Vancouver 24hours, 27 Jul 2015 - This Week's Topic: Are Safe Injection Sites Like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Good Public Policy? INSITE SAVES LIVES AND GIVES ADDICTS A CHANCE TO CLEAN UP We know addiction results in violence, depression, illness and early death. We've learned how addiction can devastate families, friends, and colleagues. We have seen people-once children full of potential - become addicts contorting their bodies in the middle of busy streets, pestering citizens for change, or selling their bodies.
Washington Post, 27 Jul 2015 - This month, President Obama commuted the long sentences of 46 federal prisoners convicted of drug crimes, and over the next fewdays he laid out his vision for criminal justice reform in speeches to the NAACP and at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma. Prison reformers hailed these events as important steps forward in the effort to rein in the sprawling U.S. prison system. I don't think they should be so happy. Obama's speeches, unfortunately, explicitly emphasized one of the most problematic myths standing in theway of true penal reform, and the commutations implicitly did the same. In all three instances, Obama suggested that we can scale back incarceration by focusing solely on nonviolent offenders. Obama made this a key point in his NAACP speech: "But here's the thing: Over the last few decades, we've also locked up more and more nonviolent drug offenders than ever before, for longer than ever before. And that is the real reason our prison population is so high."
Albuquerque Journal, 27 Jul 2015 - New Mexico has a nasty habit of landing at or near the top of the list of states with the highest drug overdose death rates, and the state Health Department isn't making any headway toward reversing that trend. Despite some recent efforts to lower that statistic, our state still has the second-highest number of per capita overdoses in the nation. While the department has made progress in defining the problem and identifying what should work, the numbers are not dropping consistently. In fact, overdose deaths hit an all-time high last year.
Independent, 27 Jul 2015 - The stench of hypocrisy has long hung over the drugs debate. Politicians joke about their own use, then talk tough about the dangers and the need to crack down on criminals. This could be heard again last week when the candidates for the Labour leadership were quizzed by a radio listener over cannabis. "I've had a few smokes when I was at college," replied Liz Kendall. "I did inhale... but that's never been my favourite form of relaxation." Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper also admitted taking the odd toke during student days; only the austere Jeremy Corbyn had never tried cannabis. All three former users stressed these were youthful indiscretions as politicians always do. Yet they are in good company at Westminster: cabinet ministers have made similar confessions and even the Prime Minister admitted to smoking dope at school.
Los Angeles Times, 26 Jul 2015 - UC Irvine Graduate's Death Is the Latest in a Long Series Tied to Drug Use at Raves A 24-year-old San Francisco man who died while attending the Electric Daisy Carnival rave in Las Vegas had ingested a fatal dose of the drug Ecstasy, authorities said.
The Mail Tribune, 26 Jul 2015 - At the July 16 council meeting, the Medford City Council formally initiated the legislative process to draft rules regulating commercial marijuana activity. At this time, I think it would be helpful to summarize the council's position thus far. When medical dispensaries were first allowed by the Oregon Legislature two years ago, Medford's initial position was to defend our home rule authority in the face of state preemption. This has led to a misconception that we are opposed to marijuana at all costs and for all reasons. This is incorrect.
Appeal-Democrat, 26 Jul 2015 - As the dust surrounding Yuba County's controversial marijuana ordinance settles, it can be easy to forget Sutter County passed a similar ordinance late in 2013. While it wasn't accompanied by prolonged public meetings filled with passionate public comment or recall notices of county supervisors, the ordinance did elicit concern from medical marijuana patients that the ordinance eliminated their ability to grow the medicine they claimed to need.
Toronto Star, 25 Jul 2015 - McGill study found traces of substances in drinking water that could harm environment Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and morphine, among other illicit and prescription drugs, have been detected in surface water in southern Ontario rivers, a new study says.
Lethbridge Herald, 25 Jul 2015 - PROVINCES WANT EASIER ACCESS TO OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE Health Canada has agreed to review the prescription-only status of an antidote used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses. A number of provinces have called for naloxone to be easier to access, so people who might one day need it can keep it on hand.
Guelph Mercury, 25 Jul 2015 - TORONTO - Trace amounts of cocaine, oxycodon and morphine have been detected in surface water in southern Ontario rivers, among other illicit and prescription drugs, a new study says. The drugs originate in wastewater discharged into the Grand River watershed, according to a McGill University report published last week in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
The Register-Guard, 25 Jul 2015 - Employers Can Enforce Zero-Tolerance Policies Marijuana has been legal in Oregon for nearly a month now, so Cyd Maurer's cautionary tale is well-timed. The morning weekend news anchor on KEZI-TV in Eugene was fired after a routine drug screen detected marijuana in her system. Maurer is now complaining of a double standard, and she has a point - but the law is entirely on the side of the station's managers and any other employers who wish to require being drug-free a condition of employment.
Edmonton Sun, 25 Jul 2015 - Three charged after dispensary raided by city police ALERT squad More than 1,000 patients suffering from chronic pain, cancer or epilepsy are without their medicine of choice after police shut down an Edmonton medical marijuana dispensary.
Independent, 25 Jul 2015 - At last, a sign that the UK is moving - albeit at a snail's pace - towards a realistic policy on drugs, one that is appropriate for the 21st century. New figures show that more than a million people aged between 16 and 24 used cannabis in the past year. Now, those in the North-east who keep pot plants - the hallucinogenic kind rather than a Busy Lizzie - no longer fear a knock on their door and a trip to the police station.
Columbus Dispatch, 25 Jul 2015 - A competitive video-gaming organization will begin testing players for performance-enhancing drugs next month, as the field of so-called eSports moves further into the mainstream and prize pools climb. The announcement by the Electronic Sports League came just weeks after one gamer admitted to using the stimulant Adderall at a tournament, sparking discussion around an issue that has long plagued traditional sports.
Columbus Dispatch, 25 Jul 2015 - In Ross County, where heroin users worry both about deadly overdoses and a possible encounter with a killer, the state is setting up a multi-agency pilot program to respond to the crisis. The Office of Criminal Justice Services is chipping in $100,000 from a federal grant to attack the heroin problem by forming a partnership involving mentalhealth and addiction professionals, law-enforcement officials and the courts. The Heroin Partnership Project was announced on Friday at the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus so that agencies can work together to share information and provide services and treatment.
The Post-Star, 25 Jul 2015 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. Certain chemicals in marijuana may kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and prevent the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors. That's the National Cancer Institute reporting findings from preclinical trials - the kind of research that typically leads to more in-depth testing.
Spokesman-Review, 25 Jul 2015 - A federal judge rejected the medical marijuana defense of a member of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five" growing family and sentenced Jason Lee Zucker on Friday to 16 months in prison. "There is no such thing as medical marijuana," U.S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice said. "There is no such thing in federal law."
Seattle Times, 25 Jul 2015 - Portland - An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug. Cyd Maurer, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI-TV, said she was fired in May after getting into a minor accident while on assignment.
Albuquerque Journal, 25 Jul 2015 - Regulations May Result From Enquiry SANTA FE - An explosion at a Santa Fe medical marijuana dispensary that severely burned two employees is being investigated by federal Drug Enforcement Administration and multiple city and state agencies.
Republican & Herald, 25 Jul 2015 - President Barack Obama has seized on the righteous issue of mass incarceration for the final lap of his presidency. This one has a broad ideological and bipartisan coalition behind it, with Republican senators, governors and funders ( including the Koch brothers) linked with the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. But Obama is not going far enough.