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1US FL: Volusia Deputy Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man While ServingThu, 05 Mar 2015
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:Balona, Patricio G. Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:04/05/2015

Official: Unarmed Suspect Shot In Face While Resisting Drug Search

DELTONA - A Deltona man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Volusia County deputy who was entering the home Wednesday morning on a narcotics search warrant, an official said.

Weapons were not found in the home where Derek Cruice, 26, was killed, but Deputy Todd Raible fired his duty weapon after perceiving Cruice's actions during the search as a threat, Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.

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2 US PA: Series: A Medical View On Medical MarijuanaMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:Daily Review (Towanda, PA) Author:Loewenstein, James Area:Pennsylvania Lines:278 Added:03/30/2015

Many Doctors Want More Research to Be Done on Medical Marijuana Before a Decision Is Made on Whether to Legalize It

Editor's Note: This is part two of a three-part series by The Daily Review looking at the possibility of legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Most states now allow the use of medical marijuana, and Pennsylvania could be one of the next ones to legalize it.

Last year, the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation which would legalize the use of an extract of the marijuana plant for certain categories of medical problems, and the bill has been reintroduced in the Legislature this year as Senate Bill 3. The election last year of Gov. Tom Wolf, who supports Senate Bill 3, increases the chances that it, or similar legislation, will be enacted in the Keystone State.

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3 US CA: Editorial: County Right To Stay With Pot OrdinanceMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:Porterville Recorder (CA)          Area:California Lines:49 Added:03/30/2015

We were please to see the board of supervisors stay the course when it comes to curtailing the growing of marijuana in Tulare County. The board recently agreed to keep the ordinance in place which greatly restricts the growing of marijuana. It does not completely ban marijuana growing, but narrows down where it can legally be grown.

Marijuana growing both on private and public lands hit epidemic proportions three years ago. So blatant were the illegal growers, you could smell the illicit weed and often, it was very visible to neighbors or even passersby on roadways.

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4 US OH: Parents Move Family For Medical PotMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:Dayton Daily News (OH) Author:Bernard-Kuhn, Lisa Area:Ohio Lines:176 Added:03/30/2015

Daughter Suffers From Seizures Daily.

Couple Can't Wait for Ohio Voters to Decide Issue.

LIBERTY TWP.- Three-year-old Addyson doesn't understand why her favorite toys, books and everything she knows as home is packed away in boxes.

"When she has a seizure, we try to explain to her that 'this is why we're moving, we're going to get help for you and these are going to go away,' "said Heather Benton of her red-headed toddler who suffers hundreds of seizures a day from myoclonic epilepsy.

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5 US NM: Column: Industrial Hemp Measure's Future Rests WithMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM) Author:Simonich, Milan Area:New Mexico Lines:102 Added:03/30/2015

Part-time farmer Jerry Fuentes has spent the last 15 years championing industrial hemp as the perfect crop for drought-ridden New Mexico and corporate America.

Hemp is used to make auto dashboards, briefcases, carpeting, insulation and an array of other products. Even so, Fuentes' attempt to legalize industrial hemp seemed like a fool's errand or a cause for rebels, not button-down businessmen.

Industrial hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant. So no matter how straight-laced industrial hemp production is, and no matter how many captains of industry import products made of hemp in other countries, it could not shake outlaw status in the United States.

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6 Australia: Act Medical Cannabis Plan A 'Trojan Horse'Tue, 31 Mar 2015
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:McIlroy, Tom Area:Australia Lines:91 Added:03/30/2015

An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction.

Drug Free Australia representatives Gary Christian and Ross Colquhoun are to give evidence on Tuesday to a public hearing considering a medical cannabis scheme proposed by Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury.

The lobby group's 125-page submission to the inquiry outlines domestic and overseas evidence that is critical of medical cannabis schemes and says reform is not needed in Australia because some patients already have access to legal synthetic cannabinoid drugs.

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7 CN AB: Majority Of Citizens OL With 'Rec' Pot UseThu, 26 Mar 2015
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Mabell, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:96 Added:03/30/2015

At less than 52 per cent, you wouldn't call the numbers "high."

But a new report shows a majority of Lethbridge residents now agree with "recreational" use of marijuana - without the risk of criminal sanctions.

More men (60 per cent) than women (42.5 per cent) favour a change in the present law, according to the results of the latest survey from the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.

The social policy poll, completed earlier this year, also showed Lethbridge residents (an average of 51.6 per cent) were more in favour of recreational use than their counterparts in Coaldale (at 45 per cent). Overall, support has steadily increased from about 39 per cent over the last four years.

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8Canada: Column: So Why Is This Being Tried, Again?Thu, 26 Mar 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Blatchford, Christie Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:03/30/2015

Lisi, 36, is surely no saint, but hardly a criminal mastermind

If it wasn't quite a cri de coeur for a nation weary of the war on drugs, it was at least a moan.

It was the first full day of the drugs trial of the two poor saps caught up in the Rob Ford scandal - the former Toronto Mayor's friend, occasional driver and rumoured connection, Alexander (Sandro) Lisi, and Jashmid Bahrami, who owned a dry cleaning shop in Mr. Ford's favourite strip plaza.

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9 US CA: Panel Prepares For Legal PotSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:92 Added:03/30/2015

OAKLAND (TNS) - With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues.

In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sales price and how to eliminate a black market.

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10 US CA: Lawsuit Takes On New Pot OrdinanceSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA) Author:Vodden, Eric Area:California Lines:92 Added:03/30/2015

Yuba County's new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is cost-prohibitive for most patients to abide by and unconstitutionally deprives them of growing their own plants, a lawsuit filed against the county states.

The suit filed late Thursday by four county growers also challenges the Board of Supervisors' approval of the more restrictive pot growing regulations as an urgency ordinance. It says the county didn't identify any circumstances to make the ordinance an urgency matter, which meant it went into effect immediately instead of after a 30-day waiting period.

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11 US FL: PUB LTE: Another Approach For Legalizing PotSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Author:Sr., Michael D. Cirullo Area:Florida Lines:50 Added:03/30/2015

As a substance-abuse professional, I voted "no" on the medical marijuana issue in November. I believe it would be a hypocritical law, turning doctors into criminals.

However, I would favor a law legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medical use. The Everglades could be saved with the revenue derived from taxing marijuana use.

One state license - to cultivate and distribute marijuana - could be awarded to the Seminole Tribe under certain conditions, such as:

1. The Seminoles would lease land in the Everglades from the state for the exclusive use of marijuana cultivation.

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12 US PA: Column: Stirring the Pot at Joint Hearing on MedicalSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:DiStefano, Joseph N. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:115 Added:03/30/2015

It was doctors against lawmakers, science against anecdotes, at Tuesday's joint committee hearing on medical marijuana.

Yes, joint. Twenty state representatives from the Judiciary and Health Committees, mostly Republicans, filed into Pennsylvania Hospital on Tuesday, many bearing grim accounts of ill constituents who say pot helps them feel less pain.

But doctors told the reps there is little proof marijuana does more good than harm, for any ailment. They called for new research funding and Food and Drug Administration approval before a new law is passed.

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13US AZ: A Second Initiative To Legalize Marijuana EmergesSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:03/30/2015

Supporters filed paperwork Friday to kick off what could be a second 2016 ballot initiative that would allow Arizona adults to buy small amounts of marijuana for private use.

The group, Arizonans for Responsible Legalization, said it would not offer details of its plan until it unveils the initiative language. "Arizonans for Responsible Legalization is committed to common sense regulation of the marijuana industry and ensuring the greatest benefit to taxpayers," Gina Berman, an emergency room physician who will lead the effort, said a statement.

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14 US HI: PUB LTE: Pot's Drug Status Should Be ChangedMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:White, Stan Area:Hawaii Lines:31 Added:03/30/2015

Froma Harrop should give more credit to the Rand Paul, RKy., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., bill ("Half a heart on marijuana better than no heart at all," Star-Advertiser, March 21).

Reducing cannabis (marijuana) from its current discredited classification as a Schedule I substance alongside heroin will allow a chain reaction of credible drug law reform, all by itself.

Like the original experiment with alcohol prohibition, the sequel has been not only a failure; it's one of America's worst policy failures.

Cannabis prohibition has been reinforced by lies, half-truths and propaganda, perhaps none worse than the Schedule I lie. America cannot move forward without fixing that blatant injustice.

Stan White Dillon, Colo.

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15US CA: Women Cash in With Pot Klatch - 'A Tupperware Party forMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Garofoli, Joe Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/30/2015

In a Russian Hill apartment, 17 women passed around cannabis-infused gluten-free vegan blueberry almond granola and rubbed marijuana-based topical cream into their shoulders.

The attendees - lawyers and chefs and nurses and tech executives among them - inhaled from vaporizers and erupted in laughter when a woman lauded the aphrodisiac wonders of "Sexx-pot," a new strain of Humboldt County -grown herb that she recently smoked with her husband.

For Amanda Conley, the host, it was "a Tupperware party for cannabis."

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16 US NM: Column: Legal Arena Sorting Through Legalized PotMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Martin, Marshall Area:New Mexico Lines:98 Added:03/30/2015

As Marijuana Becomes Increasingly Acceptable, Contradictory Federal and State Laws Raise Numerous Issues, Ignite Disputes

Marijuana has evolved from a substance that a former U.S. president "tried but never inhaled" to a state tax bonanza, exotic medical treatment and a frequent subject of employment-related disputes.

Colorado, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia have now legalized recreational use, although the District's enactment is complex and has significant limits.

Almost half the states and the District of Columbia permit medical marijuana. Nonetheless, under federal law, marijuana is still listed as a Schedule One drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. U.S. attorneys can pursue growers and dispensers of marijuana, even though such business may be "legal" under state law.

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17 US NY: New York State's Medical Marijuana Rules Shaping Up AsMon, 30 Mar 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mckinley, Jesse Area:New York Lines:162 Added:03/30/2015

ALBANY - When New York State's lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug.

Now, with the state's Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law's supporters say their fears may soon be realized.

The law itself is quite restrictive: Only 10 conditions qualify for medical use of marijuana; the drug may not be smoked; and New York will initially allow only 20 dispensaries across the state, run by five organizations.

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18 US HI: Big Cuts In War On DrugsSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Cole, William Area:Hawaii Lines:162 Added:03/29/2015

For Years, Huge Budgets and Plenty of Manpower Were the Norm - but Those Days Are Long Gone

The Hawaii National Guard was a pioneer in the war on drugs, flying Huey helicopters in support of a big law enforcement roundup of marijuana plants in a 1977 Hawaii island operation called Green Harvest.

Former Gov. George Ariyoshi related in a 1982 New York Times story how 49 National Guardsmen flew into Kauai's mountains by helicopter in 1981 to ferret out a dozen marijuana growers because police were afraid to go.

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19US CA: Cell Tracker Acquisition Met With ScrutinySun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Kurhi, Eric Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/29/2015

Activists, Leaders Push to Learn About Possibly Invasive Devices

The secrecy surrounding a military-grade cellphone-tracking device that's already being used in the Bay Area - and coming soon to Santa Clara County - has come under increased scrutiny, with local governments, courts and lawmakers around the nation joining civil rights groups in demanding more information about the potentially invasive technology.

Earlier this month, a New York judge ruled that a sheriff's office in that state must pull back the curtain on the controversial "stingray" devices, which simulate cellphone towers and allow police to track suspects but also gather location information on potentially thousands of bystanders. Judge Patrick NeMoyer cited a case in which the FBI instructed the Erie County Sheriff's Office to drop charges instead of revealing any information about the stingray.

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20 US NM: OPED: Measure Will Stop 'Policing For Profit'Sun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Stratton, Hal Area:New Mexico Lines:102 Added:03/29/2015

HB 560 Targets Abuse but Is Still Tough on Crime and Takes the Profits Out of Serious Crime

For those New Mexicans who believe in bipartisan government, reaching across the aisle and the political spectrum - there is good news. The New Mexico Legislature unanimously passed HB 560, without a single dissenting vote in either house.

HB 560 revises the procedure involved in the forfeiting of citizens' assets by government agencies, a practice referred to as "asset forfeiture."

Every year, federal and state law enforcement agents seize billions of dollars during traffic stops, simply by alleging the money is connected to some illegal activity. Under federal and New Mexico's laws, these agencies are entitled to keep most - and sometimes all - of the money and property, even if the property owner is never convicted and, in some cases, never charged with a crime.

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21 US DC: OPED: A Groundless Demand On D.C.'s Pot LawSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Herman, Andrew Area:District of Columbia Lines:82 Added:03/29/2015

Two days before Initiative 71 legalized possession of marijuana in the District, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, informed Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that her decision to proceed with implementation and enforcement would be a "willful violation of the law."

A Feb. 24 letter from Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) contended that the language of a continuing resolution enacted by Congress in December barred the use of appropriated funds by the District to legalize marijuana, and they characterized the mayor's actions as a violation of that bar.

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22 US DC: In Former Arrest Hubs, Positions On Pot Are HazySun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Schwartzman, Paul Area:District of Columbia Lines:254 Added:03/29/2015

Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing

Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt's stoop in Northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked joint.

"It used to be, ' Let me see who's around,' " Vaughn, 21, said between puffs and giggles, referring to his wariness of cops who had long made this neighborhood east of the Anacostia River a hot spot for pot arrests.

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23 US MD: LTE: It Takes A Village To Beat Heroin AddictionSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Feeley, Kathleen Area:Maryland Lines:41 Added:03/29/2015

Kudos to reporter Jean Marbella for excellent writing that gave a human face to the scourge of heroin addiction in Baltimore ("Baltimore County family struggles with impact of heroin's grip," March 21).

I applaud The Sun for giving prime space to a timely feature story that could influence Marylanders to become more conscious of the depth of this problem and more resolved to mitigate it.

For several weeks, we have read current facts and statistics about heroin abuse. Your feature story has the potential to inspire concerted action from state and city leaders, corrections officials, business executives and the leaders of religious, educational, social welfare and neighborhood leaders across the region. We need a "full-court press" on this problem.

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24 US MD: PUB LTE: Addiction Is An IllnessSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Holmes, Tom Area:Maryland Lines:27 Added:03/29/2015

Drug and alcohol addiction is a sad but increasingly commonplace story ("Baltimore County family struggles with impact of heroin's grip," March 21).

For a long time I believed addiction was simply a problem of a lack of willpower on the user's part. I thought it resulted from poor judgment and personal character flaws.

But as I became aware of the nefarious nature of addiction, I realized it is not a moral issue but truly an illness. I am praying for the family mentioned in your article, and for all others who are struggling with addiction.

Tom Holmes, Lutherville

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25US GA: Deal Tells State To Get Ready For Cannabis OilSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) Author:Hendrick, Bill Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/29/2015

ATLANTA (AP) - In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.

Deal said Friday he'll sign it into law soon after the current legislative session ends April 2 to avoid possible procedural conflicts with other pieces of legislation.

He said the bill, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will allow the use of cannabis oil for treatment of seizure disorders, cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson's and sickle cell anemia.

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26 US NJ: Column: NJ Weedman Has a Different View of Christie'sSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:164 Added:03/29/2015

On Monday Gov. Chris Christie was in Ewing taping the Ask the Governor show on NJ 101.5, I was feeling all butt happy at the success of the great Spring Smoke-out held last Saturday at the Statehouse. I wanted to call-in and ask The Gov, why is it that 400 citizens could smoke marijuana at the statehouse without arrest yet 22,000 others were arrested last year on the streets of New Jersey, but the screeners wouldn't let me.

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27 CN ON: Column: Driving While Stoned Is Simply A Dumb IdeaSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Kenzie, Jim Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:03/29/2015

Relaxation of Marijuana Laws Pushes Forward Same Debate Society Had With Alcohol

We Need Laws That Treat Marijuana Use While Driving Just As Severely As Alcohol, Writes Jim Kenzie.

Without doubt, one of the greatest public health successes of the past forty years has been the reduction in traffic deaths.

We've more than halved the death toll in that time frame, from more than 5,000 to about 2,100 per year, despite significantly more kilometres driven.

Now, 2,100 deaths is exactly 2,100 too many. Still, Parachute - Canada's leading injury prevention organization - estimates that "accidental trauma," largely but not exclusively car crashes, is the number one killer of people aged 1 to 44 in this country.

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28 CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack TeethSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Crabtree, Linda Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:03/29/2015

Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life.

Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.

We are all, if we're lucky, part of that group of people often disabled and growing older.

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29 CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack TeethSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Crabtree, Linda Area:Ontario Lines:107 Added:03/29/2015

Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life.

Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.

We are all, if we're lucky, part of that group of people often disabled and growing older.

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30US FL: Editorial: Dangerous Dithering On Medical MarijuanaSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:03/29/2015

The Florida Legislature is making a serious mistake by refusing to take up legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. Lawmakers are conveniently forgetting a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical use was nearly approved by voters last year, and their inaction leaves supporters with no recourse but to go back to the ballot next year with a revised amendment. If they keep dodging the issue, it won't be reasonable in 2016 to argue this issue is better addressed in state law written by the Legislature than in a constitutional amendment that will be difficult to adjust later.

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31 US: Colorado, Washington Seek To Stop Pot LawsuitSun, 29 Mar 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Queally, James Area:United States Lines:75 Added:03/29/2015

In what's shaping up as a battle of states' rights, the top law enforcement officials in Colorado and Washington are urging the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from Oklahoma and Nebraska that seeks to strike down a Colorado law that legalized recreational marijuana use.

Oklahoma and Nebraska filed their suit directly with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado's legislation conflicts with federal drug regulations.

The Oklahoma and Nebraska attorneys general contend that easy access to marijuana has led to a surge in trafficking, with residents crossing into Colorado to purchase pot and sell it - illegally - at home in Nebraska or Oklahoma. Kansas has also considered joining the suit.

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32 US OH: LTE: Legal Pot Would Be A Problem For EverybodySat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:DeShazo, Michele Area:Ohio Lines:58 Added:03/29/2015

Once again, a minority of people think that their rights should supersede the good of the whole. The working, taxpaying people will pick up the tab for those who care only about their own desires and aren't concerned with the plethora of problems that inevitably will come with the legalization of marijuana ("Board OKs next step for pot ballot issue," Dispatch article, last Saturday).

Here are a few of the most obvious potential problems:

Medical issues from smoking;

Medical and irreversible cognitive problems of children who use marijuana;

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33US TN: Editorial: Tennessee Should Move Ahead on MedicalSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)          Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:03/29/2015

Medical marijuana will soon be legal in Georgia, and that's a good thing.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed the hard-fought bill that was two years in the making. Now state agencies will prepare to implement it. The Peach State becomes one of 24 states plus Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana for certain medical uses.

The Georgia House voted 160-1 to approve a Senate compromise. The bill originally made people with nine medical conditions eligible for treatment with cannabis oil that has a minimal level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that makes pot users feel high. The compromise deleted one illness - fibromyalgia. The remaining eight conditions are seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, Crohn's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis, mitochondrial disease and Parkinson's disease.

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34 CN SN: 'Tis the Season for Needle DiscoveryFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Fish, Myles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:70 Added:03/28/2015

Safe Handling Methods Crucial to Cleaning Up

Across Prince Albert, the snow is disappearing and needles are appearing.

It is an unfortunate reality of spring, but one that a number of local agencies are prepared to deal with.

There are seven permanent needle drop boxes in Prince Albert - most found in the downtown - and two numbers to call for help with needle disposal.

While the vast majority of the needles, or "sharps," used for intravenous drug use in P.A. are returned to the Straight to the Point Harm Reduction Program on 15th Street East or disposed of in the yellow drop boxes, thousands are revealed once the snow melts.

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35US CO: State Asks High Court To Reject SuitSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

AG Coffan Says Neb., Okla. Are Meddling With Colorado Pot Laws

Arguing that two neighboring states are dangerously meddling with Colorado's marijuana laws, state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a landmark lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma over marijuana legalization.

In a brief submitted in response to the lawsuit, Coffman wrote that Nebraska and Oklahoma "filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree."

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36US CO: Editorial: Don't Give Up On Edibles MandateSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

The state Senate's Health and Human Services Committee dug in its heels Wednesday and, with a commendable 5-0 vote, gave a resounding "no" to a proposal to water down current requirements that marijuana edible products be easily identifiable - even outside their packaging.

That requirement has not yet been put in place at the manufacturing end, admittedly, for several reasons.

First, a task force charged with making recommendations regarding edible products' appearance threw up its hands in November and said it couldn't reach consensus.

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37US CO: City DA Drops Charges In BlastSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

The Arrest Was a Test Case on the Validity of Concentrated-Pot Laws.

Denver prosecutors Friday dismissed all charges against a man whose arrest became a test case for whether the state's laws against making concentrated pot are still valid.

Paul Mannaioni, 24, was arrested last year in connection with a marijuana hash-oil explosion. He had faced felony charges of arson and manufacture of marijuana concentrate.

In a brief motion Friday, the Denver district attorney's office asked for the charges against Mannaioni to be dismissed because "the People are unable to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt."

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38 US NM: Measure Would Kill 'Policing For Profit'Sat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Boetel, Ryan Area:New Mexico Lines:178 Added:03/28/2015

Law Enforcement Seeks Veto of Legislation Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture

SANTA FE - Prompted by calls from across the political spectrum, New Mexico lawmakers took aim during this year's 60-day legislative session at civil asset forfeiture - decried by some as "policing for profit."

The measure, which was approved unanimously by the House and Senate, would prevent law enforcement from seizing money, cars or other types of property from people on civil grounds during an arrest or traffic stop on suspicion the property was connected to a crime.

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39 US CO: Colorado Defends Pot Law In High Court FilingSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:65 Added:03/28/2015

Neb., Okla. Suing Over Legalization

DENVER (AP) - States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.

The filing marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing. The federal government did not sue to block the state's 2012 vote to legalize pot for all adults over 21.

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40 US DC: Editorial: The Weed That Wasn'tSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/28/2015

In Zealously Punishing an 11-Year-Old, Officials Exhibit Clouded Judgment.

THE NEWS is full of instances in which deficits in common sense produce bad outcomes. But rarely is the deficit so clear, or the outcome so wretched, as in the case of a sixth-grade boy in Bedford County, Va., who received a year-long suspension from school for possessing a single leaf of marijuana - which, on closer inspection, turned out not to be marijuana at all.

The pupil, who is 11, was enrolled in a gifted-and-talented program not far from Roanoke when an assistant principal found the leaf in his backpack in September. Leave aside the possibility - hardly remote in middle school - that the leaf may have been planted as a prank, which the boy's parents suspect is the case; the leaf was not in dried, smokable form, and there is no suggestion that the boy smoked, sold or purchased this particular leaf - or any other.

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41US CA: $2 Million Secured in Fight to Stop Illegal MarijuanaSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

As part of Gov. Jerry Brown's recent $1 billion drought package, Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, has secured $2 million in state water and drought relief bonds in an attempt to halt illegal water diversions from trespass marijuana grows in Northern California, McGuire's office announced Wednesday.

The bond dollars, which were approved by the Senate Wednesday afternoon, are to be immediately utilized through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which will create an additional 11 positions, McGuire's office said in a news release.

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42 US: Colorado Defends Its Pot Laws Against Oklahoma, NebraskaSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Casteel, Chris Area:United States Lines:85 Added:03/28/2015

WASHINGTON - Colorado defended its marijuana laws on Friday against a legal attack from Oklahoma and Nebraska and argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that its sovereignty is being challenged by the two neighboring states.

"Nebraska and Oklahoma filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree," the Colorado attorney general's office said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court.

Colorado was responding to a request filed with the high court in December. Oklahoma and Nebraska want the court's permission to sue Colorado over certain aspects of the state's laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

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43 US: Washington, Colorado Defend Pot LawSat, 28 Mar 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA)          Area:United States Lines:55 Added:03/28/2015

The top law enforcement officials in Washington and Colorado are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from states that seek to strike down Colorado laws that legalize recreational marijuana use.

Oklahoma and Nebraska filed their suit directly with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado's move to legalize marijuana conflicts with federal drug regulations.

The Oklahoma and Nebraska attorneys general contend that easy access to marijuana has led to a surge in trafficking, with residents crossing into Colorado to purchase pot legally and sell it - illicitly - at home in Nebraska or Oklahoma. Kansas has also considered joining the suit.

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44US CA: Task Force To Study Legalized Pot IssuesFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Richman, Josh Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

Newsom Leads State Panel of Experts to Get Policy Done Right

With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues.

In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sale price and how to eliminate a black market.

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45 US WA: Editorial: Update Marijuana LawFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:71 Added:03/28/2015

WASHINGTON'S experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessment of Hayden Woodard, a state-licensed grower in Dallesport who hasn't given himself a paycheck in a year.

It's not just him. A stream of state-licensed marijuana operators recently testified in Olympia about how overregulation and unequal competition from unregulated medical-marijuana dispensaries are jeopardizing Initiative 502, the landmark legalization measure passed in 2012.

The Washington CannaBusiness Association says I-502's unwieldy structure is forcing applicants to give up on licenses, or even close shop.

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46US CO: Willie Nelson To Open Weed StoresFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

Move over, Marley Natural - the Bob Marley estate's global cannabis brand poised to launch this year. Another famous weed-worshiping musician is throwing his hat into the retail weed arena.

Willie Nelson, 81, let the cat out of the bag at the South by Southwest music festival: Willie's Reserve branded marijuana will be sold from branded storefronts in states where pot is legal starting next year.

"In the next calendar year that there will be movement," Nelson's spokesman Michael Bowman told The Daily Beast. "As you can imagine, it's not a problem in states like Colorado, Washington, Alaska. There's a pretty clear path on where retail can go."

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47US CO: Oklahoma Man Shoots Self After Eating Pot CandiesFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/28/2015

A 22-year-old Oklahoma man fatally shot himself with his gun on Saturday while on a family ski vacation in Colorado, according to reports from the Summit County sheriff's and coroner's offices.

The family of the man, Luke Gregory Goodman, is blaming his suicide on the multiple doses of marijuana-infused edibles he ingested just hours before his selfinflicted death, according to witnesses and reports.

Goodman, a Tulsa resident and graduate of Oral Roberts University, died just after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning at St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood after more than two days on life support, according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood.

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48 US CA: PUB LTE: End Federal Pot ProhibitionFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:California Lines:35 Added:03/28/2015

Re: "Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana" [Opinion, March 22]: Not only should our federal government respect state laws on medical marijuana, but marijuana prohibition as a federal policy needs to 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. 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. In California and across the nation, it's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.

Robert Sharpe

Arlington, Va.

Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy

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49 US DC: PUB LTE: The Lasting Burden Of Drug CrimesFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Fellner, Gene Area:District of Columbia Lines:29 Added:03/28/2015

Regarding the March 20 Metro article "Bowser weighs in on 'Black America' ":

If Americans are troubled by the disparity of income between African Americans and white Americans, one tactic would go a long way to reduce it: Correct the country's racist policies regarding drug crimes. White Americans consume drugs at virtually the same rate as blacks, research shows. Yet black Americans are about twice as likely to be arrested for a drug offense as whites, and they are about four times as likely as white defendants to end up in prison.

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50 US DC: Seeding District's Era Of Legal PotFri, 27 Mar 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Davis, Aaron C. Area:District of Columbia Lines:123 Added:03/28/2015

Hundreds Turn Out for Giveaway Intended to Promote Home Growing

The District witnessed a massive, public drug deal Thursday - and for those involved, it was quite a bargain.

With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds.

Taking advantage of a ballot measure approved last fall by voters that legalized possession of the plant, the unprecedented giveaway scattered what organizers said were thousands of pot seeds to cultivate in homes and apartments across the nation's capital.

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