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1 US FL: PUB LTE: Police Will Respond To Voters' WillThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Chase, John G. Area:Florida Lines:33 Added:08/29/2014

This letter makes the point that law enforcement will enforce antidrug laws to enhance their own self-interests, not necessarily to reduce drug addiction. The opposition of the Florida Sheriff's Association to Amendment 2 is an example, according to the letter.

I agree. But I am also an optimist. I believe that when voters put Amendment 2 into the Florida Constitution, as polls indicate they will, the sheriffs will innovate. They will shift money, around to do more on-foot community policing, for instance, and less pot-busting.

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2 US WA: Suit Against Fife's Ban on Pot Challenges State'sFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:97 Added:08/29/2014

Pierce County

Arguments in Case Will Be Heard Friday

To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

But like dozens of other cities in Washington, the small Tacoma suburb of Fife doesn't want Wetherbee - or anyone else - opening marijuana businesses, even if state law allows it. The arguments officials are making in a lawsuit over the dispute threaten to derail Washington's big experiment in legal, taxed cannabis less than two months after sales began.

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3US CO: Aurora Awards Licenses For 21 Retail Pot StoresFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Illescas, Carlos Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/29/2014

Aurora announced Thursday it has awarded licenses to 21 businesses as the city's first recreational marijuana shops, which can open as soon as Oct. 1.

Each of the city's six wards are allowed up to four recreational pot shops. Therewill be four shops each in Wards 1 to 5, and Ward 6 will start with one shop.

The city received 58 applications by the July 31 deadline, and the applications were reviewed on a point system.

The Green Solution, which has four stores in Denver already, will have four stores in Aurora.

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4 US NM: AG Has No Plans To Challenge New Pot LawFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Stiny, Andy Area:New Mexico Lines:110 Added:08/29/2014

King: City Has Authority to Enact Own Ordinance

SANTA FE - Attorney General Gary King supports decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and his office has no plans to challenge Santa Fe's brand new ordinance that does just that.

"The city of Santa Fe definitely has the authority to enact its own ordinance, but beyond that I don't think it would come under the purview of the Attorney General's Office," said Phil Sisneros, spokesman for King.

"It could, but right now we don't see that happening," Sisneros said. "The attorney general (King) is in favor of decriminalizing marijuana laws such as the council has done."

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5 Somalia: 'Paradise Flower' Chewers Savor Low-Price Bliss AfterThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Sheik, Abdi Area:Somalia Lines:118 Added:08/29/2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.

The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails a national institution nonetheless: white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries.

The ubiquitous sight of young men with rifles slung over their shoulders and green stalks of khat dangling from their mouths is emblematic of the Somalia of recent decades, where marauding Islamist rebels and warlords bent on carving out personal fiefdoms have fomented a culture of guns and violence.

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6 US MD: OPED: Overdose Deaths Are PreventableFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Wilson, Deanna Area:Maryland Lines:92 Added:08/29/2014

Last year, 858 Maryland residents died due to alcohol or drug intoxication; that's enough to replace the entire University of Maryland football team more than eight times.

This year is on track to be even more deadly, with a 33 percent increase in accidental opioid overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2014 alone. We do not want any more families, friends and communities to grieve their fallen loved ones. It is time for all of us to call this problem what is: an epidemic.

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7 Australia: Marijuana Trial Plan Panned As NonsenseFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Age, The (Australia) Author:Medew, Julia Area:Australia Lines:76 Added:08/29/2014

Coalition Reform Will Do Little, Say Experts

A Victorian government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.

In response to growing calls for cannabis to be legalised for people with certain illnesses, including children with intractable epilepsy, Victorian Health Minister David Davis said on Thursday that he would amend the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act to make it easier for doctors to conduct clinical trials of medicinal cannabis.

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8 Australia: PUB LTE: It's All PoppycockFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Herald Sun (Australia) Author:Lewis, Carolyn Area:Australia Lines:26 Added:08/29/2014

I CAN'T believe opium poppy crops are being grown in northern Victoria, for pain relief drugs such as morphine and codeine.

Why does the law allow opium to be grown, prescribed and given to people but medical cannabis cannot? As a parent of a disabled child who suffers from severe epilepsy (up to 100 seizures a day and taking medication), I think this is a disgrace.

We are allowed to give a drug to stop people from a bit of pain, but we are not allowed to give a drug that will reduce severe pain and seizures.

Carolyn Lewis, Lockington

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9 Australia: PUB LTE: Suffer The ChildFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Herald Sun (Australia) Author:Mort, Sally Area:Australia Lines:30 Added:08/29/2014

HOW is it that the public can buy morphine derivatives over the counter at pharmacies, as well as pseudoephedrine, which can be converted to methamphetamine, yet an innocent child's cannabis oil, which has significantly helped to manage his epilepsy, is taken away? My dear friend recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer could also benefit from cannabis oil, yet he cannot purchase this legally.

A 2007 Harvard Medical School study - one of many such trials - showed marijuana cut lung cancer tumour growth in half. It is legal in some US states.

I am absolutely against recreational drugs, but why can't cannabis oil be strictly prescribed by GPs and oncologists, if it saves or helps prolong lives?

Sally Mort, Black Rock

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10 New Zealand: Frustrating WaitFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Krawczyk, Krysia Area:New Zealand Lines:87 Added:08/29/2014

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hemp can be grown and extracted oil sold, but no other products can be made from its seed such as milk or protein powder.

Auckland hemp farmer Dave Jordon said he had sold his entire coming season's crop in advance "because hemp is so damn good".

With a worldwide shortage of hemp seed, Jordon was regularly contacted from people throughout the world wanting a supply of hemp seed.

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11 US NJ: Column: White Entrepreneurs Crowding Out Black Ones inThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Weedman, NJ Area:New Jersey Lines:90 Added:08/29/2014

Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally's casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana.

Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City.

As a former marijuana prisoner I had to go check this out for myself. So last weekend. I went to Bally's to have a look at who is paying a $1000 to learn how to grow weed, when there are numerous $30 books. I used Mel Franks Growers Guide deluxe 20 years ago to perfect my plants, and more recently used free YouTube videos to perfect hydroponic skills. I wasn't paying $1000 so I could only watch at the door as approximately 80 people, about 60 males, a few Hispanics, three black men, one black women and a couple of Asians came and went.

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12 US CA: Column: On Race, Arrests, Marijuana and 'The New JimThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:74 Added:08/29/2014

In Sacramento, Black People Are Arrested 5.7 Times More Often Than White People

Are marijuana arrests really a racial thing?

- -Mike Green

Good question. This can be a tricky subject. Let's start with some numbers: According to a report from the Drug Policy Alliance ("Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California" www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/ArrestingBlacks.pdf), white people use marijuana at a higher rate than blacks, but black people are consistently arrested for marijuana possession at a higher rate than white people.

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13 US CA: Column: MDMA, M.D.Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:116 Added:08/29/2014

Terrorism is alive and well, Americans aren't feeling any more "free," and those WMDs never did turn up. But the War on Terror did accomplish one thing: After 13 years of conflict, America is closer than ever to legalized and legitimized medical MDMA.

About 2.5 million sailors, soldiers, and Marines went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. As many as 20 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, most studies show (another 48,000 are homeless; look for the telltale desert camouflage backpacks).

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14 CN ON: PUB LTE: In Support Of A Regulated MarketWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:08/29/2014

Re: "Clear the smoke and regulate pot like booze," Aug. 21, 2014.

Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana prohibition.

North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and xenophobia, not science. The first marijuana laws were a racist reaction to Mexican migration during the early 1900s. Writing under the pen name Janey Canuck, Emily Murphy warned Canadians about the dreaded reefer and its association with non-white immigrants.

The yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst led to its criminalization in the United States.

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15 CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Law Reform Sends Wrong MessageWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:43 Added:08/29/2014

Re: "Clear the smoke and regulate pot like booze," Aug. 21, Brian MacLeod.

Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana prohibition. North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and xenophobia, not science. The first marijuana laws were a reaction to Mexican migration during the early 1900s. Writing under the pen name Janey Canuck, Emily Murphy warned Canadians about the dread reefer and its association with non-white immigrants. The yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst led to its criminalization in the United States.

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16 CN SN: PUB LTE: Proven TreatmentThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Saskatchewan Lines:39 Added:08/29/2014

Thank you for making the case for methadone maintenance in your editorial, Positive news on methadone (SP, Aug. 23).

Methadone has been proven to reduce drug use and related crime, death and disease among chronic opioid addicts. Though it is known as a treatment for heroin, methadone is also a viable treatment for addiction to synthetic opiates such as OxyContin. Methadone staves off debilitating withdrawal symptoms, but does not produce a high that prevents people from living productive lives.

The tough-on-drugs alternative to harm reduction programs such as methadone maintenance is a threat to public safety. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of trafficking.

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17 US NM: SF Council Reduces Marijuana PenaltiesThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Oswald, Mark Area:New Mexico Lines:91 Added:08/29/2014

Move Bypasses Public Vote on Nov. Ballot

SANTA FE - There won't be an election on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Santa Fe after all - a divided City Council went ahead and adopted a decriminalization measure late Wednesday night.

The vote was 5 to 4 to pass an ordinance that makes having an ounce or less of pot only a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of no more than $25. Councilors who voted for passage said it would save the cost of putting the measure on the ballot, estimated by the City Clerk's office at as much as $80,000.

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18 US CT: PUB LTE: Marijuana Prohibition PointlessTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:New Haven Register (CT) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Connecticut Lines:34 Added:08/29/2014

Regarding Randall Beach's Aug. 22 column, the people of Colorado and Washington state are way ahead of the politicians in Washington, D.C. The days when Congress 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.

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19 US UT: PUB LTE: Criminalizing MarijuanaThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT) Author:Armentano, Paul Area:Utah Lines:40 Added:08/29/2014

Public policies regulating alcohol and tobacco - two substances that are objectively more harmful than marijuana - have proven to be far more effective at reducing teens' access. Jay Evensen implies that regulating the adult consumption of marijuana will lead to an uptick in adolescents' access and use of the substance ("Marijuana acceptance will lead to social costs," Aug. 21). He writes: Legalization advocates "would prohibit use by anyone under 21, naively thinking legalization for adults would not trickle down to teenagers."

Evensen presumes that criminalization of cannabis will somehow prevent pot from trickling down into the hands of young people. However, America's nearly 100-year experience with marijuana prohibition demonstrates that this presumption to be incorrect.

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20 CN AB: Majority Of Albertans Support Legalization OfWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Nolais, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:43 Added:08/29/2014

A new poll has found that slightly more than half of Albertans support the legalization of marijuana.

Seven of 10 people polled don't believe Canada has to wait for other countries to become more bud-friendly before passing legislation of its own.

The poll, released Tuesday by Insights West, found that 52 per cent of Alberta residents supported legalization, compared to 42 per cent opposed.

By comparison, just five per cent of Albertans would support legalization of ecstasy, heroin or powder cocaine.

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21 CN AB: Pot Poll. Majority Of Albertans Support Legalization OfWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Nolais, Jeremy Area:Alberta Lines:52 Added:08/29/2014

A new poll has found that slightly more than half of Albertans support the legalization of marijuana and seven-in-10 don't believe Canada has to wait for other countries to become more bud-friendly before passing legislation of its own.

The poll, released Tuesday by Insights West, found that 52 per cent of Albertans supported legalization, compared to 42 per cent opposed.

By comparison, just five per cent of Albertans would support legalization of ecstasy, heroin or powder cocaine and four per cent supported legalizing crack cocaine or crystal meth, according to poll results.

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22 US DC: Editorial: High Times In PotlandThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:67 Added:08/29/2014

The Pacific Northwest Risks Floating Away on a Cloud of Reefer Madness

Denver calls itself Pothead City, but it has competition. In Seattle, a pothead can get a high out of a soda-pop bottle, and more reefer madness is on the way.

Colorado and Washington are the only states where pot is legal, but voters in Alaska and Oregon will decide in November whether to embrace legal marijuana, to see whether sanctioned tokes are as satisfying as the outlaw stuff. The northwest corner of the continent might soon float away on a monster high, fit for a colossus.

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23 US AZ: Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association Vs. HumbleThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Herreras, Mari Area:Arizona Lines:132 Added:08/29/2014

The Legal Wrangling Over PTSD And Medical Marijuana Continues With New Complaint Filed Against Department Of Health Services

Back in July, folks with the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association were undeniably happy with an administrative judge's recommendation that the state allow post-traumatic stress disorder on the list of qualifying conditions for those who apply for a medical marijuana patient card.

Well, that was July. Last week, the AZCNA filed an appeal in Maricopa County Superior Court against the Arizona Department of Health Services and its director Will Humble to challenge the language used in how patients can claim PTSD status. They also want cards issued sooner than Jan. 1, 2015.

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24 Somalia: How the UK's Ban on Khat Brought 'Bliss' To SomaliaThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Independent (UK) Author:Sheik, Abdi Area:Somalia Lines:54 Added:08/28/2014

IN MOGADISHU - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.

The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries, which has recently been banned in the UK.

The sight of young men with rifles slung over their shoulders and green stalks of khat dangling from their mouths is emblematic of the Somalia of recent decades, where Islamist rebels and warlords have fomented a culture of guns and violence.

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25 US MD: Editorial: A Medicinal PlantThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:99 Added:08/28/2014

Proposed Maryland rules on access to medical marijuana are so restrictive that many patients may never be able to receive it

Astate commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes.

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26 US CO: Column: Why Is the Price of Recreational Weed So MuchThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:59 Added:08/28/2014

Dear Stoner: Why is the price of recreational cannabis usually 50 to 100 percent more than its medical equivalent? I do fully understand that the rec weed is more heavily taxed, but I'm referring to the price before taxes. Isn't it the same weed? Does it cost more to grow it or license it - or is it just another example of price-gouging? I must be missing something here!

DJ From Ohio

Dear DJ: While dispensary owners will say that the high prices are due to the high cost of opening up a recreational dispensary, we don't buy it. Not that we doubt it was expensive to jump through the hoops of state and local licensing - but dispensaries had to pay for licenses for medical cannabis, too, and weren't jacking up prices on pot to $50 an eighth before taxes. It's hard to not see it as price-gouging when they are charging the same price as dealers did ten years ago, when the stuff was still illegal to buy and sell.

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27 US AZ: Column: Adventures In EdiblesThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Flora, Chris Area:Arizona Lines:91 Added:08/28/2014

While most people associate marijuana with smoking, with the rise of medical marijuana culture in recent years, marijuana-infused products, more commonly referred to as edibles, now come in more forms than you could count, from hot sauces to gummy bears. Some patients choose these products to avoid exposure to smoke, some because edibles can be a more discreet way to medicate. Then again, some people just prefer the effects via ingesting.

If you haven't checked into it, you might be surprised by the sheer volume and variety of options. We picked some of the most intriguing edibles from local dispensaries.

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28 US CO: Column: Boulder Backs Off On 'Lab Rat' CampaignThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:119 Added:08/28/2014

I reported last week that the Boulder Valley School District, which I wouldn't call a pro-cannabis organization, announced after careful consideration that it wouldn't support Gov. John Hickenlooper's "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign to scare teenagers into not using cannabis and wouldn't allow the slick, ad-agency rat cages to be placed on school property.

The city of Boulder announced Friday that it was set to erect one of the life-sized lab-rat cages near the corner of 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, right across the street from Boulder High School property. Thankfully, on Tuesday, after Councilman Macon Cowles brought the issue up on the city email hotline, the city quickly backtracked and announced it would not participate in the campaign, either. Better late than never.

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29 US CA: Column: Pot To TrotWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:124 Added:08/28/2014

A Weird Side Effect of the California Drought - the World's First "420 Games."

A prominent sign at the recent High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Santa Rosa read "Winners don't smoke weed, champions do." That sentiment - part of marijuana's ongoing acceptance by mainstream America - will take on added meaning on September 13 in Golden Gate Park with the first-ever 420 Games.

It will be your typical five-kilometer run-for-a-cause designed for 1,000 entrants - except that the cause will be cannabis civil rights. Lagunitas Brewing Company will be throwing the after-party, with a performance by the all-female Led Zeppelin cover band Zepparella.

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30 US MI: Column: Alysa Erwin's Cancer Is Back, and Doctors Won'tWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:160 Added:08/28/2014

I first wrote about Alysa Erwin in December 2013. At the time, she had been cancer-free for 11 months.

Alysa's and her family's ordeal started in January 2011 when she was 14 years old. She started having debilitating headaches, and in the spring was diagnosed with Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma - brain cancer - at the University of Michigan hospital.

Her parents were told she might live 18 to 24 months with chemotherapy treatments. After one round of chemo, Alysa was so sick her family decided to forgo conventional treatments and try treating her with Rick Simpson Hemp Oil.

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31 US CO: Column: Marijuana Community Mourns Teen, Council DelaysWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:72 Added:08/28/2014

A community loss

Marijuana supporters are joining together to celebrate the life of Kristie Wheeler's 16-year-old daughter Kathryn "Katy Bug" Mushak, who was killed in a car accident last Thursday.

"Please hold your babies tight tonight," reads a statement from Wheeler on flywithangelskaty.com, "you never know what will happen tomorrow." Wheeler is a marijuana advocate who runs Moving for Marijuana, but she and her daughter also appeared in our pages earlier this year in a story about "unschooling" ("The end of school," cover story, May 28).

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32 US OH: PUB LTE: Society Should Learn From Past ProhibitionsWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Thomas, Marvin H. Area:Ohio Lines:49 Added:08/28/2014

The Wednesday op-ed "Drug courts can help reduce recidivism" by Jack D'Aurora certainly offers a step in the right direction. However, it is only a step, not the final destination.

I think we need to put up the white flag in the war on drugs. The most practical approach would be the legalization of most, if not all, of the illicit drugs. We have spent billions of dollars and seen innumerable deaths in the attempt to eliminate the supply and dampen the demand with little, if any, success. Production sites simply shift when confronted with possible destruction and demand remains unabated.

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33US CA: OPED: Drug Testing For Doctors Should Be On OrderWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Loyd, Stephen Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

Opponents of random drug testing of doctors, as a ballot proposition on the November ballot in California would require, say it's an unnecessary intrusion on doctors' privacy. Maybe testing is necessary for pilots and truckers, they say, but not for doctors because we are not in professions that affect public safety.

As a doctor uniquely qualified to know, I say that is dead wrong.

In fact, I held patients' lives in my hands when I practiced medicine while high on narcotic drugs for 3 1/2 years. I made errors. My patients were lucky that I was surrounded by other doctors and nurses who politely questioned my decisions and had my back. They saw that something was wrong, but none of them confronted me.

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34 US WA: Editorial: Feds Drag Feet On Banking For MarijuanaWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:71 Added:08/27/2014

WASHINGTON'S legal-marijuana market is still in its infancy, but in the first month of stores being open for business, the state has collected about $750,000 in state excise taxes.

That's welcome news, because those sales represent a poke in the eye - - albeit a small jab - at the underground black market. Revenues will grow.

But when they do, the problem with banking access for the marijuana market will also grow. The state Legislature hasn't tried to untangle that problem, and the federal response thus far has been anemic.

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35 US WA: OPED: America's Police Culture, From Warriors toWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Rahr, Sue Area:Washington Lines:83 Added:08/27/2014

In a republic that honors the core of democracy - the greatest amount of power is given to those called Guardians. Only those with the most impeccable character are chosen to bear the responsibility of protecting the democracy.

- - Plato

BEGINNING in the 1960s with the so called "War on Drugs" and later fueled by post-9/ 11 fear, American policing has slowly drifted away from Plato's vision of law enforcement by guardians toward a culture and mindset of warriors at war with the people we serve.

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36 US WA: City Attorney Discusses Issues Around New Pot LawWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:124 Added:08/27/2014

Interview

How Legislature Will Deal With Medical Marijuana, Federal Law Are Hurdles

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has long been an ardent supporter of legalizing marijuana.

He campaigned on not prosecuting marijuana-possession charges and was elected in 2009. Three years later, he campaigned for I-502, the initiative Washington voters eventually approved to allow marijuana for recreational use.

Holmes was second in line to buy pot at Seattle's first pot store, Cannabis City, the day it opened. He later apologized for bringing the weed back to his office that afternoon.

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37US CO: Schools Fear Big Cage Sends Wrong MessageWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Byars, Mitchell Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

Boulder - The city of Boulder has decided to hold off on participating in the statewide "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign after the Boulder Valley School District said it opposed the use of a giant metal cage to educate teens about the effects of marijuana on the developing brain.

The 12-foot-wide, 8-foot-high cage, complete with a scale version of the kind of water bottle hamsters drink from, was scheduled to be installed at the corner of 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue as part of the state Department of Public Health's campaign.

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38 US NM: SF Commission Wants Pot Proposal On Nov. BallotWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Last, T. S. Area:New Mexico Lines:68 Added:08/27/2014

But There May Not Be Enough Space for Question

SANTA FE - The Santa Fe County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-0 to put proposed decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana within the Santa Fe city limits on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

But questions remain as to whether there's enough room on the ballot to publish the question.

State Secretary of State Dianna Duran and her Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer outlined several concerns about whether there is enough space on the ballot to handle the pot proposal and having different ballots in precincts split between city and county voters.

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39 US: Top Drug Official Is Michael. And He's An Alcoholic.Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Zezima, Katie Area:United States Lines:217 Added:08/27/2014

LYNN, MASS. - The nation's top drug-control official had a confession.

Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered couch in an old Victorian in this city just outside Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino as a drug kingpin in "Scarface," and gathered around was a group of addicts who live together in the house to receive help and support. On one door hangs a black mailbox labeled "urine," where residents must leave samples for drug tests. Botticelli is listening to their stories of addiction and then offered this:

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40 US MD: Proposed Rules for Medical Marijuana Draw Fire atWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cox, Erin Area:Maryland Lines:104 Added:08/27/2014

Critics took aim Tuesday at proposed regulations to create a medical marijuana industry in Maryland as a state commission tasked with writing the rules rushed toward a deadline it might not meet.

Physicians, patients, advocates and potential growers said the commission did not collect enough public input before drafting the rules - which they said appear to forbid a medical marijuana dispensary anywhere within Baltimore city limits.

Final regulations are due in less than three weeks, but the public hearing in Annapolis Tuesday was the commission's first.

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41US KY: OPED: Kentucky Leaders Must Confront Heroin, OpioidTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:Courier-Journal, The (Louisville, KY) Author:Heise, Georgia Area:Kentucky Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

There is a new normal in our communities. For some children, stumbling across used, dirty needles at the park is more common than a pick-up game. Heroin addiction is a big disease with an even bigger negative impact on everyone.

Kentucky has the third-highest drug overdose ranking in the United States. Of the 722 drug overdose death fatalities autopsied in 2013, 31.9 percent were attributed to heroin, compared to 19.6 percent in 2012. The estimated cost of substance abuse in Kentucky is over $6 billion.

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42 US PA: OPED: High And 'Near-Broken Societies'Mon, 25 Aug 2014
Source:Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA) Author:Reiland, Ralph R. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:75 Added:08/27/2014

Four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Francis Kelly is commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for security planning and military operations in Central and South America and the Panama Canal.

Regarding the growing number of unaccompanied minors piling up at the southern U.S. border, escaping the escalating violence in their hometowns in Central America, Kelly in an essay last month in the Military Times said he spent more than a year "observing the transnational organized crime networks" in Central America.

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43 US WA: Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The UserWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Snohomish County Tribune (WA) Author:Russell, Melanie Area:Washington Lines:199 Added:08/27/2014

Heroin, The Local Scourge, Leaves Families Reeling With Pain

SNOHOMISH -- People in the room shifted uncomfortably as the mothers of heroin addicts poured out tears and stories at a recent public forum.

"How can it be stopped? Why is heroin here?" they pleaded to the drug experts on the panel.

Heroin, a prevalent force to be reckoned with in the region, has been at the forefront of everyone's mind lately due to extensive crime and media coverage. It has been the fuel behind the fire of criminal activity countywide and the source of many broken families. The community seeks to stop it but law enforcement said that will take time and more public education.

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44 US PA: OPED: Growing Heroin, Opioid Epidemic Demands ActionTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:News-Item, The (PA) Author:Pileggi, Dominic Area:Pennsylvania Lines:110 Added:08/27/2014

Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by an astounding 570 percent, rising from 2.7 to 15.4 per thousand over the last two decades.

Nationally, more people aged 25 to 64 are dying from heroin overdoses than in vehicle crashes.

This epidemic affects individuals of every age, gender, race and background. The increased use of heroin, which often has roots in the abuse of prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin, has catapulted Pennsylvania to seventh in the nation for drug-related overdose deaths in the latest federal statistics.

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45 US MD: National Geographic Shows Baltimore As 'Heroin CapitalMon, 25 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Zurawik, David Area:Maryland Lines:99 Added:08/27/2014

If you thought 'The Wire' made Baltimore look bleak...

Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden after she scores.

A masked drug dealer sitting at a table full of dope, pointing his gun at the camera and saying, "Coming to you live from Baltimore." An on-screen headline that says, "Baltimore is the heroin capital of America."

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46US CO: Boulder Rejects 'Don't Be a Lab Rat' Cage After BvsdTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) Author:Byars, Mitchell Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

City Official: 'It Didn't Seem Like It Would Be Appropriate for Boulder'

Acknowledging local school officials' objections, Boulder on Tuesday dropped plans to play host to one of the Colorado Department of Public Health's human-sized rat cages at a downtown park.

One of the "Don't Be a Lab Rat" teen marijuana-education campaign's 12-foot-long, 8-foot-high cages - complete with a to-scale hamster-style water bottle - had been slated for a month-long installation at the corner of 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue.

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47US CO: 'Don't Be a Lab Rat' Teen Pot Campaign Coming toSun, 24 Aug 2014
Source:Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) Author:Burness, Alex Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

Human-Sized Cage to Be Installed at 13th and Arapahoe on Tuesday

In an effort to educate teens about the effects of marijuana on the developing brain, Boulder this week will play host to a giant metal cage, complete with a to-scale version of the kind of water bottle hamsters drink from.

But the Colorado Department of Public Health's "Don't Be a Lab Rat" installation, defaced in its Denver debut, already is drawing jeers from the local pot industry - and is opposed by the Boulder Valley School District.

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48US NY: Heroin Often Mixed With Acetyl FentanylTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:Journal News, The (NY) Author:Rauch, Ned P. Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:08/27/2014

A New Study Warns Emergency Workers About the Dangers of Heroin Cut With Acetyl Fentanyl

To the long list of reasons that make abusing heroin so dangerous, add this: acetyl fentanyl.

According to a recently published study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, acetyl fentanyl is a "quasi-legal" synthetic opiate often mixed with heroin sold on the street.

It's potent stuff - five to 15 times stronger than heroin - but users typically have no idea if it's in the dose they've just bought.

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49 CN BC: PUB LTE: Kids Buy Pot More Easily Than LiquorTue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Sheffield, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:22 Added:08/26/2014

Re: Pot challenge: Legalize while keeping kids safe, Aug. 22

The Conservative assumption that marijuana legalization would increase use by teens is flawed. Prohibition has not discouraged Canadian youth from using marijuana. Marijuana is easier to buy than cigarettes or alcohol for B. C. teenagers.

Nick Sheffield, North Vancouver

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50 CN ON: LTE: Why Pot?Tue, 26 Aug 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Forsyth, Bruce Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:08/26/2014

Re "The prince of pot returns"

Get ready for the debate on the legalization of marijuana to kick into high gear. Maybe someone will finally be able to give me an unbiased explanation of why in an age when we are so actively discouraging people from smoking tobacco cigarettes, to the point of banning them from outdoor areas such as parks and restaurant patios, that we seem headed down the path of legalizing the smoking of marijuana?

Bruce Forsyth Barrie

(Ask Justin Trudeau. Apparently he knows.)

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