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CN NS: Column: Strictly Regulated Legal Pot Environment Expected

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
The News, 09 Nov 2017 - Nova Scotians thinking that next July they'll be able to nip down to the corner pot shop whenever they want, might want to chill until they see the province's plan. Cannabis will be legal next summer, but the rules and regulations are yet to come and Nova Scotia, along with the other Atlantic Provinces, will create tightly controlled, strictly regulated environments.
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CN ON: OPED: Still Much To Learn About Pot

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
The Sun Times, 09 Nov 2017 - Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal. As a doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: the experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice, and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle. I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuana becomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this drug.
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CN MB: Column: Union Needs To Get Real

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Sun, 09 Nov 2017 - MGEU off-base when it comes to private pot stores Manitoba's largest union is accusing the Pallister government of compromising the safety of Manitobans and foregoing millions in profits by allowing private retailers to sell marijuana once it becomes legal next year.
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CN BC: Column: Marketing Marijuana

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Vancouver 24hours, 09 Nov 2017 - The guidelines are strict but it won't matter According to new marijuana marketing guidelines released Wednesday by The Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding after working with Advertising Standards Canada, companies marketing marijuana will not be able to use animals to sell pot nor will be they be able to promote the use of cannabis itself ( just brand preference) and they will be required to advertise in places where over 70 per cent of the audience is adult (or above the age of majority in the particular province).
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CN NS: Column: Elderly Being Left Out Of Cannabis Discussions

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Chronicle Herald, 07 Nov 2017 - For months, Ralph (all names have been changed), neighbour to my friend The Chairman, has left his house only for doctor visits and a couple of hospital stints. That's not for lack of trying. Prescribed mind-numbing meds put the former coal miner into a fog. Several times he insisted that he needed to go outside, rolled his wheelchair to the front door, tried to stand but instead tumbled, like laundry out of a basket, like a milk bottle smashed on the floor.
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CN MB: Budding Opportunity

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Sun, 10 Nov 2017 - Legal pot sales could lead to $95M annual profits for province Legal pot sales in Manitoba could raise as much as $95 million a year for government after five years if the province could take over 80% of the black market, according to recent figures released by the Pallister government.
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CN ON: OPED: How Canada Can Properly Deal With The Opioid Crisis

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Toronto Star, 07 Nov 2017 - Canada's response to the opioid crisis has been fragmented and marginally effective at best. We deserve a better approach, and the answers are out there. Other countries are effectively dealing with the issue and Canada should be more open to learning from them. There are several key steps we can take to ensure Canadians with addiction can lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. First, we need to recognize this is actually a crisis. Do you remember SARS and how it impacted every Canadian with a focused response from our public health teams? Forty-four Canadians died from SARS. How about AIDS at its peak in 1995? We all were aware of the crisis and as Canadians we worked together diligently to help. That year about 1,400 people died from AIDS. Compare this to over 2,400 Canadians dying from opioid overdoses in 2016 and the number likely to double in 2017.
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CN ON: No Marijuana Store For Brantford, Yet

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
The Expositor, 07 Nov 2017 - Mayor Chris Friel says he isn't surprised that Brantford is not among the first Ontario cities selected to have legal marijuana stores by next July. "All of the cities on the list have had problems with illegal dispensaries," Friel said Monday.
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CN MB: Pallister Hints Private Sector Will Be Part Of Pot Sales

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Sun, 07 Nov 2017 - WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister signalled Monday that the province's private sector will be involved in the distribution of marijuana when recreational use is legalized next July. Pallister said details of the provincial plan to govern cannabis would be released Tuesday. He rejected earlier statements from the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union that sales should be done exclusively through government-run stores.
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'Federal Government must be smoking something': Provinces balk at Ottawa's marijuana tax plan - BNN

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:20

BNN

'Federal Government must be smoking something': Provinces balk at Ottawa's marijuana tax plan
BNN
They say that type of tax distribution would simply be unfair, given the extra costs provinces will end up shouldering as they prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis in July of 2018. “The federal government must be smoking something to ...
Edmonton left out of marijuana talks as Alberta rejects Ottawa's proposalCBC.ca
Alberta slams Ottawa over proposed split on marijuana taxEdmonton Journal
Alberta to fight federal government's cannabis-tax 'clawback'The Globe and Mail
CTV News -Macleans.ca
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In California, This Candidate Hopes a Cannabis Tax Plan Boosts His Profile - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:33

Leafly

In California, This Candidate Hopes a Cannabis Tax Plan Boosts His Profile
Leafly
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a non-announced candidate for California governor, speaks at a Nov. 9, 2016, news conference after California voters legalized marijuana. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). For the past year, Chiang has headed California's 18-member Cannabis ...

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Maryland May See Medical Cannabis This Month, but Diversity Issues Loom Large - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:19

Leafly

Maryland May See Medical Cannabis This Month, but Diversity Issues Loom Large
Leafly
Cannabis companies have said that the drug is likely to be available to patients this month. ForwardGro Inc., the first licensed medical marijuana grower, successfully passed the state's cannabis assessment this year, said Darrell Carrington, the ...
Think you'll be able to buy recreational marijuana in Sacramento Jan. 1? Think againSacramento Bee
New Jersey could become the next legal pot state - Nov. 10, 2017CNNMoney
In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets TougherNPR
The San Diego Union-Tribune -Time Out (blog) -Inverse -NJ.com
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Pro-cannabis respondents smoke dissidents - Whitehorse Star

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:43

Whitehorse Star

Pro-cannabis respondents smoke dissidents
Whitehorse Star
A significant majority of Yukoners are behind the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use and believe it's acceptable to occasionally use the drug for exactly that reason. Those findings are in the results from the Yukon ...

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Nova Scotia's first legal crop of marijuana could sprout in June - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:39

CBC.ca

Nova Scotia's first legal crop of marijuana could sprout in June
CBC.ca
Nova Scotia's first licensed cannabis producer could be ready to sell medical marijuana this spring, the company said Friday. The Wentworth Valley-based Breathing Green Solutions was added to Health Canada's authorized list Friday. It's the only one ...
Nova Scotia gets its first licensed marijuana producer: Breathing Green SolutionsGlobalnews.ca

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Provinces split on plans for legal marijuana sales | Toronto Star - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:21

Toronto Star

Provinces split on plans for legal marijuana sales | Toronto Star
Toronto Star
Ontario wants to sell cannabis through LCBO stores, but western provinces seem inclined to follow Manitoba's model of distributing the product through private ...

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BUSTED: Watch LA Cops Plant Drugs in Black Suspect's Wallet—Unaware Their Body Cams Were On

Alternet - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:11
Both officers involved in the bust refused to comment on their actions.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspect’s wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields’ front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspect’s wallet — before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields’ attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, “Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.”

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Watch the video below via CBS-LA:

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The Startup Catering To Women's Curiosity About Cannabis - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:46

Forbes

The Startup Catering To Women's Curiosity About Cannabis
Forbes
The launch of the New York City chapter in October at a hip downtown herbalist shop featured a discussion about cannabis and pain, including the differences between THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana and CBD, the part of the cannabis plant ...

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Cities fight for legal marijuana revenue as Ottawa reveals minimum $1 per gram tax - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:38

CBC.ca

Cities fight for legal marijuana revenue as Ottawa reveals minimum $1 per gram tax
CBC.ca
"Preparing the bulk of Canada's police forces to enforce new cannabis rules — with appropriate training, systems and resources — is a massive and costly undertaking." Gerbasi says the $161 million already earmarked by the federal government for ...

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Marijuana's Female Pioneers Are Being Pushed Aside in the Legal Weed Boom - Bloomberg

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:09

Bloomberg

Marijuana's Female Pioneers Are Being Pushed Aside in the Legal Weed Boom
Bloomberg
“The marijuana industry is still primarily white male, but if the glass ceiling was 12 feet high in the banking industry, I think in marijuana it feels like it's 20 feet high,” Amy Andrle, co-owner of L'Eagle Services, a Colorado-based cannabis ...

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Could California’s Insane Cannabis Tax Cripple the Legal Market?

Alternet - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 08:56
Did someone say 45 percent sales tax?

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 with Proposition 215. It was a time when the wild west was full of marijuana warriors who literally laid down the law — and their lives at times. Which might help explain why California has been so resistant to full on legalization with all its taxes and regulations. Things start sounding more like Nottingham and less like Sherwood Forest when you hear the words “45 percent sales tax.”

 

Prop 215 was the perfect medical marijuana model thanks to one of its key authors, Dennis Peron, who changed the marijuana and LGBT landscapes of our nation. It was perfect in it’s numerous imperfections (hindsight) that allowed almost anyone to obtain a medical use card. But California is the world’s sixth largest economy and that means tourism. Also, full on legalization is looking better and better on the states that make it happen.

High sales taxes, however, are threatening to bring California cannabis back into the black market when they finally go all the way on January 1, 2018. “High effective tax rates on California cannabis may complicate the state’s efforts to establish legal markets” analysts Stephen Walsh and Karen Ribble said within a Fitch Ratings report on California’s pot taxes.

Rates will vary between municipalities with both state and local taxes added to the price. Growers, sellers and consumers all have their own sets of taxes with consumers paying 22.25 to 24.25 percent tax, though also reaching as high as an outrageous 45 percent — depending where one is in the state. The taxes include the state excise tax and additional state and local taxes.

The Fitch report believes that these higher taxes could send people back into a black market that’s never stopped flourishing. “California’s black markets for cannabis were well established long before its voters legalized cannabis in November 2016 and are expected to dominate post-legalization production,” read the Fitch report.

It’s all going to really come down to the consumer. Plenty of Californians and visitors are going to be pleased as punch to pay the extra taxes in order to just walk into a legal dispensary and pick up their cannabis supplies. However, those already prone to doing things under the radar? Well, we can predict one thing clearly, California’s legalized marketplace will be nothing if not dynamic.

 

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