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The Simcoe Reformer, 30 Oct 2015 - We're in this for the long haul. Well, at least for four years. While only 39.5% of the electorate voted for Liberal candidates, Justin Trudeau will be governing with a majority mandate. It's full steam ahead with his agenda. There will be plenty of time to critique his forthcoming missteps and gaffes. And make no mistake, they're coming.
Northern News, 30 Oct 2015 - We're in this for the long haul. Well, at least for four years. While only 39.5% of the electorate voted for Liberal candidates, Justin Trudeau will be governing with a majority mandate. It's full steam ahead with his agenda. There will be plenty of time to critique his forthcoming missteps and gaffes. And make no mistake, they're coming.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Oct 2015 - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will require physicians to complete an educational course before they can authorize medical marijuana for patients - an unusual mandate not applied to other new drugs or seen in other states with medical marijuana programs. State officials say the 4-1/2-hour, $250 online course will inform doctors about a complex drug treatment not covered in medical school. But while the investment of time and money is modest, some patient advocates worry the inconvenience could discourage physicians from participating, ultimately limiting patient access.
Boulder Weekly, 29 Oct 2015 - Boulder Weekly brings you this report in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. Learn more at rmpbs.org/news. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Toxicology, up to 69.5 percent of the pesticides on a marijuana bud can transfer into the smoker's lungs. Jeffrey Raber, who directed the study and owns a cannabis-testing lab in California, said the risks to consumers and workers are clear.
The Chico News & Review, 29 Oct 2015 - The Number of Weed Users in the U.S. Has Doubled The number of Americans who use marijuana doubled in a decade, according to survey data collected from 80,000 adults by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 2001-02 and 2012-13. Respondents were asked whether they'd used marijuana in the past year, and whether they had signs of problematic use, such as trying but being unable to quit using weed heavily despite harm to health, or causing depression or anxiety. The most recent survey indicates that 22 million Americans, or 10 percent of the total population, now uses pot. And about 1 in 3 users-or 6.8 million people-showed signs of dependence or abuse. Use increased across all age groups, but was most common among people ages 18 to 29. The researchers attributed the increase in smoking to a cultural shift regarding recreational use. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct 2015 - Issuing tax certificates gives a false sense of legitimacy, city lawmakers say. Los Angeles lawmakers want to stop letting new marijuana shops sign up to pay city taxes because they say there is no way the businesses could be legal under restrictions approved by voters more than two years ago.
North Coast Journal, 29 Oct 2015 - Locals React to California's New Medical Marijuana Rules With a motion of his wrist, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this month a broad set of regulations designed to rein in the state's massive, unruly medical marijuana industry.
Tillsonburg News, 28 Oct 2015 - Maybe they go to school without a lunch. A doctor's appointment is missed. Little fingers are without mittens in the frosty winter air.
News & Observer, 29 Oct 2015 - It costs approximately $80 a day to house a person in a North Carolina prison. With over 37,000 people serving time in our state, officials have understandably prioritized reducing prison populations with considerable gusto over the past decade. While many of those efforts have been successful, the effect of one particular change has yet to be seen - that of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's unanimous decision to reduce the sentencing guidelines for most federal drug trafficking charges beginning Sunday. That's right. North Carolina has only days left until this change takes effect.
Packet & Times, 28 Oct 2015 - Provincial police forces are waiting to see what effect legalizing marijuana might have on enforcement guidelines. Responding to questions related to the federal Liberal government's pledge to legalize cannabis, Insp. Pat Morris, Orillia OPP commander, said there are already challenges that exist for police in relation to medical marijuana grow operations.
Westword, 29 Oct 2015 - Dear Stoner: What is a moratorium? It doesn't seem to be friendly to the dispensaries based on my Facebook feed. Allison Dear Allison: A moratorium is a temporary prohibition of an activity, and Amendment 64 gives local municipalities the right to ban or freeze marijuana-related applications, so your Facebook friends might be trying to open a pot business somewhere that either has or is considering a marijuana moratorium. Although the length of marijuana moratoriums and what specific businesses they freeze differ from place to place, the reason is the same: to curb the explosion of the marijuana industry while local government gets a grip on it. Many towns that already have dispensaries, such as Breckenridge, Dillon and Idaho Springs, all have moratoriums on new pot-shop applications. Some of these moratoriums can squash costly plans that take a lot of time and energy to create, but not every local government institutes such a ban because it's hostile to legal pot. Pueblo County, for instance, has been extremely welcoming to the legal cannabis industry and has over a dozen dispensaries and more than three dozen growing operations, but new medical or recreational dispensaries can't apply for licenses there until 2017 because the county is concerned about flooding the market.
Reno News & Review, 29 Oct 2015 - Civil asset forfeiture (CAF) goes back to our Revolutionary period. Government licensed privateers who raided British merchant ships. Privateers were not pirates. Privateers were licensed by the state to attack and seize enemy assets.
SF Weekly, 29 Oct 2015 - KILLER PILLS On Sept. 24 of last year, Joseph Briones and a friend walked into the Westfield Centre mall on Market Street and headed towards the bathrooms, in search of a safe place to get high. The pair, heroin users with no fixed addresses, knew that the upscale mall has toilets off the beaten track.
The Sun Times, 28 Oct 2015 - The election of Justin Trudeau's Liberal government has injected a big dose of optimism into Canada's fledgling medical marijuana industry. While it's still unclear how the prime minister designate will address his campaign promise to "legalize, regulate and restrict access" to pot, officials with companies that hope to operate medical marijuana production facilities in Grey-Bruce say they are now much more hopeful about the industry's future.
The Niagara Falls Review, 28 Oct 2015 - Here is the deal, folks. Sooner or later, probably sooner, pot is going to be legal in Canada. All the signs are moving in that direction. Medical marijuana is already a reality and, despite the dire warnings of some, the sky did not fall and Canada did not turn into a cesspool of scum and villainy.
Sacramento News & Review, 29 Oct 2015 - Can pot cause skin rashes? I recently returned to pot smoking after a 40-year absence. Weird red rashes have broken out in the most unusual places-behind my ears, on the palms of my hands, in the creases beside my nostrils, behind my knees. And they itch like crazy. I've swapped out all of my soaps, skin lotions, shampoo, after-shave, etc. (all of which I have been using for years) but nothing seems to help. I don't think I'm having a typical allergic reaction to any of those types of things.
North Coast Journal, 29 Oct 2015 - If you haven't read this week's cover story yet, an expanded "Week in Weed" of sorts looking at local reactions to new state weed regulations, I urge you to take a look at it. A lot of smart people involved in the marijuana industry are saying a lot of smart things. Among those players is Paul Gallegos, the sometimes-embattled former district attorney, who for 12 years was the top law enforcer in America's most famous marijuana-producing county. The tl;dr version of his thoughts on the cover is: Get legal now. In private practice now, Gallegos is advising marijuana businesses on how to get compliant so they can get on a priority list when the state begins issuing licenses. He also had some fascinating insights that couldn't fit in the cover story, so we've highlighted some of his other thoughts about the state of the industry.
Winnipeg Free Press, 28 Oct 2015 - A WINNIPEG man caught with a large marijuana grow operation in his home went to court Tuesday wondering if Justin Trudeau might be able to save him. But defence lawyer Jay Prober had some bad news for his client - the prime minister-designate's promise to legalize pot in Canada wouldn't save him.
The Trentonian, 26 Oct 2015 - I ask and answer this because I'll probably be arrested on Monday October 26 in front of the Ocean County Courthouse for passing out jury nullification awareness literature in defiance of an illegal verbal order issued by Lieutenant Green of the Ocean County Sheriff's Department at the behest of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. I feel no remorse for not complying with this unconstitutional order. So I expect to be jailed; the only question is, for how long? How this came to be: Last week, libertarian activist and Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) member Jim Babb was ordered to leave the public area in front of the Ocean County Courthouse before being threatened with arrest and told he was being investigated for jury tampering for passing out fija.org-jury rights literature. (Please watch this video: http://tinyurl.com/ ocsherriff) This is bogus - it's the prosecution that tampers with a jury. They are they ones who make sure the jurors are uninformed of their rights, to ensure an advantage, to steal true justice from us - we the people.
Albuquerque Journal, 28 Oct 2015 - Lieutenant Who Shot Undercover Officer Says He Was at Briefing The city of Albuquerque and the police lieutenant who shot and seriously injured a fellow undercover officer in a drug sting gone awry early this year have denied in court filings that the lieutenant missed a briefing prior to the operation.