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  • Middle-schooler had 9 empty mini whiskey bottles as he fainted at school, SC cops say

    04/16/2019 6:53:21 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 44 replies
    The State ^ | April 15, 2019 | Noah Feit
    A student at a South Carolina middle school was taken to a hospital Friday after getting sick and losing consciousness, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said. The principal of Sims Middle School searched the 13-year-old student’s book bag and found what might have been responsible for making him so ill — alcohol, and a lot of it, according to an incident report.
  • Cannabis users needed up to twice the sedation for medical procedures, small study says

    04/15/2019 10:51:07 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    cnn ^ | 15 April 2019
    How does increasing cannabis use affect medical care? Researchers at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, explored one small area of medical care: sedation. They examined the medical records of 250 patients who received endoscopic procedures between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017 -- years after the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. Comparing cannabis users to nonusers, they found that patients who reported smoking or using edibles on a daily or weekly basis required 14% more fentanyl, 20% more midazolam and 220% more propofol to achieve optimum sedation for routine procedures, including colonoscopies. For example, it took 13.83...
  • Stoned At Work (New York’s city council bans employers from testing for pot use ...

    04/14/2019 6:02:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 49 replies
    City Journal ^ | April 12, 2019 | Steven Malanga
    Marijuana use remains illegal in New York State, but the New York City council has voted to ban employers from testing job applicants for pot use as a condition of employment. Though the new law exempts certain employers from the ban, including transportation firms and federal contractors obligated to test for drugs, the council’s action is virtually unprecedented. Some courts in other states have ruled that workers using marijuana under medical supervision can’t be fired, but no other jurisdiction has so broadly banned preemployment testing. Advocates say that the new law will end the “stigma” associated with pot use, and...

    04/13/2019 3:29:35 PM PDT · by Norski · 75 replies
    First Things ^ | April 13, 2019 | Peter Hitchins
    P(1) "The smoking of marijuana, with its careful preparation of the elements and the solemn passing around of the shared joint, was the unholy communion of the counterculture in the late 1960s, when our present elite formed its opinions." . . . P(2)"But let me say through clenched teeth that it is of course very good news that a fashionable young metropolitan person such as Mr. ­Berenson is at last prepared to say openly that marijuana is a dangerous drug whose use should be severely discouraged." . . . P(5). . . "One evening, the Berensons were discussing one of...
  • Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more U.S. deaths

    04/11/2019 7:27:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    A government report released Thursday said kratom was a cause in 91 overdose deaths in 27 states. Officials previously said they knew of 44 nationally. Most who died had also taken heroin, fentanyl or other drugs. But kratom was the only substance detected in seven of the deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the numbers after combing through death certificates and toxicology reports from an 18-month period. Kratom comes from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is sold in capsules and powders with claims that it helps ease pain, anxiety and drug dependence.
  • AG Barr touts federal approach to marijuana legalization for resolving 'intolerable' conflict

    04/11/2019 12:21:02 PM PDT · by Ken H · 126 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2019 | Andrew Blake
    Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday that he would rather see marijuana legalized nationwide than let states continue to defy federal prohibition. Speaking during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Mr. Barr told members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that conflicting federal and state marijuana laws have created an “intolerable” situation for the Department of Justice. would prefer one of two approaches rather than where we are,” Mr. Barr told lawmakers. "Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana but, if there is not sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to...
  • Maduro regime is the biggest drug cartel in the Western Hemisphere: Venezuelan attorney

    04/10/2019 2:22:48 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/10/19 | Jayme Cohen
    Venezuelan attorney Juan Carlos Sosa is claiming that socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro Opens a New Window. is acting as a drug cartel to ship illegal drugs worldwide. “Maduro’s regime is basically perhaps the biggest drug cartel in the entire Western Hemisphere,” he said during an interview on FOX Business’ “Trish Regan Primetime Opens a New Window. " Monday. “The drugs go to Latin America, to North America, to the United States, to Europe and are set out from Venezuela.” Sosa, who once sued former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Opens a New Window. in The Hague, told Trish Regan Opens...
  • Idaho hemp legislation is a step backward

    04/08/2019 10:52:48 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | April 5, 2019 | Wayne Hoffmann
    Last year President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 into law. That Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp. With that, I only imagined our state politicians would loosen Idaho’s stringent anti-cannabis laws. When it comes to politicians, I need to learn to be more imaginative. A few weeks ago, the Idaho House overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow the farming and cultivation of hemp. The measure would have allowed the use of cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes. But at the insistence of some in law enforcement, lawmakers retreated and instead advanced legislation that would keep hemp...
  • 75 Percent of Spanish Cannabis Contains Human Faeces

    04/07/2019 6:34:25 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Apr 2019 | Chris Tomlinson
    A new study by a Spanish pharmacologist has revealed traces of human faeces in the vast majority of the cannabis sold on the streets of Madrid, Spain, and that it presents a very real health danger. Manuel Pérez Moreno released his findings in the journal Science Direct and claimed to have found Escherichia coli bacteria, commonly known as E. Coli, in the vast majority of the 90 samples he had purchased off the street and tested, broadcaster RTL reports.According to Moreno, the presence of E. Coli can be explained as being related to the faecal matter contained within the cannabis....
  • Marijuana and psychosis: Real data, real bad

    04/04/2019 1:01:56 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 187 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 4, 2019 | John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    Both groups were surveyed on a host of factors, including their use of marijuana and other drugs. The study’s authors concluded that “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis compared with people who never used the drug. For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times."
  • DEA looking for contractor to burn 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour (Texas)

    03/28/2019 5:50:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 68 replies
    KDVR ^ | 3-28-19 | unattributed
    HOUSTON — The Drug Enforcement Agency needs to clear its evidence vaults of marijuana that is no longer needed for evidentiary purposes, and it’s looking for a contractor in Texas that can incinerate a very high volume of pot. According to a document outlining the DEA’s requirements, the incineration provider must be able to process at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana per hour, for eight hours a day. The contractor must be able to accept tightly compressed bricks or bales of pot in packages weighing up to 200 pounds each. “The incinerator facility shall have a secured fence around it....
  • Coroner comes down hard on alcohol marketed to kids

    03/28/2019 5:54:18 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | March 27, 2019 | René Bruemmer
    When Athéna Gervais, a well-liked, active 14-year-old with no history of heavy drinking, popped into the dépanneur near her Laval high school during lunch last year in late February, she had a choice of at least seven different varieties of alcoholic beverages. Wine, beer, wine spritzers and sugary alcoholic drinks lined the shelves. Athéna went right for the 568-mL can labelled “FCKD UP,” printed in bright pastel colours. Nearly the size of two beers, it had an alcohol content of 11.9 per cent. The French advertising for the brand said “Rend F–KUP,” which translates loosely to “It’ll get you f–ked...
  • Blaming Prescription Pain Pills For The Opioid Epidemic Is Fake News

    03/27/2019 10:55:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/27/2019 | Peter Pischke
    Angela Kennecke is a popular reporter for a television news station in my hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Each weeknight, Kennecke is at the anchor desk for KELO, a CBS affiliate, and has been there as long as I can remember. For many people in the “Sioux Empire,” Kennecke’s work on television is a normal part of the day, and they can count on her to tell them how it is.But Kennecke’s objectivity was shaken in May 2018, when her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, was found dead after overdosing on heroin that had been laced with the opioid fentanyl....
  • New Jersey lawmakers call off vote to legalize marijuana

    03/25/2019 12:32:51 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 25, 2019 | Natalie O'Neill
    The plan to legalize weed in New Jersey went up in smoke Monday. Lawmakers canceled a vote to allow adults in the Garden State to buy recreational marijuana, saying there simply isn’t enough support for the growing movement right now, according to a report.
  • Republicans ask Waters to delay vote on marijuana banking bill (Anyone seen Mad Maxine?)

    03/23/2019 5:53:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/22/19 | Andrew Blake
    Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee are seeking to postpone consideration of marijuana banking legislation scheduled to be brought to vote next week by the panel’s Democratic chair, Rep. Maxine Waters of California. Ranking member Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri wrote Ms. Waters on Thursday raising concerns about Congress potentially passing the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, a bipartisan proposal meant to protect banks that work with marijuana businesses in weed-friendly states. “The impact that many state laws, which have legalized marijuana, have on the federal laws governing the manufacturing,...
  • Legalized Marijuana Gives Hiring Managers a Headache

    03/23/2019 6:58:01 AM PDT · by billorites · 101 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2019 | Heather Haddon
    Companies facing a shortage of employees from health-care workers to forklift operators are confronting a new challenge: finding candidates who can pass drug tests in states that have legalized marijuana. Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana use. Lawmakers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York and elsewhere are pushing to do the same. More than 60% of Americans support legalization, according to Pew Research Center, double the rate in 2000. Marijuana use has generated millions of dollars in additional tax revenue for states that have legalized its use. But job applicants in those states are also flunking drug...
  • Gov. DeSantis signs smokable medical marijuana bill into law

    03/21/2019 8:52:29 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 59 replies
    Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed legislation repealing the ban on smokable medical marijuana. Patients will now have the option of smoking medical marijuana, a measure already well supported by voters.
  • Author, former Colorado journalist links marijuana to mental illness

    03/20/2019 8:54:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 147 replies
    The Gazette ^ | Mar 20, 2019 | Joey Bunch
    Alex Berenson .. people who think marijuana is medicine and a safe alternative to alcohol are fooling themselves... The industry’s money and political influence, along with the media’s acquiescence, have obscured the scientific links between marijuana and mental illness... “The problems are real and right in front of people,” he told a crowd at the History Colorado Center in Denver on Wednesday. It was his third Colorado talk in two days to discuss his new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.” “It’s like we all need glasses. ... The connection to psychosis is real.”...
  • Cops: Aspen parents face felony charges after giving coke to minor, alcohol to others

    03/15/2019 7:51:32 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Aspen Times ^ | 3-11-19 | Jason Auslander
    An Aspen teen and his parents were charged Monday with giving cocaine and alcohol to underage high school students during parties at their home near Aspen Highlands, according to court documents. Joseph Lipsey IV, 19, was arrested Monday on his way to Aspen High School, and his mother Shira Lipsey, 44, was arrested at her home. Both were charged with multiple counts, including felonies, and released after each posting $100,000 cash-only bonds. Lipsey is the same teen charged in January with two counts of felony vehicular assault after he was alleged to have been at the wheel of a Tesla...
  • In landslide vote, Florida House agrees to end ban on smoking medical marijuana

    03/14/2019 10:54:31 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 85 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | MARCH 13, 2019 | SAMANTHA J. GROSS
    TALLAHASSEE - Without much debate and two days before Gov. Ron DeSantis’ deadline, a bill to repeal a ban on smoking medical marijuana has finally rolled onto the governor’s desk. The Florida House affirmed the right to smoke medical pot Wednesday afternoon, approving the Senate bill to include “smoking” to the language in the medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The bill allows patients to receive up to 2.5 ounces of whole flower cannabis every 35 days as recommended by their qualified doctor. The bill passed 101-11. Seven representatives were not present for the vote. DeSantis in January tasked the Legislature with...