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CN NS: Editorial: Weeding Out Weed

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Truro Daily News, 08 Feb 2018 - It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as provinces roll out their marijuana rules. Several provinces have decided that marijuana smoking has to be done on private property. Ontario's rules are so tight that weed smoking has to take place in private residences.
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CN BC: Changing The Public Discourse On Addiction

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Kelowna Capital News, 09 Feb 2018 - To fight the opioid epidemic will take altering people's thoughts around drug abuse The way people feel about drug addiction has evolved significantly since the outbreak of the fentanyl crisis. But the shift from viewing addiction as a moral problem to treating it like any other health issue is a work in progress, says Rae Samson, a substance abuse worker at Interior Health.
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CN ON: Editorial: Sanity In Haze Of Confusion

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Feb 2018 - An Ottawa judge who granted an absolute discharge to a 21-year-old woman working at a marijuana dispensary has made the right call. Yes, we believe in harsh penalties for criminals. Yes, people should be held accountable for their actions.
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CN ON: Lawyer Declares War On Weed Over

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
The Observer, 08 Feb 2018 - Declaring the government's war on marijuana was over, defence lawyer Nick Cake called for a $10 fine for his client's marijuana possession. Kalan Louis Pereira, 27, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia court to marijuana possession. "We no longer live in a society that denounces this stuff," said Cake, citing the federal government's move to legalize recreational marijuana use this coming July. The war on drugs as it relates to marijuana is over, and there is consideration of granting amnesty to those previously convicted of marijuana possession, Cake continued.
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CN BC: Editorial: NDP's Pot Sales Plan Weak

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
Prince George Citizen, 08 Feb 2018 - In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana. Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier, still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year. "Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public Feedback

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.
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CN BC: Column: Privacy Policy On Overdoses Perplexing

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - The province's opioid crisis is truly frightening. The death totals for 2017, released last week, are record-shattering - with 1,422 dead in B.C., including 200 in the Interior Health region and 19 in the Kootenay Boundary region.
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Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.
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CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
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US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border Questions

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
The Record, 07 Feb 2018 - WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen. The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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US MA: Baker To Cannabis Commission: Keep Pot Legalization Simple

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Boston Globe, 07 Feb 2018 - The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast. The Baker administration chastised Massachusetts pot regulators this week, saying their draft plan to create one of the world's most permissive regulated marijuana markets goes too far, too fast.
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US WI: Wisconsin Man Terrell Banks Says Marijuana Led Him To Stab

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 07 Feb 2018 - He smoked pot, grabbed a steak knife and meditated, cops say. Then his mom walked in. Terrell Banks told police the paranoia set in after he smoked weed. Banks, a 23-year-old from Racine, Wisconsin, allegedly said the marijuana "put him beyond his comfort zone," even though the drug has never made him feel that way before, according to Fox6.
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US FL: Sarasota OKs Marijuana Dispensaries Within City Limits

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 07 Feb 2018 - After a unanimous vote of support by the Sarasota City Commission, medical marijuana dispensaries will now be operational in the city and those with prescriptions will be able to utilize them immediately. State legislation had preempted the city's ability to regulate the dispensaries, which led to commissioners placing a temporary ban on them until a solution could be found.
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Canada: Pot Plan On Track: Feds

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 07 Feb 2018 - Liberals insist recreational marijuana will be legal in July OTTAWA - The Trudeau government insists it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July - but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.
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CN BC: Recreational Cannabis Will Mirror Alcohol Model, Government

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but substances won't be sold together in single outlet British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
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CN NS: Left Out

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
The Queens County Advance, 07 Feb 2018 - Here's why there won't be any legal pot access in Queens County When marijuana becomes legal across Canada July 1, Queens County residents won't be buying any of the recreational drug from the local NSLC.
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CN BC: B.C. Cities Can Just Say No To Pot Shops

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
Metro, 06 Feb 2018 - 'Authority' included in new guidelines According to the province's latest cannabis retail laws, announced Monday in Victoria, city governments - such as Richmond - will be able to decide whether to allow pot shops.
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Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns Over

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year. The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.
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US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
The Blade, 06 Feb 2018 - Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.
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US PA: Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Helped Cut Opioid Deaths

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 01:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Feb 2018 - States with medical marijuana dispensaries saw "a significant decline" in opioid deaths over a 10-year period, according to a report published this week by the Journal of Health Economics. "The evidence suggests that Pennsylvania will see a reduction in opioid dependence and a reduction in overdose deaths" following the opening of the dispensaries, said David Powell, an economist for the RAND Corporation, in an interview with the Inquirer and Daily News.
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