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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.

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CN NS: Naloxone A 'Great First Step'

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 20 Jul 2017 - Access to drug will save lives, says front-line worker A Halifax woman working on the front lines of the opioid crisis describes the province's decision to expand access to naloxone as "a great first step.".

US CA: California Is Working To Avoid A Shortage Of Legalized

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 19 Jul 2017 - California hopes to avoid the same shortage of legalized marijuana that now faces Nevada when sales begin here in January. (File photo | Los Angeles Times) With Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California's state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and distributors to supply retailers.

Colombia: Peace Is New Test For Colombian Coca Farmers

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 18 Jul 2017 - LOS RIOS, Colombia - Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder - the first steps in his cocaine recipe.

CN AB: Legal Age For Pot Use Likely To Be Set At 19

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Jul 2017 - EDMONTON - Ontario is on track to set the legal age for recreational marijuana use at 19, Premier Kathleen Wynne says. Wynne told the Star the age of majority should be the same for pot as it is for booze once the federal government legalizes cannabis next July 1.

US FL: Oviedo To Soon Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jul 2017 - Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality to allow such businesses. Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the same zoning regulations as pharmacies.

CN ON: TTC Compensates Suspended Fare Collector

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 20 Jul 2017 - Employee wasn't allowed to work after drug raid in which police found pot, $40K in cash and tokens A fare collector who took home $40,000 in TTC funds and then lost it in a drug raid has been awarded compensation from the transit agency after he challenged his suspension from the job.

CN AB: The Waiting Game

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Jul 2017 - Pallister monitoring fed decision on Churchill, wants Ottawa to delay pot legalization The federal government needs to "step up" on multiple matters that impact Manitobans, Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday in a conference call with local media.

CN MB: Police Can Confirm Pot Licences 24-7

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Brandon Sun, 19 Jul 2017 - BRANDON COUPLE LAUNCHES LAWSUIT OVER GROW-OP RAID Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce and possess medicinal marijuana.

CN BC: IH Set To Expand Services For Users Of Illegal Drugs

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 20 Jul 2017 - Mobile overdose-prevention unit to start offering supervision as well Overnight, the bureaucratese for safe injection site has changed to supervised consumption services. "Our new permission from Health Canada allows us to transition, in the next two weeks, from offering a mobile safe injection site to offering mobile supervised consumption services," said Interior Health medical health officer Dr. Lilvina Mema.

CN BC: Council Votes To Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 19 Jul 2017 - Existing businesses will be asked to convert to 'wellness centres' After experimenting with marijuana dispensaries for seven months, Penticton city council voted Tuesday to ban the pot shops outright.

Canada: Prison Agency To Review Opioid Policies

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Jul 2017 - Correctional Service Canada vows to look into resources for inmates with addictions following Vancouver-based group's call to action Canada's prison agency said it will review the way it treats inmates with opioid addictions in light of a series of accusations from B.C.-based prisoners.

CN ON: Tory Makes Play For Cityas Slice Of Pot Pie

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 19 Jul 2017 - Mayor John Tory is asking the province for a dedicated share of pot revenues - possibly through a special levy - after recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada next July 1. While the province plans to regulate the sale of pot in a yet-to-be determined retail distribution model, it will "be on the shoulders of municipalities" to pick up "a big part" of the added licensing, zoning bylaw enforcement and policing costs, Tory wrote in a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

CN MB: Editorial: Pallister's Pot-Postponement Problem

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Jul 2017 - PREMIER Brian Pallister has shown great determination for tightening Manitoba's belt. But he's had less success finding new revenue to fatten the province's wallet. For a premier who has unleashed a wide array of tough-love measures he says are necessary to return Manitoba to fiscal stability, Mr. Pallister has been surprisingly quiet about legalized marijuana as a potentially rich source of new revenue.

CN BC: Council Votes Not To Extend Licences To Marijuana Dispensaries

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 19 Jul 2017 - Penticton city council has decided the experiment with medical marijuana dispensaries is over. By a count of 4-2, council voted to not extend the temporary use permits granted to Okanagan Cannabinoid Therapy and Green Essence in December, and instead work with them on a consent order that would see the businesses operate as wellness centres.

CN ON: Cannabis Survey Deadline July 31

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Northumberland Today, 20 Jul 2017 - HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Former police officer and Hamilton Township Deputy Mayor Gary Woods asked that council support letting people know that the consultation period for matters surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Ontario is fast approaching. Individual members of the public and individual councillors can respond to an online survey by July 31, e-mail responses to or mail them to the Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General, 720 Bay St. Toronto, ON M7A 259, Woods read out from an information sheet. The survey is available at

Canada: Premiers Want More Help From Ottawa To Meet Cannabis Deadline

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Jul 2017 - Canada's premiers say they will not be ready for the legalization of cannabis next summer if Ottawa does not clarify how to solve several public-health issues associated with ending 94 years of prohibition, such as how to prevent people from driving while high. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the closing news conference at the leaders' annual summer meeting in Edmonton that provinces need guidance on five problems: road safety and enforcement, preparation and training on distribution, taxation, public education, and how supply and demand of the legal drug might affect the black market. It is still possible that recreational cannabis will be available to all Canadians by July 1, 2018, she said, but much more work needs to be done over the next year if the provinces are to be ready.

CN NF: Column: Smoke Signals

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Advertiser, 20 Jul 2017 - In my boyhood days it was not uncommon to see, in an American Western movie, a US Cavalry officer look concerned at the sight of smoke signals on the trail ahead. Smoke signals often meant a battle was about to happen with the usual loser being - the Indians, of course!

US HI: Big Island Still Has Most Medical Marijuana Users

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 Jul 2017 - Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's medical marijuana program were located on the Big Island. Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.

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