Albuquerque Journal, 10 Aug 2014 - When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren't high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect - including employers. And that's what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is committed to and is required to provide under federal law. So, when a nurse practitioner started working in one of its centers and tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana, she was fired, even though she provided documentation that she is authorized to use medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Donna Smith's attorney says she did not possess or use marijuana at work and had excellent performance reviews at previous jobs.
The Mail on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 - THE Sun newspaper, which has in the past been a keen cheerleader and bootlicker for the Blair creature, the Iraq and Afghan Wars and for David Cameron, now wants a 'rethink' on drug laws. Well, you can't rethink till you've thought in the first place. Its pretext for this irresponsible tripe is an interview with Nick Clegg, in which he claims we're too tough on drug possession. The courts, he drivels, are 'imprisoning 1,000 users a year who have not committed a crime other than possession'.
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2014 - Tales of mysterious men in black or camouflage dropping from helicopters into legal marijuana gardens, cutting the plants, then disappearing with nary a word to the growers, have been spreading fear among Mendocino County pot cultivators. Many believe the intruders are private, paramilitary security officers conducting vigilante anti-pot operations, but the real story likely is less intriguing, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - Last week, another study was released that concluded a supervised injection site would be a "fiscally responsible harm reduction strategy" to prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. Once again, without apology, we are going to make our position clear. No.
Southern Illinoisan, 09 Aug 2014 - MOUNT VERNON -- Chris Marler wasn't prepared for what she found Sept. 5, 2006, in her Marion County home. She planned to have lunch with her youngest son that day, but when she came home both her sons were dead.
The Daily Herald, 09 Aug 2014 - PROVO -- City mayors and a county commissioner were recently warned of the impacts the cities and county may have if recreational marijuana was ever made legal in Utah. On Thursday night at a meeting of the Utah County Council of Governments, a monthly meeting of county and city leaders, the county's Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment made a brief presentation informing the leaders of what has happened in cities and states that have already moved forward with legalizing pot.
Toronto Star, 09 Aug 2014 - Recent deaths prompt calls for harm-reduction policies instead of idea that substances can be banned from music events Two families are gathering for funerals this weekend, mourning after yet another Canadian music festival was hit by tragedy.
Chicago Sun-Times, 09 Aug 2014 - Seriously ill people seeking to use medical marijuana in Illinois can start filling out the application to belong to the program. Illinois officials on Friday posted the nine-page patient application online.
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Aug 2014 - As bizarre as it might seem, ecstasy seems to restructure a patient's relationship to trauma ... permanently WHEN IT COMES to psychedelics, an under-the-radar nonprofit research group is opening people's minds.
Toronto Star, 09 Aug 2014 - Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has formally retracted a Tuesday statement that blamed two drug-related deaths at a weekend music festival on organizer INK Entertainment and its chief executive. INK and CEO Charles Khabouth had threatened to sue over his claim that they were a negligent "responsible party" to the drug-related deaths of VELD Music Festival attendees Annie Truong-Le, 20, and Willard Amurao, 22. Mammoliti issued a second statement Friday, nearly a full day after the deadline set by INK's lawyer.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 09 Aug 2014 - In 1996, when he was the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Eric Holder urged the D.C. Council to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, which it had abolished in 1994. Two decades later, as an attorney general who has repeatedly criticized "draconian" mandatory minimums and sought to limit their use, he faces resistance from the federal prosecutors he oversees.
Albuquerque Journal, 09 Aug 2014 - DENVER - New marijuana tax records from Colorado show June was the best-selling month yet for the state's recreational pot experiment, with $24.7 million in total sales. The numbers released by the Department of Revenue also show recreational pot inching toward medical pot in total sales.
Things get slow in the dog days of summer, but there's still news from the legal marijuana states, California continues to grapple with regulating medical marijuana, and a couple of items from Britain suggest change could be in the air there. Let's get to it:
[image:1 align:right caption:true]ACLU of Washington Joins Fight Against Local Marijuana Store Bans. The ACLU of Washington announced today that it is representing three state-licensed marijuana business owners who have filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Fife's ban on marijuana operations. The business owners and the ACLU argue that local bans violate I-502, the voter initiative that legalized marijuana in the state. You can view the ACLU's pleadings in the case here.
Colorado Health Department Says Teen Marijuana Use Is Down Since Dispensaries Came, Voters Approved Legalization. An annual survey of teen drug use in the state has found that marijuana use has been declining since hundreds of medical marijuana outlets opened in the state in 2009 and since the state legalized adult marijuana use and sales in late 2012. Current use among Colorado teens dropped from 24.8% in 2009 to 20% in 2013. Meanwhile, nationally, teen current use has increased, from 20.8% in 2009 to 23.4% last year.
Wichita Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Comes Up Short on Signatures. There will be no popular vote on decriminalization in Wichita this year. Election officials said that campaigners didn't have enough valid voter signatures to qualify. Although they handed in about 3,500 signatures and only needed 2,928, they still came up 180 valid voter signatures short. They say they will now press the city council to act on decriminalization.
California Statewide Regulation Bill Goes to Assembly Appropriations Committee Next Week. The Assembly Appropriations will examine Senate Bill 1262, the law enforcement- and local government-backed bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry next Wednesday. That's the last day the committee meets this session. The bill has already passed the Senate, but must pass the Assembly by month's end or it dies. The bill link above may not represent the latest changes to it; new updates are expected today. The bill has divided the state's medical marijuana community, with some groups supporting it as is and some demanding changes to make it friendlier to patients and the industry.
British Liberal Democrats Will End Jail for Drug Possession, Nick Clegg Says. Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg has said that if the Lib Dems win the next election, they will move to abolish prison sentences for simple drug possession, even for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Half of the people currently being jailed for drug possession in Britain are being held for marijuana offenses. This call for effective decriminalization puts Clegg and the Lib Dems at odds with their governing coalition senior partners, the Tories. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently undertaking a review of British drug policy.
British Government to Provide Foil to Heroin Users to Encourage Smoking Rather Than Injecting. In a harm reduction move, Britain will begin providing free foil to heroin users to encourage them to smoke the drug instead of injecting it. Injection drug users are more likely to contract blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The move was approved last year by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which said it could also help move addicts toward recovery.
Penticton Herald, 08 Aug 2014 - The family of a two-year-old Summerland girl is willing to break the law to provide her with the cannabis oil that appears to have dramatically reduced the hundreds of seizures she was suffering daily. Kyla Williams, who has a severe seizure disorder, has shown marked improvement during the past five months while her family has been treating her with the illegal oil.
Metro, 08 Aug 2014 - Welcome news. Teleconference set up to discuss claims that some patients are relapsing after switch Government and health officials are meeting Friday to discuss claims that some patients are relapsing after B.C. switched patients to a commercial methadone product in February.
Evening Standard, 08 Aug 2014 - Brothers aged 14 and 15 walked free from court despite being found with crack cocaine while dealing for a notorious "Wire-style" gang in London. The younger boy had 21 wraps of crack on him and his brother spat four wraps of crack from his mouth in a sale to an undercover officer. They were arrested in an operation targeting a gang engaged in "prolific drug dealing".
Provincetown Banner, 08 Aug 2014 - PROVINCETOWN - When Eastham police arrested two Provincetown residents for the possession and distribution of heroin last week, it was perhaps the clearest sign yet that local police efforts are ramping up in response to the spread of heroin on the Outer Cape. For more than two years, the police departments of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham have been working together - sharing leads, resources and tips - to rein in the increasingly common drug that has taken hold on an unprecedented level in the four neighboring communities.
Independent, 08 Aug 2014 - The fact it has taken the Government years to pass legislation adding foil to the list of paraphernalia drug workers can legally dispense is another example of how the UK's drug laws are out of touch. This is despite overwhelming evidence that moving people from injecting heroin to smoking it is positive in terms of public health. It is estimated that more than half of people who inject drugs in the UK have hepatitis C, a debilitating condition that can be fatal. Reducing its prevalence should be a priority but it has taken the Home Office over a year to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Aug 2014 - Supporters: City Clerk's Office 'Arbitrarily' Disqualified Names The petition drive to reduce marijuana penalties failed to collect enough valid signatures to trigger an election on the issue, according to figures released by the Albuquerque City Clerk's Office.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Aug 2014 - There is an everexpanding chorus of serious and legitimate voices in government and the media who are calling for the decriminalization - if not outright legalization - of marijuana. Twenty-three states and a number of cities have already enacted new laws legalizing or decriminalizing possession of marijuana. While stopping short of full legalization, President Obama has said this year that he believes marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and his administration's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy notes that "an enforcement-centric ' war on drugs' approach to drug policy is counterproductive, inefficient, and costly."