The time is up for marijuana dispensaries that have yet to apply for a
business license or rezoning in order to continue operating in Victoria.
The city will now be launching legal proceedings for cannabis
retailers who've failed to comply with the marijuana dispensary
regulations that took effect in November and require businesses to
obtain a $5,000 license and pass a $7,500 rezoning process to operate
So far, 33 cannabis retailers have applied for a business license and
23 have applied for rezoning. Sixteen have yet to apply for anything.
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A judge at B.C.'s top court is calling for stronger sentences for
people who sell fentanyl.
We couldn't agree more.
In a ruling posted online Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed
an appeal to increase the six-month sentence of a 59-year-old man who
was caught with drugs, including 2.6 grams of the deadly opioid.
The Crown had argued that the sentence wasn't enough, but the effort
was denied, since fentanyl-related deaths were not as prevalent at the
time of the offence. However, the three judges agreed the court should
identify a higher sentencing range because of the current "public
health crisis associated with illicit fentanyl."
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Jukka Laurio says he is closing Herbal Green medical marijuana
dispensary effective immediately
He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were
deceived by Mr. Laurio - clearly the products he's selling have
cannabis in them.
After multiple clashes with city hall, Jukka Laurio has agreed to shut
down his Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective
The pot advocate and two-time mayoral candidate was back in front of
council Tuesday for "illegally selling cannabis products without a
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Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy
could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps
moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.
For better or for worse, the Canadian government seems to have decided
that marijuana has been on the move long enough to start taxing and
For the uninitiated, legalizing marijuana would mean that the drug
would be available for purchase but regulated by the government --
similar to alcohol or tobacco. The difference is that marijuana is far
cheaper to produce at scale than either of those two.
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Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores
Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.
The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after
noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.
Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a
second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto
Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of
bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a
police minivan on Queen E.
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While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about
KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana
dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually
pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.
When police raided Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street, they
seized $17,000 in cash, plus almost $27,000 in marijuana and $5,400 in
Investigators knew the store was doing brisk business, but who was
collecting all that money remains murky.
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Sales rules in place next year: justice minister
Alberta should have regulations in place to allow recreational
marijuana sales next year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday.
The federal government has vowed to introduce legislation this spring
to legalize pot, but Ganley said packaging, distribution, zoning,
building codes and other details must be worked out before people can
smoke and eat cannabis in the province without breaking the law.
"I'm not sure whether that has yet penetrated the public's
consciousness fully. There's an enormous amount of work that has to be
done," she said following a speech to the Alberta Association of
Municipal Districts and Counties convention in the Shaw Conference
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The majority of Victoria's illegal pot shops have applied for the
city's special new business licence, but more than a dozen not engaged
in the process could soon face court-ordered injunctions aimed at
shutting them down.
At the same time, the local health authority says a recent anonymous
complaint about the cleanliness of one of these dispensaries has led
to it outlawing the controversial sale of baked goods and candies in
these stores, an issue that a city bylaw created last year purposely
did not address.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine
country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a
new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food:
cannabis and wine pairing dinners.
Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners
$100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from
marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with
sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.
"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said
of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with
sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and
what flavors are coming out."
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Re "As Heroin Infests Farms, a Grieving Parent Fears for the Future"
(front page, March 13):
The view of Roger D. Winemiller, who lost two children to drug
overdoses, that the solution to the drug epidemic is tougher
penalties, while understandable, is misguided.
As a former prosecutor, including time as a narcotics prosecutor, I
can only conclude that the war on drugs is unwinnable. What good did
tough narcotics laws do the Winemiller children? Would the results be
better if sometimes draconian laws were made even more draconian?
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With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk
of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85
miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.
SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the
Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with
Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for
violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless
interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on
the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his
gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.
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Recreational cannabis may be legal in California, but buying the
actual stuff still makes Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist and
fine artist, feel like a class-cutting teenage stoner.
"You go in to buy weed, and it's like visiting your parole officer,"
said Mr. Campbell, who lives in Los Angeles. "You get buzzed through
three metal gates." Inside, cannabis products are often packaged with
loopy Deadhead-style graphics and goofy dorm-humor strain names like
Gorilla Glue and Purple Urkle.
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For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal
marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story.
Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story
through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.
She strongly believes in medical marijuana for medicinal purposes and
is for legalization, but with regulations.
Her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will never completely
disappear, but, she says: "You can get the symptoms to go away if you
take care of yourself and if you are in the good company of people who
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Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a
tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse.
The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people
between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a
short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use
relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The videos should be well researched and can use different film
methods like live-action, animation or claymation.
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COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was
busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg
South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was
located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17,
2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug
Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.
The operator of the facility, Timothy Tucker, was arrested at the
scene and taken away in handcuffs. He faced four charges under the
Criminal Code including using a forged document, possession for the
purpose of trafficking (marijuana), proceeds of crime (less than
$5,000) and possession for the purpose of trafficking (cannabis resin).
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'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something
and regret it later'
Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this
spring to legalize marijuana.
The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it
"We need to make sure we have it dispensed to places children can't
get to, making sure that only adults can get to it and people of age,"
he said Tuesday.
"That is what is taking the most time right now. I was talking to Bill
Blair (parliamentary secretary to Justice Minister Jody
Wilson-Raybould) and he was saying we're likely to have something this
spring. "We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into
something and regret it later. It comes down to how we regulate it and
how we regulate the distribution"
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Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization
City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in
Councillors discussed a city report Tuesday that provides an initial
look on what legal pot could look like as the city waits for the
federal government to release more details on plans to legalize the
sale of cannabis for recreational use.
In the report, the city proposes adding "cannabis retail sales" and
"cannabis lounges" to a bylaw that currently regulates development of
bars and retail stores.
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"Six workers arrested in marijuana dispensaries raid," March 11
Just this week a report was released saying smoking marijuana can do
the same serious damage to lungs as tobacco, which is common sense.
The U.K. has done extensive studies showing young people who smoke
marijuana have a greatly enhanced chance of suffering psychosis and
other mental issues later in life. There is no easy roadside test for
drivers in Canada believed to have smoked up. (In Colorado, traffic
deaths have gone up substantially since it legalized pot).
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I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here
in Vancouver - how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride
from the local constabulary.
These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from
other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated
with the benign indifference it receives here. Surrey, for example. A
lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his
was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that
city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a
customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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Edmonton moved to close loopholes in the zoning bylaw Tuesday to
ensure marijuanasales can't happen in corner stores and residential
The zoning changes will also specifically ban toking in pubs, a move
city planners called "preventative maintenance" to prepare Edmonton
for the coming legalization of recreational marijuana use.
"So operations aren't able to legitimize blended uses," said senior
planner Colton Kirsop at council's executive committee.
Kirsop recommended other zoning changes and smoking bans be delayed
until the federal rules are clear so council debate doesn't "get lost
in the weeds." Ottawa is expected in June to introduce legislation
regarding recreational marijuana, with legalization to follow in 2019.
Based on task force recommendations, it appears it will also legalize
cannabis lounges, but ban drinking and smoking there, say city staff.
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Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of
Prince of Pot
The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall
on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of
Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.
Bail conditions for Cannabis Culture's Marc Emery include his not
being involved in operation of the stores.
The "Prince and Princess of Pot" were arrested, along with Chris
Goodwin, Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, on Wednesday night and
charged with a raft of marijuana-related offences, including
trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime. The arrests were
part of Project Gator, a nationwide operation coordinated by Toronto
police specifically targeting six Cannabis Culture locations in
Toronto and Hamilton and Cannabis Culture's magazine offices in
Vancouver, where computers were seized but no charges were laid
against staff. Two Cannabis Culture stores in Ottawa were also raided,
although police say those were not connected to Project Gator.
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Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the
gun in the city
Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police
crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government
will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.
While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been
selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.
"I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best
efforts to enforce it," he said Friday, a day after the raids on pot
shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.
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President Trump is ill advised to expend resources to shutdown state
legal marijuana businesses ("Pot plans moving forward despite
toughtalk from Trump," Feb. 27).
As Jacob Sullum points out in his column: "According to a recent
Quinnipiac University survey, 59 percent of Americans think
marijuana should be made legal in the United States," while 71
percent "oppose the government enforcing federal laws against
marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational
marijuana." Among Republicans, only 35 percent favored legalization,
but 55 percent opposed federal interference with it."
Steven S. Epstein, Georgetown
BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty
about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed
infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin.
Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31,
died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a
first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr.
Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her
slumped over, a syringe by her side.
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Cannabis Crusader stops in Lethbridge
This spring, cannabis plants may start appearing in places you'd least
expect. And it might be because of Dana Larsen's Overgrow Canada campaign.
On Monday night, the cannabis expert, activist and author spoke in
Lethbridge for the first time as part of his Overgrow Canada Tour. The
event took place at Moose Hall and attendees were given 100 free
cannabis seeds to plant.
"Lethbridge has been somewhat excluded from these types of events in
the past, just being a smaller city kind of off the beaten track, and
I feel it's important to get this tour here to Lethbridge, to get the
exposure to see that (marijuana) is here in Lethbridge as much as it
is everywhere else in Canada, and the city needs to embrace that,"
said local event host Austin Moloughney.
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Two people were arrested and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized when
Nanaimo RCMP carried out a search warrant at one of two Nature's
Source dispensaries in the city. Oils, marijuana edibles and $2,000
were also seized.
The 5th Street business was searched March 9 and remains closed. An
employee at the other Nature's Source Nanaimo location on Front Street
said the site will re-open as a glass shop.
The arrests were made for possession for the purpose of trafficking,
with both people being released on a promise to appear in court Aug.
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Five were warned they're at risk of being raided; one operator says he
can't let 'our patients' down
KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police say they've warned five illegal
marijuana dispensaries in the region they're at risk of being raided
if they continue to flout the laws around selling cannabis.
After getting visits from officers and written warnings, several of
the dispensaries have shut down. One that refused - Green Tree Medical
Dispensary - was busted Friday by police, who seized $26,800 in pot,
$5,400 in hash, edibles and $17,000 in cash.
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The arrest in Toronto on Wednesday of Marc Emery, one of North
America's leading pot legalization advocates, may seem draconian to
his many supporters. But the law is the law, and those who are alleged
to flout it risk arrest, regardless of their reasons for doing so.
No one knows this better than Mr. Emery. A diehard libertarian, he
once spent four days in jail for violating Ontario's Sunday shopping
laws. More famously, in 2005, he was arrested and eventually
extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to five years
in prison for selling marijuana seeds to American customers.
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The business empire built by B.C.'s "Prince and Princess of Pot" is on
the verge of collapse.
Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their
Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested
Wednesday at a Toronto airport, Jodie said Saturday in a phone interview.
Emery said they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers as
they got out of an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched. She
described their treatment by police as "disturbing and shocking" and
said they were only permitted to speak with lawyers hours after the
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Painkiller mixed with cocaine by dealers can cause seizures, coma or
Police fear a growing amount of buffing agent being seized in drug
busts means more high-level dealers are bringing wholesale quantities
into Edmonton for redistribution, creating another avenue for profit.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) unit seized more buffing
agent in 2016 - 82.05 kg - than all cocaine, marijuana, heroin and
Buffing agents are used by drug dealers to dilute illicit drugs to
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Recreational marijuana users are lazy.
That's the stereotype entrepreneur John Carlson wanted to break while
manning a booth for his business at the HempFest Cannabis Expo at the
Shaw Conference Centre this past weekend.
The 26-year-old is the owner of Boxcar Studios in Olds, Alta., a
glassblowing studio and shop that specializes in "420/710
Carlson, a self-taught glassblower, said he wanted to show people
marijuana users can be professional and organized.
"If you look here, there's a room full of young, hardworking
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Dear Editor: The law is the law. In Canada, the law is the law until the
law, through parliament, actually changes. In theory, if one breaks the
law, there should be consequences that follow. As we all know, many
times laws are broken and the consequences have been "of little or no
consequence where the bleeding heart court system seems to show sympathy
to would be offenders." There seems to be little or no consistency in
many court proceedings.
Our illustrious Prime Pinister Justin Trudeau made a pre-election
grandstand announcement that he and his government would legalize
marijuana if and when he was elected. He was elected as we all know
and yet there has been little if anything put forth in the way of
fulfilling his pre-election promise. The rhetoric from him has been
that there are several issues that need to be studied before
legislation will be happening. In other words, it is not a cut and
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Re Police raid Cannabis Culture shops across Canada following arrest
of 'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot,' March 9 We need 21st-century
In the face of the unprecedented epidemic of opioid and other
hard-drug deaths, lethal drugs pushed on street corners in full view
and a record number of stabbings in Toronto, police instead choose the
easy busts: cannabis shops.
Why? Because it's safe. In fact, they won't touch organized crime
gangs for two reasons. It's dangerous and they are not directed to.
It's no secret that criminal organizations threaten anyone who tries
to bring them down. And who is willing to put his family in danger?
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Police say they seized $26,800-worth of marijuana; four people
KITCHENER - After issuing warnings to the region's growing number of
unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, Waterloo Regional Police raided a
prominent downtown cannabis retailer - seizing significant quantities
of pot and cash.
The Friday-night bust at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street
East came after an investigation that began last month into the
businesses, which the police say remain illegal despite changing
legislation on the horizon.
Four people, three women and a male employee, were arrested and
charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in the raid.
Officers loaded large bags of pot, hash, edible pot products and
drinks into vehicles as they cleared out the downtown shop.
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A group of Canadian military veterans who say they are suffering from
health problems after consuming tainted medical marijuana is calling
on Health Minister Jane Philpott to launch a formal investigation,
saying the department has failed to examine the problem properly and
fairly on behalf of patients.
Scott Wood, a retired military policeman whose career involved
investigating military wrongdoing and guarding heads of state, said he
believes Health Canada is trying to sweep the problem under the rug
without a proper investigation.
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UCDSB has been blitzing schools with Fentanyl awareness campaign
BROCKVILLE - As the region's police and health officials grapple with
a growing opioid problem, the public school board is also
brainstorming ways to keep its students safe from a drug that's
In response to fentanyl alerts issued by local public health agencies
this year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has deployed
staff members to meet with school support teams to look at how to best
reduce drug and substance use.
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Couple behind Cannabis Culture ordered to cut all ties with business
The business empire built by Canada's "Prince and Princess of Pot" is
on the verge of collapse.
Marc and Jodie Emery have been ordered to cease operating their
Cannabis Culture dispensary business after they were arrested
Wednesday at Pearson Airport while on their way to catch a flight to
Barcelona, Jodie said Saturday in a phone call from Toronto.
Emery said that they were taken into custody by plainclothes officers
as they exited an Uber vehicle and were later strip-searched and detained.
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Suboxone offers hope for fentanyl addicts as reserve marks period of
Nearly every day, Darcy Medicine Crane catches a ride in a medical
transport truck to a pharmacy in Stand Off, a community on the Blood
reserve in southern Alberta, to take his daily dose of Suboxone.
He's earned enough trust to be given "carries" - a small amount of the
drug that he can administer himself at home - but said he prefers to
make the 20-minute drive to the pharmacy each day.
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He wants people to plant cannabis in public places.
Notorious pot activist Dana Larsen was in Nelson on Tuesday evening,
and during his talk at the Prestige Lakeside Resort he distributed
envelopes that included Ziploc bags containing CBD-rich cannabis seeds.
"By giving away these seeds and encouraging people to plant them in
public places like traffic circles, in front of city hall and police
stations or on their own property, I want to normalize the cultivation
of cannabis," he said during his talk, which was attended by
approximately 40 people.
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Lawmakers appear to have reached a compromise Thursday that would
expand Georgia's medical marijuana law.
The agreement over Senate Bill 16 would add six illnesses and
conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Georgia to
include Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, autism, epidermolysis bullosa,
peripheral neuropathy and Tourette's syndrome. It would additionally
allow use for patients in hospice care, according to both state Sen.
Ben Watson, R-Savannah, and state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon.
It would also keep the maximum allowable THC percentage in the form of
cannabis oil allowed here at 5 percent.
Re: "Happy that police enforcing the law", (Citizen, March 17)
After reading Reed Elley's letter to the Citizen, and a similar one in
Times Colonist I had to reply.
Mr. Elley states that there is a growing amount of evidence to
indicate it is harmful to our bodies. If that is the case then why has
Health Canada approved a study on 30 children between the ages of one
to 10 to test cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy? Perhaps Mr. Elley
can explain to me why the U.S. government holds a patent (since 2003)
on marijuana. Does Mr. Elley know that pet owners are using pot on
their pets to alleviate pain? My wife is now on her third bout of
cancer, and after her second surgery commenced ingesting medical
marijuana for her cancer.
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Hand-delivered note says police 'will consider taking action' if the
shops continue 'to engage in illegal business practices'
Threat letters from the Mounties to three marijuana dispensaries in
Penticton have had the desired effect, with one shop already shuttered
and the owner of another saying his will close soon, too.
The letters, signed by Penticton RCMP acting commander Staff-Sgt.
Kirsten Marshall, outline Health Canada regulations for the sale of
medical marijuana and note police "will consider taking action" if the
shops continue "to engage in illegal business practices."
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This spring's federal legislation is just the spark for legalizing
marijuana in Canada, says the government's point man.
"This is a process, not an event," said Bill Blair, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, who was in
Barrie on Wednesday.
"Bringing forward federal legislation ... enables the important work
of developing that strict regulatory framework that controls
production, distribution and consumption."
The Liberals have committed to introducing legislation for cannabis
legalization in the spring.
Blair, MP for Scarborough Southwest, is on a cross-country tour to
discuss this issue, meeting with Canadians and various
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KITCHENER - Medical marijuana users in Waterloo Region are wondering
where to turn now that the city's oldest compassion club has closed
its doors following a recent police crackdown on local pot
Organix Compassion shut down voluntarily Tuesday following a raid on
another Kitchener dispensary, Green Tree Medical Dispensary. The
pressure from police has struck fear into the region's pot
dispensaries, who say they've stopped selling marijuana following
warnings from the authorities.
But for the 700 or so members of Kitchener's Organix Compassion club,
it means they're scrambling to find new ways to get cannabis to treat
a range of medical conditions from nausea caused by cancer to
arthritis to chronic pain.
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City health authorities considering heroin to treat addicts
Ottawa's health unit supports prescribing heroin to treat severe
addicts and at least one treatment clinic is considering it as the
city fights the rising rates of overdoses from it and similar opioid
"We really see it as more an extension of our opiate substitution
therapy program than part of our supervised injection efforts," said
Rob Boyd, the head of the drug-treatment programs at the Sandy Hill
Community Health Centre on Rideau Street. Boyd has been leading the
charge to add an injection site to the centre's existing methadone
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Too many people getting behind wheel with drugs in their system
As federal legalization of marijuana seems more and more like an
inevitability, a new poll commissioned by Manitoba Public Insurance
shows 10% of Manitobans drive with drugs in their system.
The roadside survey was conducted in September 2016 in five Manitoba
communities, including Winnipeg, and found 10% of drivers who
voluntarily participated tested positive for drugs, more than half of
those testing positive for cannabis.
Of the 1,230 drivers who participated, 124 tested positive for a drug,
with 53% of those positive for cannabis and 31% for cocaine.
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One of the main reasons for Justin Trudeau's successful election, was
the promise of legalizing marijuana. However, there has been little
discussion on the effects of ongoing marijuana use, and the link to
lung cancer, or any other health problems.
Although the writings in the Harm Reduction Journal say cigarette
smoke, and marijuana smoke, have some similar chemical properties,
they are not equally carcinogenic.
However, a Florida jury a few years ago awarded $23 billion to a widow
of a chain smoker, who died of lung cancer, in a lawsuit against the
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. I wonder if Trudeau has put a bit of
our money aside for such an event?
(Add that on top of what we'll be paying in health care costs for
Dr. Mark Ware has been studying the safe and effective use of medical
marijuana for 16 years. His research is done at the McGill University
Health Centre (MUHC). Last June, Ware was named vice-chair of the
federal task force studying the recreational use of marijuana. So he
has studied the subject of cannabis from both ends of the spectrum.
When told that a 40,000-square-foot medical marijuana production
facility was poised to open in Pointe-Claire, he put on his research
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The news coverage of Marc and Jodie Emery's arrest and orders to cease
and desist from having any communication and control of Cannabis
Culture seems to paint a picture that they are being discriminated
against and treated unjustly.
Marc Emery has made a career and profits from thumbing his nose at the
marijuana laws. Granted, some aspects of these laws need updating, but
until they are, what he has been doing is illegal.
I doubt that Emery would be as outspoken if he wasn't profiting.
Tom Gray, North Delta