Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2015 - The war on drugs has been a catastrophe that has multiplied human pain. One risks one's unincarcerated life to take illegal drugs. But people still do it. This mystery cries out to be solved. Rather than studying worthy half-measures, like legalizing medical marijuana, arresting dealers, rehab, all the things we try in this Calvinistic part of the world that deplores human weakness, British journalist Johann Hari decided to be bold. In his new book,Chasing the Scream, Hari decided instead to study the whole mess, the pain that makes people ingest anything that will fill "an inner void," and the way we punish people for suffering.
Daily Telegraph, 16 Feb 2015 - Study Finds 60,000 Britons Are Living With Mental Illness Because of Super-Strong Drug ONE in four new cases of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia could be the direct result of smoking extra-strong varieties of cannabis, a major new study concludes.
Daily Record, 16 Feb 2015 - A FORMER Government drugs tsar says cannabis and ecstasy should be used to treat patients battling cancer and depression. Professor David Nutt claimed that banning certain drugs is depriving patients and doctors of "extremely useful" therapies for chronic pain and illnesses.
Columbus Dispatch, 16 Feb 2015 - Plan to Create a Marijuana Cartel Would Overrule Local Zoning Controls The cartel of investors seeking a constitutional monopoly to legalize and sell marijuana in Ohio really must be using too much of their own product.
Tulsa World, 16 Feb 2015 - House OKs Limited Use We applaud the state House for voting 99-2 last week to legalize use of an active marijuana ingredient for the treatment of severe epileptic seizures in children. Earlier this year, Gov. Mary Fallin urged the state to legalize nonintoxicating medicinal cannabis oil - CBD - on a supervised basis for children suffering from severe seizure disorders.
Independent, 16 Feb 2015 - Nearly a quarter of new cases of psychosis are linked to highpotency "skunk like" cannabis, new research shows. People who smoke superstrength cannabis are three times more likely to develop psychosis than people who have never tried the drug and five times more likely if they smoke it every day.
The Guardian, 16 Feb 2015 - Smoking powerful "skunk" cannabis triples the risk of suffering a serious psychotic episode, scientists have found. The drug is linked to one quarter of all new cases of psychosis, the study revealed.
Columbus Dispatch, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - When Colorado and Washington won permission from the U.S. Justice Department to begin selling marijuana in retail stores, the states promised to keep the drug inside their borders and away from children. It has not been easy for them to do so.
The Macomb Daily, 15 Feb 2015 - Lansing (AP) - Confusion surrounding the legality of marijuana dispensaries and non-smokable forms of the drug are prompting lawmakers to propose changes related to Michigan's voter-approved law that legalized marijuana for medical use. Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday would allow for "provisioning centers," businesses where patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card could buy surplus marijuana that suppliers produce for other patients.
The Herald, 15 Feb 2015 - WASHINGTON - A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.
The Middletown Press, 15 Feb 2015 - Cyndimae Meehan, 12 years old, was suffering as many as 2,000 seizures a day from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet's syndrome. The condition, which she developed at 10 months old (one day after she had been vaccinated, though the connection is unknown) jerks her body violently, over and over. The only thing that has helped has been marijuana, which she consumes in oil form.
Buffalo News, 15 Feb 2015 - Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs By Johann Hari Bloomsbury
Jerusalem Post, 15 Feb 2015 - "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.
Albuquerque Journal, 15 Feb 2015 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Say Colorado Isn't Doing Enough to Keep Recreational Weed Out of Their States PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - On the front door of the 20,000-square foot marijuana dispensary here is a laminated sign warning every customer: "It is illegal to sell or transport marijuana to another state."
Albuquerque Journal, 15 Feb 2015 - $700 Million in Sales Last Year $1 Billion Predicted by 2016 WASHINGTON - Legal marijuana was a $700 million dollar industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently released tax data from the state's Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for purely recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue, with an additional $13 million collected in licenses and fees.
Washington Post, 15 Feb 2015 - Legal marijuana was a $700 million industry in Colorado last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of recently released tax data from the state's Department of Revenue. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue and $13 million in licenses and fees. The total economic impact of the state's marijuana industry is likely greater, as these figures don't include retail sales of related products, like pipes and bongs, and they don't account for increased tourist spending in other segments of Colorado's economy, like hotels and restaurants.
Register Citizen, 14 Feb 2015 - Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. That's part of why two Connecticut lawmakers, Reps. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, want to bring legalization east. Is that a good idea? What will happen if we fully legalize marijuana?
The Middletown Press, 14 Feb 2015 - Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. Legalization brings revenue. Marijuana is now legal in several states out west, and the world has yet to end. That's part of why two Connecticut lawmakers, Reps. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, and Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, want to bring legalization east. Is that a good idea? What will happen if we fully legalize marijuana?
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 14 Feb 2015 - FAIRBANKS - Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.
Chicago Sun-Times, 14 Feb 2015 - The conflict between the states and the federal government when it comes to legalized medical marijuana may play out in an Illinois court. What is believed to be the first lawsuit regarding medical marijuana licenses in Illinois was filed Friday in downstate Coles County by a business that lost out in its bid to get a license to grow medical marijuana.