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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.

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.

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US: Pressured on Opioids, F.D.A. Takes Steps to Toughen Stance

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 05 Feb 2016 - Under pressure from Congress to take action amid a worsening opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced several measures aimed at dealing with abuse. Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner and nominee to run the agency, announced the measures in a phone conference with reporters. He said the steps were an attempt by the agency to toughen its response to the crisis, in which tens of thousands of Americans were addicted to the prescription painkillers and were dying of overdoses. He said the actions were part of a broader government effort: Earlier this week, the Obama administration said it would ask Congress to spend an additional $1.1 billion next year on the problem, which would help increase badly needed treatment facilities.

South Africa: More Adults Are Getting High in the US

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
The Times, 05 Feb 2016 - MORE US adults are using marijuana now that some states have either decided to decriminalise the use of dagga or legalise the possession of it, a review published yesterday in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says. And data from the US National Survey of Drug Use and Health says marijuana use has increased significantly among US adults in the past decade.

CN NK: Edu: Federal Gov To Pass The Joint Laws

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
The Brunswickan, 03 Feb 2016 - The Canadian government stands to make over $5 billion from taxes if marijuana is legalized but Fredericton dealers aren't too concerned with how it will affect their sales. One local pot dealer thinks the possible legalization will only affect the people who will have the money to buy government supplied marijuana, and that the taxing will help the province.

CN NF: Editorial: Breaking The Cycle

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
The Western Star, 01 Feb 2016 - The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University and a local steering committee. The project got underway in November 2015 and is expected to wrap up in November of this year with a manuscript on the scope and nature of the treatment centre, recommendations on site locations and draft plans.

Canada: Prison Needle Programs Touted To Reduce Hiv And Hep C Risk

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 03 Feb 2016 - Researchers hope Liberals' 'evidence-based' approach will endorse safe-injection programs After years of pushing for safe drug-injection programs in Canadian jails, health advocates say mounting evidence and a new government in Ottawa present a chance to finally make it happen.

US NM: OPED: U.S. Needs to Find Solution to Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 05 Feb 2016 - We Must Treat Addiction Like Any Other Disease and Aim to Prevent and Treat Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking.

US MD: OPED: A 'Paradigm Shift' On Drug Use Views

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 05 Feb 2016 - Nearly 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2014 - more than from gunshot wounds or car crashes. In Maryland, the governor's office has defined the problem as an "epidemic ... destroying lives." Indeed, heroin deaths alone have increased by 186 percent from 2010 to 2015 in the state.

US CA: Column: Oil Producers Gets Shattered

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 04 Feb 2016 - I heard a club got raided the other day? I thought raids were a thing of the past. What gives? - -Blue Steele Close. It wasn't a cannabis club that got raided, but a cannabis processing facility. Med West Distribution (which makes stuff for the Bhang line of cannabis products) in San Diego was raided by by the local cops, apparently acting on an "anonymous tip." Two people were arrested and charged with manufacturing an illegal substance and manufacturing an illegal substance with intent to sell. Local advocates were surprised that Med West got raided, considering that Med West has been operating at the same spot in San Diego for a few years, and local officials had recently toured the facility.

CN ON: Cops In Harm Reduction's Way

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:00
NOW Magazine, 04 Feb 2016 - Public Health Workers Worry That Police Involvement in Street-Outreach Pilot Will Discourage Drug Users From Accessing Life-Saving Services When word got out in mid-December that undercover police officers had arrested two men accessing Toronto Public Health's (TPH) needle exchange program, The Works, TPH's own harm reduction workers scrambled to warn the drug user community.

US CA: Editorial: Scarlet Letters On Passports?

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 03 Feb 2016 - A Proposed Bill That Would Make It Harder for Registered Sex Offenders to Travel Is Vindictive and Unfair. After rousing themselves from the 30- plus-year bad trip that was the war on drugs - or rather, the war on drug users - many Americans in and out of elected office looked around for someone else to persecute. Someone, somewhere, must be so depraved and hateful that liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans could join in common cause to vilify them.

CN BC: Editorial: Marijuana Limbo Laws

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 29 Jan 2016 - Though it was an election promise, Justin Trudeau's Liberals aren't going to be able to legalize marijuana overnight. In fact, the legalization of pot might take longer than the four years they are guaranteed before the next federal election in Oct. 2019.

CN ON: Four Police Accused Of Planting Heroin

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 29 Jan 2016 - The hits just keep coming for Toronto cops. The already low morale among police officers was dealt another blow Thursday with the news that four of their colleagues are charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.

CN ON: Column: We Need To Find A New Way To Talk About Drugs

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 29 Jan 2016 - It seems like only yesterday Ontarians were faced with the news that, after many years, the sex education curriculum in public schools was getting a much needed revamp. Imagine if you will, in an alternate reality, that this new curriculum contained a directive to teach students that masturbation led to blindness. In 2016, we would collectively consider this absurd. We would identify this as blatant attempt to frighten students from seeking out any sexual encounters in the vain hope that they will put any ideas of sex from their minds indefinitely.

CN NS: Shop Meets Need For Weed

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Metro, 02 Feb 2016 - Dispensary serving up Tasty Buds in Cole Harbour At the municipality's newest medical marijuana dispensary, a mixture of Nova Scotia-themed and marijuana-themed art hangs on the walls, and the faint smell of fresh cannabis fills the air.

CN ON: Two Decades Of The DARE Program

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 01 Feb 2016 - It was a full-house at the Timmins Public Library on Saturday afternoon as 40 youngsters celebrated Daren the DARE Lion's 20th birthday. The lion is the mascot for the Timmins Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which also marked 20 years of serving the community at the event on Jan. 30.

CN QU: Edu: Column: Rules To Roll By

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
The Link, 02 Feb 2016 - A Speculative Look at a Canadian Cannabis Policy With a federal government elected on a platform of legalizing cannabis, Canada stands to set an example on the international stage by being the first G7 country to fully regulate the production, sale and possession of a plant that has been at the heart of so much controversy-frankly, it's about time.

US DC: D.C. Council Moves Forward on Studying Pot Clubs

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:00
Washington Post, 03 Feb 2016 - The District will begin studying whether to license private pot clubs under a measure that the D.C. Council approved Tuesday, potentially giving residents and visitors places to gather and smoke marijuana socially in the nation's capital as early as next year. The council action amounted to a compromise between allies of D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), who had sought to continue a complete ban on pot clubs, and a growing contingent of council members who had threatened to override the mayor and approve a plan to license clubs. Such an effort, they contended, would more fully implement a voter-approved ballot measure in 2014 that legalized pot in D.C.

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