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CN ON: Ex-Public Servant Opens Pot Centre In Ottawa

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Jun 2015 - A former manager in Health Canada's old medical marijuana program is expected to open Ottawa's first National Access Cannabis (NAC) centre. The company first opened its doors in Victoria, B.C. in March and will officially open a second location Monday morning at 1111 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Propaganda Wars Have Started All Over Again

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 27 Jun 2015 - MARIJUANA PROPAGANDA WARS HAVE STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN Is a tomato grown in your garden good for you? Have you seen a study demonstrating in a double-blinded fashion that definitive fact? Has that tomato been submitted to Health Canada for approval?
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CN ON: Criminal Lawyer Suing Peel Police

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 27 Jun 2015 - Laura Liscio Alleges Police Engaged in Malicious Prosecution TORONTO - A Toronto lawyer once accused of smuggling drugs into a courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues and clients is suing police for malicious prosecution, her lawyer said Friday.
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CN BC: Column: What's Wrong With These People?

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 27 Jun 2015 - Unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. I disclose this by way of making clear my position on the legalization of marijuana, which is: Wait, what? It isn't yet? The feds are still frothing at the mouth over this? What's wrong with these people? Are Conservative MPs the only ones that never got invited to the cool kids' parties? Did they shun sin so they could spend their weekends in study hall?
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CN BC: Column: Here In Psychedelic City, Itas Zoning And

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 27 Jun 2015 - This week Vancouver City Council approved a series of recommendations aimed at regulating the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. It is a complicated issue, which is why we at the City of Vancouver have attempted to address some of your most frequently asked questions:
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Chronicle AM: PA MedMJ Bill Moves, OR Early Pot Sales Possible, Global Anti-Drug Day Protests, More (6/26/15)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 23:51

Oregon legislators are working to move up legal pot sales, Pennsylvania's long-stalled medical marijuana bill moves under pressure, the state will also move to address asset forfeiture reform, and Global Anti-Drug day sparks death sentences in China, protests around the world. 

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Key Oregon Committee Approves Early Marijuana Sales. Marijuana becomes legal in Oregon next week, but the state Liquor Control Commission says it will take until the second half of 2016 for it to be ready to allow pot shops to open. The legislature thinks that's too long, and Thursday, members of the House-Senate marijuana committee voted to approve a measure that would allow sales to begin October 1. Buyers would be limited to a quarter-ounce of buds per day, and they could also buy seeds and clones, but edibles or concentrates wouldn't be allowed. The measure must still pass the legislature and be signed into law to go into effect.

Rhode Island Legislative Session Ends, But Legalization Bill Still Alive. The session recessed Thursday, but a marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 510, remains alive because lawmakers have signaled they may call a special session to deal with pending bills

Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Bill. The House Health Committee voted unanimously today to approve Senate Bill 3, which would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House Rules Committee for further consideration. The bill had been bottled up by the committee chair, but a vote was allowed after Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) filed a discharge petition that would have put it before the House for a floor vote. The bill passed the Senate in May.

Asset Forfeiture

Pennsylvania Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Push Coming. A bipartisan group of lawmakers joined a coalition of conservatives and civil libertarians this week to push for a legislative overhaul of the state's civil asset forfeiture laws. The coalition is known as Fix Forfeiture. "Asset forfeiture can be a critical tool for law enforcement to combat criminal activity," said Holly Harris, Fix Forfeiture’s senior project director. "But it’s also a tool that can be abused, entangling innocent property owners with the costly and often bizarre task of having to prove their property ‘innocent’ of criminal activity. Fix Forfeiture will work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to pass the reform legislation introduced by Sen. Folmer and Rep. Cox to ensure the property and due process rights of innocent citizens are protected." That legislation is Senate Bill 869.

International

On the UN's Global Anti-Drug Day, Civil Society Fights Back. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today released its 2015 World Drug Report as the organization marked the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, but civil society groups around the world used the occasion to take to the streets to demand an end to the global drug prohibition regime. Click on the link for much more.

Vancouver's Cannabis Day Will Go On Despite City's Wishes. Marc and Jodi Emery, the long-time organizers of Vancouver's July 1 Cannabis Day celebrations, say the event will go despite a cease and desist letter from the city. The event needs to be permitted, the city says. "People say get a permit that is not something we’ve done for 21 years, you can’t issue a permit for people to sell pot and smoke marijuana all day, there is no permit that allows that," Emery rejoined.

China Sentences 13 Drug Offenders to Death in Public Rally. A crowd of 10,000 in Lufeng in the southern province of Guangdong watched as Chinese officials sentenced 13 drug traffickers to death and 8 more to suspended death sentences. The sentences came on the UN's International Anti-Drug Day amid a Chinese campaign to rally support for crime crackdowns. 

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CN BC: B.C. Is Canada's Drug Offence Capital

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 26 Jun 2015 - B.C. has undoubtedly the highest drug offence rates reported by police across the country and its reputation has remained steadfast over three decades, according to data compiled by Statistics Canada. The statistics agency says that apart from 2012, British Columbia has had the highest reported drug offence rate among all provinces from the early '80s to 2013.
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CN YK: Methadone Returning To Whitehorse's Jail

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Yukon News, 26 Jun 2015 - Methadone is once again going to be offered at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. Three years after inmates started being forced off the drug, justice officials say they are now equipped to start offering it again.
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CN BC: Editorial: The Drug Debates

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Langley Times, 26 Jun 2015 - The debate in Langley City over the number of pharmacies which have set up shop is actually part of a larger debate involving the use of drugs in society - legal, illegal, tested, patented and perhaps somewhere in between. In Vancouver, council has approved legalizing medicinal marijuana dispensaries. These have popped up in that city on many corners, and because they exist in a gray zone, with medicinal marijuana legal, but only available from federally-approved sellers, the business is flourishing.
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CN BC: LTE: In Some Teens, Pot Will 'Kill Your Dreams,' Counsellor

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 26 Jun 2015 - Gordon Clark wrote an excellent column in Monday's paper. The pro-marijuana side argument is full of partial truths and, in some cases, untruths. I work in five secondary schools and have seen first hand the trouble regular marijuana use causes our youth. Pot may not kill you but it will kill your dreams.
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CN BC: LTE: Council Should Be Fired

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 26 Jun 2015 - Am I the only one who sees the huge hypocrisy in Vancouver city council allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries, yet forcing the hookah shop to close after being in business for 17 years? I cannot believe that a city council would so openly defy federal laws. The whole lot of them should be fired, including the mayor. If they had done their jobs properly and nipped the first dispensaries in the "bud" immediately, like other cities, the number of pot shops wouldn't have grown to nearly 100.
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CN BC: Column: Pot Shop Regulations And What They Mean

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 26 Jun 2015 - Now that council decided to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, you probably have some questions. So I thought I'd select a few I've heard from people and do my best to answer them. Here we go...
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CN BC: City Approves Pot Shop Rules

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 26 Jun 2015 - Federal Health Minister 'Deeply Disappointed' In Decision Vancouver has become the first municipality in Canada to adopt regulations for illegal marijuana dispensaries and will begin to issue business licences to a maximum of 94 pot shops in the coming months.
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CN BC: Victoria Looks To Vancouver For Dispensary Guidelines

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jun 2015 - Victoria's mayor says her city will look to emulate Vancouver's plan to regulate marijuana dispensaries despite warnings from the Conservative federal government that they are illegal and threaten public health. Councillors in Vancouver approved a plan this week to create a new class of business licence for dispensaries, impose hefty licensing fees and keep them away from other operators, schools and community centres. Processing of the licences is expected to start in the coming months.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: City Using Common Sense

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 26 Jun 2015 - Wednesday's column by Gordon Clark misuses research to back up a weak argument against what Vancouver is attempting to achieve through its regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries. What the city is doing is progressive and should be supported by anyone who likes evidenced-based approaches to policy. The city has for a long time stopped enforcing cannabis possession as it is seen as a drain on limited police and court resources for no gain to public safety.
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Canada: SCC Strikes Down Feds' Law On Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 07:00
The Lawyers Weekly, 26 Jun 2015 - The Supreme Court's invalidation of medicinal marijuana regulations marks the court's latest refusal to uphold measures that reflect "a total disconnect" between a law's professed positive aims and its Charter-violating effects. According to the top court's Charter jurisprudence, judges may strike down laws as "arbitrary" if the law's impugned measures limit life, liberty or security of the person protected by s. 7 of the Charter in a way that has no connection to, or contradicts, the laws' purposes.
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CN ON: Vancouver Regulates Medical Pot Stores

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 25 Jun 2015 - First City in Canada: Decried by Feds but Mayor Is OK With It Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor.
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CN BC: Vancouver Becomes First To Regulate Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2015 - The City of Vancouver has approved a two-tier licensing system to curb the explosion of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, defying warnings from the federal government by becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate storefront pot sales. Councillors voted on Wednesday to introduce a new business licensing system for compassion clubs and dispensaries, whose numbers have ballooned to about 100 across the city, up from a handful just several years ago. The vote followed extensive public hearings, in which most speakers generally supported regulation, and stern letters from federal cabinet ministers urging council to abandon its plan. The provincial Health Minister and the head of the local health authority have voiced their support for the rules, and Victoria's mayor says her staff are already studying Vancouver's new bylaw and will report back to council in September about imposing similar regulations on the 19 dispensaries in that city.
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Canada: Vancouver Vote Ruffles Feathers In Ottawa

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 25 Jun 2015 - Vancouver Becomes First City in Canada to Regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor.
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CN BC: Vancouver Regulates Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 25 Jun 2015 - Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, a move that has "deeply disappointed" the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor. "We're faced with a tough situation, a complicated situation," Gregor Robertson said Wednesday after councillors voted 8-3 to impose new regulations.
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