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Vernon council ‘stuck’ until Ottawa moves on marijuana legislation

VERNON – Local politicians want the federal government to clear up confusion about the legality of medical marijuana. Vernon council was approached by a local dispensary last month about working collaboratively on regulating access centres, but says at this point, it’s not up to local governments. “We’ve been put in a very difficult position,” Coun. Juliette Cunningham says. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize marijuana, but until the details are spelled out, Cunningham says municipalities and police detachments are caught in the middle. Under current legislation, medical marijuana dispensaries are not condoned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances...

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Momentum Mounts for Medical Marijuana

It was a watershed moment for the study of medical marijuana. This past December, Canadian university researchers, federal and provincial officials, patient advocates and industry representatives met in Vancouver to set priorities for evidence-based inquiries into a drug long overshadowed by its reputation as an illegal way to get high. The two-day, invitation-only meeting – convened by the Arthritis Society and partly funded by licensed growers of cannabis for medical purposes – is the latest sign that investigations of medical cannabis are moving into the research mainstream. So, is the stigma lifting on the potential therapeutic value of a...

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