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US WA: Column: Comparing Pot to Alcohol May Aid Legalization

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:00
The Herald, 27 Oct 2014 - When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an innovative new political message that compares cannabis to alcohol. Two years later, that comparison is being deployed in key marijuana related elections throughout the country, and drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a "drug duel" to prove their point.

US NY: Woman Arrested On Drug Charges Dies In Custody

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:00
Daily Freeman, 27 Oct 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who was in custody on a drug-related arrest died after suffering an apparent seizure while she was being processed, according to the New York Police Department. Authorities say 22-yearold Jasmine Lawrence of the Bronx had been arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn on charges of criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

UK: Club Calls for the Legalisation of Cannabis

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:00
The Argus, 27 Oct 2014 - CANNABIS is seen as a harmful and dangerous drug but many believe it should be declassified. This year Brighton became home to a new campaign group which openly uses the drug in public and is fighting to make it legal. FLORA THOMPSON reports... WALK through The Lanes on a Saturday afternoon and you may see someone casually lighting up a cannabis 'joint'.

Philippines: Cops Raid Marijuana Plantations

Cannabis News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 04:00
Manila Standard Today, 27 Oct 2014 - SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union--Composite teams of police and drug enforcement agents uprooted and destroyed marijuana plants and seedlings worth P6.6 million in a two-day marijuana-eradication drive in Ilocos Sur, a senior official said on Sunday. Chief Supt. Roman Felix, police regional director, said various teams backed by armed forces intelligence agents fanned out to locate and destroy the plants in Barangay Licungan, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur and destroyed 24,770 fully grown plants and 34,100 seedlings in several plantation sites.

Buy Or Win An Arizona NORML T-Shirt And Help Fight Marijuana Prohibition

The Weed Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:54
I saw a fantastic fundraiser on social media and figured I’d pass along the info. If you are able, I highly encourage you to participate. More info is below: NORML In Arizona is working very hard to get the message out that legalization is coming to Arizona. We need your help to spread that message. [...]

Oregon Moms Make A Strong Case To End Marijuana Prohibition

The Weed Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 22:43
Marijuana opponents try as hard as they can to make the case that they are just out to protect society from lazy stoners that just want to get high. They try to create a sense that the only people that want marijuana to be legal are those that want to get high and drive on [...]

Oregon, DC, And Alaska Have A Chance To Save Big With Marijuana Legalization

The Weed Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 21:48
An argument that doesn’t seem to have the weight it should among the legalization crowd is the amount that would be saved if the Drug War is ended. This argument should have a particular weight with your conservative friends. Maybe they won’t be sold on the fact that the Drug War is racially biased or [...]

Show-Me Cannabis Releases Legislative Scorecard

The Weed Blog - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 20:41
By Aaron Malin Following the 2014 Missouri legislative session, Show-Me Cannabis created a voter scorecard for incumbent legislators to better inform voters in the upcoming election. Four bills were passed by the Missouri General Assembly this session that are particularly relevant to our efforts at cannabis policy reform. Show-Me Cannabis endorsed all four of such [...]

US PA: Editorial: Failure To Take Up Bill Hurts Children

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
Springfield Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - The medical marijuana bill awaiting a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives never made it off the table. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.

US MI: Voters In 3 Cities To Decide Pot Proposals

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Daily Tribune, 26 Oct 2014 - Marijuana decriminalization proposals are on the ballot in three south Oakland County communities on Nov. 4 and pro-pot organizers have yet to lose such an election. Election Day in Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Berkley will show whether the activists' winning streak will continue in Oakland County and elsewhere.

US PA: Editorial: Failure To Take Up Bill Hurts Children

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
Springfield Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - The medical marijuana bill awaiting a vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives never made it off the table. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.

US MI: Voters In 3 Cities To Decide Pot Proposals

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Daily Tribune, 26 Oct 2014 - Marijuana decriminalization proposals are on the ballot in three south Oakland County communities on Nov. 4 and pro-pot organizers have yet to lose such an election. Election Day in Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge and Berkley will show whether the activists' winning streak will continue in Oakland County and elsewhere.

US FL: Medical Marijuana: Florida Parents Fight to Help

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
Miami Herald, 26 Oct 2014 - Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures. For a few moments, Nancy Peruyero imagined what Nicolas' life might be like without the relentless myoclonic seizures every day. And for the first time, she allowed herself to hope, an emotion she had rarely felt since that August afternoon in 2009 when her youngest son was diagnosed with Batten disease, an unusual neurological disorder marked by seizures, loss of motor skills and mental impairment. His life expectancy with the disease is no more than 12 years. He turned 9 on Oct.2.

US FL: OPED: Let's Check the Facts on the Medical Marijuana

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Gainesville Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - One of the splits between North and South is over the medical use of marijuana. In New York, the House recently voted for legalizing medical marijuana 117-30, followed by 49-10 in the Senate. In Maryland, the House approved 125-11 and the Senate 44-2. Last year in New Hampshire, the votes in favor were 284-66 in the House and 18-6 in the Senate. Those three states joined 20 others where marijuana could already be used medically. Every southern state, however, remains among the 27 that still outlaw its medicinal use, even as evidence accumulates that cannabinoids alleviate severe pain, nausea, weight loss and muscle spasms with milder side effects than alternatives. Medicinal use of marijuana is humane and reduces deaths from opioids. What about Florida, a cultural blend of North and South? Until recently, Amendment 2 legalizing marijuana, drafted by former House speaker and UF law school dean Jon Mills, appeared sure to gain the required 60 percent voter approval. Recently, however, a flood of negative TV advertising has turned many voters against it.

US FL: Medical Marijuana: Florida Parents Fight to Help

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
Miami Herald, 26 Oct 2014 - Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures. For a few moments, Nancy Peruyero imagined what Nicolas' life might be like without the relentless myoclonic seizures every day. And for the first time, she allowed herself to hope, an emotion she had rarely felt since that August afternoon in 2009 when her youngest son was diagnosed with Batten disease, an unusual neurological disorder marked by seizures, loss of motor skills and mental impairment. His life expectancy with the disease is no more than 12 years. He turned 9 on Oct.2.

US FL: OPED: Let's Check the Facts on the Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Gainesville Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - One of the splits between North and South is over the medical use of marijuana. In New York, the House recently voted for legalizing medical marijuana 117-30, followed by 49-10 in the Senate. In Maryland, the House approved 125-11 and the Senate 44-2. Last year in New Hampshire, the votes in favor were 284-66 in the House and 18-6 in the Senate. Those three states joined 20 others where marijuana could already be used medically. Every southern state, however, remains among the 27 that still outlaw its medicinal use, even as evidence accumulates that cannabinoids alleviate severe pain, nausea, weight loss and muscle spasms with milder side effects than alternatives. Medicinal use of marijuana is humane and reduces deaths from opioids. What about Florida, a cultural blend of North and South? Until recently, Amendment 2 legalizing marijuana, drafted by former House speaker and UF law school dean Jon Mills, appeared sure to gain the required 60 percent voter approval. Recently, however, a flood of negative TV advertising has turned many voters against it.

US FL: Is Medical Marijuana Amendment in Trouble?

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Gainesville Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - With Election Day less than two weeks away, Ben Pollara feverishly worked the phones on Thursday. Pollara, the campaign manager for the political committee behind the medical marijuana referendum, contacted donors large and small in an effort to bring in a late infusion of cash.

Uruguay: Uruguay's Superstar President Bows Out - but Will His

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Observer, 26 Oct 2014 - The Country Votes Today for a Successor to Jose Mujica, and Candidates Have Doubts About His Headline-Grabbing Reform Juan Palese, 25, stands outside the door of his Urugrow shop, sharing a red-tipped marijuana joint with a group of young friends. The sweet, pungent aroma of cannabis permeates the street as chattering students from Montevideo's nearby school of social sciences walk heedlessly by. Photograph by Uki Goni Juan Palese sells fertilisers and compost for growing cannabis at home from his shop in Montevideo.

US FL: Is Medical Marijuana Amendment in Trouble?

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
The Gainesville Sun, 26 Oct 2014 - With Election Day less than two weeks away, Ben Pollara feverishly worked the phones on Thursday. Pollara, the campaign manager for the political committee behind the medical marijuana referendum, contacted donors large and small in an effort to bring in a late infusion of cash.

US WA: Editorial: Where's The Weed?

Cannabis News - Sun, 10/26/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 26 Oct 2014 - FOUR months into Washington's era of legal marijuana stores, a strange reality has settled over Seattle: The city doesn't seem to care much about the availability of over-the-counter pot. Combined sales at Seattle's recreational marijuana stores trail those in Vancouver, Spokane and even Bellingham. On a per capita basis, Seattle's sales are about half of Yakima's and one-third of Tacoma's, according to data from the state Liquor Control Board.