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How the American opiate epidemic was started by one pharmaceutical company

The state of Kentucky may finally get its deliverance. After more than seven years of battling the evasive legal tactics of Purdue Pharma, 2015 may be the year that Kentucky and its attorney general, Jack Conway, are able to move forward with a civil lawsuit alleging that the drugmaker misled doctors and patients about their blockbuster pain pill OxyContin, leading to a vicious addiction epidemic across large swaths of the state.

Fri
06
Mar

Sneak peek inside Alberta’s first medical marijuana production centre

CALGARY –Aurora Marijuana’s cannabis production facility, the province’s first production centre for medical marijuana, will start growing plants in about a week.

“We’ve just received our licence from Health Canada and we’re presently obtaining our starting materials, so within seven days we’ll be starting to grow cannabis,” explained Aurora Marijuana CEO Terry Booth during a tour of the facility, which is located on rural land near the Village of Cremona.

The facility is capable of producing up to 5,400 kilograms of medical marijuana each year and will grow 20 different strains.

Thu
05
Mar

Committee approves bill to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire

New Hampshire may soon join other New England states in loosening the law when it comes to marijuana possession.

The Committee on Criminal Justice voted overwhelmingly Thursday to support a measure making it a violation, rather than a criminal offense, to possess a half-ounce or less of marijuana.

Under current law, possession of an ounce of marijuana or less is a Class A misdemeanor that carries with it a possible year in jail, but some believe that when it comes to societal problems, there are bigger fish to fry.

"We should be better spending our limited time and resources, and on top of that, the New Hampshire Constitution says the penalty ought to fit the crime," said Rep. Adam Shroadter, R-Newmarket.

Thu
05
Mar

PharmaCann gets latest Illinois license to grow medical marijuana

Ilinois regulators Monday awarded a medical marijuana growing license to PharmaCann LLC, to replace a firm that gave up its license in the northwestern part of the state.

The approval means that PharmaCann, based in Oak Park, has won approval for two grow centers and four dispensaries statewide, more than any other business in the state.

Green Thumb Industries LLC gave up its license to grow marijuana in Dixon last week after it didn't come up with the required $2 million surety bond or escrow account and the $200,000 permit fee. Local officials said Green Thumb, which also has licenses to operate two other grow centers, expressed concerns about the cost of the license while only about 1,000 patients have been approved to get medical marijuana.

Thu
05
Mar

Leslie Bosckor searches for gold in NY pot

Leslie Bosckor, co-founder of Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, is creating a similar association in New York.

Leslie Bosckor (pronounced "bosscore"), investment banker turned canna-businessman, holds guru status for many looking to get into the growing sector of legal marijuana. For four years, the native New Yorker has lived in Nevada, where he has co-founded the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and helped 15 organizations successfully apply for marijuana distribution licenses. In New York, he's creating a cannabis industry association and a hedge fund.

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Thu
05
Mar

Menace to medicine – revisiting cannabis

The medicinal use of cannabis is a complex issue not just in Australia but around the world. In the past year media coverage has exploded in Australia.

This has been stoked largely by a public campaign by Lucy and Lou Haslam, parents of 24-year-old Daniel Haslam, a patient terminal cancer from Tamworth, NSW and the political and media support for their predicament. Now barely a week passes without an emotive anecdotal success story, an outspoken medical practitioner supporting or decrying its use, or governments announcing trials, investigations or priority for the issue.

Thu
05
Mar

A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time, according to nation's most authoritative survey

For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana.

In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were undecided. Support is up 9 percentage points from 2012, the last time the survey was conducted.

Thu
05
Mar

Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban

Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla.

"The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington state, with one exception: It is operating in defiance of local law.

Its opening on Sunday set up a potential showdown with authorities in Pierce County, about an hour outside Seattle, which has effectively banned recreational pot shops in unincorporated areas so long as the drug remains illegal under federal law, even as medical pot businesses flourish virtually unregulated.

Wed
04
Mar

Mississauga Ontario moves to regulate marijuana

Mississauga is set to become the first city in Canada to licence and regulate the production of medical marijuana.

“The federal government legalized these operations, but we’re the ones eventually responsible for where they’re located and the enforcement of them,” said Councillor Jim Tovey, after a committee vote on a new bylaw that passed Wednesday. Final approval will is expected to come when from full council by the end of March.

A staff report dated Feb. 18, 2015, indicated that no other city in Canada has made such a move, following the federal government’s transition in 2013 and 2014 to licence the private production of legal medical marihuana.

“It’s really a public safety issue,” Tovey said.

Wed
04
Mar

Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson Calls For NFL To Allow Marijuana

DENVER (AP) – Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.

Speaking at a marijuana business conference, Jackson called on the league to allow medical marijuana as a means to help players deal with the physical and psychological pain and head injuries inherent to their profession.

Jackson said he avoided opiate painkillers as much as he could during his six-year career from 2003-08. Instead, he self-medicated with marijuana so that he wouldn’t retire addicted to prescription drugs like so many of his contemporaries, he said.

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