Toronto Sun, 29 May 2016 - Says general population won't take it up once it's legalized Stoned Nation? A Toronto psychologist who treats depression, anxiety and addiction says he doesn't expect the general population to take up marijuana with great enthusiasm once legalized.
Oregon Daily Emerald, 29 May 2016 - Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a provision of SB 1511, which will allow dispensaries to sell marijuana edibles and extracts to recreational customers. Under the current SB 1511, dispensaries are only able to sell edible and extract products to medicinal patients. Edibles and extracts were included in the original draft of the bill, but lawmakers decided there were too many safety concerns that needed to be assessed before they could include them in recreational sales.
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.
Toronto Star, 28 May 2016 - Police 'poorly handled' the event, PR expert says It was meant as a calm follow-up, to showcase drug seizures and justify the raids on pot dispensaries, complete with smashed door glass, of the day before.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Former pot smokers have gone on to great things - like Mayor of Toronto. A very youthful John Tory acknowledged in his school newspaper in 1976 that he "used the stuff to some extent" in high school and first year of university.
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.
The Review, 28 May 2016 - COLUMBUS - A group eyeing a November ballot issue to legalize medical marijuana has suspended its signature-gathering efforts, days after lawmakers finalized legislation to create a state-regulated system for providing the drug to patients suffering certain conditions. Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a released statement Saturday morning that the difficulties in raising the needed funds to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot and run a successful campaign were difficult propositions, given the legislature's action and Gov. John Kasich's expected signature.
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.
The Record, 27 May 2016 - TORONTO - A woman found with marijuana in her car trunk has won an acquittal on appeal, in part because police violated her rights with an unnecessary high-risk takedown and then lied about what had happened. In a decision this week, Ontario's top court rejected prosecution arguments that the rights violations were minor or only happened after police had already found the drugs.
Peace Arch News, 27 May 2016 - White Rock/South Surrey is considered a peninsula - not an island. Some residents and even some elected officials seem to like to suggest that drug turf-wars - and their spin-off violence - are a mid-to north-Surrey problem.
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - The question of what to do with drunk drivers has evolved over the past few decades. A generation ago, heading home a little tipsy was seen as normal, but the steady toll of carnage on the roads changed minds. With legal marijuana on the horizon, sometime in the next few years, it's good to hear that the federal government is taking the prospect of stoned drivers seriously.
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.
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.
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Councillor Jim Karygiannis says he wants to stop the city's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. Karygiannis said to do that he'll introduce a motion at the next Licensing and Standards committee meeting that would call on city staff to defer study of regulating and enforcement around the dispensaries until after the federal government sets the rules for marijuana legalization.
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Prince Of Pot On Mayor's Crackdown Canada's "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery says Mayor John Tory will pay a political price for pushing for a citywide crackdown on marijuana dispensaries. The Toronto Sun spoke with Emery Thursday hours after police raided dozens of dispensaries, seizing weed and shuttering many of the establishments.
Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2016 - North Coast Cannabis Cultivators Fear the Moneyed Establishment Shouldering into Their Scruffy Livelihood REDCREST, Calif. - For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants.
New York Times, 27 May 2016 - MEXICO CITY - In the history of modern war, fighters are much more likely to injure their enemies than kill them. But in Mexico, the opposite is true. According to the government's own figures, Mexico's armed forces are exceptionally efficient killers - stacking up bodies at extraordinary rates.