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Jamaica: Island Nation Set To Ease Marijuana Law

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 14 Sep 2014 - (AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late stars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalize pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer, 67, and other adherents of Rastafari - a homegrown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.
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Thailand: Column: Govt Propaganda Is the Most Dangerous Drug

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00
The Nation, 13 Sep 2014 - The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in which they participated. Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary- general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz, former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious, powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.
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New Zealand: Editorial: Public Health Risk Too Great for

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00
The Press, 13 Sep 2014 - According to drug experts, New Zealand is said to be one of the highest users of cannabis in the world. It may seem odd then that there is no greater push to have it decriminalised or even legalised. Only one significant party, Internet-Mana, is pushing in the election campaign for reexamination of the laws governing dope and even within that party the promotion of the policy has caused ructions. If the high-use figures are accurate, this indifference is even odder. In several other places in the world recently the authorities, faced with high illegal use of cannabis, have given up and decriminalised it or legalised it.
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Chronicle AM: Roger Christie Out of Prison, Bogota Smoke-In, LA First Pot Bust Centenary Demo, More... (9/12/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 22:52

With Congress back in session, bills are getting some attention, Roger Christie walks out of prison, the PA Senate will take up medical marijuana next week, smoke-in in Bogota, and more. Let's get to it:

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Hawaii's THC Minister Roger Christie Walks Out of Federal Prison. Roger Christie walked out of a federal detention center near Honolulu uncowed today after nearly 50 months behind bars on marijuana charges related to his THC Ministry. He had done nearly four years without bail awaiting trial before he and his wife accepted a plea deal that resulted in release for time served. He is vowing to lead the fight to legalize marijuana in the Aloha State.

LA Rally Marks a Century of Pot Prohibition, Calls for Its End. A rally at City Hall in Los Angeles yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the state's first pot bust, in which state Board of Pharmacy agents cut down and seized $500 worth of "Indian Hemp" in the city's Sonoratown Mexican colony. The event was sponsored by Cal NORML and the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. Several current and former Los Angeles elected officials attended.

Oregon Legalization Campaign Contributes to Get Out the Youth Vote Effort. New Approach Oregon, the folks behind the Measure 91 legalization initiative, have contributed $100,000 to a voter registration effort conducted by the state's major progressive political groups, Our Oregon. The campaign has identified increasing youth turn-out in this off-year election as a key campaign goal.

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Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act Picks Up More Sponsors. The bill, HR 5226, is picking up more sponsors every day. It got three more Wednesday and two more yesterday. The newest cosponsors are Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Peter Welch (D-VT), John Yarmuth (D-KY), John Delaney (D-MD), and Beto O'Rourke (D-TX). The bill, which was introduced at the end of July, now has 21 cosponsors—13 Democrats and eight Republicans.

Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act Gains New Sponsor. The bill, HR 4137, would bar the use of EBT cards from the food stamp program in marijuana stores. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) becomes the 15th cosponsor. All the cosponsors are Republicans.

Pennsylvania Senate to take Up Medical Marijuana Next Week. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester) said Wednesday night he plans to caucus on whether to move forward with Senate Bill 1182, saying the bill has "broad support" in the legislature.

Iowa Legislature Panel Says Medical Marijuana Should be Grown in State. A bipartisan legislative committee studying the state's CBD oil medical marijuana law has recommended growing and distributing it in the state and reclassifying marijuana under state law. The vote was largely along party lines, with only one Republican voting for Iowa-grown medical marijuana.

Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act Picks Up More Cosponsors. The bill, HR 5212, would provide additional protections against civil asset forfeiture efforts by law enforcement and prosecutors. The newest cosponsors are Reps. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Paul Broun (R-GA). The bill has nine cosponsors, all Republicans.

Drug Testing

California Initiative to Drug Test Doctors Losing Ground. A new Field Poll finds that Proposition 46, a medical malpractice initiative that includes a provision mandating drug testing for doctors, is well under 50%, with support declining. Support for the measure is at 34%, with 37% opposed and 29% undecided. It had led earlier, but support is evaporating in the face of a multi-million dollar "no" campaign funded by doctors, medical groups, and insurance companies.   

Sentencing

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Picks Up New Sponsors, Hearing Set Next Week. The bill, SB 1690, would amend the existing act to broaden access to family-based drug treatment and other reentry services. The newest cosponsors are Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). The Senate Judiciary Committee will take it up next Thursday.

International

Smoke-In in Front of the Colombian Congress. The Colombian Congress was the scene of a peaceful marijuana smoke-in Thursday, with demonstrators demanding the legalization of the drug. Demonstration leaders vowed to continue protests, "rolling joints in any place" in the capital city, Bogota. The demo comes as the Congress considers a medical marijuana bill.

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CN ON: Council Buzzing Over Smell From Grow-Op

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 12 Sep 2014 - The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow-op on Lakeshore Rd. has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another complaint to Health Canada. Coun. Martin Mazza said the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore Rd. near Garrison Village will be harvested soon and already has a bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.
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CN ON: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Chronicle AM: Mexican Coca, Saudis Behead Another Trafficker, Feds Raid LA Fashion District, More (9/11/14)

Marijuana (STDW) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 19:03

A federal CBD medical marijuana bill picks up more sponsors, so does a federal asset forfeiture reform bill, Georgia advocates whole whole plant medical marijuana, Mexico's first coca patch is busted, Saudi Arabia beheads another drug offender, and more. Let's get to it:

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York, Maine, Selectmen Refuse to Put Legalization Initiative on Ballot, But… Town selectmen voted against putting the initiative from Citizens for a Safer Maine on the November ballot, but since petitioners have already gathered sufficient signatures to force the issue, they can get their petition notarized to be placed on the ballot. York will join Lewiston and South Portland in voting on initiatives this year; Portland approved one last year.

Medical Marijuana

Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act Picks Up More Sponsors. The Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act (HR 5226), which would exclude cannabidiol (CBD) from the definition of marijuana, has gained new sponsors. It now has 19 cosponsors -- 11 Democrats and eight Republicans. The latest are Reps. Ann Wagner (R-MO), Matthew Cartwright (D-PA), and Chris Stewart (R-UT).

Georgia Advocates Call for Whole Plant Medical Marijuana, Not Just CBD Oil. As legislative hearings in Macon continue to examine the use of CBD oil, medical marijuana advocates are calling for whole plant medical marijuana. "The cannabis plant contains many compounds that have proven to be effective in treating a variety of conditions," said Georgia C.A.R.E director James Bell. "We should not be determining who can and cannot benefit from this healing plant."

Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture Act Picks Up New Sponsors. The bill, HR 5212, now has five cosponsors. The latest are Reps. Stevan Pearce (R-NM), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Reid Ribble (R-WI). All cosponsors so far are Republicans. The bill, filed by Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI), would increase citizen protections against federal asset forfeiture actions.

Law Enforcement

Feds Raid LA Fashion District in Cartel Money Laundering Probe. More than a thousand law enforcement officers spread out across LA's fashion district Wednesday, raiding more than 60 warehouses, storefronts, and residences, arresting nine people and seizing $65 million in cash that they said was being laundered for Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The feds called the mass bust Operation Fashion Police.

International

OAS Head Claims Regional Consensus on Drug Reform. Speaking in front of the Inter-American Dialog in Washington, DC, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said Wednesday that regional leaders have reached consensus on four drug policy reform issues: to emphasize a public health approach, to seek out alternatives to incarceration, to stay strong against organized crime, and to work on strengthening regional institutions. Insulza's remarks come ahead of an OAS Special General Assembly to be held in Guatemala next week.

Mexico's First Coca Plantation Discovered in Chiapas. Mexican soldiers have seized more than 1,600 coca plants being cultivated in southern Chiapas state, near the Guatemalan border. Mexican military and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) officials said it was the first time coca planting had been discovered in the country. "It's a pretty troubling discovery," said UNODC Mexico representative Antonio Mazzitelli. It could amount to "a small-scale experiment to see if there is a possibility of replicating" coca production in Mexico. Coca is currently grown only in the Andes, although there is nothing stopping it from being cultivated elsewhere.

Saudi Arabia Beheads Another Drug Offender. Authorities in Saudi Arabia Tuesday beheaded a Pakistani national convicted of smuggling "a large quantity of heroin." They have executed at least seven other drug traffickers in recent weeks, and 49 people overall so far this year. It's unclear how many of the 49 were drug offenders.

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UK: Daily Pot Use By Teens Has Long-Term Risks

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 11 Sep 2014 - Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs. LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.
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US WA: Legal Pot Grows Create New Demand For NW Power

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Herald, 11 Sep 2014 - SEATTLE (AP) - As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional power planners. Demands on the Northwest electrical grid would grow further if Oregon voters pass a ballot initiative in November to legalize recreational pot use, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said.
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CN ON: Politics, Pot Smoking On Agenda At Hempfest

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Northern Times, 11 Sep 2014 - MOONBEAM- There was laughter, tears and the occasional cloud of smoke at Hempfest 2014 in Moonbeam earlier this month. And though there was plenty of beer on hand, this party was BYOB: Bring your own bong.
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US: War On Drugs 'Failed'

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Herald Sun, 11 Sep 2014 - A 21-MEMBER international panel has urged a global overhaul of drug policies, calling for drugs such as marijuana to be regulated, an end to incarceration for drug use and possession, and greater emphasis on protecting public health. The Global Commission on Drug Policy said traditional measures in the "war on drugs" such as eradicating acres of illicit crops, seizing large quantities of illegal drugs, and arresting and jailing violators of drug laws had failed.
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New Zealand: Harre Defends 'Legalise' Call

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 11 Sep 2014 - Internet Party Leader Says Study Proves Cannabis Use Should Be Treated As Health Issue Internet Party leader Laila Harre is standing by her policy to decriminalise cannabis following the publication of a study highlighting the damaging effects of regular use on young people.
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US NJ: Column: Corruption Is Rampant In New Jersey Courts

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 11 Sep 2014 - "We standout in our corruption, New Jersey is unique" wrote Bob Ingles, author of "The Soprano State". His book details the "you-couldn't-make-this-up" true story of the corruption that has pervaded New Jersey politics, government and business for the past thirty years. As U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie made his name on corruption - busting state officials, bullying his way through towns, legally hammering away with the full weight of the federal government. State officials cowered at the mere mention of his office.
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US NM: State Won't Let Marijuana Question On Ballot

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 11 Sep 2014 - Counties Could Sue Secretary of State Secretary of State Dianna Duran says she won't allow Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to put nonbinding "advisory" questions on the fall ballot. Each county had agreed earlier this week to ask voters whether they support decriminalizing possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.
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US CO: Column: What's With The Pot-Centric Alphabet Soup?

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Westword, 11 Sep 2014 - Dear Stoner: What is the alphabet soup that follows marijuana around? I know THC is what gets me high, but what about CBD, CBN, THCV, CBA, CBS, ESPN and all of the other things in pot? What do they do? Confused in Commerce City
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US AZ: Column: Patient Focused

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 11 Sep 2014 - Desert Bloom Re-Leaf Center on the Eastside Is Looking Toward the Future, While Helping Card-Holders in the Present "For the patients, by the patients." That's the slogan of Desert Bloom Re-Leaf Center, an innovative and progressive medical marijuana dispensary located on Tucson's east side at 8060 E. 22nd St.
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US CO: Column: Opioids, Cannabis, Scientists and Money, Lots

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 11 Sep 2014 - The numbers are compelling. As Americans seek more relief from pain and companies come up with ever-stronger drugs to ease discomfort, so do mortality rates rise for the growing number of patients who use opioid pain relievers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 46 people a day die from opioid overdoses. More people - - 16,000 or so - die from opioid misuse than from any illegal drugs in any given year. Opioids, psychoactive chemicals that resemble morphine or other opiates in their pharmacological effects, are among the oldest medicines mankind has used.
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New Zealand: Evidence Mounts Against Cannabis

Marijuana (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
Manawatu Standard, 11 Sep 2014 - Regular cannabis use by teenagers can lead to an increased risk of suicide, greater use of illicit drugs and poor educational achievement, a Christchurch study says. The study, published in medical journal The Lancet, showed daily cannabis users under the age of 17 were 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or attend university and were nearly seven times more likely to attempt suicide.
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