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This 'Breaking Bad' Candy Shaped Like the Show's Blue Meth Is a Really Bad Idea

Alternet - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:49
The sugary tribute to Walter White is raising eyebrows.

A shop in Provo, Utah—of all places—has been outed for selling packages of rock candy marketed as the infamous "Blue Sky" methamphetamine cooked up by chemistry teacher turned meth maker Walter White in the hit TV series "Breaking Bad."

The series, which aired for five seasons on AMC, told the story of White, an Albuquerque high school teacher who turned his talents to the lucrative task of manufacturing meth after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

The item spoofs the nearly pure blue meth White cooked up in the show, complete with the "Breaking Bad" logo and an image of White as his clandestine alter ego Heisenberg superimposed over a glass beaker.

The rock candy was on sale at the FYE (For Your Entertainment) shop in Provo but apparently is no longer. It was also for sale on the store’s website, but as of today, "this item is currently not available," the website says.

“Ever want to own a street-legal package of Heisenberg’s infamous 'Blue Sky' product? Now you can with Breaking Bad Blue Sky Rock Candy Crystals, a package of deliciously addicting blueberry-flavored rock candy,” reads the product description on the FYE site.

It is still available on eBay, but only at the collector's price of $24.50 a bag. (It was going for $4.99 on the FYE site.)  Amazon and other websites sell blue rock candy without the methy marketing, and recipes for "Breaking Bad" rock candy are also all over the Internet.

Selling meth-marketed candy broke bad for FYE this past week when one of their customers took notice and then took umbrage. Customer Parker Twede posted a photo of the package to his Instagram page (he made his page profile private on Wednesday, so the rock candy pic is no longer available there).

“Just when I thought I had seen it all. Seriously?” Twede captioned the photo.

Twede was also happy to talk to local media about his concerns, racking up at least two interviews with Salt Lake City TV stations.

“It’s presented in a little baggie at the checkout, at children's eye level,” Twede told KSL-TV. “Frankly, it appalled me that this product even exists. It’s really irresponsible to the millions of people suffering from this terrible drug,” Twede added. “I am not easily offended, and I couldn’t stop thinking about this.”

Not everyone was as bent out of shape as Twede. Others interviewed by the TV station described the candy as "hilarious" and "funny."

Breaking Bad Blue Sky Rock Candy Crystals—not for everyone, especially the humor-impaired. But they could make a nice Halloween surprise for that special someone.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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City regulators swamped with cannabis shop appeals - Calgary Herald

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:41

Calgary Herald

City regulators swamped with cannabis shop appeals
Calgary Herald
It's highly unlikely all those appeals will be heard by Oct. 17, when recreational marijuana legalization comes into effect, along with lawful retailing of the drug, said Fraser. “I'm not sure if that's going to be achievable,” he said. “It'll take the ...

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Are health risks of cannabis getting lost in the haze? - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 11:59

Toronto Star

Are health risks of cannabis getting lost in the haze?
Toronto Star
The Acapulco Gold rush that's been building towards cannabis legalization in Canada has been marked with bold claims, exuberance and the promise of riches. As the Oct. 17 decriminalizing date draws closer, however, many public health experts fear the ...

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Marijuana legalization boiled down to 100 words for November ballot - Detroit Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 11:53

Detroit Free Press

Marijuana legalization boiled down to 100 words for November ballot
Detroit Free Press
Designated Proposal 1 on the ballot, the introductory language, which is not included in the 100-word count, concludes: A proposed initiated law to authorize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years ...
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Recreational marijuana will be on the ballot as Proposal 1 in MichiganSouth Bend Tribune
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We Can Save Lives and Fight the Opioid Epidemic — But the Trump Administration's Strategies Make the Problem Worse

Alternet - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 11:01
We're experiencing the worst public health epidemic in U.S. history, yet the Trump administration refuses to acknowledge and accept the complicated nature of addiction and recovery.

International Overdose Awareness Day can be a difficult, emotionally taxing day for many people. August 31 represents a day for families and communities to remember and honor the lives lost due to preventable drug overdose deaths and the failed war on drugs.

A record number of fatal drug overdoses cut over 72,000 lives short throughout the United States in 2017 alone. Drug overdose deaths exceed those attributable to gun violence, car accidents, homicides, or HIV/AIDS. More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

Decades of the failed war on drugs and fixation on “Just Say No” rhetoric have served to alienate and dehumanize people who use drugs. They have also created a culture that prevents the implementation of proven life-saving measures and evidence-based treatment for people who need it. Just this week, United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came out in an infuriatingly inaccurate New York Times Editorial bashing safe consumption spaces and threatening criminal prosecution.

Despite the United States experiencing the worst public health epidemic in its history, the current administration refuses to acknowledge and accept the complicated nature of addiction and recovery. Strategy couched in criminalization, demonizing and racializing drug dealers, and zero tolerance only exacerbate the harms of drug misuse. The general collateral consequences of criminal punishment, in addition to the health-related consequences of incarcerating individuals struggling with drug misuse manifests in the risk of fatal drug overdoses amongst formerly incarcerated people being 40 times higher than the general population within the first two weeks after release. Fixating on MS-13 and building a wall at the Mexican border will not prevent accidental deaths or help reduce other harms directly related to a person’s access or lack thereof to adequate, trauma-informed healthcare, social services, or other needs that may be contributing to misuse.

People use drugs. People have used drugs for generations. Drug-related deaths are preventable in a culture that takes radical steps away from failed punitive and abstinence-only policies and commits to the priority of saving lives and reduced harm. We cannot end drug use, and that ought not be the goal. However, we can end fatal drug overdoses.

On International Overdose Awareness Day, and every day, we must continue to challenge and push back against a political environment that discriminates against people who use drugs and scapegoats drug sellers. We ought to raise awareness of the ways that stigma associated with drug use and criminalization as a response to public health needs have blocked the widespread adoption of life-saving overdose prevention and treatment policies. Proven strategies, like safe consumption spacesdrug checking and medication-assisted treatment, are available to reduce the harms associated with drug misuse, treat dependence and addiction, improve immediate overdose responses, and enhance public safety. These strategies prevent fatalities, not end drug use in of itself. If we are in the business of saving lives, we need to be okay with that.

Chiefly, August 31 is a day where we send a loud and loving message to all people who use drugs, problematically or not, that they are valued, and that their lives matter. Their lives are unconditionally worth saving.

As we remember those we have lost to fatal overdose, we must demand that politics and fear-mongering be put aside, so we can center the needs of people who use drugs, and meet people who use drugs problematically with compassion and the resources needed to keep them alive.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

The Drug Policy Alliance is a financial supporter of Drug Reporter.

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The 7 Most Beautiful Cannabis Shops In Portland - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:02

Forbes

The 7 Most Beautiful Cannabis Shops In Portland
Forbes
Although the third to legalize cannabis in the United States, the sophisticated state of the industry is at its peak in Oregon. Legislators here set the strictest testing standards yet. Portland's organic, locally-grown culture around food bled into ...

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Study: CBD From Marijuana May 'Reset' The Brain To Counteract Symptoms Of Psychosis - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 09:37

Forbes

Study: CBD From Marijuana May 'Reset' The Brain To Counteract Symptoms Of Psychosis
Forbes
While CBD derived from cannabis is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law in the US, hemp-derived CBD is more widely accessible, though its legality in terms of federal law is still murky at best. Members of this research team conducted an ...
Psychosis: Cannabis extract normalizes brain functionMedical News Today
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Can Trump Derail All The Goodwill Marijuana Has Built Up? - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 08:46

Forbes

Can Trump Derail All The Goodwill Marijuana Has Built Up?
Forbes
Meanwhile, support for the use of cannabis for medical purposes reached a massive 93%. Furthermore, 70% of those polled oppose the implementation of federal laws against marijuana in states where marijuana has been legalized for medical or ...
Cannabis company Cronos shares' lose 27% after Citron reportCTV News
2 Incredibly Overvalued Marijuana StocksMotley Fool
A notorious short-seller has come out swinging against a popular marijuana stockMarkets Insider
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Can cannabis be a sleep aid? - Medical News Today

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 05:01

Medical News Today

Can cannabis be a sleep aid?
Medical News Today
Several states in America have recently allowed healthcare professionals to use cannabis as a treatment for various medical conditions. Others are also currently considering their position on the medical use of cannabis. With the legislation around ...
Ohio Rules CBD Oil Is Illegal Under Medical Marijuana LawWOSU
Utah's first set of proposed rules for medical marijuana regulates production and distribution of industrial hempSalt Lake Tribune

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Powerful cannabis oils don't involve smoking, but are 'much trickier' to get right - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 02:01

Globalnews.ca

Powerful cannabis oils don't involve smoking, but are 'much trickier' to get right
Globalnews.ca
Fewer and fewer Canadians smoke tobacco, and it wouldn't be surprising if only a limited number wanted marijuana in smoked form. In Colorado, only about half of the cannabis products sold are designed to be smoked, according to data from the GreenEdge ...

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OR: Anti-doping chief Travis Tygart says IOC can't and#8216;throw in towel' on drugs war - kugn-am

Drug News Bot - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:58
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FL: Paul Volcker Fast Facts - WFTW-AM

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:48
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OR: After Opioids: Pain The Same, Even Less - Jefferson Public Radio

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OR: OHSU Prof Says Primary Care Docs Need Help In Treating Addictions - Jefferson Public Radio

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OR: opioids - Jefferson Public Radio

Drug News Bot - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:48
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OR: Humboldt County Sues Opioid Makers - Jefferson Public Radio

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OR: Backlog of Oregon Marijuana License Applications Could Take a Year to Process

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:37
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OR: Pot Industry Wants to See 'Stoner' Stereotype Go Up in Smoke

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:37
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