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TOP: Operation 'Naughty List' yields 6 arrests in Kissimmee - Orlando Sentinel

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:06 (US) The Kissimmee Police Department arrested six people on drug charges in its "Naughty List" Christmas sting. It might be a blue Christmas for some people arrested in Kissimmee recently on drug-related charges. The charges included selling cocaine, possession of a cont... (Sun Dec 24 14:06:56 2017 PST)
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TOP: VA in Arkansas won't prescribe, pay for medical marijuana - The Sacramento Bee

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:06 (US) Pay for medical marijuana Although Arkansas voters have approved the sale of marijuana for medical purposes. (Sun Dec 24 14:06:01 2017 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: Israeli-Innovation

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CN NF: Editorial: CRA Poll Dashes Pot-Revenue High Hopes

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
The Western Star, 20 Dec 2017 - A Corporate Research Associates (CRA) survey last week probably sent chills down the spines of finance ministers and premiers in Atlantic Canada. After they left Ottawa earlier in the week with a lucrative tax-sharing deal on the sale of legalized marijuana, their visions of windfall revenues were quickly dashed with a reality check. The CRA survey suggests that 20 per cent of Atlantic Canadians plan to buy pot once it becomes legal July 1. It's about the same percentage that uses pot today - illegally.
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CN NF: St. Anthony Mayor Weighs Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Plan

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
Northern Pen, 20 Dec 2017 - McDonald believes production facility should be located in rural area St. Anthony Mayor Desmond McDonald believes the province's marijuana production facility should be located in a rural area. He also sees opportunities for business with the province's plan to legalize marijuana.
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CN BC: British Columbia Going Down The Road To Pot

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 20 Dec 2017 - Province releases first decisions on cannabis regulation after public engagement After receiving input from 48,951 British Columbians and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and other interested stakeholders, the provincial government made some decisions on the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.
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CN ON: Peer-Based Program Aims To Reduce Unsafe Needle Disposal

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
The Record, 19 Dec 2017 - CAMBRIDGE - An innovative new peer-based pilot project will be launched in Cambridge early next year with the aim of curbing improper needle disposal in the community. The project is a partnership between Region of Waterloo Public Health, which will provide funding, Sanguen Health Centre and the City of Cambridge.
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Canada: Data Highlight Canada's 'Serious And Growing' Opioid Crisis

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Dec 2017 - Canada is on pace to lose more than 4,000 people to opioid-related deaths this year - with about one-third of them in British Columbia, according to new figures from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The grim update was in a national report the federal government released on Monday. The report described the country's opioid crisis as "serious and growing," devastating families and communities nationwide.
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CN ON: City Shooting For Quick OD-Prevention Site

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
London Free Press, 20 Dec 2017 - In the wake of a deadly opioid drug crisis that's killed hundreds in Ontario, London health officials are fast-tracking a pop-up, - -overdose-prevention site they want to have up and running by January. The stripped-down version of a supervised consumption site will give drug users a safer environment to inject. The location of the site, or the total number if there is more than one, hasn't been pinned down. But the plan is to have at least one as early as possible in 2018.
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CN ON: Windsor Cops Leery Of Life-Saving Drug

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
London Free Press, 20 Dec 2017 - Officers fear SIU probe if they can't revive opioid OD victims with naloxone WINDSOR - The fear of officers getting into a legal jam for trying to save someone from an overdose has made the Windsor police service hesitant to embrace a medication that fights the effects of opioids.
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CN ON: Weeding Out Problems

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
Kenora Daily Miner And News, 19 Dec 2017 - Keewatin-Patricia public school board trustees not up for blowing smoke Legalized marijuana concerns public school board trustees. With the legalization of marijuana closer to becoming a reality the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is concerned how the new law could impact its students.
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CN NS: Column: Make No Mistake, Not All Polls Are Created Equal

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 01:00
Truro Daily News, 19 Dec 2017 - They're great for entertainment purposes, but then again, so are fortune-tellers and horoscopes. If you're looking at public opinion polls to predict things, well, there are wins and there are losses. And lately, more losses.
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Who has been caught with cannabis in Nottingham? - Nottingham Post

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 23:59

Nottingham Post

Who has been caught with cannabis in Nottingham?
Nottingham Post
Close up of a cannabis plant. Couple in court after cannabis seized. Ricky John Thomson , 18, of Forge Place, Camden, London, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis in Nottingham on November 25. He was fined £100, ordered to pay £30 towards victim ...

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Lake County seniors arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 22:07

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Lake County seniors arrested in Nebraska with 60 pounds of marijuana
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
An 80-year-old Lake County man and his wife road tripping to the East Coast were arrested in Nebraska on suspicion of hauling about 60 pounds of cannabis in the vehicle, according to sheriff's officials. The odor of marijuana tipped deputies off to the ...
$300000 marijuana as Christmas gifts?Vanguard
Elderly Couple Found With 60 Pounds Of Marijuana Tells Police It's For Christmas GiftsCBS Philly
Marijuana for Christmas, and lots of it, reportedly found in elderly couple's truckFOX 29 News Philadelphia
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Where can I buy legal cannabis in California? - GreenState

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 17:15


Where can I buy legal cannabis in California?
San Jose — One of California's most populous cities also benefited from having an advanced medical cannabis regulatory regime they could apply to adult use sales. Major stores like Harborside San Jose will be open Jan. 1 at 9 a.m., along with gems ...

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California's top marijuana regulator talks legalization - PBS NewsHour

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 14:19

PBS NewsHour

California's top marijuana regulator talks legalization
PBS NewsHour
... all commercial cannabis activity. But Oakland, Santa Cruz, Shasta Lake and San Diego are among the cities that have embraced it and have licensed operators that will open Jan. 1. San Francisco is running late getting licenses out, so legal sales ...
Legalized marijuana will be a bit different from version that voters boughtSan Francisco Chronicle
Joy to the weed! Marijuana gifts increasing as more states
How recreational marijuana in California left chemists in the darkThe Verge
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We Need to Talk About Rudolph: Sex, Drugs, and Aerodynamic Reindeer

Alternet - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 13:06
Let’s look at the science behind the world’s favorite reindeer.

It is coming up to Santa’s busy time. Last minute preparations are being made, lists are being checked and double checked, routes are being analysed and optimised. Elves will be working overtime to put the finishing touches to their orders. But please spare a thought for Rudolph and the team of reindeer called on to drag tons of presents over thousands of miles in the most appalling weather.

It’s worst for Rudolph, of course. The world’s most renowned reindeer has to put up with all the name-calling and laughter from fellow reindeer. Not only that, but ever since he first came to prominence in a 1939 story written by Robert May, followed by real fame a decade later with Gene Autry’s hit song Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, we’ve been getting Rudolph completely wrong.

For a start, Rudolph and team are probably female. All the images I’ve seen of Rudolph clearly show a reindeer proudly sporting antlers. Reindeer are the only deer where both sexes grow antlers, but the males lose them around Christmas time and regrow them in the spring ready for the mating season. The only way a male reindeer can hang on to his magnificent headgear through the festive season is to be castrated. Losing the source of the sex hormones upsets the antler cycle – and probably the reindeer too.

We need to talk about that nose as well. The red glow from Rudolph’s most famous attribute is probably caused by something more serious than a bad cold. Reindeer noses are a brilliant product of evolutionary adaptation to a harsh environment. The nasal passages contain many elaborate folds covered in blood vessels. When a reindeer breathes in, the abundant blood vessels warm up the air keeping the inside of the reindeer nice and warm even when the air around it is sub-zero. On the way out, the same blood vessels cool the air, minimising heat loss and retaining as much water vapour as possible.

The unfortunate downside of such an intricate nasal arrangement is that it is a very comfortable spot for parasites to lurk. There are 20 parasites unique to mainland reindeer, and many others that are just as happy in reindeer or other ruminants. That red nose is therefore probably due to parasitic infection and increased blood flow to the area where the body is doing its best to fight off invaders.

All-in-all, Rudolph must be feeling dreadful as she slogs through a foggy Christmas Eve dragging a heavily loaded sleigh behind her. Rudolph and her reindeer companions do have one very enviable trait though: they can fly.

At first glance reindeer would not appear to be physiologically suited to flight. But it’s possible reindeer have gone one better than aerodynamics – antlerdynamics. It is possible that those antlers create distortions in the air currents as they race through the sky that could give them some lift. However, other deer don’t seem to become airborne, no matter how big their antlers or how fast they run. There must be more to it.

One theory of the cause of flying reindeer also explains Santa’s dress sense. It all comes down to one mushroom: Amanita muscaria, or fly agaric. Father Christmas’s colour scheme may be in honour of the white-speckled, red-capped mushroom so beloved of fairy tales. The mushroom is closely related to several highly toxic species such as the death cap (Amanita phalloides) and destroying angel (Amanita virosa). Freshly picked fly agaric contains ibotenic acid, which converts to muscimol when the mushroom is dried. Muscimol is a powerful hallucinogen, ten times more powerful than ibotenic acid.

Muscimol interacts with receptors in the brain resulting in hallucinations; inanimate objects appear alive, objects distort in size, time and space become distorted. It is probably eating the fly agaric mushroom that made Alice grow alternatively tall and short when she visited Wonderland. Other effects of the mushroom are less appealing and include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, twitching, convulsions and coma.

Fly agaric was the recreational drug of choice in several parts of Europe before vodka was introduced. Shamans of the tribes that herd reindeer in Siberia and Lapland would collect the mushrooms and carefully prepare them to optimise the mind-enhancing properties – and minimise the other dangerous toxins within the mushroom (of which there are several). The amount of muscimol also varies enormously from mushroom to mushroom, so trying this yourself is a risky business and definitely not advisable.

The shamans had the benefit of generations of practical knowledge and years of experience. They believed they could use the mushrooms to travel to the spirit realm in search of answers to local problems, such as a sudden outbreak of illness. The effect of the muscimol gave the impression of flying out through the chimney of the shaman’s abode and travelling to the spirit world where they could seek advice.

Muscimol passes through the body relatively unchanged which means that the shaman’s urine also had potent hallucinogenic properties. The effects of the mushroom can still be felt even if the drug has passed through five or six people and this is probably the origin of the phrase “getting pissed”.

Reindeer happening upon these patches of yellow snow left by the shaman might well frolic, gambol and skip around in the snow, off their antlers on mind-altering drugs. Perhaps, even, as they jumped up in the air, the sun in the northern regions would be low in the sky, silhouetting them in a characteristic flying pose ...

So Rudolph may be under the influence, and given her working conditions, I’m not sure I blame her. Then again, maybe science doesn’t have the answer. Maybe Santa and his reindeer really do fly.

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Bigfoot, Bullets and Bud: My Insane Humboldt County Weed Harvest

Alternet - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 12:13
At the camp where I worked, a revolution brewed.

“All aboard,” Brady snickered, as he opened the rear door of a horse trailer hitched to a narcoleptic mid-‘90s Suzuki Samurai. The trailer’s windows were boarded over with stained scraps of plywood. I climbed right in, along with 16 others who had trekked to this remote mountain farm in Humboldt County, California, to trim marijuana. Brady slammed the door shut and padlocked it from the outside. Inside was pitch black and filthy. I fell on my ass when we started winding down the road. The trailer creaked and swayed with every bend, threatening to come loose and tumble off the mountainside. It was my first day of work.

In my real life, I’m a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. I’d been lured to the farm with the promise of choice footage and cold hard cash. My friend Summer had been living up in Humboldt for the past few years trimming weed during harvest season and thought the scene would make a great subject for a documentary. I agreed. She ran the idea by the farm’s owners, who said if I came with her to work, they’d be open to me shooting some interviews. Growers are a notoriously insular and suspicious bunch, and they don’t take kindly to outsiders. I’d seen a few documentaries that touched on the subject but never one in which the director immersed herself in their world and portrayed it from the inside. This level of access was unprecedented and promised to be exciting.

I didn’t realize how insane this project would turn out to be.


Since 1996, growing medicinal marijuana has been legal in California under Proposition 215. The state is set to legalize the recreational use and cultivation of the plant in January of 2018, but it’s still illegal federally. Which means that at any point, the DEA can bust one of these pot farms and arrest everyone on it. “If the feds show up, just run into the woods,” Summer said nonchalantly. “But don’t worry, they won’t.”

Most Humboldt growers actually opposed legalization out of fear that it would completely decimate the county’s almost exclusively cash economy. With legalization came a whole slew of problems, starting with the permitting and licensing fees. Grows would be subject to taxation and government regulation, and growers would have a harder time paying trimmers under the table. Then there was the concern that the process would favor large industrial farms and push mom-and-pop operations out of business. The black market also kept marijuana prices high; when it became less dangerous to grow, more product would be available, and that would drive prices down.

The current legal gray area also means that banks won’t take marijuana money, so growers dig holes in the forest and bury their cash. Rumor was, this farm’s owners had around $250,000 stashed on their property. The average wholesale price for a pound of marijuana in California is around $2,000, and a medium-sized farm like this one can easily produce 400 pounds of weed in a season. All of that cash and all of that crop makes growers paranoid. They don’t want workers to be seen coming or going, so trimmers live in tents on the mountain for months at a time. Security is necessary — staff is well armed, and the property is gated and locked. Once I drove onto the land, I couldn’t leave without someone letting me out.

I’d met up with Summer a couple of days earlier at her place in Arcata, a quaint northern California coastal town known for Victorian architecture and marijuana. My new boyfriend Paul was with me. We’d been together for all of a month and a half, so I’d thought it was a great idea to bring him along. By the time I left trim camp, we’d spent half our relationship sharing a tent in the woods. Before we headed to the mountain, Summer took us shopping for the supplies we’d need: ultrasharp scissors made in Japan specifically for trimming weed (at least two pairs were necessary), small plastic perforated baskets to collect trimmed buds, aprons to protect our clothes.

As we left town, we passed clusters of gutter punks roaming the streets, some hitchhiking, some holding up signs saying things like “Looking for 420 Work.” These were “trimmigrants,” Humboldt speak for the seasonal workers who flood the area during the harvest hoping to land a trimming job. They came from all parts of the U.S. and the world, mostly in their twenties and broke. There was the potential to earn a decent amount of money in a short amount of time — some would make around $60,000 cash in a season, then spend the rest of the year traveling the world — but many would show up without knowing anyone, not realizing how difficult it would be to find a job with no connections. They’d run out of money and end up squatting in the town square, essentially homeless. Others would head to a supermarket parking lot in neighboring Garberville, a place growers cruised in their pickups, looking for extra labor. It was very dangerous to find work this way. “You never know who’s going to pick you up,” Summer warned. “There’s a reason why they call it Murder Mountain.” The area above Garberville had first earned this nickname back in the ‘80s after a string of serial killings, and a spate of recent deaths and disappearances kept it going strong.

It was a ten-minute hike through the redwoods to the decrepit single-wide trailer that functioned as the trim room. Fluorescent lights, folding tables and chairs, no ventilation. The smell of weed worked its way into every pore, every fiber of clothing.

I sat next to Summer so I could watch her work. “You’re basically giving the bud a haircut,” she explained, her scissors furiously snipping away, tiny leaves flying off in all directions, as she rotated the bud in her hand. The pay was between $175 and $200 per pound of trimmed weed. Summer was really fast — she did between three and four pounds a day. I was lucky if I made two.

The trim boss, a short, round-faced woman named Aylen, inspected our work and made sure no one pocketed any weed. Every night, Tyson collected our trimmed buds and weighed them in private. We’d get paid in cash when we left the mountain for good, not a moment before. I had no way to know if I was being shafted. But even if I was, what could I do about it?

Sometime during my second week, I finally met the owners, Wanda and Rex, a married couple built from hardcore Humboldt farming stock. Wanda thought the idea of a documentary sounded “interesting.” She offered to come by the camp after work so we could discuss it further. She never showed. She’d do this a few more times over the next couple of weeks. None of the other trimmigrants agreed to be filmed, especially not without the owners’ permission, so I decided to work and wait until they all felt more comfortable with me.

One day bled into the next. Rise with the sun, work all day, whiskey and weed by the fire before bed. Repeat. The temperature dropped until it reached the point where it became necessary to choose between foregoing any semblance of hygiene or contracting pneumonia. I went with the former. The only place with heat was the trim room, where Rob would play back-to-back episodes of “Coast to Coast AM,” a radio show devoted to the paranormal, junk science and conspiracy theories, while we worked.

Sitting in a folding chair under screaming fluorescent lights trimming weed for 12 hours a day while listening to George Noory really starts to mess with your mind. Maybe that noise I’d heard really was Bigfoot tree-knocking. “Did you hear that gunshot last night?” Rico asked one morning. I hadn’t. He said he’d gone to investigate and saw someone running out of the camp towards the road. Aylen insisted the noise had been a car backfiring. I didn’t know who to believe.

When they found the mold, things really started to go south. “See this?” Aylen asked, holding up a nug flecked with tiny white dots. “These buds you guys trimmed are no good. You gotta cut the mold out.” She returned the bags we’d handed over the night before. The first day we did as she asked. Then Tyson showed up with a truckload of 30-gallon trash bags filled with weed we’d already trimmed. They wanted us to redo it all. For free.

According to the experienced trimmers, the mold had erupted because the weed hadn’t been dried or stored properly, which wasn’t our fault. They whispered that what we were doing amounted to slave labor. But no one spoke up. Day after day we trimmed that moldy weed.

The air was thick with bud rot and revolution. Tyson took to carrying his pistol in plain view, stuck in the back of his dad jeans. Rex got wind of a potential worker uprising and showed up to set us straight.

“My 12-year-old daughter thinks you’re all a bunch of babies,” he taunted. “Stop complaining. Get through the mold, then you’ll get the good stuff. Anyone got a problem with that?”

No one dared look him in the eye. People like Tracee and Vance couldn’t afford to complain. They’d banked on this money. They had to hope that the new crop would be healthier, the buds would be bigger, and the money would start flowing. There was no other option. I was lucky — I had a life I could go back to. When Wanda flaked on me again, I decided to cut my losses.

Tyson cashed me out in the morning. Five hideous weeks of work amounted to just under $4,200. Before my time on the mountain, I’d had a romantic idea of hippies living on the edge of the law, getting stoned every day, trimming weed and raking in cash. The harsh reality was that this was mind-numbing, back-breaking work, and trimmers had no recourse to fight back against unfair or dangerous employment practices. People who were slow like me could work twelve hours a day, seven days a week, and barely make more than minimum wage. It wasn’t worth it. I left Paul there — it turned out he was a trimming prodigy and wanted to take advantage of it. Aylen unlocked the gate and I hit the road, driving back through the fog and the redwoods towards Highway One. I’ll never look at weed the same way again.



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Meet Dan Canon, the House candidate who wants to cure the opioid crisis by legalising marijuana - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 09:27

The Independent

Meet Dan Canon, the House candidate who wants to cure the opioid crisis by legalising marijuana
The Independent
But Mr Canon is tackling the issue through a different kind of lawsuit. The 40-year-old currently represents three Kentuckians suing the state over its criminal ban on marijuana. Two of the three plaintiffs say marijuana helped them cure symptoms that ...

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FL: Driver hospitalized after fiery crash on I-95 in North Miami -- WSVN 7News - Miami News, Weather, Sports - Fort Lauderdale

Drug News Bot - Sat, 12/23/2017 - 01:54 (US) (WSVN) - Rescue crews took a driver to the hospital after, officials said, her vehicle crashed and caught fire on an Interstate 95 exit ramp in North Miami, early Saturday morning. According to witnesses, the victim's car hit another vehicle on the N... (Sat Dec 23 19:54:40 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drug_ngo(50%), $drug_reform_ngo(50%), $ramp(50%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(85%), $stimulant(100%), $alcohol(85%), $cocaine(100%), $tobacco(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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