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Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:00
Link: Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnetArticle Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017Sunday, May 21, 2017Tags:

The town suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers and a large number of homeless drug addicts, according to officials and business owners. Many are coming from New Mexico, Arizona and even New York.
He said he’s also noticed an uptick in crime in the area. Shoplifting, he said, has become a major problem in Durango and business owners are becoming fed up.

Miami Beach Wants Ultrastrict Medical Pot Rules: "Odor Management," 21-and-Up Patients, and Visitor Logs

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 15:45
Link: Miami Beach Wants Ultrastrict Medical Pot Rules: "Odor Management," 21-and-Up Patients, and Visitor LogsArticle Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017Sunday, May 21, 2017Tags:

Commissioners will consider banning anyone under 21, requiring dispensaries to keep visitor logs and extensive surveillance cameras, and even imposing "odor maintenance plans" on the three dispensaries the city plans to allow in designated zones.

Utah's Sheriff Association 2017 Position Paper

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:43
Link: Utah's Sheriff Association 2017 Position PaperArticle Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017Saturday, May 20, 2017Tags:

“So called medical marijuana in other states has become a farce and a sham. The average user of smoked medical marijuana has no chronic illness and is a white male in his mid-30s with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. . . In the last 20 years and due to market demand, constant genetic engineering has increased THC potency in marijuana plants, and extraction-concentration methods are becoming extremely popular and widespread. become addicted.”Marijuana is the 2nd leading cause of impaired driving arrests. One in six adolescents trying marijuana will become addicted.
“In the city of Denver since the legalization of marijuana Denver Police Department is dealing with a 900% increase in the unlawful cultivation and manufacture of marijuana concentrate, and a 99% increase in unlawful distribution of marijuana and marijuana concentrate.
Marijuana is the #1 problem in Colorado schools. In school year 2015-16, 63% of all drug related school suspensions were for marijuana. 58% of all drug related school expulsions were for marijuana. 73% of all drug related school referrals to law enforcement were for marijuana violations. Youth past month marijuana use is 74% higher than the national average.

Miami attorney compares legalizing medical marijuana to legalizing pedophilia

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:38
Link: Miami attorney compares legalizing medical marijuana to legalizing pedophiliaArticle Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017Thursday, May 18, 2017Tags:

The position that medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited due to the conflict in federal law is not unique. Coral Gables, for instance, holds the same opinion.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article151193...

2017 County Commision Recommendations

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 21:13
Link: 2017 County Commision RecommendationsArticle Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017Thursday, May 18, 2017Tags:

We want to prevent what happened with Big Pharma from happening with Big Marijuana in Florida. We want to avoid the pill mill scenario we experienced several years ago.  Given the number of people dying in our state from opioid abuse be it heroin or prescription drugs we do not want to add fuel to this fire by inadequately regulating ‘medical’ marijuana dispensary zoning, licensing and locations.

Minnesota’s medical marijuana providers have lost a combined $11 million

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 16:17
Link: Minnesota’s medical marijuana providers have lost a combined $11 millionArticle Date: Monday, May 15, 2017Monday, May 15, 2017Tags:

“It’s not the job of the state government to create conditions in which private companies can be profitable for selling marijuana.”  Therefore regulate marijuana like it was a medicine with strict guidelines similar to the FDA process!

The Role of the Physician in “Medical” Marijuana

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 13:39
Link: The Role of the Physician in “Medical” MarijuanaArticle Date: Monday, May 15, 2017Monday, May 15, 2017Tags:

 All cannabis‐based and cannabinoid medications should be subjected to the  rigorous scrutiny of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory process.  This process provides important protections for patients, making medications available  only when they: 1) are standardized by identity, purity, potency and quality; 2) are accompanied by adequate directions for use in the approved medical indication; and 3)  have risk/benefit profiles that have been defined in well‐controlled clinical trials. 

Do Floridians want hard-liquor in our grocery stores and gas stations?

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:17
Link: Do Floridians want hard-liquor in our grocery stores and gas stations?Article Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017Wednesday, May 10, 2017Tags:

DO FLORIDIANS NEED INCREASED ACCESS TO HARD LIQUOR?

  1. Florida is ranked #3 in the nation for fatal DUI crashes- Not just statistics- Deputy John Kotfila died saving another drivers life when a driver with a .27 BAC hit Kotfila head on.

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  1. Binge drinking or excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for 88,000 deaths in our nation.

  2. Alcohol related deaths rank 3rd for preventable deaths behind obesity and cigarette smoking.

  3. ONLY 18 states allow hard-liquor to be sold inside grocery stores.  (National Alcohol Beverage Control Association)

    1. Unrestricted: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, South & North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, West Virginia, Maine, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Louisiana

    2. With restrictions: Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Wyoming, Washington

    3. Beer Only: Utah, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Connecticut

    4. Beer and Wine: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, New York, Maryland (grandfathered in liquor sales), New Hampshire

    5. NONE:  Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island

PLEASE NOTE those states allow hard liquor in grocery stores have very strict and enforced DUI laws.

Floridians do not want or need HB-81.  HB-81 takes away the added security system that separate stores provide with camera systems and ability to card everyone who enters their store AND hard-liquor will be available 24/7.  

 

Insurer Refuses to Cover Marijuana Candy Murder

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:16
Link: Insurer Refuses to Cover Marijuana Candy MurderArticle Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017Tuesday, May 9, 2017Tags:

Kirk’s children are seeking damages for negligence, failure to warn, wrongful death, deceptive trade, strict liability, breach of implied warranty, misrepresentation and consumer law  violations. They are represented by Gregory Gold, of Greenwood Village.
The effects of marijuana can be much more powerful when it is eaten rather than smoked. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, on a visit to Colorado, wrote a much-cited column about the misery induced by eating marijuana candy.

Nashua man charged with DUI after rollover

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 11:40
Link: Nashua man charged with DUI after rolloverArticle Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017Tags:

Couture blamed "black ice" despite the nearly 50 degree weather at the time, according to the release. Police said the traveled portions of Pelham roads were clear of snow and ice. Couture admitted to smoking marijuana before driving and performed field sobriety tests. 

 

Marijuana contributed to Wyoming triple fatal crash

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 11:35
Link: Marijuana contributed to Wyoming triple fatal crashArticle Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017Tags:

The driver, 18-year-old Darion Wheeler died from head and chest trauma. Coroner Stratmoen released toxicology results and determined Wheeler had “Cannabis by-product levels that were higher than 10 times the limit that is considered impaired driving by studies from the National institutes of Health and the Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of Marijuana

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 11:27
Link: Counseling Parents and Teens About Marijuana Use in the Era of Legalization of MarijuanaArticle Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017Tags:

Pediatricians are in a unique position to provide parents and teenagers with accurate information and counseling regarding the consequences of marijuana or cannabis use by children, teenagers, and adults. A number of strategies can be used to counsel families about preventing use and to intervene if marijuana is being used either recreationally or medically by the families for whom they provide medical care.

‘Medical’ marijuana is incompatible with mental health promotion

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 11:19
Link: ‘Medical’ marijuana is incompatible with mental health promotionArticle Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017Tags:

Similarly, it can be anticipated that if introduced, the indications for the  use of medical cannabinoids would expand well outside of the initial indications. Hence, the medical profession cannot justify the use of medical cannabinoids that would be associated with an iatrogenic risk of serious adverse psychological events.  The use of medical cannabinoids for any purpose, including research under closely observed conditions, is incompatible with mental health promotion.

ER Visits for Kids Rise Significantly After Pot Legalized in Colorado

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 11:02
Link: ER Visits for Kids Rise Significantly After Pot Legalized in ColoradoArticle Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017Sunday, May 7, 2017Tags:

The number of teenagers sent to emergency rooms more than quadrupled after marijuana was legalized in Colorado — mostly for mental health symptoms, researchers reported Thursday.
They found 639 teenagers who went to one hospital system in Colorado in 2015 had either cannabis in their urine or told a doctor they'd been using cannabis. That's up from 146 in 2005, before the use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado.

Tampa City

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 21:00
Link: 2017 5 4 Tampa City CouncilArticle Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017Wednesday, May 3, 2017Tags:

My property value will decrease if a pot dispensary locates next door or in close proximately.  I already have camera and locked gate on my commercial property but believe I will need at least two full-time security guards.  This product is cash only sales.  I am concerned about the new cliental wandering through our neighborhoods.  As a small business owner, the increase security and insurance costs are going to greatly impact our profit and discourage us from expanding.  

Study shows link between maternal marijuana use and low birth weight

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 07:15
Link: Study shows link between maternal marijuana use and low birth weightArticle Date: Monday, May 1, 2017Monday, May 1, 2017Tags:

In a new study, researchers in London, Ontario found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight than women who did not use marijuana.

Kicking Pot To The Curb

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 21:44
Link: Kicking Pot To The CurbArticle Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017Saturday, April 15, 2017Tags:

Through his research, he believes there may be a link between chronic use of marijuana — especially when started at a young age — and Alzheimer’s. 
Moral issue:  In addition to the money and organizing efforts driving the legalization campaigns, Fortanasce said widespread ignorance has enabled the marijuana lobby to obfuscate the issue. While marijuana may have some medicinal properties (cannabidiol in pot, for example, can help decrease nausea and be used to treat seizures), Fortanasce noted that there are already medications on the market that are far more efficacious than marijuana.

Say no to booze in groceries

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 20:47
Link: Say no to booze in groceriesArticle Date: Friday, April 14, 2017Friday, April 14, 2017Tags:

Ask any Florida legislator if their phone has been ringing off the hook from constituents who can't get enough vodka or rum, and they would have to say "no." Then why are they pushing hard liquor into our grocery stores without public input or backing?
It appears the driving force behind this change are corporate executives at big box stores who will profit greatly. They don't care about Florida families and are too cheap to spend money building a separate entrance. The current separate entrance policy allows for ID verification at the door along with cameras monitoring every corner, provides an avenue to prevent underage drinking, and protects our friends in recovery from making an impulse purchase. Does anyone want our children growing up with liquor as part of the food shopping experience?
Binge drinking or excessive alcohol use is responsible for 88,000 deaths in our nation, and Florida is ranked third in the nation for fatal DUI crashes. Only 16 other states allow this type of distribution. Thirty-four states do not allow hard liquor to be mixed with grocery items.
Other than creating a one-stop shopping experience that includes alcohol, I can't think of any reason for passing this bill. Our state doesn't need it and the public, the few who are aware of this proposed change, don't want it.
Teresa Miller, Tampa

2017 March Supplement- RMHIDTA

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:11
Link: SUPPLEMENT to- The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Volume 4, September 2016Article Date: Monday, April 10, 2017Monday, April 10, 2017Tags:

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