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CANADA: U.S. tobacco supplier acquires majority stakes in PEI, Ontario pot companies - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Ontario pot companies CHARLOTTETOWN b A U.S. tobacco leaf merchant has acquired majority stakes in a PEI licensed medical marijuana producer and a cannabis company that is developing indoor growing operations in Ontario. (Sat Feb 10 02:05:23 2018 PST)
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CANADA: U.S. tobacco supplier acquires majority stakes in PEI, Ontario pot companies - Business - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Ontario pot companies CHARLOTTETOWN b A U.S. tobacco leaf merchant has acquired majority stakes in a PEI licensed medical marijuana producer and a cannabis company that is developing indoor growing operations in Ontario. (Sat Feb 10 02:05:23 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $legalization(100%), $chemicals(50%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(50%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $tobacco(100%), $incarceration(100%), $meeting(95%)]
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TOP: Activists fight back as Walsh, Baker urge slower rollout of Mass. marijuana businesses - The Boston Globe

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:03
bostonglobe.com (US) Massachusetts cannabis regulators are facing mounting political pressure to delay the scheduled July debut of certain recreational pot businesses. (Sat Feb 10 14:03:44 2018 PST)
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TOP: California man arrested in Rhode Island allegedly with $400k in pot and hash oil - The Boston Globe

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 01:03
bostonglobe.com (US) California man arrested in Rhode Island allegedly with $400k in pot and hash oil - The Boston Globe California man arrested in Rhode Island allegedly with $400k worth of pot and hash oil A California man carrying more than $400000 worth of marijuana and hash oil was arrested during a traffic stop in Warwick. (Sat Feb 10 14:03:44 2018 PST)
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Pot activist calls for pardons, compensation for those with cannabis convictions - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 19:03

CTV News

Pot activist calls for pardons, compensation for those with cannabis convictions
CTV News
With marijuana set to become legal in July, a prominent cannabis activist is calling on the Canadian government to clear the criminal records of those convicted of pot-related offences and to compensate them if they served jail time. "If I was in ...

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Employers blocked from discriminating against staff using marijuana in Maine - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:04

The Independent

Employers blocked from discriminating against staff using marijuana in Maine
The Independent
Workers in Maine no longer have to worry about getting in trouble at work for smoking marijuana in their off time. Employers in the state will no longer be able to discriminate against employees for using marijuana or marijuana by-products outside ...

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Fourth Canadian marijuana ETF to begin trading next week - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:59

The Globe and Mail

Fourth Canadian marijuana ETF to begin trading next week
The Globe and Mail
The marijuana sector continues to expand in the ETF market, with the country's fourth cannabis-focused exchange-traded fund set to begin trading next week. Evolve Funds Group Inc. received regulatory approval late this week to launch the Evolve ...

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Marijuana legalization effort vaults a hurdle with no outside challenge to signatures - Detroit Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:41

Detroit Free Press

Marijuana legalization effort vaults a hurdle with no outside challenge to signatures
Detroit Free Press
The push to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use got a boost Friday when a deadline for opposition groups to challenge petition signatures passed and no one stepped up. Now it will be up to the Secretary of State's election office to review a ...
Should Illinois legalize recreational marijuana?Chicago Tribune

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Why cannabis shouldn't be considered a gateway drug: Calgary ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:34

CBC.ca

Why cannabis shouldn't be considered a gateway drug: Calgary ...
CBC.ca
The legalization of marijuana in Canada is just five months away, but there are still questions and misconceptions in many people's minds surrounding cannabis.
Cannabis legalization revives nearly defunct California marijuana ID CardThe Mercury News

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Marijuana remains illegal on Lake Champlain despite Vermont legalization - BurlingtonFreePress.com

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:42

BurlingtonFreePress.com

Marijuana remains illegal on Lake Champlain despite Vermont legalization
BurlingtonFreePress.com
Possessing small amounts of marijuana will become legal under Vermont law in less than five months, but those who imbibe might want to think twice before taking pot onto Lake Champlain. The lake is considered "federal water" because New York and Canada ...

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Trump Wants to Get Mean With 'Drug Pushers'—But What About Big Pharma?

Alternet - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:29
Leave it to the billionaire president to deflect blame from pharmaceutical giants profiting off addiction.

President Donald Trump has a new idea for how to combat America’s opioid crisis — one that requires us, unsurprisingly, to get “mean” and “tough.” Indeed, in a speech in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 5, Trump proposed harsher treatment of “drug pushers” and “drug dealers” as a means of fighting the opioid epidemic that killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016.

Specifically, Trump said:

 Creating good jobs is also an important part of fighting the drug epidemic that has affected millions of Americans, bringing new hope to struggling communities.  And it’s gotten to a point where it’s 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 mean — with the drug pushers and the drug dealers.  We can do all the blue ribbon committees we want. We have to get a lot tougher than we are.  And we have to stop drugs from pouring across our border.

Trump using the opioid crisis as a way to gain support for the border wall is nothing new, but it’s a slap in the face to the victims and their families who have been hurt by the epidemic. The “drug pushers” and “drug dealers” are merely middlemen, small-time players, compared to the biggest dealers of all: pharmaceutical companies.

According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prescription opioid sales nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2014; during this timespan, overdose deaths from prescription opioids increased as well. While opioid prescriptions should only be prescribed to cancer patients, or those with pain-related diagnosis, only an estimated one out of five fit the bill. Overdose deaths from opioid prescriptions were fives times higher in 2016 than they were in 1999, and overall, 40 percent of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involved prescription drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that half of young people who inject heroin abused opioid prescriptions first; in other words, opioid prescriptions are often a gateway to heroin. In addition to an increase in opioid-prescription deaths, the number of opioids sold to pharmacies and hospitals nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, according to CDC data. Horrifyingly, large pharmaceutical companies profit off these deaths and addictions.

Yet Trump seems to believe the crisis is purely a result of Mexican drug dealers. Yes, heroin does travel across the border. According to additional CDC data, “increased availability, relatively low price (compared to prescription opioids), and high purity of heroin in the U.S. also have been identified as possible factors in the rising rate of heroin use.” According to data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the amounts of heroin confiscated at the southwest border quadrupled from 2008 to 2013, but that's not what's driving 1,000 people a day to emergency rooms across the country for misusing opioid prescriptions.

Even though Trump declared the opioid crisis a "health emergency," his actions have spoken louder than words. Per Politico earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway is now in charge of dealing with opioids, and the White House is allegedly telling experts that they're not welcome on his committee to deal with the crisis.

Now, hope for combatting the crisis lies in state and civic policy —  as it looks like we can't count on the federal government for help.

Some cities like New York, and states like Missouri, are already taking matters into their own hands and suing the manufacturers and distributors of opioid prescription drugs. Big pharmaceutical companies involved in these various lawsuits include Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson.

“More New Yorkers have died from opioid overdoses than car crashes and homicides combined in recent years. Big Pharma helped to fuel this epidemic by deceptively peddling these dangerous drugs and hooking millions of Americans in exchange for profit,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “It’s time for hold the companies accountable for what they’ve done to our City, and help save more lives.”

In regards to drug prices, Trump once said the "drug companies, frankly, are getting away with murder."

Indeed, President Trump, pharmaceutical giants are getting away with actual, non-metaphorical murder when it comes to peddling opioids.

 

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Trump Tells Netanyahu No Marijuana Exports, Israel Says Okay

Alternet - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:21
A call from the president to the prime minister was all it took.

 

 

 

Israel has halted a plan to export medical marijuana at the request of US President Donald Trump, reports said. The plan would include relaxing Israel's strict criteria for exporting medical ...

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Military to spend $170000 so leaders can see what it's like to be stoned on marijuana - National Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:39

National Post

Military to spend $170000 so leaders can see what it's like to be stoned on marijuana
National Post
The Canadian Forces is buying kits that will let its leaders experience what it's like to be stoned on marijuana. The “marijuana simulation kits” will include “marijuana impairment goggles,” among other items. The Canadian Forces wants to acquire 26 of ...

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Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time | The ... - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:33

The Independent

Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time | The ...
The Independent
Sales of marijuana have overtaken alcohol in a city in Colorado, three years after the state became the first in the US to legalise recreational use of the drug. Licensed vendors in the ski resort of Aspen raked in $11.3m (£8.2m) income from cannabis ...
Marijuana outstrips booze sales for first time in Aspen | Daily Mail ...Daily Mail

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Girl Scout sells 300 cookie boxes in six hours after setting up outside ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:44

Vox

Girl Scout sells 300 cookie boxes in six hours after setting up outside ...
Telegraph.co.uk
An entrepreneurial American girl scout has caused controversy after selling hundreds of cookies by setting up shop outside a marijuana dispensary. The girl, who has not been named, sold more than 300 boxes in six hours after she began selling outside a ...
A Girl Scout sold 300 boxes of cookies — near a legal marijuana ...Vox

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OR: Police union says Portland faces 'catastrophic staffing shortage - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:52
kptv.com (US) Police union says Portland faces b catastrophic staffing shortage - KPTV - FOX 12 Police union says Portland faces b catastrophic staffing shortagesb In a strongly worded open letter, Portland Police... (Fri Feb 09 21:52:16 2018 PST) [$drug_related(90%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $drug_ngo(90%), $prohibitionist_ngo(90%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(50%), $mockingbird(50%), $assoc_press(50%)]
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OR: Police: Two arrested after drugs, paraphernalia, firearm found i - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:52
kptv.com (US) Were found with methamphetamine. (Fri Feb 09 21:52:16 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $heroin(100%), $paraphernalia(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(50%), $mockingbird(50%), $assoc_press(50%)]
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OR: Man, woman from Linn Co. sentenced to prison on meth charges - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:52
kptv.com (US) Woman from Linn Co. sentenced to prison on meth charges A man and woman from Linn County have been sentenced to prison on methamphetamine charges. (Fri Feb 09 21:52:16 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $heroin(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(50%), $mockingbird(50%), $assoc_press(50%)]
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OR: Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year - KPIC

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:51
kpic.com (US) U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyr... (Fri Feb 09 21:51:04 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(95%), $propaganda_theme2(95%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $sedative(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $alcohol(50%), $amphetamines(100%), $cocaine(100%), $heroin(100%), $methadone(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $oxycodone(100%), $OxyContin(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(70%), $school(100%), $jury(50%), $msm(50%), $mockingbird(50%), $assoc_press(50%)]
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