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Marketing Opioids may Involve Licensing Chicago Drug Reps, Starting Next Month
Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And after the presidential debate last night, being busy may be a good thing. Another good thing, of course, is a delicious cup of stimulation, which we are quaffing as we compose our prose. Please feel free to join us. Remember, no prescription is required. Meanwhile, here are some items of interest to get you going. We hope you have an especially productive day and, yes, do keep in touch …

Chicago plans to introduce an ordinance next month that would require pharmaceutical sales reps to carry a special license in hopes of fighting opioid addiction, the Chicago... [Read More]
Saturday, October 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Psychedelic Trip-Sitters Wanted by Researchers
Anyone who's ever been walked back from an acid-induced existential cliff can appreciate the benefit of someone who knows what to do when you're having a bad trip. What if this person, perhaps knowledgeable about soft lighting and gentle music, was trained by a special branch of the government? What if they had a legal mandate to spritz pleasant scents, offer you smooth rocks, and hold your hand while you talk about your family of origin?

While this might not sound like everyone's best case scenario, it's a starting point in a conversation about the regulation of psychedelics and their uses, and what several researchers in BC see down the road as we hurtle towards a culture with increasingly lax attitudes about altered states.

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Saturday, October 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Naloxone, a Pricey Bandage--and Not a Cure at All
Heroin belongs to a class of drugs called opioids. All drugs in this class are chemically related, including street drugs and those prescribed by physicians. They affect chemical receptors in your nervous system to produce pleasurable sensations and reduce pain.1

Legal prescriptions include oxycodone, ... [Read More]
Thursday, October 20th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Marijuana Business May Get Green Light from NY Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange may be giving the green light to a cannabis company listing.

Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. filed an S-11 on Oct. 17 to be a public company and to list at the Intercontinental Exchange Inc.’s owned market. New Cannabis Ventures broke the news Monday evening. It will be the first publicly-traded cannabis-related Real Estate Investor Trust (REIT) and, if approved, would be the first cannabis company to be traded at the venerable NYSE.

The Exchange declined to comment on the company and instead sent along a document that defines the listing process. If Innovative Industrial Properties gets approved, then it could list in four... [Read More]
Wednesday, October 19th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
Bill to legalise opium, marijuana cleared for tabling in Parliament
Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi’s private Bill to seek legalisation of “traditional” and “non-synthetic” intoxicants, such as opium and cannabis (marijuana), has been cleared by the legislative branch of Parliament, a statement issued by him here informed on Wednesday. Gandhi hopes this winter session the amendment will be tabled before the Parliament and hopefully NDPS Act shall be amended to provide relief... [Read More]
Wednesday, October 19th | Posted by perro-salchicha614 | 0 Replies
Denver Dept. of Health Lifts Kratom Ban in City, with Additional Labeling
DENVER – The Denver Department of Health will lift the ban of sales of kratom in the city as the Drug Enforcement Agency reconsiders its decision to classify the herb as a Schedule-I controlled substance.

The DEA announced last week it wanted to investigate the southeastern Asian herb more before deciding to classify it, which it originally announced it would ban last month. It has cited several supposed deaths linked to the product as reason for calling it... [Read More]
Wednesday, October 19th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Phil Collins and the Rise of Mid-Lifers Drinking their Way to Oblivion
For Phil Collins it started at home in the long afternoons, drinking a glass of two or wine in front of the England versus West Indies Test match. In 2011 the former Genesis frontman had decided to retire from music and move to Switzerland to devote himself to his family.

"I stopped work because I wanted to be a dad at home,” he said in a press conference on Monday in which he announced a comeback tour. “As bad luck would have it, as soon as I retired, my family split up. I didn't have anyone to go home to. That's why I started drinking."

Instead he found himself bored and kicking his heels alone on the shores of Lake Geneva. Collins never previously suffered from a reliance on ... [Read More]
Tuesday, October 18th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
How Cannabis Legalization May Change the United States
Carl Sagan was famous for intoning about “billions and billions” when describing how many stars, galaxies and planets existed in the cosmos. That mantra should be chanted by anyone trying to understand marijuana use and policy in the United States.

In the aggregate, Americans report smoking pot about 4 billion days a year (totaling up all the days each individual reported pot use for that year). But under the assumptions that some people understate their marijuana use on government surveys and that some users smoke more than once a day, the true annual total of use... [Read More]
Tuesday, October 18th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
A $600 Brain Reboot Changed My Life
It's good to be skeptical about wonder drugs, because often there's nothing wonderful about them at all. So when a finance worker friend of mine told me he'd discovered a miracle treatment that gives him a huge advantage over his colleagues, I was dubious. "No—I'm full of energy every day and feel like a new person!" he promised. "I don't need to drink eight cups of coffee every day now; this is so much better, and I just get a top up every few weeks!"

I suspected he may have just found out about ... [Read More]
Tuesday, October 18th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Here is How Youths Decide When They've Drunk Enough, Experts Say
COLUMBUS, Ohio --Young people decide whether they've had enough to drink the same way the cruise control on a car "decides" whether to accelerate or hit the brakes.

That's a preliminary finding in an unusual new study that aims to analyze drinking behavior the way engineers might analyze a mechanical system.

In two papers to appear in the journal IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, a team of social workers and engineers at The Ohio State University used mathematical models to help explain the factors that drive alcohol consumption. They found that college students drank until they attained a certain level of drunkenness, and then adjusted the pace of their drinking--sipping versus gulping, for example, or switching... [Read More]
Monday, October 17th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Interestingly, Kansas Police, Juries Choosing Not to Enforce Marijuana Prohibition
When Colorado took the historic step of restoring freedom by legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, neighboring prohibitionist states became desperate.

Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court against Colorado, seeking to have federal government stamp out the legalization movement. Thankfully, the court [B]denied the challenge, although the states can still take their crusade to lower courts.

The Kansas Attorney General didn’t jump into the lawsuit, but decided to actually gather evidence about the effect of Colorado legal cannabis on his... [Read More]
Monday, October 17th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Missionary Warns: Violence against Drug Dealers can Lead Further, Worse Addictions
Reacting to the violent war on drug traffickers that has been launched by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, a missionary priest has observed the violence, too, can act like a drug, causing different forms of addictive behavior.

Death squads and hyper-aggressive police forces “can become themselves dependent on violence,” Father Peter Geremia, of the Pontifical Foreign Missions, remarked to the Fides news service.

The people involved in extra-judicial killing of drug dealers under Duterte’s leadership “can also experience a deep sense of guilt, often unconscious, leading to various forms of violence, including alcoholism and drug addiction.” He concluded: “Killers are dangerous to the their own families.”

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Monday, October 17th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Blackmailing Drug Dealer Gets Five Years
A drug dealer who made threatening demands for repayment from an indebted ‘customer’ is starting a five-year prison sentence.

Nick Lightfoot demanded increasingly larger sums when payments were missed for the supply of cocaine from November last year to this August. Durham Crown Court was told the customer was buying up to £1,400-worth of the Class A drug a week from Lightfoot.

Shaun Dryden, prosecuting, said after losing his job, the complainant fell into arrears and the debt soon reached £8,000, but when further repayments were missed, it rose to... [Read More]
Monday, October 17th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
PRESS RELEASE: LEAP endorses MA marijuana legalization, Question 4
Press Release From Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
PRESS RELEASE: LEAP endorses MA marijuana legalization, Question 4

Contact: Mikayla Hellwich

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Monday, October 17th | Posted by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition | 0 Replies
Better Understanding of the Fine Line Between 'Bad Drugs' and Medicine Course Set
Drugs feel like they've have become a near-constant news item recently. With opioid epidemics raging in many states, conversations about drug overdoses and prescription pills have become a regular feature of nightly newscasts. At the same time, conversations about the drug and medical industry itself have entered the mainstream. Between pharma executive loudmouth (and alleged crook) Martin Shkreli, the high-profile implosion of Theranos, and controversy over the pricing of EpiPen, Americans seem to be talking about ... [Read More]
Sunday, October 16th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Dealer Alleged to Offer Police Tour of the £100,000 in Cocaine, Money in his Flat
A bumbling cocaine dealer led officers around his apartment, showing them where he hid hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and dirty cash.

Police bumped into Gavin Kelly, 36, in the ground floor of his flat in Rochdale Road, Blackley while carrying out a search warrant on another property. When they asked him if there was anything in the building they should be made aware of, he said: “Yes, obviously, upstairs in the flat – the coke.”

Officers escorted Kelly upstairs to the apartment where he pointed to a cupboard area in the kitchen, which... [Read More]
Sunday, October 16th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Mixed Reviews for Heroin Crime Immunity Practices, According to the AP
Reeling from a surge in heroin overdoses, authorities in the Cincinnati area made an offer: Hand in potentially deadly drugs and you won't be charged. But the blanket immunity granted by a judge there over a month ago hasn't brought in any heroin so far.

Results from similar efforts elsewhere have also yielded few drugs, according to a review by The Associated Press. Still, that hasn't dissuaded supporters who, along with officials nationwide, feel like their backs are against the wall as they try to fight the ... [Read More]
Sunday, October 16th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Bone Density May be Negatively Affected by Long-Term Weed Smoking, Study Says
First, they came for your mouths. A couple of months ago, we wrote about a study that found that, along with possible IQ issues and and psychotic illnesses, long-term regular cannabis use could also leave you with two gammy pairs of gums. The research in question followed more than 1,000 New Zealanders over 20 years—from when they were 18 to 38—and logged their self-reported cannabis use.

When comparing how the weed fans fared in relation to people who... [Read More]
Saturday, October 15th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Oregon's Upcoming Cannabis Vote has Investors Highly Nervous
Last year, Golden Leaf Holdings, a leading cannabis company, paid $3.3 million for almost 100 acres of land in Oregon to build a marijuana growing, processing and research site. The future looked bright: Oregon voters had legalized recreational marijuana in 2014. But Measure 91 gave counties and towns the opportunity to opt out and ban pot businesses.

Days after Golden Leaf signed the papers on the property in... [Read More]
Saturday, October 15th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
US Crime Statistics Still Driven by Black Market Drugs
This article first appeared on the Anti-Media site.

According to (*1) a new crime report published last month by the FBI, the drug war is still a pervasive cause for arrest in the United States. The data, which covers recorded arrests for violent crime and property crime as disclosed by local police departments, revealed that arrests for simple possession of drugs—mostly ... [Read More]
Saturday, October 15th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies

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