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CANADA: Canadian marijuana firms warned to play by the rules after legalization

Drug News Bot - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:03
burnabynow.com The former chair of the federal government's taskforce on cannabis is warning the industry to play by the rules when recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada. (Wed Jun 13 02:03:56 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(98%), $propaganda_theme1(80%), $propaganda_theme3(60%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme7(98%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(85%), $tobacco(100%), $youth(60%)]
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CANADA: Police dog finds cocaine - Brockville Recorder

Drug News Bot - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:03
recorder.ca (Canada) Police dog finds cocaine ! Brockville Recorder Police dog finds cocaine Diesel, Brockville's police dog, has a nose for cocaine. Brockville ... (Wed Jun 13 02:03:22 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $prohibition_agency(75%), $drug_dog(75%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $various_drugs(90%)]
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Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 21:22

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Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana
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But so far only about 35,000 have registered to use the legal marijuana system. Even with legal users sharing their pot, Uruguay's cannabis control institute says that the regulated market reaches just about half the country's users. Most of Uruguay's ...

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Is cannabis oil a medical marvel? Should the controversial medication be available on NHS? - Express.co.uk

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:30

Express.co.uk

Is cannabis oil a medical marvel? Should the controversial medication be available on NHS?
Express.co.uk
This week Charlotte Caldwell, whose 12-year-old son Billy has a severe form of epilepsy that can give him up to 100 seizures a day, was stopped by officials at Heathrow after trying to “openly smuggle” illegal cannabis oil into the country from Canada ...

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South Carolina Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Question On Democratic Ballot - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:14

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South Carolina Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Question On Democratic Ballot
Forbes
... to use cannabis in accordance with physician recommendations without fear of being arrested. Its passage comes on the same day that a key U.S. Senate subcommittee moved for the first time ever to include protections for state medical marijuana laws ...
Medical marijuana gets overwhelming support from SC DemocratsCharleston Post Courier

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Quebec passes long-awaited cannabis law - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:53

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Quebec passes long-awaited cannabis law
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QUEBEC -- The Quebec government adopted its long-awaited cannabis law on Tuesday, even as the lawmaker who oversaw its passage reaffirmed the province is in no way promoting marijuana use. Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said the province ...
Quebec has passed its long-awaited cannabis law. Here's what's in ...CBC.ca
Quebec adopts long-awaited cannabis lawGlobalnews.ca
Bill 157 Legalizing Marijuana In Quebec Finally Passed, Here's ...MTL Blog (blog)

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'A huge business story': World watches as Canada makes cannabis history - Financial Post

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:36

Financial Post

'A huge business story': World watches as Canada makes cannabis history
Financial Post
Canada is still hammering out the final details for legalized recreational marijuana use, but it's already being branded as the “world's most important” cannabis exporter. “It's historic what's been done here,” said Ricardo Baca, a veteran journalist ...

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How Mapping Marijuana DNA Could Change the Future of Pot - RollingStone.com

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:38

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How Mapping Marijuana DNA Could Change the Future of Pot
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Scientists are currently in the midst of exploring uncharted territory: The cannabis genome. Unlike with other plants, researchers don't have a long history of closely analyzing the genetic makeup of the plant. But for the past seven years – as more ...

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Global accreditation body formed at World Cannabis Conference in ... - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:55

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Global accreditation body formed at World Cannabis Conference in ...
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Global Cannabis Partners created to help establish international corporate social-responsibility standards around informed choice, restrictions for youth, safety, ...
Cannabis NB will use public education to promote products - CBC.caCBC.ca

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Senators Include Medical Marijuana Protections In Justice Department Bill - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:14

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Senators Include Medical Marijuana Protections In Justice Department Bill
Forbes
While the rider does not protect recreational marijuana consumers or the businesses that serve them, it does continue to shield patients and medically-focused providers in the 46 states that now allow some form of legal cannabis for therapeutic use ...
Many Canadian workplaces not ready for legal marijuana, World ...Globalnews.ca
States Should Control Marijuana EnforcementBloomberg
Many employers not ready for legal weed, World Cannabis Congress toldCTV News
Business in Vancouver -Leafly
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What's Driving Cannabis Stock Cronos Group? - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:20

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What's Driving Cannabis Stock Cronos Group?
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The uptick in the stock price has been driven partly by Canada's move to legalize cannabis for adult consumers for recreational purposes and a booming medical marijuana market in Canada. Since this is a relatively new industry, it does have the ...
Rare Jamaican cannabis strains seeding a medical marijuana ...NOW Magazine
The cannabis landscape - Economy, Law & Politics | Business in ...Business in Vancouver

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New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments With Legal Marijuana

Alternet - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:39
And the president says he will “probably” support it.

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill Thursday in both houses of Congress that would protect state marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, and decriminalization laws from federal interference. On Friday morning, President Trump said he would “probably” support the bill.

Under the measure, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) provisions federally criminalizing marijuana would no longer apply to anyone acting in compliance with state, territorial, or tribal laws allowing marijuana activities.

The bill would also clarify that marijuana business transactions done in compliance with state laws are not drug trafficking and that money made in state-legal marijuana operations is not the proceeds of an unlawful transaction. This provision would provide breathing room for financial institutions to provide services to the industry and give state-legal pot businesses the ability to claim standard business deductions at tax time.

The bill additionally removes industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances under the CSA.

It also retains criminal provisions of the CSA that bar the endangerment of life while manufacturing marijuana and the employment of people under 18 in drug operations. And it prohibits the distribution of marijuana at transportation safety facilities, such as truck stops and rest areas.

The bill is a direct response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ avowedly aggressive approach to marijuana. The Obama administration dealt with state-legal marijuana by largely getting out of the way, but under Sessions, the Justice Department has rescinded Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors that limited law enforcement efforts. A feared crackdown has not materialized, but the Justice Department’s posture has created legal and business uncertainty, threatened public health and safety, and undermined state regulatory regimes.

At a Thursday news conference announcing the bill, Senate co-sponsor Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who earlier worked with President Trump to ease fears of a federal marijuana crackdown, said he had been in contact with Trump on the measure.

“I have talked to the president about this bill,” Gardner said. “In previous conversations he talked about the need to solve this conflict. He talked about his support for a states’ rights approach during the campaign. Not putting words in the mouth of the White House, but I think this will be an opportunity for us to fulfill what is that federalism approach.”

On Friday, as he prepared to head to Canada for the G7 summit, Trump told reporters he backs Gardner and is considering supporting the bill.

“I know exactly what he’s doing,” Trump said. “We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that.”

Despite the president’s remarks, the bill is unlikely to pass this session. Republican congressional leaders have proven loath to move on marijuana reform bills, and even Trump’s support is unlikely to sway key conservatives who are more aligned with Attorney General Sessions than President Trump on marijuana policy.

Still, filing the bill allows its sponsors to stake out positions at the cutting edge of marijuana reform. Sen. Gardner is a Republican seeking to defend his seat this year in a state that legalized marijuana who has sparred with the Justice Department over the issue, while Senate co-sponsor Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), representing a state where legal marijuana sales are set to begin this summer, is considered a leading Democratic presidential contender.

“In 2012, Coloradans legalized marijuana at the ballot box and the state created an apparatus to regulate the legal marijuana industry. But because of the one-size-fits-all federal prohibition, state decisions like this put Colorado and other states at odds with the federal government,” said Gardner. “The federal government is closing its eyes and plugging its ears while 46 states have acted. The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking a states’ rights approach to the legal marijuana question. The bipartisan, commonsense bill ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters—whether that is legalization or prohibition—and not interfere in any state’s legal marijuana industry.”

“Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development,” said Warren. “States like Massachusetts have put a lot of work into implementing common-sense marijuana regulations—and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies. The federal government needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana.”

House sponsor Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) doesn’t need to burnish his marijuana reform credentials—he is a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus—while House sponsor David Joyce (R-OH) is defending his seat in battleground Ohio, where medical marijuana sales are slated to begin this fall.

“For too long the senseless prohibition of marijuana has devastated communities, disproportionately impacting poor Americans and communities of color. Not to mention, it’s also wasted resources and stifled critical medical research,” said Blumenauer. “It’s past time to put the power back in the hands of the people. Congress must right this wrong.”

“We should trust the people of the states, like Ohio, who have voted to implement responsible common-sense regulations and requirements for the use, production, and sale of cannabis,” said Joyce. “If the people of these states have decided to provide help for those veterans and others suffering from pain and other health issues, we should allow them access without government interference.”

The legislation is backed not only by the usual suspects, such as the ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, National Cannabis Industry Association, and NORML, but also by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Also supporting the bipartisan effort are conservative groups, such as Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Institute for Liberty, as well as banking groups including the Cooperative Credit Union Association, the Massachusetts Bankers Association, the Maine Credit Union League, and the Mountain West Credit Union Association.

Other marijuana reform bills have been introduced in this Congress, too, but like this one, they are likely doomed by Republican recalcitrance. Still, if the Democrats manage to take control of the House and/or the Senate in November, we could start to see some real progress made. Support for marijuana legalization has gone past the tipping point; now it’s just inertia and intransigence blocking progress.

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OH: Police dogs and reefer madness - vindy.com

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:46
vindy.com He made it clear he is prepared to sacrifice their lives on the altar of marijuana phobia. B Because many K-9s are trained not to be social so their work wonb t be affected. A number of dogs would likely have to be euthanized.b Voyles then talked with police in two other Illinois towns who told him what many of you already know. (Tue Jun 12 18:46:28 2018 PDT)
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OH: Mahoning sheriff gets new police dog - vindy.com

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:46
vindy.com Mahoning sheriff gets new police dog ! vindy.com Mahoning sheriff gets new police dog A newly acquired police dog will be introduced to the community at Saturdayb s 7:05 p.m. (Tue Jun 12 18:46:28 2018 PDT)
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OH: ODNR introduces new K-9 program - vindy.com

Drug News Bot - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:46
vindy.com ODNR introduces new K-9 program ! vindy.com ODNR introduces new K-9 program The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that the ODNR Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in the adoption of a wildlife K-9 program. (Tue Jun 12 18:46:28 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(50%), $drugwar_propaganda(70%), $explicit_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $prohibition_agency(50%), $drug_dog(50%), $youth(60%)]
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OH: Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal - Times Bulletin

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:43
timesbulletin.com (US) Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal - Times Bulletin Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal In this April 20. President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana. (Tue Jun 12 18:43:00 2018 PDT)
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OH: Kansas stepmom dead after leading investigator to dead boy - Times Bulletin

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:43
timesbulletin.com (US) Prosecutors allege Glass smoked marijuana then drove the girl to a restaurant. ... (Tue Jun 12 18:43:00 2018 PDT)
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FL: Deputies search for shooter who grazed a 9-year-old boy - Story - WOFL

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:38
fox35orlando.com (US) He was charged with Culpable Negligence, Inflicting Harm, Culpable Negligence Exposure to Harm (five counts), Discharging a Firearm in Public, and Possession of Marijuana. ... (Tue Jun 12 19:38:48 2018 PDT)
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FL: Man who grazed 9-year-old with bullet arrested - Story - WOFL

Bot - Cannabis - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 01:38
fox35orlando.com (US) Weaver was also found to be in possession of marijuana. (Tue Jun 12 19:38:48 2018 PDT)
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