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CANADA: Cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com There are a number of police dogs across the country who will be out of a job before October 17. (Thu Jul 26 02:10:19 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Vancouver man banned from U.S. for pot investments seeks waiver to cross border

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Canadian Sam Znaimer said he was recently denied entry at a Washington state border crossing by officials who said his investments in U.S. marijuana companies make him ineligible to enter the country. (Thu Jul 26 02:10:19 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Guided weed hikes a concern for North Shore Rescue

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Guided weed hikes a concern for North Shore Rescue Curtis Jones with B.C.b s North Shore Rescue said the statement issued on the agencyb s website is a proactive attempt before marijuana legalization this October to make sure hikers are aware of the dangers of experimenting with drugs in rough terrain. (Thu Jul 26 02:10:19 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $use_is_abuse(100%), $propaganda_theme4(100%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $legalization(100%), $chemicals(50%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(50%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(70%)]
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CANADA: Cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com There are a number of police dogs across the country who will be out of a job before October 17. (Thu Jul 26 02:10:19 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme5(50%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $dissent_silenced(55%), $propaganda_theme8(55%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $prohibition_agency(90%), $secret_evidence(50%), $drug_dog(90%), $plants(100%), $pharms(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $narcotic(100%), $cannabis(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(50%)]
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CANADA: Vancouver man banned from U.S. for pot investments seeks waiver to cross border

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:10
delta-optimist.com Canadian Sam Znaimer said he was recently denied entry at a Washington state border crossing by officials who said his investments in U.S. marijuana companies make him ineligible to enter the country. (Thu Jul 26 02:10:19 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme3(65%), $propaganda_theme5(50%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $dissent_silenced(55%), $propaganda_theme8(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cocaine(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $youth(50%), $legalism(65%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Mobile supervised consumption service expected - Daily Herald Tribune

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:09
dailyheraldtribune.com (Canada) Grande Prairie had the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the province at 33.8 per 100,000 people in 2017, according to data by the Alberta government. ... (Thu Jul 26 02:09:38 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $moral_imperative(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $pharms(100%), $analgesic(100%), $anesthetic(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $naloxone(100%), $fentanyl(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $meeting(60%)]
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TOP: 3 arrested after officers find stolen police rifle, over 100 grams of marijuana, authorities say - Orlando Sentinel

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:07
orlandosentinel.com (US) Close to 2 grams of marijuana and meth that Malcolm claimed was his. (Thu Jul 26 14:07:18 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Sun Investigates - Baltimore Sun

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:06
baltimoresun.com (US) Budding tech troubles hamper Maryland's medical marijuana dispensaries It was a popular tool while it lasted. (Thu Jul 26 14:06:08 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Glace Bay actor overcomes addiction, gets career back on track - Local - News - Local - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:05
capebretonpost.com (US) Adding that his teeth were ruined when he was a drug addict. (Thu Jul 26 02:05:45 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(60%), $drugwar_propaganda(85%), $propaganda_theme1(85%), $addiction(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $use_is_abuse(60%), $propaganda_theme4(60%), $propaganda_theme5(75%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $illegal_drugs(60%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(50%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $alcohol(50%), $various_drugs(95%), $youth(75%), $school(100%)]
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TOP: Philly overdose drug may have contained toxic designer drug

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:04
philly.com (US) What are synthetic cannabinoids? There are scores of synthetic cannabinoids. Some have been sold on the street under names like K2 and Spice. (Thu Jul 26 14:04:52 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Girl eats 15 pieces of edible pot product: 'It looked just like a chocolate bar'

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:03
burnabynow.com Girl eats 15 pieces of edible pot product: 'It looked just like a chocolate bar' HALIFAX b A four-year-old Nova Scotia girl was hospitalized after eating 15 pieces of an edible marijuana product she thought was a chocolate bar. (Thu Jul 26 02:03:39 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Girl eats 15 pieces of edible pot product: 'It looked just like a chocolate bar'

Drug News Bot - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 01:03
burnabynow.com Girl eats 15 pieces of edible pot product: 'It looked just like a chocolate bar' HALIFAX b A four-year-old Nova Scotia girl was hospitalized after eating 15 pieces of an edible marijuana product she thought was a chocolate bar. (Thu Jul 26 02:03:39 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(70%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $chemicals(50%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(50%), $alcohol(50%), $cannabis(100%), $hashish(100%), $cannabis_industry(70%), $youth(70%), $school(100%)]
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At 70, Founding A Cannabis Startup Can Be Quite A Trip - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:44

Forbes

At 70, Founding A Cannabis Startup Can Be Quite A Trip
Forbes
One area where this analytical chemistry is sorely needed is in classifying cannabis strains. Whole cannabis plants contain variable mixtures of active compounds -- Marijuana contains over 113 different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids -- and ...

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Medicinal cannabis user admits 'I'm a criminal now' - Waikato Times

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:44

Waikato Times

Medicinal cannabis user admits 'I'm a criminal now'
Waikato Times
Michael was standing in the dock awaiting sentence on three charges: cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis and possession of a firearm and ammunition. The police summary of facts said his property had a "grow room", four cannabis plants and ...
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New Jersey Suspends All Marijuana Prosecutions—At Least Until Fall

Alternet - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:23
Could this be the beginning of the end for marijuana prohibition in the Garden State?

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has shaken up New Jersey's marijuana politics with an announcement Tuesday that he has ordered county and municipal prosecutors to defer all marijuana-related cases until early September. The move was an unexpected response to a squabble over whether a city in the state could decriminalize pot possession on its own.

Last week, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop moved to unilaterally decriminalize small-time pot possession in his city. State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told him he couldn't do that.

In a letter last Friday, Grewal declared that his office "takes no position" on marijuana legalization or decriminalization, by warned Fulop he was exceeding his authority. "I write to advise that, as a municipal prosecutor, you do not have the legal authority to decriminalize marijuana or otherwise refuse to criminally prosecute all marijuana-related offenses in the municipal courts of Jersey City," Grewal wrote. "Accordingly, I am instructing you that your memorandum is void and has no effect."

But by Monday, Grewal was singing a different tune—one that will affect thousands of people currently facing marijuana charges in the state. According to Politico, Grewal met with Jersey City officials that day and then agreed to create a working group to set a statewide policy for prosecutors by the end of August. Both the Jersey City prosecutor and the Hudson County (home of Jersey City) prosecutor will be part of the group.

"In the interim, I ask that all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey seek an adjournment until September 4, 2018, or later, of any matter involving a marijuana-related offense pending in municipal court," Grewal wrote in a letter to prosecutors. "This adjournment will give my office sufficient time to develop appropriate guidance for prosecutors."

The move comes as the legislature, with the encouragement of Gov. Phil Murphy (D), ponders a pair of legalization bills,S 2702 and S 2703, filed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D-Cumberland). On Monday, Sweeney announced he would combine the bills, tying legalization to an expansion of the state's medical marijuana program.

Murphy had vowed to legalize marijuana within 100 days of his January inauguration, but that hasn't happened yet. That's due in part to opposition from the likes of state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), head of the Legislative Black Caucus, who favors decriminalization over legalization, and who just last week was warning that legalization could lead to "sex toys and oils with marijuana," among other horrible consequences.

On Tuesday, Gov. Murphy reiterated that decriminalization wasn't enough. "On the surface, [decriminalization] is intoxicating," Murphy told reporters at a joint appearance with Sweeney. "You think it’s a step in the right direction but it actually leaves the business in the hands of the bad guys. Your kids are exposed, it’s not regulated, it's not taxed. So I’ll leave the specifics of that to the attorney general, but that’s a conceptual answer."

Legalization is "the bigger lift," Murphy said. "The Senate president is leading that. I’m all in. I think the Assembly speaker ... is all in."

Whether the governor and the legislative leadership can get it done this year remains to be seen. And so does whether the era of prosecuting people for pot in New Jersey is over once and for all, and not just for the next couple of months.

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

 

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Misreporting on Cannabis Study Suggests Drug Is Harmful to the Brain - Inverse

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:21

Inverse

Misreporting on Cannabis Study Suggests Drug Is Harmful to the Brain
Inverse
For instance, in May 2017, scientists showed that THC seemed to reverse the effects of aging in mice's brains, and in October 2017, scientists outlined how long-term marijuana use can increase people's risk of certain mental health issues. It's great ...

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New Jersey will stop prosecuting marijuana cases, for now - CNN

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:58

CNN

New Jersey will stop prosecuting marijuana cases, for now
CNN
The guidance, issued by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal in a memo to local prosecutors, comes as Grewal's office prepares to establish a working group to study local authority in matters of marijuana decriminalization. "I ask that all ...
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Got experience in cannabis and customer service? The BC government is hiring - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:30

CBC.ca

Got experience in cannabis and customer service? The BC government is hiring
CBC.ca
"We are on the lookout for quite a few people," said Kate Bilney of the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, which is overseeing the sale of cannabis in the province. About 20 people are needed for the first store, she said, from managers to assistants to ...

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An exclusive look inside the UK's legal medical cannabis farm - New Scientist

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:16

New Scientist

An exclusive look inside the UK's legal medical cannabis farm
New Scientist
He is surrounded by different varieties, all in heady bloom under the light sensors, ceiling shades and lamps at GW Pharmaceuticals' cannabis breeding and medicine production facility. It is the only firm able to grow the plant in the UK. Wearing a ...

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Looming cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 08:10

The Globe and Mail

Looming cannabis legalization forces 14 RCMP sniffer dogs into early retirement
The Globe and Mail
Traffic and interdiction dogs like Luke are trained to detect cannabis, but once the substance is legal, they can no longer be used to establish grounds for search in a traffic stop. All 14 dogs need to be replaced, and it will cost about $5,000 to ...

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