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CN BC: Point Grey Pot Shop Operators Celebrate Being First To

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 26 May 2016 - Former Mixed-martial Arts Fighter, Ex-College Basketball Player Among Directors Of Marijuana Dispensary A personal trainer, an entrepreneur and a recent kinesiology grad are the three partners behind the city's first illegal marijuana dispensary to receive a business licence.
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CN BC: Trail Council Says 'No' To Pot Retailers

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Trail Times, 26 May 2016 - The sale of pot for medical use will not be allowed in the City of Trail, at least for now. The matter came before council Tuesday evening after two requests, one verbal, one written,were recently submitted to the city.
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CN ON: OPED: We Must Protect Teenagers From New Pot Laws

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 26 May 2016 - Of course marijuana will be legalized. Only the misplaced morality of our previous Conservative government was impeding the logic that crime will be lessened, tax largesse will be increased and consumer rights will finally be recognized. How could any reasonable person argue that alcohol should be legal but marijuana not? However, legalization does raise a tricky issue with which we have a responsibility to grapple: kids and marijuana.
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CN BC: City Looks At Regulation

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 25 May 2016 - Concerned Residents Voice Need For Reliable Medical Marijuana City of Powell River council has moved to have city staff begin investigating the process of regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries.
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CN BC: LTE: Proliferation Of Pot Bad For Pets

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 25 May 2016 - Re: Curious dog munches mistakenly on pot, May 21 Since Colorado legalized marijuana, veterinarians are seeing a rise in the number of dogs ingesting marijuana products. In Jefferson County, staff at the emergency animal hospital report attending to at least five cases a day for dogs who have ingested marijuana. Denver emergency rooms are also reporting admitting at least one person, each and every day for marijuana overdosing and the same is happening in Seattle. Where are the statistics for British Columbia for our pets, for hospital admissions, and for the number of kids dropping out of school or being expelled as a result of their use of marijuana products?
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CN ON: OPED: Want To Address Gun Crime? Tackle Root Causes

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 May 2016 - Robbing and killing your competitors is a completely acceptable and expected form of doing business within the drug trade The recent shooting death of a pregnant woman has brought widespread attention to the increase in the number of gun-related deaths in Toronto over this time last year. It has also brought about a citywide reflection upon what can be done, including calls for larger police budgets and more "proactive" policing - a thinly veiled appeal for a return to robust "carding" by the police.
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CN BC: LTE: Pro-Pot Studies Are Biased

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 25 May 2016 - Google "marijuana smoking," as letter writer Peter Lipskis suggests, and you will find that much of the "research" is done by parties with a vested interest or personal bias. Even so, you have to be quite selective to conclude that smoking marijuana does no harm. The study cited, such as it is, specifies one joint a day. To paraphrase a well-known advertisement, "Bet ya can't smoke just one."
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CN ON: Judge Rules Ottawa Cops Violated Rights

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 25 May 2016 - For the second time in less than two weeks, Ontario's top court has overturned a drug conviction after concluding Ottawa police officers seriously violated the rights of a suspect. Eneida Pino was convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking after Ottawa police seized 50 pot plants from the trunk of her car following a dramatic takedown in June 2010. The officers had been following Pino, 43, after watching her leave a suspected grow-op house.
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CN ON: Toronto Pot Shops 'Reckless,' Blair Says

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 May 2016 - Liberal MP and city's former police chief criticizes dispensaries that 'don't care about the law' at conference The marijuana dispensaries spreading rapidly across Canada's largest cities are illegal, reckless and often exist to make a "fast buck," Bill Blair, the federal government's point person on the legalization of marijuana, said Tuesday.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Base Cannabis Use Warnings On Scientific

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 24 May 2016 - Re: High-potency pot poses risks to the developing brain, Opinion, May 16 While we were pleased to see The Sun devote attention to the important topic of adolescent cannabis use, we were disappointed to read Dr. Diane McIntosh's op-ed in which she stated that adolescent cannabis use increases the risk of developing schizophrenia. After intense study, scientists have concluded the evidence to date does not support the claim that cannabis causes schizophrenia. While the correlation between living with schizophrenia and using cannabis has often been observed, much of the research has suggested that the association can be explained, at least in part, by the use of cannabis as a means of self-medication among individuals predisposed to, or living with, schizophrenia.
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CN MB: Column: NDP's Right: Little Logic In Pursuing Pot Possession

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 24 May 2016 - OTTAWA - Health Minister Jane Philpott stood before the United Nations last month and solemnly vowed that, by the spring of next year, marijuana use would be legal and tightly regulated in Canada. Notably, she said: " We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem."
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CN ON: Majority OK With Injection Site

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 24 May 2016 - Opinion split down party lines More than half of Ottawans polled support a supervised injection site downtown for intravenous drug users with the young, affluent and well educated most likely to be behind the plan.
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CN BC: Vancouver's Dispensaries Remain Open

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 24 May 2016 - City acknowledges it could take more than a year to gain full compliance from 61 pot shops, which could still be open in 2017 When Vancouver's marijuana bylaw came into effect, the city promised a swift crackdown that would dramatically reduce the number of illegal pot shops in the city. Operators can face fines that start at $250 a day, potentially grow to $10,000 and end in court injunctions.
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Chronicle AM: Bratton Blames MJ for Prohibition Violence, Opioid Prescriptions Decline, More... (5/23/16)

Canada (STDW) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 19:18

Bill Bratton misses the point on prohibition and violence, Nebraskans will have to wait for medical marijuana, Fentanyl is displacing heroin in Vancouver, and more.

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

New York City's Top Cop Blames Marijuana Legalization -- Not Prohibition -- for Black Market Violence. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Sunday criticized states that have legalized weed because there is violence around the black market in his city, which hasn't legalized weed. "Here in New York, the violence we see associated with drugs, the vast majority of it, is around the issue of marijuana, which is ironic considering the explosion in use of heroin now in the city," Bratton said. "Interestingly enough, here in New York City most of the violence we see -- violence around drug trafficking -- is involving marijuana and I have to scratch my head as we are seeing many states wanting to legalize marijuana, and more liberalization of policies."

Medical Marijuana

No Medical Marijuana Initiative for Nebraska This Year. Cornhusker medical marijuana advocates have decided to delay a petition drive to get the issue on the ballot until 2018. They cited the late start this year and the expense involved.

Rhode Island Senate Approves Adding PTSD to List of Qualifying Conditions. The Senate last Friday unanimously approved a bill that will add PTSD to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient for medical marijuana. The bill now heads to the House.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Opioid Prescriptions are Falling for the First Time in 20 Years. Two reports from health information providers show that opioid prescriptions have declined in recent years. IMS Health reported a 12% decline in opioid prescriptions nationally since 2012, while Symphony Health Solutions reported an 18% drop during those years. IMS said prescriptions have fallen in 49 states, with only South Dakota showing an increase. The figures could have implications not only for overdose and addiction rates, but also for pain patients. "The climate has definitely shifted," said Dr. Daniel B. Carr, the director of Tufts Medical School's program on pain research education and policy. "It is now one of reluctance, fear of consequences and encumbrance with administrative hurdles. A lot of patients who are appropriate candidates for opioids have been caught up in that response."

International

In Vancouver, Heroin Has Been Displaced by Fentanyl. The synthetic opioid has been identified in half of all drug overdoses in the city this year, which is on track to exceed last year's drug overdose toll. Advocates for drug users in the city's Downtown East Side say there's no more heroin on the street after it has been pushed out by the cheaper and more potent Fentanyl. "Traditionally, heroin comes in about four different colors,"said the longtime drug advocate Hugh Lampkin of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, describing a bland palette of beiges, browns and blacks. "Well now you're seeing multiple colors, like colors of the rainbow: green and pink and orange and white... Right away, when you see these colors that's a pretty good indicator that it's fentanyl that you're doing. The people who are controlling the supply, they're passing off what should be heroin as fentanyl because of the close proximity of the high."

Afghans Celebrate Bumper Opium Harvest. Hundreds of laborers from across the Pashtun heartland gathered in Naqil, Uruzgan province, to harvest a bumper crop of opium poppies and celebrate with after-work games in a festival-like atmosphere. "This is the only time of the year to make money," said Afzal Mohammad, who came all the way from Kandahar, standing amid chest-high poppy stalks nearby. "People work here for about 15 days and then are jobless for the rest of the year."

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CN BC: Fentanyl Eclipsing Heroin In Vancouver

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 May 2016 - Number of Overdoses Rising As Cheaper Drug Gains Popularity, Experts Say VANCOUVER- For Hugh Lampkin, fentanyl's surge to all but replace heroin on the Vancouver drug scene calls to mind a curious image: a rainbow.
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Canada: OPED: Why We Need To Clear The Smoke Over Pot Shops

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 May 2016 - The federal Liberal government intends to fulfill its election promise and legalize recreational use of marijuana across Canada some time next year. Meanwhile, a British Columbia Supreme Court decision in February, which held that the mail-order federal program to obtain physician-authorized marijuana is neither affordable nor accessible, created a legal lacuna when it comes to accessing marijuana even for medicinal use.
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Canada: Tobacco, Marijuana Are Exactly the Same When It Comes

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 23 May 2016 - Is eating a pot brownie each day to help with your chronic pain as bad for you as regularly lighting up a cigarette? Canadian life insurers say the two activities pose the same risk and demand the same higher premiums from clients. The insurance industry's national trade association argues the standard policy among insurers of tacking on increased costs to marijuana users - regardless of whether they smoke, vape or eat the drug - is based on available research. The group also suggests pricier premiums could be due to the severity of a medical marijuana patient's underlying conditions.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Regulate, Donat Ban, Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 22 May 2016 - Re The case for legalizing cannabis, Opinion May 17 I agree that marijuana dispensaries need regulation. All businesses do, for a variety of reasons. However, the panic about dispensaries is overboard.
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CN ON: Column: No Bang For Taxpayers' Buck With Pot Charges

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 22 May 2016 - U.S. President Barack Obama recently used the twilight of his tenure to again grant clemency to almost 60 non-violent drug offenders. With those commutations, Obama has now reduced the sentences of 300 federal prisoners in order to secure their release, more than the last six presidents combined.
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CN ON: Column: No Bang For Taxpayersa Buck With Pot Charges

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/22/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 22 May 2016 - U.S. President Barack Obama recently used the twilight of his tenure to again grant clemency to almost 60 non-violent drug offenders. With those commutations, Obama has now reduced the sentences of 300 federal prisoners in order to secure their release, more than the last six presidents combined.
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