The campaign to legalize marijuana for recreational use submitted
258,582 signatures to secretary-of-state officials Thursday in an
effort to qualify for Arizona's November ballot.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needs 150,642 valid
signatures from registered voters to qualify, and they have likely
submitted enough signatures to account for any that may be thrown
out. The measure almost certainly will make the ballot, and the
proposal is pitting powerful business and social interests against
legalization supporters, including medical-marijuana dispensaries and
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Levels of Impairment Not Defined
PHOENIX - The campaign to allow recreational use of marijuana is on
amid questions of whether the measure would allow people to legally
drive while under the influence of the drug.
Supporters on Thursday submitted what they said were petitions with
258,582 signatures seeking to change the law. That is more than
100,000 more than the secretary of state's office needs to declare
valid to put the issue on the November ballot.
But amid the nearly 10,000-word proposal is language saying that
individuals cannot be penalized solely because they test positive for
not just marijuana metabolites that are left over weeks after using
the drug, but the actual "components of marijuana." And that would
include tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC), the psychoactive element of the drug.
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The District's 'State' Fair Can Celebrate Marijuana, the Leading
It's difficult to hold a state fair when the District of Columbia is
not even a state and is unlikely to become one, but a fair is always
fun, with displays of pigs and cows and the bounty of the field,
usually with a Ferris wheel and a midway offering unlikely freaks and
games where the customer is never always right.
The District's "State" Fair, to be held Aug. 28, a Sunday, at Storey
Park on First Street NE, won't have a lot of agricultural exhibits
because truth to tell there are not many amber waves of grain on a
fruited plain between the Anacostia and the Potomac Rivers. But what
the District does have, more or less, is something 46 states don't
have. Marijuana is to the District what rice is to Arkansas, corn to
Nebraska, wheat to North Dakota, cotton and catfish to Mississippi
and blackberries to Oregon.
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MEC Nomsa Mtsweni Joins March Against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
YOUNG people throughout the province have been urged to distance
themselves from drugs as well as other illicit practices and become
focused on education to achieve a better future.
The appeal was made by social development MEC Nomsa Mtsweni when she
led the provincial government's participation in the international
Day against Substance Abuse in Kwaggafontein this week.
The significance of the event was also to promote activities
performed by local anti-drug action committees.
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The clear conclusion of The News' ongoing reporting and opinion on
the opiate crisis is there is no single solution.
One proven approach to reducing deaths has been missing from the
discussion. Studies have shown that in states with effective medical
marijuana programs including chronic pain as a qualifying condition,
opioid deaths are 25 percent to one-third less than those, like New
Cannabis is not a treatment for opioid addiction, but a proven
treatment for many pain conditions. Many patients are able to reduce
or cease use of addictive and potentially fatal drugs, including
opioids, anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications, most commonly
prescribed for pain.
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Mayor John Tory has a message for people looking to cash in on
Canada's move to legalize weed - "hold their horses."
Tory was reacting Thursday to the creation of a federal task force to
blaze the trail towards marijuana legalization. But the feds also
signaled that the current laws regarding recreational weed use,
possession and sales remain intact and will be enforced.
Tory said that statement also goes for Toronto, where police and
licensing staff have raided the growing number of pot dispensaries
sprouting up across the city since the Liberal government signaled it
would pursue changes to the law.
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There's still plenty up in the air when it comes to dispensing medical
marijuana, a Saskatchewan pharmacist told colleagues gathered in
Calgary Sunday for their annual conference.
Amy Wiebe, pharmacy manager at the Saskatoon City Hospital, said she
held biases about medical pot in the past.
"There's so much stigma attached to it, and I had a pretty big bias
against it," Wiebe said. "But the more I learned, the more I was like,
'OK maybe there is something to this.' "
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EDITOR: The public relations and health departments of the county
would like us to believe that the needle exchange program is in the
best interests of all concerned. If this is an exchange program, why
are there used needles all over the area, especially in industrial
parks where the homeless tend to congregate?
It's because it isn't a true exchange program that requires any
degree of responsibility on the part of the user. And because there
are no controls in place, the health and well-being of the general
public is at risk.
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With California poised to vote on marijuana legalization in November,
some may be asking, "What effect would it have on our youths?"
If Colorado is any measure, youth use may not rise. The Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment surveyed teens about
marijuana habits and found that marijuana use has decreased 5
percentage points since 2009. Then, 43 percent said they had used
marijuana, while now that number is at 38 percent.
Colorado's voters legalized marijuana for adults with a ballot measure in 2012.
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Organizers of a referendum campaign to legalize recreational
marijuana in Massachusetts accused Walpole's police chief on Thursday
of veering into political advocacy by speaking at a campaign event
organized by opponents of the November ballot measure.
Chief John Carmichael, who has been an outspoken advocate about the
dangers of substance abuse, participated in the June 23 event in
Framingham to detail what he said were public safety concerns about
the dangers of edible products derived from marijuana.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol said it filed a
complaint to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance
arguing that Carmichael should not have come to the event in uniform
during work hours, and should not have used his departmental car to get there.
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Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano re-filed yesterday his pet measure seeking
to legalize the medical use of marijuana in the country. He said his
proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act will benefit
thousands of patients in the country suffering from serious illnesses.
"Its objective is for patients to have access to safe, affordable,
available medical cannabis prescribed by a registered physician.
Recent scientific studies show that cannabis is effective in the
prevention, treatment and management of specified symptoms, illnesses
and diseases," he said.
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So Gov. Brian Sandoval, the former attorney general and federal
judge, has come out squarely against the legalization of recreational
marijuana in Nevada.
The governor told the Las Vegas Sun that, while he's personally never
used the drug, he's concerned about the impact legalization would
have on young people.
For the record, the November initiative known as Question 2 would
allow only people age 21 and older to possess one ounce of marijuana
for personal use.
Like the governor, I've never used marijuana, so my thoughts on the
subject are purely academic. And my primary concerns about Question 2
are less about the drug itself, and more about the mechanics of legalization.
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