When more cannabis businesses begin operating in San Jacinto,
Councilman Andrew Kotyuk said residents don't need to be struck with a
case of reefer madness.
"This is not Cheech and Chong," Kotyuk said. "This is a biotech
doctorate and masters who work with highly trained technicians in a
The City Council voted last week to increase the number of cannabis
businesses from six to 16.
San Jacinto already has given preliminary approval to three license
requests for outdoor cultivation and three more for indoor, which had
been the limit. Those have gone to five companies, one that applied
for both indoor and outdoor operations.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two plainclothes detectives were driving a white
unmarked pickup truck through a heavily forested road in Polk County
on an overcast day in March 2012.
A woman had called the sheriff's office in December. Her identity had
been stolen, she said, and new credit cards were being sent to an
address in Polk County.
The detectives couldn't find the home in the rural area 45 miles north
of Springfield, so instead they stopped at the next closest address --
the home of Charles Frederick White.
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State regulators allowed a Portland man to have a childcare business
in his home while owning a storefront dispensary selling marijuana.
Those potentially dueling interests didn't surface until this summer,
after two childcare employees quit and contacted the state. They
accused the day care owner, Samuel Watson, of keeping large amounts of
marijuana inside his Alameda home and said he was putting children at
risk. Watson categorically denies the allegations, and state officials
have not found him at fault.
Without key employees, Watson in June was forced to shut down his
in-home day care and a second location in Concordia.
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If access isn't convenient, legalization won't work, writes Andrew
In July 2018, the federal government will legalize the production and
distribution of cannabis. Between now and then, the provinces and
territories will have to decide how to adapt to this
Whether or not one agrees with the legalization, everyone can agree
that when it happens, the systems that the provinces put in place
should promote the goals of legalization that, if realized, will be
positive. Through its legislation, the federal government aims to move
cannabis from the illegal market into a regulated system in which
products can be taxed and where quality standards and controls protect
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The mayor of Saskatchewan's largest municipality wants the provincial
government to address vulnerabilities in its recreational marijuana
survey after it was determined people across Canada, and potentially
around the globe, can participate.
The concern was initially raised by Marc Spooner, a University of
Regina professor who ran for the NDP in the 2011 federal election, who
called the survey "invalid" because there's no way to determine if the
responses are from Saskatchewan residents.
Spooner, who specializes in qualitative and participatory action
research, said the data should not be used to form public policy
because it's susceptible to a form of hacking known as "freeping," in
which an online measurement effort is hijacked by a specific viewpoint
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To combat organized crime on pot sales in Ontario, legal marijuana is
going to have to be competitive with the black market on price,
availability, quality and variety.
With legal pot coming July 1 - unless Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
delays the law - Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial government
already appears to have conceded the field on price and
Finance Minister Charles Sousa said this week Ontario is looking at
selling legal pot for about $10 per gram.
That compares to an average street price in Ontario of about $8.64 per
gram, according to a report by the federal parliamentary budget
officer late last year.
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