Kelowna Capital News, 27 Feb 2014 - Following a colourful discussion, the District of West Kelowna has moved one step closer to finding somewhere to put commercial medical marijuana operations. At its Tuesday meeting, council decided it did not want medical marijuana grown on agricultural land. It also voted to prohibit commercial medical marijuana production in multi-unit buildings, unless all tenants are growers.
The Richmond Review, 26 Feb 2014 - Councillor Calls Medical Marijuana Facility a 'Standard for the Industry,' but Cost to Users a Concern Richmond is on track to becoming home to its first large-scale commercial medical marijuana grow-op, after city council unanimously supported a bid Monday from would-be producer MediJean.
Maple Ridge News, 26 Feb 2014 - Event Focuses on Danish Documentary, Takes Place at Riverside Centre Anyone for Coffee and Heroin? That facetious invitation is the name of a documentary that will be one of the highlights of a forum in Maple Ridge next week about the prescription heroin controversy.
Yukon News, 26 Feb 2014 - "I always thought that hallucinogens would either reveal powerful things about me, or that I would lose my mind completely," says T.J. Dawe in a conversation about Medicine, his upcoming theatre show at the Old Fire Hall. "People would talk about taking mushrooms and getting all giggly, but for me it was never like that."
Nelson Star, 26 Feb 2014 - Violent Episodes Drug Related in Neighbouring Castlegar Nelson police took note of two violent episodes in Castlegar earlier this week, both believed to be related to methamphetamine use - a drug that's started appearing on Nelson streets.
Tillsonburg News, 26 Feb 2014 - The new world of medical marijuana growing has arrived in Norfolk County in the form of a 20-acre operation in Walsingham. And it comes tailored to new tougher federal regulations governing legal grow-ops that come into effect April 1.
Chronicle Herald, 26 Feb 2014 - Imagine: You discover your 18-year-old growing marijuana or showing off an illegal loaded handgun to his buddies. What to do, what to do? Depending on the offence and the teen's previous record, as it were, a parent's response could range from turning him in despite his lack of a criminal record to resorting to grounding and withdrawal of privileges.
Sooke News Mirror, 26 Feb 2014 - Rally in Victoria. Thank you so much to everyone that made it to the rally at the provincial Legislature on February 11. It was so inspiring to see hundreds of our supporters gather from Victoria to Dawson Creek - and everywhere in between - to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the Legislature. It was a powerful reminder of the strength of our movement and our ongoing dedication to sensible marijuana policy reform.
Sooke News Mirror, 26 Feb 2014 - As new residents of Sooke, we have taken an interest in your local ways and news, and have nothing but good to say about this beautiful town, except perhaps some of it's reporters seem to indulge in spreading misinformation - specifically marijuana-related news as is our interest as medical marijuana patients. Attacks on medical marijuana patients and their current plight is not only hurtful and belittling, but Mr. Fletcher seems to be making his stories up as he goes along. Where did he get his information? And how did he calculate the specific number of medical marijuana patients in any given area? By his own confession, these numbers are not known to anyone except Health Canada. Is Mr. Fletcher privy to private health information of this province's people? How does he know that half of the 38,000 patients live in B.C.? Sensationalism or propaganda? His words are sarcastic and by his own admissions baseless, since "Ottawa's bungled medical pot scheme conceals the location of licensed growers from provincial and local governments." Except Mr. Fletcher?
Winnipeg Sun, 26 Feb 2014 - I keep hearing Conservative attack ads on the radio against Justin Trudeau's stance on pot, which is the only thing I like about the man. He is a famous name, unproven, and I believe he has no business running a party, let alone the country.
The Now, 26 Feb 2014 - WHITE ROCK - Anyone wishing to grow or distribute medical marijuana in White Rock is now out of luck following a move by council Monday. Ahead of expected changes on the federal level to medicinal marijuana growing operations, White Rock council has effectively banned any production or distribution of the drug under any type of zoning in the city.
Sooke News Mirror, 26 Feb 2014 - Regarding Tom Fletcher's February 12 column, not only should medical marijuana be made available to patients in need, but adult recreational use should be regulated too. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age. So much for protecting the children. Throwing more money at the problem is no solution. Attempts to limit the supply of illegal drugs while demand remains constant only increase the profitability of drug trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase criminal activity to feed desperate habits. The drug war doesn't fight crime, it fuels crime.
The Burnaby Now, 26 Feb 2014 - If someone had told us a decade ago that municipalities would be trying to figure out where and how to fit medical marijuana companies into their planning manuals today - well, we would have told them they must be smoking something. But, as reported recently in this paper, companies like Vancouver MediCann are trying to figure out exactly where and how they can fit into municipal boundaries and plans and make it all work. As of April 1, the old federal marijuana medical access regulations under Health Canada are changing. Currently, private citizens are allowed to produce medical pot for personal use on a limited scale. The new rules move the production out of backyards and residential areas and into large-scale manufacturing facilities. This is mostly good. Burnaby, as other municipalities are, is working out the kinks in the system. It is putting together new bylaw provisions that would require an applicant to obtain council approval through the rezoning process, with a required public hearing.
The Record, 26 Feb 2014 - New Westminster is going to pot - but only in certain areas of the city. A day after a medical marijuana grow-up went up in flames in Langley, city council held a public hearing regarding bylaw changes that would limit the growing of medical marijuana in heavy industrial zones. The city had previously proposed that medicinal marijuana operations be contained to the P8 zone, but that's no longer the case.
Kelowna Capital News, 25 Feb 2014 - As expected, Kelowna city council has made its first move to restrict new federally licensed medical marijuana growing operations to industrial land. Council voted to give initial acceptance to a recommendation from city staff Monday after being told three areas of industrial land - those zoned for general industrial (I-2 zone), heavy industrial (I-3 zone) and central industrial (I-4 zone)-are more suitable for the type of operations Ottawa is now licensing than farmland would be.
The Daily Courier, 25 Feb 2014 - More than 1,000 Kelowna adults with federal licences to grow pot in their own homes are supposed to destroy all the plants as of April 1. But Health Canada has not yet granted any local licences to commercial operators whose pot supply is supposed to replace the homegrown marijuana.
The Daily Courier, 24 Feb 2014 - Kelowna's ample fields of green won't go to pot. And that's a good thing. Agricultural lands account for 43 per cent of the city's entire land base. The farms support a wide variety of crops, but marijuana shouldn't be one of them.
The Daily Courier, 24 Feb 2014 - Would-be commercial pot growers worry their business plans will go up in smoke if the City of Kelowna bans marijuana production on agricultural land. Proponents say their considerable investments of time and money will be wasted if council today accepts a staff recommendation to permit legal grow-ops only in industrial zones.
The Province, 23 Feb 2014 - What does it mean that medical marijuana patients are suing the government and why should you care since you're not a patient? Well, imagine this: Imagine the government told you that, starting next month, you could no longer pick the apples off the tree in your front yard. That if you harvest the cherries or plums or peaches in the back yard or eat the strawberries and blueberries and raspberries in your garden or a local park, you will go to jail. Instead of being able to plant seeds, the government is now forcing you to purchase all of your nutritional needs from their large-scale authorized commercial production facilities.
London Free Press, 22 Feb 2014 - Distributed by the health unit, they can reverse overdoses caused by certain drugs The thing is, you don't want to call 911 when you're high. Even when a friend is dying of an overdose before your eyes - - sometimes especially then.