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1 US CA: Column: Quick RipsThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:72 Added:09/04/2015

Howdy! I'm planning a trip to L.A. (from Sacramento), and I'm wondering about the ins and outs of taking cannabis on the plane within the state of California. Is that a good idea, or would I be better off to visit a dispensary in L.A. once I land? Thank you.

- -Very Curious in Sacramento

How-do! The TSA doesn't really care about a small amount of cannabis. Don't bring a pound, have your letter of recommendation next to your cannabis and enjoy your flight. But if you are going to be in L.A., why not try a few of the medical cannabis dispensaries and delivery services in the L.A. area? Think globally, smoke locally.

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2 US CO: Column: Using Actual Evidence To Discuss CannabisThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:101 Added:09/04/2015

As more states and countries begin to engage in the issues associated with marijuana prohibition, it's important that lawmakers and citizens alike have the best possible information to be able to make wise decisions in public policy and in our everyday lives.

We don't know everything about cannabis yet. After decades of inactivity in the U.S., it needs serious, objective study. That said, it's pretty frustrating to see some of the often-repeated crap being produced on the subject today. In too many cases, it appears that the difference between "causality" and "link between" aren't part of the journalistic pallet anymore. If there's a link, there is cause.

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3 CN ON: Arthritis Pain Goes Up In SmokeThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:09/04/2015

Doctors couldn't believe what Rachel Janzen was asking for.

Marijuana to soothe the pain from the debilitating effects of an aggressive arthritis?

"Every doctor I tried to go to, they looked at me like, 'Why would you want to try that, Rachel?'" Janzen said. "I was always met with a shut door."

Janzen was sick of the traditional medications. In fact, those drugs made her feel even more ill because of the side effects.

Now the 31-year-old Kingsville, Ont. woman relies on pot to relieve her pain and she wants more arthritis sufferers to have better access to information about marijuana's potential to help them, too.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cut Opiate Use With PotThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Conroy, John W. Area:British Columbia Lines:51 Added:09/04/2015

Cannabis an effective alternative for treatment of chronic pain

Re: Doctors blamed for flood of opioids, Aug. 25

So "weak" doctors are bowing to the demands of their patients and are over-prescribing opioids and "killing more people than cars."

According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, cannabis may statistically decrease pain effects; and a 2014 study from JAMA Internal Medicine found there were fewer painkiller deaths in U.S. states that had legalized medical marijuana.

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5 US MA: Editorial: Going To Pot?Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:80 Added:09/04/2015

If you're excited by the prospect of a Hillary vs. Trump spectacle (or pick your own combination) on election night next year, a number of initiative petitions on the ballot may represent a strong second billing.

Depending on the number of signatures gathered in the next two months, initiatives on 16 issues could hit the ballot. (Twenty-two actually met state requirements, the attorney general announced yesterday, but they included multiple versions from petitioners.) Petitioners will begin collecting signatures on a constitutional amendment on public funding for abortions, and measures ending Common Core education standards, establishing a special tax on people earning more than $1 million per year, and not one but two different and competing efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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6 CN BC: PUB LTE: High Time To Talk About PotWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Surrey Leader (CN BC) Author:Jammu, Amritpal Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:09/04/2015

Should recreational use of marijuana be legalized?

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Oregon, and with the inconsistencies surrounding marijuana dispensaries in B.C., we are young citizens who have many questions about where our community is headed in regard to marijuana.

Should Canada move from legalization of medical marijuana to an inclusive legalization for recreational use?

Arrests for pot possession in this province have been increasing - although the number of arrests depends on the region of the province where people reside.

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7CN AB: Mother Pleads For Action On DrugsTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/04/2015

Son Died of Fentanyl Overdose

Clutching a framed photograph of her son, Petra Schulz made a passionate plea before nearly 100 people about the need for policy change on all levels to deal with the fentanyl epidemic in Alberta.

Schulz was one of six speakers Monday at the annual International Overdose Awareness Day on the steps of City Hall. Schulz's 25-year-old son Danny Schulz died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2014.

While the provincial government has spearheaded a one-year pilot program to provide take-home naloxone kits to Albertans who are at high risk of opioid overdose, Schulz said the lifesaving kits need to be more widely available and should be available to people without a prescription, such as a parent who has a child with an addiction. Already there have been 600 emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses in Edmonton this year.

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8 US NM: Ex-Sheriff Director Of Medical Pot FirmFri, 04 Sep 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Heild, Colleen Area:New Mexico Lines:129 Added:09/04/2015

Nonprofit Has Applied for License From State

State Department of Public Safety chief. Two-term Bernalillo County sheriff. City of Albuquerque public safety director. And now, aspiring medical marijuana producer?

The professional evolution of Darren White has taken a new turn. White, through his private investigations and security company, is affiliated with a firm that is one of 17 applicants seeking state Department of Health approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.

State corporation records list White as one of the directors of Purlife, a nonprofit whose listed purpose is "conducting medical marijuana sales in New Mexico."

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9US AK: Column: Do Alaska Cannabis Regulations Allow for ChefsFri, 04 Sep 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:09/04/2015

Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they're setting the initial boundaries of the legal market.

"I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over, to serve cannabis-infused foods?

I'm a chef and I think that we should have opportunity to stake our claim in this 'budding' marijuana industry."

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10US CO: Activists to Pull Pot Consumption Initiative FromThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

Activists behind a proposed Denver ballot initiative to allow some marijuana use in bars and other businesses say they will pull the measure, The Denver Post has confirmed.

Their new goal: crafting a compromise measure with city and business leaders.

The verbal agreement with a group that includes City Attorney Scott Martinez averts a public vote in November - one that might have allowed more extensive pot consumption in publicly accessible places than city officials and some business leaders were comfortable with.

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11US CO: Denver Tests Clear Suspect PotThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

Lab Tests Find No Trace of Unapproved Pesticide in Seized Marijuana.

Denver health officials Wednesday lifted a day-old order to hold hundreds of marijuana-infused lozenges and raw marijuana from two businesses after lab tests showed no trace of an unapproved pesticide among their ingredients.

The owners of Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America each said they had been using old labels that included among their ingredients a pesticide that today is not approved for use on marijuana.

The pesticide, spinosad, had not been barred for use when the labels were made, the owners said.

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12 US MA: OPED: Mass. Needs A Sensible Marijuana PolicyThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Luzier, Will Area:Massachusetts Lines:84 Added:09/03/2015

My first run-in with marijuana prohibition came in 1970, when I was arrested for possession of less than one-quarter ounce. Fortunately, my case was dismissed because the officer conducted an illegal search.

I often wonder where I would be if I had not been so lucky. Would I have been admitted to the bar? Hired as an assistant attorney general? Appointed as director of a state council on substance abuse and prevention?

Marijuana arrests turn countless lives upside down every year. I escaped my encounter unscathed, but it had a lasting impact on how I view this issue.

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13US CA: OPED: Bill Improves Fairness In Asset ForfeitureThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Chemerinsky, Erwin Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

The California Legislature should pass, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign, pending legislation that would curb some of the unfair aspects of the law concerning when the government can seize a person's property. At the height of the "war on drugs," governments at all levels were given much greater power to seize the assets of those suspected of criminal activity. Billions of dollars in cash and property of all sorts have been seized.

No one disputes that government has the power to confiscate ill-gotten gains of criminal activity. No one should be able to profit from a crime. The problem is that current law gives the government the power to seize property even without a criminal conviction and without fair safeguards.

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14 US MA: Demand Soaring At State's Lone Marijuana DispensaryThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Lazar, Kay Area:Massachusetts Lines:120 Added:09/03/2015

Facility in Salem Reports 1,500 Patients in 2 Months

The executive director of the state's first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients - the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over smoking marijuana.

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15 US CA: Column: End Of The Marijuana Free For All?Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:141 Added:09/03/2015

Governor Jerry Brown has spoken: It is time to get a grip on California's unregulated medical cannabis industry.

But even with JB's blessing, nothing is guaranteed.

It's nearing the 11th hour in Sacramento, where lawmakers and lobbyists are hammering out the final details of the first statewide regulations for California's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.

Last week, Brown circulated among lawmakers his preferred vision for a regulated California cannabis industry.

Licenses would be required for every level of commercial cannabis activity - with a carve-out for individual patients and patient caregivers - and each license would be tiered, giving mom-and-pop operations a chance while taxing Big Marijuana appropriately. All this would be overseen by the state.

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16 US CA: Column: Generation WThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:83 Added:09/03/2015

School's back in session and a new study reports that more college students are smoking pot frequently.

Six percent of students told University of Michigan researchers that they smoked weed daily or nearly daily in 2014, according to a Reuters article, nearly double the number in 2007. (Quick math: If 6 percent of 20 million students smoke a modest eighth ounce per week at $10 per gram, we're looking at $630 million in pot sales a semester - or more than 2 billion ramen packages.)

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17 US: Growing Marijuana Industry Raises Environmental ConcernsThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Campbell, Katie Area:United States Lines:162 Added:09/03/2015

Chuck Lyon lives in a house he built "one concrete slab at a time" in the hills of Mendocino County, California.

Lyon, 62, only uses about 5 gallons of well water each day, including the 1.5 gallons it takes for him to take what he called "navy showers." The average American uses more than 16 times that amount each day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

And when it comes to irrigating his garden, which includes six marijuana plants just a few steps off the front porch of his home, he takes it a step further. Lyon captures about 60,000 gallons of rainwater in massive silos each year and uses that to water his cannabis.

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18 US FL: Group to Push Amendment That Would Completely LegalizeWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Powers, Scott Area:Florida Lines:54 Added:09/03/2015

Petitions will hit the streets soon for a proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida.

A political-action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana-advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Tuesday that it had received state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November 2016 ballot.

The measure is distinct from another amendment drive run by United For Care and led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan because Morgan's group wants to legalize marijuana for medical purposes only. Floridians For Freedom wants it legalized for all uses, including recreation.

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19 CN ON: Overdose Of InformationTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Bay, Julienne Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:09/03/2015

Forty-five pairs of shoes lined the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street on Monday, representing the estimated number of people who died from drug overdoses in Ottawa last year.

In accordance with International Overdose Awareness Day, members of Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites and Drug Users Advocacy League called for supervised injection sites in Ottawa to prevent drug overdoses and to challenge what they say is the stigma faced by drug users.

Nic Diliso, one of the participants, said he was there to raise awareness and remember those he has lost due to drug overdose.

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20CN QU: OPED: Safe-Injection Sites Are Not Cause For AlarmWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Lee, Jennifer Laura Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

They are beneficial not only to drug users, but also to the community as a whole, Jennifer Laura Lee says.

Having visited a safe-injection site in Europe, I can say with great certainty that I would be grateful for, not fearful of, the establishment of such sites in Montreal.

As part of McGill's Comparative Health Systems Program, I visited one of the longest standing and most effective safe-injection sites in the world, in Switzerland, the birthplace of the safe consumption room itself. "Quai 9" stands alone in a sea of luxury stores and four star hotels, only a few blocks away from scenic Lake Geneva (a thriving tourist hot spot). Yes, a safe-injection site exists in the heart of Geneva's ritzy commercial district, and the city has yet to implode. Surrounding streets are not rife with crime and violence. Dirty needles do not litter the sidewalks. Neighbouring stores, banks, and restaurants have carried on, business as usual, for years.

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21 US CO: LTE: Is Everyone Ok With All This Pot?Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Swavely, Joseph Area:Colorado Lines:22 Added:09/03/2015

I am interested to find out if the citizens in the fair city of Denver are OK with the vast use of pot. I have seen people smoking marijuana at the bus stop, in their cars (sometimes with children inside with the windows rolled up), outside of food stores, walking down the block, at the pool, and even at the playground. I am not OK with this much open use of recreational drugs and wonder how many Coloradans really wish pot had not become legal in our state.

Joseph Swavely, 15, Lakewood

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22 US CO: Column: Cannabis Clubs Get Serious, QuestionableWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Swartzell, Griffin Area:Colorado Lines:75 Added:09/03/2015

Thumbs too green

On Aug. 25 county commissioners passed a resolution temporarily limiting households to 12 marijuana plants to prevent larger grow operations in unincorporated El Paso County. It's a bigger problem than folks just possessing too much weed.

"[Illegal growers] are coming and destroying [rental] houses," says Commissioner Peggy Littleton. "[They're] putting in ventilation, lighting, stripping things, adding extra outlets everywhere - basically destroying a rental home to set it up as an illegal grow operation. ... I think it's an abuse of what the law was supposed to be."

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23 US OH: Investors In Legal Pot Are Diverse LotWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:209 Added:09/03/2015

The 24 known investors bought into a plan establishing 10 exclusive commercial growing sites in Ohio.

There is a doctor, a developer, an NBA legend, a fashion designer, a knight, an ex-boyband member, a professional football player and descendants of a U.S. president.

Despite their widely varied backgrounds, investors in the for-profit ResponsibleOhio marijuana-legalization plan have something in common: They all want to make money, and lots of it.

The 24 known investors bought into a plan establishing 10 exclusive commercial marijuana-growing sites across the state. The list of investors does not include those who bought shares from the original investors but whose names are not disclosed on U.S. Securities Exchange Commission forms.

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24 US: Column: With Shift in Face of Heroin, Compassion EmergesWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Milloy, Courtland Area:United States Lines:99 Added:09/03/2015

Along with the nation's sharp jump in heroin overdoses has come a startling revelation, often called "the new face of heroin." It is a white face, mostly middle-class and suburban, "far from the stereotype of the shivering urban junkie," as the Christian Science Monitor put it this year.

In an article about a white high school soccer star's ultimate triumph over heroin, the Deseret News in Salt Lake City put the emergence of the new face this way: "Leaving sports and school behind, she morphed, in her own words, from a 'pretty girl' to a 'ghetto Barbie,' sinking into a lifestyle once thought to leave young people like [her] untouched."

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25 US OK: Forfeiture Debate Spills Down TurnpikeWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Tulsa World (OK) Author:Hoberock, Barbara Area:Oklahoma Lines:123 Added:09/03/2015

Legislators heard opposing arguments at opposite ends of the Turner Turnpike on Tuesday as two Republican state senators waged dueling public hearings on the state's civil asset forfeiture law.

At the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, witnesses assembled by Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, testified to a forfeiture process rife with real and potential problems that encourage the seizure of private assets by law enforcement. At the Tulsa Police Academy in north Tulsa, a roomful of law officers and prosecutors voiced outrage at that notion and said forfeiture is one of the most important weapons in the war against drugs.

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26CN QU: Police Chiefs Want Power To Intercept Items In MailMon, 31 Aug 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

Rocket launcher, guns, drugs among items sent as parcels, a 2012 RCMP report says

OTTAWA- Canada's police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

In a recently passed resolution, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police say contraband is being sent through the mail "with impunity" because the law forbids officers from swooping in until a parcel arrives at its destination.

This poses a "significant challenge" for police, who must find "alternative ways to work within or around" the system to apprehend criminals, the chiefs say. The resolution calls on the government to amend the legislation governing Canada Post to provide police with the ability to obtain a judge's approval to "seize, detain or retain parcels or letters" in the mail stream. A November 2012 report the RCMP prepared for the chiefs' organized crime committee revealed that firearms, grenades, a rocket launcher, stun guns, dangerous chemicals and drugs including cocaine, heroin and marijuana were sent through the mail.

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27US CO: Pesticides Worry DenverWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Listed Chemicals Not Approved for Use on Pot Prompt Probes.

Denver health officials Tuesday began inspecting and quarantining hundreds of marijuana products because their labels listed pesticides not approved for use on cannabis.

The move comes about six months after the city quarantined 100,000 plants at 11 grow facilities over concerns about pesticides.

Although pesticides are widely used on crops, their use on cannabis remains problematic because no safety standards exist. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, so the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates pesticides, has never established any limits.

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28 US MD: Entrepreneurs Seek Zoning For Medical MarijuanaWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Wood, Pamela Area:Maryland Lines:83 Added:09/02/2015

Aspiring Growers Ask Balto. CO. Council to Change Law

Entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the nascent medical marijuana business in Maryland asked Baltimore County Council members Tuesday to pass zoning laws that would allow them to operate.

Travis Radebaugh, a member of the family that operates Towson-based Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, told council members his company is ready to start growing marijuana - if the council allows farming operations in rural zones.

Council members are wrestling with details of where they should allow medical marijuana growing operations, processing facilities and dispensaries once the state approves licenses for the businesses.

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29US OR: High Times Pulls Plug on Holding Cannabis Cup in OregonWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Crombie, Noelle Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

High Times on Monday withdrew its application for a potential Cannabis Cup location in Milwaukie.

Amanda Younger, events director for High Times, said Tuesday that the publication decided to withdraw its application for a location in Milwaukie. She said delays processing the application and logistical issues related to pulling together the event by early October were behind the publication's decision.

The High Times Cannabis Cup, now in its 27th year, is the largest event of its kind, typically featuring well-known musical guests and vendors of pot products and marijuana-centric businesses. Growers showcase their best stuff, hoping to snag an award that can confer celebrity status on their marijuana strain.

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30 US CA: Pot, Politics, And Scandal In San LeandroWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Tavares, Steven Area:California Lines:207 Added:09/02/2015

The city's long strange trip toward its first medical cannabis dispensary may be finally reaching its climax.

For years, San Leandro's city leaders wanted absolutely no part of the medical cannabis industry.

Medical cannabis patients could always go to Oakland, officials often said. But then two years ago, two opponents of medical pot on the San Leandro City Council switched sides.

But not completely. The council decided in late 2013 that it would permit only one dispensary in the city. And the resulting competition for that single permit has attracted a number of strong and controversial applicants, including the country's largest dispensary, one that was recently tied to a federal corruption case in Oakland, and an untested local bidder that has close connections to San Leandro's political and business class.

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31 US MI: Column: Let's Do The Time Warp AgainWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:107 Added:09/02/2015

Actress Susan Sarandon recently tweeted a message to rappers A$AP Rocky and Action Bronson, saying, "thx for the shout out on '1Train.' Not sure what it means, but let's blaze one & talk about it some time."

It comes as no surprise that Sarandon, or Rocky and Bronson would want to blaze one. Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of marijuana use for years - it probably helped her get through the chilly days on the set of the classic movie Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky and Bronson put out tracks that boast about their involvement with the stuff, so there's no surprise there. What's interesting is that the 68-year-old Sarandon reached out across the age and cultural divide to invite the youthful performers for a smoke.

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32US MO: Man Serving Life Is FreedWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ballentine, Summer Area:Missouri Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Kin, Lawmakers Argued Sentence Too Stiff As Attitudes Have Changed

Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) - A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for two decades - a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

"I spent a third of my life in prison," said Jeff Mizanskey, 62, who was greeted by his infant great-granddaughter. "It's a shame."

His release followed years of lobbying by relatives, lawmakers and others who argued that the sentence was too stiff and that marijuana should not be forbidden.

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33 US WA: Column: The CannaquizWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:120 Added:09/02/2015

Will you be Queen Sativa-or a few grams short?

Marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than two years now, but, surprisingly, people know very little about the law. Take the Higher Ground CannaQuiz and see how you rate!

1. Each adult can grow up to four plants in their backyard.

2. I can walk around with an ounce of weed in my pocket and not get busted.

3. Because marijuana is legal in both Washington and Oregon, I can take Washington weed to a Portland pot party.

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34 US CA: PUB LTE: Police Should Need Conviction to Take PropertyTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Miller, Bob Area:California Lines:31 Added:09/02/2015

Re: "Find other ways to reform asset forfeiture" [Letters, Aug. 28]: Fountain Valley Police Chief Daniel Llorens justifies the taking of someone's property based merely on a suspicion and without due process. This sets a dangerous precedent in the abuse of law and property rights. He contends that Senate Bill 443 would allow criminal organizations to benefit from the law but he doesn't mention that current asset forfeiture laws allow the taking of property from individuals with no ties to criminal organizations and without a conviction.

The taking of property without due process of the courts and a conviction heretofore, amounts to nothing short of legalized theft and should be illegal. As a constitutional conservative, I believe it is high time for this reform.

Bob Miller

Anaheim

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35 Canada: Police Chiefs Want Power To Seize MailMon, 31 Aug 2015
Source:Chronicle-Journal, The (CN ON) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:75 Added:09/02/2015

OTTAWA - Canada's police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.

In a recently passed resolution, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police say contraband is being sent through the mail "with impunity" because the law forbids officers from swooping in until a parcel arrives at its destination.

This poses a "significant challenge" for police, who must find "alternative ways to work within or around" the system to apprehend criminals, the chiefs say.

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36 US OH: Editorial: Fighting WordsSun, 30 Aug 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:80 Added:09/02/2015

Proponents of Marijuana Monopoly Find Plain Speaking Is Objectionable

At the moment, the struggle over Issue 3, the marijuana-legalization proposal destined for the November ballot, is a war about words, specifically, how the initiative will be described on the ballot.

ResponsibleOhio, the group that hopes Ohio voters will hand it a lucrative monopoly to grow marijuana, is incensed at being described as a "monopoly" and at having the non-medicinal use of dope described as "recreational." Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who is crafting the ballot language for the issue, defends the use of both words.

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37 US MO: Mizanskey Free After 21 Years In PrisonTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Sedalia Democrat (MO) Author:Cooke, Nicole Area:Missouri Lines:113 Added:09/02/2015

JEFFERSON CITY - After 21 years behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, Jeff Mizanskey is now a free man.

Mizanskey, 62, of Sedalia, was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center early Tuesday morning with a crowd of family, friends and members of the media ready to greet him. His supporters wore black shirts with the Show-Me Cannabis logo and white lettering that said #WeFreedJeffMizanskey 09-01-2015. Mizanskey wore a similar shirt that said "I'm Jeff and I'm Free."

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38Canada: Nurses Pushing For Legal Injection SitesSat, 29 Aug 2015
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Payne, Elizabeth Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Coalition Wants Matter on Agenda During the Federal Election Campaign

A coalition of nurses and nursing students is hoping to put injection sites on the agenda during the federal election campaign.

The group called Nurses for Supervised Injection Services is encouraging others to vote for parties that support the creation of more sites throughout Canada.

The Conservative Party, which has fought Canada's only supervised injection site for drug users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, is the only one of the major parties that does not support the expansion of such sites. The Conservative government passed a law that supporters of the sites say creates barriers for communities opening injection sites similar to Vancouver's.

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39 US OR: La Pine To Consider Marijuana BansTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR) Author:Shorack, Ted Area:Oregon Lines:84 Added:09/02/2015

City Council Discusses Future Regulations for the Recreational Pot Industry

The city of La Pine will begin drafting ordinances that would temporarily ban recreational marijuana sales and future business ventures.

A potential permanent ban would have to be brought to La Pine voters during the November 2016 general election.

City Council members discussed recent legislation allowing the ban and future local regulations of marijuana businesses at a special meeting Monday.

Two medical marijuana dispensaries exist within city limits. Although the two businesses would be grandfathered in and not affected by the ban, the owners told city councilors their businesses would be harmed as they seek to attract more customers through the recreational legalization of marijuana.

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40 US MO: Life Sentence For Pot Is DroppedWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:Missouri Lines:25 Added:09/02/2015

(AP) - A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades - a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

Family, friends, supporters and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey, 62, as he stepped out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center into a sunny morning, wearing a new pair of white tennis shoes and a shirt that read, "I'm Jeff & I'm free."

His release followed years of lobbying by relatives, lawmakers and others who argued that the sentence was too stiff and that marijuana should not be forbidden.

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41 US: Series: In New York, Citations ContinueTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Valle, Lauren Del Area:United States Lines:142 Added:09/02/2015

De Blasio decriminalized possession, but police continue to crack down in poor neighborhoods.

JESSIE WARDARSKI The Rev. Kevin McCall, chapter president for the National Action Network in Harlem, says people are being taken to police stations "simply because they don't know their rights."

NEW YORK - Young African American and Latino mothers with their children walk down the bustling blocks of Liberty and Fulton in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Boys' sneakers scuffle on the cement basketball courts.

East New York is home to nearly 175,000 people. Less than 10 percent are Caucasian and most are younger than 45. Many seldom leave Brooklyn. About 35 percent live below the poverty line, and only about 8 percent have earned a college degree.

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42 US MO: Man Who Got Life Term on Marijuana Charge Is FreedWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Ballentine, Summer Area:Missouri Lines:34 Added:09/02/2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades - a period in which the nation's attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

Family, friends, supporters and reporters flocked to meet Jeff Mizanskey as he stepped out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center, wearing a new pair of white tennis shoes and a shirt that read "I'm Jeff & I'm free."

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43US AZ: Column: Is Pot For Parties Or Prescriptions?Wed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Valdez, Linda Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Marijuana is either a harmless recreational high or a valuable medicine.

Or both. Or neither.

We don't really know. But we are being asked to make major policy choices anyway.

A proposal to add to the list of approved uses for medical marijuana includes eight new conditions, from arthritis and Autism to Tourette's syndrome and traumatic brain injury.

Why stop there? Let's just say it's a tonic for whatever ails you.

OK. Some people may benefit from medical marijuana, but official numbers on who uses it make me skeptical.

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44US: Marijuana May Do Bad Things To SpermSun, 30 Aug 2015
Source:USA Today (US)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

(NEWSER) - Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample. The researchers found a correlation between men who smoked pot more than once weekly and "quite a lot" of a drop in sperm count: the count was an average 29% lower in these men than in those who reported lighter or no usage. Those who reported additional drug use (anything from cocaine to ecstasy) saw an even more severe reduction, with average sperm count down 55%.

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45 CN ON: Day To Remember Lives Lost To Drug OverdosesSat, 29 Aug 2015
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:09/02/2015

Monday is International Overdose Awareness Day, and the city is embracing the opportunity to talk about drugs.

As part of its increased investment in harm reduction programs, Hamilton's public health unit is holding a tribute to those who have lost their lives to drug addiction - and those living with addictions.

This is the first acknowledgment of the day in Hamilton, but after a spike in opioid deaths last summer, the city is eager to hold the event.

"This is just a good continuance of that work and trying to raise awareness that the dangers are still out there," said Linda Blake-Evans, manager of the city's harm reduction program.

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46 CN ON: Support For Those Who Lost ChildrenFri, 28 Aug 2015
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:09/02/2015

People Make Judgments About Parents Who Have Lost Children

WATERLOO REGION - Losing a child is one of the greatest pains for any parent.

But when the child dies from a drug overdose or a drinking and driving accident, the public stigma attached to those deaths can leave parents reeling with guilt.

When Christine Padaric's son, Austin, died of an accidental overdose of hydromorphone pills, a narcotic pain reliever that is crushed and snorted by recreational users, some said he was a junkie or drug addict.

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47 Mexico: Mexican Youth Tapped to Feed Demand for Heroin in U.S.Mon, 31 Aug 2015
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM) Author:Ahmed, Azam Area:Mexico Lines:213 Added:09/02/2015

Poppy Production Booms As American Appetite for Opioids Grows

With her nimble hands, tiny feet and low center of gravity, Angelica Guerrero Ortega makes an excellent opium harvester.

Deployed along the Sierra Madre del Sur, where a record poppy crop covers the mountainsides in strokes of green, pink and purple, she navigates the inclines with the deftness of a ballerina.

Though shy, she perks up when describing her craft: the delicate slits to the bulb, the patient scraping of the gum, earning in one day more than her parents do in a week.

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48CN QU: OPED: Marijuana Isn't The Only Drug That CanadiansMon, 31 Aug 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Ashby, Michael Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Drug use is a health issue, not a matter for the police and courts, Michael Ashby says.

When will Canadians find the courage to legalize cocaine? What about all the other drugs, for that matter? Since marijuana has become an election issue, we should stop wasting time and just talk about all drugs at once.

Anyone who's given sober thought to the social consequences of drug prohibition knows that drug use should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. But for over 100 years we've gone in the wrong direction, wasting mind numbing amounts of time and resources policing normal (if not ideal) human behaviour.

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49 US CA: LTE: MarijuanaTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Weckman, Buck Area:California Lines:57 Added:09/02/2015

I clearly remember the day Gary Simpson spoke out against the criminal marijuana industry at a Yuba County Board of Supervisor's meeting. It was the day after his cousin was murdered by marijuana thieves. Now the criminal marijuana industry is trying to make an issue of his letter to Linda residents stating his feelings about his loss.

I am not surprised. This destructive element, hiding behind false claims of a "medical marijuana need," will do anything to further their objectives of staying high and growing and trafficking marijuana for the almighty dollar. Almost daily we read about or see the effects: depletion and theft of our ground and surface water, destruction of our environment, home invasions and murders and the infusion of fear into our neighborhoods.

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50 US CA: Supes Leave Pot Ordinance As IsTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Creasey, Andrew Area:California Lines:67 Added:09/02/2015

The medical marijuana ordinance in Sutter County will continue unchanged, despite several recommended modifications by an advisory committee.

A presentation to the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday was information-only, so no action was taken, and the board gave little indication that any of the recommended changes would be implemented.

Michael Clayton, president of the Sutter County Medical Marijuana Growers Association, suggested several changes he would like to see made to the ordinance, which Clayton said was excessively restrictive for the legitimate medical marijuana user.

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