The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a controversial policy
that requires legal marijuana patients to turn in their firearms.
The reconsideration follows community backlash since the Honolulu
Star-Advertiser reported earlier this week that HPD has sent letters
to at least 30 medical cannabis users who are permitted gun owners
telling them to surrender their firearms.
The new police chief, Susan Ballard, hasn't said what her position is
on the issue. HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Ballard is reviewing
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COLUMBUS - One day after Ohio announced its choices for larger growing
sites that would fuel a fledgling medical marijuana industry, a legal
challenge was announced that could throw a wrench into the works.
Ironically, such a lawsuit would be filed by some of the chief players
behind 2015's failed ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative that would have
legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
"Whether we end up with a license or we don't end up with a license,
that's not what this is about..." said Jimmy Gould, chairman and chief
executive of CannAscend Ohio. "I care that this process is broken. I
care that there should have been better oversight over this process,
and I care where this ends up....
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Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from
untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a form of medical marijuana, will finally be
delivered to patients who qualify under the state's very strict
guidelines. The CBD reduces or halts convulsive epileptic seizures but
doesn't get the patients stoned.
Right now, the treatment will be available only for certain epilepsy
patients, and it's highly controlled.
We believe availability should be expanded for treatment of other
conditions when there's evidence those patients can be helped. We urge
state lawmakers to begin work through the political and medical
hurdles now so they can make that happen when they meet in 13 months.
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As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is
granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in
their youth - as long as they realize they can't do so again in the
The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana
use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years
ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way
officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army's size.
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Last March, I wrote Congressman Seth Moulton asking him to become a
co-sponsor of H.R. 975, the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act." He
responded that, "The federal government ought to respect the will of
the voters in states like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington that
have approved marijuana legalization."
Yet, instead of signing on as a co-sponsor, he chooses to leave
federal enforcement up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions
understands the proper roles of Congress and his office. He stated at
his confirmation hearing, "I think one obvious concern is that the
United States Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state
and the distribution of it an illegal act. If that's something that's
not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.
It is not the attorney general's job to decide what laws to enforce.
We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we are able."
By "able," he is referring to budgetary constraints of attempting to
enforce federal prohibition of a plant that grows in every state.
Mr. Moulton, leaders lead. Get off the fence and sponsor the
Steven S. Epstein
West Street Georgetown
When a rising Chinese American power broker became a partner in a
proposed cannabis dispensary in San Francisco's Outer Sunset, he knew
it would hit resistance.
But David Ho sees himself as the perfect emissary to the mostly older
Chinese residents and merchants who are deeply skeptical of the pot
"I'm the working-class, westside Asian American story," said Ho, who
is a co-owner of the Barbary Coast medical cannabis dispensary that
has applied to open at 2161 Irving St., on a block lined with grocery
stores, dry cleaning shops and banks.
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For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of
violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet
for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain.
"I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego.
"I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not
realizing she can't come to me."
Queen lost a modeling job after being mistaken for an alcoholic. She
racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and her
nausea interrupted her sex life. Towards the end of her illness,
Queen, who stands 5-foot-9, weighed in at a frail 109 pounds.
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NEW YORK -- It was a telling setting for a decision on whether
post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.
Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade,
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign
legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states
to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under
federal law and doesn't boast extensive, conclusive medical research.
Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in
their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled
in the last two years, according to data compiled by the
pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. A 29th state, Alaska,
doesn't incorporate PTSD in its medical marijuana program but allows
everyone over 20 to buy pot legally.
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There's hardly a more receptive or captive audience for marketing an
intoxicant than the beleaguered commuters crowded onto a rush-hour
Muni bus (except perhaps the ones packed onto a rush-hour BART train).
But unlike many of the dopey regulations proliferating ahead of
California's legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in
2018, Muni's decision to ban cannabis advertising makes sense.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board voted
Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana advertising and stop accepting
medical marijuana ads once current contracts expire. The policy is in
keeping with Muni's refusal of alcohol, tobacco and firearms
advertising in light of the number of children who ride city buses and
trains. It's also in line with statewide regulations that prohibit
cannabis advertising that targets children or reaches audiences with
large numbers of young people.
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The Garden State could soon become a bit more green.
Proponents of legalized marijuana in New Jersey are lining up in the
aftermath of Phil Murphy's election as governor, anticipating
no-questions-asked pot sales to adults by late next year with an ally
in the governor's office.
Murphy has named the head of a marijuana trade group as his chief of
staff, and a new association for marijuana retailers has formed. The
governor-elect vowed during his campaign to legalize the drug, and the
growing industry is counting on him to quickly make good on the pledge.
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In just a few weeks, medical marijuana will legally be sold in
The plants are nearly finished growing in South-Central Texas, which
means workers will soon harvest and cultivate them, drying them out
and preparing to extract low-level cannibidiol.
Once that medicine is in a liquid form, and packaged in drops, the
first sales of medical marijuana -- geared to help Texans with
intractable epilepsy -- will occur before the end of this year.
"It's very, very exciting," said Jose Hidalgo, chief executive officer
of Cansortium Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Cansortium
Texas. "Nothing in life ever goes as planned.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against
two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being
arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter.
Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an
early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were
registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter
to control pain. Police allege they didn't comply with the law. They
subsequently lost their jobs in Kent County.
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Pot sales are expected to begin around July 1 in Massachusetts.
The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of
new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by
the end of the year, setting up a frenetic month that will shape the
recreational pot industry.
The commission announced Tuesday that it plans to file initial
regulations by Dec. 29. Among numerous details, they will spell out
the criteria for winning dispensary licenses, rules for marijuana
consumption bars, and a plan for ensuring diversity in the industry.
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BOSTON - Genuine debate on marijuana policy and how the legal pot
industry should look in Massachusetts is likely coming from the
Cannabis Control Commission during the middle two weeks of December,
which are shaping up to be the CCC's busiest yet as the agency tries
to file the first draft of its regulations by Dec. 29.
The CCC has tentatively penciled in public meetings for policy
discussion and debate on the draft regulations each day of the week of
Dec. 11, chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday. The following week will
begin with three days of private stakeholder meetings and then at
least one public meeting for the CCC to vote on acceptance of the
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Police in Buffalo Township, Penn., were looking for marijuana when
they raided a home on Oct. 7, taking the female homeowner out of the
house without pants after she answered the door.
But there was a hitch. The homeowners weren't growing pot. They grow
hibiscus plants in their backyard.
Edward and Audrey Cramer filed a civil lawsuit last week against the
police and Nationwide Insurance Co.
Among their allegations: false arrest, excessive force, intentional
infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.
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LAS VEGAS -- For Hilary Dulany, long roots in Michigan and the
prospect of expanding her Oregon marijuana business are luring her
back to the Great Lakes State.
For Nancy Whiteman, the prospect of taking her business national has
her looking for partners in Michigan.
For the two women and many other entrepreneurs attending the MJ Biz
Conference in Las Vegas last week -- the pre-eminent conference where
18,500 professionals looking to get into the cannabis industry
gathered -- the common thread was Michigan's soon-to-explode marijuana
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Patient response to Pa. marijuana program 'extremely positive'
What if Pennsylvania had a medical marijuana program but few people
knew about it?
With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in cannabis growing
facilities and dispensaries -- and the health of thousands of
prospective patients on the line -- alerting state residents to the
program should be a priority. But there's effectively a gag order on
nearly all players involved.
The state Department of Health, responsible for the program's
roll-out, has no budget to pay for advertising. Marijuana growers,
processors and dispensaries are prohibited by law from actively
promoting their wares. And doctors who write recommendations for
medical cannabis are forbidden from publicizing that they're
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Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides daily
reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.
When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also
voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for
past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to
change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to
infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small
amounts of the drug.
"We call it reparative justice: repairing the harms caused by the war
on drugs," says Eunisses Hernandez of the Drug Policy Alliance, a
nonprofit advocacy group that helped write the California ballot initiative.
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A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month-old after
exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about "the first marijuana
overdose death" this week.
Except that's not what the doctors meant.
"We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child," said
Thomas Nappe, an author of the report who is now the director of
medical toxicology at St. Luke's University Health Network in
Nappe, who co-authored the report with Christopher Hoyte, explained
that the doctors simply observed this unusual sequence of events,
documented it and alerted the medical community that it is worth
studying a possible relationship between cannabis and the child's
cause of death, myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.
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The state health department has drafted proposed regulations for the
medical marijuana industry, setting rules for quality testing,
tracking and increasing fees.
The Billings Gazette reports the Department of Public Health and Human
Services plans a public hearing in Helena on Nov. 30.
Agency spokesman Jon Ebelt says the state sought input from Montana
providers and researched practices in states that have legalized
Under the rules, providers would have to have their products tested
for levels of THC along with metals and pesticides.
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