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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

US OR: Column: Green Friday

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 26 Nov 2016 - I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills. Over the years, people began to talk trash about cannabis produced outdoors (also known as "eco-friendly" and "sun-grown"). People complained that it wasn't strong enough, that it was too leafy or too harsh.

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US MD: Baltimore Chief: Pot Use Shouldn't Bar Potential

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Jul 2016 - Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts. Davis will lead a committee to review the current standard of the Maryland Police Training Commission, which sets hiring policy for law enforcement in the state. Applicants are disqualified from becoming officers if they have used marijuana more than 20 times in their lives or five times since turning 21.

Indonesia: Indonesia Executes 4 Drug Traffickers

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Jul 2016 - The Indonesian government said it had executed four drug traffickers, giving a reprieve of uncertain duration to 10 others who it had said would also be put to death. Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad said one Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed by firing squad. He said the government has not decided when the other executions will take place. It is the third set of executions under President Joko Widodo, who was elected in 2014. - - From news services - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

Indonesia: Indonesia Executes 4 Drug Convicts

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 29 Jul 2016 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia on Friday executed three foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug crimes, an official said, as the country resumed a "war on drugs" that drew international condemnation last year after two mass executions of foreign drug convicts. The official, Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad, said that the Indonesian convict, two Nigerians and a Senegalese were executed by firing squad shortly after midnight.

US OR: Pot Goes To The Fair

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 29 Jul 2016 - Marijuana Growers Will Compete for Blue Ribbons in Oregon, Another Indicator of Cannabis' Booming Reputation As Cash Crop SEATTLE - To the list of breakthroughs in an ever-changing world where cars drive themselves, faces are surgically transplanted and Russian hackers are accused of manipulating the U.S. presidential campaign, add this development: marijuana growers can now compete for blue ribbons in the state fair.

CN ON: Take-Home Naloxone Kits Urged

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 28 Jul 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.

US: Narcan Saves Lives But At A Cost

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 28 Jul 2016 - Critics Say Drug Allows Addicts to Take More Risks PORTLAND, Maine - A woman in her 30s was sitting in a car in a parking lot here last month, shooting up heroin, when she overdosed. Even after the men she was with injected her with naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses, she remained unconscious. They called 911.

CN BC: Editorial: Town Prudent To Wait For Feds On Medical Pot

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Osoyoos Times, 26 Jul 2016 - The Town of Osoyoos is currently in the process of passing a bylaw that will in effect ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The zoning bylaw is seen as temporary. Not surprisingly, members of the public are divided and even town council, which tends to govern by consensus, is split on the issue.

Philippines: Column: 6-month Deadline Ups Pressure To Kill

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 28 Jul 2016 - RIGHT TO LIFE being inherent in the human person, the many believers in the sanctity of life are not likely to withdraw their call that suspected users of illegal drugs be given a chance to be heard before being silenced on the spot by a bullet. There are many circumstances that an arresting police officer must sort out in his mind a split-second before pulling the trigger on a suspected drug-user/pusher who is still presumed innocent under the law.

CN BC: Editorial: Safe Site For Drugs Is Last Thing Surrey

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 07:00
The Now, 28 Jul 2016 - Surrey's Mayor Linda Hepner has taken a lot of heat on social media and in the press for her reluctance to see a so-called "safe drug injection site" set up in her city, but we think she's the voice of reason on this matter. Health officials recently called for such a facility to be located in Surrey after numerous overdoses in Whalley occurred as a result of drug addicts unknowingly injecting fentanyl, along with heroin, into their veins.

US OR: Column: CBD Pet Treats Are A Thing?

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 28 Jul 2016 - Yep, They Are. What's the deal with cannabidiol (CBD) pet treats? Are they really a thing? YES, CBD-INFUSED pet treats are definitely a thing. They are often marketed to "all pets, large and small," and you can order them online from any number of manufacturers. As with any product, some of the websites look better than others. Some even contain product testimonials from pet owners, which can make for delightful reading.

US CA: Column: Insert Sensationalist Weed-Related Headline Here

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 28 Jul 2016 - The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide for the general public on how media works. And, given that I've only worked in media for a little more than a year, logic would imply that, at some point very soon, I'll succumb to temptation, leave my job at the Journal and devote a year to writing a book on how many exclamation marks press releases should include (fewer than five!!!!!), among other newsroom bugaboos.

US CA: Column: No Dank, No Dosh

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Jul 2016 - I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city council to change an ordinance? - -Blue Jay

US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The Week

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
Reno News & Review, 28 Jul 2016 - In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization." According to the latest annual "Healthy Kids" study released last month by the Colorado Department of Health, marijuana has stayed at the same level since legalization. The last pre-legalization year in Colorado, teen pot smoking was at 22 percent. It dropped after legalization to 19.7 percent, and is now at 21.2 percent. This reflects the number who said they had used marijuana in the past month.

US: Legal Pot States Save Millions In Medicare

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
LA Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers have dipped drastically.

US CA: Cloverdale Looking To Impose Marijuana Business Tax

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 28 Jul 2016 - Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November, Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its anemic budget.

US HI: Hawaii's Industry Slow To Grow

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 Jul 2016 - Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait Until Dispensaries Are Established Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months. There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30, up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the state Health Department.

Philippines: Kerry Cites Need For HR Protection

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 Jul 2016 - UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the need to protect civil and human rights during talks on a wide range of issues yesterday with President Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay. In a press briefing, Palace spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Kerry brought up the matter then listened "very intently" to the President's explanation of his drive against criminality.

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