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1 US FL: PUB LTE: Well-Written Medical Pot Law Would Be Non-IssueMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Florida Today (Melbourne, FL) Author:Oa=C2=80=C2=99Conor, Steve Area:Florida Lines:47 Added:11/22/2014

With the election over, it appears incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, may play a key role in the 2016 presidential election.

Florida, which is tied with New York for third place in Electoral College votes behind California and Texas, will be pivotal. It is the largest swing state in the nation. As Florida goes, so goes the nation.

Amendment 2, the so-called medical marijuana constitutional amendment, while supported by a majority of statewide voters, failed to achieve the required 60 percent by just a few percentage points. Its supporters, most notably attorney John Morgan, who reportedly spent $4 million on this campaign, will undoubtedly come back with a vengeance in 2016.

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2 US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some ClaimWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL) Author:Dockery, Paula Area:Florida Lines:113 Added:11/22/2014

One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage.

To hear the pundits, opponents and media tell it, the defeat was devastating for an effort that looked certain to pass early on.

Let's look at what transpired.

Attorney John Morgan initiated the difficult and costly task of putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot, drafting the amendment language, getting through the court review of the ballot title and summary, obtaining enough petition signatures and getting the signatures validated.

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3 US FL: PUB LTE: Humane AlternativeTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Author:Daniel, Art Area:Florida Lines:35 Added:11/22/2014

It is disheartening that Florida's medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and other law enforcement officials around the state resorted to half-truths and scare tactics to dissuade voters.

Those with debilitating medical conditions could have been aided by the amendment. For now, they will have to continue relying upon prescription drugs that often make them even sicker, or risk arrest and prosecution if they choose to use cannabis to treat their symptoms.

Yet there is hope. Out of the 60 percent needed, nearly 58 percent of Florida voters said yes. Perhaps now our state legislators will take notice of the people's collective voice and take action on expanding medical marijuana. It will provide those with serious medical conditions A-a=C2=80" who have exhausted all other means of treatment a=C2 =80" with a more organic, safe and humane alternative.

I urge all like-minded citizens to contact lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Art Daniel, Alachua

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4 US VT: PUB LTE: Legalize, Tax, Regulate DrugsFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Schaft, Ted Area:Vermont Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

I would like to thank the Rutland Herald for making the Libertarian case for legalizing drugs in the recent op-ed piece. The point of the Herald article was that because of the American craving for drugs, we have allowed the Mexican and Central and South American drug cartels to prosper and terrorize the populace of those countries. What the Herald failed to point out is that this case has been made over and over again to no avail. Appealing to the conscience of a drug addict is pure folly.

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5 CN BC: Column: Impressions From Nelson's Historic Mayor's RaceWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Nesteroff, Greg Area:British Columbia Lines:202 Added:11/22/2014

Stunning. Impressive. Historic. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Deb Kozak's upset win Saturday in knocking off three-time incumbent Nelson mayor John Dooley. I was among those guessing Dooley would be unstoppable, given a lack of polarizing issues in the campaign.

The mayoral race was instead about "leadership style." While some on council were clearly dissatisfied with Dooley at the helm, I never got the same sense from the community at large.

Early on, I speculated Pat Severyn's candidacy would benefit Kozak by drawing away votes that would otherwise go to Dooley, but as the campaign progressed I began to think the opposite would be true, as Severyn and Kozak seemed to be singing from the same song sheet.

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6 CN BC: Pot A Possible Salvation For PTSD SufferersMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leung, Wendy Area:British Columbia Lines:138 Added:11/22/2014

Marijuana producer and UBC are pitching a clinical trial on the impact of the drug on people with post-traumatic stress disorder

After developing post-traumatic stress disorder during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Canadian army veteran Fabian Henry tried numerous anti-depressants to quell his suicidal thoughts and violent rages. For three years, he was on as many as nine pills a day. But only one drug worked for him: marijuana.

"It literally gave me relief and changed my life," says Henry, who now vaporizes 10 grams of medical marijuana a day. "I went from suicidal and homicidal ideation, to DUIs, to threatening to kill people, to beating people up, to doing yoga seven days a week, using cannabis and spending more time in nature with my kids."

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7 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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8 US AK: Prosecutions for Possessing and Selling Marijuana WillFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Bohman, Amanda Area:Alaska Lines:75 Added:11/22/2014

FAIRBANKS - One of the Alaska's top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize small amounts of pot.

"We are not blind or oblivious to the fact that there is a change coming, but the change is not here yet," said John Skidmore, director of the criminal division for the Alaska Department of Law.

"We did communicate to our folks that right now it is business as usual," he said. "We are evaluating what to do in the future."

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9 US IL: City Council Shelves Security Crackdown for Medical PotThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Spielman, Fran Area:Illinois Lines:52 Added:11/22/2014

Despite concern that medical marijuana is a "cash only" business that breeds crime, the City Council on Wednesday squelched - probably for good - a security crackdown that would have required cultivation centers and dispensaries to hire around-the-clock security guards and prevent "public viewing" of pot.

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti ( 2nd) and his Progressive Caucus colleague Ald. Scott Waguespack ( 32nd) used a parliamentary maneuver to put off consideration of the watered-down security ordinance until the next Council meeting, but the delay is likely to be permanent.

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10 UK: PUB LTE: Planting PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Economist, The (UK) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United Kingdom Lines:23 Added:11/22/2014

SIR - The United States has almost twice the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where the drug has been legally available for decades. The criminalisation of people who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on cannabis is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public-health campaign. It is time to stop the pointless arrests and instead legalise cannabis and tax it.

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

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11 US ME: Group Unveils Marijuana Legalization PlanThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:Maine Lines:22 Added:11/21/2014

AUGUSTA, MAINE (AP) - A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana is beginning its push to put the measure before Maine voters in 2016. Legalize Maine, a newly formed political action committee, is calling its plan "a home-grown effort" to legalize marijuana in Maine. The group's organizer, Paul McCarrier, said Wednesday that its proposal can help revive Maine's economy. McCarrier's group wants to tax marijuana at 8 percent, the same as prepared food, lodging, and liquor. It also wants to create marijuana social clubs. The effort is separate from another push to legalize marijuana in the state.

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12 US CA: Column: As Pot Picks Up, Cali Slows DownThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:67 Added:11/21/2014

Hey, thanks for the national update last week. How did marijuana do in California?

- -Willie Wonky Jr.

Well Willie, weed wasn't warmly welcomed, if that's what you are asking. Pretty much all of the county initiatives that would have eased restrictions on medical cannabis failed. Measure S in Nevada County didn't pass. Measure O in Lake County was a no go. Shasta County's Measure A, which bans all outdoor growing in unincorporated areas, passed. In Butte County, Measure A passed, Measure B failed-Measure A allows medical marijuana cultivation, but is way more prohibitive than Measure B would have been. The cities of Encinitas and La Mesa (down near San Diego) tried to pass measures that would allow for medical cannabis dispensaries. Couldn't do it. Santa Cruz succeeded in passing a small sales tax on medical marijuana. Santa Ana had two initiatives for regulating medical cannabis on the ballot. The more restrictive one was the winner.

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13 US CA: Column: Cannabis CommercializationThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:91 Added:11/21/2014

"Do I hear 2,000?" America's first pot auction netted the Washington proprietor of Fireweed Farms about $600,000 on Saturday, Nov. 15.

According to the Tri-City Herald, Randy Williams sold about 300 pounds of bud "so he could spend time with his grandson instead of packaging marijuana" all winter long.

A state Liquor Control Board representative on scene told the Herald it was a "well-organized event."

Around 100 people reportedly attended the auction, forcing Williams to rent a parking lot to accommodate the bidders. If California legalizes marijuana in 2016, local auction caller extraordinaire and Supervisor Rex Bohn may have to update his cattle rattle. "Going, going, ganja," anyone?

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14 US PA: Column: When Criminal Vices Become Legal, SavvyWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Author:Maier, Thomas Area:Pennsylvania Lines:81 Added:11/21/2014

Big-time investors hoping to profit from America's emerging business in legalized marijuana might see a bit of themselves in the historic example of Joseph P. Kennedy - the father of President John F. Kennedy.

Back in 1933, the Kennedy patriarch made sure his liquor firm would be the first to make millions as Prohibition's decade-long ban on alcohol sales ended. He did so with a blend of politics, cash and timely maneuvers.

Today's pot entrepreneurs - looking to cash in on the estimated $20 billion market in marijuana sales by 2020 - may find from some striking then-and-now similarities in Kennedy's experiences.

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15 US CO: Column: What If I Get Busted Toking In Public?Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:11/21/2014

Dear Stoner: I know it's not legal to puff out in front of a restaurant or whatever, but what happens if I get busted smoking weed in public? Is it really that bad?

Pete B. Puffin

Dear Pete: We don't think it's that bad, and we regularly bend the rules ourselves - though we usually tuck back in an alleyway, walk around the parking lot or at least make sure we're not wafting ganja smoke over an outdoor patio full of diners (or cops). But like you, we know we're taking a risk. In the city of Denver, public consumption carries a civil penalty, and you won't get arrested - unless you get belligerent and ignore the cop's warning, as pot attorney Rob Corry learned at a 2013 Rockies game. The first time you get caught puffing in public or even displaying less than an ounce, it'll be a $150 fine. The second time you get caught, it's a $500 fine. And if you get caught more than that, you're just not doing things right (and you'll be facing a $999 fine, to boot). Kids under eighteen won't face any time in juvie if they're caught with pot, though the judge can require treatment in lieu of fines. At the state level, adults eighteen and up caught consuming cannabis face a $100 fine and 24 hours of community service. Oh, and being a medical cannabis patient isn't going to help you. In fact, if you're busted using pot in public and try to use your med card as an excuse, the state can take away your pot-patient status. And cops are writing tickets, too - 668 in the first nine months of 2014. Just be smart and don't become that statistic. We suggest getting a vape pen to help with the stealth. (Elevatedpens.com stocks our current favorite.)

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16 US MI: Column: Justice, Congress Beg to Reform Marijuana LawsWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Tribune, The (Royal Oak, MI) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:Michigan Lines:84 Added:11/21/2014

Both Sides Look to Hand Off Responsibility

The Controlled Substances Act, which set up the drug schedules in the early 1970s, explicitly places drug scheduling authority in the hands of the attorney general, and even instructs him or her to "remove any drug or other substance fromthe schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule."

The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned - literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug reform advocates have pushed the DEA to change its position for years, citing decades of research on the relative harmlessness of weed compared with other drugs - including alcohol -- but the agency hasn't budged, even as public opinion has rapidly evolved.

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17 UK: PUB LTE: Planting PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Economist, The (UK) Author:IV, W. J. Tate Area:United Kingdom Lines:27 Added:11/21/2014

SIR - Like others you write about the legalisation of the growing cannabis "industry" ("Marijuana milestone", November 8th). But the last thing this industry needs is to become like Big Tobacco. Cannabis is not an easy plant to cultivate. It requires a lot of attention and this is reflected in the price. Because sales and investment between states in America is banned it remains a local industry that maintains a high quality. There are dozens of examples of mass-produced cannabis products that are bland, tasteless reflections of what was once crafted or cultivated with care.

Ewing, New Jersey

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18 US CA: PUB LTE: No Going BackThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:California Lines:32 Added:11/21/2014

Regarding Thadeus Greenson and Grant Scott-Goforth's Nov. 13 column ("Legalized It"), the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels and open a gateway to the hard drugs they sell, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. It's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.

Robert Sharpe, Washington, D.C.

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19US CO: Pot Turns A Huge CornerFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2014

Colo. Credit Union Allowed to Run World's First Financial Institution to Deal in Green

The world's first financial institution established specifically for the marijuana industry could be open in Colorado by Jan. 1.

The Colorado Division of Financial Services late Wednesday issued Fourth Corner Credit Union an unconditional charter to operate, the first state credit-union charter issued in nearly a decade.

The next hurdles will be obtaining insurance from the National Credit Union Administration, the federal regulator of credit unions, and getting a master account from the Federal Reserve System.

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20 US CO: PUB LTE: How To Recognize A Pot CookieFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Laurienti, Kathy Area:Colorado Lines:39 Added:11/21/2014

Re: "Stalemate on pot edibles," Nov. 18 news story.

At a meeting regarding state regulation of marijuana edibles, Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer said, "I [want] to know the difference between a marijuana cookie and a Chips Ahoy! cookie just by looking at it."

Let me lend the honorable representative a hand. First, you freely choose to drive to a medical or recreational dispensary to purchase the cookie. You enter the dispensary, where your ID is reviewed and scanned to ensure that it is legitimate. You then enter the area of the dispensary where the edibles are displayed and pick out your cookie. The cookie is wrapped and clearly labeled that it is a marijuana-infused product. You pay for the cookie and leave the building. It would seem that from this point forward, the handling of the cookie is your responsibility.

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21 US MA: US Attorney Asked to Block Local Marijuana Clinics NearFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Murphy, Shelley Area:Massachusetts Lines:120 Added:11/21/2014

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing.

Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school - even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

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22 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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23 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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24 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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25 US CA: Column: Green Lit: California Legalization Measure Is aWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:126 Added:11/20/2014

After the historic marijuana midterms, a seven-hundred-day battle for the Golden State begins.

As the dust settles from the historic marijuana midterm election of 2014, a few things have become clear: Namely, Californians will vote on ending cannabis prohibition in 2016. But change is far from inevitable.

The decisive cannabis-legalization victories in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, on November 4 continued the trend established by voters in Colorado and Washington in 2012. The hat trick in this year's midterm election also guarantees that the most experienced, successful groups - Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - will work to legalize pot in California in 2016.

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26US CO: 8 Adams Retail Pot Stores to See Spike in Taxes NextThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Mitchell, Megan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2014

Eight retail marijuana businesses in Northglenn and a northern sliver of Aurora will see their sales taxes jump next summer thanks to four measures passed in November.

Adams County residents passed a ballot measure that allows the county to collect an additional 3 percent sales tax on all retail stores. To date, that includes only retail stores in Northglenn and four stores in the Adams County portion of Aurora - anything north of Colfax Avenue. The 3 percent county tax will go into effect July 1.

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27 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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28 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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29 US CO: Column: Weed Gets the Votes; Pot Sales Fall; Edibles inThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:115 Added:11/20/2014

It should be no surprise that the working group tasked with coming up with a recommendation to the legislature about how cannabis edibles should be marked ended after four sessions and no consensus.

The working group came about because of House Bill 1366, which directs the State Licensing Authority to develop recommendations for better ways to clearly mark edibles as cannabis products by 2016. Rep. Jonathan Singer, a member of the working group, put it succinctly: He wants to distinguish a marijuana edible just as he can a regular candy bar.

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30 US NJ: Column: Time To Retire The Retired JudgesThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Weedman Area:New Jersey Lines:111 Added:11/20/2014

A case currently before the NJ Supreme Court (State v. Buckner) challenges the legality of judges age 70+ presiding over cases of life, death, and liberty. The onset of Alzheimer's disease and senility often strikes around 70. Nonetheless, there are dozens of septuagenarian judges sitting on the bench, arguably in contravention of the NJ Constitution. I, along with many defendants across the state, am watching this Buckner case with keen interest.

Hopefully most of us will reach old age, but the older we get some things simply don't work as they did in our youth. I can say my sex life, my physical ability to play ball or run has been limited by my age, yet I am only 50. My mind is sharp (probably sharper than when I was 21), but I know from life experiences (watching my grandparents) that minds slow down with age. It happens to most people - including judges. Memories, complicated issues, and complex decision-making are greatly compromised by advanced age.

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31 US DC: DC Pot Law Could Jeopardize Drug TreatyWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Noble, Andrea Area:District of Columbia Lines:157 Added:11/20/2014

U.S. Pledged to Help Stop Spread

Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure.

Though four states have voted to legalize the drug, a report issued this week by the Congressional Research Service suggests that implementation of the District's Initiative 71 could be considered the most direct affront to international agreements because Congress has oversight of local D.C. laws and the ability to overturn them.

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32 US MI: Face Time: Dimitri Mugianis on Speed-Balling, IbogaineWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Panne, Valerie Vande Area:Michigan Lines:293 Added:11/20/2014

In the underground world of heroin, there is a legend of an African root called iboga, or ibogaine, that can cure addiction. Those in the depths of heroin use, often as a last resort, seek out the root, which can be dangerous to use. Some go to Mexico or to Europe to take it, as it is illegal here in the United States. It can be an expensive trip for the user, and often one made in a moment of final desperation.

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33 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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34 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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35US NV: State, County Tangle Over PotWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Botkin, Ben Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2014

Several Applications Approved Locally Rejected by Agency

Nearly half of the 18 medical marijuana dispensary applications that Clark County commissioners approved have an uncertain fate, as they failed to win state support.

The development has brought about frustration and unanswered questions among county officials and applicants who are now in limbo.

The county and the state face a quandary as Nevada prepares to welcome the new industry: The state has approved only 10 of the county's 18 selected dispensaries.

The final result could be that the county ends up with only 10 dispensaries instead of its 18 in early 2015. But that isn't a foregone conclusion - or a desire of county commissioners. County officials are still researching the issue and said Tuesday they plan to revisit the issue at a Dec. 3 meeting.

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36 US MI: Column: Justice, Congress Beg to Reform Marijuana LawsWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Oakland Press, The (MI) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:Michigan Lines:81 Added:11/20/2014

Both Sides Look to Hand Off Responsibility

The Controlled Substances Act, which set up the drug schedules in the early 1970s, explicitly places drug scheduling authority in the hands of the attorney general, and even instructs him or her to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule."

The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned - literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug reform advocates have pushed the DEA to change its position for years, citing decades of research on the relative harmlessness of weed compared with other drugs - including alcohol -- but the agency hasn't budged, even as public opinion has rapidly evolved.

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37 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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38 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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39 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Observer, The (Pembroke, CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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40US CA: Editorial: Stopping Prescription Drug AbuseWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/19/2014

Eleven years after the deaths of two Danville children focused Bay Area attention on prescription drug abuse, state lawmakers finally should take tough action to curb addicts from doctor-shopping for medications and stop physicians from recklessly prescribing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Per-capita use of prescription opiates in the United States increased fivefold from 1997 to 2007. Medicare-covered opiate prescriptions increased 24 percent from 2007 to 2010.

And then there's the case of Troy Pack, 10, and his sister, Alana, 7, who were killed in 2003 when a Mercedes driven by a woman who had been drinking and taking pain medications veered off the road and hit the siblings on the sidewalk.

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41 US MI: Column: The Pot RacketWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:154 Added:11/19/2014

Crunching the Numbers in Marijuana's March to Legalization

Let's play a little numbers game today. This is not the kind of numbers they played in an illegal lottery that flourished for decades before states started taking over the gambling business.

Back in the 1940s, my uncle was a numbers runner who walked down alleys collecting nickel and dime bets in an illegal lottery that flourished for decades in poor neighborhoods. He couldn't write down the numbers that people wagered on because that was evidence if the police caught him. He had to memorize each number, who bet it, and the amount wagered. It was a tricky and intricate situation where a good memory came in handy.

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42 US: Marley-Branded Marijuana To Go On Sale In 2015Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Phillip, Abby Area:United States Lines:98 Added:11/19/2014

It's fair to say that Bob Marley probably could not have imagined that 33 years after his death, his name would be lent to what is about to be the newest entrant to the burgeoning legal marijuana market.

The reggae icon was perhaps the most prominent and outspoken advocate of the drug throughout his life and at the height of his fame. He viewed it as a spiritual and creative force that was probably more likely to be legalized by "Christ's government" than governments here on Earth.

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43 US CA: Column: End Of The GrowhouseWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:114 Added:11/19/2014

We're inside a former safe factory next to the freeway in a certain East Side neighborhood, and we are looking at It.

"It" is a metal box at least six feet high, easily the biggest object in this otherwise empty rectangular room that, at one-quarter of the 18,000-square-foot warehouse's ground floor, is also huge.

Farther down a narrow hallway, there are three other rooms, one of which is the same size as the room where we're standing. All of this space serves the same purpose, thanks to It.

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44 US CO: Column: Edibles Uncertainty Continues, Pueblo DebatesWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:68 Added:11/19/2014

Edible uncertainty

The debate over cannabis edibles could've made headway Monday, when a Colorado task force met for the fourth time in an attempt to hammer out some rules differentiating edibles from regular food. But, as in the meetings before it, no clear direction emerged. Ultimately, the group of industry representatives, police, state regulators and lawmakers voted to send the Legislature several different bills in January, reported the Associated Press.

"The state Health Department called for new markings to go on marijuana products," wrote the AP, "with a future commission to be set up to pre-approve ... what kinds of foods can be made with marijuana." Meanwhile: "Some policy makers say edible pot products that can't be easily marked, such as granola or liquids, should simply be banned."

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45 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/19/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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46US CO: Jeffco To Vote On Pot BanWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Vaccarelli, Joe Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/19/2014

The Board Will Decide on If It Should Extend to 2016 the Moratorium on Businesses.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will vote soon on extending a moratorium on marijuana businesses in unincorporated Jefferson County, buying the board more time to study the issue.

At a Tuesday meeting, the board introduced a first reading of a resolution that would extend the temporary ban on marijuana businesses in unincorporated Jefferson County to Jan. 1, 2016. The current moratorium expires Feb. 1, 2015. The board will hold a second reading with public comment at its Dec. 9 meeting prior to a vote that day.

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47 US DC: Editorial: Time For Civil-Forfeiture ReformTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:73 Added:11/19/2014

Law Enforcement Needs to Stop Extorting Innocent Victims

The D.C. Council later today will vote on whether to adopt a package of reforms designed to restrict the ability of D.C. law enforcement officials to seize the property of those connected to, but innocent of, wrongdoing. Civil forfeiture has been termed "policing for profit," because in many states and local jurisdictions law enforcement agencies that seize such property are allowed to keep the cash realized from its sale or the cash itself if that is what is seized, and use it as they will.

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48 US NV: Pot Venture Capitalists See GreenWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Halper, Evan Area:Nevada Lines:148 Added:11/19/2014

Legalization Opens Paths for Investors

HENDERSON, Nev. - The frenzy in the cavernous Green Valley Resort ballroom might have passed for any conference of entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to poker-faced angel investors - until an organizer took the podium for a public service announcement.

Please stop smoking weed out by the parking lot, he implored. Hotel security did not approve.

The gathering this month of several hundred Wall Street types, tech industry disrupters, agricultural enthusiasts and assorted others shrugged and went back to the business at hand: leveraging the legalization of marijuana into a windfall.

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49 US DC: D.C. on Track to Reform Police Property Seizure LawsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Noble, Andrea Area:District of Columbia Lines:140 Added:11/19/2014

Department Has Incentive to Keep Cars

D.C. lawmakers are pushing forward with legislation to reform policies allowing police to seize property from people they stop, regardless of whether criminal charges are ever filed - a practice called civil asset forfeiture that is facing increasing scrutiny nationwide.

Among the changes, the D.C. Council has proposed diverting profits from seizures into the city's general fund instead of letting the police department keep and spend the money, reducing the appearance that officers have an incentive to take cash or cars.

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50 US GA: GA. Lawmakers Press Forward on Medical CannabisMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Cassidy, Christina A. Area:Georgia Lines:53 Added:11/19/2014

Atlanta (AP) - While an effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia garnered bipartisan support during the most recent legislative session, hurdles remain as lawmakers prepare to make another attempt at passing the legislation next year.

A bill is being drafted after a series of committee hearings and included testimony from leaders within the law enforcement and medical communities who raised concerns about the use of medical cannabis even under narrow circumstances. Meanwhile, progress is being made in terms of bringing clinical trials to Georgia, but advocates warn that will not be enough to help all those who see the drug as their best hope to manage debilitating conditions.

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