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Manitoba Bill Will Help Police Crack Down On Marijuana-Impaired Drivers


Manitoba Bill Will Help Police Crack Down On Marijuana-Impaired Drivers

By: The Canadian Press – The Huffington Post – March 15, 2017

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to introduce legislation to help police crack down on drivers who are high on marijuana.

Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says the bill, expected Thursday, will also include measures dealing with health and safety concerns stemming from the expected federal legalization of pot.

Stefanson hasn’t provide details in advance of the bill’s presentation, but says the aim is to have checks and balances for when marijuana becomes legal.

She says technology that would let police officers test drivers for pot impairment is still being developed, and the bill will propose different tools for law enforcement.

One in 10 drivers tested had drugs in their system

Stefanson says she’s concerned by a survey from Manitoba Public Insurance that said one in 10 drivers who took part in a voluntary test had drugs in their system.

More than half of those with drugs in their system tested positive for marijuana, while cocaine came in second.

“We’re taking a proactive approach here to ensure that when that (federal) legislation does come forward, that we already have some checks and balances in place to ensure the safety and health of all Manitobans,” Stefanson said Wednesday.

Other details concerning legalized pot in Manitoba, such as where it would be sold, have yet to be worked out, she added.

“We have to wait for the federal legislation to come out.”

The Manitoba Public Insurance test involved breath and saliva samples collected last fall from 1,230 drivers. MPI said 124 tested positive for some form of drug. More than one in five of those had more than one drug in their system.

The data did not indicate whether the drivers had enough in their system to be impaired.

Only 2.4 per cent of the drivers had alcohol in their system, MPI said.

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Employers want Ottawa’s help to deal with marijuana-smoking workers


By Dean Beeby – CBC News Mar 15, 2017

Lack of hard science on marijuana impairment and testing raises concerns among employers over safety

More stoned workers will be showing up in Canada’s workplaces with the coming legalization of marijuana, but companies have few tools to cope with potential safety risks.

That’s the message from some employers, who say they’ve received no assurances from Ottawa so far that the new pot regime will include workplace safeguards.

“We’re caught in a potential Catch 22: how do you protect the worker and those around them as well as deal with legalized marijuana?” said Cameron MacGillivray, president of Enform, a Calgary-based oil-and-gas safety group.

“It is a pressing concern for the industry because of the … potential catastrophic impacts of somebody doing a critical safety job when they’re impaired.”

The Liberal government is expected to introduce legislation by the summer making recreational marijuana legal, at a time when the science of detecting and measuring impairment is incomplete.

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Marc Emery Charges Laid on 15 Counts including Drug Trafficking, Conspiracy and Possession


BY: World Cannabis – March 9, 2017

Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested last night in at the Toronto Pearson Airport on their way to a Cannabis festival in Spain, Spannabis.

The couple appeared in Toronto court Thursday afternoon and were remanded into custody.  Bail hearing is expected to proceed Friday morning.

The couple has been charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy, and possession.

Marc Emery has been charged with the following, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, three counts of trafficking schedule II, five counts of possession for the purpose schedule II, five counts of possession proceeds of crime and fail-to-comply recognizance.

Jodie Emery has been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, possession for the purpose schedule II, trafficking schedule II and two counts of possession proceeds of crime.

Chris and Erin Goodwin and Britney Guerra, face charges that include conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

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South Africa is Moving to Legalize Cannabis for Medicinal Use


By TG Branfalt | February 20th, 2017

In South Africa patients in need of medical cannabis have new hope

South Africa is moving to legalize cannabis for medicinal use as the Medical Control Council announced it would publish guidelines for medical cannabis production, according to an IOL report. The framework would allow patients with severe medical conditions to appeal to the council for approval for medical cannabis which would be dispensed under supervision by medical practitioners.

Members of the Inkatha Freedom Party called the decision a “major victory” and tribute to late MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini who pushed for legalizing medical cannabis prior to his death from lung cancer in 2014.

IFP MP Narend Singh hailed the reforms as a “major breakthrough and fantastic news for freedom of choice.”

“Mario had fought tirelessly for this and although he proposed cannabis beyond medicinal use to also include it for recreational use, we agreed to withdraw every clause relating to non-medicinal use in our efforts to ensure it becomes legal,” Singh said in the report, noting that “thousands of patients” are already using the oil but at “exorbitant costs.”

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“Production must be aimed at making it a medicinal, affordable drug for those who need it. It should not be an exclusive drug of choice for those who have the money,” he said. “That is what we are arguing for.”Quintin van Kerken, a representative for South Africa’s Anti-Drug Alliance, said that medical professionals “need massive education” about the products before they are able to recommend their use to patients.“They need to unlearn a lot of the negative myths around cannabis if patients’ right to cannabis can be fully supported by health professionals,” he said.

The Medical Control Council did not provide a timeline for the guidelines’ publication.

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BC Supreme Court Rules Cities Have a Right to Regulate Cannabis Dispensaries


By CBC News | February 17th, 2017

Cities Have the Right to Regulate Cannabis Dispensaries

A B.C. Supreme court judge ruled Tuesday that municipalities have the right to regulate marijuana dispensaries and cities have the right to deny them business licences and implement bylaws banning the sale of pot.

The case centred on Mary Jane’s Glass and Gifts in Abbotsford, one of the many dispensaries operated by Don Briere.

The City of Abbotsford moved to shut it down, but Briere’s lawyer tried to challenge that, arguing the city was violating the Constitution by restricting access to medical marijuana.

He also argued the city was stepping out of its jurisdiction because pot is a substance controlled by the federal government.

 

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A government regulated dispensary in Oregon, where recreational cannabis is legal.

The judge found that even though pot is regulated federally, it doesn’t mean a lower authority can’t regulate it.

In addition, she found federal laws don’t guarantee access to medical marijuana through dispensaries.

The decision comes amid confusion over who regulates dispensaries.

Cities like Vancouver have moved to license a small number of pot shops but others have moved to shut them down.

For instance, in Langford two people were arrested following a Wednesday raid at a pot shop that had already been shuttered once.

Green Tree Medical Dispensary is facing a civil suit from the city compelling it to permanently cease operations.

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Blumenauer, other Congressmen Form Cannabis Caucus


| February 16th, 2017

The prohibition of cannabis has been a failure and these congressmen want to fix it

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer joined fellow congressmen from Alaska, California and Colorado Thursday, Feb. 16, to create the first Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Blumenauer, a Portland Democrat representing the 3rd Congressional District, is the co-chairman of the caucus with U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of California, Jared Polis of Colorado and Don Young of Alaska. They sent letters Thursday inviting members of the U.S. House to join the caucus, which will provide a forum for representatives to “discuss, learn and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy.

“The prohibition of cannabis has been a failure, and Americans across our nation are demanding a more sensible approach,” said Blumenauer. “Following the November election, federal laws are now out of step with 44 states. The time is now to come together and bring the federal government in line with the will of the American people.”

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts. In 18 others states, medical marijuana is legal. Federal laws still classify marijuana as a controlled substance, setting up conflicts with laws in the states. Federal banking rules also make it difficult for marijuana businesses to handle their earnings.

Anthony Johnson of Portland, New Approach Oregon director, said he hoped the new caucus could help “lead the way for important federal legislation, including, tax and banking reform, easing federal research restrictions, allowing military veterans to utilize medical cannabis and respecting states’ rights to form their own marijuana laws.”

“The Congressional Cannabis Caucus will be an important ally, not just in passing future marijuana law reforms, but also in preventing the federal government from trampling the will of the voters,” Johnson said in a statement.

 

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Australian Cannabis oil producer speaks out: ‘I just help people’


By Alex Mann | February 16th, 2017

Mark Rayner is part of the thriving nationwide medicinal cannabis underground which is flouting the law, daring police to lay charges.

Just one month after police raided the house of South Australian cannabis oil producer Jenny Hallam, Mr Rayner is another oil producer who has defied the threat of criminal charges and gone public with his operation.

In a secret suburban location in Adelaide, Mr Rayner showed 7.30 how he prepares the oil by mixing alcohol with cannabis and carefully separating and distilling the mix into a thick paste.

While he knows what he is doing is illegal, he said he gets around the law by simply demonstrating how to make the oil and teaching others to do it, rather than supplying it to them directly for profit.

“I’m not supplying anyone,” Mr Rayner said.

“I’m just giving them the information they need, and showing them how to do it.”

Mr Rayner, a member of the HEMP Party (Help End Marijuana Prohibition), said he had helped more than 2,000 sick people access cannabis oil over the past decade.

“I’m not a doctor,” he said.

“I’ve been called guru, shaman, stuff like that. I just help people. I’m just one human who cares for others, simple as that.”

Mr Rayner knows that bringing his work out into the open carries a huge risk.

“It will definitely draw some attention,” he said.

‘We try and heal people, they raid our homes’

Since police raided Jenny Hallam’s property in January she has become a fierce advocate for people’s rights to take their own medicine, even if it means breaking the law.

“We are sick and tired of being treated like criminals, for doing something to try and save our lives,” she said at a recent rally outside Parliament House in Canberra.

“And even worse, when we try and heal people, they come and raid our homes, they take our medicine, and they treat us like pieces of shit.”

Like Mr Rayner, Ms Hallam had produced cannabis oil for sick people around Australia. She believes she can get around the law by using donated cannabis, and not charging her clients for the oil she provides.

While South Australian Police are yet to lay charges, Ms Hallam blames the Federal Government for pushing her industry underground.

“I’m concerned for the other producers out there that they will be targeted just like I was.”

Using medicinal cannabis still illegal in Australia

Oil producers and their clients operate in a confusing regulatory environment.

Late last year, the Federal Government legalised the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis for medicinal purposes under strict conditions.

But using medicinal cannabis is still illegal in Australia, and only available through trials and limited special-access schemes which vary from state to state.

Right now, there is no legal domestic supply to dispense to potential patients.

In South Australia they are trying to close down the backyard operations by turning medicinal cannabis into a legitimate business.

But the businesses poised to enter that market say they can not get approvals.

Even if they could, with few doctors allowed to prescribe it they would have no one to sell it to.

State Industry Minister Kyam Maher is desperate to streamline the process.

“We’ve started the conversation now with the Federal Government about ways to make sure it’s as easy as it can be. It necessarily needs to be regulated. These are schedule eight drugs that we’re talking about,” he said.

 

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Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising


By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | February 14th, 2017

Cannabis industry opposes call for plain packaging and bans on advertising

VANCOUVER — Garfield Mahood has spent 30 years fighting for the Canadian government to require plain packaging for cigarettes.

So, the long-time non-smokers’ rights activist says he doesn’t have much faith in the government’s ability to regulate and restrict the marketing of marijuana.

“They identified tobacco products as a cause of disease back in the 1950s,” said Mahood, president of the Campaign for Justice on Tobacco Fraud. “They’ve never been able to bring this epidemic close to a conclusion.

 

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“What would give you faith that health departments are going to effectively regulate any health problems related to these other drugs?”

As the Liberal government prepares to introduce legislation to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” before this summer, one area that the cannabis industry and public health advocates are closely watching is whether it will allow companies to brand and promote their products.

A task force appointed by the federal government recommended it require plain packaging and a limit to advertising similar to the restrictions on tobacco. But licensed producers of medical marijuana argue that cannabis isn’t as dangerous as tobacco and that branding and marketing are necessary to attract consumers from the black market to the legal industry.

Mahood began advocating for plain packaging on tobacco in the mid-1980s. Governments over the years declined to implement it until 2016, when Health Minister Jane Philpott vowed to ban branding on cigarette boxes and a bill was introduced in the Senate.

The aim is to strip the industry’s ability to attach “sophistication and allure” to its products, said Mahood, and to prevent it from detracting from public-health warnings.

While there is a lot that researchers still don’t know about marijuana, it’s not a benign substance and there are health risks, said Rebecca Jesseman, a senior policy adviser at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which supports plain packaging.

The inhalation of any hot vapour into the lungs is harmful and can lead to cancer, while edible products have been linked to over-consumption and increased emergency room visits in Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is legal, she said.

“It’s much easier to be more restrictive from the outset and then loosen the restrictions as you learn, than it is to start out with looser regulations and try to make them more stringent,” she said.

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Cam Battley, executive vice-president at Aurora Cannabis, said he would never call a psychoactive substance completely benign. But he said marijuana is more benign than alcohol or tobacco.

“There are millions of Canadians who purchase cannabis. What the federal government is trying to do is get people to switch over from the illegal and unregulated market to the regulated market,” he said.

“If they want to do that, it makes sense to allow us to state who we are, to establish our brands, to justify why it makes sense for consumers to go through the legal system instead of going to somebody they know in the neighbourhood.”

In terms of advertising, Battley said he believes that cannabis should be treated essentially the same as liquor, a sector where companies cannot show people using the product in commercials or target underage individuals.

The federal task force recommended that plain marijuana packaging be allowed to include the company name, strain name, price, amounts of psychoactive ingredients and warnings.

But that information isn’t enough to ensure people can buy the product they want, said Mark Zekulin, president of Tweed, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth, the largest of Canada’s publicly traded marijuana companies.

“If you try to compare five different whiskies, they’re all going to be 35 per cent alcohol or 40 per cent alcohol, but at the end of the day they’re all very different,” he said. “Cannabis is probably more diverse.”

A ban on branding and advertising could create a more level playing field between large licensed producers and smaller “craft” growers, said Lindsay Meredith, a marketing professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

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11 Charged after Halifax Police Raid 3 Properties, Seizing Marijuana, Cannabis Resin


| February 12th, 2017

11 charged after Halifax police raid 3 properties, seizing marijuana, cannabis resin

Eleven people are facing charges after Halifax police executed searches at three different downtown locations Wednesday, seizing large amounts of marijuana, cannabis resin and drug paraphernalia.

Halifax Regional Police said the searches started at a building in the 300-block of Barrington Street at 1 p.m. where a 26-year-old woman was arrested after police found marijuana and cannabis resin.

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Forty-five minutes later, a 36-year-old man was arrested at an apartment in the 3200-block of Barrington Street, after police searched the residence and found marijuana, cannabis resin and “a large sum of Canadian currency.”

At 6 p.m., a marijuana storefront at 1593 Dresden Row — a medical marijuana store called Canna Clinic — was raided. After seizing marijuana, cannabis resin, edibles and other paraphernalia, they arrested and charged six men and three women. They include:

  • A 32-year-old man from Dartmouth
  • A 31-year-old man from Dartmouth
  • A 26-year-old man from Dartmouth,
  • A 31-year-old man from Halifax
  • Two 22-year-old men from Halifax
  • A 22-year-old woman from Halifax
  • A 20-year old woman from Halifax
  • A 21-year-old woman from Lower Sackville

All nine of those individuals are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and cannabis resin. They were released on a promise to appear, and are expected in Halifax provincial court at a later date.

A sign on the door of Canna Clinic Thursday afternoon apologizes for “not being able to provide reasonable access to medical marijuana for our patients today.”

“We are working diligently to re-open,” the sign reads.

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An activist originally from Halifax has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and cannabis resin in relation to the first raid.

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Sask. human rights complaint filed: medical cannabis not covered by social services


By Jacqueline Wilson | February 10th, 2017

Terance Grady needs medical marijuana, it is the only treatment that helps

A brutal assault several years ago left Terance Grady with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Flashbacks of the attack make it hard for him to fall asleep. The only thing that helps is marijuana.

“(cannabis) helps with my anxiety and it helps with my nightmares so I’m not waking up screaming in my sleep,” Grady said from his Saskatoon home.

Grady is unable to work because of his mental health, which means he doesn’t have insurance. His provincial social services supplementary health program doesn’t cover medicinal cannabis and that’s why he’s filed a discrimination complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

“They’ll pay for someone’s insulin and methadone… but they won’t cover medicinal marijuana. It’s discriminatory.”

According to University of Saskatchewan law professor Ken Norman, Grady’s complaint is valid.

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“Yes, it sure is. He has a prescription. The simple point is that a prescription is a prescription is a prescription,” Norman explained from his campus office.

The law professor referred to a recent case that was just settled in Nova Scotia where courts found it discriminatory for an insurer to not cover medicinal marijuana on the basis Health Canada hasn’t assigned a Drug Identification Number (DIN).

“Soon enough everyone involved, employers, insurers and social services will come to realize a prescription for medicine is a prescription for medicine. The kind of medicine isn’t a matter they can draw the line on,” he added.

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Vancouver Slowly but Surely Shutting Down Unlicensed Pot Shops


By Mike Hager | February 8th, 2017

Vancouver’s approach to regulating illegal marijuana dispensaries is working, says the councillor who helped develop Canada’s first municipal pot licensing regime, even if almost half of the stores continue to operate outside the bylaw.

Councillor Kerry Jang, point person for the governing Vision Vancouver party on the marijuana file, said that regardless of how long it takes to shut down these rogue shops, the city’s regulatory program – not police raids – is paying off. The strategy is meeting the city’s public-health goals of stamping out sales to minors and cutting down on the armed robberies now plaguing Toronto’s illegal dispensary sector.

“To everyone who tries to count the pennies, I say, ‘Well, did we achieve what we wanted to do?’” Mr. Jang said. “We are in the process of achieving [all those public-health goals] very successfully compared to other jurisdictions.

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“To me that’s what the people of Vancouver wanted.”

Fifty-one shops are flouting the bylaw and remain open, according to an official update provided Tuesday. All of those are subject to daily fines. However, it could still be months before a B.C. Provincial Court judge decides whether to grant injunctions that the city has filed against 27 of the worst offenders.

On the plus side, eight shops are operating with a special business licence, 47 applicants are in the process of trying to acquire this approval and 38 have now shuttered their doors.

Mr. Jang said the city’s distancing rules have kept most stores away from places where kids congregate and its security requirements for business-licence applicants have raised the bar for all dispensaries, which is helping to keep their employees and products safer.

Meanwhile, bylaw officers have issued 1,221 violation tickets, many of which are $1,000, for operating outside of the city’s licensing regime. Only 301 of these fines, however, have been paid.

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“There’s millions of dollars coming in and millions of dollars going out [in expenses and taxes],” said Mr. Briere, who added that he has paid lawyers more than $300,000 to fight several municipalities for the right to stay open.

Mr. Jang said any bylaw ticket issued can become evidence in court, which the city will use to prove the offending dispensaries should be shut down for operating outside of its “fair and accessible” licensing regime.

Mr. Jang said he likes the city’s chances in court even more after a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted the neighbouring municipality of Delta a permanent injunction against a medical dispensary franchise last summer .

That judge ruled that WeeMedical Dispensary Society was operating a pot shop without a business licence from Delta and in contravention of the municipality’s zoning bylaws, as well as outside of federal marijuana laws.

Ottawa is expected to table legislation this spring that will legalize and regulate recreational marijuana over the next two years. Last December, a government-sponsored task force recommended against allowing liquor stores to sell cannabis and that Ottawa let the provinces decide where it can be sold.

While the stores are still illegal under federal law, they have proliferated in cities such as Vancouver and Victoria, where local politicians such as Mr. Jang argue their rules can eventually be adapted to any national framework regulating the storefront sale of the drug.

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141 Cannabis Dispensaries have been Raided Under Justin Trudeau


World Cannabis News | February 7th, 2017

Who was the harsher Anti-cannabis Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau?

To help you decide we would like to present this list of 141 raided cannabis dispensaries sense so called ‘pro pot’ prime minister Justin Trudeau took office. The Liberal Party leader continues to have police departments enforce the illegality of cannabis.

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Justin Trudeau has said clearly in recent speeches “the current prohibition stands”. Justin has asked Canadian law enforcement to arrest thousands of Canadians who voted for him, and we here at WC feel this behaviour makes him seem more dangerous to the cannabis community then Mr. Harper ever was. Stephen Harper increased mandatory minimums for drug charges, but dispensary raids were very rare under Harper. Hopefully we will soon see an end to this harmful drug war. Most Canadians want a legal system in place for business to operate and thrive within.

World Cannabis has been providing factual coverage as well as news as these raids have occurred. We are committed to helping keep our elected officials honest. We know that working together we can end the stigmas and free the weed in Canada and globally.

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Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries End of 2015

Nov. 4th, 2015 Justin Trudeau Elected

Nov. 25th, 2015 Deroche/Mission, BC
BC Pain Society’s Compassion Club, source.

Nov. 28th, 2015 Sechelt, BC
S&M Medicinal Sweet Shoppe, source.

Dec. 1st, 2015 Nainaimo, BC
3 raids
Trees Dispensary, source.
Phoenix Pain Management Society, source.
Nature’s Source Society, source.

Dec. 3rd, 2015 Halifax, NS
Farm Assists Medical Resource Cannabis Centre on Gottingen Street, source.

Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries in 2016

Jan. 18th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Good Weeds Vapor Lounge on Danforth, source.

Apr. 5th, 2016 Chillawack, BC
WeeMedical Dispensary raided on 5th Ave., source.

Apr. 6th, 2016 Campbell River, BC
Trees Dispensary on 14th Avenue was raided, source.

Apr. 18th, 2016 Chillawack, BC
WeeMedical Dispensary raided on 5th Ave. for the second time. Source.

Apr. 28th, Sydney, BC
RCMP raided the marijuana shop, Dispensary by the Sea, source.

May 26th, 2016 Toronto, ON dubbed Project Claudia
43 dispensarys busted in one day
90 arrests, 257 charges laid in Toronto marijuana dispensary raids

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Project Claudia Map

The following locations were targeted in the ‘Project Claudia’ raids:
1. Cana Boss Dispensary – 1684 Queen Street West, source.
2. Canna Bank Dispensary – 3505 Dundas Street West, source.
3. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 1332 Queen Street West, source.
4. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 2452 Bloor Street West, source.
5. Green Cross Club – 699A Lawrence Avenue West, source.
6. Kanbi The Dispensary – 1715 St Clair Avenue West, source.
7. Medical Club – 377 Marlee Avenue, source.
8. Natures Touch Dispensary – 1346 St. Clair Avenue West, source.
9. Up Dispensaries – 1792 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
10. Weed the North – 1532 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
11. Weemedical Dispensary Society – 568 St. Clair Avenue West, source.
12. Weemedical Dispensary Society – 1602 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
13. York Dispensary – 1478 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
14. 416 Medicinal Health – 850 King Street West, source.
15. Cannawide Dispensary – 34 Kensington Avenue, source.
16. Cannawide Dispensary – Top Shelf – 160 Baldwin Street, Unit 3, source.
17. Eden Medicinal Society – 760 Queen Street West, source.
18. The Green Room Society – 402 Spadina Avenue, source.
19. Cannabis Dispensary – 66 Nassau Street, source.
20. Holistic Cannabinoids – 179 Baldwin Street, source.
21. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 611 College Street, source.
22. WeLeaf Dispensary – 5 Bruyers Mews, source.
23. Maricare – 3808 Bloor Street West, source.
24. SoCo (Social Collective) – 1874 Wilson Avenue, source.

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25. Hempsterz Hemp Shop and Lounge – 65 Martin Ross Avenue, Unit 9, source.
26. GW Weed Emporium – 2226 Kingston Road, source.
27. Scarborough Dispensary – 1260 Kennedy Road, source.
28. SoCo (Social Collective) – 2347 Eglinton Avenue East, source.
29. The Rolling Bud – 4234 Lawrence Avenue East, #5, source.
30. Buddha Pharm – 399 Yonge Street, source.
31. CALM – 600 Church Street, source.
32. Medical Compassion Clinic – 125 Church Street, source.
33. Rainbow Medicinal Cannabis – 69 Queen Street East, Unit #201, source.
34. CALM – Canadian As Living Medicine – 7 Breadalbane Street, source.
35. Calm on the Avenue – 538 Eglinton Ave West, source.
36. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 92 Avenue Road, source.
37. S.W.E.D. – 1898 Danforth Avenue, source.
38. BC Cannamed – 2116 Queen Street East, Unit C, source.
39. Green Rhino – 393 Danforth Avenue, source.
40. Medical Club – 337 Danforth Avenue, source.
41. S.W.E.D – 333 Danforth Avenue, source.
42. Weeds Glass & Gifts – 341 Danforth Avenue, source.
43. GW Weed Emporium – 2226 Kingston Road, source.

June 7th, 2016 Windsor, ON
Burnies Compassion Society at 490 Wyandotte St. W., source.

June 9th, 2016 Powell River, BC
WeeMedical Dispensary Society 4493 Marine Avenue, source.

June 23rd, Toronto, ON
4 search warrants on four midtown and downtown dispensaries.
3 Canna Clinic locations at
-44 Kensington Ave., source.
-2352 Yonge St., source.
-793 Dundas St. W., source.
Cannabis Culture at 801 Queen St. W., source.

July 21st, 2016 Hamilton, ON
Bright Moments Dispensary at 238 King Street East, source.

Aug. 2nd, 2016 Waterloo, ON
Waterloo Dispensary on King Street North, source.

Aug. 3rd, 2016 Toronto, ON
Barc’s Budz – Danforth Compassion Clinic, source.

Aug. 3rd, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic’s Dundas location, source.

Aug. 8th, 2016 Toronto, ON
The Green Room Society located on Dundas street, source.

Aug. 9th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Officers raided 3 dispensaries
S.W.E.D. dispensary at 1898 Danforth, source.
S.W.E.D. outlet, at 988 Pape Ave., source.
Section 56 dispensary at 912 Danforth Ave., source.

Aug. 10th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Cannabis Culture – 711 Queen St. W raided August 10th or 11th, source.
The Green Room Society Mount Pleasant – 562 Mt. Pleasant Rd., source.
The Healing Centre Dundas – 1506 Dundas St. W., source.

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Aug. 13, 2016 Toronto, ON
Evergreen Medicinals raided, 2078 Dundas Street West, source.

Aug. 15th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Twisted Smoke Haberdashery at 1245 Dundas St. W., source.

Aug. 16th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic Eglinton West raided August 16th 2016, source.

Aug. 17th, 2016 Alderville, ON
OPP execute search warrant at South Shore Wellness Full Service Cannabis Dispensary located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath. Source.

Aug. 18th, 2016 London, ON
Police swooped down on Tasty Budd’s medical marijuana dispensary on Whancliffe Road, source.

Aug. 19th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Police searched the Greentree Medical Dispensary on Danforth Avenue, source.

Aug. 25th, 2016 Missasauga, ON
Major Drugs and Vice Bureau officers executed a search warrant at Pharma-Cann on Drew Road, source.

Aug. 25th, 2016 Quebec City, QC
Weeds Herbes et Curiosités – Quebec City- raided, source.

Aug. 30th, 2016 Barrie, ON
2 raids
City police closed down 2 downtown Barrie marijuana dispensaries: Sunrise Medicinal and Med West. Source.

Sept. 6th, 2016 Merritt, BC
Police executed a search warrant on the Merritt Compassion Society located downtown on Quilchena Avenue. Source.

Sept. 7th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Better Living 222 – 2791 Lakeshore Blvd. W., source.
S.W.E.D. Society Lakeshore – 3440 Lakeshore Blvd. W., source.
Canna Clinic Broadview – 350 Broadview Ave., source.

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Sept. 9th, 2016 Missasauga, ON
Search warrant at Potluck Apothecary & Dispensary, located 101 Spadina Ave., source.

Sept. 15th, 2016 Oshawa, ON
Emerald Triangle on Simcoe Street Northsource.
420 Compassion Club on Simcoe Street Southsource.

Sept. 15th, 2016 Whitby, ON
Green Street Medical Society on Dunlop Streetsource.

Sept. 15th,2016 Peterbourough, ON
Cannabis Culture at 382 George St., source.

Sept. 16th, 2016 Port Alberni, BC
West Side Alternatives on Athol Street was raided by RCMP, source.

Sept. 16th, 2016 Toronto, ON
THC 416 on Dundas Street West, near Dufferin Street

Sept. 20th, 2016 Hamilton, ON
MMJ-Canada’s Urban Dispensary at 118 George St.

Sept. 22nd, 2016 Port Alberni, BC
The Port Alberni Cannabis Club on Bute Street

Sept. 23rd, 2016 Durham, ON
420 Compassion Club on Simcoe Street South raided again the 2nd raid of this store in a week, source.

Sept. 26th, 2016 Toronto, ON
officers executed a search warrant at the Eden Medicinal Society, at 1239 Dundas Street West, source.

Sept. 28th, 2016 Surrey, BC
Surrey RCMP officers executed a search warrant on Da Kine Glass and Gifts on 152nd St. Source.

Sept. 29th, 2016 Peterbourough, ON
City police raid for the second time in a week that reopened Cannabis Culture on George St. in Peterborough, Ont., source.

Oct. 11th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic dispensary, 491 Queen Street West, source.

Oct. 15th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Evergreen Medicinals 2078 Dundas Street West, source.

Nov. 1st, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic Queen West raided, source. 

Nov. 4th, 2016 Ottawa, ON
6 raids, source.
Police raided CannaGreen on St. Joseph Boulevard;
3 Green Tree Medical Dispensary locations; one on Preston Street, Montreal Road and Bank Street;
2 WeeMedical Dispensary locations; Rideau Street and St. Laurent Boulevard.

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Nov. 8th, 2016 Whitewood, SK
Martin Medical Services at the 600 block of 3rd Ave, source.

Nov. 9th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensary raided – at 365 King Street West in Toronto, source.

Nov. 24th, 2016 Coquitlam, BC
Cannabis Culture – Port Coquitlam Raided, source.

Nov. 29th, 2016 St. Johns, NL
CannaLeaf raided

Dec. 17th, 2016 Montreal, QC
6 Cannabis Culture dispensaries raided in Montreal
The Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) said in a release on Friday that six dispensaries were raided by their officers on Friday, netting 10 suspects, 40 lbs. of marijuana, and cash.

Dec. 21st, 2016 Quebec, ON
Clinique Canna-Plus – Gatineau – raided December 21st 2016, source.

Dec. 22nd, 2016 Hamilton, ON
Royal Farmacy on Main Street East

Dec. 30th, 2016 Halifax, ON
Aunt Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre was raided

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Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries in 2017

Jan. 3rd, 2017 Ottawa, ON
613 Medicinals on 274 Montreal Rd, source.

Jan. 6th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
CannaBotanix Dispensary at 646 Somerset Street, source. 

Jan. 7th, 2017 St. Johns, NL
The Healing Tree in downtown St. John’s, source.

Jan. 7th, 2017 Campbellton, NB
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Jan. 9th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
CannaBotanix Dispensary at 646 Somerset St. W., source.

Jan. 10th, 2017 Banff, AB
police conducted a raid on Canna Clinic, source.

Jan. 15th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
Topspot marijuana dispensary on Bank Street, source.

Jan. 17th, 2017 – Langford, BC
The Green Tree marijuana dispensary, source.

Jan. 19th, 2017 Toronto, ON
Weed The North in the city’s west-end, source.

Jan. 22nd, 2017 Toronto, ON
The Relief Center, 328 Queen St. E. (Queen & Parliament), source.

Jan. 24th, 2017 St. Johns, NB
6 dispensary raids, 12 arrested
Medicinal Grounds, 104 Prince William St., source.
Medicinal Grounds, 505 Rothesay Ave., source.
BCW, 8 Simpson Dr., source.
King Canna, 76 Germain St., source.
HBB Medical Inc., 1714 Rothesay Rd., source.
HBB Medical Inc., 199 Chesley Dr., source.

Jan. 25th, 2017 Victoria, BC
Victoria police raid the Remedy Medicinals marijuana shop on Fisgard Street, source.

Jan. 25th, 2017 Quebec City, QC
La Croix Verte in the Saint-Sauveur neighborhood

Jan. 31st, 2017 Ottawa, ON
Weeds Glass and Gifts on Bank Street was raided, source.

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Feb. 1st, 2017 Toronto, ON
Canadian Green Dispensary & Holistic Services at 1332 Bloor St. west, source.

Feb. 3rd, 2017 Hamilton, ON
The Medicine Cabinet
The Medicine Cabinet was raided two hours ago. Owner Britney Anne Guerra was charged 4 times and released on sight. After our brief interruption we are reopen again to serve you until 8pm!

Feb. 6th, 2017 Prince George, BC
RCMP in Prince George have shut down a second downtown pot shop, source.

Closures, not raids:

Sept. 19th, 2016 Ottawa, ON
The two Weeds glass and gifts dispensaries have closed
as Canada post flags and seizes packages.

Oct. 20th, 2016 Durham, ON
Durham Dispensary Affiliated with Police Officer has Closed
Living On Inc. Medical Marijuana, a dispensary that recently received a lot of media attention when the public became aware that a police officer was a co-owner, has since shut their doors. The Living On Inc. dispensary notified their patients through an update on their website. Source.

Nov. 3rd, 2016 Ottawa, ON
A bailiff arrived at the CannaGreen dispensary on Roydon Place Wednesday afternoon to enforce an eviction order. Source.

August 14th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Green Panda closes its storefront at 548  Yonge St. This was a result of police activity in the area, but Green Panda was never raided. Source.

Feb. 3rd, 2017 Price George, BC
Canna Clinic opened at 729 Fourth Ave. in late January.
When the business was contacted by phone the morning of Feb. 3, an employee said it was open.
Later the same day, the door to the building was locked and a person inside said they were not going to be open again for some time due to “problems.” Source.

(Please let us know if you are aware of any other dispensaries that have been raided, but not listed. Please leave a comment and link to your source.)

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Judge Kills Mandatory Sentence in Cannabis Growing Case


Sam Pazzano | Febuary 6th, 2017

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out

Mandatory minimum penalties for marijuana growers have now been tossed out three times by Ontario Superior Court judges in the last two years.

The third strike occurred in Hamilton on Friday when Justice Andrew Goodman struck down the two-year mandatory minimum sentence as unconstitutional.

Goodman made the ruling while sentencing Hamilton hair-dresser Trung Tran, who helped produce 992 pot plants at a relative’s rented home in Ancaster.

“The two-year mandatory minimum jail term … constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and violates Section 12 of the Charter,” stated Goodman.

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These mandatory minimums are now knocked out of the ball park for lower court judges, who have to follow these Superior Court rulings.

But Superior Courts judges don’t have to accept these rulings. It’s up to Ontario’s highest level of legal umpires, the Ontario Court of Appeal, to make the next ruling.

The law is what the Court of Appeal says it is — at least until the Supreme Court of Canada decides to weigh in on an issue.

Goodman’s decision was preceded by Justice Bruce Durno’s ruling in 2015, which struck the down the six-month minimum for licensed growers who exceeded their legal allotment by between six and 200 pot plants. Durno nixed the minimum for second-time offender named Duc Vu, 42.

“Justice Durno concluded that this unintentional violation would result in a grossly disproportionate sentence,” said Goodman.

Later in 2015, Justice Michael Code struck down the three-year minimum that was on the books for Hai Thi Pham. The 45-year-old mother of two was convicted of aiding an elaborate grow-up with a crop worth up to $468,000 at a Jane St. apartment.

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Pham received 10 months.

On Friday, Goodman imposed a one-year jail sentence against Tran, 37 and a first-time offender.

“Tran was, at minimum, a caretaker who visited the unoccupied home on several occasions and was aware of the production,” said Goodman, who convicted him of production and possession for the purpose in 2015.

“He was not the leader of the operation. There’s no evidence that he would have profited directly from the distribution of the drugs.”

Goodman called it a “large, sophisticated grow operation where the sole motivation. . .was profit.”

Hamilton cops seized 992 plants, weighing 125 pounds and worth between $250,000 and $500,000 from the Ancaster home.

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Nova Scotia Board Says Insurance Must Cover Man’s Marijuana Prescription


By Mike Hager | Febuary 2nd, 2017

Human-rights board says a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for

Nova Scotia’s human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage.

Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.

In a written decision posted online Thursday, the provincial inquiry-board chair found that Mr. Skinner’s plan could not exclude paying for his cannabis because it required a doctor’s prescription. The ruling states that the insurance plan contravened the province’s Human Rights Act, and must now cover his medical-marijuana expenses “up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription.”

“Denial of his request for coverage of medical marijuana … amounts to a prima-facie case of discrimination,” the ruling states. “The discrimination was non-direct and unintentional.”

In Canada, only veterans, some first responders and a small number of private citizens get their medical marijuana covered by health-insurance providers. That’s because Health Canada has not approved marijuana as a medicine, so insurers are less inclined to offer coverage.

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Deepak Anand, executive director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, said the ruling is significant and could see a number of people apply for coverage through their provincial human-rights commissions.

“If they could start to use this avenue to try to get their employers or insurance providers to start covering it, I think that’s going to be significant and we are going to see more of that,” Mr. Anand said. He said he knew of one other instance where an insurance company agreed to cover medical marijuana – for University of Waterloo student Jonathan Zaid in 2015.

Mr. Zaid, who now heads the patient advocacy group Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, said Thursday’s ruling could extend to other medical-cannabis patients that have similar contract language in their employee plans.

“All patients can use this and show the feasibility of insurance coverage and how it’s a human right and how medical cannabis should be treated just like any other prescription medication,” Mr. Zaid said.

However, he added, the exclusion of cannabis coverage from many people’s plans hinges on the drug not having been issued a unique number by Health Canada that identifies its manufacturer, product name, active ingredients, strength, pharmaceutical form and route of administration.

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Cannabis and Psychedelic Baked Goods Operation Nets 15-month Sentence for Edmonton Man


By Paige Parsons | February 3rd, 2017

Judge hurts families and young children by removing loving parent for 15 months for a victimless crime

A man who pleaded guilty to running an operation that included selling drug-laced baked goods out of a west Edmonton music venue will spend 15 months behind bars, a judge ruled Friday.

Mitchell Scott Ennis, 49, appeared crestfallen when Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ken Nielsen announced a sentence of 25 months, before adding that such a sentence would be “unduly harsh,” and reduced it to 15 months.

In June 2016, Ennis admitted to four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and breach of a recognizance.

Ennis was arrested after police began a drug investigation in July 2014 involving surveillance at The Studio Music Foundation, 10940 166A St., and at Ennis’ nearby home.

At an earlier hearing, court heard that when police raided the music venue in September 2014, officers seized significant quantities of drugs, including marijuana, magic mushrooms, LSD, hashish, shatter and marijuana oil, with a total street value of well over $100,000.  At Ennis’ home, investigators seized more than $150,000 worth of drugs, as well as cash.

Police also found baked goods at the home containing marijuana, hashish and magic mushrooms, an air-soft pistol, a Taser and a drug ledger. Ennis was released, but arrested again in 2015 when a search of his home turned up more drugs and cash.

Ennis’ lawyer, Benjamin Lotery, had argued his client, who suffers from Crohn’s disease and found relief in self-medicating with marijuana products, should pay a $5,000 fine and be allowed to serve his sentence in the community. Lotery proposed a two-year conditional sentence, to be followed by two years of probation.

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According to a pre-sentencing report, Ennis believed he was helping people who struggled with various health conditions by selling them the products. The judge was handed 55 letters of reference written to vouch for Ennis’ character.

Federal prosecutor Jared Bialowas argued that Ennis should serve two- to 2-1/2 years behind bars.

Nielsen acknowledged the report’s finding that Ennis believed his activities were in part “compassionate,” but found there was a “significant commercial aspect” to the operation.

Nielsen said that while Canada’s drug laws may be on the verge of change, he had to base his sentence on present laws.

Ennis has three children, and the youngest is only five years old. When given an opportunity to address the court, he pleaded with the judge for a community sentence.

“Separating me and my little girl would really affect us,” Ennis said, however his pleas to keep his family together fell on deaf ears.

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When Nielsen delivered his sentence, Ennis’ supporters, who filled the benches in the courtroom, shook their heads. One woman wiped away tears.

Speaking outside the courthouse after the hearing, Ennis’ older son, Tyler Ennis, said he was “shocked” by the sentence.

“It just seems like a waste of time,” he said. “As the judge said, he’s not going to look at where society is going, which really floors me.”

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