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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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US CA: Lake County Fight Over Marijuana Going Back to Voters

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 29 Sep 2014 - Lake County's ongoing battle over medical marijuana regulations returns to the ballot box, with two measures this November that, if passed, would overturn the county's current pot ordinance approved by voters in June. Measures 0 and P continue the tug-of-war over pot that is becoming a tradition of sorts. Each time the county attempts to enact restrictions on marijuana cultivation and dispensaries, pot advocates have challenged them with referendums, ballot initiatives or lawsuits.

US NM: OPED: When A Decision Comes Back To Haunt You

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Sep 2014 - The Lessons Learned From Legalizing Alcohol Should Be a Role Model for Why Decriminalizing Drugs Is a Bad Idea When I first read Diane Dimond's column, "When will we really listen to the experts on drugs?", my first mental response was, this woman really is out of touch as to how and why we have the prisons overflowing and the social issues that plague us today over drugs.

US ND: Dark Side Of The Boom

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Sep 2014 - North Dakota's Oil Rush Brings Cash and Promise to Reservation, Along With Drug-Fueled Crime ON THE FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION - Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road - siren blaring, police radio crackling - as she attempts to get to the latest 911 call on a reservation that is a blur of oil rigs and bright-orange gas flares.

US NM: Ballot Fight Comes Down To 'Other Questions'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Sep 2014 - The state Supreme Court case that resulted in residents of Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties being allowed to vote on whether they would like to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana turned on a definition and who has the authority to decide what the words in question mean. "Other questions" was the question. The questions to go before Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties are nonbinding advisory questions, meaning the passage or defeat means nothing in and of itself and county commissions aren't required to act based on outcomes of the voting. The commissions had voted to put the questions on the November ballot. The state Election Code spells out the procedure for statewide votes on proposed constitutional amendments, as well as statewide and non-statewide votes on "other questions." The code, however, doesn't spell out what "other questions" can be put to voters.

US WA: Column: Pot Shop Shows Shift On Seattle Streets

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 28 Sep 2014 - There may be no corner in Seattle with an image problem quite like the Central Area's 23rd and Union. "We've had property appraisers come from Bellevue and be afraid to get out of their cars," says Tom Bangasser, whose family has owned part of the corner for 73 years.

US OH: Students Create 'No Weed' Video Messages

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 28 Sep 2014 - Teens in Lorain County schools are creating this month for an awareness campaign with a message that young people do not need marijuana to succeed in life. Elaine Georgas, executive director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Lorain County, said teens designed the campaign in the spring, "We don't need weed to succeed."

US PA: Marijuana Activists Make Their Case

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
The Times-Tribune, 28 Sep 2014 - Wilkes-Barre Cannabis Reform Rally Held at Kirby Park on Saturday. WILKES-BARRE - Ryan Berndt smokes pot. He's also a productive member of society, and he was in Kirby Park on Saturday with a sign proclaiming just that.

US FL: OPED: No. Dressing Up Marijuana As Medicine Doesn't Cut

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 26 Sep 2014 - Real prescriptions tell us how many precisely dosed pills to take ... Do we expect budtenders to tell us how many puffs ... [are] optimal? The relationship between a doctor and a patient is a sacred trust and a legal bond. One of the most common treatments that doctors provide to patients is to prescribe medications. When writing a prescription, the doctor stipulates a specific medication, precise doses, how often and when it is taken, and for how long. Your doctor and pharmacist review every medication you are taking to protect you from adverse drug interactions. The entire process of testing, approving, manufacturing, prescribing and selling prescription medications is carefully regulated.

US IL: Mayor Pitches Plan To Soften Drug Penalties

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 24 Sep 2014 - Critics Say It's Part of Future Push for Stricter Gun Law Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday started to sell his idea of loosening Illinois drug laws for possession of illegal substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but some of those he has to convince said they're skeptical because he'll want tougher gun laws in return.

US IL: 369 Filings Made For Marijuana Businesses

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 25 Sep 2014 - 1 in 5 Applications for Grow Houses, Retail Centers to Get Approval Illinois received 369 applications for medical marijuana business licenses, which means about 1 in 5 applications will win approval to open grow houses and retail centers in the state.

US WA: Sewage Could Be Tested For Pot

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 25 Sep 2014 - Testing Would Be a Way for Spokane to Determine the Best Way to Maximize Revenue While Ensuring Public Safety. SPOKANE (AP) - The author of Washington's recreational pot law has suggested that Spokane test its sewage for traces of the cannabis chemical THC as a general measure of pot use by residents.

US PA: Senate Oks PA. Medical Pot Bill

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Sep 2014 - The Bill Now Heads to the House, Where Its Future Is Uncertain. Gov. Corbett Opposes It. HARRISBURG - The state Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

US WA: Cities and Counties Are Hungry for Marijuana Tax Money

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 25 Sep 2014 - OLYMPIA - The financial stakes of the state's new marijuana industry are no longer theoretical. Washington's chief economist predicts the legal recreational market will generate $636 million for the state through the middle of 2019.

US IL: Editorial: Go Easier On Petty Drug Offenders

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 24 Sep 2014 - Does anybody really believe in this day and age that somebody deserves jail or prison time for getting caught with, say, a small amount of pot? Arresting and prosecuting low-level drug offenders is a waste of time. So say cops and assistant state's attorneys, who should know.

US IL: Rauner 'Open' To Limiting Pot Offenses

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 24 Sep 2014 - One week after Bruce Rauner said he wouldn't have signed a bill supporting medical marijuana in Illinois, the Republican gubernatorial candidate on Tuesday said he was "open to the discussion" of decriminalizing small amounts of the substance statewide. When asked about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and reducing to a misdemeanor the penalty for possession of one gram or less of any controlled substance, Rauner said: "I think we can and should talk about ways we can creatively deal with nonviolent offenders. We should have that discussion . . . We have a massive failure by Pat Quinn to deal with violent criminals."

US IL: Rahm Wants State To Ease Drug Penalties

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 24 Sep 2014 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked state lawmakers Tuesday to soften Illinois' war on drugs, but the political response was lukewarm. Emanuel wants the General Assembly to go beyond what he did in Chicago by decriminalizing possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana and reducing from a felony to a misdemeanor the penalty for possession 1 gram or less of any controlled substance.

US IL: Mayor Rips Lewis Over Pot Proposal

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 25 Sep 2014 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ridiculed Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis for suggesting that marijuana be legalized and taxed because it's a "great revenue source." "I do not think you should balance the budget by promoting recreational smoking of pot," the mayor said. "I've balanced the budget three years in a row by holding the line on property, sales and gas taxes. Every year, we've put money back in the rainy day fund. We also banned flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes within 500 feet of a school, so we have fewer kids smoking cigarettes. . . . I don't think the way to balance the budget is to promote smoking of marijuana."

South Africa: OPED: Truth About The Dagga Debate

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 07:00
The New Age, 26 Sep 2014 - The Medical Innovation Bill pursued through Parliament is not to legalise cannabis but rather to provide alternatives for cancer patients RECENTLY a debate has been revived on the Medical Innovation Bill introduced in Parliament by the late Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, an IFP MP and a close friend of mine.