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1 US CA: LTE: Unhappy With EditingTue, 14 Jan 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Esplanade, Nathan Area:California Lines:51 Added:06/14/2016

Re "Undermining the public's trust" (Guest comment, by Nathan Esplanade, Jan. 7):

Apparently to undermine my anti-alcohol and -marijuana guest comment last week, the CN&R changed and deleted some of my words and made others insensible, and completely omitted my conclusion.

In the same issue, the CN&R published more propaganda arguing legalizing pot would enable pain relief for the poor and enrich local governments. In so doing, it once again ignored the elephant in the room: Patients with a prescription can already acquire affordable medication via the Internet.

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2US CA: Brown Signs Bill Correcting Marijuana RegulationsFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA) Author:Randall, Adam Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 21 Wednesday, formally striking the March 1 deadline inadvertently included in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

Accordingly, the deadline was repealed immediately, allowing cities and counties to move forward in developing local rules and regulations without a timeline, according to North Coast Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood's office. The deadline would have forced cities and counties to make its own rules for local enforcement by March 1, or allow the state to assume authority over local decision making.

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3 US: Pressured on Opioids, F.D.A. Takes Steps to Toughen StanceFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Tavernise, Sabrina Area:United States Lines:77 Added:02/05/2016

Under pressure from Congress to take action amid a worsening opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced several measures aimed at dealing with abuse.

Dr. Robert Califf, the acting commissioner and nominee to run the agency, announced the measures in a phone conference with reporters. He said the steps were an attempt by the agency to toughen its response to the crisis, in which tens of thousands of Americans were addicted to the prescription painkillers and were dying of overdoses. He said the actions were part of a broader government effort: Earlier this week, the Obama administration said it would ask Congress to spend an additional $1.1 billion next year on the problem, which would help increase badly needed treatment facilities.

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4 South Africa: More Adults Are Getting High in the USFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Times, The (South Africa) Author:Child, Katharine Area:South Africa Lines:42 Added:02/05/2016

MORE US adults are using marijuana now that some states have either decided to decriminalise the use of dagga or legalise the possession of it, a review published yesterday in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says.

And data from the US National Survey of Drug Use and Health says marijuana use has increased significantly among US adults in the past decade.

The trend seems to have begun before 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalise marijuana.

Teen use has not increased but researchers warn "young people's perceptions of the risks of using marijuana have decreased, suggesting they might be more likely to start using marijuana in future".

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5 CN NK: Edu: Federal Gov To Pass The Joint LawsWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Brunswickan, The (Edu CN NK) Author:Sirois, Stephanie Area:New Brunswick Lines:78 Added:02/05/2016

The Canadian government stands to make over $5 billion from taxes if marijuana is legalized but Fredericton dealers aren't too concerned with how it will affect their sales.

One local pot dealer thinks the possible legalization will only affect the people who will have the money to buy government supplied marijuana, and that the taxing will help the province.

Andrew Rankin* has been selling pot for the past few years. He said most of the people who buy pot need to have a higher income to afford higher quality weed.

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6 CN NF: Editorial: Breaking The CycleMon, 01 Feb 2016
Source:Western Star, The (CN NF)          Area:Newfoundland Lines:71 Added:02/05/2016

The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University and a local steering committee.

The project got underway in November 2015 and is expected to wrap up in November of this year with a manuscript on the scope and nature of the treatment centre, recommendations on site locations and draft plans.

Flat Bay Band Chief Liz LaSaga and the steering committee say there is insufficient research into native health statistics in the province. Along with Memorial, the research derived from this project will be a fundamental piece of evidence. The need for the Nujio'qonik Healing Center - named in recognition of the area in which it will be located, Bay St. George - has long been recognized.

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7 Canada: Prison Needle Programs Touted To Reduce Hiv And Hep C RiskWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ballingall, Alex Area:Canada Lines:118 Added:02/05/2016

Researchers hope Liberals' 'evidence-based' approach will endorse safe-injection programs

After years of pushing for safe drug-injection programs in Canadian jails, health advocates say mounting evidence and a new government in Ottawa present a chance to finally make it happen.

In a report published Wednesday, researchers in Toronto provide a framework for the introduction of what they call "prison-based needle and syringe programs" in Canada - programs that the authors argue are sorely needed in provincial and federal jails to address levels of HIV and Hepatitis C infections that are "astronomically" high compared with those in the general population.

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8 CN ON: LTE: Don't Open The Gateway Of Marijuana To Harder Drugs:Wed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Peterborough This Week (CN ON) Author:Baldwin, J. R. Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/05/2016

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

First, being of sound mind and physical prowess, I must vigorously argue with your proposal to legalize marijuana. Personally, I have never smoked or taken illicit drugs.

Is it not enough hardship to have drunk drivers on our highways? Why would you propose to decrease the population even further by putting stoned drivers on the roads?

It is with deep emotion that I tell you the sad story about our grandson, now deceased. He began experimenting with marijuana and subsequently "graduated" to harder drugs.

Marijuana is a gateway drug to the "harder stuff".

Please reconsider your totally wrong thinking on this matter. Otherwise, God help our youths who will have fewer deterrents to steer them away from hideous or fatal futures.

J. R. Baldwin



9CN AB: Police Fear Highly Toxic Drug Will Soon Turn Up In EdmontonWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Ellwand, Otiena Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

Edmonton city police say it's likely just a matter of time before W-18 - - a drug up to 100 times more toxic than fentanyl - is seized here.

Calgary police say they received lab results from Health Canada confirming three fentanyl pills seized during a drug bust in Rocky View County in August contained W-18, a type of opioid that's never been used clinically. Of the 109 pills seized, 20 were tested.

W-18 has a different chemical composition than fentanyl but produces similar effects to the addictive drug, which has been linked to 270 deaths in Alberta last year, including 65 people in Edmonton.

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10US UT: Amid Emotional Testimony, Two Medical Marijuana BillsFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Salt Lake Tribune (UT) Author:Gehrke, Robert Area:Utah Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

For the past six months, Dallas Sainsbury has treated her Crohn's disease with a cocktail of opiates, steroids, muscle relaxers and other medications that made her hazy and sick to her stomach, alongside numerous other side effects.

Then, while attending a concert with friends in Colorado, she tried marijuana and it eased her nausea, anxiety and the urgent need to use the bathroom. It also helped her get off the opioids that left her "high every day," led to her quitting school and made it impossible for her to work.

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11 CN BC: Support Growing For Supervised Consumption ServicesWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Victoria News (CN BC) Author:Roth, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:98 Added:02/05/2016

It's been two-and-a-half years since a community campaign was launched to build a Supervised Consumption Services (SCS) site in Victoria to help prevent deaths from drug overdose.

And now organizers of the Yes2SCS campaign feel they are one step closer towards turning that goal into a reality thanks to signs of change in federal legislation and talks with local stakeholders.

According to Dr. Richard Crow, Island Health's executive medical director, the health authority has always supported the concept of a SCS being part of a range of prevention, treatment and harm reduction services/support for people living with addictions, but requires support from every level of government.

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12 US NM: OPED: U.S. Needs to Find Solution to Opioid EpidemicFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM) Author:Obama, Barack Area:New Mexico Lines:100 Added:02/05/2016

We Must Treat Addiction Like Any Other Disease and Aim to Prevent and Treat

Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking.

Cary's adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone through.

"We dread the next phone call," she said. "We don't take vacations for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations because there's a crisis."

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13 US MD: OPED: A 'Paradigm Shift' On Drug Use ViewsFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:LaSalle, Lindsay Area:Maryland Lines:112 Added:02/05/2016

Nearly 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2014 - more than from gunshot wounds or car crashes.

In Maryland, the governor's office has defined the problem as an "epidemic ... destroying lives." Indeed, heroin deaths alone have increased by 186 percent from 2010 to 2015 in the state.

Not only are drug-related deaths on the rise, so are the associated harms, including: drug-related crime and violence, the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C and the financial burden for taxpayers who shoulder the costs of health care and criminal justice.

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14 US CA: Column: Oil Producers Gets ShatteredThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:64 Added:02/05/2016

I heard a club got raided the other day? I thought raids were a thing of the past. What gives?

- -Blue Steele

Close. It wasn't a cannabis club that got raided, but a cannabis processing facility. Med West Distribution (which makes stuff for the Bhang line of cannabis products) in San Diego was raided by by the local cops, apparently acting on an "anonymous tip." Two people were arrested and charged with manufacturing an illegal substance and manufacturing an illegal substance with intent to sell. Local advocates were surprised that Med West got raided, considering that Med West has been operating at the same spot in San Diego for a few years, and local officials had recently toured the facility.

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15 US NY: LTE: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Rakatansky, Herbert Area:New York Lines:45 Added:02/05/2016

To the Editor:

Shame is generally a result of the opinion of other people rather than the failure to "live up to one's own standards."

In my work as chairman of a physician health program, we have found that the fear of losing a relationship, professional position and so on is the most powerful motivator to influence one's choice to enter and remain in treatment.

Relapse in addiction is common, as high as 60 percent after long-term treatment and much higher after shorter treatment.

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16 US NY: PUB LTE: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Szalavitz, Maia Area:New York Lines:46 Added:02/05/2016

To the Editor:

Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld argue that we should shame people to fight addiction. Unfortunately, while they cite data on shame in non-addicted populations, they ignore far more relevant research, which shows uniformly negative results.

In 2007, William R. Miller and William L. White reviewed research on "confrontation" in addiction treatment, a strategy that aims to shame and humiliate, using verbal attacks and even extreme tactics like making people wear diapers or dress as "bums" or prostitutes.

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17 US NY: PUB LTE: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sandberg, Larry S. Area:New York Lines:46 Added:02/05/2016

To the Editor:

Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld criticize American culture for promulgating the idea that shame is "a damaging, useless emotion." They criticize efforts to "eradicate" shame (by likening drug addiction to cancer) for those with addictions, worrying that such people will see their "habits as unalterable."

Shame, as a universal social emotion, serves an evolutionarily adaptive function. It is also extremely painful and often dealt with by hiding. Contrary to the writers' assertions, our culture tends to stigmatize people with addictions - to wit, Drs. Satel and Lilienfeld use the pejorative label "addicts." Such people avoid treatment because of shame and destroy themselves in the process.

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18CN SN: Column: If Marijuana Is Legal in Vancouver andThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:MacPherson, Les Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

Canada is a country, right? Canadian law is supposed to apply equally, everywhere, to all of us, right?

So why is marijuana openly for sale by retailers all over Vancouver and Victoria, while elsewhere in the country, people still are getting busted for a lousy joint?

That's more like two different countries than one country.

In Vancouver and Victoria, the retail business operates under the rubric of medical marijuana. Hardly anyone takes this medical aspect seriously. To buy a sack of weed, you need only present a prescription or facsimile thereof. It doesn't even have to be a prescription for medical marijuana. Show a prescription for anything - - an antibiotic for a sinus infection, an anti-inflammatory for a sprained ankle, ointment for a rash ... anything - and they will sell you a sack of weed. You can show them an old prescription pill bottle or even a picture on your iPhone of an old pill bottle and they will sell you a sack of weed.

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19US CA: Republican Named State's 1st Medical Pot CzarFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Garofoli, Joe Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

California has its first weed czar - otherwise known as chief of its Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation - and it's a Republican, Lori Ajax, who is now chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The job - which insiders have nicknamed the "chief BuMMR" (as in Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation) - pays $150,636 a year. Gov. Jerry Brown's appointment Thursday of Ajax requires confirmation by the state Senate.

If Ajax, 50, is approved, she will get the rare opportunity in Sacramento to create a state agency. The marijuana czar will hire 40 to 50 people, whose salary would be paid for with the stream of new cannabis licensing fees created by California's recently passed medical marijuana law.

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20 CN ON: Cops In Harm Reduction's WayThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Pflug-Back, Kelly Rose Area:Ontario Lines:136 Added:02/05/2016

Public Health Workers Worry That Police Involvement in Street-Outreach Pilot Will Discourage Drug Users From Accessing Life-Saving Services

When word got out in mid-December that undercover police officers had arrested two men accessing Toronto Public Health's (TPH) needle exchange program, The Works, TPH's own harm reduction workers scrambled to warn the drug user community.

Harm reduction workers and drug users alike had essentially been left in the dark about TPH's new pilot, the Outreach Project, which involves a partnership with police from four Toronto divisions (11, 12, 13, and 14) and prisoner rights group the John Howard Society.

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21 CN ON: Editorial: Durham Should Be Compensated If LegalizedThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Uxbridge Times Journal, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:02/05/2016

If legalizing marijuana use syphons money away from Durham, the Region should receive compensation from the federal and provincial governments.

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's more eye-catching promises during the last federal election campaign was to legalize marijuana. He has appointed former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair to take the lead on the portfolio.

The move would likely mean cash, maybe a lot of cash, for upper levels of government. And given the very expensive agenda the federal Liberals have embarked upon, they need all the money they can get.

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22US CO: Going To Pot With The ProsFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Baca, Ricardo Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2016

As more than 1,400 cannabis industry professionals flooded the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Thursday, a majority of the attendees shared one unifying quality: They were women.

That s business as usual at the Women Grow Leadership Summit, the second-year Colorado event that is part TED Talk, part networking mixers and part reunion for women and equality-minded men working toward the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. Other entertainers speak out

I know that we will create a cannabis industry that we all want be a part of, Amy Dannemiller, the Women Grow co-founder who goes by the 420-friendly name Jane West, said Thursday as she finished her talk titled Cannabis Cured My Imposter Syndrome.

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23 US CA: Council Scraps Pot BanThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Cooper, Meredith J. Area:California Lines:101 Added:02/04/2016

Proposed Ordinance Was Too Prohibitive, Unnecessary, Members Say

"Let's forget this, whatever it was."

That was a motion by Chico Vice Mayor Sean Morgan regarding a prohibitive medical marijuana ordinance proposed by City Attorney Vince Ewing at Tuesday night's regular City Council meeting (Feb. 2). The panel agreed unanimously.

The mood of the council while discussing the ordinance, which would have expressly banned medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services despite the fact they're already not allowed within city limits, was overall skeptical. The ordinance was crafted based on the new state Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which creates a framework for state and local licensing and oversight of commercial medical marijuana. But Ewing was clear in his opening remarks that the city was under no obligation to take action on Tuesday.

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24 US CA: No Pot, No Tax RevenueThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA) Author:Tirey, Tommy Area:California Lines:38 Added:02/04/2016

Re "Hasty decisions" (Newslines, by Meredith J. Cooper, Jan. 28):

The benefits of medical marijuana, both medically for patients and financially for the state and local governments, should be fair across the board. In the case of Colorado, the state has shown benefits for the schools and government through taxation.

To be fair, the cities that choose to "ban" the sale and distribution of medical cannabis also should be restricted from access to the tax revenue benefits offered by the state coffers. The prohibition scare tactics by the opponents of legalization and fair use under the medical marijuana bill of rights should not be governed by individuals at the city government level, as this process has been hashed out at the state government level and fairly voted on by the people. It should not be overridden by certain individuals who may or may not have political aspirations influencing their decisions.

The overpolicing of the people will lead to a mistrust of police and government and deprives the people as a whole of their freedoms, further decaying the due process that protects our rights to self govern through established voting methods.

Tommy Tirey

Yankee Hill


25 US MA: Language Of Addiction Itself Can Hurt, Advocates SayThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Freyer, Felice J. Area:Massachusetts Lines:151 Added:02/04/2016

Windia Rodriguez remembers the sting of the words hurled at her during a hospital stay a few years ago. "Crackhead." "Addict." Especially, she recalls the scorn in the voices that pronounced her "just an addict."

"They treated me like I was beyond hope," Rodriguez said.

But she found hope, and these days, free of drugs for four years, Rodriguez makes a point of adding two words to the standard salutation in her 12-step group. "I'm an addict," she says, "in recovery."

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26US CA: Editorial: Cellphone Search SecrecyThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2016

While the Anaheim Police Department never denied having the device widely known as a Stingray, which mimics cellphone towers and can potentially interact with a bystander's cellphone as far as a mile away from the subject of police surveillance, documents released to the American Civil Liberties Union reveal that the department has had "at least three different forms of cellphone surveillance technology since at least 2009."

The devices, all with equally colorful names, include a military-grade device known as a "dirtbox." The dirtbox is "capable of breaking the encryption of cellphone communications," and previous models could intercept and record digital voice data. The civil liberties group also notes that the dirtbox is capable of being used from aircraft, allowing it to snatch up signals from thousands of phones.

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27 US CA: Column: Obama's Unfinished Marijuana BusinessThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:122 Added:02/04/2016

Barack Obama was elected president on the promise of change. Back in 2008, there was plenty to improve upon: a wrecked economy, two foreign wars, a fatal addiction to imported fossil fuels.

Eight years later, income inequality is rampant, American soldiers are still in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now Syria, too), and men vying to succeed Obama deny the science of carbon emissions on national television.

Instead, one of the biggest and most remarkable changes in America has been on a "fringe" issue Obama's White House has taken pains to block.

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28 US CA: Column: What Deadline?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA) Author:Scott-Goforth, Grant Area:California Lines:74 Added:02/04/2016

A University of California San Francisco think tank released a study based on proposed marijuana legalization ballot measures that warns of a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry that could have negative public health effects.

The report, which comes from the university's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, says legalization - the most prominent effort for which is being funded by tech billionaire Sean Parker - is likely to lead to big money flowing into Sacramento to lobby for the newly legal industry.

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29 US AZ: Column: Grass PartyThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Kingston, Dan Area:Arizona Lines:56 Added:02/04/2016

Phoenix Open-Inspired Billboard Aims to Educate Golf Lovers and More on Marijuana Legalization

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona launched a Phoenix Open-inspired billboard on Monday, Feb. 1 to coincide with the kickoff of the golf tournament. It will be up through the end of the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 7.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world's best-attended golf tournament, according to the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, which refers to the tournament as the "greatest show on grass."

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30 US NJ: Column: I Want to Take Over the Federal Courthouse inMon, 01 Feb 2016
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Forchion, Ed Area:New Jersey Lines:175 Added:02/04/2016

I'm passing a joint at The Joint and pondering while on pot. Through hazy eyes I watched FoxNews coverage of the armed takeover of a federal building in Oregon, feeling helpless.

I've decided to do something about it here in Trenton.

I think I'm going to take over the front steps of the Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building and United States Courthouse located on the next block from The Joint on State Street. Ummm next week or the week after, hum, or when I get off this couch. (In my "Jay and Silent Bob" voice:) Dude... not in solidary with those fools in Oregon, but just the opposite.

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31 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Is Naming Pipes Weird?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:55 Added:02/04/2016

Dear Stoner: What is pipe resin made of? It's not what the dispensaries sell, is it?

Brick Dear Brick: Lord, no. The black, gooey stuff that's left in your pipe after smoking buds is basically tar, with some ash, carbon and a little THC mixed in. Igniting cannabis flower burns up most of the THC, but the tar left behind after the chemical reaction will still contain a small amount. It'll get you high if there's nothing else in the house to cheef on (we've all been there), but that might have as much to do with depriving your brain of oxygen as it does with cannabinoids. I wouldn't recommend smoking that stuff, but trust me: I have no right to judge.

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32US CA: Editorial: Helping Drug Addicts Is Finally PoliticallyThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2016

Obama Wants $1.1 Billion From Congress Over Two Years to Boost Treatment

Congress Is Considering Another Measure to Help Addicts Recover

Either Way, With New Demands From Voters, Action Is Welcome

When there's the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation's long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to ramp up spending on drug treatment and prevention, which is woefully inadequate in most states, and to expand patient access to the overdose-reversal drug, naloxone, and to other drugs proven to curb addiction.

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33 US CA: PUB LTE: Gold Rush In Pot Tax, But For Whom?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Barnes, Billy Area:California Lines:26 Added:02/04/2016

Re "How pot legalization would work in California" (Insight, Feb. 2): As a long time believer that we should legalize and tax pot, I was impressed by The Sacramento Bee's article on how it would work. I did, however, find humor in the financial analysis statement about "most of the proceeds must be spent for the specified purposes such as substance-use disorders, education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement." Was this portion of the article written by the same people who promised gas tax for roads and lottery funding for the schools?

I will vote for legalization, but don't try and fool me again about where the money will go.

Billy Barnes, Carmichael


34 US OR: PUB LTE: Shame On Health AuthorityThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Hall, Cheryl Area:Oregon Lines:39 Added:02/04/2016

The Oregon Health Authority meeting on Jan. 27 at the Medford library was a total disaster.

OHA failed to notify the 33,000 Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients who live in the Rogue Valley. OHA is totally rewriting the the OMMP administration rules for medical marijuana. I would like to think the Oregon Health Authority would notify OMMP patients of rule changes that will make most growers unable to provide the medicine they need on a daily basis. OHA is suppose to take care of the sick people in Oregon, not make them worse.

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35 US NY: PUB LTE: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Newman, Robert G. Area:New York Lines:41 Added:02/04/2016

To the Editor:

Re "Can Shame Be Useful?," by Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld (Sunday Review, Jan. 24):

Drs. Satel and Lilienfeld disparage what they describe as "a well-intentioned campaign to eradicate feelings of shame in addicted people." They credit "a spasm of self-reproach" with enabling "many" addicts to quit, ignoring the fact that addiction has for decades been recognized as a chronic, notoriously recidivist, treatable but as yet incurable medical condition, and not, in the writers' words, a "destructive habit."

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36 US OR: Column: How To Lobby 101Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:102 Added:02/04/2016

I HAVE GOOD NEWS! Today we're going to explore how you can shatter the myth of the lazy, unmotivated, forgetful stoner and defend cannabis consumers everywhere. And you can do it while stoned!

I also have not-so-good news! It's going to involve taking time out of your day. Not much, but you are going to have to click on some links, maybe type a little, and make a phone call. So it's about on par with the effort you exert using Tinder-without all that lingering regret.

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37 US CA: Column: Defining Craft CannabisThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:California Lines:118 Added:02/04/2016

Skywalker OG. Sour Diesel. LA Confidential. With dozens of different strains available to choose from, each emitting a different aroma and promising a different high, it is hard to remember that it is all just one thing - cannabis. With one ingredient served up in dozens of different ways, it can paralyze a consumer, but for a grower, it's an innovative paradise.

"It almost feels like it's never been done before," says Stephen Lipton, general cultivation manager of Boulder dispensary The Farm. "I guess because it really hasn't. Before it was a black market thing, and now that it isn't there is a high level of experimentation and ingenuity going on that you just can't deny anymore."

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38 CN BC: Column: This Is Your Province On WeedWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Houston Today (CN BC) Author:Fletcher, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:89 Added:02/04/2016

With unlicensed marijuana dispensaries popping up in urban areas and thousands of unregulated medical licences for home growing still in legal limbo, the Trudeau government is starting work on its promise to legalize recreational use.

Marijuana was a media darling in the recent election, but meeting in Vancouver with provincial ministers last week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott found herself preoccupied with issues deemed more urgent.

These include shifting our post-war acute hospital model to community primary care, tackling aboriginal health care needs, pooling pharmaceutical purchases to slow rising costs, and meeting an urgent Supreme Court of Canada directive to legalize assisted dying.

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39 CN BC: Editorial: Marijuana Laws In Legal LimboWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:02/04/2016

Though it was an election promise, Justin Trudeau's Liberals aren't going to be able to legalize marijuana overnight.

In fact, the legalization of pot might take longer than the four years they are guaranteed before the next federal election in Oct. 2019.

Undoubtedly, the federal government would like to get started on this promise, since it's worth millions of tax dollars every year. But when you consider what they already have on their plate, what with ISIS, Syrian refugees, assisted dying and, oh yes, the economy, it's understandable that legalizing pot might not be the top item on the Liberals to-do list.

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40 US CA: State Axes Pot Decision DeadlineThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:52 Added:02/04/2016

The Move Gives Cities and Counties More Time to Develop Local Rules on the Growing of Medical Marijuana.

SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday gave cities and counties more time to develop local regulations on the commercial growing of medical marijuana amid concern that a March 1 deadline had many rushing to ban cultivation.

Last year, Brown signed into law a system that will regulate, license and tax those who grow and sell medical cannabis. But a mistake in the bill's drafting set a March 1 deadline for cities to either adopt stronger rules or face living with the state restrictions that allow cultivation.

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41 US NJ: Facebook Blocks Pot Dispensaries' Business PagesThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Finley, Ben Area:New Jersey Lines:83 Added:02/04/2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shut down by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts.

Compassionate Sciences in Bellmawr, Garden State in Woodbridge, and Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury had their pages shut down this week.

Facebook's advertising policy bans promotion of selling drugs - as well as tobacco and guns - and the medical marijuana pages weren't spared even though they have been legally allowed to operate in New Jersey since 2011.

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42 US: Heavy Pot Use Can Damage Short MemoryTue, 02 Feb 2016
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:United States Lines:102 Added:02/04/2016

Research Report

Those Smoking Daily for at Least 5 Years Had Some Impairment

New research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what many have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot of weed, it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory.

Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, led a team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period.

At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests designed to assess cognitive abilities: memory, focus, ability to make quick decisions, etc.

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43 US DC: LTE: Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Is Harmful, Just LikeThu, 04 Feb 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Springer, Matthew L. Area:District of Columbia Lines:38 Added:02/04/2016

The Jan. 31 front-page article "D.C. rules on smoking pot may go down in flames" described a "cloud of marijuana smoke" that rose from the audience at a Grateful Dead concert. That means the nonsmokers at the event were forced to inhale secondhand smoke. I doubt it would have been tolerated if audience members had lit tobacco cigarettes in the arena.

Amid the controversies surrounding marijuana legalization, it's important to understand that smoked marijuana is not just a drug. There's a legitimate cardiovascular-health concern about exposure to the smoke itself, because secondhand marijuana smoke is similar to secondhand tobacco smoke, which impairs proper functioning of the arteries.

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44 CN PI: PUB LTE: Cannabis Effective Against Hard DrugsWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Stultz-Giffin, Debbie Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:42 Added:02/04/2016

Mitch Reid is neither a scientist nor a bona fide researcher. Reid's claims of research actually fly in the face of science and could have grave ramifications for our youth. (Charlottetown man leads petition against legalization of cannabis; January 31, 2016)

The 2002 Canadian Senate Committee Report on Cannabis concluded that pharmacological studies of the active ingredients in cannabis have not found any element that predisposes cannabis consumers to seek more potent drugs.

In fact, this report points to studies that show cannabis as an effective substitute to treat dependency to hard drugs; a 'gateway back drug' if you will with the capability to treat the plethora of side effects associated with hard drug withdrawal.

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45 CN BC: Island Health To Consider Injection SiteWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:121 Added:02/04/2016

Officials say they will consult community while advocate group, critical of the pace of action, pledges to open facility by year's end

The Vancouver Island Health Authority says it will work with community partners to explore offering "broad-based supervised consumption services" for drug users in Victoria.

The affirmation comes as a local group, which had accused the health authority of inaction, pledges to open the city's first supervised injection site by year's end.

Yes2SCS - a coalition of health-care professionals, social workers, researchers and activists - has called for supervised consumption services for years, insisting that, in their absence, some drug users are dying needlessly of overdoses.

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46 CN BC: Drug Deaths On RiseWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Peacock, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:119 Added:02/04/2016

Illegal Drug Use Takes Greater Toll As Report by BC Coroners Service Shows Overdose Deaths Up 44% in B.C. Interior Last Year

Overdose deaths involving illegal drugs rose by 44 per cent in the B.C. Interior, a recent report from the BC Coroners Service shows. The report counted 57 overdose deaths in 2015 in the Interior, up from 44 in 2014.

Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are also on the rise in B.C., up to 30 per cent from 25 per cent in 2014, although numbers for fentanyl-related cases in the Interior were not available.

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47CN AB: Fentanyl Antidote Available At ClinicsWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2016

Twenty-nine walk-in clinics - including two post-secondary campuses in Calgary - will hand out life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of fentanyl overdoses, as health officials grapple with an escalating death toll.

The new dispensing strategy makes naloxone more available to suburban teenagers and other users who have been dying from fentanyl in big numbers but were unlikely to obtain the medicine under previous efforts.

The new wave comes in the wake of news that 272 Albertans, including 81 from Calgary, died from fentanyl overdoses in 2015, more than double the 120 deaths reported the year before.

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48 CN AB: Fentanyl Antidote More Readily AvailableWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:49 Added:02/04/2016

Health officials are trying to curb the rising death toll from fentanyl by setting up 29 clinics that will hand out a life-saving antidote.

The new dispensing strategy makes naloxone more readily available to suburban teenagers and other users who have been dying from fentanyl in big numbers but were unlikely to obtain the medicine under previous efforts.

The new wave comes in the wake of news that 272 Albertans, including 81 from Calgary, died from fentanyl overdoses in 2015, more than double the 120 deaths reported the year before.

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49 US TN: PUB LTE: Cannabis RealitiesWed, 03 Feb 2016
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:White, Stan Area:Tennessee Lines:26 Added:02/04/2016

I'm sure Dr. Greg Elam means well (Re: "Live Drug-Free," Jan. 14), however, cannabis (marijuana) isn't a "drug" but rather a God-given plant as described on literally the very first page of the Bible.

The plant cannabis should not be compared with drugs that kill "50 people a day" since it has not killed one single person in over 5,000 years of documented medical use. That's safety on a Biblical scale.

A sane or moral argument to cage sick citizens for using cannabis doesn't exist.

Stan White, Dillon, Col. 80435


50 CN BC: 'People Are Dropping All Around Us'Tue, 02 Feb 2016
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Allen, Samantha Wright Area:British Columbia Lines:307 Added:02/04/2016

Printed in bold block letters and taped to the door of the Needle Exchange on Third Avenue, a sign warns drug users to take extra precautions.

"There has been reports all drugs may contain fentanyl," it reads, the last word highlighted with bright green marker.

The warning sign has been up for more than a year, but since Christmas Prince George has seen a spike in overdoses that has the community again on high alert.

Fentanyl is a highly toxic narcotic that service providers and frontline workers suspect has flooded the illicit market. It can be mixed with opiates like heroin, making the drugs both cheaper and 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.

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