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TOP: The risk of being your child's best friend and how to draw the line - Chicago Tribune

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 01:01
chicagotribune.com (US) Susan Wholley bought her daughter her first drink when she turned 21, and she was the person her daughters turned to when they had questions about sex and marijuana. (Wed Mar 14 14:01:27 2018 PDT)
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Here's what the other OCSs think of the Ontario Cannabis Store — their new acronym mate - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 18:14

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Here's what the other OCSs think of the Ontario Cannabis Store — their new acronym mate
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They've been using the acronym OCS for 17 years. (Kelly Bennett/CBC). He's worried it will cause confusion: "We typically go by our whole name ... but OCS is what stands out and people have referred to us as that," he said. Paton doesn't plan to ...

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Yukon to stockpile $2.7M worth of cannabis ahead of legal sales - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 17:49

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Yukon to stockpile $2.7M worth of cannabis ahead of legal sales
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Yukon will spend about $2.7 million this year to build an inventory of marijuana, according to the minister overseeing the territory's plan for legal pot sales. Minister John Streicker told the legislative assembly on Monday he's anticipating a ...

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Job growth skyrockets locally as marijuana industry ramps up - Windsor Star

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:44

Windsor Star

Job growth skyrockets locally as marijuana industry ramps up
Windsor Star
Health Canada's approval Tuesday of another 200,000 square feet of greenhouse space for Aphria will allow the Leamington cannabis company to expand production capacity — and create more jobs. By the end of 2019, the company expects to have over one ...

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Marijuana producer Cannex Capital to list shares on CSE - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:35

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Marijuana producer Cannex Capital to list shares on CSE
The Globe and Mail
The biggest legal grower of cannabis in the state of Washington is going public in Canada this week, the latest in a wave of American marijuana businesses that are raising money north of the border. Cannex Capital Group Inc. will list its common shares ...

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Cannabis Industry Is Saving Cities With Struggling Economies - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:32

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Cannabis Industry Is Saving Cities With Struggling Economies
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A growing number of states have legalized marijuana, but not every municipality within the confines of these progressive governments has been eager to get involved with the cannabis trade. In the eight states that have legalized the leaf for ...
To boost its economy, Pueblo County embraced marijuana. Now a new study reveals whether it worked.The Denver Post

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Should You Really Wait a Year to Date After Recovering From an Addiction?

Alternet - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:27
Click here for reuse options! Waiting a year sounds good in theory, but love and attraction are not things anyone can plan for.

Dating for recovering addicts presents a different set of challenges that people without a substance abuse problem don’t necessarily experience. Addict or not, anyone who is single can attest to the fact that dating can be a complete nightmare. The awkward lulls in conversation and the unease you feel presenting yourself as a likable person are all enough to make person with a healthy dose of anxiety want to run for the nearest exit. After the date, your emotional stability is tried even further. You constantly check your phone waiting for him or her to call, followed by crushing disappointment if he or she doesn't. These experiences can threaten the hard-earned sobriety of any newly sober addict.

This is why it is often advised that newly sober addicts wait one year before they actively try to seek a romantic partner. While this sounds reasonable in theory, it is hardly ever adhered to in practice. All four of the recovering addicts I spoke with never stuck to the one-year rule.

Justin Kunzelman is nine years sober and the director of Rebel Recovery in West Palm Beach, Florida. He’s been married for five years and has a young son, but says he doesn’t believe in a dating waiting period. Adriana Kupresak, sober 17 months, is a style blogger and addiction advocate from Zagreb, Croatia. She’s currently in a new three-month-old relationship with her “soulmate,” but dated throughout early recovery. David Stoecker is nine years sober and the founder of Better Life in Recovery, in Springfield, Missouri. He’s a father and has been married for seven years. When asked if he stuck to the one-year suggestion, he said, “Absolutely not, and I probably should have.” Jennifer Nyhus, eight years sober and an aspiring addiction advocate from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is a happily married mother of two. “I’ve never met anyone who’s waited that long, and I don’t honestly know as addicts we could,” Nyhus said.

This lack of adherence isn’t something that is specific to the sources but something that rings true across the board. “I have spoken to and have provided therapy to many recovering addicts and alcoholics. Probably eight out of 10 have had difficulties sustaining this rule of thumb for one year for various reasons,” said Dr. Sal Raichbach of the Ambrosia Treatment Center.

The one-year rule exists so that addicts can have a year to focus solely on themselves. “The ‘wait one year before dating’ rule in recovery is based on the idea of minimizing emotional turmoil in the first year of sobriety,” says Dr. Raichbach. But it’s important to note that this rule is not part of any official recovery framework. “It doesn’t come from any documented source; there are no studies behind it. There’s a bunch of clichés that fall into that same category, like rules, like 90/90 [attending 90 meetings in 90 days]," Kunzelman said. “But it’s not actually a part of their foundations of recovery. I never followed it.” Dr. Raichbach backed this up, saying it's more of a “philosophical idea.”

This philosophical idea, however, is just too impractical for many recovering addicts, since love and attraction are not things people can plan for. It's human nature to want romantic companionship, and a newly sober person may desire it even more than a non-addict. “I know that when you’re newly in recovery the need to feel normal is overbearing, because all you want is to be treated like a regular person again, and the easiest way to do that is to date, because, god, we’ve been doing that since we were 15 years old. So, you feel like that’s your doorway to normalcy,” Jennifer Nyhus said.

But while it may not take a year to be able to date again, recovering addicts should be resilient enough to withstand the stress of dating and be sure about what they want in a partner. For that reason, many people in recovery tend to be pickier about who they decide to date, and eliminate the options that might pose a threat to their sobriety. Adriana Kupresak said that when she started dating, if there were any red flags she picked up on during a date, she would write the person off completely. “Red flags would definitely be people who don’t respect your path,” she said. “People who remind you of people who you were always dating in the past. You can’t be changing as a person and continually be dating the old people that you were before. That’s like madness.”

When Kunzelman got newly sober, he said he didn’t have time for encounters he felt didn’t have the potential to lead to anything meaningful. “Like, I’m not going to date you just to break up with you in six f**king months just to have someone next to me in bed,” he said. “F**k that, I have my dog.” Instead, he said he outlined what he was looking for in a partner and axed anyone who didn’t fit the bill.

Many recovering addicts seek someone who has never struggled with a substance abuse problem. “Being in a relationship with someone else in recovery is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do at all,” Nyhus said. This is a consistent belief among all the people I interviewed. “I think the best piece of advice is if you are an addict yourself, don’t date an addict. If you’re not an addict, do your best to understand the addict,” Kupresak said.

Kunzelman echoed this statement. When he first became sober, he dated a couple of women in recovery, and things didn’t work out mainly because he didn’t want every aspect of his life to be centered around recovery. “I wanted my wife to be my confidant and to be my friend, and I felt like dating women in recovery felt more like dating a sponsor than it did having somebody completely removed from all that.”

Stoecker, too, tried dating women in recovery at first, but it turned out to be an absolute “train wreck.” “I dated ‘projects’ and I dated people in recovery…and basically to me that is a recipe for disaster,” he said. “Because if I’m doing really good and they slip, there’s a chance they bring me down with them and vice versa. … Back before I got into the relationship I’m in now, I felt like I had to date somebody else in recovery so that they would understand.” After dating a few women in recovery, Stoecker decided he could only date teetotalers, or people who completely abstain from alcohol.

But dating a non-addict isn’t something that necessarily works for everyone in recovery. Of course, there are successful relationships that were forged between two recovering addicts. “Sometimes it’s easy to date someone who has no clue when it comes to recovery because they can hide from their own addiction. But I don’t find it more or less; I think it’s based on the individual and what they’re comfortable with,” said Dr. Raichbach.

Dating people who have never been in recovery culture comes with its own set of challenges. Non-addicts can have problems understanding the sometimes overwhelming desire of an addict to use. There’s also the issue of a non-addict patronizing their recovering addict partner. “Patience is the number-one attribute that you need to have [when dating an addict] because this relationship is not going to be fair, and it sucks, but it’s just the reality of situation,” Nyhus said. “You’re in a relationship with an addict; the only thing they ever thought about for the last however many years was themselves, and themselves alone.”

Addicts who are trying to establish some sense of normalcy in their lives may feel they don’t need a non-addict partner constantly reminding them of the regrettable choices they made in the past. “The best thing you can probably do, at least from my standpoint, is don’t go from one extreme to other,” Kunzelman said. “[Recovering addicts] don’t need to be coddled, and they also don’t need to be praised for not getting high. When I go home, my wife’s like, ‘Can you take this kid and take out the f**ing trash and let the dog out,’ and not, ‘Did you stay sober today?’ I don’t get credit for sh*t I’m supposed to do.”

Perhaps for this reason, Raichbach says that while patience is great, being non-judgmental is even more important. “Patience is a great word; unfortunately, it’s not exercised all that well at all times,” he says. “Patience is when you love someone, and you see them struggle and you continue to support and not enable. So, I wouldn’t say that patience is the first and foremost; for me it’s labeling, not stigmatizing, and not being judgmental. Love is love, and love comes in all shapes and sizes ….We all have a past, some are more checkered than others.”

If all our relationships were judged simply by our past choices, not one would succeed. Just like with any sort of love, there needs to be full acceptance of your partner. The third time Nyhus slept with her future husband, she broke down after she became overwhelmed with emotion. “That was when [he] realized that these things that happened to me and the choices that I made in life, I was going to carry with me for the rest of my life. And he was going to have to be willing to accept those things and be willing to talk about them, even though they’re not pretty or fun to talk about. Since that day, we’ve been 100 percent honest about all of our feeling at all times,” she said.

In fact, honesty and communication for recovering addicts is of the utmost importance in their relationships. For many addicts, talking things out is how they managed recovery. They end up bringing the communicative approaches they learned into the relationship. Many recovering addicts make open and honest partners. “The first time I sat my wife down and said, ‘Hey, what you said really hurt my feelings, I’d like to talk about it,’ she looked at me like I was a f**king crazy person,” Kunzelman said. But in the end, she came to embrace the open communication.

“Relationships in recovery should look like relationships everywhere else,” Kunzelman says. There is not one person who is more capable of love than another. Because of this, it can be problematic to place time frames on love for recovering addicts.

The one-year waiting period should be considered a suggestion to recovering addicts, because not only is it rarely observed, it can also have potentially damaging effects to a newly sober addict. “When you tell an addict or alcoholic [to wait] a year, if for any reason an addict or alcoholic, or anyone for that matter, is not able to follow what is deemed to them to be a rule, they look upon themselves sometimes as failures that they can’t even do something as important [as] what’s suggested to them,” says Dr. Raichbach. “So that can create even more of a problem because now they feel like they failed; when it comes to early recovery, we don’t want to give any impression of failure, because that just internalizes it and they wind up relapsing.”

Addicts should make that choice on their own, and decide when they feel like they can handle potential heartbreak without relapsing. Jennifer Nyhus says, “It’s all personal choice; wait till you feel in your heart that you are ready to withstand the disappointment that comes from being in a crappy relationship or going on crappy dates.”

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Marijuana possession, trafficking charges dropped against Leamington man - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:37

CTV News

Marijuana possession, trafficking charges dropped against Leamington man
CTV News
He was charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana. The charges were dropped right before a preliminary hearing began for a co-accused, 46-year-old Jon-Paul Fuller of Lakeshore. Fuller was ousted as president of the Windsor Essex County Crime ...

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GOP Leaders' Bill Could Let Patients Use Medical Marijuana - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:05

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GOP Leaders' Bill Could Let Patients Use Medical Marijuana
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The proposal, known as the "Right to Try Act," lays out certain criteria for what can be considered an "eligible investigational drug," all of which marijuana appears to meet. In order to qualify, a drug has to have completed a phase 1 clinical trial ...

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Booze and Basketball: Why Binge Drinking Increases During March Madness

Alternet - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:33
Students tend to tipple more when their team is in the tournament.

For every tip-off during March Madness, it’s a sure bet that students at the schools playing in the basketball tournament will be tipping up more beer bottles than usual.

This was one of the key findings of an analysis we conducted recently on the impact of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on college students’ drinking behavior.

We are all economists with a keen interest in the relationship between health and economics. Our recent study shines light on the well-established fact that alcohol consumption – and the negative effects that come along with it – often goes hand in hand with college sports. For that reason, college sporting events represent prime opportunities to think about ways to curtail drinking among college students.

A long-standing tradition

Researchers have long known that alcohol consumption rises during college sporting events. Study after study has found that college students were more likely to binge drink on football game days.

The same is true for college basketball. For instance, a study of 206 undergraduate students at Syracuse University in 2003 – when Syracuse won the NCAA men’s basketball championship – found that alcohol consumption on the two game days of the championship exceeded what is typical on campus.

Negative effects

Binge drinking is associated with many harmful outcomes for the drinker and those around them. These outcomes include lower grades and increased rates of drunk driving and sexual assault. One study found that assaults, vandalism and arrests for disorderly conduct and alcohol-related offenses increased on college football game days in the towns that hosted the game, especially after upsets.

What is it about college sports that seems to lead to increased rates of drinking? The first thing to understand is that college students binge drink and report heavy alcohol use at higher rates than their peers who aren’t in college. Social norms likely play a large role in this fact. For instance, one study found that college students tend to think that their peers drink more than they actually do. This perception can cause individuals to believe that heavy drinking is the norm, not the exception.

A different study found that alcohol consumption can be reduced among college students by providing them with accurate information about how often their peers drink.

The role of high-stakes games

In order to understand how a major college sporting event affects alcohol consumption across different colleges, we examined the effect of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on college students’ reported alcohol use.

We relied on the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, which provides information on students’ alcohol consumption at 43 NCAA Division I institutions in 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2001. With this data, we compared drinking rates before, during and after the tournament as well as across tournament and non-tournament schools each season.

We found that nearly 60 percent of male students whose school had just played in the men’s basketball tournament reported binge drinking once more in the past two weeks than a male student whose school did not play a tournament game during the survey window.

Overall drinks consumed experience a similar jump, as male students at tournament schools reported drinking 6.9 additional alcoholic beverages on average during the tournament. These numbers are comparable with elevated drinking estimates associated with college football game days.

White males affected most

The increase in binge drinking appears to be concentrated mostly among white male students. While 60 percent of male students binge drink more when their team plays in the NCAA Tournament, we detect no increase in alcohol consumption among female students.

According to our study, approximately 1 in 3 students who are over 21 appear to binge drink more when their team plays in the NCAA tournament. One in 4 underage students report binge drinking once more when their team plays.

The College Alcohol Study asked respondents about drinking and driving, so we were able to observe that students not only reported drinking more during the NCAA tournament, but that they were also about 10 percent more likely to report driving under the influence of alcohol or riding with someone who is under the influence.

Our paper adds to the growing amount of evidence that alcohol consumption during college sporting events has harmful effects on society. While we do not know of any single solution for all students at all schools, we note that reducing the availability of alcohol at sporting events has the ability to reduce “arrests, assaults, ejections from the stadium, and student referrals to the judicial affairs office.”

The National Institutes of Health has also created resources for both parents of college students and for college administrators to help reduce the amount of dangerous alcohol consumption among college students.

 

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Detroit, Bankrupt a Few Years Ago, Seems Uninterested In Reaping Medical Marijuana Millions Now - Entrepreneur

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:19

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Detroit, Bankrupt a Few Years Ago, Seems Uninterested In Reaping Medical Marijuana Millions Now
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Detroit, a city that in recent years had to file a multi-billion dollar bankruptcy, is in danger of missing out on generating millions of dollars in taxes and fees with the legal medical marijuana industry. As Michigan gears up to begin medical ...

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Marijuana company Hydropothecary grabs a third of Quebec market, plots global growth - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:25

Financial Post

Marijuana company Hydropothecary grabs a third of Quebec market, plots global growth
Financial Post
As Canadian marijuana growers rush to boost production before pot gets legalized, Quebec's biggest cannabis company is looking at the province's global convenience-store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. for a road map. Gatineau-based The ...
Canadian cannabis giant models global growth plan after Circle KThe Cannabist
Hydropothecary bolsters management team in preparation for recreational cannabisGlobeNewswire (press release)

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Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario - CBC.ca

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Doug Ford wants free market for cannabis in Ontario
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Q: What are your plans for regulation and enforcement for marijuana when it becomes legal? Would you privatize pot stores? A: We're going down a path that no one really knows. I have been open to a fair market and letting the markets dictate. I don't ...
Ford suggests opening sale of cannabis, alcohol to private sector; will scrap 'People's Guarantee'CTV News

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FL: drug abuse Archives - 96k Rock

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OH: Marijuana operation busted Friday - Marysville Journal-Tribune

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marysvillejt.com (US) Marijuana operation busted Friday - Marysville Journal-Tribune Police Beat Marijuana operation busted Friday According to a press release, on Friday at 10:05 a.m. detectives from the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement (M.A.D.E.) Task Force, deputies with the... (Tue Mar 13 18:25:45 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Police charge five people in Bethlehem drug bust - The Morning Call

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mcall.com (US) Patillo is also wanted for various drug charges in both Northampton and Monroe counties. (Tue Mar 13 14:20:16 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Ex-Pennsylvania narcotics agent to plead guilty in money laundering case - The Morning Call

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 01:20
mcall.com (US) A former Pennsylvania narcotics agent will plead guilty to conspiring to launder money from a seizure of nearly $1.8 million in illicit drug proceeds in 2014. (Tue Mar 13 14:20:16 2018 PDT)
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FL: Woman charged with abetting sex trafficking - News - The Walton Sun - Fort Walton Beach, FL

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FL: Once unadoptable, dog in Rhode Island joins K9 unit, becomes a lifesaver - News - The Walton Sun - Fort Walton Beach, FL

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[2]: Trib editorial: Pa.'s deepening Medicaid dependency - TribLIVE

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