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CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Local Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Edmonton Sun, 21 Jan 2017 - One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped. Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

CN BC: Smoking Linked To Higher Death Rate For Drug, Alcohol

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Jan 2017 - Tobacco-related illnesses account for a surprisingly large number of deaths among individuals diagnosed with alcohol- and drug-use disorders, according to a University of Northern British Columbia study. A team led by Russ Callaghan, an associate professor in UNBC's Northern Medical Program, looked at statewide linked hospital and death records in California over a 16-year period - from 1990 to 2005 - and found 40-to-50 per cent of deaths in the alcohol and drug groups were smoking-related.

CN ON: Pot Dispensaries Under Fire

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Jan 2017 - Bylaw enforcement officers to target storefronts, memo says The city is abandoning its hands-off approach to illegal marijuana dispensaries and forming a team to search for possible bylaw violations by the proliferating pot sellers.

CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug Tests

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Metro, 20 Jan 2017 - Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device. Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

US MD: Maryland General Assembly Ethics Committee Hires Special

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan 2017 - Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, speaks to reporters on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2016 session. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun) Special counsel hired for ethics investigation into Baltimore County Del. Morhaim's cannabis work.

US MA: Mass. Legislation Would Sharply Curb Marijuana Law

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Boston Globe, 20 Jan 2017 - Senator Jason M. Lewis proposed legislation that would reduce the amount of marijuana people 21 years and older could possess in their home from 10 ounces to 2 ounces, and the number of marijuana plants people could grow from 12 per household to six per household. The right of Massachusetts adults to possess and grow marijuana would be sharply curbed, and the ability of retail shops to begin selling recreational pot next year would be deeply undercut if legislation filed Friday afternoon by a key state senator becomes law.

CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Langley Times, 20 Jan 2017 - With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.

US DC: Outside Lawyer To Review MD Lawmakers Marijuana Business

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Washington Post, 20 Jan 2017 - [photo] Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun) The Maryland General Assembly has hired outside counsel to aid its ethics investigation of a state lawmaker who championed medical marijuana while having a business relationship with a prospective dispensary, a spokesman for the Senate president confirmed Friday.

CN BC: City To Ban Marijuana Outlets

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:00
Richmond News, 18 Jan 2017 - Richmond is taking a proactive approach to prevent the potential proliferation of marijuana dispensaries in the city, as was witnessed in Vancouver over recent years. Chief licence inspector Carli Edwards, a former City of Vancouver bureaucrat, identified a gap in the City of Richmond's zoning bylaws, which do not specifically prohibit the retail sale of cannabis.