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1 US CA: Area Vexed By Mishmash Of Pot RulesSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:98 Added:07/05/2015

From Yuba County officials' perspective, there is a bit of a domino effect that comes into play when talking about regulating medical marijuana cultivation.

The notion is growers were pushed out of Butte County and into Yuba when the former enacted tighter growing regulations and when voters last year

"It was presented to people that it was all but legalized here (Yuba County)," said Supervisor John Nicoletti.

That has at least been partially borne out when growers at times went before the board last year, appealing fines and saying they weren't aware of county regulations.

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2 US WA: Legal Pot, Year 1: Neither Best nor Worst ForecastsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Young, Bob Area:Washington Lines:201 Added:07/05/2015

WHAT HAPPENED? The revenue bonanza predicted by some for recreational marijuana hasn't materialized in the first year; nor have the horrors imagined by opponents.

Before Washington voters could decide on legal weed, finance whizzes in state government had to project its tax bounty.

The forecasters looked into their Excel tables and shrugged.

The state's take, they said, from pot taxes in the first year of sales could be nothing - or could be as much as $249 million. That was the uncertain future facing an untested state-regulated system operating in defiance of the federal ban on all marijuana.

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3 US WA: Legal Pot Sales Earn Wash. $70m In TaxesSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Johnson, Gene Area:Washington Lines:72 Added:07/05/2015

Two New Laws Aim to Give Some Relief to Farmers, Processors and Retailers

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day. And, who knows - the industry might even start making some money.

Washington pot farmers, processors and retailers have complained all year that heavy state and federal tax burdens, along with competition from an unregulated medical marijuana market, have made it difficult for them to do business.

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4US CA: OPED: Enforce Environmental Regulations on Illegal PotSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Little, Jane Braxton Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Pot is killing coho salmon. Trickle by trickle, spring by tiny spring, the cold, clear water these fish need to survive is going to weed.

Illegal marijuana cultivation is widely recognized as an environmental menace, polluting streams and forests with pesticides and damaging wildlife and habitat by bulldozing trees and soil to create grow sites. Less well known are the impacts of water diverted to pot plants and their cumulative effects on coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, all threatened species.

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5 CM BC: Column: Cannabis And CompromisesThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Best, Allen        Lines:382 Added:07/05/2015

In 2012 Colorado voters legalized the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some ski towns have embraced marijuana, treating it little differently than alcohol. But others have been biding their time.

To Vail and other towns, cannabis use by visitors and residents is an undeniable reality. But that doesn't mean they will allow stores selling THC-infused products.

Here in Canada recreational marijuana use is still illegal though access to medical marijuana has been completely reinvented. This has come with its own headache.

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6 US CA: Wtf, Dfw?Thu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Garvin, Cosmo Area:California Lines:194 Added:07/05/2015

Our Writer Encounters Mavmit, the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Mysterious Anti-Marijuana Task Force

After a strange encounter with an agent from the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, our writer asks: If the Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to catch drug dealers, do they know what they're doing?

The next time you're running errands around town, beware: You might wind up in the Department of Fish and Wildlife's marijuana dragnet.

I know, that sounds ridiculous. But, seriously, watch out.

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7 US OR: PUB LTE: Meth Is the Real Problem in Pendleton, NotFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) Author:Cronin, Jerry Area:Oregon Lines:62 Added:07/05/2015

Marijuana is legal. Months have gone by since the election but there is no plan for the implementation of this law. There are hundreds of locals who rely on medical marijuana for its medicinal qualities.

There was a recent East Oregonian editorial on the topic of medical marijuana dispensaries. It reminded me of the movie "Reefer Madness," made in 1936 and based on the exaggerated effect of marijuana.

The EO had a quote from our police chief that was alarming: "How many deaths is it going to take?" I have read dozens of obits in the EO and have never seen one where the death was caused by marijuana. Former city councilman Keith May said that "he would close his business and move away if a marijuana shop opened on Main Street."

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8US NV: U.S. Seeks Appeal On Money Seizure CaseSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Nevada wants to appeal an order to return $167,000 seized from a Hawaii man who was stopped twice on I-80 near Elko but never charged with a crime.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in a statement this week that his office has asked the solicitor general for authority to challenge U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks' June 12 ruling.

The $167,000 was confiscated from Straughn Gorman in January 2013, but the case could cost the government more than $300,000 because the judge also put the government on the hook to pay attorney fees and costs that Gorman's attorney, Vincent Savarese, said total at least $142,000.

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9US CA: Unedited Video Released Of Officers At Pot Shop RaidSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Pimentel, Joseph Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

An attorney representing a Santa Ana medical marijuana dispensary released the full, unedited video of a recent raid by police that captures Santa Ana officers destroying property and eating medical marijuana.

At a Los Angeles news conference Friday, attorney Matthew Pappas, who represents Sky High Holistic, released to the media the hours-long video from the May 26 raid.

"In some parts of the video, you can clearly see and hear officers saying they are getting light-headed after eating the edibles," Pappas said.

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10 US NJ: Column: What Are They Smoking Running ForSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:133 Added:07/05/2015

This week our infamous governor, Chris Christie, made headlines again with the announcement of his presidential campaign, following the release of polls showing an all time low approval rating by NJ residents. He's also ranked 11th, last place, among all the Republican candidates. Among the many crazy policies he has proposed is his stance on weed. He recently stated that he would go after legal cannabis states if elected president.

With the public support for cannabis growing, and the number of states with legal recreational and medicinal cannabis growing, does Christie really seriously believe the majority of Americans will support a candidate with prohibition campaign?

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11US CA: OPED: Don't Forfeit Property RightsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Sibilla, Nick Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Imagine a place where the government can seize property from people who have not broken the law. The police, sheriffs and prosecutors can auction their property off and use the proceeds to pay their own salaries.

But this isn't a Third World dictatorship. It's California.

Empowered by "civil forfeiture" laws, the government can seize - and keep - cash, cars and real estate without ever filing criminal charges. Thankfully, state Sen. Holly Mitchell has authored Senate Bill 443 to curb this appalling police power. SB443 already passed by a staggering 38-1 vote, and now awaits a key hearing before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on July 14.

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12CN BC: Activist Trying To Force Police To Weed Out VictoriaSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Knox, Jack Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2015

Grey area? There's no grey area when it comes to medical marijuana dispensaries, says Pamela McColl.

"The law is not grey," she says, on the phone from Salt Spring Island. "The law is black and white."

So McColl, who speaks for a group called Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, can't understand why the storefronts are being allowed to proliferate in Victoria and Vancouver. In fact, she has gone to the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner in an attempt to force a crackdown in both cities.

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13 Canada: Buyer BewareThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Posadzki, Alexandra Area:Canada Lines:89 Added:07/04/2015

Tough to Get Mortgage, Insurance for Former Grow Op Homes, Brokers Say

At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for.

It was located in the right neighbourhood, had a double garage and the backyard was spacious enough for the couple's two pugs to frolic in. Perhaps most importantly, it was reasonably priced.

However, a quick Google search revealed the home's shadowy past: it had been busted several years earlier for housing a marijuana grow operation.

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14 CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Shop Bylaws DefendedFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Jang, Kerry L. Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:07/04/2015

Response is common-sense approach to federal failure

Re: City's pot bylaw only benefits criminals, Column, June 30

Ian Mulgrew argues that Vancouver should never have moved to regulate the explosion of marijuana dispensaries because they, unlike legitimate businesses, don't file tax returns with the Canada Revenue Agency.

This perspective entirely misses the point of what the new marijuana dispensary bylaws were designed to do: keep marijuana away from children and sensitive areas of our city, but at the same time allow reasonable access to legitimate medical users who the Supreme Court of Canada has twice ruled should have access.

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15 US OR: Editorial: Pot Prohibition EndsWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Register-Guard, The (OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:66 Added:07/04/2015

New freedom for marijuana brings responsibility

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in eight Oregonians smoke marijuana at least once a month. That means more than 300,000 Oregonians are free of a cause for fear today. Those people no longer have to worry about being arrested for marijuana possession. The most important provision of Measure 91, approved by the voters last November, takes effect today, ending pot prohibition.

As with alcohol prohibition, the end of marijuana prohibition doesn't mean that anything goes. It will still be possible to get into a lot of trouble with the law for any number of pot-related crimes, ranging from providing marijuana to someone under 21 to growing more than four marijuana plants without a commercial license.

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16 US HI: PUB LTE: Legal Pot Lacks Lure Of ForbiddenSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Hawaii Lines:27 Added:07/04/2015

Marijuana has been quasilegal in the Netherlands for about 40 years, yet the Dutch use cannabis at less than half the rate Americans do ("Legal pot will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 25).

And they use cocaine and heroin at about a third the rate Americans do.

Why? Because in the Netherlands, there is no "lure of the forbidden fruit" like there is in America.

Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

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17 US CO: Denver Campaign Wants Pot In BarsSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:44 Added:07/04/2015

DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only permit people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would let bars or clubs allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with cleanair laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.

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18 US CO: Denver Campaign Would Allow Marijuana Use In BarsSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ)          Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:07/04/2015

DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed?

A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.

Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.

The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots.

It would allow bars or clubs to allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or if smoked, consumed on an outside patio the way cigarette smoking is regulated now. Outdoor smoking sites would have to be shielded from public view.

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19US CO: Editorial: Revised Pot Plan Is Still A StretchSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

Backers of an initiative to allow pot consumption in Denver where it is now off limits have revised their ballot plan since we first discussed it two weeks ago. And the final version is more restrictive than the original idea. But whether the revisions go far enough to make it palatable to voters is another question.

We doubt it, and will be curious to see how major civic and business groups - not to mention the mayor and City Council members - react should sponsors gather enough signatures for the ballot.

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20US OR: Marijuana Giveaway Draws Huge Crowds at Historic WeedSat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Hale, Jamie Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

A big bush of cannabis greeted visitors near the door, where 1,400 people stood in a long, snaking line, waiting hours to get their hands on one thing: seven grams of free marijuana.

This was Weed the People, and organizers looked to make good on their promise to celebrate Oregon's newfound freedom to obtain and consume recreational marijuana.

As of July 1, every Oregonian can legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public (that goes up to eight ounces at home). Since no recreational market is set up, people can't legally purchase the drug, but they are allowed to obtain it from licensed growers for free.

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21 US: Obama Plans Broader Use Of ClemencySat, 04 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Baker, Peter Area:United States Lines:203 Added:07/04/2015

WASHINGTON - Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.

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22 CN ON: 'Let's Get Rid Of The Stigma' Of PotThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Tymczyszyn, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:07/04/2015

Rally held on Canada Day in front of courthouse

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago, he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

"This is what I use for pain relief," he said as he took a drag from a joint.

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23CN BC: City's Pot Policy Likely To Be ModelThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Kirkup, Kristy Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/04/2015

BYLAW: Vancouver first municipality to regulate medical-marijuana storefronts

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's "ideological" changes to federal medicinal marijuana rules will prompt other cities to follow Vancouver's lead and regulate pot shops on their own, says Coun. Kerry Jang.

Jang, a member of the Vision Vancouver majority on council, said he has heard from other municipalities, including Victoria, that are eyeing Vancouver's new bylaws to manage a recent spike in medicinal pot businesses.

Last week, Vancouver became the first Canadian municipality to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, requiring for-profit operators to pay a $30,000 licensing fee and locate at least 300 metres away from community centres, schools, and each other.

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24 CN BC: Scuffle Mars Annual Pot ProtestThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Sieniuc, Kat Area:British Columbia Lines:100 Added:07/03/2015

Organizer Cries Foul Over 'Violent' Treatment by Police, Who Say They Acted After Observing a Marijuana Sale

An event that's been held for 19 years without incident - Vancouver's annual Canada Day marijuana protest - erupted in an ugly confrontation between protesters and police, leaving many up in arms over the city's policing of pot smokers.

Witnesses say they saw at least two dozen officers descend with physical force and pepper spray a modest group of peaceful gatherers at Cannabis Day in the downtown around noon on Wednesday. Four people were arrested, police said.

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25 CN BC: A Chaotic Cannabis Day Amid Arrests, PolitickingThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Kieltyka, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:78 Added:07/03/2015

Advocates Accuse Police of Being Too Aggressive

Arrests and political haggling cast a dark cloud over the annual Cannabis Day event outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Wednesday.

The protest and marijuana festival faced official opposition this year from the City of Vancouver, which ordered organizers to cease advertising the festivities and insisted the unsanctioned event required permits to exist.

A new wrench was thrown in the works Wednesday morning when vendors arrived to the north plaza of the art gallery and discovered the city, within the last two days, fenced off the entire area.

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26CN BC: Four Arrested During Cannabis Day ProtestThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Omand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

The organizer of an annual marijuana protest in downtown Vancouver is blaming the city for an outbreak of violence that led to several protesters being arrested on Canada Day.

Longtime pot activist Jodie Emery said this is the first time in the 20-year history of Cannabis Day the event has experienced any confrontation with police.

"The city has been so tolerant before," she said, speaking outside the Vancouver Art Gallery where the protest was being held. "I don't understand where this is coming from."

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27 US MD: PUB LTE: Cannabis Research In Editorial OutdatedFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Cecil Whig (MD) Author:Raber, Jeffrey C. Area:Maryland Lines:56 Added:07/03/2015

I feel compelled to respond to your recent editorial, "Medical pot: No wonder."

Sadly, the conclusions drawn in the piece are largely based on information that is (1) only peripherally relevant and (2) woefully out of date. The editorial does a disservice to readers by implying the "79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients" cited in the piece represent directly applicable - and current - research on medical cannabis.

The first thing your readers should know is those 79 studies were not focused on what many experts would consider "medical marijuana." The study cited had "an emphasis on 28 randomized clinical trials of cannabinoids" - that is, 28 separate trials on individual molecules including mostly those that have been synthetically derived as only single, pure compounds. Experts overwhelmingly agree that whole-plant-based medicines, those including many molecules made by the plant, are physiologically superior to single-molecule approaches, yet most of the data cited in your editorial was derived from inferior single-molecule studies. It's fair to say that many of the questions and concerns raised by the research you cited are directly attributable to the deficient nature of the studies themselves.

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28 CN ON: 'Let's Get Rid of the Stigma'Thu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Tymczyszyn, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:07/03/2015

Rally Held on Canada Day in Front of Courthouse

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

"This is what I use for pain relief," he said as he took a drag from a joint.

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29 US AZ: Column: Anti-Marijuana Campaign Says More AboutFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ) Author:Denis, Toni Area:Arizona Lines:89 Added:07/03/2015

Marijuana causes kids to kill themselves! It makes IQs drop!! If children accidentally eat edibles, they will be poisoned!!!

OK, now that I have your attention, I just want to say that none of the above is proven to be true. But Sheila Polk, Yavapai County attorney, and her anti-drug MATForce group has spread such propaganda in statewide programs and billboards.

As legalization spreads across this country, many of the early biased studies requiring a negative end result to obtain funding are being disproven. For instance, the assertion that marijuana impacts IQ has been shown untrue by a long-term Australian study and a recent Harvard University report. The Harvard study shows the impact of heavy marijuana use on learning and memory disappears within 28 days of stopping use. Heavy alcohol users, by comparison, have memory deficits for months, or even years.

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30 CN BC: Column: Pot Bylaw Muddying The WatersThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:129 Added:07/03/2015

Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime. Anyone who has followed the controversy about marijuana since the heyday of the Le Dain Commission can only shake his or her head at the lack of common sense.

Every intelligent person who has studied marijuana and the laws that criminalize it has concluded the century-old prohibition should end and the easily cultivated weed more appropriately regulated to help the sick and stop the imprisonment of our kids.

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31CN ON: 'Let's Get Rid of the Stigma' Of PotThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Tymczyszyn, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

Rally Held on Canada Day in Front of Courthouse

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago, he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

"This is what I use for pain relief," he said as he took a drag from a joint.

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32 CN BC: Drop Limits On Pot Transport, Lawyer UrgesWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:07/03/2015

Citing a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling, a B.C. lawyer has asked a Federal Court judge to strike down limits on how much medical marijuana can be carried at one time and whether an individual's grow site can be relocated.

John Conroy is representing small-scale growers challenging the federal government's attempt to prevent them from cultivating their own pot and instead move to a regulated commercial system. Patients, or the producers they designate, are currently able to continue growing cannabis under the terms of a Federal Court injunction as they await a final decision.

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33 CN BC: Cannabis Day Protest Gets DownsizedWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mikle Area:British Columbia Lines:93 Added:07/03/2015

July 1 event will move to smaller south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery this year, and will ban vendor booths and large stage

Organizers of the annual Canada Day marijuana protest are facing a frosty reception from authorities this year after refusing a last minute request from the city to move their hazy party from downtown Vancouver.

Every year on July 1, marijuana activists hold a protest event on the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. In a letter dated June 9, deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston asked the Cannabis Culture organization, run by pot activist Marc Emery, to cease and desist from advertising the event. Mr. Johnston's letter said it could only go ahead if the proper permits were secured.

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34US CA: Editorial: It's Past Time to Regulate Medical MarijuanaFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

The cost of inaction couldn't be more clear.

Acres of ancient trees are disappearing and illegal marijuana farms are popping up in their place. Streams and rivers are being sucked dry, diverted sometimes miles away through plastic pipes into tanks. Several species of fish, along with a rare breed of wild rodent, are on the verge of extinction.

All of this is happening now, all across California, but particularly in the North Coast. All in the name of growing marijuana and meeting consumer demand.

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35US OR: Early Marijuana Sales Program in Oregon Wins FinalFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Mapes, Jeff Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

Oregon adults will be able to purchase limited amounts of marijuana starting Oct. 1 -- three months after possession became legal -- under a bill that won final legislative approval on Thursday.

The House approved the temporary "early sales" program on a 40-19 vote and sent it to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature. If she signs the bill, Oregon will have the quickest retail start for any of the four states that have legalized recreational use of the drug.

In Colorado and Washington, the first two states to legalize marijuana, retail sales didn't start until at least a year after possession became legal. In Alaska, legal possession started in late February but retail sales aren't expected to start until 2016.

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36US AK: State Takes Aim At Marijuana Social ClubsFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

Judging by the scene at Pot Luck Events on Wednesday night, one would never guess the state has advised the club to shut down.

Members had come to the downtown Anchorage marijuana social club to smoke, take dab hits and watch the "Chronic Comedy Show," while eating free candy provided at the nonalcoholic bar. "Bud of the week" samples -- provided by growers, not the club, owner Theresa Collins explained -- were displayed on a table in the back of the room.

Yet the club, which has been open since March, is one of six businesses that received cease-and-desist letters from Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly created Marijuana Control Board, in late June.

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37 CN BC: LTE: 'Don't Buy' Pot ClaimsMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Schmautz, Bob Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:07/03/2015

What a breath of fresh air to read Gordon Clark's columns on medical marijuana. Finally, someone makes sense of the so-called medical benefits of pot.

People who smoke pot will defend it to the end, but in my opinion this has very little to do with medical issues and a whole lot to do with getting high.

Do the people promoting this ever look at some of the images in the media of the pro-marijuana gatherings, like the recent 4/20 event in downtown Vancouver? Is that what they would want their kids to look like?

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38 Canada: Column: My Employer Won't Let Me Work If I Use MedicalMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Lublin, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:94 Added:07/03/2015

Are you facing a burning issue at work? Need help navigating that mine field? Let our Nine to Five experts help solve your dilemma. E-mail your questions to ninetofive@globeandmail.com.

I have worked for a large company for more than 16 years. I have had two serious car accidents, one in 1997 and the other in 2012, resulting in chronic low back pain. In September, my doctor prescribed me medical marijuana as my medications weren't working effectively. I feel much better with it.

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39CN BC: Column: Think Pot Is Benign? It's Not What Colorado HasMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

The nonsense and outright lies that the cannabis quacks profess in using the red herring of "medical" marijuana as a wedge issue toward their ultimate goal of fully legal weed can be divided into two groups of assertions.

In one are their various claims that marijuana is an all-natural wonder drug that can treat and cure a long list of ailments. Scientists and doctors tell us that's crap. With very few exceptions, studies show that marijuana is useless to treat disease and in most cases where it works, there are other better treatments.

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40 Israel: Prof Considered Father Of Medical Marijuana ResearchMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Rawhani, Anisa Area:Israel Lines:95 Added:07/03/2015

Raphael Mechoulam Has Spent the Last 50 Years Studying Cannabinoid Field

He's known as the father of medicinal marijuana research, but if you call Prof. Raphael Mechoulam that, he'll just laugh.

But the name sticks, as he's spent the past 50 years studying the cannabinoid field and is responsible for much of what we know today.

"From a medical point of view, here we have a treasure trove of material, which should be investigated."

Mechoulam was born in 1930 to a Jewish family, when "the wounds of the First Wold War were not too painful anymore and Hitler was still considered a demented curiosity," Mechoulam said in an interview with Addiction.

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41CN BC: A Cannabis Day Of Highs And LowsThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Colebourn, John Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

Pro-Marijuana Activists Go Ahead With Their Annual Protest Despite Warnings From the City

What a bong show. Pot activists and Vancouver police clashed at a Canada Day demonstration on Wednesday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

At least four people were arrested as the so-called protest stretched into a long, hot day full of pro-pot propaganda on the concrete steps of the art gallery.

In defiance of a City of Vancouver order not to hold the annual Canada Day marijuana protest on the gallery's large north plaza, activists and vendors started setting up their booths early Wednesday at the south end of the public facility.

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42 US CA: Column: SF's Dianne Feinstein: 'Worst Senator onThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:132 Added:07/03/2015

Four decades ago, activists gathered once a year in front of San Francisco City Hall to agitate for their cause.

The highlight of the "Day on the Grass" was a ritual smoke-in, with some of the cannabis that one of them also happened to sell out of a Castro District restaurant. Without fail, and in stark contrast to today's elected officials, a sitting San Francisco supervisor would join them.

Harvey Milk was a pioneer not just for gay rights, but also cannabis legalization. He frequently fraternized with self-described dope dealer Dennis Peron, who by 1978 had been busted by San Francisco police multiple times for dealing marijuana.

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43 US CO: Column: Is There A Class For Pot Newbies?Thu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:07/03/2015

Dear Stoner: I could really use instructions on how to break apart a nugget, clean a grinder and roll a joint. Is there an intro-to-marijuana class somewhere?

New to Nugs

Dear Nugs: Most people take Pot Smoking 101 during high school or college, but there are plenty of ways to learn about proper cheeba use without revealing yourself as a newb. Instructional classes on marijuana usually focus on more advanced topics, such as hashmaking, cooking with cannabis or the details of marijuana law and regulations, so you won't find any courses on how to break up a nug (use your hands) or clean a grinder (scrub with rubbing alcohol and rinse with water). But fortunately, we live in the Age of Google. I've been YouTubing how to tie a necktie for about six months now, and our former Stoner helped readers out by compiling a "Marijuana 101 - How to Roll a Joint" video on our website a couple of years back. Some recreational classes (Sushi and Joint Rolling; Puff, Pass & Paint, etc.) that we list in our weekly Cannabis Calendar at westword.Com/news will expose you to new experiences while teaching artistic skills at the same time. The best way to get good at anything, however, is to practice, practice, practice.

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44 US CA: Column: Draft DayThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:227 Added:07/03/2015

Pot PAC Unveils Its Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

In a trio of bombastic speeches on the Humboldt County Courthouse steps this week, members of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt revealed the final draft of an ordinance that seeks to regulate outdoor marijuana growing in the county.

The tone was grandiose. Flanked by 80 or so seeming supporters and a handful of local media, CCVH co-founder Luke Bruner talked about nations slipping into insolvency, quoted Harvey Milk ("Come out!") and called the announcement of the draft ordinance a "great victory for this community."

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45 US: Medical Marijuana ReviewedThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA)          Area:United States Lines:33 Added:07/03/2015

Researchers Say Medi-Pot Is Hit-And-Miss in Treating Conditions It's Commonly Prescribed For

There's evidence that marijuana is moderately effective in treating some conditions it's often prescribed for, and not as much for others, according to a review commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

Researchers combed through previous research-about 80 randomized trials involving 6,500 people, according to WebMD.com. They concluded that there's moderate evidence to support the use of marijuana to treat chronic pain, muscle spasms and involuntary movements, but found it's not as effective against nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight loss due to HIV, sleep disorders or Tourette syndrome, a condition characterized by repetitive motions or sounds.

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46 US CA: Column: Jobs Under AttackThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:66 Added:07/03/2015

Hey, Ngaio. Love the column. My son is interested in a job in the weed industry. What jobs are out there for those looking for employment? Can you please roll up a big fat list of jobs and their respective qualifications? I love him a lot and want him to be successful in his search so I thought your column would be a great place to start.

- -Proud Dad

You are a good dad. Way to support your kid! My parents looked at me hella funny when I started my cannabis career, and now they think it's pretty cool. I was just down at the High Times Cannabis Cup in San Francisco last week, talking to some friends about how amazing it is to have a career in the cannabis industry. Ten years ago, no one really knew what was going to happen to the cannabis industry, and now, there are so many employment opportunities, from being a budtender to having a brick-and-mortar dispensary or a delivery service or working in a testing facility, a grow room, or whatever. This is a good time to get involved in the fastest-growing industry in America.

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47 US NJ: District Adopts Drug Policy, Considers BreathalyzingFri, 03 Jul 2015
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Abdur-Rahman, Sulaiman Area:New Jersey Lines:89 Added:07/03/2015

HAMILTON - Six months after a local schoolteacher resigned following allegations of drug abuse and volatile behavior, the Hamilton Township Board of Education has adopted a comprehensive substance abuse policy that promises "appropriate discipline" against any educator who comes to work tipsy, drunk or drugged up.

"We cannot have teachers come into the schools inebriated or out of control," Hamilton's school board president Tony Celentano said Tuesday in an interview with The Trentonian.

The Trentonian reported in January the explosive allegations surrounding former Crockett Middle School teacher Joseph Mahon, who resigned from his teaching position last December after then Superintendent James Parla pushed for tenure charges and administrative hearings.

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48US AK: Walker Names Appointees for Alaska's First MarijuanaThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2015

The five members who will make up Alaska's first Marijuana Control Board were named Wednesday morning by Gov. Bill Walker.

The Marijuana Control Board is tasked with crafting Alaska's regulations surrounding legalized recreational and commercial marijuana. The board is made up of volunteers and will function under the auspices of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, sharing the staff and resources of the agency.

Walker said in a release the appointees "bring with them decades of experience in public health, business development and rural issues. With their different backgrounds and diverse skill sets, they will help shepherd in regulations for this new industry."

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49 US IN: A Church Of Cannabis Tests Limits Of New LawThu, 02 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Davey, Monica Area:Indiana Lines:107 Added:07/03/2015

INDIANAPOLIS - On the altar, behind a row of flickering candles, the silhouette outline of a marijuana leaf shined in lights. Colored balloons occasionally bounced through the air as the minister of music led a band in a pew-shaking rendition of "Mary Jane," the funk tribute to the drug. And Bill Levin, who was introduced as "the Grand Poobah" of this new church, finished the gathering with a simple message: "Light up, folks!"

As legislation that proponents call a religious freedom law took effect in Indiana on Wednesday, Mr. Levin's First Church of Cannabis held its first service in a quiet neighborhood on this city's Eastside. Mr. Levin, who is 59 and known around here for his wild puff of white hair, dreamed up the church as a way to test the state's new, much-debated law: If the law protects religious practices, he figured, how could it not also permit marijuana use - which remains illegal here - as part of a broader spiritual philosophy?

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50Canada: Column: The Muddled Mess Of Marijuana RegulationsTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Soupcoff, Marni Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/02/2015

It's all a little confusing. A decision by Vancouver city council to regulate and license marijuana dispensaries has been vehemently opposed by federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose. In the lead-up to the passage of the bylaw, Ambrose warned that the new regulation would increase marijuana use and addiction. Once it passed, she stated that she was "deeply disappointed" and that "storefronts selling marijuana are illegal and under this Conservative government will remain illegal."

The confusion comes in because at the same time as the federal government was conjuring up visions of an explosion of pot consumption, Vancouverites' options for obtaining medicinal marijuana were being rather dramatically curtailed. The bylaw requires marijuana dispensaries to obtain a costly $30,000 license and to be spaced at least 300 metres away from schools, community centres, houses and other stores selling marijuana.

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