Sen. Manchin calls on Trump to withdraw Marino as drug czar pick in wake of revelations

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WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats on Monday reacted sharply to reports that President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the nation’s drug czar helped steer legislation that made it harder for the federal government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies. One Democratic senator called on Trump to withdraw the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a position requiring Senate confirmation. Another quickly unveiled legislation to undo the law that Marino championed and that passed Congress with little opposition. In a statement, Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W. Va., said he was “horrified” to read details of an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes” that described how a targeted …

Catching Up and Weekend Celebrations

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Hi Friends!! I just finished a weekend full of beautiful celebrations for all of the people that I love. There is really nothing better than a weekend filled with catching up with friends and family from all over. It was back to back events and running around and lots of decorating, but I would not trade it for the world!! We started out on Friday by going to The Whisky X a new event to Denver – typically when events are just getting off the ground it takes a while for them to gain momentum. When we arrived, we couldn’t believe how many people were there, excited to get in and sample all of the Whisk(e)y and food. Side note, …

Recreational marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds

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Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar. The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014. While numerous studies have shown an association between medical marijuana legalization and opioid overdose deaths, this report is one of the first to look at the impact of recreational marijuana laws …

After the smoke clears: What’s next for Northern California’s cannabis industry?

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The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry. Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions of dollars in property loss and scores of acres of scorched farmland and forests. Read the rest of this story at Continue Reading