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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.

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CN ON: London 4-20 Party A Buzz Kill

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Apr 2014 - Victoria Park: Councillor Defends Heavy Police Presence At Gathering On Parliament Hill in Ottawa Sunday, news reports described a crowd of about 2,000 people throwing Frisbees, listening to music and smoking pot.

US CO: Lawmakers Set Limits On Pot Edibles Possession

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 22 Apr 2014 - Tighter Rules Come on the Heels of Two Deaths DENVER - The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths.

US MI: Mich. Lawmakers Weigh Saliva Tests For Marijuana

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 22 Apr 2014 - Under a bill proposed in Lansing, Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test that aims to tell police whether a driver is impaired due to consuming pot. Saliva testing is being pushed by a bipartisan group of Michigan legislators and championed by the Michigan State Police. But researchers who've studied the test method said results are inconsistent and especially misleading when applied to regular users of cannabis, such as the more than 100,000 Michiganders who are allowed to use medical marijuana.

US: New Drug Sentencing Guidelines To Free Many From Prison

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 22 Apr 2014 - Clemencies Gain Bipartisan Support In a move that could result in the prison release of hundreds or thousands of low-level drug offenders, the Justice Department said Monday that it will advise President Obama to widen his guidelines for granting clemency.

US OH: OPED: Legalizers Ignore Pot's Dangers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 22 Apr 2014 - Marijuana has now been legalized or decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, with Maryland joining the list just last week. What's unhealthy about this trend is that it coincides with a declining awareness of marijuana's dangers - especially among young people. Fewer than 40 percent of high-school seniors think marijuana use poses a great risk, down from 55 percent in 2003. Cigarettes are dangerous, more and more adolescents have come to realize, but they don't believe marijuana is. (In fact, they're both unhealthy.)

US: Clemency Push Is On For Drug Offenders

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Apr 2014 - Justice Dept. Expects Thousands of Cases Administration Effort Aimed at Nonviolent Prisoners The Obama administration is beginning an aggressive new effort to foster equity in criminal sentencing by considering clemency requests from as many as thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug offenses, officials said Monday.

UK: A Watched Pot: Police Patrols at Pro-Cannabis 'Celebration'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 21 Apr 2014 - Five Men Are Reported but No Disorder at Controversial Glasgow Rally Taxpayers' money is being wasted enforcing the illegality of something that's better than alcohol or tobacco. I want to see it legalised in my lifetime

New Zealand: Legalise The Real Stuff Call By Foley

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Timaru Herald, 21 Apr 2014 - A former manager of the Community Probation Service in Timaru believes cannabis should be legalised and synthetic cannabis should be criminalised. Kevin Foley said the legal highs being sold seemed to be inconsistent substances and people never knew exactly what they were going to be putting into their bodies.

US NY: Medical Pot Support Grows

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - ROSENDALE - Jen Pinto was in the prime of her life. She had a good job, a nice home and a positive outlook on her future. What happened to her at age 40 would change all that and severely diminish her quality of life.

US NY: Getting Care In Colorado

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - Kingston Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder Undergoes Medical Marijuana Treatment KINGSTON - There's a dramatic change in 11-month-old Mabel Grace Tangney Decker, and her mother likes what she's seeing.

US: Pastors Reach Out On 4/20, Pot Holy Day

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 19 Apr 2014 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a "higher" power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using the unfortunate coincidence to make much bigger points.

US IL: Gun Id Cards To Remain Open To Medical Pot Users

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 17 Apr 2014 - A proposed rule that would have barred medical marijuana patients from obtaining Firearm Owner's Identification cards has been nixed, The Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Illinois officials had posted preliminary rules for the implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program that barred medical marijuana users or their caregivers from obtaining a FOID card if they were part of the pilot program.

Australia: Safe-Drug Notion Goes to Pot: Cannabis 'Damages Brain'

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Apr 2014 - Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found. It is far from being a "safe" drug and no one under the age of 30 should ever use it, experts said. People who had only used it once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation and addiction.

US AZ: Column: Maryland And More

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 17 Apr 2014 - Somehow Still Clutching to Life, Possibly Due to the Evil Intervention of Dick Cheney, Mr. Smith Provides a News Update Editor's Note: Mr. Smith has gone from blinking to finger tapping, although he remains in the nether region of semi-function. Although he can now move two fingers on his right hand, he is still unable to breathe or eat on his own. Dick Cheney remains at his side, watching the numerous medical monitors for signs of significant deterioration or improvement. So far, Mr. Smith is still teetering.

US CA: Column: E-Cannabis

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 17 Apr 2014 - I recently quit smoking tobacco in favor of e-cigs. I also rediscovered my love for weed. I have purchased the e-cig cartridges filled with hash oil from the dispensaries. I am wondering if there is a way to safely thin hash oil for use in a standard e-cig cartridge. - -Mark

US CO: Column: Drug-endangered Child Bill Goes Way Too Far

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 17 Apr 2014 - The Colorado legislature is wrestling with several cannabis-related issues this session. Testimony was expected this week on Rep. Jonathan Singer's House Bill 1364, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions for the purposes of the use of medical marijuana. Another bill sponsored by Sen. Frank McNulty that would establish equivalency between plant and concentrate cannabis moved out of committee, and another that would set limits for concentrated forms of hash oil and increase a ban on certain edibles that look like other foods or candies is expected to face debate.

US CO: Colorado Deaths Fire Up Debate Over Pot Edibles

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 19 Apr 2014 - Candy or Cookies May Have High Doses of Marijuana's Active Ingredient. DENVER (AP) - A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

US CO: Deaths Stoke Worries About Pot Edibles

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:00
The Times-Tribune, 19 Apr 2014 - DENVER (AP) - A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marij uana-l aced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.