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Calgary executive chef offers tips for cooking with cannabis - CBC.ca

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Calgary executive chef offers tips for cooking with cannabis
CBC.ca
The former executive chef of Teatro and The Belvedere is a master of molecular gastronomy — and also a medical marijuana permit holder. MacNeil appeared on CBC Radio's The Homestretch on Friday, ahead of this weekend's Cannabis and Hemp Expo at ...
Legalised cannabis could help solve America's opioid crisis, studies ...The Independent
High at the helm: Workplaces preparing for cannabis legalizationThe Globe and Mail
Still no testing lab for Guam's medical marijuana programPacific Daily News
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If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start With Big Pharma

Alternet - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 08:37
Large corporations are the true authors of the opioid crisis.

At a recent rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug traffickers as part of a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. At a Pennsylvania rally a few weeks earlier, he called for the same.

Now his administration is taking steps toward making this proposal a reality. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on March 21 asking prosecutors to pursue capital punishment for drug traffickers — a power he has thanks to legislation passed under President Bill Clinton.

Time and again, these punitive policies have proven ineffective at curbing drug deaths. That’s partly because amping up the risk factor for traffickers makes the trade all that more lucrative, encouraging more trafficking, not less.

But it’s also because these policies don’t address the true criminals of the opioid crisis: Big Pharma.

If Trump really wanted to help, he’d put the noose around drug-making and selling giants like Purdue Pharma, McKesson, Insys Therapeutics, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and others.

The president knows this, in a way. These companies “contribute massive amounts of money to political people,” he said at a press conference in October 2017 — even calling out Mitch McConnell, who was standing beside him, for taking that money. Pharmaceutical manufacturers were “getting away with murder,” Trump complained in the same speech.

For once, he’s wasn’t wrong.

The pharmaceutical industry spends more than any other industry on influencing politicians, with two lobbyists for every member of Congress. Nine out of ten House members and all but three senators have taken campaign contributions from Big Pharma.

It’s not just politicians they shell out for.

Opioid pioneer Purdue Pharma, the creator of OxyContin, bankrolled a campaign to change the prescription habits of doctors who were wary of the substance’s addictive properties, going so far as to send doctors on all-expense-paid trips to pain-management seminars. The family that started it all is worth some $13 billion today.

From 2008 to 2012, AmerisourceBergen distributed 118 million opioid pills to West Virginia alone. That’s about 65 pills per resident. In that same time frame, 1,728 people in the state suffered opioid overdoses.

McKesson — the fifth largest company in the U.S., with profits over $192 billion — contributed 5.8 million pills to just one West Virginia pharmacy.

Meanwhile, five companies contributed more than $9 million to interest groups for things like promoting their painkillers for chronic pain and lobbying to defeat state limits on prescribing opioids.

These companies don’t stop at promoting opioids. They also spend big on stopping legislation that would actually help curb opioid use.

Insys Therapeutics, a company whose founder was indicted for allegedly bribing doctors to write prescriptions for fentanyl (a substance 50 times stronger than heroin), spent $500,000 to stop marijuana legalization in Arizona in 2016.

In response, cities and states from New York City to Ohio are suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans every year. It’s time for the federal government to get behind them.

Of course, going after these companies isn’t going to eliminate opioid abuse on its own. That will take combating the root social and economic causes that lead to so many deaths of despair.

But it’s clear who the real profiteers of the opioid epidemic are. If Trump wanted to get real about curbing incentives for selling opioids, he’d turn away from street dealers and target the real opioid-producing industry.

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Legalised cannabis could help solve America's opioid crisis, studies suggest - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 08:10

The Independent

Legalised cannabis could help solve America's opioid crisis, studies suggest
The Independent
When a state opened marijuana dispensaries, opioid prescriptions dropped by 3.7 million daily doses per year. Summarising their results in the article Association Between US State Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D ...
Is marijuana the key to fighting the opioid epidemic?Motley Fool
The Evidence Is In: Legal Marijuana Could Help Solve The Opioid CrisisScienceAlert
Could legal recreational marijuana help solve the opioid crisis?New Atlas
The JAMA Network
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CANADA: Subscribe Now andrsaquo; Medicine Hat News

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medicinehatnews.com (US) City cannabis survey results are due next week. (Sat Apr 07 02:22:29 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Driver impaired by drug -- Kingston Police - The Kingston Whig-Standard

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thewhig.com (Canada) Changes to Albertab s impaired driving laws that will later includeB drug limits once cannabis is legalized will take effect April 9. (Sat Apr 07 02:18:57 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Woman suspected of vandalizing Logan Heights church arrested - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: Drug dealer admits his fentanyl led to five overdoses in Alpine - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) The five victims in Alpine used the drug on Dec. 7 thinking it was cocaine. (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Dozens charged in alleged North County gang gun and drug networks - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) A longtime investigation into gang networks trafficking heroin, methamphetamine and guns throughout North County culminated Wednesday in indictments against 37 people b from street dealers to mid-level managers to cross-border smugglers, authorities said. A longtime investigation into gang networks trafficking heroin, methamphetamine and guns throughout North County cu... (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Man gets 12 years in prison for drug-smuggling drone case - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) A man who used a drone to smuggle 13 pounds of methamphetamine across the border fence was sentenced last week to 12= years in prison. (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine. Drug Enforcement Administration and became a confidential source. About a month later, ... (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: U.S. Border Patrol Articles, Photos, and Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) Agent Ramon Delgado is accused of being dishonest about his alleged relationships with the pair of drug traffickers in a standard pre-employment background questionnaire and. (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Panga boat, marijuana found on Carlsbad coastline - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) Marijuana found on Carlsbad coastline Authorities are investigating after this abandoned panga boat and several bundles of marijuana were found on a Carlsbad coastline early Friday morning. (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Cartel drug trafficker sentenced to 11-year prison term - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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sandiegouniontribune.com (US) Cartel drug trafficker sentenced to 11-year prison term - The San Diego Union-Tribune Cartel drug trafficker sentenced to 11-year prison term A former lieutenant for a Mexican drug cartel was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a criminal smuggling organization responsible for shipping heroin. (Sat Apr 07 23:15:27 2018 PDT)
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[2]: Woman suspected of vandalizing Logan Heights church arrested - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: Drug dealer admits his fentanyl led to five overdoses in Alpine - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: Dozens charged in alleged North County gang gun and drug networks - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: Man gets 12 years in prison for drug-smuggling drone case - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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[2]: U.S. Border Patrol Articles, Photos, and Videos - San Diego Union Tribune

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