Beer sales worked at Fresno State games, so how about pot at campus
I was pleased to read that the (Fresno State) athletic department
benefited financially from beer sales at their games. We all know beer
and sports go nicely together. Perhaps the other departments at Fresno
State should take their cues from this, but instead of serving beer,
sell cannabis. It's legal (semi) now and probably just as profitable.
It may best be suited for events like poetry fests, art shows, and
musical productions. More money, mellow crowds, and a dandy reputation
for keeping everyone happy (and stoned) at Fresno State!
Stephen Barnett, Clovis
As legal marijuana spreads and the opioid epidemic rages on, the
number of drugged drivers killed in car crashes is rising
dramatically, according to a report released today.
Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had
positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association
found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago. More than
half the drivers tested positive for marijuana, opioids or a
combination of the two.
"These are big-deal drugs. They are used a lot," said Jim Hedlund, an
Ithaca, New York-based traffic safety consultant who conducted the
highway safety group's study. "People should not be driving while
they're impaired by anything and these two drugs can impair you."
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In mid-May, authorities discovered an acre of poppy fields in Monterey
By the end of the month, they carried out the largest known opium
poppy bust in California history, according to the Monterey County
"We know it's the biggest grow in California history and we believe it
could be the biggest in the nation," sheriff's spokesman Cmdr. John
Thornburg told the Monterey County Herald.
In a Facebook post, the agency announced that, in addition to the acre
found at Moss Landing, they found seven more fields of the flowers in
a span of three days. Five of the fields were in Royal Oaks and two
were in Aromas.
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SARASOTA COUNTY -- The county is moving to ban the cultivation and
sale of recreational marijuana if the practice is ever legalized in
The County Commission last week unanimously voted to authorize its
staff to draft an amendment to current county laws to prohibit the
growing, processing and sale of recreational marijuana should it ever
become legal in the state. Commission Chair Nancy Detert was absent
for the vote.
The move comes several weeks after the commission approved the
county's first two medical marijuana dispensaries. The commission on
April 10 voted to allow Trulieve to open a medical marijuana
dispensary in a freestanding building in the Venice Pines Shopping
Plaza on Jacaranda Boulevard -- the county's first approved
dispensary. A day later, the board approved a request by
Sarasota-based AltMed to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 5077
Fruitville Road in the Cobia Bay shopping plaza.
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Efforts to lower marijuana taxes to help the transition to California's
new legal market have suffered a setback.
A bill that would have slashed taxes on legal pot for three years to
entice people away from the black market failed to advance out of a
key legislative committee Friday.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey co-authored the bill and said the setback is a
win for the black market. The Los Angeles-area Republican says he
hopes the policy can still be passed this year. He says opponents of
the bill in the Assembly had argued it is too soon to slash the taxes
without further evidence they are driving people to the black market.
Growers and sellers of marijuana in California have complained the
taxes are too high.
Legalizing marijuana makes sense for a lot of reasons, but there's one
valuable thing we'll lose when police stop arresting people for
smoking pot: A sense of just how misleading our crime data are.
Data on arrests and reported crime play a big role in public policy
and law enforcement. Politicians employ them to gauge their success in
making neighborhoods and the entire country safe. Police departments
use them to determine where to deploy more officers to look for more
crime. They are fed into recidivism-risk algorithms, which help judges
and parole boards make decisions on sentencing and release.
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WASHINGTON - One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the
vibrant colors. A third admitted, "I absolutely just loved altering my
Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are
among the most powerful in America's arsenal. Air Force records
obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and
used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as
part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure
military base in Wyoming. After investigators closed in, one airman
deserted to Mexico.
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State Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg, introduced a bill this week
that would significantly increase the amount of marijuana a person
could have in his or her possession for personal use before being
charged with a misdemeanor or felony.
Under Alexander's bill, a person would not be charged with a
misdemeanor unless he or she had more than 4 ounces of marijuana.
Under current law, possession of more than a half-ounce is a
misdemeanor. A person would have to have more than 16 ounces -- more
than 10 times the current limit -- to be charged with a felony.
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After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his memorandum on
marijuana in January, I committed to taking a methodical and
thoughtful approach to developing an enforcement strategy for Oregon.
In early February, our marijuana summit brought together more than 130
people from 70 organizations representing a wide range of interests,
values, and perspectives.
Among those in attendance were Gov, Kate Brown, representatives from
14 U.S. Attorney's offices, Oregon congressional delegation staff, and
members of the Oregon Legislature. The summit featured presentations
by state officials, policymakers, federal and state law enforcement
agencies, industry representatives, adversely affected landowners,
public health organizations, banking executives and tribal leaders.
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After the death of her father, a prominent hotel owner in Seattle,
Ella Henderson started taking morphine to ease her grief. She was 33
years old, educated and intelligent, and she frequented the upper
reaches of Seattle society. But her "thirst for morphine" soon
"dragged her down to the verge of debauchery," according to a
newspaper article in 1877 titled "A Beautiful Opium Eater." After
years of addiction, she died of an overdose.
In researching opium addiction in late-19th-century America, I've come
across countless stories like Henderson's. What is striking is how,
aside from some Victorian-era moralizing, they feel so familiar to a
21st-century reader: Henderson developed an addiction at a vulnerable
point in her life, found doctors who enabled it and then
self-destructed. She was just one of thousands of Americans who lost
their lives to addiction between the 1870s and the 1920s.
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Charity Gates phones her contact each month to make an appointment.
When the time comes, she and a colleague drive around Denver,
collecting stacks of $20 bills she has stored in various safes since
the last delivery. She counts the cash and places it in small duffel
or sling bags, carrying up to $20,000 at a time.
She then drives to a gray two-story office building downtown and parks
on the street or in a pay lot nearby. Ms. Gates fears being robbed, so
the two dress simply to avoid attention and use different vehicles and
delivery days to vary their routine. "We hold our breath every time we
go," Ms. Gates said.
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The district attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn are weighing plans to
stop prosecuting the vast majority of people arrested on marijuana
charges, potentially curbing the consequences of a law that in New
York City is enforced most heavily against black and Hispanic people.
The Brooklyn district attorney's office, which in 2014 decided to stop
prosecuting many low-level marijuana cases, is considering expanding
its policy so that more people currently subject to arrest on
marijuana charges, including those who smoke outside without creating
a public nuisance, would not be prosecuted, one official familiar with
the discussions said.
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If you've walked around New York City lately, there's a good chance
you've smelled weed. People smoke walking their dogs in the West
Village, and they smoke in apartment building lobbies in the South
Bronx. They smoke outside bars and restaurants and in the park.
White people largely don't get arrested for it. Black and Hispanic
people do, despite survey after survey saying people of most races
smoke at similar rates.
So after a senior police official recently testified to the City
Council that there was a simple justification - he said more people
call 911 and 311 to complain about marijuana smoke in black and
Hispanic neighborhoods - we decided to dig into the numbers the New
York Police Department gave lawmakers to support that claim.
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After years of halting steps, top prosecutors and elected officials in
New York City on Tuesday made a sudden dash toward ending many of the
marijuana arrests that for decades have entangled mostly black and
The plans, still unwritten and under negotiation, will rise or fall on
the type of conduct involving marijuana that officials decide should
still warrant arrest and prosecution. The changes appear likely to
create a patchwork of prosecution policies across the city's five
boroughs, and are unlikely to restrict police officers from stopping
and searching people on suspicion of possessing a drug that is now
legal in a number of states.
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They sit in courtroom pews, almost all of them young black men,
waiting their turn before a New York City judge to face a charge that
no longer exists in some states: possessing marijuana. They tell of
smoking in a housing project hallway, or of being in a car with a
friend who was smoking, or of lighting up a Black & Mild cigar the
police mistake for a blunt.
There are many ways to be arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern
has remained true through years of piecemeal policy changes in New York:
The primary targets are black and Hispanic people.
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Microdosing is hot. If you haven't heard - but you probably have, from
reports of its use at Silicon Valley workplaces, from Ayelet Waldman's
memoir "A Really Good Day," from dozens of news stories - to microdose
is to take small amounts of LSD, which generate "subperceptual"
effects that can improve mood, productivity and creativity.
Michael Pollan's new book, "How to Change Your Mind," is not about
that. It's about macro-dosing. It's about taking enough LSD or
psilocybin (mushrooms) to feel the colors and smell the sounds, to let
the magic happen, to chase the juju. And it's about how mainstream
science ceded the ground of psychedelics decades ago, and how it's
trying to get it back.
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Cathy Jordan credits pot with helping her defeat the odds in the
battle against Lou Gehrig's disease she's waged for more than 30 years.
And although she can now legally obtain the cannabis treatment she's
relied on for decades, Jordan is prohibited from what she and her
doctors swear is the best way for her to consume her medicine --
Jordan is among the plaintiffs challenging a state law that bans
smoking pot as a route of administration for the hundreds of thousands
of patients who are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Florida.
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In Oregon and Denver, where marijuana is legal for recreational use,
activists are now pushing toward a psychedelic frontier: "magic mushrooms."
Groups in both states are sponsoring ballot measures that would
eliminate criminal penalties for possession of the mushrooms whose
active ingredient, psilocybin, can cause hallucinations, euphoria and
changes in perception. They point to research showing that psilocybin
might be helpful for people suffering from depression or anxiety.
"We don't want individuals to lose their freedom over something that's
natural and has health benefits," said Kevin Matthews, the campaign
director of Denver for Psilocybin, the group working to decriminalize
magic mushrooms in Colorado's capital.
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The New York Police Department has claimed that more black and Latino
people are arrested for petty marijuana offenses because complaints
are more voluminous in neighborhoods where black and Latino people
predominantly live. That excuse was blown apart this weekend by a
Times investigation showing that the complaints about marijuana use do
not fully account for the racial arrest gap - and that, when
complaints were held constant, "the police almost always made arrests
at a higher rate in the area with more black citizens."
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Running back Mike James hurts all over. He experiences chronic pain
every day, a natural byproduct of his chosen profession. Still, he's
not yet ready to walk away from his NFL career, and says he knows the
key to continuing: marijuana.
James, an NFL free agent, applied for a marijuana therapeutic-use
exemption (TUE) from the league this offseason, which he hoped would
allow him to treat his pain without fear of violating the league's
substance-abuse policy. The league denied his request last week, which
James said jeopardizes his ability to sign with a team and continue
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During an exclusive interview with TIME, the mother of notorious drug
lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman shared what she thinks of her son.
Guzman, 61, is in New York City's highest-security prison after
escaping from Mexican prisons twice, once in 2001 and again in 2015.
He is accused of trafficking drugs worth $14 billion into the United
States. His is one of the biggest narcotics cases in U.S. criminal
During the interview, Guzman's mother, Consuelo Loera, 88, spoke about
his childhood growing up in a mud-made shack in Mexico's Sierra Madre
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Amid budding efforts to research the medical benefits of marijuana, a
simple problem has emerged -- how do you research marijuana if no one
can produce it under federal law?
Despite a solution proposed in mid-2016, which allowed the Drug
Enforcement Administration to approve marijuana manufacturers, only
the University of Mississippi has been approved, despite dozens of
applications to do so. And there's no sign the DEA intends to approve
others anytime soon.
Advocates seem to blame one person for the delays: Attorney General
Jeff Sessions. Ian Prior, spokesman for the Department of Justice,
declined to comment on the issue.
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Northwest Ohio Syringe Services has begun distributing fentanyl test
strips to active users of opioids and other drugs. The exchange, a
program through the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, is part of
a larger strategy of harm reduction to keep people with addiction
issues healthy while using, and provide them with resources and help
when they want to seek treatment.
Fentanyl has become the scourge of anyone trying to fight Ohio's
opioid epidemic: deadly in small quantities and appearing in an
increasing number of fatal overdoses.
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A Pennsylvania legislator introduced a bill Monday that would give
medical marijuana patients a chance of expunging a conviction of
marijuana possession if the charge resulted from their use of cannabis
for medical purposes.
The bill is sponsored by State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), and
does not have any support yet from Republicans who control the
legislature. To be expunged, patients would have to prove they had a
doctor's diagnosis for one of the 21 approved serious health
conditions at the time of the conviction. The patient would also have
to provide evidence they were using cannabis to treat the condition.
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From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, industries across America are
struggling to redress decades of discrimination and boost the ranks of
minorities and the disenfranchised in their workforces.
But what if you could design an industry from scratch? Could you
somehow bake in diversity and fairness?
We're about to find out.
Last month, Massachusetts rolled out the country's first statewide
marijuana industry "equity" program, giving preferential treatment to
people who are typically marginalized by the business world.
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Hawaii is another step closer to finding out whether industrial hemp
could be a major crop.
The state Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month that
it is accepting applications for state licenses to grow hemp.
This comes nearly two years after the state enacted a law to establish
a pilot program for commercial production.
"Many believe that industrial hemp can be an important crop in
Hawaii," Gov. David Ige said in a statement. "This pilot program is a
strong and prudent step in helping to determine the viability of this
crop in Hawaii."
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Pennsylvania is gearing up to become a global center for cannabis
research. Yet for more than a decade, Philadelphia has been on the
forefront of investigations into the medicinal uses of marijuana.
Sara Jane Ward has built a reputation exploring marijuana's effects on
pain and addiction using animals at Temple University's Lewis Katz
School of Medicine.
Ward and her colleague Ronald Tuma, a professor of physiology and
neurosurgery, lead a team of 10 researchers at Temple's Center for
Substance Abuse in North Philadelphia.
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The number of hemp farmers in SC is growing fast. How high will it
Less than a year into the program, the number of farmers growing hemp
in South Carolina could double.
That's because the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is making
more permits available for farmers looking to participate in the
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
The SCDA will select up to 40 farmers to receive permits to grow
industrial hemp. That's twice the amount of the 20 farmers chosen in
the inaugural year of the program.
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Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
was in Boston on Thursday to speak at a symposium sponsored by Boston
University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Boston
Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction. Before her talk, she
sat down with the Globe to talk about marijuana legalization and the
opioid crisis. Here are edited excerpts:
* Dispensaries that sell legal marijuana will soon open in
Massachusetts. What are your thoughts on pot legalization?
The greatest mortality from drugs comes from legal drugs. The moment
you make a drug legal, you're going to increase the number of people
who get exposed to it, and therefore you increase the negative
consequences from its use. When you legalize, you create an industry
whose purpose is to make money selling those drugs. And how do you
sell it? Mostly by enticing people to take them and entice them to
take high quantities.
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A cloud of smoke hung over Cal Expo Friday afternoon as thousands
gathered for the High Times Cannabis Cup, the first permitted event in
California to allow recreational use of marijuana.
Organizers expected upwards of 15,000 people over the course of the
two-day festival, which boasts musical performances from acclaimed
artists, including Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Rich The Kid,
Cypress Hill, Rick Ross and Ludacris.
The event was at risk of becoming a music-only festival until the
Sacramento City Council approved a license for on-site consumption and
sales in a 6-2 vote Tuesday. Weeks earlier, a similar High Times event
had its permit denied by the San Bernardino City Council just before
it was scheduled to take place.
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To deal with an explosion in the number of Kentucky newborns exposed
to dangerous, addictive drugs by their pregnant mothers, lawmakers
this year added a section to House Bill 1, a measure that otherwise
streamlines the foster care system.
The section -- which becomes law in July, along with the rest of HB 1
- -- expands the definition of child abuse in Kentucky to include
neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Babies born with NAS go through withdrawal while they are still in the
hospital. They can experience trembling, excessive high-pitched
crying, seizures, vomiting and diarrhea. Some have more serious
problems, such as heart defects.
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"He was beautiful," said his mother, Bonnie. "He was perfect."
But when Micah turned 3, he began lining up his toy cars in a row and
just staring at them. His limited vocabulary became more limited. He
forgot how to go potty.
Jensen, 47, quit her job as an executive assistant to take care of and
Early one morning, she felt something shudder in her bed. Beside her,
Micah trembled uncontrollably and she saw his skin turn a deep shade
of blue and purple. He gasped for air.
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A group of Louisiana parents of children with severe autism had cause
for celebration Wednesday (May 2) as a bill (HB 627) that expands
medical marijuana as a treatment option for the condition cleared
another hurdle through the legislature.
It was one of two medical marijuana medicals aimed at expanding the
patient base in Louisiana that passed through the Senate Health and
Welfare committee. The other bill (HB 579) authored by Rep. Ted James,
D-Baton Rouge, adds glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic
pain and Parkinson's Disease to the roster of conditions already
approved for treatment with medical marijuana. Both bills will head to
the Senate for a full vote.
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There's a problem with access to legal weed in California, and a
Senate bill may help solve it.
A 2016 voter-approved measure to legalize marijuana in the state gave
cities and counties the authority to pass regulations outlining the
types of weed businesses that can operate within their borders. With
limited time to craft rules before the law took effect at the start of
the year, many towns approved outright bans of all marijuana businesses.
The patchwork of local laws have created vast "pot deserts" that will
remain until cities and counties opt to reconsider rules. A Bee
analysis in March found that 40 percent of the state is 60 miles or
more from a legal dispensary.
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WASHINGTON - FPI Management, a property company in California, wants
to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan
need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.
Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would
have been a radical step: They're dropping marijuana from the drug
tests they require of prospective employees. Marijuana testing - a
fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years - excludes
too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs
is more challenging than it's been in nearly two decades.
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Teachers at Northwest High School near Dalton, Ga. first became
concerned when their colleague, 28-year-old cheer coach and English
teacher Raquel Spencer, seemed to have trouble carrying on a coherent
conversation, according to the Times Free Press.
Alarmed by her "unusual behavior," she was escorted to an office and
consented to a search of her belongings, Whitfield County Schools
spokesperson Eric Beavers told the Dalton Daily-Citizen.
That's when the school resource officer found heroin in her
belongings, the paper reported.
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It's already used to treat epilepsy in some children -- and now
researchers are examining whether a marijuana compound could also be
helpful for those with autism.
The University of California San Diego announced in a news release
that it will be conducting a test on children with "severe" autism to
see if cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, can help treat some
of their symptoms.
The research, which will involve 30 children, was made possible thanks
to a $4.7 million donation from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation in
Lindon, Utah, according to The San Diego Tribune. The goal is to see
if CBD can lessen seizures, anxiety and self-harming.
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NEW YORK -- CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has taken the
unusual step of publicly urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to
reconsider his opposition to medical marijuana, particularly as a way
to fight the opioid epidemic.
Gupta wrote a public letter to Sessions, saying that he had changed
his mind on the use of medical marijuana, and he's certain Sessions
can, too. Research and talking to people who say marijuana has eased
pain and weaned them off opioids convinced him.
It's an unusual step for a journalist to move into advocacy, by
sending a letter to the attorney general. But Gupta says he believes
this falls into the category of telling truth to power.
WASHINGTON - The massive farm bill that helps determine what farmers
grow and Americans eat is poised to get some major momentum thanks to a
not-yet-legal crop: Hemp.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has pushed hard to make
hemp a legal product in the United States, is asking for his hemp
legalization bill to be included in the sweeping farm bill. That would
help give the farm bill, whose prospects have been considered iffy,
more support in the Senate.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a longtime opponent of legalizing recreational
marijuana, now says the federal government should not interfere in
California's legal marijuana market.
In comments to McClatchy Tuesday -- in the middle of a 2018 campaign
for her seat in a state that has settled into the legal pot market --
the California Democrat said she was open to considering federal
protection for state-legalized marijuana.
Feinstein's office said her views changed after meetings with
constituents, particularly those with young children who have
benefited from medical marijuana use.
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Florida's 16-month-old medical marijuana business is growing fast, as
dispensaries and growers rush to establish themselves. It's happening
even as court battles over state regulations for the young industry
Florida's 16-month-old medical marijuana business is growing fast, as
dispensaries and growers rush to establish themselves. It's happening
even as court battles over state regulations for the young industry
Rosa Howard spent 30 minutes in line Tuesday at a Trulieve medical
marijuana dispensary in Orlando, packed into a waiting room with
mothers, babies and seniors as the distinct smell of cannabis hung in
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Out-of-state marijuana patients visiting Hawaii soon may be allowed to
buy their medicinal pot at local dispensaries, a potential boon to the
fledgling cannabis industry.
A bill allowing so-called reciprocity has gained enough support to
become law, passing out of a key legislative committee Friday and
positioned for a full legislative vote. If the bill passes the
Legislature, it would go to the governor for final approval.
The bill establishes a process that requires the state Health
Department to register out-of-state patients and caregivers so
tourists would be able to purchase and use the drug legally while in
the islands. Currently, only local marijuana cardholders can legally
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Louisiana's nine future medical marijuana dispensaries have been
selected. The two grow sites, managed by LSU and Southern University,
are preparing to start growing and processing the drug by next
February at the latest.
Legislators have been focused on the issue, too. Two bills are making
their way through the Legislature that would potentially expand the
number of medical marijuana patients.
But after all these preparations are made, will there be doctors for
medical marijuana patients to go to?
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The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing
legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader
of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the
country's oldest drug laws.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement called
the move "simply the right thing to do."
"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana," Schumer said. "My
thinking - as well as the general population's views - on the issue
has evolved, and so I believe there's no better time than the present
to get this done. It's simply the right thing to do."
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Her son was supposed to die 13 years ago. She'll never stop fighting
Doctors predicted Jackson Helms would die by the time he was 6.
Now 19, Jackson has lived longer than expected and gained relief from
his severe epilepsy because of cannabidiol, or CBD, says his mom Kelly
CBD has essentially no THC, which is the psychoactive element in
marijuana that causes a high.
The full legalization of medical marijuana could help Jackson, his mom
says. Medical experts in North Carolina support more research on
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Calling it "disruptive" and "unlawful," a group of Pennsylvania
marijuana growers and retailers wants to snuff out the state's
pioneering research program before it is launched.
The first of its kind in the nation, the research program would allow
eight of the state's teaching hospitals to contract with a cannabis
producer. Each contract is estimated to be worth tens of millions of
dollars. The agreements grant the producers a "super-permit" to
operate an indoor grow facility and to open six retail dispensaries
that can sell medical marijuana to any approved patient.
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For decades, it has embraced its gay and lesbian bars and the rock 'n'
roll debauchery of the Sunset Strip. It runs a free nightlife trolley
called The PickUp, with a jar of free condoms by the door.
Now, it's embracing a different type of social scene: pot lounges.
The city is poised to allow cannabis lounges where people can consume
the once-taboo product in a social setting. West Hollywood will join
San Francisco, Oakland and South Lake Tahoe, which earlier this year
became some of the first cities in California to open the consumption
lounges modeled after those in Amsterdam. Communities in the Coachella
Valley are also joining the ranks.
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By the time Ann Marie Owen turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she
was struggling to walk and talk. She also hallucinated.
For four years, her doctor prescribed the 61-year-old a wide range of
opioids for her transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that
caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis.
The drugs not only failed to ease her symptoms, they hooked her.
When her home state of New York legalized marijuana for the treatment
of select medical ailments, Owens decided it was time to swap pills
for pot. But her doctors refused to help.
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After a car crash Saturday in Manchester, Maine, police seized 48
grams of a white powdery substance found in the glove compartment.
It looked like heroin to them.
It was a dead man's ashes.
They were the cremated remains of Robert Clinton Curtis Sr., the
father of Kevin Curtis, the owner of the car.
Robert Curtis, a native of Maine, was 75 when he died on March 12,
2013, at his home in Florida after a brief illness, according to his
obituary. A fan of the outdoors, he had eight sons, three daughters,
29 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
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A car ride anywhere with Denise Young's 16-year-old son Seth can be
Seth was diagnosed as a young child as having low-functioning autism,
a severe form of the disorder that makes him hypersensitive to sound
and light and which can trigger tantrum-like meltdowns.
"They call it a rage," Young said. "He has thrown punches in the back
of my seat, the back of my head (while driving)."
Medication hasn't worked, according to Young. One prescription only
made Seth's rages worse, she said. Another one caused excessive thirst
and hormonal imbalances.
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