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'Money is first': Why some team doctors may be harming pro athletes

It's no secret that professional sports is big business, but the pressures put on some team doctors to nurse high-priced star players back to health is leading to the over-prescription of drugs and ultimately harming the athletes in the long run, an investigation by the fifth estate reveals.

“I think it’s pretty clear to me, and in talking to people who have been team doctors, that ethically [doctors] want to say, 'We’re there for the player and health is first,' but that’s not the reality of pro sports," says Arthur Caplan, a professor at the Sports and Society Program at New York University.

"The reality of pro sports is winning is first, because money is first.”

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Bad dagga, good dagga?

People who use high-potency cannabis (“skunk”) every day are five times more likely to have a schizophrenia-like psychotic episode than those who don’t, according to new research.

 

People who started using cannabis under the age of 15 year had “modestly, but significantly, increased risk of psychotic disorders”, according to the study,

But people who used low-potency (“hash”) cannabis – even daily – had no increased likelihood of psychotic disorders compared.

This is according to a six-year study conducted in south London, recently published in The Lancet Psychiatry medical journal.

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Washington - Senate OKs PTSD as qualifying condition for medical marijuana

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate has unanimously passed a measure that adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 5379 passed the chamber Tuesday night and now heads to the House for consideration.

Washington voters approved a medical marijuana law in 1998 that gives doctors the right to recommend - but not prescribe - marijuana for people suffering from cancer and other conditions that cause "intractable pain." In 2012, voters passed a measure allowing the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening last summer. Several measures have been brought forth by lawmakers this year after to address the dual markets.

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New York Times Opinion: A Sensible Bill on Medical Marijuana

Three senators, two Democrats and a Republican, introduced a bill on Monday that would allow patients to use marijuana for medical purposes in states where it is legal, without fear of federal prosecution for violating narcotics laws.

The bill makes a number of important changes to federal marijuana policies — and it deserves to be passed by Congress and enacted into law. Though this legislation would not repeal the broad and destructive federal ban on marijuana, it is a big step in the right direction.

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Jacob Securities leading Australian investment tour of Canadian weedcos following MMJ spike

Canadian medical marijuana companies are buzzing with news that one of Canada’s leading investment banks, Jacob Securities, is walking a group of Australian investors through the local scene with a view to either bringing an established North American brand onto the ASX, or putting together a large buy-in of an established local player.

Jeff Maser, VP of Institutional Sales at Jacob, told Stockhouse this morning, “Yes, we’re introducing [an Australian investor group] to the MMJ companies.”

“Money from all over the world is coming to Toronto. [The city] has become a global leader in marijuana finance, even for marijuana companies operating outside Canada.”

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Israel: Grass roots support: Most Israeli parties favor use of medical marijuana

The legalization of marijuana, particularly for medical use, has made it onto the agenda of this election, with most parties addressing the issue, and several adopting a more liberal position than they have in the past.

“It seems that someone – I don’t know who – has invested a great deal of money over the past two years in a campaign to promote marijuana in Israel,” says strategic consultant Itay Ben Horin, who has led many political campaigns in the past. Still, he says, “You still don’t see candidates for prime minister presenting that as part of their agenda.”

Most political parties have some position regarding marijuana use — with the exception of Likud, whose officials chose not to comment or respond to Haaretz’s query on the issue.

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San Diego Shutters 18 Illegal MMJ Shops

San Diego is continuing to crack down on dispensaries it deems illegal as the first licensed medical shop prepares to open in the city.

Officials have shut down 18 marijuana dispensaries this year, including one that tried to reopen multiple times in two weeks, according to news reports. About 250 unlicensed dispensaries have been shuttered since 2011.

The city attorney said she knows there are many unlicensed dispensaries in San Diego, and that she will seek monetary sanctions against those that are operating without a license or outside of zoning laws.

San Diego has struggled with illegal MMJ operations while trying to craft regulations governing the industry.

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Oregon city considers penalizing pot growers for smelly marijuana

The Oregon city of Medford, where officials say residents have long grumbled about the odor of marijuana growing operations, is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly, city officials said on Wednesday.

The city's legal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorous up to $250 a day and would give the city power to seize plants if growers don’t come into compliance.

In addition to containing odors, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford, a city of nearly 80,000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture.

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Denver company AmeriCann backs Illinois medical marijuana grower

ANNA, Illinois. — A medical marijuana business in far southern Illinois intends to start construction this month of a 27,000-square-foot facility that would produce a first harvest in late fall.

Colorado marijuana companies: Denver’s United Cannabis envisions “Ganja Co-op” for Jamaica pot growers

Wellness Group Pharms’ managing partner Paul Montes (MAHN’-tis) of Elmhurst says backing from a Denver cannabis consulting company has been crucial to his operation near Anna, Illinois. Wellness Group Pharms is one of 18 companies awarded permits to grow marijuana in Illinois.

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Watch: Senate bill would give military vets access to medical marijuana

Military veterans would no longer be denied access to medical marijuana under sweeping new legislation before the Senate.

The medical marijuana legislation introduced Tuesday would lift the threat of federal prosecution from people who use it in states where it has been legalized.

The bipartisan Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act is backed by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and would partially legalize medical marijuana at the federal level, though it does not address recreational marijuana.

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