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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.
Rolling Stone, 13 Mar 2014 - He was a friendless high school loner struggling with autism. So why did an undercover cop target him as a drug dealer? Jesse Snodgrass plodded around yet another stucco corner, searching for Room 254 in time for the second-period bell, only to find he was lost yet again.
Chicago Tribune, 05 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON - The growing national debate over legalizing marijuana made its way to a congressional hearing Tuesday as lawmakers sparred over what role the government should take in reconciling divergent state and federal laws on the issue. The House Government Operations Subcommittee hearing was convened by the Republican chairman to address inconsistencies in federal law enforcement efforts and what he called "mixed signals" sent by the Obama administration in the wake of legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.
The Reporter, 07 Mar 2014 - SANDY KAERCHER of Chester County has a hope shared by a majority of Pennsylvanians. For Kaercher, however, the hope is very personal. Kaercher wants to see marijuana legalized for medical purposes as a last resort to control seizures that disrupt the life of her 15-year-old daughter, Grace.
Washington Post, 06 Mar 2014 - Revenue From Legalized Pot May Not Meet Expectations. MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION was a hot topic at the recent meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, for obvious reasons - among them the prospect of raising much-needed revenue by taxing pot sales. "With all the bad weather we've had back home and all the potholes, we ought to have the revenue go to infrastructure - 'pot for potholes,' " Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) said.
Mountain View Gazette, 04 Mar 2014 - The public hearing into proposed changes to Mountain View County's Land Use Bylaw was held last week, with several members of the public at large voicing opinions on new provisions related to the future cultivation of medical marijuana in the county. The hearing took place Feb. 26 as a requirement of proposed changes to the bylaw, which sets out rules and regulations for all variety of land use in the municipality.
Chicago Tribune, 05 Mar 2014 - Expert Says Communication Between Parents, Children Is Best Education Against Abuse I dropped by my son's elementary school the other morning for D.A.R.E. graduation, a ceremony that capped weeks of anti-drug lessons taught by a local police officer. There were awards, speeches and a printed program for which each kid had penned a few sentences about why he or she would stay away from drugs.
Alaska Dispatch, 06 Mar 2014 - A week after the ballot measure to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Alaska was officially certified, five speakers debated issues surrounding the initiative to hundreds who had gathered at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage Wednesday evening. The event, sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and Justice Club, began with keynote speaker Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, giving an impassioned speech about drug policy in the United States. Calling the war on drugs a "rat hole of waste," Nadelmann paced the stage, microphone in hand, to the applause of several hundred audience members, many of whom were in their 20s and 30s.
New York Post, 05 Mar 2014 - RAYMOND Yans is president of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the UN agency charged with monitoring the implementation of antidrug treaties. It is therefore not surprising that Yans takes a dim view of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, which he says poses "a grave danger to public health and well-being." But according to the INCB, legalization isn't just dangerous; legalization is illegal. Even Americans who support marijuana prohibition should be troubled by the implications of that argument, which suggests that international treaties trump the Constitution.
The Times-Tribune, 04 Mar 2014 - But We're Evenly Split on Whether Weed Should Be Legal for Recreational Use. HARRISBURG (AP) - A large majority of Pennsylvania voters favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they are divided over whether possession of even small amounts for recreational use should be legalized, according to a poll released Monday.
Pottstown Mercury, 05 Mar 2014 - Sandy Kaercher of East Coventry has a hope shared by a majority of Pennsylvanians. For Kaercher, however, the hope is very personal. Kaercher wants to see marijuana legalized for medical purposes as a last resort to control seizures that disrupt the life of her 15-year-old daughter, Grace.
Standard-Speaker, 05 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use. The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.
Metro, 06 Mar 2014 - With new federal regulations cracking down on exactly who can grow medical marijuana taking place April 1, the Vancouver Police Department says it won't change how they enforce the law. "The new laws that are coming into play April 1 have nothing to do with the sale of medical marijuana," said Cst. Brian Montague. "It has to do with the growing of medical marijuana. So many of the current growers will no longer be allowed to do that. That's where the law is changing."
Seattle Times, 06 Mar 2014 - 21,000-Square-Foot Spokane Facility State Board to Issue Dozen More Licenses Soon Washington's first legal pot grower was introduced by state officials Wednesday as an entrepreneur who followed the rules and out-hustled other applicants to the finish line.
Pottstown Mercury, 04 Mar 2014 - HARRISBURG (AP) - A large majority of Pennsylvania voters favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they are divided over whether possession of even small amounts for recreational use should be legalized, according to a poll released Monday. The poll from Connecticut's Quinnipiac University focused on an issue being debated in the Pennsylvania Legislature and among the Democrats hoping to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid.
The Reporter, 04 Mar 2014 - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A large majority of Pennsylvania voters favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but they are divided over whether possession of even small amounts for recreational use should be legalized, according to a poll released Monday. The poll from Connecticut's Quinnipiac University focused on an issue being debated in the Pennsylvania Legislature and among the Democrats hoping to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid.
Washington Post, 05 Mar 2014 - Gray to Sign D.C. Bill, Which Would Partially Decriminalize Drug Possessing marijuana and smoking it in the privacy of one's home would no longer be criminal offenses in the nation's capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council, putting the District at the forefront of a simmering national debate over decriminalization.
Boston Herald, 05 Mar 2014 - Hub top cop William B. Evans yesterday slammed medical marijuana dispensaries as crime magnets, while city councilors were left fuming after state officials blew off a public hearing on the siting of two local pot shops - one of them less than half a mile from a Roxbury grade school. "I can just see this being abused big-time. You can imagine how many phony scripts are going to be out there for people with their bad backs, their ingrown toenail. You name it. And then they're going to be out there with their 2 pounds - they get two months' supply when they go in - they're going to be out there selling it," Evans said on Boston Herald Radio.
Morning Sun, 04 Mar 2014 - I read with interest the 'Guest Voice' Article on the 'Dangers of decriminalizing marijuana' by Michael Covarrubias. Despite my concern about retribution I felt the need to respond to the outrageous claims made in the article. It seems drug enforcement officers such as Mr. Covarrubias seem to have an outline for these articles. I'd like to respond to several of their 'talking points' about the evils of medical marijuana.