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1 US FL: PUB LTE: Vote to End SufferingTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:McCullough, Laurie Area:Florida Lines:28 Added:10/23/2014

Compassion dictates that we vote yes on Amendment 2. Have opponents of the amendment really not had relatives who could have died with less pain and suffering? Do none have a relative with disease symptoms that could be eased with medical marijuana?

How can these people be so callous? Perhaps they will find themselves wishing for medical marijuana someday.

Vote yes on Amendment 2.

Laurie McCullough



2 US CA: Column: All The TrimmingsThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:64 Added:10/23/2014

How much money can you make harvesting marijuana during this time of year? My friend says there's work for me up north but I wanted to know what you think.

- -Mike Grant-Labor

Yes. You can make good money. But the money is not particularly easy to get. It requires long hours and hard work, like being on an Alaskan fishing boat, except you probably won't be thrown overboard or washed out to sea.

The going rate for trimming a pound of cannabis is about $200. A newbie can do maybe a pound in a 12-hour day. And that's with decent pot. If the bud is larfy or small or riddled with mold, it may take longer. People with more experience can do maybe two pounds. I know someone who can do three pounds in a day, but she grew up on the mountain and is a bit of a legend. Plus, trimming can be boring as hell. You basically sit in a cabin and trim until your muscles cramp up, then you switch hands and trim some more. Perhaps if you are with some cool folks, there may be good conversation and decent food. But really, you just sit and trim and trim and sit. It can be a bit meditative if you have the right mindset, but mostly it's like working an assembly line.

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3US: Report: U.S. Drug War In Afghanistan A $7.6b FailureThu, 23 Oct 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start, according to a scathing new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan opium poppy crop, providing the raw material for the bulk of the world's heroin supply, reached record levels in 2013 and is likely to climb even higher this year, the report finds.

"The recent record-high level of poppy cultivation calls into question the long-term effectiveness and sustainability" of the past decade of counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, Special Inspector General John Sopko concludes. "Given the severity of the opium problem and its potential to undermine U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, I strongly suggest that your departments consider the trends in opium cultivation and the effectiveness of past counternarcotics efforts when planning future initiatives."

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4CN BC: Man Closer To Reclaiming Seized CashSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

A B.C. man is one step closer to reclaiming some of the money seized from him by border officers at the Vancouver International Airport almost four years ago, following a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.

On Jan. 5, 2011, Robert Bo Da Huang was scheduled to fly out of Vancouver International Airport to Hong Kong.

In the departures area, he was approached by a Canada Border Services Agency officer.

Huang admitted to the officer that he was carrying more than $10,000 in cash and he had not reported that fact.

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5US FL: Editorial: 'No' On Amendment 2Fri, 17 Oct 2014
Source:Pensacola News Journal (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:10/17/2014

Regular readers of this opinion page know that we are not wholly opposed to a state expansion of medical marijuana. Throughout Florida's 2014 legislative session, we advocated passage of the Charlotte's Web bill that legalized a specific strain of medical marijuana that drastically reduces seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The bill was debated and sculpted in legislative committees. It earned the approval of the Florida House and Senate. And it was rightly signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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6 CN BC: Family Of Summerland Girl With Seizure Disorder Gets LiftSat, 18 Oct 2014
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:McIver, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:10/23/2014

The producer of a documentary about marijuana laws has shared the proceeds from the film's Kelowna premiere with families struggling to pay for medical cannabis.

Adam Scorgie presented Kyla Williams, her mother Courtney Williams and grandfather Chris Nuessler with a cheque for $3,500 from the proceeds of the premiere of The Culture High.

The 2 1/2-year-old Summerland girl suffers from a severe seizure disorder, but has shown a dramatic improvement since the initiation a few months ago of treatment with cannabis oil.

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7 US FL: Voters To Decide Fate Of Medical MarijuanaSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:News Herald (Panama City, FL) Author:Garman, Valerie Area:Florida Lines:126 Added:10/23/2014

PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a dangerous drug or medical miracle.

Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative," Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state, providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.

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8 US FL: City Of Sarasota Looks At Pot Operation MoratoriumSun, 19 Oct 2014
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Pollick, Michael Area:Florida Lines:125 Added:10/23/2014

SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election, part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana.

The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.

The City of Palmetto led the way in Southwest Florida last month, with the passage of a new law that prohibits any medical marijuana operations from its downtown and would force potential purveyors to seek permission from city commissioners.

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9 Canada: NDP To Unveil Policy On PotTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Valiante, Giuseppe Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:10/23/2014

Party may be consider legalization

OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the NDP says of marijuana.

That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.

The plan contrasts with that of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau who said he wants to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.

The NDP's official policy will be published in a supplemental document alongside a Commons health committee report, which is scheduled to be tabled in the House Tuesday or Wednesday.

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10Canada: Doc Examines The Prince Of PotTue, 21 Oct 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2014

TORONTO - Marc Emery is often hailed as the Prince of Pot, a beloved champion of marijuana legalization and Canadian sovereignty.

But in Citizen Marc, the famed activist is portrayed as an ambiguous figure, driven as much by a quest for celebrity and libertarian politics as he is by principle.

"There's no question that Emery loves getting attention, yet there's also the question that he's politically effective as an activist," said director Roger Evan Larry, who co-wrote the film with Sandra Tomc. "We leave it to the viewer to parse that out."

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