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1US CO: Editorial: Moment Of Truth For Medical PotMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2015

With so little scientific evidence that medical marijuana does what it is purported to do, it may be time to retire the medical model - at least in states like Colorado where marijuana can be legally purchased by any adult.

A recently released comprehensive review of dozens of clinical trials on medical marijuana found scant reliable evidence to support the drug's use for all but a handful of maladies.

Medical marijuana proponents argue the results don't tell the whole story because of federal barriers to legitimate research. That may be true. Both the state and feds should support and encourage more research so decisions around medical pot can be guided by high-quality evidence.

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2 US DC: FBI Drug Agent Risked All To Feed Heroin HabitMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Hermann, Peter Area:District of Columbia Lines:309 Added:06/30/2015

He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work

"How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from his father and others

Matthew Lowry was out of pills and getting desperate.

The doctor who prescribed pain medication to ease his chronic and painful inflammation of the intestines had disappeared. He went to clinics, but his wife had begun questioning the bills. He was shaking, sweating, tired.

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3 US MD: Medical Cannabis Moving CloserMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Cohn, Meredith Area:Maryland Lines:121 Added:06/30/2015

With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.

The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.

"This is a big step in the right direction," said Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical marijuana in the General Assembly. "This should make the program operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for the next few years as we learn from our experience."

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4US CA: Deputies Now Equipped With Anti-Overdose Tool NaloxoneMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Littlefield, Dana Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/30/2015

Sheriff's Department Reports 11 Lives Saved

Since the start of a pilot program last year, patrol deputies in the Sheriff's Department have been equipped to administer a drug that counteracts the effects of heroin or other opioid overdoses.

It's a program that has saved lives, sheriff's officials say. Eleven, so far.

Deputies have been trained to supply naloxone hydrochloride when they encounter people in the throes of a drug-related medical emergency. The naloxone acts like an antidote to certain types of narcotics, including painkillers such as morphine and oxycodone.

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5 US: Marijuana and U.S. Intelligence Don't Go Together, Say theTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Rosenberg, Matthew Area:United States Lines:75 Added:06/30/2015

WASHINGTON - For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and FBI agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.

It may now be legal in Colorado, Washington state and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use - and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers - have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.

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6 US CA: Pot Permits Picking Up PaceTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Porterville Recorder (CA) Author:Ballard, Kelli Area:California Lines:52 Added:06/30/2015

It's been eight months since the City of Porterville required residents to acquire a permit to grow marijuana for medical use, and for most of that time, only one permit had been issued. However, the permits are suddenly more popular, with 10 issued recently, according to city staff.

The ordinance requiring permits was approved in October 2014 and went into effect Nov. 6. It allows medical marijuana patients to have up to 20 cannabis plants which can be located in a yard or accessory structure, or a combination of both.

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7 US AZ: PUB LTE: Illegal Drug Trade Raises More Worries ThanTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Collier, JB Area:Arizona Lines:28 Added:06/30/2015

Re: "Recreational pot is bad - just meet my brother," Monday My Turn by Lisa James.

Ms. James' commentary is understandable and sad, except it begs such questions as "would making pot legal be any better for her brother? Or any other addict?"

I don't participate in recreational drugs but am definitely more concerned over illegal drug trade than legal. Let's go to the root and put more effort into dealing with human addiction!

- - JB Collier

Mesa

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8 US AZ: San Luis Commission To Reconsider Medical MarijuanaMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ) Author:Neyoy, Cesar Area:Arizona Lines:50 Added:06/30/2015

SAN LUIS, Ariz. - The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday once again to decide whether to recommend the San Luis City Council approve a conditional permit for the installation of a medical marijuana dispensary.

The planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 June 9 to recommend denial of a conditional use permit for the proposed dispensary at 708 N. Archibald St. However, that vote did not follow the rule that requires at least a four-person majority of the seven commissioners.

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9 CN BC: Column: Pot Shop Regulations And What They MeanFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Howell, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:94 Added:06/29/2015

Now that council decided to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, you probably have some questions.

So I thought I'd select a few I've heard from people and do my best to answer them.

Here we go...

Question: Do the new regulations mean all current dispensary operators will automatically receive a business licence, if they pay the $30,000 annual fee?

Answer: No. Every operator must apply to the city and go through a stringent three-phase process which involves staff reviewing the dispensary's location, past business practices, conducting criminal record checks and determining whether the pot shop meets various guidelines and building codes related to health, fire and signs. You should also know that if a dispensary meets the requirements of a non-profit "compassion club," then the fee is $1,000.

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10 CN ON: Criminal Lawyer Suing Peel PoliceSat, 27 Jun 2015
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:McQuigge, Michelle Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:06/29/2015

Laura Liscio Alleges Police Engaged in Malicious Prosecution

TORONTO - A Toronto lawyer once accused of smuggling drugs into a courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues and clients is suing police for malicious prosecution, her lawyer said Friday.

Laura Liscio filed a defamation lawsuit last month seeking $1.5 million in damages from the Peel Regional Police Service, but is planning to amend the claim now that all criminal charges have been dropped.

Liscio's lawyer, Louis Sokolov, said new documents will be filed in the coming weeks alleging the police conducted a negligent investigation and engaged in a malicious prosecution.

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11 US MA: Finally, Some Can Buy Medical Marijuana in MassachusettsSun, 28 Jun 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Rosenberg, Steven A. Area:Massachusetts Lines:156 Added:06/29/2015

Almost 32 months after Massachusetts voters approved a new law to legalize medical marijuana, pot was sold legally last week to patients in Salem from the first dispensary to open in the state.

Supporters of the law cheered the opening, saying it was a long time coming.

In a cinderblock warehouse tucked behind Route 24 in Brockton, David Noble also had good reason to smile. The president of In Good Health, one of 12 nonprofits in the state deemed qualified by the Department of Public Health to cultivate medical marijuana, believes the uneasy wait for patients to buy legal, state-certified pot is finally over.

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12US OH: OPED: Ohio Marijuana Plan's Greedy Backers AreSun, 28 Jun 2015
Source:Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH) Author:Gettman, Jon Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2015

A group of ambitious capitalists in Ohio, under the name of Responsible Ohio, want to amend the state constitution to give them control of the legal marijuana market in the state.

This sneaky bunch of robber barons proposes that marijuana be legalized in Ohio in a three-tiered commercial system consisting of retail outlets, manufacturers of cannabis products, and a limited number of wholesalers that is, them. Only them. The amendment is designed to limit wholesale grow facilities to ten specific sites owned and operated by the financial backers of Responsible Ohio.

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13 US MN: Medical Pot Sales To BeginMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:Minnesota Lines:27 Added:06/29/2015

(AP) - This week, Minnesota will be the latest state to enter the world of medical marijuana. Patients and advocates already have changes in mind, and clinics don't start selling the medicine until Wednesday.

The state has some of the tightest restrictions in the country.

Smoking the plant is banned, and only oils and pills are allowed. The drugs are being sold in only eight locations.

Maren Schroeder helped her mother, Kathy Schroeder, get signed up for access in the hope of treating multiple sclerosis and glaucoma. She says the issues have been worse than she had anticipated.

Some advocates hope the state will add more dispensaries and allow people suffering chronic pain to get medical marijuana.

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14US MN: OPED: Case Against Colorado's Pot LawMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Bolitho, Zachary Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2015

Lifting the prohibition might make sense, but it's not the issue. The Constitution is.

As surely as presidential candidates promise to change Washington, nominees for attorney general pledge to uphold the law, not personal policy preferences. Loretta Lynch, now the 83rd attorney general of the United States, was no different when she made her case to Congress in January. Trying to distinguish herself from her lightning rod of a predecessor, Eric H. Holder Jr., she said the law would be her "lodestar."

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15 US HI: PUB LTE: Colorado Better Off Since Legalizing PotMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Golojuch, Michael J. Jr. Area:Hawaii Lines:40 Added:06/29/2015

Bill Funk and Rep. Marcus Oshiro have not been paying attention to actual data coming out of Colorado ("More pot means more problems," Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 17; "For-profit marijuana will be dangerous," Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, June 14).

Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado has seen an 8.9 percent drop in property crime and an increase of $40.9 million into the state's coffers. It also is not wasting taxpayer dollars on adjudicating marijuana offenses, at a cost of $300 per case, so that is saving the state money.

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16 US HI: PUB LTE: Dispensary Critics Sorely MisinformedMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Lichty, Pamela Area:Hawaii Lines:41 Added:06/29/2015

Joann Breeden's letter is both misinformed and misleading ("Legal pot will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, June 25).

The pending legislation does not legalize marijuana. It sets up a tightly regulated dispensary system designed to undercut the black market while providing registered patients with medicine their doctors recommend.

Marijuana doesn't "stop working"; unlike hard drugs, it doesn't create a tolerance in users.

Of course drug users start with marijuana; it's the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world after alcohol.

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17 US MN: Long Drives, High Costs Likely in Latest Medical PotMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Minnesota Lines:33 Added:06/29/2015

(AP) - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients this week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. Instead, the nation's latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.

For the qualifying patients seeking relief from pain, medical marijuana advocates and some lawmakers, Wednesday isn't the finish line, but the first step. The state's restrictive approach, unseen in the industry, is expected to mean high costs, long drives and reluctant doctors.

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18 US CA: Most Pot Arrests Stem From Growing SizeMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Olson, Ryan Area:California Lines:80 Added:06/29/2015

OROVILLE - As the first year of Measure A enters the summer, the number of cases involving Butte County's regulation of the size of medical marijuana grows has hit 512.

As of Monday, the vast majority of the cases, 402, pertain to the size of the cultivation area, according to development services director Tim Snellings. He told the Board of Supervisors during last week's meeting most of the cases involve growing areas considerably larger than the sizes set by the voter-approved measure.

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19US AZ: OPED: Recreational Pot Bad - Just Meet My BrotherMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:James, Lisa Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2015

E.J. Montini's recent column, "Prosecutor fiddles with the facts on marijuana deaths," misses the point being made by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and other opponents of recreational marijuana.

The research study Polk cited may not serve as evidence one could use in a courtroom to directly tie marijuana to 62 children's deaths in Arizona in 2013, but I can tell you from personal experience you should be using it in your family room, your classroom, your doctor's office and when you walk into the voting booth next November.

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20US OR: OPED: Marijuana Regulations Must Cover Pesticide UseSun, 28 Jun 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Olson, Andy Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2015

The recent Oregonian/OregonLive investigation, "A Tainted High," brought needed awareness on illegal use of pesticides in the medical marijuana industry. It also shines a light on what's to come regarding pesticide use on recreational marijuana.

The pesticide residue levels reported in the article are concerning, especially considering that they are consumed. The Oregon Department of Agriculture, which regulates pesticides, and the Oregon Health Authority, which regulates medical marijuana, should be taking this issue seriously and conducting a thorough investigation.

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