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Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of Cannabis

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2018 - If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself. Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.
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CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through Senate

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2018 - The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House. Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.
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CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 10 Feb 2018 - Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly. How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?
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US HI: Hawaii Cannabis Expo Vendors Capitalize On Budding Pot

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Feb 2018 - Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo. Drew Gennuso, owner of Trim Ready Hawaii, showed Ari Medina how to trim legal hemp, which looks like cannabis, Friday at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
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CN MB: More, Cheaper Meth On City Streets

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 09 Feb 2018 - Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in 2017 MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem. That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services that are trying to contain the street drug.
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CN ON: Column: It Wasn't The Positive Test It Was The Hair

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 09 Feb 2018 - Twenty years ago this Sunday, when Ross Rebagliati was told he had tested positive for a banned substance, he didn't have to ask which one. It was THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, and it was going to cost him the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in snowboarding.
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CN BC: City Of Surrey Ponders Its Pot Plan

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
The Now, 09 Feb 2018 - Surrey mulls over 'missteps' from U.S. cities that have legalized marijuana Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the city has developed a "balanced, appropriate and evidence-based approach" in preparing for the expected passing of the Trudeau government's Bill C45 Cannabis Act this coming July.
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US CA: Should Veterans Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana for

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 09 Feb 2018 - Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump administration. The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress, pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, to support research into whether marijuana can help veterans, apparently fearing that any move by the Department of Veterans Affairs to study its effectiveness will be another step toward nationwide legalization.
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CN ON: Editorial: Sanity In Haze Of Confusion

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Feb 2018 - An Ottawa judge who granted an absolute discharge to a 21-year-old woman working at a marijuana dispensary has made the right call. Yes, we believe in harsh penalties for criminals. Yes, people should be held accountable for their actions.
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CN BC: Criminal Records Could Sink Pot Entrepreneurs

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
The Georgia Straight, 08 Feb 2018 - An unusual aspect of Canada's soon-to-be-legal cannabis market is that the activists who led the legalization movement may find themselves excluded from the industry for which their efforts paved the way. Vancouver activists like Jodie and Marc Emery and dispensary pioneer Don Briere, for example, have criminal records for possessing and selling marijuana. Now those criminal records could be used against them in federal and provincial licensing systems that are under development to decide who gets to cultivate and sell recreational cannabis.
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CN ON: OPED: Health Experts Should Take Lead On Weed Packaging

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 08 Feb 2018 - "I believe that nicotine is not addictive." This was the position the CEOs of the seven largest American tobacco companies staunchly stood by while testifying in front of an infamous 1994 Congressional hearing.
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US: Cheech & Chong Still Enjoy Blowing Smoke

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 08 Feb 2018 - It only seemed appropriate that a long-distance phone call to Cheech Marin would go awry, repeatedly getting dropped. Hearing each other say, "Hello, hello, are you there?" back and forth was like reliving the famous "Dave's not here" routine of Cheech & Chong, where a stoned-out Chong keeps telling anxiety-ridden drug dealer Dave (Cheech) knocking on the door that "Dave's not here." Cheech Marin, left, and Tommy Chong at the 2014 Guys Choice Awards in
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CN NS: Editorial: Weeding Out Weed

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 08 Feb 2018 - It's just another example of how complicated things are going to be as provinces roll out their marijuana rules. Several provinces 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.
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CN ON: Lawyer Declares War On Weed Over

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
The Observer, 08 Feb 2018 - Declaring the government's war on marijuana was over, defence lawyer Nick Cake called for a $10 fine for his client's marijuana possession. Kalan Louis Pereira, 27, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sarnia court to marijuana possession. "We no longer live in a society that denounces this stuff," said Cake, citing the federal government's move to legalize recreational marijuana use this coming July. The war on drugs as it relates to marijuana is over, and there is consideration of granting amnesty to those previously convicted of marijuana possession, Cake continued.
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CN BC: Editorial: NDP's Pot Sales Plan Weak

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
Prince George Citizen, 08 Feb 2018 - In an interview with The Citizen last April during the 2017 provincial election, NDP leader John Horgan admitted that government and politicians are behind public sentiment when it comes to marijuana. Knowing it and saying it is one thing but Horgan, now the premier, still seems reluctant to act on it, based on the additional details on a provincial pot policy the NDP government announced Monday that will take effect once marijuana is legalized later this year. "Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government," Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said. "But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come."
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CN ON: Illegal Pot Shops Flourish In Ottawa

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 08 Feb 2018 - Ontario's attorney general has warned that illegal marijuana dispensaries will be closed across the province, but potpreneurs in Ottawa don't seem to be getting the message. At least 19 pot shops are still operating in the city, with a couple opening in the past few weeks.
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CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public Feedback

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.
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Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.
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CN ON: Drug Awareness Week Offers A Chance To Talk

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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US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border Questions

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:00
The Record, 07 Feb 2018 - WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen. The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
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