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

Mon, 2017-06-19 01:00
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

Mon, 2017-06-19 01:00
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

Mon, 2017-06-19 01:00
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

Mon, 2017-06-19 01:00
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 ON: Gang Targeted City

Sat, 2017-06-17 01:00
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

Sat, 2017-06-17 01:00
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.

CN ON: OPSEU Workers Will Be Covered For Medical Pot

Sat, 2017-06-17 01:00
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

Sat, 2017-06-17 01:00
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 NS: OPED: How Prepared Are Police For Drug-Related Impaired

Fri, 2017-06-16 01:00
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?

Fri, 2017-06-16 01:00
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

Fri, 2017-06-16 01:00
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

Fri, 2017-06-16 01:00
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 BC: Column: Downtown Eastside Tours Objectify Those Living With

Thu, 2017-06-15 01:00
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 ON: Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce Opioid Use: Experts

Thu, 2017-06-15 01:00
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.

CN AB: Beltline Tabbed For Safe Site

Thu, 2017-06-15 01:00
Metro, 15 Jun 2017 - Province hopes to open public health service by end of 2017 The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in the Beltline could soon be Calgary's first supervised consumption site, pending federal approval. Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne confirmed on Thursday the province has applied to provide supervised consumption services in Calgary at the downtown health facility and will soon begin discussions with nearby residents.

CN ON: Non-Med Pot Restrictions Sought

Tue, 2017-06-13 01:00
Toronto Sun, 13 Jun 2017 - Recreational marijuana should be treated like tobacco in public places and alcohol in motor vehicles, the City of Toronto health board recommends. In a wide-ranging report that will go to Toronto Council, board members asked that non-medical cannabis be sold by a provincial-controlled agency - but not with alcohol - and that the minimum age for purchase be set at 19.

CN BC: Comox Valley RCMP Shut Down Athadawoosh Dispensary Thursday

Tue, 2017-06-13 01:00
Comox Valley Record, 13 Jun 2017 - A marijuana dispensary located on the K'omoks First Nation was shut down by police Thursday, resulting in two arrests and seizure of drugs and cash. Cpl. Tammy Douglas of the RCMP Island District said in an email officers from the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section confirmed the presence of marijuana and several derivatives in the storefront at the Athadawoosh Dispensary located on Comox Road after receiving information that drugs were being illegally trafficked out of that location.

CN AB: Weed In The Workplace

Mon, 2017-06-12 01:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Jun 2017 - Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.

CN BC: Pot Shop Rules Yield Mixed Results

Mon, 2017-06-12 01:00
Metro, 12 Jun 2017 - One dispensary owner says licensing process is too strict It's been almost two years since Vancouver city councillors adopted new pot-shop regulations, but after dishing out more than 1,600 tickets, the city is still dealing with 57 marijuana retail businesses that are not abiding by the rules.

Canada: Column: The Smoke Between Neighbourly Rights

Mon, 2017-06-12 01:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Jun 2017 - THE QUESTION I am a long-time closeted cannabis user and I am looking forward to the legalization of pot next summer. But until then, my question has to do with my rights as a homeowner and a pot smoker versus the rights of my neighbour to not smell said marijuana. Now, I don't spend the whole day out there smoking, just one joint here or there. Yesterday afternoon, they smelled my J and proceeded to speak loudly to each other within earshot of me as to how rude this is. Is it rude Dave? Am I allowed to indulge in a smoke in my own yard? Legalization is going to change how much smoke you smell walking down the street, I think it's already changed. Whether we want it or not, it's coming … stinky smoke and all. Who's got the right though?

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