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1CN BC: Nanaimo Residents Band Together To Take Back LaneSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Hinks, Aaron Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/22/2014

Nanaimo residents living near Wisteria Lane showed city staff and local politicians the progress that has been done to deter drug addicts and prostitutes from using the alleyway as a safe haven.

The alley, which was given its name by the local homeowners, runs immediately west of the 100-block of Nicol Street behind a row of businesses and homes.

After collecting more than 70 dirty needles and watching drug deals on a near daily basis, frustrated residents got together in July to find a solution to the growing problem.

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2 US CA: Hash- Oil Lab Raids Yield Nine ArrestsMon, 22 Sep 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Perry, Tony Area:California Lines:85 Added:09/22/2014

Crackdown Reflects a Growing Offshoot of the Illicit Drug Trade.

SAN DIEGO - Seven men and two women are facing felony charges here stemming from what authorities say is a new and highly dangerous offshoot of the illicit drug trade: extracting hash oil from marijuana.

For users, hash oil offers a quick and lasting high. For sellers, it is easy to make and offers large profits.

But extracting the oil requires heat and solvent - often industrial- strength butane-that can lead to explosions and fires.

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3 US OR: Oregon Starts Laying Groundwork Before State Votes onMon, 22 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Duara, Nigel Area:Oregon Lines:100 Added:09/22/2014

PORTLAND - In the months before a marijuana-legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregon's largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it.

The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State Police, who would no longer make minor marijuana arrests, to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would administer the program.

"They're trying to not get caught flat-footed," said commission spokeswoman Christie Scott.

The agencies in attendance were the liquor-control commission, the state police, the agriculture, revenue, transportation and justice departments, and the Oregon Health Authority.

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4US CO: Editorial: Off The Mark On Pot CaregiversMon, 22 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/22/2014

The Colorado Board of Health's recent action on its medical-marijuana caregiver rules was confusing and regrettable, creating more questions than solutions.

First, the board unfortunately rejected a proposal that would have capped the number of patients for caregivers at 10.

Creating a reasonable cap would have provided greater oversight of the caregiver system, which law enforcement officials say has been a source of illegal diversion of pot to the black market.

Large caregiver growing operations can pose health and safety risks, too, especially in residential areas.

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5 Canada: Can U.S. Border Guards Turn Me Away For Saying I've SmokedThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Tchir, Jason Area:Canada Lines:116 Added:09/22/2014

I get really nervous when driving across the border, especially because I've heard the story of a friend of a friend who was banned from the U.S. on his way to Burning Man. He has no criminal record, but the officer asked him if he'd ever smoked a joint and he said yes. Can I really get turned away at the border for saying I've smoked pot a couple of times in my life?

- - Martin, Calgary

If you tell a border official that you've smoked a joint or had a bite of that pot brownie - or that you plan to partake in legal weed in Washington or Colorado - your ability to freely enter the United States will go up in smoke.

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6 CN ON: Judge Rules Surcharges UnconstitutionalSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Observer, The (CN SN) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:09/22/2014

The imposition of mandatory surcharges on a woman continuing to struggle with drug abuse and mental illness was ruled unconstitutional by a Sarnia judge on Thursday.

Stacey Corrine Bressette, 30, of Sarnia pleaded guilty to the July 14 violation of a probation order to keep the peace when she was in a home where she was not welcome.

Justice Mark Hornblower sentenced her to 15 days in jail, time that had been served in pre-sentence custody, and a year's probation. But he would not impose the mandatory $100 victim fine surcharge.

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7 CN ON: Rehab Programs Feel The CrunchThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Ottawa South News (CN ON) Author:Dodge, Brier Area:Ontario Lines:357 Added:09/22/2014

Jail Break: A four-part series about recidivism in Ontario

Canada's jails are bursting at the seams. Federal and provincial correctional facilities are struggling to meet the rising intake of inmates, the result of federal government tough-on-crime legislation. A Metroland East special report shows rehabilitation and treatment programs have taken a backseat to the push for prison expansion. In the first of a four-part series, we look at how prisoners are struggling to find employment and addiction-treatment support.

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8 US PA: Editorial: Pa. Should Approve Overdose AntidoteSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:59 Added:09/22/2014

Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdose deaths.

Overdoses on heroin or prescription opiates often are deadly because they stop the user's breathing. An inexpensive, non-addictive, easily administered antidote called naloxone, or Narcan, is readily available. But in Pennsylvania, most first responders who initially handle an overdose patient - police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are not authorized by law to carry or administer the drug.

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9 US CA: Former Principal Promotes Marijuana for Ailing SeniorsSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Moroney, Tom Area:California Lines:105 Added:09/22/2014

ANTIOCH, Calif. - Sue Taylor stands before her Rotary Club audience in her "principal's suit" - matching black blazer and pants, heels, pearls, and a pocketbook holding a secret.

At 67, Taylor has made a giant leap. The retired principal of two Catholic schools today calls herself America's only full-time senior cannabis advocate.

She is paid $4,500 a month to tell Grandma and Grandpa and those closest to them that marijuana - in joints, cookies, just about any form imaginable - can ease pain and promote sleep and appetite.

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10 CN MB: PUB LTE: Pot's OK ManFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Symington, Bruce Area:Manitoba Lines:36 Added:09/22/2014

Re: "Kettle black," Letters, Sept. 13.

Permitting something is not the same as promoting it. When you say that there is some cognitive dissonance between the position of attempting to reduce tobacco consumption, which kills many people, and allowing those who wish, to consume cannabis, which has been conclusively shown in studies to NOT cause the harms we know are caused by tobacco, you are creating a straw man argument. The two things are not the same, not even close. Your statement that "Smoking marijuana has many of the same negative effects on the lungs as smoking tobacco does." is incorrect. Google Donald P. Tashkin to see the facts for yourself. Scientific studies totally refute your position. Saying so don't make it so.

Bruce Symington

(You should read more of that study yourself. It says the risk from marijuana is lower than the grave risk of tobacco and outlines the potential damage. In no way does it "totally refute" the position.)


11 CN ON: Sabot Eradicated Marijuana PlantsSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Peerenboom, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:09/22/2014

'Our overall goal is a safe Canada': Insp. Tim Kimpan

Local police agencies partnered with the Canadian Armed Forces over four days to eradicate 1,743 marijuana plants in SDG and Prescott-Russell earler this month.

"Our overall goal is a safe Canada," said Inspector Tim Kimpan, officer in charge of the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

"Illegal marijuana use and the criminality that surrounds it harms individuals and communities," he said of project SABOT - an annual collorboration.

"This proactive strategy impacts the activities and financial benefits of organized crime."

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12 US OK: Time To Re-Think Legalizing DrugsSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Stillwater News Press (OK) Author:Dimond, Diane Area:Oklahoma Lines:43 Added:09/22/2014

Here's a riddle: How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice? Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players and the like, came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Now, stay with me on this. It's important.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an illustrious panel including former U.N. Secretary Gen. Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, former presidents and prime ministers of nearly a dozen countries and others issued a detailed study about why it's smart - for reasons both humanitarian and financial - to legalize marijuana and other drugs. Yes, all drugs.

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13 CN NS: Supporters Of Medical Marijuana Shop March On Halifax PoliceSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:Ross, Selena Area:Nova Scotia Lines:96 Added:09/22/2014

Halifax police were nowhere to be seen as 50 people passed around joints on their front steps Friday afternoon.

The "smoke-in" was in protest of the recent raid of Farm Assists, a medical marijuana shop on Gottingen Street.

"When all of the nasty, addictive, victim-causing drugs proliferate across this province, why did you target people that were using cannabis as medicine?" shop owner Chris Enns shouted into a megaphone in front of Halifax Regional Police headquarters.

Enns, 29, and the shop's other owner, his girlfriend Sherri Reeve, both face charges from the raid, including trafficking marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking and production.

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14 CN BC: Column: Weed ControlThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Anthony, Leslie Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:09/22/2014

In the 1980s and '90s, a lucrative and well-organized drug-smuggling network spanning Mexico, the U.S. and Canada had northern beachheads in a handful of small farming towns in southwestern Ontario and southern Manitoba. These communities were also home to tens of thousands of Old Colony Mennonites, a deeply conservative branches of one of Christianity's most traditional sects - similar to other pacifist and agrarian-based societies like the Amish or Hutterites. Ironic then, that it turned out they were the drug smugglers.

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15 CN ON: Pot Helps Son, 6, Cope With Seizures: MomThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Barrie Advance, The (CN ON) Author:Ramsay, Janis Area:Ontario Lines:145 Added:09/22/2014

At age six, Zen Mudhar is one of the youngest Canadians using pot right now.

The first time he sampled it was the only day in his life that he hasn't had a seizure.

It's thanks to Barrie-based Simcoe Holistic Health that his family can administer medicinal marijuana to maintain Zen's epilepsy symptoms.

"It has made a huge difference in Zen's life," his mother said.

The Brampton mom is speaking out about the controversial treatment she's offering her son to show other parents there is an option instead of drugging her child with synthetic medication.

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16 US FL: PUB LTE: Drug HypocrisySun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Cecil, Gary Area:Florida Lines:24 Added:09/22/2014

People are lawfully allowed to buy and drink alcoholic beverages and lawfully allowed to buy and smoke cigarettes. Both of these products have no health benefits to speak of, cause fatal diseases and are laying all over the place where children can easily get their hands on them. Now we have the medical marijuana issue coming up for a vote here in Florida and certain groups are going nuts trying to persuade voters to vote it down. So, where is the outrage regarding the legality and consumption of alcohol and cigarettes?

Gary Cecil, Tampa


17CN BC: OPED: Health Authorities Are Wasting Lives And MoneySun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Fine, Adrian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/22/2014

Imagine a holistic health-care program that could reduce death rates, almost eradicate two major complicating diseases, improve quality and quantity of life and be more cost-effective than many cancer treatments or cholesterol-lowering drugs.

A health economist's dream come true? A political vote-winner? Something our health care administrators should be falling over themselves in a rush to implement? An obvious yes to all three. Except for intravenous drug users in Victoria. They don't qualify for proven and humane therapy.

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18 US GA: Real Families Suffer As States Defer On MedicalSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Fouriezos, Nicholas Area:Georgia Lines:173 Added:09/21/2014

ATLANTA - The question hovers over Kelli Hopkins every day.

It rises with her each morning as she feeds her two remaining sick children their seizure medicine five pills for Mary Elizabeth, seven for Michala. It follows as she packs them and their wheelchairs into the van for another hospital visit, another brain scan, another trip to the emergency room. It wakes her at 2 a.m. each night when she rolls over on the couch she's slept on for years only to see carpet where there used to be a cot.

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19 US FL: Legal Challenges Put 'Charlotte's Web'Sat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Powers, Scott Area:Florida Lines:54 Added:09/21/2014

Final development of Florida's legalized non-euphoric medical-marijuana program is on hold for up to 60 days because several potential growers are furious over the state's proposed rules and filed challenges.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health issued its final proposed rules on who could qualify for five state licenses to grow, process and sell so-called Charlotte's Web marijuana products to treat Florida patients with epilepsy, other neurological disorders and cancer.

But several plant nurseries and other businesses objected, saying the rules do little to determine which applicants are best suited and turns the ultimate selection into a lottery.

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20 US: Selling Pot Can Be A Shady, Crazy, Confusing BusinessSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Fahey, Jonathan Area:United States Lines:167 Added:09/21/2014

New York (AP) - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever.

The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.

"It's a gray market industry, that's just how it is," says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver.

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21 US GA: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till YouSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Georgia Lines:192 Added:09/21/2014

Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points.

It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times.

It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream.

But placing faith that legalization will help any of these issues is misguided. In fact, legalization threatens to further contribute to disproportionate health outcomes among minorities, all the while creating a massive new industry - Big Tobacco 2.0 - intent on addicting the most vulnerable in society.

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22 US GA: OPED: Why Research Is Biased Against Pot to Focus onSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Hart, Carl Area:Georgia Lines:162 Added:09/21/2014

Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.

"Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused.

Volkow and I were the witnesses, along with a representative from the Food and Drug Administration. Connolly was particularly interested in learning why NIDA and the FDA - both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - supported so little research into the potential medical uses of marijuana. He appeared exasperated by the focus on drugs' harmful effects, which "impeded the ability to have legitimate research that could benefit human health."

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23 US WA: Editorial: What Are the Next Steps for Marijuana Reform?Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:31 Added:09/21/2014

THE recreational marijuana market authorized by voters in 2012 is heavily taxed to fund prevention efforts, and is strictly regulated to ensure quality and security. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to rein in the larger, completely unregulated and mostly untaxed marijuana industry that serves medical patients. Seattle currently has just one recreational store, but dozens of medical dispensaries. These two markets should be merged. Lawmakers must ensure legitimately suffering patients get a break from the steep so-called sin taxes of the recreational market, and should continue to allow home grows for them. Ensuring that patients are legitimate also requires a much tighter rein on medical professionals who glibly hand out "green card" medical-marijuana authorizations to otherwise healthy young men.

The recreational market needs tweaking too - to entice more cities and counties to open their borders to state-licensed marijuana stores. Without broader access, black-market marijuana sales, which voters directly targeted in passing Initiative 502, would continue to flourish.


24 US WA: PUB LTE: Grow MoreSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Schuetzler, Adam Area:Washington Lines:35 Added:09/21/2014

Editor, The Times: In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market ["Rocky start for state's pot stores," Local News, Sept. 17 ].

In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to be grown, and more stores will have to open.

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25 US WA: City Attorney Holmes to Seek Broad Dismissal of Pot-UseSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Miletich, Steve Area:Washington Lines:147 Added:09/21/2014

In Municipal Court

Not Just Those Issued by Police Officer Facing Discipline

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer's personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources.

Holmes, who is set to discuss the decision at a briefing of the City Council on Monday morning, will go beyond Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's request to dismiss tickets written by bicycle Officer Randy Jokela and include all infractions, out of fairness to everyone who was cited, according to the sources and briefing materials provided to The Seattle Times.

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26US CO: OPED: Yes: It's In the County Anyway; Why Not Profit?Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Elliott, Michael Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Should Jefferson County Allow Retail Marijuana Stores in Unincorporated Parts of the County?

The question isn't whether marijuana will be sold and consumed in Jefferson County. That is happening and will continue. The question is whether Jefferson County will start taking real steps to shut down the black market and begin to reap the benefits of legal marijuana sales.

Marijuana has been bought and sold in Jefferson County for decades; it's just happened in the shadows. It's been sold by people who don't care who they sell to, and who have no stake in anything other than making the next sale. They don't care if they sell to your kid or the person next door. Everyone's a potential customer.

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27US CO: OPED: No: There Are Too Many DownsidesSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Gorman, Tom Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Should Jefferson County Allow Retail Marijuana Stores in Unincorporated Parts of the County?

The Jefferson County Marijuana Task Force spent three months listening to testimony, reviewing studies and examining evidence related to prohibiting or permitting licensed marijuana establishment in unincorporated Jefferson County.

The task force found compelling evidence that it would not be in the best interest of Jefferson County or its citizens to allow marijuana establishments. Although the circumstantial evidence was significant, it is important to note that Colorado's experience with legalizing recreational marijuana is relatively new and some data is lacking.

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28 CN BC: Column: Still Monkeying Around On Pot LegalizationThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Maxwell, G. D. Area:British Columbia Lines:123 Added:09/21/2014

There's a famous experiment in the annals of learning. It involves a jar, a banana and a monkey. I know it sounds very similar to jokes that start, "There was a priest, a rabbi and a minister," but that's where the similarity ends.

The experiment goes like this. The banana is put inside the jar and the jar is put inside a room. So is the monkey. Put inside the room, that is, not inside the jar. It's not that big a jar. The monkey being a monkey and the banana being a banana, it doesn't take long for the monkey to notice the banana and decide he/she would really like to eat it. This is where it gets good.

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29US CO: Column: Schools Out Millions Due To LoopholeSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Meyer, Jeremy Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

A loophole built into Colorado's marijuana system has allowed thousands of pounds of pot to go untaxed and has cost the state millions of dollars that should have gone to a school construction fund.

In 2012, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 64, which, among other things, promised that the first $40 million in excise tax revenue would be dedicated every year for the state school construction fund.

But this year, only about $10 million is expected to be raised thanks to a rule that allows marijuana retailers to avoid paying the tax in a one-time transfer of wholesale pot.

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30 US MD: The Drug That Turned A Heroin User's Life AroundSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Robinson, Wesley Area:Maryland Lines:140 Added:09/21/2014

MD. Woman Says Officer Saved Her With Overdose Antidote

Danielle Hall injected a quarter of her normal heroin dose the afternoon of June 29, but that day's particularly potent batch was strong enough to shut her body down.

She was slumped in her car when an Annapolis police officer found her, her breathing shallow and her lips blue. Suspecting she had overdosed, the officer sprayed naloxone into her nose.

Hall, a 30-year-old mother of two from the Annapolis area, said the officer saved her that day.

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31 US DC: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana For A Just SocietySat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Eidinger, Adam Area:District of Columbia Lines:38 Added:09/21/2014

The Post's Sept. 15 editorial on Initiative No. 71 was aptly headlined "Just say no," recalling Nancy Reagan's message to kids in the 1980s, since it read like an artifact of prohibitionist thinking.

Initiative No. 71 would legalize the use of marijuana only for adults and would not make it legal to sell marijuana. That would be up to the D.C. Council to implement.

The Post incorrectly surmised that the council rejected legalization by passing decriminalization. The consensus on the council is that the will of the voters should determine whether the District adopts legalization. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), author of the decriminalization law, and others have expressed this view to the D.C. Cannabis Campaign.

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32 US DC: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana For A Just SocietySat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Tracy, Sam Area:District of Columbia Lines:40 Added:09/21/2014

While I disagree with the Sept. 15 editorial "Just say no" for a number of reasons, I was most disappointed to see the editorial board perpetuating the long-disproved myth that marijuana is a "gateway to more dangerous drugs."

This myth originated decades ago, with surveys showing that most users of hard drugs such as heroin had previously tried marijuana. But this connection, widely publicized by politicians trying to drum up support for the failed "War on Drugs," is meaningless - most users also consumed milk before trying heroin.

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33 CN ON: Council OKs Zone Change for Medical Pot 'Plant'Fri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Bowie, Tara Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:09/21/2014

Decision Makes Medical Marijuana Grow Operation a Permitted Use

There was little buzz around the horseshoe at Woodstock city council Thursday night as councillors heard the details of a zone change that would allow a medical marijuana growing facility to operate at the former Thomas Built bus factory site.

Councillors asked no questions of proponent of Nik Van Haeren, president of Ontario Marijuana Growers (OMG), nor did they ask questions to Ron Versteegen, the city planner.

Van Haeren's request was simple - to rezone the property on Tecumseh Street from Transitional Industrial Zone (M4) to Special Transitional Industrial Zone (M4-special) to add a pharmaceutical and drug product industry to the permitted use.

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34 CN MB: Wanted: Top Pot GrowerWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Cash, Martin Area:Manitoba Lines:102 Added:09/21/2014

Position Isn't Easy One to Fill

AN unknown would-be new entrant into the medical marijuana production business in Manitoba is looking for a master grower.

The heavy workload and extensive experience required may make it seem like an opportunity for a black market grow-op grower to go legit, but that would not be the case.

That's because Health Canada requires extensive security clearance for the senior staffers in charge of production and compliance. The list of qualifications to fill the position are as lengthy and as technical as any commercial production facility for the most special of specialty crops. They include managing everything from cloning, transplanting, feeding plants, defoliation, super cropping, topping, flushing, foliar and preventative sprays, trimming, packaging, waste disposal and inventory management.

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35 CN ON: Pot Still Illegal Despite Political Talk, Teen RemindedFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:09/21/2014

A teenager caught with marijuana was placed on nine months probation with a Sarnia judge's reminder that despite politicians' comments, pot is still illegal in Canada.

The 19-year-old, from Lambton County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the July possession of marijuana and violation of a court-ordered drug ban. The court was told that the teen had walked away when he spotted an OPP officer watching him. The officer drove around the block and the teen appeared to be meeting another young person. Both walked away as the officer approached.

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36 US NY: Column: Two Redheaded StrangersSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Dowd, Maureen Area:New York Lines:127 Added:09/21/2014

Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd's Pain

WASHINGTON - WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.

The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I'm the poster girl for bad pot trips.

It seemed like a match made in hash heaven.

When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called.

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37 US FL: OPED: Why Sheriffs Oppose Medical Pot: Profits, NotSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Strack, Ray Area:Florida Lines:111 Added:09/21/2014

The opposition of the Florida Sheriffs Association to Amendment 2 has more to do with cash than public safety. The sheriffs have become so accustomed to federal anti-drug money and property forfeitures that they resist any change that might someday shut off their pipeline of cash, cars and property.

Consider Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Florida's most vocal opponent of medical-marijuana reform.

During his highly publicized debate with attorney John Morgan, Judd vigorously defended his motives: =93It may come as a shock to you,=94 he told the audience in Lakeland, =93but our budget is not predicated on arrests; it's not predicated on seizures; it's not created so we can spend that operating money on cars, or capital equipment, or operating equipment, or salaries.=94 Hogwash. According to Justice Department records, the Polk County Sheriff 's Office took in more than $1.2 million from the federal Assets Forfeiture Fund just since 2007, part of the $230 million that all of Florida's law-enforcement agencies received from the fund during that period.

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38 CN BC: Don't Worry Striking Teachers, Christy Clark's Pot Is ActuallyThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:09/21/2014

On the morning of September 12, Canada Post's tracking system showed Dana Larsen's bag of purple kush was on its way to Victoria.

Yesterday (September 11), one of Canada's lead advocates for marijuana reform floated a novel idea for ending B.C.'s teachers strike.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Dana Larsen said quoted in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

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39 CN BC: Cope Candidate Sid Chow Tan Calls On Vancouver Residents ToThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Hui, Stephen Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:09/21/2014

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

I propose all residents of Vancouver do their duty in the so-called war on drugs and grow eight marijuana plants in their home. Growers could enjoy the harvest in personal use, gifts to family and friends or contributions to worthwhile causes. The Compassionate Club comes to mind.

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40US CA: Obit: Joseph D. McNamara - Innovative Police ChiefSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Colliver, Victoria Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Joseph D. McNamara, a former San Jose police chief who gained national attention for his progressive views on community policing, drugs and gun control, died in his sleep early Friday at his Monterey home of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Mr. McNamara, who started his career as a Harlem beat cop in New York City and earned a doctorate from Harvard University, served as San Jose's police chief from 1976 until retiring in 1991. He worked as a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution from 1991 until his death, and wrote five novels dubbed cop noir.

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41US CO: Pot Industry Battling Stoner StereotypesSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

DENVER- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous antidrug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana, including the famous "This is your brain on drugs" fried-egg ad from the 1980s.

They are planning posters, brochures, billboards and magazine ads, advising people to use the drug responsibly and warning tourists and first-timers about the potential to get sick from accidentally eating too much medical-grade pot.

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42 US WA: Millions Expected In State Pot Taxes Into Mid-2019Fri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Corte, Rachel La Area:Washington Lines:80 Added:09/20/2014

Council Warns Projections Could Change

Won't Fill Budget Gap

OLYMPIA (AP) - The state's legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast released Thursday.

The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that just over $25 million from a variety of marijuana-related taxes - including excise, sales, and business taxes - is expected to be collected through the middle of next year. An additional $207 million is expected for the next two-year budget that ends mid-2017. And $404 million is expected for the 2017-19 budget biennium.

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43 US NM: Pot Legalization Falls Short With Nm VotersFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Baker, Deborah Area:New Mexico Lines:141 Added:09/20/2014

Support for Change Strongest Among Young Respondents

A proposed constitutional change legalizing marijuana never made it to this year's ballot, but it looks like it would have been a hard sell with voters anyway.

A statewide Journal Poll of likely voters in the Nov. 4 general election found 50 percent of respondents opposed to legalization, while 44 percent favored it.

Another 3 percent told pollsters they had mixed feelings, while 3 percent didn't know or wouldn't say.

The poll question was: "Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in New Mexico, with a tax and regulation system, similar to Colorado?"

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44 US DC: Poll: DC Is Poised To Legalize PotFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Davis, Aaron C. Area:District of Columbia Lines:122 Added:09/20/2014

Almost Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Back Measure on Nov. 4 Ballot

Voters in the District of Columbia are poised to follow Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, according to a new NBC4/Washington Post/ Marist poll.

By an almost 2-to-1 ratio, likely voters in the city's Nov. 4 election say they support Initiative 71, a ballot measure that would legalize possession of marijuana, its home cultivation and the sale of paraphernalia to smoke it.

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45 US MA: Column: Medical Marijuana Advocates' Growing ImpatienceFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Lehigh, Scot Area:Massachusetts Lines:110 Added:09/20/2014

Matt Allen, the man behind the state's medical marijuana law, is all done holding his tongue.

Almost two years after voters passed that ballot question, Allen notes, this state isn't even close to having, in his felicitously turned phrase, "seeds in the ground."

The law envisioned up to 35 nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, with at least one in each county, ready to go - or grow - by the end of 2013. Almost nine months into 2014, after a process full of, um, potholes, 11 marijuana dispensaries have been provisionally certified, with half the counties uncovered. Even by the administration's estimate, the first of those won't make it through the final review and start operating until early next year.

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46 US WI: Mike Koval: Acknowledge Failure Of Marijuana LawsMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Author:Savidge, Nico Area:Wisconsin Lines:59 Added:09/20/2014

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval came out in support of legalizing marijuana last week.

Below, you'll find some of his expanded comments from an interview with the State Journal in which he endorsed legalizing the drug and using tax revenue from its sale to support drug treatment programs.

The comments came soon after Koval said his department must enforce laws against marijuana because the state prohibits it. Asked how he would like Wisconsin to treat the drug, Koval responded:

"I would like us to see -- much like we've seen in those pioneering states (Washington and Colorado) -- a discussion of decriminalizing it, regulating it, taxing it, and then using the funds and monies generated .. (for) treatment programs, drug courts and other things that go to the core of our more substantive drug users."

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47 US MA: OPED: Like Big Tobacco, Big Marijuana Will DriveFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Massachusetts Lines:101 Added:09/20/2014

Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted --- they stop after using a few times. It is also true - --- and regrettable --- that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream.

But placing faith that legalization will help any of these issues is misguided. In fact, legalization threatens to further contribute to disproportionate health outcomes among minorities, all the while creating a massive new industry --- Big Tobacco 2.0 --- intent on addicting the most vulnerable in society.

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48 US NM: Court Puts Pot Questions Back On BallotSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:McKay, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:127 Added:09/20/2014

NM Supreme Court Overrules Action by Secretary of State

Marijuana is back on the ballot. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that Secretary of State Dianna Duran overstepped her authority when she refused to allow Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to put advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Each county wants to ask general-election voters whether they support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The election results won't carry the force of law. It would be up to the counties or other governments to pursue legislation aimed at changing marijuana penalties, if they so choose.

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49 US NM: Column: When Will We Really Listen to the Experts onSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Dimond, Diane Area:New Mexico Lines:110 Added:09/20/2014

New Study Says That Legalizing All Drugs Is the Smart Thing to Do

Here's a riddle: How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice?

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players and the like came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Now, stay with me on this. It's important. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an illustrious panel including former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, former presidents and prime ministers of nearly a dozen countries, and others issued a detailed study about why it's smart - for reasons both humanitarian and financial - to legalize marijuana and other drugs. Yes, all drugs. Maybe it's time to consider their suggestion? After all, our decades-long War on Drugs has been a miserable failure. Actions to curb drug production and violence in other countries, and along our border have obviously not worked.

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50 US CO: Column: Is There Weed That Works Like Viagra?Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:56 Added:09/20/2014

Dear Stoner: I am 68 and do not use any doctor-prescribed drugs. It's my opinion that if you do, you have started down the wrong path. Now, I have not smoked marijuana since the early 1970s; I didn't like the taste and smell. But recently I have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with a young woman. Do you know of a type of weed that could be a substitute, or somewhat of a substitute, for Viagra?

Dave the Dude

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