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CANADA: BC Liquor Branch to distribute non-medical marijuana

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:04
burnabynow.com BC Liquor Branch to distribute non-medical marijuana New government rules set 19 as minimum age to buy marijuana The B.C. government says non-medical cannabis will be distributed by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. (Thu Dec 07 02:04:32 2017 PST)
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CANADA: BC Liquor Branch to distribute non-medical marijuana

Drug News Bot - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:04
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INTERNATIONAL: Projects - Toronto Star

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Some Ontario municipalities push back against retail cannabis stores - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:23

The Globe and Mail

Some Ontario municipalities push back against retail cannabis stores
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government says it will delay opening branches of its new cannabis retail chain in municipalities that object to having them. A handful of mayors in the Greater Toronto Area have said they do not want a marijuana store in their areas, even ...

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First Nations demand control over cannabis sales - The Globe and ... - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:06

The Globe and Mail

First Nations demand control over cannabis sales - The Globe and ...
The Globe and Mail
AFN conference hears a wide range of positions on specifics, but leaders agree that provincial laws shouldn't apply on reserves.

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Province way behind in dealing with marijuana-impaired driving, says lawyer - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:17

CBC.ca

Province way behind in dealing with marijuana-impaired driving, says lawyer
CBC.ca
This week, the provincial government announced plans for the sale of recreational marijuana in British Columbia, but Vancouver defence lawyer Kyla Lee says roadside testing is lacking and there's no provincial plan for dealing with drug-impaired ...

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CanniMed announces agreement to supply medical cannabis to PharmaChoice - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:09

The Globe and Mail

CanniMed announces agreement to supply medical cannabis to PharmaChoice
The Globe and Mail
CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. says it has entered into a definitive agreement with PharmaChoice to supply herbal, oils and oil-derivative cannabis products to its more than 750 pharmacy locations across Canada. The Saskatoon-based company says ...
CanniMed announces medical cannabis supply agreement with PharmaChoiceFinancial Post

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Analysis: Manitoba Tories leave common sense out of cannabis ... - Winnipeg Free Press

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:19

Winnipeg Free Press

Analysis: Manitoba Tories leave common sense out of cannabis ...
Winnipeg Free Press
Governments in Canada have been playing politics with marijuana for some time now. The promise to le... - Analysis - Winnipeg Free Press.
Setting pot purchasing age at 19 suggests 'marijuana is more of a ...CBC.ca

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An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:52

Leafly

An Overview of Cannabis Legalization Driving Politicians Insane
Leafly
Ron Orr, a provincial politician for Alberta, claimed that cannabis legalization could lead to a communist revolution. Seriously. It all started in July 2017, when Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu rose in the House of Commons. “We have already established ...

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LA lawmakers back new regulations on marijuana industry - Los Angeles Times

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:23

Los Angeles Times

LA lawmakers back new regulations on marijuana industry
Los Angeles Times
At the Wednesday meeting, Councilman Curren Price lamented that the criminalization of cannabis “unfairly targeted communities of color like the one I represent.” “I'm ready to level the playing field so that everyone has a fair shot at reaping the ...
Los Angeles OKs Cannabis Regs, Jan. 1 Launch UnlikelyLeafly
LA to become largest US city with legal recreational marijuanaNBCNews.com
America's biggest marijuana market finalizes rules for recreational weedThe Cannabist
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Marijuana businesses, excluded from finance, face unusual risks - The Economist

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:23

The Economist

Marijuana businesses, excluded from finance, face unusual risks
The Economist
Although 29 American states allow sales of marijuana for medical use (or medical and recreational use), federal law still classifies it as a “schedule 1” drug like heroin. Firms handling marijuana proceeds can be prosecuted for money laundering. Ned ...

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Will Cannabis Replace Opioids as Painkillers?

Alternet - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:15
The debate continues over whether cannabis is a viable alternative.

With America caught in the throes of the opioid epidemic, researchers and drugmakers alike continue to suggest that the answer lies in marijuana-based painkillers. In fact, a number of studies also hint that medical cannabis might be the magic bullet everyone is looking for.

Not so fast, some key experts said at the Forbes Healthcare Summit. Dr. Tom Frieden, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under President Obama, leveled sharp criticism at the idea of marijuana replacing opioids as viable painkillers. Frieden, who now spearheads the non-profit Resolve to Save Lives—a $225 million, five-year global health campaign—was quick to say medical marijuana won’t end the crisis.

“The huge problem with legalization is that in the current legal context of the U.S., if you legalize a product you cannot restrict its market, and what we’re looking at is the prospect of having Big Tobacco paralleled by Big Marijuana actively promoting marijuana use,” Frieden said. “It could be very harmful for some people and some communities. That said, there may be a role for some individuals, and obviously this is a tough issue.”

Currently legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana continues to grow and expand in the U.S. As such, drug companies like GW Pharmaceuticals and Cara Therapeutics are actively looking to exploit marijuana as a less harmful alternative to opioids, Forbes piece said.

Yet there aren’t enough research studies to prove that it’s a sustainable solution. At the summit, the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s deputy director Wilson Compton observed that the studies that do exist tend to be too few and far between. “While it looks like there’s a general signal, we don’t know who the marijuana, or the cannabinoids within the plant, might be useful for,” Compton said. “And that’s where I think research needs to move.”

Compton echoes the stance of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which still considers marijuana to be a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse.

“Could marijuana be a life raft out of this sea of painkillers?” AC Shilton asked in Vice storyfrom earlier this year. Using Tennessee as an example, the writer examined how the state maintains that marijuana is illegal in every application while lawmakers vote against limiting opioid prescriptions even while record numbers of overdoses happen under their watch.

“It's a life raft with a slow leak at best,” Shilton considered, though “a leaky raft starts to look pretty appealing” when it comes to the opioid epidemic. Still, it’s not so much the research that’s confounding as it is all the legalities around marijuana, which are “confusing, especially for medical professionals.”

All that red tape means that continuing marijuana research is, at best, a nightmare to secure federal research money. (Interestingly, the Vice piece notes that “it’s easier to score research grants if your hypothesis is one testing the negative impacts of [marijuana].”)

We shouldn’t let red tape tangle up marijuana’s potential as a painkiller, Andrew Kolodny told attendees at the healthcare summit. Kolodny, the co-director of Brandeis University’s Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, thinks medical pot isn’t a perfect solution—but it’s something.

“If I had a patient who was suffering from severe intractable pain and had tried everything, I would sooner try marijuana on a patient than heroin,” he said. “When you are prescribing opioids, you are essentially giving them heroin.”

And given that 60,000 Americans died from drug-related overdoses last year alone, it seems irresponsible to not try everything possible to save lives.

 

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Legal Marijuana Sales Will Hit $10 Billion in 2017 | Fortune - Fortune

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:49

Fortune

Legal Marijuana Sales Will Hit $10 Billion in 2017 | Fortune
Fortune
Arcview Group says legal marijuana sales in 2017 will hit $10 billion.

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Canadians want to know: How will recreational marijuana be sold where I live? - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 06:17

CTV News

Canadians want to know: How will recreational marijuana be sold where I live?
CTV News
The government's legislation would also prohibit people from growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries would regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by ...
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OR: Smoked pot and want to enlist? Army issuing more waivers

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:54
koin.com (US) Eight states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana Eight states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana Eight states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana In this June 28. (Wed Dec 06 21:54:19 2017 PST)
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OR: Cops: Woman parks in police chief's spot while smoking pot

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:54
koin.com (US) Cops: Woman parks in police chiefb s spot while smoking pot She was ticketed for unlawful marijuana possession and for using her phone while driving FILE - In this June 17. (Wed Dec 06 21:54:19 2017 PST)
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OR: Los Angeles moves to legalize recreational pot

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:28
wnd.com They have been a prime focus of Council President Herb Wesson. (Wed Dec 06 22:28:50 2017 PST)
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OR: Elementary teachers and#8216;smoke pot in office every day'

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:28
wnd.com Were arrested. Police received an anonymous tip the three teachers were smoking marijuana in their office. (Wed Dec 06 22:28:50 2017 PST)
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OR: WND - A Free Press for a Free People

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:28
wnd.com Los Angeles moves to legalize recreational pot Flight makes emergency landing for potty... (Wed Dec 06 22:28:50 2017 PST)
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OR: The Skanner News - Commentary

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:23
theskanner.com Medical Marijuana Loses Foothold to Recreational Industry Medical Marijuana Lose... (Wed Dec 06 22:23:33 2017 PST)
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