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US FL: What Is Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?

December 1, 2017 - 3:00am
Sun-Sentinel, 01 Dec 2017 - Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family. For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief. It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule, smoked or served as tea.

US CA: Extreme Marijuana Use Linked To Vomiting Syndrome

November 28, 2017 - 3:00am
The Fresno Bee, 28 Nov 2017 - For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain. "I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego. "I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can't come to me."

CN MB: Series: Part 3 Shattering The Stigma - Alex Kelsie

November 27, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 27 Nov 2017 - SHATTERING THE STIGMA - ALEX & KELSIE Tracy Sanderson understood opioid addiction. Her daughter Kelsie began struggling with opioid addiction after she had a traumatic experience being tasered by RCMP officers.

CN MB: Series: Part 2 Shattering The Stigma - Michael Bricey Johnson

November 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 26 Nov 2017 - SHATTERING THE STIGMA - MICHAEL & BRICEY JOHNSON When the police came to Lois Fridfinnson's door and told her that her son, Michael Johnson, died from a methadone overdose, she fell to the floor. She thought that would be the worst day of her life.

US: Veterans Are Key As Surge Of States OK Medical Pot For PTSD

November 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Daily Herald, 26 Nov 2017 - NEW YORK -- It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under federal law and doesn't boast extensive, conclusive medical research.

CN MB: Series: Part 1 Shattering The Stigma - Jesse Kolb

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 25 Nov 2017 - SHATTERING THE STIGMA - JESSE KOLB As a power-lifter who could bench 340 pounds, a talented guitar player, and a driven young man with a strong work ethic who bought his own house at the age of 18, Jessie Kolb defied the stereotype of a fentanyl addict.

CN AB: Editorial: Drug Addiction Should Be Health Issue, Not Criminal

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 25 Nov 2017 - Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. The two most western provinces and territories - British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories - have been hit especially hard, likely due to their relative proximity to China, where much of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced.

CN ON: Impaired By Drugs

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Sudbury Star, 25 Nov 2017 - Red Ribbon Campaign gets started, with emphasis on drivers who use marijuana Action Sudbury has kicked off its 29th annual Red Ribbon Campaign with an emphasis on educating the public about the use of cannabis, as the federal government is set to legalize recreational marijuana.

CN MB: The Leaf To Grow Knowledge On Legalizing Pot

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 25 Nov 2017 - IF you want to know how quickly this country is turning over a new leaf, consider the curious case of Julian Fantino. The tough-on-crime former Toronto police chief was eager to help lead the war against drugs - including cannabis - during his time as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government.

CN ON: Talking Pot A What It Will Mean When It's Legal

November 25, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 25 Nov 2017 - KITCHENER - At gatherings with family and friends, it's common for people to sit and chat as they enjoy a glass of wine. Drinking alcohol is legal and regulated by the government, but too much of it causes impairment and your long-term health could be at risk.

CN BC: Feds Seek Input On Pot Regulations

November 24, 2017 - 3:00am
North Shore News, 24 Nov 2017 - North Shore residents should be able to buy marijuana in either private or government-run outlets, similar to liquor stores, but there should be strict regulations banning youth under 19 from accessing weed and roadside suspensions for drivers impaired by pot. Local municipalities also want a cut of marijuana revenues to help with enforcement of the rules and a say about where pot shops are set up.

CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Not Welcome In DNV

November 24, 2017 - 3:00am
North Shore News, 24 Nov 2017 - The District of North Vancouver is going to fight another pot shop in the courts. The municipality filed court documents Nov. 15 in B.C. Supreme Court, asking for an order that the owners of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc. operating at 1488 Pemberton Ave. stop selling marijuana and marijuana products, in contravention of local bylaws.

US MI: Marijuana Butter Case Tossed Out By Michigan Appeals Court

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov 2017 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter. Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter to control pain. Police allege they didn't comply with the law. They subsequently lost their jobs in Kent County.

CN ON: Sign Stirs The Pot

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 23 Nov 2017 - Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York? That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

CN BC: Man Acquitted After Judge Throws Out Evidence He Had A

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Vancouver 24hours, 23 Nov 2017 - A man has been acquitted after evidence that he had checked in a suitcase containing a large quantity of drugs at Vancouver International Airport was thrown out of court. David Edward Herman checked in two pieces of luggage when he arrived at the airport for a flight to Toronto on March 17, 2013.

CN ON: Supervised Injection Site Eyed For Downtown Core

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 23 Nov 2017 - Mayor backs scheme, says time to get it out of alleyways and off railway lands A decision on whether to authorize a supervised injection site in Hamilton's core is expected to be made Dec. 4 by the Board of Health.

CN NS: Safe Needle Disposal Program Open To All

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Cape Breton Post, 23 Nov 2017 - Most pharmacies won't ask what needles are used for Used needles or other sharps never have to be discarded in bottles, garbage or public spaces because of the Safe Sharps Bring-Back Program. The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the program for residential sharps users. Although it is not intended for people who use intravenous drugs, most pharmacies won't ask what the needles are being used for.

CN ON: More Pot Wars

November 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto 24hours, 23 Nov 2017 - Organization wants billboard near music school taken down Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York? That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

US MA: State Pot Commission Aims To Have First Draft Of Rules Set By

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Boston Globe, 21 Nov 2017 - Pot sales are expected to begin around July 1 in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by the end of the year, setting up a frenetic month that will shape the recreational pot industry.

US NJ: Editorial: Opioid Crisis Outlook Grows More Bleak

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Herald News, 21 Nov 2017 - In this divided nation, we should be able to at least find common cause in the fight to stop and treat opioid addiction, a scourge that knows no single identity, and that does not respect geographic boundaries or common socio-economic factors. This is a fight we must all take up, arm in arm, because in one way or another it affects all Americans. Indeed, the more we know about this menace to our national health, the worse it seems. According to a new analysis released by the Trump White House, the opioid addiction crisis may already be much worse than previously thought. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the true cost of the crisis, as of 2015, stands at $504 billion, a figure more than six times the most recent estimate.

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