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1 UK: Eleven Countries Studied, One Inescapable Conclusion - theThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Travis, Alan Area:United Kingdom Lines:111 Added:10/30/2014

Home Office Fact-Finders Reveal Long-Delayed Report Legalisation Policies Do Not Result in Wider Use

The Home Office comparison of international drug laws, published today, represents the first official recognition since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that there is no direct link between being "tough on drugs" and tackling the problem.

The report, which has been signed off by both the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister, Norman Baker, is based on an in-depth study of drug laws in 11 countries ranging from the zero-tolerance of Japan to the legalisation of Uruguay.

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2 UK: Editorial: Official: Tough or Tender, Drugs Policy DoesThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:107 Added:10/30/2014

No party ever won or lost an election because of its drug policy.

Yet it is a subject that strikes fear in the hearts of most politicians and leaves them deaf to demands for a review or reform.

They are locked in the old wisdom that if drug use is harmful the best way of tackling it is punishment, too timid to examine the facts or challenge conventional thinking - even though a significant number of ministers in both past and present cabinets, including the prime minister, admit that they have experimented with drugs themselves. Only the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has consistently argued that policy should be based on an examination of what works.

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3 UK: Punitive Drug Laws Are Failing, Says MinisterThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Travis, Alan Area:United Kingdom Lines:133 Added:10/30/2014

Home Office Study Finds No Evidence That Harsh Sentencing Curbs Illegal Use

There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government's first evidence-based study.

Examining international drug laws, the groundbreaking Home Office document published today brings to an end 40 years of almost unbroken official political rhetoric that only harsher penalties can tackle the problem caused by the likes of heroin, cocaine or cannabis.

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4 US FL: OPED: After Accidental Start, Medical Marijuana BecomesWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Randall, Alice O'Leary Area:Florida Lines:91 Added:10/30/2014

Floridians have been bombarded with press coverage of Amendment 2. Yet, for all the noise, there are important aspects of this discussion that have barely been touched upon, including the beginning of the medical-marijuana movement. How many Floridians are aware that a native son of the Sunshine State is the father of this movement? His name was Robert C. Randall - my late husband.

Robert was born and raised in Sarasota. He was diagnosed with glaucoma at a young age. In the early 1970s, he accidentally discovered that his vision improved when he used cannabis. In those days, not many people knew about the medical uses of cannabis. We were convinced Robert had made a singular discovery. Imagine our surprise when, just a few weeks after our arrest in August 1975, we obtained a document from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled "Marihuana[sic] and Health." It was an annual report that was sent to Congress, and inside we found a small section called "Therapeutic Uses." Glaucoma was prominently featured.

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5 US WA: PUB LTE: Anderson's Anti-Pot Stance WrongWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Curtismith, Jamie Area:Washington Lines:37 Added:10/30/2014

On Oct. 21, Rich Anderson publicly announced that the legalization of marijuana is to blame for many of the problems our city is facing. Considering that under his tenure, the city has banned all access points for medical marijuana patients, and that he continues to uphold restrictive policies to keep out large legal I-502 grow operations, which bring much needed jobs and tax revenue to our city, the real problem we face is Anderson's conservative reefer-mad morality.

By restricting legal access to marijuana in our city, not only does he blatantly ignore almost 60 percent of the voters' wishes, his policies are undermining the legalization effort, which in turn, allows the black market to thrive. Politics require the illusion of choice and the Reganomically trained accountant turned councilman naively believes he can eradicate marijuana in our community "by just saying no." The only real choice Mr. Anderson has is to allow marijuana here legally or illegally. Mr. Anderson has made his choice. Now it's time we make ours: Vote Nov. 4 to remove delusional politicians who represent the misguided moral minority so we can finally put an end to the failed prohibition on pot.

Jamie Curtismith

Everett

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6 US MN: LTE: Our Children's Futures Can't Bear Another BlowWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Engebretson, Don Area:Minnesota Lines:27 Added:10/30/2014

Two years ago, we lost the vote on two vital issues: The marriage amendment and voter ID. There is another big issue lurking and, it seems to me, will be coming up in the near future. That is legalization of marijuana. It is already legal in Minnesota for medical use, and that has been a first step to further open the door to "recreational" marijuana. From information out of Colorado, it has been socially disastrous and legally chaotic.

We failed to protect the future of our children and grandchildren two years ago. Don't let it happen again. Get out and vote for the conservative candidates who will support your values. It really is important.

DON ENGEBRETSON, Excelsior

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7 UK: Drug Abuse: Is Britain Ready To Grow Up?Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Independent (UK) Author:Morris, Nigel Area:United Kingdom Lines:169 Added:10/30/2014

First Commons Debate for a Generation Offers Rare Chance for Honest Discussion

Suppressed Home Office Report Casts Doubt on Current Punitive Approach

A punitive approach to drug abuse including locking up addicts fails to curb levels of addiction, a Home Office study warns today, as MPs stage the first Commons debate on drugs legislation in a generation.

The report suggests treating possession of drugs as a health rather than criminal matter reduces drug deaths and HIV infection rates without increasing addiction levels.

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8 UK: Column: This Opportunity For Reform Must Not Be WastedThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Independent (UK) Author:Murkin, George Area:United Kingdom Lines:67 Added:10/30/2014

The long-delayed report released by the Home Office highlights how its own approach to drugs is not based on evidence.

In particular, the report which looks at the effectiveness of other countries' drug policies concludes that harsh penalties for drug users have no effect on levels of drug use. That punitive drug laws have a deterrent effect is a key assumption underpinning both the UK's approach and prohibitionist drug policy more broadly. The report says: "We did not in our fact-finding observe any obvious relationship between the toughness of a country's enforcement against drug possession, and levels of drug use in that country."

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9 UK: Editorial: Addicted To IgnoranceThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Independent (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:86 Added:10/30/2014

Let Common Sense Prevail When at Last the Commons Opens Itself Up to a Debate on Drugs

Few areas of public policy are as badly served by our political classes as that governing drug use. There is very little incentive for any politician even to suggest a rational approach to the problem. If the press doesn't finish off your career, then your political opponents, usually hypocritically, will use the supposedly maverick suggestion as a golden opportunity to smear and discredit you. If you happen to be a progressive sort, you will be dubbed "high on tax and soft on drugs" or the like, quite often by people who are even on the left themselves people who should know better and who, in reality, but very privately, most likely share the same outlook.

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10 US CA: LTE: If Pot Is Prescribed, Sell It At PharmaciesThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Colford, Bill Area:California Lines:30 Added:10/30/2014

Regarding "A pot shop mess of the City Council's own making" (Oct. 19): Why do we need "pot shops"? If it's a pharmaceutical, dispense it at the pharmacy like other drugs.

The pharmacies we already have seem to be doing a good job of filling prescriptions and only letting people have what is prescribed by their doctors. It seems all a pot shop does is put a drug into the hands of people not suited for or educated in dispensing pharmaceuticals.

Now we have another group of laws to legalize a business that exists and seems to be doing it right.

Bill Colford

San Diego

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11 US CA: Column: All The News That's PotThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:87 Added:10/30/2014

High Times, the venerable marijuana magazine found in headshops and behind cardboard at your favorite corner liquor store, turned 40 recently.

In celebration, the magazine released a coffee table book, which is generously reviewed in the New York Times by Dwight Garner. It sounds like a good read, chronicling the magazine's wild early days, the suicide of "crusading journalist" and founder Tom Forcade at 33, and the magazine's commercial bumps on its road to middle age. It's easy to forget that High Times has boasted genuine journalism, art and literature during its tenure.

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12 US CA: Return Of The MessengerThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Welsh, Melinda Area:California Lines:458 Added:10/30/2014

Nearly two decades after a reporter exposed a connection between the CIA and crack cocaine in America, Hollywood chimes in with a major movie

This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive expose and catches national attention. But the fates shift. Our reporter's story is torn apart by the country's leading media; he is betrayed by his own newspaper. Though the big story turns out to be true, the writer commits suicide and becomes a cautionary tale.

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13 US CA: Column: Vote With Ngaio: On Marijuana and Next Week'sThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:67 Added:10/30/2014

Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have any voting advice for marijuana-related issues?

- -Reggie Stardvotar

I am glad you asked. Of course I do. Voting is the most important thing you can do as an activist and as an American. Never let anyone tell you that voting doesn't work. We got medical marijuana through the vote. Voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis in Washington and Oregon because people showed up to vote. If elections didn't matter, the GOP wouldn't be trying to pass all these bullshit-ass voter ID laws. Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote! I cannot stress this enough.

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14 US CO: Column: Will Kids Get Pot Candy On Halloween?Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:74 Added:10/30/2014

Dear Stoner: Do you think the Denver Police Department is right, and kids are going to get pot candy in their bags?

Frank N. Stein

Dear Frank: Not at all. This is just an updated version of the tired old story that fearmongering cops - and paranoid parents - have been pushing since the '70s. The idea is that some mythical Halloween Scrooge is out to hurt kids by giving away tainted candy.

The thing is, the story isn't true; it's an urban legend.

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15 US CO: Column: Move Over, Ebola: What You Should Panic AboutThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Gilboy, Cecelia Area:Colorado Lines:131 Added:10/30/2014

Ah, trick or treating. Remember when your parents let you eat any unwrapped treat you were handed by strangers?

If you're under 30, probably not. Parents have long been wary that unpackaged treats could contain razor blades. Or shards of glass. Or anthrax.

But this Halloween, Colorado kids are facing a new threat, according to numerous national headlines: candy laced with marijuana.

Several major news outlets (including Fox and CBS) recently claimed that Colorado-based CB Scientific designed a product for parents to test Halloween candy for marijuana.

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16 US MD: Medical Marijuana Panel Considers RegulationsWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:Maryland Lines:32 Added:10/30/2014

A medical marijuana regulations panel in Maryland delayed a vote Tuesday in order to take a second look at fees for growers, dispensers and patients, which critics say are too high.

The commission, which has been criticized for taking too long to finalize regulations, also has added marijuana extracts to the regulations, so patients could ingest the drug without smoking, after receiving input from the public. Maryland passed legislation this year authorizing 15 licensed marijuana growers after a medical-marijuana law approved in 2013 stalled.

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17 US: States Seeking Legal Pot Find Fired-Up FoesThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:103 Added:10/30/2014

Legalization Outlook Goes From Solid to Shaky in Some States

WASHINGTON- With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push to change federal drug laws.

They were not anticipating a multimillion-dollar wager against them by a casino mogul. Or a spike in voter anxiety amid bureaucratic stumbles in regulating the nascent recreational pot market. Now, legalization measures are teetering in Florida, Oregon and Alaska, states where supporters were confident of victory only a few months ago.

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18 US CA: LTE: Don't Let Marijuana Growers Fool You AgainWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Jones, Gordon Area:California Lines:37 Added:10/30/2014

Those of us who live and raise our families out here in the country need the help of our fellow voters in the cities and towns of Butte County. Please vote yes on Measure A (A is OK). Please vote no on Measure B (B is bad).

The pot growing "industry" that has infected Butte County over the past three years has brought us a huge, well-documented downside. Commercial-sized grows have proliferated all over our county, and have adversely affected our quality of life. The Pottie People depend on false arguments, rationalization, intimidation and a huge war chest. If you read Measure B closely, you will see that it includes a huge clinker. Not only does it seek to continue excess growing for profit, it also prohibits our elected Board of Supervisors from making any future changes to the Butte County marijuana ordinance. That, folks, takes a huge wrecking ball to your constitutional right to representative government.

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19US AK: With Days Before Vote, Local Option Laws Are StickingThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Caldwell, Suzanna Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

Last week, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the state's largest Native organization, passed a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize and tax recreational marijuana. AFN cited numerous concerns in passing the resolution, including the issue of local control, a contentious point in the debate over whether to legalize pot, and one not unique to Alaska, though it plays perhaps a more significant role here than elsewhere.

The opposition wasn't a surprise. Native organizations -- including numerous Alaska Native corporations, tribes, and corporation CEOs -- have consistently opposed the measure.

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20US AK: Former Seattle Police Chief Lends His Support toThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Caldwell, Suzanna Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

Despite years of advocating for marijuana legalization across the country, there's one thing former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper hasn't done. The 34-year law enforcement veteran has never gone door-knocking for a political campaign.

"I'm a little scared," he joked Tuesday, moments before he and a handful of other proponents of Ballot Measure 2, an initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska, headed out to canvass Alaskans in Anchorage's Inlet View neighborhood.

Knocking on doors throughout the neighborhood bordering scenic Westchester Lagoon and downtown Anchorage was the last stop for Stamper, who spent several days making the rounds in Anchorage, visiting with media and appearing on a variety of call-in talk shows. The shows ranged from serious talk radio with conservative host Michael Dukes on KBYR to shows geared toward a younger crowd, including rock station KWHL's "Bob and Mark Show" and KFAT's "Morning Chaos."

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21US CA: Pot Shop By Sports Arena RejectedThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

Under Ordinance, Site Too Close to Park

SAN DIEGO - A marijuana dispensary proposed near the sports arena was rejected on Wednesday for being too close to Mission Bay Park, even though the pot shop would be separated from the park by Interstate 8 and the San Diego River.

Supporters of the proposed dispensary called the ruling absurd, and the group trying to open it said they would appeal the decision to the Planning Commission.

City officials said the ordinance approved last winter to allow San Diego's first legal dispensaries doesn't permit officials to consider natural or man-made barriers in their decisions.

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22US CA: Controversial Pot Shop In Oceanside To CloseThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Sifuentes, Edward Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

Nature's Leaf Collective in Oceanside Agrees to Shut Doors by Friday After More Than a Year of Fighting Against City

Oceanside - A medical marijuana dispensary that Oceanside has been trying to shut down for more than a year finally agreed to close this week, city officials said.

The Nature's Leaf Collective on Vista Way opened early last year without a permit. It later applied for a permit but was denied because the city's zoning regulations don't list marijuana dispensaries as an approved use and are therefore not allowed, officials said.

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23 US AK: OPED: It's Time To Legalize Marijuana In AlaskaThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Constantino, Laurie Area:Alaska Lines:98 Added:10/30/2014

I'm the former chief prosecutor for the state of Alaska, and I'm voting "yes" on Ballot Measure 2.

Most of my career was spent in law enforcement. I was an assistant district attorney, a district attorney, an assistant attorney general in Alaska's Criminal Division and Alaska's chief prosecutor/deputy attorney general under two governors.

As chief prosecutor, I supervised all of Alaska's district attorney offices. I also worked as special counsel to the Legislative Committee on Local Option Laws, holding hearings to document Alaska's problems with alcohol abuse and writing Alaska's first local option law. Later, I worked as legal advisor to the Anchorage Youth Court.

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24 US NJ: Column: Debtors' Prison - My Arrest Is Demanded byThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:94 Added:10/30/2014

I really wanted to write about suicide this week, but I might be in the Burlington County jail for a few weeks. I hate those news articles that say "defendant" or "subject" wasn't available for comment - he was in jail. So this is my side of the story beforehand.

The government, through its failed "War on Drugs," ruins the lives of millions of its citizens. Those convicted of marijuana possession are denied jobs, education benefits, and housing and welfare services. They are digitally marked with a criminal record.

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25 US CO: Column: Three Buds Wellness Hits the Scene, Dunafon toWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:65 Added:10/30/2014

Tres THC hombres

Bijou Wellness Center is a local old-timer, having appeared in our first issue of ReLeaf in April 2010. But new ownership has brought change and a new name: BWC is now Three Buds Wellness Center (2132 E. Bijou St., 465-2407). The move comes after former Maggie's Farm employee Reed Mason and two friends bought the business in June.

Mason says they're still working out the kinks, so there's not a ton of innovation yet, but you can find one unique product for sale: "We do old-time hash," the owner says. "Nobody else really does it in town.

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26 US FL: Donors Keep Pot Issue HotWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Sweeney, Dan Area:Florida Lines:89 Added:10/30/2014

Contributions Go to Both Sides of Amendment 2

Supporters and opponents of medical marijuana have received large donations to keep their messages going.

With one week to go before Election Day, supporters and opponents of medical marijuana have received large donations to keep their messages going.

For the main organization supporting Amendment 2, People United for Medical Marijuana, the new money has been enough that their message is finally airing in TV ads.

According to campaign finance records posted Friday, People United received five six-figure donations in October, making it the best month of the year for contributions to the medical marijuana cause.

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27 US FL: OPED: Medical Marijuana Presents Concerns for SchoolsTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Tallahassee Democrat (FL) Author:Friedlander, Terri Area:Florida Lines:68 Added:10/30/2014

After months of political advertisements and frenetic sign waving, election day is just hours away.

The debate about the benefits of medical marijuana has dominated the airwaves. This year, Maryland's governor signed a bill making it the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. In May, a Florida marijuana legalization bill was approved by the Florida Senate, making a strain of marijuana that is low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in cannabidiol available to patients who meet certain requirements. The strain provides positive medical effects without the feeling of being high. Known as "Charlotte's Web," the cannabis oil has successfully treated the epileptic seizures of a 5-year-old girl named Charlotte.

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28 US FL: PUB LTE: Choose Sensible Pot PolicyWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:Boone, Steve Area:Florida Lines:46 Added:10/30/2014

In the Oct. 20 A section of The News-Journal, there are at least four instances of violence and antisocial behavior attributed to the recreational use of alcohol. Two of these instances are connected with local elected officials, one was group behavior at a Pumpkin Fest in New Hampshire and the fourth was a sad case of mistaken identity where the bars of the local jail in Paw Paw, Michigan, were mistaken for the bar at a woman's favorite pub, when she went there to pick up her boyfriend - at least making her arrest for DUI one step less for the local police officer.

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29 US FL: PUB LTE: Pot Studies ConvincingMon, 27 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Dockum, John Area:Florida Lines:38 Added:10/30/2014

Your Health+Fitness edition of Oct. 7 carried a news clip from The Washington Post titled "Does medical pot work? 92 percent of patients say yes." For those who missed reading it, the following quotes may help provide authoritative evidence of the value of medical marijuana and refute claims such as TV's "There's nothing medical about this marijuana."

"A 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly eight in 10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now a representative health survey of 7,525 California adults, produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the CDC, found that 92 percent of medical marijuana patients said (that it) alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine and cancer."

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30Canada: Oilpatch Jobs Often Have Little ScreeningWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Morgan, Geoffrey Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

News That Zehaf-Bibeau Worked in 'Oilfields' Shows Shortage of Labour

There are so many jobs that need to be filled in Alberta's oilpatch that even people such as Ottawa gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a confessed crack addict with a criminal record, have been able to find work, industry experts say.

Thousands of seasonal workers and contractors from across Canada travel to Alberta during each drilling season in search of high-paying jobs on drilling rigs, cooking meals in work camps, as labourers on fracking crews or doing construction work on facilities in the oilsands.

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31 US: Pot Measures Looking ShakyThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Halper, Evan Area:United States Lines:146 Added:10/30/2014

3 States Had Appeared Poised to Legalize

WASHINGTON - With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington state, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push in Congress to change federal drug laws.

They were not anticipating a multimillion-dollar wager against them by a casino mogul. Or a spike in voter anxiety amid bureaucratic stumbles in regulating the nascent recreational pot market. Or an unfortunate cellphone video from a rowdy frat bar called Boots N Buckles.

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32 US NM: OPED: Addiction Part Of Equation With PotThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Roffman, Roger Area:New Mexico Lines:101 Added:10/30/2014

Legalizing Drug Would Lower Violence, Other Negative Factors, but Discussion of Addiction Is Vital, Too

On a warm Seattle summer evening in 1978, my wife wanted to talk about my increasingly frequent pot smoking: "I feel you've abandoned me, that the person I married - even when you're sitting next to me on the couch - is not there."

She had complained before about my use, and I'd tried to reassure her. "It's not as if I'm stoned every day," I'd counter. "Is it that different from having a drink or two?" I'd promise to cut back, but my resolve would give way, and I'd start to cut corners, making exceptions to the rules I'd set. Eventually I'd slide right back to where I started.

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33 US NM: OPED: Every Vote Matters, So Get To PollsThu, 30 Oct 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Kaltenbach, Emily Area:New Mexico Lines:59 Added:10/30/2014

Advisory Questions Can Serve a Role in Public Policy Decisions

As the people working on marijuana decriminalization, we appreciate the opportunity to respond to the "emphatic no" that the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board gave to our advisory question.

We have heard opponents of marijuana policy reform time and again use every excuse in the book against us. Now the excuse is that your vote doesn't count. We're sure that left many asking: Then why show up?

It's important to show up because every single vote counts. The simple fact is that advisory questions do matter, they do affect the laws our lawmakers enact, and you can help create that change.

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34CN PI: Ward 4 Residents Want Drug Issue TackledWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Gallant, Doug Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:10/30/2014

Mary Jones has been a lifelong resident of Ward 4.

She loves her comfortable old house.

She loves her neighbourhood because she's close to everything she needs at this point in life, her children, her friends, her church, her corner store and her doctor.

She likes almost all her neighbours. Except one.

That's the guy in the house across the street she suspects is selling drugs.

Jones - who requested her real name not be used because of fear of retaliation - said at certain times of the month the house in question is like a drive-thru.

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35 US NM: Advisory Pot Question Fans Political FlamesWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:McKay, Dan Area:New Mexico Lines:94 Added:10/29/2014

Critics Say Question Is Misleading; Supporters Say It Lets Voters Speak

Voters in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties have a chance this fall to offer their advice to policy-makers on state and local efforts to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.

The election results won't enact a specific ordinance or otherwise require the counties to take action.

Supporters say it's a chance for voters to weigh in ahead of next year's session of the state Legislature and to encourage local policy-makers to respond. Critics say it is disingenuous, misleading and a transparent effort to encourage pot-smoking advocates to vote rather than stay home.

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36 US MD: Medical Marijuana Rules DelayedWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Wheeler, Timothy B. Area:Maryland Lines:96 Added:10/29/2014

Commission Decides More Time Needed to Tweak Fees, Allow for Cannabis Extracts

A state commission charged with launching Maryland's lagging medical marijuana program hit the pause button Tuesday, postponing a final vote on already tardy regulations to tweak licensing fees and make cannabis available to patients in liquid as well as smokeable form.

Dr. Paul W. Davies, chairman of the 15-member panel, said officials needed more time to craft rules, particularly to allow for the production and sale of extracts containing concentrated doses of marijuana's therapeutic ingredients.

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37 US AK: OPED: Too Many Questions On Measure 2Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Mallard, Keith Area:Alaska Lines:144 Added:10/29/2014

On Nov. 4, Alaskans will make a decision on Ballot Measure 2: whether to legalize the use of marijuana.

As we make this decision, it is important we base it on complete information rather than the propaganda that is being slung.

We have the benefit of not being the first state to wrestle with this issue.

All we need to do is look as far as Colorado and Washington to truly understand the effects of legalizing marijuana.

So what are we hearing coming out of Colorado? The legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Colorado started less than two years ago, and there are several problems, consequences and new financial repercussions associated with the law. They are reporting increased marijuana-related emergency room visits, increased hash oil explosions, increased marijuana-involved auto fatalities, and an increased number of workers testing positive for marijuana.

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38 US: For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To LegalizeWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Johnson, Kirk Area:United States Lines:190 Added:10/29/2014

KEIZER, Ore. - Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization.

A changing political landscape has weakened anti-marijuana efforts. As the libertarian movement in the Republican Party has gained force, with leaders like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supporting decriminalization of marijuana and others going even further, an anchor of the conservative opposition to legalization has eroded.

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39US CA: Humboldt Supervisors Approve Medical Marijuana NuisanceWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:Times-Standard (Eureka, CA) Author:Houston, Will Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Proposed Highway 299 broadband project secures board's support

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance aimed at reducing neighborhood nuisances caused by the excessive cultivation of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas.

"This is not in any shape or form Humboldt County's approach to regulation of marijuana," 2nd District Supervisor Estelle Fennell said. "This is addressing a nuisance created by legal medical patients growing marijuana and the impact they have on their neighbors."

The land use ordinance limits qualified growers with Proposition 215 recommendations to 100 square feet of cannabis canopy on land parcels an acre in size or less and up to 200 square feet of cannabis canopy on property over an acre to 5 acres in size.

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40 US CA: Column: After The CrackdownWed, 29 Oct 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:122 Added:10/29/2014

With its organic nurseries and converted auto body shops selling artisanal barbecue, Berkeley's San Pablo Avenue hardly resembles a war zone.

But step into a clean and well-lit former mechanic's space, where a bubbling fountain placed just inside the door offers a hint of peace, and you're on the front lines of the war on drugs.

This is Berkeley Patients Group. By virtue of turning 15 years old this Friday, the dispensary is now laying claim to the title of California's oldest medical cannabis dispensary, which also makes it the longest-running legal dealer of marijuana in the United States.

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41US CO: Pot-Business Incubator Has A Home Bank PossibleTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Advanced Cannabis Solutions Buys Former Bank Building in S. Denver With High Hopes.

A Colorado Springs company that leases property to marijuana growers has acquired a former bank building in south Denver with plans to turn it into the industry's first business incubator.

And if a consortium of marijuana businessmen cobble together the state's first cooperative financial institution, then Advanced Cannabis Solutions hopes to have its first location.

"The idea is for the incubator space on the second floor, but if there's a banking opportunity, that would be explored," CEO Robert Frichtel said. "It's an ample amount of space to do many things."

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42 US MD: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Best Md. PathTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Takash, Daniel Area:Maryland Lines:88 Added:10/29/2014

Earlier this month, marijuana was partially decriminalized in Maryland, making possession under 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) subject to a citation, a fine and no jail time.

Despite some problems with the language of the law, taking jail time off the table and ensuring no criminal records for owners of small quantities of marijuana are positive first steps in changing the state's drug policy. That said, the Maryland legislature has been far too timid in its approach and should instead adopt a Colorado-like model for legalization.

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43US AK: Column: Four Reasons Alaska Should Vote No on MarijuanaTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Gerjevic, Frank Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Slow that train down, Casey.

Alaskans are deciding between now and 8 p.m. on Election Day whether to become the third state in the union to legalize and regulate marijuana. We should decide no.

What's the compelling reason to legalize marijuana? What do we gain?

Proponents argue that legalization is a triumph of reason over fear. Alaskans' passage of a medical marijuana law in 1998 fit that argument. But this version of legalization that is Ballot Measure 2 is a toke or two over the line.

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44US AK: Column: Passing Prop. 2 Will Fix the Broken Message onTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Kids believe what we tell them, but they're not stupid. As a society we tell kids many things about living healthy lives and following laws. And then, God help us, they see what we do.

Every kid since the beginning of the Drug War has grown up with strong warnings against all drugs, including marijuana, listed under the federal government's most dangerous tier of controlled substances. But this being Alaska, where per capita use rates have been among the highest in the U.S. for years, it doesn't take long to learn growing up here, as I did, that responsible, upstanding people from all walks of life use cannabis recreationally, even regularly. It's no secret that soft attitudes toward marijuana have existed in Alaska for a long time. They've softened so much recently that Alaska could become the third state to correct the messages we already send kids about marijuana while relatively more harmful substances remain legal and common.

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45US CA: Sheriff's Officials Add Marijuana Edibles to AnnualTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Kucher, Karen Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Sheriff's officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for candies infused with marijuana when their children go out trick-or-treating.

Some treats that look like regular chocolate bars, brownies or jelly candies may actually contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and can make a child sick, said sheriff's Lt. Chris May.

Officials say that some products laced with marijuana may be difficult to spot, and they are concerned that just a small bite of a marijuana cookie or gummy bear could have a big effect because of the concentration of THC some include.

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46 US WA: Column: Comparing Pot to Alcohol May Aid LegalizationMon, 27 Oct 2014
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Sirota, David Area:Washington Lines:94 Added:10/29/2014

When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol.

Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana related elections throughout the country, and drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a "drug duel" to prove their point.

The proposal for the duel from David Boyer, an official with the Maine chapter of the Marijuana Policy Project, came after South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins announced his opposition to a municipal referendum to legalize marijuana possession.

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47US NV: Every Pot Cloud Has A Silver LiningMon, 27 Oct 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:DeHaven, James Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/29/2014

Not everybody has been happy with Nevada's medical marijuana process, but that doesn't mean it's broken.

That's according to investment banker Leslie Bocskor, a founding chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and adviser to five Southern Nevada medical pot permit hopefuls.

Bocskor has provided seed funding and permitting guidance to a dozen pot entrepreneurs looking to navigate land use and business licensing in Nevada and two other states.

He said the Silver State's two-pronged approach to pot permitting has acquitted itself nicely, especially when stacked up against oft-criticized systems in Colorado and California.

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48 US NY: Woman Arrested On Drug Charges Dies In CustodyMon, 27 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY)          Area:New York Lines:28 Added:10/29/2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who was in custody on a drug-related arrest died after suffering an apparent seizure while she was being processed, according to the New York Police Department.

Authorities say 22-yearold Jasmine Lawrence of the Bronx had been arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

She was put into a holding cell at the 79th precinct around 10 p.m. as her arrest was processed. Police said shortly before midnight she had an apparent seizure in the cell area. Emergency medical personnel arrived minutes later. She was taken to the hospital at 12:44 a.m. Sunday, and pronounced dead a short time later.

The medical examiner will determine cause of death.

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49 US OR: PUB LTE: Ignore The Measure 91 Scare TacticsTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Register-Guard, The (OR) Author:Blevins, Keith Area:Oregon Lines:50 Added:10/29/2014

I recently received a mailer from the No on 91 campaign. It may as well have read, "Be afraid! Be very afraid!"

The piece of propaganda was chock full of sensationalism, misleading statements and outright lies.

Sensationalism - "Increase of 268 percent in poison control center calls for children (ages 0-5) for marijuana." The numbers behind "268 percent" are 5 and 18, which don't seem extremely large compared with Colorado's population.

For some context, what are the comparable numbers for alcohol and other household substances? Also, the mailer references children age 5 and under; how many infants are getting into their parents' stash? That's just inflammatory.

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50 US OR: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Sends Wrong MessageTue, 28 Oct 2014
Source:Register-Guard, The (OR) Author:Stoeffler, Barbara Area:Oregon Lines:106 Added:10/29/2014

Measure 91 is a bad idea for Oregon. It is a bad idea for our communities, and it's a very bad idea for our children and youth.

On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon will make a crucial decision: whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since we already have approved the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, the message we'd be sending to our young people by approving Measure 91 may not seem like a big deal.

It is a big deal.

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