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TOP: Cesar Sayoc was 'someone lost' -- but then he 'found a father in Trump,' family attorney tells CNN - The Washington Post

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Edmontonians still confused over new smoking, cannabis use bylaw - Globalnews.ca

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Edmontonians still confused over new smoking, cannabis use bylaw
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Don Belanger, program manager for the Capital City Clean Up, said 248 warnings have been issued to smokers since cannabis became legal on Oct. 17. There have been eight complaints about cannabis smoking in the last week-and-a-half, and three tickets ...

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There Is an ‘Elegant Way’ to End Global Marijuana Prohibition

Alternet - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:45
It works within the UN’s global anti-drug treaty scheme. It’s called inter se modification.

Uruguay legalized marijuana in 2013. Canada legalized it last week. In doing so, both countries put themselves in violation of the UN anti-drug treaties that are the legal backbone of global drug prohibition.

Not much happened. That’s because those treaties are toothless; they have no effective enforcement mechanisms. The global anti-drug bureaucrats at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the International Narcotics Control Board can write irate memos criticizing Ottawa and Montevideo, but that’s about it. They have done so, and Canada and Uruguay blithely ignored them.

Still, the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and its 1971 and 1988 addenda are global agreements, and while an argument can be made that countries that want to legalize marijuana should just ignore that provision, there is a counterargument to be made that it is better to modify or creatively interpret the existing global framework than to merely brush aside the anti-drug treaties.

Now, the good folks at the Transnational Institute’s (TNI) Drugs and Democracy program have come up with what they call “an elegant way” to end global marijuana prohibition. It’s called inter se modification. Instead of ignoring the tension between national-level legalization and the treaties, using this strategy would “resolve those treaty tensions and enable progressive and sustainable change at the global level.”

What inter se modification does is allow two or more signatory states to the UN conventions to enter into an agreement among themselves alone. As TNI explains in the video below, a group of countries—say Canada, the Netherlands, and Uruguay—could agree to an inter se modification agreement on how marijuana cultivation should take place, how international pot commerce should be conducted, and education and public health policies, among others.

“These three countries would basically create a mini-treaty of their own, while at the same time respecting the rights and obligations of all state parties that do adhere to the UN drug control conventions,” TNI explains. “If other countries wish to legally regulate cannabis after this mini-treaty is agreed on, they are free to join the group and enjoy the benefits accordingly.”

Here we have a way to legalize marijuana at the national level without breaching the UN treaties. Instead the treaties’ provision on the illegal marijuana would simply be hollowed out over time as country after country eventually joins the inter se modification agreement. Maybe then there will come a tipping point where the treaties themselves can be amended to reflect the new global reality.

Here’s how TNI explains it all:

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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Marijuana Midterms: How the Prospects for State-Level Legalization and Medical Marijuana Are Looking

Alternet - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:30
Less than two weeks out, a couple of these races are turning into nailbiters.

With less than two weeks to go to Election Day, it’s looking like a mixed picture for state-level marijuana policy initiatives. There are two states—Michigan and North Dakota—with marijuana legalization on the ballot, and there are two more states—Missouri and Utah—with medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot.

It’s possible that all four will pass, but it’s looking more likely in Michigan and Missouri than in North Dakota and Utah. In North Dakota, well-funded opposition may drown out the legalization message, while in Utah, late maneuvering by the Mormon church and state political leaders is undercutting support from what had previously appeared to be a measure cruising toward victory.

Here’s a quick recap of the initiatives and their prospects.

Michigan

Michigan is poised to become marijuana legalization’s Midwest breakout state. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has qualified a marijuana legalization initiative, Proposal 1, for the November ballot.

The measure would legalize the possession up to 2.5 ounces of pot for personal use and up to 10 ounces at home, as well as allowing for the personal cultivation of up to 12 plants and the fruits of that harvest. It also creates a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce, with a 10 percent excise tax at the retail level in addition to the 6 percent sales tax. The measure would give cities and counties the option of allowing pot businesses or not.

The initiative looks well-positioned to win in November. It had been holding steady at 61 percent support as late as May, the kind of polling numbers initiative and referendum experts like to see at the beginning of the campaign because they suggest that even with the inevitable erosion of support in the face of opposition attacks, the measure still has a big enough cushion to pull off a victory.

Support had indeed declined in the final weeks of the campaign as limited opposition finally emerged, but a September Detroit Free Press poll still has it winning with 55 percent of the vote and only three percent undecided and a September Detroit News poll had it winning with 56 percent.

Missouri

Missouri voters will be able to choose from not one, not two, but three separate medical marijuana measures when they go to the polls in November. Two are constitutional amendments; one is a statutory initiative that could more easily be modified by the legislature.

Amendment 2, sponsored by New Approach Missouri, would allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis for any condition they see fit. Registered patients and caregivers would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants and purchase up to four ounces from dispensaries per month. Medical cannabis sales at dispensaries would be taxed at 4 percent.

Amendment 3, sponsored by Find the Cures, would let doctors recommend medical marijuana to patients who have any of a specific list of qualifying conditions (while regulators would be able to add more conditions in the future). The retail sales tax on medical marijuana would be set at the much higher rate of 15 percent. Funds would be used to support research with the aim of developing cures and treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Proposition C, backed by Missourians for Patient Care, also outlines a list of specific conditions that would qualify patients to legally use medical cannabis. Sales would be taxed at 2 percent.

An August poll conducted by TJP strategies had support for amending the state constitution to allow medical marijuana at 54 percent.

There has been no more recent polling, but with 93 percent of the nation backing medical cannabis in an April 2018 Quinnipiac University poll, it’s likely that Missouri isn’t going to buck the trend. The fundraising also points toward a successful campaign. Both New Approach Missouri and Find the Cure have raised more than a million dollars over the course of the campaign and both still have tens of thousands of dollars banked for the final push. The only ballot committee opposed to both campaigns, Citizens for Safe Medicine, was just registered last month and has reported no donations or expenditures.

North Dakota

This year, a grassroots group, Legalize ND, managed to get enough signatures to get Measure 3, the Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement initiative, on the November ballot.

This is a radical initiative. It would legalize all forms of marijuana for adults by removing marijuana, THC, and hashish from the state’s controlled substance schedules, and it sets no limits on the amount of marijuana people could possess or how many plants they grow. It also provides for the automatic expungement of criminal convictions for anyone convicted of a marijuana-related crime that would be legal under the measure.

And it does not create a framework for regulated marijuana sales, nor does it set any taxes. Creating a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce would be up to the state legislature.

Legalize ND faces the toughest odds. While a June poll, commissioned by Legalize ND and conducted by the Florida-based Kitchen Group, had the initiative winning 46 percent to 39 percent, with 15 percent undecided and a poll this month, also commissioned by Legalize ND had it winning with 51 percent to 36 percent, two other recent polls have support at under 40 percent.

It also faces the toughest organized opposition, which is heavily out-fundraising it. While Legalize ND has raised less than $30,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, the national anti-marijuana lobbying group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has provided 100 percent of the contributions to Healthy and Productive North Dakota, an amount totaling more than $156,000.

A separate anti-initiative committee, North Dakotans Against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana, which represents business groups and is headed by the director of government affairs for the state Chamber of Commerce, has raised $86,000. If Legalize ND can pull off a victory, it will be sweet, indeed, but it’s looking like an uphill battle.

Utah

Sponsored by the Utah Patients Coalition, the medical marijuana statutory initiative, Proposition 2, has qualified for the November ballot. The bottom-up effort comes after the state legislature has refused to advance meaningful medical marijuana legislation.

Under the measure, people who suffer from one of a list of designated qualifying medical conditions could receive a medical marijuana card with a physician’s recommendation. That would entitle them to possess up to two ounces of marijuana or any amount of a marijuana product with up to 10 grams of THC. Patients could not grow their own unless they live more than 100 miles from a dispensary. And the patients cannot smoke marijuana.

A Utah Policy poll released in September had support for the measure at 64 percent,
with even Mormons generally breaking with the church leadership on the issue. But
after that poll was released, state political leaders, advocates, and the Mormon church announced they’d agreed on a medical marijuana plan that lawmakers would consider in a November special session. That has, to some degree, cut the legs out from under the initiative.

A Salt Lake Tribune poll released last week had support dropping to only 51 percent, with 46 percent opposed. What looked like a cakewalk just a few weeks ago has turned into a nailbiter.

There you have it. Marijuana could go four for four this year, but it’s not at all at done deal, and we may end up having to settle for only three or maybe even two out of four. Going only 50-50 on marijuana initiatives would be the worst performance of the modern era. Let’s hope 2018 doesn’t earn that distinction.

This article was produced by Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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WEEDSTOCK: Cannabis Living Expo rolls into town - Toronto Sun

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 13:56

Toronto Sun

WEEDSTOCK: Cannabis Living Expo rolls into town
Toronto Sun
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Cannabis across Canada: Volume and price of online recreational pot orders - Globalnews.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 13:14

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Cannabis across Canada: Volume and price of online recreational pot orders
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Canadians were eager to buy legal cannabis for recreational use online on Oct. 17, as government-run and privately operated pot portals were lit up with thousands of orders within the first 24 hours of legalization day. READ MORE: How much weed was ...
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Marijuana shortages abound in Canada in just second week of legalization - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:38

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Marijuana shortages abound in Canada in just second week of legalization
Financial Post
Canada became the first major economy to legalize recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, taking the lead in a global market that's expected to reach US$32 billion in consumer spending by 2022, according to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics.
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Utah State Senator Tries Marijuana on Camera to Show Why State Should Support Legalization - TIME

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 06:53

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Utah State Senator Tries Marijuana on Camera to Show Why State Should Support Legalization
TIME
A Utah state senator decided to try cannabis for the first time—and film it—ahead of the state's vote on legalizing medical marijuana. On Saturday, Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis shared a video of himself sampling an edible gummy bear outside a dispensary in ...
Utah lawmaker doesn't recommend 'shooting up marijuana,' but says 'no big deal' after first-useFOX 10 News Phoenix

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Ontario cannabis store apologizes for delays, blames Canada Post - Ottawa Citizen

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 05:56

Ottawa Citizen

Ontario cannabis store apologizes for delays, blames Canada Post
Ottawa Citizen
The provincial retailer of cannabis and cannabis products said it has received more than 150,000 orders for cannabis since the product was legalized on Wednesday Oct. 17. According to the store, Ontario received more orders for cannabis than all other ...
Pot users in BC in no rush to ditch their traditional suppliers, experts sayVancouver Sun
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Cannabis-induced psychosis on the rise in NWT prior to legalization, says health dept. - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 03:00

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Cannabis-induced psychosis on the rise in NWT prior to legalization, says health dept.
CBC.ca
Cannabis-induced psychosis in the N.W.T. has more than quadrupled over the past decade, with youth particularly at risk, according to numbers from the territory's health department. The Department of Health began data on the hospitalizations in 2007.

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With pot legalized, job openings surge in Canada's cannabis industry - Washington Post

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 02:00

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With pot legalized, job openings surge in Canada's cannabis industry
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OR: Exchange Exemplar: Celebrating The Wild Willamette - Jefferson Public Radio

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CANADA: Nunatsiaq News 2018-10-25: NEWS: Legal cannabis won't change social housing rules, Nunavut Housing Corp. says

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FL: Fort Myers business owner arrested for having over 500 pounds of marijuana - NBC2 News

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