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1CN BC: Man Takes City To Court Over Dispensary BylawWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

A local pot businessman has filed a constitutional challenge against the City of Vancouver, hoping to keep his dispensaries open.

Don Briere of the Weeds Glass and Gifts chain of dispensaries filed a court petition earlier this month, arguing the city's bylaws on dispensary licensing infringe on a constitutional right to access medical marijuana.

The challenge was filed July 11 and argues that the city's licensing and zoning bylaws for dispensaries "unduly restrict access to medical marijuana" and infringe on charter rights. It also argues that any bylaw tickets that have been issued to dispensaries remaining open should be voided.

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2CN ON: Medical Marijuana Landscape Described As The Wild WestWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

Dr. Christopher Blue sees it "all the time," the senior with a serious condition like prostate cancer who has bought medical marijuana from some seemingly legitimate source, and is seeking a prescription for it.

"What they're in possession of is illegal," says the Windsor family doctor. One of the few local physicians writing prescriptions for medical marijuana, he is concerned about the public confusion over how the system works. Patients are sometimes shocked to learn they're breaking the law, he says.

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3 Philippines: Column: UnleashedFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Pamintuan, Ana Marie Area:Philippines Lines:138 Added:07/29/2016

Corazon Aquino unleashed the freedom fighter in the Pinoy. Fidel Ramos unleashed the team spirit.

Rodrigo Duterte is unleashing... our inner homicidal maniac?

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I can't help wondering if this "killing time" under Dirty Rody emboldened Army reservist Von Tanto to shoot that biker with whom he had a vehicular altercation Monday night.

CCTV footage showed Tanto not just shooting to kill rather than wound, but finishing off Mark Vincent Geralde as the biker lay dying on the pavement. A stray bullet apparently hit and critically wounded a teenage girl standing in front of her house nearby.

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4 Philippines: Column: Worrisome DevelopmentsFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Sison, Jose C. Area:Philippines Lines:140 Added:07/29/2016

All told, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) really inspires hope for a better Philippines in the future. The "show" at the Batasan looks so authentic and natural indeed, devoid of any semblance of artificiality. What we saw is what we got especially the persona of Duterte as a man of the masses to whom most Filipinos can relate.

He really looks so sincere and raring to tackle his job as he entered the halls of Congress in Barong Tagalog with rolled up sleeves.

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5 Philippines: PUB LTE: All Filipinos' Right to Life Now at RiskFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Kine, Phelim Area:Philippines Lines:48 Added:07/29/2016

PRESIDENT Duterte's State of the Nation Address (Sona) was laced with confusing and sometimes contradictory messages. At one point he stated rightly that the "rule of law must at all times prevail" and that government is obliged to "fulfill the human rights of our citizens."

However, President Duterte's unwillingness to use his Sona to direct a thorough investigation into the alarming surge in the killings of suspected drug dealers and users in recent weeks, allegedly by the police, symbolizes a critical failure on his part to fulfill his obligation to defend the rule of law and to uphold and protect the rights and freedoms of all Filipinos.

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6 Philippines: Rody Tells LGUs: Intensify Drug WarFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Salaverria, Leila B. Area:Philippines Lines:120 Added:07/29/2016

MOMENTS after presiding over his first National Security Council meeting on Wednesday, President Duterte called on local government officials to support his war against illegal drugs, warning that unless the scourge is eliminated, it will haunt the three succeeding administrations.

No details of the five-hour long council meeting-attended by former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Leni Robredo, Cabinet secretaries and leaders of Congress-were revealed.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, briefing reporters yesterday, confirmed that the drug problem was among three major issues tackled, but that Mr. Duterte had requested participants to keep sensitive issues to themselves.

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7CN BC: Emery Digs In On Pot StoreFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Hutchinson, Brian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

Vancouver Activist Defies Marijuana Bylaws

They are ubiquitous, still. Marijuana dispensaries, ranging in style from pristine to slightly scary to plain sad, continue to offer illicit products in Vancouver, despite an expensive effort by city officials to limit their number with rules and enforcement provisions unique in Canada.

The pot shop bylaws, which came into effect this year, are supposed to stop cannabis impresarios from operating with typical impunity, dealing products near schools and community centres, and at all hours.

Dispensaries began to proliferate in Vancouver about four years ago, when police quit trying to enforce federal prohibitions on retail marijuana sales. By 2015, no fewer than 100 illegal dispensaries were in business.

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8CN BC: Pot Shop Owner Takes City To Court Over BylawsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Ip, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

A local pot businessman has filed a constitutional challenge against the City of Vancouver, hoping to keep his dispensaries open..

Don Briere of the Weeds Glass and Gifts chain of dispensaries filed a court petition earlier this month, arguing the city's licensing bylaws, which went into effect in May, infringe on a constitutional right to access medical marijuana.

The challenge, filed July 11, argues the city's licensing and zoning bylaws for dispensaries "unduly restrict access to medical marijuana" and infringe on charter rights. It also argues that any bylaw tickets that have been issued to dispensaries should be declared void.

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9 US MD: Baltimore Chief: Pot Use Shouldn't Bar PotentialFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Rector, Kevin Area:Maryland Lines:197 Added:07/29/2016

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.

Davis will lead a committee to review the current standard of the Maryland Police Training Commission, which sets hiring policy for law enforcement in the state. Applicants are disqualified from becoming officers if they have used marijuana more than 20 times in their lives or five times since turning 21.

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10 US CA: PUB LTE: Nation's Opioid Epidemic Caused by DrugFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Bergstrom, Jay Area:California Lines:25 Added:07/29/2016

It is not an opiate problem. Neither is it a cannabis, meth, tobacco, alcohol, nor addiction problem. It is a prohibition problem. We slog ahead, making steady progress on tobacco, milder progress on alcohol. Progress is possible because these substances are not treated as criminal. Imagine the attendance at AA meetings if alcohol were criminal. Legalize it all. Provide truthful education and treatment on demand. It would be far less expensive in both dollars and blood. The drug prohibition is a hangover from our racist past and should be cast off for its immoral roots and proven futility.

- - Jay Bergstrom, Forest Ranch

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11US AK: Oregon Adds Pot to Its State-Fair Lineup. Alaska Isn'tFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

The Alaska State Fair has no plans to include cannabis judging in its annual lineup this year, a fair official said Thursday, but it expects to take a "serious look" at the possibility in the future.

Responding to a report in Oregon Live that the Oregon State Fair will, for the first time, include prize-winning cannabis plants as an attraction, Dean Phipps, director of marketing and communications for the Alaska State Fair, said the state's own annual event isn't following suit, at least for now.

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12 Indonesia: Indonesia Executes 4 Drug TraffickersFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:Indonesia Lines:21 Added:07/29/2016

The Indonesian government said it had executed four drug traffickers, giving a reprieve of uncertain duration to 10 others who it had said would also be put to death. Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad said one Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed by firing squad. He said the government has not decided when the other executions will take place. It is the third set of executions under President Joko Widodo, who was elected in 2014.

- - From news services

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13 Indonesia: Indonesia Executes 4 Drug ConvictsFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Cochrane, Joe Area:Indonesia Lines:114 Added:07/29/2016

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia on Friday executed three foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug crimes, an official said, as the country resumed a "war on drugs" that drew international condemnation last year after two mass executions of foreign drug convicts.

The official, Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad, said that the Indonesian convict, two Nigerians and a Senegalese were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight.

Mr. Rachmad said a decision had not yet been made about when 10 others convicted of drug crimes and sentenced to death, mostly foreigners, would be executed.

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14 US TX: PUB LTE: Marijuana, Casino GamingFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:Gratzer, G. Area:Texas Lines:27 Added:07/29/2016

Regarding "Dangerous drugs" (Page A14, Thursday), the editorial takes note of illogical marijuana laws in our state, while those laws sidestep kush, which is actually a more dangerous substance. Four states have already legalized the use of marijuana, and all is well.

Texas needs to move forward on this issue as well as the issue of casino gambling. Other states are enjoying the freedoms related to both of these issues, which should be individual choices.

We are stuck in an outdated mode, based on falsehoods and overly conservative and religious mores. We need to focus our laws and enforcement efforts on things that really matter.

G. Gratzer, Sargent

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15US PA: Marijuana Advocates Focus On RegulationFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Matthews, Mark K. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

Philadelphia - This isn't your teenage son's marijuana industry anymore; it's your button-down dad's business - at least at the Democratic National Convention.

Even as pro-marijuana activists marched this week in Philadelphia with a fake 51-foot joint, teams of industry leaders and lobbyists were busy doing the kind of work one would expect from the beer or pharmaceutical industry: holding receptions, talking to politicians and discussing regulations. In other words, the boring stuff. "We're dealing with an industry that's a lot more suit and tie," said Michael Bronstein, co-founder of the

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16US CA: Hot Debate Over 'Equity' Plan For Pot Sales PermitsFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Swan, Rachel Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

Oakland's new medical cannabis laws, intended to right the perceived wrongs of the U.S. war on drugs, are the focus of a fierce political fight at City Hall.

Although the City Council voted unanimously to approve the laws in May - creating a permit system that will bring Oakland in line with new requirements for regulating the state's multibillion-dollar cannabis industry - several council members say the system they created is not a done deal.

The main sticking point is a provision that reserves half the city's medical cannabis permits for residents who were jailed on marijuana convictions in Oakland within the past decade, or who have lived for at least two years within six police beats in East Oakland where pot arrests were concentrated in 2013. To obtain one of these "equity permits," an applicant must own at least a 50 percent stake in the proposed business.

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17 US OR: Pot Goes To The FairFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Anderson, Rick Area:Oregon Lines:72 Added:07/29/2016

Marijuana Growers Will Compete for Blue Ribbons in Oregon, Another Indicator of Cannabis' Booming Reputation As Cash Crop

SEATTLE - To the list of breakthroughs in an ever-changing world where cars drive themselves, faces are surgically transplanted and Russian hackers are accused of manipulating the U.S. presidential campaign, add this development: marijuana growers can now compete for blue ribbons in the state fair.

That's what Oregon officials say will happen at their fair in Salem next month. Besides tastiest apple pie and plumpest pig, pot will be judged for its finer attributes, including color, aroma, leaf structure and lack of pests.

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18 CN ON: Take-Home Naloxone Kits UrgedThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Kovach, Joelle Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:07/29/2016

Medical Officer of Health Seeks Funding to Allow Hospital to Provide Lifesaving Opioid Antidote to Overdose Survivors

Peterborough Regional Health Centre's emergency department is considering a plan to distribute take-home kits of the opioid antidote naloxone to patients who've survived an overdose.

It can't happen soon enough for Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, the medical officer of health, who is a strong advocate of the idea.

Salvaterra says Peterborough Public Health has been working with the hospital to access a provincial grant to make it happen. She said she's expecting to hear, sometime in August, whether they can expect any money.

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19 US: Narcan Saves Lives But At A CostThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Seelye, Katharine Q. Area:United States Lines:102 Added:07/29/2016

Critics Say Drug Allows Addicts to Take More Risks

PORTLAND, Maine - A woman in her 30s was sitting in a car in a parking lot here last month, shooting up heroin, when she overdosed. Even after the men she was with injected her with naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, she remained unconscious. They called 911.

Firefighters arrived and administered oxygen to improve her breathing, but her skin had grown gray and her lips had turned blue. As she lay on the asphalt, the paramedics slipped a needle into her arm and injected another dose of naloxone.

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20 CN BC: Editorial: Town Prudent To Wait For Feds On Medical PotTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Osoyoos Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:07/29/2016

The Town of Osoyoos is currently in the process of passing a bylaw that will in effect ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The zoning bylaw is seen as temporary.

Not surprisingly, members of the public are divided and even town council, which tends to govern by consensus, is split on the issue.

At a public hearing earlier this month, a number of people spoke about the merits of dispensaries themselves and the benefits of medical marijuana.

That, however, was not the purpose of the hearing. Town council's role is not to debate the merits of marijuana.

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21 Philippines: Column: 6-month Deadline Ups Pressure To KillThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Pascual, Federico D. Jr. Area:Philippines Lines:129 Added:07/29/2016

RIGHT TO LIFE being inherent in the human person, the many believers in the sanctity of life are not likely to withdraw their call that suspected users of illegal drugs be given a chance to be heard before being silenced on the spot by a bullet.

There are many circumstances that an arresting police officer must sort out in his mind a split-second before pulling the trigger on a suspected drug-user/pusher who is still presumed innocent under the law.

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22 CN BC: Editorial: Safe Site For Drugs Is Last Thing SurreyThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:43 Added:07/29/2016

Surrey's Mayor Linda Hepner has taken a lot of heat on social media and in the press for her reluctance to see a so-called "safe drug injection site" set up in her city, but we think she's the voice of reason on this matter.

Health officials recently called for such a facility to be located in Surrey after numerous overdoses in Whalley occurred as a result of drug addicts unknowingly injecting fentanyl, along with heroin, into their veins.

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23 CN BC: Surrey Gets 'Pop-Up' Safe Injection SiteThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:07/29/2016

Unsanctioned Tent a Response to Overdoses, Mayor's Rebuff

Only hours before the B.C. government announced a new high-level task force to curb skyrocketing overdose deaths, a small ragtag group took action themselves in one of the Lower Mainland's injection-drug hot spots.

They set up a tent on the side of 135A Street in Surrey's Whalley neighbourhood. Before 9 a.m., the group had unfolded plastic tables, separated sterile drug paraphernalia into cardboard bowls and clipped Naloxone overdose response kits to their belts.

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24US GA: Column: Medical Pot Has Financial ImpactWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Mathis, George Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2016

Georgia may never =93free the weed=94 but legalized medical marijuana could save taxpayers millions, say University of Georgia researchers.

In a recent study, the father-daughter team of David and Ashley Bradford say in the 17 states with a medical marijuana law in place by 2013, Medicare saved approximately $165.2 million because of lower prescription drug use.

If medical marijuana was approved in every state, the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million. That's a lot of green. David Bradford said he knows medical marijuana is a controversial topic, and some view it as a backdoor way of legalizing recreational marijuana, but research indicates =93there's a significant amount of clinical use at work here.=94

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25 Philippines: LTE: War On DrugsThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Sun.Star Cebu (Philippines) Author:Antiga, Rene F. Area:Philippines Lines:66 Added:07/29/2016

President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to eradicate the menace of illegal drugs in the country from three to six months may soon be realized at the rate the police are cracking the whip on drug lords and pushers.

As of the latest count, there are already 312 dead, 3,228 arrested, 120,209 who surrendered and 63,972 houses raided. The government is turning the tide on its bloody war against drugs.

"This will be a fight to the death," said PNP chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, who declared total war on drugs. He also warned police officers who are involved in drugs not to push their luck too much or else suffer the same fate as the drug lords.

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26 Philippines: Column: PerspectiveThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Manila Times (Philippines) Author:Santiago, Katrina Stuart Area:Philippines Lines:113 Added:07/29/2016

EVER since the President won on a platform of ridding this country of drugs and crime, we have heard it said: this is not a war on drugs; it is a war on the poor. This is a violation of human rights, a violation of the rights of the poor to due process, their right to life, their right to live.

Human rights are the soul of the country, said the Vice President. This President has no sense of what human rights are about, say critics. Media spins these deaths: they are all poor! The chairmen of Barangays Bel-Air, Dasmarinas, Forbes Park, San Lorenzo, and Urdaneta sign are no drug users and pushers in posh villages.

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27 Philippines: PUB LTE: Drugs, Feeling Good And SocietyThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Asahan, Gerard Mark Area:Philippines Lines:43 Added:07/29/2016

OUR new president, Rodrigo Duterte, asked us that he be given three to six months to eradicate the problem of drug trafficking and abuse that's plaguing our country. The number of casualties in the ongoing war against drugs, which is hardly a month-old, has alarmed the Commission on Human Rights and some citizens.

Can we really win a war against drugs? We've been fighting this war for years, but illegal drugs remain within reach of anybody who wants to use them. What if the proliferation of drugs is not the real problem but just a "symptom"?

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28 US NJ: OPED: Cell-Phone Ruling Is a Good Call for the FourthThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:63 Added:07/29/2016

The digital age is bringing new challenges to the Fourth Amendment. But a key decision last week bolsters this right.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is crucial to liberty because it protects the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures."

The digital age is bringing new challenges to the Fourth Amendment. But a key decision last week bolsters this right.

At issue are devices such as the StingRay by Harris Corp. that, in the company's description, among other things performs "dialed number and registration collection, mobile interrogation and target tracking and location" of cell phones.

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29 US OR: Column: CBD Pet Treats Are A Thing?Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:67 Added:07/28/2016

Yep, They Are.

What's the deal with cannabidiol (CBD) pet treats? Are they really a thing?

YES, CBD-INFUSED pet treats are definitely a thing. They are often marketed to "all pets, large and small," and you can order them online from any number of manufacturers. As with any product, some of the websites look better than others. Some even contain product testimonials from pet owners, which can make for delightful reading.

Pet treats are pricey little morsels designed to relieve ill and aging animals. Sellers also promote them for anxiety and "bonding" issues. These treats are infused with non-psychoactive CBD and they are marketed to the humane souls among us concerned with arthritic rabbits, not the guy who blows smoke in his cat's face.

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30 US CA: Column: Insert Sensationalist Weed-Related Headline HereThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Stansberry, Linda Area:California Lines:88 Added:07/28/2016

The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide for the general public on how media works.

And, given that I've only worked in media for a little more than a year, logic would imply that, at some point very soon, I'll succumb to temptation, leave my job at the Journal and devote a year to writing a book on how many exclamation marks press releases should include (fewer than five!!!!!), among other newsroom bugaboos.

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31 US CA: Column: No Dank, No DoshThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:69 Added:07/28/2016

I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city council to change an ordinance?

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32 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:84 Added:07/28/2016

In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization."

According to the latest annual "Healthy Kids" study released last month by the Colorado Department of Health, marijuana has stayed at the same level since legalization. The last pre-legalization year in Colorado, teen pot smoking was at 22 percent. It dropped after legalization to 19.7 percent, and is now at 21.2 percent. This reflects the number who said they had used marijuana in the past month.

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33 US: Legal Pot States Save Millions In MedicareThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Kercher, Sophia Area:United States Lines:130 Added:07/28/2016

Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis

Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers have dipped drastically.

There's been a spate of studies on how overdose and painkiller abuse - - particularly among chronic pain patients - are lower in medical marijuana states, but the researchers have largely hypothesized that these patients are picking pot over prescription drugs. Now, a recent report in the journal Health Affairs suggests that the link between prescriptions and marijuana is no longer just a hypothesis.

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34 US CA: Cloverdale Looking To Impose Marijuana Business TaxThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Mason, Clark Area:California Lines:114 Added:07/28/2016

Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses.

With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November, Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its anemic budget.

The City Council on Tuesday informally agreed to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to approve a tax on cannabis operations to benefit the city's general fund to pay for essential services such as police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.

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35US CA: OPED: Don't Mention The War On DrugsThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Cowan, Richard Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

In the midst of a presidential election year, Americans rightly expect to hear debates on almost every relevant topic. However, there is one topic that seems to be missing from the debate, even when it seems compellingly relevant: The "war on drugs."

When we talk about Mexican and Central American immigration, we ignore the fact that many immigrants are unaccompanied children, refugees fleeing drug war violence, while drug warriors claim to be concerned about "the children." And when the violence follows the refugees, we blame them, not the drug war.

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36 US HI: Hawaii's Industry Slow To GrowThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:97 Added:07/28/2016

Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait Until Dispensaries Are Established

Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months. There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30, up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the state Health Department.

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37 Philippines: Kerry Cites Need For HR ProtectionThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Salaverria, Leila Area:Philippines Lines:48 Added:07/28/2016

UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the need to protect civil and human rights during talks on a wide range of issues yesterday with President Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.

In a press briefing, Palace spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Kerry brought up the matter then listened "very intently" to the President's explanation of his drive against criminality.

Before meeting with the President, Kerry held a joint press conference with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay and spoke of the need to protect people's rights even as authorities seek to uphold peace and order.

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38US CA: Despite Protests, Supervisors Approve Restrictive PotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

Nevada City - Faced with furious protests by marijuana advocates, Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a restrictive plan to allow limited outdoor marijuana growing in a Sierra Nevada county long known for its cannabis culture.

In June, voters in the county of 100,000 residents roundly rejected a sweeping ban imposed by supervisors on outdoor marijuana farms and commercial cultivation. Measure W, which would have reinforced an ordinance passed by the board in June, went down by a 59 to 41 percent margin.

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39CN ON: Six In 10 Tell Poll Pot Shops Should Be AllowedWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

Two-Thirds Support Retail-Styled Regulation and Zoning by the City

Ottawans don't want to shut them down but do see the need for some regulation from the city.

Ottawa's marijuana dispensaries are inching closer to becoming legitimate business - if not in the eyes of the law, then at least in the eyes of residents.

A new public opinion poll conducted by Forum Research Inc. finds as many as six in 10 respondents say marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate in Ottawa, with fewer than a third (32 per cent) opposed. Two-thirds of respondents (67 per cent) believe they should be regulated and zoned like any other retail business, while one in five say they should be immediately shut down.

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40 CN BC: Activist Trying To Restart In OliverWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Goodwein, Tiffany Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:07/28/2016

Osoyoos Is Moving Towards Outright Ban on Dispensaries

Medical marijuana activist Grant Bruce appeared before Oliver town council on Monday seeking a second chance.

After the Town of Osoyoos in June shut down the Starbuds marijuana dispensary he operated there, he's now hoping to find a friendlier environment for such an operation in Oliver.

Bruce, who uses marijuana to treat his epilepsy, distanced himself from Starbuds, which he said "lied to and misled" managers such as himself about the supposed medical professionals who were clearing customers to purchase cannabis.

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41 CN BC: Medical Marijuana Bylaw To Get Additional Public HearingWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Terrace Standard (CN BC) Author:Bengtson, Ben Area:British Columbia Lines:141 Added:07/28/2016

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine wants more citizens to share their thoughts on its proposed medical marijuana bylaw, and will offer another public hearing on the matter this fall after a recent one was sparsely attended.

A public hearing in Terrace July 19 had less than 10 residents show up and a hearing the following night in New Hazelton was attended by only one person.

"We've recessed it and we will reconvene at a future date and time appointed by the regional district board, potentially looking at some time in the fall," said Nicholas Redpath, a planner with the regional district.

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42 US CA: Column: Marijuana AIDS Sonoma County Alzheimer'sThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Kovner, Guy Area:California Lines:124 Added:07/28/2016

Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say.

Some assisted living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are quietly administering medical marijuana to patients - with consent from legally responsible parties - for behavioral management, quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing recognition of their surroundings.

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43 US AZ: Column: Keeping It BriefThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Parfitt, Sarah Area:Arizona Lines:115 Added:07/28/2016

From Marijuana Strains to Blows on Big Pharma

Best Trains for productivity

We often hear about marijuan being great for increasing appetite, sex drive, and helping us sleep better. These things are amazing, but sometimes what is really need is a kick to make us more active and get more done. Here are a few marijuana strains that help people become more active and get more done during the day.

Jack Herer

This sativa is unique, as it combines a strong body high with a cerebral high. This means you can feel great and comfortable sitting at your desk, or going for that morning jog you've been meaning to take, while also producing a ton of great ideas. Your mind will be moving a mile a minute as you work, all while you maintain a relaxed demeanor. It also does wonders for boosting creativity.

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44 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Which Is Better for CBD ExtractionThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:07/28/2016

Dear Stoner: I want to try my hand at making CBD-extracted products. Is it better to use hemp or real marijuana for it?

C-Mac

Dear Mac: It depends on your experience with marijuana and cannabinoid extraction. Most cannabidiol (CBD) users and product-makers use industrial hemp, because it's easier to grow legally and naturally higher in CBD cannabinoids than most flowering marijuana plants, which generally have more THC. If you want to start creating personal CBD products in Colorado, all you have to do is make sure your hemp plants or oils have less than 0.3 percent THC, and you can make all the CBD-infused balms, lotions and foods you like - as long as your home-extraction methods don't involve butane or any other explosive solvent.

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45 US OR: Column: What If a Different Ballot Measure HadThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:88 Added:07/28/2016

WHEN MEASURE 91 passed, I heard more than one prohibitionist sneer at the idea and ask, "What's next, legalizing all the other drugs?" And certainly there is a small, albeit growing, movement to decriminalize all drugs, and to treat the use of them more as a public health issue than a criminal one. But this being 'Murica, how would that work? What would it look like? Sweet Jesus, I'm glad you asked, because that's what this week's column is about. Welcome to...

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46 Philippines: Senate To Probe Drug KillingsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Romero, Paolo Area:Philippines Lines:49 Added:07/28/2016

The Senate is set to investigate the rising incidence of extrajudicial killings of alleged drug pushers even as President Duterte has vowed there will be no letup in his anti-drug campaign.

The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, along with Sen. Panfilo Lacson as chairman of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

De Lima earlier filed Resolution No. 9 seeking an investigation into "recent rampant extrajudicial killings and summary executions of suspected criminals to strengthen the mechanisms of accountability of law enforcers and to institute corrective legislative measures to ensure full respect of basic human rights, especially the right to life."

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47 US FL: PUB LTE: Try This Bold Proposal to Save Social SecurityWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Baker, Jim Area:Florida Lines:23 Added:07/27/2016

The answer to sustaining Social Security and possibly paying down the national debt is very simple. Legalize marijuana and don't tax it but let the government produce and sell it as a government-run business.

It's going to be legalized in all the states eventually anyway, so why not use it for some good. Farmland now sitting idle could be put to use. Thousands of jobs would be created, and profits could be used to help feed the hungry in our country and save Social Social Security.

Jim Baker, Hollywood

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48 Philippines: 300 Dead In President's War On DrugsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Murdoch, Lindsay Area:Philippines Lines:79 Added:07/27/2016

Country 'Drowning' Bishops, UN and Even Vice-President Alarmed at Vigilante Violence

The new Philippines government's war on drugs has already killed almost 300 people since the start of July - but President Rodrigo Duterte wants the authorities to escalate the war.

Mr Duterte shrugged off alarm over the rising body count in his first state of the nation address, declaring that drugs were drowning his country and human rights were no excuse to shield criminals.

"Double your efforts. Triple them if need be," he said in a message to police.

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49 Philippines: Top Visayas Cop Bares Offer by Vigilantes to HelpWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Mayol, Ador Vincent S. Area:Philippines Lines:73 Added:07/27/2016

CEBU CITY-The highest-ranking police official in Central Visayas revealed an offer made by what he said is a vigilante group to help the police bring down drug suspects as part of the Duterte administration's war on drugs.

Chief Supt. Noli Talino, Central Visayas police director, said he received a text message from an anonymous group offering to help police kill suspected pushers and others involved in drug trafficking.

"They want to take the law into their own hands because they could no longer stand the presence of people who continue to peddle or use illegal drugs," Talino said.

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50 Philippines: CHR Probes Drug KillsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Cebu Daily News (Philippines) Author:Mayol, Ador Vincent S. Area:Philippines Lines:174 Added:07/27/2016

At least eight cases that bore the marks of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects are now being investigated by the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7).

The probe came barely 24 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte's tirade against human rights advocates questioning his tough anti-crime policies, particularly on the slaying of suspected drug peddlers.

Leo Villarino, CHR-7 chief investigator, said they received a directive from lawyer Diana De Leon of CHR's Human Rights Protection Office in Manila last July 15, mandating the regional office to conduct an investigation on what could be cases of summary executions.

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