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1 Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:10/22/2014

NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias

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 of the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb didn't return QMI Agency's request for comment Tuesday.

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2 Canada: Health Committee Marijuana Report Accused of BiasWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:40 Added:10/22/2014

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 of the drug's harmful effects.

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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3 US CA: Proposition 46: Surgical StrikeWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Swan, Rachel Area:California Lines:80 Added:10/22/2014

Who's Behind It: The Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Watchdog, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council.

Who Stands to Benefit: Attorneys and plaintiffs in medical negligence lawsuits.

Proposition 46, also known as the law that would pit trial lawyers against doctors, raises the damages cap on medical negligence lawsuits to just over $1 million. Initially proposed by Bob Pack, a bereaved father of two kids killed by an intoxicated driver, it's backed by a bevy of personal injury attorneys and by the taxpayer organization Consumer Watchdog. It's opposed, not surprisingly, by health care providers and insurance companies, including Kaiser Permanente and the Cooperative of American Physicians.

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4 US CA: Column: The Weed VoteWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:122 Added:10/22/2014

Power players in Sacramento are finally taking Nate Bradley's phone calls.

It only took a few years, a couple billion dollars in future business potential, and as many as one million votes.

In 2010, the former Northern California sheriff's deputy was a toxic commodity. A combination of budget cuts and mental strain had put him out of law enforcement. His choice of a second career, an ex-cop preaching the value of cannabis and the foolishness of the drug war, meant politicians wanted nothing to do with him.

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5 Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:63 Added:10/22/2014

NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias

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 of the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb didn't return QMI Agency's request for comment Tuesday.

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6 US CT: PUB LTE: State's Marijuana Rules Need Some WorkTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:New Haven Register (CT) Author:Souney, Colin Area:Connecticut Lines:51 Added:10/22/2014

I'm a medical marijuana patient registered under the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection guidlines. I'm writing in hopes of conveying my concerns regarding Connecticut's current regulations. I'm also curious if there's national interest in our battle with these ridiculous regulations? A brief review by anyone who knows the languages used in these regulations will reveal a complete disregard for patients' rights.

In Connecticut, there's a current petition reguesting that product not be offered in its "homogenized" form. While I do agree with this, I feel the issues only begin there. Under current regulations, patient-to-patient care or trade is illegal, this is in direct conflict with just about every other compassionate model I have reviewed, and possibly the palliative care act. There's no compassionate care system for less fortunate people, and at the current rate of $95 for five grams, I'm sure you can identify the host of issues here. My final and primary concern lies in patient and co-op grows. Patients have fought for these rights, patients are the consumers until legalization, patients won't get registered if product is not only less expensive on the street and if the state doesn't support them. I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure that a consumer of marijuana will grow better medicine than counters of money.

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7 US CA: Column: Say Hello to Oakland's Eighth Medical PotWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:112 Added:10/22/2014

Telegraph Health Center in North Oaklanders is a great new spot. Plus, Richmond grosses nearly $1 million in pot taxes, and sungrown deals abound.

Oakland's eighth medical cannabis dispensary Telegraph Health Center has a perfect acronym - THC - and a really solid collection of about twenty flowers, plus various concentrates and edibles available for patients.

Located at 3003 Telegraph Avenue, in a strip of medical offices close to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, THC is the city's newest and northernmost dispensary. It's also the project of some political heavy hitters.

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8 US CO: Column: Colorado Wants to Ban Most Marijuana EdiblesWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:70 Added:10/22/2014

State tightens up

On the heels of a USA Today/Suffolk University poll of Coloradans that showed 49 percent disagree with the way the state has handled marijuana regulations come two efforts to curb access.

News of the first development broke Monday, with the Associated Press reporting that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had issued a recommendation to state marijuana regulators that all edibles be banned from store shelves except isolated products like lozenges and select liquids. The Denver Police Department recently issued a warning to parents regarding marijuana edibles that look like Halloween candy, and this follows similar reasoning about harm to children.

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9 US PA: Medical Marijuana: 'Each DA Has to Make Their OwnWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Patriot-News, The (PA) Author:McKelvey, Wallace Area:Pennsylvania Lines:76 Added:10/22/2014

Pennsylvania district attorneys already have discretion in how they prosecute marijuana cases, but experts say they must be careful in how they apply they law.

"We're not at liberty to pick and choose what sections of the crimes code we're going to enforce," said Richard Long, executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, wrote a letter today to the association's president, Peter Johnson, asking district attorneys not to prosecute offenses related to the medicinal use of marijuana.

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10 Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:10/22/2014

NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias

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 of the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb didn't return QMI Agency's request for comment Tuesday.

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11 Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:64 Added:10/22/2014

NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias

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 of the drug's harmful effects.

Health committee chairman and Conservative MP Ben Lobb didn't return QMI Agency's request for comment Tuesday.

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12 US DC: Editorial: The Pot RushWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:67 Added:10/22/2014

With Marijuana Decriminalized in the District, Why Not Pause and Take Stock?

MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District's referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush to put the city's imprimatur on use of a drug whose impacts are still not fully known. It is not too late for more prudent judgment to prevail; voters on Nov. 4 could slow the push for legalization by voting no on Initiative 71.

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13US AK: OPED: Frank Murkowski's Attack on Legalization Made ofWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Phifer, David Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/22/2014

In denigrating Ballot Measure 2, Frank Murkowski did an about-face from his record of sticking up for a small government that didn't interfere in the lives of its citizens.

After reading former Sen. Frank Murkowski's opinion piece on Ballot Measure 2 I was struck by the lack of understanding of many of the issues involved. His misconceptions are summarized most eloquently in his second paragraph: "It reminds me of the herd mentality of the lemmings stampeding off the cliff with little thought to the consequences."

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14 CN ON: Pot Smoking May Make Depression Worse in YouthTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Sher, Jonathan Area:Ontario Lines:43 Added:10/22/2014

HEALTH: Scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute find marijuana use increases abnormal brain activity

While some think a marijuana joint is an antidote for depression, the opposite may be true, a study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute in London shows. Using an MRI that detects brain activity, scientists found that youth who both suffer from depression and use marijuana had more abnormal activity than those who face either of those separately. "Some people Elizabeth Osuch have suggested that marijuana may be an effective treatment for depression. Our results suggest that this conclusion is premature," said Elizabeth Osuch. "These findings suggest that depressed youth increase their risk of functional brain abnormalities through the use of marijuana and that more research into these effects is needed."

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15CN ON: OPED: Legalization Best Approach to MarijuanaTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Zahn, Catherine Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:10/22/2014

Decriminalization would solve nothing, writes Catherine Zahn.

It seems obvious that our current approach is not reducing access to cannabis.

In spite of legal prohibition, Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. In Ontario, more than one in 10 adults and nearly one in four high school students used cannabis in the past year. In doing so, they become exposed to the health risks of cannabis and the risks of becoming criminalized by the act of procuring or possessing the substance. In addition, they are in danger of being introduced to other, more dangerous illicit drugs.

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16 US FL: OPED: Florida Needs Medical MarijuanaWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Florida Times-Union (FL) Author:Morgan, Ultima Area:Florida Lines:94 Added:10/22/2014

I've been married to John Morgan for 31 years.

While I love him dearly, we are almost always on the opposite sides of political issues.

As John says, whenever we vote, we cancel each other out.

This election, that will not be the case -- at least on the issue of medical marijuana. It was over a year ago that John talked to me before getting involved in this campaign.

I told him that as long as this was only about medical marijuana and helping people like my brother-in-law Tim, this was a campaign that he and I could agree on.

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17 Mexico: Mayor Linked to Deadly Attack on StudentsThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT) Author:Castillo, E. Eduardo Area:Mexico Lines:90 Added:10/22/2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market.

The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state. The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in the city of Iguala came to a head Sept. 26 when the mayor ordered municipal police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang.

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18 US WA: Everett Keeps Pot Business RestrictionsMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Winters, Chris Area:Washington Lines:49 Added:10/22/2014

EVERETT - Marijuana businesses seeking to open in Everett will continue to operate under an interim ordinance that must be renewed every six months.

The city council Wednesday unanimously approved the extension despite pleas from marijuana advocates and businesses to either drop or loosen the restrictions.

By doing so, the city of Everett bought time in which it can debate the issue, or wait for the Legislature to pass a law on revenue sharing.

Among other restrictions, the city's ordinance is tougher than the state guidelines in that it limits producers to a maximum of 2,000 square feet of canopy and prohibits retail businesses from operating within 2,500 feet of each other.

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19 US CA: Pot's New AgeWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Foxhall, Emily Area:California Lines:180 Added:10/22/2014

In Laguna Woods, demand by retirees for legal access to marijuana reflects a growing voice in a national debate

Inside Laguna Woods Village, retirees with stiff knees and failing eyesight make ready use of wellness centers and medical offices scattered throughout nearby strip malls.

Residents such as Peggiann "Benji" Johnson - a breast cancer patient experiencing the side effects of chemotherapy - say one more healthcare service is needed: A marijuana dispensary. As cities throughout California fight to limit cannabis outlets, residents and leaders in the south Orange County seniors-only village of around 16,400 have pushed for a pot shop and joined collectives by the hundreds.

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20US CO: Bank Regulators Thawing PositionWed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:10/22/2014

Industry Watchers Are Hoping for a Wholesale Reversal of a Stance Against Marijuana Accounts.

The strained relationship between federal banking regulators and Colorado banks wanting to work with legal-marijuana businesses is easing, the first tangible sign of what many industry watchers hope is a wholesale reversal of a hard-nosed stance against the banking relationship.

Inspectors from federal oversight agencies quietly have told bankers during recent regulatory examinations that they could continue working with pot-related clients as long as the banks closely monitor that relationship, according to interviews with bank attorneys and other industry insiders.

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21 US AK: LTE: Alaska Should Look To Colorado's Pot LawMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Williams, Deborah Area:Alaska Lines:45 Added:10/22/2014

There is a crystal ball to look into regarding marijuana legalization and commercialization, and it is Colorado - not Washington.

Ballot Measure 2 is almost identical to the initiative Colorado passed and far different than the one Washington passed.

Colorado has fully implemented its initiative, and now there are more marijuana stores in Denver than Starbucks and McDonald's stores combined. Washington has only started to implement its law, and only 19 percent of its stores have been approved.

Alaskans need to know about what is going on in Colorado and ask is this what we want in Alaska? In Colorado, there's increased homelessness, increased overall crime, increased alcohol use, increased marijuana DUIs, increased marijuana disciplinary actions in schools, increased public consumption and second-hand marijuana smoke, several marijuana-related deaths, child-friendly marijuana edibles, commercialized marijuana concentrates (like shatter and crumble), increased butane hash oil explosions and extensive marijuana advertising.

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22 US IL: Editorial: Fix Pot Law Conflicts So Industry Can GrowTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL)          Area:Illinois Lines:85 Added:10/22/2014

Here's what's clear: A marijuana gold rush is coming to Illinois. Here's what's not so clear: How will fundamental conflicts between state and federal laws governing marijuana be resolved?

Because until those conflicts are worked out, too much of this lucrative industry will be a cash business, ripe for fraud and organized crime, and nobody-consumers or suppliers-can feel completely safe from federal snooping and sanctions.

About half the states, including Illinois, have enacted laws authorizing marijuana for medical use, and two- Washington and Colorado-have legalized it for recreational use. In Los Angeles, a new smart phone app lets medical marijuana users get deliveries right to their doorsteps.

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23 US IL: High StakesSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Schlikerman, Becky Area:Illinois Lines:173 Added:10/22/2014

Medical marijuana entrepreneurs want to bring their businesses ( and plants) to an Illinois market that could be worth up to $ 1 billion a year

DENVER- Outside the warehouse, even from the road, the smell is unmistakable.

And once you step inside this unassuming building, across the street from a busy police station in northeast Denver, you can see it, too:

About 6,500 flowering marijuana plants, each about 6 feet high, stretching as far as the eye can see.

The warehouse is one of several in a thriving industrial zone that forms the center of a gold rush for Colorado's legal weed farmers.

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24 US IL: A Pot- Pourri Of OptionsMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Schlikerman, Becky Area:Illinois Lines:122 Added:10/22/2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Selling medical marijuana to people with serious illnesses soon will be legal in Illinois. The Sun- Times wanted to see how the process has been working so far in Colorado, a state where it's already legal to sell marijuana to any adult, and focus on a business there that wants to win one of the coveted licenses to grow marijuana in Illinois.

DENVER- When a customer seeking medical marijuana comes into the dispensary on Colfax Street, Jamie Murray wants to know: How do you want to feel?

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25 US IL: Blurry Line Between States, FedsMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Schlikerman, Becky Area:Illinois Lines:96 Added:10/22/2014

DENVER - Illinois won't be anything like Colorado, at least at first.

The Centennial State is at the forefront of marijuana policy in the United States. It's legal to use marijuana medically and recreationally. Colorado residents are allowed to grow marijuana in their homes.

The sales of both medicinal and recreational marijuana keep rising, according to Colorado data. In August, patients bought $ 32.2 million worth of medical marijuana.

"It is a lab. This is an experiment. People can learn from what we've done here," said Colorado State Rep. Dan Pabon, D- Denver.

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26 US MI: Column: Free the Weed!Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:164 Added:10/22/2014

Despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia and is legal recreationally in Colorado and Washington state, the stigma of marijuana use sticks to patients and users like the tar and feathers of bygone days.

It sticks despite the fact that medical patients clearly benefit from it. It sticks despite the fact that nearly 90 percent of Americans support medical marijuana, and support for recreational marijuana is nearing 60 percent in recent polls.

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27 US FL: OPED: Why Should Floridians Face Arrest for Medical Care?Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Williams, Montel Area:Florida Lines:92 Added:10/22/2014

In 1999, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Sixteen years later, I can honestly say not a single second of my life has gone by where I have been unaware of my disease. Because of my condition, I experience neuropathic pain 24 hours a day, have battled severe depression and experienced intense periods of suicidal ideation. Although multiple sclerosis has changed nearly every aspect of my life, I've never let it control or define who I am. I work every day to beat this disease through a rigorous exercise regimen, strict diet and physical therapy.

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28 US AK: LTE: Pot Measure Lacks Critical InformationMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:McCoy, Ron Area:Alaska Lines:39 Added:10/22/2014

Really? We keep waiting to hear revenue projections associated with the proposed commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. The spokesman for the Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 2 campaign said that it would be "wildly irresponsible" to make an estimate on how much money commercializing marijuana would bring into Alaska. (ADN 9/11/14) Here's what is "wildly irresponsible." It is wildly irresponsible to ask Alaskans to vote for something when you refuse to provide critically important information about it.

We already know that it will cost our state government up to $7 million to legalize marijuana and an additional $6 million to local governments for increased costs to police. That's just the start of the costs. Ca-ching. If you look at what is going on in Colorado you see more emergency room visits, more homelessness, more crime, more problems with smoking marijuana in schools, more suspensions, and the list goes on.

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29 US CA: PUB LTE: Lifesaving MedicationTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Blalock, Chloe Area:California Lines:37 Added:10/21/2014

Re "Death rates suggest shift in drug use," Oct. 16

The article describes a small decrease in prescription pill overdoses coupled with a significant increase in heroin overdoses. This is an unintended consequence of attempts to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to curb overdoses.

But restricting access to a drug isn't drug treatment. As the report shows, people who use prescription opioids often switch to heroin as a result of restricted access to pills. What people need to know is that heroin use carries an increased risk of accidental overdose due to toxic impurities and unpredictable potency.

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30US CA: Fresno County Supervisors Frustrated by MarijuanaTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Benjamin, Marc Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

Fresno County supervisors expressed frustration Monday with how they're handling medical marijuana cultivation appeals, but stopped short of one board member's suggestion that they suspend the hearings.

Supervisors were assailed Monday by accusations of failing to address due process, not knowing the true meaning of a responsible party, failing to have foreign language interpreters available for people appearing before them and uneven issuing of fines. Monday's hearings - - the second time the board has convened to hear medical marijuana appeals and nothing else - lasted nearly 5 1/2 hours and levied fines totaling nearly $900,000.

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31US CA: Authorities Battle Booming Marijuana GrowsTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Burge, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

The Proliferation of Backyard Fields - and Fear Among Residents - Has Officials Raising the Alarm.

A boom in illegal backyard marijuana grows rumored to be driven by Mexican drug cartels has sown fear among residents in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

In Mead Valley, near Perris, a marijuana garden was growing in plain sight less than 50 yards from a playground. High-powered weapons, such as AK-47s, have been found at some of the grows. And there was a marijuana grow at the scene of a fatal shooting in August.

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32US CO: Edibles Ban Proposed Then Quickly ShelvedTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

Hearing Shows Disagreement on How to Best Manage Marijuana in State

Colorado's health department proposed an industry-spinning ban on the sales of nearly all forms of edible marijuana at recreational pot shops Monday but then quickly backed away from the plan amid an industry outcry and questions over legality.

After a heated, four-hour hearing, the public policy Tilt-A-Whirl ride ended where it began: with lawmakers, regulators and stakeholders still in disagreement - now more than 10 months after the start of recreational pot sales - on the best way to manage marijuana in Colorado.

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33 US DE: Marijuana Legalization Finds Support In Del.Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Chokshi, Niraj Area:Delaware Lines:25 Added:10/21/2014

Advocates of legalizing marijuana should be pleased: Legalization has strong support in Delaware, a 2016 target for the movement.

Legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use enjoys 56 percent support in the state, while just 39 percent oppose legalization, according to a new poll from the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication. And the breakdown was the same when the sample was limited merely to registered voters, says Paul Brewer, CPC's associate director for research and professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Political Science and International Relations.

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34 US CA: LTE: Kids Appreciate Rules Are Being EnforcedTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Koser, Heather Area:California Lines:34 Added:10/21/2014

I completely disagree with Gary Trout ("Drug dogs do not belong in our schools," Oct. 19).

As both a teacher and parent of a high school freshman, I'd be thrilled to know that the rules are being enforced and our campuses are being kept safe for all students.

Having the dogs on campus is not a "negative" message and only causes "fear" in those who've done something wrong.

The message to kids is the adults here care about us to make sure we make good choices and keep us from being surrounded by those who don't.

I'd much rather have my son round the corner into an officer and his trained dog than into a group of kids smoking pot - or worse.

Heather Koser

Temecula

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35 US CA: PUB LTE: Concerns Of Measure A Proponents AreTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Allen, Jessica Area:California Lines:47 Added:10/21/2014

There seems to be some confusion about the two local medical marijuana measures on the Nov. 4 ballot (Measures A and B). Perhaps it is because the people who want to limit Butte County residents to two plants on less than 11/2 acres have not been quite truthful when presenting their arguments. Many, like Larry Wahl, are merely masquerading as newly converted environmentalists, while some people seem to be genuinely confused.

How about some facts?

1) Measure A does not protect patient access; a limit of 2-6 plants (as outline by the sheriff at a supervisors meeting) for the 1 percent who own larger land parcels is not the intent of Proposition 215.

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36US AK: OPED: Marijuana Poses Too Great a Risk; Alaska ShouldTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Compton, Steven Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

With collectively over 60 years of experience in the field of medicine in Alaska, we have grave concerns about and oppose the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. When Alaskans face this critical decision in November, it is essential that we all consider the implications to our health, our social service programs, our public safety, our youth and our communities.

Ballot Measure 2 seeks to legalize, commercialize and advertise marijuana and derived products such as drug-infused edibles and potent concentrates. These related products are very unlike marijuana of the past in their intensity.

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37US AK: OPED: Alaska's Liberal Marijuana Laws Need the ClarityTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Emmott, Tyler Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

When I look at the state of Alaska's current laws on cannabis, I'm very confused at best. As a licensed medical grower who supplies my own spouse with her medicine, I've had a difficult time navigating the medical cannabis system in this state.

I've read that I can have up to 4 ounces in my home. I've read somewhere else that I can only have up to one ounce.

I've read that I'm allowed to grow up to six plants in my home. I've read that 24 plants is an OK number.

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38Canada: Ottawa Should Step Up Battle on Alcohol Abuse: CentreMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:O'Neil, Peter Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

Booze Causes More Harm Than Drugs, Should Be in National Anti-Drugstrategy

OTTAWA - The Harper government, which has waged a long and aggressive campaign against illicit drug use, should put more energy into the battle against alcohol abuse, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

The Health Canada-funded organization wants the federal government to include alcohol in its $570-million National Anti-Drug Strategy that was launched shortly after the Conservatives took power in 2006.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which has already gone public to call on Ottawa to undertake a study on the public health implications of decriminalization or legalization of pot, argues that alcohol causes far more harm in Canada than drugs.

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39Canada: Feds Should Do More to Fight Alcohol Abuse, HealthMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:O'Neil, Peter Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

OTTAWA - The Conservative government, which has waged a long and aggressive campaign against illicit drug use, should put more energy into the battle against alcohol abuse, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

The Health Canada-funded organization wants the federal government to include alcohol in its $570-million National Anti-Drug Strategy that was launched shortly after the Conservatives took power in 2006.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which has already gone public to call on Ottawa to undertake a study on the public health implications of decriminalization or legalization of pot, argues that alcohol causes far more harm in Canada than drugs.

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40Canada: Wage War on Booze, Health Group Tells OttawaMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:O'Neil, Peter Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

Booze Causes More Harm Than Drugs and Should Be Added to National Anti-Drug Strategy

OTTAWA - The Harper government, which has waged a long and aggressive campaign against illicit drug use, should put more energy into the battle against alcohol abuse, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

The Health Canada-funded organization wants the federal government to include alcohol in its $ 570- million National Anti- Drug Strategy that was launched shortly after the Conservatives took power in 2006.

The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, which has already gone public to call on Ottawa to undertake a study on the public health implications of decriminalization or legalization of pot, argues that alcohol causes far more harm in Canada than drugs.

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41 US FL: LTE: Look at Pot's BackerSat, 18 Oct 2014
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:Bowman, Jim Area:Florida Lines:53 Added:10/21/2014

John Morgan makes his living with persuasive talk. When he adds millions from his own pocket, the jury - in this case the voting public - is expected to be attentive.

Are there patients in need of marijuana's health benefits? Yes, and I am in total support; in fact, we all are. However, this has never been the question. Unfortunately, it is also quite a different venue when George Soros put in his "two cents."

Will the November elections cloud our living with new recreational freedoms, and if so, how does that comport with our "just say no" advice or with maintaining highway safety? How has recreational use affected Colorado highways?

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42 US FL: LTE: Bad Message for KidsSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Author:Grantman, Roger H. Area:Florida Lines:33 Added:10/21/2014

Medical marijuana is the worst thing that could possibly happen in the state of Florida. It sends a bad message to our kids. It tells our kids that not only is marijuana use not harmful, but it is actually beneficial. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Kids mimic and follow the examples set by their parents. The slippery slope starts with medical marijuana and does not end with a soft landing. The slope ends in broken families, a wasted life, crime, violence, loss of employment (unable to pass employment drug tests), abuse, homeless existence on the street, and finally death.

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43 US FL: LTE: Don't Legalize MarijuanaSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Millner, Bill Area:Florida Lines:33 Added:10/21/2014

The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida would be a big mistake. Its medical value, although lauded by some, is highly questionable. Various renowned medical organizations have expressed opposition or caveats.

Medical legalization is a pathway to recreational legalization -- Colorado and Washington state, thus far. The marijuana drug is infiltrating Colorado schools! Much of the pot is sold as food: pot bars, pot gummy bears, pot cookies, pot suckers, pot hard fruit candies, and even pot soda. Is this what we want in Florida?

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44 Canada: Myths Trump Facts Among Young Pot UsersFri, 17 Oct 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Barton, Adriana Area:Canada Lines:117 Added:10/21/2014

Studies have found that adolescents have a big knowledge gap when it comes to the possible dangers of marijuana use

Even though teens who smoke pot are at higher risk for cognitive problems, motor vehicle accidents and substance abuse, young Canadians see marijuana as a harmless herb.

Pot, teens say, helps them to relax, focus, drive better, be less violent and think more creatively, according to a survey by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

And while young people noted downsides such as "becoming lazy," the negative effects paled in comparison with the benefits they described. Some believed marijuana could "purify" the immune system, others said it could cure cancer.

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45 CN NS: Column: One Pill Can KillFri, 17 Oct 2014
Source:Amherst News (CN NS) Author:Hallee, Shirley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:87 Added:10/21/2014

This past summer, one of my columns was entitled, "Special training needed for drug dealers." The title came from a "tongue-in-cheek" comment made by Dr. Brian Ferguson. He was upset and angry because of the deaths of young people due to use of painkiller medications.

A recent article in the Chronicle Herald has put names to two victims of a one-time use of prescription medication.

Last April, Dale Jollota went into her daughter's room to wake her up for school. Olivia Jollota was sitting cross-legged on her bed with her computer on her lap - and she was dead. A toxicology report indicated Olivia had died from taking one hydromorphone pill.

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46 US PA: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Programs Affecting Rates ofFri, 17 Oct 2014
Source:Express-Times, The (PA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:38 Added:10/21/2014

Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, the ongoing federal crackdown on legal hydrocodone has unfortunately given rise to a resurgence in illegal heroin use.

Nationally, death rates from prescription opioid pain reliever overdoses quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. Getting tough on drugs is not necessarily the answer.

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that states with open medical marijuana access have a 25 percent lower opioid overdose death rate than marijuana prohibition states. This groundbreaking research has huge implications for states like Pennsylvania that are struggling with prescription narcotic and heroin overdoses.

The phrase "if it saves one life" has been used to justify all manner of drug war abuses. Legal marijuana access has the potential to save thousands of lives.

Robert Sharpe

Policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.

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47 CN SN: PUB LTE: Don't Waste Tax Dollars on Failed MarijuanaThu, 16 Oct 2014
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Saskatchewan Lines:44 Added:10/21/2014

To the editor,

Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, there is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs.

Decriminalization acknowledges the social reality of marijuana and frees users from the stigma of life-shattering criminal records. What's really needed is a regulated market with age controls.

Separating the hard and soft drug markets is critical. As long as organized crime controls marijuana distribution, consumers will continue to come into contact with sellers of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.

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48US FL: Ad Campaigns Ramp Up For, Against Medical MarijuanaTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Pensacola News Journal (FL) Author:Wozniak, Mary Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:10/21/2014

Amendment 2 is a con. Amendment 2 is compassion.

Medical marijuana is the devil. Medical marijuana is a godsend.

There are no shades of gray in the black and white positions of the campaigns for and against Amendment 2.

"On both sides it seems to be all or nothing," said Harris Segel, immediate past president of the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, which had a Vote No on 2 representative speak to the group. "On one side, it's just great, don't worry about it, it will all be fine. On the other side, it's the devil's work. We are all going to hell in a handbasket if it passes."

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49 US FL: Editorial: Our View On The Proposed ConstitutionalSat, 18 Oct 2014
Source:Florida Times-Union (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:133 Added:10/20/2014

Constitutional amendments should be rare. They should be saved for issues that the regular political process is unable or unwilling to handle.

That is the reason that 60 percent is needed for amending the Florida Constitution. Direct democracy ought to be the exception in this republic.

In this general election, voters will get a break. There are just three proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot as opposed to the 11 in 2012.

YES ON AMENDMENT 1

Protecting water in the Sunshine State is likely to be the natural resource issue of the next generation, not only drinking water but the water that intersects the state like a blood system.

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50 US NY: LTE: The Buying And Selling Of Mexican PoliceMon, 20 Oct 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Zinsmeister, Jeffrey Area:New York Lines:41 Added:10/20/2014

To the Editor:

Re "Mexico's Cartel Government," by Ioan Grillo (Op-Ed, Oct. 10):

As a former State Department official who covered narcotics issues in Mexico from 2012 to this year, I saw "state capture" - the taking over of chunks of government apparatus, in this case, local police and municipal authorities - up close.

Beyond making atrocities like the suspected massacre in Iguala possible, the buying and selling of Mexican police officers also warns us against well-intentioned but dangerous efforts to legalize the cultivation of drugs there.

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