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Canada: Column: In The Weeds

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 May 2015 - With marijuana's legal status looming over the next federal election, Margaret Wente visits the Mile-High City for a taste of what the future may hold. One outcome: 'I feel like a much nicer person' Denver is magical at dawn. Along the western horizon, the snow-capped mountains are bathed in pink from the glow of the rising sun. The sky is turning purest blue. The air is crisp and clear, and you can see forever. What a great place to get stoned. Which I intend to do, as soon as possible. In Colorado, recreational marijuana was legalized on Jan. 1, 2014. Denver now has more pot stores than it has Starbucks. Anyone over the age of 21 can walk into a store and choose from hundreds of varieties of flowers, nibbles, marijuana-infused drinks, oils, ointments and pain patches, as well as a growing array of wax and other supercharged hard-core products. There's even a sex lube for women, which promises to deliver the most mind-blowing experience of your life.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Time To Tax Legal Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 15 May 2015 - Re: "Nelson grapples with pot dispensaries," May 8 Not only should medical marijuana be available in Nelson, but all adult use should be legal, taxed, and regulated. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. Neighboring US states have legalized marijuana. Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good US relations. Consider the experience of Canada's southern neighbor. The US has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades.
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CN ON: Column: A Clean Slate After 35 Years Of Addiction

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 15 May 2015 - Hamilton Man Makes History by Being the First Graduate of the City's Drug Treatment Court The courtroom is packed with people who helped Carmelo Tinebra get clean. There are Crown attorneys leaning against a wall.
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CN BC: LTE: Marijuanaas Harms To Mental Health Shouldn't Be Ignored

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 15 May 2015 - Re: Wednesday's story, Medical pot ads inhaled by airwaves. The deception of defending marijuana for medical reasons, and now contending for the right to advertise for its properties as medicine, depends on falsely separating health issues from mental-health issues.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: No Justice For Homes Labelled As Grow-ops

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 15 May 2015 - I looked over the B.C. Real Estate Association's and member websites and found the real estate industry is very quick to condemn grow-op properties with no classification or consideration as to the severity of the damage. Whether it be two or three plants in a basement room to 1,500 plants throughout the house, the label is the same. In a lot of cases the damage is minimal and even if the house has been remediated, inspected and tested, the label remains. The criminal who created the grow-op has done their time and moved on and the new homeowner, even after 10 years, is treated as a criminal for simply owning a remediated home.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Prohibition Doesn't Work

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 15 May 2015 - History shows big drug busts don't threaten heroin supply Re: Police bust international heroin-smuggling ring, May 12 The Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP have done good police work in arresting 28 drug traffickers, and deserve recognition and appreciation for their persistence, diligence and competence.
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CN BC: Column: Let's Play Crack Shack Whack-A-Mole

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 14 May 2015 - Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin. After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.
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CN QU: Medicinal Pot Use To Be Tracked In Quebec

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 May 2015 - Cannabis Registry Is Established to Gather Data From 3,000 Users to Allow Researchers to Gauge the Drug's Safety and Effectiveness Researchers in Quebec have launched a registry of medicinal cannabis users to determine the safety of the drug and its effectiveness in treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
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CN AB: Facts Of The 420 Clinic

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 14 May 2015 - Patients Hope New Clinic Will Help Dispel Misconceptions Sami Ali has been in constant pain for more than a decade. Suffering from the after-effects of a punctured disc and dislocated shoulder, he's been a medicinal marijuana user for several years.
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CN QU: Only Police In Quebec Can Strip Search Students

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 May 2015 - Policy Change Follows Outrage Over Search of 15-Year-Old Girl QUEBEC- School officials in Quebec will no longer be permitted to strip search students as the provincial government moved to act on a report recommending that only police officers conduct such examinations.
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CN ON: AMMCan Lays Off Workers Until Health Canada Inspection

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Kincardine News, 14 May 2015 - Kincardine's medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility. Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.
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CN NS: Man To Seek Compensation After Cannabis Charges Dropped

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 14 May 2015 - A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses. Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.
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CN BC: Column: Health Officer Backs Legalized Drugs

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 13 May 2015 - In her own words, Dr. Patricia Daly is a "prevention physician." What does that mean? "My main goal is to prevent the harm associated with any psychoactive substance," says the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.
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CN BC: Mayor Steering Clear Of Pot Debate

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 13 May 2015 - A call by supporters of medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Kelowna for city council to come up with its own policies to allow dispensaries to operate here has fallen on deaf ears. Following a small rally by pro-pot supporters Monday afternoon outside city hall, Mayor Colin Basran dismissed the call, saying the issue is one of federal jurisdiction and until Ottawa changes the rules, the city will not issue business licences to dispensaries because they are illegal.
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CN ON: Column: Take A Chocolate And Call Me In The Morning

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 May 2015 - Khat, as you now know, is a kind of leaf used as a mild social stimulant in some countries and cultures where alcohol is forbidden. I chewed some recently. There was mail. Here, I merely note that the current problems in Yemen are not caused by khat; rather, I suggest that khat use in Yemen is the direct result of other problems.
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CN NF: New Drug On The Rock

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
The Telegram, 12 May 2015 - Charges laid after RNC-RCMP team seizes cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and shatter Among a huge amount of illegal drugs seized last week in St. John's by a joint RNC-RCMP drug team is a drug known as "shatter," a derivative of marijuana, but much more toxic.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Treat Marijuana Regulation Like Tobacco

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 12 May 2015 - I have been following the controversy between the federal and municipal governments over the licensing of marijuana outlets. I am 85 years old and have never smoked marijuana, nor will I ever do so, even if it becomes lawful to do so, but then, I do not smoke tobacco either, and tobacco is hardly harmless. Yet our laws do permit and regulate its sale and consumption.
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CN ON: Ice Storm

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
London Free Press, 12 May 2015 - METH Addiction, availability and difficult withdrawal symptoms add to problems Explosive growth in the use of the street drug crystal methamphetamine is causing havoc in London, with those who work with addicts saying the city isn't equipped to deal with the fallout.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Victoria's Pot Shops Working Fine As Is

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 12 May 2015 - The new city hall group in Victoria seem to be big advocates of social engineering - trying to regulate everyone and everything around them. The pot-shop situation is operating just fine as it is, thank you. There have been no complaints, according to city authorities, and the shops do not serve those under 18 years of age. Is this a money grab by the city? Eighteen dispensaries paying $30,000 each is $540,000. A bloated city staff trying to pay for itself?
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CN ON: Parents Want Marijuana Oil Treatment To Be Made Legal

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 12 May 2015 - Ontario parents of epileptic girl using same treatment that has worked so well for Summerland family THORNHILL, Ont. - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see. She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.
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