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MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00
The Calgary Sun, 25 Jun 2017 - Opioid's potency means illicit drug producers unknowingly create deadly doses More Albertans died from drug overdoses involving the powerful synthetic opioid carfentanil in the first five months of the year than in all of 2016, according to new data from the province.
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Legal Pot Sales Begin in Nevada: 8 Things You Need to Know

Alternet - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 21:42
Click here for reuse options! Look out, Denver! There's new competition when it comes to cannabis tourism destinations.

As of 12:01 a.m Saturday, legal adult marijuana sales begin in Nevada. And they will commence immediately, with dispensaries on the Las Vegas Strip announcing plans to be open to usher in Sin City's newest attraction.

But don't go lighting up on the Strip! Smoking in public is not allowed.

Nevada now joins Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington in allowing people to legally buy and sell weed in pot shops. It's the first of the states where voters legalized it at the polls last year to see shops open, getting out of the gate ahead of California, Maine, and Massachusetts.

That's because the state fast-tracked legal pot sales by granting licenses to a few dozen existing medical marijuana dispensaries so they could sell to any adults while officials finalized regulations for the legal marijuana market, which was mandated to begin by January 1, 2018.  

So, now that you can add legal weed to Las Vegas's allures, here's a few things you need to know:

1. How much can I buy? Visitors and residents alike can purchase up to an ounce of buds and up to an eighth-ounce of marijuana edibles.

2. Where can I buy it? Look for medical marijuana dispensaries that have been granted recreational sales licenses. Those are clustered in the Las Vegas and Reno areas, including dispensaries on the Strip. There's a complete list of dispensaries here, but remember, not all have the recreational sales okay, so if you're about to go shopping, contact them directly to find out.

3. What do I need? You need to be at least 21 and have government-issued ID that says so. If you're a medical marijuana card holder, you don't have to be 21. And you need to have cash. That's because the federal government refuses to let banks handle marijuana business since pot is still federally illegal. Congress is working on this issue, but in the meantime, hit the ATM ahead of shopping.

4. What should I buy? Regular consumers will have a pretty good idea what they like, but novices can consult their budtenders. There will be a variety of high-quality, high-potency strains on sale, both "stimulating" sativas and "enervating" indicas, as well as a dizzying plethora of hybrid strains.

5. What about edibles? Edibles will be on sale, too, in a wide variety of forms, but because of emergency regulations issued Monday by the Department of Taxation, those products can contain no more than 10 milligrams of THC per dose or 100 milligrams per package. That 10 milligram measure is a good one; novice users will certainly feel an impact at that level. But those emergency regs, which also restrict packaging and labeling, are likely to produce initial shortages of edibles given the short lag time between their roll-out and opening day.

6. What's it going to cost? Grams will be going for $10 to $15, ounces for anywhere from $150 for bargain buds to $325 for the primo. Edibles prices will depend on the various products. k

7. Where can I smoke it? Well, therein lies the rub, especially for visitors. The only places smoking pot is allowed are at your home or on your front porch. There's no smoking it on the Strip, in clubs or casinos, at rock concerts, or any other public place. And there's no smoking it in hotel rooms, either. Either a lot of tourists are going to end up with public smoking citations, or they start making local friends in a hurry, or they end up paying smoke damage surcharges on their hotel room credit card bills, or all of the above. This is going to have to change, especially since estimates are nearly two-thirds of legal pot buyers are going to be visitors. In the meantime, it could make edibles more attractive.

8. Can I take it home with me? Not if you live in a state where it is illegal. And if you live in a state where it is legal, why bother? If you get caught trying to bring it onto an airplane, the TSA won't bust you (because they're after terrorists, not tourists), but will turn you over to the local cops, who also won’t bust you (since your weed isn't illegal in Nevada), but the hassle might cause you to miss your flight. 

 

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No deal yet on rewrite of Massachusetts marijuana law - MassLive.com

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 18:38

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No deal yet on rewrite of Massachusetts marijuana law
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Lawmakers, who have been meeting behind closed doors this week, are poised to blow a June 30th deadline they set for themselves, in order to give Baker and other state officials the time to set up the regulatory structure that would oversee the ...
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Weyburn police raid marijuana dispensary, arrest man - Regina Leader-Post

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:09

Regina Leader-Post

Weyburn police raid marijuana dispensary, arrest man
Regina Leader-Post
After receiving what it says were citizen complaints about illegal activities since December, on Thursday Weyburn Police Service and its drug enforcement unit executed a warrant on a local business under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act ...

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Congressmen Slam Anti-Cannabis Group's 'False Claims' on MMJ Protection - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:58

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Congressmen Slam Anti-Cannabis Group's 'False Claims' on MMJ Protection
Leafly
Marijuana Industry Loses Key Protection from Federal Enforcement in Proposed Spending Bill,” trumpeted Wednesday's release from the group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), which in April submitted testimony to a House subcommittee asking ...
Oregon Rep. Blumenauer disputes report that medical marijuana state protection amendment got nixedThe Cannabist

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Jeff Sessions’ Crusade Against Marijuana Hurts the Most Vulnerable—I Know Because I'm One of Them

Alternet - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:23
Medical marijuana made my epileptic seizures stop. Sessions may not understand this, but cannabis has been a divine gift for me.

 

 

By Garett Roush If Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his way, I would once again be at risk of constant seizures. The former U.S. Senator from Alabama and now the nation’s top cop has started a crusade against states that have allowed access to cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use. As an epileptic, medicinal marijuana…

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White House Official Boasts They'll 'Bribe Moderates With Opioid Money' to Pass Trumpcare: Report

Alternet - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:46
But even that may not be enough.

The Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare hit some major setbacks this week — but at least one Trump administration official isn’t too worried.

In an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, an unnamed White House official literally says the GOP’s plan involves “bribing” moderate senators by throwing more cash at opioid addiction treatment.

“I think we’re going to pass this,” the source said. “I really think they’ll bribe off the moderates with opioid money and then actually move policy to shore up Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.”

The proposed Senate GOP bill has offered a mere $2 billion for combating the opioid crisis, and it would slash funding for Medicaid, which is the largest payer for addiction services in the United States.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who came out against the Senate’s bill this week, has requested $45 billion over ten years to help combat opioid abuse, although she has also expressed skepticism about the GOP bill’s deep cuts to Medicaid and its phase out of the Medicaid expansion.

Because of this, another GOP source tells Swan that it will likely be too difficult to get the GOP Senate bill across the finish line, no matter how much money is thrown at the opioid crisis.

“I think the gap is too wide and they are getting zero help from POTUS,” the source said. “Unpopular presidents pushing unpopular proposals usually fail.”

 

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The War on Drugs Places 'Black Joy' in the Line of Fire

Alternet - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:36
Click here for reuse options! Black youth never get the privileges of innocence and 'youthful indiscretions' extended to their white peers.

*Editor's note: In this monthly blog series, the Drug Policy Alliance will examine the nexus between the War on Drugs and law enforcement practices that result in the mass criminalization, incarceration and dehumanization of communities of color.  These pieces will reflect on the ways in which the institutions of policing and prosecution- both driven by calls for “law and order” in the wake of the War on Drugs-  continue to function as instruments of reinforcement for the overarching structural racism on which the drug war was founded.

Over the past several weeks, the details surrounding the tragic killing of Jordan Edwards have been revealed under the intensely watchful eye of a public that continues to face a seemingly never-ending flood of stories recounting instances of police brutality and the pervasive lack of justice for black victims on the receiving end of police misconduct.

Outside of a media sphere permeated by meticulously crafted, state-serving narratives marked by the use of coded language as a form of fear mongering that encourages brutalization in carrying out the war on drugs and cultivates public apathy towards the victims of such violence, a situation in which a police officer responding to a neighbor’s call about possible underage drinking that ends with the use of lethal force on a car full of frightened kids could not be dressed as anything other than a senseless act of violence. This murder reinforces the message that the protections associated with the assumption of innocence and positive police discretion towards instances of youthful indiscretion are not privileges extended to black youth

Further, a failure to also identify this situation as one where the duty to protect and serve was superseded by aninstitutional obsession with policing and restricting the autonomy of black people would require willful ignorance of the history of enslavement and subjugation of black people in this country.

Jordan’s story is not anomalous. The explosion in exposure of police brutality across the nation and subsequent reflection on my own experiences with law enforcement while growing up in Dallas quickly led me to the sobering realization that any of the nights I enjoyed not long ago, when I was Jordan’s age, could have ended in tragedy. The price of this realization has been an existence marred by constant feelings of fear and anxiety about what could happen and how my personal relationship with drugs might be used in an attempt to strip me of my humanity posthumously.

As a result, I often find myself preemptively policing my actions, my speech, expressions of my emotions, my movements, and even my writing, but none of these things have proven adequate in protecting me from potentially volatile interactions with law enforcement or figures that have been endowed with authority to use force by whatever institution employs them.

Knowing that I am not alone is deeply saddening.

What is much more devastating, however, is reading in the Dallas Morning News that kids who occupy some of the same spaces I once did experienced such a degree of psychological trauma from Jordan’s death and similar situations that they feel they have no choice but to forfeit simple joys of youth like playing basketball and partying with friends.

Living with the psychological burden imposed by the constant threat of state violence is not freedom. We cannot begin to chip away at the hyper-criminalization of black and Latino youth until we end the war on drugs. If not, the reality most of America is privileged enough to enjoy - the assumption that an interaction with law enforcement will not end in their demise - will remain an aspiration at best.

When I was in elementary school, a large part of the school’s efforts to convince us to “just say no” to drugs involved encouraging us to “dare to be different.” As an adult, I am imploring the powers that be and those who have been complicit in cultivating this drug war climate to put the same amount of time and resources into daring police to allow all youth the space to enjoy their lives without fear of those entrusted with the responsibility of protecting them.

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog

 

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Starting July 1, people can legally buy retail marijuana in Nevada - MarketWatch

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 09:51

MarketWatch

Starting July 1, people can legally buy retail marijuana in Nevada
MarketWatch
Marijuana sales in Nevada's newly minted legal recreational market will begin on Saturday. Starting at 12:01 a.m. July 1, adults age 21 and older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of an ounce in marijuana-infused edibles ...
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REITs Expect To See Their Money Grow Along With Marijuana - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 09:20

Forbes

REITs Expect To See Their Money Grow Along With Marijuana
Forbes
According to New Frontier Data and Viridian Capital Partners, cultivation and retail was the top sector for capital raises with $478 million of private cannabis investment. Marijuana REITs are multiplying as real estate professionals believe it is easy ...

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Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight Cancer - Entrepreneur

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 07:12

Entrepreneur

Getting Healthy, Not High: Using Cannabis to Fight Cancer
Entrepreneur
Since then, people have had a hard time shift perspective on cannabis to shake off negative connotations of drug abuse and foreign cartels. But in recent years the public has begun to see the medicinal value of marijuana. California's Proposition 215 ...

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Don't Get Too Excited About America's First-Ever Marijuana Cafés - BuzzFeed News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 05:11

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Don't Get Too Excited About America's First-Ever Marijuana Cafés
BuzzFeed News
On the other side, marijuana entrepreneurs worry about how they'll make money since they won't be allowed to sell weed at cafés: Instead, the spaces will be bring-your-own, and businesses that serve alcohol will be banned from having cannabis on the ...

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AK: Borough - The Skagway News.

Drug News Bot - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 01:32
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AK: Skagway Opioid Task Force holds first meeting - The Skagway News.

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AK: SitNews: Column - For the Fourth of July, Let's Have Some Common Sense By TOM PURCELL

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FL: Collier woman hides marijuana on 11-year-old daughter - ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, Florida

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FL: QandA: Officers get more training ahead of legal pot in Nevada - ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, Florida

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FL: Collier woman hides marijuana on 11-year-old daughter - ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, Florida

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