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1 US FL: PUB LTE: Tracking Marijuana UseSat, 27 Jun 2015
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Chase, John G. Area:Florida Lines:30 Added:07/01/2015

Re: Fact And Fiction On Medical Pot | June 22, Editorial

The referenced Lancet article concluded that while pot use is higher in states that have legal pot as medicine, usage did not increase when the medical marijuana law was enacted.

Corroboration is found in another statistic in the same database used by researchers who wrote that article. In 15 of the last 16 years, 12th-graders have said that marijuana availability has decreased from the year before. During that 16-year period, almost 20 states enacted medical marijuana laws. These two facts, taken together, directly contradict the Florida Sheriffs Association's assertion that enacting medical marijuana laws makes pot easier for adolescents to get.

John G. Chase, Palm Harbor


2 CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Propaganda Wars Have Started All Over AgainSat, 27 Jun 2015
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Broome, Jason Area:British Columbia Lines:82 Added:07/01/2015

Is a tomato grown in your garden good for you?

Have you seen a study demonstrating in a double-blinded fashion that definitive fact? Has that tomato been submitted to Health Canada for approval?

No, it hasn't.

That tomato doesn't need to because we know that it has health benefits and so we grow it in our gardens, we buy it at stores, in various forms, and consume it and live our lives free of tomato prohibition.

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3CN BC: Pot Firm Lays Off Staff, Blames Dispensary BoomSat, 27 Jun 2015
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Constantineau, Bruce Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2015

Nanaimo grower Tilray sheds third of its workforce

Nanaimo medical marijuana growing company Tilray has laid off a third of its workforce - 61 employees - to "more efficiently serve patients," according to a statement from chief executive officer Greg Engel.

Tilray, which laid off 61 staff Friday, opened its $25-million, 60,000-square-foot marijuana growing facility in Nanaimo last April and was planning to expand the operation to 265,000 square feet over the next two years.

The surprising announcement Friday comes less than three months after Nanaimo city officials touted Tilray's plan to quadruple the size of its growing facility and create at least 200 new jobs.

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4 US WA: Everett Closer To A Permanent Pot OrdinanceWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Herald, The (Everett, WA) Author:Winters, Chris Area:Washington Lines:51 Added:07/01/2015

EVERETT - For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.

Everett has been operating under six-month temporary ordinances since November 2013.

Since then, three retail stores have opened in the city, but no marijuana production or processing businesses have opened. Businesses and residents have been waiting and lobbying the city to adopt a permanent measure.

The current ordinance expires July 27.

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5 CN BC: B.C. Is Canada's Drug Offence CapitalFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Mui, Michael Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:07/01/2015

B.C. has undoubtedly the highest drug offence rates reported by police across the country and its reputation has remained steadfast over three decades, according to data compiled by Statistics Canada.

The statistics agency says that apart from 2012, British Columbia has had the highest reported drug offence rate among all provinces from the early '80s to 2013.

Within the province, it's the Kelowna and Metro Vancouver regions that are leading the pack. And regardless of whether charges are laid or not, marijuana appears to be a big reason.

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6 CN BC: 'We're A Good Neighbour': SocietyMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Seccia, Stefania Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:07/01/2015

B.C. Compassion Club Society appealing to Vancouver councillors to not force them to move due to new regulations

After considering shutting down their operations for good in light of new regulations on medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the B.C. Compassion Club Society is going to appeal to city councillors to stay put.

Since 1997, the non-profit society has operated in East Vancouver- dispensing medicinal marijuana and offering other holistic services.

A few years later, a public school opened across the street. Under Vancouver's new regulations, the society must relocate.

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7 CN ON: Ex-Public Servant Opens Pot Centre In OttawaMon, 29 Jun 2015
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Lofaro, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:75 Added:07/01/2015

A former manager in Health Canada's old medical marijuana program is expected to open Ottawa's first National Access Cannabis (NAC) centre.

The company first opened its doors in Victoria, B.C. in March and will officially open a second location Monday morning at 1111 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg.

The centre bills itself as an educational centre for Canadians considering cannabis as an alternative medicine, which offers resources on how to use the drug safely.

The company's CEO, Gulwant Bajwa, worked on the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program, which was repealed on March 31, 2014.

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8 CN YK: Methadone Returning To Whitehorse's JailFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Yukon News (CN YK) Author:Joannou, Ashley Area:Yukon Territory Lines:147 Added:07/01/2015

Methadone is once again going to be offered at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Three years after inmates started being forced off the drug, justice officials say they are now equipped to start offering it again.

In March 2012, the department cancelled the program, which started in 2008. That prompted a tongue-lashing from advocates and the president of the Yukon Medical Association, who called the decision "inhumane."

At the time, the jail didn't have the means to continue the program safely, spokesperson Caitlin Kerwin said Thursday.

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9 CN MB: Cannabis Dispensary Ready To RollTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Rollason, Kevin Area:Manitoba Lines:62 Added:07/01/2015

Locally owned pot shop set to open here July 1

MEDICAL marijuana users will soon have a local joint to buy their weed.

Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters, a marijuana dispensary, is set to open officially at 1404 Main St., on July 1. It's the former home of Vapes on Main, a medical marijuana cafe.

Owner Glenn Price, a medical marijuana user himself, said he has been open with both the city and the province about the nature of the business he is opening.

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10 US AZ: PUB LTE: War On DrugsWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ) Author:Anderson, Parker Area:Arizona Lines:41 Added:07/01/2015

Marijuana is not harmless. Of course, it isn't. It is sad that its proponents claim that it is. Having said that, the question still is, should it be illegal?

Have our current harsh laws against marijuana kept even one person from trying it who wanted to? Have the laws made it difficult to obtain? We spend billions of tax dollars - yes, billions - every year sending out the SWAT teams and busting rinky-dink potheads who are lighting up in their own homes ... has this had any effect at all on consumption and demand in America? Are we winning the War on Drugs?

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11 US CO: PUB LTE: Tourists Didn't Legalize PotWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) Author:Gates, Brad Area:Colorado Lines:38 Added:07/01/2015

I'm a bit confused again. In this debate concerning the marijuana bakery downtown, I have read several statements in letters that say Glenwood Springs does not want to become a destination resort for marijuana tourism.

I think Glenwood has been positioning itself as a destination resort for decades. Apparently only for certain types of tourists.

These letter writers are assuming that the marijuana industry will bring undesirable tourists who will frequent only marijuana stores.

Please define for me what a marijuana tourist looks like. Does he hike, or ski, or eat, or just smoke pot? Will this tourist rent a room or sleep under the bridge? Is the marijuana tourist married with children? Is the marijuana tourist male or female? Is the marijuana tourist educated? Does the marijuana tourist have money? Is the marijuana tourist a professional or a bum?

Was it the feared marijuana tourist who came to Colorado and voted marijuana be legal, or was that you and your neighbor? I'm pretty sure it was you and your neighbor, but correct me if I'm wrong, please.

Brad Gates

New Castle


12 US OH: PUB LTE: Real 'Ick' Factor Isn't Pot, but Hatred andWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) Author:Ryan, Robert R. Area:Ohio Lines:34 Added:07/01/2015

The "ick" factor is the product of decades of propaganda that is clearly demonstrated by the following quote from the father of the War on Drugs, Richard Nixon ("Marijuana support group needs new name" June 22).

From the mouth of Richard Nixon:

"You know it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish."

And, "the whole problem is really the blacks."

(Reference: Recorded in the White House tapes in conversations between Richard Nixon and H.R. Haldeman on May 26, 1971, at 10:03 a.m. in the Oval Office and documented in "The Haldeman Diaries," being published by G.P. Putnam's Sons).

The real "ICK" factor is this drug war waged against our own people that really is the hidden tool of deep-rooted hatred and racism.

Robert R. Ryan, president, Ohio NORML


13 US NJ: PUB LTE: Stop Funding The War On DrugsTue, 30 Jun 2015
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Thompson, Randy Area:New Jersey Lines:49 Added:07/01/2015

The State of New Jersey is funding several reforms in the name of abandoning the failed "war on drugs." These reforms include forcing Drug Court (DC), funding re-entry services and retrofitting jails as treatment centers. There is only one problem; these reforms actually fund the "war on drugs."

The key tenet of the "war on drugs" is criminalizing people who use drugs and stripping rights from them via arrest, incarceration and institutionalization. These "reforms" are all post-arrest, post-incarceration, and leave failed drug criminalization in tact.

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14 US OH: Pot Legalization Backers Deliver Signatures June 30Wed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:25 Added:07/01/2015

COLUMBUS (AP) - A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio began delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in its effort to get the issue before voters.

Organizers for Responsible Ohio said Tuesday they were submitting more than 695,000 signatures to Secretary of State Jon Husted. That's more than the roughly 306,000 needed to qualify for November's ballot.

Husted's office will review the signatures and make the determination.

The amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the state, including one in Lorain.


15 US OH: Senators Delay Vote on Anti-Monopoly Item Aimed at PotWed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) Author:Smyth, Carr Area:Ohio Lines:77 Added:07/01/2015

COLUMBUS (AP) - State lawmakers scrambled Tuesday to address warnings from lawyers across the political spectrum that an effort to ban monopolies from Ohio's constitution would have legal consequences far beyond scuttling a marijuana legalization effort this fall.

The powerful Senate Rules & Reference Committee was forced to defer its vote after two days of hearings and hours of negotiations failed to result in an acceptable compromise. The panel planned to convene after a floor session Tuesday afternoon, with the potential for deliberations to stretch into the evening.

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16 Australia: Column: This Is Ice, Ice, Crazy ...Wed, 01 Jul 2015
Source:Daily Telegraph (Australia) Author:Devine, Miranda Area:Australia Lines:123 Added:07/01/2015

Matt Noffs means well. But he has fallen for a crackpot idea in his quest to help the addicts at the Ted Noffs Foundation crisis centre founded by his grandfather. He wants legally sanctioned "ice consumption rooms" where methamphetamine addicts can smoke, snort or shoot up to their heart's content. No surprise who has been whispering in his ear.

"Alex Wodak and I have been drawing up an idea of how an ice consumption room could work in the same way that they have, you know, crack rooms in the States, where people go to smoke crack," Noffs told ABC radio yesterday. "It's a ventilated room; you contain a person for a period of time."

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17 CN BC: Editorial: The Drug DebatesFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Langley Times (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:49 Added:07/01/2015

The debate in Langley City over the number of pharmacies which have set up shop is actually part of a larger debate involving the use of drugs in society - legal, illegal, tested, patented and perhaps somewhere in between.

In Vancouver, council has approved legalizing medicinal marijuana dispensaries. These have popped up in that city on many corners, and because they exist in a gray zone, with medicinal marijuana legal, but only available from federally-approved sellers, the business is flourishing.

In Langley City, council has been unable to limit the number of pharmacies setting up shop. They operate legal businesses, and because many of them dispense methadone, which is a legal drug, some people think there is a link to criminal activity. That has yet to be proven.

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18 CN BC: LTE: In Some Teens, Pot Will 'Kill Your Dreams,' CounsellorFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Rogers, Doug Area:British Columbia Lines:33 Added:07/01/2015

Gordon Clark wrote an excellent column in Monday's paper. The pro-marijuana side argument is full of partial truths and, in some cases, untruths.

I work in five secondary schools and have seen first hand the trouble regular marijuana use causes our youth. Pot may not kill you but it will kill your dreams.

Last month, I attended a conference on drug and alcohol abuse in Boise, ID. Leaders from both the state and school system in Colorado, which legalized marijuana in 2012, presented, and the impact from legal, recreational marijuana has been significant on kids, especially kids in school.

Thanks for publishing the column; I'm sure the pushback has be significant.

Doug Rogers, School District 22, Vernon


19 CN BC: LTE: Council Should Be FiredFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Taylor, Sylvia Area:British Columbia Lines:25 Added:07/01/2015

Am I the only one who sees the huge hypocrisy in Vancouver city council allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries, yet forcing the hookah shop to close after being in business for 17 years?

I cannot believe that a city council would so openly defy federal laws. The whole lot of them should be fired, including the mayor. If they had done their jobs properly and nipped the first dispensaries in the "bud" immediately, like other cities, the number of pot shops wouldn't have grown to nearly 100.

Sylvia Taylor, Surrey


20CN BC: Vancouver Pot Shop Rules Earn Praise And CriticismFri, 26 Jun 2015
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Kane, Laura Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/01/2015

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is applauding Vancouver city council for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, but warns that the new bylaws are too restrictive.

Policy director Micheal Vonn said patients will see their right to edible pot - granted in a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision - disappear with the city's ban on brownies and cookies from storefronts.

Vonn also said the city's requirement that dispensaries be at least 300 metres from schools, community centres and each other promotes an unfair stigma.

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