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US MA: Mass. Marijuana Board Moving Toward First Draft Of Regs

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 21 Nov 2017 - BOSTON - Genuine debate on marijuana policy and how the legal pot industry should look in Massachusetts is likely coming from the Cannabis Control Commission during the middle two weeks of December, which are shaping up to be the CCC's busiest yet as the agency tries to file the first draft of its regulations by Dec. 29. The CCC has tentatively penciled in public meetings for policy discussion and debate on the draft regulations each day of the week of Dec. 11, chairman Steven Hoffman said Tuesday. The following week will begin with three days of private stakeholder meetings and then at least one public meeting for the CCC to vote on acceptance of the draft regulations.

CN BC: Column: Smoking Pot Hard On Health

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Prince George Citizen, 21 Nov 2017 - On a flight home last week, I was having a conversation about the introduction of Bill C-45 or the "Cannabis Act." The person I was talking to is working with local governments to sort out the multitude of bylaws and regulations which will be necessitated by the legislation. Different municipalities are taking varying approaches and have disparate points of view on the whole issue. After all, not everyone is in favour of legalizing marijuana nor sure what exactly that means.

Canada: Column: Which Provincial Pot Approach Is Best?

November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 21 Nov 2017 - Alberta and Quebec recently unveiled their strategies for the commercialization of legal marijuana The socialist NDP is embracing the free market, while the freemarket Liberals seem to prefer the old-style state monopoly.

US PA: Hibiscus Mistaken For Marijuana, Pennsylvania Couple Who Were

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Kansas City Star, 20 Nov 2017 - Police in Buffalo Township, Penn., were looking for marijuana when they raided a home on Oct. 7, taking the female homeowner out of the house without pants after she answered the door. But there was a hitch. The homeowners weren't growing pot. They grow hibiscus plants in their backyard.

US MI: Marijuana Industry High On Prospect Of Michigan's Cannabis

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Detroit Free Press, 20 Nov 2017 - LAS VEGAS -- For Hilary Dulany, long roots in Michigan and the prospect of expanding her Oregon marijuana business are luring her back to the Great Lakes State. For Nancy Whiteman, the prospect of taking her business national has her looking for partners in Michigan.

CN ON: Column: Ex-Cops Cashing In On New Pot Laws Upholds Old Powers

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 20 Nov 2017 - Known for his mishandling of Veterans A airs, corruption scandals within his constabulary and, shall we say, colourful comments on race and marijuana, former Toronto and Ontario police chief Julian Fantino is launching a pot business with a former RCMP senior leader. It has rightly been met with outcry. It exposes not only his personal hypocrisies but also those of the pot legalization process.

CN ON: Obstacles Are Hindering First Nation's Drug Fight

November 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Northern News, 20 Nov 2017 - The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has solutions for the illegal drug trade in his community - but he's coming up against "frustrating " roadblocks. Ignace Gull said Thursday that Attawapiskat is dealing with Canada Post, the Northwest Company and the Ministry of Transport (which owns the airport) to stop the flow of drugs.

CN ON: Ontario Late On Warning Teens About Marijuana

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 18 Nov 2017 - With legalization looming, doctors say province not ready to handle risks Ontario is slow to launch a public education campaign warning parents about the dangers of marijuana to children, which include the risk associated with second-hand pot smoke, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario warned Friday.

CN SN: A Little Pot On The Prairies

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Moose Jaw Times-Herald, 18 Nov 2017 - Saskatchewan Government looking to privatize marijuana Saskatchewan's government is not interested in operating pot shops. Instead, they want to concentrate on regulating the product.

CN AB: Column: Alberta Pot Rules Largely Workable

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 18 Nov 2017 - The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy. For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery).

Canada: Clearing The Air On Cannabis

November 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 18 Nov 2017 - THE flurry of news articles on the upcoming legalization of cannabis is everywhere, and seems to be creating substantial fear among most employers. Much of this fear, of course, is about having to deal with the unknown. For instance, will recreational cannabis use increase among employees and how will this impact the workplace? What about medical marijuana? Are employers ready for this new challenge? Will current policies stand the test against cannabis?

CN AB: High Hopes

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Alberta won't limit the number of private cannabis stores once retail sales are legalized next July, according to new details released Thursday by the NDP government. The province confirmed that it will look to private retailers to sell legal weed from brick-and-mortar storefronts, instead of government-run outlets chosen by several other provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec.

CN AB: Editorial: Govern Your Own Pot Behaviour

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Be smart. Not stupid. As we travel down the road to pot legalization in Canada, provincial governments across the country are scrambling to update a number of laws, including impaired driving rules.

CN AB: Column: Uptight Not All Right

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 17 Nov 2017 - Pot rules largely workable but ban on weed sales at liquor stores makes no sense The Alberta government's proposed rules for selling legal marijuana are a bit fuddy-duddy. For the most part, they're pretty good. Private retailers will handle in-person sales; unionized government workers will be in charge of online purchases. (Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery).

CN AB: Retailers Can't Sell Cannabis And Chips

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
Fort McMurray Today, 17 Nov 2017 - Private retailers who want to sell legal marijuana in Alberta come July 1 won't be able to do so alongside alcohol, or even a bag of chips. Under proposed rules introduced by the provincial government Thursday, retailers will be restricted to sales of cannabis and cannabis-related goods.

CN ON: Pot Dispensary Employee Gets $10 Fine

November 17, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 17 Nov 2017 - KITCHENER - A judge who granted an absolute discharge to a Kitchener couple running an illegal marijuana dispensary has handed out a tiny fine to one of them for careless storage of a loaded handgun. Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street in uptown Waterloo. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

US MI: You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana. Advocates Want That To

November 13, 2017 - 3:00am
Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov 2017 - Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana? Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he worked in 2009. Per company policy, he took a drug test. It came back positive.

CN BC: Schools Tackle Drug Use

November 12, 2017 - 3:00am
The Morning Star, 12 Nov 2017 - The Vernon School District is taking a proactive approach to battling the opioid crisis. Rather than waiting for drug problems to develop, school counsellors, backed by the district, are tackling potential problems before they materialize through a new program.

US NY: NY Governor Signs Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Nov 2017 - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed Saturday to mark Veterans Day.

CN ON: Wynne Down On Ottawa's Marijuana Tax Proposals

November 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 11 Nov 2017 - $1 per gram plan revealed, but premier says provinces will carry an unfair burden OTTAWA- The federal government formally rolled out details Friday of its tax plan for legalized marijuana, proposing a combined federal-provincial excise tax capped at 10 per cent, or $1 per gram, with the revenue haul split equally with provinces.