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1 US CA: LTE: Unhappy With EditingTue, 14 Jan 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Esplanade, Nathan Area:California Lines:51 Added:06/14/2016

Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan Esplanade, Jan. 7):

Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.

In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable medication via the Internet.

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2 US: U.S. Judge, in Striking Move, Sentences Felon toThu, 26 May 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Weiser, Benjamin Area:United States Lines:121 Added:05/26/2016

A federal judge in Brooklyn, in an extraordinary opinion issued on Wednesday that calls for courts to pay closer attention to how felony convictions affect people's lives, sentenced a woman in a drug case to probation rather than prison, saying the collateral consequences she would face as a felon were punishment enough.

The judge, Frederic Block of Federal District Court, said such consequences served "no useful function other than to further punish criminal defendants after they have completed their court-imposed sentences."

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3US CA: Rohrabacher Using Medical MarijuanaThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Staggs, Brooke Edwards Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/26/2016

For more than a year, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, says he took two ibuprofen nightly to deal with severe arthritis. Four hours later - restless, in pain - he would wake and take more medicine.

Then, during a speaking stop at a San Bernardino marijuana festival and trade show, he discovered a cannabis-infused wax that is supposed to relieve pain. The Republican congressman said he decided two weeks ago to skip the ibuprofen and give it a try. The topical treatment didn't make him high, he said. But it eased his pain.

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4 US OR: Column: State Of The Rest Of The StateThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:71 Added:05/26/2016

Not All of Oregon Supports Legal Weed

I HEARD WEED is still not happening in parts of Oregon. What's the latest?

Things are coming around slowly. You know: strikes and gutters, ups and downs.

You may recall that last week, when you dropped off your ballot for the presidential, state, and local races, pot was not on the ballot. For people in Grant and Klamath counties, the opposite was true. Both counties voted on measures to allow medical and retail facilities, and to allow citizens of the empire to access weed as we do here in Portland. Regrettably, both measures failed.

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5 US CA: Column: Too Many TokesThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:67 Added:05/26/2016

Why does cannabis keep getting stronger? My tolerance isn't keeping up.

- -O.G. Lyte-Waithe

Eh. Who knows? It's probably because growing techniques get better and better every year, and Americans love to have the "biggest" and "the most." While most cannabis plants will contain 15 to 18 percent THC, it isn't unheard of for some growers to produce plants that have more than 20 percent THC. Last year at the High Times Cup in Denver, one strain clocked in with an amazing 31.2 percent THC. Talk about a one-hitter quitter. But here's the thing: THC is cool and all, but THC content alone does not indicate a quality cannabis strain.

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6 US NV: Definitive AnswerThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:33 Added:05/26/2016

Recently we received a letter to the editor in response to Brad Bynum's report "Licensed to ill" (cover story, April 28). The letter claimed, "California medical marijuana cards are only good in California as Nevada medical marijuana cards are only good in Nevada."

Pam Graber, spokesperson for the Nevada program, reports in a prepared statement:

"The following states have medical marijuana programs and issue medical marijuana cards: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington. The Medical Marijuana dispensaries of the State of Nevada are authorized to sell medical marijuana to card holders from the states above if the patient presents a state or local government-issued medical marijuana card."

The Nevada card may not be recognized in some states.

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7 US CA: PUB LTE: Supervisors' Measure G a Waste of TaxpayerThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:MacKenzie, Jessica Area:California Lines:45 Added:05/26/2016

On Jan. 12, Butte County supervisors considered a request from development services to add a single sentence to our Right to Farm ordinance, a sentence that would specifically exclude cannabis farmers from its protections.

Here's the problem. Our Right to Farm ordinance offers protection for agricultural operations only when "such operation complies with the requirements of all federal, state and county statutes ..." So, cannabis farmers are already excluded.

At their Jan. 25 meeting, despite public comments against the redundancy, the board voted to approve. Four weeks after that, despite protesting signatures from over 13,000 voters, and in a move that Candace Grubbs' staff report said would cost between $30,000 and $40,000, the board chose to place it on the ballot.

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8US AK: Feds: Goose Creek Correctional Officer Tried to SmuggleThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Klint, Chris Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:05/26/2016

A prison guard at Goose Creek Correctional Center has been arrested on federal drug charges after the FBI says the guard admitted he tried to smuggle heroin and marijuana into the prison for inmates this week.

Court records show Adam Jason Spindler, 32, is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, as well as conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and to possess it with the intent to distribute.

According to a criminal complaint against Spindler written by FBI Special Agent Richard Fuller, the state Department of Corrections earlier this month asked the bureau to investigate suspicions that Spindler - a night-shift guard at Goose Creek since April 2013 - was "smuggling drugs into GCCC for distribution to inmates."

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9 US CA: LTE: Marijuana And PTSD? No Proof It's HelpfulThu, 26 May 2016
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Lippitt, Kathleen Area:California Lines:36 Added:05/26/2016

Regarding "Congress warming to marijuana for vets" (May 22): Does anyone think that contributions or promised marijuana revenues might be responsible for Congress' climate change? Listening only to reps from the marijuana industry may not the best source of unbiased information on marijuana.

Congress has an obligation to create sound public policies that don't put public health or safety at risk. Multiple research studies have found marijuana does not alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, impedes effective PTSD treatment, results in less progress towards recovery and users are found to be more violent than nonusers.

Per the American Psychiatric Association, "There is no current scientific evidence that marijuana is in any way beneficial for the treatment of any psychiatric disorder with current evidence supporting a strong association of cannabis use with the onset of psychiatric disorders."

Kathleen Lippitt

Poway

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10 US NY: LTE: Mexico And MarijuanaThu, 26 May 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Zinsmeister, Jeffrey Area:New York Lines:46 Added:05/26/2016

To the Editor:

Re "Legal Pot, Free Trade" (Op-Ed, May 21): Ioan Grillo's proposal for a Nafta-style market in legal marijuana mistakes a symptom of the organized-crime epidemic in Mexico - the illegal drug trade - for an underlying cause. Rather, the major driver appears to be the corruption infecting all levels of the Mexican state and economy.

Otherwise, it is hard to explain the Mexican government's chronic inability to keep organized crime from dominating so many legal businesses, like casino gambling, cigarettes and even something as banal as mining.

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11 US CA: Column: Greeting The Pot CzarinaThu, 26 May 2016
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:83 Added:05/26/2016

A line of more than 100 eager attendees snaked out of the entrance to Arcata's D Street Neighborhood Center to meet the chief of California's newly formed Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

The czarina, Lori Ajax, started the meeting, explaining to a mostly jovial crowd that the bureau was in its infancy. "I started with the bureau on Feb. 24," she said. "It's the strangest thing when you start at a place and you're the only person."

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12 US OR: Column: Who Hates Cannabis? And Why?Thu, 26 May 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:93 Added:05/26/2016

It's Easy to Forget About Anti-Weed Prohibitionists. Don't.

AS WE APPROACH the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis legalization in Oregon, it's easy to forget about the prohibitionist forces that aren't happy about it. This is a mistake, though-these opponents are spending massive amounts of time, money, and energy to roll back the progress that's been made.

I've always struggled to understand who these prohibitionists are. I get that some religious people have a moral objection to cannabis and its use-which they've somehow extrapolated from that very popular book about the zombie miracle worker with a cool beverage party trick, who struggled with some serious daddy issues before being immortalized as a white Middle Easterner who looks like the Dude.

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13 CN ON: OPED: Want To Address Gun Crime? Tackle Root CausesWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Rusonik, Reid Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:05/26/2016

Robbing and killing your competitors is a completely acceptable and expected form of doing business within the drug trade

The recent shooting death of a pregnant woman has brought widespread attention to the increase in the number of gun-related deaths in Toronto over this time last year. It has also brought about a citywide reflection upon what can be done, including calls for larger police budgets and more "proactive" policing - a thinly veiled appeal for a return to robust "carding" by the police.

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14 CN BC: LTE: Pro-Pot Studies Are BiasedWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Blaikie, Brett Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:05/26/2016

Google "marijuana smoking," as letter writer Peter Lipskis suggests, and you will find that much of the "research" is done by parties with a vested interest or personal bias. Even so, you have to be quite selective to conclude that smoking marijuana does no harm.

The study cited, such as it is, specifies one joint a day. To paraphrase a well-known advertisement, "Bet ya can't smoke just one."

In any case, the study does not cover neurological effects and the associated sociological effects. Potheads are horrible people to be around when they are off their weed, so don't tell me it's not addictive. I have worked with several long-term users and there's no getting around the basic fact that in a society that has spent billions of dollars trying to get cigarette smoke out of public places, pot stinks.

Brett Blaikie, Prince George

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15 CN ON: Judge Rules Ottawa Cops Violated RightsWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Seymour, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:74 Added:05/26/2016

For the second time in less than two weeks, Ontario's top court has overturned a drug conviction after concluding Ottawa police officers seriously violated the rights of a suspect.

Eneida Pino was convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking after Ottawa police seized 50 pot plants from the trunk of her car following a dramatic takedown in June 2010. The officers had been following Pino, 43, after watching her leave a suspected grow-op house.

Pino and a man who was in the car with her described during the trial how an "aggressive" officer blocked the path of their car, shouted and pointed a gun at them. The officer denied that he had pulled his handgun - a claim that Judge David Paciocco concluded was a lie.

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16 CN BC: PUB LTE: Base Cannabis Use Warnings On ScientificTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Lake, Stephanie Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:05/26/2016

Re: High-potency pot poses risks to the developing brain, Opinion, May 16

While we were pleased to see The Sun devote attention to the important topic of adolescent cannabis use, we were disappointed to read Dr. Diane McIntosh's op-ed in which she stated that adolescent cannabis use increases the risk of developing schizophrenia. After intense study, scientists have concluded the evidence to date does not support the claim that cannabis causes schizophrenia. While the correlation between living with schizophrenia and using cannabis has often been observed, much of the research has suggested that the association can be explained, at least in part, by the use of cannabis as a means of self-medication among individuals predisposed to, or living with, schizophrenia.

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17 US OR: Clackamas County Moves Toward Marijuana TaxWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Portland Tribune (OR) Author:Wong, Peter Area:Oregon Lines:121 Added:05/26/2016

Commissioners OK Step After Beefing Up Zoning Enforcement.

Clackamas County voters will be asked to approve a 3 percent local tax on retail sales of marijuana for recreational use.

County commissioners started the process of referring the tax to the Nov. 8 ballot Tuesday, after they approved several steps to beef up enforcement against marijuana-related violations of zoning and development regulations.

"This commission has said we want teeth in this, so let's put some teeth into it," Commissioner Tootie Smith said.

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18 US OR: Editorial: Pot Rules Are A Good First StepWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:51 Added:05/26/2016

Deschutes County commissioners may take the first step toward approval of the rules governing the growing, processing and sales of marijuana in the unincorporated county today. The move would put them on track to adopt county code changes in early June.

It's the right thing to do. Marijuana use, both recreational and medical, is now legal in the state of Oregon and that should mean it's also legal to produce the stuff. What's proposed, meanwhile, strikes a reasonable balance between those who would ban all marijuana production from the county and those who would like to be able to grow, process or sell it anywhere they please.

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19 US CA: Column: The Trouble With Cannabis ReparationsThu, 26 May 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:132 Added:05/26/2016

For decades, being a marijuana advocate required that you be a combination of outlaw, policy wonk, and social-justice warrior. You were pushing illegal conduct, because ending an expensive and racially biased experiment was the right and sensible thing to do - a position backed by data. This came at a cost: The real problems of holding down a job - to this day, casual pot smokers remain closeted for fear of their employers' legal, courts-upheld right to terminate them - while also avoiding undue attention from authorities in government and law enforcement meant most out-there cannabis advocates looked a certain way: mostly white, mostly male. (Quick: Name a female legalization advocate. Now name a black one.)

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20 US AZ: Column: My Favorite DispensaryThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Doe, Mary Jane Area:Arizona Lines:79 Added:05/26/2016

Whether You Are Looking for a Location With Easy Access or Just High Quality Product at a Good Price, the Green Halo Doesn't Disappoint.

My first experience at a dispensary was based on location.

When I received my green card in the mail, I asked my phone to locate the closest dispensary. The Green Halo came up and was less than five miles away.

Located near the I-10 at 7710 S. Wilmot Road, The Green Halo offers easy access even if it is not close to you.

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21 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Can You Smoke Melted PotThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:05/26/2016

Dear Stoner: My brother has cancer, and I think medical marijuana would be better for his pain than Oxycontin, which can be addictive. If you were looking for advice on what strains to use, where would you go?

Marge

Dear Marge: Opiate painkillers work for many people, but I've also seen the addictive effects firsthand: Several kids I went to high school with are now doing heroin because of their opiate addictions.

For cancer patients suffering extreme pain and nausea from their conditions and/or chemotherapy, potent and heavy strains are the way to go. Heavy indicas like Afghani, Alien Rock Candy, Bubba Kush or Grape Ape are all great candidates for insomnia and pain relief. Most strains with the word "Purple" in their names and any indica-leaning kush are also usually a safe bet. Sativa strains like Jack Herer, Tangerine Kush and anything Hawaiian are good for stimulating appetites, but they affect everyone differently.

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22CN ON: Ex-Chief Lauds Legal Pot GrowersWed, 25 May 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Koven, Peter Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

Has overcome 'skepticism'

Toronto MP Bill Blair offered a glowing endorsement of Canada's licensed medical marijuana producers on Tuesday, an indication that they are well positioned to serve the recreational market in the future.

Blair, the former Toronto police chief and current parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice and attorney general, is the federal government's point man on legalizing recreational pot use. He said the licensed producers offer a very strong model to build upon as Ottawa tries to build a functional market.

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23 CN BC: Fentanyl Eclipsing Heroin In VancouverMon, 23 May 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ormand, Geordon Area:British Columbia Lines:66 Added:05/25/2016

Number of Overdoses Rising As Cheaper Drug Gains Popularity, Experts Say

VANCOUVER- For Hugh Lampkin, fentanyl's surge to all but replace heroin on the Vancouver drug scene calls to mind a curious image: a rainbow.

"Traditionally, heroin comes in about four different colours," said the longtime drug advocate, describing a bland palette of beiges, browns and blacks.

"Well now you're seeing multiple colours, like colours of the rainbow: green and pink and orange and white . . . Right away, when you see these colours that's a pretty good indicator that it's fentanyl that you're doing."

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24CN ON: Conviction Overturned After Police Breach Woman's RightsWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Seymour, Andrew Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

Appeals Court Says Charter Violations Necessitated a Verdict of Not Guilty

For the second time in less than two weeks, Ontario's top court has overturned a drug conviction after concluding Ottawa police officers seriously violated the rights of a suspect.

Eneida Pino was convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking after Ottawa police seized 50 marijuana plants from the trunk of her car following a dramatic takedown in June 2010. The officers had been following Pino, a 43-year-old cleaning lady, after watching her leave a house on St. Claire Avenue that they suspected to be a marijuana grow operation.

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25CN AB: Column: Prosecuting Pot Activist A Waste Of TimeTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Breakenridge, Rob Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

There's never a good time to have a pointless case brought before the courts, but doing so in the midst of an acute judge shortage seems rather foolish and counterproductive.

Already this year in Alberta, three sexual assault trials have been delayed until 2017 because there are no judges available to hear them. Despite the already considerable strain on the system, though, Vancouver pot activist Dana Larsen is being prosecuted for the apparently heinous crime of giving away marijuana seeds.

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26 CN MB: Column: NDP's Right: Little Logic In Pursuing Pot PossessionTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Akin, David Area:Manitoba Lines:87 Added:05/25/2016

OTTAWA - Health Minister Jane Philpott stood before the United Nations last month and solemnly vowed that, by the spring of next year, marijuana use would be legal and tightly regulated in Canada.

Notably, she said: " We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem."

And yet, if the next year is like any other recent year, as many 60,000 Canadians will be arrested for simple pot possession and, of those, about 22,000 will end up with criminal records.

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27 CN ON: Majority OK With Injection SiteTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:05/25/2016

Opinion split down party lines

More than half of Ottawans polled support a supervised injection site downtown for intravenous drug users with the young, affluent and well educated most likely to be behind the plan.

The numbers are in line with results from Canada's biggest city, where a drive is also underway to establish supervised injection sites aimed at preventing overdoses and disease.

"There is clearly a sentiment in urban centres in favour of harm reduction over sanctions and enforcement," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said. "Vancouver already has InSite, and Toronto and Ottawa are both contemplating similar centres. "These results bode well for a successful outcome."

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28 CN BC: Vancouver's Dispensaries Remain OpenTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:109 Added:05/25/2016

City acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 pot shops, which could still be open in 2017

When Vancouver's marijuana bylaw came into effect, the city promised a swift crackdown that would dramatically reduce the number of illegal pot shops in the city. Operators can face fines that start at $250 a day, potentially grow to $10,000 and end in court injunctions.

But almost a month into enforcing its landmark rules, the city acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 dispensaries, which remain open after losing out on the new licensing process. Some of them pledged to dispute each ticket and launch lawsuits of their own. Those illegal shops could still be open next spring, when the federal Liberal government has promised to table legislation legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis. The new laws are expected to prevent such sales in dispensaries. As of late last week, Vancouver had issued each of these 61 offending businesses at least one $250 ticket for a total of 139 violations.

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29CN ON: Majority Back Plan For Safe Injection Site: PollTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

More than half of Ottawans polled support a safe injection site for intravenous drug users, with the young, affluent and well-educated most likely to be behind the plan.

The numbers are in line with results from Toronto, where a drive is also underway to establish safe injection sites aimed at preventing overdoses and disease.

"There is clearly a sentiment in urban centres in favour of harm reduction over sanctions and enforcement," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said. "Vancouver already has Insite, and Toronto and Ottawa are both contemplating similar centres. "These results bode well for a successful outcome."

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30 CN ON: Toronto Pot Shops 'Reckless,' Blair SaysWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:McArthur, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:05/25/2016

Liberal MP and city's former police chief criticizes dispensaries that 'don't care about the law' at conference

The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada's largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a "fast buck," Bill Blair, the federal government's point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday.

In his strongest signal yet about whom the government will allow to compete in a legal marijuana market, Mr. Blair praised the "exhaustive and exacting" procedures of the 28 companies currently licensed by Ottawa to grow and sell medical marijuana, while attacking the storefront operations that have proliferated in Vancouver and Toronto in recent months.

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31 US NJ: $300m For N.J. From Pot?Wed, 25 May 2016
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Hefler, Jan Area:New Jersey Lines:77 Added:05/25/2016

Advocates Say Recreational Use Would Pay Off.

New Jersey would gain at least $300 million a year in taxes if it followed the lead of four other states and legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to a report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.

The revenue projection is based on imposing an eventual 25 percent sales tax on consumers, who would have to be at least 21 years old.

The organizations represent a coalition of advocacy groups working for legalization in New Jersey. They analyzed available data on the number of people who purchase the drug illegally in New Jersey, and examined the experiences of states that recently approved legalization.

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32 US PA: Enter Pot, Exit OpioidsWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Daily Times (Primos, PA) Author:Rodgers, Lucas Area:Pennsylvania Lines:53 Added:05/25/2016

Can the legalization of one drug help decrease abuse of another drug? It's possible that medical marijuana could be used to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction that has resulted in numerous deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2014, 46 people die every day in the United States from an overdose of prescription opioid or narcotic painkillers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone-acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone. The CDC found that in 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, which is enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.

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33 US PA: Weeding Through The IssuesWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Daily Times (Primos, PA) Author:Rogers, Lucas Area:Pennsylvania Lines:166 Added:05/25/2016

Role As Medicine Remains Controversial

Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania, as well as 23 other states and the District of Columbia, but there are still many questions about how exactly the drug can be used as medicine.

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), or Senate Bill 3, lists 17 "serious medical conditions" that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana. These conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington's disease, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, sickle cell anemia and autism.

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34 US OH: Pharmacy Board Out As Sole Medical Marijuana RegulatorWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Smyth, Julie Carr Area:Ohio Lines:79 Added:05/25/2016

Proposal Scrapped Over Concerns About Burden on the State.

COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.

Republican Sen. David Burke, a Marysville pharmacist behind the idea, called the arrangement the most responsible way to oversee marijuana as medicine. He said changes introduced in the Senate Government Oversight Committee on Tuesday were needed to strike a workable compromise.

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35 US CA: L.A. County Extends Pot Growing BanWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Sewell, Abby Area:California Lines:68 Added:05/25/2016

Supervisors ADD One Month to Temporary Prohibition, Hold Off Voting on Longer Plan.

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a temporary ban on growing medical marijuana in unincorporated areas by one month, but shelved a proposed 10-month ban. Al Seib Los Angeles Times SUPERVISOR SHEILA Kuehl noted that there is a strong possibility that Californians will vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana use.

In asking to postpone a vote on the longer ban, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl noted that there is a strong possibility that Californians will vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana use.

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36 Ireland: Column: There's A Very Easy Way to Destroy MurderousWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Irish Independent (Ireland) Author:McWilliams, David Area:Ireland Lines:149 Added:05/25/2016

Most Drug Dealers Don't Live in Some Fine Pad on the Costa Del Sol, They Actually Live With Their Mammies.

THE news that another man has been killed in a war fuelled by money made from drug dealing, begs the question how long are we going to tolerate the illegality of drugs. Yes, the word used is tolerate!

How long are we going to tolerate a situation where drug money is fuelling the murderous activity of drug gangs, while the use of drugs is not decreasing, but increasing.

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37 UK: PUB LTE: Where Are the Brave Politicians Needed toWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Herald, The (Glasgow, UK) Author:Stubley, David Area:United Kingdom Lines:32 Added:05/25/2016

I AGREE wholeheartedly with David J Crawford in his exhortation to government it should decriminalise cannabis (Letters, May 23).

What did the war on drugs achieve? In the US the prison population has increased by 500 per cent in the last 30 years due almost entirely to drug convictions. In the UK a large number of people now have a criminal record for merely possessing a very small amount of the drug. Vast amounts of money and violence have been the result as the criminal element took control of the supply chain.

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38 US MI: Column: Petition Rules Could Hold UP MichiganWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:155 Added:05/25/2016

When the MILegalize petitions proposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan hit the streets last summer I signed the first one that came my way. That was sometime in July.

Now my signature probably won't count. That's the big issue facing the folks who organized the legalization effort right now: whether or not petition initiative signatures collected outside of a 180-day window are valid. And it doesn't look good. The most immediate answer to that question will be rendered by Gov. Rick Snyder when he decides to sign, or not sign, S.B. 776, the recent legislation that sets a hard 180-day window for collecting signatures on a petition initiative.

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39 US DC: PUB LTE: This Is Not AddictionWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Clark, Kelly J. Area:District of Columbia Lines:34 Added:05/25/2016

Regarding the May 22 front-page article "Struggling to look away from the screen":

Since when is mislabeling a condition as an addiction helpful to the patient or the public? The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic brain disease that affects neurotransmission within the reward section of the brain. The dysfunction in these circuits leads to "an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors." Compulsive Web use has not yet been documented as a behavioral condition, for example gambling, that is an addiction.

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40 New Zealand: Cannabis Rules 'Made Me A Crim'Fri, 20 May 2016
Source:Dominion Post, The (New Zealand) Author:Moir, Jo Area:New Zealand Lines:79 Added:05/25/2016

Terminally ill Helen Kelly says the Government has made her a criminal after a review of medicinal cannabis guidelines has resulted in little change.

More than a year ago the former Council of Trade Unions president was diagnosed with lung cancer and after trying a variety of different medications she resorted to cannabis for pain relief.

Kelly is illegally sourcing her own drugs after her bid for medicinal cannabis was withdrawn - the result of a ''complicated'' application process that required information that was ''impossible to access''.

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41 Australia: Amnesty Call For Medicinal Cannabis FailsMon, 23 May 2016
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Knaus, Christopher Area:Australia Lines:88 Added:05/25/2016

Users have to break law

The ACT government has rejected a push to create an effective amnesty for medicinal cannabis users by directing police not to charge them with drug offences.

Canberrans who rely on medicinal cannabis to treat serious illness or chronic pain are currently forced to break the law to seek relief and a number, including campaigner Laura Bryant, have spoken publicly of their constant fear of arrest.

Moves to establish legal medicinal cannabis cultivation are continuing federally, with changes to the Narcotics Drugs Act passed in February, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration and Department of Health advancing plans to lower barriers preventing access.

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42 Australia: Cancer Risk To Kids From Cannabis UseTue, 24 May 2016
Source:West Australian (Australia) Author:O'Leary, Cathy Area:Australia Lines:61 Added:05/25/2016

WA researchers have warned that cannabis use causes genetic mutations that can be passed on to children and grandchildren.

University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person's DNA structure, potentially exposing future generations to serious illnesses and diseases such as cancer.

They said the implications for future generations had not been understood and were alarming.

The link between cannabis use and illnesses such as cancer was known but the research was among the first to look at why it occurred and the impact on future generations.

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43US FL: Tampa, Police Sued In DeathTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Phillips, Anna M. Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

A 29-Year-Old Man Was Killed In A Raid That Was Later Deemed Justified. Police Found $2 Worth of pot.

TAMPA - The mother of a man who was shot and killed by Tampa police officers during a raid on his home in 2014 has sued the city, its former police chief and the officers involved over her son's death.

The lawsuit, filed late last week in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, accuses the police of negligence for acting on the word of an informer with a history of heavy drug use and criminal activity. It also says that officers used excessive force against 29-year-old Jason Westcott, who was killed, and his boyfriend Israel 'Izzy' Reyes, who was 22 and is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

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44 US CA: PUB LTE: Opinions From JailWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA) Author:Garcia, Javier Area:California Lines:57 Added:05/25/2016

To the Editor:

Why does it fee like Mendocino County is getting left behind in the marijuana industry we helped create.

I think it's time the local police and sheriff stop preying on local marijuana growers for the money in confiscating land, homes, vehicles, cash, etc. Which is obviously what's going on, since we hold second place in drug related confiscations in the state, first being L.A. County. Our dollar value of confiscations is not far behind L.A. County and they have multiple millions of residents, where Mendocino County only has a couple hundred thousand residents.

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45 US CA: PUB LTE: Anti-Marijuana Vote Shows Hypocrisy ofSun, 22 May 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Green, Alex Area:California Lines:44 Added:05/25/2016

Republicans and conservatives claim to hold dear the Constitution, yet totally abandon it in their crusade against medical marijuana in Butte County.

Measure H is a direct violation of the Constitution in several key ways. First, it removes due process, one of the strongest cornerstones of our country's legal system. Second, various Fourth Amendment violations occurred in 2015 at the hands of Butte County sheriff and code enforcement, including bypassing gates and trespassing on private property without a warrant. These stories don't make the news, but if you experienced or heard of them, they would sound more like a gestapo police state than a free America.

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46 US CA: LTE: Marijuana Industry Not Concerned With MedicineWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Stevenson, Cynthia Area:California Lines:32 Added:05/25/2016

Who are the cannabis clan that are pushing marijuana cultivation in Butte County? They are the minority.

The Inland Cannabis Farmers Association (ICFA) is attempting to promote growing "artisanal" marijuana in our county. I suggest readers do a Google search for the names of artisanal pot and you will find varietals called Green Crack, Triple Diesel, Grape Skunk, Super Lemon Haze and Girl Scout Cookies, to name a few. Does this sound like medicinal marijuana to you? Who smokes this stuff? Not the majority of Butte county citizens, I'm sure.

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47 US MA: Besieged in Salem, Couple Sounds Alarm on Drug TradeWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:MacQuarrie, Brian Area:Massachusetts Lines:162 Added:05/25/2016

SALEM - Every night, Shawn Meenan places a 12-foot piece of lumber against the main door of his third-floor condo, bracing it tight against intruders.

His girlfriend, Rachel Shellabarger, places a second board against another door. In a cubbyhole, a video monitor for a $1,700 surveillance system shows all activity outside the building - every car that pulls up, every three-minute visit, every mysterious packet that flutters from neighboring windows to people waiting below.

The couple bought the two-bedroom condo in January 2015 for its water views and affordable price. But instead of a fresh start, they say they feel under siege in a place where drugs are sold openly.

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48 US CO: Column: Under Springs' Residential Plant LimitWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:69 Added:05/25/2016

Plant-count work-arounds

Last week, CannaBiz reported on the plight of Rebecca Lockwood - a local mom who grows marijuana at home to treat her severely autistic son, Calvin, and several other sick kids. Since City Council put a 12-plant limit on residential grows, caregivers like her will have to choose: stop making life-saving medicine or risk arrest. This week, CannaBiz breaks down that choice, because nothing's really ever that simple, is it?

One option for homegrowers is to buy from a dispensary. That is indeed viable if any of the 132 medical marijuana centers in town grow the appropriate strains at an affordable price point. But that's a big "if." Many patients grow at home precisely because those factors are prohibitive.

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49 US WA: Proposal to Allow Bans on Pot Shops in Alcohol ImpactWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Stranger, The (Seattle, WA) Author:Coughlin-Bogue, Tobias Area:Washington Lines:124 Added:05/25/2016

Plus, the WSLCB Finally Sets Rules for Acceptable Pesticide Levels

Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) recently added another bill to his already impressive list of idiotic, regressive policy ideas: allowing cities to ban pot businesses in places based on preexisting alcohol impact areas (AIA).

The AIA program, for those who missed that dark chapter of our state's history, was cooked up in 1999 as a way to fight chronic street inebriation. Administered by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), it bans the sale of certain types of booze that are especially popular with chronic street drunks.

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50 US OR: LTE: Marijuana QuestionsTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Gates, Chuck Area:Oregon Lines:28 Added:05/24/2016

I am very disappointed by the lack of temerity on the part of the Medford City Council by putting it out to vote on the growing of marijuana in the city limits. I feel the council has been swayed by the minority protestors. Until you have lived next to a pot grow and had to share the skunk like odors you won't know how unpleasant it can be.

Also if it is allowed, what will the city do if a neighbor files a complaint? And will there be any law on how far away from a school a pot grow can be established. These are questions voters should know the answers to before voting.

Chuck Gates

Medford

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