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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 AK: Panel to Consider Limiting Alaska Households to 12

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 03 Mar 2015 - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A House committee is trying to determine how much pot can be grown at one house. The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee will consider a 12-plant limit for each house as part of its bill addressing municipalities' role in regulating marijuana.

US WA: Pot Charges 'Overzealous,' Federal Jury Told During

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Spokesman-Review, 03 Mar 2015 - The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury. Those 12 people may also decide the future of federal prosecutions targeting marijuana growers.

US DC: Future Is Smokin'

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 02 Mar 2015 - Marijuana Convention in D.C. Helps Put Growers in Business Legally Part patchouli, part power suit, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts gathered over the weekend for the District's first cannabis convention since the city legalized recreational marijuana - offering a glimpse of the emerging markets that could take hold in the nation's capital.

US RI: The Art, and Science, Behind Growing Medical Marijuana

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 02 Mar 2015 - R.I. Growers Can Attest to Perils of New Market PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - A tiny spider mite is all it could take to cripple Seth Bock's business. Bock grows marijuana, legally, for a living, and the peril presented by just one small insect illustrates how difficult it can be to establish a thriving dispensary.

US CT: OPED: D.C. Pot Games

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
The Day, 02 Mar 2015 - Amid all the uncertainties surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia, a few things are clear. Among them is that Congress has better things to do than meddle in the purely local affairs of the District. That District officials and employees have been threatened with jail, by no less than the chairman of a powerful congressional committee, for their good-faith efforts to follow a voter mandate, is utterly inexcusable. Such a spectacle - and the fact that the District is under congressional attack for undertaking virtually the same steps as its counterparts in Colorado, Washington and, most recently, Alaska - should bring home to the rest of the country the need to redress the historic injustice of the city's limited political powers.

US PA: Sen. Leach, Pushes For Medical Cannabis

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
The Times Herald, 02 Mar 2015 - Bill to Allow Nonsmoking Use Wins Bipartisan Support A Delaware County Democratic senator continues the push to legalize medical marijuana, but dual-party support might not be enough to push along the legislation.

UK: Expert Wants Scots Cannabis Cafes

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Scotsman, 02 Mar 2015 - A FORMER UK Government adviser has said Scots should go Dutch and open cannabis cafes. Professor David Nutt, who has advised the Department of Health, said it could be "very good" for the economy. Prof Nutt sacked by the UK Government in 2009 for saying horse riding was more dangerous than ecstasy also blasted plans to ban legal highs.

US ID: Young Girl's Story May Lead Idaho To Ok Pot Oil

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 02 Mar 2015 - 10-Year-Old Suffers Rare Kind of Epilepsy Family Says Extract Could Ease Her Seizures BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.

US DC: Column: D.C., The Country's Capital For Pot-smokers

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 01 Mar 2015 - The mind-altering-substance market got a little more crowded in Washington this past week when the District joined three states in allowing residents to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. And despite the objections of some congressional Republicans, initially led by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.), who's quite keen to tell D.C. voters that he knows better than they do, the District is actually the best place in America for marijuana aficionados - in part because of Harris's efforts to block the will of the voters.

US MD: Hogan Wades Into Md.'s Ongoing Heroin Battle

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - Governor Creates Panels to Focus More on Prevention and Treatment of Addiction "We're not just reacting to the sudden surge of overdoses and overdoses deaths. We're taking a holistic approach." With the creation of two panels devoted to combating heroin use, Gov. Larry Hogan has waded into a worsening crisis - one that has defied solutions for decades.

US MD: OPED: A Viable Alternative To Drug Arrests

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - In Baltimore City, approximately 20,000 people were arrested for drug-related offenses annually in 2012 and 2013; nearly three quarters for simple possession. And while there has been a great deal of discussion over the last few years regarding the incarceration of individuals for drug crimes, particularly in minority communities, the fact is that most drug cases in Baltimore do not result in confinement, except for those unfortunate enough not to have the funds to post bail while awaiting trial. Instead, defendants' cases are either dismissed for various reasons or defendants are placed on some form of post-conviction supervision. Notably, the re-arrest rate for many of these individuals is high.

US FL: For Florida Pot Smoker, Feds Are No Drag; They're His

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2015 - BOCA RATON, Fla. - Even in this city full of absent-minded drivers, it's a wonder Irvin Rosenfeld doesn't stand out as a menace. The interior of his Toyota 4-Runner reeks of marijuana. A canister stuffed with hundreds of joints lies in the trunk, and a bag full of them is in the door pocket. On a recent weekday, the 62year-old stopped at a red light and took a drag so deep his exhale filled the cabin with smoke. It was his fourth joint that day. It wasn't yet lunchtime.

US: Cellular Tracking Device Sparks Privacy Concerns

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 01 Mar 2015 - TALLAHASSEE - The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time marijuana dealer of $130 worth of pot using a BB gun. Under Florida law, that was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four years in prison. But before trial, his defense team found investigators had used a secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy concerns. In an unprecedented move, a state judge ordered the police to show the device - a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a StingRay - to McKenzie's attorneys.

US WA: Tribes Discuss Legal Marijuana

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Spokesman-Review, 01 Mar 2015 - Representatives Attend Forum on Regulatory, Social Issues TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution if not silence or opposition from many tribes.

US: Decriminalization, Even Legalization Of Pot Spreads

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Commercial Appeal, 01 Mar 2015 - It officially became legal to consume and grow marijuana in Alaska on Tuesday. That means the state is the third to legalize the drug in as many years, but it is hardly the last. Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C., have also approved legalization, and advocates plan to take advantage of shifting public opinion to target other states this year and next.

CN MB: House Arrest for 'Freeman'

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 27 Feb 2015 - A so-called "freeman" who claimed justice officials had no right to prosecute him for running a marijuana grow operation in his basement has been sentenced to 13 months house arrest. Scott David Peters, 45, argued he is not bound by Canadian law, but by a natural law "to do no harm."

CN NF: An Affront To The Court

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
The Western Star, 26 Feb 2015 - Supreme Court Justice Admonishes RCMP for Handling of Roadside Drug Bust Four months after being involved in a court decision that took note of how the police had violated a man's Charter rights during a drug bust, one of the officers breached the rights of two more men in a similar roadside investigation.

CN NS: Court OKs Patients' Class Action in Strip-Search Case

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 27 Feb 2015 - Mark Jason Murray claims being strip-searched when he was a psychiatric patient at East Coast Forensic Hospital was degrading and violated his charter rights. "It was very shocking, to say the least," said Murray, 40. "It was very traumatizing, and it was also very confusing and disorienting."