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Chronicle AM: First Las Vegas MedMJ Shop, Peru Restarting Drug Plane Shootdowns, More (8/21/2015)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 19:23

A Wisconsin tribe moves toward legal marijuana, Oakland's effort to back the Harborside dispensary gets shot down in federal court, Peru wants to shoot down drug planes again, both major Kentucky governor candidates want to drug test welfare recipients, and more.

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California NAACP Files Legalization Initiative. The civil rights group has filed the Community Act to Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis, the latest addition to the growing list of legalization initiatives filed in the state. Reports are that the initiative is not designed to compete with the still long-awaited proposal from ReformCA, of which the California NAACP is a member, but to submit model language in support of the broader effort. The initiative would legalize up to an ounce and allow personal grows of up to 25 square feet, as well as allow marijuana commerce.

Wisconsin's Menominee Tribe Votes to Legalize Marijuana on Reservation. Tribal members overwhelmingly approved two advisory questions on whether the tribe should legalize marijuana on its reservation. Recreational marijuana was approved 677 to 499, while medical marijuana was approved 899 to 275. The matter now goes to the tribal legislature, which, given the vote, will likely approve ordinances allowing for marijuana.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects City of Oakland Lawsuit Backing Harborside Dispensary. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Oakland's lawsuit against the Justice Department and the Northern California US Attorney's office. The city had argued that closing the dispensary would deprive it of tax revenues and increase crime by creating a black market for marijuana. Then-US Attorney Melinda Haag moved in 2012 to seize Harborside, claiming it violated federal law by selling medical marijuana. The case continues even though the Justice Department has since said it generally wouldn't interfere with state marijuana laws.

First Las Vegas Dispensary Set to Open Monday. A spokesman for Euphoria Wellness said Thursday the dispensary had won final state and county approvals this week and would open for business Monday. It will be the first dispensary in Clark County. The first dispensary in the state opened last month in the Reno suburb of Sparks.

Drug Testing

Both Major Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Want to Do Welfare Drug Testing. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway has joined Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin in calling for drug testing of some welfare recipients. "I don't want to see our tax dollars going to support drug addiction," Conway, the Democratic front-runner, said Thursday. But Conway called for suspicion-based drug testing, while Bevins called for random testing, and Conway rejects drug testing Medicare recipients, while Bevins is for it.

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Peruvian Congress Approves Shooting Down Suspected Drug Planes. The Congress voted unanimously Thursday to allow military planes to shoot down suspected drug flights. Drug-fighting President Ollanta Humala is expected to sign the bill. Peru claims a ton of cocaine a day is flown to Bolivia. Peru used to shoot down drug planes, but stopped after one of its pilots in a CIA-run program shot down a small plane carrying US missionaries, killing US citizen Roni Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity.

Russia Threatens to Ban Wikipedia Over Drug "How To" Entry. Russia's online censor, Roskomnadzor, says it will ban the entire website from Russia unless it removes or blocks access to an article about how to make a marijuana preparation. The censor has also recently gone after Reddit and YouTube over similar postings. Click on the link for more.

Canada's NDP Would Decriminalize Marijuana "Right Away." New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair said Thursday that "the NDP's position is decriminalization the moment we form a government" and that "it's something we can do right away." The NDP is leading most polls in the elections set for October. The Liberals under Justin Trudeau have called for outright legalization, but they're polling third, behind the Conservatives, who have taken a hard line opposing any moves at drug liberalization.

Dusseldorf Moves Forward on Legal Marijuana Sales Plan. Councilors in the German city Wednesday approved a pilot project to sell marijuana to adults. The move was a joint effort by the three parties that form the city's governing coalition, the Social Democrats, the Free Democrats, and the Greens. A similar move is afoot in Berlin, Germany's largest city, where councilors in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district applied for a marijuana license in June.

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CN ON: PUB LTE: Time To Discuss Good Samaritan Law

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:00
Burlington Post, 21 Aug 2015 - Re: Halton police enlist aid of pharmacists to combat fentanyl abuse, the Burlington Post, Aug. 14, 2015. At least there was one positive outcome from this article. The fact a young man's parents weren't awoken by the knock of a police officer at their door to inform them that their son is deceased is a success.
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CN MB: Marijuana Man Price Vows To Fight On

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Aug 2015 - THE owner of a medical marijuana shop is vowing to fight criminal charges - possibly while acting as his own lawyer - as part of a service he feels he owes the community. Glenn Price made his first court appearance Thursday. The matter was adjourned until Sept. 3. He was charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana, along with proceeds of crime, following an Aug. 4 raid on his Main Street business, Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters.
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CN MB: Bummed Out

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Aug 2015 - Marijuana Dispenser Feels Villainized, Victimized by Justice System The man who ran Winnipeg's only medical marijuana dispensary before being arrested earlier this month made his first court appearance Thursday and said police have seized "everything I had."
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Chronicle AM: Truckers Oppose Hair Drug Tests, TX Drug Felon Food Stamp Ban Ending, More (8/20/2015)

Canada (STDW) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 21:06

Asset forfeiture reform is moving in Michigan, Texas is about to end its ban on food stamps for drug felons, Brazil's high court takes up a case that could lead to drug decriminalization, the Teamsters and other labor groups pan hair drug testing, and more.

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Ohio Chamber of Commerce Joins Opposition to Legalization Initiative. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday it would "strongly oppose" the ResponsibleOhio legalization initiative and will donate $100,000 to defeat it at the polls. The chamber cited worries over workplace safety. The initiative campaign said it was not surprised, given that chambers of commerce in other states where legalization has been an issue have always opposed it.

Asset Forfeiture

Michigan Asset Forfeiture Reform Package Wins Senate Panel Vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday approved a package of bills reforming civil asset forfeiture. House Bills 4499 and 4503-4506 all passed unanimously. Five of the bills increase reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies, while two bills would raise standards in drug and public nuisance forfeiture cases from "a preponderance of evidence" to "clear and convincing evidence." The committee did not vote on House Bill 4508, which would have barred the seizure of vehicles used to purchase less than an ounce of marijuana, after committee lawyers said it would legalize marijuana.

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Texas to End Ban on Food Stamps for Drug Felons. Beginning September 1, Texas becomes the latest state to opt out of a federal ban on food stamps for drug felons that was enacted as part of the 1996 federal welfare reform bill. Many states opted out immediately, and now only a handful maintain the ban. They are Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Drug Testing

Teamsters, Other Unions Urge House to Reject Hair Testing. A coalition of labor groups has sent a letter to House lawmakers dealing with transportation issues asking them to reject a recent Senate proposal to let trucking companies use hair testing for drugs instead of urine testing. The Senate proposal is part of a six-year highway bill. "We urge the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to reject efforts to allow hair to be used for federal drug tests before the validity and reliability of this testing method can be determined by the Department of Health and Human Services, the groups, including the Teamsters and a branch of the AFL-CIO, wrote. Urine testing, which detects recent drug use, has "proven effective," the groups said. Hair drug testing detects drug use going back months.

Harm Reduction

Third Indiana County Gets Emergency Needle Exchanges. The state health commissioner has declared a public health emergency in Fayette County because of high levels of Hepatitis C infections. That will allow the county to institute needle exchange programs. Similar emergencies were declared earlier this year in Scott and Madison counties.

International

Brazil Supreme Court Considering Case That Could Lead to Drug Decriminalization. On Wednesday, the country's high court began arguing the case of a prison inmate caught with three grams of marijuana and charged with drug possession. Sao Paulo state public defenders are pushing for the conviction to be overturned on the grounds that the charge is unconstitutional because it violated citizens' privacy rights. The judges are continuing to consider the case today, with a ruling expected shortly.

New Canada Poll Has Two-Thirds for Marijuana Decriminalization. A new Ipsos poll has 65% of Canadians favoring decriminalization, with 35% opposed. "Doesn't matter where you live in the country, a majority of every demographic group supports decriminalization," said pollster Sean Simpson. Support was at 39% in 1987 and increased steadily since then.

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CN BC: Candidates In The Election Weeds

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 20 Aug 2015 - CANDIDATES IN THE ELECTION WEEDS Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization in This New Courtenay-Alberni Riding With a recent Supreme Court decision and a dispensary that came and went from downtown Parksville, marijuana is a hot local topic in this federal election.
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CN NS: OPED: The Bullshit Cultural Milieu Of Medical Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00
The Coast, 20 Aug 2015 - It's sad to see The Coast contributing to this. There is a bullshit cultural milieu surrounding the use of cannabis. The general perception seems to be that marijuana is not only a completely harmless substance, but actually a panacea capable of alleviating/curing a vast array of medical conditions. However, its use is hindered by mean, moralistic politicians who are kept in the back pockets of nefarious pharmaceutical interests. This perception would be fine if cannabis was a completely harmless substance with a wide array of medicinal uses, as has been intimated in The Coast's recent story about the PEACE EAST festival (August 13), but it is not. It is sad to see an article pandering to these poorly formed ideas rather than engaging in substantive journalism.
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CN ON: Column: We Finally Get The Dope On William Shakespeare

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 20 Aug 2015 - Many theatre-lovers think Shakespeare is dope. Now it's being suggested that he smoked the stuff. Last month some anthropologists announced that four 17th century pipes unearthed from Shakespeare's garden contain traces of cannabis. Whoa! Maybe that explains that line from MacBeth: "Is this a dagger which I see before me, Dude?"
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CN BC: Editorial: Drug's Antidote Must Be More Readily Available

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:00
Saanich News, 19 Aug 2015 - The latest rash of overdose deaths sweeping across the country is showing us, once again, that no community is immune to the terrible costs of drug abuse. And once again, it is clearly evident that people have less problems obtaining their drug of choice than receiving help with their addictions. The drug fentanyl has been responsible for hundreds of deaths across the country, with Vancouver police responding to 16 apparent fentanyl overdoses in one day alone earlier this month. And Victoria Police Insp. Scott McGregor says the drug is probably as prevalent here as it is anywhere else.
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CN ON: Set Criteria For Med Marijuana Facilities

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 19 Aug 2015 - SET CRITERIA FOR MED MARIJUANA FACILITIES The city has drafted criteria that will guide the possible development of medical marijuana producing facilities. Following considerable research into this 'growing' industry, city councillors will be asked at Monday's planning advisory committee meeting to add a new definition to the city's zoning bylaw.
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CN BC: Raided Pot Shops May Have Trouble With Licensing

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Aug 2015 - Vancouver dispensaries that have been raided by police for allegedly selling cannabis to teens or being linked to gangs such as the Hells Angels have a slim chance of securing approval under the city's new licensing regime, says a councillor who was one of the main architects of the new pot shop rules. Councillor Kerry Jang, who oversees the marijuana file for the governing Vision Vancouver party, said city staff will seek input from the Vancouver Police Department's drug squad when reviewing applications under the new licensing system, which was approved in June.
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CN BC: Editorial: Not A Greenhouse

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:00
Langley Times, 19 Aug 2015 - Imagine if the house next door to you was growing mushrooms or potatoes or some other kind of agricultural crop in the basement. Imagine that there were times when you could smell the odor of fertilizer wafting over the fence.
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CN ON: Column: Scientists Suspect Shakespeare A Pothead

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 18 Aug 2015 - SCIENTISTS SUSPECT SHAKESPEARE A POTHEAD Many theatre-lovers think Shakespeare is dope. Now it's being suggested that he smoked the stuff. Last month some anthropologists announced that four 17th century pipes unearthed from Shakespeare's garden contain traces of cannabis. Whoa! Maybe that explains that line from MacBeth: "Is this a dagger which I see before me, Dude?"
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CN BC: University Offers Course On How To Grow, Sell Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 18 Aug 2015 - Program looks at plant cultivation, marketing It's high time a B. C. university offered a class on how to grow and sell medical marijuana. That was the thought process behind a new course being offered at Kwantlen Polytechnic University starting this fall, according to Jim Pelton, the university's executive director of continuing and professional studies.
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CN BC: Vancouver Program Trains Regular Doctors In Addictions

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 18 Aug 2015 - A Vancouver program at St. Paul's aims to train doctors who may not be familiar with drug addiction to recognize the signs and target harm reduction strategies like service providers in the Downtown Eastside already do. Dr. Annabel Mead is the director of the Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Program, a $3-million program funded by a local gold company, that trains up to eight health practitioners each year on drug addiction.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: A Drug Policy For 21st Century

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 18 Aug 2015 - Re: One toke over the line, Editorial Aug. 13 How precious. Stephen Harper announces his further crackdown on illicit drugs as a campaign promise. Last week he told us his favourite TV series was Breaking Bad, so we must assume this is where he's receiving his "research" to validate his new policy initiative.
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CN NF: Change In Crime Over Time

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
The Telegram, 17 Aug 2015 - Paul Roche was a young constable 26 years ago when he first patrolled the streets of St. John's. A typical shift during those early years with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary might consist of a call of a domestic disturbance, an impaired driver, petty theft or simple possession of marijuana.
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Canada: Injection-Site Advocates Wary Of Election

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Aug 2015 - Proponents of supervised centres move forward with expansion plans even as the issue becomes a political football Supporters of supervised drug-injection sites, such as Vancouver's Insite, are keeping a cautious eye on the federal vote, with Stephen Harper vowing to fight their expansion and questioning their benefits as he looks to highlight his government's tough-on-drugs agenda.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Demonizing Drug Addiction Must Stop

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 17 Aug 2015 - Talking "tough" on drugs is something many politicians seem to love doing as it is the one thing they tend to get away with, especially during an election campaign. From a societal perspective, there is very little sympathy for those who are addicted to substances. Too often, addiction is still seen as a sign of weak morals or poor life choices. But this is an overly simplistic perspective.
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CN NF: The Change In Crime With Time

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 07:00
The Western Star, 17 Aug 2015 - A veteran cop's perspective on how offences, policing have shifted over the years Paul Roche was a young constable 26 years ago when he first patrolled the streets of St. John's. A typical shift during those early years with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary might consist of a call of a domestic disturbance, an impaired driver, petty theft or simple possession of marijuana.
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