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CN BC: Pot Shop Giving Up Battle

March 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Penticton Herald, 23 Mar 2017 - Jukka Laurio says he is closing Herbal Green medical marijuana dispensary effective immediately He assured (city) staff that he was not selling cannabis. Staff were deceived by Mr. Laurio - clearly the products he's selling have cannabis in them.

CN ON: Oped: Law Not The Top Drug Use Issue

March 23, 2017 - 3:00am
The Sun Times, 23 Mar 2017 - Ronald Reagan once quipped that the government's view of the economy could be summed up as follows: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it. For better or for worse, the Canadian government seems to have decided that marijuana has been on the move long enough to start taxing and regulating it.

CN ON: Cops Raid Pot Shop Again

March 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 23 Mar 2017 - Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores Cannabis Culture has been clipped again. The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

CN BC: City Set To Crack Down On Pot Shops

March 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Victoria News, 22 Mar 2017 - The time is up for marijuana dispensaries that have yet to apply for a business license or rezoning in order to continue operating in Victoria. The city will now be launching legal proceedings for cannabis retailers who've failed to comply with the marijuana dispensary regulations that took effect in November and require businesses to obtain a $5,000 license and pass a $7,500 rezoning process to operate legally.

CN BC: Editorial: Tougher Sentences For Selling Fentanyl Welcomed

March 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Abbotsford News, 22 Mar 2017 - A judge at B.C.'s top court is calling for stronger sentences for people who sell fentanyl. We couldn't agree more. In a ruling posted online Friday, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal to increase the six-month sentence of a 59-year-old man who was caught with drugs, including 2.6 grams of the deadly opioid.

CN ON: Police Still Probing Marijuana Dispensary

March 22, 2017 - 3:00am
The Record, 22 Mar 2017 - While Green Tree workers face charges, not much is known about operator KITCHENER - While four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary face ongoing criminal charges, the owner who actually pocketed the proceeds from the illegal sales is nowhere to be found.

CN AB: Pot Regs Coming

March 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Edmonton Sun, 22 Mar 2017 - Sales rules in place next year: justice minister Alberta should have regulations in place to allow recreational marijuana sales next year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said Tuesday. The federal government has vowed to introduce legislation this spring to legalize pot, but Ganley said packaging, distribution, zoning, building codes and other details must be worked out before people can smoke and eat cannabis in the province without breaking the law.

CN BC: Victoria At Centre Of New Pot-Shop Ambiguity

March 22, 2017 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 22 Mar 2017 - The majority of Victoria's illegal pot shops have applied for the city's special new business licence, but more than a dozen not engaged in the process could soon face court-ordered injunctions aimed at shutting them down. At the same time, the local health authority says a recent anonymous complaint about the cleanliness of one of these dispensaries has led to it outlawing the controversial sale of baked goods and candies in these stores, an issue that a city bylaw created last year purposely did not address.

US CA: Pot To Pair With Wines? Sonoma Embraces Possibilities

March 19, 2017 - 3:00am
New York Times, 19 Mar 2017 - SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners. Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.

CN ON: Smoke Alarm

March 16, 2017 - 3:00am
NOW Magazine, 16 Mar 2017 - Police crackdown on Cannabis Culture dispensaries clouds future of Prince of Pot The faint smell of marijuana smoke hung in the halls of Old City Hall on Friday, March 10; dozens had turned out for the bail hearing of Cannabis Culture dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery.

CN ON: Film Festival Takes On Tough Topic

March 15, 2017 - 3:00am
Sentinel Review, 15 Mar 2017 - Young filmmakers in Oxford County will have the chance to take on a tough topic: The effects of drugs and substance abuse. The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee (ODAC) is asking young people between the ages of 14 to 24 across Oxford County to make and submit a short three-minute video that illustrates the effects of substance use relating to one of four topics: Overdose, alcohol, marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

CN ON: Owner Of Busted Cannabis Dispensary Pleads Guilty To Two

March 15, 2017 - 3:00am
Northumberland Today, 15 Mar 2017 - COBOURG - The owner of a full service pot dispensary store that was busted last year pleaded guilty to two charges in February in Cobourg court. South Shore Wellness - Full Service Cannabis Dispensary, which was located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath, was busted on Aug. 17, 2016 by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Central East Drug Unit, assisted by Northumberland OPP.

CN ON: Marijuana Legislation In Spring - MP

March 15, 2017 - 3:00am
North Bay Nugget, 15 Mar 2017 - 'We'd rather take our time and do it right than rush into something and regret it later' Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota expects to see legislation this spring to legalize marijuana. The challenge, Rota says, is "making sure we get it right.

CN AB: City Staff Have Pot On The Brain

March 15, 2017 - 3:00am
Metro, 15 Mar 2017 - Officials mull ground rules for looming legalization City staff are laying the ground rules for possible legal pot shops in Edmonton. Councillors discussed a city report Tuesday that provides an initial look on what legal pot could look like as the city waits for the federal government to release more details on plans to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use.

CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No Harm

March 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Ottawa Sun, 14 Mar 2017 - For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story. Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

CN ON: Column: Selling marijuana: First, Do No Harm

March 14, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 14 Mar 2017 - For those who believe there is no potential harm from illegal marijuana stores in the city, consider Shelley Marshall's story. Marshall is a suicide survivor who wrote and performs her story through her excellent, one-woman play: Hold Mommy's Cigarette.

CN ON: Tory Backs Police Raids To Weed Out Pot Dispensaries

March 13, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 13 Mar 2017 - Mayor backs legalization, but says cannabis capitalism has jumped the gun in the city Mayor John Tory "strongly supports" the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.

US OH: As Heroin Infests Farms, A Grieving Parent Fears For The

March 13, 2017 - 3:00am
New York Times, 13 Mar 2017 - BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin. Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31, died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr. Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her slumped over, a syringe by her side.

CN ON: Pot Crusaders Nabbed At Airport Before Police Raid Their Shops

March 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 10 Mar 2017 - Stores and homes in Ontario, Vancouver hit in 'Project Gator' Prominent pot crusaders Marc and Jodie Emery will appear in a Toronto court for a bail hearing Friday after police raided the couple's seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.

CN ON: Column: Room For Everyone To Get A Buzz

March 10, 2017 - 3:00am
Toronto Sun, 10 Mar 2017 - You'd think they'd be out of doobies. Even after Toronto Police cleaned the place out of all their pot, the stench of marijuana was ripe inside the store. Police took out tens of thousands of dollars worth of product from envelopes and jars. But they didn't get it all. Staff found police left behind some rolled joints and undetected envelopes of pot.

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