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Tue
07
Jun

Trump Tuesday: Zen and the Art of Trolling Trump

Mellow Libertarian Gary Johnson isn’t running for president — he’s running to be America’s bodhisattva in chief.

Gary Johnson, full-time Libertarian presidential candidate and onetime cannabis entrepreneur, only appears to be running on a happiness platform of high times and low taxes.

In fact, this ostentatiously chill 63-year-old is fueled, just like Donald Trump, by outrage over immigrants. Except he thinks they are getting a raw deal.

Johnson was sitting placidly in a Manhattan hotel conference room last week — bodhisattva smile on lips, ear buds dangling around his neck — when I asked him whether he thought Trump was a legit small-government candidate. His grin dissipated like sativa smoke.

Tue
07
Jun

FDA Looking to Canada to Learn More About Regulating Medical Marijuana

While the United States government continues to try to convince the average citizen that marijuana is one of the most dangerous substances in the world, a smoke signal has been seen rising up over the horizon from Washington D.C. that could be an indication that Uncle Sam’s longtime opposition to cannabis may be on the verge of change.

Tue
07
Jun

Hysteria over 'High Driving' Is All Half-Baked

Marijuana, by most measures, is not in any way the scourge that alcohol is.

Our own National Post recently scandalized its famously conservative readers with a headline claiming that “about half of Canadians who drive while high insist pot doesn’t impair them.” The article — When is stoned too stoned? — further sensationalized the “crisis” by noting that “nothing would make [20 per cent of those surveyed] stop driving while stoned.”  With the Trudeau government poised to legalize marijuana, it was enough to send neocons into paroxysms of paranoia, our roads sure to be turned into killing fields by the demon killer weed.

Tue
07
Jun

Australia: Kapalos' Documentary on Medicinal Marijuana to Be Released

Helen Kapalos' documentary A Life Of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana has been scheduled a release date. 

In the works since 2014, the chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission took to her Facebook page to express delight over the news.

"Finally!! am proud to say my documentary, which features so many incredible Australians speaking with courage on medical marijuana, is about to be released at Palace Cinemas," she wrote on Monday. 

Directed and produced by Kapalos herself, A Life Of Its Own follows her quest to investigate the medical truths behind the life-giving and enhancing properties of marijuana. 

Tue
07
Jun

Louisiana Gearing up for Marijuana Business: How Much Might LSU, southern, Companies Profit? How Will It Be Distributed?

Growing up on a cotton farm in Missouri in the 1950s, Bill Richardson didn’t know a thing about marijuana. Nobody talked about it, he never saw it and he certainly never smoked it.

“I didn’t inhale,” Richardson, LSU’s 71-year-old vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, said with a smile in a recent interview.

Richardson has become the unlikely leader of an effort to get LSU into the pot business.

Tue
07
Jun

Ohio Pot Refugees: We'll Come Home If Kasich Signs Bill

The Liberty Township family that moved to Colorado to treat their daughter with marijuana for her epilepsy is considering a move back to Ohio if Gov. John Kasich signs the medical-marijuana bill that the legislature passed last month.

“I have smiled inside and out at the thought of being able to come home, back to our family, friends, Skyline chili and Big Boy. I would pay big bucks for a Big Boy right about now,” said Heather Benton in Castle Rock, Colorado, outside Denver. “I’m just so tired of feeling like I don't have a home. As beautiful as it is, Colorado is not home.”

Mon
06
Jun

Israel: Cabinet vote on decriminalizing cannabis delayed a week

A vote on a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has been delayed a week due to opposition from Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.

The legislation was scheduled to come up for a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, but opposition from two key ministers responsible for enforcing it has led one of its authors, Likud’s MK Sharren Haskel, to delay the vote “in order to reach an agreement with my faction colleague” Erdan.

Mon
06
Jun

Australia's Fiona Patten: Why the back-pedaling on medical marijuana?

I think I am the only member of parliament in Australia to acknowledge my recreational use of cannabis. In fact, I have enjoyed the many blessings that cannabis can bestow for a lot of my adult life and have not lost my mind or become a serial killer.

Indeed, I became a politician and some have even said I would not have been elected without it!

Jokes aside, I'm declaring my usage or non-usage of cannabis, just so everyone knows where I'm coming from. This debate would be far more informative if every journalist, every politician and every commentator on the subject of cannabis law reform did the same, instead of hiding their drug use, drug abuse or their non-use in the closet.

Mon
06
Jun

Canada: Nine perspectives on the marijuana legalization debate

Everybody seems to be talking about marijuana these days. Impending legalization has prompted a many-faceted debate about how our society should incorporate the greenery, even as dispensaries selling cannabis and related goods are popping up like, well, weeds.

The sprouting conversation involves people with divergent perspectives and interests in the marijuana regime of tomorrow. Let’s listen to some of them.

The angry neighbour

Mon
06
Jun

'Heartbreaking': Toronto pot dispensaries feeling the stress after police raids

More than a week after Toronto police raided dozens of local pot dispensaries, the ones still open are feeling the stress.

“Most [staff] are just trying to make a living, not making big bucks like the owners,” said a manager at the Green Room dispensary in Davisville who identified himself as Green Eyez.

“We shouldn’t have to worry about being charged with a serious crime.”

As part of the Project Claudia raids May 26, police laid criminal charges against 90 dispensary owners and employees, while confiscating 270 kilograms of pot and $160,000 in cash.

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