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US OR: Column: Green Friday

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 26 Nov 2016 - I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills. Over the years, people began to talk trash about cannabis produced outdoors (also known as "eco-friendly" and "sun-grown"). People complained that it wasn't strong enough, that it was too leafy or too harsh.

US CA: Column: The Year In Weed

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?

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Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:33

US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be Expanded

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
The Middletown Press, 27 Nov 2015 - A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time. It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. JOHN BERRY - REGISTER CITIZEN FILE PHOTO Naloxone hydrochloride, known by the name-brand Narcan, in a medical kit on a Campion Ambulance in Torrington.

US MA: OPED: Baker's Opioid Plan Gets It Only Half Right

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 27 Nov 2015 - Governor Baker's plan to increase opioid education, which he announced on Nov. 9 with the deans of the state's four medical schools, gets it only half right. It's wonderful to teach future doctors how to prescribe opioids safely to reduce abuse and addiction. But the United States is actually caught in the middle of two colliding epidemics, not just one: the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse, and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain, which affects 100 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine.

US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be Expanded

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 27 Nov 2015 - A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time. It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.

US OH: New Plans For Legal Pot Sprouting Like Weeds

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Nov 2015 - The big crowd at Donald Trump's presidential campaign rally in Columbus this week was dotted with people carrying clipboards with green marijuana leaves on the back, quietly collecting signatures for pot legalization. Ohio will ring in the New Year with a crop of renewed pot proposals, including two potential constitutional amendments and state medical-marijuana legislation.

US VA: Va. Pot Arrests Defy Trend

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 27 Nov 2015 - Cases Rose 76% Over 11-Year Study Blacks Accused Three Times More Than Whites While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: With sharply rising arrest totals for the possession of pot and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the Commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI.

US CT: Prosecution Of Marijuana Cases Rare

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
Register Citizen, 27 Nov 2015 - Culture Change Seen As Authorities Target Big Hauls, Weapons NEW HAVEN - A West Haven man charged with conspiring in a marijuana trafficking scheme in New Haven will stand trial in federal court in December.

CN AB: Cops Make Arrest In Drug War Drive-By

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 08:00
The Calgary Sun, 25 Nov 2015 - Suspect caught trying to board plane Faces seven firearms charges and escaping custody Freed by courts before investigators finished their shift Wanted for a brazen drive-by shooting this summer, cops collared the suspected gunman moments before he boarded a plane at Calgary's airport over the weekend.

US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Don't Colorado Dispensaries Care

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Westword, 26 Nov 2015 - Dear Stoner: Every time I've purchased pot here, it has been either pre-packaged or placed in a plastic container that lets the air out, if it's not already bone-dry by the time I buy it. Am I going to the wrong dispensaries, or do Colorado dispensaries not care about fresh bud? Right Near the Beach Boy Dear Beach Boy: Many dispensaries, such as the Clinic, Green Solution and L'Eagle, sell pre-packed buds so that there's less chance of you buying a product that's contaminated while on display. If you don't like pre-packaged products, then the answer is simple: Call ahead to find out how the shop sells its pot. I can understand why you find pre-packaged purchases undesirable - what you end up with often turns out to be an ugly, malnourished version of that beautiful, stanky bud you saw on display (and thought you were getting) - but that scenario plays out most often at tourist-heavy dispensaries that rely on foot traffic and non-repeat customers. If the packaging is a bottle and not a sealed bag, you can always ask the budtender to check out the buds for dryness before making your purchase, or just ask him or her what has been on the shelf the longest.

US AZ: A Call To Action

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 26 Nov 2015 - Now's the time to get involved in the cannabis social movement Many social movements have been taking hold in our nation recently. For example, same-sex marriage has moved from social acceptance to being fully legal. Cannabis law reform is a hot topic in politics and the media, as well as more and more states jumping onboard. Times are good, and there is much fulfilling work to be done on these and other humanitarian fronts. However, I am making a public call to action, asking for your participation in these movements. It isn't hard, there are events happening all the time.

US CO: Column: Cannabis Club Reopens After Renovations, City

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 25 Nov 2015 - West-side weed The west side's newest cannabis club, Canna Canyon (1507 W. Colorado Ave.), is open. Owner and CEO Aaron Stone has a strong background in the weed business, having worked on both the medical and recreational sides. The former JP Wellness owner ended a year-long stint as operator of The Lazy Lion in August to create his own club, aiming for what he describes as the pure club experience - something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge or brewers union.

CN ON: LCBO Should Control Pot, Too, Union Boss Says

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 25 Nov 2015 - Government-run weed store is a wrong-headed approach, marijuana advocates say after labour leader prompts talks Stocking weed alongside wine at the LCBO is the best way to protect public health, say addiction experts. But for marijuana advocates it's more of the same prohibition.

US CO: Column: Mainstream Cannabis Comes To Colorado

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 26 Nov 2015 - Celebrities Bring Big Money and Big Names to a Capped Marijuana Industry On Nov. 9, Colorado's weed scene gained its capstone endorsement - Snoop Dogg launched his very own line of marijuana products including flower, chocolate bars, shatter, wax, drops and other candies.

US CA: Column: When Free Weed Doesn't Work

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 26 Nov 2015 - It's a good time to be one of California's roughly 1.1 million marijuana users. Yes, cannabis is legal for recreational purposes in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and elsewhere - but so what? In the Golden State, weed is also widely available - and for free. For years, medical cannabis dispensaries have offered promotional gimmicks like a free joint or edible for first-time patients. This year, as the state's biggest cash crop inched towards $2 billion in legal sales at storefronts, several outfits started offering free eighths (worth about $50) - and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that patients are aware of the offer of free pot.

Mexico: Hearts Under Siege

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov 2015 - Mexico's drug violence casts a long shadow over the city of Ocotlan, and the Southern Californians who love it. The children paid no heed to the priest from Jalisco as he celebrated a fiesta Mass in the backyard of a La Puente ranch, or to their parents urging them to sit still for the misa, or even to the rooster crowing nearby.

US CA: Column: Old School Revisited

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 26 Nov 2015 - I have been smoking weed for years and always held my hits in as long as possible. I am now thinking that maybe I should smoke weed like a cigarette without holding it in long. Has there been any research into what's most effective and is less harmful to the lungs? - -A Reader

Australia: Family Calls For Medicinal Cannabis Amnesty

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:00
Canberra Times, 22 Nov 2015 - Five weeks ago, Bill Shorten visited Cherie and Trevor Dell in their Sydney home to talk about how medicinal cannabis is helping their daughter Abbey, aged 3. The very next day, the police came knocking.

US CA: Trimmigrants Flock To California To Process Marijuana

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 22 Nov 2015 - WILLITS - Except for traffic passing through on Highway 101, this northern Mendocino County city is relatively quiet much of the year. But for three months in the fall, it gets an influx of world travelers lured by marijuana-trimming jobs, temporarily swelling the town's population of under 5,000 and instilling it with an international flavor. They're called trimmigrants and they are an integral part of the North Coast's lucrative marijuana industry, estimated to be worth billions of dollars and widely considered to be a major economic driver in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. But, like the pot industry itself, reaction to their presence is mixed. The migrant workers contribute to the economy, but many effectively are homeless. Though the growers who employ them typically provide housing or a place to camp, when not working, they camp illegally in parks, alleys and along railroad tracks and rivers. Some can't find jobs and turn to panhandling and frequenting food banks.

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