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CANADA: VIDEO: Former Blue Jays star Roy Halladay dies in plane crash - Comox Valley Record

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:12
comoxvalleyrecord.com Police said they couldn't confirm if there were additional passengers on the plane or say where it was headed. His family purchas... (Thu Nov 09 02:12:35 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $prohibition_agency(50%), $drug_dog(50%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $youth(60%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%), $assoc_press(100%), $meeting(60%)]
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CANADA: Courtenay council confirms denial of licence to cannabis dispensary - Comox Valley Record

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:12
comoxvalleyrecord.com Lawyer Kirk Tousaw said Leaf Compassion is providing an &ldquo. (Thu Nov 09 02:12:35 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(75%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_reformer(100%), $kirk_tousaw(100%), $lte_writer(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $legalization(100%), $chemicals(75%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(75%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(75%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(60%), $meeting(60%)]
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CANADA: GoFundMe set up for optimistic Princeton woman - Chilliwack Progress

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:10
theprogress.com (US) Fraser Health lambasted by Chilliwack council for inaction on addictions ... (Thu Nov 09 02:10:30 2017 PST) [$drug_related(60%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $illegal_drugs(60%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: VIDEO: Fraser Health promises action to counter opioid crisis - Chilliwack Progress

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:10
theprogress.com (US) Chilliwack is projected to have 29 deaths from drug overdoses in 2017. Another key initiative for Chilliwack coming by the end of November is an &ldquo. (Thu Nov 09 02:10:30 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(95%), $propaganda_theme1(80%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(95%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $use_is_abuse(95%), $propaganda_theme4(95%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $harm_reduction(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $anxiolytic(100%), $analgesic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $methadone(100%), $buprenorphine(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Thompson explores local zombies - Columnists - Opinion - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:09
capebretonpost.com (US) VIBERT: Strictly-regulated legal pot environment expected EDITORIAL: Cannabis conundrum - where will smoking pot actually be allowed? (Thu Nov 09 02:09:13 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Thompson explores local zombies - Columnists - Opinion - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:09
capebretonpost.com (US) VIBERT: Strictly-regulated legal pot environment expected EDITORIAL: Cannabis conundrum - where will smoking pot actually be allowed? (Thu Nov 09 02:09:13 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $plants(100%), $sedative(55%), $euphoriant(55%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $poppy(55%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%), $jury(100%), $meeting(100%)]
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CANADA: VIBERT: Strictly-regulated legal pot environment expected - Columnists - Opinion - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:09
capebretonpost.com (US) Cannabis will be legal next summer. The rules and regulations are yet to come and Nova Scotia. Will create tightly-controlled. (Thu Nov 09 02:09:13 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(80%), $dissent_silenced(55%), $propaganda_theme8(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $chemicals(75%), $plants(100%), $sedative(55%), $euphoriant(55%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(75%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(75%), $cannabis(100%), $poppy(55%), $tobacco(100%), $youth(80%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%), $jury(100%), $meeting(60%)]
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AK: Alaska Journal - Onsite consumption tops agenda for marijuana board

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:07
alaskajournal.com (US) The Alaska Marijuana Control Board will decide at its upcoming meeting in Anchorage whether to allow onsite consumption of cannabis products. (Thu Nov 09 18:07:46 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Gun, drugs gets man pen time - The Belleville Intelligencer

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:04
intelligencer.ca (Canada) A Shannonville man has been sent to the penitentiary for two years for selling a rifle and cocaine to an agent. Yvan Leclair was sentenced several months after being swooped up in a major cross-border sting, dubbed Project Silkstone, involving illegal drugs and g... (Thu Nov 09 02:04:47 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $dehumanization(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $hallucinogen(60%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $phenethylamine(60%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $euphoric_empathogen(60%), $anesthetic(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $MDMA(60%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Colombia shows off 'largest' cocaine seizure in its history

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:03
irishtimes.com (US) Stored underground at four farms Police have seized more than 12 tons of cocaine from Colombia's top crime gang. (Thu Nov 09 01:03:28 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(90%), $propaganda_theme1(55%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(90%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $prohibition(100%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $coca(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%)]
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CO: Gallup finds record support for legal pot - Boulder Weekly

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
boulderweekly.com (US) Gallup finds record support for legal pot - Boulder Weekly Feds bust drug dealer who hates pot Coloradob s winter sport athletes vying for a spot in the 2018 winter olympics Gallup finds record support for legal pot The Gallup organization is out with the results of its annual poll on whether Americans want to legalize marijuana. (Thu Nov 09 16:01:14 2017 PST)
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CO: Feds bust drug dealer who hates pot - Boulder Weekly

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
boulderweekly.com (US) Kapoor is a drug dealer. B is b a powerful narcotic intended to treat cancer patients suffering intense breakthrough pain. (Thu Nov 09 16:01:14 2017 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: medicinsk marijuana Archives - Drugnews

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
drugnews.nu (Europe) Archives - Drugnews "Nej, Sverige ska inte legalisera cannabis" MP-ledamot C6ppnar fC6r tillC%ta can... (Thu Nov 09 01:01:26 2017 PST)
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CANADA: RCMP gang unit says it has busted up a major gang's drug trafficking operations - Aldergrove Star

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
aldergrovestar.com (US) S drug trafficking operations It was the real deal. (Thu Nov 09 02:01:14 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: medicinsk marijuana Archives - Drugnews

Drug News Bot - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:01
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Nova Scotia's marijuana plan expected by end of 2017 - CBC.ca - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:39

CBC.ca

Nova Scotia's marijuana plan expected by end of 2017 - CBC.ca
CBC.ca
'We're well-positioned now to come to conclusions by the end of the calendar year,' says Mark Furey.

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Australian Cannabis Stocks Climb Amid Licensing Announcements - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 14:58

Leafly

Australian Cannabis Stocks Climb Amid Licensing Announcements
Leafly
... a new high on the back of news that it had secured an import/export license for cannabis products, while penny stock The Hydroponics Company (ASX: THC) was also up after announcing it received a license to grow and produce medical marijuana.

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Legislation concerning cannabis control, drug-impaired driving to be introduced this week - The Sackville Tribune Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:17

The Sackville Tribune Post

Legislation concerning cannabis control, drug-impaired driving to be introduced this week
The Sackville Tribune Post
Legislation to be introduced this week aims to help protect New Brunswickers, particularly youth, from harm associated with cannabis use. Participating in the announcement were Health Minister Benoît Bourque, left, and Justice and Public Safety ...
New Brunswick's lock and key cannabis legislation receives criticismGlobalnews.ca

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Marijuana seized in Kelowna connected to Hells Angels - British ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 13:02

CBC.ca

Marijuana seized in Kelowna connected to Hells Angels - British ...
CBC.ca
The Kelowna RCMP drug unit has seized "a significant amount of marijuana" at a grow property connected to the Hells Angels after receiving a tip from police in ...
Marijuana seized from legal Kelowna grow-op with alleged ties to Hells AngelsGlobalnews.ca

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The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

Alternet - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:52
Click here for reuse options! A team of neuroscientists in London believes they can.

For a long time in western culture, transcendent consciousness was tightly linked with characters on the spiritual fringe: visionary prophets, ascetic sages, and ecstatic poets. Mystical states were like lightning bolts in the days before Ben Franklin’s kite—fleeting, unpredictable, and impossible to harness or measure. They were divine bolts that hit during the frenzies of ecstatic creation and desert wanderings. They were the ultimate mystery.

Then came psychedelics. In the 1950s, a small but significant coterie of researchers and artists used LSD, mescaline and psilocybin to achieve the states of consciousness described in the literature of ecstatic mysticism. It was an incredible discovery. By swallowing a pill in their living room, they could reliably reproduce the once-exotic case studies collected in books like Richard Bucke’s Cosmic Consciousness, William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience and Aldous Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy.

It was Huxley who famously bridged the pre- and post-psychedelic scholarship of mysticism. In 1954, he announced the dawn of the psychedelic era in the form of his erudite Mescaline trip report, The Doors of Perception. But if Huxley anticipated psychedelics’ democratization of mystical bliss, he never claimed to know how they worked. How, exactly, did they replace the ego with the infinite? His guess—that psychedelics somehow wash clean the glass “doors” of perception, “revealing the world as it is… infinite”—was based not on science, but the visionary poetry of William Blake.

Fifty years after Huxley’s death, science is beginning to understand, with some precision, how these window cleaners go about their work. By pairing the controlled mysticism induced by psychedelics with modern imaging technology, scientists are mapping the biological underpinnings of spiritual bliss, the way psychedelics helped an earlier generation of researchers map the links among the serotonin system, joy and depression.

The key finding so far involves changes to a part of the outer brain called the posterior cingulate cortex.

“Our psychedelic imaging studies show a strong association between experiences of god and a breakdown in activity linking the posterior cingulate cortex to the frontal brain regions,” says David Nutt, co-director of the Beckley-Imperial College psychedelic research program in London.

“Growing evidence suggests religious and other belief systems are inevitable products of the ways in which the brain works.”

In a forthcoming book, Nutt describes the Beckley-Imperial team’s findings that indicate mystical “out of body” states are linked to reduced blood flow in the posterior cingulate cortex, a central hub in the creation of our sense of self, or ego.

“The posterior cingulate cortex integrates inputs from the senses, especially sight, plus inner sensations such as position-sense and time, in relation to the brains predictions or inferences,” writes Nutt. “It is the master controller of ‘normal’ consciousness, so when it is switched off, another less constrained form of consciousness emerges. In analogy, if the conductor of the orchestra is removed and the individual instruments play their own way in their own time, a different sound is produced.”

When LSD and other psychedelics forcibly remove the brain’s conductor, people report losing the sense of occupying a distinct place in space and time. Commonly known as ego-dissolution, this is the defining feature of mystical states, achieved by psychedelics or other means. Just like the Victorian monks populating William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience, subjects on LSD report a sense of leaving their bodies and fusing to “become one” with a loving universe, sometimes called god for lack of a better term.

“The sense that there is more to human beings than biological processes is common to all religions, and our research suggests this has a basis in brain function,” says Nutt. “Subjects reporting ego-dissolution are significantly more likely to report a spiritual experience. Since ego-dissolution correlates to a breakdown of [specific brain regions] we can predict spirituality might come from a similar change in this brain region, which can also be triggered by meditation, fasting, and ritual singing and dancing. These insights reveal the concept of God is an emergent property of our nervous systems.”

It’s not just LSD and ritual chanting that can trigger these mystical states. Nutt points to evidence that they can be induced by brain stimulation with direct low voltage electrical currents and magnetic pulses.

“[Our theory based on LSD experiments] has recently been confirmed in a more direct manner by blocking outflow from the posterior cingulate cortex region by direct electrical stimulation,” he says. Subjects who undergo this treatment before brain surgery often report leaving their bodies, floating off as if in a dream, and experiencing long-term positive effects in terms of wellbeing and “present-ness." These reports echo the testimony of mystics from the 16th century as loudly as they do microdosers from the 21st.

There is, of course, a deep irony to this exciting front in the global psychedelic research revival. There is every reason to believe Nutt is correct to think humans have a profound and salutary evolutionary need for spirituality and mystical states, to experience the “sense of there being more to a human being than simple biological processes.”

But by mapping the neurochemistry of these states, is science not reducing them to simple biological processes? As research proceeds in Nutt’s lab—his team is currently employing MRI to study the brains of people on DMT—it is bound to add another wrinkle to the already contentious debate around religion and spirituality. Many will resist “explanations” of something so long understood as beyond the reach of reason, language and science.

Even within the psychedelic community, there is a tradition of “non-dualism” that rejects biochemical explanations of consciousness.

“The non-dualists think the brain is a receiver picking up signals flowing throughout the universe,” says Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial-Beckley’s lead investigator. “It’s fantasy, but there’s a kind of investment in these ideas, matched with an extreme anti-authoritarianism and suspicion of scientists.”

The gatekeepers of traditional religion, meanwhile, have always feared the anti-institutional thrust of direct chemically assisted revelation. They are right to fear it, as heavy anecdotal evidence—and increasing scientific evidence—shows that a brush with mystical states is likely to encourage a broad spirituality that is humanistic and anti-authoritarian, one more likely to lead to a meditation mat than a Catholic Church.

Nutt, for one, hopes the work being done at Beckley-Imperial will become a public dialogue between neuroscience and traditional religion. In his forthcoming book on psychedelic neuroscience, Nutt takes pains to distinguish his hypothesis from the position of New Atheists like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, who scornfully dismiss belief in god as a delusion.

“In technical psychiatric terms, ‘delusions’ are confined to beliefs that are outside societal norms,” he writes. “Since most people believe in some form of god, it is a social norm. I suspect spirituality isn’t located in a single brain region, but rather it emerges from a network change. Brain science tells us it’s time to put transcendence and spirituality, not politics and rituals, back into the heart of religious belief. Let the brain give religion back to god.”

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