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CN MB: LTE: Just Say No

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 17 Jan 2018 - Re: NDP lobbying for safe injection site. What is it with all progressives pushing so called "safe injection sites" which is an oxymoron, as such places are anything but safe. Addicts may be getting clean needles, but they are still injecting street drugs of unknown quality. These drugs addicts commit serious crimes, placing the public at risk.
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CN ON: OPED: The Kids Will Smoke Pot Anyway

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 17 Jan 2018 - Health Canada's consultation with Canadians on the regulation of marijuana is down to its final days. But what exactly does the government wants us to comment on? Do officials want us to question the stated objectives? Or perhaps they want us to ask why they're being dishonest about their consultation process?
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Canada: Liberal MPs Urge Dropping Penalties For All Illicit Drug

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 17 Jan 2018 - OTTAWA - Even as Justin Trudeau prepares to deliver on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana, Liberal MPs are pushing the government to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession and consumption of all illicit drugs. The prime minister has so far drawn the line at pot legalization, but he's now being pressured to go much further in a resolution developed by the national Liberal caucus for consideration at the federal party's national policy convention in April in Halifax.
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CN AB: Renovations Ongoing At Supervised Drug Site

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:00
Lethbridge Herald, 16 Jan 2018 - More than 40 client support workers have been hired With staff training well underway, officials at the city's supervised drug consumption centre will be ready once building contractors have finished their work.
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CN ON: Trudeau Says He's Open To Strengthening Ethics Laws

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 13 Jan 2018 - Justin Trudeau says he's open to tightening federal conflict-of-interest laws and strengthening the powers of parliamentary watchdogs after a year in which both he and his Finance Minister were reprimanded by Canada's ethics commissioner. The Prime Minister made the comments at the conclusion of a cabinet retreat in London, Ont., where the government drafted plans for the final half of its first mandate.
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CN ON: We'll Look At Amnesty After Pot's Legalized, Trudeau Says

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:00
London Free Press, 13 Jan 2018 - Amnesty for marijuana possession convictions could be in the cards for Canadians, but not before recreational pot is legal. That's the word from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who wrapped up a two-day federal cabinet retreat in London on Friday.
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CN ON: Editorial: There's A Haze Over Province's Pot Plans

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 13 Jan 2018 - A legal pot shop will open in Peterborough this summer and what a report that goes to city council Monday night reveals is that most of the local impacts are still unknown. One concern for some municipalities is that they have no say on where marijuana stores locate.
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CN ON: Province To Choose Location For Pot Store

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/12/2018 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 12 Jan 2018 - The provincial government will decide where to locate a new cannabis store in Peterborough, states a new city staff report - city council won't have any say in the matter. Peterborough is getting a new government-run cannabis store by July 1, but it's unclear where exactly it will be located.
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CN ON: Concern Growing Over Pot Dispensary Robberies

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 11 Jan 2018 - Workers have been assaulted, but fear of raids stop some from calling police AFTER NEWS OF THE LATEST armed marijuana dispensary robbery, local cannabis advocate Britney Guerra appealed through a media release for any store owners who have been robbed to call police. The responses she got back shocked her. She knew there were robberies going unreported, but the problem was bigger than she suspected. Within 48 hours she had calls from four different Hamilton store owners who told her they had been robbed - perhaps by the same people - in the last month alone.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: Very Little Waste From Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 11 Jan 2018 - Dear editor: This is a response to Gord Marshall's wherein he states "Pot smokers will hurt the water system" (Daily Courier, Jan. 9). Mr. Marshall, your statement may or may not be true. From what I have seen, pot smokers generally keep their roaches, as they are called (not butts), because pot is expensive and the old roach material can be used later in another joint or pipe. There is very little waste.
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CN BC: Column: Some Thoughts On Pot Use

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 11 Jan 2018 - Marijuana, cannabis, pot, whatever you want to call it, it will become legal in Canada sometime this year following the U.S. where pot is legal in several states. I do not smoke pot or anything else. Two glasses of wine and I am asleep. I do get high though watching the Patriots and the Red Sox win. I am also asthmatic and any kind of smoke bothers me. There is a lot of kerfuffle going on and this is my take on this hot topic.
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CN ON: Legal Marijuana Concerns Madd

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:00
North Bay Nugget, 10 Jan 2018 - Organization recognizes officer of the year North Bay police Const. Mitch Thomas is surprised how many people still get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Thomas arrested six people for impaired in 2017 and was recognized during Tuesday's monthly police services board meeting as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving officer of the year.
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CN BC: Vernon Restricts Sale Of Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:00
The Morning Star, 10 Jan 2018 - Vernon City Hall continues to walk a line of uncertainty over how and where marijuana might be legally purchased in the city. While Ottawa is on board with legalizing the sale of marijuana, the province is yet to work out the rules for its retail availability.
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CN BC: Cannabis: Council Passes Moratorium After Public Hearing

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 10 Jan 2018 - The ban on cannabis businesses extends to July and does not include current medical dispensaries Only two people presented their views at a public hearing held by city hall on Monday to get the public's reaction to a proposed moratorium on recreational cannabis sales. Both presentations took less than one minute.
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CN ON: LTE: Ad Campaign Won't Work

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:00
The Expositor, 10 Jan 2018 - Ahead of its July deadline for legalizing recreational marijuana use in Canada, the federal government has launched a ad campaign warning of the risks of drug-impaired driving. I wonder if any elected official has noticed ads warning against drinking and driving have not eliminated drunk driving. The new ads won't work either. The way to curb drug-impaired driving is to not make cannabis legal for recreational purposes. Cannabis should only be marketed for seriously ill people on a doctor's prescription. Marie Braund
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CN ON: Local MPs Split On Marijuana Law

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 08:00
The Glengarry News, 10 Jan 2018 - The federal with a handful of minor revisions, passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons November 27 and has moved on to the Senate for further review and discussion. A total of 200 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the legislation - Bill C-45 - with 82 voting against it.
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Chronicle AM: NH House Passes Marijuana Legalization, CO Safe Injection Site Sought, More... (1/9/18)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 21:27

Attorney General Sessions' announcement last week of a possible renewed war on marijuana continues to reverberate, the New Hampshire House passes a bill to legalize possession and cultivation, but not sales; Colorado lawmakers want a safe injection site as part of their response to the opioid crisis, and more.

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Colorado GOP Senator, Sessions to Meet This Week. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who took to the Senate floor last week to denounce Attorney General Sessions' move to end the Obama administration's laissez-faire approach to state-legal marijuana, will meet with Sessions later this week. Neither Gardner's office nor the Justice Department would supply any more details, although it's safe to speculate that marijuana policy will be on the agenda.

Massachusetts US Attorney Will Not Rule Out Going After Marijuana Businesses. US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling has said he will not rule out prosecuting businesses involved with marijuana. Lelling suggested supporters of legal marijuana should just get it legalized: "Deciding, in advance, to immunize a certain category of actors from federal prosecution would be to effectively amend the laws Congress has already passed, and that I will not do,"  Lelling said in a statement. "The kind of categorical relief sought by those engaged in state-level marijuana legalization efforts can only come from the legislative process."

New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Possession and Cultivation But Not Sales. The House voted 183-162 Tuesday morning to approve House Bill 656, which would legalize the possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and allow individuals to grow up to three plants. The vote came after the House amended the bill to remove provisions allowing for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana sales. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Colorado Lawmakers Have Package of Bills to Fight Opioid Crisis, Including Safe Injection Site. A bipartisan committee of lawmakers has crafted a package of six bills aimed at curbing the opioid crisis in the state. One bill would limit initial prescriptions of opioids to just seven days; another would make naloxone available at public schools; another would take $3 million from marijuana tax revenues to fund education for doctors on pain management; but the most controversial would allow for a safe injection site to operate in Denver.

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Canada's Saskatchewan Will Have Privately Owned Marijuana Stores. The provincial government announced Monday that legal marijuana will be sold by private operators issued marijuana retail licenses by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. Retail stores will initially be allocated in areas of the province with more than 2,500 people, with some 40 municipalities and Indian reservations on the list. Saskatoon, the province's largest city, will eventually receive more licenses.

Colombia Sends 2,000 Troops to Restive Coca Port Town. More than 2,000 soldiers flew into the Pacific port town of Tumaco Monday to try to tamp down rising violence that has left more than 240 people dead in the past year. Tumaco is the municipality with the most coca cultivation of any in the country and has seen conflict between rival armed groups involved in the coca and cocaine trade, as well as attacks by traffickers on farmers who have participated in the government's coca crop substitution program.

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CN NS: Developer Hopes Fish Urine Gives Edge In Cannabis Market

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 06 Jan 2018 - Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focusing on people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry. Fish urine is the secret sauce that will allow some 50,000 cannabis plants to thrive in Liverpool. We'll get to that momentarily. Myrna Gillis, founder and president of Aqualitas, reported recently her company had collected $8.7 million from investors across Canada and the United States.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Marijuana High Isn't So Long-Lasting

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 08:00
Calgary Herald, 06 Jan 2018 - Re: "Marijuana isn't without its risks," Letter, Jan. 4. As is typical of marijuana scaremongers, Jack Falk misconstrues the fact that marijuana metabolites are detectable in the body for a longer period than alcohol. The effects of marijuana (the high, if you will), however, are fairly short-lived (two to three hours if smoked, six to 12 hours if ingested). The letter writer needs to educate himself a little before making such easily repudiated claims.
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Canada: PUB LTE: The Rush To Slow Down

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Jan 2018 - Re Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1, Poll Finds (Jan. 3): Yet again, we're told that Canadians do not want to rush our municipalities, provinces and country into legalized marijuana. In the more than two years since the election of a government supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana, reactionary talking heads have taken every opportunity to stall and delay the implementation process.
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