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1 US WA: Mayor Seeks New Rules For Medical-Pot DispensariesTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:130 Added:11/26/2014

Licenses, Zoning, Product Testing

Murray Says Seattle Can't Wait for Legislature to Act

Mayor Ed Murray's office outlined its plan to regulate Seattle's proliferating medical-marijuana industry Monday, including a new city license and standards for testing, packaging and advertising.

Under the proposed system, business owners would have to get criminal-background checks. The city would inspect the businesses and be able to levy fines or suspend or revoke licenses for violations.

David Mendoza, an adviser to the mayor on marijuana issues, said selling multiple times to a minor or a person without a medical authorization would be enough to lose a license.

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2US CO: Denver Will Pay $25,000 SettlementTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

The Denver City Council on Monday approved the payment of $25,000 to settle a false-arrest lawsuit brought by a woman who was collecting petition signatures.

In November 2011, Regina Ann Petkus was gathering signatures outside the Ogden Theatre on East Colfax Avenue for Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative that legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.

Her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, said Denver police Sgt. Hubert Martin Vanover arrested her while he was working off-duty security for the Ogden. He ordered her to stop collecting signatures near the Ogden, the lawsuit says, even though Petkus was standing in a public alleyway, where such activity was allowed.

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3 US CO: Pot Retailers Adopt Holiday SpiritTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:95 Added:11/26/2014

Dispensaries Offer Pot-Laced Foods, Discounts

DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.

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4US CA: Vista's Pot-Shop Fight Eyed In San DiegoTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

But City Attorney to Continue Using Civil Injunctions Over Criminal Misdemeanors

SAN DIEGO - Marijuana opponents are lobbying City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to follow the city of Vista's lead and criminally prosecute operators of illegal pot shops, but Goldsmith says he'll continue using civil injunctions because they're more effective.

Vista officials say they've managed to close 12 of the 15 medical marijuana dispensaries that had been operating in the city since they began taking the unusual step last fall of charging the operators with criminal misdemeanors.

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5 US ME: OPED: Legalization Isn't Inevitable: Maine Has MoreTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Bangor Daily News (ME) Author:Gagnon, Scott Area:Maine Lines:96 Added:11/26/2014

Last week saw the launch of a second initiative to put a question on the 2016 Maine ballot to legalize recreational marijuana. This effort would run alongside the stated intent of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project to gather signatures and also put a question on the 2016 ballot.

Some media outlets are framing this as Mainers having two choices for legalizing marijuana in Maine. But the truth of the matter is they will have three choices on how marijuana policy moves forward in Maine. A third choice will be to reject marijuana legalization of both varieties and move forward with a public health-oriented approach that doesn't create a third legalized drug.

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6 US DC: PUB LTE: Stop Asset Forfeiture Practices NowTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Greene, Danielle Area:District of Columbia Lines:31 Added:11/26/2014

The Nov. 19 Metro article "Council votes to overhaul seizures" reported that D.C. police have taken for years "cash, cars and other property" from people not charged with crimes without oversight. I am outraged.

Which part of "effective immediately" doesn't the D.C. Council know how to spell? Why wait till 2018 to fully overhaul the city's asset forfeiture program, directing seized proceeds to the city's general fund instead of to the police department? The idea that the department appropriated funds in advance of crimes being perpetrated and prosecuted is outrageous. It's easy to imagine police entrapments or pay-to-play shenanigans that would bring in cash to balance the forecast.

I urge the D.C. Council to consider "effective immediately" to avoid national disgrace for having engaged in the asset forfeiture scam in the first place, thereby making crime pay before it happens. For shame, for shame.

Danielle Greene, Falls Church

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7 CN NF: Column: For Addicts Trying to Get Help, the Waiting CanMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Newfoundland Lines:86 Added:11/26/2014

Derek Montague could have ruined himself. In the three months he's been waiting for gambling addiction treatment, he could have dug a financial hole of which there'd be no way out.

"In that span of time, I've done more damage to myself," he admits.

"I've gambled during that period of time."

Full disclosure: Derek works with TC Media and reports indirectly to me. He's a fine journalist with The Labradorian newspaper in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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8US CA: Secondhand Pot Smoke Also Bad For Blood VesselsWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Kaul, Greta Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

Breathing secondhand cigarette smoke damages blood and heart vessels - - and so does marijuana smoke, UCSF scientists have found.

When researchers exposed lab rats to 30 minutes of secondhand marijuana smoke, they saw a 70 percent decline in the function of the animals' blood vessels. Blood vessel function was still subpar when there was no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives pot its intoxicating qualities, in the marijuana.

Studies have shown that blood vessels regain their normal function 30 minutes after exposure to tobacco smoke. In the new study, blood vessels hadn't returned to normal 40 minutes after exposure to marijuana smoke.

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9 US WA: Prosser Schools Nix Marijuana Farmer's $14,000 DonationWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Courtney, Ross Area:Washington Lines:67 Added:11/26/2014

PROSSER - School officials Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, taking a strong stand against youth marijuana use.

"We're not taking it; end of story," said Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

The donor, Randy Williams, now is looking for another local recipient.

"I never thought it'd be a problem to give money away," said the owner of Fireweed Farms, a marijuana producer north of this city of 5,800.

Williams' next choice is the Prosser branch of the Boys & Girls Club. The youth nonprofit will "evaluate internally," said Brian Ace, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.

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10US CO: Pot Shops See Black Friday In Green LightWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

The marijuana industry will jump on the "doorbuster" bandwagon, with dirt-cheap prices on products.

While some might recommend a calming strain of marijuana to deal with the mania surrounding Black Friday, others will be lining up for "doorbuster" deals on that same Colorado pot this weekend.

The eager-to-normalize marijuana industry is ready to cash in on the weekend after Thanksgiving-just like everyone else.

"It's our way of fitting in with more mainstream businesses and the businesses that are normal for Black Friday," Grass Station owner Ryan Fox said. "We also want to insert ourselves into the commerce involved from a retail perspective. It's a great gift idea. And for some people, it's an outlet to deal with Black Friday. So maybe we'll turn it into Green Friday someday."

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11US CO: Overlooked Colorado Law Opened DoorMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

One Credit Union May Soon Welcome Pot Businesses.

If not for a quirky bit of law passed by Colorado legislators 33 years ago, during the dawn of the savings and loan crisis, the world's first credit union for the marijuana industry would not have been a possibility so soon.

Discovered by organizers of the Fourth Corner Credit Union soon after a morale-dropping phone call with federal regulators, the law appears to allowa credit union to open for business - perhaps as soon as Jan. 1- while awaiting approval of required federal insurance.

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12 CN BC: Column: PTSD Victims Deserve Science Not CensureSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:127 Added:11/25/2014

Early last month, veteran RCMP officer Ron Francis committed suicide. Francis claimed smoking marijuana helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. The RCMP ordered him to turn in his uniform, and put him on sick leave.

Obviously, marijuana wasn't enough to save him.

"The treatment he should have received just wasn't there for him at the end," said Francis's friend and lawyer T.J. Burke.

It wasn't there for 16 other RCMP officers who committed suicide over the past nine years, along with 15 retired members. Or for 160 Armed Forces personnel, also suffering from PTSD.

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13 US ME: Pro-Marijuana Groups Eye Northeastern StatesMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Whittle, Patrick Area:Maine Lines:87 Added:11/25/2014

South Portland, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - so far the province of Western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis - Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first New England state to do so. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toehold in the Northeastern states they have long coveted.

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14US CA: Editorial: Get Ready for Marijuana Legalization, or GetSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

Illegal marijuana accounts for a quarter of Humboldt County's economy - - at least. Legal pot is coming to California whether we agree with it or not. Plan now or fail.

While Proposition 19, the Golden State's last attempt at legalizing marijuana, only garnered 46.5 percent of the vote in 2010, times have changed. Since 2012, the movement to end marijuana prohibition has scored victories in Colorado and Washington state, with more recent wins this month legalizing cannabis for personal use in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. A measure this November to legalize marijuana for medical use in Florida failed to secure the supermajority required for its passage, but only by under 3 percent of the vote. Movements are underway in Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Maine, Nevada - and yes, California - to put the question to voters by 2016.

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15 US FL: When Homes Go To PotMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Lotan, Gal Tziperman Area:Florida Lines:183 Added:11/25/2014

700-Plus Marijuana Grow Houses Found in Area Since 2010

When new residents moved into the Los Alamitos Court cul-de-sac where Roger Concepcion lives, they put up a tall white fence around the property.

"Since the house sold, and sold quick, I said, 'Oh, we're going to have new neighbors,' " Concepcion said. "Then we never saw them."

As Orange County sheriff 's investigators later found out, the fence wasn't the only modification to the two-story terra-cotta-colored home in the Kempton Park neighborhood. The main electrical line on the street was tapped, funneling extra power into the house through wires that ran to the roof.

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16US CO: Pot Merchants Battle To Win Holiday TradeTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe.

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.

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17US CO: Pot Studies UrgedTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

State Health Officials Propose Broad Research into Effect of Cannabis on Illness

Colorado health officials have recommended funding two studies on childhood epilepsy, two studies on post-traumatic stress disorder and four other studies as part of the largest-ever state research program on medical marijuana.

The studies-totaling about $7.5million in cost-would be paid for by a surplus of registration fees paid by medical marijuana patients. The grants need final approval by the state Board of Health in December. Research could begin early next year.

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18US CO: Editorial: Feds: Act On Pot Credit UnionTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

Federal authorities should move quickly to OK the world's first-ever credit union for the marijuana industry.

Fourth Corner Credit Union received an unconditional charter to operate last week by the state's Division of Financial Services.

Fortunately a wrinkle in federal law allows the credit union to open as it awaits approval of required federal insurance. But that could take up to two years.

The National Credit Union Administration, the federal regulator of credit unions, shouldn't wait that long.

A master account from the Federal Reserve System is expected by Dec. 10. Marijuana businesses have been denied legitimate banking solutions for too long, creating a dangerous, cash-only environment.

It is commendable the state has found a workable solution. The feds should follow.

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19 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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20 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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21 US NJ: 4th Dispensary Can Grow PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)          Area:New Jersey Lines:30 Added:11/24/2014

(AP) - New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering it to patients in the spring.

The Health Department issued the permit Friday to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago, and since then two others have joined.

New Jersey picked six nonprofit groups to cultivate and sell marijuana.

About 3,400 patients are registered with the program, and 364 physicians across the state are enrolled so they can recommend marijuana to patients.

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22 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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23 CN BC: Vancouver's Pot Museum Set To Close Its DoorsThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Deacon, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:11/24/2014

Collection moving to Detroit, while organizer plans 'world-class dispensary' for Vancouver

For the last decade, $2.50 would get you a 30-minute tour through the ins and outs of herbal medicine - from the story behind Absinthe to a brief history of magic mushrooms in Canada to ancient cannabis use.

But after 10 years in Vancouver, the Herb Museum - billed as a global one-of-a-kind site for scope and accessibility - is closing its doors to make way for a seed sanctuary in the BC Marijuana Party Building.

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24 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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25 CN BC: Province Initiates Country's First Clinical CannabisWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Seccia, Stefania Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:11/24/2014

'Looking for Answers'. Producer Hopes to Begin Next Spring

British Columbia researchers and a medical marijuana producer have joined forces to conduct Canada's first-ever clinical trial to back up anecdotal evidence in using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with hard facts.

Pending regulatory approval, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, hope to begin the world's first large-scale clinical trial examining cannabis for a mental health disorder as early as spring 2015.

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26US CO: Editorial: Edibles Should Be RecognizableSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2014

After months of futile meetings, a state task force that was supposed to make recommendations regarding the appearance of edible marijuana products has failed. But this effort should by no means be over. Lawmakers need to step up and act when they convene in January.

The legislature must draft rules for marijuana edibles to make them easily identifiable when outside their packaging - a necessary step to protect people, especially children, from unintended exposure.

If a recognizable industry stamp or sprayed-on color doesn't differentiate the items from non-marijuana products, then they shouldn't be sold.

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27 US AK: PUB LTE: Circumventing 'Yes' VoteSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Spurlock, Rory Area:Alaska Lines:24 Added:11/24/2014

The latest vote on marijuana hasn't even been certified yet and one of the Anchorage assembly members, Amy Demboski (most notably positioning herself for a run at mayor), is introducing a resolution to circumvent the people's majority vote of "Yes" on the marijuana issue. Our democratic process is in danger of going up in smoke (pardon the pun).

- - Rory Spurlock

Anchorage

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28 US AK: PUB LTE: Stop Anti-Pot ActionsSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Dowd, Andrew Area:Alaska Lines:28 Added:11/24/2014

Amy Demboski, please stop. The election results haven't even been certified and yet you want Anchorage to opt out of commercial marijuana. A majority of Alaskans have decided to end the failure of prohibition, but you want to continue with the campaign of fear and misinformation.

Why should Anchorage opt out? There is no reasonable justification. Not one. Marijuana is proven to be safer than alcohol, tobacco and caffeine yet these are all sold in Anchorage. You are on the wrong side of history. Don't take us down with you.

- - Andrew Dowd

Anchorage

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29 Canada: Column: If Anti-Drug PSAs Don't Actually Work, Why AreSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Renzetti, Elizabeth Area:Canada Lines:107 Added:11/24/2014

The history of anti-drug public-service ads is so long and illustrious that it's hard to pick a favourite from the lot. I have a particular affection for the New Zealand commercial that features a man in a club bathroom literally removing a piece of his brain, chopping it in a tiny bloody line and hoovering it up his nose. But then there is also the anti-methamphetamine ad from the United States, in which a doleful voice warns would-be tweekers, "This is where she used to be a cheerleader. This is the sink where she started pulling out her eyebrows."

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30 US FL: PUB LTE: Stop Criminalizing Marijuana Use, Tax ItSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Florida Lines:39 Added:11/24/2014

Regarding Bill Lane's Sunday My Word, "Why treat pot differently than alcohol?": Marijuana prohibition is indefensible.

As evidenced by the narrow defeat of medical marijuana in this past Florida election, the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end.

If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply-and-demand dynamics so that Big Money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana has been legally available for decades.

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31 CN BC: Heroin Addicts Authorized To Get DrugSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:11/24/2014

North American first comes after more than a year of battles between doctors and federal Health Minister

In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial.

Doctors at the Providence Crosstown Clinic received shipment of the drug this week for 26 former trial participants and will begin administering the drugs next week. In all, 120 severely addicted people have received authorization from Health Canada to receive the drugs; the rest are expected to get them soon.

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32 CN AB: PUB LTE: Grow Ops SeizedSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Higgs, Norma Area:Alberta Lines:29 Added:11/24/2014

Re: "Razing houses," Letter, Nov. 21.

I agree with Christopher Bennett that the Canadian government should be outraged regarding Israel's bulldozing of the family homes of Palestinian criminals who murdered their citizens, leaving the innocent occupants without shelter. I see no difference in Canada where the homes of convicted marijuana grow operators are seized by provincial governments under the pretext of financing law enforcement, leaving the innocent occupants and children without shelter. Here, also, we endorse a policy where the sins of one family member are carried by all of the family. In Israel, murder carries this punishment; in Canada, the growing of marijuana has the same result. Where is the outrage here?

Norma Higgs, Calgary

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33 Canada: Ads Based On Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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34 CN BC: Edu: Pot and PTSD: Professor Studies The Beneficial EffectsThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Ubyssey (CN BC Edu) Author:Kapusta, Karolina Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:11/23/2014

Aside from being a common recreational drug, marijuana may be able to help with the side affects of anxiety and fear that are common with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Zach Walsh, who is an associate professor of psychology at UBC Okanagan, studies the roles of substance use and the impact of drugs on behavior. Walsh started researching the impact of cannabis six years ago, as he was interested in finding out more about the world's most widely-used illegal substance.

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35 CN BC: Meet The Next MayorFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:221 Added:11/23/2014

Just before 9 p.m. on November 15, Nelsonites received the news that Deb Kozak would serve for the next four years as the community's first female mayor. Having served on council since 2005, Kozak defeated both incumbent John Dooley and challenger Pat Severyn with a final tally of 1,756 votes.

The Star sat down with Kozak on Tuesday afternoon to debrief on her historic achievement, and to hear about her plans for the next four years.

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36 US WA: Third Court Upholds Marijuana Business BanSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:36 Added:11/23/2014

A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that local governments can ban recreational-pot businesses, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office.

It's the third ruling that supports localities preventing pot businesses from operating, and it hews closely to the informal opinion presented by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson earlier this year.

"Three judges in three different parts of the state all ruled from the bench. None of them said we need more time to think about it," Ferguson said about the judges' rulings. "If those who wrote the legislation wanted to require jurisdictions to sell marijuana, they should have said so."

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37 US DC: LTE: Take A Harder Look At MarijuanaSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Babyak, Stephanie Nickerson Area:District of Columbia Lines:36 Added:11/23/2014

The Nov. 18 Health & Science commentary "PTA mom says it's time to legalize marijuana" contained a good deal of parenting advice but not much science. As the debate on marijuana continues, it is critical that science be part of the discussion. Today's marijuana is much stronger than in decades past, and new research is raising concerns.

A long-term study found that heavy marijuana use in teens resulted in an IQ loss of eight points and that teens are at risk of dependency and going on to use harder drugs. Marijuana smoke contains numerous carcinogens. A 20-year research study found that marijuana use doubles the risk of psychotic disorder and leads to poor attention and memory. Drugged driving significantly increased the risk of motor vehicle collisions.

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38 US NY: OPED: Will Pot Pack New York's Courts?Sat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Thompson, Kenneth P. Area:New York Lines:106 Added:11/23/2014

THIS week the New York City Police Department shifted from making arrests to issuing tickets for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The problem is that most people, frankly, do not understand how summons court, which processes such tickets, operates.

A key concern is that issuing summonses for marijuana possession will result in an excessive amount of bench warrants for those who fail to appear in court, and the influx of these cases is sure to swell our already overburdened summons-court dockets.

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39 US: 'Vape' Joins Pot's Lingo, With Hat Tip To OxfordSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bennett, Jessica Area:United States Lines:80 Added:11/23/2014

"Back in my day, it was just weed; it was just getting high," said Joel Schneider, 55, sipping a cup of coffee. "Vaping? No. We'd never heard of vaping."

Mr. Schneider, the owner of a pot-friendly bed-and-breakfast in Denver (it brands itself a "bud-and-breakfast"), had just learned that "vape" was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2014 Word of the Year. That is, a group of lexicographers got together and measured the word's use, determining that the term - used to describe the process of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or "vape pen") - had proliferated, along with the habit. (Last year's word of the year was "selfie.")

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40US: U.S. Alarmed By Flow Of Heroin Through CanadaFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Berthiaume, Lee Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/23/2014

The Obama administration has raised the alarm about an increase in the amount of heroin being smuggled from Afghanistan through Canada and into the U.S.

The warning is contained in a recent White House report on the global drug trade, and comes despite a concerted push - at a cost of millions of dollars - to curb Afghan heroin production during the years Canadian military forces were in Kandahar.

Each year, U.S. President Barack Obama issues a "presidential determination" that guides U.S. drug policy for the coming year. The report includes a list of countries deemed to be major producers or traffickers of illicit drugs, as well as other points of concern.

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41 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:42 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA-The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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42 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:42 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA-The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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43 US FL: PUB LTE: Well-Written Medical Pot Law Would Be Non-IssueMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Florida Today (Melbourne, FL) Author:Oa=C2=80=C2=99Conor, Steve Area:Florida Lines:47 Added:11/22/2014

With the election over, it appears incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, may play a key role in the 2016 presidential election.

Florida, which is tied with New York for third place in Electoral College votes behind California and Texas, will be pivotal. It is the largest swing state in the nation. As Florida goes, so goes the nation.

Amendment 2, the so-called medical marijuana constitutional amendment, while supported by a majority of statewide voters, failed to achieve the required 60 percent by just a few percentage points. Its supporters, most notably attorney John Morgan, who reportedly spent $4 million on this campaign, will undoubtedly come back with a vengeance in 2016.

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44 US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some ClaimWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL) Author:Dockery, Paula Area:Florida Lines:113 Added:11/22/2014

One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage.

To hear the pundits, opponents and media tell it, the defeat was devastating for an effort that looked certain to pass early on.

Let's look at what transpired.

Attorney John Morgan initiated the difficult and costly task of putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot, drafting the amendment language, getting through the court review of the ballot title and summary, obtaining enough petition signatures and getting the signatures validated.

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45 US FL: PUB LTE: Humane AlternativeTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Author:Daniel, Art Area:Florida Lines:35 Added:11/22/2014

It is disheartening that Florida's medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and other law enforcement officials around the state resorted to half-truths and scare tactics to dissuade voters.

Those with debilitating medical conditions could have been aided by the amendment. For now, they will have to continue relying upon prescription drugs that often make them even sicker, or risk arrest and prosecution if they choose to use cannabis to treat their symptoms.

Yet there is hope. Out of the 60 percent needed, nearly 58 percent of Florida voters said yes. Perhaps now our state legislators will take notice of the people's collective voice and take action on expanding medical marijuana. It will provide those with serious medical conditions A-a=C2=80" who have exhausted all other means of treatment a=C2 =80" with a more organic, safe and humane alternative.

I urge all like-minded citizens to contact lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Art Daniel, Alachua

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46 US VT: PUB LTE: Legalize, Tax, Regulate DrugsFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Schaft, Ted Area:Vermont Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

I would like to thank the Rutland Herald for making the Libertarian case for legalizing drugs in the recent op-ed piece. The point of the Herald article was that because of the American craving for drugs, we have allowed the Mexican and Central and South American drug cartels to prosper and terrorize the populace of those countries. What the Herald failed to point out is that this case has been made over and over again to no avail. Appealing to the conscience of a drug addict is pure folly.

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47 CN BC: Column: Impressions From Nelson's Historic Mayor's RaceWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Nesteroff, Greg Area:British Columbia Lines:202 Added:11/22/2014

Stunning. Impressive. Historic. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Deb Kozak's upset win Saturday in knocking off three-time incumbent Nelson mayor John Dooley. I was among those guessing Dooley would be unstoppable, given a lack of polarizing issues in the campaign.

The mayoral race was instead about "leadership style." While some on council were clearly dissatisfied with Dooley at the helm, I never got the same sense from the community at large.

Early on, I speculated Pat Severyn's candidacy would benefit Kozak by drawing away votes that would otherwise go to Dooley, but as the campaign progressed I began to think the opposite would be true, as Severyn and Kozak seemed to be singing from the same song sheet.

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48 CN BC: Pot A Possible Salvation For PTSD SufferersMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leung, Wendy Area:British Columbia Lines:138 Added:11/22/2014

Marijuana producer and UBC are pitching a clinical trial on the impact of the drug on people with post-traumatic stress disorder

After developing post-traumatic stress disorder during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Canadian army veteran Fabian Henry tried numerous anti-depressants to quell his suicidal thoughts and violent rages. For three years, he was on as many as nine pills a day. But only one drug worked for him: marijuana.

"It literally gave me relief and changed my life," says Henry, who now vaporizes 10 grams of medical marijuana a day. "I went from suicidal and homicidal ideation, to DUIs, to threatening to kill people, to beating people up, to doing yoga seven days a week, using cannabis and spending more time in nature with my kids."

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49 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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50 US AK: Prosecutions for Possessing and Selling Marijuana WillFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Bohman, Amanda Area:Alaska Lines:75 Added:11/22/2014

FAIRBANKS - One of the Alaska's top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize small amounts of pot.

"We are not blind or oblivious to the fact that there is a change coming, but the change is not here yet," said John Skidmore, director of the criminal division for the Alaska Department of Law.

"We did communicate to our folks that right now it is business as usual," he said. "We are evaluating what to do in the future."

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