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Four get lengthy prison sentences in botched marijuana robbery that led to murder of Loveland man

Joshua Binns, Seth Binns, Ryan Arellano and Mackenzie Fay sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their role in botched marijuana robbery in Elrya Swansea neighborhood that left Charles Polzin dead and his son, Josh Polzin, injured.

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AG Sessions wants to put more cops on the opioid beat. Experts say that won’t solve the problem.

If the opioid epidemic was simply a problem of supply – people being able to access drugs too easily – then a targeted new effort in Appalachia announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week would be a huge stride toward combating the crisis.

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Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.”

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Can marijuana rescue coal country?

According to the group NORML, which advocates for marijuana legalization, cannabis has already been West Virginia’s most valuable cash crop for 20 years.

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Drug overdose deaths surged in first nine months of 2016

Deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, confirming the opioid epidemic worsened last year despite stepped-up efforts by public health authorities.

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“He lied to me”: Trump’s budget lets down families hit by drug addiction crisis

Trump’s budget proposal cuts insurance coverage for addiction treatment and funding for research and prevention, moves some are taking as a betrayal of campaign promises.

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Senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.

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Whitened House Signals Readiness to go over Marijuana Re-arranging with Congress

The White HouseGlaciers, tortoises, and slugs all appear to maneuver faster than our authorities&#8217s reaction to standing on the incorrect side of marijuana for nearly a hundred years.  While the American public continues to be receptive to the thought of deleting marijuana, our government has fumbled the ball for a long time, not able to even come up with a rational reason …continue reading through

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Government Response to Marijuana Questions is Comical

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There has been a lot of serious developments lately in the world of marijuana reform.  We were treated to a laugh recently as the DEA head Michele Leonhardt was unable to answer if crack and heroin were worse than marijuana.  Colorado representative Jared Polis grilled Ms. Leonhardt and she was unable to formulate a coherent answer.  Check out the video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHecD8JhfY

 

 

 

http://youtu.be/HrHecD8JhfY

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Medical Marijuana Industry News June 8, 2012

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Dean Skelos and NY Republicans Oppose Governor’s Decriminalization Plan

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made national headlines earlier this week when he announced that he was seeking to amend New York’s marijuana laws.  Though marijuana was decriminalized in the 1970s, possession of less than 25g is still a misdemeanor crime if it is in plain sight.  Police officers  often exploit a loophole by demanding that that people empty their pockets, then say the marijuana is in plain site, eliminating the possibility of the lighter civil citation ticket that would be issued.  Many New Yorkers have been outraged at the tactics that seem to target the Black and Hispanic communities.  Cuomo has expressed a desire to change the eliminate the plain sight provision and now only smoking marijuana in public would be considered a misdemeanor offense.  State Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos was joined by other New York Republicans in opposition to Cuomo’s proposal.  The Senator issued a well thought out statement and said “Being able to just walk around with 10 joints in each ear, and it only be a violation, I think that’s wrong.”  John Vlasto, Governor Cuomo’s spokesperson responded by saying “Carrying 10 joints in each ear would require some set of ears.”  Mr. Skelos did say that those keeping small amounts of marijuana should not be penalized just because they were following a policeman’s orders.

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Prescription Drug Abuse has become an Epidemic…

Though opiates are legal through pharmaceuticals pills, they pose a major addiction problem.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently stated that opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the United States.  Additionally, many feel that painkiller addiction is so high that a recent crackdown in opiate pills has pushed addicts to seek out illegal heroin because it contains the similar opiates found in products such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.  While this may be news to some, marijuana advocates and patients have long been aware of the dangers that many legal medications possess.

 

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New Hampshire Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill…

New Hampshire lawmakers are attempting to make their state become the 18th state to permit medical marijuana.  This week they passed a bill that would make that happen, but many feel Governor John Lynch will not sign the bill due to fears of how it will be distributed.  In 2009 a similar scenario occurred where lawmakers passed a bill only to be vetoed by the Governor.  An override of the veto fell two votes short and state legislators fear that could happen again.  Evalyn Merrick, a state representative who attributes marijuana with helping her personal fight with cancer said “Over the years, we have convinced many legislators to support this critical reform, With support either from Gov. Lynch or from two additional senators, this bill can finally pass and patients will finally have legal access to medical marijuana.”


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Marijuana Advocate and Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Appears on the Daily Show…

Getting your fair share of the political spotlight is not always easy if you are a third party candidate.  However, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has been doing well in getting his libertarian message out there.  Johnson is known for supporting progressive social issues such as same sex marriage and marijuana legalization.  This week he appeared on “The Daily Show” to talk about his approach to fixing America.  He has also been featured several times on “The Colbert Report”.  As always he was not shy about calling for an end to the failed war on drugs and continues to be an advocate of small government.

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