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1 US CA: PUB LTE: Prohibitionist's MisinformationFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:King, Dan Area:California Lines:28 Added:08/26/2016

The higher the THC content in cannabis, the smaller amount required to be ingested for the desired effect. It is wrong to compare substances that have lethal doses, such as alcohol and opiates, to cannabis, which does not.

End prohibition and there will be no reason to buy cannabis from criminals. In California, we have developed hundreds of mom-and-pop growers. We are not going back to Mexican weed no matter how hard the government tries to force a return.

The misinformation spread by the prohibitionists will only get more prevalent as more people come to believe it is time for prohibition to end.

Dan King, Sacramento

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2 CN BC: City Reviews Victoria's Regulations On MedicalThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:08/26/2016

Nanaimo city councillors want to know how the City of Victoria plans to regulate marijuana dispensaries, but there was agreement, something needs to be done about the pot shops here.

Nanaimo continues to see dispensaries open and sell bud to brownies and T-shirts despite still being illegal. After an RCMP crackdown on dispensaries in December, council agreed to look at licensing regulation options, but the issue hasn't landed on the table for discussion yet with a staff report still in the works.

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3 US PA: OPED: Federal Marijuana Policy In A HazeFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Daily Local, The (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:72 Added:08/26/2016

Federal Officials Remain in a Haze When It Comes to Articulating a Comprehensible Policy on Marijuana. Perhaps Last Week's Ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Curtailing the Feds From Prosecuting Legitimate Growers and Distributors Will Help Clear the Air.

Half the nation's states, led by California, permit medicinal applications. Four states and the District of Columbia allow recreational use. In November, California could become the fifth.

Yet the federal government still sees marijuana as a dangerous drug and dispensary operators as prosecution targets.

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4US AR: Governor Pans Medical 'Pot' BidFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) Author:Demillo, Andrew Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

Regulation Would Be a 'Tax Drain' On State, He Tells Counties

HOT SPRINGS (AP) - Legalizing medical marijuana would be a drain on the state's resources, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday as legalization supporters asked the state's highest court to dismiss an attempt to block their proposal this fall.

The governor also expressed opposition to a casino ballot measure while speaking to the Association of Arkansas Counties.

Hutchinson, the former head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, said he was concerned about the costs of regulation and enforcement if voters approve legalizing marijuana for some patients.

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5 US CA: Prop. 64 Foes Focus On Pot AdsFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:California Lines:90 Added:08/26/2016

But Supporters of California Bill Say Such Advertising Isn't Possible

Polls show that Californians generally support marijuana legalization. But opponents of the state's Proposition 64 have seized on a new message that they hope will persuade voters to reject the ballot measure in November: the idea that legalization would lead to a flood of TV ads for marijuana.

The assertion is based on a provision in the measure that states that advertising for marijuana products "shall only be displayed where at least 71.6 percent of the audience is reasonably expected to be 21 years of age or older." It mirrors the language of the alcohol industry's self-imposed advertising restrictions.

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6US NV: Laxalt, Police Leaders Oppose Recreational PotFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Chereb, Sandra Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

CARSON CITY - State Attorney General Adam Laxalt and other law enforcement leaders declared their opposition Thursday to a Nevada ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana.

At a news conference in front of the Legislative Building, Laxalt said Question 2, if approved by voters in November, would harm Nevada children and lead to accidental poisonings, addiction and increased road fatalities.

Question 2 would allow people age 21 and older to possess 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use. It would restrict who can grow, test, process and distribute recreational pot to those already licensed to do the same with medical marijuana or who run liquor distributorships.

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7US AR: Governor Opposes Marijuana ProposalsFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Sentinel-Record, The (AR) Author:McCloud, Colbie Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the Association of Arkansas Counties' 48th Annual Conference Thursday that he will oppose two proposals on the November general election ballot that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

"I will be opposing the two marijuana initiatives," Hutchinson told the conference, which was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. "You can imagine the enforcement issues and the regulatory issues that are involved with this. I do not see any tax benefits for the state. I see more of a tax drain for the state."

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8 Philippines: Bato to Addicts: Kill Drug Lords, Burn TheirFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Felipe, Cecille Suerte Area:Philippines Lines:87 Added:08/26/2016

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa prodded drug addicts "to kill drug lords and burn their houses for making them gaunt, toothless and addicted to shabu."

Dela Rosa stressed that drug lords have ruined their lives.

In contrast, he explained that drug lords do not use illegal drugs.

"They look good and get rich, enjoying the fruits of their illegal activities at the expense of drug addicts.

"You know who the drug lords are in your place. If you want to kill them, kill them. You can kill them because you are the victims, " Dela Rosa said in Filipino in a speech in Bacolod City.

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9 US: Heroin Cut With Elephant Tranquilizer May Have Caused 60Fri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Mettler, Katie Area:United States Lines:130 Added:08/26/2016

Midwest health officials worried this would happen.

It's why they brought together a tri-state coalition - Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky - to talk about the dangers, and it's why they issued a stern, desperate warning last month to first responders and addiction counselors who patrol the front lines of the opioid war every day.

They said the situation was "dire." One Ohio coroner told users they were "literally gambling" with their lives.

But their public plea could not prevent the heroin on their streets from being cut and sold with a new opioid analog 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 stronger than morphine.

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10 Philippines: Editorial: In The Line Of FireFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines)          Area:Philippines Lines:48 Added:08/26/2016

Witnesses aren't the only ones who are permanently silenced. Lawyers whether representing crime victims or suspects are also being targeted by those who want to thwart the administration of justice.

Last Tuesday in Tacloban City, men on a motorcycle pulled up to a car driven by Rogelio Bato Jr. and opened fire with a rifle and a .45-caliber handgun. Bato and his companion, a 15-year-old girl, did not stand a chance. The gunmen escaped.

Bato was the lawyer of Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera town in Leyte. The mayor had been identified by President Duterte as one of the local government officials allegedly involved in drug trafficking. Espinosa pointed to his son Kerwin as the drug dealer. Kerwin is at large and believed to be abroad, but six of their family's bodyguards were also shot dead during a police raid on one of their homes after Espinosa presented himself to the Philippine National Police.

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11 US OK: Deadlines Likely to Keep Pot Issue Off November BallotThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Hoberock, Barbara Area:Oklahoma Lines:87 Added:08/26/2016

Supporters of legalization of medical marijuana on Wednesday vowed to press getting the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, despite a series of deadlines that make it nearly impossible.

On Tuesday, state officials said Oklahomans for Health had collected more than enough signatures to get the issue before voters.

Supporters collected 67,761 signatures; the requirement was 65,987 signatures.

But a series of deadlines means the question likely will have to wait until June or November 2018, the next scheduled primary and general elections.

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12 US AZ: LTE: Recreational Marijuana Doesn't Make SenseThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ) Author:Kindle, Jim Area:Arizona Lines:49 Added:08/26/2016

Well, I think political correctness has reached its limit of stupidity. Recreational marijuana, hooray, what's next - recreational cocaine, heroin, speed, meth? Now on cocaine, does recreational mean you snort only a three-inch line, and any longer it's a crime? On pot, does the joint have to be a certain length to be legal, or on heroin a butterfly syringe or one used for horses? What in the world have the people in this city, county and state been thinking? Recreational used to be outside running, playing some games, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and just getting some fresh air and exercise. Oh, I forgot, we now get thumb exercises playing games on the stupid cell phones almost all waking hours or phone glued to ear. This last is ignored even when they suspect it may be causing brain tumors. Those using this new toy of the generation are not only kids but adults, making conversation by appointment only.

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13 US MO: Column: Debate Over Marijuana in Missouri More ThanWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Helling, Dave Area:Missouri Lines:79 Added:08/26/2016

Last week a group of Missouri prosecutors announced it had taken legal steps to block voter consideration of a medical marijuana proposition on the November ballot.

In a news release, the group said it opposes the measure because pot is illegal under federal law. "Missouri law cannot usurp federal law," the prosecutors claim.

That doesn't seem to have been a problem in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is sold, but let's leave that aside for the moment. Instead, let's focus on the prosecutors' central argument: state law, they say, must give way to federal law whenever there's a conflict.

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14 US CO: Column: From Weed to Wine: Keeping the Marijuana FarmThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Stoa, Ryan Area:Colorado Lines:135 Added:08/26/2016

In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana legalization initiative on their ballots.

Marijuana is already legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. Another 25 states have legalized medical marijuana, including Hawaii. The era of marijuana prohibition is rapidly coming to a close.

Unfortunately, lawmakers lack easy answers to tough questions facing the marijuana industry. Legalization presents challenges on a number of fronts, including distribution, taxation, consumption, security and public health.

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15 US CO: Column: Treating Marijuana Producers Like DirtThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Danish, Paul Area:Colorado Lines:105 Added:08/26/2016

On Nov. 6, 2012 the people of Colorado decisively voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Amendment 64 passed with 55.3 percent of the vote.

In Boulder County Amendment 64 received 66.4 percent of the vote. The margin in the City of Boulder was even higher.

But you would never know it by the cavalier way County and City elected leaders have chosen to "regulate" marijuana growers in the ensuing four years.

Start with Boulder County. Shortly after the passage of Amendment 64 the Boulder County Commissioners voted to ban commercial marijuana production in the agricultural areas of Boulder County. The ban applied to both outdoor and indoor production.

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16CN AB: Column: Drug Scourge Devastating Our City And NothingThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Nelson, Chris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

It's Time to Conquer Addiction for the Good of Everyone; Victims and Police Included

Try holding your breath for 72 seconds.

It's uncomfortable, but you'll live, unlike Anthony Heffernan at the end of those 72 seconds in that Calgary Super 8 hotel room.

By now, many Calgarians are divided into one of two camps regarding the tragic death of this young man, who was shot four times by police as he held a syringe in one hand and a lighter in another while under the dreadful influence of cocaine.

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17US CA: Editorial: Finally, a Chance to Curb Abuse of AssetFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

Of all the wrongs meted out by the criminal justice system, few are more unfair to poor, mostly minority Americans than the way police abuse civil asset forfeiture laws.

Every year, cops seize and keep millions of dollars in cash and property from people who haven't been charged with - or convicted of - - a crime. They do it without warrants and use proceeds from the seized assets to pad depleted police department budgets.

Stories abound of Californians being pulled over for minor traffic offenses only to have their vehicles towed away and cash taken. Nationally, police take more property from Americans than burglars do, violating rights in the name of fighting crime.

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18CN BC: Municipalities Seek Share Of Pot TaxesThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Sinoski, Kelly Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2016

JOINT EFFORT: Cities Say They Need Revenue to Cover Costs That Come With Legalization of Marijuana

B.C. municipalities are appealing for a share of future taxes to help cover the costs of regulating pot dispensaries, as marijuana appears set to become legal in Canada by next spring.

The cities of Duncan, Nelson and Prince George have each put forward resolutions to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention next month, suggesting that the UBCM petition the federal government to provide local governments with a portion of future federal or provincial tax collected through marijuana sales and distribution.

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19 US CA: PUB LTE: Don't Over-regulate Recreational PotFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Ball, Jeff Area:California Lines:33 Added:08/26/2016

Re "Regulate potency in pot before legalizing it" (Forum, Aug. 21): Any attempt to regulate the potency - the THC level - of cannabis will just keep the black market thriving and the drug cartels profiting. Environmental disasters due to rogue growers will not be curtailed.

The author says he researched his story, but he compares cannabis to alcohol and opiates? Marijuana is nowhere near as addicting, and no one has ever died from excessive cannabis intake.

Decades of research point to a variety of medical uses for this unique compound, including pain relief, relief from PTSD, nausea and vomiting, as well as appetite stimulation, and benefits for asthma, glaucoma and as a sleep aid. The much revered Rick Simpson Oil used as a cure for cancer contains a high level of THC.

I do agree with Sam Quinones that "legalizing marijuana needs to happen," but not with his concept of regulating the THC level.

Jeff Ball, Sacramento

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20 US AZ: Pot Ballot Foes Ask For Ariz. Court's HelpFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM)          Area:Arizona Lines:28 Added:08/26/2016

PHOENIX - Opponents of a voter initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a judge's decision and block the measure from the ballot.

The group called Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy said in a filing that if Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry's ruling stands, "courts no longer have the power to prevent fraud on the electorate."

Gentry ruled last week that foes can't challenge it because of a 2015 law. She went on to reject all the opponents' arguments against the initiative.

Legalization backers told the high court that Gentry got it right and said the opponents' case was politicized and filled with incorrect arguments.

Staff and wire reports

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21 US CA: Drug Raid on Downtown Chico Business NetsThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)          Area:California Lines:55 Added:08/25/2016

Staff Reports

Chico - A nearly year-long investigation resulted in a raid Tuesday on a downtown business that police say netted marijuana-refining equipment for sale and landed three men in jail.

The Dungeon, a jewelry and smoking shop on the 100 block of Broadway, had been under investigation for 11 months, according to a news release from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force. The narcotics agents served a search warrant Tuesday around 1:30 p.m.

Four complete closed loop butane honey oil production systems, components for additional systems, including extraction tubes, presses and commercial grade ovens, more than 1,000 cans of butane and 13 canisters of 14-pound butane refrigerant were found at the store, according to the release.

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22 Canada: Ottawa To Leave Injection-Site Law As IsWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Canada Lines:98 Added:08/25/2016

Philpott Says Effects of Respect for Communities Act - Introduced in 2015 - Being Monitored, Leaves Door Open to Changes If Needed

Canada's Health Minister says Ottawa has no plans to repeal Conservative government legislation that harm-reduction advocates say makes opening new supervised-consumption sites unduly onerous - if not impossible.

British Columbia's Health Minister, provincial health officer and others say the Respect for Communities Act puts unnecessary obstacles in the way of a proven health intervention.

Overdose deaths are at a record high in B.C., having surpassed 433 as of July 31 - a 74 per-cent increase over the same period last year.

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23CN ON: Stirring The PotMon, 22 Aug 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/25/2016

Starting Wednesday, medical users can grow it - but will it last?

They may call it weed, but what grows in Laurie MacEachern's plot is more like the lush fields of corn near her rural home, southeast of Ottawa, than the goldenrod and wild parsnip in the ditch.

"Welcome to my garden," she tells a rare recent visitor, surveying rows of luxuriant green plants that will be ready to harvest next month.

In an area the size of a suburban backyard, the 57-year-old grandmother grows enough medical cannabis to last her a year.

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24 CN BC: Rats Stay Dopey On Medicinal Part Of Pot, UBC Study FindsWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:08/25/2016

Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot's medicinal component is added, a new study suggests.

Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia's psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving them THC, the intoxicating part of cannabis, and having them choose between an easy or hard task to earn sugary treats.

Mr. Silveira said that under normal circumstances, most rats preferred the more difficult task to get more rewards, but they switched to the easier option when given THC.

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25 CN BC: Supervised Drug Use Being ConsideredWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Corbet, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:113 Added:08/25/2016

New Measures to Fight Plague of Overdoses in Region

Two people die of a drug overdose every day in B.C., and almost three every month in Maple Ridge.

With drug overdose deaths at emergency levels, the Fraser Health Authority will be considering supervised consumption services in Lower Mainland cities, among many measures.

The most recent statistics from the B.C. Coroners Service show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths in the province is still alarming, and that the synthetic opioid fentanyl is a killer.

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26 US PA: OPED: Marijuana Policies Mired In The 1970sThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Republican & Herald (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:55 Added:08/25/2016

The federal government has for years employed a bizarre circular logic when it comes to marijuana. Officially deemed to have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical application, marijuana is listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act - on a par with heroin and LSD. Yet that very listing has severely limited the research that could settle the question of whether marijuana does indeed have therapeutic value, as attested to by countless ... ailing people and their physicians who report anecdotally that marijuana eases suffering.

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27 US OK: Editorial: Fumbling On Medical MarijuanaThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Tulsa World (OK)          Area:Oklahoma Lines:65 Added:08/25/2016

It's A Bad Idea, but SQ 788 Ought to Be on the Ballot If Possible

If State Question 788 doesn't make November's ballot, proponents have no one to blame but themselves.

Still, in the best spirit of democracy and to save some money, state officials ought to do everything reasonable to get the medical marijuana proposal before voters in November if possible.

Secretary of State Chris Benge announced Wednesday that the petition had 67,761 signatures, enough to qualify for ballot access provisionally. (A companion proposal to give proponents of initiative petitions more time to gather signatures fell short of the mark, Benge announced last week.)

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28 US OH: City Talks Medical MarijuanaThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) Author:Remington, Kaylee Area:Ohio Lines:59 Added:08/25/2016

Council Moving for Medical Marijuana Moratorium

With the term medical marijuana buzzing around, Avon Lake City Council's safety committee moved along a moratorium to a collective committee meeting during its meeting Aug. 24.

"A number of communities are doing this to allow for the dust to settle," said Safety Committee Chair David Kos, adding that they want to see how everything will land in place and how it will take effect.

Mayor Greg Zilka agreed with Kos that a lot of communities are taking action to give them some breathing room.

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29 US CA: Column: The Anti-HighThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:68 Added:08/25/2016

So I just heard that some people are using high doses of CBD to counteract the effects of ingesting too much THC. Does this really work?

- -Oso Hyman

Good question. One of the things we know about cannabidiol (CBD) is that it acts as a sort of THC inhibitor. Cannabis plants with a high amount of THC but low CBD content will get you "higher" than plants with a high CBD content, even if the THC percentage is the same. No one has done any studies yet, but there are anecdotal reports of folks, especially those folks that enjoy cannabis concentrates (hash, wax, dabs, hash oil, etc.) or edibles, using either a sublingual CBD tincture or pills containing a high amount of CBD, to assuage the effects of overindulgence. In fact, my homie Grand Daddy Mike is working on a commercial product designed to lessen the effects of THC in case of accidental or intentional cannabis overindulgence.

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30 US CA: Column: Not Even From Around HereThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Stansberry, Linda Area:California Lines:82 Added:08/25/2016

Who's Afraid of the Bulgarians?

I get alarmed calls every week about the Bulgarians. They're paying exorbitant sums for property in Petrolia, Bridgeville and Alderpoint, I'm told. They're jogging along rural roads with automatic rifles strapped to their backs, according to one woman at a recent community meeting. They're buying out family ranches and slowly taking over the county. And - although absolutely no proof has been offered from either my tipsters or law enforcement - they're all somehow connected to an organized crime cartel.

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31 US CA: Column: As Legalization Nears, Serious Coverage ofThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Halperin, Alex Area:California Lines:98 Added:08/25/2016

My first encounter with the cannabis industry was in November 2014 at a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas. At the time, the plant was not part of my life, but the story of a federally illegal drug at the center of the country's fastest growing industry seemed like an incomparably rich subject. Soon, I was making plans to move to Denver to cover the business story of the decade.

Almost two years in, I still think legalization is both inherently fascinating and historically important. It's been a source of puzzlement to me why there aren't more reporters who agree. In its implications for American life, legalization is up there with marriage equality, Black Lives Matter and perhaps even climate change, but it hasn't generated the same kind of national debate.

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32 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:70 Added:08/25/2016

The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently editorialized, "And no matter how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise, marijuana is both addictive-one in 10 people who try pot will become hooked on it-and a gateway to more deadly drugs that kill more than 45,000 Americans a year." We dealt with the gateway theory in our July 21 edition, noting that marijuana functions as a barrier to more deadly drugs. We turn now to addiction.

The RJ does not cite any evidence for addiction-nor does it emphasize that only one in 10 people-fewer, actually-are addicted to marijuana, nor does it mention that it is a mild addiction, akin to coffee. Nor does it explain why a major public policy choice should be keyed to a tiny slice of the population. Perhaps "And no matter how much pot enthusiasts argue otherwise" means that the newspaper believes that whoever repeats its viewpoint loudest and longest wins and avoids the necessity of supplying evidence. Here, however, we believe in science.

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33 US CA: Inconsistent Strains: Medicinal Users Struggle WithThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Flynn, John Area:California Lines:122 Added:08/25/2016

Rancho Cordova Bans Dispensaries, Sacramento Allows Them and Other Cities Fall in the Middle

Sometimes, Stephanie Raskin smokes marijuana to stop thinking about suicide. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, she remains stable through a blend of prescription pills that must be constantly tweaked to match her body chemistry. When the pharmaceuticals fall short, she supplements her treatment with medical marijuana. But her hometown, Rancho Cordova, bans dispensaries. And the closest one is 11 miles away.

"It's frustrating," she said. "Especially with my condition, I get debilitatingly depressed to the point where everything is a monumental task. I only smoke because my depression can cause suicidal thoughts. And sativa can keep me from reaching those depths. I'm not one of those sit-on-the-couch stoners."

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34 US CA: PUB LTE: Pot's Not DangerousThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Todd-Mancillas, William R. Area:California Lines:43 Added:08/25/2016

The California State Sheriffs' Association claims marijuana seriously impairs driving and has other adverse consequences. Yet researchers find that while obviously inadvisable, marijuana only modestly affects driving (Journal of Drug And Alcohol Dependence, June 23, 2016).

Marijuana users know their performance is impaired and compensate by slowing down and being especially attentive. By contrast, inebriated drivers are seriously impaired. They merely think they are in control; in fact, they speed, weave across lanes, have lethally slower reaction times, and cause thousands of accidents (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 2015).

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35 US NJ: Prosecutors Fight to Keep Secret Informant in NJTue, 23 Aug 2016
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Avilucea, Isaac Area:New Jersey Lines:126 Added:08/25/2016

TRENTON - Ed Forchion wants to film a reality show chronicling the impact of the country's so-called War on Drugs on his life.

He has a couple titles in mind: "The War on NJ Weedman." Or perhaps even better, "Marijuana Martyr."

Forchion pointed to prosecutors' desire in a drug case in Trenton that could land him in prison for years to protect the identity of a confidential informant who allegedly purchased weed from him several times at his downtown city business.

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36 US AR: Group Files Suit Over Title Of Marijuana InitiativeThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Fayetteville, Author:Fanney, Brian Area:Arkansas Lines:116 Added:08/25/2016

Arkansans Against Legalized Marijuana filed suit Wednesday to stop the state from counting votes cast in November for a proposed initiated act that would legalize the drug for medical purposes.

The complaint, filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court, alleges problems with the ballot title of the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act.

"It contains misleading statements, omits material information that is essential for a fair understanding of the Act, and is tinged with partisan coloring," the complaint reads in part.

According to the complaint, the ballot title "falsely tells voters that the Act limits the use of marijuana"; "gives the false impression that all marijuana will be tested for quality, safety, and potency"; and "fails to tell the voters that the Act permits 'cannabis care centers' to sell food and drink that contains marijuana," among other issues.

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37US CA: Pot Research Firms Say Prop. 64 Would Spike Weed SalesThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/25/2016

Two groups studying the cannabis economy say legalizing recreational marijuana in California will provide a $1.6 billion boost in revenue from expanded retail marijuana sales.

The projections on California's Proposition 64 legalization measure in November come from two firms with a vested interest in expanding the marijuana business. The market study was completed by New Frontier Data, a Washington, D.C., firm conducting cannabis market research, and the ArcView Group, an Oakland organization specializing in attracting investment for marijuana businesses and legalization causes.

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38US CA: Assemblyman Wood's Cottage Cannabis Bill Advances toThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/25/2016

State Assemblyman Jim Wood's Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill cleared one of its last hurdles Wednesday and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk for a final signature, after which it would become law.

Assembly Bill 2516 would establish a new medical marijuana cultivator license category for what Wood calls, "microfarmers."

The new license, or specialty cottage cultivator license, would be available to farmers with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy size for mixed-light cultivation, up to 25 mature marijuana plants for outdoor cultivation, or 500 square feet or less of total canopy size for indoor cultivation, per parcel.

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39 US CA: LTE: The Green RushThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Mellberg, Dick Area:California Lines:48 Added:08/25/2016

EDITOR: You recently reported that Santa Rosa officials "see significant economic development opportunities" associated with the (assumed) future legalization of marijuana ("SR aims to be epicenter of legal pot industry," Aug. 14). In a subsequent editorial ("Defining Santa Rosa's place in the pot industry," Aug. 17), you suggested a cautionary approach because of the many unresolved issues associated with the marijuana industry. These advocacy efforts should also consider a few unmentioned issues:

In Colorado, consumption of marijuana by youth 12-17 years old has significantly increased since recreational marijuana was legalized. Usage is 74 percent higher than the national average.

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40 US CA: Marley Natural Cannabis Brand Gets Approval As SantaThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:McCallum, Kevin Area:California Lines:153 Added:08/25/2016

Santa Rosa has rolled out the welcome mat to the marijuana industry, and the first firm through the door is affiliated with none other than the godfather of ganja - Bob Marley.

Privateer Holdings, a Seattle investment firm aiming to build a global marijuana brand based on the image of the famed Jamaican reggae singer, has picked Santa Rosa to be the headquarters for its expansion into the lucrative California cannabis market.

City officials Tuesday approved a request by the company to set up a medical cannabis-processing, manufacturing and distribution center in a nondescript business park in southwest Santa Rosa.

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41 US MA: No City Council Support for Allston Marijuana DispensaryThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Herndon, Astead W. Area:Massachusetts Lines:111 Added:08/25/2016

Following the lead of Allston-Brighton's district councilor, Mark Ciommo, the Boston City Council opted to not endorse a locally run company's bid to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the Allston neighborhood.

The voice vote - which appeared to be unanimous - came Wednesday at the weekly City Council meeting, two days after Ciommo held a contentious public hearing with the local company, Compassionate Organics. Ciommo favors another medical marijuana group for Allston, an out-of-state company named Mayflower Medicinals.

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42 US AZ: Column: Legalization PropsThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:125 Added:08/25/2016

Prop 205 Moves Forward Despite Effort to Challenge Initiatives

Prop 205 appears to be safe for the moment as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed charges against its campaign last week.

Maricopa and Yavapai county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk were two of the major plaintiffs to file the lawsuit but were joined by the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Seth Leibsohn and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To nobody's surprise the plaintiffs intend to appeal the judge's decision. However, the ruling decided that not only did the opposition fail to support their claim, but that the state legislature effectively eliminated citizens' ability to legally challenge ballot initiatives, which may not bode well for the lawsuit's future.

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43 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Do True Hybrids Still Exist?Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:57 Added:08/25/2016

Dear Stoner: I've tried sativas and indicas, and they're all fine and dandy, but I'm looking for something more in the middle. What are some good hybrids that are actually hybrids?

Happy Jack

Dear Jack: All hybrids are actually hybrids. In fact, nearly all of the strains you'll find nowadays are hybrids, but it's easier for people to label something that's 80 to 90 percent indica as "indica" instead of "indica-dominant hybrid" and then have to explain what that means. But I'm guessing you mean something like a 50/50 hybrid, many of which you've probably seen or tried around town.

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44 US OR: Column: Say It With Me-Weed Isn't HeroinThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:96 Added:08/25/2016

A Plea for Descheduling Cannabis

NOT LONG AGO, I wrote about the slight, slim chance that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II [Cannabuzz, July 6]. You remember what Schedule I is-it's the list of drugs defined as having "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." Along with cannabis, some of the other drugs listed as Schedule I are heroin, LSD, ecstasy, peyote, and Quaaludes. Not exactly respectable company.

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45 US OR: Column: Hot Federal Weed Law Action!Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:08/25/2016

No Rescheduling Cannabis, But Plenty of Other Activity

WHAT'S WITH all the federal weed law action? My head is spinning!

MINE, TOO. Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it would not change its dismal tune on cannabis, and that weed would remain a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Then, the Obama administration announced it would ease barriers on marijuana research, despite the Schedule I restriction. Then, a bunch of federal attorneys general got pwned in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding their prosecution of medical marijuana businesses, which is a pretty big deal.

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46 US OK: Marijuana Petition Gets Enough Signatures to PossiblyWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Ellis, Randy Area:Oklahoma Lines:73 Added:08/25/2016

An initiative petition to let Oklahomans vote on whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes has enough signatures to potentially get on the ballot, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced Tuesday.

Backers of the petition say they hope to get the issue on the November ballot, but state officials say time constraints may make that impossible. If the issue fails to make the November ballot, voters still might get a chance to vote on it later during a special election or the 2018 primary or general election, officials said.

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47 US CA: LTE: Stop Marijuana Damage: Vote 'No' On Prop. 64Sun, 21 Aug 2016
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Kendall, Roy J. Area:California Lines:45 Added:08/25/2016

Re: DEA is blowing more smoke over marijuana, Fresno Bee editorial Aug. 14.

We are like the frogs in the pot of water. Only we the frogs are turning up the heat on ourselves by passing Proposition 64 and making marijuana legal for recreational use. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are at least three problems with marijuana use:

It may cause the user to become paranoid schizophrenic.

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48 US NJ: NJ Weedman Pleads Not Guilty To Drug ChargesWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Avilucea, Isaac Area:New Jersey Lines:128 Added:08/24/2016

TRENTON - Wearing a tailored gray pinstripe suit and a ganja chain dangling from his neck, Trenton's well-known marijuana activist showed up more than 15 minutes late to court Tuesday for his arraignment where prosecutors formally extended a plea offer that could send him to prison for years.

Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion pleaded not guilty to 11 drug-related charges and was offered a 7-year plea to admit guilt to distributing drugs within 1,000 feet of the Daylight/Twilight School in Trenton. Forchion would have to spend three and a half years in prison, prosecutors said, because his past drug convictions make him an "extended-term" offender.

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49US CO: Thornton Votes 5-4 to Allow Four Retail Marijuana ShopsWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Aguilar, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/24/2016

The City Officials Voted 5-4 to Allow a Maximum of Four Retail Shops to Open.

Thornton - The state's largest city with an all-out ban on marijuana sales decided Tuesday to allow the nascent industry, but not before hearing an earful from members of the community.

The Thornton City Council voted 5-4 to allow retail marijuana shops - capped at four citywide - to open in this northern suburb of 135,000. The city, the sixth largest in Colorado, will start accepting applications from would-be dispensary owners Sept. 1.

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50 New Zealand: $300m Gain If Pot Legalised - NZIERThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Author:Dann, Liam Area:New Zealand Lines:51 Added:08/24/2016

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research - a group better known for its views on inflation targeting and GDP growth - says New Zealand should move "sooner rather than later" to legalise marijuana which would generate a net gain of $300 million to the government accounts.

Drawing on Treasury research which found that legalising could reap $150m in new government revenue and reduce spending on drug enforcement by around $180m, NZIER principal economist Peter Wilson concludes that legalisation, combined with heavy taxation, regulation and education would be a better way of reducing social harm from the drug.

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