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US: Senate Minority Leader Schumer Introduces Measure To

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr 2018 - The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country's oldest drug laws. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement called the move "simply the right thing to do."

US NC: Charlotte Area Family Pushes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Charlotte Observer, 20 Apr 2018 - Her son was supposed to die 13 years ago. She'll never stop fighting for him. Doctors predicted Jackson Helms would die by the time he was 6. Now 19, Jackson has lived longer than expected and gained relief from his severe epilepsy because of cannabidiol, or CBD, says his mom Kelly Helms.

US PA: Marijuana Growers Seek To Extinguish Pennsylvania's Cannabis

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Morning Call, 20 Apr 2018 - Calling it "disruptive" and "unlawful," a group of Pennsylvania marijuana growers and retailers wants to snuff out the state's pioneering research program before it is launched. The first of its kind in the nation, the research program would allow eight of the state's teaching hospitals to contract with a cannabis producer. Each contract is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The agreements grant the producers a "super-permit" to operate an indoor grow facility and to open six retail dispensaries that can sell medical marijuana to any approved patient.

US CA: Some California Cities Want Amsterdam-Style Pot Lounges, Push

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr 2018 - For decades, it has embraced its gay and lesbian bars and the rock 'n' roll debauchery of the Sunset Strip. It runs a free nightlife trolley called The PickUp, with a jar of free condoms by the door. Now, it's embracing a different type of social scene: pot lounges.

US: Democratic Leader Announces New Acceptance Of Marijuana

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Daily Herald, 20 Apr 2018 - WASHINGTON -- The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances - in effect decriminalizing its use.

US MO: Editorial: Missouri Lawmakers Should Support Proposal To

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Kansas City Star, 20 Apr 2018 - MARIJUANA State Rep. Jim Neely's bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a smokeless form for Missourians with terminal illnesses has been criticized as too restrictive and narrow. But the measure could jump-start the push to make Missouri the 30th state to allow medical marijuana.

US FL: Politicians May Have Changed Their Tune, But The Public's

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Apr 2018 - Politicians may have changed their tune, but the public's feelings on marijuana seem set in stone - Sun Sentinel Given that former House Speaker John Boehner is now working for a marijuana investment company and that threats by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on legal recreational marijuana were nixed by President Donald Trump, we asked readers whether any of them have changed their minds recently on marijuana legalization like some elected officials seem to have.

US FL: Oped: Doobie-Ous choice: Americans Ignore Marijuana-Impaired

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Apr 2018 - Marijuana beer is the latest trend in South Florida's brewing industry, but the cannabis terpenes oil used in the brews needs to be tested and approved. Breweries in the area are planning to host 420-themed parties. Marijuana beer is the latest trend in South Florida's brewing industry, but the cannabis terpenes oil used in the brews needs to be tested and approved. Breweries in the area are planning to host 420-themed parties.

US MA: Region's Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Oxford

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 19 Apr 2018 - OXFORD - The brand-new computers, minimalist modern decor and iPad check-in seem more akin to an Apple Store. But the security guard and the very slight sickly-sweet smell upon entering reveal the true nature of the new business on Main Street: It's the region's second marijuana dispensary and it celebrated its grand opening Wednesday. Curaleaf operates a dispensary in Hanover and a state-of-the-art grow facility in Webster. It plans to open a third dispensary in Provincetown at the end of the summer. It opened its roughly 2,000-square-foot dispensary in Oxford on Saturday and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

US IL: In The Era Of Legalization, How Do You Discuss Marijuana With

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar 2018 - KIDS? "My uncle is prescribed marijuana." "My parents use it, and they're doing fine."

US SC: Medical Marijuana Slowly Gaining Acceptances In SC This Year

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00
The State, 21 Mar 2018 - When Mack Hudson of Lexington was 16 years old, he was paralyzed when he fractured his skull, broke his neck and shattered a key vertebrae in a car wreck. Over the past 10 years, he's been prescribed increasing doses of opioids -- Percocet and Roxycodone to alleviate the pain.

US: Death Penalty For Drug Dealers Is Not A New Idea

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00
Boston Globe, 21 Mar 2018 - WASHINGTON - President Trump's plan to use the death penalty on drug dealers has all the hallmarks of his favorite policies: It could fit on the front of a baseball cap. It is a proven applause line. It appeals to a conservative base. But, like so many of Trump's slogans-turned-policy, it's dredged from a bygone era and lacks clear evidence showing it would be effective.

US SC: SC Senators Kill Proposal To Study Cannabis Oil On Inmates

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 04:00
The State, 20 Mar 2018 - An S.C. Senate panel quickly killed a proposal Tuesday that would have created a study committee to research the effects of cannabidiol oil - -- an active ingredient found in marijuana -- on prison inmates with physical and mental illnesses. The oil -- used sometimes in place of prescription drugs -- can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia and seizures, supporters say.

US CA: Pot and Justice: Stark Contrasts In 2 Cities

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 04:00
New York Times, 18 Mar 2018 - OAKLAND, Calif. - When officers burst into Rickey McCullough's two-story home in Oakland a decade ago they noted a "strong fresh odor of marijuana." Mr. McCullough had been growing large amounts of marijuana illegally, the police said. He was arrested and spent a month in jail. A few weeks ago the city of Oakland, now promoting itself as a hub for marijuana entrepreneurs, awarded Mr. McCullough, 33, a license to sell marijuana and the prospect of interest-free loans.

US PA: How A Federal Judge In Philly Could Blow Up The Marijuana

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 16 Mar 2018 - Is a marijuana dispensary an "unlawful" business? A federal judge in Philadelphia will decide. This arcane dispute over language in the deed of a marijuana dispensary in Northeast Philadelphia could carry outsized implications: A ruling by U.S. District Judge Gene Pratter could affirm the superiority of federal law, which considers marijuana illegal, over state law, where in Pennsylvania and 29 other states, it is not.

US PA: Pennsylvania Issues Regulations For Medical Marijuana Clinical

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Morning Call, 16 Mar 2018 - The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued new regulations for medical marijuana clinical research programs. The regulations, released Friday, outline the process for an accredited medical school with an acute care hospital to become an approved "Academic Clinical Research Center" that can engage in medical marijuana-related research projects with "clinical registrants," an entity that can grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

US MA: Recreational Marijuana Companies Face Bans, Moratoriums In

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Boston Globe, 16 Mar 2018 - Marijuana companies will be banned from a majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts when recreational sales begin this summer, a Globe review has found, the latest indication that there will be fewer pot stores in the early going than many consumers expected. At least 189 of the state's 351 municipalities have barred retail marijuana stores and, in most cases, cultivation facilities and other cannabis operations, too, according to local news reports, municipal records, and data collected by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey.

CN BC: Oliver To 'Hash Out' Use Of Recreational Marijuana

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00
Penticton Herald, 14 Mar 2018 - The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana. Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it, a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the wishes of the community.

US IL: Editorial: An FBI fable: The Case Of The Cannabis Candidate

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 05:00
Chicago Tribune, 08 Mar 2018 - There's a lot of truth-bending in political campaigns. Remember then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's false assertion in 2015 that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks? Or how about Hillary Clinton's tall tale in her 2008 campaign that on a trip to Bosnia, "I remember landing under sniper fire. aE& We just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base." That, too, didn't happen. Benjamin Thomas Wolf's Pinocchio moment is also a doozy.

CN PI: Sobering Message

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 05:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 08 Mar 2018 - P.E.I. students moved by powerful anti-impaired driving presentation Jordan Gillis knew it was a bad idea to get into the car. The person offering to drive him home had been smoking pot - enough to impair his ability to drive safely.