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Tue
04
Aug

Survey: 79% Of U.S. Mayors Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Marijuana reform is a very popular political topic these days. I remember as recently as the beginning of this decade when supporting marijuana reform was considered to be political suicide. But more and more elected officials are getting on the right side of history every day it seems. Many local elected officials are particularly supportive of marijuana reform. A recent survey of mayors in the United States by Politico magazine found the following results;

Tue
04
Aug

Marijuana dispensary rules needed in Saskatoon, advocate says

The founder of a Saskatoon-based compassion club hopes to bend the ear of city council to get them to look at medical marijuana dispensary regulations.

Mark Hauk submitted a letter to Saskatoon city council requesting to speak at their Aug. 20 meeting to try and get officials to see marijuana as medicine rather than a street drug.

What I'd like to ask of city council is that they consider implementing medical marijuana dispensary regulations similar to what Vancouver and Victoria have recently done,€ Hauk told News Talk Radio.

Hauk said it'€™s important local governments tackle the issue of regulating dispensaries before they start popping up haphazardly all over the city.

Mon
03
Aug

Drug possession offences should not be used to assess police performance, research suggests

Study finds that officers are targeting low-level possession of cannabis rather than concentrating on more serious crime.

Drug possession should be removed from police performance measures, research claims.

This would allow officers to concentrate on crimes that "cause most harm" rather than targeting low-level possession of cannabis, according to the study.

Controversy over police approaches to cannabis possession erupted recently after some crime commissioners suggested that personal users will no longer be actively pursued by their forces.

Dr Michael Shiner, of the London School of Economics (LSE), analysed official crime statistics in relation to the reclassification of cannabis.

Mon
03
Aug

Men trafficked from Vietnam to grow Marijuana in UK failed by system, says top human rights lawyer

The UK announced last week it is working with Vietnam to stamp out the large number of trafficked people from the country coming to Britain.

Anti-human trafficking laws were tightened up on Friday 31 July, with the introduction of life sentences for the crime. But although prime minister David Cameron promised to help Vietnamese victims of forced labour, services are lacking for one crucial group: men, especially those enslaved to grow marijuana by criminal gangs.

Mon
03
Aug

Adams County approves 6 out of 10 marijuana lottery applications

Four business owners missed the July 31 review deadline and now the county will give four new people a shot

Dave DeZutter from the firm Eide Bailly pulls a ticket for the lottery to see which applicant could apply for a license to open a marijuana dispensary on Jan. 27, 2015 at Adams County Government Center in in Brighton. (Brent Lewis, The Denver Post file )

Mon
03
Aug

As election looms Feds promise active advertising crackdown on illegal marijuana advertising

MONTREAL — Health Minister Rona Ambrose ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana and re-stated the Conservative party’s pledge to keep storefront dispensaries illegal Saturday on the eve of the expected launch of a federal election campaign.

“Today I directed Health Canada to create a task force to crack down on illegal marijuana advertising,” Ambrose said in a statement.

“This task force will ensure that those who engage in such illegal activities are stopped, and should these illegal activities continue, promptly referred to law enforcement.”

Health Canada issued a statement saying it will begin actively monitoring marijuana advertising instead of acting mostly on the basis of complaints.

Mon
03
Aug

D.A.R.E. Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post

The controversial substance abuse prevention group D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) appeared to have made a surprisingly progressive change in its ideology when it published a letter to the editor endorsing marijuana legalization.

It turns out it was an accident.

The post, titled “Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk," was published in The Columbus Dispatch.

In the letter, Carlis McDerment, a self-described former deputy sheriff, argues that laws criminalizing marijuana make the substance more accessible to minors.

Mon
03
Aug

Why marijuana legalization is the rare issue that divides the 2016 Republican presidential field

Republicans, as everyone knows, are advocates of "states' rights," the theory being that power residing in the hands of the federal government is inherently suspect, while power spread out among 50 smaller governments is inherently virtuous — or at least more so. After all, aren't states "laboratories of democracy," where all kinds of interesting experimentation can take place and the best ideas can then bubble up to the rest of the country?

Mon
03
Aug

Cannabis Possession Shouldn't Be Counted In Police Performance Targets, LSE Study Says ...

Police should not count minor drugs possession when measuring their performance so they are not forced to unduly target drug users, a study has found.

The number of cannabis possession offences recorded by police almost doubled between 2004 and 2011, while reported use of the drug fell by a quarter, the London School of Economics study also found, while the number of police stop and searches for drugs more than doubled.

The study, by Dr Michael Shiner, also found stop and searches for stolen goods fell from two-fifths to one fifth of all stop and searches in the same period.

Sun
02
Aug

Drug possession 'should no longer be included in police performance measures'

Drug possession should be removed from police performance measures, research claims.

The number of cannabis possession offences recorded by police almost doubled between 2004/5 and 2011/12

This would allow officers to concentrate on crimes that "cause most harm" rather than targeting low-level possession of cannabis, according to the study.

Controversy over police approaches to cannabis possession erupted recently after some crime commissioners suggested that personal users will no longer be actively pursued by their forces.

Dr Michael Shiner, of the London School of Economics (LSE), analysed official crime statistics in relation to the reclassification of cannabis.

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