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[2]: Tonko takes aim at opioid crisis - WNYT.com

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:13
wnyt.com (US) Norton was among a few recovering addicts in Tonko's office Saturday morning. (Fri Feb 02 23:13:27 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme6(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $drug_propaganda_agency(100%), $harm_reduction(100%), $injection_center(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(85%), $meeting(60%)]
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[2]: Tonko launches major push on Opioid epidemic - WNYT.com

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:13
wnyt.com (US) Norton tells NewsChannel 13 he was taking up to 20 pills at the height of his addiction. (Fri Feb 02 23:13:27 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme6(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $drug_propaganda_agency(100%), $harm_reduction(100%), $injection_center(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $antitussive(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $hydrocodone(100%), $oxycodone(100%), $OxyContin(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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[2]: Family offers reward for arrest of dealer who provided deadly heroin dose to daughter - WNYT.com

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:13
wnyt.com (US) Police caseload for drug overdoses is higher than ever. (Fri Feb 02 23:13:27 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(95%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme6(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $harm_reduction(100%), $injection_center(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $antitussive(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $hydrocodone(100%), $oxycodone(100%), $OxyContin(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(60%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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[2]: Man involved in deadly heroin deal gets 10 years in prison - WNYT.com

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:13
wnyt.com (US) Man involved in deadly heroin deal gets 10 years in prison ! WNYT.com Man involved in deadly heroin deal gets 10 years in prison A heroin dealer who supplied the drug that killed a local woman was sentenced in federal court. (Fri Feb 02 23:13:27 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme6(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $drug_law(80%), $harm_reduction(100%), $injection_center(100%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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CANADA: Local groups apply for provincial funds - Daily Herald Tribune

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:09
dailyheraldtribune.com (Canada) Local groups apply for provincial funds to combat opioid epidemic Applicants in Grande Prairie are waiting to see if they have obtained provincial grant money to tackle the opioid epidemic in the community. (Fri Feb 02 02:09:21 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(65%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $school(100%)]
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OR: What to do with marijuana-generated cash; Officials seek banking privileges for marijuana business owners

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:07
lagrandeobserver.com (US) Banks are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to marijuana businesses. Even in states where those businesses are regulated. (Fri Feb 02 22:07:05 2018 PST)
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OR: What to do with marijuana-generated cash; Officials seek banking privileges for marijuana business owners

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:07
lagrandeobserver.com (US) Banks are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to marijuana businesses. Even in states where those businesses are regulated. (Fri Feb 02 22:07:05 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(98%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme5(80%), $propaganda_theme7(98%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_law(100%), $govt_prohib_other(66%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(80%), $legalism(50%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: In the news today, Feb. 2 - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Lawyers contemplate class action to push government into cannabis amnesty... (Fri Feb 02 02:05:31 2018 PST)
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CANADA: Drug charges stayed against Middle Sackville man - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine. (Fri Feb 02 02:05:31 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: In the news today, Feb. 2 - Regional - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Lawyers contemplate class action to push government into cannabis amnesty... (Fri Feb 02 02:05:31 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%), $meeting(100%)]
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CN NF: Municipalities Get Ready For Legalized Marijuana

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
The Compass, 30 Jan 2018 - Larger towns like Bay Roberts, Carbonear expect to field requests to sell pot product Municipal leaders in Conception Bay North's two largest towns expect to field requests from entrepreneurs looking to earn a dollar off the impending legalization of marijuana.
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CN ON: Judge Slams Toronto Police For 'Oppressive Misconduct'

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Toronto Star, 29 Jan 2018 - Dissenting opinion found charter rights were violated during 'fishing expedition' A senior Ontario judge has called out Toronto police officers who arrested a man on gun and drug charges for "casually intimidating and oppressive misconduct," and wondered if their actions would have been different in a whiter and wealthier neighbourhood.
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CN ON: Cops Accused Of Being High On Job

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Toronto Star, 30 Jan 2018 - Two suspended after allegedly eating edible weed following raid 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 marijuanadispensary raid in the area.
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US MA: Governor, US Attorney To Talk Black Market Drugs

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Boston Globe, 29 Jan 2018 - Governor Charlie Baker plans to meet with US Attorney Andrew Lelling next month, and the governor thinks state and federal law enforcement priorities could converge on cracking down on the illicit marijuana market. At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses, stamping out the black market trade could bolster the regulated sale of the intoxicant, the governor said.
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US MA: Proposal For Massive Marijuana Facility Divides North Andover

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Boston Globe, 29 Jan 2018 - NORTH ANDOVER - Dr. Jeff Goldstein is hunting for "a billion-dollar molecule." But to find it, he first needs permission from residents here to grow marijuana - actually, a stupendous amount of marijuana. That's why, on Sunday afternoon, he was pacing anxiously behind a small folding table in the lobby of Osgood Landing, the massive former Lucent Technologies plant he bought with his wife in 2003 and now hopes to convert into one of the world's largest indoor marijuana growing and research centers.
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CN ON: Pot Issue Coming To Boil On Six Nations

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Hamilton Spectator, 29 Jan 2018 - Responses from survey questioned Ohsweken - If you ever thought the legal pot thing would go down nice and mellow anywhere, from Salt Spring Island to St. John's, or Six Nations in between, what were you smoking?
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CN MB: Planning For Pot

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:00
Winnipeg Sun, 30 Jan 2018 - City forms committee to prepare for legal weed The City of Winnipeg has formed a new committee to guide its pot plans. The Cannabis Co-ordination Committee will guide local preparations as the feds prepare to legalize recreational marijuana sales, effective July 1.
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Is It Time to Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

Alternet - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:42
Click here for reuse options! The U.S. is out of step with the rest of the world.

New Hampshire lawmakers are once again considering lowering the drinking age in the state. The proposal this year, from Rep. Dan Hynes (R-Merrimack), would allow 20-year-olds to drink alcohol in private settings, but not buy it or consume it in public.

It's just the latest effort to lower the drinking age in the Granite State. Earlier efforts to lower the age to 19 for active-duty service members or allow those 18 and over to drink when accompanied by adults failed. This year's effort is likely to fail, too—but maybe it shouldn't.

When it comes to the legal drinking age, the United States is out of step with the rest of the world. In more than 100 countries, the legal drinking age is 18 or 19, while only the U.S. and 11 other countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Kiribati, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Samoa, and Sri Lanka) set it at 21.

Our northern neighbor, Canada, has a drinking age of 18 or 19, depending on the province, and our southern neighbor, Mexico, sets the age at 18. Most European countries go with 18, and the others go even lower.

In fact, more countries have a legal drinking age lower than 18 than set it at 21. Those include a dozen European countries, such as Portugal, which allows drinking anything at age 16; Germany, which allows beer drinking at 16; and Switzerland, where 16-year-olds can drink beer and wine.

Setting the legal drinking age is the domain of the states, but that has not really been the case in the U.S. Although in the 1970s, more than half the states lowered the drinking age from 21 to 20, 19, or 18 as they shrugged off the hangovers of Prohibition, Congress in 1984 made the states an offer they couldn't refuse: With the enactment of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, the states could choose between raising the age to 21 or losing their federal highway funds. They went with keeping their federal dollars.

By 1988, every state in the country had raised the legal drinking age to 21. (There are some delimited exceptions: underage drinking is allowed in 29 states if done on private premises with parental consent, 25 states if for religious purposes, and 11 states if for educational purposes.)

One of the main arguments propelling the 1984 law and bolstering it ever since is that keeping the 21 age limit reduces traffic accidents and fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that a drinking age of 21 decreased the number of fatal traffic accidents for 18- to 20-year-olds by 13 percent.

But proponents of lowering the drinking age can point to comparative data to argue that the evidence is not nearly so clearcut. Many countries with a drinking age of 18 have fewer drunk driving accidents and fatalities than the U.S., and during the 1980s, as 21 was becoming the law of the land across America, the rate of traffic accidents and fatalities in the 1980s decreased less than that of European countries whose legal drinking ages are lower than 21.

There are a number of other arguments for and against lowering the legal drinking age, admirably adumbrated at Procon.org, but outside of debates in the realm of public health, two arguments for lowering the drinking age are especially compelling: The first is the argument for consistency and the second is the argument for liberty, or perhaps more precisely, the pursuit of happiness.

The consistency argument is simple: Eighteen is the age of legal adulthood for everything except being able to drink alcohol. Alcohol should be no exception. You can get married, sign contracts, vote, join the armed forces—but you can't have a beer?

The liberty argument is pretty simple, too: Drinking alcohol is an enjoyable activity. Adults under 21 should not be denied that enjoyment when other pleasurable activities are legal at age 18.

Maybe it is better to have a higher legal drinking age, but the age of 21 is not ordained by God. Whether states should continue to keep it should be informed not only from a public health or harm reduction perspective, but also by considerations of the values we hold. Where do we draw the lines?

 

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The beginner's guide to cannabis - Well+Good

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:24

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Marijuana has always intimidated me. The very mention of it has me flashing back to the older boys in high school who were always trying to get me into trouble—not to mention innumerable deadbeat stoner ex-boyfriends, including one who made me take ...

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