• TBI confirms Fentanyl-laced Marijuana found in Tennessee

    June 22, 2018

    Putting all speculation to the rest, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that Fentanyl-laced marijuana has been found in Tennessee.

    The TBI confirmed that the Fentanyl-laced marijuana was found in one of the forensic labs of the city.  

    Tommy Farmer, the TBI Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Division and Director of the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force, said that marijuana sample turned into the TBI Crime Lab in Nashville tested positive for Fentanyl, a powerful and narcotic painkiller, which is considered deadly when administered even in small doses.

    Farmer said that there are about 27, 28 states right now that have passed some form of legalization and we suspect that the Fentanyl-laced marijuana is shipped in from different states including Oregon, Washington State, Colorado and California.

    More than a year now rumors of fentanyl-laced marijuana have been popping up across the country. Even the former agent of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Neil Morganstern was asked about Fentanyl appearing in other drugs on one of the October editions of Inside Tennessee in 2017.  

    Even people, in many online sources, claimed marijuana dealers are lacing their product with Fentanyl for a stronger high.

    “One of the things I want to get out and have students know is right here in the state of Tennessee, we’ve had incidents of marijuana laced with Fentanyl,” he said.

    The TBI could not identify it at that time as forensic scientists in all three labs statewide, could not find any Fentanyl-laced marijuana drug samples.

    T.J. Jordan, Assistant Director for TBI's Drug Investigation Division, meanwhile, expressed concern with finding Fentanyl in any non-opioid drugs, which he said could be a deadly combination.

    “For some time now, we’ve warned about the dangers surrounding Fentanyl for those struggling with opioid or prescription drug addiction," Jordan said. "This submission (of Fentanyl mixed with cocaine), however, changes the game. It proves the serious risk now also applies to recreational drugs beyond opioids. To be blunt: What you might buy and use, thinking it’s a good time, could cost you your life.”

  • Canada finally legalizes Recreational Marijuana

    June 20, 2018

    Canada Senate passed a historic bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29 paving the way for a fully legal recreational marijuana market within eight to 12 weeks.

    With this Canada became only the second country in the world after Uruguay and the first G7 nation to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market.

    The Canadian in the House of Commons lawmakers had on Monday voted 205-82 the bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.

    Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act, now will lift a 90-year-old ban on recreational marijuana.

    "We have seen in the Senate tonight a historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition of cannabis in this country, 90 years of needless criminalization, 90 years of a just-say-no approach to drugs that hasn't worked," independent Senator Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Upper House, said.

    The act to legalize the recreational use of weed was first introduced on April 13, 2017, and was later passed at the House of Commons in November. The Senate passage of the bill was the final hurdle in the process.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised during his 2015 election campaign to legalize marijuana and to keep it away from underage users and reduce related crime.

    On Twitter, Trudeau praised the bill and focused on Canada's youth.

    "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate," he tweeted.

    The Government is expected to decide a date that would legalize it in early or mid-September.

    Once the bill is formally approved adults, 18-year-old or older, will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. They also will be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and prepare products such as edibles for personal use.

    However, stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. Consumers are expected to purchase marijuana from retailers regulated by provinces, territories or when neither of those options are available federally licensed producers. Marijuana will also not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

  • Canada Lawmakers vote to legalize Recreational Marijuana

    June 19, 2018

    The Canadian House of Commons on Monday voted to legalize recreational marijuana.

    The Canadian in the House of Commons lawmakers voted 205-82 a bill that would allow free consumption of the mind-altering drug.

    The lawmakers accepted some of the Senate’s proposed amendments on the bill, sending the bill back to the upper chamber for continued debate and a final decision.

    The bill is most likely to receive royal assent by the Governor General before becoming law, likely by September.

    The bill would lift a 95-year-old ban on recreational marijuana.

    With this, Canada will also be the first G7 country to regulate production, possession and sale of marijuana to Canadians over the age of 18.

    Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair last week had informed that the government will legalize marijuana in September only if the legislation to legalize marijuana passes by the end of the week as the House of Commons is slate to adjourn for the summer on June 22.

    In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair had said, "Upon Royal Assent a decision will be made by the government as to a date of implementation."

    "We're probably looking at a date of implementation somewhere towards the beginning of September, perhaps mid-September,” he added.

    The House of Commons, however, turned down some of the Senate's proposed amendments, including a ban on pot producers selling branded merchandise and giving provinces the power to ban homegrown marijuana.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has acknowledged smoking a joint with friends "five or six times" including since being elected as an MP, had promised during his 2015 election campaign to legalize the weed.

    Regulated medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001.

  • Cannabis Companies irked over rules around Marijuana Marketing

    June 14, 2018

    Some in the cannabis industry fear that rules around how recreational marijuana can be marketed will present a big challenge for cannabis companies and dispensaries.

    They claimed that recreational marijuana marketing will face a major challenge as ads on Facebook and Google, according to the rules which were discussed at the Canadian Cannabis Summit in Calgary, are prohibited and dispensaries can't be listed on a Google map.

    Other rules will prevent cannabis companies from marketing their brands on swag — like T-shirts — in addition to other proposed advertising restrictions similar to the rules for tobacco.

    Lindsay Blackett, head of the Canadian Cannabis Chamber, says the recommendations outlined during the cannabis summit are short-sighted.

    "It makes one wonder, if the goal is to get rid of organized crime and to keep it out of the hands of young people and make sure there is a regulated product, how do all of these things help with that goal?" he said.

    But the summit's co-founder Crystal DeCnodder doesn't think starting off with tighter rules is necessarily a bad thing.

    "Our government, our governing bodies would rather do it as safely as possible because we don't want to normalize cannabis use for people who are under 18," she said. "I think there will be a relaxation on what we can say and perhaps if it becomes federally legal in the U.S., companies where Facebook is hosted or is like, home to, maybe those will relax."

    The Canadian Cannabis Summit, which was held on June 7 and 8, was described as the "first in Western Canada to bring together medical and therapeutic professionals, policy makers and law enforcement, investment and business strategists, innovation, technology and community leaders."

    On Thursday, Canada's senate passed the federal government's Bill C-45 bill by a vote of 56-30 with one abstention to legalize cannabis which will now move back to the House of Commons.

    MPs will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the proposals before sending the bill back to the Senate for another vote.  

    If passed, Bill C-45 would legalize the sale, use, possession, and limited cultivation of marijuana for adults 18 and older. The individuals can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use.

    While a total of 105 businesses have been authorized to grow marijuana and offer pot-based products, individuals, under the new law, could grow up to four plants at home for personal use.

  • Canada passes law legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    June 07, 2018

    Canada's Senate on Thursday approved the Justin Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis. If ultimately implemented, Canada would become the first G7 nation to fully legalize cannabis.

    Bill C-45 passed in the chamber Senate late Thursday by a vote of 56-30 with one abstention, but included four dozen amendments that the House of Commons will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning it to the Senate for another vote before becoming it a law.

    If passed, Bill C-45 would legalize the sale, use, possession, and limited cultivation of marijuana for adults 18 and older. The individuals can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use.

    While a total of 105 businesses have been authorized to grow marijuana and offer pot-based products, individuals, under the new law, could grow up to four plants at home.

    The bill will also allow the federal government and the provinces to levy taxes on legal weed sales amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

    The initial timeline for legal recreational cannabis sales called for it to be available by July 1, Canada's national day, but August or September now appears more likely as some provinces and police forces have argued they need more time. The provinces have been left in charge establishing how and where marijuana will be sold.

    Earlier this year, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor had said that marijuana would only go on sale a few months after it was legalised because the new retail system needs time to start working properly.

    The Prime Minister’s promise to legalize recreational marijuana has fueled investment and speculation in the cannabis sector with cultivators like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide.

    Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and is grown by federally licensed producers. Canadians, especially the young, are among the world's heaviest marijuana users.

  • Voters to decide on Marijuana Legalization in Michigan

    June 07, 2018

    Michigan residents will decide whether to legalize the sale, possession and use of marijuana for recreational purposes in November. This was decided by the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday after a state board certified supporters had turned in enough signatures to qualify for the fall ballot.

    The state Board of Canvassers agreed that backers of the ballot measure had turned in about 277,000 valid signatures, more than the 252,523 they needed to qualify for the ballot.

    The Michigan Senate leader wanted legislators to pass the bill to make it easier to change later, but support was lacking in the House.

    If the measure is now passed by voters in November, it will take a three-quarters super-majority vote to amend the proposal.

    The proposal would: 

    - Legalize the possession and sale of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal, recreational use for people over the age of 21. But an individual could keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana at home 

    - Tax marijuana sales with a 10 percent excise tax at the retail level as well as the state's 6 percent sales tax

    - Split those revenues, with 35 percent going to K-12 education, 35 percent to roads, 15 percent to the communities that allow marijuana businesses in their communities and 15 percent to counties where marijuana business are located

    - Allow communities to decide whether they’ll allow marijuana businesses in their towns

    - Require testing and safe transportation of marijuana in the state

    - Allow for three categories of marijuana grow operations: up to 500 plants, up to 1,000 plants or up to 2,000 plants

    - Have the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs set the rules surrounding recreational use of marijuana and take the lead in handing out licenses. Under the current medical marijuana law, a five-member board appointed by the governor, Senate majority leader and speaker of the House award licenses to medical marijuana businesses

    If the ballot measure is successful, Michigan would be the 10th state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. It would also be the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational pot; most states that have passed ballot measures are in the West or Northeast.

    Michigan voters had approved medical marijuana in 2008 by a 63 percent-37 percent margin and the Legislature passed bills in 2016 to regulate and tax the industry, which is expected to become a $700 million market annually once the state begins awarding licenses.

  • Clinic Owner arrested on charges of Medical Marijuana Fraud

    June 04, 2018

    Delaware State police Saturday arrested a clinic owner in Delaware on charges of medical marijuana fraud.

    Delaware State cop said Carolan Krajewski, 37, owner of Delaware Holistic Medicine in Lewes, was arrested for submitting fraudulent applications for medical marijuana.

    Krajewski, who is also known as Carolan Fischer, taken into custody based on a search warrant which was executed with the assistance of the Delaware State Police Drug Diversion Unit and the Division of Professional Regulations.

    Krajewski has been charged with three counts of felony tampering with public records first degree and three counts of felony forgery second degree.

    Police say applications for medical marijuana submitted from the clinic, which was formerly known as Disjointed, had fraudulent signatures in the physician section. The Medical Marijuana Compliance Program had been contacted about the fraudulent signature and further investigation linked Krajewski to the fraudulent activity. Police say none of the patients had ever been seen by a physician, but had dealt solely with Krajewski.

    The website of Delaware Holistic Medicine says its philosophy is "that it should be affordable, easy and accessible to receive medical marijuana evaluations for medical marijuana cards."

    Not even a single doctor has been arrested in the case so far and no marijuana was found at the clinic, police said.

    Later, Krajewski was released on a $2,250 unsecured bond.

    Further probe into the case is on, meanwhile, police asked people with additional information to contact Sgt. D. Rementer, Troop 4 Sussex County Financial Crimes Unit at 302-752-3814.

    An investigation into the matter had started in May after members of the Delaware State Police Sussex County Financial Crimes Unit knew about fraudulent activity taking place in the clinic.