US: OPED: Do We Really Want A Microsoft Of Marijuana?

Sun, 2019-09-01 01:00
New York Times, 01 Sep 2019 - The legalization of marijuana as a medicine in 33 states, 11 of which allow its use as a recreational drug, has made weed a dynamic American industry, among the economy's fastest-growing sources of new jobs. California alone, with $3.1 billion in projected marijuana sales for this year, has a legal market as large as that of any country on the planet. Entrepreneurs grumble nonetheless. Not since Ronald Reagan ran for president have American newspapers been so full of anecdotes about heroic jobs-creating businessmen stymied by regulation.

US NY: Marijuana Convictions To Be Erased For Thousands In New York

Thu, 2019-08-29 01:00
New York Times, 29 Aug 2019 - Even as states across the country have legalized marijuana, potentially opening the door to a multibillion dollar industry, the impact of marijuana criminalization is still being felt by people - mostly black and Hispanic - whose records are marked by low-level convictions related to the drug. But on Wednesday, New York began the process of expunging many of those records, as part of a new state law to reduce penalties associated with marijuana-related crimes, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed.

US: Surgeon General Warns Pregnant Women And Teenagers Not To Smoke

Thu, 2019-08-29 01:00
New York Times, 29 Aug 2019 - Surgeon General Warns Pregnant Women and Teenagers Not to Smoke or Vape Marijuana Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, said they may be unaware of the health hazards posed by new, professionally grown marijuana crops.

US OK: Marijuana 'Unity Bill' And Other New Laws To Take Effect

Thu, 2019-08-29 01:00
The Oklahoman, 29 Aug 2019 - The medical marijuana "Unity Bill" that sets up a basic legal framework for the implementation of State Question 788 will take effect Thursday. Nearly three dozen other new laws will also take effect this week.

US: Column: Ending The War On Drugs

Sun, 2019-08-25 01:00
New York Times, 25 Aug 2019 - SEATTLE - On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America. Anyone caught here with a small amount of drugs - even heroin - isn't typically prosecuted. Instead, that person is steered toward social services to get help.

US CO: Colorado Researchers Study Cannabis And Athletes

Thu, 2019-08-22 01:00
Westword, 22 Aug 2019 - A group of Colorado researchers recently studied how cannabis use affects athletes and found a possible role between the plant and pain management. The study, "Cannabis use in active athletes: Behaviors related to subjective effects," looked at cannabis use patterns and its effects in a community-based sample of adult athletes. According to the study's authors, there had been no previous academic research done on cannabis use's subjective effects for adult athletes.

Canada: Oped: Medical cannabis: Strengthening Evidence In The Face Of

Mon, 2019-08-19 01:00
Canadian Medical Association Journal, 19 Aug 2019 - Canada has been at the forefront of cannabis research, education and regulation for the past 2 decades, yet uncertainty remains about how the drug should be used in medicine. Physicians lack evidence-based information and formalized training about cannabis, which stems, in part, from the drug's previously illegal status that hindered research. Among the public, however, many perceive cannabis as a natural and safe medical treatment. Patients increasingly seek advice about cannabis from physicians, request prescriptions or experiment with cannabis for medical problems on their own. However, physicians must adhere to good medical practice regardless of public pressure and provide counselling to patients based on up-to-date knowledge and evidence. Now that cannabis is legal in Canada more research should be forthcoming, but the evidence base remains weak. Medical cannabis is unique in that it bypassed the process of due diligence required for drug registration and entered the therapeutic domain buoyed mostly by advocacy. Positive effects of cannabinoids have been reported for severe childhood epilepsy and chemotherapy-induced nausea, and as palliation at end of life, but data are limited. For other conditions commonly believed to improve with cannabis use, such as pain relief or mood disorder, the evidence is less convincing. A 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of cannabis-based medicines on chronic noncancer pain reported a number needed to benefit of 24, whereas the number needed to harm was A randomized controlled trial (RCT) in the Netherlands that involved women with fibromyalgia who were treated with pharmaceutical-grade inhaled cannabis in various concentrations of [delta]9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) found that none of the treatments had an effect greater than placebo on spontaneous pain, and reduced pain scores were significantly correlated with the extent of drug high.5 Furthermore, CBD increased plasma concentrations of THC but reduced THC's analgesic effects, which emphasizes the complexity of THC-CBD interactions and the possible role of psychotropic mechanisms on symptom relief.

France: Crack Cocaine Makes A Paris Neighborhood Hell For Users And

Sun, 2019-08-18 01:00
New York Times, 18 Aug 2019 - The bare, dusty ground is littered with rusty blades and crack pipes. The area reeks of urine and garbage. At least three times a day, Charly Roue is drawn to this neighborhood, one of the most sordid in Paris, always following the same ritual.

US OK: Side effects: Politicians And Marijuana Activists Look Ahead

Thu, 2019-08-15 01:00
The Oklahoman, 15 Aug 2019 - A year after medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma, state lawmakers and marijuana advocates seem to have found a balance in implementing State Question 788 and moving the industry forward into the near future. Sweeping legislation -- the result of a major compromise between legislators and cannabis advocates -- to regulate the medical marijuana industry will go into effect later this month.

CN BC: Editorial: Abstinence Works Best

Thu, 2019-08-15 01:00
The Daily Courier, 15 Aug 2019 - More than half of all Canadians believe drug treatment should focus on abstinence, rather than opioid replacement therapies, according to poll results released this week. Research Co. found 57% of those surveyed were in favour of programs that aim to get people off drugs entirely, rather than programs that supply people with free dope to help keep them healthy and out of trouble.

Canada: Oped: The Unbearable Whiteness Of Weed

Fri, 2019-08-02 01:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Aug 2019 - The Canadian cannabis industry is booming. From giant industrial operations such as Canopy Growth to smaller "luxury"=9D cannabis retailers, to an array of cannabis "lifestyle"=9D brands and "cannabis brand consultancy"=9D firms, the industry is a lucrative fronti er for those seeking wealth in a rapidly growing market.

UK: Editorial: The Guardian View On The Case For Legalising Drugs:

Tue, 2019-07-30 01:00
The Guardian, 30 Jul 2019 - Drug laws should be designed to minimise damage. This might sound obvious. But the UK's drug laws - along with those of most other countries - arguably do not have this effect. Indeed there is a strong argument that in many respects the blanket prohibition, under criminal statutes, of substances from cannabis to heroin along with the myriad synthetic substances now widely used to mimic their effects, does more harm than good. This is not a novel point of view. Drug experts in the UK and around the world have been pointing out the flaws and inconsistencies in current policies for ages, with former Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, among those who have argued for a new approach focused on human rights and public health. In the UK, polls show a majority supports liberalisation of the law on cannabis, following the example of countries including Portugal. But since this shift in public attitudes has so far been ignored by the Home Office, which instead brought in a sweeping ban on so-called "legal highs"=9D in 2016, this week's call for reform by a cross-party trio of MPs is refreshing.

US NY: New York Decriminalises Use Of Cannabis

Tue, 2019-07-30 01:00
Independent, 30 Jul 2019 - New York has decriminalised the use of marijuana - becoming the 16th US state to do so. The move, which would make possession of a small amount of the drug a violation rather than a felony, was signed into law by governor Andrew Cuomo.

US: Colleges Offer Degree, Courses In Pot Business

Mon, 2019-07-29 01:00
Wall Street Journal, 29 Jul 2019 - Two major universities are creating the first career paths for young people interested in the business of marijuana. The University of Maryland announced in June that its School of Pharmacy will offer a master's degree in medical cannabis, and a new course is also being added this fall at Cornell University's School of Integrative Plant Science called "Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry."

US: Where Legal, Pot Still Closes Doors To Hiring

Sat, 2019-07-27 01:00
New York Times, 27 Jul 2019 - Smoking pot cost Kimberly Cue her job. Ms. Cue, a 44-year-old chemical engineer from Silicon Valley, received an offer this year from a medical device manufacturer only to have it rescinded when the company found out that she smoked prescription marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

US: Mark Kleiman, Policy Expert Who Fought To Lift Marijuana Ban

Fri, 2019-07-26 01:00
New York Times, 26 Jul 2019 - Mark A. R. Kleiman, a prominent drug policy apostate who favored what he viewed as a sensible middle ground on marijuana - eliminate criminal sanctions for selling and using it but preclude full-blown commercial legalization - died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 68. Kelly Kleiman, his sister and only immediate survivor, said the cause was lymphoma and complications of a kidney transplant he received from her in April.

US OK: Bill Would Create Cannabis Commission If Oklahoma Legalizes

Wed, 2019-07-24 01:00
The Oklahoman, 24 Jul 2019 - Creation of a Cannabis Commission to regulate medical marijuana in the state was approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Thursday night with no votes to spare. House Bill 3468, by Rep. John Jordan, R-Yukon, sets up an independent commission that would be activated if voters approve State Question 788 on June 26. That question would legalize medical uses of medical marijuana, although opponents say its broad construction would essentially make policing recreational use impossible.

U.N. Seeks Probe On Duterte's Drug War

Fri, 2019-07-12 01:00
Wall Street Journal, 12 Jul 2019 - The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to launch an investigation into the alleged killings of tens of thousands of Filipinos by police in a yearslong drug war-a rare international rebuke of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who started the campaign against narcotics. The vote passed 18 to 14 on Thursday at a meeting of the council in Geneva. The Philippines and China, both among the council's 47 members, voted against it. The remaining 15 members abstained.

U.N. Rights Council To Investigate Killings In Philippine Drug War

Fri, 2019-07-12 01:00
New York Times, 12 Jul 2019 - GENEVA - The United Nations' top human rights body voted on Thursday to examine thousands of alleged extrajudicial police killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in the Philippines, a campaign that rights groups around the world have denounced as a lawless atrocity. The United Nations' 47-member Human Rights Council supported a resolution advanced by Iceland that turned a spotlight on wide-ranging abuses, including killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and persecution of rights activists, journalists, lawyers and members of the political opposition.

US PA: Battle Lines Drawn On Safe Injection Sites

Fri, 2019-07-12 01:00
Wall Street Journal, 12 Jul 2019 - Authorities from seven states, the District of Columbia and some major U.S. cities are backing a Philadelphia effort to open a supervised drug-injection site, which the federal government is trying to stop in court. Safehouse, a nonprofit in Philadelphia, seeks to open a site where people can use drugs in a safe and sanitary environment with help to avoid overdose fatalities. Federal prosecutors sued the nonprofit in February, arguing it would violate federal law by creating a place for people to use illegal drugs such as heroin and bootleg fentanyl.

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