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AK: Alaska Journal - YEAR IN REVIEW: Onsite consumption decision delayed; voters reject bans

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:07
alaskajournal.com (US) The Barrett brothers have a dream: that some of the scores of cruise ship passengers who crowd the streets of the state capital each summer will one day use their shore excursions to kick back and light up a joint in a pot store&rsquo. (Thu Dec 21 18:07:48 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Cities will get money, help with weed effects: Blair

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:07
tricitynews.com Cities will get money. Help with weed effects: Blair Cities will get money. (Thu Dec 21 02:07:56 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Cities will get money, help with weed effects: Blair

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:07
tricitynews.com Cities will get money. Help with weed effects: Blair Cities will get money. (Thu Dec 21 02:07:56 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $govt_prohib_other(50%), $legalization(100%), $prohibition(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(60%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Hanwha signs $226m artillery supply contract with Norway

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:06
koreaherald.com Hanwha Land Systems will deliver 24 K9 howitzers and six K10 ammunition resupply vehicles by 2020.B Son Jae-il. (Thu Dec 21 01:06:25 2017 PST) [$drug_related(50%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(50%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(75%), $prohibition_agency(50%), $drug_dog(50%), $chemicals(50%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $alcohol(50%), $youth(75%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Aurora-CanniMed takeover battle goes before provincial regulators - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) TORONTO b An acrimonious takeover battle between two Canadian marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight Wednesday at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions. (Thu Dec 21 02:05:08 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Most actively traded companies on the TSX - Business - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) (TSX:WEED). Aurora Cannabis Inc. ... (Thu Dec 21 02:05:08 2017 PST)
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CANADA: Aurora-CanniMed takeover battle goes before provincial regulators - Business - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) TORONTO b An acrimonious takeover battle between two Canadian marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight Wednesday at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions. (Thu Dec 21 02:05:08 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(70%)]
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CANADA: Most actively traded companies on the TSX - Business - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) (TSX:WEED). Aurora Cannabis Inc. ... (Thu Dec 21 02:05:08 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(70%)]
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CANADA: Plea date set on drug charge for Scotchtown man - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com (US) A 35-year-old Scotchtown man is to return to provincial court in January to enter a plea on a drug charge. (Thu Dec 21 02:05:08 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme2(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Fine dining, dance festivals and 'a gram of ice a day'

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Mr Roberts was arrested on December 4 after he was allegedly caught with 19.97 grams of crystal meth. (Thu Dec 21 01:05:04 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(85%), $propaganda_theme1(85%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(75%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $dehumanization(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $hallucinogen(100%), $chemicals(100%), $phenethylamine(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $euphoric_empathogen(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $MDMA(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(75%), $school(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: 'Tested positive': Australian drug suspect in Bali is 'sorry'

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) 'Tested positive': Australian drug suspect in Bali is 'sorry' Roberts. (Thu Dec 21 01:05:04 2017 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $dehumanization(60%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $drug_law(100%), $hallucinogen(100%), $chemicals(100%), $phenethylamine(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $euphoric_empathogen(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $narcotic(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $MDMA(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(80%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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Work begins on new marijuana facility in Edmonton-area industrial park - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:04

Edmonton Journal

Work begins on new marijuana facility in Edmonton-area industrial park
Edmonton Journal
A new cannabis production facility near Edmonton could become one of the country's largest marijuana growing operations, the company behind the facility says. Work to convert a former modular home factory into a marijuana grow and production operation ...

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Marijuana activist since 1960s facing California pot charges - National Post

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:54

Marijuana activist since 1960s facing California pot charges
National Post
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22 pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday. Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in ...

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Mexico to legalize marijuana-based product sales next year - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:43

Reuters

Mexico to legalize marijuana-based product sales next year
Reuters
He added that Cofepris expects distributors and retailers to import the items, with some companies eventually producing items in Mexico using marijuana grown abroad. The regulation does not apply to sales of pure marijuana. Legalization has stirred ...
Marijuana legislation will not achieve its objectives and should be defeatedHill Times
POLL: Are you ready for NJ marijuana legalization?Asbury Park Press

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What Are You Smoking? Episode 20: Cannabis Cocktail Time - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:33

Leafly

What Are You Smoking? Episode 20: Cannabis Cocktail Time
Leafly
Leafly's cannabis experts are here to share some of their favorite recipes and products for making cannabis-infused cocktails, mocktails, punches, and more. In this episode: Brett relates a cautionary tale about homemade tinctures, Jeremiah's ...

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Health Canada nearly doubles number of marijuana production licences in second half of 2017 - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:38

Toronto Star

Health Canada nearly doubles number of marijuana production licences in second half of 2017
Toronto Star
OTTAWA—Health Canada has nearly doubled the number of licensed cannabis producers in the country over the past six months and new numbers show hundreds more applicants are in the final stages of approval as the government rushes toward national ...

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Planning to Get a Little Intoxicated This New Year's Eve? Here Are Some Ways to Be Safe and Have Fun

Alternet - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:08
Click here for reuse options! A guide to safer partying.

It’s the end of the year, people are getting excited about the holidays, and millions of people are making plans for partying on New Year’s Eve. And for lots of people, their version of partying includes using drugs. So for our final Drugs & Stuff episode of 2017, who better to talk to about harm reduction and partying than DPA’s Stefanie Jones?

Back in 2014, Stefanie wrote a great piece called Five Tips on How to Party Safely on New Year's Eve. We all want to have fun, and we all want to come home at the end of the night without having any problems, so in this episode we unpack those tips and give listeners some useful information.

As the director of audience development at the Drug Policy Alliance, Stefanie runs DPA’s Music Fan program, which introduces harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to partygoers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators across the U.S. She also oversees communication and outreach to specific communities on drug use and drug policy topics, including on novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and DPA’s youth drug education.

So this New Year’s Eve – and really any time you’re going to use drugs – follow this Safer Partying checklist and check out all the other resources we have to offer on how to party safer.

And for anyone who needs one, be a buddy.

Happy New Year!

This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance blog.

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The Case For Giving Free Massages to the Homeless

Alternet - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:01
Click here for reuse options! Holistic health and pursuit of happiness should be available to all, especially those in poverty and struggling.

If ever there was an age of anxiety, it is now. We all seem pushed to the limits at work, personal debt is rising, and the housing market is shrinking, while the world around us seems to be going politically and ecologically out of control. This anxiety is a stress factory that spawns mental, physical and behavioral diseases that, as we know, cost a fortune to contain, let alone fix. On its own, work-related stress accounts for $300 billion dollars a year. 

Many of us are taking an alternative route to deal with this toxic stress. We run to Whole Foods to get the organic kale, we take a yoga or meditation class, get on a massage table, or receive acupuncture or reiki. We can relieve stress by going to a tai chi or a qi gong class, or we do the latest thing and take a “forest bath” by going for a walk in the woods. We see how these things change not only the quality of our lives, but also our health, as measured by blood pressure, stress hormones, immune response and number of doctor visits. 

So, are these things luxuries for the middle class or are they life-changing and money-saving medical interventions? It may sound comical in an age where the battle lines are being drawn around whether low income people should receive healthcare at all, to suggest that they should be getting acupuncture or a free massage, but why not? Since these interventions are proven to work, they could be used on a routine basis to reduce hospital visits, relapse to drug use, and maybe even recidivism to incarceration.

Gandhi once said that poverty is violence, and today 40% of New Yorkers live below the poverty line. This violence is generated by homelessness, by the criminalization of poverty, and the soul-crushing trauma of racism. Can holistic interventions be a significant help in stemming this tidal wave of misery?

We work together at New York Harm Reduction Educators, a social welfare program in East Harlem that does just this. Do tough guys enjoy yoga and acupuncture? Yes they do. Are they interested in following a guided meditation, actively participating in a drum circle, an art group or a walk in the woods? Yes again.  We have seen people locked into a cycle of drugs and incarceration start to turn a corner in their lives. We see those at the margins of our society actually finding room to breathe, room to move, cry, laugh, be human. We see destructive behavior change – this with a very limited budget and space.

The challenge is to make the things that we know work for us and the ones we love available to our neighbors. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga have already been used in prisons and jails and rehabs to great effect and at little cost – but what about when people hit the streets? There is absolutely no reason to withdraw the stress-reduction just at the moment that stress increases exponentially.

At NYHRE we have found a template for continued destressing that can be duplicated and improved upon throughout the city and in fact the country. This is a case where doing the right thing is doing the practical thing – by opening the space that we have found effective in our own lives and making it available for our less fortunate neighbors we can practice compassion and practicality. In an era when poverty is punishment, the pursuit of happiness should be open to everyone.

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Cannabis and Mental Health: Cause, Cure, or It's Complicated? (Yes) - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:11

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Cannabis and Mental Health: Cause, Cure, or It's Complicated? (Yes)
Leafly
Given those stats, and the reality that, outside of tobacco and alcohol, cannabis is the most common psychoactive substance used among the general population, it's inevitable that the potential overlap of cannabis and mental illness will lead to a ...

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Kamloops amends business licence and zoning bylaws ahead of marijuana legalization - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:03

CBC.ca

Kamloops amends business licence and zoning bylaws ahead of marijuana legalization
CBC.ca
Kamloops, B.C.'s city council has approved changes to zoning and business licence bylaws to handle current and future cannabis dispensaries following a public hearing on Dec.19. Zoning for dispensaries will ensure they will not be located near schools ...
Kamloops mayor says new marijuana dispensary bylaw 'not a money grab'CFJC Today Kamloops

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