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Trump VP Pick Mike Pence is Bad News on Marijuana, Drug Policy

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 03:35

The Republican nominee's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate means Trump has selected a man who is the very embodiment of last century's "tough on drugs" prohibitionist attitudes.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Pence's anti-drug reform stances are part and parcel of his overall social conservative, Tea Party positions. He has also been a strong opponent of gay marriage and abortion rights and a strong supporter of "religious freedom."

Indiana has tough marijuana laws, with possession of even the smallest amount of pot worth up to six months in county jail and possession of more than 30 grams (slightly more than an ounce) a felony punishable by up to 2 ½ years in prison. Selling any amount more than 30 grams is also a felony, again punishable by up to 2 ½ years in prison.

Mike Pence is just fine with that. In fact, three years ago he successfully blocked a move in the legislature to reduce some of those penalties, saying that while he wanted to cut prison populations, he didn't want to cut penalties to achieve that end.

"I think we need to focus on reducing crime, not reducing penalties," he said. "I think this legislation, as it moves forward, should still seek to continue to send a way strong message to the people of Indiana and particularly to those who would come into our state to deal drugs, that we are tough and we're going to stay tough on narcotics in this state."

Pence did sign emergency legislation allowing for needle exchange programs in some Indiana counties last year, but only after initial resistance, during which more than 150 cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in one county alone. His hesitance was in line with his anti-drug values, as evidenced by his 2009 vote as a US representative to keep intact a federal ban on funding for needle exchanges.

Pence is also a gung-ho drug warrior when it comes to the Mexican border, having voted to support billions in funding for Mexico to fight drug cartels and for using the US military to conduct anti-drug and counter-terror patrols along the border.

Bizarrely enough, there is one drug Pence has no problems with, but it's a legal one: nicotine. That's right, the drug warrior is an apologist and denier for Big Tobacco.

"Time for a quick reality check," he said in 2000. "Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill."

Pence has been handsomely compensated by tobacco companies for his advocacy against anti-smoking public health campaigns, even though they have proven wildly successful in driving down smoking rates. Pence can be viewed as a man who rejects proven public health interventions for one dangerous substance while insisting on failed punitive, prohibitionist policies for another, less dangerous, substance.

(This article was prepared by StoptheDrugWar.org's lobbying arm, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, which also pays the cost of maintaining this web site. DRCNet Foundation takes no positions on candidates for public office, in compliance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and does not pay for reporting that could be interpreted or misinterpreted as doing so.)

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US CO: It's Much More Than A Sugar High

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 26 Jul 2016 - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.
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US CO: Edible Marijuana Is Getting into Hands of Colorado

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 26 Jul 2016 - DENVER - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bearshaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. New York Times These brownie bites by Spot contain 5 milligrams of THC per serving. A study in JAMA Pediatrics says the rate of marijuana exposure in young children in Colorado has increased 150 percent since recreational use was legalized. A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.
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US CO: Study: Colorado Children Trying Marijuana Treats

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 26 Jul 2016 - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.
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US CO: Study: Colorado Children Trying Marijuana Treats

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
Austin American-Statesman, 26 Jul 2016 - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.
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US CA: Marijuana Aids Sonoma County Alzheimer's Patients

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 26 Jul 2016 - Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say. Some assisted-living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are quietly administering medical marijuana to patients - with consent from legally responsible parties - for behavioral management, quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing recognition of their surroundings.
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US CA: Sonoma County Holds Public Meetings to Help Draft Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 26 Jul 2016 - A series of town hall meetings are underway to help Sonoma County create a comprehensive set of rules to regulate and capitalize on a burgeoning marijuana industry, from seeds in the ground to manufacturing, delivery and sales. County supervisors have signaled their intent to bring marijuana cultivation and related businesses into the legal sphere - and under local control - before regulations and license programs under the state's landmark Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act are likely operational in 2018.
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US CO: Study Finds Sharp Increase in Marijuana Exposure Among

Marijuana (MAP) - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 26 Jul 2016 - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. A study published on Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.
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US OH: Part Of Pot Law Legally Questionable

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 25 Jul 2016 - (AP) - Apparently unconstitutional portions of Ohio's medical marijuana law, which set aside a percentage of the state's pot licenses for minorities, were spotted during legislative debate but left in the bill to gain needed votes, a key lawmaker says. State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said legally prickly provisions exposed by The Associated Press in June may require changes. The law takes effect Sept. 8, at which point a new panel will begin laying out a blueprint for how the new industry will work.
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US CA: Butte County Supervisors to Decide Next Step on Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 25 Jul 2016 - Oroville - Pot proponents lost in the June election, but that hasn't stopped them from getting another initiative before the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The board will have to make a decision on the initiative Tuesday, along with mulling over an extension on a tax in Gridley and Biggs, increasing salaries for position in human resources and providing direction on green waste disposal at the dump.
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US CA: Marijuana The Focus Of Museum Exhibit

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 24 Jul 2016 - OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It's known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies. Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit. "Altered State: Marijuana in California," a one-of-its-kind museum exhibition focusing on the topic, is open through the summer at the Oakland Museum of California. Set against the backdrop of a California ballot measure this year asking voters to legalize marijuana's recreational use, the exhibition features artwork, political documents and posters, scientific displays, and interactive and multimedia exhibits all meant to spark questions and conversations about the provocative plant.
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US CT: OPED: Learning From Europe On Drug Policy

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 07:00
The Day, 24 Jul 2016 - America's drug policies are largely misguided. Many people, from common citizens to seasoned politicians, are aware of this, and have sought to change these laws in response to the needless incarceration of indulgers and addicts and, as a consequence, an ever-expanding population of prison inmates - the largest in the world.
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US TX: Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Medicare Spending

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 07:00
Austin American-Statesman, 24 Jul 2016 - Legislators who want to expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas - - as well as the green-seeking entrepreneurs who could benefit financially from more state-approved, pot-derived treatments for what ails Texans - might be able to lean on a new study to bolster their argument when the Legislature convenes in January. State senators and Texas House members undoubtedly will be looking for ways to save money next session, especially since the price of oil has dropped into an abyss, taking with it much of the state's oil-based tax revenue. They'll cut programs. They always do. But they also will search for savings.
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Canada: Medical Pot Companies Aim To Grow Export Business

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 Jul 2016 - Canada's licensed medical cannabis producers are searching for opportunities to expand overseas while Ottawa works on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next spring, with two producers recently securing licences to sell their products in Europe. The latest company to announce plans to export marijuana is Canopy Growth Corp., the largest of the country's two dozen licensed producers. Canopy Growth said it would soon begin selling dried cannabis in pharmacies across Germany after securing an export licence from Health Canada on Wednesday. The company also said it had signed partnerships to share its technical expertise with medical marijuana companies in Brazil and Australia.
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US PA: Ahead Of DNC, A Meeting On Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Jul 2016 - Activists Had Been Concerned That Citation Policy Would Go Up in Smoke During Convention. Not wanting their protests during the Democratic National Convention to go up in smoke, the men who pushed for the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia informally met with two of the city's police supervisors Friday to discuss how pot smokers and activists will be handled by authorities during the DNC next week.
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US PA: Good Vibes: Police, Pot Activists Meet

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 23 Jul 2016 - NOT WANTING their protests during the Democratic National Convention to go up in smoke, the men who pushed for the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia informally met with two of the city's police supervisors Friday to discuss how pot smokers and activists will be handled by authorities during the DNC next week. "We have a lot of cannabis consumers coming in from out of town - and some of them are delegates," said Chris Goldstein, cochairman of the board of directors of Philly NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
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New Zealand: Editorial: Numbers on Cannabis Speak for

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 23 Jul 2016 - Treasury ' Brainstorming' Paper Shows Government Up $ 500m With Legalisation Long Bay High School principal Russell Brooke has urged parents not to smoke cannabis in front of their children. The advocates of decriminalising cannabis now have an economic case to press. A Treasury official, in a document prepared for a brainstorming session, suggested the Government could save more than $ 500 million a year legalising the popular drug.
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Philippines: OPED: Define The Drug Problem

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 Jul 2016 - ALBERT EINSTEIN, the most influential physicist of the 20th century, reportedly said that if he were given one hour to save the world he would devote 55 minutes to defining the problem and five minutes to finding the solution. I think that is a rather lopsided proportion, but it does illustrate the point that we should not jump into solving a problem without spending time to understand it.
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US CO: A Colorado Town's Water Tests Positive For Marijuana

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 23 Jul 2016 - DENVER - There are no marijuana dispensaries or greenhouses in the tiny railroad town of Hugo, where Theodore Roosevelt once ate breakfast with the local cowboys. But this week, Hugo's 740 residents were told to stop drinking the water after the town's water supply tested positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical in Colorado's most famous cash crop. The trouble started when a local company trying to calibrate its employee drug tests pulled a positive reading from Hugo's tap water. The town's Public Works Department investigated and found signs of tampering and "forced entry" at one of the wells that supply the town's drinking water, a spokesman for the Lincoln County sheriff told reporters. The town sealed off the well that seemed to be the source of the tainted water.
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US AR: Coalition Hosts Meeting About Medical Marijuana Proposal

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 07/23/2016 - 07:00
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 23 Jul 2016 - If passed, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act would be one of the most permissive medical marijuana measures in the country, Henny Lasley, a founding member of Smart Colorado, said Friday. Lasley was the headline speaker at a meeting of the Coalition for Safer Arkansas Communities held at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock. The meeting attracted about 35 people, among them law enforcement officers, lawmakers and employees of treatment centers. The coalition says on its website that is an organization of parents, teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement officials, business owners and community leaders.
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