Drug Addiction

Pot opponents hit ‘Big Marijuana’

Pot opponents hit ‘Big Marijuana’

Critics of legal marijuana focus on commercialization as the evil behind the question

OPPONENTS OF THE BALLOT QUESTION to legalize adult use of pot are pivoting their focus away from the dangers of the drug and taking aim at “Big Marijuana,” the burgeoning industry they say is behind the referendum. Sen. Jason Lewis, who is one of the legislative leaders of the effort to defeat Question 4, says(...)

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Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Referendum critics falsely claim Colorado revenues fail to cover regulation expenses

LT. GOV. KARYN POLITO suggested earlier this week that passage of the ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to a reduction in local aid to pay for regulating the new industry and public safety costs, but there is little evidence to support her claim. At a meeting of the Local Government Advisory Commission on Tuesday,(...)

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Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Lt. Gov. takes opposition to marijuana to whole new level

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to join the opposition to Question 4. After hearing concerns from local officials who comprise the Local Government Advisory(...)

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Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Critics say using drug crisis to raise funds is “deeply troubling”

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A FUNDRAISING APPEAL from the marijuana legalization campaign has drawn the ire of health care professionals and parents of children who died from opioid addiction after the group pitched legal marijuana as an alternative to prescription pain drugs in spite of the state’s medical marijuana program. Will Luzier, the campaign manager(...)

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Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CVS PHARMACY will require its staff to check the state’s prescription monitoring program database before filling certain abuse-associated opioid prescriptions under a newly announced settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. The settlement includes a payment of $795,000 from the chain. According to the attorney general’s office, it resolves allegations that(...)

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Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Criticizes governor's 'radical Republican' political agenda

The following is a response from Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments about where the opioids causing problems in Maine are coming from. PAUL LEPAGE, the governor of Maine, is clearly at a loss on how to fix his state’s drug problem. Join the club. We are looking for solutions not scapegoats.(...)

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LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

LePage: Drugs in Maine come from Lowell, Lawrence

Says two Mass cities, along with CT and NY, are sources of opioids

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MAINE GOV. PAUL LEPAGE, a second-term Republican who has become a lightning rod in the debate over drugs and race, did not shy away Monday from his suggestion that black and Hispanic drug dealers from other parts of New England are fueling the opioid epidemic in his home state, expanding his(...)

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‘Encampment’ moved off Boston Common

‘Encampment’ moved off Boston Common

Police helped clear out area near Park Street Station

THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT last week evicted from the Boston Common a fairly large group of people who had been sleeping and hanging out for many weeks on the grass near the T’s Park Street Station, an area many consider the front door of the city. Police and city officials were reluctant to talk about(...)

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Fentanyl fuels rise in opioid deaths

Fentanyl fuels rise in opioid deaths

Prescriptions for opioids at lowest level since early 2015

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FENTANYL HELPED FUEL an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts over the first six months of the year, according to state public health officials whose new numbers show the addiction epidemic’s continuing toll even as state officials pour time and money into fighting it. The Department of Public Health (DPH)(...)

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Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pot supporters say ballot question about fairness

Pols in favor say it's a matter of racial justice as well as new revenue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS PROPONENTS GATHERED outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization. Massachusetts voters will decide at(...)

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