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Nov

Oregon: City May Get More Marijuana Dispensaries

Two applications for new medical marijuana dispensaries are pending in Madras, and if approved and opened, would give the Jefferson County community five dispensaries. 

Owners of three of the dispensaries hope to convert them to recreational marijuana shops, but they might not get the chance. The Madras City Council voted in late October to put a ban on recreational marijuana businesses on the local ballot in November 2016. 

Patti Fleming, of Redmond, applied Sept. 25 to put High Desert Dispensary at 1825 U.S. Highway 97. Her license to operate a dispensary is under review by the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees medical marijuana. Fleming said Wednesday her plans are on hold, and not because of the City Council vote. 

Fri
20
Nov

Canadian Dispensaries Plan To Defy Police Orders

Nanaimo medical marijuana dispensaries will remain open, despite the threat of police enforcement.

Medical marijuana dispensaries have reached out to government for clarity on potential new regulations and help in the lead-up to a deadline to stop selling marijuana. But dispensaries have no plans to close, according to the new Nanaimo Cannabis Coalition.

“Our coalition has stated we will remain open … because people need their medicine,” said Matthew O’Donnell, coalition spokesman.

Fri
20
Nov

Marijuana’s Cost to Employers

With the adoption of more state laws to legalize marijuana, employers will face challenges to protect their employees from injury and to comply with federal requirements to maintain a drug-free workplace.

Employers also face potentially costly litigation as case law surrounding legal marijuana develops, according to the Quest Diagnostics whitepaper “What Will ‘Legal’ Marijuana Cost Employers?”

Fri
20
Nov

High Time For Jamaica's Marijauna Tourism About Face

Jamaican government officials are taking steps to embrace marijuana-based tourism activity in the country following April’s launch of a law reducing possession of two ounces or less to a violation punishable via ticket, but not a criminal offense.

 

Wykeham McNeill, the county’s minister of tourism, called the reforms “historic and revolutionary,” saying they place Jamaica among a handful of countries to enact similar legislation. McNeill was speaking at a Negril conference on the new “ganja law,” formally known as theDangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015.   

Fri
20
Nov

Nanaimo marijuana dispensaries have until midnight to shut down business

Medical marijuana can be obtained at many local dispensaries.

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Nanaimo have until the end of tonight to shut their doors, or risk criminal charges.

Last week, Vancouver Island RCMP delivered letters stating the businesses are illegal and operators had seven days to close or face arrest.

Brandy Cavanagh with Mid-Island Health and Wellness earlier had told CKNW she made no plans to close her dispensary.

She says she operates a legitimate business, with all her patients requiring a prescription to buy medicinal pot.

Fri
20
Nov

Pot Matters: Marijuana, the Courts and Probation

One of the arguments for keeping marijuana illegal is that no one really goes to jail anymore after getting arrested—as if that makes it okay. It’s not really true (because people do go to jail), but let’s examine the claim on its own terms and look at what happens to people who are arrested and not sent to jail. 

What happens to them? In some cases, they pay a fine. In most cases, though, they are placed on probation. What’s wrong with this? Plenty.

Probation is generally a wise and useful sentencing option, especially for non-violent offenders. Why, though, should it be considered an appropriate sanction for marijuana users? 

Thu
19
Nov

Let us move to a point where marijuana is treated as agriculture

REGARDING YOUR Nov. 13 editorial in support of the Bay State Repeal model for legalizing marijuana, I agree that having the Department of Agriculture regulate marijuana makes sense. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol seems to believe that regulating marijuana like Kryptonite will appeal to voters.

Thu
19
Nov

Detroit marijuana dispensary offers free Thanksgiving turkeys to hungry neighbors

 

DETROIT (WXYZ) - You could say that one Detroit medical marijuana dispensary is taking gift giving to an all time high.

Green Door Alternative plans to hand out free Thanksgiving turkeys next week. They say it's part of an effort to give back to their community southwest Detroit.

Dispensary manager Larry Hanna says the turkey are, “For someone who does not have any ends to get what they need to for their Thanksgiving-time.”

The pot professionals are giving away the free birds on Monday. They say they are also collecting coats for Gleaners Food Bank.

“We have been in the city for a couple of years now,” said Hanna.  “I’ve been in the city my whole life.  So we are very vested in the city.  So it’s good to give back.”

Thu
19
Nov

Manitoba premier says government liquor stores best place to sell marijuana

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says government liquor stores are the best place to sell marijuana if and when the federal government legalizes the drug.

Selinger says Manitoba Liquor Mart outlets have staff that are well-trained on the potential risks of alcohol, and he suggests they would be in the same position to provide advice about marijuana.

He says there would be no requirement for workers to consume the drug.

Selinger adds there would probably be some private involvement too.

Liquor is sold in private outlets in some rural Manitoba areas where there is no government store, and Selinger says he expects that model could be used for marijuana as well.

Thu
19
Nov

Oregon rejects Thanksgiving Day baskets over marijuana connection

Earlier this month a group of women in Oregon's marijuana industry came up with a plan to donate baskets complete with turkeys and the fixings for a Thanksgiving Day meal for 20 needy families in Eugene.

The group, Women Leaders in Cannabis, turned to the Oregon Department of Human Services, hoping the agency would get the baskets to families.

At first, an agency employee based in the Eugene office welcomed the gift, said Lindsey Jacobsen, a founder of the group. But a few days later, the state reversed course, saying staff was spending too much time making arrangements for the gift.

The real reason, as Jacobsen suspected, was the gift's connection to cannabis.

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