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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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CN ON: Pot Dispensaries Under Fire

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Jan 2017 - Bylaw enforcement officers to target storefronts, memo says The city is abandoning its hands-off approach to illegal marijuana dispensaries and forming a team to search for possible bylaw violations by the proliferating pot sellers.

CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug Tests

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 20 Jan 2017 - Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device. Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

CN BC: City To Ban Marijuana Outlets

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Richmond News, 18 Jan 2017 - Richmond is taking a proactive approach to prevent the potential proliferation of marijuana dispensaries in the city, as was witnessed in Vancouver over recent years. Chief licence inspector Carli Edwards, a former City of Vancouver bureaucrat, identified a gap in the City of Richmond's zoning bylaws, which do not specifically prohibit the retail sale of cannabis.

CN BC: Abbotsford Records 37 OD Deaths In 2016

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Abbotsford News, 20 Jan 2017 - Across province, more than 900 died from fatal overdoses The numbers are unprecedented not only in Abbotsford but across the province: 914 people lost their lives in B.C. last year after overdosing on illicit drugs.

CN BC: Two Oak Bay Deaths Attributed To Fentanyl

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Oak Bay News, 20 Jan 2017 - Oak Bay emergency services notice a marked rise in suspected drug calls over the past six months. While they do have suspected overdose calls on occasion, calls have "stepped up" since June, says Deputy Chief Kent Thom, of Oak Bay Police Department.

CN ON: Column: Evidence Supports Fight For Harm Reduction Plans 1

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
The Sun Times, 21 Jan 2017 - The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone. The momentum for supervised injection sites builds on other initiatives, including methadone treatment and a growing network of needle-exchange programs, officially around since 1989.

CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Local Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 21 Jan 2017 - One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped. Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

US CT: CDC: Connecticut Second In Percent Increase Of Synthetic

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Hartford Courant, 22 Jan 2017 - [photo] In this Aug. 9, 2016, photo, a vial containing 2mg of fentanyl, which will kill a human if ingested into the body, is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va. A 2mg dose of fentanyl is fatal to 99 percent of humans. A novel class of deadly drugs is exploding across the country, with many manufactured in China for export around the world. The drugs, synthetic opioids, are fueling the deadliest addiction crisis the U.S. has ever seen. (Cliff Owen / AP) The rate of deaths from synthetic opioids in Connecticut, including those from fentanyl, more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, the second-highest percentage increase out of 28 states included in a recent federal analysis.

CN BC: Smoking Linked To Higher Death Rate For Drug, Alcohol

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Jan 2017 - Tobacco-related illnesses account for a surprisingly large number of deaths among individuals diagnosed with alcohol- and drug-use disorders, according to a University of Northern British Columbia study. A team led by Russ Callaghan, an associate professor in UNBC's Northern Medical Program, looked at statewide linked hospital and death records in California over a 16-year period - from 1990 to 2005 - and found 40-to-50 per cent of deaths in the alcohol and drug groups were smoking-related.

US MD: Maryland General Assembly Ethics Committee Hires Special

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan 2017 - Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, speaks to reporters on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2016 session. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun) Special counsel hired for ethics investigation into Baltimore County Del. Morhaim's cannabis work.

US MA: Mass. Legislation Would Sharply Curb Marijuana Law

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 20 Jan 2017 - Senator Jason M. Lewis proposed legislation that would reduce the amount of marijuana people 21 years and older could possess in their home from 10 ounces to 2 ounces, and the number of marijuana plants people could grow from 12 per household to six per household. The right of Massachusetts adults to possess and grow marijuana would be sharply curbed, and the ability of retail shops to begin selling recreational pot next year would be deeply undercut if legislation filed Friday afternoon by a key state senator becomes law.

CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Langley Times, 20 Jan 2017 - With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.

US DC: Outside Lawyer To Review MD Lawmakers Marijuana Business

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Washington Post, 20 Jan 2017 - [photo] Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun) The Maryland General Assembly has hired outside counsel to aid its ethics investigation of a state lawmaker who championed medical marijuana while having a business relationship with a prospective dispensary, a spokesman for the Senate president confirmed Friday.

US PA: Mayor, DEA To Hold Opioid Summit In West Kensington

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 21 Jan 2017 - Mayor Kenney and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration will lead a community summit Saturday to address the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia's Fairhill and West Kensington neighborhoods, epicenter of addiction in the region. The summit, called "El Barrio Es Nuestro" ("The Community Is Ours"), will give residents a chance to speak in English or Spanish about quality-of-life issues with key city officials, including members of the mayor's recently launched Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

US OR: 10,000 People Smoke Cannabis On Inauguration Day In

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Willamette Week, 21 Jan 2017 - [photo] 10,000 People Smoke Cannabis on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. to Protest Trump's Pick of Drug Warrior Jeff Sessions The weed was pretty good. #Trump420 protest in Washington, D.C. (Corey Pein) An estimated 10,000 people lined up for five blocks to collect some 8,000 free joints at this morning's surprisingly punctual #Trump420 protest at Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington, DC.

Philippines: US Shouldn't Pay For Duterte's Drug War, Says

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 Jan 2017 - SAN FRANCISCO -- A US newspaper called on Washington to make sure that US aid to the Philippines is not used for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial ran weeks before the kidnap-for-ransom-murder of a South Korean expatriate in the hands of Philippine National Police officers -- in the guise of an anti-drug operation--came to light and triggered an international outcry.

CN ON: Police To Offer Nasal Naloxone To Those Overdosing On

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 21 Jan 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Regional Police officers will be carrying nasal naloxone beginning in February. Front-line officers are currently going through training on naloxone - a drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, said Insp. Mike Haffner.

CN BC: Column: Marijuana Linked To Health Issues, Study Finds

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Jan 2017 - Here we go again. Another week, another massive report by top doctors and scientists finding very limited medicinal value to marijuana. In an age when liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd that they have such a blind spot when it comes to pot. A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - that reviewed the results of 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana concluded that there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" in treating only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (although there was "limited" evidence of "clinician-measured" spasticity relief).

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