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CN BC: Remembering Vancouver's Cannabis Wars

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 May 2017 - In the 1960s, the city's pro-pot counterculture faced fierce opposition from RCMP narcs and a notoriously hippie-hating mayor These days, most Vancouverites don't think twice about smoking a joint in public.

CN BC: Doc Says Pot Can Reduce Opioid Dependency

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 04 May 2017 - Dr. Caroline MacCallum wants doctors to know that cannabis "isn't the taboo medicine" they might think it is. Not only has she used it successfully to treat more than 50 conditions, she has also seen how it has helped her patients stop using prescription opioids. MacCallum, a specialist in complex pain and cannabinoid medicine, is the medical director at Green Leaf Clinic in Langley, where she assesses patients for their eligibility for Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations program.

Canada: A New Age For Cannabis

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 01 May 2017 - Adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s are trying medical marijuana for the first time, hoping it will ease chronic pain, insomnia and depression after pharmaceutical drugs have failed. Businesses are noticing - and they are all in, Adriana Barton reports. Around this time of year, Hope Bobowski can't wait to garden in the flower beds outside her home near Keremeos, in the hills of southern Interior British Columbia.

CN AB: Pot Law Draws Mixed Reaction

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 07:00
Cochrane Eagle, 20 Apr 2017 - Last week the federal government announced it will move forward with its highly-anticipated and contentious pledge to legalize recreational marijuana. What might possibly be the most memorable piece of legislation undertaken by the Justin Trudeau Liberals will most certainly result in polarizing political and personal stances.

CN MB: Column: Smoking Out 'Pothibition'

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 03 Apr 2017 - Emerys, Magder deserve medals (my dad, too) Maybe one day Marc and Jodie Emery will be on a postage stamp. As opposed to in jail. There's a fine line between heinous criminal and heroic pioneer, eh?

CN BC: Chemainus Dispensary Reopens Following RCMP Raids In North

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 08:00
Ladysmith Chronicle, 09 Mar 2017 - A Chemainus dispensary reopened less than 48 hours after North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP raided three cannabis retailers in North Cowichan late Friday morning. Officers entered Leaf Compassion and Green Aura in Chemainus with a warrant at around 11 p.m. on Friday and were still on scene in the early hours of the evening.

US HI: OPED: It's Time To Move On Marijuana Bills

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 08:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Feb 2017 - Since 2000, the state of Hawaii has had a medical-use-of-marijuana program to provide patients with chronic illness a safe and effective treatment option. As we progress through 2017 and in anticipation of opening dispensaries, it is now the appropriate time to remove the inconsistent treatment of cannabis as an illegal substance from Hawaii law. It would seem the state Legislature agrees, as there are over 10 bills seeking to decriminalize marijuana; over 10 bills expanding the current dispensary program (even though dispensaries haven't opened yet); over five bills trying to open the state in some way to industrial hemp; and several bills claiming portions of the tax revenue from still unopened dispensaries - all alongside two or three bills with a more "boogeyman" and much less science-based approach. For example, House Bill 922 points out that 90 percent of the state's medical marijuana certifications are issued by just 10 doctors, then asserts this is due to some abuse ! of the system instead of the fact that most doctors feel their license will be in danger if they issue marijuana certifications, or the fact that many people choose to seek marijuana certifications from doctors who specialize in cannabis rather than their regular doctor. Of the many decriminalization, personal use and recreational use bills, Senate Bill 1219 and its companion HB 1539 (introduced by the request of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii) are the only two bills that remove marijuana from the criminal code.

CN ON: Core Cool To Hot-Button Pot Shop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 08:00
London Free Press, 07 Feb 2017 - With legislation to legalize marijuana expected in the spring, a new player has emerged on London's increasingly crowded pot-dispensary scene. The Chronic Hub Social Club has opened at 119 Dundas St., the first marijuana dispensary to set up shop in the city's core.