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Ed Snider's daughter on investing in what helped her dad: Medical marijuana 23.2.2017 Philly.com News
Chronic pain considered for medical marijuana use in New Jersey 23.2.2017 Philly.com News
Chronic pain may be added to the list of ailments that qualify for medical marijuana in New Jersey, according to the chairman of an advisory health department panel that took emotional testimony from patients on Wednesday in a crowded meeting room in Trenton.
Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down. We’ve learned in recent years that people who use psychedelics are significantly *less* likely to end up developing mental health problems , perpetrating domestic violence , or suffering from psychological distress and suicidal thinking . Meanwhile, recent research has shown that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for people struggling with difficult-to-treat conditions such as substance use disorders. Not much has been known, though, about the connection between psychedelic use and substance misuse in the general population. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found that experiences with psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are associated with decreased risk of opioid abuse and dependence among respondents with a history of illegal opioid use. Psychedelic use ...
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State Sen. Miloscia asks feds to block King County on safe-consumption sites for drug users 18.2.2017 Seattle Times: Politics

State Sen. Mark Miloscia is doubling down on his opposition to Seattle and King County’s planned safe-consumption sites for drug users. The Federal Way Republican has now asked the federal government to intervene.
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Senate panel OKs marijuana research bill 17.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis called a proposal to allow expanded medical marijuana research in the state a “trojan horse” meant to placate suffering Utahns. “This is a hoax bill so people will think we’re doing something,” said Dabakis, from Salt Lake City. But Dabakis was alone in his dissent Thursday when the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure, sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, who has repeatedly said the state needs to determine what constitutes medicine through ...
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Snider family company details proposed medical-marijuana facility in Northeast Philly 16.2.2017 Philly.com News
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Summit County has the highest rate of marijuana-related ER visits in Colorado 14.2.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
“You have people coming to Colorado and they’re at high altitude and they use marijuana and they’re not sure what to expect and they end up in the emergency room.”
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NJ migraine, chronic pain patients seek OK to use medical marijuana 14.2.2017 Philly.com News
For the first time in the history of the seven-year-old New Jersey medical marijuana program, a health department panel will consider adding chronic pain and other ailments to the list of about a dozen conditions that qualify a patient to use cannabis in the state.
A Brain Tweak Lets Mice Abstain From Cocaine 13.2.2017 NPR News
Scientists have created addiction-resistant mice by altering the reward system in their brains. The findings shed light on the biochemistry of addiction.
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Philly420: Patients forgotten as Pennsylvania's cannabis gold rush underway 13.2.2017 Philly.com News
Colorado's Marijuana Industry Is Now Bigger Than Some Countries' Entire GDP 11.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER ― Colorado’s marijuana industry soared to new highs in 2016. According to data released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Revenue , dispensaries in the state sold $1.3 billion in medical and recreational marijuana last year, generating close to $200 million in tax revenue for the state. For perspective, that’s slightly more than the entire 2015 GDP for the island nation  of Antigua and Barbuda. Cities in Colorado also collected millions of additional tax dollars, as each city typically tacks on extra duties  in addition to state taxes. Colorado dispensaries sold slightly over $699 million in medical and recreational marijuana in 2014, the first year sales were legal in the state. That figure leaped to $996 million in 2015 . Impressive as Colorado’s $1.3 billion market might seem, it’s a pittance compared to the $53.3 billion that consumers in North America are believed to have spent on the drug in 2016, according to Arcview Market Research. What’s more, the company estimates 87 percent of ...
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Peru’s government proposes to legalize medicinal marijuana 9.2.2017 Washington Post: World
Peru’s government says it will present to the opposition-dominated legislature a plan to legalize the medical use of marijuana “for the treatment of serious and terminal illnesses.”
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Colorado puts new focus on worker safety in cannabis industry 8.2.2017 Denver Post: Business
For the first time, Colorado health officials have issued a set of guiding principles for marijuana businesses to address occupational health and hazards.
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Parker latest community to impose 12-plant limit per household on pot grows 8.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Parker this week became the latest Colorado community to place a cap on the number of pot plants that can be cultivated at a residence, a move town officials said is necessary to reduce odor complaints and ensure grows do not cause electrical overloads and dangerous chemical storage.
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Charges: Minn. medical marijuana execs illegally distributed oils 7.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The Wright County Attorney's office has brought felony charges against two ex-employees of Otsego-based Minnesota Medical Solutions, saying they shipped concentrated marijuana oils out of state to aid their parent company.
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Go to Jail. Die From Drug Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System. 5.2.2017 Mother Jones
When Tyler Tabor was booked in a jail outside Denver on a spring afternoon in 2015, he told a screening nurse that he was a daily heroin user and had a prescription for Xanax. A friendly, outdoorsy 25-year-old with a son in kindergarten, Tabor had started using opioids after he injured his back on the job as a welder. When he was arrested on two misdemeanor warrants, his parents decided not to pay his $300 bail, thinking he would be safer in jail and away from heroin for a few days. Three days later, Tabor died of dehydration at the Adams County jail, according to a coroner's report. The alleged cause: drug withdrawal. A lawsuit filed by the Tabors against the county and Corizon Health, the jail's private health care provider, describes in chilling detail the three days of missed opportunities and seemingly callous medical care. It draws on video footage, some of which is shown below, from a surveillance camera in Tabor's cell. By the end of the first day in jail, Tabor was in the throes of severe ...
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Richard Kirk, accused in Observatory Park slaying, pleads guilty to second degree murder 3.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Richard Kirk pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Kristine, in April 2014 at their Observatory Park home.
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Facing an Overdose Crisis, US Politicians Consider Safe Spaces for Injecting Drugs 3.2.2017 Truthout.com
Faced with an unprecedented spike in opiate overdose deaths that has transcended race and class lines, US politicians are proposing drug reforms that have long been dismissed as too radical for discussion. Still, lifesaving solutions like safe injection sites for people with opioid disorders face an uphill battle under the Trump administration. A firefighter with the Colerain Township Fire Department Station No. 26 restocks medicine after responding to a heroin overdose, in Colerain Township, Ohio, on September 2, 2016. (Photo: Ty Wright / The New York Times) Allowing people to inject illicit drugs under the supervision of medical professionals is a simple but inevitably controversial healthcare strategy for making drug use safer. After numerous successes in Europe and Canada, it's finally gaining a foothold in the United States as politicians grapple with an unprecedented spike in opioid use disorders and overdose deaths.   Last week, officials in Seattle finalized plans to open two safe injection ...
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Colorado on marijuana: ER visits, poison-control calls down even as consumption rates remain steady 2.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado's Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee says calls to poison control and marijuana-related emergency room visits are down, even though overall consumption of pot remains steady -- signs that existing policy and education efforts may be working.
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Minnesota's medical marijuana program needs more money 31.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The program needs more state funding to cover the costs of its patient database and inspections of drug manufacturers.
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