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[2]: Ex-Tokhang surrenderer back in jail for drugs

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:12
journal.com.ph (US) A 33-YEAR old suspected drug dealer in Pangasinan who surrendered to local police authorities during the initial implementation of the Philippine National Police Oplan: Tokhang last year was arrested in a buy-bust operation in San Carlos City on Monday afternoon. (Sun Jun 17 23:12:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(100%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibitionist(85%), $government_prohib(85%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $cocaine(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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[2]: 11 collared in Laguna nonstop anti-illegal drug operations

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:12
journal.com.ph (US) PO3 Gecolea seized from Zuharto Asim Diong 10 medium plastic sachets of shabu while recovered from Asarap Salangani Omal were 10 medium plastic sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P500000 and the buy-bust money worth P5000. (Sun Jun 17 23:12:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(70%), $prohibition(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $police_related_news(70%)]
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[2]: 5 dead, 67 held in Davao City anti-crime raids

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:12
journal.com.ph (US) A total of 67 other suspects were also arrested during the operations which netted an estimated P2.2 million worth of shabu. Obusan said a total of 17 search warrants were served by members of the 11th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit with the help of the Davao City Police Office. (Sun Jun 17 23:12:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $cocaine(100%), $paraphernalia(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%)]
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[2]: OFW, seaman caught selling shabu

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:12
journal.com.ph (US) An alleged overseas Filipino worker and a seaman were caught in the act of selling illegal drugs by local policemen. (Sun Jun 17 23:12:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(55%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(70%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%)]
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[2]: Journal Online - Daily news from the Philippines.

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:12
journal.com.ph (US) Pasig OFW, seaman caught selling shabu ... (Sun Jun 17 23:12:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(75%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Cannabis could be Delta's bitter harvest

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Cannabis could be Delta's bitter harvest City officials including the mayor are concerned Delta will become the pot growing capital of Canada. (Sun Jun 17 02:10:23 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Cannabis could be Delta's bitter harvest

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Cannabis could be Delta's bitter harvest City officials including the mayor are concerned Delta will become the pot growing capital of Canada. (Sun Jun 17 02:10:23 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(98%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme7(98%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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OR: CANNABIS - yes or no? - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:05
nuggetnews.com (US) CANNABIS - yes or no? - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon CANNABIS - yes or no? Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuana dispensaries to open for business, as did the... (Sun Jun 17 22:05:26 2018 PDT)
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OR: Opinions - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:05
nuggetnews.com (US) CANNABIS - yes or no? Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuana dispensaries to open for business, as did the entire state of Oregon. Four years ago, in November 2014, Sisters voted narrowly to permit marijuan... (Sun Jun 17 22:05:26 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Sydney Mines man released on conditions - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) LebLanc is now to live at a residence on Manning Street, North Sydney, and abstain from alcohol and drugs not prescribed him by a... (Sun Jun 17 02:05:54 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(80%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme2(75%), $propaganda_theme5(50%), $illegal_drugs(80%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(50%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $alcohol(50%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%), $youth(50%)]
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CANADA: UK changes course, allows epileptic boy to use cannabis oil

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:04
burnabynow.com She said Billy suffered two severe seizures overnight and that the cannabis oil is the only substance that can prevent life-threatening seizures for him. (Sun Jun 17 02:04:11 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: UK changes course, allows epileptic boy to use cannabis oil

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:04
burnabynow.com She said Billy suffered two severe seizures overnight and that the cannabis oil is the only substance that can prevent life-threatening seizures for him. (Sun Jun 17 02:04:11 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $plants(100%), $pharms(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $hashish(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%), $assoc_press(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Elderly man caught growing opium poppies in apartment garden

Drug News Bot - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 01:04
koreaherald.com Is being accused of harvesting 349 opium poppy seeds in the 33-square meters garden. (Sun Jun 17 01:04:45 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(55%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $gateway(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $sedative(100%), $analgesic(100%), $euphoriant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $opium(60%), $poppy(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $drug_test(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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Cannabis oil row prompts legalisation call - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:27

BBC News

Cannabis oil row prompts legalisation call
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CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the marijuana plant. A cannabis-based drug called Sativex has been licensed in the UK to treat MS. It contains THC and CBD. Doctors could, in theory, ...
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Cannabis 101: Where Entrepreneurs, Lawyers and Caregivers Go To Learn - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 15:08

Forbes

Cannabis 101: Where Entrepreneurs, Lawyers and Caregivers Go To Learn
Forbes
Dennis Mehaffey a contributor to BusinessStudent.com compiled a list of some of the courses including the scientific, business and legal aspects of marijuana. It's a great sign for the cannabis industry that there are so many choices, he said ...

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Chinatown rallies against proposed Calgary cannabis stores - Calgary Herald

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 13:48

Calgary Herald

Chinatown rallies against proposed Calgary cannabis stores
Calgary Herald
Business owners and concerned residents in Calgary's Chinatown are saying possible recreational cannabis stores in the community go against Chinese values. Around 50 members of Calgary's Chinatown community gathered outside James Short Park ...

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The DEA's Move to Restrict Opioid Prescriptions Had an Unforeseen Consequence—It Pushed Users to the Dark Web

Alternet - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:55
Meet the "iron law of prohibition."

By the end of 2013, the country's quiet opioid addiction crisis was no longer so quiet. Opioid overdose deaths that year topped 16,000, more than four times the same statistic for 1999. That prompted a number of measures at the state and federal level to rein in opioid prescriptions, including a move by the DEA in October 2014 to tighten its policies around some of the most commonly prescribed opioids.

The new DEA policy—aimed at popular opioids such as Vicodin and Lortab—imposed restrictions on doctors' prescribing and made it more difficult for patients to get refills. In one sense, the policy was a success: Prescriptions for those drugs decreased almost immediately. But new research adds to an increasing body of evidence that restricting opioid prescribing has not solved the opioid crisis but instead worsened it.

Since the DEA policy shift, opioid overdose deaths continued to grow with more than 40,000 fatal opioid overdoses in 2016. And while prescription opioid overdose deaths have slightly decreased—there were about 14,000 that year—overdose deaths from heroin and non-prescription synthetic opioids such as fentanyl went through the roof. Heroin and illicit synthetics accounted for nearly two-thirds of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016.

In the new study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, researchers examining the impact of the DEA policy shift found evidence that while the change indeed lowered prescribing rates for the opioids in question, it was also linked to an increase in illicit online sales of those drugs in Dark Web drug markets.

The researchers used software called DATACRYPTO to crawl encrypted Dark Web marketplaces where people can anonymously buy damned near anything, from drugs to guns to credit card numbers. DATACRYPTO harvested data on which drugs were for sale, their country of origin, and the number of customer comments on each seller's comments page. Researchers used that last figure as a proxy for how much of a drug that seller sold. They examined sales of prescription opioids, sedatives, stimulants, and steroids, as well as heroin. It was only with prescription opioids that they found a significant Dark Web sales bump.

Here's what they found: "The sale of prescription opioids through US cryptomarkets increased after the schedule change, with no statistically significant changes in sales of prescription sedatives, prescription steroids, prescription stimulants, or illicit opioids."

According to their data, prescription opioids doubled their market share of U.S. Dark Web drug sales thanks to the DEA policy change. By July 2016, opioids represented 13.7% of all drug sales in U.S. cryptomarkets, compared with a modeled estimate of 6.7% of all sales.

While the researchers were careful to not make claims of causation—only correlation—their conclusion speaks for itself: "The scheduling change in hydrocodone combination products coincided with a statistically significant, sustained increase in illicit trading of opioids through online US cryptomarkets. These changes were not observed for other drug groups or in other countries. A subsequent move was observed towards the purchase of more potent forms of prescription opioids, particularly oxycodone and fentanyl."

Not only is the DEA policy change linked to increased Dark Web opioid sales, it is also linked to a move toward more powerful, and thus more dangerous, opioids. The researchers noted that while fentanyl was the least purchased Dark Web opioid in the summer of 2014, it was the second most frequently purchased by the summer of 2016. Fentanyl killed as many people as prescription opioids that year.

This study—one of the few that examines supply reduction (as opposed to demand reduction) as a means reducing drug use—strongly suggests that supply-side interventions carry unintended consequences, especially the resort to more dangerous and more powerful substitutes.  The study's authors refer to this effect as "the iron law of prohibition, whereby interventions to reduce supply, such as increased enforcement and changes to drug scheduling, lead to illicit markets dominated by higher potency products."

Perhaps better than restricting opioid prescriptions, which has deleterious impacts on the tens of millions of Americans suffering chronic pain, or other supply-side interventions, would be increased access to addiction treatment, as well as greatly expanded harm reduction measures to try to get people off opioids and keep them alive in the meantime.

This article was produced by the Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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No clear picture on what legalized marijuana will look like - MY PG NOW

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 11:09

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No clear picture on what legalized marijuana will look like
MY PG NOW
Lyn added he's not concerned that they won't be able to reenact and develop the correct bylaw policies and regulations but is wondering what kind of cost sharing they will see. The federal government plans to legalize cannabis July 1st, but it may not ...

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COMMENTARY: Needless panic over home-grown cannabis ... - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 08:03

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COMMENTARY: Needless panic over home-grown cannabis ...
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There is suddenly a tremendous amount of political drama around the question of whether Canadians can grow their own pot, Rob Breakenridge says.
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