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1 US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be ExpandedFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:82 Added:11/27/2015

A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time.

It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. JOHN BERRY - REGISTER CITIZEN FILE PHOTO Naloxone hydrochloride, known by the name-brand Narcan, in a medical kit on a Campion Ambulance in Torrington.

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2 US CA: LTE: Prop. 47 Successful?Fri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Edwards, Lloyd Area:California Lines:40 Added:11/27/2015

If you claim success is reducing the jail population that is correct. We have long known that most crimes are drug related. Endangering lives by robbing people and stores at gunpoint, breaking into your home or car and taking your precious items to be sold for pennies on the dollar to finance their drug habit, all manner of violence with drug dealers on the streets, sex crimes like prostitution and credit card fraud, identity theft and gang violence are all related to drugs.

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3 US MA: OPED: Baker's Opioid Plan Gets It Only Half RightFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Foreman, Judy Area:Massachusetts Lines:86 Added:11/27/2015

Governor Baker's plan to increase opioid education, which he announced on Nov. 9 with the deans of the state's four medical schools, gets it only half right.

It's wonderful to teach future doctors how to prescribe opioids safely to reduce abuse and addiction. But the United States is actually caught in the middle of two colliding epidemics, not just one: the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse, and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain, which affects 100 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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4 US CO: LTE: Irony Of Pesticide-Free PotFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Gustafson, Amy Area:Colorado Lines:33 Added:11/27/2015

Is anyone else laughing at the irony of protecting pot consumers from the harmful effects of marijuana grown with pesticides?

Larisa Bolivar of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition chides the government and businesses for not doing a better job of reaching out to customers to alert them of the recalled pot. "This is public safety. We need to be looking out for consumers' best interests." Ha, ha, that's actually funny.

Wonder if they've read the research showing how pot use cripples brain development and function? Pesticides should really be the least of their concerns.

Amy Gustafson,



5 US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be ExpandedFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Register Citizen (CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:80 Added:11/27/2015

A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time.

It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.

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6 US OH: New Plans For Legal Pot Sprouting Like WeedsFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:101 Added:11/27/2015

The big crowd at Donald Trump's presidential campaign rally in Columbus this week was dotted with people carrying clipboards with green marijuana leaves on the back, quietly collecting signatures for pot legalization.

Ohio will ring in the New Year with a crop of renewed pot proposals, including two potential constitutional amendments and state medical-marijuana legislation.

All of this is on tap during a heated presidential campaign year.

The group gathering signatures at the Trump rally was LegalizeOhio, the name used by Ohioans to End Prohibition, which proposes legalizing marijuana and hemp, a plant from the same family that's used to produce oil, fiber and other products.

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7 US VA: Va. Pot Arrests Defy TrendFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Jackman, Tom Area:Virginia Lines:123 Added:11/27/2015

Cases Rose 76% Over 11-Year Study

Blacks Accused Three Times More Than Whites

While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: With sharply rising arrest totals for the possession of pot and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the Commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI.

Although marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent during that period, according to research by the Drug Policy Alliance in New York. And arrests of black people in Virginia for marijuana increased by 106 percent from 2003 to 2013, accounting for 47 percent of the state's arrests even though Virginia's population is only 20 percent black. The statistics were compiled by Jon Gettman, a public policy professor at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and follow his national marijuana arrest analysis for the American Civil Liberties Union in 2013. That study showed that nationwide, black people were 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than whites for marijuana and that 88 percent of the country's arrests were for marijuana possession.

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8 US CT: Prosecution Of Marijuana Cases RareFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Register Citizen (CT) Author:Bisaro, Anna Area:Connecticut Lines:139 Added:11/27/2015

Culture Change Seen As Authorities Target Big Hauls, Weapons

NEW HAVEN - A West Haven man charged with conspiring in a marijuana trafficking scheme in New Haven will stand trial in federal court in December.

Jesse Wrubel was charged by a federal grand jury in February 2014 for being involved in a marijuana trafficking scheme involving 60 pounds of marijuana and three stolen firearms. His co-defendant, Matthew Voloshin, has elected to plead guilty and awaits sentencing. The two have been detained since Feb. 7, 2014.

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9Canada: Cannabis Eyed To Lessen Opioid AddictionsThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Blackwell, Tom Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2015

Research Project: Limited Study Finds It's Safer, Fewer Side Effects

The routine back operation Bob Deslauriers had in 1987 was supposed to fix damage wrought by a rugby-playing youth. Two decades after the fact, it nearly killed him.

The 58-year-old unknowingly received a tainted blood transfusion during the surgery, and 18 years later discovered the resulting hepatitis C infection had virtually destroyed his liver.

A transplant last year saved Deslauriers' life, but by the time he left hospital, the engineer and former corporate CEO had another problem: He was on so much opioid painkiller, he could do little but blankly stare at the TV.

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10 US CA: PUB LTE: The (Drug) Laws of Supply and DemandFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Harris, Tom Area:California Lines:30 Added:11/27/2015

Re: "Beat officers: Prop. 47 boosts crime" [Front page, Nov. 21]: I was not surprised to see David Whiting speak against Prop. 47. However, he fails to acknowledge that our "war on drugs" increases crime rates by turning thousands of law-abiding people into felons. Anybody can go to prison by possessing certain drugs for personal use, or possessing them without a prescription. Economics 101 teaches us that when supply goes down, the price goes up. Our strict drug laws mean huge profits for those willing to produce or distribute drugs. And the users must come up with lots of money to buy them. Crime and money always go hand in hand!

If Mr. Whiting really wants to see a decrease in crime, he would stop advocating more drug regulations and start asking for less.

Tom Harris



11 CN AB: Cops Make Arrest In Drug War Drive-ByWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:11/27/2015

Suspect caught trying to board plane Faces seven firearms charges and escaping custody Freed by courts before investigators finished their shift

Wanted for a brazen drive-by shooting this summer, cops collared the suspected gunman moments before he boarded a plane at Calgary's airport over the weekend.

Undercover officers backed by uniformed police made the arrest around 5 p.m. Saturday, converging on the man as he went through the Air Canada baggage check on his way to an unknown destination.

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12 CN BC: Council Approves Dispensary Licencing RulesThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Alberni Valley News (CN BC) Author:Slepian, Katya Area:British Columbia Lines:114 Added:11/27/2015

A torn city council approved a set of medical marijuana dispensary regulations that will keep such businesses away from schools and residential areas, but still allow them in the city.

A report from city planner Scott Smith outlined amendments to the zoning bylaw to keep the dispensaries in commercial and business zones only, keeping them away from schools and residential areas.

"As we're all aware, under the current law it is illegal to sell marijuana as a storefront operation," said Smith.

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13CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Hope Regulation Can Avoid ClosuresThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Bellaart, Darrell Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2015

Local cannabis dispensary operators feel they've made headway in the push for regulation similar to that seen in Vancouver and Victoria.

Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries president Jamie Shaw appeared at before Nanaimo city council's committee of the whole meeting this week with a pitch for municipal control of medical pot dispensaries.

Council heard her out, and while no motions were passed on the subject, dispensary operators were pleased by the discussion Shaw's appearance generated.

"I think any dialogue is a step in the right direction," said Matt Henstock, community advocate with Phoenix Pain Management.

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14 CN BC: Twelve Needles Found In ParkThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:91 Added:11/27/2015

CITY STAFF concerned for children's safety at Maffeo Sutton Park

Twelve drug needles found dumped in Maffeo Sutton Park children's playground this fall was a shock to city horticulturalist Margaret Mills, who says it's a rare find and "very upsetting."

But it's nothing new for the downtown community, which is grappling with an uptick in discarded drug paraphernalia.

A parent alerted Mills, who maintains the waterfront park, on Oct. 20 that there were 12 needles left in the children's playground. Six were still in a package, while the other half were used.

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15 CN BC: No Enforcement Yet At Pot ShopsThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:11/27/2015

Dispensaries Hope They'll Get a Reprieve

Police have taken no enforcement action against medical marijuana dispensaries since the deadline for storefronts to shut down passed last week, giving the Nanaimo Cannabis Coalition hope it's won a cooling-off period.

But the Nanaimo RCMP never said enforcement would come on day eight or nine, says Supt. Mark Fisher.

Ten medical marijuana dispensaries were given a seven-day deadline from the Nanaimo RCMP on Nov. 12 to shut down or face potential enforcement, including arrests of employees and patrons on site.

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16 US NM: Jail Officer Arrested For Drug SmugglingFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM)          Area:New Mexico Lines:30 Added:11/27/2015

A Santa Fe County jail corrections officer was arrested for bringing drugs into the jail to sell to an inmate, and the drugs were allegedly provided by the inmate's wife.

Brandon Valdez, 19, was booked into the jail he worked at on Nov. 19 and charged with distributing a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment after a routine search of four guards resulted in 20 suboxone strips, 10 Xanax pills, two unidentified pills and a small amount of marijuana found on Valdez.

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17 CN ON: Medical Pot Users Given Ok To Use Drug AnywhereThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:129 Added:11/27/2015

Businesses Will Be Able to Bar Use of Drug If Concerned About Effect on Other Clients

Ontario is giving the green light to smoking or vaping medical marijuana anywhere, anytime - from booze-free restaurants to stores, movie theatres, at work or in cars with children.

New regulations exempt medicinal pot users from a ban on using e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas and medical marijuana is not covered by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which places strict limits on puffing tobacco in public places.

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18 Canada: PUB LTE: The Pot Market Is BlackThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Reid, Tim Area:Canada Lines:38 Added:11/27/2015

Re: "Sunshine secret weapon for era of legalization," Peter Koven, Nov. 7

Mr. Koven states that if Prime Minister Trudeau "keeps his pledge to legalize recreational marijuana, he's likely to turn a tiny commercial pot market into a much larger one". This is not correct. It is not a "tiny" commercial market in Canada today.

To the contrary. It is a relatively "massive" market in Canada according to The United Nations Children Fund.

Prime Minister Trudeau has repeatedly stated that marijuana is especially dangerous for young people because "their minds are still growing and developing and if it is heavily used during their teen years, their brain functions can be harmed".

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19 US CA: Even Now, Dave's Not HereFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Glionna, John M. Area:California Lines:153 Added:11/27/2015

Tommy Chong Looks Back on the Early Bit and All the Pot He Smoked

LAS VEGAS - Dave's not here.

For more than a generation, for both the young and the not-so-young anymore, those three words have become synonymous with a state of chemically induced confusion.

They're the brainchild of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong, the up-in-smoke comedy duo who in the 1970s first captured the spacey hilarity and wild wonderment of being high on pot, stoned to the bejesus.

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20 US CA: Cashing In On Pot Gold RushFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Abcarian, Robin Area:California Lines:121 Added:11/27/2015

Entrepreneurs Gather in San Francisco to Show Off Their Marijuana Products and Make Sales.

SAN FRANCISCO - Robert Gaither is a 39-yearold former salesman, a teddy bear of a guy with a full brown beard that makes him look a little like a mountain man. He does in fact live in the mountains - Lake Arrowhead, to be exact - but right now he is standing in an exhibit space at a downtown San Francisco hotel, showing off his wares at a conference exploring the intersection of cannabis, tech, media and finance.

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