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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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US HI: Big Cuts In War On Drugs

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 29 Mar 2015 - BIG CUTS IN WAR ON DRUGS For Years, Huge Budgets and Plenty of Manpower Were the Norm - but Those Days Are Long Gone The Hawaii National Guard was a pioneer in the war on drugs, flying Huey helicopters in support of a big law enforcement roundup of marijuana plants in a 1977 Hawaii island operation called Green Harvest.

US NM: OPED: Measure Will Stop 'Policing For Profit'

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Mar 2015 - HB 560 Targets Abuse but Is Still Tough on Crime and Takes the Profits Out of Serious Crime For those New Mexicans who believe in bipartisan government, reaching across the aisle and the political spectrum - there is good news. The New Mexico Legislature unanimously passed HB 560, without a single dissenting vote in either house.

US DC: OPED: A Groundless Demand On D.C.'s Pot Law

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Two days before Initiative 71 legalized possession of marijuana in the District, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, informed Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that her decision to proceed with implementation and enforcement would be a "willful violation of the law." A Feb. 24 letter from Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) contended that the language of a continuing resolution enacted by Congress in December barred the use of appropriated funds by the District to legalize marijuana, and they characterized the mayor's actions as a violation of that bar.

US DC: In Former Arrest Hubs, Positions On Pot Are Hazy

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt's stoop in Northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked joint.

US NJ: Column: NJ Weedman Has a Different View of Christie's

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 28 Mar 2015 - On Monday Gov. Chris Christie was in Ewing taping the Ask the Governor show on NJ 101.5, I was feeling all butt happy at the success of the great Spring Smoke-out held last Saturday at the Statehouse. I wanted to call-in and ask The Gov, why is it that 400 citizens could smoke marijuana at the statehouse without arrest yet 22,000 others were arrested last year on the streets of New Jersey, but the screeners wouldn't let me. So I thought tactically - I'll meet him outside the studio and use the Pa system on The Weed mobil to ask him my own uncensored question and video tape it. That plot was extremely successful and went semi-viral, being watched by over 5000 in less than 24 hours and several national news media outlets ran stories about our confrontation.

CN ON: Column: Driving While Stoned Is Simply A Dumb Idea

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 28 Mar 2015 - Relaxation of Marijuana Laws Pushes Forward Same Debate Society Had With Alcohol We Need Laws That Treat Marijuana Use While Driving Just As Severely As Alcohol, Writes Jim Kenzie. Without doubt, one of the greatest public health successes of the past forty years has been the reduction in traffic deaths.

CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.

CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.

CN SN: 'Tis the Season for Needle Discovery

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 27 Mar 2015 - Safe Handling Methods Crucial to Cleaning Up Across Prince Albert, the snow is disappearing and needles are appearing. It is an unfortunate reality of spring, but one that a number of local agencies are prepared to deal with.

US NM: Measure Would Kill 'Policing For Profit'

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 28 Mar 2015 - Law Enforcement Seeks Veto of Legislation Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture SANTA FE - Prompted by calls from across the political spectrum, New Mexico lawmakers took aim during this year's 60-day legislative session at civil asset forfeiture - decried by some as "policing for profit."

US CO: Colorado Defends Pot Law In High Court Filing

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 28 Mar 2015 - Neb., Okla. Suing Over Legalization DENVER (AP) - States are free to legalize marijuana, Colorado argued Friday in a filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neighboring states that have asked the nation's highest court to shut down Colorado's pot law.

US DC: Editorial: The Weed That Wasn't

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 28 Mar 2015 - In Zealously Punishing an 11-Year-Old, Officials Exhibit Clouded Judgment. THE NEWS is full of instances in which deficits in common sense produce bad outcomes. But rarely is the deficit so clear, or the outcome so wretched, as in the case of a sixth-grade boy in Bedford County, Va., who received a year-long suspension from school for possessing a single leaf of marijuana - which, on closer inspection, turned out not to be marijuana at all.

US: Colorado Defends Its Pot Laws Against Oklahoma, Nebraska

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 28 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - Colorado defended its marijuana laws on Friday against a legal attack from Oklahoma and Nebraska and argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that its sovereignty is being challenged by the two neighboring states. "Nebraska and Oklahoma filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selectively invalidate state laws with which they disagree," the Colorado attorney general's office said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court.

US: Washington, Colorado Defend Pot Law

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 28 Mar 2015 - The top law enforcement officials in Washington and Colorado are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from states that seek to strike down Colorado laws that legalize recreational marijuana use. Oklahoma and Nebraska filed their suit directly with the Supreme Court, arguing that Colorado's move to legalize marijuana conflicts with federal drug regulations.

US WA: Editorial: Update Marijuana Law

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 27 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON'S experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessment of Hayden Woodard, a state-licensed grower in Dallesport who hasn't given himself a paycheck in a year. It's not just him. A stream of state-licensed marijuana operators recently testified in Olympia about how overregulation and unequal competition from unregulated medical-marijuana dispensaries are jeopardizing Initiative 502, the landmark legalization measure passed in 2012.

US DC: Seeding District's Era Of Legal Pot

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 27 Mar 2015 - Hundreds Turn Out for Giveaway Intended to Promote Home Growing The District witnessed a massive, public drug deal Thursday - and for those involved, it was quite a bargain. With D.C. police officers looking on, hundreds of city residents lined up and then walked away from an Adams Morgan restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds.

US CA: Column: More Downs Than Ups

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 25 Mar 2015 - The Bay Area Medical Cannabis Industry Seems to Be Taking Two Steps Back for Every Step Forward Lately. Notes From Four of the Front Lines. Berkeley could add a fourth licensed brick-and-mortar dispensary by the end of the year, now that the March 20 deadline to apply for such a business license has passed. The city has three existing permitted dispensaries - Berkeley Patients Group, BPCC, and CBCB - a number that's been unchanged in a decade, said Charles Pappas, a member of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission.

US PA: OPED: Congress Should Act On Cannabis

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
The Reporter, 25 Mar 2015 - If you believe state Sen. Mike Folmer, some medical professionals are erring on the side of caution when it comes to medical marijuana. Twenty-three states already allow the medicinal use of cannabis, and, according to Folmer, there are doctors in Pennsylvania eager to prescribe it. The benefits are clear, the risks are low - and for some patients it's their last best chance for relief.