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Marijuana Policy Project Will Campaign to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Ohio


While both chambers of the Ohio legislature prepare to embark on separate fact-finding missions in order to evaluate the benefits and risks of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a national cannabis advocacy group based in the District of Columbia, hopes to take the fate of legal weed out of the hands of lawmakers and put the question of medical use up to the voters in November’s general election.

Similar to what they have managed to achieve in states like Arizona and Michigan, the MPP will soon launch an initiative aimed at establishing a somewhat restrictive medical marijuana program throughout the state of Ohio. The proposal would give patients suffering from “serious medical conditions,” including cancer and Crohn’s disease, access to cannabis that they would be able to purchase though state licensed dispensaries. It would also give patients the freedom to engage in home cultivation.

“We are committed to working with local patients, advocates and professionals to pass a well-written initiative that ensures seriously ill Ohioans are able to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it,” Mason Tvert, director of communication at the Marijuana Policy Project, told HIGH TIMES in an emailed statement.

The 2016 campaign, which will be formally handled by the newly created “Ohionans for Medical Marijuana,” is in response to last year’s failed “Issue 3,” an effort put forth by the recently dismantled ResponsibleOhio, which attempted to end statewide prohibition by establishing a cartel-like monopoly that would have prevented any chance of a free market cannabis trade. It was after a great deal of mostly negative media attention that Ohio voters ultimately decided to run ResponsibleOhio out on a rail, showing big marijuana that not even a $20 million campaign could compete with the Midwestern farming community.

Although the polls regarding ResponsibleOhio’s mission showed that voters were somewhat conflicted over whether to support Issue 3, there was no mistaking that the majority of the population was all for legalization. A WKYC and Kent University poll revealed that 56 percent of the state’s voters wanted to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, while 32 percent opposed and another 10 percent remained uncertain. 

Interestingly, as soon as the results of last year’s election were set in stone, the Marijuana Policy Project cryptically suggested that the organization might be eyeballing the Midwest to push a new initiative.

“It’s pretty obvious that the outcome in Ohio does not reflect where the nation stands on the direction in which it is heading when it comes to marijuana policy,” Tvert said last November. “It only reflects where Ohio voters stand on a specific and rather unique proposal in an off-election year. It will not have any bearing on the outcomes of the initiative that we expect to appear on other states’ ballot in 2016.” 

The MPP’s master plan to bring medical marijuana to Ohio has not been officially announced.

This information was initially discovered through a job posting that went up on their website last night seeking an “Ohio organizer” to work in Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati. According to the post, the position will be active February through November 2016, paying a salary of $5,000 per month. 

“We are in the very initial stages of this process—filing a committee, starting to build a campaign team, and conducting outreach to potential coalition partners and donors,” Tvert said. “We are looking forward to working with our allies in Ohio to produce the most effective and responsible medical marijuana system possible.”

This development almost inevitably ensures that 2016 will be another interesting year in the realm of Ohio’s pot politics. Not only will the MPP fight to put a medical marijuana initiative in front of voters, but another group called “Ohioans to End Prohibition” (Legalize Ohio) is also working to legalize a fully recreational market in the same manner. Reports show this organization has so far collected 80,000 of the more than 300,000 signatures needed to earn a spot on the ballot, but the real question is do they have the financial resources to see their proposal to fruition.

One thing is certain—the MPP will have no trouble securing the funds needed to gain a strong position in this race. 

There is also a distinct possibility that news of the MPP’s efforts will spook the Ohio legislature to the point of getting serious about drafting legislation ahead of the November election. At this point, the House has created a medical marijuana task force to weigh out the pros and cons of legalization, while several senators recently announced that they will travel the state to “listen to the nurses…the doctors…the patients” in hopes of determining the best course of action for the development of a medical marijuana bill.

Mike Adams is a contributing writer for HIGH TIMES. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook.com/mikeadams73.

(Photo Courtesy of WCPO.com)

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Despite Staggering Public Support for Medical Pot, Illinois Lawmakers Continue to Restrict Usage


Exceeding national polls, a staggering 80 percent of Illinois voters said that they support allowing patients to use medical marijuana as recommended by a doctor, according to a Harper Polling survey.

The poll, conducted January last week for the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois (MCAI), surveyed 800 likely voters of all races, political parties and groups, as well as urban and suburban dwellers.

Nearly 75 percent of those asked said the benefits of medical marijuana outweigh any potential risks.

“The message that Illinois supports the medical cannabis program is clear,” said Tim McGraw, MCAI co-founder and director.

Close to 70 percent of poll participants said they believe Illinois’ existing MMJ pilot program—currently limited to only a few diseases—should be expanded, specifically to include veterans suffering from PTSD.

Illinois’ official Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended last October that eight debilitating conditions including PTSD, autism, several chronic pain syndromes, osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome be added to the MMJ registry. These conditions, however, must be approved by Illinois’ Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, before the February 1 deadline.

Illinois’ MMJ pilot program, launched last November, is one of the most restrictive in the country.

MCAI officials are hoping this bipartisan poll will show that Illinois residents overwhelmingly support giving a broader range of patients more access to medical pot.

“The Rauner administration and lawmakers throughout the state must follow the will of the people and leave the decision on whether medical cannabis is a suitable treatment between the patient and their physician,” McGraw said upon release of the first-of-its-kind poll results.

Ross Morreale, MCAI chairman, pointed to the country’s staggering opiate crisis as an urgent reason for Governor Rauner and Illinois lawmakers to allow for the expansion of the pilot medical marijuana program.

“Nationally, 44 people die from prescription drug overdose everyday, and patients should have the opportunity to use medical cannabis instead of highly addictive and dangerous prescription drugs,” Morreale said.

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The Real Story of “Marijuana Truth Serum” and the CIA’s Sordid History of Drug Use


The story about the marijuana truth serum and its use by America’s spy agency in the 1940s has been around for a while. It’s important history, though, and worth re-telling.

The short version is that the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the national intelligence agency during the years of World War II) was interested in whether there were drugs that could be used to aid in the interrogation of prisoners of war. Officially, military intelligence asked the National Research Council to look into this, which they did by forming a committee to investigate.

One of the prominent members of the committee was Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) and the architect of Reefer Madness and marijuana prohibition. Also on the committee was an FBN and OSS officer named George White, who later played a prominent role in the FBN’s post-war activities.

The scientists at the OSS experimented with various drugs provided by Anslinger’s FBN and settled on tetrahydrocannabinol acetate, which at that time was considered the active chemical compound in marijuana. A report about this truth drug was found in George White’s archives at the Stanford University Library. It didn’t actually compel individuals to tell the truth, but it made them relaxed, a little high and distracted them enough to become a useful tool for interrogators.

More about the program is provided by Douglas Valentine in his history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, “The Strength of the Wolf.” 

Behind the official bureaucratic facade, this was a program designed and run by William Donovan, the head of the OSS and Harry Anslinger. Indeed, a great deal of FBN activity throughout the 20th century was influenced by Anslinger’s talent for ingratiating the agency into national security operations. 

Donovan wanted a truth drug, and Anslinger did his best to provide one. 

But the drug needed to be tested and observed, and this wasn’t really a job for scientists. That’s why George White became important. According to Valentine, “Donovan and Anslinger chose George White to test the Truth Drug on unsuspecting hoods, spies, and assassins.”

First, in May of 1943, they brought a beaker of the drug and an eyedropper into Anslinger’s office. They laced some tobacco with the drug, rolled it into a joint “potent enough to knock White on his ass, High as a Rastafarian.” 

After this initial test, one of the early objectives of the program was to determine which drug traffickers were collaborating with the Nazis in occupied France and which ones were helping the French Resistance. 

White tested “his superpot” on one August Del Grazio, an associate of Mafia boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano with well-known connections to Corsican and Mafia drug smugglers. With reference to work by author John Marks, Valentine reports that Del Grazio’s revelations about the drug trade were so sensational they were redacted from OSS documents before they were released decades later.

With this success, the OSS decided to use the marijuana truth drug on German prisoners and others. 

In September, White paid a visit to security officer John Lansdale with the Manhattan Project (which produced the first atomic bomb) and administered the drug to the program’s scientists.

The use of the drug on human subjects continued at least through 1947, but after years of experimentation, the marijuana failed to be a consistently reliable truth serum—at least in terms of how it was being used by White. 

However, another promising drug emerged during the war years in the lab of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland. 

A scientist was experimenting with variations of naturally occurring ergot fungus, known to have some promising ability to reduce bleeding and smooth muscle contractions. He accidently absorbed a small amount of the 25th variation of the drug he was working on. The scientist was Albert Hoffman. The drug was LSD-25. The result was the world’s first acid trip.

As scientists learned about LSD in 1951, it became one of the many drugs Anslinger and his deputy George Cunningham provided the CIA (the successor agency to the OSS) for potential use as an interrogation aid. 

According to Valentine, “By 1952, the CIA had hired George White to test LSD on unwitting American citizens . . .White’s status as a federal agent provided him with carte blanch to conduct experiments on anyone anywhere.”

And that he did.

White slipped LSD to unsuspecting friends at social events, to individuals undergoing police interrogation, to unsuspecting customers of prostitutes brought to safe houses for observation, and others. As Valentine explained, “White’s major qualification was a wicked mean streak.” 

Apparently, or at least according to a CIA security officer who conducted a background check on White, the man was a sadomasochist who preyed on others to overcompensate for “a poor body image.” Valentine provides several examples of how White abused his access to LSD to inflict pain on others.

In April of 1953, the CIA approved a biochemical warfare program to develop drugs to discredit friends and foes, to aid interrogations, and to assist in assassinations. George White’s truth drug testing activities became a key part of this new CIA program, named MKUltra, a notorious program with a rich and studied history.

There are a number of ironies here. 

One of the obvious is that an agent was getting high on pot in the FBN’s very own offices. Also ironic is that the FBN understood  that the real effects of marijuana were vastly different from the Reefer Madness propaganda they were spreading around. At a greater level, the relationship of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to national security operations provides one of the more fascinating stories, much more fully developed, in Valentine’s book. 

But the greatest irony is that in the long run, history has shown that cannabis is indeed a truth serum. 

After all, it was cannabis users who finally brought the truth out about reefer madness, marijuana prohibition and the wonderful qualities of medical cannabis.

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HIGH TIMES Legislative Roundup: February 1


It has been another huge week in the fight to legalize marijuana in more of the United States. Some of the biggest news comes from Florida, where a group working to get a comprehensive medical marijuana program legalized in the November election has been officially approved for the ballot. Other highlights include pot progress in the Vermont legislature that seems to indicate that lawmakers are on the verge of legalizing a recreational cannabis industry this year. Meanwhile, activists in Colorado are pushing to legalize social use, and possibly even cannabis cafes.

Read all about this and more in the HIGH TIMES Legislative Roundup for February 1:

New Hampshire: Working to Add More Qualified Conditions
New Hampshire lawmakers want to expand the state’s medical marijuana program by adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualified conditions. Last Thursday, one of the co-sponsors of this proposed action, Assemblyman Joe Lachance, a military and police veteran, testified that medical marijuana has worked to alleviate his bouts of PTSD, chronic pain, and even an addiction to painkillers. There is a great deal of concern that if the medical program is not expanded, many disregarded patients will simply travel into neighboring states to pick up the medicine they need – putting them at risk for legal troubles. It is not clear yet whether PTSD will be added to the program before dispensaries open later this spring.

Kansas: Supreme Court Snubs Wichita’s Desire to Decriminalize
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled against allowing the city of Wichita to lower the penalties associated with marijuana possession. In the verdict, the state’s highest court said the decriminalization ordinance was not enacted in accordance with state law, which “effectively disposes of the case,” leaving them no need to hear any further arguments. The ordinance would have allowed those adults caught in possession of up to 32 grams of weed to be slapped with a $50 fine instead of the state’s penalty of up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Unfortunately, Kansas will have to wait for this issue to be hashed out in the state legislature because the state is one of those that does not allow constitutional amendments by way of voter initiatives. 

Colorado: Denver NORML Attempts to Legalize Social Pot Use
The recently formed Denver NORML announced plans last week to put together a voter initiative that would legalize social pot use and possibly even cannabis cafes. Although the Marijuana Policy Project has been negotiating with a city for the past several months in hopes of putting a social use initiative on the ballot in 2016, supporters with Denver NORML fear those talks are going nowhere, so they have decided to take matters into their own hands. The group’s proposal is not yet drafted, but they are expected to reveal the scope of their efforts in the near future. 

Colorado: Lawmakers Work to Tweak Recreational Marijuana
Lawmakers are hoping to work out some of the kinks they feel have plagued the state since the implementation of Amendment 64. For starters, they are looking into the issue of pesticides. Legislation is being considered that would create a labeling system intended to identify marijuana products “pesticide free.” Along with this concern comes an attempt to expand testing facilities and collect information on cannabis products that pertain to public health. There is also an effort this year to clear up the issue of distributing weed during live events, such as HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup. 

Alabama: Lawmakers Wants to Legalize Cannabis Oil
State Representative Mike Ball announced has announced plans to submit a proposal that would allow specific patients to have low-THC cannabis oil in their possession without facing legal consequences. Although the state passed Carly’s Law in 2014, which allowed the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study CBD oil on qualified patients, not everyone suffering from seizure disorders managed to get into the study. The latest bill would establish a system similar to the one in Georgia, which allows registered patients to be in possession of certain amounts of non-intoxicating cannabis oil without a legal shakedown. However, while it is safe for Georgia patients to have the oil within the state’s borders, it forces them to break federal law by transporting the medicine across states line. Apparently, Representative Ball believes this is best Alabama can do during this session.

Arizona: Lawmaker Withdraws Proposal to Change Medical Marijuana Rules
Representative Jay Lawrence has made the decision to withdraw his latest proposal aimed at preventing physicians specializing in naturopathy and homeopathy from offering medical marijuana recommendations. After receiving hundreds of messages from angry patients, Lawrence announced that his bill was no longer on the table, and that he didn’t have any plans to introduce a replacement measure. However, there is still a proposal up for consideration that would prevent pregnant women from participating in the program. 

Hawaii: Proposal Would Require Pot Purchases Through Dispensaries Only
Representative Marcus Oshiro recently submitted a bill that would prevent patients from engaging in home cultivation, forcing them to get their weed only from a state licensed dispensary. House Bill 1680 would put another wrench in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program by banning patients from producing their own medicine. Oshiro is concerned that allowing patients to grow their own herb will undermine the new dispensary system. Opposing forces worry that eliminating the right to grow will only push people into the black market. The bill is expected to be assigned to committees later this week. If passed, patients would no longer be able to engage in home cultivation beginning in July 2017. 

Florida: United for Care on the Ballot in 2016
United for Care’s “Amendment 2” is back on the ballot in 2016. Last week, the group announced the approval of their latest initiative for November’s general election. The proposal is similar to the one that failed in 2014, with the exception of a few minor adjustments.

The updated ballot measure will only those “individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physicians” to participate in the program. Those patients would include people suffering from “cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”

Perhaps one of the biggest changes to the initiative is the elimination of home cultivation – only dispensary sales will be available. 

Virginia: Decriminalization Fails in House Subcommittee
The concept of decriminalizing marijuana has been shot down in Virginia. A number of bills aimed at stripping the criminal penalties away from minor possession were denied action last week by a subcommittee within the House of Delegates. Law enforcement testified against the bills, arguing that Virginia needs to be “a little bit smarter and take our time and look at this objectively.” As it stands, this offense can result in a fine up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail. 

Ohio: Attorney Rejects Medical Marijuana Proposal
A proposal to legalize medical marijuana has been denied. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected an initiative called the “Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment,” which was submitted by a group known as Ohio Medical Cannabis Care LLC. The proposal was dismissed based on several issues with the language. The latest failure is reportedly the group’s third attempt at getting their initiative approved, the first of which was rejected in the summer of 2015. Several other measures gunning for both medicinal and recreational markets are in the works for the 2016, including one overseen by the Marijuana Policy Project. 

California: Lawmakers Work to Slow Marijuana Bans
California lawmakers are working to slow down the marijuana ban in local municipalities. Assembly Bill 21 was unanimously approved last week, putting it in route to the office of Governor Jerry Brown for a signature. The bill would give local jurisdictions beyond the initial March 1 deadline to establish medical marijuana policies. Already, more than 100 localities have prohibited medical marijuana. Lawmakers hope this bill will stop the bleeding.

Vermont: Governor Endorses Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Vermont is on the verge of becoming the first state in the nation to end prohibition by way of the state legislature. The Vermont Senate Committee on Judiciary put their seal of approval on a bill last week aimed at creating a taxed and regulated cannabis trade. The proposal would essentially legalize recreational marijuana similar to how it is being done in states like Colorado. Governor Peter Shumlin and Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Sears came out last week in support of a measure to “cautiously and deliberately” legalize marijuana statewide. So, it is conceivable that this bill could blaze through the legislature and land on the governor’s desk for a signature relatively soon. If that happens, state residents would likely be permitted to engage in home cultivation by the summer, and a retail market could be in place by mid-2017. 

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Vermont Senate Committee Pushes Through Marijuana Legalization Bill


Marijuana prohibition in Vermont could be terminal – possibly with less than six months to live – as the state legislature seems to be ferociously gunning to become the first group of bipartisan lawmakers in American history with enough sense to pull the plug on the antiquated policies that makes it a criminal offense to capitalize on the cannabis plant.

Just weeks after Governor Peter Shumlin announced during his State of the State address that he was fully prepared to end the War on Weed in the Green Mountain, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee put their stamp of approval on a bill aimed at establishing a taxed and regulated cannabis trade. The proposal, which seeks to create a system of retails sales and cannabis cafes, was approved last week in a vote of 4 to 1, catapulting the measure into the next phase of legislative redemption.

The bill (S.241) is now headed to the Senate Finance Committee, where all of the tax business will be decided. Some anticipate that while the proposal stands a relatively good chance at making it through the full Senate, there will be snags in the House – a force that could prevent the measure from landing on the governor’s desk for final approval.

Nevertheless, Governor Shumlin has applauded the committee for throwing their balls over their shoulders in an effort to advance this bill to the next level. 

“I want to thank Senator Sears for his leadership and the entire Judiciary Committee for their hard work on this bill,” Governor Shumlin said in a statement. “This legislation meets the principles I outlined in my State of the State Address and I believe it provides the framework for our state to cautiously, step-by-step and in the Vermont way end the failed war on drugs policy of marijuana prohibition.

This debate is about whether we can take a smarter approach towards marijuana, which is already widely available and used by tens of thousands of Vermonters,” Shumin explained. “Promoting prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids, getting rid of illegal drug dealers, and doing a better job responding to impaired drivers already on our roads, I believe this legislation is a huge improvement on the failed war on drugs. I look forward to working with the Legislature as they continue to debate this issue.”

In its current form, the bill would legalize a recreational cannabis market in a manner similar to what is currently underway in Colorado. It would allow adults 21 and over to purchase weed from state licensed dispensaries, while also giving residents permission to “cultivate limited amounts of cannabis for personal use.” And while smoking weed in public would still be considered a citable offense, the bill contains a provision that would allow a number of cannabis cafes to open across the state. As it stands, no other legal state permits customers to smoke weed in the same establishment that sold it to them.

“It’s a product that many adults enjoy for the same reasons that many adults enjoy consuming alcohol,” Matt Simon of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana told HIGH TIMES in a written statement. “While no substance is entirely harmless, the evidence is pretty clear that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Adults who choose to consume marijuana should be able to purchase it legally and safely from licensed stores that test and label their products. They shouldn’t be forced to seek it out in an illegal market where they might be exposed to other more harmful substances.”

If all goes according to plan, Vermont’s legal cannabis industry could be fully operational by the beginning of 2018.

Mike Adams is a contributing writer for HIGH TIMES. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook.com/mikeadams73.

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CDC sier Chipotle-knyttet utbrudd av E. coli vises over


WASHINGTON – Det føderale byrået som overvåker offentlige helse sier utbruddet av E. coli sykdom knyttet til Chipotle restauranter som syk 60 personer ser ut til å være over.

Centers for Sykdom Kontroll og Forebygging sa mandag at de siste sykdom rapportert til byrået startet på Des. 1.

Selv om CDC avsluttet sin etterforskning, kilden til den sykdom som spres til 14 stater er fortsatt ukjent. Chipotle ledere sier at de kanskje aldri være i stand til å identifisere hva som gjorde folk syke.

Denver-baserte Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. foretok en aggressiv videreføring av mat tilberedningsmetoder på sitt mer enn 1,900 steder. Men utbruddet kjørte selskapet er aksjen ned med 26 prosent de siste tre månedene, og det advart i desember på en potensielt betydelig hit til fortjeneste.

Sine aksjer samlet følgende CDC kunngjøring. I midten av ettermiddagen, Chipotle ‘ s aksjer var opp til $14.09, eller 3 prosent, til kr 467.06.

“Vi er glade for at CDC har avsluttet sin etterforskning, og vi har tilbudt vår fulle co-operation hele” selskapet sa i en uttalelse. Det tilføyes at det er trygg på at endringer i sin forberedelse metoder bety all mat er “deilig og trygt.”

Folk vanligvis blir syke av Shiga toksin-produserende E. coli, bakterier ofte forbundet med foodborne utbrudd, for to til åtte dager etter svelging bakterie, ifølge byrået. De fleste smittede mennesker får diaré og magekramper.

Den Chipotle episode begynte i fjor sommer da kjedet var bundet til foodborne sykdommer i California og Minnesota, selv om disse sakene ikke får så mye oppmerksomhet.

Så, i slutten av oktober, E. coli tilfeller ble rapportert i Oregon og Washington, ber selskapet om å slå 43 restauranter i disse landene. YouGov Helt Indeks kunden oppfatninger om Chipotle sank til sitt laveste nivå siden det begynte sporing selskapet i 2007. Det var før flere saker som dukket opp i syv stater.

I November, Chipotle salg styrtet 16 prosent. Så, en ikke-relatert norovirus utbrudd syk dusinvis av studenter ved Boston College. Og i desember, CDC meldt fem tilfeller av E. coli forrige måned knyttet til Chipotle, som det er sagt, kan være en del av en annen utbrudd.

Selskapet offentliggjort i forrige måned at det er blitt innkalt av føderale påtalemyndigheten og U.S. Food and Drug Administration som en del av en etterforskning. Det har også sagt det planer om å åpne butikker på 3 pm (lokal tid Feb. 8 for å holde møter med de ansatte for å diskutere endringer om mat-sikkerhetstiltak. Kjeden har også planer om å øke sin markedsføring og direkte-post tilbyr denne måneden.


Denne historien har blitt rettet opp for å vise at Chipotle advart av en potensiell betydelig hit til fortjeneste i desember, ikke siste måned.

Globale investorer, inkludert Canada Pension Plan, søke mining klimaplaner


OTTAWA – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board og Quebec er Caisse de depot er blant institusjonelle investorer som søker større åpenhet fra tre av verdens største bergverk konsernene på hvordan de arbeider med klimaendringer.

“Strategisk resilience” vedtak lagt frem i dag av en koalisjon av internasjonale investorer be giants Rio Tinto, Glencore og Anglo American for mer informasjon om risikoene og forretningsmuligheter fra et klima i endring, som starter i 2017.

Vedtakene følger et lignende flytte siste året som gikk oil giants BP og Shell.

Fire av de 10 største pensjonsfondene i verden er en del av den Britisk-baserte “Sikter til En” investor koalisjon, inkludert Canada Pension Plan og dens $272.9 milliarder kroner i eiendeler.

Investorer si en ny internasjonal klima avtale meglet i Paris i desember er å sette lagt press på selskapene til å vurdere sin strategiske elastisitet i en karbon-begrenset verden.

Mark Carney, den Kanadiske guvernør av Bank of England, advarte investering og forsikring samfunn i fjor høst om potensialet for en strandet eiendeler — unburnable reserver av kull, olje og gass — på en varmer planeten begrenset av fremtidige karbon budsjetter.

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Merknad til leserne: Dette er en korrigert historie. En tidligere versjon feilaktig identifisert Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

‘Torsdag Kveld Fotball’ til luft på begge CBS og NBC


SAN FRANCISCO – “torsdag Kveld Fotball” vil luften på begge CBS og NBC neste sesong.

NFL har blitt enige om en to-års avtale med nettverk, og ligaen kunngjorde mandag. CBS hadde kringkasting spill i samarbeid med NFL Network de siste to sesongene.

En person kjent med kontrakter fortalte Associated Press avtaler er verdt $450 millioner kroner for 10 spill, fem hver på CBS og NBC. CBS betalt $300 millioner kroner for åtte kamper i 2015.

Personen snakket på betingelse av anonymitet fordi vilkårene ikke ble offentliggjort.

Den nye kontrakter for 2016 og ’17 øke antallet spill på tradisjonell kringkasting av TV-en av to. De igjen vil være å finne på NFL Network.

NFL Network vil fortsatt televise åtte spill alene, som vil omfatte sen-sesongen lørdag matchups og andre til å-være-bestemt spill.

Ligaen er også i forhandlinger med digital-selskapene i en egen streaming rettigheter avtale, som vil bli annonsert snart.

NFL lansert “torsdag Kveld Fotball” på kabelkanalen NFL Network i 2006 med åtte kamper, som vokste til 13 av 2012. I 2014, league, i samarbeid med CBS for en 16-spillet skifer — halvparten finne på CBS og NFL Network og halvparten utelukkende på NFL Network.

CBS vil kringkaste den første halvdelen av sesongen, og NBC den andre. Begge nettverkene vil bruke sin topp kringkasting lag og bidrar til produksjon av NFL Network-bare spill.



AP NFL-webområde: www.pro32.ap.org og www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

Passasjerer som er tatt av Vancouver-til-Maui WestJet fly etter dekk blåser på rullebanen


VANCOUVER – EN Maui-bundet WestJet (TSX:WJA) flight avbrutt avgang i dag i Vancouver etter fly blåste et dekk.

WestJet talskvinne Lauren Stewart sier Flight 1876 var ment til å dra på 10 am

Hun sier first responders fikk passasjerene av flyet på rullebanen før de ble tatt med tilbake til terminalen med buss.

Stewart ikke har noen informasjon om hva som forårsaket dekket for å blåse, men sier ingen skader ble rapportert.

Passasjerene ble planlagt å dra til Hawaii på et annet plan.

Hendelsen førte til en rullebanen på flyplassen for å være lukket, slik at alle ankomster og avganger ble omdirigert til en annen bane.

Stewart sier flyselskapet er å undersøke hva som skjedde.

Korn lavere, husdyr høyere


CHICAGO – Korn futures var lavere mandag på Chicago Board of Trade.

Hvete for Mars levering mistet 4 cent til $4.7525 en skjeppe; Mars kornet var .75 cent lavere på 3.7125 en skjeppe; Mars havre var nede 3.50 cent til 1.9725 en skjeppe, mens Mars soyabønner mistet 1.50 cent til $8.8075 skjeppe.

Biff høyere og svinekjøtt var høyere på Chicago Mercantile Exchange. April levende storfe var opp .42 cent til $1.3442 et pund; Mars mater storfe fått .52 cent til $1.5777 en kilo, mens April lean svin var uendret på $.7070 et pund.