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CANADA: Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot - Business - Cape Breton Post

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CANADA: Senator to stop blocking some DOJ jobs over pot - Business - Cape Breton Post

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OR: Ashland pot business a no-go - News - MailTribune.com - Medford, OR

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mailtribune.com (US) OR Ashland pot business a no-go An empty 14000-square-foot building on A Street will remain vacant a while longer after Ashland Planning Commission voted 6-1 Tuesday to deny an application for a retail marijuana outlet at the site. (Fri Feb 16 22:03:44 2018 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: LA%nga fA$ngelsestraff for cannabisliga - Drugnews

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INTERNATIONAL: LA%nga fA$ngelsestraff for cannabisliga - Drugnews

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Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes - The Register-Guard

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Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes
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The retail and wholesale prices of pot in Oregon are falling with the proliferation of producers and recreational marijuana shops, according to an analysis by a state economist. “The biggest thing is just competition,” said Josh Lehner, an economist ...

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New guidelines call on doctors to limit recommending medical cannabis - The Globe and Mail

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New guidelines call on doctors to limit recommending medical cannabis
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New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous clinical trials. The guidelines, published ...
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OHSU doc drafts cannabis primer for other doctors - OregonLive.com

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OHSU doc drafts cannabis primer for other doctors
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To some doctors, the world of marijuana and terms used to describe the many ways people consume it can be as mystifying as medical jargon to someone trying to understand a treatment plan. Eager to get a better handle on the topic, Peters and a ...

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Know what's in your cannabis ETF: How the four Canadian funds stack up - The Globe and Mail

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Know what's in your cannabis ETF: How the four Canadian funds stack up
The Globe and Mail
Canadian investors now have four exchange-traded funds to choose from for tapping the high-flying cannabis sector. But this wider availability of ETFs may not translate into significant differences for gaining exposure to the underlying stocks. On ...

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Even Before Ruling, A Judge Gives Supporters Of Marijuana Legalization Cause For Optimism - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:12

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Even Before Ruling, A Judge Gives Supporters Of Marijuana Legalization Cause For Optimism
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On Wednesday, advocates and professionals in the cannabis industry descended on a federal court in New York to watch Justice Department lawyers try to dismiss a case against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The suit involves a motley crew of plaintiffs ...

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Molson Coors Names Marijuana a 'Risk Factor' in Recent Financial Report - Fortune

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Molson Coors Names Marijuana a 'Risk Factor' in Recent Financial Report
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Molson Coors Brewing cited the spread of legal marijuana as a risk to its business in its annual financial report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. Instead of drinking beer, people may increasingly smoke and eat pot ...

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Treat Addiction in Prisons to Reduce Opioid Deaths

Alternet - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:29
A groundbreaking program in Rhode Island has cut post-release overdose deaths by more than half. That's impressive.

A treatment program for opioid addiction launched by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections was associated with a significant drop in drug overdose deaths after inmates were released—and contributed to an overall drop in overdose deaths statewide, a new study finds.

The program, launched in 2016 and the only one of its kind in the nation, screens all Rhode Island inmates for opioid use disorder and provides medications for addiction treatment (MAT) for those who need it.

Comparing the six-month period before the program was implemented to the same period a year later, the study showed a 61 percent decrease in post-incarceration deaths. That decrease contributed to an overall 12 percent reduction in overdose deaths in the state’s general population in the post-implementation period.

Tackling the opioid epidemic

While the study, which appears in JAMA Psychiatry, was designed as a preliminary evaluation of the program, the results suggest that comprehensive MAT treatment in jails and prisons, with links to treatment in the community after release, is a promising strategy for rapidly addressing the opioid epidemic nationwide, the researchers say.

“This program reaches an extremely vulnerable population at an extremely vulnerable time with the best treatment available for opioid use disorder,” says coauthor Josiah “Jody” Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University and director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Miriam Hospital in Providence.

“With this study, we wanted to see if that intervention could impact statewide overdose mortality, and the answer is a resounding yes,” Rich says.

The program could be a national model for how to begin turning the tide in the opioid epidemic, says lead author Traci Green, an adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology, senior researcher at Rhode Island Hospital, and a researcher at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction.

“People have been searching for some way to stop overdose deaths,” says Green, who is also an associate professor in Boston University’s schools of medicine and public health. “Here we have a program that’s shown to work, and it’s absolutely replicable in other places.

“Not only do we see that a statewide program treating people using medications for addiction treatment is possible and reduces deaths, but also this approach intervenes on the opioid epidemic at its most lethal and socially disrupting point—incarceration—to give hope and heal communities,” Green says.

Path to recovery

The nature of opioid use disorder makes people who are incarcerated especially vulnerable to overdose, Rich says. People who use opioids build a tolerance, meaning they require an ever-increasing dose to get the same effect. That tolerance quickly evaporates during incarceration, when people are forced off the drugs.

“They may have stopped using while incarcerated, but nothing has been done to change the pathways in the brain responsible for addiction. So when they get out, people are likely to relapse, and with their tolerance gone, they’re at high risk for overdose,” Rich explains.

Decades of research from around the globe have shown that MAT is the best path to recovery for people with opioid use disorder, whereas simple detox or “cold turkey” fails 90 percent of the time.

The MAT program implemented by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) consists of three different drug therapies. Two drugs, methadone and buprenorphine, are opioid medications that help to reduce withdrawal symptoms like drug craving. The third drug, naltrexone, blocks people from experiencing the high normally associated with opioid use. Clinical criteria are used to tailor the best treatment for each individual patient.

“While comprehensive treatment for opiate use disorders has not been the traditional role of correctional facilities, we have shown that it is feasible,” says Jennifer Clarke, an associate professor of medicine at Brown, medical programs director at RIDOC, and director of the RIDOC MAT program. “Providing treatment saves lives and helps people become productive members of society, positively engages them with their communities and families which makes for healthier and safer communities.”

CODAC Behavioral Health, a nonprofit provider of medications for addiction treatment contracted by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC), provides treatment to the inmates. Upon release, former inmates can continue their treatment without interruption at CODAC, primary care providers, or other Centers of Excellence in MAT locations around the state. Patients also receive assistance with enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance to make sure they are covered when they return to the community.

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The study was designed as a preliminary assessment of the program’s effectiveness in reducing overdose deaths among recently incarcerated people, meaning those who had been incarcerated within a year of their deaths.

The findings show that the number of recently incarcerated people who died from overdose dropped from 26 in the first half of 2016—before the program started—to just nine in the first half of 2017, after the program’s implementation.

The decrease in post-incarceration overdose deaths, which occurred within six to 12 months of initiating the program, was a major contributor to the overall decline in overdose deaths among Rhode Island’s general population in the two study periods. The number of deaths fell from 179 in the 2016 period to 157 in the 2017 period.

Turning the tide

“What’s remarkable is that between 2016 and 2017 there was a huge jump in the amount of fentanyl and related compounds available on the illicit market,” Rich says. “So in the face of a worsening overdose risk, we actually saw a decline in overdose deaths. We’re quite confident that that happened because we’ve given people these medicines and they’ve stayed on them long enough to avoid an overdose.”

The researchers say the study’s positive results likely underestimate the effect of the program. Though launched in the summer of 2016, the program wasn’t fully up and running at all locations in the correctional system until early 2017. So the 2017 study period doesn’t capture the fully operational program.

The research team plans to perform further evaluation of the program, looking at longer-term outcomes among those treated with MAT, as well as how the program might affect re-incarceration and other population-level outcomes. But these early data make a strong case that this type of intervention could help stem the tide of opioid overdoses, the researchers say.

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“People may say, well, Rhode Island is a small state and that’s why they were able to implement this,” Green says. “But there are state and county correctional systems all over the country that are the same size as Rhode Island’s. They could all be doing this, and this study tells us that they should be.”

Rich agrees that Rhode Island’s program should serve as a model for similar programs across the country.

“If people are concerned about overdose deaths in their community, they should demand that a similar program of comprehensive MAT be promptly implemented in the correctional facilities that service their community,” he says.

The program grew out of work done by Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. Both Green and Rich are expert advisors to the Task Force and study’s coauthors include the two Task Force co-chairs, Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, and Rebecca Boss,  the director of the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health funded the work.

Source: Brown University

Original Study DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.4614

 

 

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Challengers of Marijuana Scheduling Unlikely to See Lift-Off

Alternet - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:15
It looks like the federal judiciary will once again defer to the executive branch when it comes to rescheduling pot.

MANHATTAN (CN) – Forecasting defeat for a group of medical marijuana users, a federal judge said Wednesday that their strong arguments simply do not give him authority to alter Schedule I drug classifications.

“I think the right thing to do is defer to the agency,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said, though he ultimately ended the hearing without making a decision.

Though it may ultimately prevail, the government drew skepticism from Hellerstein with its argument in court filings that it “uniformly rejects the notion that there is a fundamental right to use marijuana, including for medical purposes.

Schedule I drugs by definition cannot be considered to have currently accepted medical use, but Hellerstein noted that the challengers are “living proof of the medical-appropriateness of marijuana.”

To the government’s point, however, Hellerstein conceded that “a District Court is not the appropriate forum” to weigh scheduling criteria.

Michael Hiller, an attorney for the marijuana users, focused meanwhile on the futility of pursuing administrative relief.

“I represent people who need cannabis to live,” Hiller said.

Among these clients are former NFL player Marvin Washington, Iraq war veteran Jose Belen, and two children who use marijuana to treat epilepsy and the severe neurological disorder called Leigh’s syndrome.

Hiller called petitioning process to change the drug’s scheduling so drawn out that his clients may die in the process.

Justice Department attorney Samuel Dollinger meanwhile argued that the doctrine of administrative exhaustion requires dismissal of the case in any case.

Hellerstein, who his 85, has been on the bench since his appointment in 1998 by President Bill Clinton.

He noted that, even if marijuana were rescheduled to Schedule II, it would still be in the same category as the prescription opiates that have cause a nationwide epidemic.

“The scourge that’s going on now would be Schedule II,” Hellerstein said.

Schedule I criteria also list a high potential for abuse and say the drug cannot be used or tested safely, even under strict medical supervision.

It was in the Nixon administration that Attorney General John Mitchell placed marijuana the Schedule I category in 1972 under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.

When the plaintiffs filed suit in July 2017, they connected the criminalization of marijuana in America to an “illegal racial and ethnic animus, … implemented and enforced at the federal level by those who have chosen to disregard its scientific properties and benefits, and have been motivated by hatred and outright bigotry.”

Hellerstein voiced objection at Wednesday’s hearing to probing the “inner machinations” of the Nixon administration, but attorney Hiller still managed to squeeze in that the history of marijuana’s federal scheduling was part of Nixon and Mitchell’s “predatory effort to break up protesters and infiltrate opposition groups.”

Hiller’s complaint remarked that the federal government has used the Controlled Substance Act to “harass, intimidate and incarcerate African Americans in disproportionate numbers over the years, ruining the lives of generations of black men and women and other persons of color.”

Marijuana proponents filled Hellerstein’s courtroom to capacity. At least four were using wheelchairs, and one was accompanied by a service dog wearing a vest with military veteran insignia.

The arrival of silver-haired attorney and marijuana activist Joseph Bondy elicited applause from the room of supporters. Bondy then shook hands with nearly everyone in attendance.

Directors from the New York-based Cannabis Cultural Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, also appeared in court as co-plaintiffs.

At a press conference outside the courthouse, supporters were optimistic about Hellerstein’s acknowledgement of marijuana’s medical uses.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in January that the Trump administration would reverse an Obama-era policy that gave states room to legalize marijuana.

The change will allow federal prosecutors to enforce marijuana laws in their districts as they see fit.

Sessions says the shift is necessary because Congress has made it clear through other laws that “marijuana is a dangerous drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime.”

In April 2016, Sessions reportedly declared that he believed “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

 

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We All Use Drugs, So Treat Drug Users as You Would Want to Be Treated

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Click here for reuse options! Let's help people with drug problems, and hold responsible the people who harm others.

We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills and more: people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis.

Why do we all use drugs? Because drugs work. We all have our personal reasons for using, whether for pleasure, or treating pain or otherwise. And of course many people face challenges from their drug use.

Coffee helps me start my day and gives me a little boost in the afternoon. While I know how harmful my cigarette habit is, it also gives me pleasure. I enjoy my smoke breaks throughout the day, going outside and getting some space, clearing my head and doing my people watching as New Yorkers walk by. I really appreciate my vodka sodas after work. Whether I am kicking up my feet at home or hanging out with friends, it is pleasurable for me. Smoking weed can both relax me and also give me energy. I like watching movies or eating a nice meal after a smoke and also enjoy getting deep with friends or doing some creative writing while a little high.

It’s clear to me that some of my drug use is because of stress and an attempt to push down some anxiety and difficult feelings. Life can be hard. Most of us are stressed when it comes to jobs, money, paying bills and god forbid trying to save a little bit. Watch the news and you are inundated with scary, deadly fires, hurricanes and floods. There are wars happening around the world and people fleeing violence and oppression. We have a President who is constantly attacking women and marginalized communities and playing a game of nuclear war chicken with North Korea. We read about school shootings on a weekly basis. We are living in nerve-wracking times. I sometimes joke, if you are not self-medicating, you are not paying attention. There is a serious opioid overdose crisis in our country right now and the reasons are many and complex. But I would wager that people’s physical and spiritual pain is a major factor contributing to the widespread use and misuse seen today.

While most people use drugs, not everyone has the same relationship with these different drugs and some of us have different experiences with drugs depending on the night or what is going on in our life at that time. The majority of people can enjoy alcohol, but for some, alcohol is a harmful drug and causes real harm and destruction in their lives. Some people can enjoy a couple of cigarettes when they have a couple of drinks. For others, there is no moderation and a single cigarette easily turns into a pack a day habit. Some use their opioids in a healthy way for their pain and for others, it can lead to serious addiction that can become the focus of their life.

While it is counterintuitive, it is worth pointing out that the overwhelming majority of people who use drugs don’t become addicted. Dr. Carl Hart, a neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University has done groundbreaking work around drug use and addiction and notes that, “80 to 90 percent of people who use illegal drugs are not addicts. They don't have a drug problem. Most are responsible members of our society. They are employed. They pay their taxes. They take care of their families. And in some cases they even become president of the United States.”

While drug use and abuse don’t discriminate, our drug policies do. The war on drugs is a vicious war on people and African Americans and people of color feel the brunt of this war. Despite similar rates of use and sales, African Americans go to prison at 13 times the rates of whites for drugs. While marijuana legalization is becoming mainstream and entrepreneurs are getting rich, we still have hundreds of thousands of people getting stopped, frisked and arrested for marijuana – mostly young people of color. Last year, in “progressive” New York City, 18,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession with African Americans and Latinos making up 85% of the arrests. People who are arrested often face immediate and long-term consequences that can make it difficult to get and keep a job, maintain a professional license, obtain educational loans, secure housing, or even keep custody of a child or adopt.

So if we can agree that the majority of people in society are using drugs, and if most people who use drugs don’t have a problem, what should be done about it? The answer is not what Donald Trump is proposing. His proposals are building a wall along the border, telling people to “Just Say No” and doubling down on law enforcement and mass incarceration. I think it is pretty obvious that our 50-year war on drugs is not the answer.

So how should our society deal with people who use drugs? I propose four simple solutions: 1) Offer treatment and compassion to people who want help for their drug problems; 2) leave people alone who don't want or need treatment; 3) continue to hold people responsible for crimes that harm others; and 4) fight like hell to end the war on drugs and stop locking up our brothers and sisters.

1) Offer treatment and compassion to people who have drug problems. While our society gives lip-service to helping people struggling with drug misuse or addiction, 90 percent of folks who want treatment can't get it. Meanwhile, thousands of people are forced into treatment every year simply because they were arrested for drug possession, even though many of them don't meet the diagnostic criteria for substance dependence.

We should have free treatment available on request. We should remove barriers to entering treatment, which is far more effective and less expensive than putting someone in jail. We need to reduce overdose deaths by getting the overdose reversal drug Naloxone into the hands of people who use opiates and their family members. We need laws that allow people to call 911 when witnessing an overdose without fear of arrest. We need supervised injection facilities where people can use in safe places with medical staff on hand to make sure people don’t die from an overdose. We should make methadone and replacement therapy available to those who want it. We should acknowledge that relapse happens and not kick people out of treatment who slip up.

2) Leave alone people who don't want or need treatment. As I mentioned earlier, the vast majority of people who use drugs don't have problems from their use.

More than 1.5 million people are arrested every year in the U.S. simply for drug possession. The majority of these people don't have drug problems and yet we are handcuffing them and saddling them with criminal records that will severely limit their opportunities in life.

3) Continue to hold people responsible for crimes that harm others. People who harm others, whether on drugs or not, need to be held responsible. Simply using or possessing drugs should not be cause for arrest, but if someone gets behind the wheel while impaired, or commits a predatory or violent crime against someone, they should continue to be held accountable.

4) Fight to end the war on drugs and stop locking up our brothers and sisters.
The war on drugs is really a war on us. It is time to decriminalize all drugs and stop arresting people simply for using or possessing a certain substance. We are all using drugs, most non-problematically. How can we allow the police to target, arrest and lock up our brothers and sisters in cages for something we are all doing? Let's help people with drug problems, leave in peace those without a problem, hold responsible those who harm others and end this tragic, inhumane war on drugs. Let's get people to care about this.

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog

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True Love, Not Tough Love: How Mothers of Addicts Are Helping to End the Drug War

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On Wednesday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate love in all relationships and forms. For mothers, whose children have struggled with substance use disorders, it is a day to reflect on the pure nature of unconditional parental love. With this deeper reflection, mothers from the Moms United to End the War on Drugs international campaign are rejecting paternalistic drug policies that circumvent our maternal wisdom and replace it with cruel, anti-family values. The mission of Moms United is to end the violence, mass incarceration and overdose deaths that are the result of current discriminatory and prohibitionist drug policies.

On February 14, 2018, Moms United launched our “True Love Not Tough Love” campaign. Many of us have lost teens and adult children to drug-related death. We know that simplistic advice, by well-meaning but misinformed friends and criminal justice and healthcare professionals, to just let our loved ones “hit bottom” would often mean death. We have insight as moms that others don’t have, so we are speaking out to other mothers to warn them that their children are in danger too, and to use our innate moral authority to teach unconditional and positive regard. We encourage parents to reject the practice of “tough love” in raising our children, and instead offer steady but loving direction and discipline so that our youth can achieve their goals and live happy and healthy lives. We are reclaiming our basic mothers’ rights to nurture and protect our children.

The opioid crisis is a tragedy of epic proportion. In the United States, one person is dying every 10 minutes due to overdose. Many of these deaths could have been avoided. We must stop wasting time and resources by employing failed drug war tactics to address what is essentially a public health epidemic.

Moms suggest a better way to save lives and propose five policies to potentially solve the opioid overdose crisis. First, the government must provide adequate funding to address the epidemic. To this day, despite much talk and “commissions” to discuss the crisis, no money has been allocated. Second, we need to have a healthcare system of treatment on demand. Third, we promote and advise therapeutic services, not criminalization and mass incarceration. Fourth, medication-assisted treatment has been proven to be effective in treating addictive illness, so these services should be provided in the community as well as behind bars. And fifth, most importantly, community-based harm reduction services must be made widely available. These include syringe exchanges, naloxone (a safe drug that can quickly reverse an accidental opioid overdose) distribution, and safe consumption spaces. For five days in February, we will be promoting these proposals on social media and encourage others to post and share the messages.

It is beyond time to break away from punitive prohibitionist approaches that exacerbate the problem. “Tough love” paternalistic approaches don’t work, but nurturing and humanistic approaches can achieve success. Ironically, the words “tough” and “love” don’t resonate together and are a jolting and contradictory concept.

As a mother of two sons who have struggled for decades with addiction to heroin, but are now in long-term recovery, I’m deeply concerned that our government appears to be so unenlightened about a health emergency that is taking so many lives across the cultural and socio-economic spectrum. I am one of the lucky moms. My sons are survivors of a retributive criminal justice system. My older son is a survivor of accidental overdose. I deeply believe that constant, abiding love can lead to healing. So, on Valentine’s Day, please honor “true love” and help us to save precious lives.

 

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WHAT IS CANNABIS OIL AND IS IT LEGAL IN THE UK? - Daily Mail

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