Medicinal marijuana dispensary in Stellarton offers variety of
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
"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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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
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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IN his struggles to come up with a regime to control the sale of
recreational marijuana, Premier Brian Pallister may have found a
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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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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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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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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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
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'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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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
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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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The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and
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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Put the provinces in charge, argues Allan W. Gregory.
Most of the challenges of marijuana legalization will fall on
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
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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Hawaii history will be made today when the first dispensary opens for
business on Maui, nearly two decades after the state legalized medical
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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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Number of patients has more than doubled in Alberta compared to last
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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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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