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US DC: The Pot Lobby Suits Up

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Mar 2014 - It Took Michael Correia More Than a Week After Getting His New Job to Tell His Parents He Was a Marijuana Lobbyist. "I just got a job lobbying for a small-business trade association that focuses on taxes and banking issues," he told them four months ago after being hired by the National Cannabis Industry Association.

US: Web: Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
AlterNet, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana Medicine's Near-Miraculous Healing Powers Require the Whole Plant-Not Just One Oil Extract CBD-only laws are a pretext to extend marijuana prohibition under the guise of 'protecting the children.'

US HI: Column: Is Legalization Of Pot Inevitable?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Mar 2014 - First, 20 states and the District of Columbia passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use. Then in 2012, voters in Washington state and Colorado approved measures legalizing the sale and possession of marijuana for non-medical use, with state oversight. Now at least a half-dozen states from Alaska to Maine are considering following suit. Marijuana still remains a federally controlled substance, but Attorney General Eric Holder in January said the U.S. Justice Department would soon issue regulations to let state-sanctioned marijuana businesses have access to banking and credit. Can full legalization be far behind? Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, try to answer the question.

US HI: OPED: Bill Makes Progress Toward Better Access To Medical

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 22 Mar 2014 - Hawaii has yet to craft a functional law that addresses medical marijuana for chronic disease. Progress to date has been incremental but in the right direction. Last year the platform for medical marijuana moved from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Health, establishing it as a mainstream medical program. SB 2574 SD 1, relating to medical marijuana, permits board-certified pain specialist physicians, oncologists, ophthalmologists and board-certified palliative care physicians to prescribe medical marijuana beginning Jan. 2. Currently, only primary care physicians are authorized to prescribe.

US MN: Edu: Hemp Bill Could Benefit U Research

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Minnesota Daily, 25 Mar 2014 - College of Biological Sciences Professors Say the Bill Could Expand Crop Studies. Legislation that would authorize the University of Minnesota to perform agricultural or academic research on hemp is moving through the state Capitol this session, gaining support from some faculty members.

US NJ: NJ Senator Wants Tax On Marijuana To Pay For Roads

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 25 Mar 2014 - TRENTON (AP) - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to legalize marijuana, tax it and use the revenue to pay to fix the state's roads and bridges. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced his plan Monday, acknowledging that opposition from Gov. Chris Christie could seriously hinder it but pointing out, "He's not going to be governor forever."

US NJ: N.J. Senator: Allow Recreational Pot

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Mar 2014 - Nick Scutari, Who Helped Get Medical Marijuana Legalized, Cited Colorado's Revenue Windfall. A prime author of New Jersey's medical marijuana law wants the state now to emulate Colorado and legalize the recreational use of pot by adults.

US MI: Group Targets City Of Summer Marijuana Vote

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
The Macomb Daily, 23 Mar 2014 - Marijuana proponents are gearing up to get pot decriminalization proposals on ballots in about a dozen cities statewide this year, including one in Macomb County. The effort comes after the Safer Michigan Coalition successfully passed similar proposals last year in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing.

US NY: Fewer Would Have A Criminal Record If Pot Is Legalized

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Times Herald-Record, 23 Mar 2014 - The eventual legalization of marijuana may seem inevitable. But that doesn't mean advocates on both sides of the issue have stopped fighting for and against it. Those who oppose legalization see the increased use and acceptance of marijuana by young people as the primary reason it shouldn't be legalized. After all, in Colorado it's available in kids' candies like gummy worms, which can't legally be sold or consumed by anyone under 18.

Canada: Feds' Bid to Snuff Home Growers Goes Up in Smoke

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Mar 2014 - VANCOUVER - The Conservative government's plan to move medical marijuana plants out of patients' basements and into commercial facilities was dealt a significant setback Friday, after a Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so. Judge Michael Manson issued an injunction exempting patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana under the current rules, either for themselves or someone else, from new regulations that would have made the practice illegal.

Canada: Federal Court Grants Injunction to Allow Patients to

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Mar 2014 - The Conservative government's plan to move medical marijuana plants out of patients' basements and into commercial facilities was dealt a significant setback Friday, after a Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so. Justice Michael Manson issued an injunction exempting patients who are licensed to possess or grow medical marijuana under the current rules, either for themselves or someone else, from new regulations that would have made the practice illegal.

CN BC: City Cracks Down On Pot Homes

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 20 Mar 2014 - Medical pot grow-ops in residential homes have to be shut down as of next week (April 1), and the City of Surrey will be following up to make sure the houses are safe. People ignoring the city's requests for remediation work may face thousands of dollars in inspection costs.

Canada: Health Canada's New Attack on Medical Marijuana Is No

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
Planet S, 20 Mar 2014 - HEALTH CANADA'S NEW ATTACK ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS NO TOKE In November, Health Canada publicly outed 40,000 members of the medical marijuana community by sending them envelopes marked Medical Marihuana Access Regulations through regular mail. Typically, Health Canada had communicated with patients via courier with unmarked envelopes.

CN AB: Grey-Area Drug Sold In Fort

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
The Fort Saskatchewan Record, 20 Mar 2014 - This story is Part 1 of 2 surrounding the issue of synthetic cannabinoids and their local availability A local store connected to the sale of a synthetic cannabinoid has fallen into a grey area of Canadian law.

US OH: Medical Marijuana

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
The Marietta Times, 24 Mar 2014 - What Will Ohio Voters Say If the Issue Is on the Ballot? Medical marijuana proponents are continuing efforts to bring legalization of the drug to Ohio voters in November. Libertarian candidate for governor Charlie Earl announced his endorsement for the "Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment" earlier this month, and John Pardee, president of the Ohio Rights Group that's pushing to get the amendment on the ballot, praised Earl for his support in a recent news release.

CN BC: Federal Judge Imposes Medical Marijuana Growing Reprieve

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 22 Mar 2014 - A Prince George man who legally grows marijuana in his home for medical purposes is pleased that a federal court judge has struck down a federal ban that was set to take effect April 1. Judge Michael Manson granted an application from a group of medical marijuana patients, who asked for a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo until a constitutional challenge of the new system can be heard.

US OR: Oregon Dismays Medical Pot Shops With Munchies Ban

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Home, 22 Mar 2014 - SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates. The Oregon Health Authority released draft rules late Wednesday for medical-pot dispensaries to follow when they open as early as next week under a new law. Although medical marijuana will be available at the dispensaries, the agency wants to ban sweets containing the drug because they could be attractive to young people.

US: Researchers Decry Politics Of Marijuana

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Mar 2014 - Millions of ordinary Americans are able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you're a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies posttraumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn't nearly so easy. That's because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.

US: Is The Bloom Off Marijuana Stocks?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 22 Mar 2014 - The non-profit Financial Industry Regulatory Authority says investors should remain wary and research pot stocks before they consider buying. Wall Street seems to be losing its appetite for pot. Marijuana stocks were high flyers - so to speak- after Colorado and Washington states legalized pot sales and several other states announced they may legalize sales or decriminalize possession. Shares in about 20 marijuana-related companies began soaring, with some gaining more than 500 percent off 52-week lows.

CN BC: Medical Pot Producers Win Legal Reprieve

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 22 Mar 2014 - People who grow medical marijuana at home won a reprieve Friday, but they still have to destroy most of their plants. A Federal Court judge ruled anyone already licensed to grow the drug may continue to do so beyond March 31, when new regulations governing production were to take effect.