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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 11/25/2024 - 01:00
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.
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CANADA: Police seize cocaine, $400,000 and gun in drug searches after six-month investigation - The Chronicle Herald

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thechronicleherald.ca Of Halifax are all charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. (Sun Jul 22 02:15:44 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: B.C. men post cash bail on Halifax cocaine charges - The Chronicle Herald

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thechronicleherald.ca B.C. men post cash bail on Halifax cocaine charges ! The Chronicle Herald Connect With Cannabis B.C. men post cash bail on Halifax cocaine charges ... (Sun Jul 22 02:15:44 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Bedford cannabis dispensary robbed at gunpoint - The Chronicle Herald

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CANADA: Police seize cocaine, $400,000 and gun in drug searches after six-month investigation - The Chronicle Herald

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CANADA: B.C. men post cash bail on Halifax cocaine charges - The Chronicle Herald

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CANADA: Bedford cannabis dispensary robbed at gunpoint - The Chronicle Herald

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CANADA: Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

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delta-optimist.com Blunt warnings are effective: focus groups Cigarette packs with graphic images. (Sun Jul 22 02:10:24 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Marijuana smell from farm grow ops a concern

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CANADA: Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

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From tackling cancer to beating anxiety, medicinal cannabis helps thousands of people around the world — yet it's ... - The Sun

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From tackling cancer to beating anxiety, medicinal cannabis helps thousands of people around the world — yet it's ...
The Sun
SQUEEZING the pipette of cannabis oil under her tongue, Ceri Jones closed her eyes and took a deep breath. “Please save my life,” she thought. In May this year, Ceri had bought a marijuana tincture from an online supplier in Germany in a bid to out ...
Confused about CBD? Here's what you need to know about Ireland and the cannabis-based remedythejournal.ie
Willie Nelson grows cannabis empire with new line of CBD oil productsKVUE.com
9 Investigates: Cannabis in cosmeticsWFTV Orlando

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Alfie Dingley's cannabis oil campaign gets cash from firm with eye on recreational use - The Times

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Alfie Dingley's cannabis oil campaign gets cash from firm with eye on recreational use
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A high-profile campaign to win medicinal cannabis for a sick child is closely associated with a private equity firm that has big interests in recreational marijuana and links to a tobacco giant. Kingsley Capital Partners (KCP) has helped to drive the ...

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Guelph university lab is turning cannabis cultivation into a science - Toronto Star

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Guelph university lab is turning cannabis cultivation into a science
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Rene Van Acker is hoping marijuana will prove a gateway drug for targeted generations of young people — horticultural students. In launching the first university lab in Canada dedicated to cannabis production, the dean of the Ontario Agricultural ...

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NJ state lawmaker warns of 'sex toys and oils with marijuana' if recreational cannabis is legalized - The Hill

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NJ state lawmaker warns of 'sex toys and oils with marijuana' if recreational cannabis is legalized
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A New Jersey state senator is warning against products with marijuana, such as "sex toys and oils," that could be sold if the state decides to legalize recreational use of the substance. State Sen. Ronald Rice (D) told NJTV this week that he believes ...
'Sex toy oils with marijuana' a concern for key state senator if weed becomes legalNJ.com

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Marijuana worth millions seized in Italy - euronews

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Marijuana worth millions seized in Italy
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Police have seized €20 million worth of marijuana plants in a large scale operation in southern Italy. At least 18 people were reportedly arrested and a further 21 more suspects are believed involved. In three different parts of the region, officials ...

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Here's How Canadian Boomers Got Into Pot

Alternet - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 08:03
Many baby boomers believed marijuana use could usher in a new era of experience, enlightenment and joy. Half a century ago, this was utterly new to most Canadians.

The legalization of marijuana in Canada comes almost a century after the drug was first declared an illegal substance in 1923, but pot didn’t explode in popularity until the 1960s when a group of rebellious people began promoting it a shortcut to peace and enlightenment.

Concerned about the new use of this drug, in 1969, the Royal Commission on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs visited coffee shops and universities to talk to young people about marijuana use.

One student told them marijuana reveals “a greater sense of the universe.” He enthused that “things you never noticed… now jump out … and every event becomes suddenly deep.” Another touted that cannabis could be the “catalyst to the great Epiphany.”

One participant promised “fantastic benefits” from smoking marijuana and said that it could lead to “a much better way of living.”

In short, many baby boomers believed marijuana use could usher in a new era of experience, enlightenment and joy. Half a century ago, this was utterly new to most Canadians.

Cannabis convictions soar

Convictions for cannabis went from 60 in 1965 to 6,292 in 1970. By the spring of 1970, the Royal Commission on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs suggested that somewhere between 1.3 and 1.5 million Canadians had used marijuana.

A survey of Toronto adults in 1971 showed that 8.4 per cent had used cannabis in the previous year, with higher rates among young people. Thirty per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 25 said they had tried the drug, while only 10 per cent of people aged 25 to 35 had smoked marijuana. From 1968 to 1972, marijuana use at Toronto high schools tripled.

Read more: How pot-smoking became illegal in Canada

What made this new generation of young people reject the hard-drinking ways of their elders in favour of a new drug? Part of marijuana’s appeal was its illicit status — it allowed baby boomers to reject the rules of the “establishment” and the habits of their parents.

Timothy Leary addresses a crowd of hippies at the ‘Human Be-In’ that he helped organize in 1967. Leary told the crowd to ‘Turn on, Tune in and Drop out.’ (AP Photo/Bob Klein)

It was believed marijuana would open them to new experiences, while alcohol diminished awareness. As the LSD guru, Timothy Leary, put it in his Politics of Ecstasy, alcohol consumption brought about the “State of Emotional Stupor” while marijuana would lead to “The State of Sensory Awareness.”

Marijuana users were well aware that their parents already took a wide array of legal and prescription drugs. They were often highly critical of prescription drugs like barbiturates and tranquillizers. They believed these drugs numbed people to the injustices and inadequacies of North American society.

Promises of enlightenment

By contrast, marijuana promised to open a path to enlightenment. Many baby boomers were interested in Eastern religions and transcendent experiences. As Charles Reich put it in his Greening of America, an ode to the new generation, “using marijuana is more like what happens when a person with fuzzy vision puts on glasses.”

Reich explained that marijuana enabled people to hear new sounds in music and to visualize the world in new ways. It would allow them to understand time differently, thereby releasing them from the unrelenting demands of a capitalist society.

Read more: The truth about cannabis on Canadian campuses

Other marijuana users were influenced by the popular culture of the day to try the drug. The Beatles were getting “high with a little help” from their friends. Janis Joplin spent all her money on drugs in “Mary Jane.” Bob Dylan intoned: “Everybody must get stoned.”

The Beatles psychedelic animated movie ‘Yellow Submarine’ from 1968.

Drug use was also glorified in movies. The Beatles psychedelic cartoon Yellow Submarine premiered in 1968, while the countercultural classic Easy Rider came out the following year. It featured Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper driving their motorcycles from Los Angeles to New Orleans, smoking dope, taking LSD, visiting a commune and raising the ire of the establishment.

Finding a ‘groove’ Protesters stage a demonstration in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood in the 1960s. Michel Lambeth/Library and Archives Canada, CC BY

From the Mariposa music festival to the coffee shops of Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, marijuana wafted through the air of the late 1960s. Headshops were a vital part of the street life in countercultural communities like Vancouver’s Kitsilano. Stores like the Polevault in Vancouver featured coloured lights beaming through parachutes on the ceiling, while chairs, cushions and ashtrays invited people to stay and “groove.” Countercultural newspapers like the Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Harbinger (Toronto) and Octopus (Ottawa) glamourized marijuana in their pages.

Marijuana proponents did not persuade the Royal Commission that marijuana would usher in a new era of enlightenment. But the Commissioners were persuaded that the costs of marijuana prohibition were too high, both for individuals and the state. They recommended the laws against the prohibition of marijuana be repealed.

This did not happen, as Marcel Martel explains in his book Not this Time. Jean Chretien’s attempt to decriminalize marijuana in 2003 also failed.

Finally, more than 50 years after the “Summer of Love”, cannabis will be legalized in Canada, although the dream of marijuana’s potential to create a new society has largely passed.

Catherine Carstairs, Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Guelph

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Bad trip from smoking pot? It could be a sign of mental illness - Toronto Star

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Toronto Star

Bad trip from smoking pot? It could be a sign of mental illness
Toronto Star
As Canada is poised to legalize recreational marijuana in October this year, with federal legislation making the drug legal to possess in limited amounts for anyone 12 or older, experts are attempting to figure out how best to educate Canadians on the ...

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