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1 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Don't Colorado Dispensaries CareThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:11/26/2015

Dear Stoner: Every time I've purchased pot here, it has been either pre-packaged or placed in a plastic container that lets the air out, if it's not already bone-dry by the time I buy it. Am I going to the wrong dispensaries, or do Colorado dispensaries not care about fresh bud? Right Near the Beach Boy

Dear Beach Boy: Many dispensaries, such as the Clinic, Green Solution and L'Eagle, sell pre-packed buds so that there's less chance of you buying a product that's contaminated while on display. If you don't like pre-packaged products, then the answer is simple: Call ahead to find out how the shop sells its pot. I can understand why you find pre-packaged purchases undesirable - what you end up with often turns out to be an ugly, malnourished version of that beautiful, stanky bud you saw on display (and thought you were getting) - but that scenario plays out most often at tourist-heavy dispensaries that rely on foot traffic and non-repeat customers. If the packaging is a bottle and not a sealed bag, you can always ask the budtender to check out the buds for dryness before making your purchase, or just ask him or her what has been on the shelf the longest.

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2 US AZ: A Call To ActionThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Ruben, Aari Area:Arizona Lines:70 Added:11/26/2015

Now's the time to get involved in the cannabis social movement

Many social movements have been taking hold in our nation recently. For example, same-sex marriage has moved from social acceptance to being fully legal. Cannabis law reform is a hot topic in politics and the media, as well as more and more states jumping onboard. Times are good, and there is much fulfilling work to be done on these and other humanitarian fronts. However, I am making a public call to action, asking for your participation in these movements. It isn't hard, there are events happening all the time.

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3 US CO: Column: Cannabis Club Reopens After Renovations, CityWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Swartzell, Griffin Area:Colorado Lines:85 Added:11/26/2015

West-side weed

The west side's newest cannabis club, Canna Canyon (1507 W. Colorado Ave.), is open. Owner and CEO Aaron Stone has a strong background in the weed business, having worked on both the medical and recreational sides. The former JP Wellness owner ended a year-long stint as operator of The Lazy Lion in August to create his own club, aiming for what he describes as the pure club experience - something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge or brewers union.

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4 CN ON: LCBO Should Control Pot, Too, Union Boss SaysWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Battersby, Sarah-Joyce Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:11/26/2015

Government-run weed store is a wrong-headed approach, marijuana advocates say after labour leader prompts talks

Stocking weed alongside wine at the LCBO is the best way to protect public health, say addiction experts. But for marijuana advocates it's more of the same prohibition.

In a statement released Monday, the union representing LCBO workers said the provincially owned stores are the ideal place to sell marijuana, should the federal government legalize it.

"If they do legalize it, then it's a drug," Warren (Smokey) Thomas told the Star. "So we think that, like alcohol, it should be controlled."

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5 US CO: Column: Mainstream Cannabis Comes To ColoradoThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:98 Added:11/26/2015

Celebrities Bring Big Money and Big Names to a Capped Marijuana Industry

On Nov. 9, Colorado's weed scene gained its capstone endorsement - Snoop Dogg launched his very own line of marijuana products including flower, chocolate bars, shatter, wax, drops and other candies.

Although there is talk of other celebrities launching high-end cannabis product lines in Colorado - from Freddie Gibbs to Willie Nelson to Bob Marley's family - the first cannabis launch and surrounding media storm goes to Snoop Dogg. Ever since he came onto the hip-hop scene in 1992 as a featured artist on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop Dogg has been an advocate and unofficial spokesperson for marijuana, and his place amongst its emerging industry seems natural.

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6 US CA: Column: When Free Weed Doesn't WorkThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:124 Added:11/26/2015

It's a good time to be one of California's roughly 1.1 million marijuana users. Yes, cannabis is legal for recreational purposes in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and elsewhere - but so what? In the Golden State, weed is also widely available - and for free.

For years, medical cannabis dispensaries have offered promotional gimmicks like a free joint or edible for first-time patients. This year, as the state's biggest cash crop inched towards $2 billion in legal sales at storefronts, several outfits started offering free eighths (worth about $50) - and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that patients are aware of the offer of free pot.

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7 Mexico: Hearts Under SiegeThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Mejia, Brittny Area:Mexico Lines:154 Added:11/26/2015

Mexico's drug violence casts a long shadow over the city of Ocotlan, and the Southern Californians who love it.

The children paid no heed to the priest from Jalisco as he celebrated a fiesta Mass in the backyard of a La Puente ranch, or to their parents urging them to sit still for the misa, or even to the rooster crowing nearby.

They were too busy studying the animals they didn't see in Los Angeles every day: a small herd of goats, a single black pig - and a troupe of dancing horses.

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8 US CA: Column: Old School RevisitedThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:59 Added:11/26/2015

I have been smoking weed for years and always held my hits in as long as possible. I am now thinking that maybe I should smoke weed like a cigarette without holding it in long. Has there been any research into what's most effective and is less harmful to the lungs?

- -A Reader

Gone are the days when people thought you needed to hold in a hit as long as possible to let that good THC swirl around in your lungs. Giant coughing jags and teary eyes are so last century. The new way is to just take a good hit and let it out normally. You get the same high, but with no lung irritation, less coughing and less tar. If you would like to invite me over to give you some tips and pointers, let me know.

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9US AR: Editorial: A Disturbing PollTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

Medical Marijuana's Support Grows

WHAT A shocking poll. And it has nothing at all to do with The Donald, Dr. Carson, or any of the other presidential hopefuls crowding your television sets.

The political science types at the University of Arkansas have come out with their annual Arkansas Poll, or what they call The Arkansas Poll, that definite article being all the rage these days. Folks working on the poll interviewed 800 Arkies back in October, and found some interesting things. Some were expected: People in Arkansas like Asa!, the president not-so-much, and oppose same-sex marriage.

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10 CN MB: LTE: Going To PotTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Jones, Norma Area:Manitoba Lines:35 Added:11/26/2015

Re: "Liquor Marts should sell legalized pot: Selinger," Nov. 20.

Manitoba's premier wants future marijuana sales to be similar to alcohol - which is very bad news for our teenagers and young adults. Both alcohol and drug use can affect the developing brain in terms of emotional and cognitive development. Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana are twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and challenges with learning. It is preposterous that Mr. Selinger truly believes that Liquor and Lotteries' employees will advise buyers on the risks of marijuana use. Even if they do, the drug is going to be that much more 'acceptable' and more likely to be consumed by our young people.

Norma Jones

(Well, it's not exactly a Manitoba plan - our new PM is the one proposing the government sell pot.)


11 CN MB: PUB LTE: Booze More Dangerous Than DopeTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rasmussen, Randy Area:Manitoba Lines:33 Added:11/26/2015

Re: The dope dilemma (Nov. 21). While I don't want to minimize the hazards of smoking marijuana and driving, leafing through the pages following Gordon Sinclair Jr.'s article was interesting.

There I read an article about a man who had been beaten senseless and left with permanent brain damage.

The next article described how a woman had been brutally beaten to death. Both crimes were carried out by extremely intoxicated men.

I can't recall ever reading of any violent crime committed by someone high on pot.

Maybe society would be better off with more pot smokers and fewer drinkers.

Randy Rasmussen



12CN PI: OPED: Time For HIV Leadership In CanadaMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Edmiston, Laurie Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

It's a question I often hear on World AIDS Day (December 1), when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada?

More than 70,000 Canadians are living with HIV and on average seven to eight new infections happen every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada's overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don't show, however, is that HIV has reached epidemic levels in key populations across the country.

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13CN BC: Editorial: Feds Should Act On MarijuanaTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

The City of Victoria shouldn't be regulating marijuana dispensaries, but it doesn't have much choice. Given lack of federal action and regulations, the city must do what it can to bring some order to the wild-west marijuana trade. The city is seeking public input on its proposed regulations for licensing marijuana dispensaries, a necessary step to keep pot shops from popping up on every corner. That's not much of an exaggeration - about 18 months ago, only four marijuana-related businesses were in operation in the city. There are now 23 and probably more on the way.

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14 US CA: Column: Humboldt's SpecialtyThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:90 Added:11/26/2015

Outdoor Cultivation Ordinance Barrels Along

Humboldt County's outdoor medical marijuana land use ordinance looks like it will meet its early December deadlines, though much remains to be done before it could hit the county books by the looming state-imposed deadline.

The Humboldt County Planning Commission finalized its directions to county staff on Nov. 20, following dozens of hours of public comment and discussion over several weeks of meetings.

Senior Planner Steve Lazar attributed the progress to the commission's "aggressive" hearing schedule, and sounded relatively confident over the phone on the Monday before Thanksgiving that a revised draft will be approved by the planning commission on or before its Dec. 3 meeting. That would give supervisors the opportunity to review the draft and, if miracles don't cease, pass the ordinance by March 1. According to the package of state laws passed earlier this year, the county will cede local control if regulations aren't passed by then.

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15 US MI: Column: Make the Right Choice: Support MILegalizeWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:164 Added:11/26/2015

We're heading into the final rounds of the petition drives to legalize recreational marijuana here in Michigan. The MILegalize petition drive is expected to round things up by the end of December. The competing petition circulated by the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) is expected to finish up in January.

In case you were wondering, the MILegalize petition is clearly the one you should support and the law you should vote for when the time comes.

The MILegalize campaign comes from the Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee, which is mainly made up of the activists who have been fighting to change the marijuana laws in Michigan for many years. These are the people who have stood with the many municipal initiatives to legalize marijuana in cities across the state. These are the people who have rallied to support those who have been unjustly prosecuted in spite of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). They have fundraised, and stood on the state Capitol steps, and lobbied in the legislature. Michigan NORML, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the Michigan Green Party have endorsed MILegalize.

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16Canada: Now's The Time for Leadership in Fight Against HIVSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Edmiston, Laurie Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

"HIV in Canada?" It's a question I often hear on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada?

More than 70,000 Canadians are living with HIV and, on average, seven to eight new infections happen every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada's overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don't show, however, is that HIV has reached epidemic levels in key populations across the country.

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17 CN BC: Draft Marijuana Dispensary Bylaw In The AirThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Chief, The (CN BC) Author:Thuncher, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:11/26/2015

Squamish currently has no restrictions on dispensaries

Squamish may soon have a marijuana dispensary policy.

District staff is currently working on devising a policy after Councillor Susan Chapelle put forward a motion at council last week that staff look at marijuana dispensary business licensing. The motion called for adequate fees and zoning including setbacks from inappropriate locations.

"We have no bylaws that restrict dispensaries. For the safety of the public, we need to restrict areas close to schools and public buildings," Chapelle told The Squamish Chief.

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18 US FL: 5 Growers Get State's 1st Pot LicensesTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Powers, Scott Area:Florida Lines:118 Added:11/26/2015

The Florida Department of Health has awarded licenses to Knox Nursery in Central Florida and four other growers in other regions of the state to become the first in Florida to legally grow marijuana and manufacture medicines from it.

Knox, a Winter Garden greenhouse operator, was selected from among eight companies vying to get the state's exclusive license for the 18-county region that forms a broad swath from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach and includes Orlando.

The Florida Department of Health issued the northwest-region license to Hackney Nursery Co.; the northeast to Chestnut Hill Tree Farm; the southwest to Alpha Foliage; and the southeast to Costa Nursery Farms.

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19US FL: College Football Coaches Grapple With MarijuanaTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Thompson, Edgar Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

Florida State University defensive back Greg Reid was supposed to be a first-round NFL draft pick.

University of Florida defensive back J.C. Jackson was supposed to be an elite playmaker in the Southeastern Conference.

University of Central Florida running back Will Stanback was supposed to help carry the Knights' offense during what has turned out to be a dismal season.

Instead, their links to marijuana altered the trajectory of their promising careers.

At least 12 UF players have been linked to marijuana use by law enforcement since the start of former coach Will Muschamp's tenure in 2011, and the number is not considered exceptionally high for major college-football programs. Arrest figures were much higher during former Gators coach Urban Meyer's tenure. When schools announce that football players have been suspended for undisclosed rule violations, many immediately suspect marijuana was involved.

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20 South Africa: Ill Man Joins Bid To Legalise DaggaTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Citizen, The (South Africa) Author:Lange, Ilse de Area:South Africa Lines:62 Added:11/26/2015

Medicinal: Claims herb reduces pain, nausea

Court bid to decriminalise use of cannabis and allow recreational use.

A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple's constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner, Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year.

Thorp, who has numerous health problems, wants the use and possession of dagga for medicinal purposes legalised.

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21 CN ON: Province Not High On Pot At LCBO?Tue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:11/26/2015

Ontario is not ready to talk about selling pot in liquor stores, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says.

"It would be premature to discuss what will happen with the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana," Sousa said Monday.

Warren "Smokey" Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) - which represents LCBO employees - told the

Toronto Sun Friday that the most socially responsible place to sell legal bud would be through the government-owned liquor retail chain.

"If legalization happens, marijuana must be a controlled substance, and no one has more experience retailing controlled substances than the workers at the LCBO," Thomas said in a statement Monday. "The LCBO has a solid track record of responsibly selling alcohol and would bring the same service standard to marijuana."

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22 Canada: OPED: Why Easing Marijuana Laws Is A Good First StepWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Glenny, Misha Area:Canada Lines:86 Added:11/26/2015

MISHA GLENNY Author of Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's commitment toward major drug law reform is a welcome if belated recognition that when it comes to marijuana, Canada has been an emperor with no clothes for several years.

For two decades, Canada has been a major producer, consumer and exporter of marijuana. As in the rest of the Western world, research indicates that less than 20 per cent of the product is interdicted by law enforcement. This is nowhere what is needed to dissuade marijuana producers and distributors, large and small, from engaging in their activities. Prohibition increases the value of the commodity and profits hit stratospheric levels unknown in legitimate business.

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23 CN ON: Zero Tolerance For Impaired DriversTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Sonnenberg, Monte Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:11/26/2015

Abusers of illegal and prescription drugs were reminded this week that you don't need alcohol to be charged with impaired driving.

"There are ways to detect for substances other than alcohol," Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said at Monday's kickoff to the force's 2015 holiday RIDE program. "If there's enough evidence to lay the charge, we will lay the charge."

This aspect of impaired driving is timely now that the federal Liberals have been elected with a mandate to legalize marijuana.

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24 US NH: My Turn: Drug War Belongs In Dustbin Of HistoryWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Concord Monitor (NH) Author:Walker, Bill Area:New Hampshire Lines:111 Added:11/26/2015

We can't solve a problem without knowing its origin. To solve America's drug problem, we have to know the history of the drug war.

The drug war did not start with Richard Nixon. It wasn't a Republican idea, or a traditional idea. The drug war was launched before the First World War by utopian Progressive Democrats.

Woodrow Wilson signed the first federal drug law in 1914, the Harrison Act. It was intended as a weapon against opiate-using "Orientals." Some doctors supported it because it granted them a prescription monopoly. At first, the Harrison Act only increased the cost of opiates to users. But soon the doctors fell victim as well, as the Harrison Act was used to imprison pain doctors and even those who ran opiate-addiction treatment clinics.

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25 Australia: Family Calls For Medicinal Cannabis AmnestySun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Gartrell, Adam Area:Australia Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Five weeks ago, Bill Shorten visited Cherie and Trevor Dell in their Sydney home to talk about how medicinal cannabis is helping their daughter Abbey, aged 3.

The very next day, the police came knocking.

Abbey suffers from a genetic disorder which results in constant violent seizures.

They tried every legal medicine and treatment under the sun but found that nothing worked. Eventually, desperate to relieve Abbey's suffering, they turned to underground suppliers that provide illegal medicinal cannabis oil to families in need.

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26US: Actress Shared Life, Lsd With Cary GrantSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Bernstein, Adam Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Writer starred in films with movie legend and took up causes to help others

Betsy Drake, an actress and writer who in the 1950s introduced her then-husband, Cary Grant, to the hallucinogen LSD, endured his infatuation with Italian screen siren Sophia Loren and survived the sinking of the Andrea Doria ocean liner, died Oct. 27 at her home in London. She was 92.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Michael Schreiber, who did not cite a specific cause.

Drake, whose grandfather helped build the landmark Drake and Blackstone hotels in Chicago, described a life of glittering highs and shattering lows. She spent her earliest years in Paris, where her U.S. expatriate parents embraced the roar of the Roaring '20s.

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27 UK: PUB LTE: Swiss Lead Way On Drugs PolicySun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Sunday Herald, The (UK) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United Kingdom Lines:34 Added:11/24/2015

REGARDING the commentary by Howard Wooldridge, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation (The lives and trillions of dollars sacrificed on the altar of futile modern prohibition, Comment, November 15). Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting. Its success has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Expanding prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organised crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without the advertising. As long as criminals control cannabis distribution, consumers will come into contact with sellers of hard drugs. Cannabis prohibition is a gateway drug policy.

Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC


28 US CA: Trimmigrants Flock To California To Process MarijuanaSun, 22 Nov 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Anderson, Glenda Area:California Lines:261 Added:11/24/2015

WILLITS - Except for traffic passing through on Highway 101, this northern Mendocino County city is relatively quiet much of the year. But for three months in the fall, it gets an influx of world travelers lured by marijuana-trimming jobs, temporarily swelling the town's population of under 5,000 and instilling it with an international flavor.

They're called trimmigrants and they are an integral part of the North Coast's lucrative marijuana industry, estimated to be worth billions of dollars and widely considered to be a major economic driver in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. But, like the pot industry itself, reaction to their presence is mixed. The migrant workers contribute to the economy, but many effectively are homeless. Though the growers who employ them typically provide housing or a place to camp, when not working, they camp illegally in parks, alleys and along railroad tracks and rivers. Some can't find jobs and turn to panhandling and frequenting food banks.

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29 New Zealand: Surprise Find In Dope StudyFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Author:Johnston, Martin Area:New Zealand Lines:76 Added:11/24/2015

Visual test shows better scores in children exposed to drug in utero

Smoking cannabis during pregnancy produces infants who score better on one measure of brain development, according to a study of New Zealand children.

The researchers say their test outcome cannot be construed as maternal marijuana use being good for babies' brains.

Drinking alcohol, however, led to worse scores - and when both drugs were used, they cancelled each other out.

But the optometry and psychology researchers who did the study warn that women should not self-medicate on the strength of their findings because cannabis use in pregnancy is also known to lead to poor outcomes on other measures of brain development,

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30 New Zealand: PUB LTE: One Approach To Drugs FightFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Dominion Post, The (New Zealand) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:New Zealand Lines:38 Added:11/24/2015

Regarding Jane Bowron's thoughtful column (November 16), there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation. Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting.

The success of the Swiss programme has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Expanding prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organised crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without the advertising.

As long as criminals control cannabis distribution, consumers will come into contact with sellers of hard drugs. Cannabis prohibition is a gateway drug policy.

Robert Sharpe

Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC


31US NJ: Marijuana Possession Arrests On Rise In NJTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

TRENTON (AP) - Nearly double the number of people were arrested for marijuana possession in a year in New Jersey compared to 20 years ago, according to the latest figures available.

The change runs counter to the nationwide trend as public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, leading generally to a decline in arrests.

Udi Ofer, executive director of New Jersey' ACLU chapter, said he's especially concerned by the numbers because studies show African-Americans are charged with simple possession three times as much as whites despite both groups having the same usage rates for the drug.

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32US NJ: OPED: Legal Marijuana Not The AnswerTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) Author:Litterer, Diane Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Currently, New Jersey leaders are considering legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana in addition to permitting the cultivation of marijuana in a person's home.

The lessons being learned in Colorado make it clear that legalizing marijuana is a dangerous proposal that will negatively affect the health and wellness of New Jersey residents. Legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has caused youth to develop low perceptions of risk towards marijuana use. This is being exacerbated by the changing social acceptance and increased visibility and availability through open use by adults and older peers. States like Colorado, which have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana use, have the highest rates of youth and adult marijuana use in the nation.

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33 US NJ: In N.J., Marijuana Arrests IncreasingMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Hefler, Jan Area:New Jersey Lines:136 Added:11/24/2015

Nationwide, the Numbers Have Dropped. Some Critics Point to a Crackdown Spurred by Governor.

As public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, nationwide arrests for simple possession of pot have dropped in recent years. New Jersey is going in the opposite direction.

Marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, according to the latest New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports.

In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years, and nearly double the amount in 1993, when the state's population was 12 percent less, based on state police statistics and an analysis by the ACLU of New Jersey. In the five years prior to 2013, arrests had hovered around 22,000.

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34US AK: Last-Minute Alaska Marijuana Residency RequirementTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

The Marijuana Control Board will meet again to take a look at Alaska residency requirements after an 11th-hour change to its rules was met with shock and concern by both the state and industry supporters.

On Dec. 1, the board "will discuss and may amend residency requirements" that were adopted last week, the board announced in an email.

While marijuana businesses must be 100 percent Alaska-owned, on Friday the board changed the definition of what it takes to qualify as an Alaskan.

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35 US MA: PUB LTE: Paranoid Over PotTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:White, Stan Area:Massachusetts Lines:30 Added:11/24/2015

I'm sure that Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings means well ("Cops: Legal pot 'makes no sense'," Nov. 16). However, the cannabis (marijuana) "gateway theory" was discredited over a decade ago, and even the prohibitionist federal government stopped making that claim.

Cannabis is no more likely to lead to heroin addiction than beer or milk. The prohibition of cannabis, on the other hand, has been associated with increased hard-drug addiction rates - by, among other things, putting cannabis users in contact with people who may also sell hard drugs including heroin.

Caging responsible adults who choose to use the relatively safe cannabis is what "makes no sense."

- - Stan White, Dillon, Colo.


36 US NY: PUB LTE: Legalizing Drugs Would Eliminate A Lot Of CrimeMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Hoffman, Dan Area:New York Lines:39 Added:11/24/2015

It's normal to think of drug legalization as radical. Drug illegality has been with us all of our lives, and we all know the harm caused by illegal drugs. Realizing one thing, though, demonstrates that the need to force this traffic aboveground is absolute.

Alcohol prohibition sought to stem an established market, but drug prohibition has been establishing its market, and very effectively.

Together they brought about the first, and next great growth opportunities for organized crime. Hoods are here from all over the world now to participate, as we fund wars and dictatorships through them. As law scrambles to cope with new substances it doesn't yet cover, these vanish from corner stores and enter the underground flood, in supplies furnished by factories operating openly in China.

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37CN BC: Public Asked To Weigh In On Pot Dispensary RulesFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Council votes to move ahead while federal regulations are developed

Victoria will take its proposed marijuana dispensary licensing regulations to the public for feedback.

City councillors earlier said they wanted to hear from the new federal government about its proposals for legalizing and regulating marijuana before proceeding with a business licensing bylaw.

The majority of council agreed Thursday with staff that there is value in consulting with the public on the city's proposed regulations while federal changes are being developed.

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38 CN MB: Liquor Marts Should Sell Legalized Pot: SelingerFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Pursaga, Joyanne Area:Manitoba Lines:43 Added:11/24/2015

Manitoba's premier wants the vast majority of future marijuana sales to be handled just as alcohol ones are - under Crown corporation control.

Premier Greg Selinger said he believes those sales - which the federal Liberal government has promised to legalize - should take place through Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries staff within Liquor Marts. The only exception would be for rural areas, where that option isn't available.

"The system we have in Manitoba allows for greater social responsibility, 2% of the (revenues) are re-invested back into social responsibility ... and to make sure that the public is safely served," said Selinger.

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39CN BC: Deadline Comes And Goes, Pot Shops Still OperatingFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Hinks, Aaron Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

It was business as usual for most Nanaimo medical marijuana dispensaries yesterday, despite a letter from the RCMP threatening to 'arrest all employees and patrons on site,' if the establishments continued to operate.

The cease-and-desist letter was handed to 10 pot dispensary owners and managers on Nov. 12. The letter gave owners seven calendar days to shut down or possibly face criminal charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The threat encouraged owners, managers and supporters to gather for at least two meetings to discuss how to respond. Almost all Nanaimo dispensaries stayed open Thursday. None had been raided by the RCMP by the end of the working day.

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40 CN BC: Parents Urged To Talk To KidsFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC) Author:Smith, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:11/24/2015

While parents often feel like the teacher in Charlie Brown when they're talking to their teens, the truth is that what they say matters. And kids are listening.

Sure, they might glaze over after the tenth time you've asked them to clean their room this week, but when it comes to drugs and alcohol, they are listening.

"What you say and do matters," said Dr. Marvin Krank, who recently gave a public presentation at Vernon Secondary School titled Talking To Your Kids About Drugs.

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41 CN BC: College Defends Methadone FeeFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, says a doctor from Vancouver Island.

Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.

Counselling is also a service supported by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"They don't expect you just to see the patient, they expect you to provide a program," Clelland said in an interview about the medical-licensing and regulatory body.

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42CN BC: Methadone Clinic Fee Necessary, B.C. Doctor ArguesFri, 20 Nov 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Counselling a crucial part of the process for recovering addicts

Methadone-dispensing fees that are the focus of legal action in British Columbia must be charged to secure crucial support services for recovering addicts, says a doctor from Vancouver Island.

Dr. Jane Clelland said while the province pays for physicians and drugs, public money doesn't cover counselling, which she called necessary.

Counselling is also a service supported by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"They don't expect you just to see the patient, they expect you to provide a program," Clelland said in an interview about the medical-licensing and regulatory body.

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43 CN ON: LCBO: Sell Pot Here!Sat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:11/24/2015

Union cites 'social responsibility'

TORONTO - Government-owned liquor stores would be the best choice to sell legal pot in Ontario, the union representing LCBO staff says.

"If it is legalized, the LCBO should sell it for social responsibility," Warren "Smokey" Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), said in an e-mail Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger has recommended it be sold in government-owned liquor stores.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa hasn't addressed the possibility of selling marijuana in LCBO stores, but earlier said legalization will be a "national conversation."

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44CN AB: Editorial: Fighting FentanylSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

The idea of getting tougher with people caught selling fentanyl could help authorities make inroads into getting this modern-day scourge off Calgary's streets. Crown prosecutors are expected to start arguing in court that the drug is more dangerous than other substances and ask that judges deny bail to those accused of peddling fentanyl, as well as handing down stiffer sentences.

"We're going to consider cases of fentanyl that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt to be serious and must be treated seriously," said Shelley Tkatch, Alberta's deputy chief federal prosecutor.

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45CN SN: Life-Saving Naloxone Kits Hit The StreetsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:French, Janet Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2015

Potentially life-saving kits that can halt a drug overdose are available in Saskatoon through a new pilot project.

Satchels containing two doses of the drug naloxone are available at Mayfair Drugs to people who use opiates such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone and oxycodone, the Saskatoon Health Region announced Friday.

"It's one of those programs you hope you never have to use," said Brenda McAllister, the region's methadone program manager.

Close friends and family of people with addictions and people who work in community-based organizations may also qualify for the kits, addictions specialist Dr. Peter Butt said. People suffering an overdose can't inject themselves.

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46 US NY: Editorial: Cut Sentences For Nonviolent FelonsMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:78 Added:11/24/2015

Now that Congress is within sight of passing the most significant federal sentencing reforms in a generation, it's worth taking a closer look at where the legislation falls short.

The main driver of the federal prison population is, by far, the dramatic increase in the time people spend behind bars - specifically, those convicted of drug offenses, who account for nearly half of the nation's 199,000 federal inmates. From 1988 to 2012, the average time served for drug crimes more than doubled in length, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. That increase in the length of drug sentences comes at a great expense: an estimated $1.5 billion each year, based on how much it costs to keep a federal inmate behind bars.

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47 US CA: Supervisors Ban Outdoor Medical Pot GrowsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Kirby, Sarah Area:California Lines:66 Added:11/24/2015

Indoor growing would still be allowed

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has moved to ban outdoor cultivation of medical marijuana, but indoor growing would still be allowed.

The board voted 4-1 Tuesday on the ordinance, which is based on Shasta County's outdoor growing ban. A second reading is planned for Dec. 8.

"Banning outdoor grows provides safer grows," District 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff said. "From stories I was told, grows are a safety risk to other residents because people want to steal pot."

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48 US OR: PUB LTE: Ignorance And BigotryMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Tourzan, David Area:Oregon Lines:39 Added:11/24/2015

I was shocked to read Medford councilor Daniel Bunn referring to medical marijuana users as drug users and that "People are afraid of these people, and they should be."

My 73-year-old father uses marijuana-infused tincture to treat his tremors, and can now pour my mom tea without fear of scalding her. My uncle uses a different tincture to keep him alive during his chemotherapy treatment for cancer. My little niece in California uses another form to stop her daily seizures that were literally killing her. They are not drug users to be feared.

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49 New Zealand: Crack Down On P-Using TenantsSat, 21 Nov 2015
Source:Press, The (New Zealand) Author:Hume, Myles Area:New Zealand Lines:89 Added:11/24/2015

Tenants contaminating state houses with P face year-long bans from renting Housing New Zealand (HNZ) homes and steep costs to have the properties repaired.

HNZ is taking a hardline against illegal activity as it combats a growing number of homes contaminated by the use and manufacture of the Class A drug methamphetamine, also known as P.

Drug-abusing tenants can expect to be evicted and taken to the Tenancy Tribunal to pay the thousands of dollars it costs to decontaminate properties. HNZ can also suspend them from being in one of its houses for up to a year.

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50 US CA: 3,500 Signatures on Yuba County Pot Dispensary PetitionsTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:50 Added:11/24/2015

Supporters of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Yuba County have filed petitions containing more than 3,500 signatures in their effort to force a countywide vote on the issue.

County election officials confirmed that the Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis group submitted initiative petitions on Friday afternoon. They were filed nearly three months ahead of a Feb. 13 deadline.

Election officials on Monday morning had not yet verified the number of signatures contained in the dispensary petitions, but supporters said they total 3,587.

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