The state Narcotics Enforcement Division is investigating allegations
of illegal activity at last weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo, where some
vendors openly distributed cannabis seeds and other products.
Most of the more than 100 vendors, including all three of Oahu's legal
medical marijuana dispensaries, were not distributing products
illegally. But some were straddling the line of recreational use -
including a number of exhibitors "giving away" seeds by donation.
The state Department of Health notified the attorney general's office
and law enforcement about possible illegal sales at the event and is
"concerned about the allegations," DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and general manager Chris Jones
remains "disappointed" in Duron Carter.
Carter faces charges for marijuana possession in Winnipeg and
"I was really disappointed because I had just come off the heels of
going down to Florida and spending good quality time with him and his
mom,'' Jones said Wednesday from his home in South Pittsburg, Tenn.
"It's like when a family member or a close friend gets into a
situation like that. I'm really disappointed because I thought we were
a bit beyond that thing. It's something that we'll wait and see what
the legal process goes through and what the authorities say. Then
we'll have more of a comment on exactly what happens with Duron.''
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You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for
illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is
either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liar
As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of
marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on
the pot economy.
This is necessary to ensure the reliability of national accounts when
legal weed becomes a reality, as sales will otherwise show up as a
huge, immediate spike in consumer purchases.
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Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended
health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users
Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance
company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for
Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will
help ease the financial burden for medical marijuana users, and a sign
of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace.
As of March 1, Sun Life will include medical cannabis as optional
coverage under an extended health-care benefit plan. Sun Life, which
administers group benefits plans for more than 22,000 Canadian
companies, oversees health and dental coverage for more than five
million Canadians - including dependents.
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A new medical guideline suggests family doctors should think twice
before prescribing medical marijuana to their patients.
The Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in
Primary Care, published Thursday in the medical journal Canadian
Family Physician, says there is limited evidence to support the
reported benefits of medical marijuana for many conditions.
It adds that any benefit could be balanced, or even outweighed, by the
"While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some
people, good, quality research has not caught up," project leader Mike
Allan, director of evidence-based medicine at the University of
Alberta, said in a news release.
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Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana
An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting
homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.
This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey,
which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending
legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city
as they draft new rules for weed.
The survey found that renters are more likely to currently smoke
marijuana at 32 per cent when compared to 12 per cent homeowners
reporting they currently puff. When it comes to home growing, the city
found that of those who were likely to grow marijuana plants inside
their home 68 per cent of those were living in rented town homes or
apartments. In Calgary particularly, the term renter has become a
dirty word - especially when it comes to the politics of putting in
secondary suites. The divisive term is often in the middle of council
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New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they
should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients
because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous
The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician
journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use
of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or
entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should
recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific
medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer
pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal
cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy,
according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of
Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.
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With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is
no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process
Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational
marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.
The federal government initially promised to legalize cannabis before
July 1, before giving itself until the end of July. Bill C-45 makes it
clear that cannabis will become legal at a date set by cabinet, not
when the legislation passes.
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Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even
OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and
maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational
That's the bottom line now that senators have struck a deal to hold a
final vote by June 7 on the legislation that will usher in the legal
As recently as last week, the Trudeau government was insisting it was
on track for legalization in July. But given the Senate timetable,
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor conceded Thursday that's not
going to happen.
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Re: "Cannabis: City asks for public feedback" in the Feb. 7 issue of the
I want to voice my disappointment with this article.
We don't have a municipal business licence, but the Nelson Cannabis
Compassion Club isn't a for-profit business. Since March, 2000 we have
been licensed by the province as a non-profit organization,
incorporated under the Societies Act. The licensing and regulating of
which is the jurisdiction of the province.
Also in the Feb. 7th 2018 issue Pam Mierau says, "Our assumption is
they (medical dispensaries) will be treated like anybody else who is
looking to set up a retail store here, and they'll have to go through
the same process , and they won't have any advantage over anyone
else." "But we're not sure." Well, she shouldn't be sure as there is a
major difference between a recreational user of cannabis and a medical
user. It's called the Chart of Rights and Freedoms. Recreational users
don't have charter protections and medical users do. Even the
provincial government realizes this. If you look at their
announcements around the retail sales of recreational cannabis they
use the same term "non-medicinal cannabis" over and over again.
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Why are people expecting to have marijuana-conviction charges removed
from their records and/or expecting compensation for any prison time
they may have served? They knowingly broke the law at the time.
I don't think any of them would be admitting to their habit if the
government were announcing that they were going to criminalize it.
Compensating people for breaking the law would be a waste of
Brian Slade, Pitt Meadows
Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a
public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal
government will legalize the use of the drug.
"We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of
cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in
an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the
federal government have not yet been finalized."
Federal government details are necessary first in order to ensure
there are no duplicated efforts at the provincial level.
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Political manoeuvres in upper house likely to push legalization date
into September - well past the Liberals' original July 1 target
If you were hankering for a summer of legalized marijuana in Canada,
you can forget it.
And you can thank Canada's newly independent - but unelected - Senate
There is now a firm deadline for passage, but it wasn't the deadline
the Trudeau government, and some provinces, wanted.
If this was a strictly political gambit, there are those who would
finger the culprit, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, as the man who
directed his Senate caucus to put the brakes on government
legislation, choosing partisan battles over sober second thought.
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I just spent the morning reading Bill C-45, the new cannabis law. I
discovered under the section for possession, it states that a youth
(12 to 18) who possesses more than five grams of dried marijuana will
be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but does not mention
anything about amounts under five grams or under age 12.
Given all the science-based facts on the effect of cannabis on
developing brains I find this to be a very careless section. The
argument concerning ruining a young person's life with a record is
made moot since the offence is dealt with under the Youth Criminal
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Now that marijuana is legal in California, people don't have to hide
their marijuana use -- in fact, some are smoking it right in officers'
But these pot smokers aren't being brazen. They're actually helping
police better detect impaired drivers on the road, CBS Los Angeles
Glendale police Officer Bryan Duncan told the news station that about
75 percent of the DUI arrests he makes these days are drug impaired --
"more cannabis than alcohol."
A group of smokers recently gathered at a hotel where they were first
given field sobriety tests, and then allowed to start smoking
marijuana, Inside Edition reported. They later took sobriety tests for
a second time to judge how the drug affected their mental and motor
skill, the news outlet said.
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Bowman wants help getting promised provincial funding for
OTTAWA - Mayor Brian Bowman says he wants Ottawa to push the Pallister
government to cough up more funding for infrastructure projects in the
city, and to also give the city a handsome portion of tax collected
from legalized marijuana.
"The challenge many of the big city mayors are having is ensuring that
those funds are flowing through the provinces, and getting to
municipalities to support municipal priorities," Bowman said Thursday,
on the sidelines of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa.
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If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis,
I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word
believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers
before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist
anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such
Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has
appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian
yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity
and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now
that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is
close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from
black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the
burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.
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The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal
government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober
second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt
to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at
its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House.
Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on
impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate
since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish
there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time
allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have
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Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a
few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health
officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of
fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the
user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused
thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the
U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly.
How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to
supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as
widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and
others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use
of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the
negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives.
But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to
increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We
desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would
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Seth and Danielle Hyman with their daughter Rebecca 8, of Weston, are
seeking to have a strain of marijuana legalized to help prevent
seizures in their daughter, Rebecca, in 2014. Despite the legalization
of medical marijuana, Seth Hyman said the drug is still difficult to
get for is daughter. [Miami Herald]
When Seth Hyman first began to buy medical marijuana in Florida for
his 12-year-old daughter last year, he hoped it would be the answer to
fixing her life-threatening seizures.
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