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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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Mexico: Mexico Lost Its War On Drugs 75 Years Ago, Author

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Independent, 27 Aug 2015 - A US Ultimatum Demanding That Mexico Ban Previously Legal Narcotics 'Forced Addicts and Producers to Take Up Arms' Mexico's drug trade is synonymous with violence, corruption and cartel bosses battling for territory. But it could have been so different, it's claimed in a new book, had the US not issued an ultimatum 75years ago which ignited the war on drugs - leading to death and destruction on both sides of the border.

US FL: OPED: Human Link Helps Addiction Recovery but It's Not

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 27 Aug 2015 - When I was 13 years old, I decided to never touch drugs or alcohol due to my family's history of addiction. And I stuck to it. But if I trust author Johann Hari's recent TED Talk, "Everything you know about addiction is wrong," I should feel free to experiment. In the talk, Hari argues that the sole root of and cure for addiction is human connection, but there are some dangerous flaws in his argument.

US HI: Column: Halting The Heroin Scourge

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Garden Island, 27 Aug 2015 - Steve was guest-hosting "The Diane Rehm Show" on NPR recently, and the topic was the nationwide upsurge in heroin addiction. The first caller was Stacy from New Albany, Indiana. "It's funny," she said. "I'm listening to this show and I have a syringe of heroin in my hand."

CN BC: Column: Vancouver in a Sticky Icky Situation

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 27 Aug 2015 - To tax or not to tax - that is the unanswered question now that Vancouver City Council has decided to regulate its marijuana dispensaries. Various levels of government are finding themselves in an awkward situation as they determine whether to impose taxation on the businesses - and thereby confer further legitimacy on a commercial activity related to cannabis. According to Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, cannabis possession remains a federal offence unless it is for medicinal use and the user has a doctor's prescription.

US OH: Pot Backers Heading To Court

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 28 Aug 2015 - ResponsibleOhio Objects to Ballot Board Summary on Issue 3. COLUMBUS - The latest round in a high-stakes fight over marijuana legalization landed in the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday when ResponsibleOhio accused the Ballot Board of deliberately crafting a summary of State Issue 3 to "mislead, deceive or defraud the voters."

US: Series: Public Opinion Shifting As Drug Becomes Part of

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 Aug 2015 - DALY CITY, Calif. - The smell of cannabis impregnated the air. Hundreds of people crowded around a makeshift stage, where men in head-to-toe marijuana print threw cannabis caviar, joints, and dollar bills at onlookers. "Best weekend ever!" screamed a man dressed in a joint costume.

US CA: Column: Senatorial Showdown

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 27 Aug 2015 - You failed to mention the devastating impact many cannabis grow-sites have on California's natural environment. Cultivation of cannabis on public or private land can and should be done with the utmost respect for the surrounding environment, and without harming the wildlife, native vegetation or limited water resources in the state. In the last year alone, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found 340,000 pounds of trash and close to 70 gallons of chemicals and fertilizers dumped at cannabis grow-sites, along with more than 135 diversions in rivers and streams that equated to close to 5 million gallons in stolen water.

US CA: Column: Paddleboards And Privilege

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 27 Aug 2015 - In another portent of the gentrification of marijuana, cannabis activists have tapped into the fitness industrial complex to create the 420 Games, a series of sporting events that claims it is "destigmatizing millions of responsible, positive cannabis users through athletic achievement." In mid-August, several hundred runners lined up to run a 4.20 (yes, math whiz, that zero is unnecessary) course through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

US CA: No Fix

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - The Drug Trade Is Entrenched in the Tenderloin, the Only Place in S.F. Where Drug Users Have Some Political Power They're outside on the corner when John Lorenz leaves his girlfriend's Tenderloin apartment in the morning; they're there when he returns. Sometimes he catches them on a shift change - like union workers clocking out after their eight hours, they're punctual. "Regular as clockwork," he told me recently.

US CA: Column: U.S. Drug Cops Ease Up On Pot

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - U.S. DRUG COPS EASE UP ON POT As America's multibillion dollar cannabis industry continues to expand, the nation's drug cops are seizing less weed. In 2009, the first summer of Barack Obama's presidency, a record 10.4 million marijuana plants were eliminated in America, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

US MA: Column: Sex, Drugs, and Racist Policing in Rutland, VT.

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 27 Aug 2015 - Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders recently pledged that "no president will fight harder to end institutional racism." But he doesn't have to wait for the White House to do it. He could start right now, in his own backyard. Thanks to a lawsuit filed in Rutland, Vt., the world is about to get a rare, behind-the-dashcam look at police culture in a rural Vermont town. It ain't pretty.

US CO: Colorado Cannabis Tax May Fund Scholarship

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 27 Aug 2015 - DENVER (AP) - A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money. Pueblo County, south of Colorado Springs, is considering a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana growers, with half the proceeds designated to a scholarship fund that boosters say would be the first of its kind.

US AZ: News21: America's Weed Rush

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 27 Aug 2015 - With a federal ban on marijuana, states are left to craft their own medical pot rules-whether they work or not After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana patient in California. He now can legally purchase and possess marijuana from any one of thousands of marijuana businesses in the state.

US: Series: Inconsistent Road Rules

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 Aug 2015 - INCONSISTENT ROAD RULES Marijuana Legalization Outpaces Changes in Driving Impairment Definitions. SEATTLE - As states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, each has varying limits determining whether a driver is impaired by use of marijuana.

US CO: Column: New Cannabis Bar Opens, Guerrilla Grow Busted

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 26 Aug 2015 - Change in business There's a new cannabis bar in town, but it looks familiar. The Dab Lounge is at 1532 N. Circle Drive, the same space as the now-defunct 420 Speakeasy. It has mostly the same furniture. The owner, Daniel Goodman, was night manager before buying the business. The place even has the same Star Wars pinball machine.

US WA: Column: The Weed Wire

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 26 Aug 2015 - A pot ad ran on TV-almost. NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME The first-ever recreational-marijuana ad for television was supposed to air last month during Jimmy Kimmel Live on a Denver-based ABC affiliate. At the last minute, KMGH (Channel 7) got cold feet, pulling the plug after the station's lawyers freaked out.

US OR: OLCC Rolls Out Plans For Recreational Marijuana

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Astorian, 26 Aug 2015 - A new fleet of inspectors and a new product tracking system are in the works. North Coast communities have been scrambling to deal with the fallout, both real and imagined, of Measure 91, which was passed in November 2014 and legalizes the use and possession of recreational marijuana for Oregon adults.

New Zealand: Drug Review Focuses On Compassion

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 27 Aug 2015 - How severely people are dealt with for possession of illegal drugs or drug utensils is to be reviewed. Officials will focus on whether action is proportionate to how much harm an offence causes. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has released the 2015-20 National Drug Policy, which could significantly reform the treatment of drugs such as cannabis.