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Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00
Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in  BBC News

Lesotho aims to make money from medicinal marijuana but the illicit trade already provides an income for some.

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Here's How Cannabis Got Its High - Live Science

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00
Here's How Cannabis Got Its High  Live Science

How did we end up with THC and CBD in the first place?

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Here's How Cannabis Got Its High - Live Science

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 00:00
Here's How Cannabis Got Its High  Live Science

How did we end up with THC and CBD in the first place?

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'Sky has not fallen': Cannabis legalization didn't impact Calgary crime in 1st month - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 19:24

CBC.ca

'Sky has not fallen': Cannabis legalization didn't impact Calgary crime in 1st month
CBC.ca
It's still early days, but cannabis legalization has yet to have much of an impact on crime in Calgary. "October 17 has come and gone and the sky has not fallen," said Katie Doucette, the Calgary Police Service's project manager on cannabis, to the ...
Calgary police commission hears updates on cannabis, methCalgary Herald
Sky has not fallen because of cannabis legalization: Calgary Police ServiceCTV News

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UBC Okanagan professor researching cannabis drinks for the mass market - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 18:58

Globalnews.ca

UBC Okanagan professor researching cannabis drinks for the mass market
Globalnews.ca
It's working with researchers, including UBC Okanagan professor Susan Murch, to bring marijuana beverages to a mass market. The aim of the research is to develop formulas for cannabis-infused beverages that can either be licensed to other companies or ...

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Darrell Davis: The Cannabis Cup - News Talk 980 CJME

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 16:28

Darrell Davis: The Cannabis Cup
News Talk 980 CJME
Grey Cup had a distinctive new aroma this year. The smell of marijuana was everywhere. In the concourses of Commonwealth Stadium, while the Calgary Stampeders were beating the Ottawa Redblacks, smoke drifted upwards from groups of fans. On the ...

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Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in - BBC News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 16:18

BBC News

Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in
BBC News
Lesotho is aiming to make money from the booming medicinal marijuana industry, but the BBC's Vumani Mkhize says the southern African nation already has an unheralded illicit trade in the drug for recreational use. Green dust swirls around Mampho Thulo ...

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Watch: Undercover Detroit narc squads brawl as they try to arrest each other

Alternet - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 13:59
It’s laughable, but somebody could have gotten killed.

In a caper right out of the Keystone Cops, two different squads of armed undercover Detroit narcotics officers clashed earlier this month in a buy-bust operation gone badly awry. No one was hurt or seriously injured, so the primary damage is that done to the already tattered reputation of the Detroit police.

Just since the turn of the century, the department labored under a Justice Department consent decree from 2003 to 2014 because of its reputation for excessive force and brutality, thousands of untested rape kits were found in a police warehouse in 2009, two consecutive police chiefs were forced to resign over sex scandals in 2011 and 2012, and six Detroit cops including an assistant police chief were charged last year with extortion and bribery in a scandal around steering towed car business to repair shops.

Still, even Detroit Police Chief James Craig was shaking his head over this latest incident.

“This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department,” Craig said at a news conference called after the clash.

Things went south on the night of November 9, when two officers from the 12th Precinct were posing as drug dealers in order to arrest would be buyers. Two potential customers showed up, but they turned out to be undercover officers from the 11th Precinct out to bust drug dealers.

And those 11th Precinct narcs had backup and a search warrant waiting once the buy went down. That’s “when it started to go horribly wrong,” Craig said.

Body camera video shows the two groups of cops shouting, shoving, and throwing punches at each other.

“They appeared to be like Keystone Cops,” Craig said of his narc squads.

The department is undertaking an internal investigation into what went wrong. Two officers accused of punching each other have been placed on restrictive duty and a supervisor has been reassigned out of special operations pending the outcome of the departmental investigation. Wayne County prosecutors are also taking a look to see if criminal charges will be filed.

There is good reason to take this police screw-up seriously. It should call into question Detroit police tactics, especially aggressive drug law enforcement, as well as police procedures that allowed the mishap to occur in the first place.

But there’s another reason, too: These kinds of screw-ups get cops killed. In 1986, Detroit Police Officers Giacomo Buffa and Mark Radden were killed when Buffa and his partner, both in plainclothes, were doing a drug raid at a home and Radden and his partner, also in plainclothes, responded to a report of shots fired at the home. Both officers died in a hail of friendly fire.

Here you can see Detroit’s finest at less than their finest:

 

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

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Cannabis Canada Daily: Another day, another US state closer to legalizing pot - BNNBloomberg.ca

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 13:42

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Cannabis Canada Daily: Another day, another US state closer to legalizing pot
BNNBloomberg.ca
Lawmakers also approved two other cannabis bills, one to expand New Jersey's medical marijuana program and another to expedite expungements for those convicted of using the drug. The fate of the bills now lies with Phil Murphy, the state's governor ...
The Very First Marijuana ETF Has Lost a Third of Its Value in Less Than 6 WeeksMotley Fool

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Medicine or vice? Socially screened funds struggle to define cannabis industry - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 13:03

Reuters

Medicine or vice? Socially screened funds struggle to define cannabis industry
Reuters
No U.S. public companies are directly selling marijuana, but Canadian marijuana producers like Tilray Inc and Canopy Growth Corp are on U.S. exchanges. In mid-October Canada legalized recreational cannabis and that is leading fund managers and their ...

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How The Largest Marijuana Retail Space In The US Plans To Revamp A District - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:15

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How The Largest Marijuana Retail Space In The US Plans To Revamp A District
Forbes
Next month, a seven-story building in the heart of Los Angeles' Jewelry District will open up, filled with tenants who all have cannabis somewhere in their job description. The 67,000-square-foot Green Street Building (the name is in reference to its ...

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Big pharma greed and bad government policy are hampering global efforts to end AIDS

Alternet - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:48
December 1 marks the 30th World AIDS Day—and despite leaps forward in medicine and awareness in affluent parts of the world, it’s still a big problem elsewhere.

If you cure illnesses, said Goldman Sachs Vice President Salveen Richter, it will disrupt “sustained cash flow.” Far better to find medical treatments that provide some solace but that prolong illnesses. Even better if these treatments are both necessary and expensive. If you find a cure for an illness, then you will find—as Richter wrote in her analysis for Goldman Sachs—“a gradual exhaustion of the prevalent pool of patients.” That’s the worst thing imaginable for pharmaceutical companies and their investors. Keep the goose alive as long as it keeps laying golden eggs.

December 1st is World AIDS Day. In 1987, two public information officers at the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) came up with the idea of such a day, which was then promoted by the UN from 1988 onwards. For a decade, World AIDS Day helped shape public consciousness about the ferocity of the disease. By 1990, almost 300,000 people died of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) per year, while about 10 million people suffered from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). World AIDS Day and activist groups fought to ensure that AIDS was not seen as a curse on homosexual men and that it was seen as both preventable and curable. This was an enormous burden, given the homophobia in society and the cuts to public health that states around the world were being forced into by the policy framework of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

By 2018, 30 years after the origin of World AIDS Day, it is assumed that such concern is anachronistic. There is a sense that homophobia is less virulent and that the health care industry—both the pharmaceutical and medical sides—have taken hold of this epidemic. By last count of the WHO, more than 70 million people have been afflicted with the HIV virus, and by the end of 2017, 36.9 million people live with the HIV virus (under 1 percent of the world’s population). It is true that in many parts of the world, the HIV virus has been brought under control by technologies of prevention and of care. Part of this is because the health care infrastructure in the affluent world has not been totally devastated and partly because the pharmaceutical industry has come up with successful drugs to contain the virus. This is—of course—not the case for the affluent world’s working poor, who are sapped by the evisceration of health care.

In other parts of the world—in Africa and Asia, for instance—the HIV virus continues to be very dangerous. On large parts of the African continent, 1 in 25 adults has the HIV virus—just above 4 percent of adults. These men and women make up two-thirds of all those people who carry the HIV virus. What is important to focus on is that they live in countries where the IMF has systematically undermined state-provided health care—particularly primary health care—and where the cost of the drugs to contain the HIV virus remains prohibitive. It might well be that in the affluent parts of the world one can be sanguine about the HIV-AIDS epidemic. But it is certainly not something to dismiss in large parts of the world where the states remain under pressure to cut costs and where pharmaceutical companies find human bodies upon whom to do test trials rather than to cure.

Right to Health

It has long been the hope of human beings that preventable diseases should be eradicated by the use of changes in behavior and by the use of medicines. Every Indian child in the 1970s remembers the government posters that urged people to boil their water and to get vaccinated. It was thought that primary health care and education about health would pave the way toward a healthier world. At the 1978 World Health Organization conference at Alma Ata (USSR), governments of most countries said that by the year 2000 the level of health will permit people “to lead a socially and economically productive life.” It was underlined that “primary health care is the key to attaining this target as part of development in the spirit of social justice.”

Since 1978, the United Nations General Assembly has regularly argued—as it did in 2012—for “universal access to affordable and quality health-care services.” But the policy framework pushed on the majority of the countries of the world went in the other direction. The focus on the bad policy choices pushed on these countries should have been laser-sharp after the Ebola outbreak of 2013-2016 in West Africa. An important study in the Lancet (2015) found that in the three countries hit hardest by the outbreak—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—IMF policies had forced the governments to undermine their health care delivery services. The study found that in Sierra Leone, the IMF policies had severely reduced public sector employees. Between 1995 and 1996, the IMF required the state to cut 28 percent of its employees, including those in the health delivery sector. Stunningly, the WHO found that Sierra Leone’s community health care workers fell from 0.11 per 1,000 (in 2004) of the population to 0.02 per 1,000 (in 2008). This was the absolute antithesis of the Alma Ata Declaration.

Last week, in Savar, Bangladesh, the delegates assembled for the Fourth People’s Health Assembly. They came from far and wide, arguing for a return to the dynamic of which the Alma Ata Declaration was a part. The situation is now at an emergency footing, with public health institutions virtually destroyed and with plunder by pharmaceutical companies a normal situation. The WHO and World Bank found that by 2010, nearly 808 million people had incurred “catastrophic spending on health” because of the costs of drugs and because of the privatization of health care.

There is virtually no outrage at the IMF policy framework that destroys the health care infrastructure in the Global South. Saccharine pop-star humanism that begins with Bob Geldof’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (1984) merges with the equally syrupy tech-philanthropy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2000) to throw a shroud over the African continent. Nothing that Bono and Bill can do undermines the sharp edge of IMF policy and the theft of Africa’s riches by monopoly firms (including those mining companies that provide the raw materials for the computers that made Bill Gates his wealth).

Return of AIDS

Earlier this year, in April, the UN General Assembly heard the summary of a report on the need for urgency regarding the return of AIDS. Even though AIDS deaths have declined since 2010 by a third, there has been an uptick in the number of deaths. This is of concern. Serious-minded public health specialists worry that this rise in AIDS deaths has come as health infrastructure has been weakened and as pharmaceutical companies continue to charge absurdly high prices for HIV-AIDS drugs.

The same month, in April, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)—which was founded in 1987—held a protest in New York City against Gilead Sciences, a monopoly pharmaceutical company. The drug in question for ACT UP is Truvada, a drug that reduces the chances of HIV infection. ACT UP says that a course of Truvada costs Gilead about $6/month to manufacture, but it charges patients an astronomical $1,500/month. What is scandalous is that the research for this drug was funded not by Gilead but by public funds and by philanthropists.

When a Goldman Sachs analyst says that the point is to make money from illness, she is merely mirroring the reality of the brutishness of capitalism. Serious conversations need to take place about the way in which monopoly pharmaceutical firms draw public funds to protect themselves from risk and then charge high prices to make astronomical profits. Questions need to be asked about the IMF policy space that makes it impossible to detect the virus and even harder to care for its victims.

It’s not enough to wear a ribbon on World AIDS Day. Go out onto the streets with a group of friends. Carry a sign. Let it say: More Public Health and Cheaper Drugs. If you want to end HIV-AIDS by 2030, the prescription is as simple as that.

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

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Michigan won't close unlicensed marijuana dispensaries before Dec. 31 - Detroit Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:33

Detroit Free Press

Michigan won't close unlicensed marijuana dispensaries before Dec. 31
Detroit Free Press
But the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has been thwarted by a combination of court rulings and the desire to make sure that enough dispensaries are licensed around the state to supply the nearly 300,000 medical marijuana cardholders.
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Former Ontario finance minister is latest politician to join the cannabis industry - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 04:04

Financial Post

Former Ontario finance minister is latest politician to join the cannabis industry
Financial Post
In 2017, former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, who once termed legalization an “irresponsible policy that only puts dangerous drugs on the streets,” became executive chair of Aleafia, a licensed producer focusing on medical marijuana. Sousa joins ...

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FL: Terms of Service - WOGX

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FL: Privacy Policy - WOGX

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FL: Fox 51 Ocala and Gainesville News - WOGX

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OH: Personal Finance and Money Management - USATODAY.com

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CANADA: Uncategorized - Oliver Chronicle

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