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1 US CT: Stonington Police Efforts To Make Drug ArrestsSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Wojtas, Joe Area:Connecticut Lines:84 Added:08/31/2014

Town Resident Who Is Also a Detective in Westerly Outlines Concerns in an Email to the First Selectman

Stonington - A veteran Westerly Police Department detective who lives in Pawcatuck has criticized the Stonington police department's drug enforcement efforts in an email to First Selectman Ed Haberek.

In his March email, Detective Steven Johnson said he has "witnessed multiple hand to hand drug deals, in the open, in Downtown Pawcatuck."

He added that he is aware that on a daily basis, drug deals are being conducted in a local parking lot.

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2 US OH: PUB LTE: Physician Should Keep Focus On KidsFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Weese, Taylor Area:Ohio Lines:41 Added:08/31/2014

In response to last Friday's letter "Smoking pot has ill effects on adolescents" from Dr. Peter D. Rogers, I do not disagree that smoking marijuana is harmful to adolescents. That is a scientific fact.

What he does with this fact, however, is stretch it into an overly broad, sweeping opinion of all marijuana users.

He mentioned that children showing up to his addiction clinic who smoked marijuana were doing poorly in school, drifting from their families and were unmotivated. That is a clear example of selection bias and does nothing to prove causal effects of marijuana smoking.

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3 ON: PUB LTE: Pot Laws Not Science-BasedSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Sharpe, Robert        Lines:52 Added:08/31/2014

Re: Brian MacLeod's thoughtful Aug. 21 column.

Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana prohibition. North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and xenophobia, not science. The first marijuana laws were a racist reaction to Mexican migration during the early 1900s. Writing under the pen name Janey Canuck, Emily Murphy warned Canadians about the dread reefer and its association with non-white immigrants. The yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst led to its criminalization in the U.S.

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4CN ON: Health-Care Workers Strive To Prevent Drug OverdosesFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Allen, Samantha Wright Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2014

The man's face was purple. The whites of his eyes stared out, the pupils rolled back into his head. He was sweating profusely, his tongue hanging from his mouth.

When Sean LeBlanc opened the door to the rooming house hallway last summer, it was clear to the former addict what was happening.

"It was an opiate overdose," he said. "I'd seen it before."

LeBlanc sprang into action. He grabbed a naloxone kit - a device similar to an EpiPen - and injected the life-saving antidote into his friend's shoulder.

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5 CN ON: Focus On Medical UseSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Labine, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:08/31/2014

Hempfest Lands in Moonbeam This Weekend

MOONBEAM - The organizer of a pro-marijuana festival believes the drug should remain out of politician hands.

Organizers for Hempfest Canada announced that the 16th annual celebration would not be held in Sault Ste. Marie, where it has called home for the past few years, but instead in Moonbeam. The main goal of Hempfest, which takes place this weekend, is to educate the public on the proper use of medical marijuana.

Robert Neron, the organizer of the event, explained he decided to move the event for financial reasons. It would be cheaper for him to host it in Moonbeam because he owns the hall where the event will be held. If it was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Neron said he would have to rent and that would cost at least $20,000.

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6 US: Federal Marijuana Crops Get A BoostSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Raab, Lauren Area:United States Lines:39 Added:08/31/2014

The U.S. government has increased the quantity of marijuana it's growing this year to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46.

The federal government classifies marijuana as a substance that has no medical use and is more dangerous than cocaine. But it's willing to let researchers have access - under a few conditions.

One condition is that each project needs approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Another is that researchers get the substance from a particular source: the federal government.

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7CN BC: Pot Protest Pushed To Senior GovernmentsSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Anderson, Spencer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2014

The Regional District of Nanaimo has put out a response to residential opposition to a licence application for a new medical marijuana facility in the Nanoose area.

However, the regional government says its hands are effectively tied with regards to the project and is asking residents to address their questions and complaints to senior levels of government. A group of residents living close to the proposed facility plan on meeting Tuesday to prepare their next steps.

Vancouver-based medical marijuana producer Wildflower Marijuana Inc. has two applications for licences in the works with Health Canada, the federal agency that regulates medical marijuana production. One of the applications is for the facility in Nanoose, while another is for an operation in Yellow Point.

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8 US: Study: Medical Pot May Help Opiate AbuseSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Healy, Melissa Area:United States Lines:138 Added:08/31/2014

Painkiller Overdoses Fell in States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds

Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.

The new research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds that deaths associated with the use of opiate drugs fell in 13 states after they legalized medical marijuana. Compared to states with no formal access to marijuana, those that allowed certain patients legal access to cannabis saw a steady drop in opiate-related overdoses that reached 33 percent, on average, six years after the states' medical marijuana laws took effect.

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9US WA: Washington Court Upholds City's Ban On MarijuanaSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2014

Judge Says Small City Can Prohibit the State-Licensed Businesses Critics Say Local Bans Run Counter to Law Legalizing Pot

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults' recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.

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10 US IL: PUB LTE: Forum: Make Medical Pot Easily AccessibleSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Southtown Star (Tinley Park, IL) Author:Gierach, James E. Area:Illinois Lines:36 Added:08/31/2014

You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries.

Instead of thinking so hard about where medical marijuana should not be available, aldermen should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic prohibition of marijuana and allow medical marijuana to be sold anywhere that other medicines are sold.

Sick people are not benefited by making it inconvenient, if not difficult, to visit a business that will sell a substance that helps people suffering from cancer, chemotherapy, AIDS and other serious illnesses.

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11 US: Drug Courts Now A Battlefield Of Pot PoliticsSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:120 Added:08/31/2014

Casual Marijuana Users Go to Treatment As Hard- Core Drug Abusers Are Rejected.

WASHINGTON - Attorney David West can't pinpoint precisely when he started to sour on the rapid expansion of drug courts - but the karate episode stands out.

West, a criminal defense lawyer in the Atlanta area, was representing a client busted in a town north of the city for possession of pot. Faced with the prospect of losing his driver's license and being haunted by a criminal record, the client opted for treatment.

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12 US WA: City's Ban On Marijuana Sales UpheldSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Washington Lines:42 Added:08/30/2014

(AP) - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults' recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.

The case concerned a ban in the Tacoma suburb of Fife. Would-be pot proprietor Tedd Wetherbee sued, saying he was entitled to do business but the city wasn't letting him. Culpepper disagreed.

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13US CA: Seeing GreenSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:May, Patrick Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed.

"There was everybody from soil companies to grow-light companies to lawyers and security and insurance firms to a TV network doing shows just on marijuana," said James, whose Seattle-based Marijuana Venture newsletter has exploded from eight to 84 glossy pages since it launched in March and is already turning a profit. "I'm not sure how many of them will survive, but it's amazing how fast this thing is moving."

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14US CO: Colo. Grants For Pot Study MurkySat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

Marijuana's Illegal Status at the Federal Level Casts Doubt Over Who Can Accept Funds.

Colorado will begin handing out money for a groundbreaking medical marijuana research grant program early next year. But the first meeting of a group that will review applications for the grants shows there's doubt over who will be able to accept the funding.

Next week, Colorado's health department will release the program's official request for applications. Starting early next year, the state expects to distribute $9 million for research on the medical effects of cannabis, making it the largest state-funded effort to study medical marijuana.

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15 US NM: Berry Veto Quashes Pot, Tax ProposalsSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:McKay, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:114 Added:08/30/2014

It's Unlikely Council Can Override Mayor

Mayor Richard Berry on Friday vetoed an election resolution that would have asked Albuquerque voters to reduce marijuana penalties and to raise taxes for social services.

The mayor faced an all-or-nothing proposal from the City Council - an election resolution containing five ballot items, including the marijuana and tax proposals.

The debate now turns to the council, which could try crafting a new election resolution when it meets Wednesday. Unless a councilor changes his or her position, there isn't enough support to override the veto.

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16 US: New Drug Czar Expected To Continue Public Health FocusSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:United States Lines:83 Added:08/30/2014

The White House officially nominated Michael Botticelli on Thursday to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with overseeing and administering federal drug policy.

The White House has been moving toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice one. And the nomination of Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, might be the most significant sign of that shift to date.

The ONDCP's budget, however, offers a different perspective on the office's priorities. Since 2003, the ONDCP budget has grown from roughly $17 billion to $25 billion annually. This represents a growth of about 48 percent, which is less than the 69 percent increase in total federal spending over the same period.

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17 US NY: OPED: Of Pot And PercocetSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bachhuber, Marcus Area:New York Lines:91 Added:08/30/2014

PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it.

Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.

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18 US VA: PUB LTE: In Ferguson, the Fruits of a Failed Drug WarFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Progress-Index, The (VA) Author:Fraser, Ronald Area:Virginia Lines:108 Added:08/30/2014

To the Editor:

In the 1960s, civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, and elsewhere faced local police officers armed with hand held batons, fire hoses, attack dogs and horse-mounted riot control officers.

Recently, in Ferguson, Missouri, civic rights protestors went up against aggressive local police officers equipped with body armor, automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers and at least one police sniper aiming a telescope-equipped assault rifle at the protestors.

Street protests today look a lot like those of the 1960s but, with drug war-driven militarization of local law enforcement agencies since then, the police response in Ferguson now looks a lot like urban warfare.

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19 US CT: Column: No, One-Third of a 'Sweet Grass' Cookie DoesFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:New Haven Register (CT) Author:Beach, Randall Area:Connecticut Lines:118 Added:08/30/2014

Good news, people: I survived ingesting a "brain poison," easily operated a Hertz rental car an hour or two afterward without killing anybody and lived to tell the tale. Dr. Arthur Taub, a retired clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote a hysterical letter to the New Haven Register after I reported in my column last week that I ate one-third of a 10-milligram marijuana cookie outside a legal cannabis shop in Boulder, Colorado.

"Marijuana is a brain poison," the good doctor began. "It is an uncontrolled mixture of long acting brain-destructive neurotoxins and carcinogens."

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20 US NY: PUB LTE: New Yorkers Back Medicinal UseWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Times Union (Albany, NY) Author:Scavone, Adam Area:New York Lines:44 Added:08/30/2014

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo is worried about political fallout from supporting medical marijuana, he need not worry. When medical marijuana was the focus of debate in 2010, polling data showed a significant majority of New Yorkers - as high as 71 percent in one poll - were in favor.

Our Northeastern neighbors - in Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware - all have medical marijuana statutes, and those states have not descended into chaos. New Jersey has strict rules to ensure patients' supplies of marijuana are monitored and that licensed producers' operations are secured. Producers face lost licenses or criminal charges if found to be derelict.

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21 US FL: LTE: Turning Seniors Into Drug DealersThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Sullivan, Daniel Area:Florida Lines:25 Added:08/30/2014

Amendment 2 (legalizing marijuana for medical use) will turn thousands of Floridians into drug dealers. Seniors short of money will be using their Medicare to visit doctors, and will tell them they have pains that can'=C2=80=C2=99t be corrected with regular prescriptions. They'=C2=80 =C2=99ll say they tried their grandson'=C2=80=C2=99s cannabis and that it made them fe el great. Theya'=C2=99ll demand a prescription. After getting a script, they'=C2=80=C2=99ll get their monthly supply and sell it for extra cash.

Daniel Sullivan, Coconut Creek


22 US CA: PUB LTE: Marijuana Sales Better In Stores Than On StreetsThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Cooper, Garry Area:California Lines:46 Added:08/30/2014

Given that marijuana is being sold in every community in our country, we need to objectively evaluate the pros and cons of having dispensaries for this purpose.

First, you must realize that people are selling pot out of their homes in virtually every city in our country. Thus, we already have dispensaries operating in our towns. We also have folks selling at our parks and on our city streets.

In larger cities turf wars between gangs erupt daily and unpaid bills and thievery are dealt with on a vigilante basis. Other drugs are pedaled there as well. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 70 percent of the illegal drug trade by gangs on the streets is marijuana.

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23 CN ON: Column: Pot's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) BackWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Cornies, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:106 Added:08/30/2014

You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media.

The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native of London, Ont., he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.

He lit joints on the steps of police stations and city halls across the country. He sold marijuana seeds, home-grow books, bongs and other paraphernalia from storefronts in at least two provinces, encouraging others across Canada to do the same. He launched a cannabis-themed magazine. He founded a legal assistance centre for those seeking to challenge existing drug laws. He started Pot-TV, a video channel devoted to marijuana culture and politics.

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24 CN ON: Editorial: Pot policy: A Major Election Issue?Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Orangeville Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:08/30/2014

At this point, it would seem to be almost inevitable that marijuana will be a major issue in next year's federal election.

Unless Canada's three major political parties change their present stance on the matter, their respective positions would seem to be miles apart.

But a closer look at the issue will lead to a conclusion that there is really precious little difference between the positions taken by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

Mr. Trudeau got a lot of publicity (and more than a little criticism) earlier this year when he came out for legalization of marijuana. Current Liberal policy, if implemented, would see pot sales regulated and taxed like tobacco, the regulations including a prohibition of sales to minors.

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25 CN AB: LTE: Blowing In The WindWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Flanagan, Stephen T. Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:08/30/2014

Re: "Feds blame Trudeau for blowing smoke on marijuana debate," Aug. 19.

I agree with Health Minister Rona Ambrose. The part-time drama teacher and also leader of the third party Justin Trudeau, is targeting his marijuana platform strictly to bring out the youth vote.

The fact that he shows himself to be cool and with the "in crowd" is exactly why he is doing it. The long-term effects on the body by smoking this drug has actually not yet to be realized, but it will end up costing the taxpayer billions in medical expenses. But hey, let's throw caution to the wind if it means getting elected.

Stephen T. Flanagan

(Politicians' comments always seem to end up costing the taxpayer in the end.)


26 CN ON: PUB LTE: Use Our Tax Dollars WellWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Young, Laura Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:08/30/2014

Re: Legalizing dope would cost everybody, opinion column by Chris Vander Doelen, Aug. 13.

I was appalled at Windsor Star columnist Chris Vander Doelen's column begging that we re-enter the era of reefer and other criminal code madness.

It seems he is even out of touch with your readers.

Over 80 per cent of Windsor Star online poll respondents said yes to the question "should marijuana be legalized?"

Are all these readers Marc Emery followers who are happy to be seen in public toking large cartoonish joints, wearing pot leaf clothing and jewelry and who consider marijuana a big issue in their lives? I don't think so.

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27 CN ON: 'Smoke Is The Problem': ColbyWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Gough, Viki Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:08/30/2014

C-K medical officer of health speaks out on marijuana

Members of the Canadian Medical Association passed a motion earlier this month at the organization's annual convention that smoking any plant material is unhealthy.

Delegates were discussing the ramifications of Canada's new medical marijuana law, which the CMA touted as putting "physicians in a precarious situation."

Chatham-Kent's medical officer of health "totally agrees" with the CMA's position on inhaling smoke from burning plant materials.

Dr. David Colby told QMI Agency a year ago that he believes marijuana is a safe drug in that its narcotic-induced effect on users could be considered as mild.

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28 US GA: PUB LTE: Legal Marijuana Is Taxable SubstanceWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Roberts, Fred Area:Georgia Lines:29 Added:08/30/2014

Regarding "Analyze cost, benefits of legal pot" (Atlanta Forward, Aug. 21), J. Tom Morgan makes a cogent case for the decriminalization of marijuana, citing the racist scare tactics of the Depression-era director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the specious argument that it is a gateway to harder drugs.

Let's also consider these points: Legal marijuana can be taxed; its potency can be standardized; criminal enterprises will no longer profit from trafficking in it, and useful medical research into its therapeutic use can begin. And decriminalization will ease the current enormous strain on our courts and prisons. With the taxpayer money saved, maybe then we can turn our attention to the shortcomings of our infrastructure and educational systems.



29 US CA: Pot Market To Remain ClosedSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Becerra, Hector Area:California Lines:24 Added:08/30/2014

A popular Eastside marijuana farmers market will remain closed, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday.

Judge Joanne O'Donnell issued a preliminary injunction barring organizers from operating the market, which had attracted large crowds to the California Heritage Market in Boyle Heights.

The injunction follows a temporary restraining order issued in July at the request of Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer, who argued that the market failed to comply with the city's law regulating marijuana dispensaries.


30Canada: OPED: Playing Politics With PotWed, 27 Aug 2014
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Simpson, Chris Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

As a non-partisan organization, the CMA could not take part in an overtly political campaign

David Asper accuses the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) of being "disingenuous," after we decided not to move forward with the multi-million dollar advertising campaign funded by the government ('It's the CMA that's 'politicizing' the marijuana debate,' Aug. 22). He also accuses us of hypocrisy, because the CMA "is the same organization whose leadership worries about prescribing medical marijuana because of the lack of research on its long term effects."

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31CN BC: Minister Mum on Chiefs' Bid to Ticket for PotThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

Canada's public safety minister dodged questions about allowing police to issue tickets for simple marijuana possession, instead using the podium at the national police chiefs' conference Wednesday to slam Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's pot policy.

"Police chiefs oppose legalization, doctors oppose legalization, but Mr. Trudeau wants to legalize marijuana?" said Steven Blaney, speaking at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Victoria on Wednesday.

"We will continue to protect a safe environment for Canadians and especially for our youth."

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32 US HI: Column: Militarization of Police Has Roots in War onSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Sullum, Jacob Area:Hawaii Lines:98 Added:08/30/2014

Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon.

"Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country."

In other words: Don't blame the military for militarizing the police.

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33 US: U.S. U.S. Government to Grow 30 Times More Marijuana ThisThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Virgin Islands Daily News, The (VI) Author:Raab, Lauren Area:United States Lines:45 Added:08/30/2014

The U.S. government has upped the quantity of marijuana it's growing this year, to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46.

The federal government classifies marijuana as a substance that has no medical use and is more dangerous than cocaine. But it's willing to let researchers have access - under a few conditions.

One condition is that each project needs approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Another is that researchers get the substance from a particular source: the federal government.

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34US NV: Pot Clinics Get Pass On Glow RuleThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Komenda, Ed Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

No Neon, No Problem, Says City in Announcing Waivers

If you want to set up a business on Las Vegas Boulevard between Washington and Sahara avenues, one thing's for certain: You will need a neon sign.

Unless you're in the medical marijuana industry.

Though the city's Scenic Byway Plan requires all establishments in that part of the boulevard to have signs with 75 percent neon to preserve the road's storied history as a glowing desert landmark, the city of Las Vegas is making an exception for owners of the medical marijuana dispensaries rapidly spreading across the Las Vegas Valley.

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35US NV: Titus: Titus: U.S. Law Will Keep Banks Out of theThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Knightly, Arnold M. Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2014

The federal illegality of pot hangs "like a cloud" over banks wanting to be involved in the medical marijuana industry, Rep. Dina Titus told an industry advocacy group Wednesday.

"Bankers are not allowed to do business with what is considered an illegitimate activity," said the Nevada Democrat. "Dealing with marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so banks are hesitant to get into that business as much as they would like to."

However, the best way to provide legitimacy to the new industry is to provide access to the federally regulated banks, she said.

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36 US IL: Suburbs Prepare For Medical PotThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Chachkevitch, Alexandra Area:Illinois Lines:80 Added:08/30/2014

Areas Concerned With Visibility, Safety, Zoning

As state officials enacted the rules that will govern the rollout of medical marijuana in Illinois, dozens of individual communities updated their zoning codes to determine where grow centers and pot stores can and cannot be located.

Now, with the state poised to begin accepting applications next month for businesses and patients, many suburbs have moved from the theoretical to the concrete as they consider specific proposals from people who want to grow or sell legal marijuana within town borders.

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37 CN ON: PUB LTE: Marijuana Prohibition Leads To Organized CrimeFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:49 Added:08/30/2014

Re: Smoking is bad for you, period - Aug. 25

Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if abused. Criminal records are nonetheless inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.

Marijuana prohibition does not make the plant any safer. It compounds the dangers of marijuana by granting a monopoly on marijuana distribution to drug cartels that sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Marijuana prohibition is a gateway drug policy.

Now that neighbouring Washington state and Colorado have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good U.S. relations. In 2002, an exhaustive Canadian Senate study rightly concluded that marijuana is relatively benign, prohibition contributes to organized crime, and law enforcement efforts have little impact on patterns of use.

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38 Uruguay: Uruguay Begins Registering Marijuana GrowersThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)          Area:Uruguay Lines:48 Added:08/30/2014

MONTEVIDEO, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug.

Under a controversial law passed last December, marijuana users who sign up for a national register are allowed to grow cannabis, buy it at a pharmacy or join a distribution club.

On the first day of registration for private growers, 10 people had signed up in the morning -- three in the capital Montevideo and seven in the South American country's interior, according to the newly created Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA).

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39 US FL: PUB LTE: Police Will Respond To Voters' WillThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Chase, John G. Area:Florida Lines:33 Added:08/29/2014

This letter makes the point that law enforcement will enforce antidrug laws to enhance their own self-interests, not necessarily to reduce drug addiction. The opposition of the Florida Sheriff's Association to Amendment 2 is an example, according to the letter.

I agree. But I am also an optimist. I believe that when voters put Amendment 2 into the Florida Constitution, as polls indicate they will, the sheriffs will innovate. They will shift money, around to do more on-foot community policing, for instance, and less pot-busting.

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40 US WA: Suit Against Fife's Ban on Pot Challenges State'sFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:97 Added:08/29/2014

Pierce County

Arguments in Case Will Be Heard Friday

To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

But like dozens of other cities in Washington, the small Tacoma suburb of Fife doesn't want Wetherbee - or anyone else - opening marijuana businesses, even if state law allows it. The arguments officials are making in a lawsuit over the dispute threaten to derail Washington's big experiment in legal, taxed cannabis less than two months after sales began.

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41US CO: Aurora Awards Licenses For 21 Retail Pot StoresFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Illescas, Carlos Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/29/2014

Aurora announced Thursday it has awarded licenses to 21 businesses as the city's first recreational marijuana shops, which can open as soon as Oct. 1.

Each of the city's six wards are allowed up to four recreational pot shops. Therewill be four shops each in Wards 1 to 5, and Ward 6 will start with one shop.

The city received 58 applications by the July 31 deadline, and the applications were reviewed on a point system.

The Green Solution, which has four stores in Denver already, will have four stores in Aurora.

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42 US NM: AG Has No Plans To Challenge New Pot LawFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Stiny, Andy Area:New Mexico Lines:110 Added:08/29/2014

King: City Has Authority to Enact Own Ordinance

SANTA FE - Attorney General Gary King supports decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and his office has no plans to challenge Santa Fe's brand new ordinance that does just that.

"The city of Santa Fe definitely has the authority to enact its own ordinance, but beyond that I don't think it would come under the purview of the Attorney General's Office," said Phil Sisneros, spokesman for King.

"It could, but right now we don't see that happening," Sisneros said. "The attorney general (King) is in favor of decriminalizing marijuana laws such as the council has done."

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43 Somalia: 'Paradise Flower' Chewers Savor Low-Price Bliss AfterThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Sheik, Abdi Area:Somalia Lines:118 Added:08/29/2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.

The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails a national institution nonetheless: white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries.

The ubiquitous sight of young men with rifles slung over their shoulders and green stalks of khat dangling from their mouths is emblematic of the Somalia of recent decades, where marauding Islamist rebels and warlords bent on carving out personal fiefdoms have fomented a culture of guns and violence.

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44 US MD: OPED: Overdose Deaths Are PreventableFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Wilson, Deanna Area:Maryland Lines:92 Added:08/29/2014

Last year, 858 Maryland residents died due to alcohol or drug intoxication; that's enough to replace the entire University of Maryland football team more than eight times.

This year is on track to be even more deadly, with a 33 percent increase in accidental opioid overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2014 alone. We do not want any more families, friends and communities to grieve their fallen loved ones. It is time for all of us to call this problem what is: an epidemic.

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45 Australia: Marijuana Trial Plan Panned As NonsenseFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Age, The (Australia) Author:Medew, Julia Area:Australia Lines:76 Added:08/29/2014

Coalition Reform Will Do Little, Say Experts

A Victorian government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.

In response to growing calls for cannabis to be legalised for people with certain illnesses, including children with intractable epilepsy, Victorian Health Minister David Davis said on Thursday that he would amend the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act to make it easier for doctors to conduct clinical trials of medicinal cannabis.

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46 Australia: PUB LTE: It's All PoppycockFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Herald Sun (Australia) Author:Lewis, Carolyn Area:Australia Lines:26 Added:08/29/2014

I CAN'T believe opium poppy crops are being grown in northern Victoria, for pain relief drugs such as morphine and codeine.

Why does the law allow opium to be grown, prescribed and given to people but medical cannabis cannot? As a parent of a disabled child who suffers from severe epilepsy (up to 100 seizures a day and taking medication), I think this is a disgrace.

We are allowed to give a drug to stop people from a bit of pain, but we are not allowed to give a drug that will reduce severe pain and seizures.

Carolyn Lewis, Lockington


47 Australia: PUB LTE: Suffer The ChildFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Herald Sun (Australia) Author:Mort, Sally Area:Australia Lines:30 Added:08/29/2014

HOW is it that the public can buy morphine derivatives over the counter at pharmacies, as well as pseudoephedrine, which can be converted to methamphetamine, yet an innocent child's cannabis oil, which has significantly helped to manage his epilepsy, is taken away? My dear friend recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer could also benefit from cannabis oil, yet he cannot purchase this legally.

A 2007 Harvard Medical School study - one of many such trials - showed marijuana cut lung cancer tumour growth in half. It is legal in some US states.

I am absolutely against recreational drugs, but why can't cannabis oil be strictly prescribed by GPs and oncologists, if it saves or helps prolong lives?

Sally Mort, Black Rock


48 New Zealand: Frustrating WaitFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Krawczyk, Krysia Area:New Zealand Lines:87 Added:08/29/2014

Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hemp can be grown and extracted oil sold, but no other products can be made from its seed such as milk or protein powder.

Auckland hemp farmer Dave Jordon said he had sold his entire coming season's crop in advance "because hemp is so damn good".

With a worldwide shortage of hemp seed, Jordon was regularly contacted from people throughout the world wanting a supply of hemp seed.

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49 US NJ: Column: White Entrepreneurs Crowding Out Black Ones inThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Weedman, NJ Area:New Jersey Lines:90 Added:08/29/2014

Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally's casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana.

Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City.

As a former marijuana prisoner I had to go check this out for myself. So last weekend. I went to Bally's to have a look at who is paying a $1000 to learn how to grow weed, when there are numerous $30 books. I used Mel Franks Growers Guide deluxe 20 years ago to perfect my plants, and more recently used free YouTube videos to perfect hydroponic skills. I wasn't paying $1000 so I could only watch at the door as approximately 80 people, about 60 males, a few Hispanics, three black men, one black women and a couple of Asians came and went.

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50 US CA: Column: On Race, Arrests, Marijuana and 'The New JimThu, 28 Aug 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:74 Added:08/29/2014

In Sacramento, Black People Are Arrested 5.7 Times More Often Than White People

Are marijuana arrests really a racial thing?

- -Mike Green

Good question. This can be a tricky subject. Let's start with some numbers: According to a report from the Drug Policy Alliance ("Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California" www.drugpolicy.org/docUploads/ArrestingBlacks.pdf), white people use marijuana at a higher rate than blacks, but black people are consistently arrested for marijuana possession at a higher rate than white people.

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