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CN AB: Pot Timeline 'Ambitious'

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 14 Apr 2017 - Notley wants consultations on marijuana policy It's going to be challenging to get the province ready for the federal government's deadline of July 1, 2018, for legalized marijuana in the country, says Premier Rachel Notley.
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Canada: Five Things To Consider About The Plan To Legalize Pot

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 14 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - The Liberal government introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but many of the finer points and logistical questions remain unanswered or up in the air. Here are five of them: 1. What happens if a U.S. border guard asks if you have ever smoked marijuana? Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked that question - whether the Liberal government had sought assurances from the U.S. that someone who admitted to using cannabis legally would not face the same fate. Each country sets its own rules, said Goodale, but he suggested Canada might get on the phone if it became a big deal. "If there appears to be a pattern of examination at the border that just does not accord with appropriate, professional, reliable, consistent conduct, then obviously that's the sort of thing that we should raise at a governmental level to make sure people are treated appropriately." Canada, he added, would also "make the very strong point" that its new legal regime would be better at protecting children and keeping illegal cash away from organized crime. "Our system will actually be the better one."
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Canada: OPED: Is This The End Of The Black Market?

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Apr 2017 - The bill to legalize marijuana is a victory for public health, but the goal of eliminating an illegal supply will be a tougher challenge. Marijuana was criminalized in Canada in 1923. There was no debate in the House of Commons, just the statement, "There is a new drug in the schedule." The prominent Edmonton magistrate Emily Murphy had written a book about illegal drugs in 1922, concluding of marijuana, "… there are three ways out from the regency of this addiction: 1st - Insanity. 2nd - Death. 3rd - Abandonment. This is assuredly a direful trinity."
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CN NF: Consulting On Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Telegram, 13 Apr 2017 - Parsons promises public consultation soon on legal marijuana The government will start public consultations within the next month or two on how to implement marijuana legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador, Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said.
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CN ON: Jodie Emery's Marijuana Mission In Life

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
NOW Magazine, 13 Apr 2017 - The queen of Canada's movement to legalize marijuana has not been afraid to cultivate her undeniable girl-next-door charm - or invite controversy - for the cause. And now, an escalating series of police raids that have shut down the Cannabis Culture chain Jodie Emery types eagerly on her iPhone. "This is a good one," she says. We're barely a minute into our interview at a small Ethiopian restaurant near the gay village, and she's on Twitter calling out Toronto police. It's absurd, she says, that they're spending resources raiding marijuana dispensaries with legalization just around the bend. Where the TPS is concerned, Emery can be forgiven for seeming a bit spiteful. It's just shy of three weeks since she and her husband, Marc Emery, who's riding shotgun tonight, were arrested at Pearson International Airport (on their way to a marijuana expo in Spain) and slapped with a string of marijuana-related offences - 15 for him, five for her, ranging from trafficking to possession of the proceeds of crime to conspiracy - after raids on their Cannabis Culture stores.
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CN ON: Editorial: Pot Rules Should Go Light On Marketing

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 13 Apr 2017 - If you're old enough, you may remember a time when buying alcohol in Ontario involved walking into a bland, warehouse-like building, filling out a slip of paper and handing it to a clerk who disappeared behind locked doors to retrieve the booze you were looking for. No flashy signs, no staff recommendations for libation of the month. No critics' choice signs dotting the gleaming rows of bottles. Depending on what's in federal legislation expected Thursday, initial legal sales of marijuana may look something like those old days.
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CN ON: OPED: Legal Age For Marijuana Should Be Higher Than 18

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 13 Apr 2017 - Every day in the youth program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre my colleagues and I see young people whose mental illnesses are complicated by the use and abuse of cannabis. We provide these young people and their families with information on the impact of marijuana on the developing brain, including articles and research papers. We often are able to convince young people to decrease their marijuana consumption and, in many cases, to stop using it altogether. Unfortunately, legislators may not be as aware of the risks of cannabis on the developing brain as mental health professionals are.
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CN ON: Cops Prepare For Legalized Pot Use

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 12 Apr 2017 - With the federal government's legalization of marijuana planned for July 1, 2018, if not sooner, Niagara police hope to have technology in place to catch stoned drivers before that date. "I'd say it would be foolhardy not to be ready if you're going to legalize something, and not give police services the tools to enforce that," said Niagara Regional Police Staff Sgt. Rome Di Egidio.
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Canada: Leitch As PM Would Undo Liberal Plan To Legalize Recreational

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 12 Apr 2017 - OTTAWA - Marijuana is a "dangerous drug," Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch said Tuesday as she promised to undo the Liberal government's efforts to legalize it, should she become her party's leader and eventually prime minister. There are too many public health and safety concerns surrounding marijuana for it to be legal, Leitch told The Canadian Press as the government prepares to table legislation later this week to legalize and regulate its sale.
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CN QU: Editorial: Smoke 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 12 Apr 2017 - Tomorrow, the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau is expected to fulfill one of its most well-publicised campaign promises and present its much anticipated legislation to legalize the possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Why they couldn't wait another week until April 20 (420) is a question worth pondering, but then again, that might have required a sense of humour. The history of drug prohibition in Canada goes back to the early 20th Century when authorities became concerned about the use of certain substances among Asian immigrant communities. Marijuana was added to the ever-increasing list of banned substances in the 1920s and once again, race was an integral component. Drug use became associated with decadence, jazz, racial mixing, and sexual license - all things designed to send shivers through middle-class society and its concept of propriety.
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Canada: Canada To Speed Up Cannabis Production

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - Senior official says the federal government will announce a push to allow smaller marijuana producers to enter the market The federal government is getting ready to drastically speed up its licensing process to increase the numbers of companies that are authorized to produce marijuana for the recreational market that will open up in the first half of 2018, sources said.
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CN ON: Bud-Tenders Plead Guilty

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 12 Apr 2017 - Pot shop sales staff confess to drug trafficking The first two of 29 Ottawa pot shops clerks charged in police raids have gone through the courts and received suspended sentences. Budtenders Sarah Scott and Joshua Zvonar pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking. They were arrested last November in the first Ottawa police sweep against illegal marijuana dispensaries, when six shops were raided in a single day.
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CN ON: OPED: Stifle The 'Let's Party!' Message When Legalizing Pot

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 Apr 2017 - The government messaging regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis requires a delicate touch. A celebratory approach will give the impression of promoting use The federal government has committed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and is expected to table legislation this week, before Parliament rises for its spring break. Are we ready for this? Does the government have a clear and consistent message for young people and their families?
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Canada: Editorial: To Regulate Pot, Look At Tobacco And Booze

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Apr 2017 - The Liberal government is about to introduce legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana. What's the best way to do that? That's what Ottawa has been puzzling over ever since the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, made their bold promise in the last election campaign. For answers, look at how Canada has succeeded, and failed, in dealing with another recreational product both popular and problematic for public health: tobacco.
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CN ON: War Of Words On Weed

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 11 Apr 2017 - Government ponders ad restrictions on recreational cannabis The elegant white box shipped from the Tweed Inc. medical marijuana plant in Smiths Falls is stamped with a gold cannabis leaf that signals the dried bud inside is endorsed by Snoop Dogg himself.
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CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Reopens After Raid

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 11 Apr 2017 - KITCHENER - Just weeks after it was raided by police and its employees carted away in handcuffs, an illegal marijuana dispensary is open again under a new name and "new management." The former Green Tree Medical Dispensary at 650 King St. E. in Kitchener was shut down March 10 as part of a police crackdown on the unregulated storefronts that have been popping up around the region.
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Canada: Ottawa To Roll Out Cannabis Bill This Week

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 11 Apr 2017 - Government to table new legislation Thursday, but is still working to resolve issues such as packaging and impaired-driving penalties The federal government will table a bill to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday that is expected to tightly control the ability of producers to market their products to the public, federal sources said.
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Chronicle AM: NM GOP Gov Vetoes MedMJ & OD Bills, Canada MJ Bill Thursday, More... (4/10/17)

Canada (STDW) - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 21:14

Congressional drug policy reform bills are piling up, New Mexico's GOP governor vetoes medical marijuana and overdose prevention bills, Canada's Liberals roll out their marijuana legalization bill Thursday, and more.

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

Congressmen Gaetz and Soto Propose Legislation to Reschedule Marijuana, Two Florida GOP congressmen, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Darren Soto, have filed House Resolution 2020, "to provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act." Rescheduling would make it easier to conduct research into medical marijuana, the congressmen said. "This drug should not be in the same category as heroin and LSD, and we do not need to continue with a policy that turns thousands of young people into felons every year," Gaetz added.

Medical Marijuana

Indiana Legislature Approves CBD Cannabis Oil Bills. Both houses of the legislature have approved measures allowing for expanded access to CBD cannabis oil But Senate Bill 15 and House companion legislation now have differences in the percentages of chemicals allowed, so the bills must go to conference committee to hammer out the differences.

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Changes. Gov. Susana Martinez (R) vetoed a measure that would have improved the state's medical marijuana law last Friday. House Bill 527 would have allowed people diagnosed with an opioid use disorder to use medical marijuana. In her veto message, Martinez wrote that allowing people addicted to opioids to seek medical marijuana "will likely cause a rapid increase in program enrollment, which the program is currently unable to sustain." But critics called that reasoning bogus, noting that the state Health Department sets the number of licensed producers and the amount they can grow.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

West Virginia Legislators Approve Overdose Monitoring, Creation of Office of Drug Policy. The legislature has approved Senate Bill 2620, which would create a statewide program to monitor drug overdoses and establish an office of drug control policy to coordinate the response to the heroin and opioid crisis. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice (D).

Harm Reduction

Kansas Governor Signs Naloxone Access Bill. Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last Friday signed into law House Bill 2217, which will allow first responders to administer the opioid overdose drug naloxone and which also allows pharmacists to dispense the drug without a prescription. Kansas was one of only three states without a naloxone access law, and the bill passed both houses unanimously.

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Overdose Prevention Bill. Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 47, the 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, on Friday. The bill would have expanded the state's existing Good Samaritan law to include alcohol-related overdoses and to limit the prospect of arrest of people, who are on probation or parole or who have a restraining order, when they call 911 on behalf of someone experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a 58-5 vote.

Law Enforcement

Sheila Jackson Lee Files Bill to Raise Evidentiary Standards for Federal Drug Offenses. US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has filed House Resolution 1979 "to increase the evidentiary standard required to convict a person for a drug offense, to require screening of law enforcement officers or others acting under color of law participating in drug task forces, and for other purposes." The bill text is not yet available on the congressional website. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Reentry

Corey Booker, Elijah Cummings File Federal "Ban the Box" Bills. US Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and US Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have filed identical bills in the Senate and House that would prevent employers from asking about applicants' criminal backgrounds until a job offer has been made. The bill would only apply to government agencies and federal contractors. The Senate measure is Senate Bill 842; its House companion is House Bill 1906. The bill text is not yet available on the congressional website.

International

Canada Marijuana Legalization Bill to Be Unveiled Thursday. The governing Liberals will roll out their marijuana legalization bill on Thursday, a "senior government source" said Monday. The government has said it wants legal marijuana to be a done deal on or before July 1, 2018.

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CN BC: Edu: Column: Long Overdue Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - What will happen to Canada's cannabis industry once the upcoming recreational laws take effect? There was a point in the earlier half of the 20th century that came to be known as the Prohibition Era. Alcohol, along with several other substances, became illegal under the thumb of the government of the time, turning it into a black market good until the ban was lifted in 1933. But, according to dispensary operator Ray Nikiel, the Prohibition seemed to move from one substance to another, with cannabis becoming illegal not long afterwards.
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CN BC: Edu: Column: Deadly Doping

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 07:00
The Capilano Courier, 10 Apr 2017 - FENTANYL AND WHAT'S BEING DONE TO COMBAT THE DEATH TOLL Knowing the signs of an overdose can save someone's life, especially with inconspicuous opioids like Fentanyl lurking in common street drugs. It begins with high-like symptoms - euphoria, relaxation and drowsiness, and cedes to shortened breath, a slowed heart rate and unconsciousness. The effects of Fentanyl set in quickly. The trouble is, anyone can fall prey because the opioid often goes undetected until it's too late.
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