Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS) is not
in favour of the proposed Federal Government's cannabis legalization
"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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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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
"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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An environmental group has collected another 50 used needles from
"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
"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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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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