Attorney General Jeff Sessions has compared cannabis to heroin.
NEW YORK - In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for
conservatives, last year's elections also yielded a win for liberals
in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational
But the growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney
General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin.
A task force Sessions appointed to, in part, review links between
violent crimes and marijuana is scheduled to release its findings by
the end of the month. But he has already asked Senate leaders to roll
back rules that block the Justice Department from bypassing state laws
to enforce a federal ban on medical marijuana.
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The compact mass spectrometer shows precisely what's in marijuana.
The compact, high-tech chemical sensors made by the Boston startup 908
Devices are used by emergency responders to scan for toxins after
industrial accidents, and by researchers in the pharmaceutical and
energy industries to profile the composition of drugs and petroleum
Now, the firm has unveiled a new sensor intended to give it a foothold
in a less conventional but fast-growing industry: commercial marijuana.
The sensor, dubbed the G908, is a countertop "push-button" mass
spectrometer designed to identify cannabis compounds. Its designers
say the device approaches the accuracy of traditional "gold standard"
lab equipment but is far smaller, faster, cheaper, and easier to use.
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An initiative to amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow
dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and
parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the
effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure.
Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his
group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24
of the city's code.
Elections Director Daniel Baxter said the group met the threshold of
required signatures and his department has since turned the initiative
over to the Detroit City Council, which is expected to consider it
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Chronic pain is a tremendous public health problem. The Institute of
Medicine estimates chronic pain affects 100 million Americans at an
estimated annual cost of $600 billion. But the rampant use of opioids
to treat chronic pain stands out as the least-defensible and
most-harmful of our maltreatments. Many U.S. physicians remain
resistant to this, though I would argue other options should be considered.
More than 14,000 Americans died in 2014 from unintentional overdose of
prescription opioids, making this the leading cause of death among
younger individuals in many states, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Countless others continue to take
opioids not because they have meaningful pain and functional
improvement, but because they enjoy feeling numbed, or simply have not
been presented with more appropriate and helpful therapeutic options.
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Proposition 64, also known as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative,
not surprisingly passed statewide in November 2016 but wisely failed
in Fresno County with 54 percent of the people voting against
legalization. The district I represent strongly opposed Prop. 64.
It now allows individuals 21 years or older to legally smoke marijuana
and to grow up to six plants in their home, even if they are next to
elementary schools. What many people don't know is that Prop. 64 also
allows recreational marijuana dispensaries or businesses to be opened
throughout the state unless a municipality officially prohibits or
bans them, which a majority of the Fresno City Council and mayor
wisely did last month.
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WARREN, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say more than 400 pounds (181
kilograms) of marijuana has been found in 15 new cars made in Mexico
and shipped to Ohio and Pennsylvania to sell.
A drug task force in Ohio's Portage County was called to a Ford
dealership this week after a service department employee found a
package of pressed marijuana in a spare tire compartment during a
Investigators then went to a rail yard near Warren and found more
packages in the trunks of Ford Fusions pressed into the shape of a
spare tire. Additional packages were found at other northeast Ohio
dealerships and one in Pennsylvania.
A Drug Enforcement Administration agent tells The Vindicator that
marijuana was found in April in new cars shipped from Mexico to Minnesota.
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Pallister says marijuana legalization makes province a
OTTAWA is forcing the provincial government to compete with street
gangs in the marijuana business next summer, Premier Brian Pallister
The federal mandate for provinces to be ready for legal retail
cannabis sales is July 1, 2018. That doesn't give Manitoba anywhere
near the amount of time it will take to control sales and prepare for
legal pot, he told reporters.
"There's no way we're going to supply the demand, except in part. It's
pretty clearly understood, we don't have enough pot to sell," he said,
outlining some of the issues he'll raise at next week's premiers
meeting in Edmonton.
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This week's Conversation that Matters features Anne McLellan, who
leads the task force on legalizing marijuana in Canada.
She says, "it's a bold move" because Canada becomes the first G-20
country to make pot legal. In doing so, we contravene three UN
treaties that control or prohibit access to drugs like marijuana.
There are risks and rewards. On the upside, she says, Canada will set
the standard internationally and could become the supplier of choice
to a growing international medical market, and the government can
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Of the $8.65 million in illegal drugs the Alberta Law Enforcement
Response Team (ALERT) pulled off of Alberta's streets, well over half
of it was marijuana.
"Marijuana remains highly profitable for organized crime," said Insp.
Dave Dubnyk with ALERT. "It's traded for other drugs, used for
financing illegal enterprises."
According to information in the 2016-17 ALERT annual report,
investigators seized $5.4-million worth of marijuana last year.
Dubnyk said while ALERT officers may not be specifically targeting
marijuana, it is often discovered during other investigations
involving illegal drugs and organized crime.
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Alberta police are sounding the alarm about a trending drug that one
user says is crucial to her well being.
St. Albert RCMP announced last Thursday they had seized 49 grams of
the highly concentrated marijuana derivative "shatter" from a home in
Fleetwood Crescent, where they also seized more than 100 grams of marijuana.
They arrested two men during the seizure, made on April 21 following
an extensive investigation.
"As shatter is so highly concentrated, it is important that residents
recognize it and be educated about its risks so everyone can be a part
of keeping our community safe," RCMP said in a press release.
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A copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms graces a wall
around the corner from where a woman lies on the floor as a needle
full of heroin is injected into her neck.
She rises quickly, sweeps her long brown hair over one shoulder and
sits on a chair as a man is handed a needle by another woman also
wanting his help at an overdose prevention site located at the office
of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.
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Cannabis stigma disappearing as legalization nears, insiders say
Ottawa entrepreneur Chuck Rifici dove in to the medical marijuana
business with trepidation five years ago.
"When I was first looking for investors and researching the creation
of Tweed, you would whisper 'marijuana' in a Starbucks, talking to
people," he recalls.
"Mainstream discussion of being involved in the cannabis industry
carried the fear of reputational risk."
If the plan to grow medical marijuana in an old chocolate factory in
Smiths Falls failed, Rifici figured he would be labelled as "just the
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Dalhousie duo say recreational, medical need to be separate
Dalhousie researchers are lending their voices to the debate on
keeping the medical and recreational streams of marijuana separate.
The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published
recommendations in a framework for legalization of cannabis in Canada
It stated recreational marijuana be accessed separately from medical
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) came out against that
recommendation in favour of a single stream instead.
The task force noted patients felt a separate system was necessary to
avoid losing their current access rights to cannabis.
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Leila Attar to discuss dangers of the drug with youth, parents
Leila Attar was unconscious on the floor of her Ottawa home when a
loud knock at her door shook her from a drug-induced blackout at 2
"It was non-stop
I thought it was the cops because of how loud it
was," she recalled.
It turned out to be a close friend coming to check on her because
Attar, now 19, had stopped responding to texts. Later, she would be
told by doctors that she was overdosing on fentanyl after taking pills
she thought were Percocet.
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The audacity of the Sahota family is breathtaking. Its patriarchs are
notorious slum landlords, who wanted to branch out and run a cannabis
shop in the heart of Vancouver's west side.
Their licence application was rejected Wednesday as the board of
variance refused to bend on the prohibition on pot shops within 300
metres of schools.
The proposed Herban Legends was 260 metres away from one of the city's
most prestigious private kindergartens, York House Little School.
You can't blame the Sahotas for trying.
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Many Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned with the federal
government's proposed legalization of recreational marijuana.
Rigorous scientific studies are not available on its long-term effects
to users. Quite the opposite, what is available points to an
irreversible neurological degeneration, in particular for young
people. It took more than 400 years of ingesting the tobacco drug into
the human body before the weight of evidence was accepted by the
majority of governments that it was a disaster to human life.
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Manitoba's premier believes legal pot sellers will be forced to
compete with gangs and lack a sufficient supply of the drug to do so.
Premier Brian Pallister he expects the "unrealistic" federal timeline
that mandates pot sales be legalized by July 2018 will lead to direct
competition between legal and illegal sellers. He plans to lobby
fellow premiers at a first ministers meeting in Edmonton next week to
join his call to delay that date.
"There's no way that we're going to supply the demand, except in part.
So therefore, we're moving into a situation where we're going to
compete gradually with gang distribution marijuana. Right there, we're
not in a position to take over the market with legal cannabis
distribution systems because we don't have enough production," said
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The lethal danger of fentanyl is becoming well-known. No one knows
precisely how many people die per year in Canada from opioid
overdoses. Last year, there were 922 opioid overdose deaths in B.C.
alone, and more than 340 overdose deaths in Alberta were specifically
from fentanyl. While Saskatchewan numbers are much smaller and their
official count is unclear at this point, the drug's lethal toll may
well be on the rise in this province as well; it is clearing coming
east from the coast and from Alberta.
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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has "seen the science" regarding marijuana
and young people, and because of this, he wants the minimum age to
purchase marijuana to be 21. Has Nenshi bothered to notice the science
regarding tobacco, which directly kills 45,000 Canadians every year,
or alcohol, which directly kills 4,500 Canadians every year? yet,
anyone 18 or over can purchase these products. Marijuana-related
deaths in Canada for 2016: 0. In fact, marijuana-related deaths for
the years 2000 B.C. to 2017 A.D.: 0. Don't worry about adults
purchasing marijuana at 18, Mr. Nenshi. It will be fine.
(If we say you are an adult at 18, you are an adult without
THE Manitoba government will never have enough time to study and
prepare for the impending legalization of marijuana.
At least, that's how Canadian cannabis advocate and president of
Winnipeg 420's organizing committee, Steven Stairs, sees it.
Marijuana is already here, he said, and legalization won't change the
fact that for years people have been buying and selling it, smoking
and ingesting it.
"They're fostering the black market right now," Stairs said of the
government's slow response to legalization.
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A new online survey launched Wednesday wants to gather public thoughts
on how Ontario should approach legalizing marijuana.
It wants to know how it can do it in a way that "protects youth,
prevents harms and ensures that Ontario's roads continue to be among
the safest in North America," according to a media release.
Among the questions are "Would you support the Ontario government
putting in place stricter penalties (e.g. increased fines, longer
licence suspensions) for drug-impaired driving?" and "What public
health and safety measures are most important to you as we determine
who should sell and distribute cannabis in Ontario?"
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Proposed shop linked to Sahota family angers activists
Activists in the Downtown Eastside rallied at Vancouver City Hall on
Wednesday afternoon - but this time their demand wasn't for more
housing, to save Chinatown, or to halt a developer.
They wanted to block a marijuana dispensary proposed for affluent
Kerrisdale, Herban Legends, from appealing its rejection by the city
for being within 300 metres of a school.
The bulk of speakers and community letters submitted - 58 against, none
for, the Board of Variance chair revealed - in the case weren't about
the school issue, but the dispensary's connections to a family that owns
poorly maintained single-resident occupancy buildings in the Downtown
Eastside, including the condemned and evacuated Balmoral Hotel: the
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Board butts out plans for pot shop
The Sahota family, whose dilapidated Balmoral Hotel on Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside was evacuated last month, is being slammed for its
failed effort to open a cannabis dispensary on the city's west side.
Herban Legends, at 3038 Arbutus St., sought to sell cannabis 220
metres from York House School's "Little School" against regulations
that require all dispensaries to be at least 300 metres from schools.
Wednesday afternoon, Herban Legends had an appeal hearing with the
city's board of variance.
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APPEAL DENIED: Family that owns Balmoral Hotel sought to sell cannabis
260 metres from school
The Sahota family, whose dilapidated Balmoral Hotel on Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside was evacuated last month, are being slammed for
their failed effort to open a cannabis dispensary on the city's west
Herban Legends, at 3038 Arbutus St., sought to sell cannabis 260
metres from York House School's "Little School" against regulations
that require all dispensaries to be at least 300 metres from schools.
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A decision to increase the minimum distance between marijuana
dispensaries in Victoria, as part of the rezoning and business
licensing process for such shops, was no doubt applauded by many.
It seems this creating of a larger buffer zone - from 200 to 400
metres between shops - at an earlier point in the process could have
helped avoid the proliferation of such outlets, which sprung up in
virtually every neighbourhood in very short order.
The city has been putting together temporary measures to deal with
this matter since the federal Liberal government stated it would
eventually be legalizing the sale of cannabis in this country.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Facebook has shut down pages set up by several
businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska, severing what
some shop owners consider a critical link to their customers.
The social media giant said its standards describe what users can
post, and content promoting marijuana sales isn't allowed. The issue
has popped up over the last few years in states that have legalized
recreational and medical pot, often coming in waves, industry
Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry
Association, said the industry has been forced to fight the same
battles repeatedly as marijuana gains broader acceptance nationally.
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Heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs remain widely available
throughout Ohio, often at bargain prices, a new state report reveals.
If that isn't bad enough, the quality of the drugs is "is really good,
too good. We've lost 12 friends in the past year (to overdoses)," said
one respondent in the just-released Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring
Network Report. The semi-annual statewide report of drug availability
trends is done by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction
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Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear want a Frankfort
judge to dismiss a lawsuit calling for the legalization of medical
marijuana in Kentucky.
In a motion filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Bevin's attorneys
said medical marijuana is a "political question" that should be
decided by the General Assembly, not a judge.
"Since at least 2014, the legislature has debated bills advocating for
the lawful use of medicinal marijuana in every legislative session,"
attorney Barry Dunn wrote for the governor's office. "The General
Assembly will consider legalizing medicinal marijuana again in the
2018 session. It is solely within the General Assembly's
constitutional powers to determine whether to make medicinal marijuana
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Nevada officials have declared a state of emergency over marijuana:
There's not enough of it.
Since recreational pot became legal two weeks ago, retail dispensaries
have struggled to keep their shelves stocked and say they will soon
run out if nothing is done to fix a broken supply chain.
"We didn't know the demand would be this intense," Al Fasano,
cofounder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, said Tuesday. "All of a sudden you have
like a thousand people at the door.aE&We have to tell people we're
limited in our products."
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Last year, there were 49 cases of kids under the age of 5 accidentally
eating treats with marijuana in them.
TACOMA, Wash. - A Tacoma mother says her 14-month-old daughter got
sick after eating candy with marijuana in it. And now, she wants to
warn other parents.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, said the toddler found
the candy at a relative's home without anyone knowing. When she went
to pick up her daughter, the girl started acting strangely.
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Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $3
million donation to endow a fellow in drug policy to provide objective
scientific research in the highly charged political arena of drug
addiction, university officials announced Wednesday.
Katharine Neill Harris, who currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship
in drug policy at the Baker Institute, will become the Alfred C.
Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy.
The money to fund her new position comes from the Glassell Family
Foundation led by Houston philanthropist Alfred C. Glassell III.
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Marijuana billboard in South Boston called 'insensitive'
The advertisement was from Weedmaps, a California-based company that
runs an online marijuana dispensary rating service and sells inventory
software to pot shops.
While waiting at a stoplight on East Broadway in South Boston last
week, Sheila Greene looked up at a billboard and was stunned. In white
letters against a black background, a message read: "States that
legalized marijuana had 25% fewer opioid-related deaths."
Greene was bothered by the fact that the advertisement - from
Weedmaps, a California-based company that runs an online marijuana
dispensary rating service and sells inventory software to pot shops -
was placed in a neighborhood hard hit by opioid abuse. "I couldn't
believe it was being advertised," she said.
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Nevada's recreational marijuana supply is drying up.
A lesson there for California?
Nevada is running out of weed -- the legal kind.
About a week after the state legalized the use of recreational pot,
the state's 47 licensed marijuana stores are nearly depleted. The
unexpected shortage was caused by a bottleneck in granting
distribution licenses and legal challenges.
California officials better be watching carefully. Its voters
legalized recreational marijuana use in November and come next Jan. 1
you will be legally allowed to buy marijuana in cities where it's allowed.
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Two Milwaukee men were charged Tuesday in connection with a shooting
on the city's northwest side that killed a teenager late last month.
[name redacted], 21, and [name redacted], 34, were charged with
first-degree reckless homicide, as party to a crime and use of a
dangerous weapon in a shooting that killed Ramsey Wheeler, 19, on June
A 21-year-old man who was injured during the shooting was identified
as Wheeler's brother in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
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Medical-cannabis patients who use illegal cannabis dispensaries
instead of turning to other legal and black-market sources do so
because they feel safe at these shops and like that they have reliable
supplies of the specific strains they want, according to new research
from the University of British Columbia.
Rielle Capler, a PhD student and the study's lead author, said the
results can help give Ottawa and provincial governments an idea of
what consumers want as they look toward legalizing the drug some time
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Now the state is taking steps to increase the crop.
"We want to be the nation's leader in hemp production,'' Gov. Andrew
Cuomo said Wednesday shortly before signing legislation intended to
boost the commercialization of industrial hemp, which is used in some
25,000 products from cosmetics and animal feed to clothing and biofuels.
The state is also pumping $10 million into research for the
now-fledgling industry, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball
said, after the federal government in 2014 relaxed rules governing the
growing of the crop. Industrial hemp, unlike its marijuana cousin,
contains no or minimal levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, the ingredient
that gets users high.
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Manitoba wants to know about your marijuana use as it prepares for
The Manitoba government plans to poll residents about their marijuana
consumption and what kind of rules they would like to see when
recreational pot is legalized next year.
The provincial liquor and gaming authority is looking for a company to
do 15-minute surveys of at least 1,200 Manitobans in the coming months
as it prepares for the new law.
"We don't have a great understanding about cannabis as a substance and
how people use it," said Kristianne Dechant, the authority's
communications and research manager.
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This lethal drug makes a discussion urgent, writes Dr. Richard
The dangers of fentanyl as a frequently used mood-modifying,
recreational drug, on its own or laced into other opiates are
gradually becoming well known.
The substance has recently gained a reputation as the Grim Reaper of
illicit drugs. The number of deaths and near deaths originating with
fentanyl use is simply shocking. Surely parents must initiate a
serious discussion with their children and teens about this and other
drug use. In this case, talk is, arguably, the primary preventive measure.
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Safety, distribution are among issues in online survey
The province is seeking your opinion on how Ontario should deal with
the legalization of marijuana, to ensure youth are protected, harm is
avoided and roads are safe.
Starting Tuesday, Ontario residents are encouraged to go online and
fill out a survey asking their opinion on important issues related to
legalization, the government said in a news release.
Go to ontario.ca/cannabis before July 31.
"The legalization of cannabis will mark a big change in our country,"
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said in the release. "Here in Ontario, we
have some important decisions to make - and with so much at stake, we
need to get it right.
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OHSWEKEN - The Six Nations elected council is making clear to
residents on the territory that police will enforce current laws
concerning the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal
purposes until use of the drug is legalized next year.
Meantime, council says it is developing its own policy focusing on
community well-being in preparation for the potential change by Ottawa.
"Today, the possession and sale of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes
is still illegal everywhere across the country," elected Chief Ava
Hill and council said in a statement issued on the council's website
and through social media.
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The County of Renfrew has seen a sharp rise in the number of opioid
overdoses so far this year, according to first responders.
The County of Renfrew Paramedic Service has answered 95 overdoses
calls, which matches the number of overdose cases that paramedics
responded to in 2016. Paramedics are seeing on average about a 13 per
cent year-over-year increase in opioid overdoses.
"Without a doubt the number of cases is going up," said Mike Nolan,
director of emergency services and chief of the County of Renfrew
Paramedic Service. "There is a significant increase in the number of
serious overdoses that can be reversed using Narcan."
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"People doing drugs now are dope-sick and it's so painful, you'd
rather die." - Constance Barnes, Overdose Prevention Society
The day you read this column, four people in British Columbia will die
of a drug overdose, two-thirds due to the powerful opioid fentanyl.
That means 1,500 people will die in just one year. It's the equivalent
of four jumbo jets loaded with passengers crashing at Vancouver
International Airport in 12 months - unthinkable.
Yet many people ask: Why would anyone in their right mind play Russian
roulette with their life by taking cocaine, ecstasy or heroin that
could be laced with deadly fentanyl?
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Police chief Ron Maracle said there is a plan of action, but won't say
what it is
The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate 'proactive policing' to
address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
"There is a plan of action, but I'm not looking to put it out at this
point," said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to
crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk
of continuing operation without proper licences. "I still have another
meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in
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The distinctive smell of weed was permeating the air around the
And I was panicking.
Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting
No, I was afraid of a question: "Daddy, what's that
You see, I was doing my rock'n'roll duty, trying to pass my burning
love of concerts on to my young'uns.
It was their first show. It was a Canada Day freebee and it was
spectacular, with a lineup that included The Novaks, a St.
John's-based rock machine, and The Sheepdogs, the Saskatoon band with
big sound and even bigger hair.
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The legalization of cannabis is a move forward for our country and
sends a positive message to the rest of the world about a changing
tide in the global war on drugs.
However, as we progress toward legalization, we must ensure that we
work to repair the harms done to those most affected by almost a
century of prohibition.
Justin Trudeau rose to power based, in part, on a promise to legalize
cannabis after having publicly admitted to smoking weed while sitting
as a member of Parliament. Trudeau is certainly not alone in his
fondness for the drug. Survey data reveals that 11 per cent of
Canadians aged 15 and older have used it in the past year and over
one-third admit to having done so at least once in their lifetime.
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Custio Clayton alleges racial profiling by Montreal police
A cloud still follows Custio Clayton after one spring night in
The former Olympian turned professional boxer has been in his hometown
of Dartmouth for three weeks now, following his biggest pro victory to
date. But this period of rest and relaxation has been sullied for the
29-year-old father of four.
Clayton says he was racially profiled by Montreal police during a
traffic stop April 4 - during which a veteran officer accused him of
being a drug dealer hiding marijuana inside a 2017 Yukon Denali.
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Users argue too many rules still surround legalization
Medical marijuana users say the Trudeau government's plans to legalize
marijuana involve too many roadblocks.
Activists and users said during a press conference Monday that the
Liberal's bill, which has yet to pass in the House, still marks
marijuana as something people need to be ashamed of.
"My Canada includes being marginalized, stigmatized and criminalized
for picking a plant over pills," said Loretta Clark, 58, who said she
has been using cannabis since she was 12.
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Man convicted despite evidence being lost by police prior to
A man convicted of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
despite police losing the drugs will appeal both his conviction and
the 30-month sentence he received Monday.
"I have already consulted with appeal counsel in Toronto," said Ken
Marley, defence lawyer for Miles Patrick Meraw. "I'm hoping the Court
of Appeal will have the opportunity to analyze this. A case like this
has never been before an appellate court."
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Highway 7 site believed to be operating legally
BRESLAU - Waterloo Regional Police say they're monitoring a large
marijuana grow-op at the former Waterloo Flowers greenhouse site - and
believe it's operating within the law for medical marijuana for
The site isn't owned by one of the 28 federally licensed producers in
Ontario that supply's Canada's mail-order medical marijuana, and its
less-than-discreet cannabis production beside a busy Highway 7 has
prompted rampant speculation among neighbours.
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By this time next year, if all goes to plan, using marijuana for
recreational purposes will be legal in Canada.
At the same time, it's becoming clearer by the week that Ottawa must
take two additional steps to make sure we don't perpetuate the damage
done by our outdated drug laws.
First, the federal government should immediately decriminalize the
possession and use of small quantities of marijuana. And second, it
needs a plan to make it easier for the many thousands of people
convicted under the present law to obtain a pardon and wipe their
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