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Barbados: Legalising medical marijuana up for debate

THE ISSUE OF MEDICAL marijuana goes beyond the legal landscape and has a larger social impact.

This is the view of attorney at law Maria Phillips, who was weighing in on a recent request by lawyer Douglas Trotman to the Ministry of Health to have a one-year prescription for marijuana, which was written by a doctor in Canada, filled in Barbados.

The drug is for his wife Kathy-Anne Trotman for palliative care after she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer last year.

The use of marijuana is illegal in Barbados, and Phillips cautioned that there were social implications in implementing legislation that would seek to change this.

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Idaho maintains hard line on marijuana laws

Sick or just looking for a good time, marijuana is not the answer in Idaho.

Utah is in the middle of a legislative debate on whether to legalize some forms of medical marijuana. Recreational pot use is legal in Oregon and Washington. Medical marijuana is legal in Montana and Nevada. Cannabidoil to treat seizures is legal in Wyoming and legislation to decriminalize pot possession is being considered in that state.

Here in Idaho, the resolve to keep marijuana illegal remains steadfast.

Under current Idaho law, an individual charged with possession of up to an ounce of marijuana faces a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. More than three ounces is a felony punishable with up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

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'Follow the money:' Cache legislators discuss funding, budgets, medical marijuana

With the Utah State Legislature past the halfway mark of its session, Cache County’s legislators held to a common theme in their reports at the weekly constituent meeting Saturday morning: money.

“One thing I’ve always said when you’re looking at who’s supporting what issue is to follow the money,” Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said when discussing medical marijuana legislation in the Senate. “If an initiative comes along to put marijuana legalization on the ballot, ask yourself where all the money is coming to pay for it, because I guarantee it will be lambasted with money. It’s not going to be these poor sick people, but the people who see money in selling the drug.”

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Highway patrol trooper finds 60 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop

A Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol trooper arrested a 25-year-old woman and a 22-year-old manafter seizing 60 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday in Kleberg County.

Around 3:30 p.m., a trooper pulled over a 2004 Ford F-150 traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 77 and discovered five bundles of marijuana in a false compartment in the rear seat. The bundles were estimated to be worth more than $360,000, according to a news release.

The man and woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and booked in the Kleberg County Detention Center Jail.

 

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Mexico Debates Marijuana

A new tack on stemming drug-related violence

JUAN FRANCISCO TORRES LANDA, LL.M. ’90, a corporate attorney in Mexico City, has never used marijuana and doesn’t plan to start now, even though he recently became one of only four people in Mexico granted the right to do so, after a legal battle that went all the way to the country’s Supreme Court.

For him, the fight isn’t about the freedom to grow his own pot or a desire to get high. It’s about the catastrophic violence engulfing his country, fueled by drug trafficking—murders, kidnappings, torture, extortion—and the desperate search for some way, any way, to stop it.

 

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Ruggerio co-sponsors bill to regulate marijuana in R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in Rhode Island has won support from a top lawmaker.

Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, has signed on as co-sponsor of a bill to treat marijuana like alcohol by legalizing, regulating and taxing it.

Ruggerio says it’s an important conversation to have after watching the experience of states that legalized the drug, such as Colorado.

The bill’s main Senate sponsor, Democratic Sen. Joshua Miller, of Cranston, had introduced his long-shot legislation for several years without success but says there’s more momentum this year. He points to Vermont, where lawmakers are advancing a bill, and Massachusetts, which might ask voters in the November election.

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Belize: Laws in the works for marijuana decriminalization

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Feb. 18, 2016–Laws for the decriminalization of marijuana, for possession of up to 10 grams, are in the works. Amandala is reliably informed that after Cabinet gave its nod for the legal drafting, the Attorney General’s Ministry began working on amendments to the Criminal Code which would remove criminal penalties in the event that persons are found with marijuana within what would become the new limit.

Of note, though, is that Government is not moving to legalize marijuana use. Persons found with small quantities of marijuana would instead receive a fine through a sort of ticketing system. It is only in the event that the person fails to pay the fine that he or she would face incarceration.

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Changes to medical marijuana bill keeps family from returning home to Utah

Salt Lake City —

(KUTV) Enedina and Michael Stanger's hopes to move back to Utah were crushed when lawmakers made big changes to SB 73 - Utah's controversial medical marijuana bill.

In October, The Stanger's left their life in Utah behind to move to Colorado where marijuana is legal. Enedina needed cannabis for relief of severe symptoms caused by EDS a genetic disease that affects the body's connective tissue.

"It's really sad to be rejected by a community and by a culture and by a state that I love so much," said Enedina of having to leave.

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Jeb Bush Says Marijuana Causes Brain Damage

College pothead Jeb Bush now thinks marijuana has "devastating impacts on productivity and brain damage." He said this at the Republican presidential candidates' Town Hall in South Carolina on Feb. 18. 

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Our opinion: It's time for medical marijuana in Florida

This time, Florida’s vote on medical prescription of marijuana will be different.

At least, we hope so.

Amendment 2 on the November ballot, allowing physicians to prescribe marijuana when they think its medical benefits outweigh potential risks, almost passed in 2014. The proposal was placed on the ballot by a public petition campaign and got 57.6 percent of the vote, just shy of the three-fifths super-majority required for adoption.

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