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US NJ: Family To Leave N.J. Over Cannabis Law

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Oct 2014 - Jennie Stormes Said Her Son Has Life-Threatening and Frequent Seizures. She's Held Weekly Protests. A nurse who has staged weekly protests about New Jersey's troubled medical marijuana program is joining an exodus of families with ill children for Colorado. Courtesy of Jim Miller Jennie Stormes organized weekly protests against medical marijuana rules she says are too restrictive.

US NJ: Christie Talks Compassion For Addiction

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Oct 2014 - CHRISTIE TALKS COMPASSION FOR ADDICTION Every one of these lives is an individual gift from God and has to be treated that way. Gov. Christie NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie joined with the pastor of a church here Tuesday to call for lessening the stigma of drug addiction, invoking a friend's death as he sought to frame the issue as a universal problem.

US NJ: Column: Shaneen Allen Case Illustrates Discrepancies in Gun Laws

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 02 Oct 2014 - The Shaneen Allen case has made a lot of people look at New Jersey Gun laws, many are happy she's not going to trial. Not me. I had hoped she would have. I previously wrote I thought a jury wouldn't convict her. Instead, thanks to the scrutiny the Ray Rice case brought to her case, the Atlantic County Prosecutors office begrudgingly accepted her into the (PTI) Pre-Trial Intervention program. I don't think this a victory; a victory would have been a "not guilty" verdict. She will soon plead "guilty" and lose her right to vote and own a gun. She will now experience what millions of other citizens (especially black citizens) suffer, "second amendment-less citizenship" for trying to protect herself.

CN BC: Council Mulls E-Cigarette Ban

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 02 Oct 2014 - Health. Uncertainty Over Possible Effects on Marijuana Users Pushes Vote Back Vancouver councillors are huffing and puffing over the proposal to ban e-cigarettes from wherever smoking is banned.

US OR: Travel Sage Rick Steves To Speak In Support Of

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
Eugene Weekly, 02 Oct 2014 - With a disarming smile and a lilting baritone made for public radio, Rick Steves has been making traveling the world less frightening for the past 30 years. Through his European travel guidebooks and public radio and television programs, he has introduced Americans to a kinder, more accessible world outside of our own. This October, Steves is taking a different kind of trip - a six-day tour around Oregon to calm our nerves in regards to November's Measure 91, which would legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana.

US DE: An Anti-Pot Tirade Goes Up in Smoke

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
Daily Times, 02 Oct 2014 - Immigration lawyer and columnist Christine Flowers calls cannabis consumers the "lowest common denominator" in a recent piece. The truth is quite the opposite. The last three U.S. presidents admitted to an experience with the devil's lettuce along with scientists like Carl Sagan and possibly half of the NBA. In fact, 100 million Americans have tried cannabis.

US MI: Chief Pego Declares War On Substance Abuse

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Morning Sun, 01 Oct 2014 - Chief Steve Pego of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe declared war on substance abuse to an at-capacity audience at the Celebration of Healing, Recovery and Hope event last week at the Eagle's Nest Tribal Gym on the reservation. In a historic move, Steve Pego signed a birch bark document of community standards declaring war, something he said the tribe hasn't done since 1763, during the Sept. 24 community meeting.

US FL: Sides Fire Up Ad War On Medical Marijuana

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 01 Oct 2014 - Twenty-three states have adopted similar measures, but the Florida campaign has drawn national attention because it would be the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. TV viewers in Florida this week are seeing the first attack in an ad war over medical marijuana, as polls point to a close contest on a constitutional amendment to legalize the illicit weed.

Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.

Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.

US MS: Group Proposes Legal Pot In Miss.

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Commercial Appeal, 01 Oct 2014 - JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi. Petition organizer Kelly Jacobs said Mississippi for Cannabis hopes to place an initiative on the November 2016 election ballot. Jacobs says the ballot initiative proposal would legalize cannabis for adults to own as much as they wish, to use as they wish, but keep it from minors. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

Jamaica: Jamaica Drafts Law to Lift Century-Long Ban on Use of

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
Scotsman, 02 Oct 2014 - JAMAICA'S justice minister has said legislation has been drafted to decriminalise marijuana on the Caribbean island where the drug has been pervasive but prohibited for a century. Mark Golding told reporters that parliament should make possession of two ounces or less a petty offence before the end of 2014.

Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.

Canada: Drug laws killing users: Groups

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 01 Oct 2014 - OTTAWA - Canada's drug policy is a failure and it is killing people in communities across the country, drug-reform activists said Tuesday in Ottawa. Drug activists, health lobbyists and other leaders in the field, including the Liberal Party's health critic, gathered on Parliament Hill for a press conference to advocate for a fairer drug policy than the current one they say unfairly criminalizes drugs users and leads to the mistreatment of addiction.

US FL: Marijuana Amendment On The Bubble Of Approval

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Tallahassee Democrat, 27 Sep 2014 - Florida's pending constitutional amendment that could allow the sale, purchase and use of medical marijuana is on the bubble of the voter support needed in November for it to be approved. The 75-word Amendment 2 question asks voters decide if individuals with debilitating diseases may get medical marijuana from a licensed Florida physician.

US WA: 2nd Seattle Pot Shop Opens Doors

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 01 Oct 2014 - Central District Owner Happy With Debut; 'Fortress' Gets Mixed Response Finally, Seattle has a second pot store.

US MD: Bit Of Pot Won't Land You In MD. Jail

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 01 Oct 2014 - Citation, 'Yoga Tax' And Wage Boost Among New Laws in Region Getting caught with a small plastic bag of marijuana in Maryland used to carry the risk of both criminal charges and jail time. But once the clock struck midnight, Maryland's decriminalization law took effect, replacing criminal charges, in most cases, with a civil citation and a fine - similar to getting a parking ticket.

US CA: Biologists Identify Pot Gardens As Salmon Threat

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 01 Oct 2014 - GRANTS PASS, ORE. (AP) - Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website.

Australia: Have A Heart

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Herald Sun, 30 Sep 2014 - Couple's Plea to Hospital for Their Sick Son THE Melbourne couple who have controversially given their sick toddler cannabis oil now fear for his life after hospital doctors last night threatened to call the police if the drug was administered.

US OK: Editorial: War Far From Over in Fight Against Meth Use

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 29 Sep 2014 - WHEN government closes a window, the market opens a door. Sadly, this describes the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma. This state has been a national leader in the meth manufacturing crackdown, finding ways to restrict the purchase of ingredients used to cook meth. But as fewer meth "labs" are being found and shut down by state authorities, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.