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OR: The Power of In Vitro Assays in Immuno-Oncology - Pharmaceutical Technology

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
pharmtech.com (US) assays, coupled with expertise in immunology and oncology helps facilitate the progression of novel oncology therapeutics from hit identification to investigational new dru... (Wed May 23 22:10:33 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Pot-laced snacks brought to same elementary school on two occasions, cops say

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Ont. b An Ontario police force is hoping to educate parents after kids brought marijuana-laced snacks to the same elementary school on two separate occasions. (Wed May 23 02:10:22 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Lower prices no problem for Delta cannabis grower

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Is planning to grow recreational cannabis in advance of its legalization later this year. The company projects Pure Sunfarms will multiply revenue per square foot of growing capacity 10 to 15 times by switching from produce to cannabis. (Wed May 23 02:10:22 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Pot-laced snacks brought to same elementary school on two occasions, cops say

Drug News Bot - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Ont. b An Ontario police force is hoping to educate parents after kids brought marijuana-laced snacks to the same elementary school on two separate occasions. (Wed May 23 02:10:22 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(70%), $youth(60%), $school(100%)]
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CANADA: Lower prices no problem for Delta cannabis grower

Drug News Bot - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Is planning to grow recreational cannabis in advance of its legalization later this year. The company projects Pure Sunfarms will multiply revenue per square foot of growing capacity 10 to 15 times by switching from produce to cannabis. (Wed May 23 02:10:22 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(75%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $snoop_dogg(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $various_drugs(90%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Ron Grech - Timmins Press

Drug News Bot - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:09
timminspress.com (Canada) Candidate hopes to build support for Libertarians Jozef Bauer concedes one of his biggest challenges on the campaign trail is having to explain what the heck a Libertarian is and what the party stands for. (Wed May 23 02:09:53 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(55%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $drugs(95%), $drug_reform_party(55%), $various_drugs(95%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(70%), $school(100%)]
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OR: Opinions - Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds - Sisters, Oregon

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:07
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 marijuana dis... (Wed May 23 22:07:01 2018 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: Top fashion designer gets suspended term for drug use

Drug News Bot - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:05
koreaherald.com The Seoul Western District Court on Wednesday said it had sentenced a top fashion designer to 8 months in jail, suspended for two years, and 40 hours of substance abuse treatment for injecting methamphetamine. ... (Wed May 23 01:05:55 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Weather - Cape Breton Post

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OR: A pot of money: Oregon collects $25.5 million - Mail Tribune

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:04
mailtribune.com (US) The state's Department of Revenue says medical marijuana dispensaries were required to file their second-quarter returns for recreational marijuana by Aug. 1. (Wed May 23 22:04:41 2018 PDT)
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US: U.S. Oped: Attorney: Moving Forward On Marijuana

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:00
The Hillsboro Argus, 18 May 2018 - After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his memorandum on marijuana in January, I committed to taking a methodical and thoughtful approach to developing an enforcement strategy for Oregon. In early February, our marijuana summit brought together more than 130 people from 70 organizations representing a wide range of interests, values, and perspectives. Among those in attendance were Gov, Kate Brown, representatives from 14 U.S. Attorney's offices, Oregon congressional delegation staff, and members of the Oregon Legislature. The summit featured presentations by state officials, policymakers, federal and state law enforcement agencies, industry representatives, adversely affected landowners, public health organizations, banking executives and tribal leaders.
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CN BC: Craft Cannabis Growers In B.C. Sound Alarm Over Survival Of

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:00
Nelson Star, 18 May 2018 - Open letter sent to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her B.C. counterpart David Eby Jessika Villano sells a potent array of dried cannabis, oils, salves and even bud-infused bath bombs at Buddha Barn Medicinal Society - all grown and processed by small-scale British Columbia producers.
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Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry - The Denver Post

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:11

The Denver Post

Women look to make mark on male-dominated marijuana industry
The Denver Post
In this May 11, 2018, photo, Danielle Schumacher, CEO and co-founder of THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce, smells some cannabis flowers at Berkeley Patients Group in Berkeley, Calif.
Women look to cut through 'grass ceiling in male- dominated marijuanaManteca Bulletin
Women cite 'grass ceiling' in male-dominated weed industry | The StarToronto Star

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Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis? - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:44

BBC News

Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis?
BBC News
As the UK hosts a summit on the state of medical cannabis in Europe, BBC Reality Check asks - does Britain really export more legal cannabis than any other country? Pro-drug reform campaign group Transform says the government is denying that cannabis ...

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Lower prices no problem for Delta cannabis grower - Vancouver Courier

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:27

Vancouver Courier

Lower prices no problem for Delta cannabis grower
Vancouver Courier
Health Canada this year gave the go-ahead for Emerald Health Therapeutics, a B.C.-based licensed producer of medical cannabis, to grow medical marijuana at the Village Farms greenhouse. The joint venture, called Pure Sunfarms, is planning to grow ...

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Lifesaving Society worried legalized marijuana may increase drowning risk - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:18

Globalnews.ca

Lifesaving Society worried legalized marijuana may increase drowning risk
Globalnews.ca
The prospect of legalized marijuana has the Lifesaving Society worried about water safety, according to the head of the group's Saskatchewan branch. CEO Shelby Rushton said alcohol or drug use is almost always a factor in drownings, especially with ...

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Open lottery system will dictate who gets prime spots to sell cannabis in Edmonton - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:31

Edmonton Journal

Open lottery system will dictate who gets prime spots to sell cannabis in Edmonton
Edmonton Journal
Edmonton city councillors endorsed an open lottery system for cannabis permits Tuesday despite concerns from some established retailers. City officials expect 200 applications for development permits in Edmonton this spring, with business people racing ...

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Here Are Four Ways Fentanyl Could Radically Disrupt the Global Drug Trade

Alternet - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:56
It's not just wreaking havoc on the streets of American cities.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl isn't just killing American drug users by the thousands; its emergence also signals a shift in the decades-old contours of the global drug trade, with ramifications not only for traditional drug-producing countries and drug trafficking networks but also for U.S. foreign policy. 

Synthesized from chemicals—not from papaver somniferum, the opium poppy—fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and is severely implicated in the country's drug overdose crisis, accounting for almost 20,000 deaths in 2016

Illicit fentanyl is typically mixed with other opiates, such as heroin, resulting in much stronger doses of opioids that users expect, thus leading to opioid overdoses. But it is also increasingly also showing up in non-opiate drugs, resulting in fentanyl overdose deaths among unsuspecting methamphetamine and cocaine users

But the havoc super-potent fentanyl is wreaking among drug users pales in comparison with the dramatic changes it could prompt in the global illicit drug production industry. As academic researchers Vanda Felbab-Brown, Jonathan Caulkins, and Keith Humphreys write in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, fentanyl's rise has the potential to cause disruption and innovation in black markets. 

Here are four ways fentanyl alters the illegal drug production and distribution status quo: 

1. It doesn't require an agricultural base. Virtually all of the other opioids on the black market, from heroin to morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, require land to grow poppies on. And they require land that is outside the effective control of the state. Non-state actors who can control such areas, whether it’s the Taliban in Afghanistan or the drug cartels in southern and western Mexico, reap the profits and power of that control. With the ascent of lab-produced fentanyl made out of chemicals, traditional opiate producers should see their profits and their influence undermined.   

2. It doesn't require a large workforce. Traditional opium production requires a large seasonal workforce of people to plant and tend the poppies, score the pods and scrape off the leaking opium, and then process and package the raw opium. Other workers will get jobs processing raw opium into heroin. All of those jobs bring money into the hands of poor agricultural families and political capital to the traffickers, whether it’s the Taliban in Afghanistan or the cartels in Mexico. With fewer job opportunities to offer up, the traffickers lose clout. 

3. It doesn't require an elaborate smuggling infrastructure. Because fentanyl is so potent, small amounts of the drug can contain huge numbers of doses, and that means it doesn't require transportation networks of trucks, planes, and boats to get an agricultural crop from the valleys of Afghanistan or the mountains of Mexico to consumers in the U.S. Fentanyl is so potent, medicinal doses are measured in micrograms, and packages of it worth hundreds of thousands of dollars can fit inside a Priority Mail envelope. With smuggling fentanyl as easy as dropping a package in the mail, international drug smuggling organizations now have competition they never had before. 

4. All of this can change the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy. If plant-based opiates lose market share to synthetics in the future, this can both weaken insurgencies (Afghanistan) and criminal networks (Mexico). Ever since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, drug warriors have been constrained in their efforts to go after the Afghan opium crops because of fears it would drive poppy-dependent peasants into the hands of the Taliban. If opium production becomes relatively less important vis-à-vis fentanyl production, that constraint on an aggressive U.S. response to Afghan opium production is weakened. Similarly, in Mexico, to the degree that fentanyl displaces peasants and processors and weakens the link between drug cartels and rural populations, it increases the ability of the Mexican government and its American backers to crack down even harder on the cartels. 

Under drug prohibition, there is a strong impetus to come up with more pure, more potent, and more compact products. Fentanyl is the ultimate expression of that imperative, and its arrival is changing the contours of the global drug industry—and who knows how it will play out?

 

 

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