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CN BC: LTE: Bible Against Pot Legalization

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 03 May 2016 - In the late sixties, I remember Pierre Trudeau walking along the West Coast Trail on the west side of Vancouver Island and he was approached by a group of hippies. They were badgering him about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.
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CN BC: City Fines 44 Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 03 May 2016 - Crackdown a Waste of Time and Resources: Councillor Vancouver city inspectors have issued violation tickets to 44 medical marijuana dispensaries since its enforcement began in full force over the weekend.
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CN BC: Victoria Could Allow 'Edibles' At Cannabis Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 03 May 2016 - The City of Victoria is considering rules for its illegal cannabis dispensaries that would be more permissive than Vancouver's landmark bylaw, permitting the sale of controversial "edibles" and allowing pot shops to be located closer to schools. Medical marijuana advocates in the provincial capital praised the draft rules for the city's 32 existing dispensaries, which will be voted on by council later this week. The new proposal comes as officials in Vancouver began cracking down on dispensaries, handing out tickets to nearly two dozen shops over the weekend.
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CN NF: Column: Smoke 'Em - and Tax 'Em - If You've Got 'Em

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
The Southern Gazette, 03 May 2016 - In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors' dental programs to more than half the province's public libraries. In Prince Edward Island, the HST's up one per cent, while Nova Scotia has gone through public sector wages to eke out the barest slender slip of a balanced budget.
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CN BC: Editorial: Ottawa's Haze Will Clear Up

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 03 May 2016 - The federal government will start clearing away some of the haze about marijuana legalization. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced April 20 that the government is a year away from introducing legislation to legalize pot. The particulars are unknown and, presumably, undetermined, but the feds stressed they will look to keep the drug away from children and the profits away from gangs. Legalization strategies will be developed in consultation and co-operation with law enforcement.
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CN BC: LTE: Marijuana Legalization A Bad Idea

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 03 May 2016 - Editor: I have an understanding of the issues in policing, fines and convictions associated with illegal use of marijuana. However, I believe legalization to be a big mistake.
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CN NF: Editorial: High Time

Canada (MAP) - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
The Compass, 03 May 2016 - The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and none too soon. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn't play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime. The timing was more than coincidental. Philpott chose April 20 to reveal that Ottawa plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year. Her address coincided with 4/20 - - the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, the so-called National Weed Day.
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Chronicle AM: ME to Vote on Pot Legalization, AK Could See "Pot Cafes," AB Passes CBD MedMJ Bill, More... (5/2/16)

Canada (STDW) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 20:55

Lots of Maine news today, Alaska could see "pot cafes," a New Hampshire asset forfeiture bill gets gutted under police pressure, and more. 

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Alaska Marijuana Draft Regulations Include Pot Cafes. Alaska could become the first legalization state to actually allow social pot smoking in designated businesses. The state's Marijuana Control Board has crafted draft regs that would allow users to toke up inside retail stores. The draft regs are now awaiting public comment. While "public" pot smoking is banned, the regs create an exemption for retail stores to seek an "onsite consumption endorsement" to their licenses. Stores with that endorsement could then set aside an area for people to consume marijuana.

California GOP Opposes AUMA Legalization Initiative. The state Republican Party has voted at its convention over the weekend to oppose the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) pot legalization initiative. "We must not turn this plague loose on our children and the people of California," said Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber, who also called marijuana an "entry-level" drug that leads to addiction. California Democrats have endorsed the initiative.

It's Official: Maine Will Vote on Legalization in November The final obstacle to a popular vote was removed last Friday, when state legislators punted on their chance to act on the citizen legalization initiative, opting instead to send the question to the voters instead. Earlier, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which organized the state's legalization initiative had to go to the courts to force recalcitrant state officials to properly count all the signatures, and they did so.

Vermont House Takes Up Marijuana Legalization Today. The House is considering legalization today, albeit in a roundabout fashion. One House committee rejected the legalization measure, Senate Bill 241, while another amended it to legalize possession and personal cultivation, but not regulated, legal marijuana commerce. The Senate responded by pasting SB 241 into another bill, House Bill 858, which the House is considering today. Stay tuned!

Medical Marijuana

Alabama Passes CBD Medical Marijuana Bill. Both houses of the legislature have now approved "Leni's Law," which would allow people with seizure disorders or other debilitating medical conditions to use CBD cannabis oil to treat their ailments. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is expected to sign the bill into law.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Passes Legislature. A bill that would allow children with certain debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana has passed out of the legislature after a final Senate vote last Friday. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) is expected to sign House Bill 5450 into law.

New Hampshire's First Dispensary Opens. The Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center opened in Plymouth last Saturday. It's the first dispensary in the state to open for business. It only took nearly three years after the state's medical marijuana law was approved for this to happen.

Asset Forfeiture

New Hampshire Asset Forfeiture Bill Scaled Back Under Police Pressure. The state Senate last Thursday stripped a provision from an asset forfeiture reform bill that would have directed funds seized by police to the state's general fund rather than to the agency that seized them. The move came after police chiefs said not letting them keep the goodies would "handcuff" them.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) last Thursday signed into law a bill that will allow people whose property is subject to asset forfeiture to recover attorney fees when they challenge the seizures. The new law goes into effect November 1.

Drug Policy

Maine Decriminalizes Drug Possession, Moves to Adopt Pre-Arrest Diversion Program. Last Thursday, a bill that would make simple drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony passed into law without the signature of Tea Party Gov. Paul LePage. The bill, LD 1554, decriminalizes the possession of up to 200 milligrams of heroin. Earlier this month, the legislature also approved a bill that would fund Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs, which have proven successful in Seattle and other cities.

Harm Reduction

Maine Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto of Overdose Reversal Drug Bill. The legislature voted last Friday to override gubernatorial vetoes of LD 1457 and LD 1552, which would allow access to naloxone without a prescription and provide public funding for needle exchange, respectively. Gov. Paul Le Page had claimed "naloxone does not save lives, it merely extends them until the next overdose" and complained that the $70 cost would not be repaid.

International

Canada Supreme Court Throws Out Mandatory Minimums for Drug Traffickers. In a decision last Friday, the high court ruled mandatory minimums for repeat drug offenders are unconstitutional. The case is R. v. Lloyd.

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CN BC: Proposed Pot Shop Rules Oppose Island Health's View

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 02 May 2016 - Victoria Bylaws May Be Introduced Next Month City of Victoria staff are recommending council support a move toward the regulation of businesses selling marijuana, and related bylaws could be ready for consideration as early as next month.
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Canada: Pot Goodies Pose Health Risks To Kids, Federal Paper

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 02 May 2016 - OTTAWA - Bite-sized marijuana goodies such as candies and cookies pose "significant risks" to children who might accidentally swallow them, warns a draft federal discussion paper on pot legalization. It flags the public safety concern as one of the many obstacles Canada must negotiate on the path to regulating the drug, drawing on tragic lessons from Colorado.
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CN ON: Medical Pot Dispensaries Becoming A Growth Industry

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 02 May 2016 - Toronto planning crackdown amid retail marijuana 'free-for-all' The Queens of Cannabis owners wanted their bright and airy Bloor St. W. shop to have a "healing atmosphere" distinct from dozens of other marijuana dispensaries springing up, almost daily, across Toronto.
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CN AB: High Road

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 02 May 2016 - City Police Prepare to Better Recognize Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs Ahead of the Pending Legalization of Marijuana While recreational marijuana use is on the brink of being legalized in Canada, driving while high isn't, said a Colorado state trooper speaking to local law enforcement about how to curb drivers impaired by drugs.
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CN BC: Fines Handed Out To Pot Dispensaries

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 May 2016 - Vancouver Shops That Do Not Meet Municipal Requirements for Licensing Vow to Fight Bylaw Tickets 'All the Way to the Courts' Marijuana advocates are calling on the City of Vancouver to deescalate what some see as a new phase of the war on drugs, as bylaw officers visited dispensaries on the weekend to start handing out $250 tickets to more than 100 unlicensed businesses.
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Canada: PUB LTE: Government Catch-Up

Canada (MAP) - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
National Post, 02 May 2016 - Re: Why Do Vancouver Potheads Get A Free Pass?, letter to the editor, April 22. Marijuana is effectively legal in Vancouver because the people who live there want it to be so and don't see the need to wait for permission from someone in Ottawa. Rather than call for prosecution of pot stores, perhaps letter-writer Gordon Akum could ask why possession of pot in Toronto results in criminal charges. After all, the vast majority of Canadians support either decriminalization or legalization of cannabis. It's time the government caught up with the people.
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CN ON: Medicinal Cannabis Facility Takes No Risks

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 30 Apr 2016 - Leamington greenhouse accounts for 10% of Canada's medicinal marijuana production Aphria, a Leamington greenhouse facility, is more heavily secured than you would expect, with locks, security cameras, and fingerprint-scanning devices at every door.
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CN NF: Editorial: It's High Time To Legalize Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:00
The Western Star, 30 Apr 2016 - The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn't play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime. The timing was more than coincidental. Minister Philpot chose April 20 to reveal that Ottawa plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year. Her address coincided with 4/20 - - the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, the so-called National Weed Day.
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CN AB: Editorial: It's High Time To Legalize Marijuana

Canada (MAP) - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 30 Apr 2016 - The federal government is pushing ahead with plans to legalize marijuana and not before time. Health Minister Jane Philpott certainly didn't play down the controversial announcement. She chose a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime. The timing was more than coincidental. Minister Philpot chose April 20 to reveal that Ottawa plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year. Her address coincided with 4/20 - - the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, the so-called National Weed Day.
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CN BC: PUB LTE: 4/20 Garbage Was No Issue

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
The Province, 29 Apr 2016 - As one of the organizers of the 4/20 Vancouver rally, I object to the unfair portrayal of the garbage cleanup after the event. Every year, volunteers clean up trash. After everyone is gone, we do one last sweep and leave a central pile that the city picks up. Park board chairwoman Sarah Kirkby-Yung was so eager to prove that some kind of damage had been done, that pickup was delayed for a news conference in front of our centralized mound of trash.
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CN BC: Editorial: When The Smoke Clears

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 29 Apr 2016 - The federal government will start clearing away some of the haze about marijuana legalization. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced April 20 that the government is a year away from introducing legislation to legalize pot. The particulars are unknown and, presumably, undetermined, but the feds stressed they will look to keep the drug away from children and the profits away from gangs. Legalization strategies will be developed in consultation and co-operation with law enforcement.
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CN BC: Weemedical Rep To Make Pitch To Chilliwack Council

Canada (MAP) - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 29 Apr 2016 - WeeMedical Dispensary Society is taking another run at getting a business licence from the City of Chilliwack. A reconsideration hearing is set for 3 p.m. on May 3 in council chambers. Business owner May Joan Liu applied for an appeal of the decision after the business licence application was turned down by city officials on April 6, 2016. That was the day after they were forced to close up shop the first time.
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