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'Cannabis withdrawal' treatment prevents sleep disruption in heavy users struggling to quit, trial finds - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:39
'Cannabis withdrawal' treatment prevents sleep disruption in heavy users struggling to quit, trial finds  The Independent

An experimental drug which can help beat cannabis withdrawal symptoms that make it hard for heavy users to quit could be in increasing demand as the ...

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Why didn't Iowa City get a medical marijuana dispensary? - Iowa City Press Citizen

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:33
Why didn't Iowa City get a medical marijuana dispensary?  Iowa City Press Citizen

Five medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Iowa last week. Until the Iowa legislature approves more dispensary licenses, Iowa City won't have its own.

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Police Train To Spot Drivers Who Are High On Marijuana - CBS Boston

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:16
Police Train To Spot Drivers Who Are High On Marijuana  CBS Boston

A two-day training class on advanced impaired driving enforcement has become more popular since marijuana became legal in Massachusetts.

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Police Train To Spot Drivers Who Are High On Marijuana - CBS Boston

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:16
Police Train To Spot Drivers Who Are High On Marijuana  CBS Boston

A two-day training class on advanced impaired driving enforcement has become more popular since marijuana became legal in Massachusetts.

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Surgeon General Says Marijuana's Schedule I Status Hinders Research - Marijuana Moment

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:56
Surgeon General Says Marijuana's Schedule I Status Hinders Research  Marijuana Moment

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the federal government should rethink how it classifies drugs like marijuana on Thursday, voicing concern that the ...

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Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London - The London Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31
Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London  The London Free Press

A Chatham-based medical marijuana producer is expanding its footprint in Southwestern Ontario.AgMedica Bioscience announced Thursday the company ...

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Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London - The London Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31
Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London  The London Free Press

A Chatham-based medical marijuana producer is expanding its footprint in Southwestern Ontario.AgMedica Bioscience announced Thursday the company ...

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Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London - The London Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31
Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London  The London Free Press

A Chatham-based medical marijuana producer is expanding its footprint in Southwestern Ontario.AgMedica Bioscience announced Thursday the company ...

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Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London - The London Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31
Chatham medical marijuana company expands to London  The London Free Press

A Chatham-based medical marijuana producer is expanding its footprint in Southwestern Ontario.AgMedica Bioscience announced Thursday the company ...

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Medical cannabis advocates suing the state over Prop 2 override have a bigger goal: challenging the Legislature's disregard of the peoples' will - Salt Lake Tribune

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31
Medical cannabis advocates suing the state over Prop 2 override have a bigger goal: challenging the Legislature's disregard of the peoples' will  Salt Lake Tribune

The medical cannabis advocates suing the state after Monday's passage of a Proposition 2 replacement bill are seeking to overturn that law, yes — but they also ...

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Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah, cite LDS Church domination - Daily Herald

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:20
Groups sue to block medical marijuana compromise in Utah, cite LDS Church domination  Daily Herald

SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of advocacy groups in Utah sued Thursday to block a compromise agreement legalizing medical marijuana, accusing the LDS ...

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Trump’s ghoulish call for even more Chinese drug executions

Alternet - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:07
Such “tough on drugs” measures are better politics than policy.

In a pair of tweets Wednesday, President Trump urged China to crack down on fentanyl, which he described as a “horror drug,” and predicted “incredible results” if China would start executing people for fentanyl-related offenses.

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid linked to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. in recent years. Chinese chemical factories are believed to be the primary producers of fentanyl and related synthetic opioid analogs, which are then mixed in with other illicit drugs, making them even more dangerous than they were on their own.

Trump’s tweets came just days after he errantly praised China’s President Xi Jinping for agreeing that China would “designate Fentanyl as a Controlled Substance, meaning that people selling Fentanyl to the United States will be subject to China’s maximum penalty under the law.”

In reality, China made fentanyl and five fentanyl products controlled substances back in 2015 and promised President Obama it would “crack down” on it in 2016. Yet, the flow of fentanyl continued and fentanyl-related overdose deaths continued to climb.

And in reality, China is already most likely the world’s leading drug executioner. The only reason for any doubt is that China does not provide data on how many people it executes for drug offenses, but according to Amnesty International, “thousands of executions…were believed to have been carried out in China” last year.

China’s closest competitor in the gruesome race to execute drug offenders has been Iran, where Amnesty says more than 200 were hung in 2017, but, recognizing the futility of the hardline approach and heeding pressure from European funders of Iranian anti-drug efforts, the Islamic Republic has now moved to greatly reduce the number of drug executions.

But as has been evident from his support of bloody-handed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has presided over a war on drug sellers and users that has left thousands dead, Trump has a fondness for the death penalty. And despite the lack of any evidence that killing drug offenders actually leads to a reduction in drug use or trafficking, he wants more.

One of the very exciting things to come out of my meeting with President Xi of China is his promise to me to criminalize the sale of deadly Fentanyl coming into the United States. It will now be considered a “controlled substance.” This could be a game changer on what is.......

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018

.....considered to be the worst and most dangerous, addictive and deadly substance of them all. Last year over 77,000 people died from Fentanyl. If China cracks down on this “horror drug,” using the Death Penalty for distributors and pushers, the results will be incredible!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2018

That brought a quick response from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), which ripped into Trump’s cheerleading the death penalty in China as “morally repugnant” and instead urged responses to the fentanyl crisis that might actually achieve something.

“Draconian criminal punishments for fentanyl will actually make the problems associated with this drug much worse than they are now,” said Grant Smith, the DPA’s deputy director of national affairs. “This won’t reduce addiction and overdose deaths in the U.S., but it will incentivize the proliferation of even more potent drugs that will further exacerbate the crisis. President Trump’s push for China to execute more of its citizens for drug offenses is morally repugnant and ignores the decades-long failure of extremely harsh drug policies here in the U.S.”

Instead of lobbying for harsh, but inhumane and ineffective, drug policies in China, Trump would better address the overdose crisis by implementing proven harm reduction measures, Smith added.

“Fentanyl has indeed become the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S., but health-based measures are far more effective than criminalization,” he said. “Interventions like drug checking, naloxone, supervised consumption spaces, and expanding access to evidence-based treatment are urgently needed to reduce fentanyl-related deaths.”

But the Trump administration isn’t into that. In fact, the Trump Justice Department just recently went out of its way to promise a crackdown on any cities that try to open safe injection sites as a means of reducing overdose deaths and the spread of blood-borne diseases. He would rather American drug users die and Chinese drug sellers be killed than come up with effective responses that would actually save lives.

The Drug Policy Alliance is a financial supporter of Drug Reporter.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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PoCo readies for cannabis retailers - The Tri-City News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:00
PoCo readies for cannabis retailers  The Tri-City News

The provincial government is scouting for locations in the Tri-Cities to set up a retail cannabis store, a Port Coquitlam city planner says. And PoCo may be in the ...

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For some, marijuana's legalization a victory for people - The Morning Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:55
For some, marijuana's legalization a victory for people  The Morning Sun

Marie Wilmot called Thursday, the day that marijuana prohibition ended in Michigan, “a long time coming.” She has a very personal story related to it.

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:40
Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ban billboard, radio, TV and most online advertising by marijuana companies — a ...

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:40
Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ban billboard, radio, TV and most online advertising by marijuana companies — a ...

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:40
Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ban billboard, radio, TV and most online advertising by marijuana companies — a ...

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:40
Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously Thursday to ban billboard, radio, TV and most online advertising by marijuana companies — a ...

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Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media - Baltimore Sun

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:40
Maryland marijuana panel approves ban on cannabis advertising on billboards, radio, TV and other media  Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to ban advertising for marijuana products on billboards, in print publications and ...

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Genesee County communities discuss opting out of recreational marijuana businesses - MLive.com

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:08
Genesee County communities discuss opting out of recreational marijuana businesses  MLive.com

Green Oasis owner Tony Butler rolls a marijuana cigarette to medicate and test a type of marijuana that a vendor brought in to sell at his medical marijuana ...

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