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CN QU: Variety Store Chain Pushes For A Piece Of Weed Sales Pie

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Sep 2017 - Couche-Tard co-founder says it's a 'shame' Quebec won't even talk to them about sales LAVAL, QUE.- Alimentation CoucheTard is still interested in selling marijuana, and its co-founder says he thinks provincial governments should stay out of selling this product.
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CN ON: Price Check On Pot!

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 21 Sep 2017 - Ontario pot will be "competitively priced" to discourage black market sales, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says. When asked about reports that other jurisdictions in Canada are looking at a retail sales price of about $10 a gram, Sousa refused to dismiss the figure.
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CN BC: Marijuana Producers' Co-Op Awaits Direction From Ottawa

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
The Valley Voice, 21 Sep 2017 - The Kootenay Outdoor Producers' Co-op, a local coalition formed to create the first legal marijuana production operation in the West Kootenay, has elected its first board. The inaugural meeting for the co-op was held at Taghum Hall May 16 with a standing-room only audience. But president Todd Veri says there remain many uncertainties as Ottawa and the provinces drag their feet on finalizing legislation. "We have been patiently waiting for some word or direction on the upcoming regulations from government and how they will apply to our business plan," says Veri. "Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. Will it be - as we initially feared - that preference is once more going to be given to large corporate weed factories?"
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CN SN: PUB LTE: Overdose Charge Causes Concern

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Regina Leader-Post, 21 Sep 2017 - The recent arrest of a man after a call for assistance for a drug overdose (Overdose leads to drug charges, Sept. 6) causes me great concern. As in heart attacks, in such cases survival is dependent on a quick response. Yet unlike other health emergencies, people hesitate to call at an overdose situation. They may fear arrest, loss of child custody, and judgment by others, among other things.
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CN ON: Cops In Drug Case 'Ignorant Of The Law'

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Sep 2017 - Toronto judge excludes evidence of drugs found in strip search Another unlawful strip search, another crumbling criminal case. A Toronto judge has thrown out all drug evidence seized from Stuart MacPherson, finding Toronto police had no reasonable grounds to pull back his pants and boxer shorts at the scene of his arrest to locate concealed drugs near his tail bone.
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CN NS: Editorial: Decriminalize All Drug Possession? Not A Bad Idea

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Cape Breton Post, 21 Sep 2017 - NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh's recent promise that, as prime minister, he would move quickly to drop criminal penalties for possession or purchase of small amounts of all drugs will no doubt seem radical to many. Broad-based decriminalization would beast ark reversal after decades of increasingly punitive policies. And this would certainly add a layer of complication to the already complicated task of legalizing marijuana, which Ottawa and the provinces are struggling to do by next summer. The Trudeau government' s current position on decriminalization is understandable: Ottawa already has its hands full with pot.
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CN ON: OPED: Managing Fallout Of Legal Marijuana Is An Inside Job

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:00
Gananoque Reporter, 21 Sep 2017 - When it comes tomy son's possible future use of marijuana, I'm not sure if "It's legal, mom!" will have a material impact on my response. I have imagined this conversation, and others like it, about life's many potentially addicting substances and behaviours- alcohol, prescription and other drugs, gambling, speeding, texting and driving, pornography, sugar, etc.- because I know the kind of world we live in today and that the values of the majority are less and less aligned with the old-fashioned values espoused at my craggy old kitchen table.
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CN ON: Niagara College Launches Course In Cannabis Creation

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 20 Sep 2017 - First of its kind in Canada, program covers growing pot and its complex regulations It's got the greenhouse, the curriculum and the necessary approvals. Now all that's needed are up to 25 students keen on becoming the first crop of students to earn a post secondary certificate in growing pot.
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CN ON: College First In Canada To Offer Program In Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Sep 2017 - College and university graduates will be able to earn a certificate in cannabis production starting next fall, when Niagara College will launch Canada's first accredited program in the field. The program will begin months after the deadline imposed by the federal government for legalizing production, distribution and sale of the weed that is eventually expected to generate $8-billion in annual sales. With regulations not yet in place for legalized marijuana, the program may have to shift with politics.
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CN MB: OPED: Public Monopoly Wrong Model For Pot Sales

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Sep 2017 - AS recreational cannabis becomes legal nationally on July 1, Canadians are faced with tremendous opportunity and risk. Our country is essentially rolling back a long-existing illegal trade to facilitate a legal, regulated market. The purpose, as the federal Liberal platform says, is: "to ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana." With much yet to be figured out, the following focuses on the issue of how to implement retail distribution, which rests with each province.
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CN MB: OPED: Sell Marijuana Only In Government Liquor Stores

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Sep 2017 - THE federal government is set on legalizing marijuana by summer 2018. While the Liberals will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive, all the problems and the logistics of legalizing pot will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments. There are strong correlations between how a drug or an indulgence, such as gambling, is made available to the public and the propensity for individuals to indulge in it, and the negative health and social outcomes associated with its use.
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CN ON: College To Offer Cannabis Production Certificate

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 20 Sep 2017 - A southern Ontario college says it will be the first to offer a post-secondary credential in the production of commercial cannabis. Niagara College says the graduate certificate program will launch in the fall of 2018 and aims to prepare students to work in the licensed production of cannabis, which includes marijuana, hemp fibre and hemp seed.
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CN ON: LTE: Legal Marijuana Will Damage Canada

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Sep 2017 - RE: Legalizing pot On July 1, 2018, I predict a storm, the likes of which we have never seen. It will go right across this beautiful country of ours leaving destruction. His name? Marijuana. Cost to us, significant. With the government it's always about the money. Enough said.
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CN BC: Marijuana Wellness Centre Granted Business Licence

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 20 Sep 2017 - What police have called an "illegal storefront business" continues to operate but minus a key aspect. The City of Prince George granted WeeMedical a business licence on Sept. 13, two days after the chain agreed with a court order prohibiting it from dispensing marijuana.
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CN ON: Column: Tough Pot Rules Signal New Frontier For Ontario

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 20 Sep 2017 - The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned. The changes, announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca Monday morning, will particularly affect drivers under age 21, novice drivers with limited licences and commercial drivers. None of them will be permitted to have any alcohol or cannabis in their systems if they're driving, and violations will be treated with harsher roadside punishments - steeper cash penalties and, in some cases, longer driving suspensions.
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Chronicle AM: CA Safe Injection Site Blocked for Now, No Toronto Pot Lounges, More... (9/19/17)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:29

The California safe injection bill comes up two votes short of passing this year, Toronto authorities ignore the pleas of pot lounge operators for a place under legalization, Virginia's Democratic attorney general comes out with a plan to fight opioid overdoses, and more.

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New Mexico Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Want to Legalize It, Republicans Not So Much. Three leading Democratic contenders for the party's gubernatorial nomination support legalization, while the sole Republican in the race does not. Democrat Peter DeBenedittis released a statement Monday calling for legalization, prompting Democrats Jeff Apodaca and US Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham to come out for it as well. The sole Republican, US Rep Steve Pearce opposes legalization, as does one Democrat, state Rep. Joseph Cervantes. But Cervantes noted that he has sponsored legislation reducing penalties for possession.

Medical Marijuana

Arkansas Deadline Sees Rush of Applicants for Grower, Distributor Licenses. A Monday deadline for grower and distributor applications saw applicants flood the state office building where the paperwork is delivered. Firm numbers weren't available, but applicants overwhelmed the clerks on duty and faced hours-long waits to get processed.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Virginia Attorney General Releases Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic. State Attorney General Mark Herring (D) on Monday released a plan to address the growing number of deaths caused by the use of heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. Among the proposals: harsher laws for people dealing in fentanyl, enhanced electronic prescription monitoring, requiring health insurers to cover alternative treatments for pain, teaching schoolchildren about opioids beginning in middle school, and an investigation into price gouging by companies selling naloxone. News accounts don't indicate any discussion in Herring's plan of the need to ensure the availability of opioid pain relievers to those patients who do need them, nor any critical examination of his proposal for increased sentences.

Harm Reduction

California Safe Injection Site Bill Falls Short in State Senate. A bill that would have opened the way to safe injection sites in the state has come up two votes short in the state Senate. The measure, Assembly Bill 186, is not dead, however. Even though the Senate did not vote to pass it, it did vote to reconsider it next year.

International

Toronto Just Says No to Marijuana Lounges. Despite the pleas of pot consumption lounge owners, some of whom have been open for years, the city's municipal standards and licensing committee voted 4-1 to limit marijuana businesses to government-run stores. The committee also voted to increase penalties for businesses that allow on-site consumption. The city is staying within the parameters set by the Ontario provincial government, which recently announced plans for a government monopoly on pot sales.

Lesotho Becomes First African County to Issue Medical Marijuana License. The country's health ministry has licensed a South African company, Verve Dynamics, to manufacture medical marijuana products, marking a first for the continent.

Peru Medical Marijuana Bill Advances. Spurred by a recent raid on a makeshift medical marijuana facility that mothers were using to soothe their sick children, the Peruvian congress is advancing a medical marijuana bill. The bill has now passed the congressional Committee on National Defense and heads to the full Congress for debate and a final vote. President Pablo Kucyzinski has supported the legislation.

Amnesty International Criticizes Indonesia's Turn to Harsh Drug War. The government's tough stance against drug dealers is leading to an increasing death toll, the human rights group said. Amnesty's Indonesian affiliate said some 80 people had been killed by police in the drug war so far this year, more than four times as many as last year.

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CN ON: City's Licensing Committee Endorses Ontario's Pot Plan

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - A city committee has endorsed the province's highly regulated approach to marijuanalegislation, despite pleas from dispensary operators and pot users. The licensing committee voted 4-1 Monday in favour of city staff recommendations endorsing Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to sell marijuana only in government run, LCBO-type shops across Ontario after federal legalization takes effect next year.
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CN ON: Ontario To Stiffen Pot Penalties

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:00
London Free Press, 19 Sep 2017 - Zero-tolerance rules for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol applauded by police A blast from the past - and jacked-up fines - will usher in legal pot in Ontario as the province races to put the brakes to drug-impaired driving, including by marijuana, before weed becomes legal next summer.
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CN ON: Zero Tolerance Province

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 19 Sep 2017 - Pot legalization brings tougher penalties for all impaired drivers The impending legalization of marijuana has the Ontario government planning to toughen the penalties for driving drunk, not just stoned.
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CN ON: Driving High Will Net Stiff Penalties

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 19 Sep 2017 - Ontario modelled new laws on U.S. drunk-driving fines Ontario will have a "zero tolerance" policy toward young drivers and truckers who use marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne on Monday said those 21 and under, commercial drivers and novice motorists will face stiffer penalties if caught behind the wheel while under the influence of cannabis or booze.
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