RSS 2.0RSS 1.0Top 100
Found: 100Shown: 1-100 Page: 1/1
Detail: Low  Medium  High    Sort:Latest

1CN ON: 'Keep Our Great Country Safe From All The Weed,' Tory SaysSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Smith, Marie-Danielle Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

Poetic Riposte

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 afternoon.

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.

[continues 429 words]

2CN ON: Gas Can Found Outside As Pot Shop Goes Up In Smoke InSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Gillis, Megan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 409 words]

3 CN MB: Usage Expected To Spike: SurveySat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Israel, Solomon Area:Manitoba Lines:56 Added:12/06/2017

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 initiation.

[continues 282 words]

4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Legal Marijuana Will Make Canada SaferSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Picton, Jarrod Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:12/06/2017

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 society.

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.

[continues 105 words]

5 CN ON: Doctor Rebukes Mp Over Marijuana ClaimSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Morrison, Tom Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 426 words]

6 CN MB: Don't Delay Legal Pot: Most ManitobansSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Israel, Solomon Area:Manitoba Lines:78 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 450 words]

7 CN ON: LTE: Common Sense Lacking In Today's CanadaSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Peterborough Examiner, The (CN ON) Author:Baldwin, J. R. Area:Ontario Lines:33 Added:12/06/2017

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 common sense.

J.R. Baldwin

Omemee

[end]

8Canada: Column: Dopey Thoughts From AlbertaSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Cosh, Colby Area:Canada Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 635 words]

9 CN AB: Med Students Say Pot Revenues Should Fund Mental HealthSun, 03 Dec 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Griwkowsky, Catherine Area:Alberta Lines:66 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 289 words]

10 CN AB: Budding ConcernsSun, 03 Dec 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Wood, James Area:Alberta Lines:111 Added:12/06/2017

Alberta cities want to hash out details on dealing with fallout from legalized marijuana

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 legalization.

But the Brooks mayor said municipalities are still looking for answers in some areas as the July 1, 2018, deadline for legalization moves ever closer.

[continues 627 words]

11 US HI: HPD Reviewing Policy On Marijuana And GunsFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Author:Consillio, Kristen Area:Hawaii Lines:94 Added:12/06/2017

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 the policy.

[continues 551 words]

12 US OH: Lawsuit Threatens Medical Marijuana TimelineFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Provance, Jim Area:Ohio Lines:98 Added:12/06/2017

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....

[continues 578 words]

13 US TX: Editorial: Get The Ball Rolling To Expand Medical Marijuana InFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Christopher, Jared L. Area:Texas Lines:81 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 388 words]

14 US FL: What Is Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)          Area:Florida Lines:29 Added:12/06/2017

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 report shows.

People can buy kratom online and at head shops, vape shops and more recently at kava bars that serve herbal drinks.

[end]

15 US: Smoked Pot? Want To Go To War? No ProblemSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)          Area:United States Lines:107 Added:12/06/2017

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 military.

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.

[continues 697 words]

16 CN ON: Change For Drug GroupSat, 02 Dec 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:Gowan, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:103 Added:12/06/2017

Grey-Bruce task force expands mandate from mostly meth to other drugs, substances

The Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is expanding its mandate.

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 Alcohol Strategy.

"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."

[continues 610 words]

17CN AB: Greenhouse Maven Getting Into CannabisFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Graney, Juris Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

Top grower says science convinced him despite his initial reluctance

Jim Hole is getting into the commercial cannabis game and he couldn't be happier.

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.

[continues 331 words]

18 CN AB: Column: Slap-Dash Approach To Pot LegalizationFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Lethbridge Herald (CN AB) Author:Harder, Rachael Area:Alberta Lines:118 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 782 words]

19 Canada: Personal Grow-Ops Emerge As Targets For Organized CrimeFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hayes, Molly Area:Canada Lines:381 Added:12/06/2017

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.

[continues 3069 words]

20 CN ON: Health Unit Grapples With Cannabis LegalizationFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Recorder & Times, The (CN ON) Author:Bedford, Sabrina Area:Ontario Lines:90 Added:12/06/2017

It will become legal next year, but the local health unit is grappling with what role it will play in dealing with recreational cannabis.

The federal government has laid out the legal framework to legalize recreational cannabis use by June, and the province has already set out how it plans to regulate use throughout Ontario.

The sale of marijuana will only be allowed through government-regulated stores overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the proposed minimum age to use, purchase and possess will be 19.

[continues 475 words]

21CN AB: Second-Hand 'Toke' Could Lead To Failure Of Workplace DrugFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Graveland, Bill Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:12/06/2017

CALGARY - It looks like Canadian Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Ross Rebagliati may have been right all along.

Rebagliati, the first Olympic gold medalist for Men's Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was initially disqualified after THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, was found in his system in a drug test.

The decision was eventually overturned since cannabis wasn't a banned substance but Rebagliati maintained the positive drug test was the result of second-hand smoke.

Now a study from the Cummings School of Medicine at the University of Calgary seems to support his claim.

[continues 358 words]

22 CN MB: LTE: Weigh Health Risks Of CannabisFri, 01 Dec 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:McColl, Pamela Area:Manitoba Lines:41 Added:12/05/2017

Re: Marijuana in workplace focus of chamber panel (Nov. 29)

There is a high incidence of marijuana use among fatally injured B.C. forestry workers

(20 to 30 per cent), and Manitoba employers would be well advised to educate their workers on the harms posed by marijuana use.

Canadians need look no further than to the country's health watchdog, Health Canada, for credible information and evidence-based advice on this matter. Health Canada's consumer information web page states unequivocally that using marijuana can impair concentration and reaction time. It is well established by scientific research that the less-than-regular user of marijuana products should not operate a motor vehicle for at least eight hours after consuming 18 mg or more of marijuana.

[continues 72 words]

23 CN MB: Series: Part 3 Shattering The Stigma - Alex KelsieMon, 27 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Ball, Candice G. Area:Manitoba Lines:164 Added:11/29/2017

Tracy Sanderson understood opioid addiction. Her daughter Kelsie began struggling with opioid addiction after she had a traumatic experience being tasered by RCMP officers.

After drinking with some friends, Kelsie, who was 16 at the time, stole her parents' truck. When Sanderson received a call from RCMP officers, she said, "Keep my daughter overnight. She needs to learn a lesson."

She did not expect to pick up a different girl the next day. "Something inside my daughter died that night," she said. That's when Kelsie's descent into fentanyl addiction began.

[continues 986 words]

24 CN MB: Series: Part 2 Shattering The Stigma - Michael Bricey JohnsonSun, 26 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Ball, Candice G. Area:Manitoba Lines:167 Added:11/29/2017

When the police came to Lois Fridfinnson's door and told her that her son, Michael Johnson, died from a methadone overdose, she fell to the floor. She thought that would be the worst day of her life.

Her 23-year-old son struggled with opioid addiction. Michael had been waiting nearly three months to get into treatment. He had been given a two-day supply of methadone and was supposed to enter treatment on May 3, 2010. He died on May 1.

[continues 1090 words]

25 CN MB: Series: Part 1 Shattering The Stigma - Jesse KolbSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Ball, Candice G. Area:Manitoba Lines:168 Added:11/29/2017

As a power-lifter who could bench 340 pounds, a talented guitar player, and a driven young man with a strong work ethic who bought his own house at the age of 18, Jessie Kolb defied the stereotype of a fentanyl addict.

If there's one thing his parents, Arlene Last-Kolb and John Kolb, have learned about opioid addiction is that it can happen to anyone and all the preconceived notions some people have about opioid addiction just perpetuate the stigma.

[continues 1082 words]

26 US MA: PUB LTE: Congressman Should Lead On MarijuanaTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Salem News (MA) Author:Epstein, Steven S. Area:Massachusetts Lines:38 Added:11/29/2017

Last March, I wrote Congressman Seth Moulton asking him to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 975, the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act." He responded that, "The federal government ought to respect the will of the voters in states like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington that have approved marijuana legalization."

Yet, instead of signing on as a co-sponsor, he chooses to leave federal enforcement up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions understands the proper roles of Congress and his office. He stated at his confirmation hearing, "I think one obvious concern is that the United States Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state and the distribution of it an illegal act. If that's something that's not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule. It is not the attorney general's job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we are able."

By "able," he is referring to budgetary constraints of attempting to enforce federal prohibition of a plant that grows in every state.

Mr. Moulton, leaders lead. Get off the fence and sponsor the legislation.

Steven S. Epstein

West Street Georgetown

[end]

27US CA: Power Broker's Involvement In S.f. Pot Club Hits ResistanceTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Swan, Rachel Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

When a rising Chinese American power broker became a partner in a proposed cannabis dispensary in San Francisco's Outer Sunset, he knew it would hit resistance.

But David Ho sees himself as the perfect emissary to the mostly older Chinese residents and merchants who are deeply skeptical of the pot trade.

"I'm the working-class, westside Asian American story," said Ho, who is a co-owner of the Barbary Coast medical cannabis dispensary that has applied to open at 2161 Irving St., on a block lined with grocery stores, dry cleaning shops and banks.

[continues 957 words]

28US FL: Deland Officer Fired, 2 Others Disciplined Over Missing MethTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) Author:Balona, Patricio G. Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

A DeLand police officer was fired, another suspended without pay and a third reprimanded this month after they lost methamphetamine collected as evidence at a home over the summer, Internal Affairs documents show.

Officers Michael Mirino, John Rutherford and Thomas Gillan responded to a home on July 14 to stand by as members of Probation and Parole searched the Lazy River Lane home of Cameron Rando, 19, who was on probation for grand theft and burglary of an unoccupied dwelling according to reports released this week.

[continues 383 words]

29 US CA: Extreme Marijuana Use Linked To Vomiting SyndromeTue, 28 Nov 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Bartolone, Pauline Area:California Lines:143 Added:11/29/2017

For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain.

"I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego. "I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can't come to me."

Queen lost a modeling job after being mistaken for an alcoholic. She racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and her nausea interrupted her sex life. Towards the end of her illness, Queen, who stands 5-foot-9, weighed in at a frail 109 pounds.

[continues 985 words]

30 CN AB: Editorial: Drug Addiction Should Be Health Issue, Not CriminalSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:98 Added:11/29/2017

Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis.

The two most western provinces and territories - British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories - have been hit especially hard, likely due to their relative proximity to China, where much of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is produced.

According to Government of Canada statistics from 2016, B.C. and Yukon each had more than 15 opioid overdoses per 100,000 people, while Alberta and N.W.T. each had between 10 and 14.9 overdoses per 100,000 people.

[continues 514 words]

31 CN ON: Impaired By DrugsSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Sudbury Star (CN ON) Author:Dempsey, Keith Area:Ontario Lines:79 Added:11/29/2017

Red Ribbon Campaign gets started, with emphasis on drivers who use marijuana

Action Sudbury has kicked off its 29th annual Red Ribbon Campaign with an emphasis on educating the public about the use of cannabis, as the federal government is set to legalize recreational marijuana.

"The biggest thing for the youth is to ensure they're aware of how cannabis can possibly effect their ability to operate a motor vehicle," OPP Sergeant Dave Wallbank said.

Wallbank showed a presentation of drug evaluation and classification to those in attendance, including students from Confederation Secondary School and Marymount Academy.

[continues 411 words]

32 CN MB: The Leaf To Grow Knowledge On Legalizing PotSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Samyn, Paul Area:Manitoba Lines:82 Added:11/29/2017

IF you want to know how quickly this country is turning over a new leaf, consider the curious case of Julian Fantino.

The tough-on-crime former Toronto police chief was eager to help lead the war against drugs - including cannabis - during his time as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper's government.

In fact, the record from the 2015 federal campaign is filled with public stands Fantino took about the danger of legalizing marijuana.

And today? Well, the former politician has had his own epiphany on the pot-marked road to the legalization of marijuana.

[continues 517 words]

33 CN ON: Talking Pot A What It Will Mean When It's LegalSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Monteiro, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:11/29/2017

KITCHENER - At gatherings with family and friends, it's common for people to sit and chat as they enjoy a glass of wine.

Drinking alcohol is legal and regulated by the government, but too much of it causes impairment and your long-term health could be at risk.

The same could be said for marijuana.

The now illicit drug will soon be legal, regulated and sold by the government. Smoking it daily could lead to a dependency, healthcare professionals say.

But the stigma associated with dope smoking remains.

[continues 749 words]

34CN ON: OPED: Police Fume Over Pot Shop ConundrumSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Kirkland, Doug Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

Officers can't nab owners because of resource woes, says Doug Kirkland

A Citizen report Nov. 18 quotes Judge Norm Boxall on the Ottawa Police Service's failure to charge the owners and backers of illegal marijuana distribution shops.

Sentencing a young budtender from a Rideau Street shop, he said: "I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary."

I understand the context of his statements, but the judge, despite his distinguished legal background, has the wrong target.

[continues 344 words]

35US CA: Editorial: A Marijuana Prohibition That Makes SenseSun, 26 Nov 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/29/2017

There's hardly a more receptive or captive audience for marketing an intoxicant than the beleaguered commuters crowded onto a rush-hour Muni bus (except perhaps the ones packed onto a rush-hour BART train). But unlike many of the dopey regulations proliferating ahead of California's legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in 2018, Muni's decision to ban cannabis advertising makes sense.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board voted Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana advertising and stop accepting medical marijuana ads once current contracts expire. The policy is in keeping with Muni's refusal of alcohol, tobacco and firearms advertising in light of the number of children who ride city buses and trains. It's also in line with statewide regulations that prohibit cannabis advertising that targets children or reaches audiences with large numbers of young people.

[continues 166 words]

36 CN ON: Board Weighs Putting Naloxone Kits In Every SchoolFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Outhit, Jeff Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:11/29/2017

WATERLOO REGION - The public school board is considering stocking every school with an emergency kit to fight drug overdoses, at the cost of $119,000 per year.

Kits contain the medication naloxone. By injection or nasal spray, it temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose of an opioid drug such as fentanyl or heroin.

Currently, local schools are to call 911 if an overdose is suspected.

"If that was my child I would want someone to do something," trustee Cindy Watson said, after pressing the Waterloo Region District School Board to buy overdose kits and train staff to use them.

[continues 465 words]

37 CN BC: Metro Municipalities Brace For Cannabis Retail Gold RushWed, 29 Nov 2017
Source:Business In Vancouver (CN BC) Author:Santvoort, Albert Van Area:British Columbia Lines:247 Added:11/29/2017

Some cities want to prohibit all recreational marijuana sales; others have already started licensing dispensaries

Ottawa's Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, passed third reading in the House of Commons on November 27, little more than seven months before the federal government's July 1, 2018, target date for legalizing recreational marijuana. The bill must be approved by the Senate and achieve Royal Assent but the writing is on the wall that legalization is on the way.

The B.C. government has yet to reveal how it plans to regulate retail sales for non-medicinal marijuana.

[continues 1445 words]

38 CN PI: A Taxing IssueFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Journal-Pioneer, The (CN PI) Author:Wright, Teresa Area:Prince Edward Island Lines:52 Added:11/28/2017

Trudeau still "working with provinces" on legal pot

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is still working with the provinces when it comes to how legal marijuana administration costs will be funded.

During a visit to P.E.I. Thursday, Trudeau said discussions are ongoing on legal cannabis with the provinces after premiers were cool to the idea of splitting the revenue of a proposed excise tax 50-50 with Ottawa.

"We continue to work with all provinces and territories and municipalities to ensure we bring in a strong legalized framework around cannabis in order to protect our kids, in order to keep the criminal organizations and gangs from making the billions of dollars in profits that they are," Trudeau told reporters in P.E.I. Thursday.

[continues 151 words]

39 Colombia: Colombian Coca Farmers, Facing A Threat To TheirFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:222 Added:11/28/2017

The anti-narcotics police arrived here in the heart of Colombia's cocaine industry last month to destroy the coca crop. The community was determined to save it.

Roughly 1,000 farmers, some armed with clubs, surrounded the hilltop camp that police had set up in a jungle clearing and began closing in on the officers.

The police started shooting. When they were done, seven farmers were dead and 21 were wounded.

"Several friends and neighbors died on the ground waiting for medical assistance," said Luis Gaitan, 32, who protected himself by hiding behind a tree stump.

[continues 1571 words]

40 US TX: Medical Marijuana Will Be Sold In Texas Before End Of 2017Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Tinsley, Anna M. Area:Texas Lines:95 Added:11/28/2017

In just a few weeks, medical marijuana will legally be sold in Texas.

The plants are nearly finished growing in South-Central Texas, which means workers will soon harvest and cultivate them, drying them out and preparing to extract low-level cannibidiol.

Once that medicine is in a liquid form, and packaged in drops, the first sales of medical marijuana -- geared to help Texans with intractable epilepsy -- will occur before the end of this year.

"It's very, very exciting," said Jose Hidalgo, chief executive officer of Cansortium Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Cansortium Texas. "Nothing in life ever goes as planned.

[continues 501 words]

41 US IN: Indiana Students Say They Caught Teacher Using Cocaine InSat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Indiana Lines:39 Added:11/28/2017

An Indiana high school teacher was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after her students said they saw her using cocaine in her classroom.

Lake Central High School junior Will Rogers told WGN9 he shot video of the incident through a classroom window.

"She's in the corner, hiding with a chair and a book and what appears to be cocaine, putting it into lines," Rogers told the TV station. "When I actually watched the footage again and again and I just realized that my english teacher just did cocaine."

[continues 117 words]

42 CN SN: Councillor Speaks On Province's SurveySat, 25 Nov 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Joel-Hansen, Michael Area:Saskatchewan Lines:76 Added:11/28/2017

Many unanswered questions remain with regards to forthcoming legislation

Reactions are coming in from a number of quarters after the provincial government released the results of its survey on marijuana on Thursday.

Specifically, the government asked how cannabis should be sold and regulated once it is legalized in July. Acting deputy mayor and city councillor for the City of Moose Jaw Crystal Froese said it is good the province is reaching out to residents.

"I am glad to see that the province is engaging our citizens in a survey," she said. The councillor added that the legalization of marijuana is one that will have a large impact on the city and community and that she was happy to see some of the trends that came to light. One of those questions was about where people should be allowed to light up.

[continues 349 words]

43 US MI: Marijuana Butter Case Tossed Out By Michigan Appeals CourtThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:49 Added:11/28/2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Michigan judge has thrown out a case against two former corrections officers who lost their jobs after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana-infused butter.

Michael Frederick and Todd VanDoorne were charged in 2014 following an early-morning, warrant-less search of their homes. Both were registered under the state's medical marijuana law to use the butter to control pain. Police allege they didn't comply with the law. They subsequently lost their jobs in Kent County.

[continues 186 words]

44 CN ON: Sign Stirs The PotThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:11/28/2017

Group wants billboard near kids' music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6, according to their website.

[continues 338 words]

45 CN BC: Man Acquitted After Judge Throws Out Evidence He Had AThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Fraser, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:54 Added:11/28/2017

A man has been acquitted after evidence that he had checked in a suitcase containing a large quantity of drugs at Vancouver International Airport was thrown out of court.

David Edward Herman checked in two pieces of luggage when he arrived at the airport for a flight to Toronto on March 17, 2013.

One of the suitcases passed through security without any incident and was loaded onto the plane but screening of the second suitcase indicated the possible existence of explosives.

[continues 220 words]

46 CN BC: Feds Seek Input On Pot RegulationsFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:11/28/2017

North Shore residents should be able to buy marijuana in either private or government-run outlets, similar to liquor stores, but there should be strict regulations banning youth under 19 from accessing weed and roadside suspensions for drivers impaired by pot.

Local municipalities also want a cut of marijuana revenues to help with enforcement of the rules and a say about where pot shops are set up.

Those are some of the messages put forward by all three North Shore municipalities in response to a provincial call for submissions as B.C. considers how legal marijuana will be sold and regulated next year. Those responses received are now posted online by the province.

[continues 310 words]

47 CN BC: Marijuana Dispensaries Not Welcome In DNVFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:North Shore News (CN BC) Author:Seyd, Jane Area:British Columbia Lines:90 Added:11/28/2017

The District of North Vancouver is going to fight another pot shop in the courts.

The municipality filed court documents Nov. 15 in B.C. Supreme Court, asking for an order that the owners of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc. operating at 1488 Pemberton Ave. stop selling marijuana and marijuana products, in contravention of local bylaws.

The court documents also ask for an order authorizing police to arrest anyone who contravenes a judge's order in the case.

Six people - residents of Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond who are directors of the company, are named in the lawsuit, along with Orient Holdings Ltd, which owns the property where the marijuana retail shop operates. Legal documents also name the Medicinal Mary-Jane Canada Society and three people who are directors of the society, including Aaron Sinnathamby of Burnaby who is also a director of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc.

[continues 450 words]

48 CN ON: Supervised Injection Site Eyed For Downtown CoreThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Hamilton Spectator (CN ON) Author:Frketich, Joanna Area:Ontario Lines:123 Added:11/28/2017

Mayor backs scheme, says time to get it out of alleyways and off railway lands

A decision on whether to authorize a supervised injection site in Hamilton's core is expected to be made Dec. 4 by the Board of Health.

The proposed site would be located somewhere between Main Street East and Barton Street East and bordered by Queen Street North and Wellington Street North.

"It's high time we tried to get these injection issues out of the alleyways and the railway lines and make sure people who are doing drugs, do it safely," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "People are drug addicted and that's just the reality. Turning our mind away from that or sticking our head in the sand is delusional."

[continues 785 words]

49 CN NS: Safe Needle Disposal Program Open To AllThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS) Author:Sullivan, Nikki Area:Nova Scotia Lines:99 Added:11/28/2017

Most pharmacies won't ask what needles are used for

Used needles or other sharps never have to be discarded in bottles, garbage or public spaces because of the Safe Sharps Bring-Back Program.

The Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) administers the program for residential sharps users. Although it is not intended for people who use intravenous drugs, most pharmacies won't ask what the needles are being used for.

"The whole idea is about harm reduction," said Hugh Toner, pharmacist owner of both Medicine Shoppe stores in Sydney.

[continues 573 words]

50 CN ON: More Pot WarsThu, 23 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Braun, Liz Area:Ontario Lines:65 Added:11/28/2017

Organization wants billboard near music school taken down

Should a billboard claiming that marijuana legalization isn't harmful be hanging over a kids' music school in North York?

That's the question being posed by Prevent, Don't Promote, an organization opposed to the legalization of marijuana in Canada.

Prevent, Don't Promote is particularly sensitive to anything that looks like advertising or marketing to children.

The billboard in question hangs over Little Jammerz, a music school that caters to children from Kindergarten to grade six, according to their website.

[continues 242 words]

51 US MA: State Pot Commission Aims To Have First Draft Of Rules Set ByTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Adams, Dan Area:Massachusetts Lines:74 Added:11/23/2017

Pot sales are expected to begin around July 1 in Massachusetts.

The Cannabis Control Commission is pushing to write a first draft of new rules permitting the legal sale of marijuana in Massachusetts by the end of the year, setting up a frenetic month that will shape the recreational pot industry.

The commission announced Tuesday that it plans to file initial regulations by Dec. 29. Among numerous details, they will spell out the criteria for winning dispensary licenses, rules for marijuana consumption bars, and a plan for ensuring diversity in the industry.

[continues 379 words]

52 US NJ: Editorial: Opioid Crisis Outlook Grows More BleakTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)          Area:New Jersey Lines:71 Added:11/23/2017

In this divided nation, we should be able to at least find common cause in the fight to stop and treat opioid addiction, a scourge that knows no single identity, and that does not respect geographic boundaries or common socio-economic factors. This is a fight we must all take up, arm in arm, because in one way or another it affects all Americans.

Indeed, the more we know about this menace to our national health, the worse it seems. According to a new analysis released by the Trump White House, the opioid addiction crisis may already be much worse than previously thought. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the true cost of the crisis, as of 2015, stands at $504 billion, a figure more than six times the most recent estimate.

[continues 405 words]

53 US MA: Mass. Marijuana Board Moving Toward First Draft Of RegsTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA) Author:Young, Colin A. Area:Massachusetts Lines:116 Added:11/23/2017

BOSTON - Genuine debate on marijuana policy and how the legal pot industry should look in Massachusetts is likely coming from the Cannabis Control Commission during the middle two weeks of December, which are shaping up to be the CCC's busiest yet as the agency tries to file the first draft of its regulations by Dec. 29.

The CCC has tentatively penciled in public meetings for policy discussion and debate on the draft regulations each day of the week of Dec. 11, chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday. The following week will begin with three days of private stakeholder meetings and then at least one public meeting for the CCC to vote on acceptance of the draft regulations.

[continues 834 words]

54 CN BC: Column: Smoking Pot Hard On HealthTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Prince George Citizen (CN BC) Author:Whitcombe, Todd Area:British Columbia Lines:110 Added:11/23/2017

On a flight home last week, I was having a conversation about the introduction of Bill C-45 or the "Cannabis Act." The person I was talking to is working with local governments to sort out the multitude of bylaws and regulations which will be necessitated by the legislation. Different municipalities are taking varying approaches and have disparate points of view on the whole issue.

After all, not everyone is in favour of legalizing marijuana nor sure what exactly that means.

[continues 719 words]

55 Canada: Column: Which Provincial Pot Approach Is Best?Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Picard, Andre Area:Canada Lines:113 Added:11/23/2017

Alberta and Quebec recently unveiled their strategies for the commercialization of legal marijuana

The socialist NDP is embracing the free market, while the freemarket Liberals seem to prefer the old-style state monopoly.

That is just one of the quirky realities as the provinces and territories slowly and unsurely unveil their strategies for the commercialization of legal marijuana.

Currently, only "medical" cannabis is legal. It must be prescribed and purchased from one of 74 licensed producers. More than 200,000 Canadians have availed themselves of this privilege.

[continues 661 words]

56 US PA: Hibiscus Mistaken For Marijuana, Pennsylvania Couple Who WereMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Gutierrez, Lisa Area:Pennsylvania Lines:102 Added:11/23/2017

Police in Buffalo Township, Penn., were looking for marijuana when they raided a home on Oct. 7, taking the female homeowner out of the house without pants after she answered the door.

But there was a hitch. The homeowners weren't growing pot. They grow hibiscus plants in their backyard.

Edward and Audrey Cramer filed a civil lawsuit last week against the police and Nationwide Insurance Co.

Among their allegations: false arrest, excessive force, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.

[continues 551 words]

57 US MI: Marijuana Industry High On Prospect Of Michigan's CannabisMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:160 Added:11/23/2017

LAS VEGAS -- For Hilary Dulany, long roots in Michigan and the prospect of expanding her Oregon marijuana business are luring her back to the Great Lakes State.

For Nancy Whiteman, the prospect of taking her business national has her looking for partners in Michigan.

For the two women and many other entrepreneurs attending the MJ Biz Conference in Las Vegas last week -- the pre-eminent conference where 18,500 professionals looking to get into the cannabis industry gathered -- the common thread was Michigan's soon-to-explode marijuana business.

[continues 1137 words]

58 CN ON: Column: Ex-Cops Cashing In On New Pot Laws Upholds Old PowersMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Metro (Toronto, CN ON) Author:Mochama, Vicky Area:Ontario Lines:70 Added:11/23/2017

Known for his mishandling of Veterans A airs, corruption scandals within his constabulary and, shall we say, colourful comments on race and marijuana, former Toronto and Ontario police chief Julian Fantino is launching a pot business with a former RCMP senior leader. It has rightly been met with outcry.

It exposes not only his personal hypocrisies but also those of the pot legalization process.

A focus on criminalizing personal use rather than public health concerns (i.e., accessibility to children, mental health issues) has contributed to the circumstances that make young Black and Indigenous people known to police. Along with carding, illegality of marijuana has introduced more young racialized, especially Black, people to the criminal justice system than is patently fair.

[continues 348 words]

59 CN ON: Obstacles Are Hindering First Nation's Drug FightMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Northern News (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:127 Added:11/23/2017

The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating " roadblocks.

Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.

"We're trying to do our own way of making sure that those drugs don't flow through our community," said Gull. "One of the things that costs us is with these prescriptions drugs, they're destroying young people, destroying families."

[continues 726 words]

60 US PA: Pa. Marijuana Growers And Doctors Get Creative With No BudgetTue, 21 Nov 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Wood, Sam Area:Pennsylvania Lines:100 Added:11/23/2017

Patient response to Pa. marijuana program 'extremely positive'

What if Pennsylvania had a medical marijuana program but few people knew about it?

With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in cannabis growing facilities and dispensaries -- and the health of thousands of prospective patients on the line -- alerting state residents to the program should be a priority. But there's effectively a gag order on nearly all players involved.

The state Department of Health, responsible for the program's roll-out, has no budget to pay for advertising. Marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries are prohibited by law from actively promoting their wares. And doctors who write recommendations for medical cannabis are forbidden from publicizing that they're participating.

[continues 565 words]

61 US: In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go AwayMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Philadelphia Daily News (PA) Author:Quinton, Sophie Area:United States Lines:172 Added:11/23/2017

Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug.

"We call it reparative justice: repairing the harms caused by the war on drugs," says Eunisses Hernandez of the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group that helped write the California ballot initiative.

[continues 1219 words]

62 CN ON: Reefer Madness?Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:104 Added:11/22/2017

Judge blasts Ottawa cops for arresting 'budtenders' while pot shops flourish

An Ottawa judge has blasted the police force for failing to shut down the city's illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Justice Norman Boxall said Friday he cannot understand why it's so difficult to close shops that operate openly on major streets.

"I just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a dispensary where the person has a big sign up, as I drive down Rideau St', that says 'marijuana dispensary.' They brag about it on the Internet that they are selling it.

[continues 557 words]

63 US: The Truth Behind The 'First Marijuana Overdose Death' HeadlinesSun, 19 Nov 2017
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL)          Area:United States Lines:96 Added:11/22/2017

A case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month-old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about "the first marijuana overdose death" this week.

Except that's not what the doctors meant.

"We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child," said Thomas Nappe, an author of the report who is now the director of medical toxicology at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Nappe, who co-authored the report with Christopher Hoyte, explained that the doctors simply observed this unusual sequence of events, documented it and alerted the medical community that it is worth studying a possible relationship between cannabis and the child's cause of death, myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.

[continues 503 words]

64 Canada: OPED: Cannabis Is Canada's Moment To LeadSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Shier, Peter Area:Canada Lines:100 Added:11/22/2017

Sometimes it takes someone from outside Canada to make us realize what a great thing we have going. A few years ago, a Brazilian investment firm, 3G Capital, bought Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons. In 1995, Labatt Brewery was swallowed up by Interbrew from Belgium, which was in turn merged with AmBev, also from Brazil. Richard Baker, an American, saw the potential in Hudson's Bay Co., which was struggling at the time, and paid more than $1.1-billion in 2008 for the 80 per cent of the chain that he didn't own (although his stake has since been reduced).

[continues 671 words]

65 Canada: Provinces Eye The Digital Future Of Cannabis SalesSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:173 Added:11/22/2017

As Canada moves toward marijuana legalization, officials in Vancouver and across the country are looking for ways to bring in black-market customers, and for some, that means offering the option to shop from the comfort of their homes

A small, nondescript parcel arrives at the doorstep of Candice Beyer's Edmonton home every couple of months. She signs for the delivery, then quickly and quietly squirrels the shrink-wrapped, odourless package away in a secret drawer.

The mother of three says the cannabis helps her unwind on the odd Saturday night when her kids are out of her hair, a comfort she likens to the glass of wine other parents might enjoy.

[continues 1255 words]

66 CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Pot Rules Reasonable, If UptightSun, 19 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:74 Added:11/22/2017

The rules governing legal marijuana sales in Alberta, released by the NDP government on Thursday, are a bit uptight.

Really!? Licensed pot dispensaries won't be able to sell customers tortilla chips at the same time they sell them a 4g bag of Purple Kush or Grape Ape or Bubba Rockstar? Do the NDP truly believe that consumption of Doritos leads to overdosing on weed use rather than the other way around?

What's the problem with letting Albertans kill two cravings with one stoner?

[continues 432 words]

67 US FL: Sarasota Medical Marijuana Company Poised To Plant First CropMon, 20 Nov 2017
Source:Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) Author:Anderson, Zac Area:Florida Lines:59 Added:11/22/2017

Sarasota-based medical marijuana company AltMed Florida is poised to begin growing its first crop of marijuana at a facility in Apollo Beach.

The Florida Department of Health authorized Plants of Ruskin -- the nursery that is partnering with AltMed -- to begin operating the cultivation facility.

"We have worked diligently to build what we believe will be the most advanced indoor cultivation facility in Florida, and one of the finest in the country," AltMed CEO John Tipton said in a press release Monday.

[continues 270 words]

68 CN AB: High HopesFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Southwick, Reid Area:Alberta Lines:122 Added:11/21/2017

Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government.

The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.

Online sales in Alberta, however, will be available through a publicly run system, which is meant to ensure residents can tell the difference between legal and illicit retailers on the internet.

[continues 741 words]

69 CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About MarijuanaSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Ferguson, Rob Area:Ontario Lines:56 Added:11/21/2017

With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks

Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

"A lot more children are going to be exposed . . . They are the most at risk of harm. Their brains are still developing," Dr. Hirotaka Yamashiro said. "Ontario is not ready to deal with the risks."

[continues 238 words]

70 CN SN: A Little Pot On The PrairiesSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Moose Jaw Times-Herald (CN SN) Author:Santos, Joshua Area:Saskatchewan Lines:97 Added:11/21/2017

Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana

Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops.

Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.

"We do not want to be in any ownership or marketing," said Don Morgan, Saskatchewan's Justice Minister.

"We want to be responsible for ensuring that there's a regulatory scheme in place and we want to make sure it's a confidently, well-run regulatory scheme, but we don't want to own it, market it or warehouse it ourselves."

[continues 555 words]

71 CN AB: Column: Alberta Pot Rules Largely WorkableSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:11/21/2017

The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy.

For the most part, they're pretty good.

Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery).

What the Notley government is proposing is very likely a workable system.

It will not eliminate illegal weed sales entirely. But it will make buying bud convenient enough that most people will be persuaded to go the law-abiding-citizen route.

[continues 550 words]

72 Canada: Clearing The Air On CannabisSat, 18 Nov 2017
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bowes, Barbara Area:Canada Lines:176 Added:11/21/2017

THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers.

Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?

Interestingly enough, a recent report by the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario and the consulting firm Deloitte suggests that 22 per cent of Canadian adults already consume recreational cannabis.

[continues 1098 words]

73 CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot BehaviourFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)          Area:Alberta Lines:77 Added:11/21/2017

Be smart. Not stupid.

As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.

Here in Alberta, the government has announced its changes to impaired-driving legislation.

The NDs plan to impose a maximum $1,000 fine for a positive blood test of two to five nanograms per millimetre of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), along with a minimum $1,000 fine for a first-time conviction on a reading above five.

[continues 315 words]

74 CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All RightFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Gunter, Lorne Area:Alberta Lines:102 Added:11/21/2017

Pot rules largely workable but ban on weed sales at liquor stores makes no sense

The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy.

For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).

What the Notley government is proposing is very likely a workable system.

It will not eliminate illegal weed sales entirely. But it will make buying bud convenient enough that most people will be persuaded to go the law-abiding-citizen route.

[continues 550 words]

75 CN AB: Retailers Can't Sell Cannabis And ChipsFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Fort McMurray Today (CN AB) Author:Graney, Emma Area:Alberta Lines:84 Added:11/21/2017

Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta come July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips.

Under proposed rules introduced by the provincial government Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods.

Stores also will have to operate under a specific cannabis business licence. That means liquor stores won't be able to set up a wall and a separate storefront with booze on one side and bud on the other.

[continues 423 words]

76 CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 FineFri, 17 Nov 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:71 Added:11/21/2017

KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun.

Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

Justice Colin Westman had said in July that he would grant an absolute discharge and he made it official on Thursday.

[continues 289 words]

77 Canada: Editorial: Legal, But Not If You're At The WheelWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada)          Area:Canada Lines:59 Added:11/20/2017

The busywork of readying the country for legalized cannabis continues apace, and Ottawa has gotten around to mapping out the murky territory that is stoned driving.

Proposed legislative changes would create a two-tiered approach to setting the maximum amount of THC, cannabis's main psychoactive element, allowable in drivers' blood. Motorists measured with two to five nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of being stopped would be subjected to a fine; those above would be treated criminally, mirroring the way many provinces deal with alcohol and driving.

[continues 270 words]

78 CN ON: Column: Weed Report: Julian Fantino Sings The Praises OfWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto 24hours (CN ON) Author:Warmington, Joe Area:Ontario Lines:109 Added:11/20/2017

One was the chief of police for Toronto, London, York Region and the OPP.

The other spent 34 years putting away bad guys as a member of the RCMP, retiring as deputy commissioner of Federal and International Policing.

In the past, if former police chief Julian Fantino or onetime RCMP officer Raf Souccar were talking to you about cannabis, it would be time to quickly head for the door or maybe even call a lawyer.

Not anymore.

Fantino and Souccar now fight for the benefits of marijuana: The legal kind that is. The kind used for medical purposes.

[continues 553 words]

79 CN ON: Column: Pro-Pot Cops All About The MoneyWed, 15 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:James, Royson Area:Ontario Lines:164 Added:11/20/2017

If St. Paul, one of the most virulent and effective enemies of early Christians could pull off the greatest about face in history and become the religion's most prolific proponent, then who am I to argue with former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino as a shill for the marijuana industry.

Fantino, the macho, no-nonsense, law-and-order tough guy from Vaughan stood at a podium in his city Tuesday singing the virtues of - pot.

Yes, he used to bust men and women, boys and girls - locked them up for smoking a joint or a spliff - ignoring the haze of vibe-inducing smoke and the good vibes of the "natural mystic flowing in the air," riding the Rasta rhythms of Bob Marley or the raw rhetoric of Peter Tosh's Legalize it. That was then.

[continues 1119 words]

80 US NY: NY Governor Signs Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSDSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX)          Area:New York Lines:31 Added:11/14/2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.

The Democratic governor said 19,000 New Yorkers with PTSD could be helped by medical marijuana.

He said the potential beneficiaries include veterans as well as police officers and survivors of domestic violence, crime and accidents.

[continues 55 words]

81 US MI: You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana. Advocates Want That ToMon, 13 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Lehr, Sarah Area:Michigan Lines:203 Added:11/14/2017

Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana?

Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he worked in 2009.

Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.

Casias had been using marijuana at home to treat pain from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued on his behalf for wrongful discharge in violation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

A U.S. District Judge sided with the company. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals later upheld the ruling.

[continues 1250 words]

82 CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug UseSun, 12 Nov 2017
Source:Morning Star, The (CN BC) Author:Crook, Parker Area:British Columbia Lines:117 Added:11/13/2017

The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling the opioid crisis.

Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors, backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they materialize through a new program.

Preventure, a school-based preventative drug and alcohol program, aims to reduce drug and alcohol use in high-risk teenagers.

"The starting point is prevention, then intervention," said Doug Rogers, district substance abuse prevention counsellor.

The Canadian-developed program screens Grade 8 students for four personality traits that are considered at risk: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness, as research indicates that up to 90 per cent of at risk youth can be identified from these traits.

[continues 595 words]

83 CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax ProposalsSat, 11 Nov 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:MacCharles, Tonda Area:Ontario Lines:100 Added:11/13/2017

$1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden

OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram, with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.

In documents that urge a "co-ordinated approach" between federal and provincial/territorial governments, Ottawa implicitly acknowledged that provinces could move to set excise taxes higher, but said that would fail to keep black market producers out.

[continues 592 words]

84 CN NS: Column: Strictly Regulated Legal Pot Environment ExpectedThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:News, The (New Glasgow, CN NS) Author:Vibert, Jim Area:Nova Scotia Lines:118 Added:11/11/2017

Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they see the province's plan.

Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces, will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated environments.

Last week, the province wrapped up its online survey asking Nova Scotian for opinions on a variety of questions about cannabis control and access.

[continues 664 words]

85 CN ON: OPED: Still Much To Learn About PotThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:Sun Times, The (Owen Sound, CN ON) Author:McLeod, Scott Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:11/11/2017

Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana.

Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle. I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this drug.

[continues 427 words]

86 CN BC: Column: Marketing MarijuanaThu, 09 Nov 2017
Source:Vancouver 24hours (CN BC) Author:Slivinski, Ada Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:11/11/2017

The guidelines are strict but it won't matter

According to new marijuana marketing guidelines released Wednesday by The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding after working with Advertising Standards Canada, companies marketing marijuana will not be able to use animals to sell pot nor will be they be able to promote the use of cannabis itself ( just brand preference) and they will be required to advertise in places where over 70 per cent of the audience is adult (or above the age of majority in the particular province).

[continues 380 words]

87 US: PUB LTE: Competitive Pricing Dogs Californi's Heavy Pot TaxWed, 08 Nov 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US)          Area:United States Lines:37 Added:11/11/2017

Regarding your editorial "High on Incentives" (Nov. 2): After the 21st Amendment lifting prohibition in 1933, the excise tax rate on alcohol was adjusted down to around 5% to undercut moonshiners and to eliminate any continuing profit for the mob. Later, the excise tax rate was adjusted up to approximately 15%. Mentor Capital's elasticity analysis of the cannabis tax load in various locales versus illegal marijuana-market activity shows a roughly inverse linear relationship. That is if the tax rate is 45%, the illegal market will be 45% of the whole cannabis market.

[continues 83 words]

88 CN ON: City On Pot-Shop ListSat, 04 Nov 2017
Source:Barrie Examiner (CN ON) Author:Browne, Cheryl Area:Ontario Lines:101 Added:11/06/2017

Province releases list of 14 municipalities to receive green light for marijuana stores

Green Sprouts Cafe and Vapor Lounge owners allow people to rent bongs in their shop to vape marijuana.

But all that might change next year since Barrie has been given the nod and a wink by the province to open one of the first legal cannabis shops.

Located on Chase McEachern Way, cafe owners Chris and Gillian Green say they plan to maintain their business model and determine if the legal loophole that allows them to offer vaping on the premises is squashed by the new federal legislation.

[continues 526 words]

89 US: Trump's Opioid Commission Releases Report Funding A Common ThemeThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Hartford Courant (CT) Author:Rondinone, Nicholas Area:United States Lines:82 Added:11/06/2017

In an expansive report released Thursday that ranges from enforcement to treatment and research, President Donald Trump's opioid commission repeatedly discussed issues with funding to combat the deadly opioid crisis.

"The Commission urges Congress to respond to the President's declaration of a public health emergency and fulfill their constitutionally delegated duty and appropriate sufficient funds to implement the Commission's recommendation," the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis wrote in the lengthy report.

This report comes about a week after Trump declared the epidemic a public health emergency, falling short of calling it a national emergency that would have allowed for more significant funding to be diverted to combat the issue that has killed thousands in Connecticut alone.

[continues 386 words]

90 US MI: Editorial: Vote No On 2 Detroit Medical Marijuana BallotThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:105 Added:11/06/2017

Nine years after Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that permits doctors to prescribe marijuana for therapeutic purposes, state and local lawmakers are still struggling to design a regulatory scheme that balances the interests of patients, providers and residents.

Earlier this year, Michigan legislators finally adopted a new regime that establishes distinct licensing criteria for growing, processing, testing, transporting and distributing the drug, which is still forbidden by federal law, and dividing the tax revenues generated by those activities between the state and local governments.

[continues 630 words]

91 US: Oped: 'Just Say No'? Antidrug Ads Rarely Work, And Even Risk A 'Yes'Wed, 01 Nov 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Frakt, Austin Area:United States Lines:101 Added:11/06/2017

In declaring the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last week, President Trump promised that the federal government would start "a massive advertising campaign to get people, especially children, not to want to take drugs in the first place." But past efforts to prevent substance abuse through advertising have often been ineffective or even harmful.

Perhaps the most famous American antidrug advertisement featured a sizzling egg in a frying pan to the sound of ominous music and a stern voice-over warning, "This is your brain on drugs." A sequel to this ad featured Rachael Leigh Cook smashing an egg and the better part of a kitchen to dramatize the impact of heroin.

[continues 689 words]

92 US: Stop Saying Marijuana Cures Cancer, FDA WarnsThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Kaplan, Sheila Area:United States Lines:101 Added:11/06/2017

WASHINGTON - Everyday Advanced Hemp Oil, Bosom Lotion and CBD Edibles Gummie Men may have their fans, but the Food and Drug Administration is not among them.

Four companies selling those and dozens of other marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been warned by the F.D.A. to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry.

"Substances that contain components of marijuana will be treated like any other products that make unproven claims to shrink cancer tumors," said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency's commissioner, in a news release on Wednesday. "We don't let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substances can shrink or cure cancer."

[continues 617 words]

93 CN BC: Kelowna Making Plans For PotSat, 28 Oct 2017
Source:Kelowna Capital News (CN BC) Author:Waters, Alistair Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:10/30/2017

Kelowna city staff say cannabis should only be sold from storefront dispensaries licenced by the provincial government and under rules similar to existing liquor stores. And their locations and operations should be controlled by municipal land use zoning and bylaws.

Those are the key recommendations in a report to go to city council Monday morning after the province asked municipalities across the B.C. for input about how marijuana and cannabis products should be distributed once the federal government makes them legal next July.

[continues 586 words]

94 CN BC: Quesnel Council Council Digs Into Cannabis LegalizationFri, 27 Oct 2017
Source:Quesnel Cariboo Observer (CN BC) Author:Alexander, Ken Area:British Columbia Lines:125 Added:10/30/2017

Mayor and council of the City of Quesnel developed, discussed and passed a response to provincial government for policy considerations for a regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis in British Columbia at its Oct. 24 meeting.

Following the 2015 federal election, the Liberal government started working on its campaign promise to legalize cannabis across the country.

The revision of Cannabis Act and the Criminal Code are underway and it's expected these bills will be passed by July 2018.

The provinces will be responsible for the regulation of the distribution and sale of cannabis.

[continues 705 words]

95 CN AB: Column: Despite Fanfare, Medical Benefits Of Marijuana RemainSat, 28 Oct 2017
Source:Medicine Hat News (CN AB) Author:McLeod, Scott Area:Alberta Lines:104 Added:10/30/2017

Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuanabecomes legal. As a medical doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: The experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana.

Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say out of the gate that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle - I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuanabecomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this so-called "miracle drug."

[continues 638 words]

96 Canada: Clearing The AirMon, 23 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Barton, Adriana Area:Canada Lines:217 Added:10/28/2017

With legalization on the horizon in Canada, dispensaries are marketing marijuana as a cure for what ails you - including cancer. Do the claims hold up? Adriana Barton takes a closer look at the science behind cancer and cannabis

In a lab at the University of Nottingham in England, brain-cancer specialist Richard Grundy is growing cells from children's brain tumours to see if cannabidiol - a compound in marijuana - can kill them.

Brain-tumour cells rarely thrive outside the body, though, so he'll be lucky if half a dozen cell clusters survive long enough to study the hunch. Even if the compound snuffs out cancer cells in the lab, there's no guarantee it would do the same in humans. "But," he said, "one has to start somewhere."

[continues 1562 words]

97 CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: ExpertsThu, 19 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:British Columbia Lines:117 Added:10/20/2017

Health and legal experts are urging caution about the idea of charging fentanyl dealers with manslaughter, saying such a move would do little to deter sellers and could instead punish those who are already struggling with substance-use disorders.

B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth mentioned the idea to reporters at an unrelated event last week, saying it was raised at a recent meeting of federal and provincial public safety ministers.

"We strongly believe that if you're dealing fentanyl, you're dealing death, and you should be facing much more severe penalties such as manslaughter charges," Mr. Farnworth said.

[continues 727 words]

98 CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical PotMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Meldrum, Emma Area:Ontario Lines:91 Added:10/20/2017

Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana.

Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

Jacob Taylor and Jonathan Araujo of the Pontiac Group have been helping to connect Ontario First Nations groups with the medical marijuana company for the past two years.

"This plant is a medicine, and our focus with DelShen Therapeutics has always been a medical focus, where other companies have a recreational focus," explained Araujo.

[continues 467 words]

99 CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop RaidMon, 16 Oct 2017
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Miller, Jacquie Area:Ontario Lines:44 Added:10/20/2017

Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking.

"We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

The raid conducted Friday appears to be part of a renewed effort by police to close down the city's illegal pot shops. On Oct. 3 police raided Cannabis Culture on Bank St., Dr. Greenthumb on Montreal Road and several outdoor grow-ops, arresting eight people. Both shops re-opened.

[continues 115 words]

100 CN BC: City Hears Addictions AdviceThu, 07 Sep 2017
Source:Metro (Vancouver, CN BC) Author:Denis, Jen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:64 Added:09/09/2017

Canada should declare opioid crisis: Doctor

The head of Portugal's addictions directorate is urging Canada to declare the opioid overdose crisis a national health emergency.

On a tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the innercity neighbourhood home to many people who struggle with addictions and mental health, Dr. Joao Goulao said the sheer number of deaths caused by the tainted supply of illicit drugs warrants the declaration.

Portugal is often held up as a model of progressive drug reform. Policy changes started in the late 1990s in that country included decriminalizing drugs, something many public health advocates are now advocating for Canada as the only truly effective way to remove the risk of ingesting illicit drugs tainted with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

[continues 243 words]


Detail: Low  Medium  High   Pages: 1  

Email Address
Check All Check all     Uncheck All Uncheck all

Search Drugnews
Quick Links
SectionsHot TopicsAreasIndices

HomeBulletin BoardChat RoomsDrug LinksDrug NewsFeedback
Guest BookMailing ListsMedia EmailMedia LinksLettersSearch