• Canada becomes 2nd Nation to legalize Marijuana for all Adults

    October 17, 2018

    Canada legalized possession and use of recreational cannabis for all adults on Wednesday.  With this, Canada became the second country in the world and first G7 country to legalize marijuana sales nationwide.

    Canada also became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

    The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people.

    Ian Power, from the town of St John's, began queuing at 20:00 along with many others so he could "make history" and finally became the first person to buy recreational cannabis.

    "It's been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, and here I finally am," he said.

    "I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall. I'm not even going to smoke it. I'm just going to save it forever," he added.

    As per the law, adults will be able buy cannabis oil, seeds and plants and dried cannabis from licensed producers and retailers and to possess up to 30 grams (one ounce) of dried cannabis in public, or its equivalent. Besides, they can grow more than four plants per household.

    However, someone caught selling the drug to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years.

    The legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize marijuana in 2015, and his Liberal government delivered in the form of Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act.

    While Trudeau cast the bill in a public health lens, in order to make marijuana more difficult for teenagers to access and erode black market profits, the global financial community is eagerly looking at Canada to see how legalization plays out.

    Possession of cannabis first became a crime in Canada in 1923 but medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

  • First Medical Marijuana Dispensary opens in DuBois

    October 16, 2018

    The first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Monday in DuBois. Grassroots Cannabis, an Illinois-based medical cannabis company, opened a new Herbology medical cannabis dispensary on South Brady Street.

    A public ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the dispensary.

    More than 40 patients stopped by the dispensary of the company, which has licensed business operations in six states.

    Cannabis products, including flower, ingestible and topicals, cannabidiol (CBD) products, concentrates, oil vape cartridges and disposable vape pens are available in the dispensary.

    Grassroots Cannabis is the second Herbology location in Pennsylvania and the fourth Herbology location nationwide.  

    The dispensary will be opened from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Speaking about the opening of the dispensary, Ian Gibbs, Outreach and Marketing Manager for Grassroots Cannabis said, "For most people, there aren't many locations in Pennsylvania and DuBois is a nice centralized area."

    Officials said the cannabis products come from Cresco Yeltrah's marijuana cultivation facility in Brookville.

    Some of the patients were also happy that a dispensary opened closer to them.

    "Now that we have a dispensary closer in my area it's a godsend," patient Jason Martinez, who uses medical cannabis to alleviate symptoms related to his blood cancer. Martinez no longer must drive to Butler for his prescriptions.

    Grassroots Cannabis is the largest medical cannabis provider in Illinois and it is one of the largest multi-state cannabis companies in the nation. 

    According to officials, a dispensary will also be opened in Altoona soon.

  • Montclair Police arrests 8 persons in 300-pound marijuana seizure

    October 15, 2018

    Montclair police arrested 8 persons including five women after it seized nearly 300 pounds of marijuana from them. The suspects are all 21-year-old or older, said officials.

    The Montclair Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and Detective Bureau arrested the suspects after serving the warrant at the 4000 block of Holt Boulevard about 9:45 a.m.

    According to a release issued by the Department, more than 200 pounds of marijuana edibles and more than 80 pounds of various forms of processed marijuana were seized by the officers from the spot. This apart, police also seized computers and firearms.  

    The release further said that the five women and three male security guards, employees of the establishment, were arrested on suspicion of possession for sale of cannabis.

    “The clandestine dispensaries often have poor ventilation and unsafe building code violations, making the establishments unsafe for the surrounding communal properties and those working inside,” the release said.

    However, more details about the matter were not given by the police.

    Meanwhile, the Montclair Police Department has asked people having additional information regarding this incident to contact at 909-621-4771. They also can submit their anonymous tips by calling 1-800-78-CRIME.

    The city has an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activity. However, since the passage of the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, three doctors have been appointed in the city – a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, a radiation oncologist and a psychiatrist. 

    They prescribe the cannabis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, inflammatory bowel syndrome and chronic patients with less than 12 months to live. Patients with HIV/AIDS or cancer and have chronic pain, severe nausea or problems with weight gain can also be prescribed. In addition, patients resistant to others drugs can be prescribed marijuana for seizure disorder, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity and glaucoma.

  • Mt. Pleasant gets first two applications for Medical Marijuana licenses

    October 10, 2018

    Mt. Pleasant received first two applications for local medical marijuana licenses after it began accepting applications on Monday, Oct. 1.

    Both the applications, which the city has received, are from Green Bronco LLC, of Rochester Hills. They have sought conditional approval for provisioning centers at two locations: 1318 E. Pickard and 1322 E. Pickard.

    As per the new ordinance, which was approved earlier this year, only three provisioning centers will be allowed across the city and they will allow up to five Class A growers (500 plants) and up to three Class B or C growers (1,000 and 1,500 plants).

    Any business can apply for the annual city license with a fee of $5,000, which is refundable to those who do not receive final authorization from the city to operate. The application fee is $200 and is non-refundable.

    The applicants can apply till Feb. 1 next year after which the city clerk’s office will review the applications and send the conditional approval.

    If the city receives more than the allowed number of applications then it will hold a lottery to select the eligible applicants.  

    The city is posting a list of applicants at its website www.mt-pleasant.org and the list will be updated weekly.

    As per the guidelines to grant the official license to the applicants, the city requires all applicants, for all of the business types, to already have Phase 1 approval from the state. Then a business has to receive a special use permit from the city and Phase 2 site location approval from the state after receiving the conditional approval from the city.
  • Mormon Church backs deal to allow Medical Marijuana in Utah

    October 06, 2018

    The Mormon Church extended its support to a deal Thursday that would legalize medical marijuana in conservative Utah.

    The church’s support to push medical marijuana forward came after months of fierce debate. It joined the lawmakers, the governor and advocates more the move even if a November ballot initiative fails.

    Gov. Gary Herbert is slated have a discussion with all the lawmakers during a special session after the Nov. 6 election to pass the compromise into law.

    The deal differs from the ballot initiative by removing a provision that would allow people to grow their own marijuana if they live too far from a dispensary and limiting the types of edible marijuana that would be available.

    On the other hand, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposed the ballot measure, leaders also made first-ever public statement supporting the use of medical marijuana if prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacy.

    The medical marijuana is currently legal in more than 30 states. However, the recreational marijuana will go before voters of Michigan and North Dakota this November. If passed, it will be a first for a Midwestern state.

    Smoking marijuana would not be allowed under the ballot proposal, but the edible forms, lotions or electronic cigarettes will be allowed.

  • Michigan Pot Shops get new deadline for approval and closure

    October 03, 2018

    Michigan imposed a Halloween deadline Monday for dispensaries that are not fully licensed by the end of October to either get a state license or be forced to shut down.

    The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued new emergency rules which could put dozens of facilities out of business.

    According to the new rules, the dispensaries could be forced to shut down if they fail to receive a state license as per the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act by Oct. 31.

    The LARA has decided to enforce the Oct. 31 deadline despite a continued backlog in unprocessed applications and a court order that had temporarily allowed many existing businesses to operate until Dec. 15.

    A Court of Claims judge overruled the state's plan to treat two different classes of dispensaries differently.

    As many as 206 dispensaries that have been operating with approval from their local communities, but still haven't gotten a state license. They were issued cease and desist letters from the state in March ordering them to shut down.

    The first deadline was June 15 for dispensaries to get a license or shut down. But the state didn't approve the first dispensary license until July 12, so the June deadline was extended to Sept. 15.

    However, Judge Stephen Berrello overruled the state’s plan to make 98 dispensaries that hadn't turned in completed applications to close on Sept. 15, and allowed 106 retail shops that had turned in all steps of their application, which included building plans as well as community approval, to stay open until Dec. 15.

    The new Dec. 15 deadline is the third time the department has extended the deadline for dispensaries to get a license or shut down.

    After medical marijuana became legal in Michigan in 2008, the state has approved licenses for 37 applicants including seven growers, four processors, 19 dispensaries, three secure transporters and four testing facilities.

    Michigan has received 702 applications and, in addition to the licenses approved, 72 applicants have been given preliminary approval for a license.

  • Marijuana worth $345K found in southwest of Rochester

    September 28, 2018

    “High quality” marijuana worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was recovered Monday in southwest of Rochester. This was informed by Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

    As per the Sheriff’s Office, the marijuana was packed in three storage bins and two garbage bags. They were separated into 112 vacuums-sealed plastic packages weighing roughly 1 pound each and were found abandoned along a rural road southwest of Rochester.

    While the identity of whoever is responsible for the pot is yet to be known, the Sheriff’s Office said it’s keeping under wraps other details about who found the marijuana or where it was located as the matter is under investigation.

    “No one has come forward, and I’d be very surprised if they did,” Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said late Thursday morning.

    “There are concerns for people’s safety due to the large amount that a dealer has lost, and we simply don’t want to place someone in danger for informing law enforcement,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read.

    “We estimate the value of the marijuana, due to its high quality, to be approximately $345,000,” the statement continued, describing the location of the discovery as “a concealed spot.”

    The Sheriff’s Office has asked people having information about the unattended marijuana to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS assuring to keep the callers’ details anonymous.