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CN MB: Unchartered Territory

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Pallister government not budgeting for pot tax revenue this year If the Pallister government projects a reduced deficit in the 2018 provincial budget, it won't be because of a new pot tax. The Winnipeg Sun has learned that next month's budget will not include a revenue line from marijuana sales, even though legalized pot is expected to go on sale sometime later this year.

US TX: Pete Sessions At Opioid Addiction Summit Talks Marijuana

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb 2018 - Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign against the medical and recreational legalization movement. The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said, to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.

US MD: Column: Rodricks: Baltimore Should Call Off The War On Drugs

February 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Would Baltimore be better off if we called off the war on drugs? Yes. There would almost certainly be less violence here. The downside: Barring a sudden and significant change in the city's economic base that could lead to more jobs for men who have been involved in the illegal narcotics trade, we would still have too many neighborhoods with open-air drug markets. But first things first. Let's deal with the violence.

CN AB: Editorial: Alberta Cannabis Retail Rules Show Sense

February 18, 2018 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 18 Feb 2018 - The Notley government rolled out more of its marijuana retail regulations on Friday and, we must say, they continue to stay ahead of other provinces. The only way this year's legalization of bud is going to work is if obtaining legit weed is reasonably close in convenience and price to buying the illegal stuff. The Alberta NDP government seems to be making a reasonable stab at doing just that.

US HI: Illegal Marijuana Sales Alleged At Expo

February 18, 2018 - 3:00am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 18 Feb 2018 - The state Narcotics Enforcement Division is investigating allegations of illegal activity at last weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo, where some vendors openly distributed cannabis seeds and other products. Most of the more than 100 vendors, including all three of Oahu's legal medical marijuana dispensaries, were not distributing products illegally. But some were straddling the line of recreational use - including a number of exhibitors "giving away" seeds by donation.

CN ON: Cops Concerned Over Costs Of Legal Pot

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Standard Freeholder, 17 Feb 2018 - Dealing with the impact of marijuana legalization is expected to be one of the year's biggest challenges for the Cornwall Community Police Service, according to Chief-designate Danny Aikman. "Obviously there is a lot of attention being paid the legalization of marijuana and the impact that will have on municipalities as well as police forces," he said.

CN MB: Groups Feel Left Out Of The Weed Party

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 17 Feb 2018 - A few groups feel they were overlooked in the competition to sell legal pot in Manitoba, including some small business owners. Rick Macl, owner of the Brandon shop Growers 'n Smokers, said he partnered with another business to submit a proposal.

US PA: Tears Of Joy At Opening Of Bucks County Medical Marijuana

February 17, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 17 Feb 2018 - Robert Consulmagno walked into TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and left half an hour later feeling hopeful for the first time in a while. "Help is on the way," Consulmagno said, lifting his purchase – a vape pen and cartridge of 500 mg of "Keystone Kush" – to applause from dispensary staff. "I've been waiting a long time for this."

CN AB: Stirring Pot In Calgary

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Metro, 16 Feb 2018 - Survey suggests renters more likely to smoke marijuana An advocacy group for renters say a city survey is needlessly pitting homeowners and landlords against a vulnerable community. This week, the City of Calgary put out their citizen cannabis survey, which included data about how Calgarians feel about impending legalization along with some pointed policy questions to help the city as they draft new rules for weed.

Canada: Guidelines Call On Doctors To Limit Pot Approvals

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 16 Feb 2018 - New medical cannabis guidelines for family doctors stress that they should authorize marijuana for only a small fraction of patients because many of its reported benefits have not been proved by rigorous clinical trials. The guidelines, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician journal, warn that the number of randomized studies backing up the use of cannabis to fight various ailments is "extremely limited or entirely absent." The scientific evidence dictates that doctors should recommend the drug only when treating a handful of very specific medical conditions such as: chronic nerve pain, palliative cancer pain, muscle stiffness associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries and the nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy, according to Mike Allan, a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and project lead for the guidelines.

Canada: Ottawa Still Not Ready To Launch Marijuana Legalization

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 16 Feb 2018 - With target date pushed back twice, government spokesman says there is no need to impose time allocation in the Senate to speed up process Ottawa is acknowledging for the first time that legal recreational marijuana will not be for sale until August or September.

Canada: Senate To Vote On Marijuana Bill June 7

February 16, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 16 Feb 2018 - Late decision will push back legal sales of weed until August or even Labour Day OTTAWA- Canadians will have to wait until at least early August - and maybe as late as early September - to legally purchase recreational marijuana.

CN ON: OPED: Demand Will Set Pot Price As Fair, And Likely Lower

February 15, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 15 Feb 2018 - You save by buying bulk - and this law of shopping logic holds for illegal as well as legal products. Which means someone in Cambridge is either a very sharp negotiator, or a pot-smoking liar… As part of the institutional preparation for the legalization of marijuana, Statistics Canada is currently collecting reams of data on the pot economy.

Canada: Sun Life To Add Medical-Marijuana Coverage

February 15, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 15 Feb 2018 - Company is gearing up to include medicinal cannabis under extended health-care benefit plans, helping offset costs for users Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada will become the first major insurance company to add medical marijuana to its group benefits plans for Canadian companies, a pivotal move in the insurance industry that will help ease the financial burden for medical marijuana users, and a sign of the growing acceptance of cannabis in the Canadian workplace.

CN AB: Focus Put On Education As Marijuana Legalization Looms

February 15, 2018 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 15 Feb 2018 - Public awareness of possible harm from marijuana use will be part of a public campaign in the coming days as July approaches when the federal government will legalize the use of the drug. "We will have a public education campaign around the legalization of cannabis," a spokesperson for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat said in an email. "However, the details of public education coming from the federal government have not yet been finalized."

Canada: OPED: The Strange Language Of Cannabis

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 10 Feb 2018 - If, five years ago, someone had asked me how I felt about cannabis, I'd assume they were a cop. Even the term "marijuana" - a word believed to be brought to the United States by Mexican migrant workers before the Prohibition era, which was later used to promote racist anti-pot messaging - was a red flag to discreet and casual users such as myself. Weed, cheeba, ganja, sticky-icky, dank nugs - terms the community has appropriated from Rastafarians, West Coast hippies, rappers and Indian yogis: These are the words that would have communicated familiarity and, therefore, acceptance of the habit. But what do you call it now that Canada has developed a sophisticated legal medical program and is close to passing its recreational cannabis legislation? Well, from black-market producers to young workers in illegal dispensaries to the burgeoning, optimistic legal industry: We've all agreed to say cannabis.

CN ON: Editorial: Push Pot Bill Through Senate

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2018 - The ongoing effort in the Senate to derail the passage of the Liberal government's bill to legalize marijuana is not an exercise in sober second thought, as its Conservative proponents claim, but an attempt to obstruct democracy. The Trudeau government should use the tools at its disposal to push this important legislation through the Upper House. Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and C-46, which would tighten rules on impaired driving related to marijuana use, have been before the Senate since the Commons passed them in late November. And they may languish there forever if the government does not invoke so-called time allocation, a tool for curtailing debate that the Liberals have largely eschewed.

CN ON: OPED: Prevention Needs To Be Key In Fighting Drug Abuse

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
The Record, 10 Feb 2018 - Fentanyl. The drug is one that most people never even heard of until a few years ago. Now it strikes fear into the hearts of public health officials, youth workers, parents and others. A few grains of fentanyl, often mixed with another recreational drug without the user's knowledge, can cause death within minutes. It has caused thousands of overdose deaths in Canada and tens of thousands in the U.S., and those numbers are rising rapidly. How have we dealt with this crisis? The primary strategy has been to supply naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of fentanyl, as widely as possible to police officers, health care providers and others who are likely to encounter people who have overdosed. The use of naloxone is a "harm reduction strategy", intended to reduce the negative consequences of using fentanyl, and it has saved many lives. But it is not enough. Overdose deaths from fentanyl continue to increase even after widespread distribution of naloxone kits. We desperately need another strategy. But what kind of strategy would work?

US HI: Hawaii Cannabis Expo Vendors Capitalize On Budding Pot

February 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Feb 2018 - Hydroponic systems to grow your own pot, an on-site bud trimming school and hand-blown glass pipe demonstrations are among the mix of exhibitors at this weekend's Hawaii Cannabis Expo. Drew Gennuso, owner of Trim Ready Hawaii, showed Ari Medina how to trim legal hemp, which looks like cannabis, Friday at the Hawaii Cannabis Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

CN MB: More, Cheaper Meth On City Streets

February 9, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 09 Feb 2018 - Police seize 5.8 kg in January - half of what was seized in 2017 MAKE no mistake: Winnipeg has a meth problem. That's the message city police drove home Thursday at a lengthy news conference, painting a dark picture of a city in the grips of a methamphetamine epidemic and the strain placed on front-line services that are trying to contain the street drug.