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CN ON: Editorial: Stop The Smoke

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 24 Jan 2018 - It's tough to imagine a situation where it would be fair for a landlord to change a tenant's lease mid-term. But the impending legalization of pot consumption this summer is one. Ontario landlords are understandably concerned that recreational users may smoke weed in their units once it's legal, leading to a deluge of complaints from other tenants when the fumes inevitably end up in their suites.
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CN NF: Editorial: Weeding Out Weed

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
The Telegram, 24 Jan 2018 - It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as provinces roll out their marijuana rules. Several provinces - Newfoundland and Labrador among them - have decided that marijuana smoking has to be done on private property. Ontario's rules are so tight that weed smoking has to take place in private residences. But what happens if your private residence is an apartment?
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CN ON: Businesses Prep For Legalized Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Press, 24 Jan 2018 - Joelle Charbonneau has three words in mind as recreational marijuana's legalization approaches. "Train, train, train," said Charbonneau. "Information is key." The operations manager at JTR & Custom Works attended a Timmins Chamber of Commerce presentation at the Schumacher Lions Club Tuesday, where lawyer Carly Stringer explained employers' legal obligations regarding cannabis in the workplace.
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CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Rules Debated

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 24 Jan 2018 - The City of Vernon, said Coun. Dalvir Nahal to the overflow crowd of more than 70 people who crammed into Vernon council chambers Monday, has a responsibility to taxpayers, business owners and children to make sure what the city is doing in regards to marijuana dispensaries is being done. The city held a public hearing Monday on a zoning text amendment bylaw that is not intended to close down dispensaries that were in operation before Nov. 14, 2017. The bylaw is to bridge the process that will allow dispensaries to continue to operate provided certain conditions are met.
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CN ON: Editorial: Pot Plan Reeks Of Condescension

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 24 Jan 2018 - City hall bureaucrats don't think poor people should have access to legal marijuana. Of course, in making that request to the LCBO subsidiary that will run legal pot shops, Ottawa's bureaucrats couched it in more palatable language.
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CN ON: Police Unlawfully Arrested Protester, Professional Standards

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 24 Jan 2018 - Cambridge man back at courthouse smoking pot - this time fully clothed KITCHENER - Jeffrey Shaver, the Cambridge man famous for his bong-smoking nearly naked protests across Waterloo Region, has been vindicated.
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CN BC: Robson Square Vendors Stay Put Despite Arrests

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 24 Jan 2018 - Police say booths have been selling weed to kids Despite a recent police crackdown, marijuana vendors who have been selling pot out of booths set up at Robson Square near the Vancouver Art Gallery say they have no intention of stopping.
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CN BC: New Injection Site Waits To Save Lives

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 23 Jan 2018 - Vancouver VCH will offer many services in one location Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Vancouver Coastal Health has built a new supervised injection site. But until Health Canada approves the health authority's application, it will sit empty.
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CN BC: LTE: Get Tougher On Drug Suppliers

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:00
Penticton Herald, 23 Jan 2018 - Dear editor: When is enough enough? Twelve years ago my wife and I decided that we wanted to move to the Okanagan. After a lot of thought and visits, we chose Penticton. What an absolutely wonderful place: sunshine, beaches, festivals, sports and if you stayed all winter very bearable But what has been happening is more break-ins, both on the personal level as well as businesses, thefts are a regular occurrence (the police know who most of these criminals are, it's mostly drug related) resulting in more and more fear amongst good honest citizens.
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CN ON: Landlords Seek Right To Immediately Ban Marijuana Use In

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 23 Jan 2018 - Ontario landlords want the right to immediately ban the use of pot in rental properties when recreational marijuana is legalized this summer, arguing they should be allowed to change tenants' existing leases to stop the drug from being consumed in their units. Some marijuana users say, however, that the situation would leave renters with few places to legally use weed, given the province's already restrictive rules around the drug.
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CN ON: Keep Guards Up Against ODs

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:00
London Free Press, 23 Jan 2018 - Londoner says security officers, often first on the scene, should be trained to use life-saving naloxone kits In the wake of several overdose deaths and an experience saving a man's life, a London security guard wants to spread the word about life-saving naloxone.
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CN ON: Drug Crisis Outpacing Site Search

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:00
London Free Press, 23 Jan 2018 - Health emergencies don't wait for plans and procedures. As drug overdose deaths continue to plague London - with five lives claimed by suspected overdoses in the first three weeks of 2018 alone - - city staff and politicians hustled to keep up with zoning rules for supervised consumption facilities.
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CN MB: Illegal Winnipeg Pot Dispensaries Raided

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Jan 2018 - Winnipeg police raided two illegal marijuana dispensaries last week, just a few months before the plant becomes legal across the country. Police said two locations of the Winnipeg Compassion Club, one on Mcphillips Street and the other on Pembina Highway, were raided on Jan. 8 after a months-long investigation by the service's Marihuana Grow Operation Unit that found the dispensary to be openly selling pot at both outlets.
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CN BC: Doc Doubles Down On Opioid 'ATM'

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
Metro, 18 Jan 2018 - Drug users need access to clean drugs: BCCDC head As Vancouver records its highest ever number of overdose deaths, the head of B.C.'s Centre for Disease Control says he wants to move ahead on a controversial but innovative idea he feels is vital in the fight to save lives.
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CN ON: LTE: Don't Put Injection Site Downtown

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 18 Jan 2018 - RE: Safe injection sites in Hamilton One needs only to stroll just north on John Street at King Street to see what the methadone clinic has done to our downtown core. Pretty much all the buildings on both sides of the clinic (east side of John) are closed and boarded up. As my time as a police officer walking the beat in the core, I broke up many a fight out front of the clinic, and arrested a number of drug dealers hanging around preying on the meth addicts.
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Canada: Editorial: Legal Pot, But Not For Renters

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Jan 2018 - Major social reforms inevitably hit unforeseen obstacles. Here's yet one more that looms for the Trudeau government's plan to legalize cannabis. Several municipal governments in Quebec have served notice in recent weeks that, when pot becomes legal this summer, they will enforce strict bylaws that could effectively forbid its consumption by recreational users. Under Quebec's proposed pot law, municipal councils will have the right to ban the smoking of pot in all public places - well beyond the usual restrictions on tobacco and alcohol. Some towns seem intent on passing bylaws so strict that the only legal place to smoke weed would be at home.
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CN ON: High Drivers Concern Cops

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
The Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018 - Local police preparing for legalization of marijuana and detecting impaired motorists With the legalization of recreational marijuana looming on the horizon, local law enforcement aren't letting the grass grow under their feet.
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CN MB: Police Raid Two Marijuana Storefronts

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 18 Jan 2018 - POLICE raided two locations of the Winnipeg Compassion Club last week, saying the storefronts were operating as "illegal marijuana dispensaries." Officers seized approximately $25,000 worth of marijuana, $20,000 of marijuana in alternate forms and $6,000 in cash from both locations, which were "openly selling marijuana," the Winnipeg Police Service said in a news release on Wednesday.
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Chronicle AM: NJ Governor Says Legalize It, Canada Liberals Want Drug Decrim, More... (1/17/18)

Canada (STDW) - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:50

Incoming New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) becomes the first to call for marijuana legalization in his inauguration speech, the VA rejects calls to study marijuana for PTSD, Canada's Liberals push for drug decriminalization, and more.

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

State Attorneys General Support Marijuana Banking Access Bill. Some 19 state attorneys general signed onto a letter sent Tuesday to congressional leaders urging them to move on the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (HR 2215), which would "provide a safe harbor" for banks and other financial institutions that provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses. The bill was filed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). The bill has been stuck in the House Finances Committee and the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

Maine Legislators Vote to Delay Social Marijuana Clubs Until 2023. In a concession to Gov. Paul LePage (R), the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday to delay the licensing of social use clubs for five years. The move is aimed at winning support for an implementation bill after opposition last year stopped progress. A final vote on implementation legislation isn't expected until next month.

New Jersey's New Governor Vows to Legalize Marijuana. Incoming New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) made history yesterday as the first elected governor to commit to legalizing recreational marijuana in an inauguration speech. "A stronger and fairer New Jersey embraces criminal justice reform comprehensively, and that includes a process to legalize marijuana," Murphy pledged shortly after being sworn in as New Jersey's 56th governor.

Medical Marijuana

VA Won't Study Marijuana's Effects on PTSD. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not begin a study into marijuana's effects on PTSD despite pleas from congressman, veterans, and the nation's largest veterans' service organization. The news came in a letter to House Democrats from VA Secretary David Shulkin. The letter was actually written in late December, but only released Tuesday. "VA is committed to research and developing effective ways to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain conditions," Shulkin wrote. "However, federal law restricts VA&#=39;s ability to conduct research involving medical marijuana, or to refer veterans to such research projects." The letter said a review of existing research found a link between marijuana use and increased risk of suicide, as well as mania and psychotic symptoms, a response Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), a signer of the letter, called "disappointing" and "unacceptable."

Illinois Judge Orders State to Add Intractable Pain as Qualifying Condition. Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell has ordered the Department of Public Health to add intractable pain as qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. The decision comes after the department declined to add it, and the department says it will appeal the ruling. The state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had recommended added the condition in January 2016, but the health department demurred, saying there was "a lack of high quality data" from clinical trials to establish that the benefits outweighed the risks.

International

Canada Liberals Push for Drug Decriminalization. A resolution developed for the ruling Liberal Party's national convention in April calls for decriminalizing the use and possession of all illicit drugs. The Liberal caucus resolution calls on the government to adopt the model instituted in Portugal in 2001, where criminal penalties for personal use and possession of drugs were eliminated and treatment and harm reduction services ramped up.

Thailand Prepares for Medical Marijuana. The government has announced that it is pondering the nation's first legal marijuana cultivation facility, a move that presages changes to the country's drug laws that will soon allow the medicinal use of marijuana. "For medical purposes, they will be able to get the marijuana, but only on a doctor's orders. They can't grow it on their own," Narcotics Control Board director Sirinya Sitdhichai said Tuesday Sirinya. "This is what we have put in the draft."

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CN NS: Countdown To Cannabis Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:00
The Victoria Standard, 17 Jan 2018 - Victoria Cooperative Fisheries GM Osborne Burke says employers need more time for training and education When it comes to consuming substances that carry the risk of impairment, what employees ingest on their own time can become the employer's business. In safety-sensitive worksites, establishing a clear drug and alcohol policy is paramount. So too is encouraging employees with a substance abuse problem to seek help.
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