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New York: Gov. Cuomo, Lawmakers Want To Speed Up Medical Marijuana Program

Hemp News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:24

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration this week met with about a dozen medical marijuana advocates as some New York lawmakers called on Cuomo to speed up the process of making cannabis available to patients in need.

Meeting with the advocates on Monday were Deputy Secretary of Health Courtney Burke and Howard Zucker of the New York Department of Health, reports Jon Campbell at PressConnects. Last week, bill sponsors wrote to Gov. Cuomo, urging him to consider different ways to get medical marijuana to terminally ill patients more quickly.

Under New York's new medical marijuana law, the Department of Health has 18 months to get the state's system up and running.

The purpose of Monday's meeting was to keep the lines of communication open with advocates as the state begins to implement the program, Westchester County resident Kate Hintz, whose daughter Morgan, 3, suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

"I'm pleased that they have opened a dialogue with advocates and parents, such as myself," Hintz said. "I think that there are ways that we can safely and efficaciously provide medicine sooner than an 18-month time period."

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California: Riverside County Marijuana Cultivation Ban Will Get September Hearing

Hemp News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:54

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An ordinance which would impose fines and even possible jail time for growing medical marijuana in unincorporated parts of Riverside County, California will get a public hearing on September 23 before the Board of Supervisors decides whether to enact it into law.

The 5-0 decision by the board on Tuesday came after a protest by medicinal cannabis advocates outside the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside, reports Jeff Horseman at The Press Enterprise. Supporters carried signs reading "Respect Patients' Rights!" and "Help Keep Marijuana Safe!"

Growing marijuana for any reason remains illegal in Riverside County, despite the fact that California voters approved the medicinal use of marijuana back in 1996. Riverside County also bans medical marijuana dispensaries, leaving patients with no safe access.

Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is sponsoring the ordinance to crack down on marijuana grows in the county. Jeffries claimed "hundreds" of marijuana crops are growing in his district, and he fears they are connected to "drug cartels."

Jeffries claimed his goal isn't to punish legitimate medical marijuana patients. He noted his ordinance would impose $10 fines for anyone who grows six or fewer plants, indoors or outdoors. The current first-offense fine for growing any amount of marijuana is $100.

"I do not want public safety resources spent going after a handful of plants," Jeffries claimed.

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Arizona Court Of Appeals – Medical Marijuana Use On Probation OK

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:22
A person on probation can use medical marijuana according to the Arizona Court of Appeals. The Court reasoned that a judge can prohibit marijuana consumption in general in the terms of probation for an individual. However, when the person on probation is a medical marijuana patient, the judge’s authority is superseded by Arizona’s medical marijuana [...]

Marijuana Breathalyzer Is A Gimic At Best

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:18
Last month I posted an article about a former law enforcement member in Canada that claimed to invent a marijuana breathalyzer. As valued contributor to The Weed Blog Radical Russ put it, the device is built on junk science. It appears that the company that makes the device is moving forward with production. Per Baystreet: [...]

First 10 Days Of Marijuana Sales In Washington Generate Over $300K In Excise Taxes

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:17
Put your thinking cap on. Try to think of a state that has enough tax revenue coming in, and doesn’t need more revenue. This of course is a rhetorical question. Every state in the nation could use more tax revenue, and in the case of some states, they desperately need every penny they can get. [...]

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States

NORML Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:14

Law enforcement in many states are making a greater number of marijuana arrests than ever before despite polling data showing that the majority of Americans believe that the adult use of the plant ought to be legal.

According to a just published report, “Marijuana in the States 2012: Analysis and Detailed Data on Marijuana Use and Arrests,” which appears on the newly launched RegulatingCannabis.com website, police made an estimated 750,000 arrests for marijuana violations in 2012 – a 110 percent increase in annual arrests since 1991. Yet, despite this doubling in annual marijuana arrests over the past two decades, there has not been any significant reduction in marijuana consumption in the United States the report found.

In 2012, marijuana arrests accounted for almost half (48.3 percent) of all drug arrests nationwide. Marijuana arrests accounted for two-thirds of more of all drug arrests in five states: Nebraska (74.1 percent), New Hampshire (72 percent), Montana (70.3 percent), Wyoming (68.7 percent) and Wisconsin (67.1 percent).

From 2008 to 2012, seventeen state-level jurisdictions experienced an average annual increase in marijuana arrests, the report found. South Carolina (11.6 percent) and the District of Columbia (7.7 percent) experienced the highest overall percentage increase in arrests during this time period. By contrast, annual marijuana arrests fell nationwide by an average of 3.3 percent from 2008 to 2012.

Overall, the study reported that the five state-level jurisdictions possessing the highest arrest rates for marijuana offenses are the District to Columbia (729 arrests per 100,000 citizens), New York (577), Louisiana (451), Illinois (447) and Nebraska (421). District of Columbia lawmakers decriminalized the adult possession of marijuana earlier this month.

The two states possessing the lowest marijuana arrest rates are California and Massachusetts, the report found. Both states decriminalized marijuana possession offenses in recent years.

Stated the report’s author, Shenondoah University professor Jon Gettman, “After a generation of marijuana arrests, nearly 19 million and counting since 1981, the results are that marijuana remains widely used, not perceived as risky by a majority of the population, and widely available. The tremendous variance in use and arrests at the state level demonstrate why marijuana prohibition has failed and is not a viable national policy.”

Full text of the report is available on the NORML website here or from: RegulatingCannabis.com.

US CA: Column: Waiting for the Man: Jerry Brown Is the Decider

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
SF Weekly, 30 Jul 2014 - Jerry Brown is dominating. In the third act of his life, what the right-wingers dismissed just a few years ago as feeble effort for a curtain call is turning out to be more like a victory lap. He's cruising, barely contested, toward a second term in his second coming as California governor. He has taken advantage of an economic upswing to do what was once deemed impossible: get the state's finances in order while allowing business to grow without cutting services, an achievement feted by The New York Times as the "California comeback." Barring disaster, Brown will serve in office until his 80s. And he appears hell-bent on making his last years memorable. "I'm going to build great things, I'm going to do big things," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board earlier this year.

US NM: Editorial: Know the Consequences of Letting Folks Get a

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Jul 2014 - Consider it one of the unintended consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana: more homeless folks who show up because getting high isn't a crime. That's what has happened across the New Mexico state line in Colorado, where shelters like Urban Peak in Denver and Colorado Springs are reporting a surge in clients, and "of the new kids we're seeing, the majority are saying they're here because of the weed."

US: Consistent Message On Pot Urged

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Buffalo News, 30 Jul 2014 - Lawmakers Press Obama on Stance WASHINGTON - After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Obama administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands.

US CA: Column: Waiting for the Man: Jerry Brown Is the Decider

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
SF Weekly, 30 Jul 2014 - Jerry Brown is dominating. In the third act of his life, what the right-wingers dismissed just a few years ago as feeble effort for a curtain call is turning out to be more like a victory lap. He's cruising, barely contested, toward a second term in his second coming as California governor. He has taken advantage of an economic upswing to do what was once deemed impossible: get the state's finances in order while allowing business to grow without cutting services, an achievement feted by The New York Times as the "California comeback." Barring disaster, Brown will serve in office until his 80s. And he appears hell-bent on making his last years memorable. "I'm going to build great things, I'm going to do big things," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board earlier this year.

US MI: Column: Cannabis Cup And Ballot Counts

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Metro Times, 30 Jul 2014 - Michigan Moves Forward Well, we can chalk up another medical Cannabis Cup for the state of Michigan. Truth is, I was too busy to make it to Clio, although the Wyclef Jean show to cap it off would have been worth the trip on its own. At least I got to enjoy Lee DeVito's posts from the affair. I think he sent them in by carrier pigeon - an electronic pigeon.

US WA: The Feds' Surprising Response To Exploding Hash-Oil Labs

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
The Stranger, 30 Jul 2014 - Is the Federal Government Starting to Acknowledge That Legalization and Regulation Are Safer Than Busting People? Eight months ago, an explosion and fire tore through the Hampton Greens apartment complex in Bellevue. It happened at 6:30 in the morning. Among the residents was Nan Campbell, the 87-year-old former mayor of Bellevue. She was the city's first female mayor, elected in 1988.

US MI: Column: Cannabis Cup And Ballot Counts

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Metro Times, 30 Jul 2014 - Michigan Moves Forward Well, we can chalk up another medical Cannabis Cup for the state of Michigan. Truth is, I was too busy to make it to Clio, although the Wyclef Jean show to cap it off would have been worth the trip on its own. At least I got to enjoy Lee DeVito's posts from the affair. I think he sent them in by carrier pigeon - an electronic pigeon.

US WA: The Feds' Surprising Response To Exploding Hash-Oil Labs

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
The Stranger, 30 Jul 2014 - Is the Federal Government Starting to Acknowledge That Legalization and Regulation Are Safer Than Busting People? Eight months ago, an explosion and fire tore through the Hampton Greens apartment complex in Bellevue. It happened at 6:30 in the morning. Among the residents was Nan Campbell, the 87-year-old former mayor of Bellevue. She was the city's first female mayor, elected in 1988.

US MI: Marijuana Advocates Submit Ballot Initiative

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
The Times Herald, 30 Jul 2014 - Clerk's Office Will Verify Signatures in Next Several Weeks Marijuana activists turned in a petition Tuesday with 1,681 signatures to the Port Huron City Clerk Office to get a proposal to decriminalize marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot.

US CO: Column: Studio A64 Doubles In Space, Marijuana Comes To

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 30 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Starts In Manitou The Gazette is reporting that Maggie's Farm will open in Manitou Springs on Thursday, July 31, to sales of recreational marijuana. Multiple attempts to reach owner Bill Conkling were unsuccessful, and an employee at the organization's South Nevada Avenue store replied, "Honestly, I'm not too sure" when asked whether it's happening. But if true - the daily says a final inspection could still change plans - it would mark the first of two stores, and the dawn of a controversial era in the small town, which is set to vote whether to continue to allow recreational marijuana this November.

US CA: Column: Do Or Die For Mystery Pot Law

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
East Bay Express, 30 Jul 2014 - A landmark bill to regulate medical pot in California is speeding through Sacramento, but no one knows for sure what will be in it. Grab your medicated popcorn. August is going to be an action-packed month in California pot politics. A bill to regulate the state's vast, $1.8 billion medical cannabis industry is speeding through Sacramento on a tight, end-of-August deadline.

US CO: Column: Studio A64 Doubles In Space, Marijuana Comes To

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 30 Jul 2014 - Marijuana Starts In Manitou The Gazette is reporting that Maggie's Farm will open in Manitou Springs on Thursday, July 31, to sales of recreational marijuana. Multiple attempts to reach owner Bill Conkling were unsuccessful, and an employee at the organization's South Nevada Avenue store replied, "Honestly, I'm not too sure" when asked whether it's happening. But if true - the daily says a final inspection could still change plans - it would mark the first of two stores, and the dawn of a controversial era in the small town, which is set to vote whether to continue to allow recreational marijuana this November.

US CA: Column: Do Or Die For Mystery Pot Law

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
East Bay Express, 30 Jul 2014 - A landmark bill to regulate medical pot in California is speeding through Sacramento, but no one knows for sure what will be in it. Grab your medicated popcorn. August is going to be an action-packed month in California pot politics. A bill to regulate the state's vast, $1.8 billion medical cannabis industry is speeding through Sacramento on a tight, end-of-August deadline.

US MI: Edu: Student-Backed Marijuana Decriminalization

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 04:00
Central Michigan Life, 30 Jul 2014 - Mount Pleasant voters could see a student-backed proposition calling for the citywide decriminalization of marijuana on the November ballot. Student Advocates for Medical/Recreational Cannabis have procured enough petition signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. The registered student organization at Central Michigan University got all the necessary signatures a week shy of their deadline.