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JACKSONVILLE wants say in medical marijuana business location

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The city has taken steps to make sure it will have a say in where legal medical marijuana could be sold in Jacksonville.

Starting next month, the state will start taking applications from businesses that want to start growing and distributing marijuana. Only five locations will be selected, one for each section of the state. If one of those chosen businesses is in Jacksonville, the city wants the right to say where it could go.

City leaders just passed an ordinance that puts a 180-day moratorium on any plan to locate a marijuana distributor or store in Jacksonville, until the City Council and the zoning office and city lawyers come up with a plan to say where it could be located.

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What is decriminalisation of drugs?

Depenalisation, decriminalisation and legalisation. There is no universal agreement on these terms, but it is helpful to explore the different ideas that lie behind them if we are to understand better what they mean when they are used in the debate on different approaches to controlling the supply and use of drugs. 

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Kansas woman faces prison and loses son after he tells classmates medical marijuana saved mom’s life

Kansas mother Shona Banda is unable to see her child and faces decades in prison after authorities confiscated marijuana from her Garden City home in March.

On Friday, the state of Kansas charged Banda with “five felony counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, manufacturing Tetrahydrocannabinol, an oil extracted from marijuana, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of child endangerment,” the Washington Post reports.

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Two groups postpone marijuana legalization amendments until 2016

Legalizing marijuana Several proposals are in the works to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Check here for an update on the status of those efforts.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two groups vying to legalize marijuana will not make the ballot in November, group leaders said, clearing the field for one marijuana ballot issue this year.

Better for Ohio and Ohio Rights Group will not have the more than 305,591 signatures of Ohio voters required by July 1 to qualify for the November ballot, group leaders said. Both groups plan to continue collecting signatures for 2016.

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Debate over regulating medicinal marijuana at City Hall tonight

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – How do you feel about the proliferation of pot dispensaries in Vancouver? The often heated debate over regulating medical marijuana will be front and centre at City Hall this evening. As of a few days ago, more than 60 people had already signed up to speak at the public hearing.

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen will be there and he says regulation in Vancouver would be a big step forward for dispensaries and for Canada. However, he’s hoping to have a few things in the proposal altered.

“The one big thing is they want to limit us from being 300 metres away from schools and community centres and other dispensaries, and you know, liquor stores only have 150 metre limit.”

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Dutch Coffeeshop Owner Accused of Money Laundering in Thai Court

The process against Dutch coffee shop owner Johan van Laarhoven started in the court in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. He stands accused of laundering 20 million euros.

Van Laarhoven is the founder of The Grass Company. He has been living in Thailand for several years. He was arrested last year after Justice in the Netherlands tipped off the Thai police, Omroep Brabant reports.

Van Laarhoven’s lawyer, Sidney Smeets, told Omroep Brabant that his client is living in horrid circumstances in the Thai prison. “It’s barbaric. You would not wish it on anyone, but certainly not on a smart entrepreneur who only earned money in the Netherlands with tolerated coffee shops.” According to the lawyer, Thai investigators do not understand the Dutch tolerance policy.

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Cannabis Oil Activist Shona Banda, Now Facing Felony Charges, Speaks Out

In a new exclusive interview with Truth in Media, medical cannabis oil activist and Crohn's disease survivor Shona Banda, whose story went viral earlier this year when her home was raided by police and her 11-year-old son was seized by the Kansas Department for Children and Families after her son discussed facts about his mother's medical marijuana treatment during a public school anti-drug presentation, speaks out about the five criminal charges that are now being filed against her.

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Ohio Lawmakers Could Kill The ResponsibleOhio Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization initiative has caused quite a bit of controversy in marijuana politics. At first, the ResponsibleOhio initiative provided for just 10 marijuana cultivation sites. After some outcry by many people in the marijuana reform movement, ResponsibleOhio added a provision for home cultivation. But the rules surrounding home cultivation are unclear. I heard someone from the ResponsibleOhio campaign state that the home cultivation provision was copied from Oregon. But that’s clearly not the case because Oregon will not require a license to cultivate up to four plants. How hard will it be to get a home cultivation license? How much will it cost? What will the rules be?

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Republican attitudes are shifting on marijuana – despite Chris Christie's vow

On Sunday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie set out his stall firmly against legalised cannabis on CBS’s Face The Nation, vowing to clamp down using federal law on states such as Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska that have legalised the drug.

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Should medical marijuana be legalized in the Philippines?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Should medical marijuana be legalized in the Philippines?

This was the question that several law students from two universities in the country tried to answer on Tuesday (June 9) during a Law and Policy Debate at the House of Representatives.

Ambassador Manuel Teehankee, a medical and law expert, recognized the need for public discussions on the legalization of marijuana.

He noted that debating on a topic is a healthy method of testing ideas and proposal, and "a good way by which the legislative process can be vetted with various ideas being exchanged."

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