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1US RI: Federal Drug Agency Asks R.I. For Medical Marijuana PatientSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Bogdan, Jennifer Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island - -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.

The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information.

The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified.

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2 US MA: Marijuana Rally On Boston Common Features Vendors, Music, AndSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Carozza, Jacob Area:Massachusetts Lines:42 Added:09/19/2017

The Boston Freedom Rally was on Boston Common on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Boston Common this weekend for the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally - the first time the marijuana festival has been held since voters approved a ballot referendum last November legalizing the drug for recreational use.

As of Saturday morning, about 7,400 people indicated on Facebook that they plan to go to the rally, organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition.

The festival, which began Friday, is scheduled to be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday according to its Facebook page.

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3 US PA: Patients Lose As Cannabis Industry Barters For Zoning InThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Goldstein, Chris Area:Pennsylvania Lines:113 Added:09/19/2017

A pay-to-play system has developed between state-licensed cannabis operators and municipal governments across the country for local zoning. The same model has quickly materialized in Pennsylvania, and now one town has gone too far.

Muhlenberg Township in Berks County was trying to squeeze a dispensary - - Franklin Bioscience LLC - for 5 percent of its annual profits.

The issue was revealed when the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer from medical-marijuana program director John Collins to the company's CEO, Andrew Weiss, allowing the dispensary to relocate after getting pressured for the cash. Collins wrote:

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4 US CA: Pot Edibles That Look Like Gummy Bears Should Be Illegal ToThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:31 Added:09/19/2017

California companies would be prohibited from selling marijuana edibles made in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday and sent to the governor for consideration.

"We are trying to protect children," said Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), who authored AB 350.

Lawmakers said marijuana edibles have been made in the past to look like gummy bears or miniature pineapples. In April, some middle school students in San Diego got sick after a classmate sold them marijuana-laced gummy bears.

The state plans to begin issuing licenses for the sale of recreational marijuana to people 21 and older in January, so lawmakers have introduced several bills aimed at preventing pot from being marketed to minors.

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5 CN ON: Pot Use Will Surge: PollTue, 19 Sep 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Leeson, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:153 Added:09/19/2017

More than a third of respondents plan to use legalized marijuana

A new study by Sudbury-based researchers has found that 39 per cent, or 11.5 million adult Canadians intend to be cannabis consumers once the federal government's legalization plan becomes a reality.

According to a survey of 5,000 randomly selected Canadians, done in partnership between Oraclepoll Research and cannabis marketing consultant Colin Firth, 57 per cent of Canadians support the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018.

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6 US PA: DA Candidate Endorses Safe Injection Sites For HeroinThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Whelan, Aubrey Area:Pennsylvania Lines:134 Added:09/19/2017

Democrat Larry Krasner, the front-runner to become Philadelphia's next district attorney, says he supports city-sanctioned spaces where people addicted to heroin can inject drugs under medical supervision and access treatment, a move advocates see as a promising step toward making the city the first in the U.S. to open such a site.

His Republican opponent, Beth Grossman, says she's open to discussions on the matter.

For those on the front lines of the heroin crisis in Philadelphia, both are encouraging stances in a political arena where the idea can still be dismissed out of hand. But recently, cities across the country have begun to consider the possibility of instituting supervised injection sites; several nations, including Canada, have used the approach for years.

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7 CN ON: Jimi Hendrix's Best Christmas Present EverSun, 17 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Hauch, Valerie Area:Ontario Lines:149 Added:09/19/2017

After getting arrested at Pearson for drug possession, trial was like a 'nightmare' for legendary star

In 1969, legendary rock musician Jimi Hendrix declared Canada had given him "the best Christmas present" when a Toronto jury acquitted him of drug possession charges.

He had been arrested when he arrived at Toronto airport for a performance seven months earlier. Sadly for local Hendrix fans, it would be his last visit to this country and indeed, his last Christmas. The "Purple Haze" songwriter died 10 months later.

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8 CN ON: Mayor Backs Pot PlanMon, 18 Sep 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Sherratt, Brad Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:09/19/2017

Tony Antoniazzi supports province's stand on marijuana legislation

KIRKLAND LAKE - Kirkland Lake Mayor Tony Antoniazzi is in agreement with the provincial government's proposed legisilation.

The Mayor stated "the province of Ontario has taken, the right, first steps, as they presented their plan for the sale and distribution of smoked or vaped recreational cannabis. It's a sensible and cautious approach."

He adds "Ontarians have a good understanding and respect for our province's liquor laws. Mirroring the sale of pot to the LCBO model is a good first step. Going forward we could see the retail sale and distribution of recreational cannabis extend out to the private sector, just as we see today with liquor allowed to be sold at some highway general stores along major routes."

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9 CN ON: Teach Kids To Just Say No: ExpertsThu, 14 Sep 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Blatchford, Andy Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:09/19/2017

OTTAWA - Youth health experts are warning the federal government that its push to legalize recreational cannabis should be accompanied by extensive public-education and prevention campaigns that spell out the serious risks of pot consumption on adolescent brains.

Parliamentarians heard this message numerous times Wednesday during a House of Commons committee hearing to study the Trudeau government's legislation to legalize marijuana.

Ottawa plans to legalize cannabis for adults 18 and older within 10 months, but some provinces and police services have warned the federal timeline is far too tight for them to properly prepare for such a major change.

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10 US MI: Detroit Voters To Decide On 2 Marijuana Proposals In NovemberFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:144 Added:09/19/2017

Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.

If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.

Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact zoning regulations.

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11 CN NK: N.B. Sets Up Marijuana Crown CorporationSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:New Brunswick Lines:115 Added:09/19/2017

Province inks supply deals, including with pot producer in pesticides probe

New Brunswick became the second province to start unveiling plans to sell recreational marijuana next year, when the federal government expects to lift nearly a century of prohibition on the product.

The province announced on Friday that it has created a Crown corporation to oversee sales of recreational marijuana, and has signed agreements with two cannabis-producing companies to supply a portion of its retail network.

However, the New Brunswick government stopped short of releasing specific details on how the product will be sold - such as the legal age for consumption and the number of retail sites that will be permitted. The new Crown corporation will not directly conduct retail sales but will work with other entities to operate the stores, the province said.

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12CN AB: Minister Admits Not Everyone Will Agree On Plan For LegalizedSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says she's not expecting "complete consensus" as Alberta prepares to release its plan for legal cannabis in a matter of weeks.

As the federal Liberal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on July 1, 2018, it falls to the provinces to deal with issues such as the minimum age for consumption and how pot will be distributed and sold.

In written submissions to its cannabis secretariat, Alberta's NDP government has heard wide-ranging options for how retail sales of marijuana should be handled, including allowing new standalone specialized stores, utilizing existing private liquor stores or government-controlled sales.

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13CN SN: Worry Over Pot Bill Age LimitSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes to allow kids aged 12-18 to legally possess marijuana, but experts warn weed is 'very dangerous' for developing brains.

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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14CN NK: N.B. Strikes Supply Deals For Legalized PotSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Zochodne, Geoff Area:New Brunswick Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Province to create new Crown agency

New Brunswick has set up a new Crown corporation that will oversee marijuana sales, but not actually retail the drug, when the federal government's planned legalization of recreational cannabis goes into effect next July

Provincial Finance Minister Cathy Rogers and Health Minister Benoit Bourque made the announcement Friday in Moncton, adding that New Brunswick has already struck deals with two licensed medical marijuana companies to help supply its recreational market.

However, the province has still left the door open to a possibly less- restrictive retail regime than the one proposed by Ontario, which is setting up a single, government-run retailer.

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15 CN ON: Poll Shows Support For Liberals' Pot PlanFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Benzie, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:93 Added:09/19/2017

Government control of marijuana sales backed by 51% of respondents

Ontarians appear to be high on the sale of recreational marijuana being restricted to a provincial government monopoly, a new poll suggests.

Campaign Research found 51 per cent of those surveyed back Premier Kathleen Wynne's new plan to have cannabis sold solely through standalone LCBO-operated stores and a website.

"Media and the punditocracy . . . are suggesting that it's inefficient and it's bureaucratic and the antithesis of what most people wanted when, in actuality, the government is doing exactly what Ontarians want," said Eli Yufest, CEO of Campaign Research, on Thursday.

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16 CN ON: Pot Store Not Wanted In Dutton DunwichFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:St. Thomas Times-Journal (CN ON) Author:Gough, Vicki Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:09/19/2017

Council unanimous in opposition to provincial marijuana plan

It wanted no part of a wind farm imposed on it by Premier Kathleen Wynne's government against its will.

Now, a Southwestern Ontario municipality wants the Liberal premier to keep her pot out of its booze store.

Members of the municipal council in Dutton Dunwich, southwest of London, were emphatic at their latest meeting they don't want legal marijuana - which the government plans to sell through its Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) monopoly - in their liquor and beer outlet in Dutton.

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17CN BC: Pot Regulation Picture Hazy For Time BeingSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Federal minister, provincial counterparts meet to establish common ground on issues

After two days of meetings in Vancouver, the nation's justice and public safety ministers were vague and hazy Friday about what the looming legalization of cannabis will actually look like.

The ministers said they had a "robust" discussion about the weed, but seemed to agree only that many challenges remained - not the least of which was meeting what was called an "ambitious" July 1 deadline for ending the near-century-old pot prohibition.

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18CN SN: Kids Would Be Able To Possess Weed Under LawSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:Robinson, Ashley Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

Bill C-45 proposes youths 12-18 can have up to five grams before facing charges

As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.

The professed goal of the federal Liberals' Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.

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19 CN MB: Campaign Targets Drug-Impaired DrivingFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Israel, Solomon Area:Manitoba Lines:85 Added:09/19/2017

MANITOBA - Public Insurance announced a new public education campaign against drug-impaired driving on Thursday, with a focus on cannabis ahead of the expected legalization of that substance next year.

The campaign, launched in co-operation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, will include messaging focused on new teen drivers, youth in general, the medical community and the general public, with taglines such as "Think you're a better driver when you're high? Think again."

MPI chief administrative officer Ward Keith said the campaign was developed in response to "a number of things that are lining up to give us real concerns about the risk of cannabis-impaired driving" after legalization.

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20CN BC: Pot Sales: 'All Options On Table'Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Kines, Lindsay Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

The B.C. government plans to consult with police, local governments and the public before deciding how to sell and distribute recreational marijuana once the federal government legalizes pot next summer.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth told reporters Thursday that "all options are on the table," including selling marijuana through government liquor stores. "We have not made any decisions about that," he said.

Farnworth said the government intends to gather suggestions on ways to sell and distribute marijuana, as well as on the appropriate age limit for purchasing it.

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