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  1. Ron Strider

    11% Of Government Employees In D.C. Area Have Bought Legal Marijuana, Survey Suggests

    Washington, D.C., isn't a large market for the cannabis industry, but it could be very influential with regards to legalization. It turns out that quite a few cannabis buyers are government employees, according to new research. Consumer Research Around Cannabis surveyed 1,368 people in the...
  2. Ron Strider

    Canada: Unions Want Government-Run Cannabis Stores In Alberta

    The Alberta Federation of Labor is calling for the NDP government to set up a system of government-owned and operated cannabis stores in the province when recreational marijuana becomes legal next year. With Alberta's policy framework for legal cannabis released earlier this month, Justice...
  3. Ron Strider

    How A 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Weed Prohibition In America

    Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. She takes the oil orally by syringe twice a day, and always keeps a THC spray on hand in case she experiences an aura, or pre-seizure event. The auras happen maybe once every...
  4. Ron Strider

    Canada: 20,000 Ideas & Counting: British Columbians Offer Feedback On Legal Cannabis

    The B.C. government has received more than 20,000 responses from the public on questions concerning how legal marijuana should be regulated and sold in the province. And it's only halfway through its public consultation on how to implement non-medical cannabis distribution in the province...
  5. Ron Strider

    Big Weed Is On Board With Trudeau's Marijuana Tax Plan

    Canada's biggest medical cannabis producers are seeing their stock prices rise after the federal government announced a plan to levy a one dollar per gram tax on recreational marijuana sales, once the drug becomes legal in July. Shares of Canopy Growth Corporation, Canada's largest cannabis...
  6. Ron Strider

    Canada: Legal Age To Buy Pot Will Be 18, And It Won't Be Sold At Déps

    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has made the call: the minimum age for the consumption of legal marijuana in Quebec will be 18. After several intense Liberal caucus meetings where everyone was allowed to express their views on the tricky issue, Couillard Thursday made a final decision...
  7. Ron Strider

    Opposition Parties Grill Government Over Plans To Legalize Cannabis

    Three Liberal ministers came under fire tonight by opposition parties concerned about the government's pot plans. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor testified at the House of Commons committee examining the...
  8. Ron Strider

    Canada: New Brunswick Companies Will Supply Cannabis For Recreational Market

    The provincial government has secured suppliers of cannabis for the recreational-use market in anticipation of the federal government legalizing such use by July 2018. A Crown corporation has been established to oversee the sale of non-medicinal cannabis. "Your government is committed to...
  9. Ron Strider

    Canada: Majority Of Ontario Residents Oppose Government Run Cannabis Stores

    It's true - the province has made a major move in its plan to regulate and dispense cannabis prior to the federal government's plan to legalize the substance next year. Now that the Ontario government will be overseeing the legal retail of cannabis all over the province, residents have weighed...
  10. Ron Strider

    Canada: Quebec Not Ready To Commit To Allowing Homegrown Cannabis

    Quebec's government is continuing to debate exactly how to handle the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana. The latest concern is how to police and monitor people growing marijuana at home. Under Ottawa's plan--every element of which is subject to provincial...
  11. Ron Strider

    Canada: Cannabis Café Without The Cannabis Opening In Kelowna

    Trent Kitsch is opening a new door to the cannabis industry in Kelowna. He's a major grower – all perfectly legal – and he's also a facilitator. Kitsch is opening up a shop at the old Bean Scene in downtown Kelowna where he won't be selling cannabis but rather helping people who want it...
  12. Ron Strider

    Aus: Government Is Stopping Terminally Ill Patients From Accessing Medicinal Cannabis

    In June, the Senate voted to amend Category A of the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) and fast-track access to imported medical cannabis for a small group of terminally ill patients who had already been prescribed the treatment by their doctors. Medicinal...
  13. Ron Strider

    Police Ask Canada Government To Postpone Legal Marijuana

    Canada's police services told the Canadian government Tuesday that there is no chance they will be ready to enforce new laws for nationwide legalized marijuana by next summer. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police already wrote to the federal government this week officially requesting...
  14. Ron Strider

    Canada: Details Of How The Provinces & Territories Stand On Looming Pot Legalization

    With marijuana legalization looming next summer, Ontario has outlined its plan for the sale of weed. Here's what's happening in the rest of the country. – Alberta held public consultations on legalization through the summer. It says it is currently reviewing the results with the hope of...
  15. Ron Strider

    Canada: Pot-Related Policing, Border Enforcement Efforts To Get $274M From Ottawa

    The Trudeau government has earmarked just over $274 million to support policing and border efforts associated with the plan to legalize recreational marijuana use. The government said Friday it is committing $161 million of the money to train frontline officers in how to recognize the signs and...
  16. Ron Strider

    Saskatchewan Government Launches Survey As Part Of 'Aggressive' Legalization Timeline

    If you are 18 years or older, the Saskatchewan government wants to know what you have to say about pot. The province launched a survey on its website Friday about cannabis use. The federal government has plans to legalize pot for recreational use by July 1, 2018, leaving it up to the...
  17. Ron Strider

    Canada: Opposition Takes Government To Task For 'Rushed' Cannabis Groundwork

    Progressive Conservatives say the government of Brian Gallant is rushing preparations for the legalization of marijuana, and even the summer-long consultations with the public were inadequate. The party released its response Thursday to the recent cannabis report by a select legislature...
  18. Ian Bastage

    Bill C-45: Canada's Legalization, The Drama Revs Up

    As the process of legalization of cannabis finally starts to shift into gear, I thought a thread of relevant info might be interesting to some. I will update as time allows. But please help . . . To read the bill as it stands: Bill C-45 An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the...
  19. Ron Strider

    AUS: Medicinal Cannabis - Government Accused Of Defying Senate Will Over Importation

    An attempt to open up access to imported medicinal cannabis for dying patients has failed, prompting accusations the executive arm of the Government is defying the will of the Parliament. In June a rainbow coalition of senators came together to defeat the Government and overturn restrictions...
  20. Ron Strider

    Canada: Government Sparks Plan To Determine How Cannabis To Be Distributed And Sold

    After calling on Ottawa to hold off the legal sale of cannabis, Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government is now looking for outside help in setting up a marijuana production and distribution system. The province initiated a search on Thursday for industry players who can help figure out...
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