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Washington pot-tracking system, already dogged with problems, was hacked, state says - Seattle Times

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Washington pot-tracking system, already dogged with problems, was hacked, state says
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... hack were discovered Saturday by MJ Freeway, the company providing the data service and pot-tracking software. On Monday, the company identified the problem as a “possible security incident” and notified the LCB, according to a message that went ...
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Texas' first cannabis dispensary has opened near Austin, but don't expect to find pot brownies - Dallas News

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Texas' first cannabis dispensary has opened near Austin, but don't expect to find pot brownies
Dallas News
Texas' first cannabis dispensary opened Thursday, but it looks nothing like the ones in states where recreational marijuana is legal. At Compassionate Cultivation's dispensary near Austin, customers won't find marijuana to smoke or pot brownies and ...
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Jeff Sessions Makes False Link Between Marijuana and the Opioid Crisis

Alternet - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:07
Click here for reuse options! Some argue that marijuana may be a key part of the fight against opioid abuse.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates marijuana—that much is clear. He once said at a Senate hearing that the drug is a "very real danger" and that "good people don't smoke marijuana."

This week, Sessions doubled down on his dislike of marijuana with comments that not only contradict the available evidence but may undermine potentially life-saving public health efforts.

"We think a lot of this [opioid abuse] is starting with marijuana and other drugs, too," Sessions said at a Heritage Foundation event this week. He also seemed to downplay the DEA's estimation that about 80 percent of heroin abusers start with prescription drugs.

Sessions' belief that marijuana is feeding the opioid crisis flies in the face of evidence. 

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 found that the 10 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 saw significantly fewer opioid deaths compared to states that completely outlaw pot. And in a report published just this week by the Rand Corporation, the 2014 findings were confirmed, though the new study found that the reduction in opioid deaths was the strongest in states that permitted medical marijuana dispensaries to open up.

Far from indicating that pot use may pave the way for opioid abuse and overdoses, these studies and others suggest the opposite—that marijuana may help people avoid the trap of opioid addiction.

Some even argue that marijuana could be a key part of the fight against opioid abuse. There are skeptics of this approach, and it's important to recognize we're unlikely to find a single panacea to wipe out the problem. But a knee-jerk response to marijuana is not helpful.

Sessions is peddling the tired canard that medical marijuana is a "gateway drug." He even recently endorsed Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" approach to drug addiction. But the gateway-drug concept has long been highly dubious

As of now, reliable studies suggest marijuana isn't making the opioid crisis worse and that it may even help to fight it.

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Provinces push ahead despite later possible end to marijuana ... - The Globe and Mail

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Provinces push ahead despite later possible end to marijuana ...
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Most provinces say they will continue crafting the numerous regulations needed to meet the original timeline of July.

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What Are Cannabis Flavonoids and What Do They Do? - Leafly

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What Are Cannabis Flavonoids and What Do They Do?
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Flavonoids are not unique to the cannabis plant. Scientists have identified thousands of them all throughout nature, from flowers to fruits and vegetables. However, there are some that are known to be found only within cannabis. These are known as ...

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Liberty Twp. puts block on marijuana dispensaries - Cincinnati.com

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Liberty Twp. puts block on marijuana dispensaries
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LIBERTY TWP. – Businesses related to the medical marijuana industry will not be allowed in Liberty Township. Trustees this week adopted changes to the township zoning code that define medical marijuana and related uses – and then prohibits them in all ...

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Aurora sees cannabis revenues soar on German exports | Financial ... - Financial Post

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Aurora sees cannabis revenues soar on German exports | Financial ...
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Aurora Cannabis Inc. saw revenues jump more than 200 per cent year-over-year in the second quarter, buoyed by strong patient growth and increased sales into Germany. In the three months leading up to Dec. 31, Aurora, the second-largest Canadian ...

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Pot consumers paying less than $7 a gram, Statistics Canada survey finds - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:37

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Pot consumers paying less than $7 a gram, Statistics Canada survey finds
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Canadians pay an average of less than $7 a gram for pot, according to Statistics Canada data collected through a crowdsourcing pilot project. More than 15,000 Canadians have participated in StatsCan's online survey since Jan. 25, exceeding expectations ...

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Seattle Moves To Dismiss Marijuana Misdemeanors - NPR

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Seattle Moves To Dismiss Marijuana Misdemeanors
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Seattle's mayor and city attorney announced plans to ask the courts to vacate all misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions that were prosecuted before it was legalized in Washington state in 2012 — a move that could affect the records of hundreds ...
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Opioid Crisis Hits Hardest in Areas Hit by Climate Stress, Declining Farm Incomes

Alternet - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:55
The crisis is linked to several factors that rarely come up in conversations about drugs.

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main, but not sole, driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America.

Economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather, and other natural disasters, may affect this crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

In a study of relationships among socioeconomic variables and opioid-related drug overdoses, researchers found several correlations that don’t often come up in the current conversation about the nation’s deaths of despair, which include opioid overdoses, says Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics at Penn State and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

For example, a higher number of natural disasters experienced historically in a county is correlated with an increase in opioid overdoses, according to the researchers. They used presidentially declared disasters by county from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to determine the effect of natural disasters on opioid deaths. These disasters primarily include weather-related events, such as hurricanes, droughts, and floods.

If climatologists’ warnings are correct, a changing climate could produce more extreme weather patterns, which could then have an effect on opioid overdoses and deaths, says Goetz, who worked with Meri Davlasheridze, assistant professor in marine sciences at Texas A&M at Galveston.

Income also matters, according to the researchers. For each $10,000 reduction in net income per farm, opioid overdoses rose by 10 percent from a national average of 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people to 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people. Opioid-related deaths are also increasing in rural counties, they add.

“Our results confirm that economic factors, including income especially and unemployment, as well as population density—or rurality—are important,” says Goetz. “As we are controlling for economic factors, population density appears to play an independent role in accounting for the disparate death rates.”

Scope of the crisis

Goetz adds that it is important to use caution when interpreting this data.

“We are giving each county the same weight in our statistical analysis and the farming population is not that big—it’s about one or two percent of the US population,” says Goetz. “But, there could be a spillover effect—if the farm income declines, the rest of the rural economy suffers.”

Estimates indicate that opioid-related drug overdoses cost the country $432 billion in 2015, according to the researchers, who presented their findings at a recent meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Association annual meeting in Philadelphia.

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“To give some sense of this, the opioid crisis is a problem that is orders of magnitude larger than the costs associated with weather-related disasters in 2017,” says Goetz. “This is a far-reaching problem—and it cuts across social, economic, and political lines.”

Signs of hope

There are some glimmers of hope in the research, Goetz says. For example, overdoses among younger people seem to be declining, Goetz says. The highest rates of overdose are among people in the 45- to 64-year-old range.

Because the self-employed have lower rates of overdose, the researchers suggest that self-employment also seems to be a deterrent against the opioid crisis.

“Sometimes we think of the self-employed, or entrepreneurs as more stressed and as people who might be looking for an escape from those pressures, but that doesn’t appear to be the case in opioid use,” says Goetz.

The researchers theorize that one reason this wave of opioid deaths may be higher in rural counties is because of the low number of mental-health treatment facilities in those areas and, perhaps, the stigma attached to seeking help in those facilities.

Why rural women miss out on mental health care

“There are far fewer mental-health treatment facilities, so if you have a problem, you might not know where to go for help,” Goetz says. “We’re thinking that one of the things we need to investigate in the future is whether awareness is the problem or is there a stigma? These are all important issues to consider and they could be addressed through educational or other programs.”

The United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported this work.

Source: Penn State

 

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AK: A marijuana based business may soon start in Bells Flats - KMXT 100.1 FM

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AK: Newsflash Archives - KMXT 100.1 FM

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TOP: Kershaw County, SC heroin, crack, cocaine seized in drug raid - The State

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AK: Frozen Budz Owner Appeal Retail License Revocation

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