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Wed
20
Jan

Bernie Sanders is right: drug companies did help cause the opioid epidemic

At Sunday's Democratic debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) made a point about the harrowing opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic that isn't raised enough: "There is a responsibility on the part of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug companies who are producing all of these drugs and not looking at the consequence of it."

Wed
20
Jan

Legal Marijuana: What the First Official Report Says

As a part of its marijuana legalization initiative passed in 2012, I-502, Washington state is required to issue periodic reports on how its ‘experiment’ with cannabis is going.

Wed
20
Jan

The Practicality of Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program

By John Schroyer

If anyone knows the Illinois medical cannabis scene, it’s Bob Morgan.

Morgan was designated by former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn while he was still in workplace to supervise the implementation of the state’s MMJ program, which Quinn signed into law in 2013.

Morgan stepped down from the post in Might 2015and moved into private practice with a Chicago law office.

In his new function, he still works carefully with the marijuana market, however not simply in Illinois– he likewise does consulting deal with business in up-and-coming markets, such as Maryland and Hawaii.

Wed
20
Jan

Federal pot legalization process needs to involve Toronto: councillor

As Liberal government looks to undertake the legalization process, a local councillor wants Toronto's voice on the table

Coun. Jim Karygiannis worries the proposed legalization of marijuana could lead to pot shops “growing like weeds” in Toronto neighbourhoods.

So, when newly-minted MP – and former Toronto police chief – Bill Blair and the rest of the Liberal government decide how to regulate the drug, the Karygiannis wants Toronto to have a seat at the table.

The Ward 39 councillor will be moving a motion at city council asking for a municipal representative on the federal task force in charge of Canada’s new pot laws.

Wed
20
Jan

Ohio: Senators hitting road to hear medical marijuana views

The Ohio Senate is taking its study of medical marijuana on the road.

Sens. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, and Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, are going on a “listening tour” with stops in Cleveland, Toledo and Cincinnati.

Yuko has advocated for medical marijuana for more than a decade, while Burke said he remains skeptical.

As a pharmacist, Burke said he knows that “all chemicals can cause both harm and benefits, depending on the use.” He said he will remain open-minded during the discussions.

Wed
20
Jan

Marijuana Has Become A Media Darling, But Are Journalists Too Soft On Pot?

On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 17, Kevin Sabet was working on what he believed would be a bombshell.

Wed
20
Jan

Cape Town cops raid Rastafarian dagga plantation

Cape Town – Police officers discovered a plot of towering dagga plants between shacks in a Rastafarian informal settlement in Cape Town on Thursday.

The Trio Crimes and Gangs Unit visited the Marcus Garvey community in Philippi on Thursday morning after a tip-off, Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said on Friday.

Officers dug up and confiscated the plants - with a total estimated street value of R1.7m - between 05:30 and 10:00. 

Four men and a woman were arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of dagga. The group was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court later on Friday.

Tue
19
Jan

When it comes to pot, Canada shouldn’t worry too much about treaty obligations

Will the legalization of marijuana in Canada depend on the votes of federal MPs or on the views of Canada’s international partners? The Post’s Tasha Kheiriddin poses the question, “Will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize pot go up in smoke, or will he turn into an activist and try to convince other countries to liberalize their drug laws, as well?” and argues that this is “the choice he faces, if he doesn’t want Canada to run afoul of its international obligations” (‘Seeing green,’ Jan. 7). Fortunately, Canada does not need to convince the world to legalize marijuana.

Tue
19
Jan

B.C. Health Minister to push for pot reforms, regulated sales outlets

British Columbia’s Health Minister says he will use meetings with his provincial and federal counterparts this week in Vancouver to push for recreational marijuana to be sold in locations that are strictly regulated and inspected, such as special kiosks at liquor stores.

Terry Lake also said the federal medical marijuana system should be reformed to include face-to-face sales in outlets such as pharmacies instead of limiting it to the current mail-order system, though he said dispensaries – which are flourishing in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto – should not be involved.

Tue
19
Jan

Top Ten Things to Expect When Your State Legalizes Marijuana

Nearly two dozen states have legalized marijuana for medical use; four states, as well as Washington, D.C., now allow the sale of recreational cannabis to adults – and many more states are considering doing the same. Nevada already has a measure that would legalize pot on its November ballot, California is in the process of crafting its own initiative, and Vermont's governor may allow legislators to make the move without even taking a vote to the people.

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