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US CA: Column: The Year In Weed

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 01 Jan 2015 - A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though). California is almost certain to jump on the weedwagon in 2016. What will that look like?

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US WA: Everett Closer To A Permanent Pot Ordinance

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 01 Jul 2015 - EVERETT - For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate. Everett has been operating under six-month temporary ordinances since November 2013.

CN BC: B.C. Is Canada's Drug Offence Capital

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 26 Jun 2015 - B.C. has undoubtedly the highest drug offence rates reported by police across the country and its reputation has remained steadfast over three decades, according to data compiled by Statistics Canada. The statistics agency says that apart from 2012, British Columbia has had the highest reported drug offence rate among all provinces from the early '80s to 2013.

CN BC: 'We're A Good Neighbour': Society

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 29 Jun 2015 - B.C. Compassion Club Society appealing to Vancouver councillors to not force them to move due to new regulations After considering shutting down their operations for good in light of new regulations on medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the B.C. Compassion Club Society is going to appeal to city councillors to stay put.

CN ON: Ex-Public Servant Opens Pot Centre In Ottawa

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Metro, 29 Jun 2015 - A former manager in Health Canada's old medical marijuana program is expected to open Ottawa's first National Access Cannabis (NAC) centre. The company first opened its doors in Victoria, B.C. in March and will officially open a second location Monday morning at 1111 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg.

CN YK: Methadone Returning To Whitehorse's Jail

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Yukon News, 26 Jun 2015 - Methadone is once again going to be offered at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. Three years after inmates started being forced off the drug, justice officials say they are now equipped to start offering it again.

CN MB: Cannabis Dispensary Ready To Roll

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Jun 2015 - Locally owned pot shop set to open here July 1 MEDICAL marijuana users will soon have a local joint to buy their weed. Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters, a marijuana dispensary, is set to open officially at 1404 Main St., on July 1. It's the former home of Vapes on Main, a medical marijuana cafe.

US OH: Pot Legalization Backers Deliver Signatures June 30

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 01 Jul 2015 - COLUMBUS (AP) - A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio began delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in its effort to get the issue before voters. Organizers for Responsible Ohio said Tuesday they were submitting more than 695,000 signatures to Secretary of State Jon Husted. That's more than the roughly 306,000 needed to qualify for November's ballot.

US OH: Senators Delay Vote on Anti-Monopoly Item Aimed at Pot

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 01 Jul 2015 - COLUMBUS (AP) - State lawmakers scrambled Tuesday to address warnings from lawyers across the political spectrum that an effort to ban monopolies from Ohio's constitution would have legal consequences far beyond scuttling a marijuana legalization effort this fall. The powerful Senate Rules & Reference Committee was forced to defer its vote after two days of hearings and hours of negotiations failed to result in an acceptable compromise. The panel planned to convene after a floor session Tuesday afternoon, with the potential for deliberations to stretch into the evening.

US DC: FBI Drug Agent Risked All To Feed Heroin Habit

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Jun 2015 - He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work "How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from his father and others

US MD: Medical Cannabis Moving Closer

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 29 Jun 2015 - With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year. The rules developed by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, which cover doctor registration, licensing, fees and other concerns, were published last week. The state is accepting public comment on the rules through July 27.

US: Marijuana and U.S. Intelligence Don't Go Together, Say the

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Jun 2015 - WASHINGTON - For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and FBI agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers. It may now be legal in Colorado, Washington state and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use - and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers - have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.

US CA: Pot Permits Picking Up Pace

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
Porterville Recorder, 30 Jun 2015 - It's been eight months since the City of Porterville required residents to acquire a permit to grow marijuana for medical use, and for most of that time, only one permit had been issued. However, the permits are suddenly more popular, with 10 issued recently, according to city staff. The ordinance requiring permits was approved in October 2014 and went into effect Nov. 6. It allows medical marijuana patients to have up to 20 cannabis plants which can be located in a yard or accessory structure, or a combination of both.

US AZ: San Luis Commission To Reconsider Medical Marijuana

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 29 Jun 2015 - SAN LUIS, Ariz. - The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday once again to decide whether to recommend the San Luis City Council approve a conditional permit for the installation of a medical marijuana dispensary. The planning and zoning commission voted 3-1 June 9 to recommend denial of a conditional use permit for the proposed dispensary at 708 N. Archibald St. However, that vote did not follow the rule that requires at least a four-person majority of the seven commissioners.

CN BC: Column: Pot Shop Regulations And What They Mean

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 26 Jun 2015 - Now that council decided to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, you probably have some questions. So I thought I'd select a few I've heard from people and do my best to answer them. Here we go...

CN ON: Criminal Lawyer Suing Peel Police

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
The Record, 27 Jun 2015 - Laura Liscio Alleges Police Engaged in Malicious Prosecution TORONTO - A Toronto lawyer once accused of smuggling drugs into a courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues and clients is suing police for malicious prosecution, her lawyer said Friday.

US MA: Finally, Some Can Buy Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 28 Jun 2015 - Almost 32 months after Massachusetts voters approved a new law to legalize medical marijuana, pot was sold legally last week to patients in Salem from the first dispensary to open in the state. Supporters of the law cheered the opening, saying it was a long time coming.

US IL: Debate Swirls Around Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana in

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
The Journal Standard, 28 Jun 2015 - DEBATE SWIRLS AROUND BILL TO DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA IN ILLINOIS If Mike Bonds had avoided misdemeanor convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana more than 15 years ago, he believes he might have been able to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

US CA: Editorial: Pot Cases Prove Measure A Was Necessary

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:00
Chico Enterprise-Record, 28 Jun 2015 - Butte County voters got it right during the November 2014 election. That's the obvious conclusion after the first number crunching occurred related to Measure A. The review showed that 512 cases came to light in the first six months of the new ordinance. By Butte County's count, about 40 to 50 new cases come in weekly, and the county is expecting that rate to increase as the year goes on.