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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
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.

US OR: Column: Green Friday

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
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.

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CN ON: Medical Pot Dispensaries Becoming A Growth Industry

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 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.

CN AB: High Road

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 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.

CN BC: Fines Handed Out To Pot Dispensaries

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 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.

CN BC: Editorial: When The Smoke Clears

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 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.

CN ON: Medicinal Cannabis Facility Takes No Risks

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 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.

CN BC: Naturopath Offers Insight Into Cannabis As Medical Treatment

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 29 Apr 2016 - As part of the Kelowna Capital News' ongoing series looking into various aspects of medicinal marijuana, reporter Kevin Parnell interviewed naturopathic doctor Chris Spooner, who operates a naturopathic clinic in Vernon and is now working alongside Lift Resource Centre, which provides information to patients about medicinal marijuana. Spooner has been in practice for 16 years. He acquired a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Victoria before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

CN BC: Dispensary Crackdown Begins

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 02 May 2016 - Several shops have been fined as the city's deadline passes The City of Vancouver followed through on its threat to punish unlicenced marijuana dispensaries this weekend. More than 100 refused dispensaries under the city's new regulatory regime were told to close by Saturday or risk fines of $250 and eventually possible court injunctions.

CN BC: Pot Plans Leave Plenty Of Questions

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 27 Apr 2016 - Sophie Reid said she knew the legalization of marijuana in Canada was inevitable. But now that the federal Liberal government has finally announced plans to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada by the spring of 2017, Reid is not sure what it will mean for her and her business.

CN BC: Benefits Sought From 'Psychedelic Renaissance'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 27 Apr 2016 - Researcher believes clinical trials of psychedelic drugs would show even greater impact People with a history of psychedelic drug use are less likely to commit acts of domestic violence, according to a new study co-authored by a University of B.C. researcher.

CN ON: Defence On Marijuana Charges Go Up In Smoke

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Northern News, 29 Apr 2016 - A longtime local advocate for users of medical marijuana failed to convince a Superior Court judge in Timmins that drug charges police laid against him were unconstitutional. Robert Neron argued in his own defence that recent federal court rulings, including a decision in February striking down the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations in Canada, was directly applicable to his own case.

CN BC: Dispensary Defies Closure

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Apr 2016 - Old marijuana shop is not in compliance with new rules One of Vancouver's oldest medical-marijuana dispensaries is vowing to defy the order to lock up shop by midnight Friday after being refused under the city's new regulatory regime.

CN NS: Column: Smoke 'Em - And Tax 'Em - If You've Got 'Em

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Cape Breton Post, 29 Apr 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. New Brunswick? It also raised HST by two points to 15 per cent and is talking about public sector job cuts.

CN ON: Medical Marijuana Company Focuses On Veterans

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 28 Apr 2016 - Veterans, civilians and first responders seeking relief from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other ailments through cannabis will have a new option for help next week. Set to open Monday on Discovery Avenue in Kingston's east side, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.'s new Kingston branch is to be the company's largest in Ontario.

CN BC: City Waits On Dispensary Verdict

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 27 Apr 2016 - Councillors advised to wait for Abbotsford decision City of Powell River officials are waiting for a decision from the province's highest court before making a decision on how to handle the opening of a non-profit marijuana dispensary chain outlet on Marine Avenue.

US CT: Senate Oks Medical Pot For Minors

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Register Citizen, 02 May 2016 - Bill Awaits Governor's Signature HARTFORD - The Senate gave final passage to a bill Friday that would give children under the age of 18 access to non-smokeable medical marijuana. The bill passed the Senate 2311 after more than three hours of debate.

New Zealand: Column: Legalising Pot Could Do Us All a World of

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 02 May 2016 - Tax the Stuff, Build More Schools and Watch Crime Go Down For many in New Zealand it's easier to get hold of marijuana than alcohol. And yet it's still super illegal. It seems strange a conservative country like the United States has states legalising cannabis when here in New Zealand - one of the biggest consumers of weed per capita - we're not even close.

CN BC: Non-Compliant Pot Shops To Face Tickets

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 27 Apr 2016 - 62 dispensaries have appealed their licence refusals About 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver will be facing enforcement starting Saturday after being refused by the city's new regulatory system.

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