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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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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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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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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In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of
the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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(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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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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Legalizing cannabis could reduce sentences and clear criminal records
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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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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