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Renton case doesn't create cannabis precedent

Legalisation of cannabis won't happen under the current government, despite it allowing the one-off use of cannabinoid oil for Nelson teenager Alex Renton, the Associate Health Minister says.

While the Government allowed the use of Elixinol, a medical product made of hemp oil, to treat Nelson teenager Alex Renton, Peter Dunne says it changes nothing regarding the legalisation of cannabis.

Permission was allowed for Renton to have the product, which is illegal in New Zealand but available in the US, after an application was made to him by his family.

Renton, 19, had been in hospital after developing a condition which meant he suffered continuous seizures. He died on July 1 after around three months in hospital.

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19
Jul

Marijuana legalization protects kids from pot

Panicking people with false fears about the kids is a proven election ploy, but there's a limit to how much guano the voters will accept. The laughably inept Proposal 1 campaign this past spring tried to convince us the lives of children were at stake if we didn't vote yes on the convoluted tax and spending plan, and then racked up one of the biggest rejections of a ballot proposal in state history.

Another tough test of this theory might arrive before the year is out. This time, we'll be asked to protect the kids from pot.

Sun
19
Jul

Flight from Amsterdam, Briton in Kuwait with marijuana in shoes

Kuwaiti police arrested a Briton after he was caught trying to smuggle drugs into the oil-rich Gulf emirate, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The unidentified man was arrested at the airport in the capital Kuwait City after customs men searching him found three bags of marijuana hidden inside his shoes.

The Arabic language daily ‘Al Watan’, quoting security sources, said the passenger had just arrived from Amsterdam.

Sun
19
Jul

Rep. David Gallegos: Legalizing marijuana not a true pathway forward - Las Cruces Sun-News

I feel the need to respond to my colleague, Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, and his views on legalizing marijuana. Representative McCamley is a good man, but his views on this issue are misguided. Marijuana is not only an unsafe drug itself, it leads to heavier drug use down the road. The additional exposure that would accompany legalization will put our children at even greater risk.

Studies have proven that marijuana is addicting and can hurt mental development. And for many people, there are similar characteristics that lead to stronger and more addictive drug use.

During my lifetime, I have seen the effects of this drug first hand. I have lost family members to drug addiction where it started with marijuana and then led to stronger drugs.

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19
Jul

Adirondack Supervisor endorses medical marijuana company

In April of this year, when he announced the recipients of numerous smart growth grants in the Adirondacks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reaffirmed his commitment to invest in a region that needs long-term economic stability.

At that time, I publicly applauded the governor’s actions. In the next several weeks, Gov. Cuomo will have another opportunity to partner with local governments to create significant and meaningful economic activity within the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park.

Soon, the governor will select five businesses to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in New York. Of the 43 applicants, only one plans to build a greenhouse and manufacturing facility within the blue line of the Adirondack Park in Chester.

Sat
18
Jul

Letter: Uncle Sam says no to marijuana

Looks like someone other than myself votes "No" on this November's likely ballot issue seeking a constitutional amendment legalizing the personal use and growth of marijuana in Ohio. This "No" voter is Uncle Sam in the embodiment of the Internal Revenue Service. Let me explain.

Marijuana is still classified on federal drug schedules as a "Schedule I" controlled substance. Thus, under federal law, the sale of marijuana remains illegal. A recent newspaper article highlighted a story that a famous boy band star and other luminaries may invest in a pot-growing center to be located in Hudson.

Pot investors, try this one on for size:

Sat
18
Jul

Elgin council members open to decriminalzing marijuana

Elgin will take a serious look at decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana after city council members said Saturday they were amenable to the idea.

Councilwoman Tish Powell is proposing handling such cases under the city's administrative adjudication process, which means people would not get arrested but instead get a ticket and have to pay a fine.

The current punishment for misdemeanor marijuana possession is too harsh, Councilwoman Carol Rauschenberger said during a special committee of the whole meeting Saturday. "We're just being proactive with what's changing in America, and what's changing in our community."

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18
Jul

City of Sandy bans medical marijuana shops, angering would-be pot shop owner | Local ...

Sandy is banning medical marijuana shops even though voters narrowly approved allowing recreational use last year.

It's an admitted stall tactic that's making a would-be pot shop owner irate.

"I don't take no very well," said Matt Naegeli. "It's disheartening and it makes one question the democratic process."

Naegeli first tried to open up a medical marijuana dispensary in March of last year, but the city of Sandy had banned it saying that allowing it would violate the Controlled Substances Act.

On Tuesday, a day before Naegeli's lawsuit was set to be decided, the city overturned the ban, but then used a new state law to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

"So it was a gamble, so this was a strategic move," said Mayor Bill King.

Sat
18
Jul

Study: Marijuana disapproval rate down among Millennials

A new study from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work identified an interesting trend in marijuana usage and disapproval of the drug among young adults.

Sat
18
Jul

Florida: Issue fines, not jail terms, for marijuana possession

In Miami-Dade County, officers may issue a civil citation for minor pot possession. A Palm Beach County commissioner is pushing for a similar change. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

A wave of sanity is sweeping South Florida and it concerns, of all things, marijuana.

Miami-Dade County commissioners, supported by police, got things rolling on June 30 by giving law-enforcement officials the option of issuing $100 citations for possessing small amounts of pot, instead of charging people with a crime.

The city of Miami Beach, and Broward and Monroe counties are considering doing the same.

And Palm Beach County commissioners are looking into it, too.

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