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CANADA: Aurora successful in offer for CanniMed shares, integration to start - Business - Cape Breton Post

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capebretonpost.com (US) B.C. b Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has been successful in its friendly offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. and will now begin the process of combining the two companies. (Mon Mar 12 02:05:45 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Aurora successful in offer for CanniMed shares, integration to start - Business - Cape Breton Post

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INTERNATIONAL: narkotikapriser Archives - Drugnews

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INTERNATIONAL: narkotikapriser Archives - Drugnews

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Trump's Most Terrifying Tantrum: Death Penalty for Drug Dealers Is Beyond the Pale

Alternet - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 23:34
His authoritarian impulse is alive and well, according to his recent enthusiasm to expand the death penalty

As President Trump made abundantly clear in recent news conferences and interviews, he sees the zero-tolerance policy on drug use and drug dealing of Singapore, China and the Philippines as a model for U.S. drug policy. He is said to believe that all drug dealers should get the death penalty.

President Trump’s anti-drug advisor, Kellyanne Conway, reassures us the president plans a more “nuanced” approach, focused on raising mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealing. There are also undeveloped proposals to “get tough on pharmaceutical companies.”

The president’s frustration with the failure of America’s longest war, the war on drugs, is understandable. But the solution should not be to try more of the same, only “tougher.”

Sensible drug policy makes it easier for drug abusers to kick the habit and transition back to a normal life, rather than ruining their lives through long-term incarceration -- or ending them altogether through capital punishment. The evidence has never supported the contention that the death penalty is a greater deterrent to crime than incarceration. And a 2009 report from the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition points to a large body of evidence that the incarceration and incapacitation of drug dealers has not deterred drug use or distribution and may, in fact, contribute to an increase in violent crime.

Drug offenses can merit the death penalty in over 30 countries but, perhaps in recognition of the futility of the death penalty, many of them are turning away from it. Singapore  amended its mandatory death penalty laws in 2012, returning some discretion to the courts to allow for life imprisonment, with caning as an alternative. The majority of executions in Iran have been for drug-related crimes, although in 2016 a senior Iranian judiciary official proclaimed, “The truth is, the execution of drug smugglers has had no deterrent effect.” Later that year, Iran’s parliament removed the death penalty for many drug crimes and replaced it with incarceration or fines.

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines asked the legislature to restore the death penalty (repealed in 2006) for drug dealers, and in February of last year the House of Representatives approved the change. The bill is stalled in the Senate. Nevertheless, extrajudicial killings have been rampant under Duterte’s leadership. More than 4,000 suspected drug dealers have been killed by police who have claimed to be acting in self-defense during raids and sting operations.

By contrast, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001. The data show Portugal’s drug usage rates are now among the lowest in the European Union, and drug-related pathologies such as sexually-transmitted disease are markedly down, as are drug-related crimes. Encouraged by Portugal’s experience, Norway’s parliament voted for decriminalization this past December.

Those are commendable steps and worth replicating in the U.S. And if the goal is reducing drug-related deaths, policymakers should put more emphasis on “harm reduction” measures, such as syringe services programsmedication-assisted treatment with drugs such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone, and enhanced distribution of naloxone, the antidote for an opioid overdose. These programs not only reduce deaths but are a more cost-effective allocation of resources.

States are already taking the lead in promoting harm reduction. In January, Arizona became the forty-third state to enact a “Good Samaritan” law, encouraging witnesses of drug overdoses to call for help without fear of arrest. And last week the Arizona House unanimously approved a law to legalize needle exchange programs, already legal in 30 states and not prohibited by law in five others.

The states are also doing more to eliminate legal grey areas which prevent harm reduction methods. Supervised Injection Facilities (“Safe Injection Rooms”) are endorsed by the American Medical Association. One has been discreetly operating outside the law in an undisclosed location with great success and community acceptance since 2014, but efforts are underway in Seattle and Philadelphia to establish them in their cities. And nearly every state has found ways around the prescription drug status of naloxone to make it more available to patients and their close contacts.

After a half-century of being “tough on drug dealers and drug users,” drug overdose deaths nonetheless continue climbing to record levels. Heroin and fentanyl are cheaper and more available than prescription drugs on the street, and the war on drugs has filled our prisons, affecting the lives and futures of millions of the innocent as well as the guilty, as the U.S. incarceration rate is greater than that of Cuba or Russia.

Executions won’t stop this.

President Trump should override his impulse to double down on futile and inhumane responses to the scourge of drug-related deaths afflicting the nation. Threats of increased prisons sentences — or even death sentences — amount to nothing more than a temper tantrum. Instead, the president should lead a change in strategy that embraces harm reduction, with an eye toward eliminating the death penalty to which our War on Drugs essentially sentences so many drug abusers.

 

 

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Are U.S. Companies Abandoning Pre-Employment Drug Screenings?

Alternet - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 23:22
Some companies have been forced to change their stance on screenings in the wake of an ever-tightening job market and marijuana legalization.

Pre-employment drug screenings, a decades-long staple of the American hiring process, may soon be a thing of the past.

According to Bloomberg, it’s an eye-opening sign of the times that many American companies are now looking to abandon drug screenings.

As employers continue to struggle to fill roles in an ever-tightening job market, not to mention dealing with loosened state-by-state laws around marijuana use, companies are looking for solutions wherever possible.

In many cases, that means adjusting their corporate strategies around substances: rather than preventing new hires from joining their ranks, they’re more focused on providing support for employees who might be challenged by problematic drug use.

“We don’t care what people do in their free time,” one healthcare company’s spokesperson told Bloomberg. “We want to help these people, instead of saying: ‘Hey, you can’t work for us because you used a substance.’” 

Last year, a survey of employers in Colorado (a state where recreational and medicinal marijuana is prevalent) showed that the number of companies testing for pot fell to 66%, down from 77% just the year before. All signs point toward that trend continuing, too.

“Drug testing restricts the job pool, and in the current tight labor market, that’s having an impact on productivity and growth,” Bloomberg observed.

In other words, many applicants simply can’t pass a required drug test, with Quest Diagnostics data indicating that “failed tests reached an all-time high in 2017.” (In opioid-ravaged Ohio, some employers have even gotten ahead of themselves, putting workers out on factory floors before their failed drug-test results came in.)

“The benefits of at least reconsidering the drug policy on behalf of an employer would be pretty high,” Mercer Law School professor Dr. Jeremy Kidd told Bloomberg. “A blanket prohibition can’t possibly be the most economically efficient policy.”

With unemployment currently at 4% in the U.S., companies are now being forced to re-evaluate what they care about and what they don’t when it comes to their workforce.

In fact, many large employers “have quietly changed their [drug] policies in recent years,” Bloomberg noted, adding that those same companies have been careful to avoid advertising that fact.

“Pre-employment testing is no longer worth the expense in a society increasingly accepting of drug use,” the story said. (One Gallup poll echoed this sentiment, finding that 64% of Americans currently favor drug legalization.) 

But not everyone is ready to throw in the towel when it comes to pre-employment drug screenings. A recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports showed that 61% of American adults believe that drug testing “should be required for all or most jobs.” (26% disagreed, while 13% weren’t sure.)

High-profile companies like Burger King and Ford Motor Co. haven’t changed their corporate policies against marijuana use, either. And regardless of America’s relaxing attitudes toward substance use, many jobs will always require drug testing, no matter what.

Bloomberg cited heavy-machinery jobs as one example where pre-employment drug screenings would remain firmly in place. “Companies are also reserving the right to test after an accident or if an employee comes to work notably impaired,” Bloomberg noted, underscoring the fact that companies that forego pre-employment screenings aren’t automatically drug-friendly.

“We assume that a certain level of employees are going to be partaking on the weekends. We don’t care,” an employment lawyer summed it up for Bloomberg. “We’re going to exclude a whole group of people, and we desperately need workers.”

 

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UPDATE: Medical Marijuana Laws to Stay Same - WOWK

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 19:42

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UPDATE: Medical Marijuana Laws to Stay Same
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Westbrook may extend marijuana moratorium - Press Herald

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 17:03

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Westbrook may extend marijuana moratorium
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WESTBROOK – The City Council discussed extending a moratorium on adult use of marijuana, retail establishments and social clubs until Sept. 27. The moratorium would give the council and city staff more time to figure out how to regulate the sale of ...

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Montreal Weed Conference explores opportunities in cannabis industry - Montreal Gazette

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Montreal Weed Conference explores opportunities in cannabis industry
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She voiced her dislike of the evening's title, explaining that it could just as easily have been called the Cannabis Conference, which would have been more appropriate given all opportunities around cannabis derivatives. “What I would welcome you all ...

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State Senate backtracks on medical marijuana bill - WV News

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:56

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State Senate backtracks on medical marijuana bill
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CHARLESTON — Members of the West Virginia Senate took a significant step backward Saturday on changes to the state's medical marijuana bill, throwing up roadblocks to legalizing smoking cannabis for medical purposes and scaling back increases in the ...
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Illinois Governor Candidates at Odds on Marijuana Use - NBC Chicago

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Illinois Governor Candidates at Odds on Marijuana Use
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Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey - New York Times

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Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey
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“People ask me all the time, 'Hey, are you sure you can generate $300 million from the legalization of marijuana?” Mr. Murphy said, citing a figure that his campaign had trumpeted. “I say, 'You know what, I'm not sure, but that's not the question. We ...
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OR: Illinois governor candidates at odds on marijuana use - KPIC

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kpic.com (US) Bruce Rauner says it would be "a mistake" and says there is a "massive human experiment going on" in states where marijuana is legal. (Sun Mar 11 21:57:08 2018 PDT)
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OR: Illinois governor candidates at odds on marijuana use - KPIC

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