Archive for 2014
The Daily Press, 30 Aug 2014 – Hempfest Lands in Moonbeam This Weekend MOONBEAM – The organizer of a pro-marijuana festival believes the drug should remain out of politician hands. Organizers for Hempfest Canada announced that the 16th annual celebration would not be held in Sault Ste. Marie, where it has called home for the past few years, but instead in Moonbeam. The main goal of Hempfest, which takes place this weekend, is to educate the public on the proper use of medical marijuana.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to …
The Day, 30 Aug 2014 – Town Resident Who Is Also a Detective in Westerly Outlines Concerns in an Email to the First Selectman Stonington – A veteran Westerly Police Department detective who lives in Pawcatuck has criticized the Stonington police department’s drug enforcement efforts in an email to First Selectman Ed Haberek.
New Haven Register, 29 Aug 2014 – Good news, people: I survived ingesting a “brain poison,” easily operated a Hertz rental car an hour or two afterward without killing anybody and lived to tell the tale. Dr. Arthur Taub, a retired clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote a hysterical letter to the New Haven Register after I reported in my column last week that I ate one-third of a 10-milligram marijuana cookie outside a legal cannabis shop in Boulder, Colorado. “Marijuana is a brain poison,” the good doctor began. “It is an uncontrolled mixture of long acting brain-destructive neurotoxins and carcinogens.”
New York Times, 31 Aug 2014 – PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding – 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use – and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.
Washington Post, 30 Aug 2014 – The White House officially nominated Michael Botticelli on Thursday to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with overseeing and administering federal drug policy. The White House has been moving toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice one. And the nomination of Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, might be the most significant sign of that shift to date.
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Aug 2014 – It’s Unlikely Council Can Override Mayor Mayor Richard Berry on Friday vetoed an election resolution that would have asked Albuquerque voters to reduce marijuana penalties and to raise taxes for social services.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Aug 2014 – (AP) – A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults’ recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.
The Trentonian, 28 Aug 2014 – Richard Lee, the California owner of Oaksterdam University, rented a conference room at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City. It is a business that teaches people how to grow marijuana, and other aspects of the emerging legal marijuana business. Technically for classroom purposes they used basil instead of marijuana. Ed Forchion, NJ Weedman, outside of the Saturday at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.