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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?

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 PA: Column: Something Obscene About Civil Asset Forfeitures

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:00
Standard-Speaker, 24 Jan 2015 - Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext. Using that pretext, they ask permission to search your car for drugs. You give permission and they search. Or you decline permission, but that doesn't matter, either. They make you wait until a drug-sniffing canine can be brought to the scene, then tell you the dog has indicated the presence of drugs - and search anyway.

US NY: Column: Civil Forfeitures Obscene

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 24 Jan 2015 - Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext. Using that pretext, they ask permission to search your car for drugs. You give permission and they search. Or you decline permission, but that doesn't matter, either. They make you wait until a drug-sniffing canine can be brought to the scene, then tell you the dog has indicated the presence of drugs and search anyway.

US IN: Parent Program On Drugs And Children Set Jan. 28 At GHS

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
Banner Graphic, 22 Jan 2015 - The Greencastle Community School Corporation will present the program "What Parents Should Know: Drugs and Their Children" on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Greencastle High School's Parker Auditorium. Any parent who has a child from fourth grade up is invited to attend.

CN AB: Half A Million Needles Handed Out As Harm-Reduction Program

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
Metro, 22 Jan 2015 - More than 1.8 million clean needles distributed over past four years Nearly half a million needles were handed out in Calgary last year as uptake of safe injection services offered through Alberta Health Services' Safeworks program continues to rise.

CN ON: Sharps Containers Coming

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
The Record, 22 Jan 2015 - City Says the Installations Are Not Tied to Anti-Needle Push KITCHENER - The City of Kitchener says its decision to install sharps containers in 25 city facilities has nothing to do with a city woman's recent campaign to rid downtown of what she calls a glut of discarded drug needles.

CN ON: Inquest Into Possible Ecstasy Death

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
The Recorder & Times, 22 Jan 2015 - KEMPTVILLE - Provincial police here are assisting a coroner's investigation into the death of a 23-year-old woman that may have been related to the use of ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly. Grenville OPP say that just after 3 a.m. on Sunday, they were called to a Kemptville home to assist with a woman who had no vital signs. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

US VA: Legislators Push To Decriminalize Two Forms Of Pot

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 23 Jan 2015 - RICHMOND - State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin wants Virginia to join more than a dozen states that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. The lawmaker is pushing a bill that would downgrade the offense from a criminal charge to a civil one with a fine of up to $100.

US MA: Baker Staunch In Opposition To Legalizing Marijuana

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 23 Jan 2015 - But Governor Still Sees Value in Review by State Senate With marijuana legalization advocates considering a ballot measure campaign in Massachusetts in 2016, Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday that he is "going to always be opposed to legalizing" recreational use of the drug.

US AK: North Pole Grapples With Marijuana Laws at City Council

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Jan 2015 - NORTH POLE - The City Council is divided over whether to allow marijuana to be sold here. The panel agreed at a workshop on Thursday to deal with personal use of pot first. "I think the first thing is public consumption, defining that, narrowing it down," North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward said.

CN BC: Jodie Emery to Keep Fighting for Liberals Despite Being

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 22 Jan 2015 - JODIE EMERY SAYS she remains a supporter of Justin Trudeau and the Liberals after the party dropped her from its nomination race in Vancouver East. "This doesn't change anything for me," the advocate for marijuana reform told the Straight. "There are a lot of people who feel this is backtracking by the party, but most people understand that this is a high-stakes election and any sort of distraction could do a disservice."

US CO: Column: Creating a National Cannabis Brand Might Be

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 22 Jan 2015 - I ran across several stories about Bethenny Frankel, a reality show personality, who, after apparently being spotted coming out of an Aspen dispensary and tweeting her delight at the experience, is rumored to be wanting to cash in on the cannabis business. Frankel developed the Skinnygirl ready-to-drink cocktail line, and "insiders" say she wants to sell a special strain that would not induce the munchies. This is hardly news. Google "munchies and pot" and you'll find recommendations for strains that don't necessarily force the unsuspecting into wolfing an entire giant bag of jalapeno potato chips in 15 minutes. Recent studies are indicating that cannabis opens olfactory receptors, which then helps activate appetite. But really, "the munchies" concept seems little more than a marketing device, developed and perfected from the 1970s, when pot was highly illegal yet flourishing and depicted in a long parade of stoner movies and advertising, from Cheech and Chong and Animal House to Jeff Spicola in Fast Times at Ridgemont High up through Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express.

US NJ: Column: 'Selma' Was a Great Film, but More Work Is

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 22 Jan 2015 - I went to see Selma on Monday, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day." I smoked two joints on the way and after seeing it, I gave it a 420 on the NJWeedman movie scale. A 500 means it's right on the money, but a 420 is as close as you can get in my THC-enhanced movie evaluations. Other movies that I gave a 420 to were Half Baked, Soul Plane, Friday, How High, and of course Cheech & Chong's Next Movie. I'm a history and news buff; I love to read history and current news events worldwide, and this movie Selma is a historical example of a worldwide news event.

US CA: Column: What's Up, Doc?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 22 Jan 2015 - I got my 215 card on a drippy early afternoon. It took about an hour and a half, but a good portion of that was spent in the waiting room - - even though I had an appointment. The whole business felt doctory and friendly - if a little rougher around the edges than your average clinic visit. Let's back up. I, like many people who grew up in Humboldt County, started experimenting with marijuana for fun in my teens. That continued through my early 20s until I realized that getting high just wasn't for me - it brought on, or at least exacerbated, anxiety and a general young-adult malaise.

Canada: Focus: Municipalities Grappling With Location Of Marijuana

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
Law Times, 19 Jan 2015 - Issue emerges after federal government changes rules for medical production The promise of a fledgling industry about to burst onto the Canadian scene has led many to startups lining up to cash in on green gold.

CN BC: Lifesaving Overdose Kits May See Purview Expanded

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Jan 2015 - A fledgling harm-reduction initiative in British Columbia is being credited with reducing the toll of opioid overdoses - and could play an important role in responding to an increase in illicit use of the dangerously potent drug fentanyl. The pilot Take Home Naloxone (THN) program - launched on International Overdose Awareness Day in August, 2012 - provides severe opioid addicts ahead of time with an injectable medication that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose of drugs such as heroin and oxycodone. Without it, the user's breathing could slow or stop, leading to brain damage or death.

CN BC: Marijuana Bylaw Bans Terrible Odours

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00
Langley Advance, 20 Jan 2015 - MARIJUANA BYLAW BANS TERRIBLE ODOURS Langley Township can't ban medical pot growing, but it will regulate excessive odour. A bylaw that will penalize medical pot growers for foul odours was given preliminary approval by Langley Township council.

US: New Revelations U.S. Tracked Americans' Calls For Over A Decade

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:00
Wall Street Journal, 17 Jan 2015 - Justice Department Arm Collected Metadata on U.S. Calls to Foreign Countries The Justice Department secretly kept a database of Americans' calls to foreign countries for more than a decade, according to a new court filing and officials familiar with the program.