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CN AB: Column: Facts, Not Fear Mongering

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Whitecourt Star, 22 Oct 2014 - Addiction is a terrible thing. It impacts not only the person with the addiction but also their family, friends and the community. An addiction takes a financial toll, a spiritual toll, a moral toll and an emotional one.

US PA: Editorial: Failure To Take Up Bill Hurts Children

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Springfield Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - The medical marijuana bill awaiting a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives never made it off the table. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.

US MI: Voters In 3 Cities To Decide Pot Proposals

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Tribune, 26 Oct 2014 - Marijuana decriminalization proposals are on the ballot in three south Oakland County communities on Nov. 4 and pro-pot organizers have yet to lose such an election. Election Day in Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Berkley will show whether the activists' winning streak will continue in Oakland County and elsewhere.

US FL: Law School Panelists Differ on Legalization of Pot

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Gainesville Sun, 25 Oct 2014 - Florida voters will decide on Amendment 2 in less than two weeks, but it's safe to say that the disagreement over medical marijuana and, more broadly, marijuana legalization will carry on well after Nov. 4. That was one takeaway from a panel discussion on marijuana legalization that the University of Florida Levin College of Law student law review hosted Friday at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

US FL: Medical Marijuana: Florida Parents Fight to Help

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Miami Herald, 26 Oct 2014 - Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures. For a few moments, Nancy Peruyero imagined what Nicolas' life might be like without the relentless myoclonic seizures every day. And for the first time, she allowed herself to hope, an emotion she had rarely felt since that August afternoon in 2009 when her youngest son was diagnosed with Batten disease, an unusual neurological disorder marked by seizures, loss of motor skills and mental impairment. His life expectancy with the disease is no more than 12 years. He turned 9 on Oct.2.

US OR: Oregon Initiative Seeks Lower Pot Taxes Than Cities Want

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 25 Oct 2014 - HAPPY VALLEY, Ore.-As voters in this state prepare to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, a dispute over taxing the drug is demonstrating the complexity of transforming a black market into a legal one. Drafters of the Oregon initiative, Measure 91, have proposed a state tax on pot producers that would be lower than those in the first two states where recreational pot was legalized, Colorado and Washington. Their aim is to prevent a situation where high prices at authorized pot shops push buyers to the black market.

US FL: Florida's Medical Pot Vote Turns into Political Party

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 25 Oct 2014 - MIAMI-A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida that would make it the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana is among the most expensive ballot fights in the country and could affect the state's hard-fought gubernatorial race. The battle pits two wealthy donors. Democrat John Morgan, an Orlando trial lawyer, has pumped about $4 million into United for Care, the main organization supporting the measure. Republican Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate, has contributed about $4 million to the Drug Free Florida Committee, one of the groups opposing it.

US FL: Editorial: The Amendments

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Star-Banner, 25 Oct 2014 - Florida voters are being asked to approve or reject three proposed amendments to the state constitution. Amendments 1 and 2 were initiated by citizen petition. The Legislature proposed Amendment 3. With early voting beginning today, we offer these summaries of our previously published editorials.

US FL: OPED: Let's Check the Facts on the Medical Marijuana

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Gainesville Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - One of the splits between North and South is over the medical use of marijuana. In New York, the House recently voted for legalizing medical marijuana 117-30, followed by 49-10 in the Senate. In Maryland, the House approved 125-11 and the Senate 44-2. Last year in New Hampshire, the votes in favor were 284-66 in the House and 18-6 in the Senate. Those three states joined 20 others where marijuana could already be used medically. Every southern state, however, remains among the 27 that still outlaw its medicinal use, even as evidence accumulates that cannabinoids alleviate severe pain, nausea, weight loss and muscle spasms with milder side effects than alternatives. Medicinal use of marijuana is humane and reduces deaths from opioids. What about Florida, a cultural blend of North and South? Until recently, Amendment 2 legalizing marijuana, drafted by former House speaker and UF law school dean Jon Mills, appeared sure to gain the required 60 percent voter approval. Recently, however, a flood of negative TV advertising has turned many voters against it.

US OR: Editorial: Government Tries To Cash In On The Pot

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Albany Democrat-Herald, 24 Oct 2014 - It's a little alarming - and, truth be told, a little amusing - to watch city and county governments line up, one by one, for their potential slice of tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. Even communities that have made it clear that medical marijuana dispensaries are not welcome within their boundaries are hoping to cash in on recreational marijuana as a way to drive some additional dough into their coffers.

US FL: OPED: Marijuana Amendment Poorly Written

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 25 Oct 2014 - While Amendment 2 may have good intentions-to provide relief to Floridians suffering from serious illnesses-the poorly written language of the amendment will have irreversible, unintended consequences on our reputation as a family-friendly and business-friendly state. Gaping holes in the amendment language will open the floodgates for widespread marijuana use in Florida. Any patient who suffers debilitating diseases "or other conditions" would qualify for medical marijuana, meaning anyone with as much as a headache could buy pot.

US NJ: Column: Venting About Apathy And Election Fraud

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 23 Oct 2014 - This past weekend there was a marijuana legalization protest, "The Cannabis Conference," here in Trenton. Only a few Trenton residents showed up, which is sad considering this is a minority city and most of the arrests here are for marijuana possession. Usually I'd say if you don't stand up for yourself don't expect others to, but more than 200 suburbanite Caucasians did exactly that. They came out to protest a law that disproportionately affects you, my brothers. So now I say, keep your pants saggy and don't cry racism or unfairness from your porch bro's. Say nothing next time the man scoops you up and puts your blunt-smoking butt in the concrete plantation system for a while as chattel.

US WA: Editorial: Where's The Weed?

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 26 Oct 2014 - FOUR months into Washington's era of legal marijuana stores, a strange reality has settled over Seattle: The city doesn't seem to care much about the availability of over-the-counter pot. Combined sales at Seattle's recreational marijuana stores trail those in Vancouver, Spokane and even Bellingham. On a per capita basis, Seattle's sales are about half of Yakima's and one-third of Tacoma's, according to data from the state Liquor Control Board.

US DC: OPED: A Campaign for Justice - Through Legal Marijuana

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Oct 2014 - Racial Disparities Still Exist in Enforcement Not even the threat of legal penalty has kept marijuana users from making it the most commonly used recreational drug after alcohol and tobacco. But in black America, marijuana's harsh penalty is evergreen: It is a consistent gateway into jails that lock away mostly young black folk, including those who don't have prior arrest records.

US DC: OPED: The Route To Reefer Sanity

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Oct 2014 - On a warm Seattle summer evening in 1978, my wife wanted to talk about my increasingly frequent pot smoking: "I feel you've abandoned me, that the person I married-even when you're sitting next to me on the couch - is not there." She had complained before about my use, and I'd tried to reassure her. "It's not as if I'm stoned every day," I'd counter. "Is it that different from having a drink or two?" I'd promise to cut back, but my resolve would give way, and I'd start to cut corners, making exceptions to the rules I'd set. Eventually I'd slide right back to where I started.

US IL: Column: On Medical Marijuana and Illinois

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
The News-Gazette, 26 Oct 2014 - Q: When will medical marijuana actually be available in Illinois? A: Soon, but not yet. Probably early to mid-2015. Some applicants have apparently been approved, and have received the "registry identification card" that certifies they're a "qualifying patient" who can use medical marijuana.

Philippines: Cops Raid Marijuana Plantations

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 07:00
Manila Standard Today, 27 Oct 2014 - SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union--Composite teams of police and drug enforcement agents uprooted and destroyed marijuana plants and seedlings worth P6.6 million in a two-day marijuana-eradication drive in Ilocos Sur, a senior official said on Sunday. Chief Supt. Roman Felix, police regional director, said various teams backed by armed forces intelligence agents fanned out to locate and destroy the plants in Barangay Licungan, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur and destroyed 24,770 fully grown plants and 34,100 seedlings in several plantation sites.

US NY: Editorial: No Progress On Marijuana Arrests

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 25 Oct 2014 - When he ran for mayor, Bill de Blasio condemned police practices under which young black and Latino men were unfairly - sometimes illegally - charged with possessing tiny amounts of marijuana, placing them at risk of losing jobs, access to housing or eligibility for military service even though such charges are often dismissed. His promise to address this problem was supported in minority communities that bear the brunt of this destructive policy. But a new analysis of state data shows that low-level marijuana arrests during the de Blasio administration have continued at roughly the same level as under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That's not what the voters signed up for.

US CA: Editorial: Pressure Is Now on the Medical Marijuana

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 25 Oct 2014 - Now that the city has basically given local medical marijuana users what they want, the pressure is on them to see to it that the city's new medical marijuana growing ordinance is followed and there are no problems with people illegally growing marijuana in their back yards. The council has agreed to not only allow those who have a "letter of recommend" from a doctor to use and grow their own marijuana, but to grow as many as 20 plants. The council set the fee to get a permit at the lowest recommended amount -- just $40 per user, which we feel it too low.

US IL: OPED: Benefits of Medical Marijuana Site in Metamora

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:00
Peoria Journal Star, 26 Oct 2014 - When I was first approached about having a medical marijuana cultivation site in Metamora, I said we were most likely not interested. My reaction was based on years of thinking of marijuana as "pot," being sold by a drug dealer on a street corner. After doing research, I changed my mind for three reasons. The first was hearing about a 4-year-old boy who had epileptic seizures. Specially grown marijuana that produced the right strain would stop the seizures. I heard about cancer patients who after treatment experienced terrible side effects. With the right medical marijuana, they experienced no side effects. I learned there are 41 debilitating illnesses that can be treated with legally grown marijuana. Metamora is a caring community willing to help those who are in trouble medically. The medicine produced from genetically engineered marijuana could potentially help many sick people improve their lives.