The Town of Oliver is setting aside a hearing to "hash out" some
details in local bylaws prior to the legalization of the sale of
Council on Monday "decimated," as Coun. Larry Schwartzenberger put it,
a staff recommendation to restrict cannabis sales via zoning bylaws in
Oliver, as well as a $15,000 ask to hire a consultant to determine the
wishes of the community.
"We will be able to approve or disapprove an application. If something
is in the commercial zone that's too close to a park or school, we
will just not approve it," Schwartzenberger said.
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The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn't mean police
are backing off their crackdown on the "grey" marijuana market.
Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community
Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana,
marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph
Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.
He's scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court
"The RCMP will continue to work within the existing legislation under
the Controlled Drug and Substances Act," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal
Hutchinson said Monday in an email. "If we determine that there is a
violation of the legislation, we will take appropriate action."
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A provincial government commitment to provide $ 40 million to help
municipalities cover the costs of pot legalization is a starting
point, says Mayor Chris Friel.
But Friel remains critical of the Ontario government's approach to the
legalization of marijuana saying the increased law enforcement and
safety costs are just one part of the overall picture.
"I'd say that it's a starting point because right now no one really
knows what the extra costs will be," Friel said. "But again I ask:
where is the public consultation?
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You can still have your say about cannabis restrictions in the
community until Wednesday afternoon but concerns have been raised
about people being able to submit more than one survey.
"Yes, there are no restrictions based on IP addresses as this is city
policy," said Jim Genge senior planner, planning and development services.
Restrictions would make it difficult to complete the survey, including
for the more than 500 who completed it at the Home and Garden Trade
Show, he said. It would also restrict more than one person in a
household from having a say.
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This summer, millennials, their anxious parents and users from
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Bay Street will get what they long
believed was their right - the opportunity to toke up legally.
That will be a seminal societal event (pun intended). However, what is
attracting less attention than it should are breakthrough discoveries
about how non-psychoactive cannabis extracts can alleviate suffering
and treat diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Legalization of a substance for recreational purposes and medical
studies should be unrelated issues. But since they are based on the
same plant, legal prohibitions and social stigma have held back
research, thereby prolonging the suffering of patients and costing
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WEST BRIDGEWATER - The class had covered bullying, Internet safety,
and good decision-making, and by February, Officer Kenneth Thaxter
could see that the sixth-graders were ready.
The lights went off, and the projector went on.
"Today," the DARE officer said, "we're going to talk about marijuana."
For 16 years, every elementary school student in this small town has
learned about drugs from Thaxter. But this year, his lesson needed to
change, and he was about to find out whether the students knew why.
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The owner of a Bible Hill marijuana dispensary has been charged for
the second time in six months with possession for the purpose of
Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook, was arrested after
police executed a search warrant at the Community Compassion Centre, a
marijuana storefront on Pictou Road.
Leclerc is to appear in court in Truro on March 21 to enter a plea to
The RCMP said in a news release that members of the Colchester County
Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit had seized a quantity of
cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia during
their search last Friday.
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The local public health agency says smoking marijuana should be banned
in multi-unit buildings, including balconies
The local health unit is throwing its support behind the City of
Ottawa's public health agency after they called for a ban on smoking
marijuana inside multi-unit residential buildings - including on balconies.
Last week, Ottawa's acting medical officer of health recommended the
Ontario government extend its proposed ban on pot smoking in common
areas of condos, apartment buildings and university residences, hotels
and their balconies.
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Near the historic native village of Kitwancool in northern B.C., the
hereditary chief of the Gitanyow frog clan has his eye on an old
logging site that could be the perfect place to grow a new cash crop.
"It's already serviced with a power supply," said Will Marsden. "We
see an opportunity for our people to be employed in sustainable jobs
in our traditional territories."
Those jobs would be in the legal marijuana trade, coming soon to
British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
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A popular marijuana website has told the state's cannabis czar that
she lacks the authority to make the company stop running
advertisements for unlicensed pot retailers.
In a letter sent Monday to Lori Ajax of the Bureau of Cannabis
Control, Doug Francis and Chris Beals of Weedmaps.com said the company
is not licensed by the bureau and therefore not subject to its
They also said Weedmaps is protected from such action because the
company is an "interactive computer service" covered under the federal
Communications Decency Act. The law states that such a service shall
not be treated as the publisher of information provided by a third
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Unlicensed marijuana delivery companies are operating across
Sacramento County, drawing the ire of legal pot retailers and warnings
from state and local regulators.
Regulators cite concerns about the delivery companies not paying fees
and taxes and selling weed that hasn't been tested for pesticides or
other possible toxins. They say the companies are threatening the
financial viability of legal retailers who must pay those costs in a
new legal marijuana market that started in California on Jan. 1.
In Sacramento County, about 200 marijuana delivery services were
advertising Friday on the website Weedmaps.com. Only one jurisdiction
in the county, the city of Sacramento, has plans to allow cannabis
delivery services, and it has yet to issue permits. In the interim,
city pot czar Joe Devlin has told delivery companies to register with
city, and eight have done so.
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Home growing expected to be addressed in House of Assembly this
Federal legislation, provincial legislation, contracts and regulation
- - there's plenty still in the works when it comes to having legal,
recreational marijuana in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the coming weeks, more will be said on growing your own cannabis
and on Canopy Growth's in-province production facility. More is also
expected to be brought to the House of Assembly on marijuana in the
workplace, and occupational, health and safety implications of
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A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black
firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry.
Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of
whom are white-owned companies.
A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black
firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry.
Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of
whom are white-owned companies.
Given how much the Legislative Black Caucus has complained about the
lack of minority-owned firms among Maryland's medical marijuana
growers and processors, it may seem crazy that the legislation
designed to address the issue that just passed overwhelmingly in the
House could lead to more white men getting licenses.
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There's no buzzkill like bureaucracy. A new proposal by Ottawa Public
Health to ban marijuana - once it's legal - from condos and
apartments, seems like overreach to us.
As the Sun's Andrew Duffy reports today, Ottawa's acting medical
officer of health has recommended that the province extend its
proposed ban on pot smoking in common areas of condos, apartment
buildings and university residences. Dr. Vera Etches said the province
should prohibit smoking cannabis, e-liquids and herbal shisha products
in condos, apartment buildings, university residences, hotels and
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Same tribe, different mindsets.
On Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the shores of Lake Ontario, dead
centre between Toronto and Montreal, there are more than 20 pot
dispensaries and at least 30 smoke shacks selling cheap cigarettes.
The population of Tyendinaga is 2,124.
Do the math.
At the Six Nations Mohawk Territory, however, the largest First
Nations reserve in Canada with a population of 12,000-plus living on
the reserve, there is a huge sign on the main highway indicating zero
tolerance to illicit drugs.
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Proposed ban on balcony marijuana smoking ignites debate
Should condo owners and tenants be allowed to smoke pot in their homes
and on their balconies?
Ottawa Public Health's newly released position paper has ignited
debate on those questions, and set the scene for a confrontation
between pot smokers who want to exercise their hard-won right to use
legal weed later this year, and non-smokers who want to be protected
from the effects of second-hand smoke.
Shery Dia, a writer and University of Ottawa student, supports the
health unit's call for a strict smoking ban inside multi-unit
buildings. She plans to move from her current apartment because of the
persistent incursion of pot smoke into her fifth-floor unit of a
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When New Jersey State Sen. Nicholas Scutari introduced a 62-page bill
and primer on how to legalize marijuana almost one year ago, he
chuckled when asked if it had a prayer of passing.
The legal sale of recreational marijuana had not yet begun in any
other East Coast state, and yes, Chris Christie, the Republican
governor at the time, had threatened a veto.
The bill, Scutari insisted, would give lawmakers time to digest and
debate the issue so that a palatable package would be "ready for the
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New provincial funding to help police officers detect impaired drivers
is a good start, but Brockville's chief of police says they are still
being left with too many unanswered questions.
The province announced Friday it is "stepping up support for
municipalities and law enforcement to help ensure communities and
roads are safe in advance of the federal government's legalization of
This will be done, they said, by providing $40 million of its revenue
from the federal duty on recreational cannabis over two years to help
all municipalities with implementation costs related to the
legalization of cannabis.
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The provincial government will provide $40 million of its revenue from
the federal excise duty on recreational cannabis over two years to
help municipalities with the costs of implementing
But municipalities have not yet received any more information about
what that will mean exactly.
The province has said that funding will be distributed to
municipalities on a per household basis with a minimum of $10,000 per
"We know municipalities will play a key role as the federal government
moves forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis. This is
why we engaged with municipalities early I the process," said Minister
of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro. "Our government respects the role of
municipalities in the legalization of cannabis and we know we can rely
on their valuable input as we continue to navigate this process together."
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Studies show legal cannabis can boost values
As Canada moves closer to legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana, many are speculating on how the decision will affect
society and the economy. While some are concerned about health and
safety effects, others are optimistic about potential new tax revenues
and the prospect of bringing the sale and distribution of marijuana
out of the criminal sphere.
One area that few are talking about, however, is how legal marijuana
will affect residential property markets.
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Health units and municipalities facing more costs, medical officer
The Quinte region's board of health is asking Ontario for a share of
the coming tax revenue from cannabis sales in order to fight expected
"We want some of the tax money because there's going to be costs to
public health and to municipalities," said Dr. Ian Gemmill, the acting
medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
Revenue from the taxation of legal cannabis sales, which are to begin
in July, is to be split with provinces and territories, with the
federal government retaining 25 per cent to a maximum federal revenue
of $ 100 million.
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Like many civic leaders across Canada, councillors in the town of
Hampstead, Que., were worried about the idea of people smoking
marijuana on the street once the drug became legal. So they drew up a
tough bylaw - and it's set to become the most restrictive anti-smoking
measure in the country.
In a move that experts predict will motivate other Canadian
municipalities, the town of 7,100 has adopted a draft bylaw that would
ban smoking everywhere in public, including streets and sidewalks.
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WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana
cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era
policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot
trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff
Sessions said today.
Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases"
and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies,
Sessions said. The comments come after the Trump administration in
January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into
uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach that prevailed
during the Obama administration, saying federal prosecutors should
instead handle marijuana cases however they see fit.
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With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains
divided on its use.
The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when
asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per
cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen
Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.
On several other oncecontroversial issues, however, there's less
disagreement. Lethbridge residents continue to agree largely with
same-gender marriage (77.3 per cent), doctorassisted death (79.5 per
cent) and a woman's right to abortion (81.7 per cent).
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There's a lot of truth-bending in political campaigns. Remember
then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's false assertion in 2015
that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 attacks?
Or how about Hillary Clinton's tall tale in her 2008 campaign that on
a trip to Bosnia, "I remember landing under sniper fire. aE& We just
ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
That, too, didn't happen.
Benjamin Thomas Wolf's Pinocchio moment is also a doozy.
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FRANKFORT -- Four law enforcement officials and a doctor urged state
lawmakers Tuesday to say no to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.
For more than an hour, opponents of House Bill 166 told members of the
House Judiciary Committee the ills they see in it.
Their predictions about passage of the measure included an increase in
crime, creation of trafficking problems along the state's borders, an
enhancement of economic and social costs, temptations of children to
use marijuana and uncertain physical outcomes over long-term usage.
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Major alcohol companies will likely see sales squeezed by legal
cannabis in the coming years, according to Wall Street research firm
"Due to shared usage occasions, we view the legalization of cannabis
as a threat to alcohol industry consumption growth," wrote CFRA
analyst Joe Agnese, who covers the food and beverage and tobacco
industries, in a note published Monday.
Agnese cites Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, The Boston Beer Company and
Brown-Forman Corp., best known for Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, as
companies that could see a decline in product consumption.
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TRENTON -- The first New Jersey legislative hearing on the
legalization of marijuana held since Gov. Murphy took office -- after
he promised his support -- unfolded Monday before more than 100 people.
More than a dozen experts traveled from as far as Colorado and
Massachusetts to office advice on legalization, a topic gaining
traction after Murphy, a Democrat, replaced Gov. Chris Christie, a
Republican adamantly opposed to it, in January.
Several lawmakers are working on legalization bills, but none has come
up for a vote and some legislators say they are trying to get a consensus.
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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill
to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to
continue their fight.
Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary
Committee voted 14-4 to "pass over" the measure. That's a procedure to
put off voting on the bill until a later date.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, said it's doubtful
the proposal will be revisited in this year's legislative session but
"anything is possible."
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Can we put the words "illegal" and "marijuana" together and still be
making a relevant statement in Canada? Marijuana is going to be legal
as a recreation drug.
The federal government has committed itself to legalization. The
provincial government has stepped forward with a plan for legal
marijuana, which included dispensaries as a component. They even went
so far as to include early licence application for
Marijuana will be sold, consumed by people and I do not believe there
is anything that will stop that from happening. This means the
political movement to legalize marijuana is no longer of significant
relevance. Operating dispensaries as a political statement is no
longer required. So, now what?
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Investment firm head says he'd spend $25,000 to fight
cannabis-impaired driving provisions
As experts warn of flaws with the cannabis-impaired driving provisions
of Bill C-46, a high-profile Canadian cannabis industry executive has
vowed to bankroll a future court challenge against that aspect of the
Chuck Rifici, the CEO of cannabis industry investment firm Wheaton
Income Corp., and the former chief financial officer of the Liberal
Party of Canada, said he would commit up to $25,000 to fund such a
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What will you do if your employee returns from lunch smelling of
marijuana? That's one of several issues companies may have to deal
with once the federal government legalizes the use of cannabis later
What is it about legalized marijuana that differs - or not - from
other substances, such as alcohol, which are already prohibited from
use at work?
A survey by the Human Resources Professional Association released in
January found that 71 per cent of HR professionals believe their
workplaces are not prepared to deal with the coming legalization of
recreational marijuana, including issues related to impairment, usage
on the premises and safety.
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Two women arrested in April after police raided their medical
marijuana dispensary in St. Catharines have been granted a conditional
"I only wish I was able to help more people on the legal route,"
Abbigail Millar, 32, told Judge Tory Colvin in an Ontario Court of
Justice in St. Catharines, Friday.
Millar, together with Angela Millar, 38, were arrested after Niagara
police raided Kronic Inc., a dispensary on Wright Street.
Police seized just under 3,000 grams of marijuana as well as
pre-rolled marijuanacigarettes, marijuana oil capsules and a variety
of marijuana edibles. The also seized more than $4,000 in cash.
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The United States is the midst of an opioid crisis. Ninety Americans
die each day from opioid overdoses on prescription opioids, heroin, or
fentanyl, and Massachusetts has not been spared. Many states are using
the best available tools to battle the crisis, with an eye on
developing better science and policy to put an end to the crisis. As
more states implement either medical or legalized recreational
cannabis policies, they should consider whether cannabis can play a
role in the opioid crisis.
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You think your taxes are high?
For medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, they can be
stratospheric. Cannabis retailers face an effective tax rate of up to
85 percent, and that won't be reduced by the new tax law.
Most mainstream businesses pay effective tax rates of about 15 percent
to 30 percent.
"It's a burden," said Chris Visco, co-owner of TerraVida Holistic
Centers, which opened one of Pennsylvania's first medicinal cannabis
shops on Feb. 17 in Sellersville. "People think that we're getting
rich. It's really not the case. The profit margins are going to be
really narrow after taxes. And you have to still pay local and state
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Police are "picking and choosing " when it comes to marijuana
enforcement, says a Whyte Avenue medical cannabis dispensary owner
charged after a bust last month.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Section (EDGE) executed search
warrants Feb. 2 at two commercial addresses and a residence, turning
up cannabis products with a combined street value estimated by police
Paul Olson, owner of Whyte Cross dispensary, one of the businesses
raided Feb. 2, said it was "a little bit of a surprise" when police
entered his store and seized his products.
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Too much demand. Not enough supply.
Less than two weeks after it launched, Pennsylvania's medical
marijuana program is a victim of its own success.
The two open marijuana dispensaries in the Philadelphia region
reported Friday they had sold out of most medicines and might not be
restocked until after March 15.
"We have no inventory," said Chris Visco, co-owner of the TerraVida
Holistic Center in Sellersville, Bucks County. "We took a shipment on
Wednesday. On Thursday we had the biggest sales day we've ever had. By
this morning, all we had left were a handful of disposable vape pens,"
a type of electronic cigarette loaded with hash oil.
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Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout the
state is being revised to gain more bipartisan support in an effort to
secure a veto-proof majority.
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans introduced the
bills last year, but the Chicago Democrats are rewriting some aspects
to make the legislation more attractive to Republican
Cassidy and Skillicorn met Friday with the Daily Herald editorial
board to discuss the legislation.
Cassidy said having Republican support for the legislation would help
get the law implemented this year since Gov. Bruce Rauner has signaled
he would veto such a bill. Democrats have a veto-proof majority in the
Senate, but would need at least five Republicans in the House to
override a gubernatorial veto even if every Democrat supported the
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Majority to respond to city's online questionnaire have been for
Two thirds of Medicine Hatters support pot legalization, according to
early results of an online survey that asks how the city should
regulate local marijuana sales, the municipal planning commission
heard on Wednesday.
The same survey, filled out by 4,000 respondents as of Feb. 20, is on
track to garner a larger response than similar surveys in Calgary and
Edmonton. And city officials says the high numbers aren't the result
of the pro-pot community "hijacking" the process to skew the results.
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Summerside's first marijuana retail store will be on Granville
The first legal cannabis retail store in Summerside will be located at
425 Granville St. - the former location of the city's short-lived
foray into Starbucks coffee patronage.
The first legal cannabis retail store in Summerside will be located at
425 Granville St. - the former location of the city's short-lived
foray into Starbucks coffee patronage.
The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC) announced Wednesday the
future locations of two of four planned, provincially-owned, cannabis
retail outlets. The second was 509 Main St. in Montague.
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Regulations as to where cannabis can be used are needed, officials
With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, Yarmouth's recreation
director, Frank Grant, has big concerns.
"One of the things that we have concerns of with legalized cannabis is
how it's going to be used on the street, in our parks, in our sports
fields, in our parking lots or outside gymnasiums or halls," he said.
In the past, when the recreation department has had issues with older
youth, at facilities where cannabis has been detected and reported to
the RCMP, Grant says it's been downplayed.
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The state Cannabis Control Commission split 3-2 Wednesday over whether
to automatically disqualify people with trafficking convictions from
working with legal marijuana.
People with a prior conviction for trafficking in drugs other than
marijuana will be barred from working in jobs that include access to
the plant in the newly legal marijuana industry, a decision made after
about an hour of tense debate among state pot regulators.
The Cannabis Control Commission split 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon over
whether to automatically disqualify people with trafficking
convictions from working with marijuana, adding those convictions to a
list of automatically disqualifying issues like being registered as a
sex offender, open or unresolved criminal proceedings, violent felony
convictions, and felony convictions involving drugs other than marijuana.
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No medical marijuana dispensaries have come to Harford County yet, but
two companies have applied for county government approval to open
their respective businesses in Joppa and Street, plus a dispensary has
already opened just across the Susquehanna River in Perryville.
Dispensaries must have a state license before they open and two
dispensaries are allowed in each of Maryland's 47 state Senate districts.
"Certainly any business that comes to Harford County has to meet all
of our local requirements, and these businesses will be held to that
standard, as any other," county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby
said in a recent interview.
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The state Senate on Thursday voted to ask on the November ballot
whether recreational use of marijuana should be legalized and taxed in
The ballot question would be only advisory, so even if voters approve,
lawmakers still would have to act.
Sponsoring Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, said it is important to
poll the public because some lawmakers are already working to legalize
recreational marijuana use for people over 21. He noted that in most
states that allow recreational use, it was done by voters expressing
support in the ballot box.
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Brighton - People consume marijuana because it relaxes them but the
prospect of its recreational use becoming legal is making police anxious.
"Anticipated issues" include "easier access for the youth population,"
impaired operation of vehicles, and the "facilitation of trafficking,"
OPP Detective-Sergeant Rick Dupuis said in a presentation to Brighton
council on the implications of the federal law that is to take effect
sometime after July 1.
"The provincial and federal governments indicate that this act was
introduced to minimize or mitigate accessibility to our young
population but in my professional opinion I believe that is ...
counterintuitive," he told council Feb. 20. "It's going to make it
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The state Department of Public Health has suspended retail sales of
medical marijuana products at Healthy Pharms Inc. until further notice
after a sample tested positive for a pesticide, officials said Monday.
The company, which has retail locations in Cambridge and Georgetown,
notified the state on Friday that a sample batch of marijuana was
found to contain bifenthrin, a pesticide commonly used in food
products, the Department of Public Health said in a statement.
Registered marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are prohibited from
using pesticides on marijuana grown in their facilities, officials
said. Healthy Pharms said none of the marijuana from the contaminated
batch was sold to the public.
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State regulators voted Monday to limit the roll-out of recreational
marijuana sales in July, postponing licensing of home delivery
services and pot lounges while allowing retail pot shops and their
suppliers to open in July as scheduled.
The Cannabis Control Commission had been under pressure to delay
delivery and "social consumption" operations from Governor Charlie
Baker and other political figures, law enforcement officials, and
medical marijuana business interests, who had argued the nascent
agency was trying to do too much at the outset and would struggle to
oversee so many different types of operations.
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Realtors and condo boards scramble to find solutions
Realtors and condo boards are sparking up conversations about pot as
Anand Sharma, president and condominium manager with the Northern
Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, said condo
corporations should start revising their rules if they haven't already
to prevent sticky situations when tenants start lighting up legally.
"The bottom line is people are going to have to seek legal counsel to
tighten up their bylaws or address some of these issues in their
bylaws," Sharma said.
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The amount of industrial hemp cultivated in Pennsylvania is about to
The Department of Agriculture this month approved 39 research projects
that will allow cultivation of about 1,000 acres of marijuana's
non-psychoactive cousin. Last year, 14 growers produced a total of 36
acres of hemp statewide.
In the southeastern region of the state, permission to grow hemp was
granted to farmers in Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, and Montgomery
Counties. Those cultivators will be required to pay a $2,000 permit
fee. After the paperwork has cleared, the state Bureau of Plant
Industry will submit orders for hemp seed to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Agency which must approve importation of the seed into the U.S.
Industrial hemp is grown for fiber and seed. It must maintain a
concentration of the psychoactive compound THC below the 0.3 percent
Limited quantities, sticker shock, and some mislabeled product.
The first week of medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania was marked
by these birthing pains. On the whole, retailers and the Department of
Health said the launch of the nascent industry - expected to grow into
one of the nation's largest markets - had largely gone "as hoped."
"We've been working to get medicines to patients as quickly as we
can," said department spokeswoman April Hutcheson. "To see that come
to fruition is a big win for the moms with sick children and all the
patients who needed this medication."
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Philadelphia is evolving into a safe haven for cannabis consumers even
as arrests increase across Pennsylvania. Newly-elected District
Attorney Larry Krasner announced Thursday that he would drop any
marijuana possession cases brought to the court by police.
A 2014 decriminalization ordinance allowing tickets caused common weed
arrests to decline by more than 85 percent. Still, I reported last
year that hundreds of racially disparate cases were still being
brought to Philly courts each year for less than 30 grams of buds.
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Pot is hot for Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis this year.
The General Assembly is considering more than two dozen bills on
marijuana -- or cannabis, as the substance is called when used as a
For marijuana enthusiasts, full legalization for recreational purposes
is at the top of the wish list. Bills in both the House and the Senate
would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to let
voters decide whether to replace prohibition with a system of
regulated sales and taxation.
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The medical marijuana dispensary that opened in Camden County in
September 2015 is the busiest of the five that have opened in New
Jersey since the program began seven years ago, according to a
Department of Health annual report.
Compassionate Sciences Alternative Treatment Center, in an industrial
park in tiny Bellmawr, served 2,762 patients and sold nearly 885
pounds of cannabis in 2016, the report said. The state had nearly
10,800 registered patients as of the end of last year.
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Lexington's city council will likely take its first vote Tuesday on a
resolution supporting state legislation that would make medical
marijuana legal in Kentucky.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council began debate on the issue
during a Thursday council meeting after half a dozen people who
support making marijuana legal for those with a prescription spoke at
the meeting. The council will likely debate the issue during a Tuesday
work session and may take its first vote during a specially-called
council meeting at 5 p.m.
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People who were addicted to opioids and those who lost loved ones to
opioid overdoses offered emotional testimony Monday urging state
officials to approve medical marijuana as an alternative painkiller
that could help halt Connecticut's deadly opioid epidemic.
"My passion and drive to achieve this is fueled by my personal
experience battling pharmaceutical drug addiction solely with the use
of cannabis," Cody Roberts of Seymour told the state Board of
Physicians, which is charged with approving conditions for the state's
medical marijuana program. Roberts testified he's lost eight friends
in the past year to opioid overdoses, and has been addicted himself.
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It is hard to pinpoint reasons for a large increase in the number of
physicians authorizing the use of medical marijuana, but a local pain
specialist has some theories.
"Cannabinoids are showing great promise as medicines, especially in
the myriad of non specific conditions like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue,
mild to moderate pain, unhappiness, recurrent stress and dysphoria
conditions which pharmacotherapy has offered little and doctors are
ill equipped to treat," said Dr. Gaylord Wardell, anesthesiologist and
pain specialist, Sante Surgi, Medicine Hat. "Patients are dissatisfied
with their doctors and their drugs."
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WORCESTER - City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. wants to ban
recreational marijuana retail stores, cultivators, manufacturers and
related establishments from all residential-zoned areas and preclude
them from being located within 500 feet of schools, public parks,
playgrounds, licensed day care centers and public libraries.
Under zoning amendments being recommended by Mr. Augustus,
recreational marijuana establishments would only be allowed by special
permit in areas zoned for manufacturing and business uses, as well as
in Institutional-Hospital zones and in the Airport zone, which
includes the industrial park next to Worcester Regional Airport.
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Regulatory upheaval under the Trump administration in the U.S.
cannabis industry is providing Canadian companies with the chance to
be global leaders. However, disagreement between the different
gatekeepers of Ontario's financial markets may squander this
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama administration
issued a memorandum indicating it would not enforce federal
prohibitions on marijuana in states that authorized its use. This was
referred to as the "Cole Memorandum" (after then-deputy
attorney-general James Cole). It essentially allowed marijuana
producers in certain states to operate their businesses despite the
federal laws that technically made the production of marijuana illegal.
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British Columbia is expecting legalized cannabis to bring in
$75-million a year to the province in taxes, with legal sales
estimated to be worth a billion dollars.
This week's provincial budget estimates that once the drug is
legalized later this year, the province will take in $50-million in
the current fiscal year and $75-million in 2019-2020, the first full
fiscal year under legalization.
That represents the province's 75 per cent share of a federal excise
tax, which Ottawa has said will be $1 per gram, or 10 per cent of
larger purchases, whichever is higher. While that translates to about
$1-billion in sales in the province, B.C.'s Finance Minister says it
could be higher.
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Liberal MP says he wasn't thrilled about it at first, but changed his
Cannabis was on the menu at the Belleville & District Chamber of
Commerce's monthly breakfast Wednesday at the Travelodge Hotel, and
Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis was pushing it - from a business point of
With Bill C- 45, the Cannabis Act, expected to be law by July 1, Ellis
said the business of marijuana will provide many opportunities, not
just from production of both recreational and medical cannabis, but
from the many sideline businesses it will create.
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As the B.C. government sets policy on the legalization of marijuana,
the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos are still wondering what that will
Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said his council has to have a formal
discussion on the topic.
"We had most recently suggested that any sale (of marijuana) should
take place through a government agency and the province has decided
Hovanes previously questioned if municipalities should have any role
in marijuana legalization. Council recently supported a call for local
governments to receive a share of the cannabis revenue to cover social
and policing costs.
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Ontario Senator Tony Dean, sponsor of the Trudeau Liberals' pot bill
in the Upper Chamber, is upset that Canadians will not be able to
legally light up their spliffs until long after Canada Day.
He says time is of the essence, and that the government does not have
the luxury of biding it.
Why is this? Why, after more than 100 years of marijuana being
illegal, does the good senator think pushing back the smoke date by a
few weeks is the wrong thing to do?
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Patients still struggling to get covered by insurance plans
As Alberta moves forward on retail applications for recreational
marijuana, those who use the drug for medical reasons still wait for
Most forms of medical cannabis do not have a Drug Identification
Number (DIN) in Canada, which leaves it subject to tax and exempts it
from most health coverage plans.
"We're not talking about drug users using this to get high, we're
talking about patients that need it to be able to function and be part
of a working society," said Scott Bladon, an Edmonton man who has
legally used cannabis for three years to treat psoriatic arthritis.
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South Carolina could allow prison inmates with physical or
mental-health issues to be treated with cannabidiol oil, an active
ingredient found in marijuana plants.
The S.C. House budget-writing committee OK'd an amendment Tuesday that
would authorize the S.C. Department of Corrections to start a pilot
program to study the effects of cannabidiol oil use on inmates.
South Carolina already has a law -- Julian's Law -- that allows
patients with certain forms of epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil.
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Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and
other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to
suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign
against the medical and recreational legalization movement.
The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from
opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front
lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said,
to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the
appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.
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Robert Consulmagno walked into TerraVida Holistic Center in
Sellersville around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and left half an hour later
feeling hopeful for the first time in a while.
"Help is on the way," Consulmagno said, lifting his purchase –
a vape pen and cartridge of 500 mg of "Keystone Kush" – to
applause from dispensary staff. "I've been waiting a long time for
Consulmagno, a disabled Marine veteran who suffers from bipolar
disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, was the first person to
buy medical marijuana from TerraVida, one of two dispensaries to open
in the Philadelphia area Saturday. The other, Keystone Shops, is in
Devon. Pennsylvania's first dispensary opened Thursday in Butler,
followed by others in Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, and Enola on Friday.
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The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail
regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of
The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if
obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to
buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be
making a reasonable stab at doing just that.
When you can walk into just about any bar in the province and in a few
minutes pick up a couple of joints at a reasonable price, it won't
automatically be easy for legal retailers to compete.n Users might
have to drive further and pay more for the straight stuff.
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The state Narcotics Enforcement Division is investigating allegations
of illegal activity at last weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo, where some
vendors openly distributed cannabis seeds and other products.
Most of the more than 100 vendors, including all three of Oahu's legal
medical marijuana dispensaries, were not distributing products
illegally. But some were straddling the line of recreational use -
including a number of exhibitors "giving away" seeds by donation.
The state Department of Health notified the attorney general's office
and law enforcement about possible illegal sales at the event and is
"concerned about the allegations," DOH spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.
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You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for
illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is
either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liar
As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of
marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on
the pot economy.
This is necessary to ensure the reliability of national accounts when
legal weed becomes a reality, as sales will otherwise show up as a
huge, immediate spike in consumer purchases.
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Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended
health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users
Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance
company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for
Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will
help ease the financial burden for medical marijuana users, and a sign
of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace.
As of March 1, Sun Life will include medical cannabis as optional
coverage under an extended health-care benefit plan. Sun Life, which
administers group benefits plans for more than 22,000 Canadian
companies, oversees health and dental coverage for more than five
million Canadians - including dependents.
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Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana
An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting
homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community.
This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey,
which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending
legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city
as they draft new rules for weed.
The survey found that renters are more likely to currently smoke
marijuana at 32 per cent when compared to 12 per cent homeowners
reporting they currently puff. When it comes to home growing, the city
found that of those who were likely to grow marijuana plants inside
their home 68 per cent of those were living in rented town homes or
apartments. In Calgary particularly, the term renter has become a
dirty word - especially when it comes to the politics of putting in
secondary suites. The divisive term is often in the middle of council
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New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they
should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients
because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous
The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician
journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use
of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or
entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should
recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific
medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer
pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal
cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy,
according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of
Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.
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With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is
no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process
Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational
marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.
The federal government initially promised to legalize cannabis before
July 1, before giving itself until the end of July. Bill C-45 makes it
clear that cannabis will become legal at a date set by cabinet, not
when the legislation passes.
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Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a
public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal
government will legalize the use of the drug.
"We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of
cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in
an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the
federal government have not yet been finalized."
Federal government details are necessary first in order to ensure
there are no duplicated efforts at the provincial level.
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If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis,
I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word
believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers
before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist
anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such
Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has
appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian
yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity
and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now
that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is
close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from
black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the
burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.
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The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal
government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober
second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt
to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at
its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House.
Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on
impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate
since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish
there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time
allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have
[continues 491 words]
Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming
school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of
exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo.
Drew Gennuso, owner of Trim Ready Hawaii, showed Ari Medina how to
trim legal hemp, which looks like cannabis, Friday at the Hawaii
Cannabis Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming
school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of
exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo.
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Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the city has developed a "balanced,
appropriate and evidence-based approach" in preparing for the expected
passing of the Trudeau government's Bill C45 Cannabis Act this coming
"Like all governments, the City of Surrey must determine the changes
needed to ensure an effective response to cannabis legalization,"
Hepner said. "Our report was prepared following a comprehensive review
of best practices in jurisdictions of the United States with legal
recreational cannabis markets. Council and I have directed staff to
implement the necessary steps outlined in the framework over the
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An unusual aspect of Canada's soon-to-be-legal cannabis market is that
the activists who led the legalization movement may find themselves
excluded from the industry for which their efforts paved the way.
Vancouver activists like Jodie and Marc Emery and dispensary pioneer
Don Briere, for example, have criminal records for possessing and
selling marijuana. Now those criminal records could be used against
them in federal and provincial licensing systems that are under
development to decide who gets to cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.
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"I believe that nicotine is not addictive."
This was the position the CEOs of the seven largest American tobacco
companies staunchly stood by while testifying in front of an infamous
1994 Congressional hearing.
The scientific evidence at the time rendered their ostensible belief a
tragic joke - a term that accurately describes the idea that Canadians
should blindly trust marijuana producers and distributors to design
their own packaging. Ottawa would do well by having health experts
take the lead in ensuring marijuana packaging is transparent.
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Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat
stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq
and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their
treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump
The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress,
pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation's
largest wartime veterans service organization, to support research
into whether marijuana can help veterans, apparently fearing that any
move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to study its effectiveness
will be another step toward nationwide legalization.
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It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as
provinces roll out their marijuana rules.
Several provinces have decided that marijuana smoking has to be done
on private property. Ontario's rules are so tight that weed smoking
has to take place in private residences.
But what happens if your private residence is an apartment?
Here's a part of a Canadian Press story out of Toronto.
"(The province is) not going to allow marijuana to be smoked in public
areas, so where the heck are people going to smoke marijuana? Well
they're going to do it in their apartments," said John Dickie of the
Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations. "The problem is, just
like when they smoke tobacco, the smell goes to neighbouring
apartments. Buildings are not hermetically sealed."
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Declaring the government's war on marijuana was over, defence lawyer
Nick Cake called for a $10 fine for his client's marijuana possession.
Kalan Louis Pereira, 27, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia
court to marijuana possession. "We no longer live in a society that
denounces this stuff," said Cake, citing the federal government's move
to legalize recreational marijuana use this coming July.
The war on drugs as it relates to marijuana is over, and there is
consideration of granting amnesty to those previously convicted of
marijuana possession, Cake continued.
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In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial
election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and
politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana.
Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier,
still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on
a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will
take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year.
"Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical
cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety
Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be
dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other
states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal
banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to carry and process
large amounts of cash.
Yet lacking the lobbying muscle of their adversaries, the industry
hasn't gained much traction on Capitol Hill, leaving cannabis business
owners and their employees vulnerable to thefts and violent crime.
GOP lawmakers from pot-unfriendly states have sidelined legislation in
the House and Senate that would allow marijuana businesses to conduct
transactions with federally regulated banks. These also include state
and community owned banks that are part of the Federal Reserve System.
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Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law
passes for firms to adapt to rules
Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will
be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by
the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the
legislation by May or June.
Ottawa now says it will give industry up to three months to adapt to
strict packaging rules and legally ship their products to provincially
regulated stores. This new timeline, unveiled by Health Minister
Ginette Petitpas Taylor on Tuesday, means adults will not be able to
purchase marijuana for recreational purposes immediately after Bill
C-45 is adopted in Parliament.
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He smoked pot, grabbed a steak knife and meditated, cops say. Then his
mom walked in.
Terrell Banks told police the paranoia set in after he smoked weed.
Banks, a 23-year-old from Racine, Wisconsin, allegedly said the
marijuana "put him beyond his comfort zone," even though the drug has
never made him feel that way before, according to Fox6.
He grabbed a steak knife, he told police, and walked around his house
because of the unsettling feeling.
He tried to meditate, Banks said, but the voices in his head said
someone was attempting to rape him. Then his mom walked in the house,
according to a criminal complaint detailed in the Racine County Eye.
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After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission,
medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and
those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately.
State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the
dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on
them until a solution could be found.
That solution happened last month when commissioners approved a plan
to change zoning codes, paving the way for those prescribed the drug
for various medical ailments to obtain it locally.
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Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but
substances won't be sold together in single outlet
British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis
that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other
provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in
private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth released more details for the
province's legal cannabis framework on Monday. He noted that his NDP
government heeded the advice of the country's top public health
experts to ban the sales of cannabis next to alcohol. The province's
biggest public unions had pushed for co-location, which only Nova
Scotia and the Northwest Territories have approved. However, it will
be legal in some rural areas, just as the province now allows alcohol
to be sold next to tobacco in special cases, he added.
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When I walk downtown in a year or two, will I have my choice of one or
more cannabis lounges? The idea of creating cannabis, marijuana or pot
places where consumers can smoke in pleasant and friendly surroundings
is being floated in Ontario. The government reportedly welcomes feedback.
It's all very funny. governments at all levels have been making life
very difficult for tobacco smokers. governments impose extremely harsh
taxes on tobacco. Municipal governments impose so many limitations
that smokers struggle to find a place where they can enjoy a cigarette.
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Province approves nine locations and online sales
Truro is to be one of nine locations in Nova Scotia where marijuana
will be sold from an NSLC store, the provincial government announced
The NSLC store at 6 Court St., has been selected as a retail location,
once cannabis is legalized, Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark
Furey said, in a news release.
The other eight locations include Amherst, Dartmouth, Lower Sackville,
New Glasgow, Sydney River, Yarmouth and two in Halifax.
"Our main priority in preparing for the legalization of cannabis has
been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of Nova
Scotians," Furey said. "Selling through NSLC stores allows us to
leverage their experience and expertise in selling these products
responsibly in a safe environment."
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Paris, France -- France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws
to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among
Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under
President Emmanuel Macron have more success?
The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making
users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros
($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail
The change was an election campaign pledge from Macron last year,
justified on the grounds that it would reduce the time spent by the
police and judiciary on criminal cases involving recreational smokers.
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Q: Our 16-year-old son smokes dope daily. We see his grades slipping
from last year. He keeps talking about it being legalized and
therefore not harmful. How do we get him to understand that he still
shouldn't be smoking?
A: How one addresses the issue depends on how one understands the
problem. Regular marijuana use in teens can occur if they become
addicted to the substance or it may be masking an undiagnosed mental
health problem such as depression or anxiety. Or your son may be
otherwise well but enjoying the substance and simply not conforming to
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Feds have promised a deadline of July 1, 2018
The day marijuana advocates and enthusiasts have long been waiting for
what will come in 2018 - recreational marijuana will be legalized on
But with federal legislation comes a host of logistical and revenue
issues for provinces and cities across the country. Vancouver may
appear to have a head start, as the city established a licensing
program for marijuana dispensaries in 2015, but it will need to follow
provincial rules on the issue as well.
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Legalized marijuana will 'enslave our youth" and turn the federal
government into "the new pusher on the block," a Chatham politician
says - drawing a rebuke from the community's top publichealth official.
Dave Van Kesteren said that nothing about the federal government's
Cannabis Act is good, but he's particularly concerned about how it
allows youth ages 11 to 17 to carry up to five grams of cannabis.
"Doctors have been saying, psychiatrists have been saying, that
because the brain is still forming and is not fully formed by the time
somebody is 25, somebody below that age should certainly not be using
it," the Conservative member said in an interview.
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A SLIGHT majority of Manitobans disagree with Premier Brian
Pallister's calls to delay federal legalization of cannabis in Canada,
according to a new online poll from the Angus Reid Institute.
Fifty-eight per cent of Manitoba respondents say, "The timeline should
not be changed." Nationwide, 53 per cent of all respondents agree.
The Angus Reid Institute's online poll used a sample of 1,510
Canadians who were randomly selected members of the pollster's
proprietary Angus Reid Forum, which the website describes as a
representative panel of "almost 130,000 Canadian households." The
poll, conducted Nov. 14 to 20, includes a sample of 101 Manitobans.
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A group of Alberta's future doctors are calling on the provincial
government to use cannabis tax revenue to fund mental health
initiatives for youth.
At least, that will be the pitch when 40 medical students from the
University of Alberta and University of Calgary get together Monday
with MLAs from various parties.
The Alberta Medical Students' Association has previously used its
annual meeting at the legislature to push for investments in mental
health, but this time the group wants funding for young adults and
children at risk of adverse childhood experience. They are also
calling for the formation of a cannabis and youth advisory board to
work on future prevention, education and intervention efforts.
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The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a controversial policy
that requires legal marijuana patients to turn in their firearms.
The reconsideration follows community backlash since the Honolulu
Star-Advertiser reported earlier this week that HPD has sent letters
to at least 30 medical cannabis users who are permitted gun owners
telling them to surrender their firearms.
The new police chief, Susan Ballard, hasn't said what her position is
on the issue. HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Ballard is reviewing
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COLUMBUS - One day after Ohio announced its choices for larger growing
sites that would fuel a fledgling medical marijuana industry, a legal
challenge was announced that could throw a wrench into the works.
Ironically, such a lawsuit would be filed by some of the chief players
behind 2015's failed ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative that would have
legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
"Whether we end up with a license or we don't end up with a license,
that's not what this is about..." said Jimmy Gould, chairman and chief
executive of CannAscend Ohio. "I care that this process is broken. I
care that there should have been better oversight over this process,
and I care where this ends up....
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