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1 US CA: EDU: OPED: Legalization Of Marijuana Could PromoteTue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Daily Californian, The (UC Berkeley, CA Edu) Author:Norori, Amber Area:California Lines:112 Added:04/19/2016

When you think about what greens are helping to extend California's drought, you probably don't think of cannabis, but in California, marijuana and alfalfa may have more in common than you think. California is, in fact, responsible for two-thirds of the agriculture produced in the United States and 60 percent of the marijuana found around the country, mostly originating from growers in northern California. Unsurprisingly, both these water-intensive industries greatly contribute to, and worsen, the drought that California has been facing for the past five years.

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2CN SN: Pot May Curb Alcohol Abuse In P.A., Says ReportThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Hamilton, Charles Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

Some Prince Albert city councillors are balking at a suggestion that legalized pot could help reduce binge drinking in the city.

The city released it's "alcohol strategy" this week, a culmination of years of work to document and offer ways to combat problems with underage and binge drinking.

However, some are taken aback by the report's suggestion that legalized pot could help curb chronic alcohol abuse.

"I personally have concerns," Coun. Rick Orr said. "I think it's another one of the items that we have to deal with from a community addictions point of view."

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3Canada: OPED: Pot Prescription Isn't A Free PassThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Levitt, Howard Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

Workplace Law

Using marijuana remains illegal for most people, despite the Liberal federal government's push to legalize it. Even if marijuana use is legalized, employers still have the right to prohibit it in their workplaces and to create policies that allow them to fire employees who come to work intoxicated, subject to the same rules that apply to alcohol use.

However, that is not the case with prescribed medical marijuana. Since the passing of legislation in 2014, the number of employees alleging that their use of marijuana is related to chronic pain, cancer, sleeping disorders, and so on, has grown.

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4CN AB: OPED: Prescription Isn't Licence To Smoke Pot At WorkThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Levitt, Howard Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

Using marijuana remains illegal for most people, despite the Liberal federal government's push to legalize it. Even if marijuana use is legalized, employers still have the right to prohibit it in their workplaces and to create policies that allow them to fire employees who come to work intoxicated, subject to the same rules that apply to alcohol use.

However, that is not the case with prescribed medical marijuana. Since the passing of legislation in 2014, the number of employees alleging that their use of marijuana is related to chronic pain, cancer, sleeping disorders, and so on, has grown.

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5CN SN: Editorial: Injection Site Worth ExploringThu, 14 Apr 2016
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN)          Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

In a province that has led Canada since 2010 in the rate of HIV infections and in a city where researchers describe intravenous drug use as an "epidemic," the call by Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Chief Felix Thomas to investigate the value of establishing a safe injection site is a highly sensible idea.

It's time to put to rest the knee-jerk, anti-science attitude of the former federal Conservative government, which ignored credible data on the lives saved and harm reduced by Vancouver's Insite facility, and seriously explore whether Saskatoon might benefit from a similar service.

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6CN BC: No Quick Fix To Surrey's Issues: RCMPFri, 15 Apr 2016
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

More programs needed to help direct youths away from gang activity, official says

Prevention and intervention - in addition to enforcement - are key to solving Surrey's problems with drugs and gun violence, according to assistant commissioner Bill Fordy.

"We will arrest the people involved in these issues, but in the long term we will not arrest our way out of this issue," Fordy, the officer in charge of Surrey RCMP, said during a Surrey Board of Trade lunch on Thursday. "I believe we will educate our way out of this issue."

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7Canada: Pharmacists Want Control Of Medical Pot DistributionFri, 15 Apr 2016
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Koven, Peter Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

Canada's marijuana producers argue mail-order system is working fine

TORONTO Canada's pharmacists and medical marijuana producers are engaged in a brewing dispute over how pot should be distributed to patients.

If they can't reach an agreement, it could leave Ottawa with a tough decision as it crafts new regulations for the sector.

The pharmacists believe they are the only ones who can provide proper clinical advice and oversight over the growing use of medical pot, and think they should control distribution. The marijuana producers, on the other hand, believe the current mail-order system is a resounding success, though they are open to involvement from pharmacies.

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8Canada: Pharmacists, Pot Producers In Smouldering Dispensing DisputeFri, 15 Apr 2016
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Koven, Peter Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2016

TORONTO Canada's pharmacists and medical marijuana producers are engaged in a brewing dispute over how pot should be distributed to patients. If they can't reach an agreement, it could leave Ottawa with a tough decision as it crafts new regulations for the sector.

The pharmacists believe they are the only ones who can provide proper clinical advice and oversight over the growing use of medical pot, and think they should control distribution. The marijuana producers, on the other hand, believe the current mail-order system is a resounding success, though they are open to involvement from pharmacies.

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9 US VT: PUB LTE: Irrational Fear Of MarijuanaSun, 17 Apr 2016
Source:Rutland Herald (VT) Author:Gershon, Robert Area:Vermont Lines:41 Added:04/19/2016

A recent Herald story ("Shumlin defends marijuana legalization," April 12) notes an auto dealer's implication that should that legislation pass, his employees will necessarily be stoned on the job. That dealer's response is understandable, a manifestation of the 80-plus-year-old campaign of fear foisted off on the public by ambitious politicians. But it begs the question, are we then to assume that since alcohol is legal those same employees are now drunk? Or perhaps Governor Shumlin's tongue-in-cheek rejoinder, that they may already be high, hits too close to home - that they might not even know if their workers are high. Which means for all practical purposes, assuming the business has any kind of quality control, they are doing their jobs well.

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10 US PA: Mother, State Rep. Talk About Approval Of MedicalTue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Record Herald, The (Waynesboro, PA) Author:Glenn, Zach Area:Pennsylvania Lines:91 Added:04/19/2016

While medical marijuana has been passed in Pennsylvania after lengthy deliberation it may be too early for celebration based on the opinions of some of the advocates close to the passage of the bill.

"This is a great step forward, but there's still a ways to go," said Karen Diller, of Chambersburg, who became an advocate for medical marijuana after her daughter Karly found significant relief in a medical marijuana study.

Senate Bill No. 3, the medical marijuana bill that was signed into law Sunday by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, will allow people to seek medical marijuana for diseases that range from severe gastrointestinal problems to some of the diseases more traditionally treated with medical marijuana such as cancer or HIV/AIDS.

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