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Three Maine tribes weighing legalization of pot on their lands

Former U.S. Marine Ryan Begin rolls a medical marijuana joint at his home in Belfast, Maine, in late November. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

Three of Maine’s four federally recognized Indian tribes are discussing legalizing marijuana on their lands, including at least one tribe that is considering commercial-scale production of marijuana as a way to provide jobs and income for its members, reports the Portland Press-Herald.

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Opinion: Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

As my children, and my friends’ children, are getting older, a question that comes up again and again from friends is this: Which would I rather my children use — alcohol or marijuana?

The immediate answer, of course, is “neither.” But no parent accepts that. It’s assumed, and not incorrectly, that the vast majority of adolescents will try one or the other, especially when they go to college. So they press me further.

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Texas lawmakers introduce bills to legalize medical marijuana

Texas lawmakers introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation Friday that would allow patients suffering from serious conditions — including cancer and seizure disorders — to access the plant with a doctor's prescription.

“By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies," Rep. Márquez said in a news release. "We should create paths, and not obstacles, in allowing doctors to recommend medicine that has been shown to work."

The House and Senate bills differ from previous proposals that would allow access to cannabidiol (CBD) oils with little or no THC, the chemical that gives users their high.

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North Carolina Marijuana Legalization: Bill Would Make Cannabis Legal For Medical Patients, But ...

A North Carolina lawmaker has spearheaded a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, citing increased public support for legal weed and the inflow of tax revenue that would come with medical pot sales. State Rep. Kelly Alexander, a Democrat, has attempted such legislation three times before but said he’s more confident than ever that the bill could pass this time around. A rally in support of the bill is expected to take place next week outside the Statehouse in Raleigh, according to WSOC-TV.

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Marijuana Around The World, Russia

In Russia marijuana is illegal. It is illegal to purchase, possess, and consume. You name it it is illegal. Now you may have up to five grams on your person but you better be able to come up with a bribe of at least 500 dollars or you may be sitting in jail for up to two years. Russian police are some of the most corrupt on the planet. You being the foreigner it will take a bribe to get yourself out of being arrested. The club scene is great but unless you know who you are buying from don't bother. If you are trying to buy some herb, five grams will run you about $100. If you are wanting to buy hash then you better be willing to pay the same.

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Marijuana Around The World, Japan

Japan is one of those countries where it just might be best for you not to try to get stoned. If you like living on the edge then this is the place to get high. The laws are some of the strictest in the world. A gram of herb will land a local in jail. A foreigner with a gram will be deported and you will never be invited back. Yes, it is the place that if you want to get stoned you better be adventurous.

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Drop that candy! It could be edible marijuana

 

Children and teens run risk with the new knock-off sweets such as “Twixed” and “Munchy Way,” which are passing as edible marijuana. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The sale of marijuana is legal in some states, and while there are many debates about this substance and adult usage, the evidence is clear that developing children should stay away from pot.

Keeping marijuana out of children’s hands might be more difficult now, however, not just because of legalization, but because marijuana is starting to look more and more like candy.

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From Casinos To Cannabis: Indian Tribes Eye Pot Profits

Last December the Justice Department gave a yellow light to marijuana legalization on tribal land, saying it would treat reservations like states in deciding how to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. Two months later, the very first Tribal Marijuana Conference, held at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington, attracted about 250 people, including representatives from 75 or so Indian tribes. They listened intently as speakers (including me) discussed the pros and cons of legalization.

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Oshawa considers accessibility issues around medical marijuana

OSHAWA -- Oshawa council got a crash course on the issue of medical marijuana at a recent council special education session by members of the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.

In 2013 the committee created a medical marijuana working group and members of the group addressed council on March 2 and delivered a slideshow presentation on issues related to medical marijuana.

Working group members Ben Fudge and Marko Ivancicevic outlined the history of medical marijuana in Canada and highlighted some of the issues that affect municipalities, including zoning for legal marijuana production facilities and the licensing of vapor lounges.

Mr. Ivancicevic explains the motivation behind asking for a special council meeting.

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The Common Ground Between Advocacy and Business in the Cannabis Industry

The growth of the medical marijuana movement presents a unique opportunity for advocacy groups to work hand-in-hand with the business community in order to bring about positive social change. Historically, advocates for important social reforms like the 40-hour week and safer working conditions had an understandably anti-business orientation. But when we're talking about providing greater access to medical marijuana, such an attitude is less than helpful. In fact, it's counter-productive. I believe if that fact were merely recognized and accepted by both medical marijuana activists and the business community, we would be much closer to establishing national acceptance than we are today.

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