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Vancouver ponders another cutting-edge drug policy move, Alaska okays on-site pot consumption space rules, the president signs the farm bill legalizing hemp, and more.

From Amsterdam to Alaska? Dutch-style on-site consumption spaces win approval in Juneau. (Creative Commons)
Marijuana Policy

Alaska Approves Rules for On-Site Marijuana Consumption. The state's Marijuana Control Board on Thursday approved rules for businesses that want to offer on-site consumption of pot products. Now, businesses that want in will have to apply for a special onsite use endorsement and come up with plans for meeting ventilation and other standards for on-site use. This makes Alaska the first state to develop a regulatory framework for on-site use at the state level.

Medical Marijuana

FDA Begins Process of Allowing Hemp-Based CBD Products. After President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill into law Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release pledging to pursue means of allowing businesses to legally market products containing hemp or non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as CBD. FDA also asserted its right to regulate such products. "In view of the proliferation of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived substances, the FDA will advance new steps to better define our public health obligations in this area," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. "We'll also continue to closely scrutinize products that could pose risks to consumers."

Industrial Hemp

Trump Signs Farm Bill, Final Step to Making Hemp Legal. President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill into law Thursday, the final step in the legalization of hemp. The hemp provision of the farm bill, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), received bipartisan support and now ends a ban going back more than seven decades.

Drug Testing

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Florida School District's Suspicionless Drug Testing of Substitute Teachers. A three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to the Palm Beach County School Board's policy requiring substitute teachers to undergo suspicionless drug testing. Federal courts have generally held drug testing to be a search under the Fourth Amendment and barred drug testing by government entities, but have carved out exceptions for students, people involved in safety-sensitive positions, and law enforcement personnel. Although this case doesn't appear to fall into any of those categories, the appeals court nonetheless ruled in the district's favor. "We think that the School Board has a sufficiently compelling interest in screening its prospective teachers to justify this invasion of the privacy rights of job applicants, and thus conclude that the School Board has not violated the constitutional mandate barring unreasonable searches and seizures," said the 54-page opinion, written by Judge Stanley Marcus and joined by Chief Judge Ed Carnes and Judge David Ebel. "As we see it, ensuring the safety of millions of schoolchildren in the mandatory supervision and care of the state, and ensuring and impressing a drug-free environment in our classrooms, are compelling concerns."

International

Vancouver Looks to Pioneer "Safe Supply" for Hard Drug Users. The city council met Thursday to discuss the Mayor's Overdose Emergency Task Force report and how and whether to implement its 23 specific recommendations for action. One key recommendation is to find a location in or near the epicenter of the city's Downtown Eastside hard drug scene for "a clinical space where we could evaluate and enroll people" for a "low-barrier dispersal program for pharmaceutical opioids." Supporters are using the phrase "safe supply" to describe the concept aimed at reducing skyrocketing overdose deaths linked to illicit fentanyl.

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What message do safe injection sites and safe supply send?

The drug warriors say these policies send the message that hard drug use is ok. But the message they send depends at least partly on the message we choose to give, directly and otherwise, to accompany these policy changes. To me they send the message that we care enough about addicts to do something we'd really rather not do, and that's a positive message, not a harmful one. These changes are desperately needed, more than ever in this age of fentanyl.

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The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment...?

Didn't the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment just expire with the Trump Baby Temper Tantrum government shutdown?   But the DEA is still up and running.   Makes raiding dispensaries like shooting fish in a barrel.

Trump has put the marijuana community at extreme risk as a result of his malice and stupidity.

Trump is a treasonous criminal, and a grave threat to all of us. 

CUFF HIS ASS!!

I Swear

If Trump cured cancer, you'd bitch about him putting researchers out of business. This crap is truly getting pathetic.

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Hey Numbnuts...

Nunya, you a real dumbass.  Trump causes cancer.

Trump and the Republicans oppose environmental regulations.  Trump and the Republicans oppose health and safety regulations for businesses, which puts us ALL AT RISK!

Trump PROMOTES cancer, and other health problems, by eliminating or weakening environmental regulations over businesses.   And as we all know, the business community doesn't give a fuck about anything but money.

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Trump Causes Cancer! Dumbass!!

 

 

From Rolling Stone (Aug 7, 2018)

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Some of President Trump’s most cartoonishly evil policy initiatives have come at the expense of the environment. In the past few months alone, his administration has lifted a ban importing big-game hunting trophies, sought to repeal California emissions standards and released a plan to gut the Endangered Species Act. It’s all done in the name of unmitigated capitalism, to which the president clearly feels the environment is beholden. So too, apparently, is the health of Americans, as the Environmental Protection Agency is now allowing asbestos to be legally used in construction.

On June 1st, the EPA enacted the Significant New Use Rule, which allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case-by-case basis. Around the same time, the EPA released a new framework for how it evaluates chemical risk. Not included in the evaluation process are the potential effects of exposure to chemicals in the air, ground or water. It’s as absurd as it sounds. “It is ridiculous,” Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, who recently retired after four decades at the EPA, told the New York Times. “You can’t determine if there is an unreasonable risk without doing a comprehensive risk evaluation.”

The new evaluation framework is a nifty way for the EPA to circumvent an Obama-era law requiring the EPA to evaluate hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals. Asbestos is among the first batch of 10 chemicals the EPA will examine, and also one of the most blatantly dangerous to public health. Its use is banned in over 60 countries, and though it is only heavily restricted in the United States, asbestos is no longer used in construction because of the health risks it poses. Direct or indirect exposure to the carcinogen can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, and it has been found to kill 40,000 Americans annually. The World Health Organization wrote that “all types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis.”

 

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Nunya, while you're here...

Nunya,

While I have you here, maybe you can explain something to me:  What in the hell is wrong with you, and the rest of the Trump supporters?

Why is everything THE OPPOSITE with you guys?  Must EVERYTHING be a fucking lie??  Why??  Why do you insist on being "BASS-ACKWARDS" ALL THE TIME???   WHY?  WHY?  WHY?!?!?!?!??

It's been explained to me before: "Liberal Tears."  You do this upside down thing, so the explanation goes, precisely because it drives people like me crazy.  Is that your trip, Nunya?  Please elaborate.

I must warn you, however, I am all out of tears.  The time for weeping has past -- now it's nothing but white-hot rage.  And it's not just me.

So come at me some more, you little piss-ant.  Please, have a seat next to me, kick up your feet, have some popcorn.  I am getting ready to enjoy watching the House Democrats destroy Traitor Trump, and further expose his filthy, immoral crime spree.  

Let's see his tax returns!!

Let's see who's next to go to prison! This should be a hoot!!

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"Trump cured Cancer"?? Sick Joke

Nunya,

I would have to check the Guinness Book of Records, but I am guessing that "Trump cured cancer" is quite possibly the DUMBEST thing any living human being has ever said, including Trump himself, which is saying a lot... I mean, that's a lot of Stupid for competition.

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"IF" Trump Were Not A Vile Monster...

"IF" pigs flew...

"IF" winged pigs flew out my ass...

"IF" Elvis, riding a flying unicorn and carrying a greased flying pig under each arm, flew out my ass...

"IF" any of that happened, I might believe it.  But "Trump cured cancer?"  Never.  THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!

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Nunya, you still don't get it...

Nunya, 

You still don't get it, do you?

I will NEVER support Trump.  If Trump personally legalized marijuana, AND bought me a pound a week for the rest of my goddamn life, I STILL would never support that sick-fuck, white trash son-of-a-bitch.

Why?  It would be easy for you to understand -- if you had a SOUL!  It's because I oppose the KKK, and the white supremacist agenda.   It's because I oppose violent, fascist Nazi rallies that end with murder.  I oppose snatching children from parents, and killing them.  BASIC SHIT, NUNYA.

But this is all over your head already, isn't it, Nunya?

I oppose treason with a foreign adversary.  It has to do with betrayal of one's country... That's generally considered a bad thing, here in "RIGHT-SIDE-UP-LAND!"

Maybe you're the kind of stoner that would kill his own mother for a joint.  Frankly, I always though that kind of stereotype was nothing but Reefer Madness.  I've been telling people for decades "We stoners are decent, principled citizens, just like you.  Just give us a chance!"  I NEVER COUNTED ON A BUNCH OF ASSHOLE TRUMPANZEES LIKE YOU, NUNYA!! Way to fuck things up!!

There is no crime too vile for you not to cover for Trump, is there?  Kids are in cages, concentration camps for children, you loathsome pile of rat shit -- and they are dying BECAUSE OF YOU, FUCKHEAD, BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE GREAT ORANGE SHITBAG CALLED TRUMP.

Treason with Putin, murder of American journalists, none of this registers with you.

And all you got in your stocking this year was... Hemp.  Socks!!  Essentially, you got socks for Christmas.

That is so sad, I just might weep after all.   YOU are the pathetic one here, Nunya.

(Sigh...)

I would help you if I could, Nunya.  Honestly.   But you can't fix Stupid.

So, it has to be another Big Blue Wave.  2020, here we come!!

This time, we're taking the Senate, and the Presidency!!  Republicans are exiled to Siberia.

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