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Media Awareness Project Drug News

Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:18 -0800

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:10:02 GMT


US MA: Marijuana Legalization, Opioid Crisis Come To An Awkward

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 14 Jan 2017 - [photo] A marijuana bud. Across New England, two issues appear to be driving legislatures this year - - and they both have to do with drugs. States are grappling with the emergence of marijuana legalization. But the region is also the epicenter of the opioid crisis, with overdose rates in New Hampshire among the highest in the country.

US MA: Holyoke Mayor Sees Future In Pot

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 13 Jan 2017 - Holyoke has a number of old mill buildings that Mayor Alex B. Morse believes would make an excellent location for the industry. HOLYOKE - Vacant mill buildings along a series of canals serve as constant reminders of this impoverished city's halcyon days as the Paper City of the World. But the mayor has a distinctly 21st-century plan for the old factories.

US MD: Experts Have Only A Hazy Idea Of Marijuana's Myriad Health

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan 2017 - Marijuana's health effects A new report says the precise health effects of marijuana on its users remain something of a mystery. (Jan. 13, 2017) More than 22 million Americans use some form of marijuana each month, and it's now approved for medicinal or recreational use in 28 states plus the District of Columbia. Nationwide, legal sales of the drug reached an estimated $7.1 billion last year.

US KY: Pot Groups Say Vote On Attorney General Nominee Sen. Jeff

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 09 Jan 2017 - Backers of marijuana legalization on Monday stepped up their pressure on the U.S. Senate to block the confirmation of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general. Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, angered proponents in April when he called pot "dangerous" and said that "good people don't smoke marijuana."

US MA: $325 Plastic Bags - With Free Weed 'Gift' - Advertised On

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 04 Jan 2017 - Giving away -- or "gifting"-- up to one ounce of marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts, but are some people pushing the new law too far? Days after Governor Charlie Baker signed a measure delaying the opening of recreational marijuana retail shops statewide by six months, a budding entrepreneur took to Craigslist to offer people a backdoor approach to getting their hands on some pot - one that authorities say would violate the new law.

US MA: Warren Seeks To Ensure Bank Services For Those Doing Business

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 03 Jan 2017 - Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading a new effort to make sure vendors working with marijuana businesses don't have their banking services taken away. As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block: lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

US MA: Why A Skirmish Over Pot Legalization In Massachusetts Is

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 30 Dec 2016 - In November, Massachusetts voters decided to make recreational marijuana legal, allowing it to be bought and sold in stores by January 2018. But this week, state lawmakers quietly voted to delay the sale date by at least six months. The delay has outraged some marijuana-legalization advocates, less so because they'll have to wait a few months to buy pot and more so because they feel the legislature is trying to subvert the will of the people by fundamentally changing what they voted for. A similar skirmish is happening in Maine over the minimum wage, and progressives in both states are worried that their opponents are trying to delay or even reverse their remarkable success via ballot initiatives.

US NY: With Legal Pot Comes a Problem: How Do We Weed Out Impaired

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The New York Observer, 29 Dec 2016 - On Nov. 8, 2016 voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now legal in a total of eight states. And this creates potential problems for road safety. How do we determine who's impaired and who's not? The effects of alcohol vary based on a person's size and weight, metabolism rate, related food intake and the type and amount of beverage consumed. Even so, alcohol consumption produces fairly straightforward results: The more you drink, the worse you drive. Factors like body size and drinking experience can shift the correlation slightly, but the relationship is still pretty linear, enough to be able to confidently develop a blood alcohol content scale for legally determining drunk driving. Not so with marijuana.

US: Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken On Marijuana. Trump Ought To

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec 2016 - Californians may have voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 8 to legalize marijuana, but Americans also elected Donald Trump, whose position on legalization has been a bit -- hazy. That's a potential problem because marijuana is regulated under federal law, giving Trump and his administration veto power over whether California and the seven other states that have voted to legalize cannabis can really do so. So where does the president-elect stand on pot? He has said he supports individuals' right to use medical marijuana "100%," which is good news for the 29 states that allow medicinal use of pot. As for adult recreational use, which Californians approved through Proposition 64, it's hard to say what he believes because his statements have been all over the map, shifting from audience to audience.