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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 MA: OPED: Mass. Needs A Sensible Marijuana Policy

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Sep 2015 - My first run-in with marijuana prohibition came in 1970, when I was arrested for possession of less than one-quarter ounce. Fortunately, my case was dismissed because the officer conducted an illegal search. I often wonder where I would be if I had not been so lucky. Would I have been admitted to the bar? Hired as an assistant attorney general? Appointed as director of a state council on substance abuse and prevention?

US MA: Demand Soaring At State's Lone Marijuana Dispensary

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Sep 2015 - Facility in Salem Reports 1,500 Patients in 2 Months The executive director of the state's first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients - the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

US CA: Column: End Of The Marijuana Free For All?

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 03 Sep 2015 - Governor Jerry Brown has spoken: It is time to get a grip on California's unregulated medical cannabis industry. But even with JB's blessing, nothing is guaranteed. It's nearing the 11th hour in Sacramento, where lawmakers and lobbyists are hammering out the final details of the first statewide regulations for California's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.

US CA: Column: Generation W

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 03 Sep 2015 - School's back in session and a new study reports that more college students are smoking pot frequently. Six percent of students told University of Michigan researchers that they smoked weed daily or nearly daily in 2014, according to a Reuters article, nearly double the number in 2007. (Quick math: If 6 percent of 20 million students smoke a modest eighth ounce per week at $10 per gram, we're looking at $630 million in pot sales a semester - or more than 2 billion ramen packages.)

US: Growing Marijuana Industry Raises Environmental Concerns

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 03 Sep 2015 - GROWING MARIJUANA INDUSTRY RAISES ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS Chuck Lyon lives in a house he built "one concrete slab at a time" in the hills of Mendocino County, California. Lyon, 62, only uses about 5 gallons of well water each day, including the 1.5 gallons it takes for him to take what he called "navy showers." The average American uses more than 16 times that amount each day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

US FL: Group to Push Amendment That Would Completely Legalize

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 02 Sep 2015 - Petitions will hit the streets soon for a proposed constitutional amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and cultivation by adults in Florida. A political-action committee called Floridians For Freedom, associated with a longtime marijuana-advocacy group called the Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Tuesday that it had received state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on the November 2016 ballot.

CN ON: Overdose Of Information

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 01 Sep 2015 - Forty-five pairs of shoes lined the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street on Monday, representing the estimated number of people who died from drug overdoses in Ottawa last year. In accordance with International Overdose Awareness Day, members of Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites and Drug Users Advocacy League called for supervised injection sites in Ottawa to prevent drug overdoses and to challenge what they say is the stigma faced by drug users.

US CO: Column: Cannabis Clubs Get Serious, Questionable

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 02 Sep 2015 - Thumbs too green On Aug. 25 county commissioners passed a resolution temporarily limiting households to 12 marijuana plants to prevent larger grow operations in unincorporated El Paso County. It's a bigger problem than folks just possessing too much weed.

US MD: Entrepreneurs Seek Zoning For Medical Marijuana

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Sep 2015 - Aspiring Growers Ask Balto. CO. Council to Change Law Entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the nascent medical marijuana business in Maryland asked Baltimore County Council members Tuesday to pass zoning laws that would allow them to operate.

US CA: Pot, Politics, And Scandal In San Leandro

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 02 Sep 2015 - The city's long strange trip toward its first medical cannabis dispensary may be finally reaching its climax. For years, San Leandro's city leaders wanted absolutely no part of the medical cannabis industry.

US MI: Column: Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Metro Times, 02 Sep 2015 - Actress Susan Sarandon recently tweeted a message to rappers A$AP Rocky and Action Bronson, saying, "thx for the shout out on '1Train.' Not sure what it means, but let's blaze one & talk about it some time." It comes as no surprise that Sarandon, or Rocky and Bronson would want to blaze one. Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of marijuana use for years - it probably helped her get through the chilly days on the set of the classic movie Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky and Bronson put out tracks that boast about their involvement with the stuff, so there's no surprise there. What's interesting is that the 68-year-old Sarandon reached out across the age and cultural divide to invite the youthful performers for a smoke.

US WA: Column: The Cannaquiz

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 02 Sep 2015 - Will you be Queen Sativa-or a few grams short? Marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than two years now, but, surprisingly, people know very little about the law. Take the Higher Ground CannaQuiz and see how you rate!

Canada: Police Chiefs Want Power To Seize Mail

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
The Chronicle-Journal, 31 Aug 2015 - OTTAWA - Canada's police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system. In a recently passed resolution, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police say contraband is being sent through the mail "with impunity" because the law forbids officers from swooping in until a parcel arrives at its destination.

US OH: Editorial: Fighting Words

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 30 Aug 2015 - Proponents of Marijuana Monopoly Find Plain Speaking Is Objectionable At the moment, the struggle over Issue 3, the marijuana-legalization proposal destined for the November ballot, is a war about words, specifically, how the initiative will be described on the ballot.

US MO: Mizanskey Free After 21 Years In Prison

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Sedalia Democrat, 01 Sep 2015 - JEFFERSON CITY - After 21 years behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, Jeff Mizanskey is now a free man. Mizanskey, 62, of Sedalia, was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center early Tuesday morning with a crowd of family, friends and members of the media ready to greet him. His supporters wore black shirts with the Show-Me Cannabis logo and white lettering that said #WeFreedJeffMizanskey 09-01-2015. Mizanskey wore a similar shirt that said "I'm Jeff and I'm Free."

US OR: La Pine To Consider Marijuana Bans

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 01 Sep 2015 - City Council Discusses Future Regulations for the Recreational Pot Industry The city of La Pine will begin drafting ordinances that would temporarily ban recreational marijuana sales and future business ventures.

US CA: Marijuana Ordinance Up For Review

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 31 Aug 2015 - It's been nearly a year since the marijuana ordinance went into effect for the city of Porterville and Tuesday the council members will review to see if the ordinance has been effective. Some of the topics to be reviewed and considered for possible change include drought concerns and the amount of water the plants use, patients with drug-related felonies, and the possibility of a dispensary.

US: Series: Pot's Blurry Legal Line

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 Aug 2015 - Washington, D.C., is feeling its way around a new law that allows residents to grow and consume marijuana, but not sell or buy. About 30 party guests in suits and summer dresses mingled in the backyard of a small home in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and snacked on hors d'oeuvres. Instead of cocktails, they sipped gourmet coffee and tea infused with marijuana.