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1 US NV: Nevada Still Plans To Issue Pot Licenses July 1Mon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:Nevada Lines:121 Added:06/21/2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales

The deputy director of Nevada's Department of Taxation says state regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1 to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing lawsuit over the regulations.

Anna Thornley testified in Carson City District Court on Monday that the state has planned since February to have the "early start" program up and running by July to start bringing in tax revenue before a permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.

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2 CN ON: Smoking Out StrategiesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:06/19/2017

Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans

Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, chief executive of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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3CN ON: Province's Pot Strategy Wrapped In PlatitudesFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Legislation is only a year away, but public not yet being consulted

Several provinces are plowing full-steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

Or, if there are plans, the province's "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" is not ready to share them yet. Secretariat officials have been holding private meetings and promise to "engage with the public" later.

The lack of information is surprising, says Jeffrey Lizotte, the CEO of NextWave Brands, a cannabis lobbying and consulting firm.

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4 CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical PotSat, 17 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:06/19/2017

Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim.

Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana.

The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.

"There are benefits to medical cannabis," Thomas said. "We've been working with the (insurance) carrier that we have, SSQ, and it took a bit... so for certain illnesses it's a hell of a lot better than every day drugs."

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5 US AZ: Marijuana Benefits Abound As New Policy LoomsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:06/19/2017

Despite the upheaval of the current presidential administration, some things just haven't changed, like acting DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg's Obama-era insistence last month that "marijuana is not medicine."

Though he also stated that he'd "be the last person to stand in the way" if medical uses of marijuana rise through the FDA process. (Here's where we count on Sue Sisley's research in Phoenix.)

But Rosenberg doesn't seem to pay attention to what happens in Phoenix. If he did, he might hear about a small clinic using marijuana to treat opioid addiction.

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6 CN BC: Editorial: Making P.G. Pot CentralThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Godbout, Neil Area:British Columbia Lines:108 Added:06/19/2017

Five hundred years ago, back when Scotch was just whisky, almost everybody in Scotland could make and sell it. It was only 200 years ago, when the government started taxing sales, allowed the licensed distilleries to grow and shut down the bootleggers that Scotch started to become a thing. Today, of course, whisky is made around the world but only whisky from Scotland is allowed to call itself Scotch.

The similarities between whisky in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and marijuana in Prince George in 2017 are many. The residents of a somewhat isolated northern region that's not too far from major cities are heavy producers and consumers of a beloved intoxicant. The government decides to legalize the product, partly to recognize the will of the people, but mostly to turn it into a lucrative tax revenue stream.

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7CN AB: OPED: Let's Keep Legalized Cannabis Profits At HomeThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Mooij, Jeff Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Stand-alone stores can lower prices while creating jobs, says Jeff Mooij.

The Alberta government has wisely begun a broad consultation process so the public can provide their input on the upcoming legalization of cannabis.

As both the provinces and the federal government attempt to implement new laws and regulations across the country, Alberta has the opportunity to get it right and become a leader in the safe, informed and responsible recreational consumption of cannabis.

Alberta can build from the strengths and avoid the pitfalls experienced by other jurisdictions that have already legalized recreational use. It was encouraging to see both Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci visit Denver to learn from their processes.

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8 CN ON: Pot Shops Still A BotherWed, 14 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Jeffords, Shawn Area:Ontario Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

Mayor John Tory says his office continues to deal with near-daily complaints about marijuana dispensaries across the city, but shied away from calling for police to swoop down on the pot shops.

Tory said Tuesday that he would support additional police and municipal bylaw enforcement when it comes to dispensaries which have sprung up around the city since the Trudeau government announced it would legalize marijuana.

While a supporter of legalization, Tory said he does not support weed shops as they disrupt "stable neighbourhoods" and sell an illegal drug.

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9 US CA: California Pot Czar Expects Lag Time For Testing Newly LegalMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

The state has put out new rules for testing marijuana planned for medical use.

With businesses expected to get state licenses in January to sell marijuana in California, the top regulator said Thursday that they will be given up to six months to comply with a requirement the pot be thoroughly tested by a licensed laboratory.

State pot czar Lori Ajax said it may take months for enough testing labs to be properly screened and licensed to handle the supply of marijuana expected to be sold in California starting next year. In addition, many existing medical marijuana dispensaries will have untested supplies when licensing begins, she said.

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10 US NJ: Editorial: State Could Ease Their PainMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:68 Added:06/19/2017

Medical patients in severe pain seek comfort in a variety of ways. Some remedies, they find, work better than others. Some medications, they find, are less addictive than others. These are factors that must be weighed as New Jersey considers the pros and cons of whether to expand its list of "debilitating medical conditions" for those who wish to participate in the state's medical marijuana program.

More than 12,500 residents have been registered under the program since it was legalized in 2010, yet many more patients and caregivers want to participate and say the state's existing rules are too restrictive. We agree.

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11 US: Oped: Marijuana Legalization Must Be Fair And EquitableMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) Author:Scotti, Roseanne Area:United States Lines:97 Added:06/19/2017

New Jersey is gearing up for an intense campaign for marijuana legalization. Senate Bill 3195 and Assembly Bill 4872, which would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, have been introduced by state Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari, D-Union, and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer.

The Drug Policy Alliance commends the sponsors for their leadership on this issue and we will be working with them to ensure that the final legislation contains provisions missing from the bill that are essential to establishing a fair and equitable marijuana market and repairing the disproportionate harm that marijuana prohibition has inflicted on communities of color. To highlight the need for these provisions, the Drug Policy Alliance is releasing a short video, made in collaboration with Brave New Films, which explores the current and historical impacts of marijuana prohibition on communities of color. The video features racial and social justice advocates from across New Jersey.

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12US: Smoking Marijuana May Cause You To Puke, Health Experts SayMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Sullivan, Molly Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:06/19/2017

Marijuana has long been lauded as a wonder drug for treating nausea and vomiting. Now, health experts say your pot may be making you sick.

Emergency medicine physicians at UC Davis Medical Center said they've seen young, often college-age patients come in once or twice a day vomiting multiple times an hour and screaming uncontrollably.

"They keep moaning, shouting and yelling after they vomit. It's very dramatic. It sounds like someone is dying," said Dr. John Richards, an emergency medicine physician and professor at UC Davis.

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13 US CA: PUB LTE: Forget Marijuana It's Meth That's The ProblemSun, 18 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Schmale, Susan Area:California Lines:40 Added:06/18/2017

I just heard Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer on the news discussing our gang problem, killings and crime in Fresno. He then mentioned marijuana as the drug gangs use. That might be true, but why do we rarely hear about the huge methamphetamine problem in Fresno from Chief Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and the local media?

Methamphetamine is being imported, made and sold widely in Fresno and surrounding areas. It is sucking the life out of our communities. Methamphetamine is the problem, not marijuana, which is legal in California. Apparently it's easier to advertise "cracking down on crime" by using our tax dollars to bust growers/dealers of this legal plant.

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14Canada: 'Godfather Of Canadian Weed' Digs Out From Sticky SituationMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Freeman, Sunny Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

Private Placement Rejigged Over Conflict of Interest

Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.'s chief executive and marijuana industry pioneer Chuck Rifici admits the intricacies of large private placement deals are not his forte.

But he trusts the Vancouver-based company's team of legal and banking experts would have flagged any conflict of interest in the controversial $80-million private placement cancelled last Monday amid questions about the personal stakes taken in the deal by some of those very same advisers.

"As an entrepreneur, I rely on the professionals around me and this issue was not raised as an issue going into our financing as something that would preclude our deal," he said in an interview. "What was disclosed was vetted by lawyers for both underwriters and Cannabis Wheaton. If (conflict of interest) was the case, I would suspect that our disclosure would have been different."

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15CN AB: Medical Pot A Growing Issue Among WorkplacesMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

An estimated 500,000 Canadians will be using drug for health reasons by 2024

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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16 CN AB: Weed In The WorkplaceMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Kent, Gordon Area:Alberta Lines:123 Added:06/16/2017

Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers

Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

While an official with Ironworkers local 720 maintains the situation is far more complicated than that, Dickson's case illustrates some of the workplace issues - mainly involving safety - related to the growing Canadian consumption of prescription pot.

Growing issue

"In talking with our clients, (medical cannabis) is an issue that's coming up more and more," says Cristina Wendel, an Edmonton employment and labour lawyer at Dentons, who cited estimates that 500,000 Canadians will be using the drug for health reasons by 2024.

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17 CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed ResultsMon, 12 Jun 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Li, Wanyee Area:British Columbia Lines:92 Added:06/16/2017

One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict

It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.

That doesn't include the 38 dispensaries or compassion clubs that don't have licences but are exempted from ticketing because they say they are going to put an application together, said Kathryn Holm, head of licensing at the City of Vancouver.

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18 CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions SoughtTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Artuso, Antonella Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:06/16/2017

Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends.

In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

Pot use should be banned where regular tobacco smoking is not permitted, and - like drinking alcohol - prohibited in vehicles, the board decided.

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19US NJ: Editorial: Time To Lighten Up On MarijuanaFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:06/16/2017

Anyone looking to buttress the argument for decriminalizing marijuana in New Jersey should take a close look at a new American Civil Liberties Union report regarding the War on Pot. To sum up: It's a needless fight being waged badly.

Pot arrests have been rising steadily under Gov. Chris Christie, which shouldn't be a surprise. Christie continues to regard marijuana as a gateway drug to harder substances, and dragged his feet on implementing New Jersey's medicinal marijuana law. Christie's compassion and enlightenment regarding drug addiction and how best to combat it seems to stop at opioids.

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20 CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary ThursdayTue, 13 Jun 2017
Source:Comox Valley Record (CN BC) Author:Haluschak, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:06/14/2017

A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash.

Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.

Two individuals were arrested at the scene and later released, she added.

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