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Colorado Enacts New Labelling Rules for Marijuana Edibles After 19 Year Old 'Overdoses'

While 19 year old Levy Thamba Pongi (a student hailing from the Republic of Congo) may not have died directly from the ingestion of too much cannabis, it’s what happened after the drugs kicked in that is causing Colorado to reassess labelling procedures on the packaging of treats containing the recreational narcotic.  After being dissatisfied with the effects from part of a cookie made with marijuana, the Wyoming teen decided to ingest the whole thing, leading him to essentially ‘trip-out’ and jump off a fourth-story balcony.  The incident took place March of last year, however new details are emerging as the state scrambles to stop others from following in the late exchange student’s footsteps.

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Poll Suggests Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire

Support for marijuana legalization and decriminalization in New Hampshire is rising, particularly among Democrats and undeclared voters, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll, by WMUR-TV in Manchester, revealed that 3 in 5 adults in the first-in-the-nation primary state favor marijuana legalization, while 72 percent support decriminalization.

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City of Vancouver begins crackdown on marijuana dispensaries selling edibles

Marijuana dispensary operators have begun receiving letters warning them that the time has come for edibles to disappear from their stores.

“City policy is that edibles, except for oils, tinctures and capsules, will not be permitted to be sold,” states a document issued by the City of Vancouver’s planning and development services department. “Effective immediately, edibles cannot be sold in your business.”

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Edmonton: Legal marijuana users left scrambling after local supplier raided by police

EDMONTON - More than 1,000 people with health problems ranging from cancer to chronic pain are without their legal medicine after a Beverly area marijuana shop was raided Wednesday by police.

The non-profit Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society, or MACROS, had been illegally supplying marijuana to users with a Health Canada medical marijuana licence or a prescription from their doctor for 11 years without any issues, society president Aaron Bott said.

His clients range from the homeless to the wealthy across Alberta and throughout Canada.

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State representative battling breast cancer renews medical marijuana fight

ATLANTA — A Georgia state representative has renewed her fight to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana law after her own breast cancer diagnosis.

Channel 2’s Lori Geary landed an exclusive interview with state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia, who says she’s determined now, more than ever, to help similar patients.

“For me, it’s very personal.  I’m living it day by day,” Dawkins-Haigler told Geary. 

She invited Geary along during one of her treatments for breast cancer.

After two surgeries, she’s now undergoing radiation treatments five times a week and talking publicly for the first time about her personal journey and now what has turned into her personal fight.

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Red, blue and green: Where the 2016 candidates stand on marijuana

Jeb Bush has tried it, Joe Biden opposes any legalization and Hillary Clinton thinks it is a chance to test the “laboratories of democracy.”

As more states move to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, more attention may be drawn to the 2016 presidential hopefuls’ stances on legislation. Recovery Brands, an online addiction rehabilitation network, analyzed past interviews and legislative actions of the current candidates -- and some who may become candidates -- to determine where they stand.

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Snoop Dogg: I was racially profiled by Swedish police

Snoop Dogg has accused Swedish police of racial profiling after he was stopped and briefly detained in the town of Uppsala on suspicion of possessing marijuana. He told Swedish fans he would “never be back to your country, it’s been real”.

Police pulled over the rapper’s vehicle on Saturday because he “seemed to be under the influence of narcotics. He was arrested and taken to the police station to take a urine test,” according to a police spokesman. He was released after a urine test, whose results are not yet known.

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UK CANNABIS LEGALISATION DEBATE: WE NEED TO CATCH UP

er the weekend, following a strong social media campaign, a petition calling for the UK government to consider debating the legalisation and regulation of cannabis reached 100,000 signatures. At the time the research for this article started, the number had gotten to 110,532, and is still climbing.

According to James Richard Owen, the individual who started the petition, “legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.” This would mean an extra £1.3 billion into the hands of the tax payer, even before the tax receipts come in from the alleged 10,000 jobs created.

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UK: Minor cannabis users "not priority"

Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner has said minor cannabis users are not a "priority" for the force.

Alan Charles has said austerity cuts to police budgets had forced Derbyshire police to reassess its priorities.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Charles said: "The severity of the funding cuts mean that we can't keep policing every single issue as we have done in the past.

"If people are using cannabis discreetly in their own homes, in private, I would not expect the chief to make that a priority.”

He said the force would always target organised criminals producing large amounts of drugs.

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Merced police shut down alleged marijuana dispensary

The Merced Police Department served search warrants Friday and shut down Kiona’s Farm’acy in downtown Merced, alleging the business operated as a marijuana dispensary.

The police also ordered an investigation into business owner Lakisha Jenkins for possible tax evasion.

But Jenkins says her business is a nonprofit and agriculture cooperative that has been operating in California for more than a decade. Though the Farm’acy does sell cannabis to some members, who Jenkins said mostly are cancer patients, it also sells hundreds of herbs, teas and organic produce. Jenkins calls it a “holistic health center.”

She said the Merced Police Department and Merced County Sheriff’s Department eradicated a cannabis garden Sunday in a raid.

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