New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add
post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can
legally be treated with medical marijuana.
The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed
Saturday to mark Veterans Day.
The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be
helped by medical marijuana.
He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police
officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents.
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In President Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines, the police, with his
explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and
users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or
at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while
he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest
victim was 4.
Human rights groups, the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the
United Nations have all condemned Duterte's "war on drugs." Yet when
President Trump meets Duterte in Manila, it probably won't enter the
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A citizens committee in Colton has launched an initiative to regulate
and tax local cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution in
order to generate millions of dollars in revenue for law enforcement,
schools and public safety programs.
The Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Schools recently filed its
proposed marijuana ordinance with the city and will soon begin
gathering signatures for placement on the 2018 ballot.
Meanwhile, the Colton City Council awaits a drafted ordinance of
potential regulations recommended by a committee of city leaders and
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Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana?
Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he
worked in 2009.
Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.
Casias had been using marijuana at home to treat pain from sinus
cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf for wrongful
discharge in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
A U.S. District Judge sided with the company. The U.S. Sixth Circuit
Court of Appeals later upheld the ruling.
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Staff at Revelstoke Secondary School now have a new tool to keep
students safe. The high school received two Naloxone kits at the end
Naloxone is used to counteract the effects of an opioid
With a focus on student safety and well-being, principal Greg Kenyon
said that getting the kits was an obvious decision, despite the school
being low-risk for drug overdoses.
"It's just another thing we do and have," said Kenyon. "It's like
we're trained for responding to anaphylaxis and we're trained now to
respond to Naloxone and administering that."
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The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling
the opioid crisis.
Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors,
backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they
materialize through a new program.
Preventure, a school-based preventative drug and alcohol program, aims
to reduce drug and alcohol use in high-risk teenagers.
"The starting point is prevention, then intervention," said Doug
Rogers, district substance abuse prevention counsellor.
The Canadian-developed program screens Grade 8 students for four
personality traits that are considered at risk: sensation-seeking,
impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness, as research
indicates that up to 90 per cent of at risk youth can be identified
from these traits.
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Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that
In January 2018, state and local authorities will begin issuing
licenses for the sale of legal recreational marijuana. But what do you
need to know before you rush to the dispensary? Information courtesy
When recreational marijuana sales became legal in Nevada on July 1,
customers were lined up around the block of a dispensary near downtown
Reno, eager to buy buds. In Las Vegas, cannabis enthusiasts showed up
in limos and tour buses, ready to participate in the opening-day pot
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$1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an
OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of
its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined
federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram,
with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.
In documents that urge a "co-ordinated approach" between federal and
provincial/territorial governments, Ottawa implicitly acknowledged
that provinces could move to set excise taxes higher, but said that
would fail to keep black market producers out.
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Alberta will introduce legislation as soon as next week to allow the
establishment of private cannabis stores, and will also launch a
battle with Ottawa over how to split the tax revenue from the drug
Late Friday, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci held a news conference
to slam the federal government's proposal that Ottawa get 50 per cent
of the excise tax on marijuana products. The provinces and territories
would receive the other half.
Ottawa's claim to a large share of the $1 a gram, or 10 per cent of
the producer's sale price, is not fair, Mr. Ceci contends. The
provinces and municipalities, not Ottawa, will be responsible for
related costs, such as policing, education and other implementation
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Advocates say Ottawa's proposed excise levy will simply penalize the
The federal government has angered proponents of medical cannabis and
the opposition by announcing that its planned excise tax on
recreational products will also apply to marijuana that is used to
treat various illnesses.
A large number of groups had been calling on Ottawa to remove the
sales tax that is currently imposed on medical marijuana. Instead,
they were shocked to learn on Friday that sales taxes will continue to
apply on medical marijuana, but also that an excise tax of $1 a gram
will be added on the product.
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Mayor Dan Mathieson said it was to be expected that Stratford wasn't
included in the first wave of municipalities chosen by the province to
have government-run marijuana outlets by next year.
But more information will be needed from upper levels of governments,
he added, to determine the real impacts the rollout of the proposed
legislation will have in the city and whether not being included in
the first wave was a positive or negative development.
The province announced last week the first cities where the province
will open stand-alone LCBO-like stores that will be authorized to sell
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The provincial government's plan to allow legal marijuana sales at
privately owned stores has the business community optimistic about
Less impressed is Finance Minister Joe Ceci, who was grinding his
teeth Friday at the federal government's proposed 50/50 split in tax
revenue from pot sales.
"I'm not sure what the federal government is smoking, but I can tell
you that's not going to work for Alberta," he told media.
Provinces and municipalities are bearing the brunt of the
responsibility around legalized pot sales, he argued, so it's unfair
for the federal government to swoop in and grab half of the cash.
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Western regions may pass sales off to private retailers to try to
thwart black market
MONTREAL- A national split is emerging on marijuana legalization that
pits Ontario and eastern provinces opting for total control over pot
sales against private retail regimes emerging in the West.
The regional divide reflects a clash of opinions about whether it is
more important to put black-market pot producers out of business or
heed public-health warnings when access to the drug becomes legal on
July 1, 2018.
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OTTAWA - Travellers to Canada will be routinely asked whether they are
bringing marijuana into the country as Ottawa moves to legalize
recreational pot use.
Signs will also be posted at major ports of entry to remind people
that the unauthorized importation of pot remains illegal, said Peter
Hill, associate vice-president of the Canada Border Services Agency.
In addition, the border agency plans a communications campaign through
social media to ensure travellers "are aware of the new legislation
and the requirements," Hill told MPs on the House of Commons public
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A workshop to help employers get ready for coming changes in Canada's
marijuana laws is being offered Nov. 21 in Sarnia.
The half-day Cannabis and the Workplace session, set to begin at 7:30
a.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, is being
organized by the Sarnia Lambton Workplace Wellness steering committee.
The cost is $49 per person, and participants must register in advance
online at bit.do/ cannabis workplace.
"We've heard from employers that they're concerned about the coming
legalization of cannabis," said committee chairperson Martina Jackson,
a health promoter for Lambton public health.
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A discussion on medicinal marijuana, its uses and who is using it was
the on the menu at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs'
weekly speakers series.
Dr. Ife Abiola, medical director for the 420 Clinic, spoke on the drug
and gave anecdotal information on many of the patents seen at the clinic.
He said it is important for local residents to get informed on the
drug ahead of impending national legalization.
"This is going to be changing a lot of different facets of our lives,"
he said. "You can expect to be seeing whether it's through a medical
clinic, dispensary or other people just using in a ubiquitous way in
our lives. Everyone needs to have a certain level of education about
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Questions raised about decision to allow municipal authority over
PREMIER Brian Pallister's government went stone cold silent on legal
retail cannabis Thursday while federal officials considered their
reaction to Manitoba's plan of allowing municipal councils to have the
final say on local sales.
The federal government will brief reporters in Ottawa today on its
plans to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis.
But the Pallister government did not make the premier or any cabinet
ministers available to the media Thursday and a communications staffer
intervened when a reporter tried to ask Justice Minister Heather
Stefanson about any possible reaction from Ottawa.
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A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's
plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use
A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's
plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's
acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason.
Those findings are in the results from the Yukon government's most
successful survey ever in terms of participation numbers.
Nearly 3,200 responses to the introductory section of a YG public
engagement survey on cannabis legalization were filed.
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SIMCOE - A marijuana patch wound up costing Norfolk County $76,100
during last summer's toxic gas well emergency in Silver Hill.
Staff from the Ministry of the Environment stumbled across the
marijuana while setting up air-quality monitoring equipment on North
Walsingham Road 10.
Because of the marijuana, MOE determined that the site was potentially
dangerous. MOE monitoring equipment and technicians were removed to a
location on the edge of the "hot zone." They could not be convinced to
find a location closer to the offending gas wells.
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The event will feature stories from the front lines
Nelson's Fentanyl Task Force is set to host Growing Hope: A Community
Conversation on the Current Fentanyl Crisis at Nelson's Hume Hotel on
Nov. 22. The discussion will feature health care professionals,
emergency responders, educators and community leaders across the West
"What will have the biggest effect on death is reducing stigma for
people who are using drugs," says Chloe Sage, an educator at Nelson's
ANKORS who will be part of a seven-person panel of speakers at the
event. "One of the goals of these panels is to be able to talk about
all the issues that involve people who use drugs and people who are at
risk of dying from fentanyl overdose. When we start lowering the
stigma and people can talk about what they are going through, then we
will have less deaths because people will be able to seek the help
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