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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:59:55 -0800

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US CA: Should Veterans Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana for

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 09 Feb 2018 - Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump administration. The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress, pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, to support research into whether marijuana can help veterans, apparently fearing that any move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to study its effectiveness will be another step toward nationwide legalization.



US CA: For The Legal Cannabis Trade, Some New Wrinkles: Older Users

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb 2018 - Even before California legalized recreational marijuana Jan. 1, pot was enjoying a gray renaissance. From 2006 to 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported a 250% rise in marijuana use by Americans 65 and older. It is still a small share, climbing from 0.4% to 1.4% of that population, but local dispensaries see plenty of silver-haired shoppers.



US CA: San Francisco Announces Plans To Open Safe Injection Sites

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - Officials in San Francisco said Tuesday they will open two safe injection sites this summer, joining Philadelphia and Seattle on the list of American cities that are planning to open sites where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose. The announcement comes three weeks after Philadelphia officials announced their own plans to open a site here. Like Philadelphia's, the San Francisco site will be funded privately. And also like Philadelphia, the funding sources aren't yet clear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. City officials there said they were working with "six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services." Two will host the first safe injection sites, and will likely open in July, officials said.



US CA: Compton Voters Reject Marijuana Sales In City

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan 2018 - Compton voters Tuesday soundly rejected two competing proposals for regulating cannabis businesses in the city, where marijuana dispensaries and other pot-related operations are now banned. The city's proposal, known as Measure C, would have allowed marijuana sales while imposing a 10% business tax and banning commercial cultivation of marijuana. It was rejected 76% to 23%. The competing initiative, Measure I, included many of the same provisions as Measure C, but called for a 5% business tax and would have allowed indoor marijuana-cultivation businesses. It was rejected 77% to 23%.



US CA: Laguna Beach 'church' Was Really An Illegal Marijuana

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan 2018 - Laguna Beach police this month shut down what they allege was a marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday. Officers seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000 in cash, according to police Sgt. Jim Cota.



US CA: L.a. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Selling Drugs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan 2018 - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with operating a large-scale drug trafficking operation in which he boasted that he hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to drug dealers and could assault people for his clients, according to court records. Kenneth Collins, a deputy assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and two other men were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday morning in a sting operation when they arrived to what they thought was a drug deal, according to records unsealed following the arrest.



US CA: LTE: California Will Regret Legalizing Marijuana

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 03 Jan 2018 - To the editor: The commercial interests driving the rapid legalization of marijuana in California call to mind the playbook of Big Tobacco. ("For marijuana users, it's high times as California makes recreational use legal," Jan. 2) Decades passed and millions of lives were harmed before the adverse impact of cigarettes was acknowledged. During that time, Big Tobacco stifled government investigation of tobacco's potential harm while manipulating their product's addictive properties and marketing to children.



US CA: PUB LTE: Cannabis Concerns Apply Equally To Alcohol

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 03 Jan 2018 - To the editor: The three letters you published in "California moves into its marijuana future on Jan. 1. Some readers are not eager to make the leap" stated the following concerns about marijuana use, most of which apply equally to alcohol. Law enforcement does not have adequate test criteria for driving under the influence. While there is no blood-alcohol test for pot, police have many other field sobriety tests, including "walking the line," reciting the alphabet backward and the "eye and penlight test." A driver may pass the 0.08% blood alcohol content test and still be arrested for DUI if he or she drives erratically or exhibits slurred speech or other cognitive difficulties.



US CA: PUB LTE: Criminal Justice Reform Is Long Overdue

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 03 Jan 2018 - To the editor: For far too long, our poor, working class and communities of color have been suffering due to unjust criminal persecution for minor offenses like possession of marijuana. The time for criminal justice reform is long overdue. We ought to divert money from prisons into education and drug recovery programs.