Educating lawmakers and the general public will be a key component of
the recently formed legislative committee tasked with tackling medical
marijuana, according to one of the legislators heading up the panel.
"I think one of the goals is to make sure that the people and the
advocates and the patients are aware of what we're doing and make sure
that they give feedback to their elected officials," said Sen. Steve
Dickerson, R-Nashville, who along with Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby,
are heading up a legislative committee to study the issue.
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Singer Olivia Newton-John has used medicinal marijuana during her
battle with breast cancer and plans to promote the drug this week to
raise money for her wellness and research center.
"I will do what I can to encourage it. It's an important part of
treatment, and it should be available," Newton-John, who announced a
second battle with breast cancer in May, told News Corp. Australia.
"I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and
healing," she said. "It's a plant that has been maligned for so long,
and has so many abilities to heal."
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Gov. Chris Christie is growing impatient with the Trump administration
over its delay in declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
Christie said during an interview with MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on
Tuesday night that too many lives are being lost to drug overdoses for
a formal declaration to wait any longer.
"I think it's time for the president and White House staff to get on
this and for the president to demand that they get the papers in front
of him so he can sign it," Christie said.
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It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has run into some
problems in his crusade against the marijuana. While the new
Department of Justice administration has long been mounting pressure
against the marijuana industry, the latest suggestion from the Task
Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is to, well, do nothing.
The subcommittee was announced months ago and tasked with developing a
legal avenue for Session's marijuana crackdown. However, the
Associated Press reported the group "has come up with no new policy
recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths
"the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and
social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug
Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance For
Drug Endangered Children. He said preliminary data show nearly 60,000
overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the highest ever.
"Our current drug epidemic is indeed the deadliest in American
history. We've seen nothing like it," said Sessions.
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More state spending, legislation and debate on Ohio's drug crisis
don't appear to have made a dent as the statewide death toll from
accidental drug overdoses soared last year to 4,050, a 33-percent jump
Fentanyl, the deadly opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, is
increasingly to blame for overdose deaths, with fentanyl and its
derivatives accounting for 58.2 percent of the deaths, up from 37.9
percent in 2015. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in 2015.
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Attendees of the annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common
laughed during last year's event.
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The administration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected to
green-light the 28th annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common
in September, a year after organizers of the smoky, weekend-long bash
had to sue the city to get a permit.
This year's incarnation of the long-running celebration of cannabis
culture, which draws thousands of marijuana enthusiasts, is scheduled
to begin Sept. 15. It will be the first to take place since voters
legalized recreational use of the drug last November.
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BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters
four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's
efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next
summer and then regulate the newly legal market.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a
lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the
state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security,
to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov.
Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks
to round out the five-person panel.
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The explosion that wounded me during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan
in 2010 left me with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic
stress. In 2012 I was medically retired from the Marine Corps because
of debilitating migraines, vertigo and crippling depression. After a
nine-year career, I sought care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At first, I didn't object to the pills that arrived by mail:
antidepressants, sedatives, amphetamines and mood stabilizers. Stuff
to wake me up. Stuff to put me down. Stuff to keep me calm. Stuff to
rile me up. Stuff to numb me from the effects of my wars as an
infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stuff to numb me from the world
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In a decision that could change the way future medical marijuana
permits are awarded in Pennsylvania, the state has ordered the Pa.
Department of Health to reveal the identities of the panelists who
determined the winners to grow and distribute cannabis products.
The Pa. Department of Health in June awarded 12 permits to grow and
process marijuana and 27 permits to distribute the medicines in a
process that many of the unsuccessful applicants criticized as
A secret panel, comprised of about a dozen Pennsylvania state
employees, reviewed and scored hundreds of lengthy applications for
the potentially lucrative business permits, following a model
originally set by New Jersey. Other states have followed different
selection processes. Ohio, for example, hired an Atlanta-based
consultant to determine its winners, according to Cleveland.com.
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The Trump administration announced Friday that the president has
tapped Rep. Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control
In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for
people struggling with opioid addiction.
The 64-year-old Republican congressman lives outside Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S.
attorney in Pennsylvania's Middle District under President George W.
Marino was an early supporter of the president and the first
Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary
contest. He had previously withdrawn his name from consideration in
May, citing a family illness.
Ten bills aimed at regulating marijuana were shelved Friday by state
lawmakers, giving California's new Bureau of Cannabis Control time to
finish its own rules before lawmakers pile on with additional
The bills held by the Senate Appropriations Committee without comment
would have further regulated where pot can be used, how marijuana is
marketed, the trademarking of products and would have required the
state to produce a consumer guide.
The actions come as the state Bureau of Cannabis Control is preparing
to begin issuing licenses and regulations for the growth, transport
and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use starting Jan.
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Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with
a lot of red tape.
Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal
level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational
or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for
banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which in turn makes it
hard for those companies to sign a lease for a store or warehouse or
even get insurance.
But one Orlando area community bank is willing to take on the
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Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive and consultant, was
named the chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the
newly created agency that will usher in an era of legal marijuana use.
The appointment Thursday by state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg makes
Hoffman, a 63-year-old Lincoln resident, the state's top marijuana
regulator. He will hire the commission's executive director and other
staff, and oversee the writing of new rules to govern marijuana
cultivators, processors, and both medical and recreational
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A Wrentham church has launched an unusual campaign to raise awareness
of the toll opioid abuse has taken in Massachusetts.
Signs marked "#2069" - the number of opioid-related deaths reported
statewide for 2016 - have shown up in yards around the region thanks
to the efforts of Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Ron Tibbetts said he was the first to admit "we at Trinity
Church were unaware of the crisis." Then, the church's outreach
committee met with the S.A.F.E. Coalition, a Franklin-based group that
deals with substance abuse issues.
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The Food and Drug Administration has determined that illicit drug
ecstasy is a "breakthrough therapy" for post-traumatic stress disorder
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly referred to as ecstasy,
could now have a faster pathway to pharmaceutical approval in the US,
reports Science Alert.
The goal of these trials is to determine how effectively the drug
treatment can be for those suffering from PTSD.
The PSTD research trials will include 200 to 300 participants, and the
first trial will begin to accept subjects in 2018.
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Not one of the growers had any prior experience cultivating the plant,
which grows so quickly it's nicknamed "weed." So some problems were to
be expected. However, nobody anticipated one complication.
"We had some projects that really did everything right, but were
completely overrun by weeds," -- real weeds, said Russell Redding, the
state's Secretary of Agriculture. "You'd have fields that were
beautifully green, but overwhelmed by unwanted species."
Sometimes knowledge is hard-won, even in a state with a long history
of cultivation dating back to the colonial era and more than a dozen
school districts named "Hempfield."
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When it comes to buying pot for pleasure, Fresno won't be on the
Retail marijuana dispensaries and other businesses related to
recreational use of marijuana will be barred from setting up shop in
Fresno after the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to prohibit such
Proposition 64, approved by California voters in November 2016,
legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. It also
legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting Jan. 1,
2018 -- but gave cities and counties the authority to regulate or
prohibit commercial cannabis operations in their jurisdictions.
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An explosion in a house Wednesday night in Redford Township seriously
injured three people, and police suspect it involved an explosive
marijuana processing operation.
The three people in the house when the explosion occurred, at 8:15
p.m. on the 20100 block of Woodworth, were hospitalized with
life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from Redford
A neighbor told the station she saw three men run out of the house and
"their clothes were melted off of them" after the explosion, according
to a report from Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK-TV). .
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I was truly amazed when I heard that Beth Harwell, erstwhile
gubernatorial candidate and reefer madness maven, said she was "open"
to medicinal cannabis here in Tennessee.
This is a major reversal of policy for Ms. Harwell.
What changed her mind? She says her sister's positive experience with
state legal medicinal cannabis products in Colorado while recovering
from a broken back made her rethink the issue.
Thousands of Tennesseans have, for years now, been asking Ms. Harwell
and her fellow Republicans for a medical cannabis program, as can be
found in 29 other states so far, to treat illnesses such as my wife's
multiple sclerosis. For years now, our pleas have fallen on deaf
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After decades of dodging law enforcement and fighting for
legalization, U.S. marijuana growers face a new challenge: low prices.
From Washington to Colorado, wholesale cannabis prices have tumbled as
dozens of states legalized the drug for recreational and medicinal
uses, seeding a boom in marijuana production.
The market is still tiny compared with the U.S. tobacco industry's
$119 billion in annual retail sales, but the nascent cannabis business
has grown to more than $6 billion a year at retail, according to data
from Euromonitor International Ltd. and Cowen & Co..
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Seeking to crack down on the suppliers behind the state's lethal
opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a broad
legislative package that would create a new manslaughter charge for
drug dealers whose product causes a death.
Under Baker's plan, dealers would face a mandatory minimum of five
years for selling any drugs that result in a fatality.
"When illegal drug distribution causes a death, laws that were
designed to punish the act are inadequate to recognize the seriousness
of the resulting harm," Baker wrote in a letter to state lawmakers in
support of the legislation. "In order to ensure that accountability,
this legislation establishes enhanced penalties that directly target
those who cause death by illegally selling drugs."
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The Inland Empire has its first licensed medical marijuana dispensary,
with Green America now open for business in Perris.
"This is the first time that patients will be able to purchase their
products from a permitted dispensary," said Mark Douglas, chief
executive of the nonprofit that runs Green America. "This is a
historic day not just for Green America Inc., but for the city of
Perris and all of the Inland Empire."
The move comes after more than 77 percent of Perris voters in November
approved Measure K, an initiative put on the ballot by the Perris City
Council to remove the city's ban on marijuana businesses. The measure
permits dispensaries in industrial and commercial zones, with strict
rules on record keeping, buffers from schools and more.
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Drug dealers convicted on federal trafficking charges received the
stiffest sentences from federal court judges last year in the Midwest
and the Southeast.
But the longer sentences are more driven by the type of drugs common
in different states rather than judges in one region being tougher on
drugs than counterparts elsewhere.
In many states with longer average sentences, methamphetamines were
the most prevalent drugs in these federal cases, according to a USA
Today Network analysis of U.S. Sentencing Commission data.
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Hampden and Wyman Park residents took their concerns about a proposed
medical cannabis dispensary to City Hall on Wednesday, as Baltimore
City Council members weigh whether to put zoning restrictions on the
In Baltimore -- as well as other jurisdictions -- some residents have
been surprised to learn about proposals for the dispensaries. Just one
dispensary in the state has earned a final state license, but dozens
more across the state have preliminary licenses they hope to finalize
in the coming months.
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To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's
As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana
law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar
industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide
whether they want in or out.
As they are making their decisions, local officials are being
bombarded with phone calls from people who want to gain a foothold in
the medical marijuana business and are promising untold riches for the
communities that let them in.
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Northampton County's drug forfeiture program netted $132,000 last
year, the district attorney's office announced.
Northampton County's drug forfeiture program seized more than $132,000
in the past year, on par with other years despite heightened scrutiny
of the practice nationwide.
In the fiscal year ending June 30, the program brought in $122,000 in
cash, plus $9,900 from the sale of forfeited vehicles, District
Attorney John Morganelli announced.
The proceeds represented an increase from the $112,000 averaged in the
four previous years. But they were well short of the program's record
in fiscal 2011, when $283,000 was seized.
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Lansing - A member of a state board charged with creating new rules
for the virtually unregulated medical marijuana industry on Monday
called for all existing dispensaries to be shuttered until official
licenses can be doled out.
But the board tabled the issue until the Bureau of Medical Marijuana
Regulation and the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette can weigh
in after retired State Police sergeant David Bailey raised the idea.
Anxiety quickly rippled through the boardas second public hearing as
people lined up to express fear and anger that they would have to
resort to the black market to find medical marijuana.
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US: Connelly: Lawsuit seeks to block King County vote on safe injection
sites - seattlepi.com
Found: Tue Aug 22 14:21:02 2017 PDT
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)
Copyright: 2017 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Author: Joel Connelly
A lawsuit was filed Monday, challenging and seeking to block a public
vote on Initiative 27, which seeks to outlaw the opening of supervised
consumption spaces, health facilities where people use drugs in a safe
environment with access to treatment.
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Other states allow medical marijuana. Judge asks why Kentucky
shouldn't join them.
A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Tuesday asked attorneys for the
state why Kentucky should not make medical marijuana available to
patients who believe it might help them, given that "we've pretty much
decriminalized" the drug around much of the nation and even in parts
of the state.
Judge Thomas Wingate is considering motions by Gov. Matt Bevin and
Attorney General Andy Beshear to dismiss a lawsuit filed in June by
three Kentuckians who want the legal right to use marijuana as
medicine in the state where they live. Wingate said he expects to hand
down a decision on the motion in the near future.
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An arm of the White House's anti-drug office has asked Massachusetts
and several other states where medical marijuana is legal to turn over
information about their registered patients, triggering a debate over
privacy rights and whether state officials should cooperate with a
federal administration that appears hostile to the drug.
Dale Quigley, deputy coordinator of the National Marijuana Initiative,
or NMI, has asked Massachusetts health officials for demographic data
on the age, gender, and medical condition of the state's approximately
40,000 registered medical marijuana patients. Quigley is a former
police officer in Colorado with a long history of speaking out against
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PHOENIX - Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a
nearly 100-pound bundle of marijuana after spotting it flying over the
Surveillance video on Wednesday captured the large package launching
through the air over the fence from Mexico to the U.S. Agents on the
ground found a large, plastic-wrapped bundle worth about $48,000.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Dixon said drug smugglers are increasingly
launching massive bundles of pot over the border fence, posing a
danger to nearby residents and businesses because of their weight. She
said she knew of one incident in which a bundle went through the roof
of a dog house.
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Just months before shops can begin selling marijuana for recreational
use, state lawmakers on Thursday sent the governor a bill aimed at
preventing the drug from being marketed to minors.
The measure approved by the state Senate prohibits packaging and
labeling of marijuana products that show "pot edibles" such as cookies
and candy bars. The bill by Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Chico) also bars
packaging that mimics the name or packaging of non-marijuana candies,
snacks and drinks.
"Studies have shown the dangers that accidental marijuana ingestion
poses to young children," Nielsen said in a statement. "This measure
will prevent marijuana from being packaged to attract children."
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LANSING -- The Board of State Canvassers gave approval Thursday to a
new proposed ballot effort to amend the state constitution to fully
legalize recreational use of marijuana without taxing the drug.
The proposal from Abrogate Prohibition Michigan of Midland would
nullify all laws prohibiting or regulating the use of marijuana and
impose no fines, taxes or penalties on its use.
"I call it the Second Amendment of cannabis," sponsor Timothy Locke
told the Free Press, comparing it to the U.S. constitutional provision
granting the right to bear arms.
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You can buy legal marijuana in four months. But is California ready to
With four months left until full legalization, the apparatus to
regulate commercial cannabis sales in California is being built on the
Up to 82 people must be hired. Software must be written to accept
applications of thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to legally sell
marijuana. Regulations governing sales aren't fully cooked.
Welcome to Lori Ajax's world. She is the director of the California
Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis
Regulation aka BMCR or, colloquially, "Bummer"), having worked 22
years at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The treatment of her sister's back injury has
caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate
Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana.
Harwell, who is speaker of the state House of Representatives, told a
Republican gathering earlier this month that allowing medical
marijuana has come up as part of a discussion about how to tackle the
state's opioid crisis.
The longtime Nashville representative said her sister was recently
prescribed opioids after breaking her back.
"She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the
wrong way," Harwell said. "And she was, of course, in a great deal of
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A judge cleared the way Thursday for Nevada
to allow more businesses to move marijuana from growers to stores in
an effort to keep up with overwhelming demand since recreational pot
sales began last month.
Carson City District Judge James Russell lifted an order blocking
regulators from issuing pot distribution licenses to anyone other than
alcohol wholesalers. Nevada's voter-approved law is unique among pot
states in providing liquor wholesalers exclusive rights to distribute
marijuana unless they could not keep up with demand.
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Prosecutors say the false compartments in Harinder Dhaliwal's tractor
trailers was the innovation that allowed more than 3 tons of cocaine
to move through Buffalo.
By Dhaliwal's own admission, the 6,600 pounds of cocaine he and others
smuggled into Canada had a street value of $120 million.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the 47-year old Brampton, Ont.,
man to 20 years in prison.
"There is no other case like this," said Assistant U.S. Attorney
Timothy C. Lynch. "We've never seen this amount of drugs before."
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DENVER - Many college students will tell you that making pot brownies
is easy - just sprinkle a little marijuana into a pan of melting
butter, then follow the instructions on the back of the Duncan Hines
But marijuana entrepreneurs in this center of cannabis innovation face
a much higher bar. They have no trouble dreaming up creative treats
and concoctions infused with psychoactive THC, but meeting hundreds of
pages of health and safety regulations means their imagination is
handcuffed. And for good reason: the rules demand precise dosing,
uniform potency, and warning symbols imprinted on the food itself.
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Taking a break from his provocative tweets on North Korea, President
Trump on Thursday declared the opioid addiction epidemic a national
emergency, heeding Gov. Chris Christie's suggestion as part of
Christie's work with a special presidential commission on opioid abuse.
It was a welcome step by Trump, albeit a bit unexpected; as recently
as Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Trump
would not make the emergency declaration because it was unnecessary.
But as is so often the case with Trump, even sensible policy is
layered with impulsiveness, hypocrisy and a general sense of
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The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to
painkillers has more than tripled in a decade.
Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls
and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses,
interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver
functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same
way as younger people.
Experts say physicians and family members are more likely to overlook
addiction in senior citizens -- even after opioids require a trip to
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In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion"
even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of
federal laws against marijuana.
Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown
to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and
Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that
state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale
in Oregon's legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been
comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said
lawmakers wanted to ensure "we're protecting the new industry that
we're supporting here."
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The growing movement against allowing so-called safe drug injection
sites is moving to another city.
The Kent City Council will vote Tuesday night on a proposed moratorium
on "community health engagement locations," also called supervised
Renton, Federal Way, Auburn and Bellevue have already passed
ordinances banning such sites. The ordinance going before Kent's City
Council says there's no evidence that these sites reduce drug addiction.
The Seattle-King County Health Department says someone dies from a
heroin or opioid drug overdose every 36 hours in King County. That's
more than auto crashes and ranks as the No. 1 cause of preventable
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President Trump's declaration of a national opioid crisis creates an
opportunity to bring greater focus and more resources to a scourge
that is killing an average of almost 150 people a day. (Getty Images)
President Trump's recent declaration recognizing the opioid crisis
acknowledges something people have been saying for years. It remains
to be seen whether this new development opens up more resources.
The opioid epidemic is ravaging a generation of mostly young people,
although older people are not immune. There are an estimated 2.6
million opioid addicts in the United States.
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In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing
or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act
legalized the selling of a specific kind of cannabis oil derived from
marijuana plants for a very small group of customers: epilepsy
patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.
Two years later, Texans still can't legally buy cannabis oil, but a
handful of companies believe they are weeks away from receiving the
official go-ahead to become the state's first sellers.
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Maryland's medical marijuana regulators approved final licenses for
eight growing companies on Monday, allowing them to start cultivating
Several companies said they are ready to begin growing immediately,
while others say they will take weeks to get started.
"Now, we have a real industry," said Cary Millstein, CEO of newly
licensed grower Freestate Wellness in Howard County.
Until Monday, just one of the 15 selected firms had received final
permission to start cultivating medical marijuana, which was first
legalized in the state in 2013. Even at full capacity, one firm could
not produce nearly enough to support 102 planned dispensaries.
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Political opposition could derail a medical marijuana dispensary
slated to open early next year in Philadelphia's East Mount Airy
A zoning hearing Tuesday morning attracted a sizable crowd, including
people from eight neighborhood churches among others aiming to force
East Mount Airy's TerraVida Holistic Centers dispensary to fold before
In March, the city granted a zoning permit to TerraVida to operate on
the 8300 block of Stenton Avenue at Allens Lane. In June, the state
Department of Health awarded the company a highly coveted license to
sell cannabis-derived oils, tinctures and lotions at the former bank
building, which sits on a commercial corridor that includes a small
strip mall, two gas stations, and a Rite Aid pharmacy. Only four
dispensary permits were slated for the state's most populous city,
though more could be added.
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Johnsie Gooslin spent Jan. 16, 2015, tending his babies -- that's what
he called his marijuana plants.
More than 70 of them were growing in a hydroponic system of his own
Sometimes, he'd stay in his barn for 16 hours straight, perfecting his
That night, he left around 8 o'clock to head home. The moon was
waning, down to a sliver, which left the sky as dark as the ridges
that lined it. As he pulled away, the lights from his late-model Kia
swept across his childhood hollow and his parents' trailer, which
stood just up the road from the barn. He turned onto West Virginia
Route 65. Crossing Mingo County, he passed the Delbarton Mine, where
he had worked on and off for 14 years before his back gave out. Though
Johnsie was built like a linebacker, falling once from a coal truck
and twice from end loaders had taken a toll. At 36, his disks were a
mess, and sciatica sometimes shot pain to his knees.
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Public health officials are promoting the use of the drug naloxone to
help save people from opioid overdoses.
Seattle's opioid crisis is a complicated medical, political and
emotional issue, but state leaders are attempting to tackle one of the
most immediate concerns facing those on the front line of the fight:
Keeping users alive during an overdose.
The Seattle Police Department implemented a nasal naloxone (also known
Narcan) program in March 2016, training 60 bike officers to administer
the drug to anyone they believed to be suffering from an opioid
overdose. The program has been a modest success, with officers
reviving 20 people thus far according to Officer Steve Redmond, and
there are hopes the program can be expanded department wide.
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Thanks for publishing Rita Shyrocka's outstanding letter:
"Crisis is on government's shoulders" (7-19-17).
I'd like to add that in 1972, when President Richard Nixon launched
the war on drugs, the federal budget for the drug war was $101
million. Last year, the federal budget for the drug was over $25
billion - a 250-fold increase.
In 1972, fewer than 5,000 Americans died from illegal drugs. Last year
more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.
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