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Jamaica: Jamaica Senate Starts Debate on Pot Decriminalization

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 31 Jan 2015 - KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica's Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited. Justice Minister Mark Golding, who introduced the legislation to the upper house, said it would establish a "cannabis licensing authority" to deal with regulations on cultivation and distribution of marijuana and industrial hemp for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

US MI: Residents Support Taxing Marijuana To Pay For Roads

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 31 Jan 2015 - Several residents are suggesting that, instead of raising the sales tax to pay to fix Michigan roads, to instead start taxing marijuana. A poll shows that 64 percent of Michigan voters would vote yes on instating a marijuana sales tax, 28 percent would vote no, and 8 percent are undecided, according to Fox 2.

US FL: OPED: Bill Starts Medical Marijuana Discussion

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 31 Jan 2015 - A proposed law to better define who can use medical marijuana could resolve Florida's debate over how to make the drug available only for those who need it. A bill recently submitted by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican who represents St. Petersburg, is promising.

Australia: Inmates Getting Wasted On Drugs

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:00
The Courier-Mail, 31 Jan 2015 - PRISONERS are getting high behind bars with almost every drug, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, found in more than 2000 drug incidents across the state's jails. Inmates were caught with drugs and utensils more than 670 times a year for the past three years, with the state's largest jails showing the worst results. Prisoners were also busted with alcohol, brewing implements, "smoking devices" and drug test decoys in the centres, documents obtained under Right to Information show.

CN ON: Psych Ward A Hotbed Of Smuggling

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
London Free Press, 29 Jan 2015 - Victoria Hospital Crisis: Day Passes Were Scrapped and Visiting Hours Slashed to Stem the Flow London's Victoria Hospital scrapped day passes and slashed visiting hours to stem the flow of illegal drugs into a psychiatric ward already in crisis from overcrowding and violence, The Free Press has learned.

CN BC: Edu: Legalization Activist Marc Emery To Speak At UBC On Tuesday

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Ubyssey, 26 Jan 2015 - Marc Emery's downtown office looks exactly the way you'd imagine it would - adorned with bongs, weed art and a visiting cat. No other work setting would be appropriate for an activist who has dedicated his life to libertarianism and drug legalization. Over the past twenty years, Emery has firmly established himself as local celebrity and an international symbol for the legalization of marijuana. After spending just over four years in various US federal prisons for selling marijuana seeds across the border, Emery is now campaigning for the Liberal Party's success in the upcoming elections. Headed by Justin Trudeau, the party has taken an explicitly pro-legalization standpoint.

US AK: Lawmakers Hear From Administration on Marijuana

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Jan 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Health concerns and workplace issues were flagged for further consideration by Alaska lawmakers Thursday as they continue work on drafting regulations for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Alaska's chief medical officer, Jay Butler, told the Senate State Affairs Committee that there are many unknowns regarding marijuana's impacts, but he said there appear to be some long-term risks associated with the drug, particularly for adolescents. A public education campaign on potential risks is needed, Butler said.

US AK: Editorial: Legislature Has Three and a Half Weeks to

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Jan 2015 - During the past week, the Legislature took its first stab at marijuana regulation since the passage of the ballot measure that will make pot possession and use legal on Feb. 24. It did not go well. Senate Bill 30 took the odd approach of leaving laws spelling out penalties for possession and use of the drug in place, with the stipulation that those arrested for breaking those laws could use the drug's legalization as a defense in court. Not surprisingly, the bill was roundly panned in committee hearings and has been declared dead - a rewrite is scheduled to be unveiled Monday. This time, legislators need to get it right - statutory changes must be made in the next three and a half weeks to be in place by the time the law takes effect.

US: Federal Agency Weighed Spying On Cars At Gun Shows

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Wall Street Journal, 28 Jan 2015 - Proposal Within DEA in 2009 Was Never Carried Out, Justice Department Officials Say WASHINGTON - A federal agent proposed using license-plate readers to scan vehicles around gun shows in order to aid gun-trafficking investigations, according to an internal Justice Department email.

US CA: Editorial: They Know Where You've Been

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan 2015 - The military calls it "mission creep" - sending troops out for one purpose, then adding to their marching orders over time. This kind of metastasis is innocuous in some contexts, but not so benign when the government is collecting information about innocent people going about their daily lives. A perfect illustration is the Drug Enforcement Administration's expansive license-plate tracking program that privacy advocates brought to light this week. What began as an effort to confiscate guns and cash from drug traffickers heading to Mexico has reportedly expanded into a general purpose surveillance tool for law enforcement agencies that treats millions of ordinary Americans as potential suspects.

US CA: State Seeks Water Rules For Pot Growers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 30 Jan 2015 - State officials have begun rolling out a new environmental initiative designed to win the cooperation of marijuana growers in protecting Northern California waterways and fisheries from the kinds of degradation that commonly result from pot cultivation. A team of state and local agency representatives conducted a series of unannounced inspections last week of gardens in the Eel River watershed near Garberville, visiting 14 properties over three days along Sproul Creek. The creek went dry last summer for the first time in many years from what environmental officials believe was the combined effects of drought and unregulated water withdrawals for marijuana irrigation.

US HI: OPED: It's Time to Legalize Marijuana and Reap Its Many

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 29 Jan 2015 - Hawaii should not wait any longer to join the list of states that have legalized marijuana. There is simply too much at stake for us to allow our Legislature to peck away at this for five or 10 years without taking real action. Hawaii was once an important exporting state. Many of us remember the period before the Green Harvest eradication program and other measures that ruined this business here. Law enforcement turned us into a net importer from California and paved the way for our meth-amphetamine problems. Public opinion has finally caught up to common sense on marijuana issues with political pressure applied to end the enforcement efforts on the Big Island.

US CA: Column: Better Off Dry

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 28 Jan 2015 - BETTER OFF DRY Summertime in Northern California is long, hot, and dry. The ideal atmosphere for a float down the Russian River is also the perfect climate for growing the things you'd want to bring along on that river trip. Hops, good wine grapes, and world-class cannabis all thrive in the heat.

US CO: Column: Wyoming Keeps Cannabis Possession Criminal

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 29 Jan 2015 - Even if they don't support legalization, more and more states are changing or considering changing marijuana possession laws from criminal to ticket offenses. But not all state legislators are ready to make that move. In a floor vote last week, the Wyoming house killed Bill 49. Sponsor Jim Byrd, a Cheyenne Democrat, wanted the state to turn cannabis possession cases into civil offenses: Fine anybody with up to a half ounce $50 and anybody with a half ounce to an ounce $100.

US AZ: Column: No Medicine

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 29 Jan 2015 - A Tucson Man Finds Himself in the Hospital Unable to Take the MMJ He Needs When James Ball went to St. Mary's Hospital he assumed he would be able to consume some medical marijuana edibles he had with him to help control the pain.

US CO: Column: Can I Substitute Pot For Pain Meds?

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Westword, 29 Jan 2015 - Dear Stoner: I was just released from the hospital with an aneurysm in my groin. They gave me Oxycodone, but it's too strong for me. I was wondering if smoking a little pot would relieve me in terms of pain and my appetite. Vegas Jimmy

US CA: Column: Up Sproul Creek

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 29 Jan 2015 - SoHum residents got their first taste of a new enforcement regimen targeting the environmental impacts of marijuana grows last week. It was hardly jackboots and black helicopters, according to State Water Board enforcer Cris Carrigan, who developed the pilot enforcement program with other state and local agencies (See "A Big Stick," Oct. 23, 2014).

US CA: Will a Divided Marijuana Community Jeopardize

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 29 Jan 2015 - California Marijuana Legalization in 2016 Looks Anything but Certain California marijuana legalization in 2016 looks anything but certain after a major January meeting where leading activists showed how divided they remain. The possibility of ending nearly a century of cannabis prohibition within the next 650 or so days has increased factionalism within the reform movement.

US CO: Column: National Group Lobbies for Pot, Pediatricians

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 28 Jan 2015 - New national voice The mainstreaming of marijuana continues with the creation of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (nationalcannabischamberofcommerce.com), a week-old organization that will both lobby Washington and host your next industry meet-and-greet, says Brenda Sandoval, the southern Colorado director of sales.

CN QU: Edu: Head & Hands Reinstates Street Work Program

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
The McGill Daily, 26 Jan 2015 - Youth Outreach Project Doubles Capacity With New Hire Last November, Head & Hands hired a second employee for its Street Work program, restoring the program to the capacity it had before budget cuts forced its discontinuation in 2011. The program was partially reinstated in 2013 with the hiring of a single street worker after substantial fundraising.