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1 US NY: As States Keep Saying Yes To Marijuana, Attorney General SaysSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:New York Lines:113 Added:07/19/2017

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 use.

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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2 US MA: Boston Startup Dives Into Marijuana Industry With High-TechSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Adams, Dan Area:Massachusetts Lines:108 Added:07/19/2017

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 products.

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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3 US MI: Proposal Would Let Detroit Pot Shops Open Near Liquor StoresSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:143 Added:07/19/2017

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 Tuesday.

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4 US MI: Oped: In Easing Chronic Pain, Marijuana May Be A Better ChoiceSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Clauw, Daniel Area:Michigan Lines:112 Added:07/19/2017

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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5US CA: Oped: Fresno Did The Right Thing With Its Marijuana BanSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Bredefeld, Garry Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

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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6 US OH: Police Find 400 Pounds Of Marijuana In Cars Made In MexicoSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:31 Added:07/19/2017

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 vehicle inspection.

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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7 CN MB: Selling Pot 'Competition' With GangsSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:110 Added:07/19/2017

Pallister says marijuana legalization makes province a dealer

OTTAWA is forcing the provincial government to compete with street gangs in the marijuana business next summer, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

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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8CN BC: Weighing Pot Pros, ConsSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:McNish, Stuart Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

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 collect tax.

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9 CN AB: Majority Of Drugs Seized By Alert Is MarijuanaMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Theobald, Claire Area:Alberta Lines:56 Added:07/19/2017

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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10 CN AB: Sticky Situation: Weed Derivative Sparks DebateMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Maimann, Kevin Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:07/19/2017

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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11CN BC: Drug Users' Network A Leader In Prevention For Two DecadesMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bains, Camille Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

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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12CN ON: Go Ahead, Talk All You Want About Mary Jane In PublicMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

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 pot guy."

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13 CN NS: Researchers Want Two Weed StreamsTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Fida, Kashmala Area:Nova Scotia Lines:81 Added:07/19/2017

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 in 2016.

It stated recreational marijuana be accessed separately from medical marijuana.

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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14 Canada: Teen Talks Fentanyl On National TourTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Edmonton, CN AB) Author:Mosleh, Omar Area:Canada Lines:137 Added:07/19/2017

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 a.m.

"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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15CN BC: Column: City Needs To Act Against ScofflawsFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Bramham, Daphne Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/17/2017

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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16 CN NF: LTE: Does Canada Need Legalized Recreational Marijuana?Sat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Bursey, T. E. Area:Newfoundland Lines:61 Added:07/17/2017

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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17 CN MB: Pallister Wants Feds To Delay Pot Legalization TimelineFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Pursaga, Joyanne Area:Manitoba Lines:74 Added:07/17/2017

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 Pallister.

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18 CN SN: Column: Drug Talk Now A Family EssentialSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Prince Albert Daily Herald (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:91 Added:07/17/2017

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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19 CN AB: PUB LTE: Picking And ChoosingSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Aubut, Warren Area:Alberta Lines:31 Added:07/17/2017

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.

Warren Aubut

(If we say you are an adult at 18, you are an adult without conditions.)


20 CN MB: Manitoba Slow To Sniff Out Pot-legalization OpportunitiesThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)          Area:Manitoba Lines:81 Added:07/17/2017

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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21 CN ON: Ontario Launches Survey On Legal PotThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Abdelwahab, Alex Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:07/17/2017

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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22 CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary OpposedThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Ball, David P. Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:07/17/2017

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 Sahota family.

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23CN BC: Sahotas' Dispensary Bid Goes Up In SmokeThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/17/2017

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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24CN BC: Sahotas Lose Bid For Pot DispensaryThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Eagland, Nick Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:07/17/2017

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 side.

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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25 CN BC: Editorial: Victoria Drops The Hammer Again On Pot RegulationFri, 14 Jul 2017
Source:Oak Bay News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:07/17/2017

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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26US AK: Facebook Takes Down Pages Of Some Legal Alaska Pot ShopsThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Bohrer, Becky Area:Alaska Lines:Excerpt Added:07/17/2017

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 officials said.

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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27 US OH: Heroin, Cocaine Are Cheap, Potent And Widely AvailableThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Johnson, Alan Area:Ohio Lines:71 Added:07/14/2017

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 Services.

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28 US KY: Bevin And Beshear Ask Judge To Dismiss Medical MarijuanaThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Cheves, John Area:Kentucky Lines:89 Added:07/14/2017

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 lawful."

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29 US NV: Nevada Has A Drug Problem: Shops Are Running Out Of MarijuanaTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Lee, Kurtis Area:Nevada Lines:141 Added:07/14/2017

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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30US WA: Tacoma Mom Says Baby Accidentally Ate Marijuana Candy OffersWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Pham, Suzanne Area:Washington Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

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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31US TX: Baker Institute Gets $3m For Drug Policy ResearchWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:Deam, Jenny Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

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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32 US MA: Marijuana Billboard In South Boston Causes StirWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Conti, Katheleen Area:Massachusetts Lines:130 Added:07/14/2017

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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33US NV: Nevada Marijuana Stores Are Running Out Of WeedMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Rodriguez, Robert Area:Nevada Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

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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34US WI: 2 Milwaukee Men Charged In Killing Of Teen During MarijuanaTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)          Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

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 28.

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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35 CN BC: Illegal Dispensaries Seen As Safe, Reliable: StudyWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:07/14/2017

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 next year.

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36 US NY: New York Makes Bid To Grow More Hemp - For Industrial PurposesWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Buffalo News (NY) Author:Precious, Tom Area:New York Lines:67 Added:07/14/2017

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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37 CN MB: Pot Poll PlannedThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Lambert, Steve Area:Manitoba Lines:64 Added:07/14/2017

Manitoba wants to know about your marijuana use as it prepares for legalization

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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38CN SN: Column: Talking To Your Kids About Fentanyl Is EssentialThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Thatcher, Richard Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

This lethal drug makes a discussion urgent, writes Dr. Richard Thatcher.

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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39CN ON: Province Seeks Public Views On Legalized PotThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Cross, Brian Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

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 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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40 CN ON: Six Nations Will Enforce Cannabis LawsThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Simcoe Reformer, The (CN ON) Author:Marion, Michael-Allan Area:Ontario Lines:66 Added:07/14/2017

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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41 CN ON: Opioid Overdoses Increase LocallyTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Daily Observer, The (Pembroke, CN ON) Author:Chase, Sean Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:07/14/2017

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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42 CN BC: Column: Why Addicts Still Play Russian Roulette With FentanylTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Tieleman, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:07/14/2017

"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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43 CN ON: Mohawk Police Tackle Pot IssueWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Intelligencer, The (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:07/14/2017

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 action."

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44 CN NS: Column: Something In The Air TonightMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Bartlett, Steve Area:Nova Scotia Lines:107 Added:07/14/2017

The distinctive smell of weed was permeating the air around the concert grounds.

And I was panicking.

Not because I had sparked one up and feared getting caught.

No, I was afraid of a question: "Daddy, what's that smell?"

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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45 CN ON: OPED: Let's Repair The Harms Of Canada's War On DrugsMon, 10 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Owusu-Bempah, Akwasi Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:07/14/2017

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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46 CN NS: Boxer Fights For His ReputationTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Croucher, Philip Area:Nova Scotia Lines:114 Added:07/14/2017

Custio Clayton alleges racial profiling by Montreal police

A cloud still follows Custio Clayton after one spring night in Montreal.

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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47 CN ON: Activists: Trudeau's Pot Plan Is 'Prohibition 2.0'Tue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Metro (Ottawa, CN ON) Author:Tumilty, Ryan Area:Ontario Lines:54 Added:07/14/2017

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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48CN ON: Drug Dealer To Appeal Conviction, Jail SentenceTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Sacheli, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Man convicted despite evidence being lost by police prior to trial

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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49 CN ON: Police Monitoring Marijuana Grow-OpTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Mercer, Greg Area:Ontario Lines:78 Added:07/14/2017

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 "personal consumption."

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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50 CN ON: Editorial: Deal With Past InjusticeTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:102 Added:07/14/2017

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 record clean.

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