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1Canada: Column: Roadside Testing For Pot No Easy TaskSat, 22 Apr 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cosh, Colby Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:04/24/2017

As was widely foreseen, the Liberals' "Legalize marijuana in as awkward, truculent, and impractical a way as possible" legislation has created a whole new industry. I don't mean selling weed, of course: we had that trade before. I'm referring to newspaper columns, op-eds, and interviews about how crummy this law is. I have about 120 deadlines in the next 12 months, and I could use this topic for ... 30? Maybe 40?

For now, let me cover just one aspect of legalization: the issue of roadside testing for marijuana impairment. The law contains provisions to permit this, and the constitutional angles are being smacked around like a tetherball. There seems to be a widespread assumption that because the law permits on-the-spot testing for impairment, such testing must be a practically possible thing; a solved problem.

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2 CN MB: Waiting For The Smoke To ClearSat, 15 Apr 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Martin, Nick Area:Manitoba Lines:110 Added:04/19/2017

Province has concerns about pot legalization but next moves remain unknown

MANITOBA - Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says she has "lots of concerns" with the federal government's new legalized marijuana legislation tabled Thursday, but won't speculate publicly what Manitoba's next move will be.

"We want to listen to Manitobans and consult on that," she told reporters Thursday.

The federal government's proposed law, which sets the minimum age to purchase marijuana at 18, gives provinces some latitude to increase that age, but Stefanson declined to say whether she believes 18 is too young to buy marijuana.

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3 CN MB: What Legalized Marijuana Will Mean For ManitobaTue, 28 Mar 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Kusch, Larry Area:Manitoba Lines:126 Added:03/31/2017

PARTICIPANTS in the annual 4/20 event at the Manitoba Legislative Building are likely to be in an even more celebratory mood this year as the federal Liberal government is poised to introduce legislation to make good on its promise to legalize pot.

The April 20 bash, which extols the consumption of cannabis - especially the smoking of it - may also have a more political undertone as local medical marijuana advocates protest a lack of consultation by the Pallister government before introducing a bill last week setting out new rules to deal with cannabis when legalization occurs.

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4 CN ON: Column: Another Study Finds Little Medicinal Use For PotWed, 25 Jan 2017
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:01/25/2017

Another week, another massive study by top doctors and scientists finding limited medicinal value to marijuana. When liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd they have such a blind spot with pot.

A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - reviewed 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana and concluded there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" for only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity.

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5 CN BC: Column: Marijuana Linked To Health Issues, Study FindsSat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Clark, Gordon Area:British Columbia Lines:106 Added:01/21/2017

Here we go again. Another week, another massive report by top doctors and scientists finding very limited medicinal value to marijuana. In an age when liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd that they have such a blind spot when it comes to pot.

A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - that reviewed the results of 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana concluded that there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" in treating only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (although there was "limited" evidence of "clinician-measured" spasticity relief).

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6US CA: Taking Pot Cookies To Ill Granddaughter In Texas, CalifornianTue, 17 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Farrow, Deke Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2017

All Newman resident Phillip Blanton wanted to do, he said, was bring some comfort to his granddaughter, who has stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But his California medical marijuana card counted for nothing in Texas, where the 67-year-old now faces felony drug possession charges.

Blanton was driving to Houston to see 20-year-old Makayla Farley, who's being treated at the Houston Methodist Hospital cancer center. She's fighting for her life, he said, has a hard time eating and is always throwing up. She's on morphine and other drug cocktails for pain. "I was going to give her Papa's cookies to help with the nausea and pain and to help her relax."

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7 US NC Willie Nelson Wants Loretta Lynn To Try Pot AgainThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Hall, Kristin M.        Lines:69 Added:01/12/2017

Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance.

"She's got a lot of guts," Nelson said during a recent interview with The Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee. "She'll try anything. Maybe I should help her."

The 83-year-old outlaw country icon actually wants to help a lot of people give marijuana a try. He's attached his name to a line of legal marijuana being sold in Colorado and Washington called "Willie's Reserve," after decades of personally advocating for the legalization of marijuana.

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8 US: Oped: I Made My Son Cannabis Cookies. They Changed His LifeFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Lee, Marie Myung-Ok Area:United States Lines:222 Added:01/06/2017

It took me awhile to perfect the cookie recipe. I experimented with ingredients: Blueberry, Strawberry, Sour Diesel, White Widow, Bubba Kush, AK-47 -- all strains of cannabis, which I stored, mixed with glycerin, in meticulously labeled jars on a kitchen shelf. After the cookies finished baking, I'd taste a few crumbs and annotate the effects in a notebook. Often, I felt woozy. One variation put me to sleep. When I had convinced myself that a batch was okay, I'd give a cookie to my 9-year-old son.

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9US FL: What To Know As Amendment 2 Goes Into Effect On TuesdaySun, 01 Jan 2017
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL)          Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:01/05/2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dr. Joseph Dorn has had a unique vantage point when it comes to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Florida.

Dorn was the medical director of Surterra Therapeutics, which is one of the six dispensing organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical cannabis in the state. He resigned from that position two months ago and has opened a medical marijuana treatment center as Amendment 2 takes effect on Tuesday.

The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida voters, allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments. However, the true measure of what the amendment means won't be immediately seen until a new set of rules are adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department of Health.

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10 US AZ: High Hopes For High TimesThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:96 Added:12/05/2016

Arizona continues efforts towards legal marijuana

The failure of Prop 205 may have been a sobering realization for some, but others still have high hopes for the future of marijuana in Arizona.

Several new efforts have popped up to change the landscape of Arizona's marijuana landscape since voters rejected this year's recreational proposition.

The most promising initiative comes from the Independent Wellness Center in Apache Junction, and intends not to legalize recreational marijuana, but to increase the number of qualifying conditions for patients to be eligible for a medical marijuana card.

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11 CN NF: 'Technically Illegal'Tue, 29 Nov 2016
Source:Telegram, The (CN NF) Author:Mcleod, James Area:Newfoundland Lines:69 Added:12/01/2016

Marijuana advocate approached N.L. police months ago about starting a dispensary

Marijuana advocate Ryan Stratton said when he first heard about pot dispensaries popping up in St. John's, he was a little bitter.

Back in May, he approached the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary about starting a marijuana dispensary in town, and he got a firm, unequivocal "No."

"I can't help but feel really slighted and bitter about that," he said. "Are you kidding me? I would love to own the first dispensary down there, make it professional, make it well done, get the best product out there."

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12 US: If The Doctor Orders Marijuana, Will Insurers Pay?Wed, 23 Nov 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Meier, Barry Area:United States Lines:147 Added:11/23/2016

Early this year, a disabled former automobile body worker named Greg Vialpando explained to lawmakers in New Mexico how medical marijuana helped his chronic back pain.

State legislators were considering a bill backed by workers' compensation insurers that would have exempted them from paying for medical marijuana. But Mr. Vialpando and another patient described how smoking the drug let them escape years of stupor caused by powerful prescription narcotic drugs known as opioids.

The lawmakers ended up dropping the bill, and Mr. Vialpando's expenses for buying marijuana are covered by insurance.

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13 US ND: Medical Marijuana Supporters Make Last-Minute Plea To VotersThu, 03 Nov 2016
Source:Bismarck Tribune (ND) Author:Kolpack, Dave Area:North Dakota Lines:56 Added:11/08/2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota is making a last-minute advertising push thanks to a surprise donation from a national organization,

North Dakota Compassionate Care, which is sponsoring an initiated measure on the state's ballot, quickly organized the ad campaign after receiving $15,000 last week from Drug Policy Action, said group spokeswoman Anita Morgan. DPA is the political arm of a group that advocates for the overhaul of drug laws.

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14US FL: Florida Voters Decide If Medical Marijuana Treatment ShouldTue, 01 Nov 2016
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:Finch, Mike Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:11/03/2016

The last time Floridians faced the subject of medical marijuana on the ballot, the measure just barely failed to garner enough support needed to become law.

This time appears to be different. There's still resistance, but the large wave of criticism from various groups like the Florida Sheriff's Association is gone. Polls indicate the ballot measure again named Amendment 2 appears to be coasting toward passage.

The most recent survey released by the University of North Florida indicates 73 percent of voters approve of the amendment, significantly more than the 60 percent needed for it to become law. Backers of the Amendment say stripping away the so-called loopholes and timing is key.

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15 CN ON: Upcoming Meeting To Discuss How Cannabis Oil Can Fight IllnessWed, 26 Oct 2016
Source:Petrolia Topic (CN ON) Author:Schilz, Melissa Area:Ontario Lines:141 Added:10/26/2016

Modern medicine has evolved greatly over the years in treating cancer and other illnesses. We have radiation and chemotherapy to reduce tumour growths, we have opioids to decrease pain and there are a number of over the counter drugs we can buy when we're feeling under the weather.

But what about using marijuana in treatments for life threatening diseases and other life-altering ailments?

It's not talked about very openly, in fact many who use cannabis oil tend to keep it under wraps, said Don Keith, a medical marijuana license holder in Petrolia. That's why he has planned a discussion group at the Petrolia library on Friday, Oct. 28, to offer support and a safe place to talk about using medical marijuana without ridicule or judgment.

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16Canada: 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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17 US MA: Editorial: Pushing The Limits On PotMon, 10 Oct 2016
Source:Boston Herald (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:54 Added:10/11/2016

OK, so maybe the helicopter was a little excessive.

It's reasonable to criticize the lengths that authorities went to in an effort to confiscate a single pot plant from an elderly woman in Amherst - though it should be noted that the backyard raid at Peg Holcomb's home was just a small part of a larger marijuana eradication operation.

But before sympathizers anoint the 81-year-old Holcomb a great martyr for the marijuana cause, we would simply point out that in Massachusetts there are legal means by which she could obtain marijuana if she really does need it to keep her glaucoma at bay, as she told the Herald.

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18 US CT: 'An Opportunity To Be A Healer Again'Tue, 06 Sep 2016
Source:Register Citizen (CT) Author:Stannard, Ed Area:Connecticut Lines:169 Added:09/07/2016

Dr. Stephen Brown has become a believer in medical marijuana.

Since registering as a certifying physician 15 months ago, Brown has seen about 700 patients, and he believes it has helped a majority of them.

While certifying patients is required under state law for patients to buy medical marijuana, Brown takes pride in his physician's role. He spends time with each patient, takes a detailed medical history and follows up.

Brown was a reconstructive surgeon who retired from surgery when it became too physically taxing. He had started his career in the Army, repairing cleft lips and palates in a Saigon field hospital during the Vietnam War.

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19 US CT: 'An Opportunity To Be A Healer Again'Sun, 04 Sep 2016
Source:Middletown Press, The (CT) Author:Stannard, Ed Area:Connecticut Lines:171 Added:09/05/2016

Doctor Becomes Believer in Healing Power of Medical Marijuana

Dr. Stephen Brown has become a believer in medical marijuana.

Since registering as a certifying physician 15 months ago, Brown has seen about 700 patients, and he believes it has helped a majority of them.

While certifying patients is required under state law for patients to buy medical marijuana, Brown takes pride in his physician's role. He spends time with each patient, takes a detailed medical history and follows up.

Brown was a reconstructive surgeon who retired from surgery when it became too physically taxing. He had started his career in the Army, repairing cleft lips and palates in a Saigon field hospital during the Vietnam War.

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20 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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