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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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Canada: Editorial: Legal Pot Means More Law, Not Less

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2016 - The Canadian Police Association made a reasonable request this week when it asked the Trudeau government to remind everyone that recreational marijuana is still an illegal substance. For more than a year, so-called marijuana "dispensaries" have been popping up in cities across the country, selling pot and pot-filled products in open violation of the Criminal Code. The pace of new openings has only increased since the election of the Liberals, who promised to legalize marijuana. Police say these days some Canadians are shocked to learn that it is actually illegal to buy and sell pot recreationally. And it's no wonder. Canada's laws have been evolving rapidly since 2000, when the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that marijuana must be available to people who need it for medical purposes. Today, it is legal for people with a medical prescription to order pot from federally authorized suppliers, who deliver it in the mail. But it is still against the law to buy, sell, grow or use it for fun and games.

US: 2016 Could Be The Year For Industrial Hemp

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 11 Feb 2016 - In 2015 U.S. consumers bought over $500 million in hemp products, buying everything from food, cosmetics, fabrics and paper to construction material, insulation and plastics. It is estimated that there are more than 25,000 product applications for industrial hemp and yet the hemp market struggles to capitalize on that vast potential. Currently listed as a federal Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to grow the plant or possess live seeds. But recent activity at the state and industry level is beginning to challenge that long standing status. Here in Colorado a small number of permits became available in 2014, allowing farmers to plant and harvest hemp under the plant's newly legal status, as granted by Amendment 64. As one of 28 states with laws to grow or research hemp, Colorado's laws are among the most transparent and accommodating in the nation because farmers are allowed to keep their seeds to create Colorado strains particularly well suited for the state's dry climate.

CN ON: Thorny Issue For City

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 11 Feb 2016 - Transit advisory group faces dilemma after Dec. 23 decision to kick man off bus One man's medical marijuana usage on a city bus could now spark a legal debate. The transit advisory committee is asking council to seek legal advice on the nuances and room for challenging provincial legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana in public places.

CN BC: Nelson Council Lobbies Province And Feds

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 10 Feb 2016 - Changes Requested in Hospital Funding, Social Services, and Marijuana Regulations When federal and provincial governments make decisions, municipal governments often get stuck with more than their fair share of the work and expense.

US HI: Newspaper Demands Pot Panelists' Names

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Feb 2016 - Oahu Publications Says It Is Prepared to Sue If the Heath Department Refuses The Honolulu Star-Advertiser told the state Health Department on Thursday it will file a lawsuit if the agency does not release by the close of business today the names of committee members who will award Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensary licenses.

US HI: Editorial: Ditch The Secrecy On Pot Licenses

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Feb 2016 - The people in the know clearly know the crucial fact about the new medical marijuana dispensary enterprise: It's going to be big business - very big. That, as well as the fact that only eight licenses will be awarded, has turned those permits into valuable commodities.

CN BC: More Firefighters To Carry Opioid-Reversing Naloxone

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 09 Feb 2016 - Richmond firefighters are planning to start carrying two doses of naloxone on each fire engine after changes were made to allow non-medical personnel to administer the opioid-reversing drug. The move comes after a late-January change by the Ministry of Health that allowed fire rescue first responders to start administering naloxone-which can be used to reverse the effects of drugs like heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl and methadone.

CN QU: Edu: Marketing Marijuana As Medicine

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
The Concordian, 09 Feb 2016 - Cannabis can be used to treat more than 40 different medical conditions Montreal's first medical cannabis clinic, which opened in 2014 at its location on Amherst Street, provides a clean, modern environment where patients can get prescriptions and support in moving away from pharmaceutical drugs. Two glass cases stand in the window, showing off a variety of vaporizers of all shapes and sizes.

US CO: Column: A Woman's World

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 11 Feb 2016 - Modern feminism boils down to two main angles. The first is a movement driven by equality: equal pay, equal representation, equal access to power and position. The second seeks to elevate the status of roles commonly perceived as feminine, recognizing the value of caretaking in society and increased social stature. Women who attempt to achieve both know how difficult that feat can be because achieving one tends to preclude the other. Either women step into traditionally male positions that are more demanding on their time and energy or they commit to more nurturing roles that disassociate them from money and power. Even if a woman is willing to go for it all, her efforts are likely stymied by an inflexible society that struggles to accommodate shifting gender roles.

US CA: Column: Let It Burn

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 11 Feb 2016 - So many hash labs are blowing up around these parts that Humboldt Bay Fire, which services the greater Eureka area, recently declared it won't go into the burning aftermath of the explosions. The new policy comes on the heels of several hash lab fires in the area, the most recent of which (on Jan. 20) sent a resident to the University of California Davis burn center and left "obvious signs that the explosion moved the roof off the walls," according to a press release.

US: Senator: Sentencing Reform Bill Isn't Stalled

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
Washington Post, 11 Feb 2016 - Despite Recent Setbacks, Utah Republican Says Legislation Has Traction The co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to reduce some mandatory minimum drug and gun sentences said Wednesday that he is hopeful Congress can still pass the bill despite recent setbacks.

US CA: Column: Tommy Chong's Last Laugh

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
SF Weekly, 11 Feb 2016 - It was in a low-rent town in flyover country, playing a gig in front of a crowd of squares and straights in the Ronald Reagan '80s - the dark days of Just Say No, compulsory D.A.R.E. classes for children, and the crack-cocaine epidemic, all the things that led to our country's current drug-fueled incarceration crisis - when Tommy Chong really blew his audience's minds. Chong and his partner Cheech Marin had been plying their brand of stoner humor for almost two decades, their comedy LPs and films on the Hi-Fis and Betamaxes of cannabis users around the world. (And the pair would separate soon after, when Marin tried to make a break from the THC-fueled typecast and go for a straight-laced acting career.) But on this night and in this town - some nameless "right-wing Christian" place Chong cannot recall - the still-bearded longhairs were not playing to their audience. Still, the crewcuts paid to see these freaks, leftovers from the '60s, in action. And they were curious.

US CA: Sen. Mike McGuire Floats Bill to Increase Sales Tax on

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
The Press Democrat, 11 Feb 2016 - State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, introduced legislation Wednesday that would establish a 15 percent statewide sales tax on medical marijuana, a move he said was needed to help cover local government costs to control the booming cannabis industry. The tax would be in addition to the existing sales tax - roughly 8 percent on goods and services - and is expected to generate more than $100 million a year, with a 30 percent share available to cities and counties for costs associated with medical cannabis.

US AZ: Column: Social Media Hates On Weed

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 11 Feb 2016 - Last week, dispensary owners in Arizona, and other states, woke up to news their Facebook pages were deleted At least a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries in Tucson realized their Facebook pages had been deleted on Thursday, Feb. 4 by the social media site, according to the Daily Haze.

US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Does Marijuana Help With

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
Westword, 11 Feb 2016 - Dear Stoner: Does marijuana help with depression? Searching Dear Searching: Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. There's such a wide range of studies on the subject that trying to wrap your head around it can make your hair fall out - or leave you more depressed. A survey of 4,400 adults that was funded by the Marijuana Policy Project indicated that regular and occasional marijuana users had more positive moods and fewer somatic complaints than non-users, but it also found medical users to be more depressed than recreational users. Other published studies have shown marijuana smokers to be diagnosed with depression more often and to be more at risk for schizophrenia or psychosis than non-smokers, but doctors don't agree on whether marijuana is the cause of a patient's depression or just that patient's preferred method of self-medication.

US OR: Column: How To Ruin Valentine's Day-with Weed!

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 11 Feb 2016 - IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY, which can be difficult for single people. (Who are only alone because something is wrong with them. WHAT? I'm right. You know I'm right. Think of all your single friends, and name two who aren't that way because of a deep, twisted, untreatable inner flaw. Yikes.) But even for those of us who are happily coupled-and don't hate-there are expectations forced upon us that this has to be the most romantic, multi-orgasmic holiday of the year, right after Arbor Day or when a new dispensary opens down the block.

Thailand: Editorial: Grasp Drug Policy Nettle

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 08:00
Bangkok Post, 10 Feb 2016 - The United Nations is aiming to set a new macro policy on recreational drugs worldwide, starting today. It has taken almost a generation even to get to this point, which is the token beginning of a UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs. There are strong feelings emerging that the UN itself might even take a stand leaning towards legalisation of such drugs. A kickoff meeting this evening in New York will hear testimony, mostly from the pro-enforcement side. This is, essentially, Thailand's time to stand up for this country's policies on illegal drugs - or to call for changes. It is certain that after today's "interactive panel discussions" on the subject that a handful of Latin American countries and most of the 279 NGOs registered to attend will be lobbying hard on the legalisation side. Thailand and Thais are not prepared to go that far. Yet changes must be made.

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