MANCHACA, Texas -- When California rings in the new year with the sale
of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into
its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive
that doubts swirl over who will even use it.
Texas is the last big state to allow some form of medical marijuana,
albeit an oil extract so low in the psychoactive component, THC, that
it couldn't get a person high. Though it might seem that Texas
policymakers have softened their attitude toward the drug, bringing
them more in line with the U.S. population as a whole, they have not.
A joint could still land you in jail in Texas, and the state's embrace
of medical marijuana comes with a heavy dose of caution.
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There's plenty of interest in selling legal pot in Manitoba. The
province notes an expression of interest on the subject attracted more
than 60 responses.
Premier Brian Pallister said that bodes well for his government's goal
to ensure official marijuana stores are accessible enough to undermine
the black market.
Pallister said the province aims to ensure access to marijuana sales
within a 30-minute drive for 90% of Manitobans to meet that goal.
"We wish to see broad coverage, broad availability," he
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They say B.C.'s pot laws have taken so long to sort out because May's
provincial election delayed the process.
Either that, or our guys were hot-boxing a van behind the legislature
and simply forgot to get it done.
In any case, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth left more questions
than answers Monday when, rather than unveiling the regulations many
expected, he merely announced a public consultation process.
Ontario might already have its pot plans in place, but here in the
birthplace of B.C. Bud, we prefer a more relaxed approach: We'll
gather information from stakeholders and the public, or maybe listen
to a little Allman Brothers, until Nov. 1.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Seemingly learning from past mistakes, state health
officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application
process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses
in two weeks.
The new rule, published Wednesday and going into effect immediately,
outsources the evaluation of the applications to "subject
matter experts," requires "blind testing" of the
applications, and includes a detailed application form --- all
departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana
regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges.
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Just six days after her 28-year-old son died from a heroin overdose,
the president of the Pennsbury school board wept as she thanked her
colleagues for unanimously approving an ambitious new $149,000
antidrug program aimed at fighting an opioid epidemic that has ravaged
young grads in their Lower Bucks County community.
"Thank you all for doing this - now more than ever it means the world
to me," a tearful Jacqueline Redner said immediately after the vote.
After a decadelong battle with addiction, her son Josh was found dead
in a motel room on Sept. 13.
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A Vancouver Island man whose marijuana grow-op was busted has had
trafficking charges stayed because his case took too long to get to
trial, the latest in a series of such cases in B.C.
Nicholas Christian Boehme, 51, was arrested on May 25, 2012 after
police searched his home in Youbou and his office in Victoria.
The residence was the site of two valid licenses to grow medical
marijuana issued by Health Canada, one of them issued to Boehme to
grow 205 plants and store 9,225 grams of dried marijuana.
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Re Think twice before decriminalizing drugs, DiManno, Aug. 7
I couldn't disagree more with Rosie Dimanno. Nearly all the harm done
to users and non-users alike by illegal drugs is because the drugs are
prohibited. Thousands were poisoned by adulterated booze during
Prohibition and thousands more are dying today because of adulterated
drugs, an aspect of government policy my wife and I became well
acquainted with when our 19-year-old son, Peter, died shortly after
ingesting some street heroin in 1993.
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Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might
soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price
Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much
thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises.
It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and
enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's
time to make it legal.
But when the government unveiled its long-awaited legislation - on the
eve of a long weekend - our hip Prime Minister was nowhere in sight.
He left the job to a bunch of hatchet-faced ministers, who grimly
assured us that this was going to be all about law and order and harm
reduction, not fun. Clearly, the government hoped that everyone would
get distracted by the holiday and move on.
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With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk
of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85
miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.
SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the
Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with
Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for
violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless
interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on
the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his
gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.
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America's sheriffs have given President Trump a woefully inaccurate
view of civil asset forfeiture-the process through which police seize,
and prosecutors literally sue, cash, cars and real estate that they
suspect may be connected to a crime. "People want to say we're taking
money and without due process. That's not true," a Kentucky sheriff
told the president last month at a White House meeting. Critics of
forfeiture, the sheriff added, simply "make up stories."
In fact, thousands of Americans have had their assets taken without
ever being charged with a crime, let alone convicted. Russ Caswell
almost lost his Massachusetts motel, which had been run by his family
for more than 50 years, because of 15 "drug-related incidents" there
from 1994-2008, a period through which he rented out nearly 200,000
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Two Oro-Medonte men were arrested this week for growing marijuana,
despite having a licence to grow
Angered over an "unjust" police raid over medicinal marijuana, two
Oro-Medonte men feel victimized after being arrested at their home and
taken away in handcuffs.
"We're two sick and injured people who were taken to jail," Christian
Gadsden, 36, said Wednesday outside the Orillia OPP detachment, a day
after police raided the Line 13 home he shares with Larry Parisien.
"It was scary, incredibly scary," said the 62-year-old Parisien,
adding he suffers from a range of ailments including fibromyalgia and
has been prescribed medicinal marijuana for close to seven years.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional
amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health
officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for
patients and doctors.
Authors of the amendment, industry insiders and legislative leaders have
called on the Department of Health to clarify what doctors and dispensing
organizations can legally do under existing state laws and the
voter-approved amendment that went into effect Tuesday.
To date, the health agency has remained mum, referring only to the
language of the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters
in November and to state laws approved in 2014 and 2016.
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DARTMOUTH, N.S. - What if Walter White was a Mennonite?
"Pure," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV, is based on actual
accounts of Mennonites acting as drug mules. Various reports suggest some
members were smuggling cocaine and marijuana into Canada all the way from
Mexico by hiding drugs in hollowed-out car batteries and wheels of cheese.
Series writer and creator Michael Amo ("The Listener") optioned one such
magazine article nearly a decade ago but had a hard time selling networks
on a Christian sect version of "Breaking Bad."
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dr. Joseph Dorn has had a unique vantage
point when it comes to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in
Dorn was the medical director of Surterra Therapeutics, which is one
of the six dispensing organizations licensed to grow and distribute
medical cannabis in the state. He resigned from that position two
months ago and has opened a medical marijuana treatment center as
Amendment 2 takes effect on Tuesday.
The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of
Florida voters, allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a
wider list of medical ailments. However, the true measure of what the
amendment means won't be immediately seen until a new set of rules are
adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department
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How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs
Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine
bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were
front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in
Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's
earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had
been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in
the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days
after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen
and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the
gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out
patrolling the streets again.
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Andrew Freedman is Colorado's director of marijuana coordination.
DENVER - Marijuana legalization brought unexpected challenges to Colorado,
and it was rarely clear what part of state government was supposed to
solve them, or how.
Businesses were selling marijuana-infused, animal-shaped candy attractive
to children. Residents growing pot at home were selling it illegally in
other states. Growers were applying pesticides to cannabis plants even
though none was specifically approved by the federal government for such
Enter Andrew Freedman, Colorado's pot czar, who is bringing together the
state's bureaucracy, marijuana industry, law enforcement community, and
public health advocates to fix problems no other state had faced.
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An American fugitive who was dubbed the Godfather of Grass because of
run-ins with the law involving the large-scale production of marijuana
will be detained in Montreal for at least another week while
authorities decide when he will be deported.
John Robert Boone, 73, was arrested by Montreal police Thursday
afternoon at a shopping centre, at the corner of Ste-Catherine St. W.
and Atwater Ave., putting an end to a police search that lasted eight
years. He had been sought by the Kentucky State Police and the U.S.
Marshals Service since 2008. He was detained at the
Riviere-des-Prairies Detention Centre where he had a hearing Friday
afternoon before an adjudicator with Canada's Immigration and Refugee
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At 4:50 a.m., the stragglers dashed through Manila's darkened streets,
hoping for a spot in the pews.
But they were too late. Hundreds of worshipers had already packed the
Sto. Nino de Paz Community Greenbelt Chapel, a low, white dome in a
sprawling outdoor shopping complex, for Friday's Simbang Gabi
So at least 100 more crowded on the pavement outside, singing "Glory
to God" beneath a crisp crescent moon.
Christmas in the Philippines is a long, spirited and, to many,
exhausting affair. About 90% of Filipinos are Christian, and they take
the holiday seriously. Stores start playing Christmas music as early
as September and don't stop until early January. Christmas trees
spring up in malls and public parks. Carolers go door to door singing
"Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit", a lively
Tagalog tune celebrating Jesus' birth. The holiday delicacy is lechon
- -- whole suckling pig, a Filipino delicacy.
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Why the celebrity licensing model is not just the gold standard for a
cannabis brand, it's a necessity
Cedella Marley's voice has a comforting, familiar lilt, the sound of
the Jamaican heritage she shares with her late father. Some 35 years
after Bob Marley's death, the Marley family has moved into the
cannabis business with Seattle-based Privateer Holdings to launch
Marley Natural, a line of hemp body products, elegant black walnut
accessories and smartly packaged smokeables.
Their biggest target market? Canada - once the recreational market
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I cannot think of anything more insane as this issue of providing
clean needles to the dope addicts.
Why not provide sophisticated tools to car thieves, so they can break
into cars without damaging the door?
Whoever takes dope must know the consequences and those peddling dope
know also what they are doing, so victim and perpetrator alike should
be held responsible, and if you are a parent and don't know what your
kids are up to, then don't cry to the public for help.
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