Pot sales are expected to begin around July 1 in Massachusetts.
The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of
new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by
the end of the year, setting up a frenetic month that will shape the
recreational pot industry.
The commission announced Tuesday that it plans to file initial
regulations by Dec. 29. Among numerous details, they will spell out
the criteria for winning dispensary licenses, rules for marijuana
consumption bars, and a plan for ensuring diversity in the industry.
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In this divided nation, we should be able to at least find common
cause in the fight to stop and treat opioid addiction, a scourge that
knows no single identity, and that does not respect geographic
boundaries or common socio-economic factors. This is a fight we must
all take up, arm in arm, because in one way or another it affects all
Indeed, the more we know about this menace to our national health, the
worse it seems. According to a new analysis released by the Trump
White House, the opioid addiction crisis may already be much worse
than previously thought. According to the White House Council of
Economic Advisers, the true cost of the crisis, as of 2015, stands at
$504 billion, a figure more than six times the most recent estimate.
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Opioid overdoses are killing two people in Washington each day, and
Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday urged legislation that will
limit new legal opioid prescriptions and monitor those receiving the
The extent of the state's opioid epidemic was outline in a report
released by the AG's office, the Washington State Patrol and the
Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, detailing its legal
and illegal roots.
It urges action on prescription opioids, "often the source of initial
exposure to opioids."
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BOSTON - Genuine debate on marijuana policy and how the legal pot
industry should look in Massachusetts is likely coming from the
Cannabis Control Commission during the middle two weeks of December,
which are shaping up to be the CCC's busiest yet as the agency tries
to file the first draft of its regulations by Dec. 29.
The CCC has tentatively penciled in public meetings for policy
discussion and debate on the draft regulations each day of the week of
Dec. 11, chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday. The following week will
begin with three days of private stakeholder meetings and then at
least one public meeting for the CCC to vote on acceptance of the
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Occasionally, Alberta's NDP government manages to demonstrate that it
is capable of balance and pragmatism.
Unfortunately, that also underscores the frustration of so frequently
seeing them do the opposite.
In preparing for legalized cannabis, the NDP must have been awfully
tempted to follow the advice of their friends in the labour movement
and build a network of government-built and government-operated retail
But other than a pre-existing ideological bent, there really wasn't a
case to be made for such an approach. The costs would be considerable,
and there would not necessarily be any corresponding payoff in terms
of better outcomes. Moreover, it would simply delay the rollout of
legalized cannabis and prove to be a gift to the black market.
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Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana
legalization legislation when there are still so many questions and so
Just last week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said that
the legislation is coming too fast, stating that, "There is
insufficient time to prepare the necessary legislative framework and
regulations to ensure the public safety." The Canadian Association of
Police Chiefs warned that it will be "impossible" to be ready for the
government's target of legalizing marijuana by July 2018. Do these
things not matter?
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On a flight home last week, I was having a conversation about the
introduction of Bill C-45 or the "Cannabis Act." The person I was
talking to is working with local governments to sort out the multitude
of bylaws and regulations which will be necessitated by the
legislation. Different municipalities are taking varying approaches
and have disparate points of view on the whole issue.
After all, not everyone is in favour of legalizing marijuana nor sure
what exactly that means.
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Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass marijuana
legalization legislation when there are still so many questions? The
Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said the legislation is coming
too fast, stating, "there is insufficient time to prepare the
necessary legislative framework and regulations to ensure the public
Do these things not matter?
Why is government not listening to its own department of health which
warned youth under the age of 25, whose brains are still developing,
should not be smoking marijuana? Why are they ignoring evidence that
says more youth will smoke marijuana and car crashes due to impairment
will increase significantly?
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Alberta and Quebec recently unveiled their strategies for the
commercialization of legal marijuana
The socialist NDP is embracing the free market, while the freemarket
Liberals seem to prefer the old-style state monopoly.
That is just one of the quirky realities as the provinces and
territories slowly and unsurely unveil their strategies for the
commercialization of legal marijuana.
Currently, only "medical" cannabis is legal. It must be prescribed and
purchased from one of 74 licensed producers. More than 200,000
Canadians have availed themselves of this privilege.
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A Vancouver cannabis firm with holdings in Alberta and a greenhouse
under construction in California expects to debut its shares on a
Canadian stock exchange in the coming weeks - with big warnings to
Sunniva Inc. will be the first pot stock to hold an initial public
offering after securities regulators set out new rules for companies
with assets in the United States, where cannabis remains federally
While several U.S. states have liberalized cannabis laws, securities
watchdogs in Canada say there are risks with investing in cannabis
stocks that have American assets, including that the companies face
potential asset seizures and prosecution by federal U.S.
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Police in Buffalo Township, Penn., were looking for marijuana when
they raided a home on Oct. 7, taking the female homeowner out of the
house without pants after she answered the door.
But there was a hitch. The homeowners weren't growing pot. They grow
hibiscus plants in their backyard.
Edward and Audrey Cramer filed a civil lawsuit last week against the
police and Nationwide Insurance Co.
Among their allegations: false arrest, excessive force, intentional
infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.
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LAS VEGAS -- For Hilary Dulany, long roots in Michigan and the
prospect of expanding her Oregon marijuana business are luring her
back to the Great Lakes State.
For Nancy Whiteman, the prospect of taking her business national has
her looking for partners in Michigan.
For the two women and many other entrepreneurs attending the MJ Biz
Conference in Las Vegas last week -- the pre-eminent conference where
18,500 professionals looking to get into the cannabis industry
gathered -- the common thread was Michigan's soon-to-explode marijuana
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Known for his mishandling of Veterans A airs, corruption scandals
within his constabulary and, shall we say, colourful comments on race
and marijuana, former Toronto and Ontario police chief Julian Fantino
is launching a pot business with a former RCMP senior leader. It has
rightly been met with outcry.
It exposes not only his personal hypocrisies but also those of the pot
A focus on criminalizing personal use rather than public health
concerns (i.e., accessibility to children, mental health issues) has
contributed to the circumstances that make young Black and Indigenous
people known to police. Along with carding, illegality of marijuana
has introduced more young racialized, especially Black, people to the
criminal justice system than is patently fair.
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The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal
drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating
Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada
Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns
the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.
"We're trying to do our own way of making sure that those drugs don't
flow through our community," said Gull. "One of the things that costs
us is with these prescriptions drugs, they're destroying young people,
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There seems to be a general euphoria with the upcoming legalization of
marijuana while, at the same time, there is silence from the majority
who oppose legalization.
Perhaps one should look at why marijuana was made illegal in the first
place. For many, it was a case of "We have enough problems with
alcohol. If marijuana is legalized, we'll have twice as many drug problems."
Others didn't want to live in a nation of zombies, where people are
walking around stoned all day.
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Why is the federal government in such a hurry to pass its marijuana
legalization when there are still so many questions and so few answers?
Just this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police said the
legislation is coming too fast, stating, "There is insufficient time
to prepare the necessary legislative framework and regulations to
ensure the public safety."
The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs warned it will be
"impossible" to be ready for the government's target of legalizing
marijuana by July 1, 2018. Do these things not matter?
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Patient response to Pa. marijuana program 'extremely positive'
What if Pennsylvania had a medical marijuana program but few people
knew about it?
With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in cannabis growing
facilities and dispensaries -- and the health of thousands of
prospective patients on the line -- alerting state residents to the
program should be a priority. But there's effectively a gag order on
nearly all players involved.
The state Department of Health, responsible for the program's
roll-out, has no budget to pay for advertising. Marijuana growers,
processors and dispensaries are prohibited by law from actively
promoting their wares. And doctors who write recommendations for
medical cannabis are forbidden from publicizing that they're
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Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides daily
reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.
When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also
voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for
past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to
change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to
infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small
amounts of the drug.
"We call it reparative justice: repairing the harms caused by the war
on drugs," says Eunisses Hernandez of the Drug Policy Alliance, a
nonprofit advocacy group that helped write the California ballot initiative.
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Few Quebec police officers are trained to determine whether drivers
are under the influence of marijuana, a federation of cop unions says.
"Police services are simply not ready" for cannabis legalization,
Robin Cote, president of the 4,500-member Federation des policiers et
policieres municipaux du Quebec (FPMQ), said on Friday.
The FPMQ issued a plea for more training a day after the provincial
government presented its pot-legalization bill.
Under Quebec's plan, there would be zero-tolerance for driving under
the influence of marijuana.
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Judge blasts Ottawa cops for arresting 'budtenders' while pot shops
An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down
the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries.
Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he cannot understand why it's so
difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.
"I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary
where the person has a big sign up, as I drive down Rideau St', that
says 'marijuana dispensary.' They brag about it on the Internet that
they are selling it.
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