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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 00:50:08 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 19:10:01 GMT


US: Column: Big Labor Looks At Californi's Marijuana Market And Sees

Sat, 06 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 06 May 2017 - When California voted 57% to 43% last November to legalize recreational marijuana-the eighth state to do so-it fertilized a national market whose value by some estimates could top $20 billion by 2020. The ballot initiative was backed by a phalanx of progressives-Napster founder Sean Parker provided the seed funding-and liberal interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union. But now as state lawmakers debate how to regulate the industry, one worry is that the Teamsters will hijack the process and corner the pot market. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana, in 1996. For two decades, local governments took the helm on regulation, which worked fine so long as most growers and dispensaries were mom-and-pop operations. But large businesses with sprawling operations necessitated a uniform statewide system. In 2015 the Legislature issued guidelines regulating the cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, testing, taxation and sale of pot for medicinal use.

US MD: How Much Marijuana Is Too Much For A Police Recruit?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 26 Apr 2017 - BALTIMORE - As more states relax their approach to marijuana, police departments are rethinking how many hits are too many for aspiring officers. Maryland just passed a new standard, set to take effect in the state June 1, that bars applicants if they smoked pot in the past three years, the same policy used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The longstanding, previous policy had ruled out those who had used marijuana at least 20 times or at least five times since age 21.

US: Marijuana Advocates Vow To Smoke On Steps Of U.S. Capitol

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 20 Apr 2017 - Dozens of activists, including some military veterans, plan to light joints Monday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol - federal land where committing the offense could draw a sentence of up to a year in jail - as part of an effort to urge a reluctant Congress to support marijuana legalization. "Monday @ High Noon" reads a flier for the event, calling on Congress to also remove marijuana from the nation's list of most-dangerous drugs. "Mass Civil Disobedience @ 4:20p - East Side of the US Capitol."

US AZ: Sinister Substitutes

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 06 Apr 2017 - Major anti-pot campaign funder lands DEA approval of THC drug amidst flurry of lawsuits Ethics is a hazy argument when it comes to marijuana. On one hand, opponents of legalization argue that the plant is harmful to society and individuals, and therefore should not be used. "Good people don't smoke marijuana," remember?

US CA: Pot To Pair With Wines? Sonoma Embraces Possibilities

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 19 Mar 2017 - SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners. Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.

US MA: Mass. Legal Marijuana Law As We Know It May Change

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 18 Jan 2017 - Will lawmakers gut key parts of marijuana law? A marijuana joint was rolled. Marijuana legalization advocates fear the Massachusetts Legislature, which has already delayed the opening of pot shops, will now gut several key parts of the law approved by 1.8 million voters in November.

US MA: Marijuana Legalization, Opioid Crisis Come To An Awkward

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 14 Jan 2017 - [photo] A marijuana bud. Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year - - and they both have to do with drugs. States are grappling with the emergence of marijuana legalization. But the region is also the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with overdose rates in New Hampshire among the highest in the country.

US MA: Holyoke Mayor Sees Future In Pot

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 13 Jan 2017 - Holyoke has a number of old mill buildings that Mayor Alex B. Morse believes would make an excellent location for the industry. HOLYOKE - Vacant mill buildings along a series of canals serve as constant reminders of this impoverished city's halcyon days as the Paper City of the World. But the mayor has a distinctly 21st-century plan for the old factories.

US MD: Experts Have Only A Hazy Idea Of Marijuana's Myriad Health

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan 2017 - Marijuana's health effects A new report says the precise health effects of marijuana on its users remain something of a mystery. (Jan. 13, 2017) More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month, and it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states plus the District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug reached an estimated $7.1 billion last year.