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Does the Grand Mound area have too many marijuana operations? - The News Tribune

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:18

The News Tribune

Does the Grand Mound area have too many marijuana operations?
The News Tribune
Thurston County Commissioners pondered their next step in regulating marijuana operations in the county on Wednesday, especially in the Grand Mound area where a number of operations are licensed or under review. Currently, the county has a set of ...

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Efforts to curtail marijuana-impaired driving collide with evolving attitudes, medicinal use - The Denver Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:42

The Denver Post

Efforts to curtail marijuana-impaired driving collide with evolving attitudes, medicinal use
The Denver Post
A recent Colorado Department of Transportation survey found that 72 percent of Colorado cannabis consumers thought it was safer to drive under the influence of marijuana than under the influence of alcohol. That same survey also found that more than ...
Not one Denver business has applied to become 'cannabis consumption establishment'9NEWS.com

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Vermont's Supreme Court to Consider Cannabis 'Sniff Test' - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:28

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Vermont's Supreme Court to Consider Cannabis 'Sniff Test'
Leafly
Now, in a case that could set sweeping precedent statewide, the Vermont Supreme Court will consider whether the stop was warranted—and whether the simple smell of cannabis can justify a search. The case also turns on race. The ACLU of Vermont is ...

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Netflix develops marijuana strains based on its original shows ... - The Guardian

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:48

The Guardian

Netflix develops marijuana strains based on its original shows ...
The Guardian
Streaming giant creates 'The Netflix Collection', a selection of cannabis varieties based on shows including Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development.

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Can Canada navigate the legal fog surrounding US marijuana growers? - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 13:42

The Globe and Mail

Can Canada navigate the legal fog surrounding US marijuana growers?
The Globe and Mail
As with most Canadian agriculture, the biggest opportunities for marijuana are likely outside the country. But there's a problem: While more than two dozen U.S. states have moved to legalize pot in some form, cannabis is still illegal in the United ...

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Marijuana, loaded gun found in teen's backpack at school - ABC News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:49

Marijuana, loaded gun found in teen's backpack at school
ABC News
The Lee County Sheriff's office report says a staffer at Gateway Charter Intermediate School told a school resource officer that the boy was smoking pot after seeing him alone in the back of a classroom with a strong odor of marijuana. A school ...

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A giant marijuana bundle came flying over the US-Mexico border - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:34

Globalnews.ca

A giant marijuana bundle came flying over the US-Mexico border
Globalnews.ca
PHOENIX – Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a nearly 100-pound (45-kilogram) bundle of marijuana after spotting it flying over the border fence. Surveillance video on Wednesday captured the large package launching through the air ...
Big marijuana bundle lobbed over border fenceVentura County Star
Giant marijuana bundle launched over US-Mexico border fence ...Stuff.co.nz
Agents in Douglas find marijuana launched over border fenceArizona Daily Star
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Don't Believe the Hype: Fentanyl-Laced Marijuana Is a Dangerous Myth

Alternet - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:27
Click here for reuse options! Cops and politicians have been raising the alarm about a problem that doesn't exist.

Fentanyl is serious business. The synthetic opioid is 50 times stronger than heroin and is linked to huge numbers of opioid overdose deaths. It may be mixed with heroin or other powder drugs, producing a more potent high than users expect, and the results are too often fatal.

So it's not surprising that claims fentanyl has shown up in marijuana causes alarm bells to ring. But there's not a scintilla of evidence for it, and the claims are doubly damaging. Scaring pot smokers away from a substance that has no overdose potential is not a good thing, and neither is raising fears about opiated weed when weed may actually help people suffering from opioid addiction.

Still, like a vampire, the myth of marijuana laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl refuses to die. It first went nationwide in June, thanks to an Ohio U.S. senator's press conference, and while a VICE debunking at the time should have driven a stake through its heart, it has risen again this month, most recently thanks to a local prosecutor in Tennessee.

"There are some marijuana dealers that will tell their clients that I have no doubt there is fentanyl in it and some of the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high," District 24 Attorney General Matthew Stowe told a credulous WKRN-TV  in an interview last week. "The bottom line is, anyone, anywhere could mix fentanyl and marijuana and there’s no way of knowing it until it’s too late."

But wait, there's more: "Marijuana laced with fentanyl can be extremely deadly and to anyone who touches it, taste it, smokes it [or] anything else of that nature," Stowe claimed. "If it’s laced with fentanyl, marijuana can be the deadliest drug there is."

Marijuana laced with fentanyl would be deadly—if such a thing existed. There is no evidence it does.

There are a couple of reasons such a concoction is unlikely. First, fentanyl is typically a white powder, and unlike drugs such as heroin or even cocaine, which are also powders, marijuana is green plant material. Buds adulterated with white powder would look like buds adulterated with white powder.

Secondly, no one seems to know if smoking fentanyl in weed would even work. Chemist Kirk Maxey, who helps law enforcement agencies like the DEA test suspected synthetic opioids, told VICE he doesn't know if it's scientifically possible. 

"Documenting the pipe chemistry of fentanyl in leaf material would be a research paper," he said. "And I don't think it's been done yet."

Still, such obvious objections haven't stopped the spread of the myth, which may have originated in a February Facebook post from the Painesville Township Fire Department in northeast Ohio. That post, which quickly went viral, reported that three men had reported overdosing after smoking "marijuana laced with an unknown opiate." It was picked up by a local ABC TV affiliate, which reported "three separate incidents, but all with the same result—overdoses from opiate-laced marijuana."

The story wasn't true. As Cleveland.com reported shortly afterward, toxicology results showed that "the three people who claimed they had overdosed on marijuana laced with an unknown opiate actually used crack cocaine and other drugs."

The media hubbub died down, but the seed was planted, growing through the spring in the fertile soil of an Ohio gripped by a deadly opioid epidemic and filled with officials willing to fertilize it with healthy doses of manure. In June, it blossomed.

"Marijuana laced with fentanyl: police warn of another potentially dangerous drug mixture," News 5 Cleveland reported on June 14. There weren't any actual cases of the pot/fentanyl mixture showing up, but "police said the warning was necessary to alert people, especially parents, to the potential risk."

And politicians. Five days later, Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R) held a Cincinnati press conference on the opioid crisis with Hamilton County coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, whose reported remarks helped give the myth new life. 

"We have seen fentanyl mixed with cocaine," said Sammarco. "We have also seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana."

The comment rocketed around the web, raising alarm and the specter of innocent pot smokers felled by deadly adulterants, but there was less to it than meets the eye. When, unlike other media outlets that simply ran with the story, VICE actually reached out to Sammarco, the story fell apart.

Sammarco said her quote had been misinterpreted and that her office hadn't actually seen any fentanyl-laced weed. Sammarco told VICE that Sen. Portman had mentioned to her that it had been spotted in northeast Ohio—apparently based on that erroneous News 5 Cleveland report.

When VICE contacted Portman's office about the origin of the fentanyl-in-weed story, spokesman Kevin Smith replied only "I don't have anything on that" before hanging up the phone.

Despite the baselessness of the claim, it was back again this month. Police and health officials in London, Ontario, sent out warnings after people who claimed to have only smoked pot came back positive for opioids on urine drug tests, without ever considering the possibility that those people weren't telling the truth.

Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott had to step in to put a stop to the nonsense: "We have confirmed this with chiefs of police [and] law enforcement officials across this country—there is zero documented evidence that ever in this country cannabis has been found laced with fentanyl," she told the London Free Press. "It’s very important that we make sure that that message is clear."

That didn't stop police in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, from generating a similar story just days later. It was another case of a man who overdosed on opioids claiming only to have smoked pot. Police there said they "believe that is possible that the marijuana was laced with fentanyl, which police are starting to see more and more across the country."

Except they're actually not. That first batch of fentanyl-laced marijuana has yet to be discovered. But that hasn't stopped prosecutor Stowe any more than it's stopped the other cops, politicians and hand-wringing public health officials from propagating the misinformation. This is Reefer Madness for the 21st century.

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Cannabis Industry Weekly Recap - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:12

Cannabis Industry Weekly Recap
Forbes
It was a fairly quiet week in Washington for the cannabis industry. There has been a continued push back from Congressmen and women against Attorney General Sessions desire to crack down on the marijuana industry. Nevada was making progress with ...

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How Marijuana Can Disrupt Leukemia Cells

Alternet - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:51
New scientific research shows that marijuana's cannabinoids have the ability to “target and switch off pathways” that allow cancers to grow.

Leukemia is the blanket term for the four different types of cancer found in bone marrow and blood cells. There are roughly 200,000 U.S. cases per year and typically found in adults over the age of 55, but also found in children under the age of 15.

While chemotherapy and other treatments are available, a recent study not only proves that that cannabinoids are anticancer agents, but that there are six different cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in cannabis plant) that have anticancer effects on leukemia cells specifically.

·         Related Story: Here’s Why Cannabis Can Have a Huge Impact on Leukemia Patients

 

Dr. Wai Lui an oncologist and his team of researchers at the Department of Oncology at St. George’s, University London discovered that these cannabinoids were able to interfere and disrupt the development of cancerous cells. They also noted that in certain cases, when using specific dosage patterns, these six cannabinoids have the ability to destroy cancer cells on their own.

So What Does This Mean?

Let’s break this down. Dr. Liu and his team tested these six pure cannabinoids–cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabigevarin (CBGV), and cannabigevaric acid (CBGVA)–on lab-grown leukemia cells. They were tested individually as well as collectively in select groups.

·         Related Story: What You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana And Leukemia

 

They found that each of the six cannabinoid examined presented anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Most importantly, they noted that these effects were even more powerful when the cannabinoids were grouped together.

Dr. Lui’s research also revealed that these six cannabinoids had the ability to “target and switch off pathways” that allow cancers to grow.

This entire report is good news for patients, because it shows that cannabinoid in its purest form has the ability to fight leukemia cells. Plus, the cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, so there’s no high.

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NS RCMP arrest 10, lay 69 charges after raiding marijuana storefronts - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:38

CTV News

NS RCMP arrest 10, lay 69 charges after raiding marijuana storefronts
CTV News
Officers seized a loaded handgun, a shotgun, significant quantities of marijuana, chemically-extracted cannabis resin, cannabis oil, cannabis edibles, cocaine, large amounts of cash, as well as drug paraphernalia, three ATMs and storefront signage ...
Marijuana dispensary raids of Tasty Budds lead to 69 chargesCBC.ca
Police in Nova Scotia raid chain of medical marijuana dispensariesMetroNews Canada
10 arrests, 69 charges following NS RCMP raids of Tasty Budds marijuana dispensariesGlobalnews.ca
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Is Law School an 'Adderall Nation'?

Alternet - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 09:24
The pep pills are law students' little helpers.

 

I have never been prescribed Adderall, tried it illegally, or had any desire to try it. Back in my baby boomer, Pitt Law days, before I discovered the evil white powder cocaine, I relied on hot coffee, “Vivarin,” and “NoDoz” for those law school pre-exam all-nighters on the rare occasions I studied. Once cocaine became part…

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I toke thee to be my wife: inside a cannabis wedding in California - The Guardian

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 03:49

The Guardian

I toke thee to be my wife: inside a cannabis wedding in California
The Guardian
Then, upon being declared husband and wife, Zak Walton and Dani Geen inclined their heads, puckered their lips, closed their eyes and took long, deep puffs of potent cannabis. A table by the altar had all the accoutrements: pots of cannabis concentrate ...

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Morning Update newsletter: BC medical marijuana firm issues recall over tainted drugs - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 02:43

The Globe and Mail

Morning Update newsletter: BC medical marijuana firm issues recall over tainted drugs
The Globe and Mail
A medical-marijuana producer on Vancouver Island has recalled some of its products sold last year after a spot test of its supply by Health Canada showed two pesticides present in a sample of cannabis oil. Months of recalls have dogged the ...

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US cannabis industry gives rise to joint ventures - Financial Times

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 02:08

Financial Times

US cannabis industry gives rise to joint ventures
Financial Times
Paul Casilla, a realtor at The Bradco Companies, a property brokerage, says the city's embrace of medical marijuana has pushed the cost of buildings from a typical $35-$45 per sq ft to as high as $474 per sq ft. He says commercial cannabis has also ...
Healing or hustle? Medical marijuana clinics come to South FloridaMiami Herald
BC medical marijuana firm issues recall over tainted drugsThe Globe and Mail
Marijuana money may push California into public bankingQuartz
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FL: Marijuana, Loaded Gun Found in 13-Year-Old's Backpack at School - NBC 6 South Florida

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:58
nbcmiami.com (US) An information technology specialist told a school resource officer a student was smoking pot. (Fri Aug 25 20:58:47 2017 PDT)
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OR: 'Disjointed' Is Like Any Workplace Sitcom -- With More Pot, Sex And Language - Jefferson Public Radio

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:46
ijpr.org (US) 'Disjointed' Is Like Any Workplace Sitcom b With More Pot. Sex And Language ! Jefferson Public Radio 'Disjointed' Is Like Any Workplace Sitcom b With More Pot. (Fri Aug 25 21:46:22 2017 PDT)
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OR: Where the Green Grass Grows - eugeneweekly.com

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:26
eugeneweekly.com (US) The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is in charge of the recreational marijuana permitting program. Jackson and Josephine counties have the highest totals because the climate in southern Oregon is ideal for marijuana cultivation and because there is a history of growing in the area. (Fri Aug 25 21:26:18 2017 PDT)
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OR: As Portland Police Stand By, Alt-Right and Antifa Protesters Beat Each Other Bloody - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) Andrew Jones Says He Will Dominate the Hottest Slice of the Marijuana Marketb But a Former Mentor Says Jones Is Profiting From an Invention He Designed. (Fri Aug 25 22:23:38 2017 PDT)
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OR: Measure 74: The medicine behind the measure - Salem Weekly News

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:23
salemweeklynews.com I have half a brain. I would like to see dispensaries and growers have a regulated system for people who are trying to find their &#8216. (Fri Aug 25 22:23:21 2017 PDT)
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