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Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer's bat attack ... - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 18:28

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Marijuana-induced psychosis behind Toronto lawyer's bat attack ...
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As the federal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, an Ontario judge has ruled that cannabis-induced psychosis led a man to a seemingly hate-filled attack on a family, in what appears to be the first case of its kind in ...

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Marijuana Industry Needs More Budtenders -- Here's How To Get The Job - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:40


Marijuana Industry Needs More Budtenders -- Here's How To Get The Job
As more states legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, it only stands to reason that the cannabis industry that serves these markets is going to be in hot pursuit of qualified workers to help them capitalize on what is now a $50 ...
Canadian marijuana stocks drop to lowest point in more than four monthsThe Globe and Mail
Two-thirds of companies now have a medical marijuana policyQuartz
Halifax marijuana dispensary robbery investigation leads to drug search, trafficking
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Marijuana stocks fall to lowest level in 4 months - BNN

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:19


Marijuana stocks fall to lowest level in 4 months
Populous provinces, including Ontario and Quebec, plan a limited number of government-controlled stores that will sell only cannabis flower and oil. "Licensed producer power won't be quite the same in the post-medical (marijuana) world," said Alan ...

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P.E.I. legislation outlines what you can and can't do with cannabis ... -

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:51

P.E.I. legislation outlines what you can and can't do with cannabis ...
The P.E.I. government wants to create a new corporation to handle the sale of cannabis in the province and is placing limits on smoking around children and the transportation of marijuana. Legislation tabled by the government on Tuesday says people won ...

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Canopy tops BCE, Manulife as cannabis stock trading increases ... - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:07

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Canopy tops BCE, Manulife as cannabis stock trading increases ...
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Canadian pot stocks, most with little or no revenue, are quickly becoming among the most actively traded stocks on the country's exchanges, topping blue-chip companies such as BCE Inc. and Manulife Financial Corp. Canopy Growth Corp. and Aurora ...
Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis beat Manulife, BCE in stock ...Toronto Star
Canopy tops BCE, Manulife as marijuana stock trading ramps upBNN

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Celebs are jumping on the marijuana brand wagon - CNNMoney

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:34


Celebs are jumping on the marijuana brand wagon
Tommy Chong, of the celebrity stoner duo Cheech and Chong, has his own marijuana brand. Recreational marijuana is legal in nine states, as well as Washington, D.C. Medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, but it's still prohibited by the federal ...

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The Grades Are In: Best And Worst States For Marijuana Patients

Alternet - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:08
Seven states receive a B+ and 16 states (mostly from the South) flunk.

In a comprehensive, 187-page report on the status of access for medical marijuana patients in the US, seven states received a grade of B+, the highest score given this year.

California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Oregon were recognized as the best states for patients. California, Michigan and Illinois were repeat winners from last year.

The report, “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States,” was released by Americans For Safe Access, a 15-year-old organization whose mission is to “ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.”

No state was given an “A” grade and 16 states received “F” grades, 10 of those states from the South. All states that received a failing grade limit their medical cannabis program to cannabidiol, an extract of the marijuana plant.

Five states — Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota — did not even qualify for a grade since they do not have medical marijuana laws.

The categories states are graded on include:

  • Patient Rights and Civil Protection
  • Access to Medicine
  • Ease of Navigation
  • Functionality
  • Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements

“We want lawmakers to use this report to see that there are gaps in their medical cannabis programs. Even programs that have been around for decades like California still have room for improvement,“ said Steph Sherer, Executive Director for Americans for Safe Access. “Research has shown us that there can be as much as a 40% decrease in opioid overdose deaths in states with medical cannabis dispensaries. States with effective medical cannabis programs can save lives, and this report lays out the steps to increase program effectiveness.”

The report reviewed existing laws and regulations, and laws passed in between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.  This year’s report, unlike previous versions, urges states to improve their programs to use medical cannabis as a tool to fight the opioid crisis.

You can read the entire 187-page report here.


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Trump Launches a New Drug War, Targeting the Opioid Crisis -- But Who's the Real Enemy?

Alternet - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 09:50
Trump and Jeff Sessions want to execute low-level dealers and crack down on legal marijuana. But Big Pharma is safe

In a characteristically incoherent speech last month, President Donald Trump displayed all the signs of a wannabe despot while outlining his plan to combat the opioid crisis, hich included the controversial call to execute drug dealers. “If we don't get tough on the drug dealers we are wasting our time, and that toughness includes the death penalty,” declared the president, who praised other countries where drug dealers are put to death, such as China, Singapore and the Philippines. “You take a look at some of these countries where they don’t play games. They don’t have a drug problem.”

This, of course, isn’t the first time Trump has heaped praise on the authoritarian policies of other countries or expressed his admiration for foreign dictators, whom he seems to respect a great deal more than the democratically elected leaders of America’s closest allies. On the issue of drugs, Trump has displayed a particular fondness for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is notorious for ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, and who was overheard telling unemployed citizens to “kill all the drug addicts” last year.

Besides advocating the death penalty for drug dealers, the president couldn’t resist sprinkling some xenophobic rhetoric into his crazed speech, blaming Mexico and illegal immigrants for fueling the opioid epidemic. “Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border, where, eventually, the Democrats will agree with us and we’ll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out,” declared Trump, failing to mention that the vast majority of those who misuse opioids — 11.5 of the 11.8 million opioid misusers in 2016, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — were misusing prescription opioids, not illegal drugs like heroin.

The president’s tough guy act clearly shows that under the guise of getting “tough,” the Trump administration is preparing to double down on the war on drugs, which has ruined countless lives — disproportionately those of people of color and the poor — over the past several decades, while failing to reduce drug addiction. In fact, the evidence shows that the criminalization of drugs actually increases levels of addiction, while decriminalization has the opposite effect. Trump’s authoritarian approach to the opioid epidemic will no doubt please many of his supporters, but five decades of disastrous drug war policies show that it is an approach destined to fail miserably and exacerbate America’s drug problem.

While Trump’s plan is supposedly about getting tough on those who fueled the opioid crisis, in reality it is about getting tough on the victims of the drug war and opioid epidemic. Case in point: The Trump administration appears to be in the process of escalating the war on marijuana, which could potentially help opioid addicts get clean (and serve as an alternative for pain relief).

Though more than six in 10 Americans now favor legalizing cannabis, back in January the Trump administration took a major step toward cracking down on legal marijuana. The Justice Department rescinded an Obama-era policy that had discouraged the federal government from enforcing marijuana laws in states like Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada, where the drug is now legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who once said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” (and joked in the 1980s that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot”), is a lifelong drug warrior who is leading the administration’s efforts to revamp the war on drugs.

Marijuana isn’t the only plant that the administration has in its sights. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is led by Scott Gottlieb — a physician with deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry — declared that the popular herbal supplement kratom, which is indigenous to Southeast Asia and has been reported to help many opiate addicts get clean, was itself a dangerous opioid that has been associated with 44 deaths.

This comes more than a year after the DEA attempted to temporarily classify the plant as a Schedule 1 drug, before backing off after a major backlash. Responding to the FDA’s claims, nine leading scientists wrote a rebuttal letter, asserting that “available science is clear that kratom, although having effects on opioid receptors in the brain, is distinct from classical opioids (e.g. morphine, heroin, oxycodone, etc.) in its chemistry, biological effects,” and “does not appear to produce the highly addictive euphoria or lethal respiratory depressing effects of classical opioids.”


The last point is important, as kratom appears to be a much safer alternative to the opioids that cause respiratory depression (which can often lead to death). The FDA’s claim that the herb has been associated with 44 deaths is, at best, highly misleading. Almost all the reported deaths involved other substances or medical issues, and only one incident appears to have involved just kratom (though there is no information about the actual cause of death). Indeed, the evidence suggests that kratom, which is related to the coffee plant, is much like marijuana in the sense that it isn’t dangerous when taken in high doses (anecdotal reports indicate that ingesting too much kratom simply leads to throwing it up).

Both marijuana and kratom have the potential to help combat the opioid epidemic by providing safer substitutes for deadly opioids like fentanyl and OxyContin. Yet rather than being open-minded about these promising alternatives, the Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on both. Pharmaceutical companies (along with private prisons) will no doubt cheer this effort on, as these natural alternatives are bad for business.

Evidence shows, for example, that in the states where marijuana has been legalized or approved for medical use, the number of prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs has fallen dramatically. From a business perspective, then, it was perfectly reasonable when one of the top fentanyl producers, Insys Therapeutics, donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy in 2016 to defeat a measure to legalize marijuana in the state. Its efforts were successful.

The same company has been in the news again this year, but for different reasons. Around the same time Trump was calling for the execution of drug dealers and a wall on the southern border, multiple doctors were indicted in New York for taking part in a kickback scheme with Insys. According to authorities, Insys bribed doctors to increase the number of new patients taking their fentanyl spray product, Subsys, whether they truly needed it or not. (The spray was intended for cancer patients.)

Several months earlier the billionaire founder of Insys, John Kapoor, had been indicted for leading this conspiracy to bribe doctors (Kapoor has pleaded not guilty). Considering that fentanyl caused more deaths in 2016 than heroin, one wonders whether President Trump would also advocate the death penalty for a pharmaceutical billionaire like Kapoor -- or, better yet, for members of the Sackler family, who fueled the opioid crisis and made billions of dollars off their deadly drug OxyContin.

One suspects that the president doesn’t hold respectable billionaires who donate lavishly to his political party to the same standard as low-level dealers. Like so many things in American society, the war on drugs is and always has been fundamentally racist and classist, and since it was declared a half-century ago, people of color and poor people have borne the brunt of its devastating effects. While black people and Latinos use and sell drugs at similar rates as white people, for example, the former groups make up 57 percent of the people incarcerated in state prisons for drug offenses.

In America, wealth not only grants one instant respectability, but often exempts one in practice from the laws everyone else is expected to follow. This was evident after the financial crisis, when a grand total of zero Wall Street executives were prosecuted for the massive fraud their banks had engaged in. By contrast, a report from the Prison Policy Initiative reveals just how much poverty has been criminalized in America, finding that “incarcerated people had a median annual income of $19,185 prior to their incarceration, which is 41% less than non-incarcerated people of similar ages.”

In a recent column for the New York Times, Chris Hayes attempted to explain why this is, arguing that the “law and order” rhetoric Trump has so effectively employed since he launched his presidential campaign is more about the “preservation of a certain social order” than the “rule of law.” In this worldview, “crime is not defined by a specific offense,” but “by who commits it.”

“The history of the United States,” Hayes writes, “is the story of a struggle between the desire to establish certain universal rights and the countervailing desire to preserve a particular social order.”

The president is a reactionary, and thus his administration is not only committed to preserving the social order, but reversing any progress that has been made in the modern era — whether that means cracking down on legal marijuana, revamping the war on drugs or boosting the private prison industry. While poor people and minorities will continue to suffer under these policies, one can be sure that the super-rich folks who occupy the White House will continue to adhere to their own set of laws.



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Toronto campuses grapple with marijuana policies ahead of legalization - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:50

Toronto Star

Toronto campuses grapple with marijuana policies ahead of legalization
Toronto Star
“At the end of the day if the student can get the marijuana faster and cheaper from a black market dealer, they're more likely to purchase it there,” he said. On more practical concerns, like where students can smoke, he thinks “common courtesy” should ...

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Cannabis grow-op registry needed to protect homebuyers ... - -

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 03:10

Cannabis grow-op registry needed to protect homebuyers ... -
The Ontario Real Estate Association wants the province to introduce more protections for homebuyers from properties damaged by cannabis grow-ops — and it wants those changes made before recreational pot is legalized later this summer.
Ontario Real Estate Association calls for stronger protections against
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FL: Opioid-addicted parents have new hope after rehab

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FL: New Seminole Co. K-9 deputies search for smiles instead of drugs or bombs - Story - WOFL

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FL: Children's Advocacy Center Hosts 5th Annual Abuse Prevention Lunc

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FL: Bay County First Responders Participate in Special Olympics Torch

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FL: Police Respond to Active Shooter At YouTube Headquarters - WMBB

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FL: LEADING OFF: Ohtani likely to bat, Chisox try again at home

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FL: GCSO: Port St. Joe High Student had Shotgun in Truck, Meth in

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FL: Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly Sun Life) Calendar and Information - HOT Events Events - Events - HOT 105

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FL: The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer ... at Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly Sun Life) - HOT Events Events - Events - HOT 105

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 01:21 (US) The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer ... at Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly Sun Life) ! HOT Events Events - Events ! HOT 105 ... (Tue Apr 10 19:21:52 2018 PDT)
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