It's one of those all-weed news days, with Republicans reaching the tipping point on marijuana legalization, Canadian provincial leaders demanding quick action on legalization, and more.
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Poll Finds For First Time More Republicans Support Marijuana Legalization Than Oppose It. A new YouGov.com survey has support for legalization nationwide at 55%, in line with other recent polls, but also finds that for the first time, more Republicans support ending pot prohibition than continuing it. Among GOP voters, 45% favored legalization and 42% were opposed. As recently as January 2014, 60% of Republicans opposed legalization. The shift comes not because Republicans are warming to marijuana, but because they trying to suppress it is a waste of money, YouGov pollster Peter Moore said. "The most interesting thing about this is, literally, that the Republican attitude towards marijuana itself hasn't changed that much. The only thing that's changed is the attitude toward prohibition."
Guam Lawmakers Reject Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules. Lawmakers Wednesday unanimously passed a measure to reject the health department's latest draft of proposed rules and regulations as too strict. The move came after stakeholders and the public raised concerns about the latest draft. "They have stated that this set of rules and regulations will not be beneficial to patients for a number of reasons, including the high fees and strict layers of regulations," Sen. Tina Muna Barnes told her fellow lawmakers during the session.
Illinois Judge Orders State to Reconsider Rejecting Medical Marijuana for Migraines. Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Rita Novak has overturned the Department of Public Health's denial of a petition to add migraines to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be recommended. That doesn't mean that migraines will necessarily be added to the list, but the department must now reconsider its decision.
Canadian Provincial Premiers Call for Quick Action on Marijuana Legalization. Meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, provincial heads of government called on the federal government to move quickly on legalizing marijuana. The premiers said they wanted to avoid a situation of patchwork enforcement and distribution across the country. The Liberal federal government has said it will legalize marijuana and has recently created a task force to do so.
Globe and Mail, 22 Jul 2016 - Health officials in British Columbia want to provide pharmaceutical-grade opioids to some addicts at supervised-consumption sites to tackle the province's soaring number of overdose deaths. While they caution that there are no concrete plans yet, such a measure would make British Columbia the first province in Canada to provide prescription narcotics to addicts outside a clinical trial, while significantly expanding the role of facilities such as Vancouver's Insite - the country's first public supervised injection site, which has never offered drugs to users who inject there.
Penticton Western, 22 Jul 2016 - In a Solomon-like decision Tuesday, council separated out the issue of storefront marijuana sales from whether Jukka Laurio should have a business licence. Laurio, who owns the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, has been selling cannabis products from his operation for about 15 months. After his business licence was suspended earlier this year, Laurio asked for a public hearing to appeal the decision to council, arguing there was a big demand for medical marijuana and that sales of the drug were in a grey area as Canada awaits promised legalization.
Metro, 22 Jul 2016 - POT ADVOCATES TO PROTEST, BLOCK TRAFFIC If you're held up downtown, it could be due to a pot protest. A medical marijuana advocacy group calling itself Patients Lives Matter says it will block traffic in Ottawa and hold other peaceful protests until the federal government listens to its demands.
Toronto Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Drug Conviction Quashed A man who hid drugs in his rectum had his trafficking conviction overturned Wednesday because Sarnia police detained him for 43 hours waiting for him to defecate before taking him to a justice of the peace.
Toronto Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - A Toronto cop who, along with three fellow officers, is accused of planting drugs in a man's car in 2014 now faces new charges for his arrest of the same suspect a year earlier. Const. Benjamin Elliot first came under fire last fall during Nguyen Son Tran's trial when a judge accused him and colleagues Const. Jeffery Tout, Det.-Const. Fraser Douglas, and Const. Michael Taylor of lying under oath and planting evidence to justify an illegal vehicle search.
The Province, 21 Jul 2016 - Seeing the alarming amount of drug overdoses in the Lower Mainland, especially in Surrey, is quite upsetting. Something needs to be done. Let's get more police on the ground, undercover if need be, to arrest the dealers and seize the drugs. Toughen the laws and the lenient judges to put these bad people away for a long time. Lacing crack cocaine with a known additive that can lead to death should be treated as attempted murder, thus longer sentences.
Metro, 21 Jul 2016 - The spike in Calgary's crime severity index (CSI) can largely be linked to the increase in the city's drug activity and economic slump, according to Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin, as fentanyl and other opioid use remains high across the province. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada released a report that showed Calgary's CSI index jumped by 29 per cent, the largest increase in Canada's metropolitan areas. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime.
Ottawa Sun, 21 Jul 2016 - Ottawa is now a Wild West of potrepreneurs. The city and police have been left in an awkward position by the federal Liberal government, which has sparked up a marijuana retail race but won't introduce legislation to legalize it until next spring. If legalization is going ahead, it needs to happen in a sensible, smart way.
Metro, 21 Jul 2016 - Medical marijuana shop challenging review board It's going to be business as usual for a local medical marijuana dispensary, despite a decision from the Utility and Review Board. Tasty Budds, which has three locations in Halifax Regional Municipality, appealed a decision by the municipality in February to deny the business an occupancy permit.
The Daily Courier, 20 Jul 2016 - Owner of medical marijuana dispensary in Penticton defiant after losing appeal to have business licence restored Moments after city council vaporized his business licence Tuesday, the owner of a Penticton medical marijuana dispensary vowed he won't be deterred from continuing to supply his clients.
Maple Ridge News, 20 Jul 2016 - Maple Ridge will work with Fraser Health Fraser Health will identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses, and Maple Ridge could be one.
Penticton Western, 20 Jul 2016 - There's an event being held Wednesday in Spirit Square (Campbell River) featuring two of the most well-known names in Canadian marijuana advocacy. Marc and Jodie Emery will speak about "reasonable access" to the product - which many say should be seen as medicine. But the city has passed a bylaw prohibiting marijuana operations - including dispensaries - from operating within city limits until the federal government comes up with legislation concerning legalization.
Campbell River Mirror, 20 Jul 2016 - There's an event being held today (Wednesday) in Spirit Square featuring two of the most well-known names in Canadian marijuana advocacy. Marc and Jodie Emery will speak about "reasonable access" to the product - which many say should be seen as medicine. But the city has passed a bylaw prohibiting marijuana operations - including dispensaries - from operating within city limits until the federal government comes up with legislation concerning legalization.
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2016 - A steep and steady climb in the number of drug overdoses has put increased pressure on health authorities in British Columbia to open additional spaces for users to consume illicit substances under medical supervision. Fatal drug overdoses have increased almost every year since 2009, spiking with the emergence of illicit fentanyl in 2012. Advocates have long called for more supervised-consumption sites - particularly in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.
Penticton Herald, 20 Jul 2016 - Dear Editor: Forty-three fentanyl overdoses were recorded in a 48-hour period in the city of Surrey. This is not acceptable. Drug dealers who deal in fentanyl should be treated a lot more harshly than dealers who don't. I know someone personally on the Coast who lost a son who thought he was taking ecstasy, but it was laced with fentanyl. Some kids found him the next day dead in a public washroom. His family is completely devastated. I implore Crown counsel to consider attempted murder charges for anyone selling fentanyl. These idiots know full well that it is deadly - even in small doses - so they are knowingly risking the lives of their "clientele."
Surrey Leader, 20 Jul 2016 - Fraser Health will quickly identify priority sites for supervised drug consumption as part of a broader strategy to contain a surge in illicit drug overdoses. Surrey is certain to be one of the proposed locations, but health authority officials aren't yet saying if they will also propose sites in other drug-troubled downtowns such as Langley City, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.
Penticton Western, 20 Jul 2016 - Jukka Laurio made some passionate arguments that he should be allowed to continue selling marijuana when he appeared before Penticton city council Tuesday. However passionate, Laurio failed to get the support of council for his business licence, with only Coun. Tarik Sayeed and Mayor Andrew Jakubeit voting not to suspend his licence. On the other hand, council did vote to have staff look into issues around setting up regulations regarding sales of medical marijuana over the recommendations of city staff.
Penticton Herald, 20 Jul 2016 - Store owner says he will continue selling to his clients after city cancels business licence Moments after city council vaporized his business licence Tuesday, the owner of a Penticton medical marijuana dispensary vowed he won't be deterred from continuing to supply his clients.
Globe and Mail, 19 Jul 2016 - After an unprecedented spike in overdose admissions to Surrey Memorial Hospital over the weekend, health authorities are stepping up a program to provide more drug users with overdose kits. The move comes along with a call from Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal for "an emergency summit" to discuss an alarming increase in the number of overdoses in British Columbia.