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US MA: Doctors Suspended for Medical Marijuana, Opiates

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - WAKEFIELD -- The state board that oversees physicians on Thursday temporarily suspended the licenses of two doctors, one physician for improperly prescribing medical marijuana on "multiple occasions" and a second for making opiates available to a patient who later died of an overdose. The Board of Registration in Medicine unanimously voted to suspend the licenses of Dr. John C. Nadolny, 57, and Dr. Fred J. Thaler, 60, after about two hours of closed-door hearings at the panel's Wakefield headquarters.
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US MA: SEC Files Fraud Charges in Alleged Medical Marijuana

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - Federal securities regulators in Boston filed civil fraud charges Thursday against a company and four individuals allegedly involved in a scheme to steal from investors in a purported medical marijuana venture. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Boston, Christopher R. Esposito, 49, of Topsfield, raised more than $550,000 from investors in 2011 and 2012 in his Lionshare Ventures. He allegedly used the majority of the funds for unauthorized personal expenses, such as groceries and pet care, and then spent $75,000 to secretly take control of Cannabiz Mobile Inc. without disclosing that to investors.
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Israel: Most Medical Marijuana Users Benefit From Treatment

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Jerusalem Post, 26 May 2016 - First Research into Legal Cannabis Usage Revealed at International Health Conference in Jerusalem The first study on the characteristics of patients with Health Ministry permission for treatment with medical marijuana - until now an unknown field - was revealed on Wednesday at the Sixth International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy.
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US OR: Column: State Of The Rest Of The State

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 26 May 2016 - Not All of Oregon Supports Legal Weed I HEARD WEED is still not happening in parts of Oregon. What's the latest? Things are coming around slowly. You know: strikes and gutters, ups and downs.
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US NV: Definitive Answer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 26 May 2016 - Recently we received a letter to the editor in response to Brad Bynum's report "Licensed to ill" (cover story, April 28). The letter claimed, "California medical marijuana cards are only good in California as Nevada medical marijuana cards are only good in Nevada." Pam Graber, spokesperson for the Nevada program, reports in a prepared statement:
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US CA: Column: Greeting The Pot Czarina

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 26 May 2016 - A line of more than 100 eager attendees snaked out of the entrance to Arcata's D Street Neighborhood Center to meet the chief of California's newly formed Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. The czarina, Lori Ajax, started the meeting, explaining to a mostly jovial crowd that the bureau was in its infancy. "I started with the bureau on Feb. 24," she said. "It's the strangest thing when you start at a place and you're the only person."
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US OR: Column: Who Hates Cannabis? And Why?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 26 May 2016 - It's Easy to Forget About Anti-Weed Prohibitionists. Don't. AS WE APPROACH the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis legalization in Oregon, it's easy to forget about the prohibitionist forces that aren't happy about it. This is a mistake, though-these opponents are spending massive amounts of time, money, and energy to roll back the progress that's been made.
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US CA: Column: The Trouble With Cannabis Reparations

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 26 May 2016 - For decades, being a marijuana advocate required that you be a combination of outlaw, policy wonk, and social-justice warrior. You were pushing illegal conduct, because ending an expensive and racially biased experiment was the right and sensible thing to do - a position backed by data. This came at a cost: The real problems of holding down a job - to this day, casual pot smokers remain closeted for fear of their employers' legal, courts-upheld right to terminate them - while also avoiding undue attention from authorities in government and law enforcement meant most out-there cannabis advocates looked a certain way: mostly white, mostly male. (Quick: Name a female legalization advocate. Now name a black one.) These days, "cannabis advocates" are customers of a multibillion-dollar cannabis industry, which is attracting attention and investment from financiers in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. Saying you like weed or want legalization barely gets a rise out of cops or lawmakers; these days, you have to have a business plan for anyone to take notice. Social justice has taken a clear back seat. And for those keeping score, the owners of most cannabis businesses look just like the advocates: white and male (although, generally speaking, much better-dressed).
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US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Can You Smoke Melted Pot

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 26 May 2016 - Dear Stoner: My brother has cancer, and I think medical marijuana would be better for his pain than Oxycontin, which can be addictive. If you were looking for advice on what strains to use, where would you go? Marge
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US OR: Clackamas County Moves Toward Marijuana Tax

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Portland Tribune, 25 May 2016 - Commissioners OK Step After Beefing Up Zoning Enforcement. Clackamas County voters will be asked to approve a 3 percent local tax on retail sales of marijuana for recreational use. County commissioners started the process of referring the tax to the Nov. 8 ballot Tuesday, after they approved several steps to beef up enforcement against marijuana-related violations of zoning and development regulations.
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CN ON: Toronto Pot Shops 'Reckless,' Blair Says

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 May 2016 - Liberal MP and city's former police chief criticizes dispensaries that 'don't care about the law' at conference The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada's largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a "fast buck," Bill Blair, the federal government's point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday.
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US NJ: $300m For N.J. From Pot?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 May 2016 - Advocates Say Recreational Use Would Pay Off. New Jersey would gain at least $300 million a year in taxes if it followed the lead of four other states and legalized marijuana for recreational use, according to a report released Tuesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective and New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.
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US PA: Enter Pot, Exit Opioids

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - ENTER POT, EXIT OPIOIDS Can the legalization of one drug help decrease abuse of another drug? It's possible that medical marijuana could be used to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction that has resulted in numerous deaths from overdoses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.
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US PA: Weeding Through The Issues

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Daily Times, 25 May 2016 - Role As Medicine Remains Controversial Medical marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania, as well as 23 other states and the District of Columbia, but there are still many questions about how exactly the drug can be used as medicine.
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US OH: Pharmacy Board Out As Sole Medical Marijuana Regulator

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 25 May 2016 - Proposal Scrapped Over Concerns About Burden on the State. COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.
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US CA: L.A. County Extends Pot Growing Ban

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2016 - Supervisors ADD One Month to Temporary Prohibition, Hold Off Voting on Longer Plan. Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a temporary ban on growing medical marijuana in unincorporated areas by one month, but shelved a proposed 10-month ban. Al Seib Los Angeles Times SUPERVISOR SHEILA Kuehl noted that there is a strong possibility that Californians will vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana use.
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US MI: Column: Petition Rules Could Hold UP Michigan

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Metro Times, 25 May 2016 - When the MILegalize petitions proposing the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan hit the streets last summer I signed the first one that came my way. That was sometime in July. Now my signature probably won't count. That's the big issue facing the folks who organized the legalization effort right now: whether or not petition initiative signatures collected outside of a 180-day window are valid. And it doesn't look good. The most immediate answer to that question will be rendered by Gov. Rick Snyder when he decides to sign, or not sign, S.B. 776, the recent legislation that sets a hard 180-day window for collecting signatures on a petition initiative.
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CN BC: Vancouver's Dispensaries Remain Open

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 24 May 2016 - City acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 pot shops, which could still be open in 2017 When Vancouver's marijuana bylaw came into effect, the city promised a swift crackdown that would dramatically reduce the number of illegal pot shops in the city. Operators can face fines that start at $250 a day, potentially grow to $10,000 and end in court injunctions.
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US MA: How Much Marijuana Is Too Much For Drivers?

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 24 May 2016 - Just how much marijuana is too much when getting behind the wheel? Is any amount safe? Those questions emerged anew after prosecutors alleged last week that a driver had visited a medical marijuana dispensary an hour before his car struck a State Police cruiser, killing the trooper inside.
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US CA: Commercial Marijuana Ban Petition Circulating

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Calaveras Enterprise, 24 May 2016 - If Successful, It Would Allow Only Personal-Use Cultivation Proponents of banning commercial marijuana production in Calaveras County on Monday gathered signatures at grocery stores and other locations in hopes of placing its proposal on the ballot in November.
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