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CN SN: A Direct Discussion About Drugs

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 09 May 2016 - Saskatoon Police Service Cst. Matt Ingrouille Headed A Blunt Conversation About Drugs On Saturday Last year saw then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper declare; "Marijuana is infinitely worse" than tobacco.
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US: Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look in U.S.

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Local, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Once Unthinkable in U.S., Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Looming Marijuana Ruling Could Limit Federal Prosecutions

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Pottstown Mercury, 09 May 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Rolland Gregg and his family have fought federal marijuana charges for more than three years, arguing that the roughly 70 marijuana plants investigators found on their Washington property were for their own medicinal use and fully complied with state law. A federal jury last year convicted Gregg, his mother and his wife of growing 50 to 100 marijuana plants - amounts their attorney said are in compliance with state medical marijuana law. With prison sentences looming, they have now turned to a recent act of Congress that they say should have stopped the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting them because they were doing what their state allowed. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the DOJ disagrees with Gregg's understanding of the new law.
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US: Lawmakers Weigh Injection Sites

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Saratogian, 09 May 2016 - Citing a Surge in Overdose Deaths, Many Begin to Discuss Using Supervised "Shoot-Up Rooms" Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious Look in US

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 09 May 2016 - Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 - 60 percent from heroin and related painkillers like fentanyl - has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider what was once unthinkable: government-sanctioned sites where users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.
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US: Sanctioned Injection Sites Would Save Lives, Some Say

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 09 May 2016 - The idea, spurred by a rise in drug overdose deaths in the U.S., has worked elsewhere Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Sanctioned Heroin Sites Considered

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 09 May 2016 - Users Could Get Quick Overdose Treatments Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Once Unthinkable, Drug Shoot-Up Rooms Getting Serious Look

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 09 May 2016 - The Supervised Injection Rooms Are Considered for "Out of Control" Problem. Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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US: Legal Drug Dens Get Serious Consideration

Marijuana (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The New Mexican, 09 May 2016 - Officials Weigh 'Heroin Havens' Where Users Can Inject Under Supervision of Doctors WHO Can Administer Antidote If Necessary Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.
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CN ON: New Machine More Powerful Than Airport Scanners

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 08 May 2016 - "If I look at five inmates I'm going to definitely find one of them that is bringing in some kind of contraband" The new high-tech body scanner coming to the Ottawa jail is touted as the "ultimate substitute for strip searching" and will give correctional officers a glimpse at an inmate's insides after it is installed within the next month.
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CN ON: They Have Burning Desire For Pot

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 May 2016 - Weed the North. Queen's Park turned into a big puff of smoke Saturday afternoon as some 20,000 marijuana activists gathered near the King Edward VII statue, before rallying and walking in the 18th annual Global Marijuana March through the downtown core, spliffs in hand. While the federal Liberals made a campaign pledge to legalize marijuana, many of the parade-goers felt like the federal government was dragging its feet. "Thousands of people are still facing criminal charges," said event founder Neev, who refused to give his last name. "It should be legalized, it should be cheaper. It's so expensive because it's not legal yet. I appreciate the Liberals wanting to do it right, but the rollout is so slow." The Toronto event was one of the 100 marijuana parades scheduled in cities around the world.
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CN BC: Column: Marijuana 'mare's Nest' Deserves Mention

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
North Shore News, 08 May 2016 - Hey, let's have some benefit to show for West Van's fat 6.87 per cent property tax rise. First, restore the trash cans - why were they removed? - at each littered end of the 5400-block Marine Drive. Sure, that's my block, and why not exploit my dandy print pulpit for selfish interests now and then?
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Australia: Safe Trip

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
The Age, 08 May 2016 - What if LSD could treat PTSD, or magic mushrooms could help you quit smoking? Overseas research is advanced, but trials of psychedelic drugs can't get approval in Australia. Are we missing out on cures? Konrad Marshall reports. When Martin Williams' research plan was first rejected by an ethics committee in 2012, he understood why.
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US CA: Alarmed By Trump's Plans

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 08 May 2016 - Ex-Mexican President Says Both Sides of the Border Should Be Scared Former Mexican President Vicente Fox isn't the guy you would expect to see sporting a bright pink Donald Trump brand tie. Fox has had plenty to say about the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee - and none of it is complimentary. But then he has a point he wants to make:
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South Africa: Marchers Call For Legal Dagga

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Cape Argus, 08 May 2016 - FOUR people were arrested at the 10th annual Cannabis Walk, which saw thousands march in a call on the government to legalise the use of dagga. The march began from the corner of Tennant and Keizersgracht streets yesterday, with excited and eager protesters singing and dancing to reggae music. The smell of cannabis filled the streets as marchers made their point. Some carried posters which read "It's very unnatural to make nature illegal".
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US OH: Editorial: Pot Bill Must Satisfy Demand

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 08 May 2016 - It looks as if legalization of medical marijuana will come this year, either through pending legislation or through two possible ballot issues to amend the Ohio Constitution. But the Ohio House is larding its bill with unpopular restrictions instead of crafting a plainly worded compromise sufficient to kill the more-extreme ballot issues. Many proponents of medical marijuana insist that smoking be one of the ways it can be used. But, unlike both ballot issues, House Bill 523 would require those with a marijuana prescription to use vaporization or other devices if they wish to inhale. The bill also would prohibit home-grown marijuana, which the ballot issues would allow in limited quantities.
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US OH: Growing Pot Not So Rare In Appalachian Region

Marijuana (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 08 May 2016 - WAVERLY, Ohio - Sure, some people grow marijuana in Pike County. And, yes, some people nurture the tender plants near clearings where the sunshine will hit them and where a water source - generally the Scioto River or one of its feeder creeks - is readily available.
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Canada: Toronto Overtakes Vancouver As Country's Cannabis Capital

Marijuana (MAP) - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 May 2016 - Toronto has unseated Vancouver as Canada's de facto cannabis capital due to an ongoing explosion in illegal dispensaries, while officials begin shutting down dozens of shops in the West Coast city to enforce a landmark new bylaw. The owner of a cannabis consulting firm who has been tracking the rapid growth of the illicit sector following last fall's election win by the federal Liberals, who have promised to legalize the drug, says Toronto's wide-open market is now supporting more than 100 pot shops.
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Chronicle AM: VT Legalization Really Dead This Year, Huge Mexican Pot Seizure, More... (5/6/16)

Marijuana (STDW) - Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:11

A final nail in the coffin for Vermont legalization this year, the California legalization campaign gets some police support, the Mexican army makes a huge pot bust, and more. 

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Some California Law Enforcement Leaders Support Legalization Initiative. As expected, California law enforcement groups are mostly lining up against the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative, but there are some significant defections. Former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing was present at the campaign's launch Wednesday, and San Francisco District Attorney (and former San Francisco police chief and LAPD assistant chief) George Gascon is also supportive. When it comes to marijuana legalization in California, there are cracks emerging in the blue wall.

Vermont Legalization Now Even Deader This Year. It's over. Vermont will not legalize pot this year, and now the legislature won't even study it or let voters voice their opinion in a non-binding referendum. The Senate has sent a miscellaneous crime bill back to the House after removing a provision that called for a study commission. The move came after the House refused to pass the legalization bill approved by the Senate, and a frustrated Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Sears moved to strip all pot-related provisions from the crime bill.

Harm Reduction

Hawaii Overdose Reversal Drug Bill Awaits Governor's Signature. The legislature has approved Senate Bill 2392, which establishes "immunity for health care professionals and pharmacists who prescribe, dispense, distribute, or administer an opioid antagonist such as naloxone hydrochloride to persons who are at risk of experiencing or who are experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose." The bill also mandates Medicaid coverage for the drug, naloxone. Now, the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and the CHOW Project (Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS) are calling on Gov. David Ige (D) to sign the bill.

International

Mexican Army Seizes 25 Tons of Pot From One Truck. Mexico's marijuana industry may be feeling the competition from north of the border, but it isn't gone yet. In a single drug bust that occurred when a truck driver rolled his load trying to avoid a military checkpoint, soldiers scored a whopping 25 tonsof marijuana, with four pounds of meth thrown in as a bonus. The bust took place this week in Huatabampo, Sonora. Authorities believe the load was headed to a Pacific port for shipment north.

Azerbajian Ponders Decriminalizing Drug Possession. Member of Parliament Gudrat Hasanquliyev has proposed a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. "It is useless to fill prisons with drug addicts, since the state spends huge funds to detain them," he said. "These people must be sent to mandatory treatment. If there is selling, transporting drugs, such persons must be held criminally responsible. But if the drugs are intended for personal use, it is necessary to legalize the use of drugs by these people."

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