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CO: Cannabinoids - Miracle medicine?

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:09
northfortynews.com (US) According to Nishi Whitely of The reasons cannabis benefits so many different illnesses and ailments is due to the fact that some of the active pharmacological components of the cannabis plant mimic an internal chemical harm reduction system in the human body that keeps our health in balance b theB The reasons cannabis benefits so many different illnesses and ailments is due to the fact that some of the activ... (Sat Dec 30 16:09:43 2017 PST)
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CO: Drug Task Force arrests two - Lamar Ledger

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:08
lamarledger.com (US) Drug Task Force arrests two - Lamar Ledger Drug Task Force arrests two The Drug Task Force comprised of the Prowers, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Baca counties' Sheriffs Offices filed charges on James Douglas Rose, 50, of Lamar, CO. The search warrant revealed suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and other items of evidence. The search warrant revealed suspected metha... (Sat Dec 30 16:08:00 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Price of oil cruises past US$60 mark, as TSX retreats from record-setting pace - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) TORONTO b Crossing the US$60 oil barrier wasn't enough to steer the Toronto stock index out of the red ahead of the New Year's Eve holiday weekend, as Ca... (Sat Dec 30 02:05:22 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Aurora Cannabis purchases 450,000 shares, or 1.8%, of CanniMed Therapeutics - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) An acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight earlier in the month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions. (Sat Dec 30 02:05:22 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Most actively traded companies on the TSX - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 12/30/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Aurora Cannabis Inc. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). (TSX:WEED). Aurora Cannabis purchases 450... (Sat Dec 30 02:05:22 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Price of oil cruises past US$60 mark, as TSX retreats from record-setting pace - Business - Cape Breton Post

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CANADA: Aurora Cannabis purchases 450,000 shares, or 1.8%, of CanniMed Therapeutics - Business - Cape Breton Post

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CANADA: Most actively traded companies on the TSX - Business - Cape Breton Post

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Traveling to California for Legal Cannabis? Here's What to Know - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:23

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Traveling to California for Legal Cannabis? Here's What to Know
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Sorry, Los Angeles won't be one of the cities where stores are open when the state-regulated market launches on New Year's Day. (TriggerPhoto/iStock). It's been a strange year. You're forgiven if you don't feel quite ready for 2018. But if you're ...

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Marijuana's impact on our health - KFSN-TV

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:38

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Marijuana's impact on our health
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Some Valley doctors are concerned about the rise of a mysterious illness that's been connected to cannabis. Shane from Hanford walks into the Fresno office of 420 Compassionate Care MD to get his medical marijuana card. Cannabis the only remedy that ...
Rush for Marijuana ETFs Getting StrongerNasdaq
Central Florida's First Green Bank will no longer handle cannabis industry's cashOrlando Weekly (blog)

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The Cannador: The Solution to Humidity and Cannabis - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:35

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The Cannador: The Solution to Humidity and Cannabis
Forbes
It's hard to live in an apartment without modern heating systems that provide humidity along with the warm air. Such is the case again this year, and with the recent cold snap, the air inside this apartment is tinder dry- sparks fly from the fingertips ...

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Aurora Cannabis purchases 450K shares of CanniMed Therapeutics - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:07

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Aurora Cannabis purchases 450K shares of CanniMed Therapeutics
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An acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight earlier in the month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions. Both have said they are pleased with a regulatory ...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Top 10 U.S. Drug Policy Stories of 2017

Alternet - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:45
Click here for reuse options! Let's put the year to bed.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Tens of thousands died of drug overdoses, hundreds of thousands were arrested for drugs, yet marijuana is seeing boom times. As we bid adieu to 2017, here are the year's drug policy highlights.

1. The Opioid Crisis Deepens, With Overdose Deaths at an All-Time High

The country's opioid crisis showed no signs of abating in 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control estimating 66,000 overdose deaths this year, up from 63,000 in 2016. To be clear, only about two-thirds of fatal drug overdoses are linked to heroin and prescription opioids, but opioid overdoses surged in 2016 by 28%. It's too early for final data on 2017 overdoses, but there is little reason to doubt that opioids were driving the increase this year. The high levels of overdose deaths have led to a fall in US life expectancy for the past two years, only the third time that has happened in the past century.

2. Fentanyl Is Killing More and More People

The powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and its analogs are implicated in an increasingly large number of opioid overdose deaths. While deaths involving prescription opioids are decreasing, fentanyl-related deaths have increased by an average of 88% a year since 2013. Illicitly imported fentanyl from labs in China or Mexico is mixed with heroin with lethal results: Half of the increase in heroin-related overdose deaths is attributable to heroin cut with fentanyl, the CDC reported in September. There were nearly 20,000 deaths attributable to fentanyl and other illicit opioids in 2016; the 2017 numbers are likely to be even worse.

3. Key Federal Drug Policy Positions Remain Unfilled, and Kellyanne Is in Charge

The Trump administration has not nominated anyone to head the DEA, and the agency is currently being led by Acting Administrator Robert Patterson after Chuck Rosenberg, the acting administrator when Trump took office, resigned in September, saying he didn't want to work with the administration any longer. Similarly, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP, the drug czar's office) is without a permanent head after Trump's nominee, Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tom Marino went down in flames in October in the wake of reports he steered a bill through Congress that impeded the DEA from going after pharmaceutical drug distributors. Neither the White House nor anyone else seems very interested in filling the position, perhaps because earlier in the year, Trump floated the notion of cutting ONDCP's budget by nearly 95%. But not to worry: Trump pollster, counselor and apologist Kellyanne Conway is now leading the administration's fight against opioids—even though she has no public health experience whatsoever.

4. Attorney General Sessions Revives the Federal War on Drugs…

Under President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder presided over a ratcheting down of harsh federal drug prosecutions and sentences, but current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doing his best to undo those reforms. In May, Sessions announced that he had directed federal prosecutors to seek the most severe penalties possible in drug cases, including mandatory minimum sentences.

5. ...But Fails to Implement a War on Weed

For all the wailing, gnashing of teeth and dire predictions of a Sessions war on weed, it hasn't happened. The attorney general has made no secret of his dislike for the demon weed, but that has yet to translate into any firm policy positions or federal crackdowns on marijuana in states where it is legal, for either medical or recreational use. Congressional action continues to bar the use of Justice Department funds to go after medical marijuana, but there was no bar on going after state-legal recreational marijuana, yet it didn't happen. Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee in November that the Obama-era Cole memo remains in effect. That memo directs prosecutors to pretty much leave state-legal marijuana alone except for specified concerns, such as the involvement of youth, violence, or diversion. Later in November, Sessions said the Justice Department was still examining the Cole memo, but so far, so good.

6. Legal Marijuana's $10 Billion Year

In December, marijuana market watchers Arcview Market Research estimated that retail marijuana sales would hit $10 billion in 2017, up 33% over 2016. But that's just the beginning, Arcview said. With huge recreational markets such as California (pop. 39 million) and Canada (36 million) coming online next year, the group expects North American sales to top $24.5 billion by 2021. It's hard even for a pot-hating attorney general to get in front of that economic juggernaut.

7. Pot Is More Popular than Ever

Just ask Gallup. The venerable polling firm has been tracking support for marijuana legalization since 1969, when it was at just 12%. In its latest poll, from October, Gallup now has support for marijuana legalization at 64%. What is really impressive is the rapid increase in support in the past 20 years: In 1996, support was at 25%; by  2012, it had doubled to 50%; and it's gained another 14 points in the five years since. Other pollsters are reporting similar current levels of support for marijuana legalization. And this could be another reason the attorney general hesitates to crack down on weed.

8. No State Legalized Weed, But 2018 Should Be Different

After 2016 saw marijuana legalization initiatives win in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada—losing only in Arizona—anticipation was high that 2017 would see more states come aboard. It didn't happen. There are two explanations for this: First, it was an off-off election year and no initiatives were on the ballot, and second, it's hard to move controversial legislation through the state house. Still, the Vermont legislature actually passed a legalization bill, only to see it vetoed by a Republican governor, and that governor now says he is ready to sign a legalization bill. That could happen as early as next month. Likewise, a number of other states saw legalization bills make serious progress, and we could see those efforts come to fruition in places like Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. And 2018 will most likely see at least one legalization initiative. Activists in Michigan have already handed in signatures and should have enough of a cushion to qualify for the ballot.

9. Safe Injection Sites in the U.S. Draw Ever Nearer

The harm reduction intervention has been proven to save lives, increase public health and public safety, and get hardcore drug users in touch with medical and social service help, and the message is finally on the verge of getting through in the U.S. At least two major West Coast cities, San Francisco and Seattle, are advancing plans to open such facilities—although not without staunch opposition—and, under the progressive leadership of young Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca, New York, is making similar plans.

10. The War on Drugs Rolls On

Despite the legalization of medical and/or recreational marijuana in various states, despite various sentencing reforms at the state and federal level, despite the growing recognition that "we can't arrest our way out of this problem," the drug war just keeps on going. The FBI released its annual Uniform Crime Report in November, and while the numbers are from 2016, this year's numbers are unlikely to be any better. More than 600,000 people got arrested for marijuana offenses in 2016, down from a peak of nearly 800,000 in 2007, but still up by 75,000 or 12% over 2015. It's the same story with overall drug arrests: While total drug arrest numbers peaked at just under 1.9 million a year in 2006 and 2007—just ahead of the peak in prison population—and had been trending downward ever since, they bumped up again last year to 1.57 million, a 5.6% increase over 2015.

 

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Truro firm months away from producing medical marijuana - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:03

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Truro firm months away from producing medical marijuana
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But for Evan Price, getting involved in the medical marijuana production industry wasn't entirely about growing his bottom line. “Far too many family members and neighbours in this area are coming down with harsh (medical) diagnoses,” the Valley ...

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Legal Pot Begins in California, Already the World's Largest Marijuana Marketplace

Alternet - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:37
Click here for reuse options! When the calendar flips over, the world's largest legal marijuana marketplace gets underway.

The world's largest legal marijuana economy gets underway on January 1, as California's voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana commerce goes into effect. It's been legal to possess and grow small amounts of weed since shortly after votes passed Prop 64 in November 2016, but as of New Year's Day, we see the unleashing of what is expected to be a $7 billion a year state pot industry.

But in a state of 39 million, only a few dozen pot shops are expected to be open for business on day one—and major cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco are not included. That's because weed sellers have to have both a local permit and a state license, and few localities have completed their permitting procedures.

San Francisco is among them, but it's still not quite going to be ready on day one. Expect recreational marijuana sales to begin there within a matter of days, though.

"It is going to take a while to get these businesses up and running," said Lori Ajax, who runs the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. "We're asking people to be patient."

Among the major cities that will have recreational pot shops open on day one are Berkeley, Oakland, San Diego, and San Jose. This interactive map charts all of the approximately 40 shops that will be open on January 1.

zAccording to the Bureau of Cannabis Control, San Diego and San Jose will have the most stores open, with seven each, while two will be open in Berkeley and one in Oakland. Other pot shops open on January 1 are scattered across the state, from Mt. Shasta, Shasta Lake, Eureka, and Ukiah in the north, down to Santa Cruz on the coast, Palm Springs in the Southern California interior, and Woodlake, the only shop open in the entire Central Valley.

Medical marijuana dispensaries that have not applied for and received licenses for recreational marijuana sales will remain limited to serving customers with patient IDs.

While January 1 marks the beginning of the era of recreational marijuana sales, that doesn't mean California is turning into the Wild West of weed. The state has a reputation for being highly regulated, and that's no different when it comes to marijuana. Here are some of the things you can't do with legal weed in the Golden State:

  • You can't purchase or possess more than an ounce--unless it is the fruits of your personal grow. 
  • You can't smoke it in public in most places, including bars and restaurants. Anywhere cigarette smoking is prohibited, pot smoking is prohibited. And if you're a renter, your landlord can ban pot smoking on the premises.

  • You can't get stoned while driving.  Getting caught toking up behind the wheel will get you a $75 ticket, but if the cops think you are too high, you could also end up getting busted for driving under the influence, and that's a whole lot more than a $75 ticket.

  • You can't use marijuana's state-legal status to prevent your employer for firing you for smoking pot, even off the job.

People purchasing legal recreational marijuana will be contributing mightily to the state's coffers. In addition to state sales tax of 8% and any local sales taxes—some localities plan sales taxes of up to 10%-- a 15% excise tax on wholesale purchases by retailers will be passed on to consumers. This could end up putting a billion dollars a year in the state and local treasuries.

It could also make the state's existing black market more attractive to consumers. If Californians accustomed to buying their weed in the informal sector are faced with higher prices in pot shops than they can get from the guy down the street, they must just stay with the guy down the street.

And product shortages could also drive up prices, at least in the short run. While the state produces massive amounts of marijuana—an estimated 13.5 million pounds each year—up to 80% of that is destined for the black market, either for export to prohibitionist states or sold informally in-state. With permitting and licensing of producers for the legal recreational market at a very early stage, supply bottlenecks are likely to develop, leading to empty shelves, as they did in Nevada in 2017.

Still, California is now entering a Brave New World of legal marijuana. And with the nation's most populous state embracing legalization, there's no going back now, no matter what Washington thinks. 

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Shares of several Canadian cannabis companies temporarily halted on TSX - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:54

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Shares of several Canadian cannabis companies temporarily halted on TSX
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Canadian marijuana companies were riding high in the latest quarter as they ramped up production capacity ahead of the deadline for the legalization of recreational cannabis next summer while also extending their reach outside the country's borders ...
Aurora Cannabis purchases 450K shares of CanniMed ...Globalnews.ca
Trading of several Canadian cannabis companies temporarily halted amid volatile tradingThe Globe and Mail

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Grower Stories: How 5 Cultivators Came to Thrive in the Legal Cannabis Market - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:23

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Grower Stories: How 5 Cultivators Came to Thrive in the Legal Cannabis Market
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Josh Kelsch, 35, of Pure Joy Family Farm in Cheney, Washington grows cannabis indoors using a custom, organic coco/soil blend. He has been growing for over 10 years. Before legalization, he held down sales jobs and worked in fabrication while growing ...

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How Congress Unwittingly Turned the Nation's Capital into the Wild West of Weed

Alternet - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:17
When Congress banned recreational marijuana sales in the District of Columbia, this isn't what it had in mind. Too bad.

 

 

How Congress unwittingly turned the capital into the Wild West of marijuana

WASHINGTON - It's not the promise of prompt delivery that has residents of Washington, D.C., spending fifty bucks for nondescript glass jars, nor is it the small jars themselves, which resemble something found on the bottom shelf of a Dollar Tree. ... a regulated legal market could constitute a felony. The result has been to turn Washington into the country's biggest experiment in largely unregulated marijuana selling. "This...{C}

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Big marijuana stocks temporarily halted after sudden drop in share ... - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:42

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Big marijuana stocks temporarily halted after sudden drop in share ...
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Aphria Inc., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp. saw trading of their shares temporarily frozen just after noon on Friday.
Your letters: Cannabis law must be right, not quick | Toronto StarToronto Star

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Marijuana firms in cloudy haze over banking woes - Reuters - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 06:24

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Marijuana firms in cloudy haze over banking woes - Reuters
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Zach Lazarus, chief executive officer of A Green Alternative, a marijuana dispensary in San Diego, California, has lost count every time he re-opened a bank account after it was closed because of his connection to the cannabis industry.
California marijuana laws: When will it be legalised, and what will happen?The Independent
'We are overwhelmed': Some California police fear more crime with marijuana legalizationLos Angeles Times
Police Brace for New California Marijuana LawsNBC Bay Area
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