Cannabis becomes legal in Canada | World news | The Guardian

The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday.

The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.

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Arrests in Georgia church for selling edible marijuana – BBC News

Two women have been arrested after they were caught selling sweets and cakes containing marijuana in a church in the US state of Georgia.

The marijuana edibles Ebony Cooper and Leah Pressley were offering included cereal treats, brownies and puddings, police say.

Police say Ms Cooper was displaying the drugs on a table at the event, although the church was unaware of the illegal activities.

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Meth replaces heroin substance abuse disorder; marijuana use up

Jenny Bogart, 38, starting using methamphetamine at 14, switched to heroin after seven years and then went back to meth. She’s been drug-free for more than a year. (Photo: Via Jenny Bogart)

Far fewer people in the United States started using heroin last year, but the decline among young new 18- to 25-year-old heroin users was almost imperceptible – and that age group saw a big jump in methamphetamine and marijuana use, a new survey finds.

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health emphasizes what it calls these “transitional aged youth” because they have higher rates of cigarette use, alcohol abuse and heroin use disorder, and they use more cocaine, meth and LSD, than people both younger and older.

Use of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and opioids by pregnant women increased significantly between 2015 and 2017, the report found.

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Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News

Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the US over their involvement in the industry, US media report.

A senior US border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.

Canada is a month away from becoming the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis use.

While some US states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.

There have been concerns within Canada’s growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.

Source: Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News

Older folk enjoying more weed / Boing Boing

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With legalization comes acceptance. With acceptance comes more use by respectable grownups.

About 9 percent of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 used marijuana in the the previous year, according to survey results. About 3 percent of people over 65 used the drug in that time period. This appears to be up from years past. In 2013, the same survey reported that 7 percent of middle-aged Americans used marijuana in the previous year, and only 1.4 percent of people over 65.

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SON OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY JUDGE ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION | 107.1 FM WHJB | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB | Greensburg, PA

 

State Police say they pulled over Stephen Yakopeck III, the son of Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopeck, last Wednesday on Route 22 in Murrysville for an alleged traffic violation and it was discovered that he had 14 lbs of marijuana wrapped in 1 lb packages. Police also discovered that Yakopeck had a growing operation in his home, where an additional 7-8 lbs of suspected marijuana, marijuana plants, over $3,000 in cash and two guns.

Yakopeck is free on $50,000 unsecured bond.

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Marijuana addiction is real, and rising – The Denver Post

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say the normalization of America’s marijuana culture got its start.

For Quintin Pohl and other teenagers before him, smoking pot was a rite of passage. It was a diversion from the loneliness he felt at home when his parents were splitting up and a salve for middle-school angst. It was his entire social life in seventh and eighth grades, he said, when social life is everything.

Even though nearly all his friends were using marijuana and seeming to enjoy it, Pohl said, at some point his marijuana use took a turn he never saw coming: He became addicted.

Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence. Many say it is on the rise, perhaps because of the increasing potency of genetically engineered plants and the use of concentrated products, or because more users are partaking multiple times a day.

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Legal marijuana will roll out differently in Canada than in U.S.

It’s up to the provinces and territories to determine how to handle distribution, and they’re taking a variety of approaches.

Mail-order weed? You betcha!

With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

And yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that’s illegal in the United States.

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