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CN BC: 'Prohibition' On Drugs Doesn't Work

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Mar 2015 - An unlikely expert says narcotics and addiction must be considered health issues, not criminal issues Bruce Haden is an award-winning Vancouver-based architect. On Wednesday, he spoke at the TED conference - not about architecture or urban design, but about drug policy. He called for a move away from controlling drug use by making it illegal, and moving to a different system of regulation.

CN ON: Column: Insurance Objections Go Up In Smoke

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Mar 2015 - And so the levee breaks. The man to break it is called Jonathon Zaid. A student at the University of Waterloo. Anearnest, likeable young man with an almost unbelievable story to tell. Although we always knew the person who would break the medicinal-marijuana-insurance-levee would have those qualities.

Jamaica: Jamaica to Lead Charge to Change Int'l Treaties on

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:00
Jamaica Observer, 19 Mar 2015 - KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the international treaties concerning marijuana. The aim is to change the schedule class of marijuana in light of scientific studies that have proven its therapeutic benefits and medicinal value.

US CO: Column: The Cannabis Debate Drifts into the Halls of

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 - Last week I wrote about a bill that was then being debated in the Utah state legislature. S.B. 259 would have amended a law passed last year that allowed Utah citizens to use certain strains of CBD-dominate cannabis to treat medical conditions but mandated no legal way that patients could obtain them. Like many others, I concentrated on the testimony of a DEA agent whose job is to eradicate illicit marijuana from national forest land. Matt Fairbanks testified against the bill because he feared that wildlife might be adversely affected by ingesting cannabis. It reminded me that about all prohibitionists have left is to continue to make up things this ridiculous to press the point that cannabis is more dangerous than alcohol.

US CA: Column: Weed-mart

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 19 Mar 2015 - Local Planned Parenthood employees got a bit of a scare recently, when a suspicious package prompted a call to the bomb squad and an evacuation of the Cutten clinic. A little before noon on March 16, the U.S. Postal Service dropped a 2-foot by 2-foot package at the Planned Parenthood Northern California office. The package had been sent to an undeliverable address in Georgia and bore a return address - the Planned Parenthood clinic on Timber Falls Court - and a name: J. Black.

US CO: Column: What's The Deal With Live-Resin Extract?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
Westword, 19 Mar 2015 - Dear Stoner: What's the deal with "live resin" extract? What makes it so expensive, other than the fact that tourists will buy it? If the extraction process for "live resin" is to freeze and process the plant while it's still alive, then "live resin" does not cure. As a patient, this seems odd, because the shops don't cure enough, and some say that's where the best flower shines through - after the cure. Resinator

US AZ: Column: The New Norm

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 - Medicating on the Go With Vape Pens There are many ways to ingest medical marijuana and each has its pros and cons. Some folks swear by their edibles while others prefer the tried and true approach to medical marijuana: just plain smoking it. But thanks to advances in science and tech, vaporizing marijuana is the new norm. In fact, next to dabs, vaping (inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device, which became Oxford Dictionary's word of the year in 2014) has become one of the most popular new ways for patients to medicate.

US CA: Column: Crack Hangover

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 - CRACK HANGOVER The weather is weird in Oakland on a recent Saturday, as a biting wind cuts through the warm glow of a late February sun. Soon, a brief but furious rain pounds the skylights on the roof of Laney College's black student union, making it hard for the 40 or so people seated in folding chairs to hear the voice of the slight man standing at the podium. The man is America's most successful drug dealer.

US CA: Column: California Pot Initiatives Spark Up

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 19 Mar 2015 - I see plenty of people getting excited about legalizing marijuana in California, but are there any ballot initiatives ready to go? Any you can recommend? - -Ivana B. Puffingwun There are a few ready to go, but I am not sure they will have much of a chance. The folks behind the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative are trying (again) to get their initiative on the ballot. While I really like the language of their proposal (the tax on pot is really low, you would be able to grow an incredible amount of weed in your home and it would free people in jail for nonviolent cannabis crimes), I don't think they have a chance. The CCHI has no money, and no real organization. Sigh.

CN NS: OPED: The True Face Of Addiction

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
The News, 18 Mar 2015 - The face of addiction looks significantly different from that portrayed in popular media. Depictions of 'out of control' alcohol and drug users, persuaded into engaging in these risky behaviours for selfish purposes, taints our understanding of what addiction really is. The reality is that one in five Canadians experience addiction problems, yet very few actively seek assistance in coping with their addiction.

CN BC: Recovery From 'Disenfranchised' Grief

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
The Tri-Cities Now, 18 Mar 2015 - Mom Starts First Canadian Chapter of Support Group for Those Grieving a Death Due to Drugs Jennifer Woodside has already been through the worst day of her life. It was April 4, 2014, when her 21-year-old son Dylan went to sleep and never woke up.

US IL: Pot Users Ok'd, But No Medical Marijuana

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 18 Mar 2015 - Delays, Legal Challenges Send Patients to Streets A year and a half after Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize medical marijuana, Marla Levi is still waiting. Levi has multiple sclerosis, uses a wheelchair and said she ingests marijuana to help her manage the symptoms. If she wants to continue, she'll have to get it on the street because medical marijuana in Illinois isn't expected to be available for several more months.

US CA: Local Delegation Hears From Marijuana Industry Experts

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
The Signal, 18 Mar 2015 - Community Leaders Told California Needs to Get Ready for Legalization SACRAMENTO - Two experts on the marijuana industry told a delegation of Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders Tuesday that the state needs to be ready for the possible legalization of recreational marijuana use in the next few years.

US MD: Column: Drug And Death Efforts Key For State

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 18 Mar 2015 - From gay marriage to marijuana decriminalization, Maryland has been a national leader on social issues in the new century. This year, state legislators and new governor Larry Hogan can further burnish the state's reputation by setting a national example on heroin intervention and death-with-dignity legislation. Let's start with Governor Hogan's noble call to mitigate heroin addiction and overdose deaths in Maryland. The governor brings personal experience to the issue: He lost a cousin to a heroin overdose.

CN ON: OPED: Path To Beat Addiction Is Rocky

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 16 Mar 2015 - But navigating Drug Treatment Court leads to inspiring victories As Hamilton's Drug Treatment Court passes its one year anniversary, I want to thank Susan Clairmont at The Hamilton Spectator for her insightful, proactive coverage of this exciting new asset within the addiction treatment and legal communities. Susan has raised awareness of this program, which has developed beyond where we thought it would be after 12 months.

CN ON: Group Wants Drug Abuse Strategy For City

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 16 Mar 2015 - Health: Strategy Would Address Harms to Public A community group that developed a recently launched program to fight fentanyl patch abuse now wants to create a strategy to combat drug abuse for the city.

US DC: No Pot in This Beer, Just a Hint of the City's Lack of

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 18 Mar 2015 - First, a disclaimer: There is no marijuana in the beer. That's what they said. Cannabis and hops are just a lot alike. It only smells like pot. And it might taste a little like it, too. So if that's what you like - a dank, resinous pint - or if you're willing at least to try it, this could be your season at the District's DC Brau Brewing Co.

US: Obama to Youths: Focus Not On The Pot

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 17 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: Care more about climate change and less about marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that, if marijuana were legalized, young people would view that as a top item when considering the president's legacy.

Mexico: U.S. Pot On Rise In Mexico

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 17 Mar 2015 - High-End Imports, Home Cultivation Increasing MEXICO CITY (AP) - Once upon a time, Mexican marijuana was the gold standard for U.S. pot smokers. But in the new world of legal markets and gourmet weed, aficionados here are looking to the United States and Europe for the good stuff.

New Zealand: Little Data On Drug

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:00
Timaru Herald, 17 Mar 2015 - A government investigation into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has found little evidence to support a wider review. Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne asked the Ministry of Health to report amid domestic and international pressure to legalise the drug's use among certain patients. The report said although some research had found cannabinoids might be useful to treat some ailments, overall, data was limited. "To date, clinical trials of unprocessed or partially-processed cannabis products have suffered from limited participant numbers and lack of data on long-term effects," the ministry said. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom