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Tue
12
Jan

Do Fewer Marijuana Arrests Mark a Change in the NYPD's Policing Philosophy?

New Yorkers may be toking more brazenly than ever before, but the NYPD says marijuana arrests are the lowest they've been in almost two decades.

In 2015, arrests for sale, felony possession, and low-level criminal possession of marijuana in New York city were down by 11,000 — for a total of just under 22,000. "We have not seen this low level of marijuana arrests in New York City since 1997," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Dermot Shea during a press conference on the city's overall reduction in crime. "That's a 33-percent reduction, that's on top of the big reduction last year."

Tue
12
Jan

My Turn: Legal marijuana would be good for kids

My Turn: Critics say an Arizona initiative to legalize marijuana would be disastrous. But evidence proves otherwise.

A recent New York Times editorial got it wrong. Despite its push for legalization, there’s no reason the feds should OK marijuana for recreational use when states are still experimenting with the consequences. AP AP This April 21, 2011 photos shows marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. The City of Cave Junction, Ore., has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to determine if the new state law authorizing the sale of medical marijuana through dispensaries complies with the state and federal constitutions.

Tue
12
Jan

Opinion: How New York Totally Screwed Up Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Manhattan's first and only medical marijuana dispensary is like a fortress. To enter the building, located on 14th Street near the 3rd Avenue subway station, patients have to pass through two security systems before they even encounter another human. First, they flash their medical marijuana card in front of a camera. If everything looks in order, the first set of doors opens to a vestibule and then closes behind them. There, they hold their cards under an electronic scanner. If there's a problem, guards — many of them ex-cops — will escort them from the premises.

Tue
12
Jan

Guyana: Murder rate should give those pushing for marijuana legalization pause for thought

Dear Editor,

Those pushing for the legalization of marijuana should take note of the growing number of murders of Guyana’s innocent citizens, and now a young, promising non-resident. I have yet to hear of one murderer who was not a drug addict. All these murders-for-hire, all these premeditated killings, all the savage robbery-murders are being perpetrated by a set of young drug addicts, whose minds are being altered by the imbibing of the abundance of narcotic substances available here in Guyana.

Mon
11
Jan

Florida moves forward with medical marijuana despite legal challenges

TALLASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - Florida health officials are holding to a deadline next month for the state's first medical marijuana businesses to seek permission to begin growing non-euphoric cannabis, even with hearings in license challenges stacked up through mid-summer.

Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said Monday that five dispensing organizations --- selected by a three-member panel last year to grow, process and distribute low-THC marijuana --- must submit requests for cultivation authorization by Feb. 7, the first deadline in a process more than a year behind schedule due to previous legal wrangling.

Mon
11
Jan

NZ: Referendum welcomed by Cannabis Party

Referendum welcomed by Cannabis Party

A move towards holding a referendum about cannabis at the next election is welcomed by the Cannabis Party.

Former CTU president Helen Kelly launched the referendum campaign after she was forced to obtain cannabis oil illegally to treat her cancer.

However, Family First's Bob McCoskrie has claimed the move will be used a back-door to recreational use.

"Mr McCoskrie's blind fear is misguided as recreational use would be treated as a separate issue to medical cannabis in any referendum," party leader Julian Crawford said.

"Family First needs to clarify whether they support the democratic referendum process and whether they think sick and dying people should have access to medical cannabis."

Mon
11
Jan

Massachusetts state senators to get inside look at Colorado marijuana

Members of a Massachusetts Senate panel plan to visit Colorado next week to learn more about that state’s experience with the legalized use of recreational marijuana.

The Senate Special Committee on Marijuana was created last year in response to a likely 2016 ballot question that — if approved by voters — would allow pot to be used recreationally in Massachusetts.

A draft itinerary for the four-day trip starting Monday includes meetings and discussions with Colorado state regulators, legislators and law enforcement officials.

Mon
11
Jan

California Cannabis Regulations Bring Many Questions for the Industry

The California cannabis industry was abuzz following the last-minute passage of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) that was passed by the California Assembly at the very end of the legislative session. Marijuana entrepreneurs were scrambling to read the MMRSA and have been digesting the implications since. Governor Jerry Brown signed the regulatory bill into law last fall and the New Year starts the implementation process that will be coming into focus over the coming months.

Mon
11
Jan

Cyprus: Synthetic cannabis busts on the rise

The surge in the number of synthetic cannabis being seized by the Turkish Cypriot police is a concern, according to media reports on Monday.

The drug – and especially the brand ‘Bonsai’ – is said to be highly addictive and is known to cause mental disorders, severe hallucinations, violent behaviour, and even heart attacks.

Figures for 2014 showed that around five kilos of ‘Bonsai’ were apprehended in the north, whilst the figure nearly doubled in 2015. Five people are said to have died after overdosing on the synthetic cannabis which is often termed spice.

Due to its low selling price and extreme high, the drug has become popular amongst youths, particularly in Turkey.

Mon
11
Jan

Legalized marijuana gaining support in Tennessee

Supporters of legal marijuana hope to spur action on an issue they say has broad support in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Cannabis Coalition met Sunday night in Nashville to gear up for the upcoming legislative session.

The activist group said 76 percent of Tennesseans support medical marijuana.

They hope increased awareness will lead to voting on the issue.

The coalition said the positive news from states that have legalized marijuana could help raise awareness here in Tennessee.

"The data that's coming out of Colorado is incredibly promising," said Tennessee Cannabis Coalition founder Cecily Friday-Shamim.

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