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CANADA: Escaping the prison of OCD - Brockville Recorder

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:04
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INTERNATIONAL: Australian Joshua Baker held in Bali over alleged possession of sedative, marijuana

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:04
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INTERNATIONAL: Kim Jong-un promotes sister to centre of power, Ri to top policy maker

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:04
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INTERNATIONAL: Randeep Hooda Walks The Ramp For Maheka Mirpuri For Charity Fundraiser Event - Khaleej Times

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:03
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CANADA: Jessie's House, more than just a place to stay - The Belleville Intelligencer

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:02
intelligencer.ca (Canada) Those who come to live at the house are typically those recovering from drug addiction. (Wed Oct 11 02:02:06 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Jessie's House, more than just a place to stay - The Belleville Intelligencer

Drug News Bot - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:02
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Advocates plan outreach, education for marijuana PTSD treatment - Colorado Springs Independent

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:18

Colorado Springs Independent

Advocates plan outreach, education for marijuana PTSD treatment
Colorado Springs Independent
She was originally trained in conventional western medicine, and practiced that way for many years, but after training with Dr. Joe Cohen, the founder of Holos Health, she's now considered a specialist in cannabis medicine. Her presentation covered ...

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CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The Experts

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
The Calgary Sun, 06 Oct 2017 - Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business. Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.
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CN AB: MADD Urges Alberta Pursue Public Model On Cannabis To Ensure

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
Edmonton Sun, 06 Oct 2017 - The advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants Alberta to sell marijuana through government-run stores - at least in the short term - to ensure public safety before profit. Andrew Murie, the CEO of MADD, points to marijuana stores in the United States that slash prices to mark the annual April 20 counter-culture celebration of public cannabis consumption.
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CN ON: Editorial: Get Smarter On Drugs

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
Toronto Star, 06 Oct 2017 - The chorus calling on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of all drugs is growing louder and more urgent. The government should listen The chorus calling on Ottawa to rethink its approach to the epidemic of opioid overdoses sweeping this country is growing louder and more urgent. Two new reports issued this week echo a broad consensus among public health experts: decriminalizing the possession of all drugs is crucial if we're going to tackle this crisis.
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CN AB: Editorial: Turning A Profit On Pot Should Be The Goal Of

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
Medicine Hat News, 07 Oct 2017 - Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has announced the first details of Alberta's plans for selling marijuana once the product is legalized across the nation in July. This makes Alberta the third province, after Ontario and New Brunswick, to show its hand.
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CN NS: Province To Consult With Public On Marijuana Legalization

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
Truro Daily News, 07 Oct 2017 - Nova Scotia will be launching its public consultations for marijuana legalization within days, with results expected to be compiled and released before the end of the year, the premier's office has confirmed. Of the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia is the last to launch its consultations, which will include telephone and online surveys. P.E.I. just completed an online consultation, garnering around 3,000 responses, Newfoundland released a report of its consultation period in August, and New Brunswick - the furthest along - last month announced its framework for legalization, including plans to follow Ontario in creating a Crown corporation to oversee all pot sales.
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CN ON: Editorial: Move Carefully On Cannabis Taxes

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Oct 2017 - The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Canada are still months away, but some provincial premiers are already demanding a bigger piece of the action. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's opening offer this week to evenly split a 10-per-cent excise tax on cannabis sales between Ottawa and the provinces was quickly scorned by premiers such as Alberta's Rachel Notley and Quebec's Philippe Couillard.
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Wildfires in Northern CA Have Devastated America's Prime Marijuana-Growing Region

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Click here for reuse options! A popular wine tourism destination and marijuana-growing mecca has been turned into a raging inferno.

The wildfires raging through Northern California's wine country this week have killed at least 15 people and left dozens missing and thousands burned out of their homes. The fires have also put a significant hurt on the region's namesake wine industry, as well as its up-and-coming country cousin, the weed business.

As of mid-week, more than 2,000 structures had gone up in flames, including whole neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 about an hour north of San Francisco. Tens of thousands of people endured mandatory evacuations as smoke filled the skies as far south as San Jose.

Vineyards and wineries along the Silverado Trail in Napa County and the Highway 12 corridor between Santa Rosa and Sonoma in Sonoma County have been destroyed or damaged. Wine country towns like Kenwood and Glen Ellen have been hard hit. Major tourist hotels like the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa have burned. At least one Silverado Trail winery, Signorello Estates, appears to have been destroyed, while damage reports are pending on others. Similarly, Sonoma County wineries including Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood, Kunde and B.R. Cohn, were endangered Tuesday.

It looks like a bombing run,” winemaker Joe Nielsen told the San Francisco Chronicle as he viewed what was left of Donelan Family Wines. “Just chimneys and burnt-out cars and cooked trees.”

The devastation will have an impact not only on tourism, but on the price of some fine reds. While 75% of the region's grapes have already been picked, premium merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon crops are mostly still on the vines. The number of wineries burned or threatened could cause shortages of these prized grapes for years, since California produces about 85% of American wine, and Napa and Sonoma counties produce the bulk of its premium wines.

The same Mediterranean climate that makes the area so suitable for grape-growing makes it ideal for pot farming, too. Sonoma County's estimated 3,000 to 9,000 marijuana growers have been hard-hit by the wildlifes as well. While damage reports for the wine industry will take a while, pot people are already reporting losses in the tens of millions of dollars.

The marijuana harvest begins a bit later than the grape harvest, and when the fires reared up, many thousands of outdoor marijuana plants were still in the ground. Now some of those fields are little more than ash, including in neighboring Mendocino County, where the Redwood Valley fire is burning up pot crops too.

This is shaping up to be the "worst year on record for California's growers," California Growers' Association head Hezekiah Allen told SFGate Tuesday, adding that at least two-dozen members had lost their entire farms.

"This is going to leave a deep scar," he said. "I had one conversation today where the family was in tears, saying, ‘We don’t know how we're going to make it to January, let alone next planting season.'"

Sonoma County Growers Alliance chair Tawnie Logan reported significant losses among her membership.

"We have a lot of people who have lost their farms in the last 36 hours, and their homes," she said, citing a $2 million greenhouse crop that went up in smoke Sunday night. "There’s no way for them to recover the millions in anticipated revenue they just lost,” she said. “It's gone. It's ashes."

The San Francisco dispensary SPARC reported that while it had suffered "some pretty substantial damage" at its farm in Glen Ellen, it was preparing Tuesday to try to salvage some of its crop. The Sonoma County Cannabis Company also was also hit hard, and working frantically to avoid a total wipe-out.

"There are no words right now to describe the loss, the heartbreak and the trauma that our beloved home and community is going through," the company posted to its Instagram account. "We are trying to save what we can."

While the losses could put a dent in the county's multimillion-dollar pot industry, consumers are unlikely to notice any impact. The state already grows so much marijuana that downward pressures are already keeping prices low, and even the losses incurred in this week's fires aren't going to shake the market.

But unlike the wine industry, marijuana growers are unlikely to be able to obtain insurance to replace lost crops and facilities. Those pot farmers who took losses are going to be feeling the pain for a good while. 

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US Territory Considers Legal Marijuana Bill - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:29

Marijuana Moment

US Territory Considers Legal Marijuana Bill
Marijuana Moment
Under the legislation's key provisions, adults over 21 would be able to legally possess four ounces of cannabis, as well as additional amounts of marijuana products and extracts. Home cultivation of 12 mature plants and 24 seedlings would also be ...

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FROM UP HIGH: Scottsdale company sends marijuana into space - FOX 10 News Phoenix

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

FOX 10 News Phoenix

FROM UP HIGH: Scottsdale company sends marijuana into space
FOX 10 News Phoenix
Many companies are looking to gain some attention by sending things into space. Previous examples include KFC's recent launch of a chicken sandwich into space. Now, a local medical marijuana dispensary has jumped on board, and has sent marijuana ...

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The rolling paper - Los Angeles Times

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:23

Los Angeles Times

The rolling paper
Los Angeles Times
The loss is especially severe this year because many growers had spent their life savings getting local permits and preparing crops for state licensure and sales scheduled to begin Jan. 2, Allen said. In addition, he said, marijuana growers do not ...
'Worst year on record' for cannabis harvests amid widespread California wildfiresSFGate

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Canadian Firm Invests in Massive Australian Cannabis Venture - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:05

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Canadian Firm Invests in Massive Australian Cannabis Venture
Leafly
“We are continuing our strategy of global expansion by building a state-of-the-art, 1 million-square-foot facility which, when complete, will be the largest cannabis cultivation operation in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world ...

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Delaware Officials Get Update on Medical Marijuana Program - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 14:55

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Delaware Officials Get Update on Medical Marijuana Program
Leafly
New York-based Columbia Care, which operates medical marijuana facilities in five states and the District of Columbia, was awarded the contract for the Kent County dispensary, which is expected to open in the spring. The state also is moving ahead with ...

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Cannabis Legalization Sends Sacramento Warehouse Prices Skyrocketing - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:04

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Cannabis Legalization Sends Sacramento Warehouse Prices Skyrocketing
Leafly
Though regulated sales aren't set to begin until January, adult-use legalization in California is already making waves in cities across the state as entrepreneurs gear up to grab a piece of the green rush. In Sacramento, warehouse rents are ballooning ...

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