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CANADA: Sydney man facing new drug charges after police raid - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

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INTERNATIONAL: The grass is greener - Jerusalem Report - Jerusalem Post

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jpost.com (US) The grass is greener - Jerusalem Report - Jerusalem Post The grass is greener Israel is the worldb s medical-marijuana research capital. (Thu Jan 18 01:04:11 2018 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: The Jpost Index -- medical marijuana israel-1

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jpost.com (US) Rabbinic authorities are weighing in. Finds Ben-Gurion University study Medical marijuana lobby launched in the Knesset Children suffering from extreme cases of epilepsy to receive medical marijuana Israeli marijuana is growing. (Thu Jan 18 01:04:11 2018 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: Rebooting Zionism with wine and weed - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

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jpost.com (US) Rebooting Zionism with wine and weed - Israel News - Jerusalem Post ... (Thu Jan 18 01:04:11 2018 PST)
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INTERNATIONAL: The grass is greener - Jerusalem Report - Jerusalem Post

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INTERNATIONAL: The Jpost Index -- medical marijuana israel-1

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INTERNATIONAL: Rebooting Zionism with wine and weed - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

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BMO first major bank to lead marijuana equity financing - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:11

The Globe and Mail

BMO first major bank to lead marijuana equity financing
The Globe and Mail
Canopy, the largest Canadian public company in the cannabis sector with a market capitalization of $7.2-billion, has seen its shares climb 26 per cent since the start of the year – yet they have fallen more than 10 per cent since Jan. 9. Story ...

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Enforcement coming to illegal marijuana dispensaries in Saskatoon, says new police chief - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:22

Enforcement coming to illegal marijuana dispensaries in Saskatoon, says new police chief
CBC.ca
He said the need for enforcement is related to safety and regulations. Because the businesses and sales are unregulated, police can't be sure they're operating in a safe manner, he said. Dispensaries already selling pot are getting a business advantage ...

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Montreal seeks 3rd of future tax revenue from cannabis, may OK weed use at tam-tams - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:17

CBC.ca

Montreal seeks 3rd of future tax revenue from cannabis, may OK weed use at tam-tams
CBC.ca
The Projet Montréal administration says Montreal welcomes Quebec's proposed legislation on the legalization of cannabis and wants to make sure the city gets its fair share of the revenue pie. Montreal is seeking a third of any tax revenues from the ...

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In Rebuff to Sessions, Federal Marijuana Justice Act Filed in House

Alternet - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:50
Click here for reuse options! This is not just any marijuana legalization bill.

Attorney General Sessions' announcement last week that he was rescinding Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors to generally leave law-abiding marijuana operations alone in states where it is legal has paradoxically had the effect of energizing the movement to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The latest evidence of the reaction came Wednesday, as Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) filed a legalization bill in the House.

And it's not just any legalization bill. Their Marijuana Justice Act would help correct decades of injustice surrounding the discriminatory enforcement of marijuana criminalization laws in the United States.

"We intend to end this destructive war on drugs, and this legislation will do that," said Lee at a press conference rolling out the bill. "It's a roadmap for ending the drug war, but it also begins to address mass incarceration and disinvestment in communities of color. It is an essential step to correcting the injustices of the failed war on drugs, namely racial disparities in arrests and incarceration."

In addition to ending federal marijuana prohibition by removing the drug from the DEA's list of controlled substances, the bill would allow anyone currently serving a sentence for drug possession to appeal for judicial review of his or her sentence. It would also use federal spending to incentivize states to reform their marijuana laws "if those laws were shown to have a disproportionate effect on low-income people and/or people of color."

That last provision is especially striking given that nearly every state disproportionately arrests and imprisons blacks for marijuana. With this language, the federal government could become an engine for state-level marijuana legalization instead of an impediment to it.

"This would force states with records of racial bias in arrests and sentencing to clean up their acts by cutting funds to the worst offenders," said Lee.

But even that would only begin to repair the damage done by the drug war, the Oakland congresswoman explained.

"It's not enough to just expunge records and end over-incarceration," Lee said. "Restorative justice is extremely important, and these victims of our failed policies deserve our support during the reentry process, too."

For bill cosponsor Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), it's the economics, but not just in the traditional sense of increased economic activity and tax revenues. While he pointed to the potential economic gains of legalization, he also highlighted the opportunity costs of pot prohibition and underlined provisions in the bill that would spend federal funds to invest in communities ravaged by the drug war.

"The estimates are that legalization would lead to a $40 billion a year industry, with a million jobs and $7 billion tax revenues, which would more than offset the $500 million in the bill to help invest in communities of color. It's a net gain for government and for job creation," Khanna noted.

"But the economic impact is so much broader," he pointed out. "How many people of color got arrested at 19, 20, or 25? That represents hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic potential. With this bill, we're not just talking about legalization, but about giving people a second chance."

The Marijuana Justice Act is the House version of the bill introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senate Bill 1689. Booker was at Wednesday's press conference for the House version.

"There is a rush of enthusiasm for legalization," he said, "but it seems like hypocrisy and injustice if you legalize it but don't try to undo the damage of the war on drugs. You can't get a Pell grant or a business or professional license for doing something three out of our last four presidents have admitted doing. The war on drugs is one of the greatest assaults on people of color since Jim Crow, and that's why this is a very happy day for me. We're trying to make this nation live up to its promise of liberty and justice, not just for the privileged few, but for all.

"I think we are seeing momentum growing," Booker continued. "People who were skeptics are being converted. A lot of people are aware of how unjust this has been, and now there is more confidence from seeing early states like Colorado be so successful."

Indeed. One of the most politically striking moments since the Sessions announcement was Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner—not a supporter of legalization—taking to the Senate floor to excoriate Sessions over the move and vow to block Justice Department nominees until Sessions reverses himself.

"More than 30 states have passed marijuana reforms," said Lee. "The grassroots and democracy is working. You will see members of the House and Senate move forward because the public supports this. It can't be stopped."

"We are at a tipping point, with nearly two-thirds supporting marijuana legalization and an overwhelming 91 percent supporting medical marijuana," said Queen Adesuyi of the Drug Policy Alliance, which has been working closely with Booker and Lee on the bills. "Eight states have already legalized it, with Vermont and New Hampshire on the cusp. Yet, Attorney General Sessions continues to threaten the states. It's time to legalize marijuana, protect patients, and end federal marijuana prohibition."

While momentum is building, the bills both face an uphill battle in their respective chambers. The Booker bill, introduced last August, still has only one cosponsor, Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden, and there is no indication it will get even a committee hearing this session. Lee and Khanna's House version of the bill already had a dozen cosponsors on day one, but again, it is unlikely to get a hearing under the House Republican leadership.

But the legalization bills could fare better next year if the Democrats manage to take back the House and/or the Senate. And Jeff Sessions' war on weed could help them to do just that. 

 

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How to cook with cannabis and not bake your dinner guests - Macleans.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 15:30

Macleans.ca

How to cook with cannabis and not bake your dinner guests
Macleans.ca
Diandra Phipps is on stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre demonstrating a vegan poached pear recipe that packs an extra zing. Along side the star anise, sweet Muscato wine and caramel date sauce is small jar of coconut oil infused with White Widow ...

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Cannabis company hopes to strike oil in Saint John - New ... - CBC.ca - CBC.ca

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Cannabis company hopes to strike oil in Saint John - New ... - CBC.ca
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Saint John has been an oil town for a long time. Cannabis oil, though? That's a new one.

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Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:36

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors
BBC News
A mother-of-two with multiple sclerosis has described how a form of cannabis has helped ease her symptoms. Rhian Cowen, 46, from Pembroke Dock, was suffering from tremors and agonising migraines and said: "I was coming home in tears because I managed ...

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Cannabis hearings: Landlords lobby for right to change leases - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:59

CTV News

Cannabis hearings: Landlords lobby for right to change leases
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Spokesperson Hans Brouillette, representing the coalition of 25,000 landlords, said that many existing leases ban smoking but have no specific language concerning marijuana because it has been illegal. CORPIQ pointed out that while landlords can seek ...
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9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana | By Al Harrington - The Players' Tribune

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:05

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9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana | By Al Harrington
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Everything You Need To Know About Vaping Marijuana

Alternet - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:37
Put down the lighter.

Joints. Bongs. Pipes. Matches. Lighters. Forget about ’em. Let’s vape instead.

Vaporizers have become the ubiquitous gadget for the modern-day cannabis enthusiast.

What is vaporization? Simply, it is a method of activating raw plant matter without combustion. In other words, get high without fire. You inhale vapor, not smoke.

For most cannabis enthusiasts – especially beginners – vaporizers allow for a milder, easier-to-control high compared to smoking. Added bonus: No smoke!

Vaporizers have been around for decades, but the trend has take off in the last decade or so. As the benefits of vaporization have become known, the variety of devices has been increasing.

Which vaporizer fits into your lifestyle? Do you want to vape on the go or in the comfort of your home? Do you want to buy flower (herb) or concentrate (oil)? Let’s review the options:

Portable Or Stationary?

It seems you can’t walk down the street these days without seeing someone using the ubiquitous vape pen. These handy, low-cost devices are ideal for the on-the-go commuter or those wanting a few puffs throughout the day. Vape pens contain a concentrated oil that heats up just enough to create a thin, wispy vapor.

If you prefer using dried herb (flower), consider vaping devices such as the Firefly 2 or the Pax a try. These units are not as easy to use as the vape pens, and the price may shock those on a tight budget. But for some enthusiasts, there is nothing better than vaping herb rather than oil.

If you plan on vaping primarily at home, consider buying a pricier stationary unit. Brands such as the VolcanoVapeXhale Cloud EVO and the Herblizer are great plug-in vaporizers for home use, but are not portable enough for on-the-go vaping.

Herb Or Oil?

Personal preference is the key here. Oil-based vape pens are everywhere for a reason: portability, price, and availability. But for some of us, vaping ground-up herb provides a tastier experience. My suggestion: Try a vape pen first to see if it suits your needs. After a few months, you may want to try another device.

Conduction Or Convection?

Conduction vaporizers are generally less expensive and easier to maintain. The vapor is released as a result of the low heat from the heating element.

Convection vaporizers push hot air from the heating element through the herb, releasing vapor without direct contact. These devices (the high-end Volcano, for example) are pricey, but are considered more effective in releasing the cannabinoids.

There is no standard way to vaporize. If you choose this method to enjoy your cannabis, take the time to find the form factor best suited to your personal needs. It’s your chance to find the perfect cannabis tool. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends.

My advice: Start with a vape pen and see how it works for you. Vape pens are generally the most economical way to experiment. But you may soon be “graduating” to higher end devices in order to enhance your enjoyment.

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To Cut Smoking's Harm, Switch to Vaping?

Alternet - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:19
The notion that vaping is as harmful or more harmful than smoking is mistaken.

Alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes are emerging as a promising option for people who are trying to quit smoking, a new article that focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation suggests.

Harm minimization recognizes that while quitting smoking altogether is ideal, reducing exposure to harmful cigarette smoke by switching to safer nicotine products like e-cigarettes is beneficial. Compared to vaping, smoking is much more harmful and prematurely kills over half of lifetime smokers.

“Studies show that if most current American smokers switched to vaping e-cigarettes over the next 10 years, there could be as many as 6.6 million fewer premature deaths and 86.7 million fewer life years would be lost,” says David Abrams, professor of social and behavioral sciences at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and lead author of the article in the Annual Review of Public Health.

“The safest course is to stop smoking or, better, never to start,” Abrams says. “But a harm minimization approach recognizes that demanding absolute perfection is often counterproductive and that, when a harmful behavior cannot be eliminated, we can still dramatically reduce adverse health consequences.”

It’s not the nicotine

When people smoke cigarettes, they consume nicotine in a lethal mix of carbon monoxide and 70 known cancer-causing chemicals; contrary to what some may believe, however, nicotine causes little if any of the health harms of smoking. The toxic smoke inhaled is the culprit and is the overwhelming cause of tobacco-related disease and death.

Many alternative nicotine products have been developed—including e-cigarettes and nicotine gums, patches, and lozenges—that do not burn tobacco and are therefore substantially less harmful.

The authors call for the correction of mistaken beliefs that vaping is as harmful or more harmful than smoking cigarettes. Most reviews of toxicological, clinical, and epidemiological evidence show that the chemicals found in e-cigarettes are far fewer and well below levels seen in cigarette smoke.

In fact, the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom and other systematic reviews of all the evidence to date estimate that e-cigarettes are about 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

The ‘sweet spot’

What makes someone use—and continue to use—different nicotine products? In addition to considering the harm they can cause, the authors also consider the appeal and satisfaction of products containing nicotine.

Cigarettes are the most appealing, most addictive, and most toxic of all nicotine products, while nicotine replacement therapies like gum or patches are lowest in harm, but are expensive and less appealing to consumers.

E-cigarettes fall into a “sweet spot” of high appeal and satisfaction, but low harm, making them a promising tool for smoking cessation or switching for smokers who want to use nicotine but want to safely avoid deadly smoke. As evidence of their appeal, e-cigarettes are now used more often than nicotine replacement therapies when smokers try to quit in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“A smoker who finds an e-cigarette that is enjoyable can switch. Successful switchers have either switched quickly or slowly after a period of both vaping and cutting back on smoking and by trying a flavor other than tobacco,” Abrams says.

Government strategy

The US government is taking notice of the evidence on harm minimization. In July 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced a major shift in its tobacco strategy, including recognizing the role of less harmful products, such as e-cigarettes, for smokers who want a satisfying alternative to smoking cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says, “Nicotine, though not benign, is not directly responsible for the tobacco-caused cancer, lung disease, and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.”

“Alternative nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes, have the potential to disrupt the 120-year dominance of the cigarette and challenge the field on how the tobacco pandemic could be reversed if nicotine is decoupled from lethal inhaled smoke,” adds Abrams. “E-cigarettes could provide a means to compete with, and even replace, cigarette use, saving more lives more rapidly than previously possible.”

Additional coauthors of the study are from the NYU College of Global Public Health, the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Truth Initiative, the University of Nevada, and of the University of Vermont.

The Truth Initiative supported the research.

Source: New York University

Original Study DOI: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040617-013849

 

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AMs back calls for legal medicinal cannabis for patients - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:04

BBC News

AMs back calls for legal medicinal cannabis for patients
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Cannabis should be available on prescription to stop people who use it to ease pain being criminalised, AMs argued in a Senedd debate on Wednesday. In a vote a majority of assembly members backed calls for cannabis for medicinal uses to be legalised ...

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