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1 Australia: Family Calls For Medicinal Cannabis AmnestySun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Gartrell, Adam Area:Australia Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Five weeks ago, Bill Shorten visited Cherie and Trevor Dell in their Sydney home to talk about how medicinal cannabis is helping their daughter Abbey, aged 3.

The very next day, the police came knocking.

Abbey suffers from a genetic disorder which results in constant violent seizures.

They tried every legal medicine and treatment under the sun but found that nothing worked. Eventually, desperate to relieve Abbey's suffering, they turned to underground suppliers that provide illegal medicinal cannabis oil to families in need.

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2US: Actress Shared Life, Lsd With Cary GrantSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Bernstein, Adam Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Writer starred in films with movie legend and took up causes to help others

Betsy Drake, an actress and writer who in the 1950s introduced her then-husband, Cary Grant, to the hallucinogen LSD, endured his infatuation with Italian screen siren Sophia Loren and survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner, died Oct. 27 at her home in London. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Michael Schreiber, who did not cite a specific cause.

Drake, whose grandfather helped build the landmark Drake and Blackstone hotels in Chicago, described a life of glittering highs and shattering lows. She spent her earliest years in Paris, where her U.S. expatriate parents embraced the roar of the Roaring '20s.

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3 UK: PUB LTE: Swiss Lead Way On Drugs PolicySun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Sunday Herald, The (UK) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United Kingdom Lines:34 Added:11/24/2015

REGARDING the commentary by Howard Wooldridge, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation (The lives and trillions of dollars sacrificed on the altar of futile modern prohibition, Comment, November 15). Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting. Its success has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Expanding prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organised crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without the advertising. As long as criminals control cannabis distribution, consumers will come into contact with sellers of hard drugs. Cannabis prohibition is a gateway drug policy.

Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC


4 US CA: Trimmigrants Flock To California To Process MarijuanaSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Anderson, Glenda Area:California Lines:261 Added:11/24/2015

WILLITS - Except for traffic passing through on Highway 101, this northern Mendocino County city is relatively quiet much of the year. But for three months in the fall, it gets an influx of world travelers lured by marijuana-trimming jobs, temporarily swelling the town's population of under 5,000 and instilling it with an international flavor.

They're called trimmigrants and they are an integral part of the North Coast's lucrative marijuana industry, estimated to be worth billions of dollars and widely considered to be a major economic driver in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. But, like the pot industry itself, reaction to their presence is mixed. The migrant workers contribute to the economy, but many effectively are homeless. Though the growers who employ them typically provide housing or a place to camp, when not working, they camp illegally in parks, alleys and along railroad tracks and rivers. Some can't find jobs and turn to panhandling and frequenting food banks.

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5 New Zealand: Surprise Find In Dope StudyFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Author:Johnston, Martin Area:New Zealand Lines:76 Added:11/24/2015

Visual test shows better scores in children exposed to drug in utero

Smoking cannabis during pregnancy produces infants who score better on one measure of brain development, according to a study of New Zealand children.

The researchers say their test outcome cannot be construed as maternal marijuana use being good for babies' brains.

Drinking alcohol, however, led to worse scores - and when both drugs were used, they cancelled each other out.

But the optometry and psychology researchers who did the study warn that women should not self-medicate on the strength of their findings because cannabis use in pregnancy is also known to lead to poor outcomes on other measures of brain development,

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6 New Zealand: PUB LTE: One Approach To Drugs FightFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Dominion Post, The (New Zealand) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:New Zealand Lines:38 Added:11/24/2015

Regarding Jane Bowron's thoughtful column (November 16), there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation. Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting.

The success of the Swiss programme has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Expanding prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organised crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without the advertising.

As long as criminals control cannabis distribution, consumers will come into contact with sellers of hard drugs. Cannabis prohibition is a gateway drug policy.

Robert Sharpe

Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC


7US NJ: Marijuana Possession Arrests On Rise In NJTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

TRENTON (AP) - Nearly double the number of people were arrested for marijuana possession in a year in New Jersey compared to 20 years ago, according to the latest figures available.

The change runs counter to the nationwide trend as public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, leading generally to a decline in arrests.

Udi Ofer, executive director of New Jersey' ACLU chapter, said he's especially concerned by the numbers because studies show African-Americans are charged with simple possession three times as much as whites despite both groups having the same usage rates for the drug.

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8US NJ: OPED: Legal Marijuana Not The AnswerTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) Author:Litterer, Diane Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Currently, New Jersey leaders are considering legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana in addition to permitting the cultivation of marijuana in a person's home.

The lessons being learned in Colorado make it clear that legalizing marijuana is a dangerous proposal that will negatively affect the health and wellness of New Jersey residents. Legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has caused youth to develop low perceptions of risk towards marijuana use. This is being exacerbated by the changing social acceptance and increased visibility and availability through open use by adults and older peers. States like Colorado, which have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana use, have the highest rates of youth and adult marijuana use in the nation.

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9 US NJ: In N.J., Marijuana Arrests IncreasingMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Hefler, Jan Area:New Jersey Lines:136 Added:11/24/2015

Nationwide, the Numbers Have Dropped. Some Critics Point to a Crackdown Spurred by Governor.

As public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, nationwide arrests for simple possession of pot have dropped in recent years. New Jersey is going in the opposite direction.

Marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, according to the latest New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports.

In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years, and nearly double the amount in 1993, when the state's population was 12 percent less, based on state police statistics and an analysis by the ACLU of New Jersey. In the five years prior to 2013, arrests had hovered around 22,000.

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10US AK: Last-Minute Alaska Marijuana Residency RequirementTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

The Marijuana Control Board will meet again to take a look at Alaska residency requirements after an 11th-hour change to its rules was met with shock and concern by both the state and industry supporters.

On Dec. 1, the board "will discuss and may amend residency requirements" that were adopted last week, the board announced in an email.

While marijuana businesses must be 100 percent Alaska-owned, on Friday the board changed the definition of what it takes to qualify as an Alaskan.

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11 US MA: PUB LTE: Paranoid Over PotTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:White, Stan Area:Massachusetts Lines:30 Added:11/24/2015

I'm sure that Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings means well ("Cops: Legal pot 'makes no sense'," Nov. 16). However, the cannabis (marijuana) "gateway theory" was discredited over a decade ago, and even the prohibitionist federal government stopped making that claim.

Cannabis is no more likely to lead to heroin addiction than beer or milk. The prohibition of cannabis, on the other hand, has been associated with increased hard-drug addiction rates - by, among other things, putting cannabis users in contact with people who may also sell hard drugs including heroin.

Caging responsible adults who choose to use the relatively safe cannabis is what "makes no sense."

- - Stan White, Dillon, Colo.


12 US NY: PUB LTE: Legalizing Drugs Would Eliminate A Lot Of CrimeMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Hoffman, Dan Area:New York Lines:39 Added:11/24/2015

It's normal to think of drug legalization as radical. Drug illegality has been with us all of our lives, and we all know the harm caused by illegal drugs. Realizing one thing, though, demonstrates that the need to force this traffic aboveground is absolute.

Alcohol prohibition sought to stem an established market, but drug prohibition has been establishing its market, and very effectively.

Together they brought about the first, and next great growth opportunities for organized crime. Hoods are here from all over the world now to participate, as we fund wars and dictatorships through them. As law scrambles to cope with new substances it doesn't yet cover, these vanish from corner stores and enter the underground flood, in supplies furnished by factories operating openly in China.

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13CN BC: Public Asked To Weigh In On Pot Dispensary RulesFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Council votes to move ahead while federal regulations are developed

Victoria will take its proposed marijuana dispensary licensing regulations to the public for feedback.

City councillors earlier said they wanted to hear from the new federal government about its proposals for legalizing and regulating marijuana before proceeding with a business licensing bylaw.

The majority of council agreed Thursday with staff that there is value in consulting with the public on the city's proposed regulations while federal changes are being developed.

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14 CN MB: Liquor Marts Should Sell Legalized Pot: SelingerFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Pursaga, Joyanne Area:Manitoba Lines:43 Added:11/24/2015

Manitoba's premier wants the vast majority of future marijuana sales to be handled just as alcohol ones are - under Crown corporation control.

Premier Greg Selinger said he believes those sales - which the federal Liberal government has promised to legalize - should take place through Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries staff within Liquor Marts. The only exception would be for rural areas, where that option isn't available.

"The system we have in Manitoba allows for greater social responsibility, 2% of the (revenues) are re-invested back into social responsibility ... and to make sure that the public is safely served," said Selinger.

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15CN BC: Deadline Comes And Goes, Pot Shops Still OperatingFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Hinks, Aaron Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

It was business as usual for most Nanaimo medical marijuana dispensaries yesterday, despite a letter from the RCMP threatening to 'arrest all employees and patrons on site,' if the establishments continued to operate.

The cease-and-desist letter was handed to 10 pot dispensary owners and managers on Nov. 12. The letter gave owners seven calendar days to shut down or possibly face criminal charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The threat encouraged owners, managers and supporters to gather for at least two meetings to discuss how to respond. Almost all Nanaimo dispensaries stayed open Thursday. None had been raided by the RCMP by the end of the working day.

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16 CN BC: Parents Urged To Talk To KidsFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC) Author:Smith, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:11/24/2015

While parents often feel like the teacher in Charlie Brown when they're talking to their teens, the truth is that what they say matters. And kids are listening.

Sure, they might glaze over after the tenth time you've asked them to clean their room this week, but when it comes to drugs and alcohol, they are listening.

"What you say and do matters," said Dr. Marvin Krank, who recently gave a public presentation at Vernon Secondary School titled Talking To Your Kids About Drugs.

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17 CN BC: College Defends Methadone FeeFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, says a doctor from Vancouver Island.

Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.

Counselling is also a service supported by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"They don't expect you just to see the patient, they expect you to provide a program," Clelland said in an interview about the medical-licensing and regulatory body.

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18CN BC: Methadone Clinic Fee Necessary, B.C. Doctor ArguesFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Counselling a crucial part of the process for recovering addicts

Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, says a doctor from Vancouver Island.

Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.

Counselling is also a service supported by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"They don't expect you just to see the patient, they expect you to provide a program," Clelland said in an interview about the medical-licensing and regulatory body.

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19 CN ON: LCBO: Sell Pot Here!Sat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Union cites 'social responsibility'

TORONTO - Government-owned liquor stores would be the best choice to sell legal pot in Ontario, the union representing LCBO staff says.

"If it is legalized, the LCBO should sell it for social responsibility," Warren "Smokey" Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), said in an e-mail Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has recommended it be sold in government-owned liquor stores.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa hasn't addressed the possibility of selling marijuana in LCBO stores, but earlier said legalization will be a "national conversation."

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20CN AB: Editorial: Fighting FentanylSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

The idea of getting tougher with people caught selling fentanyl could help authorities make inroads into getting this modern-day scourge off Calgary's streets. Crown prosecutors are expected to start arguing in court that the drug is more dangerous than other substances and ask that judges deny bail to those accused of peddling fentanyl, as well as handing down stiffer sentences.

"We're going to consider cases of fentanyl that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt to be serious and must be treated seriously," said Shelley Tkatch, Alberta's deputy chief federal prosecutor.

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21CN SN: Life-Saving Naloxone Kits Hit The StreetsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:French, Janet Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Potentially life-saving kits that can halt a drug overdose are available in Saskatoon through a new pilot project.

Satchels containing two doses of the drug naloxone are available at Mayfair Drugs to people who use opiates such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone and oxycodone, the Saskatoon Health Region announced Friday.

"It's one of those programs you hope you never have to use," said Brenda McAllister, the region's methadone program manager.

Close friends and family of people with addictions and people who work in community-based organizations may also qualify for the kits, addictions specialist Dr. Peter Butt said. People suffering an overdose can't inject themselves.

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22 US NY: Editorial: Cut Sentences For Nonviolent FelonsMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:78 Added:11/24/2015

Now that Congress is within sight of passing the most significant federal sentencing reforms in a generation, it's worth taking a closer look at where the legislation falls short.

The main driver of the federal prison population is, by far, the dramatic increase in the time people spend behind bars - specifically, those convicted of drug offenses, who account for nearly half of the nation's 199,000 federal inmates. From 1988 to 2012, the average time served for drug crimes more than doubled in length, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. That increase in the length of drug sentences comes at a great expense: an estimated $1.5 billion each year, based on how much it costs to keep a federal inmate behind bars.

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23 US CA: Supervisors Ban Outdoor Medical Pot GrowsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Kirby, Sarah Area:California Lines:66 Added:11/24/2015

Indoor growing would still be allowed

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has moved to ban outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, but indoor growing would still be allowed.

The board voted 4-1 Tuesday on the ordinance, which is based on Shasta County's outdoor growing ban. A second reading is planned for Dec. 8.

"Banning outdoor grows provides safer grows," District 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff said. "From stories I was told, grows are a safety risk to other residents because people want to steal pot."

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24 US OR: PUB LTE: Ignorance And BigotryMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Tourzan, David Area:Oregon Lines:39 Added:11/24/2015

I was shocked to read Medford councilor Daniel Bunn referring to medical marijuana users as drug users and that "People are afraid of these people, and they should be."

My 73-year-old father uses marijuana-infused tincture to treat his tremors, and can now pour my mom tea without fear of scalding her. My uncle uses a different tincture to keep him alive during his chemotherapy treatment for cancer. My little niece in California uses another form to stop her daily seizures that were literally killing her. They are not drug users to be feared.

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25 New Zealand: Crack Down On P-Using TenantsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Hume, Myles Area:New Zealand Lines:89 Added:11/24/2015

Tenants contaminating state houses with P face year-long bans from renting Housing New Zealand (HNZ) homes and steep costs to have the properties repaired.

HNZ is taking a hardline against illegal activity as it combats a growing number of homes contaminated by the use and manufacture of the Class A drug methamphetamine, also known as P.

Drug-abusing tenants can expect to be evicted and taken to the Tenancy Tribunal to pay the thousands of dollars it costs to decontaminate properties. HNZ can also suspend them from being in one of its houses for up to a year.

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26 US CA: 3,500 Signatures on Yuba County Pot Dispensary PetitionsTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:50 Added:11/24/2015

Supporters of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Yuba County have filed petitions containing more than 3,500 signatures in their effort to force a countywide vote on the issue.

County election officials confirmed that the Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis group submitted initiative petitions on Friday afternoon. They were filed nearly three months ahead of a Feb. 13 deadline.

Election officials on Monday morning had not yet verified the number of signatures contained in the dispensary petitions, but supporters said they total 3,587.

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27 US CA: LTE: Medical MarijuanaTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Weckman, Buck Area:California Lines:60 Added:11/24/2015

On Jan. 11, 1964, Dr. Luther Terry, Surgeon General of the United States, took bold action and identified cigarette smoking as a public health hazard. Following this action, a broadbased anti-smoking public education program was initiated. But the big tobacco industry was not easily intimidated; they fought back with their own misleading advertising and even committed perjury in testimony before Congress. However, over a period of time, the facts and truth prevailed. In 1965, 42 percent of Americans smoked, but thanks to the Surgeon General the number has been reduced to 17%. He is responsible for saving thousands of lives.

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28US AZ: Editorial: Another Unanswered Question On MarijuanaTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)          Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

How far down this rabbit hole does Arizona plan to go?

Questions about driving while high on medical pot get curiouser and curiouser, even as some Arizonans push to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

These are life-and-death questions because a stoned driver can be just as deadly as a drunken one. The men, women or children that stoner crashes into can wind up just as cold as the victims of drunk drivers.

The difference is that we have set and measurable limits on how much alcohol a person can consume before he or she is considered legally too drunk to drive.

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29 US NM: OPED: City Failing To Follow New Forfeiture LawMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Torraco, Lisa Area:New Mexico Lines:97 Added:11/24/2015

Profit Motivates Albuquerque to Ignore New Legislation Passed in the 2015 Session

The city of Albuquerque is violating the law. Under state law, cities are prohibited from taking the property of its citizens unless the person has been convicted of a crime.

Yet, the city of Albuquerque continues to take cash, cars and other property from people who are innocent. What the city is doing is illegal.

That is why we have partnered with the Institute for Justice, a nonpartisan, public interest law firm, and filed a lawsuit to end Albuquerque's unjust civil forfeiture ordinance.

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30 US NM: Column: Mexico Inches Toward Legalizing MarijuanaMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Pacheco, Jerry Area:New Mexico Lines:105 Added:11/24/2015

Latest Supreme Court Ruling Could Radically Reshape Nature of Illicit Drug Trade With U.S.

The United States has a very sensitive relationship with Mexico pertaining to illegal drugs.

It is constantly claiming that Mexico has been lax in assisting in the interdiction of illegal drugs that are produced or staged in Mexico and shipped to destinations within the U.S. American policymakers and would-be presidential candidates point to the corruption within the Mexican government that is fueled by the billions in revenues of illegal drugs that Mexico's cartels send to the U.S.

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31 US MD: Opioid Abusers Rescuing Each Other With NaloxoneMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Bernstein, Lenny Area:Maryland Lines:160 Added:11/24/2015

Baltimore- Deep into a three-day heroin binge at a local hotel, Samantha told the newbie he was shooting too much. He wasn't accustomed to heroin, she said, and hadn't waited long enough since his last injection.

"But he didn't listen," she said. Sure enough, he emerged from a visit to the bathroom, eyes glazed, and collapsed from an overdose.

Samantha, who declined to give her last name to avoid trouble with her bosses at a nearby strip club, said she grabbed her naloxone, the fast-acting antidote to opioid overdoses. She was too panicked to place the atomizer on the end of the syringe, but her boyfriend wasn't. He sprayed the mist into the nose of the unconscious drug user, who awoke minutes later.

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32US CA: Panel Discussion Focuses on Transportation of MedicalSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA) Author:Randall, Adam Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/23/2015

SACRAMENTO)) California State Board of Equalization District 2 Member Fiona Ma hosted a "Cannabis Transportation Stakeholder Discussion" Friday, focusing on the challenges facing the marijuana industry related to transportation, while also considering opportunities and recommendations for the state.

Ma was joined at the state capitol by BOE vice-chairman George Runner and representatives from the offices of Assembly members Rob Bonta and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., representatives from the California Highway Patrol, along with medical marijuana delivery services organizations and protection industries.

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33US: Report: Stricter Opioid Guidelines NeededSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/23/2015

Stricter guidelines for prescribing and dispensing powerful pain medications are needed to curb the nation's deadly opioid epidemic, according to a report released last week from public-health leaders at Johns Hopkins University.

The analysis offers broad recommendations for addressing opioid abuse but focuses on the supply chain, including physicians and pharmacists.

The report calls for greater monitoring, training and rule-making to prevent misuse of opioids, addiction and overdoses, and said doctors often prescribe pain medications "in quantities and for conditions that are excessive, and in many cases, beyond the evidence base."

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34 US OH: Editorial: Firing of Police Chief in Vermillion WasSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:98 Added:11/23/2015

Vermilion police Capt. Michael Reinheimer's termination from his department did not come as a shock.

Reinheimer has faced discipline in the past.

The last straw came when Reinheimer decided to wear a pin on his department issued police jacket supporting marijuana legalization at a police auction Nov. 7.

Why, Capt. Reinheimer?

There's nothing wrong with taking a stance on something you believe in. In this case, Reinheimer wants marijuana to be legal.

What the captain did was wrong. He violated department policy by altering his uniform.

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35 US WA: Seattle Pot Businesses Bristle Over Mayor's LicensingMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:132 Added:11/23/2015

Medical-Marijuana Merchants

Smaller Buffer Zones Would Rule Out Some Current Sites

Alex Cooley was a pioneer in legitimizing the pot industry in Seattle. But after seeing Mayor Ed Murray's plan for licensing more pot merchants, Cooley wonders why he bothered.

The mayor's proposal would not allow Cooley, the first medical marijuana grower to come out of the shadows and gain all appropriate city building permits, to continue farming at his Sodo location because it is too close to a childcare center.

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36 US CA: California's Medical Marijuana Regulations May CauseMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Kovner, Guy Area:California Lines:229 Added:11/23/2015

As California prepares to bring in the $1 billion medical marijuana industry from the legal shadows, growers and marketers on the pot-rich North Coast are waiting to see how much the massive regulatory structure will cost them and whether to stick instead with the prosperous but risky outlaw status they have lived with for nearly two decades.

The regulatory scheme, which will cost up to $50 million, must be funded entirely by license fees paid by the industry, while new taxes on the cannabis trade - which some advocates say is one of Sonoma County's major industries - offer the prospect of millions of dollars to help pay for paving roads, hiring police and other public services.

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37 US DC: In Pot-Soaked Washington, Adjusting To A New NormalSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Chandler, Michael Alison Area:District of Columbia Lines:121 Added:11/23/2015

It May Be Legal, but Keep It Away From Kids, School Officials Say

Cassandra Pinkney, the founder of a charter school in Southeast Washington, makes video messages for parents about how to prepare their children for school: Establish a bed-time routine, read with them, eat healthy food, and, with the city's relaxed position on marijuana use, do not smoke pot around them.

In a "fireside chat" titled "marijuana and your student," the director of Eagle Academy Public Charter School, which enrolls children in preschool through third grade, told parents that, even though the District has legalized marijuana, it's not safe to expose children to the drug. Even second-hand smoke can affect their emotional states and attentiveness in school, she said.

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38 US CA: PUB LTE: Poor Logic On Drug AddictionSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Lewin, Gabriel Area:California Lines:31 Added:11/23/2015

Re "Weed law will not protect kids" (The Conversation, Letters, Nov. 15): We need draconian laws against illegal parking! Stiff fines, jail terms, confiscate the cars. Why, you ask? All reckless drivers have dabbled in illegal parking at some point. Ridiculous? This argument works for pot, why not illegal parking? The same argument implies that mother's milk and alcohol and tobacco lead to drug addiction.

Doris Concklin wrote that "it is without question an entry drug for those who will come to embrace a drug culture." Actually there is a lot to question here. She says that all mothers who began with marijuana moved on to meth, heroin and cocaine.

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39 CN MB: Editorial: Pass The Government GrassSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:79 Added:11/22/2015

IT didn't take long for the Selinger government to smell the "charm" of legalized marijuana. The potential windfall from a liberalized era of lighting up is perfectly intoxicating. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised legalized pot will hit the streets soon enough, and there's going to be tax revenue in that.

That's why pot got special mention in Premier Greg Selinger's throne speech, noting Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is perfectly positioned to act as the middle man in the marijuana trade. Mr. Selinger warns pot is highly addictive and therefore too risky to put in the hands of the private sector. So, he made clear liquor marts alone will be both buyer and seller of marijuana.

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40 CN ON: Manage Cannabis, Health Unit SaysSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Mulligan, Carol Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:11/22/2015

Government should regulate it the same way it does with tobacco and booze, board says

The Sudbury & District Board of Health has a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his majority Liberal government.

If you're going to legalize marijuana, take a public health approach when drafting legislation doing that.

The board passed a motion this week saying it supports a public health approach to the cannabis legalization framework, "including strict health-focused regulations to reduce the health and societal harms associated with cannabis use."

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41 CN BC: Study Looks To Help Reduce OverdosesFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mui, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:11/22/2015

Study finds those injecting only prescription medication least likely to overdose as opposed to heroin

A new study out of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS suggests it's actually safer to inject prescription opioid drugs often obtained illegally by users than the more commonly used heroin.

With prescription drugs, said Dr. Thomas Kerr, it's much easier for users to inject consistent amounts - as the original product was labelled and likely comes from a pharmacy - and this helps lower the risk of overdose.

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42 CN BC: Methadone Fees Necessary, Doctor SaysFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:11/22/2015

Controversial charges might not be collected from the best sources, physician argues, but counselling costs have to be covered

Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, a doctor from Vancouver Island says.

Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.

Counselling is also a service supported by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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43 US MO: PUB LTE: Missouri Should Legalize And Regulate MarijuanaSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Author:Kirk, Larry Area:Missouri Lines:47 Added:11/22/2015

Regarding the editorial "Pot or not?" (Nov. 16):

As a sitting chief of police in Missouri, I've seen the rift that our failed marijuana policy continues to create between peace officers and the citizens we serve. Young people aren't prevented from getting marijuana now, because drug dealers don't have to ask for an ID. Families are torn apart, parents lose their children, and racial minorities are arrested and incarcerated for marijuana far more often than whites.

Continuing to arrest nonviolent, responsible, adult marijuana users is generating public distrust of their police. This makes it very difficult to do our job of protecting communities and solving crimes.

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44 CN AB: PUB LTE: Legalize Pot!Sat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:White, Stan Area:Alberta Lines:34 Added:11/22/2015

Did Police Chief Roger Chaffin ("Not Sure Society Needs Another Drug" Nov. 18, 2015) just arrive in North America? Society is not preparing to add "another drug" for citizens to use but rather, re-legalizing a relatively safe, God-given plant, which is being used by millions of North Americans daily. A plant that should never have been prohibited from the beginning. And challenges to law enforcement? Ending cannabis prohibition will be easier, not more difficult to enforce. In fact, re-legalizing the plant will likely put some law enforcement jobs in jeopardy; is that Chaffin's real concern? Nothing changes with drivers who are too impaired to operate a motor vehicle; it's illegal now, it will be illegal after ending the cannabis prohibition farce. It's time to eliminate cannabis prohibitionist's "voice at the table." Especially those who have been profiting off the injustice.

Stan White,

Dillon, Colo.

(We'll see if our government follows your state's model.)


45 CN MB: Column: The Dope DilemmaSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Sinclair, Gordon Jr. Area:Manitoba Lines:133 Added:11/22/2015

Should you call police if you suspect a driver is impaired by marijuana?

I CAME bumper to bumper with a dilemma on a Sunday evening two weeks ago.

A dilemma that forced me to make a decision I'm still debating. Later, it would make me wonder what most of you would have done if you had been there. It was just before closing time at the Chamois Car Wash on Waverley Street when I pulled up, rolled down my window and the pleasant young woman asked what kind of air freshener I preferred with my wash. That's when the strong, pungent smell of marijuana hit me. It was coming from the decal-decorated blue Honda hatchback in front of my car.

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46 CN BC: PUB LTE: RCMP Pot Busts DiscouragedSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:O'Brien, Kathleen Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:11/22/2015

Re: Nanaimo RCMP set to snuff out dispensaries, Nov. 14

So the Nanaimo RCMP has decided to get their licks in while they can, before the federal legislation on cannabis is changed.

Perhaps they do not welcome the changes. They have been for years seizing people's property and prosecuting them for growing marijuana. Now, a substance British Columbians consume seems likely to be reclassified from a dangerous "narcotic" to a consumer commodity.

I would encourage the RCMP to refocus their energies on more productive avenues.

Kathleen O'Brien Vancouver


47 US CA: Editorial: How To Spend The SavingsSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:113 Added:11/22/2015

Fewer felony cases and fewer jail inmates should translate into funding for other programs.

Thousands of felony cases that would have been prosecuted by the office of Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey became misdemeanors late last year because of Proposition 47. Lacey's caseload dropped precipitously - first, because police were making far fewer arrests for drug crimes and theft, so they were bringing in far fewer cases; and second, because so many of the cases they did bring in were now misdemeanors that went to L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer and his counterparts in a handful of other cities - Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Monica, even Hawthorne.

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48 US DC: For Many, Response to Odor of Marijuana Is to Chill andSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Stein, Perry Area:District of Columbia Lines:141 Added:11/22/2015

The smell near the Columbia Heights Metro station Wednesday night was unmistakable. A lit joint in hand, Tony Lee stood outside a residence talking with friends as the evening bustle passed them by, no one paying the group of men any special attention.

"The community I'm in, everyone engages in smoking," said Lee, 34, a District resident who runs his own small construction firm. Plus, he said, if he's not smoking, he detects the odor of other people getting high throughout the city on a daily basis anyway.

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49 US HI: Column: Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Desperately NeedSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Sullum, Jacob Area:Hawaii Lines:100 Added:11/22/2015

During a talk radio debate last week, Tulsa's district attorney, Steve Kunzweiler, warned that civil forfeiture reform would invite "some of the most violent people in the history of this planet" to set up shop in Oklahoma, making decapitated bodies "hung from bridges" a familiar sight in the Sooner State.

Last month, Steve Jones, an assistant district attorney, told Tennessee legislators "criminals will thank you" for making it harder to confiscate people's property.

These are the noises that cops and prosecutors make when people talk about restricting their license to steal. A new report from the Institute for Justice, which gives the forfeiture laws of both Oklahoma and Tennessee a "D-", explains why legislators should ignore such self-interested fear mongering.

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50 CN PI: PUB LTE: Inform Oneself About MarijuanaThu, 19 Nov 2015
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Matthews, B. M. Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:48 Added:11/22/2015

As the dust settles following the recent Liberal election win, Canadians are anxious to see what changes lay in store. There are many polarizing issues on the table, and the pending legalization of marijuana is certainly one of them. Many think it is about time marijuana became legal, while others believe it will inevitably lead to extremely negative consequences, especially for our youth.

Differing opinions are to be expected, and are in fact essential to effective discussions; as long as each party is relatively up to date with factual information, and not basing their opinions on outdated, morally charged and misinformed assumptions. To not agree with the potential legalization of marijuana is therefore perfectly reasonable, but only so long as people are accurately informed.

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