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CN BC: LTE: Pot Is 'Societal Failure'

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:00
The Province, 04 Jan 2018 - Re: Op-ed by marijuana industry investor Dan Kriznic. It appears Kriznic has been sampling his product. That's the only way I can account for his over-the-top description of what's going on in the money grubbing battle for pot dollars.
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Canada: LTE: Liberals' Pot Narrative

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 04 Jan 2018 - Re Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1, Poll Finds (Jan. 3): Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana, the narrative has always been that by cutting out the black market, this would protect children who are at serious risk. Having been a police officer for close to 40 years, this is a leap into fantasy land. Black market pot sales have continued in the states of Colorado and Washington after marijuanalegalization, and they will do so here.
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Chronicle AM: Trump Administration Wants Expanded Unemployment Drug Testing, More... (1/3/18)

Drug War Chronicle - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:07

The Trump Labor Department is moving to expand drug testing of people seeking unemployment benefits, Bangladeshi officials calls for drug addicts to be shot on sight, and more.

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Delaware Legalization Bill to Be Rewritten to Gain Passage, Sponsor Says. State Rep. Helene Keeley (D-South Wilmington), a lead sponsor of the legalization bill, House Bill 110, said Wednesday that the bill is being rewritten in a bid to ensure passage. Her comments came after the final meeting of Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which has been studying how to tax and regulate marijuana in the state. The task force's final report, which could bolster Keeley's efforts, is due out at the end of February.

Medical Marijuana

Indiana Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has filed a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1106, which would create a full-fledged medical marijuana program in the state. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

Drug Testing

Trump Administration Looks to Expand Unemployment Drug Testing. The Labor Department has indicated it wants to widen the number of occupations that can drug test for unemployment. A 2016 Obama era rule limited testing to certain types of occupations, such as public transit drivers, pilots, and professions that require the use of firearms, but the Labor Department wants to redefine and expand the range of occupations for testing.

International

Bangladesh Minister Says Drug Addicts Should Be Shot on Sight. Bangladeshi Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has taken a page from the book of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and called for the killing of drug users. He also compared drug use to terrorism and claimed it was worse: "Some people say that drug abuse may be far worse a problem than militancy. They are right -- drug abuse is more menacing than militancy, because militancy can be eradicated one day. If I were the home minister, I would have eliminated drug addiction, and the only way to do it is to adopt the 'shoot at sight' policy against drug addicts," he said while addressing the 28th founding anniversary program of the Department of Narcotics Control at Tejgaon area in Dhaka on Tuesday. He added that such a policy would only be necessary in a handful of localities, which would serve as an example.

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Chronicle AM: Trump Administration Wants Expanded Unemployment Drug Testing, More... (1/3/18)

Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:07

The Trump Labor Department is moving to expand drug testing of people seeking unemployment benefits, Bangladeshi officials calls for drug addicts to be shot on sight, and more.

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Delaware Legalization Bill to Be Rewritten to Gain Passage, Sponsor Says. State Rep. Helene Keeley (D-South Wilmington), a lead sponsor of the legalization bill, House Bill 110, said Wednesday that the bill is being rewritten in a bid to ensure passage. Her comments came after the final meeting of Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which has been studying how to tax and regulate marijuana in the state. The task force's final report, which could bolster Keeley's efforts, is due out at the end of February.

Medical Marijuana

Indiana Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has filed a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1106, which would create a full-fledged medical marijuana program in the state. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

Drug Testing

Trump Administration Looks to Expand Unemployment Drug Testing. The Labor Department has indicated it wants to widen the number of occupations that can drug test for unemployment. A 2016 Obama era rule limited testing to certain types of occupations, such as public transit drivers, pilots, and professions that require the use of firearms, but the Labor Department wants to redefine and expand the range of occupations for testing.

International

Bangladesh Minister Says Drug Addicts Should Be Shot on Sight. Bangladeshi Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has taken a page from the book of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and called for the killing of drug users. He also compared drug use to terrorism and claimed it was worse: "Some people say that drug abuse may be far worse a problem than militancy. They are right -- drug abuse is more menacing than militancy, because militancy can be eradicated one day. If I were the home minister, I would have eliminated drug addiction, and the only way to do it is to adopt the 'shoot at sight' policy against drug addicts," he said while addressing the 28th founding anniversary program of the Department of Narcotics Control at Tejgaon area in Dhaka on Tuesday. He added that such a policy would only be necessary in a handful of localities, which would serve as an example.

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Chronicle AM: Trump Administration Wants Expanded Unemployment Drug Testing, More... (1/3/18)

Medical Marijuana (STDW) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 21:07

The Trump Labor Department is moving to expand drug testing of people seeking unemployment benefits, Bangladeshi officials calls for drug addicts to be shot on sight, and more.

[image:1 align:left]Marijuana Policy

Delaware Legalization Bill to Be Rewritten to Gain Passage, Sponsor Says. State Rep. Helene Keeley (D-South Wilmington), a lead sponsor of the legalization bill, House Bill 110, said Wednesday that the bill is being rewritten in a bid to ensure passage. Her comments came after the final meeting of Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which has been studying how to tax and regulate marijuana in the state. The task force's final report, which could bolster Keeley's efforts, is due out at the end of February.

Medical Marijuana

Indiana Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has filed a medical marijuana bill, House Bill 1106, which would create a full-fledged medical marijuana program in the state. The bill is not yet available on the legislative web site.

Drug Testing

Trump Administration Looks to Expand Unemployment Drug Testing. The Labor Department has indicated it wants to widen the number of occupations that can drug test for unemployment. A 2016 Obama era rule limited testing to certain types of occupations, such as public transit drivers, pilots, and professions that require the use of firearms, but the Labor Department wants to redefine and expand the range of occupations for testing.

International

Bangladesh Minister Says Drug Addicts Should Be Shot on Sight. Bangladeshi Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman has taken a page from the book of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and called for the killing of drug users. He also compared drug use to terrorism and claimed it was worse: "Some people say that drug abuse may be far worse a problem than militancy. They are right -- drug abuse is more menacing than militancy, because militancy can be eradicated one day. If I were the home minister, I would have eliminated drug addiction, and the only way to do it is to adopt the 'shoot at sight' policy against drug addicts," he said while addressing the 28th founding anniversary program of the Department of Narcotics Control at Tejgaon area in Dhaka on Tuesday. He added that such a policy would only be necessary in a handful of localities, which would serve as an example.

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Canada: Pot Taxes Will Adjust To Keep The Prices Right

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 03 Jan 2018 - Legal weed will have to compete with black market, Bill Blair says OTTAWA- Justin Trudeau's marijuana czar is warning that policy-makers may need to adjust taxes to prevent prices from falling too low after legalization. Canadian marijuana companies - which have surged in value - will achieve economies of scale that will help drive down production costs, according to Bill Blair, the lawmaker and former Toronto police chief leading the legalization effort.
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CN MB: Pot Shop In My Neighbourhood? Sure, Why Not

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 03 Jan 2018 - A new poll suggests many Manitobans are ready for marijuana retailers to set up shop in their communities. Probe Research Inc. polled 1,000 adults in the province between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 and 58% of Manitobans said they'd be comfortable with a marijuana store opening up in their neighbourhood, as opposed to the 40% who opposed it and the 3% who were unsure.
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CN ON: Councillor Wants Numbers On Cost Of Pot Legalization For City

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Jan 2018 - Coun. Sam Merulla wants to head off new local taxpayer costs to cover increased bylaw and policing enforcement - and public health services - - from legalized pot well before legalization happens this summer. "Fifty per cent of what we tax for now has nothing to do with city council," he said, adding that much of it is a result of services once funded by the province being downloaded onto municipalities.
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Canada: Column: Burning Lessons From California's Lead In Cannabis

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - The most important lessons Canada can take from California revolve around how to cater to consumers of cannabis. On New Year's Eve, some Californians raised flaming joints in lieu of the traditional champagne toast - a fitting gesture given that Jan. 1 marked the launch of the world's largest legal commercial market for cannabis.
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Canada: Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - Nanos finds only 43 per cent of respondents in favour of current deadline, with many critics wanting more time for cities and police to prepare A majority of Canadians are in no hurry to see the legalization of recreational cannabis by Canada Day, a new poll has found.
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CN NS: Truro Medical Marijuana Grow Operation Also To Serve As

Top Stories (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 03 Jan 2018 - Today begins a series on Nova Scotia business people who are looking to become involved in the marijuana industry that will soon be sweeping the entire country. This is the first in a series of stories focusing on people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry. From a business perspective, it seemed like a no-brainer.
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Canada: Pot Taxes Will Adjust To Keep The Prices Right

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 03 Jan 2018 - Legal weed will have to compete with black market, Bill Blair says OTTAWA- Justin Trudeau's marijuana czar is warning that policy-makers may need to adjust taxes to prevent prices from falling too low after legalization. Canadian marijuana companies - which have surged in value - will achieve economies of scale that will help drive down production costs, according to Bill Blair, the lawmaker and former Toronto police chief leading the legalization effort.
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CN MB: Pot Shop In My Neighbourhood? Sure, Why Not

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 03 Jan 2018 - A new poll suggests many Manitobans are ready for marijuana retailers to set up shop in their communities. Probe Research Inc. polled 1,000 adults in the province between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 and 58% of Manitobans said they'd be comfortable with a marijuana store opening up in their neighbourhood, as opposed to the 40% who opposed it and the 3% who were unsure.
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CN ON: Councillor Wants Numbers On Cost Of Pot Legalization For City

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Hamilton Spectator, 03 Jan 2018 - Coun. Sam Merulla wants to head off new local taxpayer costs to cover increased bylaw and policing enforcement - and public health services - - from legalized pot well before legalization happens this summer. "Fifty per cent of what we tax for now has nothing to do with city council," he said, adding that much of it is a result of services once funded by the province being downloaded onto municipalities.
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CN AB: PUB LTE: Nothing To Fear From Legal Pot

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Calgary Herald, 03 Jan 2018 - Re: "Pot's harm exceeds value of tax revenue," Letter, Dec. 29. The letter writer's opinion could not be further off the mark. Legalization has nothing to do with a legacy for the prime minister. It is about fulfilling a campaign promise (finally) and growing scientific data.
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Canada: Column: Burning Lessons From California's Lead In Cannabis

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - The most important lessons Canada can take from California revolve around how to cater to consumers of cannabis. On New Year's Eve, some Californians raised flaming joints in lieu of the traditional champagne toast - a fitting gesture given that Jan. 1 marked the launch of the world's largest legal commercial market for cannabis.
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Canada: Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 03 Jan 2018 - Nanos finds only 43 per cent of respondents in favour of current deadline, with many critics wanting more time for cities and police to prepare A majority of Canadians are in no hurry to see the legalization of recreational cannabis by Canada Day, a new poll has found.
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CN NS: Truro Medical Marijuana Grow Operation Also To Serve As

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Truro Daily News, 03 Jan 2018 - Today begins a series on Nova Scotia business people who are looking to become involved in the marijuana industry that will soon be sweeping the entire country. This is the first in a series of stories focusing on people in Nova Scotia who will be delving into the marijuana industry. From a business perspective, it seemed like a no-brainer.
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CN ON: LTE: Stoned Driving A Real Threat To The Public

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:00
Standard Freeholder, 03 Jan 2018 - Police in Kingston found a driver sleeping with drugs. This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana becomes legal next summer and should trouble everyone, especially the police. Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states the number of road deaths have doubled.
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Chronicle AM: CA Now a Land of Legal Marijuana Sales, VT to Take Up Legalization Again, More... (1/2/18)

Drug War Chronicle - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 21:35

California begins the era of legal adult marijuana sales, Maine lawmakers work to get a legalization implementation bill passed, Vermont lawmakers prepare to move on a pending legalization bill, and more.

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California Legal Adult Marijuana Sales Begin. The nation's most populous state ushered in the era of legal, non-medicinal marijuana sales on Monday, with some 88 stores scattered across the state licensed, permitted, and open for business on day one. At Harborside in Oakland, hundreds of people lined up to be the first to buy legal weed. At Solful in Sebastopol, long lines of customers waited patiently for their chance to make a historic purchase. Similar scenes were reported around the state in localities where shops were open.

Maine Public Hearing on Marijuana Legalization Set for Friday. The legislature's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee will hold a hearing Friday to seek public input, committee chair Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth) announced Tuesday. The hearing comes as legislators attempt to craft a legalization implementation bill that Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage (R) will not veto, as he did with the bill last year.

Vermont Lawmakers Will Resume Marijuana Legalization Effort This Week. Legislators are expected to take up the revised marijuana legalization bill, Senate Bill 22, passed by the Senate last year, but not taken up by the House during the one-day veto session last year. Gov. Phil Scott (R) had vetoed the bill earlier, but lawmakers made changes designed to assuage him, and now it's only a House vote away from passage. The bill would legalize the possession and cultivation of small amounts of pot, but not allow retail sales.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Law Goes into Effect. Under a measure passed last year, House Bill 249, anyone writing prescriptions in the state must now participate in the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Before the law went into effect Monday, only about 10% of the state's doctors were participating. Doctors who fail to sign up to the program or fail to maintain records could be subject to penalties up to losing their medical licenses.

Asset Forfeiture

Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Reform Delayed By Lack of Audit of Police Seizures. In 2016, the legislature passed a bill that lead to an audit of police seizures as a preamble to reforming the state's asset forfeiture laws. That audit was supposed to be done before last year's legislative session, but that didn't happen. But a shakeup in the State Auditor's Office combined with turnover and other internal policy changes have delayed the release of the asset forfeiture analysis, which could cause delays in passing significant reform. Rep. Joy Buenaventura (D-Honolulu), who authored the original bill, said she plans to refile the bill in hopes of lighting a fire under the auditor's office.

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