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Chronicle AM: MO Pot Lifer Wins Commutation, MD Gov Vetoes Drug Reform Bills, DEA Heroin Threat, More (5/26/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:34

A second Arizona legalization initiative has been filed, a Missouri marijuana lifer gets a reprieve, Maryland's Republican governor vetoes drug reform bills, the DEA warns of the heroin threat, there's more violence in Latin American drug war zones, and more.

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Second Arizona Legalization Initiative Filed. The Campaign to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana last week filed paperwork for a second legalization initiative in the state. The other initiative, filed by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is affiliated with the Marijuana Policy Project, handed in its paperwork last month. Both would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of pot and propose a 15% tax, but the new initiative would make possession of more than eight ounces a misdemeanor, while the first one would make it a felony.

Maryland Governor Vetoes Marijuana Reform Bill. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last Friday vetoed Senate Bill 517, which would have added some housekeeping measures to last year's decriminalization bill. The bill would have decriminalized public pot smoking and possession of pot paraphernalia. Hogan's explanation for the veto was that he is worried police won't be able to do anything about people smoking pot while driving.

Missouri Governor Commutes Sentence of Marijuana Lifer Jeff Mizanskey. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) last Friday commuted the life sentence meted out to 61-year-old Jeff Mizanskey, who had been the subject of a campaign led by Show-Me Cannabis to get him released. Nixon's action doesn't free Mizanskey, but does make him eligible for a parole hearing, after which he could be released.

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill Appears Blocked in House. A medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 3, has passed the Senate, but appears to be bottled up in the House after being assigned to the Health Committee, which is headed by medical marijuana foe Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga County). He told local media last week he didn't see the bill moving any time soon. Bill supporters are exploring their options, including moving the bill to a different committee, adding it as an amendment to other legislation, and including it in a budget measure.

Heroin

DEA Says Heroin Deaths Highest in a Decade. The number of heroin overdose deaths more than tripled between 2007 and 2013, according to a National Heroin Threat Assessment released last Friday by the DEA. Deaths totaled more than 8,200 in 2013. Meanwhile, the number of heroin users doubled from 161,000 in 2007 to 289,000 in 2013. Still, heroin overdose deaths pale in comparison with those from prescription drugs, with more than 30,000 people dying of prescription drug overdoses in 2013. [Ed: One cause of increased heroin use is the crackdown on prescription drugs, which has led some users to take to the streets.]

Asset Forfeiture

Maryland Governor Vetoes Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last Friday vetoed Senate Bill 528, which would have required police to establish that a property owner knew the property was connected to a crime, set a minimum amount of $300 for triggering seizures, and forbid police from transferring asset forfeiture cases to the federal government (to get around state asset forfeiture laws). Hogan's given reason for the veto was… heroin. "Maryland is currently facing a heroin epidemic," he said in a veto statement. "The individuals involved in the manufacture and sale of drugs are profiting from the deaths and ruined lives they are creating. The asset forfeiture law helps to ensure that these criminals do not reap any economic benefits from their crimes."

International

FARC Calls Off Ceasefire After Colombian Military Kills 26 Rebels. Colombia's leftist rebels have ended their unilateral ceasefire during protracted peace negotiations with the government after a government air and ground offensive killed 26 FARC fighters last Thursday. But the FARC said it will continue with peace talks. The Colombian military offensive began after the FARC killed 11 soldiers on patrol last month, but the FARC claims the military has been harassing it throughout the peace talks.

Mexican Cops Kill 42 Drug Suspects in "Shoot Out." At least 42 suspected drug cartel members and one federal police officer died last Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunfight between police and drug gang gunmen. The killings took place in Jalisco state, home of the up-and-coming Jalisco New Generation cartel, although authorities did not name the group. While authorities reported a fierce fight, the one-sided death toll is raising eyebrows.

Paris City Council Announces Location of France's First Safe Injection Site. The city council announced Monday that the country's first "drug consumption room" will be located at the city's Lariboisiere Hospital. The site was chosen after the plan for the original site was derailed by neighborhood opposition.

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CN ON: Column: A Dispatch From The Field Of Harm Reduction

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 May 2015 - Recently I chewed khat, a leaf with properties conducive to sociability; and on a couple of occasions I ate cannabis chocolate. I neither brag nor complain, I merely think we ought to normalize khat, find a reliable way to measure the potency of cannabis, in any and all forms, so that those who use it can make informed judgments.
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US WA: Column: Veteran A Victim Of War On Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 25 May 2015 - Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
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US: The Great Pot Experiment

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 07:00
Time Magazine, 25 May 2015 - Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind. Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures' trippy little brains.
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CN ON: Column: New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 24 May 2015 - On the occasion of and his dog birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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US WA: Column: Veteran's PTSD Led to Marijuana, Arrest and a

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 24 May 2015 - Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
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US CA: Marin Proposes Tough Ordinance About Medical Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 24 May 2015 - SAN RAFAEL (TNS) - An ordinance allowing up to three not-for-profit medical marijuana facilities in Marin's unincorporated areas is under consideration by county officials, but it imposes so much red tape that only those who could comply with rigorous restrictions would qualify. A top Marin medical marijuana attorney called the tentative proposal a step in the right direction, but several entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana "delivery" business called it far too restrictive.
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US NY: How To Roll A Joint

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:00
New York Times Magazine, 24 May 2015 - After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999, Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry. He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal. Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans to expand within Colorado and to four other states.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 23 May 2015 - On the occasion of Tommy Chong and his dog Otis' birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 23 May 2015 - On the Occasion of Tommy Chong and His Dog Otis' Birthday, Our Own Jim Slotek Wishes a Couple of Old Dogs Good Tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Observer, 23 May 2015 - On the occasion of Tommy Chong and his dog Otis' birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings On Sunday, May 24, a hero of my misspent youth, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, will be 77 years old. Coincidentally, on the same day, my dog Otis will turn 12, about 77 in dog years.
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US FL: Backers: Make Pot 'Like Aspirin'

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 23 May 2015 - Doctors, advocates at conference say cannabis is a safe, effective drug that should be widely available. WEST PALM BEACH - Pro-pot activists and physicians offer a simple prescription for cannabis: Make it an easy-to-buy, over-the-counter drug.
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Australia: Column: Ice Is Too Big To Ignore

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Geelong Advertiser, 23 May 2015 - Semantics instead of confronting this scourge won't help IN a week the Geelong community has talked openly and honestly about ice, some bureaucrats and academics have sadly failed to do the same. Concerning themselves more with the language used in the Addy's Breaking Ice series than with the people and truth behind our stories.
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Ireland: Gardai Cut With Knives And Savaged By Pitbull

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Irish Independent, 23 May 2015 - THREE detectives were slashed with a knife and then attacked by a pitbull dog when they went to carry out a drug search at a house in Co Louth yesterday morning. The incident happened in the rural townland of Sandpit, between Termonfeckin and Drogheda, at around 10am.
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US MO: How A Missouri ''Pothead' Became Poster Boy For Compassion

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:00
Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2015 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has commuted Jeff Mizanskey's life sentence for marijuana offenses, allowing him a parole hearing - an indication of the public and political shift on draconian drug laws. ATLANTA - Back in the day, Jeff Mizanskey was a bit of a pothead, at least that's how the police in Sedalia, Mo., knew him. The third time Mr. Mizanskey got busted for weed - during a 1993 sting at a Super 8 motel - he lost his case at trial and received a mind-boggling punishment: Life in prison, with no chance of getting out.
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Chronicle AM: IL Senate Approves Decrim, MedMJ Extension; Ex-Cincy Police Chief Endorses Pot Init, More (5/22/15)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:03

Midwest marijuana news dominates today, with the Illinois Senate approving decriminalization and medical marijuana extension bills, a prominent Ohio law enforcement figure endorsing a legalization initiative and the state attorney general rejecting another one, and more.

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Illinois Senate Passes Decriminalization Bill. The state Senate Thursday approved House Bill 218, which would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana, replacing the possibility of jail time and a criminal record with a maximum $125 fine and no criminal record. The bill has already cleared the House, but will not go to the governor's desk until sponsors get some additional cleanup language approved.

Former Cincinnati Police Chief Endorses Ohio Legalization Initiative. Former Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher has come out in favor of the controversial ResponsibleOhio pot legalization initiative. "Our state spends over $120 million per year to enforce marijuana prohibition, even though we all know these laws do not work," Streicher said. "Law enforcement should instead be able to spend their time and their resources cracking down on the real criminals." ResponsibleOhio is the midst of a signature-gathering campaign to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. It needs more than 300,000 approved voter signatures to qualify, but says it has 320,000 raw signatures right now and aims to gather 800,000 by the July deadline.

Ohio Attorney General Rejects Language for Third Legalization Initiative. Attorney General Mike DeWine Thursday rejected the ballot summary language for a third statewide legalization initiative, the Ohio Cannabis Control Amendment from Ohioans to End Prohibition. Two other initiatives, from ResponsibleOhio and Better for Ohio, have already been approved and are in the signature-gathering phase. Now, Ohioans for Prohibition will have to gather another 1,000 signatures and resubmit modified language if it wants to move forward.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Senate Approves Extension of Medical Marijuana Program. The state Senate voted 33-16 Thursday to approve House Bill 3299, which would extend the program by two more years. The measure has already passed the House and is headed for the desk of Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), but it's unclear if he will sign it. He has said he didn't think the program should be extended until it's been fully evaluated -- but it hasn't even really started.

Nebraska Legislature Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Study Bill. The state Senate Thursday gave final approval to Legislative Bill 390, under which the University of Nebraska Medical Center would study the effectiveness of CBD in treating epileptic seizures. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) now has five days to act on the bill.

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Local Collective Garden Bans. The state Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Thursday that the city of Kent can ban medical marijuana collective gardens. The decision upheld lower court rulings allowing cities to impose bans via zoning regulations. The case was Cannabis Action Council v. City of Kent.

Drug Testing

Maine Committee Rejects Governor's Food Stamp Drug Testing Bill. The legislature's Health and Human Services Committee voted 6-5 on party lines to reject LD 1407, Gov. Paul LePage's (R) bid to impose drug testing on food stamp recipients. That doesn't mean the bill is dead, though; it is still likely to be debated in the House, and the question will be whether the Democrats can hold their caucus together in opposition.

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Jail Becomes First in South to Offer Naloxone to Released Inmates. The Durham County Detention Facility last month began distributing overdose reversal kits to inmates being released in a bid to cut the overdose rate among the newly freed whose tolerance to opiate drugs has been reduced by the jail stays. The formerly incarcerated are more than a hundred times more likely to die of drug overdoses in the first two weeks after their release than the general population.

International

Iceland Support for Marijuana Legalization Doubles, But Still Low. Nearly one quarter (24.3%) of Icelanders now support marijuana legalization, up from 12.7% in 2011, a new survey finds. Men were more supportive than women (31% v. 16%), and the youth were more supportive than older cohorts, but even among people under 30, support was only at 43%.

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US IL: Waiting For The High Sign

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 22 May 2015 - Bill That Would Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana Is Through the Illinois House and Senate; Decision Now Up to Gov. Rauner Police won't be able to arrest Illinoisans for having small amounts of marijuana if a bill passed by lawmakers gets Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature.
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US IL: Column: Finally, We're Making Progress In Drug War

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 22 May 2015 - Maybe we're at long last starting to win the war, but not in the way we had planned. It was always crazy that you could buy a gallon of vodka at any grocery store, while a joint would land you in a jail. But "crazy" is one of the more apt adjectives describing America's- War on Drugs, a multi-decade, multibillion-dollar effort that in the end . . . assuming this is, please God, the beginning of the end . . . produced what? Plentiful, ever cheaper street narcotics and a prison system jammed with drug offenders.
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US NJ: Column: Desperation of the Disenfranchised Will Hit a

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 22 May 2015 - I woke up today feeling extremely good (more on that in next week's major announcement). While that may not be news to some it is to those close to me. I've been miserable for the last couple years; I admit, I fake happiness all the time. I exhibit cheesy smiles, fraudulent greetings, and I hold back on foul thoughts. I'm not happy with what happened with my life. It just isn't where I thought it would be, my relationships with my kids aren't where I thought they would be maybe I've been too obsessed with destroying the MJ laws, but they destroyed me first: I attribute most of my misery to the asinine marijuana laws and the idiotic enforcement of them, which everyone also knows I've fallen victim to a few times but I have everyday issues that affect my persona to the core as well. In my Nov. 6, 2014, column I even wrote "Suicide Is Not a Crazy Option." Writing this column, Passing The Joint, for the The Trentonian for the last 10 months has probably helped me and my depression more than any Spliff, Blunt, or Bongi, all of which are also good for depression. This column has empowered me, despite being broker than a 13-year-old. I have a voice that is being heard nationwide; people read me, it makes me feel relevant, like my life is worth something again. Thanks again to John Berry and Joe D'Aquilla. (It was their idea to have me as a Trentonian Columnist.)
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US CA: Calif. Supreme Court Rejects Pot Appeal

Marijuana (MAP) - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 22 May 2015 - The state Supreme Court this week summarily denied an appeal filed by Yuba Patients Coalition and six individuals challenging the urgency designation attached to Yuba County's new marijuana cultivation ordinance. The state's highest court Wednesday posted the notice a petition for review and an application for a stay in enforcement of the ordinance was denied.
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