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CN NF: Column: Smoke Signals

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 07:00
Advertiser, 20 Jul 2017 - In my boyhood days it was not uncommon to see, in an American Western movie, a US Cavalry officer look concerned at the sight of smoke signals on the trail ahead. Smoke signals often meant a battle was about to happen with the usual loser being - the Indians, of course!

US FL: Oviedo To Soon Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jul 2017 - Oviedo City Council members this week agreed to let the city's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries expire Aug. 5, making it likely that Oviedo will become the first Seminole County municipality to allow such businesses. Council members also directed city staffers Monday to draft an ordinance that will treat medical marijuana dispensaries under the same zoning regulations as pharmacies.

CN MB: Police Can Confirm Pot Licences 24-7

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Brandon Sun, 19 Jul 2017 - BRANDON COUPLE LAUNCHES LAWSUIT OVER GROW-OP RAID Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce and possess medicinal marijuana.

CN BC: Council Votes Not To Extend Licences To Marijuana Dispensaries

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 19 Jul 2017 - Penticton city council has decided the experiment with medical marijuana dispensaries is over. By a count of 4-2, council voted to not extend the temporary use permits granted to Okanagan Cannabinoid Therapy and Green Essence in December, and instead work with them on a consent order that would see the businesses operate as wellness centres.

US HI: Big Island Still Has Most Medical Marijuana Users

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 Jul 2017 - Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's medical marijuana program were located on the Big Island. Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.

US MA: SJC Rules Mass. Companies Can't Fire Workers Just Because They

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jul 2017 - Massachusetts companies cannot fire employees who have a prescription for medical marijuana simply because they use the drug, the state's highest court ruled Monday, rejecting arguments from employers that they could summarily enforce strict no-drug policies against such patients. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants said a California sales and marketing firm discriminated against an employee in its Foxborough office who uses marijuana to treat Crohn's disease when it fired her for flunking a drug test without first trying to reach an accommodation with her.

US MA: Mass. Lawmakers Unveil Proposed Overhaul Of Marijuana Law

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 17 Jul 2017 - Representative Ronald Mariano, a Quincy Democrat and the majority leader, spoke about the revisions to the marijuana law on Monday at the State House. The Massachusetts Legislature is expected to approve a broad overhaul of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law this week after House and Senate negotiators agreed on a bill Monday that would hike marijuana taxes and change how communities can ban local pot shops.

Canada: Canada Prepares For Pot As Some Wonder About Demand

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 07:00
Hartford Courant, 17 Jul 2017 - There's one bummer question haunting all the marijuana businesses popping up between British Columbia and Newfoundland. How much do Canucks like weed, eh? A year before recreational cannabis is expected to become legal in Canada, there's an explosion in companies cultivating the stuff. At least 10 marijuana outfits have new listings this year on the TSX Venture Exchange and Canada Securities Exchange. Some 51 enterprises have gotten the green light to grow pot, and 815 applicants are in the queue. All told, it could be enough to raise the country's raw-weed output more than tenfold.

US NY: As States Keep Saying Yes To Marijuana, Attorney General Says

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 16 Jul 2017 - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has compared cannabis to heroin. NEW YORK - In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for conservatives, last year's elections also yielded a win for liberals in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

Canada: Survey Finds Employers Hazy About Weed In The Workplace

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 07 Jul 2017 - Many in HR feel companies not ready for legalization next year Looking forward to pot being legal? Your employer likely isn't, especially if you drive for work or operate heavy machinery. With less than a year until recreational marijuana is slated to become legal in Canada, a new study by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) reveals that many employers feel unprepared for the impact that increased drug use may have on the workplace.

CN BC: Nelson Council Denies Exemptions For Cannabis Dispensaries

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 07:00
Nelson Star, 07 Jul 2017 - Most dispensaries will have to apply for temporary use permits Nelson City Council approved two business license applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and denied two requests for exemptions on Tuesday evening.

US FL: Medical Marijuana Bill Passes In Florida Legislature

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 06 Jul 2017 - The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a three-day special session. The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill, but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical marijuana on principle.

CN BC: Penticton Pot Problem Given A Smoke Break

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 05 Jul 2017 - With federal legalization of marijuana looming somewhere on the horizon, Penticton city council decided Tuesday to deal with local sales of the drug later. Staff had recommended the council not renew temporary use permits that expired June 30 for two dispensaries, Okanagan Cannabinoid Therapy on Westminster Avenue and Green Essence on Martin Street, but elected officials decided to punt instead.

US OH: Nearly 200 Applications Submitted For Chance To Grow Medical

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 07:00
The Blade, 05 Jul 2017 - COLUMBUS - Nearly 200 prospective medical marijuana growers submitted applications to the state for cultivation licenses, but the Department of Commerce won't say yet where those applicants want to operate. The department announced Wednesday that 185 applications were received by the state last month for two types of licenses: level II cultivators for grow operations with cultivation areas of 3,000 square feet or less, and level I cultivators, which can have up to 25,000 square feet. The state will issue 12 of each licenses.

US PA: Why Medical Marijuana Shops In Pa. Won't Reek

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 04 Jul 2017 - Walk into a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey and the first thing to hit you is the stink. Weed's scent is a sour blast that seems to reek of citrus, diesel, and skunk. At the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, charcoal air purifiers -- encased in gleaming steel and larger than jet engines -- are strategically placed through the facility. It's hard to say whether their presence tempers the odor, which is generated by thousands of cannabis plants growing under lights in the same building.

US: Pot Is Legal In Some States, But Not Others

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 04 Jul 2017 - On a cool, rainy day, more than 200 people crowd under a tarp in the parking lot of Big Mama's Restaurant, bidding on bicycles, air rifles and marijuana posters to raise money to support a jailed local legend. They have a lot of work to do, because Cornbread Mafia leader Johnny Boone, captured in Canada and returned to Kentucky after eight years as a fugitive, faces life in prison if convicted on his third strike, for growing 2,421 marijuana seedlings on a farm. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, marijuana is legal for recreational or medicinal purposes, or both. But the federal government, while giving a virtual free pass to growers in states where marijuana is legal, continues to seek long mandatory minimum penalties against defendants in Kentucky and other states where it is not.

US CT: As Marijuana Debate Continues, A Little Girl's Life Is Changed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 07:00
Hartford Courant, 04 Jul 2017 - There are good days for West Tarricone. Days when she can laugh and live like any other 9-year-old. Days when she can play with her brother, Blake, and watch "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on her iPad. But there are also bad days. Days when her body weathers 100 seizures. Days when it has closer to 1,000 - some lasting more than 90 minutes.

US PA: Councilwoman Will Try To Block Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Jul 2017 - A Philadelphia city councilwoman says she will try to block a medical marijuana dispensary from being located in her East Mount Airy district. "This is not a debate about the merits of medical marijuana -- which the community and I both support -- but it is solely about the proposed use at this location," Parker said in a statement, citing concerns about public safety and security. "I remain vehemently opposed to this site."

US PA: Where Medical Cannabis Shops Will Be In Pa.

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 29 Jun 2017 - Medical marijuana permits leave losers fuming in Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the names and locations of companies that will be permitted to sell medical marijuana in the state.

CN ON: Marijuana Dispensary Operators Plead Guilty, Hope For Absolute

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 28 Jun 2017 - Prosecutor calls for $10,000 fine to deter others KITCHENER - Granting an absolute discharge to a young Kitchener couple who operated an illegal marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo would send the wrong message, a federal prosecutor told a judge on Tuesday.