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CANADA: Cleanup ordered after potentially hazardous mould detected in Esquimalt-based warship

Drug News Bot - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:10
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CANADA: Another Delta marijuana grow application

Drug News Bot - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:10
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CANADA: Shop's future uncertain says owner - The Community Press

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:08
communitypress.ca (Canada) Easterbrook is concerned provincial regulation following the legalization of cannabis will push out shops like hers in favour of government-run stores. (Mon May 14 02:08:00 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Shop's future uncertain says owner - The Community Press

Drug News Bot - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:08
communitypress.ca (Canada) Easterbrook is concerned provincial regulation following the legalization of cannabis will push out shops like hers in favour of government-run stores. (Mon May 14 02:08:00 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $dissent_attacked(75%), $propaganda_theme8(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $legalization(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(70%), $tobacco(100%), $paraphernalia(75%)]
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FL: That Fancy License Plate Frame Can Get You In Trouble With The Law In Florida - WLRN

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:06
wlrn.org (US) A search of the car led to the discovery of a bag that containe... (Mon May 14 20:06:50 2018 PDT)
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OR: Masked man doing martial arts tries to use ladies' room: Forest Grove police log - OregonLive.com

Drug News Bot - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:06
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OR: Candidates for judge answer questions at Democrat event - The New Era

Drug News Bot - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 01:03
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Marijuana Growers Diversify With Hemp Amid CBD Boom - U.S. News & World Report

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 23:45

U.S. News & World Report

Marijuana Growers Diversify With Hemp Amid CBD Boom
U.S. News & World Report
That stark prospect is driving more of Oregon's marijuana entrepreneurs toward hemp, a crop that already has a foothold in states like Colorado and Kentucky and a lot of buzz in the cannabis industry. In Oregon, the number of hemp licenses increased ...

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Trump’s New Drug Pricing Plan is Just Another 'Nonsensical' Scam Designed to Blame Foreigners

Alternet - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 23:10
Click here for reuse options! He calls it “American patients first,” and takes aim at what he calls “foreign freeloading.”

Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise.

But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies.

He calls it “American patients first,” and takes aim at what he calls “foreign freeloading.” The plan will pressure foreign countries to relax their drug price controls.

America’s trading partners “need to pay more because they’re using socialist price controls, market access controls, to get unfair pricing,” said Alex Azar, Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, who, perhaps not incidentally, was a former top executive at the drug maker Eli Lilly and Company.

By this tortured logic, if other nations allow drug companies to charge whatever they want, U.S. drug companies will then lower prices in the United States.

This is nonsensical. It would just mean more profits for U.S. drug companies. (Revealingly, the stock prices of U.S. pharmaceutical companies rose after Trump announced his plan.) 

While it’s true that Americans spend far moreon medications per person than do citizens in any other rich country – even though Americans are no healthier – that’s not because other nations freeload on American drug companies’ research.

Big Pharma in America spends more on advertising and marketing than it does on research – often tens of millions to promote a single drug.

The U.S. government supplies much of the research Big Pharma relies on through the National Institutes of Health. This is a form of corporate welfare that no other industry receives. 

American drug companies also spend hundreds of millions lobbying the government. Last year alone, their lobbying tab came to $171.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

That’s more than oil and gas, insurance, or any other American industry. It’s more than the formidable lobbying expenditures of America’s military contractors. Big Pharma spends tens of millions more on campaign expenditures.

They spend so much on politics in order to avoid price controls, as exist in most other nations, and other government attempts to constrain their formidable profits.

For example, in 2003, Big Pharma got a U.S. law prohibiting the government from using its considerable bargaining clout under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices. Other nations with big healthcare plans routinely negotiate lower drug prices.

During his campaign Trump promised to reverse this law. But the plan he revealed Friday doesn’t touch it. Trump’s plan seeks only to make it easier for private health insurers to negotiate better deals for Medicare beneficiaries.  

In reality, private health insurers don’t have anywhere near the clout of Medicare and Medicaid – which was the whole point of Big Pharma’s getting Congress to ban such negotiations in the first place.

In the last few years, U.S. drug companies have also blocked Americans from getting low-cost prescription drug from Canada, using the absurd argument that Americans can’t rely on the safety of drugs coming from our northern neighbor – whose standards are at least as high as ours.

Trump’s new plan doesn’t change this, either.  

To put all this another way, when Americans buy drugs in the United States, they really buy a package of advertising, marketing, and political influence-peddling. Consumers in other nations don’t pay these costs. Which explains a big part of why drug prices are lower abroad. Trump’s so-called plan to lower drug prices disregards this reality.

Trump’s plan nibbles at the monopoly power of U.S. pharmaceutical companies, but doesn’t deal with the central fact that their patents are supposed to run only twenty years but they’ve developed a host of strategies to keep patents going beyond then.

One is to make often insignificant changes in their patented drugs that are enough to trigger new patents and thereby prevent pharmacists from substituting cheaper generic versions.

Before its patent expired on Namenda, its widely used drug to treat Alzheimer’s, Forest Labs announced it would stop selling the existing tablet form of in favor of new extended-release capsules called Namenda XR. Even though Namenda XR was just a reformulated version of the tablet, the introduction prevented generic versions from being introduced.  

Other nations don’t allow drug patents to be extended on such flimsy grounds. Trump’s plan doesn’t touch this ploy.

Another tactic used by U.S. drug companies has been to sue generics to prevent them from selling their cheaper versions, then settle the cases by paying the generics to delay introducing those cheaper versions.

Such “pay-for-delay” agreements are illegal in other nations, but antitrust enforcement hasn’t laid a finger on them in America – and Trump doesn’t mention them although they cost Americans an estimated $3.5 billiona year.

Even after their patents have expired, U.S. drug companies continue to aggressively advertise their brands so patients will ask their doctors for them instead of the generic versions. Many doctors comply.

Other nations don’t allow direct advertising of prescription drugs – another reason why prices are lower there and higher here. Trump’s plan is silent on this, too. (Trump suggests drug advertisers should be required to post the prices of their drugs, which they’re already expert at obscuring.)

If Trump were serious about lowering drug prices he’d have to take on the U.S. drug manufacturers.

But Trump doesn’t want to take on Big Pharma. As has been typical for him, rather than confronting the moneyed interests in America he chooses mainly to blame foreigners. 

 

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Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home - EurekAlert (press release)

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:17

Medical Xpress

Cannabis use up among parents with children in the home
EurekAlert (press release)
NEW YORK--Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a latest study from researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York.
Trends in Cannabis and Cigarette Use Among Parents With Children at Home: 2002 to 2015AAP News

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ALR mega homes, cannabis and secondary suites: Coming up this week at city council - Richmond News

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:31

Richmond News

ALR mega homes, cannabis and secondary suites: Coming up this week at city council
Richmond News
A staff report suggested several items, including a request to the B.C. government to impose a temporary prohibition on the use of lands in the ALR for cannabis production. Richmond city councillors have long opposed marijuana facilities on farmland ...

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NPA councillor to introduce motion that will require Vancouver cannabis dispensaries to carry LP weed - Straight.com

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 16:32

Straight.com

NPA councillor to introduce motion that will require Vancouver cannabis dispensaries to carry LP weed
Straight.com
It resolves that city council direct staff to require all cannabis-related businesses in Vancouver to provide the city with annual audited financial statements, and that all cannabis businesses licensed by the City of Vancouver "obtain marijuana only ...

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Dal student focuses on women's health and cannabis use - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 15:54

TheChronicleHerald.ca

Dal student focuses on women's health and cannabis use
TheChronicleHerald.ca
Lots of research has been done on cannabis and dependence issues. But you won't find many that focus on women and the drug that will be legalized in the coming months. Dalhousie University student Kayla Joyce is working to fill that knowledge gap, ...

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Using Data to Make Sense of a Racial Disparity in NYC Marijuana Arrests - New York Times

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 15:29

New York Times

Using Data to Make Sense of a Racial Disparity in NYC Marijuana Arrests
New York Times
If you've walked around New York City lately, there's a good chance you've smelled weed. People smoke walking their dogs in the West Village, and they smoke in apartment building lobbies in the South Bronx. They smoke outside bars and restaurants and ...

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Drugs Minister banned from talking about pot — as hubby runs giant cannabis farm - The Sun

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 13:57

The Sun

Drugs Minister banned from talking about pot — as hubby runs giant cannabis farm
The Sun
DRUGS Minister Victoria Atkins has been banned from talking about marijuana for the Government because her husband runs a giant cannabis farm. Ms Atkins is married to Paul Kenward, who is managing director of British Sugar. The Home Office revealed ...
Drug minister Victoria Atkins's husband oversees cannabis farmThe Times

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Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic - New York Times

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 10:48

New York Times

Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic
New York Times
The police explanation that more black and Hispanic people are arrested on marijuana charges because complaints are high in their neighborhoods doesn't hold up to scrutiny. There are many ways to get arrested on marijuana charges, but one pattern has ...

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California Rules May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds - WIRED

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 04:00

WIRED

California Rules May Make Weed Shippers Report Themselves to the Feds
WIRED
These laid the groundwork for a digital track-and-trace system, which will be outlined in full once the state's weed agency, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, releases the final regulations in the next month or so. A crucial part of ... When California ...

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CANADA: Updated: Hector Bremner ousted as potential NPA mayoral candidate

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 01:50
vancourier.com Updated: Hector Bremner ousted as potential NPA mayoral candidate Asked why Bremner was given the green light to run in last Octoberb s byelection and rejected for a potential mayoral run. (Sun May 13 02:50:55 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Province opens response centre at VGH to reduce drug deaths

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 01:50
vancourier.com The centre is located in a classroom-sized room and led by experts from health. The First Nations community and others who will work closely with five new regional response teams to coordinate and strengthen addiction and overdose prevention programs across the province. (Sun May 13 02:50:55 2018 PDT)
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OH: The Yellow Springs News * An Independent source of community news in Yellow Springs, Ohio since 1880

Drug News Bot - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 01:41
OH: The Yellow Springs News * An Independent source of community news in Yellow Springs, Ohio since 1880 (US) Candidates address opioid crisis and growth The opioid epidemic has hit Greene County hard, and the elected county commissioners arenb t doing enough to support those a... (Sun May 13 18:41:18 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(50%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(65%), $dehumanization(50%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%), $meeting(60%)]
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