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US NY: Hospitals Seek State Marijuana Licenses

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Jun 2015 - New York's new medical marijuana program has drawn the interest of several major hospitals, which have formed alliances with aspiring growers to try to make the drug accessible to their patients. Friday was the deadline for companies to apply to become one of up to five licensed medical marijuana producers and distributors in the state. The State Health Department said on Friday that it was not yet able to release the number or names of the companies that had applied.

US CO: Column: Cannabis Is All the Style and Now on the Floor

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 04 Jun 2015 - Among the most surprising things I've witnessed in writing Weed Between the Lines for two years now is how quickly the cannabis debate is evolving in Congress. Back then, a small group of representatives, including Colorado's Jared Polis, were trying, with little success, to get their colleagues to wake up to the fact that states were finding marijuana laws distasteful and changing them on their own. Today that debate has moved across the aisle. On May 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee, on a bipartisan vote of 18 to 12, passed an amendment that will allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana to vets in states where it is legal. This will only allow VA doctors to do what other physicians can do for anyone else in those states, but it's the first time any marijuana legislation has gotten out of committee in the "world's greatest deliberative body."

US CA: Column: Gavin Newsom Photobombs Garberville

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 04 Jun 2015 - Just about every name in North Coast weed was there, packed into a sweaty, crowded theater for a glimpse of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Selfies with the photogenic former San Francisco mayor weren't the only reasons Garberville's Redwood Playhouse was standing room only the afternoon of May 29 - it was the first substantial outreach from Sacramento's power players to Humboldt's splintered-but-increasingly-vocal marijuana growers.

US AZ: Column: Defending Pot

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 04 Jun 2015 - The Doctor Is Back to Update Us on an Important MMJ Legal Case Out of Pima County The landscape in the Arizona medical cannabis industry is rapidly changing, and after four and a half years the legal system in our great state is beginning to catch up to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Brave citizens that have been charged with felonies have made the tough decision to take their cases to trial rather than try to plea bargain for a lesser sentence and the avoidance of a felony record.

US CO: Column: Are Childproof Bags Always Needed at

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 04 Jun 2015 - Dear Stoner: Some of the dispensaries I go to make me use a locked bag so it's "childproof" when I leave, but others just let me walk out with a paper bag full of pot. What gives? Kenny Dear Kenny: Ever notice a pattern in the packaging your buds come in when you don't need the childproof bag? The pharmaceutical pop-top and push-down bottles many dispensaries use for packaging herb and infused products are already considered childproof, so there's no $4 bag necessary, but some dispensaries sell products in resealable plastic bags and jars. A curious toddler (or an octopus) can open resealable bags and jars with relative ease, so to comply with state laws, you must leave the dispensary with your purchase locked and keep it that way around children - as a responsible pothead should. Unfortunately, it's hard to know which shops carry what until you're pulling out your money, so next time you're about to restock, call ahead and ask what your dispensary uses. And if you've already spent $20 on bags that are now lying useless around the house, like I have, move a few to the trunk of your car so you'll always be prepared.

US CA: Construction Appears to Start on Pot Farm North of Ukiah

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 04 Jun 2015 - Construction apparently is underway for a medical marijuana farm on tribal land just north of Ukiah. Rows of huge bag-like containers typically used to cultivate pot plants above ground, pallets of potting soil, large water storage tanks and solar panels have cropped up on the northeast corner of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation's rancheria, adjacent to Highway 101.

US: Congress Closer To Accepting State Laws On Legal Pot

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Washington Times, 04 Jun 2015 - Bills Tell Justice Not to Meddle Congress' openness toward marijuana use continues to grow, with the House voting Wednesday to prevent the Justice Department from meddling in states that allow medicinal use of the drug and signaling growing support for even broader protections of legalized pot.

New Zealand: Merit Award And A Suit For The Occasion

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Taranaki Daily News, 01 Jun 2015 - Garth Browning, 59, of New Plymouth, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours. A reluctant recipient, Browning said it was for a team of community organisations such as Like Minds and New Waves.

US AZ: More Arizonans Ready for Legalized Marijuana, Poll Finds

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 04 Jun 2015 - PHOENIX - The campaign hasn't even started. But a new poll released Wednesday shows more than half of Arizonans are ready to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The survey of 701 adult heads of households by the Behavior Research Center found 53 percent who said they support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Another 39 percent were opposed.

US MD: Man In Prison For 5.9 Grams Of Pot Wins Appeal

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 04 Jun 2015 - Decision Invalidating Plea May Save Him From Serving a 20-Year Prison Term A 31-year-old man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Baltimore after he pleaded guilty to possessing 5.9 grams of marijuana won an appeal Wednesday invalidating the plea - raising the possibility that he will be released.

US MA: Column: Mayor Walsh on the Wrong Side of Marijuana

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 04 Jun 2015 - As if Mayor Marty Walsh wasn't already busy enough boosting the Olympics. Now he says he'd be willing to spend more precious time and political capital leading a fight against legalizing marijuana, too. Let's leave aside, for now, concerns over how thinly that would spread a mayor who already has plenty demanding his focus. Purely from a policy perspective, it's the wrong fight to take on.

Canada: Some Medical Pot Producers Paying Fees to Mds for

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 03 Jun 2015 - TORONTO - A major producer of medical marijuana says doctors and specialized clinics are receiving kickbacks from some licensed pot producers in exchange for sending them patients, a practice the company calls unethical and a violation of professional medical standards. Greg Engel, CEO of Nanaimobased Tilray, said his company recently resigned from the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) after unsuccessfully pushing for the organization to adopt a code of ethics that would outlaw the practice.

US CA: Advocate Touts Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 04 Jun 2015 - Medical marijuana dispensaries in Yuba County would allow patients to buy their medicine locally and bring tax revenues to the county, a cannabis advocate told county supervisors. "Thousands of people in your district are having to drive to Sacramento to get their cannabis to feel better," said Mickey Martin of the Committee for Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis (CSPARC).

CN NS: Centre Offers Cape Breton Veterans Marijuana Therapy

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
Cape Breton Post, 02 Jun 2015 - Fabian Henry returned home to Cape Breton on Monday for the opening of a new veterans support centre that has a special focus on medical marijuana treatment. The CEO and founder of Marijuana for Trauma Inc./Veterans Helping Veterans is now based in New Brunswick but is originally from New Waterford. He served with the Canadian Forces for 13 years as a combat engineer before being released for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2012.

CN BC: B.C. House-Raid Case Highlights Seizure Without

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Jun 2015 - David Johnson had just pulled out of his driveway, his three-year-old son in the back seat, when RCMP officers swarmed the vehicle and drew their guns. B.C. Supreme Court heard on Monday that the officers then searched the Johnson home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Surrey, B.C., and Mr. Johnson and his wife were charged with running a marijuana grow-op. The Ministry of Children and Families took their son to live with his grandparents for about three months.

CN ON: Straight Talk On Drugs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 02 Jun 2015 - For decades, marijuana has drug of choice for young looking to get high. However, the use of methamphetamines is dramatically on the rise. "Kids still smoke marijuana but speed (methamphetamines) has become a very big problem," said Timmins Police Const. Matthew Beerman, who is spearheading a Straight Talk on Drugs session for parents next week.

US MA: State Senate President Open To Legalizing Marijuana

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Jun 2015 - Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg sounds a lot like a man who supports the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The Amherst Democrat expressed concern Tuesday about an activist-written legalization referendum, anticipated on the 2016 ballot. But speaking on WGBH-FM's "Boston Public Radio," he appeared to be on board with the concept of legalization and struck a libertarian note on a hot-button issue.

CN ON: It's A Public Health Issue

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 01 Jun 2015 - Cop Sweeps Not Halting Drugs, Byward Merchant Says "That's the problem. Right there. You're looking at it." I follow the direction of a man's pointed finger until I am looking at a recently shutdown restaurant on George St.

US WA: Editorial: State Can't Gamble With Money Not in the Bank

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 02 Jun 2015 - DON'T envy Steve Lerch. He is the state official tasked with estimating how much tax revenue Washington's grand experiment with legal marijuana will yield. As Lerch says, decades of sales- and property-tax data inform his predictive algorithms, but when it comes to legal pot, he has only a few quarters of history.

US NY: Latest Economic Lifeline Is A Leafy One

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 02 Jun 2015 - TOWN OF WALLKILL, N.Y. - Don Crawford comes from a long line of Orange County farmers. Though he no longer tends dairy cows, he still cuts hay for the thriving equestrian industry, and cringes at the creep of the suburbs. So when a stranger came to town and announced plans to grow marijuana on the fallow land next to his, Mr. Crawford was thrilled.