Marijuana

20 Jun 19
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20 Jun 19
The Mercury News
Petty Theft: Between 10 a.m. on May 31 and 2 p.m. on June 1, unknown suspects took the license plates off the victim’s vehicle while it was parked in the 18000 block of Paseo Tierra and replaced them with different plates. Theft by False Pretenses: Between 9 a.m. on June 1 and 11:35 a.m. on June 3, unknown suspects telephoned a Saratoga residents, claimed to work for a computer company, informed the victim their computer was hacked and convinced the victim to provide money in the form of gift cards to pay for security repair services. The victim complied for a total loss of about $7,800. Petty Theft: At 10:16 a.m. on June 3, a bicycle was stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 18000 block of Allendale Avenue for a total loss of about $600. Open Container: At 9:36 p.m. on June 3, deputies made contact with the occupants of a suspicious vehicle parked at McDonald’s on Prospect Road. An investigation revealed the driver was in possession of an open container of marijuana. The suspect was cited and released. Two additional occupants had outstanding warrants. One was cited and released, while the other was arrested. Theft by False Pretenses: Between 2:05 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on June 4, unknown suspects telephoned a Saratoga resident, claimed to work for a computer company, informed the victim their computer was hacked and convinced the victim to provide money in the form of gift cards to pay for security repair services. The victim complied for a total loss of about $3,500. Vehicle Burglary: Between 9 p.m. on June 4 and 10:30 a.m. on June 5, unknown suspects broke through a window of a vehicle parked in the 19000 block of Vineyard Lane and took various tools for a total loss of about $500. Battery: At 11:30 a.m. on June 6, deputies responded to Prospect High School on Prospect Road on report of a disturbance. An investigation revealed two students got into a fight. Both students were cited and released. Residential Burglary: Between 3:46 p.m. and 5:09 p.m. on June 7, unknown suspects entered a residence in the 18000 block of Allendale Avenue by kicking in the front door and took a surveillance camera for a total loss of about $250. Theft by Credit Card: Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on June 7, unknown suspects used a Saratoga resident’s credit card to make a fraudulent purchase for a total loss of about $1,191. Commercial Burglary: Between Jan. 1 and June 8, unknown suspects cut a lock and entered a storage unit at Public Storage on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road. It is unknown if anything was taken from the unit. Possession of a Controlled Substance: At 8:05 p.m. on June 9, deputies stopped a motorist at Allendale Avenue and Harleigh Drive for a traffic violation. An investigation revealed the driver was in possession of methamphetamine. The suspect was cited and released. DUI, Injury Collision, Suspended Driver’s License: At 10:15 p.m. on June 9, deputies responded to a vehicle collision at Quito and Vessing roads. An investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver for driving under the influence of alcohol, and with a suspended driver’s license.
20 Jun 19
ABC27
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state Department of Health has launched a first-in-the-nation research program for medical marijuana. The program is designed to help physicians make clinical decisions for their patients.  “Medical marijuana research has been so very limited and heavily regulated that now we have three new outlets for research to be done, and that’s really phenomenal for patients, not just in Pennsylvania but around the country,” said April Hutcheson, a Health Department spokeswoman. The program is a partnership between the business side of growing and dispensing and approved universities. Penn State College of Medicine, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University will conduct clinical research on the 21 serious medical conditions outlines under the law.  “Different ratios and different strains to THC and CBD have a different impact on patients, and in these universities, we’ll be able to study those specific impacts and be able to make recommendations, clinical recommendations for patients to really help them find more relief,” Hutcheson said. Sen. Mike Folmer, a co-sponsor of the legislation that legalized medical marijuana, says the research sets our state apart from others.  “The reason why we passed a medical cannabis program in Pennsylvania was to give people, patients an additional arrow in their quiver as they’re going to battle with their diseases, and by having this component, we’re finding we will be able to understand what cannabis is and how to implement it, maybe even fine-tuning it,” Folmer said. The Health Department will announce next month what research will be conducted. 
20 Jun 19
Susan Duggan

Nevada’s top cannabis regulator defended in court the state’s handling of a recreational marijuana retail licensing round that occurred last year. While not perfect, “the application process was a fair process,” said Jorge Pupo, head of Nevada’s marijuana enforcement division, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Pupo’s testimony in Clark County District Court came this […]

20 Jun 19
Susan Duggan

Despite a well-intentioned social equity program in Massachusetts that aims to provide a pathway into the cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs, few have jumped at the opportunity. Only five entrepreneurs have turned in business license applications, though 123 permits are up for grabs, according to Masslive.com. The situation may reflect the high […]

20 Jun 19
Norma Pence

Despite a well-intentioned social equity program in Massachusetts that aims to provide a pathway into the cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs, few have jumped at the opportunity. Only five entrepreneurs have turned in business license applications, though 123 permits are up for grabs, according to Masslive.com. The situation may reflect the high […]

20 Jun 19
Leader Bulletin

Every news story or study seems to be around or about marijuana and CBD so much that since the recent legalization of cannabis in the states and Canada, the worlds cannabis market could reach $15 billion in 2019. According to the top industry insiders, global marijuana sales, total to almost $14.9 billion in 2019, up […]

20 Jun 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1691682-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1691682-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1691682-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1691682-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ FILE – In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard, or not-so-hard, evidence was in sewage samples. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) FILE – In this April 12, 2018, photo, Alex Martin, left, and Macrio Ahlon, right, load transplanted marijuana plants into a trailer near Shelton, Wash. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard, or not-so-hard, evidence was in sewage samples. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo, nugs of marijuana await packaging near Shelton, Wash. A new federally funded study found, not surprisingly, that marijuana use in Washington state is up since pot became legal in 2014. The hard, or not-so-hard, evidence was in sewage samples. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) SEATTLE — The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage. “It’s stinky,” said lead author Dan Burgard, a chemist at the University of Puget Sound. “But we’ve worked with urine, we’ve worked with wastewater, and we’ve worked with port-a-potties. It’s not as bad a port-a-potties.” The research entailed driving to two sewage treatment plants that serve the 200,000 people of Tacoma, a city whose drug-use trends tend to mirror those of Seattle. The scientists would pick up a cooler full of frozen wastewater samples, thaw them and analyze them using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. They were looking for THC-COOH, a substance produced when the body metabolizes THC, the main ingredient in marijuana that gets you high. THC-COOH is excreted mostly in people’s urine. Their findings: Consumption of THC doubled from December 2013 to December 2016. The researchers said they can’t tell whether the increase in metabolites means more people are using weed or the same old users are consuming more of it. Another possible explanation is that the marijuana, edible treats and extracts sold legally in stores are more potent than what was commonly available on the black market. One of the authors, Caleb Banta-Green of the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, said his best guess is that much of the increase can be attributed to that last possibility. The pot available nowadays? “It’s not your grandmother’s marijuana,” he said. Wastewater sampling has been used for years in Europe and Australia to examine drug usage trends but is fairly unusual in the U.S. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provided $120,000 for the three-year study. Another important conclusion from the study, published this week in the journal Addiction, is that it appears a large number of users of black-market pot quickly switched over to the legal stuff. Metabolite levels in wastewater have not gone up as much as would be expected from the huge increase in legal sales, Burgard said. The findings are in line with other, less disgusting indicators: Washington’s retail cannabis sales amount to more than $1.3 billion a year. And a 2016 state Health Department survey found that 14 percent of adults over 21 reported using marijuana in the previous month, up from 11 percent before voters decided to legalize weed in 2012. The researchers hoped to use their findings to estimate the size of the remaining black market. They wanted to do that by comparing metabolite levels in the sewage to sales figures for the legal market. But they’re not able to conduct such an analysis yet, because they have not yet established how much THC-COOH people can be expected to excrete based on their THC intake. Beau Kilmer, a RAND drug policy researcher who was not involved in the study, said he was excited to see wastewater analysis being used in the U.S. to gain a picture of drug usage. For one thing, Kilmer said, surveys can be inaccurate because people asked about their drug use don’t always tell the truth. “This study helps fill an important research gap,” Kilmer said in an email.
20 Jun 19
Nashville Monkey Weed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2009 Two persons are in custody in connection with an elaborate marijuana grow operation inside a home at 8449 Indian Hills Drive in West Nashville. West Precinct Crime Suppression Unit detectives received information from a confidential informant about the grow house.  A review of a recent electricity bill for 8449 […]

20 Jun 19
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20 Jun 19
ABC 4
SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – A man who beat his wife to death with a crowbar will spend the rest of his life in prison. Walter Brantzeg was sentenced to life with no chance of parole on Thursday for the bludgeoning of his wife Valerie in 2018. Their then 13-year-old daughter was also beaten but survived.  He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for attempted aggravated murder.  Their daughter is now living with her 21-year-old sister who was not home at the time of the attack. ABC4’s Marcos Ortiz will have details tonight at 10 on The Justice Files. WHAT OTHERS ARE READING: Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana useWalmart to pay $282 million over foreign corruption Board of Education moves forward with new RISE administrator Study looks at kids and summer diet, weight gain
20 Jun 19
The Tortured Perspective

It was early in the morning on a day in late June, and I needed to write a blog.

20 Jun 19
Fine Fabulous and Free

This article is originally written by Madeline Taylor of Sunday Scaries   Menstrual cramps are a problem that affects approximately half of the world population. Menstrual cramps manifest them with agonizing stomach and abdominal cramps for the duration that a woman menstruates. These will generally occur every menstruation cycle, so that can be up to 500 weeks of […]

20 Jun 19
ABC 4
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state attorneys will ask a judge on Thursday to let them marshal evidence to defend a new abortion ban, a step that could prepare the case for a future appeals court amid optimism from anti-abortion advocates nationwide about new conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices. The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, on the other hand, argues there’s no need to go through the evidence-gathering process. The ban on most abortions after 18 weeks clearly runs afoul of the Supreme Court’s longtime stance that states cannot ban abortion before the fetus is viable outside the womb, lawyers for the group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah said in court documents. Utah is one of a number of conservative states that passed abortion bans this year. Arkansas also passed an 18-week ban, and other states have passed more restrictive laws. Several states have passed bans on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks. Alabama has gone even further, outlawing virtually all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. FILE – In this April 10, 2019, file photo, abortion rights supporters gather during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) None of the bans has taken effect, and all are expected to face legal challenges. Abortion opponents hope to challenge Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Utah Republicans like Gov. Gary Herbert have said their approach, which also includes exceptions for things like rape and incest, strikes a balance between a woman’s right to choose and protecting fetuses. State attorneys argue the law doesn’t create an “undue burden” because they are still accessible before 18 weeks. Utah wants to gather evidence on things like fetal development, the procedures used in second-term abortions and what risks the procedure could present for the mother’s health. That would show why the law is needed, and allow the state to “make a complete record for reviewing appellate courts,” attorneys wrote in court records. Planned Parenthood said those topics are irrelevant to the viability standard and pointed to the state’s own educational materials for women seeking abortions that say a fetus cannot survive outside the woman before 22 weeks. WHAT OTHERS ARE READING: Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana useWalmart to pay $282 million over foreign corruption Board of Education moves forward with new RISE administrator Study looks at kids and summer diet, weight gain
20 Jun 19
Chit-Chat with Hemp Scientists

Why Bully the Nerd? iHemp Childhood iHemp’s (industrial hemp) childhood was great! Also known as “Ma,” the records of farming practices in the Qin and Han dynasties in China show that iHemp fibers were utilized for making clothing, paper, and seeds for food (1).  It was adored around the world for its versatility and functionality […]