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1CN BC: Column: Lack Of Treatment For Addicts Proves CostlySun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Bly, David Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2014

The last time Pat saw her granddaughter, the younger woman was in the agony of drug withdrawal, crawling around on the floor and begging for help.

"I tried every contact I had to try to get her into a treatment centre," said Pat, "but the best I could find was a place with a three-month wait list.

"She left my home and her children and has been lost to us ever since. Her mother still seeks her out on the streets, at Our Place and in the hospital and courts."

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2 CN AB: PUB LTE: Tough To Weed Out Fact From Fiction In LegalSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Mathews, Shane Area:Alberta Lines:64 Added:09/02/2014

(Re: Marc Patrone's weed talk article.)

Was this supposed to be a satire?

I don't even want to start with addressing the specific legalization issue but your "anyone paying attention knows liberals are addicted to controlling us..." Got a big belly laugh in a crowded restaurant. How can you reconcile that slanted view with any factual evidence?

Did Ezra write this for you because you couldn't make the deadline? The Harper government is pursuing a campaign of building jails when crime in most parts of the country is the lowest in 50 years! Calgary, for example, has the lowest crime rate since 1966, as per CPS. The Conservative government also created mandatory minimum sentencing. No less than the lawyers of Texas, of all places, sent a missive to the Harper government, decrying this failed policy which has done nothing in the U.S. but create "clients" for privatized prisons and a subclass of felons. Are you ignorant of these things, or willfully blind to them?

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3 CN MB: Editorial: Pot Biz Must Play It StraightMon, 01 Sep 2014
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:69 Added:09/02/2014

The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing.

The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days.

Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined "Your 5-Step Primer to Investing in Pot."

Former Ontario health minister George Smitherman, among others, is currently developing a business to be a licensed medical marijuana producer.

In other words, it's big business.

But the industry is also pushing the boundaries and expanding in some questionable ways.

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4US CO: Medical Pot Rules Could Hurt PatientsTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Ingold, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2014

Families Have Moved to Colorado to Obtain Marijuana Oil for Their Children WHO Have Seizures.

Dozens of families who moved to Colorado to treat their severely disabled children with a special kind of marijuana could lose access to the treatment under new rules proposed by the state health department.

The proposed rules would stop medical marijuana caregivers from serving more than 10 patients at a time. Current rules allow for caregivers to serve more if they obtain a waiver.

Only four of Colorado's 2,896 caregivers currently serve more than 10 patients, according to state figures. The caregiver who said he serves the most patients, a Boulder County man named Jason Cranford, has nearly 90.

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5 US: Will Traffic Deaths Increase As States Legalize Pot?Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Lowy, Joan Area:United States Lines:136 Added:09/02/2014

Researchers Divided on Important Question

WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But, unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions, such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.

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6 US: The Weed Read Branches OutTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Chokshi, Niraj Area:United States Lines:105 Added:09/02/2014

Now 40 Years Old, High Times Launching Partnerships, an App

Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before.

For 40 years, they've put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. "People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day," says Danny Danko, the magazine's senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.

But as High Times celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special November issue that comes out Tuesday and is the largest in its history, the laughs are fewer and further between.

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7 US MD: PUB LTE: Baltimore's Big Role in 200-Year-Old EventsTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Trolinger, William Area:Maryland Lines:42 Added:09/02/2014

The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 holds special significance for Baltimore in the next few weeks ("More details announced for Star-Spangled Spectacular Celebration" Aug. 12). On Aug. 25, 1814, President James Madison, and his wife, Dolley, were forced to flee for their lives when the British army sacked and burned the White House. The later attack on Fort McHenry led to the creation of the "Star-Spangled Banner," our national anthem. Why is so little attention being paid to this uniquely historic time? I am visiting England now for a few weeks and the people here have certainly taken note.

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8 US: Some Fear Rise in Traffic Deaths As States LegalizeTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Lowy, Joan Area:United States Lines:63 Added:09/02/2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on marijuana will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision, and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills.

But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on marijuana tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.

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9US: Pot Laws Raise Safety QuestionsTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Lowy, Joan Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2014

Officials Worry Traffic Deaths Will Increase As Legalization Spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) - As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multi-tasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly, avoiding risky actions such as passing other cars, and allowing extra room between vehicles.

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10 US IL: Medical Pot Won't Be CheapTue, 02 Sep 2014
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:McCoppin, Robert Area:Illinois Lines:165 Added:09/02/2014

Experts Predict Illinois Prices Could Be Among Most Expensive in U.S., Thanks to Restrictive Rules

When Jim Champion goes to a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois for the first time, his wife, Sandy, plans to take a picture to mark the victory, after years of fighting for an alternative treatment for his multiple sclerosis.

"It'll be like going to the candy store for his birthday," she said.

Champion, a military veteran from Somonauk in north-central Illinois who said he already takes marijuana to ease his symptoms, probably should plan on bringing plenty of cash.

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11 US VA: LTE: Medical Marijuana Tests Are Taking PlaceSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Author:Goodlatte, Bob Area:Virginia Lines:32 Added:09/02/2014

The Times- Dispatch's premise in a recent editorial that "we can't run tests until we reclassify marijuana" is inaccurate. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse ( NIDA), as of Jan. 31, there were 28 active research grants on the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana.

The NIDA, the Drug Enforcement Agency ( DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) all have a clear course of action available for those applying to conduct this type of research. In May, the DEA even upped the amount of marijuana that can be produced for research purposes in the United States.

Regardless of the federal government's classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, clinical research can be conducted on marijuana and is being done today. To state otherwise is inaccurate.

6TH DISTRICT, CHAIRMAN, HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. WASHINGTON.

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12 US FL: John Morgan: The Man Behind the Medical Marijuana DriveMon, 01 Sep 2014
Source:Ledger, The (Lakeland, FL) Author:Farrington, Brendan Area:Florida Lines:132 Added:09/02/2014

ORLANDO (AP) - The worst day of John Morgan's life was when his brother snapped his neck diving into a Walt Disney World lagoon while working as a lifeguard. It left him a quadriplegic.

That day also set Morgan, the man behind Florida's medical marijuana ballot initiative, on a course that would make him a wealthy and locally famous personal injury lawyer.

Morgan, then an undergraduate student, watched as Disney's lawyers successfully fought his brother at every turn. When the case eventually boiled down to a worker's compensation claim, even then the big corporation beat the little guy. Instead of settling, Disney said Tim Morgan could still work as a resort telephone operator on the graveyard shift.

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13 US OK: PUB LTE: The Promise Of CBDSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Ficken, Vernon Area:Oklahoma Lines:46 Added:09/02/2014

Cannabidiol (CBD) may help control seizures in some children. CBD is a nonintoxicating, refined whole plant product of a special marijuana species. It's low in THC, the intoxicating component of marijuana, but CBD is illegal in Oklahoma. State law needs to be changed, as 16 states already have.

The incidence of children with a current diagnosis of a seizure disorder is conservatively about 6.3 per 1,000 in the U.S., or about 5,900 in Oklahoma. With available medications, about half derive real benefit - with many suffering side effects, which can be severe. Judging from the extreme interest of parents with epileptic children who attended a recent lecture at Children's Hospital, all 5,900 sets of parents will be at their physician's doorstep the moment CBD becomes available.

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14US FL: They Refuse to WaitSun, 31 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Nohlgren, Stephen Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2014

Why They Smoke

SEMINOLE - Peggy Alcorn, a 68-year-old retiree, exercises every day in her swimming pool. She hangs onto the edge for an hour-bouncing, swaying,kicking and singing to a mix of 1980 streaming from her computer.Every15minutes or so,she picks up a pipe and takes a few puffs of pot. Alcorn has multiple sclerosis. She says marijuana has eased her symptoms dramatically. And she hopes that -- come Nov.4 -- she will no longer have to worry about breaking the law. On that day,voters will decide whether to amend Florida's Constitution to allow marijuana use for medical purposes.

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15US FL: Pot Not Without RisksFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Nohlgren, Stephen Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2014

Humans have cultivated marijuana for thousands of years - using fiber for cloth, oil for food, smoke for ceremonies and chemicals for medicine.

Scientists know that compounds found in pot can alter physical and mental functions, lending credence to sick people who say marijuana alleviates their symptoms.

But marijuana - especially in its smoked form - carries risk.

Some studies have linked heavy pot use to heart attacks, mental illness and breathing difficulties.

"Marijuana is not a completely benign substance. It is a powerful drug with a variety of effects," concluded the Institute of Medicine, a neutral research group charged by Congress to study medical marijuana

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16 US CO: Legal Marijuana: What Do You Tell Your Kids?Mon, 01 Sep 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Ganga, Maria L. La Area:Colorado Lines:167 Added:09/02/2014

In the First Year of a 'Grand Experiment,' Parents Feel They're In an Awkward Spot.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn't stopped. Jordan Stead

Now that recreational pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state for people 21 and older, "it's everywhere," the 53-year-old said. Even on her patio in this Denver suburb, where her husband sneaks an occasional smoke.

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17 US HI: PUB LTE: Green Harvest Lead To Crazy Meth EraMon, 01 Sep 2014
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:White, John Wythe Area:Hawaii Lines:34 Added:09/02/2014

I read the Aug. 26 article, "Medical marijuana could help counter painkiller deaths," with great interest, especially the last sentence about how people "may never start opioid medication use if they are able to get pain relief from medical marijuana."

I remember the days of Green Harvest, the federal marijuana eradication program that was highly successful in Hawaii.

People went to jail, lost their homes and switched from smoking pot to snorting and/or shooting up crystal methamphetamine.

We traded mellow, stoned-out hippies for sick, psychotic thieves and murderers who might never have begun using meth if they had retained their access to marijuana.

John Wythe White

Haleiwa

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18 US: States Expand Access To Overdose-Reversal DrugFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Campo-Flores, Arian Area:United States Lines:127 Added:09/02/2014

New Laws Put Naloxone in Hands of Abusers, Their Families and Peers

Faced with an unrelenting epidemic of heroin and pain-pill deaths, many states are pushing to make more widely available a drug called naloxone that can reverse overdoses from such opioid drugs within minutes.

In North Carolina, Louise Vincent, an outreach worker in Greensboro, has rescued scores of opioid addicts from the brink of death by giving them naloxone.

Now, she is delivering the drug to those she says are in the best position to help overdose victims-their friends and family members-under a North Carolina law passed last year that expanded access to naloxone.

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19 US CT: Stonington Police Efforts To Make Drug ArrestsSat, 30 Aug 2014
Source:Day, The (New London,CT) Author:Wojtas, Joe Area:Connecticut Lines:84 Added:08/31/2014

Town Resident Who Is Also a Detective in Westerly Outlines Concerns in an Email to the First Selectman

Stonington - A veteran Westerly Police Department detective who lives in Pawcatuck has criticized the Stonington police department's drug enforcement efforts in an email to First Selectman Ed Haberek.

In his March email, Detective Steven Johnson said he has "witnessed multiple hand to hand drug deals, in the open, in Downtown Pawcatuck."

He added that he is aware that on a daily basis, drug deals are being conducted in a local parking lot.

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20 US OH: PUB LTE: Physician Should Keep Focus On KidsFri, 29 Aug 2014
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Weese, Taylor Area:Ohio Lines:41 Added:08/31/2014

In response to last Friday's letter "Smoking pot has ill effects on adolescents" from Dr. Peter D. Rogers, I do not disagree that smoking marijuana is harmful to adolescents. That is a scientific fact.

What he does with this fact, however, is stretch it into an overly broad, sweeping opinion of all marijuana users.

He mentioned that children showing up to his addiction clinic who smoked marijuana were doing poorly in school, drifting from their families and were unmotivated. That is a clear example of selection bias and does nothing to prove causal effects of marijuana smoking.

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