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US MI: 2 Medical Marijuana Bills Stall In Michigan Senate

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Detroit Free Press, 03 Feb 2015 - LANSING -- Supporters of medical marijuana were thrilled last year when two bills making it easier for people to buy a variety of medicinal cannabis -- including edibles -- passed the House of Representative with large bipartisan majorities. But those cheers may turn to frustration as the two bills have stalled in the state Senate with no visible sign that they'll move anytime soon.

US: Editorial: Pee in This Cup, Doc

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
Scientific American, 01 Nov 2014 - Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians Enough Physicians Have Substance Abuse Problems to Make Random Drug Testing a Needed Part of Medical Practice We hold our physicians to high standards because they make life-or-death decisions. Yet when it comes to drug addiction, their behavior can be disturbing. Their overall rates of substance abuse are roughly on par with the rest of the population, at about 10 percent. For prescription drugs, abuse rates for doctors in several specialties are estimated to be even higher--not surprising given their access to addictive medications.

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US FL: Voters To Decide Fate Of Medical Marijuana

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
News Herald, 19 Oct 2014 - PANAMA CITY - With Florida voters slated to weigh in on a measure to legalize medical cannabis in the coming weeks, campaign interest groups are launching last-ditch efforts to sell marijuana as either a dangerous drug or medical miracle. Officially titled the "Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative," Amendment 2 would fully legalize medical marijuana in the state, providing a much broader scope than the Legislature's Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which legalized a noneuphoric strain of medical marijuana for specific patients earlier this year.

US FL: City Of Sarasota Looks At Pot Operation Moratorium

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 19 Oct 2014 - SARASOTA - Sarasota County and the City of North Port are scurrying to get marijuana ordinances on their books before the Nov. 4 election, part of a growing number of local governments in Florida that are advancing rules ahead of the statewide vote on legalizing medical marijuana. The City of Sarasota, meanwhile, is considering a yearlong moratorium on any marijuana endeavors ahead of the vote on Amendment 2.

Canada: NDP To Unveil Policy On Pot

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Oct 2014 - Party may be consider legalization OTTAWA - Decriminalize it, study it and then maybe legalize it, the NDP says of marijuana. That's the party's policy, which it will make official this week. An NDP government would decriminalize the drug immediately and study the health and societal side-effects, QMI Agency has learned.

US CA: Column: All The Trimmings

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 23 Oct 2014 - How much money can you make harvesting marijuana during this time of year? My friend says there's work for me up north but I wanted to know what you think. - -Mike Grant-Labor Yes. You can make good money. But the money is not particularly easy to get. It requires long hours and hard work, like being on an Alaskan fishing boat, except you probably won't be thrown overboard or washed out to sea.

CN BC: Family Of Summerland Girl With Seizure Disorder Gets Lift

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 18 Oct 2014 - The producer of a documentary about marijuana laws has shared the proceeds from the film's Kelowna premiere with families struggling to pay for medical cannabis. Adam Scorgie presented Kyla Williams, her mother Courtney Williams and grandfather Chris Nuessler with a cheque for $3,500 from the proceeds of the premiere of The Culture High.

Canada: NDP, Grits: Pot Report Biased, Flawed

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
The Expositor, 22 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA- The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology. The health committee's report, called "Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana," recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada as well as raise awareness to the drug's harmful effects.

US CO: Column: High Anxiety: The State of a Highly Regulated Industry

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 23 Oct 2014 - Working in the weed industry sounds awesome, in theory. Maybe you could be the next marijuana millionaire. Or at least get lots of free samples. But cannabis professionals say their days are consumed by endless data-entry, software malfunctions and anxiety. "This industry has been regulated into absurdity," says Read Spear, author of Marijuana Cultivation Reconsidered and consultant to cannabis entrepreneurs. "It's like you're handling nuclear material."

US NY: Despite De Blasio's Promise, Marijuana Arrests Persist

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 22 Oct 2014 - With a summons for marijuana possession to settle, Anthony was waiting outside the courthouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, when the doors opened at 9 on Tuesday morning. That summons had frozen his life since a police officer handed it to him on a Saturday evening in August. He immediately lost a job that he had held for seven years as a school bus driver. It had already cost him close to $7,000 in lost wages.

US DC: Editorial: The Pot Rush

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Oct 2014 - With Marijuana Decriminalized in the District, Why Not Pause and Take Stock? MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District's referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush to put the city's imprimatur on use of a drug whose impacts are still not fully known. It is not too late for more prudent judgment to prevail; voters on Nov. 4 could slow the push for legalization by voting no on Initiative 71.

CN ON: Pot Smoking May Make Depression Worse in Youth

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Oct 2014 - HEALTH: Scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute find marijuana use increases abnormal brain activity While some think a marijuana joint is an antidote for depression, the opposite may be true, a study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute in London shows. Using an MRI that detects brain activity, scientists found that youth who both suffer from depression and use marijuana had more abnormal activity than those who face either of those separately. "Some people Elizabeth Osuch have suggested that marijuana may be an effective treatment for depression. Our results suggest that this conclusion is premature," said Elizabeth Osuch. "These findings suggest that depressed youth increase their risk of functional brain abnormalities through the use of marijuana and that more research into these effects is needed."

US FL: OPED: Florida Needs Medical Marijuana

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Florida Times-Union, 22 Oct 2014 - I've been married to John Morgan for 31 years. While I love him dearly, we are almost always on the opposite sides of political issues. As John says, whenever we vote, we cancel each other out.

Mexico: Mayor Linked to Deadly Attack on Students

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Connecticut Post, 23 Oct 2014 - MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state. The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in the city of Iguala came to a head Sept. 26 when the mayor ordered municipal police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang.

US WA: Everett Keeps Pot Business Restrictions

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 20 Oct 2014 - EVERETT - Marijuana businesses seeking to open in Everett will continue to operate under an interim ordinance that must be renewed every six months. The city council Wednesday unanimously approved the extension despite pleas from marijuana advocates and businesses to either drop or loosen the restrictions.

US CA: Pot's New Age

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct 2014 - In Laguna Woods, demand by retirees for legal access to marijuana reflects a growing voice in a national debate Inside Laguna Woods Village, retirees with stiff knees and failing eyesight make ready use of wellness centers and medical offices scattered throughout nearby strip malls.

US IL: Editorial: Fix Pot Law Conflicts So Industry Can Grow

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 21 Oct 2014 - Here's what's clear: A marijuana gold rush is coming to Illinois. Here's what's not so clear: How will fundamental conflicts between state and federal laws governing marijuana be resolved? Because until those conflicts are worked out, too much of this lucrative industry will be a cash business, ripe for fraud and organized crime, and nobody-consumers or suppliers-can feel completely safe from federal snooping and sanctions.

US IL: High Stakes

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 19 Oct 2014 - Medical marijuana entrepreneurs want to bring their businesses ( and plants) to an Illinois market that could be worth up to $ 1 billion a year DENVER- Outside the warehouse, even from the road, the smell is unmistakable.

Canada: Myths Trump Facts Among Young Pot Users

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Oct 2014 - Studies have found that adolescents have a big knowledge gap when it comes to the possible dangers of marijuana use Even though teens who smoke pot are at higher risk for cognitive problems, motor vehicle accidents and substance abuse, young Canadians see marijuana as a harmless herb.