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US AK: OPED: Too Many Questions On Measure 2

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 29 Oct 2014 - On Nov. 4, Alaskans will make a decision on Ballot Measure 2: whether to legalize the use of marijuana. As we make this decision, it is important we base it on complete information rather than the propaganda that is being slung.

US: For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To Legalize

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 29 Oct 2014 - KEIZER, Ore. - Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization. A changing political landscape has weakened anti-marijuana efforts. As the libertarian movement in the Republican Party has gained force, with leaders like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supporting decriminalization of marijuana and others going even further, an anchor of the conservative opposition to legalization has eroded.

US CA: Column: After The Crackdown

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 29 Oct 2014 - AFTER THE CRACKDOWN With its organic nurseries and converted auto body shops selling artisanal barbecue, Berkeley's San Pablo Avenue hardly resembles a war zone. But step into a clean and well-lit former mechanic's space, where a bubbling fountain placed just inside the door offers a hint of peace, and you're on the front lines of the war on drugs.

US MD: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Best Md. Path

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Oct 2014 - Earlier this month, marijuana was partially decriminalized in Maryland, making possession under 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) subject to a citation, a fine and no jail time. Despite some problems with the language of the law, taking jail time off the table and ensuring no criminal records for owners of small quantities of marijuana are positive first steps in changing the state's drug policy. That said, the Maryland legislature has been far too timid in its approach and should instead adopt a Colorado-like model for legalization.

US WA: Column: Comparing Pot to Alcohol May Aid Legalization

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 27 Oct 2014 - When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol. Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana related elections throughout the country, and drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a "drug duel" to prove their point.

US NY: Woman Arrested On Drug Charges Dies In Custody

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 27 Oct 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who was in custody on a drug-related arrest died after suffering an apparent seizure while she was being processed, according to the New York Police Department. Authorities say 22-yearold Jasmine Lawrence of the Bronx had been arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

UK: Club Calls for the Legalisation of Cannabis

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Argus, 27 Oct 2014 - CANNABIS is seen as a harmful and dangerous drug but many believe it should be declassified. This year Brighton became home to a new campaign group which openly uses the drug in public and is fighting to make it legal. FLORA THOMPSON reports... WALK through The Lanes on a Saturday afternoon and you may see someone casually lighting up a cannabis 'joint'.

CN ON: Column: Drug Crackdown on Drivers Right Move

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 27 Oct 2014 - It's about time the Ontario government beefed up legislation to include new penalties for drug-impaired drivers. As the use of narcotics, both prescribed and illegal, becomes more prevalent, their use is having an impact on our roads. Ontario must deal with drugs and driving in the same fashion as with drinking and driving - with tough laws.

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.