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Fri
01
May

Marijuana Legalization Oklahoma: Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Allowing Clinical Trials Of Medical ...

Oklahoma took a small, first step Thursday toward legalizing one form of medical marijuana after Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that would allow medical trials of a cannabis derivative known as cannabidiol, or CBD, to move forward. Many say CBD is beneficial in treating children with debilitating seizure conditions. While Fallin, a Republican, made it clear that she remained opposed to legalizing marijuana outright, she said the bill would give researchers the opportunity to study the effects of CBD on children with epilepsy.

Fri
01
May

Alabama 'We aren't deterred'

Alabama medical marijuana advocates are set to hold a protest rally in the home district of state Sen. Jabo Waggoner on Saturday.

Medical marijuana legislation (Senate Bill 326) received approval in a Senate committee last week, but Republican lawmakers are hesitant to put Sen. Bobby Singleton's bill on the calendar to even be discussed on the Senate floor.

Waggoner, chairman of the Senate rules committee, told AL.com that Alabama isn't ready to allow medical marijuana usage, but he would poll members of the committee about putting it on the calendar.

Fri
01
May

Washington lawmakers tackle marijuana taxes

On the first day of the special legislative session, Washington House members took up a bill that would change the way the state taxes recreational marijuana.

Washington lawmakers are back in Olympia this week after failing to pass a two-year operating budget during the regular legislative session. Now, lawmakers have 30 days to address the operating budget, a transportation package and satisfy a court mandate to adequately fund the state's public school system.

Also on their to-do list is cracking down on the illicit marijuana market by addressing the current tax structure.

With Oregon's recreational market about to come online, the bill could have particular implications for border counties such as Clark County.

Fri
01
May

England & Wales: Breaking Down 2014 Drug Policing Data

Past-year data in England and Wales shows a drop off in drug policing. But, with figures still well above where they were a decade ago, and an abundance of evidence showing that policing possession has little impact on use rates, why is the government still funneling resources into this futile practice? 

Fri
01
May

The Surprising State That Could Be the Next to Legalize Weed

No, not California nor Nevada, and not one of the New England states.

It's looking more and more likely that voters in a key battleground state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, and recent polling suggests it could win. That's thisNovember, not November 2016.

The state is Ohio, where a controversial pot legalization initiative is already well on the way to qualifying for the ballot, and its backers—or should we say investors?--have the cash on hand to make sure it does.

Thu
30
Apr

Argentina: "We must not rule out the use of medical cannabis"

Visit Sedronar, or institutional nomenclature, Secretariat for the Prevention of Drug Addiction and Fight against Drug Trafficking, he has some dazzling nuances. Now it is not the police at the door, or that you need to pass by a metal detector. Instead, there is a friendly receptionist preparing an end between visitor and the office, voices are heard singing a carol accompanied by guitars. Talk to the incumbent, the father Juan Carlos Molina, actually confused. From a distance without glasses he could be mistaken for Rafael Bielsa, who led the secretariat little over a year ago.

Close no doubt that it is the "priest friend of the president", the nickname by which he is known inside and outside the secretariat and he is proud.

Thu
30
Apr

'You need more practice at hide and seek': Police goad cannabis grower who hid plant in air shaft

cannabis-grower who stowed their cannabis plant away in an air shaft is set to get a nasty surprise.

Not only has their lovingly-tended sapling disappeared, but it has resurfaced on social media - in police custody.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Salford West division discovered the plant hidden in the shaft at Little Moss Court in Swinton, reports the Manchester Evening News.

They seized the sapling and posted a picture of it next to one of their police cars on Facebook, with a comment reading:

"To the person who hid their cannabis plant in the air shaft at Little Moss Court, Swinton.

 

Thu
30
Apr

Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use

This paper explores the interplay between the human rights and drug control frameworks and critiques case law on medicinal cannabis use to demonstrate that a bona fide human rights perspective allows for a broader conception of ‘health’.

This broad conception, encompassing both medicalised and social constructionist definitions, can inform public health policies relating to medicinal cannabis use.

Thu
30
Apr

BC Regional District drafts medical marijuana bylaw

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine has drafted a bylaw to regulate medical marijuana grow-ops.

 

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) has drafted a medical marijuana bylaw aimed at preventing grow-ops from cropping up near schools, daycare centres and hobby farms.

Prompted by changes to the way medical marijuana is being handled by federal and provincial law, the regional district started reviewing its zoning policies in July 2014.

Growing marijuana is legally permitted in areas within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and some of that land is close to public facilities, including schools, in Terrace and Hazelton.

Thu
30
Apr

New York only made 514 marijuana arrests in 1978

The year was 1978: The Bee Gees were on the radio; “Grease” made its debut; Jimmy Carter was doing something or other.

The smell of marijuana was also in the air — and the odds were you wouldn’t get in trouble for smoking it, at least in New York State.

New York made just 514 marijuana-related arrests that year, according to data unearthed by Muckrock. Compare that to 2013, when there were 31,613 marijuana arrests in the state.

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