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1 Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of CannabisSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Robertson, Kate Area:Canada Lines:155 Added:02/15/2018

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 as myself.

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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2 CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through SenateSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:81 Added:02/15/2018

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 largely eschewed.

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3 CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug AbuseSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Pancer, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:99 Added:02/15/2018

Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly.

How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?

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4US FL: Medical Marijuana May Be Legal, But Patients Still Go WithoutSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Koh, Elizabeth Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:02/15/2018

Seth and Danielle Hyman with their daughter Rebecca 8, of Weston, are seeking to have a strain of marijuana legalized to help prevent seizures in their daughter, Rebecca, in 2014. Despite the legalization of medical marijuana, Seth Hyman said the drug is still difficult to get for is daughter. [Miami Herald]

When Seth Hyman first began to buy medical marijuana in Florida for his 12-year-old daughter last year, he hoped it would be the answer to fixing her life-threatening seizures.

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5 US HI: Hawaii Cannabis Expo Vendors Capitalize On Budding PotSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:115 Added:02/15/2018

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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6 CN MB: More, Cheaper Meth On City StreetsFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Thorpe, Ryan Area:Manitoba Lines:145 Added:02/14/2018

Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in 2017

MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem.

That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services that are trying to contain the street drug.

"The emergence of methamphetamine that we're experiencing in our community is getting to the level where it's starting to keep me awake at night," Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth said.

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7 CN ON: Column: It Wasn't The Positive Test It Was The HairFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Milton, Steve Area:Ontario Lines:135 Added:02/14/2018

Twenty years ago this Sunday, when Ross Rebagliati was told he had tested positive for a banned substance, he didn't have to ask which one.

It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in snowboarding.

Three decades later, Rebagliati still has his gold medal, Canada is five months away from fully legalized weed sales, Rebagliati owns his own major medicinal cannabis supply company (the pun-ish Ross' Gold), and snowboarding is a lot more mainstream.

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8 CN BC: City Of Surrey Ponders Its Pot PlanFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Now, The (Surrey, CN BC) Author:Zytaruk, Tom Area:British Columbia Lines:101 Added:02/14/2018

Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized marijuana

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 July.

"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 coming months."

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9CN BC: Tofino Mulls Restrictions On Pot Shop LocationsSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:DeRosa, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2018

Town wants 'cautious' approach; hearing on Tuesday

With cannabis legalization just months away, the District of Tofino is considering a bylaw that would heavily restrict where pot shops can operate in the community.

A public hearing is set for Tuesday. People will be able to weigh in on the proposed bylaw, which would "prohibit the use of any land, building or structure for the sale, production or distribution of cannabis," according to a notice of public hearing on the district's website.

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10 CN NS: PUB LTE: Marijuana Legalization Seems 'Surreal'Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Fraser, Albert 'Lefty' Area:Nova Scotia Lines:52 Added:02/14/2018

Marijuana legalization for someone my age is somewhat difficult to imagine.

As a teenager growing up in the early 1970s in Cape Breton, I strayed off the approved path (like thousands of my peers across our beautiful island and millions more across our country) and smoked marijuana.

At the time it was a serious criminal offence and government officials made it a priority to do everything possible to eliminate its usage as they believed the drug was poisoning the minds of our youth across the entire country.

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11Canada: Grass Goggles For BrassSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Pugliese, David Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:02/14/2018

Forces try out 'marijuana simulation kits'

The Canadian Forces is buying kits that will let its leaders experience what it's like to be stoned on marijuana.

The "marijuana simulation kits" will include "marijuana impairment goggles," among other i tems. The Canadian Forces wants to acquire 26 of the kits by April 30 or sooner if possible.

"The purpose of the Marijuana Simulation Kits is to raise awareness of marijuana impairment, reduce risk of marijuana impairment, and promote healthy lifestyles within the Canadian Armed Forces," companies who want to bid on the contract were told. "The marijuana impairment goggles, which is one of the several items included in the Marijuana Simulation Kit, allows users to experience first-hand, the deficits marijuana creates on the body."

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12 CN BC: Criminal Records Could Sink Pot EntrepreneursThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Lupick, Travis Area:British Columbia Lines:122 Added:02/12/2018

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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13 CN ON: OPED: Health Experts Should Take Lead On Weed PackagingThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Kamadia, Aly Area:Ontario Lines:97 Added:02/12/2018

"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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14 US: Cheech & Chong Still Enjoy Blowing SmokeThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Mark, Steven Area:United States Lines:159 Added:02/12/2018

It only seemed appropriate that a long-distance phone call to Cheech Marin would go awry, repeatedly getting dropped. Hearing each other say, "Hello, hello, are you there?" back and forth was like reliving the famous "Dave's not here" routine of Cheech & Chong, where a stoned-out Chong keeps telling anxiety-ridden drug dealer Dave (Cheech) knocking on the door that "Dave's not here."

Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong at the 2014 Guys Choice Awards in

Cheech, though, knew better than to simply blame cellphone technology.

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15 US CA: Should Veterans Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana forFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Cloud, David S. Area:California Lines:171 Added:02/12/2018

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 administration.

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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16 CN BC: LTE: An Open Letter To The PMFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC) Author:Bachman, Kathy Area:British Columbia Lines:61 Added:02/12/2018

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I was wondering why you bother traveling all over the planet to climate change conventions to save the world from pollution but remain willing to return home and pass a bill that will cause our whole country to become polluted everywhere with the stinking, cloying smell of marijuana?

That is OK for all you people who can afford a single-family dwelling where you can retreat, close the door and ignore the stink of the irritating smoke. But those of us who live in apartments, condos or other connected housing units aren't able to do that, leaving us at the mercy of our neighbours. Now we can at least, if someone is polluting our apartment building, phone the police and get help to stop the culprits.

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17 CN NS: Editorial: Weeding Out WeedThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Truro Daily News (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:77 Added:02/12/2018

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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18 CN BC: Changing The Public Discourse On AddictionFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Gerding, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:02/12/2018

To fight the opioid epidemic will take altering people's thoughts around drug abuse

The way people feel about drug addiction has evolved significantly since the outbreak of the fentanyl crisis.

But the shift from viewing addiction as a moral problem to treating it like any other health issue is a work in progress, says Rae Samson, a substance abuse worker at Interior Health.

"I'm not sure if we are a generation away from making that shift, but a lot of work has been dedicated to that purpose in the past 20 years with tremendous gains. But there have been really rapid gains since the opioid crisis began," Samson said.

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19 CN ON: Editorial: Sanity In Haze Of ConfusionFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:68 Added:02/12/2018

An Ottawa judge who granted an absolute discharge to a 21-year-old woman working at a marijuana dispensary has made the right call.

Yes, we believe in harsh penalties for criminals. Yes, people should be held accountable for their actions.

But we also believe that the folks working the counter at illegal marijuana dispensaries aren't the real bad guys.

It's the owners of these shops and the traffickers and street-level, gun-toting dealers we're more concerned about: The people who are too often escaping punishment.

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20CN BC: Edible Cannabis Products Too Much For Some UsersThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fayerman, Pamela Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/12/2018

Overwhelming 'delayed symptoms' once again a worry as 4/20 event nears

Calls to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre have surged on the annual 4/20 cannabis event in Vancouver in recent years, according to a report by provincial health officials.

"The 4/20 cannabis calls represent a real spike, way over what we see on ordinary days," said Dr. Tom Kosatsky, medical director of environmental health services for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

He acknowledged that the total number of calls remains small, but is nevertheless growing. His report is published in the current B.C. Medical Journal.

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21 CN ON: Lawyer Declares War On Weed OverThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Observer, The (CN ON) Author:Bowen, Neil Area:Ontario Lines:37 Added:02/12/2018

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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22 CN BC: Editorial: NDP's Pot Sales Plan WeakThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:115 Added:02/12/2018

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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23CN SN: Access To Medical Marijuana A Struggle For Woman With PainThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:StarPhoenix, The (CN SN) Author:James, Thia Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/12/2018

Karen Klassen has been emerging of late from her condo unit, socializing with her neighbours over coffee and when they ask what's brought her out more, she's been reluctant to answer.

For at least 25 years, Klassen has endured chronic pain and she believes medicinal marijuana is what has been helping her.

It began with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, but Klassen later suffered a broken back. The last diagnosis, which she says is the most significant, is a failed back surgery, spinal stenosis and ankylosing spondylitis.

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24 US MA: Editorial: The First Step To Treatment Is Staying AliveFri, 09 Feb 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:82 Added:02/12/2018

Drug treatment can't help dead people.

That's why San Francisco is scheduled to open two safe injection sites later this year, where drug users will be allowed to shoot up under medical supervision. If an addict overdoses, trained staff will be available to revive them with an overdose antidote like naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. Staffers can also recommend treatment options to those interested.

In an effort to stem fatal overdoses, safe injection sites are now under discussion in such cities as Philadelphia, Seattle, and Ithaca, N.Y.

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25 CN BC: Editorial: No Easy Answers For Drug CrisisWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:02/12/2018

There was some good news out of the report the B.C. Coroners Service released Jan. 31, that overdose deaths declined in the last quarter of 2017 compared to 2016.

There were 99 deaths last December, compared to 164 the previous year. But that's about all the good news. Overall, 2017 was the deadliest year for overdose deaths B.C. has ever seen, with 1,422 deaths compared to 914 in 2016.

In the majority of those deaths - 81 per cent - the synthetic opioid fentanyl played a part. That's an increase over 2016 again, when the figure was estimated at 67 per cent. That many deaths makes you question just how much fentanyl is in circulation, and how many other overdoses there were that didn't result in death, thanks to naloxone or other lifesaving measures.

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26 CN ON: Illegal Pot Shops Flourish In OttawaThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:02/12/2018

Ontario's attorney general has warned that illegal marijuana dispensaries will be closed across the province, but potpreneurs in Ottawa don't seem to be getting the message.

At least 19 pot shops are still operating in the city, with a couple opening in the past few weeks.

At one of the new stores, Cannada's Culture on Baseline Road, plans are afoot to open a lounge, too, where consumers could smoke or vape weed.

One of the rooms inside is reserved for the lounge, but it's unclear when it will open, said Leanne Wilson. She was working behind a desk in the lobby, screening a steady stream of customers to make sure they were 19 and followed the security rules before entering the locked room where the cannabis is stored. "Cellphones in pocket, ( ball) caps on backwards, please," she called out.

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27CN ON: Woman Gets Discharge In Pot Shop BustThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/12/2018

Most charged in raids were 'budtenders', along with some managers and owners

An Ottawa judge has discharged drug-trafficking charges against a young clerk who worked at a marijuana dispensary but said she didn't realize the business was illegal.

The woman was only 21, had no criminal record, has accepted responsibility and expressed remorse, and is at low risk of reoffending, Justice Norman Boxall said in his sentencing decision.

Selena Holder-Zirbser is one of about 44 people who have been charged in police raids on illegal shops in Ottawa. She says she took the $12-an-hour job because she needed to pay her rent.

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28CN BC: Municipalities Welcome Role In Deciding Where To Locate PotThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Saltman, Jennifer Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/12/2018

Municipalities across Metro Vancouver are considering their options when it comes to allowing legal cannabis retailers in their communities, following the release of new provincial policy around licensing.

This week, the B.C. government said that under its proposed framework for the retail sales of non-medical cannabis, residents aged 19 and older will be able to buy cannabis through privately run or government-operated retail stores and online through the government once it is legalized in July.

The Liquor Distribution Branch will operate public retail stores and the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will license and monitor private stores.

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29 US: Marijuana Industries Have A Cash Problem That Only Congress AndWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Leavenworth, Stuart Area:United States Lines:165 Added:02/12/2018

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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30 Canada: Editorial: Leave It To The ExpertsThu, 08 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:56 Added:02/12/2018

British Columbia gets pot. "B.C. bud" is a globally recognized brand with a cachet that Okanagan vintners must envy. And a greater share of British Columbians toke up than residents of any other province, save Nova Scotia.

So it's unsurprising that our westernmost province has proposed regulations on legal marijuana that are among the most sensible, and least neurotic, we've seen.

In rules fleshed out by the government this week, the province has committed to a hybrid approach to selling the drug. The B.C Liquor Distribution Branch will set up its own weed-only stores, but private retailers will be able to apply for licences to run the same.

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31 US SC: 2 Charged After Sc Infant Tests Positive For MarijuanaSun, 11 Feb 2018
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Kulmala, Teddy Area:South Carolina Lines:31 Added:02/11/2018

A man and woman were charged with child neglect after an infant girl tested positive for marijuana, according to media reports.

Daniel Chambers, 42, and Ashley Willard, 24, both of Union County, were charged Tuesday with unlawful neglect of a child, according to FOX Carolina in Greenville.

Willard tested positive for marijuana on Jan. 13, wspa.com reports.

Union County deputies say that prompted the S.C. Department of Social Services to test a hair sample from the child the same day, according to goupstate.com.

Deputies were notified on Jan. 31, that the baby tested positive for marijuana, according to WSPA.

Willard and Chambers were released from jail Tuesday on $5,000 bond each, according to Union County court records.

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32 US CA: For The Legal Cannabis Trade, Some New Wrinkles: Older UsersSat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rowe, Peter Area:California Lines:151 Added:02/10/2018

Even before California legalized recreational marijuana Jan. 1, pot was enjoying a gray renaissance.

From 2006 to 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported a 250% rise in marijuana use by Americans 65 and older. It is still a small share, climbing from 0.4% to 1.4% of that population, but local dispensaries see plenty of silver-haired shoppers.

"This is probably the most interested -- and wariest -- group," said Lincoln Fish, chief executive of cannabis company Outco, noting that the average customer at his Outliers Collective in El Cajon is over 58 years old.

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33 CN ON: Overdose Preventions Site Opens MondaySat, 10 Feb 2018
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Brown, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:39 Added:02/10/2018

Ontario's first legal drugoverdose prevention site opens Monday in London.

The site, temporary while the search continues for a permanent site, will be located at 186 King St.

The site is part of the health unit's response to the opioid crisis sweeping Canada, whose toll ran to nearly 1,500 people in the first half of last year alone.

The London site, embebbed within the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection program location, has been granted an exemption from Canada's criminal drug laws.

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34 CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public FeedbackWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Harper, Tyler Area:British Columbia Lines:104 Added:02/09/2018

Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month

City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.

Feedback forms are set to be sent the week of Feb. 12 to every household and business within city limits. The survey, which needs to be returned to City Hall by Feb. 28, will be used by staff and council to help draft regulations in March.

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35 CN BC: Column: Privacy Policy On Overdoses PerplexingWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Nelson Star (CN BC) Author:Poignant, Gary Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:02/09/2018

The province's opioid crisis is truly frightening.

The death totals for 2017, released last week, are record-shattering - with 1,422 dead in B.C., including 200 in the Interior Health region and 19 in the Kootenay Boundary region.

About four out of five who died were male and almost nine out of 10 deaths occurred indoors.

The powerful opioid fentanyl was detected in 81 per cent of last year's deaths compared to about 67 per cent in 2016.

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36 Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late SummerWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Leblanc, Daniel Area:Canada Lines:117 Added:02/09/2018

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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37 CN BC: PUB LTE: The Plight Of The DispensariesWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Fiddler, Darrin LR Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:02/09/2018

Dear editor: If cannabis legalization gets any more costly, we may need to revert back to the black market model. At least then, patients needn't struggle to get their medication. The current victims of the legalization effort are the dispensaries, and with them the patients.

They filled a gap left when the government permitted medical marijuana in 2001, but left the patient without access to their medication. Fifteen years later, Neil Allard successfully sued the government for unduly restricting the access to medical cannabis.

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38 CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To TalkWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Bain, Jason Area:Ontario Lines:114 Added:02/09/2018

After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children.

Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.

"Don't be afraid to ask those difficult questions. Don't be afraid to have those sometimes difficult conversations. It's important to know what's going on," the officer said during a Tuesday morning launch for the week at Westmount Pharmacy.

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39 US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border QuestionsWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Panetta, Alexander Area:District of Columbia Lines:68 Added:02/09/2018

WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen.

The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

It hasn't been contentious, he said. "The only thing they say is, 'Will this cause lineups?'" Goodale said in an interview.

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40CN SN: Pot Mostly Good Quality Low Cost In Province, 'Statscannabis'Wed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Regina Leader-Post (CN SN) Author:White-Crummey, Arthur Area:Saskatchewan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2018

Statistics Canada has persuaded a handful of Saskatchewan people to weigh in on their weed use. And the verdict is in: Marijuana in the province is both strong and cheap.

The agency's StatsCannabis portal is designed to help measure "the evolving social and economic impacts of cannabis legalization." It asks users to anonymously report their marijuana purchases to the data agency, including how much they paid, how much they bought and how satisfactory the product turned out to be.

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41CN BC: Column: B.C. Cannabis Regulations Miss The Mark And TheWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2018

A Green Gold Rush gets a wet blanket from a Father Knows Best government

It should embrace the employment opportunities, the tourism potential, the joie de vivre with which California has legalized.

The provincial government's initial plan for marijuana legalization must have been put together by spoilsports and dour Mrs. Grundies. It's tone-deaf.

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth "sounded like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas unveiling details of the province's blueprint for cannabis," Ian Mulgrew writes.

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42 US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization SimpleWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Miller, Joshua Area:Massachusetts Lines:145 Added:02/09/2018

The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.

The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.

In a letter to the Cannabis Control Commission dated Monday , the governor's office warned the independent agency that it had reached beyond the core mandate of the state's marijuana legalization law by proposing the licensure of businesses not seen in other states' recreational markets: sit-and-get-high cafes, pot delivery services not tied to dispensaries, and even movie theaters that want to offer patrons cannabis-laced snacks.

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43 US WI: Wisconsin Man Terrell Banks Says Marijuana Led Him To StabWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Magness, Josh Area:Wisconsin Lines:57 Added:02/09/2018

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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44 US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City LimitsWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Anderson, Chris Area:Florida Lines:67 Added:02/09/2018

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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45 Canada: Pot Plan On Track: FedsWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bryden, Joan Area:Canada Lines:101 Added:02/09/2018

Liberals insist recreational marijuana will be legal in July

OTTAWA - The Trudeau government insists it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July - but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor told senators Tuesday that provinces and territories have indicated once Bill C-45, the legislation setting up a legal cannabis regime, is given royal assent, they'll need another eight to 12 weeks to prepare for retail sales.

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46 CN ON: LTE: Legalization Of Marijuana DangerousWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Standard, The (St. Catharines, CN ON) Author:Cuizon, Rod Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:02/09/2018

What is surprising about opioid overdoses and deaths due to overdoses?

These are expected. Expect more as the floodgate to hell has been further opened with the legalizing of recreational use of cannabis.

The weed industry has bloomed immensely. Thousands of acres are being cultivated, using the latest technology to grow weed. The marijuana industry is now Canada's fastest growing and ranks among the most profitable industries.

Investors are stampeding to buy shares in hundreds of weed growers, some of whom already have brought fortune to some investors, sharing millions of dollars in dividends on their investments.

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47 CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot WrongWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Comeau, Larry Area:Ontario Lines:49 Added:02/09/2018

Re: "Action urged on illicit cigarettes," Feb. 5.

Governments at all levels have spent tens of billions trying to dissuade young people from smoking cigarettes and treating people's serious illnesses, especially cancers, from this addictive habit. These ads are actually starting to decrease the number of new smokers. Over this time, organized crime has been heavily involved, distributing illicit smokes, with zero checks on quality or the nature of ingredients.

Enter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wrong-headed move to legalize marijuana, just as addictive, and with the same or greater impact on health, because he feels "this is the best way to keep it away from those at serious risk, young Canadians by curbing black market sales."

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48 CN BC: Legalization Will Make Illegal Dispensaries Easier To CloseWed, 07 Feb 2018
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:02/09/2018

Communities across British Columbia will have an easier time shutting down illegal marijuana dispensaries after the drug is legalized this summer and a provincial body is put in charge of making sure businesses comply with the new retail rules, according to the architect of Vancouver's landmark marijuana bylaw.

The province's solicitor-general released details this week about how recreational cannabis will be sold in B.C. The system will be almost identical to the one for alcohol, allowing a mix of private or public stores to sell the substance - with the support of their local bureaucrats - once federal drug laws change this summer.

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49CN ON: Column: We're Making Mountains Out Of Molehills With MarijuanaTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Whitcomb, Ed Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:02/09/2018

Provincial patchwork isn't a bad thing for Canadians, writes Ed Whitcomb.

Many Canadian politicians are tying themselves in knots over pot, begging the federal government to extend the July 1 target date for legalizing cannabis use.

But many of the so-called problems they cite are molehills, needlessly being turned into mountains.

Let's look at some:

It will become legal for about 25 million Canadians to smoke pot as of July 1 - but it will remain illegal for those under 18 or 19.

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50 CN ON: People Who Use Drugs Should Get A Naloxone Kit: Grey BruceTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Wiarton Echo (CN ON) Author:Langlois, Denis Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:02/09/2018

Public health is urging anyone who uses drugs to get a free naloxone kit.

The call comes after Owen Sound police announced Jan. 26 that the highly potent opioid carfentanil was confirmed in a pair of investigations in the city.

"All drugs are dangerous and we don't know oftentimes what is in other drugs. So you could be getting what you think is one drug when, in fact, there could be something else in it," public health nurse Lindsay Cook said in an interview.

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