Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 22 Apr 2014 - Under a bill proposed in Lansing, Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test that aims to tell police whether a driver is impaired due to consuming pot. Saliva testing is being pushed by a bipartisan group of Michigan legislators and championed by the Michigan State Police. But researchers who've studied the test method said results are inconsistent and especially misleading when applied to regular users of cannabis, such as the more than 100,000 Michiganders who are allowed to use medical marijuana.
Washington Times, 22 Apr 2014 - Advocates Say Drug Can Save Lives Sean Azzariti, a former corporal in the Marines, says medical marijuana saved his life. Two tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2005 left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, and he was barely getting by on a cocktail of antidepressants, Adderall and sleeping pills. With few options, he said, he did some research on marijuana and began taking it shortly after leaving the Marine Corps in 2006.
The Brown Daily Herald, 22 Apr 2014 - Legalization Bill Would Allocate Millions In Tax Revenue To Narcotic Abuse Prevention The House Judiciary Committee last week heard testimony on several bills proposing to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island and to improve current regulations on the sale and distribution of medical marijuana.
Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr 2014 - SACRAMENTO - Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would need state Public Health Department licenses and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation advanced Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders.
Wall Street Journal, 22 Apr 2014 - Businesses Say Government Guidance Has Made Things Worse DENVER--Two months after the U.S. government tried to smooth the way for sellers of legalized marijuana to get banking services, many pot entrepreneurs still can't open a basic checking account.
The Herald, 21 Apr 2014 - Five Men Are Reported but No Disorder at Controversial Glasgow Rally Taxpayers' money is being wasted enforcing the illegality of something that's better than alcohol or tobacco. I want to see it legalised in my lifetime
Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr 2014 - Under a bill proposed in Lansing, Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test that aims to tell police whether a driver is impaired due to consuming pot. Saliva testing is being pushed by a bipartisan group of Michigan legislators and championed by the Michigan State Police. But researchers who've studied the test method said results are inconsistent and especially misleading when applied to regular users of cannabis, such as the more than 100,000 Michiganders who are allowed to use medical marijuana.
The Times-Tribune, 20 Apr 2014 - There appears to be growing support in the Florida Legislature to legalize a type of marijuana that won't get you high but offers medical benefits for a range of maladies, including uncontrollable seizures in children. House Bill 843, like similar bills being considered in other states, represents a new twist in our national history of redefining marijuana to achieve political goals. The bill would legalize strains of cannabis with extremely low levels of THC and high levels of a sister compound called cannabidiol, or CBD. Cannabidiol is close to THC in molecular structure but without the psychoactive effects. Studies have shown that when both are present, as in most recreational marijuana, CBD even works to counteract the THC-induced high.
Daily Freeman, 20 Apr 2014 - ROSENDALE - Jen Pinto was in the prime of her life. She had a good job, a nice home and a positive outlook on her future. What happened to her at age 40 would change all that and severely diminish her quality of life.
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - ROSENDALE - Jen Pinto was in the prime of her life. She had a good job, a nice home and a positive outlook on her future. What happened to her at age 40 would change all that and severely diminish her quality of life.
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 20 Apr 2014 - Kingston Baby With Rare Genetic Disorder Undergoes Medical Marijuana Treatment KINGSTON - There's a dramatic change in 11-month-old Mabel Grace Tangney Decker, and her mother likes what she's seeing.
The Herald, 19 Apr 2014 - LOS ANGELES (AP) - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a "higher" power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using the unfortunate coincidence to make much bigger points.
Kansas City Star, 19 Apr 2014 - Otis Reed will soon move to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day. No hurry. One night last week, he happily chomped on string cheese and broccoli. Well, spit broccoli out anyway, the florets landing on the toy frog in his lap.
Ravalli Republic, 19 Apr 2014 - HELENA - A Billings businessman has proposed an initiative for the November 2014 ballot that effectively would ban the possession, use, cultivation, trafficking and transportation of marijuana in Montana. Steve Zabawa submitted the measure this week to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's office.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19 Apr 2014 - Millions of ordinary Americans are now able to walk into a marijuana dispensary and purchase bags of pot on the spot for a variety of medical ailments. But if you're a researcher like Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist who studies post-traumatic stress disorder, getting access to the drug isn't nearly so easy. That's because the federal government has a virtual monopoly on growing and cultivating marijuana for scientific research, and getting access to the drug requires three separate levels of approval.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 19 Apr 2014 - Some Churches See "420" As A Means To Spread The Gospel LOS ANGELES - Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how Easter shares the calendar this year with the pot lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.
The Ledger, 18 Apr 2014 - SEMINOLE - Sheriff Bob Gualtieri helped Pinellas County struggle through the dark days of prescription drug "pill mills," when shady clinics doled out lethal opiates just for the asking. State and local authorities finally cracked down, but Gualtieri fears that legalizing medical marijuana would reopen those floodgates with a new drug of choice.
Chicago Sun-Times, 18 Apr 2014 - Those seeking to sell medical marijuana will need to pony up $5,000 for a nonrefundable application fee; pay $30,000 for the registration fee; and have $400,000 in liquid assets. They also will need to be able to secure a $50,000 bond. The cost to patients registering to use medical marijuana will be less than what state officials had first suggested, according to rules posted Friday by state agencies that will oversee implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
The Trentonian, 18 Apr 2014 - My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I'll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly it's just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to helpme live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day. When I show her to a friend, the reaction 99 percent of the time is: "Holy shit, where did you get this and how can I get me one?" They're seriously that blown away by my vape pen. And they should be. She's that amazing.
Sun-Sentinel, 18 Apr 2014 - Referendum Supporters Mobilize With Election Six Months Away One of the hottest political campaigns of 2014 will kick into high gear this weekend as proponents of legalizing medical marijuana mobilize for a day of political organizing.