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1US UT: Feds May Sue Utah Over Law Aimed at ProtectingThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Salt Lake Tribune (UT) Author:Gehrke, Robert Area:Utah Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2015

Privacy Concerns - DEA Says Utah Officials Are Obstructing Investigations; State Says Feds Have No Right to Trample Privacy Protections.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration may take the state of Utah to court over a law that took effect earlier this year aimed at protecting the privacy of information in the state's controlled-substance database.

After discovering that law enforcement had abused the database, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, sponsored the bill that required police agencies to get a warrant from a judge before searching the registry.

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2US FL: Pot Smuggler Was Willing To Do TimeMon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Morgan, Lucy Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:07/07/2015

Tommy Powell, international drug smuggler, picked an odd time to think about where he would like to retire.

It was 1984. Powell, who was just in his mid 30s, had been extradited after spending a decade on the lam overseas. He stood accused of importing more than 300,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States. A maximum sentence of life plus 70 years would have left details of his retirement entirely in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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3 US DC: OPED: The Curative Side Of CannabisMon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Hatch, Orrin G. Area:District of Columbia Lines:112 Added:07/07/2015

A Medical Extract Offers Relief for Epileptic Children

Imagine the following scenario: You have a son or daughter who suffers from epilepsy. Seizures wrack your child's body every day. Some days, he or she endures a dozen or more seizures. The condition prevents your child from going to school, from eating normally, from having friends. It also exacts a toll on you and your family. You cannot leave your child alone for any extended period of time, and certain activities, such as sports games, road trips or visits to the movie theater, are off limits.

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4 US NY: Column: Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Using HempTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Chaban, Matt A. V. Area:New York Lines:151 Added:07/07/2015

STUYVESANT, N.Y. - It started with Hurricane Katrina: the flooded houses in New Orleans festering with mold, many uninhabitable to this day. Then came the earthquake in Haiti: thousands dead, crushed by homes that should have been their sanctuaries.

James Savage, then a Wall Street analyst living on Central Park West, grew disturbed about the conditions he saw on television and in the newspapers.

"There has to be something better we can do than this," he recalled thinking last week as he sat at the kitchen table inside his new home here on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River 120 miles north of New York City.

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5 US MD: Health Officials Try to Halt Rise of Fentanyl-LacedTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:90 Added:07/07/2015

Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl.

The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times as powerful as heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013.

Health officials, law enforcement authorities and counselors began issuing warnings more than a year ago but have not been able to stem overdoses.

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6 US: The Anti-Pot Taboo Shrinks In Presidential PoliticsTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Virgin Islands Daily News, The (VI) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:United States Lines:117 Added:07/07/2015

DENVER (AP) - Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.

White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.

Several Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. And at conservative policy gatherings, Republicans are discussing whether drug sentences should be eased.

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7 US: The Anti-Pot Taboo Shrinks In Presidential PoliticsTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Oneida Daily Dispatch (NY) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:United States Lines:117 Added:07/07/2015

DENVER (AP) - Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.

White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.

Several Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. And at conservative policy gatherings, Republicans are discussing whether drug sentences should be eased.

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8CN BC: Victoria Could Follow Vancouver On Pot ShopsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2015

The Conservative government's "ideological" changes to federal medicinal marijuana rules will prompt other cities to follow Vancouver's lead and regulate pot shops on their own, says Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang.

Jang said he has heard from other municipalities, including Victoria, that are eyeing Vancouver's new bylaws to manage a recent spike in medicinal pot businesses.

Last week, Vancouver became the first Canadian municipality to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, requiring for-profit operators to pay a $30,000 licensing fee and locate at least 300 metres away from community centres, schools, and each other.

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9 US AZ: LTE: Marijuana Should Not Be LegalizedMon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ) Author:Blackburn, J. Area:Arizona Lines:54 Added:07/06/2015

Let me start by saying that I was an investigator who headed up the juvenile narcotic bureau for a major city in northern California. In 1960, I was assigned to work drug abuse problems that was occurring in our local school district.

In my 20 plus years of working with countless amounts of juveniles and parents whose sons or daughters were involved in drug use, I saw on a daily basis how marijuana affected the juvenile, as well as the effects it had on the family. In my experience, I see marijuana as a gateway drug. The user is introduced to other people involved in the drug culture, who want to turn these stoners on to other drugs.

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10 US DC: LTE: A Lawman's Dereliction Of DutyMon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Barrett, John Area:District of Columbia Lines:34 Added:07/06/2015

"FBI drug agent risked all to feed heroin habit" [front page, June 29] was remarkable in that this disgraced felon showed no remorse for his crimes.

As a former FBI executive who retired from the Washington field office and a former superintendent of detectives for the Metropolitan Police Department, I find Matthew Lowry's criminal conduct outrageous. The FBI motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity." Mr. Lowry's actions were disloyal, cowardly and dishonorable to his country, the FBI, his family, the citizens of the District of Columbia and, lastly, himself.

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11 US OR: LTE: 'Marijuana Fantasy Land'Mon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Bellamy, Ken Area:Oregon Lines:35 Added:07/06/2015

Marijuana 'fantasy land': For the life of me, I will never understand the mentality of people. One more thing that fogs over and seriously impairs thinking and judgment is legalized, and people consider it cause for big celebration.

There has been heavy, and I mean heavy, media coverage with people right in front of the TV cameras breaking the rule about smoking marijuana in public. With people blatantly and openly breaking that rule, what makes these highly educated makers of the rules think people are actually going to follow the rest of them? Perhaps they've smoked too much of it themselves.

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12 US CO: LTE: Enough Is EnoughSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) Author:Kirchberg, Gary Area:Colorado Lines:41 Added:07/06/2015

Regarding Brad Gates' letter of July 1, you ask, "Was it the marijuana tourist who came to Colorado and voted marijuana legal, or was it you and your neighbor? I'm pretty sure it was you and your neighbor, correct me if I am wrong."

Well you are wrong. It wasn't my neighbor, and it wasn't me, and it wasn't the 40 some percent of the state that voted against it, either. I accept that recreational pot is legal now, but the current debate seems to be centered on how many pot shops are enough.

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13 US CO: LTE: Alcohol Carries Societal Price TagSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Woody, Bob Area:Colorado Lines:47 Added:07/06/2015

It doesn't appear that morality will be winning a popularity contest anytime soon.

The marijuana issue has brought reproof directed at opponents of the industry. "This is not a moral issue," "put your moral compass down" and "there's no legislating morality."

Not directly related, but more disappointing, a retired minister writing in The Pueblo Chieftain a few years ago said that when you attempt to legislate morals, "That's wrong."

May I offer another view? I say that it is impossible not to legislate morals. Every law "imposes" someone's moral "values" on someone else. The issue is whose values will prevail.

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14 US CO: LTE: Research The Topic Before Casting Your BallotSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Rivera, George A. Area:Colorado Lines:65 Added:07/06/2015

And so the debate over recreational marijuana sales in Pueblo has begun.

During the upcoming 18 months, Puebloans will be deluged with articles and information arguing the benefits of marijuana and/or the damage caused by marijuana.

Both sides will state that the facts they are using to support their argument are the truth even though at times the positions will be diametrically opposite.

(Note: This editorial is not meant to argue for one side or the other, but as a matter of full disclosure, I will state that I am opposed to the sale of recreational marijuana in the city of Pueblo.)

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15 US OH: Disease May Spur Needle ProgramMon, 06 Jul 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Crane, Misti Area:Ohio Lines:123 Added:07/06/2015

Health Officials Say That Needlesharing by Drug Users Is Spreading Hepatitis C Locally and Statewide.

The boom in heroin use paired with a surge in hepatitis C infections in Franklin County and across Ohio have heightened worries about the spread of other diseases, particularly HIV, and sparked conversations about a local needle exchange.

Hepatitis C, a treatable but sometimes deadly viral disease that attacks the liver, was diagnosed in 719 people in Franklin County five years ago. The number had nearly doubled by last year, to 1,369, according to data from Columbus Public Health. So far this year, the county is on pace to record more than 1,400 cases. In just one year, the number of hepatitis C cases statewide grew from 10,020 in 2013 to 15,887 in 2014.

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16US NM: Civil Forfeiture Law Protects Public but Cuts into LawSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Farmington Daily Times (NM) Author:Schwartz, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2015

FARMINGTON - A state law intended to prevent police from seizing money or assets from people unless they're convicted of a crime took effect this month, and law enforcement officials say it's going to cut deeply into their budgets.

Before House Bill 560 became law, most police departments and other local law enforcement agencies in New Mexico could auction items they had seized and use the revenue to pay for training or equipment. That process funds a fourth of the Region II Narcotics Task Force's operational finances each year - which was approximately $100,000, according to its director, Sgt. Kyle Dowdy.

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17 US WY: Wyoming Parents Mull Hemp Oil for Children With EpilepsySat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Casper Star-Tribune (WY) Author:Dorgan, Ryan Area:Wyoming Lines:155 Added:07/06/2015

Gretchen Wheeler knows her 21-year-old daughter will never be able to drive, marry or have her own children. Katelyn will likely live with her mother "forever," Wheeler says.

She is willing to accept some of those facts. Her daughter has epilepsy and autism.

What Wheeler can't accept is Katelyn's constant seizures.

The Casper mother is one of 175 Wyoming residents, according to Wyoming Department of Health estimates, considering a hemp extract oil that could help people with epilepsy. The Wyoming Legislature passed a law in February that legalized the oil. It was the least contentious of a handful of medical cannabis bills considered by lawmakers.

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18US UT: Editorial: Don't Let DEA Bypass Judges and SearchSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Salt Lake Tribune (UT)          Area:Utah Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2015

If the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it can't do its job without bypassing a judge's signature, it raises reasonable suspicions about law enforcement operating without proper oversight.

If the DEA adds that such a bypass is needed to stop Utahns from overdosing at high rates, it exposes just how shameless the war on drugs has become.

In a move that raises the specter of indiscriminate NSA phone monitoring, the federal government's drug cops are pushing back against a Utah law that took effect this year that requires a judge to sign a search warrant for access to the state's data base of prescriptions. Before that law, law enforcement could simply use "administrative subpoenas" that required no signoff from a judge.

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19CN BC: Man Rejects Honour From 'Cowards'Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2015

Stanley Cup riot hero says he'll burn award from police after Cannabis Day arrest

A man arrested at a Vancouver pot protest on Canada Day is vowing to burn an award he received for heroism during the Stanley Cup riot.

Vancouver police honoured Bert Easterbrook in 2013 with a certificate of merit - the highest award for civilian bravery - for stopping rioters from flipping over a truck two years earlier.

Easterbrook and two others were charged Wednesday with obstruction after trying to stop police from arresting a man for trafficking at the annual Cannabis Day event.

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20 Canada: Anti-Pot Policies Help Industry GrowFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Galloway, Gloria Area:Canada Lines:161 Added:07/06/2015

Despite Ottawa's clear stand against marijuana, illegal dispensaries have flourished, while cannabis is now traded on the TSX

As the Conservative government's champion in the war on pot, Health Minister Rona Ambrose has taken some heavy blows and faces the prospect of more.

Ms. Ambrose was "outraged" in early June when the Supreme Court ruled that legal medical marijuana users would be permitted to eat the drug as well as smoke it. She was "deeply disappointed" last week when Vancouver said it would regulate marijuana dispensaries, most of which obtain their supply from unauthorized sources.

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21 CN BC: PUB LTE: Better MedicineFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Hemstalk, Pete Area:British Columbia Lines:36 Added:07/06/2015

Editor:

I am writing in support of S&M Medicinal Sweet Shoppe ("Medical marijuana ruling on edibles boosts business," June 19).

I have been on medical marijuana for chronic pain now for a year and found smoking the dry flowers did help with my pain; it also left me sleepy and too high to function properly.

I tried a few of the products from the Sweet Shoppe and with their advice have found something that works for the pain without the high and sleepiness, meaning I can work with a clear head and controlled pain.

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22CN BC: Column: City Should Lead On Pot LegalizationSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/06/2015

Learn from U.S.: Instead of blazing some misguided trail, Vancouver must put its resources into regulating marijuana in B.C.

Secret illegal marijuana home-grow operations - how are they working for you, Surrey? White Rock? Abbotsford? It must take at least 100 such guerrilla cannabis production centres to supply Vancouver's burgeoning pot shops.

While Vansterdam-on-the-Pacific's council tries to reap a harvest of $30,000 licensing fees from the scores of prohibited dispensaries it has allowed, our neighbours can enjoy the fallout - the opportunity to earn a little mortgage relief with a basement garden.

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23 CN BC: Editorial: Weeding Out The Real IssuesThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Ogilvie, Clare Area:British Columbia Lines:135 Added:07/06/2015

Cannabis has been much in the news recently - though mostly to do with the growing pains Vancouver is having as it deals with an explosion of medicinal marijuana dispensaries over the last few years.

It's a rather amazing tale really as you consider that the dispensaries are actually illegal.

"... possession and sale of cannabis is a criminal offence, and possession of as few as six marijuana plants carries the risk of prosecution and up to 14 years in prison, wrote former B.C. Attorney General Geoff Plant in the Globe and Mail recently.

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24 CN ON: Police Issue Marijuana AlertSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:07/06/2015

Illegal crop lurks in numerous locales

Police are seeking the public's help in controlling the production of illegal marijuana in Norfolk County.

The 2015 growing season is underway and it promises to be a good one for illegal producers of marijuana. Norfolk OPP advise the public to be cautious and to report suspicious activity associated with marijuana production to the authorities.

"Typically, these illicit crops are located in swamps, cornfields, wooded areas, along rivers and on rural rental properties obscured from view," Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. "Marijuana plants are bright green in colour and can grow between three and five feet tall and give off a distinctive strong, pungent musty odour."

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25 CN BC: RCMP Officer Exaggerated Evidence, Judge RulesFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Richmond Review, The (CN BC) Author:Hemel, Martin van den Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:07/06/2015

Court tosses seized evidence, cop's testimony in marijuana trafficking trial

A Vancouver provincial court judge has ruled a Richmond Mountie involved in a marijuana drug trafficking case "exaggerated his evidence" and "embellished" his observations.

In a voir dire ruling, Judge Gregory Rideout excluded the observed and seized evidence in a case against Eugenio Alfonso Bahamonde, who is charged with trafficking marijuana in Vancouver back in November of 2012.

Rideout ruled that Richmond RCMP Const. Inderpal Singh Bal was "wilful and careless" in the use of some medical terms while he gave evidence, and that Bal was embellishing when he "gave the impression that he had extensive general knowledge of marijuana."

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26 CN ON: Ottawa Tightens Prison Visit Rules In Drug CrackdownSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Boutilier, Alex Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:07/06/2015

Guards' justification for intrusive searches can be 'subjective' under new rules, critics say

OTTAWA- Authorities are moving to further tighten the rules on anyone visiting federal prisons to crack down on contraband despite fears the new system can be applied "subjectively."

A notice quietly posted to a federal government website the afternoon before Canada Day said that despite concerns from inmates' advocates and visitors, Correctional Services Canada will move forward with the new regime.

Under the new rules, prison officials will have a lower threshold to meet before they order searches of prisoners, contract workers and visitors - basically anyone entering a federal penitentiary.

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27 US CA: Area Vexed By Mishmash Of Pot RulesSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:98 Added:07/05/2015

From Yuba County officials' perspective, there is a bit of a domino effect that comes into play when talking about regulating medical marijuana cultivation.

The notion is growers were pushed out of Butte County and into Yuba when the former enacted tighter growing regulations and when voters last year

"It was presented to people that it was all but legalized here (Yuba County)," said Supervisor John Nicoletti.

That has at least been partially borne out when growers at times went before the board last year, appealing fines and saying they weren't aware of county regulations.

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28 US WA: Legal Pot, Year 1: Neither Best nor Worst ForecastsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:201 Added:07/05/2015

WHAT HAPPENED? The revenue bonanza predicted by some for recreational marijuana hasn't materialized in the first year; nor have the horrors imagined by opponents.

Before Washington voters could decide on legal weed, finance whizzes in state government had to project its tax bounty.

The forecasters looked into their Excel tables and shrugged.

The state's take, they said, from pot taxes in the first year of sales could be nothing - or could be as much as $249 million. That was the uncertain future facing an untested state-regulated system operating in defiance of the federal ban on all marijuana.

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29 US WA: Legal Pot Sales Earn Wash. $70m In TaxesSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:72 Added:07/05/2015

Two New Laws Aim to Give Some Relief to Farmers, Processors and Retailers

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. And, who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

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30US CA: OPED: Enforce Environmental Regulations on Illegal PotSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Little, Jane Braxton Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Pot is killing coho salmon. Trickle by trickle, spring by tiny spring, the cold, clear water these fish need to survive is going to weed.

Illegal marijuana cultivation is widely recognized as an environmental menace, polluting streams and forests with pesticides and damaging wildlife and habitat by bulldozing trees and soil to create grow sites. Less well known are the impacts of water diverted to pot plants and their cumulative effects on coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, all threatened species.

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31 CM BC: Column: Cannabis And CompromisesThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Best, Allen        Lines:382 Added:07/05/2015

In 2012 Colorado voters legalized the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some ski towns have embraced marijuana, treating it little differently than alcohol. But others have been biding their time.

To Vail and other towns, cannabis use by visitors and residents is an undeniable reality. But that doesn't mean they will allow stores selling THC-infused products.

Here in Canada recreational marijuana use is still illegal though access to medical marijuana has been completely reinvented. This has come with its own headache.

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32 US CA: Wtf, Dfw?Thu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Garvin, Cosmo Area:California Lines:194 Added:07/05/2015

Our Writer Encounters Mavmit, the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mysterious Anti-Marijuana Task Force

After a strange encounter with an agent from the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, our writer asks: If the Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to catch drug dealers, do they know what they're doing?

The next time you're running errands around town, beware: You might wind up in the Department of Fish and Wildlife's marijuana dragnet.

I know, that sounds ridiculous. But, seriously, watch out.

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33 US OR: PUB LTE: Meth Is the Real Problem in Pendleton, NotFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) Author:Cronin, Jerry Area:Oregon Lines:62 Added:07/05/2015

Marijuana is legal. Months have gone by since the election but there is no plan for the implementation of this law. There are hundreds of locals who rely on medical marijuana for its medicinal qualities.

There was a recent East Oregonian editorial on the topic of medical marijuana dispensaries. It reminded me of the movie "Reefer Madness," made in 1936 and based on the exaggerated effect of marijuana.

The EO had a quote from our police chief that was alarming: "How many deaths is it going to take?" I have read dozens of obits in the EO and have never seen one where the death was caused by marijuana. Former city councilman Keith May said that "he would close his business and move away if a marijuana shop opened on Main Street."

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34US NV: U.S. Seeks Appeal On Money Seizure CaseSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Nevada wants to appeal an order to return $167,000 seized from a Hawaii man who was stopped twice on I-80 near Elko but never charged with a crime.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a statement this week that his office has asked the solicitor general for authority to challenge U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks' June 12 ruling.

The $167,000 was confiscated from Straughn Gorman in January 2013, but the case could cost the government more than $300,000 because the judge also put the government on the hook to pay attorney fees and costs that Gorman's attorney, Vincent Savarese, said total at least $142,000.

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35US CA: Unedited Video Released Of Officers At Pot Shop RaidSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Pimentel, Joseph Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

An attorney representing a Santa Ana medical marijuana dispensary released the full, unedited video of a recent raid by police that captures Santa Ana officers destroying property and eating medical marijuana.

At a Los Angeles news conference Friday, attorney Matthew Pappas, who represents Sky High Holistic, released to the media the hours-long video from the May 26 raid.

"In some parts of the video, you can clearly see and hear officers saying they are getting light-headed after eating the edibles," Pappas said.

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36 US NJ: Column: What Are They Smoking Running ForSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:133 Added:07/05/2015

This week our infamous governor, Chris Christie, made headlines again with the announcement of his presidential campaign, following the release of polls showing an all time low approval rating by NJ residents. He's also ranked 11th, last place, among all the Republican candidates. Among the many crazy policies he has proposed is his stance on weed. He recently stated that he would go after legal cannabis states if elected president.

With the public support for cannabis growing, and the number of states with legal recreational and medicinal cannabis growing, does Christie really seriously believe the majority of Americans will support a candidate with prohibition campaign?

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37US CA: OPED: Don't Forfeit Property RightsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Sibilla, Nick Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Imagine a place where the government can seize property from people who have not broken the law. The police, sheriffs and prosecutors can auction their property off and use the proceeds to pay their own salaries.

But this isn't a Third World dictatorship. It's California.

Empowered by "civil forfeiture" laws, the government can seize - and keep - cash, cars and real estate without ever filing criminal charges. Thankfully, state Sen. Holly Mitchell has authored Senate Bill 443 to curb this appalling police power. SB443 already passed by a staggering 38-1 vote, and now awaits a key hearing before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on July 14.

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38CN BC: Activist Trying To Force Police To Weed Out VictoriaSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Grey area? There's no grey area when it comes to medical marijuana dispensaries, says Pamela McColl.

"The law is not grey," she says, on the phone from Salt Spring Island. "The law is black and white."

So McColl, who speaks for a group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, can't understand why the storefronts are being allowed to proliferate in Victoria and Vancouver. In fact, she has gone to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in an attempt to force a crackdown in both cities.

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39 Canada: Buyer BewareThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Posadzki, Alexandra Area:Canada Lines:89 Added:07/04/2015

Tough to Get Mortgage, Insurance for Former Grow Op Homes, Brokers Say

At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for.

It was located in the right neighbourhood, had a double garage and the backyard was spacious enough for the couple's two pugs to frolic in. Perhaps most importantly, it was reasonably priced.

However, a quick Google search revealed the home's shadowy past: it had been busted several years earlier for housing a marijuana grow operation.

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40 CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Shop Bylaws DefendedFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Jang, Kerry L. Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:07/04/2015

Response is common-sense approach to federal failure

Re: City's pot bylaw only benefits criminals, Column, June 30

Ian Mulgrew argues that Vancouver should never have moved to regulate the explosion of marijuana dispensaries because they, unlike legitimate businesses, don't file tax returns with the Canada Revenue Agency.

This perspective entirely misses the point of what the new marijuana dispensary bylaws were designed to do: keep marijuana away from children and sensitive areas of our city, but at the same time allow reasonable access to legitimate medical users who the Supreme Court of Canada has twice ruled should have access.

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41 US OR: Editorial: Pot Prohibition EndsWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Register-Guard, The (OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:66 Added:07/04/2015

New freedom for marijuana brings responsibility

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in eight Oregonians smoke marijuana at least once a month. That means more than 300,000 Oregonians are free of a cause for fear today. Those people no longer have to worry about being arrested for marijuana possession. The most important provision of Measure 91, approved by the voters last November, takes effect today, ending pot prohibition.

As with alcohol prohibition, the end of marijuana prohibition doesn't mean that anything goes. It will still be possible to get into a lot of trouble with the law for any number of pot-related crimes, ranging from providing marijuana to someone under 21 to growing more than four marijuana plants without a commercial license.

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42 US HI: PUB LTE: Legal Pot Lacks Lure Of ForbiddenSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Hawaii Lines:27 Added:07/04/2015

Marijuana has been quasilegal in the Netherlands for about 40 years, yet the Dutch use cannabis at less than half the rate Americans do ("Legal pot will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 25).

And they use cocaine and heroin at about a third the rate Americans do.

Why? Because in the Netherlands, there is no "lure of the forbidden fruit" like there is in America.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

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43 US CO: Denver Campaign Wants Pot In BarsSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:44 Added:07/04/2015

DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only permit people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would let bars or clubs allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with cleanair laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.

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44 US CO: Denver Campaign Would Allow Marijuana Use In BarsSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ)          Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:07/04/2015

DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.

Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would allow bars or clubs to allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.

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45US CO: Editorial: Revised Pot Plan Is Still A StretchSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

Backers of an initiative to allow pot consumption in Denver where it is now off limits have revised their ballot plan since we first discussed it two weeks ago. And the final version is more restrictive than the original idea. But whether the revisions go far enough to make it palatable to voters is another question.

We doubt it, and will be curious to see how major civic and business groups - not to mention the mayor and City Council members - react should sponsors gather enough signatures for the ballot.

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46US OR: Marijuana Giveaway Draws Huge Crowds at Historic WeedSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Hale, Jamie Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

A big bush of cannabis greeted visitors near the door, where 1,400 people stood in a long, snaking line, waiting hours to get their hands on one thing: seven grams of free marijuana.

This was Weed the People, and organizers looked to make good on their promise to celebrate Oregon's newfound freedom to obtain and consume recreational marijuana.

As of July 1, every Oregonian can legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public (that goes up to eight ounces at home). Since no recreational market is set up, people can't legally purchase the drug, but they are allowed to obtain it from licensed growers for free.

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47 US: Obama Plans Broader Use Of ClemencySat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Baker, Peter Area:United States Lines:203 Added:07/04/2015

WASHINGTON - Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.

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48 CN ON: 'Let's Get Rid Of The Stigma' Of PotThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Tymczyszyn, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:07/04/2015

Rally held on Canada Day in front of courthouse

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago, he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

"This is what I use for pain relief," he said as he took a drag from a joint.

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49CN BC: City's Pot Policy Likely To Be ModelThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

BYLAW: Vancouver first municipality to regulate medical-marijuana storefronts

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's "ideological" changes to federal medicinal marijuana rules will prompt other cities to follow Vancouver's lead and regulate pot shops on their own, says Coun. Kerry Jang.

Jang, a member of the Vision Vancouver majority on council, said he has heard from other municipalities, including Victoria, that are eyeing Vancouver's new bylaws to manage a recent spike in medicinal pot businesses.

Last week, Vancouver became the first Canadian municipality to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, requiring for-profit operators to pay a $30,000 licensing fee and locate at least 300 metres away from community centres, schools, and each other.

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50 CN BC: Scuffle Mars Annual Pot ProtestThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Sieniuc, Kat Area:British Columbia Lines:100 Added:07/03/2015

Organizer Cries Foul Over 'Violent' Treatment by Police, Who Say They Acted After Observing a Marijuana Sale

An event that's been held for 19 years without incident - Vancouver's annual Canada Day marijuana protest - erupted in an ugly confrontation between protesters and police, leaving many up in arms over the city's policing of pot smokers.

Witnesses say they saw at least two dozen officers descend with physical force and pepper spray a modest group of peaceful gatherers at Cannabis Day in the downtown around noon on Wednesday. Four people were arrested, police said.

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