The decision isn't without controversy, but city council was wise to
ban the use of marijuana in public places.
When the federal government legalizes cannabis later this summer,
Calgarians won't be able to smoke, vape or eat products made with the
substance in public spaces, unless they're a medical marijuana user.
That's led critics of the decision to complain that people who live in
multi-family dwellings may not be able to use the drug.
"It's not an insignificant group of people - 36 per cent of Calgarians
are renters," Coun. Evan Woolley said when the restriction was being
discussed by council. "And effectively, we are saying there is no
space for you to consume cannabis, and that's a problem for me."
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MONTREAL-In the rush to marijuana legalization, cities across the
country are harnessing their limited powers to delay the opening of
retail pot stores, dictate where they can operate or ban them
outright-at least temporarily.
There was uproar from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Toronto
District School Board after finding out the city's first retail
cannabis store would open just 450 metres from a school, in a strip
mall where students often eat lunch.
But it's the scenario many local politicians are fighting to
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Canada is moving closer to the legalization of recreational Cannabis
this summer. Federal legislation is awaiting Senate approval and all
the provinces have developed their implementation approach.
Governments across the country rarely agree on anything. But as we
embark on this change, they have been unanimous in agreeing that their
top policy objective is the protection of youth.
We know what the approaches and commitments have been from various
governments, so we are in a good position to know whether their
actions reflect their words. So far, the simple answer is no.
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U.S. prosecutors say their evidence against notorious Mexican drug
lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman includes killings, torture,
kidnappings, prison breaks and even an attempt to smuggle seven tons
of cocaine in cans of jalapenos.
A government memo filed Tuesday also says there's evidence that Guzman
was involved in a 1992 drug-gang shootout at a Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico, nightclub that left six people dead.
Guzman's lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, said he was reviewing the memo and
would "respond in due course."
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Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale
at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday,
Oct. 19, 2009. [Associated Press]
A haul of marijuana, weighing 13,227.74 pounds (6,000 kg) had been
stored in a warehouse in Pilar, northwest of Buenos Aries, for two
years. When a new police commissioner took over for Javier Specia, he
noticed 1,191 pounds missing from the warehouse.
Specia told a judge that the missing marijuana was eaten by mice,
according to BBC. But the judge doesn't quite believe that story.
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Hemp, which was Kentucky's biggest cash crop for a century before
tobacco, is poised for a comeback thanks to bipartisan legislation
introduced Thursday in Congress. It's about time.
Regular hemp cultivation in this country was banned in 1937. That's
when federal law enforcement officials, who feared the repeal of
Prohibition would leave them nothing to do, launched the first war on
With a lot of "reefer madness" hype, the government banned marijuana.
Also swept up in that ban was industrial hemp, a botanical cousin in
the cannabis family that looks similar to pot but can't make you high
no matter how much you smoke.
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Researchers at the University of Minnesota are getting closer to
clinical trials of a vaccine for opioid addiction.
Three studies published in the past six months show incremental
success, including one in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics that demonstrated that a vaccine could prevent oxycodone
and heroin opioid molecules from reaching the brain.
"We are getting closer," said Marco Pravetoni, the lead researcher who
has been studying a vaccine to treat addiction for 10 years.
A vaccine to confront addiction might sound unusual, but it would work
like any vaccine by stimulating the immune system to produce
antibodies. Instead of targeting influenza or poliovirus, the
antibodies would be coaxed to bind to opioid molecules and prevent
them from crossing the bloodstream barrier to the brain.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah
and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country,
further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing
in the United States.
If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states
that have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the
pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws. Nine
of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization
where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could
become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.
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Two very different things, both related to marijuana, happened in
Toronto last week. One mattered, and pointed to some of the challenges
still ahead with the legalization of marijuana later this year. The
other was the proverbial tempest in a teapot.
Allegations that workers were smoking pot on the job, forcing
Metrolinx to shut down work on a section of the $5.3-billion Crosstown
LRT project, was a serious matter.
But the uproar over the Toronto location for one of Ontario's first
government-run pot shops, which continued this week with comments from
Premier Kathleen Wynne, is way out of proportion.
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VANCOUVER - A government prohibition against mixing cannabis and
caffeine makes little sense, say some research scientists. There is
only speculation that the combination might pose a risk.
The practice, so common in the legendary pot capital of Amsterdam that
cannabis dispensaries are called "coffee shops," appears unlikely to
be coming to Canada anytime soon.
"It seems like the overriding philosophy for a lot of this is: ban
anything that might be a concern," said M-J Milloy, research scientist
with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use. "Then it's easier to un-ban
rather than trying to do it the other way around."
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On the eve of 4/20, CBC is hosting a panel to give kids and parents
the information they need before anyone tokes up.
Titled 4/19, the free evening event at Vancouver Technical secondary
hosted by CBC's Gloria Macarenko is aimed at informing teenagers and
their parents about the medical, social and legal impacts of cannabis
use for youth, with legalization in sight.
Experts range from youth workers and police officers to lawyers and
scientists, covering all aspects of this hazy issue.
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VANCOUVER - Vancouver city councillors agreed the city's approach to
harm reduction may appears extreme to those who haven't experienced
the overdose crisis' impacts first-hand.
But Coun. Hector Bremner told StarMetro he thinks those skeptical of
harm reduction simply haven't had an opportunity to learn how it
"The average person going about their day to day life, worrying about
their family and putting food on their table is not necessarily deeply
involved in these issues," Bremner said. "And so they go with what
they feel, or what they know, or what's the societal norm.
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"The 4/20 marijuana event will take place again this year in Sunset
Beach Park, against the wishes of the elected park board
commissioners. The board continues to have significant concerns about
the event's impact on residents, the park and facilities that serve
"The park board does not believe this event is an appropriate use of
park space because it violates our no smoking by-laws and has negative
consequences for park users and infrastructure. The Board has declined
to give organizers a permit as the event does not meet our criteria
for issuing a special event permit.
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A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing
recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based,
Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that
it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her.
The "Sex and the City" star posted a 90-second video on YouTube in
which she stated that it's time New York joined eight other states and
the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me,
it comes down to this: we have to stop putting people of color in jail
for something that white people do with impunity," Nixon said.
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The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states
to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing,
handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the
safety net program.
The proposal under review would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly
to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for
some specialized jobs, according to an administration official briefed
on the plan. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to
discuss internal deliberations, said roughly 5 percent of participants
in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could be affected.
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TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida circuit court judge has ruled that a Tampa
man has the right to grow his own medical marijuana.
Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said on Wednesday that Joseph Redner
is entitled under state law to grow and use marijuana for juicing. The
77-year old Redner is in remission for lung cancer and is one of more
than 95,000 state residents who is registered as a medical marijuana
The ruling applies only to Redner but could open the door for others
who have said the state should allow whole-plant use.
The state's Department of Health immediately filed an appeal after the
ruling. Gievers also said in her ruling that the state continues to be
non-compliant in the implementation of Amendment 2. The amendment,
which passed in 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Florida.
SARASOTA COUNTY -- More medical marijuana is coming to the county
after the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday approved the second
dispensary application in two days.
The County Commission voted 4-1 to allow Sarasota-based AltMed to open
a medical marijuana dispensary at 5077 Fruitville Road in the Cobia
Bay shopping plaza -- making it the second approved dispensary in
unincorporated county. Commissioner Mike Moran, who has concerns
medical dispensaries could be the gateway to legalizing recreational
marijuana in the state, cast the dissenting vote.
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Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers has ruled that Tampa strip
club owner Joe Redner has the right to grow his own marijuana.
The ruling, released Wednesday morning, applies only to Redner,
The Florida Department of Health had said Floridians are barred under
state rules from growing cannabis for their personal use, including
those who are legally registered as medical marijuana patients.
But Redner and other critics across the state say the health
department continues to create barriers for more than 95,000
registered patients in Florida that could benefit from marijuana.
Redner is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor and a registered medical
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Former GOP House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime opponent of
marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells
cannabis, he announced Wednesday.
He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings,
which operates in 11 states, Boehner said in a statement.
Acreage Holdings was formerly known as High Street Capital Partners.
The company is a financial backer of Prime Wellness, which owns a
permit to cultivate medical marijuana in South Heidelberg near Reading.
"I have concluded descheduling the drug is needed so that we can do
research and allow [the Department of Veterans Affairs] to offer it as
a treatment option in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is
ravaging our communities," Boehner said.
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By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his
marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him
incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room
dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety medications and
antidepressants, endured an upper endoscopy procedure and two
colonoscopies, seen a psychiatrist and had his appendix and
The only way to get relief for the nausea and pain was to take a hot
He often stayed in the shower for hours at a time. When the hot water
ran out, "the pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing my
stomach out like a washcloth," said Hodorowski, 28, a production and
shipping assistant who lives outside Chicago.
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CALIFORNIA SLOW TO ACCEPT PROP. 64
Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it probably isn't
legal to buy in your city. Fewer than one in three cities in
California have approved any kind of cannabis industry, and only a
sliver of cities allow recreational pot shops. The Southern California
News Group has tracked the rules for every city and county in
California, to show the patchwork of rules governing a product that
became street legal four months ago. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
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In the first two months of cannabis legalization, consumers bought an
estimated $339 million worth of marijuana products from retailers in
California, 50 percent less than state projections, according to a
leading analytics firm.
The state has estimated that retail cannabis sales for the year would
be $3.4 billion, or $570 million every two months.
BDS Analytics of Boulder, Colorado, provided the firm's data to The
Bee. Greg Shoenfeld, vice president for operations, said the company
collects sales data from dispensaries and uses statistical modeling to
project statewide sales. BDS Analytics also collects and analyzes such
data in the three other states with recreational marijuana: Oregon,
Washington and Colorado.
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More than 100 people in five states, including Missouri, have been
treated in the past month for "serious unexplained bleeding" believed
to be linked to inhaling fake marijuana laced with rat poison,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Illinois alone has reported 107 cases, and three people have died, the
state's Department of Public Health said Monday. People have been
hospitalized for coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody
nose and bleeding gums.
Elsewhere, two people have been hospitalized in Indiana, one in
Maryland, one in Wisconsin and one in Missouri.
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Severe bleeding linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoids has
resulted in at least two deaths and injury to nearly 90 others,
according to state health officials.
Illinois legislators approved an amendment to the state's controlled
substances act last spring in an attempt to curb the sale and use of
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law a few months later.
Less than a year after that, an outbreak of severe bleeding and at
least two deaths are being linked to the ingestion of these materials,
many of which are found for sale at tobacco shops, convenience stores
and other retail sites throughout the state.
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State health officials issued a public warning Friday about a severe
bleeding outbreak in the Midwest that has been linked to synthetic
marijuana contaminated with a rat poison ingredient.
No cases have been reported in Ohio as of Friday.
A total of 94 people have exhibited symptoms in the past month in
Most were in Illinois, which has reported 89 cases, including two
deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases also have been reported in Missouri, Wisconsin and Maryland, and
there is a suspected case in Pennsylvania.
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As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in
annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana
programs and passing adult-use laws.
But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis
brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles.
Online platforms with prime advertising space like Facebook and Google
do not allow drug, or drug-related promotions on their sites, leaving
a large share of marijuana advertising to blogs and podcasts,
newsletters and print media. And while experts say Facebook and Google
- -- which control the lion's share of digital advertising in the
country -- are unlikely to change their policies until pot is
legalized at the federal level, and television and radio come with
their own sets of rules, industry members are left to navigate a
complex web of state-by-state regulations.
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Since last month's release of revised regulations for adult
recreational marijuana use, municipalities are heading to town
meetings this spring to decide whether to ban or allow marijuana
establishments and ways to regulate them.
Shrewsbury, Sutton, Grafton, Northboro, Northbridge and Douglas are
among the Central Massachusetts communities that will deal with
marijuana issues at town meetings in April and May. Northboro may be
the only community that has an article that seeks to ban not only
recreational marijuana, but also medical marijuana
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CINCINNATI -- Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a
change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide
Known as an avid cigarette smoker, the Ohio Republican has joined the
advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a multistate cannabis company. The
company also announced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has
joined its advisory board.
Boehner says in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposition
to legalizing marijuana. He says he believes legalizing marijuana can
be helpful to the nation's veterans and as a way to help fight the
U.S. opioid drug crisis. He wants to see federally funded research
done and to allow Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a treatment
Boehner also says the move would curtail federal-state conflict on
The state medical examiner's office, which has been stretched by the
opioid overdose epidemic, let some compliance issues slip in recent
years, potentially costing the state extra money, according to a
routine review by state auditors.
The audit, spanning three and a half years and ending in September,
found that the office didn't not follow required competitive bidding
processes in purchasing some medical supplies, wasn't properly
monitoring mileage charged by vendors to transport bodies and was not
properly restricting employee access to the office's payment system.
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"By the time I was 17, 18," Nelson Abbott said, "I graduated to
He tried to stop many times, both by going cold-turkey and tapering
off the drugs, but he hated the withdrawal pains and he wasn't really
ready to quit. Therapy didn't work out, either. But then his best
friend overdosed and died. When Abbott's parents checked him into the
Caron Treatment Center in Berks County, he didn't fight.
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Books, CDs, tennis balls, and a box of candy are just some of the
places in which drugs, drug paraphernalia, and sexually-explicit
photographs are hidden in this scene.
A permanent marker, a hair brush, a tennis ball, a decorative wooden
plaque bearing the word "faith." All are seemingly innocuous items in
a teenage girl's bedroom.
But each was hiding a secret during the "Hidden in Plain Sight"
training offered by Lucas County Children Services and the Drug Abuse
Response Team of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office. Dozens of
attendees, most of them employees with children services, rifled
through the simulated bedroom Tuesday to search for more than 50
hidden items indicative of risky behavior like drug use and sexual
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Anne Armstrong, 58, knows exactly how many joints
she has smoked at Providence's Roger Williams National Memorial --
153, all rolled with "kosher" marijuana harvested in the backyard of
her West Greenwich home.
As "deaconess" to The Healing Church, a cannabis-centered Catholic
sect that boasts about a dozen members, Armstrong believes smoking in
the park is a religious obligation, the equivalent to a sip of wine at
Anointing members with hashish-infused oil and blowing a shofar so it
billows marijuana smoke are, likewise, ceremonial duties. (It should
be noted that Armstrong refuses to use the word marijuana, which she
calls racist slang. She prefers to refer to the plant as cannabis,
spice, or hemp.)
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On Monday, the finance, revenue and bonding committee became the
fourth panel to hold a public hearing on recreational marijuana this
legislative session. This time, on a bill that focuses on the taxation
of marijuana and marijuana products sold in the state should they be
The bill, H.B. 5582, would allow Connecticut to tax marijuana and
marijuana products on and after the date marijuana is legalized,
though this year legalization is unlikely as one key committee has
already rejected the measure and another will not be voting on the
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As one of the first lawyers in Pennsylvania to venture into the legal
world of medical marijuana and hemp, I have had the pleasure to work
and assist with the development of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana
program. I could not be happier to see these dispensaries opening and
helping the sick get relief.
However, a problem has developed that will make it very difficult for
many of the patients who most need the medicine to receive it.
The problem stems from the law's requirement that a medical marijuana
dispensary cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school or day-care
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At the height of a heroin epidemic in Vancouver, British Columbia,
Inspector Bill Spearn -- then a rookie cop -- was assigned to a beat
in the heart of the crisis.
It was 1996, and though he had been responding to overdose after
overdose in Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's poorest postal codes,
Spearn wanted no part of the harm-reduction measures the city was
considering to save the lives of people in addiction.
A safe injection site, where drugs could be used under medical
supervision, was out of the question: "I thought it would be a big
magnet," he told a crowd at Temple University Medical School on Monday
night. "I thought it would empower people to use drugs." A few years
later, with the debate still raging, he left the neighborhood for
another position in the police department.
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SALEM -- Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict
commercial marijuana growing are suing the state in federal court,
asserting that while pot is legal in Oregon it remains illegal under
federal law, which has supremacy.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Medford,
escalates a battle between the Josephine County Board of Commissioners
and the state over regulating marijuana grows in rural residential
The county had tried to ban commercial pot farming on parcels of 5
acres or less, but the state Land Use Board of Appeals ruled last
month on the side of the growers, and put the restrictions on hold.
Now, the county officials are saying the state can't do that because
marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Studies show controlled drug use can reduce consumption of street
As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent
studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable
options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing
long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.
An analysis of opioid prescriptions in the U.S.published on Monday by
the American Medical Association showed a significant decrease in
opioid prescriptions in states that have adopted some sort of cannabis
legislation. Using data from 2010 to 2015, the analysis counted 3.7
million fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed in states that allow
weed dispensaries, while states that allow only home cultivation saw a
decrease of 1.8 million daily prescribed doses.
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A Louisiana House committee voted Thursday (April 5) in favor of a
proposal to expand the use of medical marijuana to treat people with
chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and glaucoma. The bill
cleared committee with an 8-4 vote.
HB 579, sponsored by Rep. Edward James, D-Baton Rouge, met some debate
before the vote. Opponents questioned whether there was enough medical
research establishing medical marijuana as an effective treatment for
people with chronic medical conditions.
A 2016 law allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat certain
conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy
and epilepsy. James' bill would add glaucoma, severe muscle spasms,
intractable pain and PTSD to the list.
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Former U.S. attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles is calling for a
public referendum on medical marijuana.
Nettles heads Palmetto Medical Cannabis LLC, a group advocating for
the legalization of medical cannabis in South Carolina.
"I think it is important that our state Democratic and Republican
parties allow primary voters to be heard on the important issue of
legalization of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients in our
state," he said.
Nettles cited polling data showing 78 percent of South Carolinians
support the legalized use of marijuana.
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A marijuana advocate who invited hundreds of people to his pot-smoking
party at a Philadelphia warehouse has been fined, ordered to perform
community service and sentenced to four years' probation.
Philly.com reports that Richard Tamaccio Jr. was sentenced Wednesday
after pleading guilty in January to felony drug charges. His lawyer
described him as a "true crusader" for marijuana legalization.
Prosecutors say Tamaccio was charged for facilitating the sale of
marijuana at the party last April and for possessing about nine pounds
of marijuana plants and products at his home.
The city in 2014 made possession of small amounts of the drug
punishable only by a citation and a fine, but marijuana sales weren't
Twenty-one other people were also arrested at the party.
More than half the charges laid against London marijuana dispensary
staffers and operators swept up in a series of raids on the illegal
businesses in the past two years have been withdrawn, court records
examined by The Free Press show.
London police have launched seven raids in three separate crackdowns
on city pot shops since August 2016, resulting in 49 charges against
But court records show 25 of those charges - mostly for possession for
the purposes of trafficking - were later withdrawn and resolved
through peace bonds, a non-plea order requiring the person to be on
good behaviour for a set period of time.
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Veterinarian Katherine Kramer remembers an 18-year-old cat she
recommended be put on hemp-based cannabidoil (CBD).
"It had heart disease and pancreatitis so painful the traditional
amount of pain medication knocked him out and he had no quality of
life," says Kramer, a veterinarian at Vancouver Animal Wellness
Clinic. "So, I contacted the [medicinal marijuana] Compassion Club."
Kramer says with not much to lose, the owner agreed to work together
and very soon the cat was eating and playing again.
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In just the first day of accepting preliminary applications, the
Cannabis Control Commission said 23 companies and entrepreneurs had
submitted requests for expedited licensing, and another 167 were in
the process after the agency launched its online licensing system Monday.
"Yesterday was a seminal day in the thus-far-brief history of the
commission," said Steve Hoffman, the agency's chairman. "There were
probably a large number of people that didn't think we'd be ready on
April 2 to start accepting applications," but the agency's regulations
were in place on time last month and its system worked smoothly, he
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One of only three marijuana testing labs in Alaska has shut down,
leaving the state's cannabis growers with only two options for
Steep Hill Alaska, of Anchorage, declared in an Instagram post
Thursday that the lab is "suspending cannabis testing operations on
March 31," the Juneau Empire reported .
The lab said it has to relocate after "Wells Fargo called in the loan
on our building." The bank will foreclose on the space if the lab does
not move out, according to the post.
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On Monday at noon, decades of debate all come down to this: a click of
a computer mouse by a state technology contractor.
With that, the Massachusetts state government's system for legal pot
use will blink to life, and businesses can begin applying for licenses
to grow, process, and sell cannabis to adults 21 and older.
The behind-the-scenes milestone will not have an immediate impact on
consumers. But it does mark the beginning of a process that regulators
expect will lead to the debut of recreational pot sales in July.
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After battling Lyme disease and other ailments for nearly 20 years,
Bridgitte Pascale tried "almost everything" to alleviate her pain
without relying on opioids.
Though doctors prescribed Percocet and muscle relaxers, she turned to
acupuncture and later medical marijuana, which she says are the "only
things that help" with the chronic aches and pains she manages daily.
Such alternative treatments are emerging as safe havens for some
patients concerned about the dangers of painkillers. But while many
swear by the benefit, health insurance generally doesn't cover them.
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Three months after recreational marijuana went on sale in California,
San Diego retailers say business has been brisk and the customer base
diverse, including older people who use a private shuttle bus to reach
"There's been a change in the culture," said Will Senn, who operates
two Urbn Leaf marijuana stores in San Diego and is about to open a
"Cannabis is becoming more accepted. Now that adult-use marijuana is
legal, people are giving it a try. The average age of our customers
has gone from about 40 to about 50."
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When Justin Trudeau promised to legalize the use of recreational
marijuana, he no doubt felt it would be one of his easiest and most
rewarding tasks as Canada's new and uber-cool prime minister. He vowed
to make it a priority and change the laws within two years.
Fast-forward to last month, almost 2 1/2 years later, and Bill C-45,
to legalize cannabis, faced an unexpected pushback from a Senate that
threatened to send it packing. Trudeau took this chance to warn his
supposedly independent senators that their job description didn't call
for them to defeat bills proposed by the very government that had
bestowed upon them their most honourable appointments.
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In a lowlit room at Joy's Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is
smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio's face. The mask,
she says, is infused with chamomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one
ingredient that she still has to explain to her clients: CBD.
An aesthetician, Franklin started working with an Oregon chemist last
year to make CBD products for the skin, believing that a little of it
swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age.
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This April, the federal Liberals will consider a policy resolution
that could result in the decriminalization of low-level drug
possession across Canada - something that people who use drugs,
medical professionals, and increasingly, members of government have
been pushing for.
For Conservatives and other prohibitionists, decriminalization has
been fiercely contested on the presumption that it makes a radical
'Wild West' of the drug market. They argue that a tough-on-crime
agenda is the only answer to an opioid crisis that has killed
thousands - but fail to acknowledge that under absolute prohibition we
relinquish control over every echelon of the drug chain to a black
market that no amount of law enforcement will get under control.
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