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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 DC: Column: D.C., The Country's Capital For Pot-smokers

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 01 Mar 2015 - The mind-altering-substance market got a little more crowded in Washington this past week when the District joined three states in allowing residents to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. And despite the objections of some congressional Republicans, initially led by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.), who's quite keen to tell D.C. voters that he knows better than they do, the District is actually the best place in America for marijuana aficionados - in part because of Harris's efforts to block the will of the voters.

US MD: Hogan Wades Into Md.'s Ongoing Heroin Battle

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - Governor Creates Panels to Focus More on Prevention and Treatment of Addiction "We're not just reacting to the sudden surge of overdoses and overdoses deaths. We're taking a holistic approach." With the creation of two panels devoted to combating heroin use, Gov. Larry Hogan has waded into a worsening crisis - one that has defied solutions for decades.

US MD: OPED: A Viable Alternative To Drug Arrests

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - In Baltimore City, approximately 20,000 people were arrested for drug-related offenses annually in 2012 and 2013; nearly three quarters for simple possession. And while there has been a great deal of discussion over the last few years regarding the incarceration of individuals for drug crimes, particularly in minority communities, the fact is that most drug cases in Baltimore do not result in confinement, except for those unfortunate enough not to have the funds to post bail while awaiting trial. Instead, defendants' cases are either dismissed for various reasons or defendants are placed on some form of post-conviction supervision. Notably, the re-arrest rate for many of these individuals is high.

US FL: For Florida Pot Smoker, Feds Are No Drag; They're His

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - BOCA RATON, Fla. - Even in this city full of absent-minded drivers, it's a wonder Irvin Rosenfeld doesn't stand out as a menace. The interior of his Toyota 4-Runner reeks of marijuana. A canister stuffed with hundreds of joints lies in the trunk, and a bag full of them is in the door pocket. On a recent weekday, the 62year-old stopped at a red light and took a drag so deep his exhale filled the cabin with smoke. It was his fourth joint that day. It wasn't yet lunchtime.

US: Cellular Tracking Device Sparks Privacy Concerns

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 01 Mar 2015 - TALLAHASSEE - The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time marijuana dealer of $130 worth of pot using a BB gun. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison. But before trial, his defense team found investigators had used a secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy concerns. In an unprecedented move, a state judge ordered the police to show the device - a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a StingRay - to McKenzie's attorneys.

US WA: Tribes Discuss Legal Marijuana

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Spokesman-Review, 01 Mar 2015 - Representatives Attend Forum on Regulatory, Social Issues TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution if not silence or opposition from many tribes.

US: Decriminalization, Even Legalization Of Pot Spreads

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Commercial Appeal, 01 Mar 2015 - It officially became legal to consume and grow marijuana in Alaska on Tuesday. That means the state is the third to legalize the drug in as many years, but it is hardly the last. Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C., have also approved legalization, and advocates plan to take advantage of shifting public opinion to target other states this year and next.

CN MB: House Arrest for 'Freeman'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 27 Feb 2015 - A so-called "freeman" who claimed justice officials had no right to prosecute him for running a marijuana grow operation in his basement has been sentenced to 13 months house arrest. Scott David Peters, 45, argued he is not bound by Canadian law, but by a natural law "to do no harm."

CN NF: An Affront To The Court

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
The Western Star, 26 Feb 2015 - Supreme Court Justice Admonishes RCMP for Handling of Roadside Drug Bust Four months after being involved in a court decision that took note of how the police had violated a man's Charter rights during a drug bust, one of the officers breached the rights of two more men in a similar roadside investigation.

CN NS: Court OKs Patients' Class Action in Strip-Search Case

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 27 Feb 2015 - Mark Jason Murray claims being strip-searched when he was a psychiatric patient at East Coast Forensic Hospital was degrading and violated his charter rights. "It was very shocking, to say the least," said Murray, 40. "It was very traumatizing, and it was also very confusing and disorienting."

CN BC: Port Moody to Weigh Dispensary's Request

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
The Tri-Cities Now, 27 Feb 2015 - In the next few weeks, the group hoping to open the first medical marijuana dispensary in Port Moody will learn the fate of its plan. Representatives of CannaLifeMD were in front of council Tuesday formally requesting a bylaw amendment that would allow them to open what they call a "medical wellness centre" at 3131 St. Johns St.

US HI: Column: It Won't Be Easy to Reform Overly Harsh Penal

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 Feb 2015 - Last week the newly created Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan, transideological campaign to reform the criminal justice system, made a big splash by bringing together political adversaries such as Koch Industries and the Center for American Progress. Notably absent from celebrations of this strange-bedfellows alliance: any mention of actual policy changes the coalition plans to pursue.

US HI: Editorial: World Won't End If Pot Decriminalized

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 Feb 2015 - According to the national group NORML, 18 states have decriminalized marijuana, at a minimum. Typically, according to its website, that means "no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption" - essentially treating offenses like a minor traffic violation.

US WA: Marijuana Conference Draws Tribes From 25 States to

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 28 Feb 2015 - First Such Gathering Event Offered Debate and Education on Merits of Legalization Hundreds of tribal leaders, lawyers and marijuana-industry representatives gathered in Tulalip on Friday for the nation's first tribal marijuana conference, an event that served as much as a policy debate on the merits of legalization as it did an educational session.

US AK: Fairbanks North Star Borough Says Pot OK Outdoors on

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 27 Feb 2015 - FAIRBANKS - Borough residents may use marijuana anywhere on private property under an ordinance approved unanimously by the assembly Thursday. "I am strongly of the opinion that if you can drink a beer on your front lawn, you should be able to use cannabis on your front lawn," Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Christopher Quist said.

US DC: DC Leaders Legalize Pot Despite Threats From Congress

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 27 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m., despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took office in January, said it was her duty to implement the initiative city voters approved overwhelmingly in November.

US NJ: Column: The Butthurt Is High Over Being Snubbed by New

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 26 Feb 2015 - Late last Wednesday night I was asked if I was "going to the press conference tomorrow, aren't you part of the new coalition to legalize marijuana?" I said "no" because I didn't know what they were talking about, and I went on Facebook and was shocked to learn of this new group New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR). They held a Press Conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday 2/18. Based on the video I watched, this new group is advocating Legalization in the Garden State and uniting activists. Well, in my opinion they started off wrong in the UNITING department because apparently they deliberately excluded some long-time green-collar-type activists, the "radical contingent" of the marijuana movement and no victims groups or medical groups were invited. Actions speak louder than words.

US CO: Column: Is It Legal To Fly With Medical Pot?

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 08:00
Westword, 26 Feb 2015 - Dear Stoner: Is it legal to fly from Denver to another medical state with medicine on you? Longmont Larry Dear Larry: I've addressed this question before, but it still gets asked at least once a month, so the answer is worth repeating.