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1US CA: OPED: Protecting Our Kids From PotFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Chabot, Paul Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/01/2015

Research has yet to show that marijuana cures a single disease. In fact, it is a disease of addiction that is deceiving America's youth, who, without intervention, will likely end up with poor grades, lack of motivation and, as research clearly shows, significant mental illnesses.

Today's marijuana is not your daddy's pot. THC, the intoxicant in marijuana, was roughly 2 percent to 3 percent a generation ago. Not today. New forms of marijuana on the market have skyrocketed to levels reaching 80 percent THC potency.

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2 US OH: Pro-Pot Group Submits More Than 95k SignaturesFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Bischoff, Laura A. Area:Ohio Lines:42 Added:08/01/2015

ResponsibleOhio Needs 29,509 Valid Signatures to Get Issue on Ballot.

COLUMBUS - The campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio turned in more than 95,500 supplemental petition signatures on Thursday in a last push to make the statewide ballot in November.

ResponsibleOhio needs 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters. Election officials ruled that the campaign had 276,082 valid signatures in the first batch, leaving it 29,509 short.

ResponsibleOhio hopes to make up the shortfall with the 95,572 signatures submitted Thursday.

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3 US OH: Tension Grows As Signatures Filed AgainFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:62 Added:08/01/2015

Backers of a proposed marijuana-legalization amendment filed 95,572 additional signatures with the state on Thursday, probably enough to qualify the issue for the Nov. 3 ballot.

That won't be official, however, for another week or so until boards of election tally and Secretary of State Jon Husted verifies that ResponsibleOhio has at least 29,509 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters. That is the number the marijuana issue fell short of on its first submission on July 20.

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4 US MI: PUB LTE: Marijuana Dispensaries Save LivesFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (MI) Author:Mitnick, Lee Area:Michigan Lines:42 Added:08/01/2015

According to the Center For Disease Control, 44 people die from prescription opioid overdoses every day in the United States. In 2013, more than 16,000 people fatally overdosed on prescription painkillers.

Recently, researchers from the Rand Corporation and the University of California-Irvine have determined that in the 18 states that allow medical marijuana and also allow dispensaries, there was a 16 percent reduction in "opioid-related mortality" (deaths) and a 28 percent reduction in opioid-abuse treatment admissions. In the six states that allow medical marijuana, but not dispensaries, there was no difference in opioid related overdoses or abuse treatment admissions. Their conclusion: Marijuana dispensaries save lives.

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5 CN ON: Pot Doc's Trial DelayedThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:08/01/2015

Appeal Hearings

The trial date for a Coe Hill doctor related to his involvement with medical marijuana prescriptions has been snarled by appeal hearings.

Delays in the criminal proceedings launched against Dr. Rob Kamermans, who was committed stand trial on a slate of charges in Belleville last fall, has not slowed a string of separate ongoing disciplinary hearings levied against him by the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The family practitioner and his wife have been committed to stand trial for a host of charges including substance trafficking, and fraud and money laundering linked to medical marijuana. He's already facing a host of restrictions on his medical practice as a result and the college is moving ahead with further punitive measures.

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6 CN BC: Medical Pot Dispensers Look To KimberleyThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Cranbrook Daily Townsman (CN BC) Author:Grant, Carolyn Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:08/01/2015

Ever since granting a business license for Tamarack Dispensaries - which will sell medical marijuana tinctures and edibles for those with prescriptions - Kimberley has been attracting a lot of attention and interest from those looking to set up medical marijuana businesses.

Mayor Don McCormick says he has been fielding a lot of calls, from those looking to set up businesses, and from other municipalities looking for advice on how Kimberley went about granting a business license when federal law is a grey area.

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7US CA: Top Law Enforcer In Bay Area QuitsThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Mintz, Howard Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/01/2015

Yee Indictment, PG&E Charges Among Key Cases

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag is stepping down as the Bay Area's top federal law enforcement official, ending a five-year tenure that has included the prosecution of state Sen. Leland Yee and cases against corporate powers such as FedEx and PG&E.

Haag announced the decision at a meeting with staff on Wednesday after notifying U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier in the week. Haag's resignation takes effect on Sept. 1.

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8 US CA: PUB LTE: Pot Put Into PerspectiveThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Acorn, The (Agoura Hills, CA) Author:Meyers, Jeff Area:California Lines:38 Added:08/01/2015

In last week's story "Pot 2.0," why are the only sources cited law enforcement officials who have a vested interest in keeping marijuana prohibition going?

No, marijuana is not a narcotic. No, butane labs are not exploding all over the state like Fourth of July fireworks.

The labs are a problem, yes, but only because of prohibition. We don't hear about homemade alcohol distilleries exploding anymore because people can buy booze at grocery stores and gas stations.

The story also implied that the high THC content in honey oil is somehow dangerous. If so, why is synthetic Marinol, a product of Big Pharma, legal with a THC content of 100 percent?

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9US CO: Marijuana Credit Union Suing Federal Bank AgenciesSat, 01 Aug 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/01/2015

Founders of the world's first credit union for the marijuana industry say federal banking officials had no authority to deny their application to access the nation's money system, according to a lawsuit.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City lacks any discretion to deny an application for a federal master account - a simple procedure that normally takes a week, but in the case of Denver-based Fourth Corner Credit Union took nine months and resulted in denial, the lawsuit claims.

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10 US CO: Fed Denies Credit Union For CannabisFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Popper, Nathaniel Area:Colorado Lines:129 Added:08/01/2015

Banking regulators just said no to a financial institution that aims to be the first to serve the expanding marijuana industry in Colorado.

The Fourth Corner Credit Union in Denver applied in November to the Federal Reserve for a "master account," which would allow it to interact with other financial institutions and open its doors to some of the hundreds of state-licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado.

Although recreational marijuana has been legalized in Colorado, it is still illegal on the federal level, discouraging most traditional banks from working with pot businesses.

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11US CA: Editorial: California Creeps Toward LegalizationFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/01/2015

If current trends hold, it is likely that California will soon legalize marijuana for recreational use if not in 2016, then in the not-too-distant future. To prepare for this eventuality, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, was established in 2013 to analyze questions and policy issues arising from legalization. The commission released its final report last week, and the results are a mixed bag.

The report details 58 strategies, goals and other recommendations, including focusing on education and treatment programs, limiting youth access and ensuring that smaller businesses have as much opportunity to enter the market as larger ones.

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12 CN BC: Drug Overdoses Spike In NelsonTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:07/31/2015

Physicians and police urge caution following at least four critical drug overdoses since April

Physicians and police are urging the community to think twice when using illicit drugs following at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

"This is my third year in Nelson, and I've never seen anything like this," said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

"I've seen six overdose cases since the end of April, four of them critical, and that's just me. That doesn't include cases that other doctors may have seen."

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13CN BC: Editorial: Harperas Drug Strategies Wonat Win In VancouverThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

The City of Vancouver is showing itself to be a trailblazer, leading the way for other Canadian cities grappling with controversial social challenges. The city, having recently moved to regulate cannabis dispensaries and, a dozen years ago, opening North America's first legal supervised injection drug site, has created templates for other municipalities that now want to deploy harm-reduction strategies to deal with the scourge of drugs.

Such strategies are not borne of defiance against federal drug policies but rather a pursuit of pragmatism, to ensure if drug use was going to continue - as it surely was - its harmful effects would be mitigated and remediated.

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14 CN BC: B.C. Marijuana Users Certified In Class-Action SuitThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mui, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:07/31/2015

About 20,000 licensed marijuana users in B.C. are now part of a class-action lawsuit certified this week by the Federal Court of Canada after their names were printed on envelopes referencing medical marijuana.

Their lawyers allege this was a significant breach of their privacy.

Some people have even lost their jobs because of the disclosure, said David Fraser, a privacy lawyer with McInnes Cooper.

In total, there's about 40,000 people affected and more than half reside in B.C., he said.

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15CN SN: Spike In Failed Drug Tests May Be 'Anomaly'Thu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

No surge seen in recent years

The company that tests thousands of workers in the mining industry has not seen a spike in failed drug tests in recent years, and high failure rates among people applying to work for one Saskatchewan company could be "an anomaly," says a spokeswoman for the testing company.

According to Leonard Banga, owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition, over a 10-day period last month, 22 of 26 people who wanted a job with his company

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16 CN AB: PUB LTE: Macros Closure SadThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Rode, Fred Area:Alberta Lines:32 Added:07/31/2015

The closure of The Mobil Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society's dispensary goes to show in numerous cases the law does not understand what or why it is enforcing a law that often is not supported by the majority of people.

This is one which affects people who need pain relief that they cannot get from pharmaceuticals. I have a severe case of shingles and a friend suggested I try marijuana. I tried it and it was more effective with just two or three puffs than the morphine with no severe side affects, which the morphine had. These people that got their marijuana from MACROS will now go underground to obtain it. Is this the right way to go, I think not.

Fred Rode

(The good news is that there is another company in Alberta that has been granted a licence to sell medical marijuana in August.)

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17 CN BC: Victor Harbor Girls Trial Medical Marijuana In CanadaWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Victor Harbor Times (Australia) Author:Dempster, Alice Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:07/31/2015

Two Victor Harbor girls have travelled more than 14,000 kilometres to trial a medical marijuana treatment for the degenerative lung disease they share.

Tabetha, 12, and Georgia-Grace Fulton, eight, travelled to Victoria, Canada, to access the politically-controversial cannabis treatment.

Their parents, Bobby and Marcus Fulton, believe the treatment may save their daughters' lives.

Tabetha and Georgia-Grace live with a degenerative diffuse lung disease, which prevents their cells from absorbing oxygen properly, leaving the girls hooked to oxygen tanks 24 hours a day.

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18 US AZ: AG Opinion: Officials Can't Use Public Cash to OpposeFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ)          Area:Arizona Lines:30 Added:07/31/2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says officials are not allowed to use public resources to campaign for or against ballot measures.

The revised opinion issued Thursday replaces one issued in May but yanked after it was criticized. It said officials could "educate" the public about ballot measures but can't urge that people vote in a particular matter.

The original opinion was requested by Maricopa and Yavapai County prosecutors who oppose a marijuana legalization proposal.

Critics said officials might view the opinion as opening the door for them to seek to change the outcome of elections by influencing voters.

The new opinion outlines a two-part legal test to determine if campaigning by public officials is allowed. It is designed to balance their free speech rights with bans electioneering using public money.

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19US CO: Pot Credit Union DeniedFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Nicholson, Kieran Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

Federal Reserve in Kansas City Rejects Application by Fourth Corner

A Denver-based credit union aiming to become the first of its kind - one created to serve the Colorado marijuana industry - has suffered a setback.

The Fourth Corner Credit Union's application for a "master account" has been denied by the Federal Reserve Bank. Approval would have paved the way for a new era for the state's cannabis industry, which has been forced to rely on cash because it is still illegal under federal law, a fact that has led almost all banks to refuse to open accounts

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20US CA: Editorial: Growing Pot Outdoors Is Indeed a Waste ofFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

To hear local medical marijuana advocates tell it, they are martyrs and misunderstood victims of misplaced drought-shaming.

But there's nothing misplaced about what the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors did earlier this week. With their minds rightly on conserving water in a drought, they doubled down on policies that limit how much pot can be grown in unincorporated areas of the county and penalize people who ignore those rules.

In many ways, this issue is nothing new. Growing medical marijuana has been illegal outdoors since last year, when the supervisors decided to crack down on huge operations at the southern end of the county. It remains OK to do it indoors as long as it's only nine plants.

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21 US CA: LTE: Pot Shops Are Just Dealers In DisguiseFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Chipman, Scott Area:California Lines:36 Added:07/31/2015

Regarding "Pot shop crackdown accelerating" (July 27): Writer David Garrick missed it. Community leaders have lobbied the city to shut down illegal pot shops not because they are "much less regulated" than "legal" dispensaries but because they are just plain drug dealers selling for profit.

The Otay city-permitted pot shop owner estimates revenues of $2 million this year in his admitted "business" operation. Is this philanthropy or just big pot pharma?

There is no difference in the operations, the clients, where the illegal stores get the pot or the extremely high potency (often up to 40 times a true cannabis-based, FDA-approved drug such as Marinol) or the profit motive. All pot shops are operating the same.

A permit gives the impression the city is regulating.

It is not, but should be.

Scott Chipman

Pacific Beach

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22US CA: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Movement Makes No SenseFri, 31 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Murray, David W. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

A recent example of the logical abandon of today's backers of legal marijuana is the plan to defund the Drug Enforcement Administration's program to eradicate illegal marijuana (DEA/CESP), an $18 million program that eliminates millions of plants a year and arrests thousands of criminals, many of whom were brought here to labor for Mexican drug cartels controlling the marijuana black market.

Yet Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) wants to end the effort as a "ridiculous waste" of federal resources, when multiple states "have already legalized marijuana," use of which should "no longer be a federal crime." Clearly, the congressman has not thought this through. He is, in fact, arguing against his own legal marijuana case.

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23CN BC: Security Tightened After Robbery At Marijuana StoreWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

Incident may be first of its kind in Victoria

Victoria police are looking for a man who robbed a medical marijuana dispensary armed with a knife and what looked to be a handgun.

Police believe it is the first robbery of one of the pot dispensaries that have been sprouting up around Victoria, but remain an unregulated industry. The dispensary's owner said he has bumped up security measures after last week's robbery to prevent it from happening again.

On Thursday, a man wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a mask waited until customers left before he entered Farmacy at 3055 Scott St. about 9 p.m., just as it was about to close.

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24 US: Watchdog Says Drug Informants Lack LimitsThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Rein, Lisa Area:United States Lines:67 Added:07/31/2015

DEA Hit for Poorly Vetting Traffickers on Its Payroll

WASHINGTON - Drug traffickers who cooperate with federal investigators are poorly vetted, and the Drug Enforcement Administration did not properly monitor at least 240 informants some of whom crossed the line into illegal activity and were under criminal investigation by other authorities.

That's the conclusion of a new report from the Justice Department watchdog, who found another weakness in the DEA's oversight of its informants: Some of them get workers' compensation benefits from the government despite questionable qualifications.

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25CN ON: Juror Nearly Caused MistrialWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Sawchuk, Bill Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/31/2015

Court: Precedent-setting decision shows perils of jury deliberations in the age of technology

A precedent-setting decision involving two St. Catharines brothers highlights the justice system's struggles to keep up with changing times and technology.

A juror was found to have used his smartphone to do independent research in the drug trafficking trial of Lucas and Leonard Farinacci Jr.

However, an appeal court ruled last month the juror's use of Google in doing that research wasn't enough to require a mistrial be declared.

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26 US CA: The Green PrintThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Miller, Nick Area:California Lines:157 Added:07/31/2015

What Does Roadmap for Legalizing Pot Mean for Recreational Weed on the 2016 Ballot?

A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won't necessarily mean more green for its financial coffers.

The report, by the Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom-led Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, is a 93-page opus nearly two years in the making. The hype was that it would be a blueprint for legalizing pot in California. But now that the smoke has settled-experts and pot interests have had a few days to actually read and dissect the document-one thing is clear: Legalizing pot has dozens of moving parts, and, little surprise, some will never agree on how to greenlight bud in the Golden State.

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27 US CA: The Greenprint: Gavin Newsom's Report Explores PotThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Miller, Nick Area:California Lines:190 Added:07/31/2015

What Does the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy Mean for Weed on the 2016 Ballot?

Marijuana is green. Sometimes purple or brown. Even tangerine. But mostly green. That's a simple, even Seussian approach to pot. This week in California, however, cannabis just got a helluva lot more complicated.

A widely praised report on pot legalization in California released last week warns that recreational weed in the state won't necessarily mean more green for its financial coffers.

The report, by the Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom-led Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, is a 93-page opus nearly two years in the making. The hype was that it would be a greenprint for legalizing grass in California. But now that the smoke has settled-now that experts and pot activists have had a few days to actually read and dissect the epic-one thing is clear: Legalizing pot has dozens of moving parts, and, little surprise, there will be those who never agree on how to greenlight green bud in the Golden State.

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28 US OH: Pot Group, Husted At Odds Over SignaturesThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:87 Added:07/31/2015

Ohio's smoldering marijuana legalization debate flared up on Wednesday as Secretary of State Jon Husted launched an investigation of ResponsibleOhio's petition and the group countered with a harassment allegation written by a former Ohio Supreme Court justice.

All this came on the eve of today's make-or-break deadline for ResponsibleOhio to submit additional valid signatures of registered voters to qualify for the Nov. 3 general-election ballot.

ResponsibleOhio fell nearly 30,000 signatures short of the number required to get on the fall ballot. The shortfall triggered a dispute between ResponsibleOhio and Husted's office. The group must turn in enough new valid signatures by today to fill the gap and qualify for the ballot.

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29 US CA: Column: Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission Says Nothing NewThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:77 Added:07/31/2015

Did you get a chance to read Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy recommendations for legal recreational cannabis use in California? What did you think?

- -Hope Fullwishes

Yeah, I read it. Meh. This thing took two years to produce?

Really? My problem with this report is that it isn't telling us anything new.

You can read it for yourself at www.safeandsmartpolicy.org/ wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ BRCPathwaysReport.pdf. But if you already follow cannabis-law reform in California, you won't learn much. Yes, of course we need to keep cannabis out of the hands and lungs of children.

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30 US OH: Elections Chief Opens Pot Petitions InvestigationThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) Author:Smyth, Julie Carr Area:Ohio Lines:83 Added:07/31/2015

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio's elections chief named a special investigator on Wednesday to review what he calls "significant disparities" in a marijuana legalization group's ballot petitions and said he is subpoenaing the campaign's director.

The announcement by Secretary of State Jon Husted is the latest show of force by the state's Republican powerbrokers against ReponsibleOhio. The group seeks to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would mark one of the nation's most significant leaps in marijuana policy, taking Ohio from a complete prohibition against cannabis use to legalization for both medical and recreational use.

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31 CN BC: Pot Pastor Refuses to Tear Down 'Church'Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:07/30/2015

A cannabis evangelist is vowing to refuse an order from the City of White Rock to tear down the marijuana-focused "church" in his beachfront home by the end of the week.

Several months ago, Robin Douglas erected a large tent for Church of the Holy Smoke patrons to gather in the backyard of the home he rents across the road from the tourist promenade along White Rock's beach. Mr. Douglas said up to 50 people a day drop by the makeshift lounge to hang out, smoke cannabis and ponder questions "regarding their spirituality." He said he guarantees patrons protection from police if they are inside his yard, but makes sure they know they could be arrested if they leave the sanctuary.

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32 US CO: Column: How Can I Start Selling My Edibles?Thu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:07/30/2015

Dear Stoner: I've been making butter, oils and tinctures. What licenses and permits do I need to sell my edibles to dispensaries, and do I need a commercial kitchen?

Todd

Dear Todd: There are plenty of hoops to jump through on your way to producing commercial edibles, but here's one insurmountable hurdle: If you have a recent criminal history, especially one involving drugs, then you probably don't have a shot.

If your record's clean, though, go to the Marijuana Enforcement Division website. At colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/marijuanaenforcement, you'll find information on applying for medical and retail marijuana business licenses (you'd want an infused-product license for edibles), the requirements and fees to do so, and all of the other boring but extremely important details that go with starting a marijuana business.

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33 US CA: Editorial: Pot Taxes Might Add Up, but Likely JustThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:85 Added:07/30/2015

It's taken as a given that California will have a recreational marijuana initiative on the ballot next year and polling indicates that it will be successful.

With that in mind, it was worthwhile having a panel consider the ins and outs of various ways of regulating it, even if nothing definitive came out of the study.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, released its report last week. An Associated Press story about the publication was published at the time. And anyone can read the full text at the website, www.safeandsmartpolicy.org.

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34 US AZ: Opinion MMJ Part IIThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Ruben, Aari Area:Arizona Lines:102 Added:07/30/2015

MMJ vs. Legalization

It is a sad but true fact in the world today that politics, lobbying, and action take money, lots and lots of money.

This means that to enforce the will of popular opinion we must band together as a cohesive force and make our voices one. There has been a long history of infighting in the cannabis industry.

If NORML and other groups of their day had worked together in the 1970s this conversation might be long over. This didn't happen.

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35 US CA: PUB LTE: Prohibition Didn't Work for Booze, Doesn'tThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Angle, Ronald Area:California Lines:45 Added:07/30/2015

Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country, the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: prohibition. That policy was a disaster for all but the illegal suppliers.

As a result of our current national cannabis prohibition, we offer little supply to meet the demand. To curb that demand, we put people in federal prisons. Yet the demand continues and Mexican cartels use our national forests to supply the demand. Does this make sense?

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36US AK: Column: What If My Rural Alaska Town Opts Out of PotThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

This week, a reader asks a question getting to the heart of an issue that will eventually need resolution as Alaska's attempt to structure its legal cannabis industry goes forward.

Other states that have legalized pot have roads leading more or less from every pot store to every potential customer. But a great many Alaskans live off the road system. They rely on small planes for travel and on air cargo parcels for practically everything, from construction supplies to bulk grocery items, and even alcohol.

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37US: Informant Oversight Lax, Says DEA ReportThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Moran, Greg Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

Inspector General Finds Sensitive Program Run 'Without Rigorous Review'

The Drug Enforcement Administration doesn't follow established guidelines for handling confidential informants and has paid millions of dollars in dubious or unverified federal disability payment to informants and their families over the years.

Those are two of the findings in a report by the Department of Justice Inspector General into the drug agency's program for dealing with confidential informants. The report was based in part on the review of certain case files from San Diego that used confidential informants.

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38 US CA: Column: Growing A Greener BudThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Stansberry, Linda Area:California Lines:69 Added:07/30/2015

Holly Carter doesn't have a good estimate on how many plastic soil bags wind up in landfills, but judging from the "hundreds of thousands" she sees enter the Garberville-Redway area on flatbed trucks every grow season, it's many. In addition to the high carbon footprint associated with trucking dirt into our rural and rugged region, out-of-town soil takes another unexpected environmental toll. While the bags, most of which are made with low-density polyethylene plastic (#4 LDPE), do bear a recycling symbol, the chances of them actually being reincarnated are slim.

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39 US CO: Column: Colorado Says 'No' To Medical Marijuana forThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Dahl, Gavin Area:Colorado Lines:118 Added:07/30/2015

John Evans insists that calling post-traumatic stress a disorder is like cutting yourself and calling the blood a disorder.

"It is a natural reaction to an unnatural event," says Evans, director of support group Veterans 4 Freedom. Not only military veterans, but women who have suffered domestic abuse or sexual assault, hospice workers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and even those affected by natural disasters can have post-traumatic stress, he believes.

Evans is a vocal member of the growing contingent of advocates demanding public health officials add medical marijuana to Colorado's approved list of PTSD treatments. Ten other states have passed similar measures. The Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council, tasked by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with reviewing petitions based on their scientific merits, recommended a yes vote. The state's chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk endorsed the proposal.

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40 US CA: LTE: Legalizing Drugs A Failed ExperimentTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Jacobs, James David Area:California Lines:41 Added:07/30/2015

Re: "Drug legalization: Learn from Portugal" [Editorial, July 26]: So we should follow Portugal's example, and legalize all drugs? Maybe we should follow Portugal's example and become a welfare state that is almost as bankrupt as Greece? Oh, pardon me. I guess we are already following Portugal in dependency and fiscal matters.

I will gladly support the legalization of all drugs the minute the state makes drug users fully responsible for their drug use. This can be demonstrated by removing addicts and alcoholics from the disabled list and discontinuing their Social Security disability and general relief payments. They should also be forced to seek nongovernmental shelter the same as the rest of us and not be allowed to live in a cardboard box on some street corner harassing folks as they walk by.

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41 US CA: Editorial: Getting Ahead Of Pot LegalizationWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)          Area:California Lines:78 Added:07/30/2015

But if public opinion polls, election results in other states and people toking casually on California streets are a barometer, legalization may be inevitable. At a minimum, it's increasingly likely to return to the ballot in 2016.

So if the state wants to avoid a repeat of the legal and legislative chaos produced by Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative, policymakers better get ready.

A new report by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's blue-ribbon commission on marijuana identifies some considerations that are almost certain to sprout up if Mendocino Gold joins Miller Lite and Marlboros on the list of legally sanctioned vices.

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42US OR: OPED: Recreational Marijuana From a Teacher'sWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Croze, Ann Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

The word "public" is defined in Webster's as "relating to or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state." This definition needs to be understood by the marijuana users in our state and our neighbor to the north. In the past year, I have been exposed to marijuana smoke coming out of a Mariners game (try getting around that group to avoid it), a concert at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington, at Mt. Tabor Park on July 4 and, on a few occasions, in the parks near my home.

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43 US CA: Column: The 'Marijuana Smear' Job On Sandra BlandWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:119 Added:07/30/2015

For those charged with ensuring her welfare, it wasn't enough to say that Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman discovered dead in a Texas jail cell on July 13, died by her own hand.

Last week, authorities in Waller County, Texas, added another incredible layer to their narrative that Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag. She was under the influence of marijuana, they suggested, drugs she may have consumed - nobody can say how - during her three days in jail following a traffic stop.

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44 US CA: Column: A Softer Approach To 'Drugged Driving'Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Geluardi, John Area:California Lines:106 Added:07/30/2015

A Blue-Ribbon Report Eschews New Restrictions on Driving While Stoned

As Californian voters prepare to consider legalizing cannabis, a newly released blue-ribbon report on marijuana policy is calling for a balanced approach toward so-called "drugged driving." Instead of punitive, drunk driving-type laws and penalties that many anti-marijuana legislators have called for in the past, the report recommends increased enforcement of existing laws with an emphasis on matching penalties to actual risks.

The report, "Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California," which was commissioned by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and released last week, recommends that, instead of creating hysterical new restrictions based on dodgy statistics, law enforcement officers should be given new tools and skills to determine if California drivers are operating motor vehicles while stoned. "It is already illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana," the report reads, "and instead of creating new laws and penalties, law enforcement should be given new tools, such as THC mouth swab tests and video recorded impairment tests that could effectively enforce existing laws and possibly meet standards of evidence."

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45 US CO: Column: A Local Bong-A-Thon, Marijuana Banking, and MoreWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Swartzell, Griffin Area:Colorado Lines:68 Added:07/30/2015

Bong-a-Thon revision

The 32nd Colorado Invitational Bong-a-Thon has been moved out of the town of Stoner. Instead, the festival will be held around 21/2 hours south of Denver, with the specific location to be sent to invitees only. On July 6, the Montezuma Board of County Commissioners denied event organizer Chris Jetter's application for amplified sound and filed an injunction to stop the event altogether.

"We had a special use permit for a special event," says Board Vice President Larry Don Suckla. "It takes about one month to get one of those through. There wasn't enough time to get it through before that event."

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46 US WA: Column: The Kids Hate The Weed!Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:97 Added:07/30/2015

Both use and approval are down.

Houston, we have a problem (with marijuana). No, it's not that youngsters are getting stoned on the wacky weed and crashing cars or dropping out of school.

It's that they're starting to dislike the stuff.

A report released last week in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse shows that not only has cannabis use decreased among teens, but disapproval of marijuana is up. (They could have said that approval was down, but the media is so opposed to putting a positive spin on drug use, even academic news is twisted.) Taking data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the survey is stunning for both its duration, from 2002 to 2013, and breadth, with 500,000 kids across the nation polled.

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47 US CA: LTE: Report Pot Growers to Help Preserve Water inWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Roybal, Nancy Area:California Lines:38 Added:07/30/2015

Commercial pot growers worsen the drought conditions in Butte County. Marijuana's high water demands deplete wells. Growers divert water and transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. The Office of Emergency Management has stepped in to provide life-saving water needs for families.

Groundwater supplies in foothill communities cannot sustain noncompliant marijuana grows. Citizens can help. Ordinance 4075 (Measure A) is only enforced if illegal grows are reported to Butte County code enforcement. It's a reactive (complaint driven) system that works well.

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48 US MI: PUB LTE: It's Just A PlantWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Michigan Lines:33 Added:07/30/2015

In our July 22 Higher Ground column ("Making an example") Larry Gabriel wrote about a police sweep on a Detroit Medz dispensary, a move which appeared to be defended by Detroit Councilman James Tate. Robert Sharpe, a policy analyst at Common Sense for Drug Policy, weighed in.

Regarding Larry Gabriel's July 22 column, would City Councilmember James Tate and the Metropolitan Detroit Community Action Coalition prefer that we go back to the old days when violent drug cartels had a monopoly on marijuana distribution? It's long past time to stop treating marijuana like kryptonite. The plant is not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as drug warriors would have us believe.

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49 CN BC: 'Huge' Rise in Childhood Pot PoisoningsTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Colvin, Patrick Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:07/30/2015

It looked like a chocolate smoothie, it tasted like a chocolate smoothie, but it was much more than just a chocolate smoothie.

A New Westminster woman ended up in the emergency room Saturday after unknowingly ingesting a quarter bottle of marijuana-laced smoothie.

"I started seeing flashing lights behind my eyeballs, it was constantly flickering even when I closed my eyes, my whole body started to feel very strange," said Eileen Edinger, who drank the marijuana smoothie after it was left in her fridge by a family member.

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50 CN MB: Rebel With A CauseSun, 26 Jul 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:72 Added:07/29/2015

Meet the man behind Winnipeg's first medical marijuana dispensary

Fifteen years ago, Glenn Price had his wrist gashed open when moving a large mirror that shattered. The damage required 500 stitches, Price said, and the scar to prove it still weaves through his skin to his hand, where extensive nerve damage has left him without feeling in his fingers.

On the same arm, Price "broke" his shoulder 10 years prior to that incident, which to this day leaves him with chronic pain that doctors originally wanted to prescribe powerful painkillers to treat.

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