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Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested a 16-year-old boy early Sunday morning and have accused him of using a remote-controlled car to smuggle more than 55 pounds of meth across the U.S.-Mexico border. The boy was found by agents hiding in the bushes near the international border with the car and 50 parcels of methamphetamine valued at about $106,000.

The boy was discovered approximately one mile north of the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Law enforcement officials believe that the unidentified teen was working with an accomplice on the south side of the U.S. border with Mexico.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told reporters that it is believed that the unknown accomplice loaded the packages of drugs onto the remote-controlled car before slipping it through a four-to-five-inch gap in the border fence. The vehicle was then driven several times to the teen, who was hiding nearby.

The car “would have had to make multiple runs and go back and forth a few times,” Francisco said. “There is no way he would have been able to do it in one trip.”

Not the First Time

This isn’t the first time that

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The New Zealand government has a plan to legalize and regulate cannabis, and it wants to know what the public thinks. Next year, it will be up to voters to decide whether they’re for or against recreational legalization as proposed in the draft legislation. Lawmakers plan to introduce a final, more detailed draft of the bill at the start of 2020. That final version will take into account public feedback on the draft released December 3. At the moment, New Zealand wants the public to consider the basic parameters of the legalization proposal. Government officials hope the early release of the draft bill will encourage public awareness and debate on the issue of recreational legalization.

New Zealand Encourages Public to Participate in the Legalization Process

Next year, New Zealand voters will have the chance to vote on a referendum asking whether the recreational use of cannabis should be legal or not. The referendum question is a simple yes or no: do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?

To make that decision, New Zealanders will need to be informed about the core elements of the draft bill. While still a work in progress, particularly concerning regulatory details, the

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Brazil policymakers have approved the sale of medical cannabis in the country, making it the largest medical marijuana market in Latin America. The country’s FDA-like governmental agency Anvisa said on Tuesday that its full regulations regarding cannabis-based products will be published shortly in Brazil’s federal gazette, and that the new laws will come into effect three months following that announcement.

The policy shift is momentous for a country that previously banned all use of cannabis, and is currently governed by the far-right administration of Jair Bolsonaro. But Brazil’s regulations have a key omission that many will see as indicative of the government; production of non-hemp cannabis will remain illegal in the country, requiring the involvement of foreign corporations in the new industry.

Forbes reports that an Anvisa spokesperson encouraged Brazilian companies to “import the semi-finished raw material, not the cannabis plant or parts thereof.”

That decision — which warranted its own vote apart from the general body of cannabis regulations — could set back the Brazilian marijuana industry. In Colombia, medical marijuana regulations have allowed for a burgeoning wave of cannabis companies while Brazil’s neighbor Uruguay became the first country in the world to allow for recreational cannabis usage and

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E-cigarette makers have long billed their products as a safer alternative to smoking, a way for consumers to wean themselves off the real thing. The American Lung Association is challenging that approach. 

On Wednesday, the nonprofit health organization launched a campaign urging smokers to “quit, don’t switch.”

“One of the biggest problems with e-cigarettes is that many people have switched to e-cigarettes believing it will help them quit tobacco products, which it doesn’t,” said Albert A. Rizzo, the American Lung Association’s chief medical officer. “Many of them become dual users, meaning they smoke cigarettes when they can and use vaping devices at other times.

“E-cigarettes have not been found to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit,” Dr. Rizzo added. “They were designed to appeal to people who wanted to use something besides a cigarette, or in addition to a cigarette. Instead of helping smokers quit, e-cigarettes have rapidly created another generation addicted to tobacco products by marketing products that appeal to kids, including flavored products like gummy bear, unicorn blood, and bubble gum – even apple juice.”

More Pushback on Vaping

Vaping devices came under intense scrutiny this year, as thousands of individuals across the United States fell

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment, state health officials said Monday.

The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. The changes take effect in August, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.

Minnesota’s medical marijuana program began in 2014. Originally, only nine conditions were on the list, but now it covers such conditions as obstructive sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer.

Sensible Change Minnesota, a group trying to change marijuana policy in Minnesota, sought the addition of chronic pain. A doctor’s diagnosis of chronic pain will be required. It could be easier to certify than intractable pain, which was added to the program a few years ago.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the added conditions give more people more ways to deal with debilitating illness.

“The bottom line is that people suffering from these serious conditions may be helped by participating in the program, and we felt it was important to give them the opportunity to seek that relief,” Malcolm said in a statement.

Maren Schroeder, policy director

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It’s not the first time that marijuana has proven effective in taking the place of pharmaceutical drugs, but it is another encouraging sign that it can replace certain side effects-plagued prescription drugs. A newly released study shows that sales of over-the-counter sleep aids dropped immediately after the legalization of cannabis in Colorado.

The investigation was conducted by the University of New Mexico and California Polytechnic State University. It studied grocery store scanner data in tracking the numbers of sleep aids that were bought between December, 2013 and December, 2014. Cannabis was legalized in the state in November, 2012 by state amendment 64, and dispensaries started opening across the state soon after.

According to the new study’s results, access to marijuana caused state residents to buy less diphenhydramine, an active ingredient in Benadryl, and doxylamine-based sleep aids like Unisom. The difference became more pronounced as more dispensaries opened in particular counties.

“The negative association between cannabis access and sleep aid sales suggests a consumer preference for cannabis,” concludes the summary of the investigation, which is available online.

Cannabis As Sleep Aid

Cannabis has long been used as an aid in getting a good night’s sleep. Though studies have shown that THC

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In Vermont, it is legal for adults to possess and consume recreational marijuana. Now, the state has rolled out what could be seen as the latest piece in its broader cannabis infrastructure.

The Vermont Health Department recently launched a new online resource called “Let’s Talk Cannabis.” According to the Health Department, the series of webpages are designed to give Vermonters access to a broad range of information about cannabis and cannabis consumption.

Vermont’s New Cannabis Information Portal

Per the new website: “By providing science-based information, the Health Department is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects our bodies, minds and health.”

Within the portal, the Vermont Health Department offers information on a number of specific topics. There are sections devoted to the following:

Cannabis and Youth – Information on cannabis consumption and people younger than 21 years old. Parents and Mentors – Information for adults working or involved with young people. Cannabis, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – Information for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or otherwise caring for a baby. Cannabis Information for Health Care Providers – Information for healthcare practitioners involved with or trying to learn more about medical marijuana. Responsible Use of Cannabis for Adults –

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The first legal cannabis store on the mid island is open for business, capping a marathon application process.

19+ Cannabis opens its doors Tuesday, Dec 3 at its Victoria Cres. location, marking the first of what’s expected to be many licensed cannabis stores entering the Nanaimo market in the coming months.

Co-owner James Maxwell said transitioning from planning to selling product is exciting in the wake of a 13-month licensing process with the City and province.

– Read the entire article at Nanaimo News Now.

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Lil Wayne just launched his own cannabis line: GKUA Ultra Premium. The line of high-potency cannabis products is “designed to provide consumers with the best high of their lives.” Flower for the products is sourced from experienced growers, and the brand selects strands with the highest amount of THC available, allowing it to offer exceptionally potent products. “I used to just want to get high, now I smoke to get inspired,” said Lil Wayne. “With…

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Minnesota regulators on Monday unveiled a big expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, adding chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration to the list of conditions that can qualify for treatment. The state Health Department also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. The changes take effect in August. Minnesota’s medical marijuana program began in 2014 and has been gradually adding conditions that can be treated with cannabis. Originally, only…

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