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Colorado's first-in-the-nation marijuana “tasting rooms” bill heads to Hickenlooper's desk - The Denver Post

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:16

The Denver Post

Colorado's first-in-the-nation marijuana “tasting rooms” bill heads to Hickenlooper's desk
The Denver Post
Licensed marijuana “tasting rooms” could be operating in Colorado by this time next year if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a first-of-its-kind bill that state lawmakers sent to his desk Thursday. The bill allows adults at current recreational marijuana ...
Marijuana tasting room bill passes legislature; Group urges governor's vetoFOX31 Denver

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NYC Mayor de Blasio Endorses Safe Injection Sites Plan—Despite DEA Claiming They're Illegal

Alternet - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 17:17
The city joins a handful of other major localities in the country by pushing for safe injection sites.

Just a day after close to a hundred community activists, reform advocates, and local elected officials took to the streets outside New York City's City Hall Wednesday to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) move on a long-delayed feasibility study on safe injection sites, the mayor has moved.

On Thursday evening, the mayor's office announced de Blasio's support for a plan to open four of the sites, which the office refers to as Overdose Prevention Centers, a year from now, after a period of consultation with stakeholders.

"After a rigorous review of similar efforts across the world, and after careful consideration of public health and safety expert views, we believe overdose prevention centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat this deadly addiction," de Blasio said in a statement.

Safe injection sites (SISs)—or safe injection facilities or supervised injection facilities or supervised consumption sites or overdose prevention centers—allow drug users to inject (or sometimes inhale) their own drugs under medical supervision. They typically also have a social services component that aims to assist drug users in finding drug treatment and other services.

Operating in around 90 cities in Europe, Australia, and Canada, they are a proven harm reduction intervention. Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown they reduce public disorder; increase access to treatment, reduce the risk of HIV, Hep C, and bacterial infections; reduce drug overdose deaths; and reduce medical costs thanks to a reduction in disease and overdose, while at the same time increasing access to cost-saving preventive health care. What SISs don't do, the studies have found, is increase crime, injection drug use, or the initiation of new drug users.

Yet no such sites operate in the United States. Pushes are underway in several cities, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle, but all have faced challenges ranging from moralism and NIMBYism to the fact that they would appear to violate federal law. Just this week, DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson said they violate the Controlled Substances Act and are "subject to being prosecuted." Given the proclivities of the Trump administration, that is probably not a threat to be taken lightly.

Still, the cities are willing to push on the issue, the American Medical Association has endorsed the notion, and legislatures in a number of states are pondering bills to allow them. And now, with the country's largest city coming on board, momentum for the sites is only growing stronger.

In New York City, where the SIF NYC Campaign, a coalition of dozens of community, drug reform, public health, medical, and religious groups, has been pressuring the administration to act for months, the mayor's announcement was greeted with relief.

"Mayor de Blasio’s embrace of safer consumption spaces is a critical step forward in preventing overdose deaths in New York City. We know that safer consumption spaces are an evidence-based solution that can help dramatically in saving lives, reducing criminalization, and improving public health," said Kassandra Frederique, New York state director at the Drug Policy Alliance. "New York can and must be a leader now in saving lives by opening safer consumption spaces swiftly."

That will take some political acumen in dealing with city district attorneys and the state Health Department, which answers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with whom de Blasio's relations are strained at best. It will also take some political fortitude in taking on the Sessions Justice Department and the DEA.

De Blasio's announcement marks the successful culmination of the campaign to bring the city on board with safe injection sites as a harm reduction and overdose prevention measure, but it's just the beginning of the fight to actually get them up and running.

 

 

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Toker Travels: How To Buy Marijuana Legally In Jamaica - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 16:11

Forbes

Toker Travels: How To Buy Marijuana Legally In Jamaica
Forbes
Depending on whom you ask, Red Stripe, Rum and Reggae are the main reasons to take a trip to Jamaica. But what they might not tell you, at least not where would-be saboteurs might be eavesdropping on the conversation, is that the best excuse to head ...

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Ontario awards $300000 research grant to help develop the world's first beer brewed from cannabis - Ottawa Citizen

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 15:55

Ottawa Citizen

Ontario awards $300000 research grant to help develop the world's first beer brewed from cannabis
Ottawa Citizen
Province Brands joins cannabis industry giant Canopy Growth Corp. in Smiths Falls in betting that drinks will become a dominant way that Canadians consume their marijuana when it's legal. And the Ontario government seems to be on board. The grant will ...

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Legal Marijuana Runs Right Over Maine's Obstructionist Tea Party Governor

Alternet - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 14:00
The legislature voted to override the veto.

Paul LePage, Maine's irascible Tea Party Republican governor, is no friend of marijuana. He opposed the state's successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative, and, once it won, vetoed the legislature's bill to implement the will of the voters. That was last year.

That left the state with pot possession and personal cultivation legal, but no way to buy or sell legal marijuana. This year, the legislature once again passed a bill to implement the initiative's taxed and regulated sales provisions, LD 1719. It even incorporated some of LePage's previous criticisms, resulting in a bill more restrictive than what voters approved.

Again, LePage vetoed the bill. But this time, the legislature had had enough. On Wednesday, the House voted 109-39 and the Senate voted 28-6 to override LePage's veto, poking a thumb in the governor's eye and setting the state on a path to the legal sale and production of recreational marijuana some 18 months after voters approved it.

The bill creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments and sets the tax rates for adult-use marijuana. But as a sop to LePage and other foes, it does not allow for social use, meaning buyers will be limited to using it at home (if the landlord agrees), and lawmakers also halved the number of plants people can grow, from six to three.

While the bill doesn't cap the number of cultivation licenses or the amount of weed that can be grown in the state, creating fears that a glut of pot will drive out all but the most deep-pocketed growers, it does contain a provision granting business licenses only to Maine residents for the first three years.

Pot shops aren't going to pop up overnight, either. Now that the bill has become law, state regulators will have to develop rules and regulations for the industry, which in turn will have to be approved by the legislature. It may be the spring of 2019 before Mainers can finally walk into a shop and buy their legal weed.

Still, the veto override is a major step on Maine's path to legal taxed and regulated marijuana sales.

"After a long and unnecessary delay, the decision by Maine voters to regulate marijuana for adults will finally be respected," said Matthew Schweich, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project and campaign director for the 2016 Maine legalization ballot initiative campaign. "While this bill is imperfect, its overall effect is implementation of the legalization policy that Maine voters approved at the ballot box a year and a half ago."

Maine was one of four states where voters passed legalization initiatives in 2016, and it will be the last of the four to get sales up and running. California and Nevada have already implemented their programs, and Massachusetts should see retail sales begin next month.

"With his veto overridden, the governor should cease his obstructionist tactics so that Maine does not fall further behind Massachusetts in establishing a system for legal and regulated marijuana sales," Schweich added.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have so far legalized marijuana for adults. While at least 20 states will or have considered legalization bills this year, the most likely prospect for the next legal marijuana state is Michigan, where voters will have their say in November. In the meantime, Maine will be busy getting its pot shop regulations ship-shape and waving goodbye to Gov. LePage in the rearview mirror.

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Colombia sees billion-dollar bonanza from legacy of marijuana trade - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:51

Reuters

Colombia sees billion-dollar bonanza from legacy of marijuana trade
Reuters
It could be the next economic bonanza - like coffee was,” said Aguirre, 61, before a man and a woman arrived at his farm to buy sacks of dried cannabis buds. “I could go to jail for this but that won't happen if I'm working in medicinal.” Farmers who ...

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Trudeau says government 'moving forward' on marijuana legalization - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:27

The Globe and Mail

Trudeau says government 'moving forward' on marijuana legalization
The Globe and Mail
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday the plan to make recreational marijuana legal this summer will go ahead without delay despite a recent Senate committee report calling for more consultations. The Canadian Press. Latest Videos. Trudeau says ...

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Legal Marijuana Opponents Say Federal Law Blocks Research - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:22

Forbes

Legal Marijuana Opponents Say Federal Law Blocks Research
Forbes
The group's Board of Scientific Advisors includes several prominent legalization opponents, including Smart Approaches to Marijuana's Kevin Sabet, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), former White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey, former National ...
Director of drug abuse institute offers words of caution on marijuanaThe Boston Globe

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No longer in the weeds: Alberta's Olds College offering cannabis course - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 13:15

CTV News

No longer in the weeds: Alberta's Olds College offering cannabis course
CTV News
OLDS, Alta. -- With the clock ticking down to legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, demand has exploded in the cannabis industry for qualified workers who can ensure the product is ready to go to market. So a central Alberta college is ...

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Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:54

CBC.ca

Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay
CBC.ca
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday recreational cannabis use will be legal by summer, despite calls from some senators to put off legalization by up to a year to allow for further consultation with Indigenous communities. Speaking to reporters ...
Justin Trudeau not backing down on timeline for legalizing marijuana despite calls for delayGlobalnews.ca
Trudeau Presses for Legal Marijuana This Summer as Senate ...Bloomberg
Liberal MP hints criminal records for marijuana possession will be clearedNational Post
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MedReleaf confirms deal talks with Aurora Cannabis, others - The ... - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:44

The Globe and Mail

MedReleaf confirms deal talks with Aurora Cannabis, others - The ...
The Globe and Mail
Medical cannabis grower MedReleaf Corp. confirmed Thursday that it has held talks with Aurora Cannabis Inc. and other rivals about possible transactions. In a news release, MedReleaf said that “it engages from time to time in discussions with other ...
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AK: Alaska Legislature urges feds to rethink marijuana stance - Petersburg Pilot

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 01:31
petersburgpilot.com (US) Alaska Legislature urges feds to rethink marijuana stance - Petersburg Pilot Alaska Legislature urges feds to rethink marijuana stance reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance. The resolution also asks the federal government to respect the stateb s a... (Thu May 03 18:31:35 2018 PDT)
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AK: Alaska Legislature urges feds to rethink marijuana stance - Petersburg Pilot

Drug News Bot - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 01:31
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AK: Blanket Toss Medicine - KYUK

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AK: Magic 98.9fm - Alaska's Best Variety

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AK: 4/24 Music History - KWHL

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AK: Alaska collects new monthly high in marijuana tax revenue - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 01:27
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AK: Alaska collects new monthly high in marijuana tax revenue - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

Drug News Bot - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 01:27
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AK: Colony High graduate wins Pulitzer prize for international reporting - KTVA 11 - The Voice of Alaska

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AK: A church, six trailers and a new chance at life

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