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CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot Planning

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 19 Jun 2017 - With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.
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CN MB: OPED: Province Should Control Marijuana Sales

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Jun 2017 - THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments and their civic counterparts. I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on marijuana.
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CN ON: Gang Targeted City

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 17 Jun 2017 - 'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to' The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests. "Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway Myth

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Jun 2017 - Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other. Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Gateway Myth

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Jun 2017 - Noel Hershfield is incorrect. In fact, there is an abundance of studies dispelling the 'gateway' myth. Marijuana is like a gateway drug the same way an appetizer is a gateway to an entree. One generally occurs before the other. Further, many people mistakenly believe marijuana use precedes rather than follows other drug use. In fact, most drug use begins with alcohol and nicotine. And if the next argument is that cannabis introduces you to a dealer selling harder drugs, that's even more reason to legalize it. Consider the large number of people whom have used cannabis and not gone on to use other illicit drugs. Correlation is not causation!
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CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose Deaths

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 17 Jun 2017 - VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C. Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.
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CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical Pot

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jun 2017 - Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim. Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana. The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.
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Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For Teens

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Jun 2017 - Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.
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Chronicle AM: MJ Policy Keeps Northeast Busy, Major Louisiana Sentencing Reforms, More.... (6/16/17)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 21:32

Marijuana policy continues to roil statehouses across the Northeast, a US senator and a congressman file identical medical marijuana protection bills, Louisiana -- the lock 'em up state -- enacts comprehensive sentencing reforms, and more.

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Massachusetts to Get New Legalization Rewrite Bill on Monday. After criticism and errors in the text force the House leadership to pull its marijuana legalization rewrite bill this week, House committee chair Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree) said a redrafted version of the bill would be released on Monday, with debate expected in the House on Wednesday. At issue are tax rates and a governance model for the industry.

New Jersey Arresting More People Than Ever for Marijuana, ACLU Report Finds. Marijuana arrests have climbed steadily in the state in recent years, with black residents three times more likely than whites to be targeted. The report, which analyzed FBI Uniform Crime Report and U.S. Census data from 2000 to 2013, comes as lawmakers are making a push to legalize marijuana in the state. The report found a steady increase in marijuana arrests over that period, from 19,607 in 2001 to 24,067 in 2013.

Rhode Island Legalization Advocates Offer Compromise Bill. Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston), along with Regulate Rhode Island, have outlined a compromise bill that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana starting July 1, 2018, with an advisory board to study the effects of legalization and report to the General Assembly next year on setting up a taxed and regulated system of marijuana commerce. Assembly leaders are pushing a bill that would defer legalization until a legislative commission studies the issue.

Vermont Governor Says Legalization Deal Still Possible. Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday an agreement with legislators on marijuana legalization is still possible this year. Scott vetoed the legalization bill last month, citing concerns about drugged driving and children. "We are still negotiating," Scott said. "They understand... what my reservations are in terms of what they're planning, but I still think it's workable." If an agreement is reached, House Republicans would have to agree to suspend the rules of the veto session to allow a vote on the pot bill. They do not sound very interested in that, but Scott has said that if he can reach agreement on a bill, he will try to persuade his GOP colleagues to allow a vote.

Medical Marijuana

Corey Booker, Steve Cohen File Identical Medical Marijuana Protection Bills. Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen has filed House Resolution 2920, "to extend the principle of federalism to drug policy, provide access to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal properties of marijuana." New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has filed a companion bill, Senate Bill 1374, in the upper chamber.

Michigan Lawmakers File Medical Marijuana Billboard Ad Ban Bills. State Sen. Rick Jones (R) and Rep. Andy Schor (D) have filed identical bills that would effectively ban billboard for medical marijuana businesses. The bills are Senate Bill 463 and House Bill 4767. They are not yet available on the state legislative web site.

Pennsylvania Governor Warns Session Against Interfering with Medical Marijuana. In a sharply worded letter, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to interfere with medical marijuana in the state. "For a lot of patients, this is the only medicine that works. So for him to go after medical cannabis is kind of flying in the face of science and the facts," said a spokesman for the governor.

Criminal Justice

Louisiana Enacts Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday signed a package of 10 bills that shrink sentences, mostly for nonviolent offenders, and expand parole and probation and reentry opportunities for offenders. The state has the highest proportion of its population behind bars of any state, but Edwards predicts that the new laws will see the state's prison population falling by as much as 10% in the next decade. The bills are House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, 680 681 and Senate Bills 16, 139, 220, 221. They can be viewed at the state legislative website.

International

British Columbia Court Throws Out Mandatory Minimums for Marijuana Producers. The BC Court of Appeals last week threw out the mandatory minimum sentence for people caught producing more than six marijuana plants, saying the law mandating it was unconstitutional. "I note that a six-month sentence is typical for a first-time trafficker involved in a relatively sophisticated commercial dial-a-dope operation. Imposing that sentence on a 19-year-old student or a migraine sufferer who is growing six plants intending to share them with friends would, in my view, be abhorrent to most Canadians," the trial court judge held, instead giving the man a suspended sentence. The government appealed, and lost last week.

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CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related Impaired

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season. Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.
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CN NS: Column: How To Best Treat Society's Most Vulnerable?

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Two questions: What drug is the most addictive and can give you a condition that can kill you? What other drug has the worse withdrawal effects and can destroy your brain? Answers! No. 1 is nicotine. It is so addictive because no matter how much you ingest your body still craves more and as it leaves your body the craving gets more intense.
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CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana Issue

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Peace Arch News, 16 Jun 2017 - Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018. The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.
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CN ON: Smoking Out Strategies

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jun 2017 - Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.
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CN BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living With

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jun 2017 - Vancouver seems to have two seasons: Rain and tourists. Just as we make our way out of one, the other hits us full force. Nowhere is the throng of tourists thicker than Gastown, where they scramble for selfies with the steam clock. Trying to get away from those tourists while out for a quick post-lunch walk, I wandered further into the Downtown Eastside than I normally do and was surprised to see the camera-wielding crowd didn't stop there. In front of me were a man and woman - her stopping to snap photos of people lying on the street and him loudly explaining what he saw as the reason those addicted to drugs and living in the area didn't try to help themselves and turn their lives around.
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CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: Experts

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 15 Jun 2017 - Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.
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CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe Site

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 15 Jun 2017 - Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017 The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval. Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.
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CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions Sought

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Jun 2017 - Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends. In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.
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CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary Thursday

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 07:00
Comox Valley Record, 13 Jun 2017 - A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash. Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.
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CN AB: Weed In The Workplace

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Jun 2017 - Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.
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CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed Results

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 12 Jun 2017 - One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.
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