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1US AZ: Pot-Legalization Measure Likely to Qualify for BallotFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2016

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 marijuana users.

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2 US AZ: Legal Pot Campaign Facing QuestionsFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Sun, The (Yuma, AZ) Author:Fischer, Howard Area:Arizona Lines:105 Added:07/01/2016

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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3 US DC: Editorial: No Blue Ribbons For PotFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:75 Added:07/01/2016

The District's 'State' Fair Can Celebrate Marijuana, the Leading Agricultural Crop

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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4 South Africa: R61.3m For Drug CampaignFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:New Age, The (South Africa) Author:Nyaka, France Area:South Africa Lines:60 Added:07/01/2016

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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5 US NY: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Program Would Help EaseWed, 29 Jun 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Leaver, Jamie Area:New York Lines:42 Added:07/01/2016

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 York, without.

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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6 CN ON: Mayor Tory To Tokers: Just ChillFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:07/01/2016

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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7 CN AB: Caution Urged On Medical MarijuanaMon, 27 Jun 2016
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Farooqui, Salmaan Area:Alberta Lines:54 Added:07/01/2016

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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8 US CA: LTE: Needle Exchange IssuesFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Quinn, John R. Area:California Lines:35 Added:07/01/2016

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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9US CO: Legalizing Pot In Colo. Didn't Increase Teen UseFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Wheaton, Daniel Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2016

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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10 US MA: Marijuana Legalization Group Targets Walpole ChiefFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Rosen, Andy Area:Massachusetts Lines:75 Added:07/01/2016

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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11 Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed AnewFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Manila Bulletin (The Philippines) Author:Luci, Charissa M. Area:Philippines Lines:35 Added:07/01/2016

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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12US NV: Column: Asking The Right Question On MarijuanaFri, 01 Jul 2016
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Sebelius, Steve Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2016

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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