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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The city is missing out on tax revenue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week, David asks a two-part question:

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

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

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

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

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

This is an excerpt from the magazine, Salon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police, Federal Agents Disrupt Pot Education Convention

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

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

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

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

Manspreaders? Screaming Kids? There Are Plenty of Options.

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

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

It's cheap medicine, too

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

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

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

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

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

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21 US CA: PUB LTE: Hypocrisy Of ProhibitionMon, 18 May 2015
Source:San Bernardino Sun (CA) Author:Soares, Susan Area:California Lines:33 Added:05/20/2015

It's past time to end marijuana prohibition in California. How did we become the state that sits back and learns from other states, as Gov. Jerry Brown counseled on "Meet the Press?"

I love California because it's mostly a progressive, forward-leaning, trend-setting place to live, but our leader's position on legalizing marijuana is so 1970s.

Marijuana prohibition is hypocritical at best. Our kids know that and we know that. Who really thinks that marijuana is worse than alcohol? Our federal government thinks it's worse than heroin. I've never met anyone that believes that is true. In fact, the United States, through the Department of Health and Human Services, owns a patent on cannabinoids (active compounds in marijuana).

The question people need to ask themselves is why would our government want to keep this plant out of our hands. Do a little research and then get out and vote in 2016.

Susan Soares, Los Angeles

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22 US CA: Vasquez to Constituents: 'Don't Be Fooled!'Tue, 19 May 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:43 Added:05/20/2015

Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez submitted a two-sentence formal response to the effort to recall him from office by opponents to the county's latest marijuana growing ordinance.

Vasquez, whose response filed with county election officials must be part of any circulated recall petitions, delivers a simple, but direct message to potential signers: "Don't be fooled! If you sign this petition, you're supporting large marijuana growers," Vasquez's signed, formal statement reads.

The statement filed last week came after election officials verified at least 20 of 44 signatures signing the "intent to recall notice" are of registered voters within Vasquez's 1st district. Vasquez was initially served with a recall notice last month during a public hearing on the county's new tighter marijuana cultivation ordinance.

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23US CO: Ceiling HempTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Raabe, Steve Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2015

Farmer Plans to Process Stalks for Insulation

Colorado's nascent hemp industry may get a boost from a grower's plan to use hemp stalks for insulation. Baca County farmer Ryan Loflin said Monday he has formed a partnership with Hollis, Okla.-based Western Fibers for combining processed hemp stalks with recycled newspapers and cardboard to create wall and ceiling insulation.

Hemp is genetically related to marijuana but contains little or no THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Hemp has dozens of uses in food, cosmetics, clothing and industrial materials.

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24US CO: Law Firm Sponsors Du Professorship For Pot LawTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2015

A Denver law firm that focuses on cannabis law has sponsored the University of Denver's law school with a three-year, $45,000 professorship for marijuana law and policy.

The university's Sturm College of Law professor Sam Kamin will be the first Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. Denver-based law firm Vicente Sederberg LLC has committed $15,000 per year for three years to the professorship, which they say is the first of its kind in the world.

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25 US DC: Legal Pot in the District Is a Boon for Illegal DealersMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Cox, John Woodrow Area:District of Columbia Lines:237 Added:05/20/2015

Not long ago, a man who had covertly dealt pot in the nation's capital for three decades approached a young political operative at a birthday party in a downtown Washington steakhouse.

He was about to test a fresh marketing strategy to take advantage of the District's peculiar new marijuana law, which allows people to possess and privately consume the drug but provides them no way to legally buy it for recreational use. Those contradictions have created a surge in demand and new opportunities for illicit pot purveyors.

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26 US: Defense Says Drug Site Reduced Users' RisksTue, 19 May 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Weiser, Benjamin Area:United States Lines:91 Added:05/20/2015

The already novel criminal case against Ross W. Ulbricht, the recently convicted founder of the website Silk Road, has taken yet another unusual turn.

Mr. Ulbricht could face life in prison when he is sentenced on May 29 in Federal District Court in Manhattan for his role in running Silk Road, a once-thriving black market for the sale of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other drugs. And although prosecutors have not yet said what length of sentence they will seek for Mr. Ulbricht, 31, they have told Mr. Ulbricht's lawyers that they intend to introduce evidence of six overdose deaths attributable to drugs bought from vendors on Silk Road, according to a recent defense filing.

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27 US: Makings Of A New HeroinTue, 19 May 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:McNeil, Donald G. Jr. Area:United States Lines:149 Added:05/20/2015

All over the world, the heavy heads of opium poppies are nodding gracefully in the wind - long stalks dressed in orange or white petals topped by a fright wig of stamens. They fill millions of acres in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos and elsewhere. Their payload - the milky opium juice carefully scraped off the seed pods - yields morphine, an excellent painkiller easily refined into heroin.

But very soon, perhaps within a year, the poppy will no longer be the only way to produce heroin's raw ingredient. It will be possible for drug companies, or drug traffickers, to brew it in yeast genetically modified to turn sugar into morphine.

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28 Canada: PUB LTE: Anti-Reefer MadnessTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Canada Lines:31 Added:05/20/2015

Margaret Wente is right about marijuana prohibition being a bust in Canada (In The Weeds - Focus, May 16). Now that neighbouring U.S. states have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim that Canada must uphold prohibition in order to maintain good diplomatic relations. Consider the U.S. experience: almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana has been legally available for decades. If the goal is to deter use,marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure.

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29 US CA: PUB LTE: Pot Ban Failed DeterrentTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:California Lines:41 Added:05/20/2015

If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco. Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if abused. Criminal records are nonetheless inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early 1900s, against opposition from the American Medical Association. Despite warnings that marijuana inspired homicidal rage in minorities, Americans didn't begin smoking marijuana in significant numbers until after our federal government began funding reefer madness propaganda. There is no doubt that marijuana prohibition has failed as a deterrent.

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30 US CA: LTE: Not 'Most Dangerous,' Still DangerousTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:James, Walter Area:California Lines:37 Added:05/20/2015

Re: "Pot not among 'most dangerous' drugs" [Opinion, May 17]: The Register's position on marijuana reflects their back-door approach to the eventual legalization of recreational use of marijuana. While I don't disagree with their position on reclassifying this drug, they continually fail to point out the harm from the use of marijuana.

Here is a quote from the American Lung Association on the ills of marijuana: "Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, and regular use leads to chronic bronchitis and can cause an immune-compromised person to be more susceptible to lung infections. No one should be exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke. Due to the risks it poses to lung health, the American Lung Association strongly cautioned the public against smoking marijuana as well as tobacco products. More research is needed into the effects of marijuana on health, especially lung health."

I believe the Register has a duty and responsibility to report all the facts and they're failing the public by remaining silent on the ills of this product.

Walter James

La Habra

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31 CN BC: Fundraiser Will Help Provide Medical Cannabis For SickTue, 19 May 2015
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:|, Susan McIver Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:05/20/2015

Rockn' for Kids, a fundraiser for sick kids in need of medical cannabis, will be held on Saturday afternoon at Orchard House, 157 Orchard Ave., in Penticton.

The event will be a fun afternoon for the whole family.

Live music by the Yardkatz, River Line and Forever should have everyone from small children to their grandparents on their feet dancing.

A dinner of pulled-pork or veggie burgers, complete with dessert is included in the $25 ticket and participants may come and go during the afternoon.

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32 CN BC: Column: Let's Play Crack Shack Whack-A-MoleThu, 14 May 2015
Source:Chilliwack Times (CN BC) Author:Henderson, Paul J. Area:British Columbia Lines:112 Added:05/19/2015

Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin.

After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.

The issue of the so-called crack shack in a neighbourhood is not exclusive to downtown Chilliwack. This is a problem in every city to varying degrees.

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33 CN ON: Where There's Smoke ...Mon, 18 May 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:152 Added:05/19/2015

.. there's confusion, at least as far as pot laws are concerned

Two weeks have passed since Mayor Jim Watson took his well-publicized pot-shots at the BuzzOn lounge, the latest and most visible addition to the city's burgeoning marijuana industry.

But while Watson called on police to "enforce the laws if laws are being broken," police have said little publicly about the Montreal Rd. vape shop, where members pay a fee for the privilege to puff.

When asked where a vape lounge would rank in enforcement priorities- from street-level dealing to illegal grow-ops to illicit lounges- a police spokesman declined, saying, "... The matter is still under investigation and thus there will be no comments at this time."

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34 CN BC: PUB LTE: Time To Tax Legal MarijuanaFri, 15 May 2015
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:British Columbia Lines:39 Added:05/19/2015

Re: "Nelson grapples with pot dispensaries," May 8

Not only should medical marijuana be available in Nelson, but all adult use should be legal, taxed, and regulated. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. Neighboring US states have legalized marijuana. Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good US relations. Consider the experience of Canada's southern neighbor. The US has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades.

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35 US FL: OPED: Clock's Ticking: 46 Years And Counting In Failed DrugMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Cole, Jack A. Area:Florida Lines:97 Added:05/19/2015

War on Drugs needs a new strategy after 46 failed years, columnist says On Wednesday, March 4, Derek Cruice became the latest unarmed person to be shot to death in a U.S. drug raid staged to seize marijuana. This Volusia County Sheriff's raid succeeding in saving 217 grams (about half-a-pound) of that drug from being loosed on our streets and it only cost one human life.

Apparently, law enforcement doesn't think statistics on incidents such as these are worth keeping, so it is very hard to tell how many folks have been killed in the manner of Cruice. However, the CATO Institute a=C2=80" one of the only entities that does keep any such statistics a=C2=80"shows that between 1985 and 2010, SWAT team raids in the U.S. accounted for the deaths of 46 innocent people, 25 nonviolent offenders, and 30 law enforcers.

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36 US CA: PUB LTE: Time To Legalize PotMon, 18 May 2015
Source:San Bernardino Sun (CA) Author:Quintero, David Area:California Lines:35 Added:05/19/2015

Each day, physicians throughout America prescribe powerful opiates and often for lengthy periods without resulting in addiction. Shouldn't that put to rest the myth that pot is a detrimental, mind-altering drug ripe for abuse?

The parallel between our nation's prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, and today's vehement opposition to pot is inescapable. It took 13 years of failure before our government finally, in 1933, came to its senses and repealed the 18th Amendment. So, like beer and wine, isn't it time to legalize pot?

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37 CN ON: The Buzz About The BudMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:150 Added:05/19/2015

Whether you consider marijuana an illicit drug or a prescription medicine -- or something in between -- there's no denying the buzz the bud is creating.

And while police and city officials play political hot potato with the presence of vape lounges operating on the outskirts of the law, some new major pot players are entering the fray.

National Access Cannabis will open a satellite office on Wellington St. in June and Canadian Cannabis Clinics (CCC) will open its fourth Ontario location in a Montreal Rd. medical office building Tuesday.

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38 US CA: LTE: Just Say No To Legal DrugsMon, 18 May 2015
Source:San Bernardino Sun (CA) Author:Hull, Rebecca Area:California Lines:20 Added:05/19/2015

We don't need another recreational drug. As a teacher, I worry about mothers who choose to be stoned when pregnant. I've had several students whose mother's drank, smoked, or dropped cocaine while pregnant. They come to me with major behavior issues, unintelligible voices and an inability to grasp what I am teaching. How unfair is that?

Rebecca Hull, Altadena

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39 US CA: PUB LTE: Regulating Marijuana Invades One's LibertiesMon, 18 May 2015
Source:San Bernardino Sun (CA) Author:Gavin, Eric R. Area:California Lines:30 Added:05/19/2015

I'm in favor of recreational marijuana for one reason: freedom. This is America, and wherever possible we should be free. The hardcore on either side of this issue will spin their respective tales of dread and drug cartels or extol cannabis as a miracle drug that can cure all of life's woes. None of that matters.

I don't smoke marijuana, but as long as it's not affecting me or mine, you and yours should be free to do what you want. Tobacco and alcohol are demonstrably more harmful and addictive, and yet you can buy both of these in the grocery store.

My freedom to abstain should not dictate your freedom to smoke or drink. Like alcohol, simply regulate who can purchase it, where and how old and be done with this issue.

Eric R. Gavin, Upland

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40US CA: Legal, But Illegal - Pot Clubs Near City DeadlineTue, 19 May 2015
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Giwargis, Ramona Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/19/2015

A Short Shelf Life? Less Than a Third of Collectives Following Rules: San Jose Urges Owners to Comply

SAN JOSE -- A year after San Jose officials adopted rules making it one of the state's largest cities to establish a framework allowing medical marijuana shops, city leaders are trying to cajole pot stores to meet compliance deadlines and residents to be patient.

Two deadlines loom: The adopted rules call for medical marijuana shops to meet the city's requirements by July 17.

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41 CN ON: BuzzOn Snuffed OutSun, 17 May 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:05/18/2015

City officials shut down marijuana vapour lounge

Talk about a buzz kill. On the verge of celebrating one month operating on the outskirts of the law, Vanier's BuzzOn has been shuttered, but it wasn't police knocking on the door of the city's first marijuana vapour lounge.

City officials dropped in on BuzzOn Friday afternoon to serve co-owner Wayne Robillard with a cease and desist order, citing building code violations and safety issues, and also levied a fine of $3,000.

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42 US CA: PUB LTE: Not All Drug Mules Choose Their PartMon, 18 May 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Crowley, Michael L. Area:California Lines:36 Added:05/18/2015

Reporter Kristina Davis and the U-T should be applauded for illuminating the public on the problem ("Unwitting drug mules rare, but defense gaining some credibility," May 3) of "blind mules." This story served to warn the public and perhaps cause law enforcement and prosecutors to seriously consider victims' stories about their lack of illegal knowledge.

One part of this situation, however, was not contained in the story. For decades, Drug Enforcement Agency agents and other law enforcement, at the behest of the U.S. attorney's office, presented expert testimony to juries at trials from their own agents that blind mules did not exist.

They argued forcefully that drug dealers would never entrust their high-value drugs to someone unknown.

There are many people serving time in custody right now based on that false testimony.

Michael L. Crowley

San Diego

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43 US OH: Pro-Pot Group Plans to Give Away $100 Bill With SpecialMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Troy, Tom Area:Ohio Lines:69 Added:05/18/2015

Bill would entitle bearer to apply for license to grow pot.

A Toledo pro-marijuana group is giving away a $100 bill to celebrate winning approval from the Ohio Ballot Board, the group's chairman said Thursday.

And not just any $100 bill.

A $100 bill with one of 30 special serial numbers that will entitle the bearer to apply for a license to commercially grow marijuana.

Ed Howard of Toledo, chairman of the organization Better for Ohio, said the Willy Wonka-sounding plan is designed to make sure that more people can grow pot in Ohio than would be allowed under the leading marijuana-legalization plan being promoted by ResponsibleOhio.

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44 US OK: Forfeiture FrayMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Clay, Nolan Area:Oklahoma Lines:110 Added:05/18/2015

Senator Denies Claims That Plan to Change Law Is Grab for Money

A state senator has upset law enforcement officers across the state by saying the state's drug money forfeiture law needs to be changed to protect the innocent.

"Completely asinine," said the most vocal critic, Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards.

At issue is the law as written allows police - in some instances - to seize and keep cash found during traffic stops even when no drugs were discovered and no criminal charges were filed.

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45 US NE: PUB LTE: Not A Dangerous DrugMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Lincoln Journal Star (NE) Author:Tetherow, Jim        Lines:51 Added:05/18/2015

Here's a news flash for you, Gov. Ricketts: Alcohol is a dangerous drug, nicotine is a dangerous drug, caffeine is a dangerous drug, aspirin is a dangerous drug ("Governor signals his position on medical marijuana," April 28). How many of these drugs do you and billions of others use?

The three medications prescribed for my blood pressure by my primary care physician and my cardiologist cause swelling to the point where I can't flex my toes and, some days, I can't get my shoes on. I must use a walker to get around, even room to room in my home. Medical marijuana does not cause feet to swell.

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46 US CO: PUB LTE: An Informed DecisionSat, 16 May 2015
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Brideau, Edith Area:Colorado Lines:42 Added:05/18/2015

On April 26, Steve Henson joined the chorus of voters who, upon losing an election, accused the winning side of not knowing what they were doing. "I am not sure that voters really realized that they were voting to make our state - and the Pueblo County community - the home of an extensive marijuana grow-and-sell industry." ("Well, here he goes again...")

He also notes that City Councilman Chris Nicoll "essentially is saying that voters made a huge mistake." Mr. Henson, you and Mr. Nicoll are entitled to your opinion, but don't accuse voters of being ignorant just because they disagree with you.

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47 US WA: Column: Financial Side of Marijuana Starting to RollMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Sirota, David Area:Washington Lines:89 Added:05/18/2015

In January, the SEC for the first time allowed a company that deals with marijuana cultivation to sell shares of stock.

The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

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48 US OH: Editorial: What If Ohio Goes To PotMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Akron Beacon Journal (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:72 Added:05/18/2015

A majority of Ohioans, 52 percent, now support legalizing marijuana. Approval is even higher for medical use, at 84 percent. Both numbers indicate a turnaround in public opinion. More, there are sound public policy reasons for moving forward with legalization, the state in a position to control quality and access, generate tax revenue and prevent users from facing criminal penalties.

Still, legalization is a complex issue. Just four other states permit marijuana consumption for recreational purposes. Some moved forward after first allowing fairly widespread medical use. Once recreational use was approved, the actions of many medical consumers became something of an unintended consequence. They may have gamed the system to stick with the medical avenue, thus circumventing the tax structure and depriving the state of revenue.

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49 US CT: Editorial: Malloy Didn't Call Anyone Racist but DrugMon, 18 May 2015
Source:Journal-Inquirer (Manchester, CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:68 Added:05/18/2015

Connecticut Republican state legislators are angry again at Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Last week the governor noted the racially disproportionate effect of the state's drug laws, which impose more severe penalties in the cities where most members of racial minorities live than in the suburbs and rural towns where most white people live.

The law, the governor said, "is patently unfair and, if not racist in intent, is racist in its outcome." The governor has proposed to repeal the law that makes mere drug possession in cities a more serious crime than drug possession elsewhere. He does not propose to change the law about selling drugs.

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50 US AZ: Brnovich Backtracks On Ballot-measure CampaigningFri, 15 May 2015
Source:Arizona Daily Sun (AZ) Author:Fischer, Howard Area:Arizona Lines:67 Added:05/18/2015

PHOENIX -- Saying he has concerns about abuse, Attorney General Mark Brnovich late Thursday yanked his formal legal opinion which said public officials can use their offices and resources to "educate" voters on an upcoming ballot measure.

In a prepared statement, press aide Kristen Keogh said there were "allegations" that his opinion, issued less than two weeks ago "may have provided an opportunity for potential government abuse." And she said he takes that issue "very seriously."

Communications chief Ryan Anderson said the next step is to review the issue and issue a revision that is not only "more clear" but also ensures that the opinion, which can be cited in court cases, is not used in a way that does not protect taxpayer dollars.

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