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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 VA: OPED: Time For Marijuana Reform In Virginia

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19 Dec 2014 - The last time a marijuana decriminalization bill was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly the year was 2011 and the patron was Del. Harvey Morgan, R-Gloucester, a former assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school. The bill never made it out of committee. The Virginia General Assembly will again consider a marijuana decriminalization bill in the 2015 session, this one sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria). The fact that marijuana decriminalization in Virginia has been championed by a conservative Republican from Southern Virginia and liberal Democrat from Northern Virginia is telling. Marijuana law reform is a bipartisan issue supported by a majority of Americans.

US CA: App Can't Deliver Pot

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec 2014 - Judge Says Nestdrop, Which Takes Orders From Customers, Is Violating L.A. Law. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge said Tuesday that Nestdrop, a smartphone application that lets customers order medical marijuana, must stop delivering pot.

Canada: The Pot Stock Problem: One Company's Actions And An Industry

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Dec 2014 - Meet CEN Biotech, the company that wants to become the $5-billion king of Canada's new medical marijuana industry. But there are serious questions about its conduct in capital markets, raising concerns about the federal government's oversight of the sector. With the eyes of the world on Canada's decision to privatize medical marijuana production, how much does Health Canada know about the companies it is licensing? On June 30, in a packed conference room in Denver, Bill Chaaban - a man known to his legions of followers as "Wild Bill" - took the stage to a rousing ovation. The room was filled with investors hungry for the stock market's next big thing. And Mr. Chaaban knew how to play to a crowd.

CN MB: Feds Charge Too Much For Pot, Users Say

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Dec 2014 - New rules limit medicinal producers OTTAWA'S new rules for obtaining medical marijuana are getting under the skin of some local medicinal users. Richard Barahona, 44, was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago. He tried more traditional methods of treatment but found they were either worsening his condition or not working.

Canada: Pot Still Preferred Drug In Canadian Army, Tests Show

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
The Record, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.

Canada: Pot Still Preferred Drug In Army, But Cocaine Gaining Ground

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.

CN ON: Former Factories Could Become Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - From sugar to pot? If may take a while, but the process has begun for medical marijuana grow operations to start sprouting up in Niagara Falls. The city's committee of adjustment approved two zoning variances for the former Redpath Sugar plant on Garner Rd. and the former Kimberly Clark factory on Victoria Ave.

CN ON: 'Residents Deserve To Have Their Voices Heard'

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 08:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 22 Dec 2014 - Councillor unhappy with way pot proposal dealt with, mayor says proper guidelines followed Residents and councillors should have been given more information about two medical marijuana applications that went before the city's committee of adjustment, says Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni.

US: Tribes Treading Carefully Into Pot Discussions

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Washington Times, 23 Dec 2014 - FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. (AP) - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and whether alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs that casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the same divisive discussions resurfaced. The tribal president's office talked of expanding crops to include pot for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.

US MA: Schools Offering Courses On Sale Of Marijuana

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 23 Dec 2014 - New Mass. Schools Are Offering Programs on What Is Likely to Be a Fast-Growing Business NATICK - Jeanne Ficcardi-Sauro was watching television this summer when she saw a story about a trade school for a fast-growing field that promised plenty of job opportunities. She couldn't wait to enroll.

CN BC: Vicpd Now Sole Respondent In Human Rights Complaint

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Victoria News, 19 Dec 2014 - The Victoria Police Department is now the sole respondent in a human rights complaint filed by VicPD Cst. David Bratzer. Bratzer filed a human rights complaint against VicPD, former police chief Jamie Graham and Insp. Jamie Pearce in 2013 for restricting his public communications as a member of the U.S.-based organization LEAP, Law Enforcement Against prohibition. Bratzer is an outspoken member, advocating for drug legalization.

US: Tribes Tread Carefully Into Marijuana Discussions

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Dec 2014 - FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse. When the federal government announced this month that it would allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana, the same divisive discussions resurfaced. The tribal president's office talked of expanding crops to include pot for medicinal but not recreational use, while a tribal lawmaker quickly declared his opposition.

US AK: Borough Mayor Hopkins to Create Marijuana Working Group

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 23 Dec 2014 - FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins plans to launch a working group to help form local regulations for commercial marijuana. Following a community town hall meeting earlier this month that included representatives from the three local governments, Hopkins said he plans to bring forward borough regulations by as early as February.

US NY: Column: The Huff Post's Drug Problem

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
New York Post, 22 Dec 2014 - THE Huffington Post, through its widely viewed video service HuffPost Live, is promoting recreational use of marijuana as well as even more troubling nonsense about the medicinal value of hard drugs like ecstasy, acid and other Schedule I substances. When Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage at the European Music Awards and at the Art Basel Miami Beach festival, most saw it as reflecting the ills of celebrity culture. But the danger of public acceptance and misuse is much greater when a significant media outlet promotes illicit drugs.

US: Marijuana Decision Won't Affect Tribe

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Morning Sun, 22 Dec 2014 - Reservation Will Continue Zero Tolerance Policy A decision by the United States Department of Justice that will allow for the sale and growth of marijuana on Native lands will not affect the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

US: Society Split Over Legalizing Pakalolo

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
Garden Island, 22 Dec 2014 - DENVER (AP) - Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court - social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws.

CN NS: OPED: Compassion For Victims Of Addiction

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Chronicle Herald, 19 Dec 2014 - I think our communities could benefit from a fulsome dialogue about addiction and how we respond to those who suffer from it. We need a compassionate discussion that engages our hearts and our minds and that avoids blaming and shaming the ultimate victim, the person who is addicted. Using our community newspapers might be a way to have such a dialogue.

US CO: All The News That's Fit To Smoke

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec 2014 - A Denver Post Blog Is the First Mainstream Media Site Devoted to the World of Legal Pot. DENVER - Jake Browne sauntered into his neighborhood marijuana shop recently and asked the "budtender" for a look at his wares.