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American Academy of Pediatrics Opposes School Drug Testing

The Joint Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:58

Schools should not use random, suspicionless drug tests to catch or deter drug users, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in an updated policy statement. The Academy came out in opposition to such policies in the new issue of the journal Pediatrics.

“School-based drug testing is a controversial approach to preventing substance use by students”, says the AAP’s report. “Although school drug testing has hypothetical benefits, and studies have noted modest reductions in self-reported student drug use, the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes widespread implementation of these programs because of the lack of solid evidence for their effectiveness.”

Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the adolescent substance abuse program at Boston Children’s Hospital, agrees, saying there is little evidence to suggest that random drug testing deters or prevents drug use. Dr. Levy believe the focus should be on identifying potential drug users through other, less-invasive methods, and assuring that they get the opportunity to enter into treatment programs.

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 02/11/15

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Why Pot Smokers Owe a Lot to the Progressive Era

NORML Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:25

While it may not be apparent to casual observers of the current drive to legalize marijuana in America, we are truly the beneficiaries of political reforms adopted during what is generally referred to as the Progressive Era.

This period of social activism and political reform in America is generally defined as beginning in 1890 and running through 1920.

The principal objective of the Progressive movement was eliminating corruption in government, and to accomplish that goal, proponents sought ways to take down the powerful and corrupt political bosses and to provide access to ordinary Americans in the political system – a concept called direct democracy, as contrasted to representative democracy.

On the national level, progressivism gained a strong voice in the White House with the election of Teddy Roosevelt as president in 1901. Other national proponents included Robert La Follette and Charles Evans Hughes on the Republican side, and William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson and Al Smith on the Democratic side.

It was during this period that the concept of direct primaries to nominate candidates for public office, direct election of US senators, and universal suffrage for women gained traction; and most important to our work, the procedures know as referendum and initiatives began to be adopted in several states.

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US NM: Column: Industrial Hemp Measure's Future Rests With

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 30 Mar 2015 - Part-time farmer Jerry Fuentes has spent the last 15 years championing industrial hemp as the perfect crop for drought-ridden New Mexico and corporate America. Hemp is used to make auto dashboards, briefcases, carpeting, insulation and an array of other products. Even so, Fuentes' attempt to legalize industrial hemp seemed like a fool's errand or a cause for rebels, not button-down businessmen.

US CA: OPED: Ask The Tough Questions On Legalizing Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 30 Mar 2015 - A blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves a pat on the back for taking a thoughtful approach to a likely 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana in California. In its first major progress report, the panel called Thursday for detailed study on issues such as how to tax marijuana in a fair way that eliminates the black market, how to determine driving under the influence of marijuana and how to protect children and teenagers.

US PA: Series: A Medical View On Medical Marijuana

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
Daily Review, 30 Mar 2015 - Many Doctors Want More Research to Be Done on Medical Marijuana Before a Decision Is Made on Whether to Legalize It Editor's Note: This is part two of a three-part series by The Daily Review looking at the possibility of legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania.

US CA: Editorial: County Right To Stay With Pot Ordinance

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Porterville Recorder, 30 Mar 2015 - We were please to see the board of supervisors stay the course when it comes to curtailing the growing of marijuana in Tulare County. The board recently agreed to keep the ordinance in place which greatly restricts the growing of marijuana. It does not completely ban marijuana growing, but narrows down where it can legally be grown. Marijuana growing both on private and public lands hit epidemic proportions three years ago. So blatant were the illegal growers, you could smell the illicit weed and often, it was very visible to neighbors or even passersby on roadways.

US OH: Parents Move Family For Medical Pot

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Dayton Daily News, 30 Mar 2015 - Daughter Suffers From Seizures Daily. Couple Can't Wait for Ohio Voters to Decide Issue. LIBERTY TWP.- Three-year-old Addyson doesn't understand why her favorite toys, books and everything she knows as home is packed away in boxes.

US NM: Column: Legal Arena Sorting Through Legalized Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Mar 2015 - As Marijuana Becomes Increasingly Acceptable, Contradictory Federal and State Laws Raise Numerous Issues, Ignite Disputes Marijuana has evolved from a substance that a former U.S. president "tried but never inhaled" to a state tax bonanza, exotic medical treatment and a frequent subject of employment-related disputes.

US CA: Panel Prepares For Legal Pot

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - OAKLAND (TNS) - With Californians likely to vote as early as next year on legalizing recreational marijuana, a task force headed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will travel the Golden State in the coming months to help the state think through the issues. In a new report, the task force says the state should figure out in advance how to keep pot from kids and keep impaired drivers off the road, whether to tax weed by weight or its sales price and how to eliminate a black market.

US CA: Lawsuit Takes On New Pot Ordinance

MAP - Cannabis - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:00
Appeal-Democrat, 29 Mar 2015 - Yuba County's new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance is cost-prohibitive for most patients to abide by and unconstitutionally deprives them of growing their own plants, a lawsuit filed against the county states. The suit filed late Thursday by four county growers also challenges the Board of Supervisors' approval of the more restrictive pot growing regulations as an urgency ordinance. It says the county didn't identify any circumstances to make the ordinance an urgency matter, which meant it went into effect immediately instead of after a 30-day waiting period.

US PA: Column: Stirring the Pot at Joint Hearing on Medical

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 Mar 2015 - It was doctors against lawmakers, science against anecdotes, at Tuesday's joint committee hearing on medical marijuana. Yes, joint. Twenty state representatives from the Judiciary and Health Committees, mostly Republicans, filed into Pennsylvania Hospital on Tuesday, many bearing grim accounts of ill constituents who say pot helps them feel less pain.

Cannabis Common Sense 780

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The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 117 5 ratings Time: 58:01 More in Education

Stories of the Week: Willie Nelson Launching Marijuana Co.! GA Gets Medical Cannabis! Texans Face Life Sentence For Pot Brownies!

Toke Signals - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:20
Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week Toke Signals Stories of the Week Willie Nelson Launching His Own Brand Of Marijuana (Hemp News) Music legend Willie Nelson, now 81, plans to launch his own signature brand of marijuana called Willie’s Reserve. According to PR person Michael Bowman, a veteran hemp and cannabis lobbyist who serves as [...]

Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Arizona

The Joint Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:47

A group called Arizonans for Responsible Legalization has filed an initiative with the state to legalize recreational cannabis, with a goal of putting the issue to a vote next year.

“Arizonans for Responsible Legalization is committed to common sense regulation of the marijuana industry and ensuring the greatest benefit to taxpayers,” says Gina Berman, an emergency room physician who will lead the effort.

The group has yet to unveil the specific details and language of the initiative, which Berman says will be released in the coming days.

The Marijuana Policy Project is currently working on a separate initiative to legalize cannabis, which advocates are also hoping to put on the 2016 general election ballot. The group hopes to finalize language for the initiative within a couple weeks.

In January, legislation to legalize recreational cannabis was filed in Arizona’s Legislature by State Representative Mark Cardenas.

According to polling released earlier this month, only 13% of Arizona residents support the state’s prohibition on cannabis.

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Willie Nelson Launching Own Brand of Cannabis Strains and Stores

The Joint Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:04

Willie Nelson enjoying a joint.

County-singer and activist Willie Nelson has announced plans to launch a chain of recreational cannabis stores around the United States, which will feature his own brand of cannabis strains and smoking accessories. The new line will be labelled Willie’s Reserve.

“Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side”, says Willie’s Reserve spokesperson Michael Bowman. “He wants it to be something that’s reflective of his passion. Ultimately, it’s his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to be a bright light amongst this trail as we’re trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition.”

Bowman continues; “Really he wants it, at the end of the day, to envelop what his personal morals and convictions are. So from the store itself to how they’ll work with suppliers and how things are operated, it’s going to be very reflective of Willie’s life.”

Willie’s Reserve cannabis is expected to be available by early 2016, with the goal of placing the product in lcoations where cannabis is currently legal, and expanding as more states legalize the plant.- TheJointBlog

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New Jersey Assembly Approves Medical Cannabis Improvement Bill

The Joint Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 03:52

A measure to improve upon New Jersey’s medical cannabis program has passed the state’s Assembly with a 44 to 20 vote.

The proposal – ACR 224 – would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Currently nine states – Michigan, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon – allow the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of PTSD.

In addition, ACR 224 would remove a requirement that minors receive a recommendation from three different doctors in order to become a qualified patient. It would also would end the requirement that a list be made public of all physicians willing to recommend patients to the program, which has prevented many physicians from being willing to recommend the medicine, given it’s still illegal under federal law.

Another positive change that would be brought forth by ACR 224 is that it would legalize the home-delivery of medical cannabis, which will benefit patients who have debilitating conditions that make it hard for them to leave the house and make it to a dispensary.

“The purpose of this entire program is to provide relief to critically ill patients, not impose additional burdens on those who are already suffering. Instead, many of these regulations have proven counterproductive because they unnecessarily restrict access to medical marijuana for those who need it most,” says Assemblymember Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), a sponsor of the legislation and the chairman of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee. “They have resulted in a shortage of physicians, a lack of necessary strains to combat certain illnesses, and limited the ways to provide relief to minors,” Gusciora added. “The state needs to start working with patients, not against them.”

ACR 224 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 02/09/15

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Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 02/04/15

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Justice Department: DEA Agents had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Paid for by Drug Cartels

The Joint Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:42

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French, Politico.com

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days.

The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA; FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Marshals Service. The IG’s office found that DEA did not fully cooperate with its probe.

The congressional committee charged with federal oversight is already promising hearings and an investigation into the allegations.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told POLITICO on Thursday he wanted the agencies involved to swiftly fire those involved and that his panel would immediately start digging into the allegations.

“You can’t ignore this. This is terribly embarrassing and fundamentally not right,” the Utah Republican said. “We need to understand what’s happening with the culture … anytime you bring a foreign national into your room, you’re asking for trouble.”

The congressional committee was first briefed on the IG’s report Wednesday. The House is about to depart on a two-week recess but Chaffetz said there would be major action coming from the Oversight panel when the House returns in April.

“We have to understand issue by issue what is happening. We need to understand how these people are being held accountable. There should be no question about the severity of the punishment,” Chaffetz said. “I don’t care how senior the person is, they are going to have to let these people go.”

The Oversight panel is also investigating allegations into the Secret Service that agents there hired prostitutes in Colombia while advancing a trip for President Barack Obama.

The Oversight committee will hold a hearing on April 14 at 10 a.m., and the DEA and DOJ inspector generals are invited testify.

Moreover,the report states that DEA, ATF and the Marshals Service repeatedly failed to report all risky or improper sexual behavior to security personnel at those agencies.

The report covers the period from 2009 to 2012, although some of the incidents occurred long before that.

The DEA “sex parties” in Colombia, though, are by far the most damaging allegations.

“The foreign officer allegedly arranged ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes funded by the local drug cartels for these DEA agents at their government-leased quarters, over a period of several years,” the IG report says.

The parties reportedly took place from 2005 to 2008, but the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility became aware of them only in 2010, after it received an anonymous complaint. DEA supervisors, however, had been aware of the allegations for several years because of complaints from management of the building in which the DEA office in Bogotá was located.

“Although some of the DEA agents participating in these parties denied it, the information in the case file suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds. A foreign officer also alleged providing protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report said. “The foreign officers further alleged that in addition to soliciting prostitutes, three DEA SSAs [special agents] in particular were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”

The IG’s office asserts that DEA officials did not fully comply with their requests for information during the probe.

“We were also concerned by an apparent decision by DEA to withhold information regarding a particular open misconduct case,” the report states. “The OIG [Office of Inspector General] was not given access to this case file information until several months after our request, and only after the misconduct case was closed. Once we became aware of the information, we interviewed DEA employees who said that they were given the impression that they were not to discuss this case with the OIG while the case remained open.”

The report adds: “Therefore, we cannot be completely confident that the FBI and DEA provided us with all information relevant to this review. As a result, our report reflects the findings and conclusions we reached based on the information made available to us.”

Spokespersons for DEA and ATF said the agencies would not comment on the report and referred all questions to the Justice Department.

“The Department is already working with the law enforcement components to ensure a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and misconduct is enforced and that incidents are properly reported. The Department is also committed to ensuring the proper preservation and disclosure of electronic communications, including text messages and images,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesperson for the Department of Justice.

Other allegations outlined in the report include:

* A deputy U.S. Marshal “entered into a romantic relationship” with a fugitive’s spouse and would not break off the relationship for more than a year, even after being told by supervisors to end it;

* An ATF “Director of Industry Operations” had “solicited consensual sex with anonymous partners and modified a hotel room door to facilitate sexual play.” The ATF employee even disabled a hotel’s fire detection system, and when caught by the hotel, said he had done it before;

* “For over 3 years, an ATF Program Manager failed to report allegations that two training instructors were having consensual sex with their students. According to the incident report, the Program Manager learned the same instructors had engaged in substantially the same activities 3 years earlier but had merely counseled the training instructors without reporting the alleged activities” to the Internal Affairs Division.

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