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1 CN ON: Pot Stores Sprout Up In DowntownThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Liberal, The (CN ON) Author:Zarzour, Kim Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:11/28/2015

Two new businesses in downtown Richmond Hill could soon be up in smoke.

York Regional Police are investigating recently opened storefronts on Yonge Street that appear to be dispensing medical marijuana.

What started out as one store - with a street sign "Cannibliss" - has sprouted into two, both targeting the growing demand for marijuana.

Local Councillor Tom Muench said the store owners report business is booming.

"They've tripled in size in the last few weeks; they're growing exponentially."

Not so fast, York police say.

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2 CN ON: Changing Course On PotFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Metro (Toronto, CN ON) Author:Simcoe, Luke Area:Ontario Lines:62 Added:11/28/2015

Restaurant Industry Happy With Province's Policy U-Turn

Many in Toronto's restaurant industry are exhaling a sigh of relief after the province announced plans to revisit its stance on public medical marijuana use.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said Wednesday medical marijuana users would be free to light up or vaporize in areas where smoking is prohibited, ranging from offices to restaurants and parks. However, 24 hours later, the province reversed course.

"We've heard about the concerns around this regulation and we're going to take this feedback and see if this regulation is the best way to move forward," Damerla said Thursday.

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3 CN ON: Marijuana in Womb Gave Babies Eagle Eyes: UW ProfFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Thompson, Catherine Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:11/28/2015

WATERLOO - Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb showed a significant improvement in their ability as preschoolers to track moving objects, according to new research by a professor at the University of Waterloo's school of optometry.

"The effect of the marijuana was a surprise," said Ben Thompson.

But he warned that the results don't mean people should smoke marijuana while pregnant in the hopes of producing babies with improved vision.

Other studies show drug use during pregnancy can lead to a higher incidence of other types of eye problems.

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4 US: GOP Tack On Heroin Crisis Underlines Racial DivideSat, 28 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Phillip, Abby Area:United States Lines:190 Added:11/28/2015

Candidates View 'White' Epidemic As Health Issue, Less So for Pot and Crack

More than 40 years after Republican President Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase "war on drugs," many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerate them.

The Republicans are selective, however, about who is deserving of their compassion.

Several GOP presidential contenders have advocated treating the nation's growing heroin epidemic as a health crisis, not a criminal one. But most stop short of advocating the same approach to other drug laws, notably those involving marijuana and crack cocaine, which disproportionately affect African Americans.

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5 CN ON: Medical Marijuana Law To Be RevisedFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:83 Added:11/28/2015

Policy Allowing Smoking and Vaping in Public Sparks Second-Hand Smoke Concerns

Ontario's plan to allow vaping and smoking of medical marijuana anywhere, any time is going back to the drawing board after a public backlash suggested it was one toke over the line.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla quickly reversed course Thursday over concerns about exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke in restaurants, theatres, offices and other public spaces where tobacco smoking is banned.

"We will consider this feedback, look at it very carefully and see what we need to do," she told reporters. "It's too early to say whether this was a failure or not. It's important that governments be responsive."

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6US AK: Marijuana Club Opens in Fairbanks, and the Owners SaySat, 28 Nov 2015
Source:Alaska Dispatch News (AK)          Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:11/28/2015

FAIRBANKS (AP) - A marijuana club that allows consumption but not sales quietly opened this week in Fairbanks, and its owners say they are operating within state law.

Coffee and doughnuts were out for customers at The Higher Calling Club, which opened Monday in a remodeled former wine bar downtown, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Patrons could sit on overstuffed couches or use a foosball table.

"We're going to have the whole cafe feel to it is what we're looking for," said Marcus Mooers, who owns the business with his wife, Megan. "As you can see, we're trying really hard not to just run some kind of stoner slum house."

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7 CN ON: Cops Warn Of Dangerous DrugFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Niagara Falls Review, The (CN ON) Author:Ricciuto, Tony Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:11/28/2015

Shatter Six Times Stronger Than the Average Marijuana Dose

A new street drug called shatter has surfaced in Niagara.

Police Chief Jeff McGuire wants the public to know it can be dangerous when manufactured because one of the solvents used is butane.

"It's fairly new here. It's just another process where somebody has developed a method of dragging out the THC, which is one of the main active ingredients in marijuana and hashish, and making it into a more powerful drug for use," McGuire said.

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8 CN NF: Wasted AwayThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Auld, Allison Area:Newfoundland Lines:90 Added:11/28/2015

Family, Friends Hope Death of Ron Hynes Draws Attention to Drug Addiction

The death of one of Newfoundland's most beloved musicians should serve as a wake-up call to the worsening scourge of drug addiction in the province, say friends and family members who watched the artist struggle for years with the disease.

Ron Hynes died at age 64 last week in St. John's following a return of cancer that was first diagnosed in 2012 and which recently spread to his lung and hip.

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9 CN ON: Editorial: Getting It WrongFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:11/28/2015

The Ontario Government Was Wise to Quickly Reverse Its Policy on Medical Marijuana

One can only wonder what Ontario's associate health minister, Dipika Damerla, was thinking when she introduced regulations this week that would have allowed medical marijuana users to smoke or "vape" cannabis any time, anywhere.

Thankfully, it took her only one day to reverse direction and dump - for now - an addled rule that would have exempted medical pot users from the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

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10 US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be ExpandedFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:82 Added:11/27/2015

A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time.

It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. JOHN BERRY - REGISTER CITIZEN FILE PHOTO Naloxone hydrochloride, known by the name-brand Narcan, in a medical kit on a Campion Ambulance in Torrington.

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11 US CA: LTE: Prop. 47 Successful?Fri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Edwards, Lloyd Area:California Lines:40 Added:11/27/2015

If you claim success is reducing the jail population that is correct. We have long known that most crimes are drug related. Endangering lives by robbing people and stores at gunpoint, breaking into your home or car and taking your precious items to be sold for pennies on the dollar to finance their drug habit, all manner of violence with drug dealers on the streets, sex crimes like prostitution and credit card fraud, identity theft and gang violence are all related to drugs.

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12 US MA: OPED: Baker's Opioid Plan Gets It Only Half RightFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Foreman, Judy Area:Massachusetts Lines:86 Added:11/27/2015

Governor Baker's plan to increase opioid education, which he announced on Nov. 9 with the deans of the state's four medical schools, gets it only half right.

It's wonderful to teach future doctors how to prescribe opioids safely to reduce abuse and addiction. But the United States is actually caught in the middle of two colliding epidemics, not just one: the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse, and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain, which affects 100 million American adults, according to the Institute of Medicine.

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13 US CO: LTE: Irony Of Pesticide-Free PotFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Gustafson, Amy Area:Colorado Lines:33 Added:11/27/2015

Is anyone else laughing at the irony of protecting pot consumers from the harmful effects of marijuana grown with pesticides?

Larisa Bolivar of the Cannabis Consumers Coalition chides the government and businesses for not doing a better job of reaching out to customers to alert them of the recalled pot. "This is public safety. We need to be looking out for consumers' best interests." Ha, ha, that's actually funny.

Wonder if they've read the research showing how pot use cripples brain development and function? Pesticides should really be the least of their concerns.

Amy Gustafson,



14 US CT: Editorial: Use Of Narcan Should Be ExpandedFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Register Citizen (CT)          Area:Connecticut Lines:80 Added:11/27/2015

A new tool in the war against drugs may turn out to be one of the most effective because it saves lives in the nick of time.

It's called naloxone hydrochloride - commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan - a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. No longer is it just illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are being abused, but also opioids that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.

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15 US OH: New Plans For Legal Pot Sprouting Like WeedsFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:101 Added:11/27/2015

The big crowd at Donald Trump's presidential campaign rally in Columbus this week was dotted with people carrying clipboards with green marijuana leaves on the back, quietly collecting signatures for pot legalization.

Ohio will ring in the New Year with a crop of renewed pot proposals, including two potential constitutional amendments and state medical-marijuana legislation.

All of this is on tap during a heated presidential campaign year.

The group gathering signatures at the Trump rally was LegalizeOhio, the name used by Ohioans to End Prohibition, which proposes legalizing marijuana and hemp, a plant from the same family that's used to produce oil, fiber and other products.

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16 US VA: Va. Pot Arrests Defy TrendFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Jackman, Tom Area:Virginia Lines:123 Added:11/27/2015

Cases Rose 76% Over 11-Year Study

Blacks Accused Three Times More Than Whites

While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: With sharply rising arrest totals for the possession of pot and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the Commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI.

Although marijuana arrests dropped 6.5 percent nationwide between 2003 and 2014, possession arrests in Virginia increased by 76 percent during that period, according to research by the Drug Policy Alliance in New York. And arrests of black people in Virginia for marijuana increased by 106 percent from 2003 to 2013, accounting for 47 percent of the state's arrests even though Virginia's population is only 20 percent black. The statistics were compiled by Jon Gettman, a public policy professor at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and follow his national marijuana arrest analysis for the American Civil Liberties Union in 2013. That study showed that nationwide, black people were 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than whites for marijuana and that 88 percent of the country's arrests were for marijuana possession.

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17 US CT: Prosecution Of Marijuana Cases RareFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Register Citizen (CT) Author:Bisaro, Anna Area:Connecticut Lines:139 Added:11/27/2015

Culture Change Seen As Authorities Target Big Hauls, Weapons

NEW HAVEN - A West Haven man charged with conspiring in a marijuana trafficking scheme in New Haven will stand trial in federal court in December.

Jesse Wrubel was charged by a federal grand jury in February 2014 for being involved in a marijuana trafficking scheme involving 60 pounds of marijuana and three stolen firearms. His co-defendant, Matthew Voloshin, has elected to plead guilty and awaits sentencing. The two have been detained since Feb. 7, 2014.

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18Canada: Cannabis Eyed To Lessen Opioid AddictionsThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Blackwell, Tom Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2015

Research Project: Limited Study Finds It's Safer, Fewer Side Effects

The routine back operation Bob Deslauriers had in 1987 was supposed to fix damage wrought by a rugby-playing youth. Two decades after the fact, it nearly killed him.

The 58-year-old unknowingly received a tainted blood transfusion during the surgery, and 18 years later discovered the resulting hepatitis C infection had virtually destroyed his liver.

A transplant last year saved Deslauriers' life, but by the time he left hospital, the engineer and former corporate CEO had another problem: He was on so much opioid painkiller, he could do little but blankly stare at the TV.

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19 US CA: PUB LTE: The (Drug) Laws of Supply and DemandFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Harris, Tom Area:California Lines:30 Added:11/27/2015

Re: "Beat officers: Prop. 47 boosts crime" [Front page, Nov. 21]: I was not surprised to see David Whiting speak against Prop. 47. However, he fails to acknowledge that our "war on drugs" increases crime rates by turning thousands of law-abiding people into felons. Anybody can go to prison by possessing certain drugs for personal use, or possessing them without a prescription. Economics 101 teaches us that when supply goes down, the price goes up. Our strict drug laws mean huge profits for those willing to produce or distribute drugs. And the users must come up with lots of money to buy them. Crime and money always go hand in hand!

If Mr. Whiting really wants to see a decrease in crime, he would stop advocating more drug regulations and start asking for less.

Tom Harris



20 CN AB: Cops Make Arrest In Drug War Drive-ByWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Logan, Shawn Area:Alberta Lines:68 Added:11/27/2015

Suspect caught trying to board plane Faces seven firearms charges and escaping custody Freed by courts before investigators finished their shift

Wanted for a brazen drive-by shooting this summer, cops collared the suspected gunman moments before he boarded a plane at Calgary's airport over the weekend.

Undercover officers backed by uniformed police made the arrest around 5 p.m. Saturday, converging on the man as he went through the Air Canada baggage check on his way to an unknown destination.

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21 CN BC: Council Approves Dispensary Licencing RulesThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Alberni Valley News (CN BC) Author:Slepian, Katya Area:British Columbia Lines:114 Added:11/27/2015

A torn city council approved a set of medical marijuana dispensary regulations that will keep such businesses away from schools and residential areas, but still allow them in the city.

A report from city planner Scott Smith outlined amendments to the zoning bylaw to keep the dispensaries in commercial and business zones only, keeping them away from schools and residential areas.

"As we're all aware, under the current law it is illegal to sell marijuana as a storefront operation," said Smith.

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22CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Hope Regulation Can Avoid ClosuresThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Bellaart, Darrell Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2015

Local cannabis dispensary operators feel they've made headway in the push for regulation similar to that seen in Vancouver and Victoria.

Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries president Jamie Shaw appeared at before Nanaimo city council's committee of the whole meeting this week with a pitch for municipal control of medical pot dispensaries.

Council heard her out, and while no motions were passed on the subject, dispensary operators were pleased by the discussion Shaw's appearance generated.

"I think any dialogue is a step in the right direction," said Matt Henstock, community advocate with Phoenix Pain Management.

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23 CN BC: Twelve Needles Found In ParkThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:91 Added:11/27/2015

CITY STAFF concerned for children's safety at Maffeo Sutton Park

Twelve drug needles found dumped in Maffeo Sutton Park children's playground this fall was a shock to city horticulturalist Margaret Mills, who says it's a rare find and "very upsetting."

But it's nothing new for the downtown community, which is grappling with an uptick in discarded drug paraphernalia.

A parent alerted Mills, who maintains the waterfront park, on Oct. 20 that there were 12 needles left in the children's playground. Six were still in a package, while the other half were used.

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24 CN BC: No Enforcement Yet At Pot ShopsThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:11/27/2015

Dispensaries Hope They'll Get a Reprieve

Police have taken no enforcement action against medical marijuana dispensaries since the deadline for storefronts to shut down passed last week, giving the Nanaimo Cannabis Coalition hope it's won a cooling-off period.

But the Nanaimo RCMP never said enforcement would come on day eight or nine, says Supt. Mark Fisher.

Ten medical marijuana dispensaries were given a seven-day deadline from the Nanaimo RCMP on Nov. 12 to shut down or face potential enforcement, including arrests of employees and patrons on site.

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25 US NM: Jail Officer Arrested For Drug SmugglingFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Albuquerque Journal (NM)          Area:New Mexico Lines:30 Added:11/27/2015

A Santa Fe County jail corrections officer was arrested for bringing drugs into the jail to sell to an inmate, and the drugs were allegedly provided by the inmate's wife.

Brandon Valdez, 19, was booked into the jail he worked at on Nov. 19 and charged with distributing a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a place of imprisonment after a routine search of four guards resulted in 20 suboxone strips, 10 Xanax pills, two unidentified pills and a small amount of marijuana found on Valdez.

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26 CN ON: Medical Pot Users Given Ok To Use Drug AnywhereThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:129 Added:11/27/2015

Businesses Will Be Able to Bar Use of Drug If Concerned About Effect on Other Clients

Ontario is giving the green light to smoking or vaping medical marijuana anywhere, anytime - from booze-free restaurants to stores, movie theatres, at work or in cars with children.

New regulations exempt medicinal pot users from a ban on using e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas and medical marijuana is not covered by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which places strict limits on puffing tobacco in public places.

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27 Canada: PUB LTE: The Pot Market Is BlackThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Reid, Tim Area:Canada Lines:38 Added:11/27/2015

Re: "Sunshine secret weapon for era of legalization," Peter Koven, Nov. 7

Mr. Koven states that if Prime Minister Trudeau "keeps his pledge to legalize recreational marijuana, he's likely to turn a tiny commercial pot market into a much larger one". This is not correct. It is not a "tiny" commercial market in Canada today.

To the contrary. It is a relatively "massive" market in Canada according to The United Nations Children Fund.

Prime Minister Trudeau has repeatedly stated that marijuana is especially dangerous for young people because "their minds are still growing and developing and if it is heavily used during their teen years, their brain functions can be harmed".

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28 US CA: Even Now, Dave's Not HereFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Glionna, John M. Area:California Lines:153 Added:11/27/2015

Tommy Chong Looks Back on the Early Bit and All the Pot He Smoked

LAS VEGAS - Dave's not here.

For more than a generation, for both the young and the not-so-young anymore, those three words have become synonymous with a state of chemically induced confusion.

They're the brainchild of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong, the up-in-smoke comedy duo who in the 1970s first captured the spacey hilarity and wild wonderment of being high on pot, stoned to the bejesus.

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29 US CA: Cashing In On Pot Gold RushFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Abcarian, Robin Area:California Lines:121 Added:11/27/2015

Entrepreneurs Gather in San Francisco to Show Off Their Marijuana Products and Make Sales.

SAN FRANCISCO - Robert Gaither is a 39-yearold former salesman, a teddy bear of a guy with a full brown beard that makes him look a little like a mountain man. He does in fact live in the mountains - Lake Arrowhead, to be exact - but right now he is standing in an exhibit space at a downtown San Francisco hotel, showing off his wares at a conference exploring the intersection of cannabis, tech, media and finance.

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30 Australia: War on Drugs Hurts Those at Risk: ExpertsThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Corderoy, Amy Area:Australia Lines:89 Added:11/27/2015

Australia No Longer in the Lead

Australia is caught in an irrational, unwinnable war against drugs that is just a "war against its own children", health and legal experts say.

A new group run or supported by some of Australia's top drug experts, Harm Reduction Australia, will argue more needs to be done to support harm minimisation - including the decriminalisation or even legalisation of some drugs.

Australia uses only about 2 per cent of its drug spending on harm reduction activities, compared with 66 per cent (about $1.1 billion) on law enforcement. Australians spend more than $7 billion a year buying illicit drugs.

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31 Australia: OPED: The War on Drugs Is a War Against Our OwnThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Vumbaca, Gino Area:Australia Lines:106 Added:11/27/2015

Turn the subject to drug use and suddenly it's a war with far too many people fearful of being branded as soft on drugs.

Imagine sitting in your home with friends, some are having a glass of wine and some are smoking a cigarette on the balcony after a calorie-laden dinner. A loud bang and yelling at the door silences everyone as the reality hits that you are about to be arrested and charged for drinking, smoking and unhealthy eating.

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32 US NH: Hassan: More Die From Drug Overdoses Than Car CrashesWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Concord Monitor (NH) Author:Ramer, Holly Area:New Hampshire Lines:67 Added:11/27/2015

Drug overdoses have become the second most common cause of death in New Hampshire and could move into the top spot soon, Gov. Maggie Hassan told lawmakers Tuesday as they began tackling the state's substance abuse crisis.

Hassan was the first speaker to address a task force that will spend the next six weeks studying the issue and developing bills the Legislature will consider when its new session starts in January. She urged members to consider several proposals, include strengthening the state's prescription monitoring program, reducing the over-prescription of powerful pain medication, providing additional support to law enforcement, and streamlining access to substance abuse treatment and recovery services.

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33CN ON: As Prospects Brighten For Drug Injection Site, Prepare ForWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Egan, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/27/2015

Remember the snarky debate about a safe drug-injection site in Ottawa?

Well, because it's 2015, because of sunny ways, because a new, shaggy-haired sheriff 's in town, expect to hear more sound and fury on the issue, and real soon.

It was the one topic that spontaneously drew applause at the 12th annual community forum sponsored by the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa on Tuesday at the RA Centre.

While the Conservative government of Stephen Harper hated the idea and wanted to shut Canada's only such site in Vancouver, the Liberals are more welcoming.

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34 CN ON: Medical Pot Users OK To Vaporize AnywhereThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Guelph Mercury (CN ON) Author:Jones, Allison Area:Ontario Lines:55 Added:11/27/2015

TORONTO - Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province.

The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said under the exemption for medical marijuana users, employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises.

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35 CN ON: Medical Weed Users Exempt From Vape LawThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:38 Added:11/27/2015

Medical marijuana users will be exempt from a Jan. 1 law that will ban the use of e-cigarettes anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited.

Ontario Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said those who have been authorized to use pot for treatment of a health condition will be allowed to vape in places that normally do not allow smoking.

"The medical marijuana exemption is obviously very limited - it's for people who have a doctor's prescription," Damerla said Wednesday. "But equally important to understand that as an employer or a restaurant owner, you can say that there's no vaping, smoking medical marijuana here."

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36 CN ON: More Smoking Bans Likely On The WayThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Willing, Jon Area:Ontario Lines:28 Added:11/27/2015

Council has endorsed Ottawa Public Health researching a ban on water pipes and other non-tobacco smoking in workplaces.

The request will go to the health board for consideration, but it's almost certain the health unit will look into increased anti-smoking measures, which would affect hookah and marijuana lounges.

A ban on e-cigarettes in workplaces, which includes bars and restaurants, would also be considered. The province also has proposed legislation restricting e-cigarettes.

The city's bylaw services branch and legal department will be asked to weigh in during the review. Council wants any recommendations from the review to be implemented before fall 2016.


37 CN ON: Medical Pot Users Get Ok From Province To Vaporize AnywhereThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Sentinel Review (CN ON) Author:Jones, Allison Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/27/2015

TORONTO - Medical marijuana users in Ontario are now legally able to use vaporizers just about anywhere in the province.

The Liberal government quietly exempted them this week from a law that bans the use of e-cigarettes anywhere regular cigarettes are prohibited. It means medical marijuana users can vaporize in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.

Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said under the exemption for medical marijuana users, employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises.

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38 Australia: PUB LTE: Exposure to Crime Is the Only Fruit of OurFri, 27 Nov 2015
Source:Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Author:Atkinson, Phillip Area:Australia Lines:40 Added:11/27/2015

I can anecdotally state that nearly every person in prison is there as the result of drugs: using, dealing or an act of madness fuelled by "something" ("War on drugs hurts those at risk: experts", November 26). Nearly everyone does "something". Beer o'clock, drinkies, shots after work, wine while making dinner, cones behind the shed, lines in the office, party pills before the parade - and then there is ice.

Organised crime steps in to make a market in anything declared illegal. The last thing major players in the drug game want is for any relaxation of laws. The consequence is globally savaging and individually ruinous.

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39 US MI: Make The Right Choice: Support MIlegalizeWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Weekly (WA) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:161 Added:11/27/2015

We're heading into the final rounds of the petition drives to legalize recreational marijuana here in Michigan. The MILegalize petition drive is expected to round things up by the end of December. The competing petition circulated by the Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MCC) is expected to finish up in January.

In case you were wondering, the MILegalize petition is clearly the one you should support and the law you should vote for when the time comes.

The MILegalize campaign comes from the Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee, which is mainly made up of the activists who have been fighting to change the marijuana laws in Michigan for many years. These are the people who have stood with the many municipal initiatives to legalize marijuana in cities across the state. These are the people who have rallied to support those who have been unjustly prosecuted in spite of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). They have fundraised, and stood on the state Capitol steps, and lobbied in the legislature. Michigan NORML, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the Michigan Green Party have endorsed MILegalize.

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40 US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: Don't Colorado Dispensaries CareThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Westword (Denver, CO) Author:Fuego, Herbert Area:Colorado Lines:60 Added:11/26/2015

Dear Stoner: Every time I've purchased pot here, it has been either pre-packaged or placed in a plastic container that lets the air out, if it's not already bone-dry by the time I buy it. Am I going to the wrong dispensaries, or do Colorado dispensaries not care about fresh bud? Right Near the Beach Boy

Dear Beach Boy: Many dispensaries, such as the Clinic, Green Solution and L'Eagle, sell pre-packed buds so that there's less chance of you buying a product that's contaminated while on display. If you don't like pre-packaged products, then the answer is simple: Call ahead to find out how the shop sells its pot. I can understand why you find pre-packaged purchases undesirable - what you end up with often turns out to be an ugly, malnourished version of that beautiful, stanky bud you saw on display (and thought you were getting) - but that scenario plays out most often at tourist-heavy dispensaries that rely on foot traffic and non-repeat customers. If the packaging is a bottle and not a sealed bag, you can always ask the budtender to check out the buds for dryness before making your purchase, or just ask him or her what has been on the shelf the longest.

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41 US AZ: A Call To ActionThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Ruben, Aari Area:Arizona Lines:70 Added:11/26/2015

Now's the time to get involved in the cannabis social movement

Many social movements have been taking hold in our nation recently. For example, same-sex marriage has moved from social acceptance to being fully legal. Cannabis law reform is a hot topic in politics and the media, as well as more and more states jumping onboard. Times are good, and there is much fulfilling work to be done on these and other humanitarian fronts. However, I am making a public call to action, asking for your participation in these movements. It isn't hard, there are events happening all the time.

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42 US CO: Column: Cannabis Club Reopens After Renovations, CityWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Colorado Springs Independent (CO) Author:Swartzell, Griffin Area:Colorado Lines:85 Added:11/26/2015

West-side weed

The west side's newest cannabis club, Canna Canyon (1507 W. Colorado Ave.), is open. Owner and CEO Aaron Stone has a strong background in the weed business, having worked on both the medical and recreational sides. The former JP Wellness owner ended a year-long stint as operator of The Lazy Lion in August to create his own club, aiming for what he describes as the pure club experience - something less like a nightclub and more like an Elks lodge or brewers union.

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43 CN ON: LCBO Should Control Pot, Too, Union Boss SaysWed, 25 Nov 2015
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Battersby, Sarah-Joyce Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:11/26/2015

Government-run weed store is a wrong-headed approach, marijuana advocates say after labour leader prompts talks

Stocking weed alongside wine at the LCBO is the best way to protect public health, say addiction experts. But for marijuana advocates it's more of the same prohibition.

In a statement released Monday, the union representing LCBO workers said the provincially owned stores are the ideal place to sell marijuana, should the federal government legalize it.

"If they do legalize it, then it's a drug," Warren (Smokey) Thomas told the Star. "So we think that, like alcohol, it should be controlled."

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44 US CO: Column: Mainstream Cannabis Comes To ColoradoThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Boulder Weekly (CO) Author:Haas, Sarah Area:Colorado Lines:98 Added:11/26/2015

Celebrities Bring Big Money and Big Names to a Capped Marijuana Industry

On Nov. 9, Colorado's weed scene gained its capstone endorsement - Snoop Dogg launched his very own line of marijuana products including flower, chocolate bars, shatter, wax, drops and other candies.

Although there is talk of other celebrities launching high-end cannabis product lines in Colorado - from Freddie Gibbs to Willie Nelson to Bob Marley's family - the first cannabis launch and surrounding media storm goes to Snoop Dogg. Ever since he came onto the hip-hop scene in 1992 as a featured artist on Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop Dogg has been an advocate and unofficial spokesperson for marijuana, and his place amongst its emerging industry seems natural.

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45 US CA: Column: When Free Weed Doesn't WorkThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:SF Weekly (CA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:California Lines:124 Added:11/26/2015

It's a good time to be one of California's roughly 1.1 million marijuana users. Yes, cannabis is legal for recreational purposes in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and elsewhere - but so what? In the Golden State, weed is also widely available - and for free.

For years, medical cannabis dispensaries have offered promotional gimmicks like a free joint or edible for first-time patients. This year, as the state's biggest cash crop inched towards $2 billion in legal sales at storefronts, several outfits started offering free eighths (worth about $50) - and they have gone to great lengths to make sure that patients are aware of the offer of free pot.

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46 Mexico: Hearts Under SiegeThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Mejia, Brittny Area:Mexico Lines:154 Added:11/26/2015

Mexico's drug violence casts a long shadow over the city of Ocotlan, and the Southern Californians who love it.

The children paid no heed to the priest from Jalisco as he celebrated a fiesta Mass in the backyard of a La Puente ranch, or to their parents urging them to sit still for the misa, or even to the rooster crowing nearby.

They were too busy studying the animals they didn't see in Los Angeles every day: a small herd of goats, a single black pig - and a troupe of dancing horses.

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47 US CA: Column: Old School RevisitedThu, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Sacramento News & Review (CA) Author:Bealum, Ngaio Area:California Lines:59 Added:11/26/2015

I have been smoking weed for years and always held my hits in as long as possible. I am now thinking that maybe I should smoke weed like a cigarette without holding it in long. Has there been any research into what's most effective and is less harmful to the lungs?

- -A Reader

Gone are the days when people thought you needed to hold in a hit as long as possible to let that good THC swirl around in your lungs. Giant coughing jags and teary eyes are so last century. The new way is to just take a good hit and let it out normally. You get the same high, but with no lung irritation, less coughing and less tar. If you would like to invite me over to give you some tips and pointers, let me know.

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48US AR: Editorial: A Disturbing PollTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:11/26/2015

Medical Marijuana's Support Grows

WHAT A shocking poll. And it has nothing at all to do with The Donald, Dr. Carson, or any of the other presidential hopefuls crowding your television sets.

The political science types at the University of Arkansas have come out with their annual Arkansas Poll, or what they call The Arkansas Poll, that definite article being all the rage these days. Folks working on the poll interviewed 800 Arkies back in October, and found some interesting things. Some were expected: People in Arkansas like Asa!, the president not-so-much, and oppose same-sex marriage.

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49 CN MB: LTE: Going To PotTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Jones, Norma Area:Manitoba Lines:35 Added:11/26/2015

Re: "Liquor Marts should sell legalized pot: Selinger," Nov. 20.

Manitoba's premier wants future marijuana sales to be similar to alcohol - which is very bad news for our teenagers and young adults. Both alcohol and drug use can affect the developing brain in terms of emotional and cognitive development. Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana are twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and challenges with learning. It is preposterous that Mr. Selinger truly believes that Liquor and Lotteries' employees will advise buyers on the risks of marijuana use. Even if they do, the drug is going to be that much more 'acceptable' and more likely to be consumed by our young people.

Norma Jones

(Well, it's not exactly a Manitoba plan - our new PM is the one proposing the government sell pot.)


50 CN MB: PUB LTE: Booze More Dangerous Than DopeTue, 24 Nov 2015
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rasmussen, Randy Area:Manitoba Lines:33 Added:11/26/2015

Re: The dope dilemma (Nov. 21). While I don't want to minimize the hazards of smoking marijuana and driving, leafing through the pages following Gordon Sinclair Jr.'s article was interesting.

There I read an article about a man who had been beaten senseless and left with permanent brain damage.

The next article described how a woman had been brutally beaten to death. Both crimes were carried out by extremely intoxicated men.

I can't recall ever reading of any violent crime committed by someone high on pot.

Maybe society would be better off with more pot smokers and fewer drinkers.

Randy Rasmussen



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