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US: Cancer Study Of Psilocybin Hints At New Role For Illegal Drug

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 01 Dec 2016 - On a summer morning in 2013, Octavian Mihai entered a softly lit room furnished with a small statue of Buddha, a box of tissues and a single red rose. From an earthenware chalice, he swallowed a capsule of psilocybin, an ingredient found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Then he put on an eye mask and headphones and lay down on a couch. Soon, images flew by like shooting stars: a spinning world that looked like a blue-green chessboard; himself on a stretcher in front of a hospital; his parents, gazing at him with aching sadness as he reached out to them, suffused with childlike love.

US AZ: High Hopes For High Times

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 01 Dec 2016 - Arizona continues efforts towards legal marijuana The failure of Prop 205 may have been a sobering realization for some, but others still have high hopes for the future of marijuana in Arizona. Several new efforts have popped up to change the landscape of Arizona's marijuana landscape since voters rejected this year's recreational proposition.

CN NF: The Straight Dope

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Telegram, 29 Nov 2016 - Editor's note: Reporter James McLeod had a tip: A shop in Downtown St. John's was selling pot to people who never had a prescription. He asked if we wanted him to try and buy some for a story. We said yes. The sale of marijuana is already a big issue in our community. That importance will only grow in the coming months as the federal government prepares legislation to legalize. So James proceeded and this story reflects his experience. Our hope is it informs the community and prompts necessary debate on this issue. Telegram able to buy marijuana products with ease

CN ON: Medpot User Says She Was Wrongfully Charged With DUI

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Goderich Signal-Star, 30 Nov 2016 - Linda Birks was only a handful of kilometers away from her new home in Port Albert when she became caught in a thunderstorm and drove her car off the road, down a ditch and into a hydro pole. The trip was supposed to have been the beginning of a new start, she said.

CN ON: Column: Sudden Stop Not The Answer For Opioids

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 21 Nov 2016 - Canadians have one of the highest rates of prescription opioid use in the world - five times higher than in the U.K., for example. This is a tragedy because we don't do any better at reducing chronic pain - just at creating addiction and an epidemic of overdose death. Many reasons have caused this, including the influence and marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, the willingness of Canadian insurers to pay for drugs like OxyContin, as well as mistaken assumptions about opioids by prescribers and dispensers.

US: If The Doctor Orders Marijuana, Will Insurers Pay?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 23 Nov 2016 - Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana helped his chronic back pain. State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers' compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient described how smoking the drug let them escape years of stupor caused by powerful prescription narcotic drugs known as opioids.

CN ON: Refused Medical Marijuana

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

The Intelligencer, 09 Nov 2016 - Belleville man prevented from using prescribed cannabis at Kingston hospital A Belleville man says he was prevented from using doctor-prescribed cannabis in hospital following spinal surgery at Kingston General Hospital.

CN ON: Medical Marijuana Denied

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Kingston Whig-Standard, 09 Nov 2016 - KGH staff wouldn't let man use prescribed cannabis following painful spinal surgery A Belleville man says he was prevented from using doctor-prescribed cannabis in hospital following spinal surgery at Kingston General Hospital.

US ND: Medical Marijuana Supporters Make Last-Minute Plea To Voters

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Bismarck Tribune, 03 Nov 2016 - FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota is making a last-minute advertising push thanks to a surprise donation from a national organization, North Dakota Compassionate Care, which is sponsoring an initiated measure on the state's ballot, quickly organized the ad campaign after receiving $15,000 last week from Drug Policy Action, said group spokeswoman Anita Morgan. DPA is the political arm of a group that advocates for the overhaul of drug laws.