Washington Post, 01 Jun 2016 - The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, nearly as many relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use. Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization, argued that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available - and irresistible - to too many adolescents."
The Witness, 31 May 2016 - JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema yesterday said he supported the legalisation of dagga. "We have no problem with marijuana being legalised. It must be legalised. It must be dealt with professionally so that it is not abused and used for wrong purposes," Malema told reporters at the EFF's national list conference in Midrand.
New Haven Register, 31 May 2016 - MILFORD - Robert Fiore's childhood onset epilepsy is long under control, but he made it his mission to legalize medical marijuana for those under 18 in Connecticut after watching the CNN special report, "Weed," which featured the remarkable change cannabis oil made in a young girl with epilepsy suffering some 300 seizures a week. I thought, "Why not bring it to Connecticut?" Fiore said.
Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2016 - Businessman Seeks to Open Dispensaries, Share Revenue With Schools From a veranda overlooking Avalon harbor, real estate broker Mark Malan gazed at oceanfront cottages, a curved promenade and passing sailboats with brightly colored pennants.
New York Post, 31 May 2016 - BOGOTA, Colombia - The streets of Colombia's largest open-air drug market look like a war zone following a police sweep through one of Bogota's most dangerous neighborhoods. More than 2,500 riot police officers and heavily armed soldiers participated in a raid that began Saturday in the capital's "Bronx" area, nicknamed for its comparison to the troubled New York neighborhood.
The Union, 30 May 2016 - In his search for "clarity" in his guest column, Bob Hren ought to start with the false premise on which the outdoor cultivation ban was based - that an emergency ordinance was needed to provide Sheriff Royal the additional "tools" needed to deal with "large" outdoor marijuana grows. The outdoor growing ban was part of an emergency ordinance, which amended Nevada County's Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance which had been in effect since 2012. That ordinance set limits on indoor and outdoor grows, established procedures for issuing and contesting abatement notices.
Law Times, 30 May 2016 - If the federal government is serious about an evidence-based approach to drug policy, it shouldn't stop at cannabis when it comes to regulating drugs that are currently under prohibition, drug policy lawyers say. With the new federal government, "I think the rhetoric seems to be much more positive in terms of treating drugs as a health issue," says Eugene Oscapella, a lawyer and professor of law at the University of Ottawa. "If you're honest about treating drugs as a health issue, then you do not use the criminal justice system primarily [to deal with it]," he says.
Toronto Sun, 30 May 2016 - Cannabis Culture Refuses To Be Bullied By Police Raids Pot advocates remain defiant after last week's police raids of weed shops with one Toronto dispensary even vowing to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.
Toronto Star, 30 May 2016 - In Fact, Project Claudia Will Drive Some Trade Back Into The Streets What the hell was that all about? It's a question you might have asked yourself after police Chief Mark Saunders' news conference Friday, which was hijacked by a couple of activists whose persistent questioning and arguing left virtually no room for Saunders to answer, for minutes on end.
Toronto Sun, 30 May 2016 - A Real Case Of Reefer Madness My police source, Deep Toke, has slipped me what he claims is a transcript from the Project Claudia raids. The timing is perfect. Toronto's board of health meets Monday to hash out the sale of weed in our fair city. Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders cracked down on storefront pot dispensaries Thursday. Project Claudia hit 43 shops and bagged 90 people on trafficking raps.
Toronto Star, 30 May 2016 - Somewhere in Canada at any given time, groups of federal cabinet ministers are clustering at the feet of a few famous gurus of the high art of "deliverology," learning how to implement the promises that brought them to power by retreating to mountains and forests to absorb the wise words of international experts. Meanwhile, here in the real world, the same government's almost spectacular mishandling of its most notorious promise - legalizing marijuana - is actively creating whole new classes of marijuana criminal, leading to widespread arrests, confiscation of property, neighbourhood strife and massive civic confusion.
Globe and Mail, 30 May 2016 - Canada's medical marijuana fiasco came into sharp relief on Thursday when police in Toronto raided 45 illegal pot dispensaries and seized hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and its related products. Activists were outraged, the police were both apologetic and unapologetic, and, as always, the public was confused. The situation is a mess. It is now looking as though the Liberal government should have anticipated Canada's chronic confusion when it announced last month that it would wait an entire year before introducing long-promised legislation to legalize marijuana.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 30 May 2016 - Oroville - There is some agreement among people on both sides of the two marijuana-related issues going before voters June 7. Proponents and opponents of Measures G and H recognize that the two items are modifications to current ordinances that will remain in effect regardless of the outcome. However, both sides see a changing statewide attitude to marijuana and the upcoming vote may be a sign of things to come.
Boston Globe, 30 May 2016 - Massachusetts regulators are pledging to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries after several shops placed low-income patients on waiting lists for discounted products - creating delays that run afoul of state law. A Globe review found that the delays were often months long, effectively denying those low-income patients the discounts state regulations require for anyone with a verified financial hardship, with no cap on the number.
The Mail on Sunday, 29 May 2016 - THE trumpeted 'ban on legal highs' is a fiction, like the rest of our drug laws. The new Act imposes no penalties at all for possessing these dangerous poisons - except for people who are already in jail. This is an amazing giveaway of the Government's real drugs policy, which is to look the other way while pretending to be 'tough'.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Former pot smokers have gone on to great things - like Mayor of Toronto. A very youthful John Tory acknowledged in his school newspaper in 1976 that he "used the stuff to some extent" in high school and first year of university.
The Record, 28 May 2016 - Toronto's police chief defends actions, timing amid protests TORONTO - "Genuine" health concerns and "significant" community complaints prompted a string of police raids on unregulated marijuana dispensaries across Toronto, the city's police chief explained Friday after being criticized by a number of residents for the action.
Globe and Mail, 28 May 2016 - Thursday's crackdown of 43 Toronto dispensaries is seen as heavy-handed, and some say they'll reopen Despite warnings from Toronto police and city officials that more charges could follow this week's massive pot-dispensary crackdown, some in the marijuana movement vowed that many busted storefronts would simply reopen - and be joined by new ones.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Will charges stick? With legal weed on the horizon, what happens to those facing criminal charges over pot during a period of time some call a grey area? We asked prominent Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi about this week's pot dispensary raids:
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - WAKEFIELD -- The state board that oversees physicians on Thursday temporarily suspended the licenses of two doctors, one physician for improperly prescribing medical marijuana on "multiple occasions" and a second for making opiates available to a patient who later died of an overdose. The Board of Registration in Medicine unanimously voted to suspend the licenses of Dr. John C. Nadolny, 57, and Dr. Fred J. Thaler, 60, after about two hours of closed-door hearings at the panel's Wakefield headquarters.