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Chronicle AM: Reps Challenge DOJ on Dispensary Prosecutions, CO Harm Reduction Bills, More (4/3/15)

Drug War Chronicle - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 21:18

A pair of congressmen reject the Justice Department's stance that it can still prosecute California dispensaries, an Alaska marijuana regulation bill moves, a Mississippi legalization initiative gets a boost, two Colorado harm reduction bills become law, and more.

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Alaska House Passes Marijuana Regulation Bill. The House Thursday gave final approval to House Bill 75, which clarifies the ability of localities to ban or regulate commercial pot businesses. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Florida Activist Will Help Pay for Mississippi Legalization Initiative Signatures. Jeremy Bufford, president of Florida's Medical Marijuana United, has announced he will pay $1 for each valid signature gathered for Ballot Initiative 48, the Mississippi marijuana legalization initiative. He said he would pay $2 per signature in some areas of the state where people have been reluctant to sign. The initiative campaign needs 107,216 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

Medical Marijuana

Congressmen Reject DOJ Claim It Can Still Prosecute California Dispensaries. Reps. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), authors of the successful congressional budget amendment protecting medical marijuana in states where it is legal, have rejected Justice Department claims that it can still go after dispensaries in California. "The Justice Department's interpretation of the amendment defies logic," Farr said. "No reasonable person thinks prosecuting patients doesn't interfere with a state's medical marijuana laws. Lawyers can try to mince words but Congress was clear: Stop going after patients and dispensaries." A Rohrabacher spokesman added that "the congressman believes the amendment's language is perfectly clear and that the DOJ's self-referential interpretation is emphatically wrong."

Idaho Senate Passes CBD Cannabis Oil Bill. The bill was killed in committee on Monday, but brought back to life Thursday and passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 1146 would allow for the use of CBD for "intractable seizure disorder." It won the support of all seven Democratic state senators and 15 of 27 Republican state senators.

Harm Reduction

Colorado Governor Signs Harm Reduction Bills. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) today signed into law two harm reduction bills: SB 15-53, which expands access to the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone, and SB 15-116, under which people carrying needles would not be subject to arrest if they reveal they have them prior to being searched by police.

International

Indian Maoists Fund Their Fight With Marijuana. Officials in Orisha state say that Maoist militants known as Naxalites are relying on marijuana cultivation as a major source of funding. The Naxalite rebellion has festered in parts of the country for decades.

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CN BC: Finding Realeaf

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 03 Apr 2015 - Many of Kamloops' chronic pain patients have likely already met Dr. Ian Mitchell during one of his shifts in Royal Inland Hospital's emergency room. "They don't have family doctors, so they end up in the emergency room and I see them all the time," he said.
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US FL: Diplomat's Surviving Son Charged With Threatening to

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Ottawa Sun, 03 Apr 2015 - The teenage son of a Canadian diplomat, already facing felony murder charges in Florida, is now charged with threatening to kill a veteran homicide detective. Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, was arrested Monday after a gun battle erupted in a quiet, upscale Miami neighbourhood, leaving his older brother Jean, 17, dead. While he is yet to be formally charged, he is facing one count of felony murder and an additional count of threatening a public servant.
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US CA: Yuba Pot Growers Seek Court Order

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Appeal-Democrat, 03 Apr 2015 - Hearing Today on Bid for Referendum Yuba County medical marijuana growers are seeking a court order today to give them the goahead to submit signatures for a voter referendum on the county's new marijuana cultivation ordinance.
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US MA: A Marijuana Contingency Plan For The Legislature

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Boston Globe, 03 Apr 2015 - A lot of people suddenly want to know what Democratic Senator Jason Lewis thinks about marijuana. "What I say is that I have had concerns in the past about liberalizing our marijuana policy," said Lewis, the new chairman and sole member of the state Senate's Special Committee on Marijuana. "I did oppose decriminalization in 2008, and I did oppose medical marijuana in 2012, when it was on the ballot. And the reason was simply because my concern is about protecting young people."
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US CA: Compton Schools Sue City Over Marijuana Shops

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Los Angeles Times, 03 Apr 2015 - District Officials Say State and Local Laws Against Dispensaries Aren't Being Enforced. Saying the city of Compton has failed to enforce its own marijuana laws, Compton school officials have sued the city for allegedly allowing pot dispensaries to set up shop near schools.
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US WA: OPED: Unkept Promises of Public-Health Education on

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Seattle Times, 03 Apr 2015 - A growing gap exists between how the early marijuana-legalization laws are rolling out in Washington state and what ought to be concurrent education campaigns to give marijuana consumers science-based information to make wise choices. Initiative 502 earmarked new excise-tax revenues to the state Department of Health to pay for "medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use."
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US NM: 2nd Traffic Stop Led To Arrest Of Deputy

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Albuquerque Journal, 03 Apr 2015 - Men Told State Officer Cop Took Cash, Drugs What are the chances of two men who say they were carrying a large amount of cash and transporting marijuana being pulled over twice by police on the same day on interstate highways in New Mexico?
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US: Colorado's Neighbors Want To Stop Its Pot Trade

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Washington Times, 03 Apr 2015 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Angry Over Spillover Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana is stirring the pot in Nebraska and Oklahoma, where top officials say they're dealing with spillover effects from their neighbor's bright-line breach of federal law.
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Chronicle AM: DOJ Says It Can Still Prosecute Dispensaries, GA Forfeiture Bill Passes, More (4/2/15)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:11

A Tennessee "decrim" bill moves, an Idaho CBD cannabis oil bill is back from the dead, a Georgia asset forfeiture reform bill passes, the Justice Department says it can still prosecute California dispensaries, and more.

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Tennessee Bill to Lessen Marijuana Penalties Wins Committee Vote. A bill that would make possession of up to an ounce a misdemeanor punishable only by a $100 fine was approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 873, now goes before the House Finance and Ways and Means Committee. Companion legislation, Senate Bill 1211, is set to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. Under current law, possession of between a half-ounce and 10 pounds is a felony.

Medical Marijuana

Justice Department Says It Can Still Prosecute California Dispensaries. A Justice Department spokesman said Wednesday that the congressional ban on the agency interfering with medical marijuana in states where it is legal does not apply to California dispensary prosecutions. Patrick Rodenbush said the department does not believe the amendment to a spending bill applies to cases against individuals, but only stops Justice from "impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws."

Florida CBD Implementation Bill Faces More Challenges. A bill trying to get the state's CBD cannabis oil law, passed last year, actually implemented is now facing a new challenge: how to give black farmers a fair shot at growing the new crop. The existing law only allows farms that have been in existence for at least 30 years and that grow 400,000 plants or more to apply for one of five licenses to cultivate and distribute the crop. But hundreds of black farmers say they are being cut out of the deal because 30 years ago, they were still fighting with the US Department of Agriculture over discriminatory lending practices and weren't yet in business. The sponsor of both last year's successful bill and this year's implementation bill, Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), said he would attempt to address the issue. The bill is Senate Bill 7066.

Idaho CBD Cannabis Oil Bill is Back from the Dead. The bill, Senate Bill 1146, was killed on a tie vote in the House State Affairs Committee Monday, but the committee has agreed to reconsider it and was set to meet today for further discussion on it. If it passes the committee, it could go to a House floor vote tomorrow.

Prescription Opiates

FDA to Help Drug Makers Develop Abuse-Deterrent Opiates. "The science of abuse-deterrent medication is rapidly evolving, and the FDA is eager to engage with manufacturers to help make these medications available to patients who need them," Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the FDA's commissioner, said in a press release. "We feel this is a key part of combating opioid abuse. We have to work hard with industry to support the development of new formulations that are difficult to abuse but are effective and available when needed." The agency also issued a document called "Guidance for Industry: Abuse-Deterrent Opioids -- Evaluation and Labeling," outlining how future studies can decide whether a new drug has abuse-deterrent properties.

Asset Forfeiture

Georgia Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Passes Senate. A bill that would standardize asset forfeiture procedures easily passed the Senate Tuesday. The bill is House Bill 233. It has already passed the House and now goes to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal (R). The bill creates safeguards for owners of seized assets, requires regular accounting, and prohibits law enforcement agencies from using seized goods for anything other than law enforcement.

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US FL: Miami Gun Battle Leaves Canadian Envoy's Eldest Son Dead

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Apr 2015 - When Roxanne Dube was appointed consul-general to Miami last November, her sons Marc and Jean Wabafiyebazu seemed enthusiastic about the move. After spending much of their lives in Ottawa and Zimbabwe, the teens, 15 and 17, relished the idea of living in a city that has featured as a backdrop for many blockbuster films. "For them it really was a big move," their father Germano Wabafiyebazu said in an interview. "You see Miami in movies and everything, so to be now going there =C2=85 they were really enthusiastic."
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CN BC: Supervised Injection Expansion A 'Monstrous' Strategy: Expert

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 02 Apr 2015 - Vancouver Coastal Health's strategy to bring supervised injection services to community health centres across the city has drawn criticism from one of the most prominent recovery experts in Vancouver. "This strategy is, in my opinion, monstrous," said David Berner, the executive director of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada. "It's based on a belief system that's completely false," he said, explaining that harm reduction assumes "addicts are addicts for life and they must be kept comfortable."
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US FL: Canadian Diplomatas Son Killed, Brother Charged, In Miami

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Guelph Mercury, 02 Apr 2015 - MIAMI - Canada's top government official in Miami is planning the funeral of her 17-year-old son and the legal defence of her 15-year-old after the brothers took part in what Florida police call an attempted drug ripoff. The brothers - both armed with guns - used her black Canadian government BMW with diplomatic plates as a lookout vehicle as they tried to rob the drug dealers Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in the Coral Way district, police say.
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US FL: Canadian Diplomatas Teen Son Killed In Shootout

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The Record, 02 Apr 2015 - Younger son faces murder charge in what Miami police call a drug dispute MIAMI - Canada's top government official in Miami is planning the funeral of her 17-year-old son and the legal defence of her 15-year-old after the brothers took part in what Florida police call an attempted drug ripoff.
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US NV: High Desert

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Reno News & Review, 02 Apr 2015 - Can Nevada's Newest Crop Weather a Record Drought? In late March, Sierra Wellness Connection became Nevada's first commercial medical-marijuana business to get state approval. Less than a week later, the fledgling company led by former University of Nevada, Reno president Joe Crowley also got the City Council's unanimous nod to sell the medicine. As of press time, Sierra Wellness and Certified Ag Lab of Sparks were the only two such establishments to clear the final state hurdle, said Pam Graber with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. More are coming, of course, as hundreds of companies received provisional certifications last year.
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US CO: Column: 'Gazette' Cannabis Package Serves UP Purple Haze

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Boulder Weekly, 02 Apr 2015 - The Gazette in Colorado Springs last week published a package about cannabis legalization in the state under the banner "Clearing the Haze." The paper has been known for its excellent journalism and its reporters honored for their work, most recently a Pulitzer last year for a news series exposing how easily veterans can lose benefits for minor offenses after their discharge. A comprehensive series on the pros and cons of marijuana legalization is something Coloradans are always seeking.
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US CA: Column: What's Your Brand?

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Sacramento News & Review, 02 Apr 2015 - I thoroughly enjoy your column. It's the first page I read. You are a well of information. I like the sativas. Could you suggest some strains that have the highest percentage of this and what dispensaries have them? Thanks. - -CM
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US PA: Shakedown From 19th Floor Alleged

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 Apr 2015 - At Drug Officers' Trial, a Dealer Tells of Some Scary Moments on His Penthouse Balcony. With a burly police officer on each of his handcuffed arms and a 19-story drop below him from his penthouse apartment balcony, drug dealer Michael Cascioli was asked a troubling question.
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US CO: In Colorado, Marijuana Taxes May Have to Be Passed Back

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New York Times, 02 Apr 2015 - DENVER - In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness. A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public - and lawmakers do not want to.
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US NY: Editorial: President Obama's Letter To 22 Prisoners

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New York Times, 02 Apr 2015 - On Tuesday, 22 people serving sentences of decades or life for nonviolent drug crimes in federal prisons across the country received a personal letter from President Obama, commuting their sentences and ordering their release in late July. Each had applied to Mr. Obama for clemency - a power the Constitution unreservedly grants the president as a way to correct injustices or offer forgiveness, but which has fallen into near-total disuse in recent decades. Before Tuesday, Mr. Obama ranked as the least merciful president in modern history.
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