Pittsburgh police nab felon on drug, gun charges | TribLIVE

A Pittsburgh man convicted of manslaughter in the 1996 slaying of an off-duty city police officer was jailed this week on multiple drug and gun charges after police allegedly found drugs and a gun in his vehicle.

Tyrek Jrevae Booker, 40, was arrested Thursday when, police say, they smelled marijuana in his car and saw partially burned marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray during a traffic stop.

Source: Pittsburgh police nab felon on drug, gun charges | TribLIVE

Michigan to be first Midwest state to allow recreational pot

Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes 10 years after voters approved marijuana to alleviate the effects of certain illnesses. Many supporters believe that decadelong experience, as well as similar legalization efforts in other states, led to victory at the ballot box.

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Cannabis becomes legal in Canada | World news | The Guardian

The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday.

The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.

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Arrests in Georgia church for selling edible marijuana – BBC News

Two women have been arrested after they were caught selling sweets and cakes containing marijuana in a church in the US state of Georgia.

The marijuana edibles Ebony Cooper and Leah Pressley were offering included cereal treats, brownies and puddings, police say.

Police say Ms Cooper was displaying the drugs on a table at the event, although the church was unaware of the illegal activities.

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Source: Arrests in Georgia church for selling edible marijuana – BBC News

Meth replaces heroin substance abuse disorder; marijuana use up

Jenny Bogart, 38, starting using methamphetamine at 14, switched to heroin after seven years and then went back to meth. She’s been drug-free for more than a year. (Photo: Via Jenny Bogart)

Far fewer people in the United States started using heroin last year, but the decline among young new 18- to 25-year-old heroin users was almost imperceptible – and that age group saw a big jump in methamphetamine and marijuana use, a new survey finds.

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health emphasizes what it calls these “transitional aged youth” because they have higher rates of cigarette use, alcohol abuse and heroin use disorder, and they use more cocaine, meth and LSD, than people both younger and older.

Use of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and opioids by pregnant women increased significantly between 2015 and 2017, the report found.

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Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News

Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the US over their involvement in the industry, US media report.

A senior US border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.

Canada is a month away from becoming the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis use.

While some US states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.

There have been concerns within Canada’s growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.

Source: Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News