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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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US CT: Stonington Police Efforts To Make Drug Arrests

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 30 Aug 2014 - Town Resident Who Is Also a Detective in Westerly Outlines Concerns in an Email to the First Selectman Stonington - A veteran Westerly Police Department detective who lives in Pawcatuck has criticized the Stonington police department's drug enforcement efforts in an email to First Selectman Ed Haberek.

CN ON: Focus On Medical Use

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 30 Aug 2014 - Hempfest Lands in Moonbeam This Weekend MOONBEAM - The organizer of a pro-marijuana festival believes the drug should remain out of politician hands. Organizers for Hempfest Canada announced that the 16th annual celebration would not be held in Sault Ste. Marie, where it has called home for the past few years, but instead in Moonbeam. The main goal of Hempfest, which takes place this weekend, is to educate the public on the proper use of medical marijuana.

US: Federal Marijuana Crops Get A Boost

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug 2014 - The U.S. government has increased the quantity of marijuana it's growing this year to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46. The federal government classifies marijuana as a substance that has no medical use and is more dangerous than cocaine. But it's willing to let researchers have access - under a few conditions.

US: Study: Medical Pot May Help Opiate Abuse

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug 2014 - Painkiller Overdoses Fell in States With Legal Marijuana, Study Finds Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation's scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it's set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients.

US: Drug Courts Now A Battlefield Of Pot Politics

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 30 Aug 2014 - Casual Marijuana Users Go to Treatment As Hard- Core Drug Abusers Are Rejected. WASHINGTON - Attorney David West can't pinpoint precisely when he started to sour on the rapid expansion of drug courts - but the karate episode stands out.

US WA: City's Ban On Marijuana Sales Upheld

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Aug 2014 - (AP) - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults' recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.

US NM: Berry Veto Quashes Pot, Tax Proposals

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Aug 2014 - It's Unlikely Council Can Override Mayor Mayor Richard Berry on Friday vetoed an election resolution that would have asked Albuquerque voters to reduce marijuana penalties and to raise taxes for social services.

US: New Drug Czar Expected To Continue Public Health Focus

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 30 Aug 2014 - The White House officially nominated Michael Botticelli on Thursday to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with overseeing and administering federal drug policy. The White House has been moving toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice one. And the nomination of Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, might be the most significant sign of that shift to date.

US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 31 Aug 2014 - PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.

US CT: Column: No, One-Third of a 'Sweet Grass' Cookie Does

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 29 Aug 2014 - Good news, people: I survived ingesting a "brain poison," easily operated a Hertz rental car an hour or two afterward without killing anybody and lived to tell the tale. Dr. Arthur Taub, a retired clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote a hysterical letter to the New Haven Register after I reported in my column last week that I ate one-third of a 10-milligram marijuana cookie outside a legal cannabis shop in Boulder, Colorado. "Marijuana is a brain poison," the good doctor began. "It is an uncontrolled mixture of long acting brain-destructive neurotoxins and carcinogens."

CN ON: Column: Pot's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 27 Aug 2014 - You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media. The "Prince of Pot," as journalists and his disciples have dubbed him, has certainly earned that nickname. A native of London, Ont., he has spent most of his adult life championing the cause of cannabis policy reform.

CN ON: Editorial: Pot policy: A Major Election Issue?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
Orangeville Citizen, 28 Aug 2014 - At this point, it would seem to be almost inevitable that marijuana will be a major issue in next year's federal election. Unless Canada's three major political parties change their present stance on the matter, their respective positions would seem to be miles apart.

CN ON: 'Smoke Is The Problem': Colby

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 27 Aug 2014 - C-K medical officer of health speaks out on marijuana Members of the Canadian Medical Association passed a motion earlier this month at the organization's annual convention that smoking any plant material is unhealthy.

US WA: Suit Against Fife's Ban on Pot Challenges State's

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 29 Aug 2014 - Pierce County Arguments in Case Will Be Heard Friday To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

US NM: AG Has No Plans To Challenge New Pot Law

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Aug 2014 - King: City Has Authority to Enact Own Ordinance SANTA FE - Attorney General Gary King supports decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and his office has no plans to challenge Santa Fe's brand new ordinance that does just that.

Somalia: 'Paradise Flower' Chewers Savor Low-Price Bliss After

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 28 Aug 2014 - MOGADISHU, Somalia - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails a national institution nonetheless: white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries.

US MD: OPED: Overdose Deaths Are Preventable

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 29 Aug 2014 - Last year, 858 Maryland residents died due to alcohol or drug intoxication; that's enough to replace the entire University of Maryland football team more than eight times. This year is on track to be even more deadly, with a 33 percent increase in accidental opioid overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2014 alone. We do not want any more families, friends and communities to grieve their fallen loved ones. It is time for all of us to call this problem what is: an epidemic.

Australia: Marijuana Trial Plan Panned As Nonsense

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The Age, 29 Aug 2014 - Coalition Reform Will Do Little, Say Experts MARIJUANA TRIAL PLAN PANNED AS NONSENSE A Victorian government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.