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CN ON: Proprietors Of Pot Dispensary Get Discharge From Court

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Mar 2018 - Two women arrested in April after police raided their medical marijuana dispensary in St. Catharines have been granted a conditional discharge. "I only wish I was able to help more people on the legal route," Abbigail Millar, 32, told Judge Tory Colvin in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, Friday.
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CN ON: 'Budtender' Receives Conditional Sentence

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 05 Mar 2018 - A Kingston judge has disposed of the last of the charges against a group of six young "budtenders" arrested in a raid on an illegal Princess Street marijuana dispensary in March 2017. Justice Larry O'Brien declined, however, to impose a sentence that would have encumbered the 23-year-old Ottawa woman with a criminal record when the principals profiting from the business went unidentified and were never charged.
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US: Oped: Balance On Cannabis May Lead To Answers On Opioids

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
Boston Globe, 03 Mar 2018 - The United States is the midst of an opioid crisis. Ninety Americans die each day from opioid overdoses on prescription opioids, heroin, or fentanyl, and Massachusetts has not been spared. Many states are using the best available tools to battle the crisis, with an eye on developing better science and policy to put an end to the crisis. As more states implement either medical or legalized recreational cannabis policies, they should consider whether cannabis can play a role in the opioid crisis. The evidence suggests that it might. For years, patients with chronic pain have reported that medical cannabis reduces the need to manage their pain with opioids. This anecdotal evidence is supported by a growing body of literature published in top scientific journals, including Health Affairs and the American Journal of Public Health. The scientific rationale for a relationship between cannabis and opioids is not new - cannabinoid and opioid receptors affect common brain pathways for pain and addiction.
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US PA: Your Taxes Pale Beside What Marijuana Businesses Pay

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Mar 2018 - You think your taxes are high? For medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, they can be stratospheric. Cannabis retailers face an effective tax rate of up to 85 percent, and that won't be reduced by the new tax law.
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CN ON: Prescott Nixes Naloxone

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
The Recorder & Times, 01 Mar 2018 - Prescott - The town's fire department has joined the growing number of volunteer fire companies in Leeds and Grenville that refuse to carry naloxone to counter opioid overdoses. Fire Chief Barry Moorhouse said his department based its decision partly on the fact naloxone-carrying paramedics are based in Johnstown, only eight minutes away as the ambulance flies. Usually, the EMS can get to a medical call in Prescott before his volunteer department, Moorhouse said.
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CN ON: Region Looking Into 3 Safe Injection Sites Locations Not

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
The Record, 01 Mar 2018 - WATERLOO REGION - Waterloo Region plans to look further into pursuing three supervised injection sites, following a study that found a need and support in the community for the service to combat fatal opioid overdoses. Sites are proposed for the central cores of Kitchener and Galt, and a third spot to be determined that could be a mobile unit.
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CN AB: Kenney Opposes Consumption Sites

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Lethbridge Herald, 01 Mar 2018 - United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney said he would be opposed to expanding Safe Consumption Sites across the province if elected premier. "Helping addicts inject poison into their bodies is not a solution to the problem of addiction," he said bluntly while visiting Lethbridge on Wednesday.
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US RI: Proposed Law Could Define Drug-Induced Homicide As Murder

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Boston Globe, 02 Mar 2018 - PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced legislation that could have drug dealers who sell substances that lead to a fatal overdose facing life in prison. Current law states any person convicted in the sale, delivery, or distribution of a controlled substance to a minor who overdoses could face a life sentence.
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US PA: Growing Pains for Pa. Marijuana Program

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Mar 2018 - Too much demand. Not enough supply. Less than two weeks after it launched, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is a victim of its own success. The two open marijuana dispensaries in the Philadelphia region reported Friday they had sold out of most medicines and might not be restocked until after March 15.
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US IL: Bipartisan Effort Pushing To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Daily Herald, 02 Mar 2018 - Legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout the state is being revised to gain more bipartisan support in an effort to secure a veto-proof majority. State Rep. Kelly Cassidy and state Sen. Heather Steans introduced the bills last year, but the Chicago Democrats are rewriting some aspects to make the legislation more attractive to Republican counterparts.
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US OH: Addiction Center Director Sentenced To Seven Years For

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Columbus Dispatch, 01 Mar 2018 - A Whitehall man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution for a series of crimes related to his proposal to create a residential treatment center for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts on the Near East Side of Columbus. Johnny R. Marcum, 47, of Pierce Avenue, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of identity fraud, four counts of passing bad checks, one count of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of tampering with records.
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CN AB: Surveyed Hatters Mostly Pro Pot

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
Medicine Hat News, 01 Mar 2018 - Majority to respond to city's online questionnaire have been for legalization Two thirds of Medicine Hatters support pot legalization, according to early results of an online survey that asks how the city should regulate local marijuana sales, the municipal planning commission heard on Wednesday.
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CN PI: Coffee To Cannabis

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 01:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 01 Mar 2018 - Summerside's first marijuana retail store will be on Granville Street The first legal cannabis retail store in Summerside will be located at 425 Granville St. - the former location of the city's short-lived foray into Starbucks coffee patronage.
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