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1 CN ON: Expansion Of Needle Collection WelcomeSat, 14 Oct 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:10/14/2017

A plan to increase the availability of needle containers in the community is being welcomed by some city residents.

"I think it's a good idea," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group.

"It would help reduce the risk of innocent people and animals from becoming infected by discarded needles. However, addiction issues do still need to be addressed because that's the root of the problem."

Bucci and her group of volunteers led clean-up efforts this year aimed at collecting used syringes in the area of Mohawk Lake.

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2CN AB: OPED: Why Not Sell Marijuana In Convenience Stores?Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Klukas, Andrew Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/26/2017

If access isn't convenient, legalization won't work, writes Andrew Klukas.

In July 2018, the federal government will legalize the production and distribution of cannabis. Between now and then, the provinces and territories will have to decide how to adapt to this legislation.

Whether or not one agrees with the legalization, everyone can agree that when it happens, the systems that the provinces put in place should promote the goals of legalization that, if realized, will be positive. Through its legislation, the federal government aims to move cannabis from the illegal market into a regulated system in which products can be taxed and where quality standards and controls protect citizens.

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3 CN ON: Niagara College Launches Course In Cannabis CreationWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Gordon, Andrea Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:09/23/2017

First of its kind in Canada, program covers growing pot and its complex regulations

It's got the greenhouse, the curriculum and the necessary approvals.

Now all that's needed are up to 25 students keen on becoming the first crop of students to earn a post secondary certificate in growing pot.

Niagara College, located in the heart of Ontario wine country, announced Tuesday it will establish a one-year, post-grad program in commercial cannabis production, which it says is the first of its kind in Canada.

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4 CN ON: College First In Canada To Offer Program In CannabisWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Chiose, Simona Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:09/23/2017

College and university graduates will be able to earn a certificate in cannabis production starting next fall, when Niagara College will launch Canada's first accredited program in the field.

The program will begin months after the deadline imposed by the federal government for legalizing production, distribution and sale of the weed that is eventually expected to generate $8-billion in annual sales. With regulations not yet in place for legalized marijuana, the program may have to shift with politics.

"We heard that the licensed producers need highly skilled, well-trained individuals who know more than how to grow two or three plants in a room somewhere," said Al Unwin, the associate dean of Niagara College's School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies. "They need a graduate who knows how to create a healthy crop in a very large facility and a graduate who is aware of the regulatory reality," he said.

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5 CN ON: College To Offer Cannabis Production CertificateWed, 20 Sep 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Loriggio, Paola Area:Ontario Lines:61 Added:09/23/2017

A southern Ontario college says it will be the first to offer a post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis.

Niagara College says the graduate certificate program will launch in the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed.

The school says the one-year postgraduate program was approved this summer by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

It will be open to those with a diploma or degree in agribusiness, agricultural science, environmental science/resource studies, horticulture or natural sciences, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.

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6US RI: Federal Drug Agency Asks R.I. For Medical Marijuana PatientSat, 16 Sep 2017
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Bogdan, Jennifer Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/19/2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island - -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.

The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information.

The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified.

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7 US MI: Detroit Voters To Decide On 2 Marijuana Proposals In NovemberFri, 15 Sep 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:144 Added:09/19/2017

Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.

If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.

Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact zoning regulations.

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8 CN BC: Cannabis Co-Op Coming To KootenaysFri, 01 Sep 2017
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Johnson, Will Area:British Columbia Lines:149 Added:09/06/2017

Initiative aims to keep industry jobs local

Todd Veri dreams of fields of marijuana.

The Kaslo farmer was reading a government report on cannabis legalization last year when he noted that there were plans to allow outdoor operations - which he's already perfectly set up for.

"I looked out my window at my fields, and thought to myself, 'I would love to grow a hectare of marijuana, that sounds great.' My next question was: 'How do I do that?'" the president of the newly created Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-op told the Star.

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9CN ON: Former Health Minister Heading East To Take Job With MarijuanaThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fayerman, Pamela Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:09/01/2017

B.C.'s former health minister, Terry Lake, is moving to the Ottawa area this weekend to become a vice-president of a medical marijuana company that is poised for massive growth.

Hydropothecary Corp. is a Health Canada-authorized producer of medical marijuana with a 26-hectare facility in Gatineau, Que., that is about to get six times larger. The firm was co-founded in 2013 by a stalwart Liberal, Adam Miron, who also helped start the news website ipolitics.ca.

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10US FL: One Florida Bank Is Willing To Risk It All On Cannabis WhenThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Griffin, Justine Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:08/31/2017

Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with a lot of red tape.

Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which in turn makes it hard for those companies to sign a lease for a store or warehouse or even get insurance.

But one Orlando area community bank is willing to take on the risk.

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11 US: High Returns Wither For Marijuana GrowersThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Bunge, Jacob Area:United States Lines:130 Added:08/31/2017

After decades of dodging law enforcement and fighting for legalization, U.S. marijuana growers face a new challenge: low prices.

From Washington to Colorado, wholesale cannabis prices have tumbled as dozens of states legalized the drug for recreational and medicinal uses, seeding a boom in marijuana production.

The market is still tiny compared with the U.S. tobacco industry's $119 billion in annual retail sales, but the nascent cannabis business has grown to more than $6 billion a year at retail, according to data from Euromonitor International Ltd. and Cowen & Co..

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12 CN BC: PUB LTE: Help Us Keep The Kootenays In BusinessThu, 24 Aug 2017
Source:Castlegar News (CN BC) Author:Veri, Todd Area:British Columbia Lines:56 Added:08/25/2017

KASLO - A local group of workers, farmers and investors is pressing the federal government to keep the door open for co-operative outdoor cannabis production in the Central Kootenay region of B.C.

There is a new market coming for legal recreational marijuana in Canada, and the Kootenay Outdoor Producer Co-operative is organizing a co-op that will keep the profits and high-paying industry jobs local.

Organizers from across the region need your help now to let the government in Ottawa know that Canadians want to see other business models flourish besides the big corporate warehouse grow shows. Regulations being drawn up this summer will determine the future of the industry, and could shut the door on the potential for community-based outdoor organic marijuana co-operatives.

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13 CN NS: OPED: Renters, Landlords Have The Right To Be Cannabis-FreeWed, 26 Jul 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS) Author:Russell, Kevin Area:Nova Scotia Lines:69 Added:07/28/2017

Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) is not in favour of the proposed Federal Government's cannabis legalization legislation.

"Nova Scotia's Cannabis Legalization Working Group must take into consideration multi-family unit dwellings' high-density living environment when writing cannabis regulations," says IPOANS president Jeremy Jackson. Adding "The current legislation, as is, fails to protect tenants' right to peaceful enjoyment of their homes, a right guaranteed under the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancy Act."

According to Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey, there are 111,000 renter households in Nova Scotia. Taking into account an average 1.5 occupancy factor per renter household, marijuana use and cultivation places 166,000 Nova Scotians' health and safety in jeopardy.

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14 CN ON: Medical Pot BattleMon, 24 Jul 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Leeson, Ben Area:Ontario Lines:201 Added:07/28/2017

City man alleges bank discriminated against his family because his son and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal marijuana

A federal judge has granted a Greater Sudbury man's application for judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Commission decision last year to dismiss his 2010 complaint, which alleged the Bank of Nova Scotia discriminated against his family by demanding repayment of a mortgage because his son and daughter-in-law were growing medicinal marijuana.

Robert McIlvenna filed the complaint on Aug. 23, 2010, but the commission dismissed it in a letter in March 2012, deciding that the facts as alleged did not constitute a discriminatory practice. That decision was quashed through the Federal Court of Appeal, which sent it back to the commission for further investigation, but the commission dismissed it again, after further investigation, on June 16, 2016.

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15 US MI: Proposal Would Let Detroit Pot Shops Open Near Liquor StoresSun, 16 Jul 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:143 Added:07/19/2017

An initiative to amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance to allow dispensaries to operate near liquor stores, child-care centers and parks could appear on the November ballot, after a group behind the effort submitted thousands of signatures backing the measure.

Citizens for Sensible Cannabis spokesman Jonathan Barlow confirmed his group submitted petitions late last month seeking to amend Chapter 24 of the city's code.

Elections Director Daniel Baxter said the group met the threshold of required signatures and his department has since turned the initiative over to the Detroit City Council, which is expected to consider it Tuesday.

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16 US MD: Hogan Names 10 To Medical Marijuana Commission, Replacing 6Thu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Broadwater, Luke Area:Maryland Lines:69 Added:07/06/2017

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday made 10 appointments to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, filling vacant positions and replacing six commissioners whose terms had expired.

The commission is charged with implementing Maryland's medical cannabis program. The appointments include doctors, business people and several members of law enforcement.

The appointments are:

* Charles P. LoDico, a chemist and toxicologist for the Department of Health and Human Services. His appointment fills a vacancy for a scientist with experience in cannabis.

* Barry G. Pope, a clinical pharmacist for Conduent State Healthcare LLC. He has been a registered pharmacist for 20 years. Pope was recommended for this appointment by the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and fills a vacancy for a licensed pharmacist on the commission.

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17US CA: California The Over-Regulator? Not For Addiction TreatmentFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Sforza, Teri Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2017

When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible.

That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there's a local demand for their services and obtain a "certificate of need" before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12 steps.

The lack of such a system is a key reason why Southern California is known as Rehab Riviera, with far more centers than the region's population could possibly support, critics say.

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18 US MI: Detroit Shuts Down 167 Pot Shops, More Closures On The WayTue, 30 May 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Stafford, Katrease Area:Michigan Lines:110 Added:05/30/2017

Detroit's crackdown on illegally operating medical marijuana dispensaries has shuttered 167 shops since the city's regulation efforts began last year and dozens more are expected.

Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press that 283 dispensaries were identified last year, all of which were operating illegally.

"None of them were operating lawfully," Hollowell said. "At the time I sent a letter to each one of them indicating that unless you have a fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk."

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19 CN ON: Cleanup Yields More Used SyringesTue, 02 May 2017
Source:Expositor, The (CN ON) Author:Ball, Vincent Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:05/06/2017

An environmental group has collected another 50 used needles from Mohawk Lake.

"That's a lot of used needles and we were only out there for an hour-and-a-half," said Tracey Bucci, of the Grand River Environmental Group, whose cleanup effort at Mohawk Park on Saturday attracted 13 volunteers.

"It has really become a major problem.

"Most of them had caps on them but many did not and that's a safety concern for people, especially young children and pets."

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20 CN ON: Column: Pot Legalization Shrouded In Rhetoric About ProtectingSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Krayden, David Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:04/19/2017

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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