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81 US CO: Column: Parents of MMJ Patients Celebrate Win in D49Wed, 18 May 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:118 Added:05/18/2016

Home groan

Clint and Rebecca Lockwood rushed to City Hall when they heard Colorado Springs City Council was about to limit home grows to 12 plants, but Council had already adopted the ordinance. So they went home worried sick about their son, Calvin, who's severely autistic and relies on homemade CBD oil to keep his aggression under control.

Without it, their home is hell. The Lockwoods say that, unmedicated, Calvin won't sleep, sweats, shakes, eats furniture, attacks his younger brother and bashes his head into the wall until he bleeds.

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82US CO: Pot's Latest Payoff: College TuitionWed, 18 May 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Hughes, Trevor Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/18/2016

Colorado pot smokers are helping send 25 students to college, the first scholarships in the U.S. funded with taxes on legal marijuana.

The awards offered by Pueblo County, in southern Colorado, are the latest windfall from legal Colorado marijuana sales that are also helping build schools and aid the homeless - and in one county, providing 8% raises to municipal workers.

Pueblo County is granting $1,000 each to the students; recipients will be announced later this month.

"It's incredible," said Beverly Duran, the executive director of the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, which is overseeing the scholarships. "Every year we get a nice pool of students ... but we can always only award to a small percentage. This for us expands that to extraordinary lengths."

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83US CO: District Will Allow Medical Pot In SchoolFri, 13 May 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Nicholson, Kieran Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/13/2016

A school district board in El Paso County approved Thursday a policy to allow therapeutic marijuana products at its schools.

The District 49 Board of Education, in Peyton, unanimously, in a five-to-zero vote, approved the "Compassionate Administration of Therapeutic Cannabinoid Products on District Property" policy, the district announced in a media release.

The policy, known as "Jaxs' policy," was approved as part of a regularly scheduled monthly meeting and is the first of its kind in the state, according to the district.

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84 US: Chasing Bigger High, Marijuana Users Turn to a YellowFri, 13 May 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Nir, Sarah Maslin Area:United States Lines:141 Added:05/13/2016

On a recent bright afternoon, two teenage boys in boat shoes and shorts strolled up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a crowd of passers-by. At 56th Street they paused as one pulled an electronic pipe out of his pocket and held it to his friend's lips. Inside was a potent and little-studied drug made from distilled marijuana; they were emboldened, they said, by the fact that the gooey wax hardly has a smell, and is so novel in New York that, even if discovered, parents, teachers or even the authorities hardly seem to know what it is.

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85 US CO: Column: A Hit and a Miss for Colorado MarijuanaThu, 12 May 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:93 Added:05/12/2016

In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met their fates.

In the first week of May, a proposal to certify organic marijuana at the state level was rejected in a Senate committee by a vote of 4-3, while Jack's Law, a bill requiring Colorado schools to accommodate the use of non-smokeable medical marijuana by students, passed both the House and Senate.

These bills are small, but significant pieces of legislation. They were necessitated by conflicts between state and federal laws concerning the rights of cannabis patients and consumers.

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86 US MA: Voters Evenly Split On Legal Marijuana, Poll ShowsSun, 08 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Levenson, Michael Area:Massachusetts Lines:170 Added:05/08/2016

Massachusetts voters are evenly divided over a proposed ballot question that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but they strongly support another proposed referendum that would allow more charter schools in the state, according to a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll.

Voters also overwhelmingly back legislation that would protect transgender people from discrimination in malls, restaurants, and other public accommodations - and allow people to use the public restroom that matches their gender identity.

Even more popular was a proposed "millionaires' tax" that would raise rates on residents with annual incomes of $1 million or more. It garnered runaway support in the poll.

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87 US CA: North Bay Needle Exchanges Fill Need, Lack MoneySun, 08 May 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Warren, Christi Area:California Lines:127 Added:05/08/2016

UKIAH - Mendocino County's needle exchange is reached off Highway 101 after winding through verdant hills and past multimillion-dollar wineries. It's a simple two-story bungalow with white lace curtains on a Ukiah street where, on a recent sunny afternoon, several drug addicts waited to exchange used syringes.

Operated as part of the Mendocino County AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Network, it collected and redistributed about 127,000 needles last year over the course of 6,259 visits, said Libby Guthrie, the network's executive director.

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88 US AK: Burnout: The Rise And Fall Of A Pot ClubMon, 02 May 2016
Source:Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AK) Author:Bohman, Amanda Area:Alaska Lines:167 Added:05/05/2016

FAIRBANKS - When Megan and Marcus Mooers started thinking about opening a private marijuana club, they knew they wanted the name to have the initials THC.

THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

"We kind of spitballed for names until we found one that worked," Megan Mooers said. "It had to be something clever, something we could brand."

They came up with The Higher Calling, opened their doors in November and attracted hundreds of members. But five months later, Fairbanks' first marijuana business closed because it lacked enough dues-paying members to continue. Now, under local law, marijuana clubs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are illegal.

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89US CO: Adams' Pot Taxes Fund EducationMon, 02 May 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Aguilar, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:05/02/2016

County Ran into City Pushback on Authority to Levy on a Single Product

Adams County's voter-sanctioned special tax on recreational marijuana sales, which went into effect last summer, was no easy thing.

Three cities - Northglenn, Aurora and Commerce City - sued the county, claiming that it didn't have the authority under state law to levy a tax on a single product. Coupled with their own municipal taxes on pot, they argued that an additional county levy would put retail pot stores in their jurisdictions at a competitive disadvantage to others.

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90US FL: Tampa's New Pot Law Has Schools Revisiting Rules forSun, 01 May 2016
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Dawson, Anastasia Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:05/01/2016

It's Relevant to Student Discipline, Employment Policy

TAMPA - City officials toiled over the details for months before adopting a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

It's been a month since the regulation took effect, but one segment of the community is still wrestling with its reaction to changes that make possession no more serious than a traffic ticket in the eyes of the law: Hillsborough County schools.

Students likely still will be punished for possession - Hillsborough County schools are drugfree for all students and employees - but decriminalization could change the way teachers and other employees are hired, school officials say. At least in Tampa. "The world is changing around us," school board Chairwoman April Griffin said. "We need to have a conversation about what it means if you've received a citation as opposed to being arrested."

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91US AK: OPED: Federal Drug Act Needs a Rewrite Based onFri, 29 Apr 2016
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Piper, Bill Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:04/29/2016

Congress and President Obama are under pressure to reschedule marijuana. While rescheduling makes sense, it doesn't solve the state/federal conflict over marijuana (de-scheduling would be better). But more important, it wouldn't fix the broken scheduling system. Ideally, marijuana reform should be part of a broader bill rewriting the Controlled Substances Act.

The Controlled Substances Act created a five-category scheduling system for most legal and illegal drugs (although alcohol and tobacco were notably omitted). Depending on what category a drug is in, the drug is either subject to varying degrees of regulation and control (Schedules II through V) -- or completely prohibited, otherwise unregulated and left to criminals to manufacture and distribute (Schedule I). The scheduling of various drugs was decided largely by Congress and absent a scientific process -- with some strange results.

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92US WI: OPED: The Missing Piece In State Response To HeroinThu, 28 Apr 2016
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Kraig, Robert Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:04/28/2016

In modern medicine, it is only common sense that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is well understood by patients and doctors alike that it is much more effective and cheaper to prevent a disease, or catch it in its early stages, than to treat it once it has become a serious health risk.

Although there is now an overwhelming expert consensus that drug and alcohol addiction are medical conditions, just like breast cancer or diabetes, our approach to prevention has not caught up to the medical science.

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93 US DC: For Shelling Out $55 on a Bottle of Juice, One CleverWed, 27 Apr 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Ramanathan, Lavanya Area:District of Columbia Lines:167 Added:04/27/2016

David Umeh's rented SUV yanked to a halt in front of the glass-and-steel facade of City-Center DC, glitzy home to Gucci and Dior and Hermes and the next customer of the marijuana revolution.

A young woman slid out the passenger side and strode up to a man still dressed in the sharp gray suit of a Washington nine-to fiver waiting outside the center's tony apartment building. He grinned as she handed him a bottle of apple juice with lemon and mint, for which he had shelled out upward of $55. "Fresh-pressed," she told him, sticking to the script that Umeh had taught her.

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94 US TX: OPED: Nixon's War on Drugs Built Today's RuinousMon, 25 Apr 2016
Source:Austin American-Statesman (TX) Author:Hermosura, Lorna Area:Texas Lines:101 Added:04/25/2016

As we prepare to vote for the next president of the United States, it is important for voters to carefully consider the character of the candidates. Why? Because although a presidential term only lasts for four years, a president's policies and legacy can cause devastation for decades.

Case in point: President Richard Nixon and the "War on Drugs."

Nixon's drug policies that began in the 1970s seeped into our nation's education policy 20 years later; today it funnels hundreds of thousands of youths from schools into prison.

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95 US VA: Opiate Deaths Kept Increasing In Va. In 2015Sun, 24 Apr 2016
Source:Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Author:Ramsey, John Area:Virginia Lines:240 Added:04/24/2016

Toll Tied to 40% Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Michael Carter felt a brief flash of relief before searing grief consumed him.

His son's life had ended, but so, too, had the nights spent wondering when police would show up at his Hanover County home to tell him Graham had fatally overdosed.

A year later, Carter is left with the pain, and a question: How many more sons and daughters will die as state and federal officials pledge progress on stemming the tide of epidemic heroin and prescription pill abuse?

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96 US: Thousands Puff For Legal Pot At 4/20 PartiesThu, 21 Apr 2016
Source:Citizens' Voice, The (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Author:Elias, Paul Area:United States Lines:133 Added:04/22/2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marlene Manning was glad to be back in her native California on Wednesday for an annual 4/20 celebration, where reggae music played loudly and the smell of weed pervaded.

The 50-year-old real estate agent just relocated from Florida, where "everything is against the law," she joked. She wasn't partaking, but she joined thousands of others at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park who were enjoying an annual marijuana-ingesting event to the fullest.

"It's freedom," said Manning, pushing a stroller with her 6-month-old granddaughter on the periphery of the gathering on "Hippie Hill." They passed by empty bocce ball courts and young adults wearing tie-dyed shirts. "This is so refreshing."

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97 US CA: Crowds Puff For Legal Pot On 4/20Thu, 21 Apr 2016
Source:Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)          Area:California Lines:40 Added:04/21/2016

(AP) - This year's celebrations throughout the U.S. come amid loosening of marijuana restrictions and increasing tolerance for the plant's use from Alaska to Massachusetts.

It could be the last unofficial pot holiday on which users have to call for legalization in California, with a pot initiative expected on the November ballot. The drug's use for medical purposes got approved in 1996.

Voters in Nevada, Arizona and Massachusetts also are expected to consider marijuana legalization measures. And the Vermont Legislature is discussing a proposal to legalize the possession of up to 1 ounce.

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98 US CA: Column: Marijuana's First MuseumThu, 21 Apr 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:113 Added:04/21/2016

The truest words at "Altered State," the Oakland Museum of California's new exhibit all about America's favorite illicit drug - and, according to the museum's curators, the first-ever cannabis-centric museum exhibit in America - greet visitors at the very beginning, well before they reach the four large healthy indica plants behind glass or hear Richard Nixon's diabolical mumble rumble through their ears.

"Californians can't seem to agree on cannabis."

Some might call this a prevarication, but it is nonetheless the strongest stance the exhibit takes.

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99 US CA: Column: Strong Social Justice MedicineWed, 20 Apr 2016
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:118 Added:04/20/2016

Legalizing cannabis could reduce sentences and clear criminal records for millions.

Here's something to toast to on the week of 4/20: Millions of Californians with an old pot crime conviction besmirching their records could see the scarlet letters vanish if voters legalize marijuana on November 8. And those in prison for cannabis offenses that are no longer considered crimes could petition for a reduced sentence.

"If we have victory here, it will set the new standard for what can be done," said Tamar Todd, director of legal affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, an international group helping to fund and direct the pot legalization effort in California.

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100 US CO: Youth Pot-Smoking Rate Steady Amid LegalizationTue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI)          Area:Colorado Lines:30 Added:04/20/2016

Colorado kids are not smoking more pot since the drug became legal - but their older siblings and parents certainly are, according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of the state's 2012 recreational-marijuana law.

The state released a report Monday detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control. Surveys given to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers indicate that youth marijuana use didn't rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote.

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