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Legislative Issues to Watch

At the Marijuana Investor Summit on April 22, 2015, attorneys Marc Ross, partner at Sichensia Ross Friedman Ference, and Michael McGrory, partner at SmithAmundsen, explored the history of marijuana laws and the factors that will shape the future of marijuana legislation.

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Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

We need to tackle the folly and futility of drug prohibition, in which we have created an irrational and unscientific bifurcation of drugs. An archaic system that favours, promotes and culturally embeds the use of some drugs, while fiercely policing, prohibiting and punishing the use of other drugs.

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RCMP seize 500 marijuana plants from rural Manitoba grow op

RCMP have seized a significant amount of marijuana after a grow-op bust late last week.

During a routine traffic stop last Thursday, RCMP pulled a vehicle over that reeked of marijuana and had waste from a grow-op inside. Police obtained a warrant and carried out a search of a property connected to the driver in the RM of Reynolds the next day.

RCMP from three separate rural detachments — Lac du Bonnet, Whitemouth and Beausejour — converged on the property and seized roughly 500 marijuana plants and grow-op equipment.

A 56-year-old man is now custody. He has been charged with unlawful production of marijuana and possession with the intent of trafficking.

His court date was set for April 27 in Winnipeg.

 

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Cincy State president: Yes to legal marijuana in Ohio

Owens also said that if marijuana is legalized, “It is critical that we expunge the records of those who have non-violent criminal records related to marijuana.”

Dr. O’Dell Owens, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and the former coroner for Hamilton County, endorsed on Monday the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Ohio.

In a statement issued by the legalization campaign ResponsibleOhio, Owens said that as a physician, he believes patients should be able to assess the medical value of marijuana in consultation with their doctors.

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NZ: Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

We need to tackle the folly and futility of drug prohibition, in which we have created an irrational and unscientific bifurcation of drugs. An archaic system that favours, promotes and culturally embeds the use of some drugs, while fiercely policing, prohibiting and punishing the use of other drugs.

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Washington State Court of Appeals bans medical marijuana stores

I completely failed to see this one coming.

A brief history lesson:

Washington State has had a medical marijuana law since 1998. In 2011, the legislature passed a bill allowing the creation of “collective gardens” (aka stores) to grow cannabis for patients registered with the state, and regulating those outlets in various ways: all members of the collectives would have had to register with the state. The governor used her line-item veto to take out major provisions of that bill, including the part that would have created the patient registry.

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Watch: Jon Snow and David Cameron discuss skunk and mental health

David Cameron and Jon Snow discuss skunk and mental health, in the anchor's flagship leader interview at this general election.
In February, Jon Snow inhaled skunk - the most potent form of cannabis - on camera for an experimental programme on drugs for Channel 4.

 

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When Will Marijuana Be Legalized Nationwide? Americans' Surprising Answer

The marijuana movement is transforming before our eyes, whether you're for legalization, against it, or are undecided.

Over the past two decades, nearly two dozen states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Meanwhile, four states have legalized the recreational, adult use of marijuana since 2012. Long gone are the days where the idea of legalizing marijuana derived 25% or less support from polling the public. Now, you'll find nearly overwhelming support for the legalization of medical marijuana, and a slight bias in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.

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The last wishes: Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

Bali nine: Families arrive ahead of execution

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's friends and families head to Nusakambangan island to spend the last few days with the Australian pair ahead of their execution.

Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self-portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood.

The eerie painting, brought back from Nusakambangan by their lawyer Julian McMahon, is a portent of Bali nine pair's  ghastly fate –  death by firing squad.

ukumaran and Andrew Chan were officially given 72 hours warning of their executions on Saturday.

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Vancouver mayor to Ottawa on marijuana dispensaries: ‘You’re misinformed’

The Mayor of Vancouver says he is frustrated the federal government has dealt the cards, but not finished the game when it comes to regulating medical marijuana.

Gregor Robertson says Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose is off base.

“She must be misinformed.”

She fired off a letter to the city saying Vancouver doesn’t have the authority to legitimize pot and it’s concerned with its proposal to regulate dispensaries.

“It is frustrating when there are comments made or letters from the federal government when this is the arena that they are responsible for setting policy on, and dealing with that the courts say, which people do have a right to access to their medicines, we are not seeing constructive steps coming out of Ottawa on this yet.”

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