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  1. Ron Strider

    Canada: Senators Want To Grill Trudeau About Cannabis Bill

    Senators are pressing to include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a group of ministers who would appear in the Senate chamber to face questions about government legislation that would legalize cannabis in Canada. At least one of the senators, a Liberal, argued in the Senate Wednesday the...
  2. Ron Strider

    India: Uttarakhand CM Bats For Hemp Farming To Support Livelihood Of Farmers

    Two years ago an idea mooted by then chief minister Harish Rawat to promote hemp farming in Uttarakhand was ridiculed by the BJP. Now, there is a role reversal. The BJP is in power in the hill state and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat sees immense potential in the hemp farming. "The...
  3. 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...
  4. Ron Strider

    Canadian Cops Claim They Won't Be Ready For Marijuana Legalization By 2018

    The Canadian government plans to legalize marijuana by July 2018, fulfilling a pledge made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before he was elected prime minister. But police are urging Parliament to delay the legalization effort, insisting they need more time to learn how to enforce the new laws...
  5. Ron Strider

    Canada: Federal Health Minister Must Explain Tobacco, Marijuana Policy Discrepancies

    On the eve of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has a chance to explain why she is exhibiting a disturbing degree of incoherence with her recent approaches to the regulation of tobacco and marijuana. Public explanation is needed as both pot and tobacco are...
  6. K

    Ireland: Cork Mother Facing Anxious Wait On Medicinal Cannabis

    A mother who walked from Cork to Dublin to demand access to medicinal cannabis for her seven-year-old daughter has been told it would be "wholly inappropriate" for the Health Minister to greenlight the treatment. Vera Twomey said she was left waiting nine hours for vital documents promised by...
  7. GrowMedicine

    Canada - Palimentary Acts & Regulations vs Ministerial Discretion

    Hi all, I thought I would post a very significant observation of the ACMPR gazetted regulations, which if you where a lawyer or student of regulation or policy, I guess you would already know. In the Liberal governments hurried and untraditional enactment of the ACMPR in Canadian law(?), they...
  8. K

    Canada: Pot Smokers Feel 'Cheated' By Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    Toronto - Recreational marijuana users who worked hard to elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now feel "cheated" by his support of a police crackdown on storefront dispensaries, a cannabis industry spokesperson says. Abi Roach, a director with the Cannabis Friendly Business Association, said...
  9. K

    Green Light - The Medicinal Cannabis Bill Will Be Passed By The Dáil Tomorrow

    The government will not oppose the medicinal cannabis bill due before the Dáil tomorrow, ensuring it will be passed. The bill is being proposed by AAA-PBP TDs Gino Kenny and Richard Boyd Barrett and seeks to regulate the use of cannabis for medical purposes. It had already garnered...
  10. K

    Ireland: Dáil Expected To Pass Bill Legalising Medicinal Cannabis

    Legislation allowing for the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is expected to pass through the Dáil. A Bill proposed by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has secured the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, the Social Democrats, the Green Party and his colleagues in the...
  11. K

    Bermuda: People Can Apply For Medical Cannabis

    Ordinary citizens are technically able to apply for personal licences to possess medical cannabis, a Supreme Court ruling has shown. The November 9 hearing before Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman was a breakthrough for Michael Brangman, who has successfully argued that the Minister of National...
  12. K

    Ireland: A Louth TD Is Pushing For Cannabis To Be Legalised In Certain Situations

    Fine Gael TD for Louth, Fergus O'Dowd, has called for the legalisation of medical cannabis and welcomed Minister Simon Harris' commitment to examine this issue in January. "The legalisation of cannabis for medical use is something that has already been legislated for in a number of other...
  13. K

    Ireland: A Louth TD Is Pushing For Cannabis To Be Legalised In Certain Situations

    Fine Gael TD for Louth, Fergus O'Dowd, has called for the legalisation of medical cannabis and welcomed Minister Simon Harris' commitment to examine this issue in January. "The legalisation of cannabis for medical use is something that has already been legislated for in a number of other...
  14. K

    Alberta's Justice Minister Is Going To Get A Cannabis Crash Course In Colorado

    With legalization imminent in Canada, Alberta's Justice Minister and Solicitor General is headed to Colorado to see how the U.S. state has handled policies and procedures around pot, which has been legal in the state since January 2014. Kathleen Ganley flies out Thursday to Denver, where...
  15. K

    Is Drug Decriminalisation On The Cards For Thailand?

    Thailand's Minister of Justice, General Paiboon Koomchaya, recently ignited a heated debate when he proposed re-scheduling methamphetamine as a 'medicine' rather than a 'narcotic' drug. But given that one of the Minister's objectives is to avoid punishing people who use drugs, in particular...
  16. C

    NDP's Right: Little Logic In Pursuing Pot Possession

    Health Minister Jane Philpott stood before the United Nations last month and solemnly vowed that, by the spring of next year, marijuana use would be legal and tightly regulated in Canada. Notably, she said: " We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem." And yet, if the...
  17. R

    While Canada Waits For Legalization, MMJ Activists Call For Moratorium On Arrests

    The federal Liberals' plan to legalize recreational marijuana is officially underway. Canada's new minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould (MP for Vancouver Granville) received instructions to make it happen last November. And on January 8, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed former...
  18. R

    Bill Blair: Trudeau's Point Man For Marijuana in Canada?

    CBC is reporting this morning that Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and now member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest, will be given a lead role in the Liberal push to legalize marijuana. But Mr. Blair is one of many prominent candidates in the last election who were not given a...
  19. J

    Canada: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Has Started The Marijuana Legalization Process

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given his first official order starting the process towards legalizing weed. In a public mandate letter issued to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Friday, Trudeau listed the government's top priorities, including working with the Public Safety and...
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