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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.
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?
The Mail Tribune, 29 Nov 2015 - ATTACKS CAUSE COUNCILOR TO RECONSIDER SERVICE "Kiss my a--!" That was the phrase directed towards me at a City Council meeting on Nov. 20 by a pro-marijuana grow supporter. Normally I would try to be like a duck and just let the water run off my back. But that sentiment and those expressed by the majority of pro-grow supporters has left me searching for answers.
Boston Globe, 29 Nov 2015 - DENVER - Every seat filled, the little tour bus navigates the busy streets of booming Denver, whisking its passengers to a glassblowing demonstration. Or they can choose a painting class. Or a cooking lesson. Or visit a farm. If this sounds like a comparatively unexciting way to see the Mile High City, look closer. Or, better yet, take a whiff.
Chicago Tribune, 29 Nov 2015 - But Many Hopefuls Demanding Change Struggle With Plans INDIANOLA, Iowa - After years of plunging crime rates, hugely expensive incarceration budgets and troubling racial disparities in criminal punishment, it has become fashionable on the presidential campaign trail to declare the United States' uncommonly high rate of imprisonment unacceptable.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 Nov 2015 - GOP Candidates Move to Treatment Vs. Jail, but Racial Impetus Is Seen. More than 40 years after Republican President Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase "war on drugs," many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerate them.
Toronto Star, 27 Nov 2015 - Dr. Robert Mann at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto is trying to determine the relationship between marijuana consumption and driving ability, using a "state of the art" simulator. There are two kinds of buzzed people who take the wheel of his simulated Chevy in the basement of a CAMH building, Dr. Robert Mann observes: those who drive cautiously and those who let 'er rip.
Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov 2015 - New 'Seed-To-Sale' Regulatory System Seen As a Boon, but Challenges Remain. SACRAMENTO - An unmistakable scent, rotten-sweet and earthy, greets visitors to Basil McMahon's pine- and oak-sheltered Nevada County farm.
Coast Reporter, 27 Nov 2015 - The District of Sechelt isn't interested in licensing and regulating medicinal marijuana dispensaries until the federal laws change. S&M Sweet Shoppe co-owner Michelle Sikora made a pitch for regulation and licensing of dispensaries at the Nov. 18 council meeting, but council wasn't receptive.
The Middletown Press, 27 Nov 2015 - A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time. It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. JOHN BERRY - REGISTER CITIZEN FILE PHOTO Naloxone hydrochloride, known by the name-brand Narcan, in a medical kit on a Campion Ambulance in Torrington.
Boston Globe, 27 Nov 2015 - Governor Baker's plan to increase opioid education, which he announced on Nov. 9 with the deans of the state's four medical schools, gets it only half right. It's wonderful to teach future doctors how to prescribe opioids safely to reduce abuse and addiction. But the United States is actually caught in the middle of two colliding epidemics, not just one: the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse, and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain, which affects 100 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Register Citizen, 27 Nov 2015 - A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time. It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.
Columbus Dispatch, 27 Nov 2015 - The big crowd at Donald Trump's presidential campaign rally in Columbus this week was dotted with people carrying clipboards with green marijuana leaves on the back, quietly collecting signatures for pot legalization. Ohio will ring in the New Year with a crop of renewed pot proposals, including two potential constitutional amendments and state medical-marijuana legislation.
Washington Post, 27 Nov 2015 - Cases Rose 76% Over 11-Year Study Blacks Accused Three Times More Than Whites While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: With sharply rising arrest totals for the possession of pot and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the Commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI.
Register Citizen, 27 Nov 2015 - Culture Change Seen As Authorities Target Big Hauls, Weapons NEW HAVEN - A West Haven man charged with conspiring in a marijuana trafficking scheme in New Haven will stand trial in federal court in December.
The Calgary Sun, 25 Nov 2015 - Suspect caught trying to board plane Faces seven firearms charges and escaping custody Freed by courts before investigators finished their shift Wanted for a brazen drive-by shooting this summer, cops collared the suspected gunman moments before he boarded a plane at Calgary's airport over the weekend.
Westword, 26 Nov 2015 - Dear Stoner: Every time I've purchased pot here, it has been either pre-packaged or placed in a plastic container that lets the air out, if it's not already bone-dry by the time I buy it. Am I going to the wrong dispensaries, or do Colorado dispensaries not care about fresh bud? Right Near the Beach Boy Dear Beach Boy: Many dispensaries, such as the Clinic, Green Solution and L'Eagle, sell pre-packed buds so that there's less chance of you buying a product that's contaminated while on display. If you don't like pre-packaged products, then the answer is simple: Call ahead to find out how the shop sells its pot. I can understand why you find pre-packaged purchases undesirable - what you end up with often turns out to be an ugly, malnourished version of that beautiful, stanky bud you saw on display (and thought you were getting) - but that scenario plays out most often at tourist-heavy dispensaries that rely on foot traffic and non-repeat customers. If the packaging is a bottle and not a sealed bag, you can always ask the budtender to check out the buds for dryness before making your purchase, or just ask him or her what has been on the shelf the longest.
Tucson Weekly, 26 Nov 2015 - Now's the time to get involved in the cannabis social movement Many social movements have been taking hold in our nation recently. For example, same-sex marriage has moved from social acceptance to being fully legal. Cannabis law reform is a hot topic in politics and the media, as well as more and more states jumping onboard. Times are good, and there is much fulfilling work to be done on these and other humanitarian fronts. However, I am making a public call to action, asking for your participation in these movements. It isn't hard, there are events happening all the time.
Colorado Springs Independent, 25 Nov 2015 - West-side weed The west side's newest cannabis club, Canna Canyon (1507 W. Colorado Ave.), is open. Owner and CEO Aaron Stone has a strong background in the weed business, having worked on both the medical and recreational sides. The former JP Wellness owner ended a year-long stint as operator of The Lazy Lion in August to create his own club, aiming for what he describes as the pure club experience - something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge or brewers union.