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Canada’s Health Minister Studying Marijuana Legalization Methods
Canada’s brand new top health official is actively looking into the best way for the country to legalize marijuana.

Minister of Health Jane Philpott, who assumed office a little more than three weeks ago, told the CBC that government scientists are already briefing her on possible legal regulations for cannabis.

“The world is going to be looking to Canada to make sure we do the job well,” she said.

Even though the government doesn’t yet know all the details of how it wants to regulate marijuana, Philpott didn’t hesitate to harshly criticize the current prohibition model.

“I think if any of your viewers, if they ask their teenage children, they can verify for them that [marijuana] is far too accessible. And obviously there’s issues around safety and concentrations that are available in certain products are very dangerous,” she said. “Often the products are not pure, and that’s something that’s a serious health concern for us.”

Read more at Marijuana.com.

Marijuana Arrests More Likely for African Americans in Shelby County
If you are black in Shelby County[, Tennessee, which includes Memphis], you are four times [more] likely to be arrested for marijuana than if you are white.

A study by the American Civil Liberties Union found Shelby County has one of the highest arrest rates for African Americans in the country.

Some may say since Shelby County has a high percentage of African Americans living here that is the reason. However, the study made the statistical adjustment for race and it still found that African Americans are arrested in Shelby County on pot charges at a much higher rate.

“The war on drugs has not been a war on drugs, It has been a war on poverty,” said State Rep. Antonio Parkinson.

That’s why Parkinson says marijuana laws in Tennessee have to change.

Read more at LocalMemphis.com.

Insiders Win While Patients Lose on Medical Marijuana
There is a verb from the Psychedelic ’60s that describes a particular kind of selfish act: bogart.

Floridians can slightly adapt the derisive term to describe the behavior of agribusinesses and politicians who are rigging the state’s medical marijuana law for the benefit of a few influential people.

Instead of sharing the business — passing it along, as it were — they are trying to “bogart” it for themselves. This selfish act is made particularly disgusting because it has delayed relief to tens of thousands of Floridians expected to benefit from the medical marijuana measure the Legislature passed in 2014.

Rather than adopt an open-market model, the Legislature severely restricted the number of nurseries that would be granted licenses to grow the non-euphoric types of medical marijuana frequently referred to as Charlotte’s Web. Not only that, the Legislature adopted criteria for acceptable growers obviously designed to favor certain nurseries.

Read more at the SunSentinel.

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