Industrial Opioid Disaster – CITY OF BOSTON PURSUES LITIGATION AGAINST THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

The City of Boston has filed a complaint against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor. via Boston Strong .com NEWS -  Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston has filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor that have contributed to the local opioid epidemic through misleading marketing and reckless dissemination of opioids that has led to the deaths of more than 723 Boston residents since 2013. As part of the litigation, the City is seeking to recover both past and future damages and injunctive…
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Massachusetts Act to ensure safe access to marijuana

Boston, MA: The State of MA has enacted the following: ,  An Act to ensure safe access to marijuana This law outlines the ability of cities and towns to exercise local control to ban or limit the development of marijuana establishments, sets the special excise tax on adult use marijuana sales to , and includes a local option for cities and towns to add a 3% tax on top of the combined 17% between sales and the marijuana specific excise tax. MGL , §§76-77 Cannabis Control Board and Advisory Board MGL  Marijuana tax MGL  Controlled substances act. Includes penalties for other…
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Senator Markey Reintroduces ‘Good Samaritan’ Legislation to Protect First Responders, Volunteers, Family Members Who Administer Opioid Overdose Prevention Drug

Also calls on HHS to add opioid overdose prevention medication to Strategic National Stockpile, develop plan for rapidly deploying lifesaving resource Boston (May 31, 2018) – As part of his ongoing effort to combat the opioid crisis that took 42,000 lives in 2016, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) reintroduced the Opioid Overdose Reduction Act, legislation to protect individuals who administer lifesaving opioid overdose prevention drugs. Death from heroin and other opioid overdoses can be prevented if a victim is administered an opioid overdose prevention drug, such as naloxone, in a timely manner. However, the willingness of medical and non-medical personnel to…
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Boston Medical New Strategy to Address the Opioid Epidemic: Collaborations between Public Safety and Public Health Agencies

Boston Medical Center, Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found four types of collaborative programs have emerged Boston, MA: - A new study shows that public health and public safety agencies established local, collaborative programs in Massachusetts to connect overdose survivors and their personal networks with addiction treatment, harm reduction, and other community support services following a non-fatal overdose. The study, published online in the, is the first of its kind to attempt to systematically document this emerging approach to combating the opioid epidemic. From December 2015 to January 2016, Department of Public Health…
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Industrial Legal Growth – First Post Election Rally for Legalization at State House Complex as Governor Elect Phil Murphy Prepares for Office

Trenton, NJ: Boston native, Harvard graduate Phil Murphy, a Monmouth County New Jersey resident, has been elected Governor of New Jersey and desires to legalize recreational marijuana. Watch Video of first Post election rally for legalization beyond medical use. Vietnam Veteran Dan Brady, and Attorney Bill Caruso comments on legal industry growth, at the cmmnj rally at New Jersey's Capitol Complex
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Recreational Marijuana begins 12/15/2016 in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA: 12/12/2016 GreenCrossStrong .com Boston Associated Press  (AP) — Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts. Legal, but not readily available. The ballot question approved by voters Nov. 8 is scheduled to go into effect Thursday, allowing adults to have limited quantities of marijuana for recreational purposes and grow pot plants in their homes. The catch: It’s still illegal to sell marijuana in Massachusetts — except to registered medical marijuana patients — and will remain so for at least a year until the first pot shops are licensed and regulated. For now, it’s smoke ’em if you got ’em.…
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Harvard Psychiatrist Says Weed Heals Concussions

Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and the author of Marihuana Reconsidered. Grinspoon has written an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, advising him to consider allowing cannabis as a treatment for post-concussion syndrome. Professor Grinspoon claims that CBD-heavy strains of marijuana serve as a powerful neuroprotectant, effectively helping the brain heal from concussions. “The NFL Share More: 
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Boston Freedom Rally Sept. 26-27, 2015

  Boston Freedom Rally by MassCann/NORML’s is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September on the Boston Common. Although occasionally referred to as “hempfest” by some, the Boston Freedom Rally is the official name of the largest annual gathering of pro-marijuana supporters on the East Coast, and is the second largest festival of it’s kind in the world, surpassed only by Seattle’s Hempfest. Two Days. 2 Stages. September 26th and 27th, 2015. High Noon. Boston Common. The 2nd Largest Annual Gathering of Cannabis Supporters in the World!
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Boston Bans Synthetic Cannabinoids

BOSTON – Friday, August 14, 2015 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today signed an ordinance banning  the possession, sale, manufacture and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “K2″ or “Spice,” in Boston. “I thank the City Council for working on this important measure to better protect our residents from these extremely dangerous substances that are becoming increasingly accessible and more targeted towards our young people,” said Mayor Walsh. “This ordinance is another step to create a healthier Boston for today’s youth and future generations.” The new ordinance will be enforced by the Boston Police Department, which also has authority…
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MA: Boston Approves First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Boston, MA: The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals has given conditional approval to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Milk Street.  The city finally offered a conditional approval during a hearing on Aug. 4. The hearing on the request, submitted by Patriot Care Corp., had been delayed twice before in June and again in July. The facility must be maintained as a medical marijuana facility. Patriot Care has also offered to donate the front access to the ground floor to a yet-to-be-determined non-profit. “This sends a message across the state that the medical marijuana group can be integrated into the…
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An Iraq vet fights to treat PTSD with pot. A friend’s suicide motivates his activism

Stephen’s military funeral in 2012. Photo courtesy of Scott Murphy. Scott Murphy shook loose marijuana from a child-safe prescription bottle onto a table. A baby’s pacifier and diaper wipes lay nearby. A folded American flag sat in a glass case on the mantle behind him. In many ways, the Army veteran is no different from any young father. But Murphy, 32, is a medical marijuana activist. He had to re-learn how to walk after crashing his motorcycle in 2002, but he didn’t let it stop him from fighting in the Iraq war from 2007-2008. Years later, after his deployment, it caused…
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