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1 US FL: Voters To Decide Fate Of Medical MarijuanaSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:News Herald (Panama City, FL) Author:Garman, Valerie Area:Florida Lines:126 Added:10/23/2014

PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a dangerous drug or medical miracle.

Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative," Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state, providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.

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2 US FL: City Of Sarasota Looks At Pot Operation MoratoriumSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Pollick, Michael Area:Florida Lines:125 Added:10/23/2014

SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election, part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana.

The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.

The City of Palmetto led the way in Southwest Florida last month, with the passage of a new law that prohibits any medical marijuana operations from its downtown and would force potential purveyors to seek permission from city commissioners.

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3 Canada: NDP To Unveil Policy On PotTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:10/23/2014

Party may be consider legalization

OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the NDP says of marijuana.

That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.

The plan contrasts with that of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who said he wants to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

The NDP's official policy will be published in a supplemental document alongside a Commons health committee report, which is scheduled to be tabled in the House Tuesday or Wednesday.

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4Canada: Doc Examines The Prince Of PotTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

TORONTO - Marc Emery is often hailed as the Prince of Pot, a beloved champion of marijuana legalization and Canadian sovereignty.

But in Citizen Marc, the famed activist is portrayed as an ambiguous figure, driven as much by a quest for celebrity and libertarian politics as he is by principle.

"There's no question that Emery loves getting attention, yet there's also the question that he's politically effective as an activist," said director Roger Evan Larry, who co-wrote the film with Sandra Tomc. "We leave it to the viewer to parse that out."

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5 US FL: PUB LTE: Vote to End SufferingTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:McCullough, Laurie Area:Florida Lines:28 Added:10/23/2014

Compassion dictates that we vote yes on Amendment 2. Have opponents of the amendment really not had relatives who could have died with less pain and suffering? Do none have a relative with disease symptoms that could be eased with medical marijuana?

How can these people be so callous? Perhaps they will find themselves wishing for medical marijuana someday.

Vote yes on Amendment 2.

Laurie McCullough

Sarasota

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6 US CA: Column: All The TrimmingsThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:64 Added:10/23/2014

How much money can you make harvesting marijuana during this time of year? My friend says there's work for me up north but I wanted to know what you think.

- -Mike Grant-Labor

Yes. You can make good money. But the money is not particularly easy to get. It requires long hours and hard work, like being on an Alaskan fishing boat, except you probably won't be thrown overboard or washed out to sea.

The going rate for trimming a pound of cannabis is about $200. A newbie can do maybe a pound in a 12-hour day. And that's with decent pot. If the bud is larfy or small or riddled with mold, it may take longer. People with more experience can do maybe two pounds. I know someone who can do three pounds in a day, but she grew up on the mountain and is a bit of a legend. Plus, trimming can be boring as hell. You basically sit in a cabin and trim until your muscles cramp up, then you switch hands and trim some more. Perhaps if you are with some cool folks, there may be good conversation and decent food. But really, you just sit and trim and trim and sit. It can be a bit meditative if you have the right mindset, but mostly it's like working an assembly line.

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7US: Report: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan A $7.6b FailureThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start, according to a scathing new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan opium poppy crop, providing the raw material for the bulk of the world's heroin supply, reached record levels in 2013 and is likely to climb even higher this year, the report finds.

"The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability" of the past decade of counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, Special Inspector General John Sopko concludes. "Given the severity of the opium problem and its potential to undermine U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, I strongly suggest that your departments consider the trends in opium cultivation and the effectiveness of past counternarcotics efforts when planning future initiatives."

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8CN BC: Man Closer To Reclaiming Seized CashSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

A B.C. man is one step closer to reclaiming some of the money seized from him by border officers at the Vancouver International Airport almost four years ago, following a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.

On Jan. 5, 2011, Robert Bo Da Huang was scheduled to fly out of Vancouver International Airport to Hong Kong.

In the departures area, he was approached by a Canada Border Services Agency officer.

Huang admitted to the officer that he was carrying more than $10,000 in cash and he had not reported that fact.

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9 CN BC: Family Of Summerland Girl With Seizure Disorder Gets LiftSat, 18 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:McIver, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:10/23/2014

The producer of a documentary about marijuana laws has shared the proceeds from the film's Kelowna premiere with families struggling to pay for medical cannabis.

Adam Scorgie presented Kyla Williams, her mother Courtney Williams and grandfather Chris Nuessler with a cheque for $3,500 from the proceeds of the premiere of The Culture High.

The 2 1/2-year-old Summerland girl suffers from a severe seizure disorder, but has shown a dramatic improvement since the initiation a few months ago of treatment with cannabis oil.

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10 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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11Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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12 US FL: LTE: Delay Action on PotThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Heller, Bill Area:Florida Lines:30 Added:10/23/2014

Even though this year's Amendment 2 is about legalizing medical marijuana, I believe that this is a back-door effort to legalize recreational use of marijuana, as Colorado and Washington have done.

When companies want to introduce new products or a new concept, they typically introduce that product in a "test market." By doing this, they are able to judge much better if this will be a success or not and whether it is worth even pursuing any further.

Before we rush to approve this amendment, we have "our" test market in the above two states. Wouldn't the prudent course of action be to monitor for a couple of years to see what the results are there in terms of crime, accidents, addiction, etc?

Bill Heller

Venice

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13US CO: Colorado: Real Fix Needed On Pot BankingThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

It's a good sign federal inspectors quietly have been telling bankers they can continue working with marijuana-related clients, as long as those banks closely monitor that relationship.

The retail pot industry began in earnest in Colorado less than a year ago, and the banking problem has been a threatening issue. The risk dissipated slightly in February when the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued guidelines for banks.

Though some banks may be getting passive approval, the industry continues to be "underbanked," said Andrew Freedman, the state's director of marijuana coordination. So the problem persists.

Real change must come from Congress. A bill by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, seeking sensible banking reforms could bring meaningful and lasting resolution. But the bill is stuck in committee.

With more communities looking at legalization, this is an issue that needs Congress' help.

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14 US CO: LTE: Marijuana Edibles And ChildrenThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cutone-dion, Mikaila Area:Colorado Lines:47 Added:10/23/2014

It seems hard to believe that many forms of edible marijuana are made to look like candy and treats that children often eat, yet the public is supposed to believe that the marijuana industry isn't marketing to the youth. It has been reported that nine children have been treated at local hospitals after ingesting marijuana edibles. Further, one college student jumped off of a balcony after eating a cookie that contained marijuana. Now, parents are being warned more than ever before to check their children's Halloween The Growing Kitchen candy, suggesting in Boulder.

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15 US CO: LTE: Marijuana Edibles And ChildrenThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Barnholt, John Area:Colorado Lines:30 Added:10/23/2014

It would be really refreshing to see the marijuana industry take a proactive approach to dealing with the social issues and unintended consequences legalization brings. If adults choose to use edible marijuana (or any other form, for that matter), it is their responsibility to protect children from it. However, kids will be kids and they will be tempted to eat something that looks like a gummy bear or a cookie. The marijuana industry should not worry about what they are legally expected to do, but should be at the forefront of creating packaging that is as childproof as possible. Do we have to drag the marijuana industry kicking and screaming to the table like we did with the tobacco and alcohol industries? It's about our children, for crying out loud!

John Barnholt, Denver

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16 US CO: Column: High Anxiety: The State of a Highly Regulated IndustryThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Gilboy, Cecelia Area:Colorado Lines:142 Added:10/23/2014

Working in the weed industry sounds awesome, in theory. Maybe you could be the next marijuana millionaire.

Or at least get lots of free samples.

But cannabis professionals say their days are consumed by endless data-entry, software malfunctions and anxiety. "This industry has been regulated into absurdity," says Read Spear, author of Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered and consultant to cannabis entrepreneurs. "It's like you're handling nuclear material."

Spear disputes the assumption that everyone in the industry is rolling in profits. The margins have shrunk, he says, because of the taxes and fees.

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17 US NY: Despite De Blasio's Promise, Marijuana Arrests PersistWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Dwyer, Jim Area:New York Lines:110 Added:10/23/2014

With a summons for marijuana possession to settle, Anthony was waiting outside the courthouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, when the doors opened at 9 on Tuesday morning.

That summons had frozen his life since a police officer handed it to him on a Saturday evening in August. He immediately lost a job that he had held for seven years as a school bus driver. It had already cost him close to $7,000 in lost wages.

For this account, Anthony, 28, asked that only his first name be used, because he has never before had any trouble with the police, and wants to go back to work.

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18 US CO: Column: What's Up With The New MMJ Cards?Thu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:61 Added:10/23/2014

Dear Stoner: I saw they are getting rid of the red card for a new, smaller card. What's up with that?

Blue Over Red

Dear Blue: It's true. After nearly fifteen years of listening to patients gripe about the hassle of cumbersome paper "red cards," the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has begun issuing credit-card-sized medical marijuana cards. The new design will "significantly reduce" the need for replacements, according to the CDPHE. Complete with a Colorado-seal hologram, the new cards are a welcome change that brings us up to the mid-1990s in ID-card technology.

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19 US CA: Medi-Pot Mess Draws IreThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:30 Added:10/23/2014

Federal Official Calls on California to Regulate Medical Marijuana

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole recently warned that the federal government may step in if California doesn't implement a statewide regulatory system for the use and distribution of medical marijuana.

Since 1996, when Proposition 215 modified state law to allow patients the right to obtain, grow and use marijuana for medicinal purposes with a doctor's recommendation, counties and cities have created a patchwork of different rules. Several attempts at imposing tighter medi-pot regulations have failed-most recently in August, when state lawmakers delayed Senate Bill 1262, which would have implemented strict oversight of physicians who prescribe medical marijuana and required medi-pot retailers to obtain state licenses costing up to $8,000 each, according to California Healthline.

"If you don't want us prosecuting [medical marijuana users] in your state, then get your regulatory act together," Cole said.

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20 US AZ: Column: Sitting AtopThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Flora, Chris Area:Arizona Lines:89 Added:10/23/2014

The Green Halo's grow helps them serve their large clientele

Tucson has spoken, and it's saying The Green Halo is the best of the best in medical marijuana dispensaries.

Voted on by the general public in the Tucson Weekly's annual "Best of Tucson," The Green Halo, opened Jan. 1, 2013 as the second dispensary in Tucson and third in Arizona, has become a household name in the medical marijuana industry, and as a wholesaler of more than 50 dispensaries, its product can be found throughout the state.

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21 US CA: LTE: Response To Letter WriterThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Roybal, Nancy Area:California Lines:41 Added:10/23/2014

Re "All about weed" (Letters, by Larry Cooper, Oct. 16):

Mr. Larry Cooper, I'd like to address your letter. First, yes I stand for voting yes on Measure A and no on Measure B. Second, for the record, I do not own a winery. Your tirade about comparing cannabis to grapes falls flat. As a Chico State alumna, I believe in what is best for all of Butte County.

A quick look at the growers backing B, see www.chicoer.com/news/ci_26735461/no-committee-leads-contributions clarifies the point. Their exorbitant donations exceed $100,000 yet they are in debt. Wow, it's not rocket science. Harvest season is in full force. Trafficked bud will take care of the debt. What I wrote in my letter last week is the truth. Go to www.bsane.org; the slide show of marijuana growers' environmental carnage in Butte County documents the reality.

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22 US CA: Dueling MeasuresThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Graham, Meredith J. Area:California Lines:86 Added:10/23/2014

Two Medi-Pot Cultivation Items Bring Confusion to the Ballot

When it comes to Measures A and B, confusion reigns supreme. That's because they're both related to the growing of medical marijuana, and proponents of each side are using similar slogans: Yes on A, No on B vs. No on A, Yes on B.

First, let's go back in time for context. Since 2011, the Butte County Board of Supervisors has been working on drafting an ordinance regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana. After years of discussion, including the creation of a task force of sorts with representatives from both sides of the issue, the board finally approved an ordinance in early 2013. It didn't take long, however, for amendments to be proposed. The first round was approved last December, and more came early this year (this final document is now Measure A).

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23 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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24 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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25 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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26 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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27 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Kenora Daily Miner And News (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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28 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Sault Star, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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29 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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30 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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31 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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32 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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33 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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34 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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35 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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36 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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37 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Observer, The (Pembroke, CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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38 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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39 US CA: Attorney General: One-Hit VotersWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:71 Added:10/23/2014

Who's on the Ballot: Heavily favored Democratic incumbent Kamala Harris, who laughs nervously in the face of marijuana legalization, and Ron Gold, the Republican who takes it very seriously.

Who Stands to Benefit: California's marijuana industry, forces seeking to privatize schools, people who like the death penalty.

Marijuana makes people do strange things. The cannabis cause has led dreadlocked Santa Cruz hippies to warmly embrace libertarians like retired U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (whose pledged destruction of the Environmental Protection Agency might have shocked the tree-huggers, had Paul ever been elected or had the weedheads ever bothered to read his entire platform).

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40 US FL: JAX Chamber Board Officially Opposes Legalizing MedicalWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Florida Times-Union (FL) Author:Dixon, Drew Area:Florida Lines:119 Added:10/23/2014

The JAX Chamber board of directors formally came out in opposition to the Florida ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medicinal marijuana.

Early voting is already underway this week where voters are considering Amendment 2 on the ballot among other electoral issues and political races with the Nov. 4 election day approaching. But Tuesday, the JAX Chamber officially opposed the referendum question because of its wording "ambiguity" and, the board said, it would be bad for business, despite figures from the marijuana lobby that state otherwise.

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41 US FL: OPED: Marijuana Debate Missing FactsMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Author:Christ, Matthew Area:Florida Lines:62 Added:10/23/2014

If there is a topic where half-truths, mistruths and untruths have flourished, that topic is marijuana legalization.

The plant cannabis is cloaked with a stigma that has resulted from years of prohibition at both the state and federal level. Undoubtedly there are both valid and invalid reasons for its controversial reputation.

We find it distressing that the public debate on marijuana revolves around unsubstantiated opinions and anecdotal stories about why marijuana is or is not a dangerous drug, why it should or should not be used for medicinal purposes, and why criminalizing its possession may or may not be harmful to society. Why rely on anecdotes and why heed unsupported speculation on the question of marijuana legalization when medical, public policy and law enforcement studies have already been conducted on the topic?

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42 US FL: UF Law School Student Publication Holding PanelWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:55 Added:10/23/2014

The University of Florida Levin College of Law student law review is holding a panel discussion Friday on marijuana legalization.

The discussion, "Legalize Marijuana? A Conversation with the Experts," begins at 10 a.m. in the Phillips Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

David Blake, the deputy attorney general for legal policy and government affairs of Colorado. He recently co-wrote an article, "Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: Learned Lessons," in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, which detailed how the state set up the regulatory framework for legal marijuana.

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43 US FL: LTE: Pot Amendment MisleadsWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:O'Lone, Arianna Area:Florida Lines:43 Added:10/23/2014

Those little people of, by and for whom our government was established are, in actuality, the overseers of the welfare of the mass of mankind - - at times exceedingly so, when they exercise their right to vote.

When enough of them see errors in judgment and sense the bedlam those errors will create, they can, with one little stroke, nullify even a $4 million catastrophe before it's loosed on them.

Discrimination is something you lose when you smoke pot. You can lose it forever with drug addiction. The loosely written ballot initiative Amendment 2 - "Use of marijuana for certain medical conditions - leaves it "wide open," as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson have both stated. It was written "for the industry," as the sheriff said.

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44 Canada: Opposition Says Marijuana Report Lacks Key DetailsWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Curry, Bill Area:Canada Lines:91 Added:10/23/2014

The release of a final report on marijuana by the House of Commons health committee has opposition MPs accusing the Conservatives of whitewashing all expert advice that disagrees with the government's stand.

The report summarizes a study that was controversial from the start because the committee's mandate was to look at "marijuana's health risks and harms," which prompted concerns the outcome was intended to fit with the government's political messaging against the drug.

The future of federal marijuana policy is shaping up to be a key point of political debate ahead of next year's federal election in light of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's call for Canada to be among the first countries in the world to legalize the drug for recreational use. The Conservative Party has run ads saying Mr. Trudeau's policy would put kids at risk.

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45 US FL: Column: A Step Toward Legalization? HoorayTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Tallahassee Democrat (FL) Author:Ensley, Gerald Area:Florida Lines:129 Added:10/23/2014

Every time opponents talk about Florida's bid to allow medical marijuana, they throw out the same scare tactic: Medical marijuana will lead to legalized marijuana!

To which I say: Gee, I hope so.

Because marijuana should be legalized. And if it takes medical marijuana to start opening that door in Florida, bully for medical marijuana.

On Nov. 4, Florida voters will vote on three proposed amendments to the state constitution. Amendment 2 allows Florida residents to buy and use marijuana for medical conditions.

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46 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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47 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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48 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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49 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Northumberland Today (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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50 Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, FlawedWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:44 Added:10/23/2014

OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb did not return QMI Agency's request for comment on Tuesday.

The NDP and Liberals rejected the committee's majority report. New Democrats on the committee said testimony "that did not support (the Conservatives') pre-conceived views about marijuana ... was dismissed and eliminated."

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