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US CA: Column: The Year In Weed

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?

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CN BC: Compassion Club Licensed In Gibsons, Second Dispensary Denied

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Coast Reporter, 20 Mar 2015 - The Town of Gibsons has issued a business licence for a compassion club, but the operators say no cannabis products will be sold on site - - at least for now. "We do plan to eventually become a dispensary, but you know the controversy surrounding that," Rainforest Compassion Club co-owner Rod McEwan said Tuesday.

US FL: OPED: Florida Sentencing Laws Cut Blacks' Chances For Success

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2015 - The tributes to those who braved the nightsticks of Alabama state troopers 50 years ago to march for voting rights were inspiring. The state of Black America a half-century later is depressing. In a recent report titled "Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity," the Brookings Institution laid out where things stand. In 1965, the idea of an African-American president and an African-American attorney general might have been unimaginable, but despite that progress at the top, there's been regression below.

CN BC: MP Discusses Recent Events, Statements

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 20 Mar 2015 - It's not everyday that a federal Cabinet minister comes to town. However, Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks has been trying to get James Moore out to Cranbrook for the last year. "I think he was well received and it was great to have him out and about," said Wilks, who spent the day with Moore meeting with different groups all day, including addressing members of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce for lunch on Wednesday.

US WA: Column: Christian Chronic, Killer Pot, and Some Suing

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Mar 2015 - Passing the Dutchie to the Right This Time. The idea of Higher Ground is to "elevate the dialogue," and thus it's important to remain open-minded to individuals and organizations on all sides of the marijuana-legalization conversation. With that in mind, let's light the peace pipe and reach the roach across the aisle.

US CO: Column: Allgreens Beats the Irs, NoCo Hemp Expo

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 25 Mar 2015 - Northern hemp party At the second annual NoCo Hemp Expo 2015, people can expect to find everything imaginable involving hemp: hemp CBD products, hemp apparel, hemp food, Colorado Hemp Beer, a hemp movie room, caricatures on hemp paper, over 30 expert speakers on topics about hemp, and even a "hemp-bodied sports car." The event will be held April 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ranch Events Complex/Thomas M. McKee Building in Loveland (5260 Arena Circle, nocohempexpo.com). Tickets are anywhere from $15 to $100, with standard costs set for $20 at the door.

US MI: Column: Newcomers And Profiteers

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 25 Mar 2015 - It looks like voting on recreational marijuana is nearly a done deal in Michigan for the 2016 elections, unless the state Legislature gets in on the act and passes a legalization bill even sooner. The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee (MCCLRIC) has announced its intention to circulate petitions to put recreational legalization on the ballot next year. Another group, the Michigan Responsibility Council (MRC), has reportedly been preparing its own petition for a different system of legalization. And state Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, has plans to reintroduce legalization legislation this session. During a recent edition of Off the Record, host Tim Skubick, co-host Susan Demas of MLive.com, and Detroit News Capitol reporter Chad Livengood all agreed a petition drive would be successful. Although Livengood suggested the MRC has ulterior motives.

US OH: More Medical Uses Sought In Bill

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 24 Mar 2015 - An Ohio group backing medical marijuana is lobbying state legislators to expand an existing bill for children who suffer from seizures. Ohio Patients Cann wants to see medical marijuana become part of state law, but it would be willing to go to the ballot if necessary, said Bob Bridges of Columbus, the organization's executive director.

US GA: Medical Cannabis Bill Scores Key Victory by Clearing

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Walker County Messenger, 25 Mar 2015 - Georgia's medical marijuana proposal took what its chief sponsor called "a giant leap" forward Thursday, March 19, by passing a Senate committee after a long, emotional hearing. A divided Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved House Bill 1, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), after hearing testimony on issues ranging from medical treatment and patients' pain to drug addiction and a lack of research data.

Colombia: Anti-Drug Efforts Use Harmful Spray

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited what it called convincing evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.

US PA: Series: PA. Reps Discuss Legalization of Medical

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Daily Review, 23 Mar 2015 - Editor's Note: This is part one of a three-part series by The Daily Review looking at the legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania. One is a Republican state senator from Lycoming County; one is the most visible Democrat in the state.

Colombia: Weed Killer, Roundup, Reclassified As Likely Cause

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Mercury, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA: The recent labelling of the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying programme in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the US-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organisation, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it says is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.

US CA: Column: Is America Ready For Medical Marijuana?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 23 Mar 2015 - A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators, New Jersey's Cory Booker, New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and Kentucky's Rand Paul, are sponsoring a bill to classify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, meaning the federal government would allow it to be used as medicine. Some critics worry that such a bill could become a "gateway law" to full legalization of recreational weed; defenders say sick patients need the pain relief best provided by marijuana.

Colombia: Herbicide Used by U. S. in Colombia Is Linked to

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)- New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.

US NJ: Column: Passing It at the State House Saturday 4:20

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 20 Mar 2015 - I wanted to write about the fact that starting at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, hundreds of victims of New Jersey's current criminal marijuana laws will march from the Trenton train station down State Street to the State House, where a large smoky "civil disobedience protest" will begin at 4:20 p.m. But first I must cringe at President Obama's recent comments to VICE magazine. VICE is a youth-oriented media outlet that I enjoy even though I'm actually 50 and considered middle-aged now. (I can't believe I just conceded that I'm middle aged.)

US IL: OPED: Cannabis Prohibition Is The Real Crime

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Journal Standard, 21 Mar 2015 - Claiming that marijuana has a "lethal legacy," as Debbie Leiniger did in her March 7 "My View" opinion is not only specious and spurious, it is akin to declaring that the Earth is flat. Despite all evidence to the contrary. History shows that people have always used intoxicants. In every age, in every part of the world, people have pursued intoxication with plants, alcohol and other euphoric substances. In fact, this behavior has so much force and persistence that it functions much like our drives for food, sleep and sex.

US CO: Series: Black Market Is Thriving In Colorado

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - A shrinking black market for marijuana was among the biggest benefits Colorado would realize from legalizing and regulating the drug, proponents of Amendment 64 promised in the months leading up to the state's historic decision to sanction pot's recreational use. However, the black market is thriving - and growing in new, unforeseen ways as marijuana, highly potent THC concentrates and THC-infused foods and drinks produced in Colorado make their way across the country.

US MD: OPED: End Unfair Civil Forfeiture Practice

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar 2015 - In August 2012, law enforcement stopped Mandrel Stuart, the owner of a small barbecue restaurant in Virginia, for a minor traffic violation. During the routine traffic stop, $17,550 that Stuart had earned from his restaurant and intended to use for supplies and equipment was seized. Stuart was never charged with a crime and there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. He eventually got his money back, but since he lacked the cash to pay for overhead, he lost his business.

US CO: Series: Addressing Driver Impairment Difficult

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:00
The Gazette, 22 Mar 2015 - In Colorado, if you drive while impaired by drugs such as marijuana, you can be arrested and charged with a DUI. But the logistics of determining a driver's level of THC (marijuana's active ingredient) impairment have yet to be standardized, and there is no continuity in reporting arrest data for marijuana impairment. The state's marijuana driving impairment limits could be entirely too high. A recently released report issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is at odds with that limit. State officials also concede the toll THC takes on road safety is likely underreported and that Colorado's law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Department of Transportation aren't equipped to gather the data needed to determine a full and accurate scope of the problem.