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CN AB: Column: How Readers Would Treat 42,000 Addicts

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 25 Jun 2016 - Eureka! Just recently I reported that it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them. From a Times Colonist reader: "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting o methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat." This reader then added, "I initially believed that the practice of hanging drug dealers in Singapore was too extreme. But on further thought I'd hang them myself if they gave heroin to my healthy innocent granddaughters."
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CN ON: Prince Of Pot Re-Opens Toronto Dispensary

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 25 Jun 2016 - The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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CN ON: City's Top Doc Back Injection Sites

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 25 Jun 2016 - The city's chief medical officer of health is recommending pushing ahead with opening three safe drug injection sites. After months of public consultation, Dr. David McKeown issued a report Friday urging the Board of Health and city council to endorse the idea.
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CN ON: Tory, Saunders Support Injection Sites

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2016 - Mayor says rising toll of overdose deaths in Toronto 'cannot be acceptable to anyone in a caring city such as ours' Toronto Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders are not opposing a proposal that would see three existing harm-reduction clinics in the city set up supervised drug-injection sites, where addicts can shoot up with a nurse looking on.
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CN ON: Smells Like Trouble

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 25 Jun 2016 - Marc Emery Re-Opens Pot Shop One Day After Raid The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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CN ON: Prince Of Pot Re-Opens T.O. Dispensary

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 25 Jun 2016 - The Prince of Pot is calling for marijuana dispensaries to be governed under the same rules as food and plant businesses. Marc Emery flew to Toronto for the reopening of his Cannabis Culture franchise location on Queen St. W. Friday morning - a day after Toronto Police raided the business.
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CN ON: Column: How Readers Would Treat 42,000 Addicts

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 25 Jun 2016 - 'You are right that doctors see a financial windfall and will not stop using methadone' Eureka! Last week I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them.
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CN AB: Pharmacist Wants To Distribute Medical Cannabis

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 24 Jun 2016 - There are no pharmacies in Alberta licensed to sell medical cannabis but there is at least one pharmacist locally that would like to see that changed. "Pharmacies are the logical choice to be the distribution system. Pharmacists are highly trained and knowledgeable of drugs and drug interactions, have access to medical records, have all the security measures in place and are accessible to the entire community," said Greg Buekert, pharmacist Greg's Remedy's Rx.
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CN ON: Underage Access To Marijuana A Concern

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jun 2016 - Clearer Delineation Between Medicinal and Recreational Use Needed, Premier Says Talk about a joint effort. There are bureaucrats from a dozen provincial departments working on an exhaustive cannabis strategy that will examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana.
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CN ON: Emery Dispensary Busted In Latest Blitz

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 24 Jun 2016 - The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops. Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries on Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city. And Chief Mark Saunders delivered a blunt warning to any Hogtown bud businesses still operating when asked about these latest raids.
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CN ON: Pot Shops Lit Up - Again

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 24 Jun 2016 - T.O. Cops Raid More Marijuana Stores The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops. Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city.
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Chronicle AM: House Blocks MJ Banking, No Prostitutes for DEA, Thai Meth Policy, More... (6/23/16)

Drug War Chronicle - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 20:32

House Republicans blocked an effort to open up banking for marijuana businesses, an Oregon worker fired for medical marijuana use wins his job back, DEA agents get new marching orders on hookers, the Thai government grapples with methamphetamine policy, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

House Turns Back Effort to Give Pot Businesses Access to Banks. The Republican-led House Wednesday voted down an amendment to the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act that would have blocked federal regulators from punishing financial institutions for working with state-legal marijuana businesses. A similar amendment had passed the Senate last week.

Nevada Legalization Effort Has Raised Nearly $300,000 This Year. The Nevada Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has raised $285,000 so far this year, with more than half coming in a two-day period earlier this month when local marijuana companies made significant donations. The campaign's legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot. Opposition groups made no reports of donations this reporting period.

Oregon Takes in Nearly $15 Million in Pot Taxes So Far This Year. As of May 30, the state Department of Revenue had processed $14.9 million in marijuana tax payments this year, the agency said Wednesday. Medical marijuana dispensaries authorized to sell to any adult 21 or over began collecting the tax in January.

Medical Marijuana

New Mexico Auditor Bemoans Delays in Processing ID Cards. The state auditor and the attorney general are investigating a backlog of medical marijuana ID card applications as requests for the cards surge. The state has 30 days to issue the issue the cards, but the Department of Health said it is taking 45-50 days, and the auditor's office said it had complaints of wait times of up to 90 days.

Oregon Worker Fired for Medical Marijuana Wins Jobs Back. An arbitrator has ordered Lane County to reinstate a worker it fired because he used medical marijuana to deal with the side effects of cancer treatment and it has ordered the county to give him nearly $22,000 in back pay. Michael Hirsh had been employed as a senior programmer for the county before he was fired in December after two employees reported smelling pot smoke on his clothing.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

New York Governor Signs Heroin Bill Package. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Wednesday signed into law a package of bills aimed at the state's heroin and prescription opioid problems. The bills, which address prevention, treatment, and insurance coverage, should produce an additional 270 treatment beds and more than 2,000 slots for drug treatment programs. The bills also require insurance companies to wait 14 days before denying coverage to drug users deemed in need of drug treatment, and it limits initial prescriptions for opioids for severe pain to seven days.

Law Enforcement

No Prostitutes for DEA Agents. In the wake of scandalous behavior by DEA agents in Colombia during the 2012 Summit of the Americas, the DEA has instituted a one-strike policy for agents caught patronizing prostitutes. "Solicitation of prostitution on duty or off duty, whether you're in a jurisdiction where it is legal or illegal, first time offense -- removal," DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg told a Senate panel Wednesday.

International

UN Releases Annual Global Drug Report -- 250 Million Adults Used a Drug Last Year. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime has released the World Drug Report 2016, and notes that 5% of the adult population has used at least one drug in the past year. The UN also reported that the number of people classified as suffering from a dependency disorder climbed to more than 29 million, up from 27 million the previous year.

Thailand Won't Legalize Meth, But Will Remove it From List of Dangerous Drugs. Thai Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has walked back talk about legalizing the amphetamine, but now says the country will work to reform its drug laws by removing meth from its list of hard drugs like heroin and recognizing a distinction between traffickers and users, workers, and addicts.

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US OH: Minority Goals For Pot Market Raise Legal Questions

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 23 Jun 2016 - Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be unconstitutional, legal experts told The Associated Press. The provisions were inserted into the fast-tracked bill at the request of Democrats, whose votes were key to its passage in both Republican-controlled legislative chambers. The law made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medicinal cannabis. It takes effect Sept. 8.
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US CT: Medical Marijuana Program Touted As A Success

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 23 Jun 2016 - The number of patients in the state of Connecticut receiving medical marijuana treatment has grown from 2,000 a few years ago to 11,000, according to Department of Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull. Connecticut legalized medical marijuana for adults in 2012. There are nine dispensaries in the state serving the more than 11,000 registered patients.
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US CA: Pot Start-Up Hooks A Giant

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 23 Jun 2016 - When David Dinenberg decided to get into the marijuana industry, his business plan was based on fear. In 2014, he founded Kind Financial with the aim of making loans and providing other services to marijuana growers and sellers - customers banks were scared to work with.
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Indonesia: Court Sentences Four Drug Smugglers To Death

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Jakarta Post, 23 Jun 2016 - The Medan District Court on Wednesday decided on capital punishment for four Indonesians convicted of smuggling 270 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia to North Sumatra. The four defendants are businessmen Ayau and Daud, alias Athiam, from Bengkalis, Riau, Lukmansyah, a security guard in Dumai, Riau, and Jimmy Syahputra, a resident of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.
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Thailand: Meeting Mulls Decriminalising Meth

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
The Nation, 23 Jun 2016 - Paiboon Ready to Transfer Drug Rehab Function to Public Health Ministry JUSTICE Minister Paiboon Koomchaya is ready to transfer drug rehabilitation function completely to the Public Health Ministry.
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Philippines: Rody: Some Cops Silencing Cohorts

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 23 Jun 2016 - Some policemen may be killing their accomplices in drug trafficking to ensure they will not be implicated in the criminal activities. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte himself conceded this possibility yesterday even as he vowed to help police officers who may face criminal charges for killing drug suspects. "I will take care of you, I will protect you," Duterte said in a speech delivered before local officials in Sarangani.
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US CA: Column: Big Brands

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Jun 2016 - Microsoft made some tech industry-sized waves this week with the announcement that it's diving into the marijuana business. Before you get too excited, don't expect to find any Windows 10 Kush in your next purchase of Microsoft Office.
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US CA: Column: Under Siege

Top Stories (MAP) - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 23 Jun 2016 - Hey, what's all this about a company in Santa Rosa getting raided? I thought raids were a thing of the past? - -Lou Kout Sigh. You heard right. The CBD Guild (the company behind the brands Absolute Xtracts and Care By Design pills and tinctures) in Santa Rosa, was raided last week. According to reports, a disgruntled former employee went to the police and accused CBD Guild of making butane hash oil and concentrates. Using butane or other volatile solvent to make hash is illegal in California, although possessing or selling butane extracted marijuana concentrates is not illegal.
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