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1US CA: Column: Marijuana Politics And Alcohol LawsFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Sirota, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana-related elections throughout the country, and drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol they are now challenging police to a "drug duel" to prove their point.

The proposal for the duel from David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project, came after Police Chief Edward Googins of South Portland, Maine, announced his opposition to a municipal referendum to legalize marijuana possession.

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2 US WA: Seattle Sends Warning Letters to 300 Medical-MarijuanaFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

Need to Be Licensed or Shut Down

But State Hasn't Set Up Licensing System Yet

(AP) - The city of Seattle is warning more than 300 medical-marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered.

Officials have sent letters to medical-marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries reminding them they need to either shut down or be licensed by the state by next summer.

The problem is that the Legislature hasn't created a licensing system to allow sales of medical marijuana.

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3US CO: Bank Pulls ATMs' PlugsFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

The Providers of the Pot Shop Units Were Warned of Federal Law.

Hundreds of ATMs located in medical marijuana dispensaries-the lifeblood of businesses otherwise forced to work in cash-were shut down Wednesday, just days after similar machines were unplugged from recreational shops.

The machines in Colorado and Washington were connected to a network served by South Dakota based Meta Bank, which in January warned ATM providers by email that machines located in marijuana shops violated federal banking rules.

But the machines, both cashless and the traditional cash-dispensing variety, continued to work until this week, according to owners of cannabis shops affected by the shutdown.

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4 US DC: Column: Colorado's Pot SurpriseFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Lane, Charles Area:District of Columbia Lines:114 Added:10/24/2014

LoDo Wellness Center, which calls itself the largest marijuana dispensary in the trendy Lower Downtown ("LoDo") area, is a mellow place, decorated with Oriental rugs, sofas and statues of Buddha.

Yet there's a moment of mild tension when you arrive: Staff members politely insist on proof that you are either older than 21 and eligible to shop in the "retail" area or older than 18 with a doctor approved "red card" for access to the private "medical" area. The latter is on the other side of a door marked "must remain locked at all times."

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5US CA: 4 Illegal Pot Shops Shut DownFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

SAN DIEGO - San Diego continued its efforts to shut down roughly 50 illegal pot shops still operating in the city by closing four this week, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced Thursday.

The four closed dispensaries are two in Pacific Beach, one in Mission Valley and one in the Mount Hope neighborhood of southeast San Diego.

Goldsmith's office is in the process of shutting down another 15 illegal dispensaries, and city code enforcement officials are preparing to send about 25 additional cases to Goldsmith.

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6US CA: S.D. Relaxes Pot Shop RuleFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

Regulation barring opening within 1,000 feet of 'minor-oriented facility' was too broad

SAN DIEGO - San Diego officials loosened rules this week governing where the city's first legal medical marijuana dispensaries can open, giving new hope to several frustrated pot shop applicants.

The city decided to soften a prohibition against opening a dispensary within 1,000 feet of a "minor-oriented facility" because the previously broad interpretation of that term had stymied many applicants.

The change comes one week after a dispensary proposed in Otay Mesa became the first to receive city approval. That dispensary, A Green Alternative, is expected to open by the end of the year.

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7US CA: Editorial: Vote Yes on Measures K, L - County, City TaxFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

When even the organization representing local cannabis dispensary operators and marijuana growers supports a tax on pot sales, you'd think opposition to the city and county measures calling for the levy would be a pipe dream.

Well, it's still a tax, and medical marijuana patients have voiced their displeasure about the 7 percent levy on dispensary receipts. We wonder if the anti-tax contingent also will vote against the measures, regardless of how people feel about medical marijuana.

But it's not unfair to tax pot sales - mainly because the county and city need to find the money to enforce medical marijuana regulations. That's why we're recommending a yes vote on both Measure K in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County and Measure L in the city of Santa Cruz. The tax measures require a simple majority vote.

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8 US FL: OPED: Yes: Benefits Would Be Far-ReachingThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Somers, Erin Area:Florida Lines:66 Added:10/24/2014

Caregivers are now being called drug dealers by opponents of Amendment 2. As a medical consultant and a police officer's daughter, I am horrified by the comparison.

This November, we will vote on Amendment 2, which will expand the use of medical marijuana. This will be an important vote, as it will have a big effect on many people in our state who are have serious medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, ALS, cancer, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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9 US FL: OPED: No: Too Risky For State BusinessesThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Maladecki, Richard Area:Florida Lines:64 Added:10/24/2014

In recent months, many Americans, myself included, have become educated on the medicinal benefits that cannabis may provide to patients who have some terrible illnesses. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte's Web law that allows medicinal cannabis for Floridians battling illnesses such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease and various types of cancer.

But it's time to make something clear: Amendment 2 is one of the most loophole ridden pieces of legislation that you'll ever read. When explaining the medical conditions that could warrant the use of medical marijuana, the amendment cites a number of diseases, and adds: "other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient."

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10 US HI: PUB LTE: Cannabis Research Needed NowThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Garden Island (Lihue, HI) Author:Christie, Roger Area:Hawaii Lines:46 Added:10/24/2014

Aloha. I'm fresh out of 50 months in federal prison for operating The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry where we helped to prevent and treat pain, disease and spiritual disconnection. Just reporting, not complaining.

What a great and unexpected education I received in prison. Now, it's time for me to make some lemonade.

Please know that there are now multiple U.S. Patents for cannabinoids in the prevention and treatment of pain and disease including for cancer. Also, the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2012 was given to the study of the two main cannabinoid 'receptors' CB1 and CB2.

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11US AZ: Court: Medical-pot Users Can Still Face DUI ChargesThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that the state's medicalmarijuana law doesn't give drivers immunity from prosecution if there is marijuana or its chemical compound in the body.

In December 2011, Travis Lance Darrah, a medical-marijuana user, was charged with two counts of DUI, one based on impairment and the other based on the presence of marijuana or its metabolite in his system.

A jury acquitted him of driving while impaired but convicted him of driving under a DUI law that bans driving while having a prohibited drug or its compound in the body.

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12 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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13 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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14 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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15 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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16 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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17 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Epp, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:10/24/2014

It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving-with tough laws.

And so the government's announcement Tuesday is appropriate. It is proposing amendments to its distracted driving bill that would include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

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18CN BC: Complex Look at the 'Prince of Pot'Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Chadwick, Julie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

New Film on Legalization Advocate Marc Emery Is, Like the Man Himself, Not Without Its Controversy

It's fitting that a documentary on a figure as controversial as self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery should be subject to some controversy itself.

At its core, Citizen Marc wrestles not only with the topic of Emery's legal troubles - the pot activist recently served four years in a U.S. prison for "conspiracy to manufacture marijuana" - but also takes on the complexity of the man himself, who has arguably been the single most significant figure in the fight for marijuana legalization in recent history.

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19 US HI: PUB LTE: Wrong On DrugsWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:MidWeek (HI) Author:Parke, Michael Area:Hawaii Lines:42 Added:10/24/2014

Bob Jones may not write silly columns, but he sure makes a habit of writing thoughtless ones. As usual, he uses ad hominem attacks followed by non sequiturs in trying to dismiss Froma Harrop's sound arguments for drug legalization and regulation.

First, he inexplicably calls her a liberal, then equates her arguments with libertarianism. Ms. Harrop correctly argues that the war on drugs has completely failed in its attempt to stop drug use and abuse. It has been spectacularly successful in creating a huge prison/legal/police/gang industrial complex, and is more responsible for the militarization of our "protect and serve" police forces than the 9/11 attacks.

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20 US FL: OPED: A Vote For Marijuana Is A Vote For CompassionThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Author:Hastings, Alcee L. Area:Florida Lines:71 Added:10/24/2014

This November, voters all across the country will cast their ballots and make important decisions about the future of our nation. In Florida, voters will face no shortage of consequential choices. For many of my constituents, our state's medical marijuana amendment is of the greatest significance.

Florida's Amendment 2 will allow voters the opportunity to answer a fundamental question about the character of our state and its people. Should patients in Florida have the ability to adhere to their doctor's recommendations without fearing criminal punishment? Should Florida's patients have access to the same treatment options that patients of other states already enjoy? Should we, as citizens, treat sick and suffering Floridians with compassion and respect?

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