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1 US CA: LTE: Unhappy With EditingTue, 14 Jan 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Esplanade, Nathan Area:California Lines:51 Added:06/14/2016

Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan Esplanade, Jan. 7):

Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.

In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable medication via the Internet.

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2 US VT: PUB LTE: Strict Controls On MarijuanaFri, 19 Feb 2016
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Generess, Kenneth Area:Vermont Lines:32 Added:02/19/2016

I have read about much of the conversation regarding the legalization of marijuana. We should err on the side of caution when accepting and legalizing any bill that does not adhere to certain conditions. First, I personally would like to see the creation of a state-run marijuana exchange. Any persons or industry that chooses to grow marijuana for sale would be required to sell their crop at this exchange. Growers would be given fair market value for their produce. The state marijuana market would be supplied solely through this process. At the exchange produce will be broken down for distribution. Each crop will have a batch number. Every package will have a tracking number. Every ounce will be accounted for. Residency requirements should be in place for growers. Individuals who grow whether for personal use or sale would be required a permit. Individual restrictions will apply. Industrial growers will require a pre-existing Vermont farmers license.



3CN BC: Editorial: City Leads Way On Pot ShopsSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

With marijuana shops outnumbering Starbucks locations by a healthy margin, the City of Victoria is trying to bring some order to an industry that is exploding. With no federal hand on the wheel, the city has no choice but to take the helm.

About 18 months ago, Victoria had four marijuana-related businesses. The current estimate is 30, including about 26 storefront marijuana retailers.

Leaving aside the Alice-in-Wonderland aspect of illegal shops springing up unimpeded on every corner, the city has to show leadership, since no other level of government is doing so.

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4 US NM: A Budding OperationSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Uyttebrouck, Olivier Area:New Mexico Lines:236 Added:02/14/2016

For-Profits Play Increasing Role

Eric Howard takes great pride in his "ladies," each of which can yield up to 16 ounces of medical cannabis in a 16-week life cycle.

"They get so heavy, they fall over right at the end," said Howard, master grower at an 11-acre growing facility in Bernalillo owned by Ultra Health LLC. A trellis system is needed to support the heavy flowering branches of the mature plants.

Howard urges a visitor to feel one of the dense flowers, which leaves a sticky resin on the fingers.

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5 US CA: Column: Some Taxing Questions About 'Medicine'Sun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Sweeney, Jim Area:California Lines:92 Added:02/14/2016

I take five medications daily to treat chronic rhinitis. Four of them require prescriptions, so the state doesn't levy sales taxes on them. A tax might be a disincentive to follow a doctor's advice, especially for someone with limited income.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed my fifth daily med to over-the-counter status a year or so ago. My physician still wants to me to use it, but now I'm on the hook for state and local sales taxes. In Santa Rosa, that's 8.75 percent.

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6US AK: Column: Can Alaskans Carry a Bag of Weed and a Gun atSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

In nationwide surveys, Alaska has consistently had some of the highest reported rates of gun ownership and adult cannabis use. So the two topics were bound to intersect here. Given the controversy surrounding guns in our country, and cannabis for that matter, I'm going to take a few steady breaths and pause a little before getting into it. I hope everyone does the same. All around this topic, the air has the clean blue flavor of a fresh lightning strike.

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7US CO: Epileptic Infant Receives Hemp OilSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Brown, Jennifer Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

Parents of 2-Month-Old Girl in ICU Start Her Treatment

A baby girl who began having life-threatening seizures within days of her birth is receiving hemp oil while in the neonatal intensive-care unit at Children's Hospital Colorado, her mother says.

Amylea Faith Nunez's parents drove to Colorado Springs to buy the liquid form of marijuana last week after they say neurologists at Children's said they could give it to their daughter. The 2-month-old girl took her first dose Thursday froma tiny syringe her mother squirted into her mouth.

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8US CA: OPED: Awash in Cash, State's Marijuana Businesses Can'tSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Chabria, Anita Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

Cannabis industry does not have access to banks, financial services

Federal law prohibits banks from doing business with pot dispensaries

Kimberly's biggest problem is one most would envy: too much cash.

She keeps it in a battered patent leather satchel she calls her "bank," separated in manila envelopes, each stapled three times across the top. Anita Chabria

Recently, this kitty totaled about $96,000 for the week - which is why she doesn't want her last named used. She's scared, with "fears coming from every direction," she says.

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9 US CA: LTE: Shame On CMA For Pot EndorsementSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Becker, Ronald M. Area:California Lines:32 Added:02/14/2016

Re "Doctors dance with a toasty partner" (Forum, Dan Morain, Feb. 7): As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I have seen my share of smoking-related illness, and it is unseemly to say the least for the California Medical Association to support or tacitly approve of smoking in any form.

The pulmonary injuries from marijuana smoking are unlikely to differ from those seen in cigarette smoking, and I have seen lifetime non-(cigarette) smokers who were incredulous and chagrined that their marijuana indulgences might have induced their lung cancers.

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10US TX: Column: Chief 's Offer to Addicts Is Saving Lives andSun, 14 Feb 2016
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Burns, Scott Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

GLOUCESTER, Mass. - Leonard Campanello leans forward. "There's no incentive or coercion that will stop an addict," he says. "This is the only long-term illness on the planet where if the disease presents itself, they kick you out" of treatment.

I met Campanello at the Sugar Magnolias breakfast place on Main Street in downtown Gloucester, where he told me about his amazing offer to drug addicts. It's an offer that will change drug treatment in America, reduce crime, decrease drug-related deaths, drop incarceration and destigmatize substance abuse while restoring the community role of the police. It will save lives and money at the same time. This is a sea change. Before you get the wrong idea, let me assure you that Campanello, the chief of police in this city of 28,000, isn't a reformer. He doesn't look like a reformer. He's a cop, a fact-and-evidence guy. He speaks without hyperbole in a boots-on-the-ground Boston accent. You can't listen to him without having a sense that he is absolutely right. So what was that amazing offer? Last year, on March 5, after a string of fatal overdoses in Gloucester, Campanello made this declaration on the department's Facebook page:

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11 UK: Editorial: Pain And GainThu, 11 Feb 2016
Source:Independent (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:44 Added:02/14/2016

Parliament Should Allow Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis

Those responsible for the Government's drug policies could not be accused of any exaggerated deference to the world of scientific papers, double-blind trials and laboratory-bound research. The Psychoactive Substances Bill - which outlaws anything likely to alter a user's mindset - was described in the New Scientist as one of the "stupidest, most dangerous and unscientific pieces of legislation ever conceived". It demonstrates Parliament moving in the opposite direction to the tonnage of evidence showing that draconian approaches to recreational drug use have failed.

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12 UK: Clegg Backs Campaign Calling for Legalisation of MedicalThu, 11 Feb 2016
Source:Independent (UK) Author:Morris, Nigel Area:United Kingdom Lines:76 Added:02/14/2016

A campaign to legalise the medical use of cannabis is launched today amid warnings that up to 1.1 million people across Britain are currently breaking the law by taking the drug to combat the pain of chronic conditions.

The drive, which coincides with a Coronation Street storyline focusing on the issue, is being supported by the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and senior politicians from all parties.

Campaigners hope to attract hundreds of thousands of signatures for a petition backing the move, with the aim of forcing a Commons debate on legalising medicinal cannabis. They are pressing for ministers to follow the lead of several Western European countries and US states in allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to alleviate the painful symptoms of disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

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13 CN BC: PUB LTE: With Legalization On Its Way, Stop HasslingSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Conlin, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:02/14/2016

As a retired Canadian voter, I am quickly growing exasperated with how our various levels of government are dealing with the inevitable legalization of cannabis use in our country.

No, it's not the only issue that needs addressing. However, it is one that has the consensus of the majority of Canadians.

That should make it easier to proceed, yet, the arrests continue. Especially in Western Canada, where our resource industries are struggling, the economic benefits, potential job creation and tax revenues of cannabis legalization remain unrealized while our politicians seem to be oblivious as to how to proceed.

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14 US CA: Sutter Supes To Vote On Pot Ban Update TuesdaySat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Creasey, Andrew Area:California Lines:67 Added:02/14/2016

Sutter County's medical marijuana growing ordinance could soon become considerably more strict.

The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on an urgency update to the ordinance it passed in 2013 that would ban outdoor cultivation completely and significantly reduce the scope of indoor gardens.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors chambers, 466 Second St., Yuba City.

Besides banning outdoor cultivation, the updated ordinance would limit the amount of plants that could be grown indoors to 14.

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15 US CA: OPED: Combating Opioid Addiction Is a National PrioritySat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:69 Added:02/14/2016

America is suffering from a pernicious and growing addiction to a category of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin.

Opioid abuse and overdoses take a lethal toll across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the U.S. death count at 28,648 for 2014.

President Barack Obama's welcome, if belated, response to this crisis would direct $460 million toward states to dramatically expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse.

As the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute noted in a 2015 online briefing, medication-assisted treatment "can be a lifesaving and cost-saving intervention for those with opioid use disorder."

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16 US WA: Pesticides In PotSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:174 Added:02/14/2016

After a Spate of Recalls in Denver, Should Users Be Worried? It's Hard to Say. Because Marijuana Is Still Illegal in Most Places, There's No Official "Safe Level" of Pesticides.

Despite fining two marijuana growers and suspending the licenses of two others for using unapproved pesticides, Washington state hasn't recalled any products for pesticides during the 18 months that legal pot sales have been allowed.

The city of Denver, by comparison, recently recalled 19 pot products for pesticides in 19 weeks.

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17 US AZ: LTE: Information Against Legalizing Marijuana NotSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Leibsohn, Seth Area:Arizona Lines:47 Added:02/14/2016

Not surprisingly, EJ Montini was noticeably vauge in his recent op-ed ("Blowing marijuana smoke ...," Feb. 10) accusing Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy of using "questionable" information in its arguments against legalizing marijuana. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the following:

- -- Since Colorado legalized marijuana, teen use has risen dramatically and is now 74 percent higher than the national average. (2015 SAMHSA report/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

- -- Since legalization, Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana-related traffic fatalities, hospitalization and emergency visits, as well as marijuana-related calls to poison control centers. (Rocky Mountain HIDTA)

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18US CO: Judge Throws Out Pot LawsuitSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

A Denver judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against the state's largest marijuana grower over its alleged use of pesticides saying the consumers behind the case were not actually harmed.

Denver District Judge J. Eric Eliff said the consumers - one of them a medical-card holder with a brain tumor-couldn't sue because they bought the pot and used it without repercussion.

Brandan Flores and Brandie Larrabee alleged LivWell had inappropriately used Eagle 20, a heavy-hitting pesticide with myclobutanil that kills a variety of pests endangering the plants, and had overpaid for the marijuana.

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19US CO: Editorial: Absurd Retreat On Open RecordsSat, 13 Feb 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2016

Lawmakers need to rectify an inexcusable situation at the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue. The agency refuses to release basic ownership information for marijuana businesses without exorbitant fees-fees that don't exist when the public retrieves the same information for other licensed businesses, including liquor stores.

The department apparently would prefer to keep secret any ownership information, with or without fees. And it said as much when first contacted by reporter David Migoya, whose Kafkaesque interactions with the agency ( our description, not his) appeared this month in The Denver Post.

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20 US NJ: PUB LTE: Legalizing Marijuana Will Keep Public SaferFri, 12 Feb 2016
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Bucci, Dominick F. Area:New Jersey Lines:48 Added:02/14/2016

I am a retired New Jersey State Trooper with extensive experience working narcotics cases. Bob Percopo, in his Feb. 4 oped "Legalizing drugs makes no sense," called recent drug policy reforms hypocritical.

But our prohibitive strategy of the past half-century has done nothing to curb drug abuse while simultaneously making our streets more dangerous. When those who received commutations were behind bars, the drug market didn't slow down in the slightest. People were - - and still are - overdosing.

Contrary to Percopo's worries, legalizing marijuana is actually a great option for reducing the burden on the legal system and improving public safety while simultaneously reducing the severity of the opiate crisis. In states where medical marijuana is legal and regulated, opiate overdoses have decreased by 25 percent.

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