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The Progressive Paradox on Marijuana

Tobacco, bad. Vaping, bad. Marijuana, good, for some strange reason. By The Editorial Board Wall Street JournalNov. 21, 2022 New York state’s Cannabis Control Board voted Monday to approve its first 36 licenses to run marijuana dispensaries. It’s another big step toward legal pot sales, though the black market isn’t struggling to meet demand, as every…
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Legalized marijuana is a global warming nightmare

by Christine L. Miller  | August 05, 2022 Leaders in the Democratic Party are backing legislation to reduce carbon emissions. Some of them are also sponsoring bills that would expand the cannabis industry, ranging from the MORE Act to the Safe Banking Act and now the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act just introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).…
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OSHA: Cultivation facility worker died after inhaling ground cannabis dust

OSHA fined Trulieve $35,219 for hazard communication violations. The cannabis company is contesting. By Abby Patkin October 7, 2022 A marijuana cultivation facility worker who died in January could not breathe after inhaling ground cannabis dust at the Holyoke site, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation found. While filling pre-rolls at the Trulieve facility on…
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California recognizes problems of transnational cartels decimating our wilderness areas and public lands and illicit cannabis operations laying waste to environment and communities – First part of 12 step program?

Illicit cannabis operations “laying waste to environment, threatening communities” New multi-agency enforcement taskforce is working to disrupt the illegal market SACRAMENTO – Taking aggressive action to protect communities, consumers, and the environment alike, Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the creation of a new multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional taskforce of enforcement agencies designed to better coordinate agencies combatting…
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New York Seeks Marijuana Dealers ‘With Experience’

Of course, what state would hire inexperienced dope dealers. That would be dumb. – ed New York state seeks people “with experience” to help establish what could become the biggest legal marijuana market in the country. The explanation sounds like a punch line: New York will offer licenses and subsidies to people with marijuana convictions…
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“What people think of as a harmless drug or medicinal product have not seen what lies in the belly of the beast.”

Publication info: Los Angeles Times ; Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]. 11 Sep 2022: A.1. At sunset from atop Haystack Butte, the desert floor below shimmers with a thousand lights. Illegal cannabis farms. At this hour and distance, serene hues cloak the rugged enclave of Mount Shasta Vista, a tense collective of seasonal camps…
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How Weed Became the New OxyContin

Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are helping market high-potency, psychosis-inducing THC products as your mother’s ‘medical marijuana’ BY LEIGHTON WOODHOUSE AUGUST 30, 2022 JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES For 30 years, Dr. Libby Stuyt, a recently retired addiction psychiatrist in Pueblo, Colorado, treated patients with severe drug dependency. Typically, that meant alcohol, heroin, and methamphetamines. But about…
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Rising pot use – New health risks identified

Wall Street Journal Rising Marijuana Use Presents Secondhand Risks Studies probe harms to people near users, accidental ingestion by dogs Cannabis companies in the U.S. lack access to banking and other financial services because the drug is federally illegal. That could change through new legislation or thanks to broader legalization efforts backed by the Democratically-controlled…
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Sonoma County publishes reports on cannabis environmental dangers. Sonoma County encourages cannabis cultivation. What did you expect, consistency?

Abstract “Cannabis agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States that is changing rapidly with policy liberalization. Anecdotal observations fuel speculation about associated environmental impacts, and there is an urgent need for systematic empirical research. An example from Humboldt County California, a principal cannabis-producing region, involved digitizing 4428 grow sites in 60 watersheds…
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Sonoma County Issues sharp cautions on cannabis usage. Sonoma County encourages cannabis cultivation. What did you expect, consistency?

Print version (PDF: 410 Kb) MYTH: Marijuana is okay for some youth FACTS: Research strongly suggests that marijuana use during adolescence and early adulthood can damage the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.1 Regular marijuana use during adolescence can lead to reduced IQ scores, poorer school performance,2 and higher school dropout rates.3 MYTH: Marijuana isn’t…
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