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1 UK: Cameron And Clegg Split Over Drugs PolicyFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Wintour, Patrick Area:United Kingdom Lines:100 Added:10/31/2014

Prime Minister Rejects New Call for Decriminalisation

Lib Dems Condemn Tories' 'Backward-Looking View'

David Cameron yesterday set his face against a change in UK drugs policy after the Liberal Democrat crime-prevention minister Norman Baker hailed a Home Office-commissioned report finding "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use.

Baker, minister responsible for drugs, said the report meant the genie was out of the bottle and was not going back in. He said: "I think the days of robotic, mindless rhetoric are over, because the facts and the evidence will no longer allow that."

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2US TX: Pot-based Epilepsy Drug Offers Hope For SufferersThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:Ackerman, Todd Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:10/31/2014

Izaiah Ruiz's epilepsy was so severe, his daily life so miserable, that his grandmother says she would have sold her Montgomery County home and moved to Colorado for what many say is a new, miracle treatment: marijuana.

But Lori Fountain couldn't make the finances work. As her 6-year-old grandson suffered, all she could do was follow online the progress of patients who sought treatment in Colorado, where marijuana is legal. Their families reported patients suddenly were seizure-free, verbal, able to dress and feed themselves thanks to treatment with a strain of marijuana, a preparation known as Charlotte's Web, which has become something of a national phenomenon.

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3 US DC: Column: Just Vote No On MarijuanaFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Simmons, Deborah Area:District of Columbia Lines:81 Added:10/31/2014

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to take the next giant leap in the pro-marijuana movement by approving ballot measures that call for legalizing recreational use.

It's not too late to vote no.

There has been an awful lot of discourse on how to accomplish legalization, but not so much on how to move in the opposite direction.

Since Colorado and Washington are already leading the way in the pro-pot effort, I'll lay out three succinct reasons why voters should push back.

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4 US CA: Editorial: Pot Growers Take Slate Mail To A New LowFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)          Area:California Lines:108 Added:10/31/2014

It's the silly season of the election. It's the season of the slate mailers, which we're still amazed is an industry that survives. They're so close to fraud, but those rules are set aside when politics are in play.

Slate mailers are mass mailings, sent out by for-profit companies, that seem to link local candidates and issues to better known candidates and on-paper institutions that seem to be established political organizations

Thing is, you can buy a spot on a slate mailer. In Chico, Larry Wahl could buy a slot on a mailer that would suggest Jane Dolan supports him. In Oroville Mayor Linda Dahlmeier could buy what appears to be an endorsement by her rival Cheri Bunker. There'd just be a little asterisk by Larry's and Linda's names to indicate they'd paid for that spot. Jane and Cheri wouldn't have to be consulted. And legally, it wouldn't matter if they were annoyed.

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5 US OR: OPED: Decriminalizing Marijuana Would ProtectFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Capital Press (OR) Author:Fairbanks, Rich Area:Oregon Lines:81 Added:10/31/2014

Illegal marijuana grows are damaging our national forests. Legalizing marijuana will help stop that from happening.

In 32 years working for the U.S. Forest Service, I have seen the Northwest's national forests face various threats, from the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the drought of 1977. Today, our forests face a threat that generates wildfires, deforestation, pollution and wildlife poisoning: illegal marijuana grow operations tied to international drug cartels. In both 2010 and 2011, law enforcement found over 90,000 of their marijuana plants in Oregon's national forests, and thousands more doubtless escaped detection. Our national forests face an epidemic of marijuana cultivation from the Siskiyou to the Wallowa-Whitman.

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6 US PA: Editorial: Restrictions on Renting May Be Tool in DrugThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Republican & Herald (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:55 Added:10/31/2014

Berwick has done it. So has Sunbury.

Two communities in neighboring counties that have been ravaged by drug abuse took the bold step of enacting an ordinance that banned landlords from renting to anyone who had been convicted of a felony drug offense. Mount Carmel could vote on a similar ordinance as soon as Nov. 20.

The impact of drug abuse is felt on communities every day, including those in Schuylkill County. Because of it, we drug-test in schools, we drug-test in work places. Like the proposed ordinance, such procedures push the boundaries of constitutionality, and yet many leaders, see little choice.

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7 UK: Cameron Slaps Down Clegg Over Calls to Relax the Drug LawsFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Express (UK) Author:Bennett, Owen Area:United Kingdom Lines:65 Added:10/31/2014

DAVID Cameron ruled out relaxing Britain's drug laws yesterday, despite Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Tory MPs calling for a review.

The Prime Minister said the current approach was working and decriminalising "recreational" drugs use would send out the wrong message to the nation's children.

Mr Clegg blasted the current policy as "totally misplaced, outdated and backward" and called on the Prime Minister to "have some courage" and accept that the war on drugs is failing.

Punishments

The Deputy Prime Minister spoke after a Home Office report published yesterday found no evidence that strict punishments for drug takers led to a reduction in the number taking illegal narcotics.

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8 UK: I Don't Want My Children to Think Drugs Are OK, SaysFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Telegraph (UK) Author:Holehouse, Matthew Area:United Kingdom Lines:48 Added:10/31/2014

DAVID CAMERON is refusing Liberal Democrat calls to review the Government's drugs policy, warning that as a parent he does not want to send out the message that taking illegal substances is "OK or safe".

The Prime Minister insisted that the current approach to drugs was having an impact as abuse was falling, following a major Coalition row sparked by a Home Office report backed by the Lib Dems that suggested easing laws on hard drugs would not increase the number of users. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday attacked the Tory party's "facile" and "frightened" approach to drugs after Downing Street distanced itself from the report. Mr Cameron said yesterday that changing Britain's drugs policy would be "dangerous".

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9 UK: What Happens If You Decriminalise DrugsFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Telegraph (UK) Author:Chivers, Tom Area:United Kingdom Lines:147 Added:10/31/2014

You'd Expect Drug Use to Go Up - But, Surprisingly, a Major Report Has Found That Sometimes It Actually Drops.

A man lies on the floor in a squalid bedsit, a rubber rope tied around one arm, a needle in his hand. The door bursts open and two armed police officers run in. They take in the scene and swiftly find a bag of powder. What should they do next? The answer depends on the country they're in.

The Home Office has published a major report into drug use across various countries, apparently surprising even itself with the findings. "We did not in our fact-finding observe any obvious relationship between the toughness of a country's enforcement against drug possession, and levels of drug use in that country," the report said.

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10 US OR: Editorial: Here's Why Stakes Are So High for MarijuanaThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) Author:McInally, Mike Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:10/31/2014

Will Tuesday's election prove to be a turning point for marijuana legalization efforts across the United States? Or will it mark a substantial setback for advocates of legalized pot?

Three measures to legalize the use of recreational marijuana including Oregon's Measure 91 are on the ballot across the country. (The other measures are in the Alaska and Washington, D.C.; the D.C. measure hasn't drawn nearly the sort of publicity that has accompanied the Oregon and Alaska measures.)

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11 US OR: PUB LTE: Vote Yes On 91Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Little, Claudia Area:Oregon Lines:29 Added:10/31/2014

I'm a mother and grandmother who just joined the Moms for YES on Measure 91 Facebook page.

If we really care about our kids, we need to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. Legalization will help protect our kids from dealers who sell them marijuana and possibly other drugs. Police will be able to focus on major crime that compromises the safety of our families. Tax money from the sale of legal marijuana will go to our schools, drug treatment, and law enforcement. Mexican cartels that depend on black market marijuana will abandon grow sites in our forests.

Prohibition didn't work for alcohol and it's not working for marijuana. Vote yes on Measure 91.

Claudia Little, Ashland

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12 US OR: LTE: Common Thread: PotWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) Author:Ellison, Monty Area:Oregon Lines:48 Added:10/31/2014

One might reasonably ask this question of the recent events listed below: What do they have in common?

The deaths of four young women, college athletes, by an out-of-control tractor-trailer rig in Oklahoma.

The death of a gifted young NASCAR driver who, enraged, leapt out of his disabled race car and stormed into the path of another speeding race car.

The physical abuse of his son by a world class athlete.

The shooting death of a young black man after he robbed a convenience store and attacked a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri

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13 UK: Cameron Blasts Lib-Dems In Drug Bust-upThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Evening Standard (London, UK) Author:Bentham, Martin Area:United Kingdom Lines:65 Added:10/31/2014

DAVID Cameron clashed with Nick Clegg today in a furious Coalition bustup over drugs policy.

In a surprisingly hard-hitting attack on the Liberal Democrats, Downing Street bluntly ruled out a "reckless" move towards decriminalisation. "The Lib-Dem policy would see drug dealers getting off scot-free and send an incredibly dangerous message to young people about the risks of taking drugs," a No 10 source said.

But Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg tore into his Coalition partners over a report on international drugs policy which the Lib-Dems claim the Conservatives have sought to suppress.

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14 US HI: Housing Law Aids Marijuana Patient RentersFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Hawaii Lines:47 Added:10/31/2014

Medical marijuana advocates are applauding a new law that aims to improve housing protection by voiding provisions in state rental agreements that had allowed a tenant's eviction based on their status as a registered medical marijuana patient.

Act 60, enacted by the Legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year, takes effect Saturday.

Rafael Kennedy, executive director of the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii and Drug Policy Action Group, said it is encouraging to see the issue coming to light.

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15 US WA: Check The Kids' Treats, Don't Fear Pot TricksFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:94 Added:10/31/2014

SPD Tells Parents to Take Usual Precautions

Just Candy in Original Wrap

Seattle police say to watch your children's Halloween candy closely, but don't be too concerned about pot-infused treats sneaking in.

For several weeks, Denver police have been warning of pot-infused Halloween treats and telling parents to check their children's candy thoroughly.

They showed pictures of marijuana edibles that look "eerily close to mainstream candies." Local and national media picked up those concerns and, suddenly, "Halloweed?" headlines were prevalent.

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16 US NM: Column: Will A Small Town's Underground Economy BeFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Goold, Eric Area:New Mexico Lines:96 Added:10/31/2014

A little-known battle in this country's marijuana war is underway in a small town of 1,500 in western Colorado, known (if at all) for its underground coal mines, 12 wineries, a microbrewery, organic vegetables and fruit - and its perfect climate for growing pot.

The town is Paonia and, this November, its registered voters will decide whether to allow the sale of pot for recreational use. Looking back at the history of this town, nestled at the base of 11,400-foot Mount Lamborn on the North Fork of the Gunnison River, it is clear that the battle lines in today's culture war were drawn long ago.

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17 US NM: Pot Question Aims To Clear The AirFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Last, T. S. Area:New Mexico Lines:155 Added:10/31/2014

Non-Binding Question on Tuesday's Ballot Will Ask About Support for Decriminalization

You might call it an "altitude check."

Voters in Santa Fe County have a chance to weigh in on just how high they are on seeing their elected officials, law enforcement and courts lighten up on marijuana laws.

They will do so by answering an advisory question appearing on the Tuesday general election ballot that asks whether the County Commission should "support county, city and statewide efforts to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana."

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18 US DC: DC Pot Could Mean MillionsFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:DeBonis, Mike Area:District of Columbia Lines:111 Added:10/31/2014

Officials Estimate Potential Revenue

But Coming Vote Is on Possession, Not Sales

If D.C. residents vote to legalize marijuana possession next week, it wouldn't just mean a sea change in drug policy in the nation's capital. It could also mean big business.

A study by District financial officials shared Thursday with lawmakers estimates a legal D.C. cannabis market worth $130 million a year.

The ballot initiative voters will see Tuesday does not allow for the legal sale of marijuana - only the possession and home cultivation of small amounts - but D.C. Council members gathered Thursday to hear testimony about what a legal sales framework might look like.

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19 US DC: Pot Taxes, Rules Discussed Ahead of Legalization VoteFri, 31 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Noble, Andrea Area:District of Columbia Lines:91 Added:10/31/2014

Polling shows majority of voters support measure

D.C. lawmakers, advocates and business owners spent Thursday debating the finer points of the regulation and taxation of marijuana in the District, moving past what appears to be the foregone conclusion that voters Tuesday will approve legalization of the drug.

The views on legalized pot have shifted dramatically over the last year among city lawmakers, many of whom were initially wary of such an approach and opted to support the less controversial course toward decriminalization.

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20 UK: Eleven Countries Studied, One Inescapable Conclusion - theThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Travis, Alan Area:United Kingdom Lines:111 Added:10/30/2014

Home Office Fact-Finders Reveal Long-Delayed Report Legalisation Policies Do Not Result in Wider Use

The Home Office comparison of international drug laws, published today, represents the first official recognition since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that there is no direct link between being "tough on drugs" and tackling the problem.

The report, which has been signed off by both the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister, Norman Baker, is based on an in-depth study of drug laws in 11 countries ranging from the zero-tolerance of Japan to the legalisation of Uruguay.

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