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1US FL: OPED: Former Justices: Five Reasons To Reject AmendmentTue, 16 Sep 2014
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:McDonald, Parker Lee Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:09/17/2014

Special To The Tampa Tribune

As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect the constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting 'no' on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected - regardless of one's position on the issue of medical marijuana.

Why should those who are both for and against medical marijuana vote no on Amendment 2? We offer five reasons.

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2 US NM: High Court Will Hear Bern. Ballot ArgumentsTue, 16 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Mckay, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:103 Added:09/17/2014

Weekend Mailing of Ballots to Be Postponed

The state Supreme Court on Monday ordered election workers to postpone the mailing of general-election ballots this weekend until the court can decide whether it's legal for the county to add advisory questions to the ballot.

The court order came shortly after Bernalillo County filed an emergency petition Monday asking justices to intervene and authorize the addition of two advisory questions - one centering on marijuana decriminalization, the other on raising taxes for mental-health programs.

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3US NV: Price Of Medical Pot May RiseMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Botkin, Ben Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/17/2014

Nevada Regulation Allows Limits on Cultivation of Marijuana

The cost of medical marijuana might already be headed upward in Nevada, and the dispensaries and grow houses haven't even opened yet.

The situation has drawn concerns from not only the entrepreneurs who hope to make lots of money from such operations but also from local governments that have approved applicants hoping to break into the fledgling industry.

At the heart of the matter is a state regulation that allows, but doesn't require, the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health to limit the cultivation of medical marijuana in Nevada. The state estimates Nevada needs about 650,000 to 1 million square feet of medical marijuana cultivation space to support the needs of Nevada residents and out-of-state visitors with medical marijuana cards.

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4 US: 'No Welfare for Weed' Measure Clears House; Reichert MainWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Ohlemacher, Stephen Area:United States Lines:63 Added:09/17/2014

WASHINGTON (AP)- The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where it's legal.

Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill.

The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana.

It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores.

U.S. law already prevents people from using welfare debit cards at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

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5US CO: Young Medical Pot Patients Still In LimboWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/17/2014

The state health board rejects a caregiver cap but says parents got the marijuana oil against the law.

The Colorado Board of Health on Tuesday rejected a proposal to cap the number of patients that medical-marijuana caregivers can serve. Photos by Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post Lonnie and Sandy Phillips on Tuesday address the media at Arnold& Porter LLP in Denver, where they announced a suit against four ammunition sellers. Their daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the theater massacre.

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6 US NM: Debate Heats Up On Easing Pot PenaltiesWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Boyd, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:145 Added:09/17/2014

Secretary of State, NM High Court, 2 Counties Involved

SANTA FE - New Mexico's politically charged debate over marijuana decriminalization intensified Tuesday with two counties, the secretary of state and the state Supreme Court embroiled in legal questions over November ballots.

And the governor had something to say, too.

Santa Fe County joined Bernalillo County in challenging Secretary of State Dianna Duran's decision to not allow advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot. Duran's office, meanwhile, said she would go to federal court to challenge the state Supreme Court for holding up the mailing of ballots to certain overseas voters.

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7 US TN: PUB LTE: Legalize DrugsSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Hubbard, Albert Area:Tennessee Lines:32 Added:09/17/2014

Let me be clear from the start. I hate drugs. I hate what drugs do to the individual and the family and I do not believe anyone should take any drug not prescribed. With that said, I firmly believe all drugs should be made legal.

The illegal drug industry is a multibillion industry that fuels drug wars in Latin America and anti-American activities worldwide. Whether it is marijuana, cocaine, opium, or meth, when we buy an illegal drug we pay the terrorists.

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8CN AB: OPED: 'War on Drugs' An Exercise in FutilityMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Temple, Norman Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/17/2014

Efforts Should Focus on Reducing Demand, Not Trying to Curb Sales

The "war on drugs" has been waged for 40 years and by any objective assessment is very far from being won.

The growing realization of this fact is fuelling the gradual move seen across many countries to decriminalize some aspects of drug production, sale and use. We argue here that pretty much all efforts to stop the production, transport and sale of drugs are a waste of time and money.

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9 US MD: Editorial: Hooked On PillsMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:95 Added:09/17/2014

Stoping Prescription Drug Abuse Requires a Multi-Pronged Approach

State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has led to a drastic drop in prescription drug abuse there, and it has the potential to become an important element in Maryland's overall effort to reduce overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs.

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10 Ireland: Editorial: Cannabis DangerMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Irish Times, The (Ireland)          Area:Ireland Lines:51 Added:09/17/2014

The harmful effects of cannabis and its role as a gateway illicit drug have been confirmed in a large study published last week. It looked at the frequency of cannabis use before the age of 17, and seven developmental outcomes up to age 30. The Antipodean researchers found that those who are daily cannabis users are over 60 per cent less likely to complete secondary school or to complete a degree compared to those who have never used the drug.

Published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the authors also found that daily users of cannabis during adolescence are seven times more likely to attempt suicide, and are eight times as likely to use other illicit drugs in later life.

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11 US FL: OPED: Former Justices Opposed To Marijuana AmendmentMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:McDonald, Parker Lee Area:Florida Lines:96 Added:09/17/2014

As former Florida Supreme Court Justices, we once took an oath to protect the Constitution of the State of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting "No" on Amendment 2.

This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected- regardless of one's position on the issue of medical marijuana.

Why should those who are both for and against medical marijuana vote No on Amendment 2? We offer five reasons.

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12 US WA: LTE: Commissioners Were Right to Ban Marijuana Sales inMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA) Author:Bigger, Darold Area:Washington Lines:40 Added:09/17/2014

The logic used in the Sept. 4 editorial to criticize Walla Walla County commissioners and others for banning marijuana sales in certain areas is puzzling. ("Bans on access to marijuana undercut intent of Initiative 502")

First, the editorial title seem to be inaccurate since the commissioners did not "ban access" to marijuana. Users can buy it elsewhere, just not in this county's prohibited areas.

Second, the commissioners' decision expresses more than their "personal feelings." It supports the good of our county and its residents, a point of view the U-B itself advocated when Initiative 502 was proposed and reinforced in this editorial.

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13 US PA: PUB LTE: Pennsylvania Can Have Country's Best MedicalSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Patriot-News, The (PA) Author:Hess, Ron Area:Pennsylvania Lines:41 Added:09/17/2014

Pennsylvania has not only become part of the national movement to legalize medical marijuana, but has shown the rest of the country what a really well written bill looks like. SB 1182 is considered the best in the country. It's so good that the Senate floor vote on Sept 16 should be 46-4 or better. It was voted out of the law and justice committee unanimously.

A group named the Campaign for Compassion, in conjunction with Senators Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer, is now considered the strongest lobby in Pennsylvania. Not one of the 1,015 members are paid.

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14 US DC: PUB LTE: When Police Seize PropertyMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Olmsted, Franklin B. Area:District of Columbia Lines:33 Added:09/17/2014

The Sept. 11 editorial "The sheriffs of Nottingham" said that Congress and the states should demand that forfeited assets not be used to fund police operations and that they should limit the application of civil forfeiture to kingpins. Both of these recommendations are wrong. It is altogether right that cash and other property forfeited by lawbreakers be used to help enforce the law. And it would be wrong to limit forfeiture to kingpins. Why should small-time criminals get a pass? There are many more small-timers than kingpins. The instruments and fruits of their crimes should be forfeited, too.

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15 US DC: Editorial: Just Say NoMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:66 Added:09/17/2014

D.C. Voters Should Reject the Rush to Legalize Marijuana.

THE DISTRICT'S law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana went into effect only in July, but already voters are being asked to take the even more far-reaching step of legalizing the drug. We supported the elimination of harsh criminal penalties; jailing people who smoked pot and saddling them with criminal records made no sense and resulted in the unfair targeting of young black men.

But the rush to legalize marijuana gives us - and we hope voters - serious pause. Marijuana, as proponents of legalization argue, may or may not be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, both legal, but it is not harmless. Questions exist, so it would be prudent for the District not to make a change that could well prove to be misguided until more is known. Foremost here are the experiences and lessons learned by states that have opted for legalization.

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16CN QU: Clean Drug Sites Coming To MontrealThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Bruemmer, Rene Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/15/2014

The city of Montreal will see supervised drug injection sites on its territory in the near future, Mayor Denis Coderre announced Wednesday.

"Following the (2011) ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada where it was clearly stated ... that these sites are important for public health and security, it is clear this affects many people ..." Coderre said. "There will be three supervised sites because if we want to reach these people and help them, these sites are important, be they permanent or mobile."

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17 CN MB: LTE: Kettle BlackSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Asasay, L. Area:Manitoba Lines:25 Added:09/15/2014

What I find amazing is that at the same time as everyone is condemning tobacco smoking, there is a move to promote marijuana use. Smoking marijuana has many of the same negative effects on the lungs as smoking tobacco does.

L. Asasay



(Nobody should pretend pot is harmless.)

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18Canada: Column: Trudeau Offers Up Only Old-time LiberalSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Selley, Chris Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/15/2014

A Substantial Policy Platform Is Still Missing

On Friday evening in Markham, poor Justin Trudeau took the stage to address the federal Liberals' Ontario supporters trailing bad news behind him like a bunch of tin cans on a string. The Liberals' average polling number in Ontario fell four whole points in August, according to the polling aggregator threehundredeight.com. That shrinks their lead over Stephen Harper's Conservatives to a precarious four points in the province - and just seven points nationwide. Some serious morale-boosting was obviously in order.

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19 CN ON: Editorial: Until Pot Law Changes, Enforcement Is KeySat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:09/15/2014

The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days.

Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined Your 5- step primer to investing in pot. Former Ontario health minister George Smitherman, among others, is developing a business to be a licensed medical marijuana producer. In other words, it's big business.

But the industry also is pushing the boundaries and expanding in questionable ways. In April there were reports of one restaurant serving up pot pizza. The crusts contain whole wheat hemp hearts and the pies can be covered with pot-infused oil.

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20 CN BC: Christy Clark, Your Purple Kush Marijuana Is In The MailThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Hui, Stephen Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:09/15/2014

Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan?

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has sent the premier some weed in the mail.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Larsen said in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

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21 CN BC: FOI Request Reveals Vancouver City Hall Perplexed ByThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:09/15/2014

THERE'S CONFUSION AT 12th and Cambie about how Vancouver should regulate its burgeoning market for medicinal marijuana, according to documents released in response to a Straight freedom of information request.

But one councillor appears to have taken a clear stance on cannabis. That's Vision Vancouver's Kerry Jang, who in March 2014 received a letter of gratitude for letting his position be known.

"As a non user I would like to personally thank you for your commitment to these patients and their right to their medicine," one citizen wrote. "Thank you for having a set of balls counsellor, they are much needed and appreciated." (The author's name is redacted in accordance with privacy laws.)

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22 US FL: PUB LTE: Read It For YourselfSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Widger, Jonathan L. Area:Florida Lines:34 Added:09/15/2014

Re: Sept. 10, Commentary

The former justices provide virtually no quotations from Amendment 2 to support anything they say. 'Most voters don't have the time or inclination,' they say, 'to read the full text of the actual amendment. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And we are troubled.'

In fact, Amendment 2 is less than 1,200 words long, takes up only four standard-sized typed pages, and is available online by doing a simple Web search for 'Florida Amendment 2 text.'

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23 US FL: PUB LTE: An Antidote To NonsenseSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Woodard, Chris Area:Florida Lines:21 Added:09/15/2014

One of the best reasons to support Amendment 2 is that it would end the criminalization of severe pain patients and begin to show voters that the monsters-under-the-bed stories they've been told all their lives about cannabis are nonsense.

Chris Woodard, Tampa

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24US TX: OPED: Scientific Research Is Biased to Make MarijuanaSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Hart, Carl Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:09/15/2014

Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused. Volkow and I were the witnesses, along with a representative from the Food and Drug Administration. Connolly was particularly interested in learning why NIDA and the FDA - both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - supported so little research into the potential medical uses of marijuana. He appeared exasperated by the focus on drugs' harmful effects, which "impeded the ability to have legitimate research that could benefit human health."

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25US TX: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till YouSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:09/15/2014

IF YOU THINK BIG TOBACCO WAS BAD, WAIT TILL YOU GET A WHIFF OF BIG MARIJUANA, SAYS KEVIN SABET

Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream. But placing faith that legalization will help any of these issues is misguided. In fact, legalization threatens to further contribute to disproportionate health outcomes among minorities, all the while creating a massive new industry - Big Tobacco 2.0 - intent on addicting the most vulnerable in society.

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26 Ireland: Column: We Must Protect Our Teens From Dangers OfSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Irish Independent (Ireland)          Area:Ireland Lines:103 Added:09/15/2014

New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens Is Nothing Short of Alarming

One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were published in the medical journal The Lancet.

But at least, despite his somewhat ambivalent moral attitude, ex-President Clinton's progress in life was not impeded. Others in his own age group and younger may not have been so lucky: The Lancet research found that young people who smoke cannabis daily in their teen years are 18 times more likely to become dependent on the drug than those who have never smoked it. They are also eight times more likely to use other illicit drugs than those who never smoked cannabis.

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27 US CA: PUB LTE: Our New ProhibitionThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Times-Herald, The (Vallejo, CA) Author:Haworth, Michael J. Area:California Lines:58 Added:09/14/2014

Illegal marijuana grow sites continue to thrive in our national forests because recreational marijuana use, although against the law, just doesn't seem to go away. Think of it as prohibition for the new millennium. Instead of backwoods stills producing alcohol, we have hidden gardens producing pot.

This, of course, has been going on for decades, but it wasn't until our ongoing drought that it became a more serious problem. Cannabis plants require lots of water and, generally, this water is diverted from rivers and streams. We all feel the impact of that ... some much more directly than others. Water sources may run dry by fall for 200 families on the Yurok Indian reservation in Humboldt County due to growers diverting water for pot farms.

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28US OR: Prohibition 'Based on Lies'Sun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Crombie, Noelle Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors propelling what he called an "extraordinary leap forward" in cannabis policy.

Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the International Cannabis Business Conference held Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center. The two-day conference, attended by an estimated 700 people, is aimed at what organizer Alex Rogers, an Ashland businessman, called the "high echelon of cannabis entrepreneurs."

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29 Jamaica: Island Nation Set To Ease Marijuana LawSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Mcfadden, David Area:Jamaica Lines:74 Added:09/14/2014

(AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith.

These days the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late stars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer, 67, and other adherents of Rastafari - a homegrown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.

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30US CO: Column: Playing Catch-Up On Science Of PotSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Caldwell, Alicia Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

The case was as sad and as tragic as we've seen in metro Denver in recent memory.

A man, supposedly stoned on marijuana-infused candy, flipped out and killed his wife with a gunshot to the head while their three children were in their Observatory Park house. Or so the story goes.

Yet, recent court testimony from cops was that Richard Kirk had "low" THC levels, a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, when tested five hours after the shooting. How in the world does that square with a guy who was said to be hallucinating and subsequently asked his 7year-old son to kill him?

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31US CO: Green Light Doesn't SufficeSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

No One Wants to Roll Out the Idea Until Assurances Are Made.

Despite 11th-hour success at pressing Colorado legislators to pass a measure that would allow the marijuana industry to create the world's first pot-banking cooperative, no one has officially attempted to create one.

Even with the flurry of international publicity that swirled last spring around the groundbreaking effort-one that theoretically would allow pot businesses to band together and form their own banking entity - there has been lukewarm interest in giving it a try without first knowing it's not a useless effort.

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32 US DC: Review: Ecstasy TherapySun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Crouch, Gregory Area:District of Columbia Lines:119 Added:09/14/2014

LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal

By Tom Shroder

Blue Rider, 426 pp. $27.95

LSD, ecstasy (MDMA) and other psychedelics are powerful, mind-altering drugs that, as described by former Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder, "intrinsically [challenge] the rationalist, materialist underpinnings of Western culture." For most of a century, our society has struggled to come to grips with these "profoundly threatening drugs," largely without success. They've all been made illegal. For decades, the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration have strictly banned scientific investigations into their potential benefits - which is unfortunate, since these psychoactive drugs also seem able to do incredible good, particularly in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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33 US DC: PUB LTE: Guilty Until Proven InnocentSun, 14 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Streett, Lynn Area:District of Columbia Lines:33 Added:09/14/2014

The behavior described in the "Stop and seize" series [front page, Sept. 7-9] resembles an extortionist fishing expedition based on the "hunch" of police officers. These hunches (along with details that infringe on motorists' privacy) are then entered into a database with only loose oversight.

These forfeitures upend a basic tenet of our judicial system: innocent until proven guilty. The government, which has vast resources, money and influence at its disposal, is charged with proving the guilt of those charged with crimes rather than asking an individual with considerably less power and resources to prove his innocence.

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34 US TN: PUB LTE: Money Can Be Made By Pot LegalizationSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) Author:DeWitt, Olivia Area:Tennessee Lines:27 Added:09/14/2014

I thoroughly enjoyed your article concerning the growing amount of pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. It was interesting to learn about the large profit margins these businesses enjoy.

I'm just wondering when will the federal government jump on board and legalize marijuana and end all this chaos caused by conflicting federal and state laws? In my opinion, the federal government will legalize marijuana when someone in the capital realizes the money to be made from pot. Nothing gets people moving faster than money that could be potentially made.

Olivia DeWitt

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35 CN ON: Council Buzzing Over Smell From Grow-OpFri, 12 Sep 2014
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Mason, Suzanne Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:09/14/2014

The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow-op on Lakeshore Rd. has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another complaint to Health Canada.

Coun. Martin Mazza said the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore Rd. near Garrison Village will be harvested soon and already has a bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.

Since then, the town has passed bylaws that require marijuana greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet to be subject to site plan controls and located at least 70 metres from sensitive land-use areas, including residential properties.

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36US CO: 500-plus Jobs On Tap At CannaSearch FairSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

When CannaSearch job fair debuted in Denver in March, just a few months after legal recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado, organizers were overwhelmed by more than 1,200 job seekers, many from out of state.

When the second CannaSearch takes over event space Mile High Station on Tuesday-with employers offering more than 500 positions in Colorado's still-growing marijuana industry-it will be an expanded event that hopes to better serve applicants and businesses alike.

In addition to the larger digs, food trucks will be on site for lunch. And the job fair, running 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and free for job seekers, is bookended by ticketed events: an executive breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. ($50) and an evening reception from 6-9 p.m ($15).

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37 Thailand: Column: Govt Propaganda Is the Most Dangerous DrugSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Nation, The (Thailand) Author:Bershidsky, Leonid Area:Thailand Lines:86 Added:09/14/2014

The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in which they participated.

Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary- general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz, former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious, powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.

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38 New Zealand: LTE: Call to Decriminalise Cannabis Defies CommonSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Tashkoff, Peter Area:New Zealand Lines:36 Added:09/14/2014

In the face of a medical report highlighting the damage the drug does to the young, Laila Harre's calls to decriminalise cannabis in order to reduce its use flies in the face of common sense as well as being contrary to recent direct experience that we have had in this country.

The same voices that are calling today for the decriminalisation of cannabis also argued for the free availability of legal highs.

That free availability of legal highs did not result in reduced usage; it had completely the opposite effect, the results of which are still being felt in broken homes, sundered relationship and damaged lives around our country.

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39 New Zealand: PUB LTE: Pure SensationalismSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Fibbens, Marc Area:New Zealand Lines:38 Added:09/14/2014

I find your headline "Evidence Mounts Against Cannabis" (Sept 11) totally misleading and pure sensationalism, akin to the propaganda propagated by the Hurst newspaper chain that lead to cannabis becoming an illegal substance in America back in the 1920s.

The article that follows refers to a correlation between teens using cannabis and a series of negative outcomes such as poor educational achievement. Firstly, I would note that no one advocating legalisation of cannabis would want teenagers using the drug in the first place, and also that regulation, education and control will limit the availability to the teen market.

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40 New Zealand: Editorial: Public Health Risk Too Great forSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Press, The (New Zealand)          Area:New Zealand Lines:81 Added:09/14/2014

According to drug experts, New Zealand is said to be one of the highest users of cannabis in the world. It may seem odd then that there is no greater push to have it decriminalised or even legalised. Only one significant party, Internet-Mana, is pushing in the election campaign for reexamination of the laws governing dope and even within that party the promotion of the policy has caused ructions.

If the high-use figures are accurate, this indifference is even odder. In several other places in the world recently the authorities, faced with high illegal use of cannabis, have given up and decriminalised it or legalised it.

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41 US PA: LTE: Easing Up On Pot Smokers No Easy ThingFri, 12 Sep 2014
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Rooney, John F. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:25 Added:09/14/2014

No one wants to ruin the future of a young adult caught with a small amount of marijuana ("Marijuana compromise," Sept. 9). However, decriminalizing the offense can be complicated, as Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey notes. For instance, what do you do with recidivists? The city's legislation does not address this issue.

Nine percent of all marijuana users become chronic users; among teens, it's 15 percent. What message does decriminalization send to middle and high school students? The wrong message.

John F. Rooney, Drexel Hill, jfr1948@gmail.com

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42 US PA: PUB LTE: PA. Needs a Truly Beneficial Medical MarijuanaSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Author:Lovett, David Area:Pennsylvania Lines:37 Added:09/14/2014

As our politicians reconvene in Harrisburg on Monday, there will be a group of patriots from all over the state to greet them with their support of medical marijuana. I urge all Pennsylvanians to do their own research on this. They will find that it is a safe alternative to many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed every day with far less harmful side effects.

There are a lot of politicians supporting a CBD-only bill. CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive. But for a lot of people, for the medicine to work properly, some THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is psychoactive, must be used.

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43 US FL: LTE: Consider Marijuana's DangersSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Tallahassee Democrat (FL) Author:Gilbert, Diana Area:Florida Lines:46 Added:09/14/2014

In November, voters will consider an amendment to our Florida Constitution about legalizing medical marijuana. An amendment is very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly.

The California Narcotics Officers Association says: "Marijuana is an unstable mixture of over 400 chemicals, including toxic psychoactive chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths."

There's strong evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful. The British Lung Foundation found links between smoking marijuana and tuberculosis, acute bronchitis and lung cancer. The BLF warned that smoking three or four marijuana joints a day is as bad for our lungs as 20 tobacco cigarettes.

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44 US NJ: PUB LTE: Feds Should Let Doctors Prescribe MarijuanaSat, 13 Sep 2014
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Ippolito, Christopher Area:New Jersey Lines:48 Added:09/14/2014

It's time the U.S. government changes the categorization of cannabis as having no medical value and allows doctors to prescribe it to patients for relief from cancer and many other diseases.

The U.S. Government's own website, http://cancer.gov, lists several "possible" uses for marijuana against cancer. These include the obvious such as pain relief, appetite stimulation and control of nausea and vomiting.

But the site also discusses the possibility that pot may hinder the growth of tumors, kill already existing tumors and even focus potent chemotherapy drugs to kill cancerous cells while preserving healthy tissue, as it has shown in testing on rats.

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45 CN ON: Trudeau Defends Pot LegalizationFri, 12 Sep 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Ontario Lines:45 Added:09/14/2014

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy.

"A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."

The Liberal leader said evidence supports his policy to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales like alcohol, a policy he insists will make it more difficult for kids to access weed.

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46 Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot LegalizationFri, 12 Sep 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:45 Added:09/14/2014

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy.

"A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."

The Liberal leader said evidence supports his policy to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales like alcohol, a policy he insists will make it more difficult for kids to access weed.

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47 Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot LegalizationFri, 12 Sep 2014
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:45 Added:09/14/2014

OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy.

"A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."

The Liberal leader said evidence supports his policy to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales like alcohol, a policy he insists will make it more difficult for kids to access weed.

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48CN SN: Head Shop Owner Sentenced For Pot FarmThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Polischuk, Heather Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

REGINA - The terminally ill owner of Regina's Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium has already paid a hefty price after police raided his properties and found he was growing more pot than allowed by his existing medical marijuana licence.

On Wednesday, Pat Baumet received a further sanction, a six-month conditional sentence to be served in the community.

After the frail-looking 53-year-old pleaded guilty to two charges, production and possession of marijuana, federal Crown lawyer Hal Wellsch stayed 14 other charges.

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49CN SN: Vintage Vinyl Owner SentencedThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Polischuk, Heather Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/14/2014

The terminally ill owner of Vintage Vinyl and Hemp Emporium has already paid a hefty price after police raided his properties and found he was growing more pot than allowed by his existing medical marijuana licence.

On Wednesday, Pat Baumet received a further sanction, a six-month conditional sentence - a jail term he can serve in the community.

After the frail-looking 53-year-old man pleaded guilty to two charges - - production and possession of marijuana - federal Crown agent Hal Wellsch stayed 14 other charges. The Crown also stayed all charges pertaining to Baumet's 24-year-old son Dylan and 53-year-old Jocelyne Lucy Fafard that had also been before the court on Wednesday.

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50 UK: Daily Pot Use By Teens Has Long-Term RisksThu, 11 Sep 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Kelland, Kate Area:United Kingdom Lines:57 Added:09/14/2014

Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs.

LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.

The scientists analyzed studies on marijuana to determine its long-term health and life effects.

"Our findings are particularly timely, given that several U.S. states and countries in Latin America have made moves to decriminalize or legalize cannabis, raising the possibility the drug might become more accessible to young people," said Richard Mattick, a professor at Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the University of New South Wales, who co-led the study.

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