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1CN BC: Pot Shops Back Greens, DesjardinsSat, 06 May 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Cleverley, Bill Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:05/08/2017

Barb Desjardins is the lone non-Green candidate on the South Island to get the endorsement of local cannabis businesses.

The choice of Desjardins, running for the B.C. Liberals in Esquimalt-Metchosin, is somewhat odd, concedes Trees Dispensary spokesman Alex Robb, especially given her history as mayor of Esquimalt. The municipality chased a "bong" mascot out of town and has refused to allow cannabis retailers to set up shop.

Members of a group calling itself the B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance on Vancouver Island jointly issued a statement endorsing Desjardins, who is running in Esquimalt-Metchosin, and six Green Party candidates: Andrew Weaver in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Kalen Harris in Victoria-Beacon Hill, Chris Maxwell in Victoria-Swan Lake, Sonia Furstenau in Cowichan Valley, Adam Olsen in Saanich North and the Islands, and Mark Neufeld in Saanich South.

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2 CN AB: Editorial: Ramifications Of Legal Marijuana Remain CloudyThu, 20 Apr 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:Gallant, Collin Area:Alberta Lines:99 Added:04/22/2017

Today is April 20, or 4/20 for short, the day marijuana activists use for protest, public displays of defiance and a call to action to legalize pot.

The times are certainly about to change as Ottawa and the provinces consider the implications of the Liberal government's plan to make marijuana legal.

Concerns about decriminalizing pot, however, have many recreational smokers increasingly leery about receiving what they wished for.

Those are the people who should benefit most from the bill, which is posed as a measure to avoid criminal records and fines for possession of the drug that is extremely common, if one is being honest.

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3 CN BC: Sea To Sky HighThu, 30 Mar 2017
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Jones, Nicola Area:British Columbia Lines:397 Added:04/04/2017

Medical marijuana shops in the Sea to Sky are gearing up for a future of legalized weed.

When you walk into Grass Roots Medicinal in Squamish you only get access to the waiting room. There, a small counter offers bongs and other glassware for sale. All the good stuff - the grass the store gets its name from - is locked up behind a second door, out of reach. To get there, you have to sign up to become a member, which means providing some proof of an ailment that cannabis might help you with.

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4CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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5 CN BC: Police Raid Cannabis Culture Pot ShopsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:03/11/2017

Marc and Jodie Emery face drug charges after latest crackdown

A dozen Vancouver police officers raided Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture headquarters on West Hastings Street on Thursday morning.

Marc and Jodie Emery were charged with drug-related offences in Toronto on Thursday after police also raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday evening as they were about to board a plane to Spain at Pearson International Airport. They were heading to Barcelona to attend the Spannabis marijuana expo.

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6 CN ON: Weed 'Royalty' FreedSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Connor, Kevin Area:Ontario Lines:72 Added:03/11/2017

Emerys out on $30Gs bail in wake of pot shop cop raids

The "Prince" and "Princess" of pot scored bail of $30,000 each on Friday.

Marc and Jodie Emery - who own the Cannabis Culture brand - were arrested at Toronto International Airport Wednesday while travelling to a pot festival in Spain.

Police seized $250,000 in cash in several currencies, 65 kilos of marijuana and 2.4 kilos of cannabis extract and other drug paraphernalia after searching seven Cannabis Culture stores - five in Toronto - and several homes Thursday, Toronto Police said.

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7CN BC: Editorial: Board Right On Pot FestSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

The mission of the Vancouver park board is to provide, preserve, and advocate for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment. Its purpose is not to provide a venue at taxpayers' expense for a special interest group that intends to break city bylaws and to sell or otherwise distribute what is still an illegal product.

The 4-3 decision by the park board commissioners not to grant a permit to the organizers of the 4/20 event was the only reasonable position it could take. Indeed, one wonders what the three dissenters were smoking.

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8 CN ON: London Pot Shop Owners ChargedSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Carruthers, Dale Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:03/11/2017

The owners of three London pot shops are among eight people charged in a crackdown on marijuana dispensaries.

But a critic said he doubts the charges announced Friday by London police will hold up in court with Canada set to legalize the drug.

Five men and three women face a combined 24 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking following police searches of five marijuana dispensaries across London on March 2.

Those charged include Mal McMeekin, 34, the Tasty Budd's franchise founder; Kara Barber, 30, owner of Healing Health; and Charles Colvin, 28, chief executive of the Chronic Hub.

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9 CN ON: Six Workers Arrested In Marijuana Dispensary RaidSat, 11 Mar 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:03/11/2017

A downtown marijuana dispensary that opened earlier this week was raided by Kingston Police on Thursday night.

Sgt. Brad Brooker of the police's street crime unit said the investigation into CannaGreen started on Thursday and a Controlled Substances Act search warrant was executed at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Six employees were arrested at the scene: four currently live in Kingston and two hail from Ottawa. All are facing charges from police. Three customers filling out paperwork in the store were also present when the unit arrived, but were released.

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10 CN BC: Controversial New Storefront In AgassizThu, 09 Mar 2017
Source:Agassiz Harrison Observer (CN BC) Author:Knutson, Erin Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:03/09/2017

Mayor says the district is 'dealing with it'

Agassiz has a new resident. The Weemedical Dispensary Society has a storefront on Pioneer Avenue and they claim to provide, quality, legal medical marijuana products to patients in the communities of Agassiz and Harrison.

On their promotional sites, The Society states that they are in the business of easing the suffering of the chronically ill.

But, is the store legal?

If the store is selling paraphernalia only, it could be in compliance of legal business laws, but if it's selling marijuana of any kind, it's illegal according to Staff Sergeant Darren Rennie.

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11CN SN: White Pony Lodge Scores Win As Drug House RazedFri, 03 Mar 2017
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:Fitzpatrick, Brian Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:03/06/2017

Patrol group hopes similar fate awaits other notorious buildings

There have been many sombre walks through North Central for White Pony Lodge members in recent times, but on Thursday the neighbourhood patrol group was celebrating as a notorious local building was torn down.

With the city sending in a contractor to demolish the multi-unit dwelling at 1454 Angus St., Jan Morier and Shawna Oochoo met at the site and embraced as the longtime drug den was reduced to nothing.

"The number of times we have come to this property to try and clean it up? It's all worthwhile now to see that finally it's going to be cleaned up for good," Morier said.

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12 CN NS: Exhibits Still Unaccounted For From Evidence StorageMon, 27 Feb 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Woodford, Zane Area:Nova Scotia Lines:67 Added:03/04/2017

Force believes missing money placed in police bank account

Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 - including nearly $5,000 in cash - are still unaccounted for.

Chief Jean-Michel Blais will present a report to the municipality's Board of Police Commissioners on Monday updating the force's progress on finding the missing items from the Drug Exhibit Audit released last year.

That audit was conducted between June and November 2015 after an officer was accused of stealing from an evidence vault. Police originally found 90 per cent of the drug exhibits in one vault were unaccounted for, and 55 per cent of the evidence in the money vault wasn't where it was supposed to be.

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13 CN ON: Employee 'Treated Like A Wanted Fugitive'Tue, 21 Feb 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Doucette, Chris Area:Ontario Lines:52 Added:02/25/2017

Sean McNabb claims he wasn't working when his employer's illegal pot shop - Weed the North - was raided last month, yet he still faces charges.

The 32-year-old accused Toronto Police of overstepping their bounds by searching his girlfriend's home following a Jan. 18 dispensary raid. Investigators also put out a warrant for his arrest and nabbed him at Pearson airport as he returned from a brief trip to the U.S.

"I was treated like a wanted fugitive over a minor possession charge, even though I had nothing on me," McNabb said recently, adding he also has a medical marijuana licence.

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14 CN NS: Police Lay Charges Following Search Of Amherst BusinessSat, 11 Feb 2017
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:65 Added:02/14/2017

A month after it opened, a downtown business specializing in marijuana paraphernalia was searched by police on Thursday.

Dr. Greenthumb was searched by members of the Cumberland Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit on Thursday with assistance from the Amherst Police Department.

This whole pending legislation has created a challenge for police across the country. Some people are trying to get ahead of it because the government is saying legislation is coming, but it's not here and they have to be patient and wait for the legislation. Ian Naylor, Amherst Police Chief

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15 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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16 US NJ: Wayne Police: Woman's Heroin Stamped 'Suicide Squad'Wed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:37 Added:01/18/2017

[Name redacted] of Denville, was charged by Wayne police with possession of heroin.(Photo: Courtesy of Wayne Police)

[Name redacted], 26, of Denville was arrested and charged with possession of 39 bags of heroin, among other charges, on Jan. 4.

According to police records, Officer Tomasz Cydzik observed a 2000 Honda Civic parked in the CVS parking lot on Hamburg Turnpike with her head down "as if unconscious" around 9:40 p.m. When the officer approached, [name redacted] opened her eyes and police observed an uncapped syringe inside the vehicle, according to police reports. After further investigation, five Suboxone under-the-tongue films, one Clonazepam pill, a sandwich-sized plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, two additional hypodermic needles, multiple open glassine bags of suspected heroin, 39 additional bags of heroin stamped "suicide squad" and one small zip lock bag containing suspected cocaine, police records show.

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17 US IL: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Proposed For AlgonquinWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)          Area:Illinois Lines:54 Added:01/12/2017

[photo] A medical marijuana dispensary is proposed for 1154 N. Main St. in Algonquin.

Algonquin officials are considering a medical marijuana company's proposal to open a dispensary in a medical office complex.

ILDISP III LLC, represented by Ross Morreale, is seeking a special-use permit for a free-standing building at 1154 N. Main St., out of which the company would sell marijuana to patients with a prescription.

An attached garage would also be added onto the building, which formerly housed an MRI center, as a secure area for deliveries and waste removal, according to the proposal.

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18US NJ: Medical Marijuana Home Delivery Coming To WestchesterWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)          Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

[photo] A medical marijuana dispensary is proposed for 1154 N. Main St. in Algonquin.

Algonquin officials are considering a medical marijuana company's proposal to open a dispensary in a medical office complex.

ILDISP III LLC, represented by Ross Morreale, is seeking a special-use permit for a free-standing building at 1154 N. Main St., out of which the company would sell marijuana to patients with a prescription.

An attached garage would also be added onto the building, which formerly housed an MRI center, as a secure area for deliveries and waste removal, according to the proposal.

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19 CN ON: Anticipating Fentanyl Spread, Ontario To Help Fund InjectionTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Grant, Kelly Area:Ontario Lines:134 Added:01/10/2017

The Ontario government has agreed to help fund three supervised drug-injection sites in Toronto and one in Ottawa as part of an effort to better prepare Canada's most populous province for the eastward spread of illicit fentanyl.

Ontario said it is creating a framework to smooth the way for other communities to open supervised-consumption services of their own, while the federal Liberals have promised to knock down legislative barriers erected by Stephen Harper's government, which opposed letting users inject their drugs legally as health-care workers watched.

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20 US MD: Anne Arundel Community College Launches Class On The BusinessSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Maryland Lines:112 Added:01/07/2017

Professor Shad Ewart is teaching a course on emerging markets in relation to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits at Anne Arundel Community College.

Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a marijuana dispensary in Oregon.

Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude.

"Opportunities are endless, whatever we can create in our heads," said Dean Warner, an Anne Arundel Community College student.

The college launched Monday a class exploring business opportunities around the country's expanding marijuana market.

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