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CN ON: Local Chambers Want Piece Of Pot Action

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:00
The Intelligencer, 14 Sep 2016 - Local chambers are urging the provincial government to begin a consultative process aimed at developing a regulatory framework for the distribution of medical marijuana. Both the Belleville and District and the Quinte West chambers of commerce are standing behind a letter, authored by Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) President and CEO Allan O'Dette and directed to Premier Kathleen Wynne. on the issue of recreational marijuana.
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CN NS: Editorial: Pot Laws Need A Revamping

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:00
Truro Daily News, 14 Sep 2016 - Dealing with reaction from the United States was always going to be one of the trickiest aspects of moving toward legalization of marijuana across Canada. The case of Matthew Harvey, which came to light this past week, underscores just how tricky it may get. And it shows that the federal government must lose no time in making sure that individual Canadians are not penalized as a result of misunderstandings between the two countries.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Legalizing All Drugs Would End Gang Violence, Save

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Sun, 14 Sep 2016 - Re: Twenty minutes of terror, Sept. 2 In light of the increasing number of drug overdoses, it's time we legalize all drugs. Users will get an unadulterated product that will not contain fentanyl, drain cleaner, etc. that criminals are lacing their illicit products with. Make it affordable. This will eliminate violent gang activity and save lives. Prohibition didn't make alcohol go away. It led to criminal fortunes, the proliferation of violence, pain, suffering, and destroyed lives. A medical approach to the drug problem is a win-win situation.
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CN BC: LTE: 'Drug Shelter'

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge News, 14 Sep 2016 - Editor, The News: Re: 'Yes' to homeless shelter (Letters, Sept. 9). All I can say is "no" to the 'drug shelter.' It has nothing to do with helping the non-addicted homeless.
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CN NF: Editorial: Canadian Travelers Should Not Be Penalized By

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
The Western Star, 13 Sep 2016 - Dealing with reaction from the United States was always going to be one of the trickiest aspects of moving towards legalization of marijuana across Canada. The case of Matthew Harvey, which came to light this past week, underscores just how tricky it may get. And it shows that the federal government must lose no time in making sure that individual Canadians are not penalized as a result of misunderstandings between the two countries.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Stop Stigmatizing Drug Users

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 13 Sep 2016 - RE: Time to get tough on drugs (Sept. 7) I am appalled by the response of the letter writer complaining about the need to talk about drug overdose prevention. It is ignorance like those views expressed that allow the stigma to continue. Talking about it and making people aware of the escalating problem is how we start to save lives.
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CN AB: Bereaved Family Working To Change Face Of Addiction

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 13 Sep 2016 - Disappointment after province won't call state of emergency Rosalind Davis and her spouse Nathan Huggins-Rosenthal planned to start a family, but she believes his addiction to fentanyl became the cause of his death.
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CN ON: LTE: Illegal Drug Use Simply Isn't Safe, Stop It

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Cambridge Times, 13 Sep 2016 - Dear Editor, This is the second time I feel compelled to respond to one of Violet Umanetz's comments regarding the danger of drugs (article titled "Getting the word out about drug overdoses", published Sept. 8).
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CN AB: Police Welcome New Breathalyzer

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 13 Sep 2016 - Marijuana test to be in force's hands by early 2017: Developer The Calgary Police Service said they're encouraged by companies working on solutions to impaired driving by drugs - including a marijuana breathalyzer.
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Canada: Letters, Parcels And Dime Bags? Union Calls Postal Plan

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Sep 2016 - Canada Post report says agency obvious choice to ship your weed Could legalizing pot save Canada Post? Canadians looking to use recreational marijuana could help boost the post office's revenues and be part of the answer to its financial woes, a new report suggests.
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CN ON: Task Force Chief Says Go Slow On Reform

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Sep 2016 - Anne McLellan says lessons from U.S. show changing laws will lead to some 'surprises' OTTAWA- Anne McLellan, leader of the federal task force on how to legalize pot, says it's critical that Canada "go slow" on reforming marijuana laws.
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CN ON: Editorial: Take Another Look

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Sep 2016 - With pot shops popping up across the country, you could forgive the public for being confused about the law governing them. But members of a police service should be clear on the law. That's especially true when their own force is distributing letters warning storefront pot dispensaries that what they're doing is illegal and police may take action against them if they don't shut down. That's because medical marijuana can be obtained only with a prescription via registered mail from one of 35 producers licensed by Health Canada, not from storefronts.
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CN ON: Durham Board Keeps Mum On Pot Business

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Sep 2016 - Civilian oversight panel goes behind closed doors to discuss how cop was allowed to own pot shop Durham police's civilian oversight board discussed how an active officer was allowed to co-own an unlicensed medical marijuana shop that offers customers drug products that are illegal to sell.
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CN ON: Police Board Member Questions Officer's Pot Shop

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Sep 2016 - Councillor Bill McLean plans to raise issue during Durham Region police board meeting A member of the Durham police board wants answers to why an active officer was allowed to co-own a medical marijuana company that is unlicensed and offers customers drug products that are illegal to sell.
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Canada: OPED: How Patients With Addiction Problems Showed Me A Better

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Sep 2016 - In the discussion about Canadian drug policy, the unspoken question is: Why should we take care of drug addicts? I have had to ask myself this because my job is taking care of people with drug dependence and mental illness in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver's notoriously drug and disease-ridden inner city. What does society gain from assisting people who engage in illegal activity, who bring their diseases and, with increasing prevalence, their death, upon themselves? I am a McGill and UBC-trained family and emergency physician, and have practised in Canada, the United States and West Africa. I have delivered babies, treated trauma victims, managed chronic disease, and comforted dying people.
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CN ON: Motherisk, Sick Kids Square Off In Court

Canada (MAP) - Sun, 09/11/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 11 Sep 2016 - Hospital, former lab director point fingers at each other, deny allegations in proposed class action lawsuit The Hospital for Sick Children and the director of its former Motherisk laboratory are now battling each other in court.
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CN ON: Landlord Called Cops, Emery Says

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 09/10/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 10 Sep 2016 - 'Prince of Pot' says his new dispensary has five-year lease Marc Emery, the marijuana dispensary owner dubbed the "Prince of Pot," says his landlord is trying to evict him from his new Church St. store.
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Chronicle AM: House GOP Wants Unemployment Drug Tests, MI Senate OKs Dispensaries, More... (9/9/16)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 21:02

House Republicans unleash another drug testing for benefits campaign, marijuana legalization foes start making moves, Michigan has moved a big step closer to explicitly allowing dispensaries, and more.

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

Alaska Approves First Permit for Retail Pot Shop. The state's Marijuana Control Board Thursday approved the first permit for a retail marijuana store. The permit went to Frozen Budz in Fairbanks. Co-owner Destiny Neade said she hoped to be open by October 1. "Now all I need is some herb," she said. The board was also considering 16 other permit applications.

California Anti-Legalization Effort Gets Big Gift from Pennsylvania Millionaire. Pennsylvania millionaire Julie Schauer has donated $1.3 million to the anti-legalization Smart Approaches to Marijuana/No on 64 campaign committee. Most of the money will be used to try to defeat the Prop 64 legalization initiative, but some will go to fight legalization campaigns in other states, too. Schauer's money made up most of the $64,000 that has gone to a separate committee opposing Prop 64. That committee has only raised $300,000, while committees supporting Prop 64 have raised more than $6 million.

Maine Police Chiefs Oppose Legalization Initiative. The Maine Chiefs of Police Association Friday formally announced its opposition to the Question 1 legalization initiative. "We're concerned about the effect (legalization) may have on the communities and the youth after looking at what's happened in Colorado," said Falmouth Police Chief Edward Tolan, incoming president of the association. "That's what prompted us to take this position as police chiefs."

Michigan Legalizers Ask Federal Court to Intervene in Signature Dispute. A day after being turned away by the state Supreme Court, the MI Legalize campaign has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block the printing of state election ballots until disputed petition signatures are counted. The group handed in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, but some of them were gathered outside a 180-day period and not counted, keeping the measure off the ballot. MI Legalize has gotten nowhere in the state courts. Ballots were supposed to be printed today.

Medical Marijuana

Michigan Senate Passes Industry Regulation Bill Allowing Dispensaries. The state Senate Thursday passed a bill that would tax and regulate medical marijuana businesses and explicitly allow for dispensaries. The bill would set a 3% tax on dispensaries' gross retail income, require licensing to grow, process, transport, and sell medical marijuana, and explicitly allow for forms of medical marijuana that include infused, non-smokable forms of the herb. The House approved much of this package almost a year ago. Now, it goes to the desk of Gov. Ricky Snyder (R).

Drug Testing

House Republicans in New Push to Drug Test Unemployment Applicants. House Republicans are pushing a new bill that would give states the option of forcing drug tests on applicants for unemployment benefits. They say the bill is needed because a Labor Department rule bars states from using a 2012 law to do so. The measure is HR 5945, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX).

International

Canada Wants US to End Travel Ban on Residents Who Smoke Pot. The case of a Canadian man barred from entering the US because he admitted to recreational marijuana use has provoked the Canadian government to seek a re-set of US border policy. "We obviously need to intensify our discussions with our border authorities in the United States, including the Department of Homeland Security," the public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp late on Thursday. "This does seem to be a ludicrous situation," he said, noting that marijuana is legal in Washington state as well as "three or four other jurisdictions in the United States." First, though, Canada might want to work on its own border policy; it bars US pot smokers from entering the country.

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CN BC: Nelson's Expertise Sought By Outsiders

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 09 Sep 2016 - Mayor Deb Kozak has been asked to present to upcoming conferences about three city initiatives in which she says the outside world sees Nelson as being "ahead of the curve." She and her staff have been invited to make presentations and take part in panel discussions, one on marijuana legislation and another on short term rental housing, at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver this month.
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CN BC: Parents Demand School Yards Free Of Drug Debris

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 09 Sep 2016 - Broken crack pipes, used condoms, liquor bottles, and various bits of trash have accumulated on Chilliwack middle school's sports field, prompting the school to ban students from accessing it unsupervised. Some parents at the school were taken aback by the change, which was explained to students in an assembly on Wednesday. Those parents took to social media to band together and try to find some answers.
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