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CN MB: Column: Feigning Ignorance On Weed Windfall Won't Lead To

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Dec 2017 - WHEN politicians talk about the arrival of legal cannabis, they make it sound like it's going to be more trouble than it's worth. Oh, the worry. According to the narrative coming out of the federal and provincial capitals, legalizing pot is going to involve enormous costs with very little return, in terms of tax revenue.
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CN PI: Province Mum On Pot Plans

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 13 Dec 2017 - Opposition Tories press for details on rollout of government-run cannabis stores The province appears to be keeping details of its business plans for selling legal pot in P.E.I. close to its chest for the time being, promising more specifics in the coming months. The Opposition Progressive Conservatives pressed for more details on government's plans, announced last week, to sell legal cannabis in government-run, standalone stores operated by the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission.
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Canada: 'Legitimate Concerns'

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 13 Dec 2017 - Indigenous leaders ask where they stand in legal marijuana plan OTTAWA - Indigenous leaders looking at the prospect of legalized marijuana in Canada say they don't see a route to riches, but rather a serious risk that the black market in pot will set its sights on their vulnerable communities.
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CN NS: Column: Problems With Pot Deadline Looming

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 14 Dec 2017 - It's enough to make you want to roll a big, fat one. The province is attempting to have a regulatory framework in place prior to the legalization of marijuana on July 1. Weekly, maybe daily, the confusion grows over what the brave new world of legalized weed will look like.
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CN MB: Column: Mr. Big Ups Split On Weed Taxes

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Sun, 12 Dec 2017 - So, pot czar Justin Trudeau, realizing his actual street dealers were on the verge of a revolt, turned to his Mr. Big, Bill Morneau, and told him to divvy up a more saleable split of the profits from upcoming pot deals. When profits are projected to be in the billions, honour among thieves, and we say "thieves" with all due respect, begins to lose its lustre.
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CN AB: Column: High Time For Provinces

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Dec 2017 - Feds up profit split on pot deals So, pot czar Justin Trudeau, realizing his actual street dealers were on the verge of a revolt, turned to his Mr. Big, Bill Morneau, and told him to divvy up a more saleable split of the profits from upcoming pot deals.
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CN ON: City To Get Pot Store

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The Expositor, 13 Dec 2017 - Brantford on list of 14 cities announced by the province Brantford is getting a government-run marijuana store after all. The city is on a list of 15 cities announced Tuesday by the government.
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CN ON: Doctors Call For No Tax On Medicinal Marijuana

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The Record, 12 Dec 2017 - Ottawa must withdraw its plan to charge tax on medicinal marijuana or risk having an adverse effect on patients, a group of more than 50 doctors warned Monday as the federal government hashed out a pot-tax revenue-sharing agreement with the provinces and territories. The doctors, who describe themselves as a group of physicians who routinely prescribe marijuana to their patients, say applying a sales or excise tax to medicinal pot would impose a financial barrier for those who use the drug to manage their symptoms, compared to patients who take other medication.
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CN NS: Editorial: Planting The Seed Of Opportunism

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Truro Daily News, 12 Dec 2017 - It's funny how quickly a criminal enterprise can turn into a legitimate business opportunity. As a federal Conservative politician, even as late as 2015, Julian Fantino was opposed to the legalization of marijuana. In 2004, he even compared weed to murder in an interview with the Toronto Sun, saying, "I guess we can legalize murder too and then we won't have a murder case. We can't go that way." Now, he's partnered with former RCMP deputy commissioner Raf Souccar to open a medical marijuana business, Aleafia Total Health Network.
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CN ON: Manitoba Pushes For Whole Pot Pie

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 11 Dec 2017 - OTTAWA - Manitoba will push the federal government to transfer all of the sin taxes collected from recreational marijuana into provincial coffers, the Free Press has learned. "This is a federal policy, with a federal timeline, with provincial obligations and responsibilities," provincial Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said.
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CN ON: 'I Am Tired Of Having To Go To Funerals'

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Toronto Star, 12 Dec 2017 - Fighting back tears, Olympia Lynn Trypis stood in the rotunda of city hall and begged for better services for drug users, to save her life and the lives of her friends. "In the last two years I've lost three of my really close friends and I am tired of having to go to funerals and not celebrating more birthdays. These people were beautiful souls," said Trypis, 22, speaking to a crowd who had marched to city hall in memory of people lost to drug overdoses, or contaminated drugs.
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CN ON: Backers Give Injection Site Search Shot In Arm

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London Free Press, 11 Dec 2017 - It'll be months before London finds out if it gets the go-ahead and funding for supervised drug injection sites, but it appears key players already are walking in unison to support the sites, but restrict where they can locate. The area's medical officer of health, a key city planner and an advocate for the downtrodden all express some confidence there will be suitable sites sufficiently far from schools and other places frequented by children.
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CN MB: Homegrown Pot Ban 'Silly'

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Winnipeg Sun, 11 Dec 2017 - Consumer advocacy group concerned marijuana treated differently than booze A consumer choice advocacy group has condemned the Manitoba government's plan to ban homegrown marijuana when it becomes legal in the country next year.
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Barely illegal: A tour of LA's highbrow cannabis scene - The Independent

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Barely illegal: A tour of LA's highbrow cannabis scene
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She is explaining that consuming marijuana allows a woman to awaken her “yoni”, a Sanskrit term for vagina favoured by Hollywood bohemians. “Everybody stand up!” she shouts. The crowd, all women, seated on pillows on the floor, leap to their feet ...

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North Dakota Cannabis Legalization Petition OK'd for Circulation - Leafly

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North Dakota Cannabis Legalization Petition OK'd for Circulation
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North Dakota Cannabis Legalization Petition OK'd for Circulation. The Associated Press. December 15, 2017. (DenisTangneyJr/iStock). BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota will go the voters if supporters ...
ND attorney general approves marijuana petition formatKFYR-TV

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The 3 States Best Positioned to Legalize Marijuana in 2018

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Click here for reuse options! Next year should see more legal marijuana states and also the first state to legalize pot at the statehouse.

Election Day 2016 was a big day for marijuana. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all supported successful legalization initiatives, doubling the number of states to have done so since 2012 and more than quadrupling the percentage of the national population that now lives in legal marijuana states.

Marijuana momentum was high, national polling kept seeing support go up and up, and 2017 was expected to see even more states jump on the weed bandwagon. That didn't happen.

There are two main reasons 2017 was a dud for pot legalization: First, it's an off-off-year election year, and there were no legalization initiatives on the ballot. Second, it's tough to get a marijuana legalization bill through a state legislature and signed by a governor. In fact, it's so tough it hasn't happened yet.

But that doesn't mean it isn't going to happen next year. Several states where legislative efforts were stalled last year are poised to get over the top in the coming legislative sessions, and it looks like a legalization initiative will be on the ballot in at least one state—maybe more.

There are other states where legalization is getting serious attention, such as Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island, but they all have governors who are not interested in going down that path, and that means a successful legalization bill faces the higher hurdle of winning with veto-proof majorities. Similarly, there are other states where legalization initiatives are afoot, such as Arizona, North Dakota and Ohio, but none of those have even completed signature gathering, and all would face an uphill fight. Still, we could be pleasantly surprised.

Barring pleasant surprises, here are the three states that have the best shot at legalizing pot in 2018.

1. Michigan

Michigan voters shouldn't have to wait on the state legislature to act because it looks very likely that a legalization initiative will qualify for the ballot next year. The Michigan Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has already completed a petition campaign and handed in more than 365,000 raw signatures last month for its legalization initiative. It hasn't officially qualified for the ballot yet, but it only needs 250,000 valid voter signatures to do so, meaning it has a rather substantial cushion.

If the measure makes the ballot, it should win. There is the little matter of actually campaigning to pass the initiative, which should require a million or two dollars for TV ad buys and other get-out-the-vote efforts, but with the Marijuana Policy Project on board and some deep-pocketed local interests as well, the money should be there.

The voters already are there: Polling has shown majority support for legalization for several years now, always trending up, and most recently hitting 58% in a May Marketing Resource Group poll.

2. New Jersey

Outgoing Gov. Chris Christie (R) was a huge obstacle to passage of marijuana legalization, but he's on his way out the door, and his replacement, Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy (D), has vowed to legalize marijuana within 100 days of taking office next month.

Legislators anticipating Christie's exit filed legalization bills earlier this year, Senate Bill 3195 and companion measure Assembly Bill 4872. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) has also made promises, vowing to pass the bill within the first three months of the Murphy administration, and hearings are set for both houses between January and March.

But it's not a done deal. There is some opposition in the legislature, and marijuana legalization foes will certainly mobilize to defeat it at the statehouse. It will also be the first time the legislature seriously considers legalization. Still, legalization has some key political players backing it. Other legislators might want to listen to their constituents: A September Quinnipiac poll had support for legalization at 59%.

3. Vermont

A marijuana legalization bill actually passed the legislature last year, a national first, only to be vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott (R) over concerns around drugged driving and youth use. Legislators then amended the bill to assuage Scott's concerns and managed to get the amended bill through the Senate, only to see House Republicans refuse to let it come to a vote during the truncated summer session.

But that measure, House Bill 511, will still be alive in the second year of the biennial session, and Gov. Scott has said he is still willing to sign the bill. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D) is also on board, and the rump Republicans won't be able to block action next year.

Johnson said she will be ready for a vote in early January and expects the bill to pass then. Vermont would then become the first state to free the weed through the legislative process. 

 

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Denver Shuts Down 26 Legal Cannabis Businesses, Makes Arrests - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:27

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Denver Shuts Down 26 Legal Cannabis Businesses, Makes Arrests
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DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of cannabis after a yearlong criminal investigation. Potential charges relate to marijuana sales exceeding ...
Police raid eight Sweet Leaf Marijuana Center locations in Denver and AuroraThe Cannabist

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'Foolish not to': Manitoba First Nations want in on legal pot sales - CBC.ca

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'Foolish not to': Manitoba First Nations want in on legal pot sales
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Manitoba First Nation makes major investment in pot company · What is a cannabis information specialist and how can I become one? Polar bear capital of the world debating sale of legalized marijuana · Manitoba lone holdout on federal pot tax plan · Pot ...
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First Nations apply to sell marijuana at Winnipeg locations - Winnipeg Free Press

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First Nations apply to sell marijuana at Winnipeg locations
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They have a partnership agreement with National Access Cannabis, a chain of medical cannabis access clinics with plans to open recreational marijuana dispensaries after legalization on July 1. The chain is responding to the Manitoba government's ...

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Medical marijuana production facility planned for Corner Brook ... - The Western Star

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Medical marijuana production facility planned for Corner Brook ...
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If everything goes according to plan Corner Brook will soon see a medical marijuana production facility. BeeHigh Vital Elements Inc. announced its plan to become a licensed producer of medical marijuana in a press release Friday. Rita Hall, an.

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