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Tue
28
Apr

South Australia urged to join cannabis trials

THE South Australian opposition has called on the state to join the national research effort on medicinal cannabis.

OPPOSITION Leader Steven Marshall said SA was the only state not engaged with the clinical trials being conducted in NSW.

The trials are looking at providing medical cannabis to children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy, adults with a terminal illness and adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

"The tardiness of the government in joining this national effort to improve the lives of people suffering a range of severe afflictions is disappointing," Mr Marshall said on Tuesday.

Tue
28
Apr

Missouri is considering taxing illegal drugs and legalizing medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY 

It took a little while for Missouri Rep. Shawn Rhoads’ colleagues to wrap their heads around the idea of taxing marijuana and other illegal drugs.

“A drug dealer is supposed to show up and buy a tax stamp for his drugs?”Bill Lant, a Republican from southwest Missouri, asked during a committee hearing on the bill.

Most of the hearing went pretty much like that.

“They needed a little time to let the idea sink in,” said Rhoads, a south-central Missouri Republican. “About 15 minutes after the meeting, I had someone grab me and say, ‘I get it now.’”

Tue
28
Apr

Marijuana legalization could be on Louisiana's ballot in 2016, but it's unlikely

About a week before the Louisiana Legislature convened, state Rep. Dalton Honore trekked to Denver for field research related to legislation he's pushing in Louisiana. The journey brought him just a few blocks from the Colorado State Capitol, to a marijuana dispensary.

"Some of the (pot) shops look like Apple stores," said Honore, a Democrat from Baton Rouge, as he scrolled through photos of marijuana plants on his iPhone.

The 72-year-old is a former sheriffs deputy who has "never had a marijuana cigarette in my life." Moreover, he said, he's never been in the company people smoking it. But Honore said it is time stop locking people up for using the drug and start treating it more like alcohol by focusing on education and treatment.

Tue
28
Apr

Synthetic marijuana arrests in Lebanon

The Lebanon County Drug Task Force made two arrests for synthetic marijuana last week and the District Attorney issued a stern warning. Jared Brandt, 26, of 1110 Guilford Street, Lebanon, was arrested on April 23rd. Police say they found a quantity of synthetic marijuana, new packaging and a heat sealer during a search of Brandt’s residence.

Brandt was taken into custody and charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Synthetic Marijuana, Possession of Synthetic Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Designer Drug as well as a parole violation. He was arraigned before MDJ Carl Garver and ordered held in the Lebanon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Tue
28
Apr

Kansas medical marijuana activist fights to be with son as officials feud over law

Although she has not been charged with a crime or arrested over the medicinal marijuana that was found in her home, a libertarian-leaning Kansas activist is at odds with her state over the custody and future of her 11-year-old son.

Tue
28
Apr

Iowa lawmakers still stumped on medicinal marijuana

Once again, our community’s state line perch provides valuable insight into governance.

On this issue of marijuana, we see side-by-side state legislators acting differently.

Iowa law allows only one form of medicinal marijuana, a non-intoxicating extract found to be effective for a form of epilepsy. But the law approved in 2014 is written so that the handful of eligible patients have no way to get or transport it.

Tue
28
Apr

A letter to Her Majesty the Queen Regarding Cannabis Extracts

On March 20th, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments for and against medical cannabis derivative products becoming legally available to authorized patients.  The courtroom was filled with supporters while many others watched in the overflow rooms and on the CPAC live stream.  The entire proceeding was recorded and is available to view online on the Cannabis Digest Youtube page. Floating on the screen during the webcast was “Her Majesty the Queen vs. Owen Edward Smith”. Despite this sport scoreboard like opposition displayed for the audience at home, Queen Elizabeth II had about as much influence on the unfolding of our case as the Unicorn on the coat of arms above the judges heads.

Tue
28
Apr

Election 2015: Cannabis reform party launches manifesto

The Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol party has launched its manifesto, calling for a review of UK drugs policy.

Cista has 32 candidates and describes itself as the first pro-drug reform political party.

The manifesto includes a commitment to an economic evaluation of a legally regulated cannabis market.

The party says it will remain a single issue party, focused on creating a legal drugs market.

Paul Birch, the leader of Cista, who is also a co-founder of social network Bebo, said that in a regulated market, controls can be implemented.

"We've had a regulated alcohol market in the UK for hundreds of years. We need a regulated cannabis market for people's health and wellbeing," he said.

Mon
27
Apr

Legislative Issues to Watch

At the Marijuana Investor Summit on April 22, 2015, attorneys Marc Ross, partner at Sichensia Ross Friedman Ference, and Michael McGrory, partner at SmithAmundsen, explored the history of marijuana laws and the factors that will shape the future of marijuana legislation.

Mon
27
Apr

Will Legalising Cannabis Help End or Extend Prohibition?

We need to tackle the folly and futility of drug prohibition, in which we have created an irrational and unscientific bifurcation of drugs. An archaic system that favours, promotes and culturally embeds the use of some drugs, while fiercely policing, prohibiting and punishing the use of other drugs.

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