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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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21 US OR: LTE: There Is Much to Consider Before ApprovingTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Corvallis Gazette-Times (OR) Author:Boissonou, Cherrill Area:Oregon Lines:42 Added:10/24/2014

Measure 91 takes a black-and-white approach to the use and legalization of marijuana:

Plant based medicines can be prescribed and administered for legitimate use without so called "medical dispensaries." These stores and owners are practicing medicine without a license. Proclaiming to help people with schizophrenia and a host of medical problems with no knowledge or regard for what other medicines the person might be taking. They are a front for people who want to get high. Tobacco companies are waiting in the wings for the complete legalization of marijuana. Then how accessible will it be?

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22 CN NS: LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Would Provide Government WithThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Wiseman, Raymond Area:Nova Scotia Lines:64 Added:10/24/2014

To the Editor:

In the "Our Opinion" "An argument missing the point" the writer mentioned "... Its call for legalization ... Currently, other than medicinal marijuana, it's in the hands of criminals. ... The real debate we need to hear from politicians has to be based on available evidence."

Since the 80s, many people have come to decide that drug prohibition has resulted in harshness in enforcing it, great expense, and has been ineffective. Consequently, they have advocated drug decriminalization and even outright drug legalization. In addition, they refer to the history of a drug - alcohol, from temperance (1800s) to prohibition (19201933) and then to alcohol control (legalization). They stated that the anti-alcohol movement was devoted to convincing people that drinking alcohol was dangerous and destructive; that the consumption of alcohol naturally would lead to compulsive use or addiction. Then point out the same argument is made for marijuana. Reaching back to the failures of alcohol prohibition, they try to see similarities with the general illegalization of marijuana.

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23 CN NK: RCMP's Reefer MadnessThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Mernagh, Matt Area:New Brunswick Lines:130 Added:10/24/2014

Medpot Mountie Cpl. Ron Francis's Battle to Smoke Out RCMP's PTSD Denial Ends in Suicide

Just a few weeks ago I was teaching RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis how to vaporize his medical marijuana. He promised to check back in, but we never had another virtual session. He was found dead in his Kingsclear First Nation, New Brunswick, home on Monday, October 6, apparently a suicide.

Tossed aside by RCMP brass because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and publicly bullied by Conservative parliamentarians for marijuana medicating, Francis emailed long after the media had lost interest in a "pot-smoking Mountie."

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24 US FL: PUB LTE: Mother Nature's MedicineTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Star-Banner, The (Ocala, FL) Author:Fallon, S. D. E Area:Florida Lines:67 Added:10/24/2014

In response to Dr. Mike's Jordan's guest column opposing legalizing medical grade marijuana:

How naive, as a medical practitioner, to downplay serious medical ailments such as "back pain, headaches, and anxiety."

Are you not obligated to patients to find the best, most authentic cure for any of their conditions?

Yes, cancer and seizures are devastatingly painful for millions of Americans.

These diseases must be treated with optimal attention and care.

We must keep fighting for cures, and in the meantime, afflicted individuals should receive appropriate pain treatment.

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25 US FL: PUB LTE: King's Reefer MadnessMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Star-Banner, The (Ocala, FL) Author:Hirschi, Bill Area:Florida Lines:48 Added:10/24/2014

In 1936, the film "Reefer Madness," described by the Internet Movie Database as "a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana," was released.

On Sunday, Star-Banner readers were treated to our own Reefer Madness courtesy of State Attorney Brad King. Like the 1936 film, King's version was, at the very least, "highly exaggerated."

King's statistics from Colorado give us few baseline numbers. Let's take just one example: From 2007 to 2012, King tells us, fatal car crashes involving marijuana went up 100 percent. Of course, if there was one marijuana-related fatal crash before 2007 and two since, that's a 100 percent increase. It sounds scary, but it's actually insignificant.

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26 US FL: LTE: Mob RuleMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Star-Banner, The (Ocala, FL) Author:Agamaite, Roger Area:Florida Lines:32 Added:10/24/2014

Congratulations for the prominence you gave to State Attorney Brad King's input on Amendment 2.

My conclusion is that approval of this amendment would be a case of "mob rule." To me, this means that a crowd of people take the sales opinion of "snake oil salesmen" instead of that of qualified persons, such as the American Medical Association and official law enforcement agencies. This is based upon the facts that current effective federal laws state that marijuana is a dangerous and illegal drug and that a prescription of it without FDA approval would be at least unethical.

From what I have read from responsible sources, this drug is being sold by organizations of questionable character, with a variety of "flavors." There is no dependable guarantee that some could not be harmful or even fatal.

Roger Agamaite

Ocala

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27 US FL: LTE: Public Safety IssueFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Burchett, Stephen Area:Florida Lines:30 Added:10/24/2014

Regarding 'Science wins' (Your Views, Oct. 20): It would seem retired Navy Lt. Commander Al Byrne is a bit biased, being the CEO of Veterans for Compassionate Care. Medical cannabis has been available in pill form for quite some time.

I urge everyone to vote 'no' on Amendment 2 because it has serious flaws. I do not want to be on the road next to someone driving under the influence of cannabis. Being a veteran of the Vietnam War, I have seen in a tactical situation how marijuana affects the ability to make split-second decisions.

Public safety is the issue, and Amendment 2 as written is unacceptable.

Stephen Burchett, Seffner

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28 US FL: LTE: Not Your Mother's PotFri, 24 Oct 2014
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Meyers, Vana Area:Florida Lines:56 Added:10/24/2014

Regarding 'Science wins:' Al Byrne uses the work of Melanie Dreher to support his view that marijuana is harmless, indeed even helpful, to pregnant women and their babies. Unfortunately, this work is only one work carried out on a very small sample of 33 users and 27 non-users in the early 1980s. Although this work is important, subsequent studies have disproved much of her work.

In addition, today's marijuana is not your mother's marijuana. It is a much more potent form.

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29 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Beacon Herald, 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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30 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Press, 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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31 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, 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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32 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Simcoe Reformer, 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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33 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, 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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34 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sentinel Review (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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35 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, 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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36 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Intelligencer, 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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37 CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right MoveThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Tribune, 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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38 CN ON: Stoners Face Heavy PenaltyWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:10/24/2014

Province to target high drivers

Ontario drivers who get behind the wheel stoned would pay a high price under provincial legislation introduced Tuesday.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has amended the government's distracted driving bill to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers.

As in drunk driving, motorists under the influence of drugs would be subject to escalating roadside suspensions, mandatory education or treatment, an ignition interlock condition and a sevenday vehicle impoundment.

"Ontario's one of only three jurisdictions in Canada that currently has no sanctions whatsoever for somebody who is driving under the influence of drugs," Del Duca said.

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39 US FL: Cities Back Interim Halt On Marijuana BusinessesSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Barkhurst, Ariel Area:Florida Lines:99 Added:10/24/2014

The rush to delay medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in some cities is on, even before Florida voters decide the marijuana measure on Nov. 4.

Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, North Palm Beach, Lake Clarke Shores and the village of Golf all have given initial approval to halting marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries from opening in their areas for at least a year.

Other cities in Palm Beach County are ready to welcome the marijuana businesses into their towns - but only on their terms. Juno Beach will consider allowing them to open only in the town's medical-commercial district.

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40 US FL: North Port Considers Marijuana RulesWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Womack, Christi Area:Florida Lines:88 Added:10/24/2014

The cities of North Port and Venice are looking to limit medical marijuana operations within their boundaries, but are carefully looking to other communities at ways to do so.

The North Port City Commission during a special meeting Tuesday was poised to pass an ordinance, but chose instead to send it to the Planning and Zoning Board for further input.

Voters statewide will decide Nov. 4 on Amendment 2, which will legalize the use of medical marijuana.

"The intent of this ordinance is to get the discussion started in the City of North Port, how we are going to prepare ourselves if that is a popular vote," City Attorney Mark Moriarty said.

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41 US FL: LTE: Need Pot SafeguardsTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Miller, Frank Area:Florida Lines:39 Added:10/24/2014

Dr. Paul Sloan and others make a strong case for the use of cannabis as a better alternative to pain management than opiates ("Clinic owner makes pot case," Sunday's Herald-Tribune). The problem is not the joint, but the "joints" from which it will be dispensed. While doctors must write the prescription, dispensaries will, in reality, be approved and licensed by politicians and bureaucrats. I don't see any potential for abuse there, do you?

The photo in Sunday's edition of the Herald-Tribune, of a California dispensary, doesn't look like any drugstore I've seen, nor does the clerk look like a pharmacist properly trained to fill a doctor's order, verify the patient's identity, and record and store the transaction's information.

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42 US FL: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Sensible on Many LevelsWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Bradenton Herald (FL) Author:Hannon, Skip Area:Florida Lines:47 Added:10/24/2014

Marijuana has been used as a natural medical herb for thousands of years, going back to ancient civilizations, in Egypt, India, Africa and later in America.

"Unlike many of the drugs we prescribe every day, marijuana has never been proven to cause a fatal overdose." -- Joyce Elders, former U.S. attorney general.

"No acute lethal overdoses of cannabis are known in contrast to several of it's illegal (cocaine) and legal (alcohol, aspirin, acetaminophen) counterparts." -- Stephen Sidney, MD, former associate director for clinical research at Kaiser Permanente.

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43 US FL: PUB LTE: King Is WrongWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Star-Banner, The (Ocala, FL) Author:Clark, Frances Area:Florida Lines:51 Added:10/24/2014

As Mark Twain said, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. State Attorney Brad King's essay ("The 'Colorado Calamity' and Amendment 2," Oct. 19) is a textbook example of all three.

I did some fact-checking on Mr. King's allegations. Here's what I discovered:

There is absolutely no link between the legalization of marijuana and the rate of violent crime.

Medical-use marijuana is legal in almost a dozen countries, including Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, yet the crime rate in all of those countries is lower than that in the U.S.

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44Canada: OPED: Beyond InsiteWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:MacPherson, Donald Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/24/2014

Canada Is Ignoring Easy, Uncontroversial Ways to Prevent Overdose Deaths

A particularly potent batch of heroin recently resulted in 31 overdoses at Vancouver's Insite safe injection clinic. The facility proved its value yet again, as staff applied immediate treatment and ensured none of the victims died. But what about those who can't access Insite? In 2013, 308 people died in British Columbia due to illicit drug overdoses, the majority of which were opioid-related.

Canada-wide, we can only speculate about the total numbers because there is no national database tracking overdose deaths. But the numbers we do have, from a patchwork of provincial data and news reports, tell us that far too many Canadians are dying from an entirely preventable phenomenon. And not preventable in the sense of "well, if people didn't use drugs, there wouldn't be overdoses." While that's essentially true, we know people will use drugs. One hundred years of prohibition hasn't stopped that.

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45 CN ON: Tough New Rules of the Road Target Drug-Impaired DriversWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:10/24/2014

Drugged drivers will face the same sanctions as drunk drivers under proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on distracted driving in Ontario.

"This sends a clear message to the people who think, 'I can get high and drive because I can pass a breathalyzer,' " Brian Patterson of the Ontario Safety League said Tuesday.

The bill from Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca is an updated version of one tabled in March but not passed before the spring election. It increases penalties for talking or texting on hand-held smartphones, with maximum fines of $1,000 and three demerit points - the toughest in Canada.

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46 US FL: Editorial: Constitutional AmendmentsThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Miami Herald (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:130 Added:10/24/2014

AMENDMENT 1

Florida's natural environment is its bread and butter, its tourist magnet, its lush and storied history and, if voters approve this amendment, its glorious future.

Amendment 1 would use existing state revenue - money that already is being paid into state coffers - and dedicate it to purchase and preserve natural areas and wildlife habitat for the next 20 years.

This is not a new tax that advocates seek to impose. Rather, it's a practical way to make up for what state lawmakers have for too long failed to do: Make preserving Florida's fragile environment the priority that it should be. The amendment would take one third of the fees that the state already collects when property is sold. The fees on these real-estate transactions are called "doc stamps," which, since 1968, have been used for water and land conservation.

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47 US FL: PUB LTE: Smokescreen on Amendment 2Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Star-Banner, The (Ocala, FL) Author:McLain, Stefany Area:Florida Lines:35 Added:10/24/2014

Amendment 2 is about legalizing MEDICAL marijuana. There are a lot of half-truths and untruths being tossed around in the newspaper and in TV ads.

Google medical marijuana in the 20 states where its already legal and see what it really says. No one suggests people should smoke and drive, just like you shouldn't drink and drive. A little common sense, please.

Please check this article: "So far, Colorado's teens are actually using marijuana less," by Betsy Woodruff (Aug. 28). You'll find out that marijuana use among teens has gone DOWN since 2012 since the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Although a positive note, Amendment 2 is only about medical marijuana.

It would be a shame if this amendment fails to pass based on the untruths we keep hearing about. Please do your own investigating about this and get the real facts before you vote.

Stefany McLain

Morriston

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48 US FL: Voters To Decide Fate Of Medical MarijuanaSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:News Herald (Panama City, FL) Author:Garman, Valerie Area:Florida Lines:126 Added:10/23/2014

PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a dangerous drug or medical miracle.

Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative," Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state, providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.

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49 US FL: City Of Sarasota Looks At Pot Operation MoratoriumSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Pollick, Michael Area:Florida Lines:125 Added:10/23/2014

SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election, part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana.

The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.

The City of Palmetto led the way in Southwest Florida last month, with the passage of a new law that prohibits any medical marijuana operations from its downtown and would force potential purveyors to seek permission from city commissioners.

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50 Canada: NDP To Unveil Policy On PotTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:10/23/2014

Party may be consider legalization

OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the NDP says of marijuana.

That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.

The plan contrasts with that of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who said he wants to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

The NDP's official policy will be published in a supplemental document alongside a Commons health committee report, which is scheduled to be tabled in the House Tuesday or Wednesday.

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