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INTERNATIONAL: Richard Branson -- Metro

Drug News Bot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:01
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INTERNATIONAL: Stories and Interviews -- Archives -- Metro

Drug News Bot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:01
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INTERNATIONAL: Metro World News: A Global Wire -- Metro

Drug News Bot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:01
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OR: Trump Offers Spending Blueprint, But Congress Already Wrote The Check - Jefferson Public Radio

Drug News Bot - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:01
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CN BC: Criminal Records Could Sink Pot Entrepreneurs

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
The Georgia Straight, 08 Feb 2018 - An unusual aspect of Canada's soon-to-be-legal cannabis market is that the activists who led the legalization movement may find themselves excluded from the industry for which their efforts paved the way. Vancouver activists like Jodie and Marc Emery and dispensary pioneer Don Briere, for example, have criminal records for possessing and selling marijuana. Now those criminal records could be used against them in federal and provincial licensing systems that are under development to decide who gets to cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.
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CN ON: OPED: Health Experts Should Take Lead On Weed Packaging

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Toronto Star, 08 Feb 2018 - "I believe that nicotine is not addictive." This was the position the CEOs of the seven largest American tobacco companies staunchly stood by while testifying in front of an infamous 1994 Congressional hearing.
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US: Cheech & Chong Still Enjoy Blowing Smoke

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 08 Feb 2018 - It only seemed appropriate that a long-distance phone call to Cheech Marin would go awry, repeatedly getting dropped. Hearing each other say, "Hello, hello, are you there?" back and forth was like reliving the famous "Dave's not here" routine of Cheech & Chong, where a stoned-out Chong keeps telling anxiety-ridden drug dealer Dave (Cheech) knocking on the door that "Dave's not here." Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong at the 2014 Guys Choice Awards in
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US CA: Should Veterans Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana for

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Feb 2018 - Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump administration. The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress, pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, to support research into whether marijuana can help veterans, apparently fearing that any move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to study its effectiveness will be another step toward nationwide legalization.
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CN NS: Editorial: Weeding Out Weed

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Truro Daily News, 08 Feb 2018 - It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as provinces roll out their marijuana rules. Several provinces have decided that marijuana smoking has to be done on private property. Ontario's rules are so tight that weed smoking has to take place in private residences.
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CN BC: Changing The Public Discourse On Addiction

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Kelowna Capital News, 09 Feb 2018 - To fight the opioid epidemic will take altering people's thoughts around drug abuse The way people feel about drug addiction has evolved significantly since the outbreak of the fentanyl crisis. But the shift from viewing addiction as a moral problem to treating it like any other health issue is a work in progress, says Rae Samson, a substance abuse worker at Interior Health.
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CN ON: Editorial: Sanity In Haze Of Confusion

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Feb 2018 - An Ottawa judge who granted an absolute discharge to a 21-year-old woman working at a marijuana dispensary has made the right call. Yes, we believe in harsh penalties for criminals. Yes, people should be held accountable for their actions.
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CN ON: Lawyer Declares War On Weed Over

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
The Observer, 08 Feb 2018 - Declaring the government's war on marijuana was over, defence lawyer Nick Cake called for a $10 fine for his client's marijuana possession. Kalan Louis Pereira, 27, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia court to marijuana possession. "We no longer live in a society that denounces this stuff," said Cake, citing the federal government's move to legalize recreational marijuana use this coming July. The war on drugs as it relates to marijuana is over, and there is consideration of granting amnesty to those previously convicted of marijuana possession, Cake continued.
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CN BC: Editorial: NDP's Pot Sales Plan Weak

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Prince George Citizen, 08 Feb 2018 - In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana. Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier, still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year. "Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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LCBO announces deal with Shopify to run online cannabis sales ... - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:35

Toronto Star

LCBO announces deal with Shopify to run online cannabis sales ...
Toronto Star
The Canadian firm's technology will also be used in brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions and display product and health information.

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Hamilton cannabis conference highlights need for more studies ... - TheSpec.com

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:49

TheSpec.com

Hamilton cannabis conference highlights need for more studies ...
TheSpec.com
The only thing clear about research into medical cannabis is that more research is needed. That was a conclusion expressed by many experts who gathered at the first cannabis conference hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis ...
Santa Fe County sees 'green rush' as number of medical marijuana ...Santa Fe New Mexican

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Cannabis-themed Love Market pop-up adds more than love to the air - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:44

CBC.ca

Cannabis-themed Love Market pop-up adds more than love to the air
CBC.ca
Valentine's Day might be just a few days away, but that doesn't mean that love is the only thing in the air. On Sunday, cannabis enthusiasts gathered in downtown Toronto for the first-ever Love Market, a Valentine's Day themed craft-cannabis pop-up ...

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Large employers want mandatory drug testing as part of marijuana legalization - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 17:45

The Globe and Mail

Large employers want mandatory drug testing as part of marijuana legalization
The Globe and Mail
The issue of testing is currently in front of the Senate, where two bills are being studied: C-45 to legalize cannabis by the summer, and C-46 to make it easier for law-enforcement authorities to crack down on impaired driving. Ottawa wants C-46 to be ...

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Trump and Sessions Are Playing Bad Cop-Bad Cop in the Drug War

Alternet - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:12
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The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches this week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part, translated into regressive, repressive drug policy prescriptions—yet—it's probably not safe to assume that will continue to be the case.

At the same time, the Trump White House appears to be approaching key aspects of the country's opioid crisis, which contributed mightily to a record 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, with a mixture of indifference and incompetence.

Trump wants to drastically slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP, the drug czar's office), his White House opioid response is laughably led by pollster and counselor—not drug policy or addiction expert—Kellyanne Conway, and his budget proposals are for spending substantially less, not more money on treatment and prevention.

An Obama-era law that designated a billion dollars to help states fight opioids runs out of money this year, with no sign Trump intends to ask Congress to renew it, and Trump's 2018 budget request has a $400 million cut to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the lead federal agency for treatment.

Instead of proactive responses aimed at ameliorating the crisis, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are falling back on drug war rhetoric that would have been at home in Nixon's 1970s or Reagan's 1980s.

Trump spent barely a minute talking about the opioid crisis in his State of the Union speech last week, and now he says he's focused on law enforcement, not treatment and prevention.

In a speech this week in Cincinnati, Trump said the opioid epidemic "has never been worse. People form blue-ribbon committees. They do everything they can. And frankly, I have a different take on it. My take is you have to get really, really tough; really, really mean with the drug pushers and drug dealers."

Attorney General Sessions, for his part, was on the same page this week. In a Tuesday night speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation for an event honoring Ronald Reagan's birthday, Sessions could have been channeling the Gipper himself, blaming the media, not enough drug war, and "permissive rhetoric" for problems with drug use.

"We don't think illegal drug use is recreation,'' he said. "Lax enforcement, permissive rhetoric, and the media have undermined the essential need to say no to drug use. Don't start. That's what President Trump said to us the other day in a meeting. What did Nancy Reagan say? Just say no."

Sessions reiterated his opposition to state-legal marijuana resorted to the discredited "gateway theory" to try to blame marijuana for the opioid epidemic.

"The DEA said that a huge percentage of heroin addictions starts with prescriptions. That may be an exaggerated number—they had it as high as 80 percent—we think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs," Sessions ventured.

"We are not going to pretend that there is not a law against marijuana. There is a federal law against marijuana," he said. "And we're not going to pretend that marijuana is good for you, either. I don't think it is."

Drug war rhetoric is one thing; actual policy shifts is another. So far, despite the tough talk, about the only concrete action aimed at driving us back to the failed drug war policies of the past is Sessions' move last May to reverse Obama-era policy of moving away from harsh mandatory minimum sentences in drug cases. Other than that, there's been a lot of sound and fury, but little in the way of actual policy proposals. Still, the remarks this week from the president and his chief law enforcement officer ought to be setting off alarm bells.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has a better idea. The independent Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential contender on Wednesday announced a petition calling on Congress to "end the failed war on drugs." "The criminal justice system is not the answer to drug abuse. Addiction is a health problem and we should start treating it that way," Sanders wrote. "While communities all across the country lack adequate resources for treatment or prevention, we are spending approximately $50 billion a year on the war on drugs. That's absurd. We need to get our priorities right."

Here is Sessions at the Heritage Foundation:

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NYSE-Listed Cannabis REIT Shows Progress A Year After IPO - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:36

Forbes

NYSE-Listed Cannabis REIT Shows Progress A Year After IPO
Forbes
While publicly-traded Innovative Industrial Properties wasn't the first Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) focused on the cannabis industry, it was the first to go public and remains the only one at this time. The company conducted an IPO in late ...

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Pot brands race to retail front line for edge in competitive cannabis landscape - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 10:28

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Pot brands race to retail front line for edge in competitive cannabis landscape
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
As the race to produce enough cannabis for the soon-to-be-legal market gets increasingly crowded, licensed producers are setting their sights on the next frontier in the race for maximum pot profitability: developing retail stores. Pot producers have ...
Medical marijuana patients say market must remain distinct from recreationalNational Post
Daughter goes rogue with father's medical care, by trying cannabis ...OregonLive.com
For the legal cannabis trade, some new wrinkles: Older usersLos Angeles Times
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