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1 US GA: Real Families Suffer As States Defer On MedicalSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Fouriezos, Nicholas Area:Georgia Lines:173 Added:09/21/2014

ATLANTA - The question hovers over Kelli Hopkins every day.

It rises with her each morning as she feeds her two remaining sick children their seizure medicine five pills for Mary Elizabeth, seven for Michala. It follows as she packs them and their wheelchairs into the van for another hospital visit, another brain scan, another trip to the emergency room. It wakes her at 2 a.m. each night when she rolls over on the couch she's slept on for years only to see carpet where there used to be a cot.

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2 US FL: Legal Challenges Put 'Charlotte's Web'Sat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Powers, Scott Area:Florida Lines:54 Added:09/21/2014

Final development of Florida's legalized non-euphoric medical-marijuana program is on hold for up to 60 days because several potential growers are furious over the state's proposed rules and filed challenges.

Earlier this month, the Department of Health issued its final proposed rules on who could qualify for five state licenses to grow, process and sell so-called Charlotte's Web marijuana products to treat Florida patients with epilepsy, other neurological disorders and cancer.

But several plant nurseries and other businesses objected, saying the rules do little to determine which applicants are best suited and turns the ultimate selection into a lottery.

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3 US: Selling Pot Can Be A Shady, Crazy, Confusing BusinessSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Fahey, Jonathan Area:United States Lines:167 Added:09/21/2014

New York (AP) - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever.

The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.

"It's a gray market industry, that's just how it is," says Kayvan Khalatbari, who owns a marijuana dispensary and a chain of pizza restaurants in Denver.

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4 US GA: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till YouSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Georgia Lines:192 Added:09/21/2014

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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5 US GA: OPED: Why Research Is Biased Against Pot to Focus onSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Hart, Carl Area:Georgia Lines:162 Added:09/21/2014

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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6 US WA: Editorial: What Are the Next Steps for Marijuana Reform?Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:31 Added:09/21/2014

THE recreational marijuana market authorized by voters in 2012 is heavily taxed to fund prevention efforts, and is strictly regulated to ensure quality and security. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to rein in the larger, completely unregulated and mostly untaxed marijuana industry that serves medical patients. Seattle currently has just one recreational store, but dozens of medical dispensaries. These two markets should be merged. Lawmakers must ensure legitimately suffering patients get a break from the steep so-called sin taxes of the recreational market, and should continue to allow home grows for them. Ensuring that patients are legitimate also requires a much tighter rein on medical professionals who glibly hand out "green card" medical-marijuana authorizations to otherwise healthy young men.

The recreational market needs tweaking too - to entice more cities and counties to open their borders to state-licensed marijuana stores. Without broader access, black-market marijuana sales, which voters directly targeted in passing Initiative 502, would continue to flourish.

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7 US WA: PUB LTE: Grow MoreSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Schuetzler, Adam Area:Washington Lines:35 Added:09/21/2014

Editor, The Times: In the time since marijuana has been legalized in Washington, I fear that the state and the Liquor Control Board have lost sight of the most fundamental thing: Marijuana was legalized on a promise to drive out criminality and replace the black market ["Rocky start for state's pot stores," Local News, Sept. 17 ].

In order to do this, two things will have to happen: Much more marijuana will need to be grown, and more stores will have to open.

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8 US WA: City Attorney Holmes to Seek Broad Dismissal of Pot-UseSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Miletich, Steve Area:Washington Lines:147 Added:09/21/2014

In Municipal Court

Not Just Those Issued by Police Officer Facing Discipline

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer's personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources.

Holmes, who is set to discuss the decision at a briefing of the City Council on Monday morning, will go beyond Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's request to dismiss tickets written by bicycle Officer Randy Jokela and include all infractions, out of fairness to everyone who was cited, according to the sources and briefing materials provided to The Seattle Times.

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9US CO: OPED: Yes: It's In the County Anyway; Why Not Profit?Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Elliott, Michael Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Should Jefferson County Allow Retail Marijuana Stores in Unincorporated Parts of the County?

The question isn't whether marijuana will be sold and consumed in Jefferson County. That is happening and will continue. The question is whether Jefferson County will start taking real steps to shut down the black market and begin to reap the benefits of legal marijuana sales.

Marijuana has been bought and sold in Jefferson County for decades; it's just happened in the shadows. It's been sold by people who don't care who they sell to, and who have no stake in anything other than making the next sale. They don't care if they sell to your kid or the person next door. Everyone's a potential customer.

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10US CO: OPED: No: There Are Too Many DownsidesSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Gorman, Tom Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Should Jefferson County Allow Retail Marijuana Stores in Unincorporated Parts of the County?

The Jefferson County Marijuana Task Force spent three months listening to testimony, reviewing studies and examining evidence related to prohibiting or permitting licensed marijuana establishment in unincorporated Jefferson County.

The task force found compelling evidence that it would not be in the best interest of Jefferson County or its citizens to allow marijuana establishments. Although the circumstantial evidence was significant, it is important to note that Colorado's experience with legalizing recreational marijuana is relatively new and some data is lacking.

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11 CN BC: Column: Still Monkeying Around On Pot LegalizationThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Maxwell, G. D. Area:British Columbia Lines:123 Added:09/21/2014

There's a famous experiment in the annals of learning. It involves a jar, a banana and a monkey. I know it sounds very similar to jokes that start, "There was a priest, a rabbi and a minister," but that's where the similarity ends.

The experiment goes like this. The banana is put inside the jar and the jar is put inside a room. So is the monkey. Put inside the room, that is, not inside the jar. It's not that big a jar. The monkey being a monkey and the banana being a banana, it doesn't take long for the monkey to notice the banana and decide he/she would really like to eat it. This is where it gets good.

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12US CO: Column: Schools Out Millions Due To LoopholeSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Meyer, Jeremy Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

A loophole built into Colorado's marijuana system has allowed thousands of pounds of pot to go untaxed and has cost the state millions of dollars that should have gone to a school construction fund.

In 2012, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 64, which, among other things, promised that the first $40 million in excise tax revenue would be dedicated every year for the state school construction fund.

But this year, only about $10 million is expected to be raised thanks to a rule that allows marijuana retailers to avoid paying the tax in a one-time transfer of wholesale pot.

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13 US MD: The Drug That Turned A Heroin User's Life AroundSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Robinson, Wesley Area:Maryland Lines:140 Added:09/21/2014

MD. Woman Says Officer Saved Her With Overdose Antidote

Danielle Hall injected a quarter of her normal heroin dose the afternoon of June 29, but that day's particularly potent batch was strong enough to shut her body down.

She was slumped in her car when an Annapolis police officer found her, her breathing shallow and her lips blue. Suspecting she had overdosed, the officer sprayed naloxone into her nose.

Hall, a 30-year-old mother of two from the Annapolis area, said the officer saved her that day.

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14 US DC: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana For A Just SocietySat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Eidinger, Adam Area:District of Columbia Lines:38 Added:09/21/2014

The Post's Sept. 15 editorial on Initiative No. 71 was aptly headlined "Just say no," recalling Nancy Reagan's message to kids in the 1980s, since it read like an artifact of prohibitionist thinking.

Initiative No. 71 would legalize the use of marijuana only for adults and would not make it legal to sell marijuana. That would be up to the D.C. Council to implement.

The Post incorrectly surmised that the council rejected legalization by passing decriminalization. The consensus on the council is that the will of the voters should determine whether the District adopts legalization. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), author of the decriminalization law, and others have expressed this view to the D.C. Cannabis Campaign.

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15 US DC: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana For A Just SocietySat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Tracy, Sam Area:District of Columbia Lines:40 Added:09/21/2014

While I disagree with the Sept. 15 editorial "Just say no" for a number of reasons, I was most disappointed to see the editorial board perpetuating the long-disproved myth that marijuana is a "gateway to more dangerous drugs."

This myth originated decades ago, with surveys showing that most users of hard drugs such as heroin had previously tried marijuana. But this connection, widely publicized by politicians trying to drum up support for the failed "War on Drugs," is meaningless - most users also consumed milk before trying heroin.

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16 CN ON: Council OKs Zone Change for Medical Pot 'Plant'Fri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Bowie, Tara Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:09/21/2014

Decision Makes Medical Marijuana Grow Operation a Permitted Use

There was little buzz around the horseshoe at Woodstock city council Thursday night as councillors heard the details of a zone change that would allow a medical marijuana growing facility to operate at the former Thomas Built bus factory site.

Councillors asked no questions of proponent of Nik Van Haeren, president of Ontario Marijuana Growers (OMG), nor did they ask questions to Ron Versteegen, the city planner.

Van Haeren's request was simple - to rezone the property on Tecumseh Street from Transitional Industrial Zone (M4) to Special Transitional Industrial Zone (M4-special) to add a pharmaceutical and drug product industry to the permitted use.

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17 CN MB: Wanted: Top Pot GrowerWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Cash, Martin Area:Manitoba Lines:102 Added:09/21/2014

Position Isn't Easy One to Fill

AN unknown would-be new entrant into the medical marijuana production business in Manitoba is looking for a master grower.

The heavy workload and extensive experience required may make it seem like an opportunity for a black market grow-op grower to go legit, but that would not be the case.

That's because Health Canada requires extensive security clearance for the senior staffers in charge of production and compliance. The list of qualifications to fill the position are as lengthy and as technical as any commercial production facility for the most special of specialty crops. They include managing everything from cloning, transplanting, feeding plants, defoliation, super cropping, topping, flushing, foliar and preventative sprays, trimming, packaging, waste disposal and inventory management.

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18 CN ON: Pot Still Illegal Despite Political Talk, Teen RemindedFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:09/21/2014

A teenager caught with marijuana was placed on nine months probation with a Sarnia judge's reminder that despite politicians' comments, pot is still illegal in Canada.

The 19-year-old, from Lambton County, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the July possession of marijuana and violation of a court-ordered drug ban. The court was told that the teen had walked away when he spotted an OPP officer watching him. The officer drove around the block and the teen appeared to be meeting another young person. Both walked away as the officer approached.

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19 US NY: Column: Two Redheaded StrangersSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Dowd, Maureen Area:New York Lines:127 Added:09/21/2014

Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd's Pain

WASHINGTON - WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.

The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I'm the poster girl for bad pot trips.

It seemed like a match made in hash heaven.

When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called.

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20 US FL: OPED: Why Sheriffs Oppose Medical Pot: Profits, NotSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Strack, Ray Area:Florida Lines:111 Added:09/21/2014

The opposition of the Florida Sheriffs Association to Amendment 2 has more to do with cash than public safety. The sheriffs have become so accustomed to federal anti-drug money and property forfeitures that they resist any change that might someday shut off their pipeline of cash, cars and property.

Consider Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Florida's most vocal opponent of medical-marijuana reform.

During his highly publicized debate with attorney John Morgan, Judd vigorously defended his motives: =93It may come as a shock to you,=94 he told the audience in Lakeland, =93but our budget is not predicated on arrests; it's not predicated on seizures; it's not created so we can spend that operating money on cars, or capital equipment, or operating equipment, or salaries.=94 Hogwash. According to Justice Department records, the Polk County Sheriff 's Office took in more than $1.2 million from the federal Assets Forfeiture Fund just since 2007, part of the $230 million that all of Florida's law-enforcement agencies received from the fund during that period.

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21 CN BC: Don't Worry Striking Teachers, Christy Clark's Pot Is ActuallyThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:09/21/2014

On the morning of September 12, Canada Post's tracking system showed Dana Larsen's bag of purple kush was on its way to Victoria.

Yesterday (September 11), one of Canada's lead advocates for marijuana reform floated a novel idea for ending B.C.'s teachers strike.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Dana Larsen said quoted 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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22 CN BC: Cope Candidate Sid Chow Tan Calls On Vancouver Residents ToThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Hui, Stephen Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:09/21/2014

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

I propose all residents of Vancouver do their duty in the so-called war on drugs and grow eight marijuana plants in their home. Growers could enjoy the harvest in personal use, gifts to family and friends or contributions to worthwhile causes. The Compassionate Club comes to mind.

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23US CA: Obit: Joseph D. McNamara - Innovative Police ChiefSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Colliver, Victoria Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

Joseph D. McNamara, a former San Jose police chief who gained national attention for his progressive views on community policing, drugs and gun control, died in his sleep early Friday at his Monterey home of pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

Mr. McNamara, who started his career as a Harlem beat cop in New York City and earned a doctorate from Harvard University, served as San Jose's police chief from 1976 until retiring in 1991. He worked as a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution from 1991 until his death, and wrote five novels dubbed cop noir.

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24US CO: Pot Industry Battling Stoner StereotypesSun, 21 Sep 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2014

DENVER- Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous antidrug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on the fears of marijuana, including the famous "This is your brain on drugs" fried-egg ad from the 1980s.

They are planning posters, brochures, billboards and magazine ads, advising people to use the drug responsibly and warning tourists and first-timers about the potential to get sick from accidentally eating too much medical-grade pot.

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25 US WA: Millions Expected In State Pot Taxes Into Mid-2019Fri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Corte, Rachel La Area:Washington Lines:80 Added:09/20/2014

Council Warns Projections Could Change

Won't Fill Budget Gap

OLYMPIA (AP) - The state's legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast released Thursday.

The forecast by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council showed that just over $25 million from a variety of marijuana-related taxes - including excise, sales, and business taxes - is expected to be collected through the middle of next year. An additional $207 million is expected for the next two-year budget that ends mid-2017. And $404 million is expected for the 2017-19 budget biennium.

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26 US NM: Pot Legalization Falls Short With Nm VotersFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Baker, Deborah Area:New Mexico Lines:141 Added:09/20/2014

Support for Change Strongest Among Young Respondents

A proposed constitutional change legalizing marijuana never made it to this year's ballot, but it looks like it would have been a hard sell with voters anyway.

A statewide Journal Poll of likely voters in the Nov. 4 general election found 50 percent of respondents opposed to legalization, while 44 percent favored it.

Another 3 percent told pollsters they had mixed feelings, while 3 percent didn't know or wouldn't say.

The poll question was: "Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults in New Mexico, with a tax and regulation system, similar to Colorado?"

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27 US DC: Poll: DC Is Poised To Legalize PotFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Davis, Aaron C. Area:District of Columbia Lines:122 Added:09/20/2014

Almost Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Back Measure on Nov. 4 Ballot

Voters in the District of Columbia are poised to follow Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, according to a new NBC4/Washington Post/ Marist poll.

By an almost 2-to-1 ratio, likely voters in the city's Nov. 4 election say they support Initiative 71, a ballot measure that would legalize possession of marijuana, its home cultivation and the sale of paraphernalia to smoke it.

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28 US MA: Column: Medical Marijuana Advocates' Growing ImpatienceFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Lehigh, Scot Area:Massachusetts Lines:110 Added:09/20/2014

Matt Allen, the man behind the state's medical marijuana law, is all done holding his tongue.

Almost two years after voters passed that ballot question, Allen notes, this state isn't even close to having, in his felicitously turned phrase, "seeds in the ground."

The law envisioned up to 35 nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, with at least one in each county, ready to go - or grow - by the end of 2013. Almost nine months into 2014, after a process full of, um, potholes, 11 marijuana dispensaries have been provisionally certified, with half the counties uncovered. Even by the administration's estimate, the first of those won't make it through the final review and start operating until early next year.

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29 US WI: Mike Koval: Acknowledge Failure Of Marijuana LawsMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Author:Savidge, Nico Area:Wisconsin Lines:59 Added:09/20/2014

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval came out in support of legalizing marijuana last week.

Below, you'll find some of his expanded comments from an interview with the State Journal in which he endorsed legalizing the drug and using tax revenue from its sale to support drug treatment programs.

The comments came soon after Koval said his department must enforce laws against marijuana because the state prohibits it. Asked how he would like Wisconsin to treat the drug, Koval responded:

"I would like us to see -- much like we've seen in those pioneering states (Washington and Colorado) -- a discussion of decriminalizing it, regulating it, taxing it, and then using the funds and monies generated .. (for) treatment programs, drug courts and other things that go to the core of our more substantive drug users."

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30 US MA: OPED: Like Big Tobacco, Big Marijuana Will DriveFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Massachusetts Lines:101 Added:09/20/2014

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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31 US NM: Court Puts Pot Questions Back On BallotSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:McKay, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:127 Added:09/20/2014

NM Supreme Court Overrules Action by Secretary of State

Marijuana is back on the ballot. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that Secretary of State Dianna Duran overstepped her authority when she refused to allow Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to put advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Each county wants to ask general-election voters whether they support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The election results won't carry the force of law. It would be up to the counties or other governments to pursue legislation aimed at changing marijuana penalties, if they so choose.

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32 US NM: Column: When Will We Really Listen to the Experts onSat, 20 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Dimond, Diane Area:New Mexico Lines:110 Added:09/20/2014

New Study Says That Legalizing All Drugs Is the Smart Thing to Do

Here's a riddle: How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice?

Buried in all the recent news about ISIS, horrific weather lashing the United States, the violence of NFL players and the like came a hardly noticed news item about the idea of legalizing drugs. Now, stay with me on this. It's important. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an illustrious panel including former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, former presidents and prime ministers of nearly a dozen countries, and others issued a detailed study about why it's smart - for reasons both humanitarian and financial - to legalize marijuana and other drugs. Yes, all drugs. Maybe it's time to consider their suggestion? After all, our decades-long War on Drugs has been a miserable failure. Actions to curb drug production and violence in other countries, and along our border have obviously not worked.

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33 US CO: Column: Is There Weed That Works Like Viagra?Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:56 Added:09/20/2014

Dear Stoner: I am 68 and do not use any doctor-prescribed drugs. It's my opinion that if you do, you have started down the wrong path. Now, I have not smoked marijuana since the early 1970s; I didn't like the taste and smell. But recently I have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with a young woman. Do you know of a type of weed that could be a substitute, or somewhat of a substitute, for Viagra?

Dave the Dude

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34 US AZ: Column: Education And CertificationThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Flora, Chris Area:Arizona Lines:89 Added:09/20/2014

The owners of Tumbleweeds Health Center are giving it their all to inform Tucsonans about the benefits of cannabis

Tumbleweeds Health Center owners Dana Zygmunt and Kim Williams have long known the benefits of medical marijuana, so when Arizona voters passed Proposition 203 in 2012, the duo decided against moving to Colorado to open their marijuana health facility, instead staying right here in Tucson.

On Sept. 11, 2011, Zygmunt and Williams opened Tumbleweeds, 5315 E. Broadway Blvd., a premier cannabis health and certification center with the goal of educating medical marijuana users and potential users, whose qualifying conditions range from such things as seizures to cancer to chronic pain.

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35 US CA: Adventures In Legal-Weed LandThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:334 Added:09/20/2014

Our Writer Goes to Washington to Explore Marijuana Legalization

SN&R's resident cannabis expert goes to Washington-the state-and dishes on the marijuana-legalization experiment up north

Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." I have a similar observation about marijuana activists: If you ask them how to make a pie, they will tell you how to grow a tree. Most of their stories are full of tangents, sidebars and digressions. It's not that they ramble and are unfocused, but that they feel you need to have the whole story so you can form your own ideas. I will try not to ramble too much, but I have been a pot activist for more than 20 years, so rambling is kinda my thing.

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36 CN AB: Young Gang Members: Their Numbers Are Increasing, butTue, 16 Sep 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Maki, Allan Area:Alberta Lines:143 Added:09/20/2014

He has walked alone through some of the most unsafe neighbourhoods in Calgary in hopes he'd be stopped by gang bangers wanting to know what he was doing on their turf.

That's when the unassuming Hieu Ngo would go to work. He would tell them his story, how he went from being a Vietnamese refugee tempted by street life to a University of Calgary associate professor whose research on gangs has produced a pivotal study entitled The Unravelling of Identities and Belonging: Criminal Gang Involvement of Youth from Immigrant Families.

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37 CN ON: Raising A Stink Over Pot PlantsWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Hempstead, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:09/20/2014

Cops Order Crop Uprooted After Neighbours Complain

A medicinal marijuana grower-user says he'll uproot his 29 plants by midnight Wednesday, as ordered by police after neighbours complained about the smell.

Dave Williams, 57, suffers from early-onset arthritis and degenerating discs in his back. For this, he is licenced to consume marijuana and is allowed to have 59 plants-but the particulars of his agreement with Health Canada stipulates he must grow them indoors only.

Williams says he had little choice but to move them outdoors this spring after his landlady decided to have a gas line and furnace installed in his west end home.

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38 US GA: Edu: OPED: War On Drugs Exacerbates Issue, DeemedTue, 16 Sep 2014
Source:Red and Black, The (U of Georgia, GA Edu) Author:Woo, Sam Area:Georgia Lines:85 Added:09/20/2014

In a world where you can be arrested and incarcerated for being in possession of a harmless plant, it is time to reform our drug policies and rethink the war on drugs altogether.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy reported the war on drugs is both counter-intuitive and harmful to society. Not only is prohibition completely ineffective, but in many ways it only exacerbates the problem and has led to a wide array of social and health issues throughout the globe. After a half century of failure, it is time to stop wasting time, tax money and resources and finally put an end to this ridiculous war on drugs.

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39 US HI: Settlement Voids Permit Requirement for Rallies onFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Shikina, Rob Area:Hawaii Lines:69 Added:09/20/2014

The state has agreed to eliminate a rule requiring permits for protests at the Capitol and other state properties.

In a settlement reached in federal court earlier this month, the state said it will repeal a requirement for groups of 25 or more to obtain a permit to demonstrate on state property.

The permit had to be requested 14 business days in advance and required the applicant to get insurance to protect the state from possible damages.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii sued the state in March, claiming the administrative rule violated the First Amendment by stifling spontaneous demonstrations. The lawsuit also said state officials would sometimes waive the permit requirement without outlining the guidelines for waivers, which allowed officials to approve demonstrations based on their message.

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40Canada: More Cellphones Seized From CellsMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2014

Officials fear phones let inmates continue criminal activity from prison

OTTAWA -Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their clandestine use in drug trafficking and organized crime.

Officials confiscated 137 phones from inmates across the country through the first 10 months of the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to the latest numbers from the Correctional Service of Canada.

That's up from 51 phones in 200809 and 94 in 2009-10, figures released under the Access to Information Act show.

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41 CN AB: PUB LTE: Pot, Tobacco, BoozeMon, 15 Sep 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Reynolds, Ross Area:Alberta Lines:35 Added:09/20/2014

Re "Trudeau defends pot legalization (Jessica Hume, Sept. 12): Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney's comment that "unregulated, unlicensed grow-ops in neighbourhoods will make drugs more accessible and put kids at risk" describes perfectly the current situation.

Certainly there will be results available from the experiments in cannabis regulation from the U.S. If legalization "is an irresponsible policy that only puts dangerous drugs on our streets" one has to conclude the Conservatives will be banning those two other legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco imminently. Curious that it's just, well you know, foreign drugs that are prohibited.

Ross Reynolds

(Legalizing booze and cigarettes didn't stop the health problems they cause, nor end the problem of illegal cigarette smuggling. Neither will legalizing pot.)

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42CN ON: Pot For Patients' PainWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Walter, Karena Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/20/2014

Niagara's first medical marijuana clinic opens in St. Catharines

It looks like any other doctor's clinic on the inside. There's a blood pressure pump, stethoscopes and an exam table.

It's the vaporizer in the consultation room that gives it away.

Welcome to Niagara's first clinic that focuses solely on patients who may need medical marijuana.

Canadian Cannabis Clinics opened Tuesday at 80 King St. in St. Catharines in the old Corbloc building downtown.

There's no marijuana on the premises and the office doesn't sell it.

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43 CN ON: Chemo Father Gaining SupportTue, 16 Sep 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Hempstead, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:73 Added:09/20/2014

Man fights for right to parent son with leukemia

A Vanier father plans to spend three hours a day on Parliament Hill gathering signatures for a petition to get his parenting rights restored.

The 23-year-old man, who the Sun won't identify because Children's Aid is involved, had his rights taken away in court Friday because he stood in the way of CHEO doctors who want to treat his 18-month-old's leukemia with chemotherapy.

The father would rather the treatment was done in whole or in part using cannabis oil. His wife relented against the convincing arguments of CHEO specialists and consented for their son to start receiving chemotherapy. The child has already had one treatment, and according to the father, is no longer receiving morphine for pain.

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44 US IL: Edu: Marijuana: No Victim, No CrimeWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Western Courier (Western Illinois U, IL Edu) Author:Davis, Mickey Area:Illinois Lines:61 Added:09/20/2014

Marijuana legislations in the United States

Over the past couple of years, 22 states have either legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana.

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon have all legalized marijuana for medical use and decriminalized the possession of specific amounts of marijuana. Other states have also decriminalized the possession of specific amounts, including Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. Recently, Washington and Colorado took the next step and legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Unfortunately, the possession of a small quantity of marijuana will result in jail time or fines anywhere else in the U.S. Even with the new policy, the overall drug law has stayed the same. However, no state has taken action to decriminalize or legalize drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs. First, prohibiting a drug does not eliminate the drug market. All prohibition does is raise costs and consumer prices. To protect and continue production of the product, those who are marketing it turn to guns and violence instead of being able to resolve disputes with courts, lawyers or arbitration.

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45 US AZ: Arizona WantedThu, 18 Sep 2014
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Herreras, Mari Area:Arizona Lines:139 Added:09/20/2014

Most of an ousted UA researcher's marijuana/PTSD study will find a home in Colorado, but Sue Sisley still hopes a part of it remains in Arizona

It's not as if the odds of Sue Sisley being reinstated as a professor at the UA are in her favor, but the psychiatrist hopes that part of her study testing marijuana's effectiveness in treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, will at the very least remain in Arizona.

Right now, if any chance exists, it's at ASU, but Sisley doesn't know when the Tempe school's administration will make a formal decision or announcement.

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46 US WI: Pot Case Raises Medical Marijuana IssuesFri, 19 Sep 2014
Source:Baraboo News Republic (WI) Author:Onheiber, Elizabeth Area:Wisconsin Lines:135 Added:09/20/2014

A married couple so far has avoided marijuana charges after providing Baraboo police with doctors' notes and other documentation during an incident in which they were found with a small amount of pot and a smoking pipe during a local political event Saturday.

Baraboo Police Department Sgt. Mark Lee and Det. Jeremy Drexler investigated a report of a dog left in a car during Fighting Bob Fest at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo. While speaking with Madison residents Greg and Karen Kinsey about the complaint, the officers reported seeing a marijuana pipe through the car window. Police confiscated it along with a small amount of marijuana found in the car, though the issue involving the pet was resolved.

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47 CN ON: Niagara's First Medical Marijuana Clinic OpensWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Walter, Karena Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:09/20/2014

It looks like any other doctor's clinic on the inside. There's a blood pressure pump, stethoscopes and an exam table.

It's the vaporizer in the consultation room that gives it away.

Welcome to Niagara's first clinic that focuses solely on patients who might need medical marijuana.

Canadian Cannabis Clinics opened Tuesday at 80 King St. in St. Catharines, in the old Corbloc building downtown.

There's no marijuana on the premises and the office doesn't sell it.

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48 CN BC: Grow-Op Privacy Endangers Residents: AbbotsfordWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Deacon, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:09/20/2014

Health Canada's Privacy Policy on Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops Puts Homebuyers and Residents at Risk, Says Abbotsford Council.

Health Canada does not provide addresses of licensed production sites, so the city has had multiple instances of homebuyers unknowingly purchasing former grow-op locations - leaving them with costly repair bills to fix tampered electrical wires and mould issues, said Coun. Henry Braun.

"It's a hardship," said Braun. "Somebody buys a house and they basically have to gut the inside of it. You're talking $50,000 and for some people, they can't do it. And yet they own the house."

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49 US NM: SF Panel Criticizes New Pot OrdinanceWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM)          Area:New Mexico Lines:25 Added:09/19/2014

SANTA FE - Santa Fe's advisory Public Safety Committee on Tuesday panned the city's new ordinance that decriminalizes possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Former police chief Eric Johnson referred to part of the new law that makes busts for possession of small amounts of pot the lowest law enforcement priority in Santa Fe.

Johnson wanted to know what that means and said in his view marijuana remains "a gateway drug." The committee voted unanimously to have nothing to do with the pot law, rejecting an amendment to clarify that it remains "unlawful" to have an ounce of pot in Santa Fe.

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50 US CA: Column: Anyone Can Get Their MedicineWed, 17 Sep 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:110 Added:09/19/2014

Not long ago, a friend of mine visited the doctor. Afterward, I asked him for the diagnosis. "Good news," he said with a grin. "I'm still sick."

A clean bill of health would have been a setback. That would mean no more marijuana.

I am often asked how to legally obtain some weed in San Francisco, what ailment is required to get a medical marijuana recommendation. This fascinates people to this day, out-of-towners as well as locals. When I am honest, I say, "About $40 and 10 minutes."

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