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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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US CA: Pot Backers Claim Ballot Goal

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 04 May 2016 - High- Profile Coalition Will Submit 600,000 Signatures to Give Voters a Chance to Legalize Marijuana. SACRAMENTO - A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.

US OH: Newest Pot Bill Would Bar Smoking

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 04 May 2016 - Ohioans could not legally smoke medical marijuana under a revamped proposal being rolled out today by state legislators. Those with a prescription for medical marijuana would be allowed to use vaporization or other inhalant devices.

US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Rutland Herald, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants. The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.

US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Times Argus, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants. The House did manage to salvage a commission that will study the legalization of marijuana and report its findings to the Legislature, likely setting up another push at legalization next year after the November election.

US CO: Column: Squabble Over Pueblo County Retail Sales and a

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 04 May 2016 - Sued in Pueblo A Pueblo resident is suing to roll back a ballot initiative that's trying to roll back retail pot in the county. That initiative, pushed by a group called Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, is unconstitutional according to the complaint filed this week in district court asking for injunctive relief.

US CA: Column: Alameda County Warms To The Green Rush

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 04 May 2016 - Fresh off a ban on all medical cannabis cultivation, it's now one of the first local governments to awaken to new state laws and the industry's revenue potential. California's counties are sleeping giants when it comes to medical marijuana, but Alameda County is beginning to stir.

Afghanistan: Bountiful Afghan Opium Harvest Yields Profits for

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 04 May 2016 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - It is spring that determines how a year turns out, according to an Afghan proverb. And if the Helmand poppy fields this spring are any indication, the Taliban will have a very good year. As the opium harvest winds down across Helmand Province, Afghanistan's largest in territory and poppy cultivation, farmers and officials are reporting high yields. The skies were generous with heavy rainfall, and the Afghan government with its cancellation of annual eradication campaigns. It had lost much of the territory in Helmand to the Taliban anyway.

US VT: Vt. House Kills Marijuana Legalization

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 04 May 2016 - MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday gave those hoping to make the state the first to legalize marijuana by legislation rather than referendum a major setback. The chamber's antimarijuana actions included:

US MA: State Chemist Was High on the Job for Years, Report Says

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 04 May 2016 - A state chemist at an Amherst drug lab got high on methamphetamines or other drugs almost every day at work for nearly eight years, consumed the lab's own supply of drugs, and cooked crack cocaine in the lab after hours - actions that jeopardize an untold number of cases - according to an investigative report released Tuesday. Investigators for the attorney general's office found that chemist Sonja Farak had tested drug samples or testified in court between about 2005 and 2013 while under the influence of meth, ketamine, cocaine, LSD, and other drugs, according to the report, much of which is based on Farak's own grand jury testimony. She even smoked crack before a 2012 interview with State Police officials inspecting the lab for accreditation purposes, she testified.

CN ON: Medical Pot Dispensaries Becoming A Growth Industry

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 02 May 2016 - Toronto planning crackdown amid retail marijuana 'free-for-all' The Queens of Cannabis owners wanted their bright and airy Bloor St. W. shop to have a "healing atmosphere" distinct from dozens of other marijuana dispensaries springing up, almost daily, across Toronto.

CN AB: High Road

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 02 May 2016 - City Police Prepare to Better Recognize Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs Ahead of the Pending Legalization of Marijuana While recreational marijuana use is on the brink of being legalized in Canada, driving while high isn't, said a Colorado state trooper speaking to local law enforcement about how to curb drivers impaired by drugs.

CN BC: Fines Handed Out To Pot Dispensaries

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 May 2016 - Vancouver Shops That Do Not Meet Municipal Requirements for Licensing Vow to Fight Bylaw Tickets 'All the Way to the Courts' Marijuana advocates are calling on the City of Vancouver to deescalate what some see as a new phase of the war on drugs, as bylaw officers visited dispensaries on the weekend to start handing out $250 tickets to more than 100 unlicensed businesses.

CN BC: Editorial: When The Smoke Clears

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Chilliwack Progress, 29 Apr 2016 - The federal government will start clearing away some of the haze about marijuana legalization. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced April 20 that the government is a year away from introducing legislation to legalize pot. The particulars are unknown and, presumably, undetermined, but the feds stressed they will look to keep the drug away from children and the profits away from gangs. Legalization strategies will be developed in consultation and co-operation with law enforcement.

CN ON: Medicinal Cannabis Facility Takes No Risks

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
The Chatham Daily News, 30 Apr 2016 - Leamington greenhouse accounts for 10% of Canada's medicinal marijuana production Aphria, a Leamington greenhouse facility, is more heavily secured than you would expect, with locks, security cameras, and fingerprint-scanning devices at every door.

CN BC: Naturopath Offers Insight Into Cannabis As Medical Treatment

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 29 Apr 2016 - As part of the Kelowna Capital News' ongoing series looking into various aspects of medicinal marijuana, reporter Kevin Parnell interviewed naturopathic doctor Chris Spooner, who operates a naturopathic clinic in Vernon and is now working alongside Lift Resource Centre, which provides information to patients about medicinal marijuana. Spooner has been in practice for 16 years. He acquired a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Victoria before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

CN BC: Dispensary Crackdown Begins

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 02 May 2016 - Several shops have been fined as the city's deadline passes The City of Vancouver followed through on its threat to punish unlicenced marijuana dispensaries this weekend. More than 100 refused dispensaries under the city's new regulatory regime were told to close by Saturday or risk fines of $250 and eventually possible court injunctions.

CN BC: Pot Plans Leave Plenty Of Questions

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 07:00
Cowichan Valley Citizen, 27 Apr 2016 - Sophie Reid said she knew the legalization of marijuana in Canada was inevitable. But now that the federal Liberal government has finally announced plans to legalize and regulate marijuana in Canada by the spring of 2017, Reid is not sure what it will mean for her and her business.

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