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1 CN ON: Police Criticized For Illegal SearchWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:11/28/2014

Evidence From Search of Barn Where Hells Angels Member Lived Tossed Because No Warrant Issued

KITCHENER - A judge has reprimanded Waterloo Regional Police for illegally searching for guns in a barn where a Hells Angels member occasionally lived.

Justice Gerald Taylor made it clear in a ruling that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects everyone - even members of outlaw biker gangs.

"The charter does not just apply to law-abiding citizens," Taylor wrote in the ruling that threw out all of the evidence from one search in a high-profile guns-and-drugs case against biker Frank Strauss.

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2US AK: 2014 Ballot Measures Certified: Countdown to MarijuanaThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

Three ballot measures adopted by Alaska voters this month were certified Wednesday afternoon by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, the Alaska Division of Elections announced in a short press release.

"The election is a wrap," elections director Gail Fenumiai said after the announcement.

The certification begins the 90-day countdown to the enactment of three ballot measures passed by Alaska voters on Nov. 4: Ballot Measure 2, which legalizes recreational marijuana; Ballot Measure 3, with increases Alaska's minimum wage; and Ballot Measure 4, which enables the Legislature to prohibit some large-scale mining projects in the Bristol Bay watershed.

The ballot measures go into effect Feb. 24.

That means recreational marijuana use will be legalized on that day, and the minimum wage in Alaska will increase from $7.75 per hour to $8.75 per hour.

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3 US CO: Column: What Strains Are Best For Treating Seizures?Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:11/28/2014

Dear Stoner: I have a question about medical marijuana, in terms of what the best strains are for seizures. I was diagnosed with cancer a long time ago - brain cancer, in particular - and they gave me anywhere from a week to a few months to live, but here I am, 24 years later. So that's my question. Also wondering if you've ever put your Ask a Stoner columns into one volume.

Another Will

Dear Will: Your story sounds amazing, and we're inspired that you've been giving the middle finger to cancer for nearly a quarter-century. While not all patients react the same way to treatment, for seizures the trick seems to be using strains that are high in CBD. A few strains to look for are Harlequin, R4 and Cannatonic. Good Chemistry on Colfax usually has ounces of Harlequin for $240 for recreational customers; Fresh Baked in Boulder has $300 ounces of Cannatonic; and Greenwerkz in Denver usually has the R4. Kind Love's Purple Diesel and the Clinic's Pre-98 Bubba Kush are also relatively high-CBD buds. According to several docs we've talked to over the years, the key is to make foods from those strains rather than smoke them. You can also try to find high-CBD edibles or tinctures at dispensaries, though you'll have to do some digging, as recreational shops aren't all going to carry high-CBD and low-THC items that, well, don't really get you high.

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4 US DC: PUB LTE: Make Your Own Decisions On PotThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Adams, Doug Area:District of Columbia Lines:24 Added:11/28/2014

In her Nov. 22 letter, "Take a harder look at marijuana," Stephanie Babyak Nickerson responded to a recommendation for legalization with a non sequitur about whether marijuana is any more harmful than tobacco. Few are arguing that marijuana is healthy. The question is whether people should be allowed to make their own decisions to use marijuana based on their assessments of the risks involved, as we do with so many other substances and activities.

Doug Adams, Fairfax

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5US AK: APOC: Marijuana Activist Greene Must Comply WithThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Caldwell, Suzanna Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Wednesday rejected Anchorage marijuana activist Charlo Greene's objection to a subpoena, giving the agency the authority to continue its investigation into whether she violated campaign finance law.

Greene challenged the commission's request that she provide it with documents and information related to an IndieGogo fundraising campaign she conducted this fall. APOC requested the information to see whether or not Greene accepted contributions or made expenditures or communications related to Ballot Measure 2, an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska. Greene contends the agency has no authority over her records and said Wednesday she would not be complying with the subpoena.

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6 CN ON: PUB LTE: Drug War Important To Addiction BattleThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:42 Added:11/28/2014

Re: "Addiction awareness will require all of us," Nov. 18, 2014.

Regarding Fred Rinne's column, when it comes to battling addiction, the drug war is part of the problem.

Illegal drug users are reluctant to seek medical attention in the event of an overdose for fear of being charged with a crime. Drug war enforcement results in preventable deaths. Rehabilitation also is confounded.

Turnout at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings would be dramatically lower if alcoholism were treated as a crime rather than a medical condition. Eliminating the penalties associated with illicit drug use would encourage the type of honest discussion necessary to facilitate rehabilitation and save lives.

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7 US NV: Pot ProgressThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Palmieri, Marina Area:Nevada Lines:148 Added:11/28/2014

Patients Must Be Patient a Little Longer

Medical dispensaries for marijuana will soon appear in Nevada, but they are not likely to be accompanied by the free-swinging procedures that once characterized the California industry.

"It's marijuana," said Clark County Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom. "From my perspective, whatever you do, no one should be going to jail for marijuana. It's just marijuana."

Segerblom is one of a number of advocates of medical use of marijuana who have worked for years to move the state to a different stance on the medicine. In 2000, voters approved the use of medicinal marijuana. However, Nevada cardholders were required to grow their medicine on their own. Now, 14 years later, the push for dispensaries in Nevada has been successful. Up to 55 dispensaries will be opening across the state. With the exception of some of the smaller counties, all the major cities and counties have approved dispensaries in their area.

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8 US CO: Column: How How One Congressman Could Stop DCThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:124 Added:11/28/2014

We should get some indication of how the new Republican Congress feels about cannabis when it convenes in January.

The District of Columbia intends to offer Initiative 71, its recent law decriminalizing marijuana possession, to the new Congress as soon as it is seated. The resolution was passed by almost 70 percent of District voters (which should give the new Congress some indication of what people closest to them think of the government-sponsored Drug War).

Congress then has 30 days to act or it automatically becomes law. The two branches could pass a joint resolution (ha ha!) that would disallow the initiative, or both could vote to stop money intended to implement the program, effectively ending it that way. It's possible, but highly unlikely since that's only been done once before.

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9 US: Funding Worries For Pot BackersThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:139 Added:11/28/2014

Their Anxiety Grows As Political Campaign Costs Mount and Donors Waver.

LAS VEGAS - After decades helping lead the fight against the national war on drugs, Ethan Nadelmann recently joined thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here celebrating legalization - and found the scene kind of irritating.

The rapidly expanding legal pot industry has started to make some people rich, but the new pot capitalists are stingy about keeping the momentum for legalization building, Nadelmann said.

The wealthy donors who have long bankrolled groups like Nadelmann's Drug Policy Alliance, anchored by billionaire George Soros, have taken notice. They got involved because of concerns over racial justice and civil liberties. If those issues are going to be overshadowed by the opportunity to sell cannabis candy bars to college kids, they're starting to say, then maybe the people making the money should bear the cost.

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10 US: Deck The Halls With Pot, Not Holly, Say CentennialThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:United States Lines:119 Added:11/28/2014

Legal Weed Sales Get Stores Set to Harvest Cash for the Holidays

DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe.

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.

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11 US AK: Fairbanks-Area Governments to Hold Special Session onThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Morrow, Weston Area:Alaska Lines:83 Added:11/28/2014

FAIRBANKS - The three local governing bodies in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will hold a special public forum Tuesday about the new voter-approved law legalizing the growing, possession and sale of marijuana in Alaska.

The Borough Assembly and the Fairbanks and North Pole city councils will host the special inter-governmental work session at the Pioneer Park Civic Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Ballot Measure 2 passed with 53 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election, making Alaska the fourth state to legalize the sale of marijuana in the last several years. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified the election result on Wednesday.

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12US: Bill Eyes Medical Pot For VetsThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Wax-Thibodeaux, Emily Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

VA Would Get OK to Recommend Use

WASHINGTON - Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to "survive and thrive," Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs' doctors to recommend the drug for some patients.

The Veterans Equal Access Act would challenge the VA's policy that forbids doctors from consulting about medical pot use. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported about the issue.

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13CN BC: Hospital Visits Due To Substance Abuse Up 63 Per CentTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Shore, Randy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

Doctor blames increasingly easy access to alcohol, which accounts for 10 times more medical costs than all other drugs combined

Hospital visits attributed to alcohol and drug abuse increased by 63 per cent in the Greater Vancouver area over just four years ending in 2013, and visits to St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver for substance abuse increased by a whopping 89 per cent over the same period, according to emergency room data.

And despite dire headlines about opioid addiction and IV drug use, alcohol is driving most of the increase.

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14 CN MB: Editorial: Facing Up To AddictionWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:67 Added:11/28/2014

Canadians recognize a problem that has and continues to plague our society and stifle our potential, not to mention negatively impact our health: Addictions.

National Addictions Awareness Week just passed by. That unto itself marks progress we have made by admitting that there is a problem and it is up to all of us to help fight the battle -especially in young people at habit-building peaks in their lives.

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

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15CN BC: OPED: A Compassionate ResponseTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Pond, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

Fraser Health: Training film seeks to treat addiction like any other illness

"Just sit there and wait. Don't you know there are real sick people here?"

In my years of severe alcoholism, I lost track of the number of times an ER nurse or doctor said something like that to me. In a column a few weeks ago I tallied up how the lack of care and compassion I experienced in my 31 drunken ER visits actually cost the taxpayer a lot more money and made my condition much worse.

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16 CN BC: Prescription Heroin To Hit Vancouver Streets In A First ForThu, 27 Nov 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:137 Added:11/28/2014

STARTING THE WEEK of November 23, doctors will administer prescription heroin to a select group of patients in Vancouver.

It will be the first time that heroin, or diacetylmorphine, is given to patients anywhere in North America outside of an academic study.

"For this group, the addiction is so severe that no other treatment has been effective," said David Byres, vice president of acute clinical programs at Providence Health Care. "The goal is stabilization."

The harm-reduction program will be run out of Providence Crosstown Clinic in the Downtown Eastside. In a telephone interview, Byres emphasized that heroin-assisted treatment is only recommended as an appropriate intervention for individuals who have repeatedly failed with traditional therapies such as methadone.

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17 US NM: Rep. Makes Case For Legalized PotWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Bryan, Susan Montoya Area:New Mexico Lines:86 Added:11/28/2014

The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session.

Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, took his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers Tuesday during a meeting of the interim Health and Human Services Committee.

McCamley dismissed the stoner humor of 1970s comics Cheech and Chong and said this should be a serious debate.

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18 US DC: VA Challenged On Medical MarijuanaWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Thibodeaux, Emily Wax- Area:District of Columbia Lines:88 Added:11/28/2014

Bipartisan Bill Would Free Agency's Staff From Restrictions

VA cannot prescribe pot even to veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders "survive and thrive," Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend the drug for some patients.

The Veterans Equal Access Act would challenge a VA policy that forbids doctors to consult about medical pot use. The bill was filed after The Washington Post reported on the issue this month.

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19 US AK: PUB LTE: Stop Pot ProsecutionsWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Guilford, Jason Area:Alaska Lines:44 Added:11/28/2014

To the editor: It is with some regret that I see today that the state of Alaska is not going to suspend its ongoing prosecution for marijuana violations.

I know the law legalizing marijuana isn't in effect yet. I know that the people who will be prosecuted stand accused of having broken a law. I get it. Break the law, there are consequences. Blah, blah, blah.

Phooey.

The "war on drugs" is a colossal waste of resources. It does not stop anyone from using drugs. But it does an excellent job of putting people behind bars. Every arrest for marijuana, every attempt at prosecution for marijuana, every incarceration for marijuana is money that we don't have down the drain.

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20 US CO: Column: Clinic 5280 Expands, State to Review CannabisWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:71 Added:11/28/2014

With even more Clinic

In March, you read in this space about Clinic 5280, a South Nevada Avenue medical-marijuana center owned by Jonathan Cho that focuses on "high-quality yields using hydroponics." Well, his pursuit will soon expand with a second Clinic location at 1752 Shasta Drive, near South Circle Drive and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bypass.

"We're right on the home stretch of getting that complete, at this point," says Cho, a former investment accountant with a love of science. An expanded grow will help the center increase its strain-count from 30 to around 40. And the additional strains are something special, Cho says, though he declines to elaborate.

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21 US MI: Column: A Family AffairWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Panne, Valerie Vande Area:Michigan Lines:77 Added:11/28/2014

How Many of Our Brothers and Sisters Will Get Busted for Pot This Holiday Season?

I remember a Thanksgiving, nearly 20 years ago. At the time I lived in a very low-income neighborhood. Most white people would call it a "bad" neighborhood. Back then, it was almost entirely black and Hispanic people living there. I loved that neighborhood. It was filled with families, good music, and delicious food. The neighbors were always friendly to me. Even the drug dealers were nice. They sold marijuana back then, nickel and dime bags ($5 or $10 sizes).

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22 US CA: Column: 50 Million Reasons Prohibition StaysWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:122 Added:11/28/2014

50 MILLION REASONS PROHIBITION STAYS

Hunter S. Thompson knew best. To take the nation's temperature, and to find the real center of it all, you have to go to Las Vegas. Earlier this month, American Dream-seekers donned clean jeans and crisp button-downs to decamp to the desert to talk business ideas involving grow lights, smell-proof plastic bags, and other ways to tap the "billions" in market potential right around the corner, thanks to the cannabis plant and the end of cannabis Prohibition.

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23 CN BC: PUB LTE: B.C. Bud May Be Solution To End PipelineTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Toynbee, Dave Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:11/28/2014

I've come up with a solution to the current oil/gas pipeline controversy. This plan will have the full support of B.C. residents:

* Legalize marijuana.

* Make B.C. bud a recognized agricultural crop.

* Form a Crown corporation to market and price B.C. bud. Including the creation of processing plants and warehouses.

* Establish a pipeline system which will deliver B.C. bud to every customer in the province and to export terminals on the coast.

* The B.C. bud can be made to flow through pipelines by liquefying the product or by drying and aerating the product.

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24US GA: Georgia Senator Proposes Full Legalization Of MarijuanaTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Torres, Kristina Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2014

A state senator is proposing to fully legalize marijuana in Georgia, providing Colorado-style access at licensed retail shops while also allowing its use through medical providers for treatment of conditions including cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS.

State Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, filed the joint proposals Monday for consideration by the state Legislature next year. The legislative session starts Jan. 12.

Thompson's Senate Bill 7 would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana of up to two ounces for specific debilitating medical conditions and its use would be strictly regulated by the state.

Additionally, Senate Resolution 6 is a proposed amendment to the state constitution. Requiring voter approval, it would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of retail marijuana. Tax revenue from the sale of marijuana would be constitutionally earmarked for education and transportation infrastructure.

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25 US: PUB LTE: Drug-Free Or Land Of Free?Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United States Lines:39 Added:11/28/2014

Thank you for making the case for civil forfeiture reform in your recent editorial ("Time for civil-forfeiture reform," Web, Nov. 17). Right now, police can confiscate cars, cash and homes without charging owners with a crime. Vague allegations of drug trafficking don't justify turning protectors of the peace into financial predators. The drug war threatens the integrity of a country founded on the concept of limited government.

Warrantless government surveillance, drug-sniffing dogs in schools and random drug testing have led to a loss of civil liberties while failing at preventing drug use. A majority of European Union countries have decriminalized marijuana. Despite marijuana prohibition and perhaps because of "forbidden-fruit" appeal, lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the United States than it is in any European country.

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26 US WA: Mayor Seeks New Rules For Medical-Pot DispensariesTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:130 Added:11/26/2014

Licenses, Zoning, Product Testing

Murray Says Seattle Can't Wait for Legislature to Act

Mayor Ed Murray's office outlined its plan to regulate Seattle's proliferating medical-marijuana industry Monday, including a new city license and standards for testing, packaging and advertising.

Under the proposed system, business owners would have to get criminal-background checks. The city would inspect the businesses and be able to levy fines or suspend or revoke licenses for violations.

David Mendoza, an adviser to the mayor on marijuana issues, said selling multiple times to a minor or a person without a medical authorization would be enough to lose a license.

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27US CO: Denver Will Pay $25,000 SettlementTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

The Denver City Council on Monday approved the payment of $25,000 to settle a false-arrest lawsuit brought by a woman who was collecting petition signatures.

In November 2011, Regina Ann Petkus was gathering signatures outside the Ogden Theatre on East Colfax Avenue for Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative that legalized the sale of recreational marijuana.

Her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, said Denver police Sgt. Hubert Martin Vanover arrested her while he was working off-duty security for the Ogden. He ordered her to stop collecting signatures near the Ogden, the lawsuit says, even though Petkus was standing in a public alleyway, where such activity was allowed.

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28 US CO: Pot Retailers Adopt Holiday SpiritTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:95 Added:11/26/2014

Dispensaries Offer Pot-Laced Foods, Discounts

DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.

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29US CA: Vista's Pot-Shop Fight Eyed In San DiegoTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

But City Attorney to Continue Using Civil Injunctions Over Criminal Misdemeanors

SAN DIEGO - Marijuana opponents are lobbying City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to follow the city of Vista's lead and criminally prosecute operators of illegal pot shops, but Goldsmith says he'll continue using civil injunctions because they're more effective.

Vista officials say they've managed to close 12 of the 15 medical marijuana dispensaries that had been operating in the city since they began taking the unusual step last fall of charging the operators with criminal misdemeanors.

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30 US ME: OPED: Legalization Isn't Inevitable: Maine Has MoreTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Bangor Daily News (ME) Author:Gagnon, Scott Area:Maine Lines:96 Added:11/26/2014

Last week saw the launch of a second initiative to put a question on the 2016 Maine ballot to legalize recreational marijuana. This effort would run alongside the stated intent of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project to gather signatures and also put a question on the 2016 ballot.

Some media outlets are framing this as Mainers having two choices for legalizing marijuana in Maine. But the truth of the matter is they will have three choices on how marijuana policy moves forward in Maine. A third choice will be to reject marijuana legalization of both varieties and move forward with a public health-oriented approach that doesn't create a third legalized drug.

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31 US DC: PUB LTE: Stop Asset Forfeiture Practices NowTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Greene, Danielle Area:District of Columbia Lines:31 Added:11/26/2014

The Nov. 19 Metro article "Council votes to overhaul seizures" reported that D.C. police have taken for years "cash, cars and other property" from people not charged with crimes without oversight. I am outraged.

Which part of "effective immediately" doesn't the D.C. Council know how to spell? Why wait till 2018 to fully overhaul the city's asset forfeiture program, directing seized proceeds to the city's general fund instead of to the police department? The idea that the department appropriated funds in advance of crimes being perpetrated and prosecuted is outrageous. It's easy to imagine police entrapments or pay-to-play shenanigans that would bring in cash to balance the forecast.

I urge the D.C. Council to consider "effective immediately" to avoid national disgrace for having engaged in the asset forfeiture scam in the first place, thereby making crime pay before it happens. For shame, for shame.

Danielle Greene, Falls Church

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32 CN NF: Column: For Addicts Trying to Get Help, the Waiting CanMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Newfoundland Lines:86 Added:11/26/2014

Derek Montague could have ruined himself. In the three months he's been waiting for gambling addiction treatment, he could have dug a financial hole of which there'd be no way out.

"In that span of time, I've done more damage to myself," he admits.

"I've gambled during that period of time."

Full disclosure: Derek works with TC Media and reports indirectly to me. He's a fine journalist with The Labradorian newspaper in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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33US CA: Secondhand Pot Smoke Also Bad For Blood VesselsWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Kaul, Greta Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

Breathing secondhand cigarette smoke damages blood and heart vessels - - and so does marijuana smoke, UCSF scientists have found.

When researchers exposed lab rats to 30 minutes of secondhand marijuana smoke, they saw a 70 percent decline in the function of the animals' blood vessels. Blood vessel function was still subpar when there was no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives pot its intoxicating qualities, in the marijuana.

Studies have shown that blood vessels regain their normal function 30 minutes after exposure to tobacco smoke. In the new study, blood vessels hadn't returned to normal 40 minutes after exposure to marijuana smoke.

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34 US WA: Prosser Schools Nix Marijuana Farmer's $14,000 DonationWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Courtney, Ross Area:Washington Lines:67 Added:11/26/2014

PROSSER - School officials Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, taking a strong stand against youth marijuana use.

"We're not taking it; end of story," said Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

The donor, Randy Williams, now is looking for another local recipient.

"I never thought it'd be a problem to give money away," said the owner of Fireweed Farms, a marijuana producer north of this city of 5,800.

Williams' next choice is the Prosser branch of the Boys & Girls Club. The youth nonprofit will "evaluate internally," said Brian Ace, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.

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35US CO: Pot Shops See Black Friday In Green LightWed, 26 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2014

The marijuana industry will jump on the "doorbuster" bandwagon, with dirt-cheap prices on products.

While some might recommend a calming strain of marijuana to deal with the mania surrounding Black Friday, others will be lining up for "doorbuster" deals on that same Colorado pot this weekend.

The eager-to-normalize marijuana industry is ready to cash in on the weekend after Thanksgiving-just like everyone else.

"It's our way of fitting in with more mainstream businesses and the businesses that are normal for Black Friday," Grass Station owner Ryan Fox said. "We also want to insert ourselves into the commerce involved from a retail perspective. It's a great gift idea. And for some people, it's an outlet to deal with Black Friday. So maybe we'll turn it into Green Friday someday."

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36US CO: Overlooked Colorado Law Opened DoorMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

One Credit Union May Soon Welcome Pot Businesses.

If not for a quirky bit of law passed by Colorado legislators 33 years ago, during the dawn of the savings and loan crisis, the world's first credit union for the marijuana industry would not have been a possibility so soon.

Discovered by organizers of the Fourth Corner Credit Union soon after a morale-dropping phone call with federal regulators, the law appears to allowa credit union to open for business - perhaps as soon as Jan. 1- while awaiting approval of required federal insurance.

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37 CN BC: Column: PTSD Victims Deserve Science Not CensureSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Jim Area:British Columbia Lines:127 Added:11/25/2014

Early last month, veteran RCMP officer Ron Francis committed suicide. Francis claimed smoking marijuana helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. The RCMP ordered him to turn in his uniform, and put him on sick leave.

Obviously, marijuana wasn't enough to save him.

"The treatment he should have received just wasn't there for him at the end," said Francis's friend and lawyer T.J. Burke.

It wasn't there for 16 other RCMP officers who committed suicide over the past nine years, along with 15 retired members. Or for 160 Armed Forces personnel, also suffering from PTSD.

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38 US ME: Pro-Marijuana Groups Eye Northeastern StatesMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Whittle, Patrick Area:Maine Lines:87 Added:11/25/2014

South Portland, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - so far the province of Western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis - Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first New England state to do so. Now, national marijuana advocates say, the state represents a chance for pro-marijuana forces to get a toehold in the Northeastern states they have long coveted.

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39US CA: Editorial: Get Ready for Marijuana Legalization, or GetSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

Illegal marijuana accounts for a quarter of Humboldt County's economy - - at least. Legal pot is coming to California whether we agree with it or not. Plan now or fail.

While Proposition 19, the Golden State's last attempt at legalizing marijuana, only garnered 46.5 percent of the vote in 2010, times have changed. Since 2012, the movement to end marijuana prohibition has scored victories in Colorado and Washington state, with more recent wins this month legalizing cannabis for personal use in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. A measure this November to legalize marijuana for medical use in Florida failed to secure the supermajority required for its passage, but only by under 3 percent of the vote. Movements are underway in Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Maine, Nevada - and yes, California - to put the question to voters by 2016.

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40 US FL: When Homes Go To PotMon, 24 Nov 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Lotan, Gal Tziperman Area:Florida Lines:183 Added:11/25/2014

700-Plus Marijuana Grow Houses Found in Area Since 2010

When new residents moved into the Los Alamitos Court cul-de-sac where Roger Concepcion lives, they put up a tall white fence around the property.

"Since the house sold, and sold quick, I said, 'Oh, we're going to have new neighbors,' " Concepcion said. "Then we never saw them."

As Orange County sheriff 's investigators later found out, the fence wasn't the only modification to the two-story terra-cotta-colored home in the Kempton Park neighborhood. The main electrical line on the street was tapped, funneling extra power into the house through wires that ran to the roof.

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41US CO: Pot Merchants Battle To Win Holiday TradeTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe.

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.

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42US CO: Pot Studies UrgedTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

State Health Officials Propose Broad Research into Effect of Cannabis on Illness

Colorado health officials have recommended funding two studies on childhood epilepsy, two studies on post-traumatic stress disorder and four other studies as part of the largest-ever state research program on medical marijuana.

The studies-totaling about $7.5million in cost-would be paid for by a surplus of registration fees paid by medical marijuana patients. The grants need final approval by the state Board of Health in December. Research could begin early next year.

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43US CO: Editorial: Feds: Act On Pot Credit UnionTue, 25 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/25/2014

Federal authorities should move quickly to OK the world's first-ever credit union for the marijuana industry.

Fourth Corner Credit Union received an unconditional charter to operate last week by the state's Division of Financial Services.

Fortunately a wrinkle in federal law allows the credit union to open as it awaits approval of required federal insurance. But that could take up to two years.

The National Credit Union Administration, the federal regulator of credit unions, shouldn't wait that long.

A master account from the Federal Reserve System is expected by Dec. 10. Marijuana businesses have been denied legitimate banking solutions for too long, creating a dangerous, cash-only environment.

It is commendable the state has found a workable solution. The feds should follow.

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44 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

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 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.

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45 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

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 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.

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46 US NJ: 4th Dispensary Can Grow PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)          Area:New Jersey Lines:30 Added:11/24/2014

(AP) - New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering it to patients in the spring.

The Health Department issued the permit Friday to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago, and since then two others have joined.

New Jersey picked six nonprofit groups to cultivate and sell marijuana.

About 3,400 patients are registered with the program, and 364 physicians across the state are enrolled so they can recommend marijuana to patients.

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47 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

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 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.

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48 CN BC: Vancouver's Pot Museum Set To Close Its DoorsThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Deacon, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:11/24/2014

Collection moving to Detroit, while organizer plans 'world-class dispensary' for Vancouver

For the last decade, $2.50 would get you a 30-minute tour through the ins and outs of herbal medicine - from the story behind Absinthe to a brief history of magic mushrooms in Canada to ancient cannabis use.

But after 10 years in Vancouver, the Herb Museum - billed as a global one-of-a-kind site for scope and accessibility - is closing its doors to make way for a seed sanctuary in the BC Marijuana Party Building.

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49 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

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 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.

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50 CN BC: Province Initiates Country's First Clinical CannabisWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Seccia, Stefania Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:11/24/2014

'Looking for Answers'. Producer Hopes to Begin Next Spring

British Columbia researchers and a medical marijuana producer have joined forces to conduct Canada's first-ever clinical trial to back up anecdotal evidence in using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with hard facts.

Pending regulatory approval, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, hope to begin the world's first large-scale clinical trial examining cannabis for a mental health disorder as early as spring 2015.

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