Colin Perkel writes the upcoming legalization of marijuana is unlikely
to kill Canada's black market - right away, at least
TORONTO - From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighbourhood
dispensary or ordering online, Canada's black market for recreational
marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt,
will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of
legalization next summer.
What does seem clear, however, is that the illegal market is unlikely
to disappear in a puff of smoke come legalization day.
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TORONTO-Communities across Ontario cannot opt out of hosting a
government-run pot shop if they are selected for a site, the
provincial government said Friday after at least one town expressed
resistance to having a cannabis retail location.
If a community is selected to host one of the marijuana shops, it
could delay hosting the store but cannot completely opt out of having
it, said Ontario's Ministry of Finance.
"As we roll out the next phase of stores, we will continue to engage
with municipalities on an ongoing basis including with those
municipalities who may not be ready for a store opening in July 2018,"
said Jessica Martin, spokesperson for Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
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Health officials are disappointed that the province has set the legal
age for marijuana consumption at 19 years.
The consensus among provincial and national health organizations is
that the minimum age should be 21, and some believe it should be even
older, said Dr. Phil Tibbo, director of the Nova Scotia Early
Psychosis Program and a psychiatry professor at Dalhousie University.
"Regular cannabis use can actually have a significant impact on brain
development up until about your mid-20s," he said in an interview Thursday.
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LCBO advises city that Peterborough will have one of the first 40
marijuana stores to open in Ontario
Peterborough will have a marijuana store by next summer, says the city
Allan Seabrooke said the store will sell marijuana for recreational
use. He said it will be open by July - the same month weed is going to
be legalized in Canada.
In an email to The Examiner, Seabrooke wrote that the store will be
operated by a subsidiary of the LCBO and will sell only cannabis - not
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Unprecedented support shown for drug accused
In an unprecedented show of support for an accused, some 80 people
crowded into two Sydney courtrooms Friday to attend a bail hearing for
a man charged with drug trafficking.
The crowd left the Sydney Justice Centre cheering and clapping and
drove away beeping their horns in showing their extreme pleasure with
the decision to grant bail.
Provincial court Judge Peter Ross allowed the release of Donald James
Campbell, 38, who is charged with two counts of possession for the
purpose of trafficking, involving marijuana and hashish. He faces an
additional drug charge of growing marijuana.
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B.C.'s NDP government is right to get ahead of the curve and establish
a framework for distributing and regulating recreational cannabis in
advance of the federal government legalizing it next July.
But the plan still has some shortcomings that should be addressed
before we legally light up our sativa and enjoy what one vendor
described as its spicy, earthy flavours.
B.C. intends to make marijuana available at public and private retail
outlets, supplied exclusively by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch.
The government has determined that people age 19 and over will be
allowed to buy it.
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The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission is a good choice for managing
Prince Edward Island's new marijuana stores. The LCC is well equipped
for developing policy and providing oversight.
It is also good that the provincial government has decided its pot
sales will be conducted from different storefronts than its liquor
It just gets the right message out there: If it is not good for the
PEILCC to sell liquor and pot from the same premises, it's not good
for a consumer to mix liquor and pot.
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Smoke-free means smoke-free at Sault Area Hospital - whether that
applies to tobacco fixes or toking up.
Sault Area Hospital currently has a no-cigarette policy that
encompasses its entire property, which will apply once recreational
pot becomes legal in Canada next summer.
"We have a no-smoking policy, so that would apply to smoking marijuana
on our property," SAH president and CEO Ron Gagnon told The Sault Star.
SAH's policy includes all buildings, parking lots, the Hub Trail
running along the eastern edge of the hospital grounds, roads
encircling the hospital leading to and from both Great Northern Road
and Third Line and wooded and grass areas to the south and west of the
emergency department and helipad.
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As we stumble down the cobblestones on the uneven and relatively
unchartered path to marijuana legalization, we're bound to trip once
But so far, we have to give props to the provincial government for
appearing to get it right.
So far we have agreed with the legal age of 18, we accept the
private/public sales model and, for the most part, agree with rules on
where you can and can't smoke up.
This week's successful negotiation with the federal government on tax
revenue is another case in point.
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A funeral home in Aldergrove decided they needed to do something after
seeing so many heartbroken families lose loved ones to a drug
overdose. The funeral directors have put together an awareness and
prevention campaign that does aim to shock people about how deadly
In an unusual move, the BC Coroner's Office has come out against
Alternative Funeral and Cremation Service's awareness campaign, saying
scare tactics don't work, they only further stigmatize drug users.
While it's true the D.A.R.E. program and Just Say No hasn't been
successful in deterring youth from trying hard drugs, it likely did
impact a few kids here and there. And at this point in this fentanyl
epidemic - reaching anyone is better than doing nothing. It isn't
costing taxpayers anything.
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Coming soon marijuana, a magical weed that feeds and gives the brain a
Say goodbye, to yesterday's fix in the coffee shop, a journey awaits
that can put you over the top.
Grow your own weed a thing called pot. Roll a joint, you'll like it a
Let's light up the world and create more smoke, then pray that Mother
Nature doesn't choke.
Booze and guns were given a shot but failed to get it done, where
smoke from pot may block light from a blazing sun.
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Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said more information should come in
Though the Province of B.C. has unveiled part of their distribution
model for legal cannabis, Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said more
information is needed before city hall can start generating ideas
about how to deal with the changes.
"In spring, we will start going out to get information to better
gauge, with the community and stakeholders, to help determine how many
do we want, how many is enough and what should we be putting in our
own regulations to deal with the zoning and placement of dispensaries
when they become legalized later in the year," said Jakubeit. "We need
to, in early spring, start addressing it and by that time the province
should be unveiling more information to help us formulate a plan."
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Legal doesn't mean light up whenever you want
Ever since, and probably long before, the federal Liberals started the
process to legalize marijuana, some people have been equating
legalization with deregulation.
That was never in the cards. Saying 'But it's legal now, mannnnnnn,'
after blowing smoke in a cop's face isn't going to carry much weight
as he confiscates your joint or outfits you with a pair of pretty
The announcement this week that B.C.'s Liquor Distribution branch will
have responsibility for distribution of non-medical marijuana
shouldn't have come as a surprise, though it seems it did for many.
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Like all parents, Nadine Remington wants to know her nine-year-old son
is safe while on school property.
But, the increasing problem of drug use on school property after hours
is heightening fears for her and other parents.
Earlier this week, Remington was told by her son who is in Grade 4 at
Queen's Park School that people were living in a shed on the school's
property and that he had seen a needle and matches nearby.
After a similar experience of the boy finding drug paraphernalia at
KVR Middle School while at camp this summer, she took his claims
seriously and headed out to the school to see it herself. Remington
and her husband didn't find anyone in the shed, but there was evidence
suggesting someone was living in it recently and a needle on the
ground at the door.
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"Merely having a medical marijuana card doesn't mean you're using
marijuana. We can't prove you're using marijuana. Our practice of
having them turn in their firearms was incorrect," Honolulu police
Chief Susan Ballard said of her department's controversial policy
requiring medical marijuana patients to relinquish their guns.
Honolulu police Chief Susan Ballard said her department's
controversial policy requiring medical marijuana patients to
relinquish their guns was wrong.
"It is not illegal to possess the ones you already have," Ballard told
the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday. "Merely having a medical
marijuana card doesn't mean you're using marijuana. We can't prove
you're using marijuana. Our practice of having them turn in their
firearms was incorrect."
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Province's age restriction, home-growing ban lack common
GOVERNMENTS in Canada have been playing politics with marijuana for
some time now. The promise to legalize cannabis helped Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberals achieve a majority government
in 2015, and now provincial governments across the country are coming
to grips with legalization according to their own political principles.
Some provincial governments (Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick) are
creating Crown corporations to be the legal marijuana dealers. Others
(Manitoba, Alberta, Newfoundland) are letting the private sector run
the stores. British Columbia just announced a retail solution that
will include both the public and private sectors.
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One thing the government's round of cannabis consultation discovered
is how firmly established the underground marijuana business is in
The legalization of marijuana next July across Canada is going to be a
dramatic change. But judging by the interest groups that made
submissions on how to go about it, it's a relatively short hop in B.C.
from the current situation to the historic new regime. They're already
organized, up-front and pretty open about what's going on.
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First Nations leaders say they must be given the right to govern the
sale and distribution of legalized marijuana within their communities
and to set the laws that will oversee its use by their people.
Chiefs attending an annual conference of the Assembly of First Nations
(AFN) on Wednesday expressed wide-ranging views on the federal Liberal
government's plan for legalizing cannabis by next July 1.
Some told the assembly they have not had enough time or money to
prepare for the change and urged the AFN to ask for a delay in the
implementation of Bill C-45, which would make marijuana legal in
Canada for the first time in 94 years.
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Re: Legalization of recreational weed unlikely to kill pot black market
right away, Published online Dec. 4
In trying to push out organized crime from the marijuana trade, Canada
will try to succeed at a task it has failed in other places.
Contraband tobacco is the lesson that Canada, and especially Ontario,
refuses to learn. Illegal cigarettes are a major problem, with about
one third of all cigarettes purchased in Ontario being illegal. The
RCMP has identified 175 criminal gangs involved in the trade, who use
the profits to deal in other illicit activities, including guns, drugs
and human smuggling.
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Council does not want LCBO's legal dispensary to be located in
"Thanks but no thanks."
That was the answer Monday night from local councillors to a
suggestion Richmond Hill should be one of the first host towns for
legal recreational marijuana sales.
The town of Richmond Hill received a letter Nov. 28 from the Ministry
of Finance announcing a cannabis store may be coming to town in July
"We are not interested," Mayor Dave Barrow said at a committee of the
whole meeting this week.
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The B.C. NDP government tipped its hand Tuesday on how it plans to
regulate the legal sale of marijuana. Besides setting the age at 19 to
buy, possess and consume pot, similar to alcohol and tobacco, the
province said the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch will be the sole
supplier, distributing pot to private and public stores in the same
manner it already does with booze.
The government didn't address exactly who will sell pot but it looks
like the NDP will take a different tact from the model already laid
out in Ontario, where legal pot will only be available in about 150
stores, all operated by that province's liquor control board.
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Marketing, packaging of legal marijuana sure to cause headaches
VANCOUVER - David Brown's marijuana marketing students are often
shocked to learn how difficult it is to - well - market marijuana.
Advertising medical cannabis is essentially banned in Canada, with
some exceptions. Restrictions on recreational weed are set to be a bit
looser, but Brown still advises students to think of the constraints
"These limitations can really aid in creativity. Marketing weed isn't
difficult, but marketing a highly regulated cannabis product is a lot
more of a challenge," said Brown, an instructor in Kwantlen
Polytechnic University's cannabis professional series.
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Pot shop weeded out
Another one has gone up in smoke.
And just like with the other potshop closures, it appeared as though
the void, at least in part, was immediately filled by street drug dealers.
"Actually, there are four or five guys," said one retailer in the
Kensington Market area.
On Wednesday morning after the raid that shut down The Toronto
Dispensary at 33 Kensington Ave., you could see street dealers lurking
nearby as people who hadn't yet heard the news were looking for their
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The Ontario government says it will delay opening branches of its new
cannabis retail chain in municipalities that object to having them.
A handful of mayors in the Greater Toronto Area have said they do not
want a marijuana store in their areas, even though they recognize they
are powerless to stop Queen's Park.
Among them is Dave Barrow of Richmond Hill. His town council has
received a deluge of complaints from residents about the province's
plan to open one of the provincially controlled stores in the suburb
north of Toronto, and is expected to vote No to it on Monday.
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The picture of legal marijuana in B.C. got a little clearer this week,
as the provincial government released some of its planned
While some decisions have yet to be made - or made public - three
important ones are in place: minimum age, wholesale distribution and
The government has wisely set the minimum age for cannabis at 19.
That's the same as for alcohol and tobacco, and matches the age of
majority in B.C. Having different ages for different vices would
confuse everyone, and regulators have to keep in mind the studies that
say cannabis has a harmful effect on the developing brains of teenagers.
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The County of Strathcona prides itself on being a "champion for
advancing diverse agricultural business." We hope that you keep this
spirit in mind when voting on the request to place a moratorium on
cannabis operations under intensive horticulture in Strathcona County.
As a county that puts priority on being a place that is open for
business and investment, this moratorium is counter-intuitive to
Strathcona's strategic priorities and goals. With agricultural
expertise and well-honed entrepreneurial spirit, Alberta is poised to
be a leader in the Canadian cannabis industry.
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New government rules set 19 as minimum age to buy marijuana
The provincial government announced Tuesday that the BC Liquor
Distribution Branch will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical
cannabis once the federal government legalizes marijuana in July 2018.
The policy move by the government is in addition to new rules that
state buyers and consumers of recreational marijuana must be at least
19 years old, which is consistent with current laws related to alcohol
Mike Farnworth, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General,
spoke to reporters in a conference call but would not say specifically
where consumers will be able to legally buy marijuana under the new
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A New Brunswick-based medical marijuana producer in partnership with
both the provincial government and the Trailer Park Boys has had a
lawsuit against it expanded to include possible health effects.
A class action was filed on March 3 against Health Canada-certified
medical cannabis producer Organigram Inc. for containing unauthorized
Halifax-based injury lawyer Ray Wagner, who is representing the
plaintiffs, told The Chronicle Herald the suit was originally economic
in nature - essentially to return to clients the money they paid for
the recalled product - but last month it was expanded to take into
account the health impacts of using the tainted product.
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The owner of a Halifax marijuana dispensary says the province's
recreational pot policy announced Thursday will drive more people to
the black market.
But Chris Enns said he doesn't fear that widespread access to pot next
July will threaten his business.
"I've had no less than half a dozen individuals call me this morning
literally in tears, worried I was going to shut down or be shut down
by these new regulations and that they wouldn't have a source for
their medicine anymore," said Enns, owner of Farm Assists Medical
Cannabis Resource Centre, in an interview Thursday.
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Cambridge resident Cindy Watson wants the Region of Waterloo to put
the brakes on the proposed use of safe injection sites.
During the region's community services committee Tuesday, Watson spoke
in front of councillors asking them to think hard before moving
forward with safe injection sites.
"You will be making one of the most important decisions of your
career," said Watson. "Don't be pressured into using a broken model
the model itself is broken."
Watson said harm reduction is needed, but needs to be balanced with
public safety and livelihood of downtown cores.
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While regional councillors have heard bits and pieces about the opioid
response in the region, they heard it from the horse's mouth on Tuesday.
Members from various regional and community groups spoke before
council in a public meeting to encourage a broad understanding of the
The public meeting was broken down into core areas, such as policing,
mental health services and public health services.
Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN), said opioids have become similar to
cancer, where the general population is impacted by one or two degrees
of separation at most.
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OTTAWA - With the Liberal cannabis legalization bill now being debated
in the Senate, the Conservative Party's health critic used poetry
Friday to ask for sober second thought.
Marilyn Gladu implored the upper chamber to "keep our great country
safe from all the weed" Friday after the Senate's first debate on Bill
C-45, a federal framework for legal marijuana, got underway Thursday
The House of Commons passed the federal bill Monday. It must get
through an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. So far,
eight provinces and territories have unveiled plans ahead of the
government's July 1, 2018, deadline for Canadians to access legal pot.
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A Carlington pot shop won't reopen after a fire now being probed by
arson investigators, says a city councillor who's long been opposed to
the illicit enterprise.
The owners of Ottawa Cannabis Dispensary did not respond to an
interview request but Coun. Riley Brockington said that they told him
Friday that the Laperriere Avenue shop had closed before it was gutted
by an early morning fire and they are no longer in the business.
Brockington is disappointed that arson is suspected in the fire, which
was near homes and across the street from a Montessori school. Nearby
businesses include an auto body shop with a stack of tires, and a chip
truck out front with a large propane tank.
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MORE than 21 per cent of adult Manitobans used cannabis in the past
year and another 21.1 per cent may try it after legalization, new data
from the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba suggests.
The figures come from an anonymous phone survey of 1,201 adults in
September. The alcohol and gambling regulator, whose mandate will
include marijuana, says its sample is "quasi-representative" of the
province's adult population. The survey found 55.2 per cent of
Manitobans have used cannabis, with 16 being the most common age of
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On July 1, 2018, marijuana is going to be legalized in Canada.
However, there is no need to fear. In fact, Canadians should feel more
at ease as July 1 approaches.
Legalization means many things for Canadians. Once a substance is
legalized, it directly and aggressively hemorrhages revenue from the
black market. When criminal organizations lose money, they lose power.
When they lose power, they lose their ability to negatively affect
This will be akin to what occurred when prohibition ceased in the
United States. All these criminal organizations lost their power and
wealth once alcohol was relegalized. Legalization, in turn, made
society at large safer and more hospitable.
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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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Why is Canada being changed for the worse? For example, young peoples'
brains are definitely adversely affected by THC in marijuana and yet
we are legalizing this garbage? We, soon, will be a nation of idiots.
Why is it that our judiciary is letting a convicted murderers out on
un-escorted passes i.e. Melissa Todorovic and Tara Sanderson. Are the
victims granted life again? NO, but the murderers are not punished.
They just get a slap on the wrist and their lives go on. Why is it
that I think that Canada's judicial system is a joke?
Our bending over backwards to be oh-so accommodating is turning logic
and common sense upside-down. Where is this "Oh aren't we so tolerant
and accommodating" going to end? We have to get back to logic and
Absolutely everybody in sight has had a go at Ronald Orr this week.
Which, just as a polite heads-up to the man's friends and family, is
not going to stop me from joining in. Orr is the Alberta MLA who rose
in the provincial legislature on Wednesday to discuss his fears about
the "social and economic experiment" of marijuana legalization.
This happened during the debate on Alberta's bill making arrangements
to meet the federal government's legalization deadline. Orr, a
religious minister and former construction contractor, attracted
national attention because he started gibbering about Chinese history,
the Opium Wars, and the Cultural Revolution. The Vietnam War found its
way in there, somehow. The fella jumped around quite a bit.
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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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Alberta cities want to hash out details on dealing with fallout from
Who's going to do what, who's going to pay for what?" Barry Morishita,
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
The newly elected president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities
Association, Barry Morishita, said the NDP government has been good at
keeping municipalities in the loop as it works through cannabis
But the Brooks mayor said municipalities are still looking for answers
in some areas as the July 1, 2018, deadline for legalization moves
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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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Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from
untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a form of medical marijuana, will finally be
delivered to patients who qualify under the state's very strict
guidelines. The CBD reduces or halts convulsive epileptic seizures but
doesn't get the patients stoned.
Right now, the treatment will be available only for certain epilepsy
patients, and it's highly controlled.
We believe availability should be expanded for treatment of other
conditions when there's evidence those patients can be helped. We urge
state lawmakers to begin work through the political and medical
hurdles now so they can make that happen when they meet in 13 months.
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Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family.
For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional
medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief.
It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule,
smoked or served as tea.
The key psychoactive compounds that produce a "kratom high" are
mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
A low kratom dosage produces stimulant effects making people more
talkative, alert and energetic, according to a DEA fact sheet. At high
doses, kratom users can experience the drug's sedative effects, the
People can buy kratom online and at head shops, vape shops and more
recently at kava bars that serve herbal drinks.
As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is
granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in
their youth - as long as they realize they can't do so again in the
The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana
use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years
ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way
officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army's size.
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Grey-Bruce task force expands mandate from mostly meth to other drugs,
The Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is expanding
As part of the expansion, the group, which involves a network of over
30 local partners, has changed its name to the Community Drug and
"We recognize there continues to be crystal met husein the community,
so we are not saying we have solved the problem and it is time to move
on to something else," Alison Govier, coordinator of the Community
Drug and Alcohol Strategy said Friday. "But we are also seeing a trend
in polysubstance use -- dependence on more than one substance at a
time -- so we feel as a community our efforts are better spent to
expand the mandate to include all substances."
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Top grower says science convinced him despite his initial reluctance
Jim Hole is getting into the commercial cannabis game and he couldn't
In fact, the St. Albert greenhouse owner who has dedicated a lifetime
to horticulture can't remember the last time he was this excited about
growing a plant.
This week, Hole's Greenhouses and Atlas Growers, an Alberta-based
medicinal and recreational cannabis producer, joined forces to create
a partnership that they hope will produce the very best commercial
quality harvest of legal marijuana in the industry.
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On Monday, Nov. 27, The Cannabis Act passed third reading. This was
the last vote in the House of Commons before the legislation goes to
the Senate for review and approval. The government's plan is to have
marijuana on the market for recreational use starting July 1, 2018.
I voted "no" to this legislation. Here's why:
The Liberal government has been told by numerous authorities,
including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, to slow down.
There's no reason the legislation needs to come into effect on July 1,
2018 and law enforcement agents have warned the government of the
negative impact its rushed time frame will have on officers and the
safety of Canadians.
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The proliferation of personal yet industrial-scale marijuana farms,
licensed and shielded by health privacy laws, has created a shadow
market in which individual patients are collectively churning out as
much marijuana as some commercial producers - with none of the scrutiny.
Although they operate under the guise of legitimacy, a Globe and Mail
investigation has found that these personal grow-ops are prime
targets for robberies and abuse by organized crime.
As the federal government edges closer to scrapping Canada's
longstanding prohibition against the sale of recreational marijuana,
the country's two-tiered medical marijuanaregime serves as a major
obstacle to one of Ottawa's frequently stated legalization goals: the
elimination of gangsters from a legal marketplace.
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