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.
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - WAKEFIELD -- The state board that oversees physicians on Thursday temporarily suspended the licenses of two doctors, one physician for improperly prescribing medical marijuana on "multiple occasions" and a second for making opiates available to a patient who later died of an overdose. The Board of Registration in Medicine unanimously voted to suspend the licenses of Dr. John C. Nadolny, 57, and Dr. Fred J. Thaler, 60, after about two hours of closed-door hearings at the panel's Wakefield headquarters.
Boston Globe, 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.
Boston Globe, 27 May 2016 - Federal securities regulators in Boston filed civil fraud charges Thursday against a company and four individuals allegedly involved in a scheme to steal from investors in a purported medical marijuana venture. According to a complaint filed in federal court in Boston, Christopher R. Esposito, 49, of Topsfield, raised more than $550,000 from investors in 2011 and 2012 in his Lionshare Ventures. He allegedly used the majority of the funds for unauthorized personal expenses, such as groceries and pet care, and then spent $75,000 to secretly take control of Cannabiz Mobile Inc. without disclosing that to investors.
The Chief, 26 May 2016 - One Councillor Votes Against Zoning Bylaw For "Illegal' Dispensaries Squamish council smoked through its marijuana dispensary zoning bylaw Tuesday evening despite opposition from one councillor who pointed out that selling the drug remains illegal in Canada.
Vancouver Courier, 26 May 2016 - Former Mixed-martial Arts Fighter, Ex-College Basketball Player Among Directors Of Marijuana Dispensary A personal trainer, an entrepreneur and a recent kinesiology grad are the three partners behind the city's first illegal marijuana dispensary to receive a business licence.