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Marijuana Policy Project

Recommended Links - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:37
The Marijuana Policy Project's purpose is to develop and promote policies to minimize the harm associated with marijuana use and minimize the harm associated with the prohibition on marijuana consumption., Mon Feb 5 2018
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Media Awareness Project, The

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MAP works to ensure more balanced and accurate media coverage of drug policy issues and maintains a comprehensive archive of drug policy news and many free e-mail subscription services., Mon Feb 5 2018
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Medical Marijuana ProCon.org

Recommended Links - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:37
Medical Marijuana Pro/Con (formerly known as MarijuanaInfo.org), is a research project of ProCon.org, a 501(c)3 pending non-profit, non-partisan private foundation, without government affiliation of any kind., Tue Dec 26 2017
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November Coalition, The

Recommended Links - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:37
The November Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the destructive increase in prison population in the United States and the steady erosion of our civil rights and freedoms by the federal government. We are dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and to the power of the several states. November Coalition seeks to inform the citizenry - particularly those who may be complacent - on the, Fri Sep 18 2015
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Students for Sensible Drug Policy

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems., Wed Feb 8 2017
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US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
The Blade, 06 Feb 2018 - Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US PA: Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Helped Cut Opioid Deaths

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - States with medical marijuana dispensaries saw "a significant decline" in opioid deaths over a 10-year period, according to a report published this week by the Journal of Health Economics. "The evidence suggests that Pennsylvania will see a reduction in opioid dependence and a reduction in overdose deaths" following the opening of the dispensaries, said David Powell, an economist for the RAND Corporation, in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US NJ: Judge: Insurance Company Must Pay For Medical Marijuana For

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - In what could be a precedent-setting decision, a New Jersey administrative law judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffers from lingering neuropathic pain in his left hand after an accident while using a power saw at an 84 Lumber outlet in 2008. Judge Ingrid L. French took testimony from the worker, a 39-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and a Cherry Hill psychiatrist/neurologist who said the marijuana treatment was appropriate because it would allow the patient to reduce his prescription opiate use and lower the risk of serious side effects.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US CA: San Francisco Announces Plans To Open Safe Injection Sites

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - Officials in San Francisco said Tuesday they will open two safe injection sites this summer, joining Philadelphia and Seattle on the list of American cities that are planning to open sites where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose. The announcement comes three weeks after Philadelphia officials announced their own plans to open a site here. Like Philadelphia's, the San Francisco site will be funded privately. And also like Philadelphia, the funding sources aren't yet clear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. City officials there said they were working with "six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services." Two will host the first safe injection sites, and will likely open in July, officials said.
Categories: Harm Reduction

CN BC: Recreational Cannabis Will Mirror Alcohol Model, Government

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but substances won't be sold together in single outlet British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
Categories: Canada

CN BC: B.C. Cities Can Just Say No To Pot Shops

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 06 Feb 2018 - 'Authority' included in new guidelines According to the province's latest cannabis retail laws, announced Monday in Victoria, city governments - such as Richmond - will be able to decide whether to allow pot shops.
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Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns Over

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year. The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.
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CN BC: Recreational Cannabis Will Mirror Alcohol Model, Government

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but substances won't be sold together in single outlet British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
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CN BC: B.C. Cities Can Just Say No To Pot Shops

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 06 Feb 2018 - 'Authority' included in new guidelines According to the province's latest cannabis retail laws, announced Monday in Victoria, city governments - such as Richmond - will be able to decide whether to allow pot shops.
Categories: Latest News

Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns Over

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year. The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.
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US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
The Blade, 06 Feb 2018 - Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.
Categories: Latest News

US PA: Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Helped Cut Opioid Deaths

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - States with medical marijuana dispensaries saw "a significant decline" in opioid deaths over a 10-year period, according to a report published this week by the Journal of Health Economics. "The evidence suggests that Pennsylvania will see a reduction in opioid dependence and a reduction in overdose deaths" following the opening of the dispensaries, said David Powell, an economist for the RAND Corporation, in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.
Categories: Latest News

US NJ: Judge: Insurance Company Must Pay For Medical Marijuana For

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - In what could be a precedent-setting decision, a New Jersey administrative law judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffers from lingering neuropathic pain in his left hand after an accident while using a power saw at an 84 Lumber outlet in 2008. Judge Ingrid L. French took testimony from the worker, a 39-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and a Cherry Hill psychiatrist/neurologist who said the marijuana treatment was appropriate because it would allow the patient to reduce his prescription opiate use and lower the risk of serious side effects.
Categories: Latest News

Chronicle AM: Trump Vows Foreign Aid Cuts Over Drugs, German Cops Says Legalize It, More... (2/5/18)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:24

The president accuses Mexico and Central American countries of not doing enough to fight our drug war, a group of senators joins the call to save ONDCP, the German police association calls for marijuana legalization, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Medical Marijuana

Virginia House Passes CBD Bill. The House has passed a bill, House Bill 1215, which would allow doctors to prescribe CBD cannabis oil for any medical condition. A companion measure is up for a vote in the Senate next week and is expected to pass.

Asset Forfeiture

Indiana Senate Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. The Senate has unanimously approved Senate Bill 99, which does not end civil asset forfeiture, but does require prosecutors to file an affidavit for probable cause within seven days after a seizure and file asset forfeiture motions within 21 days if the owner of the property has objected in writing, 90 days if he has not. Under current state law, property can be held up to six months before the state decides to file a forfeiture claim. The bill now heads to the House.

Drug Policy

US Senators Call on Trump Administration to Keep Drug Czar's Office Intact. A dozen senators have written to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and to the Senate leadership urging them to block proposed changes to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office) that would essentially gut it. OMB has proposed moving two major grant programs -- HIDTA and the Drug-Free Communities -- out of ONDCP, which would reduce the office's budget by 95% as the nation confronts an opioid crisis.

Foreign Policy

Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to Mexico, Central America Over Drugs. President Trump last Friday threatened to cut off aid to countries from which illicit drugs are imported into the United States. "I want to stop the aid. If they can't stop drugs from coming in, 'cause they can stop them a lot easier than us. They say, 'oh we can't control it.' Oh great, we're supposed to control it," the President said. "So we give them billions and billions of dollars, and they don't do what they're supposed to be doing, and they know that. But we're going to take a very harsh action. We want strong borders. We want to give you laws. We want to stop the catch and release nonsense that goes on. You catch somebody and you release them. You know they're bad," he said. "They're pouring in from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, all over. They're just pouring into our country. These countries are not our friends, you know. We think they're our friends, and we send them massive aid, and I won't mention names right now," he said. "But I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them, we send them massive aid and they're pouring drugs into our country and they're laughing at us."

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German Police Call for Marijuana Legalization. The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has come out in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. "The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner," the head of BDK, André Schulz, told Bild newspaper on Monday. "in the history of mankind there has never been a society without the use of drugs; this is something that has to be accepted," he added. "My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in Germany." The BDK thus calls for a"complete decriminalization of cannabis use," Schulz said, adding that the current legal system is stigmatizing people and promoting criminal careers.

Philippines Drug War Killing Ratchet Up Again. The Philippine National Police announced last Friday that nearly 50 people suspected of using or selling drugs had been killed by police in the past two months. That's the period that the National Police have been back on the job in the drug war -- after President Duterte temporarily pulled them away last year after officers were found to have killed three teenagers and lied about their deaths.

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Chronicle AM: Trump Vows Foreign Aid Cuts Over Drugs, German Cops Says Legalize It, More... (2/5/18)

Asset Forfeiture (STDW) - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:24

The president accuses Mexico and Central American countries of not doing enough to fight our drug war, a group of senators joins the call to save ONDCP, the German police association calls for marijuana legalization, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Medical Marijuana

Virginia House Passes CBD Bill. The House has passed a bill, House Bill 1215, which would allow doctors to prescribe CBD cannabis oil for any medical condition. A companion measure is up for a vote in the Senate next week and is expected to pass.

Asset Forfeiture

Indiana Senate Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. The Senate has unanimously approved Senate Bill 99, which does not end civil asset forfeiture, but does require prosecutors to file an affidavit for probable cause within seven days after a seizure and file asset forfeiture motions within 21 days if the owner of the property has objected in writing, 90 days if he has not. Under current state law, property can be held up to six months before the state decides to file a forfeiture claim. The bill now heads to the House.

Drug Policy

US Senators Call on Trump Administration to Keep Drug Czar's Office Intact. A dozen senators have written to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and to the Senate leadership urging them to block proposed changes to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office) that would essentially gut it. OMB has proposed moving two major grant programs -- HIDTA and the Drug-Free Communities -- out of ONDCP, which would reduce the office's budget by 95% as the nation confronts an opioid crisis.

Foreign Policy

Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to Mexico, Central America Over Drugs. President Trump last Friday threatened to cut off aid to countries from which illicit drugs are imported into the United States. "I want to stop the aid. If they can't stop drugs from coming in, 'cause they can stop them a lot easier than us. They say, 'oh we can't control it.' Oh great, we're supposed to control it," the President said. "So we give them billions and billions of dollars, and they don't do what they're supposed to be doing, and they know that. But we're going to take a very harsh action. We want strong borders. We want to give you laws. We want to stop the catch and release nonsense that goes on. You catch somebody and you release them. You know they're bad," he said. "They're pouring in from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, all over. They're just pouring into our country. These countries are not our friends, you know. We think they're our friends, and we send them massive aid, and I won't mention names right now," he said. "But I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them, we send them massive aid and they're pouring drugs into our country and they're laughing at us."

International

German Police Call for Marijuana Legalization. The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has come out in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. "The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner," the head of BDK, André Schulz, told Bild newspaper on Monday. "in the history of mankind there has never been a society without the use of drugs; this is something that has to be accepted," he added. "My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in Germany." The BDK thus calls for a"complete decriminalization of cannabis use," Schulz said, adding that the current legal system is stigmatizing people and promoting criminal careers.

Philippines Drug War Killing Ratchet Up Again. The Philippine National Police announced last Friday that nearly 50 people suspected of using or selling drugs had been killed by police in the past two months. That's the period that the National Police have been back on the job in the drug war -- after President Duterte temporarily pulled them away last year after officers were found to have killed three teenagers and lied about their deaths.

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