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US UT: Painkiller Addictions Leading To Wave Of Heroin

Top Stories (MAP) - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 07:00
Standard-Examiner, 11 Jul 2015 - OGDEN - Mark Kastleman got a call this week from a 65-year-old woman who started on pain pills for back surgery recovery and now, a year later, has turned to heroin to feed the opiate addiction she developed. Unfortunately, her situation is not unusual.
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US NY: Editorial: Worrisome Increase In Heroin Use

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Newsday, 11 Jul 2015 - 62 percent: That's how much heroin use in the United States increased in just under a decade. Experts say the widespread crackdown on prescription painkillers has pushed some people to choose heroin instead. The fight against drug addiction is an endlessly morphing battle everywhere, including on Long Island, where 137 heroin overdose deaths were reported in 2014. There is a bit of good news, though: Heroin use among 12- to 17-year-olds and minorities declined. Perhaps we can begin to build on that. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
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US OR: Sweet Home School Board To Discuss Random Athlete Drug Testing

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Albany Democrat-Herald, 11 Jul 2015 - SWEET HOME -- Members of the Sweet Home School Board will spend part of Monday's board meeting discussing whether to join other mid-valley districts in random student athlete drug testing. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the district office and is open to the public. Superintendent Keith Winslow said no decision is expected immediately; the issue is up for discussion only at this point.
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CN MB: Editorial: Increase Research On Medical Pot

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Winnipeg Sun, 11 Jul 2015 - Chew 'em if you've got 'em. That was the message this week from Health Canada, which officially changed its rules around what approved medicinal pot producers can offer. Licensed growers can now offer concentrated cannabis oil, fresh marijuana buds and leaves needed to make edible products.
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Chronicle AM: Court Says Dispensaries Can't Take Biz Expenses, CT Sentencing Reform Becomes Law, More (7/10/15)

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Nearly half the country thinks roads will be less safe with pot legalization, researchers debunk the gateway theory... again, applicants pile up for medical marijuana programs in Florida and New York, Connecticut's governor signs a bill doing away with mandatory minimums for drug possession, and more.

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Gateway Theory Debunked… Again. A new study in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse has found that while marijuana use may typically precede the use of other drugs, there is no evidence it causes people to move on to them. Teens smoke pot for specific reasons, the researchers found, and it is those reasons -- not marijuana use itself -- that prompt them to try other drugs as well. Kids who smoke pot because they are bored are more likely to try cocaine, while teens who smoke pot for personal insights are more likely to try psychedelics. "We found that marijuana use within itself wasn't a risk factor for use of other drugs," said lead author Joseph Palamar, an assistant professor in the New York University Langone Medical Center's department of population health. "People do generally use marijuana before other drugs, but that doesn't mean marijuana is a cause of [using] those other drugs." The study was based on data from the annual Monitoring the Future study of American high school students.

Gallup Poll: 47% Say Marijuana Makes Roads Less Safe. Public attitudes toward marijuana and driving are fairly evenly split, with 47% saying it would make the roads less safe and 50% saying it would make no difference, according to a Gallup Poll released today. The poll results present a potential point of attack for legalization opponents, who have increasingly resorted to fears of drugged driving as other arguments against legalization have evaporated. But as Gallup notes, "… these data may defuse arguments that increased legalization across the US will influence driver safety. With just 30% of Americans currently saying that an increase in legal marijuana would make driving a lot less safe, and 50% saying it will not make much difference, the pro-legalization forces may have an advantage." Click on the link for more details and methodological notes.

Alaska Marijuana Industry Trade Group Forms. The Alaska Marijuana Industry Association formally announced its existence Thursday at an Anchorage press conference. The nonprofit group intends to represent marijuana business owners in the state, once those businesses are licensed.

Medical Marijuana

Federal Appeals Court Rules Dispensaries Can't Deduct Business Expenses. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that they can't take the deductions because their product is prohibited under federal law. The ruling came in the case of the embattled Vapor Room dispensary, whose owner had claimed $650,000 in business expenses in 2004 and 2005. The IRS balked, and now the appeals court has sided with the IRS.

Florida CBD Cannabis Oil Grow Program Gets 24 Applicants. Some 24 commercial plant nurseries have applied for state licenses to grow marijuana and produce CBD cannabis oil to treat epilepsy and other medical conditions. The state is divided into five regions, and only one license will be awarded for each region.

New York Medical Marijuana Program Gets 43 Applicants. Nearly four dozen companies have applied for licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana under a program approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The state Department of Health is expected to decide which applicants will get licenses sometime within the next couple of weeks.

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Connecticut Governor Signs Drug Sentencing Reform Bill. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed into law his "Second Chance Society" legislation, which eliminates mandatory minimum sentences for small-time drug possession and caps those sentences at one year. The measure also speeds up the pardon and parole process for nonviolent offenders. About 500 people are estimated to be imprisoned in the state solely for drug possession.

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US FL: As National Heroin Rates Surge, Miami-Dade Still Lacks A

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Miami Herald, 10 Jul 2015 - For the past three years, Florida's Legislature has failed to pass a bill that would create a needle exchange program leaving the state without a program to help drug addicts avoid exposure to disease through dirty needles. But stark new figures released this week show heroin use is surging across the country and is up around 63% in the last decade, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In another recent study, doctors at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital found that over one year, cases of infection at Jackson Memorial caused by injection drug use led to 17 deaths at a cost of $11.4 million, much of it borne by taxpayers.
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Jamaica: Drug Abuse Council Launches Ganja Education Campaign

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Jamaica Observer, 10 Jul 2015 - THE National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) says it is taking action to stem the prevalence of drug use among young people by educating them. "Our primary responsibility right now is protecting young people from the negative consequences of using [drugs]," Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
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US IL: Editorial: Multi-faceted Solution Needed In Heroin Crisis

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
Jacksonville Journal-Courier, 10 Jul 2015 - Heroin, once the forbidden fruit of even the most hardcore drug users, is now a problem for even Smalltown, USA. Experts believe the meteoric rise of addictive drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin has contributed greatly to the increase. As tighter controls were put on those drugs, heroin became a cheaper and easier option and offers a similar euphoric high.
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US NV: Editorial: Constitution Quashes Cash Confiscations

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
Elko Daily Free Press, 10 Jul 2015 - A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be the final nail in the coffin for the type of drug-interdiction cash seizures that have generated so much bad publicity in Northern Nevada. Nobody likes to see the bad guys get away, but even more important is Americans' constitutional right to protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The Recorder & Times, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Sault Star, 10 Jul 2015 - In Business: Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Beacon Herald, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Expositor, 10 Jul 2015 - In Business: Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Niagara Falls Review, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Peterborough Examiner, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

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The Tribune, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The Simcoe Reformer, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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Canada: Lawyers See Opportunity

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 10 Jul 2015 - Revenue Will Double Almost Immediately If Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal The legalized pot industry is quickly moving into the mainstream of Canada's business and legal communities. Driving growth is the new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation (MMPR), which last year replaced the former home growing regime with a system that allows for the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by private companies licensed by Health Canada.
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US AZ: San Luis Council Oks Medical Pot Dispensary

Top Stories (MAP) - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 10 Jul 2015 - SAN LUIS, Ariz. - Having gained the city council's approval this week, a medical marijuana dispensary could open sometime in 2016, pending the OK from the state. Finding no legal reasons to block the venture, the San Luis City Council on Wednesday approved two conditional use permits sought by Choice Cannabis, one to operate the dispensary on Archibald Street, next to the border, and the second to cultivate marijuana in an industrial building located along Highway 95 on the city's north side.
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