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Canada: PUB LTE: Harper's Grass Stain

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 07:00
National Post, 29 Apr 2015 - Re: Where Every Day Is 4/20, editorial, April 27. Now that two neighbouring U.S. states have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in order to maintain good U.S. relations. Canadian policy-makers should ignore the reefer-madness hysteria of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and instead look to their Senate for guidance. In the words of recently deceased Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, "scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue." Senator Nolin headed up a 2002 Canadian Senate study that found marijuana is relatively benign, prohibition contributes to organized crime, and law enforcement efforts have little impact on patterns of use.
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CN BC: Column: Dispense With The Reefer Madness

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 28 Apr 2015 - "Once you legalize something, you normalize it. When you normalize it, the message is that it's safe and marijuana is not safe for young people." - Conservative Health Minister Rona Ambrose So let's be blunt about blunts - marijuana will be consumed by a significant portion of the Canadian population regardless of the laws)
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CN ON: New Ottawa Pot Lounge Braces For Crackdown

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 28 Apr 2015 - OTTAWA - Wayne Robillard has opened a stoner lounge just east of downtown. It's hard to describe it any other way. Even Robillard, 51, acknowledges his business, BuzzOn, isn't exactly legal. But he and two business partners are going to roll the dice and see what the city does.
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CN ON: Pot Lounge Braces For Crackdown

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 28 Apr 2015 - OTTAWA - Wayne Robillard has opened a stoner lounge just east of downtown. It's hard to describe it any other way. Even Robillard, 51, acknowledges his business, BuzzOn, isn't exactly legal.
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CN ON: Pot Lounge Braces For Crackdown

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 28 Apr 2015 - OTTAWA - Wayne Robillard has opened a stoner lounge just east of downtown. It's hard to describe it any other way. Even Robillard, 51, acknowledges his business, BuzzOn, isn't exactly legal.
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CN ON: Blair Now At Odds With Old Brethren

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 28 Apr 2015 - Bill Blair may now be in favour of legalizing marijuana but the national chief's organization he often boasts having led is certainly not. "Our position has not changed," Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) spokesman Tim Smith said Monday.
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CN ON: Pot Lounge Braces For Crackdown

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 28 Apr 2015 - OTTAWA - Wayne Robillard has opened a stoner lounge just east of downtown. It's hard to describe it any other way. Even Robillard, 51, acknowledges his business, BuzzOn, isn't exactly legal.
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CN ON: Check Out This Joint

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 28 Apr 2015 - Vanier Business Owner Rolls Out Marijuana Lounge to Local Smokers The fuzz showed up at Wayne Robillard's new joint exactly when he was rolling it out to reporters Monday. Two polite cops walked into BuzzOn at 29 Montreal Rd. to collect information about the pot smoking "lounge" in Vanier.
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CN ON: Pot Lounge Braces For Crackdown

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 07:00
The Observer, 28 Apr 2015 - OTTAWA - Wayne Robillard has opened a stoner lounge just east of downtown. It's hard to describe it any other way. Even Robillard, 51, acknowledges his business, BuzzOn, isn't exactly legal.
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CN BC: LTE: City's Inaction On Pot Sales Is The Problem

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 27 Apr 2015 - In an article last week about new regulations for marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver, city manager Penny Ballem said "the city has no jurisdiction over the legality of marijuana." Yes, Ottawa does make the laws regarding marijuana, but Vancouver does have a police force that operates and enforces the laws in the Criminal Code. So when pot shops operate without a licence, selling an illegal drug and not paying taxes, where is the police enforcement? I guess doing nothing, as demonstrated during the 4/20 demonstration where police stood around while people set up booths and sold marijuana.
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CN BC: Column: Feds Should Get Off Their High Horse Over Drug Use

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 27 Apr 2015 - Rona Ambrose doesn't want Vancouver to discuss regulating medical marijuana dispensaries at Tuesday's city council meeting - as she made eminently clear in a stern letter to Vancouver's Mayor Robertson, who may have paused to wonder what the honourable health minister may have been smoking when she wrote it. We shouldn't be surprised the federal government wants to harsh Vancouver's mellow. The Conservatives have been against Vancouver's progressive drug policies since Insite - North America's first safe-injection site - opened 10 years ago. But that didn't stop us from continuing the fight and becoming international leaders in saving lives through a harm-reduction model.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Pubs Are Near Schools

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 07:00
The Province, 27 Apr 2015 - The proposed marijuana-dispensary regulations in Vancouver call for "300-metre distancing from schools, community centres and neighbourhood houses." How far is the West End Liquor Store & Dover Arms Pub on Denman Street from King George School? It's kitty-corner across the street.
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CN NS: Editorial: Get The Max From This Product

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:00
The News, 25 Apr 2015 - A local business venture that unsurprisingly drew plenty of interest when first announced is a step closer to reality. Vida Cannabis in a news release announced the company is in the security clearance stage of the Health Canada application process. If successful there, the next step would involve finalizing construction - - a gigantic repurposing of the former Clairtone building in Stellarton - and getting ready for on-site inspection.
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Canada: Oped: Where Thereas Smoke, There's A Set Of Laws

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Apr 2015 - Vancouver's new rules regulating 'medical marijuana' dispensaries are a mindfudge for stoners and straights alike This week, the city of Vancouver finally moved to slow down the exponential growth of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries and regulate where and how they may operate.
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CN BC: Vancouver Mayor Waves Off Health Minister's Warning

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Apr 2015 - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has rejected a warning from the federal Health Minister to scrap a proposal to regulate marijuana dispensaries. The proposal would create a new class of business licence for the operations while imposing hefty fees and restricting where they can be located.
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CN ON: Editorial: Get Findings Out Quickly

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Apr 2015 - Few areas of public concern involve higher stakes. Results of controversial hair-strand testing, checking for drugs and alcohol, have been used in court to send people to jail. In other cases, the findings have been used to label parents unfit and deprive them of their children. But questions swirl around the accuracy of this process, especially analyses performed at the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk lab. Serious doubts have emerged and they're of vital concern to society. Innocent people's lives may have been wrecked.
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Chronicle AM: MT Forfeiture Reform Passes Legislature, IL Pot Decrim Passes House, More (4/24/15)

Canada (STDW) - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 22:17

Decrim advances in Illinois, an Ohio legalization initiative is rolling along, asset forfeiture reform passes in Montana and is now under consideration in Michigan, Vancouver will regulate its dispensaries, and more.

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Illinois House Passes Decriminalization Bill. The House Thursday approved House Bill 218, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Cassidy (D-Chicago). The bill would make possession of 15 grams or less an infraction punishable only by a fine of no more than $125. Under current law, people face up to a year in jail for simple possession. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Ohio Legalization Initiative Making Progress on Signature-Gathering. The Responsible Ohio legalization initiative campaign has gathered more than 180,000 signatures in its effort to put its initiative before voters in November. Buckeye State initiatives need 305,000 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, so the group probably needs to gather something like 400,000 signatures to ensure that disqualifications don't knock it off the ballot. Responsible Ohio says it is aiming even higher -- for 700,000 signatures. They have until July to gather them. A second legalization initiative, aiming at 2016, Ohioans To End Prohibition, is just in the initial phase of its campaign, while a third effort, led by the Ohio Rights Group, says it will not manage to qualify this year and has filed Election Commission complaints claiming that people associated with Responsible Ohio have interfered with its efforts.

Heroin

Heroin Use Up Sharply in Past Decade, SAMSHA Says. The number of heroin users in the country was stable at around 400,000 between 2002 and 2007, but began increasing in 2008 and reached 681,000 by 2013, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). But that's still less than one-third of 1% of the population. Another 11 million people, or 4% of the population, used prescription pills for off-label reasons.

Asset Forfeiture

Michigan Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Package Filed. A bipartisan package of eight asset forfeiture reform bills was filed Wednesday with support from the legislature's Republican leadership. One bill would create uniform, mandatory reporting requirements and raise the standard of evidence needed for a seizure from "a preponderance" to "clear and convincing." Another bill would bar seizures of vehicles used by someone buying an ounce of pot or less. The package doesn't include a bill to ban civil asset forfeiture outright, but it's a start.

Montana Legislature Passes Bill Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture. A bill that would end civil asset forfeiture passed the House Thursday. House Bill 463 had already passed the Senate and now heads for the governor's desk. New Mexico and Wyoming have both passed similar laws this year; the New Mexico governor signed hers, but the Wyoming governor vetoed his.

Drug Testing

Florida ACLU Targets Police Field Drug Tests. The ACLU of Florida is investigating the presumptive field test kits police use to make drug arrests. The move comes just a day after Hillsborough County Public Defender called them "faulty" and "inaccurate." Scientists have reported that kits like the Nark 2 are unreliable, but thousands of people have been arrested on the basis of their field test results.

Louisiana Bill Would Let Employers Drug Test Hair. The House Health Committee Wednesday approved House Bill 379, which would allow employers to use hair drug tests on potential hires. Hair drug tests can detect use going back as far as three months. The bill now heads for a House floor vote.

Law Enforcement

Seattle Doing Mass Arrests to Clean Up Downtown Drug Dealing Police in Seattle have arrested more than a hundred people in two days in a push to clean up open-air drug dealing downtown. The arrests involved undercover officers making marijuana, heroin, meth, and cocaine buys. Prosecutors said they would seek judicial orders barring those people from returning to the area, but that they would seek diversion programs in other cases.

International

Vancouver Moves to Regulate Marijuana Stores; Ottawa Not Happy. Vancouver has announced plans to regulate the more than 80 unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city, making it the first city in Canada to do so. But the federal Health Minister is warning the city not to do it, saying it would "normalize" marijuana sales.

Drug Cartel Violence Flares in Mexican Border State. Gun battles and arson attacks flared for the second time in a week in Tamaulipas, just across the Rio Grande River from Texas border towns such as Harlingen and Brownsville. The brouhaha broke out after police captured four alleged Gulf Cartel members and included blockades in the town of Altamira. At least two people were killed. Earlier this month, major violence broke out in Reynosa after the arrest of a Gulf Cartel leader. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have been killed in prohibition-related violence since 2006.

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Canada: Feds Concerned Over Marijuana Zoning Rules

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 24 Apr 2015 - VANCOUVER - The federal government is telling the City of Vancouver it does not have the authority to legitimize pot with its proposal to regulate "illegal" medical marijuana dispensaries. Health Minister Rona Ambrose sent a letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on Thursday saying she was "deeply concerned" by the city's plans to discuss regulation at an upcoming council meeting.
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CN NS: Medical Pot Users Try Class Action After Health Canada Privacy

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
Chronicle Herald, 24 Apr 2015 - Lawyers will go before a Federal Court judge in Halifax in June to ask the court to certify a proposed class action on behalf of 40,000 medical marijuana users whose privacy was breached by Health Canada in 2013. There are 2,105 Nova Scotia class members in the case.
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CN ON: Knives And Pot Routinely Brought To Courthouse

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 24 Apr 2015 - The special constables who work at the Chatham courthouse have anything but a boring job. Thanks in part to the range of characters the courthouse draws for criminal matters mostly. The special constables are members of the Chatham-Kent Police Service who are tasked with providing a range of functions, with security being job No. 1.
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