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CN ON: Police Raid 7 Pot Dispensary Locations

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 23 Jun 2017 - Canna Clinic's Toronto stores shut down after Tory voiced concerns about pot shop rise In a series of mid-morning raids Thursday, police shut down marijuana dispensaries operated in Toronto by B.C.-based Canna Clinic.

CN ON: Cops Weed Out 7 T.O. Pot Shops

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 23 Jun 2017 - Latest raids to curb illicit sales Toronto's seven Canna Clinics have gone up in smoke. A team of Toronto Police, working alongside the city's Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) officials, raided all seven illegal weed shops Thursday morning.

US CA: Ex-Mexican Lawmaker Arrested At Us Border On Drug Charges

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Jun 2017 - SAN DIEGO -- A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January. Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in the Sinaloa state legislature, was charged Thursday in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds (five kilograms) of cocaine in the United States between January 2013 and January 2017.

US:: Marijuana Group Says PNC Bank To Close Its Accounts Amid Fears Of

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 22 Jun 2017 - One of the nation's leading marijuana legalization groups says PNC Bank has notified it that it will close the organization's 22-year-old accounts, a sign of growing concerns in the financial industry that the Trump administration will crack down on the marijuana industry in states that have legalized it. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) lobbies to eliminate punishments for marijuana use but is not involved in growing or distributing the drug – an important distinction for federally regulated banks and other institutions that do business with such advocacy groups.

CN MB: Editorial: Provinces Can't 'Just Say No' To Legalized Pot

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jun 2017 - SOME Manitobans might not like it, but at least this province now knows where it stands with its request for an extension of the date when marijuana will be legalized. There will be no extension. Ready or not, Manitobans - like all Canadians - can legally light up on July 1, 2018. Finance Minister Cameron Friesen spoke out this week after returning from a two-day summit of his provincial and federal colleagues, frustrated that his request for a deadline extension was denied by federal finance minister Bill Morneau.

CN BC: Column: Marijuana Manners

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 22 Jun 2017 - With legalization a little over a year away, many Canadians will be entering stoner society armed with little to no experience with weed. Once marijuana goes mainstream - will people know how to conduct themselves while getting acquainted with the herb? What are the mainstay manners of marijuana culture? 24 Hours sat down with long-time activist Tracy Curley and some fellow cannabis industry insiders and came up with ten solid suggestions for pothead politeness. 1 No peer pressure. Just like with an alcoholic drink or anything else, if someone does not want to partake, then leave it at that.

CN ON: Gang Targeted City

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 17 Jun 2017 - 'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to' The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests. "Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.

CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose Deaths

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 17 Jun 2017 - VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C. Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.

US NV: Nevada Still Plans To Issue Pot Licenses July 1

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
Washington Post, 19 Jun 2017 - CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Latest on the legal battle of the launch of Nevada's recreational pot sales The deputy director of Nevada's Department of Taxation says state regulators still intend to have the necessary licenses in place July 1 to start selling marijuana for recreational use despite an ongoing lawsuit over the regulations.

CN ON: Editorial: Ontario Should Open Up On Pot Planning

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
The Beacon Herald, 19 Jun 2017 - With pot legalization about a year away, we can conclude that the Ontario government is working on a plan. Or at least a plan for a plan. And yes, the "Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat" exists and, apparently, is busily holding meetings. With whom, it won't say. But not the public. Not yet, anyhow.

CN MB: OPED: Province Should Control Marijuana Sales

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Jun 2017 - THE Trudeau government is set on legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018. While they will enjoy the political payoff of appearing progressive on this matter, all of the associated problems and the logistics of doing so will fall on the shoulders of the provincial governments and their civic counterparts. I suggest the Manitoba provincial government draw lessons from the last time an illegal substance was legalized following Prohibition in the late 1920s, as well as from the current public health efforts to eliminate tobacco use in Canada as a means to guide their policy on marijuana.

US CA: California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Announces Probe Of

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 19 Jun 2017 - OVER EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID DEATHS Citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday that California is joining with more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used illegal marketing and sales practices.

CN BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living With

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jun 2017 - Vancouver seems to have two seasons: Rain and tourists. Just as we make our way out of one, the other hits us full force. Nowhere is the throng of tourists thicker than Gastown, where they scramble for selfies with the steam clock. Trying to get away from those tourists while out for a quick post-lunch walk, I wandered further into the Downtown Eastside than I normally do and was surprised to see the camera-wielding crowd didn't stop there. In front of me were a man and woman - her stopping to snap photos of people lying on the street and him loudly explaining what he saw as the reason those addicted to drugs and living in the area didn't try to help themselves and turn their lives around.

CN NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related Impaired

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer holiday season. Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped for drug impairment.

CN NS: Column: How To Best Treat Society's Most Vulnerable?

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Amherst News, 16 Jun 2017 - Two questions: What drug is the most addictive and can give you a condition that can kill you? What other drug has the worse withdrawal effects and can destroy your brain? Answers! No. 1 is nicotine. It is so addictive because no matter how much you ingest your body still craves more and as it leaves your body the craving gets more intense.

CN BC: Editorial: Uncertainty Lies Ahead On Marijuana Issue

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Peace Arch News, 16 Jun 2017 - Regardless of whether one agrees with the decision to legalize marijuana, that train has left the station and is scheduled to roll down the track on July 1, 2018. The focus now must shift to how those changes will affect the rights of citizens, law enforcement and the courts.

CN ON: Smoking Out Strategies

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 Jun 2017 - Some provinces already moving ahead with legal pot plans Several provinces are plowing full steam ahead with plans to ask the public how they should manage the introduction of legal recreational pot in Canada. But Ontario, it seems, isn't one of them.

CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical Pot

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jun 2017 - Where there's smoke, there's a benefits claim. Turns out that's the case with a new Ontario Public Sector Employees Union policy that will see its members covered for medical marijuana. The new policy, announced Friday by OPSEU president Warren "Smokey" Thomas, will see union employees who have a doctor's prescription reimbursed for a valid medical marijuana prescription.

Canada: Demystifying A Instead Of Decrying A Drugs For Teens

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 17 Jun 2017 - Educating teenagers about the safety of recreational drug use is an age-old conundrum for Canada, one at the forefront as the country pushes ahead with legalizing marijuana by next year The ad shows four pretty young women laughing as their convertible rips past the picturesque Rockies on a warm sunny day, the driver - eyes narrowed slightly - joyfully passing a doobie to her friend.

CN ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: Experts

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 15 Jun 2017 - Research suggests a safer alternative to powerful painkillers OTTAWA - Leading medical experts say legalizing cannabis may offer new hope to one day reduce the use of opioids -powerful drugs frequently prescribed for the treatment of pain.

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