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151 US: Cheech & Chong Still Enjoy Blowing SmokeThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Mark, Steven Area:United States Lines:159 Added:02/12/2018

It only seemed appropriate that a long-distance phone call to Cheech Marin would go awry, repeatedly getting dropped. Hearing each other say, "Hello, hello, are you there?" back and forth was like reliving the famous "Dave's not here" routine of Cheech & Chong, where a stoned-out Chong keeps telling anxiety-ridden drug dealer Dave (Cheech) knocking on the door that "Dave's not here."

Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong at the 2014 Guys Choice Awards in

Cheech, though, knew better than to simply blame cellphone technology.

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152 US CA: Should Veterans Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana forFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Cloud, David S. Area:California Lines:171 Added:02/12/2018

Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump administration.

The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress, pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, to support research into whether marijuana can help veterans, apparently fearing that any move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to study its effectiveness will be another step toward nationwide legalization.

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153 US MA: Editorial: The First Step To Treatment Is Staying AliveFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:82 Added:02/12/2018

Drug treatment can't help dead people.

That's why San Francisco is scheduled to open two safe injection sites later this year, where drug users will be allowed to shoot up under medical supervision. If an addict overdoses, trained staff will be available to revive them with an overdose antidote like naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. Staffers can also recommend treatment options to those interested.

In an effort to stem fatal overdoses, safe injection sites are now under discussion in such cities as Philadelphia, Seattle, and Ithaca, N.Y.

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154 US: Marijuana Industries Have A Cash Problem That Only Congress AndWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Leavenworth, Stuart Area:United States Lines:165 Added:02/12/2018

Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to carry and process large amounts of cash.

Yet lacking the lobbying muscle of their adversaries, the industry hasn't gained much traction on Capitol Hill, leaving cannabis business owners and their employees vulnerable to thefts and violent crime.

GOP lawmakers from pot-unfriendly states have sidelined legislation in the House and Senate that would allow marijuana businesses to conduct transactions with federally regulated banks. These also include state and community owned banks that are part of the Federal Reserve System.

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155 US OH: Ohio Drug Overdose Deaths Up 39%Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Ludlow, Randy Area:Ohio Lines:62 Added:02/12/2018

Ohio's drug overdose deaths rose 39 percent -- the third-largest increase among the states -- between mid-2016 and mid-2017, according to new federal figures.

The state's opioid crisis continued to explode in the first half of last year, with 5,232 Ohio overdose deaths recorded in the 12 months ending June 31, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The death toll increased by 1,469 or 39 percent, which trailed only the 43.4-percent hike in Pennsylvania and 39.4-percent increase recorded in Florida. Ohio's total number of dead also only fell behind Florida (5,540) and Pennsylvania (5,443).

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156 US SC: 2 Charged After Sc Infant Tests Positive For MarijuanaSun, 11 Feb 2018
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Kulmala, Teddy Area:South Carolina Lines:31 Added:02/11/2018

A man and woman were charged with child neglect after an infant girl tested positive for marijuana, according to media reports.

Daniel Chambers, 42, and Ashley Willard, 24, both of Union County, were charged Tuesday with unlawful neglect of a child, according to FOX Carolina in Greenville.

Willard tested positive for marijuana on Jan. 13, wspa.com reports.

Union County deputies say that prompted the S.C. Department of Social Services to test a hair sample from the child the same day, according to goupstate.com.

Deputies were notified on Jan. 31, that the baby tested positive for marijuana, according to WSPA.

Willard and Chambers were released from jail Tuesday on $5,000 bond each, according to Union County court records.

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157US MN: Marijuana Deals Turn Deadly For Many In Minn., Even AsSun, 11 Feb 2018
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Xiong, Chao Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:02/11/2018

There aren't a lot of concrete answers as to why marijuana transactions are deadlier, but there are theories.

The morning Kim Ambers turned 50, her oldest son, Richard Ambers, called to wish her a happy birthday. I love you, he told her.

It was a tradition for the Ambers family members to see one another on birthdays, but Kim Ambers' celebration would have to wait. Richard was working and had a Halloween party afterward. The whole family would go out for breakfast the next day, on Oct. 29, 2016.

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158 US CA: For The Legal Cannabis Trade, Some New Wrinkles: Older UsersSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rowe, Peter Area:California Lines:151 Added:02/10/2018

Even before California legalized recreational marijuana Jan. 1, pot was enjoying a gray renaissance.

From 2006 to 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported a 250% rise in marijuana use by Americans 65 and older. It is still a small share, climbing from 0.4% to 1.4% of that population, but local dispensaries see plenty of silver-haired shoppers.

"This is probably the most interested -- and wariest -- group," said Lincoln Fish, chief executive of cannabis company Outco, noting that the average customer at his Outliers Collective in El Cajon is over 58 years old.

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159 US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border QuestionsWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Panetta, Alexander Area:District of Columbia Lines:68 Added:02/09/2018

WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen.

The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

It hasn't been contentious, he said. "The only thing they say is, 'Will this cause lineups?'" Goodale said in an interview.

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160 US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization SimpleWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Massachusetts Lines:145 Added:02/09/2018

The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.

The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.

In a letter to the Cannabis Control Commission dated Monday , the governor's office warned the independent agency that it had reached beyond the core mandate of the state's marijuana legalization law by proposing the licensure of businesses not seen in other states' recreational markets: sit-and-get-high cafes, pot delivery services not tied to dispensaries, and even movie theaters that want to offer patrons cannabis-laced snacks.

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161 US WI: Wisconsin Man Terrell Banks Says Marijuana Led Him To StabWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Magness, Josh Area:Wisconsin Lines:57 Added:02/09/2018

He smoked pot, grabbed a steak knife and meditated, cops say. Then his mom walked in.

Terrell Banks told police the paranoia set in after he smoked weed.

Banks, a 23-year-old from Racine, Wisconsin, allegedly said the marijuana "put him beyond his comfort zone," even though the drug has never made him feel that way before, according to Fox6.

He grabbed a steak knife, he told police, and walked around his house because of the unsettling feeling.

He tried to meditate, Banks said, but the voices in his head said someone was attempting to rape him. Then his mom walked in the house, according to a criminal complaint detailed in the Racine County Eye.

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162 US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City LimitsWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Anderson, Chris Area:Florida Lines:67 Added:02/09/2018

After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately.

State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.

That solution happened last month when commissioners approved a plan to change zoning codes, paving the way for those prescribed the drug for various medical ailments to obtain it locally.

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163 US CA: San Francisco Announces Plans To Open Safe Injection SitesTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Whelan, Aubrey Area:California Lines:40 Added:02/09/2018

Officials in San Francisco said Tuesday they will open two safe injection sites this summer, joining Philadelphia and Seattle on the list of American cities that are planning to open sites where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision and be revived if they overdose.

The announcement comes three weeks after Philadelphia officials announced their own plans to open a site here. Like Philadelphia's, the San Francisco site will be funded privately. And also like Philadelphia, the funding sources aren't yet clear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. City officials there said they were working with "six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services." Two will host the first safe injection sites, and will likely open in July, officials said.

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164 US MA: Members-Only Cannabis Club Opens On Water Street In WorcesterFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Author:Moulton, Cyrus Area:Massachusetts Lines:86 Added:02/09/2018

WORCESTER - There are board games, an X-Box and snacks for sale. Members of The Summit Lounge social club are allowed to bring in food from nearby restaurants.

But that's not all they can bring in.

The Summit Lounge opened Friday as the city's first private club for those who want a social setting in which to smoke a joint.

But Mr. Moon, 27, of Northbridge, said the goal of the business is not just to provide people with a place to get high.

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165US CA: Pot Party Planned By Sacramento Marijuana 'Compliance Company'Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2018

A company responsible for keeping Sacramento dispensaries compliant with the law has run afoul of the city's pot czar for planning an illegal marijuana party.

Capitol Compliance Management and its nine affiliated dispensaries have been running advertisements in the Sacramento News & Review for a "Holiday Budtender Bash" that was scheduled for Thursday.

Joe Devlin, the city's chief of cannabis policy and enforcement, said the company canceled the event after he told them it would violate state and city laws by allowing public consumption of marijuana and by giving it away.

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166 US PA: Read Real Accounts Of Deaths Related To KratomFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Author:Coughlin, Matt Area:Pennsylvania Lines:78 Added:02/09/2018

A coffee-like plant from southeast Asia was classified Tuesday as a dangerous opioid by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kratom is an unregulated plant imported from southeast Asia which is commonly sold in convenience stores and used as a home remedy to combat pain and opioid withdrawal, among other uses.

The FDA posted reports of kratom-related deaths on its website in December and again earlier this week.

Here are a few examples of kratom-related deaths from those reports:

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167 US IL: OPED: Medical Cannabis As A Replacement To Opioids CouldFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Starr, Rj Area:Illinois Lines:83 Added:02/09/2018

On Wednesday, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee overwhelmingly passed SB336, a bill that would allow people with opioid prescriptions to apply for a medical marijuana card, with only Minority Leader Bill Brady, a Republican from Bloomington, voting no in a 16-1 decisive passing.

If signed into law, SB336 would amend the medical marijuana program to allow those who are prescribed opioids to apply for medical marijuana instead, giving patients the ability to choose medical cannabis, which has consistently shown to be a safer alternative, over the highly addictive and often deadly opioids.

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168 US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Rosenkrans, Nolan Area:Ohio Lines:66 Added:02/07/2018

Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.

The restrictions are even more complex, though, as each region is broken down further into districts. Lucas County, for instance, will only receive two dispensaries, creating heavy competition among the 18 applications in Toledo, Maumee, and Holland. A district made up of Wood, Hancock and Henry counties will only get one. Three firms have applied to open in Wood County, and no companies have applied to open a dispensary in Hancock or Henry counties.

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169US CA: SF Safe Injection Sites Expected To Be First In Nation, OpenMon, 05 Feb 2018
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Knight, Heather Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/07/2018

San Francisco is on track to open its first two safe injection sites this July, a milestone that will likely make the city the first in the country to embrace the controversial model of allowing drug users to shoot up under supervision.

Other cities - including Seattle, Baltimore and Philadelphia - are talking about opening their own safe injection facilities, but San Francisco could get there first. Facilities already exist in Canada, Australia and Europe.

Barbara Garcia, director of San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said Monday that she's tending to the details, including where the facilities will be located. She's working with six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and offer other drug addiction services, and two of them will be selected to offer safe injection on-site.

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170 US PA: Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Helped Cut Opioid DeathsTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Wood, Sam Area:Pennsylvania Lines:77 Added:02/07/2018

States with medical marijuana dispensaries saw "a significant decline" in opioid deaths over a 10-year period, according to a report published this week by the Journal of Health Economics.

"The evidence suggests that Pennsylvania will see a reduction in opioid dependence and a reduction in overdose deaths" following the opening of the dispensaries, said David Powell, an economist for the RAND Corporation, in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.

Pennsylvania is launching its first dispensaries next week, with the first medical marijuana products expected to be available to registered patients on Feb. 15.

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171 US NJ: Judge: Insurance Company Must Pay For Medical Marijuana ForTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Hefler, Jan Area:New Jersey Lines:111 Added:02/07/2018

In what could be a precedent-setting decision, a New Jersey administrative law judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffers from lingering neuropathic pain in his left hand after an accident while using a power saw at an 84 Lumber outlet in 2008.

Judge Ingrid L. French took testimony from the worker, a 39-year-old Egg Harbor Township man, and a Cherry Hill psychiatrist/neurologist who said the marijuana treatment was appropriate because it would allow the patient to reduce his prescription opiate use and lower the risk of serious side effects.

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172US FL: Editorial: Treatment, Not Prison, Needed To Fight OpioidTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:02/07/2018

Florida needs to take advantage of every opportunity to bring awareness and resources to the deadly opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities across the state. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes to Tampa today to discuss federal efforts to combat the crisis, but if he sticks to his script of late he will focus on enforcement and punishment instead of where the attention really needs to be: rehabilitation. Without a meaningful commitment at all levels of government to treating addiction, this crisis will continue claiming lives.

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173 US MD: Industrial Hemp Advocates Hope This Is Their Year In AnnapolisFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Dresser, Michael Area:Maryland Lines:132 Added:02/06/2018

The industrial hemp plant has a lot of boosters.

They praise it for its hardiness and versatility. They say its oils yield food and medicine, its fibers produce clothing and plastic-like auto parts. They contend that when planted strategically, it can absorb manure and other pollutants before they flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

So why is it contraband, they ask?

Advocates for industrial hemp hope this is the year they can overcome the hemp plant's association with marijuana and win passage of a bill that would make it legal to grow and process in Maryland. At a forum Friday in Annapolis, they expressed confidence this will be the year state lawmakers join a growing national movement to distinguish hemp's industrial version from the plant beloved by millions of potheads.

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174 US PA: Oped: How Can I Supervise Heroin Injections And Live WithFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Swan, Beth Ann Area:Pennsylvania Lines:89 Added:02/06/2018

A Philly nurse on safe injection sites

"You want me to do what?" "Where's your compassion?" "What a waste of resources!" "I have an obligation to help people stay healthy."

These are conflicting responses I imagine nurses and health-care professionals may have when asked to provide care at safe injection sites, places where people can use drugs under medical supervision. There aren't any such sites right now. But the City of Philadelphia announced that it will encourage setting them up. Should health-care professionals participate? It's a dilemma wrought with ethical, moral, legal, and regulatory issues and more questions than answers. As a nurse, I can understand and appreciate both sides.

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175US CA: California's Chief Marijuana Regulator Predicts More IssuesMon, 05 Feb 2018
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/06/2018

California's top cannabis regulator said the state deserves credit for a successful rollout of retail marijuana sales, but acknowledged that significant issues loom in the near future.

One month after the start of recreational marijuana sales, Lori Ajax, chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, gave an assessment of the state's performance for a few hundred people at the International Cannabis Business Conference.

She praised her employees, who worked through the weekend before the Monday, Jan. 1 beginning of legal sales, granting licenses to dispensaries eager to start. Employees continued to work on Jan. 1, expecting to receive complaints from license applicants and holders, but they never came, Ajax said.

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176 US IN: Senate Joins House In Passing Indiana Cannabis Oil BillMon, 05 Feb 2018
Source:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)          Area:Indiana Lines:60 Added:02/06/2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to purchase and use a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits, following a key vote by the state Senate on Monday.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from marijuana and hemp, though the substance, typically sold as an oil, lacks enough of the main psychoactive component THC to get high.

Lawmakers approved a law last year allowing those with severe forms of epilepsy to purchase and possess CBD. But the law conflicted with an earlier industrial hemp law approved by the Legislature, and no sooner had it gone into effect than state excise police cracked down on the sale of CBD.

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177US CA: Ca Marijuana Crimes Easier To Clear From Records Under BillFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Koseff, Alexei Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2018

When California voters legalized recreational weed in 2016, they made the law retroactive, allowing residents to petition to overturn or reduce old convictions for possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana.

But it is a difficult and expensive legal procedure, advocates say, and many people are not even aware they are now eligible to clean up their records. State courts received 4,885 petitions in the first 11 months after Proposition 64 passed, while the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance found more than 460,000 arrests for marijuana offenses between 2006 and 2015 alone.

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178 US PA: Homegrown Marijuana Proposed For New JerseyFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Wood, Sam Area:Pennsylvania Lines:71 Added:02/05/2018

Should New Jersey residents be able to grow their own marijuana at home?

A top-ranking Garden State assemblyman thinks so.

Reed Gusciora (D., Mercer) is the deputy majority leader in the Assembly and a prosecutor in Lawrence Township. He's also running to be mayor of New Jersey's capital city.

Gusciora believes residents should be allowed to cultivate up to six cannabis plants indoors for their personal use if recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state.

"Looking at the marijuana laws in place in California, Oregon, Washington and the like, I thought that homegrown should be an essential element of the New Jersey law, too," Gusciora said.

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179US OR: US Attorney For Oregon Says State Has 'Formidable' ProblemFri, 02 Feb 2018
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Crombie, Noelle Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:02/05/2018

The top federal prosecutor in Oregon on Friday pressed for data and details about the scope of the state's role as a source of black market marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams told a large gathering that included Gov. Kate Brown, law enforcement officials and representatives of the cannabis industry that Oregon has an "identifiable and formidable overproduction and diversion problem."

"That is the fact," he told the crowd at the U.S. District courthouse. "And my responsibility is to work with our state partners to do something about it."

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180US CA: Governor Candidate Chiang Urges Creating A Public Bank For PotTue, 30 Jan 2018
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Fimrite, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/03/2018

State Treasurer John Chiang laid out a plan Tuesday to create a public bank for marijuana merchants in open defiance of what he called an =93out

of step=94 Trump administration fixing to take the hose to California's

sizzling new herbal trade.

Chiang said he and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have initiated "a methodical and disciplined" cost-benefit analysis to determine whether a public bank would work in California amid the threat of a federal crackdown.

The move comes 30 days after California's recreational market officially began, creating a financial windfall for marijuana merchants and illuminating a serious problem. Store owners, growers and distributors are being forced to use cash because most banks won't open accounts for them while the federal government still considers marijuana illegal.

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181 US PA: Pitt study: Kids With ADHD At Greater Risk For SmokingMon, 29 Jan 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Giordano, Rita Area:Pennsylvania Lines:83 Added:02/03/2018

A new multi-site study has found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to engage in substance use than youngsters without the disorder and had higher rates of marijuana and cigarette use going into adulthood.

The study's takeaway message, suggested lead author Brooke Molina, should be that parents of children with ADHD need to keep in touch with their children's activities and friends, even into the teenage years.

"They should keep their antenna up," said Molina, a psychiatry professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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182 US MA: Governor, US Attorney To Talk Black Market DrugsMon, 29 Jan 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Metzger, Andy Area:Massachusetts Lines:73 Added:02/02/2018

Governor Charlie Baker plans to meet with US Attorney Andrew Lelling next month, and the governor thinks state and federal law enforcement priorities could converge on cracking down on the illicit marijuana market.

At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said.

"Once we have a regulated legal market here we should want to prosecute and go after people who continue to engage in this product illegally. If you talk to the folks in Colorado, they'll tell you that one of their big problems is they still have an enormous black market, and some of that black market's being supported by some of the legal market, and I think one of the things we should make sure is that the legal market is the market," Baker told co-hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan during his regular "Ask the Governor" segment on WGBH radio.

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183 US MA: Proposal For Massive Marijuana Facility Divides North AndoverMon, 29 Jan 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Adams, Dan Area:Massachusetts Lines:174 Added:02/02/2018

NORTH ANDOVER - Dr. Jeff Goldstein is hunting for "a billion-dollar molecule." But to find it, he first needs permission from residents here to grow marijuana - actually, a stupendous amount of marijuana.

That's why, on Sunday afternoon, he was pacing anxiously behind a small folding table in the lobby of Osgood Landing, the massive former Lucent Technologies plant he bought with his wife in 2003 and now hopes to convert into one of the world's largest indoor marijuana growing and research centers.

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184 US MA: New Mothers Overcoming Addiction Face A World Of ObstaclesSun, 28 Jan 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Freyer, Felice J. Area:Massachusetts Lines:159 Added:02/01/2018

Dajia Brown cares for Brooklyn at their Somerville home. She credits a Boston Medical Center program for her progress.

Last June, Dajia Brown embarked on a dangerous phase of life - so dangerous that many in her situation do not survive.

It started when she gave birth to her daughter, Brooklyn, several months after entering treatment for addiction to fentanyl pills. The postpartum period, a tough time for many women, can be particularly challenging for women with opioid use disorder, putting them at high risk of relapse and overdose.

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185US CA: California Marijuana Purveyors Go Mainstream, Except For TheMon, 29 Jan 2018
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Fimrite, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/01/2018

Bay Area marijuana retailers who went fully mainstream this month were forced to act like gangsters anyway as they rumbled down freeways and across bridges in sport utility vehicles and sedans and, in at least one case, a Tesla, bearing cash piled in shopping bags and suitcases.

The money was headed for the collectors at the San Francisco and Oakland offices of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which are handling tax payments under the 2016 state law that legalized recreational cannabis.

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186US CA: Dennis Peron, Activist Who Helped Legalize Medical MarijuanaSat, 27 Jan 2018
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Johnson, Lizzie Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/01/2018

Dennis Peron, an activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in California, died Saturday afternoon in a San Francisco hospital. He was 71.

Peron was a force behind a San Francisco ordinance allowing medical marijuana, a win that later helped propel the 1996 passage of Prop. 215, which legalized medical use for the entire state. A Vietnam War veteran, Peron spent some of the last years his life on a 20-acre farm in the rolling hills of Lake County, growing and giving away what he once sold: medical marijuana.

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187 US: Federal Prosecutor Unlikely To Pursue Low-Level Marijuana CrimesSat, 27 Jan 2018
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Fairbanks, Phil Area:United States Lines:159 Added:02/01/2018

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions did away with the Obama-era, hands-off approach to recreational marijuana, he left the door open to a new federal crackdown on the drug.

He also left the discretion for any stepped-up enforcement in the laps of his local prosecutors.

In Western New York, where the recreational use of marijuana is still illegal, Sessions' high-profile actions raised the question: Will there be changes in the type of marijuana cases prosecuted here?

Three weeks later, there are no dramatic signs of a crackdown on pot and, to the contrary, there's an expectation that little will change.

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188US CA: What Are The Benefits, Risks Of Marijuana Use? Experts AreFri, 26 Jan 2018
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2018

During his 25 years of researching cannabis, Dr. Daniele Piomelli has received hundreds of emails from people desperately wanting to know whether the plant can help them with medical problems. He recalls the one he received from the father of a girl with autism who was desperate for help.

"Ninety-nine percent of the time, I have to say, 'We just don't know,' " said Piomelli, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. "It's heartbreaking."

While Piomelli and other marijuana researchers acknowledge a shortage of research on the benefits and risks of the drug, they also said they feel the need to spread what is known about cannabis as California and seven other states move forward with legalized, recreational weed for adults. Piomelli was one of several public health experts who spoke Thursday during a legislative briefing at the state Capitol on the health effects of cannabis.

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189US CA: State Pulls Drugged Driving Ad In Response To Complaints ThatFri, 26 Jan 2018
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2018

Critics said this ad promoted drug use. Now the state of California has pulled it

Video: The campaign, released ahead of California legalizing marijuana on Jan. 1, stirred controversy with viewers over its descriptions of the drug. California Office of Traffic Safety

The California Office of Traffic Safety has pulled a public service advertisement that was intended to stop stoned driving but critics said promoted marijuana use.

The office joined with law enforcement leaders last week to announce a marketing campaign called "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze," which included the controversial advertisement. The campaign was timed to coincide with the start of recreational weed sales in California on Jan. 1.

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190 US FL: Florida Judge Dismisses Part Of Medical Marijuana LawsuitFri, 26 Jan 2018
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)          Area:Florida Lines:28 Added:01/26/2018

A Florida judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the state's decision to ban smokable forms of medical marijuana can proceed but without one of the key parties.

Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled on Friday that three patients suing the state can proceed because their claims that the ban impacts them are sufficient. Gievers dismissed the motion by People United for Medical Marijuana, which is the committee formed by Orlando attorney John Morgan, because it lacks sufficient grounds. The organization has 10 days to file an amended lawsuit.

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191US CA: Editorial: Time To End Federal Marijuana ProhibitionFri, 26 Jan 2018
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2018

This month, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, introduced legislation to change the spelling of "marihuana" in the 1970 Controlled Substances Act to "marijuana" - and then to drop the word altogether from the federal list of "controlled substances" - that is, illegal drugs. Removing the marijuana prohibition from federal law is just the warm-up act to the bill's primary goal: to end a counterproductive war on drugs. It's past time to reform drug laws that have ruined lives and devastated communities.

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192 US PA: Safe Injection Site Uproar Reminds Rendell Of Needle ExchangeThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Whelan, Aubrey Area:Pennsylvania Lines:132 Added:01/25/2018

It was an idea born in the middle of a devastating epidemic with an ever-rising death rate. It drew the ire of state officials, threats to arrest those who operated it, and fears that it would encourage drug use and addiction.

No, Philly did not just approve of 'Hamsterdam'

It was a needle exchange to prevent reusing hypodermic needles, and the year was 1991.

Twenty-seven years later, those involved in the struggle to open Prevention Point - still Philadelphia's only needle exchange - say the parallels are clear between that fight and the city's decision to encourage the opening of safe injection sites, where people in addiction can inject drugs under medical supervision and access treatment.

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193 US FL: In Florida, A 2016 Spike In Babies Born To Opioid-AddictedThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:White, Dale Area:Florida Lines:68 Added:01/25/2018

Health advocates are hopeful the 2017 numbers will show a decline.

Across Florida the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers spiked in 2016.

According to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, 1,903 infants at Florida hospitals suffered from neonatal abstinence syndrome in 2014. That number climbed to 2,487 in 2015 and to 4,215 in 2016.

At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, babies suffering from opioid addiction withdrawal numbered 67 in 2014, jumped to 110 in 2015 and peaked at 114 in 2016.

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194 US IN: Indiana House Calls For Study Of Medical MarijuanaThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)          Area:Indiana Lines:33 Added:01/25/2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House has passed a resolution calling for a study of the benefits of medical marijuana.

The resolution was approved Thursday without opposition and comes as 29 other states have passed laws allowing medical marijuana in some form.

Republican majority leader Matt Lehman of Berne says it's time for a legislative study committee to conduct its own research.

The measure is backed by Rep. Jim Lucas, a Libertarian-leaning Republican from Seymour is an outspoken advocate for legalizing medical marijuana.

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195 US FL: Legislature May Expand Miami Needle ExchangeWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Sexton, Christine Area:Florida Lines:56 Added:01/24/2018

TALLAHASSEE -- Two years after lawmakers approved a needle-and-syringe exchange program in Miami-Dade County, the House and Senate are considering taking it statewide and expanding the types of providers who can offer the services.

House and Senate health care-panels on Wednesday approved bills that would allow hospitals, clinics, medical schools and substance-abuse treatment programs to begin offering needle-and-syringe exchange programs to try to reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated cost nearly $380,000 to treat over a lifetime.

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196 US CA: Compton Voters Reject Marijuana Sales In CityWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:31 Added:01/24/2018

Compton voters Tuesday soundly rejected two competing proposals for regulating cannabis businesses in the city, where marijuana dispensaries and other pot-related operations are now banned.

The city's proposal, known as Measure C, would have allowed marijuana sales while imposing a 10% business tax and banning commercial cultivation of marijuana. It was rejected 76% to 23%. The competing initiative, Measure I, included many of the same provisions as Measure C, but called for a 5% business tax and would have allowed indoor marijuana-cultivation businesses. It was rejected 77% to 23%.

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197US CA: Growers Association Sues State Over Large-Scale MarijuanaWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Branan, Brad Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/24/2018

Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that mean?

In January 2018, state and local authorities will begin issuing licenses for the sale of legal recreational marijuana. But what do you need to know before you rush to the dispensary? Information courtesy of Ballotpedia.com.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has defied the will of voters by allowing large-scale marijuana farms, a group representing growers alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

At issue is a dispute that has divided the industry over whether the state should prohibit sizable cultivation facilities for the first five years of legalized retail marijuana sales, which started Jan. 1 of this year.

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198 US PA: Would Safe Injection Sites Be Good For Philly? Readers WeighWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:47 Added:01/24/2018

On Tuesday, Philadelphia officials took a bold step in addressing the opioid crisis that has increasingly plagued the region, by supporting the creation of medically supervised facilities where heroin users can safely inject drugs.

While other cities, including Seattle and Baltimore, are also moving toward the safe site model, no city in the United States yet has an operating, sanctioned injection facility. The policy is controversial and polarizing, raising questions by public officials and citizens about legality, morality, and how to address a public health crisis - not to mention the logistical details of where and how such sites would operate.

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199 US: Trump's 24-Year-Old Drug Policy Appointee Quits Amid ControversyWed, 24 Jan 2018
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:O'HarrowJr., Robert Area:United States Lines:54 Added:01/24/2018

A 24-year-old former Trump campaign worker who rose rapidly to a senior post in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will step down by the end of the month because of controversy surrounding his appointment, the White House said late Wednesday.

Taylor Weyeneth, who graduated from college in May 2016, was named a White House liaison to the drug office in March and then promoted to deputy chief of staff in July, at age 23. His only professional experience after college and before becoming a political appointee was working on the Trump presidential campaign.

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200 US PA: Editorial: Philadelphia safe injection sites: The Right MoveTue, 23 Jan 2018
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:72 Added:01/23/2018

Safe injection sites where addicts can shoot up in a supervised setting could be a hard concept for many to grasp as anything but an invitation for users to inject poison into themselves with the city's blessing.

To believe that, though, would be a mistake. Philadelphia announced Tuesday it would support the idea of sites that would not only provide medical supervision to addicts but give them access to treatment and other services. Such a move won't solve the deadly opioid crisis, but is intended to be damage control ... literally. Such sites may control the fatal damage that drugs are inflicting, in a crisis that has laid waste to thousands of lives and families.

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