Boston Globe, 30 May 2016 - Massachusetts regulators are pledging to crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries after several shops placed low-income patients on waiting lists for discounted products - creating delays that run afoul of state law. A Globe review found that the delays were often months long, effectively denying those low-income patients the discounts state regulations require for anyone with a verified financial hardship, with no cap on the number.
The Jamaica Gleaner, 29 May 2016 - THE GOVERNMENT is targeting annual revenue of US$2 billion from the ganja industry when regulations to govern the sector are finally in place. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley told The Sunday Gleaner of the revenue target, indicating that plans are on in earnest to establish the legal ganja industry, with regulations to govern the trade having been sent to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA).
Morning Journal, 29 May 2016 - A group Saturday ended its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio's general election ballot. The Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced that organizers decided with "a heavy heart" to halt collection of signatures to get on the November ballot in the aftermath of passage this past week by state lawmakers of a medical marijuana legalization bill.
Toronto Star, 29 May 2016 - DOOBIES TO YOUR DOORSTEP It's now cheaper to have the makings of a doobie brought to your doorstep by courier than a bundle of organic lettuce. That word came from the country's largest legal cannabis company just two days before police raided dozens of the roughly 80 unlicensed dispensaries across Toronto on Thursday.
Hamilton Spectator, 28 May 2016 - Chief says many not clearly marked with contents in brownies TORONTO - "Genuine" health concerns and "significant" community complaints prompted a string of police raids on unregulated marijuana dispensaries across Toronto, the city's police chief explained Friday after being criticized by a number of residents for the action.
The Record, 28 May 2016 - Toronto's police chief defends actions, timing amid protests TORONTO - "Genuine" health concerns and "significant" community complaints prompted a string of police raids on unregulated marijuana dispensaries across Toronto, the city's police chief explained Friday after being criticized by a number of residents for the action.
Globe and Mail, 28 May 2016 - Thursday's crackdown of 43 Toronto dispensaries is seen as heavy-handed, and some say they'll reopen Despite warnings from Toronto police and city officials that more charges could follow this week's massive pot-dispensary crackdown, some in the marijuana movement vowed that many busted storefronts would simply reopen - and be joined by new ones.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Will charges stick? With legal weed on the horizon, what happens to those facing criminal charges over pot during a period of time some call a grey area? We asked prominent Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi about this week's pot dispensary raids:
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - They had bag loads of marijuana lollipops, cannabis-infused chocolate - - and lots of confiscated weed - from pot shops. But what they didn't have were weapons: Guns, knives, swords and brass knuckles.
Tribune Review, 28 May 2016 - CINCINNATI - A group Saturday ended its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on Ohio's general election ballot. The Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced that organizers decided with "a heavy heart" to halt collection of signatures to get on the November ballot in the aftermath of passage last week by state lawmakers of a medical marijuana legalization bill.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Stoners Need to Know Weed Is Still Illegal You'd think the stoners would be a little bit more laid back. In anticipation of Canada legalizing marijuana, large businesses like Loblaw's are already suggesting they are positioned to sell the drug.
Toronto Star, 28 May 2016 - Councillor Jim Karygiannis says he tried back in February to get licensing staff working on regulations to restrict dispensary locations Toronto Mayor John Tory has talked about following Vancouver's lead on medical marijuana shops - a model that does not include police raids with smashed doors and serious criminal charges for dispensary staff. Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang spearheaded his city's push to regulate storefront dispensaries - with strict location rules licensing some and outlawing others - about a year ago, when they started to proliferate.
Toronto Star, 28 May 2016 - Marijuana dispensaries had become the new dollar stores. Just as ubiquitous around the city, just as slapdash in their inventory, just as fill-your-cart accessible to anybody with a few bucks in their pocket. And not necessarily a medical prescription to go with.
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Medical Pot User Fighting For Driver's Licence Sam Slaughter is not a drug addict. He has repeatedly told them. His doctor has told them as well. And yet because he's legally prescribed medical marijuana to deal with chronic jaw pain, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has suspended Slaughter's driver's licence and refuses to reinstate it. He has to prove that he has been free of "illicit drugs" for a year or attend a drug treatment program; Until then, he can't drive.
Globe and Mail, 27 May 2016 - Toronto has cracked down on its illegal cannabis dispensary sector, with police and bylaw officers carrying out a series of raids across the city targeting just over half of the 83 pot shops known to authorities. The operators of 45 dispensaries were charged Thursday with several municipal infractions and could face fines of up to $50,000, the city said. It is unknown how many of these shops were raided by police and their products seized.
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - City council has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are not legally permitted in Campbell River but said it would "push" the federal government to make a decision on marijuana legislation. Council, at its Tuesday night meeting, adopted a bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless they are legally permitted through Health Canada.
Toronto Star, 27 May 2016 - Officers haul away bags of pot in operation targeting shops from Kensington to the Danforth Toronto police raided dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries Thursday, sometimes kicking in glass doors, after condemnation from Mayor John Tory and written warnings from city staff about adhering to current laws failed to halt the free flow of pot.
Morning Journal, 27 May 2016 - A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OK'ing Senate changes 67-28.
Columbus Dispatch, 27 May 2016 - POT MAY BE GROWING HERE WITHIN A YEAR Marijuana plants could be growing legally in Ohio soil in a year, predicts state Sen. Dave Burke, an architect of Ohio's newly minted medical marijuana law. "As soon as 16 months, you would have products tested and available," the Marysville Republican said.
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Giant bags of weed locked in police cruisers, young people in handcuffs inside dispensaries, signs that say "Closed" or "Closing." This was the very public face Thursday of Project Claudia - an effort by Toronto Police to crack down on stores selling medical marijuana over the counter.