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U.S.: New CDC Guidelines Instruct Pain Doctors Not To Test For THC

(Hemp News)

Long-awaited guidelines on prescribing opioid medications for pain, from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, instruct physicians not to test patients for THC and its metabolites.

This is a much-needed development, particularly as many pain patients nationwide, especially veterans, have had their painkiller prescriptions canceled and care terminated because of showing up positive for marijuana.

“Urine drug testing results can be subject to misinterpretation and might sometimes be associated with practices that might harm patients (e.g., stigmatization, inappropriate termination from care),” the guidelines state, reports California NORML.

“Clinicians should not test for substances for which results would not affect patient management or for which implications for patient management are unclear,” the CDC guidelines state. “For example, experts noted that there might be uncertainty about the clinical implications of a positive urine drug test for tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC).”

 

Victims Of The War On Drugs Call For Abolishing The DEA

(Hemp News)

Decades of violence, corruption, support for authoritarian governments, and illegal spying on Americans have left the DEA unfit for service.

Ahead of major United Nations meeting on global drug policy, activists called for new approach focused on public health and safety

People with a history of drug use, the formerly incarcerated and people living with AIDS, all identifying as “victims of the Drug War,” protested the Drug Enforcement Administration for its role in perpetuating the worst of drug war policies, including mass incarceration of people of color, fueling violence abroad, and fighting scientific evidence and public health needs in order to wage the Drug War at all costs.

Protesters performed a banner drop off the High Line Park reading “Just Say NO to the DEA”, followed by blocking traffic in front of the office.

For more background on DEA abuses, click here to read the fact sheet.

 

Former NBA Star Says 80% of Players Use Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Former Chicago Bulls guard and three-time Duke All-American basketball star Jay Williams believes it’s time for the NBA to get up to date on marijuana.

“It’s easy for doctors to prescribe you Oxycontin, and look, I was addicted to it for five years plus so I know,” Williams told Jade Scipioni at FoxBusiness.com. “But when you say marijuana you get a reaction, ahh, it’s a gateway drug.”

Williams estimated that “75 to 80 percent” of NBA players use marijuana.

“You see pictures of guys in California going in and getting their medical marijuana cards,” he said. “And I’m not just saying athletes; let’s talk about society. I know a lot of people that use it.

It’s something that the whole world is becoming more progressive with,” Williams said. “So it’s about time some of these entities do so as well.”

 

Alabama Democratic Senate Nominee Favors Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

While the pace of cannabis law reform may sometimes seem far too slow, we are making major progress. One way that I know this, is by watching my home state of Alabama, the “Heart of Dixie,” rightly considered one of the most conservative states in the union.

You may be asking, “Progress? What progress?” Well, for the first time in history, as far as we’ve been able to determine, the 2016 Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Alabama favors marijuana legalization.

“Current marijuana policy in Alabama, and across America, lacks reason, intelligence and sanity,” said Democratic Senate nominee Ron Crumpton, a native of Wilsonville, Alabama. “It creates criminal enterprises, puts our children in unnecessary danger and clogs our courts and prisons with people who would be considered normal productive members of society, but because they choose to use marijuana as opposed to alcohol, they are considered criminal.”

It is mighty refreshing to see a major party nominee for Senator with such an enlightened viewpoint — and doubly so, since Crumpton is from the Deep South.

 

Tipping Now Allowed In Washington State Marijuana Stores

(Hemp News)

If you know a particularly good budtender at a recreational marijuana store in Washington state, you can now legally show your appreciation by adding a little greenery to the scenery.

Monetary tipping of budtenders wasn’t allowed in Washington recreational marijuana stores until Monday, March 14, when the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) revised its policy, effective immediately.

“The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) has received several inquiries asking about the practice of bud tender tip jars,” Deputy Chief Steve D. Johnson said in an email under LCB letterhead. “In response, the LCB has reviewed their position and this bulletin is to clarify the policy on allowable tipping.”

“Tipping has not been an allowable practice in a licensed retail marijuana location,” the email reads. “This position was adopted based on an interpretation of RCW 69.50.357, and indications that prices of products were being manipulated based on the size of a tip to avoid paying excise tax.

 

Blumenauer, Conyers Call For Public Health Approach To Drug Policy

(Hemp News)

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and John Conyers (MI-13) on Thursday led 12 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to highlight the importance of a less punitive and more public health-centered approach to international drug policy at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem in April.

From states taking action to end the failed prohibition of marijuana to lifting the ban on federal funding for syringe access programs proven to reduce HIV infection rates, the United States has made significant advancements moving away from a punitive approach to drug policy to one centered on public health and healthcare, access to treatment services, and harm reduction tools that reduce overdose. The upcoming UNGASS provides an opportunity for the United States to showcase these advancements as a model for international drug policy.

“While there still remains much to be done in the United States to fully support a public health and harm reduction approach, under your leadership, the Administration has made changes in federal policy and has supported the work of these state and local leaders,” the lawmakers wrote. “We are moving in a good direction, and this shift in United States domestic drug policy over the last decade has the potential to serve as a model for the international community, cautioning other countries against a dangerously punitive response and demonstrating an approach to drug policy that is more compassionate, just, and effective on the local and the international levels.”

The lawmakers also called on President Obama to address the Special Session on behalf of the United States, as President Bill Clinton did during the last UNGASS on drugs in 1998.

 

Company Offers BernOneDown.com Website Domain For $150K

(Hemp News)

The website domain name BernOneDown.com is on the market for sale, a Denver-based company announced on Friday. The asking price is $150,000.

Todd Mitchem Companies announced it is selling off that domain and several more of their cannabis related domain names such as MainStreamCannabis.com, VapeAndVinyasa.com, and PeopleAgainstTrump.com.

Todd Mitchem, CEO of TMC, believes the BernOneDown domain will be one of the company’s biggest hits yet.

“We all sat around and just realized it was time,” Mitchem said. “We have been storing many domains for a long time and with Bernie’s latest successes and the fact that he moves to Northern states with a path to the nomination, we knew now was the time to sell this domain to a team that will want to do something amazing and special with it.”

 

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