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1 US: The Great Pot ExperimentMon, 25 May 2015
Source:Time Magazine (US) Author:Barcott, Bruce Area:United States Lines:405 Added:05/25/2015

Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind.

Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures' trippy little brains.

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2 US CO: Column: Hemp And The Woolly Mammoth's Hair PieceThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:94 Added:05/22/2015

It's no secret that hemp is one of the most misunderstood plants in history. For centuries, it has been used by all kinds of people for all kinds of things - clothing to car construction, bioplastics to building supplies, food to fuel.

Though it was grown by the Founding Fathers, was a major crop in the U.S. for many years and doesn't contain enough THC to get people "high," it was blacklisted along with marijuana in 1937 and later listed as a Schedule One drug under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, at least in part because the federal government couldn't tell the difference between the two plants.

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3 US CA: Column: Ban On The RunThu, 21 May 2015
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:76 Added:05/22/2015

The Lake County town of Clearlake has backed off of its marijuana cultivation ban following public backlash and a lawsuit filed by one of the city's former mayors.

Clearlake was one of the few municipalities in the state to ban cultivation (several counties ban growing as well) and it had become a contentious topic; Lake County's struggles with marijuana regulation were reported in the Los Angeles Times last year.

The Press Democrat reports that the Clearlake city council had adopted the ban - despite the fact that it already had a law limiting parcels to between six and 12 plants - to combat illegal grows. Medical marijuana advocates said it deprived people of medicine and, besides, the city wasn't enforcing its current limits.

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4 US CA: PUB LTE: Marijuana Prohibition Hasn't Made It DisappearThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Bergstrom, Jay Area:California Lines:44 Added:05/22/2015

Proposition A upheld, slam dunk, weed is gone!

Why is this substance illegal? It has nothing to do with promoting the general welfare, but instead the federal government's intent is to subjugate minorities.

The drug war is nothing more than a jobs salvation/creation program necessitated by the end of alcohol prohibition. All those prohibition agents needed work. The drug prohibition gained a life of its own and is now a crowded gravy train.

While the promoters of prohibition proudly carry their tired flag and cross, the truth has become clear to all but those who will not see - that once again, our government has promulgated a big fib.

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5 US CO: Column: I Need Some Good Edibles RecipesThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:63 Added:05/22/2015

Dear Stoner: Do you have any good infused product recipes that require smaller amounts of pot? I'm looking for a mentor in making pot edibles and dabs.

Mckenzy

Dear Mckenzy: If you don't want to pay for classes on extraction or cooking with cannabis, there are plenty of recipes to help you whip up something quick and strong on a budget.

For starters, infusing small batches of peanut butter, cooking oil or hot chocolate is an easy process. Mix a couple grams of fine herb into a half-jar of all-natural peanut butter, put it in the oven for about 35 minutes at 280 degrees, and have pot PB&Js for lunch. Simmer a cup of olive oil with a quarter-ounce of chronic for over an hour, and you'll have a healthy alternative to butter for use in all sorts of half-baked goods. Or empty out a tea bag, fill it with finely ground pot and simmer it in a few cups of whole milk for forty minutes, then stir in some hot-cocoa mix. You won't notice the difference - until your eyes glaze over.

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6 US CA: Column: Roll And StrollThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:66 Added:05/22/2015

I like taking my medicine in the form of a joint while walking around the block. It gets me thinking, though: Is it legal to do that as long as I'm a patient? Where are places I can smoke if I can't smoke at my apartment?

- -Juan DeRoor

A little exercise, a little medicine. You sound like a health-minded person. According to California law, medical cannabis patients are allowed to consume cannabis anywhere tobacco consumption is allowed, except for a moving vehicle, so a walk around the block is a great idea. Be aware that some cities have designated entire areas as "smoke-free zones," mostly in the chichi downtown spots (looking at you, Walnut Creek), so if you aren't paying attention, you could get a ticket. But in general, although you may get a few odd looks and maybe a knowing smile or two, a good walk and a good weed go a long way toward creating a good day.

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7 US CA: Column: City Attorney Declares War on McDrugs in theThu, 21 May 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:118 Added:05/22/2015

I'm eating in a McDonald's for the first time in years. I'm here looking for drugs.

To enter the Haight Ashbury's most dangerous business, I must run a gauntlet at the door. A quick sidestep is needed to avoid bumping into three unattended young children bounding out into the Saturday evening sunlight, presumably in the throes of a salt-and-fat rush.

Inside, the L-shaped dining room is half-empty. A few people stand by the bathrooms; older solitary men nurse cups of coffee and shuffle through newspapers at tables near the service counter. Scanning the menu, I try to remember what Michael Pollan - or was it Eric Schlosser? - said is acceptable to eat here. I opt for small fries, and $1.95 later I'm seated on a plastic stool at a plastic table, ready to observe a hotbed for drug sales and violence in action.

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8 US NJ: Column: Desperation of the Disenfranchised Will Hit aFri, 22 May 2015
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:129 Added:05/22/2015

I woke up today feeling extremely good (more on that in next week's major announcement). While that may not be news to some it is to those close to me. I've been miserable for the last couple years; I admit, I fake happiness all the time. I exhibit cheesy smiles, fraudulent greetings, and I hold back on foul thoughts. I'm not happy with what happened with my life. It just isn't where I thought it would be, my relationships with my kids aren't where I thought they would be maybe I've been too obsessed with destroying the MJ laws, but they destroyed me first: I attribute most of my misery to the asinine marijuana laws and the idiotic enforcement of them, which everyone also knows I've fallen victim to a few times but I have everyday issues that affect my persona to the core as well. In my Nov. 6, 2014, column I even wrote "Suicide Is Not a Crazy Option."

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9 US CO: Marijuana And School FailureThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO) Author:Murray, David W. Area:Colorado Lines:113 Added:05/22/2015

The dose makes the poison. - Paracelsus

Millennials are the strongest advocates for legalizing marijuana, but they may be paving their own pathway to a problematic educational future through their political support.

Photo - Students walk to and from classes on the campus quad of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colo., Monday April 20, 2015. The University of Colorado was open to the public on this 4/20 marijuana holiday for the first time in three years. The university has blocked public access in recent years in an effort to snuff mass smokeouts to mark the unofficial marijuana celebration.

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10 US CA: PUB LTE: Stop ComplainingFri, 22 May 2015
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Burton, Vernon Area:California Lines:24 Added:05/22/2015

Regarding "Legal pot's big issue: what about schoolkids?" (May 20): Here we go again. Every time the issue of legalizing marijuana comes up, we get the bogus, hand-wringing about "the children." We are awash in liquor stores and bars on practically every street corner. But somehow, the nervous nellies seem to shrug and the children seem to survive. It is time for those self-appointed, guardians of our youth to redirect their energy toward something like homelessness, hunger, and police brutality. Like gay marriage (something else they opposed), pot legalization is here to stay.

Vernon Burton, San Leandro

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11 US CA: Calif. Supreme Court Rejects Pot AppealFri, 22 May 2015
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:33 Added:05/22/2015

The state Supreme Court this week summarily denied an appeal filed by Yuba Patients Coalition and six individuals challenging the urgency designation attached to Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance.

The state's highest court Wednesday posted the notice a petition for review and an application for a stay in enforcement of the ordinance was denied.

The ruling was the latest in a series of appeals filed by ordinance opponents challenging a Yuba County Superior Court ruling that left the urgency designation intact. That designation effectively removed opponents' ability to circulate petitions for a voter referendum.

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12 US CA: Concern About Legal Pot Minors Aired CaliforniaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:72 Added:05/21/2015

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

Meeting at a youth center in a part of East Oakland scarred by violence, poverty and addiction, the panel held a public discussion on the issue that could make or break a legalization campaign in the nation's top pot-producing state: concerns about keeping the drug out of the hands of minors and young adults once it can be purchased as easily as a six-pack of beer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission's chairman, acknowledged that crafting a system of retail sales and regulations that satisfies fearful parents will be a tough sell.

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13 US CA: Sonoma County Fairgrounds Takes New Tack on MarijuanaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Johnson, Julie Area:California Lines:113 Added:05/21/2015

Sonoma County Fairgrounds officials have scaled back the marijuana trade show events to be held at the Santa Rosa event center in 2015, bringing back an event with North Coast origins but passing over the Cannabis Cup run by international event powerhouse High Times magazine.

The homegrown Emerald Cup will return to the fairgrounds event center in December for its third run in Santa Rosa as a fair celebrating organic marijuana grown outdoors. Organizers are expecting bigger crowds but are also restricting it to adults for the first time.

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14US AZ: Anti-Pot Campaign CriticizedThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

A Prescott Valley anti-drug group is drawing fire for using money seized by law enforcement to warn about the dangers of marijuana.

The criticism comes from supporters of a proposed ballot measure to legalize the drug, who are also raising legal questions about the line between educating and campaigning.

Matforce, a non-profit organization, has received $110,612 in government-seized racketeering money over the past five years to educate the public about the harmful effects of marijuana, methamphetamine and other drugs. The group advocates against the legalization of marijuana using other funds, including private donations.

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15 US DC: PUB LTE: A Workaround for Pot Regulation in the DistrictThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Smith, Walter Area:District of Columbia Lines:42 Added:05/21/2015

The city is missing out on tax revenue.

As the May 18 front-page article "Legal pot in the District is a boon for illegal dealers" reported, D.C. voters' determination to legalize marijuana possession through Initiative 71 is having significant unintended consequences. Because residents can legally use and possess marijuana but can't legally buy it, the illegal drug trade has increased and the city is missing out on the tax revenue it would receive if the sales were regulated.

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16 US NY: How To Roll A JointSun, 24 May 2015
Source:New York Times Magazine (NY) Author:Wollan, Malia Area:New York Lines:61 Added:05/21/2015

After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999, Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry.

He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal.

Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans to expand within Colorado and to four other states.

Last year, the company's sales reached $10 million.

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17US AK: Public Invited to Weigh in on First Draft of AlaskaThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Andrews, Laurel Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

The public can now weigh in on Alaska's first round of proposed marijuana regulations.

Local option law and marijuana definitions are the focus of the first wave of regulations, unveiled at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's meeting in April.

The proposed definitions include basics like what constitutes a "marijuana plant" and "edible marijuana product," but also what it means to "possess" a plant or help someone grow marijuana.

The definition of possession could affect how many plants are allowed per household. Under Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that legalized marijuana in the state, a person is allowed to possess six marijuana plants. But under the proposed regulations, if marijuana plants are in a person's home, they are potentially in that person's possession, regardless of the number of residents. That would mean only six plants would be allowed in the home, instead of six plants per adult living there.

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18US AK: Column: How Can Alaska Fill a Control Board Seat forThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Woodham, Scott Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:05/21/2015

This week, David asks a two-part question:

I have read the initiative along with the newly passed H.B. 123. I have gone over again and again, and I have yet to see any writing prohibiting a marijuana business from starting before the state starts issuing cannabis business licenses. If anything, I see that it says that a person can, so long as they are 21 or older, act as a lawful business. (Also) H.B. 123 states that one seat on the board is reserved for "one person actively engaged in the marijuana industry," and "marijuana industry" means "a business or profession related to marijuana in which the person is lawfully engaged and that is in compliance with the provisions of state law, including this chapter and regulations adopted under this chapter." How can someone qualify for this seat if what (authorities) talk about is true and no marijuana business can be lawfully engaged at this moment?

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19 US MA: PUB LTE: The Real Drug ProblemThu, 21 May 2015
Source:Valley Advocate (Easthampton, MA) Author:Burns, Charlotte Area:Massachusetts Lines:53 Added:05/21/2015

We've heard lots of lip service from Governor Baker about the need to do something about drug addiction. I heard something shocking. There's a peanut factory in Springfield which employs mostly pre-release prison inmates. While this seems like pure altruism on the surface, it looks to me like the same old exploitation routine. Keep our jails full of folks with minor drug offenses, and then use them for cheap labor, displacing regular workers with full pay and benefits. I knew they were using "slave" prison labor down south to keep costs down, but I had no idea Massachusetts got in on the act.

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20 US OR: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Has Helped American HeroesWed, 20 May 2015
Source:East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) Author:Cronin, Jerry Area:Oregon Lines:65 Added:05/21/2015

"American Sniper" was ranked the No. 1 movie in United States for the week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, 2014, when competition for this top listing is intense.

This is an excerpt from the magazine, Salon:

"In his best-selling memoir, 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,' Navy SEAL Chris Kyle writes that he was only two weeks into his first of four tours of duty in Iraq when he was confronted with a difficult choice. Through the scope of his .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, he saw a woman with a child pull a grenade from under her clothes as several Marines approached. Kyle's job was to provide 'overwatch,' meaning that he was perched in or on top of bombed-out apartment buildings and was responsible for preventing enemy fighters from ambushing U.S. troops."

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