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181 US GA: Locals Weigh In On Pot CategoryTue, 23 Aug 2016
Source:Rome News-Tribune (GA) Author:Lahr, Spencer Area:Georgia Lines:116 Added:08/24/2016

The DEA announces it will keep marijuana on the list of most dangerous drugs.

In the eyes of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is still considered dangerous enough to remain among the likes of heroin, LSD, and ecstasy as a Schedule I drug.

Ever since The Controlled Substances Act became law in 1970, marijuana has been deemed to have no medicinal benefits and a high likelihood of abuse. And despite over half the states in the U.S. legalizing medical or recreational marijuana in some form, the DEA announced this month that marijuana wouldn't be declassified.

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182CN SN: Marijuana Dispensary Owner Convinced Pot Can Help OthersWed, 17 Aug 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Cowan, Pamela Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:08/22/2016

Kelly Csada opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Regina on Monday to help people like herself.

Since 1990, Csada has suffered from Crohn's disease. Over the years, she has had 18 feet of her small intestine removed, five bowel resections and been prescribed numerous potent medications, including fentanyl, OxyContin and morphine.

In researching alternatives to narcotics, she learned about Phoenix tears oil - a concentrated form of the cannabis plant.

"I couldn't find it and I had people offer to make it for me, but I said, 'No. I put so much medication into my body.' I wanted to make sure that what I was getting was clean and pure.' "

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183US CA: OPED: Regulate Potency In Pot Before Legalizing ItSun, 21 Aug 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Quinones, Sam Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/21/2016

In November, California will consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana, and voters seem ready to approve the idea.

But the question of legalization is out of date, and is derived from the mistaken idea that all pot is created equal and that most of it is fairly weak.

A question we ought to ask ourselves is just as important if legalization is to succeed: What kind of marijuana should we legalize?

The hyper-potent mutant strains that pass for marijuana today have little relation to naturally grown pot associated with Northern California hippie growers of the 1970s. Levels of THC tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that creates the high in pot now reach 20 to 30 percent, which is seven to 15 times the potency of a few decades ago.

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184 CN BC: Editorial: Time For Action On Harm ReductionFri, 12 Aug 2016
Source:Burnaby Now, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:08/17/2016

Our hearts go out to the mother of 16-year-old Gwynevere Staddon, found dead of a suspected overdose in a Port Moody Starbucks on Sunday.

The coroner has not confirmed fentanyl as the cause, since the tests take a while, but Gwyn's mom, Veronica, strongly suspects that's what took her daughter's life.

Gwyn was struggling with addiction, and her mother says the wait-list for rehab was too long, while private treatment was just too expensive. (We're talking tens of thousands of dollars.)

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185 US DC: Editorial: Don't Reclassify Marijuana Yet - Research ItTue, 16 Aug 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:District of Columbia Lines:55 Added:08/16/2016

The DEA Is Right to Allow More Places to Grow Pot for Studies.

THE DRUG Enforcement Administration made headlines last week for sticking to the status quo: The agency declined to change marijuana's classification under the Controlled Substances Act to a lower, less strictly regulated schedule.

Marijuana sits alongside heroin and LSD in the DEA's Schedule I category, reserved for the most dangerous substances. Schedule II drugs include narcotics such as methadone and oxycodone that are medically useful but have a high potential for harm. Advocates say the current classification of marijuana makes little sense: They cite studies that show pot can help patients manage pain without any serious risk of abuse. The only problem? The Food and Drug Administration has done studies of its own, and its experts do not agree.

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186CN BC: Column: Clark Faces Pressure To Address Rising OpioidSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Smyth, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:08/16/2016

Liberals Falling Short on Promises on Critical Issue of Addiction-Treatment Beds

Last month, Premier Christy Clark stood at a news conference at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital to announce a task force on an opioid-overdose crisis that's killing hundreds of British Columbians.

"This is an urgent health emergency and we need to deal with it right away," Clark told reporters.

Standing next to Clark was a heatbroken B.C. mom, Leslie McBain, whose only son died from an opioid overdose two years ago.

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187US CA: Pharma Seeks Its Piece Of The PotSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Staggs, Brooke Edwards Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2016

At least once a week, Steve McDonald drives from his home in Irvine to an industrial stretch of Santa Ana filled with auto shops and home-improvement wholesalers.

Inside a beige storefront, McDonald consults with young budtenders about the jars of raw cannabis flowers and rows of infused edibles that fill the shelves at From the Earth medical marijuana dispensary.

The 40-year-old said cannabis products help him avoid prescription medications for pain from severe burns he suffered in a fire two years ago, as well as lingering back trouble and anxiety that plague him from his days as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

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188US: Feds Ok Using Pot In Wider ResearchFri, 12 Aug 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Fimrite, Peter Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/12/2016

DEA Turns Down Pleas to Redefine Drug's Dangers

The federal government's fresh assertion that marijuana has no demonstrated medicinal value, which came even as it granted scientists greater ability to study whether it might, is the latest zigzag in a national psychodrama over pot that remains unsettled even as states strike out on their own and legalize recreational use of the drug.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that it had rejected pleas to take marijuana off its Schedule I drug list - which includes heroin and ecstasy - meaning the herb is still classified, as it has been for 46 years, as an addictive drug with no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse.

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189 CN BC: Overdose Prevention Program ExpandsTue, 09 Aug 2016
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:08/11/2016

As part of Interior Health's overdose emergency response, the Take Home Naloxone program has expanded to 70 sites which includes: all Interior Health emergency departments, public health centres, mental health and substance use offices as well as several community agencies.

"Drug-related overdoses and deaths are a huge concern," said Health Minister Terry Lake. "Interior Health's expansion of the Take Home Naloxone program could potentially save the life of someone's friend, parent or child. It is part of B.C.'s comprehensive approach to address this crisis and to do everything we can prevent future tragedies."

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190 CN BC: Editorial: Time For Action On Harm ReductionThu, 11 Aug 2016
Source:Record, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:08/11/2016

Our hearts go out to the mother of 16-year-old Gwynevere Staddon, found dead of a suspected overdose in a Port Moody Starbucks on Sunday.

The coroner has not confirmed fentanyl as the cause, since the tests take a while, but Gwyn's mom, Veronica, strongly suspects that's what took her daughter's life.

Gwyn was struggling with addiction, and her mother says the wait-list for rehab was too long, while private treatment was just too expensive. (We're talking tens of thousands of dollars.)

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191 US NC: PUB LTE: Legalize DrugsSun, 07 Aug 2016
Source:Star-News (Wilmington, NC) Author:Mason, Roger Area:North Carolina Lines:39 Added:08/08/2016

Are you tired of hearing about the "opioid epidemic" ? Me too!

As long as we have a "war on drugs" and draconian drug laws, we will continue to have drug epidemics. The answer is as simple as it is shocking to most people...legalize all drugs for all adults.

Anyone who commits any crime while under the influence of any drug (including alcohol) would get doubled penalties. People might not realize all drugs were legal in America for 137 years until the nefarious and evil Harrison Narcotics Act.

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192 CN ON: Doctors Find More Questions Than Answers About MedicalFri, 29 Jul 2016
Source:Enterprise-Bulletin, The (CN ON) Author:McVeigh, Jt Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:07/30/2016

Medical cannabis use is very much in the news, but not without some enormous challenges, particularly for the family physician.

The government has been forced to provide access and has off-loaded this access to doctors, but Health Canada still says that they have not reviewed the data and refuses to provide approval for use. Now, Ontario doctors have to find a way to deal with patients looking for relief from chronic pain.

Dr. John Hanlon, the inaugural program director of the University of Toronto Pain Medicine Residency spoke to area doctors by invitation of Canadian Cannabis Clinics. A medical cannabis clinic recently opened in Collingwood, headed by Thornbury physician Dr. Linda Morel.

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193 CN ON: Take-Home Naloxone Kits UrgedThu, 28 Jul 2016
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Kovach, Joelle Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:07/29/2016

Medical Officer of Health Seeks Funding to Allow Hospital to Provide Lifesaving Opioid Antidote to Overdose Survivors

Peterborough Regional Health Centre's emergency department is considering a plan to distribute take-home kits of the opioid antidote naloxone to patients who've survived an overdose.

It can't happen soon enough for Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, the medical officer of health, who is a strong advocate of the idea.

Salvaterra says Peterborough Public Health has been working with the hospital to access a provincial grant to make it happen. She said she's expecting to hear, sometime in August, whether they can expect any money.

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194CN ON: Illegal Pot Dispensaries Operating With No RulesSat, 23 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/27/2016

Vancouver bylaws include licensing, zoning, security and age restrictions

We need some cohesive federal regulations, rather than cities being out on their own, trying to decide what to do.

For nearly two decades, Tom Ramsay has operated an adult-video shop on Bank Street under city regulations that govern everything from what warning signs must be posted at the entrance to which portion of a woman's breast can be displayed on a poster in the front window (nipples are OK, areolas aren't).

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195 US: Analysis: Analysis: The Real Reason That So Many MoreThu, 21 Jul 2016
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Humphreys, Keith Area:United States Lines:81 Added:07/21/2016

President Obama has committed to sign the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which includes among its provisions new policies to reduce inappropriate prescribing of prescription opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. Given the ongoing epidemic of addiction and death caused by opioid painkillers, this seems like sensible public-health policy, but some critics charge that tighter prescribing rules simply cause prescription opioid users to switch to heroin, thereby feeding a second opioid epidemic.

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the first systematic analysis of this terrifying possibility.

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196 US CO: Psychedelic MiracleWed, 20 Jul 2016
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Stanley, J. Adrian Area:Colorado Lines:439 Added:07/20/2016

Hallucinogenic African Bark Could Be the Answer to Heroin Addiction, and Addiction in General

Richard Dilley had tried everything by the time he traveled to Mexico and agreed to ingest a drug derived from a hallucinogenic African shrub bark that, he was told, would alter his brain. All for the bargain price of $10,000.

While terrifying in a way, the drug known as ibogaine (or Tabernanthe iboga in its natural state) was, at this point, less of a horror than the drug Dilley had been addicted to since his teen years.

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197CN ON: Drugs, Driving And Today's LawMon, 18 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:McCooey, Paula Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/20/2016

Police believe incidents of driving while drugged will rise once marijuana is legalized, writes Paula McCooey

As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high.

In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new members of Parliament to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside-testing technology before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving appealed to the government to do away with current drug-recognition evaluations, and implement "drug wipe" roadside saliva tests, similar to breathalyzer tests that detect alcohol, to tell on the spot whether a driver is impaired by drugs.

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198 CN ON: Driving HighSun, 17 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:McCooey, Paula Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:07/18/2016

As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high.

In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new MPs to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside testing technology, before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving appealed to the government to do away with current drug-recognition evaluations, and implement "drug wipe" roadside saliva tests, similar to the Breathalyzer tests, to tell on the spot whether a person is impaired by drugs.

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199CN ON: The Pot TourSat, 16 Jul 2016
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/18/2016

Patients Can Get Anything They Want at Ottawa's Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Inside Weeds Glass & Gifts on Bank Street, store manager Nick Dumond spots a man outside, smoking a joint.

"Hey, man, are you smoking in front of my store?" he yells. "I'm trying to run a clean business here! This looks bad! Children could be walking by!"

The toker had just left the store after dropping off pamphlets from the Cannabis Rights Coalition and imparting news of an upcoming rally hosted by the cannabis "community." "Sorry," he says sheepishly. "I medicate everywhere."

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200 US CA: Overdose Nation: Opioid Epidemic Rampant, ClaimingSun, 17 Jul 2016
Source:Chico Enterprise-Record (CA) Author:Scharaga, Ashiah Area:California Lines:197 Added:07/17/2016

About this series

The nation is in the midst of a prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 44 people in the U.S. die every day from an overdose of prescription painkillers alone.

This series examines how the epidemic is affecting Butte County and how it will respond.

Today: How did Butte County end up with one of the worst drug-induced death rates in the state?

Tomorrow: A man who died from an alcohol and opioid overdose is remembered by his mother and a friend.

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