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Phasing out medical cannabis would leave pediatric patients in the lurch - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 01:00

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Phasing out medical cannabis would leave pediatric patients in the lurch
CBC.ca
But if we were to dissolve the ACMPR, there would be no mechanism for physicians to prescribe cannabis for pediatric patients. The Cannabis Act, which will legalize recreational marijuana in October, makes it a criminal offence to give cannabis to ...

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'Paint and Puff' combines cannabis with art - KTNV Las Vegas

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 09/08/2018 - 00:33

KTNV Las Vegas

'Paint and Puff' combines cannabis with art
KTNV Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - Legalization of marijuana has created new markets for tourists and locals alike in Nevada, but for now, pot lounges are still not allowed in Las Vegas. But one local art studio was able to obtain a special vaping permit. The vapes ...

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DC police cracking down on illegal marijuana pop-up parties - FOX 5 DC

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 20:15

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DC police cracking down on illegal marijuana pop-up parties
FOX 5 DC
Even though possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal in the District, pot sales are not allowed under Initiative 71, except for medical marijuana patients who can purchase it at the five medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. ... “The ...

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Elon Musk Smoked Marijuana And Chatted Cybernetic Collectives With Joe Rogan - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 18:15

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Elon Musk Smoked Marijuana And Chatted Cybernetic Collectives With Joe Rogan
Forbes
Tesla billionaire Elon Musk smoked marijuana and discussed "cybernetic collectives" with California comedian Joe Rogan during a live interview on Friday. During the 2-hour 37-minute podcast interview, Musk sampled a spliff containing marijuana and ...
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Once cannabis is legal, don't expect Canada's 'grey market' to vanish - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:11

Toronto Star

Once cannabis is legal, don't expect Canada's 'grey market' to vanish
Toronto Star
On paper, it all seems perfectly simple: five weeks from now Canada will flip a cataclysmic switch. And just like that, cannabis will be legal. Goodbye, century of marijuana prohibition. Farewell, black market. Hello officer, put that badge away and ...
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Canada's military unveils rules governing troop cannabis useReuters
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Federal officials investigating alleged marijuana delivery service in Hyde Park - The Boston Globe

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:30

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Federal officials investigating alleged marijuana delivery service in Hyde Park
The Boston Globe
Federal agents investigating an alleged unlicensed marijuana delivery business found “substantial” quantities of the drug and cash last month when they raided a residence in Milton and a warehouse in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston, according to ...

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Canadian military releases marijuana rules for members - 680 News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 16:06

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Canadian military releases marijuana rules for members
680 News
Canadian military releases marijuana rules for members. With a month left before recreational cannabis becomes legal, the Canadian Forces has released new rules for military members. Nigel Newlove reports. Sep 07, 2018, 7:02 PM. Advertisement ...

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Canada could be leader in global cannabis market, O'Leary says - StCatharinesStandard.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 13:57

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Canada could be leader in global cannabis market, O'Leary says
StCatharinesStandard.ca
The international interest in the budding industry is not focused on the upcoming legalization of marijuana for recreational use, he explained, but rather the potential for Canada to lead the way in the science and production of medicinal cannabis.

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Marijuana ETF in Canada passes $1 billion in assets as weed stocks light it up - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:22

CNBC

Marijuana ETF in Canada passes $1 billion in assets as weed stocks light it up
CNBC
The investing market was abuzz this week with Fidelity Investments' new no-fee index funds reaching near-$1 billion in assets, but it took Fidelity two funds to get it done, while a single Canadian marijuana ETF passed the $1 billion market this week ...
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How long after smoking marijuana should I wait to drive? - Macleans.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:17

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How long after smoking marijuana should I wait to drive?
Macleans.ca
A 2016 survey by State Farm Insurance found 44 per cent of Canadians didn't think cannabis affected driving skills. Lots of your stoner buddies will tell you they drive better while high—that they're more “focused.” But the problem is that stoned ...

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Canadian military issues guidelines for recreational marijuana to troops - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:47

Toronto Star

Canadian military issues guidelines for recreational marijuana to troops
Toronto Star
OTTAWA—The Canadian Forces are placing limits on when military personnel can use recreational marijuana once it becomes legal, with the restrictions based largely on service members' jobs and current or upcoming missions. Supervisors are also being ...

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Nevada Nightmare: Being Jailed for Traffic Tickets Became a Death Sentence for This Texas Woman

Alternet - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:43
Kelly Coltrain was detoxing when she was put in Mineral County Jail last year. She died after deputies denied her medical care.

Texas resident Kelly Coltrain, 27, had just finished visiting Reno and Lake Tahoe for a family reunion to celebrate her grandmother's 75th birthday when she was pulled over for speeding outside Hawthorne, Nevada, on July 19, 2017. She was booked into the Mineral County jail because of outstanding traffic tickets. She told jailers she was dependent on opioids, had a history of seizures related to withdrawals, and needed to go to the hospital. She never got there.

For three days, Coltrain remained in her cell, eating little, spending most of her time in bed in the fetal position, and asking for help. Despite being in a video-monitored cell where her discomfort was evident, sheriff's deputies ignored her requests for medical attention. Instead, even as her condition worsened, the deputies' only response was to hand her a mop and tell her to clean up her own vomit in her cell.

Kelly Coltrain sits in a cell at the Mineral County Jail in Hawthorne. She died about an hour after her jailer asked her to mop her vomit from the floor. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff)

She was dead less than an hour later—although it would take deputies another six hours to notice and another six hours after that before they summoned medical personnel. An investigation into her death was completed last week. It found that her jailers violated multiple policies by denying her medical care after she told them she was dependent on drugs and suffered seizures during withdrawals. The state investigators also found evidence the sheriff's office may have violated state laws barring the inhumane treatment of prisoners and official oppression and asked the Mineral County District Attorney to consider criminal charges. Instead, Mineral County handed the case off to neighboring Lyons County District Attorney Stephen Rye, who declined to press charges.

"The review of the case, in our opinion, did not establish any willful or malicious acts by jail staff that would justify the filing of charges under the requirements of the statute," Rye said.

Now, as first reported by USA Today, Coltrain's family is seeking justice via a wrongful death suit filed last week. The suit accuses the sheriff's office of ignoring her life-threatening medical condition despite knowing she was in withdrawal and had a history of seizures.

Sgt. Jim Holland asks Kelly Coltrain to mop her cell. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office)

"(Jail staff) knew Kelly Coltrain had lain for days at the jail, in bed, buried beneath blankets, vomiting multiple times, refusing meals, trembling, shaking, and rarely moving," lawyers Terri Keyser-Cooper and Kerry Doyle wrote in the lawsuit. "Defendants knew Kelly Coltrain was in medical distress. Kelly Coltrain’s medical condition was treatable and her death preventable," the lawyers wrote. "If Ms. Coltrain had received timely and appropriate medical care, she would not have died. Kelly Coltrain suffered a protracted, extensive, painful, unnecessary death as a result of defendants’ failures."

Keyser-Cooper, who has spent decades bringing successful civil rights lawsuits against northern Nevada law enforcement agencies, told USA Today said the Coltrain case was "the worst I have ever seen in 33 years. I've never seen anything like this." 

According to the state investigation, after she was arrested, Coltrain initially refused to answer questions about her medical history and family, but once she realized she would not be able to bail out, she told Sgt. Jim Holland she was addicted and had a history of seizures when going through withdrawals. The report found that Holland didn't follow a jail policy that requires that prisoners with seizure histories be cleared by a doctor before being held, and neither did jail staff monitor her vitals, as medical protocols required for prisoners undergoing withdrawals. In fact, the small jail in the county of 4,000 had no on-site medical care, instead taking prisoners to the hospital across the street for medical treatments and prescriptions.

The same evening she was jailed, Coltrain told night deputy Ray Gulcynski she needed to go to the hospital immediately for medication, but Gulcynski ignored the jail's medical care policy, telling Coltrain she couldn't go unless he decided her life was at risk.

"Unfortunately, since you're DT'ing (referring to the detoxification process), I'm not going to take you over to the hospital right now just to get your fix," Deputy Ray Gulcynski told Coltrain, according to the investigation report. "That's not the way detention works, unfortunately. You are incarcerated with us, so… you don't get to go to the hospital when you want. When we feel that your life is at risk… then you will go."

For the next three days, Coltrain lay in her cell, eating and drinking little and spending most of her time under the blankets in the fetal position. Early on July 22, she began vomiting, trembling, and "making short, convulsive movements," the report found. About 5 p.m. that day, Sgt. Holland brought her dinner and tried to get her to eat a few bites, which she did. He then brought her a new set of jail clothing to replace her soiled garments, along with a mop. Holland told her to mop the vomit from the floor.

According to the investigative report, Coltrain just sat there until Holland returned a few minutes later and asked her again to mop. Jail video showed her then trying to mop the floor as she sat on her bed, trembling and stopping frequently to rest. Holland thought she was being lazy.

"Sgt. Holland advised he thought Coltrain was just 'lazy' and that she just didn't want to stand up to clean the floor," the report said. "Sgt. Holland advised he just wanted the floor to be cleaned and he didn't care how it got done, just that it got cleaned up."

Less than an hour later, Coltrain was dead. Jail video showed her lying in the fetal position when she goes into a seizure. Her body goes rigid and her legs stiffen. While lying on her stomach, her face rises toward the back wall and her arm stretches out, hanging off the bed. Her head falls back to the mattress, she appears to go into a series of convulsions, then stops moving—forever.

That was 6:26 p.m. Her body lied there untouched until 12:30 a.m. the following day when Deputy Gulcynski comes to move her to a different cell and finds her unmoving. He nudges her leg with the tip of his boot, and when she doesn't respond, he looks at her face, touches her arm, and quickly leaves.

Deputy Ray Gulcynski tapping Kelly Coltrain with his boot and finding her unresponsive. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office)

The investigation found that Gulcynski notified his superiors that Coltrain looked dead and was cold. He re-entered the cell to check her pulse before leaving again. No one called paramedics. Instead, her body was left in the cell until a forensic technician arrived at 5:48 a.m. to begin investigating the death.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner, who handled the case for resource-poor Mineral County, ruled Coltrain's death accidental and caused by "complications of drug use." Toxicology reports showed heroin in her system.

But the state investigator, Detective Damon Earl, said in his report that had the jailers followed department policies already in place, Coltrain's death may have been preventable.

"There were a limited number of times where Coltrain had actual contact with the staff," Earl wrote. "This may be significant because had more contact been made with Coltrain, indicators of Kelly's medical condition may have been observed. These indicators may have alerted staff therefore prompting medical attention to be rendered to Coltrain."

While the civil suit says that both Holland and Gulcynski were subject to departmental discipline over the incident, Holland instead retired early—and got a going away present from the Mineral County Commission. In June, the commission voted unanimously to spend $17,853 to buy Holland an additional year toward his service. That let him retire with a higher annual pension and more health care benefits than if it had been denied.

The county commission had the money to give its negligent jail guard a nice little gift. Let's hope the commissioners and the good citizens of Mineral County are already budgeting to account for the payout they will most likely be making once Kelly Coltrain's family gets its day in court.

Family attorney Keyser-Cooper said Coltrain was a "successful student, a friendly outgoing girl, and an exceptionally talented soccer player," who was dear to her family. She had developed depression and addiction after a knee injury as a teenager in Las Vegas. While the family seeks compensatory damages, what it really wants, Keyser-Cooper said, is for conditions at the jail to improve. The family will not settle the suit without that, he added.

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

 

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Canadian military to severely curtail use of recreational marijuana - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:05

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Canadian military to severely curtail use of recreational marijuana
CBC.ca
... the use of recreational marijuana once it becomes legal this fall. National Defence released its formal policy on Friday along with the accompanying regulations, which impose limits on cannabis use that are more wide-ranging than those governing ...
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Billionaire Drug Executive Who Helped Fuel Opioid Crisis Now Plans To Make Millions Selling Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Alternet - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 07:58
Click here for reuse options! Richard Sackler has secured a patent for a drug to treat people for addiction to his own painkillers.

On Friday, the Financial Times reported that billionaire pharmaceutical tycoon Richard Sackler has secured a patent for a new drug to treat opioid addiction.

The drug, a reformulation of buprenorphine, is essentially just a milder opioid that can blunt the symptoms of withdrawal while a person is being weaned off — competing variants of which are already generating nearly $900 million in U.S. sales.

Sackler's family also happens to own Purdue Pharma, the company that first developed OxyContin — a powerful narcotic painkiller that has been blamed for spurring the epidemic of opioid addiction that has decimated communities all across America.

In other words, Sackler made millions off of sales of a drug that caused a massive public health crisis — and now he stands to make millions more by selling the public a solution.

Purdue, one of several drug companies that made a decades-long push for liberal prescription of opioids, is currently facing a mountain of lawsuits. Prosecutors in several states allege Purdue was aware of the risk of addiction and overdose, but deceived doctors and patients and downplayed the risks to increase their sales — a charge the company denies. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey directly names several members of the Sackler family as defendants.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that up to 12 percent of patients prescribed an opioid develop an abuse disorder, and as many as 6 percent eventually switch to heroin. More than 115 people a day are now killed by opioid overdoses.

Rural areas have been especially impacted, with an astonishing 74 percent of farmers reporting they or someone they know is suffering from or has been affected by opioid addiction.

While increased availability of addiction treatment is a good thing, it is not a solution to the epidemic. Opioids remain a necessary tool to treat severe pain from surgery, cancer, and other serious conditions, but they must be used judiciously, and alternative therapies must be made available — particularly in lower-income rural areas where people are at higher risk.

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How to spot a cannabis overdose - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 05:56

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How to spot a cannabis overdose
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Although overdoses aren't commonly associated with cannabis, consuming too much of the drug can lead to hospitalization and cause accidents resulting in serious injury or death. With the impending legalization of recreational marijuana, physicians in ...
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FL: The Associated Press - WLRN

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 01:59
wlrn.org (US) A Maryland pharmaceutical company will acquire the maker of the opioid overdose reversal nasal spray Narcan. (Fri Sep 07 19:59:28 2018 PDT)
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OR: Roseburg News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News - KPIC

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OR: What's The Evidence That Supervised Drug Injection Sites Save Lives? - Jefferson Public Radio

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OR: Josephine County seeks state help to curb illegal pot grows

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 01:40
kezi.com (US) A sheriff in a county in southwest Oregon is asking for money from the state to investigate illegal marijuana operations. (Fri Sep 07 21:40:02 2018 PDT)
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