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1 US CA: LTE: Unhappy With EditingTue, 14 Jan 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Esplanade, Nathan Area:California Lines:51 Added:06/14/2016

Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan Esplanade, Jan. 7):

Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.

In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable medication via the Internet.

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2 US VT: PUB LTE: Strict Controls On MarijuanaFri, 19 Feb 2016
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Generess, Kenneth Area:Vermont Lines:32 Added:02/19/2016

I have read about much of the conversation regarding the legalization of marijuana. We should err on the side of caution when accepting and legalizing any bill that does not adhere to certain conditions. First, I personally would like to see the creation of a state-run marijuana exchange. Any persons or industry that chooses to grow marijuana for sale would be required to sell their crop at this exchange. Growers would be given fair market value for their produce. The state marijuana market would be supplied solely through this process. At the exchange produce will be broken down for distribution. Each crop will have a batch number. Every package will have a tracking number. Every ounce will be accounted for. Residency requirements should be in place for growers. Individuals who grow whether for personal use or sale would be required a permit. Individual restrictions will apply. Industrial growers will require a pre-existing Vermont farmers license.

Rutland

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3 US OR: Pesticide For Pot Is Pulled NationwideWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Oregon Lines:24 Added:02/10/2016

The Oregon Department of Agriculture stopped the sale of a pesticide used by marijuana growers because one of its active ingredients is not listed on the product label.

The agency says the product, Guardian, identifies itself as 100 percent natural and lists its active ingredients as cinnamon oil and citric acid. A state lab, however, found the presence of abamectin, a widely used insecticide.

A company official said the product has been pulled nationwide.

Times staff and news services

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4 US CA: Medical Marijuana Rules Vary - And May ChangeWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:106 Added:02/10/2016

Medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries are governed by a sometimes-confusing smorgasbord of rules and regulations that differ from county to county and city to city.

Now there are four pieces of approved state legislation to add to the mix, including a cleanup bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown that makes corrections to the earlier-approved bills.

Add to that the prospect of multiple statewide ballot initiatives in November and the result is a lot of uncertainty over the future of medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, locally and statewide.

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5 US CO: Column: Colorado's Recall ProblemWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:93 Added:02/10/2016

There's a marijuana recall saga playing out in Denver that suggests our regulatory system isn't quite up to snuff yet (at least when it comes to quality control.)

It first blew up last March when the city of Denver quarantined more than 100,000 plants from six separately owned and operated grows after the fire department discovered off-label pesticide use on the plants during routine safety inspections.

The city stepped up its inspections of cultivation facilities, and the Denver Post 's Cannabist blog even commissioned its own tests for pesticides on retail marijuana extracts.

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6 US CA: PUB LTE: Syringe SolutionsWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Miller, Tim Area:California Lines:29 Added:02/10/2016

Thank you for your article in The Chronicle regarding "Coordinated effort to remove syringes" (Feb. 9). I hope you'll consider exploring this subject further, looking at the root causes of the incredible increase in improperly discarded needles. Where are all these thousands of needles coming from?

Why the exponential increase? How much is attributable to the disappearance of needle exchange programs and their replacement with needle giveaways? Is this policy right for San Francisco? What other cities have changed this policy? What differentiates successful implementations from unsuccessful? Even if exchange is not required, can we mandate that the giveaways accept used needles for disposal (apparently many do not)? We need to find a solution to the root of the problem. Cleanup is good, but it's just a BandAid.

Tim Miller, San Francisco

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7 US CA: Column: Green-Lighting WeedWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:132 Added:02/10/2016

City staffers are seeking to lift Oakland's cap on dispensaries and to license vapor lounges, commercial gardens, hash-makers, kitchens, and labs.

Oakland stands poised to dominate California's new era of regulated medical cannabis. The Oakland City Council could green-light up to eight new medical cannabis dispensaries per year, as well approve dozens of related licenses for cultivation, testing, edibles, and pot extracts at its meeting on Tuesday, February 16.

Under the sweeping plan pushed by staffers in Mayor Libby Schaaf's administration, Oakland would also issue new licenses for delivery-only dispensaries, transportation services, lounges, and analytical labs. The plan also likely will produce millions of dollars in new tax revenue for the city; would increase safety by reducing the need for a black market for medical pot; would add more local jobs; and would produce safer medical cannabis supplies on a smaller carbon footprint, according to city staffers. The plan is scheduled to go before the council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday night, February 9.

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8 CN BC: Editorial: Time To Start Talking About Substance AbuseFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Mission City Record (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:02/10/2016

Whether it's alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, meth, acid or whatever vice chosen, substance abuse impacts almost everyone you know, one way or another.

It may be your brother or sister, your child or parent or even just a person on the street you happen to drive by, but whatever the connection, addiction has touched your life.

Some lives more than others.

Last night, the District of Mission held a forum on substance abuse and while the afternoon sessions were for service groups and politicians, the evening session was open to the public - more specifically, parents.

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9 US HI: Panel, Process For Pot Licenses To Remain SecretWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:108 Added:02/10/2016

The state Health Department said Tuesday it will neither release the names of committee members who will select the winners of Hawaii's eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses nor disclose any information about the selection process.

The department received 66 applications for the dispensary licenses and will determine by April 15 who is granted the right to open the first legal marijuana shops in Hawaii later this year.

"It is critical that the selection process be conducted without external influence and disruption, so that applicants are scored solely on their application and the merit criteria," said Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Department of Health. "To ensure the integrity of the selection process, DOH will not be releasing any additional information about applicants, the application process or evaluation panel at this time."

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10 CN NS: Editorial: Breathe In And Regulate Marijuana LawsMon, 08 Feb 2016
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:75 Added:02/10/2016

You don't have to be stoned to be confused by the status of Canada's marijuana laws.

Users of medical marijuana must wonder if it's OK to pick up supplies at pot dispensaries across the country.

In Nova Scotia, one operator proudly announced the opening of his Dartmouth dispensary last week.

But at least two in-province pot retailers were raided by police last year.

The law seems to suggest prescription holders should obtain the drug from licensed suppliers - which means by mail-order.

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11CN SN: Council Rejects 'Crazy Request' To Reopen Pot ShopTue, 09 Feb 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Hill, Andrea Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2016

Medical Marijuana Store Owner Says Users Suffer Without Access to Weed

Pleas from the owner of Saskatoon's now-shuttered medical marijuana dispensary that he be allowed to operate in the grey area of the law fell on deaf ears at a council committee meeting.

Mark Hauk, founder of the Saskatoon Compassion Club, closed the dispensary's doors after he was charged last fall with trafficking, production and possessing the proceeds of crime.

He told council's planning committee on Monday that the closure means many people who relied on medical marijuana are now suffering. He asked that his business be allowed to operate despite the fact that it is presently considered illegal under federal law.

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12Mexico: Column: Legalizing Pot May Make Sense In MexicoWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Jervis, Rick Area:Mexico Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2016

MEXICO CITY - Armando Santacruz is a clean-cut father of five and successful business owner.

Nothing at all about him screams "pothead."

Yet, Santacruz, 54, is at the forefront of a growing movement to legalize marijuana in Mexico - a move that could have seismic repercussions both in Mexico and the USA.

He talks about legalizing pot with the same impassioned fervor many here use to describe soccer clubs or favorite restaurants.

Santacruz was one of four plaintiffs who won a pivotal Supreme Court case here in November, which allowed him and his co-plaintiffs their private consumption of cannabis and galvanized a national debate.

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13 New Zealand: Arrests For Drug Use Slightly Up In DecemberMon, 08 Feb 2016
Source:Marlborough Express (New Zealand) Author:Eder, Jennifer Area:New Zealand Lines:68 Added:02/10/2016

Marlborough police are finding more drug users and less drug dealers, according to new police data.

Police statistical indicators for December showed Marlborough police caught more than twice as many people using illicit drugs in December last year, compared to the previous year.

Nineteen people in Marlborough were caught using drugs in December last year, compared with nine in December 2014.

However, the number of people caught selling illegal drugs decreased by more than half, from 14 in December 2014 to five in the same month last year.

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14 CN NF: Life-Changing LeafMon, 08 Feb 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Power, Louis Area:Newfoundland Lines:164 Added:02/10/2016

Medical marijuana user says doctors discouraged from prescribing; new clinic hopes to alleviate concerns

As the country moves towards legalizing marijuana for recreational use, patients in Newfoundland and Labrador are still having trouble accessing the herb for medical use.

It's not because of the fact that no licensed producers grow marijuana in the province; doctors here may be hesitant because the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador appears to discourage them from having anything to do with it.

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15 Canada: Liberals' Vow To Legalize Pot Creating Chaos, Police SayMon, 08 Feb 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:109 Added:02/10/2016

Canada's frontline officers and police chiefs are alarmed by the growing chaos in the marijuana industry, saying the Liberal Party's promise to eventually legalize the drug has sparked confusion across the country.

Illegal pot dispensaries are opening up from coast to coast at the same time as some users feel they should no longer be subject to the Criminal Code, prompting law-enforcement officials to urge the Trudeau government to remind Canadians that marijuana remains an illegal drug.

The dispensaries are ostensibly set up to distribute medical marijuana, but many are believed to also sell cannabis for recreational use with the flimsiest medical evidence or documentation. The licensed producers of medical marijuana have responded by launching a lobbying campaign to persuade the government to shut down the dispensaries. At the same time, these legal producers of medical marijuana are vying to be the first in line to legally produce marijuana for recreational use.

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16 CN BC: PUB LTE: Navy's Efforts Make No Difference to Drug CrimeTue, 09 Feb 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Randell, Alan Area:British Columbia Lines:28 Added:02/10/2016

Re: "Navy making a difference in drug war," column, Feb. 6.

If the navy stopped chasing around the world for various drug shipments, would we notice any difference here at home? Were things a lot worse with respect to drug-induced crime before this program started back in 2006? Were the gangs more numerous then than they are today? Are we winning the war on drugs now?

I don't think so.

A truly ludicrous column.

Alan Randell Victoria

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17CN SN: Column: No One Knows How Many Are Getting Medical MarijuanaTue, 09 Feb 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:MacPherson, Les Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2016

I wrote last week a column about marijuana that contained bad information.

I had heard complaints from three different people that they could not find a doctor in Saskatoon to prescribe medical marijuana. I have since learned that maybe they weren't seeing the right doctors.

Some doctors still will not write prescriptions for the once-forbidden herb, but plenty of others have come around. Saskatoon-based supplier CanniMed alone has filled prescriptions written by 290 Saskatchewan doctors, 136 of them in Saskatoon, at last count. This would not include doctors whose prescriptions are filled by other licensed suppliers, of which there are more than 20. So, medical marijuana is far from impossible to get here, as I incorrectly reported.

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18 CN MB: Weeding Out The TruthTue, 09 Feb 2016
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Billeck, Scott Area:Manitoba Lines:131 Added:02/10/2016

MARIJUANA and fitness - common sense suggests one doesn't go well with the other. The stereotype of the lazy stoner who makes late-night pilgrimages for junk food doesn't mesh with someone who spends spare time lifting weights or goes on early morning jogs.

But some users who have taken a hit before lifting weights say there are benefits.

"Weed was a great help for me when I was just starting off weight training, running and cycling. For one, it really takes the edge of the soreness," says Martin, who doesn't want his last name published.

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19 CN MB: PUB LTE: Heavenly PotWed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:White, Stan Area:Manitoba Lines:33 Added:02/10/2016

Re: "Rolling in dough," Jan. 29.

It's true, since Colorado completely re-legalized cannabis (marijuana), treating it like the relatively safe God-given plant that it is, the state has reaped huge taxes. But Canada shouldn't cleanse itself from cannabis prohibition to profit, but rather to end one of North America's worst policy failures because it's the right thing to do. The Luciferous practice of caging humans for using what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible is vulgar for developed nations. The sooner the devil law ends, the sooner the sky will stop falling in.

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.

("Luciferous" means "enlightening.")

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20US CO: Pot Sales Just Less Than $ 1B In State In 2015Wed, 10 Feb 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2016

Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $ 996,184,788 of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according to the state Department of Revenue.

"I think it's ethical to round that up to a billion," cannabis industry attorney Christian Sederberg said Tuesday upon first hearing the 2015 totals.

Colorado recreational marijuana sales first started on Jan. 1, 2014.

Colorado also collected more than $ 135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015- more than $ 35 million of which is earmarked for school construction projects.

Colorado released marijuana tax data for December 2015 on Tuesday, showing a major uptick in month-over-month sales.

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