Globe and Mail, 21 Apr 2016 - Now that Health Minister Jane Philpott has announced that the Liberal government will introduce legislation next spring to legalize and regulate marijuana, we have a question: What happens until then? Under Canadian law, a person can be arrested and charged with a criminal offence for possessing a small amount of pot. It is also a serious crime to traffic in marijuana, or to grow it for the purpose of trafficking it.
Vancouver 24hours, 21 Apr 2016 - Thousands Gather, Celebrate Announcement Of Coming Legislation The new Sunset Beach location for the annual 420 gathering was a hit with protesters and vendors alike on Wednesday - with thousands assembling on the shores of English Bay.
Vancouver 24hours, 21 Apr 2016 - Why do pot smokers get a free pass with their illegal activity on city land? When the reefer revelers are all gathered in one place, police should round them up and fine or arrest them. Though it makes sense that policing pot is not a priority for the Vancouver Police Department, there is one day of the year they should make an exception - 420.
The Expositor, 21 Apr 2016 - The legalization of marijuana may sound like a good thing but Calvin Reese, of the Brantford Cannabis Club, is taking a wait-and-see approach to the federal government's plans. "Just wait man, just wait. It's going be just like big pharma all over again," Reese said Wednesday during the annual 4/20 pro-marijuana rally in Victoria Park.
Washington Post, 21 Apr 2016 - OTTAWA - The Canadian government announced Wednesday that it will introduce legislation next year to decriminalize and legalize the sale of marijuana, making Canada the first G7 country to permit widespread use of the substance. The announcement was made by Canada's health minister, Jane Philpott, at a U.N. drug conference in New York. It follows through on a promise made during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's successful election campaign last fall.
Porterville Recorder, 21 Apr 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Thousands sent up a cheer and a collective plume of marijuana smoke at the stroke of 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They gathered at the park's "Hippie Hill" to toke up, eat and drink the afternoon away into the night. A plane dragging a banner encouraging attendees to "smoke weed" circled overhead, while unlicensed vendors set up tables and makeshift tents to sell all types and strains of bud, not to mention T-shirts, pipes and food.
The Pretoria News, 21 Apr 2016 - A More Nuanced Stand Needed AS THE last century drew to a close, and the West continued to congratulate itself on reaching the "End of History" and the sunny triumph of liberal democracy, the UN announced a bold ambition: to secure a "drug-free world". With communism having been overcome, the cycle of economic boom and bust seemingly broken, declaring war on an illegal, global trade must have felt to some like the next step towards social nirvana.
North Coast Journal, 21 Apr 2016 - If you spent your 4/20 crumbling up buds, rolling them up in papers and puffing away, you're going the way of dinosaurs, according to industry insiders. "Nobody smokes flowers anymore," Emerald Cup founder and Mendocino marijuana entrepreneur Tim Blake dismissively told Bloomberg BusinessWeek in a recent interview, during which he estimated that concentrates - things like hash, shatter, rosin, oil, wax and honeycomb - will make up 90 percent of the legal pot market by 2030.
The Citizens' Voice, 21 Apr 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Marlene Manning was glad to be back in her native California on Wednesday for an annual 4/20 celebration, where reggae music played loudly and the smell of weed pervaded. The 50-year-old real estate agent just relocated from Florida, where "everything is against the law," she joked. She wasn't partaking, but she joined thousands of others at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park who were enjoying an annual marijuana-ingesting event to the fullest.
Boston Globe, 21 Apr 2016 - Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, who would oversee regulation of the state's recreational marijuana industry if voters approve a ballot measure this fall, said Wednesday the Legislature should ban home cultivation and delay retail sales of the drug if the proposal passes. She also wants state lawmakers to restrict marijuana edibles such as candy that can be attractive to children and to give her office money to regulate the new industry in the early going.
Cape Argus, 21 Apr 2016 - TORONTO - Canada's Liberal government will introduce legislation to decriminalise and regulate recreational marijuana next year, Health Minister Jane Philpott said yesterday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during last year's election campaign that his Liberals would legalise recreational marijuana, following the US states of Washington and Colorado, but the time frame had been unclear.
The Pretoria News, 21 Apr 2016 - NEW YORK - India has voiced its concern over "the growing nexus of drug trafficking and terrorist networks", saying that "we have to continue and toughen our collective fight against these evils". Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley was addressing the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem here.
Tucson Weekly, 21 Apr 2016 - MMJ is one treatment that can help, but our state needs some convincing April is Parkinson's Awareness Month and so now is a good time to have some discussion about cannabis treatments for these conditions and the state of Medical Marijuana in Arizona.
Appeal-Democrat, 21 Apr 2016 - (AP) - This year's celebrations throughout the U.S. come amid loosening of marijuana restrictions and increasing tolerance for the plant's use from Alaska to Massachusetts. It could be the last unofficial pot holiday on which users have to call for legalization in California, with a pot initiative expected on the November ballot. The drug's use for medical purposes got approved in 1996.
Business Day, 21 Apr 2016 - THE stalled Medical Innovation Bill, which seeks legality for dagga as a medical therapeutic adjunct and greater freedom for its recreational use, will need significant surgery if it is to become law. The bill, tabled by the late Mario Ambrosini in 2014, went through Parliament unopposed, but has been wheel-spinning ever since. It is hopelessly bogged down - primarily over the liberalisation of dagga for commercial and recreational use.
Campbell River Mirror, 20 Apr 2016 - WeeMedical, a Campbell River medical marijuana dispensary raided by police last Thursday, is back open for business this week - with more limited stock. "We're just sticking with the edibles at the moment and we're going to get through this and we're wanting to stay," said Joel Wilson, one of the partners in WeeMedical which opened its doors on April 1. "So we're going to be going through and working with the council and the police and we've got to look at all the other towns that are going through this.
Isthmus, 20 Apr 2016 - Dane County Pushing Municipalities to Lower Fines for Pot Possession Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has seen how possession of a small amount of marijuana can affect families in vastly different ways.
The Daily Iowan, 20 Apr 2016 - Editor's note: This editorial is a part of our drug issue. Iowa, though it may not look like it, is predominantly an industrial wasteland. The state, according to the Natural History Museum at the University of Iowa, is nearly 99 percent terraformed; few pockets of untouched earth remain. According to Iowa State University, approximately 85 percent of this land alteration has been implemented throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries for industrial agriculture, specifically row crops such as soybeans and corn.
The Pretoria News, 20 Apr 2016 - FOR THE first time in 20 years, the UN has convened a special session on "the world drug problem" amid fierce international debate about whether drug users should primarily be punished or rehabilitated. The UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs, which started yesterday and is scheduled to run until tomorrow, was called after Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala appealed to the body to revise the global approach to illegal drugs.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Apr 2016 - MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Pena Nieto said Mexico will move to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in what was seen as a stark shift for a leader who has made clamping down on all forms of drug trafficking a hallmark of his tenure. Speaking to the United Nations, Mr. Pena Nieto said Tuesday he would also raise the amount of marijuana that would be de-criminalized for personal consumption, calling its use a public health problem and urging policies that avoid punishing users.