The Hassle of Getting my ACMPR – Part 2

The Hassle of Getting my ACMPR – Part 2

My Doctor and I continue to brawl. Unfortunately, My health likes to roller coaster and I find myself needing that paperwork a little sooner than I imagined. I am going under the knife again pretty soon and I don’t take opiates so, I want to be licensed. I am taking this as a sign that I am meant to have my ACMPR and this is the universes way of proving it to me; also, this flare up gives me a little extra leverage in terms of cementing justification for said ACMPR. Silver linings do exist.

So here is where I am at:

I have been visiting with my family doctor every 2 weeks now trying to figure this issue out. I started to bring various family members to visits to make the appointments a bit more uncomfortable. I wanted to remind my Doctor that when someone is denied their choice of safe medicine, the entire family is suffering. Although we have had several conversations about it, it is clear that my GP and I are at an impasse. He has and continues to refuse to fill out the paperwork for medical marijuana under ANY circumstances for ANY condition. Our last visit was very interesting and we came to a few conclusions…

1, He has no problem with me using Cannabis.

The fact that I haven’t had any other pain killer in over 2 years is something my Doctor and I both celebrate. He thinks it is awesome that I don’t ever want to see a triplicate prescription pad (unless I am desperate for a rolling paper) and whatever I am doing to replace that works for him. In fact, I have never received any form of negative reaction or discouragement of my cannabis use whatsoever.

2, He will refer me to a different Doctor so that I can get my ACMPR – I just have to find them myself.

Being horrified at the minimum $200 application fee wasn’t enough to get him to reconsider. So far, $200 is the cheapest I can find but some places it’s a cool $500 just to start the process. Even worse, the license is only good for a year so this would become an annual expense. In my opinion, the idea of this fee is corrupt. Sick people don’t have the extra money to buy the right to access their medicine every year. The wealthy and those who have exaggerated an illness for recreational purposes can afford this but those financially limited from sickness cannot. I have a friend with a license for 400 plants for “mild anxiety” and I am a cancer patient fighting for her access to any.

3, He freaked right out when he realized I will be going through surgery without opiates.

I have told him time and time again but he didn’t listen. My Doctor always imagined that when the time came, he could pull out his prescription and dole me out some pills until this last visit. The conversation began with him telling me I might change my mind when the time comes but it is coming soon so it has to be discussed. I explained again that my plans were to go through surgery using anti-inflammatories, local anesthetic and cannabis. He suggested Gabapentin:

-He started to explain it and told me that perhaps if I started taking that every day, it might help my pain. I would be on a new medication every day potentially for the rest of my life.

“No thanks, cannabis please”.

– He explained I could try it for a few months.

“Nope, cannabis thanks”.

– It turned into, “You can’t just assume this herb will be your wonder drug.”

– I very sweetly and politely reminded him that as a Canadian Citizen, It is my legal right to take whatever medicine I would like to treat whatever condition I have. That the College of Physicians and Surgeons do not legally back any new medical information unless it has been confirmed by long-term human testing of more than 10 years and that has not been concluded… yet. Thus, Cannabis has yet be proved or disproved as an appropriate medicine and I am choosing to exercise my legal right to use it.

“Well…you have to see a pain specialist then. I am sending you to a pain specialist. They will talk to you about different drugs you could take.”

“Sure, I’ll talk to them about my cannabis use.”

I was watching this deep crimson colour creep up his neck from his collar it dawned on him that I really mean to do this. He was utterly flummoxed and totally pissed. Then, he said the funniest thing I have ever heard a doctor say…


“well…well…what….well….What are you gonna do? Smoke a doobie in the operating room????!!?? They can’t give you IV MARIJUANNA!!!!???!!”

It was really hard to keep my composure as I could tell he was flabbergasted but trying to understand. I explained that we could use anti-inflammatories, local anesthetic and there are concentrated cannabis products that I can take sublingually. He shook his head and put in the referral for the specialist.

The Conclussion – My Doctor earns every penny he makes when I walk in the door and we both know it. He has no idea what to do with me hounding him for my ACMPR but he has been with me since I was a kid, so, he knows I will never stop. You will never meet a GP who sticks to the letter the law more so than mine and we are at a stalemate. I am going to see my specialist in Vancouver and this pain specialist; I am being told to bring the ACMPR forms to them. The point I will make and stress: If a doctor has a legitimate reason to prescribe me an opiate, why won’t they prescribe me a medicine that is much safer? They better have a good reason because I am getting frustrated…

This article first appeared in the Cannabis Digest

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Published at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:46 +0000

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

Pot for pets: Owners treat sick animals with cannabis

The Columbian / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Fasman’s 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn’t want to give her painkillers because “they just knock her out.”

So the San Francisco resident has turned to an alternative medicine that many humans use to treat their own pain and illness: marijuana.

On a recent morning, Fasman squeezed several drops of a cannabis extract onto a plate of yogurt, which the Portuguese water dog lapped up in seconds. It’s become part of Hudson’s daily routine.

“We think it’s really lifted her spirits and made her a happier dog,” Fasman said. “It’s not that she’s changed. She’s just back to her good old self.”

As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer.

Most of these pet products, which aren’t regulated, contain cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis that doesn’t get pets or humans high. They contain little or no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the cannabis compound known for its psychoactive effects.

But veterinarians say there isn’t enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into its potential medical benefits for humans or animals.

Veterinarians in California and other states are legally barred from prescribing or recommending cannabis. They risk losing their veterinary licenses if they do.

“Our hands really are tied,” said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. “Definitely we’re getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we don’t have any answers for them.”

Karl Jandrey, a veterinarian who teaches at the University of California, Davis, said he tells his clients they “use them at their own risk with the potential to spend money for no improvement, or a risk of adverse side effects.”

Despite the lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced cannabis has improved their animals’ health and well-being, based on their own observations.

Lynne Tingle, who runs a pet adoption center and animal sanctuary, regularly gives cannabis edibles and topical ointments to older dogs with health or behavior issues, including her own elderly dogs Chorizo and Alice.

“You just see a real difference in their spirit. They’re just not in pain, so they’re happier and they’re moving better,” said Tingle, who founded the Richmond-based Milo Foundation. “They just get a new lease on life.”

San Francisco-based TreatWell Health is one of a growing number of companies marketing cannabis products for pets despite questions over their legality.

TreatWell sells cannabis tinctures — extracted from marijuana plants in Humboldt County — that can be added to food or dropped directly into an animal’s mouth. Co-founder Alison Ettel works directly with clients and their pets, recommending different formulations based on the animals’ ailments.

TreatWell pet tinctures can help treat anxiety, poor appetite, pain, inflammation and seizures, as well as kidney and liver problems, cancer and glaucoma, according to its website. They also are used in end-of-life care.

“What we find is a lot of the animals are coming to us when there are no other options and pharmaceuticals haven’t worked for that animal,” Ettel said. “They’re at that last resort, and cannabis is really good for those types of situations.”

Barbara Stein is one of TreatWell’s most enthusiastic customers. She said the cannabis tinctures helped treat anxiety and digestive problems in her 13-year-old cat, Willie. And she believes the drug helped Willie’s sister Prudence maintain her weight and stay comfortable when she was battling cancer.

Stein, a retiree who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord, said she got a medical marijuana card so she could buy cannabis for her cats. She has since recommended cannabis to many friends with aging and sick pets.

“All I know is that none of the traditional medications she got from the vet worked, but the cannabis did,” Stein said. “I swear by the stuff.”

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Published at Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:29 +0000

Dankr list all the dispensaries raided since Trudeau took power

Dankr list all the dispensaries raided since Trudeau took power

It’s been 17 months since Justin Trudeau, who has admitted to the occasional puff in the past, was swept into power in part because of a promise to legalize recreational cannabis use. Since then hundreds of Canadians have been arrested or had their lives negatively impacted by continued prohibition and police raids of medical marijuana dispensaries from sea to shining sea.

Toronto-based Dankr, along with help from Freddie Pritchard, has assembled as complete a list as possible of all  the dispensaries that have been raided by police since Trudeau was elected Prime Minister.

Read it and weep:

Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries End of 2015

Oct. 19th, 2015 Justin Trudeau is elected 23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Nov. 4th, 2015 Justin Trudeau assumed office

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
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.
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.

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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.

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.

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, source.

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

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

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.

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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 for all raids.
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.

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, 4 arrested, source.

Dec. 17th, 2016 Montreal, QC
6 Cannabis Culture dispensaries raided in Montreal, source.
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, source.

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

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
Campbellton medical marijuana business Dr Greenthumb, source.

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 neighbourhood, source.

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

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

Feb. 3rd, 2017 Hamilton, ON
The Medicine Cabinet, 1050 Barton St. E.
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!, Source.

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

Feb. 6th, 2017, Toronto, ON
True Compassion Toronto was raided, and confirmed this by posting on their Facebook page the following day. “We were raided Monday (Feb. 6) at 4 pm . Just released at 3:30 am . This is not the end for True Compassion Toronto. Stay tuned for details . Thanks for all the support and I want everyone to know that I am okay .” Source.

Feb. 13th, 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Leaf Labs on 679 Terminal Ave.
Leaf Labs dispensary was operating next door to Kids Kompany, a children’s daycare. Police arrested one individual, 1.5 pounds of marijuana was seized and the place was closed by officers as they wait for a search warrant. This is technically a closure and not a raid. We’ll update this article as things progress. Source.

Feb. 14th, 2017 Burlington, ON
A Hamilton man has been charged after police raided a Burlington business allegedly selling medical marijuana to people directly and also to those without a licence to possess it. Source. 

Feb. 14th, 2017 Hamilton, ON
Hamilton police’s vice and drugs unit executed a search warrant at MMJ Canada — located at 146 Ottawa St. N. — around 1 p.m. and found about $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana products, including edibles. Source.

Feb. 15th, 2017 Langford, BC
RCMP have once again moved to raid and shut down Langford’s first and only pot shop, arresting two people and seizing marijuana. Source.

Feb. 21st, 2017 Brantford, ON
Police raid Cannabis Culture Brantford (Colborne Street West) a day after it opened. Source.

Feb. 22nd, 2017 Langford, BC
Green Tree medical dispensary is raided for the third time in under a month and a half. One employee was arrested on site when police arrived. Source.

Feb. 24th, 2017 Brantford, ON
Police raid Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West, Brantford for the second time in it’s first week open. Source.

Mar. 1st, 2017 Richmond, BC
Richmond’s WeeMedical Wellness Centre at 8050 Anderson Road was raided Wednesday afternoon. They were selling cannabis without a business license, this was the second time this location was raided, recently.  Source.

Mar. 2nd, 2017 London, ON
5 dispensaries were raided in London on Thursday, with multiple people being arrested. The dispensaries that were raided were:
Tasty Budd’s (96 Wharncliffe Road South) Source.
Chronic Hub Social Club (119 Dundas Street) Source.
The Healing Center (490 Wonderland Road South) Source.
Herbal Alternatives London (737 Hamilton Road) Source.
Healing Health Compassion (1472 Dundas St.) Source.

Mar. 2nd, 2017 Brantford, ON
At noon on Thursday, the street-crime unit attended a Colborne Street business, arresting two people and seizing a supply of pot, hash, resin and pills, as well as more than $2,400 in cash. Brantford police confirmed the arrests on Thursday were not at Cannabis Culture, but at a business on the 300 block of Colborne Street East, which stretches from Clarence Street to Peel Street. Source.

Mar. 3rd, 2017 Vancouver Island, BC
Three Vancouver Island Dispensaries Raided by Police
Leaf Compassion (9750 Chemainus Road, Chemainus) Source.
Green Aura Cannabis Dispensary (#105C – 3055 Oak Street, Chemainus) Source.
Green Tree Medical Dispensary (310 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo) Source.

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Mar. 9th, 2017 Canada Wide Raids
The night previous to the raids, Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Toronto Pearson International Airport as they were preparing to leave for Spannabis cannabis expo in Spain. The couple remained in custody awaiting a court hearing the following day. (March 9th, 2017)
As Jodie and Marc sat in jail, police executed search warrants in BC, Toronto and Hamilton. So far 4 Cannabis Culture’s were raided.
BC, Cannabis Culture Headquarters at 307 W Hasting St. Source.
Toronto, 711 Queen East Cannabis Culture location. Source.
Toronto, Cannabis Culture 461 Church St. Source.
Toronto, 
Cannabis Culture 801 Queen Street WestSource. 
Toronto, 
Cannabis Culture 3440 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Source.
Hamilton, 
Cannabis Culture 365 King Street West. Source.
Ottawa, St Cannabis Culture 391 Bank. Source.
UPDATE: All arrested have been released on bail. See full details here.

Mar. 9th, 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Police raided one of two Nature’s Source dispensary in Nanaimo. Two people were arrested, and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized. Marijuana, oils, edibles, and $2,000 were taken from the property. Source.

Mar. 9th, 2017 Kitchener, ON
Kingston Police raided Canna Green around 9:30am on Thursday, resulting in 6 individuals being arrested. A large amount of marijuana, consumables, paraphernalia, and edibles were found on site along with $3,500 in cash were all seized from the 342 Princess St. location. Source.

Mar. 10th, 2017 Kitchen/Waterloo, ON
Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street was raided by police, arresting 4 individuals. Source.

Mar. 14th, 2017 Toronto, ON
Bellwoods Dispensary was raided at 872 Dundas Street West. Four individuals were arrested on site, source.

Mar. 15th, 2017 Parksville, BC
WeeMedical Wellness Center on Hirst Avenue was raided a month after opening for business. It is unknown how many people were arrested, but the location is unable to reopen until specific bylaws are meet through cleaning and various other means. Source.

Closures, not raids:

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

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.

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Published at Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:09:02 +0000

Over 100 Detroit medical marijuana shops closed down, more in jeopardy

Over 100 Detroit medical marijuana shops closed down, more in jeopardy

DETROIT — Detroit’s medical marijuana centers are finding difficulty in fulfilling the city’s list of strict requirements and regulations.

New figures released this week by the city reveal that only two prospective Medical Marijuana Caregiver Centers out of more than 260 applicants have been approved to operate, The Detroit News reported.

Green Cross opened in February as Detroit’s first licensed center. Manager Simon Berro said its operators were the first to apply under the law that went into effect last March and completed the “vigorous” zoning and licensing process Feb. 3.

“We went to the city. We listened to what they said. We followed their rules,” Berro said. “We took all precautions, and it was a vigorous process, but nonetheless, it worked out in the end.”

The Green Genie also has its license, but no staff was in attendance Thursday.

The new rules allowed Detroit to shut down marijuana shops failing to seek compliance under the ordinance or dispensing medical marijuana in unapproved zones. So far, 136 shops have closed down.

National Patient Rights Association official Robin Schneider said she’s disappointed in the lack of progress after a year.

“(Detroit) has the most exclusionary zoning practices of anything I’ve ever seen in the state,” she said. “I think the fact that patients still do not have access to licensed facilities is a disservice to patients.”

Detroit Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell said the zoning legislation will allow about 50 shops overall.

“There will be an appropriate number of locations that will be made available for people to sell the medicine,” he said. “We just want to make sure that as they are opened, they are opening in an orderly fashion and meeting needs of patients required for treatment.”

Information from: The Detroit News

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Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:57:36 +0000

Sessions triples down on marijuana as dangerous drug, not opioid crisis solution

Sessions triples down on marijuana as dangerous drug, not opioid crisis solution

RICHMOND, Va. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday pledged aggressive criminal prosecution of drug dealers and gun-toting felons to combat what he described as a troubling rise in violent crime.

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“I am determined that this country will not go backwards,” Sessions said as he addressed law enforcement officials in Richmond. “President Trump gave us a clear directive. It’s the policy of this administration to reduce crime in America, not preside over an increase in crime, but reduce crime.”

Sessions traveled to Virginia’s capital to highlight Project Exile, a two-decades old federal program slapping felons caught carrying guns with mandatory five-year prison sentences. Trump has said he would make crime-fighting a priority and has taken steps, including ordering the creation of a task force to recommend strategies.

“The crime rate in our country remains at historic lows,” Sessions acknowledged in his remarks. “But we’re beginning to see an increase again.”

He attributed that increase to less forceful prosecutions and lower sentences, a declining prison population and a growing opioid epidemic. He also said that “in this age of viral videos and targeted killings of police,” police officers in many communities were afraid to do their jobs.

The solution, he said, is to “hammer” drug dealers and other criminals while bringing back the drug abstinence campaigns of the 1980s and 1990s.

“We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” Sessions said. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational. Lives are at stake, and we’re not going to worry about being fashionable.”

Sessions scoffed at the idea, promoted by some doctors and researchers, that medical marijuana can be used as an alternative painkiller to prevent or treat opioid addiction.

“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said. “How stupid is that? Give me a break!”

After his speech, Sessions told reporters he was “dubious” of medical marijuana in general.

“Medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much,” he said. He added that his office may rethink parts of an Obama-era policy largely allowing individual states to legalize marijuana use.

Critics of Project Exile said the five-year mandatory minimum disproportionately affected poor black Americans. Sessions told reporters he was “sensitive to these issues,” but that most people in low-income African-American neighborhoods want tough criminal penalties.

Recalling his own time as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama, Sessions said “the people in those communities were pleading with us to. . .get the thugs off the street.”

Sessions’ visit to Richmond came amid questions over Trump’s wiretapping claims and Sessions’ own communications with the Russian government. The Justice Department asked this week for more time to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee any information that might back up the allegation that former president Obama spied on Trump during the campaign.

Sessions told reporters he had recused himself from that issue because of his involvement in the campaign and thus had no information on any possible wiretap. He added that he didn’t consider his meetings with the Russian ambassador to be “improper” because they discussed international issues like the Ukraine. “We didn’t talk about the campaign,” he said.


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But Sessions largely focused on his office’s role in prosecuting violent crime.

FBI Director James Comey helped create Project Exile in 1997 when he was an executive assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

The idea behind the program, which was started to combat the surging gang violence in Richmond, was to seize guns from people who were carrying them illegally and were most likely to use them in other crimes. At the time that Project Exile was launched, Richmond had one of the highest five murder per capita rates in the nation.

Its name came from the fact that, if convicted, a suspect would immediately be sent away to federal prison, often far from home.

During Project Exile’s first year, Richmond homicides declined 33 percent and armed robberies declined 30 percent.

By 1999, the project’s second year, homicides declined another 21 percent.

But sentencing reform advocates have criticized the program, which was replicated in some other cities, such as Rochester, New York..

“It’s far from clear that Project Exile produced any of the benefits supporters attribute to it,” said Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, in an interview. “That’s no surprise. One-size-fits-all federal programs don’t work, even in criminal justice. The American way of doing justice is making the time fit the crime, not giving the same cookie cutter sentence to everyone.”

Ring said that national studies are mixed on the program’s results. Gun crime fell over the same period in cities that didn’t use Project Exile, he said.

Congressman Robert “Bobby” Scott, D-Va., who has opposed Project Exile for many years, said the crime rate actually fell further in parts of Virginia that did not use the program. “Everyone knows that mandatory minimums don’t work,” he said. “They have been studied extensively and fail to reduce crime and waste taxpayers’ money. . . . The only people they work for are politicians yelling at crowds trying to get a standing ovation.”

Project Exile continues, according to Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr, but Sessions said the number of cases brought under the policy has been declining.

“This downward trend is going to end,” he said. “We’re going to attempt to bring more of those cases and exile people out of Richmond to some federal penitentiary for a while.”


Here’s the portion of Sessions’ prepared speech that focused on marijuana:

There are three main ways to fight the scourge of drugs: criminal enforcement, treatment and prevention.

Criminal enforcement is essential to stop both the transnational cartels that ship drugs into our country, and the thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion to move their product. One of the President’s executive orders directed the Justice Department to dismantle these organizations and gangs – and we will do just that.

Treatment programs are also vital. But treatment often comes too late to save people from addiction or death.

So we need to focus on the third way we can fight drug use: preventing people from ever taking drugs in the first place.

I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.

In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction. We can do this again. Educating people and telling them the terrible truth about drugs and addiction will result in better choices. We can reduce the use of drugs, save lives and turn back the surge in crime that inevitably follows in the wake of increased drug abuse.


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Published at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:26:02 +0000

Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

Map: How do state medical marijuana laws compare? Advocates give report card

The majority of U.S. states now have a medical marijuana law in place, but the laws don’t yet go far enough, a national medical marijuana patient advocacy group says.

Americans for Safe Access recently released the latest iteration of its “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States” annual report card, in which the organization conducts a state-by-state analysis of medical marijuana laws and programs.

A total of 19 states received a grade from B-minus to B-plus in the report, up from 12 states the year before, ASA authors noted.

“As of 2017, no state cannabis laws are within the ‘A’ range. Only a small minority of states currently include ASA’s criteria of protections and rights that we believe all patients should be afforded under the law,” Steph Sherer, ASA executive director, said in a statement.

The organization measured each state by how well laws and regulations meet medical marijuana patients’ needs across five categories:

  • Patient rights and civil protection from discrimination: Includes aspects such as protection from arrest, employment safeguards, parental rights and reciprocity.
  • Access to medicine: Includes aspects such as distribution programs, access to dried flowers, delivery, local bans, THC limits, CBD minimums.
  • Ease of navigation: Includes aspects such as qualifying conditions, ability to add new conditions, reasonable access to minors, fees.
  • Functionality: Includes aspects such as access to cultivation or dispensaries, legal protections, financial hardship waivers, insurance coverage.
  • Consumer safety and provider requirements: Includes aspects such as staff training, storage protocols, security protocols, labeling.

ASA assigned a potential 100 points for each category and gave up to 25 bonus points to states that made what the organization viewed as statutory or regulatory improvements.

The number of states receiving a failing grade remained at 17. According to the report authors, “This is partly due to a fairly large number of states that only allow a limited scope of CBD products.”

To see how the states matched up, explore the medical marijuana map below.

Click here to read ASA’s full report, including recommendations and commentary for each state.



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Published at Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:12:10 +0000

Ohio increases planned medical marijuana shops by 33 percent

Ohio increases planned medical marijuana shops by 33 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Revised rules for the Ohio medical marijuana program expected to debut next year won’t allow home delivery, home-growing or smoking of marijuana but would permit more dispensaries than originally outlined.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the updated rules released by the state pharmacy board allow for at least 60 marijuana dispensaries, rather than the 40 originally set. The changes also allow the shops to stay open for two more hours, with a permitted operating window of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

With the expanded access to those shops, the pharmacy board decided against allowing home delivery of marijuana.

The board accepted public comment on the proposed rules before sharing the revisions. Proposed rules for other parts of the program, including patients, physicians and marijuana processors, are still in review.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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Published at Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:20:18 +0000

Video: Watch Vancouver cops hit Cannabis Culture HQ

Video: Watch Vancouver cops hit Cannabis Culture HQ

“What the hell is wrong with you people?” a man angrily asks Vancouver police officers on Thursday (March 9) as they raided Cannabis Culture’s headquarters at around 8 am.

It’s a question on a lot of people’s minds after Toronto police – whose former chief is currently meant to be working on the best way to legalize recreational marijuana in Canada – coordinated raids with police forces on other Cannabis Culture outlets in several different cities.

Thursday also happens to be the day Craig Ex hosts his weekly Expert Joints Live! show inside the building, and cameras where on hand to document some of what went down:


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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:03:36 +0000

Project Gator is a crock

Project Gator is a crock

There’s no shortage of ridiculousness regarding the recent Project Gator raids on Cannabis Culture shops across the country.

There’s the fact that people were thrown in jail due to selling products that are supposedly going to become legal any day now.

Or that the raids were organized by Toronto police, whose former chief is meant to be the person steering the path towards legalization.

Or that Vancouver police, who had previously made the principled decision to leave dispensaries alone pending new laws, were evidently happy to do the bidding of their bigger city counterparts.

Or that the value of LP stock shot up due to the perception this was a victory for Big Pot at the expense of the underground craft cannabis industry.

Or that Ottawa cops are pretending they weren’t actually part of it and simply happened to raid a newly opened Cannabis Culture shop the same day by coincidence.

But perhaps the most ridiculous thing about this whole fiasco is the name Project Gator itself. It’s easy to assume it was chosen because alligators are apex predators and some cop – probably the kind of guy who calls his biceps “pythons” – thought it sounded badass.

Like the trenchcoat-wearing McGruff the Crime Dog, Project Gator would take a bite out of crime!

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But it’s worth keeping in mind the Toronto Police Service actually have a history of choosing names for their major investigations quite carefully. For people who regularly spell marijuana as “marihuana,” they have a surprisingly good way with words.

For example, they named a major drug bust Project Bread Maker because it began at a Dempster Street location and Dempster is one of the country’s biggest bread brands. Project Decepticon was named after a Transformers robot who showed up on ecstasy tablets, and Project Marvel was inspired by suspects who used comic book characters for codenames.

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Typically the lead investigator is in charge of picking a handle, but they sometimes ask underlings to come up with suggestions.

“Yes, sometimes [investigators] agonize over them,” Staff Inspector Randy Franks told the National Post in 2012. “I shouldn’t say we insist, but it’s been a standard that projects come along and they have names… These are serious investigations and if we add a little bit of lightheartedness, it isn’t intended to diminish the seriousness of the investigation.”

So it’s hard not to wonder about how Project Gator got its name. Here are some possible, albeit unlikely explanations:

  • Alligators aren’t native to Canada, so perhaps this was a subtle dig about the time Canadian police busted Cannabis Culture founder Marc Emery at the DEA’s request for selling seeds through the mail and he ended up serving hard time at federal prisons in Georgia and Mississippi. States that both have alligators.
  • It’s a play on the expression “see ya later, alligator.” Which could work given how frequently Emery finds himself arrested on pot charges.
  • “Project Gator raid” sounds like Project Gatorade and even cops can appreciate a good pun.
  • Project X was already taken.
  • Project Croc would’ve reminded people of “crock” – a word meaning nonsense – and this would’ve been a bit too accurate for this vast waste of taxpayers’ money.
  • Alligators are green. So is weed. Creativity at the T.O cop shop could be slipping.

But I’d like to think someone simply misspelled the word “gaiter,” a garment worn over shoes to keep feet dry. Because Toronto police have just stepped into a river of shit when it comes to popular opinion and they’re probably going to need them.

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Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:13:50 +0000

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

Colorado may OK marijuana clubs

The Columbian / Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado Senate on Thursday passed a first-in-the-nation bill expressly permitting marijuana clubs. But Gov. John Hickenlooper is hinting that he’ll veto the measure unless it bans indoor smoking. 

The bill allows local jurisdictions to permit bring-your-own pot clubs, as long as those establishments don’t serve alcohol or any food beyond light snacks.

The bill doesn’t say whether those clubs could allow people to smoke pot indoors. That means it would be possible for a membership club that is closed to the public and has no more than three employees to permit indoor pot smoking.

Sponsors say the bill is necessary because Colorado already has a network of underground, unregulated pot clubs, and towns aren’t sure how to treat them.

Pot clubs could help alleviate complaints that Colorado’s sidewalks and public parks have been inundated with pot smokers since the state legalized recreational weed in 2012.

“We have a lot of problems throughout this state of people publicly using marijuana,” said Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican and sponsor of the club bill.

The measure sets up a showdown with the Democratic governor, who has told reporters that clubs could invite federal intervention in Colorado’s pot market. 

Colorado is in violation of federal drug law for not making it a crime to smoke pot, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other members of the Trump administration have said states should not be able to legalize pot. 

“I do think given the uncertainty in Washington that this is not the year to be out there carving off new turf and expand markets and make dramatic statements about marijuana,” Hickenlooper told reporters Wednesday.

Further, the governor seemed to chafe at the fact that the club bill doesn’t expressly ban indoor smoking. A separate pot-club measure going into effect in Denver limits smoking marijuana to special patios, meaning people could eat or vaporize pot indoors but not burn it.

“Smoking is bad for you,” Hickenlooper said. “I’m not sure that’s a great thing to be encouraging.”

Lawmakers who support clubs disagree that the bill encourages indoor smoking. 

“These marijuana membership clubs are so private that’s they’re more akin to being in your living room than to being in a restaurant,” Gardner said.

Ten Republicans voted against the pot club bill. Some of them said they fear it’ll be impossible to stop people from sharing or selling weed inside the clubs, even though marijuana sales in clubs are banned under the bill.

“How are we supposed to stop that?” asked Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley.

The bill passed on a 25-10 vote and now heads to the House, where its prospects are strong. One possible sticking point is that the bill bars food service in the clubs but allows them to sell light snacks that aren’t defined. 

State liquor regulations already bar the sale of alcohol and marijuana at the same place, so the clubs would look more like Amsterdam coffee shops than pot bars.

“I’m sure you can drink coffee and smoke marijuana, you just can’t drink whiskey and smoke marijuana,” Gardner said.

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AP writer James Anderson contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to show that Colorado’s governor says clubs should not allow indoor smoking.

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Published at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:44:36 +0000