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TOP: North Dakota officials gather public input on medical pot - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:09
star-telegram.com (US) North Dakota officials gather public input on medical pot ! Fort Worth Star-Telegram North Dakota officials gather public input on medical pot North Dakota health officials will begin gathering public input Monday about proposed medical marijuana rules as the state prepares to launch its program. (Sat Dec 09 14:09:35 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Home - Clearwater Times

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CANADA: Home - Clearwater Times (US) Suspected drug dealer arrested for selling beside B.C. daycare Suspected drug deale... (Sat Dec 09 02:07:06 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $pharms(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%)]
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TOP: University student creates business out of worm poop - The Kansas City Star

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:06
kansascity.com (US) An entrepreneurial student at Brigham Young University is generating buzz and earning accolades for his specialty organic fertilizer targeted for marijuana growers. (Sat Dec 09 14:06:21 2017 PST)
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CO: First-of-its-kind study will examine dabbing marijuana and driving

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:04
coloradoan.com (US) First-of-its-kind study will examine dabbing marijuana and driving Dabbing. (Sat Dec 09 16:04:09 2017 PST)
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TOP: 19-year-old hospitalized following Excelsior District shooting - SFGate

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:02
sfgate.com (US) [ ...] ... (Sat Dec 09 14:02:40 2017 PST)
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Majority of elected government officials in Brandon say they have ... - Brandon Sun

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 23:23

Majority of elected government officials in Brandon say they have ...
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While their cannabis use is far from being one of their defining characteristics, the majority of el... - Local - Brandon Sun.

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'It Is Not a Major Public Health Hazard': The Week in Cannabis Quotes - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:07

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'It Is Not a Major Public Health Hazard': The Week in Cannabis Quotes
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... who runs a cannabis clinic in Massachusetts. Tishler spoke to Newsweek about CHS after it reported on increased cases in legal states and latched onto the word “scromiting,” a mashup of two symptoms, screaming and vomiting, that can be signs of CHS ...

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California Now Accepting Cannabis License Applications - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:50

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California Now Accepting Cannabis License Applications
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California regulators began accepting applications for state cannabis licenses on Friday, releasing necessary forms and launching an online licensing portal just weeks before legal sales in some parts of the state begin on Jan. 1. Officials say they'll ...
California begins accepting permit applications for the sale of recreational marijuanaLos Angeles Times
By legalizing recreational marijuana sales, LA will 'set the tone for the rest of the country'Curbed LA
Why California cannabis rules promise a bumpy rideThe San Diego Union-Tribune
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Edmonton-based Liquor Stores NA hires cannabis strategist - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:43

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Edmonton-based Liquor Stores NA hires cannabis strategist
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Edmonton-based Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. says it has hired one of its directors to map out its future cannabis strategy as Canada moves to make recreational pot legal by next July. The company, which owns 231 retail liquor stores in Alberta, B.C. and ...

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Ontario communities can't opt out of marijuana shops: government - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:42

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Ontario communities can't opt out of marijuana shops: government
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TORONTO -- Communities across Ontario cannot opt out of hosting a government-run pot shop if they are selected for a site, the provincial government said Friday after at least one town expressed resistance to having a cannabis retail location. If a ...
Pot pushers? Ontario Liberals to force cannabis shops on ...Toronto Sun

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Vermont Will Legalize Marijuana In Early January, House Speaker Says - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:32

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Vermont Will Legalize Marijuana In Early January, House Speaker Says
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A top Vermont lawmaker says the state could become the first in the U.S. to legalize marijuana through an act of lawmakers early next year. “It will be up for a vote in early January,” House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) said on Friday. “I expect that it ...
Jeff Sessions scoffs at intern who questioned his marijuana stance, video showsThe Denver Channel

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Medical Pot Is Our Best Hope to Fight the Opioid Epidemic - RollingStone.com

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:19

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Medical Pot Is Our Best Hope to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
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Last year, a pharmaceutical company called Insys Therapeutics gave half a million dollars to the campaign to stop marijuana legalization in Arizona. The Phoenix-based company's flagship product is a prescription opioid spray made from fentanyl, an ...

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Meet the 'Father of Marijuana Research' - Newsweek

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:06

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Meet the 'Father of Marijuana Research'
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Raphael Mechoulam started his first marijuana project by walking into a police station and asking for some confiscated weed—for research purposes. “I went there, drank coffee with the policemen and got 5 kilos of cannabis, hashish,” he said ...

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NSLC busy making plans for marijuana sales next July - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:06

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NSLC busy making plans for marijuana sales next July
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The federal government's proposed Cannabis Act stipulates that marijuana cannot be displayed or promoted anywhere it can be seen by young people, which poses a challenge for liquor stores that allow those who are under 19 on site. But the proposed bill ...
Against expert recommendations, Nova Scotia will sell cannabis in liquor storesStraight.com

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Jeff Sessions Wants to Crack Down on Legal Marijuana—Will Congress Let Him?

Alternet - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:46
UPDATED: Limits on federal pot prosecution just got a brief extension, but medical marijuana may still be at risk.

UPDATE: Congress gave the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment a temporary reprieve after this piece was originally published, extending protections until Dec. 22. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., responded by saying, "[T]wo weeks is not enough certainty," and adding, "Congress must act to put an end to the cycle of uncertainty and permanently protect state medical marijuana programs — and adult use — from federal interference."

In all the budget and tax negotiations frantically being hammered out on Capitol Hill, one small amendment that might get lost in the shuffle could have huge ramifications. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment was originally set to expire on Friday (see update above), which would open the door for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do what he's been hinting he wants to: Launch a federal war on states that have partly or completely legalized marijuana use.

The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, originally passed as the the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment in 2014, bars the Department of Justice from using federal funds to prosecute people buying or selling medical marijuana in states that have legalized it. It's a popular bipartisan amendment that protects 46 states, but there have been concerns about whether it will be renewed after Sessions exerted pressure in May on Congress to let the amendment die.

Sessions argued that the DOJ's hands need to be untied when it comes to prosecuting marijuana dispensaries, "particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime." There is, of course, no evidence that marijuana use is contributing to the opioid crisis and, in fact, there's a significant link between legalized medical marijuana and a decrease in opioid overdoses.

The amendment survived, despite Sessions' pressure, through a couple rounds of budget debate in Congress this year, but as Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center for Justice told Salon, "Every time, there’s sort of a dance around whether it will actually get cut this time or not." It’s reasonable to be at least "a little concerned," Grawert said, that Sessions' pressure will eventually convince congressional Republicans to dump the amendment. 

This will-they-or-won't-they game is why Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, and a bipartisan group of 24 other lawmakers have introduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from prosecuting any marijuana users, growers or distributors who are in compliance with state laws.

“You have booming economies in several states, some of whom allow the recreational use of marijuana but many also just for medical purposes, and no real data linking that to a public safety problem," Grawert said, noting that the Brennan Center objects to using federal resources to prosecute people or break up thriving economies without any data to show that doing so would improve public safety.

In March, Sessions argued that marijuana use is "only slightly less awful" than heroin addiction, making it clear that his priority was to aggressively prosecute marijuana users and distributors. He's been stymied by both the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment and a memo issued by then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole that discouraged the Justice Department from prosecuting people who were following state-level marijuana laws. The obvious concern here, however, is that Sessions would seize upon the first political opening available to reinvigorate the federal war on pot.

 

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Medical marijuana license applications available online, a week earlier than scheduled - Detroit Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:46

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Medical marijuana license applications available online, a week earlier than scheduled
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... get into the lucrative medical marijuana business. The department wasn't supposed to make applications for the five categories of licenses — growers, processers, testers, secure transporters and dispensaries — until Dec. 15. But the application ...

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The Folks at Senior Centers Are Using a Lot of Marijuana

Alternet - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:39
Older Americans are finding relief with medical marijuana.

The rise of marijuana as a prevalent recreational substance of choice exploded when today’s senior citizens were becoming adults, so many Boomers grew up accustomed to the herb. But what is surprising is how many of today’s older Americans have embraced cannabis as a medicine.

According to a recent study, the number of individuals living with two or more chronic conditions who used cannabis over the past year more than doubled.

According to Kaiser Health News, cannabis is used to manage diseases that usually strike in older age, pointing to an increasing desire to take a medication that has less side effects than traditional prescription drugs.

In a survey conducted by Eaze, a California cannabis delivery company, Baby Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic while Millennials are using less. According to the survey, Boomers purchased 25 percent more cannabis in 2016 than the previous year. Gen Xers purchases rose 8 percent; Millennials dipped 3 percent. Boomers, according to the report, spend 36 percent more per month on weed than Millennials.

In Albany, NY, a licensed medical marijuana grower will be targeting nursing homes to grow its customer base, the New York Daily News reported.

According to the story:

Etain, one of the five companies licensed by the state Health Department to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York, is reaching out to senior and long-term health care centers and offering to help their patients obtain medicinal pot.

The company already has struck a deal with a Bronx nursing home to provide medical marijuana to the residents. According to the Daily News, it is believed to be one of the first such arrangements in the state.

“We consider it a very vital of our strategy for outreach and building a customer base,” Hillary Peckham, Etain’s founder and chief operations officer told the Daily News. “It is really important because right now there really isn’t a demand for the product.”

 

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Let Marijuana Travel Between States If Guns Can, Dem Congressman Says - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:31

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Let Marijuana Travel Between States If Guns Can, Dem Congressman Says
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Applying the principle of the gun bill, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, to marijuana would result in a situation where someone with a medical cannabis recommendation for anxiety from a California doctor would be allowed to legally use the drug in ...

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Jeff Sessions: Guns Good, Marijuana Bad - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 00:31

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Jeff Sessions: Guns Good, Marijuana Bad
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“You support pretty harsh policies for marijuana and pretty lax gun control laws.” “That's a apples and oranges question,” Sessions responded. “The Second Amendment — you're aware of that — guarantees the right of people to keep and bear arms. And I ...
Jeff Sessions Faces Tough Cannabis Questions—From DOJ InternsLeafly
Justice Department interns confronted Jeff Sessions over police brutality, gun control, and marijuanaBusiness Insider
Sessions spars with interns over marijuana policy, police brutalityNew York Post
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