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Canada: Medical Marijuana Sellers Persevere Despite Crackdown

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Medical marijuana sellers in Canada are charging ahead despite recent crackdowns.

In Toronto, half of the city’s 83 known unlicensed stores have been targeted in raids and shutdowns that started May 26. Police have executed search warrants and seized products from stores they believe are selling to recreational consumers. But as the federal government moves toward full Canada marijuana legalization slated for a spring 2017 introduction, representatives from industry associations and medical marijuana stores met to discuss how to continue to operate.

Reuters reports:

"At Tuesday’s meeting, which was held at a marijuana-smoking lounge and attended by about 50 people, operators whose stores were raided told the audience what to expect. A lawyer spoke about how retailers can best deal with police.

Some unlicensed stores have been accused of selling to people without proper prescriptions. Some, such as the Cannabis Culture franchise in Toronto and Vancouver, sell openly to recreational users.

The federal government, which sets laws on both recreational and medical marijuana, has given little direction to municipalities on how to deal with either. Cities have used different regulatory and enforcement methods. Currently, only a few federally approved producers are allowed to sell medical marijuana – and only through the mail."

U.S.: Marc Emery's Transfer To Canada Approved

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The federal government of the United States has approved a prisoner transfer application for self-styled Prince of Pot Marc Emery, the Canadian marijuana seed merchant serving a five-year sentence for mailing seeds to the U.S.

The transfer must also be signed off upon by Canadian authorities before Emery can return to Canada, according to Cannabis Culture.

Emery's lawyer confirmed to his wife Jodie that American authorities have approved his transfer.

Canadian authorities have, so far, not commented.

Global: 10 Areas of Difficulty and Opportunity for the Cannabis Community

By Ted Smith, Cannabis Culture

There is a truth that must be heard! On March 28, 2010, the Vancouver Island Hempology 101 Club hosted its 1st Annual Cannabis Convention, at which I had the honor of being the final speaker. Though I have hosted 11 similar conventions at the University of Victoria, this was the first time I scheduled speaking time for myself.

The crowd was an interesting combination of seasoned activists, students eager to act upon what they have learned, and medical users still new to the idea that the best way to maintain their health is to break the law. Therefore, I tried to focus upon strategies people can take to address various problems cannabis activists face and opportunities that some may not have considered.

Since my speech was not written down, those wishing to hear word-for-word what I said can easily watch the YouTube video, along with the rest of the convention. My intent in presenting this article is to cover the 10 points I raised in ways that compliment my original presentation.

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