With so little scientific evidence that medical marijuana does what
it is purported to do, it may be time to retire the medical model -
at least in states like Colorado where marijuana can be legally
purchased by any adult.
A recently released comprehensive review of dozens of clinical trials
on medical marijuana found scant reliable evidence to support the
drug's use for all but a handful of maladies.
Medical marijuana proponents argue the results don't tell the whole
story because of federal barriers to legitimate research. That may be
true. Both the state and feds should support and encourage more
research so decisions around medical pot can be guided by
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He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work
"How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're
a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from
his father and others
Matthew Lowry was out of pills and getting desperate.
The doctor who prescribed pain medication to ease his chronic and
painful inflammation of the intestines had disappeared. He went to
clinics, but his wife had begun questioning the bills. He was
shaking, sweating, tired.
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With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and
an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view,
Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease
could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.
The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission,
which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns,
were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on
the rules through July 27.
"This is a big step in the right direction," said Del. Dan K.
Morhaim, a physician who championed the legalization of medical
marijuana in the General Assembly. "This should make the program
operational, though there should be adjustments every year or so for
the next few years as we learn from our experience."
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Sheriff's Department Reports 11 Lives Saved
Since the start of a pilot program last year, patrol deputies in the
Sheriff's Department have been equipped to administer a drug that
counteracts the effects of heroin or other opioid overdoses.
It's a program that has saved lives, sheriff's officials say. Eleven, so far.
Deputies have been trained to supply naloxone hydrochloride when they
encounter people in the throes of a drug-related medical emergency.
The naloxone acts like an antidote to certain types of narcotics,
including painkillers such as morphine and oxycodone.
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WASHINGTON - For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and
FBI agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the
federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out
the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.
It may now be legal in Colorado, Washington state and elsewhere to
possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use - and
rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers - have
remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are
arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering
message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.
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It's been eight months since the City of Porterville required
residents to acquire a permit to grow marijuana for medical use, and
for most of that time, only one permit had been issued. However, the
permits are suddenly more popular, with 10 issued recently, according
to city staff.
The ordinance requiring permits was approved in October 2014 and went
into effect Nov. 6. It allows medical marijuana patients to have up
to 20 cannabis plants which can be located in a yard or accessory
structure, or a combination of both.
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Re: "Recreational pot is bad - just meet my brother," Monday My Turn
by Lisa James.
Ms. James' commentary is understandable and sad, except it begs such
questions as "would making pot legal be any better for her brother?
Or any other addict?"
I don't participate in recreational drugs but am definitely more
concerned over illegal drug trade than legal. Let's go to the root
and put more effort into dealing with human addiction!
- - JB Collier
SAN LUIS, Ariz. - The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet
Tuesday once again to decide whether to recommend the San Luis City
Council approve a conditional permit for the installation of a
medical marijuana dispensary.
The planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 June 9 to recommend
denial of a conditional use permit for the proposed dispensary at 708
N. Archibald St. However, that vote did not follow the rule that
requires at least a four-person majority of the seven commissioners.
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Now that council decided to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries,
you probably have some questions.
So I thought I'd select a few I've heard from people and do my best
to answer them.
Here we go...
Question: Do the new regulations mean all current dispensary
operators will automatically receive a business licence, if they pay
the $30,000 annual fee?
Answer: No. Every operator must apply to the city and go through a
stringent three-phase process which involves staff reviewing the
dispensary's location, past business practices, conducting criminal
record checks and determining whether the pot shop meets various
guidelines and building codes related to health, fire and signs. You
should also know that if a dispensary meets the requirements of a
non-profit "compassion club," then the fee is $1,000.
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Laura Liscio Alleges Police Engaged in Malicious Prosecution
TORONTO - A Toronto lawyer once accused of smuggling drugs into a
courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues and clients is suing
police for malicious prosecution, her lawyer said Friday.
Laura Liscio filed a defamation lawsuit last month seeking $1.5
million in damages from the Peel Regional Police Service, but is
planning to amend the claim now that all criminal charges have been dropped.
Liscio's lawyer, Louis Sokolov, said new documents will be filed in
the coming weeks alleging the police conducted a negligent
investigation and engaged in a malicious prosecution.
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Almost 32 months after Massachusetts voters approved a new law to
legalize medical marijuana, pot was sold legally last week to
patients in Salem from the first dispensary to open in the state.
Supporters of the law cheered the opening, saying it was a long time coming.
In a cinderblock warehouse tucked behind Route 24 in Brockton, David
Noble also had good reason to smile. The president of In Good Health,
one of 12 nonprofits in the state deemed qualified by the Department
of Public Health to cultivate medical marijuana, believes the uneasy
wait for patients to buy legal, state-certified pot is finally over.
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A group of ambitious capitalists in Ohio, under the name of
Responsible Ohio, want to amend the state constitution to give them
control of the legal marijuana market in the state.
This sneaky bunch of robber barons proposes that marijuana be
legalized in Ohio in a three-tiered commercial system consisting of
retail outlets, manufacturers of cannabis products, and a limited
number of wholesalers that is, them. Only them. The amendment is
designed to limit wholesale grow facilities to ten specific sites
owned and operated by the financial backers of Responsible Ohio.
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(AP) - This week, Minnesota will be the latest state to enter the
world of medical marijuana. Patients and advocates already have
changes in mind, and clinics don't start selling the medicine until Wednesday.
The state has some of the tightest restrictions in the country.
Smoking the plant is banned, and only oils and pills are allowed. The
drugs are being sold in only eight locations.
Maren Schroeder helped her mother, Kathy Schroeder, get signed up for
access in the hope of treating multiple sclerosis and glaucoma. She
says the issues have been worse than she had anticipated.
Some advocates hope the state will add more dispensaries and allow
people suffering chronic pain to get medical marijuana.
Lifting the prohibition might make sense, but it's not the issue. The
As surely as presidential candidates promise to change Washington,
nominees for attorney general pledge to uphold the law, not personal
policy preferences. Loretta Lynch, now the 83rd attorney general of
the United States, was no different when she made her case to
Congress in January. Trying to distinguish herself from her lightning
rod of a predecessor, Eric H. Holder Jr., she said the law would be
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Bill Funk and Rep. Marcus Oshiro have not been paying attention to
actual data coming out of Colorado ("More pot means more problems,"
Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 17; "For-profit marijuana will be
dangerous," Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, June 14).
Since legalizing marijuana, Colorado has seen an 8.9 percent drop in
property crime and an increase of $40.9 million into the state's
coffers. It also is not wasting taxpayer dollars on adjudicating
marijuana offenses, at a cost of $300 per case, so that is saving the
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Joann Breeden's letter is both misinformed and misleading ("Legal pot
will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, June 25).
The pending legislation does not legalize marijuana. It sets up a
tightly regulated dispensary system designed to undercut the black
market while providing registered patients with medicine their
Marijuana doesn't "stop working"; unlike hard drugs, it doesn't
create a tolerance in users.
Of course drug users start with marijuana; it's the most widely used
psychoactive substance in the world after alcohol.
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(AP) - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients this week
when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana.
Instead, the nation's latest medical marijuana program is a world of
pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.
For the qualifying patients seeking relief from pain, medical
marijuana advocates and some lawmakers, Wednesday isn't the finish
line, but the first step. The state's restrictive approach, unseen in
the industry, is expected to mean high costs, long drives and
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OROVILLE - As the first year of Measure A enters the summer, the
number of cases involving Butte County's regulation of the size of
medical marijuana grows has hit 512.
As of Monday, the vast majority of the cases, 402, pertain to the
size of the cultivation area, according to development services
director Tim Snellings. He told the Board of Supervisors during last
week's meeting most of the cases involve growing areas considerably
larger than the sizes set by the voter-approved measure.
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E.J. Montini's recent column, "Prosecutor fiddles with the facts on
marijuana deaths," misses the point being made by Yavapai County
Attorney Sheila Polk and other opponents of recreational marijuana.
The research study Polk cited may not serve as evidence one could use
in a courtroom to directly tie marijuana to 62 children's deaths in
Arizona in 2013, but I can tell you from personal experience you
should be using it in your family room, your classroom, your doctor's
office and when you walk into the voting booth next November.
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The recent Oregonian/OregonLive investigation, "A Tainted High,"
brought needed awareness on illegal use of pesticides in the medical
marijuana industry. It also shines a light on what's to come
regarding pesticide use on recreational marijuana.
The pesticide residue levels reported in the article are concerning,
especially considering that they are consumed. The Oregon Department
of Agriculture, which regulates pesticides, and the Oregon Health
Authority, which regulates medical marijuana, should be taking this
issue seriously and conducting a thorough investigation.
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