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July 26, 2017

How a Federal Raid, a Brutal Home Invasion & Over-Regulation Sunk Southern Oregon’s Best-Known Grower

Everybody in southern Oregon knew James Bowman. That was the problem. A lifelong grower who’d been cultivating cannabis in multiple states since he was 16, the 57-year-old Bowman and his “High Hopes Farms,” in unincorporated Applegate in Jackson County, boasted of serving more medical marijuana patients than any other cannabis […]
July 26, 2017

FDA Panel: Not Enough Data to OK ‘Abuse-Deterrent’ Opioid

Photo by frankieleon via Flickr. BY LINDA A. JOHNSON AP MEDICAL WRITER TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted against approving a new opioid painkiller with a unique feature for deterring abuse: It releases a deep-blue dye if someone tries to get high by […]
July 26, 2017

Why Jeff Sessions’ Successor Could Be Worse for Drug Reform

Someday—perhaps someday very soon, judging by how often his boss is harassing him into obstructing justice, online—Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will no longer be attorney general of the United States. When Sessions goes, the U.S. will be different: An authoritarian embodiment of the Republicans’ Southern Strategy, who has no compunction […]
July 26, 2017

Weed and Booze Sales Skyrocket as Oregon Prepares for Solar Eclipse

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.  With an estimated one million extra people headed to Oregon for the total solar eclipse, demand for weed and booze is at an all-time high. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which is expecting anywhere from a 20-40 percent increase in sales surrounding the eclipse, is urging […]
July 26, 2017

Burma’s Rohingya Refugees Tarred with Narco-Stigma

The Rohingya Muslim people of Burma are facing what some have called genocide in their homeland, long denied citizenship rights and now under attack by both the security forces and Buddhist-chauvinist militias, who have carried out massacres and burned down their villages. Some 500,000 Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh—where they are […]
July 26, 2017

Vote Expected Tomorrow On Medical Marijuana

Tomorrow, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have to decide: Will they protect our nation’s over 2 million lawful medical marijuana patients or subject them to the wrath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? The amendment they will be debating, known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, simply prevents the United States Department of Justice from […]