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US MI: 2 Medical Marijuana Bills Stall In Michigan Senate

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:00
Detroit Free Press, 03 Feb 2015 - LANSING -- Supporters of medical marijuana were thrilled last year when two bills making it easier for people to buy a variety of medicinal cannabis -- including edibles -- passed the House of Representative with large bipartisan majorities. But those cheers may turn to frustration as the two bills have stalled in the state Senate with no visible sign that they'll move anytime soon.

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CN ON: Smoke Gets In Their Eyes

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Apr 2014 - Thousands Toke Up a Storm in Pro-Pot Rally at Yonge-Dundas Square Thousands of marijuana activists gave new meaning to "Easter grass" on Sunday. Yonge-Dundas Square was the smoky site for Toronto's eighth annual 4/20 demonstration, a global event pushing for the legalization of pot.

US DC: 'there Were Clues. But We Had No Clue' Of Heroin Use

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 23 Apr 2014 - After Madison Walker quit heroin, he urged Connor Brennan to get clean, too. Brennan, 20, thought about Walker, who had grown up in the same Fairfax County subdivision and was sober, healthy, close with his parents again. Look how happy he is, Brennan thought. I want to be like that.

CN MB: Rolling Numbers

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 21 Apr 2014 - Nearly 2,000 Revellers Light Up at Annual 4/20 Rally Close to 2,000 people gathered at the Legislative Building grounds on Sunday, their eyes impatiently on the time, awaiting for 4:20 p.m. to strike.

CN AB: Pot Rally Aims To Educate The Public

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 20 Apr 2014 - Stand up, but don't light up, say organizers of Alberta's largest pro pot celebration. Alberta 420 director Keith Fagin says some younger participants in the annual Edmonton 420 Rally, set to take place at the legislature grounds Sunday afternoon, have a misconception that smoking up in public is legal on April 20.

US NH: Homegrown Medical Marijuana For NH Patients Not

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Union Leader, 22 Apr 2014 - CONCORD - Supporters of a grow-your-own provision in the state's medical marijuana law were dealt a blow by a Senate committee, which voted 3-1 on Tuesday to send the self-cultivation proposal to interim study, most likely killing the bill for this year. The vote against the measure, which had passed the Democrat-controlled House by a large margin, protects Gov. Maggie Hassan from a potentially embarrassing veto fight. In addition to a veto threat from the governor, the bill was opposed by the Department of Safety, the New Hampshire State Police and individual police chiefs.

US NJ: Paramus Cop Shot During Undercover Drug Buy In Garfield

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
The Record, 22 Apr 2014 - It was supposed to be a $400 marijuana purchase that was part of a sting operation conducted by undercover police officers. But three alleged dealers, authorities said, tried to rob an undercover officer and triggered a shootout Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Garfield shopping center filled with people, including teenagers on spring break. When it was over, a Paramus police officer and one suspect were in the hospital with gun-shot wounds, and three suspects, including the injured shooter, were under arrest, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a news conference at Hackensack University Medical Center. The officer, who was not identified, was assigned to the prosecutor's narcotics task force and had been in the process of buying marijuana from a suspect inside his police-issued undercover vehicle, which was parked near a Marshalls store, when a second man walked up to the driver's window, pointed a gun at him, and said, "Give me everything that you have," Molinelli said.

US NV: 178 Applications For Clark Co. Medi-Pot Businesses

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Merced Sun-Star, 23 Apr 2014 - LAS VEGAS - Officials have received at least 178 applications from people seeking to start medical marijuana-related businesses in Clark County. The Clark County Business License Department announced the totals 90 minutes before a 5 p.m. Tuesday submission deadline.

Canada: Only 20 Bids To Grow Medicinal Pot Approved

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 19 Apr 2014 - Health Canada Doesn't Have Resources to Implement New System, Liberal MP Says OTTAWA- The federal government has received hundreds of applications from pot producers seeking to become licensed marijuana growers under the Conservatives' new scheme, but has processed fewer than two dozen so far.

CN ON: London 4-20 Party A Buzz Kill

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 22 Apr 2014 - Victoria Park: Councillor Defends Heavy Police Presence At Gathering On Parliament Hill in Ottawa Sunday, news reports described a crowd of about 2,000 people throwing Frisbees, listening to music and smoking pot.

US CO: Lawmakers Set Limits On Pot Edibles Possession

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 22 Apr 2014 - Tighter Rules Come on the Heels of Two Deaths DENVER - The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths.

US MI: Mich. Lawmakers Weigh Saliva Tests For Marijuana

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 22 Apr 2014 - Under a bill proposed in Lansing, Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test that aims to tell police whether a driver is impaired due to consuming pot. Saliva testing is being pushed by a bipartisan group of Michigan legislators and championed by the Michigan State Police. But researchers who've studied the test method said results are inconsistent and especially misleading when applied to regular users of cannabis, such as the more than 100,000 Michiganders who are allowed to use medical marijuana.

US: New Drug Sentencing Guidelines To Free Many From Prison

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 22 Apr 2014 - Clemencies Gain Bipartisan Support In a move that could result in the prison release of hundreds or thousands of low-level drug offenders, the Justice Department said Monday that it will advise President Obama to widen his guidelines for granting clemency.

US OH: OPED: Legalizers Ignore Pot's Dangers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 22 Apr 2014 - Marijuana has now been legalized or decriminalized in 17 states and the District of Columbia, with Maryland joining the list just last week. What's unhealthy about this trend is that it coincides with a declining awareness of marijuana's dangers - especially among young people. Fewer than 40 percent of high-school seniors think marijuana use poses a great risk, down from 55 percent in 2003. Cigarettes are dangerous, more and more adolescents have come to realize, but they don't believe marijuana is. (In fact, they're both unhealthy.)

US: Clemency Push Is On For Drug Offenders

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Apr 2014 - Justice Dept. Expects Thousands of Cases Administration Effort Aimed at Nonviolent Prisoners The Obama administration is beginning an aggressive new effort to foster equity in criminal sentencing by considering clemency requests from as many as thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug offenses, officials said Monday.

UK: A Watched Pot: Police Patrols at Pro-Cannabis 'Celebration'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 21 Apr 2014 - Five Men Are Reported but No Disorder at Controversial Glasgow Rally Taxpayers' money is being wasted enforcing the illegality of something that's better than alcohol or tobacco. I want to see it legalised in my lifetime

New Zealand: Legalise The Real Stuff Call By Foley

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00
Timaru Herald, 21 Apr 2014 - A former manager of the Community Probation Service in Timaru believes cannabis should be legalised and synthetic cannabis should be criminalised. Kevin Foley said the legal highs being sold seemed to be inconsistent substances and people never knew exactly what they were going to be putting into their bodies.

US NY: Medical Pot Support Grows

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - ROSENDALE - Jen Pinto was in the prime of her life. She had a good job, a nice home and a positive outlook on her future. What happened to her at age 40 would change all that and severely diminish her quality of life.

US NY: Getting Care In Colorado

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:00
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - Kingston Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder Undergoes Medical Marijuana Treatment KINGSTON - There's a dramatic change in 11-month-old Mabel Grace Tangney Decker, and her mother likes what she's seeing.