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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

US OR: Column: Green Friday

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 26 Nov 2016 - I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills. Over the years, people began to talk trash about cannabis produced outdoors (also known as "eco-friendly" and "sun-grown"). People complained that it wasn't strong enough, that it was too leafy or too harsh.

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CN ON: Police, Bylaw Officers Raid Marijuana Dispensaries Across

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 27 May 2016 - Toronto has cracked down on its illegal cannabis dispensary sector, with police and bylaw officers carrying out a series of raids across the city targeting just over half of the 83 pot shops known to authorities. The operators of 45 dispensaries were charged Thursday with several municipal infractions and could face fines of up to $50,000, the city said. It is unknown how many of these shops were raided by police and their products seized.

CN ON: Drug Conviction Quashed Because Officers Lied

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 27 May 2016 - TORONTO - A woman found with marijuana in her car trunk has won an acquittal on appeal, in part because police violated her rights with an unnecessary high-risk takedown and then lied about what had happened. In a decision this week, Ontario's top court rejected prosecution arguments that the rights violations were minor or only happened after police had already found the drugs.

CN BC: Editorial: Drug Violence Our Problem, Too

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Peace Arch News, 27 May 2016 - White Rock/South Surrey is considered a peninsula - not an island. Some residents and even some elected officials seem to like to suggest that drug turf-wars - and their spin-off violence - are a mid-to north-Surrey problem.

CN BC: Editorial: Steady Is Best For Pot Plan

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - The question of what to do with drunk drivers has evolved over the past few decades. A generation ago, heading home a little tipsy was seen as normal, but the steady toll of carnage on the roads changed minds. With legal marijuana on the horizon, sometime in the next few years, it's good to hear that the federal government is taking the prospect of stoned drivers seriously.

CN BC: City Goes Ahead With Pot Dispensary Ban

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 27 May 2016 - City council has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries are not legally permitted in Campbell River but said it would "push" the federal government to make a decision on marijuana legislation. Council, at its Tuesday night meeting, adopted a bylaw amendment prohibiting all marijuana operations - including dispensaries - unless they are legally permitted through Health Canada.

CN BC: Pot Dispensary Bylaw Smokes Through Council

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
The Chief, 26 May 2016 - One Councillor Votes Against Zoning Bylaw For "Illegal' Dispensaries Squamish council smoked through its marijuana dispensary zoning bylaw Tuesday evening despite opposition from one councillor who pointed out that selling the drug remains illegal in Canada.

CN BC: City Looks At Regulation

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Powell River Peak, 25 May 2016 - Concerned Residents Voice Need For Reliable Medical Marijuana City of Powell River council has moved to have city staff begin investigating the process of regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries.

CN BC: Point Grey Pot Shop Operators Celebrate Being First To

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 26 May 2016 - Former Mixed-martial Arts Fighter, Ex-College Basketball Player Among Directors Of Marijuana Dispensary A personal trainer, an entrepreneur and a recent kinesiology grad are the three partners behind the city's first illegal marijuana dispensary to receive a business licence.

US OH: Marijuana Ballot Effort Suspended

Sun, 05/29/2016 - 07:00
The Review, 28 May 2016 - COLUMBUS - A group eyeing a November ballot issue to legalize medical marijuana has suspended its signature-gathering efforts, days after lawmakers finalized legislation to create a state-regulated system for providing the drug to patients suffering certain conditions. Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said in a released statement Saturday morning that the difficulties in raising the needed funds to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot and run a successful campaign were difficult propositions, given the legislature's action and Gov. John Kasich's expected signature.

US OH: Medical Marijuana Legalization Sent To Kasich

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 27 May 2016 - A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OK'ing Senate changes 67-28.

US OH: Pot May Be Growing Here Within A Year

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 27 May 2016 - POT MAY BE GROWING HERE WITHIN A YEAR Marijuana plants could be growing legally in Ohio soil in a year, predicts state Sen. Dave Burke, an architect of Ohio's newly minted medical marijuana law. "As soon as 16 months, you would have products tested and available," the Marysville Republican said.

CN ON: Raid Inspires Surprise, Disbelief

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Giant bags of weed locked in police cruisers, young people in handcuffs inside dispensaries, signs that say "Closed" or "Closing." This was the very public face Thursday of Project Claudia - an effort by Toronto Police to crack down on stores selling medical marijuana over the counter.

CN ON: Councillor Against City's Actions

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Councillor Jim Karygiannis says he wants to stop the city's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. Karygiannis said to do that he'll introduce a motion at the next Licensing and Standards committee meeting that would call on city staff to defer study of regulating and enforcement around the dispensaries until after the federal government sets the rules for marijuana legalization.

CN ON: It's Unfathomable

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 27 May 2016 - Prince Of Pot On Mayor's Crackdown Canada's "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery says Mayor John Tory will pay a political price for pushing for a citywide crackdown on marijuana dispensaries. The Toronto Sun spoke with Emery Thursday hours after police raided dozens of dispensaries, seizing weed and shuttering many of the establishments.

US OR: Edu: Marijuana Dispensaries Soon Can Sell Edibles And

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Oregon Daily Emerald, 29 May 2016 - Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a provision of SB 1511, which will allow dispensaries to sell marijuana edibles and extracts to recreational customers. Under the current SB 1511, dispensaries are only able to sell edible and extract products to medicinal patients. Edibles and extracts were included in the original draft of the bill, but lawmakers decided there were too many safety concerns that needed to be assessed before they could include them in recreational sales.

CN ON: Column: NDP's Right: Little Logic in Pursuing Pot

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
St. Thomas Times-Journal, 26 May 2016 - Health Minister Jane Philpott stood before the United Nations last month and solemnly vowed that, by the spring of next year, marijuana use would be legal and tightly regulated in Canada. Notably, she said: "We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem."

US CA: Pot Growers Leery Of Big Alcohol Takeover

Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2016 - North Coast Cannabis Cultivators Fear the Moneyed Establishment Shouldering into Their Scruffy Livelihood REDCREST, Calif. - For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants.

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