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CN BC: PUB LTE: The Plight Of The Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 07 Feb 2018 - Dear editor: If cannabis legalization gets any more costly, we may need to revert back to the black market model. At least then, patients needn't struggle to get their medication. The current victims of the legalization effort are the dispensaries, and with them the patients. They filled a gap left when the government permitted medical marijuana in 2001, but left the patient without access to their medication. Fifteen years later, Neil Allard successfully sued the government for unduly restricting the access to medical cannabis.
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CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 07 Feb 2018 - After three years of addressing substance abuse issues while patrolling local high schools, city police community services officer Const. Andy Hatton said he has learned more about how important the lines of communication are between parents and their children. Drug Awareness Week continues until Friday and city police and health care and public health partners point out it's a ideal time to have serious conversations about the topic.
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Canada: Pot Plan On Track: Feds

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 07 Feb 2018 - Liberals insist recreational marijuana will be legal in July OTTAWA - The Trudeau government insists it's on track to legalize recreational pot in July - but whether that means it will actually be on sale by then is uncertain.
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CN ON: LTE: Legalization Of Marijuana Dangerous

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Standard, 07 Feb 2018 - What is surprising about opioid overdoses and deaths due to overdoses? These are expected. Expect more as the floodgate to hell has been further opened with the legalizing of recreational use of cannabis.
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CN ON: LTE: Legalizing Pot Wrong

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Sudbury Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Re: "Action urged on illicit cigarettes," Feb. 5. Governments at all levels have spent tens of billions trying to dissuade young people from smoking cigarettes and treating people's serious illnesses, especially cancers, from this addictive habit. These ads are actually starting to decrease the number of new smokers. Over this time, organized crime has been heavily involved, distributing illicit smokes, with zero checks on quality or the nature of ingredients.
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CN BC: Legalization Will Make Illegal Dispensaries Easier To Close

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Communities across British Columbia will have an easier time shutting down illegal marijuana dispensaries after the drug is legalized this summer and a provincial body is put in charge of making sure businesses comply with the new retail rules, according to the architect of Vancouver's landmark marijuana bylaw. The province's solicitor-general released details this week about how recreational cannabis will be sold in B.C. The system will be almost identical to the one for alcohol, allowing a mix of private or public stores to sell the substance - with the support of their local bureaucrats - once federal drug laws change this summer.
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CN NS: Left Out

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Queens County Advance, 07 Feb 2018 - Here's why there won't be any legal pot access in Queens County When marijuana becomes legal across Canada July 1, Queens County residents won't be buying any of the recreational drug from the local NSLC.
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Chronicle AM: San Francisco SIJs Coming Soon, House Dems Want Pot Hearing, More... (2/6/18)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:28

Safe injection sites are coming to San Francisco, House Democrats want a hearing on Sessions' backwards-looking marijuana policies, CBD bills pass in Indiana and Virginia, and more.

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

House Judiciary Committee Democrats Demand Hearing on Sessions Marijuana Policy. In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), eleven Democratic members of the committee called on him to hold a hearing of the full committee to discuss recent moves by Attorney General Sessions to roll back laissez-faire Obama-era policies regarding enforcement of federal drug laws in marijuana-legal states. In the letter, the Democrats said they feared new Justice Department policies "will promote an inefficient use of limited taxpayer resources and subvert the will of voters who have clearly indicated a preference for legalized marijuana in their states."

Delaware's Governor Remains Opposed to Marijuana Legalization. After months of meeting with legalization supporters, Gov. John Carney (D) has rebuffed their efforts to get him on board. "There are a lot of people who are pushing that. I don't think it's a good idea to be out ahead of that, [to be] one of the lead states there," Carney told WHYY-TV. "I've talked to my colleagues, governors from Colorado and the state of Washington, and they talk about some of the unintended negative consequences." While he did not say he would veto a legalization bill, he remains strongly opposed: "I just don't think we ought to be a leader there. Again, as we're trying to strengthen our workforce, create an environment where companies can be successful to make Delaware stronger, I don't think that will do it."

California Bill Would Allow For Consumption at Special Events. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) has filed a bill that would allow for the sale and consumption at temporary special events. Assembly Bill 2020 would allow a state agency to issue temporary event licenses allowing sales and consumption. "These events support local economies and small businesses," Quirk said in a statement. "Despite the fiscal and communal benefits such events bring to a city or local community, current law prohibits local governments from approving applications for cannabis sales at special events if they are held anywhere but county property," he added. The measure is also sponsored by the city of Oakland.

Medical Marijuana

Indiana Senate Joins House in Passing CBD Bill. The Senate voted 35-13 Monday to approve Senate Bill 294, which would allow any state resident to purchase and use CBD cannabis oil. Similar legislation passed the House last week on a unanimous vote.

Virginia Senate Passes CBD Bill. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve Senate Bill 726, which would allow doctors to recommend the use of CBD cannabis oil or THC-A oil. The House passed a companion bill, also unanimously, last Friday. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Drug Czar's Office Frozen Out of Trump Administration's War on Opioids. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has effectively taken control of the administration's opioids agenda, largely sidelining the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP -- the drug czar's office), according to a report in Politico. The report says Conway is "quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address" the opioid crisis. The main response so far has been to demand a border wall and to suggest a sort of "just say no" program. The administration is expected to propose massive cuts in the drug czar's office this month.

West Virginia Governor Sets New Plan, Names New Drug Policy Director. Gov. Jim Justice (D) said Monday the state will take a different approach to the opioid crisis by focusing a pilot program on two of the state's hardest hit counties. Justice said there wasn't enough funding to fight the crisis in all 55 counties, but that statewide efforts would continue. "We know that everything we've tried so far has failed," he said. Justice also announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Brumage as the new director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy.

Drug Testing

Vermont GOP Bill Would Require Drug Screening, Testing for Public Assistance. House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) has filed a bill, House Bill 866, that would require people seeking public assistance to undergo screening for substance abuse and undergo drug testing if the screening process suggests drug use. Those who failed drug tests cold still receive assistance if they agreed to and completed drug treatment, but refusing treatment or failing to complete it would result in loss of benefits.

Harm Reduction

San Francisco Should See Safe Injection Sites by July.San Francisco Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said Monday the city is on track to open its first two safe injection sites around the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1. She said she is working with six to eight nonprofits that already operate needle exchanges and other drug addiction services and will choose two of them to open safe injection sites. The sites will initially be privately funded, which will help the city avoid liability, since intravenous drug use is a crime under both state and federal law. Opening the sites will not require the approval of the city's Board of Supervisors or other city officials, she said.

International

British Columbia Sets More Legal Pot Rules. The provincial government announced Sunday that marijuana will not be sold in the same stores as alcohol and that in urban areas, licensed retailers would only be able to sell marijuana and accessories -- not other products, such as food, gas, clothing, and lottery tickets. Rural areas will qualify for exceptions to the general rule. Also, people 19 and over will be able to possess up to 30 grams in public, and smoking will generally be allowed in public spaces where smoking is allowed. Adults will be able to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords will be able to bar tenants from growing.

Colombia Says Armed Groups Impeding Coca Crop Substitution. Colombian Post-Conflict Minister Rafael Pardo said Sunday that illegal armed groups are impeding the country's efforts to replace illicit coca crops with legal ones. The comments came after a United Nations verification team was attacked last week by dissident FARC guerrillas. Pardo also pointed a finger at Marxist ELN guerrillas. Both groups, as well as rightist paramiitaries, continue to try to benefit from the illicit coca and cocaine trade.

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CN BC: Recreational Cannabis Will Mirror Alcohol Model, Government

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Province's system heeds advice of public-health experts, but substances won't be sold together in single outlet British Columbia will create a retail system for recreational cannabis that is almost identical to the one for alcohol, but like most other provinces, will not allow the two substances to be sold together in private or public stores once Ottawa legalizes marijuana this summer.
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CN BC: B.C. Cities Can Just Say No To Pot Shops

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 06 Feb 2018 - 'Authority' included in new guidelines According to the province's latest cannabis retail laws, announced Monday in Victoria, city governments - such as Richmond - will be able to decide whether to allow pot shops.
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Canada: Ministers To Defend Pot Legalization Amid Concerns Over

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 06 Feb 2018 - Three federal ministers are set to defend their government's plans to legalize cannabis in the Senate amid widespread concerns over Ottawa's ability to crack down on drug-impaired driving once the recreational market opens up later this year. The Senate is currently studying two bills, C-45 and C-46, that respectively will lift the prohibition on the recreational consumption of marijuana and create new drug-impaired driving offences.
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Canada: Column: Whisky Raids A Cautionary Tale For Pop-Up Pot Dealers

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Feb 2018 - It may be easier to halt fly-by-night marijuana sellers once legal, because with regulation come clear rules Somewhere in warehouses where Vancouver contraband goes to die are the raw ingredients for quite the party.
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CN NF: Column: Embracing Practical Considerations

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
The Labradorian, 05 Feb 2018 - I've been publicly advocating legalization of marijuana as long as I have been an op-ed writer, approximately 16 years. Since that battle is won, I will not rehash all the reasons. Now that it is upon us, just a few months from implementation, the time has come to move on to practical considerations.
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CN NS: Minority Of Maritimers Express Interest In Legal Pot

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
The News, 05 Feb 2018 - Although a majority of Atlantic Canadians support the legalization of marijuana for personal use, not many actually plan on using it recreationally when it is legal. According to numbers from Corporate Research Associates (CRA), the proportion of Atlantic Canadians who plan on at least occasionally lighting up for fun is about 20 per cent. Ten per cent of respondents indicated they would "definitely" be occasionally purchasing and using marijuana, while 10 per cent said they would "probably" be doing so.
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Canada: Newest Strain Of Academia Is Cannabis Education

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 05 Feb 2018 - Colleges, universities say people want to learn how to work in newly legalized field VANCOUVER- From growing the perfect crop to marketing within restrictive rules, Canadian colleges and universities are cultivating courses for those wanting to work in the booming marijuana industry.
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CN ON: Column: Racially Biased Power Play With Legal Pot

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 03 Feb 2018 - "Entrepreneurial" is one of the terms used to describe a bunch of Canadian bootleggers who found varying success in the illicit running of alcohol to the U.S. about a century ago. They are portrayed as swashbuckling adventurers who dared to defy laws that banned alcohol, laws that in retrospect were not only archaic but perhaps misplaced and costly. They are fondly posited as cheeky and rebellious, the forerunners of a liberal era of alcohol-infused pleasures.
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CN ON: Public Health Handing Out More Naloxone Kits

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - 453 people were revived 'from the brink of death' in 2017, Hamilton city officials hear More than one-quarter of naloxone kits distributed through Hamilton Public Health last year were used to revive someone from an overdose.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Legalize Drugs, Stop Violence

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Ottawa Citizen, 03 Feb 2018 - There is absolutely no question that the gun violence being experienced in Ottawa is fuelled by the drug trade. The futile war on drugs simply cannot be won. Why we continue to defy and ignore more than 100 years of failed prohibition is mind-boggling, counterproductive and irresponsible. Law enforcement, in and of itself, has never reduced or dried up the supply of illegal drugs. Illicit drugs will be with us long into the future. The so-called war on drugs, at an outrageous economic, social and human cost, will simply not stop the demand for illegal drugs.
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CN ON: OPED: Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized Now

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Feb 2018 - Millions of criminals are Canadians buying pot from Canadians, writes Jeremy Kemeny Everyone smoking recreational marijuana right now is a criminal. That is according to Canadian law and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who - planning to legalize this summer - has encouraged authorities to enforce these rules.
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CN ON: What's Next For Cannabis Crime?

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 03 Feb 2018 - Lawyers contemplate class action to push government into cannabis amnesty OTTAWA - At Anthony Morgan's law office, the calls keep coming: Parents of young black men hoping their son's marijuana possession charge will be wiped clean when the country legalizes the drug this year.
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