Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan
Esplanade, Jan. 7):
Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment
last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made
others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.
In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing
legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local
governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the
room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable
medication via the Internet.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 21 Wednesday,
formally striking the March 1 deadline inadvertently included in the
Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
Accordingly, the deadline was repealed immediately, allowing cities
and counties to move forward in developing local rules and
regulations without a timeline, according to North Coast Democratic
Assemblyman Jim Wood's office. The deadline would have forced cities
and counties to make its own rules for local enforcement by March 1,
or allow the state to assume authority over local decision making.
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Under pressure from Congress to take action amid a worsening opioid
epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced
several measures aimed at dealing with abuse.
Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner and nominee to run the
agency, announced the measures in a phone conference with reporters.
He said the steps were an attempt by the agency to toughen its
response to the crisis, in which tens of thousands of Americans were
addicted to the prescription painkillers and were dying of overdoses.
He said the actions were part of a broader government effort: Earlier
this week, the Obama administration said it would ask Congress to
spend an additional $1.1 billion next year on the problem, which
would help increase badly needed treatment facilities.
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MORE US adults are using marijuana now that some states have either
decided to decriminalise the use of dagga or legalise the possession
of it, a review published yesterday in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says.
And data from the US National Survey of Drug Use and Health says
marijuana use has increased significantly among US adults in the past decade.
The trend seems to have begun before 2012, when Colorado and
Washington became the first states to legalise marijuana.
Teen use has not increased but researchers warn "young people's
perceptions of the risks of using marijuana have decreased,
suggesting they might be more likely to start using marijuana in future".
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The Canadian government stands to make over $5 billion from taxes if
marijuana is legalized but Fredericton dealers aren't too concerned
with how it will affect their sales.
One local pot dealer thinks the possible legalization will only affect
the people who will have the money to buy government supplied
marijuana, and that the taxing will help the province.
Andrew Rankin* has been selling pot for the past few years. He said
most of the people who buy pot need to have a higher income to afford
higher quality weed.
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The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native
addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University
and a local steering committee.
The project got underway in November 2015 and is expected to wrap up
in November of this year with a manuscript on the scope and nature of
the treatment centre, recommendations on site locations and draft plans.
Flat Bay Band Chief Liz LaSaga and the steering committee say there is
insufficient research into native health statistics in the province.
Along with Memorial, the research derived from this project will be a
fundamental piece of evidence. The need for the Nujio'qonik Healing
Center - named in recognition of the area in which it will be located,
Bay St. George - has long been recognized.
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Researchers hope Liberals' 'evidence-based' approach will endorse
After years of pushing for safe drug-injection programs in Canadian
jails, health advocates say mounting evidence and a new government in
Ottawa present a chance to finally make it happen.
In a report published Wednesday, researchers in Toronto provide a
framework for the introduction of what they call "prison-based needle
and syringe programs" in Canada - programs that the authors argue are
sorely needed in provincial and federal jails to address levels of HIV
and Hepatitis C infections that are "astronomically" high compared
with those in the general population.
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Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
First, being of sound mind and physical prowess, I must vigorously
argue with your proposal to legalize marijuana. Personally, I have
never smoked or taken illicit drugs.
Is it not enough hardship to have drunk drivers on our highways? Why
would you propose to decrease the population even further by putting
stoned drivers on the roads?
It is with deep emotion that I tell you the sad story about our
grandson, now deceased. He began experimenting with marijuana and
subsequently "graduated" to harder drugs.
Marijuana is a gateway drug to the "harder stuff".
Please reconsider your totally wrong thinking on this matter.
Otherwise, God help our youths who will have fewer deterrents to steer
them away from hideous or fatal futures.
J. R. Baldwin
Edmonton city police say it's likely just a matter of time before W-18
- - a drug up to 100 times more toxic than fentanyl - is seized here.
Calgary police say they received lab results from Health Canada
confirming three fentanyl pills seized during a drug bust in Rocky
View County in August contained W-18, a type of opioid that's never
been used clinically. Of the 109 pills seized, 20 were tested.
W-18 has a different chemical composition than fentanyl but produces
similar effects to the addictive drug, which has been linked to 270
deaths in Alberta last year, including 65 people in Edmonton.
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For the past six months, Dallas Sainsbury has treated her Crohn's
disease with a cocktail of opiates, steroids, muscle relaxers and
other medications that made her hazy and sick to her stomach,
alongside numerous other side effects.
Then, while attending a concert with friends in Colorado, she tried
marijuana and it eased her nausea, anxiety and the urgent need to use
the bathroom. It also helped her get off the opioids that left her
"high every day," led to her quitting school and made it impossible
for her to work.
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It's been two-and-a-half years since a community campaign was launched
to build a Supervised Consumption Services (SCS) site in Victoria to
help prevent deaths from drug overdose.
And now organizers of the Yes2SCS campaign feel they are one step
closer towards turning that goal into a reality thanks to signs of
change in federal legislation and talks with local
According to Dr. Richard Crow, Island Health's executive medical
director, the health authority has always supported the concept of a
SCS being part of a range of prevention, treatment and harm reduction
services/support for people living with addictions, but requires
support from every level of government.
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We Must Treat Addiction Like Any Other Disease and Aim to Prevent and Treat
Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's
story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking.
Cary's adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for
years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone through.
"We dread the next phone call," she said. "We don't take vacations
for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations because
there's a crisis."
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Nearly 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2014 - more than
from gunshot wounds or car crashes.
In Maryland, the governor's office has defined the problem as an
"epidemic ... destroying lives." Indeed, heroin deaths alone have
increased by 186 percent from 2010 to 2015 in the state.
Not only are drug-related deaths on the rise, so are the associated
harms, including: drug-related crime and violence, the spread of
HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C and the financial burden for taxpayers who
shoulder the costs of health care and criminal justice.
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I heard a club got raided the other day? I thought raids were a thing
of the past. What gives?
- -Blue Steele
Close. It wasn't a cannabis club that got raided, but a cannabis
processing facility. Med West Distribution (which makes stuff for the
Bhang line of cannabis products) in San Diego was raided by by the
local cops, apparently acting on an "anonymous tip." Two people were
arrested and charged with manufacturing an illegal substance and
manufacturing an illegal substance with intent to sell. Local
advocates were surprised that Med West got raided, considering that
Med West has been operating at the same spot in San Diego for a few
years, and local officials had recently toured the facility.
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To the Editor:
Shame is generally a result of the opinion of other people rather
than the failure to "live up to one's own standards."
In my work as chairman of a physician health program, we have found
that the fear of losing a relationship, professional position and so
on is the most powerful motivator to influence one's choice to enter
and remain in treatment.
Relapse in addiction is common, as high as 60 percent after long-term
treatment and much higher after shorter treatment.
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To the Editor:
Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld argue that we should shame
people to fight addiction. Unfortunately, while they cite data on
shame in non-addicted populations, they ignore far more relevant
research, which shows uniformly negative results.
In 2007, William R. Miller and William L. White reviewed research on
"confrontation" in addiction treatment, a strategy that aims to shame
and humiliate, using verbal attacks and even extreme tactics like
making people wear diapers or dress as "bums" or prostitutes.
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To the Editor:
Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld criticize American culture for
promulgating the idea that shame is "a damaging, useless emotion."
They criticize efforts to "eradicate" shame (by likening drug
addiction to cancer) for those with addictions, worrying that such
people will see their "habits as unalterable."
Shame, as a universal social emotion, serves an evolutionarily
adaptive function. It is also extremely painful and often dealt with
by hiding. Contrary to the writers' assertions, our culture tends to
stigmatize people with addictions - to wit, Drs. Satel and Lilienfeld
use the pejorative label "addicts." Such people avoid treatment
because of shame and destroy themselves in the process.
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Canada is a country, right? Canadian law is supposed to apply
equally, everywhere, to all of us, right?
So why is marijuana openly for sale by retailers all over Vancouver
and Victoria, while elsewhere in the country, people still are
getting busted for a lousy joint?
That's more like two different countries than one country.
In Vancouver and Victoria, the retail business operates under the
rubric of medical marijuana. Hardly anyone takes this medical aspect
seriously. To buy a sack of weed, you need only present a
prescription or facsimile thereof. It doesn't even have to be a
prescription for medical marijuana. Show a prescription for anything
- - an antibiotic for a sinus infection, an anti-inflammatory for a
sprained ankle, ointment for a rash ... anything - and they will sell
you a sack of weed. You can show them an old prescription pill bottle
or even a picture on your iPhone of an old pill bottle and they will
sell you a sack of weed.
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California has its first weed czar - otherwise known as chief of its
Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation - and it's a Republican, Lori
Ajax, who is now chief deputy director of the California Department
of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
The job - which insiders have nicknamed the "chief BuMMR" (as in
Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation) - pays $150,636 a year. Gov.
Jerry Brown's appointment Thursday of Ajax requires confirmation by
the state Senate.
If Ajax, 50, is approved, she will get the rare opportunity in
Sacramento to create a state agency. The marijuana czar will hire 40
to 50 people, whose salary would be paid for with the stream of new
cannabis licensing fees created by California's recently passed
medical marijuana law.
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Public Health Workers Worry That Police Involvement in
Street-Outreach Pilot Will Discourage Drug Users From Accessing
When word got out in mid-December that undercover police officers had
arrested two men accessing Toronto Public Health's (TPH) needle
exchange program, The Works, TPH's own harm reduction workers
scrambled to warn the drug user community.
Harm reduction workers and drug users alike had essentially been left
in the dark about TPH's new pilot, the Outreach Project, which
involves a partnership with police from four Toronto divisions (11,
12, 13, and 14) and prisoner rights group the John Howard Society.
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If legalizing marijuana use syphons money away from Durham, the
Region should receive compensation from the federal and provincial governments.
One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's more eye-catching promises
during the last federal election campaign was to legalize marijuana.
He has appointed former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair to take the
lead on the portfolio.
The move would likely mean cash, maybe a lot of cash, for upper
levels of government. And given the very expensive agenda the federal
Liberals have embarked upon, they need all the money they can get.
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As more than 1,400 cannabis industry professionals flooded the Ellie
Caulkins Opera House on Thursday, a majority of the attendees shared
one unifying quality: They were women.
That s business as usual at the Women Grow Leadership Summit, the
second-year Colorado event that is part TED Talk, part networking
mixers and part reunion for women and equality-minded men working
toward the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. Other
entertainers speak out
I know that we will create a cannabis industry that we all want be a
part of, Amy Dannemiller, the Women Grow co-founder who goes by the
420-friendly name Jane West, said Thursday as she finished her talk
titled Cannabis Cured My Imposter Syndrome.
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Proposed Ordinance Was Too Prohibitive, Unnecessary, Members Say
"Let's forget this, whatever it was."
That was a motion by Chico Vice Mayor Sean Morgan regarding a
prohibitive medical marijuana ordinance proposed by City Attorney
Vince Ewing at Tuesday night's regular City Council meeting (Feb. 2).
The panel agreed unanimously.
The mood of the council while discussing the ordinance, which would
have expressly banned medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery
services despite the fact they're already not allowed within city
limits, was overall skeptical. The ordinance was crafted based on the
new state Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which creates
a framework for state and local licensing and oversight of commercial
medical marijuana. But Ewing was clear in his opening remarks that
the city was under no obligation to take action on Tuesday.
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Re "Hasty decisions" (Newslines, by Meredith J. Cooper, Jan. 28):
The benefits of medical marijuana, both medically for patients and
financially for the state and local governments, should be fair
across the board. In the case of Colorado, the state has shown
benefits for the schools and government through taxation.
To be fair, the cities that choose to "ban" the sale and distribution
of medical cannabis also should be restricted from access to the tax
revenue benefits offered by the state coffers. The prohibition scare
tactics by the opponents of legalization and fair use under the
medical marijuana bill of rights should not be governed by
individuals at the city government level, as this process has been
hashed out at the state government level and fairly voted on by the
people. It should not be overridden by certain individuals who may or
may not have political aspirations influencing their decisions.
The overpolicing of the people will lead to a mistrust of police and
government and deprives the people as a whole of their freedoms,
further decaying the due process that protects our rights to self
govern through established voting methods.
Windia Rodriguez remembers the sting of the words hurled at her
during a hospital stay a few years ago. "Crackhead." "Addict."
Especially, she recalls the scorn in the voices that pronounced her
"just an addict."
"They treated me like I was beyond hope," Rodriguez said.
But she found hope, and these days, free of drugs for four years,
Rodriguez makes a point of adding two words to the standard
salutation in her 12-step group. "I'm an addict," she says, "in recovery."
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While the Anaheim Police Department never denied having the device
widely known as a Stingray, which mimics cellphone towers and can
potentially interact with a bystander's cellphone as far as a mile
away from the subject of police surveillance, documents released to
the American Civil Liberties Union reveal that the department has had
"at least three different forms of cellphone surveillance technology
since at least 2009."
The devices, all with equally colorful names, include a
military-grade device known as a "dirtbox." The dirtbox is "capable
of breaking the encryption of cellphone communications," and previous
models could intercept and record digital voice data. The civil
liberties group also notes that the dirtbox is capable of being used
from aircraft, allowing it to snatch up signals from thousands of phones.
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Barack Obama was elected president on the promise of change. Back in
2008, there was plenty to improve upon: a wrecked economy, two
foreign wars, a fatal addiction to imported fossil fuels.
Eight years later, income inequality is rampant, American soldiers
are still in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now Syria, too), and men vying
to succeed Obama deny the science of carbon emissions on national television.
Instead, one of the biggest and most remarkable changes in America
has been on a "fringe" issue Obama's White House has taken pains to block.
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A University of California San Francisco think tank released a study
based on proposed marijuana legalization ballot measures that warns
of a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry that could have
negative public health effects.
The report, which comes from the university's Center for Tobacco
Control Research and Education, says legalization - the most
prominent effort for which is being funded by tech billionaire Sean
Parker - is likely to lead to big money flowing into Sacramento to
lobby for the newly legal industry.
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Phoenix Open-Inspired Billboard Aims to Educate Golf Lovers and More
on Marijuana Legalization
Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition
in Arizona launched a Phoenix Open-inspired billboard on Monday, Feb.
1 to coincide with the kickoff of the golf tournament. It will be up
through the end of the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 7.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world's best-attended golf
tournament, according to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors
Bureau, which refers to the tournament as the "greatest show on grass."
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I'm passing a joint at The Joint and pondering while on pot. Through
hazy eyes I watched FoxNews coverage of the armed takeover of a
federal building in Oregon, feeling helpless.
I've decided to do something about it here in Trenton.
I think I'm going to take over the front steps of the Clarkson S.
Fisher Federal Building and United States Courthouse located on the
next block from The Joint on State Street. Ummm next week or the week
after, hum, or when I get off this couch. (In my "Jay and Silent Bob"
voice:) Dude... not in solidary with those fools in Oregon, but just
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Dear Stoner: What is pipe resin made of? It's not what the
dispensaries sell, is it?
Brick Dear Brick: Lord, no. The black, gooey stuff that's left in
your pipe after smoking buds is basically tar, with some ash, carbon
and a little THC mixed in. Igniting cannabis flower burns up most of
the THC, but the tar left behind after the chemical reaction will
still contain a small amount. It'll get you high if there's nothing
else in the house to cheef on (we've all been there), but that might
have as much to do with depriving your brain of oxygen as it does
with cannabinoids. I wouldn't recommend smoking that stuff, but trust
me: I have no right to judge.
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Obama Wants $1.1 Billion From Congress Over Two Years to Boost Treatment
Congress Is Considering Another Measure to Help Addicts Recover
Either Way, With New Demands From Voters, Action Is Welcome
When there's the political will, there tends to be a political way to
accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case
with the nation's long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription
On Tuesday, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to ramp up
spending on drug treatment and prevention, which is woefully
inadequate in most states, and to expand patient access to the
overdose-reversal drug, naloxone, and to other drugs proven to curb addiction.
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Re "How pot legalization would work in California" (Insight, Feb. 2):
As a long time believer that we should legalize and tax pot, I was
impressed by The Sacramento Bee's article on how it would work. I
did, however, find humor in the financial analysis statement about
"most of the proceeds must be spent for the specified purposes such
as substance-use disorders, education, prevention, treatment and law
enforcement." Was this portion of the article written by the same
people who promised gas tax for roads and lottery funding for the schools?
I will vote for legalization, but don't try and fool me again about
where the money will go.
Billy Barnes, Carmichael
The Oregon Health Authority meeting on Jan. 27 at the Medford library
was a total disaster.
OHA failed to notify the 33,000 Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
patients who live in the Rogue Valley. OHA is totally rewriting the
the OMMP administration rules for medical marijuana. I would like to
think the Oregon Health Authority would notify OMMP patients of rule
changes that will make most growers unable to provide the medicine
they need on a daily basis. OHA is suppose to take care of the sick
people in Oregon, not make them worse.
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To the Editor:
Re "Can Shame Be Useful?," by Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld
(Sunday Review, Jan. 24):
Drs. Satel and Lilienfeld disparage what they describe as "a
well-intentioned campaign to eradicate feelings of shame in addicted
people." They credit "a spasm of self-reproach" with enabling "many"
addicts to quit, ignoring the fact that addiction has for decades
been recognized as a chronic, notoriously recidivist, treatable but
as yet incurable medical condition, and not, in the writers' words, a
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I HAVE GOOD NEWS! Today we're going to explore how you can shatter
the myth of the lazy, unmotivated, forgetful stoner and defend
cannabis consumers everywhere. And you can do it while stoned!
I also have not-so-good news! It's going to involve taking time out
of your day. Not much, but you are going to have to click on some
links, maybe type a little, and make a phone call. So it's about on
par with the effort you exert using Tinder-without all that lingering regret.
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Skywalker OG. Sour Diesel. LA Confidential. With dozens of different
strains available to choose from, each emitting a different aroma and
promising a different high, it is hard to remember that it is all
just one thing - cannabis. With one ingredient served up in dozens of
different ways, it can paralyze a consumer, but for a grower, it's an
"It almost feels like it's never been done before," says Stephen
Lipton, general cultivation manager of Boulder dispensary The Farm.
"I guess because it really hasn't. Before it was a black market
thing, and now that it isn't there is a high level of experimentation
and ingenuity going on that you just can't deny anymore."
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With unlicensed marijuana dispensaries popping up in urban areas and
thousands of unregulated medical licences for home growing still in
legal limbo, the Trudeau government is starting work on its promise
to legalize recreational use.
Marijuana was a media darling in the recent election, but meeting in
Vancouver with provincial ministers last week, federal Health
Minister Jane Philpott found herself preoccupied with issues deemed
These include shifting our post-war acute hospital model to community
primary care, tackling aboriginal health care needs, pooling
pharmaceutical purchases to slow rising costs, and meeting an urgent
Supreme Court of Canada directive to legalize assisted dying.
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Though it was an election promise, Justin Trudeau's Liberals aren't
going to be able to legalize marijuana overnight.
In fact, the legalization of pot might take longer than the four
years they are guaranteed before the next federal election in Oct. 2019.
Undoubtedly, the federal government would like to get started on this
promise, since it's worth millions of tax dollars every year. But
when you consider what they already have on their plate, what with
ISIS, Syrian refugees, assisted dying and, oh yes, the economy, it's
understandable that legalizing pot might not be the top item on the
Liberals to-do list.
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The Move Gives Cities and Counties More Time to Develop Local Rules
on the Growing of Medical Marijuana.
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday gave cities and counties
more time to develop local regulations on the commercial growing of
medical marijuana amid concern that a March 1 deadline had many
rushing to ban cultivation.
Last year, Brown signed into law a system that will regulate, license
and tax those who grow and sell medical cannabis. But a mistake in
the bill's drafting set a March 1 deadline for cities to either adopt
stronger rules or face living with the state restrictions that allow
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana
dispensaries have had their business pages shut down by Facebook,
cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to
learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to
Compassionate Sciences in Bellmawr, Garden State in Woodbridge, and
Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury had their pages shut
down this week.
Facebook's advertising policy bans promotion of selling drugs - as
well as tobacco and guns - and the medical marijuana pages weren't
spared even though they have been legally allowed to operate in New
Jersey since 2011.
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Those Smoking Daily for at Least 5 Years Had Some Impairment
New research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine
confirms what many have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot
of weed, it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory.
Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, led a
team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of
nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period.
At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests
designed to assess cognitive abilities: memory, focus, ability to
make quick decisions, etc.
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The Jan. 31 front-page article "D.C. rules on smoking pot may go down
in flames" described a "cloud of marijuana smoke" that rose from the
audience at a Grateful Dead concert. That means the nonsmokers at the
event were forced to inhale secondhand smoke. I doubt it would have
been tolerated if audience members had lit tobacco cigarettes in the arena.
Amid the controversies surrounding marijuana legalization, it's
important to understand that smoked marijuana is not just a drug.
There's a legitimate cardiovascular-health concern about exposure to
the smoke itself, because secondhand marijuana smoke is similar to
secondhand tobacco smoke, which impairs proper functioning of the arteries.
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Mitch Reid is neither a scientist nor a bona fide researcher. Reid's
claims of research actually fly in the face of science and could have
grave ramifications for our youth. (Charlottetown man leads petition
against legalization of cannabis; January 31, 2016)
The 2002 Canadian Senate Committee Report on Cannabis concluded that
pharmacological studies of the active ingredients in cannabis have
not found any element that predisposes cannabis consumers to seek
more potent drugs.
In fact, this report points to studies that show cannabis as an
effective substitute to treat dependency to hard drugs; a 'gateway
back drug' if you will with the capability to treat the plethora of
side effects associated with hard drug withdrawal.
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Officials say they will consult community while advocate group,
critical of the pace of action, pledges to open facility by year's end
The Vancouver Island Health Authority says it will work with
community partners to explore offering "broad-based supervised
consumption services" for drug users in Victoria.
The affirmation comes as a local group, which had accused the health
authority of inaction, pledges to open the city's first supervised
injection site by year's end.
Yes2SCS - a coalition of health-care professionals, social workers,
researchers and activists - has called for supervised consumption
services for years, insisting that, in their absence, some drug users
are dying needlessly of overdoses.
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Illegal Drug Use Takes Greater Toll As Report by BC Coroners Service
Shows Overdose Deaths Up 44% in B.C. Interior Last Year
Overdose deaths involving illegal drugs rose by 44 per cent in the
B.C. Interior, a recent report from the BC Coroners Service shows.
The report counted 57 overdose deaths in 2015 in the Interior, up
from 44 in 2014.
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are also on the rise in B.C., up
to 30 per cent from 25 per cent in 2014, although numbers for
fentanyl-related cases in the Interior were not available.
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Twenty-nine walk-in clinics - including two post-secondary campuses
in Calgary - will hand out life-saving medicine that reverses the
effects of fentanyl overdoses, as health officials grapple with an
escalating death toll.
The new dispensing strategy makes naloxone more available to suburban
teenagers and other users who have been dying from fentanyl in big
numbers but were unlikely to obtain the medicine under previous efforts.
The new wave comes in the wake of news that 272 Albertans, including
81 from Calgary, died from fentanyl overdoses in 2015, more than
double the 120 deaths reported the year before.
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Health officials are trying to curb the rising death toll from
fentanyl by setting up 29 clinics that will hand out a life-saving antidote.
The new dispensing strategy makes naloxone more readily available to
suburban teenagers and other users who have been dying from fentanyl
in big numbers but were unlikely to obtain the medicine under previous efforts.
The new wave comes in the wake of news that 272 Albertans, including
81 from Calgary, died from fentanyl overdoses in 2015, more than
double the 120 deaths reported the year before.
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I'm sure Dr. Greg Elam means well (Re: "Live Drug-Free," Jan. 14),
however, cannabis (marijuana) isn't a "drug" but rather a God-given
plant as described on literally the very first page of the Bible.
The plant cannabis should not be compared with drugs that kill "50
people a day" since it has not killed one single person in over 5,000
years of documented medical use. That's safety on a Biblical scale.
A sane or moral argument to cage sick citizens for using cannabis
Stan White, Dillon, Col. 80435
Printed in bold block letters and taped to the door of the Needle
Exchange on Third Avenue, a sign warns drug users to take extra precautions.
"There has been reports all drugs may contain fentanyl," it reads,
the last word highlighted with bright green marker.
The warning sign has been up for more than a year, but since
Christmas Prince George has seen a spike in overdoses that has the
community again on high alert.
Fentanyl is a highly toxic narcotic that service providers and
frontline workers suspect has flooded the illicit market. It can be
mixed with opiates like heroin, making the drugs both cheaper and 50
to 100 times more potent, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.
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