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1 US CA: Column: Quick RipsThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:72 Added:09/04/2015

Howdy! I'm planning a trip to L.A. (from Sacramento), and I'm wondering about the ins and outs of taking cannabis on the plane within the state of California. Is that a good idea, or would I be better off to visit a dispensary in L.A. once I land? Thank you.

- -Very Curious in Sacramento

How-do! The TSA doesn't really care about a small amount of cannabis. Don't bring a pound, have your letter of recommendation next to your cannabis and enjoy your flight. But if you are going to be in L.A., why not try a few of the medical cannabis dispensaries and delivery services in the L.A. area? Think globally, smoke locally.

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2 US CO: Column: Using Actual Evidence To Discuss CannabisThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:101 Added:09/04/2015

As more states and countries begin to engage in the issues associated with marijuana prohibition, it's important that lawmakers and citizens alike have the best possible information to be able to make wise decisions in public policy and in our everyday lives.

We don't know everything about cannabis yet. After decades of inactivity in the U.S., it needs serious, objective study. That said, it's pretty frustrating to see some of the often-repeated crap being produced on the subject today. In too many cases, it appears that the difference between "causality" and "link between" aren't part of the journalistic pallet anymore. If there's a link, there is cause.

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3 CN ON: Arthritis Pain Goes Up In SmokeThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:09/04/2015

Doctors couldn't believe what Rachel Janzen was asking for.

Marijuana to soothe the pain from the debilitating effects of an aggressive arthritis?

"Every doctor I tried to go to, they looked at me like, 'Why would you want to try that, Rachel?'" Janzen said. "I was always met with a shut door."

Janzen was sick of the traditional medications. In fact, those drugs made her feel even more ill because of the side effects.

Now the 31-year-old Kingsville, Ont. woman relies on pot to relieve her pain and she wants more arthritis sufferers to have better access to information about marijuana's potential to help them, too.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Cut Opiate Use With PotThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Conroy, John W. Area:British Columbia Lines:51 Added:09/04/2015

Cannabis an effective alternative for treatment of chronic pain

Re: Doctors blamed for flood of opioids, Aug. 25

So "weak" doctors are bowing to the demands of their patients and are over-prescribing opioids and "killing more people than cars."

According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, cannabis may statistically decrease pain effects; and a 2014 study from JAMA Internal Medicine found there were fewer painkiller deaths in U.S. states that had legalized medical marijuana.

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5 US MA: Editorial: Going To Pot?Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:80 Added:09/04/2015

If you're excited by the prospect of a Hillary vs. Trump spectacle (or pick your own combination) on election night next year, a number of initiative petitions on the ballot may represent a strong second billing.

Depending on the number of signatures gathered in the next two months, initiatives on 16 issues could hit the ballot. (Twenty-two actually met state requirements, the attorney general announced yesterday, but they included multiple versions from petitioners.) Petitioners will begin collecting signatures on a constitutional amendment on public funding for abortions, and measures ending Common Core education standards, establishing a special tax on people earning more than $1 million per year, and not one but two different and competing efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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6 CN BC: PUB LTE: High Time To Talk About PotWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Surrey Leader (CN BC) Author:Jammu, Amritpal Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:09/04/2015

Should recreational use of marijuana be legalized?

With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Oregon, and with the inconsistencies surrounding marijuana dispensaries in B.C., we are young citizens who have many questions about where our community is headed in regard to marijuana.

Should Canada move from legalization of medical marijuana to an inclusive legalization for recreational use?

Arrests for pot possession in this province have been increasing - although the number of arrests depends on the region of the province where people reside.

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7CN AB: Mother Pleads For Action On DrugsTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/04/2015

Son Died of Fentanyl Overdose

Clutching a framed photograph of her son, Petra Schulz made a passionate plea before nearly 100 people about the need for policy change on all levels to deal with the fentanyl epidemic in Alberta.

Schulz was one of six speakers Monday at the annual International Overdose Awareness Day on the steps of City Hall. Schulz's 25-year-old son Danny Schulz died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2014.

While the provincial government has spearheaded a one-year pilot program to provide take-home naloxone kits to Albertans who are at high risk of opioid overdose, Schulz said the lifesaving kits need to be more widely available and should be available to people without a prescription, such as a parent who has a child with an addiction. Already there have been 600 emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses in Edmonton this year.

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8 US NM: Ex-Sheriff Director Of Medical Pot FirmFri, 04 Sep 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Heild, Colleen Area:New Mexico Lines:129 Added:09/04/2015

Nonprofit Has Applied for License From State

State Department of Public Safety chief. Two-term Bernalillo County sheriff. City of Albuquerque public safety director. And now, aspiring medical marijuana producer?

The professional evolution of Darren White has taken a new turn. White, through his private investigations and security company, is affiliated with a firm that is one of 17 applicants seeking state Department of Health approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.

State corporation records list White as one of the directors of Purlife, a nonprofit whose listed purpose is "conducting medical marijuana sales in New Mexico."

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9US AK: Column: Do Alaska Cannabis Regulations Allow for ChefsFri, 04 Sep 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:09/04/2015

Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis regulators have considered his industry as they're setting the initial boundaries of the legal market.

"I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over, to serve cannabis-infused foods?

I'm a chef and I think that we should have opportunity to stake our claim in this 'budding' marijuana industry."

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10US CO: Activists to Pull Pot Consumption Initiative FromThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

Activists behind a proposed Denver ballot initiative to allow some marijuana use in bars and other businesses say they will pull the measure, The Denver Post has confirmed.

Their new goal: crafting a compromise measure with city and business leaders.

The verbal agreement with a group that includes City Attorney Scott Martinez averts a public vote in November - one that might have allowed more extensive pot consumption in publicly accessible places than city officials and some business leaders were comfortable with.

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11US CO: Denver Tests Clear Suspect PotThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

Lab Tests Find No Trace of Unapproved Pesticide in Seized Marijuana.

Denver health officials Wednesday lifted a day-old order to hold hundreds of marijuana-infused lozenges and raw marijuana from two businesses after lab tests showed no trace of an unapproved pesticide among their ingredients.

The owners of Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America each said they had been using old labels that included among their ingredients a pesticide that today is not approved for use on marijuana.

The pesticide, spinosad, had not been barred for use when the labels were made, the owners said.

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12 US MA: OPED: Mass. Needs A Sensible Marijuana PolicyThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Luzier, Will Area:Massachusetts Lines:84 Added:09/03/2015

My first run-in with marijuana prohibition came in 1970, when I was arrested for possession of less than one-quarter ounce. Fortunately, my case was dismissed because the officer conducted an illegal search.

I often wonder where I would be if I had not been so lucky. Would I have been admitted to the bar? Hired as an assistant attorney general? Appointed as director of a state council on substance abuse and prevention?

Marijuana arrests turn countless lives upside down every year. I escaped my encounter unscathed, but it had a lasting impact on how I view this issue.

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13US CA: OPED: Bill Improves Fairness In Asset ForfeitureThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Chemerinsky, Erwin Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

The California Legislature should pass, and Gov. Jerry Brown should sign, pending legislation that would curb some of the unfair aspects of the law concerning when the government can seize a person's property. At the height of the "war on drugs," governments at all levels were given much greater power to seize the assets of those suspected of criminal activity. Billions of dollars in cash and property of all sorts have been seized.

No one disputes that government has the power to confiscate ill-gotten gains of criminal activity. No one should be able to profit from a crime. The problem is that current law gives the government the power to seize property even without a criminal conviction and without fair safeguards.

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14 US MA: Demand Soaring At State's Lone Marijuana DispensaryThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Lazar, Kay Area:Massachusetts Lines:120 Added:09/03/2015

Facility in Salem Reports 1,500 Patients in 2 Months

The executive director of the state's first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients - the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over smoking marijuana.

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15 US CA: Column: End Of The Marijuana Free For All?Thu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:141 Added:09/03/2015

Governor Jerry Brown has spoken: It is time to get a grip on California's unregulated medical cannabis industry.

But even with JB's blessing, nothing is guaranteed.

It's nearing the 11th hour in Sacramento, where lawmakers and lobbyists are hammering out the final details of the first statewide regulations for California's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.

Last week, Brown circulated among lawmakers his preferred vision for a regulated California cannabis industry.

Licenses would be required for every level of commercial cannabis activity - with a carve-out for individual patients and patient caregivers - and each license would be tiered, giving mom-and-pop operations a chance while taxing Big Marijuana appropriately. All this would be overseen by the state.

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16 US CA: Column: Generation WThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:83 Added:09/03/2015

School's back in session and a new study reports that more college students are smoking pot frequently.

Six percent of students told University of Michigan researchers that they smoked weed daily or nearly daily in 2014, according to a Reuters article, nearly double the number in 2007. (Quick math: If 6 percent of 20 million students smoke a modest eighth ounce per week at $10 per gram, we're looking at $630 million in pot sales a semester - or more than 2 billion ramen packages.)

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17 US: Growing Marijuana Industry Raises Environmental ConcernsThu, 03 Sep 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Campbell, Katie Area:United States Lines:162 Added:09/03/2015

Chuck Lyon lives in a house he built "one concrete slab at a time" in the hills of Mendocino County, California.

Lyon, 62, only uses about 5 gallons of well water each day, including the 1.5 gallons it takes for him to take what he called "navy showers." The average American uses more than 16 times that amount each day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

And when it comes to irrigating his garden, which includes six marijuana plants just a few steps off the front porch of his home, he takes it a step further. Lyon captures about 60,000 gallons of rainwater in massive silos each year and uses that to water his cannabis.

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18 US FL: Group to Push Amendment That Would Completely LegalizeWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Powers, Scott Area:Florida Lines:54 Added:09/03/2015

Petitions will hit the streets soon for a proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida.

A political-action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana-advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Tuesday that it had received state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November 2016 ballot.

The measure is distinct from another amendment drive run by United For Care and led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan because Morgan's group wants to legalize marijuana for medical purposes only. Floridians For Freedom wants it legalized for all uses, including recreation.

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19 CN ON: Overdose Of InformationTue, 01 Sep 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Bay, Julienne Area:Ontario Lines:57 Added:09/03/2015

Forty-five pairs of shoes lined the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street on Monday, representing the estimated number of people who died from drug overdoses in Ottawa last year.

In accordance with International Overdose Awareness Day, members of Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites and Drug Users Advocacy League called for supervised injection sites in Ottawa to prevent drug overdoses and to challenge what they say is the stigma faced by drug users.

Nic Diliso, one of the participants, said he was there to raise awareness and remember those he has lost due to drug overdose.

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20CN QU: OPED: Safe-Injection Sites Are Not Cause For AlarmWed, 02 Sep 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Lee, Jennifer Laura Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2015

They are beneficial not only to drug users, but also to the community as a whole, Jennifer Laura Lee says.

Having visited a safe-injection site in Europe, I can say with great certainty that I would be grateful for, not fearful of, the establishment of such sites in Montreal.

As part of McGill's Comparative Health Systems Program, I visited one of the longest standing and most effective safe-injection sites in the world, in Switzerland, the birthplace of the safe consumption room itself. "Quai 9" stands alone in a sea of luxury stores and four star hotels, only a few blocks away from scenic Lake Geneva (a thriving tourist hot spot). Yes, a safe-injection site exists in the heart of Geneva's ritzy commercial district, and the city has yet to implode. Surrounding streets are not rife with crime and violence. Dirty needles do not litter the sidewalks. Neighbouring stores, banks, and restaurants have carried on, business as usual, for years.

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