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1CN ON: Group Calls for 'Crush' Of Gangs in West EndTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Yogaretnam, Shaamini Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2014

Residents heightened their call for police to do more to curb violence in their west-side neighbourhoods after a police announcement Monday publicizing results of a six month gang and drug operation, one day ahead of an emergency meeting about gang shootings.

Addressing the police services board meeting Monday night, Geoffrey Sharpe, who represents an ad hoc committee of residents in Ward 7, said a year of record-high shootings concentrated in the district needs more effort from police.

"The time has come for a far more aggressive policy than suppression of gangs," Sharpe said. "This just simply cannot go on."

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2CN BC: Officer's Bosses Dropped From ComplaintWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2014

Constable Who Wants Drugs Legalized Said Former Chief Discriminated Against Him

Former Victoria police chief Jamie Graham and Insp. Jamie Pearce have been removed from a human rights complaint filed by an officer who says he was discriminated against based on his political views.

Const. David Bratzer, an outspoken advocate for drug legalization, filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal last year saying the department's senior management, including Graham and Pearce, warned him not to speak about drug legalization while off-duty. Bratzer is the president of the Canadian branch of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an international organization of current and former law-enforcement officials pushing for full legalization and regulation of drugs.

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3 US CO: Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, A FirstWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:106 Added:12/18/2014

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.

Though the awards are relatively small, researchers say they're a big step forward. While several other federal studies currently in the works look at marijuana's health effects, all the Colorado studies are focused on whether marijuana actually helps.

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4US CO: Colorado To Fund Research Into Medical PotThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2014

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.

Though the awards are relatively small, researchers say they're a big step forward. While several other federal studies currently in the works look at marijuana's health effects, all the Colorado studies are focused on whether marijuana actually helps.

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5US CO: State Agrees To Pot StudiesThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2014

$8.4 Million Will Be Used to Research the Medical Effectiveness of Marijuana

Colorado's Board of Health on Wednesday approved up to $8.4 million of grants to pay for eight studies on medical marijuana, part of the largest-ever state-funded effort to study the medical efficacy of cannabis.

The studies will look at whether marijuana can be used to treat childhood epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric brain tumors and spine pain. University researchers will conduct all of the studies, meaning the results will provide some of the best - and most respected - evidence to date on whether marijuana is a useful medicine.

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6US: Obama Commutes 8 Drug SentencesThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Pickler, Nedra Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:12/18/2014

Action Addresses Outdated Guidelines, Uneven Penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short prison time for eight drug convicts as part of his new initiative to reduce harsh sentences under outdated guidelines, a step that could lead to a vast expansion of presidential clemency in his final two years in office.

The president also is pardoning 12 convicts for a variety of offenses. But the commutations are particularly significant because they are the first issued under guidelines announced this year designed to cut costs by reducing the nation's bulging prison population and grant leniency to nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to double-digit terms.

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7 US CO: Research To Weigh Marijuana BenefitsThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:61 Added:12/18/2014

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval.

Though the awards are relatively small, researchers say they're a big step forward. While several other federal studies in the works look at marijuana's health effects, all of the Colorado studies are focused on whether marijuana actually helps.

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8 US CA: Justice Department Memo Allows Tribes to Make Their OwnThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Rose, Juniper Area:California Lines:89 Added:12/18/2014

A memo released last week by the Justice Department said it would allow marijuana to be grown and sold on Indian reservations. But local tribal leaders weren't interested in pursuing the option.

Two tribes in the Oroville area, the Mooretown Rancheria and Tyme Maidu, said they had only recently heard of the announcement, and doubted the decision would make any difference. A call to the Enterprise Rancheria was not returned.

The amount of land owned by tribes in Butte County is relatively small, and two include the Gold Country and Feather Falls casinos.

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9 US NJ: Column: Ibogaine Is the Cure for Addiction and IsThu, 18 Dec 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Edward Area:New Jersey Lines:130 Added:12/18/2014

You can read this and say I'm just a dumb stoner and a drug addict, but to be clear I'm far from stupid and I'm not addicted to anything. I don't do drugs; I only smoke "cannabis," which isn't addictive. I've known of the cure for addiction (ibogaine) since July 4, 1998, when I first met Dana Beal of the "cures-not-wars" organization at a legalize marijuana protest in Washington D.C. I admit when I first heard Dana rail on and on about ibogaine I was skeptical. My thoughts were, if there really were a cure for addictions it would be used empathetically across America to save lives. Over the years I learned differently.

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10 US CO: Column: Couple Says Bank Account Closed for CannabisWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:65 Added:12/18/2014

Cruel and unusual

Institutions like JPMorgan Chase Bank have made it clear they will not work with the marijuana industry until it's federally legal to do so. It's never been clear that it wouldn't accept accounts from people who buy from the industry. But that's the situation allegedly facing couple Joy Wood and Phil Rockwell.

Wood, a 44-year-old alcohol counselor, says she first got an inkling that her bank account was in trouble when her phone bill payments bounced in recent months. She looked and found two phone payments had been rejected, she says, as well as two rent payments. In short order, the couple was evicted from Champions at Nor'wood. (The apartment complex would not confirm personal information when contacted by the Indy.)

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11 US IA: LTE: The Dangers Of MarijuanaWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA) Author:Echelbarger, Robert V. Area:Iowa Lines:50 Added:12/18/2014

It was a tough fight getting the Iowa Legislature to pass a law prohibiting smoking in public places. By doing so the health of citizens has improved.

Smoking is a large financial burden to Iowans. The terrible damage to the body has been reduced. Smoking has caused about 480,000 deaths each year. Secondhand smoke has chemicals that cause cancer and is even more dangerous. Iowa lawmakers should make casinos smoke-free.

I wonder why legislatures in Iowa and other states are passing laws to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Smoke have legalized smoking pot for recreational purposes. How will the drug cartel in Mexico react to the new competition in the pot market?

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12 US WA: Why Does the Mayor Want to Put Your Weed Delivery GuyWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Stranger, The (Seattle, WA) Author:Groover, Heidi Area:Washington Lines:191 Added:12/18/2014

Blame Legalization

The news came during the final minutes of a two-hour city council meeting, after most people had trickled out of the room. A handful of PowerPoint slides made it plain: Mayor Ed Murray is going after marijuana.

Apparently, members of Murray's staff have spent the winter working on new rules for medical marijuana providers and in the process found a target in pot couriers. The administration has now directed the Seattle Police Department to take aim at those delivery services-yes, even the ones that require clients to have medical authorization-even though, until now, pot deliverers have enjoyed the luxury of operating and advertising openly without much attention from law enforcement.

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13 US NY: PUB LTE: Imprisoning Drug Offenders Does More Harm ThanWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:New York Lines:34 Added:12/18/2014

Regarding the Dec. 7 Viewpoints cover story, when it comes to preventing drug abuse, mass incarceration is a cure worse than the disease. The drug war is not the promoter of family values some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Not only do the children lose out, but society as a whole does, too.

Incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders alongside hardened criminals is the equivalent of providing them with a taxpayer-funded education in criminal behavior. Prisons transmit violent habits rather than reduce them. Nonviolent drug offenders are eventually released, with dismal job prospects because of criminal records.

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14 UK: Scots To Trial Cannabis As An Epilepsy TreatmentWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Scotsman (UK) Author:Edwards, Rhiannon Area:United Kingdom Lines:36 Added:12/18/2014

CHILDREN with severe epilepsy could be helped by a new treatment derived from the cannabis plant which is to be trialled in Scotland.

Doctors in the UK have been given the go-ahead to test the medicine, which does not contain the ingredient that produces the high associated with recreational cannabis use.

The treatment, called Epidiolex, is based on one of the nonpsychoactive components of the cannabis plant, called CBD.

Early studies in the US have shown treatment may reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy.

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15 US DE: LTE: Marijuana Isn't As Harmless As ClaimedWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:News Journal, The (Wilmington, DE) Author:Vest, Michael Area:Delaware Lines:47 Added:12/18/2014

I read Jonathan Starkey's article "Will Delaware Legalize Marijuana" with great concern. The history of the tobacco industry in the United States has shown that there is tremendous profit in selling addictive chemicals for recreational use. A growing marijuana industry in the United States is applying lessons learned from the tobacco industry to marijuana. Unfortunately, the public and legislators are not being adequately informed of the dangers of this drug.

The use of marijuana is associated with memory impairment, impaired motor coordination (often resulting in motor vehicle accidents) and impaired judgment.

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16 US MD: PUB LTE: Treat Pot Like BeerTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Wooldridge, Howard Area:Maryland Lines:27 Added:12/18/2014

Writing as a retired detective, I know the damage and danger of marijuana use ("Time for a pot caucus? Dec. 8). It is no play toy. And I believe it should be given the same rules and respect as beer.

The Boston Herald editorial argues that the current system should continue. That means the cartels produce and transport marijuana and thousands of teens sell it to their friends and others. What are the advantages and benefits of marijuana prohibition? The harm is that kids may be shot or even killed selling a green plant.

- - Howard Wooldridge, Adamstown, Md. The writer is a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

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17 US WA: Editorial: Give Vets Access To CannabisTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA)          Area:Washington Lines:68 Added:12/18/2014

Government agencies and legislative bodies, which usually move at a slug-like pace, can act quickly, especially if no one is particularly seeking the change. The Department of Justice announced last week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the Associated Press reported. Never mind that many tribes oppose legalization and only a few have expressed interest in the marijuana industry. But the choice is there, just in case. (Which is a good thing.)

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18 US PA: Editorial: Wolf, GOP Should Move On Medical PotTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Pottstown Mercury (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:79 Added:12/18/2014

All the Pundits Have Been Busily Clucking About What a Rocky Road Lies Ahead for New Gov. Tom Wolf.

They're right, of course. The state's financial situation is dire - and both Republicans and Democrats are playing the blame game. The new governor is sure to find himself at odds with an even more solidly Republican Legislature (thanks to gerrymandering). Inequitable school funding is a huge problem across the state. Small cities such as York are imploding into insolvency.

Hey Mr. Wolf, remind us again why you wanted this impossible job. Yeah, it's going to be tough. So why not start with something easy?

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19 US WA: Input Sought On Rules For Rural PotTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Nile, Amy Area:Washington Lines:128 Added:12/18/2014

The Planning Commission Will Hold a Hearing Today As It Seeks Recommendations for the County Council on Marijuana Businesses in Unincorporated Areas.

EVERETT - Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Neighbors who oppose pot operations also plan to weigh in before the commission makes a recommendation to the County Council.

The council asked for recommendations as it considers amending the rules for marijuana businesses in the spring. In October, the council imposed a temporary moratorium on new pot operations in some of the county's rural areas after some neighbors voiced opposition.

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20 CN MB: More Scrutiny For Drugged-Driving SuspectsTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:46 Added:12/18/2014

POLICE in Manitoba now have wider powers under provincial law to pull suspected drug-impaired drivers off the road.

"Driving while impaired by drugs is dangerous, illegal and has serious consequences," provincial registrar of motor vehicles Ward Keith said. "These amendments now provide police with the authority to take immediate roadside action in cases where a driver fails or refuses adrug-recognition evaluation."

That includes an immediate three-month suspension from driving and five demerit points if a driver fails the test. A driver faces the same penalty if they refuse to submit to a drug test or refuse to supply a blood or urine sample for a test.

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21US CA: Double-Jointed YogaWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Colliver, Victoria Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

Marijuana Brings a Relaxed Aspect to the Ancient Meditative Practice

In a small South of Market studio, yoga is practiced on, shall we say, a higher level.

As if doing child's pose, or balasana, in a candlelit room with tranquil music wasn't relaxing enough, Ganja Yoga adds cannabis to the experience as a way to help bring one's practice to a state of heightened spiritual consciousness that may otherwise not be reached.

On a recent evening, instructor Dee Dussault talked her students through the various poses, encouraging them in a soothing voice how to breathe deeply through the diaphragm and, when the mood strikes them, to take a hit off a joint or vaporizer.

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22US: Survey: No Jump In Teen Pot Use In Past Four YearsWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

The Findings Come Even As the U.S. Has Seen Changes in Legality and Availability.

Teen use of marijuana has not increased in the past four years nationwide, even as the country has undergone a transformation in marijuana's legality and availability, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.

Instead, the annual Monitoring the Future survey found that various measures of teen marijuana use across the country decreased slightly in 2014. When all age groups in the study are combined, teens reporting ever having used marijuana dropped in 2014 by 1.4 percent, and teens reporting past month use of marijuana dropped by 1.2 percent. Two other measurements of use also declined.

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23 US: DC Pot Fight Has States Watching For OutcomeWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Freking, Kevin Area:United States Lines:94 Added:12/17/2014

Congress can only control District sales

(AP) - It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.

A catch-all spending bill Congress passed last week would prevent the District from using federal and local money to implement any law or regulation that repeals or reduces marijuana-related penalties. The action is in direct response to a voter initiative passed last month that allows possession of up to 2 ounces of pot or up to three mature plants for personal use.

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24 US MD: PUB LTE: Heroin Addiction Can Be TreatedWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Solounias, Bernadette Area:Maryland Lines:57 Added:12/17/2014

Thank you for your strong, compelling editorial on heroin and drug addiction and on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's pledge to focus on solutions to this statewide epidemic ("Overdose emergency," Dec.11). I appreciate the recognition given to Maryland-based treatment facilities such as Father Martin's Ashley and the Pain Recovery Program at Ashley. For more than 32 years, from our campus in Havre de Grace, we've been providing treatment solutions that improve lives and restore hope.

I support greater access to treatment programs and a comprehensive public information campaign that reaches the most vulnerable of audiences. My years as a practicing and supervising physician have taught me that an essential first step for public policy and public awareness strategies is to understand that addiction is a matter of brain science and chemically driven cravings. Too many people ascribe addiction to a moral failing and/or character weakness. Addiction, in fact, is a disease of the brain.

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25US CA: Editorial: Native American Tribes and the MarijuanaWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

As if state and federal drug policies weren't already a mishmash of contradiction and confusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Native American tribes can grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states that have not legalized pot for medicinal or recreational purposes. The decision was a further recognition of the sovereignty of Indian lands. But its ramifications will be felt far beyond the reservations.

Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the federal government ranks marijuana in the same category of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and PCP - defined as narcotics that have no established medical use and carry a high potential for abuse. But in 1996, California voters became the first to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, launching a movement that now includes 23 states. Four states have voted to legalize pot for recreational purposes as well.

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26US AK: Assembly Kills Proposal to Ban Marijuana Sales inWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Caldwell, Suzanna Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night.

The Assembly voted 9-2 just after 10 p.m. to kill the measure. Only members Amy Demboski and Paul Honeman supported the measure.

Demboski introduced the proposal last month, hoping the city would take a "wait and see approach" as state lawmakers craft marijuana regulations.

But several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.

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27 US CA: Column: Lawyers, Gaza, And MarijuanaWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:120 Added:12/17/2014

Alcohol and marijuana do not mix. Just ask Lagunitas: In 2006, the Petaluma-based microbrewer's weekly beer tastings went on an infamous hiatus after state liquor officers discovered some of those drinking there were also smoking marijuana (let's hope ABC never pays a visit to the Zeitgeist back patio).

Regardless, Champagne was definitely popped at Shambhala Healing Center last week.

The Mission District medical cannabis dispensary is one of nine city-licensed pot clubs caught up in a federal Department of Justice crackdown. About one-third of San Francisco's permitted and taxpaying pot shops closed. Unlike all the others, Shambhala stayed and fought the feds in court.

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28 US MI: Column: Looking Back On Marijuana Gains In 2014Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:152 Added:12/17/2014

Looking back on 2014, it was a tremendous year for marijuana activists with two more states legalizing, California lowering penalties for low level crime, New York City decriminalizing possession of small amounts, eight cities in Michigan legalizing, Guam voting for medical use, and generally the public opinion numbers kept moving in the right direction. Washington, D.C., legalized, but since the city is a federal district Congress has to approve. However, hardline anti-marijuana Republicans are making that look iffy at the moment.

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29 Canada: Medical Pot Firms: Supply Scarce Due To Red TapeSat, 13 Dec 2014
Source:Chronicle Herald (CN NS) Author:McLeod, Paul Area:Canada Lines:95 Added:12/17/2014

OTTAWA - Delays in inspections and approvals to grow medical marijuana are causing shortages, according to some in the industry.

This year, Canada transformed its medical marijuana regime by banning small, homegrown outfits and moving to multimillion-dollar industrial producers.

Hundreds of companies are waiting to see if they will be licensed to sell pot. But those who have been approved are frequently selling out and have faced delays in expanding production.

Tilray has 30 grow rooms ready to go at their 60,000-square-foot facility in Nanaimo, B.C. The rooms represent 80 per cent of their total production. But they've been waiting months for Health Canada to sign off on them.

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30Canada: Medical Pot Plan Suffers Growing PainsTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years.

His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.

For years, Simpson took a dozen or more Tylenol 3 pills a day, but they caused unpleasant side-effects and weren't completely effective.

About 21/2 years ago, he received a prescription for medical marijuana, which he ordered from Health Canada.

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31Canada: New Pot Regime Irks ConsumersTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

VANCOUVER - Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years.

His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.

For years, Simpson took a dozen or more Tylenol 3 pills a day, but they caused unpleasant side effects and weren't completely effective.

About two and a half years ago, he received a prescription for medical marijuana, which he ordered from Health Canada.

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32 Canada: New Supply System Beset By ComplaintsTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:184 Added:12/17/2014

Low supply and high prices among list of patients' concerns after production became restricted to commercial firms

Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years.

His medical problems started with surgery to remove a piece of his skull that was pressing against his brain. The procedure left him with a spinal-fluid leak, which, in turn, fuels a near-constant headache.

For years, Mr. Simpson took a dozen or more Tylenol 3 pills a day, but they caused unpleasant side effects and weren't completely effective.

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33 US NM: PUB LTE: Civil Asset for Feiture Evidence of DeclineTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM) Author:King, David Area:New Mexico Lines:35 Added:12/17/2014

Clearly, the far right wing of this country would love to return to a medieval, feudal state with them (the 0.1 percent) as our feudal lords. During those original good old times, the lords of the realm could confiscate any property accumulated by the lower classes arbitrarily at any time.

The article ("In seizure of civil assets, police look for 'goodies,' " Nov. 11) about "civil asset forfeiture" shows this practice has now been resurrected. U.S. law enforcement and the Internal Revenue Service proudly admit to seizing millions of dollars worth of property and cash from private citizens when no laws have been broken and often where no criminality is even suspected.

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34US OH: Should You Lose License for Pot Possession?Tue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) Author:Smyth, Julie Carr Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

COLUMBUS - Ohio lawmakers are taking early steps toward lifting Ohio's driving penalties for marijuana possession.

A resolution up for a committee vote today declares the Legislature's opposition to a 1990 federal law that requires a six-month suspension or revocation of a driver's license after a drug offense conviction. That's the case even when the violation is a misdemeanor unrelated to driving, such as being caught with a small amount of marijuana.

Passage of the resolution is the ammunition Gov. John Kasich needs to request federal clearance for Ohio to opt out of the law, as all but 16 states have already done. Followup legislation would be introduced once federal approval is granted to change Ohio's possession law.

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35Canada: Patients Can Grow Pot At Home Until Case EndsTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of the system.

New rules were introduced earlier this year that prohibited home growing and instead shifted production to commercial operations, but a group of patients is challenging that regime in a case expected to be heard in the new year.

A Federal Court judge issued an injunction in the spring that allowed patients who were authorized to grow and possess marijuana under the old system to continue to do so until their case is resolved.

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36Canada: Patients Get Green Light To Keep Growing Own PotTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

Feds Want Commercial Operations Only

VANCOUVER - The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of the system.

New rules were introduced earlier this year that prohibited home growing and instead shifted production to commercial operations, but a group of patients is challenging that regime in a case expected to be heard in the new year.

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37 US: Quiet End To Medical Pot BanWed, 17 Dec 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:109 Added:12/17/2014

The Spending Bill Passed by Congress Contains a Significant Change in the Federal Government's Policy.

WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.

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38 CN NS: Editorial: Missing The Boat On Medical MarijuanaTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:54 Added:12/17/2014

When it comes to health care, we need to be open to new means of helping people. Medical marijuana comes with built-in controversy because it's been an illegal substance for so many decades. It's time to get rid of that stigma and have a more honest review of the potential medicinal benefits.

Practical uses of the drug have been slow to catch on in the medical community, purportedly due to a lack of information - but also, some suspect, because of lingering suspicions from the level of lawmakers.

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39CN BC: Dirty Money And A Successful StingSat, 13 Dec 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bolan, Kim Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

Undercover agents posing as drug kingpins. Cartel reps exchanging hockey bags full of money. A west-side kid who moved money for the Mexicans

Ariel Julian Savein would drive to classes at Vancouver's Point Grey secondary a decade ago in his father's green BMW.

In his 2003 graduation yearbook, Savein thanked his parents and teachers for getting him through school: "Looking back, it's hard to put things in perspective but I think I've learned a lot."

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40 CN ON: City Plans Pot Rules MeetingTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:12/17/2014

Owen Sound has kick-started a process that could establish areas of the city where Health Canada approved medical marijuana production facilities are permitted.

City council approved a staff recommendation Monday night to hold a public meeting on a proposed zoning bylaw amendment that, if approved, would allow the buildings on industrial lands that meet certain criteria.

Pam Coulter, the city's director of community services, said city hall has received some "very real enquiries" related to the production facilities but no formal applications to build one.

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41 US NY: PUB LTE: Legalizing Recreational Pot Could Benefit NewMon, 15 Dec 2014
Source:Record, The (Troy, NY) Author:King, Thomas Area:New York Lines:35 Added:12/17/2014

Yes, you can toke up legally in New York in 2015: That is if the new bill passes. State Senator Liz Krueger will reintroduse a bill known as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in 2015. If passed, this will make it legal in New York State to possess up to two ounces of pot and you can buy it at the state liquor store. You will be able to grow six pot plants for personal use. Known as "recreational marijuana" as opposed to medical marijuana, which is already legal, the pot sales will be taxed with the money going into the New York State coffers.

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42 US: Marijuana-friendly States To Get Break From DEATue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:97 Added:12/17/2014

Spending Bill Ends Federal Prohibition on Medical Pot

WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.

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43 US NM: Congress Eases Up On Medical Pot CrackdownsTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM) Author:Terrell, Steve Area:New Mexico Lines:108 Added:12/17/2014

Budget Bill Sent to Obama Calls for Backing off State-Run Programs

For the first time ever, Congress has gone on record opposing federal intervention against state-sanctioned marijuana businesses in states like New Mexico that have medical marijuana programs.

The federal budget bill passed recently by Congress includes a short provision that says "None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used ... to prevent such states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana."

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44Canada: Court Upholds Marijuana InjunctionTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Keller, James Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/17/2014

The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical-marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of the system.

New rules were introduced earlier this year that prohibited home growing and instead shifted production to commercial operations, but a group of patients is challenging that regime in a case expected to be heard in the new year.

A Federal Court judge issued an injunction in the spring that allowed patients who were authorized to grow and possess marijuana under the old system to continue to do so until their case is resolved. The government appealed, but the Appeal Court released a unanimous decision Monday upholding the injunction.

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45 CN ON: Column: Court Ruling On Cellphones Ravages People's PrivacyMon, 15 Dec 2014
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mallick, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:112 Added:12/16/2014

My worry is that the police will go on fishing expeditions, gather blackmail information or 'accidentally' post photos online

The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling that police can, without a warrant, search the cellphones of people they have just arrested is one of the most sinister in its history. Justice Minister Peter MacKay is thrilled with the ruling. You should not be..

It's hard to imagine how the majority in the 4-3 ruling didn't understand that a citizen's core history may be in his cellphone, which is now in police hands.

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46US CO: Ski Towns Worry That Pot Is Bad For Tourism BrandTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:12/16/2014

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there's mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state's tourism brand.

That worry flared up in two resort towns last week. In Breckenridge, residents voted overwhelmingly to force downtown's lone dispensary off Main Street to a less-visible location. And just up the road in Granby, town officials used a property annex to prevent the first dispensary from opening there.

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47 US CO: Colo. Ski Towns Fret Over Legal Pot's ImpactTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:66 Added:12/16/2014

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there's mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state's tourism brand.

That worry flared up in two resort towns last week. In Breckenridge, residents voted overwhelmingly to force downtown's lone dispensary off Main Street to a less visible location. And just up the road in Granby, town officials used a property annexation to prevent a dispensary from opening.

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48 US DC: Editorial: Up In SmokeTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:78 Added:12/16/2014

It's Too Soon to Roll a Marijuana Joint in the District of Columbia

The most deceitful provisions in the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by the lame-duck Congress are pinata provisions tucked in with the substantial. The Democrats were trying to get while the getting was good.

But not every pinata provision in the spending bill is bad. The Republicans attached a rider to the measure expressing disapproval of the attempt to legalize recreational marijuana. It's a signal of more to come. District of Columbia voters approved legalizing small quantities of pot for recreational purposes on Nov. 4, by a margin of 2-to-1. But under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the District proposes and Congress disposes. After the Republican-controlled House sent a clear anti-pot message, potheads and their friends marched to Capitol Hill for a sit-in in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to register their displeasure.

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49 US CO: Colorado Resort Towns Worry Over Marijuana PerceptionTue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:57 Added:12/16/2014

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized cannabis. But there's mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state's tourism brand.

That worry flared up in two resort towns last week. In Breckenridge, residents voted overwhelmingly to force downtown's lone dispensary off Main Street to a less-visible location. And just up the road in Granby, town officials used a property annex to prevent the first dispensary from opening there.

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50 US: Marijuana-Friendly States To Get Break From DEATue, 16 Dec 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:90 Added:12/16/2014

Spending Bill Ends Federal Prohibition on Medical Pot

WASHINGTON - Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.

The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana.

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