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CANADA: Elliot Ferguson - The Belleville Intelligencer

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intelligencer.ca (Canada) Deadly opioid found in region Public Health officials are bracing for the impact of an illicit opioid far more powerful than fentanyl. (Tue Jan 30 02:03:09 2018 PST)
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CANADA: Cannabis company continues to grow - The Belleville Intelligencer

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CANADA: Opioid overdose crisis draws a crowd - The Belleville Intelligencer

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CANADA: City man refused prescribed cannabis at hospital - The Belleville Intelligencer

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intelligencer.ca (Canada) The victim of a 1999 car accident has prescriptions for painkillers and marijuana but said staff of Kingston General Hospital prevented him from using cannabis products while he was admitted there following spinal surgery. (Tue Jan 30 02:03:09 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(75%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_law(80%), $plants(100%), $pharms(100%), $analgesic(100%), $antitussive(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $opioid(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $narcotic(100%), $cannabis(100%), $hydromorphone(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%)]
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CANADA: Elliot Ferguson - The Belleville Intelligencer

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INTERNATIONAL: Case Studies and Events -- Metro

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INTERNATIONAL: Marijuana till fA%ngar i Uruguay - Drugnews

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INTERNATIONAL: Marijuana till fA%ngar i Uruguay - Drugnews

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INTERNATIONAL: Today's Paper - The New York Times

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France: France To Soften Cannabis Laws -- But Not Legalize

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The Daily Tribune, 25 Jan 2018 - Paris, France -- France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success? The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros ($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail term.
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The Medical Marijuana Movement Has Lost a Founding Father: RIP, Dennis Peron

Alternet - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 00:18
He founded the nation's first dispensary, and his activism helped shape our world.

The individual most responsible for the medical marijuana movement in CA, and eventually in more than 30 states across this country, was San Francisco gay rights and marijuana advocate Dennis Peron, who died this past weekend from lung cancer at age 71.

Peron was drafted and sent to Vietnam in 1966, where he first discovered marijuana. When his tour of duty ended and he returned home, he also managed to bring wo pounds of marijuana with him – starting a career that he later acknowledged would last more than 40-years. In the 1970s, he opened the Big Top, a café in San Francisco where marijuana was openly sold and customers could smoke and socialize. The café was eventually closed by San Francisco police, who arrested Peron on numerous occasions.

Peron was among the earliest marijuana and gay rights advocates to recognize that marijuana could provide relief to HIV-positive and AIDS patients. In 1991 he organized the nation’s first medical marijuana initiative, Proposition P,  approved by 80% of voters of San Francisco. Subsequently, he founded the nation’s first medical marijuana dispensary, the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers’ Club, where patients with HIV and other illnesses could openly buy, use and share marijuana.

The “buyers club” served as many as 11,000 patients before eventually being forced to close by the courts in 1998.

In 1996, with the help of Dale Gieringer and CA NORML, Peron organized the first state initiative to legalize medical marijuana, the Compassionate Use Act (Prop. 215), which went on to be approved by 56% of California voters. The favorable experience with medical marijuana in CA eventually led to the adoption of medical marijuana laws in an additional 29 states and growing.

But Peron’s influence went well beyond the medical use of marijuana. Of the 9 states that have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults, each one has first adopted the medical use of marijuana. Only after the states had grown comfortable with medical use, and had seen first-hand that marijuana was an important medicine that helped tens of thousands of seriously ill Americans, were they willing to move forward to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, regardless of why they smoked.

All of us who smoke marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, are truly indebted to the courageous early work of Dennis Peron. Without his willingness to stand-up publicly and fight for the medical use of marijuana, despite it’s illegal status at that time, we would not be where we are today.

May he rest in peace

 

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Canadian Capital Fuels Colombian Cannabis Boom - OZY

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 22:02

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Canadian Capital Fuels Colombian Cannabis Boom
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Khiron launched in Colombia on December 7 at Bogota's Marriott Hotel to an audience of sharply dressed Colombian medical professionals, invited guests and Canadian investors. CEO and founder Alvaro Torres declared the company's goals to provide medical ...

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Two Toronto police officers accused of consuming marijuana edibles while on duty - Toronto Star

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Two Toronto police officers accused of consuming marijuana edibles while on duty
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Toronto police confirms two of its officers have been suspended after police sources say the pair consumed edible marijuana while on duty over the weekend — shortly after a marijuana dispensary raid in the area. Police spokesperson Mark Pugash said ...
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City of Saint John to host international forum on cannabis - CTV News

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City of Saint John to host international forum on cannabis
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Government agencies forecast that in the years to come, 3,000 New Brunswickers will be employed in cannabis-related industries. "The industry is changing,” says Stephen Lund, CEO of Opportunities New Brunswick. “The acceptability is changing. We're not ...
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Aphria's $826 million deal highlights cannabis producers' global ambitions - Financial Post

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Cannabis company Aphria Inc. made a massive bet on international markets on Monday, agreeing to pay around $826 million for a competitor with no record of cannabis production but a number of potentially significant assets overseas. Nuuvera Inc., the ...
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Williams Lake could be the 'cannabis capital' of BC, says city councillor - CBC.ca

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Local politicians in Williams Lake, B.C., want the Interior city to become a hub for marijuana production in anticipation of cannabis legalization this summer. Council voted unanimously last week to encourage regulated marijuana production in the hope ...

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California's New Cannabis Laws Squeeze Out Compassionate Care Programs - Forbes

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California's New Cannabis Laws Squeeze Out Compassionate Care Programs
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New Year's Day saw the implementation of the long-awaited Medicinal And Adult-Use Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MAUCRSA), allowing Californians over the age of 21 to legally buy pot for recreational use. But a sense of chaos looms over the nascent ...

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GHB Is Making a Comeback: What You Need to Know

Alternet - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:45
The drug GHB gained notoriety during raves decades ago, but it is resurfacing again.

A highly potent drug called GHB is making a comeback in nightlife scenes, along with overdoses and even death. On Jan. 23, 2018, “Storm Chaser” star Joel Taylor died on a cruise ship. Celebrity news site TMZ reported that Taylor may have used GHB in the hours before his death.

GHB, or gamma-hydroxybutyrate, has been referred to as a “date rape drug” by the media for decades, as it has been involved in instances of sexual predators spiking unsuspecting womens’ drinks to take advantage of them while unconscious. However, much of the public is unaware that most of use of this highly potent drug is actually intentional.

I am a public health researcher who studies party drug use in the nightclub scene. I have learned a great deal through my research and through what I have witnessed firsthand in my years in this scene. Use of this drug largely disappeared from the scene, but it appears to be emerging again in popularity.

Initially, a sleep aid

GHB gained popularity in the 1990s, when it was sold over-the-counter in vitamin supplement stores as a sleep aid and growth hormone enhancer. In 1990, at least 100 people were reportedly poisoned using GHB, and the Food Drug Administration banned sales of the substance. However, availability continued, as did outbreaks of poisonings.

Use can lead to a range of adverse effects ranging from nausea and vomiting to seizures, repressed breathing, and even death. Despite the ban, GHB use increased throughout the 1990s, and the drug was made illegal to possessin March 2000. Recreational use eventually decreased, but there appears to be a recent uptick in use — especially in the gay party scene.

While GHB induces sleep, the drug causes users to feel high before falling unconscious. Therefore, in my observation, most users of GHB attempt to take small doses in order to experience the high without falling unconscious. This practice of using GHB to get high began in the 1990s and led to GHB’s popularity in nightclubs.

However, doses of GHB are difficult to calibrate as it is highly potent with a steep dose-response curve, and co-using GHB with alcohol increases its effects. Higher than intended doses or combining it with drugs like alcohol can easily render someone unconscious.

The party scene

What is particularly unique about GHB is that onset of unconsciousness can occur quickly. A user can be dancing and talking with friends, yet a few seconds later fall on the floor unconscious and temporarily unwakeable. In fact, most users expect to “overdose” at some point and fall unconscious.

Witnessing the problems associated with GHB use so often in nightclubs was the main reason I became a drug researcher. I was deeply immersed in the after-hours New York City nightclub scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when GHB popularity was at its peak.

GHB was especially popular in dance clubs, where dancers could get a quick high. KK Tan/Shutterstock.com

By 2001, almost every week I witnessed multiple overdoses. I’ve helped carry unconscious bodies from dance floors, I’ve had good friends of mine die after using GHB, and I had even witnessed some of the infamous hidden rooms in some nightclubs that held bodies of unconscious users where nightclub staff waited for them to gain consciousness hours later. Some New York City nightclubs even had their own private ambulance services in order to not alert authorities about the GHB problem in their venues.

GHB use declined in response to the abundance of overdoses and increased stigma toward use. In New York City, some major venues closed, largely in response to so many GHB overdoses.

The popularity of GHB

GHB is by no means a popular drug in the general population. Only about 3 out of 1,000 young adults (age 18-25) in the U.S. are estimated to have ever knowingly used the drug.

But things are much different in the nightclub scene. My colleagues and I, for example, found that among electronic dance music attendees in New York City in 2015, nearly 1 out of 10 attendees reported ever using GHB. However, most of the individuals we surveyed identified as heterosexual.

Use is more prevalent among gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) in party scenes. For example, a recent study of MSM nightclub attendees in South London found that more than half reported GHB use in the past year.

But GHB is not only popular in the nightclub scene for dancing and socializing; it is a leading “ChemSex” drug — meaning it is often used intentionally to intensify sex. This is particularly prevalent among MSM.

What can be done to prevent more deaths?

GHB, due to its high likelihood of leading to overdose, is one of the most deleterious drugs to ever reach the party scene. Stigma toward users was a leading method of reducing prevalence in the early 2000s, and anti-GHB campaigns in the nightclub scene have already begun in Canada in response to recent overdoses. However, while stigma might prevent some people from using, this will lead others to resort to hiding their use. And hidden use is riskier.

The new generation of partiers needs to learn from the past. Yes, there are plenty of partiers who use GHB “safely,” and harm reduction techniques should be used among those who insist on using. But GHB commonly results in overdoses, and as is shown by the death of Joel Taylor who is suspected of taking GHB, sometimes use can lead to fatal outcomes.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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The Next Step After Legalizing Marijuana: Eliminating the Color Barrier

Alternet - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:29
Under Chris Christie, black people were targeted more than whites for pot possession. Proper legislation will fix that.

Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the state of New Jersey have rapidly accelerated as the new Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has been ushered into office.

Throughout his campaign, Murphy pledged he would legalize marijuana in the state for recreational use. Last Tuesday, he ordered a review of the state's medical marijuana program. His goals were to allow home delivery, permit purchases greater than the two-ounce limit and increase the amount of licensed dispensaries to expand patient access.

"This is the more immediate priority. We will get to, in due course, I think sooner than later, the whole recreational process," Murphy said after he signed the executive order.

Murphy's order was a step in the right direction, and plans to legalize recreational use in the state should develop in the coming months. But it's not simply just about legalizing marijuana — it's also about making an attempt to provide equality for New Jersey residents who have seen the war on marijuana destroy communities of color. That's why New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR), an alliance of "public safety, medical, civil rights, faith, political, and criminal justice reform organizations" has advocated not just for the end of the prohibition on marijuana but for efforts to create a fairer criminal justice system.

"The time is ripe for us to get a bill together that actually embodies racial justice and social justice," Dianna Houenou, policy counsel for the ACLU of New Jersey, told Salon. The ACLU is a member of NJUMR's steering committee.

Houenou pointed to measures nationwide to legalize marijuana "and then having to go back and fix some problems that arise after legalization."

"We think here in New Jersey we can get it done right from day one," Houenou explained. That requires getting people to understand the issues at play and "getting them to understand that we can address concerns in the legislation, so we can protect kids, we can make sure that money is reinvested into communities that have been targeted by the war on drugs and make sure that legalization can happen in a way that benefits all of New Jersey's communities."

In New York, even with its liberal decriminalization laws, law enforcement has still targeted people of color. Shaun King, a longtime criminal and racial justice journalist, writes:

Decriminalization efforts also don't go far enough and are not an effective way to make marijuana less of a criminal issue.

"It's not enough to just legalize marijuana and say that racial justice is achieved because we won't have any racially disproportionate arrests, that's not enough," Houenou explained to Salon. "To truly embody racial justice, legalization has to include expungements of peoples' prior records, we want to see money reinvested into communities that have been hit the hardest. We want to see meaningful access to the jobs and the ownership opportunities that are going to come with this new industry."

She added: "We want to see people be permitted to grow a limited number of plants, in their own home, for personal use. We think those are the basic four components that really capture racial justice and social justice."

Marijuana efforts in New Jersey were essentially halted for eight years under former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration, who embraced tough on crime rhetoric and stood firmly against legalization. The reality is that in recent years, New Jersey has cracked down on marijuana on a massive scale, arresting more for possession than ever before, a recent ACLU report highlighted. A possession arrest in the state occurs "on average every 22 minutes." Of course, this also means systematic racial disparities have skyrocketed as well.

In 2013, "Black New Jerseyans were three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite similar usage rates," the report showed. In 2000, blacks were only 2.2 times more likely.

But Murphy has a bold progressive vision for the state and has aspired to transform New Jersey into "the California of the East Coast."

Marijuana is one area in which New Jersey should follow the progressive West Coast state's lead. California has been trying to right the ship and undo the abuses that come from marijuana prohibitions — prohibitions that largely hurt people of color. Pacific Standard, a magazine with a focus on social justice and public policy issues, elaborated:

It's imperative that any legalization bill in New Jersey follows a model such as this, to usher in a new era and attempt to make any sort of amends for the old. With 59 percent of New Jerseyans supporting legal marijuana, it's a vision that is more than attainable.

Despite President Donald Trump administration's decision to turn back the clock on the so-called war on drugs, states across the country have made the conscious choice to move forward. Though, it's important to note that moving forward also means restoring what was destroyed to get to this point. There is no sense in legalizing marijuana if it doesn't properly address, and correct, the social and racial injustices that have boiled over and sparked the movement to end prohibition in the first place. In New Jersey, the new Murphy administration has already taken commendable progressive steps and has vowed to stand up to the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who have threatened to crackdown on legalization efforts. While the Democrats appear to be fractured in many ways, this is one issue that can, perhaps, help unify.

 

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Ontario marijuana producers feel pressure from minimum pay rate hike - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:31

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Coffee chains and restaurants aren't the only businesses under pressure from Ontario's minimum wage hike -- marijuana companies say the higher provincial pay rate is driving up the cost to produce and sell cannabis products as well. Licensed medical ...
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