Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.
Portland Mercury, 26 Nov 2016 - I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills. Over the years, people began to talk trash about cannabis produced outdoors (also known as "eco-friendly" and "sun-grown"). People complained that it wasn't strong enough, that it was too leafy or too harsh.
Toronto 24hours, 30 May 2016 - Pot Dispensaries Still Selling Marijuana Pot advocates remain defiant after last week's police raids of weed shops with one Toronto dispensary even vowing to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.
Toronto 24hours, 30 May 2016 - We have all heard about the "grey" zone when it come to the green stuff ... so let me try to clear the air. Project Claudia will go down in history as a massive blunder for the Toronto Police Services. While officials remain ignorantly justified in the closure of almost 50 medical cannabis storefronts, the law firm representing the dispensaries thinks they have a case against the charges and the city. And I agree.
Toronto Star, 29 May 2016 - Chief Mark Saunders took a lot of heat from cannabis advocates while answering questions about police raids this past week on 43 marijuana "dispensaries" that have opened up across the city in recent months. But he shouldn't have. The police, along with zoning and bylaw enforcement officers, took the right action when they arrested 90 people and laid 186 charges on Thursday. They had, as Saunders noted, taken a "measured approach" to the situation, sending out notices on May 18 warning landlords that the pot shops were illegal and giving them time to shut them down or potentially face stiff fines for contravening zoning bylaws.
Toronto Sun, 29 May 2016 - Says general population won't take it up once it's legalized Stoned Nation? A Toronto psychologist who treats depression, anxiety and addiction says he doesn't expect the general population to take up marijuana with great enthusiasm once legalized.
Oregon Daily Emerald, 29 May 2016 - Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a provision of SB 1511, which will allow dispensaries to sell marijuana edibles and extracts to recreational customers. Under the current SB 1511, dispensaries are only able to sell edible and extract products to medicinal patients. Edibles and extracts were included in the original draft of the bill, but lawmakers decided there were too many safety concerns that needed to be assessed before they could include them in recreational sales.
Hamilton Spectator, 28 May 2016 - Chief says many not clearly marked with contents in brownies TORONTO - "Genuine" health concerns and "significant" community complaints prompted a string of police raids on unregulated marijuana dispensaries across Toronto, the city's police chief explained Friday after being criticized by a number of residents for the action.
Toronto Star, 28 May 2016 - Police 'poorly handled' the event, PR expert says It was meant as a calm follow-up, to showcase drug seizures and justify the raids on pot dispensaries, complete with smashed door glass, of the day before.
Toronto Sun, 28 May 2016 - Former pot smokers have gone on to great things - like Mayor of Toronto. A very youthful John Tory acknowledged in his school newspaper in 1976 that he "used the stuff to some extent" in high school and first year of university.
The Record, 28 May 2016 - Toronto's police chief defends actions, timing amid protests TORONTO - "Genuine" health concerns and "significant" community complaints prompted a string of police raids on unregulated marijuana dispensaries across Toronto, the city's police chief explained Friday after being criticized by a number of residents for the action.
Globe and Mail, 28 May 2016 - Thursday's crackdown of 43 Toronto dispensaries is seen as heavy-handed, and some say they'll reopen Despite warnings from Toronto police and city officials that more charges could follow this week's massive pot-dispensary crackdown, some in the marijuana movement vowed that many busted storefronts would simply reopen - and be joined by new ones.
The Review, 28 May 2016 - COLUMBUS - A group eyeing a November ballot issue to legalize medical marijuana has suspended its signature-gathering efforts, days after lawmakers finalized legislation to create a state-regulated system for providing the drug to patients suffering certain conditions. Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a released statement Saturday morning that the difficulties in raising the needed funds to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot and run a successful campaign were difficult propositions, given the legislature's action and Gov. John Kasich's expected signature.
Globe and Mail, 27 May 2016 - Toronto has cracked down on its illegal cannabis dispensary sector, with police and bylaw officers carrying out a series of raids across the city targeting just over half of the 83 pot shops known to authorities. The operators of 45 dispensaries were charged Thursday with several municipal infractions and could face fines of up to $50,000, the city said. It is unknown how many of these shops were raided by police and their products seized.
The Record, 27 May 2016 - TORONTO - A woman found with marijuana in her car trunk has won an acquittal on appeal, in part because police violated her rights with an unnecessary high-risk takedown and then lied about what had happened. In a decision this week, Ontario's top court rejected prosecution arguments that the rights violations were minor or only happened after police had already found the drugs.
Peace Arch News, 27 May 2016 - White Rock/South Surrey is considered a peninsula - not an island. Some residents and even some elected officials seem to like to suggest that drug turf-wars - and their spin-off violence - are a mid-to north-Surrey problem.
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - The question of what to do with drunk drivers has evolved over the past few decades. A generation ago, heading home a little tipsy was seen as normal, but the steady toll of carnage on the roads changed minds. With legal marijuana on the horizon, sometime in the next few years, it's good to hear that the federal government is taking the prospect of stoned drivers seriously.
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - City council has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are not legally permitted in Campbell River but said it would "push" the federal government to make a decision on marijuana legislation. Council, at its Tuesday night meeting, adopted a bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless they are legally permitted through Health Canada.
Morning Journal, 27 May 2016 - A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OK'ing Senate changes 67-28.
Columbus Dispatch, 27 May 2016 - POT MAY BE GROWING HERE WITHIN A YEAR Marijuana plants could be growing legally in Ohio soil in a year, predicts state Sen. Dave Burke, an architect of Ohio's newly minted medical marijuana law. "As soon as 16 months, you would have products tested and available," the Marysville Republican said.