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Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:55:15 -0700

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US NY: In Expansion, State's Medical Marijuana Program Will

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 30 Aug 2016 - ALBANY - Moving to address complaints about New York's new medical marijuana program, the state's Health Department is making substantial changes to expand access to the drug, including allowing home delivery, quite likely by the end of September. The program, which saw its first dispensaries open in January, has struggled to gain broad traction in the medical community and with potential patients. Advocates for the medical use of marijuana have said the program, allowed by a 2014 law signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was too restrictive, and its regulations too cumbersome to fulfill its mandate.

US CA: OPED: Why This Time Around Is Different for Licit Pot

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug 2016 - Californians first threatened to legalize recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 1972. It failed 66% to 33%. We tried again in 2010. It was voted down 53% to 46%. Now we're back at it. This time, though Proposition 64 looks like a sure thing. Polls show support for legalization in general at 55%, and 60% among likely voters. What's so different this time around?

US: Government Won't Reclassify Marijuana, Allows Research

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Register Citizen, 13 Aug 2016 - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses. The decision to expand research into marijuana's medical potential could pave the way for the drug to be moved to a lesser category. Heroin, peyote and marijuana, among others, are considered Schedule I drugs because they have no medical application; cocaine and opiates, for example, have medical uses and, while still illegal for recreational use, are designated Schedule II drugs.

US: US Government Won't Reclassify Marijuana, Allows Research

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Mail Tribune, 12 Aug 2016 - Sen. Wyden says laws are 'behind the times' WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.

US: D.E.A. Refusal to Reclassify Marijuana Draws Criticism

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 12 Aug 2016 - The Drug Enforcement Administration's decision on Thursday to not remove marijuana from the list of the nation's most dangerous drugs outraged scientists, public officials and advocates who have argued that the federal government should recognize that marijuana is medically useful. Reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 2 drug would have made it easier to get federal approval for studies of its uses and paved the way for doctors to eventually write prescriptions for marijuana-derived products that could be filled at pharmacies, like other Schedule 2 drugs such as Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

US AZ: Column: The Real Madness

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 11 Aug 2016 - How did MJ get on same schedule as heroin? For nearly a century officials have touted the dangers of marijuana. Many of us can dip into the memory banks to find attempts of officers visiting our classrooms to enlighten us on how drugs would ruin our lives.

US NM: OPED: NM Should Legalize Rec Use Of Pot

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Albuquerque Journal, 08 Aug 2016 - Colorado experience shows it's a winner Well, it's been long enough since Colorado became one of the first two states to approve recreational marijuana legalization in November 2012. The rumor was that New Mexico was taking a wait and see stance before embarking on it's own legalization.

US CA: A Mixed Bag

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Chico News & Review, 04 Aug 2016 - Legalizing Recreational Cannabis May Have Varying Implications for Health of Kids and Teens Come November, California could join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington by becoming a state where adults can legally buy, possess and use cannabis recreationally as well as medically.

US DC: OPED: Voting Down Pot

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Times, 02 Aug 2016 - Marijuana Is Anything but Harmless Voters in at least five states, including California, will be asked whether they want to legalize marijuana for casual use on Election Day. Four states and Washington D.C. have already taken this step. "This is really a watershed year for marijuana legalization," said F. Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Proponents like the Drug Policy Alliance claim that legalization should occur partially for "health" reasons. The Marijuana Policy Project has called pot "harmless." Others say it is "safe" and even "healthy." Nearly all proponents seem to deny or minimize its risks. Popular culture reinforces this view portraying use generally as a risk-free endeavor. And big business looking to cash in on legalization is all too happy to propagate this claim.