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Rural Maryland sees jobs, not vice, in medical marijuana

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Washington County is a proudly conservative place. Voters here haven’t backed a Democrat for president since 1964, and same-sex marriage lost by a landslide in a referendum three years ago.

But when Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries pitched a proposal to put a medical-marijuana production plant here, the county’s five county commissioners — Republicans all — passed a resolution unanimously supporting the plan.

Residents of Hagerstown, the county seat, seem to be taking the news in stride. The consensus: yes to marijuana for relieving pain, no to recreational use.

“I think it’s all right as long as it’s only for medical. I don’t want a lot of potheads,” said Leo ­Myers, 61, a security worker at the Mack Truck plant.

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State Lawmakers Want Feds To Respect Their Marijuana Laws

State lawmakers agree: The federal government should not interfere with states that set their own marijuana laws.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, a nongovernment organization composed of state lawmakers and their staffs, passed a resolution Thursday urging the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act and other federal laws "to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference" and to refrain from undermining state marijuana and hemp laws.

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The DOJ 'Intended To Discourage' A Historic Medical Marijuana Bill

An internal Department of Justice memo leaked this week reveals that in the days leading up to last year's historic passage of a federal medical marijuana protections measure, the DOJ passed around "informal talking points" to members of Congress that were "intended to discourage passage" of the statute due to concerns about overreach -- concerns that would later turn out to be incorrect.

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Australia: Medicinal cannabis supporters rally outside Newcastle court

Supporters of medicinal cannabis have rallied outside Newcastle court this morning, saying not legalising the drug is inhumane.

Malcolm Ronald Lee was today told he will be sentenced on October 16, after pleading guilty to three offences.

Police say he was growing 119 cannabis plants in his Newcastle home, and was supplying local cancer patients.

Last month, the Premier Mike Baird announcedNewcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital will host Australia's first medicinal cannabis trial.

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06
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How the Justice Department seems to have misled Congress on medical marijuana

Last year, the Justice Department warned Congress that a medical marijuana provision in an appropriations bill could  "limit or possibly eliminate the Department's ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases as well." The "informal talking points," according to a Justice Department memoobtained by Tom Angell, a legalization advocate and writer for marijuana.com, were "intended to discourage passage" of the provision, wh

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Justice Department Admits Misleading Congress on Marijuana Vote

Leaked Document Shows Why Feds Believe They Can Ignore Medical Marijuana Law

Prior to Vote, Officials Argued the Amendment Would Have Broader Implications Than Medical Marijuana

Justice Department officials misinformed members of Congress about the effects of a medical marijuana amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an internal memo obtained by Marijuana.com.

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06
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Is the NYPD Overstating the Dangers of 'Weaponized' Marijuana?

Kenneth Dale Wakefield, a transient, mentally ill Phoenix man, smoked two different drugs before he went on a late July killing spree that resulted in the decapitation and death of his wife and their two dogs.

Wakefield, 43, who is being held on $2 million bond, told police that an hour before the attacks, he smoked marijuana and Spice — a name for synthetic marijuana, a drug that is now feared to be causing violent outbursts in those who may already be mentally ill or are taking psychiatric medicine. Wakefield told police he was trying "to get the evil out" of the victims, according to Reuters. In the process, he also severed his own arm and gouged out one of his eyes, police said.

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Boston: Police commissioner thinks new marijuana initiatives will lead to home invasions

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show that one of his security concerns over the idea of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts is the connection he says exists between the drug and home invasions in the state.

“A lot of home invasions seem to revolve around someone smoking marijuana, young college kids tying to supplement their income,” he said. “We get a half-dozen every year where they invite regular city kids over and next thing you know, their door is getting knocked down and they are getting robbed.”

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UK: MPs Forced To Consider Debate On Legalising Cannabis Next Month

An e-petition to legalise cannabis managed to reach 100,000 signatures at the end of July, the milestone means MPs are forced to consider debate the issue in Parliament.

Outlining benefits of decriminalising the drug, citing financial, policing and employment boons, the call to “Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal” has now been backed over 190,000 times.

The Petitions Committee will meet in September to decide a date for when the House of Commons will discuss the issue. The body has previously said that petitions with over 100,000 names are “almost always” debated.

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Legalized Pot Could Help Solve The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

The Puerto Rican economy is in trouble, going through a recession and dealing with about $70 billion in total outstanding debt. The commonwealth paid only $628,000toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is desperately trying to come up with a restructuring plan to eliminate the debt.

Just how bad is it? People are leaving the island in search of a better life elsewhere. In fact, unemployment in Puerto Rico is more than double the rate in the mainland United States. Three thousand doctors have moved out in the last five years, as have many other professionals headed to the U.S. to earn a better living.

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