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1 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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2 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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3 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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4 US CA: Column: Green Lit: California Legalization Measure Is aWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:126 Added:11/20/2014

After the historic marijuana midterms, a seven-hundred-day battle for the Golden State begins.

As the dust settles from the historic marijuana midterm election of 2014, a few things have become clear: Namely, Californians will vote on ending cannabis prohibition in 2016. But change is far from inevitable.

The decisive cannabis-legalization victories in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, on November 4 continued the trend established by voters in Colorado and Washington in 2012. The hat trick in this year's midterm election also guarantees that the most experienced, successful groups - Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - will work to legalize pot in California in 2016.

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5US CO: 8 Adams Retail Pot Stores to See Spike in Taxes NextThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Mitchell, Megan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2014

Eight retail marijuana businesses in Northglenn and a northern sliver of Aurora will see their sales taxes jump next summer thanks to four measures passed in November.

Adams County residents passed a ballot measure that allows the county to collect an additional 3 percent sales tax on all retail stores. To date, that includes only retail stores in Northglenn and four stores in the Adams County portion of Aurora - anything north of Colfax Avenue. The 3 percent county tax will go into effect July 1.

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6 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:North Bay Nugget (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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7 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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8 US CO: Column: Weed Gets the Votes; Pot Sales Fall; Edibles inThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Rucker, Leland Area:Colorado Lines:115 Added:11/20/2014

It should be no surprise that the working group tasked with coming up with a recommendation to the legislature about how cannabis edibles should be marked ended after four sessions and no consensus.

The working group came about because of House Bill 1366, which directs the State Licensing Authority to develop recommendations for better ways to clearly mark edibles as cannabis products by 2016. Rep. Jonathan Singer, a member of the working group, put it succinctly: He wants to distinguish a marijuana edible just as he can a regular candy bar.

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9 US NJ: Column: Time To Retire The Retired JudgesThu, 20 Nov 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Weedman Area:New Jersey Lines:111 Added:11/20/2014

A case currently before the NJ Supreme Court (State v. Buckner) challenges the legality of judges age 70+ presiding over cases of life, death, and liberty. The onset of Alzheimer's disease and senility often strikes around 70. Nonetheless, there are dozens of septuagenarian judges sitting on the bench, arguably in contravention of the NJ Constitution. I, along with many defendants across the state, am watching this Buckner case with keen interest.

Hopefully most of us will reach old age, but the older we get some things simply don't work as they did in our youth. I can say my sex life, my physical ability to play ball or run has been limited by my age, yet I am only 50. My mind is sharp (probably sharper than when I was 21), but I know from life experiences (watching my grandparents) that minds slow down with age. It happens to most people - including judges. Memories, complicated issues, and complex decision-making are greatly compromised by advanced age.

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10 US DC: DC Pot Law Could Jeopardize Drug TreatyWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Noble, Andrea Area:District of Columbia Lines:157 Added:11/20/2014

U.S. Pledged to Help Stop Spread

Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure.

Though four states have voted to legalize the drug, a report issued this week by the Congressional Research Service suggests that implementation of the District's Initiative 71 could be considered the most direct affront to international agreements because Congress has oversight of local D.C. laws and the ability to overturn them.

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11 US MI: Face Time: Dimitri Mugianis on Speed-Balling, IbogaineWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Panne, Valerie Vande Area:Michigan Lines:293 Added:11/20/2014

In the underground world of heroin, there is a legend of an African root called iboga, or ibogaine, that can cure addiction. Those in the depths of heroin use, often as a last resort, seek out the root, which can be dangerous to use. Some go to Mexico or to Europe to take it, as it is illegal here in the United States. It can be an expensive trip for the user, and often one made in a moment of final desperation.

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12 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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13 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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14US NV: State, County Tangle Over PotWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Author:Botkin, Ben Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/20/2014

Several Applications Approved Locally Rejected by Agency

Nearly half of the 18 medical marijuana dispensary applications that Clark County commissioners approved have an uncertain fate, as they failed to win state support.

The development has brought about frustration and unanswered questions among county officials and applicants who are now in limbo.

The county and the state face a quandary as Nevada prepares to welcome the new industry: The state has approved only 10 of the county's 18 selected dispensaries.

The final result could be that the county ends up with only 10 dispensaries instead of its 18 in early 2015. But that isn't a foregone conclusion - or a desire of county commissioners. County officials are still researching the issue and said Tuesday they plan to revisit the issue at a Dec. 3 meeting.

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15 US MI: Column: Justice, Congress Beg to Reform Marijuana LawsWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Oakland Press, The (MI) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:Michigan Lines:81 Added:11/20/2014

Both Sides Look to Hand Off Responsibility

The Controlled Substances Act, which set up the drug schedules in the early 1970s, explicitly places drug scheduling authority in the hands of the attorney general, and even instructs him or her to "remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule."

The crowning inconsistency of the federal drug control system has always been the classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, which makes it among the Worst of the Worst drugs as far as the DEA is concerned - literally as bad as heroin, and worse than cocaine! Drug reform advocates have pushed the DEA to change its position for years, citing decades of research on the relative harmlessness of weed compared with other drugs - including alcohol -- but the agency hasn't budged, even as public opinion has rapidly evolved.

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16 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Standard Freeholder (Cornwall, CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:63 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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17 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Tribune, The (CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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18 CN ON: Column: Addiction Awareness Will Require All Of UsTue, 18 Nov 2014
Source:Daily Observer, The (Pembroke, CN ON) Author:Rinne, Fred Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/20/2014

This is National Addictions Awareness Week. That itself marks progress in admitting there is a problem. It is up to all of us to help fight the battle.

For the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, preventing and reducing harms associated with substance use and abuse by youth is a priority.

"Youth 15 to 24 years of age have the highest self-reported past-year use of illicit substances compared to older Canadians, and are approximately five times more likely than adults aged 25 years and older to report harm because of drug use," says the Centre.

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19US CA: Editorial: Stopping Prescription Drug AbuseWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/19/2014

Eleven years after the deaths of two Danville children focused Bay Area attention on prescription drug abuse, state lawmakers finally should take tough action to curb addicts from doctor-shopping for medications and stop physicians from recklessly prescribing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called prescription drug abuse an epidemic. Per-capita use of prescription opiates in the United States increased fivefold from 1997 to 2007. Medicare-covered opiate prescriptions increased 24 percent from 2007 to 2010.

And then there's the case of Troy Pack, 10, and his sister, Alana, 7, who were killed in 2003 when a Mercedes driven by a woman who had been drinking and taking pain medications veered off the road and hit the siblings on the sidewalk.

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20 US MI: Column: The Pot RacketWed, 19 Nov 2014
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:154 Added:11/19/2014

Crunching the Numbers in Marijuana's March to Legalization

Let's play a little numbers game today. This is not the kind of numbers they played in an illegal lottery that flourished for decades before states started taking over the gambling business.

Back in the 1940s, my uncle was a numbers runner who walked down alleys collecting nickel and dime bets in an illegal lottery that flourished for decades in poor neighborhoods. He couldn't write down the numbers that people wagered on because that was evidence if the police caught him. He had to memorize each number, who bet it, and the amount wagered. It was a tricky and intricate situation where a good memory came in handy.

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