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1 US OR: Column: CBD Pet Treats Are A Thing?Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:67 Added:07/28/2016

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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2 US CA: Column: Insert Sensationalist Weed-Related Headline HereThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Stansberry, Linda Area:California Lines:88 Added:07/28/2016

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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3 US CA: Column: No Dank, No DoshThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:69 Added:07/28/2016

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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4 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:84 Added:07/28/2016

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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5 US: Legal Pot States Save Millions In MedicareThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Kercher, Sophia Area:United States Lines:130 Added:07/28/2016

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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6 US CA: Cloverdale Looking To Impose Marijuana Business TaxThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Mason, Clark Area:California Lines:114 Added:07/28/2016

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 anemic budget.

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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7US CA: OPED: Don't Mention The War On DrugsThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Cowan, Richard Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

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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8 US HI: Hawaii's Industry Slow To GrowThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:97 Added:07/28/2016

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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9 Philippines: Kerry Cites Need For HR ProtectionThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Salaverria, Leila Area:Philippines Lines:48 Added:07/28/2016

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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10US CA: Despite Protests, Supervisors Approve Restrictive PotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

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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11CN ON: Six In 10 Tell Poll Pot Shops Should Be AllowedWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Helmer, Aedan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/28/2016

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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12 CN BC: Activist Trying To Restart In OliverWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Goodwein, Tiffany Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:07/28/2016

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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13 CN BC: Medical Marijuana Bylaw To Get Additional Public HearingWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Terrace Standard (CN BC) Author:Bengtson, Ben Area:British Columbia Lines:141 Added:07/28/2016

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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14 US CA: Column: Marijuana AIDS Sonoma County Alzheimer'sThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Kovner, Guy Area:California Lines:124 Added:07/28/2016

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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15 US AZ: Column: Keeping It BriefThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Parfitt, Sarah Area:Arizona Lines:115 Added:07/28/2016

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.

Jack Herer

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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16 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Which Is Better for CBD ExtractionThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:62 Added:07/28/2016

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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17 US OR: Column: What If a Different Ballot Measure HadThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:88 Added:07/28/2016

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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18 Philippines: Senate To Probe Drug KillingsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Romero, Paolo Area:Philippines Lines:49 Added:07/28/2016

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 dangerous drugs.

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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19 US FL: PUB LTE: Try This Bold Proposal to Save Social SecurityWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Author:Baker, Jim Area:Florida Lines:23 Added:07/27/2016

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


20 Philippines: 300 Dead In President's War On DrugsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Murdoch, Lindsay Area:Philippines Lines:79 Added:07/27/2016

Country 'Drowning' Bishops, UN and Even Vice-President Alarmed at Vigilante Violence

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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21 Philippines: Top Visayas Cop Bares Offer by Vigilantes to HelpWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Mayol, Ador Vincent S. Area:Philippines Lines:73 Added:07/27/2016

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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22 Philippines: CHR Probes Drug KillsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Cebu Daily News (Philippines) Author:Mayol, Ador Vincent S. Area:Philippines Lines:174 Added:07/27/2016

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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23 Philippines: QC Cops in 'Cleansing' Mode, Kill Peer forWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Brizuela, Maricar B. Area:Philippines Lines:83 Added:07/27/2016

A MEMBER of the Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) antinarcotics division, whom the high command had monitored for allegedly reselling drugs seized in big-time raids and arrests, was shot dead by fellow officers who were carrying out what their leader called an "internal cleansing" of their ranks.

Senior Insp. Ramon Castillo became another statistic in the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs, albeit in a distinct category of kills. He allegedly refused to surrender and shot it out with a team who had him entrapped in a buy-bust operation in Greater Fairview, Quezon City, early Tuesday.

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24 US OR: Report: Report: Over-Production of Medical Pot FeedsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Hall, Shaun Area:Oregon Lines:103 Added:07/27/2016

Critics Call the Assertion an 'Opinion,' and Author Admits It's A 'Guess'

Medical marijuana growers in Oregon are producing far more product than they or their customer-patients can consume, feeding a black market that doesn't appear to be going away soon, according to a controversial new report.

An estimated 70 percent of the crop will be distributed illegally next year, according to a draft report from the Portland consulting firm ECONorthwest, which has been hired by Josephine County and the city of Grants Pass to study the local economy, including the marijuana industry.

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25 US CA: Election: Butte County Pot Initiative On The BallotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Reidel, Dan Area:California Lines:123 Added:07/27/2016

Oroville - Marijuana is back on the ballot.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors sent an initiative by pot proponents to the November ballot with a 4-1 vote shortly after noon Tuesday.

Parts of the initiative, titled the "Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Commerce Measure," were questioned by the supervisors, but ultimately, with the deadline approaching to either approve the initiative as a county ordinance or send it to the November election, District 5 Supervisor Doug Teeter made the motion to have the people of the county vote on the initiative.

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26 US OR: Editorial: Black Market Threatens A Legal IndustryWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:62 Added:07/27/2016

It's been suspected for some time that a lot more marijuana was being produced by medical growers than could be consumed by patients, and now the evidence is beginning to surface.

First came the arrest of a Jackson County dispensary owner in Siskiyou County for allegedly hauling marijuana across the California line for illegal sale.

Now an economic analysis has concluded that a huge percentage of marijuana ostensibly grown in Josephine County for medical patients is instead feeding the black market.

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27US AK: Anchorage's First Commercial Marijuana Grow Approved byWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK) Author:Hanlon, Tegan Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

The Anchorage Assembly approved the city's first commercial marijuana grow Tuesday night, a significant step forward for the developing legal cannabis industry.

"This whole green revolution, it starts here tonight with the City of Anchorage," said Assemblyman Dick Traini who voted to approve the local marijuana license and special-use permit for Dream Green Farms and to refer the application for a second proposed commercial marijuana grow, Arctic Herbery, to an Assembly committee for additional review after a flurry of late-night debate.

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28 US CO: Colo. Kids Accidentally Ingesting PotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:May, Ashley Area:Colorado Lines:47 Added:07/27/2016

Medical Study Shows 34% Rise in Cases of Pediatric Marijuana Exposure

As more Colorado adults become comfortable with marijuana in their homes, more young children are ingesting the drug, a new study reports.

The JAMA Pediatrics report notes Colorado saw an increase of pediatric marijuana cases by 34% annually, compared with 19% for the rest of the USA.

Coloradans are baking marijuana into chocolate chip cookies, brownies and pies and adding it to candy fruit chews and chocolate bars - all sweets that toddlers find irresistible. And, the edibles market is still in its infancy.

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29US PA: Pot Lobby Moves Beyond Its Grass Roots at the ConventionWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Schouten, Fredreka Area:Pennsylvania Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Marijuana Execs Find Welcome Vibe Among the Pols

Marijuana has gone mainstream at the Democratic National Convention this week.

Democratic officials, including Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer and his state's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, mingled with pot industry executives Monday night at a reception at a sleek bar downtown, miles away from the convention hall.

A day earlier, the Marijuana Policy Project staged a fundraiser to support its work to push new laws around the country legalizing the use of marijuana.

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30 US CA: County Takes Pot Tax Plan Off BallotWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Sewell, Abby Area:California Lines:130 Added:07/27/2016

Just weeks after putting the measure before voters Nov. 8, supervisors backtrack amid pushback.

November's ballot will be crowded with tax initiatives, but a Los Angeles County proposal to fund efforts on homelessness with a tax on marijuana won't be one of them.

County supervisors voted Tuesday to pull back an initiative they had previously approved for the ballot, which would have placed a 10% tax on gross receipts of marijuana businesses, with the money to be used for housing and services for the homeless.

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31 US CO: Study: Edible Pot Sickens More KidsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Boston Herald (MA) Author:Kalter, Lindsay Area:Colorado Lines:54 Added:07/27/2016

A new study shows marijuana poisoning in young children has risen 150 percent in Colorado since the substance was legalized in 2014 - a frightening statistic that has opponents of the Bay State legal marijuana ballot initiative warning that the same could happen in Massachusetts.

"The edible products for the marijuana industry are a huge part of the profit and growth model," said Rep. Hannah Kane, of the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts' steering committee. "Children are highly susceptible to these products."

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32 US: Column: NFL's Logic Is Mixed Up About Medical MarijuanaWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Sullivan, Jerry Area:United States Lines:35 Added:07/27/2016

Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe retired from the NFL last week at 29. Like many ex-players, he left the game early because of concerns about concussions and his overall health.

In May, Monroe became the first player to publicly ask the NFL to stop listing cannabis as a banned substance and allow players to use medical marijuana to treat chronic pain. He believes it would limit the use of addictive opioids to relieve pain.

In June, the Ravens released Monroe. Several teams were interested, but Monroe quit while his faculties were intact. He'll continue to speak out on the issue. Maybe he'll persuade the NFL to stop suspending players for a drug that's less harmful than the alcohol it pushes for profit.

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33 US CA: San Francisco Leads Nation in Marijuana Use, Study SaysWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Austin American-Statesman (TX)          Area:California Lines:52 Added:07/27/2016

Take a bow, San Francisco: The Bay Area is home to the highest concentration of marijuana smokers anywhere in the country, according to new data released Tuesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Every few years, SAMHSA combines data from the annual National Surveys on Drug Use and Health to derive estimates of monthly marijuana use among Amer-icans age 12 and older. The latest cut of that data, encom-passing the years 2012 to 2014, includes responses from about 204,000 people. That huge sample makes it possible to visualize marijuana use rates with a level of detail not possible with traditional surveys.

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34US CO: Editorial: Docs Gone Wild On Pot ReferralsWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

It would be impossible to argue these days in Colorado that patients who use medical marijuana aren't getting a pretty good deal.

As in the earliest days of legalization, most Coloradans are comfortable giving patients or their caregivers the right to grow several plants. For years now, dispensaries catering to patients have been plentiful, as are a variety of products intended to address particular ailments and issues. And the state doesn't collect a sin tax on medical marijuana patients.

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35CN YK: Premiers Push For Pot PolicyTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Yukon Territory Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Provincial Leaders Call on Ottawa to Deliver Plan Soon So They Can Build Framework

Canada's premiers are signaling they need swift action from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids, motorists and criminals.

With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders say time is of the essence.

"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the Federation meeting.

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36 US: Nation's Opioid Crisis Garners AttentionWed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Zezima, Katie Area:United States Lines:137 Added:07/27/2016

Recovering Addicts, Others Make Addiction Key Part of Their Speeches

The nation's epidemic of opioid abuse, which has killed thousands of people over the past decade through powerful prescription painkillers and heroin, has taken on a prominent role at the Democratic National Convention - a sign of the issue's growing importance in both parties.

On Monday night, a woman whose daughter has struggled with addiction gave a prime-time speech, followed by the former governor of New Hampshire, where more than 400 people died of drug overdoses last year. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, people packed into a Quaker conference center in Philadelphia to hear delegates, elected officials and others talk about recovering from substance abuse and what needs to be done to combat it.

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37 US CO: Column: Weed Doctors Sue Medical Board Over 'Arbitrary'Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:99 Added:07/27/2016

Last week, the Colorado Medical Board suspended the licenses of four doctors for allegedly recommending too much marijuana to patients. The doctors turned around and sued the health board, winning a temporary stay on the suspensions while they decide whether to proceed in administrative court or district court. This is the most sweeping punishment doled out to medical marijuana doctors in the system's nearly 20-year existence.

Among the four is Dr. William Stone, who practices at the MedEval Clinic on the northeast side of Colorado Springs. His suspension order, issued July 19, contains the written findings of the board's inquiry panel. The panel accuses Stone of signing more than 400 recommendations for possession of more than 75 plants. That, plus Stone's performing evaluations online rather than in person, led the panel to take "emergency action." The other three doctors are also accused of recommending more than 75 plants to hundreds of patients - what law enforcement professionals say is an abuse of the legal system that is feeding the black market.

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38CN ON: Illegal Pot Dispensaries Operating With No RulesSat, 23 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Vancouver bylaws include licensing, zoning, security and age restrictions

We need some cohesive federal regulations, rather than cities being out on their own, trying to decide what to do.

For nearly two decades, Tom Ramsay has operated an adult-video shop on Bank Street under city regulations that govern everything from what warning signs must be posted at the entrance to which portion of a woman's breast can be displayed on a poster in the front window (nipples are OK, areolas aren't).

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39 CN BC: Owner Of Abbotsford Pot Shop Files Constitutional CourtFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Gawley, Kelvin Area:British Columbia Lines:83 Added:07/27/2016

No business licence means store must close, city says

The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary battling the City of Abbotsford to stay open has filed a constitutional challenge, claiming the city has no right to ban pot shops.

In court filings submitted this month, Don Briere, who operates marijuana dispensary Mary Jane Glass and Gifts on South Fraser Way, claims many of Mary Jane's patients are unable to obtain marijuana elsewhere due to low incomes, disabilities or both.

Briere, who owns a dozen similar locations in B.C. and Ontario, most of which are named Weeds Glass and Gifts, shut down a previous shop on Clearbrook Road after the city brought an injunction against it in January because it lacked a business licence.

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40 CN ON: PUB LTE: Better Than AlternativeFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Devison, Colleen Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:07/27/2016

At the time of this letter, 58% of people voted "no" on "Are you OK with three safe injection sites being allowed to operate in Toronto?" (July 15). I personally would rather see that than needles found in parks and playgrounds and the spread of intravenous disease caused by shared needles. Drug users with hep C and HIV have sex with our sons and daughters. Though abstinence may be ideal in prevention, it is not always likely. The program in B.C. also cut down on overdoses.

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41CN BC: Surrey Readies For Overdose SurgeMon, 25 Jul 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

'WELFARE WEDNESDAY': Advocates say arrival of cheques will bring more drug-fuelled medical emergencies

Support workers are bracing for the worst when welfare payments arrive on Wednesday, after a recent rash of drug overdoses in Surrey.

On July 17, Fraser Health Authority issued a warning after there were 36 drug overdoses in Surrey within 48 hours. Many of those who overdosed reported they had used crack cocaine. But some cases turned up traces of fentanyl - a potent, synthetic opioid sometimes added to street drugs and blamed for the surge in deaths that led to the provincial health officer declaring a public health emergency in April.

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42CN BC: Pot Ads Seen As Burning Issue In NanaimoTue, 26 Jul 2016
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Reid, Michael D. Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Dispensary Making Cannabis 'Cool and Interesting' To Vulnerable Youth, Council Told

A Nanaimo musician is seeing red over the appearance of a pot-themed parody of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham in a local cannabis dispensary's window display.

Shauna McAllister recently told Nanaimo city council about her concerns over the appearance of Green Buds and Hash and Harry Pothead and the Marijuana Stone at Island Releaf's storefront window.

McAllister, a.k.a. alt recording artist Jupiter Jill, said she was shocked to see what initially appeared to be a Dr. Seuss book while walking by the shop at 115 Chapel St.

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43 CN ON: Downtown Pot Dispensary Open Again After Police RaidSat, 23 Jul 2016
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:07/27/2016

Owner says he'll plead not guilty to three trafficking charges

A downtown marijuana dispensary was raided by police Thursday, but was open again Friday.

Brighter Moments Dispensary set up shop on King Street East near Ferguson Avenue last September offering to sell medical marijuana products exclusively to patients with prescriptions.

The dispensary had operated "without incident" for several months until eight police officers with a warrant searched the facility around 2 p.m., said Cory Kaus, who identified himself as a patient and volunteer operator.

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44 CN BC: Call For Local Drug Consumption SitesThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Gawley, Kelvin Area:British Columbia Lines:144 Added:07/26/2016

Fraser Health strategy for overdoses includes supervised facilities

Fraser Health is working to identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses.

At least one of those sites should be in Abbotsford, according to local advocates.

Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.

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45 CN BC: Editorial: Shop Must Follow RulesFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:07/26/2016

Procedure is the issue, not benefits of marijuana

Jukka Laurio is right, but he's wrong. Laurio made an unscripted plea before Penticton City Council asking to rescind the suspension of the business licence for his Rush In and Finish Cafe, which sells much more than coffee and baked goods. Laurio politely argued that many of his clients suffer medical conditions and benefit greatly from cannabis he also sells there. He said marijuana is in the process of being legalized and Justin Trudeau won a majority in the last election with pot being a major plank in the Liberal campaign.

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46 CN YK: Premiers Push For Pot PolicyFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Yukon Territory Lines:105 Added:07/26/2016

Provincial leaders call on Ottawa to deliver plan soon so they can build framework

WHITEHORSE- Canada's premiers are signalling they need swift action from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids, motorists and criminals.

With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders say time is of the essence.

"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the Federation meeting.

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47 CN AB: Police Hope Impairment Laws Add PotFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Metro (Calgary, CN AB) Author:Edwardson, Lucie Area:Alberta Lines:59 Added:07/26/2016

Driving while high may carry same penalties as drinking

The Calgary Police Service is eagerly awaiting action on impaired driving laws once marijuana legalization goes through, according to Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.

In February, the Liberal government officially announced its plans to legalize and regulate marijuana by early 2017, and Stacey said it's still unclear what that will mean for those who might drive while high.

"The rub is, we're waiting for the marijuana legislation to pass," he said. "Whatever that will look like, we're hoping for the best as far as impaired driving rules go. But, I guess time will tell."

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48 CN YK: Premiers Talk Pot ConcernsFri, 22 Jul 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Weber, Bob Area:Yukon Territory Lines:67 Added:07/26/2016

Premiers meeting in the Yukon say they want quick action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana to prevent a patchwork of enforcement and distribution across the country.

"There's real concerns," said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister before heading into the meeting Thursday in Whitehorse.

"It's one of the issues I want to raise today," he said. "I would hope we can develop a national approach, a co-operative approach."

British Columbia's Christy Clark echoed Pallister's worries around public health, safety and distribution.

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49 Canada: Medical Pot Companies Aim To Grow Export BusinessSat, 23 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Bastien, Laurent Area:Canada Lines:92 Added:07/26/2016

Canada's licensed medical cannabis producers are searching for opportunities to expand overseas while Ottawa works on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next spring, with two producers recently securing licences to sell their products in Europe.

The latest company to announce plans to export marijuana is Canopy Growth Corp., the largest of the country's two dozen licensed producers. Canopy Growth said it would soon begin selling dried cannabis in pharmacies across Germany after securing an export licence from Health Canada on Wednesday. The company also said it had signed partnerships to share its technical expertise with medical marijuana companies in Brazil and Australia.

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50 CN BC: PUB LTE: Laws Need To Change To Stop OverdosesThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Specht, Bronwyn Area:British Columbia Lines:33 Added:07/26/2016

Will the number of overdose deaths this year climb to 800 as predicted by Dr. Perry Kendall? According to the B.C. Coroners Service, overdose deaths in the province this year had reached 315 as of May 31. By June 30, that number had risen to 371. Sadly, it appears Dr. Kendall's predictions are on track to reach that unbelievable number of 800.

Our drug laws are an integral part of this problem. Prohibition creates a market for illegal, adulterated drugs, easily accessible to those who seek them, whether to support an addiction, or for recreational purposes. No person who uses illegal drugs today is guaranteed a clean, safe product. Using street drugs today is a crap shoot.

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