Officials: 10-Year-Old Boy Among Youngest Victims of Opioid Crisis

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis.

Preliminary toxicology tests show Alton Banks had fentanyl in his system when he collapsed and died at his home on June 23, the Miami Herald reported . Health officials say fentanyl and other synthetic forms of the drug are so powerful that just a speck breathed in or absorbed through the skin can be fatal.

That’s what investigators believe happened to Alton.

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Chinese Schools Are Using Psychedelic VR to Scare Kids off Drugs

One thing that strikes me, when reading international news about drug use, is how alike all we humans are—and how fucking stupid everyone in charge is, everywhere.

Not that we necessarily endorse either—ahem—but virtual reality and actual reality-benders, like psychedelic drugs, are cut from similar cloth.

Show us an Occulus Rift set, and we’ll show you a way to experience the “ego death” of an acid trip without a chemistry set, consulting the works of Owsley or Alexander Shulgin, and the need for a quiet, comfortable place in which to retreat while your reality reassembles itself.

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Radical Rant: Feds Move to Increase Opiate Deaths & Accidental Child Overdoses

How does one explain the tortured logic of a malevolent Slingblade Hobbit?

I’m talking about the Attorney General of the United States (for now) and demented love child of Forrest Gump and a Keebler Elf, the doubly-traitor-named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

JeffBo is a walking, talking 1980s-Just-Say-No relic, as if we grew him from clones of Nancy Reagan’s DNA found in some fossilized tree sap in Lafayette Park. This guy sees a latent heroin addict in every pot smoker and has used that debunked gateway drug talking point repeatedly.

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Marijuana Legalization Is Protecting Kids Better Than Alcohol Legalization

The anti-legalization group Project SAM recently reported on the sales of marijuana to minors by licensed establishments in Washington State.

In a tweet showing a pie chart of marijuana violations, Project SAM noted “>125 for selling pot to a minor,” labeling Washington’s legalization of marijuana a “failed experiment.”

If anything, that data shows us that marijuana legalization is succeeding at protecting kids.

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Researchers Look at Cannabis to Help Treat Children’s Brain Tumors

Urged on by intelligent, proactive parents who were buying cannabidiol (CBD) online to give to their children with brain tumors, British scientists are now investigating whether, or how, CBD can be used to shrink brain tumors in children—a fact the parents have already confirmed.

“Increasingly families are using CBD, often at great expense,” said the project’s lead researcher, Professor Richard Grundy. “Presently, there is no evidence that it might be of benefit or even what dose to use or how often.”

The study will be carried out at the University of Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumor Research Center.

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The National District Attorneys Association Is Lying About Marijuana

A recently released white paper published by the National District Attorneys Association is calling for the federal government to strictly enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that have regulated its production and distribution for either medical or recreational purposes.

The working group, which consists of D.A.s and prosecutors from more than a dozen states (including representatives from adult use states like California and Colorado), hopes to influence the Trump administration to set aside the 2013 Cole memorandum. That memorandum, authored by former US Deputy Attorney General James Cole, directs state prosecutors not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant’s production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.

“To maintain respect for the rule of law, it is essential that federal drug enforcement policy regarding the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of marijuana be applied consistently across the nation,” the NDAA paper concludes.

Read more at NORML

Dear Dabby: Celebrity Endorsements & Getting Crossfaded

Cannabis comic Ngaio Bealum — sometimes cup judge, always funny — weighs in on marketing pot to kids and the right way to ‘crossfade.’

Dear Dabby,

What’s the right way to get crossfaded? My buddy who’s just getting into it won’t stop puking on my carpet. — Amy Choor

Read more at Cannabis Now