PHOENIX - Foes of legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in
Arizona are trying to keep the issue from going to voters in November.
Legal papers filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contend the
legally required 100-word description misled people into signing the
petition to put the issue on the ballot. Issues range from the
definition of "marijuana" to how the law would affect driving while
The lawsuit comes as a new survey Tuesday finds widespread support for
the proposal a=80" with more than 6 out of every 10 likely voters saying
they will support it if it is on the ballot. Pollster Mike Noble of OH
Predictive Insights said the query of 600 likely voters found that
just 32% say they're definitely opposed.
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Like myself, I suspect many citizens of Lethbridge were alarmed by the
finding of misappropriated funds within ARCHES, and the subsequent
withdrawal of provincial funding to their supervised consumption site
(SCS). As an RN who has worked for a number of years in harm
reduction, I am reeling for our clients and their families in terms of
how this will impact them.
One thing is clear - the inappropriate management of funds within one
agency does not refute decades of empirical research behind the
effectiveness of harm-reduction interventions in mitigating
drug-related health and social issues. This financial audit was not
intended to evaluate the effectiveness of harm-reduction services
provided to people who use drugs. To conflate findings of financial
mismanagement with lack of effectiveness in harm reduction would only
further exacerbate drug-related health issues.
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Criminalization of simple drug possession has had 'devastating
effect,' says AIDS Saskatoon director
A Saskatoon police spokeswoman said city police generally lay drug
possession charges as a result of an investigation into something else.
Criminalization of possession of illicit drugs for personal use has
had a "devastating effect," says the AIDS Saskatoon's executive director.
Jason Mercredi said he fully supports a call by the Canadian
Association of Chiefs of Police on the federal government to
decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs for personal use. The
CACP made the call last week after issuing its findings in a report.
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As state law enforcement played whack-a-mole with illegal marijuana
fields, local communities protested the "invading army."
Driving through Humboldt County last winter, I heard radio ads for
help harvesting and selling cannabis crops, as well as for products
geared toward commercial cultivation. But less than 40 years ago, the
same area was one of the main battlefields of California's war on pot
By the late 1960s, the three counties of the Emerald Triangle had
developed a reputation for growing a high-quality product. Demand grew
rapidly, and prices skyrocketed, fueling greater production. In 1983,
after several unsuccessful attempts to cut down production, the state
started the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP.
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Prof Joe Boden, of the University of Otago, provides a view from
inside the expert panel on cannabis ahead of this year's cannabis referendum.
A year ago several New Zealand academics, me included, were invited to
join the expert panel on cannabis by the Prime Minister's Chief
Science Adviser, Prof Juliet Gerrard.
With the referendum on the legalisation of cannabis planned for this
year, the Prime Minister had asked Prof Gerrard to assemble the panel
in order to present research on cannabis, cannabis-related harm and
cannabis law reform to New Zealanders in an accessible manner.
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A recent poll suggests 51 per cent of British Columbians are buying
all product legally
B.C. has had a difficult road to getting cannabis users interested in
purchasing from legal retailers over their neighbourhood dealer, but a
recent poll suggests that the province may finally be winning the
battle over bud.
A Research Co. poll released earlier this month found that 51 per cent
of B.C. respondents who have consumed cannabis in the past six months
have bought all of their products from licensed retailers. That's an
18-point increase from a similar survey conducted in October 2019.
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If the idea of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of illicit
drugs once sounded radical, the coalition of people who now espouse
the idea would certainly seem to be strange bedfellows.
On July 9, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police called on the
federal government to decriminalize possession of small amounts of
illicit drugs; B.C. Premier John Horgan asked Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau to do the same in a Jul. 20 letter. Benjamin Perrin, the top
criminal justice adviser in Stephen Harper's "tough-on-crime"
administration, recently wrote a book in support of decriminalization,
and major publications, including The Globe and Mail, have published
editorials urging the same.
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SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that unlicensed cannabis sellers continue to
dominate California's pot market, state lawmakers are moving toward
imposing steep new fines on businesses that provide building space,
advertising platforms and other aid to illicit operations.
Those who provide assistance to illegal pot sellers would face civil
fines of up to $30,000 per day under legislation approved unanimously
by the state Assembly that is now pending in the Senate. A final vote
on the proposal is expected sometime after lawmakers return to
Sacramento this month.
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Listen to the police
Let's talk about decriminalizing all drugs
We're having a national conversation about policing and criminal
justice. Examining our drug laws is a natural extension of this debate
More than nine years ago, writing about the war on drugs, this
editorial board encouraged the government of then-prime minister
Stephen Harper to get bolder with decriminalizing cannabis.
"By any reasonably broad metric," we wrote then, the war on drugs "has
been an abysmal failure. According to estimates by the UN - by no
means a liberal organization when it comes to drug policy - worldwide
consumption of opiates rose 34.5 per cent from 1998 to 2008, cocaine
by 27 per cent, and cannabis by 8.5 per cent. In achieving that abject
failure, tens of thousands of people have been killed."
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Largest such move in California comes amid nationwide push for
criminal-justice reform and relaxing drug laws
Los Angeles County will vacate nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions
dating back to the 1960s, part of a growing national effort to reduce
The move, announced Thursday by Los Angeles County District Attorney
Jackie Lacey, will dismiss convictions for tens of thousands of
individuals, the majority of whom are black or Latino.
"As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden
those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of
their criminal record," Ms. Lacey said in a press conference Thursday.
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Using cannabis tax revenues to plug local budget holes has been an
effective talking point in advancing marijuana-legalization proposals
across the country ("Cities Look to Marijuana Taxes for Help," U.S.
News, Feb. 5). However, it is vital that lawmakers also use these
cannabis tax revenues to fund programs that serve the individuals
whose lives and communities have been destroyed by the misguided,
racially biased policies of America's war on drugs. Decriminalization
and expungement bills don't go far enough.
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Give Marijuana Tax Revenues to the Harmed We have a moral imperative
to try to right the wrongs of the war on drugs. We should start by
investing in the very communities it harmed.
It is a sad day when cities and states use pot to entice residents
from states that haven't legalized it to help pay for their
irresponsibly designed and funded pensions and fixing their pot holes.
South Beloit, Ill., faces steep bills to fund its firefighter and
police pensions and repave its cracked streets. Now, Mayor Ted Rehl
has a plan to help cover the shortfall: marijuana.
South Beloit, less than a mile from the Wisconsin state border, will
welcome its first cannabis dispensary later this year. Recreational
cannabis became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1 but remains illegal in
Wisconsin. The Illinois town hopes to collect roughly $1 million a
year in taxes on marijuana purchases, mostly by Wisconsinites.
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Kevin Sabet has it backward in "How Legal Weed Shops Feed the Vaping
Crisis" (op-ed, Jan 21). Here in California, not a single case of vape
disease has been traced to a legal, state-regulated source, according
to the state Bureau of Cannabis Control. Rather, the source of the
problem is illicit manufacturers of contaminated goods on the
Contrary to Mr. Sabet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
never examined the safety of state-regulated vapes. Rather, it
attributed 16% of vape disease cases to so-called "commercial"
sources, loosely defined to include all "dispensaries, vape or smoke
shops, stores and pop-up shops" regardless of their legality. In
California, illicit pot outlets outnumber legal ones by over 2 to 1,
no thanks to burdensome taxes, regulations and local and federal bans
on legal outlets.
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From makeup and oils to capsules for stress relief, cannabis-based
goods are flowing into the marketplace. But while they may not get you
high, they can still cause you problems at work.
Cannabidiol or CBD has been showing up in a widening array of goods.
That's because federal legislation in 2018 deemed that hemp - one of
its sources - was not an illegal controlled substance.
But your job could be in jeopardy if one of those products, which are
largely unregulated, contains THC, the same compound that causes
marijuana users to get high.
State-sanctioned marijuana shops are contributing to the rise in lung
illnesses and deaths at a higher rate than previously believed.
Proponents of the marijuana industry have dismissed the "pot vaping
crisis," with its deaths and lung injuries, as an aberration of the
illicit market. Legal pot, they say, is regulated and thus not to
blame for the recent spate of problems. Victims and families who came
forward to warn about purchases made at state-licensed shops were
lambasted by legalization advocates. When the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention advised against using all marijuana vaping
products, industry insiders questioned their motives and called the
warnings conspiracy theories.
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Three years after recreational marijuana was legalized in California,
it still casts a cloud over most job applicants.
Many employers in the state still require drug screening as a
prerequisite for hiring someone, experts in the hiring field say. And
while recreational use and possession are allowed for people 21 and
older, failing a drug test can still prompt an employer to toss a
resume into the reject pile.
But with 11 states now legalizing recreational marijuana use, there
are new perspectives that might be giving workers something of a break.
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Researchers hope the findings counter recent trends of mothers using
marijuana for pregnancy-related nausea symptoms.
Researchers in Minnesota and Iowa have found greater risks of social
and emotional problems in infants whose mothers consumed marijuana
Using results of a developmental screening tool for 1-year-olds, the
researchers found that 9.1% of babies from marijuana users were at
risk, compared to 3.6% of babies whose mothers didn't consume the drug
Researchers said the size of that gap was surprising, along with
screening results showing that 8% of mothers tested positive during
pregnancy for the presence of THC, the psychoactive component in
marijuana, said Dr. Elyse Kharbanda, lead researcher of the study from
the HealthPartners Institute in Bloomington, Minn. Researchers from
the universities of Minnesota and Iowa co-authored the study, which
was published in the Journal of Perinatology.
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When Garrett Rigg moved from a "transitional living program" facility
near Chicago last month into a group home, it was a major milestone
for the 27-year-old, who traveled 1,000 miles from his home in Denver
to get treatment after a cannabis-induced psychotic break five years
Rigg had to leave his hometown because it lacked suitable long-term
treatment, according to his mother, Connie Kabrick. The three
marijuana dispensaries at the intersection a half block from her home
are the reason why she says he can't move
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Regarding your editorial "The Vaping-Marijuana Nexus" (Dec. 26):
Tobacco, marijuana and vaping companies mislead the public on the
clear harms associated with wider use of today's higher-THC-content
marijuana and inhaling substances other than clean air. Opponents of
expansion of marijuana availability acknowledge concerns about
disparate enforcement of drug laws. But the costs to society from
legitimizing the addiction industry far outweigh the benefits.
Meanwhile, proponents of recreational marijuana push the false
narrative of a tax windfall for governments and improved safety for
users while ignoring the harms: mental-health issues, addiction, acute
and chronic lung disease, domestic violence and more.
Dr. Madejski was president of the Medical Society of the State of New
York from 2018 to 2019.
"Is Marijuana Fueling a Public-Health Crisis?"
The statistic from your editorial, that "95% of heroin and cocaine
users report first using pot," doesn't prove much. Remember, 99% of
criminal motorcycle-gang members started by riding bicycles.
David Allan Van Nostrand
Boca Raton, Fla.
As a physician specializing in drug safety, I agree that "pot is more
dangerous than people realize, and Americans should pause on the rush
to legalize until we understand how much medical and social harm it is
The safety profile of cannabis is largely unknown. The states and localities
that have legalized marijuana have focused on the quality of marijuana
products, but haven't required anyone to systematically report side effects.
That needs to change. Since today's marijuana products are four to five times
more potent than past products, old data understates the safety issues.
I fear that the marijuana story is a slow-moving train wreck. We're
witnessing widespread use of largely unregulated and untested products
which may be toxic in themselves as well as adulterated or
Chapel Hill, N.C.
One in five Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of
cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens
reside some place where the medical use of cannabis is legally
authorized. Many of these latter programs have been in place for the
better part of two decades.
Were the societal impacts of these policies not preferable to those
associated with criminal prohibition, or as dire to public health as some
critics suggest, then support for marijuana policy reform would be rapidly
declining. Instead, the opposite is true.
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I've covered things that injure, sicken and kill kids and adults for
more than 30 years. From auto safety to medical errors, I've competed
to break stories on the latest deadly defect or health policy change,
most recently on electronic cigarettes.
In late August, I added vaping-related lung illnesses to the beat.
Last month, I added marijuana, psychosis and other mental illness.
It's a pretty solitary place to be.
We reporters covered the heck out of vaping lung illnesses starting in
August. Once it became clear the culprit was THC and not nicotine,
however, the news media seemed to lose interest, said former Food and
Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb at a breakfast event I
attended in early November.
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SHINAHOTA, Bolivia-During nearly 14 years as president, Evo Morales
pampered the Chapare, the coca leaf-growing jungle region of central
Bolivia where he got his start in politics.
Mr. Morales expelled U.S. antidrug agents and promoted the health
benefits of the coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, which is
legal and chewed by many indigenous people. His socialist government
built a paper mill, an airport, and a 25,000-seat soccer stadium in
the region. In turn, the farmers gave Mr. Morales, the head of a
federation of coca growers, their fervent support.
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It's a new year and, for Illinois, a new era of recreational
Weed dispensaries across the state opened their doors before sunrise
Wednesday, welcoming long lines of customers - some who had been
waiting since 4 a.m.
"Cheers to lighting up the start of 2020!" one dispensary, Sunnyside,
wrote on its Facebook page.
Under Illinois law, anyone over 21 with a valid state ID or driver's
license can purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers.
Illinois started off the new decade by embarking into the world of
recreational marijuana, where people can buy the intoxicating plant
legally and without a prescription.
Across the Chicago area, thousands lined up - some before dawn - for a
chance to buy marijuana legally for the first time. The day featured
long lines, a few glitches - and lots of happy customers.
"It's history, so it's worth the wait," Damien Smith of Maywood said
as he left MedMen dispensary in Oak Park with a bag of cannabis
products after waiting in line for about four hours.
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Your editorial "The Vaping-Marijuana Nexus" (Dec. 26) is a wake-up
call for parents and politicians. Marijuana isn't harmless. Nor is it
legal under federal law, and for good reason. It contains more than
460 different chemicals and, as the editorial board points out, it's
four to five times more powerful than the marijuana of the 1970s, '80s
Extensive scientific research has documented serious harm to brain
development for teenage regular users, major consequences for pregnant
and nursing mothers and significant impairment for drivers and others
performing sensitive tasks. Colorado, the first state to legalize
marijuana, leads the nation in use by 12-to-17-year-olds. Meanwhile,
the gangs and drug dealers are cheering because their sales have
skyrocketed, selling to minors and others at lower prices than
dispensaries can offer.
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The editorial board is right to take a stand and tell the truth about
marijuana. The grand marijuana human experiment in the "legal" states,
abetted by an addiction-for-profit industry and politicians hungry for
tax revenue, has taken a cruel toll.
By any objective benchmark, the experiments have failed:
emergency-room visits, driving fatalities, calls to poison control,
youth use and suicidal ideation have increased since legalization.
Overproduction and black-market sales have collapsed the legal revenue
streams, which are insufficient to cover the societal harms caused by
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It is difficult to keep track of the fallacies and straw men in your
reefer madness rant. Start with the obvious: The federal ban on
cannabis makes it impossible for legal, federally regulated
e-cigarette makers to develop and market safe THC cartridges for
vaping. Consequently, most THC cartridges are dangerous bootleg
products sold on the black market. Federal legalization would lead to
improved product safety for which manufacturers would be held
The reason unlicensed dispensaries are flourishing in California
relates to the state's exorbitant taxes and burdensome regulations.
This isn't the case in Colorado and Washington, where an oversupply of
legal cannabis outlets has driven prices down so much that state-based
growers turn to California's black market in search of profits.
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CHICAGO - The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal
Wednesday in Illinois to the delight of pot fans - many who began
lining up hours early at dispensaries.
About 500 people were outside Dispensary 33 in Chicago. Renzo Mejia
made the first legal purchase in the shop shortly after 6 a.m., the
earliest that Illinois' new law allowed such sales.
"To be able to have (recreational marijuana) here is just
mind-boggling," Mejia told the Chicago Sun-Times after buying an
eighth of an ounce called "Motorbreath."
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For years, Richard Manning knew what he needed to cope with his
physical pain, rage and PTSD - much of which he traced to a
career-ending knee injury he suffered while on a domestic security
detail with the Marines.
Cannabis may not have been a cure-all, but it was the closest thing
he'd ever had to one.
Manning, a resident of Elk Grove, Calif., didn't have enough money to
buy the daily amount of cannabis he needed, but he was able to get it
through a network of charitable donors spawned by the Compassionate
Use Act, a 1996 California law that allowed marijuana to be used for
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As California enters its third year of legal recreational cannabis
sales, many expect upcoming new laws, high-profile court cases and
major criminal justice reforms to shake up the industry.
Marijuana advocates are wary after a challenging second year, but most
also are hopeful that changes in 2020 will put them in a better
position a year from now.
"We always knew it would be an uphill battle," said Robert Flannery of
Dr. Robb Farms, a cannabis cultivation company based in Desert Hot
Springs. "But there are very few people who are not generally
optimistic about the cannabis industry."
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ROME - Growing small amounts of marijuana at home for private use is
not a crime, Italy's top court has ruled, putting an end to a
years-long legal dispute and adding Italy to the short list of
countries to allow cultivation of recreational cannabis.
A 1990s law prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Italy,
but conflicting court decisions, and a 2016 amendment that opened a
loophole in the law, created confusion over how it should be
The country's highest court appears to have settled at least part of
the question, writing in a one-page statement of its findings that "at
home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded
from the application of the penal code."
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Graham Saunders is a man in high demand.
When U.S. cannabis companies need financing they can't find elsewhere,
they turn to this Toronto banker who operates far from Wall Street.
Since the spring of 2016, Mr. Saunders's team at Canadian boutique
firm Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. has helped finance more than half of
all pot deals in the global equity markets, raising more than $5
billion from investors, according to Dealogic.
The king of pot financing presents himself in business meetings as a
banker from another era, sporting pinstripe suits, monogrammed cuff
links and slicked-back hair. He drives a Bentley, has a collection of
expensive watches, and answers to his high-school nickname, "Sudsy."
Mr. Saunders, 51, has become so identified with cannabis that he has a
jacket with marijuana leaves printed on it.
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A surge in vaping related lung illnesses this year caught the medical
community by surprise, with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) reporting more than 2,500 lung illnesses and 54
deaths. Politicians are targeting e-cigarettes, but the CDC reported
last week that marijuana is so far the greatest common
This is another reminder that America is undertaking a risky social
experiment by legalizing and especially destigmatizing cannabis, and
the potential effects are hard to foresee or control. The same
political culture that is in a fury over legal opioids, and is trying
to bankrupt drug companies as compensation, seems to have no problem
celebrating a drug that may be damaging young brains for a lifetime.
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Baba Ram Dass, who epitomized the 1960s of legend by popularizing
psychedelic drugs with Timothy Leary, a fellow Harvard academic,
before finding spiritual inspiration in India, died on Sunday at his
home on Maui, Hawaii. He was 88.
His death was announced on his official Instagram account.
Having returned from India as a bushy-bearded, barefoot, white-robed
guru, Ram Dass, who was born Richard Alpert, became a peripatetic
lecturer on New Age possibilities and a popular author of more than a
dozen inspirational books.
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The Coffee Joint, the first establishment to hold a cannabis
consumption license in Denver, is now the second pot lounge business
to apply for a state social consumption license.
Colorado Springs social lounge Studio A64 successfully applied for a
social consumption license at the state Marijuana Enforcement Division
office three hours before Coffee Joint owners Rita Tsalyuk and Kirill
Merkulov could beat them to it.
Studio A64 could not be reached for comment, but Tsalyuk and Merkulov
say the opportunity to apply for a state license is a big step for all
cannabis businesses. "This is bigger than us. It's just a bigger step
in the industry," Tsalyuk explains. "It opens the door to do something
different and plan ahead for the next year."
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Early one morning in March, Madison McIntosh showed up on his day off
at the Scottsdale, Arizona, driving range and restaurant where he
worked. The 24-year-old sat in his car until the place opened, then
wandered around all day, alternating between gibberish and talk of
suicide as co-workers tried to keep him away from customers.
When he was still there 12 hours later, the manager contacted
McIntosh's father in Las Vegas, who called police and rallied other
family members states away to converge at the young man's side.
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SMITHS FALLS, Ontario - When Canada became the first major
industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana, visions of
billions of dollars in profits inspired growers, retailers and
investors, sending the stock market soaring in a so-called green rush.
A year later, the euphoria has vanished.
"No one wants to invest in it now," said John-Kurt Pliniussen, a
professor of marketing at the Smith School of Business at Queen's
University in Kingston, Ontario.
That is because those who have invested have generally lost money.
During the first year after legalization, the value of shares in
Canada's six largest marijuana companies tumbled by an average of 56
percent, according to stock price data.
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wants to restrict public access to
people's criminal records for convictions of less than an ounce of
marijuana - an executive action announced Monday that she said was "in
keeping with our commitment to meaningful criminal justice reform."
The administrative order requires city officials - specifically the
chief operating officer, city attorney, solicitor and chief judge of
the Municipal Court - to establish a standard process by which people
can apply to have those court records made off-limits to everyone
except law enforcement by Feb. 1.
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TULSA, Okla. - The teenager had pink cheeks from the cold and a
matter-of-fact tone as she explained why she had started using
methamphetamine after becoming homeless last year.
"Having nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat - that's where meth comes
into play," said the girl, 17, who asked to be identified by her
nickname, Rose. "Those things aren't a problem if you're using."
She stopped two months ago, she said, after smoking so much meth over
a 24-hour period that she hallucinated and nearly jumped off a bridge.
Deaths associated with meth use are climbing here in Oklahoma and in
many other states, an alarming trend for a nation battered by the
opioid epidemic, and one that public health officials are struggling
to fully explain.
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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. - The Hamblen County Jail has been described as a
dangerously overcrowded "cesspool of a dungeon," with inmates sleeping
on mats in the hallways, lawyers forced to meet their clients in a
supply closet and the people inside subjected to "horrible conditions"
And that's the county sheriff talking.
Jail populations used to be concentrated in big cities. But since
2013, the number of people locked up in rural, conservative counties
such as Hamblen has skyrocketed, driven by the nation's drug crisis.
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Dannis Billups' addiction nightmare began with an actual nightmare
when he was about 4 years old. His daddy sat him on his knee and gave
him a half-can of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer to soothe him.
In the 1980s, he joined the "family trade," a young black man peddling
crack cocaine on the streets of Newark, New Jersey, profiting from
other people's addiction and pain.
Within a few years, he became his best customer. His life became a
never-ending ride on the criminal justice carousel: arrests, jail,
probation and then back in the system for another spin, some two dozen
times, on and off the ride he went.
"They would never offer you treatment," said Billups, now 53. "They
would just lock you away and forget about you."
There's not much solid data about how widespread the use of a
psychoactive plant called kratom is in the U.S.
But if what Dr. Marvin Seppala is seeing in addiction treatment
centers all over the country is any indication, use of kratom isn't
just on the rise; it's becoming normalized.
"What we're seeing is regular use of it, especially in adolescents and
young adults," said Seppala, chief medical officer at the Hazelden
Betty Ford Foundation and a 2018 CivicCon speaker. "It really fits in
with alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. It's legal, so it's really easy
for kids to get a hold of, and they'll try it to see what it does to
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Two Midwestern states are breaking into the recreational marijuana
market, and dispensaries are expecting huge crowds.
Legal weed sales began Sunday in Michigan, where a handful of
dispensaries in Ann Arbor planned to be open for business. The
landmark moment in the state's cannabis industry comes amid a
temporary ban on the sale of vaping devices in Michigan as health
officials investigate the causes of vaping-related lung illnesses nationwide.
In Illinois, where officials are grappling with a lack of racial
equity in the cannabis industry, sales are expected to begin New Year's Day.
The states are the 10th and 11th nationwide to allow recreational
Thirty-three states allow the sale of marijuana for medical use, which
Michigan legalized in 2008, followed by Illinois in 2013.
LONDON - Homeless drug users in Scotland will be allowed to inject
pharmaceutical-grade heroin twice a day under the supervision of
medical officials as part of a new program intended to reduce drug
deaths and H.I.V. infection.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, a $1.5 million facility in
Glasgow that opened on Tuesday will allow a handful of drug users to
receive doses of the drug alongside other treatment for their physical
and psychological health, according to Glasgow City Council.
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LOS ANGELES - Every Sunday, about two dozen people gather at a green
cabin along the main drag of Big Bear, Calif., a small mountain town
known for its namesake lake. They go there for Jah Healing Church
services, where joints are passed around.
April Mancini, a founder of the church, said she was drawn to the idea
of cannabis as a religious sacrament back in 2013, after she met a
Rastafarian who was running the place as an unlicensed medicinal dispensary.
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In an effort to discourage drug use and vaping, a Catholic high school in
Ohio has announced plans to begin testing its students for drugs and
nicotine, joining what education professionals are calling a growing trend.
Administrators at Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio, said in
a letter to parents this week that the drug-testing program, which they
said had been shaped over the course of two years with help from the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati, would go into effect in January.
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QUJING, China-In China, marijuana is seen as a dangerous narcotic, and
possession is strictly punished. That hasn't stopped the country from
trying to become a powerhouse in the fast-growing industry for
China has grown hemp, a strain of cannabis, for thousands of years to use
in clothing and traditional medicine and is one of the world's largest
hemp producers. The country is using that foothold to churn out
cannabidiol, or CBD, a loosely regulated chemical related to marijuana
that is finding its way into products as diverse as bath bombs and pet food.
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