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Cannabis News Sunday, February 11

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Score: 325.5425443985139
URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/08/opinion/marijuana-opiates-jeff-sessions.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 12:24:24 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-08T11:18:46+00:00
Author: Richard A. Friedman

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Opinion | Marijuana Can Save Lives

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  • Likewise, other researchers examined the link between medical cannabis and opiate use in a group of patients with chronic pain in New Mexico, one of the states hardest hit by the opioid crisis.
  • But more significant, both opiates and cannabis like all recreational drugs cause the release of dopamine in the brains reward pathway.
  • We would also expect to see a consistent sequence of drug abuse from cannabis to, say, opiates or cocaine, across different cultures.
  • For example, in Japan, where marijuana use is relatively rare, 83 percent of people who used recreational drugs did not begin with cannabis.
  • At the very least, lets not spend precious resources on a senseless cannabis crackdown especially when the evidence suggests that it would only worsen the opioid scourge and cost more American lives.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”topfeed-embedly”]Opinion | Marijuana Can Save Lives – The New York Times[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”Marijuana-sales-overtake-alcohol-in-US-city-for-first-time”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Score: 280.58489342150307
URL: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/marijuana-sales-overtake-alcohol-colorado-aspen-ski-resort-us-city-weed-cannabis-a8202966.html
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 20:19:11 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-09T16:24:46+00:00
Author: Chris Baynes

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Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time

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  • Sales of marijuana have overtaken alcohol in a city in Colorado, three years after the state became the first in the US to legalise recreational use of the drug.
  • Licensed vendors in the ski resort of Aspen raked in $11.3m (8.2m) income from cannabis last year, compared to $10.5m (7.6m) brought in by off-licences.
  • Aspensfirst cannabis shop opened in March 2014, three months after legislation for taxing and regulating sales came into force across Colorado.
  • Aspens cannabis sales grew 16 per cent last yearcompared to 2016,when shops brought in $9.7m (7m)from the drug, said the citysfinance department.
  • A study by GeorgiaState University last year found alcohol sales had tumbled 15 per cent in US states where medical marijuana had been legalised.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”topfeed-embedly”]Marijuana sales overtake alcohol in US city for first time | The Independent[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”Military-veterans-defy-Jeff-Sessions-fight-for-medical-marijuana-to-kick-opioid-addiction”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Score: 186.2299952736501
URL: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/07/military-veterans-fight-for-medical-marijuana-to-kick-opioid-addiction.html
Tweeted At: Wed Feb 07 15:12:50 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-07T09:59:57+00:00
Author: Rick Morgan

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Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction

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  • Physical dependence on opioids, coupled with pain from the injury, crushed Miller’s spirit.
  • Doctors prescribe opioids for chronic pain, an ailment that is especially prevalent among military veterans.
  • A 2011 Veterans Affairs study found that veterans were twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose compared to the rest of the population.
  • The devastating toll opioids have taken on veterans has the VA scrambling to find alternative solutions.
  • The VA enacted the Opioid Safety Initiative in 2013 and cut the number of veterans on opioids by almost a third.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”topfeed-embedly”]Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”Congress-just-voted-to-continue-protecting-medical-marijuana-states-from-federal-persecution”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Score: 166.8537033564598
URL: https://herb.co/marijuana/news/congress-approves-rohrabacher-blumenauer
Tweeted At: Sun Feb 11 16:41:50 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-09T14:29:50+00:00
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Congress just voted to continue protecting medical marijuana states from federal persecution

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  • Congress voted today to renew the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer provisions which protects states with legal medical marijuana from prosecution by the Department of Justice (DOJ) until March 23rd as part of a continuing resolution according to the office ofCongressman Earl Blumenauer.
  • The provisions are part of an amendment to the federal budget which is passed every year to fund government departments like the DOJ.
  • The amendment prevents the DOJ from spending any of the money it receives from the budget to go businesses and individuals in states with legal medical marijuana.
  • However, if a future budget is ever passed without the amendment included, the DOJ would no longer be restricted from spending money to prosecute medical marijuana across the country.
  • The full text of the amendment, reads: – – None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,…

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Score: 121.93594936708863
URL: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/9kzwye/democrats-call-for-hearing-on-jeff-sessions-anti-marijuana-policy
Tweeted At: Tue Feb 06 00:00:17 +0000 2018
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Democrats call for hearing on Jeff Sessions’ anti-marijuana policy

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  • Eleven members of the House Judiciary Committee are demanding a hearing into the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to roll back an Obama-era policy on marijuana enforcement, according to a letter obtained Monday by VICE News.
  • The letter, signed by 11 Democrats, calls for Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, to hold a hearing of the full House Judiciary Committee to discuss the recent move by Sessions, which gives federal prosecutors more leeway to launch marijuana cases in states that have legalized the drug…
  • The Democrats said they fear the new Justice Department policy will promote an inefficient use of limited taxpayer resources and subvert the will of voters who have clearly indicated a preference for legalized marijuana in their states.
  • The costs of pursuing this misguided policy both in terms of prosecution and in lives blighted by unnecessary criminal convictions are staggering, cruel and unwarranted, said Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee who signed the letter.
  • He added, As I told Jeff Sessions when he appeared before the Judiciary Committee, prosecution of marijuana has an opportunity cost, namely that resources wasted on marijuana cases arent being used to prosecute opioid sellers, and crack, meth and heroin dealers.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”topfeed-embedly”]Democrats call for hearing on Jeff Sessions’ anti-marijuana policy – VICE News[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”Cory-Gardner-s-siege-of-the-Justice-Department-over-marijuana-enters-second-month”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Score: 89.80158550396375
URL: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/02/07/cory-gardner-marijuana-fight-jeff-sessions/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 21:56:27 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-07T12:00:33+00:00
Author: Mark K. Matthews

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Cory Gardner’s siege of the Justice Department over marijuana enters second month

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  • WASHINGTON Its been a month since the pot blockade began, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is standing firm in his vow to jam all appointments to the Department of Justice until Attorney General Jeff Sessions softens his stance on marijuana.
  • So far, his siege to protect both Colorados cannabis industry and the states sovereignty has prevented as many as 11 nominees from getting a Senate floor vote the last major step before they can start work and there is little indication that Gardner, R-Colo., and Sessions are any closer to…
  • At the root of the fight is a decision last month by Sessions to rescind an Obama-era policy that generally left alone states such as Colorado that have legalized marijuana, which remains illegal on a federal level.
  • A U.S. marshal nomineefrom Grassleys home state of Iowa is in limbo because of Gardners actions.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky also is awaiting a floor vote for a U.S. marshal candidate in his state.

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”topfeed-embedly”]Cory Gardner’s siege of the Justice Department over marijuana enters second month – The Denver Post[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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