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CN BC: Vancouver Moves To Defuse Pot Dispensary Explosion
City could become the first in Canada to regulate the sale of marijuana Vancouver is about to become the first city in Canada where the business of selling marijuana will be regulated and permitted.
CN BC: Vancouver Plots Medical Pot Rules
Proposal would make city first in Canada to license dispensaries Up to now, there has been a lack of clear and transparent regulatory framework from the federal government.
Canada: Former Top Public Servant Smokes Out Local Opportunity
A former senior manager at Health Canada's Medical Marijuana Program has been named CEO of a private medical marijuana education centre opening two Ottawa locations in the coming months.
CN BC: High-tech Pot Vending Machines Coming Soon
A Vancouver-based cannabis company wants to make buying weed as easy as buying a snack. Kaneh Bosm Biotechnology, based on West Hastings Street, says it will be installing two high-tech marijuana vending machines - called BioCanna ADMs - by the end of this month. The locations have not yet been revealed.

Opinions

US MI: Column: Why African-Americans Are Largely Absent From
When I was at the breakfast for Tommy Chong a couple of weeks ago, I talked with another African- American at the event. Actually, he was the only brother at this gathering of activists and dispensary owners aside from me.
US NJ: Column: Sign Of The Times
I have a dilemma: Good Troopers In these times of altercations recorded on cell phone cameras and Internet hashtag campaigns against police abuse, I have a different dilemma: I can't commend the good officers for fear of getting them in trouble. I'm now being treated very well by New Jersey police - and I can't really write about it because I don't want to screw them up. I want good cops to prosper and weed out (pun intended) the bad ones.
US CO: Cannabis Cup Encapsulates the Marijuana Culture
There was plenty of weed at the Cannabis Cup celebration last weekend in Denver. Billed as the biggest marijuana party in the world, the Cup is a three-day psychedelic mash-up of counter culture, high technology and entrepreneurship, equal parts Woodstock, SXSW, Comic-Con and Gold Rush.
US CA: Column: Party On
This is lame," murmured one of Arcata's few hardcore stoners around 4:23 p.m. A couple of young men had stepped off the concrete slab at Redwood Park, the small piece of public property that the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights had wrested from the control of a zealous city staff over the course of the last few months (see "Save the Date," April 2).

Letters

CN BC: Demon Weed's Deplorable Culture
I share some of recent letter writer Rose Stacey's concerns regarding the demon weed and grieve with her the anguish of a parent whose child has become enmeshed in that deplorable culture.
US: No Wonder Federal Courts Have Such A Massive Backlog
As a retired state court trial judge and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, I read with some interest a?oRecord Backlog Jams Courtsa?? (page one, April 7) about cases in federal courts. These delays often amount to justice denied for litigants who dona?Tt get the relief they seek in a timely manner.
CN BC: Legalize, Regulate Marijuana
Re: Put a lid on pot, Letters, April 17 Minister of Health Rona Ambrose wrote, "We continue to oppose Justin Trudeau's deeply irresponsible scheme to make it easier for our children to access marijuana by selling it in stores, just like cigarettes."
US NV: Fox News Lies
Re "Borders on slander" (Letters to the Editor, April 2): It may seem odd to some individuals that I am hardly a "member of the elite liberal progressive class," as, apparently, some folks on the right (and please forgive me for using labels here, but I do so merely to make a point) have labeled me. Evidently, I have given this impression because I questioned the role of Congress. Seriously, I believed they represented the people. The former and current Congress may not be the worst in our history, but it's darned close. The manner in which some members of Congress conduct themselves is beyond shameful. Spending so much energy on vilifying the sitting president is schoolyard bullshit. You may get standing ovations and cheers from the part of your constituency that really hates the president, but you're not getting anything done. And that is why sitting members of Congress should be working to get things done! It is called compromise, folks. It's finding some common ground somewhere and working on it. Perhaps some of Sen. Dean Heller's fellow senators can take a cue from our GOP senator from Nevada. He's far from perfect, but at least he tries to get things done for his home state and for his country. We "liberals" can applaud him for that.
US CA: Compromise
I would like to tell you about my grandmother. She was raised, and still is, Mormon. She has suffered so badly with arthritis that some days she can barely move, let alone sleep. She takes many pain killers and her liver is now in trouble because of them.
US OR: Marijuana Is Biblically Correct
Another reason for accepting cannabis (marijuana) due to its chemical compounds that give it healing properties, that doesn't get mentioned (Professor says marijuana benefits the body, Apr. 12, 2015) is because it's Biblically correct since God (The Ecologician) created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible. Many people know of cannabis as the tree of life and the very last page of the Bible indicates the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations. In over 5,000 years of documented medical use, there still isn't one single death, that's safety on a Biblical scale. Cannabis is the king of the plant kingdom.
CN AB: It's God's Plant
Another important reason to end cannabis (marijuana) prohibition that doesn't get mentioned ("Legalize Marijuana," Tuesday, April 7 News) is because it is biblically correct since God (The Ecologician) created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very first page.