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Michigan Reverses Stance, Will Let Marijuana Shops Stay Open - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:16

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Michigan Reverses Stance, Will Let Marijuana Shops Stay Open
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In an about-face, Michigan regulators said Wednesday that medical marijuana businesses can stay open while seeking a state license as long as they have been operating with the approval of their local community.
Michigan: Medical marijuana dispensaries can stay open — for nowDetroit Free Press
Michigan won't pressure medical marijuana dispensaries to close, after allMLive.com
Michigan's marijuana dispensaries can now stay open past Dec. 15Detroit Metro Times
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Ontario Preparing for Federal Cannabis Legalization - Government of Ontario News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:50

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Ontario Preparing for Federal Cannabis Legalization
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Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, safely regulate the use and distribution of recreational cannabis when it is legalized by the federal government in July 2018. Ontario's proposed Cannabis Act, 2017 would support the province's ...
New provincial marijuana corporation will control weed sales and ...Toronto Star
Highlights of Ontario's new marijuana rulesCTV News
Ontario introduces marijuana legislation with steep fines for illegal ...Globalnews.ca
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Basic Cannabis Growing Setups for Cultivators With Tight Budgets - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:42

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Basic Cannabis Growing Setups for Cultivators With Tight Budgets
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Many home growers wonder, “Can I grow cannabis on a tight budget?” The simple answer is yes. Although there is a large industry built upon expensive grow equipment, cannabis can be produced with simple systems for less money than you might think.

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We Just Got One Step Closer to Having Cannabis-Infused Beer - Esquire.com

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:31

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We Just Got One Step Closer to Having Cannabis-Infused Beer
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In March of this year, it was reported that the alcohol industry stands to lose $2 billion in sales due to legal weed as drinkers ditch beer in favor of marijuana. One company read the writing on the wall and decided it was worth $191 million ...
Funky Buddha Owner Constellation Brands Invests in Canadian Cannabis CompanyMiami New Times

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Did Virginia's Governor Legalize Marijuana? - Snopes.com

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Did Virginia's Governor Legalize Marijuana?
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Although the ostensible purpose of the site is to allow people to “prank” one another with phony articles, overly broad general interest topics such as statewide marijuana legalization often rapidly spreads outside its creator's circle of Facebook ...

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Trump Opioid Panel Will Recommend Nationwide Drug Courts, Tightened Prescribing Rules

Alternet - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:17
The draft proposal is definitely a mixed bag.

 

 

Trump opioid panel will recommend nationwide drug courts, tightened requirements for prescribers

WASHINGTON - President Trump's commission on combating the opioid epidemic plans to encourage the federal government to establish drug courts in every federal judicial district, adjust reimbursement ...

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Here Is Why Congress Believes Marijuana Is the Same as Heroin and Meth

Alternet - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:06
This ridiculous idea is the fault of the Controlled Substances Act, but why is Congress trying to dupe the public?

Earlier this week, Congressman Tom Garrett, a Republican freshman from Virginia, introduced legislation aimed at federally decriminalizing marijuana. The bill — “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” — would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list,  joining other industries such as alcohol and tobacco instead of heroin and meth.

“I have long believed justice that isn’t blind, isn’t justice. Statistics indicate that minor narcotics crimes disproportionately hurt areas of lower socio-economic status and what I find most troubling is that we continue to keep laws on the books that we do not enforce,” Garrett said in a statement.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is the lead co-sponsor on this bipartisan bill.

The proposed legislation is identical to the bill introduced in 2015 by Sen. Bernie Sanders, which failed to even get a hearing.

Before we get into why Garrett proposed the legislation, it’s worth reviewing the basics of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and why marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug — the highest tier that includes heroin. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs have a “high potential for abuse” and “no medically accepted use.”

Here is what you need to know about the CSA and the scheduling of marijuana:

How Did This Happen?

It all started in 1970. Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act, which was immediately signed by President Richard Nixon, who felt strongly that marijuana use was tearing the fabric of the nation. He associated marijuana users with hippies and anti-war protesters. The act established five schedules — or categories — by which all drugs would be classified.

The inclusion of cannabis as Schedule I was supposed to be temporary, subject to review by a commission that would recommend a categorization based on science.

Two years later, the blue-ribbon commission’s recommendation was in. The National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse issued two substantial reports: Marihuana: A Signal In Misunderstanding and Drug Use in America: Problem in Perspective.

The commission concluded that marijuana was not a serious threat to public health and recommended changes to the scheduling. In fact, the so-called Shafer Commission — named after the Raymond Shafer, the chairman of the panel and former Pennsylvania governor — recommended that small amounts of cannabis should be legal to possess. The report stated:

“The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use.  It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance. … Therefore, the Commission recommends … [that the] possession of marijuana for personal use no longer be an offense.”

Nixon, who hand-picked all 13 members of the Shafer Commission, ignored its recommendation.

Side note: Cocaine and methamphetamine, opium and other clearly more dangerous drugs fall under Schedule II.

What About Medical Marijuana?

Yes, what about the medicinal use of an herb that the federal government states no medically accepted use.” Twenty-eight states disagree and have passed legislation that allows for the medical marijuana programs.

Even more head-scratching is this: In 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services received U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507. The patent clearly states that the compounds found in cannabis act as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The patent summary states:

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.

Since all states are not required to keep data on patients using medical marijuana, it is unclear how many Americans are using the plant for health reasons. One national estimate claims the number to be 2.6 million. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center estimates:

Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans say they have tried marijuana, and 12 percent in the past year, which the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health says is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. The government survey showed that 18.9 million Americans 12 or older (7.3 percent) had used marijuana in the prior month.

The Pew report does not differentiate between medical use and other use.

What About CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant. It has no effect on brain function and is proven to be an antioxidant and neuroprotectant. Are CBD-only medications legal? Nope. Inexplicably, even cannabis devoid of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is considered by the federal government to be Schedule I.

The DEA announced in December that cannabis extracts, including CBD, fall under Schedule I.

So, What About Rescheduling?

It is unlikely that the federal government will do anything soon to change the status of cannabis, despite the fact that more Americans live in states that approve of medical marijuana than states that don’t.

Rescheduling could be achieved via Congress, or through the executive branch. Congress thus far has rejected all bills to reschedule. There is also a provision in the CSA that allows the attorney general the latitude to reschedule administratively.

As mentioned at the top of this article, Congressman Garrett has introduced legislation. But that is seen by most political experts as a symbolic gesture. Just last year, the DEA rejected a call to reschedule.

The first attempt to reschedule occurred in 1972, the same year the act went into effect. NORML petitioned the federal government to move cannabis to Schedule II.

There have been numerous other attempts over the years and all have been unsuccessful.

Note: The 2016 platform of the Democratic Party called for removal of marijuana from Schedule I, “providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization” of marijuana.

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Ontario cracks down on illegal marijuana shops in new legislation ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 04:01

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Ontario cracks down on illegal marijuana shops in new legislation ...
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Ontario's Liberal government will be cracking down on illegal dispensaries with steep fines under new legislation introduced Wednesday for the sale and ...

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FL: Capital Report: 10-27-2017 - WUSF News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:55
wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu (US) FloridaB health officials are under fire for the slow roll-out of new medical marijuanaB licenses.B Nick Evans reports state lawmakers are rejecting the department's excuses. (Wed Nov 01 19:55:50 2017 PDT)
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OR: A Look At The Effectiveness Of Anti-Drug Ad Campaigns - Jefferson Public Radio

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ijpr.org (US) A Look At The Effectiveness Of Anti-Drug Ad Campaigns ! Jefferson Public Radio A Look At The Effectiveness Of Anti-Drug Ad Campaigns ... (Wed Nov 01 21:51:56 2017 PDT)
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OR: 10-31-17: JOSEPHINE COUNTY MARIJUANA GROWERS FACE NEW RESTRICTIONS. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:49
kmed.com (US) 10-31-17: JOSEPHINE COUNTY MARIJUANA GROWERS FACE NEW RESTRICTIONS. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED FIVE NEW RULES ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR JOSEPHINE COUNTY MARIJUANA GROWERS. (Wed Nov 01 21:49:42 2017 PDT)
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OR: Fake Voter Guide Fires Up Debate Over Creswell Marijuana Ballot Initiative - KLCC

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:43
klcc.org (US) Also pave the way for a marijuana monopoly.B KLCCb s Brian Bull reports.B Voters In Creswell To Decide On 24-Hour Policing and Marijuana Voters will also have the option of reversing the City-imposed ban on marijuana businesses. (Wed Nov 01 21:43:30 2017 PDT)
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FL: FDA issues warning letter to four companies selling products using claims that marijuana component cures cancer - The Sky 973

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:43
thesky973.com FDA issues warning letter to four companies selling products using claims that marijuana component cures cancer ! The Sky 973 FDA issues warning letter to four companies selling products using claims that marijuana component cures cancer The agency says it is concerned by the sale of such products. (Wed Nov 01 19:43:55 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Kelowna council wants a piece of future provincial pot shop revenues - Kelowna Capital News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:19
kelownacapnews.com In addition to telling the province it wants to see marijuana sold in store-front dispensaries that it would have control over through land use zoning regulations and business licensing. (Wed Nov 01 02:19:39 2017 PDT)
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[2]: Carmel Man, 19, Gets Jail Time After Drug, Weapon Charges - Putnam Daily Voice

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:18
putnam.dailyvoice.com (US) A Carmel man who was charged with selling heroin and then found to be under the influence of drugs while in jail awaiting a court appearance for having an illegal knife was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in state prison followed by two years parole supervision. (Wed Nov 01 23:18:23 2017 PDT)
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OR: Article Archives - Portland Mercury, News, Entertainment, Trouble

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portlandmercury.com (US) Oregon Cannabis Guide 2017 Cannabis Cannabis Events Cannabis Directory Cannabis ... (Wed Nov 01 22:18:57 2017 PDT)
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OR: Free Weed with Purchase? Yes, This Is a Thing Now - Blogtown - Portland Mercury

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OR: Can Section 8 Tenants Be Evicted for Smoking Weed? - Ask a Pot Lawyer - Portland Mercury

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:18
portlandmercury.com (US) Marijuanab is an illegal substance under federal law. (Wed Nov 01 22:18:57 2017 PDT)
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[2]: Mohegan Lake Bicyclist Possesses Xanax On Route 6, Police Say - Putnam Daily Voice

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