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US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some Claim

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
The Ledger, 19 Nov 2014 - One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage. To hear the pundits, opponents and media tell it, the defeat was devastating for an effort that looked certain to pass early on.

CN BC: Pot A Possible Salvation For PTSD Sufferers

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Nov 2014 - Marijuana producer and UBC are pitching a clinical trial on the impact of the drug on people with post-traumatic stress disorder After developing post-traumatic stress disorder during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2007, Canadian army veteran Fabian Henry tried numerous anti-depressants to quell his suicidal thoughts and violent rages. For three years, he was on as many as nine pills a day. But only one drug worked for him: marijuana.

Canada: Grit MP: Tories Blowing Smoke

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Nov 2014 - OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday. Health Minister Rona Ambrose replied that the TV ads are based on science and aren't partisan.

US AK: Prosecutions for Possessing and Selling Marijuana Will

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 21 Nov 2014 - FAIRBANKS - One of the Alaska's top prosecutors said the state will continue to prosecute people for possessing and selling marijuana for the time being, despite a pending voter-approved law to legalize small amounts of pot. "We are not blind or oblivious to the fact that there is a change coming, but the change is not here yet," said John Skidmore, director of the criminal division for the Alaska Department of Law.

US IL: City Council Shelves Security Crackdown for Medical Pot

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Nov 2014 - Despite concern that medical marijuana is a "cash only" business that breeds crime, the City Council on Wednesday squelched - probably for good - a security crackdown that would have required cultivation centers and dispensaries to hire around-the-clock security guards and prevent "public viewing" of pot. Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti ( 2nd) and his Progressive Caucus colleague Ald. Scott Waguespack ( 32nd) used a parliamentary maneuver to put off consideration of the watered-down security ordinance until the next Council meeting, but the delay is likely to be permanent.

US ME: Group Unveils Marijuana Legalization Plan

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 20 Nov 2014 - AUGUSTA, MAINE (AP) - A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana is beginning its push to put the measure before Maine voters in 2016. Legalize Maine, a newly formed political action committee, is calling its plan "a home-grown effort" to legalize marijuana in Maine. The group's organizer, Paul McCarrier, said Wednesday that its proposal can help revive Maine's economy. McCarrier's group wants to tax marijuana at 8 percent, the same as prepared food, lodging, and liquor. It also wants to create marijuana social clubs. The effort is separate from another push to legalize marijuana in the state. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

US CA: Column: As Pot Picks Up, Cali Slows Down

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 20 Nov 2014 - Hey, thanks for the national update last week. How did marijuana do in California? - -Willie Wonky Jr. Well Willie, weed wasn't warmly welcomed, if that's what you are asking. Pretty much all of the county initiatives that would have eased restrictions on medical cannabis failed. Measure S in Nevada County didn't pass. Measure O in Lake County was a no go. Shasta County's Measure A, which bans all outdoor growing in unincorporated areas, passed. In Butte County, Measure A passed, Measure B failed-Measure A allows medical marijuana cultivation, but is way more prohibitive than Measure B would have been. The cities of Encinitas and La Mesa (down near San Diego) tried to pass measures that would allow for medical cannabis dispensaries. Couldn't do it. Santa Cruz succeeded in passing a small sales tax on medical marijuana. Santa Ana had two initiatives for regulating medical cannabis on the ballot. The more restrictive one was the winner.

US CA: Column: Cannabis Commercialization

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 20 Nov 2014 - "Do I hear 2,000?" America's first pot auction netted the Washington proprietor of Fireweed Farms about $600,000 on Saturday, Nov. 15. According to the Tri-City Herald, Randy Williams sold about 300 pounds of bud "so he could spend time with his grandson instead of packaging marijuana" all winter long.

US PA: Column: When Criminal Vices Become Legal, Savvy

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
The Citizens' Voice, 19 Nov 2014 - Big-time investors hoping to profit from America's emerging business in legalized marijuana might see a bit of themselves in the historic example of Joseph P. Kennedy - the father of President John F. Kennedy. Back in 1933, the Kennedy patriarch made sure his liquor firm would be the first to make millions as Prohibition's decade-long ban on alcohol sales ended. He did so with a blend of politics, cash and timely maneuvers.

US CO: Column: What If I Get Busted Toking In Public?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
Westword, 20 Nov 2014 - Dear Stoner: I know it's not legal to puff out in front of a restaurant or whatever, but what happens if I get busted smoking weed in public? Is it really that bad? Pete B. Puffin Dear Pete: We don't think it's that bad, and we regularly bend the rules ourselves - though we usually tuck back in an alleyway, walk around the parking lot or at least make sure we're not wafting ganja smoke over an outdoor patio full of diners (or cops). But like you, we know we're taking a risk. In the city of Denver, public consumption carries a civil penalty, and you won't get arrested - unless you get belligerent and ignore the cop's warning, as pot attorney Rob Corry learned at a 2013 Rockies game. The first time you get caught puffing in public or even displaying less than an ounce, it'll be a $150 fine. The second time you get caught, it's a $500 fine. And if you get caught more than that, you're just not doing things right (and you'll be facing a $999 fine, to boot). Kids under eighteen won't face any time in juvie if they're caught with pot, though the judge can require treatment in lieu of fines. At the state level, adults eighteen and up caught consuming cannabis face a $100 fine and 24 hours of community service. Oh, and being a medical cannabis patient isn't going to help you. In fact, if you're busted using pot in public and try to use your med card as an excuse, the state can take away your pot-patient status. And cops are writing tickets, too - 668 in the first nine months of 2014. Just be smart and don't become that statistic. We suggest getting a vape pen to help with the stealth. (Elevatedpens.com stocks our current favorite.)

US MI: Column: Justice, Congress Beg to Reform Marijuana Laws

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
The Daily Tribune, 19 Nov 2014 - Both Sides Look to Hand Off Responsibility The Controlled Substances Act, which set up the drug schedules in the early 1970s, explicitly places drug scheduling authority in the hands of the attorney general, and even instructs him or her to "remove any drug or other substance fromthe schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule."

US MA: US Attorney Asked to Block Local Marijuana Clinics Near

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 21 Nov 2014 - US Attorney Carmen Ortiz is weighing whether to use federal law to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries, including those proposed for Boston and Brookline, if they open within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, or public housing. Under federal law, the 15 dispensaries and additional cultivation sites provisionally approved in Massachusetts could face prosecution and asset forfeiture if they open too close to a school - even if the locations would be allowed under local and state regulations. A Globe review found that at least six of the dispensaries would be within 1,000 feet of schools or playgrounds.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
The Expositor, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
The Recorder & Times, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

US CA: Column: Green Lit: California Legalization Measure Is a

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
East Bay Express, 19 Nov 2014 - After the historic marijuana midterms, a seven-hundred-day battle for the Golden State begins. As the dust settles from the historic marijuana midterm election of 2014, a few things have become clear: Namely, Californians will vote on ending cannabis prohibition in 2016. But change is far from inevitable.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
North Bay Nugget, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of Us

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 18 Nov 2014 - This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle. For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

US CO: Column: Weed Gets the Votes; Pot Sales Fall; Edibles in

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 20 Nov 2014 - It should be no surprise that the working group tasked with coming up with a recommendation to the legislature about how cannabis edibles should be marked ended after four sessions and no consensus. The working group came about because of House Bill 1366, which directs the State Licensing Authority to develop recommendations for better ways to clearly mark edibles as cannabis products by 2016. Rep. Jonathan Singer, a member of the working group, put it succinctly: He wants to distinguish a marijuana edible just as he can a regular candy bar.

US NJ: Column: Time To Retire The Retired Judges

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 20 Nov 2014 - A case currently before the NJ Supreme Court (State v. Buckner) challenges the legality of judges age 70+ presiding over cases of life, death, and liberty. The onset of Alzheimer's disease and senility often strikes around 70. Nonetheless, there are dozens of septuagenarian judges sitting on the bench, arguably in contravention of the NJ Constitution. I, along with many defendants across the state, am watching this Buckner case with keen interest. Hopefully most of us will reach old age, but the older we get some things simply don't work as they did in our youth. I can say my sex life, my physical ability to play ball or run has been limited by my age, yet I am only 50. My mind is sharp (probably sharper than when I was 21), but I know from life experiences (watching my grandparents) that minds slow down with age. It happens to most people - including judges. Memories, complicated issues, and complex decision-making are greatly compromised by advanced age.