A Gardiner medical marijuana caregiver says dozens of people took part
in a cleanup Saturday in which he and other growers provided a gram of
marijuana for every bag of trash collected on city streets by
Dennis Meehan, who runs Summit Medical Marijuana with other members of
his family in downtown Gardiner, said "several dozen" participants
filled more than 100 trash bags - every bag they had on hand.
While he said he isn't sure how much marijuana he gave away, the trash
bin was filled beyond the top, and overflowing.
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As debate raged around health care and Russia-gate last month,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions quietly held a "national summit" of law
enforcement representatives to discuss the future of policing.
Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the summit, which was largely
held behind closed doors, would "impact this country for years to
come." Its purpose was to influence the recommendations - due out next
week - of the Department of Justice Task Force on Crime Reduction and
Public Safety, created in response to one of President Trump's
executive orders. Drugs featured prominently on the agenda.
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San Jacinto has set permit fees for those who wish to operate commercial
marijuana businesses in the city.
Anyone wanting a permit to operate a commercial marijuana cultivation
business in San Jacinto better have some cash.
The City Council set the permit fee at $16,500 during its meeting
Tuesday, July 18. Annual permit renewals will cost $6,000 and there
also will be a $10,000 fee to transfer a permit.
The money covers the cost of staff time required to review and process
the applications, according to the city.
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San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored legislation to create
the city's Office of Cannabis.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday created a new
"one-stop shop" to handle policies for marijuana businesses once
recreational cannabis becomes legal.
Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored the ordinance to set up the Office of
Cannabis, which will open for business by the end of this year. It
will set up an application system for marijuana licenses, resolve
complaints, be a conduit to state regulators, and serve as a
centralized information source for the public.
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California hopes to avoid the same shortage of legalized marijuana
that now faces Nevada when sales begin here in January. (File photo |
Los Angeles Times)
With Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California's
state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state
to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and
distributors to supply retailers.
Providing temporary, four-month licenses to support some businesses
including growers as early as November is planned "so we don't have a
break in the supply chain," Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical
Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at a legislative hearing.
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The legislation proposed in Massachusetts wouldn't change the basic
marijuana rights of adults that the ballot question put in place.
The Massachusetts Legislature is advancing an overhaul of the
voter-passed marijuana legalization law Wednesday, when both chambers
are expected to accept a House-Senate compromise bill in the afternoon.
A final Senate vote, which would send the bill to the governor, is
scheduled for Thursday.
The legislation would change the legalization law passed by 1.8
million voters in November.
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California's county fairs -- those wholesome showcases of agricultural
bounty -- could become places to score some pot.
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a bill that details how to carry out
the November 2016 ballot measure that legalizes recreational marijuana
as of January 2018. Tucked deep in the text is an option for county
fairs to allow sampling and sales for people 21 and older in
The Stanislaus County Fair has had "minor discussions" among the board
and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cranford about the issue, spokeswoman
Adrenna Alkhas said by email.
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Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's
moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it
likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality
to allow such businesses.
Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an
ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the
same zoning regulations as pharmacies.
Pharmacies in Oviedo are allowed to operate only in certain office and
commercial zoning districts, which are mostly located along major
thoroughfares. Council members are expected to vote on a new ordinance
in the coming weeks to allow pharmacies and medical marijuana
dispensaries to operate only in certain commercial zoning districts,
but not in zoning districts for offices.
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A special legislative task force formed to examine the effect of the
opioid addiction scourge on Long Island and elsewhere throughout the
state is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Mineola.
The State Senate's Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction
meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the NYU Winthrop Hospital Research
and Academic Center in Mineola, a hospital spokesman said.
Similar meetings have been held around the state as the task force
seeks to understand how the increase in overdoses and addiction
connected to heroin and other opioids is impacting
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More marijuana growers than Starbucks stores? That could be
Someday soon, more businesses could grow marijuana in the city of
Sacramento than there are Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined.
More than 100 businesses are seeking special permits from the city to
run indoor marijuana growing operations. From North Sacramento to
South Land Park, and from downtown to the warehouse district near
Power Inn Road, the flood of applications touches many corners of the
For now, the applications technically cover marijuana for medicinal
purposes, and some companies are already growing pot for that purpose
under previously approved guidelines. However, commercial production
and the sale of recreational pot will be allowed in California
beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and city officials expect many of the new
businesses will seek to enter that business.
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Just when I thought Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld couldn't
appear more ignorant and stupid, he proves me wrong with his
half-page, anti-marijuana diatribe in Sunday's Bee.
It's full of nonsense, half-truths and other easily contested points
in support of his argument to try and buffer his moral crusade against
the evil weed. Sorry, I underestimated Mr. Bredefeld.
Steve Schmale, Fresno
Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's
medical marijuana program were located on the Big Island.
Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the
trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.
Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's
medical marijuana program were located on Hawaii Island, according to
the data released Friday. That's down from 40 percent in March and 42
percent in December.
Meanwhile, the percentage of patients hailing from Oahu has jumped
from 25 percent in December to 29 percent last month, a more than
1,300-patient increase. The Big Island's patient count increased by
about 300 people in that same time, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
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MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker signed seven bills Monday to combat the
spread of opiates and was set to approve four more.
The 11 measures, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the
Legislature, would funnel more money into fighting opiates, tighten
the ability to get some drugs from pharmacies and give doctors more
guidance on treating addiction. They were passed in a special session
the Republican governor called in January.
"We've taken serious steps to combat this issue, including creating
the Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, but we won't stop until
there are zero opioid overdoses in Wisconsin," Walker said in a statement.
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America's opioid epidemic is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of
thousands of people. From 2000 to 2015, over half-a-million Americans
died of opioid abuse and overdose. Ninety-one Americans die every
single day for the same reasons.
While illegal drugs like heroin have contributed greatly to this
epidemic, prescription opioids are the leading cause of overdose and
death for Americans suffering from opioid addiction.
Since 1999, the amount of prescribed opioids in the United States has
nearly quadrupled without a meaningful change in the actual amount of
pain that Americans report to their doctors. In Wisconsin, the rate of
opioid-related deaths has nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015, from
5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents to 10.7 deaths per 100,000.
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Within the murky online corners of the so-called Dark Net, drug
dealers emphasize the best way to send their goods across the United
States is not via FedEx, UPS, or another private mail carrier, but
through the U.S Postal Service.
Last year, up to 59,000 opioid-related deaths occurred, making those
narcotics the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of
50. Many of the deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids, which
have flooded the market through mail orders from China using USPS.
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LOWELL, Mass. -- They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in
playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land
on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets.
Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up
In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles so
far this year, putting them on track to handily exceed the nearly 900
gathered in all of 2016. In March alone, San Francisco collected more
than 13,000 syringes, compared with only about 2,900 in the same month
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Massachusetts companies cannot fire employees who have a prescription
for medical marijuana simply because they use the drug, the state's
highest court ruled Monday, rejecting arguments from employers that
they could summarily enforce strict no-drug policies against such patients.
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said a California
sales and marketing firm discriminated against an employee in its
Foxborough office who uses marijuana to treat Crohn's disease when it
fired her for flunking a drug test without first trying to reach an
accommodation with her.
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Representative Ronald Mariano, a Quincy Democrat and the majority
leader, spoke about the revisions to the marijuana law on Monday at
the State House.
The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to approve a broad overhaul
of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law this week after House
and Senate negotiators agreed on a bill Monday that would hike
marijuana taxes and change how communities can ban local pot shops.
But the compromise immediately raised the specter of a serious legal
challenge, and the bill drew a rebuke from the top lobbyist for cities
and towns who said, should it pass, most municipalities would have
trouble implementing the law.
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Tax rates and questions of local control have dominated the
conversation surrounding the Legislature's rewrite of the
voter-approved marijuana law. But for former firefighter Sean Berte,
who spent eight months in federal prison for cultivating marijuana,
the bill spells out something else entirely: a second chance.
Berte initially swore off the drug that he says cost him his job, his
life savings, and his freedom. But now, he sees an opportunity in the
green-leafed plant - this time, on the right side of the law.
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In today's polarized Washington, Jeff Sessions has managed the feat of
uniting folks on the left and right. We're referring to the Attorney
General's decision this week to revive an asset forfeiture program
whose overreach proved too much even for the Obama
Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement officers to seize
property such as homes and cars and cash thought to be paid for or
generated by criminal activity. In 2015 then Attorney General Eric
Holder restricted the practice. But before an audience of
law-enforcement officials on Wednesday, Mr. Sessions revived it as a
"key tool" to "hit organized crime in the wallet." That's the theory.
But it has many problems.
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