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CANADA: Undeniable Proof That God Can Transform Even the Most Broken Lives - ChristianWeek

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christianweek.org (Canada) Among other life issues. b I was there about three days at my momb s house and I was smoking pot. (Fri Oct 06 02:07:25 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Undeniable Proof That God Can Transform Even the Most Broken Lives - ChristianWeek

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CANADA: Warrant issued for Chilliwack woman accused of manslaughter after court no-show - Chilliwack Progress

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INTERNATIONAL: The Jpost Index -- marijuana

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:04
jpost.com Hebrew University launches multidisciplinary center on medical marijuana Is Israel on the way to decriminalizing marijuana? (Fri Oct 06 01:04:13 2017 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: Woman soldier dies in military prison - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

Bot - Cannabis - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:04
jpost.com The 19-year-old was arrested in early September for smoking marijuana and held at Prison 4 in Tzrifin. (Fri Oct 06 01:04:13 2017 PDT)
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INTERNATIONAL: The Jpost Index -- marijuana

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman soldier dies in military prison - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

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CN BC: Expert Calls For Drug Decriminalization

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
Prince George Citizen, 05 Oct 2017 - VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says. Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.
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CN BC: Decriminalize Drugs To Fight Overdoses: Expert

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
The Record, 05 Oct 2017 - VANCOUVER - Canada's political leaders must take bold action by joining forces to decriminalize illicit drugs and save lives in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, a leading drug-policy expert says. Donald MacPherson of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's stance on legalizing marijuana to protect youth and stop the flow of profits to organized crime must also apply to drugs that have killed thousands of Canadians.
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CN BC: Column: On Marijuana, Let The Provinces Keep The Cash

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
Vancouver 24hours, 05 Oct 2017 - The federal government plans to legalize marijuana this summer and they say they want their fair share of tax revenue. A dollar tax on anything up to $10 - and a 10% tax on anything above that amount - to be split 50/50 between the federal and provincial governments. But wait, Trudeau says, it's not about the money.
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CN ON: Marijuana Advocate Back In Niagara Falls

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
The Tribune, 05 Oct 2017 - Grow Up Expo features Jodie Emery as speaker at convention focussed on impending legalization of marijuana next July Jodie Emery laughs when reminded of her last visit to Niagara Falls seven years ago.
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CN ON: Toronto Endorses Province's Pot Plan

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
Toronto Star, 05 Oct 2017 - Toronto city council has, by a narrow margin, endorsed Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for tightly regulated marijuana sales through LCBO-style stores. Council voted 21-16 Wednesday in favour of backing Wynne's pot plan, while demanding that the city be compensated for any related costs when the federal government legalizes marijuana next year.
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CN ON: Who's Minding The Pot?

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
The Delhi News-Record, 05 Oct 2017 - Norfolk police board, county seek answers on personal grow-ops Health Canada is handing out licences for people to grow marijuana for personal use, but the question of who will be monitoring that growth has stymied both the Norfolk police board and council.
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CN AB: Cannabis, Can'tabis

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
Metro, 05 Oct 2017 - Albertans get first look at pot plan Albertans will be able to toke up in public when marijuana is legalized across Canada next summer, as long as they're not around kids. The province released its Draft Cannabis Framework on Wednesday morning, confirming people will be allowed to smoke in public but not in playgrounds, spray parks, zoos, hospitals, school grounds or other places frequented by children.
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CN ON: Grieving Moms Now Advocates On Opioids Crisis

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
The Grimsby Lincoln News, 05 Oct 2017 - Mothers galvanize regional politicians with powerful stories of loss of kids to overdoses NIAGARA - Wilma Thompson was hearing about the horrific death toll the opioid crisis sweeping across the country was having, so she pulled her daughter Jaena, age 19, aside last year.
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CN ON: Pot Legislation 'Prohibition 2.0,' Emery Says

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:00
Niagara This Week, 05 Oct 2017 - The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing unrestricted access to cannabis. "We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."
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Senate Heavy Hitters File Compromise Sentencing Reform Bill

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Click here for reuse options! New legislation will dramatically lower the number of federal drug war prisoners.

A bipartisan group of Senate heavy-hitters have filed a bill aimed at reducing the swollen federal prison population by moving away from harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences, among other reforms. But it's not completely reformist.

The measure is a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate. While it has a number of progressive sentencing reform provisions, it also includes new mandatory minimum sentences for a handful of crimes, including some drug offenses. Those provisions will provide political cover to conservatives fearful of being tagged "soft on crime," but tired of perpetuating failed drug war policies. 

The federal prison system has swollen dramatically since President Reagan reinvigorated Nixon's war on drugs. According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, the federal prison population has increased eight-fold since 1980, and while it peaked in 2012 and 2013, before Obama-era sentencing reforms began to bite, there are still 192,000 people currently behind bars in the federal system.

And while the prison population jumped eight-fold, the number of drug war prisoners jumped nearly 25-fold during the same period, according to the Sentencing Project. The nearly 81,000 people currently doing federal time for drug crimes constitutes nearly half (46.2%) of all federal prisoners.

The reform bill, S. 1917, was rolled out Wednesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Democratic Senate Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with cosponsors senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Roy Blunt (R-MO).

"Our justice system demands consequences for those who choose to run afoul of the law, and law enforcement works hard to keep our communities safe," said Grassley. "This bipartisan compromise ensures that these consequences fit their crimes by targeting violent and career criminals who prey on the innocent while giving nonviolent offenders with minimal criminal histories a better chance to become productive members of society. This bill strikes the right balance of improving public safety and ensuring fairness in the criminal justice system. It is the product of much thoughtful deliberation, and we will continue to welcome input from stakeholders as we move forward." 

"This compromise represents more than five years of work on criminal justice reform," said Durbin. "The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country on earth. Mandatory minimum sentences were once seen as a strong deterrent. In reality they have too often been unfair, fiscally irresponsible and a threat to public safety. Given tight budgets and overcrowded prison cells, our country must reform these outdated and ineffective laws that have cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. This bipartisan group is committed to getting this done." 

Given who is behind it and the senatorial compromise it represents, the measure actually has a chance of moving in the Republican-controlled body. Still, even if it were to pass there, sentencing reform faces murkier prospects in the House and, if the first months of the Trump administration are any indication, implacable hostility from the White House and the Justice Department.

According to a summary from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill:

  • Reduces enhanced mandatory minimums for certain non-violent drug offenders and eliminates the mandatory life provision for third strike offenders.
  • Increases judicial discretion by expanding existing the "safety valve" allowing judges to sentence beneath federal guidelines to include offenders with broader criminal histories, including people with prior felonies or violent or drug trafficking offenses if a court finds those offenses overstate a defendant's criminal history and recidivism risk. The bill also creates a second "safety valve" allowing judges to sentence some low-level drug offenders below the 10-year mandatory minimum.
  • Reforms sentences for drug offenses with firearms to clarify that enhanced mandatory minimums only apply for people who have previously been convicted and served a sentence for such an offense and gives judges the discretion to order lesser sentences if the firearm wasn't brandished or discharged during the commission of a drug or violent crime. This provision would prevent abominations like the case of Weldon Angelos, the Salt Lake city music producer who got nailed for selling $350 worth of marijuana to a police informant, but ended up being sentenced to 55 years because he had a pistol in an ankle holster when he did his pot deals. (He was released last year after winning a sentence reduction.)
  • Makes the Fair Sentencing Act and certain other sentencing reforms retroactive, which would allow some nonviolent offenders current serving time to seek sentence reductions upon a judicial review.
  • Establishes programs to reduce recidivism, including work and education programs, drug rehabilitation, job training, and faith-based programs. Prisoners who successfully complete those programs could get to serve up to the final quarter of their sentences under home confinement or in a reentry center.
  • Limits solitary confinement for juveniles in federal custody.
  • Creates a national criminal justice commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system.
  • Creates new mandatory minimums for interstate domestic violence and providing weapons and defense materials to prohibited countries or designated terrorist groups, and creates a five-year sentencing enhancement for trafficking heroin containing fentanyl.

There's plenty in here to appeal to sentencing reformers, and some sops to conservatives, but from a drug reform and anti-prohibitionist perspective, these are just some fixes on the back end. From that vantage point, instead of haggling over how many months to shave off some poor sap's sentence, we should be questioning why he was even arrested and prosecuted in the first place.

But you have to start somewhere, and ameliorating some of the cruelest injustices of the federal drug war is a good place to get to work. 

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MADD urges Alberta pursue public model on cannabis to ensure safety first - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:31

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MADD urges Alberta pursue public model on cannabis to ensure safety first
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Will 'Microbusiness' Licenses Let Craft Cannabis Flourish in California? - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:18

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Will 'Microbusiness' Licenses Let Craft Cannabis Flourish in California?
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Gray plans to translate his Speakeasy experience into building a craft marijuana brand, where he can shape the product and consumer experience, “nose to tail.” That means controlling everything from cultivation to retail. This process would typically ...

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Premier wants bigger take of tax revenue from cannabis sales - Whitehorse Star

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:28

Premier wants bigger take of tax revenue from cannabis sales
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Premier Sandy Silver says he's not happy with the federal government's proposed marijuana excise tax that would see the revenue it generates split 50/50 between the federal and the provincial/territorial governments. “We believe that our expenses are a ...

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