China: Not Crazy over Cannabis Culture

China warns its citizens against marijuana after Canada legalises it

  • Diplomats in Toronto warn students that drug could prove harmful to physical and mental health after law changes to allow recreational use
  • Warning does not go as far as South Korea, which threatened to prosecute people who consume the drug in Canada when they return home

Monday, 29 October, 2018,

Chinese diplomats in Canada have issued a public letter to Chinese citizens calling people, especially students, to avoid contact with marijuana, after Canada legalised the recreational use of the drug this month.

The legalisation has become a hot-button topic among the Chinese population, splitting it along generational lines.

The letter, published on the official website of the consulate-general in Toronto, includes explanations from legal experts on what Canada’s marijuana legalisation means.

Although the change in the law means the recreational use of marijuana is now legal: “The consulate would like to remind the Chinese citizens in the consular district, especially international students, in order to protect your own physical and mental health, please avoid contact or using marijuana.”

Last week South Korea went further than the Chinese authorities by threatening to prosecute any citizens that consumed the drug in Canada on their return.

The Chinese consulate’s letter did not go as far as that, but lists the specific terms under which it is legal to use marijuana Canada, and reminded people that selling or giving the drug to anyone under 18 years old or trying to carry it through customs remained illegal.

For complete article go to ChinaSmartOnCannabis

 

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USA: Drug Prevention is Best Practice: Reduce Demand – Save Lives

FATHER SPEARHEADS DRUG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

OCTOBER 22, 2018 EDITOR

Drug Prevention Speaker Touching Hearts and Changing Lives

New York father, Jeffrey Veatch is taking the pain of loss from his son’s tragic drug overdose death, and turning it into a positive force for good.  His son Justin was a talented musician with big dreams. Dreams that his father refuses to let die.

After his son Justin’s sudden death from a heroin overdose, Jeffrey started The Justin Veatch Fund which offers scholarships to music students to give his son a lasting legacy.   In a recent op-ed column, he warned against marijuana’s legalization in New York.

“To ignore the role that marijuana plays in opiate overdose deaths is like ignoring the role of tobacco in lung cancer.”

Jeffrey speaks to thousands of students annually about the dangers of drug use, a talk which he calls “A Message from Justin.”

A drawing of Justin Veatch by Andrew Kaminski.

Turning Grief into Drug Prevention Education

He is available to give two other talks. The first, “From Marijuana to Heroin”  he presented last year to  drug prevention professionals at the SAM conference. The second is a new talk for teens focused on teen use of marijuana.

More information about Jeffrey’s educational campaign can be found on his website: thejustinveatchfund.org.

Jeffrey Veatch delivering his Message from Justin to a high school audience.

To book one of Jeffrey’s talks,  send a message to jeff@thejustinveatchfund.org.

Powerful Drug Prevention Film

An inspiring 27 minute film, which would be great to show your teens.

A short 27 minute  documentary is now available online which powerfully relates the story of how drugs led to  an early death for Justin.  And it tells the inspiring story of how this father is carrying his son’s dreams forward.

This short drug prevention film gives parents a wonderful opportunity to educate their child at home. It can also be shown in a school classroom.

Whispering Spirits tells the story of Justin Veatch, a talented musician who tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of seventeen. The film follows Jeffrey, Justin’s father, as his family grapples with their devastating loss while reconnecting with him through the music he left behind.

Watch the film here:

Whispering-Spirits.com

For complete story http://www.poppot.org/2018/10/22/father-spearheads-drug-awareness-campaign/

 

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USA: Battle For Brains continues in Weed Commercialization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2018
CONTACT:Pat Brogan Pat@learnaboutsam.org
A DRAW FOR LEGALIZATION ON ELECTION NIGHT

North Dakota Rejects Legalization; Michigan Passes It, But Opposition Vows Local and Legal Battles
(Alexandria, VA) – Today,  after a hotly contested year of campaigning, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) and its affiliates went one for one in ballot initiatives. In North Dakota, voters overwhelmingly defeated legalization, while in Michigan, a late surge of funds from Big Marijuana helped bring that state to vote in favor of marijuana commercialization. SAM Action vowed to take the Michigan race to the local level by supporting marijuana store bans and threatening legal action against the pot industry. Also, several key pro-pot house members lost, while some anti-legalization members won or retained their seat. Overall, three pro-marijuana initiatives passed and three failed.
“Legalization is far from inevitable. The results of the election in North Dakota are a huge win for public health, safety, and frankly, common sense,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of SAM Action. “Measure 3 was an effort by Big Pot to pass one of the most wide-open legalization initiatives in history.  The defeat is an immense victory for us and our grassroots partner, Healthy and Productive North Dakota.”
“In Michigan, we will take the fight local and stand with citizens who don’t want to see pot shops in their neighborhoods. We are also talking to legal counsel about how to ensure the rights of non-users are upheld; we are looking at liability and other legal action right now,” said Sabet. “Finally, we will continue to work with federal lawmakers to ensure they understand the harm this marijuana industry brings.”
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, a co-founder of SAM Action, said:
“We are proud of the work done by everyone who stood in opposition to the marijuana industry. North Dakota voters saw this for what it was – an attempt by Big Tobacco and Big Marijuana to threaten public health, and the voters slammed the door in their face.”
“This is a great day not only for North Dakota but also the rest of America. We have stopped Big Marijuana from using our state as it has others in its constant attempts to become the next Big Tobacco,” said Kristie Spooner, president of Healthy and Productive North Dakota. “We are indebted to our volunteers for showing voters why allowing marijuana in would have forever changed what we have built. We serve as a model for opponents in other states considering legalizing marijuana by showing how this grassroots effort revealed the true nature of the marijuana industry.”
Voters in Michigan sided with the empty promises of Big Marijuana and approved Proposal 18-1.
“While this is not the outcome we wanted, it is the beginning of our fight in Michigan, not the end. We are going to continue our campaign on the local level and stop pot shops, as we have in other legal states,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet. “Our  staff and volunteers in Michigan did an incredible job getting folks engaged on this issue. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to public health and safety.”
“A hearty thanks goes out to the many doctors, faith leaders, law enforcement groups, and social justice champions who publicly came out in opposition to legalization,” said Patrick Kennedy. “We’re not going away, though, and history will not look upon this vote kindly.”
“It is unfortunate that my fellow Michiganders have chosen to put the commercialization of potent pot candies and lollipops over the future of our young people, the safety of our roads, and the very real issues of mental health and addiction we are suffering from,” said Scott Greenlee, president of Healthy and Productive Michigan. “I am proud of the work done by our volunteers and staff to share with voters how unleashing this industry on our state will harm us. This is just the beginng of our effort.”

“Moving forward, SAM Action and our affiliates will identify communities and work with them to ‘opt-out’ of legalization by banning pot shops and growing facilities like we have done in Colorado, California, and Massachusetts, continued Sabet. “Moreover, we will continue to expose the harms this predatory industry will bring upon the people of Michigan in the form of targeting disadvantaged communities, exposure to minors, arrest disparities, increased drugged driving, and the black market.”

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USA: Weed and Road Toll

Legalized marijuana linked to a sharp rise in car crashes

About 14 percent of drivers under the influence of pot had a child in their vehicle.

by Paul A. Eisenstein / Oct. 18, 2018 / NBCNews

California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a multi-car crash on Interstate 880 in Fremont, Calif. Several people were killed in a multi-car crash that closed several lanes of a major San Francisco Bay highway and officials say the driver suspected of causing it was under the influence of marijuana.

There has been an increase by up to 6 percent in the number of highway crashes in four of the states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, according to a pair of new studies.

“It’s certainly early in the game,” Harkey told NBC News. But, he warned, “We’re seeing a trend in the wrong direction.”

Since the legalization wave began, safety and health experts have been trying to measure the potential influence on highway safety, though the results so far have been inconsistent and, in some cases, contradictory.

But this is the second year in a row where the IIHS found a troubling trend. A year ago, the non-profit group looked at three states, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. This year, it added Nevada to the list. Harkey said the IIHS also looked at highway crash data in surrounding states to try to control for factors like weather and the economy.

The IIHS also conducted a street-side study of marijuana use and found something Harkey said he saw as particularly concerning. While those under the influence of alcohol tend to either be driving alone or with other adults, about 14 percent of those confirmed to be using pot had a child in their vehicle. That reflects the fact, he added, that marijuana use isn’t confined to evenings and other times when adults are more likely to drink — and abuse — alcohol.

What is unclear is whether that reflects the increasing use of recreational pot or the consumption of medical marijuana to deal with issues like pain or glaucoma, something a patient may time to need.

Police have a particularly difficult challenge because of the way marijuana works in the body. Blood alcohol levels provide a direct correlation showing how much a motorist has had to drink, with those levels dropping rapidly as someone sobers up. But while THC levels spike after smoking weed or eating a consumable, the psychoactive ingredient remains in the body for weeks, long after it has stopped having any impact.

With so many more states set to permit the use of the drug, Harkey said regulators, law enforcement, and medical authorities need to address “the challenge” and come up with better ways of determining when a driver might be operating under the influence of marijuana.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/legalized-marijuana-linked-sharp-rise-car-crashes-n921511

 

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USA: First REAL Medicine from Marijuana Approved by FDA in Decades – NOT Snake OIL!

First FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug Now Available in U.S.

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution for use in patients with two types of epileptic syndromes

What is also very important to remember, if the product you are using is not Fully vetted, tested and trialled to FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and/or TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and/or MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) standards and registered as a pharmaceutical, it is NOT medicine, it is Snake Oil!

The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide.

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide.

Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved for use in patients age 2 years and older with two types of epileptic syndromes, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, CNN reported. The FDA approved the drug, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, in June.

“Because these patients have historically not responded well to available seizure medications, there has been a dire need for new therapies that aim to reduce the frequency and impact of seizures,” company CEO Justin Gover said in a written statement, CNN reported.

“Adequate and well-controlled clinical studies supported Epidiolex’s approval, so prescribers can have confidence in the drug’s uniform strength and consistent delivery that support appropriate dosing needed for treating patients with these complex and serious epilepsy syndromes,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said in a written statement.

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Global: Placebo’s Work Just As Well as Weed???

I Tried CBD to Help Manage My Anxiety, and Here’s What Happened

Men’s Health October 18, 2018

Instead of endlessly ruminating on these hypothetical scenarios, I tested whether CBD supplements could help me relax and take my stress level down a notch. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of roughly 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant — and unlike its brother THC, it doesn’t get you high. Among its many purported health benefits, researchers are studying whether CBD could be a viable treatment for a variety of ailments including anxiety.

The bottom line

Although the CBD tablets didn’t work wonders for me, that’s not to say that they can’t help with anxiety. Anecdotally, many people on Reddit report feeling more relaxed and less anxious after taking CBD supplements.

But Dr. Margaret Haney, professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center, warns that science doesn’t yet support these claims.

“We’re in the infancy of cannabis science,” she told MensHealth.com. When it comes to claims that CBD can help with pain, sleep, or anxiety, Haney warns that we’re still waiting on the hard science. “As a society we’ve jumped very far ahead of our use of CBD. We don’t have any of the data, and we really struggle to understand where and how it’s doing anything.”

But don’t get her wrong — she’s hopeful that future studies show the hype around CBD’s alleged benefits is legitimate.

“I actually am very excited about CBD,” Haney added. “I think there’s tremendous potential.”

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USA: Addiction-For-Profit Pot Propagandists Peddle Weed to Windy City!

JB PRITZKER WANTS LEGAL WEED IN PAY-TO-PLAY ILLINOIS

Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois is a pay-to-play state.  Billionaire JB Pritzker hopes to become the next governor of Illinois. When he talked to young voters at Northwestern University, he highlighted a plan to legalize marijuana.  But do these students know the true dangers of the drug? Do they know that the marijuana industry is Big Tobacco 2?

Illinois has budget woes, but legalization of marijuana will bankrupt the state even more.  The relatives of billionaire Pritzker invest in marijuana companies and donate nationwide to legalization campaigns.  Their companies contribute to the politicians in California with its burgeoning marijuana industry.  (See chart below from CALMatters.org)

Imagine how the legalization of marijuana will add to the crime in crime-ridden as Chicago, while auto insurance rates rise 27% as they did in other states. In Washington State, marijuana figures strongly in the crimes the teens commit against each other.   Amazingly, Pritzker said that marijuana is part of his crime-fighting plan. “We don’t need more studies on this. We need to act.”

For more information:  https://calmatters.org/articles/cultivating-clout-marijuana-money-flows-into-california-politics/

Marijuana has Made Illinois Less Safe

Pritzker wants the youth vote, but he hasn’t noticed how frequently drivers high on THC cause fatal crashes in Illinois.  Amanda Matthiessen, 24, of Huntley, died recently, a victim of her boyfriend driving high on THC.

Amando Chavez, father of 4 from Schaumburg, died in a crash on August  16, 2018.  The driver who killed him allegedly smoked marijuana all day before getting in the car.

For complete article  Addiction-For-Profit Mercenaries

 

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CANADA: Addiction For Profit! Community Health & Safety Jettisoned for $$

Dear friend,
October 17th, 2018 will be a day  we look back on as a dark day in our history - the day Canada began nationwide legal sales of high-potency marijuana. It will be remembered as the day Canadian lawmakers put the interest of an addiction-for-profit industry over the health and safety of its citizens.
To make matters worse, the decision made in Ontario almost immediately after allowing for public pot smoking — an astonishing provision given how we think of secondhand tobacco smoke —  will put more people at risk, and shows this law’s true colors.
We at SAM and our partners at SAM Canada were determined not to stay silent.
So we grabbed a microphone and took to the streets, gathering with our fellow Canadian brothers and sisters. We were amazed at the attention we garnered: dozens and dozens of cameras, joined by scores of strangers, witnessed as we discussed marijuana dependence and addiction, mental illness, drugged driving, second-hand smoke, child exposure.
Here are just a few pieces of coverage the rally against legalization earned:
We didn’t fly all the way to Vancouver to simply protest legalization, we used the event to launch a watchdog website, www.PotWatch.org, to be used to expose the harms of Big Marijuana in Canada. Pot Watch will serve as a hub for Canadians to access help and make their voices heard. It will work to shine a light on the realities the marijuana industry wants to remain in the darkness.
Our message is being heard, despite the best efforts of Big Marijuana.
Thank you for all that you are doing to spread our message and expose the harms of this greedy industry. We could not do it without your continued support.
Dr. Kevin Sabet
Founder and President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
 

About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a 501 c-3, nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM focuses on education and awareness. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects,  visit www.learnaboutsam.org.
 


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GLOBAL: Top 10 Myths about Marijuana

Top 10 Myths About Marijuana

 

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France: French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops

French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops

Darkness descends on ‘le weed light’

But the French government has admitted it has been caught on the hop by the rapid proliferation of businesses offering the low dosage product.

Agnès Buzyn, the health minister, said the shops were a threat to public health because they were encouraging drug use. She said they existed because they were exploiting a legal loophole which she pledged to close, adding that the government would find a way to put them all out of business within weeks.

“We’re not fighting like mad to ensure that the French stop smoking [tobacco] for them to start smoking cannabis,” she said.

“We will have to review the legislation and review how we put this all in order,” she told French radio station RTL. “It is true that the 0.2 percent legislation is perhaps a little vague.”

The Paris Narcotics Brigade (BSP) has asked drugs investigators to begin a preliminary investigation to “verify whether the legal conditions of sale of certain forms of cannabis are being respected”, Le Parisien reported this week.

The report also quotes Joaquim Lousquy, the 29-year-old entrepreneur behind Cofyshop, who admitted the difficulty of identifying low THC strains, dubbed “le weed light”, with regular marijuana.

For complete article le Weed Light!

 

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