Lexington Herald-Leader, 16 May 2016 - Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe wants to be able to smoke pot. The offensive tackle is waging a campaign to get the National Football League to drop its ban on players using marijuana. He argues that chronic pain associated with the sport has driven many players to use strong prescription painkillers to which they have then become addicted.
Toronto Star, 16 May 2016 - These days it seems everyone is talking about pot. The prime minister often speaks about the impending legalization across our country. And in Toronto, everyone is talking about dispensaries. Later this month, Toronto's Board of Health will consider a report from the city's top doctor regarding the legalization of cannabis in Canada. For the sake of public health and harm reduction, the board should endorse a legalization approach.
Grants Pass Daily Courier, 16 May 2016 - Shayne Christen is a man of few words. Asked what he would do about economic development, if he were elected to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, he replied, "We need to do something about more jobs. There's a lot of possibilities."
Toronto Sun, 16 May 2016 - Hefty Fines On Way: Officials The grass soon won't look so green for Toronto's pot dispensaries. With at least 78 marijuana dispensaries operating in the city, bylaw officers will be hitting them with hefty fines for zoning bylaw violations by the end of the month, according to municipal officials.
Merced Sun-Star, 16 May 2016 - The ordinance to allow medical marijuana and cultivation in the city of Merced is set to go before city planners this week. The city's Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 678 W. 18th St. The commission is scheduled to take public comment during the meeting.
Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2016 - California Looks Poised to Emerge As the Center of the Cannabis Economy in November SANTA CRUZ - The other day, in a seaside cafe here, veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock gamely fielded my attempts to catch up on a subject I have failed to appreciate for far too long: the coming end of marijuana prohibition.
New York Times, 16 May 2016 - Eugene Monroe has had his share of bumps and bruises during his seven-year N.F.L. career as an offensive tackle with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens. He has had shoulder injuries, ankle sprains, concussions and all the usual wear and tear that comes from hitting defenders dozens of times a game. To deal with these injuries, Monroe has stepped forward and called upon the N.F.L. to stop testing players for marijuana so he and other players can take the medical version of the drug to treat their chronic pain, and avoid the addictive opioids that teams regularly dispense.
Toronto Sun, 15 May 2016 - A west-end medicinal marijuana centre is asking the mayor for a little compassion. True Compassion Toronto (TCT), a facility where "patients treat patients" for chronic illnesses using cannabis, sent Mayor John Tory an open invitation Friday for him to come tour the facilities and see the community benefits before the city cracks down on the city's growing number of pot dispensaries.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - For the past 10 to 15 years, every time a medical marijuana grower was raided, a spokesperson for the marijuana lobby would get in front of a camera or give a statement to a reporter saying words to the effect of "patients will suffer," or "where will my patients get their medicine?" The message discipline of the lobby was and continues to be highly effective. How could any caring person deny a patient their medicine? So, it was nothing short of miraculous on Jan. 1, 2015, when personal possession of marijuana became legal, that suddenly enough marijuana became available for massive free marijuana giveaways in several locations throughout the valley.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - Neighbors Upset About Odors, Noise, Traffic With the start of the outdoor marijuana growing season, Jackson County officials are gearing up for complaints from neighbors upset about nearby grows.
The Mail Tribune, 15 May 2016 - Only a handful of medical marijuana growers have applied for Jackson County permits to keep growing on rural residential land - even though growers without permits face fines of up to $10,000 and orders to remove their plants. Most are flying under the radar, hoping to avoid detection rather than pay the $1,563 permit application fee.
Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 2016 - By this time next year, weed will be well on its way to becoming a legal in Canada. Next spring, the Trudeau government intends to introduce legislation that will effectively legalize the production, distribution and sale of marijuana and other cannabis products and eliminate penalties for possession. Precisely what that involves will depend on regulations that may take longer to put in place - whatever Ottawa decides will require Canadian provinces and municipalities to make changes of their own.
The Mail Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Clay Bearnson Believed to Be the First City Councilor in the State to Own Pot Shop A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own dispensary.
Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2016 - Illinois has taken a go-slow approach to medical marijuana, limiting risk by allowing the industry to operate as a pilot program until the start of 2018. So far, so good: The highly regulated system, designed to provide relief to patients suffering from 39 specific ailments, such as cancer and Parkinson's, has operated smoothly since it started last year. Gov. Bruce Rauner, like his predecessor, Pat Quinn, hasn't rushed the process. But a policy of prudence that doesn't evolve with the evidence can wind up being overly cautious: Today some hurting Illinois residents can't get the aid they seek because of Rauner's approach.
The Bulletin, 13 May 2016 - The Deschutes County Commission has agreed to repeal the ban prohibiting recreational and medical marijuana businesses from operating in unincorporated parts of the county. It hasn't been an easy decision for the commissioners. It shouldn't be an easy decision given the complexities involved. But it was the right decision.
Globe and Mail, 13 May 2016 - In a sweeping crackdown, Toronto officials say that, by month's end, every single one of the city's growing number of marijuana dispensaries - estimated at up to 100 storefronts across town - will be facing charges for violating zoning rules and up to $50,000 in fines. Word of the blitz came as Mayor John Tory labelled the growth of pot shops "alarming," and called for city staff to study the licensing regimes now in place in Vancouver and Victoria to see if Toronto could bring in similar rules that would control, for example, how close dispensaries can set up to schools. In the meantime, Mr. Tory also asked city staff to work with Toronto police "to address the health and safety concerns of neighbours and businesses" as the pot shops proliferate.
Toronto Star, 13 May 2016 - Numbers will explode if left unaddressed, mayor fears City and law enforcement officials are in the midst of a wide-scale investigation into the dozens of unlicensed marijuana outlets that have exploded around Toronto.
Metro, 13 May 2016 - Vaping Rules Restrict Use of Prescribed Medication A Calgary medical marijuana user is looking for clarity on where and when he can use the substance. Daniel - not his real name - told Metro he's been using marijuana to deal with anxiety, PTSD and depression.
Globe and Mail, 13 May 2016 - Health Officials Are Looking into the Practice of Some Former-Soldiers' Groups Getting Kickbacks From Medical-Marijuana Producers The recent explosion in the number of veterans being reimbursed for medical marijuana, flagged by the Auditor-General in a critical report, is being fuelled by groups in the Atlantic provinces connecting former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder with licensed growers hungry for patients.
Toronto Sun, 13 May 2016 - Tory Wants to Turn Back Clock: Pot Boosters When it came to rapidly expanding Uber, Mayor John Tory was certainly opposed to standing in the way of the changing reality. "The notion that we think somehow we're going to turn back the hands of time in Toronto, Canada, I mean this is not sensible," Tory said, much to the chagrin of the taxi industry.