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1 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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2 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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3 US NJ: 4th Dispensary Can Grow PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)          Area:New Jersey Lines:30 Added:11/24/2014

(AP) - New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering it to patients in the spring.

The Health Department issued the permit Friday to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.

New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago, and since then two others have joined.

New Jersey picked six nonprofit groups to cultivate and sell marijuana.

About 3,400 patients are registered with the program, and 364 physicians across the state are enrolled so they can recommend marijuana to patients.

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4 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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5 CN BC: Vancouver's Pot Museum Set To Close Its DoorsThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Deacon, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:11/24/2014

Collection moving to Detroit, while organizer plans 'world-class dispensary' for Vancouver

For the last decade, $2.50 would get you a 30-minute tour through the ins and outs of herbal medicine - from the story behind Absinthe to a brief history of magic mushrooms in Canada to ancient cannabis use.

But after 10 years in Vancouver, the Herb Museum - billed as a global one-of-a-kind site for scope and accessibility - is closing its doors to make way for a seed sanctuary in the BC Marijuana Party Building.

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6 Canada: Ads Based on Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:47 Added:11/24/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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7 CN BC: Province Initiates Country's First Clinical CannabisWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Seccia, Stefania Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:11/24/2014

'Looking for Answers'. Producer Hopes to Begin Next Spring

British Columbia researchers and a medical marijuana producer have joined forces to conduct Canada's first-ever clinical trial to back up anecdotal evidence in using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with hard facts.

Pending regulatory approval, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and Tilray, a Health Canada licensed producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, hope to begin the world's first large-scale clinical trial examining cannabis for a mental health disorder as early as spring 2015.

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8US CO: Editorial: Edibles Should Be RecognizableSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2014

After months of futile meetings, a state task force that was supposed to make recommendations regarding the appearance of edible marijuana products has failed. But this effort should by no means be over. Lawmakers need to step up and act when they convene in January.

The legislature must draft rules for marijuana edibles to make them easily identifiable when outside their packaging - a necessary step to protect people, especially children, from unintended exposure.

If a recognizable industry stamp or sprayed-on color doesn't differentiate the items from non-marijuana products, then they shouldn't be sold.

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9 US AK: PUB LTE: Circumventing 'Yes' VoteSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Spurlock, Rory Area:Alaska Lines:24 Added:11/24/2014

The latest vote on marijuana hasn't even been certified yet and one of the Anchorage assembly members, Amy Demboski (most notably positioning herself for a run at mayor), is introducing a resolution to circumvent the people's majority vote of "Yes" on the marijuana issue. Our democratic process is in danger of going up in smoke (pardon the pun).

- - Rory Spurlock

Anchorage

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10 US AK: PUB LTE: Stop Anti-Pot ActionsSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Dowd, Andrew Area:Alaska Lines:28 Added:11/24/2014

Amy Demboski, please stop. The election results haven't even been certified and yet you want Anchorage to opt out of commercial marijuana. A majority of Alaskans have decided to end the failure of prohibition, but you want to continue with the campaign of fear and misinformation.

Why should Anchorage opt out? There is no reasonable justification. Not one. Marijuana is proven to be safer than alcohol, tobacco and caffeine yet these are all sold in Anchorage. You are on the wrong side of history. Don't take us down with you.

- - Andrew Dowd

Anchorage

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11 Canada: Column: If Anti-Drug PSAs Don't Actually Work, Why AreSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Renzetti, Elizabeth Area:Canada Lines:107 Added:11/24/2014

The history of anti-drug public-service ads is so long and illustrious that it's hard to pick a favourite from the lot. I have a particular affection for the New Zealand commercial that features a man in a club bathroom literally removing a piece of his brain, chopping it in a tiny bloody line and hoovering it up his nose. But then there is also the anti-methamphetamine ad from the United States, in which a doleful voice warns would-be tweekers, "This is where she used to be a cheerleader. This is the sink where she started pulling out her eyebrows."

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12 US FL: PUB LTE: Stop Criminalizing Marijuana Use, Tax ItSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Florida Lines:39 Added:11/24/2014

Regarding Bill Lane's Sunday My Word, "Why treat pot differently than alcohol?": Marijuana prohibition is indefensible.

As evidenced by the narrow defeat of medical marijuana in this past Florida election, the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end.

If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply-and-demand dynamics so that Big Money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana has been legally available for decades.

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13 CN BC: Heroin Addicts Authorized To Get DrugSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:11/24/2014

North American first comes after more than a year of battles between doctors and federal Health Minister

In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial.

Doctors at the Providence Crosstown Clinic received shipment of the drug this week for 26 former trial participants and will begin administering the drugs next week. In all, 120 severely addicted people have received authorization from Health Canada to receive the drugs; the rest are expected to get them soon.

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14 CN AB: PUB LTE: Grow Ops SeizedSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Higgs, Norma Area:Alberta Lines:29 Added:11/24/2014

Re: "Razing houses," Letter, Nov. 21.

I agree with Christopher Bennett that the Canadian government should be outraged regarding Israel's bulldozing of the family homes of Palestinian criminals who murdered their citizens, leaving the innocent occupants without shelter. I see no difference in Canada where the homes of convicted marijuana grow operators are seized by provincial governments under the pretext of financing law enforcement, leaving the innocent occupants and children without shelter. Here, also, we endorse a policy where the sins of one family member are carried by all of the family. In Israel, murder carries this punishment; in Canada, the growing of marijuana has the same result. Where is the outrage here?

Norma Higgs, Calgary

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15 Canada: Ads Based On Science: MinisterFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death'

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them. "(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life," the narrator says.

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16 CN BC: Edu: Pot and PTSD: Professor Studies The Beneficial EffectsThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Ubyssey (CN BC Edu) Author:Kapusta, Karolina Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:11/23/2014

Aside from being a common recreational drug, marijuana may be able to help with the side affects of anxiety and fear that are common with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Zach Walsh, who is an associate professor of psychology at UBC Okanagan, studies the roles of substance use and the impact of drugs on behavior. Walsh started researching the impact of cannabis six years ago, as he was interested in finding out more about the world's most widely-used illegal substance.

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17 CN BC: Meet The Next MayorFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:221 Added:11/23/2014

Just before 9 p.m. on November 15, Nelsonites received the news that Deb Kozak would serve for the next four years as the community's first female mayor. Having served on council since 2005, Kozak defeated both incumbent John Dooley and challenger Pat Severyn with a final tally of 1,756 votes.

The Star sat down with Kozak on Tuesday afternoon to debrief on her historic achievement, and to hear about her plans for the next four years.

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18 US WA: Third Court Upholds Marijuana Business BanSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Bush, Evan Area:Washington Lines:36 Added:11/23/2014

A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that local governments can ban recreational-pot businesses, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office.

It's the third ruling that supports localities preventing pot businesses from operating, and it hews closely to the informal opinion presented by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson earlier this year.

"Three judges in three different parts of the state all ruled from the bench. None of them said we need more time to think about it," Ferguson said about the judges' rulings. "If those who wrote the legislation wanted to require jurisdictions to sell marijuana, they should have said so."

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19 US DC: LTE: Take A Harder Look At MarijuanaSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Babyak, Stephanie Nickerson Area:District of Columbia Lines:36 Added:11/23/2014

The Nov. 18 Health & Science commentary "PTA mom says it's time to legalize marijuana" contained a good deal of parenting advice but not much science. As the debate on marijuana continues, it is critical that science be part of the discussion. Today's marijuana is much stronger than in decades past, and new research is raising concerns.

A long-term study found that heavy marijuana use in teens resulted in an IQ loss of eight points and that teens are at risk of dependency and going on to use harder drugs. Marijuana smoke contains numerous carcinogens. A 20-year research study found that marijuana use doubles the risk of psychotic disorder and leads to poor attention and memory. Drugged driving significantly increased the risk of motor vehicle collisions.

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20 US NY: OPED: Will Pot Pack New York's Courts?Sat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Thompson, Kenneth P. Area:New York Lines:106 Added:11/23/2014

THIS week the New York City Police Department shifted from making arrests to issuing tickets for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The problem is that most people, frankly, do not understand how summons court, which processes such tickets, operates.

A key concern is that issuing summonses for marijuana possession will result in an excessive amount of bench warrants for those who fail to appear in court, and the influx of these cases is sure to swell our already overburdened summons-court dockets.

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21 US: 'Vape' Joins Pot's Lingo, With Hat Tip To OxfordSun, 23 Nov 2014
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Bennett, Jessica Area:United States Lines:80 Added:11/23/2014

"Back in my day, it was just weed; it was just getting high," said Joel Schneider, 55, sipping a cup of coffee. "Vaping? No. We'd never heard of vaping."

Mr. Schneider, the owner of a pot-friendly bed-and-breakfast in Denver (it brands itself a "bud-and-breakfast"), had just learned that "vape" was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries 2014 Word of the Year. That is, a group of lexicographers got together and measured the word's use, determining that the term - used to describe the process of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or "vape pen") - had proliferated, along with the habit. (Last year's word of the year was "selfie.")

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22US: U.S. Alarmed By Flow Of Heroin Through CanadaFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Berthiaume, Lee Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/23/2014

The Obama administration has raised the alarm about an increase in the amount of heroin being smuggled from Afghanistan through Canada and into the U.S.

The warning is contained in a recent White House report on the global drug trade, and comes despite a concerted push - at a cost of millions of dollars - to curb Afghan heroin production during the years Canadian military forces were in Kandahar.

Each year, U.S. President Barack Obama issues a "presidential determination" that guides U.S. drug policy for the coming year. The report includes a list of countries deemed to be major producers or traffickers of illicit drugs, as well as other points of concern.

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23 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:42 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA-The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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24 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:42 Added:11/23/2014

OTTAWA-The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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25 US FL: PUB LTE: Well-Written Medical Pot Law Would Be Non-IssueMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Florida Today (Melbourne, FL) Author:Oa=C2=80=C2=99Conor, Steve Area:Florida Lines:47 Added:11/22/2014

With the election over, it appears incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, may play a key role in the 2016 presidential election.

Florida, which is tied with New York for third place in Electoral College votes behind California and Texas, will be pivotal. It is the largest swing state in the nation. As Florida goes, so goes the nation.

Amendment 2, the so-called medical marijuana constitutional amendment, while supported by a majority of statewide voters, failed to achieve the required 60 percent by just a few percentage points. Its supporters, most notably attorney John Morgan, who reportedly spent $4 million on this campaign, will undoubtedly come back with a vengeance in 2016.

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26 US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some ClaimWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL) Author:Dockery, Paula Area:Florida Lines:113 Added:11/22/2014

One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage.

To hear the pundits, opponents and media tell it, the defeat was devastating for an effort that looked certain to pass early on.

Let's look at what transpired.

Attorney John Morgan initiated the difficult and costly task of putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot, drafting the amendment language, getting through the court review of the ballot title and summary, obtaining enough petition signatures and getting the signatures validated.

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27 US FL: PUB LTE: Humane AlternativeTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Gainesville Sun, The (FL) Author:Daniel, Art Area:Florida Lines:35 Added:11/22/2014

It is disheartening that Florida's medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and other law enforcement officials around the state resorted to half-truths and scare tactics to dissuade voters.

Those with debilitating medical conditions could have been aided by the amendment. For now, they will have to continue relying upon prescription drugs that often make them even sicker, or risk arrest and prosecution if they choose to use cannabis to treat their symptoms.

Yet there is hope. Out of the 60 percent needed, nearly 58 percent of Florida voters said yes. Perhaps now our state legislators will take notice of the people's collective voice and take action on expanding medical marijuana. It will provide those with serious medical conditions A-a=C2=80" who have exhausted all other means of treatment a=C2 =80" with a more organic, safe and humane alternative.

I urge all like-minded citizens to contact lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Art Daniel, Alachua

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28 US VT: PUB LTE: Legalize, Tax, Regulate DrugsFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Schaft, Ted Area:Vermont Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

I would like to thank the Rutland Herald for making the Libertarian case for legalizing drugs in the recent op-ed piece. The point of the Herald article was that because of the American craving for drugs, we have allowed the Mexican and Central and South American drug cartels to prosper and terrorize the populace of those countries. What the Herald failed to point out is that this case has been made over and over again to no avail. Appealing to the conscience of a drug addict is pure folly.

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29 CN BC: Column: Impressions From Nelson's Historic Mayor's RaceWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Nesteroff, Greg Area:British Columbia Lines:202 Added:11/22/2014

Stunning. Impressive. Historic. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Deb Kozak's upset win Saturday in knocking off three-time incumbent Nelson mayor John Dooley. I was among those guessing Dooley would be unstoppable, given a lack of polarizing issues in the campaign.

The mayoral race was instead about "leadership style." While some on council were clearly dissatisfied with Dooley at the helm, I never got the same sense from the community at large.

Early on, I speculated Pat Severyn's candidacy would benefit Kozak by drawing away votes that would otherwise go to Dooley, but as the campaign progressed I began to think the opposite would be true, as Severyn and Kozak seemed to be singing from the same song sheet.

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30 CN BC: Pot A Possible Salvation For PTSD SufferersMon, 17 Nov 2014
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leung, Wendy Area:British Columbia Lines:138 Added:11/22/2014

Marijuana producer and UBC are pitching a clinical trial on the impact of the drug on people with post-traumatic stress disorder

After developing post-traumatic stress disorder during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Canadian army veteran Fabian Henry tried numerous anti-depressants to quell his suicidal thoughts and violent rages. For three years, he was on as many as nine pills a day. But only one drug worked for him: marijuana.

"It literally gave me relief and changed my life," says Henry, who now vaporizes 10 grams of medical marijuana a day. "I went from suicidal and homicidal ideation, to DUIs, to threatening to kill people, to beating people up, to doing yoga seven days a week, using cannabis and spending more time in nature with my kids."

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31 Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing SmokeFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:43 Added:11/22/2014

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes a TV spot that shows a human brain made out of glass tubes with thick smoke flowing through them."(Marijuana) can damage a teen for life,"the narrator says.

Fry, a health committee member, said the Conservatives aren't interested in telling Canadians about the benefits of marijuana.

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32 US AK: Prosecutions for Possessing and Selling Marijuana WillFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Bohman, Amanda Area:Alaska Lines:75 Added:11/22/2014

FAIRBANKS - One of the Alaska's top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize small amounts of pot.

"We are not blind or oblivious to the fact that there is a change coming, but the change is not here yet," said John Skidmore, director of the criminal division for the Alaska Department of Law.

"We did communicate to our folks that right now it is business as usual," he said. "We are evaluating what to do in the future."

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33 US IL: City Council Shelves Security Crackdown for Medical PotThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Spielman, Fran Area:Illinois Lines:52 Added:11/22/2014

Despite concern that medical marijuana is a "cash only" business that breeds crime, the City Council on Wednesday squelched - probably for good - a security crackdown that would have required cultivation centers and dispensaries to hire around-the-clock security guards and prevent "public viewing" of pot.

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti ( 2nd) and his Progressive Caucus colleague Ald. Scott Waguespack ( 32nd) used a parliamentary maneuver to put off consideration of the watered-down security ordinance until the next Council meeting, but the delay is likely to be permanent.

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34 UK: PUB LTE: Planting PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Economist, The (UK) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:United Kingdom Lines:23 Added:11/22/2014

SIR - The United States has almost twice the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where the drug has been legally available for decades. The criminalisation of people who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on cannabis is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public-health campaign. It is time to stop the pointless arrests and instead legalise cannabis and tax it.

Robert Sharpe Policy analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy Washington, DC

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35 US ME: Group Unveils Marijuana Legalization PlanThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:Maine Lines:22 Added:11/21/2014

AUGUSTA, MAINE (AP) - A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana is beginning its push to put the measure before Maine voters in 2016. Legalize Maine, a newly formed political action committee, is calling its plan "a home-grown effort" to legalize marijuana in Maine. The group's organizer, Paul McCarrier, said Wednesday that its proposal can help revive Maine's economy. McCarrier's group wants to tax marijuana at 8 percent, the same as prepared food, lodging, and liquor. It also wants to create marijuana social clubs. The effort is separate from another push to legalize marijuana in the state.

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36 US CA: Column: As Pot Picks Up, Cali Slows DownThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:67 Added:11/21/2014

Hey, thanks for the national update last week. How did marijuana do in California?

- -Willie Wonky Jr.

Well Willie, weed wasn't warmly welcomed, if that's what you are asking. Pretty much all of the county initiatives that would have eased restrictions on medical cannabis failed. Measure S in Nevada County didn't pass. Measure O in Lake County was a no go. Shasta County's Measure A, which bans all outdoor growing in unincorporated areas, passed. In Butte County, Measure A passed, Measure B failed-Measure A allows medical marijuana cultivation, but is way more prohibitive than Measure B would have been. The cities of Encinitas and La Mesa (down near San Diego) tried to pass measures that would allow for medical cannabis dispensaries. Couldn't do it. Santa Cruz succeeded in passing a small sales tax on medical marijuana. Santa Ana had two initiatives for regulating medical cannabis on the ballot. The more restrictive one was the winner.

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37 US CA: Column: Cannabis CommercializationThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:91 Added:11/21/2014

"Do I hear 2,000?" America's first pot auction netted the Washington proprietor of Fireweed Farms about $600,000 on Saturday, Nov. 15.

According to the Tri-City Herald, Randy Williams sold about 300 pounds of bud "so he could spend time with his grandson instead of packaging marijuana" all winter long.

A state Liquor Control Board representative on scene told the Herald it was a "well-organized event."

Around 100 people reportedly attended the auction, forcing Williams to rent a parking lot to accommodate the bidders. If California legalizes marijuana in 2016, local auction caller extraordinaire and Supervisor Rex Bohn may have to update his cattle rattle. "Going, going, ganja," anyone?

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38 US PA: Column: When Criminal Vices Become Legal, SavvyWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Author:Maier, Thomas Area:Pennsylvania Lines:81 Added:11/21/2014

Big-time investors hoping to profit from America's emerging business in legalized marijuana might see a bit of themselves in the historic example of Joseph P. Kennedy - the father of President John F. Kennedy.

Back in 1933, the Kennedy patriarch made sure his liquor firm would be the first to make millions as Prohibition's decade-long ban on alcohol sales ended. He did so with a blend of politics, cash and timely maneuvers.

Today's pot entrepreneurs - looking to cash in on the estimated $20 billion market in marijuana sales by 2020 - may find from some striking then-and-now similarities in Kennedy's experiences.

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39 US CO: Column: What If I Get Busted Toking In Public?Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Breathes, William Area:Colorado Lines:58 Added:11/21/2014

Dear Stoner: I know it's not legal to puff out in front of a restaurant or whatever, but what happens if I get busted smoking weed in public? Is it really that bad?

Pete B. Puffin

Dear Pete: We don't think it's that bad, and we regularly bend the rules ourselves - though we usually tuck back in an alleyway, walk around the parking lot or at least make sure we're not wafting ganja smoke over an outdoor patio full of diners (or cops). But like you, we know we're taking a risk. In the city of Denver, public consumption carries a civil penalty, and you won't get arrested - unless you get belligerent and ignore the cop's warning, as pot attorney Rob Corry learned at a 2013 Rockies game. The first time you get caught puffing in public or even displaying less than an ounce, it'll be a $150 fine. The second time you get caught, it's a $500 fine. And if you get caught more than that, you're just not doing things right (and you'll be facing a $999 fine, to boot). Kids under eighteen won't face any time in juvie if they're caught with pot, though the judge can require treatment in lieu of fines. At the state level, adults eighteen and up caught consuming cannabis face a $100 fine and 24 hours of community service. Oh, and being a medical cannabis patient isn't going to help you. In fact, if you're busted using pot in public and try to use your med card as an excuse, the state can take away your pot-patient status. And cops are writing tickets, too - 668 in the first nine months of 2014. Just be smart and don't become that statistic. We suggest getting a vape pen to help with the stealth. (Elevatedpens.com stocks our current favorite.)

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40 US MI: Column: Justice, Congress Beg to Reform Marijuana LawsWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Tribune, The (Royal Oak, MI) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:Michigan Lines:84 Added:11/21/2014

Both Sides Look to Hand Off Responsibility

The Controlled Substances Act, which set up the drug schedules in the early 1970s, explicitly places drug scheduling authority in the hands of the attorney general, and even instructs him or her to "remove any drug or other substance fromthe schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule."

The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned - literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug reform advocates have pushed the DEA to change its position for years, citing decades of research on the relative harmlessness of weed compared with other drugs - including alcohol -- but the agency hasn't budged, even as public opinion has rapidly evolved.

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41 UK: PUB LTE: Planting PotSat, 22 Nov 2014
Source:Economist, The (UK) Author:IV, W. J. Tate Area:United Kingdom Lines:27 Added:11/21/2014

SIR - Like others you write about the legalisation of the growing cannabis "industry" ("Marijuana milestone", November 8th). But the last thing this industry needs is to become like Big Tobacco. Cannabis is not an easy plant to cultivate. It requires a lot of attention and this is reflected in the price. Because sales and investment between states in America is banned it remains a local industry that maintains a high quality. There are dozens of examples of mass-produced cannabis products that are bland, tasteless reflections of what was once crafted or cultivated with care.

Ewing, New Jersey

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42 US CA: PUB LTE: No Going BackThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:California Lines:32 Added:11/21/2014

Regarding Thadeus Greenson and Grant Scott-Goforth's Nov. 13 column ("Legalized It"), the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels and open a gateway to the hard drugs they sell, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. It's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.

Robert Sharpe, Washington, D.C.

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43US CO: Pot Turns A Huge CornerFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Migoya, David Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/21/2014

Colo. Credit Union Allowed to Run World's First Financial Institution to Deal in Green

The world's first financial institution established specifically for the marijuana industry could be open in Colorado by Jan. 1.

The Colorado Division of Financial Services late Wednesday issued Fourth Corner Credit Union an unconditional charter to operate, the first state credit-union charter issued in nearly a decade.

The next hurdles will be obtaining insurance from the National Credit Union Administration, the federal regulator of credit unions, and getting a master account from the Federal Reserve System.

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44 US CO: PUB LTE: How To Recognize A Pot CookieFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Laurienti, Kathy Area:Colorado Lines:39 Added:11/21/2014

Re: "Stalemate on pot edibles," Nov. 18 news story.

At a meeting regarding state regulation of marijuana edibles, Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer said, "I [want] to know the difference between a marijuana cookie and a Chips Ahoy! cookie just by looking at it."

Let me lend the honorable representative a hand. First, you freely choose to drive to a medical or recreational dispensary to purchase the cookie. You enter the dispensary, where your ID is reviewed and scanned to ensure that it is legitimate. You then enter the area of the dispensary where the edibles are displayed and pick out your cookie. The cookie is wrapped and clearly labeled that it is a marijuana-infused product. You pay for the cookie and leave the building. It would seem that from this point forward, the handling of the cookie is your responsibility.

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45 US MA: US Attorney Asked to Block Local Marijuana Clinics NearFri, 21 Nov 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Murphy, Shelley Area:Massachusetts Lines:120 Added:11/21/2014

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing.

Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school - even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

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46 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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47 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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48 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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49 US CA: Column: Green Lit: California Legalization Measure Is aWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:126 Added:11/20/2014

After the historic marijuana midterms, a seven-hundred-day battle for the Golden State begins.

As the dust settles from the historic marijuana midterm election of 2014, a few things have become clear: Namely, Californians will vote on ending cannabis prohibition in 2016. But change is far from inevitable.

The decisive cannabis-legalization victories in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, on November 4 continued the trend established by voters in Colorado and Washington in 2012. The hat trick in this year's midterm election also guarantees that the most experienced, successful groups - Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - will work to legalize pot in California in 2016.

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50US CO: 8 Adams Retail Pot Stores to See Spike in Taxes NextThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Mitchell, Megan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2014

Eight retail marijuana businesses in Northglenn and a northern sliver of Aurora will see their sales taxes jump next summer thanks to four measures passed in November.

Adams County residents passed a ballot measure that allows the county to collect an additional 3 percent sales tax on all retail stores. To date, that includes only retail stores in Northglenn and four stores in the Adams County portion of Aurora - anything north of Colfax Avenue. The 3 percent county tax will go into effect July 1.

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