow Liberal, Ontario Premier Kathleen "Hydro Hiker" Wynne, says it should be sold through Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets. (The same LCBO that used to protect people from drinking by arbitrarily putting their names on the no-alcohol "Indian List", but that's another story.)
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US MA: Column: Does Smoking Pot Actually Make You Stupid?

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 25 Jan 2016 - Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this? The Claim: Smoking marijuana does not make teenagers stupid, concludes a study in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, contrary to other research that linked getting stoned to impaired cognitive function in adolescents.
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US MA: Throwing Away the Book, a Police Chief Stresses Rehab

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 25 Jan 2016 - THROWING AWAY THE BOOK, A POLICE CHIEF STRESSES REHAB OVER JAIL CANTON, Ohio - Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in mid-December and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.'"
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US CA: California Pot Growers Facing Crop Of Local Bans

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Manteca Bulletin, 25 Jan 2016 - SACRAMENTO (AP) - When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn't turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing window for action, dozens of cities and counties from across California are racing to enact new bans on marijuana-growing. Some apply only to commercial cultivation, both indoor and outdoor, but many would also prohibit personal pot gardens that have been legal - or at least overlooked - for 19 years. "Any other industry that created four months of seasonal labor and hundreds of thousands of jobs...we would be giving tax breaks to those businesses," medical marijuana dispensary owner Robert Jacob, a member of the Sebastopol City Council who has been fighting pot-growing bans proposed in Sonoma County.
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US MD: OPED: Former Drug Rep: Did I Contribute to Today's

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan 2016 - Thirteen years ago, I started a pharmaceutical sales career for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, peddling samples out of my bag near the lush beautiful beaches of Newport and Laguna beaches in California. I threw ornate dinners for local psychiatrists to boost the sales of Effexor XR for depression and anxiety, even though it was clear that the physicians I sold to - the "pain docs"- prescribed Effexor off-label for pain. Almost a decade later, I parked my sporty Infiniti company car in Beverly Hills and traded my $200,000-plus salary, which I was then receiving from a boutique firm called Medicis, for a used epidemiology textbook at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, where I started a Master of Public Health program in 2011. What I did not realize at the time was that my own actions in closing a drug sale, without any bioethical considerations of what I was doing, helped contribute to the over-prescription of powerful psychotropic drugs much like that of OxyContin, a powerful painkiller. While the pharmaceutical industry is typically looked to as the public's life raft when health epidemics arise, it is one of the major culprits of the addiction epidemic.
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US MA: Police Chief Takes Different Tack In Drug War

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 25 Jan 2016 - Heroin Addicts Receive Treatment, Not Prison, in an East Coast Town Moved by Overdoses CANTON, OHIO - Leonard Campanello, police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in mid-December and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy New England accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.'"
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US MA: Small Town's Angel Program Emphasizes Drug Rehab, Not

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 25 Jan 2016 - Police Chief From Gloucester, Mass., Champions Effort of Detox, Recovery CANTON, Ohio - Leonard Campanello, police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in midDecember and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.' "
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US MA: Mass. Police Chief Steers Addicts to Rehab, Not Jail

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The New Mexican, 25 Jan 2016 - Critics Say He Lacked Authority to Take Law into His Own Hands, but Others Are Following His Lead Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, Mass., took the microphone here in mid-December and opened with his usual warm-up line: I'm from Gloucester, he said in his heavy Boston accent. "That's spelled 'G-l-o-s-t-a-h.' "
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US CA: OPED: Don't Blow 'El Chapo' Case With Politics

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 25 Jan 2016 - A massive drug empire spanning North and South America that delivered untold tons of heroin and cocaine from Colombia to the U.S. over two decades via sophisticated cross-border tunnels, private 747s and submarines. Intimidation, bribery and murder in two countries. And, finally, the recapture of the world's most infamous drug lord, in part due to a visit by a pair of celebrities - and a big order of tacos delivered to his hide-out. With allegations like these, what federal prosecutor in the U.S. wouldn't want to be the first to try Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman when Mexican authorities extradite him to this country? The seven jurisdictions that have filed indictments against him and other alleged leaders and associates of the Sinaloa cartel had begun competing to get the first shot at him even before Guzman's second prison break in July.
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Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle - Sat, 01/23/2016 - 20:17

A handful of dispensaries open in New York, dispensary applications are now available in Hawaii, it looks like Florida will get another chance to vote for medical marijuana, and more.

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Last Friday, a federal court okayed firing an employee for medical marijuana use. A federal district court in New Mexico has held that an employer is not obligated to accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, even when the drug had been supplied to the employee by a state-legal medical marijuana program. The ruling came in the case of an AIDS patient whose job offer was yanked after he tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a pre-employment drug test. The court noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Arizona

As of Wednesday, Arizona GOP legislators are trying to chip away at medical marijuana access. Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) has filed House Bill 2061, which would bar pregnant women from qualifying for the medical marijuana program, and Rep. Jay Lawrence (R-Scottsdale) has filed House Concurrent Resolution 2019, which removes homeopaths and naturopaths from the list doctors who can issue medical marijuana recommendations.

California

As of Wednesday, a fix was in the works for the state's medical marijuana regulation deadline. Legislators are working to fix a provision of the medical marijuana regulation law that requires localities to pass their own rules by March 1 or face loss of regulatory control to the state. The provision has caused a stampede of cities and counties seeking to get measures in place by that date, with most of them resorting to simple bans. The Senate Finance Committee last week passed a bill to remove the date.

Florida

Last Monday, the medical marijuana initiative campaign handed in signatures. United for Care, the group leading the campaign, handed in more than one million raw signatures to state officials. The group needs only 683,149 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. In 2014, United for Care's initiative failed even though it won 58% of the vote. Because it was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass.

Hawaii

Last Tuesday, dispensary applications became available online. Applications must be submitted online and will only be accepted during the application period of Jan. 12, 2016, 8:00am Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Jan. 29, 2016, 4:30pm HST. Get the online application here. There's a $5,000 application fee. Read about dispensary license requirements here.

Missouri

On January 7, a medical marijuana initiative was approved for signature gathering. An initiative from New Approach Missouri has been approved for circulation by the secretary of state's office. The group is seeking 250,000 raw signatures to ensure it meets the requirement of 160,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. The campaign estimates it will cost $800,000 for paid signature gathering and is trying to raise funds now.

New Hampshire

Last Friday, the state approved its first medical marijuana production facility. The Department of Health and Human Services said last Friday that it has approved the first of three locations to grow medical marijuana and started mailing out ID cards. Some 176 Granite Staters have qualified to use medical marijuana so far.

New York

On January 7, the state's first dispensaries opened for business. Eight dispensaries opened in the state, a slow start to a medical marijuana program in a state with nearly 20 million people. The state has authorized another 12 to open later this month.

Last Monday, the state failed to approve PTSD and other health conditions for medical marijuana use. The state Health Commissioner determined there is not yet enough evidence of effectiveness to approve the use of medical marijuana to treat PTSD, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia, and rheumatoid arthritis. The commissioner can, however, add qualifying conditions at any time and will be meeting with specialists to evaluate new scientific evidence as it becomes available.

Ohio

Last Thursday, lawmakers formed a medical marijuana task force. Ohio House Republicans unveiled details on a new task force on medical marijuana. In November, voters rejected Issue 3, which would have included medical marijuana in a broader legalization initiative, but there is broad popular support for medical marijuana in the state. Recent public opinion polls show 85% support medical marijuana.

[For extensive information about the medical marijuana debate, presented in a neutral format, visit MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org.]

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