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US CA: Column: The Year In Weed

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?

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Canada: Former Top Public Servant Smokes Out Local Opportunity

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 23 Apr 2015 - A former senior manager at Health Canada's Medical Marijuana Program has been named CEO of a private medical marijuana education centre opening two Ottawa locations in the coming months. Gulwant Bajwawas announced as the new CEO for National Access Cannabis (NAC), a private company helping clients obtain medical marijuana legally on Wednesday.

CN BC: Legal Hurdles Push Pot Patients To Black Market, Study Says

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Apr 2015 - Many medical marijuana patients in Canada are struggling to buy pot under current laws and are turning to the black market, a University of British Columbia study has found. About one-third of 450 patients reported in a national survey that they could not access marijuana legally under federal rules, said PhD student Rielle Capler.

CN BC: Ex-Olympian Rebagliati Calls For Marijuana Legalization

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 22 Apr 2015 - VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis. "I just wake up feeling great, looking forward to my workout. And it takes care of any aches and pains from the days before," he said Tuesday, before adding the medical-grade marijuana extract doesn't make him high.

CN BC: Olympic Star Rebagliati Calls For Pot To Be An Issue In Election

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 21 Apr 2015 - VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis. "I just wake up feeling great, looking forward to my workout. And it takes care of any aches and pains from the days before," he said Tuesday, before adding the medical-grade marijuana extract doesn't make him high.

US: Supreme Court Curbs Drug-sniffing Dogs During Traffic Stops

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 2015 - Justices continue on path of strengthening constitutional protections against `unreasonable search and seizure' WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday police can't prolong a routine traffic stop to allow a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle unless they have a reasonable suspicion of uncovering contraband.

US: DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Step Down

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 2015 - Resignation comes amid disagreements with Obama administration on drug and criminal-justice policy The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has decided to resign amid mounting disagreements with the Obama administration on drug and criminal-justice policy, and intense criticism of her handling of a sex-party scandal involving DEA agents.

CN BC: Rebagliati Says Pot Hot This Election

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 22 Apr 2015 - Olympic medallist who champions medical marijuana says politicians must address issue VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis.

US AZ: Legal Theft Part I

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 23 Apr 2015 - Owner of 420 House files a lawsuit against TPD claiming illegal forfeitur e On a May evening about two years ago, Ron Johnson claims he woke up to someone banging at his front door. He dragged himself out of bed and opened up. Before he could even ask what was going on, a Tucson Police officer handcuffed and shoved him in the back of a patrol car for the next six hours.

US MI: Column: Why African-Americans Are Largely Absent From

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 22 Apr 2015 - When I was at the breakfast for Tommy Chong a couple of weeks ago, I talked with another African- American at the event. Actually, he was the only brother at this gathering of activists and dispensary owners aside from me. As we spoke, I noted that brothers are few and far between when it comes to marijuana activism. His comment was: "And you know why."

US NJ: Column: Sign Of The Times

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 23 Apr 2015 - I have a dilemma: Good Troopers In these times of altercations recorded on cell phone cameras and Internet hashtag campaigns against police abuse, I have a different dilemma: I can't commend the good officers for fear of getting them in trouble. I'm now being treated very well by New Jersey police - and I can't really write about it because I don't want to screw them up. I want good cops to prosper and weed out (pun intended) the bad ones.

US CO: Column: Cannabis Cup Encapsulates the Marijuana Culture

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 23 Apr 2015 - There was plenty of weed at the Cannabis Cup celebration last weekend in Denver. Billed as the biggest marijuana party in the world, the Cup is a three-day psychedelic mash-up of counter culture, high technology and entrepreneurship, equal parts Woodstock, SXSW, Comic-Con and Gold Rush. After the state Marijuana Enforcement Division announced a couple days before the event that businesses with Colorado licenses wouldn't be allowed to offer free samples, I wondered what the effect might be on the party, since freebies are at least part of the reason more than 40,000 people, many from out of state, are willing to pay $40 a day for tickets and wait for more than an hour just to get in the place.

US CA: Column: Party On

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Apr 2015 - This is lame," murmured one of Arcata's few hardcore stoners around 4:23 p.m. A couple of young men had stepped off the concrete slab at Redwood Park, the small piece of public property that the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights had wrested from the control of a zealous city staff over the course of the last few months (see "Save the Date," April 2). Around 100 people mingled at the park on the chilly, foggy afternoon. A disparate cross-section of Arcata: sporty young male stoners, restless and edgy traveler types, college professors, attorneys and media - lots of media. But bloggers, students and professional reporters weren't the only ones collecting images. Organizers reported that eager police officers - around 10 of them at one point - - avidly recorded HumRights' gathering. By 4 p.m., much of the weed-enthusiast crowd had dissipated into the Community Forest. Most of the cops disappeared, too. A couple of them could be seen approaching groups, chatting briefly and returning to their arms-crossed outposts.

US CO: Column: Which Kind Of Vape Pen Is Best?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 23 Apr 2015 - Dear Stoner: I'm curious about buying a vape pen and wondering what brand or type you recommend and which is the most popular. Tokin' Tom Dear Tom: It depends on how you plan to use your vape pen. Are you a flower guy? Do you want to smoke oils? If so, do you want to load them yourself, or do you want something more "plug and play"? Some like the ease and function of the pre-loaded vape pens and refills like O. pen, while others want to load oils and waxes into the pens themselves. Others just want to be able to vape buds. The O.pen Vape-style pens are great for stealth usage, as the vapor exhaled doesn't have much of a smell, and the cartridges look like the ones that tobacco users puff on. They're also relatively cheap ($15 for the pen and around $30 for a cartridge), but they aren't favored by connoisseurs because they tend to be made with lower-quality oils that don't have much flavor. O.pen will be releasing a new line of cartridges soon that it says have a much greater flavor profile, thanks to new extraction methods that preserve the flavor-containing oils and terpenes.

US CA: Column: No Ma

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 23 Apr 2015 - NO MA Want to escape the booming neighborhoods of San Francisco? Head west, where the rows of single-family Mediterranean-style or boxy Doelger homes that make up the Sunset District are virtually unchanged since their construction in the mid-20th century, giving the avenues a timeless feel. There are no towering construction cranes putting up condos, and 21st-century conveniences fail you: My Sidecar ride request to be taken to the Sunset was rejected three times before I settled in for a $40 cab ride.

US CA: Column: Time To Reschedule

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 23 Apr 2015 - Last year we scored a historic victory that bans the Department of Justice from undermining state medical marijuana laws for one year. But the department recently declared that it will ignore the Congressional mandate and continue prosecuting people for medical marijuana. Do you think medical marijuana will never be safe unless we change federal law permanently? Is the CARERS Act the big chance to do it? - -Lickity Split

CN ON: Arrest Irks Pot Advocates

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00
London Free Press, 21 Apr 2015 - London police get tongue lashing for enforcing law Activists jeered police officers as they arrested a man at a pro-marijuana demonstration Monday in Victoria Park. Around 75 people gathered at the park for the annual 420 rally, an international day celebrating cannabis culture and advocating for the drug to be legalized.

CN BC: Editorial: Pot Gains Support On The Right

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 21 Apr 2015 - Marijuana legalization isn't just an idea for potheads, dreamers and old hippies anymore. Respectable people are jumping on the legalization bandwagon, too, with the latest group creating waves in the nation's capital last week.

CN ON: Demonstrators Hope Softened Stance On Marijuana Leads To Legalization

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 21 Apr 2015 - KITCHENER - It's getting harder to justify any law criminalizing marijuana use given successful legalization efforts in certain U.S. states and private medical growers operating in Canada, demonstrators at a Kitchener 4/20 demonstration said Monday. "It should be like any other healthcare product," organizer Jeff Morrison said. "Most people agree now that we do need steps (to legalize marijuana)."