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CN ON: Column: Driving While Stoned Is Simply A Dumb Idea

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 28 Mar 2015 - Relaxation of Marijuana Laws Pushes Forward Same Debate Society Had With Alcohol We Need Laws That Treat Marijuana Use While Driving Just As Severely As Alcohol, Writes Jim Kenzie. Without doubt, one of the greatest public health successes of the past forty years has been the reduction in traffic deaths.
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CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.
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CN ON: Column: Government's Good Intentions Often Lack Teeth

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:00
The Tribune, 28 Mar 2015 - Birthdays still excite me. Even though I'm heading for 73, I look forward to the day when I can say I've survived yet another year with this frustrating neuromuscular disease I've coped with all my life. Someone once suggested people with disabilities were a "special interest group." As you get older, you often join that group. It's called life.
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CN SN: 'Tis the Season for Needle Discovery

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 27 Mar 2015 - Safe Handling Methods Crucial to Cleaning Up Across Prince Albert, the snow is disappearing and needles are appearing. It is an unfortunate reality of spring, but one that a number of local agencies are prepared to deal with.
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CN BC: Column: Laws Need To Change, Not RCMP

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Mar 2015 - Like many, I was disappointed Bryan Raiser was forced to shut down his medical marijuana dispensary and is now dispensing only information. Not only do I believe marijuana should be made easily available to those who are sick and use it as medicine, but I also have leanings that it should be legalized, like alcohol. Heck, for a whole schwack of the population, I actually think it should be legally mandated.
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CN BC: LTE: Grass Facts Hidden From Residents

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 26 Mar 2015 - Dear Editor: A medical marijuana operation in Whonnock? Let the people decide. Residents of Whonnock watching construction of a huge medical marijuana greenhouse in their quiet rural neighbourhood finally got to present their case against it to proponent Dan Sutton and government enablers of the grow-op.
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CN BC: Hundreds Oppose Pot Farm

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 26 Mar 2015 - So many people showed up at Monday's public hearing in Whonnock, some stood outside It was a raucous crowd at the Whonnock Lake Centre Monday, as concerned residents came out in droves to share their opinion on a massive medical marijuana grow-op being constructed in their backyard.
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CN BC: Dispensary Remains Open As A Resource Centre

Canada (MAP) - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 Mar 2015 - Owner says community needs medical marijuana service he offered For now, Bryan Raiser's medical marijuana dispensary's doors remain open, as a resource centre. Raiser had been given until March 19 by the RCMP to stop offering marijuana to clients at his newly opened 99 North Medical Cannabis Dispensary in downtown Squamish.
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CN ON: Regulator Scraps Controversial Methadone List

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Mar 2015 - Registry Was Criticized for Invading Privacy of Addicts The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is scrapping its controversial methadone registry, which keeps tabs on recovering addicts who take the drug.
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CN ON: LTE: Smoke Screen

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
The Expositor, 25 Mar 2015 - Re: "More people behind" 420 Rally (March 23) How reassuring to know that once again Victoria Park will be host to the annual 420 "weedfest." According to one of the organizers "more politicians and local groups" will be involved in this law-breaking extravaganza at this newly renovated (at taxpayers' expense) landmark in the downtown core.
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Canada: Bill C-2 Could Put Supervised Consumption Sites In Peril

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 25 Mar 2015 - The House of Commons has passed a bill that critics say will impede the operations of supervised consumption sites such as Vancouver's Insite and will endanger severely addicted Canadians. Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act, consists of a host of new regulations that will make it much more difficult for a community service provider to open one of the harm-reduction sites. The new legislation will also complicate the process by which existing sites have to apply annually for an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to operate.
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CN AB: Edu: Editorial: Safe Injection Clinics Don't Bring Disrespect

Canada (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
The Gateway, 25 Mar 2015 - This week, the Harper government showed Canadians they're serious about "respecting communities," but not quite as serious about respecting the health of every Canadian living in those neighbourhoods. Earlier this week, the House of Commons passed Bill C-2, known as the Respect for Communities Act, a piece of legislation that will add more red tape and bureaucratic hurdles to the implementation of new supervised injection clinics in Canada. Putting these restrictions in place, and the Conservative Party's continued opposition to these clinics, flies in the face of numerous studies and research supporting its existence.
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Chronicle AM: Second Maine Initiative, Federal Hair Drug Tests for Truckers Bill, More (3/24/15)

Canada (STDW) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 21:43

And now there are two Maine legalization initiatives, there is no decrim in New Mexico this year, Denver moves to restrict collective grows, truck drivers could face hair drug tests, the DEA's marijuana eradication program is lagging, and more.

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Alaska Marijuana Bill Moves. A bill to adjust the state's criminal codes to allow for legal marijuana passed the Senate Finance Committee Monday and now heads for the Senate Rules Committee before going for a floor vote. The bill, Senate Bill 30, creates crimes for possession of amounts greater than allowed for under state law, bans the delivery of marijuana for sale or barter, and bans marijuana commerce in the state's unorganized boroughs (although villages could opt back in). The bill no longer contains a controversial section banning marijuana concentrates after 2017.

Second Maine Legalization Initiative Campaign Gets Underway. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) today unveiled its plan to legalize marijuana in the state next year. The MPP initiative would allow people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow up to six plants, allow for retail sales with a 10% tax in addition to sales taxes, and limit the number of retail outlets until 2019. Another group, Legalize Maine, unveiled its initiative proposal last month. In the meantime, the legislature is considering a legalization bill from Sen. Diane Russell (D-Portland).

New Mexico Decriminalization Bill Dies as Session Ends. A bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana is dead after the session came to an end without the House taking it up. Senate Bill 383 had passed the Senate, but was languishing in the House Judiciary Committee when the session ended last Saturday.

Denver City Council Votes to Restrict Collective Gardens. The council voted Monday night to limit the number of marijuana plants that collectives can grow to 36. There are at least 60 collectives in the city, with some having thousands of plants. Marijuana attorney and advocate Rob Corry said that the ordinance violates Amendment 64 and that he'll sue to get it annulled.

Medical Marijuana

House Version of Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Filed. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Don Young (D-AK) Monday introduced the House version of the CARERS Act filed two weeks ago in the Senate. Both bills would allow states to have medical marijuana without federal interference, reschedule marijuana to Schedule II, allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana, allow interstate commerce in CBD cannabis oils, and ease banking problems for the industry. The House version is HR 1538.

New Synthetic Drugs

Texas Senate Approves Bills Banning New Synthetics. The Senate passed one bill to make new synthetics controlled substances, one bill increasing the penalty for possession of the drugs, and one bill that would subject retailers who sell them to a fine of $25,000 a day. The bills are Senate Bill 172, Senate Bill 173, and Senate Bill 461. All three now go to the House, where they are expected to pass.

Drug Testing

Federal Bill Would Allow Hair Drug Testing of Truck Drivers. A bill filed last week by Rep. Eric Crawford (R-AR) would allow motor carriers to submit hair samples for their drivers' drug tests instead of urine samples. Hair testing can reveal drug use months earlier, while urine testing only catches recent drug use. The bill, HR 1467, is supported by several industry organizations.

Law Enforcement

DEA Marijuana Eradication Slowing Down. The DEA is uprooting and destroying far fewer pot plants than it did just a few years ago. According to DEA records, the agency destroyed 4.3 million pot plants last year and 4.4 million the year before. That's less than half of the 10.4 million eradicated in 2009. The slowdown is being blamed on states reducing their enforcement efforts because of the recession and states prioritizing other, more serious, drug threats.

International

Canada Parliament Passes Bill Aimed at Blocking Safe Injection Sites. Parliament has passed Bill C-2, the "Respect Communities Act," which supporters said would give communities a chance to have input on whether to allow safe injection sites. But opponents of the bill say it will only increase the number of hurdles such life-saving programs must surmount before they can operate. The Conservative government has been a staunch opponent of safe injection sites.

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CN ON: 'More People Behind' 420 Rally

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Expositor, 23 Mar 2015 - Organizers are planning for the second annual Brantford 420 Rally on April 20 to be bigger than last year's event. The time of 4:20 and the date of April 20 are associated with marijuana use. This year's rally falls on a Monday. The inaugural event was held on a Sunday.
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Canada: Medical Marijuana Costs Soar For Vets

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Feds spent $4.3 million on pot prescriptions for ex-soldiers last year OTTAWA- The cost of providing medical marijuana to the country's injured soldiers under a Veterans Affairs program jumped to more than $4.3 million this fiscal year, an increase of 10 times what was spent last year.
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CN ON: Private Insurer Agrees To Pay For Medical Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Waterloo University student hopes victory clears the way for others seeking coverage After a hard-fought battle, Jonathan Zaid's medical marijuana is being paid for by his private insurance company - a feat some industry insiders say is unprecedented.
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Canada: Feds Spend $4.3m On Medicinal Marijuana For Veterans

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 23 Mar 2015 - OTTAWA - The cost of providing medical marijuana to the country's injured soldiers under a Veterans Affairs program jumped to more than $4.3 million this fiscal year, an increase of 10 times what was spent last year. And the number of ex-soldiers eligible for taxpayer-funded, prescribed pot more than quadrupled to 601 patients, according to figures released by the department.
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CN ON: Edu: Dealing With Dope

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Varsity, 23 Mar 2015 - Perspectives on Student Marijuana Use Ruben's* apartment looks a lot like mine. Unframed posters adorn his walls and empty beer cans litter the countertop - it's a typical student living space. But one thing's patently different: on Ruben's coffee table sits a twenty-inch water bong, stained with resin from the countless tokes that Ruben and his friends have taken from it.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Treat Marijuana Like Smokes, Booze

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Re: Let the cops ticket tokers, Editorial March 10 The Star hit the target calling for a policy change to ticket marijuana users instead of caging them. You could actually get an arrow-splitting bull's eye, though, by editorializing to completely re-legalize the plant.
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CN ON: PUB LTE: Treat Marijuana Like Smokes, Booze

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Mar 2015 - Re: Let the cops ticket tokers, Editorial March 10 In 2002, a nonpartisan Senate committee released a four-volume report in which it unanimously and unambiguously recommended that cannabis be legally regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco. The committee explicitly warned against a ticket and fine regime, citing jurisdictions that have tried it. Civil penalties lower the threshold and "widen the net" for enforcement. Where before the police would turn a blind eye or seize the cannabis and merely warn the possessor, they instead would issue a ticket. In Australia, because failure to pay is a criminal offence, more offenders were criminalized after the ticketing system was implemented. Giving the police more discretion exacerbates existing geographic and demographic enforcement disparities, which are already disproportionately skewed toward the lower classes and visible minorities. While a few hundred dollars might represent a fancy meal to a police chief or a newspaper editor, it might represent the grocery or electricity bill to a struggling single parent. It has been over a decade since the Senate made its recommendations and more than four decades since the Le Dain Commission and the Shafer Commission. The futility, crime, costs and damage caused by cannabis prohibition are well understood. Legal regulation is long overdue.
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