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FL: LAW and ORDER: Woman arrested after Palm Coast drug deal and man shot in neck - News - The St. Augustine Record - St. Augustine, FL

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staugustine.com (US) LAW & ORDER: Woman arrested after Palm Coast drug deal and man shot in neck Princess Nioka Troi Williams is accused of meeting Saint-Felix for a narcotics deal. (Fri Oct 19 19:10:31 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: marijuana Archives - The Concordian

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theconcordian.com (US) Archives - The Concordian Editorial: The complexities behind the legalization of marijuana Posts tagged with "marijuana" marijuana Editorial: The complexities behind the legalization of marijuana Is social taboo the only thing keeping us from medical marijuana? (Fri Oct 19 02:08:03 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Marijuana is now legal. What do Concordia students think? - The Concordian

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theconcordian.com (US) [Marijuana is now legal.] Marijuana is now legal. Marijuana is now legal. ... (Fri Oct 19 02:08:03 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: marijuana Archives - The Concordian

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theconcordian.com (US) Archives - The Concordian Editorial: The complexities behind the legalization of marijuana Posts tagged with "marijuana" marijuana Editorial: The complexities behind the legalization of marijuana Is social taboo the only thing keeping us from medical marijuana? (Fri Oct 19 02:08:03 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%)]
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CANADA: Marijuana is now legal. What do Concordia students think? - The Concordian

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CANADA: Pot-infused hamantashen -- because getting drunk on Purim is so 2017

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CANADA: Pot-infused hamantashen -- because getting drunk on Purim is so 2017

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TOP: A key issue in Illinois governor race -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, J.B. Pritzker have very different plans for state income tax - Chicago Tribune

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 01:01
chicagotribune.com (US) Pritzker supports legalizing and taxing marijuana for recreational purposes and has said expanding gambling and allowing sports betting should be considered. Rauner has not embraced marijuana legalization and instead has talked about using existing state tax dollars, encouraging public-private partnerships, getting more federal d... (Fri Oct 19 14:01:41 2018 PDT)
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What does legal cannabis mean for Canada's marijuana political parties? - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:44

Globalnews.ca

What does legal cannabis mean for Canada's marijuana political parties?
Globalnews.ca
Meanwhile, the federal Marijuana Party is also preparing for life after legalization. Based in Montreal, leader Blair Longley has been at the helm since 2004. Their party has primarily focused on reversing cannabis prohibition, and apart from the ...

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Fentanyl Involved in Half of All Fatal Overdoses: Here Are the States Most at Risk

Alternet - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:36
The super-powerful synthetic opioid is cheap… and deadly.

First it was pain pills driving the opioid overdose epidemic, then it was heroin. Now, it's the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Last year, fentanyl was implicated in roughly half of all overdose deaths, and there is no sign that the problem is abating.

The drug is inexpensive and easy to manufacture and smuggle. It comes from chemical factories in China and makes its way to the U.S. either through online purchases shipped via the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, and other private carriers; smuggled in bulk through ports; or shipped to Mexico in either final or precursor form, where it is then diluted with fillers, marketed as heroin or other illicit drugs, and then smuggled into the U.S.

Fentanyl is about a hundred times more powerful than morphine. A quantity the size of a match head would kill most drug users. It's been around since the 1980s—the "China White synthetic heroin" overdose clusters in the late 1980s were actually fentanyl—but has really come onto the scene in the last five years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl took off in 2013, driving what the agency calls the "third wave" of the opioid epidemic, after prescription pain pills and heroin. In 2012, fentanyl was involved in only 6 percent of the 41,000 fatal drug overdoses that year, but it was involved in half of the 72,000 overdose deaths last year. In raw numbers, that's a jump in fentanyl overdose deaths from about 2,500 deaths in 2012 to a whopping 36,000 deaths last year—a more than tenfold increase.

But those deaths aren't spread evenly across the country. The percentage of fatal ODs involving fentanyl is only in the teens on the West Coast and in the intermountain West, a far cry from the situation on the East Coast and Appalachia. In six states, fentanyl is implicated in more than 60 percent of all overdose deaths. Here they are in rank order:

  1. Massachusetts, 85 percent

  2. New Hampshire, 83 percent

  3. Maine, 66 percent

  4. Rhode Island, 65 percent

  5. Ohio, 64 percent

  6. Maryland, 60 percent

It appears that New England is the epicenter of the fentanyl death crisis, but its impact is also being strongly felt in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. In addition to the six states above, the following states also report fentanyl being involved in more than half of all fatal overdoses: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming, as well as Washington, D.C.

While drug users everywhere need to be keenly aware of the possibility of fentanyl-contaminated illicit drugs (and even counterfeit pain pills), it is clear that addicts in Boston or Bangor face a greater threat than those in Bakersfield or Boise. Still, everyone involved in using illicit powders should be taking steps to protect themselves. Two of the most effective street-level interventions are having the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone on hand and resorting to drug testing via the use of fentanyl test strips, which can quickly and easily alert users to the presence of the drug.

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

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Police raid cannabis shops in NL, BC - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:59

CTV News

Police raid cannabis shops in NL, BC
CTV News
PORT ALBERNI, B.C. -- The managers of two pot shops on Vancouver Island where police seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana say the British Columbia government failed them by only approving one store in the province before legalization as ...

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Cannabis retailers, governments warn of lingering supply shortage - Financial Post

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Financial Post

Cannabis retailers, governments warn of lingering supply shortage
Financial Post
Consumers going to British Columbia's website on Wednesday were told that several strains of marijuana were sold out and B.C.'s only retail location in Kamloops ran out of one variety of dried cannabis. The province's Public Safety Minister Mike ...
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Provinces raked in revenue on day one of cannabis sales - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 15:39

CTV News

Provinces raked in revenue on day one of cannabis sales
CTV News
Even with only a handful of stores open in each province, some provincial governments raked in revenue from cannabis on the first day of legal recreational sales. Quebec's Societe Quebecoise du Cannabis (SQC) reports that its dozen provincially-run ...

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Nine-year-old sells out of Girl Guide cookies in front of cannabis store on first day - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:48

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Nine-year-old sells out of Girl Guide cookies in front of cannabis store on first day
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A nine-year-old Alberta girl managed to rapidly sell out of Girl Guide cookies by targeting cannabis consumers on the first day of legal sales. Elina Childs tells CTV News Channel that it was her father's idea to load up her wagon and line up outside ...
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No slacking for cannabis retailers as supply of some pot comes under strain - Calgary Herald

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Calgary Herald

No slacking for cannabis retailers as supply of some pot comes under strain
Calgary Herald
A Mackie Research Capital Corp. study conducted this month states 19 per cent of Alberta adults are recreational marijuana consumers, or about 650,000 people. A high-end annual marijuana consumption estimate for the province is 128,137 kilograms, said ...

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Police seize more than $500000 worth of marijuana, marijuana concentrates - Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Police seize more than $500000 worth of marijuana, marijuana concentrates
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Police later identified a man from Saskatoon as a possible suspect responsible for the marijuana, leading police to search three homes and a storage locker in Saskatoon. Police located 4,244 individual packages of cannabis resin — known as shatter ...
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Make mine a glass of cannabis wine, thank you - The Guardian

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The Guardian

Make mine a glass of cannabis wine, thank you
The Guardian
The jargon of America's now-booming marijuana industry took a boost this week as Canada became the first G7 nation to legalise cannabis nationwide. Shops opened their doors and investors rushed into “pot stocks”. The premier Justin Trudeau said simply: ...

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This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression

Alternet - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:04
A new study may offer hope for sufferers of depression.

“Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Leon is among the roughly 30 percent of those patients with treatment-resistant depression. Available antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors do not alleviate his depressed mood, fatigue, anxiety, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.

new study may offer hope for Leon and others like him. 

Our team of Brazilian scientists has conducted the first randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of ayahuasca – a psychedelic drink made of Amazonian plants. The results, recently published in the journal Psychological Medicine, suggest that ayahuasca can work for hard-to-treat depression

The ‘vine of the spirits’

Ayahuasca, a word from the indigenous Quechua language, means “the vine of the spirits.” People in the Amazonian region of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador have for centuries used ayahuasca for therapeutic and spiritual purposes.

The medicinal beverage’s properties come from two plants. Banisteriopsis caapi, a vine that twists its way up to the treetops and across river banks of the Amazon basin, is boiled together with Psychotria viridis, a shrub whose leaves contain the pyschoactive molecule DMT

Starting in the 1930s, Brazilian religions were founded around the use of ayahuasca as a sacrament. By the 1980s, the ayahuasca ritual had spread to cities across Brazil and the world

Ayahuasca first became legal for religious use in Brazil in 1987, after the country’s federal drug agency concluded that “religious group members” had seen “remarkable” benefits from taking it. Some people who drink ayahuasca describe feeling at peace with themselves, God and the universe.

For our study, which took place at Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, researchers recruited 218 patients with depression. Twenty-nine of them were selected to participate because they had treatment-resistant depression and no history of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, which ayahuasca use may aggravate

These 29 people were randomly assigned to undergo a single treatment session, in which they were given either ayahuasca or a placebo substance to drink. The placebo was a brownish liquid, bitter and sour to the taste, made of water, yeast, citric acid and caramel colorant. Zinc sulphate mimicked two well-known side effects of ayahuasca, nausea and vomiting.

The sessions took place in a hospital, though we designed the space like a quiet and comfortable living room. 

The acute effects of ayahuasca – which include dream-like visions, vomiting and intense introspection – last for about four hours. During this period, participants listened to two curated playlists, one featuring instrumental music and another with songs sung in Portuguese.

Patients were monitored by two team members, who provided assistance to those experiencing anxiety during this intense emotional and physical experience.

One day after the treatment session, we observed significant improvements in 50 percent of all patients, including reduced anxiety and improved mood. 

A week later, 64 percent of the patients who had received ayahuasca still felt that their depression had eased. Just 27 percent of those in the placebo group showed such effects. 

Building on past evidence

Our findings support a 2015 Brazilian clinical trial on the potential of ayahuasca as an antidepressant. 

That study, led by Dr. Jaime Hallak of the University of São Paulo, likewise found that a single ayahuasca session had a fast-onset antidepressant effect. All 17 participants reported that depression symptoms diminished in the first hours after ayahuasca ingestion. The effect lasted 21 days.

This study received significant attention from scientists. Its promising conclusions were limited, however, because there was no control group of patients who received a placebo drug.

In clinical trials for depression, up to 45 percent of patients who take a placebo may report significant benefits. The placebo effect for depression is so strong that some scientists have questioned whether antidepressants really work.

Dr. Hallak and other researchers from the 2015 University of São Paulo study were part of our follow-up clinical trial.

Religion turned science

These two studies, while preliminary, contribute to a growing body of evidence that psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca, LSD and mushrooms can help people with difficult-to-treat depression.

But because these substances are illegal in many countries, including the United States, their therapeutic value has been difficult to test. Even in Brazil, using ayahuasca as an antidepressant remains a fringe, informal enterprise.

Leon, the Brazilian blogger, discovered the drug doing internet research. “Desperate” to find solutions for his intractable condition, Leon decided to take part in an ayahuasca ceremony at a Santo Daime church in Rio de Janeiro, one of several Brazilian religions that use ayahuasca as a sacrament. 

The church does not track its membership, but the União do Vegetal, a similar faith, has approximately 19,000 membersworldwide. 

These religious organizations are among many groups across the Americas that harvest indigenous traditions around natural psychedelics. They believe psychoactive plants like ayahuasca, peyote or psilocybin open people’s minds to metaphysical realms and deeply meaningful experiences. 

This spiritual knowledge is now being translated into the language of science, as researchers in Brazil, the United StatesCanada and beyond begin rigorous medical evaluations of these substances. 

The healing power of the psychedelic experience

Leon’s blog provides an excellent description of his ayahuasca experience

At times, he conjured visions – dream-like scenarios that offered rare insight into the relationships in his life. At other times, Leon experienced “a feeling of ecstasy and a deep sensation of a manifesting inner spirituality.”

We believe that these effects are critical to why ayahuasca works.

Participants in our study responded to the Hallucinogen Rating Scale, which helps translate these ineffable experiences into numbers. Participants who took ayahuasca scored significantly higher on that questionnaire than those who drank a placebo. 

Those who described the most abundant visual, auditory and physical effects during their ayahuasca trip had the most prominent depression reduction benefits seven days later.

Ayahuasca is not a panacea. Such experiences may prove too physically and emotionally challenging for some people to use it regularly as treatment. We have also observed regular ayahuasca users who still suffer from depression.

But, as our study demonstrates, this Amazonian sacred plant has the potential to be used safely and effectively to treat even the hardest to treat depression.

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Ontario Cannabis Store opens for online sales, government passes marijuana bill - Globalnews.ca

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Ontario Cannabis Store opens for online sales, government passes marijuana bill
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Ontario passed its cannabis legislation Wednesday, firmly establishing the right to smoke marijuana in public in the province hours after recreational use of drug became legal across Canada. The Progressive Conservative government's bill changing ...
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AK: Conditional use permit for retail marijuana shop causes a stir - The Skagway News.

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 01:31
skagwaynews.com A conditional use permit granted by the Skagway Planning and Zoning Commission for a retail marijuana dispensary on Third Avenue has caused a stir among nearby property owners. b Every summer somebody in our neighborhood ends up having to call the police because the summer residents are out in the alley having a fine time. (Thu Oct 18 18:31:05 2018 PDT)
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