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CN MB: LTE: Kettle Black

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 13 Sep 2014 - What I find amazing is that at the same time as everyone is condemning tobacco smoking, there is a move to promote marijuana use. Smoking marijuana has many of the same negative effects on the lungs as smoking tobacco does. L. Asasay
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CN ON: Editorial: Until Pot Law Changes, Enforcement Is Key

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 13 Sep 2014 - The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days. Back in March the Financial Post ran an article headlined Your 5- step primer to investing in pot. Former Ontario health minister George Smitherman, among others, is developing a business to be a licensed medical marijuana producer. In other words, it's big business.
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CN ON: Council Buzzing Over Smell From Grow-Op

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 12 Sep 2014 - The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow-op on Lakeshore Rd. has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another complaint to Health Canada. Coun. Martin Mazza said the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore Rd. near Garrison Village will be harvested soon and already has a bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.
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CN ON: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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Canada: Trudeau Defends Pot Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 12 Sep 2014 - OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau yesterday accused the government of fear-mongering with its attacks on his pot legalization policy. "A UN study says out of 29 developed countries, Canada is No. 1 in teen marijuana use," Trudeau told reporters. "The approach (justice minister Peter) MacKay and (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper are using of prohibition isn't helping kids and millions of dollars are funnelling to gangs."
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CN BC: Christy Clark, Your Purple Kush Marijuana Is In The Mail

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 11 Sep 2014 - Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan? Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has sent the premier some weed in the mail.
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CN BC: FOI Request Reveals Vancouver City Hall Perplexed By

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 11 Sep 2014 - THERE'S CONFUSION AT 12th and Cambie about how Vancouver should regulate its burgeoning market for medicinal marijuana, according to documents released in response to a Straight freedom of information request. But one councillor appears to have taken a clear stance on cannabis. That's Vision Vancouver's Kerry Jang, who in March 2014 received a letter of gratitude for letting his position be known.
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CN ON: Politics, Pot Smoking On Agenda At Hempfest

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:00
The Northern Times, 11 Sep 2014 - MOONBEAM- There was laughter, tears and the occasional cloud of smoke at Hempfest 2014 in Moonbeam earlier this month. And though there was plenty of beer on hand, this party was BYOB: Bring your own bong.
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CN PI: LTE: No Mention Of Other Costs

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 10 Sep 2014 - Editor: I am writing with regard to MP Sean Casey's recently announced stance in favour of decriminalizing marijuana. The interview on Compass last week was lawyer-like in content, stressing only one side of an argument, namely the early results of Colorado's recent legalization, $77 million in tax revenues and the seeming disappearance of criminal gang involvement in the marijuana portion of the drug trade.
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Canada: Health Group Calls For Pot-Policy Review

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Sep 2014 - Government-Funded Organization Seeks 'Evidence to Inform the Discussion on Legislative Change,' As Parties Take Sides on Legalization The Health Canada-funded Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is calling for a broad review of marijuana policy, including a closer look at the impact of legalization south of the border in Colorado and Washington.
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CN BC: Gearing Up For Election

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 10 Sep 2014 - Sensible BC wants council candidates who support cause The local faction of Sensible BC, a group advocating for an end to marijuana prohibition, is gearing up to get involved both in the municipal election in November and the federal election next year.
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Chronicle AM: Philly Decriminalizing, Global Commission Report, Police Militarization Hearing, More (9/9/14)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 22:26

Philly will decriminalize, the Global Commission on Drugs issues a ground-breaking new report, LEAP's Norm Stamper testifies on police militarization, Jodie Emery runs for parliament, there's medical marijuana news from Europe and South America, and more. Let's get to it:

Marijuana Policy

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Philadelphia Will Decriminalize Marijuana Possession. Mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he will sign a municipal ordinance decriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The city council passed the measure in June, but Nutter had held out for changes that he has now obtained, including requiring court appearances for those caught with pot (but no criminal charges) and, for those caught actually toking up, the imposition of a $100 fine for smoking in public on top of the $25 fine for possession. Decriminalization is expected to go into effect on October 20.

Drug Policy

World Political Leaders Call for Radical New Direction in Drug Policies. In a report released last night and in a New York City press conference this morning, a number of global leaders, including former heads of state, called for drug decriminalization and the regulation of psychoactive drug markets. Those same global leaders are meeting this afternoon with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his deputy, Jan Eliasson. These world leaders are members of the Global Commission on Drugs and their new report is Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work. Click on the title link for a full report.

Drug Policy Forum of California Publishes 2014 Voters's Guide.The guide covers all candidates for state and congressional office and all local ballot measures concentrating on marijuana- and drug policy-related stances and issues. Click on the link to check it out.

Law Enforcement

Norm Stamper Testifies Before Senate on Police Militarization. Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, a long-time member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), testified today before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on the militarization of law enforcement in the post-9/11 era. Click on the link to read his submitted remarks in full.

Nevada Officials, Lawmakers Call for Careful Review, Revision of Marijuana DUID Law. The state currently has a strict DUID law, meaning the presence of more than 2 nanograms per million of detectable THC in a driver's blood makes drivers "per se" guilty of driving under the influence, but a growing number of lawmakers, prosecutors, and advocates are calling for the legislature to review and possibly revise that law next year. They are looking for some way of measuring marijuana impairment that actually measures impairment, not THC in the blood. Some are holding up California as a model. That state has no legal standard, but instead relies on the judgment of police at the scene. In California, prosecutors can use blood test results as evidence, but must still prove actual impairment.

International

Jodie Emery Officially Files to Run for Canadian Parliament. Jodie Emery, the wife of just released from US prison "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery and an effective activist in her own right, has officially filed for the Liberal Party nomination to run as a member of parliament representing the Vancouver East riding. That seat is currently held by New Democratic Party stalwart Libby Davies, herself an avid drug reformer, and Davies is widely expected to retain the seat.

Italian Army to Grow Medical Marijuana. Italian media are reporting that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense have agreed that the military will grow medical marijuana at a military-run pharmaceutical factory in Florence. Italy allows for the use of medical marijuana, but there are no legal private growers, leaving patients to obtain supplies abroad and leaving the Italian health care system footing the bill. The move is designed both to cut costs and to ensure that the drug is produced under strict controls.

Chilean Government Approves First Medical Marijuana Farm. The governor of metropolitan Santiago announced yesterday that the county's first medical marijuana production operation had been approved by the Agricultural Livestock Service. The operation will grow marijuana for medical and research purposes and is expected to produce cannabis oil as well. The farm will be sponsored by La Florida, a Santiago municipality, as well as Fundación Daya, "a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to research and promotion of alternative therapies to alleviate human suffering."

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CN NS: Cops Defend Their Raid On Medicinal Marijuana Lounge

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 09 Sep 2014 - Two arrests at Farm Assists. Deputy chief says police forces must respond to complaints The deputy chief of Halifax Regional Police says Canadian sentiment around medicinal marijuana may be in flux, but police forces are still required to enforce existing laws.
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CN ON: Police Air Search Finds Plenty Of Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Shoreline Beacon, 09 Sep 2014 - It's been a good year for growing marijuana out-of-doors in GreyBruce. So says RCMP Const. Mark Schagena, who co-ordinated a pot search-and-destroy mission Aug. 18-21 largely in Grey-Bruce. Police from West Grey, Saugeen Shores, members of the OPP and a Canadian Forces Griffin helicopter crew took part, he said by phone Wednesday after he issued a news release.
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CN PI: LTE: Marijuana As Well To Finally Level Off

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
The Guardian, 09 Sep 2014 - Editor: The debate rages, once again, on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. There are good arguments from both sides. But waving the promise of millions of tax dollars in front of cash-strapped governments (as a commentary in your paper today does) seems like the top of a long and slippery slope.
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CN BC: Activist Files For Liberal Nomination

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Sep 2014 - Wife of 'Prince of Pot' seeks candidacy in Vancouver East, but one Grit source warns 'it will not be smooth sailing' for her A high-profile advocate for marijuana legalization has filed her papers to run as a Liberal in the next federal election, putting the spotlight on an issue that the Conservatives have used to attack Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
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CN ON: Dozens Try Their Luck In Marijuana Treasure

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 08 Sep 2014 - High Park. Hidden coupons offer everything from free bongs to discounted weed There's weed in them thar hills, you might say, and at high noon the hunt was on. Seekers of hidden treasure fanned out across High Park on Sunday - an assortment of marijuana enthusiasts and medicinal users who scuttled through bushes and checked under garbage bins in search of their promised bounty.
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CN ON: Whiff Of Adventure At High Park Pot Hunt

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 08 Sep 2014 - Coupons tucked away for free paraphernalia - and cheaper weed with valid prescription There's weed in them thar hills, you might say, and at high noon the hunt was on. Seekers of hidden treasure fanned out across High Park on Sunday - an assortment of marijuana enthusiasts and medicinal users who scuttled through bushes and checked under garbage bins in search of their promised bounty.
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CN ON: Trouble in 'high' park?

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 Sep 2014 - Municipal candidate rips marijuana treasure hunt High Park was abuzz Sunday with pot enthusiasts searching for $25,000 worth of marijuana prizes. The second annual marijuana treasure hunt - organized by the Marijuana Info Bureau of Toronto - started at noon with participants using a map which was provided through Twitter and via test message.
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