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Canada to pardon convictions for cannabis as country becomes second in the world to legalise drug

Canada to pardon convictions for cannabis as country becomes second in the world to legalise drugThe Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less as Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace on Wednesday. A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon. The official was not authorised to speak publicly ahead of Wednesday's announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. On Wednesday, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalise so-called recreational marijuana. Tom Clarke, 43, shop opened at midnight in Newfoundland, Canada's easternmost province. "I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now," he said. Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto on Wednesday Credit:  Chris Young At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. That is a small slice of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace. No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring. Canadians everywhere will be able to order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail. Longtime pot fan Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver in Toronto, said it's about time. "Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever," he said. Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001, and amid excitement over the arrival of legal recreational pot, many in the industry spent the last days of prohibition on tasks familiar to any retail business – completing displays, holding mock openings and training employees to use sales-tracking software. US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution. View this post on Instagram Went to the store to pick up a pack of “cigarettes” ahead of #Weedsday. My fave, infrequently visited neighbourhood pot shop will be one of the first to legally sell recreational weed once the government stamps its approval. These joints I bought for work — they’re going to be on TV tomorrow along with 30 grams of bud and numerous pot plants. ALL LEGAL! — #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weed #legalincanada #potshop #bcpoli A post shared by Megan Stewart (@mhstewart) on Oct 16, 2018 at 6:36pm PDT A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. Some are operating government-run stores, some are allowing private retailers, some both. Alberta and Quebec have set the minimum age for purchase at 18, while others have made it 19. "We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health. We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on the eve of the reform. "We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organized crime."



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What to know about the deadly drug fentanyl

What to know about the deadly drug fentanylFentanyl was first developed in 1959 and introduced in the 1960s as an intravenous anesthetic.



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Mexican military disarm entire police force in resort city of Acapulco 'corrupted by drug gangs'

Mexican military disarm entire police force in resort city of Acapulco 'corrupted by drug gangs'Mexican authorities have taken control of the entire police force in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco, claiming the department has been infiltrated by drug gangs. Two police commanders have been accused of murder, while the rest of the force officers have been stripped of their guns, radios and bulletproof vests and taken for background checks. Acapulco – a beach resort – was a fashionable location favoured by movie stars in the 1950s and 60s, but has since been plagued by escalating violence due to warring drug gangs.



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US surgeon and girlfriend suspected of committing 'hundreds' of drug rapes

US surgeon and girlfriend suspected of committing 'hundreds' of drug rapesA reality TV star surgeon and his girlfriend may have committed hundreds of sexual assault, investigators in California have claimed. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, have been charged with rape using drugs and sexual assault after two women came forward.



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Hurricanes Are A Relapse Danger For Drug Users, But Experts Have A Plan For Florence

Hurricanes Are A Relapse Danger For Drug Users, But Experts Have A Plan For FlorenceIn Wilmington, North Carolina, Robert Childs went to Home Depot to get



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Police Find Drug Tunnel Stretching From a Former KFC in Arizona to a Bedroom in Mexico

Police Find Drug Tunnel Stretching From a Former KFC in Arizona to a Bedroom in MexicoAuthorities believe the narcotics were being pulled up the tunnel with a rope



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Drug Overdoses In America Hit A Record High — Again

Drug Overdoses In America Hit A Record High — AgainDrug overdose deaths killed a record 72,287 Americans last year, according to



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Convicted Murderer Executed in Nebraska With Drug Combination That Has Never Been Used Before

Convicted Murderer Executed in Nebraska With Drug Combination That Has Never Been Used BeforeNebraska hasn't executed an inmate in more than two decades



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Tennessee executes child killer Billy Ray Irick with drug that inflicts 'torturous pain'

Tennessee executes child killer Billy Ray Irick with drug that inflicts 'torturous pain'Tennessee has carried out its first execution in nearly a decade using a controversial cocktail of drugs including a lethal ingredient described by the Supreme Court as “chemically burning at the stake”. Billy Ray Irick, an inmate convicted of the 1985 rape and murder of seven-year-old Paula Dyer, received a three-drug injection on Thursday night after the US Supreme Court denied a final request to stay his execution. The lethal injection consisted of midazolam, used as sedative during an execution, a muscle-relaxer called vecuronium bromide, and compounded potassium chloride, the agent that stops the heart.



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German drug maker sues to halt US execution

German drug maker sues to halt US executionGerman drug maker Fresenius Kabi is suing to halt a planned execution in Nebraska, claiming the US state illegally obtained the company’s drugs to use for the lethal injection procedure. Fresenius Kabi filed the lawsuit Tuesday evening, saying the state was planning to use two of its drugs on August 14 to put to death convicted killer Carey Dean Moore. If carried out, the execution would be Nebraska’s first in 21 years and its first ever lethal injection.



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