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1 CN NS: 'This Is Medicine, Not About Getting High'Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Adshade, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:82 Added:08/15/2017

Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of products

This isn't your grandma's home remedy.

Although maybe it is - maybe your grandma is totally on board with medical marijuana taking away the aches and pains that can come with old age.

"If you eat that ice cream, you're going to feel very, very relaxed. We've got people in their 80s coming in here," said Hank Merchant, chief executive officer of HBB Medical - a medicinal pot dispensary in Stellarton that opened several weeks ago.

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2 CN NS: City Looks Into Pot PlanningMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:95 Added:08/15/2017

Staff suggest HRM consider how to handle legalization

Halifax is starting to think about how legal marijuana will roll out in the municipality.

In a staff report coming to regional council's meeting on Tuesday, staff recommend starting the process to consider amending land-use bylaws to determine the best places for marijuana-production facilities and dispensaries in the municipality ahead of next summer's promised legalization.

The federal government introduced legislation to legalize marijuana this spring. The bill passed first and second reading, and was referred to committee for further debate. The government intends to bring the law into effect no later than July 2018.

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3 CN MB: Pallister Still Hazy On Pot Plan, But Help Could Be On The WayMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Lett, Dan Area:Manitoba Lines:134 Added:08/15/2017

IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a powerful ally.

Shoppers Drug Mart.

Despite a looming July 1, 2018 deadline to have a system in place, the province has been very reluctant to talk about how it would like to handle the production, distribution and sales of recreational pot. Last month, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson issued an expression of interest to find potential partners and solutions to handle all aspects of legalized marijuana.

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4 US: Marijuana States Try To Curb Smuggling, Avert Us CrackdownMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Selsky, Andrew Area:United States Lines:146 Added:08/15/2017

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal weed from the fields and greenhouses where it's grown to the shops where it's sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon's legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure "we're protecting the new industry that we're supporting here."

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5 Canada: 'Zero Tolerance' Approach Urged On Pot Use By DriversMon, 14 Aug 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Canada Lines:119 Added:08/15/2017

Mental health group recommends strict rules on legalized weed sales

When it becomes legal next July, recreational marijuana should be sold with more restrictions than that other weed - tobacco - says the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ontario branch.

The group will release a position paper today calling on the province to ban pot smoking in cars with a "zero tolerance" policy, cap the amount of THC in cannabis products and use all tax revenues from them to boost addiction and mental health services.

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6CN ON: Companies Rush To Brand Pot Products While Marketing RulesSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

Would you like to indulge in an exhilarating burst of energy and creativity while enjoying an uplifting experience?

That may be in store for medical marijuana users purchasing a new strain created in conjunction with Tokyo Smoke, according to the Canadian "lifestyle" company that unveiled the product on Thursday.

It's also perhaps a peek into the future as cannabis companies scramble to create brands that will be attractive to millions of potential customers when recreational pot is legal.

Tokyo Smoke, which sells cannabis accessories, coffee and clothing, has teamed up with Aphria, one of the country's largest medical marijuana growers, on four new strains of marijuana.

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7 CN ON: City Seeks Pot Dispensary Court InjunctionSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Dongen, Matthew Van Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:08/15/2017

Supporters vow to fight bid to permanently close businesses

"They are looking to set a precedent. I hope they do..." - Britney Guerra, Cloud Nine Owner

The city is escalating its battle with illegal storefront pot shops by seeking a court injunction to shutter a popular downtown dispensary and vapour lounge.

But owners and supporters of the Hamilton Village Dispensary and Cloud Nine are vowing to fight to save the 275 King St. E businesses.

The injunction request obtained by The Spectator cites zoning and bylaw violations in asking a judge to order the businesses permanently closed. It also wants Hamilton police to be required to enforce the order.

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8CN ON: Pot Shop Objector Left High And DryFri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2017

'Everyone is just standing still, letting it happen'

When a shop openly selling marijuana opened a couple blocks from her home, Angie Todesco was astounded.

A year later, she shuffles through a file folder of official responses from authorities she figured might have some power to shut down a store illegally selling drugs. She's written, emailed or called everyone from the prime minister to the Manor Park Community Association. "It doesn't amount to a hill of beans," she says.

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9 CN BC: Editorial: What's The Point Of Pot Arrests?Thu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:128 Added:08/15/2017

Part one of two

RCMP are still making pot arrests, in Prince George, in 2017, less than a year before marijuana becomes legal in Canada.

It'd be funny if it wasn't so silly.

Police are so backward on pot that their press releases still spell it as "marihuana," which is how it's spelled in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the basis for the latest local charges.

Maybe they should pronounce it the way they spell it? Now that might be funny.

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10 US TX: Texans May Be Able To Buy Medical Cannabis Oil By JanuaryThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Samuels, Alex Area:Texas Lines:123 Added:08/14/2017

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act legalized the selling of a specific kind of cannabis oil derived from marijuana plants for a very small group of customers: epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

Two years later, Texans still can't legally buy cannabis oil, but a handful of companies believe they are weeks away from receiving the official go-ahead to become the state's first sellers.

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11 US OH: Marijuana Cultivation Warehouse Approved For North Toledo -Fri, 11 Aug 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Reiter, Mark Area:Ohio Lines:79 Added:08/12/2017

The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and Cassandra Drive.

A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.

Les Hollis, a consultant for Lake Erie Compassion Care, said the proposed facility would employ as many as 60 people, generating a $2.5 million to $3 million annual payroll.

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12CN ON: OPED: Recreational pot: Who Should Make The Rules?Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gregory, Allan W. Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:08/09/2017

Put the provinces in charge, argues Allan W. Gregory.

Most of the challenges of marijuana legalization will fall on provincial/territorial purses.

Marijuana for recreational use will soon become legal under the federal Liberal government's Bill C-45, but the discussion of how to best regulate what many suspect will be an enormous industry is still ongoing.

The model put forward by Bill C-45 was suggested by the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and is based on the Tobacco Act. Under it, the federal government oversees the wholesale side (licensing and security for all production in Canada) and the provincial governments and territories are responsible for the retail level (public education, youth protection and distribution).

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13 US HI: State's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens On MauiTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:59 Added:08/08/2017

Hawaii history will be made today when the first dispensary opens for business on Maui, nearly two decades after the state legalized medical marijuana.

Maui Grown Therapies, one of eight dispensary licensees, will begin at 11 a.m. the first legal sales of cannabis in the islands. The company was the first to pass a final Health Department inspection Monday, beating at least one other dispensary, Aloha Green Holdings Inc. on Oahu, to be the first to open.

It is a significant milestone for the industry that has struggled to get off the ground since the law establishing dispensaries was passed in 2015. The first dispensaries were allowed to open as early as July 2016, but were delayed for more than a year, frustrating medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

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14 CN BC: Hard-Hit Communities Look To Legal Cannabis For JobMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Kane, Laura Area:British Columbia Lines:75 Added:08/07/2017

In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families' tables.

But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.

So when a medical-marijuana company moved next door, Chief William Seymour saw an opportunity for his members to get good jobs and stay in the area.

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15Canada: Federal Court Sides With Medical Pot GrowerWed, 02 Aug 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Melnitzer, Julius Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:08/05/2017

Mortgage dispute with Bank of Nova Scotia

The Federal Court has ordered the Canadian Human Rights Commission to reconsider a discrimination claim by a licensed medical marijuana grower after the Bank of Nova Scotia called in his up-to-date mortgage.

Wendy Hulton of Dickinson Wright LLP said last week's ruling reflects the evolution of popular and judicial attitudes to marijuana, particularly with its impending legalization for recreational use less than a year off.

"The facts is this case arose in 2009, which was three sets of regulations ago," she said. "Justice ( Keith) Boswell recognized this, and bent over backwards to send off signals that things have changed since then."

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16 US NJ: Editorial: Adding One More Needed Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:68 Added:08/05/2017

When it comes to the state's medical marijuana law, progress has come in increments rather than great strides. New Jersey's Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, state law since 2010, has been implemented ever so slowly under Gov. Chris Christie, who has never hidden his disdain for the law.

Yet those disappointed by the snail's pace of the law, and the establishment of new medical marijuana centers, have new reason to take heart.

As Staff Writer Lindy Washburn reported, North Jersey will soon be welcoming the state's largest dispensary of medical marijuana yet -- at a 10,000-square-foot facility on Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus. Once it opens, the dispensary plans to serve up to 4,000 patients a month with a variety of strains of cannabis. The Christie administration has issued a permit to grow medical marijuana to Harmony Foundation and will consider issuing a permit to dispense marijuana after the crop is tested later this year.

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17 Canada: Editorial: When It Comes To Pot Rules, We're In A DazeFri, 04 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:114 Added:08/05/2017

If the legislative timeline holds, it will be possible for Canadians to legally buy marijuana by this time next year.

But as revealed by the news this week that a major Canadian clearing house may refuse to settle some share trades involving cannabis firms, far too many questions remain unanswered.

This chronic lack of clarity from Ottawa is the reason why Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd. (CDS) is worried about potential liabilities it would face if it facilitated a trade involving a pot-selling company that does business in the United States.

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18 CN NS: Green, Gray Or Black And White?Tue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Victoria Standard, The (CN NS) Author:Barber, Carolyn Area:Nova Scotia Lines:197 Added:08/05/2017

Victoria County's first and only medical marijuana dispensary opened in June. It is listed with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks and has a CRA business number, a bank account and 25 clients. The RCMP are well aware of it. However, dispensaries are illegal in Canada. So how does it still exist? The Standard's Carolyn Barber explores the making og a gray area where some choose to roll the dice.

Our story about the medical marijuana (cannabis) dispensary that opened in June in Bay St. Lawrence began as a typical business profile. On July 16, The Standard's Carolyn Barber interviewed sole proprietor and operator Kevin Mackinnon, his wife Amy, and daughter Danielle at their dispensary located on Buchanan Lane in the northern Cape Breton village. Some basic background research on medical marijuana dispensaries generated further questions. That's when it became more than a profile.

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19 CN AB: Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Continue To ClimbTue, 01 Aug 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Slade, Gillian Area:Alberta Lines:75 Added:08/05/2017

Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year

The number of patients for whom medical marijuana is being prescribed has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last year, says the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

In 2015 there were 109 authorized physicians prescribing medical marijuana for 1,750 patients. That would be the equivalent of 438 patients for every quarter of that year. In 2016 there were 329 physicians prescribing for 5,254 patients or 1,314 patients per quarter, said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for CPSA. In the first three months alone of this year, 178 physicians prescribed medical marijuana for 2,845 patients.

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20 CN ON: PUB LTE: Opioid-Specific Rehab NeededSat, 05 Aug 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Malott, Alison Area:Ontario Lines:48 Added:08/05/2017

I just read an article about how one solution to the opioid crisis is to have doctors prescribe less pain medication.

The result will be fewer drugs available on the street and higher prices. Hence, more pharmacy robberies and theft. Addicts will also turn to other drugs. Then we will be looking at a heroin crisis.

I am a drug counsellor in Essex County and literally go to the dealers' houses to give them clean supplies and take out the dirty ones. Lately, I have sadly been giving out naloxone kits with as much training as they will listen to.

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