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1 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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2 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Beacon Herald, The (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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3 Canada: LTE: Vape Shop CriticizedTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Murphy, Alice Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:08/20/2014

Re: "'Why not Orillia?'" Aug. 16

I am appalled with the front page and, in such big letters, 'Why not Orillia?'

A medical marijuana vapourization lounge opening in downtown Orillia. The Vape Lounge. An "over-exaggerated living room." People can rent bongs, vapourizers and other devices for using marijuana.

Please, have you ever heard of people with diabetes taking their insulin or cancer patients taking chemo in an exaggerated living room?

Mr. McInnes, if you have money to open such a facility, please use your money for a better cause. Many homeless men in Orillia need a shelter. Are you aware how many people go to the food bank every day? The Lighthouse - are you aware how many they feed daily?

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4 US WA: Dozens Wait In Line At Bothell Pot ShopTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:78 Added:08/20/2014

Second Store in Seattle Area

With Enough Supplies to Keep Doors Open

They came from New Zealand, from Austin, Texas, and from right around the corner in Lynnwood.

By the time Herbal Nation opened at noon Monday, about 65 people were in a line that snaked out into the parking lot, waiting to buy legal pot. The Bothell store, on Highway 527 between 192nd and 194th streets, became the second marijuana shop in the Seattle area to open its doors. Prices ranged from about $17 to $25 per gram of marijuana before sales tax.

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5 US NM: ABQ Council Agrees To Put Pot Issue To VoteTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Last, T. S. Area:New Mexico Lines:141 Added:08/20/2014

But Measure Faces Mayoral Veto and Lack of Space on Ballot

Petitioners calling for decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana have filed enough valid voter signatures to put a proposal on the ballot in Santa Fe, the city clerk has confirmed.

Proponents are aiming to have the question go before city voters as part of the November general election.

In Albuquerque, however, the picture is not so clear. The City Council late Monday narrowly agreed to ask voters whether they support reducing marijuana penalties.

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6 US: Legalization Blurs Message To Teens About MarijuanaMon, 18 Aug 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Parker-Pope, Tara Area:United States Lines:77 Added:08/20/2014

NEW YORK - When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. "It's a plant," is a common response.

But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, "It's legal in Colorado."

These are confusing times for middle and high school students, who have been lectured about the perils of substance abuse, particularly marijuana. Now it seems that the adults in their lives have done an about-face.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and in Washington state, and Massachusetts and other states have approved it for medical use. And many are debating the merits of full-scale legalization.

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7 Canada: Political PrescriptionTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

Feds Blame Trudeau for Blowing Smoke on Marijuana Debate

OTTAWA - The health minister blames Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Rona Ambrose accused the Liberal leader of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science -- whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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8 Canada: Anti-marijuana Campaign Not Political, Ambrose SaysTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Picard, Andre Area:Canada Lines:72 Added:08/20/2014

Urging young people not to smoke pot has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with public health, the federal Health Minister says.

Rona Ambrose was reacting to a decision by leading physician groups to distance themselves from Health Canada's new $6-million marijuana smoking cessation campaign.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada took the stand after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau complained that the Conservative government was using public money to attack his party's position that marijuana should be decriminalized.

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9 US MI: Haring Township Attorney To Prepare Marijuana MoratoriumTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Cadillac News (MI) Author:Coleman, Antonio Area:Michigan Lines:63 Added:08/20/2014

CADILLAC -- The days of seeing marijuana dispensaries in Haring Township may be going up in smoke.

Haring Township board members approved a decision for Zirnhelt, Bowron and Wiggins, P.L.C. to prepare a marijuana moratorium for the township at a special meeting Monday at the township hall.

Earlier this month, the township board agreed to work with township attorney Corey Wiggins in the drafting of an updated version of its 2011 marijuana moratorium.

In 2011, the township voted to impose a moratorium on the use of any land and the issuance of any permits, licenses and approvals related to the medical marijuana business within the township. The township adopted the ordinance although the planning commission recommended the "no action" alternative with regard to regulation related to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The planning commission noted numerous, diverse and possibly conflicting legal interpretations of the act and pending lawsuits regarding aspects of the act as a basis for its recommendation.

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10 CN NS: Editorial: Get Down to the Nitty-GrittyTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:54 Added:08/20/2014

Most will agree - both politicians and those without ulterior motives - - that youths should not smoke marijuana.

Yet political parties insist on settling into their default mode of pointing fingers and mudslinging rather than informing Canadians honestly about their position on what's shaping up as a monumental issue.

Many will recall the position Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made public in the past year, that marijuana should be made legal, with sales controlled as with alcohol.

The federal Conservatives are proposing a marijuana awareness campaign, with a key point to underline the health risks of marijuana to youth. Health Minister Rona Ambrose has denied it is an attack on the Liberal leader's stance.

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11 US CO: Column: Home For Kids Moving For Colorado MMJ ClosesWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:70 Added:08/20/2014

Healing House Closes

Though Lynn Lansford, a thyroid-cancer survivor, hoped to use a four-bedroom house she and her husband own in Teller County as a temporary home for families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana, the funding never supported it. Last week, she announced the closure of her Children's Healing House (lynnzina@aol.com).

"I had hoped to relocate it to Colorado Springs, but am unable to find a like minded soul willing to allow Medical Marijuana patients to live there," she writes on Facebook. "I also had hoped for more donations to ease the financial aspect and that didn't materialize. With both of the giant difficulties that I face I have had to make that very painful decision.

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12 US MI: Column: What We Can Learn From Robin WilliamsWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Panne, Valerie Vande Area:Michigan Lines:77 Added:08/20/2014

Last week, there was a disturbance in the Force: The world lost a great giver of light, Robin Williams.

The sky above metro Detroit, where Williams spent his childhood, seemed to know this loss intimately, and flooded the region. The wake of the event still ripples throughout the world, and there are tributes to Williams around the globe. From the theaters on Broadway to Syrian rebels to planning the next Emmy awards, people are honoring the actor ... fans are even demanding a character be created in the video game "Legend of Zelda."

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13 US WA: PUB LTE: Employ Moderation In Using WeedWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Harris, Ann Area:Washington Lines:35 Added:08/20/2014

When I was a child living on a farm in Bowman, N.D., my father would notice an animal out in our pasture running around and acting crazy. My dad would go out and look to see if loco weed was growing in our pasture. He would find it, dig it up and destroy it.

Dad told me it was a marijuana weed, which grows in every state in the continental U.S. (I don't know about Alaska and Hawaii.) It was called loco weed back then because animals who eat it can go loco. It was usually our horses.

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14 US OR: Column: Just Say No ReduxWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:Willamette Week (Portland, OR) Author:Willson, Kate Area:Oregon Lines:106 Added:08/20/2014

Taxpayers Will Pay For An Anti-Drug Campaign-Timed To Hit Just Before The November Vote On Legalizing Pot.

Legal weed is coming to Oregon-that's the conventional wisdom anyway.

A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it's a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreational use of marijuana. And a growing consensus says it will happen Nov. 4, when Measure 91, the latest pot legalization initiative, appears on the ballot.

The Measure 91 campaign has deep pockets padded by mainstream donors. It enjoys a growing number of middle-of-the-road endorsements, including from a retired Oregon Supreme Court judge and the City Club of Portland. And Measure 91 looks similar to measures that passed in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

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15 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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16 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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17 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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18 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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19 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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20 Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: FedsTue, 19 Aug 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Hume, Jessica Area:Canada Lines:81 Added:08/20/2014

'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says

OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Ambrose accused Trudeau of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science - whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

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21 US FL: LTE: QuestionsSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Kubal, Jerry Area:Florida Lines:28 Added:08/20/2014

I have a question about the legalization of marijuana, particularly as it applies in states where recreational use is also permitted.

Marijuana is one of the substances on the prohibited list for college and professional athletes, and its detection can result in fines and suspensions. If I were an athlete in a state like Colorado, where marijuana is as legal as a glass of beer, how does it apply to the prohibited list of substances? Would I receive sanctions for using something that is perfectly legal?

And what about drug pre-screening tests in those states?

JERRY KUBAL, TAMPA

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22 US FL: PUB LTE: 'Charlotte's' Web RulesSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Dartland, Walter Area:Florida Lines:56 Added:08/20/2014

When the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte's Web marijuana legislation, it gave the Department of Health responsibility to develop the immense and comprehensive framework of rules necessary to navigate such uncharted territory. As with any new set of guidelines, the first draft is almost never the last, and the department has done an exceptional job of using public comments to correct rule making oversights and omissions.

However, there is one area where the department has seemingly turned a deaf ear to the near-unanimous voice of the public: the use of a lottery system to award the five licenses authorized by the new law.

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23 UK: Legal Highs Claim 113 Lives As Scots Drugs Deaths FallFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Evening Times (UK) Author:Swindon, Peter Area:United Kingdom Lines:65 Added:08/20/2014

THE number of drug-related deaths in Glasgow has fallen sharply, according to new figures.

Deaths from legal highs rose from 47 to 113 last year

There were 138 deaths in 2013 across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) area, 49 fewer than the previous year.

In the Glasgow City Council area, the number of drug-related deaths fell from 121 to 103.

A spokeswoman for NHSGGC said: "The impact of drug misuse in some of our most deprived communities has enormous consequences for the people who take drugs, their families and the local community.

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24 UK: 'Use Cannabis As A Medicine', Says MPFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Argus, The (UK) Author:Leo, Ben Area:United Kingdom Lines:64 Added:08/20/2014

AN MP has called for a government review into the medicinal use of cannabis.

Drugs Minister Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, wants the Department of Health to consider broadening the range of medical conditions for which cannabis can be used.

The MP wants new laws passed that legalise the widespread use of the plant to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions - including the side effects of chemotherapy, Crohn's disease and MS.

Mr Baker, who admits to smoking cannabis in the past, said he was uncomfortable that there were "credible people" who use cannabis to relieve their condition but had to break the law to help their health.

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25 CN BC: Editorial: Ahead Of The SmokeWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:Burnaby Newsleader (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:08/20/2014

A lot has happened since Marc Emery went to jail in the United States four years ago.

Not the least of which the state in which the Vancouver pot activist was sentenced to five years in federal prison for dealing marijuana seeds has now legalized the sale of cannabis.

While Emery cooled his heels behind bars in Folkston, Ga., and Yazoo City, Miss., Colorado and then Washington became the first states to allow the possession, use, production, distribution and personal cultivation of marijuana. Some states have legalized its use for medical reasons. Another 15 states have decriminalized pot while other states have lowered penalties for possession of small amounts to a misdemeanour.

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26 US CA: Column: Money To BurnWed, 20 Aug 2014
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:114 Added:08/20/2014

Unlike cigarettes, marijuana can be legally bought out of a vending machine.

Behind the counter at a San Jose-area dispensary sits a $25,000, climate-controlled, heavily-armored box, the lone unit that West Hollywood-based startup Medbox has sold in the Bay Area.

Buying weed the same way you buy a bag of chips hasn't quite taken off (that could also be why 35-year-old company founder Vincent Mehdizadeh now markets the machine as "an inventory control system"). But for a moment, a weed vending machine looked just as smart - that is, insanely lucrative - as sending messages that disappear on delivery.

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27 Canada: The Interview: Marijuana Activists Marc And Jodie EmeryMon, 18 Aug 2014
Source:Maclean's Magazine (Canada) Author:Gatehouse, Jonathon Area:Canada Lines:191 Added:08/20/2014

Marc and Jodie Emery on life in jail, their role in the legalization movement and the plan to seek 'political revenge'

Marc Emery's two decades of marijuana activism and entrepreneurship have earned him the nickname "The Prince of Pot" and 23 trips to jail. The most recent, a 4 1/2-year stint in U.S. federal custody for his mail-order pot seed business, is now at an end. Awaiting deportation back to Canada, he spoke to Maclean's about his plans for the future from inside a Louisiana detention centre. His wife and fellow activist, Jodie Emery, joined in from their Vancouver home.

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28 US KY: In Kentucky, Fertile Soil For HempSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Schreiner, Bruce Area:Kentucky Lines:123 Added:08/20/2014

Researchers and Farmers Are Producing the First Legal Crop in the State in Generations

Murray, KY. (AP) - Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop.

Researchers and farmers are producing the first legal hemp crop in generations in Kentucky, where hemp has turned into a political cause decades after it was banned by the federal government.

Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul advocate for it, as does state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a Republican who is running for governor next year.

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29 US MA: In Halls Of Academia, Medical Marijuana An UnwelcomeSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Rocheleau, Matt Area:Massachusetts Lines:155 Added:08/20/2014

Colleges, Mindful of Federal Rules, Draw Ire by Keeping Stiff Bans

Thomas Burke Jr., a 25-year-old US combat veteran and Yale University grad student, has a physician's permission to use medical marijuana in Connecticut to treat PTSD symptoms.

Although medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts for nearly two years, many local colleges are putting out the message to students as the fall semester nears: You still can't use it on campus, even if a doctor says it's medicinal.

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30US CA: Editorial: Legislature Fails, Again, To RegulateSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

Success has many fathers, the saying goes, but failure is an orphan. Plenty of people are responsible for the collapse of a potentially landmark bill enacting the first statewide rules for medical marijuana.

While the measure would not completely fix California's medical marijuana mess, it would tackle some of the worst abuses that have undermined the original intent of "compassionate care" for seriously ill patients. It at least tries to bring some order to the confusing maze of pot rules across the state. And it was the closest the Legislature had come to a compromise.

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31 CN NS: Taxpayer- Funded Program Puts Drug Addicts At Risk By GivingSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Harry Area:Nova Scotia Lines:125 Added:08/20/2014

TRURO - Giving drug addicts cash to participate in an information study is like letting children play with fire, says a Truro woman, regarding a situation her grandson was recently involved in.

"My beef is, $200 cash is enough to buy enough oxycontin or cocaine to OD on," said the woman, who asked that her name not to published to protect the identity of her grandson.

"I'm outraged. I'm truly outraged. I'm too emotionally attached to this one, otherwise I'd be firing off letters to my MP saying, 'what kind of grant program is this that contributes to drug use?'" the woman said.

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32 CN MB: Woman Seeks Prison Time To Get Her Life BackFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:McIntyre, Mike Area:Manitoba Lines:66 Added:08/20/2014

A Winnipeg woman tearfully begged a judge for a longer sentence Thursday, saying she needs extensive help to get her troubled life back on track.

Kayla Allen, 28, pleaded guilty to a residential break-and-enter that occurred in 2008. She cut herself during the incident, leaving a trail of blood behind that allowed police to submit for DNA analysis.

It took four years for the forensic lab in Regina to get the result back to Winnipeg police, then another two years before investigators finally got around to arresting Allen.

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33 Colombia: Colombia Set To Legalise Medical MarijuanaSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Daily Mail (UK)          Area:Colombia Lines:59 Added:08/20/2014

Juan Manuel Santos Approves Bill Allowing Sales of Medicinal Cannabis

Praised Bill for Giving People Access to Medicine While Reducing Crime

Uruguay Has Legalised Drug, With Brazil and Chile Considering Law Change

The President of Colombia has endorsed new legislation which paves the way for legalising medical cannabis.

Juan Manuel Santos made the announcement yesterday at a drug policy forum in the capital Bogota.

Mr Santos called the bill 'a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain (and) anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses' while adding that it would help combat crime.

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34 US NV: OPED: The Side Effects Of Medical MarijuanaSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV) Author:Farmer, Guy W. Area:Nevada Lines:86 Added:08/20/2014

Now that the Carson City Board of Supervisors has approved two "medical marijuana" pot shops for our town, Sheriff Ken Furlong and his officers should prepare themselves to deal with the dangerous side effects of marijuana, including the possibility of hash oil explosions in residential areas.

I learned about hash oil explosions during a recent family visit to Seattle, where "recreational" marijuana is legal. In fact, I saw four pot shops sporting green crosses - presumably to advertise pot's alleged medicinal properties - in the 10-mile stretch of highway between Snohomish and Woodinville in the Seattle suburbs.

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35US KY: First Legal Crop Of Hemp In Decades To Be HarvestedSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:Kentucky Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana's nonintoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop.

Researchers and farmers are producing the first legal hemp crop in generations in Kentucky, where hemp has turned into a political cause decades after it was banned by the federal government. Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul advocate for it, as does state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a Republican who is running for governor next year.

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36 US WA: As They Work Out Kinks, Pot Growers Are Strained To CatchSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:288 Added:08/20/2014

Editor's note: This is the latest story in a seed-to-sale series focusing on one pot-growing operation in Seattle as owners take their historic product from seedling to retail-store shelf.

It might have been Seattle's easiest pot deal, if you don't take into account FBI background checks, adding every gram into the state's traceability system or testing for mold and moisture in a state-licensed lab.

Mark Greenshields and Joby Sewell climbed into a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser with a bit more than a pound of marijuana and cruised down Airport Way, with directions on a manifest provided by the Liquor Control Board.

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37US CO: Packed Too TightSun, 17 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Raabe, Steve Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

Marijuana Manufacturers Rush to Expand Operations to Meet Growing Demand for Edibles

Cannabis consumers' unexpectedly strong appetite for edible products has manufacturers scrambling to expand facilities and meet demand.

Sales of marijuana-infused food and beverages since Jan. 1 have exceeded most industry projections. Many retail shops sold out of their edibles inventory on the first day of legal sales or soon after, and manufacturers since have been trying to ramp up production.

Colorado's largest maker of infused products, Dixie Elixirs, recently moved to a new industrial building in Montbello with four times as much space as its former facility in Stapleton.

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38CN QU: U.S. Jail Cell Awaits The 'King Of Pot'Sat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Cherry, Paul Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

Paul Cherry looks at two sides of Jimmy Cournoyer, the man they call the King of Pot. There are two sides to Jimmy Cournoyer.

On one hand is the man described as a considerate person who spared no expense in 2009 when a man, celebrating Cournoyer's 30th birthday with a group of friends on the island of Ibiza, suffered an accident that left him paralyzed for life.

Cournoyer spent "tens of thousands" to make sure his friend, a fellow Laval resident who had no travel insurance, was well treated in a hospital for a week and then flown back to Canada by air ambulance.

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39CN ON: Jail Inquest Recommends Using Drug Dogs, Overdose TreatmentSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Wilhelm, Trevor Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

In an effort to stem the tide of narcotics being smuggled in to Windsor's jail system, a coroner's jury wants the province to start using drug dogs and stop housing weekend inmates with the general population.

The suggestions were among 15 recommendations, which focused heavily on drug abuse, a jury put forward Friday following the inquest into the death Windsor Jail inmate Kendra Blackbird.

The issue of intermittent inmates - who serve their time on weekends and live the rest of the week in the community - was a main focus of the inquest. Police, a former inmate and corrections officers all testified it's common knowledge that intermittent inmates smuggle drugs into the facility.

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40 CN ON: LTE: Anti-marijuana Ads Are Political FodderSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Champagne, Andree Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:08/20/2014

Re: Health Canada asks doctors to back anti-marijuana ads, Aug. 14. In Thursday's Citizen, we learned that Health Canada is ready to spend $5 million of taxpayers' money for a campaign against marijuana. Although Health Canada says that this is not political, how can we believe this when Conservative representatives use every excuse they get to attack Justin Trudeau's stance on marijuana. It would be naive to think that this ad campaign against marijuana is not ordered by the Conservatives.

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41 Canada: High hopes: Investors Take Aim At Canada's Marijuana IndustrySat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:430 Added:08/20/2014

The medical marijuana sector is exploding as speculators, penny stock promoters and get-rich-quick investors buy in. But regulators are warning buyers to tread carefully

The question flickered through Paul Rosen's mind: "Is this the day I die?"

The 50-year-old merchant banker was on his way to tour a medical marijuana facility two years ago, when the men driving him to the site made an unusual request. They handed him a blindfold and told him to put it on.

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42 US CA: Column: War On Drugs Is Driving Immigrant Children NorthFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, CA) Author:Gray, James P. Area:California Lines:103 Added:08/20/2014

There is a strong parallel between what is happening on our southern border with the large numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing or attempting to cross into our country and what happened at the beginning of World War II.

Then Jewish parents in Germany sent their children to England to protect them from the Nazis. Today Central American parents are sending their children to our country to protect them from the violence of drug gangs.

It took a huge world effort to destroy the Nazis. However, only the United States can reduce the violence caused by these drug gangs by ending our failed war on drugs and controlling the distribution of all drugs. Note what is happening with marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

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43Canada: Doctors Reconsider Backing Government's Anti-Pot Ad CampaignSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McGregor, Glen Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

Groups that represent Canadian doctors are reconsidering their involvement in a government-sponsored advertising campaign on the dangers of marijuana for young people after Liberal leader Justin Trudeau denounced the ads as a partisan attack on his position on the drug.

Health Canada had asked the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Family Physicians of Canada to lend their endorsement to a $ 5- million broadcast campaign that would begin in the fall.

The Health Canada ads come as the Conservative Party assails Trudeau for supporting the legalization of marijuana. The party has repeatedly claimed he would make it easier for children to get the drug.

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44US FL: Pot Foes Forge Unlikely FriendshipSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Nohlgren, Stephen Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:08/20/2014

Lawyer John Morgan And A Casino Mogul Debate Via Email

Trial lawyer John Morgan - whose outsized persona is already etched onto Florida's consciousness - said medical marijuana has boosted his celebA-rity even higher.

At the Orlando airport last week, eight to 10 people stopped him between the plane and his car to thank him for bankrollA-ing the constitutional amendA-ment to legalize medical marA-ijuana, Morgan said. 'Two or three wanted to have their picA-tures taken with me.' However, none of that hoopla surprised Morgan as much as an email that arrived three months ago from Nevada.

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45 US CO: LTE: Blowing Pot Smoke At Red RocksSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Freeman, Mike Area:Colorado Lines:34 Added:08/20/2014

Thank you, stoner nation, for ruining what otherwise would have been a perfect evening at Film on the Rocks recently.

Thanks to the stoner who sat behind us blowing pot smoke onto my 12-year-old son. Didn't you notice that he spent half the movie with his shirt collar pulled up over his nose?

And thanks to the stoner sitting to our right who exhaled a giant cloud of pot smoke onto my 10-year-old son. Was it really necessary that I yell at you to get you to stop? Haven't you heard of edibles? Or a vapor pen?

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46 US NJ: Mother, Christie Aides MeetFri, 15 Aug 2014
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Hefler, Jan Area:New Jersey Lines:129 Added:08/20/2014

She Protests Weekly for Changes in the State's Medical- Marijuana Program.

Two high-placed advisers to Gov. Christie recently met with a pediatric nurse who has been staging weekly rallies at the statehouse this summer to protest the rules in the medical-marijuana program that she says hurt the patients, including her severely ill 15- year- old son.

Jennie Stormes, of Hope, Warren County, has held demonstrations every Thursday since July 10, saying the restrictions make it difficult for her son, Jackson, a marijuana cardholder with epilepsy, to get the relief that cannabis can provide for his life-threatening and frequent seizures.

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47 US NJ: Column: Passing the Joint: There Is A Reefer RevolutionSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Weedman, NJ Area:New Jersey Lines:88 Added:08/20/2014

Snoop Dogg says he smoked weed in the White House. Hey Snoop, can you donate some cash and cannabis to The Legalize Marijuana Party of NJ?

Acknowledgement of marijuana use is at an all-time high. But Snoop trumps everyone with location, location, location! He may not be the first, but he is bragging about smoking in the White House. According to Bill O'Reilly's website, 86% of Americans believe marijuana should be legal. Celebrities and politicians seem to be tripping over one another to point out that they smoke marijuana.

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48 US FL: PUB LTE: Stop The Pot BashingSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Demmy, Jim Area:Florida Lines:40 Added:08/20/2014

Re: Medical Use of marijuana requires more research | Aug 14, column

As a pharmacist, I wonder why there is negaA-tivity against marijuana or cannabis to the point where some want to prevent its use medically.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement AdministraA-tion continues to classify marijuana as a SchedA-ule I controlled substance along with cocaine and heroin. This classification means it is very addicting and has no medical use. But recent findings show it has had benefit in some childA-hood seizures.

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49 CN ON: Column: Emery's High Hopes A Political Downer?Sat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Moorsel, Greg Van Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:08/20/2014

Marc Emery may think of himself as a marijuana messiah, leading the long-suffering to deliverance from pot laws they believe unfairly punish them and restrict their freedom to smoke up.

No stranger to ego, Emery may even believe he's the chosen cannabis crusader.

But Canada's self-styled "Prince of Pot" - just released from a U.S. prison, after doing 4 1/2 years for selling marijuana seeds into the U.S. from Vancouver - makes a poor martyr for the kind of electoral backlash he imagines he will now inspire against the federal Conservative government he vilifies.

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50 CN BC: Medical Pot User Pleased With Court RulingSat, 16 Aug 2014
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Hinzmann, Christine Area:British Columbia Lines:88 Added:08/20/2014

A Prince George senior who has been using medical marijuana for years is praising a B.C. Appeal Court decision.

The ruling, which declared unconstitutional the limiting of medical marijuana use to only its dried form, could open the door to use the substance in any form, including oils, butters, cookies or even steeped in or as tea.

The decision states medical marijuana access regulations infringe on the charter rights of people requiring other forms of cannabis to treat illnesses.

"I think in the long run, everyone will benefit from this change," said Tom (not his real name), a 65-year-old local man who has been using marijuana for three years to manage anxiety and to help him sleep after successfully battling throat cancer.

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