Did smoking marijuana give these young men heart attacks?

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Reports of heart and circulation problems after smoking pot have raised concerns, but research on the drug's potential risks is limited

Washington Sells $127,000 a Day in Legal Marijuana

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MONTREAL -- Washington State Marijuana users spent $3.8 million ($127,000 per day) in the first month of legal sales. That will bring in approximately $1 million in state taxes, from 18 stores.

Marijuana in Maine: Cities to Vote For Recreational Use in November Elections

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NEW YORK ( MainStreet ) — South Portland Maine residents will join residents in Oregon and Alaska when they vote on the issue of legalizing recreational use in November. The city is the fourth largest in Maine.

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Campaign Says It Is Buying $2.3 Million In TV Ads

August 21st, 2014 by The General No comments »
Officials running the marijuana legalization measure on the Oregon ballot say they have reserved $2.3 million in TV advertising for what they say will be the most expensive pro-marijuana campaign in the state's history. Voters two years ago rejected a marijuana legalization measure that received little funding and ran almost no advertising of any kind. In contrast, New Approach Oregon's campaign director, Liz Kaufman, said the $2.3 million is a "base television buy" and could be added to in coming weeks. Purchase reports disclosed by two Portland TV stations, KGW and KATU, show the campaign has reserved $750,000 in ad time between Sept. 22 and the Nov. 4 election.

The campaign also released a commercial featuring Richard Harris, the retired head of the state's addictions and mental health division, praising the measure. Kaufman said the ad will also run on TV, perhaps within days. Harris, who was also executive director of Portland's Central City Concern, before retiring in 2008, praises the measure for providing money for drug treatment and prevention, which he said is now "overwhelmingly underfunded" in the state. He also called marijuana is a "relatively benign drug" and that its illegality is fueling violence and the drug cartels. New Approach Oregon has not yet revealed how it will pay for the ads. So far, though it has had a well-funded effort that relies heavily on out-of-state money. Much of the group's money has come from a political fund connected to New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, which says it wants to change the law so that "people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others."



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Illinois – More Questions Than Answers For Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs

August 21st, 2014 by The General No comments »
Medical marijuana investors grilled public officials Wednesday for any scrap of information they could get about applying for state licenses before they must fork over up to $25,000 for the privilege. Nearly 300 people turned out at a public meeting to ask state regulators about the process to apply to grow, dispense or use medical marijuana. Questions ranged from the highly technical — someone asked if it’s OK to use vaporized sulfur on marijuana — to the constitutional, such as whether it’s legal to prohibit owners of medical marijuana businesses from also being customers.

State officials answered what questions they could but noted that the state law and the rules for implementing it don’t cover everything. “What we are looking for is the best plan you can give us,” said Ray Watson, general counsel for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “We do not want to restrain the creativity of the industry.” Each business entity may apply for a permit to operate up to five dispensaries and three cultivation centers out of the 21 grow centers and 60 retail shops that the state will authorize. Regulators will choose which applicants get permits through a scoring system based on business, security and cultivation plans along with numerous other factors.

Business applications, due by Sept. 22, require fingerprints, background checks and tax returns for all owners, along with detailed business plans. Patient applications will be taken starting next month and must include a doctor’s recommendation that the drug will provide relief from one of about three dozen specified medical conditions. None of the applications will be made public. State officials will also certify private and state laboratories to test the marijuana for various strains and potency. The state does not have plans, though, to certify training programs for doctors, as one questioner proposed.

Several questions addressed the issue of foods that contain marijuana, which are popular in other states that already have medical marijuana. Marijuana edibles may take all kinds of forms, from brownies to “medicinal chocolate,” but regulators said they cannot be made to look like commercial candy, like a Baby Ruth or Butterfinger. All marijuana, including edibles, must be produced and put in sealed packages at the cultivation centers, so several entrepreneurs questioned how they would let customers see, smell and touch their products. Any package opened as a sample must be disposed of within a week, regulators said.

One practice that regulators discouraged was having the same owners or key figures, such as master growers, listed on applications for more than the allotted limit of facilities. Officials said they are trying to prevent concentrating the industry in too few hands. One sore spot with many who attended the meeting was the requirement that patients and caregivers get fingerprinted and pass background checks. Officials could not cite another state with such a requirement, and other medicinal drugs don’t typically carry such requirements. Regulators noted the requirement is written into the state law, so cannot be changed without legislative action. With the application process just getting underway, medical marijuana is not expected to be available until next spring.



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Steelers running backs likely to face marijuana charges

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Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount could face discipline from the league.

BC Based Medicinal Marijuana Company Plans to Be One of Canada's Dominant Producers

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VANCOUVER, BC -- via PRWEB - A new BC-based player in the medicinal marijuana market is set to submit an additional application to Health Canada this month which, if successful, would see the entrant become ...

China media: Marijuana legalisation

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Spotlight on marijuana legalisation debate as police arrest several celebrities over drugs-related charges.

Marijuana to be most popular drug at Houston high school campuses?

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According to a licensed chemical dependency counselor at Odyssey House, marijuana is expected to be the fastest-growing, most popular illegal drug on Houston high school campuses this coming school year.

Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.