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Canada: Public Not Told About Banned Pesticide Found In Medical

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Dec 2016 - A controversial pesticide banned in Canada has been discovered in products sold by a federally licensed medical marijuana producer, The Globe and Mail has learned, but neither the company nor Health Canada have informed the public. Myclobutanil, a chemical that is also prohibited for use on legal cannabis in Colorado, Washington State and Oregon because of health concerns, was found in product recently recalled by Mettrum Ltd., a Toronto-based medical marijuana company.

US CT: Canada Takes Next Step Toward National Marijuana

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
The News-Times, 30 Dec 2016 - While the US federal government remains stubbornly opposed to legalizing marijuana, our neighbor to the north is increasingly interested in cannabis commerce and moving away from pot prosecutions. Even as voters in more U.S. states approved legalized recreational marijuana this November - and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana - the federal government still lists marijuana as an illegal drug.

US: Australia Drug Smuggling Largest Cocaine Seizure In History

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
Business Insider, 29 Dec 2016 - Police took down a Sydney crime syndicate and made 'the largest cocaine seizure in Australian ... history' [photo] An Australian investigator unloads cargo from a seize boat, December 2016. Australian Federal Police

US NY: $260m 'Cocaine Cowboy' Put His Whole Life On Social Media

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
New York Post, 30 Dec 2016 - Helicopter rides, a Cobra sports car and a bikini model girlfriend were all part of the glamorous life caught on Instagram of one of the alleged members of Australia's largest cocaine cartel. Tattooed muscleman Darren Mohr's glittering lifestyle, which he documented on social media, shows him sunning himself in exclusive locations, flying around in a helicopter, at a yacht club during the Monaco Grand Prix, and posing with luxury cars, his girlfriend and his pet dog and macaw.

US CO: Trump And Marijuana - The Un-Rosy Scenario

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 30 Dec 2016 - A study of Washington high school students out Tuesday examining marijuana use among students in the state two years before and after the vote to legalize in 2012 finds that marijuana use increased by about 3 percent among 8th- and 10th-graders over that period. Conventional wisdom, based on results since marijuana was legalized three years ago in Colorado, is that availability of legal weed is having little or no effect on teen's use of the drug.

US CA: Trump Attorney General Pick May Spur Legal Battles Over Pot

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 08:00
Napa Valley Register, 30 Dec 2016 - Thomas Elias writes the syndicated California Focus column, appearing twice weekly in 93 newspapers around California, with circulation of over 2.2 million. As a United States attorney in Alabama serving under President Ronald Reagan in 1986, the 39-year-old Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was charged with enforcing civil rights laws. But he said then that he didn't have much of a problem with what the Ku Klux Klan stood for, musing that he thought the KKK was "OK until I found out they smoked pot."

US MA: Editorial: Fix Pot Law, But Not In Smoke-Filled Room

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 29 Dec 2016 - THE PASSAGE OF the marijuana legalization referendum in November doesn't mean that the new law's exact language must stay frozen in amber forever. But the fact that the law was approved directly by the voters should mean that lawmakers consider changes with more caution than they showed on Wednesday, when both the House and Senate approved a six-month delay to some of the law's provisions without hearings or a formal roll-call vote. That decision, reached in informal session and sent to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature, doesn't change the basic structure of the legalization law. But if approved by Baker, it would slightly delay the opening of marijuana retail stores in Massachusetts and the creation of a new commission to oversee the industry. Legislative leaders say the delay will help implement legalization effectively.

US MD: Laurel Company Granted Medical Marijuana License For National

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 30 Dec 2016 - AltPharm, a Laurel-based medical marijuana dispensary, has received its state pre-approval license to operate in the National Harbor area of Prince George's County, opening as early as summer 2017. AltPharm spokeswoman Martha Heil said the license will allow the company to sell medical marijuana in state legislative District 26, which includes Fort Washington, Oxon Hill and Accokeek.

US MA: How Hard Is It To Get Pot Now That It's Legal?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 30 Dec 2016 - Dugan Arnett wandered down Winter Street while looking for marijuana in Boston. Call me old-fashioned, but I trusted Nancy Reagan when she urged me to Just Say No. I listened when McGruff the Crime Dog insisted that "users are losers." And when my younger sister arrived home one night back in high school smelling of the devil's lettuce, I did what any self-respecting graduate of the DARE program would do: I told my mom.

US PA: Attention To Opioids May Be Curbing Doctors Prescriptions

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 Dec 2016 - Pa. Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine during a meeting with the staff of the Twin Lakes treatment facility near Somerset for people suffering with alcohol and substance abuse. Pennsylvania's avalanche of opioids that rolled from factories through pharmacies to medicine cabinets, and then tumbled into the streets with tragic results, may finally be slowing thanks to pressure on the prescribing practices of its doctors.

US PA: One Day In The Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 26 Dec 2016 - The 44-year-old mother who answered the door in Lincoln-Lemington on the evening of Dec. 15 had the "pin point" eyes of "someone who has recently used opioids," a Pittsburgh police officer wrote. The officer was responding to a 911 call suggesting child endangerment. "I do suffer from using heroin and I'm trying to stop, but I keep using," the woman admitted, according to the officer's affidavit. She led police to the makeup bag under the throw pillow, where they found six stamp bags of heroin and three hypodermic needles, the officer wrote.

CN ON: Study Injects New Life Into Safe Needle Site Debate

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
London Free Press, 29 Dec 2016 - Heavy with needle users, London could move a step closer in February to a supervised injection site for drug-addicted residents amid renewed debate about the idea. The results of a feasibility study that surveyed 200 current and former needle users, as well as police, politicians, and social service and health agency representatives, is to be released in early February, Christopher Mackie, the Middlesex-London medical officer of health, said Wednesday.

CN BC: B.C. Residents Concerned By Drug Crisis

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 29 Dec 2016 - Survey finds British Columbians possess desire for action and are also willing to consider radical options for addiction treatment British Columbians are deeply concerned about the overdose crisis and want to see improved access to addiction treatment - but, faced with an unprecedented number of drug deaths in the province, they're also willing to consider more radical options such as the legalization of hard drugs.

US CA: California Needs A Specific Ban On Smoking Pot While Driving

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec 2016 - Two state legislators say Californians might think it's illegal to smoke marijuana while driving, but that there's no specific ban on the practice in state law. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Thursday that they'll introduce legislation to close what they call a loophole.

US TN: Agriculture Secretary Wants 'aggressive' Solutions To

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 08:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 30 Dec 2016 - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, left, talks with US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack and audience members during a town hall meeting on how to deal with the opioid addiction in Appalachia on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on in Abingdon, VA. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL) Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture talks about opioid addiction during a town hall meeting with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Abingdon, VA.(SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

CN MB: Quarter Of Adults Would Try Pot If Legal: Poll

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 28 Dec 2016 - If marijuana is legalized in this province, nearly one-quarter of Manitoba adults say they're prepared to get some. Rich or poor, NDP or Progressive Conservative, man or woman, young or middle-aged - tens of thousands are likely to try some pot. The Winnipeg Free Press/Probe Research Inc. survey asked, "If marijuana becomes legal in Canada, how likely would you be to use it even just once?" Twenty-four per cent - nearly one-quarter of a million adult Manitobans - said they would be likely to use it.

US IL: Philippine President Duterte Confirms He Killed People As

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 29 Dec 2016 - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs faces criticism for its brutal efforts that have left more than 3,000 drug users and dealers dead. Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs faces criticism for its brutal efforts that have left more than 3,000 drug users and dealers dead.

US: Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken On Marijuana. Trump Ought To

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec 2016 - Californians may have voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 8 to legalize marijuana, but Americans also elected Donald Trump, whose position on legalization has been a bit -- hazy. That's a potential problem because marijuana is regulated under federal law, giving Trump and his administration veto power over whether California and the seven other states that have voted to legalize cannabis can really do so. So where does the president-elect stand on pot? He has said he supports individuals' right to use medical marijuana "100%," which is good news for the 29 states that allow medicinal use of pot. As for adult recreational use, which Californians approved through Proposition 64, it's hard to say what he believes because his statements have been all over the map, shifting from audience to audience.

US CA: What Makes Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Who

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec 2016 - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a military ceremony in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a military ceremony in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez / Associated Press)

US CO: City Of Pueblo Ends Years Of Delay By Licensing Pot Stores

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:00
Pueblo Chieftain, 28 Dec 2016 - It was the summer of 2009 when City Council started getting questions and calls about just when Pueblo was going to start allowing medical marijuana stores. It was unknown territory for that council, who were just starting to come to grips with the idea that marijuana could be a legal business, let alone one that city officials would license and tax, like taverns.

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