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CN ON: A Plea For Strict Pot Policy

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 11 May 2016 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Calls on PM to Keep Tight Grip on Legal Marijuana The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hoping to spark up a conversation about the pending legalization of marijuana.
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CN BC: Council Continues With Bylaw Amendment Banning

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 11 May 2016 - City council is going ahead with making medical marijuana dispensaries illegal in Campbell River but it may still leave the door open to exceptions. A bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless legally permitted through Health Canada, was given third reading by council at its Monday meeting. That puts the bylaw just one step away from adoption which could happen in as soon as two weeks.
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CN ON: LTE: Not Safe At All

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 May 2016 - Everybody, please immediately stop using the term "safe injection site" for proposed illegal drug injection sites. The term safe injection site is a marketing name to invoke a favourable and biased response to the idea. As many Sun readers and city residents have already echoed, there is nothing safe about injecting illegal, non-prescribed addictive drugs.
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CN ON: Go With The Flow, Chretien Advises

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 May 2016 - Ex-PM, 82, Says Politicians Musts Adjust To Changing Times Jean Chretien says he tried to reflect the spirit of the times during his tenure as prime minister. HALIFAX - Jean Chretien says politicians have to adjust to changing times, as his own views on marijuana, capital punishment and other contentious issues evolved after he was first elected in the early 1960s.
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CN NS: Chractien Now Favours Decriminalizing Pot

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 10 May 2016 - Former PM Says He Has Tried To Keep Pace With Changing Attitudes On Big Social Issues HALIFAX- Jean Chretien says politicians have to adjust to changing times, as his own views on marijuana, capital punishment and other contentious issues evolved after he was first elected in the early 1960s.
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CN NS: Go With The Flow, Chretien Advises

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 10 May 2016 - Ex-PM, 82, Says Politicians Musts Adjust To Changing Times HALIFAX - Jean Chretien says politicians have to adjust to changing times, as his own views on marijuana, capital punishment and other contentious issues evolved after he was first elected in the early 1960s.
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Canada: Watchdog Missed Point On Pot: Vets

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 May 2016 - OTTAWA - A veterans group says auditor general Michael Ferguson's latest report clouds the most important issue when it comes to the increasing use of medical marijuana to treat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Clayton Goodwin, of the Veterans Accountability Commission, one of a growing number of grassroots organizations, says last week's audit focused too narrowly on the rising cost of the program and not on the health benefits of switching from pharmaceuticals to medicinal pot.
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CN ON: Cops Dealing With Hazy Pot Law Perception

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 10 May 2016 - As the federal government works on rolling out its new marijuana laws, police officers are dealing with a hazy perception of current drug regulations by using a wide range of discretion, Niagara Regional Police Chief Jeff McGuire said. The ruling Liberals recently announced - on the pot-users unofficial holiday of 4/20 of all dates - they will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada in spring 2017.
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CN ON: Niagara Cops Dealing With Hazy Pot Law Perceptions

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 10 May 2016 - As the federal government works on rolling out its new marijuana laws, police officers are dealing with a hazy perception of current drug regulations by using a wide range of discretion, Niagara Regional Police Chief Jeff McGuire said. The ruling Liberals recently announced - on the pot-users unofficial holiday of 4/20 of all dates - they will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada in spring 2017.
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CN BC: Editorial: Yes To Legalization, No To Lawlessness

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 09 May 2016 - Once upon a time, you needed a duly completed doctor's prescription to get hold of medicinal marijuana. Then a few of Canada's pot dispensaries branched into the brave new world of remote video diagnosis. No one should be surprised that some now content themselves with vague complaints of a non-specific ailment - uh, my back hurts - if they bother with the charade at all. Yes, cannabis is going to be a legal substance soon, perhaps as early as this time next year. But a great many folks appear to have forgotten that it's still very much illegal. Besides which, legalization does not mean the absence of rules - quite the opposite.
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CN PI: Column: Hopes And Dreams Go Up In Smoke

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 09 May 2016 - "Up in Smoke" (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant. Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking:
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CN NS: Column: Hopes And Dreams Go Up In Smoke

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The News, 09 May 2016 - Up in Smoke (Cheech and Chong, 1978) may have floated the hazy notion that smoking marijuana was harmless fun, but new research shows that a woman's chance for delivering a healthy baby is actually what goes up in smoke if she lets smoke into her brain and lungs while pregnant. Researchers from the University of Arizona looked at 24 studies of pregnancy and marijuana smoking: They discovered that pregnant women who smoke cannabis were more likely to be anemic and their babies more likely to end up in neonatal intensive care with low birth weight.
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CN BC: LTE: Pot Isn't A Medicine

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 09 May 2016 - Re: Marijuana for arthritis. Marijuana is not a recognized medicine by any legitimate medical association in any country on the planet. Dispensing marijuana has no quality control, no standardized composition or dosage for specific medical conditions. It has no prescribing information nor are there any high-quality scientific studies that establish its effectiveness or long-term safety.
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CN ON: New Machine More Powerful Than Airport Scanners

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 08 May 2016 - "If I look at five inmates I'm going to definitely find one of them that is bringing in some kind of contraband" The new high-tech body scanner coming to the Ottawa jail is touted as the "ultimate substitute for strip searching" and will give correctional officers a glimpse at an inmate's insides after it is installed within the next month.
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CN ON: They Have Burning Desire For Pot

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 08 May 2016 - Weed the North. Queen's Park turned into a big puff of smoke Saturday afternoon as some 20,000 marijuana activists gathered near the King Edward VII statue, before rallying and walking in the 18th annual Global Marijuana March through the downtown core, spliffs in hand. While the federal Liberals made a campaign pledge to legalize marijuana, many of the parade-goers felt like the federal government was dragging its feet. "Thousands of people are still facing criminal charges," said event founder Neev, who refused to give his last name. "It should be legalized, it should be cheaper. It's so expensive because it's not legal yet. I appreciate the Liberals wanting to do it right, but the rollout is so slow." The Toronto event was one of the 100 marijuana parades scheduled in cities around the world.
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CN BC: LTE: City Should Adopt Iron-Fist Approach

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 08 May 2016 - Re: "Mayor has helped create lawlessness," letter, May 6. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and council need to focus on the effective management of our beautiful city by using, I suggest, the five P's: "Proper planning prevents poor performance."
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Anecdotal Evidence Points To Pot Benefits

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Victoria Times-Colonist, 08 May 2016 - Re: "Dispensing marijuana is quackery," letter, May 6. The letter-writer maintains "a mountain of evidence ... exists that ... marijuana is not safe for human consumption." A mountain of evidence exists to the contrary. It is anecdotal evidence, of course, because marijuana consumption is illegal. And one does not test for quality or the proper dosage nor establish standards on an illegal product. Because ... it's illegal.
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CN BC: Column: Marijuana 'mare's Nest' Deserves Mention

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
North Shore News, 08 May 2016 - Hey, let's have some benefit to show for West Van's fat 6.87 per cent property tax rise. First, restore the trash cans - why were they removed? - at each littered end of the 5400-block Marine Drive. Sure, that's my block, and why not exploit my dandy print pulpit for selfish interests now and then?
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Canada: Toronto Overtakes Vancouver As Country's Cannabis Capital

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 07 May 2016 - Toronto has unseated Vancouver as Canada's de facto cannabis capital due to an ongoing explosion in illegal dispensaries, while officials begin shutting down dozens of shops in the West Coast city to enforce a landmark new bylaw. The owner of a cannabis consulting firm who has been tracking the rapid growth of the illicit sector following last fall's election win by the federal Liberals, who have promised to legalize the drug, says Toronto's wide-open market is now supporting more than 100 pot shops.
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CN ON: Border Detector Dogs Sniff Out Smugglers

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 07 May 2016 - Sometimes man's best friend can sniff out trouble that man himself cannot. That's the job of the four-legged inspectors that work with the Canada Border Services Agency's detector dog program. Through their dogged efforts, the canines sniff out prohibited drugs, food, firearms, currency, plants and animals being brought into Canada..
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