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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 BC: Police Chief Wants To Threaten Drug Dealers With Stiff Charges

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Abbotsford News, 19 Oct 2016 - Crown counsel suggested letter to traffickers was a bad idea Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich wants to find a way to bring the full weight of the law down on opioid dealers whose customers overdose and die.

CN BC: When Youth Turn To Drugs

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge Times, 20 Oct 2016 - As overdose-related deaths are on the rise, Maple Ridge services and advocates are looking to create strategies of prevention in the community. Following a recent case of fentanyl-related overdoses that put nine young people in hospital in a matter of 20 minutes in Delta, it was made clear to Strong Kids Team co-chair Susan Carr that fentanyl is reaching far and wide across the region, bearing no mind to age.

CN ON: Advocate: Region Needs To Regulate Medical Marijuana

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
The Oshawa Express, 20 Oct 2016 - Medical marijuana dispensaries should be permitted and regulated, rather than shut down by police. That is according to Marko Ivancicevic, a medical cannabis advocate and the former chair of Oshawa's accessibility advisory committee and the medical marijuana working group, who says that the businesses should be allowed to operate, rather than being shut down by police.

CN BC: Pot Grow Bylaw Ready To Pass

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Terrace Standard, 21 Oct 2016 - The medical marijuana bylaw regulating the siting and construction of medical marijuana production facilities within the area of the Kitimat-Stikine regional district is set to be adopted by its board at its October meeting after several public hearings found no objections during the course of the year. Public hearings held in Terrace and Hazelton in July and September were to consider submissions from the public and hear any concerns.

CN BC: Treatment Approved

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Summerland Review, 20 Oct 2016 - A Summerland family has received an exemption from Health Canada, allowing them to access cannabis oil to calm their child's seizures. The exemption allows four-year-old Kyla Williams to access the medication, provided they have a letter from Health Canada.

CN SN: New Effort To Pick Up Needles

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 22 Oct 2016 - A new program has started up to help tackle the city's discarded needle problem. In the realm of tongue-twisting health acronyms, CHANGE is one of the worst offenders. It stands for Community, Harm Reduction, Needle Pickup, Guidance and Education, and it's the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's newest strategy to reduce discarded needles in the community.

CN SN: Health: Where They Stand

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Prince Albert Daily Herald, 22 Oct 2016 - In part four of our look at the major issues of the campaign, we asked the mayoral candidates about a new Victoria Hospital and the city's role in the battle against HIV Healthcare is not a municipal responsibility. But, as Mayor Dionne puts it, the mayor can be a "voice for the residents of Prince Albert," calling on the province to provide the healthcare our city deserves.

CN BC: Pot-Shop Debate In Aberdeen

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Kamloops This Week, 21 Oct 2016 - Kelly Eberts misses the vacuum shop that used to occupy one of the storefronts beneath her condo on Hillside Drive in lower Aberdeen. It's less the vacuums themselves and more what is set to replace it - a branch of Cannaclinics, a medical-marijuana dispensary already operating in a number of locations in Vancouver and Toronto.

CN BC: Request For Narcan Kits In Schools

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 07:00
Maple Ridge News, 21 Oct 2016 - The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board is petitioning the province to have Narcan kits in B.C. high schools and middle schools. Trustee Susan Carr, who also leads the City of Maple Ridge's Strong Kids team, brought the issue to the board on Wednesday night, and it was supported by her colleagues.

US AZ: Speaker Advocates For No Vote On Marijuana Legalization

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
Mohave Valley Daily News, 21 Oct 2016 - BULLHEAD CITY - Proposition 205 is poorly written, creates two new bureaucracies and will greatly reduce Arizonans' ability to affect marijuana policy in the state, Laurence Schiff says. Schiff, a Kingman psychiatrist, outlined for the Colorado River Republican Women group several justifications for a "no" vote on the measure in the Nov. 8 election.

US NV: Two Las Vegas Marijuana Dispensaries Ranked Among The Best

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 21 Oct 2016 - Two Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensaries have been ranked among the top 25 dispensaries in the United States by a national publication. Essence Vegas and The Grove were ranked 22nd and 25th, respectively, by Business Insider in a Sept. 20 list of the top marijuana dispensaries selling either recreational or medicinal marijuana. The rankings evaluated more than 500 marijuana facilities across 25 states and the District of Columbia.

US NV: Editorial: Here's Why Ballot Questions On Guns, Marijuana

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
Las Vegas Sun, 19 Oct 2016 - There are several ways to measure the failure of the War on Drugs, starting with its role in sending a grossly disproportionate number of African-Americans to prison. Not far down the list is how the initiative affected marijuana supply and demand. Despite hundreds of billions of dollars in expenditures and decades of effort on drug eradication, millions of Americans continue to use the drug.

Canada: Medical Pot Users Ask Ottawa To Cut Costs, Update Status

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 20 Oct 2016 - Medical cannabis patients are urging the federal government to make marijuana more affordable by encouraging insurers to cover it and dropping the sales tax once it is legalized. Earlier this week, 15 patients from across Canada spoke with four members of the government's legalization task force about how medical cannabis helps them with a variety of ailments. They told the panel that the cost of medical marijuana often causes financial hardship, according to event facilitator Hilary Black, founder of Vancouver's oldest dispensary and current director of patient services at licensed commercial grower Bedrocan.

CN PI: Parental Warning

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 19 Oct 2016 - Police stepping up patrols of Queen Elizabeth Park after incident involving needle A Summerside family is reeling this week after one of its young members was scratched by a needle while playing at Queen Elizabeth Park.

CN AB: Cannabis 101

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 19 Oct 2016 - Provincial officials head to Colorado to study weed industry Alberta's Justice Minister and Solicitor General is Colorado-bound to see how the state has handled legal weed. Kathleen Ganley said with marijuana's legalization in Canada imminent, it's prudent to look at best practices and lessons learned from a place that's pioneered the way.

CN BC: Forum Tackles Fentanyl Crisis

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
The Williams Lake Tribune, 19 Oct 2016 - No street drug is safe, not even marijuana. That was the message driven home by a multi-agency panel who gave up their Thursday night to speak at a public forum about the dangers of street drugs laced with fentanyl.

US: Editorial: Marijuana Lights Up State Ballots

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 19 Oct 2016 - Credit Christopher DeLorenzo People in nine states, including California, Florida and Massachusetts, will vote Nov. 8 on ballot proposals permitting recreational or medical use of marijuana. These initiatives could give a big push to legalization, prompting the next president and Congress to overhaul the countrya€™s failed drug laws.

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