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1 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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2 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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3 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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4 CN BC: Island Health Has No Appetite For Marijuana EdiblesThu, 23 Mar 2017
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Cunningham, Tamara Area:British Columbia Lines:115 Added:03/23/2017

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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5 Canada: Patients Question Safety Of Medical Marijuana In Wake OfTue, 14 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:142 Added:02/16/2017

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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6 CN ON: Waste Needles Make PointMon, 13 Feb 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Richmond, Randy Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:02/16/2017

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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7 Canada: Tainted-Pot Risks Played Down: SpecialistSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Grant Area:Canada Lines:139 Added:02/14/2017

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 faulty science.

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8 CN ON: Edu: Students Weigh In On Minimum Age For MarijuanaThu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Charlatan, The (CN ON Edu) Author:Macfarlane, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:02/10/2017

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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9 US NJ: Christie Shines Light On N.J. Fight Against AddictionWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ) Author:Racioppi, Dustin Area:New Jersey Lines:109 Added:01/11/2017

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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10 US SC: SC Lawmakers Call For Patients To Have Access To MedicalTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC)          Area:South Carolina Lines:64 Added:01/11/2017

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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11 US: Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken On Marijuana. Trump Ought ToWed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:United States Lines:98 Added:12/29/2016

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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12 US WA: Cannabis And ConservationFri, 25 Nov 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Cardwell, Diane Area:Washington Lines:183 Added:11/29/2016

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 lights.

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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13 US AZ: The Feds, The State, And Legal PotThu, 03 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Range News (Willcox, AZ) Author:Jordan, Derek Area:Arizona Lines:207 Added:11/08/2016

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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14 US CA: LTE: Last Chance To Prevent Pot ScourgeTue, 01 Nov 2016
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Cable, Ken Area:California Lines:43 Added:11/04/2016

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 these needs.

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15 CN ON: Column: Drugs, Distraction Prove Problem In Teen DriversSat, 22 Oct 2016
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Baranyai, Robin Area:Ontario Lines:84 Added:10/24/2016

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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16 CN AB: Cannabis 101Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, Damien Area:Alberta Lines:67 Added:10/22/2016

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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17Canada: The Fame GameWed, 19 Oct 2016
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Ryan, Denise Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:10/20/2016

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 opens up.

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18 US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The WeekThu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Reno News & Review (NV) Author:Myers, Dennis Area:Nevada Lines:52 Added:09/01/2016

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 using marijuana."

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19 US CA: Column: Do We Really Want to Become the Mecca forSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Gullixson, Paul Area:California Lines:164 Added:08/28/2016

"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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20 US OK: Rewrite Of Marijuana Ballot Title Spurs QuestionsSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Oklahoman, The (OK) Author:Hoberock, Barbara Area:Oklahoma Lines:146 Added:08/28/2016

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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