Dayton Daily News, 20 Sep 2015 - Business at SEATTLE, WASH.- Uncle Ike's Pot Shop is buzzing as nine "budtenders" help customers pick out weed, candies, bongs and more while another dozen people stand in line and flip through "menus." "I can help the next guest down here," an employee shouts out.
Standard-Speaker, 20 Sep 2015 - How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder! America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever.
The Chronicle-Journal, 19 Sep 2015 - VANCOUVER - Canadian actress Pamela Anderson prompted laughs from starry-eyed fans when she quipped she would never vote for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. But she quickly switched to a serious tone and said citizens should keep climate change top of mind when they go to the polls on Oct. 19, calling it "the most important issue to anybody in the whole world."
The Observer, 19 Sep 2015 - You're in some strange company if you use meth When drug use began to go rampant in the United States, former Harvard psychiatrist Baba Ram Dass countered that former colleague Tim Leary's "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out" with the idea that mankind has an innate drive to "get high" or experience altered states of consciousness. He noted there is some psychoactive product in virtually every culture on the planet except the Inuit, be it alcohol, peyote or others. He went on to state that while drugs can indeed give us a taste of a spiritual experience, they don't provide a map to get there. His answer was to find it through spiritual means.
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Sep 2015 - VANCOUVER - Canadian actress Pamela Anderson prompted laughs from starry-eyed fans when she quipped she would never vote for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper. But she quickly switched to a serious tone and said citizens should keep climate change top of mind when they go to the polls Oct. 19, calling it "the most important issue to anybody in the whole world."
Jakarta Post, 19 Sep 2015 - The newly inaugurated National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso continues to make controversy. Soon after his inauguration, Budi said that he would review all laws related to drugs. He even said that he would send all drug users to prison, instead of making them undergo rehabilitation programs as mandated by the current law on narcotics. Budi also claimed that fighting drugs should include reviewing related laws, since imperfect regulations were an obstacle for BNN in performing its duties. Budi announced that he would propose a revision to Law No. 35/2009 on Narcotics, especially Article 54, which states that social and medical rehabilitation must be provided to drug addicts and victims of drug abuse.
The Gridley Herald, 19 Sep 2015 - Four teams of Butte County Code Enforcement Officers, accompanied by Sheriff's Deputies and District Attorney Investigators for safety, as well as Animal Services, visited 29 residences in Bangor, Honcut, and Palermo Tuesday to determine compliance with the County's medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. Each team was assigned a list of properties presumed to be in violation of the County's ordinance based on aerial photos obtained during a flyover of the neighborhood last week. During the visits, Code Enforcement Officers issued 19 citations for violations to the County's ordinance; some residents received citations where multiple violations existed. Officers will return in 72 hours to inspect the properties in order to see if residents have come into compliance with the ordinance. On Tuesday, five residents became compliant with the ordinance on the spot by cutting down plants in an Officer's presence and no citations were issued in those cases. "When we returned to the office on Tuesday afternoon, a voicemail was waiting from a resident in the area thanking us for our enforcement efforts. The resident's neighbor had a large grow, which was brought into compliance by removing plants during our enforcement yesterday," said Chris Jellison, Code Enforcement Supervisor, "we know these efforts are making a difference for residents.
Lima News, 19 Sep 2015 - There are a variety of important issues on the ballot this November. Issue 1 seeks to change the way Ohio draws its state legislative districts in an effort to allow more input from the minority party. Issue 2 seeks to ban efforts of business investors to create monopolies in Ohio's Constitution. Yet, in stark contrast to Issue 2, Issue 3 seeks to create a legalized drug cartel. Issue 3 would allow a small group of investors an exclusive monopoly to grow marijuana in Ohio, while making recreational marijuana more available to children and adults than their favorite fast food. No matter how you feel about the legalization of marijuana, the passage of Issue 3 would only benefit a wealthy few while saddling the state and its citizens with immeasurable costs.
It's looking like Arizona will vote on marijuana legalization next year, the Obama administration eases restrictions on the opiate maintenance drug buprenorphine, needle exchanges expand in West Virginia, and more.
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Arizona Legalization Initiative on Track With Signature Gathering. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said Thursday that it has already gathered 75,000 signatures, putting the group about one-third of the way to its goal of gathering 230,000 by July 2016. The group needs more than 150,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. A second group, Arizonans for Mindful Regulation wants to put its own initiative on the ballot, but has gathered only about 6,000 signatures so far.
Heroin and Prescription Opiates
Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement Addressing Heroin Epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burrell said Thursday that her agency would rewrite regulations to make it easier for doctors to treat opiate addiction with buprenorphine in a bid to get a handle on opiate abuse and addiction. "We need to lift people out of opioid-use disorder through medication-assisted treatment," Burwell said. "This epidemic is multifaceted, and we need to respond with the best solutions that medicine and behavioral therapy can provide together, so we need to increase the use of buprenorphine, which can help us treat opioid use disorder when combined with psycho-social support."
Ohio Bill Would Require Insurers to Cover Tamper-Resistant Drugs. A bipartisan pair of legislators have introduced a bill that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for tamper-resistant drugs that are more difficult to abuse. Reps. Robert Schrager (R-Findlay) and Nickie Antonion (D-Cleveland) said the measure is necessary because the long-term cost of opiate abuse in the state will cost the state millions of dollars. The bill has not yet appeared on the state legislative website.
West Virginia County to Begin Needle Exchange Program. Harrison County plans to move forward with a needle exchange/harm reduction program after hearing of the success of a similar program in Morgantown. The Morgantown exchange began in 2013, when 34 local residents tested positive for Hepatitis C. There have been 118 Hep C infections in Harrison County this year. It is a regional problem -- West Virginia and Kentucky have the highest Hep C infection rates in the country, many of them tied to intravenous drug use.
Peace Arch News, 18 Sep 2015 - It's been a topsy-turvy week for the federal Liberals in South Surrey-White Rock, with candidate Joy Davies resigning Sept. 10 after controversial remarks she made about marijuana use on social media came to light. Davies has been replaced by longtime Liberal and former Surrey councillor Judy Higginbotham.
Prince George Citizen, 18 Sep 2015 - VANCOUVER - Vancouver's police board has unanimously rejected a prominent advocate's complaint that the city's police department was failing to enforce the law against marijuana dispensaries. Pamela McColl of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada had accused the department of not doing its duty "to maintain law and order" by not shutting down all pot shops in the city.
Globe and Mail, 18 Sep 2015 - Vancouver's police board has unanimously rejected a prominent advocate's complaint that the city's police department was failing to enforce the law against marijuana dispensaries. Pamela McColl of the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada had accused the department of not doing its duty "to maintain law and order" by not shutting down all pot shops in the city.
Globe and Mail, 18 Sep 2015 - Girl's Seizures Had Improved With Cannabis Extract, Prompting Mom to Seek Help at Ontario Clinic An Alberta mother whose daughter has severe epilepsy has travelled to Ontario for a medical marijuana prescription after the girl's doctor said he was no longer allowed to provide permission to purchase the product.
Vancouver 24hours, 18 Sep 2015 - Vancouver's Police Board has dismissed a complaint alleging its officers were turning a blind eye towards the city's many marijuana dispensaries - saying it has taken action, but the investigations are simply too costly and ineffective. In a lengthy response to the complaint filed by Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, VPD Deputy Chief Doug LePard said the department has executed 11 warrants and recommended 23 charges since 2013 against marijuana dispensaries. The most recent bust happened in August.
Vancouver 24hours, 18 Sep 2015 - Langley city council voted down a motion Sept. 14 to have staff report back on advice and recommendations on the viability of a needle exchange program - leaving one councillor concerned about their lack of understanding regarding harm-reduction practices. "Many of these people, not only on council but on staff, have no concept whatsoever of the term harm reduction, so that's why I served that notice of motion," said Coun. Dave Hall.
Toronto Star, 18 Sep 2015 - Severely ill 5-month-old is now breathing on her own, raising hope she's improving VANCOUVER- Parents of a severely ill baby girl in British Columbia have dropped a court action seeking greater control of her care, including the right to treat her with cannabis oil.
Surrey Leader, 18 Sep 2015 - It's been a topsy-turvy week for the federal Liberals in South Surrey-White Rock, with candidate Joy Davies resigning Sept. 10 after controversial remarks she made about marijuana use. Davies has been replaced by longtime Liberal and former Surrey councillor Judy Higginbotham. South Surrey resident Higginbotham has been soldiering for the Liberals, both federal and provincial, since 1983, when she first ran with the provincial Liberals in what was then the two-member riding of Surrey-White Rock. She left the provincial Liberals to run with the doomed Social Credit party in the 1991 provincial election in Surrey-Cloverdale, but has been a loyal Liberal since that time.
The Trentonian, 18 Sep 2015 - Today I walked out of my Joint smoking a joint, and I ran into a billboard on East State Street near City Hall across the street from the Federal Courthouse. (Yeah, I feel in the open air I should have as much right to smoke my joint as the tobacco addict does to smoke his plant.) I instantly loved this billboard, it was right up my antagonistic alley. Here was a big sign calling the courts corrupt, right at the Fisher Federal Building - that's ballsy. Somebody wanted some attention, and me being a media whore myself - I'm game. So check out this billboard.
Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep 2015 - Advocates, With Cash in Hand, Await the Backing of at Least One Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she has never smoked pot, not even as a bell-bottom-wearing undergraduate in the 1960s. Her husband's administration went nuclear in the war on drugs. During her 2008 campaign, she publicly opposed marijuana legalization.
Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep 2015 - Veteran Actor in His Element for Thriller 'Sicario' TORONTO (AP) - No other actor has covered all angles of the war on drugs - its tragedies, its violence, its farces - more than Benicio Del Toro.