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CN AB: Trying To Stay Ahead

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 00:00
The Calgary Sun, 23 Dec 2017 - Paraphernalia retailers wait for smoke to clear as legalization of marijuana draws near After decades of trailblazing cannabis-related retail - often under police scrutiny - Calgary head shops say legal recreational marijuana offers them a hazy future.
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CN AB: Alberta Jails Saw More Than 120 Overdoses In 2016

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 22 Dec 2017 - Alberta correctional facilities have recorded more than 120 overdoses in the past two years, and dozens more in federal prisons in the province, new statistics show. Postmedia obtained the data after a string of overdoses at the Edmonton Remand Centre.
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ER Doctor Has Concern For Legal Edible Marijuana - CBS Los Angeles

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 22:58

CBS Los Angeles

ER Doctor Has Concern For Legal Edible Marijuana
CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The countdown to buy pot legally in California is on. Starting Jan. 1 California will be the largest state in the nation with legal marijuana. As retailers prepare for the green rush, primarily in edibles infused with marijuana ...

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Californian growers and retailers brace for cannabis competition - Financial Times

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 21:01

Financial Times

Californian growers and retailers brace for cannabis competition
Financial Times
When he was a child, John Casali used to listen out for federal helicopters hunting the hippie marijuana growers who had migrated to a remote patch of the northern California coast which became known as the Emerald Triangle. “It was kind of disturbing ...
Will Legal Cannabis Thrive Or Get Shutdown? 2018 Will Tell - ForbesForbes
Move over pot brownies: California prepares for marijuana in wine, trail mixes, tacos and other ediblesLos Angeles Times
Pot policies: everything you need to know about marijuana ...CTV News
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Number of pregnant women using marijuana rises as California relaxes laws - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 16:50

The Independent

Number of pregnant women using marijuana rises as California relaxes laws
The Independent
The number of pregnant women using marijuana has risen in California since the state relaxed its drug laws, a new study has found. The increase was especially sharp among young women, rising from 12.5 percent to nearly 22 percent for mothers to be ...
More pregnant women are using pot, study findsCNN
More women smoking marijuana while pregnant, US study findsThe Globe and Mail
Marijuana Use by Pregnant Women Is on the Rise in CaliforniaGizmodo
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NJ marijuana legalization: Point Pleasant Beach bans medical, recreational weed sales - Asbury Park Press

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 13:03

Asbury Park Press

NJ marijuana legalization: Point Pleasant Beach bans medical, recreational weed sales
Asbury Park Press
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — If and when marijuana is legalized in New Jersey, there will be at least one town where it won't be sold. The Point Pleasant Beach borough council has unanimously approved a full ban on marijuana sales, including both medical ...
South Jersey municipal officials ponder implications of legalized marijuanaShore News Today

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Little quality research into medical marijuana: Experts | Vancouver Sun - Vancouver Sun

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:37

Little quality research into medical marijuana: Experts | Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Sun
Disinterested pharmaceutical industry and finding placebo are just two reasons experts say there has been little research into medicinal pot.

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Most Americans Don't Think Marijuana Causes More Crashes - The Drive

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 11:44

The Drive

Most Americans Don't Think Marijuana Causes More Crashes
The Drive
While most U.S. adults, or 91 percent, view driving under the influence of marijuana as dangerous and 87 percent said the practice makes one a hazard to others on the road, only 40 percent viewed weed as contributing to more crashes. That's according ...

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The Grateful Dead, With a Side of LSD-Laced Venison Stew

Alternet - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:52
The band’s legendary shows at Ken Kesey’s drug-fueled Acid Tests melted the line between performer and audience Excerpted from “Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead” by Buzz Poole (Bloomsbury, 2016). Reprinted with permission from Bloomsbury Publishing.

We need to go back to the beginning, when the Dead were still known as the Warlocks, an electric blues band unlike most electric blues bands. Their first gig happened on May 5, 1965, at a pizza parlor in Menlo Park, California, the next town over from Palo Alto on the peninsula south of San Francisco that separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. That summer, they landed a residency more like a prison sentence, playing five 50-minute sets six nights a week at the In Room in Belmont, “a heavy-hitting divorcee’s pickup joint” (McNally, 2002). It was a formative period. The band would hang around together all day, some of them often high on LSD, arrive at the club, smoke pot, and play for a few hours. The songs became louder, longer, and weirder the later it got. It was how they began to learn to play together, and this led to people showing up not to get lucky at the In Room, but to hear a band making music fusing elements of Junior Walker, John Coltrane, and even the passing trains that regularly rattled the bar—“as the band grew more and more attuned to the schedule, they learned to play with, instead of against, the sound.” By November, their reputation had extended beyond the Peninsula, sharing similar musical and ideological freedoms with other Bay Area bands, like the Charlatans, the Great Society, Quicksilver Messenger, and Jefferson Airplane.

That November, the Warlocks learned of another band called the Warlocks. In fact, there were two bands using the same name at that time. The Velvet Underground were known as the Warlocks in their early days, and there was also a garage band out of Dallas, Texas, that used the same moniker (and happened to include Dusty Hill who would go on to be a member of ZZ Top). High on DMT at Phil Lesh’s house on High Street in Palo Alto, Jerry Garcia discovered the term “grateful dead” in a 1956 edition of Funk and Wagnall’s "New Practical Standard Dictionary." These two seemingly incompatible words refer to a folktale about a corpse being refused a proper burial because of a debt owed. The tale’s hero unselfishly pays the debt, permitting the corpse’s spirit to be released from the dead body; later, the hero then encounters, and is rewarded by, the spirit he helped. As Dennis McNally writes: “The motif is found in almost every culture since the ancient Egyptians. Unknowingly, the Warlocks had plunked themselves into a universal cultural thread woven into the matrix of all human experience.”

Garcia and Lesh had been experimenting with LSD before the formation of the Warlocks, but between the advent of the Dead and the recording of "Workingman’s Dead" the band had earned their reputation as psychedelic trailblazers during the Acid Tests, the LSD- and lightshow-drenched gatherings devised by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." The Dead, like the Pranksters, were born out of the 50s bohemian scene in and around Palo Alto. Kesey had showed up from Oregon to attend Stanford University in 1958 and found himself living on Perry Lane, “Stanford’s bohemian quarter . . . It was a cluster of two-room cottages with weathery wood shingles in an oak forest, only not just amid trees and greenery, but amid vines, honeysuckle tendrils . . . Everybody sat around shaking their heads over America’s tailfin, housing-development civilization.” With his country boy genuineness Kesey made his presence known right away on Perry Lane. His reputation boomed, however, after he volunteered for drug experiments conducted by Stanford scientists at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park. All sorts of drugs were administered to him, but it was the LSD that changed everything—“suddenly he was in a realm of consciousness he had never dreamed of before and it was not a dream or delirium but part of his awareness.” Kesey wanted to share this profound awareness with anyone brave enough to try so he started bringing the experimental drugs home to Perry Lane. He’d make LSD-laced venison stew and local artists and musicians, including Garcia, would come on over to get hip to new realms of awareness.

The founding members of the Dead – Garcia and Bob Weir on guitars and vocals; Phil Lesh on bass and occasional vocals; Bill Kreutzmann behind the drums; Ron “Pigpen” McKernan striding back and forth between an organ and a front-and-center microphone into which he sang and played harmonica – had met through the overlapping scenes on the Peninsula. They’d been running into one another starting as far back as the early 60s. Near the end of 1963 a developer’s vision of modernity brought the high times on Perry Lane to an end. Kesey, having made a name for himself as a prominent novelist with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion," moved up into the hills of La Honda, where he bought a “log house, a mountain creek, a little wooden bridge . . . a redwood forest for a yard.” By 1964, Kesey and the Pranksters were throwing weekly Saturday night parties during which most everyone ate acid and then ran through the woods, played music, and made noise, sound recordings, and movies. When the Dead showed up for the first time the Acid Tests really came together. They went from house party to publicized events that took place around California, including on the campus of San Francisco State University and a Unitarian Church in Los Angeles, and beyond. The Dead also began to formulate their core creative ethos. The Acid Tests were about facilitating the freedom to experience the awareness acid had unlocked for Kesey. At any given Test, all present were equals; there was no distinction of us and them, performer and audience, straight-laced or radical—anyone and everyone could “Turn on, tune in, drop out” (a Timothy Leary expression that became famous after he declared it at the Human Be-In in San Francisco in 1967, at which the Dead played). As Garcia remembered the Acid Tests in a 1988 interview, “Everybody got high and stuff would happen . . . Everyone there was as much performer as audience” (Garcia, 2013).

  

The Dead weren’t at every Acid Test—and sometimes even when they were scheduled to play they didn’t because the drugs got the better of them—but it was the blurring of the line between performer and audience and the freedom it permitted to all that was the greatest takeaway for the band at this early stage in their career. During the Tests they reveled in music’s power to possess both performers and audience; everyone joyously surrendering to rhythms and harmonies, and arguably touching on something even more profound that reaches back to the origins of theater and art, connecting the temporal realm with the mystic. This is what the Dead sought to share with their fans through music. It wasn’t about getting high; it was about creating a space to be free from convention.

 

 

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Ben Carson Slams War on Drugs

Alternet - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:47
The HUD secretary deviated from the Trump administration's hard line on drug policy.

 

 

Ben Carson Slams War on Drugs

Ben Carson slammed the war on drugs last week, saying it "disproportionately affected minority communities" in a break with other Donald Trump administration officials' stances. ... to drugs. When Sessions was a senator in Alabama, he supported the death penalty for drug trafficking, including for marijuana dealers. He has asked Congress to give him the power to prosecute even medical ...

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The First US-Listed Marijuana ETF Ignites Today - Benzinga

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:16

Benzinga

The First US-Listed Marijuana ETF Ignites Today
Benzinga
Previously, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF was known as the Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF, a fund dedicated to high-yielding real estate investments in Latin America. Earlier this year, ETF Managers Group LLC announced it would be changing ...
ETF Switches From Latin America To MarijuanaGreen Market Report (blog)

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Indica or sativa? Smoke or vape? A beginner's guide to buying recreational marijuana - Sacramento Bee

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:00

Sacramento Bee

Indica or sativa? Smoke or vape? A beginner's guide to buying recreational marijuana
Sacramento Bee
With recreational marijuana becoming available for sale on New Year's Day, you may be asking yourself: Do I want to try this stuff? If you have never used cannabis, or if it has been a long time since you have, you need to know that pot isn't just ...

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Edmonton Chamber of Commerce urges quick action on cannabis workplace rules - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 05:00

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce urges quick action on cannabis workplace rules
Edmonton Journal
A. The other side of cannabis … that we really have to look at relates to employer rights and workplace safety. We think that government needs to work harder and faster to get this legislation formalized … we've got to know what the groundwork is ...

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OH: Dig it. * The Yellow Springs News

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 00:43
ysnews.com (US) Last Thursday, Dec. 14, Village leaders assembled for the groundbreaking ceremony for Cresco Labs, which has begun construction on a new facility for the cultivation of medical marijuana on the land called the Center for Business and Education. Last Thursday, Dec. 14, Village leaders ass... (Tue Dec 26 18:43:41 2017 PST)
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OH: Dig it. * The Yellow Springs News

Drug News Bot - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 00:43
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FL: Wpbf

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wpbf.com (US) Some Hope that Medical Marijuana Could Help Opioid Crisis Some Hope that Medical Marijuana Could Help Opioid Crisis Some Hope that Medical Marijuana Could Help Opioid Crisis (Tue Dec 26 19:39:50 2017 PST)
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FL: K9 helps parents find narcotics

Drug News Bot - Tue, 12/26/2017 - 00:39
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FL: Attorney General Jeff Sessions creates new opioid director position

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FL: Wpbf

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