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81US AZ: Phoenix VA Hospital Stops Medical Pot PresentationFri, 27 May 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ)          Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:05/28/2016

A doctor is upset after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix blocked her from giving a lecture about marijuana's effect on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Sue Sisley has been conducting a study on PTSD and medical marijuana this summer. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved her work, the Phoenix VA Medical Center told Sisley she couldn't give a presentation there.

"The notion that the Phoenix VA hospital refuses to allow that information to be shared with their medical staff is really shameful," Sisley told KTAR-FM (92.3).

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82US CA: Rohrabacher Using Medical MarijuanaThu, 26 May 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Staggs, Brooke Edwards Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/26/2016

For more than a year, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, says he took two ibuprofen nightly to deal with severe arthritis. Four hours later - restless, in pain - he would wake and take more medicine.

Then, during a speaking stop at a San Bernardino marijuana festival and trade show, he discovered a cannabis-infused wax that is supposed to relieve pain. The Republican congressman said he decided two weeks ago to skip the ibuprofen and give it a try. The topical treatment didn't make him high, he said. But it eased his pain.

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83 US MI: Column: Petition Rules Could Hold UP MichiganWed, 25 May 2016
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:155 Added:05/25/2016

When the MILegalize petitions proposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan hit the streets last summer I signed the first one that came my way. That was sometime in July.

Now my signature probably won't count. That's the big issue facing the folks who organized the legalization effort right now: whether or not petition initiative signatures collected outside of a 180-day window are valid. And it doesn't look good. The most immediate answer to that question will be rendered by Gov. Rick Snyder when he decides to sign, or not sign, S.B. 776, the recent legislation that sets a hard 180-day window for collecting signatures on a petition initiative.

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84 US NC: OPED: Turning A Corner In Fighting Drugs, Mental IllnessTue, 24 May 2016
Source:News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)          Area:North Carolina Lines:64 Added:05/24/2016

They studied the state's mental illness and drug abuse problems for 10 months and came up with 32 pages of recommendations.

The important part can be summed up in four words: more treatment, less jail.

What the 24 members of the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse found is the wisdom they could have gleaned - and probably did - from any jailer: At least 80 percent of the people behind bars got there through some combination of substance abuse and mental illness. Early intervention and treatment could halt a lot of criminal careers.

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85US: Congress Warming To Marijuana For VetsSun, 22 May 2016
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Elliott, Dan Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:05/22/2016

DENVER - Congress is showing an increased willingness to let VA doctors talk to veterans about medical marijuana in states where it's legal, although final approval is far from certain.

The House approved a measure last week that would let Veterans Affairs Department doctors help their patients sign up for state medical marijuana programs, something the VA now prohibits.

"I'm certainly open to it," Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican and former Marine from pot-friendly Colorado, said Friday.

A Senate committee approved a similar measure last month but the full Senate hasn't voted.

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86 US: House Votes For Easier Veterans Access To Medical MarijuanaThu, 19 May 2016
Source:Fremont Tribune (NE) Author:Litvan, Laura Area:United States Lines:131 Added:05/19/2016

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it's legal, marking the strongest sign yet that attitudes in Congress toward the drug are shifting along with public sentiment.

The House took several other emotional votes Thursday, including approving an amendment that would ban the display of the Confederate battle flag in veterans' cemeteries and, in a particularly raucous moment, narrowly defeating another that aimed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in federal contracting.

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87 US CA: Cottonwood Man Pleads Not Guilty to Pot, Weapons ChargesWed, 18 May 2016
Source:Record Searchlight (Redding, CA) Author:Schultz, Jim Area:California Lines:94 Added:05/18/2016

A Cottonwood man who says he grows medical marijuana on his property for disabled and ailing veterans under his Medicine for Our Military program pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Shasta County Superior Court to illegal marijuana cultivation and other charges.

Donald James "Blue" Mobley, 44, was arraigned on four felonies and one misdemeanor count. He also saw his bail reduced by retired Superior Court Judge Anthony Anderson to $85,000 from $110,000,

Mobley, a medical marijuana advocate known for sheltering veterans on his land, was arrested Friday after a search of his Two Feathers Road property by Shasta County sheriff's deputies and California Fish and Wildlife marijuana enforcement agents.

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88 US MA: A Drive To Rethink What Incarceration Is ForSun, 15 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Johnson, Akilah Area:Massachusetts Lines:147 Added:05/15/2016

The tomato seedlings in the urban garden were sprouting. The basketball court was filled with men in blue, gray, and brown uniforms shooting hoops and doing pushups. Inside, at vocational classes, men learned the art of tailoring a suit while a group of women studied toward their GEDs.

In many ways, the South Bay House of Correction has become a microcosm of the country's evolving attitudes toward drug abuse and drug-related crimes. The facility just off Interstate 93 in Boston is a different place compared with the early 1990s, when leaders in Washington passed a stringent crime bill that authorized stiff penalties for drug crimes and nearly doubled the country's prison population.

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89 Canada: Veterans' Pot-Prescription Rates Raise FlagsFri, 13 May 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:104 Added:05/15/2016

Health Officials Are Looking into the Practice of Some Former-Soldiers' Groups Getting Kickbacks From Medical-Marijuana Producers

The recent explosion in the number of veterans being reimbursed for medical marijuana, flagged by the Auditor-General in a critical report, is being fuelled by groups in the Atlantic provinces connecting former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with licensed growers hungry for patients.

The practice has raised flags at Health Canada, where officials have looked into efforts by some veterans groups to leverage kickbacks from medical producers in exchange for providing them with patients.

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90 CN ON: Column: Blowing Smoke At The Future?Fri, 13 May 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:95 Added:05/15/2016

Tory Wants to Turn Back Clock: Pot Boosters

When it came to rapidly expanding Uber, Mayor John Tory was certainly opposed to standing in the way of the changing reality.

"The notion that we think somehow we're going to turn back the hands of time in Toronto, Canada, I mean this is not sensible," Tory said, much to the chagrin of the taxi industry.

But on the rapidly expanding marijuana dispensary business, bud boosters are accusing Tory of wanting to turn back the clock.

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91CN ON: Editorial: Troubling Pot StatsSat, 07 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:05/12/2016

The number of former soldiers using medicinal marijuana has skyrocketed. Veterans Affairs Canada isn't doing a good job of monitoring this and hasn't figured out how much it's willing to pay for medical pot. Its hazy thinking has earned a rebuke from Auditor General Michael Ferguson.

For a government committed both to bettering the lives of veterans, and loosening drug laws, Ferguson's report was embarrassing, even if some blame belongs to the last government. But Justin Trudeau has promised a bill to legalize marijuana within the year for all adults - not just those who want it for medical reasons - and he is determined to do better for former military members than did the Stephen Harper Conservatives. So how will the Liberals proceed?

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92CN SN: OPED: Marijuana Policy For Canada's Veterans UnclearFri, 06 May 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Richert, Lucas Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:05/11/2016

There are discrepancies about safe dosages, its use in treating PTSD

Auditor general Michael Ferguson has raised important questions about the increasing use of medical marijuana by Canadian military veterans.

As authorities contemplate enforcement actions and zoning bylaws relevant to marijuana dispensaries, and the federal Liberal government prepares for legalization in 2017, Ferguson is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the amount of medical cannabis being prescribed to veterans. He found the quantity prescribed was "poorly documented" and not always evidence-based.

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93 Canada: Watchdog Missed Point On Pot: VetsTue, 10 May 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Brewster, Murray Area:Canada Lines:39 Added:05/11/2016

OTTAWA - A veterans group says auditor general Michael Ferguson's latest report clouds the most important issue when it comes to the increasing use of medical marijuana to treat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Clayton Goodwin, of the Veterans Accountability Commission, one of a growing number of grassroots organizations, says last week's audit focused too narrowly on the rising cost of the program and not on the health benefits of switching from pharmaceuticals to medicinal pot.

He claims there are cost-savings associated with dropping prescription drugs, and would have preferred to see the report analyze that aspect.

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94US CA: First Annual Cannabis Country Fair to Open in JulyTue, 10 May 2016
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/10/2016

The First Annual Cannabis Country Fair will be Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at the historic Black Oak Ranch in Laytonvillle. The premiere event, produced by the Mendo Grow Show is slated to offer guests a "down to earth" country fair atmosphere. The event will feature workshops and presentations focused upon education, medical cannabis farming and the cannabis industry, featuring topics focused upon sustainability, safety and ethics.

Presentations will feature a mix of county and state government officials, local and national cannabis activists and top industry experts speaking on a variety of topics including non-combustible concentrate production, laboratory testing, cannabis law, canna-business and much more.

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95 US MO: 3 More Groups Submit Missouri Ballot PetitionsMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Southeast Missourian (MO)          Area:Missouri Lines:98 Added:05/09/2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes, cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in hopes of getting their proposals on the November ballot in Missouri.

The petitions submitted Sunday involved two proposed constitutional amendments, one that would prohibit state and local governments from charging sales tax on any services that weren't taxed as of 2015, and another that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A third ballot initiative would phase in a 23-cent-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax from 2017 to 2021.

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96 Australia: Safe TripSun, 08 May 2016
Source:Age, The (Australia) Author:Marshall, Konrad Area:Australia Lines:333 Added:05/08/2016

What if LSD could treat PTSD, or magic mushrooms could help you quit smoking? Overseas research is advanced, but trials of psychedelic drugs can't get approval in Australia. Are we missing out on cures? Konrad Marshall reports.

When Martin Williams' research plan was first rejected by an ethics committee in 2012, he understood why.

The medicinal chemistry researcher could see some valid sticking points. For one, the psychiatrist attached to his detailed protocol didn't quite have the requisite clinical trials experience.

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97 US OH: Medical Marijuana Proposal Heads To Ohio HouseFri, 06 May 2016
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:97 Added:05/06/2016

The Ohio House could make history Tuesday by approving legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

While state lawmakers have considered marijuana legislation in the past, no proposal has ever made it out of committee and to the full House for a vote.

House Bill 523 was approved by a special committee Thursday faster than you can say "tetrahydrocannabinol," the chemical in marijuana that produces the "high" when smoking or ingesting it. It also provides pain relief, soothes seizures and increases appetite. There were two minor amendments and no discussion.

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98 US AK: Burnout: The Rise And Fall Of A Pot ClubMon, 02 May 2016
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Bohman, Amanda Area:Alaska Lines:167 Added:05/05/2016

FAIRBANKS - When Megan and Marcus Mooers started thinking about opening a private marijuana club, they knew they wanted the name to have the initials THC.

THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

"We kind of spitballed for names until we found one that worked," Megan Mooers said. "It had to be something clever, something we could brand."

They came up with The Higher Calling, opened their doors in November and attracted hundreds of members. But five months later, Fairbanks' first marijuana business closed because it lacked enough dues-paying members to continue. Now, under local law, marijuana clubs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are illegal.

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99 US MT: PUB LTE: Montana Medical Marijuana Law Hurts VeteransThu, 05 May 2016
Source:Montana Standard (Butte, MT) Author:Wolf, Randolph Joe Area:Montana Lines:38 Added:05/05/2016

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss a grave injustice that is being done here in Montana. All patients that are receiving opiates in Montana will have the prescription voided and not allowed to have any pain drugs from now on. What would normal working class people do if that really happened?

This is happening to people here in Montana that depend upon medical pot and have since the law came about. Thousands of patients are abandoned by the new changes to this law. I'm a disabled Vietnam veteran with severe PTSD who has been taking medical pot two years and for the first time in many years, have been able to sleep.

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100 US OR: Column: Using Weed To Aid VeteransThu, 05 May 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:91 Added:05/05/2016

Cannabis Helps with PTSD, and So Can You

I'M A BIG SUPPORTER of allowing armed forces veterans access to cannabis-seeing as how I'm a huge wussy who wouldn't have made it through three hours of basic training, much less full-on combat. I have enough trouble fighting off a cold.

Recently it seems hell may have frozen over, as the Drug Enforcement Administration has authorized a study to see how the use of smoking cannabis can treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's the first clinical study on PTSD to use cannabis in its raw, smokeable form.

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