A local pot businessman has filed a constitutional challenge against
the City of Vancouver, hoping to keep his dispensaries open.
Don Briere of the Weeds Glass and Gifts chain of dispensaries filed a
court petition earlier this month, arguing the city's bylaws on
dispensary licensing infringe on a constitutional right to access
The challenge was filed July 11 and argues that the city's licensing
and zoning bylaws for dispensaries "unduly restrict access to medical
marijuana" and infringe on charter rights. It also argues that any
bylaw tickets that have been issued to dispensaries remaining open
should be voided.
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Dr. Christopher Blue sees it "all the time," the senior with a serious
condition like prostate cancer who has bought medical marijuana from
some seemingly legitimate source, and is seeking a prescription for
"What they're in possession of is illegal," says the Windsor family
doctor. One of the few local physicians writing prescriptions for
medical marijuana, he is concerned about the public confusion over how
the system works. Patients are sometimes shocked to learn they're
breaking the law, he says.
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Corazon Aquino unleashed the freedom fighter in the Pinoy. Fidel
Ramos unleashed the team spirit.
Rodrigo Duterte is unleashing... our inner homicidal maniac?
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I can't help wondering if
this "killing time" under Dirty Rody emboldened Army reservist Von
Tanto to shoot that biker with whom he had a vehicular altercation
CCTV footage showed Tanto not just shooting to kill rather than
wound, but finishing off Mark Vincent Geralde as the biker lay dying
on the pavement. A stray bullet apparently hit and critically wounded
a teenage girl standing in front of her house nearby.
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All told, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's first State of the Nation
Address (SONA) really inspires hope for a better Philippines in the
future. The "show" at the Batasan looks so authentic and natural
indeed, devoid of any semblance of artificiality. What we saw is what
we got especially the persona of Duterte as a man of the masses to
whom most Filipinos can relate.
He really looks so sincere and raring to tackle his job as he entered
the halls of Congress in Barong Tagalog with rolled up sleeves.
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PRESIDENT Duterte's State of the Nation Address (Sona) was laced with
confusing and sometimes contradictory messages. At one point he
stated rightly that the "rule of law must at all times prevail" and
that government is obliged to "fulfill the human rights of our citizens."
However, President Duterte's unwillingness to use his Sona to direct
a thorough investigation into the alarming surge in the killings of
suspected drug dealers and users in recent weeks, allegedly by the
police, symbolizes a critical failure on his part to fulfill his
obligation to defend the rule of law and to uphold and protect the
rights and freedoms of all Filipinos.
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MOMENTS after presiding over his first National Security Council
meeting on Wednesday, President Duterte called on local government
officials to support his war against illegal drugs, warning that
unless the scourge is eliminated, it will haunt the three succeeding
No details of the five-hour long council meeting-attended by former
Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and
Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Leni Robredo, Cabinet secretaries
and leaders of Congress-were revealed.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, briefing reporters yesterday,
confirmed that the drug problem was among three major issues tackled,
but that Mr. Duterte had requested participants to keep sensitive
issues to themselves.
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Vancouver Activist Defies Marijuana Bylaws
They are ubiquitous, still. Marijuana dispensaries, ranging in style
from pristine to slightly scary to plain sad, continue to offer
illicit products in Vancouver, despite an expensive effort by city
officials to limit their number with rules and enforcement provisions
unique in Canada.
The pot shop bylaws, which came into effect this year, are supposed
to stop cannabis impresarios from operating with typical impunity,
dealing products near schools and community centres, and at all hours.
Dispensaries began to proliferate in Vancouver about four years ago,
when police quit trying to enforce federal prohibitions on retail
marijuana sales. By 2015, no fewer than 100 illegal dispensaries were
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A local pot businessman has filed a constitutional challenge against
the City of Vancouver, hoping to keep his dispensaries open..
Don Briere of the Weeds Glass and Gifts chain of dispensaries filed a
court petition earlier this month, arguing the city's licensing
bylaws, which went into effect in May, infringe on a constitutional
right to access medical marijuana.
The challenge, filed July 11, argues the city's licensing and zoning
bylaws for dispensaries "unduly restrict access to medical marijuana"
and infringe on charter rights. It also argues that any bylaw tickets
that have been issued to dispensaries should be declared void.
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Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring
policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants
for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with
where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.
Davis will lead a committee to review the current standard of the
Maryland Police Training Commission, which sets hiring policy for law
enforcement in the state. Applicants are disqualified from becoming
officers if they have used marijuana more than 20 times in their
lives or five times since turning 21.
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It is not an opiate problem. Neither is it a cannabis, meth, tobacco,
alcohol, nor addiction problem. It is a prohibition problem. We slog
ahead, making steady progress on tobacco, milder progress on alcohol.
Progress is possible because these substances are not treated as
criminal. Imagine the attendance at AA meetings if alcohol were
criminal. Legalize it all. Provide truthful education and treatment
on demand. It would be far less expensive in both dollars and blood.
The drug prohibition is a hangover from our racist past and should be
cast off for its immoral roots and proven futility.
- - Jay Bergstrom, Forest Ranch
The Alaska State Fair has no plans to include cannabis judging in its
annual lineup this year, a fair official said Thursday, but it
expects to take a "serious look" at the possibility in the future.
Responding to a report in Oregon Live that the Oregon State Fair
will, for the first time, include prize-winning cannabis plants as an
attraction, Dean Phipps, director of marketing and communications for
the Alaska State Fair, said the state's own annual event isn't
following suit, at least for now.
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The Indonesian government said it had executed four drug traffickers,
giving a reprieve of uncertain duration to 10 others who it had said
would also be put to death. Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad said
one Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed by firing squad. He
said the government has not decided when the other executions will
take place. It is the third set of executions under President Joko
Widodo, who was elected in 2014.
- - From news services
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia on Friday executed three foreigners
and an Indonesian convicted of drug crimes, an official said, as the
country resumed a "war on drugs" that drew international condemnation
last year after two mass executions of foreign drug convicts.
The official, Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad, said that the
Indonesian convict, two Nigerians and a Senegalese were executed by
firing squad shortly after midnight.
Mr. Rachmad said a decision had not yet been made about when 10
others convicted of drug crimes and sentenced to death, mostly
foreigners, would be executed.
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Regarding "Dangerous drugs" (Page A14, Thursday), the editorial takes
note of illogical marijuana laws in our state, while those laws
sidestep kush, which is actually a more dangerous substance. Four
states have already legalized the use of marijuana, and all is well.
Texas needs to move forward on this issue as well as the issue of
casino gambling. Other states are enjoying the freedoms related to
both of these issues, which should be individual choices.
We are stuck in an outdated mode, based on falsehoods and overly
conservative and religious mores. We need to focus our laws and
enforcement efforts on things that really matter.
G. Gratzer, Sargent
Philadelphia - This isn't your teenage son's marijuana industry
anymore; it's your button-down dad's business - at least at the
Democratic National Convention.
Even as pro-marijuana activists marched this week in Philadelphia
with a fake 51-foot joint, teams of industry leaders and lobbyists
were busy doing the kind of work one would expect from the beer or
pharmaceutical industry: holding receptions, talking to politicians
and discussing regulations. In other words, the boring stuff. "We're
dealing with an industry that's a lot more suit and tie," said
Michael Bronstein, co-founder of the
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Oakland's new medical cannabis laws, intended to right the perceived
wrongs of the U.S. war on drugs, are the focus of a fierce political
fight at City Hall.
Although the City Council voted unanimously to approve the laws in
May - creating a permit system that will bring Oakland in line with
new requirements for regulating the state's multibillion-dollar
cannabis industry - several council members say the system they
created is not a done deal.
The main sticking point is a provision that reserves half the city's
medical cannabis permits for residents who were jailed on marijuana
convictions in Oakland within the past decade, or who have lived for
at least two years within six police beats in East Oakland where pot
arrests were concentrated in 2013. To obtain one of these "equity
permits," an applicant must own at least a 50 percent stake in the
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Marijuana Growers Will Compete for Blue Ribbons in Oregon, Another
Indicator of Cannabis' Booming Reputation As Cash Crop
SEATTLE - To the list of breakthroughs in an ever-changing world
where cars drive themselves, faces are surgically transplanted and
Russian hackers are accused of manipulating the U.S. presidential
campaign, add this development: marijuana growers can now compete for
blue ribbons in the state fair.
That's what Oregon officials say will happen at their fair in Salem
next month. Besides tastiest apple pie and plumpest pig, pot will be
judged for its finer attributes, including color, aroma, leaf
structure and lack of pests.
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Medical Officer of Health Seeks Funding to Allow Hospital to Provide
Lifesaving Opioid Antidote to Overdose Survivors
Peterborough Regional Health Centre's emergency department is
considering a plan to distribute take-home kits of the opioid
antidote naloxone to patients who've survived an overdose.
It can't happen soon enough for Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, the medical
officer of health, who is a strong advocate of the idea.
Salvaterra says Peterborough Public Health has been working with the
hospital to access a provincial grant to make it happen. She said
she's expecting to hear, sometime in August, whether they can expect any money.
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Critics Say Drug Allows Addicts to Take More Risks
PORTLAND, Maine - A woman in her 30s was sitting in a car in a
parking lot here last month, shooting up heroin, when she overdosed.
Even after the men she was with injected her with naloxone, the drug
that reverses opioid overdoses, she remained unconscious. They called 911.
Firefighters arrived and administered oxygen to improve her
breathing, but her skin had grown gray and her lips had turned blue.
As she lay on the asphalt, the paramedics slipped a needle into her
arm and injected another dose of naloxone.
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The Town of Osoyoos is currently in the process of passing a bylaw
that will in effect ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
The zoning bylaw is seen as temporary.
Not surprisingly, members of the public are divided and even town
council, which tends to govern by consensus, is split on the issue.
At a public hearing earlier this month, a number of people spoke
about the merits of dispensaries themselves and the benefits of
That, however, was not the purpose of the hearing. Town council's
role is not to debate the merits of marijuana.
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RIGHT TO LIFE being inherent in the human person, the many believers
in the sanctity of life are not likely to withdraw their call that
suspected users of illegal drugs be given a chance to be heard before
being silenced on the spot by a bullet.
There are many circumstances that an arresting police officer must
sort out in his mind a split-second before pulling the trigger on a
suspected drug-user/pusher who is still presumed innocent under the law.
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Surrey's Mayor Linda Hepner has taken a lot of heat on social media
and in the press for her reluctance to see a so-called "safe drug
injection site" set up in her city, but we think she's the voice of
reason on this matter.
Health officials recently called for such a facility to be located in
Surrey after numerous overdoses in Whalley occurred as a result of
drug addicts unknowingly injecting fentanyl, along with heroin, into
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Unsanctioned Tent a Response to Overdoses, Mayor's Rebuff
Only hours before the B.C. government announced a new high-level task
force to curb skyrocketing overdose deaths, a small ragtag group took
action themselves in one of the Lower Mainland's injection-drug hot spots.
They set up a tent on the side of 135A Street in Surrey's Whalley
neighbourhood. Before 9 a.m., the group had unfolded plastic tables,
separated sterile drug paraphernalia into cardboard bowls and clipped
Naloxone overdose response kits to their belts.
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Georgia may never =93free the weed=94 but legalized
medical marijuana could save taxpayers millions,
say University of Georgia researchers.
In a recent study, the father-daughter team of
David and Ashley Bradford say in the 17 states
with a medical marijuana law in place by 2013,
Medicare saved approximately $165.2 million
because of lower prescription drug use.
If medical marijuana was approved in every state,
the overall savings to Medicare would have been
around $468 million. That's a lot of green. David
Bradford said he knows medical marijuana is a
controversial topic, and some view it as a
backdoor way of legalizing recreational
marijuana, but research indicates =93there's a
significant amount of clinical use at work here.=94
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President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise to eradicate the menace
of illegal drugs in the country from three to six months may soon be
realized at the rate the police are cracking the whip on drug lords
As of the latest count, there are already 312 dead, 3,228 arrested,
120,209 who surrendered and 63,972 houses raided. The government is
turning the tide on its bloody war against drugs.
"This will be a fight to the death," said PNP chief Ronald "Bato"
dela Rosa, who declared total war on drugs. He also warned police
officers who are involved in drugs not to push their luck too much or
else suffer the same fate as the drug lords.
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EVER since the President won on a platform of ridding this country of
drugs and crime, we have heard it said: this is not a war on drugs;
it is a war on the poor. This is a violation of human rights, a
violation of the rights of the poor to due process, their right to
life, their right to live.
Human rights are the soul of the country, said the Vice President.
This President has no sense of what human rights are about, say
critics. Media spins these deaths: they are all poor! The chairmen of
Barangays Bel-Air, Dasmarinas, Forbes Park, San Lorenzo, and Urdaneta
sign are no drug users and pushers in posh villages.
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OUR new president, Rodrigo Duterte, asked us that he be given three
to six months to eradicate the problem of drug trafficking and abuse
that's plaguing our country. The number of casualties in the ongoing
war against drugs, which is hardly a month-old, has alarmed the
Commission on Human Rights and some citizens.
Can we really win a war against drugs? We've been fighting this war
for years, but illegal drugs remain within reach of anybody who wants
to use them. What if the proliferation of drugs is not the real
problem but just a "symptom"?
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The digital age is bringing new challenges to the Fourth Amendment.
But a key decision last week bolsters this right.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is crucial to liberty
because it protects the "right of the people to be secure in their
persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and
The digital age is bringing new challenges to the Fourth Amendment.
But a key decision last week bolsters this right.
At issue are devices such as the StingRay by Harris Corp. that, in
the company's description, among other things performs "dialed number
and registration collection, mobile interrogation and target tracking
and location" of cell phones.
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Yep, They Are.
What's the deal with cannabidiol (CBD) pet treats? Are they really a thing?
YES, CBD-INFUSED pet treats are definitely a thing. They are often
marketed to "all pets, large and small," and you can order them
online from any number of manufacturers. As with any product, some of
the websites look better than others. Some even contain product
testimonials from pet owners, which can make for delightful reading.
Pet treats are pricey little morsels designed to relieve ill and
aging animals. Sellers also promote them for anxiety and "bonding"
issues. These treats are infused with non-psychoactive CBD and they
are marketed to the humane souls among us concerned with arthritic
rabbits, not the guy who blows smoke in his cat's face.
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The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide
for the general public on how media works.
And, given that I've only worked in media for a little more than a
year, logic would imply that, at some point very soon, I'll succumb
to temptation, leave my job at the Journal and devote a year to
writing a book on how many exclamation marks press releases should
include (fewer than five!!!!!), among other newsroom bugaboos.
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I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive
disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work.
Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal
depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I
have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from
dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized
there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has
deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in
that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back
to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed
robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that
this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right
direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city
council to change an ordinance?
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In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim
Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent
higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent
alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol
sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization."
According to the latest annual "Healthy Kids" study released last
month by the Colorado Department of Health, marijuana has stayed at
the same level since legalization. The last pre-legalization year in
Colorado, teen pot smoking was at 22 percent. It dropped after
legalization to 19.7 percent, and is now at 21.2 percent. This
reflects the number who said they had used marijuana in the past month.
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Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis
Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and
federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help
curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states
where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers
have dipped drastically.
There's been a spate of studies on how overdose and painkiller abuse
- - particularly among chronic pain patients - are lower in medical
marijuana states, but the researchers have largely hypothesized that
these patients are picking pot over prescription drugs. Now, a recent
report in the journal Health Affairs suggests that the link between
prescriptions and marijuana is no longer just a hypothesis.
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Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first
city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses.
With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the
likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November,
Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its
The City Council on Tuesday informally agreed to place a measure on
the November ballot asking voters to approve a tax on cannabis
operations to benefit the city's general fund to pay for essential
services such as police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.
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In the midst of a presidential election year, Americans rightly
expect to hear debates on almost every relevant topic. However, there
is one topic that seems to be missing from the debate, even when it
seems compellingly relevant: The "war on drugs."
When we talk about Mexican and Central American immigration, we
ignore the fact that many immigrants are unaccompanied children,
refugees fleeing drug war violence, while drug warriors claim to be
concerned about "the children." And when the violence follows the
refugees, we blame them, not the drug war.
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Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait
Until Dispensaries Are Established
Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana
industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the
state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical
cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months.
There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30,
up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the
state Health Department.
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UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the need to
protect civil and human rights during talks on a wide range of issues
yesterday with President Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.
In a press briefing, Palace spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Kerry
brought up the matter then listened "very intently" to the
President's explanation of his drive against criminality.
Before meeting with the President, Kerry held a joint press
conference with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay and spoke of the
need to protect people's rights even as authorities seek to uphold
peace and order.
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Nevada City - Faced with furious protests by marijuana advocates,
Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a restrictive plan to
allow limited outdoor marijuana growing in a Sierra Nevada county
long known for its cannabis culture.
In June, voters in the county of 100,000 residents roundly rejected a
sweeping ban imposed by supervisors on outdoor marijuana farms and
commercial cultivation. Measure W, which would have reinforced an
ordinance passed by the board in June, went down by a 59 to 41 percent margin.
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Two-Thirds Support Retail-Styled Regulation and Zoning by the City
Ottawans don't want to shut them down but do see the need for some
regulation from the city.
Ottawa's marijuana dispensaries are inching closer to becoming
legitimate business - if not in the eyes of the law, then at least in
the eyes of residents.
A new public opinion poll conducted by Forum Research Inc. finds as
many as six in 10 respondents say marijuana dispensaries should be
allowed to operate in Ottawa, with fewer than a third (32 per cent)
opposed. Two-thirds of respondents (67 per cent) believe they should
be regulated and zoned like any other retail business, while one in
five say they should be immediately shut down.
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Osoyoos Is Moving Towards Outright Ban on Dispensaries
Medical marijuana activist Grant Bruce appeared before Oliver town
council on Monday seeking a second chance.
After the Town of Osoyoos in June shut down the Starbuds marijuana
dispensary he operated there, he's now hoping to find a friendlier
environment for such an operation in Oliver.
Bruce, who uses marijuana to treat his epilepsy, distanced himself
from Starbuds, which he said "lied to and misled" managers such as
himself about the supposed medical professionals who were clearing
customers to purchase cannabis.
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The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine wants more citizens to share
their thoughts on its proposed medical marijuana bylaw, and will
offer another public hearing on the matter this fall after a recent
one was sparsely attended.
A public hearing in Terrace July 19 had less than 10 residents show
up and a hearing the following night in New Hazelton was attended by
only one person.
"We've recessed it and we will reconvene at a future date and time
appointed by the regional district board, potentially looking at some
time in the fall," said Nicholas Redpath, a planner with the regional district.
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Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million
Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an
encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the
brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say.
Some assisted living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are
quietly administering medical marijuana to patients - with consent
from legally responsible parties - for behavioral management,
quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing
recognition of their surroundings.
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From Marijuana Strains to Blows on Big Pharma
Best Trains for productivity
We often hear about marijuan being great for increasing appetite, sex
drive, and helping us sleep better. These things are amazing, but
sometimes what is really need is a kick to make us more active and
get more done. Here are a few marijuana strains that help people
become more active and get more done during the day.
This sativa is unique, as it combines a strong body high with a
cerebral high. This means you can feel great and comfortable sitting
at your desk, or going for that morning jog you've been meaning to
take, while also producing a ton of great ideas. Your mind will be
moving a mile a minute as you work, all while you maintain a relaxed
demeanor. It also does wonders for boosting creativity.
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Dear Stoner: I want to try my hand at making CBD-extracted products.
Is it better to use hemp or real marijuana for it?
Dear Mac: It depends on your experience with marijuana and
cannabinoid extraction. Most cannabidiol (CBD) users and
product-makers use industrial hemp, because it's easier to grow
legally and naturally higher in CBD cannabinoids than most flowering
marijuana plants, which generally have more THC. If you want to start
creating personal CBD products in Colorado, all you have to do is
make sure your hemp plants or oils have less than 0.3 percent THC,
and you can make all the CBD-infused balms, lotions and foods you
like - as long as your home-extraction methods don't involve butane
or any other explosive solvent.
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WHEN MEASURE 91 passed, I heard more than one prohibitionist sneer at
the idea and ask, "What's next, legalizing all the other drugs?" And
certainly there is a small, albeit growing, movement to decriminalize
all drugs, and to treat the use of them more as a public health issue
than a criminal one. But this being 'Murica, how would that work?
What would it look like? Sweet Jesus, I'm glad you asked, because
that's what this week's column is about. Welcome to...
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The Senate is set to investigate the rising incidence of
extrajudicial killings of alleged drug pushers even as President
Duterte has vowed there will be no letup in his anti-drug campaign.
The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Senate committee on justice
and human rights, chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, along with Sen.
Panfilo Lacson as chairman of the committee on public order and
De Lima earlier filed Resolution No. 9 seeking an investigation into
"recent rampant extrajudicial killings and summary executions of
suspected criminals to strengthen the mechanisms of accountability of
law enforcers and to institute corrective legislative measures to
ensure full respect of basic human rights, especially the right to life."
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The answer to sustaining Social Security and possibly paying down the
national debt is very simple. Legalize marijuana and don't tax it but
let the government produce and sell it as a government-run business.
It's going to be legalized in all the states eventually anyway, so
why not use it for some good. Farmland now sitting idle could be put
to use. Thousands of jobs would be created, and profits could be used
to help feed the hungry in our country and save Social Social Security.
Jim Baker, Hollywood
Country 'Drowning' Bishops, UN and Even Vice-President Alarmed at
The new Philippines government's war on drugs has already killed
almost 300 people since the start of July - but President Rodrigo
Duterte wants the authorities to escalate the war.
Mr Duterte shrugged off alarm over the rising body count in his first
state of the nation address, declaring that drugs were drowning his
country and human rights were no excuse to shield criminals.
"Double your efforts. Triple them if need be," he said in a message to police.
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CEBU CITY-The highest-ranking police official in Central Visayas
revealed an offer made by what he said is a vigilante group to help
the police bring down drug suspects as part of the Duterte
administration's war on drugs.
Chief Supt. Noli Talino, Central Visayas police director, said he
received a text message from an anonymous group offering to help
police kill suspected pushers and others involved in drug trafficking.
"They want to take the law into their own hands because they could no
longer stand the presence of people who continue to peddle or use
illegal drugs," Talino said.
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At least eight cases that bore the marks of extrajudicial killings of
drug suspects are now being investigated by the Commission on Human
Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7).
The probe came barely 24 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte's
tirade against human rights advocates questioning his tough
anti-crime policies, particularly on the slaying of suspected drug peddlers.
Leo Villarino, CHR-7 chief investigator, said they received a
directive from lawyer Diana De Leon of CHR's Human Rights Protection
Office in Manila last July 15, mandating the regional office to
conduct an investigation on what could be cases of summary executions.
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