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Chris Selley: Listening to senators debate marijuana bill convinced ... - National Post

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Chris Selley: Listening to senators debate marijuana bill convinced ...
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No body capable of producing such idiocy has any business meddling with any legislation passed by democratically elected politicians.
Marijuana bill passes Senate vote 44-29, advances to committee ...CTV News

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Alberta to impose its own 10-per-cent tax on cannabis producers - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:10

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Alberta to impose its own 10-per-cent tax on cannabis producers
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The province plans to tax licensed producers 10 per cent of the retail price when cannabis becomes legal. The new tax was announced Thursday when Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled the 2018-19 provincial budget. The amount Alberta will collect from the ...

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MedMen Leaps Into Canadian Cannabis Market For Joint Venture With Cronos Group - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:56

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MedMen Leaps Into Canadian Cannabis Market For Joint Venture With Cronos Group
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MedMen, the Los Angeles-based "unicorn" of cannabis retailers, has positioned themselves for an opportunity to place a stake in the slowly growing global cannabis market. On Monday, the billion dollar company announced a first-of-its-kind cross-border ...
Medical cannabis producer Cronos taps major bank for planned CA$100M stock saleMarijuana Business Daily

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Why Mandatory Drug Tests at Work Are Fundamentally Racist

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Click here for reuse options! Black people are more likely than white people to be fired for failing a drug test.

Mandatory drug testing is not only an annoying, expensive waste of company and employee time; a new Detox.net survey shows that their impact and implementation can also be racist.

Stark racial disparities are apparent in the 1,500-plus person survey. African Americans are much more likely to face repercussions for failing a drug test than white people; the study shows that 9.2 percent of blacks reported being reprimanded or even fired for failing a drug test. That’s more than double the number of whites who reported the same, just 4.4 percent.

According to the survey, 97.6 percent of military service members were tested for drugs at some point in their careers. The other most frequently drug-tested workers were those in manufacturing and transportation jobs and warehousing, at 94.4 percent and 94.3 percent, respectively. People working in health care, utilities and telecommunications were also drug-tested more than 90 percent of the time.

The list of industries that most frequently drug-test their employees looks like a list of industries built of the labor of people of color—a suspicion confirmed by a cross-reference against Bureau of Labor Statistics’ labor force data from 2017. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.3 percent of the U.S. population is black and 12.5 percent is Hispanic. Black and Hispanic Americans make up nearly 30 percent of the military, 39 percent of transportation and warehouse workers and 30 percent of health care workers, three of the most frequently drug-tested sectors.

The survey did not say why industries with disproportionately high numbers of workers of color choose to drug-test their employees.

It is not news that drug testing is a potentially racist practice. The above pattern fits an observation previously made by the ACLU, which wrote on its website that drug-testing policies not only are a "significant and unjustified invasion of privacy, they also single out those living in low-income communities and disproportionately impact people of color."

Social scientists have proven that some managers often believe black people are more likely to be drug users. Notre Dame economics professor Abigail K. Wozniak writes in her 2014 report, “Discrimination and the Effects of Drug Testing on Black Employment,” that, “In a survey of hiring managers, there is a belief that blacks are more likely to fail a drug test…They also cite a 1989 survey in which 95% of [hiring survey] respondents described the typical drug user as black.”

These latest survey findings confirm Wozniak’s observations about implicit racism in American workplaces.

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Virginia man threatens US congressman's life after venting about marijuana - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:05

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Virginia man threatens US congressman's life after venting about marijuana
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Marijuana policy has become a major source of debate in recent months, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed Obama-era guidance that had discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana-related criminal cases in states that had legalized ...
Man accused of threatening to kill Virginia congressman over marijuana policyWashington Post
Man Accused of Threatening To Kill Congressman Filed Lawsuit Claiming Marijuana Law Wasn't Being EnforcedNewsweek
Anti-marijuana Virginia man accused of threatening to kill congressmanThe Cannabist
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In anti-drug Sweden, investors take shine to cannabis stocks - Reuters

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:01

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In anti-drug Sweden, investors take shine to cannabis stocks
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There is a new, big market opening up,” said Joakim Bornold at Nordnet. Investors are betting on cannabis as a growth market as a number of American states, including California, legalize marijuana used in healing for at least 3,000 years and smoked ...

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How To Build A Marijuana Unicorn: An Interview With MedMen Spokesman Daniel Yi - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:39

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How To Build A Marijuana Unicorn: An Interview With MedMen Spokesman Daniel Yi
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California is the biggest marijuana market in the world. It's the sixth largest economy in the world by itself. By some estimates, just the annual sales of cannabis in California will be upwards of $7 billion. We want to own California. We have ...

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If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren't cases of schizophrenia rising? - The Conversation UK

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:14

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If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren't cases of schizophrenia rising?
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The question that polarises researchers is whether smoking cannabis is associated with a risk of developing psychotic problems, such as schizophrenia, in the long term. Of course, cannabis use is common, while schizophrenia is relatively rare ...

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OR: The Lars Larson Show - KXL

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FL: Medical Marijuana ID Card still a tough get in Florida

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wfla.com (US) Medical Marijuana ID Card still a tough get in Florida Since October, Duran has waited for the Florida Department of Health's Office of Medical ... (Fri Mar 23 19:50:12 2018 PDT)
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FL: Medical marijuana ID card still a tough get in Florida

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FL: TECO crews return home, restored power for nine weeks in Puerto

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FL: Drug Testing for Hillsborough Fire Command Staff in Question

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wfla.com (US) Drug Testing for Hillsborough Fire Command Staff in Question The command staff is covered by the county's "Drug-Free Workplace" policy. (Fri Mar 23 19:50:12 2018 PDT)
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FL: Bucs acquire two-time Pro Bowl selection Jason Pierre-Paul in

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wfla.com (US) Medical marijuana ID card still a ... (Fri Mar 23 19:50:12 2018 PDT)
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FL: Marijuana 'grow boat' busted in Sanibel Island - Central Florida

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wfla.com (US) Drug paraphernalia and Xanax pills were confiscated from the boat and police arrested 34-year-old Erik James Brown. (Fri Mar 23 19:50:12 2018 PDT)
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OR: Rapper arrested; guns, drugs, cash seized - Oregon - KOIN - KOIN

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OR: 3-22-18: THE COMMISSIONERS STRIKE BACK. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED

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OR: 3-22-18: THE COMMISSIONERS STRIKE BACK. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED

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kldr.com (US) The Grants Pass High School Project Graduation is sponsoring the annual Will-A-Thon to raise money for a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free party for the class of 2018. (Fri Mar 23 21:40:46 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(85%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $drugs(90%), $prohibition(85%), $chemicals(50%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $alcohol(50%), $various_drugs(90%), $youth(70%), $school(100%), $meeting(100%)]
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OR: Disasters and Accidents - KLCC

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