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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:50:50 -0700

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US KY: Oped: Ky.'s New Opioid Law Will Only Result In More Death

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 16 Jul 2017 - As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of the Midwest continues to soar, it's truly disconcerting to see that policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse. The recent passage of the ill-conceived House Bill 333, which imposes a three-day limit (with certain exceptions) on opioid prescribing, reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the reasons behind the addiction epidemic.

US MI: Oped: In Easing Chronic Pain, Marijuana May Be A Better Choice

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Detroit Free Press, 16 Jul 2017 - Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an estimated annual cost of $600 billion. But the rampant use of opioids to treat chronic pain stands out as the least-defensible and most-harmful of our maltreatments. Many U.S. physicians remain resistant to this, though I would argue other options should be considered. More than 14,000 Americans died in 2014 from unintentional overdose of prescription opioids, making this the leading cause of death among younger individuals in many states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Countless others continue to take opioids not because they have meaningful pain and functional improvement, but because they enjoy feeling numbed, or simply have not been presented with more appropriate and helpful therapeutic options.

CN NS: Researchers Want Two Weed Streams

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Metro, 18 Jul 2017 - Dalhousie duo say recreational, medical need to be separate Dalhousie researchers are lending their voices to the debate on keeping the medical and recreational streams of marijuana separate. The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published recommendations in a framework for legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2016.

US KY: Bevin And Beshear Ask Judge To Dismiss Medical Marijuana

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Lexington Herald-Leader, 13 Jul 2017 - Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a Frankfort judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky. In a motion filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Bevin's attorneys said medical marijuana is a "political question" that should be decided by the General Assembly, not a judge.

CN BC: Cannabusiness

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

North Shore News, 09 Jul 2017 - The greening of a grey economy Down in North Vancouver's Lower Lonsdale, just a couple of blocks in from the neighbourhood's bustling main drag, the LotusLand Cannabis Club's storefront proudly displays its green logo in a stripe across the front windows. The words "British Columbia's finest," almost look official.

US FL: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes In Florida Legislature

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Orlando Sentinel, 06 Jul 2017 - The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a three-day special session. The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill, but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical marijuana on principle.

US: U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall, But Numbers Still High: CDC

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Jul 2017 - Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have dropped since 2010 in the United States, but the number of Americans getting the highly addictive medications is still too high, a new report shows. Prescriptions declined from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per person in 2010 to 640 MME per person in 2015, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Operators Plead Guilty, Hope For Absolute

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

The Record, 28 Jun 2017 - Prosecutor calls for $10,000 fine to deter others KITCHENER - Granting an absolute discharge to a young Kitchener couple who operated an illegal marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo would send the wrong message, a federal prosecutor told a judge on Tuesday.

CN BC: New Opioid Restrictions Create Greater Drug Crisis, Doctors

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Globe and Mail, 26 Jun 2017 - Desperate for relief from unbearable pain following knee surgery, Lorna Bird says she was forced to buy drugs from the Downtown Eastside streets of Vancouver when her doctor stopped prescribing an opioid in response to new standards aimed at preventing fatal overdoses. "I started with heroin because I couldn't stand the pain," Ms. Bird said, recalling her fears about dying from fentanyl-laced street drugs because "everybody was croaking" and she didn't want her grandchildren dealing with that outcome.