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141US CO: Event Puts Focus On PotFri, 18 Sep 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Frank, John Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:09/18/2015

In Denver Visit, Martin O'Malley Seeks Local Input.

In a visit to Denver, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said he is looking to Colorado as he considers whether to support federal legalization of marijuana. But for now, he said, it's a step too far.

"I think we still have to watch, and we have to learn in Colorado and Washington state," he told reporters after a meeting with marijuana industry and legalization advocates Thursday. "I'm not there yet, but I am watching very closely what's happening."

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142 US: Pro Legalization Groups Prepare For Marijuana Measures InSat, 12 Sep 2015
Source:Eastern Arizona Courier (AZ) Author:Gurciullo, Brianna Area:United States Lines:415 Added:09/16/2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country.

One of the most powerful and influential groups Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two of four states that now allow recreational use. MPP organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will if successful prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

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143 Canada: OPED: A Movement With Shroom To GrowSun, 13 Sep 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Kovac, Adam Area:Canada Lines:142 Added:09/15/2015

Activists Plan 'Mushroom Day' In Support of Psychedelic Drugs

The first and, thus far, only time I did magic mushrooms, I did not have any epiphanies about my life, my spiritual existence or the universe as a whole.

I did, however, develop a fascination with the carpet and wallpaper of the Amsterdam cafe where I was sitting. And eight years later, I can vividly recall the feeling of pure joy that lasted throughout the night, with its soundtrack of early Jimi Hendrix.

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144CN QU: Column: Chemist's Curiosity Created Recipe for AbuseSat, 12 Sep 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Schwarcz, Joe Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/15/2015

"I'm curious!" That was Alexander Shulgin's simple answer to the question of why he had dedicated much of his life to the exploration of psychedelic drugs. The American chemist who died in 2014 at the age of 88 was famous not only for synthesizing a large number of mind-altering substances, but also for experimenting with them on himself, his wife and friends.

He worked within the context of existing laws because the compounds he synthesized had not existed before and therefore were legal at the time he made them.

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145 US: The Former Top Cop Who Wants To Legalize DrugsThu, 10 Sep 2015
Source:Newsweek (US) Author:Bekiempis, Victoria Area:United States Lines:192 Added:09/12/2015

Major Neill Franklin was one of Maryland's top cops when he retired in 2010 after 34 years in law enforcement. Over the course of those three-plus decades, he went from being an active supporter of the war on drugs to a staunch opponent.

Franklin spent most of his career working for the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, starting with road patrol for the state police and later working in narcotics. With the state police, he rose to the position of commander of the Education and Training Division and of the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement, creating and supervising the "very first" Domestic Violence Investigative Units. He joined the Baltimore Police Department in 2000 to overhaul and command its Education and Training Section. After the BPD, he worked for the Maryland Transit Administration Police Force from 2004 to 2010.

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146 Canada: Psychedelic Drugs May Be Helpful In Treating AddictionWed, 09 Sep 2015
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Weeks, Carly Area:Canada Lines:97 Added:09/12/2015

Canadian experts want policy-makers to rethink perception of these medications to let research advance, but others urge caution

Psychedelic drugs, including LSD and MDMA, could help some patients struggling with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, according to a new analysis that urges Canadian policy- makers to reconsider their perception of those drugs.

The analysis, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, says several small studies show psychedelics may be effective at treating certain patients, but that "popular misconceptions" about the risks of the drugs are hampering research efforts. The authors argue that any novel treatment that may ease the symptoms of PTSD, addiction or anxiety should be explored, especially considering the limitations of available treatments.

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147CN BC: Study Of Psychedelics PushedWed, 09 Sep 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/11/2015

Health Care: Researchers Say Substances May Help Treat Addiction, Depression, Anxiety

A trip to the doctor's office could someday mean a trip inside the doctor's office, if researchers calling for further study into the use of psychedelics for treating illness get their way.

Dr. Evan Wood, co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/ AIDS, is one of four medical researchers behind an analysis published Tuesday focusing on the resurgence of research into psychedelic substances for treating illnesses, including addiction, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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148 CN BC: Ecstasy Used To Relax Trauma VictimsTue, 08 Sep 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mui, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:09/09/2015

A Vancouver study is examining using the pure form of the drug ecstasy as a treatment tool for people suffering from extreme cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, by simply making it easier for them to talk and share their experience.

Dr. Richard Yensen is one of a team of researchers on the project, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which has PTSD patients taking MDMA up to three times over a period of about four months.

MDMA is known for its qualities of making people more willing to talk and to experience empathy.

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149US: Marijuana May Do Bad Things To SpermSun, 30 Aug 2015
Source:USA Today (US)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

(NEWSER) - Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample. The researchers found a correlation between men who smoked pot more than once weekly and "quite a lot" of a drop in sperm count: the count was an average 29% lower in these men than in those who reported lighter or no usage. Those who reported additional drug use (anything from cocaine to ecstasy) saw an even more severe reduction, with average sperm count down 55%.

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150CN QU: OPED: Marijuana Isn't The Only Drug That CanadiansMon, 31 Aug 2015
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Ashby, Michael Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:09/02/2015

Drug use is a health issue, not a matter for the police and courts, Michael Ashby says.

When will Canadians find the courage to legalize cocaine? What about all the other drugs, for that matter? Since marijuana has become an election issue, we should stop wasting time and just talk about all drugs at once.

Anyone who's given sober thought to the social consequences of drug prohibition knows that drug use should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one. But for over 100 years we've gone in the wrong direction, wasting mind numbing amounts of time and resources policing normal (if not ideal) human behaviour.

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151 US PA: Series: Roadblocks To ResearchWed, 26 Aug 2015
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Chesler, Jayson Area:Pennsylvania Lines:176 Added:08/26/2015

Obtaining Marijuana to Test Its Medical Properties Can Be a Long Process.

Research on marijuana's potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, though nearly half the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug in some form.

An analysis by News21 shows that $1.1 billion of the $1.4 billion that the National Institutes of Health spent on marijuana research from 2008 to 2014 went to studies on marijuana abuse and addiction. Only $297 million was spent on its effects on the brain and potential medical benefits for those suffering from conditions like chronic pain.

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152US CA: From Seed to Weed: Yolo Organic Botanicals CelebratesTue, 18 Aug 2015
Source:Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA) Author:Dowling, Sarah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/19/2015

In Woodland, the signs of the harvest are everywhere - trucks hauling fruits of local labor, typically processing tomatoes, on Main Street and elsewhere.

It's been an annual sight, but this month, a small group of growers just celebrated their first harvest, preparing medical marijuana for thousands of patients.

"This is really exciting," said Robin Miller. "We have a lot to learn and there is a very steep learning curve, but the community really cares and they are coming together to make things happen."

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153US: OPED: Marijuana Advocates Pour Millions into LegalizationSun, 16 Aug 2015
Source:Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) Author:Gurciullo, Brianna Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/16/2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country.

One of the most powerful and influential groups - Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project - was behind successful recreational measures in Alaska and Colorado, two of four states that now allow recreational use. Organizers hope to replicate those efforts in five other states during the 2016 elections, an undertaking they say will - if successful - prove significant for the effort to end marijuana prohibition.

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154 CN BC: Local Police Report Drug Seizures, Excessive Speeding DuringFri, 14 Aug 2015
Source:Trail Times (CN BC) Author:Regnier, Sheri Area:British Columbia Lines:102 Added:08/14/2015

Every highway patrol unit in and out of the region was on duty Monday and Tuesday, as Shambhala drivers headed for home.

"This is the first year we had not just our patrol units on the exodus of people from Shambhala," Sgt. John Ferguson of West Kootenay Traffic Services told the Trail Times Thursday.

"We had Cranbrook, our region, Kelowna and Vernon patrols out. The reason being, we are not going to be able to catch everyone, but we are there just to make sure if someone is tired, that they pull over and go to sleep."

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155 CN BC: Authorities Grateful For Auneventfula Shambhala Music FestivalFri, 14 Aug 2015
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:143 Added:08/14/2015

West Kootenay authorities are grateful that the 18th annual Shambhala Music Festival ended without a single major incident. The festival reported five ambulance transfers to the Trail hospital, which is half the number of last year, and there were no major vehicle accidents.

"From a policing and general duty perspective Shambhala was fairly good for us this year," said RCMP Insp. Tom Roy. "We had no major incidents that we're aware of, and though traffic was as busy as expected we didn't have any real problems."

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156 US: Illegal Online Drug Markets Flourish Despite CrackdownsThu, 13 Aug 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Peterson, Andrea Area:United States Lines:93 Added:08/13/2015

The government's war against online drug sales isn't working, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Despite law enforcement crackdowns, online black markets for drugs have matured into a resilient criminal industry that enables more than $100 million worth of worldwide sales a year, according to a new paper from researcher Kyle Soska and computer science professor Nicolas Christin.

The report is one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the burgeoning online drug market. Researchers collected data on 35 online marketplaces that were active on the "Dark Web" - sites that require the anonymous browsing tool Tor to access and are much harder for law enforcement to track - between 2013 and January 2015. They wrote a program to scrape the sites for data, including examining the price that drugs - from marijuana to cocaine - were being sold for. They also collected information on how much feedback sellers received from customers on their purchases. All of this data helped the researchers estimate trends and total sales.

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157 CN AB: Column: Not A Rave ReviewTue, 11 Aug 2015
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Platt, Michael Area:Alberta Lines:104 Added:08/12/2015

Electronic music fest draws ire of deputy mayor over drug problems

They could be facing a bad trip of their own - one that orders a drug-tainted music festival straight out of the city.

The festival, billed as the largest electronic music gathering in Western Canada, is called Chasing Summer, and after two consecutive years featuring multiple drug overdoses, talk about chasing the controversial concert out of Calgary has predictably started.

"We're a festival city, with multiple music festivals, and I don't recall these kind of problems happening anywhere else," said Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart, deputy mayor of Calgary while Mayor Naheed Nenshi is away for the month.

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158CN AB: Precautions Were Taken, Says FestivalTue, 11 Aug 2015
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/12/2015

Seventeen People Hospitalized for Drug-or Alcohol-Related Issues

After a spate of overdoses at a Calgary music festival, the event's organizers defended their safety procedures, arguing they responded quickly to emergencies.

Seventeen people were hospitalized after overdosing on drugs or alcohol at the two-day Chasing Summer Festival at Fort Calgary, according to EMS.

Union Events, which organized the outdoor music and dance party, said patients were also treated for dehydration and physical injuries.

The company said several hundred security staffers and volunteers, along with a medical team, paramedics and police officers, were on- site throughout the event.

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159CN AB: Music Fest Overdoses Send 17 To HospitalSun, 09 Aug 2015
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Klingbeil, Annalise Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:08/11/2015

Patients Reportedly Ingested Large Amounts of Alcohol, Illicit Substances

Different substances will have different effects on the body at different times, even if ingested by the user on prior occasions.

Seventeen people suffered drug or alcohol overdoses at a Calgary outdoor music festival and were rushed to hospital on the weekend.

The patients were taken on Friday and Saturday from the two-day Chasing Summer Festival, which was held at Fort Calgary and advertised as Western Canada's largest electronic music event.

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160 US NC: An Innocent Beginning For Synthetic MarijuanaMon, 10 Aug 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:McCoy, Terrence Area:North Carolina Lines:241 Added:08/10/2015

UNICORPORATED JACKSON COUNTRY, N.C - The chemist who unwittingly helped spawn the District's synthetic drug epidemic is a hard man to find. His phone numbers are listed under his wife's name. Strangers who call his laboratories at Clemson University are told he doesn't return messages.

To find him, you must travel deep into the Smoky Mountains and take a road that winds into the clouds. There, atop a mountain, you will discover a stooped, elderly man padding about a house cloaked in mist.

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