Yep, They Are.
What's the deal with cannabidiol (CBD) pet treats? Are they really a thing?
YES, CBD-INFUSED pet treats are definitely a thing. They are often
marketed to "all pets, large and small," and you can order them
online from any number of manufacturers. As with any product, some of
the websites look better than others. Some even contain product
testimonials from pet owners, which can make for delightful reading.
Pet treats are pricey little morsels designed to relieve ill and
aging animals. Sellers also promote them for anxiety and "bonding"
issues. These treats are infused with non-psychoactive CBD and they
are marketed to the humane souls among us concerned with arthritic
rabbits, not the guy who blows smoke in his cat's face.
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The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide
for the general public on how media works.
And, given that I've only worked in media for a little more than a
year, logic would imply that, at some point very soon, I'll succumb
to temptation, leave my job at the Journal and devote a year to
writing a book on how many exclamation marks press releases should
include (fewer than five!!!!!), among other newsroom bugaboos.
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I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive
disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work.
Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal
depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I
have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from
dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized
there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has
deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in
that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back
to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed
robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that
this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right
direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city
council to change an ordinance?
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In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim
Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent
higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent
alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol
sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization."
According to the latest annual "Healthy Kids" study released last
month by the Colorado Department of Health, marijuana has stayed at
the same level since legalization. The last pre-legalization year in
Colorado, teen pot smoking was at 22 percent. It dropped after
legalization to 19.7 percent, and is now at 21.2 percent. This
reflects the number who said they had used marijuana in the past month.
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Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis
Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and
federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help
curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states
where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers
have dipped drastically.
There's been a spate of studies on how overdose and painkiller abuse
- - particularly among chronic pain patients - are lower in medical
marijuana states, but the researchers have largely hypothesized that
these patients are picking pot over prescription drugs. Now, a recent
report in the journal Health Affairs suggests that the link between
prescriptions and marijuana is no longer just a hypothesis.
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Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first
city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses.
With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the
likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November,
Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its
The City Council on Tuesday informally agreed to place a measure on
the November ballot asking voters to approve a tax on cannabis
operations to benefit the city's general fund to pay for essential
services such as police, streets, parks, libraries, senior and youth programs.
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In the midst of a presidential election year, Americans rightly
expect to hear debates on almost every relevant topic. However, there
is one topic that seems to be missing from the debate, even when it
seems compellingly relevant: The "war on drugs."
When we talk about Mexican and Central American immigration, we
ignore the fact that many immigrants are unaccompanied children,
refugees fleeing drug war violence, while drug warriors claim to be
concerned about "the children." And when the violence follows the
refugees, we blame them, not the drug war.
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Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait
Until Dispensaries Are Established
Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana
industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the
state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical
cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months.
There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30,
up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the
state Health Department.
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UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the need to
protect civil and human rights during talks on a wide range of issues
yesterday with President Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.
In a press briefing, Palace spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Kerry
brought up the matter then listened "very intently" to the
President's explanation of his drive against criminality.
Before meeting with the President, Kerry held a joint press
conference with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay and spoke of the
need to protect people's rights even as authorities seek to uphold
peace and order.
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Nevada City - Faced with furious protests by marijuana advocates,
Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a restrictive plan to
allow limited outdoor marijuana growing in a Sierra Nevada county
long known for its cannabis culture.
In June, voters in the county of 100,000 residents roundly rejected a
sweeping ban imposed by supervisors on outdoor marijuana farms and
commercial cultivation. Measure W, which would have reinforced an
ordinance passed by the board in June, went down by a 59 to 41 percent margin.
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Two-Thirds Support Retail-Styled Regulation and Zoning by the City
Ottawans don't want to shut them down but do see the need for some
regulation from the city.
Ottawa's marijuana dispensaries are inching closer to becoming
legitimate business - if not in the eyes of the law, then at least in
the eyes of residents.
A new public opinion poll conducted by Forum Research Inc. finds as
many as six in 10 respondents say marijuana dispensaries should be
allowed to operate in Ottawa, with fewer than a third (32 per cent)
opposed. Two-thirds of respondents (67 per cent) believe they should
be regulated and zoned like any other retail business, while one in
five say they should be immediately shut down.
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Osoyoos Is Moving Towards Outright Ban on Dispensaries
Medical marijuana activist Grant Bruce appeared before Oliver town
council on Monday seeking a second chance.
After the Town of Osoyoos in June shut down the Starbuds marijuana
dispensary he operated there, he's now hoping to find a friendlier
environment for such an operation in Oliver.
Bruce, who uses marijuana to treat his epilepsy, distanced himself
from Starbuds, which he said "lied to and misled" managers such as
himself about the supposed medical professionals who were clearing
customers to purchase cannabis.
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The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine wants more citizens to share
their thoughts on its proposed medical marijuana bylaw, and will
offer another public hearing on the matter this fall after a recent
one was sparsely attended.
A public hearing in Terrace July 19 had less than 10 residents show
up and a hearing the following night in New Hazelton was attended by
only one person.
"We've recessed it and we will reconvene at a future date and time
appointed by the regional district board, potentially looking at some
time in the fall," said Nicholas Redpath, a planner with the regional district.
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Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million
Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an
encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the
brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say.
Some assisted living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are
quietly administering medical marijuana to patients - with consent
from legally responsible parties - for behavioral management,
quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing
recognition of their surroundings.
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From Marijuana Strains to Blows on Big Pharma
Best Trains for productivity
We often hear about marijuan being great for increasing appetite, sex
drive, and helping us sleep better. These things are amazing, but
sometimes what is really need is a kick to make us more active and
get more done. Here are a few marijuana strains that help people
become more active and get more done during the day.
This sativa is unique, as it combines a strong body high with a
cerebral high. This means you can feel great and comfortable sitting
at your desk, or going for that morning jog you've been meaning to
take, while also producing a ton of great ideas. Your mind will be
moving a mile a minute as you work, all while you maintain a relaxed
demeanor. It also does wonders for boosting creativity.
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Dear Stoner: I want to try my hand at making CBD-extracted products.
Is it better to use hemp or real marijuana for it?
Dear Mac: It depends on your experience with marijuana and
cannabinoid extraction. Most cannabidiol (CBD) users and
product-makers use industrial hemp, because it's easier to grow
legally and naturally higher in CBD cannabinoids than most flowering
marijuana plants, which generally have more THC. If you want to start
creating personal CBD products in Colorado, all you have to do is
make sure your hemp plants or oils have less than 0.3 percent THC,
and you can make all the CBD-infused balms, lotions and foods you
like - as long as your home-extraction methods don't involve butane
or any other explosive solvent.
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WHEN MEASURE 91 passed, I heard more than one prohibitionist sneer at
the idea and ask, "What's next, legalizing all the other drugs?" And
certainly there is a small, albeit growing, movement to decriminalize
all drugs, and to treat the use of them more as a public health issue
than a criminal one. But this being 'Murica, how would that work?
What would it look like? Sweet Jesus, I'm glad you asked, because
that's what this week's column is about. Welcome to...
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The Senate is set to investigate the rising incidence of
extrajudicial killings of alleged drug pushers even as President
Duterte has vowed there will be no letup in his anti-drug campaign.
The inquiry will be spearheaded by the Senate committee on justice
and human rights, chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, along with Sen.
Panfilo Lacson as chairman of the committee on public order and
De Lima earlier filed Resolution No. 9 seeking an investigation into
"recent rampant extrajudicial killings and summary executions of
suspected criminals to strengthen the mechanisms of accountability of
law enforcers and to institute corrective legislative measures to
ensure full respect of basic human rights, especially the right to life."
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The answer to sustaining Social Security and possibly paying down the
national debt is very simple. Legalize marijuana and don't tax it but
let the government produce and sell it as a government-run business.
It's going to be legalized in all the states eventually anyway, so
why not use it for some good. Farmland now sitting idle could be put
to use. Thousands of jobs would be created, and profits could be used
to help feed the hungry in our country and save Social Social Security.
Jim Baker, Hollywood
Country 'Drowning' Bishops, UN and Even Vice-President Alarmed at
The new Philippines government's war on drugs has already killed
almost 300 people since the start of July - but President Rodrigo
Duterte wants the authorities to escalate the war.
Mr Duterte shrugged off alarm over the rising body count in his first
state of the nation address, declaring that drugs were drowning his
country and human rights were no excuse to shield criminals.
"Double your efforts. Triple them if need be," he said in a message to police.
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CEBU CITY-The highest-ranking police official in Central Visayas
revealed an offer made by what he said is a vigilante group to help
the police bring down drug suspects as part of the Duterte
administration's war on drugs.
Chief Supt. Noli Talino, Central Visayas police director, said he
received a text message from an anonymous group offering to help
police kill suspected pushers and others involved in drug trafficking.
"They want to take the law into their own hands because they could no
longer stand the presence of people who continue to peddle or use
illegal drugs," Talino said.
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At least eight cases that bore the marks of extrajudicial killings of
drug suspects are now being investigated by the Commission on Human
Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7).
The probe came barely 24 hours after President Rodrigo Duterte's
tirade against human rights advocates questioning his tough
anti-crime policies, particularly on the slaying of suspected drug peddlers.
Leo Villarino, CHR-7 chief investigator, said they received a
directive from lawyer Diana De Leon of CHR's Human Rights Protection
Office in Manila last July 15, mandating the regional office to
conduct an investigation on what could be cases of summary executions.
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A MEMBER of the Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) antinarcotics
division, whom the high command had monitored for allegedly reselling
drugs seized in big-time raids and arrests, was shot dead by fellow
officers who were carrying out what their leader called an "internal
cleansing" of their ranks.
Senior Insp. Ramon Castillo became another statistic in the Duterte
administration's bloody war on drugs, albeit in a distinct category
of kills. He allegedly refused to surrender and shot it out with a
team who had him entrapped in a buy-bust operation in Greater
Fairview, Quezon City, early Tuesday.
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Critics Call the Assertion an 'Opinion,' and Author Admits It's A 'Guess'
Medical marijuana growers in Oregon are producing far more product
than they or their customer-patients can consume, feeding a black
market that doesn't appear to be going away soon, according to a
controversial new report.
An estimated 70 percent of the crop will be distributed illegally
next year, according to a draft report from the Portland consulting
firm ECONorthwest, which has been hired by Josephine County and the
city of Grants Pass to study the local economy, including the
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Oroville - Marijuana is back on the ballot.
The Butte County Board of Supervisors sent an initiative by pot
proponents to the November ballot with a 4-1 vote shortly after noon Tuesday.
Parts of the initiative, titled the "Medical Cannabis Cultivation and
Commerce Measure," were questioned by the supervisors, but
ultimately, with the deadline approaching to either approve the
initiative as a county ordinance or send it to the November election,
District 5 Supervisor Doug Teeter made the motion to have the people
of the county vote on the initiative.
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It's been suspected for some time that a lot more marijuana was being
produced by medical growers than could be consumed by patients, and
now the evidence is beginning to surface.
First came the arrest of a Jackson County dispensary owner in
Siskiyou County for allegedly hauling marijuana across the California
line for illegal sale.
Now an economic analysis has concluded that a huge percentage of
marijuana ostensibly grown in Josephine County for medical patients
is instead feeding the black market.
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The Anchorage Assembly approved the city's first commercial marijuana
grow Tuesday night, a significant step forward for the developing
legal cannabis industry.
"This whole green revolution, it starts here tonight with the City of
Anchorage," said Assemblyman Dick Traini who voted to approve the
local marijuana license and special-use permit for Dream Green Farms
and to refer the application for a second proposed commercial
marijuana grow, Arctic Herbery, to an Assembly committee for
additional review after a flurry of late-night debate.
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Medical Study Shows 34% Rise in Cases of Pediatric Marijuana Exposure
As more Colorado adults become comfortable with marijuana in their
homes, more young children are ingesting the drug, a new study reports.
The JAMA Pediatrics report notes Colorado saw an increase of
pediatric marijuana cases by 34% annually, compared with 19% for the
rest of the USA.
Coloradans are baking marijuana into chocolate chip cookies, brownies
and pies and adding it to candy fruit chews and chocolate bars - all
sweets that toddlers find irresistible. And, the edibles market is
still in its infancy.
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Marijuana Execs Find Welcome Vibe Among the Pols
Marijuana has gone mainstream at the Democratic National Convention this week.
Democratic officials, including Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer and his
state's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, mingled with pot industry
executives Monday night at a reception at a sleek bar downtown, miles
away from the convention hall.
A day earlier, the Marijuana Policy Project staged a fundraiser to
support its work to push new laws around the country legalizing the
use of marijuana.
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Just weeks after putting the measure before voters Nov. 8,
supervisors backtrack amid pushback.
November's ballot will be crowded with tax initiatives, but a Los
Angeles County proposal to fund efforts on homelessness with a tax on
marijuana won't be one of them.
County supervisors voted Tuesday to pull back an initiative they had
previously approved for the ballot, which would have placed a 10% tax
on gross receipts of marijuana businesses, with the money to be used
for housing and services for the homeless.
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A new study shows marijuana poisoning in young children has risen 150
percent in Colorado since the substance was legalized in 2014 - a
frightening statistic that has opponents of the Bay State legal
marijuana ballot initiative warning that the same could happen in
"The edible products for the marijuana industry are a huge part of
the profit and growth model," said Rep. Hannah Kane, of the Campaign
for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts' steering committee. "Children
are highly susceptible to these products."
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Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe retired from the NFL last week
at 29. Like many ex-players, he left the game early because of
concerns about concussions and his overall health.
In May, Monroe became the first player to publicly ask the NFL to
stop listing cannabis as a banned substance and allow players to use
medical marijuana to treat chronic pain. He believes it would limit
the use of addictive opioids to relieve pain.
In June, the Ravens released Monroe. Several teams were interested,
but Monroe quit while his faculties were intact. He'll continue to
speak out on the issue. Maybe he'll persuade the NFL to stop
suspending players for a drug that's less harmful than the alcohol it
pushes for profit.
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Take a bow, San Francisco: The Bay Area is home to the highest
concentration of marijuana smokers anywhere in the country, according
to new data released Tuesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Every few years, SAMHSA combines data from the annual National
Surveys on Drug Use and Health to derive estimates of monthly
marijuana use among Amer-icans age 12 and older. The latest cut of
that data, encom-passing the years 2012 to 2014, includes responses
from about 204,000 people. That huge sample makes it possible to
visualize marijuana use rates with a level of detail not possible
with traditional surveys.
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It would be impossible to argue these days in Colorado that patients
who use medical marijuana aren't getting a pretty good deal.
As in the earliest days of legalization, most Coloradans are
comfortable giving patients or their caregivers the right to grow
several plants. For years now, dispensaries catering to patients have
been plentiful, as are a variety of products intended to address
particular ailments and issues. And the state doesn't collect a sin
tax on medical marijuana patients.
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Provincial Leaders Call on Ottawa to Deliver Plan Soon So They Can
Canada's premiers are signaling they need swift action from Ottawa on
recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis away from kids,
motorists and criminals.
With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will
be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders
say time is of the essence.
"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba
Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the
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Recovering Addicts, Others Make Addiction Key Part of Their Speeches
The nation's epidemic of opioid abuse, which has killed thousands of
people over the past decade through powerful prescription painkillers
and heroin, has taken on a prominent role at the Democratic National
Convention - a sign of the issue's growing importance in both parties.
On Monday night, a woman whose daughter has struggled with addiction
gave a prime-time speech, followed by the former governor of New
Hampshire, where more than 400 people died of drug overdoses last
year. Then, on Tuesday afternoon, people packed into a Quaker
conference center in Philadelphia to hear delegates, elected
officials and others talk about recovering from substance abuse and
what needs to be done to combat it.
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Last week, the Colorado Medical Board suspended the licenses of four
doctors for allegedly recommending too much marijuana to patients.
The doctors turned around and sued the health board, winning a
temporary stay on the suspensions while they decide whether to
proceed in administrative court or district court. This is the most
sweeping punishment doled out to medical marijuana doctors in the
system's nearly 20-year existence.
Among the four is Dr. William Stone, who practices at the MedEval
Clinic on the northeast side of Colorado Springs. His suspension
order, issued July 19, contains the written findings of the board's
inquiry panel. The panel accuses Stone of signing more than 400
recommendations for possession of more than 75 plants. That, plus
Stone's performing evaluations online rather than in person, led the
panel to take "emergency action." The other three doctors are also
accused of recommending more than 75 plants to hundreds of patients -
what law enforcement professionals say is an abuse of the legal
system that is feeding the black market.
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Vancouver bylaws include licensing, zoning, security and age
We need some cohesive federal regulations, rather than cities being
out on their own, trying to decide what to do.
For nearly two decades, Tom Ramsay has operated an adult-video shop on
Bank Street under city regulations that govern everything from what
warning signs must be posted at the entrance to which portion of a
woman's breast can be displayed on a poster in the front window
(nipples are OK, areolas aren't).
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No business licence means store must close, city says
The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary battling the City of
Abbotsford to stay open has filed a constitutional challenge, claiming
the city has no right to ban pot shops.
In court filings submitted this month, Don Briere, who operates
marijuana dispensary Mary Jane Glass and Gifts on South Fraser Way,
claims many of Mary Jane's patients are unable to obtain marijuana
elsewhere due to low incomes, disabilities or both.
Briere, who owns a dozen similar locations in B.C. and Ontario, most
of which are named Weeds Glass and Gifts, shut down a previous shop on
Clearbrook Road after the city brought an injunction against it in
January because it lacked a business licence.
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At the time of this letter, 58% of people voted "no" on "Are you OK
with three safe injection sites being allowed to operate in Toronto?"
(July 15). I personally would rather see that than needles found in
parks and playgrounds and the spread of intravenous disease caused by
shared needles. Drug users with hep C and HIV have sex with our sons
and daughters. Though abstinence may be ideal in prevention, it is not
always likely. The program in B.C. also cut down on overdoses.
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'WELFARE WEDNESDAY': Advocates say arrival of cheques will bring more
drug-fuelled medical emergencies
Support workers are bracing for the worst when welfare payments arrive
on Wednesday, after a recent rash of drug overdoses in Surrey.
On July 17, Fraser Health Authority issued a warning after there were
36 drug overdoses in Surrey within 48 hours. Many of those who
overdosed reported they had used crack cocaine. But some cases turned
up traces of fentanyl - a potent, synthetic opioid sometimes added to
street drugs and blamed for the surge in deaths that led to the
provincial health officer declaring a public health emergency in April.
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Dispensary Making Cannabis 'Cool and Interesting' To Vulnerable
Youth, Council Told
A Nanaimo musician is seeing red over the appearance of a pot-themed
parody of the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham in a local
cannabis dispensary's window display.
Shauna McAllister recently told Nanaimo city council about her
concerns over the appearance of Green Buds and Hash and Harry Pothead
and the Marijuana Stone at Island Releaf's storefront window.
McAllister, a.k.a. alt recording artist Jupiter Jill, said she was
shocked to see what initially appeared to be a Dr. Seuss book while
walking by the shop at 115 Chapel St.
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Owner says he'll plead not guilty to three trafficking
A downtown marijuana dispensary was raided by police Thursday, but was
open again Friday.
Brighter Moments Dispensary set up shop on King Street East near
Ferguson Avenue last September offering to sell medical marijuana
products exclusively to patients with prescriptions.
The dispensary had operated "without incident" for several months
until eight police officers with a warrant searched the facility
around 2 p.m., said Cory Kaus, who identified himself as a patient and
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Fraser Health strategy for overdoses includes supervised facilities
Fraser Health is working to identify priority sites for supervised
drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in
illicit drug overdoses.
At least one of those sites should be in Abbotsford, according to
Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health
authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites
in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and
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Procedure is the issue, not benefits of marijuana
Jukka Laurio is right, but he's wrong. Laurio made an unscripted plea
before Penticton City Council asking to rescind the suspension of the
business licence for his Rush In and Finish Cafe, which sells much
more than coffee and baked goods. Laurio politely argued that many of
his clients suffer medical conditions and benefit greatly from
cannabis he also sells there. He said marijuana is in the process of
being legalized and Justin Trudeau won a majority in the last election
with pot being a major plank in the Liberal campaign.
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Provincial leaders call on Ottawa to deliver plan soon so they can
WHITEHORSE- Canada's premiers are signalling they need swift action
from Ottawa on recreational marijuana legalization to keep cannabis
away from kids, motorists and criminals.
With a federal panel set to deliver a report this November that will
be the blueprint for legislation next spring, the provincial leaders
say time is of the essence.
"There's real concerns, there's concerns on so many levels," Manitoba
Premier Brian Pallister said Thursday at the annual Council of the
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Driving while high may carry same penalties as drinking
The Calgary Police Service is eagerly awaiting action on impaired
driving laws once marijuana legalization goes through, according to
Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.
In February, the Liberal government officially announced its plans to
legalize and regulate marijuana by early 2017, and Stacey said it's
still unclear what that will mean for those who might drive while high.
"The rub is, we're waiting for the marijuana legislation to pass," he
said. "Whatever that will look like, we're hoping for the best as far
as impaired driving rules go. But, I guess time will tell."
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Premiers meeting in the Yukon say they want quick action from the
federal government on the legalization of marijuana to prevent a
patchwork of enforcement and distribution across the country.
"There's real concerns," said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister before
heading into the meeting Thursday in Whitehorse.
"It's one of the issues I want to raise today," he said. "I would hope
we can develop a national approach, a co-operative approach."
British Columbia's Christy Clark echoed Pallister's worries around
public health, safety and distribution.
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Canada's licensed medical cannabis producers are searching for
opportunities to expand overseas while Ottawa works on its plan to
legalize recreational marijuana next spring, with two producers
recently securing licences to sell their products in Europe.
The latest company to announce plans to export marijuana is Canopy
Growth Corp., the largest of the country's two dozen licensed
producers. Canopy Growth said it would soon begin selling dried
cannabis in pharmacies across Germany after securing an export licence
from Health Canada on Wednesday. The company also said it had signed
partnerships to share its technical expertise with medical marijuana
companies in Brazil and Australia.
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Will the number of overdose deaths this year climb to 800 as predicted
by Dr. Perry Kendall? According to the B.C. Coroners Service, overdose
deaths in the province this year had reached 315 as of May 31. By June
30, that number had risen to 371. Sadly, it appears Dr. Kendall's
predictions are on track to reach that unbelievable number of 800.
Our drug laws are an integral part of this problem. Prohibition
creates a market for illegal, adulterated drugs, easily accessible to
those who seek them, whether to support an addiction, or for
recreational purposes. No person who uses illegal drugs today is
guaranteed a clean, safe product. Using street drugs today is a crap
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