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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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
The times are certainly about to change as Ottawa and the provinces
consider the implications of the Liberal government's plan to make
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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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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'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after
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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Marc and Jodie Emery face drug charges after latest
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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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
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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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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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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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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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
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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Patrol group hopes similar fate awaits other notorious
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
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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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
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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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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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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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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[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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[photo] A medical marijuana dispensary is proposed for 1154 N. Main St. in
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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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
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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Professor Shad Ewart is teaching a course on emerging markets in relation
to marijuana legalization and entrepreneurial pursuits at Anne Arundel
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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