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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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
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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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,
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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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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
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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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
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.
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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
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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Should New Jersey residents be able to grow their own marijuana at
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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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
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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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
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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
"They should keep their antenna up," said Molina, a psychiatry
professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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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
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
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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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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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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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Dennis Peron, an activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in
California, died Saturday afternoon in a San Francisco hospital. He
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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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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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.
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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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
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
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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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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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Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that
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
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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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
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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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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
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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