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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?

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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US CO: Column: National Group Lobbies for Pot, Pediatricians

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 28 Jan 2015 - New national voice The mainstreaming of marijuana continues with the creation of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (, a week-old organization that will both lobby Washington and host your next industry meet-and-greet, says Brenda Sandoval, the southern Colorado director of sales.

CN QU: Edu: Head & Hands Reinstates Street Work Program

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
The McGill Daily, 26 Jan 2015 - Youth Outreach Project Doubles Capacity With New Hire Last November, Head & Hands hired a second employee for its Street Work program, restoring the program to the capacity it had before budget cuts forced its discontinuation in 2011. The program was partially reinstated in 2013 with the hiring of a single street worker after substantial fundraising.

CN ON: Board Endorses Drug Strategy

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Sudbury Star, 26 Jan 2015 - Multi-sector team tackles substance problems Greater Sudbury Police and the Sudbury and District Health Unit are issuing a collective Call To Action on substance misuse. That's the subtitle of a new Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury endorsed at a recent meeting of the police services board.

US AK: Officials Look Outside for Help With Potential

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 28 Jan 2015 - FAIRBANKS - Local and state agencies are looking to Colorado for help in preparing to deal with the slew of changes that will be encountered when marijuana possession becomes legal in Alaska next month. Several people from the Fairbanks area attended a three-day training conference earlier this month presented by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police in Lone Tree, Colorado, to discuss the lessons learned in the first year of marijuana legalization there. Legal recreational marijuana retail stores have been open in Colorado since Jan. 1, 2014, and medical marijuana use has been in place for more than a decade. Officials there shared their knowledge with their counterparts in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia in the hopes those jurisdictions could avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls inherent with legalization.

US AK: Fairbanks Borough Mayor's Pot Panel to Meet About New

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 28 Jan 2015 - FAIRBANKS - A panel to discuss local marijuana regulations convenes Wednesday at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Administrative Center at 10 a.m. Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins invited about 20 people to sit on the panel, which will advise him on local issues surrounding marijuana, such as where it can be used or sold.

US AK: Alaska Marijuana Activist Plans to Open Medical Pot

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 28 Jan 2015 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A marijuana activist is planning to open a medical pot dispensary in Anchorage next month on the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska under a ballot initiative approved by voters in November. Alaska Cannabis Club owner Charlo Greene has scheduled the opening for Feb. 24, the Alaska Dispatch News ( reported.

US CA: Column: The 2016 Election Is Closer Than You Think

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
East Bay Express, 28 Jan 2015 - Plus, Why Voter Apathy Saved Reformers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars. California activists are hoping to reverse 97 years of cannabis prohibition in the Golden State within the next 650 days. But that's not very much time.

US NY: Students Schooled On Dangers Of Drug Use

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Newsday, 25 Jan 2015 - Long Island students schooled on dangers of drug use as part of community search for cultural change More than 50 students from eight Long Island schools gathered at Northport High last week for what community members hope will be a cultural change in how kids think and talk about drugs.

US LA: Edu: Column: Truth Or Dare?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Daily Reveille, 26 Jan 2015 - Last Thursday, Hank Green was one of three Youtube celebrities tasked with making President Obama seem accessible to millennials. Green asked Obama about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington during an interview in the White House. After assuring Colorado and Washington marijuana residents the feds won't go kamikaze on their crop, Obama called U.S. drug policy "counterproductive," suggesting a public health approach to drug use.

US MT: Editorial: Don't Require Drug Testing For Welfare

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Missoulian, 25 Jan 2015 - Sometimes, Montana benefits from waiting and watching other states try new legislation before adopting it ourselves - or opting not to repeat their failures. Legislation requiring people who apply for certain kinds of public assistance to pass a drug test is an excellent case in point. In state after state, it has proven to be costly, unconstitutional and ineffective. It's also, as Montana Women Vote's Sarah Howell described it last week, offensive.

CN AB: Huge Drop In Illegal Grow-Ops

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Metro, 26 Jan 2015 - Illegal Grows Way Down, While Legal Operations Create New Concerns Calgary has seen dramatic drop in arrests, charges and search warrants related to illegal marijuana grow-ops since 2009, but legal weed operations are posing a growing challenge for local law enforcement.

US DC: District Marijuana Citations Often Ignored, Target

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 27 Jan 2015 - D.C. police have written more than 250 tickets for marijuana possession in the roughly six months since the District relaxed its marijuana laws, but the vast majority of citations have simply been ignored, an analysis by The Washington Times has found. From July 17 through Jan. 7, the Metropolitan Police Department issued 251 tickets for marijuana possession, with 47 percent issued to people in the department's Seventh District, which lies east of the Anacostia River and includes some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

US IA: Chemistry Argued In Synthetic Drug Sentencing

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, 25 Jan 2015 - CEDAR RAPIDS - In the world of synthetic drugs, sometimes it takes a chemistry lesson to get to the bottom of what's in the Mylar packet. Sometimes it takes rats. On Friday, a federal judge heard about both during the penalty phase for a former Cedar Falls man and his mother, an Evansdale resident, who were convicted of selling potpourri and bath salts that mimicked illegal drugs.

UK: Online Cannabis Culture 'A Concern'

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:00
Express & Star, 25 Jan 2015 - Experts have raised concerns about a thriving Twitter cannabis culture. During a single month, researchers identified more than seven million tweets referring to marijuana, with "pro-pot" messages outnumbering those opposed to the drug by 15 to one.

CN ON: Ex-Premier Eves Joins Medical Pot Company

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jan 2015 - But new venture shouldn't be construed as support for broader cannabis use, he says Ernie Eves has gone from politics to pot. While other politicians tend to join law firms, become consultants or work on various other staid pursuits, the former Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario has chosen to branch out.

CN MB: Rehab-Centred Drug Court Gets Funding Renewed

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 24 Jan 2015 - OTTAWA - Non-violent drug addicts who break the law will again have the option of rehab instead of jail time as federal funding revives the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court. Ottawa finally committed to renewing funding for the court, offering $1.2 million over the next three years, the provincial government confirmed Friday. The court stopped accepting new clients last spring because Ottawa had not agreed to extend the funding beyond the end of March.

US WI: Fatal Overdoses Fall To Zero, But Needle Giveaways Skyrocket

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00
La Crosse Tribune, 23 Jan 2015 - La Crosse County leaders fighting the local heroin epidemic credit a life-saving drug with eliminating fatal overdoses. No heroin users died in 2014, thanks in large part to the availability and skyrocketing use of Narcan, the antidote for an opiate overdose. Two people died in 2013 and five in 2012 of accidental heroin overdoses, La Crosse County Medical Examiner Tim Candahl said.