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US: Marijuana Industries Have A Cash Problem That Only Congress And

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Charlotte Observer, 07 Feb 2018 - Stung by robberies in California, Colorado, Washington and other states, the cannabis industry is pressing Congress to change federal banking laws so that its retailers no longer have to carry and process large amounts of cash. Yet lacking the lobbying muscle of their adversaries, the industry hasn't gained much traction on Capitol Hill, leaving cannabis business owners and their employees vulnerable to thefts and violent crime.

CN BC: Cannabis: City Asks For Public Feedback

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Nelson Star, 07 Feb 2018 - Forms are being sent out to households and businesses this month City staff have set an aggressive timetable for public debate over the future of cannabis sales and consumption in Nelson ahead of federal legalization this summer.

Canada: Regulatory Lag To Push Legal Marijuana To Late Summer

February 7, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 07 Feb 2018 - Ottawa introduces 'transition' period of up to 12 weeks after law passes for firms to adapt to rules Canadians will have to wait until late in the summer before they will be able to legally consume cannabis under a new timeline laid out by the federal government - even if the Senate votes in favour of the legislation by May or June.

CN ON: County Has Questions About Pot Legalization

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
The Daily Observer, 29 Dec 2017 - Renfrew County councillors have more questions than answers when it comes to the impending legalization of marijuana by both the federal and provincial Liberal governments. Earlier this month, legislation giving the provincial Liberals a monopoly on recreational marijuana sales in Ontario passed at Queen's Park. The bill creates a provincial agency that will distribute and retail pot through storefronts and online. It also creates stiff fines that could top $1 million against companies and people who sell marijuana in defiance of the government monopoly.

CN NS: Local Dispenser Foresees Growing Demand

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
The News, 29 Dec 2017 - Legalization of marijuana was a long time coming, but Carl Morgan believes the future is bright for selling the product in Nova Scotia. Morgan is currently the owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries - Scotia Green Inc. on East River Road in New Glasgow and one on Spring Garden Road in Halifax.

CN MB: 'It Could Happen To Any Of Them'

December 29, 2017 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Free Press, 29 Dec 2017 - Grieving father warns kids about dangers of drugs after son's death SMOKE from a smudging stick and the warm breath of friends and family of Jeremy Hobson filled the front yard of the house where the 21-year-old accidentally overdosed and died on the weekend, during a ceremony held Thursday.

US CA: California Pot Shops Roll Out Hoopla As Recreational Sales Set

December 28, 2017 - 3:00am
Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec 2017 - Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell recreational pot. By Thursday afternoon, California had issued only 42 retail licenses. Another 150 applications were pending and regulators planned to work a second straight weekend to review them.

CN ON: Pot Prices Cause Concern

December 28, 2017 - 3:00am
The Telegram, 28 Dec 2017 - Medical users fear legalized recreational marijuana may leave them behind in puff of smoke For Mandy Mcknight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam's debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous - the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days when he experiences none.

CN BC: Addicts Will Get Clean Drugs

December 28, 2017 - 3:00am
The Georgia Straight, 28 Dec 2017 - Vancouver has a history pioneering harm-reduction programs. In 2003, it opened North America's first supervised-injection facility, Insite. In 2014, it moved a prescription-heroin program beyond the confines of an academic study. Now B.C. will launch its most radical drug program yet. It's a plan that one of the province's top doctors says could be a partial solution to the province's opioid crisis.

CN ON: Six Nations Business Wants Answers On Pot Sales

December 28, 2017 - 3:00am
Hamilton Spectator, 28 Dec 2017 - Owner of Green Health for Six waiting to hear from Ottawa, council, and initiated survey As far as Jeff Hawk is concerned, his marijuana dispensary is filling a void in Six Nations. Potentially deadly opiates are widely available, but safe, medicinal marijuana is not, says Hawk, owner of Green Health for Six.

CN BC: Cities Bracing For Weed Legalization

December 26, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 26 Dec 2017 - Feds have promised a deadline of July 1, 2018 The day marijuana advocates and enthusiasts have long been waiting for what will come in 2018 - recreational marijuana will be legalized on Canada Day.

Canada: Senators Tackle Legal Pot Bill

December 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 24 Dec 2017 - Senator Tony Dean is quarterbacking the challenging, complicated marijuana bill come Jan. 31, 2018, when his fellow Senators get back to their posts. But he has already armed his colleagues for informed debate amongst the 38 fellow Independent senators, 34 Tories and 15 Liberals.

Canada: Prohibition Fallout

December 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 24 Dec 2017 - Marijuana laws smouldering discontent: Critics The marijuana prohibition era may be closing as early as Canada Day 2018, but pot users may still be burned by old drug laws, warn two veteran criminal defence lawyers.

CN AB: City Grapples With Looming Legal Pot

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Medicine Hat News, 23 Dec 2017 - The City of Medicine Hat is preparing for the Canada-wide legalization of marijuana in 2018, but in the absence of final rules from other levels of government, local regulations remain a work in progress, officials said this week. "It is a big cumbersome process, and we're on track to be ready for July, but we'll see a lot of activity in the next six months," commissioner Stan Schwartzenberger told Wednesday's meeting of the development and infrastructure committee.

CN AB: Trying To Stay Ahead

December 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Calgary Sun, 23 Dec 2017 - Paraphernalia retailers wait for smoke to clear as legalization of marijuana draws near After decades of trailblazing cannabis-related retail - often under police scrutiny - Calgary head shops say legal recreational marijuana offers them a hazy future.

US MA: Auburn Man Featured In High Times Faces Drug Charges

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 22 Dec 2017 - SPRINGFIELD - Two Central Massachusetts men were charged in federal court in Springfield Friday with commercial growing of marijuana. Federal agents learned of their operation when one of them was featured in a magazine article talking about his business. Mr. Vallee was featured in an article in High Times published in February.

CN BC: Vancouver's Overdose Crisis, One Year Later

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 22 Dec 2017 - New tools are helping - but more needs to be done December 2016 is seared into the memory of people who live or work with people from the Downtown Eastside, the epicentre of B.C.'s opioid overdose crisis.

CN AB: Alberta Jails Saw More Than 120 Overdoses In 2016

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 22 Dec 2017 - Alberta correctional facilities have recorded more than 120 overdoses in the past two years, and dozens more in federal prisons in the province, new statistics show. Postmedia obtained the data after a string of overdoses at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

CN AB: Pot Shops Shut Down

December 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 22 Dec 2017 - Cops close two cannabis dispensaries, multiple charges pending City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis dispensaries, but the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana patients fill their prescriptions.

CN NF: St. Anthony Mayor Weighs Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Plan

December 20, 2017 - 3:00am
Northern Pen, 20 Dec 2017 - McDonald believes production facility should be located in rural area St. Anthony Mayor Desmond McDonald believes the province's marijuana production facility should be located in a rural area. He also sees opportunities for business with the province's plan to legalize marijuana.