The higher the THC content in cannabis, the smaller amount required
to be ingested for the desired effect. It is wrong to compare
substances that have lethal doses, such as alcohol and opiates, to
cannabis, which does not.
End prohibition and there will be no reason to buy cannabis from
criminals. In California, we have developed hundreds of mom-and-pop
growers. We are not going back to Mexican weed no matter how hard the
government tries to force a return.
The misinformation spread by the prohibitionists will only get more
prevalent as more people come to believe it is time for prohibition to end.
Dan King, Sacramento
Nanaimo city councillors want to know how the City of Victoria plans
to regulate marijuana dispensaries, but there was agreement,
something needs to be done about the pot shops here.
Nanaimo continues to see dispensaries open and sell bud to brownies
and T-shirts despite still being illegal. After an RCMP crackdown on
dispensaries in December, council agreed to look at licensing
regulation options, but the issue hasn't landed on the table for
discussion yet with a staff report still in the works.
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Federal Officials Remain in a Haze When It Comes to Articulating a
Comprehensible Policy on Marijuana. Perhaps Last Week's Ruling by the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Curtailing the Feds From
Prosecuting Legitimate Growers and Distributors Will Help Clear the Air.
Half the nation's states, led by California, permit medicinal
applications. Four states and the District of Columbia allow
recreational use. In November, California could become the fifth.
Yet the federal government still sees marijuana as a dangerous drug
and dispensary operators as prosecution targets.
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Regulation Would Be a 'Tax Drain' On State, He Tells Counties
HOT SPRINGS (AP) - Legalizing medical marijuana would be a drain on
the state's resources, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday as
legalization supporters asked the state's highest court to dismiss an
attempt to block their proposal this fall.
The governor also expressed opposition to a casino ballot measure
while speaking to the Association of Arkansas Counties.
Hutchinson, the former head of the federal Drug Enforcement
Administration, said he was concerned about the costs of regulation
and enforcement if voters approve legalizing marijuana for some patients.
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But Supporters of California Bill Say Such Advertising Isn't Possible
Polls show that Californians generally support marijuana
legalization. But opponents of the state's Proposition 64 have seized
on a new message that they hope will persuade voters to reject the
ballot measure in November: the idea that legalization would lead to
a flood of TV ads for marijuana.
The assertion is based on a provision in the measure that states that
advertising for marijuana products "shall only be displayed where at
least 71.6 percent of the audience is reasonably expected to be 21
years of age or older." It mirrors the language of the alcohol
industry's self-imposed advertising restrictions.
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CARSON CITY - State Attorney General Adam Laxalt and other law
enforcement leaders declared their opposition Thursday to a Nevada
ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana.
At a news conference in front of the Legislative Building, Laxalt
said Question 2, if approved by voters in November, would harm Nevada
children and lead to accidental poisonings, addiction and increased
Question 2 would allow people age 21 and older to possess 1 ounce of
marijuana for personal use. It would restrict who can grow, test,
process and distribute recreational pot to those already licensed to
do the same with medical marijuana or who run liquor distributorships.
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the Association of Arkansas
Counties' 48th Annual Conference Thursday that he will oppose two
proposals on the November general election ballot that would legalize
medical marijuana in the state.
"I will be opposing the two marijuana initiatives," Hutchinson told
the conference, which was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
"You can imagine the enforcement issues and the regulatory issues
that are involved with this. I do not see any tax benefits for the
state. I see more of a tax drain for the state."
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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela
Rosa prodded drug addicts "to kill drug lords and burn their houses
for making them gaunt, toothless and addicted to shabu."
Dela Rosa stressed that drug lords have ruined their lives.
In contrast, he explained that drug lords do not use illegal drugs.
"They look good and get rich, enjoying the fruits of their illegal
activities at the expense of drug addicts.
"You know who the drug lords are in your place. If you want to kill
them, kill them. You can kill them because you are the victims, "
Dela Rosa said in Filipino in a speech in Bacolod City.
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Midwest health officials worried this would happen.
It's why they brought together a tri-state coalition - Ohio, Indiana
and Kentucky - to talk about the dangers, and it's why they issued a
stern, desperate warning last month to first responders and addiction
counselors who patrol the front lines of the opioid war every day.
They said the situation was "dire." One Ohio coroner told users they
were "literally gambling" with their lives.
But their public plea could not prevent the heroin on their streets
from being cut and sold with a new opioid analog 100 times more
potent than fentanyl and 10,000 stronger than morphine.
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Witnesses aren't the only ones who are permanently silenced. Lawyers
whether representing crime victims or suspects are also being
targeted by those who want to thwart the administration of justice.
Last Tuesday in Tacloban City, men on a motorcycle pulled up to a car
driven by Rogelio Bato Jr. and opened fire with a rifle and a
.45-caliber handgun. Bato and his companion, a 15-year-old girl, did
not stand a chance. The gunmen escaped.
Bato was the lawyer of Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera town in
Leyte. The mayor had been identified by President Duterte as one of
the local government officials allegedly involved in drug
trafficking. Espinosa pointed to his son Kerwin as the drug dealer.
Kerwin is at large and believed to be abroad, but six of their
family's bodyguards were also shot dead during a police raid on one
of their homes after Espinosa presented himself to the Philippine
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Supporters of legalization of medical marijuana on Wednesday vowed to
press getting the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, despite a series of
deadlines that make it nearly impossible.
On Tuesday, state officials said Oklahomans for Health had collected
more than enough signatures to get the issue before voters.
Supporters collected 67,761 signatures; the requirement was 65,987 signatures.
But a series of deadlines means the question likely will have to wait
until June or November 2018, the next scheduled primary and general elections.
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Well, I think political correctness has reached its limit of
stupidity. Recreational marijuana, hooray, what's next - recreational
cocaine, heroin, speed, meth? Now on cocaine, does recreational mean
you snort only a three-inch line, and any longer it's a crime? On
pot, does the joint have to be a certain length to be legal, or on
heroin a butterfly syringe or one used for horses? What in the world
have the people in this city, county and state been thinking?
Recreational used to be outside running, playing some games, fishing,
camping, hiking, swimming and just getting some fresh air and
exercise. Oh, I forgot, we now get thumb exercises playing games on
the stupid cell phones almost all waking hours or phone glued to ear.
This last is ignored even when they suspect it may be causing brain
tumors. Those using this new toy of the generation are not only kids
but adults, making conversation by appointment only.
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Last week a group of Missouri prosecutors announced it had taken
legal steps to block voter consideration of a medical marijuana
proposition on the November ballot.
In a news release, the group said it opposes the measure because pot
is illegal under federal law. "Missouri law cannot usurp federal
law," the prosecutors claim.
That doesn't seem to have been a problem in Colorado, where
recreational marijuana is sold, but let's leave that aside for the
moment. Instead, let's focus on the prosecutors' central argument:
state law, they say, must give way to federal law whenever there's a conflict.
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In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana
legalization initiative on their ballots.
Marijuana is already legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado,
Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. Another 25 states have
legalized medical marijuana, including Hawaii. The era of marijuana
prohibition is rapidly coming to a close.
Unfortunately, lawmakers lack easy answers to tough questions facing
the marijuana industry. Legalization presents challenges on a number
of fronts, including distribution, taxation, consumption, security
and public health.
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On Nov. 6, 2012 the people of Colorado decisively voted to legalize
recreational marijuana. Amendment 64 passed with 55.3 percent of the vote.
In Boulder County Amendment 64 received 66.4 percent of the vote. The
margin in the City of Boulder was even higher.
But you would never know it by the cavalier way County and City
elected leaders have chosen to "regulate" marijuana growers in the
ensuing four years.
Start with Boulder County. Shortly after the passage of Amendment 64
the Boulder County Commissioners voted to ban commercial marijuana
production in the agricultural areas of Boulder County. The ban
applied to both outdoor and indoor production.
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It's Time to Conquer Addiction for the Good of Everyone; Victims and
Try holding your breath for 72 seconds.
It's uncomfortable, but you'll live, unlike Anthony Heffernan at the
end of those 72 seconds in that Calgary Super 8 hotel room.
By now, many Calgarians are divided into one of two camps regarding
the tragic death of this young man, who was shot four times by police
as he held a syringe in one hand and a lighter in another while under
the dreadful influence of cocaine.
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Of all the wrongs meted out by the criminal justice system, few are
more unfair to poor, mostly minority Americans than the way police
abuse civil asset forfeiture laws.
Every year, cops seize and keep millions of dollars in cash and
property from people who haven't been charged with - or convicted of
- - a crime. They do it without warrants and use proceeds from the
seized assets to pad depleted police department budgets.
Stories abound of Californians being pulled over for minor traffic
offenses only to have their vehicles towed away and cash taken.
Nationally, police take more property from Americans than burglars
do, violating rights in the name of fighting crime.
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JOINT EFFORT: Cities Say They Need Revenue to Cover Costs That Come
With Legalization of Marijuana
B.C. municipalities are appealing for a share of future taxes to help
cover the costs of regulating pot dispensaries, as marijuana appears
set to become legal in Canada by next spring.
The cities of Duncan, Nelson and Prince George have each put forward
resolutions to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention next
month, suggesting that the UBCM petition the federal government to
provide local governments with a portion of future federal or
provincial tax collected through marijuana sales and distribution.
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Re "Regulate potency in pot before legalizing it" (Forum, Aug. 21):
Any attempt to regulate the potency - the THC level - of cannabis
will just keep the black market thriving and the drug cartels
profiting. Environmental disasters due to rogue growers will not be curtailed.
The author says he researched his story, but he compares cannabis to
alcohol and opiates? Marijuana is nowhere near as addicting, and no
one has ever died from excessive cannabis intake.
Decades of research point to a variety of medical uses for this
unique compound, including pain relief, relief from PTSD, nausea and
vomiting, as well as appetite stimulation, and benefits for asthma,
glaucoma and as a sleep aid. The much revered Rick Simpson Oil used
as a cure for cancer contains a high level of THC.
I do agree with Sam Quinones that "legalizing marijuana needs to
happen," but not with his concept of regulating the THC level.
Jeff Ball, Sacramento
PHOENIX - Opponents of a voter initiative legalizing recreational
marijuana in Arizona are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn
a judge's decision and block the measure from the ballot.
The group called Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy said in a
filing that if Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry's
ruling stands, "courts no longer have the power to prevent fraud on
Gentry ruled last week that foes can't challenge it because of a 2015
law. She went on to reject all the opponents' arguments against the initiative.
Legalization backers told the high court that Gentry got it right and
said the opponents' case was politicized and filled with incorrect arguments.
Staff and wire reports
Chico - A nearly year-long investigation resulted in a raid Tuesday
on a downtown business that police say netted marijuana-refining
equipment for sale and landed three men in jail.
The Dungeon, a jewelry and smoking shop on the 100 block of Broadway,
had been under investigation for 11 months, according to a news
release from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force. The
narcotics agents served a search warrant Tuesday around 1:30 p.m.
Four complete closed loop butane honey oil production systems,
components for additional systems, including extraction tubes,
presses and commercial grade ovens, more than 1,000 cans of butane
and 13 canisters of 14-pound butane refrigerant were found at the
store, according to the release.
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Philpott Says Effects of Respect for Communities Act - Introduced in
2015 - Being Monitored, Leaves Door Open to Changes If Needed
Canada's Health Minister says Ottawa has no plans to repeal
Conservative government legislation that harm-reduction advocates say
makes opening new supervised-consumption sites unduly onerous - if
British Columbia's Health Minister, provincial health officer and
others say the Respect for Communities Act puts unnecessary obstacles
in the way of a proven health intervention.
Overdose deaths are at a record high in B.C., having surpassed 433 as
of July 31 - a 74 per-cent increase over the same period last year.
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Starting Wednesday, medical users can grow it - but will it
They may call it weed, but what grows in Laurie MacEachern's plot is
more like the lush fields of corn near her rural home, southeast of
Ottawa, than the goldenrod and wild parsnip in the ditch.
"Welcome to my garden," she tells a rare recent visitor, surveying
rows of luxuriant green plants that will be ready to harvest next month.
In an area the size of a suburban backyard, the 57-year-old
grandmother grows enough medical cannabis to last her a year.
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Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in
marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal
component is added, a new study suggests.
Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of
British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the
research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part
of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to
earn sugary treats.
Mr. Silveira said that under normal circumstances, most rats preferred
the more difficult task to get more rewards, but they switched to the
easier option when given THC.
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New Measures to Fight Plague of Overdoses in Region
Two people die of a drug overdose every day in B.C., and almost three
every month in Maple Ridge.
With drug overdose deaths at emergency levels, the Fraser Health
Authority will be considering supervised consumption services in
Lower Mainland cities, among many measures.
The most recent statistics from the B.C. Coroners Service show the
number of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province is still
alarming, and that the synthetic opioid fentanyl is a killer.
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The federal government has for years employed a bizarre circular
logic when it comes to marijuana. Officially deemed to have a high
potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical application,
marijuana is listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a
Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act - on a par with
heroin and LSD. Yet that very listing has severely limited the
research that could settle the question of whether marijuana does
indeed have therapeutic value, as attested to by countless ... ailing
people and their physicians who report anecdotally that marijuana
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It's A Bad Idea, but SQ 788 Ought to Be on the Ballot If Possible
If State Question 788 doesn't make November's ballot, proponents have
no one to blame but themselves.
Still, in the best spirit of democracy and to save some money, state
officials ought to do everything reasonable to get the medical
marijuana proposal before voters in November if possible.
Secretary of State Chris Benge announced Wednesday that the petition
had 67,761 signatures, enough to qualify for ballot access
provisionally. (A companion proposal to give proponents of initiative
petitions more time to gather signatures fell short of the mark,
Benge announced last week.)
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Council Moving for Medical Marijuana Moratorium
With the term medical marijuana buzzing around, Avon Lake City
Council's safety committee moved along a moratorium to a collective
committee meeting during its meeting Aug. 24.
"A number of communities are doing this to allow for the dust to
settle," said Safety Committee Chair David Kos, adding that they want
to see how everything will land in place and how it will take effect.
Mayor Greg Zilka agreed with Kos that a lot of communities are taking
action to give them some breathing room.
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So I just heard that some people are using high doses of CBD to
counteract the effects of ingesting too much THC. Does this really work?
- -Oso Hyman
Good question. One of the things we know about cannabidiol (CBD) is
that it acts as a sort of THC inhibitor. Cannabis plants with a high
amount of THC but low CBD content will get you "higher" than plants
with a high CBD content, even if the THC percentage is the same. No
one has done any studies yet, but there are anecdotal reports of
folks, especially those folks that enjoy cannabis concentrates (hash,
wax, dabs, hash oil, etc.) or edibles, using either a sublingual CBD
tincture or pills containing a high amount of CBD, to assuage the
effects of overindulgence. In fact, my homie Grand Daddy Mike is
working on a commercial product designed to lessen the effects of THC
in case of accidental or intentional cannabis overindulgence.
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Who's Afraid of the Bulgarians?
I get alarmed calls every week about the Bulgarians. They're paying
exorbitant sums for property in Petrolia, Bridgeville and Alderpoint,
I'm told. They're jogging along rural roads with automatic rifles
strapped to their backs, according to one woman at a recent community
meeting. They're buying out family ranches and slowly taking over the
county. And - although absolutely no proof has been offered from
either my tipsters or law enforcement - they're all somehow connected
to an organized crime cartel.
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My first encounter with the cannabis industry was in November 2014 at
a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas. At the time, the plant
was not part of my life, but the story of a federally illegal drug at
the center of the country's fastest growing industry seemed like an
incomparably rich subject. Soon, I was making plans to move to Denver
to cover the business story of the decade.
Almost two years in, I still think legalization is both inherently
fascinating and historically important. It's been a source of
puzzlement to me why there aren't more reporters who agree. In its
implications for American life, legalization is up there with
marriage equality, Black Lives Matter and perhaps even climate
change, but it hasn't generated the same kind of national debate.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently editorialized, "And no matter
how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise, marijuana is both
addictive-one in 10 people who try pot will become hooked on it-and a
gateway to more deadly drugs that kill more than 45,000 Americans a
year." We dealt with the gateway theory in our July 21 edition,
noting that marijuana functions as a barrier to more deadly drugs. We
turn now to addiction.
The RJ does not cite any evidence for addiction-nor does it emphasize
that only one in 10 people-fewer, actually-are addicted to marijuana,
nor does it mention that it is a mild addiction, akin to coffee. Nor
does it explain why a major public policy choice should be keyed to a
tiny slice of the population. Perhaps "And no matter how much pot
enthusiasts argue otherwise" means that the newspaper believes that
whoever repeats its viewpoint loudest and longest wins and avoids the
necessity of supplying evidence. Here, however, we believe in science.
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Rancho Cordova Bans Dispensaries, Sacramento Allows Them and Other
Cities Fall in the Middle
Sometimes, Stephanie Raskin smokes marijuana to stop thinking about
suicide. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, she remains
stable through a blend of prescription pills that must be constantly
tweaked to match her body chemistry. When the pharmaceuticals fall
short, she supplements her treatment with medical marijuana. But her
hometown, Rancho Cordova, bans dispensaries. And the closest one is
11 miles away.
"It's frustrating," she said. "Especially with my condition, I get
debilitatingly depressed to the point where everything is a
monumental task. I only smoke because my depression can cause
suicidal thoughts. And sativa can keep me from reaching those depths.
I'm not one of those sit-on-the-couch stoners."
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The California State Sheriffs' Association claims marijuana seriously
impairs driving and has other adverse consequences. Yet researchers
find that while obviously inadvisable, marijuana only modestly
affects driving (Journal of Drug And Alcohol Dependence, June 23, 2016).
Marijuana users know their performance is impaired and compensate by
slowing down and being especially attentive. By contrast, inebriated
drivers are seriously impaired. They merely think they are in
control; in fact, they speed, weave across lanes, have lethally
slower reaction times, and cause thousands of accidents (National
Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 2015).
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TRENTON - Ed Forchion wants to film a reality show chronicling the
impact of the country's so-called War on Drugs on his life.
He has a couple titles in mind: "The War on NJ Weedman." Or perhaps
even better, "Marijuana Martyr."
Forchion pointed to prosecutors' desire in a drug case in Trenton
that could land him in prison for years to protect the identity of a
confidential informant who allegedly purchased weed from him several
times at his downtown city business.
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Arkansans Against Legalized Marijuana filed suit Wednesday to stop
the state from counting votes cast in November for a proposed
initiated act that would legalize the drug for medical purposes.
The complaint, filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court, alleges
problems with the ballot title of the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.
"It contains misleading statements, omits material information that
is essential for a fair understanding of the Act, and is tinged with
partisan coloring," the complaint reads in part.
According to the complaint, the ballot title "falsely tells voters
that the Act limits the use of marijuana"; "gives the false
impression that all marijuana will be tested for quality, safety, and
potency"; and "fails to tell the voters that the Act permits
'cannabis care centers' to sell food and drink that contains
marijuana," among other issues.
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Two groups studying the cannabis economy say legalizing recreational
marijuana in California will provide a $1.6 billion boost in revenue
from expanded retail marijuana sales.
The projections on California's Proposition 64 legalization measure
in November come from two firms with a vested interest in expanding
the marijuana business. The market study was completed by New
Frontier Data, a Washington, D.C., firm conducting cannabis market
research, and the ArcView Group, an Oakland organization specializing
in attracting investment for marijuana businesses and legalization causes.
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State Assemblyman Jim Wood's Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill cleared
one of its last hurdles Wednesday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's
desk for a final signature, after which it would become law.
Assembly Bill 2516 would establish a new medical marijuana cultivator
license category for what Wood calls, "microfarmers."
The new license, or specialty cottage cultivator license, would be
available to farmers with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy
size for mixed-light cultivation, up to 25 mature marijuana plants
for outdoor cultivation, or 500 square feet or less of total canopy
size for indoor cultivation, per parcel.
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EDITOR: You recently reported that Santa Rosa officials "see
significant economic development opportunities" associated with the
(assumed) future legalization of marijuana ("SR aims to be epicenter
of legal pot industry," Aug. 14). In a subsequent editorial
("Defining Santa Rosa's place in the pot industry," Aug. 17), you
suggested a cautionary approach because of the many unresolved issues
associated with the marijuana industry. These advocacy efforts should
also consider a few unmentioned issues:
In Colorado, consumption of marijuana by youth 12-17 years old has
significantly increased since recreational marijuana was legalized.
Usage is 74 percent higher than the national average.
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Santa Rosa has rolled out the welcome mat to the marijuana industry,
and the first firm through the door is affiliated with none other
than the godfather of ganja - Bob Marley.
Privateer Holdings, a Seattle investment firm aiming to build a
global marijuana brand based on the image of the famed Jamaican
reggae singer, has picked Santa Rosa to be the headquarters for its
expansion into the lucrative California cannabis market.
City officials Tuesday approved a request by the company to set up a
medical cannabis-processing, manufacturing and distribution center in
a nondescript business park in southwest Santa Rosa.
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Following the lead of Allston-Brighton's district councilor, Mark
Ciommo, the Boston City Council opted to not endorse a locally run
company's bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the Allston
The voice vote - which appeared to be unanimous - came Wednesday at
the weekly City Council meeting, two days after Ciommo held a
contentious public hearing with the local company, Compassionate
Organics. Ciommo favors another medical marijuana group for Allston,
an out-of-state company named Mayflower Medicinals.
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Prop 205 Moves Forward Despite Effort to Challenge Initiatives
Prop 205 appears to be safe for the moment as Maricopa County
Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed charges against its
campaign last week.
Maricopa and Yavapai county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk
were two of the major plaintiffs to file the lawsuit but were joined
by the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Seth
Leibsohn and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
To nobody's surprise the plaintiffs intend to appeal the judge's
decision. However, the ruling decided that not only did the
opposition fail to support their claim, but that the state
legislature effectively eliminated citizens' ability to legally
challenge ballot initiatives, which may not bode well for the lawsuit's future.
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Dear Stoner: I've tried sativas and indicas, and they're all fine and
dandy, but I'm looking for something more in the middle. What are
some good hybrids that are actually hybrids?
Dear Jack: All hybrids are actually hybrids. In fact, nearly all of
the strains you'll find nowadays are hybrids, but it's easier for
people to label something that's 80 to 90 percent indica as "indica"
instead of "indica-dominant hybrid" and then have to explain what
that means. But I'm guessing you mean something like a 50/50 hybrid,
many of which you've probably seen or tried around town.
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A Plea for Descheduling Cannabis
NOT LONG AGO, I wrote about the slight, slim chance that the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) would reschedule cannabis from
Schedule I to Schedule II [Cannabuzz, July 6]. You remember what
Schedule I is-it's the list of drugs defined as having "no currently
accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." Along with
cannabis, some of the other drugs listed as Schedule I are heroin,
LSD, ecstasy, peyote, and Quaaludes. Not exactly respectable company.
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No Rescheduling Cannabis, But Plenty of Other Activity
WHAT'S WITH all the federal weed law action? My head is spinning!
MINE, TOO. Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
announced it would not change its dismal tune on cannabis, and that
weed would remain a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances
Act (CSA). Then, the Obama administration announced it would ease
barriers on marijuana research, despite the Schedule I restriction.
Then, a bunch of federal attorneys general got pwned in the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals regarding their prosecution of medical
marijuana businesses, which is a pretty big deal.
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An initiative petition to let Oklahomans vote on whether to legalize
marijuana for medicinal purposes has enough signatures to potentially
get on the ballot, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced Tuesday.
Backers of the petition say they hope to get the issue on the
November ballot, but state officials say time constraints may make
that impossible. If the issue fails to make the November ballot,
voters still might get a chance to vote on it later during a special
election or the 2018 primary or general election, officials said.
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Re: DEA is blowing more smoke over marijuana, Fresno Bee editorial Aug. 14.
We are like the frogs in the pot of water. Only we the frogs are
turning up the heat on ourselves by passing Proposition 64 and making
marijuana legal for recreational use. According to the National
Institutes of Health, there are at least three problems with marijuana use:
It may cause the user to become paranoid schizophrenic.
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TRENTON - Wearing a tailored gray pinstripe suit and a ganja chain
dangling from his neck, Trenton's well-known marijuana activist
showed up more than 15 minutes late to court Tuesday for his
arraignment where prosecutors formally extended a plea offer that
could send him to prison for years.
Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion pleaded not guilty to 11 drug-related
charges and was offered a 7-year plea to admit guilt to distributing
drugs within 1,000 feet of the Daylight/Twilight School in Trenton.
Forchion would have to spend three and a half years in prison,
prosecutors said, because his past drug convictions make him an
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The City Officials Voted 5-4 to Allow a Maximum of Four Retail Shops to Open.
Thornton - The state's largest city with an all-out ban on marijuana
sales decided Tuesday to allow the nascent industry, but not before
hearing an earful from members of the community.
The Thornton City Council voted 5-4 to allow retail marijuana shops -
capped at four citywide - to open in this northern suburb of 135,000.
The city, the sixth largest in Colorado, will start accepting
applications from would-be dispensary owners Sept. 1.
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The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research - a group better known
for its views on inflation targeting and GDP growth - says New
Zealand should move "sooner rather than later" to legalise marijuana
which would generate a net gain of $300 million to the government accounts.
Drawing on Treasury research which found that legalising could reap
$150m in new government revenue and reduce spending on drug
enforcement by around $180m, NZIER principal economist Peter Wilson
concludes that legalisation, combined with heavy taxation, regulation
and education would be a better way of reducing social harm from the drug.
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