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1 US: The Great Pot ExperimentMon, 25 May 2015
Source:Time Magazine (US) Author:Barcott, Bruce Area:United States Lines:405 Added:05/25/2015

Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind.

Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures' trippy little brains.

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2 US CA: Concern About Legal Pot Minors Aired CaliforniaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:72 Added:05/21/2015

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

Meeting at a youth center in a part of East Oakland scarred by violence, poverty and addiction, the panel held a public discussion on the issue that could make or break a legalization campaign in the nation's top pot-producing state: concerns about keeping the drug out of the hands of minors and young adults once it can be purchased as easily as a six-pack of beer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission's chairman, acknowledged that crafting a system of retail sales and regulations that satisfies fearful parents will be a tough sell.

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3 US CA: Sonoma County Fairgrounds Takes New Tack on MarijuanaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Johnson, Julie Area:California Lines:113 Added:05/21/2015

Sonoma County Fairgrounds officials have scaled back the marijuana trade show events to be held at the Santa Rosa event center in 2015, bringing back an event with North Coast origins but passing over the Cannabis Cup run by international event powerhouse High Times magazine.

The homegrown Emerald Cup will return to the fairgrounds event center in December for its third run in Santa Rosa as a fair celebrating organic marijuana grown outdoors. Organizers are expecting bigger crowds but are also restricting it to adults for the first time.

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4US AZ: Anti-Pot Campaign CriticizedThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

A Prescott Valley anti-drug group is drawing fire for using money seized by law enforcement to warn about the dangers of marijuana.

The criticism comes from supporters of a proposed ballot measure to legalize the drug, who are also raising legal questions about the line between educating and campaigning.

Matforce, a non-profit organization, has received $110,612 in government-seized racketeering money over the past five years to educate the public about the harmful effects of marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs. The group advocates against the legalization of marijuana using other funds, including private donations.

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5 US DC: PUB LTE: A Workaround for Pot Regulation in the DistrictThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Smith, Walter Area:District of Columbia Lines:42 Added:05/21/2015

The city is missing out on tax revenue.

As the May 18 front-page article "Legal pot in the District is a boon for illegal dealers" reported, D.C. voters' determination to legalize marijuana possession through Initiative 71 is having significant unintended consequences. Because residents can legally use and possess marijuana but can't legally buy it, the illegal drug trade has increased and the city is missing out on the tax revenue it would receive if the sales were regulated.

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6 US NY: How To Roll A JointSun, 24 May 2015
Source:New York Times Magazine (NY) Author:Wollan, Malia Area:New York Lines:61 Added:05/21/2015

After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999, Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry.

He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal.

Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans to expand within Colorado and to four other states.

Last year, the company's sales reached $10 million.

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7US AK: Public Invited to Weigh in on First Draft of AlaskaThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

The public can now weigh in on Alaska's first round of proposed marijuana regulations.

Local option law and marijuana definitions are the focus of the first wave of regulations, unveiled at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's meeting in April.

The proposed definitions include basics like what constitutes a "marijuana plant" and "edible marijuana product," but also what it means to "possess" a plant or help someone grow marijuana.

The definition of possession could affect how many plants are allowed per household. Under Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that legalized marijuana in the state, a person is allowed to possess six marijuana plants. But under the proposed regulations, if marijuana plants are in a person's home, they are potentially in that person's possession, regardless of the number of residents. That would mean only six plants would be allowed in the home, instead of six plants per adult living there.

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8US AK: Column: How Can Alaska Fill a Control Board Seat forThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

This week, David asks a two-part question:

I have read the initiative along with the newly passed H.B. 123. I have gone over again and again, and I have yet to see any writing prohibiting a marijuana business from starting before the state starts issuing cannabis business licenses. If anything, I see that it says that a person can, so long as they are 21 or older, act as a lawful business. (Also) H.B. 123 states that one seat on the board is reserved for "one person actively engaged in the marijuana industry," and "marijuana industry" means "a business or profession related to marijuana in which the person is lawfully engaged and that is in compliance with the provisions of state law, including this chapter and regulations adopted under this chapter." How can someone qualify for this seat if what (authorities) talk about is true and no marijuana business can be lawfully engaged at this moment?

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9 US MA: PUB LTE: The Real Drug ProblemThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Valley Advocate (Easthampton, MA) Author:Burns, Charlotte Area:Massachusetts Lines:53 Added:05/21/2015

We've heard lots of lip service from Governor Baker about the need to do something about drug addiction. I heard something shocking. There's a peanut factory in Springfield which employs mostly pre-release prison inmates. While this seems like pure altruism on the surface, it looks to me like the same old exploitation routine. Keep our jails full of folks with minor drug offenses, and then use them for cheap labor, displacing regular workers with full pay and benefits. I knew they were using "slave" prison labor down south to keep costs down, but I had no idea Massachusetts got in on the act.

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10 US OR: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Has Helped American HeroesWed, 20 May 2015
Source:East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) Author:Cronin, Jerry Area:Oregon Lines:65 Added:05/21/2015

"American Sniper" was ranked the No. 1 movie in United States for the week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, 2014, when competition for this top listing is intense.

This is an excerpt from the magazine, Salon:

"In his best-selling memoir, 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,' Navy SEAL Chris Kyle writes that he was only two weeks into his first of four tours of duty in Iraq when he was confronted with a difficult choice. Through the scope of his .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, he saw a woman with a child pull a grenade from under her clothes as several Marines approached. Kyle's job was to provide 'overwatch,' meaning that he was perched in or on top of bombed-out apartment buildings and was responsible for preventing enemy fighters from ambushing U.S. troops."

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11 US PA: PUB LTE: Pharmaceutical Companies Don't Want MedicalWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Patriot-News, The (PA) Author:Groff, Michael Area:Pennsylvania Lines:38 Added:05/21/2015

I will admit that I am a cynic, but that was thrust upon me by the circumstances of life and our government.

Someone once wrote or said, "Don't argue with a cynic because all of the evidence is on their side." I watched a news broadcast recently where a House representative said they have never legalized a drug not backed by the Food and Drug Administration. Let us take that a few steps further. The FDA will not legalize a drug that the American Medical Association does not want, and the AMA will not OK a drug that the large pharmaceutical companies do not want. They would lose a huge source of revenue.

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12US CA: Forum Explores Pot Use Among YouthWed, 20 May 2015
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Richman, Josh Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

Newsom Task Force, Others Debate Merits of Drug's Legalization

OAKLAND - As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's marijuana commission explores how best to tackle legalization of the weed, everyone agrees protecting California's youth is paramount.

They just can't agree on the best way to do it. Some commissioners at a public forum Tuesday at the Youth Uprising neighborhood hub in East Oakland - a community wracked both by illegal drugs and the government's effort to control them - believe legalization is better than an unacceptable status quo. They argued that "just say no" programs haven't stemmed drug use by youth - and that suspending or expelling users from school and shunting them into the juvenile justice system often dooms their futures.

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13CN SN: Dream Of Marijuana Lounge Goes Up In SmokeTue, 19 May 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Trembath, Sean Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

A collection of Volcano vaporizers were fired up, filling plastic bags with THC-laden gulps of air. Patrons passed the bags around, taking in the substance many call medicine. The distinctive odour of marijuana hung in the air.

Jeffrey Lundstrom, the owner of the Lounge in the Loft, Saskatoon's only marijuana vapour lounge, said goodbye to the business with one last "smoke-out" Saturday night.

According to Lundstrom, he received inspection notices from the city's community services branch, the fire department and Saskatoon Health Region on May 11. Rather than go through a process he felt would likely end up with the business' closure, he chose to end it on his own terms.

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14 US CA: PUB LTE: Vasquez RecallWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Quinn, Christopher Area:California Lines:40 Added:05/21/2015

It's not about commercial grows. It's about democracy and our rights to voice our opinions and be heard. Not to have a public official in office who by past reports doesn't know how to interact with the community as displayed. You are not the voice of District 1 - we are.

I urge everyone I know to sign any form to recall Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez. Illegal grows will not stop due to a ordinance passed in bad faith. It will just make you, a patient, a criminal like the illegal cartels in their eyes if you do grow.

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15 US CA: County Concerned With Marijuana BillsWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Porterville Recorder (CA)          Area:California Lines:60 Added:05/21/2015

Tulare County Supervisors Tuesday adopted what they termed "medical marijuana policy principles" in response to a slew of bills bouncing around Sacramento that could change the current laws governing the use and cultivation of marijuana in the state.

Debbie Vaughn with the Chief Administrator's Office told the board a committee had recently surveyed all the bills being talked about in the state Legislature and noted, "the belief is there will be some ballot measures in the next election."

The purpose was to keep the county up-to-date on what is being considered so it can react to any serious legislation.

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16 US CT: Lack Of Research Clouds Medical Marijuana DebateWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT) Author:Schassler, Kathleen Area:Connecticut Lines:96 Added:05/21/2015

Yale Professor: Safety, THC Content, Expanding Use at Issue

MIDDLETOWN - Since the federal government historically has obstructed scientific research of marijuana, there's an absence of highquality evidence, just as many states, including Connecticut, already have rolled out the red carpet to the fast-growing medical marijuana industry.

It's a Catch 22, according to Dr. Deepak C. D'Souza, a Yale professor-psychiatrist and member of the Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians.

"In the absence of gold-standard evidence, what is the bar for legalization?" D'Souza asked Tuesday at the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council's spring forum.

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17US NV: Several Arrested At Weed MeetingWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Hartley, Eric Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

Police, Federal Agents Disrupt Pot Education Convention

Las Vegas police and federal agents arrested 10 people and seized drugs over the weekend at Hempcon, a marijuana education convention at the Cashman Center.

People who were there described seeing police dogs around the event, as well as officers on the roof of the building, apparently looking for people smoking marijuana.

The arrests outraged event organizers, and some attendees said they left medical marijuana patients frightened as Nevada's first legal dispensaries prepare to open.

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18 US WA: Column: What We Should Ban in Seattle Parks Instead ofWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:100 Added:05/21/2015

Manspreaders? Screaming Kids? There Are Plenty of Options.

Anytime I go to a dive bar or pool hall or rock-'n'-roll show, in the back of my mind it feels like there's something missing. It's not the booze or long-lost jukeboxes, it's not the condom vending machines, filthy bathrooms, or obnoxious, aging, bandana-wearing Axl Rose doppelgaengers. So what exactly is it? Smoke! I'm missing the damn cigarette smoke that for so long provided a hazy backdrop of second-hand nostalgia.

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19 US CO: Column: Cannabis Discounts Last, Canna Meds Expands andWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:71 Added:05/21/2015

It's cheap medicine, too

If you missed out on last weekend's grand-opening celebration of Big Medicine Cannabissary (2909 N. El Paso St., bigmedicinecannabissary.com), fear not - the discounts continue. Center reps say that through the end of the month, customers can expect 20 percent off all edibles; four-gram eighths for $20; $125 ounces for bottom- and middle-tier bud; grams of shatter for $25 or two grams for $40; and one oil cartridge for $20 or two for $30.

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20 US CA: Column: Move Over BritannicaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:105 Added:05/21/2015

It's Time for the Cannabis Encyclopedia. a Q&A With Weed Author Jorge Cervantes (aka George Van Patten).

The world's cannabis cultivators, their friends, and loved ones have a new, essential reference: The Cannabis Encyclopedia, released April 20 online and in stores worldwide.

This large-format, 596-page, full-color gardening book has 2,000 images and retails for $50. It's written by iconic author and Sonoma resident Jorge Cervantes (aka George Van Patten) - a former cultivation editor for High Times magazine.

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