Victoria Times-Colonist, 19 Jun 2015 - Bad enough to have a nightmare. Worse when it comes back to haunt you six years later. Which is what a Cowichan Valley couple are finding as they try to sell a house that a tenant once tried to turn into a marijuana grow-op.
The Observer, 19 Jun 2015 - Accused's Belief Confirmed in Court Karl Matthews' loud assertion that drug and Highway Traffic Act charges would not bring convictions was proven correct in Sarnia court. A Feb. 27 charge of possession of hashish oil against the 32-year-old Plympton-Wyoming man was stayed Wednesday. Stayed means the prosecution is suspended but the charge could be returned to court within a year.
The Daily Courier, 19 Jun 2015 - Re: "Ruling a victory for family of girl with seizure disorder," June 12. I'm glad the family found a way to control their daughter's seizures, but I have these concerns: Did their primary-care epilepsy doctor prescribe cannabis, or did they give a minor an illegal drug?
The Sun Times, 19 Jun 2015 - Supreme Court Says Medical Marijuana Can Be Supplied in Many Forms The head of the company that plans to develop cannabis-based oils, creams and capsules in Owen Sound is applauding a Supreme Court of Canada decision that expands the definition of legal medical marijuana.
North Thompson Star/Journal, 18 Jun 2015 - Medical marijuana patients have a right to possess and use cannabis in the form of cookies and products other than dried bud, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision is a major victory for cannabis crusaders who argued they should not be forced only to smoke or vaporize the drug when edible or topical products are safer and provide benefits such as delayed delivery.
The Tri-Cities Now, 18 Jun 2015 - I too share the outrage of Health Minister Rona Ambrose concerning the Supreme Court allowing marijuana derivatives to be used for medical purposes. This decision was made to accommodate children being prescribed medical marijuana. In my way of thinking, if these prepubescent potheads can't spark up a doobie like the rest of the potheads, they have no right to be using it in the first place.
The Chief, 18 Jun 2015 - It seems the marijuana party has begun, and many people are rolling a joint and smiling broadly. THE ISSUE: Legalizing cannabis COMMENT: We need more research
The News, 18 Jun 2015 - To the editor, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her department were blindsided by the latest venture into social engineering by the Supreme Court of Canada surrounding the use of an addictive substance, marijuana. I say addictive on the strength of the steps users take to acquire it, no stone left unturned, through hell and high water, criminal activity through smuggling, home production, any and all measures to acquire the drug from whatever the source or reason.
West Carleton Review, 18 Jun 2015 - The Conservative Party of Canada faces more challenges scoring political points with its base over drug laws now that a court has ruled patients have a constitutional right to consume medical marijuana derivatives. The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that medical marijuana users can consume edible medical marijuana products such as cannabis oils, teas and brownies. That means six-year-old Liam McKnight of West Carleton does not have to smoke joints to help ease the frequent and severe seizures he experiences as a side effect of his rare form of epilepsy.
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Jun 2015 - I used to think legalizing and taxing marijuana would be a good thing. I thought it was a win-win situation. First a new revenue source and second a more efficient use of police resources no longer spent dealing with its use as a crime. I may have been right but now we can see how it works out in the U.S. and get a free look at how it works out. I believe our two cultures have enough in common that if it works there it can work here and if turns out to be a bad idea, we are warned. Grant Hooke
The Daily Courier, 18 Jun 2015 - Science - not folklore, pop culture and politics - should lead the way in reforming marijuana laws. The Supreme Court of Canada took a step forward last week when it ruled medical marijuana can legally be consumed in a variety of ways, not just in its dried form. The case was a victory for Victoria's Owen Smith, charged in 2009 for possessing pot cookies and other cannabis-infused food. Before that ruling, the law said marijuana can be prescribed as a medicine, but only in its dried form, which, for most users, would mean smoking it. And yet, no medical textbook, no scientific study, no logical reasoning would ever say it's a good thing to inhale smoke from burning vegetation into your lungs.
The Expositor, 18 Jun 2015 - Not only should medical marijuana be made available in all forms to patients in need, but all adult marijuana use should be legal, taxed and regulated. Drug policies modelled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors, immune to adult sentences. Throwing more money at the problem is no solution.
Lethbridge Herald, 17 Jun 2015 - Blood Tribe taking action on drug issue The first step is admitting you have a problem. No doubt we have all heard that saying, as for years, those battling an addiction of some kind have been told this is the first phase to recovery.
Metro, 17 Jun 2015 - Calgary will look at ways to specifically regulate marijuana related businesses in an effort to get ahead of the potential proliferation of retail locations providing pot-related services - and possibly pot, itself - after council agreed unanimously to the move on Tuesday. "We don't want to end up like the Lower Mainland," Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart said, referring to the situation in the Vancouver area that has seen numerous storefronts actually dispensing marijuana in addition to selling related products and services.
Sackville Tribune-Post, 17 Jun 2015 - We'll concede Canada's Supreme Court justices are not medical experts. Ditto for most politicians. So the potential benefits of medical marijuana aren't the issue in the recent court ruling, it's a matter of what products should be available to users. The federal government sure gets itself tied up in knots over every instance of altered regulations for the drug. Health Minister Rona Ambrose, commenting upon the decision, said she was outraged. Reflecting the general outlook of the Conservative Party, she's concerned about increasing normalization of marijuana - also about judges making decisions on a substance whose medical value is still disputed. That suggests we need more research on marijuana and its purported health effects. Ambrose might want to tell us what the holdup is there.
Globe and Mail, 17 Jun 2015 - The Non-Partisan Association's Christopher Richardson is remaining mum on his sudden resignation as head of the Vancouver School Board, but fellow trustees say it had much to do with the way he chaired. Mr. Richardson, a chartered accountant elected to the school board last November, announced his resignation on Monday - first to trustees in private and later at a public meeting.
Langley Times, 17 Jun 2015 - Township concerned about "sudden surge" As far as anyone can tell, Langley Township hasn't experienced a sudden growth in businesses dispensing medicinal marijuana and methadone. Councillor Charlie Fox would like to keep it that way.
Langley Times, 17 Jun 2015 - Editor: I too share the outrage of Health Minister Rona Ambrose concerning the Supreme Court allowing marijuana derivatives to be used for medical purposes. This decision was made to accommodate children being prescribed medical marijuana. In my way of thinking, if these prepubescent potheads can't spark up a doobie like the rest of the potheads, they have no right to be using it in the first place. And everyone seems to be ignoring a glaring side effect of this marijuana use by these children. I don't know which U.S. president funded it, but a scientific paper that was released in the late 1960s outlined a serious consequence of marijuana use. This report was tabled by Prof. Billy Bob Rheddneckt, a teachers assistant/hall monitor at Montford Technical School in Oglethorpe, Georgia, which stated unequivocally that marijuana is a gateway drug and that there is a 100 per cent chance or better that children dabbling with marijuana will become heroin addicts.
Langley Times, 17 Jun 2015 - On Saturday evening, the latest Surrey shooting took place - and it wasn't too far from Langley. Shots were fired from one or more vehicles in the 18600 block of Highway 10 on Saturday evening, at about 10 p.m. Two men were likely injured - they later appeared at a hospital.
Cape Breton Post, 17 Jun 2015 - "It doesn't necessarily mean we have an increase in drug use" Needle exchange seeing huge annual increase in sharps distributed. Cape Breton's needle exchange is continuing to see huge increases year-to-year in the number of needles it distributes but its executive director said it's not necessarily a clear correlation to increased drug use in a region that already has a significant drug problem.