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Chronicle AM: DEA Emergency Ban on Fentanyl Analogs, Fox Legalization Poll, More... (2/7/18)

Canada (STDW) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 21:39

A Fox poll has support for legalization at an all-time high, Colorado's governor ponders freeing marijuana prisoners, the DEA emergency bans fentanyl analogues, New York's governor bans synthetic cannabinoids, and more.

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Fox News Poll Has Support for Marijuana Legalization at Record High. A new Fox News poll has the poll's highest numbers yet in support of freeing the weed. Some 59% said legalize it, up from 51% in 2015, 46% in 2013, and 26% in 2001. The Fox poll results are in line with other national polls, which are now typically showing support for legalization in the high 50s or low 60s.

Colorado Governor Ponders Freeing Marijuana Prisoners. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is considering releasing nearly 40 prison inmates serving time for nonviolent marijuana offenses. "Right now, we have not enough room left in our prisons. So if what these people are serving serious time for wasn't violent -- is no longer illegal -- maybe we should be looking at (whether) it safe to release them," he said in an interview with The Denver Post. "We are talking about going out and finding people who are still in prison, and saying, 'If you want to apply we think your application will have favor,'" Hickenlooper said.

Virginia Poll Has Strong Support for Decriminalization. A new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University has support for decriminalization at 76%, with even 60% of Republicans in favor. The poll comes a week after Republicans in the state Senate killed a decriminalization bill.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

DEA Emergency Schedules All Illicit Fentanyl Analogs. The US Drug Enforcement Administration this week placed all illicit fentanyl analogues not already regulated by the Controlled Substances Act into Schedule I -- the category for substances with no currently accepted medical use -- for two years, with the possibility of a one-year extension. The action is intended to reduce these substances' flow into the country and slow the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids, but time will tell.

Kratom

FDA Ramps Up Warnings on Kratom, Calls It "Opioid." The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ramped up its warnings about kratom, saying that new research says the herb has "opioid properties" and is linked to 44 deaths. "We feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. New data has reinforced the agency concerns about kratom's "potential for abuse, addiction and serious health consequences, including death."

New Synthetic Substances

New York Governor Uses Temporary Budget Amendment to Ban Sales of Synthetic Cannabinoids. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday a 30-day budget amendment to add 36 different synthetic cannabinoids to the state's controlled substance list. While the substances are banned federally, only some New York counties had banned them. "As the manufacturers of this poison continue to evolve and find new and insidious ways to skirt the law, New York's statutes must continue to keep pace," Cuomo said. "With this action, we'll continue to identify and crack down on hazardous compounds that emerge in our communities, and give law enforcement the tools they need to end this public health threat."

International

Canada Legalization Rollout Could Be Delayed. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Tuesday that recreational marijuana sales will only begin a few months after legalization later this year because the new legal sales system will take time to begin working properly. The Liberal government wants the new law in place by July 1, but if it takes until that date, legal sales could be pushed back to the fall.

Israel Prime Minister Blocks Medical Marijuana Exports, Calls for More Studies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended plans to allow Israeli medical marijuana growers to export their crops pending new reviews by the Health Ministry and the chairman of the National Economic Council. The move came after a Sunday meeting where Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan presented data on the diversion of medical marijuana into recreational markets.

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Chronicle AM: DEA Emergency Ban on Fentanyl Analogs, Fox Legalization Poll, More... (2/7/18)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 21:39

A Fox poll has support for legalization at an all-time high, Colorado's governor ponders freeing marijuana prisoners, the DEA emergency bans fentanyl analogues, New York's governor bans synthetic cannabinoids, and more.

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

Fox News Poll Has Support for Marijuana Legalization at Record High. A new Fox News poll has the poll's highest numbers yet in support of freeing the weed. Some 59% said legalize it, up from 51% in 2015, 46% in 2013, and 26% in 2001. The Fox poll results are in line with other national polls, which are now typically showing support for legalization in the high 50s or low 60s.

Colorado Governor Ponders Freeing Marijuana Prisoners. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is considering releasing nearly 40 prison inmates serving time for nonviolent marijuana offenses. "Right now, we have not enough room left in our prisons. So if what these people are serving serious time for wasn't violent -- is no longer illegal -- maybe we should be looking at (whether) it safe to release them," he said in an interview with The Denver Post. "We are talking about going out and finding people who are still in prison, and saying, 'If you want to apply we think your application will have favor,'" Hickenlooper said.

Virginia Poll Has Strong Support for Decriminalization. A new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University has support for decriminalization at 76%, with even 60% of Republicans in favor. The poll comes a week after Republicans in the state Senate killed a decriminalization bill.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

DEA Emergency Schedules All Illicit Fentanyl Analogs. The US Drug Enforcement Administration this week placed all illicit fentanyl analogues not already regulated by the Controlled Substances Act into Schedule I -- the category for substances with no currently accepted medical use -- for two years, with the possibility of a one-year extension. The action is intended to reduce these substances' flow into the country and slow the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids, but time will tell.

Kratom

FDA Ramps Up Warnings on Kratom, Calls It "Opioid." The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ramped up its warnings about kratom, saying that new research says the herb has "opioid properties" and is linked to 44 deaths. "We feel confident in calling compounds found in kratom, opioids," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. New data has reinforced the agency concerns about kratom's "potential for abuse, addiction and serious health consequences, including death."

New Synthetic Substances

New York Governor Uses Temporary Budget Amendment to Ban Sales of Synthetic Cannabinoids. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday a 30-day budget amendment to add 36 different synthetic cannabinoids to the state's controlled substance list. While the substances are banned federally, only some New York counties had banned them. "As the manufacturers of this poison continue to evolve and find new and insidious ways to skirt the law, New York's statutes must continue to keep pace," Cuomo said. "With this action, we'll continue to identify and crack down on hazardous compounds that emerge in our communities, and give law enforcement the tools they need to end this public health threat."

International

Canada Legalization Rollout Could Be Delayed. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Tuesday that recreational marijuana sales will only begin a few months after legalization later this year because the new legal sales system will take time to begin working properly. The Liberal government wants the new law in place by July 1, but if it takes until that date, legal sales could be pushed back to the fall.

Israel Prime Minister Blocks Medical Marijuana Exports, Calls for More Studies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended plans to allow Israeli medical marijuana growers to export their crops pending new reviews by the Health Ministry and the chairman of the National Economic Council. The move came after a Sunday meeting where Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan presented data on the diversion of medical marijuana into recreational markets.

Categories: Medical Marijuana

US: Marijuana Industries Have A Cash Problem That Only Congress And

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Charlotte Observer, 07 Feb 2018 - Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to carry and process large amounts of cash. Yet lacking the lobbying muscle of their adversaries, the industry hasn't gained much traction on Capitol Hill, leaving cannabis business owners and their employees vulnerable to thefts and violent crime.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public Feedback

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.
Categories: Marijuana

Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.
Categories: Marijuana

CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
Categories: Marijuana

US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border Questions

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 07 Feb 2018 - WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen. The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Categories: Marijuana

US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization Simple

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Feb 2018 - The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast. The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.
Categories: Marijuana

US WI: Wisconsin Man Terrell Banks Says Marijuana Led Him To Stab

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 07 Feb 2018 - He smoked pot, grabbed a steak knife and meditated, cops say. Then his mom walked in. Terrell Banks told police the paranoia set in after he smoked weed. Banks, a 23-year-old from Racine, Wisconsin, allegedly said the marijuana "put him beyond his comfort zone," even though the drug has never made him feel that way before, according to Fox6.
Categories: Marijuana

US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City Limits

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Feb 2018 - After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately. State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.
Categories: Marijuana

Canada: Pot Plan On Track: Feds

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 07 Feb 2018 - Liberals insist recreational marijuana will be legal in July OTTAWA - The Trudeau government insists it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July - but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.
Categories: Marijuana

CN BC: Legalization Will Make Illegal Dispensaries Easier To Close

Marijuana (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Communities across British Columbia will have an easier time shutting down illegal marijuana dispensaries after the drug is legalized this summer and a provincial body is put in charge of making sure businesses comply with the new retail rules, according to the architect of Vancouver's landmark marijuana bylaw. The province's solicitor-general released details this week about how recreational cannabis will be sold in B.C. The system will be almost identical to the one for alcohol, allowing a mix of private or public stores to sell the substance - with the support of their local bureaucrats - once federal drug laws change this summer.
Categories: Marijuana

CN BC: Editorial: No Easy Answers For Drug Crisis

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Abbotsford News, 07 Feb 2018 - There was some good news out of the report the B.C. Coroners Service released Jan. 31, that overdose deaths declined in the last quarter of 2017 compared to 2016. There were 99 deaths last December, compared to 164 the previous year. But that's about all the good news. Overall, 2017 was the deadliest year for overdose deaths B.C. has ever seen, with 1,422 deaths compared to 914 in 2016.
Categories: Canada

Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization Simple

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Feb 2018 - The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast. The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City Limits

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Feb 2018 - After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately. State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

CN NS: Left Out

Cannabis - Medicinal (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Queens County Advance, 07 Feb 2018 - Here's why there won't be any legal pot access in Queens County When marijuana becomes legal across Canada July 1, Queens County residents won't be buying any of the recreational drug from the local NSLC.
Categories: Medical Marijuana

CN ON: Column: Racially Biased Power Play With Legal Pot

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 03 Feb 2018 - "Entrepreneurial" is one of the terms used to describe a bunch of Canadian bootleggers who found varying success in the illicit running of alcohol to the U.S. about a century ago. They are portrayed as swashbuckling adventurers who dared to defy laws that banned alcohol, laws that in retrospect were not only archaic but perhaps misplaced and costly. They are fondly posited as cheeky and rebellious, the forerunners of a liberal era of alcohol-infused pleasures.
Categories: Mandatory Minimums

CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Harm Reduction (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
Categories: Harm Reduction

US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization Simple

Ballot Initiatives (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 07 Feb 2018 - The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast. The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.
Categories: Ballot Initiatives
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