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CN BC: Council Snuffs Out Any Hope For Weed Dispensary

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Times, 05 May 2016 - Where proponents of a medical marijuana dispensary see an act of civil disobedience in defiance of unjust laws, Chilliwack city council members simply see illegal activity. And they say "no." The WeeMedical Dispensary Society opened its doors on Fifth Avenue on March 19, but even before that they were warned by city lawyers about what they were doing wrong.

CN BC: Column: Marijuana 'mare's Nest' Deserves Mention

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
North Shore News, 08 May 2016 - Hey, let's have some benefit to show for West Van's fat 6.87 per cent property tax rise. First, restore the trash cans - why were they removed? - at each littered end of the 5400-block Marine Drive. Sure, that's my block, and why not exploit my dandy print pulpit for selfish interests now and then?

US OH: Experts: Public Opinion Of Addiction Shifts

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 08 May 2016 - Society Goes From Racist Approach to Empathy. The Rev. Mike Starks witnessed the destruction of crack cocaine, but not from the sidelines - he was a self-described gangster and drug addict before he became a minister.

Australia: Safe Trip

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
The Age, 08 May 2016 - What if LSD could treat PTSD, or magic mushrooms could help you quit smoking? Overseas research is advanced, but trials of psychedelic drugs can't get approval in Australia. Are we missing out on cures? Konrad Marshall reports. When Martin Williams' research plan was first rejected by an ethics committee in 2012, he understood why.

US CA: Alarmed By Trump's Plans

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 08 May 2016 - Ex-Mexican President Says Both Sides of the Border Should Be Scared Former Mexican President Vicente Fox isn't the guy you would expect to see sporting a bright pink Donald Trump brand tie. Fox has had plenty to say about the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee - and none of it is complimentary. But then he has a point he wants to make:

US CA: Editorial: Oxycontin And Addiction

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 08 May 2016 - There's never been a secret about the addictive properties of opioid painkillers. But a new investigation by The Times revealed something that wasn't so widely known: The maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a regimen that, as it turned out, made it more likely for patients to become addicts. And by the way, it was the regimen approved by federal regulators - one with unanticipated consequences that regulators and doctors have been too slow to address.

CN BC: Victoria Votes To Allow Selling Edibles

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - Spurred Largely by Input From Senior Citizens, Council Takes Different Approach Than Vancouver to Consumable Pot Products Senior citizens in Victoria support council's push to adopt a bylaw that allows edible pot products in medical marijuana dispensaries, despite health and safety concerns raised by the province's medical health officer, Mayor Lisa Helps says.

CN ON: City Orders East-End Medical Pot Grower To Shut Down

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 06 May 2016 - Federally Licensed Grow-Op on Kenilworth Slapped With Zoning Violation After Complaints From Neighbours of Strong Smell Municipal bylaw enforcement is trying to shut down a federally licensed medical marijuana grow-op that set up shop on Kenilworth Avenue North without the city's knowledge.

CN NS: Defence Lawyer Offering Free Legal Representation

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Amherst News, 06 May 2016 - To Those Facing Sentencing for Marijuana Possession An Amherst defence lawyer is offering free legal representation to Cumberland County residents facing sentencing for possession of cannabis for personal use.

Canada: Column: Should Doctors Prescribe Pot On Demand?

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - THE QUESTION My father is 84 and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The medication he has been prescribed for pain isn't working. He wants to try medical marijuana. But getting a doctor to prescribe cannabis is like pulling teeth. His doctor says there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use, even though it's legally permitted by the Canadian government. What can I do to get my father cannabis?

Canada: Loblaw Aims To Add Medical Marijuana

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 06 May 2016 - LOBLAW AIMS TO ADD MEDICAL MARIJUANA If grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. gets its way, shoppers eventually will be able to walk out of many of its supermarkets with burgers, beer - and marijuana. Galen G. Weston, executive chairman of Loblaw, which acquired Shoppers Drug Mart two years ago, said on Thursday that the company is part of a pharmacy industry initiative to push for the sale of medical marijuana at drugstores across the country.

US NY: OPED: The Epidemic We Failed To Foresee

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 May 2016 - BEGINNING in the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies selling high-dose opioids seized upon a notion, based on flimsy scientific evidence, that regardless of the length of treatment, patients would not become addicted to opioids. It has proved to be one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.

US IL: Obama Cuts Terms For Illinois Drug Offenders

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 06 May 2016 - 3 Men Among 58 Nationwide to Get Commutations WASHINGTON - Three Illinois men who received long federal prison terms for drug crimes will be freed in late summer after their sentences were commuted by President Barack Obama.

Canada: The Drug Dealers Next Door

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Maclean's Magazine, 02 May 2016 - THE DRUG DEALERS NEXT DOOR The Liberal's promise to legalize weed has unleashed a flood of illegal storefront dispensaries. Buying pot has never been easier. At the very least, nobody can accuse Canada Bliss Herbals of trying to conceal what it's selling. The sign outside the company's newest store (its third location, in the heart of Toronto's Junction neighbourhood) features a red Maple Leaf-with a green marijuana plant smack in the middle. "Living life in wellness," the slogan reads.

US MA: Marijuana Legalization Opponents Say Public Was Misled

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Pawtucket Times, 06 May 2016 - BOSTON (AP) - Supporters of a November ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana have misled voters about its ramifications and the measure should be blocked, opponents say in a lawsuit filed with Massachusetts' highest court. The suit, filed with the Supreme Judicial Court, claims the ballot question would allow for the sale of genetically modified forms of marijuana with THC concentrations of 60 percent or higher, the Bellotti Law Group says. It also alleges voters have not been told that high concentrations of THC could be added to food or beverages, such as candy, cookies or soda. Bellotti filed the complaint this week on behalf of 59 voters.

US OH: Medical Marijuana Proposal Heads To Ohio House

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 06 May 2016 - The Ohio House could make history Tuesday by approving legislation to legalize medical marijuana. While state lawmakers have considered marijuana legislation in the past, no proposal has ever made it out of committee and to the full House for a vote.

US OK: House Approves Bill Expanding Use of Medical Marijuana

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 06 May 2016 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has given final approval to legislation that expands the medical use of an oil derived from marijuana. The House voted 69-14 for the measure and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

US FL: Editorial: Pass Plan To Scale Back Pot Penalty

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 06 May 2016 - The Orlando City Council is scheduled to make an important decision Monday, one that could set the tone of law enforcement for years to come. A proposal by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana in the city is set for final action. The ordinance passed by a single vote in its first reading on April 18. If the measure becomes law, it would give city police the authority to write a ticket to someone found with less than 20 grams (0.7 ounces) of marijuana rather than make an arrest. Several hundred people went to jail last year for just such a violation, and many may have ended up with a criminal record.

US CA: Pot Legalization In State Heads To Ballot

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
The Signal, 06 May 2016 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A long-anticipated campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state that produces more pot than any other commenced in California on Wednesday as supporters announced they have collected enough signatures to qualify a voter initiative for the November ballot. A well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker said it has collected 600,000 signatures from registered voters - far more than the 365,000 needed - - ahead of a July 5 deadline.

CN ON: Editorial: Full Speed Ahead For Pot Industry

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:00
Orillia Today, 05 May 2016 - The Liberals' election promise to legalize marijuana use will take legislative form in about a year, but few entrepreneurs seem prepared to wait. Apparently, dispensaries are springing up like, well, buds in Toronto, just as they have in Vancouver. The CBC reports that along one stretch of the Danforth alone, three dispensaries have sprouted in recent weeks.

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