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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.

US: Editorial: Pee in This Cup, Doc

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 07:00
Scientific American, 01 Nov 2014 - Random Drug Tests Should Be Standard for Physicians Enough Physicians Have Substance Abuse Problems to Make Random Drug Testing a Needed Part of Medical Practice We hold our physicians to high standards because they make life-or-death decisions. Yet when it comes to drug addiction, their behavior can be disturbing. Their overall rates of substance abuse are roughly on par with the rest of the population, at about 10 percent. For prescription drugs, abuse rates for doctors in several specialties are estimated to be even higher--not surprising given their access to addictive medications.

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US CA: Column: All The News That's Pot

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 30 Oct 2014 - High Times, the venerable marijuana magazine found in headshops and behind cardboard at your favorite corner liquor store, turned 40 recently. In celebration, the magazine released a coffee table book, which is generously reviewed in the New York Times by Dwight Garner. It sounds like a good read, chronicling the magazine's wild early days, the suicide of "crusading journalist" and founder Tom Forcade at 33, and the magazine's commercial bumps on its road to middle age. It's easy to forget that High Times has boasted genuine journalism, art and literature during its tenure.

US CA: Return Of The Messenger

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 30 Oct 2014 - Nearly two decades after a reporter exposed a connection between the CIA and crack cocaine in America, Hollywood chimes in with a major movie This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive expose and catches national attention. But the fates shift. Our reporter's story is torn apart by the country's leading media; he is betrayed by his own newspaper. Though the big story turns out to be true, the writer commits suicide and becomes a cautionary tale.

US CA: Column: Vote With Ngaio: On Marijuana and Next Week's

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 30 Oct 2014 - Do you have a stance on Proposition 47 and, if it passes, how do you think it will impact marijuana in the state? Also, have any voting advice for marijuana-related issues? - -Reggie Stardvotar I am glad you asked. Of course I do. Voting is the most important thing you can do as an activist and as an American. Never let anyone tell you that voting doesn't work. We got medical marijuana through the vote. Voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis in Washington and Oregon because people showed up to vote. If elections didn't matter, the GOP wouldn't be trying to pass all these bullshit-ass voter ID laws. Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote! I cannot stress this enough.

US CO: Column: Will Kids Get Pot Candy On Halloween?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 30 Oct 2014 - Dear Stoner: Do you think the Denver Police Department is right, and kids are going to get pot candy in their bags? Frank N. Stein Dear Frank: Not at all. This is just an updated version of the tired old story that fearmongering cops - and paranoid parents - have been pushing since the '70s. The idea is that some mythical Halloween Scrooge is out to hurt kids by giving away tainted candy.

US CO: Column: Move Over, Ebola: What You Should Panic About

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 30 Oct 2014 - Ah, trick or treating. Remember when your parents let you eat any unwrapped treat you were handed by strangers? If you're under 30, probably not. Parents have long been wary that unpackaged treats could contain razor blades. Or shards of glass. Or anthrax.

US MD: Medical Marijuana Panel Considers Regulations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 29 Oct 2014 - A medical marijuana regulations panel in Maryland delayed a vote Tuesday in order to take a second look at fees for growers, dispensers and patients, which critics say are too high. The commission, which has been criticized for taking too long to finalize regulations, also has added marijuana extracts to the regulations, so patients could ingest the drug without smoking, after receiving input from the public. Maryland passed legislation this year authorizing 15 licensed marijuana growers after a medical-marijuana law approved in 2013 stalled.

US: States Seeking Legal Pot Find Fired-Up Foes

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 30 Oct 2014 - Legalization Outlook Goes From Solid to Shaky in Some States WASHINGTON- With pot sold openly to any adult who wants it in Colorado and Washington, marijuana advocates were hoping restrictions in other states would fall like dominoes this election season, opening the way for a push to change federal drug laws.

US AK: OPED: It's Time To Legalize Marijuana In Alaska

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 30 Oct 2014 - I'm the former chief prosecutor for the state of Alaska, and I'm voting "yes" on Ballot Measure 2. Most of my career was spent in law enforcement. I was an assistant district attorney, a district attorney, an assistant attorney general in Alaska's Criminal Division and Alaska's chief prosecutor/deputy attorney general under two governors.

US NM: Advisory Pot Question Fans Political Flames

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Oct 2014 - Critics Say Question Is Misleading; Supporters Say It Lets Voters Speak Voters in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties have a chance this fall to offer their advice to policy-makers on state and local efforts to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.

US MD: Medical Marijuana Rules Delayed

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 29 Oct 2014 - Commission Decides More Time Needed to Tweak Fees, Allow for Cannabis Extracts A state commission charged with launching Maryland's lagging medical marijuana program hit the pause button Tuesday, postponing a final vote on already tardy regulations to tweak licensing fees and make cannabis available to patients in liquid as well as smokeable form.

US AK: OPED: Too Many Questions On Measure 2

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 29 Oct 2014 - On Nov. 4, Alaskans will make a decision on Ballot Measure 2: whether to legalize the use of marijuana. As we make this decision, it is important we base it on complete information rather than the propaganda that is being slung.

US: For Marijuana, A Second Wave Of Votes To Legalize

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 29 Oct 2014 - KEIZER, Ore. - Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization. A changing political landscape has weakened anti-marijuana efforts. As the libertarian movement in the Republican Party has gained force, with leaders like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, supporting decriminalization of marijuana and others going even further, an anchor of the conservative opposition to legalization has eroded.

US CA: Column: After The Crackdown

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 29 Oct 2014 - AFTER THE CRACKDOWN With its organic nurseries and converted auto body shops selling artisanal barbecue, Berkeley's San Pablo Avenue hardly resembles a war zone. But step into a clean and well-lit former mechanic's space, where a bubbling fountain placed just inside the door offers a hint of peace, and you're on the front lines of the war on drugs.

US MD: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Best Md. Path

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Oct 2014 - Earlier this month, marijuana was partially decriminalized in Maryland, making possession under 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) subject to a citation, a fine and no jail time. Despite some problems with the language of the law, taking jail time off the table and ensuring no criminal records for owners of small quantities of marijuana are positive first steps in changing the state's drug policy. That said, the Maryland legislature has been far too timid in its approach and should instead adopt a Colorado-like model for legalization.

US WA: Column: Comparing Pot to Alcohol May Aid Legalization

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 27 Oct 2014 - When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol. Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana related elections throughout the country, and drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a "drug duel" to prove their point.

US NY: Woman Arrested On Drug Charges Dies In Custody

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 27 Oct 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who was in custody on a drug-related arrest died after suffering an apparent seizure while she was being processed, according to the New York Police Department. Authorities say 22-yearold Jasmine Lawrence of the Bronx had been arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

UK: Club Calls for the Legalisation of Cannabis

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:00
The Argus, 27 Oct 2014 - CANNABIS is seen as a harmful and dangerous drug but many believe it should be declassified. This year Brighton became home to a new campaign group which openly uses the drug in public and is fighting to make it legal. FLORA THOMPSON reports... WALK through The Lanes on a Saturday afternoon and you may see someone casually lighting up a cannabis 'joint'.