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CN ON: Reefer Gladness

Sat, 08/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 12 Aug 2016 - Emery Pot Shop Reopens Less than 24 hours after cops raided Cannabis Culture in Leslieville, the reefer retailer - that openly sells weed to anyone over age 19 - reopened its doors. Jodie Emery - who owns the Cannabis Culture brand - flew in from the West Coast to help reopen the shop, which is operated by another person.

US: DEA Keeps Marijuana Off Medicinal Path

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 12 Aug 2016 - WASHINGTON - The government refused again Thursday to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug's therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically and defying growing support to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions. In an announcement in the Federal Register and a letter to petitioners, the Drug Enforcement Administration turned down requests to remove marijuana from "Schedule I," which classifies it as a drug with "no currently accepted medical use" in the United States and precludes doctors from prescribing it.

US NM: State Bar Cautions Lawyers In Pot Business

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 12 Aug 2016 - Some Attorneys Given Pause by 'Gray Area' Between State, Federal Cannabis Policies Nine years after the New Mexico Legislature legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, the state's lawyers are feeling uneasy about clients involved in the cannabis industry.

US: U.S. Affirms Medical Marijuana Prohibition

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Austin American-Statesman, 12 Aug 2016 - Federal Government at Odds With 25 States That Allow Therapeutic Use. The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.

Philippines: War on Drugs: Upscale Nightclubs, Bars Next

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 12 Aug 2016 - From underprivileged communities, police are taking their intensified campaign against illegal drugs to upscale bars and nightclubs. But Philippine National Police ( PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa made it clear he is not about to wage war with owners and operators of leisure establishments frequented by the rich, saying he only intends to get their cooperation.

Philippines: Column: Modus Vivendi

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 12 Aug 2016 - The killings will continue, but martial law is not in the picture - that's my reading of President Duterte's speech directed at Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. This administration doesn't need martial law, although it might declare a state of emergency in Sulu to crush the Abu Sayyaf. If the ongoing nationwide killing spree is sustained at its current rate, it may even surpass the body count of victims during martial law. Ferdinand Marcos at least tried to coat his authoritarian acts with legal niceties.

US IL: Did 'First Daughter' Inhale Just Like Dad?

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
The Dominion Post, 12 Aug 2016 - She recently turned 18, and if Malia Obama did not know that she had become a legitimate target for sections of the American media, she does now. The "First Daughter" was videoed smoking what a witness claimed was a joint in a video clip released yesterday.

US: Pot Fails To Clear Highest DEA Hurdle

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 12 Aug 2016 - Studies OK, but No Legalization, Rescheduling WASHINGTON - The federal government is ending its decades-old monopoly on marijuana production for medical research as the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Thursday it was bowing to changing times.

US: Pot Fails To Clear Highest DEA Hurdle

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 12 Aug 2016 - Studies OK, but No Legalization, Rescheduling WASHINGTON - The federal government is ending its decades-old monopoly on marijuana production for medical research as the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Thursday it was bowing to changing times.

US: Pot Fails To Clear Highest DEA Hurdle

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 12 Aug 2016 - Studies OK, but No Legalization, Rescheduling WASHINGTON - The federal government is ending its decades-old monopoly on marijuana production for medical research as the Drug Enforcement Agency announced Thursday it was bowing to changing times.

CN BC: Overdose Prevention Program Expands

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 09 Aug 2016 - OVERDOSE PREVENTION PROGRAM EXPANDS As part of Interior Health's overdose emergency response, the Take Home Naloxone program has expanded to 70 sites which includes: all Interior Health emergency departments, public health centres, mental health and substance use offices as well as several community agencies.

CN ON: Growing Like A Weed

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2016 - Business is booming for local marijuana dispensaries Jordan Chambers dropped in to the Weeds marijuana dispensary on Montreal Road recently and bought a package of cannabis-infused chocolate turtles and two coconut dreamy bars.

CN ON: Police Raid 3 Marijuana Dispensaries

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 10 Aug 2016 - Danforth shop already plans to reopen in the future As governments lay groundwork for legal recreational pot next spring, Toronto police keep raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries and want the public to help them continue.

US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The Week

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 11 Aug 2016 - After we reported that federal and Colorado state figures conflict with a claim that Colorado teen use of marijuana has "gone up since legalization" ("Pot tale of the week," RN&R, July 28), prohibitionist Genoa lawyer Jim Hartman sent us a link to a report issued by the "Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" (RMHIDTA). We were aware of the report. It does indeed indicate that teen marijuana use in Colorado is higher than the national average. What it neglects to include in that statistic is the fact that its numbers nevertheless still show a level of teen use in the state that is lower than it was before legalization. In other words, teen use has gone down since marijuana became legal.

US CA: Column: Overscheduled

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 11 Aug 2016 - Wasn't the DEA supposed to have released its decision on rescheduling cannabis by now? - -John E. Law Of course it was, and of course it hasn't. Word was that the Drug Enforcement Administration was in talks to bump cannabis to Schedule 2 within the first half of 2016. Do you know how hard it is for government agencies to admit they've made a mistake? Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it supposedly has no medicinal value and has a high risk for abuse. You know, like other Schedule I drugs such as heroin or LSD.

US: Is the Pro-Pot Movement's Quest for Marijuana Legalization

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 11 Aug 2016 - Four in 10 Americans now hold mixed views on illegal substances, believing hard drugs should stay illegal, but recreational drugs, like marijuana, should be allowed, according to a newly released Barna Group study. Despite changes in public perception, an additional 32 percent still believe all drugs should be illegal, but it doesn't end there. Beyond those paradigms, 13 percent believe all drugs should be legal but regulated, with only 3 percent saying that all drugs should be legal with no regulation.

US: Obama Administration Will Lift a Barrier to Marijuana

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 11 Aug 2016 - The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials said Wednesday, potentially spurring broad scientific study of a drug that is being used to treat dozens of diseases in states across the nation despite little rigorous evidence of its effectiveness. The new policy is expected to sharply increase the supply of marijuana available to researchers.

Philippines: Column: Friction

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 11 Aug 2016 - Chief Justice Sereno went slightly off tangent when she instructed judges named in the "narco list" not to submit to the police without a warrant. She then wrote President Duterte to express her discomfort over the Name and Shame effort. The President, when he exposed the explosive list of names, did not ask the judges to be arrested. He asked those named to report to the Supreme Court, which has jurisdiction over them.

US: U.S. Will Affirm Its Prohibition Against Medical

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Aug 2016 - The government on Thursday will refuse again to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, reaffirming its conclusion that the drug's therapeutic value has not been proved scientifically, according to government officials, and defying a growing clamor to legalize it for the treatment of a variety of conditions. In an announcement scheduled to be in the Federal Register, the Drug Enforcement Administration will turn down requests to remove marijuana from "Schedule I," which classifies it as a drug with "no currently accepted medical use" in the United States and bars doctors from prescribing it.

Philippines: Palma Questions Drug List

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 07:00
Cebu Daily News, 10 Aug 2016 - Ill-advised and half-baked. This was how Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma described the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to publicly identify the local officials allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade. While he supports the President's campaign to curb illegal drugs, the 66year-old prelate said the fundamental requirements of due process and the rule of law have not been observed when he announced the names of so-called "narcopoliticians," judges and policemen involved in the illicit trade.

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