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Nov

Final vote split on Colorado Springs medical marijuana moratorium

The Colorado Springs City Council honored the three victims from the Halloween morning shooting with an Honor Guard. Matt Kerr with the CSPD carries the U.S. flag and Matt Minneman with the CSFD carries the Colorado flag through the crowd after a moment of silence for the victims, Jennifer Vasquez, Christy Baccus-Galella, and Andrew Myers. Myers was an Army veteran who served with Ft. Carson troops in Iraq and was gunned down while on a bicycle ride. Citizens concerned with aspects of the concealed weapons laws in Colorado Springs were present at the meeting and spoke during public comments on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

Tue
10
Nov

Senate OKs Medical Pot for Veterans

The House rejected the idea by a razor-thin margin in April, but there's a chance it will slip into compromise legislation.

On the eve of Veterans Day, the Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would for the first time allow Veterans Health Administration doctors to authorize medical marijuana use for patients.

The Veterans Health Administration currently does not allow its physicians to discuss marijuana as a treatment option with patients in the nearly two dozen states with medical pot laws, forcing veterans to turn elsewhere for guidance and the paperwork necessary to acquire the drug.

Tue
10
Nov

Mexican President Rules Out Marijuana Legalization

But he said he was willing to listen to other opinions.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Monday he opposes any eventual legalization of marijuana, five days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of four people who wanted to grow pot for personal use.

Pena Nieto said in a speech that "for me it would not be desirable, I am not in favor of an eventual legalization of marijuana," but said he was willing to listen to other opinions.

The president said he welcomed a debate on the question, and invited doctors, sociologists and other academics to contribute, but said it "should in no way represent an opening for the consumption of much more dangerous drugs."

Tue
10
Nov

South Dakota tribe burns marijuana crop

Fearing a federal raid, a South Dakota Native American tribe is burning its marijuana crop, which it had planned to sell in a resort on its land.

The "marijuana resort" would have been the first of its kind, but concerns that the stockpile could be confiscated led tribe leaders to incinerate it.

The tribe says it wants to show cooperation with federal officials for future negotiations.

Whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians has come under question.

Representatives for the US Department of Justice did not tell Santee Sioux tribe leaders a raid was imminent, but the government reserves a right to conduct a raid at any time and the tribe would risk one if all the concerns about the resort were not addressed.

Tue
10
Nov

Mexico Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Measure

A senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto's governing party introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines, a week after a ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court that cracked open a door to recreational marijuana use.

The measure does not propose wholesale legalization of medical marijuana but rather seeks to permit the importation of cannabis and derivatives for medicinal purposes. Domestic pot production would still be prohibited.

Tue
10
Nov

GAMADES: Potential marijuana-funded scholarship a stepping stone to improve Colorado education system

Beginning in 2017, high school graduates in a Colorado county will be able to apply for a college scholarship funded by a marijuana tax.

Voters in Pueblo County approved a measure that would incrementally increase taxes on marijuana by 5 percent over the next five years in order to fund college scholarships and other community improvement projects. Funding education via a tax on a recreational drug is something Time called “a concept that probably would have been laughed off as a total joke just a few years ago.”

County officials believe this measure is the first of its nature and are hopeful that this program will allow more families in their community send their children to school.

Tue
10
Nov

Why would a criminologist support the legalization of marijuana?

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, spoke out clearly in favour of legalizing marijuana during the election campaign that brought him to power on October 19. Professor Serge Brochu of University of Montreal's School of Criminology would support this policy change and has answered several questions to clarify the rational and nuance surrounding his opinion.

Q: What are the arguments in favour of legalization?

Tue
10
Nov

Is Smoking Weed a Human Right?

Last week, just a day after voters in Ohio rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize the recreational and medical use of marijuana, Mexico’s Supreme Court headed in a different direction: The country’s top justices concluded that national laws making it illegal to personally produce, possess, and consume marijuana violated the rights of Mexicans. The ruling itself has received considerable attention, but the rationale behind it less so.

Tue
10
Nov

Super Majorities Now Support Medical Pot in States Across America

New polls show strong support for marijuana in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania ahead of next year's national elections.

 

Super-majorities of voters believe that medical cannabis should be legal, and most men additionally support legalizing marijuana for all adults, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State poll.

Pollsters gauged support for marijuana law reform in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Tue
10
Nov

Canadian Poll: Majority approve of legalized, regulated, taxed cannabis

Majority approve of legalized, regulated, taxed cannabis

Most want it licensed and sold through government agencies

TORONTO November 8th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1256 Canadian voters, the majority, close to 6-in-10, approve of the Liberal government’s promise to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana (59%), and this is an increase over the proportion who said they agreed marijuana should be legal in mid-August of this year (August 20 - 53%).

The government’s policy promise is especially popular with the youngest (67%), the wealthiest (66%), in Atlantic Canada (75%) and BC (68%), among Liberals (70%) and New Democrats (65%) but not so much among Conservatives (28%).

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