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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WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is reviving a fight over drug
testing that could have major implications in Georgia.
The Pooler Republican introduced a bill in the House of
Representatives on Thursday that would let states screen unemployment
insurance applicants for drug use if they so choose.
"Unemployment Insurance recipients should be drug-free and ready to
reenter the workforce and my legislation works to make that happen,"
Carter said in a statement.
Under Carter's legislation, an applicant would be denied unemployment
benefits for 30 days if they test positive for drug use. A second
positive test would bar people from receiving the federal perk for the
rest of the year.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department revived a widely criticized
practice on Wednesday that allows state and local law enforcement
officials to use federal law to seize the cash, cars or other personal
property of people suspected of crimes but not charged.
The department issued new guidance expanding the federal government's
use of so-called civil asset forfeiture, labeling it a necessary tool
to fight crime. But civil rights advocates say it can be abused by law
enforcement officials and deprive people who have done nothing wrong
of their right to due process, a charge that Rod J. Rosenstein, the
deputy attorney general, contested.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered the Justice
Department to resume participating in asset seizures by local police,
one of several Obama-era policies the agency has reversed.
Officials said the move was part of an effort to combat recent
increases in drug abuse and violent crime. The Justice Department in
2015 largely ended the property-seizure program after critics said it
allowed local law-enforcement officials to take cash and other assets
from individuals without proving they had done anything wrong.
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Georgia law enforcement agencies lost access to millions of dollars in
potential funding when the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 all but
shut down a practice criticized as encouraging policing for profit.
Now state law enforcement leaders are welcoming U.S. Attorney General
Jeff Sessions' Wednesday announcement that the department is
reinstating "adoptive forfeiture." Effective immediately, the federal
government will help state and local police agencies keep cash or
other assets they have seized on suspicion of ties to state crimes.
Agencies can keep such property permanently even if no one is ever
New safeguards will help prevent abuses, the department said in a
directive to U.S. attorneys and other Justice Department officials
announcing the new policy.
Police and prosecutors in Baltimore have launched investigations after
being alerted to body camera footage that the public defender's office
says shows an officer planting drugs.
One officer has been suspended and two others have been placed on
administrative duty, police said. Police said they have not reached
any conclusions as to the conduct depicted in the video. Other cases
in which the officers are involved are now under review as well,
police and prosecutors said.
The public defender's office, which released the footage, said it was
recorded by an officer during a drug arrest in January. It shows the
officer placing a soup can, which holds a plastic bag, into a
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As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of
the Midwest continues to soar, it's truly disconcerting to see that
policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and
common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse.
The recent passage of the ill-conceived House Bill 333, which imposes
a three-day limit (with certain exceptions) on opioid prescribing,
reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the reasons behind the
All this new law will accomplish is to make matters worse for both
pain patients and addicts. The former will suffer needlessly; the
latter will die in even greater numbers.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has compared cannabis to heroin.
NEW YORK - In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for
conservatives, last year's elections also yielded a win for liberals
in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational
But the growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney
General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin.
A task force Sessions appointed to, in part, review links between
violent crimes and marijuana is scheduled to release its findings by
the end of the month. But he has already asked Senate leaders to roll
back rules that block the Justice Department from bypassing state laws
to enforce a federal ban on medical marijuana.
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The compact mass spectrometer shows precisely what's in marijuana.
The compact, high-tech chemical sensors made by the Boston startup 908
Devices are used by emergency responders to scan for toxins after
industrial accidents, and by researchers in the pharmaceutical and
energy industries to profile the composition of drugs and petroleum
Now, the firm has unveiled a new sensor intended to give it a foothold
in a less conventional but fast-growing industry: commercial marijuana.
The sensor, dubbed the G908, is a countertop "push-button" mass
spectrometer designed to identify cannabis compounds. Its designers
say the device approaches the accuracy of traditional "gold standard"
lab equipment but is far smaller, faster, cheaper, and easier to use.
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An initiative to amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow
dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and
parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the
effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure.
Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his
group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24
of the city's code.
Elections Director Daniel Baxter said the group met the threshold of
required signatures and his department has since turned the initiative
over to the Detroit City Council, which is expected to consider it
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Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of
Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an
estimated annual cost of $600 billion. But the rampant use of opioids
to treat chronic pain stands out as the least-defensible and
most-harmful of our maltreatments. Many U.S. physicians remain
resistant to this, though I would argue other options should be considered.
More than 14,000 Americans died in 2014 from unintentional overdose of
prescription opioids, making this the leading cause of death among
younger individuals in many states, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Countless others continue to take
opioids not because they have meaningful pain and functional
improvement, but because they enjoy feeling numbed, or simply have not
been presented with more appropriate and helpful therapeutic options.
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After a year of having an opioid antidote in middle and high schools
in Carroll County, a new state law requires that the medicine be
available at the elementary school level, too.
The Start Talking Maryland Act, which lays out now-required opioid
education at least once at all schooling levels, also requires all
schools to carry naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote.
Filipa Gomes, supervisor of Health Services for Carroll County Public
Schools, said in addition to the extra naloxone, Carroll County Public
Schools staff are training more people how to administer the antidote.
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The blond toddler pounced from the floor without warning and reached
for a toy deep within Savannah Woods' entertainment center.
She remained on the plush, beige carpet, her eyes following the
toddler through the room. In attempt to rein in the child's energy,
Woods called him back to her side and asked him to name a smiling
woman in the picture she held.
"Momma," the two-year-old said. The photograph captured Woods and her
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Proposition 64, also known as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative,
not surprisingly passed statewide in November 2016 but wisely failed
in Fresno County with 54 percent of the people voting against
legalization. The district I represent strongly opposed Prop. 64.
It now allows individuals 21 years or older to legally smoke marijuana
and to grow up to six plants in their home, even if they are next to
elementary schools. What many people don't know is that Prop. 64 also
allows recreational marijuana dispensaries or businesses to be opened
throughout the state unless a municipality officially prohibits or
bans them, which a majority of the Fresno City Council and mayor
wisely did last month.
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WARREN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say more than 400 pounds (181
kilograms) of marijuana has been found in 15 new cars made in Mexico
and shipped to Ohio and Pennsylvania to sell.
A drug task force in Ohio's Portage County was called to a Ford
dealership this week after a service department employee found a
package of pressed marijuana in a spare tire compartment during a
Investigators then went to a rail yard near Warren and found more
packages in the trunks of Ford Fusions pressed into the shape of a
spare tire. Additional packages were found at other northeast Ohio
dealerships and one in Pennsylvania.
A Drug Enforcement Administration agent tells The Vindicator that
marijuana was found in April in new cars shipped from Mexico to Minnesota.
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Thirty people were shot, three fatally, during a violent 18-hour
period from Saturday to Sunday in Chicago, which included a
police-involved shooting and an attack outside Mount Sinai Hospital.
In the Lawndale neighborhood, a woman's voice echoed as she voiced her
frustration at the scene of a double shooting that left a 31-year-old
man dead and another man wounded.
"They know it's a drug house," she yelled out at the police and crowd
that had gathered. "They don't give a (expletive). I do. I'm tired of
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- The coroner here in the outer suburbs of
Cincinnati gets the call almost every day.
Man "slumped over the dining room table." Woman "found in the garage."
Man "found face down on the kitchen floor of his sister's residence."
Man "on his bedroom floor -- there was a syringe beneath the body."
Coroner Lisa K. Mannix chronicles them all in autopsy reports.
With 96 fatal overdoses in just the first four months of this year,
Mannix said the opioid epidemic ravaging western Ohio and scores of
other communities along the Appalachian Mountains and the rivers that
flow from it continues to worsen. Hospitals are overwhelmed with
overdoses, small-town morgues are running out space for the bodies,
and local officials from Kentucky to Maine are struggling to pay for
attempting to revive, rehabilitate or bury the victims.
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Junk science endangers lives. Forensic junk science in the hands of
overzealous prosecutors, ignorant police detectives and reckless
experts threatens liberty.
There is a crisis in America's government-run crime labs - and it's
not just the result of a few rogue operators. The problem is
long-festering and systemic.
In April, Massachusetts state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan made
national headlines after investigations and lawsuits over her
misconduct prompted the state's Supreme Judicial Court to order the
largest dismissal of criminal convictions in U.S. history.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Facebook has shut down pages set up by several
businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska, severing what
some shop owners consider a critical link to their customers.
The social media giant said its standards describe what users can
post, and content promoting marijuana sales isn't allowed. The issue
has popped up over the last few years in states that have legalized
recreational and medical pot, often coming in waves, industry
Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry
Association, said the industry has been forced to fight the same
battles repeatedly as marijuana gains broader acceptance nationally.
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Marijuana ballot campaign's donors include "Big Tobacco," say critics.
But supporters say smoke-store chain in Michigan is not typical donor.
A campaign to once again try to fully legalize marijuana in Michigan
is getting big support from a Washington D.C. nonprofit activist group
and from a tobacco store company that has talked of opening a chain of
marijuana shops in the state.
The donor list, revealed in the latest campaign finance statements
filed by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, alarmed
critics who have long contended that marijuana's nationwide march
toward legalization is being funded not by the idealistic stoners and
medical-marijuana users long linked to the politics of cannabis but
instead by a pack of profit-minded investors and corporate types said
to be similar to Big Tobacco -- the nation's cigarette and cigar industry.
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Heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs remain widely available
throughout Ohio, often at bargain prices, a new state report reveals.
If that isn't bad enough, the quality of the drugs is "is really good,
too good. We've lost 12 friends in the past year (to overdoses)," said
one respondent in the just-released Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring
Network Report. The semi-annual statewide report of drug availability
trends is done by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction
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Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a Frankfort
judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical
marijuana in Kentucky.
In a motion filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Bevin's attorneys
said medical marijuana is a "political question" that should be
decided by the General Assembly, not a judge.
"Since at least 2014, the legislature has debated bills advocating for
the lawful use of medicinal marijuana in every legislative session,"
attorney Barry Dunn wrote for the governor's office. "The General
Assembly will consider legalizing medicinal marijuana again in the
2018 session. It is solely within the General Assembly's
constitutional powers to determine whether to make medicinal marijuana
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state government is not measuring
the effectiveness of many of its addiction treatment programs that can
be helpful in the fight against the epidemic of heroin and
prescription drug overdoses, auditors said Thursday.
The audit launched last year by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
recommends that three state agencies -- the departments of Human
Services, Corrections and Drug and Alcohol Programs -- do more to
assess whether their addiction treatment programs are successful in
curing people. It also warns that more money is needed to fund the
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Authorities on Wednesday closed a West Knoxville apartment that the
Knox County District Attorney General's Office called "a modern-day
Apartment 3 at 2818 Dayton St. has been the scene of several overdoses
- -- one resulting in death -- over the past five months, according to a
statement from the District Attorney General's Office.
In the fatal overdose, police believe one of the apartment's
residents, Cassandra Deann Canupp, supplied the victim with drugs,
according to the statement. The victim died of fentanyl and cocaine
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Chris and I were texting Dec. 11, 2016, when at 3:50 p.m. he went
I assumed it was because we were arguing. We were always arguing, ever
since his addiction had taken over his life. The signs were there: The
man who would write beautiful songs on his guitar became sluggish and
angry. He wouldn't spend time with the people who lifted him up and
instead sneaked out to see those who enabled his addiction. He stopped
going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings and group therapy.
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Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana:
There's not enough of it.
Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries
have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon
run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.
"We didn't know the demand would be this intense," Al Fasano,
cofounder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said Tuesday. "All of a sudden you have
like a thousand people at the door.aE&We have to tell people we're
limited in our products."
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Last year, there were 49 cases of kids under the age of 5 accidentally
eating treats with marijuana in them.
TACOMA, Wash. - A Tacoma mother says her 14-month-old daughter got
sick after eating candy with marijuana in it. And now, she wants to
warn other parents.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, said the toddler found
the candy at a relative's home without anyone knowing. When she went
to pick up her daughter, the girl started acting strangely.
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Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $3
million donation to endow a fellow in drug policy to provide objective
scientific research in the highly charged political arena of drug
addiction, university officials announced Wednesday.
Katharine Neill Harris, who currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship
in drug policy at the Baker Institute, will become the Alfred C.
Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy.
The money to fund her new position comes from the Glassell Family
Foundation led by Houston philanthropist Alfred C. Glassell III.
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Marijuana billboard in South Boston called 'insensitive'
The advertisement was from Weedmaps, a California-based company that
runs an online marijuana dispensary rating service and sells inventory
software to pot shops.
While waiting at a stoplight on East Broadway in South Boston last
week, Sheila Greene looked up at a billboard and was stunned. In white
letters against a black background, a message read: "States that
legalized marijuana had 25% fewer opioid-related deaths."
Greene was bothered by the fact that the advertisement - from
Weedmaps, a California-based company that runs an online marijuana
dispensary rating service and sells inventory software to pot shops -
was placed in a neighborhood hard hit by opioid abuse. "I couldn't
believe it was being advertised," she said.
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When talking about fighting drug addiction, Baltimore Mayor Catherine
Pugh likes to pose a question: "If you had a child who was on drugs,
would you treat them in the neighborhood in which they were drug addicted?"
Then she answers, as she did at a news conference last week: "I would
think that your answer would be 'no,' you'd put them on a plane to
Timbuktu or somewhere."
Pugh has publicly used the formulation twice in recent weeks as she
calls for the city to rethink how it works to treat the estimated
7,000 of its 24,000 opioid users who are not currently getting help.
She says she agrees with the growing consensus that addiction should
be viewed as a health problem rather than a criminal one. But she
argues treatment needs to be shifted away from neighborhoods -- where,
she says, patients have a worse chance of getting better, and where
clinics become magnets for drug dealers.
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Nevada's recreational marijuana supply is drying up.
A lesson there for California?
Nevada is running out of weed -- the legal kind.
About a week after the state legalized the use of recreational pot,
the state's 47 licensed marijuana stores are nearly depleted. The
unexpected shortage was caused by a bottleneck in granting
distribution licenses and legal challenges.
California officials better be watching carefully. Its voters
legalized recreational marijuana use in November and come next Jan. 1
you will be legally allowed to buy marijuana in cities where it's allowed.
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