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CN BC: Region Looks At Safe Injection Sites

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge News, 20 Jul 2016 - Maple Ridge will work with Fraser Health Fraser Health will identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses, and Maple Ridge could be one.
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CN BC: B.C. Poised To Open New Supervised Drug-Use Sites

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2016 - A steep and steady climb in the number of drug overdoses has put increased pressure on health authorities in British Columbia to open additional spaces for users to consume illicit substances under medical supervision. Fatal drug overdoses have increased almost every year since 2009, spiking with the emergence of illicit fentanyl in 2012. Advocates have long called for more supervised-consumption sites - particularly in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.
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CN BC: Drug Use Sites Part Of Strategy On Overdoses

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Surrey Leader, 20 Jul 2016 - Fraser Health will quickly identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses. Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.
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US CO: Psychedelic Miracle

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 20 Jul 2016 - Hallucinogenic African Bark Could Be the Answer to Heroin Addiction, and Addiction in General Richard Dilley had tried everything by the time he traveled to Mexico and agreed to ingest a drug derived from a hallucinogenic African shrub bark that, he was told, would alter his brain. All for the bargain price of $10,000.
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CN BC: Overdose Spike Spurs Authorities To Step Up Efforts

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Jul 2016 - After an unprecedented spike in overdose admissions to Surrey Memorial Hospital over the weekend, health authorities are stepping up a program to provide more drug users with overdose kits. The move comes along with a call from Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal for "an emergency summit" to discuss an alarming increase in the number of overdoses in British Columbia.
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Philippines: Duterte Won't Mind Being Compared To Idi Amin

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 19 Jul 2016 - Unfazed by the public outcry over drug-related killings and arrests barely three weeks into his term, President Duterte said he doesn't mind having more drug offenders killed even if it would mean his being likened to the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Speaking at a fellowship dinner over the weekend with his batchmates at the San Beda College of Law, Duterte reiterated that he would not change his leadership style, which he said had been effective in Mindanao. Duterte was Davao City mayor for two decades.
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Colombia: Coca's Comeback Forces Colombia to Rethink Drug War

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 07:00
West Hawaii Today, 19 Jul 2016 - Government No Longer Conducting Aerial Eradication Efforts With Glyphosate ESPINAL, Colombia (AP) - Explosives experts wearing heavy body armor light a fuse and take cover behind a concrete-reinforced trench. "Fire in the area!" a commando shouts before a deafening blast ricochets across the Andean foothills and sends a plume of brown smoke 100 feet high.
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CN ON: Driving High

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jul 2016 - As pot dispensaries become more prevalent in Ottawa, there is growing concern about people driving while high. In May, Canada's leading drive-safe group held a series of meetings with new MPs to discuss what it calls the need to implement better roadside testing technology, before legislation to legalize marijuana is passed.
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US MA: Life And Loss On Methadone Mile

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jul 2016 - Last night's needles line the sidewalks at dawn along the blighted blocks where Massachusetts Avenue and Southampton Street meet. People emerge from shelters and halfway houses and trudge toward the methadone clinics that lend this place its ugly nickname. An open-air drug market is in full swing on the corner outside a convenience store, where offers of drugs trill like music. "Clonidines-Clonidines-Clonidines-Clonidines!" "Does anybody need Xani Bars?" Phenergans, Pins, Johnnies? A man grimaces one chilly morning, unsteady on his feet. He opens his mouth to reveal a knotted bag of heroin, double-wrapped and ready to be swallowed should police wade into the crowd. "This is all I have left," he says.
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US NY: A Street Drug's Sudden Popularity Tests the Authorities

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 16 Jul 2016 - The police raids around a gritty Brooklyn intersection were meant to show that city officials were taking charge after 33 people had been stricken by suspected overdoses of K2. But the spectacle, captured by a crush of news media, came up all but empty, without a single packet of the drug seized. The outcome of the attempted crackdown underscored the challenges the authorities face in combating K2, a potent substance that is easy to distribute and hard to regulate. Its low price and powerful high have made it popular among some homeless people, and its effects have periodically transformed patches of the city - like the one on the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant where the raids were carried out - into theaters of public drug use.
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US CA: Ricky Ross Faces Sonoma County Judge In Drug Case

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 07/16/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 16 Jul 2016 - Sonoma County prosecutors said Friday they still have not decided whether to bring charges against Los Angeles drug-trafficker-turned-author "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who was arrested last fall while driving on Highway 101 with $100,000 cash in his car. No future court date was set for Ross, 56, who is out of custody and appeared before Judge Arthur Wick. He was "discharged," meaning he does not have to return to Sonoma County unless notified.
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CN BC: Crystal Meth, Heroin Use On Par: Survey

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 15 Jul 2016 - Drug users report highest-ever rate of stimulant's use in study's history, which suggests need for change to harm-reduction resources Crystal methamphetamine use has climbed across British Columbia and is now on par with heroin use, according to a new provincewide survey of drug users.
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US OR: Taking The LEAD

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 14 Jul 2016 - Cops and Prosecutors Are Embracing a Radical Idea: Not Filing Drug Possession Cases HERE'S THE DEAL: People are using drugs in this city, despite decades of law enforcement's best efforts. That fight has landed thousands of people in jail and prison-far too many of them people of color. It's created hardships for Portlanders who need jobs and a place to stay, but find that a criminal record has closed the door to those things. It's led to tensions between police and communities of color that are playing out-vividly, tragically-every day around the country.
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Chronicle AM: House Passes Opioid Bill Without $$, CA Drug Felonies Plummet, More... (7/11/16)

Cocaine (STDW) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 20:13

California felony drug arrests are down, Colombian coca production is up, the Arizona marijuana legalization initiative is trailing in a new poll, Congress moves toward final passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, but there's a fight over funding, and more.

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Arizona Poll Has Legalization Initiative Trailing. A new poll from O.H. Predictive Insights has the legalization initiative sponsored by the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol losing on election day. The poll found 52.5% opposed, with only 39% in favor. The initiative has not yet officially qualified for the ballot, but is expected to after supporters handed in 100,000 more signatures than needed, providing plenty of cushion for invalidated signatures. The campaign does have significant resources; it looks like it will need them to turn the numbers around.

Arizona Supreme Court Rules Mere Smell of Marijuana is Grounds for Search, Even Though It's a Medical Marijuana State. The state's high court ruled Monday that the mere smell of marijuana is sufficient grounds to obtain a search warrant, even though the state has legalized medical marijuana. But the court also held that the legal foundation for such a search can go up in smoke if police have evidence the suspected marijuana use or possession is legal under state law. The case is State v. Sisco.

North Dakota Legalization Initiative Campaign Comes Up Short. North Dakotans will not be voting on marijuana legalization this fall. Sponsors of the initiative conceded Monday they only had about 10,000 signatures, and they needed 13,452 valid signatures to qualify. Monday was the deadline for turning in signatures.

Medical Marijuana

Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales Continue Climbing. The state saw $2.57 million in medical marijuana sales in June, up from $2.3 million in May, according to figures from the state Department of Agriculture. Sales total $13.8 million since the first dispensaries started operating last November. The numbers should increase even further once two new qualifying conditions -- PTSD and terminal illness -- come on line. They've already been approved, but the Department of Health is in the midst of preparing new rules and application forms.

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Hands in Signatures. The North Dakotans for Compassionate Care campaign handed in some 15,500 raw signatures for its medical marijuana initiative Monday, the last day for handing them in. The campaign needs 13,452 valid voter signatures to qualify, so there is very little cushion for invalidated signatures. Stay tuned.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

House Approves Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, But Without Requested Funding. The House last Friday gave final approval to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), but beat back Democratic efforts to provide additional funding for it. The Obama administration had asked for $1.1 billion, and House Democrats tried in vain last week to $925 million in funding. The White House has suggested it may veto the bill if no extra funding is attached. House Republicans said funding was available elsewhere. The measure is a conference committee compromise, with the Senate set to give final approval this week.

Sentencing

California Drug Felony Arrests Plummet in Wake of Prop 47. What happens when you change drug felonies to misdemeanors? Drug felonies plummet. Felony drug arrests in California dropped between 68% and 73% between 2014 and 2015 according to new data from the California Attorney General. Marijuana felonies followed a similar curve, dropping from 13,300 in 2014 to 8,856 last year. On the other hand, misdemeanor drug arrests nearly doubled, from 92,469 in 2014 to 163,073 last year.

International

Poll Finds Majority of British MPs Favor Medical Marijuana. Some 58% of British MPs back the use of medical marijuana, according to the polling firm Populus. Only 27% were opposed. Support was strongest among Scottish National Party MPs (88%), followed by Labor (60%), and even 55% of Tories were on board.

Colombia Coca Boom Underway. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported last Thursday that coca cultivation had increased by 39% last year and nearly doubled since 2013. Some observers speculate that it reflects coca growers' belief that this could be the last chance to grow the cash crop before a peace deal between the government and the leftist guerrillas of the FARC takes hold. Colombia government officials said the largest increases in cultivation are in areas controlled by the FARC.

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Canada: The Toke-Alyzer

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto 24hours, 11 Jul 2016 - Measures set to reduce pot-impaired driving Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
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Canada: Test To Nab High Drivers?

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Roadside saliva collection needs to be in place: MADD Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
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Canada: Test To Nab High Drivers?

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Roadside Saliva Collection Needs to Be in Place: MADD Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.
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US CA: Former Facebook Chief Puts More Into The Pot Cause

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Jul 2016 - Parker Adds Another $1.25 Million to the Proposition 64 Effort. Former Facebook President Sean Parker has put another $1.25 million into the campaign for Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California, bringing his total contributions to $2.5 million, according to records released Thursday.
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CN QU: Editorial: The High And The Mighty

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 06 Jul 2016 - Since his election on October 19 last year as Canada's 23rd Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has ushered in an astounding shift in Canada's political atmosphere. No longer are we enjoined by an angry, suspicious, and hateful government to live in fear and loathing of those who might trigger our xenophobic tendencies because of different beliefs, customs, or even methods of preparing foods. We are no longer asked to spy on our neighbours and rat out 'suspicious behaviour or, God help us, have 'Barbaric Practices. Age-old habits of homophobia and loathing of other gender identities are no longer encouraged by a fundamentalist leadership and scientists are no longer gagged, filtered, and silenced, Natives are no longer ignored or despised by government and generally, the air of oppression that hung over the country during the Harper decade has vanished into thin air. For many, this alone is enough to justify the trust we placed in the dapper, selfie-loving son of Canada's most illustrious and controversial leader, as he clearly, at least, represents forward-looking leadership, as opposed to a heartfelt longing for a past that never was.
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CN ON: Column: Vending Machines The New Pot Pushers

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 05 Jul 2016 - Drug stores, the LCBO and "medical" dispensaries are scrambling to get a piece of the coming pot pie - but we're forgetting one obvious, time-tested sales venue. Vending machines. Imagine. Press "select" for kush, skunk, granddaddy purple, diesel or Acapulco gold, as if you're are choosing a Pepsi or a Wunderbar. Simple. Quick. Low overhead. Half-baked? No way, dude.
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