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CN MB: In 'Denial' About Drug Problem

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Jan 2017 - An advocate for Winnipeg's homeless and addicted population says the city is in "denial" about its injection drug problem. Rick Lees, executive director of Main Street Project, looks at other large urban centres in Canada and says Winnipeg is lagging behind in addressing its hard drugs problem.
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CN BC: Column: 2016's Toughest Issues: Marijuana, Panhandling, And

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 18 Jan 2017 - Happy New Year everyone! The beginning of a new year is both a time of personal contemplation and looking forward. And so it is for council. It is hard to believe that we are midway through this term. In the past year we saw vigorous and thoughtful debate on some complicated issues. 2016 tested council and the results will shape and define future direction.
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CN ON: St. Clair Twp. Takes Aim At Medical-Pot Producers

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
The Observer, 18 Jan 2017 - Public meeting on medical-marijuana production zoning scheduled Feb. 6 St. Clair Township is moving to restrict where medical marijuana producers can set up shop in the municipality. A 6:45 p.m. public meeting is planned for council chambers in Mooretown on Feb. 6 to gather input on a proposal to change the township's official plan, restricting licenced medical marijuana production sites to industrial-zoned areas.
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Philippines: Duterte Lashes Out At Catholic Priests

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 08:00
Philippine Star, 18 Jan 2017 - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte shows documents containing the names of politicians, judges, and law enforcers involved in illegal drugs during his visit to Camp Tecson in Bulacan. (PPD/King Rodriguez) CABANATUAN CITY - How can the Catholic clergy understand the seriousness of the drug problem? They should try shabu.
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Chronicle AM: Obama Commutes More Drug Sentences, Iran Hangs More Drug Prisoners, More... (1/17/17)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 21:49

As his term winds down, President Obama continues to free more drug prisoners; New Jersey Dems plan a legalization bill, Wisconsin Dems plan a medical marijuana bill, and more.

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New York Times Editorial Board Calls on Feds to Remove Barriers to Marijuana Research. In a Tuesday editorial, the Times cited last week's report from the National Academy of Sciences as it called on the federal government to reschedule marijuana out of Schedule I or, at least, remove regulatory barriers to further research on it. Marijuana "does not belong with LSD and heroin on Schedule I," the Times declared, but "even if Mr. Trump and Congress are unwilling to reclassify marijuana, they could remove the regulatory barriers to research and let scientists get to work."

New Jersey Democrats Prepare Legalization Bill, Despite Christie's Opposition. State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D) said Monday that he and other Democrats will introduced a legalization bill in February, despite the opposition of Gov. Chris Christie (R). But Christie will be gone after the next election, and the legalization bill will still be there.

Medical Marijuana

Wisconsin Democrats to File Medical Marijuana Bill. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D) are circulating a medical marijuana after Republican Assembly Speak Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans control both houses of the state legislature, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is not in favor. The Democratic pair have until January 26 to come up with cosponsors and file the bill.

Sentencing

Obama Commutes Sentences for Another 200+ Drug Offenders, and Chelsea Manning, Too. President Obama Tuesday announced he has commuted the sentences of 209 federal prisoners, nearly all drug offenders, as well as imprisoned leaker Chelsea Manning. Tuesday's actions bring to 1,385 the number of sentences commuted under Obama, far exceeding the number of commutations granted by any modern president.

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Iran Hangs 14 More Drug Prisoners. At least 14 people were hanged at Karaj Central Prison on drug-related charges in the past week, Iran Human Rights reported Tuesday. The group named 10 of the executed: Mohammad Soleimani, Ali Ebadi, Ali Reza Moradi, Majid Badarloo, Omid Garshasebi, Ali Yousefi, Seyed Ali Sorouri, Ebrahim Jafari, Ali Mohammad Lorestani, and Mohsen Jelokhani. The continuing executions come even as the Iranian parliament considers ending the death penalty for drug offenses.

Brazil Approves First Marijuana-Based Medicine. Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa)has issued a license for Metavyl, a drug containing 27 milligrams of THC and 25 milligrams of CBD per milliliter. The drug will be available as an oral spray. But Anvisa has designated Metavyl a "black label" drug, meaning it can only be used by patients who have not responded to conventional medicines.

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US NY: Editorial: Senseless Limits On Marijuana Research

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
New York Times, 17 Jan 2017 - Even as more and more states allow their residents to use marijuana, the federal government is continuing to obstruct scientists from studying whether the drug is good or bad for people's health. A report published last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine points out that scientists who want to study cannabis have to seek approvals from federal, state and local agencies and depend on just one lab, at the University of Mississippi, for samples. As a result, far too little is known about the health effects of a substance that 28 states have decided can be used as medicine and eight states and the District of Columbia have approved for recreational use.
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US NJ: Christie Signs Executive Order Declaring Opioid Addiction A

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Gov. Chris Christie led a roundtable discussion at Integrity House in Newark, following the signing of an executive order declaring opoid addiction a public health crisis. At right, Integrity House President Robert Budsock. At left is Vanessa, an Integrity House program graduate.(Photo: Dale Mincey / NorthJersey) NEWARK -- In front of a small group of recovering addicts, Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order on Tuesday declaring the opioid addiction problem in New Jersey a public health crisis.
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US NJ: Stile: Christie's New War On Drugs A Bid For Redemption

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Christie's attorney asked for the dismissal of a probable cause finding on an official misconduct complaint over the George Washington Bridge lane closures.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey) Chris Christie plunged himself into the center of a crisis on Tuesday. It's a place where he's comfortable and often compelling.
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US NJ: Christie Bracing For Fight On Drug Insurance Changes

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Herald News, 17 Jan 2017 - [photo] Governor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address on Tuesday.(Photo: Chris Pedota/NorthJersey) As he composed a lengthy State of the State speech dedicated to battling New Jersey's heroin and opiate crisis, Governor Christie said he was intent on including one component that will not only challenge lawmakers in Trenton, but drastically alter the health care industry around the state.
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US TN: Knoxville Pd Seeks Federal Grant To Combat Opioid Overdoses

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - The Knoxville Police Department is seeking a federal grant to bring a research-based approach to countering opioid abuse. Judy Jenkins keeps her medication in a bucket stored in a pantry instead of the medicine cabinet.(Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean)
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US TN: Brentwood To Take Part In Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - Federal officials have said they want to work with Tennessee to curb the opioid epidemic.(Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto) If you're looking for a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, head over to the Brentwood Municipal Center on April 30.
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US KY: I've Seen Opioid Crisis As A Cop. Living It As A Patient Is

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 17 Jan 2017 - A year ago, I woke in the night with pain so severe I was crying before I was fully aware what was going on. A 50-year-old cop sobbed like a child in the dark. It was a ruptured disc and related nerve damage. Within a couple of months, it became so severe that I could no longer walk or stand. An MRI later, my surgeon soothingly told me it would all be OK. A nurse practitioner handed me a prescription for painkillers -- 180 tablets, 90 each of oxycodone and hydrocodone. I already knew how easily opioid addiction could destroy a life. I'd arrested addicts and helped people suffering from substance abuse. So as soon as I could, I weaned myself off the medication. Still, I fell into the trap when my pain returned months later, and I started taking the pills again.
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US PA: Valley Group To Compete For State Pot License

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Daily Item, 17 Jan 2017 - A group of Northumberland County-based entrepreneurs hope to weed out the competition and get one of the two available licenses for operating a medical marijuana dispensary in the Valley. The main principals of Medical Marijuana Corp. are William E. Rosini, president of Rosini Enterprises, and Shannon D. Rosini, both of Paxinos; Annette Rosini MacLachlan, a former county resident now living in West Chester; Stephen Jacobs, of Shamokin and Christopher Walters, of Mount Carmel.
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US FL: Florida Health Officials Begin Medical Marijuana Rules

Top Stories (MAP) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - Caption Davie imposes temporary moratorium on medical marijuana centers Florida health officials have started the rules-making process that will expand those eligible to receive medical marijuana. The Department of Health on Tuesday published the proposed rules and announced that public hearings will be held in five cities Feb. 6-9.
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Chronicle AM: More Obama Commutations Coming, HIA Sues DEA Over CBD, More... (1/16/17)

Drug War Chronicle - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 22:02

President Obama will commute more drug sentences before he leaves office this week, the hemp industry sues the DEA over its new CBD rule, New York's governor wants to fix his state's decriminalization law, and more.

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New York Governor to Propose Clarifications to State's Decriminalization Law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced plans to remove a loophole in the state's decades-old decriminalization law that lets police charge people with a criminal offense for possession in "public view." That loophole has been applied mainly against racial minorities. Governor Cuomo pushed heavily for closing that loophole in 2014 but was blocked by Senate Republicans who opposed a measure that would have standardized the penalty for all low-level possession as a violation, which would have resulted in a fine instead of arrest.

Medical Marijuana

HIA Sues DEA Over CBD. The Hemp Industries Association filed a judicial review action against the DEA last Friday over the agency's new rule establishing coding for marijuana derivatives such as CBD cannabis oil. The DEA overstepped its bounds and put at risk a booming cannabis and hemp industry, the suit alleges.

North Dakota Bill Would Delay Medical Marijuana Implementation. State Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) has introduced a bill, Senate Bill 2154, that would suspend implementation of parts of the state's new voter-approved medical marijuana law until the legislature could write a comprehensive law to govern medical marijuana in the state.

Sentencing

Obama Set to Commute Sentences for Hundreds More This Week. As the clock ticks down on his term, President Obama is set to keep on granting clemency to drug offenders up until the last minute. Justice Department officials say he will grant hundreds more commutations this week. He has already cut the sentences of more than 1,100 nonviolent drug offenders, more than any president in modern history.

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CN NF: Letter: Weed - After It's Legal

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 08:00
The Labradorian, 16 Jan 2017 - What can we expect with the legalization of marijuana? Proponents argue that legalization will reduce crime, lower criminal justice costs, improve public health, improve traffic safety and stimulate the economy. Opponents argue that legalization will spur marijuana and other drug and alcohol use, increase crime, diminish public safety and lower educational achievement.
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CN ON: Editorial: Chief Shows Sterner Stuff Than Mayor

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 15 Jan 2017 - Mayor Jim Watson may be willing to bow out of the official debate over supervised injection sites, but his police chief, laudably, isn't. In a letter this week to the Sandy Hill Community Centre, Chief Charles Bordeleau raises several concerns about security if a legal drug injection operation is opened at that location. He calls the centre's plans so far "inadequate."
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US MA: A New Frontier In Opioid Abuse: People Taking Drugs Meant For

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 15 Jan 2017 - Law enforcement and veterinary officials are planning an outreach campaign to educate veterinarians about a new frontier in the opioid epidemic: people so desperate for drugs that they take medication that had been prescribed to pets. "The misuse of pet medication has serious safety implications - for people and animals," said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, in a letter that will be printed in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association newsletter this week. "Educating people about the signs of drug misuse, available treatment resources and how to properly store and dispose of all medications is a crucial part of helping to stem the tide of overdoses and death."
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US CT: Strung Out At 4 A.M.: Emergency Room Doctors Treating Heroin

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Hartford Courant, 15 Jan 2017 - At four in the morning, the hospital's emergency department lights fluoresce directly into your brain. Everyone, everything looks green, especially the midnight heroin users. They are always shivering. Partly the withdrawal, partly the cold, damp Connecticut weather. They tend not to have proper jackets. On a stretcher in the hallway, a 25-year-old "opioid withdrawal" is curled up with three hospital blankets pulled over his head. I gently shake his leg, but nothing is really gentle here. I introduce myself and whisper a question about what brought him in. No response.
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US FL: Marijuana Laws Flummox Doctors

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 08:00
Orlando Sentinel, 15 Jan 2017 - TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for patients and doctors. Authors of the amendment, industry insiders and legislative leaders have called on the Department of Health to clarify what doctors and dispensing organizations can legally do under existing state laws and the voter-approved amendment that went into effect Tuesday.
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