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1 US NY: Edu: Column: Second Amendment Up In SmokeSun, 11 Dec 2011
Source:Pipe Dream (NY Edu) Author:Kalin, Justin Area:New York Lines:89 Added:12/12/2011

On Sept. 21, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to confusion in the federal firearms licensing community about whether medical marijuana patients can apply for gun ownership.

Its letter refers to the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. An unlawful user or addict to controlled substances is prohibited from purchasing firearms or ammunition. Furthermore, presenting a medical marijuana card is "reasonable cause to believe" that the transferee is an unlawful user or addict.

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2 US WA: Pro-Pot Campaign Gets Big Names, Deep PocketsSat, 05 Nov 2011
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Martin, Jonathan Area:Washington Lines:170 Added:11/05/2011

A new marijuana-legalization campaign with deep pockets and prominent supporters is poised to force the state Legislature to vote on the issue or send it to the 2012 ballot.

Marijuana legalization in Washington has been an activist's pipe dream for decades, but a new campaign with deep pockets and prominent supporters is poised to force the state Legislature to vote on the issue or send it to the 2012 presidential ballot.

The group, New Approach Washington, is the strongest mainstream campaign to date. Since former federal prosecutor John McKay backed the campaign this summer, supporters with impressive resumes emerged, from wealthy investment analysts and businessmen to white-shoe attorneys and, this week, philanthropist Harriet Bullitt.

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3US CO: Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries' Effect on Crime UnclearMon, 24 Jan 2011
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:01/24/2011

The would-be thieves - captured on surveillance video at the Colorado Springs medical-marijuana dispensary they were trying to burglarize - made for a fitting symbol of the connection between dispensaries and crime.

Prevented by locked doors in front of them from getting what they came for and prevented by locked doors behind them from getting away, they were stuck in the muddled middle.

With a calendar year of data now available, local law enforcement officials face a similar predicament.

Crimes connected to medical marijuana have undoubtedly increased since the beginning of Colorado's cannabis boom.

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4 US: Backers of Legal Marijuana Find Silver Lining in Defeat of California MeasurSun, 14 Nov 2010
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:McKinley, Jesse Area:United States Lines:156 Added:11/14/2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in California, received more votes than the Republican nominee for governor, Meg Whitman.

It also received untold news coverage, bringing the debate a new level of legitimacy in the eyes of many supporters. And while it lost - -- with 46 percent of the vote -- its showing at the polls was strong enough that those supporters are confidently planning to bring it back before voters in California, and perhaps other states, in 2012.

"We're going to win," said Aaron Houston, the executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a nonprofit group in Washington. "And we're going to win a whole lot sooner than anybody thinks."

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5US CA: Law Officers Split on Calif. Legal Pot FightTue, 21 Sep 2010
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Welch, William W. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:09/21/2010

Some See Prop 19 As 'Law and Order' Issue

LOS ANGELES - California's fall ballot battle over legalizing pot is drawing law-enforcement officials to both sides of the issue. Beer sellers want to stop legal marijuana, too, but say it's not because they fear competition.

Proposition 19, which if approved by voters in November, would make marijuana legal for recreational use by those 21 and older, though possession would still be a federal violation.

The first state in the USA to make marijuana legal for medical use, California would again set a new course for the nation on drug use if Prop 19 is approved.

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6 US CA: Pick Your Poison - Beer Distributors Oppose Prop. 19Thu, 16 Sep 2010
Source:Record Searchlight (Redding, CA) Author:Benda, David Area:California Lines:55 Added:09/17/2010

The folks who deliver beer and other beverages to liquor stores have joined the fight against legalizing marijuana in California.

On Sept. 7, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors gave $10,000 to a committee opposing Proposition 19, the measure that would change state law to legalize pot and allow it to be taxed and regulated.

The California Police Chiefs Association has given the most to the Proposition 19 opposition with a contribution of $30,000, according to Cal-Access, a website operated by the secretary of state's office.

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7US AZ: Medical Marijuana Measure on Phoenix Ballot Raises QuestionsSun, 12 Sep 2010
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Clancy, Michael Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:09/12/2010

Phoenix Officials Gear Up for Potential Legalized Pot

Phoenix officials are discussing how to deal with a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Phoenix has taken no position on the matter, but City Councilwoman Peggy Neely and Debra Stark of the City Manager's Office are studying how the measure could be implemented if it passes.

The measure would allow terminally or seriously ill patients to qualify for medical marijuana with a doctor's approval, permit qualifying patients or their caregivers to purchase it, and even allow them to grow it if a registered marijuana clinic is not nearby. It would also create ID cards and establish penalties for false cards.

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8 US: V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical MarijuanaSat, 24 Jul 2010
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Frosch, Dan Area:United States Lines:167 Added:07/24/2010

DENVER -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will formally allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, a policy clarification that veterans have sought for several years.

A department directive, expected to take effect next week, resolves the conflict in veterans facilities between federal law, which outlaws marijuana, and the 14 states that allow medicinal use of the drug, effectively deferring to the states.

The policy will not permit department doctors to prescribe marijuana. But it will address the concern of many patients who use the drug that they could lose access to their prescription pain medication if caught.

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9 US: DARE to Read About MarijuanaTue, 20 Jul 2010
Source:Denver Daily News (CO) Author:Marcus, Peter Area:United States Lines:109 Added:07/20/2010

Pot Advocates Ask DARE Officers to Read Book on Pot Vs. Alcohol

Local pot advocate Mason Tvert is daring officers to read his book.

The publisher of Tvert's 2009 release, "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?", is distributing free copies of the pro-marijuana book this week at a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) conference in Cincinnati.

DARE officers and instructors at the training conference are being encouraged to read the book and then take its message back to students that marijuana is safer than alcohol N a message that has propelled Tvert into local and national stardom for his efforts to legalize marijuana.

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10 US MA: Marijuana Reform No Longer Just a Pipe DreamWed, 25 Nov 2009
Source:Jewish Journal Boston North (MA) Author:Jacobs, Susan Area:Massachusetts Lines:163 Added:11/28/2009

Steve Fox is high on a mission. The Marblehead native is Director of State Campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. the nation's largest marijuana reform organization.

He has just co-authored a book entitled "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?" The provocative work was written with Paul Armentano of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a nonprofit lobbying organization working to legalize marijuana), and Mason Tvert of SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, a Colorado-based organization that maintains marijuana is less harmful than alcohol).

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11 US MA: Edu: This Is Your Brain On Drugs - Not So Bad After All?Mon, 28 Sep 2009
Source:Tufts Daily (MA Edu) Author:Schlom, Derek Area:Massachusetts Lines:149 Added:09/28/2009

New Study Explores Possible Benefits Of Marijuana For Binge Drinkers

A controversial new study found that smoking marijuana may improve brain functions.

Before you down that fifth shot of Jagermeister, you might want to fire up a joint. Research shows that compared with alcohol, marijuana causes less brain damage.

In a study completed at the University of California, San Diego, the results of which were published in the current issue of the scientific journal "Neurotoxicology and Teratology," researchers examined the white brain matter of 42 teenage participants. The participants were placed into three groups: those classified as binge drinkers (defined in this case as males who consume five or more drinks in one sitting and females who consume four or more), binge drinkers who also smoked marijuana "regularly" and a control group of those who neither drank nor smoked.

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12 US MO: Edu: Study Shows Smoking Marijuana May PreventThu, 24 Sep 2009
Source:Journal, The (Webster University, St. Louis, MO, E Author:Previte, Vincenza Area:Missouri Lines:123 Added:09/25/2009

A study conducted at the University of California-San Diego discovered that marijuana is not only safer than alcohol, but also protects the brain from damages caused by excessive drinking.

Patrick Stack, director of counseling at Webster University, said any individual has the risk of misusing these types of substances.

"The problem of any type of drug usage originates when a person abuses a drug," Stack said. "As a result of this abuse, the drug has more influence on the person than the person has over him-or herself."

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13 US TX: Column: Seeds vs. SudsFri, 11 Sep 2009
Source:Austin Chronicle (TX) Author:Smith, Jordan Area:Texas Lines:140 Added:09/12/2009

In the wake of July's controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., President Barack Obama sought to take the rhetoric down a notch via an informal White House meeting between Gates and Sgt. James Crowley, the officer who arrested him. The two, joined by Obama, would sit down and talk things out, adultlike, over beer. It sounded folksy and practical, something that many, many Americans could get behind - a so-called "beer summit."

No one really batted an eye at the idea of adult men sitting around hashing out their differences with the help of a little social lubricant. And that's fine. But here's the truth: They were using drugs - on the president's urging.

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14 US CA: Buds May Blunt Boozes Abuse Of BrainThu, 03 Sep 2009
Source:Auburn Plainsman, The (Auburn U, AL Edu) Author:Newfield, Max Area:California Lines:113 Added:09/03/2009

The results of a University of California San Diego study claim adolescents who use marijuana may be less susceptible to brain damage from binge drinking.

"I was definitely surprised by the results," said Susan Tapert, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, and one of the main researchers in the study.

The study's goal was to research the capacity of the adolescent brain to process information efficiently after exposure to drugs and alcohol.

Between 2007 and 2009, researchers studied adolescents ages 16 to 19.

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15 US PA: First, Do No HarmSun, 30 Aug 2009
Source:Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:162 Added:08/30/2009

Many arguments for ending marijuana prohibition are familiar, including the potential tax windfall, freedom of personal choice and the financial and societal costs of a policy that's a failure as a practical matter.

Now, a new book uses documented scientific and medical evidence to make a less familiar argument: that punishing adults for using marijuana is senseless because, compared with legal and widely accepted alcohol, it's far less harmful.

Steve Fox, director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project, visited the Trib to discuss "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?" (Chelsea Green). Following are excerpts from Fox's discussion of the book, which he co-authored with Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and Mason Tvert, co-founder and executive director of SAFER (Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation).

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16 US CO: A Smoking New ReadFri, 21 Aug 2009
Source:Denver Daily News (CO) Author:Marcus, Peter Area:Colorado Lines:126 Added:08/24/2009

Pot Advocates Produce Book

A hero to potheads across the nation, local marijuana advocate Mason Tvert continues his smokin' streak with best-selling book "Marijuana is Safer."

His first book aims to convince supporters and opponents alike that marijuana is a safer recreational alternative to other substances like alcohol.

"Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?" is co-written by fellow pot experts Paul Armentano, deputy director of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and Steve Fox, director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project.

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17US CA: Author Has High Hopes for New Book on MarijuanaSun, 09 Aug 2009
Source:Times-Herald, The (Vallejo, CA) Author:Raskin-Zrihen, Rachel Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/07/2009

Paul Armentano is on a mission.

The 37-year-old Vallejo resident aims to convince the powers that be that smoking marijuana is less dangerous on a number of levels than drinking alcohol, and that laws should reflect that.

He has co-authored a book, "Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?," which is available on, and will soon be distributed to bookstores nationwide, he said.

"For those who may be initially skeptical of this message, 'Marijuana Is Safer' will change the way you think about cannabis," Armentano said. "And for those roughly 50 percent of Americans nationwide who already support reforming America's draconian pot laws, this book will change the way they talk about marijuana."

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18 US: Can a Nation Drowning in Drink Return to Drug-Law Sanity?Thu, 06 Aug 2009
Source:Las Vegas City Life (NV) Author:Whited, Jason Area:United States Lines:206 Added:08/06/2009

For a plant that's never caused a single human death in the tens of thousands of years it's been with us, marijuana still faces a gargantuan social stigma.

Government propagandists and some social conservatives, in their quest to proscribe our behavior, and consumption, are quick to cite anecdotal evidence and piles of bogus liquor- and prescription-drug-industry-funded studies that warn of the dangers of firing up even that first joint.

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