Monthly Archives: July 2018

HIGHLY TOXIC CANNABIS IN MASS?

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GLOBAL NEWS CENTRE

Contaminated flower may be getting patients and employees sick

Anne Hassel had high hopes for a new career when she applied for a job serving medical marijuana patients at New England Treatment Access (NETA), a registered medical dispensary (RMD) in Massachusetts. A licensed physical therapist, she believes in the efficacy of cannabis and says that she appreciated how NETA was presented “as having a new business paradigm, one of worker input and responsive management.”

That was then. Now, nearly a year after she quit working at NETA and filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claiming she was regularly exposed to mold via cannabis flower, Hassel mockingly says NETA stands for “Never Ethically Treating Anybody.”

“Mold was an issue at both [NETA’s] Franklin cultivation center and the Northampton dispensary,” Hassel wrote in her complaint to OSHA. The former budtender reported that she “observed powered mildew flower” while trimming cannabis in 2016 in Franklin but was instructed by a supervisor to “cut around it.” She also says that management dunked “marijuana flower into a hydrogen peroxide solution to treat the mold.”

The Nubiamancy Productions Campaign

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Global News Centre

Since April 2013, an online social media platform called Nubiamancy has been sharing content that features black/African people in science-fictional, fantasy, and horror settings; on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and as of recently, YouTube. This was started by myself, Asante Massawa, in order to a) help normalize seeing people of African descent in entertainment genres that underrepresent us, b) promote fantasy art/comics/films/animation/novels/photography that features people of African descent, and c) inspire creators to create more content in those veins.

After four years of posting over 10,000 images and videos, and after receiving thousands of comments and messages clamouring to see those works in live-action films, Nubiamancy is now embarking on a mission to turn the social media platform into a film studio, but we need your help. :)

The goal is to become a film studio that creates short films based on some of the content displayed on the pages. We will be contacting many artists, writers, and photographers in our back catalogue of shared works in order to bring many of the great pieces of art alive in high quality, but cost efficient, short films. The long term goal is eventually to transition into full-length feature films, but starting small is the way to go for now. 

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic — and should be!

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The FDA’s approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as “fire, aim, ready” as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached is a Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services Inc’s (PMRS) Motion for Summary Judgment filed against the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

Why Is It So Hard to Get Clean Weed?

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 More marijuana growers—and more marijuana users—want pot that’s “organic.” Here’s what’s harshing their mellow.

Global News Centre

By , Science Web Editor at Smithsonian.

Submitted by Ace Knight

In 2009, Matthew Cohen launched an unusual CSA out of Mendocino County, California. In addition to the local heirloom tomatoes and organic butter lettuce, Cohen tucked a little something extra into his weekly shipments: a fat bag of medicinal marijuana, also local, also touted as organic. Within a few months, Cohen realized that nobody cared about the vegetables; they just wanted the weed. So he pivoted his business, Northstone Organics, and began delivering high-quality cannabis directly to customers’ doorsteps. By 2011, he was selling weed to 1,700 patients in the Bay Area and Los Angeles County. That’s when the feds showed up.

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