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1 CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Is The Source Of Addiction ProblemsMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Blinston, B. E. Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:04/16/2014

Re: 'Officer finds it difficult to see 'children suffer' ( Opinion, April 9)

Kudos to that B.C. police officer. I was hoping that members of the police force would speak out about decriminalization and ultimately legalization of marijuana.

I, too, find it difficult to see children suffer. How does it start?

Marijuana. Then it leads to more drugs and addiction.

We need to have drug rehabilitation hospitals where addicts can go for help and have the best treatment possible - the best possible medical help available. But the taxpayer should not have to pay.

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2CN PI: Grieving Mother to Protest for More Services to HelpTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Guardian, The (CN PI) Author:Wright, Teresa Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2014

The mother of a man believed to have taken his own life as a result of drug addiction will stage a protest Tuesday in the hopes of getting government to provide more services for addicted Islanders.

Dianne Young's son Lennon Waterman would have turned 30 on Monday. He has been missing since early November.

Young believes he took his own life by leaping into the cold North River. RCMP found his clothes on the North River causeway after receiving reports of a man on the causeway the night of Nov. 8, 2013.

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3 CN BC: Doctors Put In Tough SpotTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC) Author:Wu, Candace Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:04/16/2014

Changing Medical Marijuana Regulations Have Left Users in a Smoky State of Mind and Doctors Fuming With Rage.

Initially, new Health Canada legislation was supposed to put an end to home grown pot productions directing nearly 40,000 medical marijuana users to buy their green from large-scale commercial operations with a prescription-like document from their doctor.

But a last minute federal court injunction March 21 halted Health Canada's plan providing temporary reprieve to users - many of whom feared they wouldn't be able to afford the new system. Health Canada responded by issuing a news release stating they intend on appealing the court's order.

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4 US CO: Colorado: Marijuana: Your Guide To 4/20 In ColoradoWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Crawford, Bryce Area:Colorado Lines:70 Added:04/16/2014

Your 4/20 Calendar

While July 10 makes its push for relevancy - the date, "710," is the word "OIL" upside down, a reference to increasingly popular variations of butane-extracted hash oil - April 20 reigns supreme on the cannabis calendar. So with that in mind, here's where to celebrate this Sunday. (Note: All events are 21 and up.)

Starting at noon, Club 710 (1609 S. Nevada Ave., 321/626-9469) will charge members $10 and nonmembers $20 to come enjoy its "day of 420 festivities." Goers will find a free bud, vape and dab bar as well as "WAR OF THE WORLDS rap battles" showcasing 16 emcees from seven states. DJ Lay It Down will take over at 10 p.m.

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5 US: Finding Golf Clubs, Not DrugsTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Weikel, Dan Area:United States Lines:145 Added:04/16/2014

Federal Tracking System Is Snaring Law-Abiding Private Pilots

Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Gina Ferazzi

Five sheriff 's cars surrounded the plane and deputies got out with guns drawn. Then a helicopter arrived with four federal agents and a drug-sniffing dog. They demanded to see Dobson's pilot's license, asked about the flight and mentioned that his long trip from Southern California was suspicious.

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6 US CA: Column: How To Grow Organic PotWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:East Bay Express (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:116 Added:04/16/2014

Tips for harvesting your own sustainably grown medical weed.

Spring has sprung, and if you're thinking about growing some medical cannabis this year, it's time to get cracking. Growing pot organically in one's backyard can be a safe, rewarding, affordable way to obtain the botanical remedy. But coaxing decent medicine from the soil takes plenty of time and attention to detail.

First off, you're going to need to get legal and learn about the plant. The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allows any state resident with a doctor's recommendation to grow medical cannabis for personal use. State guidelines call for a maximum of twelve immature or six mature plants (but check local cultivation ordinances). Oakland allows home-growers a maximum of twenty plants, while Berkeley allows ten. But Concord has banned all outdoor medical pot cultivation, and the City of Martinez may vote to do so this week.

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7US CO: Colorado Moves To Shutter Pot Shop After RaidWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Gorski, Eric Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2014

In October 2012, a state investigator discovered multiple illegal, after-hours sales of medical marijuana at VIP Cannabis in Denver.

Further inspections a month later and the following spring found more problems, from incomplete record-keeping to failures to track inventory and high plant counts that lacked documentation.

But it wasn't until last week - in the aftermath of high-profile federal raids on VIP and related marijuana businesses in November- that state regulators moved to shut down the business, sending notices of denial to VIP and three related medical marijuana operations.

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8US: Early Signs Of Brain Change Seen In Casual Pot SmokersWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems.

"What we think we are seeing here is a very early indication of what becomes a problem later on with prolonged use," things like lack of focus and impaired judgment, said Dr. Hans Breiter, a study author.

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9US CO: Bill Advances On Pot ConcentratesWed, 16 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cotton, Anthony Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/16/2014

A House bill that would establish equivalences between marijuana that comes from plants and marijuana concentrates in retail products passed through committee Tuesday.

Another bill that deals with edible pot products also has been brought forward. Both measures come in the wake of deaths that have occurred after the ingestion of marijuana products.

"Every passing day, every passing news story tells us that we have to do something about both because the public's safety is being harmed," said Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, the sponsor of the concentrates bill.

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10Canada: Mounties Seize Medical MarijuanaMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Quan, Douglas Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

The two Ontario-bound shipments of medical-marijuana products seized by B.C. Mounties a couple of weeks ago contained unauthorized items, police said in a short statement posted on their website.

The companies doing the importing, Toronto-based Mettrum Ltd. and Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Tweed Marijuana Inc., have insisted that they received the necessary approvals from federal regulators to import the products, and Health Canada confirms this.

But the RCMP statement indicates that what was contained in the shipments seized at the Kelowna International Airport did not match what was outlined in the paperwork.

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11 US CO: Company Publicly Releases Marijuana-Vending MachineTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC)          Area:Colorado Lines:37 Added:04/15/2014

In what seems the natural next step to legalized pot, a Colorado company has brought forward a new vending machine that cuts out the middleman for marijuana sales and gives buyers a speedier, after-hours means of purchasing the drug.

It's called the Zazz machine, and it's produced by American Green, United Press International reported. It made its debut at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo., at the Herbal Elements shop. The dispensary, in turn, set up the machine outside a local barbecue restaurant in Avon, UPI said.

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12 US MD: Editorial: A Step Toward SanityTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:101 Added:04/15/2014

Maryland Is Right to Be Cautious About Legalizing Pot, but Decriminalization Addresses Some of the Worst Problems of the War on Drugs

In 2010, Baltimore police made 64,525 arrests, and more than 7,000 of them - 11 percent of the total - were for simple possession of marijuana. That represents thousands of hours by Baltimore police, Central Booking officials, prosecutors, public defenders, judges and others, all of whom had better things to do. That year, Baltimore recorded 224 homicides, ranking it among the five deadliest cities in the nation.

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13 US CO: LTE: How To Make Pot Edibles ObviousTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Bernath, Jimi Area:Colorado Lines:26 Added:04/15/2014

Re: "Marijuana edibles; New bill unwraps a safety concern," April 11 news story; and "Make pot edibles simple to ID," April 12 editorial.

My suggestion for labeling THC goodies is that all of them should be individually wrapped and stamped with a large red X. Children can easily understand that you never eat anything with a red X, much as we were taught about products with skulls and crossbones. Products such as THC-infused granola should not be sold unless they are packaged for single servings and thus marked.

Jimi Bernath, Englewood

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14 US NJ: Column: Want to (Illegally) Smoke Pot on the StateMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Edelstein, Jeff Area:New Jersey Lines:75 Added:04/15/2014

Wasn't so long ago police officers used to kick Ed Forchion in his nether regions before they'd arrest him. Now, they ask for his autograph.

In short: Things have changed for the NJWeedman.

"I was at the Statehouse a few years ago, and I had a weed shirt on," Forchion recalled. "I wasn't even there to protest or anything, I just had to run into the bill room, I wanted to read something, but I was banned from the building and I ended up getting kicked in the (groin) and going to jail." Today? "When I went to pick up my city permit for next week's rally, a Trenton cop asked me for my autograph," he said. "Basically, I'm not a wacko now, not some lone dude screaming about smoking weed. Most people agree with me."

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15 US MD: Maryland's Pot Laws Present Challenges for PoliceTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Tabor, Nick Area:Maryland Lines:89 Added:04/15/2014

Possession of Papers, Pipes Remains Criminal

ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense. This means a person caught smoking a joint technically could be arrested for the rolling paper, but not the marijuana inside.

Also, fines are supposed to go up for anyone caught with the drug more than once, but Scott Shellenberger, the state's attorney of Baltimore County, says it will be hard for police to establish whether a person has been charged before. Since marijuana possession will no longer be a crime, it will not show up in the criminal database.

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16 CN NF: Burin-Based Federal RCMP Unit Shifts GearsTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Southern Gazette, The (CN NF) Author:Herridge, Paul Area:Newfoundland Lines:70 Added:04/15/2014

While 'Bootlegging' Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem

It's been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect.

Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate - customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.

Now, however, serious organized crime, in general, is the target, irrespective of the commodity.

For the Burin-based unit, in addition to how the it does business, the shift meant a name change from Customs and Excise to Federal Policing Operations West.

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17 CN ON: PUB LTE: Black Market Will Supply MarijuanaTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Hermikari, Et Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:04/15/2014

Medical marijuana is a bit of an oxymoron. Cannabis sativa has been on Earth longer than we. Should the day arrive that my doctor gives me a prescription for "medical marijuana," I will go to a proven & trusted source - the black market.

Until a few short decades ago, the whole issue would have been ludicrous, even more so than today. Until then, there was no illegality involved. Hemp was widely used because of its durability, much better than cotton. Along came nylon, the new miracle fibre. To take over the market nylon's inventors Dupont had to get rid of hemp, and that could be done by demonizing the sister plant, marijuana. And just by co-incidence, the U.S. government passed laws banning marijuana, so convenient, and so typical of "free enterprise."

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18CN ON: Cop Arrested For Drugs At BorderTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Wilhelm, Trevor Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

Crack Cocaine Allegedly Found in Bshouty's Car

A clearly angry and frustrated Windsor police chief faced the media Monday as one of his officers sat behind bars in Detroit for allegedly trying to smuggle crack cocaine over the border.

Const. David Bshouty, with only five years on the job, remains in custody in Detroit after his arraignment for felony possession of a controlled substance less than 25 grams. He allegedly tried to smuggle about three grams of crack cocaine into Detroit on Saturday.

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19 CN AB: Commercial Marijuana Can Bloom In CalgaryTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Dormer, Dave Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:04/15/2014

Commercial medical marijuana grow operations will be allowed in Calgary, as long as they meet Health Canada and city regulations.

City councillors voted in favour Monday of amending a bylaw to allow commercial medical grow-ops to exist in industrial areas, after new rules came into effect April 1 barring patients from growing at home.

Under new rules, patients will have doctor-prescribed marijuana couriered from a commercial facility.

"What it allows is there will be more control so I support the private sector getting into this and the feds getting out of it," said Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart on the new rules.

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20Canada: Medical Marijuana Cargo Included ' Unauthorized' ItemsMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Quan, Douglas Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

The two Ontario-bound shipments of medical-marijuana products seized by B. C. Mounties a couple of weeks ago contained unauthorized items, police said in a short statement posted on their website.

The companies doing the importing, Toronto-based Mettrum Ltd. and Smiths Falls, Ont.- based Tweed Marijuana Inc., have insisted that they received the necessary approvals from federal regulators to import the products, and Health Canada confirms this.

But the RCMP statement indicates that what was contained in the shipments seized at the Kelowna International Airport did not match what was outlined in the paperwork.

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21 CN BC: Medical Pot Grows Need DNV ApprovalSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Shepherd, Jeremy Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:04/15/2014

Leaves of three, let it be. Leaves of four or more, you'll have to check in with the District of North Vancouver and your neighbours.

On Monday, District of North Vancouver council unanimously gave first reading to a bylaw that would ban medical marijuana production and distribution in the municipality.

The bylaw is not meant to close the door on medical marijuana, said Mayor Richard Walton.

But it does mean any medicinal pot operations will have to apply to the municipality and go through the scrutiny of a public hearing before setting up shop.

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22 Australia: OPED: Let's Talk About Drugs, Not Demonise ThemMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Hunt, Miles Area:Australia Lines:130 Added:04/15/2014

Workplace drug testing tipped to rise I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made.

I have had some positive experience with drugs, and of course some bad ones. I have had marijuana and laughed a great deal, but also experienced paranoia and anxiety. I have also had both good and bad experiences with hallucinogens and other drugs.

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23 US MI: Edu: Hash Bash Now 43 Years StrongMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Michigan Times, The (MI Edu) Author:Hinson, Alex Area:Michigan Lines:91 Added:04/15/2014

On a sun-kissed, crisp morning as the smoke rose over the crowd of onlookers, John Sinclair started off the high noon event in the Diag alongside his fellow activists, which include Adam Brook and Baby Bri.

"Where the powers want our heads to be at, [is] up their ass," says Sinclair as he turns around to see two cops talking with Adam Brook, an activist much like Sinclair, and addresses the officers with "Ah, gentleman. We hope you will obey the laws of Ann Arbor here today [haha]."

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24US WI: Heroin-Related Overdoses Spike 34% From Previous YearMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Luthern, Ashley Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

In 2013, 67 people died of a heroin-related overdoses in Milwaukee County - a 34% increase from the prior year, according to statistics released Monday.

The number is an increase of more than 600% from 10 years ago when Milwaukee County recorded nine heroin-related overdose deaths, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

The medical examiner's office also hit a grim record last year with 216 drug overdose deaths reported in 2013 - the highest number ever and a 29% increase from 2012.

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25 CN ON: Uxbridge Supports Proposed Marijuana Grow FarmThu, 10 Apr 2014
Source:Uxbridge Times Journal, The (CN ON) Author:Cayley, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:04/15/2014

Applicants Still Have Long Road To Approval From Health Canada

UXBRIDGE -- The Township of Uxbridge will support a proposal from a group of GTA men who want to establish a medical marijuana grow facility on a 115-acre farm off Durham Road 30.

Council gave a verbal blessing to the group on Monday and will follow through with a written letter to the federal government stating no objection to the proposal. Obtaining the letter was the final hurdle for the group, fronted by pharmacist Kandavel Palanivel, in order to formalize an application for licensing through Health Canada.

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26US CA: OPED: It's Time For A Serious Debate About MarijuanaSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Newsom, Gavin Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

The war on drugs has been one of the worst policy debacles in our nation's history. We incarcerate too many people for nonviolent offenses, spend too much money doing it and ruin too many lives -- especially among the poor and communities of color -- all without enhancing public safety.

It's time to admit that current laws do more harm than good. It's time to explore smarter, better ways to address the challenges presented by drugs and drug addiction. At the top of the list must be a review of our outdated marijuana laws and a comprehensive study of available alternatives.

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27 US MD: Prosecutors Confronting Marijuana Law's ChallengesTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Star Democrat (Easton, MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:87 Added:04/15/2014

ANNAPOLIS (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense. This means a person caught smoking a joint technically could be arrested for the rolling paper but not the marijuana inside.

Also, fines are supposed to go up for anyone caught with the drug more than once, but Scott Shellenberger, the state's attorney of Baltimore County, says it will be hard for police to establish whether a person has been charged before. Since marijuana possession will no longer be a crime, it will not show up in the criminal database.

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28 US CO: LTE: How To Make Pot Edibles ObviousTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Weil, Nancy B. Area:Colorado Lines:36 Added:04/15/2014

Re: "Marijuana edibles; New bill unwraps a safety concern," April 11 news story; and "Make pot edibles simple to ID," April 12 editorial.

Concern about excessive or inappropriate consumption of pot edibles is well-founded. Because the effects are not immediate, it's easy to eat more than one might have intended. Packaging labels are useless when the items are out of the containers.

The obvious solution is to require addition of a specific flavoring to all edibles, in proportion to the intensity of the THC level. That way, anyone eating it will realize the food is pot-laced. If you go to a party and you're enjoying snacks being offered, you would be less likely to overindulge if every bite made you aware you were consuming a drug. If that flavor was very strong, you might wisely decide just a taste was sufficient.

The flavoring need not be delicious-gourmet dining is not the point of edibles. Natural gas has an odor added so people can readily identify its presence-we should do the same with edibles.

Nancy B. Weil, Denver

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29US CO: Denver Event Will Be Party And ProtestTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Murray, Jon Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

Sales of recreational marijuana may be legal, but organizers of next weekend's 4/20 festival in Denver-billed as the largest in the world- have a fine line to walk.

They nearly got the two-day event canceled after the organizers' attorney asked the city to endorse public pot-smoking by attendees.

Now, with a permit for Civic Center in hand as of Thursday, Miguel Lopez and other organizers will need to broadcast the illegality of public marijuana consumption - as a concession to city officials- while also protesting Colorado's remaining strictures on cannabis use. They also plan to protest that alcohol is treated differently from pot on public property.

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30 US MD: O'Malley Signs Pot Measure Into LawTue, 15 Apr 2014
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Wagner, John Area:Maryland Lines:123 Added:04/15/2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed legislation Monday to remove the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana but cautioned against legalizing the drug, as Colorado and Washington state have done recently.

Under Maryland's new law, which will take effect Oct. 1, those caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will be subject to civil fines, starting with $100 for a first offense, rather than criminal sanctions. Fifteen other states and the District have taken similar steps.

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31 Ireland: Drug Dealer Top Suspect In Gun Assault On GardaSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Sunday Independent (Ireland) Author:Foy, Ken Area:Ireland Lines:82 Added:04/15/2014

A Notorious Drug Dealer Is One Of 12 Suspects For An Assault Which Saw A Detective Pistol-Whipped.

The criminal has been identified by gardai as a main suspect after a detective who was held at gunpoint was beaten unconscious by the assailant with a gun in a Dublin park.

The middle-aged detective, who is attached to Sundrive Road garda station, was knocked unconscious in the attack at Ravensdale Park in Kimmage on March 25.

While he is making a good recovery from his injuries, an intensive garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

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32 US WV: Meth-ingredient Drug Sales Double At CVS In W.Va.Mon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Charleston Gazette (WV) Author:Eyre, Eric Area:West Virginia Lines:161 Added:04/15/2014

CVS Pharmacy sales of a cold medication that's also used to manufacture illegal methamphetamine have doubled over the past year in West Virginia, according to a Charleston Gazette analysis of sales data released last week.

CVS stores are now West Virginia's No. 1 seller of pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient sold under brand names such as Sudafed and Allegra-D.

"CVS stores are really crowding the top of the list," said Mike Goff, a state Board of Pharmacy administrator and former State Police meth lab investigator.

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33US CA: Putting Overdose Antidote In ReachMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Gutierrez, Melody Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

Life-Saving Naloxone May Become Easy to Purchase

SACRAMENTO - Slowly, trembling, she inserted the needle into a sponge and continued rescue breathing on the plastic mannequin. This could be her son. One one-thousand. These could be his cold lips. Two one-thousand. She squeezed the clear liquid into the sponge arm of the mannequin. Three one-thousand. Four one-thousand.

The constant worry that accompanies having a 25-year-old son addicted to heroin has taken a toll on the retired schoolteacher from a Sacramento suburb, who asked that her name not be used to protect her privacy.

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34US CA: OPED: Put Pot Jokes Aside, Discuss Safe LegalizationMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Newsom, Gavin Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

The war on drugs has been one of the worst policy debacles in our nation's history. We incarcerate too many people for nonviolent offenses, spend too much money doing it and ruin too many lives - especially among the poor and communities of color- all without enhancing public safety.

It's time to admit that current laws do more harm than good. It's time to explore smarter, better ways to address the challenges presented by drugs and drug addiction. At the top of the list must be a review of our outdated marijuana laws and a comprehensive study of available alternatives.

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35US CO: Help For High-Risk Marijuana UsersMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Mitchell, Megan Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:04/15/2014

CU Pilot Program Aids Students in Commerce City.

Commerce city - A handful of high school students in Commerce City identified as high-risk marijuana users can avoid traditional punishment by enrolling in a pilot, school based treatment program created by substance-abuse researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The cognitive behavioral therapy model is called Encompass. Paula Riggs, a psychology professor and director of CU's division of substance dependence, developed the 16-week program during 20 years of research.

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36 New Zealand: Wide Range Of Kiwis Use DrugsMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Timaru Herald (New Zealand)          Area:New Zealand Lines:77 Added:04/15/2014

An invisible swath of middle-class New Zealanders are drinking heavily and indulging in drugs, a new survey has found.

Fairfax Media's involvement in the Global Drugs Survey on worldwide drug use has for the first time revealed how entrenched alcohol and drugs - both legal and illegal - are in our everyday lives.

Addiction medicine specialists say the results have identified key trends in our drug use, and show users fall across a broad spectrum of the population.

The survey reveal both interesting and shocking glimpses into the drug habits of the 5731 New Zealand respondents, who had a mean age of 34.7, about half of whom had an undergraduate degree, and 84 per cent of whom were employed.

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37 US SC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Relieves Severe NauseaSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Bolton, Ronald B. Area:South Carolina Lines:29 Added:04/15/2014

Columbia, SC - It is good news that legislators are considering a law to allow doctor-prescribed use of marijuana. More than 20 states that have approved its use for nausea. The primary reason, as I understand it, is that most pain medication has after-effects of severe nausea.

I am prescribed several medications to eliminate the pain I experience due to neuropathy; however, they cause extreme nausea. I certainly would appreciate being able to use medical marijuana to relieve severe nausea, as I am sure many others would be.

I believe that legislators will find more and more states approving marijuana for the treatment of nausea.

Ronald B. Bolton

Aiken

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38 US: Are Baby Boomers Ready To Give Marijuana A Second Chance?Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Weisman, Robert Area:United States Lines:120 Added:04/15/2014

Are aging baby boomers ready to rekindle a long-ago love affair with marijuana?

That is a weighty question for cultural anthropologists and cool-eyed business analysts alike as the once celebrated, later maligned, but explicitly contraband cannabis plant goes legit - for the first time in nearly 80 years - in a new era of medical and recreational use.

For many who smoked marijuana in their dorms in the '60s and '70s, it was an act of rebellion, a communal experience, and maybe a political statement. Today's product is more likely to be marketed as anti-inflammatory than anti-establishment. And, to the distinct discomfort of some, it may come in a neat corporate package rather than an illicit nickel bag.

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39 CN ON: Column: We Need To Talk About Safe Drug UseMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Fiorito, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:04/15/2014

Here are one or two things you might not know about the safe use of dangerous drugs; and yes, safe is a relative term.

I had not seen my pal Frank in a while, and so I was pleased when we bumped into each other. As soon as we had said hello, he invited me to an event - he said he was going to speak at a public health workshop designed to educate those who work with drug users.

Frank is a drug user. He uses crack. He is thoughtful and insightful, he has had his share of troubles. He is also the first guy I ever met who has a maintenance crack habit. I had not known that such a thing was possible before I met him.

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40 Lebanon: Editorial: A Bitter Pill To SwallowSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Daily Star, The (Lebanon)          Area:Lebanon Lines:44 Added:04/14/2014

The latest police seizure of Captagon pills, around 12 million this time, must be commended, but until the problem is addressed at the source, the story looks set to continue, and the market will continue to overflow with the drug.

Every week or so, it seems, another consignment of the amphetamine is found, whether at the airport, the border with Syria, or at the port. This latest haul was discovered at the Beirut port, and two of the four individuals arrested were port staff themselves. Allegedly headed for the United Arab Emirates, and hidden in bags of corn, this huge quantity of drugs raises many questions.

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41 US CO: Pot Businesses May Get Green Light TonightMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Author:Roper, Peter Area:Colorado Lines:28 Added:04/14/2014

City Council is expected to rewrite Pueblo's moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses tonight to allow three categories of wholesale pot businesses to operate in the city: marijuana growers, product makers and testing companies.

The amendments are on the agenda for council's regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Also up for action is a resolution to name a new East Side branch of the Pueblo City-County Library District after Patrick A. Lucero, an East High School graduate and Army soldier who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. Lucero's name was recommended to a library district committee that is making the recommendation.

Council has its regular work session at 5:30 p.m.

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42 US ND: Increasing Drug Trade, Violence Mar Positive Effects OfMon, 14 Apr 2014
Source:Billings Gazette, The (MT)          Area:North Dakota Lines:347 Added:04/14/2014

WILLISTON, N.D. - The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town.

What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston.

They called themselves "The Family," the feds said, and were holed up in a few campers tucked behind a white-frame house. They had plenty of firepower, too: One of the men had 22 weapons.

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43 CN BC: Local Medical Pot User RelievedThu, 10 Apr 2014
Source:Oliver Chronicle (CN BC) Author:Christie, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:04/14/2014

Medical marijuana users say they are in a state of limbo after the latest court battle halted implementation of new laws governing pot.

New federal laws that would have made it illegal for medical marijuana users to grow their own plants were set to take effect April 1.

But Federal Court judge Michael Manson put the new laws on hold, at least temporarily, when he granted a court injunction on March 21. Without the injunction, patients would have had to destroy their plants before April 1 and send notification to Health Canada by April 30 stating that they've stopped production and destroyed their plants, or law enforcement would be notified.

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44 CN ON: Editorial: Uxbridge Medical Marijuana Farm DeservesThu, 10 Apr 2014
Source:Uxbridge Times Journal, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:58 Added:04/14/2014

A proposal to establish a medical marijuana grow farm in Uxbridge is no doubt a harbinger of the future and the dawn of change.

Regardless of whether Uxbridge ultimately becomes home to such an operation or not, evidence is growing that the marijuana plant and its derivatives offer tangible medical benefits to many patients, including those with multiple sclerosis and children who suffer life-threatening seizures.

Medical marijuana can be administered in a number of ways, including an orally-taken liquid and capsules. Growers have the ability to develop strains of the plant that are low in THC -- the compound that creates the "high" recreational users seek -- and rich in cannabidiol, an extract from the plant that has a scope of medical applications. The idea of people simply smoking marijuana to alleviate symptoms falls far short of the broad spectrum of ways the plant can be of benefit to patients and the medical community.

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45US FL: Wired To Work With Marijuana?Sun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:04/14/2014

STUDIES OF POT'S EFFECTS led to the discovery of cannabinoid receptors on brain cells. The cannabinoid molecules, produced naturally by the body, are chemically very similar to THC, the primary chemical ingredient in marijuana. The receptors are heavily concentrated in regions of the brain that control bodily functions, and they have effects familiar to those who use marijuana - medically or recreationally.

Almost a decade ago, Palmetto resident Ryan Roman started using pot to cope with the effects of a rare spinal cancer that spread to his brain. Beating his doctors' predictions, the 31A-year-old is still alive. He credits marijuana that he inhales through a vaporizer or ingests in concentrate form.

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46 US OK: Vote On Medical Marijuana SoughtSat, 12 Apr 2014
Source:Tulsa World (OK) Author:Hoberock, Barbara Area:Oklahoma Lines:51 Added:04/14/2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana on Friday filed notice with the Secretary of State's Office that they are trying to get it on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Supporters have 90 days after filing the petition, or a determination by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to its sufficiency, whichever is later, to submit the signatures. They are required to obtain 155,216 signatures.

According to information provided by the Secretary of State's Office, the notice of intent to circulate the petition was filed by Oklahomans for Health and Charles "Chip" Paul of Tulsa. Paul is the co-owner of an electronic cigarette franchise company.

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47 US MD: Ready, Set, GrowSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Puente, Mark Area:Maryland Lines:244 Added:04/14/2014

Now that the state's medical marijuana program has been revived, officials say it will take about 15 months for the first patients to buy the drug legally in Maryland. Shannon Moore hopes her twin sons survive.

Her 3-year-olds, Nicolas and Byron, already have lived longer than expected while battling as many as 30 seizures a day from Miller-Dieker syndrome, a disease that causes brain deformities. Moore hopes a marijuana extract will reduce their seizures.

"The hardest part is feeling hopeless," the Frederick resident said. "If you've done everything you could, it might not be enough."

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48 Saudi Arabia: Drugs Worth $267m Seized, 6 HeldSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia)          Area:Saudi Arabia Lines:47 Added:04/14/2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian police have arrested six people and seized illegal drugs worth SR1 billion ($267 million) that were being smuggled into the country from neighboring Bahrain, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Spokesman Major General Mansour Turki said five Saudi citizens and one Bahraini had been detained in the operation after police uncovered 22.6 million amphetamine pills hidden inside coils of barbed wire and rolls of plastic.

An investigation into the seizure of the drugs turned up a connection to an international drug smuggling ring led by a Syrian national, Turki told the Saudi Press Agency.

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49CN BC: Column: Watch Drugs At The BorderSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Braidwood, Barbara Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/14/2014

Canada, U.S. Have Different Laws Governing What Is Allowable

Smoke And Consequences

The publicity that has accompanied the dramatic relaxing of the marijuana laws recently in several U.S. states, especially Washington and Colorado, plus the Canadian government's somewhat confusing but more liberal attitude toward small amounts of marijuana, has given many travellers the wrong impression - to their horror.

Crossing the Canada-U.S. border in either direction with even small amounts of marijuana is illegal.

The U.S. federal government still has "a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal drugs, which means that very severe penalties are imposed for the possession of even a small quantity."

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50 CN ON: Tale Of T.O.'s 'Legal' Drug KingpinSun, 13 Apr 2014
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Doucette, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:293 Added:04/14/2014

Accused Pusher Claims $1m A Year In Profits And That Product Is Legal But Cops Beg To Differ

TORONTO - Adam Wookey was well on his way to becoming Canada's king pusher of synthetic pot and party pills, court documents allege.

But now, the 29-year-old CEO of Purepillz Corp. and Pure Principles Inc. is dealing with the wrath of the Crown attorney ... again.

"He's totally immersed in this," Toronto Police Det.-Const. Trevor Karkoulas alleged recently. "He wants to be the king of it all."

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