Officials Seize 1,200 Pounds of Pot off San Diego Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard seized 1,200 pounds of marijuana off the coast of San Diego, after a sailor sent out an SOS distress signal last week, due to the boat’s broken battery.

The distress call came in over the radio, to the Coast Guard from a crew member on the boat, who reported they were having battery trouble. When members of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Otter arrived, they discovered much more than an issue with a battery.

Upon inspection of the vessel, 50 bundles of marijuana, totaling 1,200 pounds, were discovered on board.

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Feds to Study Curbing Opioid Epidemic with Medical Pot

The underbelly of the capitalist beast that is the United States government is working to get to the bottom of the claims that have surfaced over the past couple of years, suggesting that medical marijuana is effective at reducing opioid consumption in adults suffering from chronic pain.

It was revealed last week that the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $3.8 million grant to the scientific minds at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System to conduct a five-year investigation to determine whether cannabis medicine could be used as an alternative to prescription painkillers.

This is the first time Uncle Sam has ever coughed up a single cent to delve deeper into an increasing body of evidence pointing to cannabis as the trapdoor out of the opioid epidemic.

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Nevada County Warns Pot Industry Against Promoting Public Use

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are warning the recreational marijuana industry against any advertising that can be considered promoting public consumption.

Las Vegas marijuana business owners last week received a letter from Department of Business License Director Jaqueline Holloway reaffirming marijuana regulations.

The letter issued Monday threatens to suspend or take away licenses of dispensaries for any involvement with non-licensed pot businesses and anything “that promotes public consumption.”

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Utah Activists Push for Medical Marijuana on Ballot

Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a green light from state election officials on Thursday to start gathering the 113,143 signatures required to qualify their MMJ measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The political issues committee Utah Patients Coalition’s spokesperson said they will begin collecting signatures next week—with a stated goal of gathering all the signatures required before the beginning of the legislative session in January 2018.

According to UTP, in 2014 HB 105 made it legal for patients to possess and use low-THC cannabidiol when directed by a doctor. Since this initial victory for patients, cannabis legislation has barely progressed.

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Nevada Opens Pot Distribution to Non-Liquor Wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said they’ll begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses.

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Growers Say Ohio’s Tight Timeline Could Delay 1st Pot Crop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio say they don’t expect to issue the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until around November, at least a month later than growers expected.

The Ohio Department of Commerce announced the timetable Thursday.

It drew immediate concern from the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. The association had anticipated growers having about a year before the September 2018 deadline to ramp up their operations and produce their first crop.

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New York to Expand the Kinds of Cannabis Products Sold in Dispensaries

While New York’s medical marijuana law was, at one time, considered among the most restrictive in the nation, state health officials have been working diligently for the past year to give the program more reach.

The state has added more qualified conditions, allowed more companies to grow and sell marijuana, and now it is expanding the kinds of cannabis products that patients will have the ability to buy at their local dispensary.

Earlier this week, the New York Health Department announced a brand spanking new set of regulations that will give patients more of a variety when they go to purchase medical marijuana. The new products, which could be in dispensaries by the end of September, include lotions, ointments, patches, chewable tablets and lozenges.

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Rural California Sheriff, Auditor Spar on Pot Money Spending

BY PAUL ELIAS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California county auditor is accusing a sheriff of improperly spending some of the $1 million his department received in fees from legal pot growers to go after illegal operators.

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Massive Drug Bust: Agents Find Enough Fentanyl to Kill Half the Population of NYC

“Call an Uber” took on a new meaning recently when the feds busted a drug mill in a Manhattan neighborhood near Central Park and seized enough fentanyl “to kill half of the population of New York City.”

According to New York’s Gothamist, the agents found three kilos of a deadly fentanyl and heroin combination, as well as over a thousand individual doses in envelopes stamped “UBER.”

“Fentanyl is the deadliest street drug to ever hit this country. This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if laboratory analysis proves it is all fentanyl,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said in a statement. “Fentanyl is manufactured death that drug dealers are mixing with heroin.”

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