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CN BC: OPED: The Folly Of Mandatory Minimum Sentence Laws

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 20 Apr 2015 - What is the minimum punishment for a person, with no previous criminal record, who is convicted of growing six marijuana plants in their basement? What about for an otherwise responsible gun owner who stores her unloaded firearm safely with ammunition nearby, but who makes a mistake as to where it can be stored? Over the past few years, the federal government has been amending the Criminal Code so as to create an ever growing list of offences for which there is a mandatory minimum sentence.
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CN BC: Boost Access To Medical Pot: Study

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Apr 2015 - University of B.C. researcher wants to know how to make it easier for those who need medical marijuana to obtain their medicine Research out of the University of B.C. is examining new and old ways people are getting their hands on marijuana in an era loaded with legal and illegal ways to get the bud.
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CN ON: Column: Have Potheads Forgotten When 420 Is?

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 18 Apr 2015 - You've had a long day, but at least you scored some good blunt from the IT guy Pasco. Before heading home, you decide to chill and spark up in the park. You're minding your own business. You aren't bothering anybody. But unless you're a ganja ninja, Niagara's finest will find you.
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CN ON: Study Shows Link Between Pot Use And Mental Health

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 18 Apr 2015 - Research indicates 50 to 70% of people with a mental illness also have a drug issue Of the patients admitted Orillia Soldiers ' Memorial Hospital's mental-health unit as a threat to themselves last year, records obtained under access-to-information laws reveal that 10% had used cannabis within the three days before.
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CN ON: 'Hair Tests' Shut Down

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 2015 - Decision follows Star investigation into results used in criminal and child protection cases across Canada The Hospital for Sick Children has permanently discontinued drug and alcohol hair tests at its embattled Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory after an internal review "further explored and validated" previous, and as yet undisclosed, "questions and concerns."
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CN AB: PUB LTE: It's God's Plant

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:00
Sherwood Park News, 18 Apr 2015 - Another important reason to end cannabis (marijuana) prohibition that doesn't get mentioned ("Legalize Marijuana," Tuesday, April 7 News) is because it is biblically correct since God (The Ecologician) created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very first page. The only biblical restriction to using cannabis is to use it with thankfulness (see 1 Tim. 4:1-5).
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CN ON: Column: Have Potheads Forgotten When 420 Is?

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 18 Apr 2015 - You've had a long day, but at least you scored some good blunt from the IT guy Pasco. Before heading home, you decide to chill and spark up in the park. You're minding your own business. You aren't bothering anybody. But unless you're a ganja ninja, Niagara's finest will find you.
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CN BC: LTE: Put A Lid On Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 17 Apr 2015 - Tories oppose selling marijuana in stores because it harms kids As health minister, I am very concerned about the health risks associated with smoking marijuana, especially for kids. A new Statistics Canada report confirms that the Conservative government's approach to combating marijuana smoking is working.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: West Kelowna Votes Down Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 17 Apr 2015 - To the editor: After having attended the April 14 West Kelowna municipal council meeting, I came away disappointed, in that there was a majority vote decision that will make it a little easier for our youth to buy marijuana on our streets and in our parks.
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CN ON: Critics Urge Broader Review Of Motherisk

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2015 - Lawyer suggests Sick Kids may 'have discovered more problems' The "stakes are too high" to allow the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk laboratory to perform hair drug and alcohol tests for use in court, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) says.
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CN ON: Medical Marijuana Clinic To Set Up In Caledon East - With

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
The Caledon Enterprise, 16 Apr 2015 - A medical marijuana clinic is preparing to open its doors in Caledon East. Caledon Medical Cannabinoid Clinic will be run by Andrew Cooper, an anaesthesiologist with William Osler Health System, and will be located in the same Airport Road building as the Yoga Shala studio, which is owned by his wife, Indra.
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CN ON: Editorial: Let Marijuana Drive Economy

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
The Aurora Banner, 16 Apr 2015 - THE ISSUE: Aurora considers whether or not medical marijuana production facility fits in its future plans. There's an opportunity growing in Canada's health care industry, and municipalities would be wise to get on board while it's still sprouting.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Vote For Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 16 Apr 2015 - Re: letter to the editor 'Weed and autism,' (The NEWS, April 9) Depriving needy children of CBD without THC is much worse than "sad" - it's criminal. Indeed, families from many different states have relocated to Colorado so they can have access to the relatively safe God-given plant.
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CN ON: Busts Are Fewer, But Seizures Larger

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
North Bay Nugget, 16 Apr 2015 - Drug dealers from Ottawa and southern Ontario continue to target North Bay, viewing it as a lucrative market. Cocaine, crack cocaine, magic mushrooms, heroine, Percocets and Molly (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), more commonly referred to as MDMA - the active ingredient in the party drug ecstasy - are encountered by police.
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CN BC: Couple Wants To Open Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, 16 Apr 2015 - Medical marijuana is a growth industry, says Tamara Duggan of Kimberley. Duggan and her husband, Rod, were at Kimberley City Council on Monday evening, informing Council of their plans to open Tamarack Dispensaries, purveyors of high quality medicinal cannabis products, in Kimberley. Medical marijuana can be distributed through Health Canada, but that only allows for the purchase of dried plant product from authorized growers. But Duggan says there are many who could benefit from the medicinal qualities of cannabis who don't wish to inhale it.
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CN ON: Cannabis Culture Blows Up In The Big Smoke

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
NOW Magazine, 16 Apr 2015 - Another 420 is around the corner, and T.O.'s profile as a hotbed of weed culture continues to grow, but prohibition keeps us from putting up plaques at historic sites Denver doesn't have one. And pot is legal there. Ditto Portlandia. The Toronto Hash Mob's ninth annual 420 marijuana legalization rally, slated for Yonge-Dundas Square on Monday, April 20, has made T.O. the epicentre of cannabis culture activism in North America. Cannabis culture thrives in the big smoke - and always has - despite a harsh political environment. We have a largely forgotten and fascinating cannabis history, though prohibition prevents the erection of historical markers to mark its sites.
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Canada: Report Suggests Drop In Teen Marijuana Use

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Apr 2015 - Self-reported data show usage down 15 per cent over a decade in 15 to 17-year-olds Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18- to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
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Canada: Pot Use Among Teens, Young Adults On Wane?

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 16 Apr 2015 - StatsCan data comes from self-reported survey TORONTO - Marijuana use may be down among teens and young adults, a new report from Statistics Canada suggests. Younger Canadians are still the biggest consumers of marijuana, with a third of 18 to 24-year-old respondents reporting they had used marijuana or hashish in the past year.
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CN BC: A Growth Industry

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:00
Kimberley Daily Bulletin, 15 Apr 2015 - Couple wants to open medical cannabis dispensary in Kimberley Medical marijuana is a growth industry, says Tamara Duggan of Kimberley. Duggan and her husband, Rod, were at Kimberley City Council on Monday evening, informing Council of their plans to open Tamarack Dispensaries, purveyors of high quality medicinal cannabis products, in Kimberley.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Dr. Peter Centre Doesn't Break The Law With Drug

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 15 Apr 2015 - Re: "Vancouver Coastal Health considers more drug injection sites," April 1. Mike Howell's article repeatedly makes the incorrect assertion that the Dr. Peter Centre "illegally" offers supervised injection services.
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