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Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol, Tobacco Or Sugar, Americans Say In New Poll - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:28

Marijuana Moment

Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol, Tobacco Or Sugar, Americans Say In New Poll
Marijuana Moment
Americans think marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco or sugar. That's according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Friday. When asked in a survey which substance is most harmful to health, 41 percent chose tobacco, 24 ...

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US 9yo accidentally passes marijuana-laced gummy bears to classmates - Newshub

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:24

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US 9yo accidentally passes marijuana-laced gummy bears to classmates
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Before BMO led stock sale for marijuana grower, CIBC lent money - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:15

The Globe and Mail

Before BMO led stock sale for marijuana grower, CIBC lent money
The Globe and Mail
Mystery solved: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce led a $20-million credit facility extended to MedReleaf Corp. last April to help the cannabis company grow. Public filings describing the loan's terms did not disclose the chartered bank involved in ...

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Tom Petty's Family Publicly Releases Cause of Death to Help Forward Opioid Crisis Discussion

Alternet - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:50
Click here for reuse options! The rocker's death was confirmed as an accidental overdose.

Legendary rocker Tom Petty's cause of death was confirmed to be an accidental drug overdose, according to a new statement from his family. Petty was 66 years old at the time of his death.

“Our family sat together this morning with the medical examiner-coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications,” the family's statement read.

Following a pattern familiar to families throughout the country, Petty's overdose coincided with a pain-related medical issue. Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate prescribed for pain, was identified by name in the statement.

“As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications,” the statement continued.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to prescription or recreational drugs, inform your health care provider or call the free National Helpline for a referral at 1-800-662-4357.

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Ontario considers licensing cannabis lounges - Ottawa Citizen

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:38

Ontario considers licensing cannabis lounges
Ottawa Citizen
The proposals modify the province's plan to ban marijuana use in all public places, essentially restricting people to consuming it at home. Critics have pointed out problems with that approach. Children could potentially be exposed to second-hand smoke ...

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'Beyonce Takes THC': The Week in Cannabis Quotes - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:09

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'Beyonce Takes THC': The Week in Cannabis Quotes
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Another week, another bunch of people using their mouths—and sometimes their forefingers—to say things about cannabis. From Toronto snow graffiti to politicians' proclamations, here's a roundup of the week's most notable cannabis quotables. “New ...
Will Massachusetts become the first marijuana 'sanctuary state'?The Boston Globe
'A Marijuana-Related Charge Can Still Impact Somebody for Life'FAIR
Tourists smoking cannabis in California could get banned from the country for LIFE – even though it's legalThe Sun
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How Big Pharma Infiltrated the Boston Museum of Science

Alternet - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:47
Pharma pushes its questionable psychiatric drugs on cash-hungry museums.

Do you overeat? Did your boyfriend just break up with you? Does no one return your emails? Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from mental illness! Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, which millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix, claims Big Pharma and its operatives.

Few marketing gambits have been as successful as Pharma’s elevation of everyday symptoms into “mental illness.” The campaign has enabled Pharma to aggregate “patient” groups to petition lawmakers, insurers and Medicaid and Medicare for payment of high-priced psychiatric drugs. It has allowed groups like the Pharma-funded Active Minds and NAMI to infiltrate college campuses and proclaim the ups and downs of growing up and college life are “mental illness”––thus growing the market. And now it has even infiltrated Boston’s Museum of Science.

Last spring, an exhibit called Many Faces of Our Mental Health debuted at the museum, taking Pharma’s everyone-is-mentally-ill message to museum-goers and the general public. Visitors to the exhibit “might gain new insights and better understand the complex nature of mental health,” said the press release. They might “reflect on how mental health affects their own lives or the lives of friends and family.” Hey, they might have a mental illness, too!

Funders of the exhibit included the Pharma-backed NAMI and the Sidney R. Baer Jr. and Sidney A. Swensrud foundations, both of which stress screening and early intervention for childhood “mental illness.” Both mechanisms are widely seen as a way to grow the market for psychiatric drugs. In fact, the Baer Foundation funds the Pharma-funded Joan Luby, who not only finds mental abnormalities in toddlers but also thinks they are present in “late preterm” babies!

There is no biological test for mental illness—whether depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder—and until recently, depression and anxiety were not even considered mental illnesses. Now, television drug ads, faux patient groups and faux public service announcements and online quizzes have produced a groundswell of self-diagnosed "mentally ill" people. Pharma-funded patient groups like Active Minds and NAMI have even made the badge of mental illness “cool” on high school and college campuses.

“When insurers balk at reimbursing patients for new prescription medications,” says the Los Angeles Times, these groups “typically swing into action, rallying sufferers to appear before public and consumer panels [and] contact lawmakers.”

With an estimated one-quarter of the population now taking expensive psychiatric drugs, Pharma’s everyone-is-mentally-ill ploy enriches Wall Street and raises our health care costs. Gone are the days when bad moods were attributed to problems with finance, romance, debt, jobs, housing, careers, family, marriages and health. Worse, Pharma’s everyone-is-mentally-ill ruse siphons off legitimate activist anger at a government system that keeps people poor and powerless by suggesting they have a personal problem and the answer is a happy pill. Also known as—retreat into individualism.

“People living with mental illness can lead very productive lives and this exhibition highlights this important concept,” said Christine Reich, vice president of exhibit development and conservation, about the Museum of Science exhibit adding this commercial for expensive Pharma drugs: “Mental illness is greatly affect[ed] by the treatment options that are available.”

 

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Meet your friendly neighbourhood pot dealer: cannabis clinic manager builds relations in northeast BC - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:10

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Meet your friendly neighbourhood pot dealer: cannabis clinic manager builds relations in northeast BC
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The manager of a soon-to-be-opened medical-marijuana clinic in Dawson Creek, B.C., is going on a public relations blitz to introduce his business to the community. That means chamber of commerce luncheons, sit-downs with local politicians and even a ...

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Injection Sites Provide Safe Spots to Shoot Up

Alternet - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:05
Moralists hate them, but the harm reduction interventions have proven beneficial.

NEW YORK — In about one hundred locations across Canada, Europe and Australia, supervised drug injection facilities allow visitors to inject heroin and other drugs in a clean, well-lighted space under the watchful eye of trained personnel who can rescue them if they overdose. 

Tens of thousands of drug users have visited the facilities, thousands have overdosed and, researchers say, no deaths have been reported. Studies show that a substantial number of drug users who visit safe injection sites end up in treatment, which is routinely offered to them. Research also has shown that the facilities help contain hepatitis C and HIV infections and are a cost-effective way to save lives

The United States — with an overdose death rate that far exceeds that of any other country — has failed to open a single government-sanctioned facility. 

This year, that may change. 

Legislatures in California and Vermont are considering bills that would legalize and, in some cases, fund safe injection facilities. Seattle and surrounding King County have approved and budgeted for two such facilities. And advocates in Boston, Denver, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco are pursuing similar initiatives. 

Political momentum for sanctioned injection sites has been building in the United States over the past three years, advocates say. And this year, more state legislatures and local officials appear closer than ever to providing the needed government support. 

Groups including the American Medical Association and some state medical societies have backed efforts to launch pilot injection sites. But those and other efforts have been stymied by widespread stigma against drug users and concerns about federal drug law enforcement. 

As a result, drug users who do not have a safe place to live furtively inject drugs in parking lots, stairwells, public bathrooms and hidden corners of public parks. And with the increasing presence of the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl in the heroin supply, more of those users are dying. 

New York City is no exception. 

But in the Washington Heights neighborhood in the northern tip of Manhattan, word has spread about a place called the Corner Project, a drop-in syringe exchange center that provides clean needles, hot coffee, access to health and welfare services — and bathrooms. 

Although not sanctioned by the city or state as a safe haven for drug use, it’s an open secret that Corner Project is a place where people can inject drugs in one of two bathrooms while a staff member waits outside the door — and rushes to rescue drug users if they don’t respond to a knock after three minutes. 

“It really is just a bathroom. We don’t know that everyone who goes in will be injecting,” said Liz Evans, executive director of Corner Project and founder of Canada’s first safe injection site. “It’s our obligation as a public health facility to make sure nobody dies.” 

Stiff Opposition 

Opponents of safe injection sites, including some police departments and prosecutors, point to the federal Controlled Substances Act and state laws prohibiting the possession and use of heroin and other drugs. They say sworn police officers and federal agents can’t be expected to ignore people who walk into an injection facility, knowing they likely have dope in their pockets. 

And the U.S. attorney in Vermont, Christina E. Nolan, said a proposal in the state legislature to sanction safe injection facilities would violate federal laws that prohibit “maintaining a premises for the purpose of narcotics use.” 

Many local officials also worry that allowing people to use drugs in a public facility would send a signal that drug use is acceptable. 

Seattle and surrounding King County, Washington, have approved two facilities, but it has been difficult to find a place for them because officials in suburban towns outside Seattle have filed suits to block the facilities from their communities. 

Similarly, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, a Democrat, opposes a bill in the Massachusetts legislature that calls for creating multiple injection facilities in the city. 

But despite high-level opposition, advocates for the services say it is only a matter of time before some city, county or state sanctions the first injection site. After that, they predict the results will be so positive that the proven public health approach to reducing drug overdose deaths will spread rapidly. 

“Whoever steps up first, despite the controversy, will be recognized as a leader on this in the long term,”said Daniel Raymond, policy director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national group that supports safe injection and other public health strategies aimed at saving lives and improving the health of drug users. 

Increasing Demand 

Earlier this month, a spell of arctic weather brought record crowds to Corner Project’s always busy second-story respite a flight above bustling West 181st  Street. 

Throughout the day, a steady procession of men and women of all ages checked in at the front desk and began peeling off layers of clothing, pouring cups of coffee and finding spots to rest and talk with fellow drug users. 

Others headed straight to the back of the large open space where the facility’s two bathrooms are located. Before using one of them, visitors must sign in with a staff member who stands outside the door and sets a timer. Every three minutes, he checks on visitors with a knock on the door to make sure they haven’t overdosed. 

If there’s no answer or he hears the thud of a body collapsing on the floor, he quickly unlocks the door, calls 911 and administers the opioid antidote naloxone. Staffers here say they have rescued overdose victims hundreds of times since Corner Project began monitoring its bathrooms nine years ago. So far, no one has died. 

Alison Darveaux, 34, comes here every day for the coffee and to use the bathroom to brush her teeth, clean up and inject heroin. She’s also been working with one of the center’s social workers to get a photo ID so she can qualify for Medicaid and sign up for a local methadone treatment program. 

A Florida native, Darveaux hitched a ride with a trucker and got dropped off here about six months ago. She spends her nights outside the George Washington Bridge bus terminal, and says her life right now is about as bad as it’s ever been. “But it would be much worse without Corner Project,” she said. “This place has saved my life.” 

Other visitors there last week -- most couch surfing or homeless -- said they felt the same way. In the early years, about 300 new people checked into Corner Project annually. But two years ago, the numbers started growing. Last year, at least 600 new people signed in and even more are expected this year.  

The increase is partly because of greater neighborhood outreach and word-of-mouth awareness over time, Evans said. But it’s also a result of the increasing threat of deadly fentanyl in the heroin supply. 

More than 64,000 people in America died of drug overdoses in 2016, a 21 percent increase over 2015, primarily due to the growing presence of the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl. 

In New York, Democratic assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal said she plans to refile a bill she offered last year that would authorize Corner Project and a handful of other existing syringe exchanges in the state to add supervised injection services to their existing facilities, which would allow users to inject in the open rather than behind a bathroom door. 

In New York City, the city council in 2016 funded a study of the feasibility of creating multiple injection sites in the city. Slated for release in February, the study is widely expected to recommend development of a handful of injection sites across the city. If approved, the sites would be reviewed for their effectiveness with an eye to wider adoption.  

Underground Sites

Corner Project isn’t the only unofficial safe injection site in the United States.  Another syringe exchange center in the city, VOCAL-NY in Brooklyn, also monitors its bathrooms while users inject drugs. And a site run by a physician in Boston allows drug users to visit after they’ve injected drugs to be watched by health professionals who can rescue them if they overdose.

Those are just the ones that have gotten publicity, said Alex H. Kral, an epidemiologist and director of the Urban Health Program at North Carolina-based research organization RTI International who studies harm reduction. There are dozens of syringe exchange centers like Corner Project throughout the country where visitors inject in the bathrooms and the staff stands ready to rescue them if they overdose, he said. “Most don’t want to be identified.”

But far more injection bathrooms are located in fast food restaurants and libraries, Kral said, noting that to varying degrees, the management stocks naloxone and trains staff to rescue people who overdose.

Kral says just one truly supervised injection facility exists in the United States, where visitors can inject drugs in the open instead of in a bathroom. Created in September 2014, its location remains undisclosed to protect visitors and management from potential criminal charges. 

The clandestine facility allows visitors to use drugs in open booths similar to those in Australia, Canada and Europe, where trained personnel can observe them throughout the injection process. Medical professionals also observe visitors in a “chill room” after they have injected to make sure they have no delayed adverse effects. 

Kral and a coauthor, the only researchers who have access to the facility, offered limited data on its results in a recent report: No one who has overdosed at the facility has died and many have been able to get into treatment and sign up for social services.  

In Vancouver, at Canada’s first supervised injection facility, Insite, the staff says it saved more than 2,700 lives and referred at least 3,500 to addiction treatment in the first decade after it opened in 2003.

Researchers also found that Insite was responsible for a 35 percent decline in overdoses in the surrounding neighborhood and a 9 percent reduction in the city overall. One study pegged the resulting health care cost savings to the city at $1.8 million per year. 

At Corner Project, the staff says it rescued 65 people from drug overdoses last year and referred 150 to treatment. This year, the numbers are expected to be higher. But not as high as they could be if the facility were sanctioned, Evans said. 

By sanctioning safe injection sites, the city would not be condoning drug use, Evans said. It would be letting drug users know: “We see you as a human being, and we want to help.”

  

 

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Mixing These Drugs With Marijuana Can Be Dangerous

Alternet - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:51
Read this and then go have a talk with your doctor.

Medical students do not get an education in the endocannabinoid system, which is a shame. Most doctors have a firm understanding about pharmaceuticals and other traditional Western medicinal therapies. You might get lucky and have a personal physician who has a basic knowledge about holistic medicine, herbal therapies and other integrative health techniques. Sadly, this lack of information puts patients at risk and encourages some to self-diagnose and self-medicate. If you are consuming cannabis — for medicinal, recreational, spiritual, wellness or any other purpose — it is vitally important to share this information with your doctor. While cannabis is a safe drug, you need to be careful when you mix these drugs with marijuana.

Don’t be afraid to share; there is a thing called doctor-patient confidentiality. Besides, eight states have already legalized recreational marijuana and 29 states allow some form of medicinal use.

Why is it vital? Even though cannabis is considered to be a fairly safe psychoactive substance — and there has never been a documented case of fatal overdose — there can be medical issued when mixed with some prescription medications.

According to Dr. Sarah T. Melton, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University:

“Marijuana has potentially serious drug interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medications. By sharing details of marijuana use, the prescriber can best make decisions about medication choices and educate the patient about any potential contraindications or need for monitoring.”

Since science regarding the interaction of pharmaceuticals and cannabis — still a Schedule I drug, which means research is difficult — there is no definitive list of what medications are unsafe to use in combination with marijuana. To be clear, this is true for most herbal medications, which are tested by the FDA under a different protocol than pharmaceuticals.

According to the Mayo Clinic, cannabis may adversely interact with:

  • anabolic steroids
  • barbiturates
  • benzodiazepines
  • central nervous system depressants
  • corticosteroids
  • dopamine antagonists
  • nicotine
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
  • opioid receptor antagonists
  • pain relievers
  • phytoestrogens

Another trusted source is Drugs.com, an independent medicine information site that provides “independent, objective, comprehensive and up-to-date information for both consumers and healthcare professionals.”

According the Drugs.com, definitely check with your physician before combining cannabis and these pharmaceutical medicines:

Benztropine

Using cannabis together with benztropine can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment.

Buprenorphine and cannabis

Using buprenorphine together with cannabis can lead to serious side effects such as respiratory distress, coma, or even death. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring by your doctor to safely use both medications.

Levomethadyl acetate

Using levomethadyl acetate together with cannabis may increase side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, depression, low blood pressure, slow or shallow breathing, and impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination.

Propoxyphene

First some good news: Propoxyphene hasn’t been on the market since 2o1o after the FDA issued a warning. If you come across some in the back of your medicine closet, toss him out.

Using propoxyphene together with cannabis may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should take propoxyphene exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

Sodium oxybate

Using sodium oxybate together with cannabis may increase side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, depression, low blood pressure, slow or shallow breathing, and impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination.

SSRIs

Using cannabis together with SSRI’s such as escitalopram may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people, especially the elderly, may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications.

Alcohol

Using cannabis  together with alcoholic beverages may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with cannabis. Do not use more than the recommended dose of cannabis, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you.

Yes, booze and buds can be a dangerous concoction. If you enjoy a craft beer with your joint or a chardonnay with your vape, use caution and know your limit!

This is not a complete list. It is vitally important for you to have the conversation with your doctor. And do a little homework on your own. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

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Calgary investor says switch from oil to cannabis put his portfolio in the green - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:11

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Calgary investor says switch from oil to cannabis put his portfolio in the green
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When taking a look at his portfolio in the past year or so, Cosentino did something that previously would have been unthinkable — he sold off all of his oil and gas investments and moved the money largely into cannabis. "Most of my oil and gas ...

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5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:11

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5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis
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Cannabis Talk Kit now available online. By Kevin Yarr, CBC News Posted: Jan 19, 2018 11:03 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018 11:03 AM AT. Parents who want to talk to their children about drugs, including the legalization of marijuana, can access the new ...

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Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here's whom to vote for. - Belleville News-Democrat

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:02

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Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here's whom to vote for.
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As state legislators consider whether Illinois should be the next state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, they most likely would need a governor who supports the idea. The eight candidates running for governor are mostly divided along party ...

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A Sick 12-Year-Old Is Suing Jeff Sessions Over Medical Marijuana

Alternet - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:53
Alexis Bortell will have her day in court soon.

A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, it's a choice she had to make to save her life. Bortell has epilepsy and Sessions has made it his mission to make it impossible for her to access…

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CanniMed postpones shareholder meeting to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:04

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CanniMed postpones shareholder meeting to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis
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CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is postponing a key shareholder meeting to give it time to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis Inc., which has made a hostile takeover offer for the company. CanniMed shares, which were halted earlier in the day pending news ...
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