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Sun
03
May

Bill Blair backs legalization of marijuana, defends carding as he seeks Liberal seat

TORONTO – Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair says he supports the legalization of marijuana in Canada as long as there is a strong regulatory component to it.

“In the regulation of marijuana, then you can control who it is sold to, where it is sold and when it is sold. You can control the price. You can tax the thing,” Blair said during an interview on Global’s The Morning Show Thursday morning.

“You can make sure the decision to not sell it to a 14-year-old is left to a responsible adult, not some gangster in a stairwell.”

Blair, who is currently seeking the federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Scarborough Southwest, said using the criminal model to prohibit the use and trafficking of marijuana isn’t working.

Sat
02
May

France: Cannabis, monitoring, two demonstrations for more freedom

This Saturday afternoon, 2 May, in the city center of Lyon has been the scene of two militant demonstrations. A rally against the adoption of surveillance law has crossed the world of cannabis.

The first event, an opposition rally in the surveillance law that will be voted on in the National Assembly on Tuesday, met with Terreaux 500 people according to organizers, 150 according to police. Participants included members of the collective Lyon Without surveillance. On their website, they oppose a bill that, among others, "contains two articles that allow the interception of all data from all French citizens live on the Internet in order to turn over "suspicious" behavior ".

Sat
02
May

2016 Cannabis Adult Use Legalization Guide

Cannabis Landscape Overview

What an interesting and exciting time for cannabis this is. With four states and D.C. legalizing cannabis for adult use and dozens of states working to implement medical cannabis programs, cannabis is becoming more widely accepted in our society. Every day new opportunities arise and new challenges are faced. As cannabis returns to the mainstream of society there are both external and internal forces at work to consider.

Sat
02
May

2016 Cannabis Adult Use Legalization Guide

Cannabis Landscape Overview

What an interesting and exciting time for cannabis this is. With four states and D.C. legalizing cannabis for adult use and dozens of states working to implement medical cannabis programs, cannabis is becoming more widely accepted in our society. Every day new opportunities arise and new challenges are faced. As cannabis returns to the mainstream of society there are both external and internal forces at work to consider.

Sat
02
May

U.S House slams amendment of medical marijuana use for veterans

For the reason that the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat range of illnesses or symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have already legalized marijuana for medical use.

Sat
02
May

Maple Ridge tells Ottawa it wants a say locating medical marijuana ops

Cities and the people who live within them, should be able to have a say in where medical marijuana operations set up within their boundaries, says the mayor of Maple Ridge.

"It should be a formal requirement that Health Canada make the location of these potential sites known to the public and hold a public meeting and consider the comments of our citizens in determining if such a facility should be considered for licensing in our city," Nicole Read said in a release Friday.

The mayor wrote to federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose pointing out there's no formal public process relating to locations of medical marijuana facilities in Maple Ridge.

Fri
01
May

1100 cannabis plants and gun seized in Tipperary

GardaÍ have seized about 1,100 cannabis plants and a gun following searches at two properties in Tipperary.

During the searches, a cannabis grow house was discovered at one premises, while the second contained a drying house. The houses are located at Boytonrath, Boreen, Kileenasteena, New Inn, Co Tipperary.

Gadaí said the plants are of “various maturities”. They also found a quantity of cannabis herb and a single barrel shotgun.

In total the cannabis seized has an estimated street value of €700,000 – subject to analysis.

Three men, one in his 40s and two in their 50s, have been arrested and are being detained at Tipperary and Cahir Garda Stations under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

Fri
01
May

Sunday Rally Planned To Support Texas' Budding Efforts To Decriminalize Marijuana

The legislative push to reduce or eliminate criminal penalties associated with the possession and use of marijuana is an imperative concern for many Texans statewide.

While information on all current bills and action items regarding marijuana are readily accessible, citizens of Texas lack the ability to vote directly on drug policies at a local level. Instead, elected officials congregate at the Capital once every two years to write and vote on bills in the House and Senate.

Fri
01
May

Want to fix Baltimore? ‘End the drug war,’ says David Simon

No, The Wire does not explain what's happening in Baltimore this week, asmy colleague Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday. Still, the show's creator and former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon knows a lot more about the city than most of us. And in a wide-ranging and riveting interviewwith The Marshall Project today, he offers an unequivocal assessment of how to turn things around in that city today.

"So do you see how this ends or how it begins to turn around?" Bill Keller asks him.

Fri
01
May

WA: Did Medical Marijuana Bring About Its Own Demise?

A lack of regulation plus a lack of cohesion was a lethal cocktail for Washington's medical marijuana community.

Back in 2010, a group of medical marijuana patients and growers in Washington state got together and formed a group called the Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics*. Among other things, the group established a code of conduct that all members agreed to follow—akin to best practices lists adopted by more established professions like realty and banking. The members of the coalition agreed to pay taxes, follow disability access laws, and try to maintain good relationships with their neighbors.

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