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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 CA: Pot Backers Claim Ballot GoalWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:108 Added:05/04/2016

High- Profile Coalition Will Submit 600,000 Signatures to Give Voters a Chance to Legalize Marijuana.

SACRAMENTO - A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.

A coalition that includes former Facebook President Sean Parker on Tuesday said it had collected 600,000 signatures, more than enough to qualify the initiative.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other supporters of the measure plan to kick off a campaign for voter approval of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act on Wednesday in San Francisco.

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3 US OH: Newest Pot Bill Would Bar SmokingWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Rowland, Darrel Area:Ohio Lines:69 Added:05/04/2016

Ohioans could not legally smoke medical marijuana under a revamped proposal being rolled out today by state legislators.

Those with a prescription for medical marijuana would be allowed to use vaporization or other inhalant devices.

But the new restriction in the legislation, targeted for a House vote Tuesday, probably sets up a public battle with supporters of proposed November ballot issues that would allow smoking.

Rep. Kirk Schuring of Canton, who was set to brief his fellow GOP House members Tuesday night on the revised measure, said he hopes the special committee he chairs approves the new plan Thursday after seeing it for the first time today. After House passage, Schuring said, he is optimistic the Senate and Kasich administration will quickly approve Ohio becoming the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.

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4 US VT: House Kills Marijuana LegalizationWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Goswami, Neal P. Area:Vermont Lines:143 Added:05/04/2016

MONTPELIER - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants.

The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.

The House first voted 121-28 Tuesday against the Senate's proposal, which was strongly backed by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Senate passed the bill on a 17-12 vote.

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5 US VT: House Kills Marijuana LegalizationWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Times Argus (Barre, VT) Author:Goswami, Neal Area:Vermont Lines:143 Added:05/04/2016

MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants.

The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.

The House first voted 121-28 Tuesday against the Senate's proposal, which was strongly backed by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Senate passed the bill on a 17-12 vote.

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6US VT: Marijuana Legalization Hits SetbackWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Burlington Free Press (VT) Author:Gram, Dave Area:Vermont Lines:Excerpt Added:05/04/2016

MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday gave those hoping to make the state the first to legalize marijuana by legislation rather than referendum a major buzzkill.

The chamber's anti-pot actions included:

Rejecting Senate-passed language to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

Voting down a measure to put the question to a nonbinding statewide referendum. Unlike 26 states, Vermont has no form of direct petition in which voters get to decide a question other than constitutional amendments. The four states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana have done so by referendum.

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7US CA: Victory for Oakland, Pot Industry As Feds ExitWed, 04 May 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Tucker, Jill Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/04/2016

In a milestone victory for the cannabis industry, the federal government agreed to drop its four-year bid to shut down Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in the country with more than 100,000 patients, city leaders said Tuesday.

The Department of Justice did not immediately comment on the deal, which Harborside said still needed to be finalized, with all of the parties in the legal fight signing off.

But Oakland officials joined the pot dispensary in an exultant news conference at City Hall, heralding a move they saw as symbolic of a federal withdrawal in the battle against an industry that is steadily marching toward acceptance - and is viewed in Oakland not as a scourge but an economic engine.

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8US FL: New Pot Rule Yields 81 CitationsTue, 03 May 2016
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Fox, Geoff Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:05/04/2016

First Violator Cited Less Than An Hour After Ordinance Took Effect

TAMPA - A stripper, a college student and a lawn maintenance worker were among the first people issued civil citations for possessing small amounts of marijuana since April 1, police records show.

Tampa City Council members on March 17 voted 5-1 to adopt the ordinance, intended to prevent offenders from having the lifelong stigma of a criminal record that can hinder job, scholarship and housing opportunities.

Council members said it will also free up police and the courts. Nearly 1,900 arrests made by Tampa police last year included charges of possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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9 US CO: Column: Squabble Over Pueblo County Retail Sales and aWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:105 Added:05/04/2016

Sued in Pueblo

A Pueblo resident is suing to roll back a ballot initiative that's trying to roll back retail pot in the county. That initiative, pushed by a group called Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, is unconstitutional according to the complaint filed this week in district court asking for injunctive relief.

Local attorney Dan Oldenburg and tree-services company owner Kenny Gierhart filed for a petition on April 8. Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert "Bo" Ortiz certified it a few days later, saying they'd need signatures from 5 percent of registered county voters to make it onto the ballot. The question asks voters if they want to ban retail marijuana facilities, including cultivation, infused-product manufacturing, testing and stores.

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10 US NV: LTE: 'Big Marijuana' Campaign On The HorizonWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Elko Daily Free Press (NV) Author:Hartman, Jim Area:Nevada Lines:42 Added:05/04/2016

Editor:

Nevada voters should brace against millions of dollars from out-of-state "Big Marijuana" interests supporting legalization of recreational pot on the November ballot.

These corporate pot promoters will try to repeat what worked for them in legalizing marijuana in Colorado in 2012. There, they financially overwhelmed opponents by 5 to 1, spending $3.4 million (90 percent from outside Colorado) in passing legalization.

The enormous financial advantage for pro-pot advertising in Colorado overcame opposition to legalization from most all public officials -- across the political spectrum from liberal Democrats, like Denver Mayor Hancock and Colorado Governor Hickenlooper, to Republicans, like Attorney General Suthers and Tea Party favorite Congressman Buck.

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11 US CA: Column: Alameda County Warms To The Green RushWed, 04 May 2016
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:114 Added:05/04/2016

Fresh off a ban on all medical cannabis cultivation, it's now one of the first local governments to awaken to new state laws and the industry's revenue potential.

California's counties are sleeping giants when it comes to medical marijuana, but Alameda County is beginning to stir.

One of California's most populous, large, centrally located and progressive counties is moving to modernize its pot-shop rules. Alameda plans to allow the sale of extracts and marijuana-infused products such as edibles, as well as legalize deliveries within and from outside the county, in addition to adding one to three new dispensaries.

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12 US CA: LTE: Two More Reasons To Oppose Pot ShopsWed, 04 May 2016
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Hawksworth, Tony Area:California Lines:27 Added:05/04/2016

I applaud the city attorney's decision to go after the unlicensed pot shops ("San Diego taking criminal approach to illegal pot shops," April 24), not because of any strong opposition to marijuana, but for two other reasons:

1) "Legal" pot shops followed the rules and are facing unfair competition.

2) I don't need to see 10 pages worth of ads each week in the free local magazines.

Tony Hawksworth

San Diego

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13 Afghanistan: Bountiful Afghan Opium Harvest Yields Profits forWed, 04 May 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Shah, Taimoor Area:Afghanistan Lines:173 Added:05/04/2016

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It is spring that determines how a year turns out, according to an Afghan proverb. And if the Helmand poppy fields this spring are any indication, the Taliban will have a very good year.

As the opium harvest winds down across Helmand Province, Afghanistan's largest in territory and poppy cultivation, farmers and officials are reporting high yields. The skies were generous with heavy rainfall, and the Afghan government with its cancellation of annual eradication campaigns. It had lost much of the territory in Helmand to the Taliban anyway.

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14 US VT: Vt. House Kills Marijuana LegalizationWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Gram, Dave Area:Vermont Lines:38 Added:05/04/2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday gave those hoping to make the state the first to legalize marijuana by legislation rather than referendum a major setback.

The chamber's antimarijuana actions included:

Rejecting Senate-passed language to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The vote was 121 to 28.

Voting down, by a 97 to 51 vote, a measure to put the question to a nonbinding statewide referendum.

Unlike 26 states, Vermont has no form of direct petition in which voters get to decide a question other than constitutional amendments. The four states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana have done so by referendum.

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15 US MA: State Chemist Was High on the Job for Years, Report SaysWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Allen, Evan Area:Massachusetts Lines:120 Added:05/04/2016

A state chemist at an Amherst drug lab got high on methamphetamines or other drugs almost every day at work for nearly eight years, consumed the lab's own supply of drugs, and cooked crack cocaine in the lab after hours - actions that jeopardize an untold number of cases - according to an investigative report released Tuesday.

Investigators for the attorney general's office found that chemist Sonja Farak had tested drug samples or testified in court between about 2005 and 2013 while under the influence of meth, ketamine, cocaine, LSD, and other drugs, according to the report, much of which is based on Farak's own grand jury testimony. She even smoked crack before a 2012 interview with State Police officials inspecting the lab for accreditation purposes, she testified.

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16 US OR: Jackson County Company Among First to Win RecreationalWed, 04 May 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Aldous, Vickie Area:Oregon Lines:101 Added:05/04/2016

Jackson County Company Among First Eight Licensees

A Jackson County company is among the first eight businesses statewide to receive a coveted recreational marijuana growing license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The OLCC this week announced the first recipients, which include Southern Oregon Cannabis Co. LLC., located off East Evans Creek Road north of Rogue River.

"It is very exciting for sure," said owner Devin Ellis.

He said about a dozen family members and friends are working for the company. After receiving the license, they planted marijuana seeds, which are beginning to sprout.

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17 US: Walgreens Cannabis Post Creates BuzzTue, 03 May 2016
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Zumbach, Lauren Area:United States Lines:64 Added:05/04/2016

Pharmacy Chain Says Info on Blog Not Endorsement

A recent post on Walgreens' blog raised eyebrows in the medical marijuana community.

Titled "Clarifying Clinical Cannabis," the post, written by a resident pharmacist at Walgreens and the University of Illinois at Chicago, isn't an endorsement.

"The content is strictly informative, and nowhere do we take any stance on the issue. It was developed to address some of the questions we've received from patients and customers through various channels," Walgreens spokesman Jim Cohn said in an email.

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18 CN BC: LTE: Bible Against Pot LegalizationTue, 03 May 2016
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Klassen, Gerald Area:British Columbia Lines:48 Added:05/04/2016

In the late sixties, I remember Pierre Trudeau walking along the West Coast Trail on the west side of Vancouver Island and he was approached by a group of hippies.

They were badgering him about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

And Mr. Trudeau gave a very good reply, probably the smartest thing he ever said.

He questioned them by asking them why he should do that.

He referred to the fact that one can get a natural high by relishing the pristine beauty of the West Coast Trail. Enough said. Fast forward to 2016 and we have Pierre's son, Justin, advocating the legalization of marijuana.

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19CN BC: Marijuana Rules Seek To Weed Out Number Of ShopsTue, 03 May 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/04/2016

City Bylaw Changes Expected by June, Then Rush Is on for Zoning Applications

Proposed municipal regulations to govern the budding Victoria marijuana dispensary businesses are expected to weed out a number of pot shops downtown.

The proposed changes go before councillors this week and, if approved, city staff expect to have the necessary bylaw changes ready by June. Once the zoning bylaw has been changed, shop owners would have to apply for individual rezonings to operate.

"One of the things that I was very happy to see, and certainly one of the things I was pushing for, is case-by-case, one-on-one rezoning for anyone who wishes to open under the new regulations," said Mayor Lisa Helps.

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20 CN BC: City Fines 44 Pot DispensariesTue, 03 May 2016
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Kieltyka, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:05/04/2016

Crackdown a Waste of Time and Resources: Councillor

Vancouver city inspectors have issued violation tickets to 44 medical marijuana dispensaries since its enforcement began in full force over the weekend.

Under the city's new regulatory regime, enacted six months ago, unlicenced medical marijuana-related use (MMRU) stores had until Friday to either shut down or relocate to a permitted zone.

The city promised to crack down hard on non-compliant pot shops and it remained true to its word.

Violation tickets, which carry a maximum fine of $250 for each day a store continues to operate, were issued to 44 businesses and the city's chief licence inspector, Andreea Toma, told Metro heavy enforcement will continue throughout the week.

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