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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 OH: Column: Prison Problem Knottier Than Its Usual

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 02 Oct 2015 - Pretty much everybody from Barack Obama to Carly Fiorina seems to agree that far too many Americans are stuck behind bars. And pretty much everybody seems to have the same explanation for how this destructive era of mass incarceration came about. First, the war on drugs got out of control, meaning that many nonviolent people wound up in prison. Second, mandatoryminimum sentencing laws led to a throw-away-thekey culture, with long and pointlessly destructive prison terms.

US OR: OPED: Medical And Recreational Pot Aren't The Same

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
The Register-Guard, 02 Oct 2015 - A Sept. 28 Register-Guard editorial concerning the retail cannabis sales that began Thursday included two assertions that need to be addressed. The 25 percent tax mentioned in the editorial is not applicable to interim adult recreational cannabis sales, according to the Oregon Health Authority website. The tax is applicable only beginning Jan. 4.

UK: Clegg Launches Campaign to Persuade EU Leaders to Back

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
Independent, 02 Oct 2015 - Former Lib Dem Leader Hopes to Build Support for New Approach at 2016 UN Meeting Nick Clegg launches a campaign today to persuade EU leaders to back global reform of drugs laws, warning that the current punitive approach has failed to curb the multibillion trade in illicit substances and has criminalised millions of young people.

UK: OPED: EU Needs To Unite On Reform Of Drug Policy

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
Independent, 02 Oct 2015 - We are losing the war on drugs. But there are reasons to be hopeful. In recent years, a global movement for reform has been building. Led in particular by the governments of countries in Latin America that have suffered most, politicians and policymakers around the globe have started to question the status quo. This isn't a headlong rush to legalisation, but a patient, rational debate about alternative approaches which might reduce overall harm. In the United States, zero tolerance and mass imprisonment has given way to a willingness to allow states to experiment with alternative regulatory models as Colorado, Washington, Oregon and others are doing with cannabis - and a growing disquiet at the injustice and social impacts of imprisoning hundreds of thousands of young, mainly black, men for drug offences.

UK: Column: Recreational Marijuana? 'Some Day Walmart Will

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
The Guardian, 02 Oct 2015 - The three young men climbing into the pickup close to the Oregon border cheerfully acknowledged they were about to break federal law. Anthony, Daniel and Chris had just bustled out of a marijuana shop in Vancouver, Washington, clutching bags of marijuana as they headed home a short drive over the bridge to Portland, Oregon. Crossing state lines with drugs is a federal offence not that it has discouraged the steady stream of customers from Portland taking advantage of Washington's legalisation of recreational marijuana sales last year. As of yesterday, Oregon joined Washington and Colorado to become the third US state to permit the sale for anyone over 21. "I've been coming across since they legalised it here," said Anthony. "But it'll be closer and it's going to be much cheaper in Portland. And I won't haveh to cross the bridge. Not that I've ever seen the cops lining up to catch us." The open sale of recreational mar marijuana has come more swiftly to Portland than many expected. Legalisation was only approved in a ballot measure last November whereas Washington state took 18 months to open its first shops.

US WA: 'Kettle Falls Five' Members Get Prison Time in Federal

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 02 Oct 2015 - The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may have started with good intentions, but ended as a "distribution center," said the federal judge who handed down their sentences Friday. "Maybe that was a byproduct of being so successful," said U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice, ruling the members of the so-called Kettle Falls Five grew more than 150 pounds of marijuana in the hills of Stevens County between 2011 and 2012.

CN BC: City To Shut Down Medical Pot Shops

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Abbotsford News, 30 Sep 2015 - Mayor Not Satisfied With How Long Process Will Take The City of Abbotsford is taking steps to shut down two medical marijuana dispensaries. Two outlets - Mary Jane's Glass and Gifts on George Ferguson Way, and a similar shop on South Fraser Way - have opened in Abbotsford in recent months. "We don't want to see them in Abbotsford, and we will move to have them removed," said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.

CN BC: Candidates Tangle At Kimberley Debate

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Kimberley Daily Bulletin, 01 Oct 2015 - With the 42nd federal election fast approaching, residents of Kimberley were given an opportunity to listen in on major election issues and the stances of all four candidates in the riding of Kootenay-Columbia on Wednesday as the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce hosted an all-candidates forum at Centre 64. Bill Green (Green Party), Don Johnston (Liberal Party), Wayne Stetski (NDP) and incumbent David Wilks (Conservative Party of Canada) were all in attendance Wednesday night, fielding 13 questions in a forum moderated by Tom Ross.

US OR: Rogue Valley Customers Line Up for First Day of

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 02 Oct 2015 - Local Dispensaries See Steady Business on First Day of Recreational Pot Sales Thursday morning just about 10 a.m., baby boomers, generation X-ers and millennials lined up about 10 at a time at Green Valley Wellness in Talent for their first opportunity to purchase legal recreational marijuana.

CN BC: Pot Could Be 'Exit Drug,' Study Says

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 01 Oct 2015 - Your Essential Daily News Research Shows Cannabis Stands in for Harsher Substances Marijuana's label as a gateway drug could go up in smoke, at least according to a study published this month by University of Victoria and University of British Columbia researchers.

US WA: Oregon Now A Competitor For State On Pot Sales

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 02 Oct 2015 - PORTLAND - At 10 a.m. Thursday, the doors of the Pure Green dispensary opened for the first time to recreational sales, with staff ushering in customers waiting outside who could choose from two dozens strains of pot, and receive a free joint along with their first purchase. Pure Green is one of 119 medical dispensaries scattered across Portland that as of Oct. 1 can sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. These dispensaries turn the city into a recreational pot mecca, where such outlets outnumber those that sell hard liquor, according to state regulatory agencies.

US CO: Column: Denver Murder Suspect Says the Pot Made Him Do

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 01 Oct 2015 - A week ago Friday, lawyers for Richard Kirk, a Denver man who is charged with the murder of his wife after eating a cannabis edible during a domestic disturbance in April 2014, changed his original plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity. The pot made him do it. Had he not ingested a marijuana edible, he wouldn't have murdered his wife, Kristine, who was on the phone with 911 when she was shot.

Canada: Editorial: A Minimum Amount Of Common Sense

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 30 Sep 2015 - Mandatory minimum sentences should be reserved for maximally grave crimes - murder, for example. Parliament should shape criminal law as a matter of well-proportioned policy, and minimums should be unusual. Even so, the courts - not least the Supreme Court of Canada - should give Parliament some leeway to craft laws that sometimes include mandatory minimum sentences.

CN MB: Councillors Push For Pot Regulations

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 01 Oct 2015 - City 'should be ready' for potential decriminalization of drug: Eadie TWO Winnipeg city councillors want zoning regulations in place to restrict where marijuana and related products can be sold should the drug be legalized or decriminalized.

US WA: Lawyers Challenge City's Move On Pot

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 01 Oct 2015 - Several Seattle lawyers have joined in a lawsuit challenging the city's clampdown on medical-marijuana dispensaries. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court contends the city's regulations aimed at shutting down dispensaries exceed its authority. Because marijuana remains federally illegal, the lawsuit claims the city lacks the power to regulate and tax the drug and shutter businesses who sell it.

US NM: Councilor Arrested On Drug Charges

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 01 Oct 2015 - LAS CRUCES - Dona Ana County sheriff's deputies arrested a Sunland Park city councilor on minor drug charges Monday during a council meeting. Sergio R. Carrillo was arrested at the meeting and booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, less than an ounce, and possession of paraphernalia, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Jameson.

US NM: Mayor Vetoes Proposal For Pot Decriminalization

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 01 Oct 2015 - Legislation Would Have Applied to Small Amounts of Marijuana Citing his oath of office, Mayor Richard Berry vetoed legislation Wednesday that sought to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

US NJ: Column: Warrantless Car Searches Might Be Okay, Maybe

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 30 Sep 2015 - Court Runs Justice Off Road With Vehicle Search Decision Generally speaking, when I hear stories about the police gaining more power over the citizens they're sworn to protect and serve, I don't like it. I don't like the idea of police officers having unchecked powers, don't like the idea of living at the mercy of the police, don't like the idea of anything resembling a police state.

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