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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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US: Lawyers Turn To Business Of Marijuana

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 27 Apr 2015 - Legalization Brings Need for Advisement SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.

US FL: Professor Proposes Test Of Medical Marijuana

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 27 Apr 2015 - As the state's efforts to get a noneuphoric medical-marijuana oil to severely epileptic children move forward, the University of Florida is proposing a study to answer a key question: Does it even work? Dr. Paul Carney, professor at the UF Department of Pediatrics and Neurology, has sent a research proposal to the Florida Department of Health to start finding out. The department is reviewing the requests.

Indonesia: Despite Protests, Indonesia Moves Forward to

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Apr 2015 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two are young Australians portrayed back home as generally good lads. One is a Brazilian who is mentally ill. There are four Nigerian men, a female migrant worker from the Philippines and an Indonesian laborer. They come from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, but all nine were convicted of drug crimes in Indonesia. And all are scheduled to die soon in a mass execution on a remote island off the southern coast of Java.

US WA: Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana As

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Apr 2015 - OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington's new recreational marijuana market. Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people. Instead, those patients will be able to buy medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they will be able to participate in cooperatives of up to four patients.

US: Michael Botticelli Is a Drug Czar Who Knows Addiction

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Apr 2015 - BALTIMORE - Six recovering substance abusers sat in an inner-city treatment center, sharing their stories. When Michael's turn came around, he spoke of his former drug of choice, alcohol, and mentioned the night years ago when he drove drunk on the Massachusetts Turnpike, caused an accident and was arrested before passing out. Michael then pulled out a picture of a friend's brother who recently died from mixing prescription painkillers with alcohol. He described his grief and visceral connection with the struggles of substance abusers in recovery.

US MA: Column: What Price Is Too High For A Miracle Drug?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 26 Apr 2015 - Naloxone isn't magic, but its power to rescue a heroin user from the brink of death can certainly seem miraculous. The anti-overdose drug, also known by the brand name Narcan, is easy to administer and has saved thousands of lives. First responders are often awestruck at how swiftly it can revive a dying addict. "It's just incredible," the deputy fire chief in Revere marveled in a public-radio interview last year. "There's somebody who's on the ground who's literally dead. They have no pulse. Sometimes they're blue, sometimes they're black. And you administer this stuff and sometimes in a minute or two or three, they're actually up and talking to you."

CN BC: Column: That's Not a Skunk, It's Grass

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 23 Apr 2015 - There's not much that you can experience that's more satisfying than sitting in your own backyard on a sunny weekend like the one just past. You can just sit in your lawn chair, drinking in the sights and sounds and smells of spring bursting all around you.

CN BC: Vancouver Mayor Waves Off Health Minister's Warning

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Apr 2015 - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has rejected a warning from the federal Health Minister to scrap a proposal to regulate marijuana dispensaries. The proposal would create a new class of business licence for the operations while imposing hefty fees and restricting where they can be located.

Canada: Former Top Public Servant Smokes Out Local Opportunity

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 23 Apr 2015 - A former senior manager at Health Canada's Medical Marijuana Program has been named CEO of a private medical marijuana education centre opening two Ottawa locations in the coming months. Gulwant Bajwawas announced as the new CEO for National Access Cannabis (NAC), a private company helping clients obtain medical marijuana legally on Wednesday.

CN BC: Legal Hurdles Push Pot Patients To Black Market, Study Says

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 22 Apr 2015 - Many medical marijuana patients in Canada are struggling to buy pot under current laws and are turning to the black market, a University of British Columbia study has found. About one-third of 450 patients reported in a national survey that they could not access marijuana legally under federal rules, said PhD student Rielle Capler.

CN BC: Ex-Olympian Rebagliati Calls For Marijuana Legalization

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 22 Apr 2015 - VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis. "I just wake up feeling great, looking forward to my workout. And it takes care of any aches and pains from the days before," he said Tuesday, before adding the medical-grade marijuana extract doesn't make him high.

CN BC: Olympic Star Rebagliati Calls For Pot To Be An Issue In Election

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 21 Apr 2015 - VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis. "I just wake up feeling great, looking forward to my workout. And it takes care of any aches and pains from the days before," he said Tuesday, before adding the medical-grade marijuana extract doesn't make him high.

US: Supreme Court Curbs Drug-sniffing Dogs During Traffic Stops

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 2015 - Justices continue on path of strengthening constitutional protections against `unreasonable search and seizure' WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday police can't prolong a routine traffic stop to allow a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle unless they have a reasonable suspicion of uncovering contraband.

US: DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Step Down

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 2015 - Resignation comes amid disagreements with Obama administration on drug and criminal-justice policy The head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has decided to resign amid mounting disagreements with the Obama administration on drug and criminal-justice policy, and intense criticism of her handling of a sex-party scandal involving DEA agents.

CN BC: Rebagliati Says Pot Hot This Election

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 22 Apr 2015 - Olympic medallist who champions medical marijuana says politicians must address issue VANCOUVER - On his average day, athlete Ross Rebagliati rises about 4:30 a.m., brews himself a cup of coffee and then stirs in the ingredient he considers most crucial: honey infused with cannabis.

US AZ: Legal Theft Part I

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 23 Apr 2015 - Owner of 420 House files a lawsuit against TPD claiming illegal forfeitur e On a May evening about two years ago, Ron Johnson claims he woke up to someone banging at his front door. He dragged himself out of bed and opened up. Before he could even ask what was going on, a Tucson Police officer handcuffed and shoved him in the back of a patrol car for the next six hours.

US MI: Column: Why African-Americans Are Largely Absent From

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 22 Apr 2015 - When I was at the breakfast for Tommy Chong a couple of weeks ago, I talked with another African- American at the event. Actually, he was the only brother at this gathering of activists and dispensary owners aside from me. As we spoke, I noted that brothers are few and far between when it comes to marijuana activism. His comment was: "And you know why."

US NJ: Column: Sign Of The Times

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 23 Apr 2015 - I have a dilemma: Good Troopers In these times of altercations recorded on cell phone cameras and Internet hashtag campaigns against police abuse, I have a different dilemma: I can't commend the good officers for fear of getting them in trouble. I'm now being treated very well by New Jersey police - and I can't really write about it because I don't want to screw them up. I want good cops to prosper and weed out (pun intended) the bad ones.