For a while, it appeared that I was attending the wrong news
conference on Thursday. The usual Liberal government suspects were
there, with their typical tendentious talk, including Health Minister
Jane Philpott and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
But I was waiting to hear about the legalization of marijuana, and all
these people wanted to advertise was how some new legislation was
going to "protect children" and "make safer communities" and even
obviate organized crime.
What was this announcement all about? It all started with Liberal MP
and parliamentary secretary Bill Blair, who led the public relations
charge and hit every talking point with an ease and skill that you
might not expect from a former Toronto police chief.
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Authority will take action on marijuana dispensaries that sell food
items such as brownies
Pot dispensaries run the risk of action from Island Health if they
continue to sell marijuana edibles, according to the health
authority's top medical health officer.
Marijuana-infused food, from cookies, to candies, brownies and
chocolate bars have appeared on the menus of Nanaimo dispensaries but
Island Health is now making it clear that preparing, selling or
distributing the edibles is not allowed.
Island Health banned the sale of marijuana edibles at Victoria's Gorge
Medijuana Dispensary after environmental health officers responded to
a complaint about sanitation in the customer service area and that it
was selling edible products. It's through that process that the health
authority learned several other dispensaries are also selling edible
marijuana products, according to an e-mailed statement.
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Patients who consumed tainted medical marijuana from
government-regulated suppliers are questioning how safe the industry
is in the wake of several high-profile recalls due to banned
pesticides, which have exposed serious gaps in Health Canada's oversight.
After a string of recent recalls by Mettrum Ltd., OrganiGram Inc. and
Aurora Cannabis Inc. because of the presence of myclobutanil - a
banned pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when heated - a number
of patients told The Globe and Mail they don't see how Health Canada
can assure them the product can be trusted. Revelations that the
government isn't testing regularly to prove all companies aren't using
harmful chemicals have left consumers concerned for their health.
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Volunteers clean up 1,000 discards a year in a city weighing
supervised drug injection site.
Tom Cull has more than 1,000 reasons - discarded needles - for London
to support a supervised drug injection site.
"We pick them up under bridges, along the watercourse, on the (river)
banks, in parks," he says.
Once a month, from the beginning of April to the start of winter, he
and his crew of volunteers with the Thames River Rally pick up garbage
along the river in London.
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Doctor questions Health Canada-approved message that seeks to allay
concerns over banned pesticide found in medical marijuana
A top U.S. toxicologist is questioning Canada's response to a
tainted-cannabis problem in the medical-marijuana sector, saying
patients aren't being given accurate information on the risks
associated with a banned pesticide thousands of people may have consumed.
Warren Porter, a specialist in molecular and environmental toxicology
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says company phone calls and
e-mails, approved by Health Canada to patients after a series of
recent product recalls are misleading, and appear to be based on
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Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations,
Sarah Macfarlane wrote.
The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this
year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be
able to use and possess the drug legally.
A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis
legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report
in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people
who are 18 or older.
While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be
given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of
marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25.
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Christie this week reaffirmed his public commitment to making N.J. a
national leader in fighting drug addiction.
Governor Christie speaks about drug addiction at a Walgreens in East
Brunswick on Dec. 22, 2016.(Photo: Nicholas Pugliese/STATE HOUSE BUREAU)
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday visited a Walgreens in East Brunswick to
highlight initiatives the company is undertaking to promote the safe
disposal of unused prescriptions drugs and expand access to a medicine
that can reverse an opioid overdose.
His final public appearance before Christmas came on the heels of a
related event Wednesday evening where Christie and former Gov. Jim
McGreevey led a candlelight vigil on the State House steps in memory of
people who have died from or are struggling with addiction.
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S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would
allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State.
A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the
session's opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act.
The bill would allow South Carolinians with "debilitating medical
conditions" to use medical pot, when approved by a doctor.
Last year, bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana died in House
and Senate committees. That effort was opposed by law enforcement
officials, who said they feared that legalizing medical marijuana would
lead to more pot being available in the state for non-medical uses.
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Californians may have voted overwhelmingly on Nov. 8 to legalize
marijuana, but Americans also elected Donald Trump, whose position on
legalization has been a bit -- hazy. That's a potential problem
because marijuana is regulated under federal law, giving Trump and his
administration veto power over whether California and the seven other
states that have voted to legalize cannabis can really do so.
So where does the president-elect stand on pot? He has said he
supports individuals' right to use medical marijuana "100%," which is
good news for the 29 states that allow medicinal use of pot. As for
adult recreational use, which Californians approved through
Proposition 64, it's hard to say what he believes because his
statements have been all over the map, shifting from audience to audience.
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TUMWATER, Wash. - Behind the covered windows of a nondescript
two-story building near the Olympia Regional Airport, hundreds of
marijuana plants were flowering recently in the purple haze of 40 LED
It was part of a high-stakes experiment in energy conservation - an
undertaking subsidized by the local electric company. With cannabis
cultivation poised to become a big business in some parts of the
country, power companies and government officials hope it will grow
into a green industry.
The plants here, destined for sale in the form of dried flowers,
joints or edible items, were just a few weeks from harvest and exuding
the potent aroma of a stash room for the Grateful Dead. But the
energy-efficient LED lights were the focus of attention.
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SIERRA VISTA - If examples from Washington and Colorado are any
indication, should Arizona voters pass Prop 205 this November and
legalize recreational marijuana use for adults, there should be little
to no federal interference with state law, even in areas with a high
number of federal law enforcement agents, such as Cochise County.
Just don't try to drive through a U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint with
your state sanctioned weed, said Vic Brabble, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection spokesman for Arizona.
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There are only a few days left before voters' last chance to stop
California's spiraling plunge into the marijuana morass now plaguing
several states by voting no on Prop. 64. Supporters point out that
responsible people can use marijuana without ill effect while ignoring
it's the irresponsible that pose the threat. Further, they argue that
marijuana DUIs are not as prevalent as alcohol users. I'm struggling
to see the difference in that one.
Proponents argue that tax revenue reaching more than a billion
dollars, along with savings to the justice system of tens of millions,
will be a boon to California. This ignores the fact that so many
regulations being created will create new enforcement issues that will
need to be addressed. A further argument is that this financial
windfall will "fund youth prevention programs, marijuana research,
better drugged driving tests, environmental remediation and grants to
impacted communities." The irony is that Prop. 64 will exacerbate
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Here's a sobering fact: One in four teens involved in a fatal
collision tests positive for marijuana. It's a devastating,
preventable loss. Young drivers, inexperienced by definition, are
already at significantly higher risk for motor vehicle collision than
any other age group. When they smoke pot, the risk doubles.
Twenty-one per cent of teens have gotten behind the wheel within an
hour of using drugs, according to data compiled by Parachute, a
national charity dedicated to injury prevention. In fact, drug use has
overtaken alcohol as a factor in fatal collisions - and young drivers
are no exception.
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Provincial officials head to Colorado to study weed industry
Alberta's Justice Minister and Solicitor General is Colorado-bound to
see how the state has handled legal weed.
Kathleen Ganley said with marijuana's legalization in Canada imminent,
it's prudent to look at best practices and lessons learned from a
place that's pioneered the way.
"The federal government will set the tone, if you will, or set the
broad strokes for how restrictive the model is going to be and a whole
number of other things, but then provinces will have to step in
because some of it will be in provincial jurisdiction ... and of
course our policing partners, as well, will have a large role to play,
and municipalities probably as well ," Ganley said. "We're looking to
all move together.
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Why the celebrity licensing model is not just the gold standard for a
cannabis brand, it's a necessity
Cedella Marley's voice has a comforting, familiar lilt, the sound of
the Jamaican heritage she shares with her late father. Some 35 years
after Bob Marley's death, the Marley family has moved into the
cannabis business with Seattle-based Privateer Holdings to launch
Marley Natural, a line of hemp body products, elegant black walnut
accessories and smartly packaged smokeables.
Their biggest target market? Canada - once the recreational market
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On Aug. 22, the Tahoe Daily Tribune ran a story about Incline Village
prohibitionist Jason Guinasso. (The piece previously appeared in the
North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.) The article carried this quote from
Guinasso: "At the end of the day, when we just committed to the
biggest tax increase toward education, now we're legalizing marijuana
to contribute to a lack of performance and addiction? ... It impacts
our ability to educate."
The article also reported, "He [Guinasso] cites a study from Duke
University that tells how a person's IQ drops 8 percentage points by
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"Santa Rosa wants this industry here. I think this is probably going
to be the New Age Amsterdam."
- - Larry Schaeffer, owner of Cherry Kola Farms near Penngrove, a
medical cannabis collective
Really? Says who?
I don't mean to be rude. But who in the world made the decision that
Santa Rosa wanted to become the new Amsterdam?
Even Amsterdam doesn't even want to be Amsterdam - or at least the
Amsterdam perceived by hordes of party-minded tourists. Contrary to
popular belief, the Dutch never legalized marijuana. They've just
basically tolerated it for years and only for possession of small
amounts (5 grams or less) sold in official "cannabis cafes." But the
government in recent years has been tightening the rules for these
cafes, forcing many to shut down. And forget about growing it. It's
illegal. You won't go to prison but try to grow as few as five plants
and you could end up facing heavy fines and eviction.
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Controversy continued to swirl Friday over a ballot title rewrite for
a state question aimed at legalizing medical marijuana.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Thursday released his
rewritten version of the ballot title for State Question 788.
On Friday, the attorney general's office received several calls
thanking the office for the quick turnaround time on the revision and
questioning "our rewrite," said Lincoln Ferguson, a Pruitt spokesman.
The ballot title summarizes a state question for voters.
The revision includes: "This measure legalizes the licensed use,
sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma. There are no qualifying
medical conditions identified."
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Justin Calvino raked a hand beneath a shimmering marijuana plant,
combing through chips of century-old apple trees and manure from his
stable of miniature horses.
Come fall, the rich soil on his North Mendocino coast pot farm
coupled with other factors like characteristic foggy mornings will
yield high-grade sativa buds dripping with mind-altering potency - as
well as notes of chocolate and lime.
It's a unique product for discriminating palates and one Calvino
hopes to market to consumers across California through a legally
defined and protected geographical identification system similar to
what's used in the wine industry.
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In November, voters in as many as 12 states will see a marijuana
legalization initiative on their ballots.
Marijuana is already legal for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado,
Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. Another 25 states have
legalized medical marijuana, including Hawaii. The era of marijuana
prohibition is rapidly coming to a close.
Unfortunately, lawmakers lack easy answers to tough questions facing
the marijuana industry. Legalization presents challenges on a number
of fronts, including distribution, taxation, consumption, security
and public health.
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