Lobel: Medical Marijuana Saved Me From Addiction
Boston sportscasting icon Bob Lobel is one of the hundreds of
patients in Massachusetts who say they have found an effective
substitute for opioids by using medicinal marijuana.
The 71-year-old longtime television reporter and anchor has dealt
with chronic pain for years, the result of numerous surgeries: He's
had two knee replacements, two rotator cuff surgeries, four back
surgeries and, in separate accidents, fractured the tops of both femurs.
"That was brutal," Lobel told the Herald, referencing the femur
breaks. The constant pain left him taking a variety of opioids.
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Marijuana Legalization at Work Addressed
The leader of one of the nation's largest metropolitan chambers of
commerce is urging local businesses to come out against a ballot
issue that would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.
But legal experts and proponents of Issue 3 say employers need not
fear if marijuana is legalized in Ohio.
On Nov. 3, Ohio residents will be asked to vote on both Issue 3 and
Issue 2, the Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment put on by lawmakers
in response to ResponsibleOhio's campaign to legalize marijuana here.
Issue 3, or the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, would create 10
facilities with exclusive rights to commercially grow the drug.
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Although school districts have a primary mission of educating
students, district leaders also need to monitor social trends and
issues that can affect the atmosphere and learning environment in schools.
That's why we found it interesting to read the first story in a
three-part series by The News-Herald looking at how area school
districts go about drawing up policies that regulate personal and
Part one of the series dealt with prevention, intervention and
testing for drugs and alcohol in schools.
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REDDING (TNS) The board that governs the Central Valley Region's
water policy voted 4-0 to enact new restrictions and regulations on
outdoor medical marijuana grows at its meeting in Redding on Friday.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the
regulations, talked about water theft and touched on marijuana legalization.
The rules received near universal praise. They include three tiers of
annual fees, the largest of which is $10,000 and apply only to grows
larger than 1,000 square feet.
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For Far Too Long, Ohio Has Trailed the Nation Instead of Leading the Way.
For far too long, Ohio has trailed the nation instead of leading the
way. This November, Ohioans have the opportunity to make Ohio a
leader again by passing Issue 3 and enacting a proposal that a
majority of Ohioans agree on - the legalization of marijuana.
Marijuana prohibition has failed and Ohioans want reform. But Ohio
lawmakers refuse to act at the Statehouse. So the voters have a
choice during early voting and on Election Day. And our decision will
either propel us into being the first state in the Midwest to reap
the many benefits of marijuana legalization or we will be once again
shaking our heads and asking ourselves, "Why is Ohio always last?
Always trailing the nation?"
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Put Simply, This Arrangement Amounts to a Full-Scale Drug Cartel.
Since 1893, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has waved the banner of free
enterprise by actively championing policies that promote economic
competitiveness and growth. The 8,000 businesses we represent range
from large international companies to small family-owned businesses.
Together we share a collective desire to see all Ohioans prosper, not
just a few. Unfortunately, the deep-pocketed investors supporting
state Issue 3 are not working toward the same goal. For the sake of
Ohio's economic health and the safety of our workplaces, the
chamber's board of virectors has voted to oppose Issue 3.
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The State Estimates Far Less in Tax Revenue Than Responsibleohio, but
It Adds a Lot of Ifs About Its Own Calculations
The state issued a rough estimate Friday of how much tax revenue a
legal marijuana market in Ohio would raise, predicting that a full
year of operation could bring in between $133 million and $293.3 million.
Those figures are far lower than the $553 million estimated by
ResponsibleOhio, the private investor group backing the legalization
initiative, called Issue 3.
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There may come a time when Ohioans will vote on a pot legalization
measure that fits the state. It won't happen this year. Ballot Issue
3 is a bad idea for Ohio.
Issue 3 would alter the state constitution to legalize marijuana. But
the measure comes with serious additional baggage. It would award the
commanding heights of this new sector of the economy the
manufacturing of Ohio-legal pot to those investors who spent
millions on their campaign to put the issue on the ballot. It would
shield their rich reward by constitutionally enshrining their right
to the market and fixing in place the tax rate they would pay.
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Life is precious and a healthy life is a gift. This is a gift we can
give to ailing Ohioans who need our help.
At this very moment, a child in Lorain might be having a seizure and
a cancer patient in Amherst is undoubtedly in the fight of her life.
A military veteran in Elyria, in the throes of depression brought on
by post-traumatic stress disorder, might be thinking the unthinkable
.. which is why we need to support State Issue 3 on Nov. 3.
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Industry Pressure and Feds' Lack of Guidance Had Regulators Be Less
Strict on Pesticides
State regulators have known since 2012 that marijuana was grown with
potentially dangerous pesticides, but pressure from the industry and
lack of guidance from federal authorities delayed their efforts to
enact regulations, and they ultimately landed on a less restrictive
approach than originally envisioned.
Three years of e-mails and records obtained by The Denver Post and
dozens of interviews show state regulators struggled with the issue
while the cannabis industry protested that proposed limits on
pesticides would leave their valuable crops vulnerable to devastating disease.
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Despite Soaring Rates of Addiction, Treatment Remains Hard to Access
and Prohibitively Expensive
Ashley Gibbons had been holding it together, or so she told herself.
Sure, she had sold off her electronics, stolen money from her mother
and slept with guys who gave her money. But it wasn't as if she was
an actual prostitute: "I didn't go and find random people. I knew
them," she said.
She had tried heroin for the first time at 21, four years ago, and
for a long while, it remained an occasional thing. But she needed
more and more to get high, and, though she held onto her job, pretty
soon everything else was falling apart.
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My parents taught my brother and me to respect the police. We once
lived on the same West Baltimore street where riots broke out after
the death of Freddie Gray, whowas injured in police custody on April
12. Gray was unconscious when a police van transporting him for
booking arrived at the police station. He died one week later from
spinal cord injuries. Gray's death sparked protests in Baltimore and
After getting a law degree, I returned to Baltimore and became an
assistant state's attorney, a black female prosecutor among many
white male prosecutors. That's when I began work on the assembly line
that is the United States' criminal justice system, in the same
office that later charged six officers in Gray's death.
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Today, Oregon's experiment with legalizing recreational marijuana
marks another milestone a green-letter day, if you will: Today is
the first day that people over 21 can buy recreational marijuana.
Well, not in Albany, or in Linn County, where governmental entities
have opted against allowing the early sales of recreational pot by
medical marijuana dispensaries.
But the curious should be able to travel across the Willamette River
to a dispensary in Corvallis that will be more than willing to sell
them recreational pot. (Don't light up until you get back home, though.)
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Seventy seven years after marijuana prohibition began with the claim
it would turn people into violent murderers, remember "'Reefer
Madness" and little Timmy killing Grandma with a skillet, pretty
much all the claims about the harms of marijuana use have been proven
to be false. Not one of the predicted outcomes cited by
prohibitionists have happened.
Ohio is currently in a battle for legalization and the Cincinnati
Enquirer has been following and reporting on it. In a column titled,
"Who are the opponents of issue 3, which will legalize marijuana and
is on the ballot this fall, the paper reports what the reasons for
opposing legalization are. It seems to come down to 3 items.
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The Conservatives Have Set Minimum Sentences but Others Advocate for
Tickets Instead of Jail Time
Plead guilty or go to jail.
Those were Kim Hale's options after police raided his rural property
and found 30 marijuana plants hanging in a barn nearly a year ago.
After multiple court visits, rather than go to trial and risk jail
time, the 56-year-old pleaded guilty to production of marijuana in
August. He was hit with a sentence of 18 months probation and a $9,100 fine.
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Even Supporters of Legalization Put Economy, Health Care, Environment First
It was a full two months before this election was called that the
Conservatives introduced marijuana as a campaign issue, unveiling an
ad that attacked Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's pledge to legalize weed.
"Legalizing marijuana - is that the biggest problem we have to
solve?" the Tory ad scoffed.
Apparently not. All three major federal parties agree drug laws are
not the biggest problem we have, and the issue has essentially fallen
off the radar in favour of debate about the economy, jobs, refugees,
and the clothing choices of Muslim women.
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In the midst of harvest season, it's not uncommon to hear the phrase
"a large amount of marijuana" on police radios.
While deputies work around the calendar to bust illegal grows, peak
harvest season is also peak seizure season as the size and odor of
marijuana plants draws the attention of complaining neighbors and
surveying deputies, according to Yuba County sheriff's Lt. Shaun Smith.
Law enforcement officers working overtime to search gardens and seize
this year's bounty are finding more grows on smaller residential
properties instead of wildlands, and they're finding much bigger plants.
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Central Valley Agency Sets Best-Management Practices for Marijuana Cultivation.
Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they
will have to follow the same rules as the rest of agriculture in
protecting the state's droughtstricken water supply.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued an
order Friday that will require medicinal marijuana cultivators to
obtain permits to divert or store water. It also pushes them to use
drip irrigation and other conservation measures, and avoid
vegetation-clearing activities and other practices that add sediment
and fertilizer to local waterways.
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Ballot language for a new medical-marijuana issue was rejected for a
second time on Friday by Attorney General Mike DeWine.
DeWine cited "a number of discrepancies" between the ballot summary
and the full constitutional amendment submitted by backers of the
Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment. DeWine, who provides legal signoff
on the ballot language summary of proposed amendments, turned down a
previous version of the proposal on July 29.
DeWine said in a letter to Sandra Kay Riggs of Brice, Ohio,
representing Ohio Medical Cannabis Care, that there were several
discrepancies in the wording resubmitted on Sept. 24.
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I see that the small-minded, hopelessly out of touch people calling
the shots in Umatilla and Morrow counties have done everything
possible to prevent "reefer madness" from infecting our community.
Thursday was the first day that it was legal to buy and sell
marijuana in Oregon for recreational purposes. But our leaders have
done everything they can to make sure this scourge does not reach us,
especially our children.
The first problem is that they are about 50 years late. When I was in
high school in Hermiston in the late 1960s, kids were smoking dope.
The second problem is that while they think they are protecting the
people they represent, the opposite is actually true. Pot is out
there, they just want to keep it something that's sold by the more
unsavory members of our society rather than by people who are subject
to state licensing rules and regulations.
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Councilor Clay Bearnson Plans to Open Cannabis Store
A 17-month moratorium on medical marijuana sales will end Dec. 1 in
Medford, the City Council decided Thursday night.
The ban on cannabis dispensaries will be lifted, but recreational
sales will not begin until sometime in 2016 when the Oregon Liquor
Control Commission develops its rules and regulations. Ballot Measure
91, passed by voters last November, legalized pot for anyone age 21 or older.
Councilor Daniel Bunn supported the ordinance, which will require a
second reading before taking effect, but expressed concern about
allowing pot sales in the city.
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With Voodoo doughnuts in hand, some Portlanders got their first taste
of legal, recreational, purchased-in-Oregon weed early Thursday morning.
With cheaper taxes, legal home grow and a regulated medical marijuana
system, some in the Washington pot industry worry the state will
struggle to compete once Oregon's market gets running at full speed.
Here's how Oregon's law compares:
In Washington, people 21 and older can possess up to an ounce of
marijuana. An ounce is the equivalent of about 60 average-size joints.
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Pretty much everybody from Barack Obama to Carly Fiorina seems to
agree that far too many Americans are stuck behind bars. And pretty
much everybody seems to have the same explanation for how this
destructive era of mass incarceration came about.
First, the war on drugs got out of control, meaning that many
nonviolent people wound up in prison. Second, mandatoryminimum
sentencing laws led to a throw-away-thekey culture, with long and
pointlessly destructive prison terms.
It's true that mass incarceration is a horrific problem. Back in the
1970s the increase in incarceration did help reduce the crime
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A Sept. 28 Register-Guard editorial concerning the retail cannabis
sales that began Thursday included two assertions that need to be addressed.
The 25 percent tax mentioned in the editorial is not applicable to
interim adult recreational cannabis sales, according to the Oregon
Health Authority website. The tax is applicable only beginning Jan. 4.
Next, the editorial asserts that those current Oregon Medical
Marijuana Program patients most likely to drop the program in favor
of recreational access never needed cannabis therapeutically, but
managed to obtain patient status until recreational access became a
reality. I believe the editors have fallen into the same trap as many
uninformed persons who believe that many medical cannabis patients
are using the OMMP as a dodge, rather than to address bona fide
health care needs.
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A group of about 12 people milled around the locked door of Canna
Medicine, a medical marijuana dispensary in South Salem. It was a
sunny Thursday morning just before 10 a.m., the first day Oregonians
age 21 and up could legally purchase recreational marijuana.
More than 250 stores statewide that were already selling medical
marijuana opened to the general public to sell to recreational users.
Portland dispensaries could start selling retail marijuana starting
at midnight, but Salem stores began selling at 10 a.m.
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[Today] medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon that choose to do so
can begin selling dried pot leaves and flowers to people other than
the patients they've been serving the past 18 months. The Oregon
Health Authority - which oversees the medical marijuana program -
will allow dispensaries to sell it for non-medicinal use through Dec.
31, 2016, a couple of months after state-approved rules for selling
recreational marijuana are due to go into effect.
Possession and use of recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon
in July. One of the reasons Oregonians voted to legalize recreational
use last November was to try to kill off the black market for the
drug. Fearing it would get a boost once recreational use became
legal, officials agreed to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to
also sell their product for recreational use until a recreational
sales program is in place.
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Former Lib Dem Leader Hopes to Build Support for New Approach at 2016
Nick Clegg launches a campaign today to persuade EU leaders to back
global reform of drugs laws, warning that the current punitive
approach has failed to curb the multibillion trade in illicit
substances and has criminalised millions of young people.
Writing in The Independent, the former Deputy Prime Minister says:
"We are, without doubt, losing the war on drugs." Mr Clegg is to urge
European leaders to make the case for a new global approach to drug
abuse at a United Nations meeting next year. Many of them have
switched tactics in recent years, tackling it as a health issue
rather than a law and order problem.
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We are losing the war on drugs. But there are reasons to be hopeful.
In recent years, a global movement for reform has been building. Led
in particular by the governments of countries in Latin America that
have suffered most, politicians and policymakers around the globe
have started to question the status quo.
This isn't a headlong rush to legalisation, but a patient, rational
debate about alternative approaches which might reduce overall harm.
In the United States, zero tolerance and mass imprisonment has given
way to a willingness to allow states to experiment with alternative
regulatory models as Colorado, Washington, Oregon and others are
doing with cannabis - and a growing disquiet at the injustice and
social impacts of imprisoning hundreds of thousands of young, mainly
black, men for drug offences.
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The three young men climbing into the pickup close to the Oregon
border cheerfully acknowledged they were about to break federal law.
Anthony, Daniel and Chris had just bustled out of a marijuana shop in
Vancouver, Washington, clutching bags of marijuana as they headed
home a short drive over the bridge to Portland, Oregon.
Crossing state lines with drugs is a federal offence not that it has
discouraged the steady stream of customers from Portland taking
advantage of Washington's legalisation of recreational marijuana
sales last year. As of yesterday, Oregon joined Washington and
Colorado to become the third US state to permit the sale for anyone
over 21. "I've been coming across since they legalised it here," said
Anthony. "But it'll be closer and it's going to be much cheaper in
Portland. And I won't haveh to cross the bridge. Not that I've ever
seen the cops lining up to catch us." The open sale of recreational
mar marijuana has come more swiftly to Portland than many expected.
Legalisation was only approved in a ballot measure last November
whereas Washington state took 18 months to open its first shops.
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The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a
self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may
have started with good intentions, but ended as a "distribution
center," said the federal judge who handed down their sentences Friday.
"Maybe that was a byproduct of being so successful," said U.S.
District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice, ruling the members of the
so-called Kettle Falls Five grew more than 150 pounds of marijuana in
the hills of Stevens County between 2011 and 2012.
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Advocates Of medical Marijuana Fear Such a Policy Would Threaten the Industry.
Medical marijuana advocates fear a proposed policy from the Colorado
Medical Board will send their industry up in smoke.
Among other things, the policy suggests that doctors who recommend
marijuana become competent in the area of pain treatment, keep
extensive records on their patients and advise them of the risks,
It also suggests that "pregnancy testing during the initial
evaluation should be considered for all women of child-bearing age."
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Given politicians' predilection to appear tough on crime, a
bipartisan compromise to possibly reduce draconian sentences for
nonviolent drug offenders is a big deal.
The long-awaited agreement, announced Thursday by eight key U.S.
senators, would put into legislation some of the criminal justice
reforms that President Barack Obama seeks to leave as a legacy. The
bill deserves to move forward in Congress.
Among other changes, the measure would shorten mandatory federal
sentences for repeat drug criminals; give federal judges more
discretion to make sure that low-level dealers don't get the same
punishment as drug kingpins; and bring 6,000 inmates under a 2010 law
that reduced the racially skewed disparity between sentences for
crack and powder cocaine.
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Fiona Ma, the District 2 California State Board of Equalization
member, and local representative of Mendocino County, led a
fact-finding tour to Colorado last week to study Colorado's effort to
establish a comprehensive regulatory and taxation system for cannabis.
The tour included meeting with government agencies like the Office of
Marijuana Coordination, banks, tours of grow operations, manufactures
of cannabis-infused products and live demonstrations of tracking
systems used to record, report and enforce Colorado restrictions on
transportation and distribution of cannabis in-state.
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Oregon opened its recreational market Thursday to festive and orderly
crowds eager to make their first legal purchase of pot.
Statewide, the Oregon Health Authority gave 245 medical marijuana
dispensaries the go-ahead to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older,
though the agency does not know how many stores actually sold the
drug on Thursday.
The sheer number of marijuana outlets meant most shoppers didn't
endure extra long wait times that marked the opening days of
regulated marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington, the only
other places where pot is sold in state-regulated stores.
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WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senate leaders on Thursday
announced a joint effort to ease unduly long prison sentences and
enact other criminal justice reforms, but chances that Congress will
actually act on the issues are slim, given that lawmakers in the
House are developing separate proposals.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, introduced by Sen.
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., top leaders
on the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls for shorter prison terms for
drug felons and eliminates the so-called "three strikes" rule
mandating life sentences. It also seeks to end mass long-term
incarceration of prisoners that has led to severe prison overcrowding
and skyrocketing costs.
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The Sept. 22 News carried an article regarding a U.S. district
judge's comment about the harshness of the mandatory sentencing time
for drug violators. But she maintained she hasn't a choice and gave
the accused 20 years.
Eventually there will be legalization of many of the recreational
drugs now in use. Movies and TV portray hundreds of incidental drug
users. These fictional illustrations are magnified thousands of times
in real life. Yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the
consequences falling upon those unfortunate enough to pay a
horrendous penalty. Many go to jail, many have their futures shot.
Legalize these drugs. If not that, then decriminalize their use.
Remember alcohol was once illegal.
Mayor Not Satisfied With How Long Process Will Take
The City of Abbotsford is taking steps to shut down two medical
Two outlets - Mary Jane's Glass and Gifts on George Ferguson Way, and
a similar shop on South Fraser Way - have opened in Abbotsford in
recent months. "We don't want to see them in Abbotsford, and we will
move to have them removed," said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.
Both are co-run by Weeds Glass and Gifts Limited, a Vancouver-based
medical marijuana group.They sell dried marijuana, concentrated
resins, marijuana-infused food products, and pills and tinctures
containing marijuana-based ingredients, as well as smoking and
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With the 42nd federal election fast approaching, residents of
Kimberley were given an opportunity to listen in on major election
issues and the stances of all four candidates in the riding of
Kootenay-Columbia on Wednesday as the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce
hosted an all-candidates forum at Centre 64.
Bill Green (Green Party), Don Johnston (Liberal Party), Wayne Stetski
(NDP) and incumbent David Wilks (Conservative Party of Canada) were
all in attendance Wednesday night, fielding 13 questions in a forum
moderated by Tom Ross.
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Local Dispensaries See Steady Business on First Day of Recreational Pot Sales
Thursday morning just about 10 a.m., baby boomers, generation X-ers
and millennials lined up about 10 at a time at Green Valley Wellness
in Talent for their first opportunity to purchase legal recreational marijuana.
"Here we are, folks, this is it," Green Valley CEO Michael Monarch
told the crowd. "Whoo!"
The medical marijuana dispensary normally opens at 10, but potential
customers arrived as early as 8 a.m. By 9 a.m., Monarch said he had
second thoughts about turning eager buyers away.
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Your Essential Daily News Research Shows Cannabis Stands in for
Marijuana's label as a gateway drug could go up in smoke, at least
according to a study published this month by University of Victoria
and University of British Columbia researchers.
The study published in Drug and Alcohol Review indicates medical
marijuana could be an "exit drug" since many people choose to use it
instead of prescription opiates, alcohol and other illicit drugs.
The study used UBC data from more than 400 medical cannabis users
collected between 2011 and 2012.
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PORTLAND - At 10 a.m. Thursday, the doors of the Pure Green
dispensary opened for the first time to recreational sales, with
staff ushering in customers waiting outside who could choose from two
dozens strains of pot, and receive a free joint along with their
Pure Green is one of 119 medical dispensaries scattered across
Portland that as of Oct. 1 can sell marijuana to anyone over the age
of 21. These dispensaries turn the city into a recreational pot
mecca, where such outlets outnumber those that sell hard liquor,
according to state regulatory agencies.
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A week ago Friday, lawyers for Richard Kirk, a Denver man who is
charged with the murder of his wife after eating a cannabis edible
during a domestic disturbance in April 2014, changed his original
plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity.
The pot made him do it. Had he not ingested a marijuana edible, he
wouldn't have murdered his wife, Kristine, who was on the phone with
911 when she was shot.
It's a horrible story. Police reports indicate that the incident took
place at home while their three sons were present. According to a
police affidavit for a search warrant, Richard Kirk bought a Bubba
Kush joint and a 100-milligram piece of Karma Kandy Orange Ginger
taffy at a store on South Colorado Boulevard. He apparently ate some
or all of the candy, came home, began arguing with his wife and
acting irrationally, cutting his legs on broken glass, before
unlocking the gun safe and shooting his wife in the head.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Excited shoppers looking to score some of the
first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies
of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.
Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical
marijuana in the state welcomed recreational users soon after
midnight - just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who
is at least 21.
At Shango Premium Cannabis in Portland, co-founder Shane McKee said
the first sale came about a minute after midnight and many others
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Re "Cleaning up after pot farmers," Editorial, Sept. 23
As representatives of craft and artisanal cannabis farmers in
California, we applaud The Times' editorial, which addressed
environmental damage caused by unregulated and illegal cannabis growers.
Cannabis cultivation can produce undeniable consequences for the
environment. The inability to address these consequences is directly
linked to prohibition.
For generations, a culture of fear has surrounded cannabis farming,
preventing farmers from seeking advice and professional counsel.
Historically, our police regulators have not been collaborative with us.
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Mandatory minimum sentences should be reserved for maximally grave
crimes - murder, for example. Parliament should shape criminal law as
a matter of well-proportioned policy, and minimums should be unusual.
Even so, the courts - not least the Supreme Court of Canada - should
give Parliament some leeway to craft laws that sometimes include
mandatory minimum sentences.
This month, an Ontario Superior Court judge had to decide whether to
apply a six-month mandatory sentence for Duc Vu, a participant in a
major marijuana grow-op.
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City 'should be ready' for potential decriminalization of drug: Eadie
TWO Winnipeg city councillors want zoning regulations in place to
restrict where marijuana and related products can be sold should the
drug be legalized or decriminalized.
But while local advocates applaud the move - and Vancouver continues
to push ahead with its decision to create zoning regulations for
medical marijuana-related businesses - a national advocate against
legalizing marijuana says city councillors should mind their own business.
Couns. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) and Matt Allard (St. Boniface) brought a
motion to city council Wednesday asking administration to look at how
other Canadian municipalities are regulating marijuana and what may
work in Winnipeg.
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Full marks to city councillors Jillian Merrick and Terri McConnachie
for supporting the application by a local company to distribute
medical marijuana to area patients with a prescription. Sadly, the
rest of their council colleagues didn't have the courage to follow their lead.
The company sought a temporary use permit to store the legal, Health
Canada-approved pain relief medication in a building on Nicholson
Street. Instead of the storefront model that has cropped up across
Vancouver, no customers would visit the site because orders would
only be taken over the phone and online, with the product being
delivered by courier.
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Councillors Want Medical-Pot Rules in Place Locally Before National
Two Winnipeg city councillors want to explore how the city could
regulate marijuana-related businesses.
Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski)'s motion calls on city staff to report on
possible rules and restrictions for medical marijuana dispensaries,
head shops and others selling pot-related products before the drug is
potentially legalized under federal law.
If elected, the federal Liberals vowed Wednesday to begin legalizing
marijuana "right away."
"Society is changing. It's very clear. So let's get on top of this,"
said Eadie. "The majority of the people in this country believe that
cannabis is harmless."
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Several Seattle lawyers have joined in a lawsuit challenging the
city's clampdown on medical-marijuana dispensaries.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court contends
the city's regulations aimed at shutting down dispensaries exceed its
authority. Because marijuana remains federally illegal, the lawsuit
claims the city lacks the power to regulate and tax the drug and
shutter businesses who sell it.
The defendant in the case is Columbia City Holistic Health, a
dispensary. Because of the federal ban on pot, turning over
dispensary business records demanded by the city would amount to
self-incrimination, the suit says.
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Police said Ronald Hayes was high on drugs and alcohol and desperate
to escape officers in Maryland, when he ran a red light and smashed
into the side of a minivan filled with women and children, killing two of them.
Kendall Owens admitted to police that he was high on PCP and
marijuana when he caused a multicar crash that killed one driver and
injured six others on Long Island, N.Y. And Adrianna Young tested
positive for marijuana after her car careened off an Ohio road,
crashing into a house and killing a woman sitting on her couch.
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