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161 US PA: New Drug Ordinance in W-B Will Reduce ParaphernaliaFri, 11 Mar 2016
Source:Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Author:Seibel, Jacob Area:Pennsylvania Lines:90 Added:03/11/2016

WILKES-BARRE - Starting today, adults found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia in the city might catch a break from the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department.

City council at its regular meeting Thursday voted 5-0 to pass the second and final reading of a paraphernalia ordinance downgrading possession from a misdemeanor to a summary offense at the discretion of the arresting officer. Factors that police will consider include the criminal background of an offender and whether the person is going to be facing more serious charges.

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162 US DC: When The Innocent Are Treated Like CriminalsTue, 08 Mar 2016
Source:Register Citizen (CT) Author:Sullivan, John Area:District of Columbia Lines:137 Added:03/08/2016

WASHINGTON - Sallie Taylor was sitting in her apartment in Northeast Washington one evening in January 2015 watching "Bible Talk" when her clock fell off the wall and broke. She turned and looked up. Nine District of Columbia police officers smashed through her door, pointed a shotgun at her face and ordered her to the floor.

"They came in like Rambo," said Taylor, a soft-spoken 63-year-old grandmother who was dressed in a white nightgown and said she has never had even a speeding ticket.

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163 CN BC: Lolo Pot Shops Raise Parents' ConcernsFri, 04 Mar 2016
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Spitale-Leisk, Maria Area:British Columbia Lines:117 Added:03/07/2016

Dispensaries operating in grey area of the law

A new medical marijuana dispensary has cropped up in Lower Lonsdale, causing concern for some parents whose kids attend martial arts classes a few doors down.

"The marijuana place has no curtains, it's all bright and the lights are on and flashing. Anybody who can read can see it," said Tomasa Cruz, who walks by WeeMedical Dispensary at 109 East First St. four times a week with her 10-year-old daughter Ornella on their way to Champions martial arts academy.

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164 CN BC: Dispensaries Selling Medical Pot In SecheltFri, 04 Mar 2016
Source:Coast Reporter (CN BC) Author:Wood, Christine Area:British Columbia Lines:135 Added:03/07/2016

There are now two medical marijuana dispensary storefronts in Sechelt that are selling cannabis products to the public - and a third set to start selling product this month - despite the fact RCMP say it's illegal.

WeeMedical Dispensary Society, a dispensary chain started in Nanaimo, set up shop on the corner of Teredo Street and Inlet Avenue and opened its doors to the public on Feb. 22.

Meanwhile, Weeds Glass and Gifts has been open for more than a year on Wharf Avenue and has been operating as a dispensary for a little over six months, according to manager Robin Kehler.

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165 US DC: When The Innocent Are Treated Like CriminalsSun, 06 Mar 2016
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT) Author:Sullivan, John Area:District of Columbia Lines:81 Added:03/07/2016

WASHINGTON - Sallie Taylor was sitting in her apartment in Northeast Washington one evening in January 2015 watching "Bible Talk" when her clock fell off the wall and broke. She turned and looked up. Nine District of Columbia police officers smashed through her door, pointed a shotgun at her face and ordered her to the floor.

"They came in like Rambo," said Taylor, a softspoken 63-year-old grandmother who was dressed in a white nightgown and said she has never had even a speeding ticket.

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166 US DC: When The Innocent Are Treated Like CriminalsSun, 06 Mar 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Sullivan, John Area:District of Columbia Lines:506 Added:03/06/2016

Pursuing Drugs and Guns on Scant Evidence, D.C. Police Sometimes Raid Wrong Homes - Terrifying Residents

Sallie Taylor was sitting in her apartment in Northeast Washington one evening in January 2015 watching "Bible Talk" when her clock fell off the wall and broke. She turned and looked up as nine D.C. police officers smashed through her door. A shotgun was pointed at her face, and she was ordered to the floor.

"They came in like Rambo," said Taylor, a soft-spoken 63-year-old grandmother who was dressed in a white nightgown and said she has never had even a speeding ticket.

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167 US FL: Volusia Switches to Fines for Small Amounts of MarijuanaFri, 04 Mar 2016
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Jacobson, Susan Area:Florida Lines:100 Added:03/04/2016

Volusia on Thursday became the first county in Central Florida to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

The County Council by a unanimous 7-0 vote gave law officers the discretion to ticket tokers who possess 20 grams of the drug or less. Instead of being arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, violators would be fined $100.

"The only thing we learned from the war on drugs is that it didn't work," County Council member Josh Wagner said. "All it did was fill the jails."

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168US TX: A New Road To RecoveryThu, 03 Mar 2016
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Solis, Dianne Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:03/03/2016

City's Police Joining Efforts to Treat Addicts Instead of Jailing Them

GRAPEVINE - Imagine a drug user walking into a police station and handing over his drugs and paraphernalia. But instead of police putting the addict behind bars, the would-be criminal is taken to a treatment facility to get help - without any charges being filed.

That's the essence of a new nationwide initiative coming soon to at least one North Texas police department.

Grapevine officials, stung by some drug-related deaths in recent years, said Wednesday that they will soon begin participating in the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, or PAARI. The program takes a more compassionate approach toward drug users by treating addiction as a disease rather than simply a crime.

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169 CN BC: Editorial: Spike In Discarded Needles Raises QuestionsWed, 02 Mar 2016
Source:Cowichan Valley Citizen (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/03/2016

It's concerning on a number of levels that the volume of used needles being found around town has seen a big spike in the last six months.

About two dozen a month isn't a reason to panic, certainly, but it's enough to make us want to know why there's so many turning up in our public places all of a sudden.

Make no mistake, it is highly unlikely that these needles are from random diabetics needing to give themselves insulin.

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170 US NY: Health Dept., Police Partner For Classes On NarcanTue, 01 Mar 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Michel, Lou Area:New York Lines:99 Added:03/02/2016

Program's Expansion Targets Opioid Overdoses

Over the weekend, three people died in Buffalo from opiate overdoses.

On Monday, a woman barely survived an overdose.

With the death toll increasing by the day, Buffalo Police on Monday announced that they are co-sponsoring with the Erie County Health Department more free classes throughout the city to train citizens in how to use Narcan, the opiate antidote.

"We are concerned about the health and safety of city residents," Deputy Police Commissioner Kimberly L. Beaty said. "Opioids do not discriminate. That is why we are making this extra effort with the classes."

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171 US PA: W-B Looks to Reduce Minor Drug Penalties to LessenMon, 29 Feb 2016
Source:Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Author:Seibel, Jacob Area:Pennsylvania Lines:99 Added:03/01/2016

WILKES-BARRE - It's not a soft spot in their heart that has city officials pushing to decriminalize a minor drug offense, but rather a soft spot in their wallet.

Mayor Tony George and his administration aim to reduce possession of drug paraphernalia from a misdemeanor criminal offense to a summary offense so the city could boost its coffers with the money collected through city-issued citations. City council at its regular meeting Thursday unanimously approved the first of two readings of the motion to amend Wilkes-Barre's ordinance. The maximum penalty for a summary conviction is a $300 fine. Defaulting on the payment could land an offender in Luzerne County Correctional Facility for up to 90 days.

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172 US PA: Wilkes-Barre Considers Drug Code Similar to HazletonMon, 29 Feb 2016
Source:Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA) Author:Seibel, Jacob Area:Pennsylvania Lines:101 Added:02/29/2016

WILKES-BARRE - It's not a soft spot in their heart that has city officials pushing to decriminalize a minor drug offense, but rather a soft spot in their wallet.

Mayor Tony George and his administration aim to reduce possession of drug paraphernalia from a misdemeanor criminal offense to a summary offense so the city could boost its coffers with the money collected through city-issued citations.

City council at its regular meeting Thursday unanimously approved the first of two readings of the motion to amend Wilkes-Barre's ordinance. The maximum penalty for a summary conviction is a $300 fine. Defaulting on the payment could land an offender in Luzerne County Correctional Facility for up to 90 days.

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173US TX: No Grass At Cannabis Conference, But AttendeesSun, 28 Feb 2016
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Ramirez, Marc Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:02/29/2016

Legalization's Coming, They Say, and So Are the Potential Opportunities

FORT WORTH - There was a day when you'd have been considered under the influence to think that Texas might ever legalize marijuana. Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor "the 'Green rush' is going to happen," said San Antonio lawyer Daniel Mehler, who stood out in a pot-leaf-patterned suit at the cannabis expo in Fort Worth.

But this weekend, an event dedicated to that very notion drifted into the Fort Worth Convention Center.

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174 US VT: Police: Child's Farm Tale Turns Out To Be PotThu, 25 Feb 2016
Source:Times Argus (Barre, VT)          Area:Vermont Lines:59 Added:02/26/2016

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A second-grader's tales of how he was helping a "farmer" grow "special medicine" plants led to the bust of a large indoor marijuana growing operation in Windsor last week.

Steven Mann, 54, pleaded innocent Monday in White River Junction criminal court to a felony count of cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants. He was released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond.

Windsor Police Det. Jennifer Frank wrote in an affidavit that Mann's girlfriend's 8-year-old son told school officials and Frank about Mann's "green thumb" and how he got to help him grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all."

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175 US NY: Editorial: The Supreme Court And Police SearchesTue, 23 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:New York Lines:67 Added:02/23/2016

Should incriminating evidence be used against a defendant if it was discovered in the course of an illegal police stop?

That was the question before the Supreme Court on Monday, the first day of oral arguments since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The court has been weakening the Fourth Amendment's defense against illegal searches for years. Monday's case gives the justices an opportunity to restore some of its power.

The case, Utah v. Strieff, started in 2006, when the Salt Lake City police got an anonymous tip reporting drug activity at a house. An officer monitored the house for several days and became suspicious at the number of people he saw entering and leaving. When one of those people, Edward Strieff, left to walk to a nearby convenience store, the officer stopped him and asked for his identification.

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176 US ND: Editorial: Legalization of Marijuana Likely to BeMon, 22 Feb 2016
Source:Bismarck Tribune (ND)          Area:North Dakota Lines:70 Added:02/22/2016

It looks more and more likely there will be at least one ballot measure this fall regarding the legalizing of marijuana use in North Dakota.

There are two groups looking to have initiated measures related to marijuana use on the November ballot. One group is gathering signatures to allow medical marijuana use only and a second group gathering signatures wishes to allow legal use of marijuana by anyone over the age of 21. If signatures are gathered and it is passed by voters into law it also would allow adults 21 and older to grow marijuana and possess paraphernalia and would cap the sales tax.

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177 US HI: Editorial: Stop Confusing Ground Rules for PotMon, 22 Feb 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Hawaii Lines:80 Added:02/22/2016

As Hawaii gets close to opening its first medical marijuana dispensaries - some 16 years after medical cannabis was legalized - one might expect that the major issues have been worked out.

Not so. Even as the state Department of Health labors under a fast-approaching April 15 deadline to approve eight applications for dispensary permits, the Legislature is busy, too - trying to change the rules under which the Health Department is working.

It's the legislative equivalent of trying to change the tires on a car while it's speeding down the freeway - in other words, a bad idea.

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178 US HI: Weeding Through Pot BillsThu, 18 Feb 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:89 Added:02/18/2016

Lawmakers Are Considering Loosening Dispensary Rules and Allowing Greenhouses

Advanced practice registered nurses, who already prescribe prescription drugs, could start certifying patients for medical marijuana under a bill passed out of committee Wednesday.

House Bill 2707, one of roughly 60 bills related to medical marijuana, also permits pot samples to be transported interisland for testing and eliminates penalties for patients who use paraphernalia, such as pipes and vape pens, to take their medicine. Friday is an internal deadline to move bills to the next committee to keep them alive.

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179 US ND: Marijuana Measure Sponsors Must Resubmit Petition AfterFri, 12 Feb 2016
Source:Grand Forks Herald (ND) Author:Nowatzki, Mike Area:North Dakota Lines:120 Added:02/13/2016

BISMARCK - Backers of a proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota made an error in their petition submitted Wednesday, and the state's chief law enforcement officer said their proposal to legalize pot-related synthetic drugs also is a big mistake.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and the head of the state Board of Pharmacy expressed concern Thursday that, in addition to legalizing natural marijuana, the measure would delete synthetic cannabinoids from the list of Schedule 1 drugs after several years of efforts to outlaw the substances.

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180 US CA: Column: Tommy Chong's Last LaughThu, 11 Feb 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:118 Added:02/11/2016

It was in a low-rent town in flyover country, playing a gig in front of a crowd of squares and straights in the Ronald Reagan '80s - the dark days of Just Say No, compulsory D.A.R.E. classes for children, and the crack-cocaine epidemic, all the things that led to our country's current drug-fueled incarceration crisis - when Tommy Chong really blew his audience's minds.

Chong and his partner Cheech Marin had been plying their brand of stoner humor for almost two decades, their comedy LPs and films on the Hi-Fis and Betamaxes of cannabis users around the world. (And the pair would separate soon after, when Marin tried to make a break from the THC-fueled typecast and go for a straight-laced acting career.) But on this night and in this town - some nameless "right-wing Christian" place Chong cannot recall - the still-bearded longhairs were not playing to their audience. Still, the crewcuts paid to see these freaks, leftovers from the '60s, in action. And they were curious.

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