Howdy! I'm planning a trip to L.A. (from Sacramento), and I'm
wondering about the ins and outs of taking cannabis on the plane
within the state of California. Is that a good idea, or would I be
better off to visit a dispensary in L.A. once I land? Thank you.
- -Very Curious in Sacramento
How-do! The TSA doesn't really care about a small amount of cannabis.
Don't bring a pound, have your letter of recommendation next to your
cannabis and enjoy your flight. But if you are going to be in L.A.,
why not try a few of the medical cannabis dispensaries and delivery
services in the L.A. area? Think globally, smoke locally.
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As more states and countries begin to engage in the issues associated
with marijuana prohibition, it's important that lawmakers and
citizens alike have the best possible information to be able to make
wise decisions in public policy and in our everyday lives.
We don't know everything about cannabis yet. After decades of
inactivity in the U.S., it needs serious, objective study. That said,
it's pretty frustrating to see some of the often-repeated crap being
produced on the subject today. In too many cases, it appears that the
difference between "causality" and "link between" aren't part of the
journalistic pallet anymore. If there's a link, there is cause.
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Doctors couldn't believe what Rachel Janzen was asking for.
Marijuana to soothe the pain from the debilitating effects of an
"Every doctor I tried to go to, they looked at me like, 'Why would you
want to try that, Rachel?'" Janzen said. "I was always met with a shut
Janzen was sick of the traditional medications. In fact, those drugs
made her feel even more ill because of the side effects.
Now the 31-year-old Kingsville, Ont. woman relies on pot to relieve
her pain and she wants more arthritis sufferers to have better access
to information about marijuana's potential to help them, too.
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Cannabis an effective alternative for treatment of chronic pain
Re: Doctors blamed for flood of opioids, Aug. 25
So "weak" doctors are bowing to the demands of their patients and are
over-prescribing opioids and "killing more people than cars."
According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and
Therapeutics, cannabis may statistically decrease pain effects; and a
2014 study from JAMA Internal Medicine found there were fewer
painkiller deaths in U.S. states that had legalized medical marijuana.
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If you're excited by the prospect of a Hillary vs. Trump spectacle (or
pick your own combination) on election night next year, a number of
initiative petitions on the ballot may represent a strong second billing.
Depending on the number of signatures gathered in the next two months,
initiatives on 16 issues could hit the ballot. (Twenty-two actually met
state requirements, the attorney general announced yesterday, but they
included multiple versions from petitioners.) Petitioners will begin
collecting signatures on a constitutional amendment on public funding
for abortions, and measures ending Common Core education standards,
establishing a special tax on people earning more than $1 million per
year, and not one but two different and competing efforts to legalize
marijuana for recreational use.
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Should recreational use of marijuana be legalized?
With the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington and Oregon,
and with the inconsistencies surrounding marijuana dispensaries in
B.C., we are young citizens who have many questions about where our
community is headed in regard to marijuana.
Should Canada move from legalization of medical marijuana to an
inclusive legalization for recreational use?
Arrests for pot possession in this province have been increasing -
although the number of arrests depends on the region of the province
where people reside.
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Son Died of Fentanyl Overdose
Clutching a framed photograph of her son, Petra Schulz made a
passionate plea before nearly 100 people about the need for policy
change on all levels to deal with the fentanyl epidemic in Alberta.
Schulz was one of six speakers Monday at the annual International
Overdose Awareness Day on the steps of City Hall. Schulz's
25-year-old son Danny Schulz died from an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2014.
While the provincial government has spearheaded a one-year pilot
program to provide take-home naloxone kits to Albertans who are at
high risk of opioid overdose, Schulz said the lifesaving kits need to
be more widely available and should be available to people without a
prescription, such as a parent who has a child with an addiction.
Already there have been 600 emergency department visits related to
opioid overdoses in Edmonton this year.
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Nonprofit Has Applied for License From State
State Department of Public Safety chief. Two-term Bernalillo County
sheriff. City of Albuquerque public safety director. And now,
aspiring medical marijuana producer?
The professional evolution of Darren White has taken a new turn.
White, through his private investigations and security company, is
affiliated with a firm that is one of 17 applicants seeking state
Department of Health approval to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.
State corporation records list White as one of the directors of
Purlife, a nonprofit whose listed purpose is "conducting medical
marijuana sales in New Mexico."
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Shawn, a chef (and expert punster), wonders whether Alaska cannabis
regulators have considered his industry as they're setting the
initial boundaries of the legal market.
"I would like to know how they plan to address edibles and
establishments that sell them. Are they going to allow a restaurant
or dinner club that is an adult atmosphere like a bar, 21 and over,
to serve cannabis-infused foods?
I'm a chef and I think that we should have opportunity to stake our
claim in this 'budding' marijuana industry."
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Activists behind a proposed Denver ballot initiative to allow some
marijuana use in bars and other businesses say they will pull the
measure, The Denver Post has confirmed.
Their new goal: crafting a compromise measure with city and business leaders.
The verbal agreement with a group that includes City Attorney Scott
Martinez averts a public vote in November - one that might have
allowed more extensive pot consumption in publicly accessible places
than city officials and some business leaders were comfortable with.
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Lab Tests Find No Trace of Unapproved Pesticide in Seized Marijuana.
Denver health officials Wednesday lifted a day-old order to hold
hundreds of marijuana-infused lozenges and raw marijuana from two
businesses after lab tests showed no trace of an unapproved pesticide
among their ingredients.
The owners of Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America each said they
had been using old labels that included among their ingredients a
pesticide that today is not approved for use on marijuana.
The pesticide, spinosad, had not been barred for use when the labels
were made, the owners said.
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My first run-in with marijuana prohibition came in 1970, when I was
arrested for possession of less than one-quarter ounce. Fortunately,
my case was dismissed because the officer conducted an illegal search.
I often wonder where I would be if I had not been so lucky. Would I
have been admitted to the bar? Hired as an assistant attorney
general? Appointed as director of a state council on substance abuse
Marijuana arrests turn countless lives upside down every year. I
escaped my encounter unscathed, but it had a lasting impact on how I
view this issue.
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The California Legislature should pass, and Gov. Jerry Brown should
sign, pending legislation that would curb some of the unfair aspects
of the law concerning when the government can seize a person's
property. At the height of the "war on drugs," governments at all
levels were given much greater power to seize the assets of those
suspected of criminal activity. Billions of dollars in cash and
property of all sorts have been seized.
No one disputes that government has the power to confiscate
ill-gotten gains of criminal activity. No one should be able to
profit from a crime. The problem is that current law gives the
government the power to seize property even without a criminal
conviction and without fair safeguards.
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Facility in Salem Reports 1,500 Patients in 2 Months
The executive director of the state's first and only medical
marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of
operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients - the first measure
of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.
That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted
permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings,
receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as
marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over
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Governor Jerry Brown has spoken: It is time to get a grip on
California's unregulated medical cannabis industry.
But even with JB's blessing, nothing is guaranteed.
It's nearing the 11th hour in Sacramento, where lawmakers and
lobbyists are hammering out the final details of the first statewide
regulations for California's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry.
Last week, Brown circulated among lawmakers his preferred vision for
a regulated California cannabis industry.
Licenses would be required for every level of commercial cannabis
activity - with a carve-out for individual patients and patient
caregivers - and each license would be tiered, giving mom-and-pop
operations a chance while taxing Big Marijuana appropriately. All
this would be overseen by the state.
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School's back in session and a new study reports that more college
students are smoking pot frequently.
Six percent of students told University of Michigan researchers that
they smoked weed daily or nearly daily in 2014, according to a
Reuters article, nearly double the number in 2007. (Quick math: If 6
percent of 20 million students smoke a modest eighth ounce per week
at $10 per gram, we're looking at $630 million in pot sales a
semester - or more than 2 billion ramen packages.)
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Chuck Lyon lives in a house he built "one concrete slab at a time" in
the hills of Mendocino County, California.
Lyon, 62, only uses about 5 gallons of well water each day, including
the 1.5 gallons it takes for him to take what he called "navy
showers." The average American uses more than 16 times that amount
each day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
And when it comes to irrigating his garden, which includes six
marijuana plants just a few steps off the front porch of his home, he
takes it a step further. Lyon captures about 60,000 gallons of
rainwater in massive silos each year and uses that to water his cannabis.
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Petitions will hit the streets soon for a proposed constitutional
amendment that would fully legalize marijuana use, possession and
cultivation by adults in Florida.
A political-action committee called Floridians For Freedom,
associated with a longtime marijuana-advocacy group called the
Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Tuesday that it had received
state approval to begin seeking signatures to get their measure on
the November 2016 ballot.
The measure is distinct from another amendment drive run by United
For Care and led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan because Morgan's group
wants to legalize marijuana for medical purposes only. Floridians For
Freedom wants it legalized for all uses, including recreation.
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Forty-five pairs of shoes lined the Human Rights Monument on Elgin
Street on Monday, representing the estimated number of people who
died from drug overdoses in Ottawa last year.
In accordance with International Overdose Awareness Day, members of
Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites and Drug Users Advocacy League
called for supervised injection sites in Ottawa to prevent drug
overdoses and to challenge what they say is the stigma faced by drug users.
Nic Diliso, one of the participants, said he was there to raise
awareness and remember those he has lost due to drug overdose.
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They are beneficial not only to drug users, but also to the community
as a whole, Jennifer Laura Lee says.
Having visited a safe-injection site in Europe, I can say with great
certainty that I would be grateful for, not fearful of, the
establishment of such sites in Montreal.
As part of McGill's Comparative Health Systems Program, I visited one
of the longest standing and most effective safe-injection sites in
the world, in Switzerland, the birthplace of the safe consumption
room itself. "Quai 9" stands alone in a sea of luxury stores and four
star hotels, only a few blocks away from scenic Lake Geneva (a
thriving tourist hot spot). Yes, a safe-injection site exists in the
heart of Geneva's ritzy commercial district, and the city has yet to
implode. Surrounding streets are not rife with crime and violence.
Dirty needles do not litter the sidewalks. Neighbouring stores,
banks, and restaurants have carried on, business as usual, for years.
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