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CN BC: Health Minister To Push For Pot Reforms

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Jan 2016 - Terry Lake Set to Lobby Federal Counterparts This Week for Revisions to System, Including Face-To-Face Sales at Pharmacies and Kiosks British Columbia's Health Minister says he will use meetings with his provincial and federal counterparts this week in Vancouver to push for recreational marijuana to be sold in locations that are strictly regulated and inspected, such as special kiosks at liquor stores.

CN BC: Edu: Recreational Drug Overdoses Continue To Increase

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
The Capilano Courier, 18 Jan 2016 - Mother of Former Student Advocates for Better Drug Policies in Canada Jennifer Woodside never saw her son Dylan graduate from Capilano University. The 21-year-old passed away in April 2014 due to overdose of OxyContin laced with fentanyl. His classmates from the Studio Arts program would attend their convocation without him.

US MI: Column: Guideless

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
Metro Times, 20 Jan 2016 - Recently an old family friend got in contact with me because she has cancer and wanted to use cannabis to alleviate the side effects of her chemotherapy. She got her card from the state and had gone to provisioning center in Detroit to buy some items. She didn't want to smoke or get high so she bought edibles. She called me to figure out if she'd got the right stuff. Personally I thought that she had bought a little too much of the wrong stuff. She had bought a bunch of CBD-infused articles that she'd been told would bring her down from the THC oil that she'd purchased. That's as far as I'm going to comment on the medication she bought. However, thinking about her situation made me realize the absurdity of the current medical cannabis system in Michigan. The way it's set up she either has to grow her own - which she can't - or have a caregiver grow some for her. Finding a caregiver can be difficult. And even if she gets somebody to grow for her it will probably be five to six months before she has buds.

US CO: Column: City Adopts Penalties for Underage Possession

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 20 Jan 2016 - Not for kids If you're under 18, don't get caught with marijuana paraphernalia in Colorado Springs. You could face harsher punishment here than anywhere else in the state. On Tuesday, City Council adopted an ordinance that imposes a maximum fine of $500 on minors found in possession of paraphernalia, broadly defined to include "equipment, products or materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in propagating, manufacturing, compounding, converting, production, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, inhaling or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body." The new local law reiterates a state law passed in 2014, but with added teeth at the recommendation of local law enforcement, prosecutors and the municipal court.

US MA: Court Official Hears Allegations Against Marijuana

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 20 Jan 2016 - Downing Says He's Being Singled Out Over Cannabis-Oil Sale One of the state's leading proponents for the legalization of marijuana - who now faces possible criminal drug distribution charges for selling a cannabis-based oil - told a clerk magistrate Tuesday that he believed he was selling a legal product known as CBD, recognized across the country for its medical benefits.

CN PI: Weed With That

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - WEED WITH THAT Author of 'Cannabis in Canada' Sends Marijuana With Book to MPs Members of Parliament from Egmont and Malpeque ridings didn't even review the literature that a British Columbia pot activist mailed to their constituency offices.

US WA: Editorial: Take the Wheels Off Marijuana Delivery

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Seattle Times, 19 Jan 2016 - A thriving network of unlicensed marijuana-delivery services makes a mockery of Initiative 502's important goal of ending the black market. WASHINGTON'S landmark effort to legalize and tax marijuana, now three years old, is finally gaining steady footing. Without federal interference, 197 retail marijuana stores are operating statewide, and state regulators are running checks for underage sales. Finally, the unregulated medical-marijuana market is being folded into the licensed, regulated system.

US CO: Where Pot Pays For Schools And Sidewalks

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
The Record, 18 Jan 2016 - Colorado Cities High on Benefits of Taxing Marijuana; Proceeds Go to Infrastructure, Substance-Abuse Programs The gym rats who join the still-under-construction recreation centre in central Denver will owe their workouts to weed smokers.

CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You think they can handle pot sales? What are you smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.

CN ON: Column: LCBO A Real Buzz Kill

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - You Think They Can Handle Pot Sales? What Are You Smoking? Now that the LCBO has shown it can't handle its vodka, we better rethink how to sell pot. Unless you've been high since Christmas, you know Premier Kathleen Wynne and union boss Smokey Thomas - Smokey and the Bandit - are pushing to have weed, when the feds make it legal, added to the shelves of LCBO stores.

CN PI: Editorial: Don't Rush On New Laws

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 18 Jan 2016 - The federal government is wise to request a six-month extension to draft new legislation on doctor-assisted dying. Canadians have been waiting for legislation on this crucial issue for far too long already, but for the Liberal government to rush it through by the February deadline after inheriting it from the foot-dragging Conservatives, does not make sense. Last February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the ban on medically-assisted suicide. The ruling gave the federal government 12 months to rewrite the Criminal Code, or ignore the ruling, essentially leaving the matter in legal limbo.

US NY: OPED: Just Saying Yes To The Politics Of Drugs

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
New York Times, 19 Jan 2016 - EARLIER this month, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida opened up on a subject he had once chided reporters for asking about: his daughter, Noelle, who, he said, "was addicted to drugs." In a video released by the campaign, Mr. Bush speaks plainly about his daughter's struggle, her time in jail and drug court, and her recovery. "I can look in people's eyes and I know that they've gone through the same thing that Columba and I have," he said, referring to his wife.

US MA: Police Seek Charges Against Marijuana Advocate

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Boston Globe, 19 Jan 2016 - Boston police are seeking criminal charges against Bill Downing, one of the state's most vocal marijuana legalization supporters, a move that his lawyer calls retaliation for his criticism of the state's regulation of the medical marijuana industry. A magistrate judge is scheduled to consider whether to approve a complaint filed by the Boston Police Department at a hearing at Boston Municipal Court in Brighton Tuesday morning. The complaint seeks multiple charges of distribution of a Class C substance, which covers THC-based products that Downing admitted he sold, as well as distribution of marijuana, according to a copy of the document.

US IL: OPED: Looking for a Less Potent High? End the Drug War

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 08:00
Chicago Tribune, 19 Jan 2016 - Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate. They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they were in the 1960s, when the boomers formed their views on drug use? Hasn't cannabis morphed into super skunk? Aren't people who used legal painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet sliding into heroin addiction - suggesting that legally accessible drugs are a slippery slope toward the abuse of harder drugs?

US CA: Editorial: More Chaos Ahead For Medical Pot?

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan 2016 - If L.A. Doesn't Start Rethinking Its Rules, the Cannabis Industry Could End Up Rewriting Them. In October, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills establishing a statewide system to regulate medicinal cannabis, he called it a long-overdue framework that would "make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system." He should have added: "Everywhere in the state, except Los Angeles," because it turns out California's strict licensing regime won't apply to the state's largest city. What's more, under the terms of the new state law, if L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.

US MD: Editorial: Helping Addicts Recover

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Baltimore Sun, 18 Jan 2016 - Our View: Change in Methadone Reimbursement Must Be Carefully Managed As the number of heroin overdose deaths in Maryland continues to rise, advocates for some drug treatment clinics are expressing alarm over a state proposal to change how such facilities are funded.

Canada: Column: How The Heck Do We Legalize Marijuana?

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Jan 2016 - Canada Wants to Show the World How to Do It in an Orderly and Responsible Way. Good Luck With That I'm the only person I know who flunked a medical marijuana test. Now all my friends are laughing at me.

CN ON: Column: Three 'Progressive' Positions Tories Can Adopt

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - A lot of Conservatives are wondering exactly what their party will look like in a couple of years. What values will it place front and centre? Which policies will it continue to hold dear and which will it jettison? Will it try to move more to the left in response to Justin Trudeau's majority win? It's that last one that has some party members I've spoken with, both in the caucus and the grassroots, a little worried.

CN ON: LCBO Just Mellowing Out

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - Booze chain waits for marijuana to be legalized TORONTO - Give them the green light. The union that represents LCBO workers wants the retailer to start studying how it could sell marijuana.

CN ON: Weed Business Is Buzzing

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 17 Jan 2016 - While 'technically' illegal, pot dispensaries are springing up all over Toronto They line up to see God at this dimly-lit emporium in the Church and Wellesley area - then they go home and smoke it.

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