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Bulletin Warns Law Enforcement Agencies Against Fentanyl Disguised As Weed

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A local television news station in Utah reported on Tuesday that a bulletin has been issued to law enforcement agencies warning officers of the dangers of fentanyl “disguised to look like marijuana.” Citing an “internal law enforcement bulletin” of unidentified origin, KUTV in Salt Lake City reported in an online written story that instances of fentanyl disguised to resemble cannabis has become a “trend” and that law enforcement agencies “across the country” were being warned of the potential dangers. In a video report of the story, reporter Jim Spiewak of KUTV, Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate, said that his information had come from a law enforcement bulletin that had originated in Ohio, although he did not say when it had been issued. Spiewak said that the bulletin, which “was for poli

¿El cannabis ayuda a las personas con VIH a preservar la función cerebral?

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El VIH ya no es una sentencia de muerte, pero aquellos con un estado positivo aún son vulnerables a ciertos efectos. Los medicamentos antirretrovirales modernos pueden extender la vida de las personas que viven con el VIH a una expectativa de vida casi normal, sin embargo, esas personas son propensas a una disminución potencialmente devastadora de la función cerebral con el tiempo. A través de una corriente constantemente actualizada de regímenes de píldoras diarias, los médicos pueden reducir la infección por VIH a niveles indetectables sostenidas, hacer que no sea transmisible a otros y extender dramáticamente la esperanza de vida. Y, los efectos secundarios de las drogas actuales están más cerca de ser soportables. Sin embargo, lamentablemente, demasiadas personas hoy en día desco

Miami Beach Commissioners Vote Unanimously To Ban Public Smoking Of Weed

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Miami Beach commissioners have voted unanimously to make public cannabis consumption a criminal offense. And according to law enforcement, there’s one rowdy visitor to thank for the new ordinance. Captain Daniel Morgalo says someone climbed on top of a cop car during a “Columbus Day” celebration to proudly smoke a joint. And without that incident, Morgalo stated, there wouldn’t be a new rule to deal with such behavior. But Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has had his sights on a public weed smoking ban since Florida’s legalization of hemp and Miami-Dade’s partial decriminalization of cannabis began prompting a more relaxed attitude toward marijuana consumption. Some Miami Beach residents and visitors were enjoying their liberties too much, in Gelber’s view, so he pushed city commissioners

High Times Greats: Timothy Leary’s Ultimate Trip

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In honor of Timothy Leary’s birthday, we’re bringing you an excerpt from his book Terra II, originally published in the June, 1974 debut issue of High Times. Poet, psychologist, prophet and psy-phy author, Timothy Leary (now in Vacaville Prison) is easily one of the most vilified and celebrated personalities of the last decade. In his landmark books, High Priest and The Politics of Ecstasy, he explored the resources of the human minds and its awakening through psychedelic substances. Terra II is the grand culmination of Leary’s research into the human condition. It is a proposal to construct an intergalactic ark of immense proportions, a surrogate earth to carry five thousand volunteers into the center of the universe in an endless voyage of discovery and harmony. Evidence has bee

Mexican Committees Introduce Draft Legislation To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

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The Mexican Supreme Court mandated an October 24 deadline for the national legalization of cannabis, and Senate committees have announced a draft of legislation that could finally make cannabis legal in the country. The bill would establish a government agency to oversee marijuana activities, and requires a special permission for home grows, which are capped at four plants per person. Mounting violence in the country has cast an extra layer of urgency to cannabis legalization. Last week, Sinaloa cartel members routed the federal government in its aborted attempt to arrest imprisoned narco leader El Chapo’s son, causing civilian bloodshed in the city of Culiacán. This weekend, a legislative leader from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena Party told reporters of a plan to comba

FDA Endorses Tobacco Pouches As Safer Than Cigarettes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have endorsed a brand of tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday from the Food and Drug Administration marks the government’s first backing of a so-called “reduced risk” tobacco product. FDA regulators stressed, though, that the Swedish Match pouches are not safe, just less harmful, and that all tobacco products pose risks. The pouches will still bear mandatory government warnings that they can cause mouth cancer, gum disease and tooth loss. But the company will be able to advertise its tobacco pouches as posing a lower risk of lung cancer, bronchitis, heart disease and other diseases than

Georgia’s New Medical Cannabis Program Hits A Standstill After Just Six Months

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Earlier this year, it appeared that Georgia had fully embraced medical marijuana with the signing of a new law that allowed the cultivation and distribution of it in the state. But six months later, the fledgling program has stalled, leaving patients there unable to procure the treatment.  A report this week from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution detailed the reason for the delay: the state’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and other top officials have yet to appoint any members to the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. The seven-member commission was a central component of House Bill 324, which Kemp signed into law back in April. The bill gave the OK for companies to grow and sell medical cannabis oil in the state, while also giving the commission extensive oversight over whic

Massachusetts’ Short-Term Ban On The Sale Of Vaping Products To Remain In Effect

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BOSTON (AP) — A state judge on Monday allowed Massachusetts’ four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to remain in effect but said Gov. Charlie Baker had failed to follow required procedures in enacting the measure. Immediately lifting the ban as requested by the vaping industry “would contravene the public interest,” Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins wrote in his decision. But he said unless the state goes through the proper procedure for the adoption of an emergency regulation, which requires a public hearing, the ban will end next Monday. “Input from affected industries and members of the public is a potent safeguard against executive abuse of discretion,” Wilkins wrote. The Republican governor last month announced a statewide ban on the sale o

An Accidental Activist: Beating the Schindler’s List Effect

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Activism is an odd obsession. I’m not really sure that anyone actually sets out to be an activist per-se…it just sort of happens one day. One minute you’re blissfully ignorant, the next you see something that for whatever reason makes you turn against the current and start swimming upstream like a breeding salmon. What first triggered me was finding out that veterans were taking their own lives at a rate twice that of the civilian average and that cannabis could help, but what really got my mouth frothing was how the entirety of my newly adopted nation seems to be trapped in some kind of phantom zone of denial about it all. A sort of “hear no veteran, see no veteran, speak no veteran” apathy that is completely at odds with the public perception of how vets are doing today. Switch on a

Cannabis and Mental Health: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that can considerably impact one’s daily life. The disorder has the ability to affect attention spans and behavior, as well as trigger bouts of hyperactivity. As such, patients tend to struggle with school, work, relationships, and common tasks and interactions.  Several causes of ADHD have been identified. They include genetics, developmental issues in the central nervous system, and a person’s environment. Additionally, families with ADHD or other mental health concerns may be at higher risk, as are those exposed to toxins as children. Issues during pregnancy, like premature births or drinking while pregnant, can play a factor as well.  Coexisting conditions tend to occur alongside ADHD. Accompanying disord