SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine
country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a
new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food:
cannabis and wine pairing dinners.
Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners
$100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from
marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with
sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.
"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said
of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with
sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and
what flavors are coming out."
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State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor,
D-Madison, recently introduced legislation that would place an
advisory referendum on the November 2018 general election ballot
asking state voters if they support legalizing medical cannabis.
In 2012, after Washington and Colorado voters passed initiatives
legalizing cannabis for adult use, the Associated Press published an
article looking at potential legalization in other states.
Wisconsin was included: "Republican Gov. Scott Walker said ... he's
not interested in legalizing marijuana. The only way he sees it
happening is if state residents approve the idea in a referendum
similar to Colorado and Washington."
Walker has not weighed in on the advisory referendum proposal since it
was introduced, but his 2012 comments to the AP certainly suggest he
should welcome Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Taylor's proposal to let voters
Gary Storck, Madison
Will lawmakers gut key parts of marijuana law?
A marijuana joint was rolled.
Marijuana legalization advocates fear the Massachusetts Legislature, which
has already delayed the opening of pot shops, will now gut several key
parts of the law approved by 1.8 million voters in November.
Public comments from Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg about potential
changes are setting off alarm bells among backers.
Rosenberg has raised the prospect of lawmakers sharply increasing the
marijuana tax rate, lowering the 12-plant-per-household limit on
homegrowing pot, and even raising the legal age for purchase, possession,
and use up from 21.
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[photo] A marijuana bud.
Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year
- - and they both have to do with drugs.
States are grappling with the emergence of marijuana legalization. But the
region is also the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with overdose rates in
New Hampshire among the highest in the country.
These two debates - separate, but not unrelated - transcend party.
Marijuana legalization efforts have been supported by Democrats and
Republicans, but none of the region's six governors fully support
recreational use of the drug. On the opioid crisis as well, there is
bipartisan consensus about the importance of the issue - as well as the
fact there's no silver bullet to solve the problem.
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Holyoke has a number of old mill buildings that Mayor Alex B. Morse
believes would make an excellent location for the industry.
HOLYOKE - Vacant mill buildings along a series of canals serve as constant
reminders of this impoverished city's halcyon days as the Paper City of
the World. But the mayor has a distinctly 21st-century plan for the old
Alex B. Morse imagines marijuana growing in them.
Morse, the 27-year-old wunderkind who has been in office for more than
five years , believes his hometown is on the upswing, with the lowest
rates of crime and unemployment in many years. But the city, with a
poverty rate almost three times the state average, requires an infusion of
industry. And the state's nascent recreational marijuana business, he
says, would be a perfect fit.
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Marijuana's health effects
A new report says the precise health effects of marijuana on its users
remain something of a mystery. (Jan. 13, 2017)
More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month, and
it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states plus the
District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug reached an
estimated $7.1 billion last year.
Yet for all its ubiquity, a comprehensive new report says the precise
health effects of marijuana on those who use it remain something of a
mystery -- and the federal government continues to erect major barriers to
research that would provide much-needed answers.
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Researchers combed through more than 10,000 scientific studies to
examine the various health effects of marijuana use.
More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month,
and it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states
plus the District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug
reached an estimated $7.1 billion last year.
Yet for all its ubiquity, a comprehensive new report says the precise
health effects of marijuana on those who use it remain something of a
mystery -- and the federal government continues to erect major
barriers to research that would provide much-needed answers.
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Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on
the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff
Sessions as the next attorney general.
Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, angered proponents in April
when he called pot "dangerous" and said that "good people don't smoke
Marijuana backers want the issue aired Tuesday when the Senate Judiciary
Committee begins Sessions' confirmation hearing.
"It's a national thing: This hearing is make or break for the marijuana
folks," said Adam Eidinger, who heads a pro-legalization group in
Washington, D.C., called DCMJ.
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Giving away -- or "gifting"-- up to one ounce of marijuana is now legal in
Massachusetts, but are some people pushing the new law too far?
Days after Governor Charlie Baker signed a measure delaying the opening of
recreational marijuana retail shops statewide by six months, a budding
entrepreneur took to Craigslist to offer people a backdoor approach to
getting their hands on some pot - one that authorities say would violate
the new law.
In an ad posted to the website titled "Bud, weed, marijuana, cannabis," a
person who identified himself as "Corey" listed for sale empty plastic
bags ranging in price from $20 to $325. Depending on which bag is
purchased, the seller promised to include a "gift" of marijuana inside.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading a new effort to make sure vendors
working with marijuana businesses don't have their banking services taken
As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they
face a critical stumbling block: lack of access to the kind of routine
banking services other businesses take for granted.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an
effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from
chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide
security, don't have their banking services taken away.
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Huron could be the second city in Fresno County to allow medical marijuana
cultivation, manufacture and distribution, city documents show. Meanwhile,
growers already are lining up to court neighboring Coalinga, which
approved medical cannabis in July.
But other cities in conservative Fresno County, which has opposed all
marijuana use for decades, remain in opposition to medical cannabis. Some
have even passed resolutions formally opposing California Proposition 64,
the state initiative in the upcoming election that would legalize adult
recreational marijuana use. The initiative is likely to pass, but most of
the county appears ready to forgo millions in potential marijuana revenue
due to public safety concerns.
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Action by the governor and legislature doesn't change a new law that
allows adults 21 and older to possess and use limited amounts of
recreational marijuana and grow as many as a dozen pot plants in their
homes, but it pushes back the timetable for opening retail marijuana
stores from the beginning of 2018 until the middle of that year.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Friday
aimed at delaying by up to six months the opening of marijuana shops
in the state until mid-2018.
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In November, Massachusetts voters decided to make recreational
marijuana legal, allowing it to be bought and sold in stores by
January 2018. But this week, state lawmakers quietly voted to delay
the sale date by at least six months.
The delay has outraged some marijuana-legalization advocates, less so
because they'll have to wait a few months to buy pot and more so
because they feel the legislature is trying to subvert the will of the
people by fundamentally changing what they voted for. A similar
skirmish is happening in Maine over the minimum wage, and progressives
in both states are worried that their opponents are trying to delay or
even reverse their remarkable success via ballot initiatives.
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[photo] Gelato marijuana is for sale at Bud and Bloom, a dispensary in
Santa Ana that got a $2 million loan this year from AP Investment Fund, a
private lender that works with marijuana businesses. Allen J. Schaben Los
Asked whether marijuana should be legal for adults in California, voters
answered with a resounding "yes" in November. But that doesn't mean the
matter is completely settled. And it definitely doesn't mean voters
support marijuana use by minors.
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On Nov. 8, 2016 voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada
approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now
legal in a total of eight states. And this creates potential problems for
road safety. How do we determine who's impaired and who's not?
The effects of alcohol vary based on a person's size and weight,
metabolism rate, related food intake and the type and amount of beverage
consumed. Even so, alcohol consumption produces fairly straightforward
results: The more you drink, the worse you drive. Factors like body size
and drinking experience can shift the correlation slightly, but the
relationship is still pretty linear, enough to be able to confidently
develop a blood alcohol content scale for legally determining drunk
driving. Not so with marijuana.
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Marijuana grows in an illegal Southern Utah cultivation in this file photo
(Photo: The Spectrum & Daily News file photo)
On Sunday, the recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Nevada
following passage of the state's "Question 2" during this year's
The law will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of
cannabis or one-eighth ounce of cannabis concentrate with the start of the
new year, but the need for Nevada to establish a licensing and taxation
infrastructure means it will be a while yet before individuals can
actually buy pot if they don't already have a medical marijuana
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Californians may have voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 8 to legalize
marijuana, but Americans also elected Donald Trump, whose position on
legalization has been a bit -- hazy. That's a potential problem
because marijuana is regulated under federal law, giving Trump and his
administration veto power over whether California and the seven other
states that have voted to legalize cannabis can really do so.
So where does the president-elect stand on pot? He has said he
supports individuals' right to use medical marijuana "100%," which is
good news for the 29 states that allow medicinal use of pot. As for
adult recreational use, which Californians approved through
Proposition 64, it's hard to say what he believes because his
statements have been all over the map, shifting from audience to audience.
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A man showed the marijuana he was selling on Boston Common earlier this
It took less than an hour and about a half-dozen state legislators to undo
the will of 1.8 million voters expressed just last month.
The House and Senate passed a bill on Wednesday delaying the opening date
for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts by half a year - from
January to summer 2018.
The extraordinary move would unravel a significant part of the marijuana
law. About 1.5 million people voted against legalization on Nov. 8.
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BOSTON -- The process for licensing retail marijuana shops would be
delayed by six months under legislation that surfaced Wednesday in the
Senate before clearing both branches, the result of which could push the
legal sale of marijuana, authorized by a successful ballot campaign this
year, well into 2018.
The House and Senate on Wednesday morning during lightly attended informal
sessions passed a bill (S 2524) amended by Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester,
pushing out the effective dates of several key milestones in the new law,
including the dates by which the state will begin accepting applications
and issuing licenses for retail pot shop licenses. The state, under the
bill, would have until July 2018 to issue the first licenses for retail
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Andrew Freedman is Colorado's director of marijuana coordination.
DENVER - Marijuana legalization brought unexpected challenges to Colorado,
and it was rarely clear what part of state government was supposed to
solve them, or how.
Businesses were selling marijuana-infused, animal-shaped candy attractive
to children. Residents growing pot at home were selling it illegally in
other states. Growers were applying pesticides to cannabis plants even
though none was specifically approved by the federal government for such
Enter Andrew Freedman, Colorado's pot czar, who is bringing together the
state's bureaucracy, marijuana industry, law enforcement community, and
public health advocates to fix problems no other state had faced.
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City Hall, cops, pols spearhead informational campaign
Cops, City Hall and lawmakers are bracing for Thursday's onset of
legalized "recreational" marijuana in Massachusetts, determined that
if they can't dissuade tokers from lighting up they can at least
provide information plus some vigilant law enforcement to try to keep
Bay Staters voted last month to permit adults 21 and older to possess
up to an ounce of weed while out in public - 10 ounces at home - while
cultivating up to 12 plants per household. Selling pot remains illegal
while the Legislature works on regulations to license retailers.
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The debate over whether Georgia will become a safer space for
marijuana, in medicinal or any other form, is poised to pick up speed
next year. But only if the incoming Donald Trump administration
doesn't shut it down.
And with the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama as the
nation's next U.S. attorney general, that has become a distinct
On the same November day that voters handed the New York businessman
the keys to the White House, four states - California, Maine,
Massachusetts, and Nevada - approved the adult use of marijuana for
Three more - Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota - passed ballot
initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana derivatives for
New attorney general could mean "no more smoke" Sessions
While many are still reeling from election night's results, some of
that dizzying effect may owe itself to new marijuana laws in eight
states. Only one state didn't pass its marijuana ballot measure, and
we all already know who it is.
Prop 205 failed by a relatively narrow margin-2.65 percent or 67,021
votes-compared to Clinton's 3.57 percent gap in Arizona. More than
125,000 voters cast their ballot for the presidency, but not for Prop
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Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg
Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana
helped his chronic back pain.
State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers'
compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for
medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient described how
smoking the drug let them escape years of stupor caused by powerful
prescription narcotic drugs known as opioids.
The lawmakers ended up dropping the bill, and Mr. Vialpando's expenses
for buying marijuana are covered by insurance.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - California's multibillion-dollar marijuana
industry, by far the nation's largest, is crawling out from the
underbrush after voters opted to legalize cannabis in this month's
election. In Sonoma County alone, an estimated 9,000 marijuana
cultivation businesses are operating in a provisional gray market,
with few specific regulations, and are now looking to follow the path
of the wine industry, which emerged from its own prohibition eight
decades ago and rose to the global prominence it enjoys today.
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A leader of the group opposed to marijuana legalization said Monday
that it will request a recount of votes on the statewide ballot
question that passed by a narrow margin last week.
Such a recount, involving more than 757,000 ballots, could take a
month to conduct and cost the state $500,000, the Secretary of State's
Office said Monday.
Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, which opposed Question 1
on the Nov. 8 ballot, is circulating petitions to collect the 100
signatures needed to request a recount. Scott Gagnon, campaign manager
for the group, said the petitions will be turned in to the Secretary
of State's Office before the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
In Denver it's now easier to get high in public than to smoke
Denver voters last week passed a first-of-its-kind referendum allowing
consumption of pot in public settings, though the new law has so many
caveats and complexities that hipsters may have to hire a fleet of
consultants. Cannabis liberationists: meet the regulatory state.
In 2012 Colorado voters approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana
statewide in part on the premise that it would reduce law enforcement
costs and minority arrests. Neither turned out to be true since so
many people were caught illegally using pot in public. Thus the good
progressives in the Mile High City crafted a local initiative
providing more freedom to consume weed outside of one's home.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in
North Dakota is making a last-minute advertising push thanks to a
surprise donation from a national organization,
North Dakota Compassionate Care, which is sponsoring an initiated
measure on the state's ballot, quickly organized the ad campaign after
receiving $15,000 last week from Drug Policy Action, said group
spokeswoman Anita Morgan. DPA is the political arm of a group that
advocates for the overhaul of drug laws.
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We disagree with your recent editorial supporting Question 1.
I am currently president of the Maine Medical Association, consisting
of over 4,000 Maine physicians and physicians-in-training. In
furtherance of our mission to protect public health, we urge voters to
oppose Question 1.
Surveys of our member physicians show most oppose the ballot question,
which would allow unrestricted recreational use of marijuana. The
MMA's position mirrors those of the Maine Hospital Association, the
Maine Public Health Association and the Maine Chapter of the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
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Candidate opinions on legalized marijuana appear to have less to do
with party affiliation and more to do with perceptions on whether
Proposition 205 is a solution to a problem, or a serious threat to
The citizens initiative is on the Nov. 8 ballot asking voters whether
to allow the recreational use of marijuana. Arizona is one of nine
states that will vote on the issue in the General Election.
Though many prominent Republicans have come out against Prop. 205,
there are notable exceptions. Gov. Doug Ducey and other state GOP
leaders, including LD14 State Sen. Gail Griffin, are on record opposed
to the initiative, while locally, Republican Cochise County Supervisor
Pat Call has said it may be time to reallocate the resources committed
to the "War on Drugs."
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A ballot measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana in
Arizona is receiving mixed reviews among Santa Cruz County residents.
Known as Proposition 205, the initiative would make it legal for
people 21 and older to use and possess up to an ounce of marijuana and
grow up to six plants in their homes.
The proposed plan would also establish a state regulatory department
and would levy a 15 percent tax on sales of the drug.
But with the general election just a week away, there is still a split
between supporters and opponents and many county voters are still on
the fence about making pot legal in Arizona.
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Next week, Nevada will have the chance to join four other states to
allow legalized recreational marijuana for adults.
Ballot Question 2 would not only allow Nevadans age 21 and older to
have easier access to pot, it could provide more than $1.1 billion in
tax revenue and economic activity over the course of the proposed
law's initial eight years, according to a study by Las Vegas-based RCG
Armen Yemenidjian, president and CEO of the three Essence Cannabis
Dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley, is ready for the change.
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Discussions of legalizing the use of marijuana often revolve around
the contention that pot functions as a "gateway drug" - a substance
that can lead individuals to abuse "harder" substances like cocaine or
That assertion, which has been raised in connection with Nevada's
Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot, has some support in the scientific
community, but experts say a lack of definitive research on the
subject leaves plenty of room for argument.
"There's not enough evidence to prove (it) one way or another," said
Nathan Gillespie, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Virginia
Commonwealth University who has done research on drug use and genetics.
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Last week, Northern Arizona Healthcare employees received an email
from their top boss, NAH President and CEO Robert Thames.
In it, Thames waded into one of the more contentious issues on
Arizona's ballot this election: the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The email, which opened with the subject line "ONE NAH, One Obligation
to Health," addressed Proposition 205, which would legalize
recreational marijuana in Arizona and create a system to regulate and
tax the drug.
In his message, Thames emphasized the significance of the ballot
measure to NAH employees as healthcare providers. NAH is the parent
organization for Flagstaff Medical Center, Sedona Medical Center and
Verde Valley Medical Center.
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Residents in Nevada and four other states - California, Massachusetts,
Maine and Arizona - will learn sometime Tuesday night whether voters
have approved ballot measures to legalize marijuana. And as multiple
recent reports have noted, states that take this leap will almost
assuredly experience unintended trickle-down consequences,
particularly for young people.
For instance, David Kroll, writing for Forbes.com on California's
Proposition 64, reported this past week on the work of Michael Taffe,
a drug abuse researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla,
Calif. In an informative Facebook post addressing many of his concerns
with Prop 64 and similar initiatives in other states, Dr. Taffe notes
that 5 to 6 percent of high school seniors in America already use
marijuana daily. Further, Dr. Taffe points out that marijuana has a
conditional probability of dependence - an addiction rate - of 9
percent, more than twice that of alcohol, which is at 4 percent.
Dr. Taffe also rightly notes that the scope of the addiction depends
on how many people are using it - a number certain to increase with
Re: the Nov. 2 story "Steller wrong about propositions"
While I normally appreciate and enjoy Tim Steller's column on a
routine basis I fully disagree with his logic regarding his choice to
vote no on Prop 205. Steller's logic is that at some point the
legalization of marijuana will become "commercially" more acceptable
than what is currently proposed on this years ballot. His view is that
once again Arizona voters will have legalization on a future ballot.
While Stellar waits for a more commercially acceptable plan, money
flows into the drug cartels coffers, veterans are denied relief from
their PTSD, police resources are wasted, courts are clogged and
Arizona schools are denied tax revenue they desperately need.
A 'no' vote on Prop 205 retains the ridiculous status quo of
criminalizing the activity of thousands of Arizonans in order to line
the pockets of both the cartels and special interests such as big
Pharma and for profit private prisons.
When Tommy Chong served nine months in prison for selling bongs,
prison executives used him and other famous prisoners as sightseeing
stops on metaphorical map-of-the-stars tours for visiting
Similarly, Charles Manson and Bernie Madoff were sightseeing stars in
their prisons, said Chong, who will be in Vegas on Election Day to
promote Nevada's legal marijuana Question 2.
"People come to visit the prisons - people in the industry - and when
I was in there, they'd trot me out. They'd come and visit their famous
prisoners," Chong said.
"They would give tours," he added. "If you're a celebrity, you get
treated very well, because you're a draw."
If the craziest and most contentious presidential election in modern
history is making you feel somewhat lightheaded, a little disoriented,
maybe even a tiny bit stoned, well, just you wait.
Lost amid the endless (and sometimes endlessly entertaining) stream of
insults, scandals, and outright atrocities of the 2016 campaign is the
fact that it isn't just the leadership of the free world at stake on Nov
8. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Nevada will
also decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana-and it looks like
most will vote yes (although Nevada is still iffy). They'd be joining
Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, which permit the recreational
use and sale of marijuana. Washington, DC, allows recreational use but not
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Former Fox 2 Detroit anchor Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh is throwing her
support behind a movement to legalize all forms of marijuana for
adults over 21 in Michigan.
Sarfoh was previously on a leave of absence from Fox due to medical
issues related to her multiple sclerosis condition and announced her
decision to retire on Tuesday. Sarfoh will be introduced as a leading
member of the grassroots organization MILegalize at a fundraiser
Wednesday at Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor.
"I loved my job, but multiple sclerosis was making it harder and
harder to do it," she said in a video post on social media Tuesday
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I strong support the legalization of marijuana but I'm voting no on Prop
205. I'm not a prohibitionist. I think the reefer madness propaganda
campaign against Prop 205 is ridiculous. I'm naturopathic physician that
provides medical marijuana certifications. I believe in medical
marijuana - like many I have seen the miracles of this plant. I believe
in recreational marijuana too - just not this way.
First, props to all the hard work done throughout the state in efforts
to get legalizing marijuana on the ballot. There are many reasons why
I'm voting no THIS time. (I'm intentionally avoiding the legal points
because Im not a lawyer. But its important to remember that minor
infractions can lead easily lead to felonies). I'll boil it down to a
few points against 205 that aren't talked about
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The legalization of retail marijuana stores two years ago has had
profound impacts on the city and county of Pueblo. Some good. Some
Now, the time has come for Pueblo voters to decide whether the
benefits outweigh the negatives.
For months, The Pueblo Chieftain has been intensely studying this
issue, both with special and ongoing news reporting, and also with
private editorial board discussions with those for and against retail
marijuana stores and grow operations.
It is an understatement to say the issue is complicated. So bear with
us as we try today to discuss the essential concerns.
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The last time Floridians faced the subject of medical marijuana on the
ballot, the measure just barely failed to garner enough support needed
to become law.
This time appears to be different. There's still resistance, but the
large wave of criticism from various groups like the Florida Sheriff's
Association is gone. Polls indicate the ballot measure again named
Amendment 2 appears to be coasting toward passage.
The most recent survey released by the University of North Florida
indicates 73 percent of voters approve of the amendment, significantly
more than the 60 percent needed for it to become law. Backers of the
Amendment say stripping away the so-called loopholes and timing is
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With all of the political rhetoric in the spotlight during this
election season, it is sometimes difficult to realize how blessed we
are to be Arkansans and how important our choices are - not only in
our selection of individuals we will choose to lead and represent us,
but also in determining the ballot initiatives we choose to oppose or
On Nov. 8, when you go vote, there will be issues on your ballot that
change our Constitution or modify our laws. One of those, Issue 6,
relates to legalizing marijuana. Issue 6 is being advertised and
marketed to you as marijuana for medical use; however, this is a big
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THERE was an interesting story in the paper Sunday; actually several,
as is the norm. (A salute to the desks that put together that biggest
paper of the week.) This article, however, had to do with pot on the
You've surely heard that Arkansas voters will see a couple of ballot
questions having to do with medical marijuana next week. One of them
might even have its votes counted. (The Supreme Court has ruled
against the other, but your ballots have already been printed.)
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Letter to the editor:
Regarding USA TODAY's editorial "Marijuana on the ballot," no further
studies are needed. The results are in. If the goal of marijuana
prohibition is to deter use, prohibition is a failure. Few Americans had
heard of marijuana, much less smoked it, until Congress made it illegal
in 1937. Racial profiling was the clear intent of Reefer-madness-era
legislation. The ugly legacy of racially disproportionate enforcement
continues. This, despite mainstream use of marijuana, generated by the
forbidden-fruit appeal. If the goal is to subsidize violent drug
cartels, marijuana prohibition is a success.
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I oppose Question 2, the measure on the ballot to approve recreational
use and possession of certain amounts of marijuana.
Historically, in response to criminal justice and health issues,
Nevadans have given marijuana policy a thoughtful and careful
examination. Policy makers have reduced penalties for possession of
small quantities of the drug and built a framework for legal
distribution of medical marijuana to patients who have a
recommendation from a licensed physician.
Now, Question 2 asks Nevadans to legalize marijuana for recreational
use. We should vote no on Question 2 for many reasons.
While USA TODAY's editorial "Marijuana on the ballot" was cautious and
well-intentioned in nature, it misses several key issues about
legalized marijuana. There are several factors I urge everyone to consider.
As a father, I too share your concerns around children. However, I
share far more serious concerns around the way we medicate our kids
with pharmaceuticals, media, technology and the many distractions
eroding our culture. The problem with more prohibition around this
plant is the lack of education and conversation. In Colorado a
dialogue has now been forced around marijuana because of its legality.
The point is that as it pertains to kids, marijuana is something to
talk about and as we say in our house, "Just not yet. This is for adults."
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There's at least one issue on Arizona's General Election ballot that
crosses political and partisan lines -public health. All Arizonans,
regardless of our stance on just about any other issue, can agree
public health and safety are paramount to our wellbeing, productivity
and quality of life.
That's why, as two of Arizona's leading health and healthcare
organizations, we've come together to oppose Proposition 205, the
initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. For
hospitals and health professionals across our state, the issue comes
down to this: Our mission is to help patients and protect public
health. Prop 205 does neither.
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SAN FRANCISCO - To the red-and-blue map of American politics, it may
be time to add green. The movement to legalize marijuana, the
country's most popular illicit drug, will take a giant leap on
Election Day if California and four other states vote to allow
recreational cannabis, as polls suggest they may.
The map of where pot is legal could include the entire West Coast and
a block of states reaching from the Pacific to Colorado, raising a
stronger challenge to the federal government's ban on the drug.
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As voters in five states consider ballot measures next month to
legalize marijuana for recreational use, supporters and opponents can
pluck a statistic to back just about anything they want to argue about
the issue. But amid a gaggle of dueling studies, the truth is that the
state experiments in legalizing recreational use are still too new to
yield definitive results about the harms and benefits to society.
In Colorado and Washington state, the first to legalize, retail stores
did not open until 2014. As the Colorado Department of Public Safety
asserted in its first post-legalization report this year: It is too
early to draw any conclusions about the potential effects of marijuana
legalization or commercialization on public safety, public health or
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