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CN AB: Calgary City Council Green-Lights Public Marijuana Consumption

June 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 26 Jun 2018 - CALGARY - City council approved changes on Monday to allow areas in Calgary where people can smoke or otherwise consume marijuana in public. The city's Cannabis Consumption Bylaw prohibits public consumption in all forms, even after marijuana becomes legal in October. Changes to the bylaw will allow designated consumption areas both around the city and at festivals and events.

US: Medical Milestone: U.S. OKs Marijuana-Based Drug For Seizures

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Hartford Courant, 25 Jun 2018 - U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. But it's not quite medical marijuana.

CN AB: Experts Watch Calgary's Public Marijuana Policy As Council

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Toronto Star, 25 Jun 2018 - CALGARY - A report presented to city council on Monday recommends allowing marijuana consumption in designated spaces at festivals and events. The report, which council had yet to address as of press time, says making an exception will help to move second-hand smoke away from people who don't want to partake, while responding to "the current realities of cannabis consumption at festivals and events.

Canada: Ahead Of Legalization, Doctors Warn Pregnant Women Of

June 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 25 Jun 2018 - With the legalization of cannabis only a few months away, one of Canadaa€™s top medical organizations is warning women about the risks the drug poses if used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. According to the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, marijuana use can lead to preterm birth and low birth weight, as well as lower IQ and hyperactivity after a child is born.

US OK: Oklahoma Medical Pot Question Hinges On Conservative Support

June 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Jun 2018 - LINDSAY, Okla - Danny Daniels, an evangelical Christian in the rural Oklahoma town of Lindsay, is reliably conservative on just about every political issue. The 45-year-old church pastor is anti-abortion, voted for President Donald Trump and is a member of the National Rifle Association who owns an AR-15 rifle. He also came of age during the 1980s and believed in the anti-drug mantra that labeled marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug.

US FL: Colombian Drug Kingpin Caught In Argentina Gets 31 Years

June 22, 2018 - 3:00am
Sun-Sentinel, 22 Jun 2018 - A convicted Colombian drug cartel leader who went undercover to inform on Mexican kingpin "El Chapo" and other major traffickers has been sentenced to 31 years in prison. The Miami Herald reports that 48-year-old Henry De Jesus Lopez Londono, who was arrested in Argentina and extradited to Miami in 2016, was sentenced on Monday for drug trafficking conspiracy.

US: Marijuana-Based Seizure Treatment Gets Positive Review From FDA

June 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Orlando Sentinel, 20 Jun 2018 - A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis -- one that doesn't get users high -- as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. If successful, the company's liquid formula would be the first government-approved drug derived from the cannabis plant in the U.S.

US FL: Some Parents Of Epileptic Kids Wary Of Pot-Based Medication

June 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Orlando Sentinel, 20 Jun 2018 - A British pharmaceutical company is getting closer to a decision on whether the U.S government will approve the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant, but parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide by the end of the month whether to approve GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex. It's a purified form of cannabidiol -- a component of cannabis that doesn't get users high -- to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes in kids. Both forms of epilepsy are rare.

US OK: Marijuana Activist Forced Out Of Oklahoma Forum By Sheriff

June 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Kansas City Star, 20 Jun 2018 - A medical marijuana activist in Oklahoma says the county sheriff forcibly escorted him out of a forum, but the sheriff says he thinks the scuffle was an "orchestrated" deal with an attempt to rattle law enforcement. Chip Paul, co-founder of Oklahomans for Health, said he was attending a forum about the proposed legislation for legalizing medical marijuana when he was forced out by Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. The organization is the official proponent of legalizing medical cannabis in Oklahoma through State Question 788.

US KY: Laura Freeman's Winchester Hemp Farm Open Saturday For Tours

June 20, 2018 - 3:00am
Lexington Herald-Leader, 20 Jun 2018 - If you'd like to know more about what modern hemp farming looks like, the Mount Holly Farm owned by Laura Freeman will have an open-house party on Saturday. From 1 to 4 p.m., you can see the newly planted hemp crop, which is grown for grain, and see the CBD hemp crop as well. The CBD crop provides cannabidiol oil used in a variety of products.

US PA: Pennsylvania House Moves To Reinstate Medical Marijuana

June 19, 2018 - 3:00am
Morning Call, 19 Jun 2018 - State lawmakers moved Tuesday to reinstate the research provision of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law, a month after a court decision left it in limbo. The House voted 167-31 to change the law by laying out more explicitly the goal of its provisions allowing medical schools to partner with companies that grow the drug and provide it to patients.

US PA: Medical Marijuana Patients, Legally Banned From Driving, May

June 19, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 19 Jun 2018 - A PASS IN PA. All marijuana users are forbidden from operating a car, truck, boat, or an airplane under Pennsylvania statute. That poses a conundrum for medical marijuana patients who need to drive and want to stay within the bounds of law.

US NY: NYPD Will Start Using Summonses, Not Arrests, For Marijuana

June 19, 2018 - 3:00am
Morning Call, 19 Jun 2018 - A marijuana user poses a joint over some ground marijuana Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona voters were literally split evenly on the issue of allowing marijuana use for medical purposes, leaving the proposition far too close to call. A marijuana user poses a joint over some ground marijuana Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona voters were literally split evenly on the issue of allowing marijuana use for medical purposes, leaving the proposition far too close to call. (Matt York / AP)

US NY: Legalize Pot In New York? A State Panel Says Yes

June 18, 2018 - 3:00am
Buffalo News, 18 Jun 2018 - ALBANY -- A Cuomo administration panel will recommend New York State legalize recreational use of marijuana, the state's health commissioner said Monday. But the long-awaited report by the group has still not been released as the State Legislature looks to end its 2018 session on Wednesday -- leaving action for this year on the matter all but impossible.

CN MB: Manitoba Seeking Assurance From Feds On Banning Homegrown Pot

June 1, 2018 - 3:00am
Winnipeg Sun, 01 Jun 2018 - Manitoba's Justice Minister is calling for federal legislation to confirm that provinces can ban the home growth of marijuana plants. "I think that is clear that is provincial jurisdiction to make that decision. (But) I believe the federal (Justice) Minister made some comments that were a little concerning, so we wanted clarification on that," said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson, following a speech to Manitoba Chambers of Commerce members on cannabis legislation Thursday. "We've called (for) some clarification from the federal government. If they could put it specifically in legislation, that would be best."

US PA: Drugged Driving Deaths Spike With Spread Of Legal Marijuana

May 31, 2018 - 3:00am
Philadelphia Daily News, 31 May 2018 - As legal marijuana spreads and the opioid epidemic rages on, the number of drugged drivers killed in car crashes is rising dramatically, according to a report released today. Forty-four percent of fatally injured drivers tested for drugs had positive results in 2016, the Governors Highway Safety Association found, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade ago. More than half the drivers tested positive for marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two.

Canada: Medicinal Cannabis Use Can Help Mitigate Symptoms Of PTSD

May 31, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 31 May 2018 - People who have post-traumatic stress disorder but do not medicate with cannabis are far more likely to suffer from severe depression and have suicidal thoughts than those who use marijuana, new national research says. Based on cross-country data from Statistics Canada, the observational study by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use shows that Canadians with PTSD who use medicinal cannabis are 60 per cent to 65 per cent less likely to have major depressive episodes or thoughts of suicide compared with those who do not treat their symptoms with medical marijuana. The study is the first national-scale indication of the effectiveness of cannabis at mitigating the hallmark symptoms of PTSD. It was presented on Thursday at the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association in Montreal.

US FL: Sarasota County Moves To Ban Recreational Marijuana

May 30, 2018 - 3:00am
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 30 May 2018 - SARASOTA COUNTY -- The county is moving to ban the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana if the practice is ever legalized in Florida. The County Commission last week unanimously voted to authorize its staff to draft an amendment to current county laws to prohibit the growing, processing and sale of recreational marijuana should it ever become legal in the state. Commission Chair Nancy Detert was absent for the vote.

Canada: Column: The Cannabis Experience From The U.S. Tells Us The

May 29, 2018 - 3:00am
Globe and Mail, 29 May 2018 - In 2012, Washington State voted to legalize marijuana. By 2014, the world's first system for legally growing, processing and retailing cannabis was operating. As Canada prepares to go live with pot sales in a few months, what can we learn from four years of practical, hands-on experience in the western United States?

US IL: Oped: Let's Not Forget How Wrong Our Crime Data Are

May 25, 2018 - 3:00am
Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2018 - Legalizing marijuana makes sense for a lot of reasons, but there's one valuable thing we'll lose when police stop arresting people for smoking pot: A sense of just how misleading our crime data are. Data on arrests and reported crime play a big role in public policy and law enforcement. Politicians employ them to gauge their success in making neighborhoods and the entire country safe. Police departments use them to determine where to deploy more officers to look for more crime. They are fed into recidivism-risk algorithms, which help judges and parole boards make decisions on sentencing and release.

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