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Snohomish Prosecutor Wants to End Two-Gram Rule

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In February 2018, Snohomish County law enforcement and prosecutors implemented a two-gram rule, meaning that anyone possessing two grams or less of a controlled substance (such as heroin) would not be charged with a crime. Supporters of the two-gram rule argued that prosecutors were overwhelmed w...

Executive Order to Ban Flavored Vapes

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

With recreational marijuana use being legal in Washington, many recreational users of marijuana have found vaping THC to be their preferred method of ingesting. But in light of the recent outbreak of mysterious lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping, on Friday, September 27, 2019, Governor J...

Brothers Accused of Operating Vaping Cartridge Empire

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin have arrested two brothers and charged them with running an illegal business of packaging and selling THC-filled vaping cartridges. The cartridges were packaged to look like candy and had names like “Chronic sour patch,” and other fruity flavors.  The brothers a...

Washington Makes Naloxone Available to Everyone

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  Many blame the greed of large pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson for marketing opioids as a harmless painkiller. These addictive drugs have been prescribed to millions of Americans over the last 30 years. Drug addicts are often though...

Mobile Drug Treatment for King County Homeless

Posted by Steve Karimi | Aug 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

This fall in Seattle, homeless people with a heroin problem could get some help with overcoming their addiction, thanks to an initiative by King County. Officials in King County put out a request for proposals and will choose bidders in September to treat heroin addicts who want help kicking the ...

DEA Releases Opioid Data--Washington State Numbers

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently compiled and released data about the correlation of prescription opioid pills and rise of opioid deaths. The data is being used in some of the 2,000 lawsuits that are being filed against pharmaceutical companies across the country, seeking compensat...

Expunging Cannabis Convictions

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you were caught with marijuana and convicted of possession before it became legal in Washington, you can relax: in May Governor Inslee signed SB 5605, which means anyone who was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may apply to have their record expunged. Washington SB 5605 SB 5605 ...

California Inmates May Possess But Not Ingest Marijuana

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

In California, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that California's incarcerated can possess marijuana but they can't use it. The Court overturned the convictions of five prisoners who had been caught possessing marijuana by citing the language in the 2016 ballot initiative that made posses...

Arkansas Amends Recent Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arkansas passed its Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution in 2016, allowing medical use of marijuana beginning in May 2019. It is the 33rd state to enact a medical marijuana program. Arkansas voters have already reformed their Medical Marijuana Bill to allow for the sale of "edibles," which w...

Medical Marijuana Bill for Students Moves Forward

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

A new bill would require that public schools in Washington develop action plans if a parent asks that their child is given marijuana to treat illnesses during the school day.  Introduced by State Representative Brian Blake of Aberdeen, House Bill 1095 passed on a 77-19 vote and now moves forward ...

Multiple States Sue Sackler Family in Opioid Lawsuits

Posted by Steve Karimi | Apr 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Members of the Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, are named as defendants in lawsuits filed by several states throughout the country. Purdue Pharma makes the opioid painkiller OxyContin that is blamed for contributing to the nation's opioid epidemic. According to ...

Marijuana Use Among Non-Working Teens Decreasing

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to a new Washington State University survey, marijuana use is decreasing among teens except for those who work 11 or more hours per week. The study, conducted by  WSU College of Nursing Assistant Professor Janessa Graves, concludes that marijuana use in Washington went down significantl...

Washington Sues Opioid Distributors

Posted by Steve Karimi | Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The state of Washington has sued several opioid distributors. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Incorporated, and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The lawsuit claims that these distributors failed to catch suspicious drug orders that we...

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