Ottawa Sun, 18 May 2015 - Whether you consider marijuana an illicit drug or a prescription medicine -- or something in between -- there's no denying the buzz the bud is creating. And while police and city officials play political hot potato with the presence of vape lounges operating on the outskirts of the law, some new major pot players are entering the fray.
Ottawa Sun, 17 May 2015 - City officials shut down marijuana vapour lounge Talk about a buzz kill. On the verge of celebrating one month operating on the outskirts of the law, Vanier's BuzzOn has been shuttered, but it wasn't police knocking on the door of the city's first marijuana vapour lounge.
The Daily Courier, 17 May 2015 - Whistler Blackcomb ski resort made headlines last week, not for a major competition or a facility upgrade, but because it's banning all forms of smoking, including marijuana. Marijuana? That's like not allowing beer after a recreational slo-pitch game.
Penticton Herald, 17 May 2015 - Whistler Blackcomb ski resort made headlines last week, not for a major competition or a facility upgrade, but because it's banning all forms of smoking, including marijuana. Marijuana? That's like not allowing beer after a recreational slo-pitch game.
Ottawa Sun, 17 May 2015 - Francois Charlebois stifles a laugh when he hears about BuzzOn's claim as the city's first so-called marijuana vape lounge. While city officials shut down BuzzOn over a raft of building code violations Friday, Charlebois has been running his own vape shop for three months now - with no fanfare or the unwanted attention that comes with it - just a few hundred metres down the street.
Globe and Mail, 16 May 2015 - With marijuana's legal status looming over the next federal election, Margaret Wente visits the Mile-High City for a taste of what the future may hold. One outcome: 'I feel like a much nicer person' Denver is magical at dawn. Along the western horizon, the snow-capped mountains are bathed in pink from the glow of the rising sun. The sky is turning purest blue. The air is crisp and clear, and you can see forever. What a great place to get stoned. Which I intend to do, as soon as possible. In Colorado, recreational marijuana was legalized on Jan. 1, 2014. Denver now has more pot stores than it has Starbucks. Anyone over the age of 21 can walk into a store and choose from hundreds of varieties of flowers, nibbles, marijuana-infused drinks, oils, ointments and pain patches, as well as a growing array of wax and other supercharged hard-core products. There's even a sex lube for women, which promises to deliver the most mind-blowing experience of your life.
Nelson Star, 15 May 2015 - Re: "Nelson grapples with pot dispensaries," May 8 Not only should medical marijuana be available in Nelson, but all adult use should be legal, taxed, and regulated. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. Neighboring US states have legalized marijuana. Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good US relations. Consider the experience of Canada's southern neighbor. The US has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades.
Hamilton Spectator, 15 May 2015 - Hamilton Man Makes History by Being the First Graduate of the City's Drug Treatment Court The courtroom is packed with people who helped Carmelo Tinebra get clean. There are Crown attorneys leaning against a wall.
The Province, 15 May 2015 - Re: Wednesday's story, Medical pot ads inhaled by airwaves. The deception of defending marijuana for medical reasons, and now contending for the right to advertise for its properties as medicine, depends on falsely separating health issues from mental-health issues.
Vancouver Sun, 15 May 2015 - I looked over the B.C. Real Estate Association's and member websites and found the real estate industry is very quick to condemn grow-op properties with no classification or consideration as to the severity of the damage. Whether it be two or three plants in a basement room to 1,500 plants throughout the house, the label is the same. In a lot of cases the damage is minimal and even if the house has been remediated, inspected and tested, the label remains. The criminal who created the grow-op has done their time and moved on and the new homeowner, even after 10 years, is treated as a criminal for simply owning a remediated home.
Vancouver Sun, 15 May 2015 - History shows big drug busts don't threaten heroin supply Re: Police bust international heroin-smuggling ring, May 12 The Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP have done good police work in arresting 28 drug traffickers, and deserve recognition and appreciation for their persistence, diligence and competence.
Chilliwack Times, 14 May 2015 - Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin. After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.
Globe and Mail, 14 May 2015 - Cannabis Registry Is Established to Gather Data From 3,000 Users to Allow Researchers to Gauge the Drug's Safety and Effectiveness Researchers in Quebec have launched a registry of medicinal cannabis users to determine the safety of the drug and its effectiveness in treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Metro, 14 May 2015 - Patients Hope New Clinic Will Help Dispel Misconceptions Sami Ali has been in constant pain for more than a decade. Suffering from the after-effects of a punctured disc and dislocated shoulder, he's been a medicinal marijuana user for several years.
Toronto Star, 14 May 2015 - Policy Change Follows Outrage Over Search of 15-Year-Old Girl QUEBEC- School officials in Quebec will no longer be permitted to strip search students as the provincial government moved to act on a report recommending that only police officers conduct such examinations.
Kincardine News, 14 May 2015 - Kincardine's medical marihuana facility has laid off its 15 workers, and management will continue to operate at zero salary while they await a Health Canada inspection of the completed facility. Advanced Medical Marihuana Canada (AMMCan), a subsidiary of Supreme Pharmaceutical, has spent over $500,000 in upkeep costs since Dec. 12, 2014, when it informed the federal government that renovations were completed and it was ready for inspection of the pharmaceutical marihuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre, off Bruce Road 20 near Lake Huron.
Chronicle Herald, 14 May 2015 - A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses. Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.
Vancouver Courier, 13 May 2015 - In her own words, Dr. Patricia Daly is a "prevention physician." What does that mean? "My main goal is to prevent the harm associated with any psychoactive substance," says the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Kelowna Capital News, 13 May 2015 - A call by supporters of medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Kelowna for city council to come up with its own policies to allow dispensaries to operate here has fallen on deaf ears. Following a small rally by pro-pot supporters Monday afternoon outside city hall, Mayor Colin Basran dismissed the call, saying the issue is one of federal jurisdiction and until Ottawa changes the rules, the city will not issue business licences to dispensaries because they are illegal.
Toronto Star, 13 May 2015 - Khat, as you now know, is a kind of leaf used as a mild social stimulant in some countries and cultures where alcohol is forbidden. I chewed some recently. There was mail. Here, I merely note that the current problems in Yemen are not caused by khat; rather, I suggest that khat use in Yemen is the direct result of other problems.