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  • Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke

    04/20/2018 1:27:43 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/19/2018 | Lily Raff McCalou
    Trey Willison, a cannabis farmer in Eugene, first started worrying last May about there being too much marijuana in Oregon. He had sold all his “clone” plants to other growers, who were using them to cultivate yet more marijuana. “You start doing the math on that and it just didn’t make sense how people could be growing that many plants,” Willison said. Fast-forward nearly a year and Oregon does indeed have a glut of marijuana; there are over 1m lb of usable but unsold marijuana, according to the state tracking system. That’s more than 128m “eighths” of weed, and almost...
  • Schumer Says He'll Introduce Weed Decriminalization Bill

    04/20/2018 10:50:22 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 69 replies
    Digg Inc. ^ | Apr 19 2018 | Mathew Olson
    In a change from his previous stance on the matter, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced he will introduce a bill to Congress for federal decriminalization of marijuana. Earlier today, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced he is co-sponsoring Senator Cory Booker's (D-NJ) proposed "Marijuana Justice Act," which would decriminalize marijuana, impose penalties on states maintaining criminalization and open the door to forgiveness or civil suits concerning past convictions. John Boehner announced that he was joining the board of marijuana company Acreage Holdings, saying "I'm convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research." Last year, Representative...
  • On 4/20, Chuck Schumer To Introduce Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

    04/20/2018 10:28:18 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 42 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/20/18 | Susan Davis
    Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it has been green. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug's public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising,...
  • Chuck Schumer introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

    04/20/2018 9:12:02 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 120 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced legislation Friday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and establish “dedicated funding streams” for women and minority businesses to grow and distribute the drug. “The time has come to decriminalize marijuana,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “My thinking, as well as the general population’s views on the issue has evolved, and so I believe there’s no better time than the present to get this done. It’s simply the right thing to do.” Schumer’s legislation would maintain laws that prevent trafficking of marijuana across state lines in cases where the drug is...
  • Marijuana activists behind last major White House smoke-in give Trump a breather

    04/20/2018 6:28:53 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2018
    Cannabis activists paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue with flags, banners, a 51-foot inflatable joint, and a plan to get high at 4:20 p.m. two years ago in a last-ditch bid to convince President Barack Obama to administratively legalize marijuana. Attendees blew smoke through a shofar, took selfies, and reveled in a communal cloud as police watched, but the rally didn't sway Obama, who left office with pot still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning illegal for any purpose outside limited research. "I think he will go down among potheads as fitting the stereotype as someone who was...
  • US experts back marijuana-based drug for child seizures

    04/19/2018 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | April 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's recommendation, GW Pharmaceuticals' syrup would become the first drug derived from the cannabis plant to win federal approval in the U.S. The 13-member FDA panel voted unanimously in favor of the experimental medication made from a chemical found in cannabis - one that does not get users high. The panelists backed the drug based on three studies...
  • Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

    04/19/2018 7:58:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19th, 2018 | By Mark Lieber
    (CNN)Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that's why they call it "dope"?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users. The meta-analysis, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, combines data from 69 previous studies that look at the effects of heavy cannabis use on cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults. It found that those young people who identified as heavy marijuana users scored significantly lower than non-users in a variety of cognitive domains...
  • Utah Supremes To Decide Whether Cops Are Violating Forfeiture Ban

    04/18/2018 3:13:20 PM PDT · by Ken H · 20 replies
    Utah Supreme Court to decide whether police can avoid ban on taking money from motorists not charged with any crime by calling in the feds. Voters in Utah banned state officials from seizing property from people who committed no crime almost two decades ago -- or so they thought. Ever since Initiative B passed with 69 percent of the vote, police have evaded its provisions by seizing cash, turning it over to federal authorities, and then taking a cut of the proceeds in a way that is prohibited under state law. The Utah Supreme Court last week held oral arguments...
  • Estimating the Actual Death Rate Caused by Prescription Opioid Medication and Illicit Fentanyl

    04/16/2018 1:23:33 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 42 replies
    The U.S. is said to be suffering from a crisis in deaths from opioid overdoses, prompting legislative and other efforts to clamp down on physician prescribing of these drugs. This article is an effort to identify the causes of these deaths, using data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)through 2015, and the Wonder database compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • FDA Bans Pure Bulk Caffeine Products, Citing "Significant Public Health Concern"

    04/15/2018 7:58:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    newsweek ^ | Kate Sheridan
    Companies can no longer sell bulk packages of liquid or powdered caffeine directly to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The policy will take immediate effect “given the significant public health concern,” according to the agency’s statement released Friday. “Highly concentrated and pure caffeine, often sold in bulk packages, have been linked to at least two deaths in otherwise healthy individuals,” the agency stated. ... Between 10 and 14 grams of caffeine is considered life-threatening, according to the FDA’s guidelines, though people can have an irregular or rapid heart rate and seizures after taking just a gram. The...
  • Trump tells senator there will be no marijuana crackdown

    04/13/2018 12:05:26 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2018
    President Trump called Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner this week to tell him there will be no crackdown on states that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Trump also said he will support legislation to allow state autonomy under federal law, which currently makes pot possession for any reason outside limited research a crime. Gardner, a Republican, won the assurances by blocking Justice Department nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew the so-called Cole Memo in January.
  • Former Mexican President Fox calls for opium poppy legalization

    04/12/2018 7:05:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Apr 2018
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Former Mexican President Vicente Fox proposed on Wednesday the legalization of opium poppy production as a way to help end bloody turf battles fought by drug cartels in various parts of the country. Fox served as president from 2000-2006 with the center-right National Action Party but has since distanced himself from the party. In the past, he has also advocated for the legalization of marijuana. “The plants themselves are not harmful, we make them harmful, (especially) the criminals who use them for evil purposes,” Fox said at a pro-marijuana event in the capital. He also implored...
  • More than 80 dead from drinking bootleg alcohol in Indonesia

    Police in Indonesia are promising to crack down on the distribution of bootleg alcohol as deaths this month from drinking illegally produced toxic liquor rose to at least 86... "In the past, bootleg alcohol was found to be a mixture of alcohol and energy drinks. Some are a mix of pure alcohol, carbonated drinks and an ingredient used in anti-mosquito repellent."... Alcohol is legal in Indonesia, but over 100 regional regulations are in place to control consumption. Across the country, the sale of alcoholic beverages containing less than 5% alcohol, such as beer, is no longer allowed in convenience stores...
  • Binge Drinking Drops In States With Recreational Marijuana

    04/07/2018 11:53:41 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 183 replies
    Forbes ^ | APR 5, 2018 | Mike Adams
    Binge drinking across the United States is at an all time high. Yet, a new report from the Wall Street investment firm Cowen & Company shows that this dangerous alcoholic behavior is on the decline in states that have legalized the leaf in a manner similar to alcohol.It was just a month ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data suggesting that more Americans are now engaging in regular binge drinking. What was once considered a foolish exploit of College students has now apparently infiltrated citizens from every demographic and all walks of life. [...]But the investment analysts at...
  • Border Patrol agents seize over $1M worth of marijuana within hours

    04/05/2018 9:18:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    ksat.com ^ | Apr 5, 2018 | Ben Spicer
    Border Patrol agents within just a few hours on Tuesday seized over $1 million dollars worth of marijuana from two abandoned vehicles. The first incident occurred near Garceno, Texas when agents observed a Ford F-150 leaving the Rio Grande at a high-rate of speed. Agents responded to the area and found the vehicle abandoned. In the bed of the pickup, 50 bundles of marijuana were found, weighing at over 600 pounds and worth an estimated $500,000. Just hours later, agents near Fronton, Texas witnessed several suspects loading bundles of marijuana into a Chevrolet Trail Blazer. The driver fled to Mexico...
  • Evil Weed or Good Cash Crop?

    04/01/2018 9:06:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2018 | Paul Jacob
    Hemp is not marijuana. And yet it is.Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will introduce legislation to legalize industrial hemp.He is not concerning himself with marijuana, which is what we call the plant Cannabis sativa when cultivated for its Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the principal chemical in the plant that makes it ideal for “recreational” (and other) uses. Industrial hemp is Cannabis sativa, too, just with minuscule THC. Actually, he insists that “hemp” and “marijuana” are more than merely distinct: “I think we’ve worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different...
  • Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Becoming A Deadly Problem Among Drug Users

    03/31/2018 8:54:11 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 76 replies
    National Public Radio NPR ^ | March 29, 2018 | Martha Bebinger
    A pipe was the only sign of drug use found near Chris Bennett's body in November. But it looked like the 32-year-old Taunton, Mass., native had stopped breathing and died of an opioid overdose. Bennett's mother, Liisa, couldn't understand what happened. Then she saw the toxicology report. "I'm convinced he was smoking cocaine that was laced," she says. "That's what he had in his system, [it] was cocaine and fentanyl." Liisa Bennett was shocked. Chris had developed an addiction to pain pills and then heroin in his late teens but had not used opioids for at least 10 years, as...
  • Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

    03/29/2018 4:11:38 AM PDT · by Makana · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | March 19, 2018 | MARISSA ORTEGA-WELCH
    So far, Springer and his colleagues have published research demonstrating that just this one minute of exposure to secondhand smoke makes it harder for the rats' arteries to expand and allow a healthy flow of blood." With tobacco products, this effect lasts about 30 minutes, and then the arteries recover their normal function. But if it happens over and over — as when a person is smoking cigarette after cigarette, for example — the arterial walls can become permanently damaged, and that damage can cause blood clots, heart attack or stroke. Springer demonstrated that, at least in rats, the same...
  • Amid a Nationwide Opioid Scourge, There's a Little Hope in a Small Town

    03/27/2018 8:45:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2018 | Salena Zito
    EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, and John Lane, chief of police of this small town in Columbiana County, have more in common than you'd think. Both believe that the fight against opioid addiction will require faith-based ministries that can work through peer-to-peer programs, which connect former addicts with current ones. This scourge has ripped through the country. In an interview with me the day after President Donald Trump unveiled his plan to combat the country's opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, Conway said: "It's like anything else. When you look at something, you say, 'Do I...
  • 'They had enough to kill the population of Toledo several times over': [trunc]

    03/26/2018 1:22:21 AM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 Mar 2018 03:51 EDT | Marlene Lenthang
    Two men and a woman from Texas are arrested for conspiring to sell $1MILLION worth of fentanyl in Ohio Three Texans have been charged with drug conspiracy after they were found with $1million dollars worth of fentanyl in Ohio. The Houston trio Anthony Robinson, 32, Darrius Lewis, 29, and Barbara Wilson, 21, were arrested on Tuesday after they were not only found with the drug, but also attempted to mail a package of fentanyl in Lucas County, Ohio. The trio possessed enough of the dangerous opioid to 'kill everyone in Toledo several times over' according to US Attorney Justin Herdman....