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US NY: OPED: Can Opioids Treat Depression

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 Jun 2016 - ONE of the most painful experiences of being a psychiatrist is having a patient for whom none of the available therapies or medications work. A while back, I was asked to do a consultation on just such a patient. This person had been a heroin addict in her early 20s. She had quit the opioid five years earlier, but her life was plagued with anxiety, apathy and self-doubt that prior treatments had not helped. At the end of the session, almost as an afterthought, she noted with irony that the only time in her adult life when she had been able to socialize easily and function at work was when she had been hooked on heroin.

US CA: OPED: Questioning Legalization

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 05 Jun 2016 - "I've spilt more than you've smoked," my brother-in-law, let's call him Marty, bragged to my husband in the throes of his addiction. A measure to legalize recreational marijuana is heading toward the California ballot in November. Marty would have been thrilled - but then, he didn't bother much with voting. My vote, too, would have been a no-brainer some years ago. Legalize it, tax it, make it safer, I would have said then, back when I felt more certain about everything, when I viewed addiction as a lack of self-discipline and personal weakness. I never dreamed it could take down an entire family.

New Zealand: Cannabis Harm 'Non-Physical'

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Manawatu Standard, 04 Jun 2016 - Gum disease is one of the few physical health problems associated with cannabis use, according to new research on more than 1000 New Zealanders. As the most widely used illegal drug in the world, understanding the long-term effects of cannabis is a global priority. However, lead author Madeline Meier cautioned recreational users.

New Zealand: Cannabis Harm 'Non-Physical'

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:00
Timaru Herald, 04 Jun 2016 - Gum disease is one of the few physical health problems associated with cannabis use, according to new research on more than 1000 New Zealanders. As the most widely used illegal drug in the world, understanding the long-term effects of cannabis is a global priority. However, lead author Madeline Meier cautioned recreational users.

US: Prince's OD Could Spur Action On Opioids

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 04 Jun 2016 - Lawmakers Mostly Agree That Congress Needs to Take Steps. The official confirmation of Prince's death by opioid overdose is likely to reverberate in Washington, where lawmakers are still trying to hammer out a deal on legislation attempting to stem a national crisis in abuse of those drugs.

US MA: Medical Marijuana Doctor Loses License To Practice

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 04 Jun 2016 - The state has pulled the license of Dr. Tyrone S. Cushing, accusing him of recommending medical marijuana in 2013 for a visibly pregnant woman with a history of substance abuse. Cushing, who worked at CannaMed, a medical marijuana consultant service in Framingham, is the second doctor in recent days to have his license summarily suspended for improperly certifying patients as eligible to receive medical marijuana.

US: Marijuana's Only Major Possible Side Effect? Gum Disease

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Jun 2016 - Long-term marijuana use is not associated with a raft of physical health problems, according to a new study, with one surprising exception: gum disease. Researchers led by Madeline Meier of Arizona State University tracked the marijuana habits of 1,037 New Zealanders from birth to middle age to see what effect those habits have on some common measures of physical health, including lung function, systemic inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar, and dental health.

US CA: OPED: Misguided Government

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 03 Jun 2016 - Whether you are for or against medical cannabis, you must stand for wise decisions that can be enforced. Unnecessary laws which cannot be modified for decades serve no one in Nevada County on either side of this issue. The board of supervisors finds themselves caught up in a controversy of their own making. No one has been able to quantify the number of complaints made about cannabis. This board of supervisors has taken a position to punish cannabis growers who didn't comply with Measure S guidelines, according to Dan Miller.

US: Obama Grants Clemency To 42 Federal Inmates

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 04 Jun 2016 - President Obama granted clemency to 42 inmates Friday as part of an ongoing effort to release federal prisoners who are serving prison terms resulting from sentencing laws that the White House said were "outdated and unduly harsh." To date, Obama has commuted the sentences of 348 federal inmates. The White House said in a statement that the president will continue commuting the sentences of inmates through his seven remaining months in office.

US OH: Boss Could Fire You For Using Pot

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 04 Jun 2016 - BOSS COULD FIRE YOU FOR USING POT Even if Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs into law a bill legalizing medical marijuana, some patients could be stopped from treatment by their employers. The bill passed by the state legislature last month would allow individuals to use, but not smoke, marijuana with a physician's permission. However, the bill also allows employers to keep drug-free workplace policies. That means as long as employers express the policy upfront, they have the right to fire, or choose not to hire, an individual based on marijuana use, even if that employee has permission to use the drug.

New Zealand: Cannabis Harm 'Non-Physical'

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Taranaki Daily News, 04 Jun 2016 - Gum disease is one of the few physical health problems associated with cannabis use, according to new research on more than 1000 New Zealanders. As the most widely used illegal drug in the world, understanding the long-term effects of cannabis is a global priority. However, lead author Madeline Meier cautioned recreational users.

CN ON: Column: New Pot Laws Need Expediting

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 02 Jun 2016 - When I was growing up, my parents employed some crazy family management practices, like put it out to the whole clan, "We're having takeout, what would you like to have for dinner?" This was the type of thing you did when you didn't have the internet or 500 TV channels. You let your kids entertain you.

CN NF: Lab Capacity Issue in Drug Impairment Battle: MADD

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:00
Advertiser, 02 Jun 2016 - Conversations with its partners in the fight against impaired driving were high on the agenda for Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD - Mother's Against Drunk Driving -while visiting the province recently. One of the things heightened during his conversation with RCMP and RNC representatives was the need for increased capacity in testing for impairment from psychoactive drugs.

US OR: Column: Can I Invest In Weed?

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 02 Jun 2016 - I lucked into a few thousand bucks. Can I invest in weed? YES, BUT probably not in the way you're thinking. The general rule in this country is that only wealthy people get to invest in private companies. These "accredited investors" are allowed to invest under an exemption to the Securities and Exchange Commission's private offerings rules. If you made $200,000 for each of the past few years, or your net worth is north of $1 million, you may qualify. Most of us do not qualify, and probably don't fall under one of the less common exemptions either. The idea is that most people could not weather a financial shellacking and the world is filled with crooks.

US CA: Trimmigration Sting

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 02 Jun 2016 - EPD Craigslist Ad Trolls Trimmers The Eureka Police Department hopes its "reverse marketing" campaign will convince out-of-towners that Humboldt County isn't a good place to come look for marijuana trimming jobs.

US CA: Edu: Column: It's Not Easy Banning Green

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Californian, 02 Jun 2016 - His left hand was pressed firmly into his temple as he leaned in and whispered, "Okay, once I finish this goddamn computer science project I'm going to make some Amsterdam tea." I muffled my naturally thunderous laughter as we we sat in the center of the Engineering Library. A moment of comfortable silence between friends followed, with only keyboard sounds filling the space. I didn't resume studying, for I was distracted by his plans, and it wasn't because of his choice of euphemism. I began to reflect on his announcement. It would not have been any different had he said he was going to smoke a cigarette or take a shot when his work was complete. Nothing would have changed.

US AK: Anti-marijuana Efforts Surge In Borough

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02 Jun 2016 - FAIRBANKS - Efforts are underway to stop marijuana businesses from opening in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. A Salcha man is launching an initiative with hopes to keep legal marijuana trade out of the borough, while the president of a strip mall condominium association maintains pot shops are prohibited in the River Mall on College Road under condo association rules because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Canada: Hire Signals Ottawa's Strict Line On Recreational

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jun 2016 - The Liberal government is sending further signals it plans a strict regime for recreational marijuana by hiring former public safety minister Anne McLellan to develop plans to legalize the drug. Sources confirmed that Ms. McLellan will head a federal-provincial task force that will report to Bill Blair, the Liberal MP and parliamentary secretary for justice who is in charge of the file. Mr. Blair, a former Toronto police chief, has denounced the growing number of unregulated pot dispensaries across the country.

US CA: Editorial: Butte Voters Should Approve Measures G, H

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 02 Jun 2016 - Marijuana is on the Butte County ballot again this month, and there are indications that most voters are growing weary of the issue. We certainly are. A voter referendum is a powerful tool in California politics, but it can also be overused. We think we're there with the marijuana issue in Butte County, where well-heeled marijuana supporters have challenged almost every decision they don't like.

US OR: Be Careful With Pot Edibles That Go On Sale Thursday

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
The Mail Tribune, 02 Jun 2016 - BE CAREFUL WITH POT EDIBLES THAT GO ON SALE THURSDAY Health Officials Warn to Keep Them Away From Children Area marijuana dispensaries and public health officials are recommending that recreational users use caution with extracts and edibles that will be come available Thursday, especially around children.

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