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US PA: Editorial: Weed Law Is Right Step

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 22 Sep 2014 - Too many people have seen their lives upended after being arrested with small amounts of marijuana. The time it took to reach a compromise on marijuana arrests in Philadelphia was worth it. It should lead to a dramatic reduction in the thousands saddled with debilitating criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug for recreational use.

US CA: Hash- Oil Lab Raids Yield Nine Arrests

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep 2014 - Crackdown Reflects a Growing Offshoot of the Illicit Drug Trade. SAN DIEGO - Seven men and two women are facing felony charges here stemming from what authorities say is a new and highly dangerous offshoot of the illicit drug trade: extracting hash oil from marijuana.

US OR: Oregon Starts Laying Groundwork Before State Votes on

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 22 Sep 2014 - PORTLAND - In the months before a marijuana-legalization measure goes before voters, the leadership of Oregon's largest agencies quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with it. The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State Police, who would no longer make minor marijuana arrests, to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which would administer the program.

Canada: Can U.S. Border Guards Turn Me Away For Saying I've Smoked

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Sep 2014 - I get really nervous when driving across the border, especially because I've heard the story of a friend of a friend who was banned from the U.S. on his way to Burning Man. He has no criminal record, but the officer asked him if he'd ever smoked a joint and he said yes. Can I really get turned away at the border for saying I've smoked pot a couple of times in my life? - - Martin, Calgary

CN ON: Judge Rules Surcharges Unconstitutional

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
The Observer, 20 Sep 2014 - The imposition of mandatory surcharges on a woman continuing to struggle with drug abuse and mental illness was ruled unconstitutional by a Sarnia judge on Thursday. Stacey Corrine Bressette, 30, of Sarnia pleaded guilty to the July 14 violation of a probation order to keep the peace when she was in a home where she was not welcome.

CN ON: Rehab Programs Feel The Crunch

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa South News, 18 Sep 2014 - Jail Break: A four-part series about recidivism in Ontario Canada's jails are bursting at the seams. Federal and provincial correctional facilities are struggling to meet the rising intake of inmates, the result of federal government tough-on-crime legislation. A Metroland East special report shows rehabilitation and treatment programs have taken a backseat to the push for prison expansion. In the first of a four-part series, we look at how prisoners are struggling to find employment and addiction-treatment support.

US PA: Editorial: Pa. Should Approve Overdose Antidote

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Sep 2014 - Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdose deaths. Overdoses on heroin or prescription opiates often are deadly because they stop the user's breathing. An inexpensive, non-addictive, easily administered antidote called naloxone, or Narcan, is readily available. But in Pennsylvania, most first responders who initially handle an overdose patient - police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are not authorized by law to carry or administer the drug.

US CA: Former Principal Promotes Marijuana for Ailing Seniors

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 21 Sep 2014 - ANTIOCH, Calif. - Sue Taylor stands before her Rotary Club audience in her "principal's suit" - matching black blazer and pants, heels, pearls, and a pocketbook holding a secret. At 67, Taylor has made a giant leap. The retired principal of two Catholic schools today calls herself America's only full-time senior cannabis advocate.

CN ON: Sabot Eradicated Marijuana Plants

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 20 Sep 2014 - 'Our overall goal is a safe Canada': Insp. Tim Kimpan Local police agencies partnered with the Canadian Armed Forces over four days to eradicate 1,743 marijuana plants in SDG and Prescott-Russell earler this month.

US GA: Real Families Suffer As States Defer On Medical

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Sep 2014 - ATLANTA - The question hovers over Kelli Hopkins every day. It rises with her each morning as she feeds her two remaining sick children their seizure medicine five pills for Mary Elizabeth, seven for Michala. It follows as she packs them and their wheelchairs into the van for another hospital visit, another brain scan, another trip to the emergency room. It wakes her at 2 a.m. each night when she rolls over on the couch she's slept on for years only to see carpet where there used to be a cot.

US FL: Legal Challenges Put 'Charlotte's Web'

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 20 Sep 2014 - Final development of Florida's legalized non-euphoric medical-marijuana program is on hold for up to 60 days because several potential growers are furious over the state's proposed rules and filed challenges. Earlier this month, the Department of Health issued its final proposed rules on who could qualify for five state licenses to grow, process and sell so-called Charlotte's Web marijuana products to treat Florida patients with epilepsy, other neurological disorders and cancer.

US: Selling Pot Can Be A Shady, Crazy, Confusing Business

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 21 Sep 2014 - New York (AP) - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.

US GA: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till You

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream.

US GA: OPED: Why Research Is Biased Against Pot to Focus on

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused.

US WA: Editorial: What Are the Next Steps for Marijuana Reform?

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - THE recreational marijuana market authorized by voters in 2012 is heavily taxed to fund prevention efforts, and is strictly regulated to ensure quality and security. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to rein in the larger, completely unregulated and mostly untaxed marijuana industry that serves medical patients. Seattle currently has just one recreational store, but dozens of medical dispensaries. These two markets should be merged. Lawmakers must ensure legitimately suffering patients get a break from the steep so-called sin taxes of the recreational market, and should continue to allow home grows for them. Ensuring that patients are legitimate also requires a much tighter rein on medical professionals who glibly hand out "green card" medical-marijuana authorizations to otherwise healthy young men. The recreational market needs tweaking too - to entice more cities and counties to open their borders to state-licensed marijuana stores. Without broader access, black-market marijuana sales, which voters directly targeted in passing Initiative 502, would continue to flourish. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

US WA: City Attorney Holmes to Seek Broad Dismissal of Pot-Use

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - In Municipal Court Not Just Those Issued by Police Officer Facing Discipline Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer's personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources.

CN BC: Column: Still Monkeying Around On Pot Legalization

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Pique Newsmagazine, 18 Sep 2014 - There's a famous experiment in the annals of learning. It involves a jar, a banana and a monkey. I know it sounds very similar to jokes that start, "There was a priest, a rabbi and a minister," but that's where the similarity ends. The experiment goes like this. The banana is put inside the jar and the jar is put inside a room. So is the monkey. Put inside the room, that is, not inside the jar. It's not that big a jar. The monkey being a monkey and the banana being a banana, it doesn't take long for the monkey to notice the banana and decide he/she would really like to eat it. This is where it gets good.

US WA: Millions Expected In State Pot Taxes Into Mid-2019

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 19 Sep 2014 - Council Warns Projections Could Change Won't Fill Budget Gap OLYMPIA (AP) - The state's legal recreational marijuana market is expected to bring in about $636 million in taxes to state coffers through the middle of 2019, according to an economic forecast released Thursday.

US NM: Pot Legalization Falls Short With Nm Voters

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 19 Sep 2014 - Support for Change Strongest Among Young Respondents A proposed constitutional change legalizing marijuana never made it to this year's ballot, but it looks like it would have been a hard sell with voters anyway.

US DC: Poll: DC Is Poised To Legalize Pot

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 19 Sep 2014 - Almost Two-Thirds of Likely Voters Back Measure on Nov. 4 Ballot Voters in the District of Columbia are poised to follow Colorado and Washington state into a closely watched experiment to legalize marijuana, according to a new NBC4/Washington Post/ Marist poll.