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South Africa: OPED: Truth About The Dagga Debate

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
The New Age, 26 Sep 2014 - The Medical Innovation Bill pursued through Parliament is not to legalise cannabis but rather to provide alternatives for cancer patients RECENTLY a debate has been revived on the Medical Innovation Bill introduced in Parliament by the late Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, an IFP MP and a close friend of mine.

US IL: Suburban Cops Rip Emanuel Drug Plan

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep 2014 - Officials Say Relaxing Penalties Wrong Signal, Wouldn't Help Addicts Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to change the terms of the drug war by lessening the penalties for low-level possession is getting blowback from the suburbs, with some prosecutors and police chiefs saying it sends an unhelpful message at a time when heroin overdoses are claiming hundreds of lives.

US CO: Column: A Cannabis Ad Campaign Designed to Educate, Not

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 25 Sep 2014 - New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd took some serious shit earlier this year for a piece she wrote about her scary experience in a Denver hotel room after an overdose of cannabis edibles. She was mocked for being stupid, for not reading the packaging, for not waiting long enough before eating more. And of being sanctimonious and selfrighteous about it, too. I thought she did us all a big favor. She's hardly the first person who's ever had a negative edible experience - come on, it might have even happened to you. And by honestly telling her own story, she showed that even a top-shelf national newspaper columnist who isn't careful with cannabis edibles can have a bad night. Despite spending a few hours curled in terror, she mentioned that she supported legalization, and the harshest chastisement she had was that the packaging content could be improved, something that Colorado is currently reevaluating in response to Dowd's column and other experiences like hers.

US CO: Column: What's The Best Way To Store My Harvest?

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 25 Sep 2014 - Dear Stoner: My outdoor garden is finishing soon. What is the best way to store herb, and how long will it stay fresh? The Hemp Herm Dear H.H.: The most important thing is learning how to cure your buds properly. It's a detailed, scientific process, but the general idea is to let them dry out in an open, breezy space until they feel crisp to the touch on the outside, but before the stems are brittle enough to snap off. Next, put them in airtight containers, opening them every 24 hours or so to "burp" the remaining moisture that is slowly releasing from the buds. Continue the process until you've hit about 55 percent relative humidity (that's on the dry end).

US CO: Group Gives Free Pakalolo To Veterans

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 22 Sep 2014 - Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400 bags of marijuana-infused products at the Denver Cannabis Giveaway.

US: 'Buzzed' A Primer On Abused Drugs

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 22 Sep 2014 - 'BUZZED' A PRIMER ON ABUSED DRUGS Just perusing the table of contents in "Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy" is a sharp reminder of the huge role drugs play in American culture. Twelve hefty chapters present the pharmacopeia in nonjudgmental alphabetical order - alcohol, caffeine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, herbal drugs, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, steroids, stimulants - each followed by a lively list of slang and street names.

US HI: The Pot Problem

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Garden Island, 21 Sep 2014 - Legal Medically, but Difficult to Obtain, Lawmakers to See If Loophole Can Be Fixed This is the first in a two-part series looking at a loophole in the medical marijuana industry that allows patients to possess and use the substance, but not obtain it unless they grow it themselves. Part two will be published in Monday's TGI.

US WA: City Hitting 'Reset Button' In Move to Dismiss Public

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 23 Sep 2014 - As the city moves to dismiss 100 tickets tainted by one police officer's political agenda, Seattle police said Monday they plan new steps to better teach the department's officers and citizens about the ban on smoking marijuana in public. "It's not really about writing tickets. We're trying to educate people," Deputy Chief Carmen Best told the City Council during a briefing prompted by the disclosure that bicycle Officer Randy Jokelaissued the vast majority of public-use tickets the first half of the year for personal reasons.

US DC: OPED: Kill The Program We Helped Start

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 19 Sep 2014 - Civil Asset Forfeiture Was a Good Idea - Until Government's Self-Interest Corrupted It Last week, The Post published a series of in-depth articles about the abuses spawned by the law enforcement practice known as civil asset forfeiture. As two people who were heavily involved in the creation of the asset forfeiture initiative at the Justice Department in the 1980s, we find it particularly painful to watch as the heavy hand of government goes amok. The program began with good intentions but now, having failed in both purpose and execution, it should be abolished.

US WA: Washington: Marijuana-Use Tickets Are Nullified

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 23 Sep 2014 - (AP) - City Attorney Pete Holmes of Seattle is dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the law allowing marijuana use. In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, Mr. Holmes said he is moving to dismiss about 100 tickets and would seek a refund for those who have already paid their $27 ticket. Through the first six months of 2014, the officer, Randy Jokela, wrote about 80 percent of the tickets, addressing some to "Petey Holmes" or writing that he considered the law silly. The officer was temporarily reassigned, and the department's Office of Professional Accountability is investigating. The police chief, Kathleen O'Toole, asked Mr. Holmes to drop the tickets Officer Jokela issued, but he said it would be easier procedurally to drop them all and would make for cleaner data as the city tracks enforcement of the law. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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.