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Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, Flawed

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 22 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology. The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.
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Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
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Canada: Health Committee Marijuana Report Accused of Bias

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology. The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness of the drug's harmful effects.
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Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
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Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
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Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 22 Oct 2014 - NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
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Chronicle AM: Holder on Pot, Big $$$ for OR Init, Cairo Student Drug Tests, More (10/21/14)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:27

Holder talks pot, more big bucks flow to Oregon initiative, federal judge to ponder whether marijuana belongs in Schedule I, the right attacks Vanita Gupta, Canada's NDP calls for decriminalization, and more. Let's get to it:

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Attorney General Holder "Cautiously Optimistic" on Marijuana Legalization. In a Monday interview with CNN, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is "cautiously optimistic" about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. He said that the Justice Department was focused on eight "priority areas" when it came to legal weed, including prevention of distribution to minors, drug trafficking across state lines, and drug-related violence. "What I've told the governors of those states is that if we're not satisfied with their regulatory scheme that we reserve the right to come in and to sue them. So we'll see," Holder said.

Oregon Initiative Reports More Big Bucks Donations. The campaign committee for Measure 91 has reported receiving $800,000 in a pair of high-denomination donations. The Drug Policy Action Network, the campaign and lobbying arm of the Drug Policy Alliance, kicked in half a million bucks, while the New Approach PAC, tied to the family of the late Progressive Insurance magnate Peter Lewis, gave $300,000. Over all, Drug Policy Action Network has contributed $1.85 million and the Lewis group has given $1.25 million. The initiative campaign has spent more than $1.1 million on TV and radio ads.

Federal Judge to Consider Whether Marijuana Should Be Schedule I. A US district court judge in Sacramento will hold a hearing next Monday on whether marijuana is appropriately classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The hearing comes in the case of United States v. Pickard, et.al. Expert witnesses, including Columbia University psychology professor Dr. Carl Hart, will testify that classifying marijuana as a Schedule I drug is not consistent with accepted scientific evidence. This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted a hearing on the issue.

Decriminalization Fails By One Vote in Columbia, MO, City Council. A move to decriminalize marijuana in Columbia failed on a 4-3 vote Monday night after hours of intense debate. City staff opposed the measure, saying it would put the city in conflict with state law, and local police also opposed it, saying it would put officers in an awkward position, especially when doing joint counter-drug operations with other state or local law enforcement agencies.

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Missouri to Begin Taking Applications for Low-THC, High-CBD Medical Marijuana. People who want to grow high-CBD, low-THC marijuana for medical purposes under a new state law can begin submitting applications to the state Department of Health beginning November 3. The state will license two growers, and the window for applications is 30 days. The growers must operate as nonprofits and must produce marijuana that is less than 0.3% THC.

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Conservative Attacks on DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Gupta Get Underway. Heritage Foundation resident expert Cully Stimson has penned an opinion piece that lays out one line of attack on Vanita Gupta, the ACLU attorney just named acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights division and who is nominated to permanently fill the post. "The New Civil Rights Division Head Wants to Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs," is his headline -- and the gist of his argument. Click on the link to read his piece.

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Canada's NDP Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization and Study. The New Democratic Party (NDP) will this week officially call for immediate marijuana decriminalization, with monitoring of the health and social side effects. The call will come in a supplemental document published alongside a House of Commons health committee report, which is set to be issued today or tomorrow. While the NDP's stand is progressive, it is not as progressive as the position of the Liberals, who are calling for legalization.

Cairo University Begins Mandatory Drug Testing of Students. Any student who wants to reside in school housing at the University of Cairo must undergo mandatory, suspicionless drug testing under a new university policy. Some 4,000 students have already been tested, with 9,000 more waiting their turn. No objections to the policy have been heard.

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Canada: NDP To Unveil Policy On Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Oct 2014 - Party may be consider legalization OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the NDP says of marijuana. That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.
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CN ON: Pot Smoking May Make Depression Worse in Youth

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Oct 2014 - HEALTH: Scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute find marijuana use increases abnormal brain activity While some think a marijuana joint is an antidote for depression, the opposite may be true, a study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute in London shows. Using an MRI that detects brain activity, scientists found that youth who both suffer from depression and use marijuana had more abnormal activity than those who face either of those separately. "Some people Elizabeth Osuch have suggested that marijuana may be an effective treatment for depression. Our results suggest that this conclusion is premature," said Elizabeth Osuch. "These findings suggest that depressed youth increase their risk of functional brain abnormalities through the use of marijuana and that more research into these effects is needed."
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Canada: PUB LTE: Make It Harder To Get

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Oct 2014 - Re Your Kids Brain On Pot (Life & Arts, Oct. 17): The point of legalization is to make it much harder for children to obtain pot. Gangsters don't care who buys their product, whether it's pot or heroin. We need to legalize and apply strict regulations, allowing public health officials - not the prison system - to deal with the negative consequences of drug use. Paula Mallea, author, The War on Drugs; Gore Bay, Ont. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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CN BC: Family Of Summerland Girl With Seizure Disorder Gets Lift

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 18 Oct 2014 - The producer of a documentary about marijuana laws has shared the proceeds from the film's Kelowna premiere with families struggling to pay for medical cannabis. Adam Scorgie presented Kyla Williams, her mother Courtney Williams and grandfather Chris Nuessler with a cheque for $3,500 from the proceeds of the premiere of The Culture High.
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Chronicle AM: OR Battle of the Moms, San Jose Dispensaries Gone, Four Pillars Revisited, More (10/17/14)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:04

Oregon moms take stands on Measure 91, a new Delaware poll has healthy support for legalization, say goodbye to most of San Jose's dispensaries, there's an asset forfeiture reform bill in Virginia, and more. Let's get to it:

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Moms Rally For and Against Oregon Initiative. It was the battle of the moms today in Oregon as mothers for and against the Measure 91 legalization initiative held opposing rallies. The pro side met in Portland, while the anti side met in Lake Oswego. The moms for 91 included mothers who came from Colorado and Washington and spoke of the experiences there. Click the link for more detail.

Delaware Poll Has Healthy Majority for Legalization. A University of Delaware poll released Thursday has support for marijuana legalization at 56%, with only 39% opposed. Majorities in all three of the state's counties supported legalization. "I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware," said Paul Brewer, the political communications professor at the University of Delaware who supervised the poll. "The results also reflect what's going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization." Click on the link for a broader discussion of pot politics in the state.

Medical Marijuana

The Bell Tolls for San Jose Dispensaries. There is about to be a dramatic decrease in access to medical marijuana in San Jose. The city had up to 80 dispensaries this summer, but only six have permits, which means that as of today, the rest must shut down. Forty-seven more have filed for permits, but 20 have been denied and 20 more remain under review. The move comes after the city passed a strict new dispensary ordinance earlier this year. An effort to challenge it with an initiative came up short.

Oregon Court Rules Local Governments Can Ban Dispensaries. In a Thursday ruling, a Josephine County Circuit Court judge has held that local governments can restrict or ban dispensaries. In a case brought by the town of Cave Junction, Judge Pat Wolke ruled that nothing in the state's dispensary law or another law enacted last year that let localities impose yearlong dispensary moratoriums bars them from instituting outright bans. State city and county associations had argued strenuously that local governments had that ability.

Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Filed in Virginia. Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) has filed a bill that would require a criminal conviction before authorities could seize property. Under current state law, a criminal conviction is not required for asset forfeiture to take place. "While I certainly do not want to make the job of our law enforcement officials harder, I believe we need to strengthen our property protections to avoid potential abuse or the taking of property from an innocent person," he said. The bill is HB 1287. It's strange bedfellow supporters include tea party groups and the ACLU.

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Vancouver's Four Pillar Policy: Where Is It Now? It's been 13 years since Vancouver approved a groundbreaking, progressive drug policy that explicitly included controversial harm reduction provisions, as well as treatment, prevention, and law enforcement (thus, the four pillars). Now, a new series available via broadcast or podcast, examines where Four Pillars is today, what it has achieved, and whether it can last. Click on the link for more details and to find out where and how to watch.

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Canada: Myths Trump Facts Among Young Pot Users

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - Studies have found that adolescents have a big knowledge gap when it comes to the possible dangers of marijuana use Even though teens who smoke pot are at higher risk for cognitive problems, motor vehicle accidents and substance abuse, young Canadians see marijuana as a harmless herb.
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CN NS: Column: One Pill Can Kill

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Amherst News, 17 Oct 2014 - This past summer, one of my columns was entitled, "Special training needed for drug dealers." The title came from a "tongue-in-cheek" comment made by Dr. Brian Ferguson. He was upset and angry because of the deaths of young people due to use of painkiller medications. A recent article in the Chronicle Herald has put names to two victims of a one-time use of prescription medication.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Canada's Antiquated National Drug Strategy

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Burlington Post, 17 Oct 2014 - Public health departments freely hand out condoms to promote safe sex yet when it comes to drug use you're effectively on your own. In the case of heroin and MDMA (ecstasy), it will be of little help to the victims that the drugs will be analyzed after the fact. The misrepresentation of drugs on the black market is perhaps the biggest threat to a user because they can't easily answer such questions as What's the purity? Has it been cut (diluted) with a toxic substance? Is it even what was paid for? A proactive solution as simple as providing drug testing kits could go a long way in preventing adverse reactions and overdoses.
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Canada: Pot and the Teenage Brain: Understanding the Science

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - Because their brains are still developing, adolescents may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of marijuana. During this crucial period, brain connections are strengthened through myelination - growth of fatty insulation around the neurons - as well as a "pruning" of inefficient neural connections. It's a lengthy process, stretching past the postsecondary years to at least 25.
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CN BC: Less Drug, Alcohol and Sexual Activity With Vancouver

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 17 Oct 2014 - Survey Finds Reductions in Some Risky Behaviours Over the Last Decade, While Mental Health Concerns Grow Fewer Vancouver teens are drinking and doing drugs than they were a decade ago, shows a survey of over 2,000 local students. The percentage of Vancouver youth who have tried alcohol decreased from 45% to 33%, while those who have tried marijuana dropped 7% in the last decade, says a McCreary Centre Society survey of adolescent health.
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CN BC: LTE: No Sympathy

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
The Province, 17 Oct 2014 - I don't feel bad that there is bad "heroin" out there (actually the police confirm it is fentanyl.) Most addicts choose that life and take the risk of having a bad dose. I have been working on the new Powell Street overpass and have to watch out for needles and anything else that may harm me from these people. A few less addicts will not hurt this world.
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Canada: Your Kid's Brain on Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - As the debate over legalization heats up, Adriana Barton examines the effects of marijuana on the developing brains of teenagers - our nation's most prolific users - and finds there is no such thing as a harmless habit Like it or not, your kids will probably try marijuana. So will their friends. Canadian teens are more than twice as likely as adults to smoke pot - and have the highest rate of cannabis use in the developed world. Marijuana has become as much a part of Canada's youth culture as hockey or Katy Perry.
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CN SN: PUB LTE: Don't Waste Tax Dollars on Failed Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:00
The News, 16 Oct 2014 - To the editor, Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, there is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs. Decriminalization acknowledges the social reality of marijuana and frees users from the stigma of life-shattering criminal records. What's really needed is a regulated market with age controls.
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