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OR: Elvy Musikka, Living Cannabis Legend - Cannabuzz - Portland Mercury

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:13
portlandmercury.com (US) Living Cannabis Legend The OG Cannabis Activist Gets Her Weed from Uncle Sam She was arrested in 1988 for cannabis cultivation. (Wed Oct 18 22:13:56 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(65%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(50%), $dissent_attacked(50%), $propaganda_theme8(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $drug_reformer(100%), $irv_rosenfeld(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $chemicals(50%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $hemp(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $compassion_ind(100%), $alcohol(50%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(50%), $school(100%)]
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OR: Just Stop It: Cannabis Industry Edition - Cannabuzz - Portland Mercury

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:13
portlandmercury.com (US) Just Stop It: Cannabis Industry Edition - Cannabuzz - Portland Mercury Oregon Cannabis Guide 2017 Cannabis Cannabis Events Cannabis Directory Just Stop It: Cannabis Industry Edition Are You a Weed Professional Doing Any of These Things? (Wed Oct 18 22:13:56 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $dissent_attacked(50%), $propaganda_theme8(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $youth(60%), $school(100%)]
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OR: Who's in Charge of Federal Weed Policy Right Now? - Ask a Pot Lawyer - Portland Mercury

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:13
portlandmercury.com (US) People will tell you different things. Are 1) the attorney general of the Department of Justice (DOJ). (Wed Oct 18 22:13:56 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme1(80%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $drug_law(100%), $prohibitionist(60%), $government_prohib(60%), $govt_prohib_other(100%), $prohibition_agency(100%), $prohibition(85%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $heroin(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%), $forfeiture(80%)]
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OR: The War On Drugs = A War On Sick People and Doctors by Rick Bayer, M.D.

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:12
alternativesmagazine.com (Canada) The War On Drugs = A War On Sick People and Doctors Drug Policy Reformers come from many different backgrounds but share the idea that the War on Drugs is a huge failure and causes irreparable damage both within and outside of our national borders. Drug Policy Reformers come from many different backgrounds but share the idea that the War on Drugs is a huge failure and causes irreparable damage both within... (Wed Oct 18 21:12:52 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Sports - Tri City News

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:09
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CANADA: Diane Strandberg - Authors - Tri City News

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:09
thenownews.com [Coquitlam so far in 2017 ...] 18 drug overdose deaths in Coquitlam so far in 2017 18 drug overdose deaths in Coquitlam so far in 2017 ... (Wed Oct 18 02:09:28 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(60%), $drugwar_propaganda(95%), $propaganda_theme2(95%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $illegal_drugs(60%), $drugs(90%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(60%), $youth(70%)]
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CANADA: 18 drug overdose deaths in Coquitlam so far in 2017

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:09
thenownews.com Many OD victims survive only because they were given naloxone. Fraser Health said it does not keep statistics on the number of people on life support after being resuscitated from a drug overdose but Thiessen said people surviving a drug overdose only to be incapacitated is an untold story and that needs to be addressed. (Wed Oct 18 02:09:28 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(95%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $addiction(80%), $propaganda_theme2(95%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $harm_reduction(100%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $euphoric_depressant(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $opiate(100%), $naloxone(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $cocaine(100%), $heroin(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(70%), $aggrandizement(85%)]
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CANADA: Community - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Comic to speak at Sydney mental health and addictions conference ... (Wed Oct 18 02:05:55 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(60%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(60%), $plants(100%), $tobacco(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $jury(100%)]
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CANADA: Comic to speak at Sydney mental health and addictions conference - Living - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) S why organizers of the 2017 Living With Mental Illness and Addiction Conference are bringing in Kevin Breel whose keynote address is called &ldquo. (Wed Oct 18 02:05:55 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(60%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(60%), $plants(100%), $tobacco(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $jury(100%), $meeting(55%)]
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Amid Controversy Over Anthem Protests, NFL Endorses Drug Sentencing Reform

Alternet - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:03
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Caught between players who insist on exercising their right to call out racial injustice in a manner of their choice, and a scapegoating president who demands the league stifle what he deems unpatriotic protest, the National Football League has reacted in a surprising and progressive way: In a Monday letter to leading senators, the NFL endorsed a federal sentencing bill aimed at reducing the number of drug offenders.

The bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917) was rolled out earlier this month by such Senate heavy hitters as Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking Democratic member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), minority whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), among others.

"We are writing to offer the National Football League's full support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (S. 1917)," said Commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks owner Doug Baldwin, Jr. in the letter. "We want to add our voice to the broad and bipartisan coalition of business leaders, law enforcement officials, veterans groups, civil rights organizations, conservative thought leaders, and faith-based organizations that have been working for five years to enact the changes called for in this comprehensive legislation."

The subject of years of negotiation in the Senate, the bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenders, give judges greater discretion to sentence below federal sentencing guidelines, reform sentencing enhancements around weapons possession (to allow departures from mandatory minimums if the weapon wasn't used or brandished), make Fair Sentencing Act of 2012 reforms retroactive, and create programs to reduce recidivism.

As compromise legislation, the bill isn't all reform. It also includes provisions creating new mandatory minimum sentences—for interstate domestic violence and providing weapons to terrorists—and harshly punishing the sale of heroin cut with fentanyl. Still, overall, the bill would be a big step toward reducing the federal prison population overall and the federal drug prisoner population in particular.

More than two-thirds of NFL players are black. Just like the rest of us, they understand that pro football isn't the only place blacks are overrepresented: As the numbingly familiar refrain goes, African Americans make up only 13% of the population and use drugs at roughly the same rate as other groups, yet they constitute 40% of all prisoners and a whopping 72% of federal drug prisoners.

Racial justice issues have been bubbling up in the NFL since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem last season, to protest racial injustice and police killings of black men. The issue reached a fever pitch when President Trump used the widespread anthem protests to throw red meat to his base this season. The NFL has been desperately searching for a way to get over the anthem controversy and back to the business of pro football. Endorsing federal sentencing reform could be a way to do that, but it leaves the league trying to appease players on one hand, while giving props to the cops on the other.

"Football and community are the twin pillars of the NFL," Goodell and Baldwin said. "Over the last two seasons, one particular issue that has come to the forefront for our players and our teams is the issue of justice for all."

For the NFL, they wrote, the challenge is to ensure "that every American has equal rights and equal protection under the law, while simultaneously ensuring that all law enforcement personnel have the proper resources, tools, and training and are treated with honor and respect."

For the team owners, however, the challenge is whether this move will quell the controversy, get the players back to concentrating on football and get President Trump back to concentrating on something—anything!—other than the NFL. 

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College administrators seeing more problems associated with increased marijuana use, survey finds - MassLive.com

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:21

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College administrators seeing more problems associated with increased marijuana use, survey finds
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NORTHAMPTON - While many people including students view marijuana as safe, college administrators are seeing problems associated with its use, according to survey results released Tuesday by the MassINC Polling Group. The group has offices in ...

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Is Ontario's Legal Cannabis Monopoly Constitutional? - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:34

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Is Ontario's Legal Cannabis Monopoly Constitutional?
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Now, Cannabis Culture, the marijuana lifestyle brand that once franchised its name to dispensary locations across Canada, has hired prominent cannabis lawyer Kirk Tousaw to apply as an intervenor in the Comeau case. Their application is also being ...

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Medical Marijuana Grower Gets Green Light in Pennsylvania - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:09

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Medical Marijuana Grower Gets Green Light in Pennsylvania
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Cresco Yeltrah said it will grow a variety of over 30 genetic strains at the Brookville facility and will produce an array of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana products including vapor oils, transdermal patches and pills. It expects the complete line of ...
Pennsylvania's first legal marijuana crop gets the green lightlehighvalleylive.com
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Lab: Driver charged in motorcyclist's death had marijuana in system - AZCentral.com

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:30

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Lab: Driver charged in motorcyclist's death had marijuana in system
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A man was indicted on a negligent homicide charge after lab results showed he tested positive for THC after a crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist on April 28. Pablo Alejandro Reyes, 32, was arrested Monday in connection with the death of ...

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Why My Wife and I Used Our Wedding to Celebrate Responsible Cannabis Consumption - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:35

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Why My Wife and I Used Our Wedding to Celebrate Responsible Cannabis Consumption
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Why Microdoses of Marijuana Are the Perfect Addition to a Wedding | Leafly Andy and Cynthia exchange their vows. (Courtesy of Carmely Photography). Cynthia and I are both proud members of the cannabis industry, and in planning one of the most important ...

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Crowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims—Because Cannabis - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:02

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Crowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims—Because Cannabis
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The California Growers Association, the main lobby representing cannabis growers in Sacramento, estimates that as many as 300 marijuana farms have been affected in some way by the deadly fires still burning near Santa Rosa, about 60 miles north of San ...
WePay Wipes Out Marijuana Wildfire Relief FundSF Weekly

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Heating Up Marijuana Could Increase Cancer Risk - Healthline

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:58

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Heating Up Marijuana Could Increase Cancer Risk
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“When heated as part of a cannabis concentrate formulation via certain methods of dabbing, they can degrade to produce toxins.” While the discovery of the relationship between terpenes and carcinogens may be a new development, others say that finding ...

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Trump Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws After Damning Report He Blocked DEA Action Against Big Pharma Pill Sellers

Alternet - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:25
Tom, we hardly knew ye.

Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), who was President Donald Trump’s choice to serve as his administration’s drug czar, has withdrawn his name from consideration after a damning 60 Minutes report about his role in weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s oversight of opioids in the United States.

“Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”Twitter Ads info and privacy60 Minutes report from this past weekend revealed that Marino and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a bill that weakened the FDA’s ability to restrict pharmaceutical companies’ distribution of prescription opioids.

Although the bill was originally promoted as “a way to ensure that patients had access to the pain medication they needed,” the investigation found that “what the bill really did was strip the agency of its ability to immediately freeze suspicious shipments of prescription narcotics to keep drugs off U.S. streets.”

Trump said on Monday that he would reexamine Marino’s nomination in the wake of the report.

 

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Pennsylvania Legislator Pushes Marijuana Legalization Study Amid Racial Arrest Disparity - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:40

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Pennsylvania Legislator Pushes Marijuana Legalization Study Amid Racial Arrest Disparity
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Gainey's push for a marijuana study commission comes as other states, including New Hampshire, Delaware, Vermont and Rhode Island are also officially studying cannabis changes. If the resolution is adopted, the commission would be comprised of ...

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