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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: Regulatory Action Involving Pot Kept Issue Hot Throughout

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 26 Dec 2014 - Support it or not, there's no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana. Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.'s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

US WV: 'These Are Preventable': Group Backs Bills to Lower

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Charleston Gazette, 25 Dec 2014 - A national organization that has raised $8 million over two years to fight substance abuse is urging West Virginia legislators to pass two laws designed to reduce drug overdose deaths. Shatterproof, a nonprofit headquartered in Connecticut, supports a "Good Samaritan" law that would give immunity to people who call 911 to report a drug overdose. Another measure would expand the availability of a life-saving medicine called naloxone, which reverses the effects or heroin and prescription painkillers.

US AZ: Column: 520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 26 Dec 2014 - MAPS receives $2 million grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD Last week, fired UA researcher Sue Sisley learned that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded the psychiatrist $2 million to her sponsor, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), for their marijuana study for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in 76 U.S. veterans.

US OK: OPED: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 26 Dec 2014 - Last week, Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado over actions Colorado has taken that have resulted in the trafficking of illegal drugs into Oklahoma and Nebraska. We didn't take this action lightly. As you know, I have been an ardent defender of Oklahoma's ability to determine its own policies and laws, free from undue federal intrusion. But that isn't to say that there is no place for federal law. Of course there is - that is precisely why our Founders came together in 1789 to draft a constitution. My battles have been against federal actions that exceed the powers our Founders granted to the federal government in the constitution.

US CT: OPED: Will Selling Marijuana Really Help Indian Tribes

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
The Hour, 26 Dec 2014 - Justice Department is attempting to solve a problem that almost no one knew about with a solution that almost no one asked for. The results -- so far, confusion and uncertainty -- have been entirely predictable. The department announced this month that it would permit marijuana legalization on 300 or so Indian reservations in 30 states. The decision has perplexed American Indian leaders, who say that the last thing many tribes want is more lax federal law enforcement.

US: OPED: The Steep Cost of America's High Incarceration Rate

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Wall Street Journal, 26 Dec 2014 - About one of every 100 U.S. adults is in prison. That's five to 10 times higher than in Western Europe. One of us is a former Treasury secretary, the other directs a criminal-justice institute. But we've reached the same conclusions. America's overreliance on incarceration is exacting excessive costs on individuals and communities, as well as on the national economy. Sentences are too long, and parole and probation policies too inflexible. There is too little rehabilitation in prison and inadequate support for life after prison.

US CA: Column: Pot Turnaround On Tribal Lands

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 25 Dec 2014 - Following a trend of relaxing marijuana policy, the Department of Justice announced recently that it will no longer prosecute people who grow marijuana on tribal lands. Though the Obama administration recently said something similar regarding states where marijuana has been legalized, the move was unanticipated and, in places, unwelcome, according to reports. Many tribes prohibit marijuana cultivation in their own bylaws. But the announcement has already spurred a movement in the Hoopa Tribe to relax a ban on growing on the Hoopa Reservation.

US CA: Column: Pot Progress Takes Diligence

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 25 Dec 2014 - OK, so this federal budget thing passed and I am confused. Is medical marijuana legal or not? - -Paul Ahseewonk Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. However, the new budget contains an amendment written by Dana Rohrabacher, R-Orange County, and Sam Farr, D-Central Coast, that prohibits federal agents from raiding medical cannabis facilities in states that have medical cannabis laws. By the way, 32 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing the use of medical cannabis, so this is kind of a big deal. Not only that, the new budget also strengthens protections for hemp farmers. And, like I mentioned last week, the Department of Justice has said that Native American tribes can grow and sell cannabis on tribal land. All in all, Obama has been a really good president when it comes to marijuana. I didn't like him all that much in 2011, when it seemed like damn near all the clubs in California were getting raided and shut down, but his policy work since then, and especially during his second term, has been excellent.

Australia: $9 Million To Trial Medical Marijuana

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
Coffs Coast Advocate, 24 Dec 2014 - CHILDREN with severe epilepsy and terminally ill adults may be treated with medical marijuana under a NSW clinical trial. The NSW Government will fund the $9 million trial of at least three marijuana-derived medicines. The trial will examine the benefits to patients with a number of serious diseases.

Canada: Going To Pot

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 24 Dec 2014 - As Attitudes Toward Marijuana Mellow, Could Legalization Be Next? Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it - marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets.

US OK: Marijuana Trade Could Snag In Oklahoma's Tribal

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
The Ada Evening News, 21 Dec 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite getting the federal government's go-ahead to grow and sell marijuana, local tribes are showing little interest in expanding into the trade. If they did, says one expert in Native American affairs, it would raise a tangle of questions involving tribal and state law that are unique to Oklahoma.

Australia: Canton Teacher Allegedly Allowed Her Children

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
The Examiner, 24 Dec 2014 - A 40-year-old middle school teacher was arrested Tuesday for allegedly allowing minors to smoke marijuana at her home in Cherokee County and two of them may have been her children. Christine Cantrell, a Teasley Middle School in Canton, was charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and keeping a disorderly house, meaning she allowed illegal activity to occur there, according to Cherokee County officials. Cantrell's husband, Jeff, was also arrested on similar charges, Commander of the Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Phil Price said. Both were released on $3,000 bonds Tuesday night, Price said.

US CO: Colorado Considers Letting Pot Smokers Carry Concealed

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
Daily Mail, 23 Dec 2014 - Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm. The 'Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights' is working to put a question on the November 2016 ballot to have Colorado ignore guidelines from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about firearms and pot.

China: Jackie Chan Shamed By Son's Drug Use

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
Business Standard, 25 Dec 2014 - With his son's drug charges generating headlines, Chinese star Jackie Chan said he felt shamed by his son's behaviour and hoped he will behave in the future. On Monday, Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan was prosecuted in Beijing for allegedly providing a venue for drug users, according to the People's Procuratorate of Beijing's Dongcheng District.

Saudi Arabia: Pakistani Beheaded For Drug Trafficking In Saudi

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
The Nation, 25 Dec 2014 - RIYADH- Saudi Arabia today beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, the 12th man from Pakistan to be executed in the kingdom for drug trafficking since October. The sentence against Ismail Khan Sayed was carried out in Eastern Province after his conviction for smuggling a large amount of heroin, the Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Philippines: Editorial: Credible Probe

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:00
Philippine Star, 26 Dec 2014 - If President Aquino wants to get the whole, unvarnished truth about drug deals and luxurious privileges enjoyed by certain VIP inmates at the New Bilibid Prison, it would be best to let another agency outside the Department of Justice handle the probe. Or else he can give the Office of the Ombudsman a free hand in its ongoing probe, with orders for the DOJ and its agencies including the Bureau of Corrections and NBP to extend full cooperation. Teams from several law enforcement agencies raided the NBP in the wake of strong suspicions that drug trafficking in Metro Manila was being operated from the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa. The raid uncovered not just shabu, drugs and millions in cash but also the atrociously comfortable detention facilities enjoyed by several convicted drug lords. The plush accommodations were on top of regular hospital stays outside the NBP, complete with starlets for entertainment, enjoyed by certain prisoners.

US VA: OPED: Time For Marijuana Reform In Virginia

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19 Dec 2014 - The last time a marijuana decriminalization bill was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly the year was 2011 and the patron was Del. Harvey Morgan, R-Gloucester, a former assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school. The bill never made it out of committee. The Virginia General Assembly will again consider a marijuana decriminalization bill in the 2015 session, this one sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria). The fact that marijuana decriminalization in Virginia has been championed by a conservative Republican from Southern Virginia and liberal Democrat from Northern Virginia is telling. Marijuana law reform is a bipartisan issue supported by a majority of Americans.

US CA: App Can't Deliver Pot

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec 2014 - Judge Says Nestdrop, Which Takes Orders From Customers, Is Violating L.A. Law. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that Nestdrop, a smartphone application that lets customers order medical marijuana, must stop delivering pot.