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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 BC: Doctors Put In Tough Spot

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 15 Apr 2014 - Changing Medical Marijuana Regulations Have Left Users in a Smoky State of Mind and Doctors Fuming With Rage. Initially, new Health Canada legislation was supposed to put an end to home grown pot productions directing nearly 40,000 medical marijuana users to buy their green from large-scale commercial operations with a prescription-like document from their doctor.

US CO: Colorado: Marijuana: Your Guide To 4/20 In Colorado

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 16 Apr 2014 - Your 4/20 Calendar While July 10 makes its push for relevancy - the date, "710," is the word "OIL" upside down, a reference to increasingly popular variations of butane-extracted hash oil - April 20 reigns supreme on the cannabis calendar. So with that in mind, here's where to celebrate this Sunday. (Note: All events are 21 and up.)

US: Finding Golf Clubs, Not Drugs

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr 2014 - Federal Tracking System Is Snaring Law-Abiding Private Pilots Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Gina Ferazzi

US CA: Column: How To Grow Organic Pot

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 16 Apr 2014 - Tips for harvesting your own sustainably grown medical weed. Spring has sprung, and if you're thinking about growing some medical cannabis this year, it's time to get cracking. Growing pot organically in one's backyard can be a safe, rewarding, affordable way to obtain the botanical remedy. But coaxing decent medicine from the soil takes plenty of time and attention to detail.

US CO: Company Publicly Releases Marijuana-Vending Machine

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 - In what seems the natural next step to legalized pot, a Colorado company has brought forward a new vending machine that cuts out the middleman for marijuana sales and gives buyers a speedier, after-hours means of purchasing the drug. It's called the Zazz machine, and it's produced by American Green, United Press International reported. It made its debut at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., at the Herbal Elements shop. The dispensary, in turn, set up the machine outside a local barbecue restaurant in Avon, UPI said.

US MD: Editorial: A Step Toward Sanity

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Maryland Is Right to Be Cautious About Legalizing Pot, but Decriminalization Addresses Some of the Worst Problems of the War on Drugs In 2010, Baltimore police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them - 11 percent of the total - were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of hours by Baltimore police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year, Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation.

US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the State

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 14 Apr 2014 - Wasn't so long ago police officers used to kick Ed Forchion in his nether regions before they'd arrest him. Now, they ask for his autograph. In short: Things have changed for the NJWeedman. "I was at the Statehouse a few years ago, and I had a weed shirt on," Forchion recalled. "I wasn't even there to protest or anything, I just had to run into the bill room, I wanted to read something, but I was banned from the building and I ended up getting kicked in the (groin) and going to jail." Today? "When I went to pick up my city permit for next week's rally, a Trenton cop asked me for my autograph," he said. "Basically, I'm not a wacko now, not some lone dude screaming about smoking weed. Most people agree with me."

US MD: Maryland's Pot Laws Present Challenges for Police

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 15 Apr 2014 - Possession of Papers, Pipes Remains Criminal ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts Gears

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The Southern Gazette, 15 Apr 2014 - While 'Bootlegging' Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem It's been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect. Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate - customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.

CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In Calgary

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 15 Apr 2014 - Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations. City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.

CN BC: Medical Pot Grows Need DNV Approval

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
North Shore News, 13 Apr 2014 - Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of four or more, you'll have to check in with the District of North Vancouver and your neighbours. On Monday, District of North Vancouver council unanimously gave first reading to a bylaw that would ban medical marijuana production and distribution in the municipality.

Australia: OPED: Let's Talk About Drugs, Not Demonise Them

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Apr 2014 - Workplace drug testing tipped to rise I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made. I have had some positive experience with drugs, and of course some bad ones. I have had marijuana and laughed a great deal, but also experienced paranoia and anxiety. I have also had both good and bad experiences with hallucinogens and other drugs.

Lebanon: Editorial: A Bitter Pill To Swallow

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Star, 13 Apr 2014 - The latest police seizure of Captagon pills, around 12 million this time, must be commended, but until the problem is addressed at the source, the story looks set to continue, and the market will continue to overflow with the drug. Every week or so, it seems, another consignment of the amphetamine is found, whether at the airport, the border with Syria, or at the port. This latest haul was discovered at the Beirut port, and two of the four individuals arrested were port staff themselves. Allegedly headed for the United Arab Emirates, and hidden in bags of corn, this huge quantity of drugs raises many questions.

US CO: Pot Businesses May Get Green Light Tonight

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 14 Apr 2014 - City Council is expected to rewrite Pueblo's moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses tonight to allow three categories of wholesale pot businesses to operate in the city: marijuana growers, product makers and testing companies. The amendments are on the agenda for council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

US ND: Increasing Drug Trade, Violence Mar Positive Effects Of

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Billings Gazette, 14 Apr 2014 - WILLISTON, N.D. - The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston.

CN BC: Local Medical Pot User Relieved

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
Oliver Chronicle, 10 Apr 2014 - Medical marijuana users say they are in a state of limbo after the latest court battle halted implementation of new laws governing pot. New federal laws that would have made it illegal for medical marijuana users to grow their own plants were set to take effect April 1.

CN ON: Editorial: Uxbridge Medical Marijuana Farm Deserves

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
The Uxbridge Times Journal, 10 Apr 2014 - A proposal to establish a medical marijuana grow farm in Uxbridge is no doubt a harbinger of the future and the dawn of change. Regardless of whether Uxbridge ultimately becomes home to such an operation or not, evidence is growing that the marijuana plant and its derivatives offer tangible medical benefits to many patients, including those with multiple sclerosis and children who suffer life-threatening seizures.

US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana Sought

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 12 Apr 2014 - OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana on Friday filed notice with the Secretary of State's Office that they are trying to get it on the Nov. 4 ballot. Supporters have 90 days after filing the petition, or a determination by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to its sufficiency, whichever is later, to submit the signatures. They are required to obtain 155,216 signatures.