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CN BC: Injunction Puts Pot On Hold

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 26 Mar 2014 - Critics of medical marijuana plan call decision small victory Licensed medical marijuana users breathed a collective sigh of relief after a federal court handed down a last-minute reprieve which allows them to continue to grow their own pot at home.

US CA: Assembly Hopefuls Talk Pot And Taxes

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:00
The Argonaut, 27 Mar 2014 - West Los Angeles Democratic Club hosts first political forum featuring candidates in an eight-way race Questions about how to protect the environment, whether to legalize marijuana use and whether to tweak Proposition 13 came to the forefront during the first public forum for candidates seeking an open Westside state Assembly seat.

US MN: Dayton Says Marijuana Study Doomed

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Brainard Dispatch, 26 Mar 2014 - ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he does not expect his proposal to study medical marijuana to pass this year's Legislature. In a WCCO radio interview, he called changes for the plan "slim and none."

US GA: Drug Testing For Food Stamp Recipients In Georgia May Not

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Athens Banner-Herald, 25 Mar 2014 - During its journey through the General Assembly, a bill that would require drug testing for some applicants for food stamps and welfare generated controversy and drew fierce opposition from Democrats. Ultimately, though, House Bill 772 was approved on the final day of the legislative session, and has been sent to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

US PA: Philly Pro-Pot Activist Sentenced

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Mar 2014 - A leading Philadelphia pro-marijuana activist was given two years' probation Wednesday in connection with a citation issued at an Independence Mall rally last summer. Chris Goldstein was also handed down a $35 special assessment and a $3,000 fine, which must be paid within 30 days.

US MN: Benefit Set For Hibbing Girl With Dravet Syndrome

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Duluth News-Tribune, 27 Mar 2014 - A Hibbing child who has become a centerpiece in the discussion about whether to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota will be the subject of a benefit dinner next month. The "Amelia Bedelia Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction" will take place for Amelia Weaver beginning at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Hibbing Park Hotel, organizers said.

US CA: Sir Richard Branson Asked To Bankroll Marijuana Legalization

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 26 Mar 2014 - Wouldn't be the hardest thing he's done It's not private prisons or Big Pharma that's keeping marijuana illegal in California (though no doubt both benefit big-time from drug prohibition). It's money, as in a lack of about $3 million to put a voter initiative like the ones that legalized small amounts of cannabis in Colorado or Washington (and failed here in 2010) before voters in the country's richest and most populous state. Luckily, there are some exceedingly rich people who say they like the idea of legalization. And one of them -- the magnetic Virgin Group magnate Sir Richard Branson, all $5 billion of him -- was asked in San Francisco last night, point-blank if he'd consider writing the check.

Canada: Editorial: Pot Makes Doctors Anxious

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Mar 2014 - When Health Canada announced it was changing the laws governing how medical marijuana is produced and dispensed, the goal was a good one: Increase access to pot for those who legitimately need it to ease suffering from pain. However, the new rules, which go into effect on April 1, are threatening to have the exact opposite effect. That's because the vast majority of doctors - the medical professionals responsible for authorizing the use of medical marijuana - are extremely wary. In failing to take their concerns seriously, Health Canada risks reducing access to medical marijuana rather than expanding it.

CN AB: Commercial Pot Grow Reps Unfazed By Injunction

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 25 Mar 2014 - Alberta entrepreneurs say their product will be higher quality New hope has blossomed for home marijuana growers after a federal judge's ruling, but Alberta entrepreneurs believe there will still be a budding commercial market for the drug regardless of the court's ultimate verdict.

US CA: Supervisors Reject Pot Dispensary South Of Santa Rosa

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 25 Mar 2014 - Sonoma County supervisors rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary south of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, saying it was too close to a residential area and two school bus stops. The owner of the Sonoma County Collective, the nonprofit that wanted to set up the dispensary at 4170 Santa Rosa Ave., however, said the supervisors were simply determined to use zoning rules to prevent medical marijuana businesses from opening.

CN NF: Drugs And Youth To Be A Top Policing Priority This Year

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
The Southern Gazette, 25 Mar 2014 - Burin Peninsula District RCMP Staff Sergeant Wayne Edgecombe said 'youth involvement in crime' has been added as a divisional priority for the upcoming year. Invited to meet with the Burin Peninsula Joint Town Council Wednesday evening, he acknowledged that doesn't necessarily mean just dealing with youths who have run afoul of the law, but also involves targeting how crime affects young people.

CN ON: Pot Purgatory

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 27 Mar 2014 - POT PURGATORY Medical marijuana user Robert Knight is approaching a legal limbo. Knight's licence to produce pot will be over-ridden at midnight Monday when he will be required instead to purchase product from a supplier under new marijuana for medical purposes rules introduced by Health Canada.

US MO: About 50 Gather For Marijuana Legalization Town Hall

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
Southeast Missourian, 27 Mar 2014 - SIKESTON, Mo. -- About 50 people attended the Show-Me Cannabis town hall meeting Tuesday at the Clinton Building in Sikeston to discuss the possibility of legalizing marijuana. John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, said his efforts are not motivated by a desire to legally get high -- he doesn't use cannabis. His motivations include freedom, human-rights issues, meeting medical needs and economic development.

US HI: Hawaii Lawmakers Hear About Marijuana Dangers

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
Garden Island, 26 Mar 2014 - HONOLULU (AP) - A group protesting the possibility of legal marijuana in Hawaii told lawmakers Tuesday that pharmaceutical companies would try to hook people on the drug. The tobacco and alcohol industries serve as examples of what could happen if cannabis is decriminalized, said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Washington-based Project SAM, which stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

US CO: Column: Best Of Denver Edition

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 27 Mar 2014 - In honor of the Best of Denver, our stoner picked two of his top questions from last year. Have a fresh one? Send it to marijuana@westword.com or call 303-293-2222. Dear Stoner: If a mosquito bites you while you're smoking a joint, will it get high? Buggin' Out

US CA: Cannabis Confusion

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 27 Mar 2014 - Sorting Out the Multiple Efforts to Legalize Marijuana According to the California Secretary of State's Office, six initiatives to legalize marijuana are currently being circulated for signature gathering. In reality, there are only four, as two were early iterations of what's essentially the same petition created by the same supporters.

US CA: Column: On Marijuana Legalization in California and

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 27 Mar 2014 - Ngaio Says Politicians Need to Get Over the Failed War on Drugs What is wrong with Sen. Dianne Feinstein? - -Worried in Woodland

US NH: N.H. House Strongly Defeats Bill To Legalize Marijuana

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:00
Concord Monitor, 27 Mar 2014 - The New Hampshire House voted against legalizing marijuana 192-140 yesterday, marking a significant shift after passing the bill by eight votes in January. After that vote, the bill went to the Ways and Means Committee, which recommended killing it after studying regulation and taxing aspects of the bill. The Senate was nearly certain to block the bill, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan had promised to veto any bill legalizing marijuana. Hassan signed a medical marijuana bill last year, and last month the House passed a bill to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Opponents of legalization said the state should take small steps when it comes to marijuana. Hassan has already said she's unlikely to sign a decriminalization bill.

US: More States Looking At Relaxing Pot Laws

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 Mar 2014 - With Colorado in Mind, Others Weigh Changes. in N.J., Christie Is Opposed. Nearly three months after Colorado became the first state to allow the recreational use of pot, interest in passing laws to legalize marijuana is spreading across the country. Colorado's windfall in tax revenues - expected to be beyond $208 million annually - is fanning the flame, especially as state officials struggle with budgets and limited resources.

US PA: Editorial: Past Its Cell-By

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 26 Mar 2014 - It's Time for PA.'S Imprisonment Rate to Drop. Even Texas' Has T HE United States leads the world in putting its people behind bars. Think of this fact as a massive ocean liner whose engines went into overdrive in the 1980s and 1990s with the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing, exploding the prison rates.