USA: Cannabis Zombie! A Father by ‘name’ only!


FEBRUARY 8, 2019

The Zombie in the Box

By Colorado Mom I want to post so many things but I am afraid of the backlash unfortunately. I got married almost seven years ago; my husband and I have been separated over 5 years of it. At that time, he picked up marijuana usage. It is so extreme but he does not participate in our marriage or our family. We have 5-year-old little girl together and it greatly affects both of us including my other two children. He refuses to get a divorce or move back home. We live in Colorado and I am stuck in limbo.

He calls it his “medicine” and we argue about it so many times. One time I went to his place to tell him about the beauty pageant his daughter was in just a few blocks away. He was such a zombie just from marijuana. I don’t think he even knew I was there. It was like talking to a brick wall and one of the saddest things I’ve ever experienced. So many people tell me he must be doing other drugs, but I know he’s not. The marijuana is just extreme and he justifies it saying he needs it to sleep or his headaches or this or that.

I hate how much marijuana makes a person not care and lazy.  It has destroyed my marriage even more than the damage that was caused by his infidelity the first year. If I say anything on social media people get mad and say oh so you don’t believe that it’s okay for kids with seizures for cancer patients. But almost every single person I know that uses marijuana doesn’t have seizures or cancer.

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USA: The Culture of Insanity Grows!

(CNN, February 7) A former veterinary student from Colombia who surgically implanted liquid bags of heroin into puppies was recently sentenced to six years in prison by a U.S. court.

(Science Daily, January 21) More and more pregnant women seem to believe marijuana use isn’t harmful to their unborn children, according to a study from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

(Science Daily, February 5) In states where recreational marijuana was legalized, deadly car crashes temporarily increased, according to a new study from Australia’s Monash University.

(Associated Press, February 1) Denver could be the first city in the nation to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” (also known as psilocybin).

(CNN, February 5) Gummy candy laced with marijuana sent Cleveland elementary school students – ages 5 to 9 – to the hospital.

(HealthDay News, February 6) More teens drive while high on marijuana in states where the drug is legal, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

(The Washington Post, February 4) Fentanyl, a highly potent and deadly synthetic opioid, has been behind the surge in overdose deaths in many areas across the nation.

(January 31, 2019) Congratulations to North Dakota State College of Science student Jolisa ‘Jo’ Ross! Her catchy, rapping PSA won the top prize in the 3rd Annual Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest.

(Science News, December 12) A newly released study found that babies who are born dependent on opioids have smaller heads than babies who weren’t exposed.

(CNN, December 12) The synthetic opioid fentanyl is involved in most drug overdoses, according to a recent report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.



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CANADA: Vaping Helping Minors ‘Bong On’. School Pot Testers Needed!

B.C. woman wants pot testers in Vancouver schools as vape use rises

“This tool in 20 seconds can tell you what’s on the end of a vape pen, or what’s been in a kid’s pocket, or in a brownie or in a liquid, or in a gummy bear.”

DAVID CARRIGG February 4, 2019

A man using a vape pen. A B.C. woman wants to introduce a pot testing kit into schools that would allow administrators to know whether there is THC on things like vape pens and candy. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY

Anti-pot advocate Pamela McColl is bringing to B.C. a pot-testing tool she hopes will be used by school boards and parents across the province.

McColl, who is chair of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said the “spotkit” was essentially a swab that allows the user to wipe anything — candy, the end of a vape pen or a brownie — and within 20 seconds know whether the product has THC in it (THC being the psychoactive component of cannabis).

She said she came across the product while watching the Today show on NBC, in which a presenter arranged for the kit to be tested on a cookie, gummy bear and student backpack.

The segment can be seen here. The swabs, which are made in Colorado, turn red when THC is identified.

“When I saw that I immediately contacted the manufacturer, because I thought what a great tool. This tool in 20 seconds can tell you what’s on the end of a vape pen, or what’s been in a kid’s pocket, or in a brownie or in a liquid, or in a gummy bear,” she said.

The product has just been released in Canada.

“We are trying to get them into stores, but also in different places,” said McColl, adding she showcased the product at the Wellness Show in Vancouver over the weekend.

One of those places is in schools across B.C.  She said she would start by approaching the Vancouver School Board.

McColl said the kits are already used in some schools in the U.S., as well as by police in Denver, Colo.

“It’s non-intrusive, it equips parents with an inexpensive product. It’s not a saliva swab. I think it could be really helpful as a tool to open up conversations for parents to see what their kids are using. I’m going to be approaching school trustees.”

McColl said her particular concern was vape pens that are increasingly being used in B.C. schools to consume marijuana, nicotine and flavours.

“It’s a big problem in this country; schools are really struggling with this,” she said.

Pamela McColl wants a pot testing kit introduced to B.C. schools as vape use rises. WAYNE LEIDENFROST/ PROVINCE

Vaping involves using a device with a battery-powered electric coil to heat any of a number of liquids. Vapes are legal in Canada, but not for people under the age of 19. It is also illegal to give or sell a vape to a minor.

According to a U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report released in Nov. 2018, high school use of e-cigarettes (vapes) increased dramatically between 2017 and 2018 (by 78 per cent from 11.7 per cent of students in 2017 to 20.8 per cent in 2018). That report is here.

The report states: “The rise in e-cigarette use during 2017-2018 is likely because of the recent popularity of e-cigarettes shaped like a USB flash drive, such as the JUUL. These products can be used discretely.”

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Australia: User Pays for Self-harming Hedonism – Not Taxpayers?

Police slap Bohemian Beatfreaks festival with $200,000 quote as court battle continues

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The organiser of a three-day music festival that is scheduled to begin on Friday says a $200,000 quote for police to attend is an attempt to shut down the event.

The Bohemian Beatfreaks festival was slapped with the quote about two weeks out from the event’s start on Friday.

Police earlier withdrew their support for the festival at a pre-event meeting on October 26, citing “overwhelming safety concerns”.

That was opposed by the festival’s operators, Rabbits Eat Lettuce Pty Ltd, who took the matter to the Land and Environment Court.

The festival is scheduled to be held on a remote private property, near Casino, on the New South Wales north coast.

The matter is ongoing and will return to the court on Monday.

‘Last minute police action’

Rabbits Eat Lettuce director Erik Lamir-Pike said police had originally quoted about $16,000 to attend the event, which was in line with festivals over previous years.

“It seems as though they’ve given us a hefty $200,000 user-paid police quote to try and price us out because they feel that they might lose this court case,” Mr Lamir Pike said.

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NZ: Say Nope to the Dope!

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USA: Illinois Papal Primates Press Pause on Pot!



As published in the February 2 in the State-Journal-Register: U.S. Sen. DICK DURBIN, D-Illinois, says he doesn’t think Illinois should rush into making recreational use of marijuana legal.

Durbin, of Springfield, was asked about the issue when appearing on another topic last week at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.

“I can remember the worst times, when it came to marijuana, and when I was a lawyer in this town, and somebody with a 17-year-old son would come in and say, ‘My kid just got busted for smoking pot,’” Durbin said. “They wanted to know … whether or not there was any way to spare their son from the embarrassment and possibly life-changing results of being prosecuted for smoking a joint.”

He said he thought that was “extreme,” but “now we’ve got to take care that we don’t go to the other extreme.”

Because of conflicts in state and federal law, Durbin said, the federal government hasn’t tested marijuana, like it does other drugs, for safety and effectiveness. While he is OK with medical use of marijuana to provide pain relief and help alleviate the “devastation of opioids,” he said, “what’s missing here is the usual course of clinical trials” he thinks are needed before recreational use moves forward.

Senator Durbin recommends article in The New Yorker

Durbin said he recommends a recent article by MALCOLM GLADWELL in The New Yorker. The headline of the online version is: “Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?”

He said it discusses “the impact of legalizing marijuana in many states … and what they have seen as a result of it: the increase in traffic accidents; certain mental health conditions seem to be more prevalent in those states. These are all legitimate clinical questions that should be asked and tested.”

Durbin also said challenges include figuring out how to measure impairment to protect people driving and operating heavy machinery.

“Those sorts of things are legitimate questions,” Durbin said. “We had possibly good answers when it came to alcohol, but when it comes to marijuana, I think we’re in new territory.”

He also said he knows that in the case of Illinois, the legalization decision is up to state officials.

Illinois Bishops release statement against legalizing marijuana

On Feb. 4th, Catholic Bishops of Illinois issued statements, in English, inSpanish and in Polish, against the legalization of marijuana. It reads:

“Legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use will be considered in the Illinois General Assembly. The Catholic bishops of Illinois are committed to the common good, and therefore advise against legalization.

“Data collected by government agencies and public-interest groups document that drug use is rampant in modern society. Just a few years ago, we heard too many stories of children turned into orphans after their parents overdosed on heroin. Today, we hear of the opioid crisis and the lives it claims. If marijuana is legalized, it will only add to the problem.

“Proponents of legalization say marijuana is not addictive, yet peer-reviewed research concludes that it is. Proponents also say that most people who use marijuana will not move on to harder drugs, yet other studies note that most people who are addicted to other drugs started with alcohol and marijuana.

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Australia/US – Potential 17 Million Drug Deals Prevented – Hit Supply & Demand!

Police seize $1.29 billion drug haul bound for Australia

Authorities have seized a record 1.7 tonnes of ice bound for Australia, carrying an estimated street value of $1.29 billion.

It is the single largest seizure of methamphetamine heading Down Under and the largest domestic bust of the drug on US soil.

Police said the raids stopped more than 17 million potential drug deals.

Two American nationals were among six people arrested in Australia yesterday; four in Victoria and two in NSW.

A joint taskforce of Australian Federal Police, Border Force and Victoria Police raided properties across Melbourne yesterday at Woodstock, Pakenham and Campbellfield.

Pallets of electronic equipment were being dismantled and X-rayed in the car park at two Campbellfield factories yesterday.

The pallets bore a shipping sticker bearing the name of a Californian electronics company.

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UK: Recovery Orchestra – Making Recovery Count For Prevention!

BDP Launches The First Recovery Orchestra In The South West

Bristol Drugs Project are very excited to announce the launch of the first Recovery Orchestra in the South West! The orchestra will join its family of arts and recovery groups, which already include Rising Voices Recovery Choir and Stepladder Drama group, which have both been running for 4 years.

Starting in February 2019 and meeting for an initial 8 weeks, the recovery orchestra will be creating and writing music together leading up to a performance at the end of March.

Sophie, from BDP, says: I was inspired to set up a recovery orchestra when I came across New Note Orchestra in Brighton in September 2017. Our recovery choir, Rising Voices, had been invited to take part and perform in the Music Dare conference, and New Note were there too. Witnessing the impact playing music together had had on their members, I wanted to come back to Bristol and do the same thing! It seemed like the logical next step for the arts recovery groups at Bristol Drugs Project, and for the arts and recovery scene in Bristol. A year and a half down the line, we have funding from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to run an 8 week pilot of our very own Recovery Orchestra!

Led by local composer and conductor, Jon James, the Recovery Orchestra will welcome anyone who can play an acoustic instrument and has had issues with drugs and alcohol or is in recovery.  You don’t need to be able to read music, beginners and experienced musicians are welcome, and you don’t have to have used BDP or ROADS services to take part.

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The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has published the administration’s first National Drug Control Strategy and outlined its priorities for combating illicit drug abuse and distribution.

This Strategy is focused on achieving one overarching strategic objective:

“Building a stronger, healthier, drug free society today and in the years to come by drastically reducing the number of Americans losing their lives to drug addiction in today’s crisis, and preparing now to dominate the drug environment of the future. This will be done by preventing initiates to drug use, providing treatment services leading to long-term recovery for those suffering from addiction, and aggressively reducing the availability of illicit drugs in America’s communities. “

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USA: Cannabis Carnage – Mental Health Mayhem!


FEBRUARY 5, 2019

Last week another violent horror story made national news, and once again, there’s a marijuana connection. Dakota Theriot, a 21-year-old from Louisiana, allegedly killed his parents, his girlfriend and her father and brother. A sheriff called the Dakota Theriot case an “extremely horrific example of failed mental health system.” Five people died, but the violent outbreak follows a pattern of family murders linked to pot use and mental illness.

Authorities tracked Theriot to his grandmother’s home in Virginia. It didn’t take one journalist long to find out that Theriot had used cannabis for many years.

“Cory Flannery, a friend of Theriot’s from his time in Warsaw, a small town of about 1,500 in the Northern Neck of Virginia, said he remembers Theriot sitting on his couch eating cereal and smoking marijuana with him. While Flannery said Theriot had a temper, the shooting rampage on Saturday was still out of character for the person he knew.

“Flannery said Theriot had smoked weed for years and was addicted to cigarettes as a middle-schooler but didn’t know him to use hard drugs at the time. Though he was often in trouble, Flannery said, Theriot didn’t seem violent or dangerous.”

When Keith Theriot, Dakota’s deceased father, called police in 2017, the home was in a cloud of marijuana smoke used by both father and son. He said that his son was diagnosed with “substance-induced mood swings.” However, Dakota’s ex-wife, who witnessed his violence and hallucinations, said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Mental illness does not dictate homicidal violence, but it’s more likely to occur when enhanced by drugs like marijuana.

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