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Illinois Governor Candidate Wants To Auction Off Cannabis Business Licenses

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 20:00
Getting a cannabis business license is no easy task. For starters, your state has to allow cannabis licenses in the first place, which is obviously not always the case. You also have to be able to afford the cost of the cannabis license, which is not always refundable if your application is denied. And of [...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida Medical Cannabis License Lottery

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 19:29
I have never been a fan of cannabis industry license lotteries. I get that there needs to be a fair way to allocate a limited number of licenses in a medical cannabis program, but having a lottery is not one of them. People should be approved because they are the best applicant, and there shouldn’t [...]

Should I Roll A Spliff Or A Jay?

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 14:48
By John Knetemann How many times have you heard that statement? Probably way too many to count! Jesus, I can hardly imagine the amount of times I have heard this. However, it is an important question to ask before rolling. I like to think of this as the “controversy” in pot culture. This is the [...]

Cannabis Is Why Conservatives Are Not Capitalists

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 13:44
By John Knetemann I would like to make it clear that this article is not representative of all conservatives, as there are even conservatives out there that don’t want to rain on someone else’s high, but I think it is fair to say a majority of conservatives on Capitol Hill are not in support of any [...]

What Is More Important, Safety Or The Law?

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:40
By John Knetemann There is only one major danger I can possibly think of from smoking marijuana. No, it isn’t that it will cause a gateway effect. No, it isn’t that it will make you lazy. And no, it isn’t that it is addictive. All these are lies and myths told about cannabis. The biggest, [...]

Consume Responsibly – What The Cannabis Community Needed

The Weed Blog - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:39
By John Knetemann Finally. For the love of sensible drug policy, Marijuana Policy Project has released a website and campaign that was much needed for legalization efforts and safe marijuana usage. Consumeresponsibly.org is MPP’s new project for ensuring safe smoking. The website is stacked with facts on marijuana laws, knowing marijuana concentration, and the to-dos [...]

US PA: Editorial: Pa. Should Approve Overdose Antidote

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Sep 2014 - Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdose deaths. Overdoses on heroin or prescription opiates often are deadly because they stop the user's breathing. An inexpensive, non-addictive, easily administered antidote called naloxone, or Narcan, is readily available. But in Pennsylvania, most first responders who initially handle an overdose patient - police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are not authorized by law to carry or administer the drug.

US CA: Former Principal Promotes Marijuana for Ailing Seniors

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Boston Globe, 21 Sep 2014 - ANTIOCH, Calif. - Sue Taylor stands before her Rotary Club audience in her "principal's suit" - matching black blazer and pants, heels, pearls, and a pocketbook holding a secret. At 67, Taylor has made a giant leap. The retired principal of two Catholic schools today calls herself America's only full-time senior cannabis advocate.

US PA: Editorial: Pa. Should Approve Overdose Antidote

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Standard-Speaker, 21 Sep 2014 - Like every state in the Northeast, Pennsylvania has been in the throes of an opiate drug epidemic for several years. But unlike those other states, the commonwealth has not yet allowed emergency personnel a key tool that they could use to prevent overdose deaths. Overdoses on heroin or prescription opiates often are deadly because they stop the user's breathing. An inexpensive, non-addictive, easily administered antidote called naloxone, or Narcan, is readily available. But in Pennsylvania, most first responders who initially handle an overdose patient - police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - are not authorized by law to carry or administer the drug.

US CA: Former Principal Promotes Marijuana for Ailing Seniors

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Boston Globe, 21 Sep 2014 - ANTIOCH, Calif. - Sue Taylor stands before her Rotary Club audience in her "principal's suit" - matching black blazer and pants, heels, pearls, and a pocketbook holding a secret. At 67, Taylor has made a giant leap. The retired principal of two Catholic schools today calls herself America's only full-time senior cannabis advocate.

US GA: Real Families Suffer As States Defer On Medical

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Sep 2014 - ATLANTA - The question hovers over Kelli Hopkins every day. It rises with her each morning as she feeds her two remaining sick children their seizure medicine five pills for Mary Elizabeth, seven for Michala. It follows as she packs them and their wheelchairs into the van for another hospital visit, another brain scan, another trip to the emergency room. It wakes her at 2 a.m. each night when she rolls over on the couch she's slept on for years only to see carpet where there used to be a cot.

US: Selling Pot Can Be A Shady, Crazy, Confusing Business

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
The Day, 21 Sep 2014 - New York (AP) - Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold create complexity and ambiguity that cause major headaches for marijuana businesses - and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it.

US GA: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till You

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream.

US GA: OPED: Why Research Is Biased Against Pot to Focus on

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused.

US WA: Editorial: What Are the Next Steps for Marijuana Reform?

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - THE recreational marijuana market authorized by voters in 2012 is heavily taxed to fund prevention efforts, and is strictly regulated to ensure quality and security. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to rein in the larger, completely unregulated and mostly untaxed marijuana industry that serves medical patients. Seattle currently has just one recreational store, but dozens of medical dispensaries. These two markets should be merged. Lawmakers must ensure legitimately suffering patients get a break from the steep so-called sin taxes of the recreational market, and should continue to allow home grows for them. Ensuring that patients are legitimate also requires a much tighter rein on medical professionals who glibly hand out "green card" medical-marijuana authorizations to otherwise healthy young men. The recreational market needs tweaking too - to entice more cities and counties to open their borders to state-licensed marijuana stores. Without broader access, black-market marijuana sales, which voters directly targeted in passing Initiative 502, would continue to flourish. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

US WA: City Attorney Holmes to Seek Broad Dismissal of Pot-Use

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - In Municipal Court Not Just Those Issued by Police Officer Facing Discipline Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, reacting to one police officer's personal campaign to write citations for public marijuana use, will announce Monday that he will seek dismissal of more than 85 tickets issued during the first seven months of the year, according to two City Hall sources.

US MD: The Drug That Turned A Heroin User's Life Around

Cannabis News - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 21 Sep 2014 - MD. Woman Says Officer Saved Her With Overdose Antidote Danielle Hall injected a quarter of her normal heroin dose the afternoon of June 29, but that day's particularly potent batch was strong enough to shut her body down.

US GA: Real Families Suffer As States Defer On Medical

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 21 Sep 2014 - ATLANTA - The question hovers over Kelli Hopkins every day. It rises with her each morning as she feeds her two remaining sick children their seizure medicine five pills for Mary Elizabeth, seven for Michala. It follows as she packs them and their wheelchairs into the van for another hospital visit, another brain scan, another trip to the emergency room. It wakes her at 2 a.m. each night when she rolls over on the couch she's slept on for years only to see carpet where there used to be a cot.

US GA: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till You

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream.

US WA: Editorial: What Are the Next Steps for Marijuana Reform?

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 21 Sep 2014 - THE recreational marijuana market authorized by voters in 2012 is heavily taxed to fund prevention efforts, and is strictly regulated to ensure quality and security. Yet, the state Legislature has failed to rein in the larger, completely unregulated and mostly untaxed marijuana industry that serves medical patients. Seattle currently has just one recreational store, but dozens of medical dispensaries. These two markets should be merged. Lawmakers must ensure legitimately suffering patients get a break from the steep so-called sin taxes of the recreational market, and should continue to allow home grows for them. Ensuring that patients are legitimate also requires a much tighter rein on medical professionals who glibly hand out "green card" medical-marijuana authorizations to otherwise healthy young men. The recreational market needs tweaking too - to entice more cities and counties to open their borders to state-licensed marijuana stores. Without broader access, black-market marijuana sales, which voters directly targeted in passing Initiative 502, would continue to flourish. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom