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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: Editorial: Pee in This Cup, Doc

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Scientific American, 01 Nov 2014 - Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians Enough Physicians Have Substance Abuse Problems to Make Random Drug Testing a Needed Part of Medical Practice We hold our physicians to high standards because they make life-or-death decisions. Yet when it comes to drug addiction, their behavior can be disturbing. Their overall rates of substance abuse are roughly on par with the rest of the population, at about 10 percent. For prescription drugs, abuse rates for doctors in several specialties are estimated to be even higher--not surprising given their access to addictive medications.

UK: Cameron And Clegg Split Over Drugs Policy

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 31 Oct 2014 - Prime Minister Rejects New Call for Decriminalisation Lib Dems Condemn Tories' 'Backward-Looking View' David Cameron yesterday set his face against a change in UK drugs policy after the Liberal Democrat crime-prevention minister Norman Baker hailed a Home Office-commissioned report finding "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use.

US DC: Column: Just Vote No On Marijuana

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 31 Oct 2014 - On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to take the next giant leap in the pro-marijuana movement by approving ballot measures that call for legalizing recreational use. It's not too late to vote no.

US CA: Editorial: Pot Growers Take Slate Mail To A New Low

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 31 Oct 2014 - It's the silly season of the election. It's the season of the slate mailers, which we're still amazed is an industry that survives. They're so close to fraud, but those rules are set aside when politics are in play. Slate mailers are mass mailings, sent out by for-profit companies, that seem to link local candidates and issues to better known candidates and on-paper institutions that seem to be established political organizations

US OR: OPED: Decriminalizing Marijuana Would Protect

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Capital Press, 31 Oct 2014 - Illegal marijuana grows are damaging our national forests. Legalizing marijuana will help stop that from happening. In 32 years working for the U.S. Forest Service, I have seen the Northwest's national forests face various threats, from the eruption of Mount St. Helens to the drought of 1977. Today, our forests face a threat that generates wildfires, deforestation, pollution and wildlife poisoning: illegal marijuana grow operations tied to international drug cartels. In both 2010 and 2011, law enforcement found over 90,000 of their marijuana plants in Oregon's national forests, and thousands more doubtless escaped detection. Our national forests face an epidemic of marijuana cultivation from the Siskiyou to the Wallowa-Whitman.

US PA: Editorial: Restrictions on Renting May Be Tool in Drug

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 30 Oct 2014 - Berwick has done it. So has Sunbury. Two communities in neighboring counties that have been ravaged by drug abuse took the bold step of enacting an ordinance that banned landlords from renting to anyone who had been convicted of a felony drug offense. Mount Carmel could vote on a similar ordinance as soon as Nov. 20.

UK: Cameron Slaps Down Clegg Over Calls to Relax the Drug Laws

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Daily Express, 31 Oct 2014 - DAVID Cameron ruled out relaxing Britain's drug laws yesterday, despite Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Tory MPs calling for a review. The Prime Minister said the current approach was working and decriminalising "recreational" drugs use would send out the wrong message to the nation's children.

UK: I Don't Want My Children to Think Drugs Are OK, Says

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014 - DAVID CAMERON is refusing Liberal Democrat calls to review the Government's drugs policy, warning that as a parent he does not want to send out the message that taking illegal substances is "OK or safe". The Prime Minister insisted that the current approach to drugs was having an impact as abuse was falling, following a major Coalition row sparked by a Home Office report backed by the Lib Dems that suggested easing laws on hard drugs would not increase the number of users. Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday attacked the Tory party's "facile" and "frightened" approach to drugs after Downing Street distanced itself from the report. Mr Cameron said yesterday that changing Britain's drugs policy would be "dangerous".

UK: What Happens If You Decriminalise Drugs

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:00
Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014 - You'd Expect Drug Use to Go Up - But, Surprisingly, a Major Report Has Found That Sometimes It Actually Drops. A man lies on the floor in a squalid bedsit, a rubber rope tied around one arm, a needle in his hand. The door bursts open and two armed police officers run in. They take in the scene and swiftly find a bag of powder. What should they do next? The answer depends on the country they're in.

US CA: Column: All The News That's Pot

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 30 Oct 2014 - High Times, the venerable marijuana magazine found in headshops and behind cardboard at your favorite corner liquor store, turned 40 recently. In celebration, the magazine released a coffee table book, which is generously reviewed in the New York Times by Dwight Garner. It sounds like a good read, chronicling the magazine's wild early days, the suicide of "crusading journalist" and founder Tom Forcade at 33, and the magazine's commercial bumps on its road to middle age. It's easy to forget that High Times has boasted genuine journalism, art and literature during its tenure.

US CA: Return Of The Messenger

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 30 Oct 2014 - Nearly two decades after a reporter exposed a connection between the CIA and crack cocaine in America, Hollywood chimes in with a major movie This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive expose and catches national attention. But the fates shift. Our reporter's story is torn apart by the country's leading media; he is betrayed by his own newspaper. Though the big story turns out to be true, the writer commits suicide and becomes a cautionary tale.

US CA: Column: Vote With Ngaio: On Marijuana and Next Week's

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 30 Oct 2014 - Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have any voting advice for marijuana-related issues? - -Reggie Stardvotar I am glad you asked. Of course I do. Voting is the most important thing you can do as an activist and as an American. Never let anyone tell you that voting doesn't work. We got medical marijuana through the vote. Voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis in Washington and Oregon because people showed up to vote. If elections didn't matter, the GOP wouldn't be trying to pass all these bullshit-ass voter ID laws. Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote! I cannot stress this enough.

US CO: Column: Will Kids Get Pot Candy On Halloween?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 30 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: Do you think the Denver Police Department is right, and kids are going to get pot candy in their bags? Frank N. Stein Dear Frank: Not at all. This is just an updated version of the tired old story that fearmongering cops - and paranoid parents - have been pushing since the '70s. The idea is that some mythical Halloween Scrooge is out to hurt kids by giving away tainted candy.

US CO: Column: Move Over, Ebola: What You Should Panic About

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 30 Oct 2014 - Ah, trick or treating. Remember when your parents let you eat any unwrapped treat you were handed by strangers? If you're under 30, probably not. Parents have long been wary that unpackaged treats could contain razor blades. Or shards of glass. Or anthrax.

US MD: Medical Marijuana Panel Considers Regulations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 29 Oct 2014 - A medical marijuana regulations panel in Maryland delayed a vote Tuesday in order to take a second look at fees for growers, dispensers and patients, which critics say are too high. The commission, which has been criticized for taking too long to finalize regulations, also has added marijuana extracts to the regulations, so patients could ingest the drug without smoking, after receiving input from the public. Maryland passed legislation this year authorizing 15 licensed marijuana growers after a medical-marijuana law approved in 2013 stalled.

US: States Seeking Legal Pot Find Fired-Up Foes

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 30 Oct 2014 - Legalization Outlook Goes From Solid to Shaky in Some States WASHINGTON- With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push to change federal drug laws.

US AK: OPED: It's Time To Legalize Marijuana In Alaska

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Oct 2014 - I'm the former chief prosecutor for the state of Alaska, and I'm voting "yes" on Ballot Measure 2. Most of my career was spent in law enforcement. I was an assistant district attorney, a district attorney, an assistant attorney general in Alaska's Criminal Division and Alaska's chief prosecutor/deputy attorney general under two governors.

US NM: Advisory Pot Question Fans Political Flames

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Oct 2014 - Critics Say Question Is Misleading; Supporters Say It Lets Voters Speak Voters in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties have a chance this fall to offer their advice to policy-makers on state and local efforts to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.