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1 CN BC: Pot Pastor Refuses to Tear Down 'Church'Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:07/30/2015

A cannabis evangelist is vowing to refuse an order from the City of White Rock to tear down the marijuana-focused "church" in his beachfront home by the end of the week.

Several months ago, Robin Douglas erected a large tent for Church of the Holy Smoke patrons to gather in the backyard of the home he rents across the road from the tourist promenade along White Rock's beach. Mr. Douglas said up to 50 people a day drop by the makeshift lounge to hang out, smoke cannabis and ponder questions "regarding their spirituality." He said he guarantees patrons protection from police if they are inside his yard, but makes sure they know they could be arrested if they leave the sanctuary.

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2 US CO: Column: How Can I Start Selling My Edibles?Thu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:07/30/2015

Dear Stoner: I've been making butter, oils and tinctures. What licenses and permits do I need to sell my edibles to dispensaries, and do I need a commercial kitchen?


Dear Todd: There are plenty of hoops to jump through on your way to producing commercial edibles, but here's one insurmountable hurdle: If you have a recent criminal history, especially one involving drugs, then you probably don't have a shot.

If your record's clean, though, go to the Marijuana Enforcement Division website. At colorado.gov/pacific/enforcement/marijuanaenforcement, you'll find information on applying for medical and retail marijuana business licenses (you'd want an infused-product license for edibles), the requirements and fees to do so, and all of the other boring but extremely important details that go with starting a marijuana business.

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3 US CA: Editorial: Pot Taxes Might Add Up, but Likely JustThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:85 Added:07/30/2015

It's taken as a given that California will have a recreational marijuana initiative on the ballot next year and polling indicates that it will be successful.

With that in mind, it was worthwhile having a panel consider the ins and outs of various ways of regulating it, even if nothing definitive came out of the study.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, released its report last week. An Associated Press story about the publication was published at the time. And anyone can read the full text at the website, www.safeandsmartpolicy.org.

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4 US AZ: Opinion MMJ Part IIThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Ruben, Aari Area:Arizona Lines:102 Added:07/30/2015

MMJ vs. Legalization

It is a sad but true fact in the world today that politics, lobbying, and action take money, lots and lots of money.

This means that to enforce the will of popular opinion we must band together as a cohesive force and make our voices one. There has been a long history of infighting in the cannabis industry.

If NORML and other groups of their day had worked together in the 1970s this conversation might be long over. This didn't happen.

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5 US CA: PUB LTE: Prohibition Didn't Work for Booze, Doesn'tThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Angle, Ronald Area:California Lines:45 Added:07/30/2015

Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country, the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: prohibition. That policy was a disaster for all but the illegal suppliers.

As a result of our current national cannabis prohibition, we offer little supply to meet the demand. To curb that demand, we put people in federal prisons. Yet the demand continues and Mexican cartels use our national forests to supply the demand. Does this make sense?

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6US AK: Column: What If My Rural Alaska Town Opts Out of PotThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

This week, a reader asks a question getting to the heart of an issue that will eventually need resolution as Alaska's attempt to structure its legal cannabis industry goes forward.

Other states that have legalized pot have roads leading more or less from every pot store to every potential customer. But a great many Alaskans live off the road system. They rely on small planes for travel and on air cargo parcels for practically everything, from construction supplies to bulk grocery items, and even alcohol.

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7US: Informant Oversight Lax, Says DEA ReportThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Moran, Greg Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

Inspector General Finds Sensitive Program Run 'Without Rigorous Review'

The Drug Enforcement Administration doesn't follow established guidelines for handling confidential informants and has paid millions of dollars in dubious or unverified federal disability payment to informants and their families over the years.

Those are two of the findings in a report by the Department of Justice Inspector General into the drug agency's program for dealing with confidential informants. The report was based in part on the review of certain case files from San Diego that used confidential informants.

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8 US CA: Column: Growing A Greener BudThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Stansberry, Linda Area:California Lines:69 Added:07/30/2015

Holly Carter doesn't have a good estimate on how many plastic soil bags wind up in landfills, but judging from the "hundreds of thousands" she sees enter the Garberville-Redway area on flatbed trucks every grow season, it's many. In addition to the high carbon footprint associated with trucking dirt into our rural and rugged region, out-of-town soil takes another unexpected environmental toll. While the bags, most of which are made with low-density polyethylene plastic (#4 LDPE), do bear a recycling symbol, the chances of them actually being reincarnated are slim.

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9 US CO: Column: Colorado Says 'No' To Medical Marijuana forThu, 30 Jul 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Dahl, Gavin Area:Colorado Lines:118 Added:07/30/2015

John Evans insists that calling post-traumatic stress a disorder is like cutting yourself and calling the blood a disorder.

"It is a natural reaction to an unnatural event," says Evans, director of support group Veterans 4 Freedom. Not only military veterans, but women who have suffered domestic abuse or sexual assault, hospice workers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and even those affected by natural disasters can have post-traumatic stress, he believes.

Evans is a vocal member of the growing contingent of advocates demanding public health officials add medical marijuana to Colorado's approved list of PTSD treatments. Ten other states have passed similar measures. The Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council, tasked by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with reviewing petitions based on their scientific merits, recommended a yes vote. The state's chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk endorsed the proposal.

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10 US CA: LTE: Legalizing Drugs A Failed ExperimentTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Jacobs, James David Area:California Lines:41 Added:07/30/2015

Re: "Drug legalization: Learn from Portugal" [Editorial, July 26]: So we should follow Portugal's example, and legalize all drugs? Maybe we should follow Portugal's example and become a welfare state that is almost as bankrupt as Greece? Oh, pardon me. I guess we are already following Portugal in dependency and fiscal matters.

I will gladly support the legalization of all drugs the minute the state makes drug users fully responsible for their drug use. This can be demonstrated by removing addicts and alcoholics from the disabled list and discontinuing their Social Security disability and general relief payments. They should also be forced to seek nongovernmental shelter the same as the rest of us and not be allowed to live in a cardboard box on some street corner harassing folks as they walk by.

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11 US CA: Editorial: Getting Ahead Of Pot LegalizationWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)          Area:California Lines:78 Added:07/30/2015

But if public opinion polls, election results in other states and people toking casually on California streets are a barometer, legalization may be inevitable. At a minimum, it's increasingly likely to return to the ballot in 2016.

So if the state wants to avoid a repeat of the legal and legislative chaos produced by Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative, policymakers better get ready.

A new report by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's blue-ribbon commission on marijuana identifies some considerations that are almost certain to sprout up if Mendocino Gold joins Miller Lite and Marlboros on the list of legally sanctioned vices.

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12US OR: OPED: Recreational Marijuana From a Teacher'sWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Croze, Ann Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2015

The word "public" is defined in Webster's as "relating to or affecting all the people or the whole area of a nation or state." This definition needs to be understood by the marijuana users in our state and our neighbor to the north. In the past year, I have been exposed to marijuana smoke coming out of a Mariners game (try getting around that group to avoid it), a concert at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington, at Mt. Tabor Park on July 4 and, on a few occasions, in the parks near my home.

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13 US CA: Column: The 'Marijuana Smear' Job On Sandra BlandWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:119 Added:07/30/2015

For those charged with ensuring her welfare, it wasn't enough to say that Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman discovered dead in a Texas jail cell on July 13, died by her own hand.

Last week, authorities in Waller County, Texas, added another incredible layer to their narrative that Bland hanged herself with a garbage bag. She was under the influence of marijuana, they suggested, drugs she may have consumed - nobody can say how - during her three days in jail following a traffic stop.

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14 US CA: Column: A Softer Approach To 'Drugged Driving'Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Geluardi, John Area:California Lines:106 Added:07/30/2015

A Blue-Ribbon Report Eschews New Restrictions on Driving While Stoned

As Californian voters prepare to consider legalizing cannabis, a newly released blue-ribbon report on marijuana policy is calling for a balanced approach toward so-called "drugged driving." Instead of punitive, drunk driving-type laws and penalties that many anti-marijuana legislators have called for in the past, the report recommends increased enforcement of existing laws with an emphasis on matching penalties to actual risks.

The report, "Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California," which was commissioned by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and released last week, recommends that, instead of creating hysterical new restrictions based on dodgy statistics, law enforcement officers should be given new tools and skills to determine if California drivers are operating motor vehicles while stoned. "It is already illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana," the report reads, "and instead of creating new laws and penalties, law enforcement should be given new tools, such as THC mouth swab tests and video recorded impairment tests that could effectively enforce existing laws and possibly meet standards of evidence."

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15 US CO: Column: A Local Bong-A-Thon, Marijuana Banking, and MoreWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Swartzell, Griffin Area:Colorado Lines:68 Added:07/30/2015

Bong-a-Thon revision

The 32nd Colorado Invitational Bong-a-Thon has been moved out of the town of Stoner. Instead, the festival will be held around 21/2 hours south of Denver, with the specific location to be sent to invitees only. On July 6, the Montezuma Board of County Commissioners denied event organizer Chris Jetter's application for amplified sound and filed an injunction to stop the event altogether.

"We had a special use permit for a special event," says Board Vice President Larry Don Suckla. "It takes about one month to get one of those through. There wasn't enough time to get it through before that event."

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16 US WA: Column: The Kids Hate The Weed!Wed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Stusser, Michael A. Area:Washington Lines:97 Added:07/30/2015

Both use and approval are down.

Houston, we have a problem (with marijuana). No, it's not that youngsters are getting stoned on the wacky weed and crashing cars or dropping out of school.

It's that they're starting to dislike the stuff.

A report released last week in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse shows that not only has cannabis use decreased among teens, but disapproval of marijuana is up. (They could have said that approval was down, but the media is so opposed to putting a positive spin on drug use, even academic news is twisted.) Taking data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the survey is stunning for both its duration, from 2002 to 2013, and breadth, with 500,000 kids across the nation polled.

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17 US CA: LTE: Report Pot Growers to Help Preserve Water inWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Roybal, Nancy Area:California Lines:38 Added:07/30/2015

Commercial pot growers worsen the drought conditions in Butte County. Marijuana's high water demands deplete wells. Growers divert water and transport it to stay afloat until harvest season. The Office of Emergency Management has stepped in to provide life-saving water needs for families.

Groundwater supplies in foothill communities cannot sustain noncompliant marijuana grows. Citizens can help. Ordinance 4075 (Measure A) is only enforced if illegal grows are reported to Butte County code enforcement. It's a reactive (complaint driven) system that works well.

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18 US MI: PUB LTE: It's Just A PlantWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Michigan Lines:33 Added:07/30/2015

In our July 22 Higher Ground column ("Making an example") Larry Gabriel wrote about a police sweep on a Detroit Medz dispensary, a move which appeared to be defended by Detroit Councilman James Tate. Robert Sharpe, a policy analyst at Common Sense for Drug Policy, weighed in.

Regarding Larry Gabriel's July 22 column, would City Councilmember James Tate and the Metropolitan Detroit Community Action Coalition prefer that we go back to the old days when violent drug cartels had a monopoly on marijuana distribution? It's long past time to stop treating marijuana like kryptonite. The plant is not nearly as dangerous (or exciting) as drug warriors would have us believe.

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19 CN BC: 'Huge' Rise in Childhood Pot PoisoningsTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Colvin, Patrick Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:07/30/2015

It looked like a chocolate smoothie, it tasted like a chocolate smoothie, but it was much more than just a chocolate smoothie.

A New Westminster woman ended up in the emergency room Saturday after unknowingly ingesting a quarter bottle of marijuana-laced smoothie.

"I started seeing flashing lights behind my eyeballs, it was constantly flickering even when I closed my eyes, my whole body started to feel very strange," said Eileen Edinger, who drank the marijuana smoothie after it was left in her fridge by a family member.

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20 CN MB: Rebel With A CauseSun, 26 Jul 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Larkins, David Area:Manitoba Lines:72 Added:07/29/2015

Meet the man behind Winnipeg's first medical marijuana dispensary

Fifteen years ago, Glenn Price had his wrist gashed open when moving a large mirror that shattered. The damage required 500 stitches, Price said, and the scar to prove it still weaves through his skin to his hand, where extensive nerve damage has left him without feeling in his fingers.

On the same arm, Price "broke" his shoulder 10 years prior to that incident, which to this day leaves him with chronic pain that doctors originally wanted to prescribe powerful painkillers to treat.

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21 CN ON: Cocaine, Other Drugs Found In Ontario WaterSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Kestler-D'Amours, Jillian Area:Ontario Lines:59 Added:07/29/2015

McGill study found traces of substances in drinking water that could harm environment

Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and morphine, among other illicit and prescription drugs, have been detected in surface water in southern Ontario rivers, a new study says.

The drugs originate in wastewater discharged into the Grand River watershed, according to aMcGill University report published last week in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Limited quantities of certain drugs also remained in Ontario's drinking water, even after passing through a drinking water treatment plant, researchers said.

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22 Canada: Health Canada Reviewing Naloxone StatusSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Branswell, Helen Area:Canada Lines:70 Added:07/29/2015

Health Canada has agreed to review the prescription-only status of an antidote used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses.

A number of provinces have called for naloxone to be easier to access, so people who might one day need it can keep it on hand.

The idea would be to treat naloxone like EpiPens and insulin, the department suggested in a press release, which was issued without fanfare on Friday.

"In the event Health Canada's initial assessment finds that the benefits of expanding access appear to outweigh potential risks, the next step would be a public consultation," the department said in the release.

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23US CA: Illegal Pot Shops More Easily SnuffedWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Garrick, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2015

San Diego Officials Gaining Upper Hand at Shutting Illicit Dispensaries As Demand Shifts to Legal Operations

San Diego's efforts to shut down illegal pot shops have become more successful just as several of the city's first wave of legal medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open this summer and fall.

Fifteen illegal dispensaries are somewhere in the long and complicated process of being closed by the city, down from 69 one year ago.

Community leaders have lobbied the city to shut down illegal shops quickly, saying they are unregulated, attract crime and operate in inappropriate locations near schools or businesses that attract children.

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24 UK: More Forces Turning A Blind Eye To CannabisWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Independent (UK) Author:Ward, Victoria Area:United Kingdom Lines:59 Added:07/29/2015

THREE more police forces have signalled that people who grow cannabis for their own consumption will not be targeted.

Earlier this month, Durham Constabulary stated it would only go after people using the drug if there was a complaint or if they were being "blatant".

Now police and crime commissioners (PPCs) in Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey have indicated that those caught smoking or cultivating the drug on a small scale can expect little more than a caution.

The change in attitudes will be seen as a further step towards decriminalisation.

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25 US HI: LTE: Ship Has Sailed For Hemp CropsWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:DeFrank, Joe Area:Hawaii Lines:36 Added:07/29/2015

The promotion of industrial hemp as a silver bullet to protect agricultural lands from development is a case of misplaced enthusiasm.

Sugar and pineapple have experienced greatly reduced plantings due to cheaper production elsewhere. The 10-year legislative promotion of ethanol in fuel could not induce a single investor to build a plant to produce it. The ship has sailed on industrial crop production in Hawaii due to high costs of land, water and labor.

Legislative enthusiasm to support Hawaiian agriculture would be better focused on improving the water supply to agriculturally important lands, enhanced grower access to local markets via an open statewide auction house and enhanced interisland transportation, such as the Superferry.

Let's not waste valuable tax dollars on developing a crop like industrial hemp that can and will be more cost effectively produced in other mainland states, if and when it becomes legal to do so.

Joe DeFrank



26US AZ: Room For Growth In ScottsdaleWed, 29 Jul 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Leavitt, Parker Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2015

Three Medical-Marijuana Companies Hope to Tap into City's Wealth of Patients

Three medical-marijuana companies are eyeing the Scottsdale Airpark for new dispensary locations as they look to tap into one of Arizona's highest concentrations of patients authorized to use the drug.

Two proposed dispensaries are on the south side of the airport's runways, while a third is planned near the Scottsdale Quarter office and shopping complex, according to city records. The latter has already been approved for a permit, while a City Council vote is likely coming for the others.

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27 US MO: PUB LTE: American People Have Created the Demand forTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Author:Kohorst, Fred Area:Missouri Lines:40 Added:07/29/2015

The Sunday editorial "Descriminalizacao" on the war against drugs seems to confirm what I've been carrying on about for some time now. The war on drugs is an entirely misguided effort. We keep blaming the Mexican and Colombian cartels for the sale and use of drugs in this country. The fact of the matter is that the American people must take most of the blame for what is happening.

Readers of my letter who don't want to deal with this reality will write me off as being unpatriotic, but the real truth is that the American people have created the demand for drugs. Americans want drugs. We want cocaine, marijuana, meth and anything we can get our hands on. Drug cartels are simply supplying a product to a marketplace we have created.

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28 US: A Street Drug Widely Considered Safe, Molly Actually PosesTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Berger, Susan Area:United States Lines:167 Added:07/29/2015

In high school, Shelley Goldsmith was a student council president and tennis team captain. She'd won an academic scholarship to the University of Virginia, had raised money for the American Heart Association and baked cupcakes for cancer patients when her dad was going through chemotherapy.

The Abington, Va., teen also loved music. In August 2013, Goldsmith, then 19, attended a rave concert at a club in Washington where she took some Molly, a popular recreational drug. After a few hours of hard dancing, she collapsed. She died several hours later at a hospital.

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29CN AB: Raid On Pot Supplier Has Legal Users ScramblingSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2015

Three charged as product from 'compassion club' storefront seized

More than 1,000 people with health problems ranging from cancer to chronic pain are without their legal medicine after a Beverly area marijuana shop was raided Wednesday by police.

The non-profit Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society, or MACROS, had been illegally supplying marijuana to users with a Health Canada medical marijuana licence or a prescription from their doctor for 11 years without any issues, society president Aaron Bott said.

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30CN BC: Column: Pregnant And Smoking Pot? Better Cool It!Fri, 24 Jul 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2015

Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune Mary Jane, admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But when she became pregnant - her son Ever is four now - she gave up the weed.

You Oughta Know what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child. Studies show that when you expose your fetus to marijuana, chances are your child will have lower test scores on visual problem-solving, visual analysis, and visual and motor co-ordination, plus behavioural problems and a decreased attention span. These are lifelong handicaps.

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31 Israel: Medical Cannabis To Be Available At DrugstoresTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Jerusalem Post (Israel) Author:Siegel, Judy Area:Israel Lines:80 Added:07/29/2015

The Health Ministry will make it possible for patients licensed to receive medical cannabis to get it at a pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister MK Ya'acov Litzman announced on Monday at a session of the Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The policy shift will make it easier for tens of thousands of people with pain and other chronic symptoms to get medical marijuana.

"I saw medical marijuana last week for the first time," said Litzman, an MK from the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party. I was required by a suit in the High Court of Justice to deal with the issue," he said, adding that during his first four-year tenure as deputy health ministry, he "tried to stay away from dealing with the issue myself, but to hand it to professionals in the ministry. I am aware of the need to create order in the matter and to change the ministry's policy to make it easier for patients," the UTJ MK said.

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32US MO: Editorial: Sentencing Reform Is Fine. DecriminalizingSun, 26 Jul 2015
Source:St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)          Area:Missouri Lines:Excerpt Added:07/29/2015

It's been a busy couple of weeks in America's futile War on Drugs. It's a war that can't be won, a war that makes billionaires of some of the world's most vicious criminals, a war that began 44 years ago and has cost more than $1 trillion.

It's time to think about what we as a nation are doing wrong. It's time to honestly face the facts.

Yes, we can and should let nonviolent drug offenders out of prison, as President Obama has advocated and some conservative states already have done, and as bipartisan legislation pending in Congress would do.

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33 CN NS: Column: Pregnant And Smoking Pot? Cool It!Fri, 24 Jul 2015
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Oz, Mehmet Area:Nova Scotia Lines:45 Added:07/28/2015

Alanis Morissette, the Canadian songstress who penned the tune "Mary Jane," admits to using pot in the past to juice up her creativity. But when she became pregnant - her son Ever is four now - she gave up the weed.

"You Oughta Know" what she knows: Smoking pot while you're pregnant or breastfeeding is dangerous for your fetus and your child.

Studies show that when you expose your fetus to marijuana, chances are your child will have lower test scores on visual problem-solving, visual analysis, and visual and motor coordination, plus behavioral problems and a decreased attention span. These are lifelong handicaps.

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34 US CA: Merced Police Shut Down Alleged Marijuana DispensaryMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Merced Sun-Star (CA)          Area:California Lines:57 Added:07/28/2015

The Merced Police Department served search warrants Friday and shut down Kiona's Farm'acy in downtown Merced, alleging the business operated as a marijuana dispensary.

The police also ordered an investigation into business owner Lakisha Jenkins for possible tax evasion.

But Jenkins says her business is a nonprofit and agriculture cooperative that has been operating in California for more than a decade. Though the Farm'acy does sell cannabis to some members, who Jenkins said mostly are cancer patients, it also sells hundreds of herbs, teas and organic produce. Jenkins calls it a "holistic health center."

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35US CA: Editorial: Portugal's Lesson In LegalizationSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2015

This month marks 14 years since Portugal decriminalized the purchase, possession and use of all drugs even cocaine and heroin. As Californians consider joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C., in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Portugal's experience is instructive in setting realistic expectations and assuaging fears surrounding legalization.

Portugal saw a significant increase in drug use and abuse following the 1974 overthrow of its nearly 50-year authoritarian military dictatorship, as Portuguese returned from the country's overseas colonies.

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36Canada: Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage on the Horizon:Mon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Posadzki, Alexandra Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2015

TORONTO - Canadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts predict, following the introduction of new Health Canada rules that allow for the sale of cannabis oils.

Health Canada announced revamped medical marijuana regulations earlier this month after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that users of the drug should be permitted to consume it in other forms, such as oils and edibles, rather than having to smoke dried buds.

"You're going to see insurance companies slowly start to creep into the sector," says Khurram Malik, an analyst at Jacob Securities Inc., noting that the new regulations will allow medical marijuana producers to sell gel caps similar to those made from cod liver oil.

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37 Canada: Editorial: B.C. Runs Amok, Seizes Bleak HouseMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:59 Added:07/28/2015

The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office is getting more and more ingenious - too ingenious. This month, Seyed Nima Razavi Zadeh was convicted of sexual assault. He is in custody pending sentencing. In the interim, the CFO is moving to seize his condominium, which he bought nine years ago for $290,000. The CFO will argue that the condominium unit was a "staging ground" for his crime and possibly others.

Yes, Mr. Razavi Zadeh committed a crime, was convicted and will be sentenced. But the civil forfeiture law was created to go after the proceeds of organized crime. In this case, as in many others, the CFO is stretching the law far beyond its original intent and beyond what the Charter of Rights and Freedoms should allow. Does his crime justify the expropriation of his property without compensation, or even making him homeless?

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38 US NM: PUB LTE: Board Needs To Look At Drug-Testing DownsideSun, 26 Jul 2015
Source:Observer, The (Rio Rancho, NM) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:New Mexico Lines:47 Added:07/28/2015


The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education needs to educate itself on the downside of student drug testing. Student involvement in after-school activities, like sports, has been shown to reduce drug use. They keep kids busy during the hours they are most likely to get into trouble. Forcing students to undergo degrading urine tests as a prerequisite will only discourage participation in extracurricular programs.

Drug testing may compel marijuana users to switch to more dangerous prescription narcotics to avoid testing positive. This is one of the reasons the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes student drug testing. Despite a short-lived high, marijuana is the only drug that stays in the human body long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent.

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39 US NM: PUB LTE: Gov. Playing Political Ping Pong With LivesTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Falter, Kathy Area:New Mexico Lines:43 Added:07/28/2015

SO LET ME get this right, Gov. (Susana) Martinez intends to "out" producers and employees of a legitimate business in the name of transparency. I understand she is getting pressure to release the names of the producers. I get that. I get that it's important to prevent cronyism.

What I don't get is why Gov. Martinez is dragging the employees of a Licensed Non-Profit Producers into her political ping pong game. I have a close relative that works for an LNPP. Their workplace has a very sophisticated alarm system. My relative keeps a panic button on their person at all times. Not only that, but the regulations forbid the employees from carrying a firearm for protection! Believe me, a business would not spend money on this type of security if they did not need it.

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40 US NM: PUB LTE: Keep Vulnerable Names Off The RecordTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Hahn, Evelyn R. Area:New Mexico Lines:23 Added:07/28/2015

I AM 88 years old and have never used marijuana or other illegal drugs.

I think revealing the names of owners and employees who produce medical marijuana will expose them to danger - possible theft, possible death. Gov. (Susana) Martinez will be responsible for any wrongdoing that will result. It is wrong to reveal their names.



41 US CA: Grass Valley City Council to Talk Medical MarijuanaTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:Union, The (Grass Valley, CA) Author:Natividad, Ivan Area:California Lines:54 Added:07/28/2015

The Grass Valley City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider options for regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana citywide.

"(The council) is requesting an update on marijuana laws in California and the U.S.," City Manager Bob Richardson said. "And just be given an overview to consider whether they want to keep things the same, do they want to make changes, and what are the directions they would like to head in, or if they are good at where they are at today."

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42 US NY: OPED: The Weed Dispensary's Lessons For DoctorsTue, 28 Jul 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Casarett, David Area:New York Lines:113 Added:07/28/2015

THE first time you meet Robin, it's easy to be misled by her fragile appearance. She's in her 40s and painfully thin, and she grips her aluminum walker with hands that have been twisted by rheumatoid arthritis. But she's both tough and resourceful, and she doesn't give up easily.

I met Robin and many others like her at a California medical marijuana clinic where I was doing research for a book. She was one of almost a dozen patients seeking recommendation letters that would let them buy marijuana at designated dispensaries.

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43 CN BC: OPED: Harm Reduction Allows Cycle Of Misery To RepeatMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Stafford, Brent Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:07/28/2015

This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy?

I have a lot of sympathy for injection drugs users. Addiction consumes mind, body and soul - without treatment, the disease gets progressively worse, leaving only incarceration or death. That is, unless you frequent Insite, the safe-injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. There, the mortal consequences of hardcore drug use are suspended..

At Insite, drug users can inject heroin (40% of injections), powder cocaine (30%) and methamphetamine (5%) - chasing the high all the way to the point of death, with no fear of paying the ultimate price.

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44 CN BC: OPED: Insite Saves Lives And Gives Addicts A Chance ToMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Pospisil, Petr Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:07/28/2015

This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy?

We know addiction results in violence, depression, illness and early death. We've learned how addiction can devastate families, friends, and colleagues. We have seen people-once children full of potential - become addicts contorting their bodies in the middle of busy streets, pestering citizens for change, or selling their bodies.

People of all income levels are affected. Yet addiction imposes the stiffest penalties on those living in the Downtown Eastside, sometimes with mental illness, often with no support network.

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45 US NY: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana A Help To PatientsFri, 24 Jul 2015
Source:Times Union (Albany, NY) Author:Earleywine, Mitch Area:New York Lines:38 Added:07/28/2015

I was delighted to read the editorial "Open the marijuana files" (July 14), encouraging more transparency in the processes for making medical cannabis available to New Yorkers. Our state needs to work quickly and openly in this process.

Our state legislators can rest assured that research confirms the plant's medical efficacy and safety. It reliably helps those suffering from AIDS-related wasting, the side effects of chemotherapy, symptoms of multiple sclerosis and various types of pain. It also shows promise for many other ailments. Patients can sidestep respiratory irritation thanks to new vaporizer technology and edibles.

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46US AR: Pot Proposals Denied, Man Plans AppealMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR) Author:Hale-Shelton, Debra Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2015

CONWAY - A Van Buren County man isn't giving up on his cause, even though the attorney general's office has rejected five proposed ballot titles that would have asked voters to legalize marijuana for various purposes.

Four of Robert Reed's proposals would have provided for voters to decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment allowing for either industrial or agricultural uses and medical uses of marijuana. The other proposal would have let voters decide whether to pass an amendment legalizing all uses of marijuana, including recreational.

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47 US OH: PUB LTE: Purchasing Marijuana Puts Kids At RiskMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:McDerment, Carlis Area:Ohio Lines:49 Added:07/27/2015

As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal ("Legal pot poses another threat to children," July 8 letter from Dr. Johanna Said). The term "controlled substance" is very misleading.

The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to control. People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer. Merely decriminalizing it will do nothing to undercut the dangerous illicit market that is currently selling to kids everywhere.

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48US AK: OPED: Simple Change Can Save Alaskan Lives, ReduceMon, 27 Jul 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Ellis, Johnny Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2015

Heroin is killing Alaskans at alarming rates, and unless we do something to address the problem now, it will only get worse. Heroin-related deaths in Alaska tripled between 2008 and 2013. In 2012, the rate of heroin overdose deaths was 42 percent higher than the national rate. Alaskans are no strangers to the heroin and opiate abuse crisis killing our friends, family and neighbors.

We read reports weekly of heroin seizures, ruined lives, overdose deaths and grieving families.

Recently, we read that heroin is taking an unprecedented toll on Alaska ("Public health officials find steep rise in Alaska heroin deaths, overdoses," ADN, July 14). The article highlighted findings of a new report by the Division of Public Health that every Alaska public official should read, entitled "Health Impacts of Heroin Use in Alaska."

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49 US CA: PUB LTE: Butte County's Criminal Justice System Is JustSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Greenwood, Chuck Area:California Lines:30 Added:07/27/2015

A couple of items in Wednesday's E-R got my attention. Let me make sure that I've got this straight.

A white deputy sheriff, carrying the authority and wearing the uniform that we provided to him, sexually abused female Butte County Jail inmates under his care and protection. Three hundred and thirty-eight days later, he is charged with three misdemeanors.

A Mexican individual sleeping next to a marijuana plantation is charged with three felonies - the news is printed two days after his arrest.

I suspect that there are people, somewhere in the world, who do not believe that the United States is crazy. I'm sure that anthropologists are trying diligently to locate these people.

- - Chuck Greenwood, Durham


50US CA: Column: It's All GoodFri, 24 Jul 2015
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA) Author:Middlebrook, Jonathan Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2015

"My favorite )) color is chocolate."--Visited the grands last week. Gentleman Jack is 3.5 years old.

Pretty much )) everyone assumes that recreational pot will become California-legal in 2016. The Yes vote will be urban, consumer-driven (ready access, cheap) and careless of our rural concerns: Community, land use, sustainable water use, environmental protection, reasonable profit.--That last one, "reasonable profit," is especially problematic in this our America.

Those rural )) concerns recently put two of our more risk-taking supervisors on Jane Futcher's KZYX "Cannabis Hour" (July 16, available on KZYX's Jukebox link).--John McCowen and Tom Woodhouse are our BoS's ad hoc marijuana policy committee, so what they said-antiphonally-likely indicates the course our Supervisors will take as they deal with the few cannabis policy matters that are in their and (through electing them) our local control.

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