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CN ON: 'Smoke Is The Problem': Colby

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 27 Aug 2014 - C-K medical officer of health speaks out on marijuana Members of the Canadian Medical Association passed a motion earlier this month at the organization's annual convention that smoking any plant material is unhealthy.

US WA: Suit Against Fife's Ban on Pot Challenges State's

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 29 Aug 2014 - Pierce County Arguments in Case Will Be Heard Friday To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

US NM: AG Has No Plans To Challenge New Pot Law

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 29 Aug 2014 - King: City Has Authority to Enact Own Ordinance SANTA FE - Attorney General Gary King supports decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and his office has no plans to challenge Santa Fe's brand new ordinance that does just that.

Somalia: 'Paradise Flower' Chewers Savor Low-Price Bliss After

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 28 Aug 2014 - MOGADISHU, Somalia - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails a national institution nonetheless: white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries.

US MD: OPED: Overdose Deaths Are Preventable

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 29 Aug 2014 - Last year, 858 Maryland residents died due to alcohol or drug intoxication; that's enough to replace the entire University of Maryland football team more than eight times. This year is on track to be even more deadly, with a 33 percent increase in accidental opioid overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2014 alone. We do not want any more families, friends and communities to grieve their fallen loved ones. It is time for all of us to call this problem what is: an epidemic.

Australia: Marijuana Trial Plan Panned As Nonsense

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The Age, 29 Aug 2014 - Coalition Reform Will Do Little, Say Experts MARIJUANA TRIAL PLAN PANNED AS NONSENSE A Victorian government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.

New Zealand: Frustrating Wait

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The Press, 29 Aug 2014 - Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry. Hemp can be grown and extracted oil sold, but no other products can be made from its seed such as milk or protein powder.

US NJ: Column: White Entrepreneurs Crowding Out Black Ones in

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 28 Aug 2014 - Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally's casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana. Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally's Casino in Atlantic City.

US CA: Column: On Race, Arrests, Marijuana and 'The New Jim

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Aug 2014 - In Sacramento, Black People Are Arrested 5.7 Times More Often Than White People Are marijuana arrests really a racial thing? - -Mike Green

Somalia: How the UK's Ban on Khat Brought 'Bliss' To Somalia

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Independent, 28 Aug 2014 - IN MOGADISHU - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia's president, but hails white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across the Horn of Africa and Yemen in a tradition dating back centuries, which has recently been banned in the UK.

US MD: Editorial: A Medicinal Plant

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 28 Aug 2014 - Proposed Maryland rules on access to medical marijuana are so restrictive that many patients may never be able to receive it Astate commission meeting this week to draft rules governing access to medical marijuana by patients and physicians has left advocates for the drug's therapeutic use wondering whether it will ever become available to those who need it. The commissioners need to balance the scientific and medical issues raised by medical marijuana against the legal constraints imposed by state and federal statutes.

US AZ: Column: Adventures In Edibles

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - While most people associate marijuana with smoking, with the rise of medical marijuana culture in recent years, marijuana-infused products, more commonly referred to as edibles, now come in more forms than you could count, from hot sauces to gummy bears. Some patients choose these products to avoid exposure to smoke, some because edibles can be a more discreet way to medicate. Then again, some people just prefer the effects via ingesting. If you haven't checked into it, you might be surprised by the sheer volume and variety of options. We picked some of the most intriguing edibles from local dispensaries.

US CO: Column: Boulder Backs Off On 'Lab Rat' Campaign

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 28 Aug 2014 - I reported last week that the Boulder Valley School District, which I wouldn't call a pro-cannabis organization, announced after careful consideration that it wouldn't support Gov. John Hickenlooper's "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign to scare teenagers into not using cannabis and wouldn't allow the slick, ad-agency rat cages to be placed on school property. The city of Boulder announced Friday that it was set to erect one of the life-sized lab-rat cages near the corner of 13th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, right across the street from Boulder High School property. Thankfully, on Tuesday, after Councilman Macon Cowles brought the issue up on the city email hotline, the city quickly backtracked and announced it would not participate in the campaign, either. Better late than never.

US CA: Column: Pot To Trot

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 27 Aug 2014 - A Weird Side Effect of the California Drought - the World's First "420 Games." A prominent sign at the recent High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Santa Rosa read "Winners don't smoke weed, champions do." That sentiment - part of marijuana's ongoing acceptance by mainstream America - will take on added meaning on September 13 in Golden Gate Park with the first-ever 420 Games.

US MI: Column: Alysa Erwin's Cancer Is Back, and Doctors Won't

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 27 Aug 2014 - I first wrote about Alysa Erwin in December 2013. At the time, she had been cancer-free for 11 months. Alysa's and her family's ordeal started in January 2011 when she was 14 years old. She started having debilitating headaches, and in the spring was diagnosed with Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma - brain cancer - at the University of Michigan hospital.

US CO: Column: Marijuana Community Mourns Teen, Council Delays

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 27 Aug 2014 - A community loss Marijuana supporters are joining together to celebrate the life of Kristie Wheeler's 16-year-old daughter Kathryn "Katy Bug" Mushak, who was killed in a car accident last Thursday.

US WA: Editorial: Feds Drag Feet On Banking For Marijuana

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 27 Aug 2014 - WASHINGTON'S legal-marijuana market is still in its infancy, but in the first month of stores being open for business, the state has collected about $750,000 in state excise taxes. That's welcome news, because those sales represent a poke in the eye - - albeit a small jab - at the underground black market. Revenues will grow.

US PA: OPED: High And 'Near-Broken Societies'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Tribune Review, 25 Aug 2014 - Four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Francis Kelly is commander of the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for security planning and military operations in Central and South America and the Panama Canal. Regarding the growing number of unaccompanied minors piling up at the southern U.S. border, escaping the escalating violence in their hometowns in Central America, Kelly in an essay last month in the Military Times said he spent more than a year "observing the transnational organized crime networks" in Central America.

US WA: Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
Snohomish County Tribune, 27 Aug 2014 - Heroin, The Local Scourge, Leaves Families Reeling With Pain SNOHOMISH -- People in the room shifted uncomfortably as the mothers of heroin addicts poured out tears and stories at a recent public forum.

US PA: OPED: Growing Heroin, Opioid Epidemic Demands Action

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
The News-Item, 26 Aug 2014 - Over the past five years, nearly 3,000 heroin-related overdose deaths have been identified in Pennsylvania. Overdose deaths in our state have increased by an astounding 570 percent, rising from 2.7 to 15.4 per thousand over the last two decades. Nationally, more people aged 25 to 64 are dying from heroin overdoses than in vehicle crashes.