LOVELAND - Loveland's first medicinal marijuana dispensary will open
this week - more than eight years after Colorado voters legalized the
drug for such use.
Rich Present, 37, and Drew McNeil, 33, plan to open Nature's Medicine
today at 843 Cleveland Ave.
Along with selling marijuana, Nature's Medicine will provide a variety
of alternative health-related services, such as low-cost acupuncture
and massage, meditation, and a variety of herbs and
The business will also contract out for more intensive home care; and
in August, a certified nursing assistant will join the staff.
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Supreme Court Upholds Warrant
When you put out the trash, don't expect a constitutional right to
privacy of the contents.
The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled Thursday that police can
sift through garbage if it has been set out at the edge of your
property for municipal collection because "abandoned" goods do not
trigger Charter of Rights protection.
The decision rejected Calgarian Russell Patrick's quest to overturn
his drug conviction on grounds police violated his right against
unreasonable search and seizure when they snatched rubbish, obtaining
enough evidence to get a search warrant for his home and then charged
him with trafficking ecstasy.
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PHILADELPHIA -- In another clear break from past policy, President
Obama announced Friday that he intended to nominate as the nation's
No. 2 drug czar a scientist often considered the No. 1 researcher on
addiction and treatment.
A. Thomas McLellan, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist, will
be charged with reducing demand for drugs, a part of the
foreign-supply-and-domestic-demand equation that many policy experts
say has been underemphasized for years.
"We're blown away. He understands," said Stephen J. Pasierb,
president and chief executive of the Partnership for a Drug-Free
America, that addiction "is a parent, a family, a child issue."
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Now that the discrepancy between federal and state medical marijuana
laws has been resolved, cities throughout California are reexamining
their stance on whether to allow local cannabis clubs permission to operate.
United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced March 18 that
medical marijuana dispensaries permitted under state law would no
longer be prosecuted, but according to a recent survey of mayors and
other city officials, the cannabis clubs in Camarillo, Moorpark and
the Conejo and Simi valleys are still not welcome.
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Concerned citizens are rallying against drugs in their community by
getting together and facing the issue head on.
Community members are forming a community drug strategy to deal with
drugs in the area, after a week of drug awareness workshops in Fort
Smith by Detective-retired Steve Walton. He assisted other grassroots
efforts in Alberta and thinks this will help stop drugs in the community.
"A drug coalition is an effective step because criminals hate it. It
causes them anxiety," he said. "The community becomes a hard target
and they will move to a softer target. The impact is a positive step
forward. The community is doing the right thing."
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President Barack Obama campaigned on a platform of "change." A few
months into his presidency, it is clear that part of this "change"
pertains to the way Washington governs U.S. marijuana policy.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently reaffirmed that he will not
authorize federal justice resources to target or prosecute medical
cannabis users or providers that are compliant with state law.
Holder's statements clarify recent remarks he made when he said that
the Justice Department would uphold President Obama's campaign pledge
not to use the power of the federal government to circumvent state
medical marijuana laws.
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To the Editor:
Re: "Relax, Mr. President, You're Falling Out of Touch," Opinion, April 3.
A sane argument to perpetuate prohibiting, persecuting and
exterminating cannabis (marijuana) and hemp doesn't exist. Another
reason to end cannabis prohibition that doesn't get mentioned is
because it will lower deadly hard drug addiction rates.
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) will have to stop brainwashing
youth into believing lies, half-truths and propaganda concerning
cannabis, which creates grave future problems.
How many citizens try cannabis and realize it's not nearly as harmful
as taught in DARE-type government environments? Then they think other
substances must not be so bad either, only to become addicted to
deadly drugs. The old lessons make cannabis out to be among the worst
substances in the world, even though it's less addictive than coffee.
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The Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday afternoon it
has dropped criminal charges against a local medical marijuana patient.
Olalla resident Glenn Musgrove, 56, was accused of unlawful use of a
building for drug purposes. A WestNET report said that one of
Musgrove's neighbors reported the marijuana grown for medicinal
treatment was being sold for profit.
Musgrove's caregivers, David May and Jena Milo, were also facing
All charges were dismissed.
"After looking over the case, we've decided we will not proceed," said
Felony and Juvenile Division Chief Tim Drury. "We do not think we can
convince a jury of his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."
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Pro-Pot Student Group Examines Issues Prior To 4/20
BOULDER, Colo. -- A pro-pot student group at the University of
Colorado has finalized preparations for a three-day symposium on all
things marijuana-related that will precede the annual April 20 "4/20"
campus smoke-out session.
Senior Alex Douglas, director of the CU Boulder chapter of the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML@CU,
announced Thursday afternoon that the schedule for next weekend's
event is set.
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Professor George W. Grayson's new book, "Mexico's Struggle With Drugs
and Thugs," could not be more timely. It is a must read to understand
what is going on in Mexico today.
We are bombarded with news stories of the unprecedented violence in
Mexico, particularly in the northern border areas along the United
States. The situation is commonly referred to as a war, and
commentators speculate daily whether Mexico will deteriorate into a
failed state, with unthinkable consequences for the United States.
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