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1 CN ON: Growing ConcernsWed, 14 Dec 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:133 Added:12/15/2016

Pot industry players react to marijuana legalization report

Pot smokers, dispensary owners and cannabis industry executives reacted Tuesday to the federal government task force recommendations on how Canada should go about legalizing recreational marijuana.

The dispensary manager: Stores should be here to stay

Kristina Simpson's hands fly up to her face in shock when she's informed the task force has come out in favour of marijuana storefronts. "Oh my gosh!" says the manager of Weeds Glass & Gifts dispensary on Bank Street. "I'm so happy!" She had braced herself for a more restrictive approach. The task force said storefronts with "well-trained, knowledgeable staff" should have a place, although the provinces would be left to decide how and where marijuana is sold.

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2 US: Cancer Study Of Psilocybin Hints At New Role For Illegal DrugThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Hoffman, Jan Area:United States Lines:202 Added:12/05/2016

On a summer morning in 2013, Octavian Mihai entered a softly lit room furnished with a small statue of Buddha, a box of tissues and a single red rose. From an earthenware chalice, he swallowed a capsule of psilocybin, an ingredient found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Then he put on an eye mask and headphones and lay down on a couch. Soon, images flew by like shooting stars: a spinning world that looked like a blue-green chessboard; himself on a stretcher in front of a hospital; his parents, gazing at him with aching sadness as he reached out to them, suffused with childlike love.

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3 US CA: Column: Latinos Are Key To Pot LegalizationSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Abcarian, Robin Area:California Lines:134 Added:08/29/2016

The town hall meeting, in a cavernous garage on an industrial side street in Gardena, was billed as an opportunity to learn about cannabis from some of the industry's experts.

I assumed there would be strong arguments made in favor of Proposition 64, the November ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

But it hardly seemed necessary. From what I could tell, most of those in the room were already on board. Some had recently started businesses or were contemplating how to get a piece of what assuredly is going to be a huge economic pie if Proposition 64 passes.

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4 US CO: Column: Hemp Can Have Wider UseWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stein, Nat Area:Colorado Lines:87 Added:07/21/2016

The smoky sunsets of late make for an eerie reminder of the fires burning all around the Springs - to the west, up north and in our past. It's unwelcome deja vu, but it seems all but inevitable each summer.

Colorado is hot, dry and windy during the summer, making it fertile ground for ravaging fires. But research suggests this recent uptick may be attributable to insect outbreaks, drought and rising temperatures - all symptoms of manmade climate change. Innovators not resigned to that fate have found an unlikely tool for both surviving wildfires and preventing them at the same time: cannabis. (But not the kind that gets you high.)

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5 US CA: Column: Marijuana's Billionaire BogeymanThu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:118 Added:06/16/2016

For almost a year, American visitors to Las Vegas have been able to go to a show, dine at a celebrity chef's restaurant, drink, gamble - and legally buy cannabis.

Nevada was the first state in the nation to offer "reciprocity" to medical marijuana users, meaning a physician's recommendation from, say, California - useless in trying to access medical cannabis in, say, Colorado - is enough to gain entry to the cannabis dispensary nearest your favorite casino.

The first dispensary in Las Vegas "proper" opened last summer, and the first dispensary on Las Vegas Boulevard opened in March. With an adult legalization measure on the fall ballot in Nevada, it looks as if cannabis could soon be added to the list of must-do activities for a weekend in America's Sin City. And with an estimated 27 percent of Las Vegas' 41 million annual visitors coming from cannabis-friendly Southern California, there are millions of potential customers to make cannabis a complement to Vegas's gaming and dining industries. (In fact, with less than 2.8 million people statewide, there really is no cannabis industry in Nevada without toking tourists.)

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6 US MI: Column: Fighting For A Vote On Legalized MarijuanaWed, 08 Jun 2016
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:157 Added:06/08/2016

MILegalize is still kicking. The effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan turned in more than 350,000 signatures in its attempt to put the question on the fall ballot. It was the only group out of a number of petition efforts to actually turn in their petitions with the qualifying 252,523 signatures.

To the organizers, activists, petition circulators, and petition signers, I say: "Well done." But the main question being asked now is: Was it done quickly enough?

MILegalize spent a year collecting signatures, and overcame numerous obstacles, from challenges to the petition print size, to a lack of money and no support from national organizations. That's something the Michigan Cannabis Coalition's competing ballot initiative couldn't do. Neither could the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan and a handful of others.

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7 Philippines: Expletives Light Up Davao Party For DuterteMon, 06 Jun 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Alconaba, Nico Area:Philippines Lines:153 Added:06/06/2016

DAVAO CITY-There were no fireworks at President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's victory party on Saturday, as pyrotechnics are banned in Davao City. But who needed them when Duterte himself was there?

"You sons of bitches, I will really kill you," Duterte warned drug dealers in a speech to 200,000 supporters celebrating his electoral victory at Crocodile Park.

The crowd cheered as the first expletive of the evening exploded from the mouth of the trash-talking city mayor, who will be inaugurated as the Philippines' 16th President on June 30.

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8US CA: Series: Hope And Relief Found In The HillsWed, 01 Jun 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/01/2016

Moved by Silas Hurd's plight, a marijuana grower who specializes in plant genetics combed his seed groups for strains that might calm the boy's devastating epilepsy. The family had bouts of relief, but inevitably the seizures returned. And a growing political backlash cast shadow on their efforts.

Grass Valley - Aggressive soft-tissue sarcoma had taken his wife in 2000. Colon cancer claimed his father four years later.

Brad Peceimer, a former aerospace manufacturing engineer, grew marijuana and produced medicinal remedies for both of them, to help relieve the nausea and discomfort caused by their treatments. After their deaths, he kept cultivating, fascinated with plant science.

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9CN BC: OPED: Not Your Parent's PotMon, 16 May 2016
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McIntosh, Diane Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/16/2016

The THC Potency Of Street Marijuana Has Increased, Writes Diane McIntosh

In my psychiatric practice, I treat patients with psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia. Most were born with a genetic vulnerability to develop the disorder, but many share another important life experience: they smoked pot from an early age.

Debate has raged across Canada about the impending legalization/decriminalization of marijuana. Canadian physicians, in their role as advocates for physical and mental health, have been conspicuously absent from the debate. This troubling void in leadership is apparent from the lack of informed discourse exhibited across all forms of media. Our failure to educate Canadians regarding the potential risks of street pot, particularly for a developing brain, has important social, physical and psychological implications.

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10CN AB: OPED: It's Time To Have A New Conversation With YouthsSat, 07 May 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Haines-Saah, Rebecca Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2016

Young People Need A Voice As Legislation To Legalize Rolls Out, Writes Rebecca Haines-saah

The April 20 announcement by federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott regarding the imminent legalization of cannabis use in Canada has provided us with the opportunity to protect our sensibilities or our children. We won't be able to do both and so we must choose.

When Philpott announced that the government plans to have legislation to legalize cannabis ready by spring 2017, the priority of "protecting children" was front and centre.

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11 US MA: Heroin, Prescription Opioids Form Especially Toxic MixMon, 02 May 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Horowitz, Evan Area:Massachusetts Lines:164 Added:05/02/2016

The Massachusetts heroin epidemic is unlike any other in the United States. The overdose rate in the state is more than twice the national average. And deaths from prescription opioids like OxyContin are only slightly less harrowing.

Unusual, too, is the degree to which these two scourges are feeding off each other. A substantial and spiking number of overdoses in Massachusetts involves both heroin and prescription drugs, something you rarely find elsewhere in the United States.

Until now, it's been hard to see how, exactly, heroin and prescription opioids were interacting, since almost all available data lump them together under the heading of "opioids." But a Globe examination of the information in death certificates from 1999 to 2014 reveals the increasingly toxic interplay between the drugs, both at the state level and in individual counties.

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12US CA: OPED: No Good Comes From Legalizing Recreational WeedMon, 21 Mar 2016
Source:Modesto Bee, The (CA) Author:Morgan, Roger Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/21/2016

Thousands of Studies Have Proven That Marijuana Should Remain a Narcotic

California Medical Association Is Dead Wrong in Giving Its Blessing to Weed Legalization

Be Prepared for More Psychosis, Depression, Violence and Suicides

There is money in drugs; the cartels proved that. But drug dealers aren't encumbered with the societal costs, which are nine to 10 times greater than any public revenues they generate.

That's been our experience with alcohol and tobacco, and that doesn't count human misery.

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13 CN ON: Column: We Need To Find A New Way To Talk About DrugsFri, 29 Jan 2016
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Kraemer, Justine Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:02/03/2016

It seems like only yesterday Ontarians were faced with the news that, after many years, the sex education curriculum in public schools was getting a much needed revamp.

Imagine if you will, in an alternate reality, that this new curriculum contained a directive to teach students that masturbation led to blindness. In 2016, we would collectively consider this absurd. We would identify this as blatant attempt to frighten students from seeking out any sexual encounters in the vain hope that they will put any ideas of sex from their minds indefinitely.

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14 CN ON: Two Decades Of The DARE ProgramMon, 01 Feb 2016
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Moore, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:117 Added:02/03/2016

It was a full-house at the Timmins Public Library on Saturday afternoon as 40 youngsters celebrated Daren the DARE Lion's 20th birthday.

The lion is the mascot for the Timmins Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which also marked 20 years of serving the community at the event on Jan. 30.

"Twenty years in anything is quite the achievement, so we're proud of that," said Const. Rick Lemieux, the Timmins Police DARE officer. "We had 40 spaces available, and 40 kids showed up, so it's a huge success; they're having a blast."

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15 CN ON: Drug Use Prevention Program Is About KidsFri, 18 Dec 2015
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ibbotson, Heather Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:12/23/2015

An updated program of drug, mental health and social media awareness is being presented to children and youth in Brantford schools.

Part of a changeover that began in 2014 as a pilot project across city schools in both the public and separate boards resulted in an agency name change to TICK (Teaching Intelligent Choices to Kids) from the former DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).

"The DARE program met the needs of our community for a long time," said TICK Inc. president Susan Reid.

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16 US KS: Editorial: LEAP Of FaithFri, 23 Oct 2015
Source:Hutchinson News, The (KS) Author:Probst, Jason Area:Kansas Lines:91 Added:10/26/2015

It is time to re-examine the war on drugs because it has failed

The idea of legalizing drugs as a method to combat drug abuse and drug-related crimes seems, at first blush, counterintuitive.

How could legalizing something as destructive as drugs serve to improve a persistent and growing problem? After decades of instilling in children the message that drug use is dangerous, how can we now change course with legalization?

Last week, attorney Brian Leininger, a former Wyandotte County prosecutor and former attorney for the Kansas Highway Patrol, explained the position of his group -- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition -- to the Hutchinson Drug Impact Task Force.

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17 US NC: The Disproportionate Risk Of Driving While BlackSun, 25 Oct 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:LaFraniere, Sharon Area:North Carolina Lines:638 Added:10/25/2015

An Examination of Traffic Stops and Arrests in Greensboro, N.C., Uncovered Wide Racial Differences in Measure After Measure of Police Conduct.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Rufus Scales, 26 and black, was driving his younger brother Devin to his hair-cutting class in this genteel, leafy city when they heard the siren's whoop and saw the blue light in the rearview mirror of their black pickup. Two police officers pulled them over for minor infractions that included expired plates and failing to hang a flag from a load of scrap metal in the pickup's bed. But what happened next was nothing like a routine traffic stop.

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18US OH: Editorial: Schools Must Continue Fighting Drugs, AlcoholSun, 04 Oct 2015
Source:News Herald (Willoughby, OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:10/04/2015

Although school districts have a primary mission of educating students, district leaders also need to monitor social trends and issues that can affect the atmosphere and learning environment in schools.

That's why we found it interesting to read the first story in a three-part series by The News-Herald looking at how area school districts go about drawing up policies that regulate personal and social behavior.

Part one of the series dealt with prevention, intervention and testing for drugs and alcohol in schools.

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19 US MA: OPED: Bring Back The War On DrugsWed, 09 Sep 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Bennett, William J. Area:Massachusetts Lines:88 Added:09/09/2015

America is in the midst of a heroin crisis, and the growing epidemic may soon surpass the crack and cocaine overdose deaths of the 1980s and 1990s. Shockingly, we seem powerless to do what we did back then - - attack the supply.

Fecklessness regarding heroin has fatal consequences. The death rate from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2013; according to the Centers for Disease Control, 8,200 died in 2013. In the Northeast, the problem has been acute. Heroin and other drugs in New Hampshire now kill more people than traffic accidents.

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20 US WY: Wyoming Police Group Plans Anti-Pot EffortFri, 07 Aug 2015
Source:Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (WY)          Area:Wyoming Lines:112 Added:08/09/2015

CHEYENNE - A Wyoming law enforcement group is planning a campaign to fight back at efforts to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police is gauging interest in starting a statewide outreach effort to inform residents on the "harmful personal and societal effects of marijuana."

But Byron Oedekoven, executive director of the group, said he expects there will be support for the project and that it will be launched this month.

"We are looking for statements of support for this education campaign," he said. "We anticipate that there will be support, and armed with that grassroots support, we will undertake an educational campaign."

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