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Canada: Some Cities Try To Put Brakes On Rush To Marijuana

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2018 - MONTREAL-In the rush to marijuana legalization, cities across the country are harnessing their limited powers to delay the opening of retail pot stores, dictate where they can operate or ban them outright-at least temporarily. There was uproar from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Toronto District School Board after finding out the city's first retail cannabis store would open just 450 metres from a school, in a strip mall where students often eat lunch.
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US KY: Mcconnell Bill Would Legalize Hemp Farming, Help Kentucky

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 13 Apr 2018 - Hemp, which was Kentucky's biggest cash crop for a century before tobacco, is poised for a comeback thanks to bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday in Congress. It's about time. Regular hemp cultivation in this country was banned in 1937. That's when federal law enforcement officials, who feared the repeal of Prohibition would leave them nothing to do, launched the first war on drugs.
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US: 'El Chapo' evidence: Killings, Prison Breaks And 7 Tons Of

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr 2018 - U.S. prosecutors say their evidence against notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman includes killings, torture, kidnappings, prison breaks and even an attempt to smuggle seven tons of cocaine in cans of jalapenos. A government memo filed Tuesday also says there's evidence that Guzman was involved in a 1992 drug-gang shootout at a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, nightclub that left six people dead.
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US NY: Nixon: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Use A Racial Issue

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr 2018 - A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her. The "Sex and the City" star posted a 90-second video on YouTube in which she stated that it's time New York joined eight other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
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US: Trump Weighs Plan To Allow States To Require Drug Testing For

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Apr 2018 - FOOD STAMPS The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who've long sought ways to curb the safety net program.
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US FL: Judge Says Florida Man Can Grow His Own Medical Marijuana

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 11 Apr 2018 - TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida circuit court judge has ruled that a Tampa man has the right to grow his own medical marijuana. Leon County Judge Karen Gievers said on Wednesday that Joseph Redner is entitled under state law to grow and use marijuana for juicing. The 77-year old Redner is in remission for lung cancer and is one of more than 95,000 state residents who is registered as a medical marijuana patient.
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US CA: More Medical Marijuana Is Coming To Sarasota County

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 11 Apr 2018 - SARASOTA COUNTY -- More medical marijuana is coming to the county after the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday approved the second dispensary application in two days. The County Commission voted 4-1 to allow Sarasota-based AltMed to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 5077 Fruitville Road in the Cobia Bay shopping plaza -- making it the second approved dispensary in unincorporated county. Commissioner Mike Moran, who has concerns medical dispensaries could be the gateway to legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, cast the dissenting vote.
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US: John Boehner Was A Longtime Opponent Of Marijuana Reform. Here's

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 11 Apr 2018 - Former GOP House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, which operates in 11 states, Boehner said in a statement.
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US MO: Poisoned Synthetic Marijuana In Missouri, Other States

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 07:00
Kansas City Star, 10 Apr 2018 - More than 100 people in five states, including Missouri, have been treated in the past month for "serious unexplained bleeding" believed to be linked to inhaling fake marijuana laced with rat poison, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Illinois alone has reported 107 cases, and three people have died, the state's Department of Public Health said Monday. People have been hospitalized for coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose and bleeding gums.
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US IL: Why Synthetic Marijuana Might Not Be Illegal

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
Daily Herald, 06 Apr 2018 - Severe bleeding linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoids has resulted in at least two deaths and injury to nearly 90 others, according to state health officials. Illinois legislators approved an amendment to the state's controlled substances act last spring in an attempt to curb the sale and use of synthetic drugs.
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US OH: Ohio Health Officials: Synthetic Marijuana Laced With Rat

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 Apr 2018 - State health officials issued a public warning Friday about a severe bleeding outbreak in the Midwest that has been linked to synthetic marijuana contaminated with a rat poison ingredient. No cases have been reported in Ohio as of Friday.
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US PA: Even Where It's Legal To Sell Marijuana, It's Hard To

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 06 Apr 2018 - As the cannabis industry grows, generating an estimated $10 billion in annual sales, states are increasingly approving medical marijuana programs and passing adult-use laws. But for marketing agencies, marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands, advertising the pot brings its own hurdles.
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US MA: Northboro Seeks To Ban Medical Marijuana Other Towns Eye Only

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 06 Apr 2018 - RECREATIONAL POT Since last month's release of revised regulations for adult recreational marijuana use, municipalities are heading to town meetings this spring to decide whether to ban or allow marijuana establishments and ways to regulate them.
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CN BC: Researchers Look At Cannabis And Prescription Heroin To Tackle

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 04 Apr 2018 - Studies show controlled drug use can reduce consumption of street drugs As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.
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US PA: Oped: Medical Marijuana Should Be Allowed One Foot From Philly

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Apr 2018 - As one of the first lawyers in Pennsylvania to venture into the legal world of medical marijuana and hemp, I have had the pleasure to work and assist with the development of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. I could not be happier to see these dispensaries opening and helping the sick get relief. However, a problem has developed that will make it very difficult for many of the patients who most need the medicine to receive it.
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US PA: A Vancouver Cop Tells Philadelphia Why He Changed His Mind On

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Apr 2018 - At the height of a heroin epidemic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Inspector Bill Spearn -- then a rookie cop -- was assigned to a beat in the heart of the crisis. It was 1996, and though he had been responding to overdose after overdose in Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's poorest postal codes, Spearn wanted no part of the harm-reduction measures the city was considering to save the lives of people in addiction.
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CN ON: Marijuana-Dispensary Raid Charges Not Sticking In Court

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00
London Free Press, 03 Apr 2018 - More than half the charges laid against London marijuana dispensary staffers and operators swept up in a series of raids on the illegal businesses in the past two years have been withdrawn, court records examined by The Free Press show. London police have launched seven raids in three separate crackdowns on city pot shops since August 2016, resulting in 49 charges against 15 people.
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US MA: Mass. Pot Business Applications Strong On First Day Of

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 03 Apr 2018 - In just the first day of accepting preliminary applications, the Cannabis Control Commission said 23 companies and entrepreneurs had submitted requests for expedited licensing, and another 167 were in the process after the agency launched its online licensing system Monday. "Yesterday was a seminal day in the thus-far-brief history of the commission," said Steve Hoffman, the agency's chairman. "There were probably a large number of people that didn't think we'd be ready on April 2 to start accepting applications," but the agency's regulations were in place on time last month and its system worked smoothly, he added.
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US CT: Fourth Legislative Committee Holds Recreational Pot Hearing

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:00
Hartford Courant, 02 Apr 2018 - FOCUSES ON TAXATION On Monday, the finance, revenue and bonding committee became the fourth panel to hold a public hearing on recreational marijuana this legislative session. This time, on a bill that focuses on the taxation of marijuana and marijuana products sold in the state should they be legalized.
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US CA: Recreational Marijuana Sales Are Brisk, Problems Are Few In

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 Apr 2018 - Three months after recreational marijuana went on sale in California, San Diego retailers say business has been brisk and the customer base diverse, including older people who use a private shuttle bus to reach one dispensary. "There's been a change in the culture," said Will Senn, who operates two Urbn Leaf marijuana stores in San Diego and is about to open a third.
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