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1 CN ON: Underage Access To Marijuana A ConcernFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:06/24/2016

Clearer Delineation Between Medicinal and Recreational Use Needed, Premier Says

Talk about a joint effort.

There are bureaucrats from a dozen provincial departments working on an exhaustive cannabis strategy that will examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government prepares to change federal laws next year, officials at Queen's Park are looking at everything from the effects on health and road safety to justice issues and fiscal implications.

Public servants from the Ministries of Health, Education, Finance, Transportation, the Attorney General, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Municipal Affairs, Children and Youth Services, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Community and Social Services, the Treasury Board secretariat, and the cabinet office are involved in the effort.

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2 CN MB: Group Aims To Be On Federal Pot-Shop PanelTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Manitoba Lines:113 Added:06/24/2016

Bill Blair, the federal government's lead on legalizing marijuana, has been quietly meeting with advocates for the illegal pot shops springing up across the country, hearing their arguments for how regulating the sector could help eliminate the black market.

Mr. Blair blasted dispensary operators at a recent conference as reckless profiteers "who don't care about the law, who don't care about regulations, don't care about kids, they don't care about communities, they don't care about health of Canadians." But days later, the Liberal MP and former Toronto Police chief held a series of informal "behind the scenes" talks at the party's convention in Winnipeg, according to Rosy Mondin, a Vancouver lawyer who recently co-founded the non-profit Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada, which represents legal and illegal marijuana business owners.

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3 CN ON: Minor Pot Cases Still Going Forward: 'Nobody Knows What'sTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Gallant, Jacques Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:06/24/2016

It would appear no amount of weed is too small for the federal government to prosecute as it works toward legalizing the drug for recreational use.

Brandon Richards was pulled over after leaving the parking lot of a Guelph strip club shortly after 1 a.m. in October 2014 for a sobriety check. He passed, but the officer said he detected the odour of marijuana.

The big discovery: 1.15 g of pot. A street value of about $10.

Richards was charged with simple possession, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the federal agency that handles drug crimes, chose to take the matter to court, where Richards was found guilty and ordered to pay a $100 fine in April 2015.

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4CN ON: Column: How Readers Would Deal With 42,000 AddictsTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Gifford-Jones, W. Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2016

It has always seemed absurd to me. It's just a legal dependency being substituted for an illegal addiction.

Eureka! Last week I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them.

From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."

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5 CN ON: Injection Site To Be SecureTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:lofaro, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:53 Added:06/24/2016

Group seeks to address fears as proposal to go to council

The group that is proposing to create a supervised injection site in Sandy Hill said it will have security on site to address fears about an increase in drug-related crime - something Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau said is a significant concern.

The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre is gearing up to formally ask the federal government for an exemption to allow such a site to exist, but has to win the support of city leaders first.

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6 CN ON: Column: Strong Opinions On Treatment For AddictsTue, 21 Jun 2016
Source:Packet & Times (CN ON) Author:Gifford-Jones, W. Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:06/24/2016

Eureka! Recently I reported it was impossible to write this column. I had asked readers to respond to how I believe 42,000 addicts on methadone should be treated. Then my computer developed terminal cancer and I thought all your responses had been lost. Fortunately, the "Geek Squad" resurrected them.

From a Times Colonist reader, "Your suggestion that sending addicts to northern Canada to chop wood caught my eye. I was impressed by your research. The addicts I have known have no interest in getting off methadone and improving themselves. I say, enough of this nonsense. Why not have them chop wood? We all do some form of work to eat."

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7 CN ON: Column: Here's My Riff On A Whiff Of The SpliffWed, 22 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Strobel, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:06/24/2016

Stroll Yonge-Dundas Square near my place night or day and you'll confront the hidden horror of legalized pot. Phheww. Not for nothing do they call it "skunk." As our medieval marijuana laws lift, libertarians like me rejoice. Common sense finally wins out. A victimless "crime" is off the books. No harm, no foul. No foul? Take a whiff. My pal Al, passing Roy Thomson Hall en route from a Jays game, wrinkled his nose and remarked: "It's everywhere. My son really hates that smell. What's he going to do when it's legal?"

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8US MI: Lawsuit: State Produced Bogus Marijuana Test ResultsFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Detroit News (MI) Author:Snell, Robert Area:Michigan Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2016

Detroit - Several medical marijuana caregivers and patients have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the Michigan State Police crime lab intentionally misrepresented test results that expose thousands of people to possible felony charges.

The civil rights lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Detroit, alleges the state police acted in concert with the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) and other law-enforcement agencies, including the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The lawsuit was triggered by an alleged ongoing policy by the state to produce inaccurate test results that show marijuana seized during criminal investigations contained the synthetic cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effects. THC has little or no psychoactive effect when a marijuana plant is converted to an oil or edible, according to the lawsuit.

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9 CN ON: Wynne Wants Pot Restricted To LCBOWed, 22 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:51 Added:06/24/2016

Ensuring recreational marijuana sales are restricted to the LCBO is a key priority for Ontario as the legalization of weed looms, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday at Queen's Park, Wynne lamented that "we're in a grey area right now," which has enabled more than 100 illegal weed stores to open in Toronto in recent weeks.

"We literally don't have that legal framework from the federal government. I feel very strongly that there needs to be control and regulation of marijuana," said the premier, who added that it is up to the city to tackle the "dispensaries."

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10 CN BC: PUB LTE: Vancouver Should Stop Aggressive Pot BylawThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Emery, Jodie Area:British Columbia Lines:35 Added:06/24/2016

Vision Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang is not correct when he says that no one is complaining about the heavy-handed marijuana dispensary closure enforcement.

Tens of thousands of responsible adult consumers are happily supporting the many dispensaries in Vancouver and that is why so many storefronts opened. It's simple supply and demand economics.

The dispensaries are peacefully engaging in consensual transactions between adults, with a product that is consumed by millions of people and employing thousands of people.

Vancouver should cease their costly, aggressive, unwarranted bylaw enforcement, and reach out to local cannabis experts and business owners to create an improved model of fair and just regulations. We must not let conservative fear-based, reefer-madness policies shut down 90 per cent of local businesses that are peaceful, successful and popular. Dispensaries do no harm and they have widespread support because the public wants open access to cannabis.

Jodie Emery, Owner, Cannabis Culture, Vancouver

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11 CN ON: PUB LTE: We Should Legalize Pot And Move OnFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Boucher, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:32 Added:06/24/2016

Re: Marijuana use carries a costly toll - June 23

Regarding Carol Mary Awrey's letter about the legalization of marijuana, I have some thoughts on her points.

While I do agree that drug addiction is a real concern facing society today, I for one do not believe that simply legalizing marijuana will produce a whole (pardon the pun) crop of weed addicts.

Personally, I have never been a pot smoker nor do I plan on becoming one. Does this writer really believe that, should it be legalized, thousands of people who have never smoked marijuana before are suddenly going to run out and light up?

Maybe it's time we stop putting people in jail for smoking a joint on Friday night after work and keep our jails for the real criminals.

Dan Boucher Waterloo

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12 CN ON: Emery Dispensary Busted In Latest BlitzFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Westoll, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:06/24/2016

The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops.

Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries on Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city.

And Chief Mark Saunders delivered a blunt warning to any Hogtown bud businesses still operating when asked about these latest raids.

"It's an ongoing investigation. I've never minced my words," Saunders said. "This is a result of what I said. If you have a dispensary open, your chances of going to court and being charged are very high, so I highly recommend that you stop."

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13 CN ON: Pot Shops Lit Up - AgainFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Westoll, Nick Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:06/24/2016

T.O. Cops Raid More Marijuana Stores

The hits keep coming for Toronto's pot shops.

Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries Thursday - the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city.

And Chief Mark Saunders delivered a blunt warning to any Hogtown bud businesses still operating when asked about these latest raids.

"It's an ongoing investigation. I've never minced my words," Saunders said. "This is a result of what I said. If you have a dispensary open, your chances of going to court and being charged are very high, so I highly recommend that you stop."

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14 CN ON: Ontario Not Expecting Much Cash From WeedThu, 23 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:67 Added:06/24/2016

The cash-strapped Ontario government is not banking on a financial windfall from the looming legalization of recreational marijuana, says Finance Minister Charles Sousa.

With officials at Queen's Park preparing for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal legislation next year, Sousa emphasized that no cannabis tax bonanza is anticipated.

"I have not taken into consideration any of the possible receipts into our budget plans," the finance minister, who hopes to eliminate a $4.3 billion deficit next year, said Tuesday.

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15US AR: Editorial: Yes, Please, Beat ColoradoFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, AR)          Area:Arkansas Lines:Excerpt Added:06/24/2016

At Something More Important Than Football

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." - Winston Churchill

GOODNESS, how many proposals about marijuana could be on the ballot come November? Talk about poor choices in an election. What is it about 2016? If the presidential election might require many of us to hold our noses when we vote, if any more marijuana proposals get on the ballot in Arkansas, somebody might have to hand out gas masks at the polls. If for nothing else than to avoid contact highs.

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16 US CO: Pot Clubs? Colo. Backers Want Legal Site to Light UpFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Wyatt, Kristen Area:Colorado Lines:67 Added:06/24/2016

DENVER (AP) - Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms.

The result is something marijuana advocates and opponents alike feared - people toking up on sidewalks, in city parks and in alleys behind bars and restaurants - despite laws against doing so. And they're getting dinged with tickets.

From Denver to mountain resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge, police wrote nearly 800 citations for the new crime of public consumption in 2014, the first year recreational sales began.

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17 US CT: Medical Marijuana Program 'A Model'Fri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT) Author:Kramer, Jack Area:Connecticut Lines:78 Added:06/24/2016

The number of patients in the state of Connecticut receiving medical marijuana treatment has grown from 2,000 a few years ago to 11,000, according to Department of Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull.

Connecticut legalized medical marijuana for adults in 2012. There are nine dispensaries in the state serving the more than 11,000 registered patients.

Seagull reported those numbers at a recent seminar entitled "Navigating Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Regulations," which was given at the Connecticut Bar Association's Annual Legal Conference.

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18 Indonesia: OPED: Beware, Death Penalty Is an Addictive PolicyFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Jakarta Post (Indonesia) Author:Fransiska, Asmin Area:Indonesia Lines:102 Added:06/24/2016

The World Health Organization defines addiction or dependency as a complex health condition that often requires long-term treatment and care. Sadly, that is the case with Indonesia's policy on drug crimes.

To address the global problem of drugs, world leaders and activists gathered on April 19-21 at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs in New York. Most countries represented moved from criminalization to decriminalization for personal possession or use. Some opted to regulate drug markets for certain types of drugs, mostly marijuana. Almost all delegates from the EU, Latin America, UN organizations and the special rapporteurs against torture and the right to health agreed to abolish the death penalty for drug offenders.

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19 Austria: Opium Production PlungesFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Herald, The (South Africa)          Area:Austria Lines:46 Added:06/24/2016

GLOBAL opium production plunged almost 40% last year but the world remains awash with heroin, the narcotic that still kills the most people worldwide, the United Nations said yesterday.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) head Yury Fedotov said: "Heroin continues to be the drug that kills the most people and this resurgence must be addressed urgently."

A UNODC report said production of opium, which is processed into heroin, had fallen to 4 770 tons last year, a 38% plunge from 2014.

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20 Philippines: 25 Drug Suspects Killed In 5 DaysFri, 24 Jun 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Felipe, Cecille Suerte Area:Philippines Lines:118 Added:06/24/2016

At least 25 suspects in illegal drug operations were neutralized in just five days of police operations in Luzon and the Visayas, bringing to 58 the number of crime suspects killed after the May 9 elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said yesterday.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor stressed there is a presumption of regularity in police operations despite the increasing number of suspects killed by law enforcers.

"Part of the investigation is to determine the circumstances behind the operation and why the suspects were killed," Mayor said.

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