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Trump declares opioids a public health emergency, stopping short of national state of emergency

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 20:17
President Donald Trump declared Thursday afternoon that the opioid crisis - which is killing more than 100 people each day - is a public health emergency.

Maine governor pressured to sign cannabis regulations

The Leaf Online - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:49

Maine voters passed the legalization initiative, Question 1, almost a year ago. Its passage was challenged and then affirmed by the state. Then the legislature dragged its feet in addressing the regulations, but they finally did it. Now, cannabis reform advocates are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to sign the measure into law let the […]

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David Stern’s Cannabis Comments Ring Hollow For Some NBA Players

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:42
News broke yesterday that David Stern, National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner from 1984-2014, came out in support of cannabis reform in the NBA. His comments came during an interview...

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Trump Declares Opioid Crisis A Public Health Emergency, Falls Short On Substance

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:18
Today, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. While this is good news, this declaration does not carry the same weight as the national emergency declaration the...

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Colorado’s Top Doc Debunks Legalization Fears

NORML Blog - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 18:21

Contrary to the claims of many marijuana prohibitionists, regulating the adult use of cannabis in Colorado has not been associated with any significant adverse effects on public safety. So affirmed Colorado’s top doctor, Larry Wolk, Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health, in an interview Tuesday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Specifically, Dr. Wolk said that legalization has not negatively impacted teen use or traffic safety. He also expresses skepticism at the suggestion that legalization may stimulate the greater use of other controlled substances.

Here is a sample of his comments:

TEEN USE

CBC: What have you seen since recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado?
Dr. Larry Wolk: “The short answer is we have not seen much. We have not experienced any significant issue as a result of legalization. … I think the concern was that by legalizing marijuana, we should certainly see an increase in adult use, and maybe that would leak into our youth. [There was also a concern that] youth would somehow gain greater access, and/or feel entitled to go ahead and use in greater numbers. We just haven’t seen that pan out.”

DRUGGED DRIVING

What about drugged driving?
“We have actually seen an overall decrease in DUI’s since legalization. So, the short answer is: There has been no increase since the legalization of marijuana here.”

MARIJUANA AS A SUPPOSED GATEWAY

Do we know if cannabis legalization is leading to higher uses of hard drugs?
“We are not seeing those kinds of increases. … I think we have yet to answer the question of whether or not legalizing marijuana helps reduce the consumption of those harder, more addictive drugs, or acts as a gateway. The jury is still out.”

NORML has recently posted a number of fact-sheets online here summarizing the relevant peer-reviewed science specific to these and other public policy issues, including: cannabis and traffic safety, marijuana regulation and teen use patterns, legalization and crime rates, the relationship between legal cannabis access and opioid abuse, the gateway theory fallacy, and the economics of statewide legalization policies.

Snack attack: New Jersey cops bust illegal op selling infused dog biscuits and pot pretzels

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 18:02
New Jersey police uncovered an illegal operation that offered over $900,000 worth of marijuana-laced products — including pot pretzels and pot dog biscuits.

Jeff Sessions: We Will Do Our Best To Enforce The Laws As We’re Required To Do

NORML Blog - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:06

In an interview with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated his position against marijuana, his commitment to enforcing its prohibition, and expressed an openness to use RICO suits against businesses that handle the plant.

Earlier this year Cully Stimson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that has a tremendous amount of influence within the leadership of the Republican Party, penned an 11-point plan advising the Justice Department on how to crack down on the states, businesses, patients, and consumers of marijuana. So far, Sessions has followed the first 4 points and the 9th is the implementation of RICO suits.

Just because the Justice Department has yet to make overt policy changes or action in the first 9 months of the administration, it certainly does not mean that it is not coming. You can see it in the words of the Sessions himself. We have already seen them issue new guidelines to rev up charges against those suspected of drug-related crimes, pursue maximum sentences for those charges, and an escalation in the department’s ability to utilize civil asset forfeiture to deprive those charged of their possessions.

Click here to send a message to your Representative and demand a descheduling of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act to end federal prohibition. 

Below is the transcript of the exchange (emphasis added):

HH: I hope they’re looking. It’s becoming a little bit chilling how big they are. Let me turn to marijuana, Mr. Attorney General. A lot of states are just simply breaking the law. And a lot of money is being made and banked. One RICO prosecution of one producer and the banks that service them would shut this all down. Is such a prosecution going to happen?

JS: I don’t know that one prosecution would be quite as effective as that, but we, I do not believe that we should, I do not believe there’s any argument, because a state legalized marijuana that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence. I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states. And we will do our best to enforce the laws as we’re required to do so.

HH: But one prosecution that invokes a supremacy clause against one large dope manufacturing concern, and follows the money as it normally would in any drug operation and seizes it, would shut, would chill all of this. But I haven’t seen on in nine months, yet. Is one coming?

JS: Really analyze all those cases, and I can’t comment on the existence of an investigation at this time, Hugh, you know that, so, but I hear you. You’re making a suggestion. I hear it.

HH: I’m lobbying.

JS: (laughing) You’re lobbying.

 

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbies Jeff Sessions to pursue federal marijuana crackdown

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:49
Radio personality Hugh Hewitt lobbied U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a federal crackdown on legal marijuana businesses during a Thursday morning interview.

Maryland cannabis businesses cleared of conflict of interest, approved for launch

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:29
Medical marijuana regulators in Maryland have approved licenses for two cannabis businesses that were under investigation for potential conflicts of interest.

4th Annual Croptoberfest

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:20
Croptober is about to end which marks the beginning of fall in the NorthWest. For a lot of people, it means festival season is over but I say wait, there’s more. There one more chance to...

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CN ON: Weed At Work Is Future Minefield For Bosses

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 26 Oct 2017 - Employers plan for workers using cannabis recreationally As Canada edges toward full legalization next year, businesses are trying to determine how to deal with employees' use of recreational cannabis.

CN ON: Potential For Pot Crop Impacts Land Sale

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 26 Oct 2017 - A vegetable farmer looking to sell a piece of land has been put in a bind as Norfolk council looks at rules for marijuana grow operations. Bill Nightingale Jr. of Nightingale Farms, a large scale producer of asparagus, beans, peppers among other crops, built a greenhouse on 215 Windham Road 10 North, Delhi last year with the aim of growing organic cucumbers.

CN ON: Edu: Column: Say No To Weed On Campus

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:00
The Silhouette, 26 Oct 2017 - The recent announcement of the smoking ban and the growing prominence of the Breathe Easy Campaign has fractured the McMaster community Some seem adamantly opposed to the legalization of weed and its association with an academic community, others feel that we should take a more open-minded perspective. The most interesting feedback were the students who conveyed a stance against excluding weed from the McMaster smoking ban. Given that Canada has made room for marijuana by legalizing it federally in Canada, making room for the substance on campus should also be considered.

CN ON: Edu: Column: Say Yes To Weed On Campus

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:00
The Silhouette, 26 Oct 2017 - The stigma needs to be addressed and I'm here to address it In light of a protest promoting medical marijuana on campus, we should reconsider our attitudes and understanding towards weed. The Breathe Easy campaign, on a provincial and national spectrum, seems to have a positive impression on certain audiences. However, on others such as myself, the campaign is not a positive one.

Belize House Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

The Joint Blog - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:55
The Belize House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

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The approved legislation would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana throughout all of Belize (the exception is if possession occurs on the premises of a school or other educational institution).

“I think this act will also allow for law enforcement personnel and the ministry to focus and concentrate more on the serious crimes that are affecting and plaguing our societies and our communities across this country and like the leader of the opposition said he would have wanted to see the whole legalization of marijuana, but I believe that it is prudent that we as a responsible government take this one step at a time as we progress to ensure that we always make the right decision that will be a betterment for our nation”, says Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Belize’s Minister of Home Affairs.

Belize, a country in Central America, has a population of roughly 366,000.

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Another sports leader has change of heart on marijuana ban: Ex-NBA commish David Stern

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:03
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who tightened up the league's policy on marijuana during his tenure from 1984 until 2014, has reversed his opinion on the subject.

Will President Trump Escalate The War on Drugs?

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 03:15
On Thursday, President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency on the opioid overdose crisis. Trump indicated nearly three months ago in July that he planned to accept...

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GPS tracker on Denver marijuana shop's stolen cash led police to four alleged robbers

Cannabist - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 03:08
Denver police arrested two men suspected of terrorizing a Denver marijuana dispensary's customers and employees during a July armed robbery before the pair allegedly joined two other suspects and robbed the same store again less than a month later.

Speakers Announced For Fundraiser Hosted By NCIA And CCIA Benefiting Community Fire Relief Efforts

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 02:45
Earlier this week I posted an article about a fundraiser that the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) are hosting to benefit fire...

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St. Louis Alderwoman To Introduce New Cannabis Ordinance

Weed News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 02:07
Exciting news from Missouri! Alderwoman Megan Green is introducing an ordinance this Friday in St. Louis to prevent the use of city resources to enforce laws prohibiting the use of marijuana....

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