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CN ON: Growing Popularity

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Apr 2016 - More patients seeking out pot While the concentration of medicinal marijuana dispensaries is mainly in downtown Toronto, access to the drug isn't just exclusively for those living in the 416 area code.
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CN ON: Former Top Mountie Backs Safe Injection Sites

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Apr 2016 - Former RCMP Commissioner Norman Inkster has thrown his support behind the drive to establish more safe injection sites in Canada, arguing the supervised consumption of illegal drugs is better for addicts and the neighbourhoods in which they live. "For me, this is a way to reduce some harm by getting it off the street," Inkster told Postmedia in an interview. "We're reducing some harm with a problem that seems to be intractable."
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CN ON: 'Evidence-Based Approach' To Addiction

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Sudbury Star, 04 Apr 2016 - Ottawa health centre joins list of proposed safe-injection sites OTTAWA - Public consultations begin Monday on a controversial proposal by the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre to give injection-drug users a safe place to feed their addictions.
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US NY: OPED: Congress Leaves Opioid Crisis to Cities and

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 04 Apr 2016 - Devolution is when the federal government relinquishes responsibility, intentionally or unintentionally, for something it was previously responsible for to local governments. An example of this can be seen in the way the heroin and opioid epidemic is being addressed in Erie County. Gridlock in Congress prevents meaningful federal action, despite the efforts of our elected leaders. They include Sen. Charles Schumer's role in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would provide communities additional funding for prevention efforts, and Rep. Brian Higgins' introduction of the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act, which would allow physicians to dispense maintenance medications to more patients.
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New Zealand: Editorial: Time For Calm Debate On Drugs

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
The Dominion Post, 04 Apr 2016 - Are we hearing the first murmurs of a more calm and rational approach to minor drug offences? Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, the Government's go-to man on drug regulation, is sidling cautiously towards some meaningful changes. His national drug policy, released last year, puts a new emphasis on treating drugs as a health issue. Among other things, the policy calls for a review of drug paraphernalia laws, as well as options for "minimising harm in relation to the offence and penalty regime for personal possession" of drugs. Would that mean decriminalising possessing small amounts of cannabis? "I'm not going that far . . . yet," Dunne said last week.
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US IL: Legislator: Put Warning Labels On Medical Pot

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 04 Apr 2016 - SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Medical marijuana in Illinois would be required to carry warning labels about possible side effects under a bill of a Republican lawmaker. Rep. Dwight Kay, of downstate Edwardsville, said the goal is to treat medical marijuana like other prescription drugs that warn patients about possible adverse effects. His bill, up for a House committee vote Monday, doesn't specify what warnings should be on the products, leaving it to the state health department to decide.
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US DC: Pot Activists See Win As Opportunity For Dialogue

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Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - Rally Pressures Obama to Deschedule Marijuana The local activists who helped legalize marijuana possession in the District were on the trail of bigger game Saturday, lighting up in front of the White House to protest the way federal laws classify the drug.
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US IL: Pot Extract Could Help Kids With Epilepsy

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Chicago Tribune, 04 Apr 2016 - Clinical Trial Shows Reduced Seizures in Children, Possibly Increasing Chances of FDA Approval A marijuana extract significantly reduced seizures in severely epileptic children, according to a landmark study conducted in part at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
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US CO: Large Pot Business Push to Rename Stadium Seen As

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Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - DENVER - One of Colorado's top marijuana businesses wants to keep the "high" in the Denver Broncos' Mile High Stadium. Native Roots, which operates 14 medical and recreational dispensaries in Colorado, is prepared to make an offer for the naming rights of the NFL team's stadium, now called Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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US CO: Pot Sales Healing Economic Woes Of A Colorado Town

Top Stories (MAP) - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 04 Apr 2016 - DeBEQUE, Colo. - When the oil and gas industry tanked and plans for gambling crapped out, this conservative town of ranchers and roughnecks found salvation in an unlikely place. Weed. "We are going to survive by it," said Darrel Kuhn, who owns the local liquor store, "because we sure as hell can't survive without it." He may be right. Colorado's billion-dollar marijuana industry has boosted the economies of many struggling towns. Empire, Trinidad and Parachute have all benefited from infusions of pot money. But DeBeque, on Colorado's Western Slope, owes its very existence to the cannabis trade. For generations, oil and gas money paved the roads, built the schools and beautified the parks in this town of 500 along the Colorado River. But over the last few years, plummeting fuel prices have reduced those revenues from a high of $ 260,000 annually to around $ 17,000.
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US CT: Column: Drug-Sniffing Police Dog Violates Home Privacy

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Register Citizen, 04 Apr 2016 - Should police be permitted to use a drug-sniffing dog to roam the hallways of an apartment or condominium complex to search for contraband without getting a warrant from a judge? That is the question confronted by the state supreme court this week in a case called State v. Dennis Kono. Hiding underneath that are several other considerations of importance: should the police's power to search a person's residence be any different depending on whether the residence is an apartment, condominium or free-standing house; and should the search for contraband outweigh any Fourth Amendment rights we have as citizens?
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US CT: Column: Drug-Sniffing Police Dog Violates Home Privacy

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The Middletown Press, 04 Apr 2016 - Should police be permitted to use a drug-sniffing dog to roam the hallways of an apartment or condominium complex to search for contraband without getting a warrant from a judge? That is the question confronted by the state supreme court this week in a case called State v. Dennis Kono. Hiding underneath that are several other considerations of importance: should the police's power to search a person's residence be any different depending on whether the residence is an apartment, condominium or free-standing house; and should the search for contraband outweigh any Fourth Amendment rights we have as citizens?
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US RI: AG To Host Marijuana Legalization Forum

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Pawtucket Times, 04 Apr 2016 - PROVIDENCE (AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug. Tuesday's forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.
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US RI: Rhode Island AG to Hold Forum on Legalizing Marijuana

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The Day, 04 Apr 2016 - Providence (AP) - Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is hosting a forum on marijuana regulation and policy that will focus on learning from states that have legalized the drug. Tuesday's forum at Brown University will include speakers from the marijuana industry group the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Production.
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US DC: Strong Religious Beliefs Linked to Lower Rates of Drug

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Washington Times, 04 Apr 2016 - For a religion in which wine plays such a central role, Christianity may prove surprisingly effective at curbing drug use, according to a study. Data analyzed by DrugAbuse.com in "Drugs and Devotion: Comparing Substance Abuse by Believers and Nonbelievers" show a correlation between religious belief and a reluctance to experiment with narcotics.
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US: Banks Won't Take Pot Industry's Stash Of Cash

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 03 Apr 2016 - Feds Don't Allow Banks to Handle Marijuana Money. DENVER - Tim Cullen's marijuana business brought in millions of dollars last year, but he's had a hard time finding a bank to take the money. He's cycled through 14 checking accounts in six years. Recently, he said, a bank closed all his personal accounts, including college savings for his 3-year-old daughter.
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US NJ: A Patient's Path To Medical Marijuana

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, 03 Apr 2016 - Awful Pain, but Still She Struggled With Decision. Dana Kelley recalls the exact moment when her neurologist suggested she try medical marijuana. The retired Army Intelligence linguist said it caused her emotional upheaval and led her to question her willingness to continue living in constant pain.
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US MO: Violence In St. Louis Traced To Cheap Mexican Heroin

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New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - ST. LOUIS - Clara Walker, a mother of nine and grandmother of eight, was peering out the window of her home three years ago after hearing what she initially thought were gunshots from a television crime show. But at that moment, Anthony Jordan, who the authorities say was a gang enforcer known as "Godfather," was spraying gunfire on the street outside, and two bullets struck Ms. Walker, killing her.
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US: Life And High Times

Top Stories (MAP) - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - Picture a mood-lit Las Vegas casino, at first glance indistinguishable from any other pleasure palace on the Strip: salarymen hunch over $20 blackjack tables as waitresses with plunging necklines circle the floor. Instead of bourbon-and-sodas, however, these waitresses are carrying trays full of vaporizers and water pipes. The games themselves have names that sound more like Cypress Hill songs: "Craps and Blunts," "Roll and Roulette."
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US WA: OPED: Treatment, Not Punishment, Will Limit Opioid

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The Herald, 03 Apr 2016 - TREATMENT, NOT PUNISHMENT, WILL LIMIT OPIOID PROBLEMS President Obama did something remarkable this week. For the first time, a president talked about drug addiction in America without talking about prosecution, mandatory minimums or a war on drugs.
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