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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

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US MO Supporters Pushing For Missouri To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00
Kansas City Star, 17 Apr 2018 - Rep. Jim Neely has seen firsthand how a terminal illness like cancer ravages the body. His own daughter died from cancer three years ago. With a background in health care working as a physician and managing a hospice agency, Neely, R-Cameron, knows the importance of patients receiving comfort.

Canada: Cannabis Debate: Legal Pot Is Far Safer For Youth Than

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2018 - Some remain skeptical the proposed Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) will achieve one of its primary objectives: protecting youth from cannabis-related harms. Some feel the minimum age should be higher than the minimum age for alcohol, worried that those under 25 seem more vulnerable to dependence and health problems linked to long-term, heavy use. Critics of the proposed minimum age may be overlooking another primary objective: displacing the black-market. Young adults aged 18 to 24 represent one third of the market. The act attempts to strike a balance between keeping marijuana away from minors and cash away from criminals.

US MO: Deadly Shootings Result From Low-Level Marijuana Drug Deals

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00
Kansas City Star, 15 Apr 2018 - Timothy Durden Jr. made it a habit to throw his arms around his grandmother, plant a big kiss on her cheek and proclaim, "I love you, Grannie." The former Park Hill High School basketball and football player had a passion for joking, dancing, lifting weights.

US FL: Have You Changed Your Mind On Marijuana Like These Politicians

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 17 Apr 2018 - It didn't get much notice because it happened the same day Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced his retirement, but former House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he's joining the board of Acreage Holdings, an investment company concentrating on the marijuana industry. In doing so, he added that his own position on legal marijuana had changed as public opinion had come around on the subject. And Boehner is far from the only previously anti-pot politician to turn into an advocate.

US OH: Two Toledo-Area Doctors Get Ok To Recommend Medical Pot

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:00
The Blade, 14 Apr 2018 - The Medical Board of Ohio this week approved certificates for physicians to recommend medical marijuana, another step toward the legal sale of medicinal pot in the state. Of the three dozen doctors approved to issue recommendations for medical marijuana, only two are in the Toledo-area, although more can be certified later. Dr. Ryan Lakin, medical director for Omni Medical Services, is based out of Toledo. Dr. Mark Neumann is based out of Temperance.

Canada: Some Cities Try To Put Brakes On Rush To Marijuana

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2018 - MONTREAL-In the rush to marijuana legalization, cities across the country are harnessing their limited powers to delay the opening of retail pot stores, dictate where they can operate or ban them outright-at least temporarily. There was uproar from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Toronto District School Board after finding out the city's first retail cannabis store would open just 450 metres from a school, in a strip mall where students often eat lunch.

Canada: Cannabis Debate: Not Enough Is Being Planned To Protect Youth

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2018 - Canada is moving closer to the legalization of recreational Cannabis this summer. Federal legislation is awaiting Senate approval and all the provinces have developed their implementation approach. Governments across the country rarely agree on anything. But as we embark on this change, they have been unanimous in agreeing that their top policy objective is the protection of youth. We know what the approaches and commitments have been from various governments, so we are in a good position to know whether their actions reflect their words. So far, the simple answer is no.

US: 'El Chapo' evidence: Killings, Prison Breaks And 7 Tons Of

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr 2018 - U.S. prosecutors say their evidence against notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman includes killings, torture, kidnappings, prison breaks and even an attempt to smuggle seven tons of cocaine in cans of jalapenos. A government memo filed Tuesday also says there's evidence that Guzman was involved in a 1992 drug-gang shootout at a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, nightclub that left six people dead.

US KY: Mcconnell Bill Would Legalize Hemp Farming, Help Kentucky

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 13 Apr 2018 - Hemp, which was Kentucky's biggest cash crop for a century before tobacco, is poised for a comeback thanks to bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday in Congress. It's about time. Regular hemp cultivation in this country was banned in 1937. That's when federal law enforcement officials, who feared the repeal of Prohibition would leave them nothing to do, launched the first war on drugs.

US NY: Nixon: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Use A Racial Issue

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr 2018 - A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her. The "Sex and the City" star posted a 90-second video on YouTube in which she stated that it's time New York joined eight other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

US: Trump Weighs Plan To Allow States To Require Drug Testing For

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Apr 2018 - FOOD STAMPS The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program.

US FL: Judge Says Florida Man Can Grow His Own Medical Marijuana

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 11 Apr 2018 - TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida circuit court judge has ruled that a Tampa man has the right to grow his own medical marijuana. Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said on Wednesday that Joseph Redner is entitled under state law to grow and use marijuana for juicing. The 77-year old Redner is in remission for lung cancer and is one of more than 95,000 state residents who is registered as a medical marijuana patient.

US CA: More Medical Marijuana Is Coming To Sarasota County

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 11 Apr 2018 - SARASOTA COUNTY -- More medical marijuana is coming to the county after the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday approved the second dispensary application in two days. The County Commission voted 4-1 to allow Sarasota-based AltMed to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 5077 Fruitville Road in the Cobia Bay shopping plaza -- making it the second approved dispensary in unincorporated county. Commissioner Mike Moran, who has concerns medical dispensaries could be the gateway to legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, cast the dissenting vote.

US: John Boehner Was A Longtime Opponent Of Marijuana Reform. Here's

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 11 Apr 2018 - Former GOP House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, which operates in 11 states, Boehner said in a statement.

US MO: Poisoned Synthetic Marijuana In Missouri, Other States

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Kansas City Star, 10 Apr 2018 - More than 100 people in five states, including Missouri, have been treated in the past month for "serious unexplained bleeding" believed to be linked to inhaling fake marijuana laced with rat poison, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Illinois alone has reported 107 cases, and three people have died, the state's Department of Public Health said Monday. People have been hospitalized for coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose and bleeding gums.

US IL: Why Synthetic Marijuana Might Not Be Illegal

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Daily Herald, 06 Apr 2018 - Severe bleeding linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoids has resulted in at least two deaths and injury to nearly 90 others, according to state health officials. Illinois legislators approved an amendment to the state's controlled substances act last spring in an attempt to curb the sale and use of synthetic drugs.

US OH: Ohio Health Officials: Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Apr 2018 - State health officials issued a public warning Friday about a severe bleeding outbreak in the Midwest that has been linked to synthetic marijuana contaminated with a rat poison ingredient. No cases have been reported in Ohio as of Friday.

US PA: Even Where It's Legal To Sell Marijuana, It's Hard To

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Apr 2018 - As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles.

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